Palin v. Supreme Court

2 10 2008

Sigh… Palin can’t name a single Supreme Court case other than Roe v. Wade. Not one. Now, there might be some reasonably intelligent people out there who can’t rattle off a long list of Supreme court decisions. And, picking one you don’t agree with while you’re on the spot might not be easy for most Americans either. Granted most Americans are not running to be a heartbeat away from the Presidency, but even if we cut Palin a little slack here, I’ll tell you why we shouldn’t. And I’ll tell you why this particular gaffe makes the blood of many Alaskans run cold.

The first time I watched this clip, I chuckled. Then it hit me. It hit me like a smack in the face with a dead fish.

Below is part of a piece I wrote back in June, when a Supreme Court ruling came down in a case known as Baker v. Exxon. Most of you will recall the devastating oil spill that occurred in Alaska in 1989 when the supertanker Exxon Valdez slammed into Bligh Reef, pouring 11 million gallons (some say over 30 million gallons) of crude oil into the pristine waters of Alaska’s Prince William Sound. Many of those in Alaska at the time probably either know someone affected, or were themselves affected personally by the spill. Many of you who were out of state, cut up your Exxon credit cards, watched footage of oil-soaked otters and sea birds, and deeply mourned the loss of a place you’d never even seen.

The Alaska Natives in the area, and those who fished the Sound lost their livelihoods, and their ‘holy place’. The loss on many levels cannot be overestimated. Today, in 2008, if you dig down about 8 inches into the sandy beaches of many islands in the Sound you will find thick black crude oil.

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Screwed. (originally posted on Mudflats 6/25/08)

Well, the extremely predictable ruling came down from the U.S. Supreme Court today. In a 5-3 vote the court decided to hack and slash the original $5 billion settlement, which had already been hacked and slashed to $2.5 billion in punitive damages. Now the Supreme Court says the amount owed to Prince William Sound fishermen and Alaska Natives affected by the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill is $507.5 million.

First, condolences to the 32,677 plaintiffs, their families, and all those affected by the spill who have been waiting and watching for almost 20 years, while lawyers get fat sucking on the marrow of the oil soaked bones littering the beaches of Prince William Sound. This was hard to take for ALL Alaskans, but for the plaintiffs, and all those who love the Sound, it was twisting the knife.

Second, to all those people who have bought into the idea that the oil companies have been good to Alaska by donating to charities, sponsoring sporting events, and plastering their logos on anything that doesn’t move (and some things that do), listen closely. They. Don’t. Care. Exxon has been fighting this since the moment the $5 billion was awarded to plaintiffs in 1994. Think that’s a lot of money? It’s not. Exxon’s recorded profits last year were $40.6 Billion. That’s PROFIT. Doesn’t make $507.5 million sound particularly punitive, does it? If the health, well-being and welfare of the Alaska people mattered to Exxon Mobil, these people would have been paid 13 years ago. So when you see the oil companies doing something that looks ‘nice’, remember it’s the cost of doing business to shut us up.

Third, any Alaskans who are outraged by this announcement today, and are still planning to vote Republican in the upcoming presidential race – wake up. Who were the only supreme court justices voting with the Alaska people and against the interest of corporations? The progressives. Who were the ones that voted against the interest of Alaska? Roberts, Scalia, Thomas, & crew – those conservative judges that John McCain wants more of when he appoints the next 2 or 3 members of the court. Presidents are gone in four to eight years; Supreme Court Justices last a lifetime. A court like this is what we get when so many of us swallow the red Kool-Aid, and don’t think about the political ramifications of our votes to our own interest when the chips are down. So, in November, think. Please.

By the time all is said and done a huge portion of the $507.5 million has evaporated with the shrinking value of the dollar since 1989, another huge portion went to the lawyers, 8000 of the plaintiffs are dead, and the Sound has still not recovered, and won’t in our lifetime. They got about 10% of the oil, they think. Sometimes in life, you get a cheap lesson…this wasn’t one of those times.

Don’t forget this when they tell you Pebble Mine won’t destroy the Bristol Bay fishery. Don’t forget this every time we negotiate with the oil companies about anything. Don’t forget this every time you see a warm fuzzy TV commercial. Don’t forget that anyone who is in our state to develop finite natural resources is here for the money. Period. And don’t forget this when you vote in November.

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Since that post, Exxon has reminded us that this $507.5 million figure is actually the upper limit of what they owe. And they are also balking at paying interest on that money. They are stalling, because they are literally waiting for plaintiffs to die.

So, I ask you, Sarah Palin, as the Governor of Alaska, a state whose land, water, wildlife and people have been ground under the wheels by corporate oil interests, backed up by a conservative Supreme Court put there by your party, is THIS one of those Supreme Court cases that you also disagree with? Or did you just forget about it?


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2 10 2008
shoeho

In honor of the High Holy Day’s I’ll just say, “OY!” and leave it at that.

2 10 2008
V.P., Flat Earth Society

Please pass the following around – by Garrison Keillor. Finally someone we respect speaks out out Mr. McCain and tells it like it is.Garrison Keillor on McCain and Wall Street

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Sept. 24, 2008 | It’s just human nature that some calamities register in the brain and others don’t. The train engineer texting at the throttle (‘HOW R U? C U > L8R’) and missing the red light and 25 people die in the crash — oh God, that is way too real. Everyone has had a moment of supreme stupidity that came close to killing somebody. Even atheists say a little prayer now and then: Dear God, I am an idiot, thank you for protecting my children.

On the other hand, the federal bailout of the financial market (YAWN) is a calamity that people accept as if it were just one more hurricane. An air of crisis, the secretary of the Treasury striding down a hall at the Capitol with minions in his wake, solemn-faced congressmen at the microphones.
Something must be done, harrumph harrumph. The Current Occupant pops out of the cuckoo clock and reads a few lines off a piece of paper, pronouncing all the words correctly. And the newscaster looks into the camera and says, ‘Etaoin shrdlu qwertyuiop.’ Where is the outrage?

Poor Larry Craig got a truckload of moral condemnation for tapping his wing-tips in the men’s john, but his party proposes to spend 5 percent of the GDP to buy up bad loans made by men who walk away with their fortunes intact while retirees see their 401K go pffffffff like a defunct air mattress, and it’s business as usual.

Mr. McCain is a lifelong deregulator and believer in letting brokers and bankers do as they please — remember Lincoln Savings and Loan and his intervention with federal regulators on behalf of his friend Charles Keating, who then went to prison? Remember Neil Bush, the brother of the C.O., who, as a director of Silverado S&L, bestowed enormous loans on his friends without telling fellow directors that the friends were friends and who, when the loans failed, paid a small fine and went skipping off to other things? Mr. McCain now decries greed on Wall Street and suggests a commission be formed to look into the problem. This is like Casanova coming out for chastity. Confident men took leave of common sense and bet on the idea of perpetual profit in the real estate market and crashed. But it wasn’t their money. It was your money they were messing with. And that’s why you need government regulators. Gimlet-eyed men with steel-rim glasses and crepe-soled shoes who check the numbers and have the power to say, ‘This is a scam and a hustle and either you cease and desist, or you spend a few years in a minimum-security federal facility playing backgammon.’ The Republican Party used to specialize in gimlet-eyed, steel-rim, crepe-soled common sense and then it was taken over by crooked preachers who demand we trust them because they’re packing a Bible and God sent them on a mission to enact lower taxes, less government. Except when things crash, and then government has to pick up the pieces.

Some say the tab might come to a trillion dollars. Nobody knows. And Mr. McCain has not one moment of doubt or regret. He switches from First Deregulation Church to Our Lady of Strict Vigilance like you might go from decaf to latte. Where is the straight talk? Does the man have no conscience? It wasn’t their money they were playing with. It was yours. Where were the cops?

What we are seeing is the stuff of a novel, the public corruption of an American war hero. It is painful. First, there was his exploitation of a symbolic woman, an eager zealot who is so far out of her depth that it isn’t funny anymore. Anyone with a heart has to hurt for how Mr. McCain has made a fool of her. Never mind the persistent cheesiness of his attack ads. And now this chasm of debt and loss and the gentleman pretends to be shocked. He was there. He turned out the lights. He sent the regulators home. Mr. McCain seems willing to say anything, do anything, to get to the White House so he can go to war with Iran. If he needs to recline naked in Macy’s window, he would do that, or eat live chickens, or claim to be a reformer.

Obviously you can fool a lot of people for awhile and maybe he can stretch it out until mid-November. But the truth is marching on. A few true conservatives are leading a charge against the bailout. Good for them. But how about admitting that their cowboy economic philosophy was at fault here?

(Garrison Keillor is the author of a new Lake Wobegon
novel, ‘Liberty,’ published by Viking.)
© 2008 by Garrison Keillor. All rights reserved.
Distributed by Tribune Media Services, Inc.

‘Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t
mind.’ (Dr. Seuss, US author & illustrator, 1904 – 1991)

2 10 2008
CatStaff

I’m not an Alaskan (I’m here in Virginia), and couldn’t believe it when Palin didn’t mention Exxon v. Baker first thing.

Unless, of course, she DOESN’T disagree with the ruling.

So there’s that.

2 10 2008
katiebegood

Actually Ms. Palin did criticize that Supreme Court decision. Therefore I find it amazing that she couldn’t pull that our of her fuzzy brain.

I am going to try to watch the debate tonight but I don’t know how long I will be able to stick with it. Her high pitched screechy voice is like fingernails on a blackboard for me.

2 10 2008
Let'sGetReal

Joe Lieberman is a f*&king flake! He was on MSNBC defending Sarah Plain saying she has been treated unfairly, and how smart she is!!!!

Joe Lieberman….can you swear on a bible saying that stupid nonsense!!!

2 10 2008
knikgoose

Thank you , thank you, AKM for getting to the Pebble Mine debauchery. It clearly shows why she pulls that “Todd is 1/8th Yu’pik” card, when she has literally no respect for the native people or their lives and culture. She didn’t DARE mention that in the Couric interview, but I wonder now,…perhaps that’s what Couric was looking for?
I’m trying to send the vid from that news piece on the defeat of the Exxon bill, to Couric, but I’m sure they don’t usually pay much attention to e-mails.
They ought to show how dim that bulb really is. If she is not just plain STUPID, then whose puppet has she been all this time?

And Flat Earth:
Absolutely awesome piece. I had to read it 3 times. I think I’ll print it off and hand it out AT THE BANK.

2 10 2008
jackie

hey, she couldn’t even think of a magazine or paper that she reads, why would we think she could think of a court ruling…? dumb b**ch

2 10 2008
knikgoose

katiebgood:
Maybe it’ll be broadcast with an SAP sub-titles option. Then, you could turn off the sound whenever she talks and just read the string of unrelated catch-phrases that fall out of her face.
Holy Cow, that could be even funnier.

2 10 2008
Jeanie in CO

Some of us in the lower 48 are STILL mourning the loss of a place that we have never seen. I was fighting back tears as I read this (still am as I write this.) I too could not believe that she didn’t mention this court case. Obviously, it does not matter to her or she would have remembered it.

2 10 2008
Schnauzer

Now your talking! This is exactly what the response to the scotus question needed to be!

2 10 2008
jacktheokie

Spiro Agnew, Dan Quayle and now Sarah Palin. I don’t frighten easily when it comes to politics, having been here for 70-plus years, but this lady is truly scary. She is world-clueless to the Nth degree. I am now hoping for some type of higher intervention, what with the voting machines warming up for Nov. 4th. Your blog, AKM, is a wonderful cornucopia of good information. Thank you.

2 10 2008
t

i think it’s a bit inaccurate to state that “Palin can’t name a single Supreme Court case other than Roe v. Wade” — she was not asked to simply name ANY case, she was asked to name a case she disagreed with.

i am not saying i find her answer to this question satisfactory — i want my vice president/potential president to be able to intelligently discuss supreme court precedent, and be able to cite controversial cases, but it’s a little vexing to me that the message coming out of this video is that she doesn’t know any other supreme court cases. that may be true, but it’s not demonstrated by this video.

IMHO, if she could have come up with one, regardless of whether she agreed or not, she would have. She had nothing. Dead air. If she had said, “Well, I’ll tell you a couple I agree with…and here they are…” she would have not looked quite so clueless. She didn’t know any. And if she did, and still didn’t mention Exxon then she by implication agreed with it. AKM

2 10 2008
karen marie

Gay Alaskans talk about Sarah Palin A neat documentary by a Human Rights Campaign staffer who went to Alaska to find out about the real Sarah Palin, and the Wasilla gay community’s thoughts: http://www.americablog.com/2008/10/gay-alaskans-talk-about-sarah-palin.html

go to the link and watch the video, listen to alaskans talk about their values.

2 10 2008
Sarah Palin

Supreme Court…we have a Supreme Court…cool.

2 10 2008
Let'sGetReal

Tell me the Natives have been paid now? Don’t tell me Exxon hasn’t bother to pay the plantiffs the 507.5 million?

Tell me it isn’t so!!! Why haven’t Exxon been ordered to pay this?

2 10 2008
Democrat G (formerly "G")

I LOVE YOU AKM!

Please send this story to EVERYONE in Alaska that you know. This should SWING the state to the DEMS! And if not, maybe Cheney can go hunting with the Republicans in Alaska, if you know what I mean!

2 10 2008
knikgoose

T:
Here’s the piece.

Listen to her bemoaning how it will affect the native alaskans and the fisheries, but still is pushing the Pebble Mine which will destroy the fisheries at Bristol Bay.

2 10 2008
karen marie

t,

yes, sarah was asked if she disagreed, and she not only could not name the case involving exxon decided in june with which she is on public record as having disagreed, but no one was holding a gun to her head to stop her from naming or describing a case with which she agreed.

the problem for palin is that this demonstrates how utterly parochial she is in her thinking and judgment. that is perfectly fine when you’re within your defining parish but fails completely when it comes to the thinking and judgment required to govern a larger and infinitely more complex parish.

2 10 2008
bPoint

The reason that Sarah did not name any of the magazines or papers that she reads, is not because she doesn’t know. It is because she is afraid the media will make fun of her and/or tear her apart. She is absolutely terrified of any misstep.

2 10 2008
Houston

She could have just said, “I’m not a lawyer so I don’t remember the actual names of the decisions, but that one where Exxon got away with not paying Alaskans is a good one”, and “how about the one outlawing God in schools”? Her base would have loved it.

She’s as ill prepared for running for Vice President as she is for being a Vice President. She’s like a deer in the headlights. I think she’s more an object of pity than anything else, but her selection by McCain just makes him look all the more foolish, and that opinion seems to be gaining.

2 10 2008
Jim W

Maybe she thinks Baker v. Exxon is another states rights issue like she mentioned vaguely in her answer haha.

2 10 2008
sharon in canada

I saw Lieberman also.He dodged a bit and failed to commit to some of the questions. I assume he will decide where his alliance lies after the election…with the dems (if they’ll keep him). Integrity was never his strong point.

2 10 2008
C from CO

AKM – great story and very well written. I had no idea that the plaintiffs were still waiting for their settlement, and that is wrong; wrong and unethical. I hope that your article will get the word out and put some pressure on Exxon.

V.P. Flat Earth – the Garrison Keillor article was right on!

2 10 2008
Halcrow

Thanks, AKM.

For far too many, what happened in Alaska 19 years ago has vanished into the miasma of the past or the nothingness of the grave (how many still remember the Alaska quake of 1964, which was the second-largest earthquake in the world?), yet those who live in the areas affected by the Exxon spill are still living with the aftereffects today.

And that $507.5 million works out to $15,531 per plaintiff: not much greater than Palin’s Alaskan oil dividend this year.

2 10 2008
antsy aka CommaLibertyP

t (10:03:05) :

I didn’t get the same impression as you — I understood she was asked to name a case she disagreed with. Her replies were so bizarre and obvious talking points rolled into one ball of nonsense. It is frightening to read transcripts of these videos — she comes off as an alien who is trying to put a bunch of words together.

She most certainly should have referred to the Exxon ruling. Unless she is speaking from big oil’s back pocket.

I also teared up reading this. AK, thanks.

2 10 2008
knikgoose

karen marie
Another awesome piece,…and nice to see some shots of the valley again.

2 10 2008
Grammy a/k/a Commando Coalfire Palin

karen marie

Good video – and I now I’m sure that her gay friend of 30 years does not exisit.

2 10 2008
PDX MB

Waaay off topic, but sometimes such sadness needs an injection of humor. I desperately needed some humor after emailing back & forth w/my repug cousin who insists Bill O is fair and balanced (btw, last night he said ALL journalists are in the liberals’ bag; by his own logic, he’s NOT a journalist)…

Read and chuckle…

Dear friends,

With all the turmoil in the market of late, and the collapse of Lehman
Bros and acquisition of Merrill Lynch by Bank of America, this might be
some good advice.

For all of you with any money left, be aware of the next expected
mergers so that you can get in on the ground floor and make some BIG
bucks.
Take note:

1.) Hale Business Systems, Mary Kay Cosmetics, Fuller Brush, and W R.
Grace Co. will merge and become:
Hale, Mary, Fuller, Grace

2.) Polygram Records, Warner Bros., and Zesta Crackers join forces and
become:
Poly, Warner Cracker

3.) 3M will merge with Goodyear and become:
MMMGood

4. Zippo Manufacturing, Audi Motors, Dofasco, and Dakota Mining will
merge and become:
ZipAudiDoDa

5. FedEx is expected to join its competitor, UPS, and become: FedUP.

6. Fairchild Electronics and Honeywell Computers will become: Fairwell
Honeychild.

7. Grey Poupon and Docker Pants are expected to become: PouponPants.

8. Knotts Berry Farm and the National Organization of Women will become:
Knott NOW!

And finally… if you’re easily offended, you might want to skip this
last one and go have a drink. If not, scroll on down …

9. Victoria ‘s Secret and Smith &Wesson will merge under the new name:
TittyTittyBangBang

Oh groan.

Cheers!

2 10 2008
bPoint

About the National Political Scene

I am a huge baseball fan, and on occasion I have been to a few Triple A minor league games around the country, more than a dozen I’m sure. Now watching these players, I admit they’re very good and being a guy, I wish I were playing pro baseball on a summer night just like them, but they are much better players all around than I am. I have been to exponentially more professional baseball games in my life.
Now Triple A for those of you who are unfamiliar with the term, is playing only 1 step below the Majors, one step between buying your own spikes and bats, and getting everything paid for and carried to plane for you. There is a massive difference in the quality of play, and the demeanor of the players. In the minors one might see the best guy on the team make error an error, and then throw his glove on the ground and kick it. You don’t see that baby stuff in the Big Leagues. It is special in the Majors and very few of the hundreds of Triple A and thousands of minor league players make it to the big leagues, and even fewer come up and last.

Sarah Palin is a minor leaguer. She may be a good Governor, but that is still to be determined.
John McCain is major league utility player. He’s Senator, not great, a well-known maybe, but not a great Senator.
Barack is rookie is has played a few months in the minors, but is in the Majors right, and doing pretty well. Is he a MVP, we don’t know yet. Is he a Hall of Famer…Let’s hope so.

2 10 2008
Crust Scramble - SouthGA

AKM, great as always. Thanks for bringing that up again – even I thought of that one!

V.P. Flat Earth – I’m doing my part to make the Garrison Keillor article go viral. Thanks.

What a wonderful place to hang out.

Sincerely,

Grateful mudpuppy

2 10 2008
Amanda in Virginia

I have a picture in my head of all Alaskan’s walking around with their mouths hanging open in shock at what is going on in their state.

I was at the dentist this morning and the hygienist (sp) said she had just returned from a 10 day trip there. She said it’s amazing how much this has taken over your state. She didn’t go anywhere where she didn’t hear something about it.

2 10 2008
Cynthia, Tx

Sorry everyone she didn’t remember it. It is shameful because she issued a statement regarding the outcome on 6.28.08. Palin is the governor of Alaska and one of the most horrific oil spills in history occurred in her state and she couldn’t talk about it!!! what a joke!

2 10 2008
Guzzle Red Palin

This came to me by email last week. Describes SP perfectly.

The Post Turtle

While suturing a cut on the hand of a 75-year old Texas rancher whose hand was caught in a gate while working cattle, the doctor struck up a conversation with the old man. Eventually the topic got around to Sarah Palin and her bid to be a heartbeat away from being President.

The old rancher said, ‘ Well, ya know, Palin is a post turtle.’

Not being familiar with the term, the doctor asked him what a post turtle was.

The old rancher said, ‘ When you’re driving down a country road and you come across a fence post with a turtle balanced on top, that’s a post turtle.’

The old rancher saw a puzzled look on the doctor’s face, so he continued to explain. ‘ You know she didn’t get up there by herself, she doesn’t belong up there, she doesn’t know what to do while she is up there, and you just wonder what kind of dumb ass put her up there to begin with.’

2 10 2008
Grammy a/k/a Commando Coalfire Palin

The video re Baker v Exxon – she spoke pretty well but if there is going to be government oversight so no messes like this happen again, why didn’t she support the clean water act that would’ve made mining companies stop polluting areas of her state? Maybe b’cuz she had taken a few gifts from those companies??

2 10 2008
Crust Scramble - SouthGA

PDX MB I really needed that laugh today! Thanks

2 10 2008
Digital Dame

PDX MB:

Thanks for the laugh. I was getting so depressed reading all this.

I’m looking into immigration requirements for Norway.

2 10 2008
fawnskin chipdragon mudpuppy

digital dame…

we’re looking into new zealand

2 10 2008
Let'sGetReal

Wouldn’t it be nice if Hillary Clinton was in the front row at the debate tonight! I bet you Sarah Plain would be more nervous than a teenager having relations for the first time!

2 10 2008
fawnskin chipdragon mudpuppy

oh, good product placement there, let’sgetreal.

2 10 2008
Anonymous

Palin has just arived at the airport for debate ON CNN NOW

2 10 2008
Proud2BUSA aka Krinkle Bearcat

Great. Let’s look at McCain’s record and see if this is really the America people want:

1) McCain, if elected, has already agreed to overturn Roe v. Wade,
2) outlaw same sex unions (he stated it was “un-Republican” – nothing about American, just those dang Republicans!),
3) continue to expand the powers of the FBI and CIA: Voted YES on loosening restrictions on cell phone wiretapping. Voted and sponsored the bill to suspend Habeas Corpus which Obama took to the Supreme Court. The court overturned this decision, stating that a suspension would harken us back to the days before the Magna Carta;
4) McCain scores 0% by the ACLU on civil rights issues. Zero. No wonder Whoopi ain’t feeling so secure!!!!
5) Scored 40% on Humane Society Scorecard on animal protection (Source: Humane Society 109th Congress Scorecard, http://www.fund.org Jan 31, 2007)
6) Wants to end a moratorium on offshore oil drilling by stating it “would be very helpful in the short term in resolving our energy crisis.” But according to a government report, offshore oil wouldn’t have much of an impact on supply or prices until 2030. At a town hall event on June 23, McCain didn’t claim that offshore drilling would lower prices in the short term, but that it would provide “psychological impact that I think is beneficial.”
7) Does not support alternative energy sources. In 2003, McCain said that ethanol “does nothing to reduce fuel consumption, nothing to increase our energy independence, nothing to improve air quality.” Campaigning in Iowa in August 2006, he described ethanol as a “vital alternative energy source, not only because of our dependency on foreign oil but its greenhouse reduction effects.” President Bush’s Energy Budget for 2009 virtually eliminates funding for alternative energy research. McCain voted for this budget. McCain announced a lofty, and, according to experts on the subject, improbable goal of ending foreign oil imports in five years, saying: “We have got to achieve energy independence, oil independence in this nation. I will make it a Manhattan Project, and we will in five years become oil independent.”
The current secretary of energy that estimates that the US could realistically reduce its reliance on oil imports by a third by 2030. Another study, partly funded by the Pentagon and published in 2004, said it would take until 2040 for the nation to be free of all oil imports, by primarily using new technologies and competition.

2 10 2008
nswfm

AKM, when I read your words, my first thought was “OUCH.” But in her case it was a very well-earned ouch.

When one asks the question, “What was she thinking?” the answer has to be “SHE DOESN’T THINK!” I’m beginning to think she CAN’T THINK!

Fer cryin’ out loud, she supposedly has a journalism degree. OK, maybe in sports journalism, but she worked in TV and still hasn’t picked up anything from being around the anchors or anyone else.

2 10 2008
Derek Rock Crane

Only slightly off-topic, I just had my attention brought to another clip from that interview. I shan’t bore you with the whole thing, but I just posted on my own blog about it: http://peripateticderek.wordpress.com/2008/10/02/scoreboard-sarah-palin-0-sphagnum-moss-1/

The gem this time? Asked why she’d never traveled or even gotten a passport until last year, she replied (my own transcription, verbatim):

““I”m not one of those who came from… a background of … you know, kids who perhaps graduate college and … their parents give ‘em a passport and give ‘em a backpack and say “Go off and see the world… Nooooooooo, I’ve worked all my life, in fact I’ve usually had two jobs all my life, until I had kids – I was not, uh part of, I guess, uh, uh … that culture. The way that I have understood the world is, uh, through education, through books, through, uh, mediums that have provided me, uh, a lot of perspective on the world.”

Ye gods. And as you can see here, my fellow teachers in Korea are not exactly flattered nor impressed by that remark:
http://ratemyhagwon.com/2008/09/27/teachers-dislike-palin/

Where’s Dan Quayle when you need him? At least he was always good for a laugh.

2 10 2008
knikgoose

Grammy a/k/a Commando Coalfire Palin:

If you google “Alaska native palin” you’ll find loads of sites where the native communities (tribes and reserves were abolished by gov’t, unlike lower 48) have been up-in-arms over development of mining sites in areas where salmon hatcheries will be destroyed. In addition, she has been openly trying to remove “subsistence” rights from all natives because , like the wolves she shoots from the air, they make an impact on the sport hunting and fishing industry BECAUSE THEY EAT the wildlife she wants to shoot!
Sorry, I get excited about that part.

2 10 2008
Maia

Considering that the State of Alaska, under the leadership of Gov. Sarah Palin, filed an Amicus brief in Exxon v. Baker, I would hope she’d be able to recall that particular decision.

2 10 2008
VoiceofReason

I have watched the interview video and would suggest that most people would be challenged to name, as in party x versus party y, a U.S. Supreme Court case that they disagreed with. I am a lawyer that frequently disagrees with the Supreme Court and as I watched the video and heard the question, I could not immediately think of a case name of a case I disagreed with, it was not until I had time to think of specific issues and the cases involved with such issues that I could think of case names – and I was not under the kleig lights of an interview. In my opinion it was an unfair question. A more appropriate question would have been to ask her if there were issues decided by the Supreme Court that she disagreed with such as school prayer etc… I agree that if she was more seasoned she could have easily deflected the question and answered it as someone earlier suggested by referring to issues rather than case names. The fact that she could not think of a Supreme Court case name is not troubling but her apparent inability to think critically while under pressure is troubling. I think the republican party machine has done her a disservice by not letting her be herself – it is impossible to accurately gauge her true abilities since she has been turned into a party line mouthpiece. While I do not think she is qualified to be VP, the republicans have made it impossible for us non-Alaskans to really know. And as always, a shout out to AKM for all the fine work.

2 10 2008
justme

Hey everyone

I’m a Guatemalan living in the US but getting ready to go back home in Dec. I’m really happy to be here while History is being made. I found this in another blog

http://www.iftheworldcouldvote.com/faq

I think is really interesting, if you can pass it around it’ll be great

AKM, thanks for this blog, keep the good work!

2 10 2008
avahome

Excellent commentary……… Sorry your governor failed miserably in not mentioning the Supreme Court verdict on Exxon (to this day I will not buy gas from Exxon no matter what the price)….I am sure she was playing dumb.

Perhaps your Alaskan governor being up for Vice President and the airing of not only her dirty laundry but the goings on in the state…shooting wolves, bears, etc., Troopergate, earmarks geez the list just goes on and on will be a wake up call within the state.

Keep hammering. NO FEAR!

2 10 2008
marksmyword

I loved the article by Garrison Keillor.

I cringe when that woman speaks. The compassionate part of me is taking over: John McCain needs to be ashamed of himself for putting her in this position, but she should have enough sense to say no.

2 10 2008
RLS

Just saw on Politico.com that McCain is pulling his campaign out of Michigan. Boy it will be great not to see his stupid TV ads. Hope to see more states swing solid blue.

2 10 2008
Judy in Chicago

Wish you would have waited for tomorrow to post this topic. I am afraid that she will now “remember” it if asked………….and she will come out smelling like a rose instead of a dead smelly fish.

Years ago Oprah Winfrey said “People always tell us exactly who they are”. (by their words and actions). So far in these horrid, yet truthful interviews, we have seen “her”. But, after days of practice, like she did for the nomination night, she can “act” her part well and hide her weakness. Luckily we still have a few more weeks for her to “show” more of herself.

2 10 2008
plaidlemur

I think the real issue with the interview response isn’t that she can’t name another Supreme Court case that she disagrees with, it’s the state’s rights comment. Imagine if the Supreme Court didn’t meddle in the ‘affairs of states’?
http://plaidlemur.wordpress.com/2008/10/01/palin-cant-think-beyond-roe-v-wade/
It’s the John Birch Society position, Plessy v. Ferguson, and Brown v. The Board of Education of Topeka. Scary stuff if she means what she said.

2 10 2008
Halcrow

“marksmyword (11:01:20) :

putting her in this position, but she should have enough sense to say no.”

Presumably the salary, pension and perks were attractive enough to attract her (though perhaps not when you consider what she and her family got paid by the State of Alaska for living in their own house..but she could always sublet Villa Wasilla, perhaps to Pastor Thomas Muthee?).

$221.000, plus COLA. The vice president does not automatically receive a pension based on his term in office but instead receives the same pension as other members of Congress based on his position as president of the senate. He must serve a minimum of five years to qualify. [Wikipedia)

2 10 2008
Shove Maggot Palin aka the problem child

Justme: The Economist (well respected British-based economic and international news weekly) is doing a similar poll online, with broadly similar results so far. Only Andorra is red on their map. This is interesting, because the Economist magazine generally leans towards free markets and the readership is 1. older 2. male 3. wealthy 4. fiscally conservative (I’m none of those things, but like to know what the others are thinking).

2 10 2008
kimbers Chop Meth Palin

****NEWS****

John McCain is pulling out of Michigan, according to two Republicans, a stunning move a month away from Election Day that indicates the difficulty Republicans are having in finding blue states to put in play.

McCain will go off TV in Michigan, stop dropping mail there and send most of his staff to more competitive states, including Wisconsin, Ohio and Florida. Wisconsin went for Kerry in 2004, Ohio and Florida for Bush.

http://www.politico.com/blogs/jonathanmartin/

2 10 2008
bPoint

If Only They Could All Vote-This will tell ya what is needed in the world-

From The Nation:
The Economist magazine has decided to poll the world, country-by-country, to try to get a sense of where the globe stands on the US presidential contest.
Using a nifty new online tool that goes so far as to redraw the electoral map, all 195 of the world’s countries (including the US) are given a say in the election’s outcome. As in America, each country has been allocated a minimum of three electoral-college votes with extra votes provided in proportion to population size. With over 6.5 billion people enfranchised, the result is a much larger electoral college of 9,875 votes.
The results to date are somewhat astonishing – Obama is leading McCain by a landslide of 8,192 electoral votes to 3! The only country in the world voting for McCain is Andorra! If only Economist readers ruled the world! Seriously though, it is interesting that the readers of the free-market bible of the English-speaking world are so overwhelmingly in support of Obama. Check out the map and cast your vote. Voting in the Global Electoral College closes at midnight on November 1st.

2 10 2008
Palin v. Supreme Court « Willpen’s World

[…] Continuing reading: […]

2 10 2008
lovethecountry

Did anybody see the multi-star ‘Register to vote’ video from declareyourself.com? I think its very effective.

2 10 2008
bPoint

Lieberman: We Need To Pass The Bailout Because ‘It Will Be Good For John McCain’

http://thinkprogress.org/2008/10/02/lieberman-mccain-bailout/

I could not believe it when I saw and heard him say it.

2 10 2008
V.P., Flat Earth Society

Sad commentary as to “justice” from the big corporations – the major polluters and despoilers of the earth. I can honestly say that since the Prince William oil spill, I have never again stopped at an Esso/Exxon gas station. Neither have any of my family. They are anethema to us. Sadly, it seems that people still buy their product as their profits continue to increase obscenely.

We live in a time of ugly greed, selfishness, and destruction of our beautful planet (the Garden of Eden) all for money, money, money. Few people seem to have decent values. And rudeness, incivility and indecency, and violence seem to rule the day. We are losing our wondrous wildlife at an alarming rate, many species for the gluttony of China still encouraging poaching of the forest elephant for its ivory (down to just 200 left in Africa), bears for their gall bladders to increase their ‘sexual stamina’ (get Viagra, you murdering jerks), and sharks for their fins (wantonly caught, their fins cut off, then cruelly thrown back into the ocean). Unless we ALL refuse to buy these products and speak OUT about the abusers in our societies, we will be left with nothing buy people, and all animals doomed to a miserable life in monstrous commercial ‘farms’. Even now, China is raising tigers to be used to make ‘tiger wine’. This MUST stop and these people must be educated or incarcerated. In my brief time on earth, I have seen too many species disappear and too many people sidelined by callous corporations and corrupted politicians.

These elections are beyond important, They are life- saviing. Mr. Obama, who WILL be elected, must really listen to us and really guide us to a more sane and more kindly world. It won’t be easy for us, but it may be better for our children and their children if we stop being so utterly selfish and greedy and learn to live with less of the crap we really do NOT need.

There, I’ve had my say for what it’s worth.

2 10 2008
Martha Davidson Vancouver B.C. Canada

Governor Sarah Palin’s reaction to Exxon Valdez decision

Would some Alaskan please watch this, and decipher it for me?
marthadavidson1@gmail.com

2 10 2008
Derek Rock Crane

Martha Davidson Vancouver B.C. Canada (11:20:37) :

Governor Sarah Palin’s reaction to Exxon Valdez decision

Would some Alaskan please watch this, and decipher it for me?
———————————
Me too. I think I caught something about “disappointed” and partners in a sense” and “justice delayed being justice denied” …. but she lost me about 30 seconds in. WTF???

2 10 2008
Epic

” Anonymous (10:43:06) :

Palin has just arived at the airport for debate ON CNN NOW”

Must be the longest Green Mile in history.

2 10 2008
Laurie

lol…Meg Stapelton was just on MSNBC and said the reason Palin doesnt answer questions couric put to her…is because she is jumping ahead to the next question. Is stapelton really stupid too???

2 10 2008
kimbers Chop Meth Palin

To me it sounded like:

I’m sorry for everyone affected because as government official I have to be, but since we now have closure get over it already and start working on my legacy.

Maybe I need a translator too.

2 10 2008
Epic

I’m not being frivolous either. The poor woman must have a lump of lead in her chest weighing her down.

I want her to fail, it’s too important.

But it’s not funny anymore

2 10 2008
karen marie

Grammy a/k/a Commando Coalfire Palin (10:33:45) :

The video re Baker v Exxon – she spoke pretty well but if there is going to be government oversight so no messes like this happen again, why didn’t she support the clean water act that would’ve made mining companies stop polluting areas of her state? Maybe b’cuz she had taken a few gifts from those companies??

no, sarah palin opposes the clean water act and government oversight with regard to foreseeable disasters like the exxon valdez not because she gets gifts from companies (that’s just her bonus prize) but because she is an end-time believer — she does not recognize that there is any other future than that and thus she sees no point in maintaining and/or improving the environment.

2 10 2008
bPoint

Governor Palin, since you were selected as a vice presidential candidate, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has given more press conferences to American reporters than you have. Why do you have less confidence in the American press and people than the president of Iran does? And when will you dare to face the press for real?

— ANDREW SULLIVAN, a blogger for The Atlantic and the author of “The Conservative Soul”

2 10 2008
Steak Leather

And Flat Earth:
Absolutely awesome piece. I had to read it 3 times. I think I’ll print it off and hand it out AT THE BANK.

You may want to talk to Garrison first.

Ron

2 10 2008
Grammy a/k/a Commando Coalfire Palin

V.P., Flat Earth Society –

The Defenders of Wildlife (www.defenders.org) have been trying to get an ad on TV, to be aired during the debate, about Palin’s horrific treatment of wolves in Alaska. The ad is very graphic and I hope it will show people just what her beliefs are in taking care of earth’s creatures. I just hope they are able to show it tonight.

Please Put Palin’s Awful Wolf-Killing Record on Television Around the Vice Presidential Debate

As governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin has championed aerial gunning of wolves and bears. She even proposed paying a $150 bounty for the left foreleg of each dead wolf.

Using powerful images of this needless and brutal practice — and the indisputable facts about Palin’s promotion of it — we’ve created a hard-hitting television ad to educate voters about what Governor Sarah Palin really stands for.

Help run our powerful ad in key areas around the October 2nd vice presidential debate and support other wildlife-saving efforts across the country!

2 10 2008
FiredUp AKA Falter Locust Palin

Sorry if this is a repeat (can’t read all the above comments because I only have as much time as my little one will sleep!), but did anyone see that McCain just gave up on Michigan??? Does it seem a little early to concede like that- before the vast majority of the debates have taken place?

Not that I am complaining or anything, I am just suprised to see it happening so soon.

2 10 2008
Irishgirl aka puck mule

AK Muckraker,
Superb piece.
I hope that makes the Huffington Post.

2 10 2008
Epic

FiredUp AKA Falter Locust Palin (11:45:47) :

Sorry if this is a repeat (can’t read all the above comments because I only have as much time as my little one will sleep!), but did anyone see that McCain just gave up on Michigan??? Does it seem a little early to concede like that- before the vast majority of the debates have taken place?

I suspect his funding has started to show signs of drying up

2 10 2008
Regi

I’m so sorry, there are no words. They.Don’t.Care. says it all😦

2 10 2008
knikgoose

Oh dear, poor John!

From CNN article re: bailout:
“”He [Obama]certainly did nothing for the first few days,” McCain told Fox News on Thursday. “I suspended my campaign, took our ads down, came back to Washington, met with the House folks and got on the phone, and also had face-to-face meetings.””

Forgot to mention -“I hired an idiot to ‘get my back’, and I was really just trying to squirm out of the VP debates”

2 10 2008
Grammy a/k/a Commando Coalfire Palin

McCain is the biggest blowhard imaginable.

2 10 2008
Raingods

From CNN article re: bailout:
“”He [Obama]certainly did nothing for the first few days,” McCain told Fox News on Thursday. “I suspended my campaign, took our ads down, came back to Washington, met with the House folks and got on the phone, and also had face-to-face meetings.””

Forgot to mention -”I hired an idiot to ‘get my back’, and I was really just trying to squirm out of the VP debates”

And he STILL couldn’t put jack doodoo together.

2 10 2008
cal al

I have been saying this all along, but will repeat is again. The press needs to start looking into Palins AIP affiliations. They skirt around the edges but never go for the dig.

All of Palins comments up to date …including her response to the Roe v wade question are sound bites out the JPS songbook. She is well schooled in that respect at least.

2 10 2008
SMR

I can’t believe that CNN hasn’t also noted that the campaign wasn’t really suspended, that ads continued to be run. Oh wait, yes I can believe it.

2 10 2008
NoCalGal

I actually thought that Couric may have tossed SP a “soft ball” on this question- expecting her to answer Baker v Exxon and be allowed to expound on it. After all, SP had commented previously that this decision disappointed her and she disagreed with it!

Many other cases that come to mind are not cases one would necessarily be against (how the question was phrased- “Name a case you did NOT agree with other than RvW)…

So I think Couric was tossing her a bone and she STILL DID NOT GET IT!

2 10 2008
jan jan (Possum)

Well, OK, I suppose we all can be generous and find excuses for the Supreme Court thing – but who in H can’t name at least one magazine or newspaper??
Even I, down here in Ole Verginny can name the Anchorage Daily News… – I mean if she just said she has at least read a local paper… but that didn’t even happen. Who, even in Alaska, has not at least heard of the Wall Street Journal – even if you don’t know what is in it.
I could see her mind’s eye running up and down all those tabloids in the line at the grocery store… “no, no….no….not that one… OMG, not that one…. TV Guide? No that can’t be what she means…”
Do they have Time or Newsweek up there in Alaska???? (not meaning to insult anyone – I know the answer… but apparently she either didn’t or was too afraid to mention one in the event she might have to mention some feature of writer or article.)
AMERICA – WAKE UP!!!!!
Thank you for letting me vent.

2 10 2008
strangelet (Wesson Scalper Palin)

@SMR (12:09:14) :

I know how you feel.

“took our ads down,”

Why didn’t the interviewer strangle him?

2 10 2008
knikgoose

NoCalGal:
Actually, I think Couric was setting her up for the slide into the Pebble Mine question once she mentioned Exxon and how strongly(?) she had objected.
Palin may have been already warned not to let the conversation go to Exxon as it would naturally lead into the question of her management/beliefs on wildlife/subsistence, and mining problems in areas where the environmental impact would be disastrous.

2 10 2008
Sue

It is not just the oil companies who do. not. care. It is McCain, Cheney, Bush, and all the corporate executives they have been enriching with their last 8 years of legislation. These people are cold-hearted, me-first, greedy, vengelful, scumbags; they have been running our country for 8 years. How ANYONE could still vote for them is beyond me.

2 10 2008
Sue

Oy yeah–I forgot to mention that our illustrious Senate added more tax cuts for these cold-hearted scumbags in order to get that wonderful bail-out passed. : (

2 10 2008
NoCalGal

From ANdrew Sullivan.. pretty amazing video.. maybe something IS happening here…

“All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good people to do nothing…” Edmund Burke

WOW!

“A pretty amazing speech by the AFL-CIO’s Richard Trumka. To see a white union man take on racism this way is very moving. Something truly profound could happen in this election, if we want it to:”

2 10 2008
NoCalGal

KnikGoose-

you are probably correct. AND they do not want to offend big oil too much either by disagreeing with a lower fine… pffft

2 10 2008
Sue

It is not just the oil companies who do. not. care. It is McCain, Cheney, Bush, and all the corporate executives they have been enriching with their last 8 years of legislation. These people are cold-hearted, me-first, greedy, vengelful, scumbags; they have been running our country for 8 years. How ANYONE could still vote for them is beyond me.

Oh yeah–I forgot to mention that our illustrious Senate added more tax cuts for these cold-hearted scumbags in order to get that wonderful bail-out passed. : (

2 10 2008
eyes wide open

I immediately thought of 2 Supreme Court decisions I didn’t agree with, and I’m no lawyer or politician. Dred Scott and Plessy vs. Fergueson. I don’t think I spelled those correctly, but she wasn’t asked to spell them. Nor did she need to know their official names. Biden sited one, and he didn’t call it “Smith vs. Jones.” He gave a brief explanation and then stated why he didn’t agree. She could have done the same with the Exxon case.

We expect our professionals to have credentials/degrees and we usually check with previous customers to see if they’re satisfied. We don’t expect the same of Joe Sixpack (BTW, WHY WHY does she say, essentially, that she’s representing the common man? How about the common woman? And don’t tell me she’s lumping them together or they’re the same!) So, I don’t expect Jane Sixpack, who is an excellent, friendly, honest neighbor, to be able to take out my appendix, argue my case in court, fix my busted plumbing, or do my taxes. But I expect the professional I hire to know how. I don’t expect the Sixpacks to know Supreme Court decisions, their boss’ stance on deregulation, or how to answer coherently on camera, or know foreign policy. But I expect my govt officials in the highest offices in the land to know this stuff. Jane Sixpack is a wonderful person. But she’s not qualified to lead this country, any more than she’s qualified to be a surgeon. Why do so many want the professionals that serve their family directly to be highly qualified and have an appropriate degree, but want their President to be “just like me?”

2 10 2008
Uncle Joe Mccarthy

has the mccain campaign filled her with so much info that she forgot what she said about the valdez decision?

2 10 2008
Alexander Rose

If someone would have told me ten years ago that one day, you wouldn’t be able to make the distinction between a potential major political figure and a parody of that potential major political figure, I would have laughed.

http://thehedonistperspective.wordpress.com/2008/10/02/marginalization-sign-me-up/

I’m not laughing anymore…

2 10 2008
avahome

I just don’t know what McCain is thinking…..wishing and hoping I guess but he is looking like sucha befuddled elderly gentleman.

excerpt:
Palin’s role in Arctic claims is questioned:

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Russian attempts to claim part of the Arctic Ocean seabed have given Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin unique foreign policy experience, the McCain-Palin campaign says, but there is no evidence she has ever been involved with or spoken publicly about them………………..

http://newsminer.com/news/2008/oct/01/palins-role-arctic-claims-questioned/

2 10 2008
Sparky

I apologize if this has been posted (a quick review didn’t spot it) I put it on another thread also.

McCain and Co giving up on Michigan!

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26995047/

Alaskans and AKM please hang in there (re Stevens Mistrial?) I believe most attorneys ask for mistrial as part of a routine when they feel they have even the slightest chance it could hold…more of a psychological ploy I hope/let’s hope.

Let Mudpuppies know if we can do anything more from where we sit (e.g. California)…signing the petition felt right…I think we can do more; please ask.

2 10 2008
tspey

As an Alaskan who lived through Exxon Valdez oil spill I was wide-eyed while watching this clip of Couric’s interview. After Katie asked this simple, open-door question I immediately thought of the Exxon Supreme Court ruling. Palin came out in June (only 3 months ago) and spoke out against this ruling in support of the fishing families and businesses ruined by the oil spill.

Palin’s M.O. has consistently been to take advantage of the spotlight to garner sound bite support for a group (ie, Exxon affected fishermen, Bristol Bay fishermen) only to bitch slap the same groups later down the road. Her unethical televised ‘opinion’ against a clean water voter initiative before the vote helped kill the bill and opened the door to begin permitting for one of the largest open pit mines in the world in the heart of the Bristol Bay region. For more Palin B.S…

http://tspey.wordpress.com/2008/08/27/down-but-not-out/

My guess for her hand bandage is she slapped one too many on the road to the end of her political career.

2 10 2008
akbearable

Oh man you have the ability to hit the nail on the head AKM, but this one was one of the best I have read on the subject of Big Oil and its impacts on this state. I was here 20 years before the pipeline got built and it has changed the state in countless ways, some good, but in many many ways I often wonder if we could go back and erase that discovery on the slope if some of the charm of AK without the big buck rewards it has doled out to people would come back. Would it make my red state blue again? Would the state be populated with people who would want to be here regardless of the money, maybe even just because it is such a beautiful place to live?
Nice piece AKM

2 10 2008
Irish

Guzzle Red Palin (10:33:24) …. Palin the Post Turtle…thank you for that laugh.. Ineeded it!!!!! (kind of the truth too !!!!)

2 10 2008
strangelet (Wesson Scalper Palin)

@Alexander Rose (12:55:41) :

Oh, I don’t know. How about Reagan and Max Headroom? I always had trouble telling them apart.

2 10 2008
j faith l

I am sure that lots of people in the lower 48 weren’t aware of the most recent information on Exxon Valdez.

I printed the article out and handed it to one of my grandchildren’s teachers, asking her to please copy & pass it on.

Watching tonight with bated breath…

Thanks for all the information you have been disseminating… good writing too.

2 10 2008
habitual

Aside from being shocking that Ms. Palin could not remember this case (Baker v. Exxon), how sickening that Exxon got away with such a case. And Alaskans are gungho to vote-in another Republican that will potentially nominate 2 SC Justices in the next 4 years ? They will be right wing justices, no doubt. And Alaskans can kiss any remittance good bye if that comes true.

Keep fighting AK!

2 10 2008
Woods Corp P. (Woodie)

In reply to:

FiredUp AKA Falter Locust Palin Re: McCain pulling out of Michigan

Here is what I said about that on other forums:

**Well, My Friends, we can only hope that McCain did not *imPALINate* the great state of Michigan before he ” pulled out”…**

He did not pull out soon enough from Michigan and I am a 30-year registered Republican. McCain needs to “pull out” of the enitre race.

I despise McCain and Bush for ruining My Republican Party…

2 10 2008
Steph aka Beans Harpoon Palin

Sarah did better tonight with Katie Couric.

2 10 2008
ocliberal

I think we are all missing the point with Palin. This Supreme Court answer hits the hammer right on the head of the nail and perfectly illustrates exactly who and what Sarah Palin is. It would appear that Sarah Palin is now incapable of making a single answer or statement about ANYTHING because she has no idea her ‘correct’ answer is supposed to be.(BTW, Thanks AKM! – Great work as always..)

Of course Palin remembered that Supreme Court decision. She is on clear public record of not agreeing with it a mere 5 months ago.

“I am extremely disappointed with today’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court,” Governor Palin said. “While the decision brings some degree of closure to Alaskans suffering from 19 years of litigation and delay, the Court gutted the jury’s decision on punitive damages …”

But how was she supposed to answer Katie? If she repeated her public answer of 5 months ago how was that going to play against her new adoring fan-club who worked themselves into an orgasmic frenzy at the RNC screaming ‘Drill Baby Drill”.

In retrospect that probably was a ‘gotcha’ question by Katie Couric.

Sarah Palin isn’t stupid. A ‘stupid’ person doesn’t work themselves up from PTA refreshment chair to VP nomination in a few relatively short years. No Sarah Palin is worse than stupid. She is a sell-out, and a charlatan and a prostitute. She has sold her political soul to bask (briefly) in the artificial limelight of political adoration. And it’s interesting she sold her soul to another charlatan who sold his political soul to bask in that same fickle and artificial light.

McCain was right about one thing. They truly are soul mates. At least they would be if either one of them had one anymore.

2 10 2008
Divatalk

Hi All,
Wow, it’s been awhile because I couldn’t get into the other site. Finally
i figured let’ me go here and ‘ta daaa” here you all are!

One thing the Sarah Palin thing has done for me is help me to reinforce to my
sons 27 and 17 (especially the 17y/o) the importance of continuing education.

After watching the Couric interview, I was so dumbfounded, I immediately went to them on separate times and posed the question to them “can you name a Supreme Court decision besides Roe V Wade?” I wanted to know if they knew at all, not whether they agreed or disagreed. Both were able to name a situation (not the name) but the issue.

I was really surprised at the 17 y/o because I didn’t think he knew any. So I was really proud of that, however I gave the teenager an assignment to pick 1 of three he was aware of and give me a report on it. I told him I refuse for him to be as ‘lost in space’ as this woman appears to be on issues that impact everyone.

This is a global world and it is not enough to focus on your own small world

2 10 2008
Kim in Florida

WOW! So much going on here tonight! First, as a fellow American, my sincere condolences on the Supreme Court decision in Exxon! Your state is beautiful, and I oppose the oil drilling they are pushing for off our Florida coasts someday for the same reasons; environmental rape without consequences. Stunning that Alaska’s own governor can’t remember that one.

I have been a paralegal for 13 years, and the Supreme Court picks are a huge concern of mine as well. I am always quick to remind people on the fence about that very issue. Justme, thanks for the link – I voted and passed it on; it confirmed every overseas news story I have seen so far. Now I am getting settled in with my frozen mudslides to watch a trainwreck that will go down in the history books! Cheers🙂

2 10 2008
Steph aka Beans Harpoon Palin

I’m always afraid Piper is going to drop Trig on his head when she holds him.

That’s all. Carry on.

2 10 2008
lisa

NICE. That’s all I can say.

2 10 2008
Divatalk

Can anyone tell me about the Bruce Springsteen rally in Philly? I was planning to go to PA this weekend. I just heard about this but don’;t have any details.
Can someone help me out here.
thanks

2 10 2008
Kim in Florida

Very well written commentary by a 15 year old on the election.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/cassie-goldring/do-it-for-us-a-15-year-ol_b_131304.html

2 10 2008
Debbie aka Commando Coalfire Palin

Raingods (12:04:30) :

From CNN article re: bailout:
“”He [Obama]certainly did nothing for the first few days,” McCain told
—- Obama read the bill, talked to his fellow senators who were negotiating, and making changes, then commented that the bill should include help for mortgages, and people on “main street”. I have noticed as with several other things both parties use his ideas. Something McCain fails to mention. So what does McCain do, freaks out suspends his campaign flies back to Washington and throws a monkey wrench into everything. This does not look good for his capability to be president. Aparently McCain has never heard of a telephone, used to stay in contact with the people who are actually doing the work.
I don’t know how the Exxon Valdez and Baker vs. Exxon could not have been on her mind. I have news for her it would have been on MY governers mind here in Washington where we require double hulled tankers in the Staights and San Jaun Island area. It is a constant ongoing battle with the oil companies.
My cousin and her husband were fisherpeople devistated by this oil spill, they ended up loosing everything. Luckily they were good tough Alaskans and after years of hardship managed with some family help to get back on their feet in new professions, not easy at their age of 50 and 52 at the time.

2 10 2008
And Here. We. Go… « Irony. Sex. & American Politics.

[…] should be noted (as brilliantly addressed by AK Muckraker) that she failed to mention the court ruling in the Exxon v. Baker case which decided to slash the […]

2 10 2008
monado

Cases that she disagreed with would be EASIER to remember because they would be ones she cared about.

2 10 2008
Alex

She may not remember court cases, but I’ll remember what she said in this interview if she ever starts talking about “frivolous lawsuits” or “activist judges”

2 10 2008
Randy

Based on the fact that Palin was governer when the Supreme Court handed down its decision on the Exon case and her office actually made a press release on this decision, she should have at least been able to cite this decision. I think she does not actually know what the Supreme Court is, maybe some one should tell her its not just a court with soure cream added and actually the court that interpits the law of the land.

3 10 2008
Picture of the Week « My Non-ASD Kind of Life

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3 10 2008
demright

Caught between a rock and a hard place on that one Palin. To expose Exxon or not to expose Exxon that is the question. Didn’t want to step on OIL TOES.

3 10 2008
Martha Davidson Vancouver B.C. Canada

Sarah does not like anything unscripted. That’s when her lack of intellect smacks you right in the head!

Apparently she does a fair job of memorizing, but that’s all she has.

Dumb as a box of rocks! Thank you Couric for pointing this out.

Couric was really asleep at the switch on this one though, she did not do her homework on the Exxon case, a rookie mistake if there ever was one!!!!!!

The Exxon case, is the biggest thing to happen to that state, EVERY Alaskan knows about that case!

Palin was just too stupid to realize that it was a supreme court case, or too sucked up to big oil.

If Couric would have asked the question, it would have confirmed if she is more power hungry than stupid.

Regardless, if a person didn’t know better, you would swear she is mentally challenged.

Her IQ must match Obamas’ bowling score. 35

3 10 2008
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6 10 2008
jt4breakfast

All I can say is wooow . . .




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