Anne Kilkenny’s Newfound Celebrity After Palin Letter.

8 09 2008

Anyone searching the internet for information about the suddenly famous governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin, won’t take long to stumble across the letter written by Anne Kilkenny, resident of Palin’s home town of Wasilla, Alaska. Kilkenny wrote the letter, exposing the not-so-pretty side of Sarah Palin to family and friends the day after Palin’s surprise VP nomination. It went instantly viral.

She said she worked and reworked the letter to add things as people have asked more questions, deleted things that sounded too much like speculation and tried to keep it balanced with both positive and negative information.

“It’s not to make her look bad. It’s not to make her look good. It’s just to make her what she is,” she said.

In the letter, she lauds the former mayor as smart, hardworking and savvy. But, she says, far from being a fiscal conservative, Palin left Wasilla in debt, was intolerant of “divergent opinions” and “has bitten the hand of every person who extended theirs to her in help.”

Much of what Kilkenny states has been pointed out by others in news stories. Palin, on the national pulpit, has lauded herself as a fiscal conservative who cut government budgets. But as mayor and governor she presided over growing budgets. Some of her information has received less attention.

As mayor, as Kilkenny notes, Palin benefited enormously from a sales tax passed by the previous mayor John Stein, whom she defeated in a bitter campaign in which she derided him as a “good ole boy.” That sales tax, passed to fund the police force, left the city flush with so much cash Palin was able to cut property taxes and still have revenues increase.

The letter is everywhere. Picked up by the Atlantic Monthly, the Anchorage Daily News, Daily Kos, this blog and too many others to list. Google it, and be amazed. Kilkenny has talked to the New York Times and National Public Radio, and is being hounded by the flock of press that has descended on our usually sleepy ‘little’ state.

With some notable exceptions, reaction to her letter has been positive, especially by those who are seeking the ‘real’ story of Sarah Palin from someone who knew her long before her meteoric rise to political stardom.

“How’s anyone to know if the people who do know don’t say anything,” she said.

As the McCain-Palin ticket promises to ‘drain the swamp’ in Washington D.C., Kilkenny has begun that process in Wasilla.


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8 09 2008
Let'sGetReal

Now if more people from Wasilla will open up and tell the truth! This is our Democracy that is at stake, and shouldn’t be taken lightly!

8 09 2008
dongshow

this entire story is growing increasingly funny. I can’t help but laugh that Wasilla is an area of national significance. You always hear people talk about how fast it’s growing but this is simply out of hand.

8 09 2008
joan

Any chance Anne’s letter will get picked up by the MSM, incuding the main TV stations? How can we help make this happen?

8 09 2008
Darkcorners

You need to post the damning video on The Daily Kos and TPM

8 09 2008
RW

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8 09 2008
RW

Sorry- spelling error. Knews should be news.

8 09 2008
Matthew Rettenmund

There is another Wasillan writing open letters: check him out here.

8 09 2008
acerunner

This is all very interesting. Especially since most current polls show Palin with a favorable national rating since her speech at the RNC last week. Apparently the nature of the internet and blogsphere don’t appear to be having an effect on this odd selection/ticket as of yet.

8 09 2008
Laurie

I thought Kilkenny’s letter was excellent. She wasnt nearly as biased as the MSM has been. She stated the good and the bad. Perhaps she could give Andrea..Tom and that bunch a few lessons on how it should be done.

Fair and balanced.

8 09 2008
gizmo

http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/story?id=5750876&page=

ABC News finds AK women who aren’t too enthused about Palin…

8 09 2008
portland oregon native

Any body watching CNN right NOW??? A former aid to palin Meg Stapelton just said that Palin’s support of the bridge to nowhere was for “a different bridge”.
What BS! Even Wolf Blitzer was not convinced and nailed her!
These Rovian lies MUST be exposed. Just keep lying then everyone will beleive if we ust tll the lie enough times.
ENOUGH! volunteer donate vote Obama/Biden08

8 09 2008
in a valley further south

not sure how it took two days for this to show up in a place that i tend to be looking at but here is example #1 of actual cluelessness

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/09/08/palin-makes-her-first-gaf_n_124792.html

interestingly enough, Johnny the war hero former POW aisle crosser change maker man of experience and mr america, looks befuddled but claps anyway?

like he’s thinking, you go girl, create their reality!

8 09 2008
Sue

As a retired English teacher (for over 30 years), I am going to make the following rules:

#1 – All spelling errors are typos.

#2 – Typos don’t count.

: )

8 09 2008
dee

Does she have the facts straight in the letter, does anyone know? Just to make sure we don’t start passing information around that’s not true.

8 09 2008
Mil

Yay! About time this letter started breaking through to main stream!

8 09 2008
Sue

Yeah, I know–poor sentence construction–Did I teach for over 30 years, or have I been retired that long. : )~

8 09 2008
Mil

portland oregon native, I just watched that! It was funny. She was getting blustery.

8 09 2008
Dollface

I’ve read and re-read the letter. I applaud Kilkenny for letting her voice be heard, since I believe her to be more personally informed on Wasilla’s local politics than most bloggers/journalists.

8 09 2008
Anonymous

in response to teh person that was asking about how to get it out, this letter is already all over the internet and has been reported on on television on cnn television and washington post and many mainstream blogs

google Anne Kilkenny in fact cnn checked and found out that she is who she says she is and i for one applaud her for being one of few who was willing to tell what little she knows.

in fact she is being criticised in alaska (by a local newspaper there) for coming forward; they are saying she just wants a few minutes of fame for herself.

what is amazing to me is the amount of people in alaska who have been effected by the “fear factor” of palin. is this what we have ahead if she were elected vp

8 09 2008
Political Amazon

Again, about the polls–unless the polling groups give full disclosure on how the polls were conducted, you cannot verify the for validity. When I did a polling study on 2004, Zoby was, in fact, the pissyist about me even ASKING questions.

I can see a drift of 17 points in a day. It depends on who is funding the poll, and how much they get to dictate what questions are asked and who they are asked to. Also, groups that pay for these polls control what–if any–of the polls are released.

Finally,the majority of polling groups do not spend the extra money to conduct polls where cell-phones are included. The majoity of young voters are voting for Obama, the majority of young voters don’t have landlines (just cell phones), and if these people are not contacted, the poll will not accurately report popularity numbers for Obama. They also will not accurately report age-related issues (i.e, “How important is Social Security to you?”).

Don’t tear yourself up over the polls. They really focus on the uneducated, gullible folks who won’t ask the questions necessary before believing the polling results.

8 09 2008
AlwaysAmazed1

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8 09 2008
winstonsmithcloned

and here’s another taste of what shapes the mind of this candidate.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/09/08/palin-makes-her-first-gaf_n_124792.html

frightening little comment in some link off that story is that GWB (or some other appointee of the guy in the sky) holds bible reading meetings twice a week in the white house.

thought for the day

whatever happened to separation of church and state?

anyone interested in starting a movement to eliminate the 501c3 status for so called religious organizations? that’ll fix the budget deficit.

8 09 2008
Anonymous

regarding my learlier post about the “fear factor” in alaska here is an excerpt from an article i found in the anchorage daily news.

http://www.adn.com/politics/story/515512.html

Palin might have become a household name in the last week, but Kilkenny, who is not a Palin fan, is on her own small path to Internet fame. She sent out an e-mail earlier this week to friends and family answering, from her perspective, the question Outsiders are asking any Alaskan they know: “Who is this Sarah Palin?”

Kilkenny’s e-mail got bounced through cyberspace and ended up on news blogs. Now the small-town mom and housewife is scheduling interviews with national news media and got her name on the front page of The New York Times, even if it was misspelled.

again i am glad to see that she is willing to speak “in spite of” .

8 09 2008
TD

Remember when Palin said, “…talks one way in Scranton and another way in San Francisco”?

Well, guess who’s coming to San Francisco to schmooze with the high and mighty of the silicon valley?

Although the dates are not yet known, she is expected in a week or so in Woodside, the most affluent of all places in Bay Area south of San Francisco.

8 09 2008
Cassie

Alaskan republican– thank you for http://www.palinsalaska.

It makes it painfully clear why Sarah and Rudy have such contempt for community organizers..they would have to acknowledge the problems.

8 09 2008
GH

A sneak peek at Sarah Palin’s first interview.

8 09 2008
lemonfair

I’ve gotten this letter twice in the last 24 hours, from 2 people who have never sent me anything political before.

8 09 2008
An Alaskan Republican, no more

Cassie,
I couldn’t have said it better myself! Thank you!

8 09 2008
JT

Anonymous on Anne Kilkenny wrote“in fact she is being criticised in alaska (by a local newspaper there) for coming forward; they are saying she just wants a few minutes of fame for herself.”

I’ve noticed when anyone comes forward to reveal an savory TRUTH about this party, the reply is always “the person wants their ten minutes of fame”.

They said that about Cindy McCain’s oldest sister, when her nephew was sick and tired of his aunt Cindy saying she was an only child and he contacted the press to point out it was untrue.

Especially after their father left his mother just $10,000 and aunt Cindy got 100’s of millions. When asked about the will, the nephew reported he got a copy of the will, but it had so many changes to it, couldn’t figure it out.

After Cindy and her sister’s dad died, and Cindy got everything, Sweet Cindy immediately cut off her older sister’s credit card, that the father had let the oldest daughter use.

If the truth is unplesant, the only rebutal is that the person bringing forward the truth wants fame or has an ax to grind.

But, does that make the truth any less true??

8 09 2008
swineprincess

AlwaysAmazed1 (12:32:04) :

great info — hope it inspires everyone —

I do have a question for the Idahoans in the group — my step-daughter is going to be studying abroad during the election. I was enormously disappointed to hear her say that she wasn’t going to vote absentee because Idaho, like other states does not count absentee votes unless the election requires a recount. Uh WHAT????!!!! Didn’t we straighten this out 8 years ago???? Is this true? Does Idaho and other states just toss the absentees or early votes in a pile and wait until they’re needed???? If this is true we really have entered the Twilight Zone and it is 1984 (or maybe just 2000). Arrrrgghhhh… say it ain’t so!

8 09 2008
Palmdale, CA

Anne Kilkenny and Ryan Quinn are national treasures! I hope his letter to all Americans goes every bit as viral as Kilkenny’s letter. It’s eloquent and very well written.

8 09 2008
portland oregon native

so sorry for the typos
I will try and improve my typing and proof reading skills.

8 09 2008
RedwoodMan

Snopes.com almost always gets it right. They have spoken with Anne Kilkenny and have verified she is for real, and the letter is as well.

http://www.snopes.com/politics/soapbox/sarahpalin.asp

8 09 2008
Palmdale, CA

@ RW
But it was a great Freudian slip.

8 09 2008
bwilder

Some Good News🙂

Sarah Palin Troopergate: Republicans Fail To Unseat Democrat Overseeing Investigation

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/09/08/sarah-palin-troopergate-r_n_124881.html

8 09 2008
John Henry

Apparently ABC is the chosen one to get access to Sarah Palin. They apparently sold their soul to get it.

From the GMA ‘exclusive’ interview (http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/story?id=5750876&page=)

“Well, the thing I know about Sarah is that she’s honest as the day is long.”

Besides the fact that that makes no sense, she must think we’re stupid. If she’s so honest, she needs to send the money back to the American taxpayers for that Bridge To Nowhere earmark. As the old John McCain said, we could use the money for the collapsed bridge in Minnesota.

8 09 2008
jimstaro

dee:

What kind of thought process is that??

She was there, She wrote the letter, She got it out to be readily picked up………………………………………………………….!!!

Your question doesn’t Make Sense!!

8 09 2008
Laughing No Longer...

Hi AK Repub no more-
i don’t know if you saw the previous post, but thanks for that link.
its attached to everything i forward, and people take notice,
cassie did say it best…

i also have gotten the letter from surprising sources.

you guys up there, please watch out for her safety.

8 09 2008
dee

Thanks Redwood man. I did check out snopes–what I want to know, and I’m not sure how to make sure of it (before Fox tears the thing to bits) is:

“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. ”

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.

8 09 2008
Ky

I think it is honorable that she spoke out the way she did. The fact she had to clearly state why she was able to (didn’t have a job outside the the home that could be threatened) should really say something about Palin!

8 09 2008
Sue

I was really happy to see the article in ADN (and McClatchy Washington Bureau) today (including a picture of Anne). A day or so after her letter first hit the web, there were a lot of websites (mostly conservative) that either labeled or suggested the letter was an urban legend.
(See, for example, http://www.fairlyconservative.com who had this to say when asked whether the Kilkenny letter was “real” : No, more than likely it’s a deliberate attempt to sway opinion. I posted this earlier today, but pulled it so I could see what developed. I’m pretty comfortable with making the claim that the “letter” is a fake now.”)

Urban legend, indeed!

8 09 2008
8 09 2008
Ky

CNN just said the book banning story was fake…it appeared as though they came to that conclusion because of the list that was floating around (which I also have every reason to believe is fake). Um, what about the rest of the story…
http://www.frontiersman.com/articles/2008/09/05/breaking_news/doc48c1c8a60d6d9379155484.txt

8 09 2008
dee

The thing is, I have some pretty staunch republican friends. They’re going to tell me this was just a woman who was angry. I just want to have the facts straight–that she truly did leave Wasilla 22 million in debt etc. (which is serious fiscal irresponsibility), to counter thier “raving lunatic Kilkenney” comments whicl will certainly come. You know how they are. Go for the emotion, ignore the fact. You have to have the facts and use them over and over and over again, to quiet the idiotic talking poinst.

Please don’t yell at me jimstaro. I don’t like Palin at all–but you have to have real ammunition to fight something like this, not just anger. I’m looking for real ammunition.

8 09 2008
TD

8 09 2008
ReneND

How about getting Kilkenny on Hardball or Countdown. Now that would be an interview.

8 09 2008
Hick Town in W PA

A friend of mine from NC passed this on. Thought you all would find it interesting.

Subject: Prayer request

Please pray for Sarah Palin and her Church

Our pastor here in Bigfork, Montana, Hal Curtis, is friends with the pastor of Sarah Palin’s pastor in Wasilla, Alaska. His name is David Pepper and the church is Full Gospel Church of Wasilla, Alaska.

Three days before Governor Palin was announced by John McCain as his choice for VP, she came before her pastor to be annointed and prayed over for service to God. She didn’t tell the church what was going on … just that she needed their prayer support.

During the few days since the announcement, the pastor and the church have been bombarded with questions from the media. They are trying to get the word out to Christians all over the nation to pray for God’s protection of Sarah Palin and of their church.

They suspect that the treatment of Jeremiah Wright will pale in comparison to what is coming their way as a conservative Christian body.

When the little Down’s Syndrome baby of Todd and Sarah Palin was dedicated a few months ago, their statement to the congregation was: “This little boy is our pro-life statement.”

According to David Pepper, Todd and Sarah are very strong in their faith in Jesus Christ and believe God has put them in this position to serve Him.

Let’s remember to pray for Governor Palin and her family as they walk through this very trying time!

Thank you so much!

Please pass this request on to other prayer warriors!

8 09 2008
judi

Thank God for Anne…

enjoy the ‘proposed’ bumper stickers.
New campaign bumper stickers:
Submitted by KC Cicero on September 8, 2008 – 1:42pm.
“Who Would Jesus Bomb?”

“Where would Jesus Drill?”

This gal is just plain embarrassing, and McCain is just plain goofy.

8 09 2008
Palmdale, CA

Some representative small town, Woodside! I just did a quick search. For a mere $162,000 you can purchase a lot on which to build, or for over $9 million for 2.5 to 5 acres. “Picture coming soon” on both of those. If, on the other hand, you’re more interested in having a picture to go on, there’s a nice looking lot on a golf course for $6.8 million. If you don’t want to go through the bother of building your single family home, the price ranges from $750,000 for a 2 bedroom place just under 1400 sq. ft. to over $16 million for a place over 10,000 sq. ft.! Photos at http://today1.california.remax.com/listings/ListingDetail_r4.aspx?LID=50543685&#aTop

Sorry, if that’s a bit too rich for your blood and you’d rather go for a condo, townhouse, or multi-family (even as an investment property), you’ll have to look elsewhere.

Now we know how McCain can say that the fundamentals of the economy are good. They obviously are for the circles he travels in!

8 09 2008
Ishtar

Sue’s Rules:

#1 – All spelling errors are typos.
#2 – Typos don’t count.

I second that!

8 09 2008
White Agate

I think I read that the letter is confirmed as real on Snopes but I haven’t checked that out myself because we first saw it here, a bit closer to the source! I am glad it is getting press because it is a good, balanced letter that spans many years and associations.

Some thoughts from letters to the NYT on the Republican ‘brand.’ Among the observations, fear of change even while claiming to be an agent of such, evolving demographics that no longer favor white males, eight years of bad policies, and elitism versus the ‘dumbing down’ of the body politic. All good themes to explore when you are making volunteer calls or talking to anyone about things.

September 8, 2008
LETTERS
The G.O.P.’s New (Old) Sales Tactics

To the Editor:

Re “The Resentment Strategy,” by Paul Krugman (column, Sept. 5):

I agree that the G.O.P. is trying to sell the politics of resentment. But I think the problem goes much further.

One thing President Bush has done well has been to get so many people, often at an unconscious level, feeling that smart or educated or intellectual equals liberal equals un-American.

The result has been that the less educated you sound, the more of a patriotic American you are perceived to be.

In this way, Mr. Bush and other wealthy elites have been able to install policies that hurt poor, working- and middle-class Americans, while casting as snobbish elites those who think in nuanced ways about how to solve the real problems of ordinary Americans.

We live in a world of staggering complexity. As the last eight years have shown, we ignore that at our own peril.

Kathy Roberson
Middlesex, N.J., Sept. 5, 2008

To the Editor:

The Republicans are blowing the usual smoke to get working-class people to vote against their economic interest.

Can you imagine Americans voting for John McCain to strike a blow against the wine-drinking, brie-eating coastal elites and denying themselves a decent health care system, a better economy and competent leadership? Believe it. It could happen.

David Rawson
New York, Sept. 5, 2008

To the Editor:

Paul Krugman wonders about the source of Republican anger and traces it to class and economic resentment. I suspect that what really underlies Republican anger is fear.

The Republican core is scared that the dominance that white, Christian men have enjoyed in the New World since 1492 is slipping away. And they are right to be scared. The demographics are not on their side.

In just over 30 years, according to the latest projections, ethnic minorities (African-Americans, Latinos, Asians and Native Americans) will be the numerical majority and can form ruling political and economic coalitions.

The Democratic Party represents the interests of these groups far better than does the G.O.P. Republican resentment is not about the past or present, but about the future.

David Levinson
West Haven, Conn., Sept. 5, 2008

To the Editor:

In “A Glimpse of the New” (column, Sept. 5), David Brooks writes that “John McCain is trying to reform the Republican Party before a presidential defeat.” But one must do more than redesign the soapbox by adding “New and Improved” to the label. The box’s contents must change.

Unfortunately, Mr. McCain’s soap is the same soap the Republican old guard has sold for decades — tax cuts for the wealthy, reduced government regulation and drilling out of an energy crisis. He’d have us forget that we used this G.O.P. soap for eight years and it doesn’t clean.

Gov. Sarah Palin may be a new package for the Republican brand, but the McCain-Palin ticket is the same old product in a new wrapper.

Joel Peskoff
Baldwin, N.Y., Sept. 5, 2008

To the Editor:

After Barack Obama gave his inspiring speech to the Democratic National Convention, David Brooks commented on the Greek columns. Yet now he assesses Gov. Sarah Palin’s address as “smart and assertive” and “a tough vice-presidential speech.”

I can’t help but feel that Mr. Brooks is grading on a curve here. Perhaps he should use an Olympic-type system, where performers are judged not only on their performance, but also on the level of difficulty.

Barack Obama’s speech was an attempt to bring all Americans together under a vision of a better country. Ms. Palin’s speech was an attempt to test out her comic timing and inject partisan rancor into the political discourse.

David Zweig
Los Angeles, Sept. 5, 2008

To the Editor:

David Brooks writes that John McCain and Sarah Palin have orchestrated a triumph for “the forces of reform Republicanism,” but adds that Mr. McCain did not delineate a policy shift. What is a reform without a policy?

Tom Yager
New York, Sept. 5, 2008

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8 09 2008
AnneinWA

Rendell: If I Was Palin You’d Be Calling For My Impeachment

“Gov. Ed Rendell decried a double standard in the treatment of Sarah Palin on Monday, saying that if it was he who was at the center of the “troopergate” investigation, the press would be calling for his head.”

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/09/08/rendell-if-i-was-palin-yo_n_124879.html

8 09 2008
Ohio Sue

Hi, thought I’d change my name so that Sue the teacher and I can be individuals (our avatars are the same color, too…). Cheers!

8 09 2008
An Alaskan Republican, no more

Hick Town in W PA (13:05:15) :

send this to your friend

http://www.palinsalaska.com/

8 09 2008
jimstaro

dee:

Read the Letter, and the reports, She’s A Repub Herself!!!!

You’ve got a puter you’re typing on and sending, Use It For Research, it’s all there!!!!!!

8 09 2008
GJ in Idaho

Do all politically minded pastors have pot bellys? At least the new clips of the religious leader of SP, isn’t wearing his robes. Is it just me flashing back to the 60’s or doesn’t he look like he might have hooded white robe in his closet? Sorry, I’m watching CNN right now.

8 09 2008
RedwoodMan

Hi dee.

I agree with you that we need backup to many of the things Anne reported. As we all know, at this moment, Alaska in general, and Wasilla in particular, are seemingly overrun with reporters. A little investigative research and reporting may substantiate most, if not all, of Anne’s statements.

8 09 2008
Anonymous

The Kilkenny letter tells us about the Gov. Palin _before_ tutoring. The post-tutor Gov. Palin is available for evaluation now. We can use the Kilkenny techniques but we have to deal with the current Palin and the deliberate limitation of her exposure to the voters and the pathetically passive press (media, interviewers,etc).

http://www.cnbc.com/id/26577497

quotes Palin on the bailout of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac

At a rally in Colorado Springs, Col., Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin said, “They’ve gotten too big and too expensive to the taxpayers. The McCain-Palin administration will make them smaller and smarter and more effective for homeowners who need help.”

The article laters says: The crisis surrounding Fannie and Freddie promises to be a major challenge for the next president.

Soooooo how about getting the voters some substantial, detailed plans for handling this “major challenge”.

Bridge to nowhere anyone?

So

8 09 2008
jimstaro

Hick Town in W PA:

Posted with no comment of your own, curious.

8 09 2008
swineprincess

An Alaskan Republican, no more (13:09:54) :

Hick Town in W PA (13:05:15) :

send this to your friend

http://www.palinsalaska.com/

and be sure to click on through to the Tundra Drums article about Michael Leavitt’s visit to Alaska http://www.thetundradrums.com/news/show/2883

8 09 2008
Let'sGetReal

Anybody know how to send the comments, video, Palin’s current Pastor said about Israel to a newspaper in Israel?

I’m sure Israel, will want to know more about John McCain’s pick, and will put some pressure on the US!

8 09 2008
White Agate

Of course the Bush Admin. is blaming the bailout on Congress on the NPR 3 P.M. show, if Congress had acted sooner this never would have happened.

Yeah, and would making them smaller mean privatization?

8 09 2008
horrified new yorker

This comment is not really related to the theme of this post, but I thought it might bring some good news to some folks interested in Troopergate. From the NY Times:

Alaska senator to retain oversight of Palin probe

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/washington/AP-Palin-Troopergate.html?_r=1&oref=slogin

8 09 2008
Ohio Sue

I promise I’ll stop posting links….I just keep finding really good things….

Arianna Huffington calls Sarah Palin a “Trojan Moose Concealing Four More Years of Bush”. Ya just gotta love it!

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/arianna-huffington/sarah-palin-a-trojan-moos_b_124867.html

8 09 2008
jimstaro

if Congress had acted sooner this never would have happened.

In the previous six years when that congress and the administration, under one banner, had acted earlier, they got that right, now the 110th is tied down doing the Oversite and Investigations not done in the Previous!!!!!

8 09 2008
Rhett O'Rical

Is anybody here going to the Ed Schultz Town Hall in Anchorage on Saturday?

http://www.bigeddieradio.com/events/alaska.asp

8 09 2008
Gerri

I sent that damning video to the NY times, CNN, MSNBC, The O’Reilly Factor, Hannity and Colmes and Charlie Gibson…

I did my part! now MSM you do yours!!!!!!!!!!!!!

8 09 2008
ds55

The title made me laugh.
“ARIANNA HUFFINGTON…. PALIN: A TROJAN MOOSE CONCEALING FOUR MORE YEARS OF BUSH ”
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/

8 09 2008
Palmdale, CA

It’s starting to burble up! Hhere are some snippets from an article in today’s L.A. Times by two of their staff writers, Tom Hamburger and Kim Murphy, if people will bother getting beyond the fluff part on the front page.

“And the seeming paradox of the ethics reform fight–the combination of bold, even courageous readiness to take on a tough issue, combined with a tendency to drift away from the nitty-gritty follow-through–appears to be a recurrent theme of her record. … At the same time, she has fallen short of her proclaimed goals in other [non-oil] areas, especially concerning how she governs. … And she shows only marginal interest in crafting policy proposals and getting them passed, these critics say.”

I’ll let y’all read the rest for yourselves. http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-na-palinstyle8-2008sep08,0,855616.story

I gotta go get some work done! I wIll leave Mudflats for the rest of today, I will, I will, I will.

8 09 2008
Anonymous

to Hick Town in W PA

I am going to pray and pray hard that sarah palin and her church get the same exact treatment that obama and jerimian wright and their church got,

thanks for the encouragement

8 09 2008
Anonymous

When Charlie “milktoast ” interviews Palin………he needs to state up front if the questions were provided first. Also- another set of cameras to show how many and how close the handlers are to her…..methinks nary a moose hair tween her and the handlers…………make sure you watch Rachel on MSNBC tonite !!!! she aint skeered of nuttin……..

8 09 2008
Laurie

Dee…every regular poster here does their homework. We all research and bring subject matter to the proverbial table. You obviously have a computer. Why can you not verify what it is you need. Why do we have to go over and over the verifications…some of which we did days ago.

People arent trying to be mean…we just want you to do some of the work

8 09 2008
TD

8 09 2008
breakingnews

Listen to Ted Koppel interview Pappy’s Foreign Relations Spokeman Randy Schunaman on today Talk of the Nation on NPR:

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=94389779

They have made out Plain to be an EXPERT on Russian geo-politics….and Koppel says she will need to deliver!!

Schunaman voice cracks and shakes after Koppel calls him out on this and I think he realizes what a mess they have created with this whole AZ-Russia meme.

8 09 2008
jimstaro

Laurie:

One gets the same from freepers on the public boards, they want You to explain, and if you tell them to use their intelligence you’re accused of the extremes of bad manners!!

Some wonder why we are Dumbing Down, well the examples are all over and with this technology Very Easy To See!!

8 09 2008
Anonymous

Give ABC/Charlie Gibson Questions For Sarah Palin

here:
http://blogs.abcnews.com/theworldnewser/2008/09/questions-for-s.html

8 09 2008
jimstaro

breakingnews:

listened to that myself, Koppel doesn’t take crap, and he’s got a Great Intelligent way of slamming it down while still making the target of the spin not look to bad, until the clown leaves the studio and thinks about it!

8 09 2008
swineprincess

Dee, et al re factchecking

One of the things I have found to be so heartening about this particular blog is the integrity with which AKMuckraker and the Commenters (new band?) bring in putting forth information and ideas…

When new information comes down and that information has been found to be wanting, for example in the case of the “book list”. We made sure that anyone reading the comments even somewhat diligently would know that the list we’d posted was not THE LIST but a list that MIGHT be the list.

We are actually trying to run a fact checked community here. Many of us know the problems with the “factoids” presented elsewhere on the Internet. Most everyone here doesn’t want to see this blog go that route.

As for Anne Kilkenney, I think she’s on the up and up. Many of her statements have been independently verified in this blog and elsewhere. Feel confident when you quote from here. I don’t believe that most of the folk here have a National Enquirer attitude. We want to know, but we also want our information to be correct.

8 09 2008
Diva

if Congress had acted sooner this never would have happened.

In the previous six years when that congress and the administration, under one banner, had acted earlier, they got that right, now the 110th is tied down doing the Oversite and Investigations not done in the Previous!!!!!~~~~~

Jim, not to mention being filibustered by a bunch of WATB repubs every tim they try to do something to rein in the wild Bushies!

8 09 2008
jimstaro

Diva:

Yep forgot to add the ‘Obstructionists’ label to the present, one of the reasons Congress has such low polling numbers, but the wingers can’t grasp that in their tiny brains? they think it’s All the Dems.

8 09 2008
GJ in Idaho

Thanks for the list of net links, I’m trying my best to play catchup with these new twitters, and such in cyberspace, I’m giving my computer an my brain an upgrade and hope to get up to speed soon, and here I thought a new 125 G harddrive would be enough, whew…

Just one more question for you, haven’t the Dem’s manage to send any good news reporters up your way?

Then on the otherhand all this dirty and coverup, I mean clean up coverage is just pushing up SP ratings. Maybe it best to lay off spending time in the media and go work on building new connections with groups that will be getting out the voters.

I’m spending a few hours finding out how to get absentee ballots to all the Senior living centers in town. Then following up by setting up Voter Education Tea’s that will put out the facts on each parties record on issues that Seniors care about.

8 09 2008
unlikelyburrito

How can anyone buy it when John McCain says he’s an Washington outsider, an agent of change?

Blows my mind.

8 09 2008
jimstaro

OK Folks An Action Letter

Dear VoteVets.org Supporter,

One the most disturbing developments we at VoteVets.org have seen this week are media outlets reporting details regarding the deployment of Track Palin to Iraq, Governor Sarah Palin’s son. In a number of outlets, the details of when and where Track will be in Iraq have been reported. This isn’t just a violation of Operational Security (OPSEC), it puts the lives of every troop around him in danger.

It’s time for the Department of Defense to investigate who is leaking these details to the media. And, we need you to co-sign our letter to the Pentagon to get an investigation underway.

CO-SIGN OUR LETTER DEMANDING AN INVESTIGATION HERE

We’re all proud of every child of a politician who is serving in uniform – Democrat and Republican. And, their parents deserve to be proud. That’s not the point.

When someone chooses to bolster that story by leaking classified details to the media, it allows the enemy to gain valuable information that allows them to strike at a symbolic target of importance – and all the troops around that target. It’s dangerous, it’s illegal, and it needs to be investigated.

SIGN OUR LETTER HERE, TO STOP LEAKS OF CLASSIFIED INFORMATION

Whoever is divulging this information to the media should be prosecuted and punished, if found guilty. Whether you’re a Democrat, Republican, Independent, or of another party, we should all agree that we cannot accept anyone feeding classified details to the press. Join us in demanding the Pentagon investigate.

Sincerely,
Jon Soltz
Iraq War Veteran
Chairman, VoteVets.org

And Brandon, Peter, Brian, and the rest of the VoteVets.org team

And pass this out, as well as post it up on your sites for others to pass on!!

Thanks!!

8 09 2008
Sue

Thanks, Ohio Sue. : )

8 09 2008
nancy-INDIANA

“reporting details regarding the deployment of Track Palin to Iraq”
palin is doing this. she never should have mentioned that he was even going. you didn’t hear Biden talk about his son’s deployment (or mccain for that matter). palin is so unrefined and uninformed it’s scary

8 09 2008
Diva

Jim- “Yep forgot to add the ‘Obstructionists’ label to the present, one of the reasons Congress has such low polling numbers, but the wingers can’t grasp that in their tiny brains? they think it’s All the Dems”

Unfortunately, the dismal Congressional poll numbers are hugely due to the foot-dragging causing by the repub’s hissy fits, but the laughably labeled “Liberal Media” does not report that. The repubs want us all dumbed-down, and regrettably, the MSM allows too many to eagerly comply.

8 09 2008
GJ in Idaho

OH, I love it Obama is now using words straight off this blog….”You can’t make this stuff up….you can’t just reinvent yourself” you read it here first.

8 09 2008
jimstaro

MOJO:

Sarah Palin’s Secret Emails

The Palin administration won’t release hundreds of emails from her office, claiming they cover confidential policy matters. Then why do the subject lines refer to a political foe, a journalist, and non-policy topics?

Ahhhhh, the whittle bush cabal continues but in the state capitals as well!!

8 09 2008
rpahk

Here’s another letter. See the first reply on this link:

http://mynews2u.com/hive_thread.php?fid=49

8 09 2008
nancy-INDIANA

to the person who posted that the banning books was false. we have already established here what happened. palin asked the librarian if she would help her (palin) ban books that palin deemed inappropriate. the librarian said no. palin tried to get her fired. the community stood behind the librarian and thus she was never fired (Anne was one of the community members who stood behind the librarian). this has been verified by several sources. so it is absolutely true. palin is a power hungry narcissus who believes she is untouchable (sounds like the current administration except dressed in a “prettier” package)

8 09 2008
Laughing No Longer...

thanks jimstaro… signed, and forwarded to a list of 20 or so

8 09 2008
Diva

“The Palin administration won’t release hundreds of emails from her office, claiming they cover confidential policy matters. Then why do the subject lines refer to a political foe, a journalist, and non-policy topics?”

SP blew it! She cc’d in the “First Dude” Todd, so she broke the state’s secret defense herself!

John McCain is such a moron! (I just had to say it……it’s building up inside and had to let it out!)

8 09 2008
Diva

*********NOTE TO AKMUKERAKER********

How about posting a few FAQ-type facts on your home page, such as “The Banned Book List is Fake (but she really did try to ban books!)”, etc. This way the word gets out faster than someposting the same things over and over in the comments.

8 09 2008
Hick Town in W PA

Hi all ….
My friend sent it on to let me know what the fundies were doing. I found the “consecration” interesting. We are both raving Blue! I’ve been lurking here since the Friday Palin happened.

I was watching the latest McCain/Palin speeches. Scary. In the end Obama has to turn it on the economy. That is what is critical.

Now I am watching Hillary. She’s great now that she isn’t “handled”.

8 09 2008
Kate Henry

“How’s anyone to know if the people who do know don’t say anything,” she said.

You have to hand it to her for being brave enough to speak out. Apparently most people who live in Wasilla will not talk to the press because they are scared of Sarah Palin and her vendettas.

This is not someone I want to see as our VP and heaven forbid our President.

8 09 2008
jimstaro

Hick Town in W PA :

Thanks for the clarification. I live in NC, formily Upstate NY, and see way too much of this fundie stuff, hear it to, than they go into opposite rants of Tolerance the opposite of what they just tried to preach.

8 09 2008
Laughing No Longer...

sometimes you just have to to fivethiryeight.com and look at the electoral college to feel HOPE,
heard chuck todd saying the same thing, even with the new poll numbers.

i met some young women and mentioned that an old tradition in my life is meeting my friend Lisa for a vote and lunch or dinner. its our special holiday. they thought that was a great idea. they made a plan to have lunch and watch each others kids while they vote. young people should be encouraged to vote with a friend or family member.

8 09 2008
dee

Laurie, I asked a perfectly reasonable question and I didn’t ask anyone to fact check for me. I wanted to know if anyone else had done the work. Yes, I do have a computer. Yes I could look up the information. In fact, I have spent the better part of two hours doing just that–but I am not from Alaska. I don’t have information at hand that other people blogging might if they are from the area. Thus my questions. The best research comes from people who have first hand knowledge.

Swineprincess, I think she’s on the up and up too. I just wish I had something to prove it. And I sure hope she’s got some good friends around her, because she has brought on helluva firestorm down upon her head!

I guess all I can do is hope the Obama people will comb through all of this and use it to their advantage. It’s damned hard to find information on the. . . .

Oh wait, while I was writing this, I found the website for the Wasilla town newspaper. Complete with an article from the archives on Palin’s attempt to censor books. Oooo. This should be fun. Guess it’s frozen pizza for dinner tonight.

http://www.frontiersman.com/articles/2008/09/05/breaking_news/doc48c1c8a60d6d9379155484.txt

8 09 2008
From England

rpahk….as time goes by, and these people are spinning the SP choice into an act of normalcy…as we become numb from the initial horror of the pick…I just wanted to thank you for that link. It really brought the horror back to the forefront of my mind. I think it’s worth posting the reply in its entirety just to remind ourselves not to become complacent…and no matter how much we have interpreted the polls and how they’re constructed on this blog……they tell a worrisome story…below is the full wording from an Alaksan poster(just to refresh that horror – whether the individual is really Alaskan or not doesn’t matter, what we need to do is to remind ourselves of her inexperience and positions):

As an Alaskan, I am writing to give all of you some information on
Sarah Palin, Senator McCain’s choice for VP. As an Alaska voter, I
know more than most of you about her and, frankly, I am horrified that
he picked her. The most accurate description of her is red neck. Her
husband works in the oil fields of Prudhoe Bay and races snow mobiles.
She is a life time member of the NRA and has worked tirelessly to
allow indiscriminate hunting of wildlife in Alaska, particularly
wolves and bears. She has spent millions of Alaska state dollars on
aerial hunting of these predators from helicopters and airplanes,
dollars that should have been spent, for example, on Alaska’s failing
school system.

We have the lowest rate of high school graduation in the country. Not
all of you may think aerial predator hunting is so bad, but how anyone
(other than Alaska wolf-haters, of which there are many, most without
teeth), could think this use of funds is appropriate is beyond me. If
you want to know more about the aerial hunting travesty, let me know
and I will send some links to informative web sites.
She has been a strong supporter of increased use of fossil fuels, yet
the McCain campaign has the nerve to say she has “green” policies. The
only thing green about Sarah Palin is her lack of experience. She has
consistently supported drilling in ANWR, use of coal-burning power
plants (as I write this, a new coal plant is being built in her home
town of Wasilla), strip mining, and almost anything else that will
unnecessarily exploit the diminishing resources of Alaska and destroy
its environment.

Prior to her one year as governor of Alaska, she was mayor of Wasilla,
a small red neck town outside Anchorage.The average maximum education
level of parents of junior high school kids in Wasilla is 10th grade.
Unfortunately, I have to go to Wasilla every week to get groceries and
other supplies, so I have continual contact with the people who put
Palin in office in the first place. I know what I’m talking about.
These people don’t have a concept of the world around them or of the
serious issues facing the US. Furthermore, they don’t care. So long as
they can go out and hunt their moose every fall, kill wolves and bears
and drive their snow mobiles and ATVs through every corner of the
wilderness, they’re happy.

I wish I were exaggerating. Sarah Palin is currently involved in a
political corruption scandal. She fired an individual in law
enforcement here because she didn’t like how he treated one of her
relatives during a divorce. The man’s performance and ability weren’t
considered; it was a totally personal firing and is currently under
investigation. While the issue isn’t close to the scandal of Ted
Steven’s corruption, it shows that Palin isn’t “squeaky clean” and
causes me to think there ay be more issues that could come to light.
Clearly McCain doesn’t care.

When you line Palin up with Biden, the comparison would be laughable
if it weren’t so serious. Sarah Palin knows nothing of economics
(admittedly a weak area for McCain), or of international affairs,
knows nothing of national government, Social Security, unemployment,
health care systems – you name it.

The idea of her meeting with heads of foreign governments around the
world truly frightens me. In an increasingly dangerous world, with the
economy in shambles in the US, Sarah Palin is uniquely UNqualified to
be vice president. John McCain is not a young man. Should something
happen to him such that the vice president had to step in, it would
destroy our country and possibly the world to have someone as
inexperienced and inappropriate as Sarah Palin. The choice of Palin is
a cheap shot by McCain to try to get Hillary supporters to vote for
him. when McCain introduced her today, Palin had the nerve to compare
herself with Hillary and Geraldine Ferraro. Sarah Palin, you are no
Hillary Clinton.

To those of you who, like me, supported Hilary and were upset that she
did not get the nomination, please don’t think that Sarah Palin is a
worthy substitute. If you supported Hillary, regardless of what you
think the media and the democratic party may have done to undermine
her campaign, the person to support now is Obama, not Sarah Palin.

To those of you who are independent or undecided, don’t let the choice
of Palin sway you in favor of McCain. Choosing her shows how
unqualified McCain is to be president. To those of you who are
conservative, I guess you have no choice for president. But please try
to see how the poor choice of Palin tells us a great deal about
McCain’s judgment. While the political posturing inherent in the
choice of Palin is obvious, the more serious issue is the fact that
the VP is, literally, a heartbeat away from the presidency. Sarah
Palin is totally and unequivocally unqualified to be vice president,
let alone president. I know this is a lengthy and emotional email, but
the stakes are high. I thought it might help for all of you,
regardless of political affiliation, to know something about Palin
from someone who has to live with her administration in Alaska on a
daily basis.

8 09 2008
CoyoteMarti

swineprincess (12:46:44) :

About absentee ballots: Many states do not count them on election day UNLESS they would make a difference in the outcome. For example, if Obama were ahead of McSame by 100,000 votes cast on election day, and there were 80,000 absentee ballots, even if McSame received all of them he could not win. I know for sure some states do count them eventually, before the vote is officially certified some days after election day. I just can’t swear for sure that all states do.

8 09 2008
GJ in Idaho

For those of you that are tired of reading, listening, and watching this mess (count me in here, tho I love this blog) it might be refreshing to do some research on who can be “poll watchers” on election day. It looks like we are going to have to make every vote count and then get every vote counted. Each state has different laws on how their voting process works, so get informed and do what you can to make this election work for you this year, by working for your country.

8 09 2008
GJ in Idaho

PS: I forget to say, just don’t become a community organizer unless you want to be President some day, or run the state of Alaska.

8 09 2008
deb in oregon

thank you anne kilkenny for having the courage to come forward…. you may be on CNN soon…. i hope it doesn’t become too much of a disruption… being hounded by the press isn’t something to be envied…. this site, dailykos.com and huffingtonpost.com have become my fav….. i say make sure your voter registration is current…. my friend just told me about the letter being printed in a boston paper…. i told her it’s been on the blog for days and the power of the internet this election…. thank you thank you thank you

8 09 2008
Nebraska Native

This blog rocks! Thank you all so much for the info and the links. And here’s to turning Nebraska BLUE!

8 09 2008
Karen

Chris Matthews did a brilliant job hammering the Repub talking head -too bad Chris can’t go on more shows than his. He blasted the guy with one question after another – do you believe in no abortion under any circumstances, do you believe in creationism, do you believe all the science you were taught in school is wrong, etc. The guy didn’t know what to say, all he could do was giggle. Then Chris asked him why they would think Palin would appeal to Hillary supporters. The Repub actually said she would appeal on the same cultural values as Hillary, and his only example was that Hillary was tossing back shots of Crown Royal! Chris basically told him he was an ass.

8 09 2008
NY911Witness

“A friend of mine from NC passed this on. Thought you all would find it interesting.”

Gotta love these “pass this” on bogus emails, usually prefaced by “a friend of mine, or my grandmother got this…” it’s like a virtual cold, inasmuch it has the truth content of a sneeze.

Probably originated from Freep.org or Newsmax or somesuch feckless site.

8 09 2008
NY911Witness

oh and btw, the Kilkenny person may be legit, but her info is off. I’m not advocating for/against Palin-just the unvetted information of this email herein. It’s her opinion she’s entitled to it, just not her own facts.

see here: http://www.factcheck.org

cut through the swath of BS and believe your own lying eyes.

8 09 2008
Laurie

NY911…just because she didnt demand that books be removed doesnt mean she wasnt testing the waters. She did want books banned….she did give a letter to the librarian that stated she was losing her job because she wasnt supportive…she did rescind that letter when towns people came to the librarians defense. Fact check indeed.

8 09 2008
Sue

Oh, I just can’t watch anymore. Barack is just too nice. Olberman gave him several opportunities to say ,”They are lying,” but Barack just won’t do it. He seems afraid to use the words LIE and LYING. I just emailed him (BO) and told him to say them. If he doesn’t quit pussyfooting around and come right out with the plain truth like he ususally does, we are gonna lose this election. Palin and McCain are lying to the public, and nobody is pointing it out to the masses. aaaaaaaaggggggggggggggghhhhhhhhhhhhhh

On another topic, I thought I would mention that I am a Bible-believing Christian who will vote for Obama.

8 09 2008
Diane

My son sent this to me. Another Irishwoman who has some familiarity with Palin. Pass it on. Now.

http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/opinion/2008/0905/1220544890619.html?via=mr

8 09 2008
MinNJ

Yeah, the Founding Fathers supported the Pledge of Allegiance. Just as John Adams said, “I won’t go to France,” or “I must take a month or two to study the issues before I can speak as possibly being Vice President.’ Take this lying, insulting, double-crossing insult to our country down. Now. I find her abhorrant in every way to our political process and to our country.

8 09 2008
wyogal

I noticed today that no journalist was willing to say the word “lie.” They pointed out the inconsistencies in McCain’s and Palin’s statements and the record. What are they so afraid of?

The GOP loves those Ten Commandments, so why are they so blase about the “bearing false witness” one?

8 09 2008
otis

we invite you to reply here
> with a
> short, succinct message about why you, as a woman living in
> this country, do
> not support this candidate as second-in-command for our
> nation.*

Friends, compatriots, fellow-lamenters,
>
> We are writing to you because of the fury and dread we have
> felt since the
> announcement of Sarah Palin as the Vice-Presidential
> candidate for the
> Republican Party. We believe that this terrible decision
> has surpassed mere
> partisanship, and that it is a dangerous farce—on the
> part of a pandering
> and rudderless Presidential candidate—that has a real
> possibility of
> becoming fact.
>
> Perhaps like us, as American women, you share the fear of
> what Ms. Palin and
> her professed beliefs and proven record could lead to for
> ourselves and for
> our present or future daughters. To date, she is against
> sex education,
> birth control, the pro-choice platform, environmental
> protection,
> alternative energy development, freedom of speech (as mayor
> she wanted to
> ban books and attempted to fire the librarian who stood
> against her), gun
> control, the separation of church and state, and polar
> bears. To say nothing
> of her complete lack of real preparation to become the
> second-most-powerful
> person on the planet.
> We want to clarify that we are not against Sarah Palin as a
> woman, a mother,
> or, for that matter, a parent of a pregnant teenager, but
> solely as a rash,
> incompetent, and all together devastating choice for Vice
> President. Ms.
> Palin’s political views are in every way a slap in the
> face to the
> accomplishments that our mothers and grandmothers and
> great-grandmothers so
> fiercely fought for, and that we’ve so demonstrably
> benefited from.
>
> *First and foremost, Ms. Palin does not represent us. She
> does not
> demonstrate or uphold our interests as American women. It
> is presumed that
> the inclusion of a woman on the Republican ticket could win
> over women
> voters. We want to disagree, publicly.*
>
> *Therefore, we invite you to reply here
> with a
> short, succinct message about why you, as a woman living in
> this country, do
> not support this candidate as second-in-command for our
> nation.*
>
> Please include your name (last initial is fine), age, and
> place of
> residence.
>
> We will post your responses on a blog called “Women
> Against Sarah Palin,”
> which we intend to publicize as widely as possible. Please
> send us your
> reply at your earliest convenience—the greater the volume
> of responses we
> receive, the stronger our message will be.
>
> Thank you for your time and action.
>
> *VIVA!*
>
> Sincerely,
>
> Quinn Latimer and Lyra Kilston
> New York, NY
> womensaynopalin@gmail.com
>
> ***PLEASE FORWARD WIDELY!* >

8 09 2008
Kate

Hi,

I’m wondering if you have a response to the factcheck.org entry regarding many claims in your entry– it seems to debunk a few of your statements, including the special ed funding.

http://www.factcheck.org/elections-2008/sliming_palin.html

8 09 2008
GJ in Idaho

Diane: I’m sure glad I took the time to read your link down to the last line. I didn’t know that:
“The good news is that history often repeats itself. In the 1984 Miss Alaska contest, Sarah Palin lost to Marilyne Blackburn, the first African-American Miss Alaska.”

Thanks for the link, I’ll pass it forward.

8 09 2008
Riverside

Interesting segment from that LA Times article on Govenor Palin:

“Other legislators say that the governor has been so focused on her own priorities that she has been unwilling to consider other significant matters — including the state’s poor ranking in providing health insurance to children. Alaska ranks near the bottom of the states in making children from lower-middle-income families eligible for a government insurance program.

She used the line-item veto this year to cut funding for $268 million in capital projects from spending bills, including money for a senior citizens center and batting cages for the Ketchikan Little League. At the same time, the Anchorage Daily News reported, she preserved $2 million for an academic conference highlighting arguments that global warming isn’t threatening the survival of polar bears.”

$2 million for a conference to prove global warming isn’t harming polar bears?

Instead of a senior citizens center? So what are the McCain/Palin priorities for the next four years going to be? I shudder to think.

Link to article
http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-na-palinstyle8-2008sep08,0,855616.story

8 09 2008
JD

Look up http://www.Factcheck.org they have a story and clarification on this matter

8 09 2008
CB

LOL – these people are national treasures when they say things you want to hear. None of you know this person from a hole in the wall. Anne Kilkenny states it herself in the latter that Gov. Palin hates her, and uses the words censorship without even including the title of the book. This is obviously a person green with envy, and I am sure we will learn more about this author, who I am sure, will have a civil suit filed against her for defamation of character, because these are all no truths or half-truths. I would say that Anne Kilkenny is not part of the 81% of Alaskans that think Gov. Palin is doing a good job, but of the %14 that state she isn’t doing a good job. You socialists can praise this woman now – but the truth is coming shortly and I am sure Anne Kilkenny will be moving to town near you – where I am from she is called a yenta!

McCAIN/PALIN ’08

8 09 2008
Linda from Vermont

Here is the list of books I found pn a recent e-mail that the librarian was told to be pulled from the library if anyone is still interested…*
\… “Wasilla Public Library, according to the official minutes of the Library Board. When she was unsuccessful at having these books banned, she tried to have the librarian fired.”

As many of you will notice, it is a hit parade for book burners.
>>> A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
>>> A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
>>> Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden
>>> As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
>>> Blubber by Judy Blume
>>> Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
>>> Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
>>> Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
>>> Carrie by Stephen King
>>> Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
>>> Christine by Stephen King
>>> Confessions by Jean-Jacques Rousseau
>>> Cujo by Stephen King
>>> Curses, Hexes, and Spells by Daniel Cohen
>>> Daddy’s Roommate by Michael Willhoite
>>> Day No Pigs Would Die by Robert Peck
>>> Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
>>> Decameron by Boccaccio
>>> East of Eden by John Steinbeck
>>> Fallen Angels by Walter Myers
>>> Fanny Hill (Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure) by John Cleland
>>> Flowers For Algernon by Daniel Keyes
>>> Forever by Judy Blume
>>> Grendel by John Champlin Gardner
>>> Halloween ABC by Eve Merriam
>>> Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
>>> Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
>>> Harry Potter and the Prizoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
>>> Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
>>> Have to Go by Robert Munsch
>>> Heather Has Two Mommies by Leslea Newman
>>> How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell
>>> Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
>>> I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
>>> Impressions edited by Jack Booth
>>> In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak
>>> It’s Okay if You Don’t Love Me by Norma Klein
>>> James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
>>> Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D.H. Lawrence
>>> Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
>>> Little Red Riding Hood by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm
>>> Lord of the Flies by William Golding
>>> Love is One of the Choices by Norma Klein
>>> Lysistrata by Aristophanes
>>> More Scary Stories in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz
>>> My Brother Sam Is Dead by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher
>>> Collier
>>> My House by Nikki Giovanni
>>> My Friend Flicka by Mary O’Hara
>>> Night Chills by Dean Koontz
>>> Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
>>> On My Honor by Marion Dane Bauer
>>> One Day in The Life of Ivan Denisovich by Alexander Solzhenitsyn
>>> One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
>>> One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
>>> Ordinary People by Judith Guest
>>> Our Bodies, Ourselves by Boston Women’s Health Collective
>>> Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy
>>> Revolting Rhymes by Roald Dahl
>>> Scary Stories 3: More Tales to Chill Your Bones by Alvin Schwartz
>>> Scary Stories in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz
>>> Separate Peace by John Knowles
>>> Silas Marner by George Eliot
>>> Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
>>> Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs
>>> The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
>>> The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
>>> The Bastard by John Jakes
>>> The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
>>> The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
>>> The Color Purple by Alice Walker
>>> The Devil’s Alternative by Frederick Forsyth
>>> The Figure in the Shadows by John Bellairs
>>> The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
>>> The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson
>>> The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
>>> The Headless Cupid by Zilpha Snyder
>>> The Learning Tree by Gordon Parks
>>> The Living Bible by William C. Bower
>>> The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare
>>> The New Teenage Body Book by Kathy McCoy and Charles Wibbelsman
>>> The Pigman by Paul Zindel
>>> The Seduction of Peter S. by Lawrence Sanders
>>> The Shining by Stephen King
>>> The Witches by Roald Dahl
>>> The Witches of Worm by Zilpha Snyder
>>> Then Again, Maybe I Won’t by Judy Blume
>>> To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
>>> Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare
>>> Webster’s Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary by the Merriam-Webster
>>> Editorial Staff
>>> Witches, Pumpkins, and Grinning Ghosts: The Story of the Halloween
>>> Symbols by Edna Barth
>> *

***This list has been circulating for a while, but is not the list of books Palin was interested in banning. That list is still a mystery, and the only two who know are Palin and the librarian and it doesn’t look like either one is talking… Maybe we’ll get lucky at some point.
AKMuckraker

8 09 2008
arusha

who is responsible for putting factcheck together? Can IT be trusted? Just asking!!!

9 09 2008
Uncle Joe Mccarthy

the email is a phony and a rovian trick to take away from the real story that palin did ask the librarian on 3 seperate occasions about removing offensive books

the email list is absurd because many of those books werent published until after 96

think a dem would be so stupid not to check publication dates?

so now the wingnuts are saying that the whole story is false

rove is a genius

btw, how is a question rhetorical if you ask it 3 times?

9 09 2008
Mike Licht

Read about Governor Palin’s padded expense account in the Washington Post, September 9, 2008, page 1: Palin Billed State for Nights Spent at Home.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/09/08/AR2008090803088.html?hpid=topnews

9 09 2008
Mike Licht

Linda from Vermont:

The list is BOGUS; please do NOT circulate it anymore. It is merely a list of “Most Challenged Books” from ALA but Palin did NOT submit it. Saying she did is an untruth and calls into question her very real book-banning pressure on the town librarian.

Sorry for shouting, but you are aiding and abetting Ms. Palin by speading this untruth.

9 09 2008
drchill

In her interview on NPR she said she withheld info because she didn’t want to seem unfair…

Hmmm I’d like to hear it all…..

9 09 2008
drchill

The NY POST has an opinion on how “Democrats” have blown it by demeaning McCain’s choice of a “Small Town” Mayor.
Also the many rumors cited as fact have also hurt.
They claim that the list of banned books, the false claim of cutting funding for special needs kids,
the ( I thought this was true) claim she cut funding for sex ed/ teen pregnancy,
the claim she was anti-birth control ( who said that),
was hurting Democratic credibility, not hers.

McCain’s choice comes with baggage investigations an imperfect family with trouble. The issue isn’t the woman he chose or her family.

Its a presidential race, and the main issue I see, is McCain’s choices.
His choice for VP is one of them.

I know this is a blog based out of AK, and quite a good one at that, so it will be a lot about McCain’s choice for VP, but when I see readers posting “Helpful” links to False info, I can only remind you that it plays into the wrong hands, and makes it harder for the truth to be heard.

Stop spreading rumors. Do research, be skeptical, find actual facts, and don’t cry “wolf”, before you post about it…

9 09 2008
drchill

Here’s another …
http://www.newsweek.com/id/157986

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