Alaska Progressive Radio is Online! Breaking News.

3 09 2008

The revamping of local Anchorage progressive talk radio station KUDO 1080am came at a bad time. Little did they know Palin would be in the national and international spotlight this week.

But, they now have a live feed. The local programming is excellent and will give you a good idea of Alaska reaction.

7am-9am – Cary Carrigan Show

3pm-6pm – CC and her show Cutting Edge.

Shows are listed Alaska time, which is one hour earlier than Pacific time.

CC is on right now talking about the Republican party’s calling our legitimate questioning of the Palin choice as a “phony media scandal to destroy her.”

Also breaking news on the Monegan case. Palin has just filed an ethics complaint against…herself. This is not a joke. This is the only way she can activate the 3-person Palin-appointed board whose job is to deal with ethics complaints, thereby circumventing the Alaska State Legistlature’s investigation that she thinks may come down against her. I just heard a caller say the word “impeachment”.

Check it out – HERE


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3 09 2008
Ana Gama

BREAKING NEWS ON TROOPER-GATE

The Troopers Union in AK is filing suit against Governor Palin for violating her ex-BIL’s rights! Just heard it on MSNBC! Stay tuned.

What do we call this one…. Trooper-Gate Chapter II??

3 09 2008
Ana Gama

OBAMA SUPPORTERS!

Please make a donation tonight when Sarah takes the podium.

http://www.barackobama.com

PASS THIS AROUND!

3 09 2008
Kelsey

Thank you for this excellent tip. I just hope their server isn’t brought down because it’s such a hot topic.

3 09 2008
VP, Flat Earth Society

This is just getting too silly! What a national and international embarassment McCain has brought onto himself and to the Banana Republican party. I question the sanity of some of these people. They are certainly not even remotely fit to govern anything , let alone the United States of America.

3 09 2008
Ana Gama

VP,

You hit it squarely!

The international interest in this election has been incredible. We are showing them a circus….after having a total jackass in the WH for 8 years. This is incredibly embarassing.

3 09 2008
Groundhogday

Now her BIG telepromter reading (they aren’t even pretending that she has a hand in crafting this speech) will be crowded by reports that Gov Sarah Palin files an ethics complaint against Gov Sarah Palin. THIS will play well in the media.

And for desert, she is being sued by the Troopers Union!

Lordy, I just can’t believe how crazy this has become!!!! Noonan is right. It IS over. The only question is whether McCain drags her to the finish line in November or tries to regroup after the convention by finding a new VP.

3 09 2008
Of course it's Mad Skillz

LOL – she just wants to slow the process down so it will at least leave one Gate on the sidelines. If she’s VP by the time Troopergate goes forth, can’t she claim ‘diplomatic immunity?’

As the Palin gate turns. I can’t wait to read the Palin affair story. I know I’d hit it.

3 09 2008
From England

Fantastic!!! I’m over here in England – 1.30am listening to Alaska Radio…wow!!! great to hear the local take on things

3 09 2008
YummyMudslides

As everyone else I have become addicted to this blog. Day after day I have been shaking my head reading and wondering what the hell was McCain thinking. I know, I know, he thought he could get my vagina vote by putting a woman on the ticket. Not this woman. Now she’s gone and filed an ethics complaint???? Against Herself???????

How many gates do the republicans need before they bounce her out? Although I say keep her on the ticket. Go Obama.

3 09 2008
From England

It’s official, i love Alaska!!! presenter just said about Giuliani suggeting that SP could be president….”is he on crack??!!”

3 09 2008
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3 09 2008
Laurie

lol…thanks for the kudo link. I am listening right now and its great!

3 09 2008
Ana Gama

Is there a call in #?

3 09 2008
Smitty

I heard KO say Cyr filed an ethics complaint against Palin too. Was that before or after her filing a complaint against herself?

3 09 2008
From Ireland

..and I’m in Ireland listening too! I’ve been following your blog since the Palin rumour broke, and I just want to congratulate you on a great site.

3 09 2008
akmuckraker

Call in number is 907-569-1080.

3 09 2008
fredrik

I can’t believe that I – a Swede – am listening to Alaskan talk radio 2.30 am. Instead of a life I have a Sarah Palin addiction!😀

3 09 2008
akmuckraker

Hey, Sue in Michigan!
Just heard you. Thanks for the plug!

3 09 2008
LaughingAt...

nothing like keith talking about a new scandal.
he just broke it on msnbc-tv

3 09 2008
LaughingAt...

oh, THAT sue! lol
yeah, the ladies in the store were flabbergasted over that.

3 09 2008
Conspirama

Alaska Progressive Raio is Online! Breaking News….

The revamping of local Anchorage progressive talk radio station KUDO 1080am came at a bad time. Little did they know Palin would be in the national and international spotlight this week. But, they are up and running. ……

3 09 2008
fixthebroken

Excellent. Thanks a lot!

And, Ana Gama, I have donated to Obama.

Hey — is that you on the Alaska radio right now, Ana Gama – I just heard someone say to support Obama during the speech, just like you commented at this blog.

3 09 2008
Arx

Great, France is with you !!! Looks like the US election turned into electric circus. We already had ours with our President but yours is far better.It has everything: drama, lies, hypocrisy…. well you name it, actually it looks like a cheap South American soap opera. We hope here in Europe, that the American people will make the good choice because we are tired of the insane politics Bush is playing. We don’t need another war . Europe is with you :)))))

3 09 2008
AHiredGun

The National Enquirer is now reporting that Gov. Palin had an affair with her husband’s business partner. See:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/09/03/mccain-camp-battles-natio_n_123696.html
If true, this will be the end of Gov. Palin for sure.

3 09 2008
From England

laughingat…what’s the scoop on msnbc?

3 09 2008
Ana Gama

No problem with the plug, Mudflats! You deserve it!

(I hope what I had to say made sense.)

Sue aka Ana

3 09 2008
Brrrlington

Thank you for your wonderful site! Great link.

3 09 2008
ReaderInMD

here’s what she’s going to say…speech excerpts on the NYTimes website:

http://elections.nytimes.com/2008/president/conventions/videos/transcripts/20080903_PALIN_SPEECH.html

3 09 2008
Cynthia, TX

I can not believe they are going to attack Michelle Obama on national tv tonight!!!

I am outraged at that!! The Obama camp would never rake pill popping, charity stealer Cindy Mccain on national TV!!!!

This is sick!!!

3 09 2008
Bren

Ha! And I’m in New Zealand totally addicted to this too.. but I am a US citizen so I still have a vote!

3 09 2008
Mark from CT

This site and the progressive radio is great!

The one place to be during the convention….watching it on TV is too angst provoking

3 09 2008
ReaderInMD

Tonight I made my second donation to Obama in two days! Plus bought a t-shirt from moveon.org this afternoon🙂 Put your money and time where your eyeballs are, people.

3 09 2008
LaughingAt...

she is right, it did say that re: stevens. we were shocked (before we knew what shock was!)

3 09 2008
BBD in Mpls

Love this blog as well…..I can’t help myself for the following which I hope will come true by morning:
Her last “gate” will be 22 on the Blue Concourse on Alaska Airlines.

3 09 2008
DS

I believe the Nat’l Enquirer story about Palin having an affair with her husband’s business partner. She’s too cute not to have a boyfriend on the side. Do they have photos of the boyfriend? Does he look like Trig?

3 09 2008
LaughingAt...

england-
keith broke both, she is charging HERSELF with ethics vio, AND the trooper union lawsuit (trying to listen to both, but the alaska traffic report was delish!)

3 09 2008
ADAMS OFF OX

I almost expect her to be lead off stage in hand cuffs after the speech.

3 09 2008
Huh

The shit just hit the fan, and it stinks all over.The only choice the republicans still have is: Bomb Bomb Bomb Iran. Poor Ahmadinjad just got screwed by a polar bear :)))))))

3 09 2008
LaughingAt...

“the gov would prefer a quicker outcome” yeah, from the board she appointed

3 09 2008
fredrik

Is the radio show over? What time is it in Alaska?

3 09 2008
How Insane Is John McCain

Hi everyone, I posted this another thread as well, but I’m trying to come up with a comprehensive list of Sarah Palin scandals, and I’d love some help!! It’s not easy to keep up.

3 09 2008
fixthebroken

fredrik, radio show is still going on.

3 09 2008
Parker CA

Ugghh, Carly Fiorina is just about enough to make me throw-up all over myself.

3 09 2008
Miemaw from Texas

Wow! I can listen to progressive radio in Alaska, too.

How the hell can anybody keep up with all this?

She is now being sued by the State Troopers Association????

I loved the line from Monegan, quoted by WAPO. I would die for the Governor, but I will not LIE for her. He apparently, in a premptive strike against her possibly moving this to her handpicked “personnel board” released a bunch of e-mail to WAPO.

Everybody is playing hardball.

Kharma is a bitch.

3 09 2008
Goody2

National Enquirer trolling thru downtown Wasilla with $1000 bills….can’t wait to see what they haul in…

3 09 2008
Ky

“Hi everyone, I posted this another thread as well, but I’m trying to come up with a comprehensive list of Sarah Palin scandals, and I’d love some help!! It’s not easy to keep up.”
I think it is important to note that she opposed having polar bears listed as endangered, because it would cause more opposition to future drilling in Alaska.
I’m glad that someone is keeping track. Thank you.🙂

3 09 2008
From England

ha! yes…the traffic report. The worry I have is that troopergate could be a bit difficult to pin her down on. Yes she did the wrong thing etc etc…but could use the defence that she was just trying to protect her family from a crazy policeman gone bad. it could turn into a he said she said fest.

When I look back at how people in high office have fallen…it is often not because of the big work related things they’ve done – it’s often what seem like small irrelevant things that trip them up. Let’s be vigilant.

I know that her family situation really has nothing to do with the price of eggs…but a lie about whose baby is whose, a hidden affair, …..if they are proven right could disqualify her quicker on grounds of dishonesty and lack of integrity as well as disqualify Mccain on grounds of wreckless, lack of judgement, putting the nation at risk etc in making the most important decision a future commander of chief has to make.

See my line of thinking?

3 09 2008
fredrik

fixthebroken

Thanks! Wasn’t sure if it was over or not when the news came in. And I just learned that Alaska is 10 hours after Sweden. You earn something new every day (or rather night).

3 09 2008
Mil

Hilarity ensues!! This is going to give McCain a coronary. Poor guy. We can send him flowers in the nursing home.

3 09 2008
LaughingAt...

if i was in ak, i’d open a lemonade stand on the road to wasilla. woo-hoo!

3 09 2008
akmuckraker

fredrik,

The show continues for another 50 minutes. It’s 5:10 Alaska time right now. We’re 4 hours earlier than EST and 1 hour earlier than PST.

3 09 2008
How Insane Is John McCain

Ky — Oh yes. Got the poor polar bears. That’s one of my favorites.

3 09 2008
Cynthia, TX

National Enquirer is going to dig something up on Palin flower just wait. It’s too big of a story not to!! Think about it this would be huge!!!!

3 09 2008
Groundhogday

Monegan shows Palin emails to the Washington Post. Looks like Trooper Gate developments are going to knock Palin’s reading off center stage. Why would she choose to file a complaint against herself right now? Don’t the McCain folks have any sense of timing?

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/09/03/AR2008090303210.html?hpid=topnews

3 09 2008
cmac

Again, I am so grateful for this blog. It keeps me sane.

I am so worried though. So many people I run into at work (I am a physician) have no idea of all the corruption. There is a huge sympathy contingent right now with Ms. Palin. The spin to say “oh leave her alone” is a huge consideration. The threat to “the media Bully” is real.

I’m terrified for her to get in office because of the real issues. It’s scary that the REpublicans are NOT running on the real issues.

But you know what, I am hoping against hope that the Nat Enquirer stuff is true, because unfortunately, THATS what will get potential voters attention. Not the AIP stuff, not the Trooper stuff – not the real stuff.

Although the more that the real scandals dribble in over the next month, I guess the better.

Thanks you guys I feel a little better now.

3 09 2008
Alaskan Republican

Cynthia,
What are you talking about? I actually had to do some work. What did I miss?

3 09 2008
MJC

Hello to all of our brothers and sisters from FRANCE, ENGLAND, IRELAND, BRITIAN, and SWEDEN!!!!!!!! Hope I didn’t miss anyone. Glad to be able to chat with you all. Hang on tight because this is going to be a bumpy ride!

Thank You all for your Support!

3 09 2008
lookingglass

Is it… is it possible that I just fell back in love with the media? I mean, after 8 years of softball questions to our current President, 8 years of not demanding answers, 8 years of sucking it up and walking away, they FINALLY got their balls back?

Please someone tell me this is really happening. I think I need someone to pinch me.

3 09 2008
Palmdale, CA

Unbelieveable!!! Mitt Romney says that even after the last 8 yrs, Washington is still liberal. If that don’t put the fear into every real American, I don’t know what will! Huh????

3 09 2008
BBD in Mpls

I hate to be so cliche but this is called “Death by a Thousand Cuts”

3 09 2008
Goody2

I’ve got my Obama donate button poised to go the moment she opens her mouth. We should all send even a token amount. Use an Alaska zip code: 995–.

3 09 2008
Jim S.

Not Bad, ‘mudflats blog’, ‘alaskan progressive radio’, tabs, and Not The palin Speech On!!

“Do We Need Change, You’re Damn Right We Do, And The World Needs Us To Change, Now!!”

3 09 2008
Lisa

Romeny just took a shot at Michelle. All bets are off.
They have just stated at families are fair game. Let the real games begin!

3 09 2008
Lola

And the plot thickens:

McCain Camp Battles National Enquirer Over Alleged Palin Affair!

“John McCain’s presidential campaign is threatening a lawsuit against the National Enquirer over a print edition story the tabloid ran today alleging that Gov. Sarah Palin has had an extramarital affair with her husband’s business partner.

The allegation would normally be dismissed by political observers as the random musings of a supermarket tabloid — indeed, the McCain campaign said as much in its statements on Wednesday — except that the paper has built up a reservoir of legitimacy following its earlier reporting on the John Edwards affair.”

Holy shit it’s like a freaking dream that just keeps on getting crazier and crazier!!!

Someone out there in Alaska knows about this, and I hope they start talking!!!

3 09 2008
cmac

I feel EVEN BETTER now…. how do we get this into the mainstream!?!

Wall Street Journal columnist and former Reagan speechwriter Peggy Noonan and former John McCain adviser, Time columnist, and MSNBC contributor Mike Murphy were caught on tape disparaging John McCain’s selection of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his Vice Presidential running mate.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/09/03/peggy-noonan-mike-murphy_n_123647.html

3 09 2008
Political Amazon

Hello from Central Coast California, which currently is not on fire, but may be by the time I finish this post.

I’m pleased to find this website and especially KUDO progressive talk rado!

I just wrote commentary comparing McCain’s choice of Palin as being the equivalent of Michael Brown’s appointment to head FEMA. I will try to post it here but it may be too long.

——–

“SARAH PALIN: John McCain One-Ups Bush’s Appointment of Michael Brown to head FEMA.”
—The Political Amazon

The GOP wants to, once again, visit disaster on America.

They chose (twice) Bush Jr, who has done his damnedest to destroy our
country, bankrupt our economy, and–based on lies– slaughter an entire generation of American soldiers.

Bush Jr, in a stunningly botched appointment, chose Michael Brown to
head FEMA, the agency in charge of saving Americans from natural
disasters and helping them rebuild their homes and lives afterward.

Prior to his apointment to FEMA, Michael Brown, in case you forgot, worked as the as the stewards and judges commissioner of the International Arabian Horse Association. He didn’t run the IAHA–he simply supervised the shows. With this major accomplishment under his belt, he got a crony
appointment as legal counsel to Joe Albaugh, one of the architects known as the “Iron Triangle” (along with Karen Hughes and Karl Rove) who got Bush Jr shoved into the Oval Office in 2000. When Albaugh left FEMA in 2003, Brown was appointed to lead FEMA.

If you want a clear view of how ineffectual Brown was during Katrina,
you can review the video archives of the tens of thousands of people
left to drown, starve and thirst to death in New Orleans because of Brown’s
inexperience.

If you want a clear view of how little Brown cared for what was going
on, when it was going on, you can read his emails here:
http://i.a.cnn.net/cnn/2005/images/11/03/brown.emails.pdf

This is what appointing an inexperienced and ineffectual crony to
an important position will get you: the Katrina disaster which shamed
our nation before the world as the president of the United States and
his bumbling appointee watched a city drown…and did NOTHING but photo-op press appearances.

That Bush Jr then told Brown, “You’re doing a heckuva job, Brownie”
just puts the final felliniesque touch to the debacle.

So how does the GOP approach the chore of trying to redeem itself in
2008? They choose an aged and obviously feeble-minded candidate, who
has an anger-managment problem, and with a history of four episodes of
cancer. McCain, in turn, apparently upholding the GOP tradition, then
names someone as equally unqualified and unsuited for the VP (and perhaps
president) job as Brown was for FEMA: Sarah Palin.

Sarah Palin. Where do we start? She starts off her campaign– in her
first speech!– lying to the GOP voters, the nation, and the world, about
being a reformer and being against earmarks. She is neither. In fact, she
is a rather greedy little grabber for earmarks. Palin is currently under
bipartisan investigation for abuse of power. Her experience includes
winning a beauty pageant, serving in the city council of Wasilla, a
very small town, then mayor (she immediately fired the police chief
when, coincdentally, her husband had been previously been arrested for a DUI), and then a big 20 months as governor of Alaska, during which she used the funds from the bridge to nowhere to buy lobbyists (the same ones who run Ted Stevens, the Alaskan senator under ethics invstigation in Congress),
worked to open up the Arctic Refuge to massive oil exploration, and
tried to stop the polar bear from being included on the endangered
species list (because it would slow down development in Alaska).

Sarah Palin. She also rejected real birth-control information and
instruction in Alaskan schools, but supported instead abstinence for th schools. The result: her own teenage daughter is now five-months pregnant,

Sarh Palin. She is being investigated for using her power to get her
ex-brother-in-law fired and, when that didn’t work, to get his
boss fired. She told his boss, before he was fired, that his department
would get no funding for needed projects and until her ex-brother-in-law was gone. Since her ex-BIL was a state trooper, that would place Alaskan citizens at risk.

Think about that–she denied funding to the state’s law enforcemnt agency because they wouldn’t fire her ex-BIL.

My, my, my. Just THINK what she could do with all of the resources of the United States at her disposal.

So, in many ways, Sarah Palin is WORSE than Michal Brown. Michael
Brown was inept, inexperienced,and didn’t give a rat’s ass if people
drowned because of is failures, but he was not vindictive. He did not
abuse the power of his office. He did not put Americans at risk so he
could get revenge–he did it because he was just inept and didn’t
care.

He didn’t introduce himself to American citizens by lying to them,
claiming he had done things he had not and that he was something he
was not. He was pretty honest about his background, especially at the
end.

So, really, the GOP would have been doing the people of America a big
favor, if the only ther alternative was Sarah Palin, to have nominated
Michael Brown as VP. He may be inexperienced, inept, and without
compassion for those who are suffering, but he is not a nasty,
vengeful little piece of work like Sarah Palin.

3 09 2008
Cynthia, TX

If she criticizes the press tonight they are going to print every scandal there is about her. I think this is a bad move!!

3 09 2008
Groundhogday

Murphy/Noonan tape is covered in the WAPO already. It is mainstream.

3 09 2008
3 09 2008
Cynthia, TX

Alaskan Republican here you go

http://www.nationalenquirer.com/

3 09 2008
cmac

sorry what is WAPO? also i couldn’t websurf at work so I am just catching up

3 09 2008
Goody2

The only way out of this nightmare is to get Obama/Biden elected!!!! Get out the vote. Everyone sign up 5 people to register and vote! We can do this—we MUST do this.

3 09 2008
PalinGate

I wasn’t watching Romney… what did he say abotu Michelle???

3 09 2008
Faye H.

I have never heard the term “smoking boo” before, but I am going to start using the euphemism from now own.

3 09 2008
Cynthia, TX

something about he has always been proud of his country!!

3 09 2008
PalinGate

Obama had the decency to tell the world to lay off of McCain’s family, and this is how the McCain camp thanks them?

3 09 2008
PalinGate

Obama’s maturity and intelligence makes the entire Republican convention look like a circus.

3 09 2008
Catherine

OMG, I can’t believe the affair story now. I can’t be away from my computer for one hour with this lady! Madone!

3 09 2008
Ana Gama
3 09 2008
Laurie

oh.my. god. I cannot watch on tv. This radio station is the only thing keeping me from going nuts!. Please…please…let the GOP go down in flames.

3 09 2008
Ana Gama

The reason the McCainiacs are so afraid of the National Enquirer is because they are targeting the tabloid readers votes!

3 09 2008
rpahk

wapo = Washington Post. The radio show is great!

3 09 2008
PalinGate

According to Politico, the bit&* is also going to throw out the following line. If she wants to start slinging sh&%, then it will come RIGHT BACK at her:

Before I became governor of the great state of Alaska, I was mayor of my hometown. And since our opponents in this presidential election seem to look down on that experience, let me explain to them what the job involves. I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a ‘community organizer,’ except that you have actual responsibilities.

3 09 2008
Laurie

Mike Huckabee just stated….” sarah palin got more votes for mayor of wasilla than Joe Biden got for president” What a schmuck!

3 09 2008
Andrew Gregg

If you can, find C-SPAN’s coverage of Oabama in Ohio today. It’s like a tonic. Everyone will feel better.

3 09 2008
Catherine

cmac, WAPO = Washington Post. Speaking of WAPO – they’ve got the emails.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/09/03/AR2008090303210_pf.html

Jaysus. And I thought keeping up with the bushies was a full time job.

3 09 2008
Parker CA

This guy is a freakin’ joke.

3 09 2008
Parker CA

This is like white-racist-fest 2008. These people must be proud of their values and countries. Idiots!

3 09 2008
LaughingAt...


/linkset/2005/04/11/LI2005041100587.html?hpid=topnews

if you haven’t seen it, the howard kurtz article
this goes right to the media thing.
yeah, they live here too.

3 09 2008
Jim S.

Tomorrow on this show Bev Harris of Black Box Voting.org .

I just posted about their Booklet I just received yesterday ‘Election Toolkit 2008’, that link will give you my post and how you can get the Booklet!!

3 09 2008
Ana Gama

The WaPo now has this nugget:

Oh Baby! The Spears-Palin Connection
By Roxanne Roberts

“We’re now skating the fine line between fact and satire: Jamie Lynn Spears — the 17-year-old lil’ sis of Britney who had a daughter in June — has sent a baby gift to 17-year-old Bristol Palin because she, like, totally KNOWS what’s it’s like to be a celebrity unwed mother. ”

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/the-trail/2008/09/03/oh_baby_the_spears-palin_conne.html

3 09 2008
J T

I always thought going after Michelle Obama for her comments about America and pride was a non-issue. If she said she had always been proud of America, I would have thought she was lying. After all, how could any black person make that claim when slavery was really not that long ago – not when you consider the last Civil War widow died just four years ago. (Yes, she married her husband when he was 81, but still it makes one realize how recent slavery was.)

3 09 2008
3 09 2008
Judy in Chicago

Again, where can I buy my “mudflats” t-shirt. This is a great club!

3 09 2008
Arx

Oh man, the republicans should ban internet, because this is like a torpedo sinking their boat.The news keep coming from all over and they are spreading like gunpowder.The question is: will Madam resign or they intend to push it to the end and fall down in flames?

3 09 2008
PalinGate

I’m sitting here trying to figure out how to tell my husband that I want to watch Palin’s speech with my Mudflats friends instead of with him.

3 09 2008
LaughingAt...

national enquirer,
yep. goes right to the heart.
how many times will she be on those covers, week after week
i’ll buy them just to keep her on the cover. shit, i’ll buy 10!
a tabloid veep? eeew

3 09 2008
Palmdale, CA

keith just called the huckster on his facts. Biden got 15K votes in Florida, 18K in CA. Palin got, what, maybe 800 in her bid for mayor of Wasilla???

3 09 2008
Ralphie

Does Obama have a tv commercial to air tonight? If so, I’ll have to keep a closer eye on tv.

3 09 2008
Parker CA

I would love to get sound bites from off-camera responses of KO.

3 09 2008
LaughingAt...

lol palingate,
i have that too.
i didn’t water, poor guys out there watering the garden at 9:49 pm.

3 09 2008
DS

If Palin is fit to be VP, then Obama and Biden are waaaay over-qualified. They should be Supreme Rules of the Universe.

3 09 2008
Parker CA

AK-baby-daddy doesn’t seem to know what to make of this whole scene.

3 09 2008
Maddie

Excellent Idea Judy! I would totally buy a Mutflats t-shirt!

3 09 2008
Ana Gama

OBAMA SUPPORTERS!!!

Get set to donate at http://www.barackobama.com when Palin takes the stage in about 10 minutes!

Whatever you can do…even $2.00. Show your support!

3 09 2008
Clemo Kansas City

Radio just died for me. Love your blog.

3 09 2008
Parker CA

Now we have to listen to 9ui11ani. I need to get something to throw-up in.

3 09 2008
fawnskin

wanna teeshirt
wanna teeshirt

(cause i’m pround to be a mudflats club member!)

3 09 2008
PalinGate

MSNBC doesn’t know which one Bristol is.

3 09 2008
fawnskin

or proud…whichever is a stonger show of support

3 09 2008
PalinGate

Mudflats Tshirts can say “Mudflats.. Myfacts”

3 09 2008
Kathleen

Follow this link to read a letter from someone who knows Sara Palin.

http://www.andrys.com/palin-kilkenny.html

3 09 2008
PalinGate

MSNBC has had the camera firmly planted on Willow for the past 10 minutes, mistaking her for Bristol. Kinda funny.

3 09 2008
Regi

I’m really convinced now McCain just wasn’t aware of the power of the internet. It’s a grand new world🙂

3 09 2008
Meleana

This is the most boring speech I’ve ever heard.

3 09 2008
VP, Flat Earth Society

How many ways can you spell “BIMBO”?

3 09 2008
Memphis, NY

LOVE IT

3 09 2008
Parker CA

Obama / Biden are going to slaughter McCain/Palin in ads after this convention is over.

3 09 2008
VA Democrat

Ana Gama, I’m getting ready to hit the “donate” button. I also donated as soon as I heard about Palin last friday. I can’t believe it was only friday that all of this started… Well, I guess it didn’t start friday – obviously, Palin has been terrorizing Alaska for a while now. Imagine what else is going on in this country that we don’t know about… I can’t watch this speech.

3 09 2008
Jim S.

Hey Memphis NY

I’m an original ‘cuse’ now in NC!!

3 09 2008
Laurie

As a Canadian…I have never been so fired up…lol, and I dont even get a vote! You folks sure have your work cut out for you…but I have lots of faith. All of America will be so proud of all of you Alaskans. The fact that you are so openly dissenting one of your own is not something that the GOP (I believe) would have guessed.

3 09 2008
PalinGate

Regi.. McCain has said he doesn’t use computers. Here is the video of it. If he did use computers, he would have simply been able to Google ‘Sarah Palin’ to find enough trash for a proper vetting job..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_R9wnMVZE_Q

3 09 2008
VA Democrat

Also, I would absolutely buy a Mudflats t-shirt!!! I’ve been living on this blog since friday!

3 09 2008
MJC

I just sent my donation to Obama’s campaign. Now I am going to watch her speech.

3 09 2008
Memphis, NY

Love it 1080 finally said what I was thinking BAD choice if she was really vetted as McShame claims worse than if she wasn’t

3 09 2008
Tammy

Keith is the only one on msnbc calling the other party on their mistatements. And now they want to blame the media for the whole mess? About time the media does their job.

After tonight Palin is going to wish she never made the comment about community organizers.

I saw a sign in St Paul today and it fits her so well. Palin: Less wanted than Ventura.

3 09 2008
fredrik

Rudi isn’t a very good speaker is he?

3 09 2008
DS

Sarah Palin as Eliza Doolittle:

Professor Henry Higgins: She’s so deliciously low. So horribly dirty.

Eliza, you are to stay here for the next six months learning to speak beautifully, like a lady in a florist’s shop. At the end of six months you will be taken to an embassy ball in a carriage, beautifully dressed. If the king finds out you are not a lady, you will be taken to the Tower of London, where your head will be cut off as a warning to other presumptuous flower girls! If you are not found out, you shall be given a present of… uh… seven and six to start life with in a lady’s shop. If you refuse this offer, you will be the most ungrateful, wicked girl, and the angels will weep for you.

Eliza Doolittle: I ain’t dirty! I washed my face and hands before I come, I did!

3 09 2008
Bren

Rudy’s playing the “he was a POW so he’s qualified for president” card. I think that makes him unqualified…

3 09 2008
From England

goodnight all!! i’m going to bed…it’s 3am here…but will be on here first thing to find out how the speech went..and all the new goss…at this rate???!!!what nxt?

3 09 2008
Lisa

I live in a divided house. I can’t thank you enough for this site. My husband has now gown strangely quite, he can no longer defend his party. It’s really sad, like a slow death. Truly one of my proudest days, there is hope for this marriage after all.

3 09 2008
Tammy
3 09 2008
Parker CA

Giuliani is a mother fu*ker!

3 09 2008
banjobailey

I feel the same way as CMAC above, really, really worried that Sarah’s charisma may be able to capture all the ignorant people in the lower 48. Can you imagine her giving a “bad” speech tonight? NO. She is absolutely confident of herself and, my fear, is that she will be able to “capture”, as she did in Alaska, a whole bunch of absolutely ignorant and, basically, morally insane people in the lower 48.
We must re-double our efforts to defeat her and McCain. This is serious.

3 09 2008
LaughingAt...

david gregory: “theyre trying to make her an icon like they made ronald reagan an icon”
lol
listen to these morons (x-keith, rachel)

whats next, RUSHMORE???????

3 09 2008
Corie

I’m annoyed that she dismisses Obama’s community organizing experience. Obama’s ability to mobilize voters is a direct result of those skills! All Runner-Up Miss Alaska knows how to do is talk with actually saying anything.

3 09 2008
kimbers

OMG Guiliani is such a prick!! I’m going to donate to Obama right now and again when Palin comes on.

GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!!!!

3 09 2008
LaughingAt...

total disgust.
i’m gonna watch venus and serena

3 09 2008
fredrik

Oh… Has McCain been a POW? The POW card is so tired. He reminds me of someone who base his whole identity on his High School years. A bit sad when you think of it…

3 09 2008
Ana Gama

Joe Biden on Guilani at the debates, remember this? LMAO

3 09 2008
fixthebroken

Guliani’s metaphor about a person choosing a job applicant to do something for you to keep you safe is so misleading. The President does not act alone. He has a bunch of people around him, hopefully smart, educated and qualified people. It isn’t a one person job.

3 09 2008
Let'sGetReal

How to toon Guiliani out…If you recorded Obama’s Acceptance Speech as I did, hit PLAY!!!

3 09 2008
Trout

Hey folks,

Just saw that Huckabee on the RNC said: Sarah Palin got more votes running for the mayor of Wasilla than Joe Biden got running for president. It got a huge reaction from the crowd.

I checked online and Sarah Palin only got 909 votes as Mayor in the 1999 re-election. Her 1996 results are not posted online. It is on the Wasilla website under Documents. Biden got 2328 state delegate/caucus votes for the Iowa Democratic Caucus before he dropped out of the Presidential Primary.

It could be interesting to check how many votes Sarah got in 1996, see what her total is and then determine if this “tagline” can be refuted.

3 09 2008
3 09 2008
cheez

Ooooh this is making me mad. I really wish I could’ve voted for Hillary Clinton… But Palingate has made me so incensed that I just gave $50 to Obama…. What a trainwreck.

3 09 2008
LaughingAt...

if i was at the HR desk picking these applicants, i would know the best candidate by his deliberate, thoughtful nature. sharp, exhibiting leadership qualities.
giuliani can kiss my ass. don’t get me started (lived in ny many years THOSE years) i knew once ya’all got a load of him, you’d hate him too. i wasn’t worried.

3 09 2008
Diva

Bren (18:05:56) :

Rudy’s playing the “he was a POW so he’s qualified for president” card. I think that makes him unqualified

But…but…didn’t Fred Thompson say it didn’t qualify him?

These guys really ought to get their stories straight….

3 09 2008
Ennealogic

I just thought of something. I’m a mother of 3, all natural home births, all breastfed. If you hold an infant cradled in your arms, AND that infant is being breastfed, the infant will, without fail, nuzzle the breast that he/she senses is near.

This baby Trig does not exhibit this behavior. Not tonight live at the Convention, and not at any other time in any other video or photo I’ve seen.

Is this attributable to his Down Syndrome? I do not think so. I think it just may be one more lie put out there by Sarah Palin in her bid to garner sympathy.

3 09 2008
Gerry

Well we are just hearing from The Mayor. As Joe Biden said “his sentences include a noun, a verb and 9/11”.

3 09 2008
Martha from Obama country

Obama should make an ad about george bush and the wonderful executive experience that he had prior to becoming the President and look what that experience got us!!!!!!

3 09 2008
LaughingAt...

wait, maybe the winner of venus vs. serena could be veep

sorry, rudy makes me physically ill. see??

3 09 2008
Arx

FRANCE is going to bad is 4 AM here, I can’t wait to see how the things are going to develop. Good night everyone and those who can vote, just do it !!!

3 09 2008
LaughingAt...

bon nuit arx (sp? fr?)

3 09 2008
Ana Gama

Trooper-gate emails from Palin now at the WaPo:

Palin E-Mails Show Intense Interest in Trooper’s Penalty
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/09/03/AR2008090303210_pf.html

3 09 2008
fredrik

When’s Palin on? I’m getting tired. It’s 4.20 am over here.

3 09 2008
Corejay

I guess I’m the only European still awake and reading/researching?

OK, I got relatives in AK, so I’m kinda relating to the whole story (though my relatives over there, just as most of my relatives over here in Europe, are Christian Fundamentalist crackpots. I hope I never need to tell ’em that I’m an agnostic…)

3 09 2008
Ennealogic

BTW, I have the screen all queued up to donate to Obama (again) as soon as the imposter from Alaska shows up to speak. I hope it sends a message.

3 09 2008
LaughingAt...

Mr. Monegan even stated himself that no one ever told him to fire anyone, period,”

is that true?

3 09 2008
joy - fl

Lunatic fringe to the extreme. Mr. 911 needs to crawl back under is lucrative rock. Go Obama/Biden

3 09 2008
Parker CA

This is the most vitriolic speech I have ever seen in my life.

3 09 2008
fredrik

Is Rudy just doing a Bush or is he really this bad a speaker? He really sucks!

3 09 2008
Let'sGetReal

How to toon Guiliani & the republicans out…If you recorded Obama’s Acceptance Speech as I did, hit PLAY!!!

3 09 2008
kimbers

Me too Ennealogic, me too. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr…

3 09 2008
Ennealogic

Holy crap, I just saw a shot of Bristol standing up during Rudy’s speech, not looking very happy, and not… NOT … looking 5 months pregnant.

3 09 2008
Pat Sharp

This is crazy! The foot ball baby landed in CIndy McCain’s arms……
Rudy is a jerk!
It’s great balm to have our International friends rooting for us.
It’s “down the rabbit hole”, they are so engrossed in their theatre, they have no idea what is developing elswhere!

3 09 2008
fawnskin

oh, goody.
i have my obama donation page primed to go.

3 09 2008
LaughingAt...

which one looks more like a nursing ma, bris or sar?

3 09 2008
LaughingAt...

she looks cocky and mean, but some like that nancy grace sorta vibe…

3 09 2008
How Insane Is John McCain

Wow, she looks terrified and flat.

3 09 2008
kimbers

A special needs advocate in the WH? Did she seriously just say that?

3 09 2008
Goody2

OMG She just mentioned her husband as “quite a package”. I can’t take this. Did she really say she would be an advocate for special needs parents in the white house? Why not in Alaska? has she been saving herself? She was no advocate for special needs or unwed mothers.

3 09 2008
From England

couldn’t help myself…i’m back. spells doom for work tomorrow.
So far her speech really sounds dumb ass….if you Americans vote for her….you will be the laughing stocks of the UNIVERSE!!! I will make sure my american friends here vote….the world can’t let this happen !!!!!

3 09 2008
Goody2

Sarabarracuda just showed up.

3 09 2008
From England

why is she talking about mccain…and her personal life so much? attacking obama? attacking the media? she needs to be telling americans why they shouuld trust HER!!

3 09 2008
Ana Gama

Andrew Sullivan is live-blogging the speech: http://andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com/the_daily_dish/

3 09 2008
Corejay

Quoting Rudy: “Democrats live in a state of denial about the biggest threat America faces today. Noun, Verb, 911!”

Methinks, Rudy and the Repubs live in a state of denial. The biggest threat for the US is not a military one; it is an economic and perhaps a diplomatic issue. We’ve seen the effect *cough* of military actions during the last seven years – that’s longer than WWII!

3 09 2008
ADAMS OFF OX

Attacked Obama and the media…….END OF GAME!

3 09 2008
Ana Gama

From England,

After the last 8 years of being entirely embarassed by the jackass we have in the WH, if my fellow citizens vote the Crazy Train Team in, I will be mortified.

3 09 2008
Pat

WHo was it that said she was honest?

3 09 2008
fixthebroken

I can’t watch right now. Any objective views on how she is doing? I did she was playing the “special needs” card, though.

3 09 2008
From England

thanks but no thanks,…….LOL ha ha ha

3 09 2008
Ana Gama

She LIED again about that Bridge to Nowhere! “Thanks but no thanks!” Shit, lady, send the damn money back then!

3 09 2008
Martha from Obama country

not watching. I’ll read it tomorrow in the NYT, just waiting for Jon Stewart.

3 09 2008
From England

fixthebroken…so far very similar to her announcement speech. but she’s started on energy self sufficiency. she’s had a rapturous reception from the floor. she’s speaking well but nothing new xcept some detail on energy.

3 09 2008
ADAMS OFF OX

Blamed Russia for trying to control the world with Energy? Nor she will be getting Putin worked up.

3 09 2008
Alaskan Republican

Re: kimbers (18:39:24) :

A special needs advocate in the WH? Did she seriously just say that?

Yes she said that and guess what she cut funding for special education in Alaska!

3 09 2008
Ana Gama

LMAO!

Andrew Sullivan says: “I have to say that the affect is of someone running for high school president.”

3 09 2008
ADAMS OFF OX

I did not know Herman Goering was writing for the Repubs now.

3 09 2008
Maddie

it was really hateful and full of a million lies. Really ugly person. Sad to see.

3 09 2008
Pat

SHe finally took the special needs baby; he looks traumatized by the applause & cheering!

3 09 2008
Ana Gama

Why did they have to pass that baby back and forth? Can’t anyone hold a 5 month old infant for 40 minutes?

3 09 2008
Pat

Great gene pool, her sister has a special meeds child too.

3 09 2008
Ana Gama

Strange that she made her first national speech and it dripped of sarcasm and stinky insults. Sad, really.

3 09 2008
gizmo

I’m noticing how much fun politics has been lately. To some extent it’s a consequence of monumental buffoonery by the Republicans, but credit is due to cheerful Democrats who have learned that if politics is a dreary slog, fewer people will participate. I’m wondering if a clever new “fun” politics (with a serious underlying agenda) might be the best way to win campaigns. As noted by our blog host here at Mudflats, Ed Schultz has come up with a dandy idea, and I’m betting that it will produce hilarious and potentially devastating results. Maybe this could be webcast somehow for wider exposure. See below–

“Ed Schulz is hosting a town hall meeting at the University of Alaska in Anchorage. A thousand Alaskans will cough up between $25 and $100 to stand before the microphone and tell the world exactly what they think of Sarah Palin. The show will be played back on September 15th.”

I can’t wait….

3 09 2008
zorro

In case you’ve been wondering what it would be like to live on another planet, check out the email I just received from the wingnuts at RedState.com–

—————————————-

“Sarah Palin took to the podium tonight and gave the speech of a lifetime, perhaps the best nationally broadcast political introduction in the convention history, and a knock out blow to the Obama-Biden campaign and their pals in the media.

Governor Palin’s performance was phenomenal. It was amazing to be inside the XCEL Center listening, seeing the crowd’s reaction, and seeing Governor Palin take the fight to opposition.

The media has pushed the Obama campaign’s narrative for days that Governor Palin does not have enough experience to be Vice President. Tonight, she proved the media wrong. She proved the media frauds. She proved she’s tough, she’s a fighter, and yes, she can lead.

Governor Sarah Palin could lead on day one. She is ready to be President.

But Governor Palin is not running for President. She is running for Vice President with more experience than Senator Obama has and better experience than Joe Biden has.

John McCain chose wisely.

After tonight, it is clear the media’s reaction to Sarah Palin was hyperbolic, false, and filled with the anger of a Democratic opposition just now recognizing what a threat Governor Palin is to their established order.”

Sarah Palin is the real deal.

Don’t doubt it.

Sincerely yours,

Erick Erickson
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3 09 2008
Plwalsh

Ana Gama: yes, that is pretty much it. Actually, more Junior High President.

It will be great material for stand up comics. This is terrific stuff for a good satirist.

3 09 2008
Ana Gama

Interesting comment from an undecided voter, found at WaPo:

As an independent, I had one really big question left unanswered. I live in a small town roughly the size of the place she was Mayor. I really would like to know how she made the jump from Mayor of a small town to Vice Presidential candidate in two years.

I would be dumbstruck if my Mayor suddenly became Governor and I don’t think I could believe it if the Mayor suddenly found himself on the same stage she was on today. It’s just too big of a leap.

Republicans may believe people don’t know Obama, but he went through a long primary election season and people did get to know him. He wasn’t just sprung into the campaign. Who follows the career of all of the Governors in the USA? Did anyone really know who Palin was two weeks ago? Am I the only one who wanted to know how she bridged that gap (from Mayor of a small town to a heartbeat away from the Presidency)????

I think her speech was designed and will play well to the conservative base. I doubt it will swing the vote for independents. Her positions are too extreme for most of us.

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/thefix/2008/09/palin_speaks_how_did_she_do.html?hpid=topnews

3 09 2008
Ana Gama

Another independent voice, same link as above:

“I can’t believe that this speech was aimed at the country at large. It must have been written only for the republican base. It’s hard to imagine introducing her to undecided independent voters with such a vicious speech. She said nothing about what she and McCain would do for the country. Do they really expect to win in this economy with a lesser of the two evils strategy? I don’t think independents will be moved by that this time.”

3 09 2008
Ana Gama

One more, same place: (LOL!)

I just threw up in my mouth a little.

Posted by: Alicia | September 3, 2008 11:46 PM

3 09 2008
JenaGG

Love this blog! It’s the home of sanity right now.

3 09 2008
bwilder

MudFlats-
So maybe you can tell us- It’s apparent Sarah Palin can carry the water
of the GOP. What I want to know is what’s her motivation? Ambition
that allows her to say anything to get what and where she wants to be…
do you think she is naive and being used? If so, I guess they’re using each other but I am just trying to get a real feel for her motivation here.

She seems so snotty in her speech delivery and reminds of the ‘mean girls’ in high school.

3 09 2008
MJC

Time for Obama to take the gloves off! It’s time to play hardball! We WOMEN (and men) need to rally our forces together and win this election for OUR COUNTRY and vote for what we stand for, and not cave in to what these right wingers stand for!

There is no way in the world that I want to see this extreme right wing Republican party in the whitehouse for another four more years! That is a Scary proposition!

This election will clearly be won on the ISSUES. Obama needs to run ads that will make definite and clear distinctions between the issues this right wing Republican party stand for, versus the Democratic Party. Pro-choice versus pro-life will be a major issues. They need to be able to connect with the blue collar workers too.

I hope Obama can get Hillary and Bill Clinton out on the road to campaign for him. If I had a million dollars, I would place a bet on Hillary any day to sucker punch Palin a few good jabs that will leave her feeling so bruised she won’t even know what hit her until after the elections are over! Palin doesn’t represent anything that Hillary stands for, and we need to remind America of those differences.

McCain and Palin both look like they have an itchy trigger fingers and won’t hesitate to push that “red button” and lead us into more wars, without diplomacy first, and without our allies. We already know that McCain is known to be tempermental and shoots from the hip and makes irrational decisions without consideration of the consequences. God forbid he keels over anytime soon and hands the presidency over to Palin!

Now I really believe all of the stories coming out of Alaska, about her firing people left and right as a Mayor and a Governor. Demanding loyalty and so forth. I can definitely see her waging a war against her brother-in-law to have him fired all of these years, along with everyone else that stood in her way. She seems like the power hungry, ruthless, and vindictive type.

I saw so many men at the convention (especially those old geasers) wearing Palin buttons that said “Hot Chick” or something to that affect. Talk about sexism!

I noticed she was “promoting” help with Special Needs children. What a farce! Wait till America finds out that she cut the budget in Alaska for the Special Needs education by 62% !

3 09 2008
Ana Gama

I’ve been reading comments several places looking for reactions from independent and undecideds. They are nearly unanimously unimpressed and certainly not persuaded.

3 09 2008
Ana Gama

Rachel Maddow was talking a little bit ago about the sermon at her church two weeks ago, when she was in attendance, where the preacher was ranting about the Jews deserving terrorist attacks. Chris Matthews, apparently out of the loop on this nugget today, asked Rachel what her source was. Rachel told him Politico.

I wonder if she’s going to be in for the continuous-loop-for-days a la Rev Wright?

3 09 2008
fixthebroken

The Obama campain needs to look at this article and find much of the fodder it needs:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/09/04/ap-attacks-praise-stretch_n_123771.html

3 09 2008
Why is Sarah Palin trying to obstruct the investigation of her acts in troopergate? - Gossip Rocks Forum

[…] Alaska Progressive Radio is Online! Breaking News. The revamping of local Anchorage progressive talk radio station KUDO 1080am came at a bad time. Little did they know Palin would be in the national and international spotlight this week. But, they now have a live feed. The local programming is excellent and will give you a good idea of Alaska reaction. 7am-9am – Cary Carrigan Show 3pm-6pm – CC and her show Cutting Edge. Shows are listed Alaska time, which is one hour earlier than Pacific time. CC is on right now talking about the Republican partys calling our legitimate questioning of the Palin choice as a phony media scandal to destroy her. Also breaking news on the Monegan case. Palin has just filed an ethics complaint againstherself. This is not a joke. This is the only way she can activate the 3-person Palin-appointed board whose job is to deal with ethics complaints, thereby circumventing the Alaska State Legistlatures investigation that she thinks may come down against her. I just heard a caller say the word impeachment. Check it out – HERE Alaska Progressive Radio is Online! Breaking News. Mudflats […]

3 09 2008
Lower 48 Fred

Did anyone else notice the convention floor was a mass of “white” middle age and older people? Where are the 20 & 30 somethings in this party. No gay flags either🙂. & they contend they represent all Americans. I truly didn’t see that tonight. This is the same joke we experienced for the past 8 years. I want to welcome all our foreign vistors and ask them to understand we honestly are not all loons in this country….

3 09 2008
bwilder

This is a letter written by Anne Kilkenny who lives in Wasilla and attended
99% of the city council meetings when Sarah was in city gov’t:

ABOUT SARAH PALIN

I am a resident of Wasilla, Alaska. I have known Sarah since 1992.
Everyone here knows Sarah, so it is nothing special to say we are on a
first-name basis. Our children have attended the same schools. Her
father was my child’s favorite substitute teacher. I also am on a
first name basis with her parents and mother-in-law. I attended more
City Council meetings during her administration than about 99% of the
residents of the city.

She is enormously popular; in every way she’s like the most popular
girl in middle school. Even men who think she is a poor choice and
won’t vote for her can’t quit smiling when talking about her because
she is a “babe”.

It is astonishing and almost scary how well she can keep a secret. She
kept her most recent pregnancy a secret from her children and parents
for seven months.

She is “pro-life”. She recently gave birth to a Down’s syndrome baby.
There is no cover-up involved, here; Trig is her baby.

She is energetic and hardworking. She regularly worked out at the gym.

She is savvy. She doesn’t take positions; she just “puts things out
there” and if they prove to be popular, then she takes credit.

Her husband works a union job on the North Slope for BP and is a
champion snowmobile racer. Todd Palin’s kind of job is highly
sought-after because of the schedule and high pay. He arranges his
work schedule so he can fish for salmon in Bristol Bay for a month or
so in summer, but by no stretch of the imagination is fishing their
major source of income. Nor has her life-style ever been anything
like that of native Alaskans.

Sarah and her whole family are avid hunters.

She’s smart.

Her experience is as mayor of a city with a population of about 5,000
(at the time), and less than 2 years as governor of a state with about
670,000 residents.

During her mayoral administration most of the actual work of running
this small city was turned over to an administrator. She had been
pushed to hire this administrator by party power-brokers after she had
gotten herself into some trouble over precipitous firings which had
given rise to a recall campaign.

Sarah campaigned in Wasilla as a “fiscal conservative”. During her 6
years as Mayor, she increased general government expenditures by over
33%. During those same 6 years the amount of taxes collected by the
City increased by 38%. This was during a period of low inflation
(1996-2002). She reduced progressive property taxes and increased a
regressive sales tax which taxed even food. The tax cuts that she
promoted benefited large corporate property owners way more than they
benefited residents.

The huge increases in tax revenues during her mayoral administration
weren’t enough to fund everything on her wish list though, borrowed
money was needed, too. She inherited a city with zero debt, but left it
with indebtedness of over $22 million. What did Mayor Palin encourage
the voters to borrow money for? Was it the infrastructure that she said
she supported? The sewage treatment plant that the city lacked? or a
new library? No. $1m for a park. $15m-plus for construction of a
multi-use sports complex which she rushed through to build on a piece
of property that the City didn’t even have clear title to, that was
still in litigation 7 yrs later–to the delight of the lawyers
involved! The sports complex itself is a nice addition to the
community but a huge money pit, not the profit-generator she claimed it
would be. She also supported bonds for $5.5m for road projects that
could have been done in 5-7 yrs without any borrowing.

While Mayor, City Hall was extensively remodeled and her office
redecorated more than once.

These are small numbers, but Wasilla is a very small city.

As an oil producer, the high price of oil has created a budget surplus
in Alaska. Rather than invest this surplus in technology that will
make us energy independent and increase efficiency, as Governor she
proposed distribution of this surplus to every individual in the state.

In this time of record state revenues and budget surpluses, she
recommended that the state borrow/bond for road projects, even while
she proposed distribution of surplus state revenues: spend today’s
surplus, borrow for needs.

She’s not very tolerant of divergent opinions or open to outside ideas
or compromise. As Mayor, she fought ideas that weren’t generated by
her or her staff. Ideas weren’t evaluated on their merits, but on the
basis of who proposed them.

While Sarah was Mayor of Wasilla she tried to fire our highly respected
City Librarian because the Librarian refused to consider removing from
the library some books that Sarah wanted removed. City residents
rallied to the defense of the City Librarian and against Palin’s
attempt at out-and-out censorship, so Palin backed down and withdrew
her termination letter. People who fought her attempt to oust the
Librarian are on her enemies list to this day.

Sarah complained about the “old boy’s club” when she first ran for
Mayor, so what did she bring Wasilla? A new set of “old boys”. Palin
fired most of the experienced staff she inherited. At the City and as
Governor she hired or elevated new, inexperienced, obscure people,
creating a staff totally dependent on her for their jobs and eternally
grateful and fiercely loyal–loyal to the point of abusing their power
to further her personal agenda, as she has acknowledged happened in the
case of pressuring the State’s top cop (see below).

As Mayor, Sarah fired Wasilla’s Police Chief because he “intimidated”
her, she told the press. As Governor, her recent firing of Alaska’s top
cop has the ring of familiarity about it. He served at her pleasure
and she had every legal right to fire him, but it’s pretty clear that
an important factor in her decision to fire him was because he wouldn’t
fire her sister’s ex-husband, a State Trooper. Under investigation
for abuse of power, she has had to admit that more than 2 dozen
contacts were made between her staff and family to the person that she
later fired, pressuring him to fire her ex-brother-in-law. She tried to
replace the man she fired with a man who she knew had been reprimanded
for sexual harassment; when this caused a public furor, she withdrew
her support.

She has bitten the hand of every person who extended theirs to her in
help. The City Council person who personally escorted her around town
introducing her to voters when she first ran for Wasilla City Council
became one of her first targets when she was later elected Mayor. She
abruptly fired her loyal City Administrator; even people who didn’t
like the guy were stunned by this ruthlessness.

Fear of retribution has kept all of these people from saying anything
publicly about her.

When then-Governor Murkowski was handing out political plums, Sarah got
the best, Chair of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission: one
of the few jobs not in Juneau and one of the best paid. She had no
background in oil & gas issues. Within months of scoring this great
job which paid $122,400/yr, she was complaining in the press about the
high salary. I was told that she hated that job: the commute, the
structured hours, the work. Sarah became aware that a member of this
Commission (who was also the State Chair of the Republican Party)
engaged in unethical behavior on the job. In a gutsy move which some
undoubtedly cautioned her could be political suicide, Sarah solved all
her problems in one fell swoop: got out of the job she hated and
garnered gobs of media attention as the patron saint of ethics and as a
gutsy fighter against the “old boys’ club” when she dramatically quit,
exposing this man’s ethics violations (for which he was fined).

As Mayor, she had her hand stuck out as far as anyone for pork from
Senator Ted Stevens. Lately, she has castigated his pork-barrel
politics and publicly humiliated him. She only opposed the “bridge to
nowhere” after it became clear that it would be unwise not to.

As Governor, she gave the Legislature no direction and budget
guidelines, then made a big grandstand display of line-item vetoing
projects, calling them pork. Public outcry and further legislative
action restored most of these projects–which had been vetoed simply
because she was not aware of their importance–but with the unobservant
she had gained a reputation as “anti-pork”.

She is solidly Republican: no political maverick. The State party
leaders hate her because she has bit them in the back and humiliated
them. Other members of the party object to her self-description as a
fiscal conservative.

Around Wasilla there are people who went to high school with Sarah.
They call her “Sarah Barracuda” because of her unbridled ambition and
predatory ruthlessness. Before she became so powerful, very ugly
stories circulated around town about shenanigans she pulled to be made
point guard on the high school basketball team. When Sarah’s
mother-in-law, a highly respected member of the community and
experienced manager, ran for Mayor, Sarah refused to endorse her.

As Governor, she stepped outside of the box and put together of package
of legislation known as “AGIA” that forced the oil companies to march
to the beat of her drum.

Like most Alaskans, she favors drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife
Refuge. She has questioned if the loss of sea ice is linked to
global warming. She campaigned “as a private citizen” against a state
initiaitive that would have either a) protected salmon streams from
pollution from mines, or b) tied up in the courts all mining in the
state (depending on who you listen to). She has pushed the State’s
lawsuit against the Dept. of the Interior’s decision to list polar
bears as threatened species.

McCain is the oldest person to ever run for President; Sarah will be a
heartbeat away from being President.

There has to be literally millions of Americans who are more
knowledgeable and experienced than she.

However, there’s a lot of people who have underestimated her and are
regretting it.

CLAIM VS FACT
•“Hockey mom”: true for a few years
•“PTA mom”: true years ago when her first-born was in elementary
school, not since
•“NRA supporter”: absolutely true
•social conservative: mixed. Opposes gay marriage, BUT vetoed a bill
that would have denied benefits to employees in same-sex relationships
(said she did this because it was unconsitutional).
•pro-creationism: mixed. Supports it, BUT did nothing as Governor to
promote it.
•“Pro-life”: mixed. Knowingly gave birth to a Down’s syndrome baby
BUT declined to call a special legislative session on some pro-life
legislation
•“Experienced”: Some high schools have more students than Wasilla has
residents. Many cities have more residents than the state of Alaska.
No legislative experience other than City Council. Little hands-on
supervisory or managerial experience; needed help of a city
administrator to run town of about 5,000.
•political maverick: not at all
•gutsy: absolutely!
•open & transparent: ??? Good at keeping secrets. Not good at
explaining actions.
•has a developed philosophy of public policy: no
•”a Greenie”: no. Turned Wasilla into a wasteland of big box stores
and disconnected parking lots. Is pro-drilling off-shore and in ANWR.
•fiscal conservative: not by my definition!
•pro-infrastructure: No. Promoted a sports complex and park in a city
without a sewage treatment plant or storm drainage system. Built
streets to early 20th century standards.
•pro-tax relief: Lowered taxes for businesses, increased tax burden on
residents
•pro-small government: No. Oversaw greatest expansion of city
government in Wasilla’s history.
•pro-labor/pro-union. No. Just because her husband works union
doesn’t make her pro-labor. I have seen nothing to support any claim
that she is pro-labor/pro-union.

WHY AM I WRITING THIS?

First, I have long believed in the importance of being an informed
voter. I am a voter registrar. For 10 years I put on student voting
programs in the schools. If you google my name (Anne Kilkenny +
Alaska), you will find references to my participation in local
government, education, and PTA/parent organizations.

Secondly, I’ve always operated in the belief that “Bad things happen
when good people stay silent”. Few people know as much as I do because
few have gone to as many City Council meetings.

Third, I am just a housewife. I don’t have a job she can bump me out
of. I don’t belong to any organization that she can hurt. But, I am no
fool; she is immensely popular here, and it is likely that this will
cost me somehow in the future: that’s life.

Fourth, she has hated me since back in 1996, when I was one of the 100
or so people who rallied to support the City Librarian against Sarah’s
attempt at censorship.

Fifth, I looked around and realized that everybody else was afraid to
say anything because they were somehow vulnerable.

CAVEATS
I am not a statistician. I developed the numbers for the increase in
spending & taxation 2 years ago (when Palin was running for Governor)
from information supplied to me by the Finance Director of the City of
Wasilla, and I can’t recall exactly what I adjusted for: did I adjust
for inflation? for population increases? Right now, it is impossible
for a private person to get any info out of City Hall–they are
swamped. So I can’t verify my numbers.

You may have noticed that there are various numbers circulating for the
population of Wasilla, ranging from my “about 5,000″, up to 9,000. The
day Palin’s selection was announced a city official told me that the
current population is about 7,000. The official 2000 census count was
5,460. I have used about 5,000 because Palin was Mayor from 1996 to
2002, and the city was growing rapidly in the mid-90’s.

Anne Kilkenny
annekilkenny@hotmail.com
August 31, 2008

3 09 2008
marti

I haven’t been able to find the news of the AK Trooper Union suing Palin anywhere – anyone?

3 09 2008
marti

snotty! thats it. lip curling, practically sneering at times. all talking about ‘her opponent” i need some warm fuzzies that our great leader Barack Obama will be our next President. Plesase someone, guess i’ll review the posts again and get my happy back.

3 09 2008
Ana Gama

“I haven’t been able to find the news of the AK Trooper Union suing Palin anywhere – anyone?”

Haven’t seen anything on the net yet. Olberman announced it this evening reading from a wire report.

4 09 2008
mijk

I am so gald your site exists because I really really need some evidence that not all Americans are crazy. It is so scary to watch this from europe and know a woman liek this might be in charge of the most influencual country in the world…

By the way ISn’t it hardder for Down babies to breast feed? So he probably isn’t.

4 09 2008
mijk

Damn! That are a lot of typing errors sorry..

4 09 2008
DC

On one hand, I can’t fault Palin for failing in her attempt to counsel abstinence: you might as well try to teach the poor to not be hungry, but on the other hand, someone who thinks that abstinence counseling has a chance is delusional.
And regarding the idea that McCain’s choice of Palin was a political “Hail Mary,” the fact that so little research was apparently done on her family seems to support it.
Same old GOP: constant damage control.

4 09 2008
DC

To mijk: sorry: I meant to apologize for all the bad the Bush has brought to the world in the last 8 years. If the GOP win this election, I expect to become a Canadien shortly thereafter. It’s outright embarrasing.

4 09 2008
makeitgoaway

Thank you Ann Kilkenny! What a great and concise portrait of someone we should be verrrry worried about! This needs to be out there on the MSM

4 09 2008
jennifer martinez

You saved me from a morning of depressive thoughts after Sarah Palin’s speech last night. To those who don’t know her, she looks lovely and sounds like a competent person. I just hope people don’t vote based on what they hear at the republican convention (talk about preaching to the choir!)

I’m glad you have a live feed. Alaska has always seemed to be a mysterious and interesting place. Thanks to the internet, an NC native from a hick town can find out more what you guys are about.

4 09 2008
Anonymous

I’m wondering if it’s been overwhelmed by streaming traffic. I was listening to it all day (well, morning if you’re in Alaska) but now the streaming server has hiccuped or something😦

Awwww. I was enjoying that!

Also, if anybody from the radio station reads this: give us foreigners an email address so we can send you comments, cos some of us are either too afraid for our phone bills or too embarrassed about our accents to call in directly😉 Not that we’d gatecrash your local radio or anything but… yeah….

4 09 2008
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4 09 2008
TwinpeaksnikkiSF

I am stoked, we are opening up the San Francisco Bay Area Obama Campaign Office tonight and I am going to work hard to help get Obama-Biden elected.

Newsflash to Sarah, the only way you will make it to Washington is if you buy a plane ticket.

4 09 2008
Rusalka

MoveOn just sent a call to action with a compendium of Ms Sarah’s better moments to their 3 mill members. http://pol.moveon.org/emails/palin_speech.html

4 09 2008
akmuckraker

bwilder,
imho, Palin is doing this because she likes power – having it and using it. She also has a healthy self-esteem (aka giant ego) and loves being in the spotlight. She is fairly ignorant of the processes of governance, and how the law works, so I can only assume that the McCain team thinks this is a good thing. Their motives? I hope we never get the chance to find out.

5 09 2008
ken

wtf? why is everyone down on SP? What if this is just spin from the far left? Just ask yourself, would jesus approve of your bashing? I think SP is a good representative of the american christian community and of the republicans! So what if she has made some mistakes, god forgives her for that; why can’t you? And after she becomes VP, we can continue to forgive her for her mistakes. Why can’t you guys get this, she is not that bad? So if your a good american and good christian (the same thing) you will change your minds and vote for JM/SP! Make sure you don’t free your mind too much, or all sorts of “junk” can come in. Get with the program and stop all this mean talk! Just do what your told and let them take care of this hard stuff, then you won’t want to post such nasty comments.

-Devils advocate.

5 09 2008
dinahass2008

alaska is so far , that we do not hear anything about in the news , we are learning about it right now.

5 09 2008
Rachelle

You are Amazing…Amazing…
Everyone needs to get this blog out there. We need to write to local media, Michael Moore, CNN, MSNBC…
I thank you for your honesty and as long as your writing, we will support you..
Thank You,
DeDe

5 09 2008
Sara

waaa waaa I am a republican I can’t handle the questions…I want to continue lying and cheating and stealing…
waaa waaa vote for me……
waa waaa I don’t want to pay taxes, I don’t want everyone to have my healthcare, Its all about me me me….No taxes, no healthcare, no safe bridges, no education unless you spend a fortune to aford it….. But I am a Christian. Christian’s are republican. I am Pro Life, but not after the child is born..We don’t want insurance for all children and elderly, no way not on my dime.
You are not a Christian..but I cannot judge you God will. And believe me he will. Judgement day will come and God will ask..Did you feed the hungry help the poor. Did you give back to your community? Are you a racist? Are you a liar? What have done for your brother?
Go back to church and educate yourself, you are lost. Instead of Drill baby Drill…Why not help the homeless, the vets, the earth God gave us?
Sorry to ramble but the republicans make me puke!! A new generation of educated people have emerged and we will vote this November…

6 09 2008
yourinfo

——–PLEASE HELP —- PLEASE HELP —-

—-PLEASE READ ALL OBAMA SUPPORTER —–VERY VERY IMPORTANT —

Hello, my name is Johnson

I was watching C-span Saturday morning at about 10:45 and a man by the name of Cliff Kincaid,

was on there sprewing lies about Obama being a communist and many other bad names..

Please investigate this information at the website :

http://www.usasurvival.org

or both

http://www.usasurvival.org/docs/hawaii-obama.pdf

Please send a reply that you receive my important email. I will also
be checking Obama website for additional information.

The GOP is starting a swift-boat smear campaign and a attack on the new media…

I hope Obama/Biden will speak with strong voice …not softball responses

Please help me to find answer to this trouble information

Thank you

Please send a email to Obama at watchdog@barackobama.com

I have send him one email and I will keep sending it everyday at least 5-10 times a day until I get a reply…

6 09 2008
jj michaels

you guys behave like little children. kudo listeners must have a combined iq of less than the of votes joe biden got running for president. hey, has anyone asked shannyn moore if she’s boning bob yet? or is she still on mark. you can’t be that bad on the air unless you’re screwing someone.

12 09 2008
MrNormal

I would seriously laugh about the beatification of St. Sarah… But I have to honestly consider the fact that the american public, by the looks od the polls today, are really falling for the smoke-screen promulgated by the McCain campaign. The introduced her as a shocker to the nation, to side-step the issues, and throw the voting universe into a tumultuous flat-spin.

The sad part is, unless there are some seriously honest folks to come forward, with complete and total honesty about the Angel of Alaska, the weakminded will fall for it…and we’ll be in for another four years of the same.

15 09 2008
mercy

I need some more information.
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