Palin Ignores Mosquitoes at Her Peril.

11 11 2008

Turns out there was just too much in that little 9 1/2 minute interview to cover in one day. This is installment #4 in picking apart Sarah Palin’s interview by the Daily News and KTUU in her Wasilla home on Sunday.

I found this particular question to be quite fascinating…probably because I was involved personally in the incidents discussed. I covered extensively the protest rallies in Anchorage that occured while Palin was on the campaign trail. I’ll recap, just to clarify:

1) Alaska Women Reject Palin – This rally happened at the Loussac Library and had about 1500 attendees, mostly women. Nobody had ever seen anything like this. Anchorage rallies usually manage to round up a couple dozen people…if they’re lucky. This was epic. There was a sea of homemade signs slamming her positions on reproductive rights, aerial wolf hunting, troopergate, global warming and croneyism. Anyone at that rally knew that something had awakened in the Alaskan people, that had resulted in something unexpected – an engaged citizenry.

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2) Alaskans for Truth Rally – This rally happened at the Park Strip in downtown Anchorage, and had approximately 1800 attendees. The focus of this rally was to hold our Governor accountable for her actions, and to demand the immediate resignation of Alaska State Attorney General, Talis Colberg. Colberg advised state employees that they could disregard legislative subpoenas, and they did. Sarah Palin had promised to cooperate with the Legislative investigation, and she didn’t. The organizers were wondering if that first rally was an anomaly. They wondered if they could pull off a repeat. They did, and more. Speakers included local activists, progressive media, Republicans, representatives of the Native community and the Alaska State Troopers, and even Walt Monegan’s mom. The other purpose of this rally was to show support for former Commissioner of Public Safety Walt Monegan, independent investigator Stephen Branchflower, and State Senator Hollis French, all of whom had been mercilessly and unfairly slandered in the media by Palin and her mouthpiece, Meg Stapleton.

This rally got much more media coverage than the first one, and resulted in Mudflats having its busiest day ever, with more than 1/3 of a million hits in 24 hours. It was covered by the Anchorage Daily News, CBS, national blogs, local blogs and all local TV stations. The national coverage was not massive, but it was significant, and it’s doubtful that this went unnoticed by Palin, and it certainly didn’t go unnoticed by her staff still in Alaska.

So, yes….I was curious to see how Palin would answer this question.

Q. Governor, were you aware that during the campaign there were some large protests in Anchorage against your candidacy, as well as your handling of the Walt Monegan issue? What do you think about that and what can you do to bring those people back?

Palin: To bring those people back in terms of…..and I wasn’t aware of the protests ’til like after they happened. I’d hear about it. A friend emailed me or somethin’ sayin’ there were placards out there saying whatever they’d say. (waves hand dismissively) I think that’s the nature of a a national level campaign also some you know they evidence of that the opposition to our ticket on the national level that that’s going to be expressed here on the local level too.

The thing that really got me was the hand wave. She brushed us away like a mosquito. An annoyance. Not worthy of even breaking out the flyswatter. I hope this will be Palin’s big mistake. She underestimates those who have defected. Her approval ratings went from over 90% when she was first elected, to about 60% now. When one third of your supporters turn, it can make life difficult, especially when that 30% is angry, riled up, and out to change things.

An interesting thing has happened during this election, especially for progressives. All of a sudden, we feel like we’ve made a difference. We feel like we’ve taken our country back from the brink of something that no longer looked like the America we learned about in grade school. We have ushered in to office, the first African American president, who is a northerner, an educated, literate man with progressive ideals, and we’ve done it $5 or $25, or $100 at a time. We’ve seen a grassroots movement that actually shaped not only the future of our nation, but the future of the world. It feels pretty good.

My hunch is that this feeling is not going to help the likes of Sarah Palin. Why? Because people feel empowered to make change. I don’t know if Alaskans will sit idly by while our Governor charges the state per diem to sleep in her house, or charges the state for her children’s one way tickets and fancy hotel rooms, or while political appointments are based on religious idealogy and/or presence in the Wasilla High School year book. I don’t know if we’ll be willing to swallow an administration that fires people and sullies their reputations because of a personal vendetta. I don’t know if Alaskans will forget the “other” Sarah Palin who incited cries of “Kill him!” when she said that our President Elect was “palling around with terrorists.” I don’t know that Alaskans were able to deposit their permanent fund checks, and their energy rebate checks this year, and square that with watching our Governor sling accusations of “socialism” like it was a four letter word, and “spreading the wealth” like it was a moral crime.

Who knows. Maybe I’m wrong. Alaskans have surprised me before….like when they voted en masse for a convicted felon.

But anyone who lives here, does not underestimate the power of a mosquito. There’s a joke that the mosquito is the Alaska State Bird. And when you get a whole lot of them agitated and looking for blood, you can definitely affect some kind of change in behavior. I’ve seen a giant bull moose standing in water up to its nostrils just to get relief from big black clouds of those pesky little creatures. So why not a state government?

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225 responses

11 11 2008
SC Sista M Cluckhead

First?

11 11 2008
sparkleball

Brilliant essay, akm. I’m counting on yall mosquitoes.

11 11 2008
SC Sista M Cluckhead

Sorry, I just had to get that out of my system. I suddenly feel incredibly lucky!

That aside, I don’t know how Palin failed to hear about those rallies. The first one that I heard about was “Alaskan Women Reject Palin.” I’d sent something (maybe the link to this site; I wasn’t addicted at that point) to a friend and back came an article and pictures about that rally.
My friend, like myself, is located in South Carolina–that’s pretty far from Alaska. If they’d had a rally like that here, I suspect I would have heard about it. But the Governor doesn’t keep up with what’s going on in her state?

Whoa.
I’ve got to go meet friends for drinks. Back to you folks in a couple of hours.

11 11 2008
Vlad the I'm Palin

Reading over her response to the question (after having listened to and read transcriptions of previous mutterings of the Alaska Disasta), I cannot understand why the MSM has not pointed out that the woman can’t seem to take a thought and express it coherently. It comes out as total gibberish and is just not even remotely intelligible. What is wrong with her? I mean, actually wrong with the connection between her brain and her mouth? Surely, her brain isn’t as confused as her speech makes her out to be?

11 11 2008
Nisperos

Pican, pican los mosquitos,
Unos pican en el cuello y otro pican en el …..

(The mosquitos bite and bite
some bite the neck and some bite the ….)

11 11 2008
roadrunnerruth

This Palin thing won’t go away without a fight, will it!? Why are people still interested in her??? A woman I work with mentioned Palin today — how great it will be to have her run for POTUS in 2012. What can people be thinking? (or ingesting)?

11 11 2008
Shay in Santa Cruz

I love your series on Sarah Palin’s interview. You’ve got much more of a stomach than I do to pick it apart but it needs to be done.

I’m so tired of her folksy, intellectually unserious tone and frankly find it (and her use of language) insulting. I wonder if Alaskans feel the same way? I will be interested to see how the new Governor Palin is received in Alaska in the coming weeks and months after all the election vetting fallout.

Thanks so much for your blog, which I know you are of course running out of your parents’ basement.🙂

11 11 2008
Deep Blue in VA

I think Palin is digging her own grave with all these interviews. I watched some of the Matt Lauer interview and, well, I guess I’m biased, but I just don’t see POTUS 2012 in the cards for her.

11 11 2008
Nisperos

Unless you know Spanish…

…but that should have read otros rather than otro

(others rather than an other
Yes we do want multiple bites rather than a singular bite)

11 11 2008
mvngfwd

I knew we’d jump before I got this up so here it is again….

So, of all the cable news drivel I have subjected myself to on this big SP news day one thing popped out and has burned a place in my head. When a GOP strategist (not sure who since I was in another room) was asked about Palin 2012 he immediately said “well, she needs to be RE-ELECTED as Governor first…then partyline blah blah”. Exactly!!! So let’s make sure that does not happen. Starting right now, we should be helping find a strong candidate and get the ground work started now, just like the Obama campaign did two years ago. Terry McAuff… is already putting his team together for Virginia’s Gov position. What do you think mudpals? Maybe Gov. Gara (sp?)? I will put my money and time where my mouth is on this one if our Alaskan pals take the lead. I think we have plenty of ammo to start with…..😉

11 11 2008
SmallSteps in Blue VA (was Wrangler Tractor in VA)

AKM – your analogies and prose always inspire🙂 Behold the power of the mosquito! I was thinking about the small steady steps my daughter takes each day on this long trek called life with Down Syndrome, and those “small steps” are analogous to my own life these days. I do have to break everything down into simpler, easier to accomplish goals so that I don’t get overwhelmed with the enormity of the task at hand (to raise a child with DS to be an independent productive member of our society). It is a doable task, for certain in my mind at least, but not without a tremendous amount of work and marshallling of various other assistance be that from friends, family, professionals, etc., who can help at different times along the trek. It reminds me of your mission here at Mudflats since Sarah is such a menace (in my mind). You have marshalled quite a following, and each of us with our little steps towards helping you to uncover the truth about SP and to share this knowledge with our friends and family and to be persistent in demanding accountability by SP…..also….flying over our heads.

I’m afraid in mentioning SP I’ve become afflicted with her circular-speak and my sentences have become nightmarish run-ons without a hint of clarity?!?!? She has quite the power – egads!

I’m not sure where I was going on that derailed train of thought, but do please keep up the good work of the pesky mosquito🙂 I remember those Alaskan mosquitos. They are amazing (and I lived in Florida before AK and thought they had bad mosquitos – ha!) Perhaps my train of thought will get back on track at the next station LOL!

11 11 2008
0whole1

> mvngfwd (12:11:15) :
> Starting right now, we should be helping find a strong candidate and get the ground work started now, just like the Obama campaign did two years ago.

If you’re serious….you may want to drop Mr. Plouff (sp?) et al. a line for pointers and also for any non-public embarrassing nuggets of info on Our Sarah.

11 11 2008
AZ Mom

i say you put together a compilation dvd. AK REJECTS PALIN: BEST OF 2008 DEMOCRACY IN ACTION! and send it to her with a big smacking lipsticked pig kisser on the envelope. just to be sure she got the memo…

11 11 2008
Lori W.

AKM is right. SP has made enemies in high places and she WILL BE BROUGHT DOWN! People are fretting that she will be Senator, she will be President in 2012. Can’t happen. We will not let it happen, no how – no way.

11 11 2008
AZ Mom

PS tell her it’s from all the kiddos manning the blogosphere in their pj’s from their parents’ basement.

11 11 2008
A Brit Abroad

AKM, that was brilliant – and you sound quite annoyed, but not quite high pitched and whiny.

Bumper sticker: Mosquitoes for Gara

11 11 2008
Bethsey in the Midwest

Fellow Mosquitoes–please email Larry King Live tough questions to ask SP tomorrow night. If they are bombarded with them, it can only help.

11 11 2008
JBDC

i hope the mudflats community is about to wield the can of RAID! or as we down south like to say, “open up a can of whoop-a$$.” beyond the pitbull/lipstick joke, all i think of when i see her now is How do you know Sarah Palin is lying? Her lips are moving.

I hope, AKM, you are going to comment on Matt Lauer’s question to Piper at the end of the Today interview this morning, when he asked Piper Palin if she had missed a lot of school, and with a big smile and wide eyes she replied emphatically, “yeah, LOOOOTTTSS!” The follow-up question: Is it hard getting caught up? Again Piper replied with an dramatically nodding head, “oh, yeahhhhh!” i guess there was no homeschooling or tutoring going on… where i’m from, that’s truancy.

and again, picking up from a previous thread, i ask: WHERE IS BRISTOL?

11 11 2008
Northern Quilter AK

We pulled into a campite just north of Fairbanks once and never got out of the truck. The mosquitos landing on the windshield were so huge and there were so many of them – we feared we’d get literally eaten alive. We camped somewhere else. If one is an iritant, I hope many can chase her out of politics.

11 11 2008
megacephalus

Sorry missed the thread change-over! That said…

an idle mind is… well:

Should we petition AKM to rename the “Bedtime in Alaska” thread to:

“In the Night Kitchen”…

I’m sure it was on SP’s list… one nude boy in the original Sendak drawings, and…

and now to bed in Berlin!

11 11 2008
icarus

Just thought I’d let you know, I just posted this on the LA Times site:

I tried to post a comment about this [the spike in gun sales] story on the Anchorage Daily News website. I was trying to respond to another poster who was comparing Christian fundamentalists to Muslim ones. The text of my response contained the names of both Jesus and Mohammed. The name Mohammed was completely censored. I tried to get my point across 4 times by inserting periods, asterisks, dashes etc. into “Mohammed”, to get it past the censorship block. I even tried adding (abcdefg) to the end of the name. No luck, so I gave up trying.

I’ve been commenting on the internet regularly for years and have never encountered anything like it (it”s never taken more than inserting a period in between 2 letters). Go ahead and try. “Jesus” of course, was no problem. This, from the ADN which endorsed Obama. Pathetic.

—-Just so you know, unlike the ADN, the LA Times has no problem posting a comment with the word “Mohammed”, doesn’t censor it. And comments are also reviewed by moderators in advance. ——

11 11 2008
the problem child (a jerk, also)

Such a finely written post — one quibble — mentions 3 rallies, describes 2. I guess that is because the third was Alaskans for Obama, rather than Alaskans against Palin?

Yes, you’re right! Changed my mind about including the last one as I wrote. I’ll fix it. Thanks! AKM

11 11 2008
austintx

A lot of mosquitos carry disease……..

11 11 2008
tirsan57

Yee of which we know nothing ‘ceptiin your politics, are you one of those:

Ms. Palin directed most of her media criticism at liberal bloggers, whom she twice called, “those bloggers in their parents’ basement just talkin’ garbage.”

or one of these (from firedoglake):

Huffington graduated from Cambridge University with an M.A. in economics. At 21, she became president of the famed debating society, the Cambridge Union. She is a bestselling author who ran for Governor of California.

Markos Moulitsas served in the U.S. Army from 1989 through 1992. He earned two bachelor degrees at Northern Illinois University (1992-1996), where he majored in Philosophy, Journalism, and Political Science. He earned a J.D. at Boston University School of Law.

Duncan Black earned a Ph.D. in economics from Brown University in 1999. He has worked at the London School of Economics, the Université catholique de Louvain, the University of California, Irvine, and Bryn Mawr College.

John Aravosis has a joint law degree and masters in foreign service from Georgetown. He worked on Capitol Hill as a foreign policy adviser for Ted Stevens. He also worked at the World Bank, the Children’s Defense Fund, and wrote for The Economist.

Faiz Shakir holds a B.A. in government from Harvard University and a J.D. from the Georgetown Law Center. He previously worked as a Research Associate for the Democratic National Committee, a Legislative Aide to Sen. Bob Graham (D-FL) on the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, and a Communications Aide in the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy.

I (Jane Hamsher) have a masters’ degree in film business from USC, produced major motion pictures and wrote a best selling book.

How would Sarah feel if someone called her an ignorant, freeloading bubble headed piece of trailer park trash whose daddy told the AP she spent the weekend scrambling to return her stolen clothes to the RNC?

Just trying to keep a sense of perspective here.

11 11 2008
the problem child (a jerk, also)

megacephalus (12:23:11) :

Should we petition AKM to rename the “Bedtime in Alaska” thread to:

“In the Night Kitchen”…
——–
I’d be okay with that. In this part of the world, you know its not really a party unless people are hanging out in the kitchen. Some call ceilidhs “kitchen parties”.

11 11 2008
Manny Mysterio

Sarah Palin will drift from the consciousness of the lower 48 soon. Alaskans don’t have that luxury, so keep it up akm and the progressive Alaskans… If Alaska eventually turns on Palin her bid to become a national figure will not last…

11 11 2008
austintx

True That……..tirsan57

11 11 2008
A Brit Abroad

All the best parties start in the kitchen…

11 11 2008
Bec Hussein in Illinois

AKM – If your 4-part series could somehow be required reading for Alaskans, I think you could get the momentum going up there. We Mudflatters will try and give you a hand to “energize the base.”

11 11 2008
mvngfwd

Owhole- One on my friends is a mucky muck with Campaign for America. If we do this I will ask for his help and get it with gusto. He cannot stand her and the BS she spews.

Alaskan Muddies, any thoughts?

11 11 2008
Northern Quilter AK

If I remember correctly, there was a guy on the Colbert Report who was got recognized for his website that promoted Palin for VP before she got selected. He did it from his mom’s kitchen table.

11 11 2008
Mel

Her wave of the hand regarding the protests against her reminded me of the huge coordinated protests on February 15, 2003 against an invasion of Iraq that were held all over the world & all over the country, including Anchorage (in which I participated). Bush dismissed them as “focus groups.” And of course went on to invade Iraq & make the world the helluva lot worse place that it is today.

11 11 2008
pvazwindy

Yes, I felt that hand wave too. If I lived in Alaska I would reach out and rip her lips off. Every time I hear her or see her, anger inside of me swells up. Just like Putin rearing up his head over Alaska, (where does he go)? AKM, please keep up this movement. I for one will do whatever I can to help the Mudflat cause.

11 11 2008
mvngfwd

Mel- I was at one in NYC!!!!

11 11 2008
Sarah of Arizona

Just once I would love to see Palin held accountable for something, anything. She acts so untouchable and has no respect for the people she was elected to serve. What she has done to Alaska is disgraceful and I don’t understand why the entire state is not up in arms.

11 11 2008
Northern Quilter AK

Sorry about the poor grammer. I just got done typing an email in Palinspeak. Must have carried over.

11 11 2008
Let'sGetReal for "That One"

Deep Blue in VA (12:10:40) :

I think Palin is digging her own grave with all these interviews. I watched some of the Matt Lauer interview and, well, I guess I’m biased, but I just don’t see POTUS 2012 in the cards for her.
—————-
I watched what I could stomach. I don’t see it either…there is no substance there what so ever! I probably could run for POTUS if I could afford a hair stylist, makeup artist, and threads from Saks! I bet I would look better than her…and probably could talk more in-depth about domestic and foreigh issues!

11 11 2008
Bec Hussein in Illinois

Mosquitos. . .West Nile Virus. . .Africa. . .CONTINENT

11 11 2008
Let'sGetReal for "That One"

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11 11 2008
ocliberal

It’s occurred to me more than once or twice that if a person is inclined to believe that God is talking directly to them and that God is opening doors for them (and not others) one is most likely apt to ignore any type of dissent, protest or criticism from mere mortals.

And these individuals with this direct pipeline to God who think that God is directing them into politics is a truly scary phenomenon to be sure. George W. comes to mind.

Andrew Sullivan has an excellent entry about this.
http://andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com/the_daily_dish/2008/11/fundamentalism.html

A reader writes:

If you BELIEVE the bible is the literal inerrant word of God what do you do? Well then you ignore all contrary facts, like the earth revolving around the sun, like the age of the earth. You are seeing in Sarah Palin the fact that she has translated her biblical literalism into a way of attempting to deal with the real world and hence as you put it, her alternative universe. I think what is going on is that she has internalized the fundamentalist way of thinking to such a degree that she no longer has much of a grip on reality. She has taught herself to ignore reality in matters of faith and has transposed that way of thinking into her regular life.

This is what I am noticing. Sarah Palin appears to not live in this same world that most of us live in. She lives in a world that might be more familiar to Joan of Arc than say Joan Smith of Anchorage. One does wonder if she hears voices?

But one also wonders if perhaps she is not just a huge fraud. That thought has crossed my mind too.

I’m torn…

11 11 2008
Irishgirl aka puck mule

@Smallsteps,
My heart is with you. Thankfully I have had three healthy children, but I don’t know what lies ahead in the future. One always worries. To be perfectly honest, and I don’t mean any disrespect by this, I don’t know how I would react to having a DS child. By that, I mean would I measure up?
I have tremendous admiration for you.

11 11 2008
ayerishgrl

i think you are right AKM, i do think there is blood in the water and the sharks are circling. Maybe they will swim away, but one has to have hope.

I feel quite naive as my original take on this aspect of the interview was “wow, they really did keep her under wraps” but your interpretation is much more realistic. The imperial princess waved her hand at the annoying little troublemakers as a practiced gesture surely aimed to allude to all the complete insignificance of the protests and protestors.

I wonder sometimes I have some kind of unwarranted personal vendetta against this woman that I have never met, but then I listen to her, and it all comes rushing back to me. I don’t like this woman, I don’t trust her, I don’t approve of her and I have great doubt in her governing abilities on a state level and most certainly on a national level. I will do whatever I can to help get her out of Alaska politics as well as US politics. Sign me up for the ad in the ADN.

11 11 2008
Bec Hussein in Illinois

Oops – where did the e go?

Mosquitoes. . .West Nile Virus. . .Africa. . .CONTINENT

11 11 2008
Lee

Govenor Bobby Jindal, from Louisiana may be Sarahs’ competition in the Republican party.

He is smart, and can do a better press interview than she can. Check him out he is a First American.

11 11 2008
ayerishgrl

Shay in Santa Cruz:
Thanks so much for your blog, which I know you are of course running out of your parents’ basement.
=================

Very Funny Shay!

11 11 2008
Ro

Tell me where and when we meet …I’ll be there. If Sarah hasn’t seen a rally, then we need to show her a few. Sarah Palin is completely nuts. She actually believes that she can be POTUS. She is a liar and she is a theif. Quite frankly, I am offended that she dismisses me and my opinion as drivel. She clearly underestimates the power of the people.

11 11 2008
teri

Im still working on my second cup of coffee here, but questions to larry king live huh?

What does SP make of the scientist who oppose her views on the Polar bear and Beluga whales?

What if it is gods will for Sarah to lose the election in 12, 10.

What foreign policies exist in her governing of Alaska.

What is she doing to help with Rural Alaskas energy crisis?

11 11 2008
Let'sGetReal for "That One"

Scarah didn’t even answer the question. As to how to bring the protesters back in her camp.

11 11 2008
ocliberal

I will confess that I have on a “few” occasions sat in my pjs reading Mudstocks. I will also confess that it’s how I start most of my days. I will also confess that it’s really what gets me out of bed in the morning. But it’s not in my parent’s basement. I’m the parent…

11 11 2008
Pacificnwgal

The following post by the Huff Post reveals a lot about Palin and her denials and ignorance:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/linda-bergthold/palin-calls-bloggers-kids_b_142872.html

Apparently, she thinks that all of us bloggers are “kids in pajamas” sitting in our parent’s basements. Well, that’s interesting since I have a Master’s degree in teaching and am working on my PhD in Online Education Design. I believe that it was the bloggers that held more power over this election than the media. We worked in partnership with the media to get Obama elected. Palin does not even have a clue about the future of technology. Never underestimate the power of networking.

Also, her typical Republican views on providing services for individuals with disabilities are very archaic. I have heard their ideas before in Washington State where they believe the churches should provide all the supports for individuals with disabilities. When I worked towards building community supports, I approached the churches with this idea. Their ideas are “well, social services and the government do that kind of thing.” So, this passes the buck leaves them with nothing. It was the SEIU caregiver union that organized and created stability for individuals with disabilities and their families. What the state legislature realized out of this is that it is actually cheaper to support families and community-based living instead of spending money on institutions. Of course, at some point the Palins will have to face these issues with Trig, so it will be interesting to see if first-hand experience changes anything with her views. So far, he is pretty little, so she is still in la-la land about his future.

11 11 2008
Bob62

I would call it, “Night in the kitchen” Or “A night in the kitchen”

11 11 2008
Jeannie See

Is jibberish a new language or something “cause, every time she opens her mouth, I sure that’s all I hear.

She is not capable of pulling together a coherent sentence. It’s not only difficult to try and figure out what the hell she’s saying, it’s also very painful.

11 11 2008
BigPete

Not only have we taken our country back, but somewhat surprisingly the old tricks don’t seem to work any more.
911? Ask Giuliani how well that worked!
Protection from Evildoers? McCain knew exactly how to catch Bin Ladin, but not too many of us were ‘buying’.
The Real American vote? Doesn’t work so well when Fake Americans are the majority.
Voting for a candidate you’d like to have a beer with? Palin’s constituency, but as long as all the questions Palin gets are of the “Entertainment Tonight” variety, she is just digging a hole for herself. We’ll know Palin is taken seriously, when she is asked her opinion about regulating credit default swaps!
Rovian mud slinging? Lasted longer than it should have.

11 11 2008
ocliberal

oops…
ocliberal (12:44:06) :

I will confess that I have on a “few” occasions sat in my pjs reading Mudstocks.
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I meant Mudflats.

11 11 2008
mvngfwd

On MSNBC, one of the pundits quoted his friend who said “She’s like Sanjaya from American Idol. When is her 15 minutes over?”. Love it!

11 11 2008
lock pepper in honolulu

“Govenor Bobby Jindal, from Louisiana may be Sarahs’ competition in the Republican party.”

But isn’t he (GASP) Muslim…or middle eastern or sumpin’?

LOL!

11 11 2008
Trini

Why oh why oh why?! Why can’t she come up with just one complete sentence? Sweet Jesus, it really makes my brain hurt to read her attempts at speaking in the English language and then to try to figure out what she is saying.

She isn’t going away, is she? Count me in on an ad.

Oh, and her house was obviously built by items that “fell off the truck” on the way to the hockey arena construction site. Look at the stair railings! What a thief and a fraud! And where is Bristol? Probably sitting in someone’s basement in her PJ’s and blogging her fingers to the bone!

11 11 2008
va_soccer_mom

Regarding SP’s syntax-challenged verbiage: How would anyone ever be able to translate it into another language?

11 11 2008
ocliberal

I think the Republicans are searching feverishly for a good Christian Muslim to lead the party in 2012.

Just as they got Palin to attract the Hillary supporters, they probably realize they need a Muslim to attract all those Obama supporters but of course he or she must be Christian to keep the base….

11 11 2008
JBDC

@ Jeannie See (12:48:05)
“She is not capable of pulling together a coherent sentence. It’s not only difficult to try and figure out what the hell she’s saying, it’s also very painful.”

the special at the SP cafe EVERY day:
word salad

11 11 2008
Sheesh

Palin may attempt a run in 2012 but she’ll have a lot of worthy competition even if she does end up taking Stevens seat.

The GOP has some serious repair work to do…I heard one of the repub pundits suggesting that the only way the party can repair itself is to concentrate it’s efforts with local elections where candidates can focus on applying conservative solutions to local issues and thus recapture what the party has stood for. Palin is just too far right for most conservatives to stomach.

Then again….my prayer is that Obama’s first 4 years in office will be productive, a second term will be a no-brainer and Palin’s expected run will be a wash-out!

11 11 2008
lock pepper in honolulu

Jack Cafferty has a topic up on his blog asking why Americans are still fascinated by Palin…

I, for one, don’t understand my own fascination but it has to do with fear and disgust and curiosity…and other things I can’t explain.

11 11 2008
Nisperos

Head Automatica – Lying Through Your Teeth (Official Video): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xGYG1JMQzNs&feature=related

11 11 2008
Lee

lock pepper in honolulu:

No, he is just your average middle the road guy as far as I know.

11 11 2008
austintx

Bec – Isn’t funny how all the real shitty diseases originate from a place she doesn’t know jackshit about…….GAWD she is a dumb-ass peckerhead !!!

11 11 2008
JBDC

Bobby Jindal is an the first Indian-American elected as governor in the U.S., and he is a Catholic.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bobby_Jindal

11 11 2008
Political Amazon

With the frequency with which Palin throws people she will need in the future, or those who have served her in the past, under the bus, I’m surprised there are any buses running in Alaska at this point.

It is rooted in her narcisisstic “omnipotent little child” complex. She will not and cannot take responsibility for herself and her actions, and the reactions they breed. While the “omnipotent child” is a term usually used to describe problematic children, it is also used for adults who never got beyond the normal narcissism and illusion of omnipotency (that the sun rises every morning just for them, and that everyone in their vicinity is there to immediately serve their needs) of an infant.

Palin has, in her short time as VP candidate for McCain, made nearly daily blunders that would have stopped in its tracks any other candidate’s campaign.

In response to this, instead of learning from her mistakes, and taking responsibility for her blunders, Palin has turned on everyone, including the very people she will need if she wants to ever be anything but a trumped up Wasilla Hillbilly.

Most of the time–as in the mosquito answer–her projection of self-blame onto others makes her look worse than she did before. If all of the anti-Palin activism was occurring in the state she governs, some of it making its way to the national media, she looks like an extremely negligent governor with a completely incompetent staff if she says she didn’t really know it was happening until it did.

I regard the people who continue to support her as mentally or educationally deficient (voters and constituents) or benefitting from her rise in power (her political toadies like Stapleton).

Fortunately, this is a small group of Americans, some of whom will get it by the time the next election in AK or the US happens. Even if they don’t, I belive the vast majority of Americans will continue to recoil in horror from the mere thought of Palin rising to national prominence, especially becoming President or VP.

11 11 2008
lock pepper in honolulu

I hope you folks know I’m kidding about him being Muslim–more power to him if he is. (Freedom of religion is to be held dear in this country!)

I saw him on the air during one of the hurricanes and he was on top of the issues–very impressive.

I was just doing my Scarah imitation🙂

11 11 2008
Lee

Lock Pepper:

I, for one, don’t understand my own fascination but it has to do with fear and disgust and curiosity…and other things I can’t explain.

The whole thing is just so far out there. It is outrageous that someone with such poor communication skills can make it as far as she has.

11 11 2008
BLUE OREGON

Faux News talking heads were just pointing out how SP could easily win in a special election if Stevens is elected and then he either resigns or gets kicked out of the Senate.

Alaskans who are on this site – Do you believe that Alaskan residents would actually make that happen? I know there is and always will be shady political shanigans going on there, but surely the light of truth is starting to dawn on many of those who once supported this person? I’ve lived in Alaska and the wonderful, intelligent people I knew would never support her now that all the trash and garage is known — are they really in the minority?

11 11 2008
ayerishgrl

mvngfwd (12:51:58) :
On MSNBC, one of the pundits quoted his friend who said “She’s like Sanjaya from American Idol. When is her 15 minutes over?”. Love it!
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I’m so glad to hear that! I’m so tired of hearing Mica and Joe on MSNBC every morning idolize SP every morning (not to mention Pat Buchanan). Every morning i’m shouting at the TV “Stop defending this woman!” and i keep promising myself i’m going to send an email to them with a HUGE list of reasons why they are wrong but i’ve yet to get around to it. On my agenda!

11 11 2008
Michelle

“To bring those people back in terms of…..and I wasn’t aware of the protests ’til like after they happened. I’d hear about it. A friend emailed me or somethin’ sayin’ there were placards out there saying whatever they’d say. (waves hand dismissively) I think that’s the nature of a a national level campaign also some you know they evidence of that the opposition to our ticket on the national level that that’s going to be expressed here on the local level too.”

Can anyone please tell me what actually was said here? and as an extra challenge bonus, can you diagram these two sentences?

we need a babel fish just for Palin-speak.

11 11 2008
austintx

Trini – you are not the 1st to notice…….also the kitchen has commercial grade appliances….I bet they match up with the ones at the “rink’ ………double dippin’ grifter piece of shit !!!!

11 11 2008
Lee

Political Amazon:

Right on. I think you nailed it.

Fortunately, this is a small group of Americans, some of whom will get it by the time the next election in AK or the US happens. Even if they don’t, I belive the vast majority of Americans will continue to recoil in horror from the mere thought of Palin rising to national prominence, especially becoming President or VP

11 11 2008
mvngfwd

I, for one, am watching her because she is GW in heels. Everyone thought he was a “good ‘ol boy” you wanted to hang out with (not me mind you). And look where that got us! If I could keep watch on President Bush for 8 years with vigilant eyes I think one little ‘ol Gov from Alaska should be a no brainer. Who are we going to help win her seat in 2010? Seriously.

11 11 2008
SmallSteps in Blue VA (was Wrangler Tractor in VA)

Irishgirl aka puck mule – Thanks for the kind words. You would be amazed at what you can/will do for your kids when you are called.

I really count my blessings every day; my daughter is incredibly healthy(especially for a child with DS), her desire to be independent is great (which makes learning & teaching her much easier), her joie de vivre is unbridled and her love for every person she meets is unrestrained. She especially has a gift for knowing who is suffering some internal struggle that could be eased by her smiles and joy and she gives her love unconditionally to those in need. Our family was truly blessed with her.

11 11 2008
Political Amazon

There was a great guest editorial in the LATimes today. It’s from someone who couldn’t vote for McCain, so didn’t vote at all. Now that she has experienced the post-election elation in others and (surprisingly) in herself, she’s sorry she didn’t vote.

My prayer is that many other conservatives are feeling the same way, and they will join those of us supporting Obama as he takes on the problems of our country.

Here’s the link and part of it:

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(BEGIN QUOTE)

http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/opinion/la-oe-vincent11-2008nov11,0,6274410.story

From the Los Angeles Times
Opinion

A vote too late for Obama
At the time, not voting felt right. Now it’s time for regrets.

By Norah Vincent

November 11, 2008

I did not vote this year, and up until a few days ago, I felt good about that decision. But now I wonder if it wasn’t a mistake. Or maybe not so much a mistake as something I will come to regret in time. As I’ve watched the wave of post-election elation rushing over so many people in recent days, and as I have been unexpectedly and powerfully moved myself, I’ve started to feel a little, I don’t know, out of it. …

….But after watching the video of Obama’s acceptance speech (I went to bed early Nov. 4), I have, to my great surprise, found myself moved to tears by the president-elect, by his poise and graciousness, not to mention what seems to be his almost Hegelian historical significance. I now wonder if I missed out on the moment. Am I going to feel a little caught out one day when I have to say that I did not vote for him? Or will I feel vindicated by what will surely be the many and great disappointments of the Obama administration?

After all, what man could live up to so much expectation? So much hope?

I honestly don’t know how the man gets out of bed in the morning. I mean really, what kind of person goes to work every day thinking, “Yep, just heading off to fix the world.” Either a god or a lunatic, it seems to me. Or, and here is my worst worry, a charlatan of the highest order. Because you have to seriously question whether you can really trust someone, anyone, who can manage to get himself elected in a democracy, and moreover someone who can do it while moving you to tears. That man is either P.T. Barnum or Gandhi.

Or not. Maybe he’s just an absurdly hopeful person with a lot of energy and belief who can strike the infinitely delicate balance of making the masses happy while sticking to his core beliefs. Maybe he’s someone who knows how to tell us what we want to hear while at the same time doing what needs to be done. At this point, it’s anybody’s guess.

But whatever the case, watching Obama, I can’t help myself. I feel proud of us. I think the world is actually proud of us too, and more than a little surprised. It didn’t think we had it in us.

To tell you the truth, neither did I. We — well, actually, you — didn’t elect a black man to the presidency. You elected someone who is an incredibly inspiring man, a Kennedyesque, Lincolnesque, Rooseveltesque man, who happens to be black. You elected him not because of or in spite of his race, but without regard to his race, and whether he lives up to even the 100th part of his promise, the electorate has lived up to its, and sitting here now, embarrassedly wiping my eyes, I sort of wish I had been part of it.
(END OF QUOTE)

11 11 2008
Ellie

I don’t know if this has been posted, but there is a national protest against the passage of Proposition 8 scheduled for Nov. 15. Check out the link:

http://jointheimpact.com/

11 11 2008
chicago

Don’t stop biting! I’m longing for the day you guys remove her as Gov.

11 11 2008
grumpy in Illinois

During the election the Secret Service had code names for all the candidates. Palins was “Denali”. They almost had it right about her..move one letter…and presto… “DENIAL”

11 11 2008
lock pepper in honolulu

Small Steps, I have worked with DS children in education and they are a complete and utter blessing. I do agree with Irish girl in praising your courage and fortitude for raising your daughter so well.

Not to be snarky or critical, but that’s why Sarah’s treatment of little Trig troubles me so much. He can be the balm to her soul as she goes through this disappointing time in her life. I hope she’ll use this opportunity to treasure and cherish him for the blessing he is instead of hauling him around like a rag doll.

11 11 2008
Political Amazon

About the Muslim thing…

I spent the 2.5 weeks before election day in Hawaii visiting my daughter and her boyfriend (with whom she lives) and helping a local union organize their outreach. I was staying on a working cattle ranch (where my daughter works). Most of the folks there were conservative. Because it’s where my daughter works, I didn’t rise to the comments against Obama. It was an exercise in great patience, especially for me.

The day we were leaving her boyfriend–a really great guy–said he thought Obama was going to win, and he was worried about what he would do as president, “because he’s a Muslim, you know.”

Both my husband and I yelled at the same time “HE’S NOT A MUSLIM!!”

I mean, for crying out loud, there are people who still believe he’s a Muslim!

P.S. We apologized for yelling, but we did take the opportunity to present evidence for Obama’s religious background and current affiliation.

11 11 2008
mvngfwd

PA- thank you…that was really nice to read. I have a few of those in my sphere of influence (my mom for one) and they have said the same with different words. There is hope yet and President Obama is their President too regardless of their vote or non-vote.

11 11 2008
nonni_g

well Alaska is known for it’s season of mosquitos, isn’t it? so you just buzz buzz buzz in her ear, and the rest of America’s, too also there ya know and make sure you land some good bites! YOU BETCHA!

11 11 2008
Nisperos

It’s Tuesday…

Time for the Bananas in Pyjamas to go down the stairs [into their basements]

And catch thos Palin Bears unawares: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CJkPWMaNaIM&feature=related

11 11 2008
Marnie

We live in a country with a great journalistic tradition.
So living up to that tradition what does the MSM do after a Presidential election?
They endlessly interview the lossers, most particularly the loosing VP candidate, to see what her plans are and what direction she thinks the nation should take.

Whaaaaat???

If you had just returned from a long space voyage and kept seeing the losing VP candidate getting more air and face time, day in and day out, than the newly elected President or VP wouldn’t you feel like you had fallen through some kind of time warp or maybe landed on Earth’s evil twin or something?

Thank God the internet gives true inquiring minds a place to find news with some reality in it.

11 11 2008
SmallSteps in Blue VA (was Wrangler Tractor in VA)

Michelle – LOL thinking about the sentence diagramming! My 10th grade English Teacher would have used up several red pens attempting to correct the grammatically challenged Palin. In fact, I think she would have just put a big a 0 and demanded a rewrite! I can’t even listen to SP speak anymore, it boils my blood. I’ve tried to read transcripts but that causes me to twitch uncontrollably. Thank goodness AKM has a stronger constitution than me and can attempt to make sense out this utter non-sense.

11 11 2008
MonaLisa(inCT)

Evil thought brewing….

In 3 years or so, what if we all switch to repugs at the proper time, just long enough to vote for ANYbody else to win their primary…?

(I think I just threw up a little, in the back of my throat…)

11 11 2008
Lee

Political Amazon:

I feel like Colin Powel. So, what if he were a Muslim? If he is the brightest and best and the right person at this time to lead the country, then he should have the job.

11 11 2008
austintx

LOL grumpy………

11 11 2008
lock pepper in honolulu

HI, Political,

That’s interesting because Hawaii is Obama’s birthplace and he won big over here. Were you on the Big Island? Honolulu is quite cosmopolitan and diverse. Not to say there isn’t ignorance everywhere…

My response to “He’s a Muslim” was always…”He’s not–but what if he was?”

11 11 2008
Oklad

Another great essay but could you please give a warning when using a Palin quote..You see I wander half way into them and become all confused and disoriented and have almost fallen from chair a couple of times..:)
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11 11 2008
phoebe

Chris Matthews is on Hardball now talking about Palin and 2012. He thinks she has started her run already & he’s uncomfortable with her tying God into her decision to run.

11 11 2008
teri

Geez , if Obama is muslim then IM a nun. OY!
I emailed Larry King Live and told him to ask SP about the scientists listing the Polar bear and Beluga whale on the endangered species list. And also, what is she doing to help rural alaska deal with the energy crisis. It’s one thing to send a check, but what improvements in technology exist? Thats what I was getting at, but kept it simple.
The only thing is I dont get cable, and the only thing we have are these videos. By now, I got bored with her views, especially since they are almost the same as before the election, and now she is going on and on about the clothes.

As for the mosquitos, great story!

11 11 2008
concernedcanadian

Good article AKM!

I wonder why they haven’t asked her in these interviews if she did in fact Show herself to the campaign guys dressed in a towel at her hotel room.

And how about the Montreal boys and the prank phone call. She looked like the biggest idiot. I think that was the nail in the coffin for the republicans when that happened.

11 11 2008
irina

I’m starting to agree with the posters who think that our governor is seriously mental and probably bipolar. No normal woman with five kids would have the kind of frenetic energy she has. She has been on the bipolar high for a long time now but i would be willing to give good money on the odds of her crashing after the Republican Govs meeting in Florida this week.

Here is a more of the ‘open door’ courtesy of her god quote from her in the Fairbanks Daily NewsMiner today: “. . . and if it is something that is going to be good for my family, for my stated, for my nation, an opportunity for me . . .”

Clearly nothing exists in her world except herself. Oh and her god, except that she is obviously in charge of that particular deity.

That is what makes her so scary, she thinks the rest of us want to live in her world too. She is the embodiment of the demented maternal archetype.
Help ! Babelfish to the rescue !

11 11 2008
mvngfwd

Side note- just noticed that every time MsP is stretching the truth she speeds up her speech. IE. when she is explaining to ML about the concession speech she wanted to give she is talking “normal” Palinesque then sped up over the “in conjunction with a few of the campaign speech writers” then back to normal P-speed. Okay all you psych majors, what does that mean?

11 11 2008
lock pepper in honolulu

Maybe she thinks if she talks fast enough, no one will understand and just ASSUME she was making sense–

11 11 2008
UK Lady Turning Turtle Annette AKA UK Lady
11 11 2008
PDX MB

MonaLisa(inCT) (13:20:52) :

Evil thought brewing….

In 3 years or so, what if we all switch to repugs at the proper time, just long enough to vote for ANYbody else to win their primary…?
**************

I maintained my republican affiliation for that very reason, until just before this election. We have had more than our share of pesky repubs here in oregon, and I reveled in voting for anyone else in the primaries. I highly recommend it.

11 11 2008
UK Lady Turning Turtle Annette AKA UK Lady

Well I think God did open the door for her – He is just waiting for her to pass through it so he can swing it onto her a*se!

11 11 2008
Let'sGetReal for "That One"

MonaLisa(inCT) (13:20:52) :

Evil thought brewing….

In 3 years or so, what if we all switch to repugs at the proper time, just long enough to vote for ANYbody else to win their primary…?

(I think I just threw up a little, in the back of my throat…)
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Why not, I’m game!

11 11 2008
lock pepper in honolulu

Great article, UK lady?

Okay, Sarah…get ready to wrinkle up your nose…it’s 12:33 in Honolulu and I AM STILL IN MY PAJAMAS! It’s my day off, you betcha, also too!

Now the big question is…do I keep blogging or go to the beach? I’ve gotten scarily pale since the beginning of my Mudflats addiction!

11 11 2008
lock pepper in honolulu

I didn’t mean to have a question mark after your name, UK lady…

I’m am quite sure you’re a lady and a gracious one at that, LOL!

11 11 2008
Brian aka Snooker Hinge Palin

mvngfwd @ 13:38,

I noticed the same thing in September. In several stump speeches after the Republican convention, after the “I-said-thanks-but-no-thanks” line had been proven false, she continued to use that line but raced through it and glanced downward momentarily while doing so.

I’m not a psychologist, but my conclusion is that she knows she’s lying but believes she’s either required or permitted to lie without consequence. When a fundamentalist is convinced they’ve been “raised up by the Lord” to fulfill a special destiny, they don’t see themselves as bound by the same rules, regulations, laws, and ethical guidelines that apply to the rest of us non-chosen, Joe Sixpack folk.

You betcha. Also.

11 11 2008
Marnie

“JBDC (12:20:20) :
I guess there was no homeschooling or tutoring going on… where i’m from, that’s truancy.”

Not having your children in school is not only truancy it is parental neglect.
Also Mizzz Palin is running around promoting herself instead of taking the steps she and the Dud need to be taking to learn how to best care for, support, and encourage the optimal development of their special needs child.
That is also parental neglect and is so selfish it is difficult for me to fathom what could possibly be going in inside them as they see and touch their child.

11 11 2008
SmallSteps in Blue VA (was Wrangler Tractor in VA)

Regarding finding a good candidate to replace SP as Gov in the next election I have some thoughts. I would encourage Progressives to consider a moderate conservative who could appeal to conservative Repubs who are appalled at SPs lack of knowledge, lies, book banning, per diem, etc.

We had an Alaskan friend to visit over the weekend who was in town on business. He loves the Guv and was shocked to realize that we were of polar opposites on this issue. He is a well-educated professional, but has a Fundamentalist Christian background. It made for a short, and awkward visit, and sadly reminded us that although there are progressives in Alaska, we know far more Fundies in Alaska😦 which would explain why she still has 60% approval ratings. However, this Fundie aside, many (and I mean MANY) of our friends in AK are traditional conservative Repubs. They have a huge mental block about voting for a pro-choice candidate. That was their biggest stumbling block in voting for Obama. They, many of them, really can’t stand SP, especially after the vetting by the MSM and more importantly by the great bloggers. But they still voted for McCain/Palin because of two things: foreign policy experience and pro-life. I think you will need their vote in order to get rid of Palin as gov. So, as you start to consider an alternative to Palin as gov consider how important pro-life/pro-choice is to you vs. getting rid of Palin and what types of voters you need to sway with your candidate. If the election results are accurate in AK as opposed to the pre-election polling you have a tough road ahead of you, but we are here to help in any way we can.

We know many conservative Alaskans who are embarrassed by SP, and

11 11 2008
mendeltna ak

Can’t she be recalled? She reminds me of the hillbiilies from South Carolina. Tammy and Jim Baker.

11 11 2008
UK Lady Turning Turtle Annette AKA UK Lady

Why thank you kind Lock Pepper, I am mostly a lady.

Glad you liked the article – here is another good one from todays Guardian – if Lulu and Forty Watt are about they will like this one, also!

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cifamerica/2008/nov/11/sarah-palin-fox-news-republicans

11 11 2008
SmallSteps in Blue VA (was Wrangler Tractor in VA)

oops – didn’t proof read before I submitted! Hope that made sense🙂

11 11 2008
Steve

@Lee

Jindal is not a First American. His parents are immigrants from India.

11 11 2008
MWthatoneYesWeCan

Blue Oregon: Alaskans who are on this site – Do you believe that Alaskan residents would actually make that happen? I know there is and always will be shady political shanigans going on there, but surely the light of truth is starting to dawn on many of those who once supported this person?
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It seems, and I hope and believe (thanks to akm) that the ‘light of truth is starting to dawn’ ~ my concern is more about the integrity of our system of counting and finding all the votes. Got an email yesterday about contacting the dem hdqtrs, begich.com and berkowitz campaigns to become an observer in the counting of the votes. I had gone last week to see friend Dem Party Chairman Mike Coumbe, expressed my concern and did some observing at Election Hdqtrs. that very day. Now, I see in AnchDailyNews that others are doing the same. There IS awareness, and we are most definitely ‘working on it’. Thanks for all the support, gang.

11 11 2008
Dee

Her inability to put words together to make a coherant sentence is mind-blowing.

11 11 2008
Political Amazon

Just a heads up…

Tonight PBS has a documentary on Lee Atwater. Check your local listings for the time (http://www.pbs.org/tvschedules/). It has received rave reviews. As we’ve understood, we need to understand the past to avoid problems in the future.

Last night they had an American Experience program on the stockmarket crash of 1929 and what led up to it. Step by step, 1929 is a playbook for the cause of what we are doing now.

My concern: That, like in 1929, our current impending depression is the result of plans to centralize wealth in a few families, with the horror experienced by the masses simply viewed as “collateral damage.”

11 11 2008
Aeroentropy

Michelle:

“we need a babel fish just for Palin-speak.”
________

I’m afraid that babel fish would go belly-up.🙂

11 11 2008
Lee

Steve:

Steve I stand corrected. Thank you.🙂

11 11 2008
Trini

“Fast talk” often occurs when the speaker knows they are lying but think that they can get it past you by speaking quickly. This is very interesting in light of how when SWWNBN speaks slowly (yet, incoherently) she is still spewing lies. However, she is so convinced (narcissist) that she is right that she can’t recognize that she is wrong or that others don’t agree with her.

She’s got some significant problems.

11 11 2008
twodot

That photo above is an Anopheles mosquito, they’re the ones that raise their hindmost legs. They aren’t very common in Alaska, much less so than the genera Aedes, Culiseta, and Culex. If you want to have the most impact in Alaska I’d choose Aedes communis or Aedes implicatus as your mascot. The former isn’t Marxist, by the way.

Done. Behold above the Aedes communis, in the hopes that this particular breed of political mosquito becomes commonplace. AKM

11 11 2008
Lee

It is storming here on my little island, and we are having some wind. I keep getting kicked of the net.

Our electricity goes of quite a bit here in the winter. It makes me wonder how the rural Alaskans fair in the winter storms.

11 11 2008
UK Lady Turning Turtle Annette AKA UK Lady

The humble fruit fly caused SP enough of a headache, a swarm of mossies should be able to finish the job.

11 11 2008
Snow Board

I think the reason why there’s continued fascination with Palin is because she has been exposed as a mean girl supreme, a hypocrite, a tax fraud, a rorter of government funds, a pursuer of private vendettas, a taker of ‘favours’, an inveterate backstabber, a person who wishes to impose her beliefs on others, and a person who claims to be waging war on corruption while having no concept of ethics.

Leaving aside her immense ignorance and the overweening gall which made her think that she could take on a very important role at a very difficult time, we have discovered all these continuing issues which she has gotten away with. Which she continues to get away with. Which she shows no sign of remorse for, and which she appears to intend to continue.

We’re fascinated with her because she hasn’t been punished.

We’re waiting for her comeuppance.

11 11 2008
Lee

Snow Board:

You might be right. The arrogance of it all does get to us, and we would like to see the fall.

11 11 2008
Marnie

ocliberal
And these individuals with this direct pipeline to God who think that God is directing them into politics is a truly scary phenomenon to be sure. George W. comes to mind.
This is what I am noticing. Sarah Palin appears to not live in this same world that most of us live in. She lives in a world that might be more familiar to Joan of Arc than say Joan Smith of Anchorage. One does wonder if she hears voices?
But one also wonders if perhaps she is not just a huge fraud. That thought has crossed my mind too.

One thing, fraud, does not preclude, another, religious fruitcake, and another, denier of reality, and another, self-centered, and another, self righteous, and another, inability to deal with people, facts, and ideas that are different than one’s own, and another, need to act out harmfully against those who do not bow to her, or Bush, Hitler, or any other tyrant you care to name.

11 11 2008
Ripley- Mooselips Sink Ships

how is it that SWWNBN is doing more interviews NOW than when she was running?

I pray that Alaskans unite and bring that woman down. PLEASE don’t unleash her on the rest of us again in 4 years. She needs to learn a lesson or two about pissing off the lower 48. Especially we Yankees. We don’t forgive someone who cuts us off in traffic, never mind someone who lies, cheats and steals.

11 11 2008
austintx

crazier than a shithouse mouse !!

11 11 2008
Bobg

Damn, I posted on another thread that I was making progress on Palin’s strange way of talking. I guess that I was wrong. Can anyone translate this for me?

Palin: To bring those people back in terms of…..and I wasn’t aware of the protests ’til like after they happened. I’d hear about it. A friend emailed me or somethin’ sayin’ there were placards out there saying whatever they’d say. (waves hand dismissively) I think that’s the nature of a a national level campaign also some you know they evidence of that the opposition to our ticket on the national level that that’s going to be expressed here on the local level too.

I think that I have some idea of what she is trying to say but I’m not sure. Wouldn’t it be something if she actually got to be President and wrote laws? The police would arrest us for MAYBE breaking the law. There would be loud arguments between the legal establishment over what the law says and we would sit in jail for years while they tried to figure out what the law means.

11 11 2008
SmallSteps in Blue VA (was Wrangler Tractor in VA)

Snow Board – You Betcha! My husband is sadly convinced that she will not be held accountable for her ethics violations, and that she will continue to “get away” with this despicable behavior. But you have hit the nail on the head metaphorically speaking as to my bizarre fascination with all things Palin. I optimistically hope, against all odds, that she will have to answer, in public, for her sins and crimes. I guess I’m waiting for that John Hughes movie ending, and perhaps showing my age. there. also.

11 11 2008
austintx

Quite the combo platter……..a buffet……a smorgasborg…..ah hell………..call it a turd sandwich !!

11 11 2008
palinoscopy

Nice post. The only way Palin is going to be held accountable for her numerous ethics violations is if some people, and particularly those in Alaska, refuse to let her hide. She doesn’t really understand how much attention she has brought on herself. Only a few weeks in the spotlight and look how many things have popped up. It’s not going away now. Not if Alaskans, and others, don’t let it. She sneered at the media, the educated, urbanites and all kinds of people that are actually, whether she wants to acknowledge it or not, real Americans. She should not get away with it.

11 11 2008
palinoscopy

Nice post. The only way Palin is going to be held accountable for her numerous ethics violations is if some people, and particularly those in Alaska, refuse to let her hide. She doesn’t really understand how much attention she has brought on herself. Only a few weeks in the spotlight and look how many things have popped up. It’s not going away now. Not if Alaskans, and others, don’t let it. She sneered at the media, the educated, urbanites and all kinds of people that are actually, whether she wants to acknowledge it or not, real Americans. She should not get away with it.

11 11 2008
Marnie

va_soccer_mom

Regarding SP’s syntax-challenged verbiage: How would anyone ever be able to translate it into another language?

Anybody here want to start a Moose Mouth to English translation site?

11 11 2008
Political Amazon

Lee:
[[[It is storming here on my little island, and we are having some wind. I keep getting kicked of the net.

Our electricity goes of quite a bit here in the winter. It makes me wonder how the rural Alaskans fair in the winter storms.]]]

When we lived in Santa Barbara in a canyon about 2 miles from downtown, it seemed like every time someone farted on State Street (main drag in SB), our electricity would go out for 3 days.

It seems to be a problem that does not relate to size of community or proximity to a main population hub.

11 11 2008
Bobg

Re My Previous Post:

I just had a strange thought. If Caribou Barbi got to be President she would give a speech and thirty countries around the world would call their legislatures into emergency session to figure out if Palin declared war on them or not.

11 11 2008
BigPete

@ Snow Board

We are fascinated by Palin…….waiting for her comeuppance.
There is also an element of ‘panic’….the PALINATOR receives her punishment, but keeps on going relentlessly, implacably, oblivious to the reality of our humble planet. HELP.

11 11 2008
fawnskin hussein mudpuppy

yes, bigpete, i, for one, am panicked

11 11 2008
Ennealogic

About ’12… or even ’16… there’s no need to switch party registrations to make sure she doesn’t get on the ballot. In fact, if she does, for some odd reason, it would be the best possible situation. There are not enough people in the country who would vote for her. No way, no how.

Better Mrs. Palin than another Repug — any of which stand a better chance than she does.

However, in the meantime, we mosquitos must just make sure that the Gates keep opening up before her and that her re-election bid in ’10 is defeated. Do not forget about making sure the vote in AK is fair, and that everyone’s vote is counted properly.

11 11 2008
PDX MB

I’ve spent the last 8 years waiting for W to get his comeuppance, and have come to accept that I probably won’t get to witness it. The same may be true with SP. In my heart, I know that ultimately W and SP and people like them will get what is coming to them. Call it faith or a belief in cosmic justice or karma. It will happen. But, jeez, I really really (REALLY) want to be there when they come face to face with God herself, and she tells them what rotten little shits they have been.

11 11 2008
lettersfromeurope

You were saying about her use of language? You might enjoy this attempt at diagramming her sentences:

http://www.slate.com/id/2201158/

That was great! AKM

11 11 2008
What A Day

Here’s my interpretation:

Sarah Palin is a both a Whore and a Pimp at the same time.

It has been proven that she is an:

Attention Whore
Clothes Whore
Money Whore
Lying Whore

Pimp of Alaska Energy Resources
Pimp of Alaska Political System
Pimp of her own family

Sorry to break down to so clearly, but that’s what it is and she made it to the top of the game State level.

11 11 2008
austintx

She won’t get away – between all the “—gates”…….kharma….the diligence of mudpuppies…….AKM……her obvious mental issues…….trail of pissed off people……..the for sure scrutiny of the I.R.S………did I forget any thing ??? Oh yeah………KHARMA !!

11 11 2008
UK Lady Turning Turtle Annette AKA UK Lady

Well this must be a relief for Jim Martin, a Republican aide has said that Sarah Palin may turn up to support Saxby Chambliss in the run off in Georgia on 2nd Dec.

11 11 2008
Frank LI,NY

AKM you RRRR good.
You little she devil…..

11 11 2008
austintx

What a day ——- TRUE THAT!!

11 11 2008
AK907

Advice to Palin…NEVER swat mosquito’s…..for everyone of them you kill 10 come to the funeral!

Call in the FEDS….that has proven to work getting rid of corrupt legislators although apparently Frank the Tank dodged the feds bullet so in reality even the FEDS don’t mess with corrupt Governors.

11 11 2008
Proud Community OrganizerWA

I say go Skeeters!!!

It has occured to me that SP speaks the way she does because her mind shuts down on anything she either can’t verbalize or understand. Like a defense mechanism.

I really think that she thinks everyone likes her and finds her attractive and intelligent. When reality hits she short circuits and the verbal diarrhea starts. She mentally blocks out what she does not want to deal with.

I agree with others here that it may be a sign of abuse or possibly mental illness. She seems very disconnected from anything she does not want to confront. The lying is a coping device that makes her feel better about herself and she is convinced she is right.

Hey First Dud said in one interview her brain is wired differently! I think that was the most truthful thing said in the whole McCain campaign.

Scary part when reality does come slamming in she may end up being more dangerous.

Anyway that is just some mind wandering I had today.

11 11 2008
mvngfwd

Okay OT but this is funny…after reading a Fashion blog commenting on the earrings Loree Rodkin loaned to Michelle Obama for election night I read the comments. This one and the response made me laugh……

Well, well…$11,000 for earrings??? More than some low income households make in a year. But don’t worry folks! Our tax dollars will soon have those same households buying their very own diamond earrings. For a man that built his campaign on “taking care of the lower class and spreading the wealth around” spending that amount on a pair of earrings is a gross display of the Obama’s own wealth. I am sure the starving children in the inner cities are just as enamored with her choice in jewelry.
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By earthdance on 11/11/2008 at 5:24pm

Oh Earthdance, build that bridge and get over yourself! Shouldn’t you be reading Utne Reader or something…no offense to Utne Reader, of course.
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11 11 2008
Ripley- Mooselips Sink Ships

Didja notice on the video that she uses Matt’s name when she’s lying, or about to lie?

In what respect, Chaaaarleee?

11 11 2008
MomsHugs (aka Eve)

De Mint Will Move to Eject Stevens from GOP Caucus

Sen. Jim De Mint (R-SC), the most conservative member of the Senate, has announced that he will move to eject convicted senator Ted Stevens (R-AK) from the Republican caucus when the caucus meets next week. If the motion gets a simple majority, Stevens will still be a senator but will no longer be a Republican and will lose all his committee assignments. De Mint’s argument is simple: he doesn’t think the Republicans should tolerate having a convicted felon in their midst. Stevens’ reelection is still up in the air as over 70,000 absentee and provisional ballots are yet to be counted. Currently, he leads Anchorage mayor Mark Begich (D) by 4000 votes. Counting is expected to begin tomorrow.

11 11 2008
Scott

Great post. This is why I come here…to read these passionate expressions so well put forth. That I get to keep up with the latest Palin news from a local perspective is just a bonus. Thanks

11 11 2008
Goalie Sanka Palin in NM

I grew up in Oklahoma – land of the chiggers and mosquito’s…just waving them off did not do the trick. In fact, you were really asking for it if that was all you did to disuade the little buggers.

Me thinks Ms. Palin is up to her neck in a cloud of mosquito’s and they are gettin’ hungry. She’s providing plenty to feast on – and at some point blood is not going to be only thing they are after.

11 11 2008
BigSlick YES WE CAN! Clamp Noodle Palin

Governor Walt Monegan has a special ring to it…..so does Senator Gara, the Senior Senator from Alaska.

11 11 2008
Aussie Blue Sky

UK Lady Turning Turtle Annette AKA UK Lady (14:23:58) :

Well this must be a relief for Jim Martin, a Republican aide has said that Sarah Palin may turn up to support Saxby Chambliss in the run off in Georgia on 2nd Dec.
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The kiss of death!😀

11 11 2008
the problem child (a jerk, also)

Also OT, but there is a gorgeous (nearly) full moon tonight for your viewing pleasure. So, drag yourselves up out of your basements, pull a parka over your pjs, go out and tilt your head back, if only for a few minutes. The sordid mess that is SWWNBN will still be here when you get back. Also.

11 11 2008
Women who run with the Wolves

I am just so sick and tired of her! If and when she runs for Senate, or tries to make a run for re-election as Gov. I say we start NOW lining up an offensive strategy. This woman does “NOT” represent women in Alaska! She is defiantly NOT a good role model for our young daughters.

Opposition to her is growing steadly in our region of the State, she has made many Republicans vote Democrat in this last election. If she is to become the face of the Republican party, then the party is OVER! Keep that “WaSilly Hillbilly” in WaSilly……and lock that closet door!

11 11 2008
Marnie

Political Amazon
Both my husband and I yelled at the same time “HE’S NOT A MUSLIM!!”
I mean, for crying out loud, there are people who still believe he’s a Muslim!

I bet if you had asked, he would also have called Obama anti-American because he had attended a Christian church for 20 years under Dr. Wright.

That’s what makes Goebbles/Atwater/Rovian propaganda so very difficult to fight against. They literally hit you coming and going.
Obama was right to not spend a lot of money and time disputing their BS.
People who are too shallow minded to not see the idiocy of that kind of propaganda are not going to respond to logic or accuracy.

Remember Nixon/J Edgar Hoover claiming that a Souther Baptist preacher was a Stalinist Communist , just because he visited Russia once? There are still whites who say MLK was a communist.

11 11 2008
SlickSarahbarra

She is a runner! Sarah is certainly, a quick moving political athlete. She is looking to make her own “cracks” into are national media as fast as possible. She wants and needs the national media, to keep spinning her own public relation campaign. If she stays put in Alaska, she will sooner or later have to be accountable for her past action, political history, and possible corruption charges.

If she wins the hearts and minds of the national media, she will attract a larger support base than her shrinking alaskan popularity. She is always hoping for a new start. Forget the water under the bridge to nowhere.

Please Alaska, forget all of SP’s little white lies. SHe has a dream job, all the travel perks in the world, all her high school buddy staffers and support crew, a beautiful over built house that just happened with a few contracting buddies, and the future of the great state of Alaska to rule over. Oil, gas, and mining are a go. Renewables and green tecknollege is just talk for the national media.

She just wants to serve the people of the nation. She has learned much about serving Alaskans. She is a reformer with a record to prove it. Only her record might prove her lies and deception. It takes time for the truth to come out in the Sarah world.

Thanks AKM for having the blog that will bring to light more than, ” Sarahs World”.

11 11 2008
Bear Woman

@ MomsHugs (aka Eve) (14:41:58) :

Oh, and the folks in this state who thought they would show the Feds and “Outsiders” that they will stand up…. Great, now unless Ted resigns this state only has 1 senator (junior at that) who will have a voice for us poor citizens who didn’t even vote for them… Nothing like no representation! Hopefully the vote count will give Begich the win! Gail Fenumiai was on the Anchorage station saying that no one should jump to conclusions that anything improper is going on…. Yeah right…..

@ BigSlick YES WE CAN! Clamp Noodle Palin (14:46:28) :
Wouldn’t that just make Sarah choke!! Maybe those are not bad ideas for elected officials. It would certainly show that Alaskans appreciate honest representation!

11 11 2008
j faith l

AKM You are right about those mosquitoes…. keep buzzin’ … . A crook by any other name is still a crook.

I’m sick of seeing SP on the news, sick of her face, sick of her voice, greed, and hypocrisy. Has anyone noticed what a cold expression her face has? Or should I just say the lack of expresssion? It is a mask and the eyes are like ice.

I thought my life would go back to normal after the election. My old bones are creaking from hours lurking in front of the computer with all of you…. Folks up there must expose and dump her ASAP please….my library books are running out of time…..

11 11 2008
Zim in Oz

>>I’m like, OK, God, if there is an open door for me somewhere, this is what I always pray, I’m like, don’t let me miss the open door … And if there is an open door in ’12 or four years later, and if it is something that is going to be good for my family, for my state, for my nation, an opportunity for me, then I’ll plow through that door>>

LOL…What if God opened the door for …Obama.

I have a vision of Sarah hammering on the door, leaning against it, trying to be let in.
On the other side of the door is God with all of his angels pushing with all their might to keep her out.
😀

11 11 2008
phillygram

mvngfwd (12:11:15) :

At the beginning of this thread, mvngfwd wrote:

So, of all the cable news drivel I have subjected myself to on this big SP news day one thing popped out and has burned a place in my head. When a GOP strategist (not sure who since I was in another room) was asked about Palin 2012 he immediately said “well, she needs to be RE-ELECTED as Governor first…then partyline blah blah”. Exactly!!! So let’s make sure that does not happen. Starting right now, we should be helping find a strong candidate and get the ground work started now….

So, how is this for a candidate with an unbelievable following: AKM for Gov!!! Let’s hear it for our favorite mudpuppie!

11 11 2008
Lauren from Oregon

Alaskans-PLEASE get involved in assuring a fair count of your state’s votes, and then destroy that monstrous thing you have serving as your governor!P

Several elections in Alaska are yet to be determined. There is a lot of work to be done. Gryphen wrote yesterday about some of the things you can do to help count ALL THE VOTES.

Voting issues expert Brad Friedman of Brad Blog, wrote yesterday, concerning the tight Minnesota and Alaska vote counts:

But counting ballots can have only limited meaning without proper reconciliation of the entire election, including unvoted as well as voted ballots, and other materials that need to be examined to ensure a clean accounting of votes.

To that end, I have passed on the following recommendations to some of those concerned Democrats in Alaska, and hope that folks in Minnesota, where oversight and full reconciliation of the Coleman/Franken recount are similarly important, will also take note. These recommendations are for Democrats, Republicans, and/or citizens of any party or none at all who wish to ensure that the will of the voters in both states is accurately accounted for. (As to the U.S. Senate race in Georgia, where they use 100% unverifiable, fully faith-based, touch-screen voting machines, there’s much less that anyone can do about it, but perhaps I’ll make recommendations there, for their upcoming runoff next month, at another time.)

These are among the immediate actions required in order to ensure that citizens can have confidence that the election results, whatever they may turn out to be, in both AK and MN are accurately counted and fully reconciled as per the voters’ intent:

All memory cards and hard drives from all optical-scan machines and tabulators must be immediately impounded and securely retained for the 22-month period required by federal law in case there is any need to examine them for any reason. Simply retaining the paper ballots used in both races will not do. If necessary, a court order mandating the secure sequestration of that material should be sought immediately, since many jurisdictions seem to feel that memory cards, etc., can be erased and re-used before the 22 month statutory federal period, requiring retention of all election materials, is over.

Public records requests must be made from all counties (in Alaska, they’re lucky, since all 14 election divisions are run out of a single election headquarters in Anchorage) for invoices of the number of paper ballots ordered, printed, and delivered.

Any hand count of the ballots in the election must include full, transparent accounting for voted ballots, spoiled ballots, and unvoted ballots. The total numbers of each should equal exactly the number of ballots shown as having been printed on the invoices and delivery records from the printers. Those are fully public records and should be made available to all.

Public records requests must be made for copies of all poll books/registers signed by voters on Election Day and during early voting, so the number of voted ballots can be properly reconciled.

All iterations of all computer tabulator database files — from before early voting began, up until certification of the results — need to be fully released to all political parties and the public so they can oversee how voters voted, review audit logs of what actions were taken (and when) on those computers, and possibly determine if Diebold’s GEMS central tabulator may have dropped votes, as regularly occurs on their system, as per their recent admission. (The Diebold GEMS central tabulator is used in several large counties in MN, and for the entire state of AK…It’s also used for the entire state of GA for that matter, where there are no paper ballots to double check any of the reported results.)

Further public records requests must be made for signed, secure chain-of-custody logs for all ballots from the time they arrived from the printer through today, as well as for Election Day poll-tapes (including “Zero Test” tapes from before polls opened, and results tapes from after polls closed), all voting equipment, memory cards, etc. All of this information should be made publicly available immediately for examination by all interested parties and citizens.

The above advice is meant for all parties and/or all citizens who wish to ensure the elections in question in AK and MN are counted accurately, but the same list is likely useful for almost any election in these United States, in general. At least those where paper ballots are actually available to be counted by human beings. If any of the parties or candidates need more details, feel free to let me know. I’m pretty easy to find.Help Count the Rest of the Alaska Votes!
Several elections in Alaska are yet to be determined. There is a lot of work to be done. Gryphen wrote yesterday about some of the things you can do to help count ALL THE VOTES.

Voting issues expert Brad Friedman of Brad Blog, wrote yesterday, concerning the tight Minnesota and Alaska vote counts:

But counting ballots can have only limited meaning without proper reconciliation of the entire election, including unvoted as well as voted ballots, and other materials that need to be examined to ensure a clean accounting of votes.

To that end, I have passed on the following recommendations to some of those concerned Democrats in Alaska, and hope that folks in Minnesota, where oversight and full reconciliation of the Coleman/Franken recount are similarly important, will also take note. These recommendations are for Democrats, Republicans, and/or citizens of any party or none at all who wish to ensure that the will of the voters in both states is accurately accounted for. (As to the U.S. Senate race in Georgia, where they use 100% unverifiable, fully faith-based, touch-screen voting machines, there’s much less that anyone can do about it, but perhaps I’ll make recommendations there, for their upcoming runoff next month, at another time.)

These are among the immediate actions required in order to ensure that citizens can have confidence that the election results, whatever they may turn out to be, in both AK and MN are accurately counted and fully reconciled as per the voters’ intent:

All memory cards and hard drives from all optical-scan machines and tabulators must be immediately impounded and securely retained for the 22-month period required by federal law in case there is any need to examine them for any reason. Simply retaining the paper ballots used in both races will not do. If necessary, a court order mandating the secure sequestration of that material should be sought immediately, since many jurisdictions seem to feel that memory cards, etc., can be erased and re-used before the 22 month statutory federal period, requiring retention of all election materials, is over.

Public records requests must be made from all counties (in Alaska, they’re lucky, since all 14 election divisions are run out of a single election headquarters in Anchorage) for invoices of the number of paper ballots ordered, printed, and delivered.

Any hand count of the ballots in the election must include full, transparent accounting for voted ballots, spoiled ballots, and unvoted ballots. The total numbers of each should equal exactly the number of ballots shown as having been printed on the invoices and delivery records from the printers. Those are fully public records and should be made available to all.

Public records requests must be made for copies of all poll books/registers signed by voters on Election Day and during early voting, so the number of voted ballots can be properly reconciled.

All iterations of all computer tabulator database files — from before early voting began, up until certification of the results — need to be fully released to all political parties and the public so they can oversee how voters voted, review audit logs of what actions were taken (and when) on those computers, and possibly determine if Diebold’s GEMS central tabulator may have dropped votes, as regularly occurs on their system, as per their recent admission. (The Diebold GEMS central tabulator is used in several large counties in MN, and for the entire state of AK…It’s also used for the entire state of GA for that matter, where there are no paper ballots to double check any of the reported results.)

Further public records requests must be made for signed, secure chain-of-custody logs for all ballots from the time they arrived from the printer through today, as well as for Election Day poll-tapes (including “Zero Test” tapes from before polls opened, and results tapes from after polls closed), all voting equipment, memory cards, etc. All of this information should be made publicly available immediately for examination by all interested parties and citizens.

The above advice is meant for all parties and/or all citizens who wish to ensure the elections in question in AK and MN are counted accurately, but the same list is likely useful for almost any election in these United States, in general. At least those where paper ballots are actually available to be counted by human beings. If any of the parties or candidates need more details, feel free to let me know.

11 11 2008
Irishgirl aka puck mule

I agree with you, but must get to sleep. Goodnight Mudflatters.

11 11 2008
Goalie Sanka Palin in NM

A quote from one of my die-hard Repug, Evangelical long-time friends that she sent me this morning:

“I have no regrets about who I backed and know that losing well and fighting grandly is noble. It was such a fun ride to walk with senators and statesmen; passionate and principled men and women…I feel blessed above all women.”

Thought you would be interested in one of “their” perspectives. My reaction was more of a “Huh?”….The “I feel blessed above all women”, was so Palinesque……oh Lordy. I am having lunch with this woman soon!

11 11 2008
MonaLisa(inCT)

I second it, AKM for Governor!!

11 11 2008
bookish

Palin wants to be ready to push through that door in 2012, or whenever God opens it. Excellent. Don’t let it hit your perfectly formed behind on the way out.

11 11 2008
Trini

@the problem child (a jerk, also) (14:48:27)

We are under different skies. It is cloudy and rainy here. So, no beautiful moon tonight for me! I envy your view!

11 11 2008
BigSlick YES WE CAN! Clamp Noodle Palin

PDX MB (14:21:52) :

I’ve spent the last 8 years waiting for W to get his comeuppance, and have come to accept that I probably won’t get to witness it. The same may be true with SP. In my heart, I know that ultimately W and SP and people like them will get what is coming to them. Call it faith or a belief in cosmic justice or karma. It will happen. But, jeez, I really really (REALLY) want to be there when they come face to face with God herself, and she tells them what rotten little shits they have been.
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

W’s comeuppance will be the way history plays out contrasting his epic failures against the heroic efforts of O.

P’s comeuppance will be similar. Its just a question of who will be the “Instrument of God” that strikes her down.

11 11 2008
Political Amazon

AAGH!?@@!$?!@!

Just saw on the MSNBC crawler a quote from Palin saying that she will run for pres in 2012 if it’s “God’s will.”

Sufferin’ Jesus, will these *sshat media people quite fueling her?

I’m sick of Palin. I don’t care if she *ucks Meg Stapleton on the steps of the AK Capitol. I DON’T WANT TO HEAR ABOUT IT.

These media hacks are empowering her with their sick obsession. It has to stop.

11 11 2008
Political Amazon

[[[She just wants to serve the people of the nation.]]]

Whenever I hear or read of Palin “serving the people,” I flashback to an old TZ or Outer Limits where a group of aliens land on earth, and refer to a book on “How to Serve Humans.” Unfortunately for humans, their reference book is actually a cookbook.

11 11 2008
MomsHugs (aka Eve)

Okay, I just have to toss in a few cents on “Palin Fascinadas” (did I spell that right?).
Reasons for our desire to smack her upside the head:
First, she was sprung on us voters & we had not been properly prepared.
Second, the first words out of her mouth were bragging words – about herself!
Third, a visceral reaction to her timing with a newborn & pregnant teenaged kids.
Fourth, a visceral reaction to her manner of speaking (like, in tongues).
Fifth, a distrust of someone launched out of thin air into national politics.
Sixth (sense?), reaction to her total lack of experience for high national office.
Seventh, a visceral reaction to a sense that something just didn’t add up.
Eighth, our collective guts yelling a “vast religious right wing” is behind this.
Ninth, uneasy feelings that she has become an icon & now “martyr” to the RR.

As an old business lawyer, its the last 2 that have me hooked. There is simply NO way to ignore how she got from PTA to Gov. I’m going to sound like a broken record here pretty soon, but hang with me a bit longer… I promise I won’t put you to sleep! Got a nice audio for you that will jerk you awake

NPR audio of interviewing authors of this documentary —
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4196990

PBS showed a documentary in 12/2004 updating “The Christian Voter” (1996).
“With God On Our Side: George W. Bush & The Rise of the Religious Right”

It describes the emergence of evangelical/fundamental Christianity that has expanded as a powerful political force. Political strategists, Paul Weyrich & Morton Blackwell (McCain’s pol guys), saw religious concerns as a rallying point…

Blackwell referred to abortion as the “greatest tract of virgin timber on the political landscape.” Abortion was tailor-made to bring the Catholics (voted Dem) & the fundamentalist/evangelicals (voted GOP) together for political purposes.

Now, dear mudpuppies, you know how she got there & will be re-elected. Someone early posted some very good advice… find a nice moderate conservative Republican to run against her – preferably not with her church affiliations.

11 11 2008
Goalie Sanka Palin in NM

Well, I have to admit that I was not pleased to see and hear KO say that she would probably be in the media and ‘Kick their butts”…..

Say it ain’t so…WHO could listen to that woman. Really, WHO?

11 11 2008
avahome

Texas is known for it’s mosquitos also….just think they’ll be biting GW come January 21st!

After reading this post and watching the NBC interview of Sarah on her own turf…this lady is in complete denial. Imagine how fervently she believed her God had opened the door for McCain and her asVP. Sarah’s disappointment must be monumental…..and maybe she’s become a doubter. Religion can surely be addictive…now she is in withdrawal.

I can only imagine how Alaska is now a sloppy second to the national stage.
I don’t think her heart is in the governorship anymore. With any luck she may just serve her term and go away quietly.

11 11 2008
nebraskanative

Well, here we all are in our parents basement in our PJ’s. Sarah really disturbs me, and the fact that she might have a following with her right wing crazies is distressing. Surely, someone besides us, must realize how low the political bar can be set.

11 11 2008
Marnie

Bobg
Re My Previous Post:
I just had a strange thought. If Caribou Barbi got to be President she would give a speech and thirty countries around the world would call their legislatures into emergency session to figure out if Palin declared war on them or not.

Oh, excellent!
It they’re a rich country we should let them invade and we’d give up and they’d get stuck with our national debt.
Movie to be titled ‘The Mouth that Roared.”

11 11 2008
austintx

Holy cow – Lauren -If I was trying to steal an election………I would run from you…..a compliment of course !!!

11 11 2008
Goalie Sanka Palin in NM

New Thread mudpups!

11 11 2008
WeCan Hussein AKA Sarah "honey bucket" Hussein

When I saw the barn,uh,hockey rink, uh, house in the interview, Todd lurking in the background, Piper dressed as a regular kid, and Sarah completely incapable of keeping her hair out of her eyes–does she ever wash her hair?–what came violently to mind was National Lampoon’s “Christmas Vacation.” Randy Quaid and Miriam Flynn played the grifting relatives of Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo. There’s one point in the movie when Quaid is telling Chase that his oldest isn’t with them because he’s preparing for his career. “College?” says Chase. “Nope. Carnie.”
I keep expecting Levi and Bristol to show up running the Ferris Wheel and Tilt a Barf, feeding the new infant on coke and churros. Those kids, when someone says to them, Were you raised in a barn? can honestly answer, Yep!
They put a silk slipcover on the pitbull’s ear, but it’s still a pitbull’s ear. And waxy at that.

11 11 2008
MomsHugs Gnat (aka Eve)

SC Sista M Cluckhead: “She who laughs, lasts!”
Many thanks! After reading all that RR/Pol stuff, I needed that!
————————————–
Round of applause for CT Voters (Sweet!): YEA!!!

“Fairfield County’s wealthier districts (CT votes by town) shows yuppies came out in the thousands to vote for a candidate who pledged to raise their taxes.”
Westport: Obama 65% (Kerry got 60% in ’04)
Greenwich: Obama 54% (1st Dems won since ’64)
Wilton: Obama 54%

11 11 2008
Laurie

Re: Bobby Jindal…He is not a “first” indian…he is and Indian from India. I think he was born in the states, but his parents were born in India.

11 11 2008
Lee323

What is SWWNBN?

11 11 2008
BigSlick YES WE CAN! Clamp Noodle Palin

We actually need 2 or 3 good candidates to try and put this demon down..

1) a Dem who can pose a serious challenge in the general election
2) a Rep who can also challenge her for the party nomination in the primary
3) a far-right leaning radical independent to suck votes from the Religulous Right should she make past the primary

The above, and a whole lot of MuckRaking, might just put the demon back in the box.

11 11 2008
MomsHugs Gnat (aka Eve)

Ooops… this got left off of that CT info
Info from Newsweek: http://www.newsweek.com/id/168333:

New Canaan & Darien CT – McCain but % margins were down.
Wealthiest No. 1 & 2 CT cities listed in Money’s list of 25
Worried about taxes maybe? Median income well > $250K…

11 11 2008
Northern Exposure

The perfect analogy. The perfect mosquito in Chief!

11 11 2008
strangelet

Goalie Sanka Palin in NM (14:59:07) :

A quote from one of my die-hard Repug, Evangelical long-time friends that she sent me this morning:

——————————————-

Goalie, be sure to tell her “Bless your heart”.

11 11 2008
Northern Exposure

Bzzz. Bzzzz. Bzzzzzzz.

11 11 2008
UK Lady Turning Turtle Annette AKA UK Lady

NEW THREAD MUDS

11 11 2008
the problem child (a jerk, also)

Lee323 (15:30:50) :

What is SWWNBN?
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She Who Will Not Be Named. A reference to arch-enemy Voldemort in the Harry Potter series.

Welcome – you may want to join the new thread if you have any more questions.😉

11 11 2008
Lacy Lady

Just wonder if we could ask Larry King to find out when the baby is due?
I still haven’t seen Bristow in the interview with Greta. Only the baby and Piper?—-I hope that the Rep. Gov. convention in Florida is covered by the media. I don’t think Gov Crist of Florida, or Bobby Jingal of Louisana and others will let her get to first base. Also the Gov. of Minn. They don’t have to pretend anymore. She is a nut case–no if’s ands or butts. She is out of her league and wont get to first base. It will also be interesting to see if Mr Gov (Dude) will be with her tomorrow.—OH My—–I should get back to my knitting. I thought I could rest after this long campaign, but I won’t rest until this woman is put away—-big time.

11 11 2008
Lee323

Aaaah….Thank you….there…also…too. ( waving my hand dismissively)

11 11 2008
sjk_from_the Belly_of_the_plane

I thought she was swatting at one of those darn pesky fruitflies!

11 11 2008
j faith l

Re: Bobby Jindal

He is also very conservative.

11 11 2008
sjk_from_the Belly_of_the_plane

Piper is the next Hannah Alasksa. give the kid a TV show. she is so cute and she already knows how to take drink orders. Sister!

11 11 2008
Lee323

My latest acronym for the illustrious Guv. runs along the lines of SWWNSU!…….”She who will not shut up!”

I was obssessed with all the news channels before the election. Now, I have a hair-trigger finger on the remote at all times because SWWNSU! will, in fact, not shut up!

I have gone from the euphoria of “That one’s” election to the irritability of a denned bear awakened in January. The dawn of a new America has turned into the nightmare of Palinesque blurbs. So….I’m back to sitting in my PJs in my parents’ basement…hahaha

11 11 2008
Marnie

Lee323 (15:30:50) :

What is SWWNBN?

go to http://www.urbandictionary.com
Invaluable tool for all the initials an acronynms being used today

11 11 2008
SmallSteps in Blue VA (was Wrangler Tractor in VA)

Lee323 – SWWNBN = She Who Will Not Be Named (think Harry Potter’s arch nemesis)

MomsHugs (aka Eve) – you may have been referring to my suggestion. We are Catholic, and my husband is also a member of the Knights of Columbus which sends out a magazine each month. Just before election day it arrived, with a cover saying “Vote Pro-Life” Didn’t say what candidates/parties to vote for, so my husband in his “devil’s advocate” way asked me, ‘just what DO they mean by that?’

11 11 2008
annie

UK Lady Turning Turtle Annette AKA UK Lady (13:29:58) :

http://www.timesonline

Love the article and appeased to see that Europe has the same view of Sarah as Mudflappers by the comments posted.

11 11 2008
pearl89

And yet another lie. How can she say that she functioned as a full time governor while she was on the campaign trail, if she didn’t even know what was happening in the streets of her own state?

I guess if she’d been in office during the Nixon years, she would have said what protestors? Nope, didn’t see any…someone told me there were thousands marching in the streets, but didn’t see it myself.

11 11 2008
MomsHugs Gnat (aka Eve)

For those who don’t want to listen to NPR interview of Taylor & Skaggs, producers of
“With God On Our Side: George W. Bush & The Rise of the Religious Right”

Salient points…

When Berlin wall fell in 80’s with Reagan, the religious right folks lost communism as the key rallying point for voters. They looked for an “enemy within” then & found – voila! – sex!! Namely, abortion & homosexuality, as an even MORE effective political tool to raise money & get votes. Timothy LaHaye started the Council for National Policy began in 1981. It was easy to tap the evangelical/fundie RR groups who had already fairly good organizations to get out the vote. Here they are…

* The Moral Majority * – Founded by Jerry Falwell
Evangelical & Bible Fundamentalists Churches
Falwell preached 1st sermon on abortion in 1978.
Used political tactics used 1st time to direct votes.
Found voters at churches & put out issues
Abortion was key issue to vote on.

* Christian Coalition * – Founded by Pat Robertson
Led politically by Ralph Reed (who was close to GWB)
Reed is politically astute strategist – planned infiltration strategy:
get people elected to local school boards, city, county & state offices to take over one political party by building grassroots national & state political organization.

* Focus on the Family * – Founded by Dr. James Dobson
Dobson has emerged as most powerful of any religious leader.
Would never endorse candidates until Bush’s re-election in 2004.
Dobson’s radio program makes it the most politicized group.

“Faith & Values Coalition” – Coalition of religious right organizations.
So vast that it has become organized & has huge constituency politically.
With their organized voters & media, enormously effective in 2004 re-election.
Post-election they pushed immediately (onslaught of emails).
The FVC leaders, especially Dobson, tried to hold Bush accountable.
Problems emerged when RR expected everything they wanted –
* composition of federal courts to change.
* prayer reinstate in public schools.
* public display Ten Commandments

Authors: Now they are on the inside where they are holding local & state office, appointments, board majorities, internships in Congress & Executive Office. managers within the government including the military. Now they have power, what will they do with it. May be coming into era where they meet up with very diverse religious beliefs in politics & government (separation of church & state).

Scripture For Sarah: Jesus rejected Satan’s temptation to rule.

11 11 2008
frsbdg

Nice job putting together a chronicle of the Palin protests. She ignores us at her peril, and that’s fine with me.

11 11 2008
SC Sista M Cluckhead

Thank you, problem child–the moon is quite beautiful tonight.

Goalie Sanka–please keep me updated about the deluded friend that you are lunching with. I, too, have a friend who is unaccountably (except for the religion factor) infatuated with Palin. I KNOW she is an intelligent and reasonable woman, as we worked (literally) side by side for about 3 years. But she simply can’t see past the Palin thing. I hardly know how to talk to her now. Happily, we are not in the same state at this time. But when I saw her pathetic post on Facebook just a bit after the election was decided–some drivel to the effect that “I can take comfort, knowing that God is in charge and control”–it was all I could do not to SNARK back with something like “Yes, by putting Obama in charge of our nation!”
I resisted. But I hate the constant holding back so as not to offend the folks who have rubbed the last 8 years in my face (and others) at every turn.

Talk me down, MudPuppies!

11 11 2008
diana

wondering….can we come up with questions to send to larry king….even if some send the same…it’ll show some kind of organized approach to our dislike for this woman

I just wish they would stop airing her interviews, I have not paid much attention and have tried to focus on barack and his family and I feel so much better, I am , I think, waiting to see that she gets hers, with all the craziness she projects and all that she does…she throws out these generalizations such as the one about bloggers, real americans, she has stirred up all kinds of craziness and now she wants people to accept her

11 11 2008
deborah

This is what I am noticing. Sarah Palin appears to not live in this same world that most of us live in. She lives in a world that might be more familiar to Joan of Arc than say Joan Smith of Anchorage. One does wonder if she hears voices?

But one also wonders if perhaps she is not just a huge fraud. That thought has crossed my mind too.

I’m torn…
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Sarah as Elmer Gantry? Love it!

11 11 2008
deborah

Reposting this because I dropped off ocliberal’s moniker before the quote last time. Need to give credit where credit is due.
@ocliberal
This is what I am noticing. Sarah Palin appears to not live in this same world that most of us live in. She lives in a world that might be more familiar to Joan of Arc than say Joan Smith of Anchorage. One does wonder if she hears voices?

But one also wonders if perhaps she is not just a huge fraud. That thought has crossed my mind too.

I’m torn…
———-
Sarah as Elmer Gantry? Love it!

11 11 2008
MomsHugs Gnat (aka Eve)

Small Steps in VA: I’m a “cradle” Catholic, but hard to believe in legends of one native clan in a small region & even less in the edicts of a long line of wealthy Italian men. The history of Catholic dominion over European governments is revealing & its the same in all countries. If better understood this threat, people would get more worked up about the RR crop infiltrating our government & military to do the same.

To all you mudpuppies: Thanks for picking up on the bigger picture of religious right taking over politics & government ( NAR calls it “dominionism”). Our mainstream media tip-toes around it in full-fear mode… except when it came to a certain fiery preacher in Chicago! Why not the AofG & other fundies?? Are they just wusses??

11 11 2008
West Virginian

Lee323–I’m right there with you. As soon as I hear or see Palin I hit the remote.

Why won’t this woman go away? I read on ABC News that she doesn’t want to fade away like Quayle.

11 11 2008
yellowdoggranny

i can attest to the mesquitos…they swarm at night the minute the sun goes down and it’s not really the sun going down..the sun is blocked out by the swarm of mesquitos…if it had happened in texas i’d be forced to say they could carry you off into the sunset to suck you dry..
i have a feeling, sarah is going to be gone either before her term is up or when it’s up…

11 11 2008
Missle Blunt Palin

On Troopergate, Sarah Palin went from “Hold me accountable” to “get over it.” Since slippery Sarah apparently can’t be held accountable for anything where does this leave us?
And can we change the law so that state employees can’t collect per diem while living at home?
Where do we progressive Alaskans go from here? Anybody got any ideas for how we can get some much needed change at the state level?

11 11 2008
Bev

bzzzz…..bzzzzzz…..bzzzzzzzzz…..BBBBZZZZZZ……
per Sarah Palin, “Ain’t no bugs on me!. . . .OUCH!”

11 11 2008
CindyPDX

Argh! she keeps appearing on my TV! (will this woman just go away and take care of her kids please?!) And then to read that she may come back in 2012 while I am trying to enjoy a president I not only voted for with confidence but for one I really care about for more than a million reasons.

If it were not for your outstanding blog AKM, I’d loose it. Your blog keeps me grounded where as Media tries to continue to sell us on the hype of Palin. BLAH!

My dear friend Hans of many years from Holland sent me a pic from a Dutch Newspaper Nov 5th, 2008 that I thought you might enjoy:

Dutch Newspaper Cartoon

I replied thanking him and saying “Yea, Sarah Palin may have shot down a moose, but Barack Obama has bagged himself an Elephant!”

11 11 2008
Lee323

Too much effort is going in to figure out Palin. She’s actually simple.

I grew up with relatives exactly like Palin. She’s a religious fundamentalist who believes in the literal interpretation of the Bible. Period. That’s not to say that she’s not hypocritical, arrogant, ignorant, and wildly ambitious because, unfortunately, she is. She sees herself as an agent of God, an instrument for his divine purpose. Any criticisms of or nastiness toward her will be viewed as coming from the devil…in essence, a testing of her strength and faith. She believes she has the necessary “faith of a child” in God’s purpose for her life. That “doors” will open for her if she watches and recognizes them. All else will be dismissed with a wave of the hand.

The sorry part of this woman’s ambitious plans for herself is that her belief system alone does not equal competence. A leader of a complex modern society like ours must have a disciplined intelligence, in-depth educational background, respect for other belief systems, and a certain humbleness or recognition for the scope of the problems at hand. She displays none of these attributes. When a person sincerely believes in the “external locus of control” (God) as the reason for their life’s events, nothing is ever wrong or has to be changed…it’s the “Lord’s will.”

Finally…I don’t want to paint all fundamentalists as a carbon-copy of Palin. Many of them are good, compassionate people who are trying to live their lives as best they know how.

11 11 2008
Whabs, Seattle, WA.

@JBDC
RE: all i think of when i see her now is How do you know Sarah Palin is lying? Her lips are moving.
~~~~
You mean her lower lip is moving.

11 11 2008
Tired Mom (VA)

Lee 323: Well put. It is dificult to explain the RR mentality as is … much less when coupled with blind ambition.

11 11 2008
Tired Mom (VA)

Rachel was wearing PJs behind her desk! 🙂

11 11 2008
Patricia in New Mexico

Beautiful post!

I love visiting this site; this community makes me want to move to Alaska and participate in some good ol’ fashioned dee-mocracy.

It only takes a few mosquitos to make a huge nuisance. You may be few, but the Lower 49 has your back.

11 11 2008
Shaddomagg

I simply cannot stand this! I’m a Canadian. I have nothing to win or lose if Sarah rises or falls. But I just can’t stand this!! Would someone PLEASE give her a thump up side her head!! And I’m not by nature a violent person… but please….

11 11 2008
Eyes Wide Open in Pittsburgh, PA

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11 11 2008
WoodsCorpPalin

Skeeter AKM,

You are 1 excellent writer and a force to be reckoned with, Ma’am!

11 11 2008
SlickSarahbarra

SP is a quick study. Her charm worked in Alaska in a very big way. Alaska is always behind the lower 48 with many progressive measures, politics included. We got caught looking I have to say. We wanted change and the pretty girl was sure as hell more change thatn we wanted.

I see SP prying the republican door open while she can, as fast as she can. She has learned modern political fundraising from losing to Obama. She hates to lose anything and is already scamming a comeback. She wants to scare the republican competition away. If she can be Gov. of Alaska, and the leader of the Rep. party at the same time, she will do IT! Not only that, but she will charge the state of Alaska all she can, and use her padded staff as much as possible to further her gains.

She smell the money of a big campaign with Palin as the front runner. She hates being told what to do, and is blessed by god for her mighty ambition.

She made fun of young people that travel the world to gain experience out side of the USA. Saying that mom and daddy must have given there kids a back pack and money to travel abroad pisses me off. What the @uck is that stupit @itch saying. She makes me sick now! I praize kids that work there ass off, and save money to go learn how other cultures operate firts hand.

Sarah’s narrow minded, greedy, self-centered ignorance is blowing my mind.

Go Walt! House gate will get her!

11 11 2008
Sky Pape

Brilliantly expressed, AKM. Your insight and passion sparkle!

11 11 2008
bmccarthy17

‘She made fun of young people that travel the world to gain experience out side of the USA. Saying that mom and daddy must have given there kids a back pack and money”————

That comment upset me enough that at the Alaskans For Truth ralley my sign
said ” I Bought My Own Backpack”

12 11 2008
Diane

Zeet,
If you have not figured out that you will pay more taxes regardless of whom is doing the taxing, then you have not been paying attention.
Unless you live in Alaska, disregard this.
When my taxes supposedly went down under Bush, my county and state and school taxes went way up to make up the deficit. Bush NEVER funded No Child left Behind like he said he would, school taxes went up to pay for worthless, Mandatory programs that were under funded.
So you pay taxes either way.

Keep up the good work staying on top of Palin.
I’m sick of her and the republicans who say that Obama did not get a mandate from the American people. The Republicans never cease to amaze me and Sarah Palin is is continuing the tradition.
Please hold her accountable and do what’s best for Alaska.

12 11 2008
balthazar

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12 11 2008
Rebel Without a Sauce

Never trust an Alaskan. I saw this cartoon once where somebody who might have been Alaskan did something socially irresponsible. Or maybe they were Danish. I forget. Anyway, the point is: eggs are an excellent source of nutrition. >:|

12 11 2008
danbury6112

New Canaan & Darien CT – McCain but % margins were down.
Wealthiest No. 1 & 2 CT cities listed in Money’s list of 25
Worried about taxes maybe? Median income well > $250K…

I’ve lived in both Darien & New Canaan and am not at all surprised they are still Republican. New Canaan is a scary community – it’s not a coincidence that they filmed the Stepford Wives there.

Westport is pretty consistently liberal – home of Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward and Wilton is the neighboring community.

13 11 2008
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