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Abuse of Power to Ethics Violations

Amazing what you can do in your first 20 months.  So this is the “executive experience” that Sarah brings? 

  • Abuse of power (guilty),
  • Ethics violations (probe in progress)
  • $17,000 in per diem tax dollars for sleeping in her own bed
  • Airline tickets and hotels for the family to watch Todd in a snowmobile race… 

After being found guilty of abusing her power as governor in the so-called “troopergate” scandal over the firing of her ex-brother-in-law, Palin now faces a second probe over whether she violated ethics rules in the affair.;_ylt=AjHwJaaTvU1BFlwxM6rTMFus0NUE

October 23, 2008 at 4:12 pm Leave a comment

nBy the Numbers: Palin’s Record

 John McCain, presumptive GOP nominee for months. He had tons (TONS) of time to research and vet a running mate suitable to be the President. Selecting Palin is not just a blow to his own campaign but to the whole party.

It appears it may have come from the greatness of the Huffington Post.  Here’s a sampling, see the whole list at the great Huffington Post website. 



Sarah Palin may lie, but numbers don’t. Her record speaks for itself.  

2007: the year in which Sarah Palin first obtained a passport (Source)

the approximate number of hours Palin spent on a refueling layover in Ireland, which the McCain campaign cited as part of her foreign policy experience (

the number of times John McCain specifically criticized earmarks requested by Sarah Palin when she was mayor of Wasilla, citing them as examples of wasteful spending (

the amount of federal earmarks Alaska residents will receive per capita in 2008, the highest level of any state (Source)

the number of nights during her first 19 months in office that Palin charged taxpayers a “per diem” totaling $16,951 for staying in her own home — an allowance intended to cover meals and incidental expenses while traveling on state business (Source)

$453 million: the total amount of earmarks Palin has asked U.S. taxpayers to fund for Alaska projects over the past two years, despite McCain’s insistence that she hasn’t sought earmarks or special-interest spending from Congress (Source) 

$500 to $1,200: the fee that Wasilla charged rape victims to pay for post-sexual assault medical exams, after the city cut funds during Palin’s tenure that had previously covered the exams (Source) 

25: the percentage by which Palin raised the sales tax in Wasilla to pay for a sports center, despite claims that she cut taxes (Source 

0: Wasilla’s long-term debt when Palin took office in 1996 (Source) 

$18.6 million: the long-term debt Palin racked up by the time she left office in 2002, amounting to about $3,000 per resident (Source) 

$150: the cash payment offered by the Palin administration to hunters who turn in legs of freshly killed wolves gunned down from airplanes (Source) 

500: the number of Fortune 500 companies Sarah Palin is not qualified to run, according to McCain adviser Carly Fiorina (Source)

15: The number of minutes McCain and Palin spent together during their only meeting prior to the interview in which McCain offered her the vice presidential slot (Source) 

50: the number of days after Palin announced she “will fully cooperate” with an ethics investigation into the “Troopergate” scandal that the McCain campaign announced she was “unlikely to cooperate” because it had been “hijacked” by Obama operatives. The probe was unanimously authorized by a bipartisan panel of eight Alaska Republicans and four Democrats. (Source) 



How Palin became VP:  (McCain cites PTA experience).  

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October 11, 2008 at 8:42 pm 1 comment

Palin’s VP Debate: The Bar Could Not Be Lower

From the Independent/Swing-voter viewpoint, the candidate who was most presidential was resoundingly Biden. 

There are some in a tizzy that Palin “exceeded expectations” by not completely struggling.  To that group we smile happily and nod our head as they gush about how she didn’t drive the the GOP bus off the cliff. We politely acknowledge her success, much like when a co-worker happily shares how their child passed his math test after the 3rd try.  It’s a long way from the honor roll, but hey – they’re excited so we smile.  We don’t ask what the grade was, it’s just ‘pass’.  We don’t bring up the first two tests.  We soft-sell that our child passed it the first time and got an ‘A’.

We can all be happy for her making it over a bar that could not have been set any lower.  And then we look at Joe.  Here’s a short look at what the writer’s are saying about the VP debate:


October 3, 2008 at 9:08 pm 1 comment

Sarah – It’s Pronounced Noo-clee-er

Sarah Palin, I would like to help: when in doubt…sound it out!  It’s nuclear, not nukular.  

This type of thing doesn’t do anything to help you look knowledgeable or prepared (or differentiate you from “dubya”).  We know from your Couric intervew that you don’t read national/world events (and can’t even rattle off the name of a news magazine)…so it’s importnat that you at least try to talk like the smart people, OK? 

Between the McSame policies, and you talking like a redneck…y’all two seem to be just exactly the same as we done-did got!  (hey, I’m not running for the 2nd highest office). 

The same holds true for leaving the ‘g’ off of ‘ing’, like: runnin’, thinkin’, sharin’.  Also the same for ‘ya’ instead of ‘you’.  True – many of us talk like that in casual conversation.  But during job interviews it is appropriate to address your interviewer (in your case, American voters) with ‘Yes’ and not ‘yup’ or ‘ya’

You see, you have a reputation as someone who came out of the backwoods and using slang/broken English doesn’t help fight that image. 

Also, next time you’re in a debate – get your hair cut so it’s not in your eyes.  And if you plan to be smilin’ and gigglin’ and shakin’ your head, then you don’t want to wear danglin’ earrings.  That brings a bimbo appearance.  Smiling ear-to-ear while talking about economic disasters and wars is not a good choice becuase you look like a talking head news reporter.  It’s like there is a disconnect when you use the “smiley-happy” voice when you should be using the “somber-sad” voice. 

You attended five schools to get one bachelor’s degree in journalism and McCain finished 894 out of 899. It’s tough for you two go-getters to compete against Obama and Biden…it’s like Beavis and Butthead versus Holmes and Watson. 

We’re more than a little concerned about your ability to run the nation, if needed.  So please try to cut down on the redneck bimbo weather-girl appearance.

October 3, 2008 at 5:37 pm Leave a comment

VP Debate

If you saw tonight’s debate, you saw Governor Sarah Palin give a spirited defense of the same disastrous policies that have failed us for the past eight years.

She couldn’t identify a single area where she or John McCain would change George W. Bush’s economic or foreign policy positions.

If you want something different, Barack and I need your help.
Make a donation of $5 or more right now to bring about the change we need.

The change we need is fixing this broken economy from the bottom up — not tax breaks for the wealthy and huge corporations that ship U.S. jobs overseas. We need to focus on defeating al Qaeda and the Taliban and restoring America’s standing in the world — not an unending commitment in Iraq.

Let’s be clear: Governor Palin and Senator McCain are offering nothing but more of the same failed Bush policies at home and abroad, trying to disguise them in the rhetoric of change.

October 3, 2008 at 1:44 pm 1 comment

Morford on Palin

Mark Morford on Palin:

Truly, among women in the know and especially among those who fought so hard to bring Hillary Clinton to the brink of history, nausea and a general recoiling appear to be the universal reactions to Palin’s sudden presence on the national stage, stemming straight from the idea that there’s even a slight chance in hell such an antagonistic, anti-female politico could be within a 72-year-old heartbeat of becoming the most powerful and iconic woman of all time.

They say: You’ve got to be kidding me. They say: This is what we get? This could be our historic role model? Two hundred years (OK, more like 2000) of struggle, only to have this nasty caricature of femininity try to hijack and mock and undermine it all? 

It cannot be true, they say. The universe must be joking; it would not dare dump such a homophobic, Creationist evangelical nutball on us, this anti-choice, God-pandering woman who’s the inverse of Hillary, this woman of deep inexperience who abhors birth control and supports abstinence education and shoots exhausted wolves from helicopters and hates polar bears and actually stands for everything progressive women have resented since the first pope Swift-Boated Eve.


September 23, 2008 at 9:13 pm 1 comment

Super Weird

Palin was at a conference in Dallas, TX in April of 2008. During the conference, her water broke…1 month early.  She stayed at the conference and delivered a THIRTY minute speech. Bizarre? It gets crazier. So, water breaks, she cleans up and gives a long speech.  Next…She went to DFW and boarded an airplane bound for Anchorage, instead of going to a Dallas hospital that has a NICU (neo-natal I.C.U.).  That’s a 7 hour flight, minimum (not counting security and all that).  Airlines will let you fly late in pregnancy but not after the water has broken. 


OK – After arriving in Anchorage, she then drives another hour, PAST the 2 NICU’s in Anchorage – to a hospital that doesn’t have NICU.  This is a premature baby along with those risks, but its also a premature baby that was known through early testing to have Down Syndrome. 


What kind of decision-making process is this?? (This is a VP candidate??)


Some say that what happened is that and Palin was never really pregnant – and that’s not what I’m saying here.  Whatever (the speculation is that this was her 16-year old daughter’s child). Palin says it’s hers so fine, it’s hers…that’s not the issue.  The is issue is…what the hell? Either way, it’s a lot of CRAZY.

—-  Your water breaks, then, you give a 30 minute speech, then you skip all the Dallas hospitals, then you fly for 8 hours while in labor without anyone noticing, then skip past more NICU’s to drive to tiny-town hospital.  That’s friggin’ weird.   



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September 2, 2008 at 10:27 pm Leave a comment

A Desperate Move

Palin can’t hold a candle to Hillary.  Palin is out of her depth.  2nd in line for Presidency of the USA.  President of the Senate.  Heavy role in USA’s foreign relations dealing with strong foreign leaders.  Wow – talk about unqualified…  Talk about pandering to the voter…  She’s not VP material. 

The statement from the National Organization for Women (NOW):

August 29, 2008

Statement of NOW PAC Chair Kim Gandy on the Selection of Sarah Palin as John McCain’s Vice Presidential Pick

Sen. John McCain’s choice of Alaska governor Sarah Palin as his running mate is a cynical effort to appeal to disappointed Hillary Clinton voters and get them to vote, ultimately, against their own self-interest.

Gov. Palin may be the second woman vice-presidential candidate on a major party ticket, but she is not the right woman. Sadly, she is a woman who opposes women’s rights, just like John McCain.

The fact that Palin is a mother of five who has a 4-month-old baby, a woman who is juggling work and family responsibilities, will speak to many women. But will Palin speak FOR women? Based on her record and her stated positions, the answer is clearly No.

In a gubernatorial debate, Palin stated emphatically that her opposition to abortion was so great, so total, that even if her teenage daughter was impregnated by a rapist, she would “choose life” — meaning apparently that she would not permit her daughter to have an abortion.

Palin also had to withdraw her appointment of a top public safety commissioner who had been reprimanded for sexual harassment, although Palin had been warned about his background through letters by the sexual harassment complainant.

What McCain does not understand is that women supported Hillary Clinton not just because she was a woman, but because she was a champion on their issues. They will surely not find Sarah Palin to be an advocate for women.

Sen. Joe Biden is the VP candidate who appeals to women, with his authorship and championing of landmark domestic violence legislation, support for pay equity, and advocacy for women around the world.

Finally, as the chair of NOW’s Political Action Committee, I am frequently asked whether NOW supports women candidates just because they are women. This gives me an opportunity to once again answer that question with an emphatic ‘No.’ We recognize the importance of having women’s rights supporters at every level but, like Sarah Palin, not every woman supports women’s rights.

August 30, 2008 at 1:01 am Leave a comment

Obama VP

For the Democratic Veepstakes, I’ve got 6 candidates to join Obama:

Wes Clark is a retired 4 star general, West Point valedictorian, and Rhodes scholar. He has a lifetime of leadership, experience on the global stage, and a respected military career. Clark supported the war in Afghanistan but not the war in Iraq – a requirement for an Obama VP.  Clark, in his words, is: “pro-affirmative action, pro-choice, pro-education, pro-health care.” 

One month into his very first command in Vietnam, Clark was shot 4 times with an AK-47 during an attak.  Despite his wounds, Clark continued directing his men to counterattack and defeated the Viet Cong force. 

Clark is 64 years old, Catholic, and a military guy who was injured in vietnam…he’s a great balance for Obama and counter-balance to McCain. Having a “Hillary” person on his campaign would likely help out the Obama cause.  Also in his favor is what he’s not…Clark has not spent the last 20 years working in Washington, but at the same time he is familiar/experienced with the Washington environment.   

Other info: Army Ranger; Silver Star; Bronze Star (2); Defense Distinguished Service Medal (4); Legion of Merit (3); Presidential Medal of Freedom; Oxford degree – Philosophy, Politics, & Economics; Master’s Degree – Military Science; Veteran of Vietnam War; NATO Supreme Allied Commander-Europe; Commander of 3 peacekeeping deployments in Kuwait; Commander of Operation Allied Force – Kosovo;

I think Obama/Clark is unstoppable.  If you’re not familiar with Clark, see this great video:


May 31, 2008 at 2:30 am 3 comments

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