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The ‘Everything you wanted know about Sarah Palin’ File (well almost)

Last Updated: Friday, September 12, 2008 8:10 PM

Sarah Palin Would Allow Israel To Drag Us Into War With Iran.
By bmcgin
In her interview last night with Charles Gibson, Sarah Palin clearly showed that she would not oppose Israel if it decided to attack Iran, and thereby drag the United States into yet another war . . . even a likely World War III. …

Palin backs Israeli right to strike Iran
Jerusalem Post – Israel
So we have got to put the pressure on Iran.” When asked how the US should respond if Israel were to launch an attack on Iran, Palin said, “Well, first, …

Gibson Accuses Palin of ‘Hubris’ and Seeing Iraq as ‘a Holy War’
By Brent Baker
GIBSON: No, the Bush Doctrine, enunciated September 2002, before the Iraq war. PALIN: I believe that what President Bush has attempted to do is rid this world of Islamic extremism, terrorists who are hell bent on destroying our nation. …

In First Big Interview, Palin Says ‘I’m Ready
New York Times – United States
Ms. Palin said the United States could not allow Iran to have nuclear weapons. As Americans, she said, “we do not have to stand for that. …

Marjorie Cohn | A Palin Theocracy
Marjorie Cohn, Truthout: “John McCain’s selection of Sarah Palin as his vice-presidential running mate has invigorated a lackluster campaign. The media can’t stop talking about her. Given McCain’s age and state of health (his medical file was nearly 1,200 pages long), Palin would indeed be a heartbeat away from becoming president. But what would a Palin administration really look like?”

Mega barf alert! Palin says she is ready to step in as president 11 Sep 2008
Asked if she felt ready to step in as vice president or perhaps even president if something happened to the 72-year-old John McCain, Sarah Palin told [GOP media whore] Charles Gibson: “I do, Charlie, and on January 20, when John McCain and I are sworn in, if we are so privileged to be elected to serve this country, we’ll be ready. I’m ready.”

Ethics Adviser Warned Palin About Trooper Issue —Letter Described Situation as ‘Grave,’ Called for Apology 11 Sep 2008
An informal adviser who has counseled Gov. Sarah Palin on ethics issues urged her in July to apologize for her handling of the dismissal of the state’s public safety commissioner and warned that the matter could snowball into a bigger scandal. He also said, in a letter reviewed by The Wall Street Journal, that she should fire any aides who had raised concerns with the chief over a state trooper who was involved in a bitter divorce with the governor’s sister. In the letter, former U.S. Attorney Wevley Shea warned Gov. Palin that “the situation is now grave” and recommended that she and her husband, Todd Palin, apologize for “overreaching or perceived overreaching” for using her position to try to get Trooper Mike Wooten fired from the force.

Critics: Under Palin, Wasilla charged rape victims for exam 11 Sep 2008
Eight years ago, complaints about charging rape victims for medical exams in Wasilla prompted the Alaska Legislature to pass a bill — signed into law by Gov. Tony Knowles (D) — that banned the practice statewide. “There was one town in Alaska that was charging victims for this, and that was Wasilla,” Knowles said. A May 23, 2000, article in Wasilla’s newspaper, The Frontiersman, noted that Alaska State Troopers and most municipal police agencies regularly pay for such exams, which cost between $300 and $1,200 apiece. “(But) the Wasilla police department does charge the victims of sexual assault for the tests,” the newspaper reported.

McCain Ad: The Wolves Are Out Against Palin 10 Sep 2008
The McCain campaign’s latest is an features wolves or Alaskan huskies leaping out of the wilderness to attack Governor Palin. The McCain ad also showcases a pack of wolves, or maybe hungry, lean Alaskan huskies (it’s hard to tell in the scary darkness of the video), which the campaign says will be broadcast in key states. It’s not hard to make the leap from the ad’s use of a wolf to the generic derogatory term of a preying man, a wolf in that parlance, on a woman. And it ultimately suggests that Governor Palin is a victim of Democratic attacks. [Ironically, it is sociopath Palin who is gunning for wolves. Wolves, polar bears, beluga whales and every other creature on earth except for her fascist followers. McPredator (a sexist pig with or without lipstick – remember his Chelsea Clinton smears and joke about women enjoying rape? I do.) is working, in conjunction with his corpora-terrorist paymasters/the GOP, to steal a third ‘election.’ Barack Obama: I get less sleep than you – wake up! Stop being a conciliator and start *returning fire.* As you’ve asserted, the ‘election’ is not about you personally, so – with all due respect – f*ck your sensibilities and go after these rat bastards. —Lori Price]

Update: Chafee stands by calling Palin ‘cocky whacko’ 11 Sep 2008
Former U.S. Sen. Lincoln Chafee this morning stood by his comments that Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin is a “cocky whacko” and “dangerous for the country.” Chafee, a former Republican turned independent, did not back down when reporters questioned him across from Brown University’s Watson Institute for International Studies, where he is a visiting fellow.

CBS News Forces YouTube to Pull McCain ‘Lipstick’ Ad 11 Sep 2008
CBS News is forcing YouTube to take down a Web ad by John McCain’s campaign that the network calls “misleading” in its use of Katie Couric. The ad, entitled “Lipstick,” accuses Barack Obama of calling McCain running mate Sarah Palin a lipstick-wearing pig. It features at the end a quote from Couric bemoaning the “continued and accepted role of sexism in American life.” Couric at the time was referring to Democratic primary coverage of Sen. Hillary Clinton.

ABC News Poll: Number One Issue Facing Americans Is Lipstick By R J Shulman 11 Sep 2008
Win the lipstick wars and win the Presidency – that seems to be what the latest polls are indicating. A new ABC TV poll shows that Americans are so concerned with this issue, that whichever Presidential ticket has the best solution to the lipstick crisis will win in November… Meanwhile, vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin is trying to overcome rumors that she attempted to get her former brother-in-law, Scott Wooten fired from the State Police because he had criticized Palin’s sister’s use of lipstick. (Satire!)

ABC’s John Berman Suggests Palin Politicizing Son’s Iraq Service
By Scott Whitlock
Observing that Governor Palin will be giving a speech on September 11 at a deployment ceremony to send her son off to Iraq, Berman critiqued, “And it [the speech] it will be open to television cameras. It’s such a drastic difference, …

Christian Right Summit Still Wields Clout
Bill Berkowitz
OAKLAND, California – If the Republican Party’s vice presidential nominee, Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, survives the slings and arrows of intense media coverage, her next major appearance could be before an adoring crowd of conservatives and Christian evangelicals at the Sep. 12-14 Values Voter Summit in Washington.

The Republican Magic Show, Much Smoke and Little Substance
By thelonggoodbye
On the other hand much of what she’s done just doesn’t match up with the image she is trying to project as reformer and just one of the folks, Palin Lobbyist Worked For Jack Abramoff. The Washington Post reports today that, …

The Pork Of Palin
Atlantic Online – USA
That’s nearly a million dollars for every working day,” Palin told a crowd in Lebanon, Ohio, Tuesday. “So as we reform the abusive earmarks in our state our …

Palin & Biden Sons Deploy to Iraq, McCain’s son returns – No …
By mcauleysworld
WASHINGTON – Iraq is about to become an unusual common ground for the presidential candidates, despite its divisiveness as a campaign issue. Sons of both vice presidential nominees are expected to arrive there soon to join the fighting. …

Palin’s Office Scrubs Documents From Governor’s Website
Posted: 10 Sep 2008 07:29 AM CDT
by Jason Leopold
On July 18, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin ma de the unusual decision of posting two documents on her website, accompanied by a harshly worded statement, denying reports that her husband, Todd Palin, and officials in her office illegally accessed her ex-brother-in-law?s confidential personnel files

Palin’s appeal extends beyond party’s base
Financial Times – London,England,UK
By Andrew Ward in Lebanon, Ohio People started queuing before 7am for a front row spot at John McCain’s campaign rally in Lebanon, Ohio, this week.…

Third Term (trailer)
Posted: 10 Sep 2008 08:58 AM CDT
Dandelion Salad bensmith11111 September 09, 2008 more about “Third Term (trailer)”, posted with vodpod see Palin-Sarah Pitbulls And Colonialist Ghosts By John Steppling No Wolf Whistles for Sarah Palin’s Compassion by Walter Brasch Republicans on Fantasy Island – You Just Can’t Make This Sh*t Up! Deception and Delusion: Dummies for Democracy by Joel S. Hirschhorn McCain-John

Rachel Maddow Show: The Politics of Palin
Posted: 10 Sep 2008 08:34 AM CDT
Dandelion Salad heathr456 Rachel reports on how the drip, drip, drip of Palin combined with the electricity over her campaign might make for an explosive reaction once those two realities collide. Palin used tax payer money to pay for her to stay in her own home, and troopergate is not over yet. Michael Isikoff weighs in on […]

Lieberman, Others Teaching Palin Foreign Policy 05 Sep 2008
Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman is among several national security experts helping brief Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin on foreign policy issues as she prepares to hit the campaign trail while cramming for a debate with her Democratic opponent, Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. (Del.), in less than a month, according to officials from Sen. John McCain’s campaign. LieberBush, now an independent [agent for Israel], has helped introduce Palin to officials of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the leading pro-Israel lobby.

GOP Lawmaker Seeks Removal of Peer Leading Palin Probe 07 Sep 2008
The Alaska lawmaker leading an investigation into Gov. Sarah Palin’s dismissal of her public safety commissioner should be removed because he appears to be manipulating the probe to damage her vice presidential candidacy, a Republican legislator [state Rep. John Coghill] said.

Palin used state funds for trip to speak at her former church 06 Sep 2008
Gov. Sarah Palin used state funds in June when she traveled from Juneau to Wasilla to speak to graduating evangelical students and urge them to fan out through Alaska “to make sure God’s will be done here.”

Palin’s Hockey Rink Leads to Legal Trouble in Town She Led 06 Sep 2008
The biggest project that Sarah Palin undertook as mayor of this small town was an indoor sports complex… The only catch was that the city began building roads and installing utilities for the project before it had unchallenged title to the land. The misstep led to years of litigation and at least $1.3 million in extra costs for a small municipality with a small budget. What was to be Ms. Palin’s legacy has turned into a financial mess that continues to plague Wasilla.

Gov. Sarah Palin’s eBay plane claim 05 Sep 2008
When Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin sought to illustrate her frugality and flair to delegates at the GOP convention Wednesday, she described how she disposed of a corporate jet acquired by her unpopular predecessor. “That luxury jet was over the top,” Palin, the Republican vice presidential nominee, said to loud cheers. “I put it on eBay.” Palin’s statement implied the plane was sold through the online auction site, and Palin’s spokeswoman insisted Thursday that the transaction occurred. But the plane failed to sell on eBay. Instead, the 23-year-old 10-seat Westwind II was sold in August 2007 for $2.1 million to a Valdez, Alaska, entrepreneur; that’s about $300,000 less than a broker’s asking price, according to news accounts. Also, while Palin characterized the plane as an extravagance of former Gov. Frank Murkowski, who arranged for its purchase in November 2005, the plane saw heavy use transporting Alaskan convicts.

Gay Groups Protest Palin Pick 07 Sep 2008
Gay groups are asking questions — and finding answers — about Republican presidential nominee John McCain’s VP choice, Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin. Most are unhappy with their findings. Gay groups are troubled by Palin, calling her anti-gay record “frightening.”

Questions remain on Palin vetting 06 Sep 2008
John McCain’s presidential campaign did not speak with the Alaska House speaker and other leading Republicans before McCain tapped Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate. The low-profile vetting allowed McCain to spring Palin onto the national scene uncolored by media scrutiny. But it has left the campaign open to criticism that McCain did not fully explore her qualifications. The subject is now closed, said McCain campaign spokesman Tucker Bounds.

Palin requests talks with oil executives By Andrew Halcro 07 Sep 2008
Governor Sarah Palin has requested a conference call this week with the CEO’s of the major oil companies playing a role in the potential development of Alaska’s natural gas pipeline. The requested participants include Tony Hayward from BP, James Mulva from ConocoPhillips, Rex Tillerson from Exxon along with others. According to my source, no one knows exactly what the purpose of the call is, but some have never the less speculated. …[The] state has done little more to move the gas pipeline forward over the last twenty months than to grant a Canadian company $500 million to push paperwork with no guarantee a pipeline will be built.

Palin and McCain’s Shotgun Marriage By Frank Rich 07 Sep 2008
What was most striking about McCain’s acceptance speech is that it had almost nothing in common with the strident right-wing convention that preceded it. We were pointedly given a rerun of McCain 2000 — cobbled together from scraps of the old Straight Talk repertory. The ensuing tedium was in all likelihood intentional. It’s in the campaign’s interest that we nod off and assume McCain is unchanged in 2008… Palin is a high-energy distraction from the top of the ticket, even if the provenance of her stardom is in itself a reflection of exactly what’s frightening about the top of the ticket. By hurling charges of sexism and elitism at any easily cowed journalist who raises a question about Palin, McCain operatives are hoping to ensure that whatever happened in Alaska with Sarah Palin stays in Alaska.

Sarah Palin, John McCain And Republican Fertility By BayouBuzz staff 05 Sep 2008
For the first time ever, the 2008 Republican Convention celebrated unwed teenage motherhood by seating Sarah Palin’s reportedly 5-months’ pregnant daughter with her teenage lover, proudly in the VIP row. As the swollen, 17-year-old Bristol Palin complacently gripped her swarthy impregnator’s hand, Alaska’s governor and the prospective mother’s mother sternly lectured on family values and accused “the media” of persecuting her family. Has the Republican Party gone mad? No. But perhaps it’s watched “The Da Vinci Code” too many times.

Obama: Palin aligned with Bush, Cheney 07 Sep 2008
Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama called Republican rival John McCain’s running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, a “skilled politician,” but said she was ideologically aligned with the Bush administration. “He chose someone who may be even more aligned with George Bush or Dick Cheney, or the politics we’ve seen over the last eight years than John McCain himself is,” Obama said in a taped interview broadcasted Sunday on ABC’s “This Week.”

6 September 2008

No Wolf Whistles for Sarah Palin’s Compassion by Walter Brasch

Jon Stewart : On Sarah Palin Hypocrisy
On “The Daily Show,” Jon Stewart hit Karl Rove and Bill O’Reilly with damning evidence of their hypocrisy regarding Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin.

Palin’s eldest son to guard top commanders in Iraq 05 Sep 2008
Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s eldest son, Track, will perform security duties for his brigade’s top officers in Iraq. In military parlance, Palin is a “dismount.” He and other soldiers operate armored vehicles called Strykers.

Bristol Palin Wants to Be VP By Lori Price 06 Sep 2008
Bristol Palin: “’I’m also hoping my mother wins [sic] to be Vice President, who knows maybe someday I’ll be following in her footsteps??” Yes, after the baby is born and the shotgun wedding has taken place, Bristol aspires to be a vice president, too! “Please don’t judge my mother or me, she’s the best mother in the world. Listen to her and what she has to say, don’t forget to vote [sic] her!” —Even if we did forget to vet her. [Actual quotes from Bristol Palin’s MySpace profile page, with commentary]

Subpoenas weighed in Palin probe —Alaska lawmakers will consider forcing aides to the governor to testify in an inquiry into her firing of the public safety chief. 06 Sep 2008
Several top Alaska state legislators said Friday that they would meet next week to consider authorizing subpoenas to force aides to Gov. Sarah Palin to testify in a probe into whether she abused her powers when she fired the state’s public safety commissioner. Palin ousted Walter Monegan in July, saying she wanted to go in a “new direction,” but Monegan has said he was axed after he repeatedly refused to sack Alaska State Trooper Michael Wooten, who was involved in a messy divorce from Palin’s sister.

McCain Ally Moves to Curb Probe of Palin 05 Sep 2008
Key Alaska allies of John McCain are trying to derail a politically charged investigation into Gov. Sarah Palin’s firing of her public safety commissioner in order to prevent a so-called “October surprise” that would produce embarrassing information about the vice presidential candidate on the eve of the election. In a move endorsed by the McCain campaign Friday, John Coghill, the GOP chairman of the state House Rules Committee, wrote a letter seeking a meeting of Alaska’s bipartisan Legislative Council in order to remove the Democratic state senator in charge of the so-called “troopergate” investigation.

Scott Richter Palin: Todd Palin Business Partner Emergency Motion 05 Sep 2008
Todd Palin’s former business partner Scott A. Richter, who allegedly had an affair with Sarah Palin, filled an emergency motion to seal his divorce records but it was denied. The Palins own few undeveloped properties on the Safari Lake and Big Lake, AK, in partnership with Scott A. Richter and his ex-wife Debbie under “Richter Investments LLC.” Debbie Richter was Palin’s campaign treasurer. Richter was awarded a job as the Director of the Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend Division for her service. The State of Alaska gives its citizens “free money” checks every year out of this fund. This “free money” comes from oil royalties collected and investments. The Fund is currently worth $35 billion. Under Sarah and Debbie’s leadership in 2006, all Permanent Fund claims from residents (you have to make a claim for your check) were lost in a computer data entry failure.

The Authoritative Trig Palin Conspiracy Time Line By Vanity Fair 05 Sep 2008
The McCain campaign won’t countenance it, and Barack Obama has even declared it off-limits, but the question of Trig Palin’s parentage—whether his real mom is Sarah Palin or her five-months pregnant, 17-year-old daughter Bristol—has transfixed the blogosphere. To settle the matter once and for all, presents this handy timeline juxtaposing both the official narrative and the wingnut conspiracy theories.

On Obama, Earmarks, Palin Less Than Honest —Palin’s RNC Speech Bent the Truth on Her Record and on the Opposition 04 Sep 2008
In a rousing speech at last night’s Republican National Convention, vice presidential hopeful Sarah Palin, the governor of Alaska, touted her record, attacked the opposition, and in some cases, bent the facts.

Palin Vetting Documents from 2006. For Hard Core Palin Addicts Only. (Mudflats) 05 Sep 2008
In 2006, when Sarah Palin ran for Governor of Alaska, the Democrats (unlike the Republicans of 2008) vetted her. The documentation is extensive, and was published online. Recently, the link from various websites including Politico to the documents went dead. Then it came back. Then it went dead. Then it came back. You get the idea. Considering the tendency for things to vanish these days, and thanks to a reader of Mudflats, you may now peruse the document in its entirety.

Palin: the real scandal By Leonard Doyle 06 Sep 2008
…[T]he woman who could soon be a 72-year-old’s heartbeat away from the United States presidency has an environmental policy so toxic it would make the incumbent, George Bush, blush… The 44-year-old governor says a federal government decision to protect the polar bear will cripple energy development offshore. As a result, she is suing the Bush administration, which ruled the polar bear is endangered and needs protection… Governor Palin would also like to bring open-cast coal mining to Alaska’s Brooks Range Mountains, an act of environmental vandalism in the eyes of many. The Palin administration has allowed Chevron to triple the amount of toxic waste it pours into the waters of Cook Inlet. This, even though the number of beluga whales in the bay has collapsed from 1,300 to 350 – the point of extinction – because of pollution and increased ship traffic.

‘This is an odd crowd, indeed, to be offering itself as a champion for working people.’ Running From Reality By Bob Herbert 06 Sep 2008
If there was one pre-eminent characteristic of the Republican convention this week, it was the quality of deception. Words completely lost their meaning. Reality was turned upside down. From the faux populist gibberish mouthed by speaker after speaker, you would never have known that the Republicans have been in power over the past several years and used that titanic power to lead the country to its present sorry state.

The Sarah Palin Selection: Why McCain’s Inexperienced Running Mate Falls Short of Meeting the Implicit Constitutional Qualifications For Vice Presidents By John W. Dean 05 Sep 2008
Given the fact that the 2008 GOP standard-bearer John McCain is seventy-two years of age, his selection of an inexperienced Vice Presidential running mate, Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, has again focused attention on the process and procedures for selecting vice presidents – or, to put it more bluntly, the utter lack of process or procedures in selecting the person who is a heartbeat away from the presidency… Consider this parallel: Does anyone believe that if John McCain were president and had selected Governor Sarah Palin under the Twenty-fifty Amendment to fill a vacancy in the vice presidency, Congress would have confirmed her? Not likely. In fact, it is even less likely that McCain would have even attempted to do so, for he would have embarrassed himself. While the Constitution does not expressly set forth qualifications for the vice-presidency, it strongly implies them --- and Palin falls short.

Alaskans Speak (In A Frightened Whisper): Palin Is “Racist, Sexist, Vindictive, And Mean” By Charley James 05 Sep 2008
“So Sambo beat the bitch!” This is how Republican Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin described Barack Obama’s win over Hillary Clinton to political colleagues in a restaurant a few days after Obama locked up the Democratic Party presidential nomination. According to Lucille, the waitress serving her table at the time and who asked that her last name not be used, Gov. Palin was eating lunch with five or six people when the subject of the Democrat’s primary battle came up. The governor, seemingly not caring that people at nearby tables would likely hear her, uttered the slur and then laughed loudly as her meal mates joined in appreciatively. “It was kind of disgusting,” Lucille, who is part Aboriginal, said in a phone interview after admitting that she is frightened of being discovered telling folks in the “lower 48" about life near the North Pole.

Sarah Palin or Jack Abramoff?
By Don(Don)
Despite prior assurances by Gov Palin and her staff of their full cooperation in the bipartisan investigation of the firing of Alaska Public Safety Commissioner, Palin and her people have now all lawyered up and clammed up. …

Iraq ‘victory within sight’: Palin
STERLING HEIGHTS, Michigan (AFP) — A US victory in Iraq is “within sight,” Republican vice presidential contender Sarah Palin said Friday. Palin attributed the imminent success to the surge of troops sent to Iraq last year who have …

Palin’s ‘Trooper-gate’ Cover-up

“The war in Iraq is part of God’s plan”, VP Palin
Imad Khadduri, Free Iraq
…”Sarah Palin displays an Israeli flag in her governor’s office in Juneau, even though she has never been to the country, and attends Protestant evangelical churches that consider the preservation of the state of Israel a biblical imperative. Her faith makes her a favorite with the staunchly pro-Israel neoconservative elements in the Republican Party. “…

Sarah Palin: GOD’S message
This is the word of the LORD Thanks be to GOD more about “Sarah Palin: GOD’S message”, posted with vodpod see Anti-war marchers try, try again; 300 arrested on Marion St. bridge John McCain Speaking at the RNC The Daily Show: Sarah Palin Gender Card

Gloria Steinem | Palin: Wrong Woman, Wrong Message
Gloria Steinem, The Los Angeles Times: “Here’s the good news: Women have become so politically powerful that even the anti-feminist right wing – the folks with a headlock on the Republican Party – are trying to appease the gender gap with a first-ever female vice president. We owe this to women – and to many men too – who have picketed, gone on hunger strikes or confronted violence at the polls so women can vote. We owe it to Shirley Chisholm, who first took the ‘white-male-only’ sign off the White House, and to Hillary Rodham Clinton, who hung in there through ridicule and misogyny to win 18 million votes.”

Investigation into Palin Now on Fast Track —Sources Tell ABC News that Report Will Be Released Almost Three Weeks Early 05 Sep 2008
ABC News has exclusively learned that Alaska Senator Hollis French will announce today that he is moving up the release date of his investigation into whether Gov. Sarah Palin abused her office to get the Alaska public safety commissioner, Walt Monegan, fired. The results of the investigation were originally scheduled for release Oct. 31 but will now come almost three weeks earlier, according to sources.

Palin aide bails on talking to Legislature —Jurisdiction: Witness is key in inquiry into Walt Monegan’s firing. 04 Sep 2008
One of Gov. Sarah Palin’s top aides was supposed to be interviewed under oath Wednesday as a key witness in the ongoing investigation into her firing of Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan. But the aide, Frank Bailey, abruptly backed out amid what his lawyer said is uncertainty over jurisdiction.

Media dilemma over Enquirer’s ‘Sarah Palin affair’ allegation 04 Sep 2008
…How will the US media big guns handle the latest, more serious allegation – that Sarah Palin had an affair with her husband’s business partner? The situation is particularly delicate since the allegation has been made by the notorious supermarket tabloid, the National Enquirer. The Enquirer said: “Following our John Edwards exclusives, our political reporting has obviously proven to be more detail-oriented than the McCain campaign’s vetting process. Despite the McCain camp’s attempts to control press coverage they find unfavorable, the Enquirer will continue to pursue news on both sides of the political spectrum.”,,media-dilemma-over

Here We Go By Andrew Sullivan 05 Sep 2008
Todd Palin’s former business partner [Sarah Palin’s alleged lover] files an emergency motion to have his divorce papers sealed.

Sarah Palin’s “Lover” Exposed? – Brad Hanson? 05 Sep 2008
Rumor has it that Mr. Brad Hanson, the man that has spilled the beans on his affair with Sarah Palin to The Enquirer is now a member of the Palmer City Council. He was married at the time when he was alleged to be with Palin. His is a city council member in Palmer.

Chabad envoy to Alaska: Palin staunch friend of Israel:
The Chabad envoy to Alaska on Thursday praised State Governor and recently nominated Republican candidate for Vice President Sarah Palin for her steadfast support for Israel.

The Empire Strikes Back:Sarah Palin’s Speech
By John Chuckman
Sarah is there to speak to the born-again crowd, people who do not actually trust John McCain as being sympathetic to their views, and with good reason. Born-agains are roughly a fifth of the American population, and the Republicans never can win without their support. So we’ve gone from having the nuttier class of fundamentalists burrowing into every corner of America’s government under George Bush, affecting even the language used in literature at the Grand Canyon, to having one of their own placed “a heartbeat away” from the presidency, and this by a man whose heartbeat just might not last his term

Palin’s Reformer Image Tainted By History Of Ethical Lapses
By Jason Leopold
A closer look at Palin’s short political career reveals that she committed some of the same ethical lapses that she has attacked, especially during her unsuccessful bid for lieutenant governor in 2002. She also has shown herself to be a thin-skinned politician quick to see herself as the target of conspiracies

McCain-Palin: ‘Phonies Squared’By Robert Parry

JUST THE FACTS, MA’AM Media Dissector

Fact checking is important even in an event that has so more to do with perceptions than facts. The AP did some on Tuesday night;

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and her Republican supporters held back little Wednesday as they issued dismissive attacks on Barack Obama and flattering praise on her credentials to be vice president. In some cases, the reproach and the praise stretched the truth.

Some examples:

PALIN: “I have protected the taxpayers by vetoing wasteful spending ? and championed reform to end the abuses of earmark spending by Congress. I told the Congress ‘thanks but no thanks’ for that Bridge to Nowhere.”

THE FACTS: As mayor of Wasilla, Palin hired a lobbyist and traveled to Washington annually to support earmarks for the town totaling $27 million. In her two years as governor, Alaska has requested nearly $750 million in special federal spending, by far the largest per-capita request in the nation. While Palin notes she rejected plans to build a $398 million bridge from Ketchikan to an island with 50 residents and an airport, that opposition came only after the plan was ridiculed nationally as a “bridge to nowhere.”

PALIN: “There is much to like and admire about our opponent. But listening to him speak, it’s easy to forget that this is a man who has authored two memoirs but not a single major law or reform – not even in the state senate.”

THE FACTS: Compared to McCain and his two decades in the Senate, Obama does have a more meager record. But he has worked with Republicans to pass legislation that expanded efforts to intercept illegal shipments of weapons of mass destruction and to help destroy conventional weapons stockpiles. The legislation became law last year. To demean that accomplishment would be to also demean the work of Republican Sen. Richard Lugar of Indiana, a respected foreign policy voice in the Senate. In Illinois, [Obama] was the leader on two big, contentious measures in Illinois: studying racial profiling by police and requiring recordings of interrogations in potential death penalty cases. He also successfully co-sponsored major ethics reform legislation.

PALIN: “The Democratic nominee for president supports plans to raise income taxes, raise payroll taxes, raise investment income taxes, raise the death tax, raise business taxes, and increase the tax burden on the American people by hundreds of billions of dollars.”

THE FACTS: The Tax Policy Center, a think tank run jointly by the Brookings Institution and the Urban Institute, concluded that Obama’s plan would increase after-tax income for middle-income taxpayers by about 5 percent by 2012, or nearly $2,200 annually. McCain’s plan, which cuts taxes across all income levels, would raise after tax-income for middle-income taxpayers by 3 percent, the center concluded.

Palin: Iraq war ‘a task that is from God’ 03 Sep 2008
Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin told ministry students at her former church that the United States sent troops to fight in the Iraq war on a “task that is from God.” In an address last June, the Republican vice presidential candidate also urged ministry students to pray for a plan to build a $30 billion natural gas pipeline in the state, calling it “God’s will.” [I’m praying for my own *God’s will,* so that the polar bear, wolf, and every other creature survives past January 2009. —LRP]

Palin aide skips deposition in ‘troopergate’ probe 04 Sep 2008
One of Gov. Sarah Palin’s top aides was supposed to be interviewed under oath Wednesday as a key witness in the ongoing investigation into her firing of Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan. But the aide, Frank Bailey, abruptly backed out amid what his lawyer said is uncertainty over jurisdiction.

Palin E-Mails Show Intense Interest in Trooper’s Penalty 04 Sep 2008
Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the running mate for GOP presidential candidate John McCain, wrote e-mails that harshly criticized Alaska state troopers for failing to fire her former brother-in-law and ridiculed an internal affairs investigation into his conduct. The e-mails were shown to The Washington Post by a former public safety commissioner, Walter Monegan, who was fired by Palin in July. Monegan has given copies of the e-mails to state ethics investigators to support his contention that he was dismissed for failing to fire Trooper Mike Wooten, who at the time was feuding with Palin’s family.

Palin was for earmarks before she was against them 04 Sep 2008
Back in late February, when Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin met Sen. John McCain for the first time at a convention of U.S. governors, the two dished about a number of things, but mostly earmarks… Unlike McCain, though, Palin has not been a purist on earmarks. As Alaska governor, she sought and obtained hundreds of millions of dollars in earmarks for the state, and as mayor of Wasilla, she hired lobbyist and former Stevens staffer Steve Silver to steer federal money to her town.

McCain had criticized earmarks from Palin —Three times in recent years, the Arizona senator’s lists of ‘objectionable’ pork spending have included earmarks requested by his new running mate. 03 Sep 2008
…John McCain has been throwing darts at the special spending system known as earmarking, through which powerful members of Congress can deliver federal cash for pet projects back home with little or no public scrutiny. He’s even gone so far as to publish “pork lists” detailing these financial favors. Three times in recent years, McCain’s catalogs of “objectionable” spending have included earmarks for this small Alaska town, requested by its mayor at the time — Sarah Palin.

Official: Palin’s never issued an order to Alaska Guard 03 Sep 2008
When presumptive Republican presidential nominee John McCain introduced Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate last Friday, the Arizona senator emphasized her role as the commander in chief of the Alaska National Guard. Later, when questions were raised about Palin’s lack of experience in national and international affairs, the McCain campaign pointed again to her military command experience as governor… “Can you tell me one decision that she made as commander in chief of the Alaska National Guard?” CNN journalist Campbell Brown asked Monday while interviewing McCain campaign spokesman Tucker Bounds. “Just one?” Bounds couldn’t, because Palin has never personally ordered the state guard to do anything.

VP hopeful Palin attended 5 colleges in 6 years 05 Sep 2008
Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin attended five colleges in six years before graduating from the University of Idaho in 1987. Federal privacy laws prohibit the schools from disclosing her grades, and none of the schools contacted by The Associated Press could say why she transferred. There was no indication any of them were contacted as part of the background investigation of Palin by presidential candidate John McCain’s campaign.

Affair Claim Is Just a Vicious Lie Says Palin 05 Sep 2008
American vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin has been accused of having an affair. Palin, 44, poured scorn on critics who have pounced on a series of controversies to emerge since her surprise choice as John McCain’s running mate. But US magazine the National Enquirer claimed on its front page yesterday that she once had an affair with one of her husband Todd’s business partners.

Palin denies affair rumours 04 Sep 2008
The McCain campaign has vigorously denied reports that Republican vice-presidential pick Sarah Palin had a steamy extramarital affair with her husband’s business partner. [Yup, this is the one Rove is going to use to get rid of Palin and get a more ‘electable’ Nazi as McCain’s VP – the person he wanted from the outset. —LRP]

GOP Claims Palin’s Teen Daughter’s Pregnancy Is All Hillary’s Fault Satire by R J Shulman 03 Sep 2008
Key leaders of the Republican Party are going on the offensive to head off criticism of their new Vice Presidential candidate Alaska Governor Sarah Palin due to the disclosure that her 17-year old unmarried daughter Bristol is pregnant. “If it wasn’t for Hillary’s long time support of loose morals and whipping up women to think they can make decisions about their own bodies, none of this would have happened,” said Grover Norquist, anti-tax activist and GOP leader.

Noonan, Murphy trash Palin on hot mike: ‘It’s over’ By Ben Smith 03 Sep 2008
After a segment with NBC’s Chuck Todd ended today, Republican consultant Mike Murphy and Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan were caught on a live mike ridiculing the choice of Sarah Palin. “It’s over,” said Noonan, who then responded to a question of whether Palin is the most qualified Republican woman McCain could have chosen. “The most qualified? No. I think they went for this — excuse me — political bullshit about narratives,” she said. “Every time the Republicans do that, because that’s not where they live and it’s not what they’re good at, they blow it.”

McCain-Palin: The GI Joe-Barbie ticket:
They both represent a certain two-dimensional picture of American life, or life as it should be, where all the women are drop-dead gorgeous and all the men happily rush off to war, to fight against unnamed and ever-shifting ‘baddies’.

Evangelical faith drives Palin’s pro-Israel view:
Sarah Palin displays an Israeli flag in her governor’s office in Juneau, even though she has never been to the country, and attends Protestant evangelical churches that consider the preservation of the state of Israel a biblical imperative.

Will Bunch | Palin’s Speech to Nowhere
Will Bunch, The Philadelphia Daily News: “Sarah Palin delivered a great speech tonight — for her party, for John McCain, for herself, for what she set out to accomplish… The pundits are fawning over it as I write this — Tom Brokaw said she could not have been ‘more winning and more engaging’ — and in a world that is dominated by horse race journalism I can understand why, because I agree that Palin’s one-of-a-kind story has given her long shot running mate a decent chance now of pulling this one out at the finish line. It’s a good metaphor, a horse race, because in the end it finishes right near where it started — just as it will be for America if John McCain and Sarah Palin are sworn in on Jan. 20, 2009. Yes, it was a great speech politically, and a great night for her family, but an empty speech for America — and for America’s families. It was defined by its lowest moment, Palin’s shameless lie about ‘the Bridge to Nowhere.’ This was a Speech to Nowhere.”

The ‘lipstick pitbull’
Palin goes on the attack against Obama-Biden view video

Palin comes out punching
Pepe Escobar and Paul Jay react to Sarah Palin’s speech view video

‘Palin told AIPAC she wants stronger Israel ties’
Haaretz Service and Reuters
U.S. Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin told the pro-Israel lobby AIPAC on Tuesday that she would “work to expand and deepen the strategic partnership between U.S. and Israel,” the group’s spokesman told the Wall Street Journal on Wednesday. According to the Wall Street Journal, Palin spent Tuesday in her hotel suite with campaign aides working on her speech at the Republican Convention scheduled for Wednesday. Sources familiar with her schedule said that she also had a private session with Jewish Senator Joe Lieberman…

McCain VP Pick Has History of Clashes By Jason Leopold
The political career of Sarah Palin, Sen. John McCain’s vice presidential pick, has been marked by conflicts, score-settling and her own claim that she faces “enemies – powerful enemies.”

Media Swoon Over Palin’s Fiery Speech
By Michael Calderone, Politico
NBC political director Chuck Todd, weighing in shortly after Sarah Palin’s fiery speech before the Republican faithful, declared: “Conservatives have found their Obama.”

McCain Camp Blames Media For Palin Controversy
By Paul J. Gough, Reuters
The McCain campaign came out swinging against the media over the controversy and coverage swirling around vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.

VIDEO | Top GOP Pundits Fault Palin Selection
Mike Murphy and Peggy Noonan, GOP pundits, caught talking while live mic catches candid conversation.

THE POLITICAL LANDSCAPE: Politician: What happens if Palin becomes …
Daily Pilot – Costa Mesa,CA,USA
Cook’s campaign also slammed Rohrabacher for his friendship with disgraced Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff on the eve of Abramoff’s sentencing for fraud, …

Palin Lobbyist Worked For Jack Abramoff
It just keeps getting better and better! I have always been tired of the GOP using Religion and God to sway voters?.it should simply be about the critical issues and the best leaders to build concensus and implement necessary change to …

GOP Claims Palin’s Teen Daughter’s Pregnancy Is All Hillary’s Fault + Teenage Pregnancy Is Now “In”
Posted: 03 Sep 2008 04:21 PM CDT
Satire Robert by R J Shulman Dandelion Salad featured writer Robert’s blog post The Post Times Sun Dispatch Sept 2, 2008 ST. PAUL, Minnesota – Key leaders of the Republican Party are going on the offensive to head off criticism of their new Vice Presidential candidate Alaska Governor Sarah Palin due to the disclosure that her 17-year old unmarried daughter Bristol is pregnant

Vetting of Palin Came Late —Palin not interviewed by chief of vetting process until day before she was tapped, aides say. 03 Sep 2008
Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin was not subjected to a lengthy in-person background interview with the head of Sen. John McCain’s vice presidential vetting team until last Wednesday in Arizona, the day before McCain asked her to be his running mate, and she did not disclose the fact that her 17-year-old daughter was pregnant until that meeting, two knowledgeable McCain officials acknowledged Tuesday.

Palin Meets With AIPAC 02 Sep 2008
Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin today met with the board of directors of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, NBC/NJ has confirmed. The meeting took place inside Palin’s hotel, sources said. A campaign official would not say who asked for the meeting, but said it was geared towards putting the American Jewish community at ease over her understanding of US-Middle East relations.

Anti-Jewish Terror is “God’s Judgment” By Andrew Sullivan 02 Sep 2008
Yes, Sarah Palin sat in a church where this message was given. Two weeks ago. The karma in all this is just amazing: Brickner also described terrorist attacks on Israelis as God’s “judgment of unbelief” of Jews who haven’t embraced Christianity. “Judgment is very real and we see it played out on the pages of the newspapers and on the television. It’s very real. When [Brickner’s son] was in Jerusalem he was there to witness some of that judgment, some of that conflict, when a Palestinian from East Jerusalem took a bulldozer and went plowing through a score of cars, killing numbers of people. Judgment — you can’t miss it.” Palin was in church that day, Kroon said, though he cautioned against attributing Brickner’s views to her. How does Hannity deal with this? After what he said about Jeremiah Wright?

Sarah Palin’s Shameful Record on Wolves —Sarah Palin Supports Shooting Wolves and Bears From Airplanes (Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund) 03 Sep 2008
Alaska Governor and GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin is a strong promoter of the aerial hunting of wolves and bears, a practice that has been condemned by conservationists, scientists and many hunters alike. It involves shooting wolves and bears from the air or chasing them to exhaustion and then landing and shooting them point blank. The animals, shot with a shotgun, usually die a painful death. The hunters involved in the program keep and sell the animals’ pelts. “Sarah Palin’s anti-conservation position is so extreme that she condones shooting wolves and bears from airplanes or using airplanes to chase them to exhaustion and then shoot them point blank. Most Americans find this practice barbaric, but it’s routine in Alaska under Palin’s leadership,” said Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund president Rodger Schlickeisen. [Why can’t the wolves and the bears learn how to return fire?]

Palin questions global warming science 02 Sep 2008
Senator John McCain’s choice of a running mate, Governor Sarah Palin of Alaska, has questioned the science behind predictions of sea ice loss linked to global warming. She also favours drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Palin has also opposed a state initiative that would have banned metal mines from discharging pollution into salmon streams… Last month, the state of Alaska under Palin’s guidance sued Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne in an attempt to reverse his decision to list polar bears as a threatened species.

Another Controversy for Sarah Palin —Former Police Chief Says He Was Fired for Challenging Palin’s Campaign Contributors 03 Sep 2008
Gov. Sarah Palin is already facing ethical questions over her firing of the Alaska public safety commissioner, and now she faces questions over the firing of a longtime local police chief. After taking over as Mayor of the small town of Wasilla, Palin fired the longtime local police chief. The former police chief, Irl Stambaugh says he was fired because he stepped on the toes of Palin’s campaign contributors, including bar owners and the National Rifle Association.

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