Who Hijacked Our Country

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Sarah Palin (Continued)

Yes it’s getting redundant. Everything that’s in this post, you’ve already seen in thousands of blogs. And now the mainstream media is even getting in on the act. Did they get a sudden sense of integrity, or are they tired of getting scooped on the Internet?

In any case these stories need to be brought front and center, again and again. This phony powercrazed vengeful ice queen needs to be brought down off her pedestal ASAP.

When it comes to cronyism, Palin makes George W. Bush look objective and honest. As governor, she hired a high school classmate, Franci Havemeister, to be the $95,000-a-year director of the State Division of Agriculture. Havemeister’s main qualification for the job was a childhood love of cows.

Palin and her top officials conduct a lot of state business through private e-mails. This is supposed to make her government correspondence exempt from any public inquiries or subpoenas.

Rick Steiner, a professor from the University of Alaska, tried to obtain some e-mail messages from scientists who were examining the effect of global warming on polar bears. One of Palin’s assistants told Steiner it would cost $468,784 to process his request. No, that was NOT a typo.

Another one of Palin’s aides made the fatal mistake of contacting her at her official state e-mail address to discuss a government issue. He was chewed out for not using her private e-mail address, so the information would be kept out of the public eye. He was placed on paid leave shortly after that.

The article says: “The Wasilla High School yearbook archive now doubles as a veritable directory of state government.” Her former junior high school bandmate is now her legislative director. Another classmate is managing the state economic development office.

Alaskan lawmakers of both parties are concerned that she surrounds herself with a small inner circle that keeps her isolated. We've had a Bubble Boy in the White House for almost eight years. Do we want another one?

She pretends to be the “hometown girl” and “everybody’s friend” around Wasilla, but this comes at the expense of the rest of the state. Some legislators in Juneau have started wearing pins that say “Where's Sarah?”

At a statewide gathering of mayors, somebody asked the crowd how many of them had tried to meet with Sarah Palin. (Her Majesty hadn’t arrived yet so it was safe to talk.) Every hand in the room went up. After the followup question — how many of you have actually met with her — there were almost no hands. Soon afterward Palin arrived, made a few short prepared statements and then left for an anti-abortion rally.

Richard Nixon had his “Enemies List.” For Sarah Palin, anyone who disagrees with her is a “Hater.” And she’s turned on former friends at the slightest provocation. Dan Fagan is a conservative radio host who supported her in 2006. Later he criticized her for raising taxes on the oil companies, and he was instantly transformed into a “hater.”

Another Hater is Faye Palin, Sarah’s mother-in-law, who has now been barred from speaking with reporters.

As Mayor of Wasilla, Palin reduced the workload of the mayor’s office. She hired a deputy administrator to handle a lot of the day to day tasks that previous mayors had handled. So much for her famous quote, before she was picked as VP, that “I'm used to being very productive and working real hard in an administration.”

And as you probably know, Palin’s husband has now been subpoenaed to testify in the Troopergate investigation.

The authorities need to do some serious interrogating in this case. Now ordinarily I'm against waterboarding; however…

cross-posted at Bring It On!

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21 Comments:

Blogger People in the Sun said...

Unfortunately for me, I did know all of it. Sad. But I'll get a life after the elections. I remember vaguely a life before my current "I can't believe this shit" existence.

September 14, 2008 at 9:14 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

PITS: I too am looking forward to getting life (I think I remember what that was) after this election. Even bad news can be a relief when the uncertainty is finally resolved.

September 14, 2008 at 10:24 PM  
Blogger rockync said...

It seems we are all very absorbed with this election, but the stakes have never been higher so, for me, this is about my life.
Thank you to Tom and all the others who keep a steady stream of reasonable voices flowing in a sea of madness.
I have been giving serious thought to why the GOP brought this fringe lunatic into the fray and here is where my naval gazing has taken me:
Do you realize that Palin rallies actually have double, triple and beyond in attendees than a Mccain rally where he appears alone? (Although the MSM tries inflate numbers, etc - word is getting out as to how small these gatherings truly are, even when Palin is present.)
Reading some of the right wing blogs during the primary days, there was a lot of disappointment voiced over Mccain and many talked of voting for a third party candidate.
Palin seems to play so well with the hard core fundies, perhaps the primary goal was simply to hold the party together and stop the exodus which would have insured a Dem victory.
I am astounded that after the weekend's dismal Wall Street news that Mccain is STILL insisting that our economy is fundementally sound.
We don't need to "preach to the choir"; we need to make sure we talk to all the fence sitters we meet and try to convince them of which way the wind is blowing.
This will be my focus for the next 50+ days we have left to save our nation.

September 15, 2008 at 8:02 AM  
Blogger rockync said...

It seems we are all very absorbed with this election, but the stakes have never been higher so, for me, this is about my life.
Thank you to Tom and all the others who keep a steady stream of reasonable voices flowing in a sea of madness.
I have been giving serious thought to why the GOP brought this fringe lunatic into the fray and here is where my naval gazing has taken me:
Do you realize that Palin rallies actually have double, triple and beyond in attendees than a Mccain rally where he appears alone? (Although the MSM tries inflate numbers, etc - word is getting out as to how small these gatherings truly are, even when Palin is present.)
Reading some of the right wing blogs during the primary days, there was a lot of disappointment voiced over Mccain and many talked of voting for a third party candidate.
Palin seems to play so well with the hard core fundies, perhaps the primary goal was simply to hold the party together and stop the exodus which would have insured a Dem victory.
I am astounded that after the weekend's dismal Wall Street news that Mccain is STILL insisting that our economy is fundementally sound.
We don't need to "preach to the choir"; we need to make sure we talk to all the fence sitters we meet and try to convince them of which way the wind is blowing.
This will be my focus for the next 50+ days we have left to save our nation.

September 15, 2008 at 8:03 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Rockync: Yeah, I hate to be flailing the same theme, post after post, but like you said, the stakes have never been higher and this is our lives.

I can't believe what a magic bullet Palin has been to the Right. It's like those TV ads where you can cure fourteen symptoms with just one pill. Or a car engine that's sputtering and stalling, and the mechanic makes one tiny quick adjustment and Bingo -- the engine is purring along like never before. It's unreal.

All we can do is hope that every new finding about Palin, whether it's written in the New York Times or just a tiny blog, will reach a few more people and persuade them to vote on the issues instead of swooning over a supermom who can dress a moose, change her baby and run the government all at the same time.

September 15, 2008 at 11:14 AM  
Blogger Miss Kitty said...

That NYT article was great. Sadly, no knuckle-dragging ible-humpers will be reading it. GWB in a skirt.

My new nickname for her? Alaskunt.

September 15, 2008 at 12:50 PM  
Anonymous S.W. Anderson said...

Mark my words, the more real, documented, damaging information is brought out about Palin, and the more us non-wingnuts trumpet and discuss that information, the more popular Palin will be with the hard right, and the more money and "get out the vote" work they'll do for her and McPander.

Seriously, with the hard right, it's about hating people on the left, about resentment and about spite. If Palin becomes a sharp stick in our collective eye, she'll be a strong contender for the top of the ticket in 2012, should Obama win this time.

Don't think so? Review Richard Nixon's career, St. Ronald's presidency and Bush's '04 strategy and win.

BTW, I don't mean to imply that the truth about Palin shouldn't be brought out and discussed. Just realize that doing it is a two-edged sword — one the McCain campaign surely calculated carefully before she was chosen.

September 15, 2008 at 2:33 PM  
Blogger Lew Scannon said...

The sad part is, that there will be people who will support Palin more because of all the negative things that have come out about her because they feel people are "picking" on her.

September 15, 2008 at 2:40 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Miss Kitty: True, knuckledraggers don't read the NYT. Too bad somebody can't slip that article into NASCAR Weekly or Moose Hunting Illustrated.

I like your new nickname.

SW: That's true, it's a double-edged sword to say what needs to be said about Palin. Republican strategists are much much better chess players than their Democratic counterparts. I seriously doubt if McCain had anything to do with choosing Palin. I think that was the work of James Dobson, Grover Norquist, Bill Kristol and some of the other puppetmasters. Nobody ever accused them of not being shrewd.

Lew: Yeah, that's a factor, that she could start being perceived as an underdog. That, plus everything that normal people hate about her, the knuckledraggers just love.

September 15, 2008 at 5:13 PM  
Blogger American Hill BIlly said...

Tom, thanks for posting on this dominatrix. I learned a lot. I don't know why the MSM is covering some of the pertinent facts now. I half way think they realize due to Internet blog presence, and the real possibility of being afraid of Palin, they are skimming the surface.........Finally. Palin not only needs Foreign Policy for Dummies, but How Not to Put Your Foot In Your Mouth for Dummies.


United In Peace And Freedom

September 15, 2008 at 10:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And these are the people running under the "Country first" slogan. These Rethuglicans never cease to amaze me. I never thought there could be anyone just as bad, worse or inept than Bush but Palin and McCain just proved me wrong.

I agree with you SW and Tom. It is a double edge sword. Did you see the Fey/Poehler skit? It was right on but the McCain team have already unleashed the hounds to call it sexism. Fiorina was on with Andrea Mitchell and everyword out of her mouth was sexism. They've been throwing the word around and they don't even know what it means.

I just wanna beatdown those brainless freaks who loudly support a man who will blatantly lie to their face and a woman who cannot say anything substantive other than "I can see Russia from my house." Maybe she can have Putin over and look into his eyes and see his soul like her male counterpart, Bush.

Please America don't screw up again, vote for the future not your beliefs.

Jo

September 15, 2008 at 11:58 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

AHB: I wouldn't doubt that the MSM is tired of being one-upped by thousands of bloggers and alternate news sites. I'm glad they're finally covering some of this, whatever their reason. I just hope it isn't too late.

Jo: That SNL skit was a riot. I couldn't believe how Tina Fey nailed down Palin's voice, inflections and little mouth twitchings. Even though she looks somewhat like her anyway (I thought that a long time before I heard she would be playing her on SNL), she did an excellent job of nailing down all her mannerisms. I hope a few SNL viewers saw what a shallow phony Palin really is.

Yes, we have to hope America doesn't screw up again.

September 16, 2008 at 12:50 AM  
Blogger Randal Graves said...

Don't worry, tom, America will screw up again. If you've got a good streak going, why mess it up? ;-)

September 16, 2008 at 7:40 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Randal: Yup, I think our "good streak" will be continuing for awhile. It's so much fun to keep doing the same thing over and over and over...

September 16, 2008 at 9:38 AM  
Blogger Enemy of the Republic said...

I wonder if life will ever return--I just can't believe this shit!

Couldn't resist--keep blogging on Palin; I just hope Hillary's campaigning makes Palin look like the snarly twit that she is.

September 16, 2008 at 4:47 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Enemy: It's getting a lot harder to believe. I hope Obama and Biden and Hillary will get out there start kicking some butt.

September 16, 2008 at 5:28 PM  
Blogger Mauigirl said...

I heard her favorable/unfavorable ratio has reversed in the past few days. I think people are starting to be aware of all the bad stuff that is out there about her. Kudos to the media - for once - for not ignoring the bad stuff!

September 16, 2008 at 8:25 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Mauigirl: I hope you're right. She's too shallow and phony to stay up on a pedestal too long. That post-convention bounce has to start withering sometime.

September 16, 2008 at 8:43 PM  
Blogger elton,d said...

i think palin will become president after 8 years of v.p ha ha we won again.anyways dont go timothy mcveigh on us,america doesent need whiny introspective self centered snarky little men.dont go away mad just go away.thanks for letting me get that off my chest.god bless america

September 17, 2008 at 12:38 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

OK, well it's off your chest now. I notice you don't have a blog, just a Blogger ID. You'll probably want to improve your grammar skills before you start one.

September 17, 2008 at 11:28 AM  
Blogger DivaJood said...

NOBODY expects the Spanish Inquisition.

September 18, 2008 at 9:39 AM  

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