Sarah Palin’s Ethics Problems Keep Getting Bigger.

19 11 2008

Many Alaskans have been privately simmering over the ethics and antics of our now world famous Governor.  While she has been off skipping across the land, and seeing how many hours of air time she can manage, there have been busy people back on the Last Frontier, with forms, ballpoint pens, and moral outrage busy at work.

It’s time to start keeping track of ethics complaints against Sarah Palin.  First, obviously, is the one regarding Troopergate for which she has already been found to be in violation of the Alaska Executive Branch Ethics Act for allowing the inappropriate pressuring of Walt Monegan to fire her ex-brother-in-law, whose case had already been reviewed and dealt with by a previous administration.

Regarding this ethics issue, we are now in an uneasy holding pattern, waiting to find out what the Legislature will do about this finding.  I say “uneasy” because several high-profile Democratic Legislators have started sounding sort of warm and fuzzy, and talking about “moving on”….(faint strains of Kumbayah are heard in the distance)…  Stay tuned for more information on that front.

So that’s one ethics violation.

Now, for the other ethics complaints.

#1 – Frank Gwartney

Frank Gwartney, a retired lineman here in Anchorage filed a complaint based on the following statute in the Executive Branch Ethics Act:


Sec. 39.52.120. Misuse of official position

(a) A public officer may not use, or attempt to use, an official position for personal gain, and may not intentionally secure or grant unwarranted benefits or treatment for any person.

(b) A public officer may not

(3) use state time, property, equipment, or other facilities to benefit personal or
financial interests;

Gov. Palin attempted to and in fact did use her official position for personal gain by securing unwarranted benefits for her daughters by, among other things: charging the state for her children to travel with her to events that they were not invited to and to which their presence served no legitimate state purpose or business. Gov. Palin later amended travel expense reports to give the appearance that the presence of her daughters at these events constituted legitimate official and/or state business.

That’s right.  It’s probably known to you as “Travelgate”.  Read the nitty gritty on Progressive Alaska.

#2 – Zane Henning

Henning is a resident of Wasilla, who works on the North Slope oil fields to pay the bills, and in his free time, he’s one of those engaged citizens who is paying attention and taking action.  And he doesn’t like what he sees coming from the Governor.

As Sarah Palin settles back into her job as the state’s chief executive, a new ethics complaint filed Tuesday says she’s already improperly mixing her official duties and broader political ambitions.

The charge: That Palin broke state ethics rules by holding national television interviews about her run for vice president from the governor’s office.

The complaint comes as Palin’s personal life, her prospects as a future presidential candidate and everything she says and does continues to draw headlines.

Zane Henning, a North Slope worker from Wasilla, said he filed the complaint with the attorney general. He says Palin is promoting her future political career on state property, pointing in particular to the governor’s Nov. 10 interview with Fox News Channel host Greta Van Susteren.

“The governor is using her official position and office in an attempt to repair her damaged political image on the national scene,” Henning wrote.

The Palin camp, besieged by interview requests, said the governor was no longer a candidate at the time of interviews, but otherwise had little to say about the complaint.

“The consideration of complaints under the executive branch ethics act is a confidential process, by law,” wrote Palin spokesman Bill McAllister.

“The governor will respect that legal requirement for confidentiality, even if others do not.”

#3 will surely follow.

And you know how, in movies, when there’s something under water that’s about to rise to the surface and wreak havoc…there are those little bubbles that rise to the surface….and then they start to get bigger….

Well, there are bubblings.  There were little bubbles a couple weeks ago, and they’re getting bigger.  I’ll report as things develop, but suffice it to say that those bubbles are the byproduct of grass roots organization.  It’s a beautiful thing.


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19 11 2008
Mark Begich is DA MAN!!!!

oops… typo in title alert!!

Some day they’ll have spell check in the title…. Thanks! AKM

19 11 2008
Wondering_Lake

Ethics? Antics?

Hmm.

Let’s create a whole new word for narcissists like Palin ….. who likes “anthics”?

19 11 2008
Vise Peeper Palin AKA That One

I hope Sarah goes into the back woods and doesn’t return.

19 11 2008
austintx

Remember……..when it involves Sarah and/or her posse of fawning sychophants……..always say “receipt please !!”

19 11 2008
WakeUpAmerica

How about “narcisantics?”

19 11 2008
Deuce2 AL "Renegade"

I’ll be more than happy to file a complaint against her if allowed.
OK, AKM, don’t kick my butt. TOP TEN!

19 11 2008
Gryphen

Well you know this is a list that will do nothing but grow longer.

Her Highness has a lot of trouble remembering WHO she works for.

19 11 2008
derDunkelRover

I fear the faint background chorus of “Kumbayah” will increase to foreground music, even as the bubbles in the water get larger. All is forgiven for Lieberman, and I imagine much the same will happen there, especially with dueling findings on the issue.

However, you still have plenty to keep things nice and toasty through the winter months.

By the way – “HELLO, COUSIN BILL! I’m still not buying your defense of the bridge to nowhere.” (another transplanted Texan up in the arctic)

Night from Fort Worth!

19 11 2008
austintx

Wish she would work for Cesar Capone !!!

19 11 2008
TheraP

What a joy! What a joy to see grassroots organizing putting feet to the fire! (which sounds like torture actually – and I’m against that in principle – but the image must come from some medieval doings long ago)

It’s been a joyful day with lots of good stuff coming out of the Obama transition, giving us such hope that these folks are going to hit the ground running so hard and so fast…. that our heads will spin. And I’m getting giddy with all the positive news.

And yours here this evening is just the icing on the cake of a great day! Thanks.

19 11 2008
lower48nik

Deuce2, while you wait to see if AKM will kick your butt, let me say: So noted, and so what? There are hundreds of messages on this blog and I for one avoid reading them because of having to wade through the self congratulations on placement of message. Who cares? You do — but nobody else does. Or, if some subset of other AKM posters do — why not start a second site called “AKM top ten club”, and you can keep a score card for all the times you make top ten and even brag about it to each other. If it gives meaning to your existence, go for it.

But (wearily), could you please maybe not go there….here?

Since life is too short….this is the last I will comment on it.

19 11 2008
Denise sansMSgaAZca

Wow, I am impressed with the ground movement in Alaska. Very very impressed with Frank Gwartney and Zane Henning. If you’re listening, you are inspiring.

The environment across the country seems to have encouraged us all to become involved. And that has revealed talents heretofore latent.

19 11 2008
TheraP

In case anyone needs help thinking about ethics or considering how SP has difficulty with ethics, I did a blog on that a while back and here is a link. It may give you some ideas for your creative, grassroots efforts:

http://www.talkingpointsmemo.com/talk/2008/10/failure-to-draw-boundaries-why.php

Great post. Thanks! AKM

19 11 2008
RouletteRog

Please impeach your governor so that the stupid half of America cannot regroup and force her upon us. I know that having her at the head of the GOP may seem like a dream-come-true for you Democrats, but there’s an old saying to be careful what you wish for…I think you know the rest. Though it would no doubt be entertaining watching her attempt to tread water and drive her party into the ground–even further–I wouldn’t put it past the GOP grassroots to regroup and actually succeed in getting her elected to national office. We all, Democrats and sane conservatives alike, know that that is not what is best for America.

19 11 2008
ira2

“Break out the bubbly” comes to mind as we read these updates :o)

19 11 2008
Madeline

It’s time for Alaskan’s to insist the legislature find out who lied in the Troopergate investigation. Palin and Moneghan gave contradictory statements under oath. If Palin lied, then she should be impeached, just like Bill Clinton. Also, we need to put a stop to her using official literature to further her political aspirations, “tourism brochures” with her picture on them. The woman is so ridiculous that she has her picture on her official stationary!

19 11 2008
NancyD

And what’s the latest on the potential ‘House-gate’?

19 11 2008
daMamma

Oh you just know this list is going to be getting bigger and bigger. The files will be getting so numerous and thick she will need several draws in the file cabinet to put them all in. One can only hope that something positive (for the Alaskan populace – not Caribou Barbie) will come of all this.

A positive for the Alaskans will easily translate to a big huge positive for the rest of the American people! NO Sarah in 2012!!

Now, I wonder, what other dimwit will the GOP choose in her stead?

19 11 2008
NoCalGal

hehehe coming to a court room or headline near you soon.. (I am certain)

HOUSEGATE- move over convicTED.. you may have company.
IRS GATE- income in the form of per diems and travel charges must be claimed on federal forms, even if exempt in AK
CLOTHESGATE- still unresolved- and of course subject to IRS scrutiny also
and the one about a book deal while emplyed as a governor..

the list goes on and on and on…

19 11 2008
derDunkelRover

Please impeach your governor so that the stupid half of America cannot regroup and force her upon us. I know that having her at the head of the GOP may seem like a dream-come-true for you Democrats, but there’s an old saying to be careful what you wish for…I think you know the rest.
If she cannot get hold of the GOP reins of power, I see a rump convention and the creation of the Moose Bull party (or some such animal).
After all, extremism in defense of inanity is no vice….more like a disease.

19 11 2008
dowl

South Side Chicago

Do y’all think that grassroots organizing by a ‘community activist’ is better defined for those who denigrated our President-elect? Over the months leading to the Obama/Biden Blue Victory did the Gopers (GO-pers) learn anything from the majestic implosion of the Republican Party and its ragtag low-information base?

Just asking….

19 11 2008
derDunkelRover

Uh . . . throw a thingee up there before “If she ….”
Sigh

19 11 2008
crystalwolf a.k.a. caligrl

There’s sooooo many “gates” against her!!! I hope Alaskan’s for truth start filing some complaints or can we all write to Les Gara? Even if we don’t live in Alaska? She could of been {shudder’s here} our VP!!!
And then troopergate II….if that wasn’t a sham and full of perjury! Housegate and the Wasilla sport complex, Kumbayah, my butt! NOWAY!!!!
Give us email addy’sl, and tell us where to write. I think the defeat of ole Teddy boy shows Alaskan’s are feeling shortchanged here. And now that oil prices are down they won’t be getting that check in mail….!
We are ready to throw down with you, people of Alaska, to rid yourselves of a huge Parasite! Sarah Parasite!

19 11 2008
Nisperos

Para decir mentiras y comer pescado, se necesita mucho cuidado
When telling lies and when eating fish, great care must be taken

Yup, those lies just might stab or poison you…

What’s that lodged in your throat Sarah?

19 11 2008
szn46

Housegate has got to be the big one! No way did Todd build that house without pros.

19 11 2008
asiangrrl"Yes we DID"MN

Again, I found myself alone on the last post! Sheesh. I, for one, am weary of La Palin being in the news all the time. If she’s not going to do her job and/ or she’s not going to get tossed into jail, I just don’t care. Hm. I just typed race instead of care. Interesting. I have Sarah Palin fatigue in a big way.

There once was a governor from Wasilla
Who thought running for VP was a thrilla
She said yes without a blink
She ‘debated’ Joe the VP with a wink
And now, I need a shot of penicill-a.

19 11 2008
Cynamen Winter

SP obviously has some serious flaws in both intellect and integrity…but is there not a legislative body in place willing and able to hold her accountable? And are there more Alaskans who are complacently content with the status quo ~ and not nearly enough who are engaged and “paying attention” like AKM and Mr. Henning?

I am however grateful for the imposed “lame Governor’s” watch…and I must say, rather impressed with Sen. Begich.

19 11 2008
Mark Begich is DA MAN!!!!

Consider yerself hired, asiangrrrl !! hahahaaa

Nisperos – the image of what’s in Sarah’s throat right after you mention Todd is a visual that is wicked bad and far to strong to bear. Not that I have a dirty mind or anything. …

19 11 2008
Mark Begich is DA MAN!!!!

C. Winter – it’s not the legislators who need to hold her accountable but the federal DOJ and the IRS for all that undeclared income (inappropriately accepted per diems) and “barter” which may have resulted in the building of that house by that louse.

19 11 2008
Lulu

There once was a governor named Palin.
She was in office but then started bailin’
On ethics and laws.
Too much time in the spas!
Who’ll start her Recall e-mailings?

19 11 2008
Mark Begich is DA MAN!!!!

hahaha, Lulu. Very good !!

19 11 2008
Sue

re: Leiberman – He has been “forgiven” because he can be of use to the Democrats. If he had been stripped of his committee chairmanship, he might have resigned, and then the gov. of his state could have sent a Rep. as a replacement. His vote will be needed to make the vital 60 that the Dems. are aiming for, and to kick him out of their caucus would harm that effort. So…pragmatically, it was better to forgive L. Cosmetically, (sp?) it is a wonderful example of forgetting grievances and grudges and moving forward to work together.

re: Palin – She has no value to Dems., so there is no pragmatic reason to forgive her or forget her ethics violations. In addition, it would benefit the Dems. (and the entire country) if she were removed from the political scene altogether. The best chance to do this would be with multiple convictions in Alaska for her deeds there. If the Dems. in Alaska get soft on her, you’ll need to rally support to keep the ethics investigations going.

19 11 2008
sluggahjells

I wonder if I can file a complaint against her for defaming “bloggers”?

19 11 2008
sauer kraut

Why slugga? Did you not blog in your pajama’s this morning down in… the. basement?

19 11 2008
GJ in ID

Caught just a brief word on the news, about a new Palin Gate, sure enough AKM is the place to get the full scoop. I’m also interested in the lack of Governing Gate. Isn’t there some law that says Govs have to work for the people some time????? I’m still waiting to hear if she has done anything to help the villages out this winter? Maybe she could send them some of her new duds…they will not help keep anyone warm unless they can be burned, though. Does that woman ever help anyone but herself?

19 11 2008
Eyes Wide Open in Pgh, PA

SARAH PALIN IS A MILF*

*Moron I’d Like to Forget

19 11 2008
asiangrrl"Yes we DID"MN

Eyes! You naughty boy, you! Heh. You made me laugh. Others think she’s the other MILF. I don’t see it at all.

19 11 2008
asiangrrl"Yes we DID"MN

P.S. Eyes, I LOVE your avatar. It rocks.

19 11 2008
halcrow

Perhaps now that the frivolous distraction of the presidential election is out of the way, the serious work of nailin’ the Palin family for their leeching off of the Alaskan treasury can resume?

While these revelations have been surprises for those us who aren’t Alaskans, there’s just been too much which was floating around in the local public awareness for there not to be some big smelly carcasses festering away in the bog…ready to pop to the surface.

Fool me once, shame on you: fool me twice, shame on me. I’ll bet that there’s a stampede underway at the moment, with the tip lines ringing off the hook and every Tom, Dick and Jane making the call on Sarah, Todd, etc., detailing every freebie taken over the last decade.

The family’s Teflon coating is mighty thin, so watch what else sticks.

19 11 2008
Eyes Wide Open in Pgh, PA

Asian, Bill Maher said it a few minutes ago on Leno.

19 11 2008
Eyes Wide Open in Pgh, PA

asiangrrl”Yes we DID”MN (20:09:36) : P.S. Eyes, I LOVE your avatar. It rocks.

Thank you, I am still evolving.

19 11 2008
Bea

I leave tomorrow on a jet plane.
I’ll miss the ‘flats & that is plain,
No doubt a scandal a day
Will break while I’m away,
For our Sarah is a powerful -gate train!

Yes, tomorrow we are off to bella Italia. I’m VERY curious to see that they’ve made of Mooselini over there as they are somewhat more tolerant of political shenanigans, but were always amazed that our Prez was such a dunce– so reactions to Caribou Barbie should be a hoot. It will ALSO TOO be a good opportunity to try out new vocabulary words– must remember to look up the Italian words for “grifter”, “building permit” and “amniotic fluid”.

I’ll miss you, Mudpups! And, of course, I will be sure to report if I can see Jamie in France from our house (as we will be not far from the narrow land boarder with France!😉 )

19 11 2008
asiangrrl"Yes we DID"MN

Eyes, Bill Maher is my spiritual guru. I wish I’d known he was going to be on Leno.

19 11 2008
CO Almost Native

Sue (19:47:34) :

The Republicans had already decided to invite Lieberman to join their caucus, so I think that amy have been part of the desire to keep him in the fold.

asiangrrl”Yes we DID”MN (19:14:43) :
You win the prize for the most relevant post tonight. Congrats!

19 11 2008
asiangrrl"Yes we DID"MN

Why, fank you, CO Almost Native, I do try my very best.

19 11 2008
reveur1147 FLobama Gal

There once was a guvnah named Scarious, with ethics — or lack of — so nefarious…. While she stirred upmoose stew, she stirred trouble, also too, buyin’ boxers for First Dud, Gregarious !

19 11 2008
Pat, Washingonton state

And here the rest of us thought that once Obama and Biden won, we would be able to forget about Sarah Palin, except for wanting to support our fellow Alaskans in their struggle. But she just doesn’t quit, does she? I couldn’t believe that she was everywhere talking to everyone after the election was over.

At some point, now that others outside her circle of influence have watched and listened to her, she is going to have to come up with better answers than she has in the past.

But honestly, I don’t think she can. It will be interesting to watch. Best of luck to all of you who still have to claim her.

19 11 2008
mudslide pike

forget the GATES show her the DOOR!!!!!

19 11 2008
Eyes Wide Open in Pgh, PA

Not Palin related, but I will be off next week. I will be on a river boat on the Danube from Austria to Germany. One of those last minute vacation bargains. I will be wearing an Obama button the whole time over there.

19 11 2008
CO Almost Native

halcrow (20:12:23) :

While these revelations have been surprises for those us who aren’t Alaskans, there’s just been too much which was floating around in the local public awareness for there not to be some big smelly carcasses festering away in the bog…ready to pop to the surface.

To me, the question is: will brave, honest members of the Alaskan legislature step up and pursue the investigations, especially resolving the conflicting conclusions on Troopergate? (Although I’d really like to learn how to make a house cheap and fast from First Dud, who can do anything).

19 11 2008
Eyes Wide Open in Pgh, PA

Aasiangrrl”Yes we DID”MN (20:15:50) :Eyes, Bill Maher is my spiritual guru. I wish I’d known he was going to be on Leno.

You should be in a different time zone from me. Leno is probably just about to start in Mn.

19 11 2008
Whabs, Seattle, WA.

I like it when I see posts I like!

Hi Asian, nice to see you around!

19 11 2008
pj

misleading…leading to lying…leading to flat out “takin’ care of #1″…
I’m with the lineman…it just ain’t right!

AKM…you gave us (lower 48’ers) an e-mail option about the troopergate report, is there anything we can do now to help out…or is it just “local” now?

Call to action, and new “homework” assignment coming soon!! Thanks! AKM

19 11 2008
Eyes Wide Open in Pgh, PA

Time for someone to file an ethics complaint in Alaska based upon Palin’s released tax returns?

19 11 2008
CO Almost Native

asiangrrl”Yes we DID”MN (20:18:05) :

a-w-e, s-o-m-e…

awesome, awesome-

TOTALLY!

BTW-
SP Her Ex-VPness is featured in Newsweek- snarky photo ops, and funny but forgettable lines:
“I thought, even though it was unprecedented, so what, you kow? Geez, let’s do something a little bit out of the box there.” (said on NBC “Today” show, sad about not giving a concession speech).

To quote Newsweek: Too much Northern Exposure:)

19 11 2008
CO Almost Native

oops- I meant “know”
(sheesh, I have a bad case of Palin brain…must go read a chapter of “War and Peace”)

19 11 2008
asiangrrl"Yes we DID"MN

Eyes, Leno starts at ten-thirty pm here. It’s now eleven-thirty pm. I’ll catch it on NBC’s website tomorrow.

Whabs, where the bleep have you been? How was the protest–oh, should take that convo into the forums. It’s so good to see you.

I am going to pretend that Sarah doesn’t exist any more. Yes, denial can be your friend.

19 11 2008
reveur1147 FLobama Gal

For Sarah and John, ’twere’nt smooth sailin’: while she pursued “2012 Palin”, John had Joe Pseudo Plumber to make him look dumber, and the repugs just bailed and kept bailin’ !

19 11 2008
asiangrrl"Yes we DID"MN

mudslide pike, good to see you, too. I have to say, I’m a bit amused. I was only gone one day–last Friday.

I guess most people liked the snowflakes rather than the little critters. Aw, too bad. I thought the critters were cute.

19 11 2008
asiangrrl"Yes we DID"MN

I’m lovin’ all the poetry about La Palina–it’s the best thing about her whole sorry story. Keep it comin’, Mudflatters.

19 11 2008
fawnskin hussein mudpuppy

lower48nik…

i must be one of those subsets of akm posters to which you refer cause i’m quite proud to be in the top 50 or so commenters.
we’ll play here when we feel like it.

you go deuce.

19 11 2008
CO Almost Native

Although some conservative pundits are still ga-ga- over Sa-rah, not everyone is so enamored:

Over at slate.com, conservatives were more critical.

Tucker Carlson apparently wasn’t impressed with Palin’s – um – verbal skills. On Slate’s forum, The Conservative Crackup, he wrote:

After the (Republican) party has settled on what it believes, it ought to go shopping for a leader. I recommend someone who speaks fluent English. This matters, it turns out, and not just for aesthetic reasons. In a democracy, eloquence is a basic condition of leadership. A president has a moral as well as a political obligation to explain his program. His constitutional powers are limited to just a few (war, the veto). His real authority comes from persuasion.

It helps if you can talk.

(he he he he he he he)

19 11 2008
pvazwindy

I was banished to the woodshed. Mea Culpa

19 11 2008
Lee323

There was talk in the Anchorage Daily News of members of the legislature letting “bygones be bygones” regarding Palin and Troopergate.

Now, I can understand why Pres-elect Obama is trying to reach out for a “team of rivals” after the campaign but I don’t see that there’s a parallel situation of Palin avoiding lingering Troopergate questions.

After all, Obama won the election without abuse of power or ethical charges….while Palin skittered around the national stage trying to avoid the charges against her.

Bygones be bygones? What are they talking about??

19 11 2008
CO Almost Native

asiangrrl”Yes we DID”MN (20:37:50) :

I miss mine, too- the critter of neon happy pink with lime green hair that looked like I stuck my finger in an electric socket. Unique,eh?

There once was a winker from Wasilla;
her candidacy gave the Freepers a thrilla-
But at facts was not great
and couldn’t talk straight,
So we’ve had more than our fill-a!

(ok, ok, the last line is lacking…)

19 11 2008
Eyes Wide Open in Pgh, PA

asiangrrl”Yes we DID”MN (20:39:00) : I’m lovin’ all the poetry about La Palina–it’s the best thing about her whole sorry story. Keep it comin’, Mudflatters.
****************************************

OK, I will try…

There once was “lady” named Palin,
McCain picked her when he was trailing,
She spoke like Forrest Gump,
And she was dumb as a stump,
So now the Republicans are failin.

(c) Eyes 2008, all rights reserved

19 11 2008
CO Almost Native

Eyes Wide Open in Pgh, PA (20:59:10) :

Very good! You’re runner-up to asiangrrl (As the resident retired English teacher I appoint myself Chief Poetry Judge, since Chief is not here)

19 11 2008
asiangrrl"Yes we DID"MN

Got a last line for you, CO Almost Native

She mouths more fake lyrics than Milli Vanill-a!

Hee hee.

Eyes, you have a flair for the venerable form of the limerick. Good for you!

Governor Palin
Mouth, constantly in motion
Brain, a complete blank.

My haiku for the day.

19 11 2008
Eyes Wide Open in Pgh, PA

Thank you Co. I miss Chief. Hope we hear from him again, Well gotta log off. Need sleep. Work tomorrow.

19 11 2008
CO Almost Native

asiangrrl”Yes we DID”MN (21:11:34) :

Wonderful- that fits:)

‘Gnite to all the mud pups still on the ‘flats…tomorrow will be another great day.

19 11 2008
vena45

Regarding Palin’s possible book deal and her admirers, it’s a shame how pple love to admire airheads.

19 11 2008
Denise sansMSgaAZca

On Top Chef, a contestant sputtered through an explanation in a most Palinesque manner. The judges’ faces revealed confusion, suspicion, disbelief. You know, like Muddies who listen to Palin answering interview questions.

The judges were disturbed by not being able to follow the thoughts of the contestant. Decision. Keep the bad foodies, toss the inarticulate dummy.

If food critiques and chefs can see through obfuscation, there is hope.

19 11 2008
SMR

Since all of you are so creative in regard to limericks I don’t understand why nobody wanted to take me up on my offer of a free mudflats tshirt to whoever came up with the best lyrics changing Muskrat Love into Mudflats Love!!!!!!!

19 11 2008
SMR
19 11 2008
Vlad the ImPalin

TheraP (18:39:58) :

In case anyone needs help thinking about ethics or considering how SP has difficulty with ethics, I did a blog on that a while back and here is a link. It may give you some ideas for your creative, grassroots efforts:

http://www.talkingpointsmemo.com/talk/2008/10/failure-to-draw-boundaries-why.php
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Excellent, Thera – please send it to a few newspapers – it should be widely read.

19 11 2008
miguelobrien

If you just go to zillow.com, an AK real estate site, not political, you will find enough facts about Housegate, the contractor connections between the sports complex and the Palin house, and follow the money, you should have enough in a short time to send them down the Stevens trail to the slammer.

Those are the bubbles I see finally starting to surface on the ADN boards. You can forget all the other lies and manipulations; just go after that one. Betcha it will do the job. I really do think it would be an act of kindness for the children to free them so that they can get some actual parenting before it is absolutely too late.

19 11 2008
arkangel3

Clothing for an election you lost? $150,000
Interviews That You Thought Could Further Your Career: No Charge
A Bunch Of Seriously PIssed Off Alaskans? PRICELESS!😀

19 11 2008
miguelobrien

Thera, your article is one of the most pertinent and substantial analyses of the Palin problem that I have read. It really goes to the heart and importance of the matter. Have you seen the photo of Piper flipping off the little kid, on a stage in front of her oblivious mother, who is at a podium doing her celebrity thing?

That, and the high-heeled hooker boots, while holding the baby, are for me the essential visual statement that could illustrate your thesis. I suggest a site called “palin’s deceptions,” about medical issues, that is visited by doctors and other professionals who offer information, not ranting. very worthwhile and very disturbing.

Blogging about Hillary just now gave me another interesting thought [insight?]: there are more similarities than differences between the two. Why not apply your obvious professional expertise to her as well?

One other item; a recent ADN article about meth in the Mat Su Valley clicked. Know anything about what it does to people? Let’s just start with verbal. Enough. But the blurring certainly includes the business about the building of their house. Why not look into that, expand your assessment?

19 11 2008
InJuneau

@miguelobrien (22:22:55) :

That photo of Piper has been proven to be a Photoshopped version of a real photo in which she was holding up two fingers, not just one.

19 11 2008
teri

Hi to all,

There once was a gov we called Palin
gop’s last hope-still are failing
bought clothes and did wink
they put up a stink cause they found that her ethics were failin
😳 I dont know, its been awhile since I wrote
I hope one of our elected leaders takes a stand for the people of Alaska.

19 11 2008
ozmud

Lynn-in-Australia here – took AKM’s advice and went to wordpress.com

Seems the price of my new cuddly purply avatar was getting a new name – which probably is completely my fault as computers still confuse me and I end up doing everything bass-ackwards.
But! I figured out finlly how topost an avatar and I got my little purply guy! AND he came with a blog! woohoo! I BLOG!

http://ozmud.wordpress.com

Weren’t there more complaints about Sarah Palin coming to light during these past few months? Seems to me travelgate and troopergate were just too of many.

Also too and you betcha… how come nobody in the press has latched onto her comment ON FILM during an interview where she claimed ‘Todd’ built her house all by himself! That was bit sus, I thought, but no one’s said a word.

19 11 2008
yellowdoggranny

living proof there is a Goddess, and of course..she has a sense of humor.

20 11 2008
Glenn2008

Betcha that #3 will be something she files against herself to take attention away. That is just how a maverick operates.

Can’t wait to see what it’s going to be! Neglected watching Russia while on campaign? Neglecting executive leadership of the National Guard?

Shore it up, also!

20 11 2008
MWthatone...

g’nite from still happy Anchoragian with new blue Senator. Yay!

20 11 2008
Irishgirl Rosebud.

@ozmud,
I am very impressed with your new blog. I liked my critter too but I couldn’t go to all that trouble to get him back.

@TheraP
That was an excellent article on ethics. You hit the nail on the head. Well done.

@Deuce
You rock!

20 11 2008
knikgoose Hussein justaskin

I must post this somewhere before I fall asleep. Please, someone tell me, what the heck is with this pic of McCain,,,
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/11/19/john-mccain-jackson-brown_n_144943.html
Am I seeing things?

20 11 2008
Irishgirl Rosebud.

@knikgoose
That pic is odd. It looks like someone’s hand on his head.

20 11 2008
Diane

TheraP
Great post and analysis.

No fair to say bubbles and stop there. Am I the only one that does not know what is going on?

My question is, how much time is required of your gov?
Our gov is working all the time! And lives where he is suppose to.

20 11 2008
Grammy in PA

Didn’t I read somewhere that SP & the first Dud went behind closed doors to work on the budget?? What is HE doing involved in budget decisions???? I think she has involved him way too much and that should be looked into.

I’d also like to know if she has violated the state’s Open Meeting Act – how many times has she held meetings that were not advertised and open to the public? The woman has no concept of what laws are out there. That’s the problem w/ surrounding herself w/ people who have no experience in gov’t. She doesn’t have good advisors who know how to keep her out of trouble. Her AG is worthless. They say you don’t have to be smart if you surround yourself w/ smart people but she doesn’t even do that. I’d like to know how many times she has held meetings w/o making them accessible to the public.

20 11 2008
womanwithsardinecan

SMR, thanks for the swampland link. That about sums up my feelings too. I’m getting a little cranky with all the speculation and the “he’s picking insiders and clintonites” routine. Maybe all the news blabbers should take a week off and shut up. Obama is surrounding himself with competent, experienced people who are not toadies like Bush’s people. Obama has the force of will and intellect to direct all of these people in HIS direction, toward HIS vision.
As for the stupid governor of alaska, you Alaskans need to pound your legislators with mail and calls about pursuing ethics violations. She is not Lieberman, who at least had a history of being an okay Dem before he went all mavericky (I still hate his sorry guts and want him to go away for how he treated Obama). She’s just pure crap gussied up in designer glasses. NO warm and fuzzy. Take her down.
One last off-topic thing (I have forsaken the forum so this is my only outlet here). Michelle Backman (or however you spell her name, like i care) spouted off yesterday in the funniest delusional way, telling that Colmes guy that her rant about wanting an anti-American expose of congress was………wait for it…………”an urban legend.”
I about fell on the floor laughing, because of course they played the video of her saying that crap right after she said that. Talk about delusional. Yet another “tube-challenged” person who does not understand the Internet, much less that interviews are taped in the studio. Is she really so dumb that she doesn’t know that every single person in the country who watches ANYTHING has seen her video over and over and over and over……? I would LOVE it if Rachel managed to get that idiot woman on her show and play the video to her face. But Rachel is probably too nice for such direct confrontation with delusional nutballs.

20 11 2008
womanwithsardinecan

Yes, I also read that the stupid governor did the budget behind closed doors with that hulking brainless stalker of a husband.
Speaking of which, the falling oil prices should keep her and stalker boy busy for the next couple of months trying to balance a budget FOR REAL, like other governors who don’t actually have enough money to cover everything.

20 11 2008
Grammy in PA

You got that right – wait and see if she wins any popularity contests when she cuts people’s favorite programs – then you’ll hear some outcry. You have to hit some people where it hurts before their eyes open. She may just lose some of her whacky supporters.

20 11 2008
womanwithsardinecan

Whoa!! Another off-topic comment. Obama apparently just picked Janet Napolitano for Homeland Security. Having lived in Arizona, I am familiar with her and like her. She’s feisty and fights repubs on a daily basis. She’s also quite competent.

20 11 2008
Grammy in PA

Like I said above, Palin ought to surround herself w/ smart people – you don’t pick dingbats for your cabinet if you want the job done right, oh and done legally if that happens to be important to you!!!

20 11 2008
sampan

Thankyou verymuch

20 11 2008
Ennealogic

People like Palin may not think “ethics” are a very big deal.

But people like Mike Wooten, whose name has been trashed and whose life has been changed forever by Palin knows how big a deal “ethics” can be.

I truly hope Wooten finds brilliant legal counsel and sues Palin for defamation of character, for creating the climate that gave rise to multiple death threats against him, taking him off patrol and putting him in a desk job.

Yes, Sarah, there are real consequences sometimes when you shrug your shoulders at ethics laws. I truly hope you don’t get away with it.

20 11 2008
crystalwolf a.k.a. caligrl

Grammy in PA (04:27:41) :

Like I said above, Palin ought to surround herself w/ smart people – you don’t pick dingbats for your cabinet if you want the job done right, oh and done legally if that happens to be important to you!!!
~~~~~~~~~~~~
The problem is “done right” and “done legally” are two things foreign to her! She care nothing of either. Come on Alaskans! Stand up and Rid your selves of the Wasilla Parasites!!! There are Bloggers in Alaska (not in jammies either) who know more about ethics, laws, governing than she will ever know!.(a certain bloogger who plays in the mud, among others comes to mind here.) Lets get some great honest people to run for governor and impeach this “shill”

20 11 2008
Mike In Illinois

I think I raised this before but what about the “contractor buddies” of Todd’s who “helped” build their lake front house in Wasilla? I heard that at least some, if not all, of them were also working on the hockey rink that was a municipal project sponsored by the then mayor. And, also, did the Palins declare the value of that work on their tax returns as “gifts”? That’s what led to Sen. Ted’s demise, you know.

Thanks for all the memories. I now bid a fond farewell to you folks up there in Alaska. You did a great job and the entire country owes Mudflats a debt of graditude. Next time, can you keep your crazies out of the Lower 48? We have plenty here already, you betcha.

20 11 2008
Grammy in PA
20 11 2008
Lisa

Please do the world a favor and keep Sarah up there in Alaska with you!

20 11 2008
womanwithsardinecan

Hey Grammy, that was a good link, but they really really need to clean up their punctuation. I have trouble reading something so poorly punctuated. Feels very unprofessional. The info was good though.
Another comment about Napolitano. My in-laws live in Arizona and are kinda bummed. The appointment is good for the country but bad for Arizona. There is currently no lt governor, and Napolitano can’t appoint a Dem to replace herself. So a Repub will fill her spot.

20 11 2008
Quince Squib Underpinnings

This one’s for SMR……

Mudflat fever, up all night
Hittin’ the keyboards, doin’ it right
From ex-Senator Stevens…..
To all those other Alaskan malfeasin’s

Mudflat bloggers, in their jams
Mudflat puppies, keyboards in hands
Start their bloggin
With automatic log-in

And they tap and they tap ’til they’re blurry
While pol after pol tries to scurry
If they’re not worthy of love,
Give ’em a Mudflat shove….

20 11 2008
BigPete

Mike In Illinois (05:24:16) :

House-gate (“I get by with a little help from my friends”), would seem to be the obvious next investigation. The Feds could send the same team that investigated the Stevens chalet….practice makes perfect!

20 11 2008
Quince Squib Underpinnings

And now for the poetry, loosely speaking……

Revenge fantasies started brewing
When SP got some down time for stewing
But her wee little brain
Could not re-rail that train
For ethics and laws still need hewing

20 11 2008
MonaLisa (in CT)

@ SMR (21:39:23) :

‘cuz, well… I actually kinda’ LIKE the Muskrat song!

20 11 2008
Lulu

My companion limerick (to my first one @19:30:36) –

“There once was a governor named Sarah
Who thought AK laws were “No fair, uh…”
But per diems and Wooten,
Dresses and boots, and
Free houses and hairdos – “You betcha.”

20 11 2008
Mark Begich is DA MAN!!!!

eeewww. Lisa. But eeeewwwww.

That tune is right up there with… afternoon delite.

Keep on your legislators about Palin’s ethics. It may be that they view her as unre-electable during the next cycle, but if they don’t bag her now, she’s going to take her game some other place.

And for you Alaskans in her local area, start writing complaints to the IRS and the FBI. The DOJ has a website for the Public Corruption Unit and you can log a well-thought, well-written complaint there. But nothing happens unless you write, write and write some more. Bury their inboxes with an avalanche of complaints. Having supporting evidence is, of course, very helpful.

20 11 2008
sharon in canada

How difficult can it be to investigate House-gate? Are there no neighbours or friends or co-workers who might know something? Where did they live while the house was being built? Who helped them move? What about painters ,electricans,carpenters and dry wallers? What does the snow plow guy know? He must have noticed some activity and trade vans.Where did they buy their furniture,appliances and drapes etc. Somebody knows something and why won’t the “buddies” speak up? WHY?

20 11 2008
rachelbirds

Palin’s Swinging Gate
might hit her on the way out —
she’s an idiot.

http://www.thehaikudiaries.wordpress.com

20 11 2008
Grammy in PA

sharon

I think the town belongs to her – you know, like they turned down the volume on Obama’s acceptance speech to take HER phone call; I think the majority of the residents are in her pocket and keeping quiet.

20 11 2008
sharon in canada

Grammy:
That is just wrong on so many levels. If she isn’t buried soon, I agree with a previous poster that she will just move her game on to another Red state in a couple of years to further her ambition . She is loosing support in Alaska and needs a new audience. I understand that McCain moved to Ariz when a post came open ..same mo.

20 11 2008
Susie in Jersey

Not having time to read through all the threads to see if this thought has been posted:

It seems that SP’s NPD will be a good thing for the rest of the world.

Since she believes that nothing she does is wrong, she will continue on her path of unethical and probably illegal activities. With so many people now watching her, she will get caught.

20 11 2008
Deborah Eklund

Good Gosh……….give it up already, it is over with.

20 11 2008
Grammy in PA

sharon

I don’t think she’ll move on – she is a big fish in a little pond now, she would not want to move somewhere unless it was a place she could stand out – she would get buried in “grown up” politics – no, I don’t think she’ll leave AK unless she can win a congressional seat outta there.

20 11 2008
Susie in Jersey

@womanwithsardinecan (04:25:23) :

Whoa!! Another off-topic comment. Obama apparently just picked Janet Napolitano for Homeland Security. Having lived in Arizona, I am familiar with her and like her. She’s feisty and fights repubs on a daily basis. She’s also quite competent.

~

Unfortunately, she seems to favor REAL ID. However, as governor, she wanted the feds to pick up the outrageous tab that has been foisted upon the states.

I wonder if her tune will change now.

20 11 2008
Grammy in PA

Susie, I agree that she will keep digging a hole and since she is oblivious to unethical and illegal behavior, she WILL get caught; she will be surprised when she is b’cuz she is so clueless.

20 11 2008
KarenJ

I just got done reading Lee Child’s latest Jack Reacher novel, “Nothing to Lose”, in which a devious born-again-Christian End-Time believer and expert metallurgist develops a company that processes the Pentagon’s failed/destroyed DU combat transport equipment. This obsessed individual’s plan was to precipitate the End Time and The Rapture by doing something even more evil than the destruction of the Twin Towers, using the DU and a lot of TNT. Luckily our hero outsmarted the guy, and the only thing that was destroyed was the guy, his processing plant, and a few square miles of Colorado wasteland.

The story was too much like what I was imagining was the fate of our country, and the world, if John McCain and Sarah Palin were elected instead of Barack Obama and Joe Biden.

Imagine — four or eight years down the road — Sarah Palin, with her “Christian” End-Time beliefs in the imminent coming of The Rapture, voted in by her worshipful and mind-blind followers, leading this country.

Into chaos.

She’s possibly as corrupt and nepotic and autocratic as her predecessor in Alaskan politics — that’s a situation easily managed if enough courageous Alaskans call her on her misdeeds — but coupled with her peculiar religious bent, she’d be dangerous to us all if she ever stepped on the national stage again.

I don’t trust anyone who vilifies others with as much hateful rhetoric as she did — and that includes anyone who blogs with the same rhetoric. We sure have seen a lot of that lately, especially from Sarah Palinistas.

20 11 2008
womanwithsardinecan

Has anybody posted this link yet from Shannyn Moore? Really good.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/shannyn-moore/keith-olbermann-broke-up_b_144805.html

Susie in Jersey,

Napolitano did get elected in a red state, probably partly because of supporting things like the ID. But she has fought much of the rabid repub immigration crap and it is hard to know what stances are political necessity. We will see. Again, I think people are too used to shadow government of the Bush era, where all the appointees just do what they want. I DO believe that Obama has more than enough strength of will and intellect to direct all of these people in the direction HE (he will be a much better “decider” than Bush, because he listens, thinks, and works things out) wants to go. And I suspect that many of these appointees will be freed from their bonds of political necessity and will become Obama’s angels.

20 11 2008
sjk

her house has many details simliar to the sports shrine; the windows, the glass railing inside. See the Lauer interview for the glass ailings inside.

Look at the windows of the Palin house and the sports complex:
http://www.youtube.com/
At approx 2:41 into the video there is a great shot of the front of the complex.
Compare the windows there to pics of the house..
http://meaningfuldistractions.files….
More windows pics from the complex:
http://www.alaskaeventservices.com/
http://www.alaskaeventservices.com/
http://www.alaskaeventservices.com/
VERY similar windows. The trim is a bit different but I bet the sizes match exactly!
Feel free to mix and match!
Someone PLEASE help connect the dots on this. A construction contractor, an engineer, an architrect. Even a plumber!
It is very Ted Stevens-esque, the timeline is perfect and it smells like a rotten salmon.
No offense to the salmon.

20 11 2008
RouletteRog

Hey, I just had a great idea, one which will benefit Alaskans and the rest of us in the lower 48 and even the good, suntanned people of Hawaii. Sarah Palin for an ambassadorship to….some point that is geometrically as far away as possible from the U.S. and geopolitically inconsequential/insignificant. How’s this sound? Sarah Palin, US Ambassador to the Vatican?

20 11 2008
Grammy in PA

sjk – the links above won’t work – they are abbreviated or something and I get page cannot be found when I click on them.

20 11 2008
Grammy in PA

Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhh, ambassador – but to the Vatican? Would you right wing conservative beliefs fit in there? I’d think it would have to be somewhere further out there like Big Diomede Island – I’m sure the Russians would make her welcome.

20 11 2008
Grammy in PA

Oops, meant would her right wing . . .

20 11 2008
womanwithsardinecan

I’ve been promoting her as ambassador to Antarctica. She won’t even need a new wardrobe.

20 11 2008
Grammy in PA

Antarctica is better – she can get back to AK too easily from Diomede.

20 11 2008
MonaLisa (in CT)

@ Mark Begich is DA MAN: I like those songs better than I like Sarah! But fine, here:

Governor Sarah, bright spotlight
Doin’ Alaska, not doin’ it right
in Wasilla…
We’ve had our fill-a

Governor Sarah’s First Dude Todd
runnin’ Alaska too, isn’t it odd
unelected…
how unexpected….

And she lied and she tried to mislead us
Spinnin’ and grinnin’ to feed us
visions of what just wasn’t true-oo-oo
…smells like muskrat poo-oo-OO!

Nibblin’ on moose-dogs, chewing our ears
playin’ the hate card and fannin’ our fears
rough and tumblin’
Vocally fumblin’

Now she’s all interviewin’, damage-control
2012 has become her new goal
If God’s willin’…
and the ‘gates don’t keep spillin’…

But she lied and she tried to mislead us
Spinnin’ and grinnin’ to feed us
visions of what just wasn’t true-oo-oo
…smells like muskrat poo-oo-OO!

20 11 2008
RouletteRog

I suppose that where she was an ambassador to wouldn’t matter, I was just thinking of the Vatican because her nuttiness would fit in right next the the current pontiff. The main criteria is that she couldn’t cause any major new international crisis.

But beyond the requirement of not being able to get us into any new trouble, I think that the idea has some merit…unless you all would rather impeach her. Six of one, half a dozen of the other?

20 11 2008
sjk

20 11 2008
sjk

link to lauer inteview…go to the near the end end. Look at railing

http://www.monacome.com/2008/11/palin-matt-lauer-interview-video.html

look at the windows in all pics and the railing in the Team locker pic:
http://alaskarama.com/musc/

20 11 2008
Lauren from Oregon

Geoffrey Dunn has a great article on Huffington Post about the new ethics charges against Palin as well as numerous incidents of unethical conduct by her in years past.

Read the article herea

20 11 2008
sjk

20 11 2008
sjk

It wont let me post all of the links!
😦

20 11 2008
California Hope-r

I’m thrilled with the thread on the potential House-gate, and all the great details about similarities with the Sports Complex, and really want someone to get this out in a bigger forum. She seems to have so much in common with old Ted Stevens, and it just has to get brought to light. Perhaps timing is important, so maybe wait til she gets into a very close election for something that matters, but please have all the evidence ready at hand for when that happens.

20 11 2008
Michael c

As well as checking Palin’s released tax returns for “gifts” from Todd’s “contractor buddies” who built their $540,000 house…

also keep an eye on how the Palins’ report the “loan” gift of $170,000 plus of clothes and services for herself and family from the RNC and the steamed Republican donor* — on tax forms and under Alaska’s ethics laws for state officials.

Any more word on the Palin’s Rag Auction/Donation?

*who was reported to be VERY upset to learn she had far exceeded [spending] expectations on his/her dime.

20 11 2008
sjk

California Hope-r,

I have been screaming about this for weeks… HELP GET THIS OUT!!!

20 11 2008
Linda in Virginia

MonaLisa (in CT) (07:31:23) :

Love the lyrics–“muskrat poo-oo-OO” indeed!!

20 11 2008
lilybart

Keep up the good work! We must not let this woman get any further.

Regarding her “value”: she is not going to get any money for the state from congressional earmarks, since she campaigned AGAINST them and she basically called Obama a traitor.

So, her value to Alaska is greatly diminished and wtith Stevens gone…

20 11 2008
Mark Begich is DA MAN!!!!

California Hope-r (07:53:51) :

I’m thrilled with the thread on the potential House-gate, and all the great details about similarities with the Sports Complex, and really want someone to get this out in a bigger forum. She seems to have so much in common with old Ted Stevens, and it just has to get brought to light.
________________

I keep trying to post relevant stuff about the similarities on the grettawire blog on wordpress but my comments never show up. All that blog allows are rabid anti-Obama comments and “Sarah is a big hearted woman” types of posts.

Nothing like a bit of censorshi* by Gretta. There was a time when she was a good lawyer but now she’s just a right-wing shill who likes filling her pockets with dollar bills.

And we all are pretty aware that there’s a reason they call that channel faux news.

20 11 2008
Grammy in PA

Lauren – from the Huffington Post article:

According to a July 2006 article in the Anchorage Daily News, “Palin used city employees, telephones, computers, and fax machines for her campaign fundraising and literature. On her candidate registration form, she used her City Hall fax number and her mayoral email address. Records show that Wasilla city property was used to contact supporters, donors, media contacts and media purchasing. Palin even held campaign meetings in city hall.”

THIS IS THE WOMAN who was on the oil and gas commission and turned in her fellow commissioner (or whatever they are called) for conducting Republican Committee business on state time!! She gave that as a reason that she resigned from the commission although I suspect it’s because she was in over her head and didn’t understand what they actually did. But wow, talk about a double standard and hypocrisy.

20 11 2008
sjk

just a hockey mom, who wants her fingers on the bomb!

20 11 2008
sjk

housegate=jailbait

20 11 2008
Grammy in PA

sjk

Thanks for reposting the links – I’d like to see (as austintx would say) RECEIPTS for the all the building materials that the Palins ACTUALLY paid for – that is b.s. I’d like to see how the contractor justified ordering many more materials needed for the sports complex in order to have enough for the house – they might want to investigate if the contractor(s) padded their bills and bid on the project – they might be able to yank their license(s). There HAS to be something to this and I’d love to see someone take the time to check into it – seems like they live in a vacuum in Wasilla and no one wants to actually GO there to take a look . . .

20 11 2008
fawnskin hussein mudpuppy

@deborah eklund

i see by your blog that you are a woman of faith and commited to your religious truths.
however, your values are in direct conflict with those exhibited by gov palin.

that is why we here cannot “give it up already” for it is not really “over”.

20 11 2008
Goalie in NM

AKM…Thanks for all your hard work and your eagle eye! None of this will be over until every rock, every piece of paper, every receipt is looked at, under and through regarding this self-entitled, crazy, right-wing, fake baby birthing, whacko, parseltounge, NUT job!

I’m sure I left a few adjectives out…but, bottom line is we just want to know the TRUTH and she is severely lacking in it!

20 11 2008
cathie in new york

Interesting to read the whole Huffington Post article on Sarah and her ethics problems – how doies she continue to get away with this stuff?

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/geoffrey-dunn/half-baked-in-alaska-ii-m_b_145102.html

20 11 2008
sjk

Grammy in PA ,

the whole house looks like leftovers from the sports shrine. time for reciepts and tax returns.

20 11 2008
Grammy in PA

sjk

It would be fun to move to Wasilla temporarily and look at some of the records at City Hall . . . I’d like to know what the bid process was for that sports shrine, too – probably not done as required by law. I wonder if someone has spent a lot of hours shredding documents ala Nixon at City Hall??

20 11 2008
InJuneau

NEW THREAD ALERT!

20 11 2008
sjk

Grammy in PA,

I’m stayin’ in sunny FL! the he** with Wasilla! Lets hire an investigator if National Enquirer wont.
🙂

check out the conenction bnetwen the AK personnel board attorney Petumenos and the sports shrine.

“In 2002, his firm handled the $15 million bond issue for Wasilla’s hockey complex, a pet project of then-mayor Palin.”

http://www.adn.com/news/alaska/newsreader/story/535638.html

its a small small world up there.

20 11 2008
Bethsey in the Midwest

does anyone know what’s happening in the lawsuit to get Palin’s emails? The ones she tried to keep from being public records?

20 11 2008
dsgawrsh

Obviously Zane Henning and yourself haven’t noticed that Sarah Palin is no longer campaigning so the interview with Greta in her office is not an ethical violation, so it will be thrown out. But you guys keep harping on Sarah because that will help keep her in the limelight and is great preparation for 2012. Plus, you obviously would have nothing to talk about if not for her. You probably did backflips when she was picked.

20 11 2008
jsj20002

Federal Taxgate. There are at least five areas where the Palin’s joint tax return for 2007 have problems. Sarah’s unreported income from the per diem she claimed for living at home. Sarah’s unreported income for state paid travel for her children. Todd’s treating his snow machine hobby as a business. Todd’s claiming depreciation for business use of three vehicles without keeping accurate records of the mileage — his returns list business mileage as 800, 5,000 and 800. Todd’s and Sarah’s valuation of non-cash donations made to the Salvation Army.

20 11 2008
Bethsey in the Midwest

dsgawrsh–actually, I have plenty to talk about other than Sarah Palin. However, I also have a concern about ethics and competence in government. And Sarah Palin has neither.

20 11 2008
areyouserious

first of all you said there are busy people filling out forms with ballpoint pens, you only have two complaints and all of the other articles say there are about two maybe three complaints on file about her. the zane hemming one, everyone knows thats a crock of sh!t. you guys up there just don’t want to be forgotten about now that she didn’t make it here. oh we won’t forget you, well maybe for four years, but then when she’s back on the next ballot, you will have given her all the ammunition she needs. i’m not even an palin supporter and she by far has you beat here..mine as well take the blog down. When was the last time you ever heard of a politician who didn’t have an ethics issue..can’t please everyone so of course there will be people who file complaints thinking that will help! ha!

20 11 2008
Hey

AKM – I’m with you about the State Dems starting to sound warm and fuzzy. Are you kidding me? Esp after the Gov threw them (well the whole legislature, along with the concept of three separate but equal branches of govt) directly under the bus.

Hello, Hollis – what’s up with the sweet little chit chatty schmoozing with Sarah and Bob Lester last week on the radio? Do you not give one care toward her disregard for the legislative investigation? Are poor Alaskans going to have to endure one more tedious session of 80% of the elected officials in this state knocking themselves out to get and stay on Sarah’s “good” side? Please relocate your spine, insert it and make it keep you upright. She knowingly lied in the Personnel Board investigation and we all know it. Please don’t let this slide. You have a job to do (not allowing the executive branch of our state govt to bully their way out of the truth), now please go do it.

20 11 2008
frangelo

Well, there are bubblings. There were little bubbles a couple weeks ago, and they’re getting bigger. I’ll report as things develop, but suffice it to say that those bubbles are the byproduct of grass roots organization. It’s a beautiful thing.

The bubbles are from bottom feeders.

20 11 2008
honeynutcheerios

I am so glad you are keeping the name of Sarah Palin buzzing so everyone will know her and what a wonderful person she and her family are. Hey the rumors will go away because they aren’t true.
Thank you and God bless you!

20 11 2008
Vicky G.

Is that the best you can do..

Oh NO! Dont let her bring her children. Whats the world comming to when a mom pulls strings to bring her children with her. Lock her up!

And then she takes an interview at her official office.. where she works.. after being a vice presidential nomine..

Ok ok.. stop me if im wrong here.. But these dont seem like horrific jailable offenses to me.

Obama is all for murdering babies.. and your picking on Palins clothes,travel, and interview decisions..

A year from now Ill be really interested to see whats being said about our “hero of change” Obama.

http://www.ontheissues.org/Social/Barack_Obama_Abortion.htm

20 11 2008
skj

Vicky G.,

“Obama is all for murdering babies”…That is quite the strectch.
go puck yourself just like a good hockey mom.

20 11 2008
skj

sarah is in deep doo. she has tax issues, ethics issues, family issues, house issues, new state $$$ issues that she never had to deal with before when oil was sky high. she is in WAY over her head and remember a mayor and gov. has actual decisions to make. dont blink honey. and dont let the door smack you in the tush on the way to prison.

20 11 2008
Bethsey in the Midwest

Her “wonderful family?” Would that be the husband who was a member of the Alaska Independence Party until it would hurt his wife’s career? The same one who was happy to jeopardize his wife’s and youngest child’s health so that the little one could be born in Alaska? Or would it be the two oldest children, both of whom dropped out of high school and had substance abuse issues, one of whom is in the military rather than jail, and the other of whom is having a baby at 17? Or perhaps the younger girls who are trotted out as political props?

Those who view the Palins as “wonderful” are responding to nothing beyond a superficial physical attractiveness–which isn’t too hard to get with $150,000 of clothes and some professional stylists. But whatever floats your troll-ish boat.

20 11 2008
Lulu

Vicky G wrote: “A year from now Ill be really interested to see whats being said about our “hero of change” Obama.”

A year from now, I’ll be really interested to see if you have finally learned how to use apostrophes.

20 11 2008
tealWomin

sjk…yeap, that railing sure looks to be the same as the sports complex…it would be interesting to see the kitchen in the complex and the flooring and cabinets…

20 11 2008
Anonymous

daMamma (18:49:33) :Now, I wonder, what other dimwit will the GOP choose in her stead?]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]

It will be Newt…and he is not a dimwit.

20 11 2008
AK907

The Alaska legislature will not do a darn thing about SP.

It is up to to Alaskans to dump Palin.

I HOPE the will is there…but I have my doubts.

20 11 2008
Tom

All you inbred Dems are a hoot. We’ll trade you a Canuk (Granholm) for SP. I’m sure you’ll like her and she can bankrupt Alaska like she has Michigan.

20 11 2008
Anonymous

Tom (18:08:53) wrote:
“All you inbred Dems are a hoot. We’ll trade you a Canuk (Granholm) for SP. I’m sure you’ll like her and she can bankrupt Alaska like she has Michigan.”

All of you kind and super-smart Repubs are a hoot, too.🙂

20 11 2008
Lulu

Tom (18:08:53) wrote:
“All you inbred Dems are a hoot. We’ll trade you a Canuk (Granholm) for SP. I’m sure you’ll like her and she can bankrupt Alaska like she has Michigan.”

Grammar evidence above suggests otherwise…perhaps it is you Repubs who are inbred. Otherwise, why don’t you know how to punctuate?

Your ribald and erudite observations are very amusing to read, that’s for darn sure!🙂

20 11 2008
honeynutcheerios

Well I’ll tell you like it is-her children are real-we live in the real world-well most of us do-a lot of families have been affected by drugs(and I have no knowledge of Palin’s) and there are kids dropping out of school and also kids having babies.
My son fathered a baby at 16 and it was not a lack of anything on our part.(You would not believe how hard we tried to help him before and after that.)He also had a substance abuse problem-and we tried and tried to help him. We went to meetings that he did not show up at and met a counselor that he did not show up at.
But he finally was in jeopardy of losing his family due to his drug use. So, He entered rehab on his own.
Now if you are in ALaska and you want a new govenor-maybe we can exchange Barney Frank for Palin.

20 11 2008
honeynutcheerios

You know there are so many good republicans-there’s no telling who will be The One 2012

20 11 2008
Mark Begich is DA MAN!!!!

I’m suspecting Tom doesn’t know what “ribald” means. Hint, Tom: it has nothing to do with your pate.

Sorry to read that about your kid, cheerios. But about these rumors you say will go away… okay, let’s say the rumors go away. What do you then do with the facts which remain? Keep making excuses for her? Feel free to respond on the most recent blog entry… only us weenies keep going back to old threads to see what’s there.

20 11 2008
dvdcnl

And the messiah said ayers was just another guy in the hood….tell me another one. Change? Yeal…out go the repub and in come the dems. That’s all that’s going to change.

20 11 2008
Mike

Sarah talks about enviroment all the time, but funny thing is she denies the fact of global warming. think about the poor polar bear had to swim hundreds of miles to the north pole. no global warming, huh…

20 11 2008
jibreelriley

yarn, really this is getting old piling on Sarah when I live in a state that going BROKE. Get over your self ASAP

20 11 2008
Lulu

jibreelriley (19:58:37) wrote :
“yarn, really this is getting old piling on Sarah when I live in a state that going BROKE. Get over your self ASAP”

Hurry, get to bed, jib. You are clearly up past your bedtime.

20 11 2008
honeynutcheerios

So which is it you hate Sarah or her family or all of the above?

20 11 2008
honeynutcheerios

And plz tell me why?

20 11 2008
beeb

Thanks

Very much

http://www.mzuonqtr.com

20 11 2008
Lulu

Honeynutcheerios (20:58:27) wrote :
“So which is it you hate Sarah or her family or all of the above?”

I don’t hate anyone, if you were asking me….But I feel very badly for the good citizens of Alaska, who must constantly question the ethics and integrity of their current governor.

21 11 2008
Tom

Now listen…..I was never a Pub, so I’m not a Repub either. I don’t like the GWB gang any better than “the One” gang. I also don’t have a problem with my punk-chew-8tion, it’s my trigger finger that gets in the way. Just be thankful that you have a beautiful state to be live in (state of confusion that is). I’ve got an idea going that the “Mad Max” gang can have the upper east coast and the whole west coast..the “norms” get everything in-between except Texas (they are still mad that they lost their Republic). Have not figured out what to do about Alaska and Hawaii, but from what I can gather, ya’ll don’t need anyone else. Now, be nice or I’ll sick my cousin-sister-Mother on you.

21 11 2008
Bethsey in the Midwest

I don’t hate her or her children–not in the least. But she’s not fit to govern people and I don’t want to see her in that position.

She has demonstrated her inability to make decisions in the interest of anyone other than herself or her cronies. She put unqualified friends in positions of power and influence (e.g., the solo practioner from Wasilla who suddenly became state attorney general). She made fiscally irresponsible decisions such as rushing through the sports complex without making sure there was clear title. And she repeatedly has taken personal advantage from each government position she has held.

Apart from that, she is dishonest. She goes far beyond spinning to make claims such as she did about the “bridge to nowhere” or putting the state plane on e-bay. On the campaign trail, she stood silent while McCain flatly misstated the facts, claiming that she sold it on e-bay and at a profit.

She willingly stirred up hatred and happily tolerated the shouts of “terrorist” or “traitor” or “kill him.” She was no different from what she was locally when she laughed merrily at a political opponent who was a cancer survivor being called a “bitch” and a “cancer.”

She’s a hypocrite, constantly making claims about “unrepentant domestic terrorists” when she refused to condemn people who bomb abortion clinics or shoot doctors who perform abortions. I may not agree with Barney Frank on many issues (and I don’t), but he’s at least honest about who he is.

Her family would be a complete irrelevancy in any other context. However, she used them as political props. Yes, families endure all sorts of difficulties. Had Palin been upfront about her older children’s problems (other than using Bristol’s pregnancy for political gain), I’d have had no issue–in fact I’d have admired her. But she wasn’t.

What I do hate is the sheer cynicism of the Republican party in selecting an ignorant, unqualified, and dishonest candidate. Fortunately, honeynutcheerios, enough people shared that view point that she will not hold national office. I simply want to make sure it never happens.

21 11 2008
sjk

tealWomin ,

and the windows look to be the same style and size and who knows what else…someone needs to really dig into this from a local perspective.
But it seems to be a taboo subject.

21 11 2008
SC Sista M Cluckhead

Way too much troll-feeding on this post. Moving on.

21 11 2008
Lulu

Tom wrote: “I also don’t have a problem with my punk-chew-8tion, it’s my trigger finger that gets in the way… Now, be nice or I’ll sick my cousin-sister-Mother on you.”

Now, Tom, that first sentence above is a run-on sentence, so you do still have a bit of a problem with your punctuation. And when you say “be nice,” aren’t you the one who came here calling us a bunch of “inbreds” and making fun of us? Hmmmm.

21 11 2008
Tom

At least my family of inbreds understand the jokes.

21 11 2008
Tom

By the way, the picture on the heading of this blog “rocks”. It’s beautiful. How cold is it in Alaska today? I’m just east of Lake Michigan and it goes from about 17 to 30 degrees.

21 11 2008
honeynutcheerios

OK we each have an opinion and I do respect yours.Bombing abortion clinics and shooting does not resolve different views and I oppose that method.She laughed at a cancer survivor being called those names, trully? Now, I wouldn’t support that. I simply go to different sites to read,possibly learn,maybe make friends and discuss my views and listen to their views-it’s a learning process-not a trolling process or a hate thing.
If I stay on one site only I will never see different perspectives.
It snowed a little here in eastern North Carolina today-it’s very unusal but nice and gas is $1789

21 11 2008
leftnerve

Wow. you people have done some serious koolaid drinking. The political specrum is like a circle. At 12:00 you have the middle. Some right leaning people go to one, two three o’clock. Some left leaning people go to eleven, ten, nine o’clock. Down there at 5:29 you have the KKK. Down there at 6:31 you have you people. Yep, you think you are so progressive when in fact you are all just the left wing equivelant of the KKK. Don’t forget to say hello to your neighbors while you wallow around down there at 6:30. Idiots.

21 11 2008
Lulu

Leftnerve (12:14:36) wrote :
“Wow. you people have done some serious koolaid drinking. The political specrum is like a circle. At 12:00 you have the middle. Some right leaning people go to one, two three o’clock.”

Leftnerve, did you mean “specrum”? Or did you mean “spectrum”? Just trying to follow your brilliant analogy which chastises all of us so deftly….

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21 11 2008
Bethsey in the Midwest

Honeynut–yes. There’s youtube of Palin laughing at the names. I try very hard not to say things without having seen proof, rather than relying on reports.

I did not mean to be harsh and I appreciate you perspective.




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