Posts Tagged ‘Palin’

Troopergate: Don’t buy local

Saturday, October 11th, 2008

tg1 Read the headline “Alaska panel finds Palin abused power in firing” and you might be led to thinking that Sarah Palin used her power as governor to just haul off and fire someone.  Even continuing into the article’s lead sentence

Sarah Palin unlawfully abused her power as governor by trying to have her former brother-in-law fired as a state trooper

might have you believing that this was solely a personal vendetta on the part of Sarah Palin. 

Well don’t blame yourself, you were led there, just be thankful that the Herald only leans moderately left rather than radically left, or you’d have read something like this “progressive” sensationalism from official sounding Northwest Progressive Institute. 

Without a doubt, the next time John McCain and Sarah Palin talk about reform or being “mavericks” (and I hate using their term), they will be lying. Sarah Palin is no different from former Congressman Tom DeLay, incarcerated former Congressman Randy “Duke” Cunningham, and formerly incarcerated former Congressman Bob Ney, just to name a few of the ethically-challenged Republicans who have inhabited Washington, D.C. in the past few years. nwprogressive.org

By reading the headlines and in fact much of both the cited articles, I should be appalled at the actions of Governor Sarah Palin.  Well I won’t deny, nor do I think Sarah Palin has denied, that things could have been handled differently, but guess what?  I’m not appalled in the slightest!  Because as I found first in a McCatchy article and later cited elsewhere, the lead investigator Steve Branchflower said,

Palin’s firing of Monegan was “a proper and lawful exercise” of the governor’s authority.

Well it doesn’t sound as abusive if you call it a proper and lawful exercise of Sarah Palin’s authority as Governor.  However if you read only the Herald article you wouldn’t run across the words proper and lawful.  I know, I did a word search and those words from the McClatchy article are not in the Herald article, which is a bit odd, or not, since the Herald is owned by McClatchy.  I guess as much as we might feel led by the headlines, we are also being fed a certain leftist diet by our local news.  One case where buying local may not be the best choice.

Also missing from our local news diet was any mention of the the two Alaskan senators whose involvement in the investigation might constitute their own vendetta, with Sarah Palin as the victim. 

First, there is Senator French, who as a Democrat we might expect to be a little partisan, but this describes more than a little partisanship.

Democratic Sen. Hollis French was accused of manipulating the probe for political effect on national and state elections. Republican Rep. John Coghill last week asked the Alaska Legislature’s Legislative Council, the body that appointed French to oversee the investigation, to discuss replacing French.

Coghill said he believed the investigation was lacking in fairness, neutrality and due process after French was quoted in media reports that the probe’s results were going to be an “October surprise” that is “likely to be damaging to the administration.”

Daily News Miner

And second there is Senator Green, who as a Republican we might expect to see a little balancing partisanship in favor of Gov. Palin.  However, this is not the case for Sen. Green who has dropped her run for reelection after finding herself behind in the polls and placing blame for this on the shoulders of Sarah Palin who supports her competition.

Sen. Green also said she felt the election was becoming a contest between herself and Gov. Sarah Palin rather than her Republican primary opponent, Linda Menard.

 KTUU.com

I’m glad that even though things might have been handled differently, Sarah Palin was found to have handled the firing properly and lawfully, which incidentally was the point of the whole investigation in the first place. 

So, think local, read more than local, but don’t act local; vote McCain/Palin.

Rumor has it

Wednesday, September 10th, 2008

All the wild baseless accusations and nasty lies regarding soon to be VP Sarah have grown tiresome and pedantic.  With mainstream media, progressive media and left leaning bloggers all contributing, I’ve had my quota.  And in this full up to here state, it’s always refreshing to hear just a quiet well delivered rumor.  This one put a smile on my face because I already knew it to be nothing more than a rumor. 

Nope, I’m not talking about the rumor Sam Taylor is spreading over at the Herald blogs; you know, the Sarah quotes that Sarah didn’t actually say.  At least Sam had enough decency to tell us they were not real quotes; not enough decency to quit spreading the rumors; just enough decency to tell us that the rumors he is passing along are false. 

The quiet well delivered rumor that I’m talking about is being spread through many channels, but locally it is running over at HamsterTalk in a post titled She Whose Name Should Not Be Spoken Would Ban These Books.  It’s the low key, just want to let you in on a fact, kind of rumor, that grows subtly.  The kind that has a little speck of fact, already has an audience who wants to believe it, and never really raises an eyebrow until it is firmly entrenched in many minds as fact.

Here is a portion of the rumor as posted on HamsterTalk

A friend of mine who is a retired Librarian sent me the following information.

….

The following is the list of books that Sarah Palin tried to have removed from the Wasilla Library when she was mayor of Wasilla. This information is taken from the official minutes of the Wasilla Library Board. When the librarian refused Palin tried to get her fired, an attempt that failed due to the residents who rallied in defense of their library.

A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden
As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner

HamsterTalk: She Whose Name Should Not Be Spoken Would Ban These Books

Of course the list goes on and on and on.  But isn’t that great rumor?  All the key elements of a great rumor without the attention grabbing conspiracy edge found in rumors like Sarah’s baby really belongs to her now pregnant daughter;  And with the added personal touch of coming from a friend who’s a retired librarian, this rumor is priceless.  But sadly, no matter how juicy this rumor is, nor how many left leaner want it to be true;  this great rumor is just false.  It has been dispelled by many more than just the few I touch on here. 

First, snopes.com and truthorfiction.com both pretty much have carbon copies of the rumor, minus the personal touch, but including the long book list and intimidating line about trying to get the librarian fired.

Claim: List catalogs books banned from the Wasilla, Alaska, public Library by Mayor Sarah Palin

Status: false

Example:

This is the list of books Palin tried to have banned.  As many of you will notice it is a hit parade for book burners. 

This information is taken from the official minutes of the Wasilla Library Board.

When the librarian refused to ban the books, Palin tried to get her fired.

A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden
As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner

Snopes.com

Of course the book list still goes on and on.  I just didn’t want to list them all here.  Mostly because the list is long and no matter how long the list is, it doesn’t make the rumor any more truthful.   If you want more of the truth you might want to pop over to USA Today who actually looked into this false rumor.

Mary Ellen Emmons was Wasilla’s librarian at the time. She told a local newspaper, the Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman, in December 1996 that Palin repeatedly had asked her about removing books from the library, but said Palin never mentioned specific titles, according to the Anchorage Daily News.

“Sarah Palin has never asked anyone to ban a book,” Griffin said. “It shouldn’t be surprising that the new mayor of a city that had seen recent protests over books and was in the process of re-evaluating the book-challenge policies at its library would ask the librarian what those policies were.”

USA Today: Palin did not ban books in Wasilla as mayor

So bottom line is that there are mean and nasty lies meant to discredit Sarah and there are subtle lies meant to discredit Sarah, but I have yet to see anything truthful that would discredit the wonderful choice that John McCain made in Sarah Palin as his running mate.  

Modicum

Monday, September 8th, 2008

One of the greatest failings of our nation is our failure to protect unborn children from becoming murder victims.  No one has a God given right, nor a Constitutional right to kill unborns, yet through a legal twist some 30 years or so ago, many in our nation feel that they do have that right.  Who can blame them for there ignorance, they have grown up in a nation where this immoral “right to kill” is deemed legal.  We stand in a nation where legality and morality are at odds and in this election that will be a defining factor for many.

On the left hand, we have a pair of candidates who support a legal choice to kill unborns, and on the right hand we have McCain/Palin whose lives, both public and private indicate that they are willing to protect children based on their morality and irregardless of legality.  Many across the nation tend to side with evil and they are in quite an uproar over Sarah’s recent addition to the McCain ticket.  Locally they are well represented and in fact one of yesterday’s letters in the Herald lamented the possibility of it again becoming illegal to kill unborn children.

When the Republicans overturn Roe v. Wade, there will be no choice or decision to make, it will become the law.

http://www.bellinghamherald.com/letters/story/537314.html

I guess I’ve become a little callused because I really don’t feel bad for this person at all.  In fact I’m a bit giddy at the prospect of our nation outlawing the murder of unborns the same way that we have outlawed the murder of adults and children.  And I’m proud to be a committed Republican and I would feel even more proud if we Republican’s can manage to effect this change in our nation.  It won’t be easy though, but I have a feeling we are getting close.  You know you are close when the left hand quits arguing facts and goes straight for innuendos, lies and bold character assassinations.

When it comes to abortion, Palin represents the most radical faction within our current society, perhaps tied with animal-rights terrorists. Clinic bombings, murdered doctors, and extreme political shenanigans designed to limit the rights of women to choose for themselves.

http://www.haloscan.com/comments/bellinghamherald/537314/

Imagine just how far this writer has had to detach themselves from reality to even come up with this trash let alone write it for everyone else to read.  Not even a modicum of reality there.

Palin’s bio is “compelling,” Obama said.

The crowd booed. “No, it’s an interesting story.” More boos. “No, no, it is. I mean that sincerely. Mother, governor, moose shooter.”

The crowd broke out in laughter. “That’s cool. That’s cool. That’s cool stuff,” Obama said.

Ben Smith’s Blog

Wow, how really uncool is that stuff from the president wannabe.  Not even a modicum of professionalism.  Oh, no, here comes that giddy feeling again.  Watch out, I’m feeling a Partridge Family tune coming on.

Why those dirty little mud slingers

Thursday, September 4th, 2008

rudolph Well we’ve all seen Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer by now.   Who can forget how that little hero from the North eventually guided Santa’s sleigh through the worst storm ever to hit Christmas Town.  But do you recall how this most famous reindeer of all was treated by his father Donner?  Well Ol’ Donner hoofed up a bit of mucky mud and slung it over Rudolph’s shiny red nose.

You see, he didn’t want Rudolph to stand out amongst the other reindeer and at least initially couldn’t appreciate Rudolph for who he was and the many talent’s he had.  But Donner wasn’t alone.  Even though Rudolph did some fancy flying when Clarice said he was cute; once the mud came off his nose and others saw he was not like them; Rudolph was cast out and not allowed to play in any reindeer games.

What a great story. So great in fact, that conservative opposition and the skate by media are working on a remake. When they first laid eyes on Sarah, the first thing they did was scoop up a hoof full of mud and slung it directly at her nose. And they did it quick because they didn’t want to risk anyone seeing her as different. A strong Christian candidate with family values and an America first attitude; no, they were going to put some mud on her nose and hope she would fade into the herd. For Santa sake, they can’t going to let her join in any reindeer games.

But what I’m finding is that just like Rudolph’s nose, the mud ain’t sticking and the blooming beacon is still cutting through the storm. Here is what I’m seeing.

Slung Mud Shiny nose underneath
“Today, John McCain put the former mayor of a town of 9,000 with zero foreign policy experience a heartbeat away from the presidency,” said Obama spox Bill Burton. Everyone is a former something it seems a pretty logical progression to lead a town, then lead a state, and now to be second in command of our nation.
The second bit of shine on the subject of experience is that seniority is only equivalent to experience in government and union jobs. It’s not about the years of service, it’s about what you do with those years; are you just present, or are you really serving the public. Even for the big chair, I would vote Sarah over Oprah’s buddy in a heart beat.
She’s preaching abstinence and yet her teenage daughter is pregnant. What a hypocrite! Part of the whole abstinence thought that is rarely brought up by the mudslingers, is that abstinence is really about being personally responsible for your own actions. And while pro-abortionists may view having a “procedure” as the only potential consequence of sex, those who respect life know that if they conceive a child, then they are going to be parenting that child.

Everyday, people fail to live up to the best of their potential. We fall short. It should be no surprise to anyone. I applaud Sarah for raising a daughter who will own up to her actions. I applaud the Palin family and the child’s father for supporting the right decision in keeping the child alive.

She’s a bad mother because she is willing to neglect her infant in order gain the VP job. Even though it seems clearly to be just an attack, I’ve got to somewhat agree with the logic of this argument. The better family situation is one with two parents and at least one of the two taking care of the children.

Given everything I’ve read and heard about Sarah, I don’t picture her as someone who would sacrifice their child’s well being for any amount of fame or fortune.

Could things be worse for a child in the White House? Sure, your dad could be named Bill. Be sure to knock.

Bad mother will neglect her Down’s infant for VP job Her and her husband could have had the baby killing “procedure” like most who find themselves in the Palin’s situation, but they took the responsible route. What a great testament Sarah is for anyone having trouble submitting to God’s will. And then treating His will as a blessing rather than a burden.

And with the opposition advocating death or worse for unborn children, don’t they seem a bit nervy to even comment on the quality of life differences between mom the governor vs. mom the VP? Heck even at the North Pole, the less than desirables were not killed, they were just shipped off to the Island of Misfit toys.

What a shining example Sarah is for all potential parents.

She is a bible thumping Christian who even wants creation taught in school Well from a friend whose daughter attends church with the Palins, I hear that she is the real deal Christian, not an Oprah Christian and not a GD America type either.

And well wouldn’t it be nice if all theories of creation were taught in school, or even allowed in school. Way to stick to your

Asked on a questionnaire about her support for abstinence-until-marriage education instead of explicit sex-education, school-based clinics and distribution of contraceptives in schools, she wrote: “The explicit sex-ed programs will not find my support.” In most states including ours “explicit sex-ed programs” teach a lot of things that until recently society deemed deviant.

Way to go Sarah, I think you’ll find there are a lot of people who don’t don’t think we should support these programs either.

According to postings on Daily Kos, Sarah Palin allegedly faked a pregnancy and pretended to give birth in April to Trig, who has Down syndrome.

In a posting Sunday, Daily Kos said, “Sarah needs to honestly answer for her lies – promptly.”

She’s maintained her posture and presence during this kind of ridiculous allegations. What’s not to like about that?
Sarah Palin just got her US passport 6 months ago!!! My Children have used their passports more than she has. McCain must have really been desperate. Bye Bye Republicans!! Well as it turns out it was a bit over a year ago when she got it so she could visit Alaskan Guard units in the middle east as well as visiting hospital in Germany. You know, the hospital that the audacious candidate skipped to go shopping, while on a campaign tour. I think it speaks volumes about Sarah, that she the trip a year before the audacious candidate, and she made the trip out of concern for Alaskans not concern for votes.
the Alaska Legislature last month voted to hire an independent investigator to look into allegations that Palin abused her office by trying to get her former brother-in-law fired from his job as an Alaska state trooper. Palin has said she welcomes the investigation: “Hold me accountable,” she said.

You gotta love and respect someone with her values who actually stands up for themselves.

Remember how Rudolph, not caring what might happen to him, charged the Abomidinableable to save his loved ones. I can’t wait for Sarah to put her horns down and stomp her foot. And apparently she does have horns, because I heard some progressive on 930 AM refer to her as Caribou Barbie.