New McCain Stall of Troopergate Investigation: Part Karl Rove, Part Laurel & Hardy.

17 09 2008
Here’s another great piece by one of our newest and most favorite Mudflatters, Alaska Representative Les Gara. He’s not only a great legislator, with a real insider’s perspective on the surreal world of the Alaska Legislature, but he’s a pretty entertaining read. Enjoy!
Since Monday the McCain camp has stepped up its personal attacks against Alaskans. They’ve continued their D.C.-style tactics against neighbors in this small state. The game plan is to find an excuse to stop our Legislature’s Troopergate investigation, and hide evidence McCain’s folks really don’t want to surface before November’s election. It’s been a little Karl Rove, and parts Laurel and Hardy. How else can you explain the following?
Last week the Attorney general’s office promised state witnesses would comply with subpoenas the Legislature issued last week. Tuesday the Governor’s Attorney General flip flopped, and announced that state witnesses wouldn’t comply because, well, and I’m paraphrasing here – he’s changed his mind. And in what has to be an idea hatched after a 4th Martini at Chilkoot Charlie’s, Governor Palin’s attorneys have filed a motion to dismiss the ethics claim she filed against herself two weeks ago. Yup. She really filed a complaint against herself. Tuesday she said she’s discovered, after a thorough investigation of herself, that she’s done nothing wrong. Does anyone know how to get a hold of Jon Stewart and Tina Fey?
It’s silly season up here in the far north, but this week’s moves are aimed at one thing: John McCain’s effort to find cover for being disingenuous. See, before Governor Palin’s nomination for the Republican VP spot, she did the honest thing. She admitted the evidence – of roughly 20 contacts between her staff and husband with Public Safety officials, seeking the firing of Governor Palin’s former brother-in-law – might lead a reasonable person to the conclusion that the she misused her office to fire a state employee. So when Alaska‘s Republican-led Legislature called for an investigation, she did the honorable thing and said she and her staff would comply. She denies any wrongdoing.
Things changed on August 29 when Governor Palin was added to the McCain ticket. Since then his handlers have told her she can’t testify. They don’t want the evidence in this case to come out. They don’t want her to testify under oath. They don’t want other witnesses to testify under oath. So they have engaged in daily maneuvers to attack, as disloyal to the McCain campaign, anyone who wants the investigation to move forward. They’ve now attacked two well respected prosecutors, and perhaps the state’s most highly regarded law enforcement official – the Public Safety Commissioner she hired, and then fired, Walt Monegan.
Every day this week McCain operatives have sung the same tune. Today a guy with an East Coast accent, who knows nothing about Alaska, stood in front of a McCain-Palin banner to lead the attacks against people he doesn’t know. At press conferences on Monday and Tuesday campaign staffer Megan Stapleton spit vitriol to repeat her argument that this investigation is really a “Democratic” attack on Governor Palin.
See, that’s easier than just saying their VP has reneged on her promise to testify. It’s easier than just saying they don’t want anyone testifying before the November election. It’s easier than admitting they are stonewalling a legislative investigation.
Here are a few things they failed to say. There are a few small facts that make it hard to style this as a Democratic investigation. One is that Alaska is a Republican State. We have a Republican Governor and a Legislature of 34 Republicans and 26 Democrats. This summer the Legislature’s Legislative Council voted 12-0 (8 Republicans and 4 Democrats) to hire an investigator, and appointed Democratic Senator Hollis French, a well-respected former prosecutor, to find an investigator. Governor Palin stated she and her employees would comply with the investigation. French then hired Steve Branchflower, a former DA who most recently was hired by legislative Republicans to run the state’s Office of Victims rights.
And on Friday the Senate Judiciary Committee voted 3-2 (2 Democrats and 1 Republican in favor); and the House Judiciary Committee issued a 7 – 0 (5 Republicans, 2 Democrats) advisory vote, to issue subpoenas to witnesses the McCain camp had previously stopped from testifying.
Over the last two days McCain’s outside operatives have vilified former prosecutor Hollis French – as an Obama supporter who must have called this investigation to hurt the McCain ticket. But French was appointed to oversee the investigation by a 12 – 0 Legislative Council vote, and is probably the state’s most respected legislator – by Republicans and Democrats alike. He’s so popular the Republican Party couldn’t find anyone to run against him this year.
They’ve called former Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan – a Native Alaskan who has served Republican and Democratic Administrations with honor, and put his life on the line in uniform – “insubordinate.” Odd, given that when Governor Palin fired him she offered him a different job. I guess being “insubordinate” was a job requirement for the new position. And they’ve challenged the independence of an investigator and former DA, who has no animus anyone can find.
Those Swift boat ads taught the McCain folks that if you say something untrue enough times, it can stick.
My favorite moment of the week came when Governor Palin’s attorneys filed a motion to dismiss Palin’s ethics complaint against herself. Stay with me. Her attorneys have been buying the peyote, not me. See, on August 29 they needed to find a way to stop the Legislature’s investigation. They tried asking the Republican leaders to call it off, and take one for the team. But the Senate President and others honorably said no. So they came up with an argument that the State Personnel Board – 3 people appointed by Governor Palin and her Republican predecessor Frank Murkowski – had “exclusive jurisdiction” to investigate wrongdoing by the Governor. The Legislature wasn’t amused. So Governor Palin then filed a complaint against herself.
That, they said, put “jurisdiction” in the hands of their friends at the Personnel Board. They argued that since the Personnel Board was now proceeding with an “investigation”, the Legislature couldn’t.
To put icing on the cake, on Monday the Governor’s attorneys moved to dismiss the Governor’s case against herself. They said, and I loosely paraphrase again – that they tried really hard and just couldn’t find any evidence that the Governor did anything wrong. OK. I can’t believe I just wrote that. And I wish it weren’t true.
These are the things you have to do when your Presidential candidate doesn’t want his VP to honor a promise, and doesn’t want evidence to come out before an election. These are the things you have to do if your folks aren’t going to comply with a subpoena. That’s because without spin the headline might read: “McCain Interferes With Investigation Palin Agreed To.” How easy it is to re-write a headline. They learned that during the Swift boat campaign too.
All we can hope for is that members of the press will remember what they learned in journalism school. Not to repeat the spin of political operatives without reporting the truth. Not to write “he said she said” stories, and pretend the truth is somewhere in the middle. But to report the facts. No matter how you spin it, Governor Palin promised to comply with this Legislative Investigation. McCain’s folks got her to change her position. And the Legislature that voted for the investigation did so on a bi-partisan basis. End of story. End of headline.
Over the next few days McCain’s folks will try to get local legislators to step in line, out of party loyalty, and reverse their vote to investigate Troopergate. But many local Republicans, like Senate President Lyda Green, have so far refused to play those politics.
Stay for more from McCain’s Campaign for “Change.” They’ve tried to change the truth. They’ve succeeded at changing Governor Palin’s promise to comply with this investigation. Let’s see what they’ll change next.
Thanks for really being out there on the Mudflats, Les. Hey, if this ‘being a great politician’ thing doesn’t work out, you’re always welcome here.

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17 09 2008
Anon

WHAT IS SARAH PALIN HIDING? WHAT IS JOHN MCCAIN SO AFRAID OF? WHAT DID THE GOP FIND OUT UP THERE WHEN THE BIG GUNS FINALLY VETTED HER?

17 09 2008
Cynthia, TX

They found all kinds of scandal!!! It’s just a matter of time!!! Somebody please be a whistleblower and save the American People!!! Please!

17 09 2008
Anon

Whatever they are hiding, it must be pretty darn bad…..

17 09 2008
Erin

Thanks, Mr. Gara, for this well-written and information piece. I am so proud that you represent my area of town and that I’ve voted for you each time I’ve had the opportunity. Plus, you’re the only politician that’s actually come to my door- twice! Keep up the good work- we’re rooting for you!

17 09 2008
Wondering_Lake

Great information, really, but it would sure be great to have a few paragraph breaks in that giant block of text. It’s hard enough to swallow on the content alone, no need to add eye strain to my headache.

Or am I getting old?

17 09 2008
mimi

I hope that this article will be sent to ALL major news media – I don’t have time today but it is really important that this is shared with the rest of the country.

Beautiful day in Wisconsin –

17 09 2008
rachelbirds

Thanks for the inside
info, Les Gara. Is this
called a drama-dy?

http://thehaikudiaries.wordpress.com/2008/09/17/september-17-2008-5/

17 09 2008
Project Openletter

It is a beautiful day in WI Mimi. Hi!

This was a great piece. “Change” indeed. McCain’s camp is so full of poop pretty soon everyone in it will have brown eyes.

17 09 2008
Lana, KY

If the McCain/Palin ticket were to win this election – I feel very sorry for every man, woman and child on the planet. If they don’t win – I feel especially sorry for the good folks of Alaska when a whipped humiliated Sarah comes home to Alaska to take her vengeance out on the you.

17 09 2008
b kenneth mcgee

The new McCain/Palin theme song: Could it explain the Palin phenomenom? Maybe that minister that drives out the evil spirits can help.

You do somethng to me…Cole Porter

I was mighty blue,
thought my life was through,
till the heavens opened,
and I gazed at you.
Won’t you tell me, dear,
Why, when you appear,
something happens to me
and the strangest feeling
goes through me?
You do something to me,
something that simply mystifies me.
Tell me, why should it be
you have the power to hypnotize me?
Let me live ‘neath your spell,
Do do that voodoo
that you do so well.
For you do something to me
that nobody else could do!
You do something to me,
something that simply mystifies me.
Tell me, why should it be
you have the power to hypnotize me?
Let me live ‘neath your spell,
Do do that voodoo
that you do so well.
For you do something to me
that nobody else could do!
Since you came my way
I am bound to say
things I once thought gloomy
now both bright and gay.
I’m so happy now,
and I’m sure somehow,
of this transformation
there can be but
one explanation:
You do something to me,
something that simply mystifies me.
Tell me, why should it be
you have the power to hypnotize me?
Let me live ‘neath your spell,
Do do that voodoo
that you do so well.
For you do something to me
that nobody else could do!
You do something to me,
something that simply mystifies me.
Tell me, why should it be
you have the power to hypnotize me?
Let me live ‘neath your spell,
Do do that voodoo
that you do so well.
For you do something to me
that nobody else could do!

17 09 2008
Divatalk

Wow, they never cease to amaze me.

Oh well in the meantime, below is a video on how the Democrats are planning to win. They need our help. Check it out and donate, volunteer, donate

https://donate.barackobama.com/page/contribute/strategy1?match_campaign_id=15&source=20080917_DP_ND_X

17 09 2008
lavndrblueMN

Have you passed this on to Daily Kos?

17 09 2008
Raingods

And she has the nerve to talk about being a reformer? What a crock of moose sh*t.

17 09 2008
ds55

Anyone know if there’s truth to this?
“Sarah Palin’s YaHoo Account Hijacked”:

“Circa midnight Tuesday the 16th of September (EST) Wikileaks’ sources loosely affiliated with the activist group ‘anonymous’ gained access to U.S. Republican Party Vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin’s Yahoo email account gov.palin@yahoo.com. Governor Palin has come under criticism for using private email accounts to avoid government transparency mechanisms. The zip archive made available by Wikileaks contains screen shots of Palin’s inbox, example emails, address book and two family photos. The list of correspondence, together with the account name, appears to re-enforce the criticism.”

http://blogs.zdnet.com/security/?p=1919

17 09 2008
FiredUp AKA Falter Locust Palin

Les Gara’s article is the first post on Huffington Post today!

Thank You Rep. Gara for everything you are doing. Keep up the good work! I wish I had the opportunity to vote for someone like you.

17 09 2008
lemonfair

AKM – thanks as always.

Les Gara – bless you. You’re an unusual politician and an unusual man. This level of integrity in the face of what would seem to be damage to your own self-interest is laudable. I hope your courage stiffens the spines of some fellow legislators. You, at least, know that this charade is hurting the view of Alaska that so many of us had.

17 09 2008
17 09 2008
karen

Mr. Gara, I appreciate your comments, BUT—– What can we do about this, any ideas on that?????????????

17 09 2008
AK49

I hope anyone with connections to mainstream media will get this out. I suspect they are reading these posts, and hopefully will follow up. The FACTS must be spread far and wide–it is the only defense against these thugs. I am so tired of being lied to, and manipulated for the sake of egos gone amuck for power. Yuk.

17 09 2008
Sarah in CA

Whatever happened to the days when a subpoena meant you actually HAD to testify? I believe Karl Rove has gotten a few, but apparently, he doesn’t care.

I mean, if these people think it’s okay to just ignore a LEGAL obligation, think of what else they will (or won’t) do.

17 09 2008
Ohio Sue

“Not to write “he said she said” stories, and pretend the truth is somewhere in the middle…..”

That’s exactly right. It seems that, at least in broadcast journalism, it is either op-ed or stenography – take your pick. We deserve better.

How did we get here?

17 09 2008
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17 09 2008
SwinePrincess aka Stag Tonnage Palin

yaayyy! Les Gara, I fell politically in love with you a few days back when I heard you on KUDO via the internet… would that more politicians in more states were like you…politician would be such a dirty word…

17 09 2008
Susan

Thanks, Rep. Gara. I agree, the next headline should be…”McCain Interferes With Investigation Palin Agreed To.”

17 09 2008
Irishgirl aka puck mule

OH God, must feed my children, pork burning in the kitchen. Return soon.

17 09 2008
JB

Kudos to Representative Gara! I am garnering more and more respect for the tone of politics in the Legislature in Alaska.

I wrote to Hollis French a couple of weeks ago thanking him for his service and commitment to finding the truth in this investigation, and urging him not to fold under pressure from person or party. It took him a while, but he ACTUALLY EMAILED ME BACK this week and thanked me for my support. This, friends and readers of Mudflats, is the way America is SUPPOSED to work. I hope the Republicans in the State Legislature up there can withstand the onslaught and do what is right for the citizens of Alaska, the United States, and for their own integrity.

This investigation was begun BEFORE McCain stuck his foot into the fire by choosing Sarah Palin. Their complaints of partisanship and “tainted” investigating hold as much water as complaining of sexim over the lipstick-on-a-pig comment. So outrageous, and so clearly full of HOT AIR!

17 09 2008
Cassie Jeep Pike Palin

ds55 (10:22:32) :

Anyone know if there’s truth to this?
“Sarah Palin’s YaHoo Account Hijacked”:

Tried the link to screenshot and “couldn’t be found” Anyone have better luck?

17 09 2008
MJC
17 09 2008
galwhohashadenough!

@ Cassie–read this on another blog. Give me a minute and I’ll get the Http for you.

17 09 2008
BobbyG

Subject: Troopergate subpoenas
Date: September 16, 2008 9:43:47 PM PDT
To: attorney.general@alaska.gov

So, now you are a co-conspirator in the obstruction of justice. Nice.

You may have been able to get away with all manner of unethical crony behavior before the eyes of the nation were on your little backwater province, but it ain’t gonna fly any more.

17 09 2008
galwhohashadenough!
17 09 2008
Ky Fork Decoy Palin

Thank you so much, Mister Gara! It is nice to see all the facts in one, well thought out post.
I hope this makes it to the MSM, but the Republicans, once again decided to break their negative news during a time of major headlines.

I’m sending this to everyone I know. Thank you.

17 09 2008
proud2busa

Rep. Gara – thank you for your courage and bravery. That’s the ad that needs to run and remind people what a true American hero is, not one of 50 years ago.

AKM – thank you for continuing to push out the truth and believing that, mighty little bloggers that we are, will fight for our Country and for the truth it deserves.

I don’t know whether to laugh or cry over the latest news. For all of us watching our retirements in free fall and trying to decide to hold or fold, at least there is two Americans looking out for the American people today.

Sincerely,

Krinkle Mudcat Palin

17 09 2008
RW

I just sent an email to the dailykos with a link to this.

17 09 2008
Cindy aka Rake Trinket Palin

Les Gara has been on my list of favorite Anchorage politicians for some time, now. (If only I lived downtown and could vote for the man!)

This post is a perfect example of why.

I continue to amaze at the way this whole affair seems to be uniting the Alaskans in my social circle. There is bipartisan ire over the notion of a bunch of Outside interests meddling in an on-going investigation, beyond the usual pissiness over Outsiders in Alaska politics.

17 09 2008
proud2busa

Correction: there ARE two Americans, not is two Americans.

I, for one, was not left behind!

17 09 2008
RW

Just posted it on huff post too.

17 09 2008
rpa

The Republicans learned the lessons of swift boating….let’s hope they also learn the lesson that the cover up is worse than the crime.

17 09 2008
Independent in AZ

Taegan Goddar’s Political Wire – Quotes of the Day

“Two years ago, I warned that the oversight of Fannie and Freddie was terrible, that we were facing a crisis because
of it, or certainly serious problem.”

— Sen. John McCain, in an interview earlier today, via ABC News.

“So, I’d like to tell you that I did anticipate it, but I have to give you straight talk, I did not.”

— McCain, in an interview with Keane Sentinel on the mortgage crisis in December 2007.

++building on an earlier theme from prior posts++

Coming to a theatre near you….The “other” Pinnochio movie…..

Cast of Characters.

Gepetto: Bush/Cheney, Pride and the religious right, makes a wood puppet called Pinocchio

Pinnochio: The old guy who’s nose just keeps on getting longer and longer. “Transparency and change”…what do you call Troopergate?

Jiminy Cricket: Rovian politcal marketing message team, to act as Pinocchio’s conscience

Honest John and Gideon: old man’s pride convinces Pinnochio to join Stromboli’s puppet show.

Stromboli puppet show: that would be George Bush, Drudge, Fox news with repeat performances by a few of the very hypocritical far right religious heads.

Boys on Pleasure island which turn into Donkeys (not to be confused with a democratic donkey): A handful of republican talking heads who say one thing and do another: (The attorneys sent to stall Troopergate, Gingrich, Allen, the guy in the airport stall, etc.)

Monstro the whale: Truth and historical positions of the old guy. Role: catches up and gulps down the wayward Pinnochio.

Ending? to be determined by the votes in November…

add your own.

17 09 2008
Guzzle Red Palin

From mid-MD. So much information, so freely given. Does not bode well for SP. Neither does stiff-arming the legal system. The more she resists the more guilty she seems, and we all know resistance is futile. Thank you, Les Gara, for more info than I should be able to absorb while working.

17 09 2008
galwhohashadenough!

@proud2busa–yesterday was a good day. Today is a bad day. This rollercoaster between the Presidential election and the economy is difficult at best. I just have to stay here in the Mudflats just to keep myself from curling up in a corner. I have to find one thing today..just one to contribute to the good of the world. I have no more money to give til I get paid. So, maybe today is the day I jump in my car & go to Obama’s campaign home.

Sent to you via a Blackberry that John McCain invented
Slap Spear Palin

17 09 2008
cej

Thank-you Hollis, Les, all who work for the truth, and Mudflats! I am in awe of all your hard work may you be blessed with continued fortitude and courage! The country needs you now. THANK-YOU!

17 09 2008
Charlie

Sarah’s looking more and more like a Washington Republican everyday. Laws are for everyone else, not them. We need to take our country back.

Go Obama!!!!

17 09 2008
BobbyG

From Salon.com:

“Also subpoenaed were three people who are not employees of the Palin administration, including Todd Palin, Sarah Palin’s husband.”
_______

Is the AG gonna tell private citizens the can ignore subpoenas too?

17 09 2008
SMR

If you’re going door to door or phonebanking for Obama, read this article:

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0908/13464.html

Key in to this bit of it to share with voters:

If Barack Obama can get every voter to learn just two numbers, he will be president. Those numbers are 91 and 134. If by Election Day every American knows McCain votes with Bush 91 percent of the time and has 134 lobbyists in his campaign, then the myth of the maverick reformer will be dead. And with it, McCain’s chances of following his unlikely soul mate as president.

17 09 2008
shoeho

Ms/Mr Mudflats and Rep. Gara, thanks for taking the time to keep those of us on the “outside” informed. Good golly, but Mrs Gov has got herself in a right tangle!

Oh, and thanks also for mentioning Koots! I have fond memories of the place, from back in the day when flights heading to Asia used to crew change in ANC. To age myself, it was during pipeling building days. The Captain Cook used to give us special do not disturb signs so the “working ladies” did not bother us thinking we were pipeliners down for a few days R&R.

17 09 2008
AZ MOM

!!!!IMPORTANT!!!!!

MCCAIN/PALIN TO BE ON LARRY KING TONIGHT! SEND QUESTIONS TO THE SHOW! TROOPERGATE! ADAK, AK!

http://www.cnn.com/CNN/Programs/larry.king.live/

PEACE OUT, MY DEMOCRACY LOVIN’ PEEPS!

17 09 2008
RW

Breaking news- Palin’s private email hacked:

http://blog.wired.com/27bstroke6/

17 09 2008
JB

Good Lord! MSNBC is reporting that Palin will be giving her second in-depth interview to… wait for it, wait for it… KATIE COURIC. What!!?? Are you kidding me?? Katie is no Tim Russert. When will the American people say ENOUGH! to this shielding of the job candidat McCain has tossed up to be the 2nd in command?? Disgraceful.

Thump Hummer Palin

17 09 2008
anon 77777777

there is a post at daily kos that says right wingers are out today saying Palin wanted the victims to pay for rape kits because they contained morning after pills. http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2008/9/17/143620/303/280/601794

A rape kit is for doctors, its a way to gather evidence, not for the victim to take home. They sometimes have informational brochures, but they themselves (as far as I have ever heard) don’t contain any pills.

As a rape victim myself who had a rape kit done at a hospital (before morning after pills were legal) they gave me an option of high dose birth control as emergency contraception, and they gave it to me as a prescription to take to the pharmacy. It was my choice whether or not to take them.

17 09 2008
Cynthia, TX

Obama live in Elko, NV

http://www.cnn.com/live

17 09 2008
June 63

“Mudflats” was just mentioned today on NPR’s “Talk of the Nation.”

17 09 2008
BobbyG

@JB (10:52:40):
Good Lord! MSNBC is reporting that Palin will be giving her second in-depth interview to… wait for it, wait for it… KATIE COURIC. What!!?? Are you kidding me?? Katie is no Tim Russert…
_________

But, she has better legs. GOP men will be gettin’ an aggregate chubbie, watching in record numbers.

17 09 2008
drchill

TROOPER GATE COVER UP

What would have been SO wrong about admitting a mistake.
Is misuse of her office likely to lead to impeachment?

But now, now its being exactly what she ran against.
I wonder if she’ll ave anything to come home to after they’re done with her in November…

17 09 2008
galwhohashadenough!

Looking for good, looking for good..

Well I found a couple of things for you all to watch/read:

New Obama Ad
http://link.brightcove.com/services/link/bcpid1185304443/bctid1799203760

Joe Biden On John McCain
http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2008/09/17/biden-mccain-fell-off-his-horse/#comments

Slap Spear Palin

17 09 2008
jimstaro

AK MudFlat’s and MudFlaters

This Blog was just mentioned on NPR’s ‘Talk Of The Nation’, as they are talking about the obsession with the so called Politics going on in this Country.

The Speaker who Mentioned the site said there could be a possible BookDeal from our Esteem Hostess here!!

What do ya say AK, any thoughts in Writing a Book???

17 09 2008
Amanda

It must be an absolute ZOO up there right now!

17 09 2008
JB

@BobbyG
“But, she has better legs. GOP men will be gettin’ an aggregate chubbie, watching in record numbers.”

GRODY.

“in-depth interview” my a$$. they should have just marched Palin out on The View. it would have spared poor cindy mccain’s bones from being “picked clean.”

17 09 2008
Phil

Well, here is the new “accountability” and “transparency” that we can expect from a McCain administration. Same old same old. It’s the Bush Administration’s technique of blocking, obstructing, and abuse of Executive Privelage to stop or slow down investigations until the public’s attention wanes. It’s disgusting and NO ONE, republican, democrat, independent, should stand for this kind of abuse of the justic process. Let the facts speak for themselves whether the process is politicized as well.

17 09 2008
Cronopio

Thanks, Rep. Gara, for your courage and your clear-headedness.

17 09 2008
kimosabe

I am told I was in Chilkoot Charlies a few times. Don’t remember any of them😦

17 09 2008
proud2busa

The question is: what are we going to do about it?

I asked earlier today if it would be possible (just for giggles) to file a lawsuit against McCain for reconstitution of the billions of dollars the American people paid for the Keating Five debacle. I was told too late, too old, too lame.

Is there anything we can do as “citizens” to counter this? I would rather use a page out of the Rovian Book of Secrets than to just idly watch Rome burn.

Thoughts??

17 09 2008
Geraldine

If this election has done nothing else, it has demonstrated the depth of talent in the Dem Party. Kaine, Richardson, Debbie (F), etc. Glad we get to see them up close and in action. Has anyone else noticed that even without introduction you can pick out the Rep from the Dem surrogates? Maybe has something to do with that ‘clean’ comment Biden used.
A good two days for us.

17 09 2008
SoCal Bob.

If I lived in Alaska, I’d be furious at Sarah for allowing Washington politics into my beautiful state. Is nothing sacred?

17 09 2008
BobbyG

@Phil (10:59:37):
_______

Ding, ding, ding, we have a winner!

I want to know whether this AK Attorney General thinks he can order private citizens to ignore the subpoenas? Write and ask him, like I did.

attorney.general@alaska.gov

17 09 2008
drchill

Wiki leaks…
Posted Palin E-mail hacks here…

http://wikileaks.org/wiki/Sarah_Palin_Yahoo_email_hack_2008

17 09 2008
Cynthia, TX

Is this really true or another rumor? anybody confirm this? I have seen this float today for a bit.

Wiki leaks…
Posted Palin E-mail hacks here…

http://wikileaks.org/wiki/Sarah_Palin_Yahoo_email_hack_2008

17 09 2008
lynn

Hey!!! Some activists just hacked into SP’s email accounts. Check out the Huff post. Not a lot to see–yet–but it is VERY exciting!

Nowhere to hide, sarah…

17 09 2008
whabs, Seattle, WA.

I have been online since 1999 when I shredded my left ankle ligament. Reconstructive surgery the whole bit. I used to work IBEW union work. We would have regular lay offs so I always had play time on my computer. Never Never Never NEVER have I ever used paypal…even in the most frightening transitioning times when friends offered.
Today I found something WORTH losing my paypal virginity over. I have been thinking of sending 10 bucks a month to the DNC, nope Mudflats gets it now. You have said more for our country and “we the people” in two and a half weeks than most of those bilking the system and “representing us” have had the guts to say in EIGHT years!

17 09 2008
Fiona

Alaska Representative Les Gara, you have made my day. Now maybe I can start believing that there is such a thing as an ethical politician out there. It’s been a long time since I’ve trusted any of you from your side of the border or ours.

17 09 2008
ocliberal

I had just finished reading this article on Huffington and decided to look in here. What a great article! I’m wondering how Alaska is feeling today being played by the Big Boys?

I know I feel just downright lousy. I bet they are too.

My boss and I talked about this today. He was a hardcode Republican who switched to Democrat after the lies of the Iraq War became exposed.

We agree that we both feel we are just screaming into an echo chamber. The problem is, those who care – take the time to learn the truth and ignore the rhetoic and put some value on integrity.

Those who don’t care, just don’t care, so they bury their heads in the sand or cover their ears and go “Nah-nah-nah-nah-nah” so they can’t hear the truth.

And then the MSM treats it all like a big reality show where the truth counts for nothing unless it adds to the entertainment value.

Today I feel sad.

17 09 2008
BobbyG

How much you wanna bet they’ll claim “Spousal Privilege” immunity to quash The First Dude’s subpoena?

17 09 2008
tisalaska

Hey John & Sarah..can you spell “Imploding” ! I was really begin to think Alaskans were going to keep riding on the hype and not set aside the Palinade long enough to look at the bigger picture. Websites like this help spread the word that we aren’t a bunch of Jed Clampets up here!

17 09 2008
Audrey in Oregon aka Drink Hack Palin

I wish Obama would agree to the town halls that McCain is asking for…..just put a few economists in the audience to ask the questions. McCain is toast!

17 09 2008
BobbyG

The Deadliest Catch. Hope it turns out to be so.

17 09 2008
BobbyG

@Audrey in Oregon aka Drink Hack Palin (11:17:53) :
I wish Obama would agree to the town halls that McCain is asking for…..just put a few economists in the audience to ask the questions.
______

What do economists actually do all day?

http://www.andyfoulds.co.uk/amusement/economists.htm

(move your mouse around the image)

17 09 2008
Jay

I enjoy your blog. Excellent tone and points of view. A big thank you.

I do hope, for the good of the Alaskan people, that this investigation does not get sandbagged. There has to some political (or legal) heavyweights willing to step up and see to it that this process does not get derailed. Sadly it will come to define your state should justice not be served by a fair trial.

17 09 2008
proud2busa

@cynthia and drchill: Wiki leaks…Posted Palin E-mail hacks here…

I cannot get in. Can you post?

17 09 2008
mvngfwd aka WMD Cessna

Katie Couric could be interesting because she has been struggling to be taken as a serious journalist. Ever since she left Today she has been dogged that she is a “lightweight”. It would be the final nail in that coffin if she does a fluff piece with the whole nation watching. Maybe we should email her office and let her know that we expect a journalist in her position to be hard hitting and not a GOP panderer. Does she want to bring shame to the legacy of Walter Kronkite? It seemed to help with Charlie…just a thought.

Also to quote Glenn Close -“I will not be ignored!”. Where are all the Floridians! I want a rally here and I need your help! Are you game?

17 09 2008
proud2busa

@DrinkHack: “I wish Obama would agree to the town halls that McCain is asking for…..just put a few economists in the audience to ask the questions. McCain is toast!”

When Obama is ahead, he should not play into the hands of the laggard. Right now, Obama is getting his message out (finally), Joe Biden is riled, Hillary is looking disappointing, and the Republicans are spiraling. Can you imagine how mad Gramps must be about now?? He must be spewing vitriol all over the place, particularly on Palin. If the press would DO ITS JOB and report on the facts, and then provide a venue for the public to deliberate the facts, this would be all over. Because they can’t afford to mess up their fancy do’s and suits, the American people will have to do the heavy lifting and do it ourselves. Let Obama take the high road. We need to be the front line and take it for him.

17 09 2008
proud2busa

@Cessna – where are you in FLA? I don’t live there, but I have friends in S. Florida.

17 09 2008
raingods

The upcoming debate is going to be very interesting.

17 09 2008
Stepper Choke aka pradicchio

Thanks again for the voice of sanity in all of this mess! Used your donate button today, and would encourage every reader to do the same. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

17 09 2008
Mil

ds55 (10:22:32) :

Anyone know if there’s truth to this?
“Sarah Palin’s YaHoo Account Hijacked”:

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lmao, I just looked at some of the anon boards online. (The main goal of Anon right now is taking down Scientology that is run by the organization. People participating otherwise are repsected…. eh, it’s complex.) I’m not posting the board. But I will post this: http://youfoundthecard.com/

Anyways, there are no celebratory threads. Most people are saying ‘not good’. And some are for Palin.

The thing about Anon is that they have been doing stuff exactly like this for years. They weren’t always about Scientology. Anon used to be mischief makers and scandal diggers. With the anti-Scientology began, they have gotten a huge number of ordinary people joining the unorganized and Anonymous group for peaceful protests. Some of the originals have such amazing tech skills that some of them probably couldn’t resist this Palin idiocy. At least, that’s what I think.

17 09 2008
Cassie Jeep Pike Palin

galwhohashadenough! (10:37:27)

Thank you! Had to go get my grandbaby, but I’m back! Much better link.

17 09 2008
Kim in Florida

BobbyG, thanks for the email address for the Alaska Attorney General. I have sent him an email asking for the answer we all want to know. I am a paralegal and mentioned it in the email that I will look up that very issue in my legal research engine, Westlaw. I am passing the email address to my friends. Whew, that was fun. Must get back to work.

17 09 2008
JJUS

Please spread this around – she has been caught in here own lies:

(1) How can she credibly claim that Monegan was insubordinate when she previously praised his work and offered him another job on the Alcohol Control Board (ABC)?
See KTVA 8-15-08 article, “Governor and staff’s latest explanations leave more questions” (But weeks ago she praised Monegan for his abilities to solve those same issues when offering him a job as the director of the Alcohol Beverage Control Board. “I recognized Frank Bailey, Boards and Commissions Director that Walt’s interests and strengths could be put to good use as he could concentrate exclusively on a couple of issues that were his interest, that be bootlegging and alcohol problems in rural Alaska,” said Palin on July 17th.); see also Gov. Palin Press RELEASE No. 08-122 (7/17/08).

(2) How can she claim she fired him because he wasn’t doing enough to combat bootlegging and alcohol abuse problems, yet offer him a new job in precisely that field?
See KTVA 8-15-08 article (“I was concerned also that we were not doing enough on continuing alcohol abuse issues that I wanted to see tackled, including the bootlegging issues in rural Alaska”); see also CNBC interview (‘What does a VP do?’ video) (“it was the Commissioner that we were seeking more results, more action to fill, uh, vacant trooper positions, to deal with bootlegging and alcohol abuse problems in our rural villages especially. Um, just needed some new direction, a lot of new energy in that position. That is why the replacement took place there of the Commissioner of public safety.”)

There are only 2 options here:

(A) She is lying, and in the process willing to play politics with state procedure and to smear the reputation of a well-respected police chief (not to mention lying about ever contacting or pressuring Monegan about Wooten);

or

(B) She is not lying, and she is so irrational that she offered a job to a guy to head up the ABC — a task force she thinks is important (alcohol abuse/bootlegging, etc.) — even though she claims she fired that same guy for failing to control alcohol abuse/bootlegging AND who she now accuses of insubordination.

Which one is it?

17 09 2008
mike's searches

Jesus. What a fucking joke.
2 quotes from Thomas Jefferson:
1. All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to
remain silent.

2. When the people fear the government there is tyranny, when the government fears the people there is liberty.

Clearly this government needs a good dose of populist fear.

17 09 2008
PJ

Remember, the point is to delay, delay, delay!!! They can’t stop the investigation, so they want to delay it with a flurry of legal mumbo-jumbo. Hopefully they can finish their work and issue their report. If it exonerates Palin, so be it. But my feeeling is it won’t, hence why McCain is fighting so hard to bury it.

17 09 2008
bree

Ok, people time to help out again. Just a few bucks can really help if a lot of people do it:

https://donate.barackobama.com/ourstrategy

Donate. Volunteer. Vote.

17 09 2008
Peggno in SoCal

Thank you mudflats! The heroes of our crumbling world live here!

As I wonder what she might be trying to cover up, I remember reading on Mudflats a couple of comments about info coming from Wooten’s confidential personnel file, and that if they could prove that this confidential info had been shared, that would be an impeachable offense. Any more details on this?

Seagull Junker Palin

17 09 2008
Cynthia, TX

they hacked into her private email account what evidence do they have on anything? or was it nothing? anybody know the details?

17 09 2008
no more

Kind of of off subject but adds to the McCain/Palin campaign theme. Another McCain “talking head” Carly Fiorina will be “discouraged from additional media interviews”. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/09/17/mccain-camp-throws-fiorin_n_127009.html

Maybe McCain/Palin will have a “townhall” at Chilkoots. They’ll need to be careful though. The bouncers carry video cameras. God forbid that “information” might get out to the public.

Thanks Les! When do we protest on the State Capitol steps?

17 09 2008
Toon Moene

I’m impressed by the Alaskan people more every day.

Dang ! I’m going to save up to visit you next summer.

17 09 2008
mike's searches

Fear from the populace, that is…

17 09 2008
proud2busa

And it is not just donations, it’s making sure we hit the streets get people registered to vote, and then get them to the booths. We have to be talking in our own communities. There is so much good stuff here – and great dialogue. I’m sure if all people could experience this, it would be so positive for this great nation of ours.

On another topic, can you imagine these people trying to get back to work in January after the election? This is going to be interesting to see because the game has been played very low this year.

17 09 2008
mvngfwd aka WMD Cessna

@proud- I am in Miami Beach but will travel anywhere in the state for this. I just opened mvngfwd1@gmail.com so please let’s get this rally rolling. Any takers can reach me there. Thanks!

ps- didn’t think WMD was a good idea for an email address…NSA, anyone?;)

17 09 2008
livegreenordie

It’s in the emails. She used them for campaign purposes while mayor of Wasilla. Emails obtained by Andrée McLeod, a self-described independent government watchdog in Alaska, and shared with Mother Jones, in 2002, when Palin was in her last year as mayor of Wasilla and running for lieutenant governor in a Republican primary, she used her official city email account for campaign purposes.
In a June 11, 2002 email to Randy Ruedrich from Palin to Eddie Grasser, a leader of the Alaska Outdoor Council, a lobby for hunters and firearms owners, Palin expressed her disappointment at not receiving the AOC endorsement. She asked if she could “use the AOC’s email address book to remind our members of my positions.”
Under Alaska state law, an officer of a municipality “may not use money held by the entity to influence the outcome of the election of a candidate to a state or municipal office.” Elected officials, according to the code, may not use the city’s “electronic facilities” for “personal gain,” to promote “political beliefs,” or to “support or oppose any candidate for public office.”
Anonymous letters had been sent to the Alaska Public Offices Commission and several media outlets alleging that Palin had used her city e-mail account for campaign-related work, had held campaign-related meetings in her office, and had used her office telephone for calls regarding her campaign for lieutenant governor. http://www.motherjones.com/mojoblog/archives/2008/09/9688_palin_mayor_email_violate_law.html

17 09 2008
From England aka Spoon Archer Palin

Thanks again Les.

IMHO…the way we are going to win this thing is

a. Discredit Mcpain’s CHARACTER/INTEGRITY/TRUSTWORTHINESS. Troopergate, whilst in itself may not be viewed as important by staunch Mcpain supporters…when you begin to stack it up against dishonest campaign, the line about the bridge to nowhere that was sold on e-bay etc….voters start to have questions.

b. The economy, and the ability to make voters comfortable that one is able to handle. It has become clear that Mcpain are completely out of their depth on this matter…HOWEVER, even I who is a supporter of B.O don’t feel that he has been good at getting the message out about how he will manage. I just don’t think he has succeeded in making undecideds comfortable…YET.

c. National security. There is some background noise I’ve been hearing all summer hear on the Russia issue. A while back we started the talk about oil and Russia on this blog. Today I watched a bit of Russian news channel (yes I did)…and as Medvedev (I will not jeer at SP when she fails to pronounce that:) and the presidents of S. Osettia and Abkhazia signed an alliance; the Russians are accusing the US of using relief operations in Georgia as a cover for rehabilitating missile bases in that country. WHY? Well, to strike at nearby Iran of course.

Seems to me that both Russia and the US are war mongering…here’s one for you, Medvedev threatens to annex Arctic region for oil http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/europe/article4773567.ece

And finally, aomething to cheer you up. Obama in Nevada today really hammering Mccain. He was talking about Mccains reform agenda and going after the “Good old boys”. “well” he said. “The good old boys?”……..for the Mccain campaign that’s a staff meeting”….Oh did I laugh:o

HOpe that ramble made some sense

17 09 2008
Quarter Granite Palin

Do you think Sarah hacked into her own account. Those accounts (the ones wanted in the investigation) have now been deleted. OOps! There goes any incriminating evidence.

17 09 2008
Palmdale, CA

@ Proud
The only good reason I can imagine that Obama should agree to town halls at this point is as a way to make McCain lose his cool. THAT would be worth watching. I’m hoping Mac will have a total meltdown in the debates. If the press would do its job there, Obama wouldn’t even have to be the one to provoke it. No amount of Valium or Prozac would be enough — or if it were, Mac’d be a complete zombie. Either way, O wins that round.

17 09 2008
drchill

Wiki leaks-
It works for me.

The content is a few screen shots with some text of emails,
2 family photos, contact list , index of recent emails and summary of account

(locked for 24 hours)

I don’t see anything amazing.

I’d say what is here is proof that it was hacked, but nothing … probably nothing important.

More later after I confer with akm.

17 09 2008
whabs, Seattle, WA.

@ BobbyG
RE: How much you wanna bet they’ll claim “Spousal Privilege” immunity to quash The First Dude’s subpoena?

That SHOULD go out the window since other names are also on the CC list. As far as I know they would have to PRIVATE between he and she to count.

Of course that was in the OLD days.

17 09 2008
Palmdale, CA

@ From England
From what I heard, Russia already planted a flag under the Arctic Ocean to have a claim to the resources there. Medvedev’s just announcing a fait accompli.

17 09 2008
Libbs

WMD Cessna – “Katie Couric could be interesting because she has been struggling to be taken as a serious journalist.”

Interesting thoughts, Cessna. Katie has not been kind to Bush…let’s see what she does with Palin. She has an opportunity to put herself back in the spotlight. Will Katie be up to the task?

It feels like we are living through a very bad B-movie…

17 09 2008
Epic

As I am a great fan of ‘The Wizard of Oz’ and as I haven’t seen this gag anywhere else… Since Bush is known as ‘W’, please can Sarah be known as ‘WWW’ ? Please?

17 09 2008
From England aka Spoon Archer Palin

Oh another thing…that woman who was a clinton fundraiser and has just endorsed Mccain. Apologies in advance for the language…what a dumbass

Second…some fool on Faux news just saying how well SP will do at the Michigan townhall…..her son went to high school there, she comes from a PTA background….GROOAANNNNNN…you know the rest

17 09 2008
Geraldine

Still the funniest video I have seen on Palin:

17 09 2008
proud2busa

@WMDCessna –

Just sent out a blast with your email address to folks in Florida. I’ll also make some calls tonight.

Krinkle Bearcat

17 09 2008
KDB

Sarah Palin has issued a response to all of this, this investigation of Tasergate. She released internal memos that show that Walt Monegan — he’s the commissioner — got fired for insubordination on budget matters and not because of his refusal to fire Palin’s former brother-in-law. Monegan went behind Palin’s back to attempt to revive a project that Palin had vetoed, which stunned the Office of Management and Budget director. On another occasion, Monegan held a press conference with Hollis French to dissent from Palin’s budget priorities, the same Hollis French that’s pushing the ethics complaint against Palin. The liberal obamamites in the media will not look into this because it is fact!

17 09 2008
From England aka Spoon Archer Palin

@Palmdale, CA (11:52:09) …yes they did go put the flag and make some noise before..but today Medvedev (oh what a name) has instructed his security council to go ahead and 1. establish a formal border and 2. “assert the Kremlin’s rights” over the area……… whatever asserting their rights means?

17 09 2008
Whabs, Seattle, WA.

Should we email Katie? Link to mudflats? What to do, what to do? Pre thank her for the soft interview? Ask her to redeem herself for the “Navy seals ROCK!” thing? What? What? What?

PS that AG link works! ::grin::

17 09 2008
katiebegood

ds55 (10:24:42) :

“Palin’s Two e-Mail Accounts”
http://news.bostonherald.com/news/2008/view.bg?articleid=1119262&srvc=2008campaign&position=8

This may prove to be a good thing because it looks like they were able to grab her e-mail from her yahoo accounts before she deleted them to cover her ass. That is going to be an interesting legal dilemma.

17 09 2008
Libbs

KDB,

You must have missed it…Hollis French isn’t “pushing” anything. He was APPOINTED to oversee the investigation by a 12-0 vote by the Legislative Council.

17 09 2008
proud2busa

@Epic –

I just had a Wizard of Oz themed dessert table at my Independent Friends who must be Enlightened Dinner last Saturday! My mom collected these crazy dolls and I thought I was going to make use of them some way – my friends about had strokes because if you knew me you’d know I’m a minimalist modern kind of gal:

McCain – Scarecrow (…if I only had a brain. . . dee, dee, dee, dee, dee…)

Palin – Wicked Witch of the West (and her brood were the monkies: “…you KILLED her….”)

Oz – Rove (and we put dental floss in his hands and connected them to everyone)

Dorothy – I just had an American flag on her. At first this was Obama, but that would have made Biden Toto and I just couldn’t do that to Joe, so she became the American People

Tinman – Campaign Manager and Chief Lobbyist

Cowardly Lion – George W. Bush

Glenda the Good Witch – was our very own Mudflats which I’m proud to say garnered her a couple of new followers this week!🙂

I swear, for Halloween I am going to find those Witch of the East legs and put them under my house with a poster: Where’s Sarah Palin? and then an arrow pointing down…

17 09 2008
Harley A.K.A. Pinocchio Palin

At whomever it was that asked if I had a list of all the posted links here on Mudflats, the answer is Sorry, I do not.

LOL, I am not quite that anal.

17 09 2008
katiebegood

ds55 (10:24:42) :

“Palin’s Two e-Mail Accounts”
http://news.bostonherald.com/news/2008/view.bg?articleid=1119262&srvc=2008campaign&position=8

Wow, those righties work fast. One minute I was reading about the blocked e-mails and the next minute when I went back, I can no longer access the site. It gives a message that the site has been blocked!

17 09 2008
kayak kathie

As Mayor of Wassila, she spent $50,000 (illegally) to redecorate her office without the City Council’s approval….

http://www.salon.com/news/feature/2008/09/17/palin_mayor/

17 09 2008
Anon

KDB, pls. see JJUS@1:54:37

17 09 2008
mvngfwd aka WMD Cessna

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/04/10/AR2008041000030.html

Looks like Katie REALLY needs this more than I thought. Shall we do an email campaign mudpals? Here she is: couricandco@cbs.com

17 09 2008
katiebegood

KDB (11:57:15) :
Sarah Palin has issued a response to all of this, this investigation of Tasergate. She released internal memos that show that Walt Monegan — he’s the commissioner — got fired for insubordination on budget matters and not because of his refusal to fire Palin’s former brother-in-law. Monegan went behind Palin’s back to attempt to revive a project that Palin had vetoed, which stunned the Office of Management and Budget director. On another occasion, Monegan held a press conference with Hollis French to dissent from Palin’s budget priorities, the same Hollis French that’s pushing the ethics complaint against Palin. The liberal obamamites in the media will not look into this because it is fact!

Sorry cupcake, the fact is the first reason Sarah Palin gave for Mr. Monegan’s firing was that she wanted him to move to another job, paying $120,000 to help clear up the alcoholism problems in Alaska. When Mr. Monegan refused the job, she let him go. Ms. Barracuda is sounding more and more like Bush every day. If your first excuse doesn’t work, make up new ones until you get the one that finally works. Remember the WMD’s in Iraq? Then it was about liberation, then finally it was about oil.

17 09 2008
mvngfwd aka WMD Cessna

@proud- thank you!

17 09 2008
Lani aka Bash Budweiser

Do not feed the trolls.

17 09 2008
proud2busa

@katiebegood: “Remember the WMD’s in Iraq? Then it was about liberation, then finally it was about oil.”

No, FIRST it was about finding Osama bin Laden, then it became about WMD that Osama may have access to, THEN it became about liberation, and finally, the “surge” became about oil.

17 09 2008
katiebegood

Lani aka Bash Budweiser (12:09:56) :
Do not feed the trolls.

You’re right, I apologize. It’s just fun sometimes to prove them to be the liars they are.

17 09 2008
proud2busa

Does anybody remember what we were taught as children:

ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS.

Huh.

17 09 2008
e6e4b

Nice reporting!

Thank you!
~Hyla
http://earthyfinds.blogspot.com

17 09 2008
katiebegood

mvngfwd aka WMD Cessna (12:06:56) :
Looks like Katie REALLY needs this more than I thought. Shall we do an email campaign mudpals? Here she is: couricandco@cbs.com

This is an interesting conundrum for Ms. Couric. If she does a softball interview, she is going to be marginalized even further than she is now. If she does a hard-hitting interview, she will be on the Republicans $hit list forever. If I were Couric, I would go with redeeming myself. She has an excellent opportunity to prove to the world that she can be a real journalist.

17 09 2008
Anon

Sorry for the typos today. Second try: KDB, no. You seem to be behind on the facts. Please read the response of @JJUS (11:34:57)

17 09 2008
proud2busa

@Cessna –

My pleasure. I would gain great pleasure in seeing some of my dearest kosher-keeping friends wear tee-shirts that say:

W. omen
A. gainst
S. arah
P. alin

I will owe them dearly!😉

17 09 2008
From England aka Spoon Archer Palin

Les et al.
What really gets me on this troopergate issue is the impression that’s being created out there that this is a partisan investigation with the Dems out to get SP. These facts need to be hammered and hammered and hammered home to voters out there.

Les, would you go on Fox news. Has this very well articulated piece been circulated to the outside (and by that I don’t mean the “lower 48/49”, I mean the MSM…away from what may be sneered at as “liberal, socialist, left wing blogs”?)

BTW, I love your American terminology…

17 09 2008
Cassie Jeep Pike Palin (Wish I were Trout)

Les Gara–

We mudpups applaud your frankness. Your feelings, at this moment, are ones that all of us can appreciate and sympathize with.

Initially, you deal with the personal insult of having believed the “word” of your governor only to discover that her “word” has now become meaningless.

Then you watch, stupefied, when honest reputations get trashed by people who have no knowledge of, nor appreciation for, the many tangible virtues their targets possess and the services they have provided to you!

And you know…I know you do… that when this particular circus leaves town, it’s more than debris that will be left behind for the good people of Alaska to clean up.

These jaded operatives never have to deal with repairing the problems they leave behind…between families, among public servants, between countries, peoples and most of all, ideals…and they wonder why our voter turnout is so poor!

17 09 2008
SMR

Someone sent me this link today. Pretty sure that you don’t actually have to be a “hockey mom”………………… Intelligent, like-minded women unite!

http://alaskahockeymomsforobama.com/

17 09 2008
A Brit abroad aka Flag Cobra

Les Gara – thank you.

17 09 2008
bubba

“Remember the WMD’s in Iraq? Then it was about liberation, then finally it was about oil.”

No, FIRST it was about finding Osama bin Laden, then it became about WMD that Osama may have access to, THEN it became about liberation, and finally, the “surge” became about oil.
———————–

And let’s not forget, “Bringing Democracy to the People of Iraq.”

17 09 2008
Anon

The quote below is from a reader with initials “TR,” quoted right now at TalkingPointsMemo.com:

“On a second point, how is McCain’s campaign legally able to insert itself into an issue that is solely about Alaska? The investigation has nothing to do with anything outside of Alaska and it predates Palin’s VP candidacy, so it seems to me like some kind of obstruction or interference from a legal point of view.”

I have wondered about this myself. How can John McCain take over an Alaskan issue from a legal perspective? Any thoughts?

17 09 2008
katiebegood

Peggno in SoCal (11:43:09) :
Thank you mudflats! The heroes of our crumbling world live here!
As I wonder what she might be trying to cover up, I remember reading on Mudflats a couple of comments about info coming from Wooten’s confidential personnel file, and that if they could prove that this confidential info had been shared, that would be an impeachable offense. Any more details on this?

She is claiming that as Wooten’s employer (the buck stops here), she had the right to review his personnel file. What she did with the information is another matter. It appears that she shared information from his file to people she called to try to get him fired. That, my friends, is illegal.

17 09 2008
proud2busa

@Cessna – just sent my email to Katie. Let’s keep it coming, people!! Mudflats will not be ignored!

17 09 2008
Ohio Sue

McCain Campaign Announcement:

Governor Sarah Palin will not be answering any more questions. Ever. About anything. Never ever. Never. So there.

17 09 2008
Redwood Man - Boulder Creek, CA, near Santa Cruz

For those interested in SP’s emails, assuming they are her emails, this link still works:

http://gawker.com/5051193/sarah-palins-personal-emails

17 09 2008
Libbs

Ohio Sue –

You forgot the last line…”And you can’t make her!”

17 09 2008
17 09 2008
Soldotna Sue

I’ve been wondering about that too. If someone who worked for your administration, and was a rogue who undermined your agenda, and was completely insubordinate, would you offer them a different job with your administration?! I seriously doubt that would happen, especially with someone who is as vindictive as Sarah Palin!

17 09 2008
Another from England

New polls.
Obama up in Ohio,level in Florida.

http://edition.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/09/17/battleground.poll/index.html

17 09 2008
galwhohashadenough!

@proud2busa-what’s Katie’s e-mail address?

17 09 2008
Another from England
17 09 2008
BigSlick

Has anybody considered a march on the Capitol?

Perhaps even entering the building with a few sleeping bags?

17 09 2008
katiebegood

@Audrey in Oregon aka Drink Hack Palin (11:17:53) :
I wish Obama would agree to the town halls that McCain is asking for…..just put a few economists in the audience to ask the questions.

Why should Obama interrupt his schedule to meet McSame’s demands? If he agrees to meet McSame in town halls, the media will go ape and say that Obama capitulated to McSame’s demands. Obama originally refused to go along with the town halls because McSame wanted them to be invitation only and Obama wanted them to be “first come first serve”.

17 09 2008
lemonfair

re the email hacking. Michael Scherer at TIme says he’s heard the story is not a hoax. Though I wonder about the “don’t let the negative press wear you down!” What a convenient message to put out there with the hacking story.

17 09 2008
CoyoteMarti

On a lighter note, this Mudpup loves the Map icon. Thanks! And scrolling down to find it, I noticed for the first time a “donate” button. Hmmm, if we all sent $1.00 Mudflats way…and there have been 2 million hits to the site…. Yeah, yeah, I know that’s totally bogus math, but what a thought, eh?

17 09 2008
lemonfair

Bobbie G

I wouldn’t assume Katie Couric won’t ask probing questions. You may recall she first earned her stripes not backing down to Ross Perot in an interview and really getting him torqued.

17 09 2008
Water S.I.M Palin

Update on Troopergate from Isikoff of Newsweek: GOP’s sent out big guns. Rep. Gara is mentioned in the article….

http://www.newsweek.com/id/159260/output/print

17 09 2008
katiebegood

Cassie Jeep Pike Palin (10:32:51) :
Anyone know if there’s truth to this?
“Sarah Palin’s YaHoo Account Hijacked”:

Do a Google News search on “Palin yahoo account” and you will find lots about it.

17 09 2008
mvngfwd aka WMD Cessna

@proud- I just had a visual of my MIL and her Boca pals wearing those t-shirts and fell off my chair laughing. Thank you for that one;)

Here’s Katie’s email again:couricandco@cbs.com

17 09 2008
proud2busa

galwhohashadenough! (12:29:59) : @proud2busa-what’s Katie’s e-mail address?

katieandco@cbs.com

We need to start the deluge now and never let up. Never let up.

17 09 2008
lemonfair

my Palin name is Taupe Armageddon, which is appropriate because SP really scares the bejabbers out of me with her plan to see Jesus return in her lifetime, and her running mate’s belief that Armageddon may be around the corner. This is a must-read from the Times of London about the witch-hunter who came to wasilla and prayed for Sarah to be elected. (And yes, I’m a Christian, but this is not my kind!)

http://timesonline.typepad.com/uselections/2008/09/palin-linked-el.html

17 09 2008
galwhohashadenough!

@proud2busa–going to send off an e-mail right now. Thanks much!

17 09 2008
Dan

Can the AK legislature call a censure vote ?

It might be a way to ‘return the favor’

17 09 2008
tamarack

And now we interrupt our regularly scheduled programming for some good news…

http://tpmelectioncentral.talkingpointsmemo.com/2008/09/obama_edges_ahead_in_the_natio.php

17 09 2008
katiebegood

Wow, this is pretty funny. I did a yahoo news search on “Palin yahoo account” and one of the listings was:

Web Site Claims Palin Deleted E-Mail Account Used for State Business
FOXNews – 16 minutes ago
Gawker published screen grabs from the e-mail account before it was deactivated. Palin is already facing scrutiny for using another Yahoo account to do …

But when you click on the link, there’s nothing there. I guess that was a big “oops” for Fox News.

Also, many of the links on the page that came up lead to “page not found” notations. It looks like the McSame/Palin campaign are in full damage control today! This could turn out to be really good!

17 09 2008
skinkor (aka Free Radical Palin)

McCain
——
Palin

Truth is just a
four letter word

17 09 2008
Keely

Both email addresses, gov.sarah@yahoo.com and gov.palin@yahoo.com, have been deleted. Isn’t this destroying evidence? Hmm!

17 09 2008
angry lefty

it sounds like most of the republicans in Alaska are a rare endangered species — Honest Republicans. reading about their adherence to the rule of law makes me nostalgic and a little teary eyed.

Is there some way to repopulate the lower 48 with this unspoiled breed? The ones we have down here are rotten to the core.

And please, PLEASE keep them away from the McCain goons — they’re infected with the “lie and smear” bug. I wouldn’t want to see Alaska turn into a smelly republican cesspool the way the rest of the country has.

17 09 2008
jade

I would love to hear how the average joe and jane in Alaska is reacting to all this? Is the message about all this fanangaling getting there in any way or is just the Rovian spin? What are people up there saying? From my reading here I’m beginning to understand that Alaska politics is something under itself which is a good thing.🙂 Are we talking about what is typically seen where it just falls to partisan lines or people starting to go ‘what the heck?”

17 09 2008
bPoint

Could we please see the Palin’s Income Tax returns. I really believe they will be the stake through her heart.

17 09 2008
RW

mvngfwd aka WMD Cessna –

Thanks for posting Katie Courics email. ( couricandco@cbs.com ) I just sent a list of potential questions.

17 09 2008
Whabs, Seattle, WA.

Along with mailing Katie, also contact your local ABC affiliate and ask if they are going to start covering honestly now that Charlie was lied to as well.

17 09 2008
Anon

Does anyone have Hollis French’s e-mail address? I would like to send him a thank you note, to show my support. He is a brave person, who has been unfairly handled by the GOP in Alaska, McCain, and the RNC operatives.

17 09 2008
SMR

@From England:

I too let the Michigan thing get to me. I sent an email letter to the Grand Rapids Press, letters from readers thing, it wasn’t printed. Same with a big Detroit newspaper.

But here’s the deal as I see it: I have relatives in Grand Rapids. In spite of the fact that our relatives there are practically just off the boat (my grandparents spoke other languages, immigrated to the US as adult (grandfather) and w/parents (grandmother) — both scandanavian), they are the biggest racists that I know! That town is so white it hurts your eyes!

Note, as well, Lansing, nearby (where I also have loads of relatives), has a HUGE university. Huge University in Michigan = lots of young voters & educated thinkers = ugliness for McCain/Palin.

There is no place in Michigan where they would have found such high numbers of people to whom their message would appeal as in Grand Rapids. Just down the road (well, okay a hundred miles or so) is Detroit. Detroit has just endured a horrific scandal with their mayor, a scandal similar to that of Sarah Palin’s current troopergate. Lies lies & more lies. Further, they are paying lots of money for a new election to have a mayor that will only be in office 8 months, that mayor will replace the corrupt one that’s been booted. Anyway, no need to look for support for McCain/Pain there! Add to that the economy woes in a town so utterly dependent on the automobile industry & other blue-collar stuff, and Detroit is a no-sell.

All of that being the case, with Pain’s latest scandal getting bigger & bigger I see some hope for Michigan turning blue. I am crossing my fingers.

17 09 2008
Whabs, Seattle, WA.

I told her we were talking about her at Mudflats. Sent a link. Told her we could use a hero.
People, I have over 100 tabs open in my browser!
None of the wiki links work. Firefox says ERROR!!!! They must be getting hit hard.

17 09 2008
Juneaugirl

What a mess! I’d actually hoped we’d be able to get the whole trooper-gate mess straightened out. I suspected she’d over-stepped the bounds, but was willing to give her the benefit of the doubt until the results of the investigation came out. I gave her points for being willing to cooperate. I was even willing to see this as a learning experience for a green Gov. No points now. — And god only knows the DC group doesn’t want her to be seen as green! Meanwhile, the DC boys are creating a stinky legal crisis in our fair state that will have long term repercussions.

What should we be do to stop the stonewalling?

17 09 2008
TheraP

Here’s another post where I’ve linked to mudflats:

Alaska: Fiefdom Harbinger of the Future? You decide.

Just a few paragraphs for the flavor:

War More Years: The first volleys have already been fired in Alaska. Let’s keep it out of the lower 48 on Nov. 4. And then declare Alaska a “disaster area” due to the craven, slash and burn tactics of the mcPain ticket on preview in Alaska already.

If you love the Rule of Law, if you care about the Constitution, then take a close look at what is happening in Alaska right now. Because unless we take back The Rule of Law and make sure the Constitution is enforced, we too will become serfs of mcPain – a gruesome twosome of lying and moral bankruptcy when it comes to campaigning. Take a look at the many posts at mudflats, the blog of AKmuckraker, if somehow you have missed the nuances of Alaskan politics under SP and the upgrade in mendacity, cynicism, and downright defecating on the Rule of Law in Alaska, since SP joined the mcPain ticket.

Total allegiance to a cult of personality is the Lady mcPain style. Carefully staged tv appearances is all they’ll permit for the shadowy Lady in Waiting – whose parroted cliches have now become the stuff of political cartoons and late night tv shows. You gotta show deference, you see. Or else! …

This is America? And the Rule of Law means nothing? Except what mcPain wants to say it is? And telling the truth means nothing? If it happens to undermine the LIE that this ticket includes a nobody with the conscience of a Lady MacBeth and the honeyed-tongue of a sham preacher?

Here’s your link for more of that post.

http://tpmcafe.talkingpointsmemo.com/talk/2008/09/alaska-fiefdom-harbinger-of-th.php

17 09 2008
FiredUp AKA Falter Locust Palin

well, I just sent a long letter to Ms. Couric with specific questions I want to know the answers to, and with a repeated plea to her to make Sarah Palin answer the questions AND the follow up questions.

I think we should absolutely send Katie Couric the questions we want answers to- she should know exactly what we are looking for.

By the way, I pointed out that she was being given a privilege that few other reporters were being given (although that fact alone is astonishing), and that she should take it and make the most of it because you never know when SP will agree to sit down and answer questions again. Maybe never.

17 09 2008
RLS

The McCain/Palin straight talk express rolls into Grand Rapids Michigan today for a 7:00 EST town hall meeting. The event is to be held in a field house that can hold 3500 people. The 2000 tickets for the general public were given out in 2 hours yesterday. I assume the other tickets go to
the party faithful. It is possible the event may be covered live or via a webcast on local TV. (www.woodtv.com) This is a very strong Republican area, so I am sure the fieldhouse will be full.

From comments in the local papers (below) it appears there is still a lot
of work to do.

“I’d vote for her for president today.”
“She just comes across as somebody who is honest and sincere”
“..she’s very conservative”
“She’s like the common people. I can relate to her”

Interesting that most comments were about Palin, not McCain.
Until the MSM picks up on some of the negatives regarding Palin
none of these people will change their minds. We need to work
hard to get the undecided/(still thinking) people.

17 09 2008
FiredUp AKA Falter Locust Palin

Oh, and I directed Katie Couric to this site, in case she hadn’t seen it. It should be required reading for all journalists.

17 09 2008
Redwood Man - Santa Cruz, CA

Hollis French email address:

sen.hollis.french@legis.state.ak.us

17 09 2008
Cassie Jeep Pike Palin (Wish I were Trout)

Anon (12:22:34) : re: McCain involvement in an Alaska investigation

My guess is that they are simply advising Sarah’s lawyer…remember, SWWNBN only hires him AFTER she was selected.

17 09 2008
Charcoal Sniper P.

cnn has Florida 48%-48% right now but I don’t know what poll they are quoting.

17 09 2008
Jeri

Please read this, one more reason they cannot win this election!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!: Sarah-geddon

http://www.thenation.com/doc/20080929/ames

17 09 2008
katiebegood

Wow, they must be bringing out the big guns. http://wikileaks.org/ now shows a 404 error. How in the hell did the McSame campaign get their site taken down so quickly?

17 09 2008
Susie in Jersey

hockey moms for mcshame/palin – 2441 hits – I forget what the count was yesterday. 1900 and some? I’ll keep a record for a few days.

17 09 2008
bPoint

You have to love Obama slam the Ol’ Boys Network

17 09 2008
jimstaro

New online tool to aid with overseas voting is launched

An online tool was launched this week that proponents say will make it easier for overseas Americans to vote if they have requested but not received their absentee ballot.

Waiting for a ballot?

Did you register to vote and request an absentee ballot for this election? Are you still waiting for it to arrive? If so, you can use the federal write-in absentee ballot, which will let you vote in your district’s federal races. Voting officials recommend using the FWAB option if you don’t receive your ballot by Sept. 30.

To use a new automated system that will help you fill out a write-in ballot for your home county, log on to Overseas Vote Foundation.

17 09 2008
HopefulOkie

Mudflats or any other Alaskan out there,
Do you think that this mess will adversely effect the chances of McCain actually carrying Alaska? Initially, there was talk that Alaska may be Obama country, then Palin was nominated. Could it be that this reality moment will stop alaskans from supporting her??

17 09 2008
katiebegood

Ok, I’m frustrated. I can’t find this “donate” button people keep talking about. Where is it?

17 09 2008
proud2busa

Okay – I’m feeling GOOD!!!!!!! North Carolina has gone from trending McCain to strong McCain (it was total dark ruby blood red) to now it’s tied for Obama – it’s a toss-up state, and 15 electoral votes. We CAN do this!!! I’m stoked. All that walking around in the heat and talking to people and just listening to their concerns and helping them understand that McCain nor Palin are “…one of them…” is working!!!!

LET’S GO GET ‘EM, GANG!

17 09 2008
Anon

Thank you, Redwood Man!

17 09 2008
Lurker

Sarah Palin took her first impromptu question from a reporter traveling with her campaign Wednesday about the AIG bailout.

“Certainly AIG, though, with the construction bonds that they’re holding, and with the insurance that they are holding, very, very impactful to Americans,” she said. “So you know, the shot that has been called by the feds, its understandable but very, very disappointing that taxpayers are called upon for another one.”

rest of the story: http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/

“impactful” is that a word?

17 09 2008
Cassie Jeep Pike Palin (Wish I were Trout)

bpoint re: Palin tax returns

I’ve been saying that for weeks! I’m completely with you on that. I want to see them and I think I can help with them!

17 09 2008
Sarjo Mullet Troll

Re Wiki leaks site (Palin’s email account hacked):

I had trouble getting it to open until I

1) searched Google for Wikileaks website,
2) opened the CACHED version, and
3) then clicked on the SEE CURRENT PAGE link

I don’t know why this worked, but it did. No big revelations from the email…yet. Apparently the hackers only released a few screen grabs, but presumably more to come (dirt? yum!)

17 09 2008
KM

hmmm….13 people subpeoned, right? It’s just a matter of time and someone will squeal.

17 09 2008
Charcoal Sniper P.

there is a nasty troll on the bed time thread……. don’t feed him.

17 09 2008
Blue Idaho aka Bash Budweiser Palin

katiebegood- I dont have one either.

17 09 2008
Cassie Jeep Pike Palin (Wish I were Trout)

katiebegood

it’s on the right somewhere around the worldmap to show where we all come from.

17 09 2008
Cassie Jeep Pike Palin (Wish I were Trout)

Katie

underblogroll

17 09 2008
proud2busa

Question One: how the heck could Texas go Red with the situations with Ike?

Question Two: If I, as a taxpayer, are going to pay for all these bail-outs, can we sue those CEO’s and get their packages back? I heard the Merrill CEO was getting $61MM.

17 09 2008
Bellaboo Kahki Salmon/Log Justice Palin

I found this very interesting article on John McCain- very long but illuminating-
like I have been telling my friends, both McCain and Palin are not what they appear to be-can’t figure out the link- came down with a dreadful flu last night (must be Palin induced) and can’t get the brain to function!! This is worth reading.
http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/2008-08-07/news/postmodern-mccain-the-john-mccain-some-arizonans-know-and-loathe/%20/2

17 09 2008
Redwood Man - Santa Cruz, CA

The DONATE link is on the far right, down about half way to the bottom.

Scroll all the way down until you see the map and calendar. It is up a little ways from the calendar.

17 09 2008
galwhohashadenough!

Alrighty just sent Ms. Couric a note. Of course, mentioned Mudflats as well. Ended my note with this: And as we Mudflats unite, We stand on this: I went to Mudflats and all I found was the truth.

Sent via a Blackberry which John McCain invented.
AKA Slap Spear Spalin

17 09 2008
katiebegood

Whabs, Seattle, WA. (12:48:24) :
I told her we were talking about her at Mudflats. Sent a link. Told her we could use a hero.
People, I have over 100 tabs open in my browser!
None of the wiki links work. Firefox says ERROR!!!! They must be getting hit hard.

Mine say 404 errors mostly. I suspect it’s more likely that the McSame lawyers have been working overtime and are getting the sites taken down as fast as they can.

17 09 2008
Let'sGetReal

Sarah can delete her emails, but that doesn’t mean they have disappeared. Her email account is on one of the yahoo servers somewhere. Remember no one can totally delete anything, especially if you have an account like yahoo, aol, or hotmail.

17 09 2008
no more

@ HopefulOkie. Alaska has always been a Republican stronghold. RCPoll average is McCain up 20 points. Remember Alaska gave you Stevens, Young and now Palin. Sorry. I am embarrassed.

17 09 2008
MJC

Palin Decries ‘Unfair Attacks’ On McCain’s “Verbiage” In Fox New Interview with SHAUN HANNITY (aka the Hack)

watch the video!

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/09/17/palin-decries-unfair-atta_n_127197.html

17 09 2008
Kentucky Woman

@Lizzie… Thank you for your nice welcome.

And thank you Les Gara for your integrity and willingness to stand up for what is right.

I’m off to work on my postcards! And not sure if this has already been posted, but for our European friends you can go here to show your support for Obama:

Susan from Kentucky

17 09 2008
fawnskin
17 09 2008
Kentucky Woman

Don’t know what happened with the link – The website is http://www.obamaeurope.org/

17 09 2008
mvngfwd aka WMD Cessna

Chris Matthews is kicking ass on MSNBC! He is not letting Rep Eric Cantor (R) Virginia off the hook for saying “we should stop pointing blame for the economic meltdown”. (We haven’t even started you jackass!) Chris has been trying to ask “Where is the President at this time of crisis?”. The answer…”But Obama said this and Obama said that”.

“I have never seen a party run from their own policies in my lifetime”- Chris Matthews

17 09 2008
JudiB

From J Street regarding SP at the UN. You will have to email in
to get the link as it is not showing up. This is a Jewish PAC.

“Isaac Luria, J Street”

Dear J Street Member,

As I write, organizers are on the phone deciding whether Sarah Palin should headline Monday’s rally in New York of Americans Jews concerned about the threat Iran poses to the United States and Israel.

Sarah Palin at a rally to unify American Jews on Iran? Really?

Palin stands diametrically opposed to American Jews on nearly all issues – including on Iran. With just a few days left before the rally, we have no time to lose.

Click here right now to tell rally organizer Malcolm Hoenlein that Monday’s rally is no place for partisan politics.

17 09 2008
Harley A.K.A. Pinocchio Palin

anyone just watch Hardball?

Chris is on a mission !

17 09 2008
Let'sGetReal

Go Chris Matthews!!!! Wow!!!

17 09 2008
mvngfwd aka WMD Cessna

He’s got him befuddled! Very good points about taking responsibility for the last 8 years of Republican/Neocon rule. Watch it later tonight if you can.

17 09 2008
C

Wow. Palin must really have a lot of s**t to hide for the McCain campaign to keep doing this. I’m so glad that everyone out there is scrutinizing every move and comment by McCain-Palin. I feel better knowing there are lots of people out there who are doing their own investigative reporting! Thanks, Les! Thanks Muckraker!

Go Obama-Biden ’08!!

17 09 2008
proud2busa

Wolf Blitzer is talking to the DNC woman who defected and is now supporting John McCain. He can’t move his forehead from all the botox. Cafferty is the only one with Ba**s over there.

17 09 2008
Palmdale, CA

@ Lurker
Just wondering what SP thought the alternative was to a bail out…. especially given her comment about Fannie and Freddie. Guess it’s pretty easy to govern a state when it’s rolling in money.

17 09 2008
Cynthia, TX

why does Alaska lead the nation in drug and alcohol abuse along side with rape and incest? I just heard that on the radio.

17 09 2008
JudiB

The email is: info@jstreet.org It fell off my last posting.

NYCers, maybe we should take a hike to the UN on Monday.

17 09 2008
Water S.I.M Palin

Forget about the Rothschilds…..Obama has one better…..Lebetter, that is….

http://downwithtyranny.blogspot.com/2008/09/two-high-profile-endorsements-for-swing.html

17 09 2008
Kim

Link to a few ofPalin’s emails and addresses. Better hurry before they are forced to take them down.

http://gawker.com/5051193/sarah-palins-personal-emails

17 09 2008
katiebegood

Let’sGetReal (13:07:24) :
Sarah can delete her emails, but that doesn’t mean they have disappeared. Her email account is on one of the yahoo servers somewhere. Remember no one can totally delete anything, especially if you have an account like yahoo, aol, or hotmail.

I’m betting that someone at Yahoo made a backup copy of both Palin accounts when the news hit that she was using Yahoo for government business.

17 09 2008
PJ

Yeah, Chris “Tweey” Matthews grew a set of balls over night!

17 09 2008
mollie

The wikileaks page keeps moving, but it’s still there. Try this: http://wikileaks.org/wiki/VP_contender_Sarah_Palin_hacked

And can somebody tell me who that baby is, because if it’s Trig, it looks nothing like the baby Trig with Down Syndrome paraded onstage at the RNC. The baby in this photo looks perfectly normal and healthy to me. Must be a different baby.

17 09 2008
Laura

SUGGESTION: For those of you who wish to “do something,” I suggest writing to Katie Couric, and tellng her about Mudflats.com. If she gets a couple hundred emails mentioning mudflats.com for research and documentation of SP, I suspect she actually will read it (or at least have her staff check it out, which is probably good enough)

Katie is a former Washington correspondent (unlike CHarlie Gibson) so this may turn out to be an excellent interview. I thought the next interview was Hannity. I wonder why they are bothering with anything but FOX.

This of course, isn’t the only suggestion – there are lot sof other great suggestion. Among them, I think writing and thanking the Alaskans who either have stuck their neck out – or had it stuck out for them – is another great thing. It will give support and courage to them, and others who are deciding whether to speak up.

Can someone post an directory of such people (Moneghan, Branchflower, Les Gara, the librarian, with contact information (public information, not private) and brief statement of their role. Or better yet – AKMuckraker – can you have an icon to get this information without having to hope you find it in the comments? Not sure if that’s possible.

17 09 2008
Bellaboo Kahki Salmon/Log Justice Palin

I”d like to see Chris Mattews ask Ms. Palin a few questions! I’d bet my last buck that Chris “Pitbull’ Matthews would sink SP. Wouldn’t that be great theater!

17 09 2008
LibertyLover

Palin’s private email account has been professionally hacked!

Breaking news over at Huffington post has screen shots of an email account that is no longer there…

From the website Wired — Anonymous, the group that hacked Scientology, has hacked Sarah’s personal accounts. Wikileaks has more… Haha!

http://wikileaks.org/wiki/Sarah_Palin_Yahoo_inbox_2008

17 09 2008
Political Amazon

OMG. There is now a Stonewall-Gate of Troopergate.

I’m telling you, she’s not even a good politician if she takes this tack.

17 09 2008
proud2busa

@PJ:

lol – I AGREE! NOW if he could just pass that joy-juice over to CNN and the other MSM’s that would be good. There is an exception here: Campbell Brown. I think she is just great. She asks tough questions and DOES NOT BACK DOWN. She is a good journalist in my eyes, and I wish Palin was sitting down with her.

17 09 2008
Water S.I.M Palin

re: hacking of Palin’s email account…..the less talk about it, the better. Had hoped that the Lehman and AIG news would bring issues back to the forefront. Palin’s already getting an un-due, un-earned share of sympathy from voters. This idiocy will just give her more. Pshaw!

17 09 2008
mde

I finally found the donation instructions:

“Paypal to akmuckraker@yahoo.com

AKM – you know your yahoo address may not be secure? :o)

17 09 2008
Audrey in Oregon aka Drink Hack Palin

@katiebegood (12:32:14)

Of course, you’re right about the town halls….I just meant it would certainly show how little Grampy knows about the economy if the audience could throw him a few zingers.

17 09 2008
Jeri

Palin said, “Clinton whinning about the media didn’t make her look very good as a serious politcian.” I say, quit whinning about the media Sarah, you started whinning before they even knew anything about you, you whine about everything. You whine when everyone starts finding out what a liar you are. Earmarks, Bridge to Nowhere, Troopergate, your views on environment, your views on Iraq on and on and on. Whine, whine, whine. Even McCain is starting to whine. Just a bunch of whinners. And you to not look like serious politicians.

17 09 2008
kelly l

Go Rachel Maddow and good old Keith Olberman (MSNBC) keeping us informed on the true Palin. How about that video of Sara in church in June. Scary.
Oh, and tina fey deserves the Oscar! Rock on!

17 09 2008
NY Dem

I smell a (Republican) rat !

Wouldn’t put it past them to do their own hacking into Palin’s e-mail account and then blame it on the Democrats.

Has “Karl Rove” written all over it !

17 09 2008
Charcoal Sniper P.

I posted this link a few days ago… except I don’t know if it ever posted. its not pertident to todays news but is pertinent to Palin. Read the posts from the bottom up to get them in order. It looks like there is a new post today but I have not read it yet.

http://fubarpolitics.blogspot.com/

17 09 2008
Laura

Oops. I should have put the contact info for Katie Couric to write suggested letter:

http://www.cbsnews.com/

At the bottom of the page is a “contact us” icon. Up will pop a window for you to write whatever.

17 09 2008
Cynthia, TX

Andrew Halcro out of Alaska is going to talk about the Truthsquad on the radio in a minute

http://www.650keni.com/main.html

17 09 2008
RW

Bellaboo Kahki Salmon/Log Justice Palin – Very interesting article. Really gets into who McCain is. Yikes!

17 09 2008
utevista

I am thrilled to have found your site thanks to a reference made by a caller today on the NPR broadcast. I will pass on the information to others here in Colorado. The rest of the country needs to hear the “rest of the story” from you, who know Palin best. One of my good friends refers to McCain as Sarah’s “Pimp”. Quite fitting, huh? The old boy doesn’t draw the crowds when his little “Babe” is not by his side.

All joking aside-this woman is a frightening prospect for our nation. Keep up the good work!

My homemade car window signs read as follows:

Jesus was a Community Organizer
Vote NO on Father Time and Babe!

17 09 2008
NY Dem

BTW, haven’t seen ” hide nor hair” of the Palin brats (kids) since the convention.

What happened to THEM ?

No longer useful ?

Is that kid “keeping his Johnson in his Levi’s” ?

What did Todd and Sarah spend Trig’s $3,200 on ? A new tanning bed ?

Is the pregnant one in school, or home on welfare ?

Has Track left for EYE- Raq yet ?

17 09 2008
HamletsMill aka Rot Pipeline

“She really filed a complaint against herself. Tuesday she said she’s discovered, after a thorough investigation of herself, that she’s done nothing wrong. Does anyone know how to get a hold of Jon Stewart and Tina Fey?”

New bumper sticker: SHE WAS AGAINST HERSELF BEFORE SHE WAS FOR HERSELF!

Yoi!

No one can be making this stuff up! I feel ill.

17 09 2008
Water S.I.M Palin

Tonight! Sarah Palin Drinking Game….just in time for the Hannity interview….

“Throw back a shot of your favorite beverage every time she says “Sean” during the interview. Keep in mind that she said “Charlie” 18 times during her interview with ABC’s Charlie Gibson last week.

Here’s a side bet for the more adventurous: Eat a large pepperoni pizza every time Hannity asks her something that takes her Palin off her talking points. Try not go to bed hungry.”

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/sfgate/detail?blogid=14&entry_id=30394

17 09 2008
RW

utevista — Welcome! Glad to see another Coloradoan here.

17 09 2008
Charcoal Sniper P.
17 09 2008
proud2busa

LibertyLover (13:28:16) : Palin’s private email account has been professionally hacked!”

Welcome to the joys of that Patriot Act, Sarah!

You see, my dear, that feeling of being robbed of your privacy and that moment of fear when you are thinking about what was in those emails?

Your running mate passed the bill that has made so much of this possible. Thank goodness it was anonymous who is dedicated to the good, and not the FBI.

We love our Constitution and hope this little lesson helps you understand how it feels for the government or any group when tries to take away a bit of privacy.

17 09 2008
galwhohashadenough!

Hey RW & Utevista:

I’m from CO to! Just wanted to let you folks know that there is a blog for Women Against Palin: http://coloradowomenagainstpalin.blogspot.com/. I’m sure they will be a good source of info for local politics as well.

Slap Spear Palin

17 09 2008
Water S.I.M Palin

AKM/Mudflatters:

Can we please, please, please, do a live blog of the Hannity/Palin interview? I don’t have TV (kids)….and even if I did, don’t think I can watch Hannity for that long. Need to know when to throw back a shot.

17 09 2008
Charcoal Sniper P.

my last three posts didn’t post

17 09 2008
galwhohashadenough!

Shout out to Ute & RW. I’m from Denver:)! Glad to have ya here.

This email was sent via a Blackberry that John Mcain invented.
Slap Spear Palin

17 09 2008
proud2busa

@utevista –

I like the FATHER TIME! LOL.

Welcome to the site.

17 09 2008
galwhohashadenough!

@Proud–Go Go Go!

17 09 2008
skinkor (aka Free Radical Palin)

why does Alaska lead the nation in drug and alcohol abuse along side with rape and incest?
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I lived in the South East Bush through the seventies until ‘82 among a population that was primarily male and which , like most frontier pioneers, did not fit well in civilized society. We were, as in the title to Don Berry’s book about 19th century fur trappers, “A Majority of Scoundrels.”

There were still a mess of good folk, particularly those who live through their “Live Fast, Die Young, and Leave a Beautiful Corpse” period.

My, “But I am the kind of people my mom used to warn me about” tattoo also survived.

17 09 2008
Rhett O'Rical

Walter S.I.M Palin: why don’t we do this while live blogging? http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/sfgate/detail?blogid=14&entry_id=30394

i do not have cable/watch tv, but i would be more than willing to drink with you guys! lol.

17 09 2008
AME in CA

I don’t know why they are calling Katie Couric “the second interview.”
According to both Fox News and the McCain campaign, SP is most definitely still scheduled to chat w/ Hannity today …

17 09 2008
Charcoal Sniper P.

I am not sure you can count talking to Hannity as an interview.

17 09 2008
Let'sGetReal

AME in CA, her sitting with Hannity is not what anyone would call an interview!

17 09 2008
Charcoal Sniper P.

cnn is talking about troopergate saying that they don’t want the governors employees to have to choose between the gov.’s appointed board and the senate…..

17 09 2008
Charcoal Sniper P.

by they I mean McCain

17 09 2008
MJC

Hi AME in CA,

Palin talking with Hannity is not a legitimate interview. He probably gave her the questions and the answers in advance!

17 09 2008
Charcoal Sniper P.

“However, our clients are also loyal employees subject to the supervision of the governor.” ….
“Moreover, two lawsuits have been filed challenging the legitimacy of the investigation,” Colberg wrote. “On behalf of our clients, we respectfully ask that you withdraw the subpoenas directed to our clients and thereby relieve them from the circumstance of having to choose where their loyalties lie.”

http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/09/17/palin.investigation/index.html

17 09 2008
Alaska blog Mudflats Covers Palin’s “Troopergate” « All Facts and Opinions

[…] New McCain Stall of Troopergate Investigation: Part Karl Rove, Part Laurel & Hardy […]

17 09 2008
UK lady

Jeri at 12.53 – every american voter should be made to read all of that link. Actually, strike that, everybody should read it – full stop.

17 09 2008
Cynthia, TX

Alaskans why is there no reporters talking to Andrew Halcro???? He is spelling the truth out on radio and there is not one media outlet covering this man. What is up with that? give me a little insight here Alaskans.

17 09 2008
quills

watch sp’s armageddon youtube clip:

TRULY CHILLING…

17 09 2008
UK lady

including Katy Courac

17 09 2008
Laurie

Hello my friends.

I am just curious…we have all been discussing this horrid situation with Palin et al…but where the heck is your president. Over a trillion dollars lost in 3 days…and he hasnt even made an appearance? Why oh why can die hard republicans not see, that if they vote McCain…this is what they can expect for 4 more years.

17 09 2008
Charcoal Sniper P.

also cnn is reporting on the email haking

17 09 2008
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17 09 2008
Sad In Red State Texas

Breaking News on CNN Palin’s Email account was hacked FBI is looking into this.
Oh Boy !!!!! LMAO

17 09 2008
katiebegood

“Moreover, two lawsuits have been filed challenging the legitimacy of the investigation,” Colberg wrote. “On behalf of our clients, we respectfully ask that you withdraw the subpoenas directed to our clients and thereby relieve them from the circumstance of having to choose where their loyalties lie.”

Excuse me, but their employer is the State of Alaska, not Sarah Palin. If their loyalties lie with Ms. Palin rather than with the State, they all deserve to lose their jobs.

It reminds me of when Monica Goodling testified that she took her oath as a Deputy Attorney to George Bush, not to the United States of America.

17 09 2008
Nebraska Native AKA Froth Moonshine Palin

I am so ready for the live blogging during Hannity, so long as I don’t have to be the one giving the info from the show. I don’t think my nerves can take it. And, oh, OK… if you insist we do shots, I’ll join you!🙂

17 09 2008
Bystander

Charcoal Sniper P. (13:52:50) :

“However, our clients are also loyal employees subject to the supervision of the governor.” ….
“Moreover, two lawsuits have been filed challenging the legitimacy of the investigation,” Colberg wrote. “On behalf of our clients, we respectfully ask that you withdraw the subpoenas directed to our clients and thereby relieve them from the circumstance of having to choose where their loyalties lie.”

http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/09/17/palin.investigation/index.html

Err, because that would be an inconvenience? Hysterical!

Ammo Canal

17 09 2008
Steve-o

I’m just out here in the middle of the Iowa corn fields. I used to read the Chicago Tribune for the fun of the blood-sport politics that goes on there. Mudflats, you all have it beat! Wish this could wind up in every e-mail box in the country…

17 09 2008
judi

Representative Gara–thank you so much for your report… you said, “The icing on the cake is that HER attorneys moved to dismiss the case she filed against herself–because they had tried really hard & just couldn’t find any evidence that the gov. had done anything wrong”—that was a joke, right??? What a sad state of affairs…I’ll bet Molly Ivins would have had a field day with that one…

17 09 2008
anita

I JUST HEARD ON CNN THAT SOMEONE “HACKED” INTO SARAH’S PERSONAL E-MAIL ACCOUNT. THE SECRET SERVICE IS INVESTIGATING . CANT WAIT TO SEE WHAT THIS WILL REVEAL

17 09 2008
Nebraska Native AKA Froth Moonshine Palin

Hey Steve… the midwest is reporting for duty🙂

17 09 2008
fawnskin

oh, sheeesh. i guess i’ll join you in the shots, but, gawd, my stomach’s gonna cramp from not eating that pizza.

17 09 2008
nascentliterati

oh no, I have a manager who has the same kind of underbelly as Sarah. She’s really good at smiling, too.

Careful, mudflats, I’m almost out of a job. How about you?

17 09 2008
AME in CA

hey, bloggers, lest anyone think that *I* think Hannity is a legit interviewer …
I don’t need to be set straight on this account, okey dokes? … I know full well what/who Hannity is …

but MSM was certainly calling this visit w/ Hannity her “second interview”

http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/09/12/next-up-for-palin-sean-hannity/

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/la-et-quick13-2008sep13,0,4953179.story

http://www.observer.com/2008/media/fox-news-sean-hannity-lands-second-palin-interview

etc etc etc etc etc

most assuredly, there was a bunch of talk about how Hannity was to be her “second interview” … now that someone with an ounce of cred (Couric) is lined up to talk with SP, all of a sudden, Couric’s the second interview

not a big deal, no conspiracy theory or anything, just wondering … seems a little strange … whatever

17 09 2008
mvngfwd aka WMD Cessna

@utevista- Welcome to our mudflats family. Better late than never!

If you did not see Hardball do catch it later tonight. I never thought I’d say that but it is true, Chris is on fire.

Our efforts are making a difference…keep shining the light! The roaches are confused and looking for a way out. Maybe all that McP Kool-Aid is giving them a tummy ache?

BTW- has anyone really been watching Cindy? She keeps twitching and biting her lips as she stands behind him. Maybe the Mrs. is medicating a bit again? Can’t say I wouldn’t if I was her but maybe not in front of a crowd and Tv cameras.

17 09 2008
Bystander

Note: Added previous quote from article Charcoal Sniper P. (13:52:50) referenced.

“As state employees, our clients have taken an oath to uphold the Alaska Constitution, and for that reason, they respect the Legislature’s desire to carry out an investigation in support of its lawmaking powers,” Attorney General Talis Colberg, a Palin appointee, told the investigation’s manager in a letter released Wednesday.

“However, our clients are also loyal employees subject to the supervision of the governor.”

“Moreover, two lawsuits have been filed challenging the legitimacy of the investigation,” Colberg wrote. “On behalf of our clients, we respectfully ask that you withdraw the subpoenas directed to our clients and thereby relieve them from the circumstance of having to choose where their loyalties lie.”

http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/09/17/palin.investigation/index.html

Err, because that would be an inconvenience? Hysterical!

Ammo Canal

17 09 2008
sheesh

Weighing in on the request for a live blog of the Hannity interview. I’ve got a nice bottle of Pinot Noir ready for the drinking game🙂

17 09 2008
MacK

I am beginning to wonder about the Wooten story. Don’t get me wrong, I do think that Palin, the Dude and her staff pressured Monegan about Wooten, and I do think they were mad that he had not fired Wooten. But you know, she had been in more than a year — why did she not act sooner. And why are her staff stonewalling so hard — I mean at this point confirmation that she was mad at Monegan and/or pressured him to fire Wooten is well, not that big a deal — everyone already knows or has guessed that she is fibbing — the Republican base does not care .. it did not hurt her numbers – while this stonewalling is doing much more damage than a report could possibly do.

And so, why? Why take so much damage to conceal something everyone essentially knows. On the other hand, suppose these 10 staffers are required to testify, under oath — what might they say. Was there another reason she wanted Monegan gone? Something else he was involved in looking into?

In that respect remember why she fired the police chief in Wasilla — because her campaign supporters, especially the bar owners were mad that the chief wanted to close bars at 2am instead of 5am and opposed the drunks bringing concealed weapons with them — apparently her campaign contributors wanted this chief gone. Is it possible that something similar happened with respect to Monegan? Was she the recipient of a call about him, a demand that he be stopped? If that was the case the whole thing starts to make a lot more sense — they are not so worried about the Monegan/Wooten thing — they are worried about what the investigation might uncover …

17 09 2008
Lani aka Bash Budweiser

Laurie, Bush is hiding.

Hurrican Ike’s destruction is far worse than the public reports indicate. The press is getting very little of the story and was barred from some locations. Check out the internet blogs instead. And FEMA is moving too slowly – again.

The US economy is tanking (and will get worse), taking the overseas markets with it.

All on Bush’s watch. His people must be going crazy, trying to find a way to blame the Dems. Remember, they blame the Dems for 9/11, even tho it happened on Bush’s watch. When they figure out the spin, Bush will emerge, clinging tightly to his teleprompter.

17 09 2008
Polly

This is the debut of an ALASKA WOMEN for OBAMA website, but all genders and ages welcome!!

http://alaskahockeymomsforobama.com/?page_id=29

17 09 2008
Bystander

Test to see if this will post.

17 09 2008
Palmdale, CA

@ Laurie
Rant alert… not directed at you.
Bush is too busy trying to figure out how to lie his way out of Ike, Katrina, Iraq, and all the other things he’s made a mess of these last 8 years. And you expect him to be able to string together a coherent answer on the economy? […waiting for which Brownie he’s going to commend this time…]

WTF, this is a man who has an MBA, from Harvard no less, but who managed to run three separate businesses into the ditch. Is anyone REALLY surprised that he’s done the same with the economy? The writing was on the wall before 2000 that he couldn’t manage anything.

I’m not angry at you, Laurie. I’m totally pi**ed at this weasel of a man and the people who foisted him on the rest of us.

17 09 2008
AME in CA

@ MJC, Let’s Get Real, Charcoal

make no mistake, *I* don’t need any convincing that Hannity is not a legitimate journalist … I know all about Hannity …

what is confusing me is that MSM has been talking about the Hannity appearance for days as SP’s “second interview” – really, it’s been all over the news … (I’d publish links, but wordpress won’t let me)

Now, all of a sudden, since K. Couric’s face-to-face has been lined up, I keep hearing, “Couric’ll be SP’s 2nd interview”

Granted, Couric has more street cred in her sleep than Hannity could ever hope to accumulate over a lifetime, but it just seems a little strange to me … I don’t think it’s a conspiracy, or a coverup, or really even any kind of a big deal whatsoever … I was just wonderin’, that’s all … seems kinda strange to me …

17 09 2008
bree

Ok people, time to help out again. Just a few bucks can really help if a lot of people do it:

https://donate.barackobama.com/ourstrategy

Donate. Volunteer. Vote.

17 09 2008
Susie in Jersey

I found it interesting that Bush sent Skeletor (Chertoff) to NOLA prior to Gustav’s making landfall – all for show – but apparently FEMA failed to get mobilized for Ike. Another huge failure on the part of the Repubs.

17 09 2008
bree

You just gotta love how the “Reformer” Palin plans on “Reforming” Washington – by doing EXACTLY what they are already doing!

You CANNOT make this stuff up!

17 09 2008
Margie Rita Rocks

Thank you, thank you, Mud, for keeping on the story and helping to get the info. out to the public. I have many people I work with around the country asking daily questions regarding our Gov. Ms. Sarah and what she is really about. I send them links to your site, and at times our daily paper (when it happens to be reporting in a non-partisan way) so they can see things that aren’t being told in the MSM. Everyone please pass links to this site and let the truth be told. We really just need the facts to get out and let intelligent people make up their own minds which direction they will vote. All I can say is I will weep for my children and their future if the McLame/Poolin ticket wins.

17 09 2008
Ky Fork Decoy Palin

BTW- has anyone really been watching Cindy? She keeps twitching and biting her lips as she stands behind him.
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mvngfwd, I had noticed that! I noticed it during McWalkingstick’s speech yesterday. Did you see her eyes? It was trippy! I think it was the lighting, and not drugs, but it was so distracting, I couldn’t even listen to the speech.

17 09 2008
Suzanne

A must see interview with Russia’s Putin. Suggesting that our government had operatives stoking the conflict with the country of Georgia, to “HELP” one of the political candidates. This is scary, especially when you add in the article from The Nation, that talks about Palin’s eagerness to get into a war with Russia.

Please Watch:
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17 09 2008
UK lady

I have also noticed that Cindy is not looking so good. But I think I would be twitchy and needing medication if I had to listen to a bad tempered, ranting old man every day, let alone sleep with (YUK, can’t go there).

17 09 2008
no more

Another proud moment for Alaska! Can we call this “watergate”. http://www.juneaublogger.com/updates/?p=990#comment-3849

17 09 2008
Laurie

lol…just catching up on the comments. Geez…I hate that I have to actually do some work these days…missing out on my mudflats fix.

NYdem…you are so funny…actually many of you are. I have never ever had the privelege of blogging with such an interesting and intelligent group of people. Go my wonderful american friends. You are keeping me sane.

Another Canadian mentioned this earlier…but I will reiterate. If you wonder why we are so hung up on your elections its because in some ways it is more important than our own. Our current prime minister has his head shoved so far up Bush’s keester he will never see the light of day. I cant wait to see the look on his face when Obama wins…and he will.

17 09 2008
SMR

The ADN comments are vitriolic and hateful, but occasionally something good comes from them. Go here to show your support of Walt Monegan:

http://waltmoneganhonestleadership.blogspot.com/2008/09/walt-monegan-honest-leadership.html#comment-form

17 09 2008
Suzanne

Let me try that link again with YouTube. Interview with Putin

This is a must watch. This is the President of Russia, suggesting that Bush’s administration put trouble makers in Georgia to help a “political candidate”.
Please watch. And then read the article in The Nation

17 09 2008
Audrey in Oregon aka Drink Hack Palin

@Mollie 13:27

I’m sure that baby is Piper, not Trig.

17 09 2008
Laurie

@Suzanne…Putin actually talked about that a few weeks ago. He intimated that it was McCain operatives. It was mentioned briefly by the press then forgotten. It was before Palin came on the scene.

17 09 2008
Bill

I have to hope that Obama’s people are reading this, that they’re taking notes and planning on talking up all of these points to the media. My brain absolutely will explode if they don’t make an effort to spread this information to voters who otherwise might be duped because Palin is “new” and “fresh.” It’s pretty obvious that she’s letting herself get stunk up by her new handlers.

17 09 2008
proud2busa

@lani –

Can you lead us to some blogs that are covering Ike? How can Texans vote for an absent President, and even better, for a candidate who voted with Bush over 90% of the time? How?

17 09 2008
Lani aka Bash Budweiser

FEMA. ARRGHHH. Rant alert!

LA and Mississippi haven’t recovered from Katrina. Good Gawd, some of the people evacuated for Gustav were still living in FEMA poison trailers, while FEMA’s contractors made the $$$. Gustav did a lot more damage to the area, but the media acts like everything is fine b/c NOLA isn’t totally underwater.

And then comes Ike.

The government is broke. Economists who aren’t paid happy talking faces have been warning about the financial doomsday scenario for YEARS: Fannie & Freddie fail, the market crashes, and a natural disaster hits. POOF! We are all broke.

Maybe it is time that we all march on WDC…. My job just went bye-bye anyway.

17 09 2008
Audrey in Oregon aka Drink Hack Palin

@UK Lady 14:18

I agree about Cindy….she probably needs some of those prescription meds she stole about now. I’d have to be comotose to sleep with Grampy.

17 09 2008
HamletsMill aka Rot Pipeline Palin

MacK (14:09:09) :

Interesting analysis. Why do this after a year in office? Either there is a hidden rational reason like you suggest, or she really is this driven and possessed and it is a mere character flaw of vindictiveness and lack of perspective. If it is nothing more than that, then it will baffle people looking for intelligent logic.

And in the situation this nation is in, the whole thing is dysfunctional on the national level. No way did McCain or his staff EVER vett her. Absolutely no way at all. The man is reckless beyond belief. We have all been completely insulted as citizens. As a veteran I take it personally. I for one am very angry at the utter thoughtlessness of MsCain/Palin and the entire Republican Party. Their “soul mate” petty thoughtlessness is utterly criminal.

If the nation can come though in this election, this is a change to completely destroy the Neocon and Theocon branches of the once respectable Republican Party once and for all. TOTAL DESTRUCTION IS NOW POSSIBLE. This election could put James Dobson’s head on a pole FOREVER. End the Rovian culture wars madness in national politics. Right here. Right now. Forever.

17 09 2008
raingods

If you’re all going to take shots during Hannity, someone take a few for me. I’m at work, and they frown on drinking on the job, ever since I…well best not go there.😛

17 09 2008
MJC

AME in CA,

Palin actually postponed the interview with Hannity, which I believe was to have taken place last Saturday (?). Was it in teh news that it was re-scheduled for today? I NEVER watch FOX .

17 09 2008
Audrey in Oregon aka Drink Hack Palin

@Proudtobeusa

Where in North Carolina are you? I went to school there in the 70’s and first got involved in politics during the McGovern/Nixon campaign. I had to call a page out of the phone book and think I talked to 2 people voting for McGovern. Of course a few years later when Nixon resigned in disgrace, you couldn’t find any of them then.

17 09 2008
From England aka Spoon Archer Palin

re. Cindy Mccain. I actually beg to differ. I mentioned on here a couple of days ago that I (brace yourselves) am actually feeling her …like might be too strong.

She’s always neatly tucked away behind Mcfeign. Always looking quite first wifely except for the brief era of bright acid colours

….don’t shout at me (recoiling)

17 09 2008
climbergal

Go Les! I am SO proud to see people who have something to lose here in Alaska courageously speaking out to save our country from ruin. Believe me, many Alaskans are shaking their heads in despair and disbelief right now over this debacle…

17 09 2008
Laurie

@palmdale…lol…you go girl! I know you werent ranting at me. I just finally realized today…nobody even mentions bush anymore. And yes…he is a weasel.

Isnt it funny…during the RNC Bush acted like he cared and headed to New Orleans…Ike happens and he disappears. Good god….you guys must be so damn pissed. You need a revolution my friend. I just wish every american could be made to read this blog and made to research stuff. This is not a time to be ignorant and to stick ones head in the sand. There is just too much at stake. Everything is falling apart.

I had to call our broker for my work today…and he is just exhausted. He has been fielding 100’s of calls. He says its not as bad here though…although he said there was some chest pounding on Bay St this week. Thank God for the regulations we do have.

17 09 2008
Lani aka Bash Budweiser

@Proud – these will get you started.
Hurricane Ike links:
http://www.groupnewsblog.net/2008/09/hurricane-ike-west-end-bolivar.html
http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=209_1221546907

Click here and scroll down for before and after photos:
http://jakeabby.com/cb/

The Daily News
Published September 16, 2008

GALVESTON — President Bush landed Tuesday on the storm-devastated island to receive a briefing from city, state and federal officials about death and property damage caused by Hurricane Ike….. Bush, who later took an aerial tour of the area, declined to issue a statement to the press or answer any questions while in Galveston.

The Daily News
Published September 15, 2008

GALVESTON – Mayor Lyda Ann Thomas on Monday ordered all city employees not to talk to news reporters. She did not say when that order would be lifted….. Reporters would be allowed on the island only if they had proper identification, Thomas said. She didn’t clarify what that meant. Reporters were also forbidden from visiting areas on the far West End, Thomas said. She did not explain why.

17 09 2008
Laurie

@FromEngland

I hear you about Cindy McCain. As a social worker I have worked with abused women. Cindy is an abused woman. It doesnt matter how rich she is…she is still abused. John McCain did call her filthy names in front of reporters…so what does he do when they are alone I wonder.

17 09 2008
proud2busa

Hi Drink Hack – I’m just south of Wilmington. It’s a lovely place. Charlotte and Raleigh has helped our state become a bit more diversified from earlier years. Oh gosh, I can’t imagine being down here early 70’s!! There is a lot of influx from people all over the country. The world is slowing coming to NC.

17 09 2008
wyogal

Hey Mudflats,
Just heard about the “hacking” of Palin’s email account. I am skeptical. Molly Ivins, I believe wrote some things about Rovian tactics like this. I remember some example of a Republican in Texas claiming his office was bugged and it ended up Rove set this up to make the opponent look bad. I will try to find the story, but anyway, I don’t buy this story. The timing is just too convenient and aimed at making her look like a victim and distract from the stonewalling.

I feel sorry for you up there–you are dealing with big league psychopaths now.

17 09 2008
Charcoal Sniper P.

there is a new blog post up

17 09 2008
Harley A.K.A. Pinocchio Palin

http://my.barackobama.com/page/community/post/amandascott/gGg4c9

ON-line Video Convo tonight at 8 PM with Biden and Hillary

17 09 2008
Harley A.K.A. Pinocchio Palin

As part of the Obama campaign’s “Women for the Change We Need Week of Action,” Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton got together for a conversation with women on the issues that are most important to them. The conversation, one of the largest women’s web forums in history, will be broadcast to tens of thousands of women across the country.

Women across the country will be able to watch the address online and hear about Senator Obama’s record on the issues of concern to women. Topics that will be covered will range from, equal pay for equal work, reproductive health, expanding the Family Medical Leave Act, to protecting Social Security. Joe and Hillary answer questions submitted to the website over the past few days. The video discussion will air tonight at 8:00pm EDT.

17 09 2008
Amused and Bewildered

Listening to Andrew Halcro’s webcast. Boy, this failure to cooperate is even making some Palin supporters unhappy although I’m not convinced that they’re unhappy enough to throw the lever for Obama/Biden. And those remarks about the well-liked and respected Walt Monegan? Seems to be backfiring BIG TIME! Halcro is now criticizing Rush Limbaugh for talking on his radio show about what a horrible guy Monegan is without ever having met him and probably not ever having set foot in the state.

17 09 2008
Palmdale, CA

@ Lani
I saw a crawler on Matthews where the Mayor of Houston is saying FEMA’s behind again in providing needed relief. It’s finally beginning to trickle up, but there’s been a lot other stuff to cover this week, too– including some really important stuff, along with what Ted Turner called the media’s obsession with “the freak of the week.” If Bush had any hope at all of salvaging a positive legacy, this week should have done it in. Can’t say I feel one bit sorry about that.

I’ve been so glued to Mudflats that I haven’t watched much TV… Keith and Rachel, and part of News Hour is about it. Even cable news can’t manufacture more than 24 hours in a day. Maybe, just perhaps if the media had dialed back on their breathless coverage at the time, they’d have the time to give it more due now. Ahhh, but I’m dreaming again. Not to say that real-time coverage isn’t important, but it seems to me that the important time is to prod people to get out in time. Once it hits, there’s not much else that can be done until it blows over and it’s time for BDA (battle damage assessment). Seems to me that there was a lot of air time spent looking at reporters trying to keep their balance and find something original to say.

17 09 2008
Femalady

Just made a donation through PayPal link. Actually 2 because I did not notice the e-mail address wasn’t mudflats.wordpress.com so guess they will send you an e-mail! on the first one. If you can’t collect it, will reach in and reverse it. Thanks for the very hard work and great information! You are dearly loved and appreciated! We are all grateful to you!

17 09 2008
AME in CA

MJC,
yesterday, (Tuesday), Politico reported:

“Hannity-Palin interview postponed

Sean Hannity’s interview with Sarah Palin has been postponed due to damage in Cincinnati from Hurricane Ike, according to a Fox spokesperson.

Instead of airing tonight, the interview will take place tomorrow in Cleveland and air in two parts: Wednesday and Thursday nights on “Hannity & Colmes.” “

17 09 2008
Harley A.K.A. Pinocchio Palin

dammit, I posted the wrong link for the on-line discussion

here it is

http://my.barackobama.com/page/s/wfovideoforum

17 09 2008
HamletsMill aka Rot Pipeline Palin

ocliberal (11:16:13) :

I had just finished reading this article on Huffington and decided to look in here. What a great article! I’m wondering how Alaska is feeling today being played by the Big Boys?

I know I feel just downright lousy. I bet they are too.

My boss and I talked about this today. He was a hardcode Republican who switched to Democrat after the lies of the Iraq War became exposed.

We agree that we both feel we are just screaming into an echo chamber. The problem is, those who care – take the time to learn the truth and ignore the rhetoic and put some value on integrity.

Those who don’t care, just don’t care, so they bury their heads in the sand or cover their ears and go “Nah-nah-nah-nah-nah” so they can’t hear the truth.

And then the MSM treats it all like a big reality show where the truth counts for nothing unless it adds to the entertainment value.

Today I feel sad.
—————————–
ocliberal,

Do not feel sad. We are all together here. And we will all get through this together. We are all in the boats together. On November 4th, 2008 we will all try to get ashore to take our country back from these idiots. I will be patting you on the back on this coming day just like in this footage.

17 09 2008
AZtopcat

Today is a good day. I feel the tide turning, between the troopergate avoidance and Old Mac assuring us that our economy is fundamentally sound while he is going after Wall Street and Washington with Annie Oakley by his side, I think the American public may get it. The polls are shifting in our favor. Remember its the Economy Stupid!!!

17 09 2008
MJC

HamletsMill,

I agree with you on James Dobson. I’ve totally lost all respect for him.

17 09 2008
BigSlick

Another Lie Debunked

Despite Saying She Wanted to Lower It, Palin’s Salary Stayed the Same.

“The mayor’s wage was
increased from $64,000 to $68,000 in 1996, just before Sarah Palin was elected…Palin has continued to
lobby the council to reduce the salary.” Palin said, “I voted against it when I was a council member and I
felt like a hypocrite when I came in and had to accept it.” In the end, the council voted to keep the salary
at $68,000. [Frontiersman, 3/5/99, 3/12/99]

17 09 2008
Linda in Virginia

Encouraging news from Virginia:

Michelle Obama, Jill Biden, and Lilly Ledbetter held Virginia Women for Obama voter registration rallies in Richmond and Charlottesville today. No crowd estimates from Richmond available yet, but local Charlottesville TV channel estimated 3,000 people trying to fit into a space meant for 700! Today’s paper also reports that Virginia voter registrations “grow at huge rate.” “More than 250,000 first-time voters have registered in Virginia this year. That marks a 5 percent increase . . . .”

17 09 2008
BigSlick

If she’s willing to break the rules to stack a City Council in her favor, what will she do in Washington?

Frontiersman Editorial Said Palin Made Statements That Were “Patently Untrue,” Said She Had Shown “Unrepentant Backpedaling and Incessant Whining.”

A Frontiersman editorial wrote,
“Wasilla residents have been subjected to attempts to unlawfully appoint council members, statements
that have been shown to be patently untrue, unrepentant backpedaling, and incessant whining that her
only enemies are the press and a few disgruntled supporters of former Mayor John Stein.” [Frontiersman
editorial, 2/7/97]

17 09 2008
MJC

From England,

I actually didn’t have an opinion one way or the other about Cindy McCain until I saw her on the View the other day. Did you happen to see that show? She is the true elitist.

17 09 2008
BigSlick

I would like to see the financial statements for her “business”. I wonder what she “desired” to be paid for?

Palin Obtained a Business License For Marketing and Consulting, Saying that She Wanted To Line
Up Her Ducks if She Chose to Pursue It. Asked about the business registered under her name, Palin
said, “Rouge Cou, it’s a classy way of saying redneck. It’s a French word, rouge is red, cou is neck. It’s
for marketing and consulting, in case I wanted to go that route, I’d have my ducks all lined up and have a
business license. I just was granted that business license… I would like to, with some of the endeavors
that I have going on right now, there comes a time when one desires to be paid for them!” [Anchorage Daily
News (Alaska), 6/8/05]

17 09 2008
Audrey in Oregon aka Drink Hack Palin

@Proud2beUSA

Carolina in the 70’s was EXTREMELY racist. I was a yankee who married into a Southern family and had never encountered racism before. I hope it’s better, but I fear that the Bubba factor is alive and well and will keep many from voting for O.

17 09 2008
NY Dem

Just received this e-mail from Obama Campaign manger, David Plouffe.

Includes an excellent video with some great information on their strategy

________________________________________________________
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This campaign is committed to winning in every state we can. But it’s the support of folks like you that will decide this election.

Thanks for everything you’re doing,

David

David Plouffe
Campaign Manager
Obama for America

17 09 2008
MJC

Linda in Virginia ,

That’s GREAT news! That’s the way to get Voter registration going. If all the Democratic Celebs would go out to the Swing states for Voter Registration drives, they would have massive turnouts!

I think this election will be one by the first time voters.

17 09 2008
NY Dem

Click on the https link above and the video will start automatically

17 09 2008
Harley A.K.A. Pinocchio Palin

in the meantime time…anyone need to have a political break and a good laugh?

This reminds me Of Palins Qualifications

17 09 2008
Shannon

Les Gara, you might just be my new hero. :0)

17 09 2008
Sad In Red State Texas

Not to change subject but………………..did anyone see Larry King live last night with Dr Phil ? I don’t know if it was a mistake when Dr Phil was describeing Palin as being a SINGLE mother of 5 & when Larry corrected Dr Phil about her husband Dr Phil said well ya NOW. What’s up with that ? Was it a mistake or what. I really don’t know. It just has me wondering.

17 09 2008
disgustedfemale

THANK YOU Rep Les Gara!! You explained it so well.

Is anyone there talking about this interference that seems to be occurring? I would think that everyone in Alaska should be outraged that some fancy washinton lawyers could come into your state and try to tell you how to conduct YOUR business.

17 09 2008
SMR

Thanks for the encouraging news from VA!!!!

Regarding this email crap: Have to agree with the person that thinks it smells fishy. The GOP obviously has quite a bit invested in making Pain out to be a victim — of every group, every person, everything. In the interests of that why not make out that her email has been hacked. Certainly would then lead to some sort of “reasonable” (using the GOP definition of that, of course) explanation for why her emails are not available. And if someone had really hacked into her email, they’d have leaked something much more interesting than some family photos. COME ON MSM!!!!!!!!!!!!! Don’t fall for this GOP bullshit! They are playing you, and attempting to play us — be we’re not going to fall for it until we see some PROOF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

17 09 2008
MJC

NEW THREAD ALERT!

17 09 2008
disgustedfemale

I am emailing this site and article to a friend who is a journalist in Ohio

17 09 2008
Charcoal Sniper P.

thank you all for a lovely day (the whole one again), good night all.

17 09 2008
Wyogal

address of a story that details some of Rove’s tricks that mostly involve staging attacks on his candidates to raise suspicions about their opponents.

http://www.mediatransparency.org/story.php?storyID=239

I’m sorry I don’t know how to insert a link–limited IT skills.

17 09 2008
Audrey in Oregon aka Drink Hack Palin

@Spoon Archer Palin

Regarding Cindy’s first ladiness….did you see here speach at the Repug’s convention???? What a phony!

17 09 2008
schlock and flaws

My new favorite palindrome:

HARASS SARAH!!

Harass her until she talks to real reporters
Harass her until she cooperates with the investigation
Harass her until she stops lying

HARASS SARAH!!

17 09 2008
marksmyword

I don’t have time to do anything but go to work and read this blog!!! Thanks Rep. Gara for the post. I really think people are beginning to open their eyes and take a look at McSame/Plain. Thank You God!!

17 09 2008
Corie

Has Rep. Gara been interviewed by anyone in the MSM? I saw a transcript of a conference call he gave, but it looked like only two reporters from small outlets asked any questions. If the MSM don’t talk to anyone who’s familiar with the background of the case, they just keep repeating the accusations put out by the McCain campaign.

17 09 2008
Femalady

I worked for FEMA for years. It was a proud and effective organization after the advent ot Witt during the Clinton years. It was rewarding and fullfilling work. i can’t begin to tell you the difference once Bush took over and absolutely politicized the organization, put people in charge who had not one clue about disaster work and dismantled lots of the Group and put it under Homeland Security. The emphasis became speed, not accuracy. Cutting corners, not taking care of victims. The amount of payments fell drastically and eveything that WAS paid, was subject to audit! It was really scary (and from what I hear, still is!!) There are actually folks with stop watches and making agents time every call and the length of time it takes to work a case, no matter how complicated (and, boy, some of them can be very complicated, particularly it was worked incorrectly to begin with). No one wants to take the time to make corrections since it counts against their efficiency ratings. Agents get a daily efficiency rating. Which does NOT include the number of cases worked correctly! It does include the number of cases worked, whether right or wrong!

17 09 2008
Let'sGetReal

GM Workers chanting “Obama 08” while McCain finished his speech there. WOW!!!

17 09 2008
skinkor (aka Free Radical Palin)

“Hurrican Ike’s destruction is far worse than the public reports indicate.”

Bolivar Peninsula was topped by a 10, maybe 16, foot surge. A few hundred were not able to flee.

I cry now.

17 09 2008
bPoint

The Hannity interview is postponed due to damage control. There is no way he can skirt around the Troopergate issue. Sean can’t just ask are you guilty, he has to push, he has to or O”Reilly will look like a NFL pass rusher and he’ll look like a over 40 league softball pitcher. Hannity has to demand to ask why so she has so many different versions for one story. McCain/Palin will continue to pray for rain(or ask the Kenyan to pray over them)until they are assured it is a softball game and there is no contact.

17 09 2008
John Henry

All we can hope for is that members of the press will remember what they learned in journalism school. Not to repeat the spin of political operatives without reporting the truth. Not to write “he said she said” stories, and pretend the truth is somewhere in the middle. But to report the facts.

Amen! More people need to say this!

17 09 2008
Lani aka Bash Budweiser

@Femalady, that “efficiency” mentality was spread throughout Wall Street and banking as well. The lenders used it to shove through as many crap mortgages as fast as possible. Nothing about quality, nothing about integrity – just faster, faster, faster!

@Skinkor, I cried, too. I cannot imagine the horror experienced by those who were in the homes.

17 09 2008
Pursang

So let me guess, given Palin’s recent actions if she were to be impeached McCain’s lawyers would just say it doesn’t count and she won’t leave the Governor’s Mansion?

Given the recent rash of ignoring subpeona’s the next logical step by not only Palin but Bush would be just to ignore elections and impeachments and just say none of it counts and I’m not leaving.

Imagine if any of us ignored a subpeona, wonder what would happen? Of course none of us have a couple of million dollars worth of lawyers telling we don’t so again, it doesn’t count.

I swear these people are like children…if they don’t hear what they want they cover their ears and go la, la, la, la in the hopes all the bad stuff goes away.

The U.S. House of Representatives and Senate have allowed the Bushies to get away with it. I sincerely hope that the Alaska bodies of government don’t follow suit and insist Palin and her cronies testify.

17 09 2008
Peggno in SoCal

AAAAARGH! I just saw a McCain ad on ABC. He’s sooo concerned about this financial mess, and those mean nasty ol’ WallStreeters. And his comment?
“Enough is enough.” How dare he steal Barak’s line against him! There is no depth to which this man will not stoop.

-Seagull Junker Palin

17 09 2008
DeMo

Let’sGetReal (16:08:55) :

GM Workers chanting “Obama 08″ while McCain finished his speech there. WOW!!!
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Just saw that on Olbermann. LOVED it. Kudos to those workers. Would have loved to hear the expletives shooting out of McShame’s mouth when he was back in the car. Some were female and black. Whoof. He probably ran out of words and just screamed the same ones over and over.

17 09 2008
Henry Porter

Just the Facts, Ma’am

Sarah Palin has the vast right wing media machine protecting & promoting her & lying about Barack Obama daily. She won’t go near the press until the Republicans teach her their lines. She’s given one interview that was teased out over days. She hasn’t gone near a press conference. She’s immature enough to not even speak Barack Obama’s name, referring to him as “our opponent.” In canned empty rhetoric speeches, McSame and Palin sound more and more like Bush. Obama consistently answers random questions from citizens and the press. Palin’s next interview is with Stazi news.

How can anyone as untested & unprepared as Palin even be considered for Vice President a mere 2 months prior to election? Well, come to think of it, Dan Quayle repeated the same sentence to almost every answer during a debate, & he got the job. We all knew Bush ran Texas’s education system into the ground, so what good was he gonna do for the Nation’s? He came up with a bogus policy and people bought it. Bush summed his entire environmental policy, which has allowed corporations to pollute the planet’s air, water, & soil, in the only sentence he was asked to make at a debate, “I’ve been a good steward of the land.” The mainstream press demanded nothing more. Debates have become zinger contests. News shoes have become talk shows with paid pundits yakking bullet points; if viewers & listeners are lucky there are 5 seconds of a candidate’s speech. Some people don’t listen anyway, and will vote for whoever waves a flag & says god, guns n’ country.

Palin’s convention speech was mean-spirited and misleading. She lies. “She said Obama had not authored a single bill. Hello? He authored the most sweeping ethics reform bill in Senate history. The ridicule of Obama’s years as a community organizer, from 1985 to 1988 (he was 27 then) makes as much sense as focusing on Sarah’s time as a sportscaster” – online quote from some guy named Ken.

Wasilla was a town of about 5000 when she was Mayor & she left it $20 million in debt. The main drag became one huge parking lot. As Governor, she recently earmarked funds for her home town when she cut them elsewhere. She thinks it’s okay to discuss banning books. She thinks triggering the deaths of 1,000,000 people, & displacing millions more from their homes, is “god’s will”? I know atheists who are more Christian.

She cut a lot of funding for poor people, and for those with special needs kids before she had one and became an “advocate.” She brags about this now as part of her, “I vetoed nearly half a billion dollars in wasteful spending.”

Look, the science is in, god gave us one planet to take care of, and teaching creationism ain’t gonnna help anyone. Does Palin believe Earth is only 5000 years old? If so, where did the oil come from? And what does it say in the Bible about recycling? The science is also in that 1 10th of our population is homosexual; it is part of “god’s plan.” It’s time for the religious right to put the old book down and think about what Jesus said, and be nice to the rest of us.

Taxes on oil in AK were raised because citizens demanded it amidst scandals. Democratic legislators fought & won for more than Palin advocated, while a few small-fish Republicans went to jail. She got the office in a red state as the “honest” Republican. If you don’t think she’s abused her offices, has a history of firing public servants because they disagree with her, and is going to further the Bush OIL FIRST agenda, you’re not paying attention.

Finally, the news is out now that while Sarah Palin was mayor of Wasilla, raped women were charged for forensic rape kit tests. If she has her way, future rape victims will be forced to birth children they don’t want. I’m tired of her saying she is “pro life.” If you support war over diplomacy, you’re not pro life.

17 09 2008
LJP aka Revolver Trooper

Yes, amazing that workers in these plants get it. As I said somewhere here a few days ago, the most amazing sight I saw on Labor Day at the Pittsburgh parade was the United Mine Workers marching in camoflauget-shirts, shouting “Obama! Obama!” They didn’t need an economic meltdown to get the picture.

I saw a reference above that said Chris Matthews (aka Tweety) grew a pair. What happened? I had a very long today and am just now logging on. Had to do my homework.🙂

Glad, also, to see that someone must be getting the Hurricane Ike story out. This is a big, big deal. We can’t let Bush sweep this under the rug. It’s just two more reasons why McCain can’t win: global climate change and FEMA. I am going on the MSNBC site and emailing Rachel to see if she can’t cover it. Also think that Les Gara needs to be on Countdown!

I’ve been dying to read the blog all day.

17 09 2008
Uncle Joe Mccarthy

the guys who “hacked” into palin’s email are not activists

they originally posted on 4chan

that place is known for guys who like to hack into myspace and facebook and post pics of underaged girls who behave like bristol and the young sarah

when those guys became aware that the gov and her staff were stupidly using public email accounts…they went to work

they were looking for salacious shit, like nude pics of sarah or bristol breast feeding

what they found was that yes, sarah uses her yahoo account for state biz

and they also found that it seems bristol has bonded to the baby alot more than sarah

the election will hinge on the economy (it always does) but i believe that in her stupidity to climb up the ladder more quickly than she ought, palin will see her political career die the first week of november

17 09 2008
GFMorris.com » links for 2008-09-17

[…] New McCain Stall of Troopergate Investigation: Part Karl Rove, Part Laurel & Hardy. « Mudflats (tags: sarah_palin troopergate) […]

18 09 2008
John Conner Palin

American wealth makes us wealthy. Junk bonds made the Saving and Loans wealthy. Deregulation of the energy market made Enron wealthy. Financial deregulation made Fanny and Freddy wealthy. The wealthy make America great.

Our economy is going great guns unless you are a millwright in California whose electricity bill went up ten fold before your job and house were lost and your wife and kids moved in with her sister while you traveled to find work.

That’s a friend, not me.

Our economy still goes great guns unless you are me, back in school with a son in college and needing another three gas bucks a day just to get us to class while my ex cannot pay her mortgage.

I’ve made enough money that I think I can get it done. But, my severance medical insurance played out, and I can not afford $1000/month to maintain it, so where does the 5K for my son’s appendicitis come from?

It was an emergency surgery, so the for-profit hospital will bill the government and y’all will pay it in your tax.

Thanks. I mean that.

And Damn, my semi-conductor text seems to have hid itself again. Organization was never my strong suit. I never sleep.

18 09 2008
WitnessLA.com » Blog Archive » “Bless Her Heart!”

[…] While we’re on the subject (and thankful to have something— anything to relieve our white-knuckle fear about the ever-worsening debacle that, this morning the Wall Street Journal called the worst crisis since the 30’s, with no end in site), here is another essay, this time from Alaska representative Les Gara, about what has happened in his state since the McCain people began trying to manage Troopergate—posted at Mudflats. […]

18 09 2008
sportsdemotivation

I can’t wait till Nov 5th when this Chicago, or maybe San Francisco based website is taken down.

But first you’ll whine and cry a lil!!

18 09 2008
More Anger From Alaska « The Sound of EmCeeKhan

[…] Troopergate backlash from Alaska’s Own to Palin […]

18 09 2008
straighttalkexpresswatch

Mudflats,
Please do some reporting on “Who is Todd Palin.” I read that he sits in on Sarah’s important and sometimes sensitive meetings. Also read that he didn’t go to college. Is he the “power behind the throne” and is he equally ambitious to get to the White House? We need to learn more about this man whose background and knowledge base are as limited if no less ambitious as her’s.

18 09 2008
18 09 2008
Hawk

Per CNN: Palin staff won’t testify in trooper probe

http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/09/17/palin.investigation/?iref=hpmostpop

18 09 2008
sportsdemotivation

Wow, like 1000 comments, by the same 8 people over and over again.

Some PAC you guys are!

Bahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahhahaahahahahhahaha!!!

18 09 2008
OBXPHX

hey, i’m a new person. so there. i am RECOIL ZOO PALIN, the scorpion from Arizona! John McCain hasn’t represented us in YEARS! He needs to retire to his lovely abode in Cornville.

19 09 2008
Gossip Rocks Forum

Sarah Palin probe has parallels to 2000 recount fight in Florida…

The Republicans’ handling of Troopergate is doing a good job of burning Sarah Palin’s bridges up in Alaska. More and more it is showing up in Alaskan blogs. People up there are getting pissed.

New Mc……

10 10 2008
The Sarah Palin - Troopergate Timeline: A Sordid Trail of Corruption, Squalor and Lies « canarypapers

[…] mudflats: New McCain Stall of Troopergate Investigation: Part Karl Rove, Part Laurel & Hardy […]




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