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Saturday, December 31, 2011

Top stories of 2011

Tucson shooting

Japan earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear meltdown

Joplin MO and Tuscaloosa AL tornadoes

State of Minnesota shuts down for three weeks

Debt ceiling debate

Occupy Wall Street protesters

NFL lockout

Penn State Sex Abuse Scandal

NBA lockout nearly cancels season

Osama Bin Laden killed

Mommar Gadafi killed

US Troops leave Iraq

Arab Spring

Friday, December 30, 2011

What's Levi Johnston up to these days?

Haven't heard much about him since his book was released.

Is he in hiding?

Still trying to break into Hollywood?

Did the Palins pay him off?

Did the Palins snuff him out?

Is he still fighting to see Tripp?

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

NFL week #17 picks (all games on Sunday New Years Day)

Tampa Bay at Atlanta
Baltimore at Cincinnati
Pittsburgh at Cleveland
Detroit at Green Bay
San Francisco at St. Louis
NY Jets at Miami
Chicago at Minnesota NO AD no win
Buffalo at New England
Carolina at New Orleans
Dallas at NY Giants
Washington at Philadelphia
Indianapolis at Jacksonville
Tennessee at Houston
Seattle at Arizona
San Diego at Oakland
Kansas City at Denver Maybe Sarah's curse will wear off

Back to Babygate

On Christmas Eve I attended church services at the church I belong to. During the service we have a segment called Joys and Concerns. One of the concerns the pastor brought up was a woman in the community who had given birth a month early during the week (Dec 21 or 23, can't remember which date). Mother was fine but the baby had to be airlifted to a hospital in another city that had a neo-natal unit due to his body temperature being low. It was not life threatening but cause for concern. This baby DOES NOT have Down Syndrome and is healthy in every other respect except for the body temperature.

The hospital this baby was born in is similar to Mat-Su Regional Hospital where Trig was supposedly born in size and services it provides.

Which brings us to the question, if this baby had to go the neo-natal unit because of his temperature being too low, shouldn't the same have been done for Trig, who was also at least a month early, has Down Syndrome, at risk for jaundice and possible heart problems. I'm sure the baby will not be allowed to go to work with it's mother after three days, like Trig was.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

More proof that the Johnstons did not get to see Tripp on Christmas or today

Once again Bristol is lying.

Couple theories:

1.Tripp is not Levi's

2.Bristol is afraid Tripp will say something to Sadie

3.Or Sadie is lying

Personally I think it's 1 or 2

Here is a picture of Tripp on Christmas, note his pajamas says Tripp Easton Mitchell Palin. His legal name is Johnston. Nice try Bristol but you cannot change his name without Levi's permission.

Was Tripp Easton Mitchell Johnston really born three years ago today?-Update

Although I'm skeptical now you were born on this day but Happy Birthday anyway. Hope your mother (cough cough) lets you spend time with your daddy, grandma, and Aunt Sadie.

For the post questioning Tripp's birthdate go to The Palin Place

This week, I found a statement near the end of Levi's book Deer in the Headlights that rocked me.

First, a short review: After Tripp was born and came home, Levi went back to work on the slope. On January 5, 2009 news broke that Levi was not qualified for the apprenticeship program and he immediately resigned. Three days later he arrived back in Wasilla and Bristol met him at the door saying she was breaking up with him. He packed up and was sent away.

When was that? January 8, 2009. Okay, now then, when Levi talked about the second engagement and the second break up that happened in early August 2010, he said:

Only a year and a half before, Bristol and I had split up for the first time-little more than a month after Tripp was born. ( pg 251)

Well, well well. Levi, bless your heart. You are a Trig-truther's best friend. Once again, you've told us your son was born late in November or early in December 2008.


UPDATE-Little Tripp was denied a Christmas visit from his daddy's family. From Mercede's Facebook page. Thanks Gryphen!

Wow. The ONE day of the year we were promised to get my Nephew to celebrate Christmas and his Birthday and it gets taken away from us.

Tripp is the real unfair to him! Does anyone think about TRIPP'S SAKE!!! I was really hoping he could finally open his Christmas gifts from LAST YEAR, and all of his new Christmas and birthday gifts, and be able to enjoy his birthday cake I made for him.

I am so sorry Tripp. We love you so very much. I don't get how people can be so manipulative and lie without any sense of remorse just to justify their own actions. I didn't want to put this on fb but I feel the need to defend my family, because we would NEVER pass on the chance to get Tripp, and anyone who believes that we would can't tell the difference between a rock and a hole in the ground.

Bristol you really are a piece of work. You are just like your mother, a lying, conniving, deceitful bitch who deserves a special place in hell. You remind me of my ex-sister in law. When she divorced my brother she turned his daughters against him.

Update-2 Is Mercede spilling the beans regarding Tripp's birthday? Maybe that's why Bristol would not let Tripp come see the Johnston's. From Mercede's Facebook page:

Thank you to the Anon poster who sent me this!

Monday, December 26, 2011

Sarah's curse continues on Tim Tebow

Denver lost to Buffalo Saturday 40-14.

Way to go Sarah!

Troll comments 12/18-12/24

Did Track and Britta have their wedding reception?

Anonymous said...

Why should these two, people who don't seek spotlight, announce anything? Why do you care? The question really is relevant. Does ANYONE here have a life?

Anon 7:47, as a child, Track was the spitting image of Todd, his uncle, his grandfather and a couple of his (Tracks) cousin. He has since grown into Heath features, as Piper has. But, we all no doubt see what we WANT to see which presents the biggest problem of all. When your mind is made up and you automatically believe something without FIRSTHAND knowledge, you color yourself ignorant and closedminded.

December 20, 2011 9:30 AM

Anonymous said...

Wow Sally, who pissed in your family's gene pool? I've never met a closer , more devoted family than the Palins.

Why don't you try some human decency with your morning cheerios. Itll make you a happier person, promise ;)

December 20, 2011 9:32 AM

Anonymous said...

Anon 7:08, HUH??? Tip for you, lay off the paint chips.

December 20, 2011 9:33 AM

Kaity said...

Anon 602, you are hella ignorant. Please put on a straight jacket before you hurt yourself.

December 20, 2011 9:36 AM

Anonymous said...

B, I've never thought Track even slightly resembled Curtis. I've always seen Heath features in him. Well, when he was little I saw Palin features. He was the twin of his great grandfather (Todds grandfather).

Curtis had a face that came to a very distinct point at his chin. His sons all hve the same face. I saw a picture fo Track and Todd at Arctic Man, wearing sunglasses, and I couldn't tell them apart.

I, nor the Heaths, know who started the Curtis paternity rumor, but there's zero evidence it is true. Chuck Jr was talking to a friend about a year ago, a woman who dated Curtis in both Jr high and Hs, and neither could determine who was spreading all the vicious lies about their school days.

Those who know the least about someone ALWAYS have the most to say.

Truest statement ever uttered.

December 20, 2011 9:41 AM

Anonymous said...

Anon 531, you're pretty judgmental aren't ya? Not healthy to speak like you know other people.

A person's background is not a motivator to judge them harshly. We are individuals.

December 20, 2011 9:43 AM

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas and a special I Love Lucy episode

Wishing each and every one of you a Merry Christmas! When you are celebrating today, remember the reason for this day.

In the spirit of Christmas I will have last weeks troll comments up tomorrow. However I am posting up an old I Love Lucy Christmas epsiode.

Even though I was born in the 70's long after I Love Lucy went off the air, I had watched it in reruns and syndication and really enjoyed it.

The first time I watched this episode was in December 1989. Lucille Ball had died earlier in the year and the local TV station (not sure which affiliate, probably CBS since they aired the original episodes) aired this Christmas episode in memory of her.

The night it was aired I was out of the house so I had my mom tape it for me (she programmed the VCR, this was back in 1989, pre TIVO)

The next night after I got home from school settled in the TV room I watched the show. Had my usual laughs until right at the very end, when Lucy, Ricky, Fred, and Ethel wished the audience a Merry Christmas. At that moment it hit me that with the passing of Lucille Ball, the entire adult cast was gone. Desi Arnaz had died three years earlier, while William Frawley and Vivian Vance had gone to their reward many years earlier. Right there I began to cry. Luckily I was the only one home so no one saw me cry. This was the only time an I Love Lucy episode brought me to tears.

So here is the colorized version of I Love Lucy. I hope you enjoy it. I no longer cry though when I see this episode as my grief has passed. Merry Christmas and God Bless!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Rick Perry fucked up again

From the Washington Examiner blog

Texas Gov. Rick Perry failed to get on Virginia's presidential primary ballot after the state Republican Party determined Friday that he didn't submit at least 10,000 valid signatures. The GOP earlier announced former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Texas Rep. Ron Paul will be on the ballot.

An announcement from the party on former House Speaker Newt Gingrich's petitions is expected Friday evening.

The state GOP verified Friday that Romney and Paul turned in petitions with enough valid signatures, including 400 from each of Virginia’s 11 congressional districts, to get their names on the March 6 primary ballot.

Perry submitted 11,911 signatures to Virginia election officials Thursday, which means 2,000 or more signatures were deemed invalid. Gingrich had about 800 fewer signatures than Perry so there's no guarantee he would meet the 10,000-name threshold.

The rest of the field — former Sen. Rick Santorum, Rep. Michele Bachmann and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman — failed to file petitions by Thursday’s deadline and won't be on the ballot. The Democratic Party of Virginia certified President Obama’s petitions, which included more than 15,000 signatures, Friday.

Virginia is one of the hardest states to get on the ballot. In 2008, Sen. Chris Dodd of Connecticut, then running for the Democratic nomination, failed to make Virginia's ballot.

Romney handed in more than 16,000 signatures Tuesday, signaling the strength of his Virginia organization. According to state election officials, Paul turned in 14,361 signatures, followed by Perry’s 11,911 and Gingrich’s 11,050.

Virginia’s 49 delegates, handed out proportionally based on election results, make up more than 10 percent of the 475 delegates up for grabs on Super Tuesday.


Couldn't have happened to a better guy

Mitt Romney commits voter fraud

Republicans are amblivient towards sex abuse victims

Joe Paterno who is a Republican and is buddies with George H.W. Bush Sr. and was a good friend of Gerald Ford knew that his former assistant Jerry Sandusky is a pedophile and did nothing about it.

Michele Bachmann, Mike Huckabee, Rick Perry and Sarah Palin believe a rape victim should have to carry a baby that was concieved during a rape to full term.

Sarah Palin tried to charge rape victims the cost of rape kits while mayor of Wasilla.

Tim Pawlenty pardoned a sex offender only to have the offender abuse his daughter.

Mike Huckabee also had a hand in getting a sex offender clemency, who had raped a distant cousin of Democrat Bill Clinton. This sex offender would also re-offend and commit murder.

Current PA Governor Tom Corbett approved a $3 million taxpayer paid grant to The Second Mile, the charity ran by accused pedophile Jerry Sandusky while the investigation was going on.

Sarah Palin's father Chuck Heath protested the firing of an elementary school principal who refused to fire a teacher accused of sexual abuse.

And the Republican Party is supposed to be all about family values. Sounds like rape and sexual abuse are family values.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Sarah accuses President Obama of hating Christmas

From FOX News Radio:

he official White House holiday card makes no mention of the word ‘Christmas’ and instead focused on Bo the First Dog based on the wishes of the First Family.

“From our family to yours, may your holidays shine with the light of the season,” read the inside of the card, featuring the presidential seal.

The front of the card features Bo the First Dog lounging by a fireplace. Holiday greenery is draped over the fireplace mantle. Holiday presents are placed on a table underneath a poinsettia – instead of a Christmas tree.

Los Angeles-based artist Mark Matuszak told the LA Times that he was asked to create the card by the White House social secretary.

“They wanted to do an inside shot, something home related,” Matuszak told the newspaper. He said one of the ideas was to focus on the Obama’s family dog. “So we thought, let’s put Bo in front of a fireplace.”

Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin told Fox News & Commentary that she found the card to be a bit unusual.

“It’s odd,” she said, wondering why the president’s Christmas card highlights his dog instead of traditions like “family, faith and freedom.”

“Even stranger than that was his first year in office when the Christmas ornaments included Chairman Mao,” Palin said. “People had to ask that it be removed because it was offensive.”

President Obama’s Christmas Cards have been the subject of controversy in the past. His 2009 greeting card made no reference to Christmas, drawing the ire of Republican Congressman Henry Brown.

“I believe that sending a Christmas card without referencing a holiday and its purpose limits the Christmas celebration in favor of a more ‘politically correct’ holiday,” the South Carolina congressman told Fox News Radio in 2009.

Former President Bush did not mention Merry Christmas in his cards, but had a history of including Bible passages on the White House Christmas Cards.

For his final Christmas in office, the president sent a greeting card that included a verse from the Gospel of Matthew.

“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven,” the card read.

Palin said the majority of Americans can appreciate the more traditional, “American foundational values illustrated and displayed on Christmas cards and on a Christmas tree.”

As for the Obama card, she replied, “It’s just a different way of thinking coming out of the White House.”

Here is the card in question. I think it looks very nice!

Here is Ronald Reagan's Christmas card:

Now tell me which President must hate Christmas.

Also President Obama went Christmas shopping recently. Guess he really hates Christmas! He evens says Merry Christmas to the clerk! Oh my goodness the President must be Muslim or something! Click on the ABC link to see for yourself.

ABC News

Here is the intelligent Rachel Maddow's take on this:

Sarah just do us all a favor and go away. The reason people say Happy Holidays is easier than saying "Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year". That's a mouthful especially for you.

Newt Gingrich and his Tiffany's account

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

NFL week #16 picks

Houston at Indianapolis

Denver at Buffalo
Arizona at Cincinnati
Minnesota at Washington
Tampa Bay at Carolina
Cleveland at Baltimore
Jacksonville at Tennessee
Oakland at Kansas City
Miami at New England
NY Giants at NY Jets
St. Louis at Pittsburgh
San Diego at Detroit
San Francisco at Seattle
Philadelphia at Dallas

Chicago at Green Bay

Atlanta at New Orleans

Rick Perry cuts funding for fire departments, then prays for rain

From Politico

As Texas Gov. Rick Perry has stayed in-state for the past two days dealing with the record forest fires there, a reader pointed out to me the fact that the state was set earlier this year to cut the budget of the agency that deals with fighting such blazes.

Texas lawmakers are set to slash funding for the agency responsible for fighting wildfires in the midst of a historic wildfire season in which some 2.5 million acres have burned.

The Texas Forest Service faces almost $34 million in budget cuts over the next two years, roughly a third of the agency's total budget. The cuts are in both the House and Senate versions of the proposed state budget.
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The Forest Service has about 200 firefighters and offers assistance grants to volunteer fire departments. Assistance grants are likely to take the biggest hit.

Volunteers — two of whom were killed in fighting this year's fires — make up nearly 80 percent of the state's fire-fighting force and are first responders to roughly 90 percent of wildfires in Texas.

"Volunteer programs are our No. 1 defense," Forest Service Director Tom Boggus told Reuters.

A month earlier, Perry and the Texas congressional delegation had asked President Obama to "grant a disaster declaration" that would have brought federal funds to cover much of the fire-fighting.

It's not immediately clear what the outcome of the proposed budget slashing, and a Perry spokesman didn't respond to an email for comment earlier today.

But, putting aside the seriousness of the situation in Texas, this is a problem that many small-government state chief executives find themselves in at a national level - squaring budget cuts with federal asks.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Did Track and Britta have their wedding reception

Track and Britta got married back in May, and they were supposed to have some kind of second wedding/reception on December 16. Have not heard anything else. No pictures, nothing. Did they even get married in May?

Monday, December 19, 2011

Ron Paul stumped

Sarah Palin causes Tim Tebow to lose against the Patriots

From FOX News

Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin has not decided to flex her political muscle and endorse a Republican candidate for President yet; but she has picked a favorite quarterback, Tim Tebow.

Sunday on "America's News Headquarters" Governor Palin said she is impressed with Tebow's fearless bold display of his faith. "He knows that Jesus is going to rock your world when you give it over to him and he is bold about it," Palin explains.

Tim Tebow has attracted unprecedented attention on and off the football field for his unorthodox skill-set and his frequent expressions of his faith on the field. In fact, it's such a phenomenon that a new word has been created to describe his expression of faith: "Tebowing."

The Urban Dictionary defines "Tebowing" as a gesture "to get down on a knee and start praying, even if everyone else around you is doing something completely different."

As far as Governor Palin is concerned, Tebow is a model for us all, "(he) knows that the son of GOD should be honored and praised and Tebow does that and I respect it." Lucky for the current GOP presidential field, Tebow can't run for the Presidency foranother 11 years. The Governor does not express the same level of excitement for the current political field of GOP presidential candidates.

We all know that everything Sarah touches turns to shit. Tim will probably lose the rest of his games now that Sarah has declared her love for him.

Sarah should apologize to Tim.

Personally I like Tim Tebow, as a person. And he is a nice piece of eye candy as evidenced in the picture above. He does practice what he preaches, unlike some RWNJ's such as Rick Perry, Michele Bachmann, Rick Santorum, and Sarah Palin. However he could turn it down a notch in declaring his faith because it turns people off to Christianity. Some of my agnostic and atheist friends tell me that they actually like Jesus, but do not like his followers, hence this bumper sticker:

I also do not think Jesus cares about football games. God gives people talent but it's up to the person to use their talent wisely. If Tim did not practice or work out, never watched any film on his opponent, ate junk food, smoked cigarettes, did drugs, or drank all the time, of course he will lose.

As far as his football talents, I think the Broncos would be better served to have him as a running back. Just my opinion.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Rick Santorum and his Google problem

Troll Comments 12/11-12-17

Sarah Palin and Cronyism

Anonymous said...

The funny thing is, Sarah herself is a good boss, she inspires progress and people work for her.

"Mr. Bitney was a high school classmate" I don't think this is accurate. I think Bitney attended middle school with Sarah. I'm in touch wiith dozens of Hs classmates and none remember him.

I have to question WHY you're still "stalking" Palin. She's not running for President. Continuing to blog about her when no one cares is DOESNT help the very real problems in DC today. There are still lots ofpeople who are still on the obama koolaid. You must realize it doesn't matter if Sarah was a crony cao. It matters that that practice is HEAVILY in play in DC today, as well as pretty much all states. Go to ANY city hall. Youll no doubt find snotty 20 somthings who were handed their jobs. I worked in NYC local govt before I moved away. THAT is precisely why I quit. There are tons of people who wont even associate with those who WERENT handed their jobs by "daddy".

People need perspective. People need to stop focusing on a woman who doesnt matter, a woman 99% of the country doesn't think about. It's pointless and you're literally wasting your breath and fingers.

But the funny thing is, people were mad that they volunteered for her run for Gov and were overlooked for job appointments. Ummm, you can't have it both ways.
Like in business, people hire who THEY trust and from the start Palin was being attacked as a woman and conservative by many: radio,AK political foes...

So, can't you see WHY she hired who she did? Like I've said, what kind of person does it take to want to deprive a mother from attending her son's graduation?

In DC, you should be concerning with the calibre of appountees, the radical nature of them, the extent of the first lady's (not a paid position) staff (and their excessive salaries-all first ladies, though Michelle has significantly more)

Again, perspective and objectivity..

December 14, 2011 12:34 AM

Why I will vote for Barack Obama again

snicker said...

Didnt canada just repeal Kyoto?

How does that feel , climate hysterics?

December 15, 2011 2:58 AM

Anonymous said...

Because you're ignorant and enjoy voting for a man who has no priorities. You also don't know the true reason for what caused economic meltdown. But honestly, I don't see things getting worse IF Obama doesn't succeed in passing expensive, pointless legislation.

The question is: can a country sustain itself where it is now for 4 more years? Obama has proven he's useless in the leadership and intellect department. He can read a script. But he proved during the campaign that without a script, he has not idea what he's saying, gets flustered and lost. WHY WHY WHY can't people watch those videos and see that.

If he were ANY republican, or a republican in general, he would have been LAUGHING OFF THE STAGE AND OUT OF POLITICS with the performances he gave at rallies.

Why you ask?

Because YOU laughing at anyone else who makes those same idiotic mistakes and similar performances, and thats when you begin personally destroying them out of sheer immaturity.

December 15, 2011 4:19 AM

Anonymous said...

Dear Virginia Voter,

We haven't seen Obama's true intentions and plans yet. This is merely his beginning takeover. He never thought he'd meet such resistence in his and democrats attempts to socialize America.

Oh and BTW, HCR, thanks but NO Thanks. my insurance has increased. My employers complains DAILY about it. A good President takes into considering these things. HE IS NOT PRAGMATIC. He is a man who RELIES on appealing to people's emotions.

Look at how many people desperately search for a nice picture of him and his family, one where Malia doesnt look like she wants to straggle people, one where Michelle doesn't appear as if she is contemplating divorce, and of course, the DNCs precious angel Sasha has to be giddy an laughing. Any candidate who has supporters who use these propaganda techniques to win elections and support was elected for the wrong reasons. Families don't matter in business. Pretty pictures don't matter in business.

What matters is solid decision making skills, proven leadership ability,leaders who DONT cater to people's emotions to win support. ...............................

Do imagine Sarah Palni saying "if ya love me, youll________"

Now think of your reaction/

Now remember when Obama said that phrase to ome college (?)

College students vote on emotion. It's all they have. I owned my business right fter HS and through college. Watching my peers blindly follow a man (Obama) who has told numerous contradictory stories about his past, about his plans and has changed history several times, KILLED me. I wanted to scream, "YOU DO REALIZE SOME OF THESE POLICIES MAY PUT ME OUT OF BUSINESS." AND "TAXING THE WEALTHY JUST TO MAKE THINGS FAIR (WHATEVER THAT MEANS)" isn't right.

We cannot punish successful people when America is the last frontier for many. We CAN change tax rules and make sure there aren't loopholes for sly lawyers to help the wealthy.

Jealousy is killing this country. There's not ONE impoverished person who couldn't be a successful individual. NOT ONE.

HAve a little faith in yourself.

Oh and govt. Stop giving companies tax breaks (where they pay nothing) based on snake oil science and ridic green policies. Tax breaks are incentives. The choice to NOT pay taxes is obscene.

Thank you

December 15, 2011 4:32 AM

Joe Biden interview with Rachel Maddow Part 1 and 2

snicker said...

Troops are still "stuck" in Germany and Japan!!11!
Dumfucks, they were supposed to stay in Iraq to protect against Iran , but Obama blowed it.

December 15, 2011 12:19 PM

snicker said...

Why did your dream boy obama leave the stealh drone to Iran , why didn't he bomb it before they got it?

Why did he let the high priest of Iran kill the green movement?

Why does he give guns to Mexican drug gangs , so they can kill Mexicans and American border officers ?

Where's the video where Slow Joe talks up Corzine , the MF global scam artist?

You obama bots gets fucked ass to mouth , and you just comes back for more.

December 15, 2011 2:32 PM

Christopher Hitchens on Sarah Palin

Anonymous said...

Wow. How could I missed this.

Good riddance.

December 16, 2011 9:58 AM

Anonymous said...

Comparing pics of Trig

He looks like a boy with DS, like other kids with DS. He looks a lot like Gina Loudon's DS son. Other than that, people see what they want to see.

To BradS, he looks like Wooten. To Leadfoot and WUA above, he looks like Levi. To Laura, he looks like Sarah.

Simply put, he is a child. Children change frequently.

It's very important to remember that if you believe something strongly enough, you will think it's true. This is the simplest to describe the ridiculous argument that Todd is not Track's father, despite the pictorial evidence that toddler Track looks just like Todd, Todd's uncle and grandfather.

It is pointless to judge parentage based on looks, esp when there are factors like special needs characteristics. Remember those pictures from when Sarah and Trig were at the Buddy Walk? Trig looked like ALL those other DS kids.

December 17, 2011 9:59 AM

The Iraq war is finally over!


Early Sunday, as the sun ascended to the winter sky, the very last American convoy made its way down the main highway that connects Iraq and Kuwait.

The military called it its final "tactical road march." A series of 110 heavily armored, hulking trucks and Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles carrying about 500 soldiers streamed slowly but steadily out of the combat zone.

A few minutes before 8 a.m., the metal gate behind the last MRAP closed. With it came to an end a deadly and divisive war that lasted almost nine years, its enormous cost calculated in blood and billions.

Some rushed to touch the gate, forever a symbol now of an emotional, landmark day. Some cheered with the Army's ultimate expression of affirmation: "Hooah!"

Once, when hundreds of thousands of Americans were in Iraq, the main highway was better known as Main Supply Route Tampa and soldiers trekked north towards Baghdad and beyond, never knowing what danger lurked on their path.

On this monumental day, the Texas-based 3rd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division's main concern was how to avoid a traffic jam on their final journey in Iraq.

Staff Sgt. Daniel Gaumer, 37, was on this road in August 2003. It was his first time at war. He was frightened.

There was not a lot of traffic at that time, he recalled. He remembered a lot of cheering by Iraqis, even though the situation was tense.

Sunday morning, the air was decidedly different.

"It's pretty historic," he said about the drive south, hoping he will not ever have to come back through this unforgiving terrain again.

Once there were bases sprinkled in the desolate desert between Nasiriya and Basra, American soldiers hidden from view behind walls of giant mesh Hesco bags filled with dirt and sand to stave off incoming fire.

On this day, the roads, the bases were in Iraqi hands, the sands in the bags returned to the earth.

Once, almost nine years ago in March 2003, U.S. tanks and armored personnel carriers had thundered north, with the drive and determination needed to decapitate a dictator.

On this day, heading south towards Khabari border crossing, the soldiers took stock of their sacrifice.

In another war, there had been little joy or even emotion as final jet transports lifted Americans from Vietnamese soil.

Sunday saw the end of the largest troop drawdown for the United States since Vietnam.

Those men and women who fought in Iraq may not feel they are leaving behind an unfinished war or returning home to a nation as deeply scarred as it was after years of Vietnam.

But many crossed the border harboring mixed feelings and doubt about the future of Iraq.

"The biggest thing about going home is just that it's home," Gaumer said. "It's civilization as I know it -- the Western world, not sand and dust and the occasional rain here and there."

A month ago, Adder, the last U.S. base before the five-hour drive to the Kuwaiti border, housed 12,000 people. By Thursday, the day the United States formally ended its mission in Iraq with a flag-casing ceremony in Baghdad, under 1,000 people remained there.

The 3rd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division officially transferred control of Camp Adder to the Iraqis on Friday, though it did not really change hands until the last American departed early Sunday morning.

At its height, Adder housed thousands of troops and had a large PX, fast-food outlets, coffee shops and even an Italian restaurant. Now a ghost town, the United States gave 110,000 items left at Adder to the Iraqis, a loot worth $76 million, according to the military.

In her last days working in a guard tower in Iraq, Sgt. Ashley Vorhees, 29, dreamed of seeing her three children and eating crispy chicken tacos at Rosa's Mexican restaurant in Killeen, Texas. She also looked forward to not having to carry her gun with her to the bathroom.

Vorhees, a combat medic, spent her first tour of Iraq with her husband, also a soldier.

"When Osama bin Laden was captured and killed, my mom was like 'Does that mean that everybody is coming home now?'" Vorhees said.

"We actually had it a lot better than the people did who did the initial invasion," she said. "We're just thankful that we're not getting attacked every day."

When the war was at its worst in 2006, America had 239,000 men and women in uniform stationed in more than 500 bases sprinkled throughout Iraq. Another 135,000 contractors were working in Iraq.

The United States will still maintain a presence in Iraq: hundreds of nonmilitary personnel, including 1,700 diplomats, law enforcement officers, and economic, agricultural and other experts, according to the State Department. In addition, 5,000 security contractors will protect Americans and another 4,500 contractors will serve in other roles.

The quiet U.S. exit, shrouded in secrecy until it occurred, closes a war that was contentious from the start and cost the nation more than $800 billion.

President Barack Obama, who had made a campaign promise to bring home American troops, reflected on a greater cost as Sunday's exit made good on his word.

More than 4,500 U.S. troops were killed in Iraq; more than 30,000 wounded. In all, 1.5 million Americans served their nation at war.

"All of them -- our troops, veterans, and their families -- will always have the thanks of a grateful nation," Obama said in his weekly radio address Saturday.

It's impossible to know with certainty the number of Iraqis who have died in Iraq since 2003. But the independent public database Iraq Body Count has compiled reports of more than 150,000 between the invasion and October 2010, with four out of five dead being civilians.

And the question of how Iraq will fare in the months ahead, without U.S. troops, is also impossible to answer.

Even before the last soldiers had left, political crisis was erupting in Baghdad.

The powerful political bloc Iraqiya said it was suspending its participation in parliament, which would threaten Iraq's fragile power-sharing arrangement. Iraqiya accuses Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki of amassing power.

But for the last U.S. troops out, the message was clear.

Col. Doug Crissman, their commander, spent the past few weeks speaking to the soldiers in each of his companies.

He told them he was proud of his troops and they should be proud of what they had accomplished. And, he wanted his soldiers to take care of themselves back home as much as they did in Iraq.

In the months before the brigade deployed in February, it lost 13 soldiers to accidents, some because of driving under the influence of alcohol. At least one death was a suicide.

"Quite frankly we lost more soldiers in peacetime in the nine or 10 months before this brigade deployed due to accidents and risky behavior ... than we lost here in combat," Crissman said. "We want every soldier that survived this combat deployment to survive redeployment and reintegration."

Capt. Mark Askew, 28, said he was worried about the well-being of his soldiers, many of whom have done multiple tours of Iraq and felt the stress and sting of war.

Was the loss, the grief, worth it?

For Askew, it will all depend on how Iraq's future unfolds -- whether democracy and human rights will take root, whether Iraq will be a steadfast U.S. ally.

It will depend, he said, on how Iraq shapes its own destiny.

All I can say is..About fucking time!

This was the most worthless war in history. Bush and Cheney know it. Halliburton knows it. Rumsfeld knows it.

However thank you to the troops for putting up with all that bullshit over there.

I admit I did support the war in the beginning. I did a complete 180 when no WMDs were found, like Bush had promised. It's not too late to bring Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld in front of an international tribunal for war crimes.

Thank you to President Obama for fulfilling this promise, even though the date was set during the Dumbfuckya regime.

Please no more war! We do not need to start a war with Iran, like Cheney and the rest of the GOP want.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Malia Litman will not back down in her fight to bring Sarah to justice

From Malia Litman's blog

The letter below is being sent to every legislator in Alaska. Please urge the legislators to appoint a legislative committee and hold Sarah Palin accountable to the taxpayers in Alaska.

December 16, 2011

Re: Appointment of Legislative Review Committee

One million two hundred thousand dollars is the cost to Alaskan tax payers for the making of Sarah Palin’s Alaska. Two million dollars is the income Sarah Palin received as a result of starring in and serving as the executive producer of Sarah Palin’s Alaska. The outrageous thing is that in making the show and earning two million dollars Palin was taking advantage of legislation she signed into law before she resigned as Governor. By profiting during the two years after she served as Governor from this film, Palin clearly and irrefutably violated violation of A.S. 39.52.180. That particular statute of the Ethics Code prohibits the Governor of Alaska, for a period of two years after leaving office, from profiting from a matter that was under consideration while she was Governor. “Matter” expressly includes “proposal or consideration of a legislative bill…or other legislative measures…” A.S. 44.33.236 is a piece of legislation considered during Palin’s short term as Governor, which she approved and signed into law, and which allows a film company to receive a tax credit of the very type Jean Worldwide received for the making of Sarah Palin’s Alaska. Several facts make the award of this tax credit even more offensive than the mere fact that Sarah Palin violated the ethics code by profiting from legislation she approved while Governor.

During the time Palin served as Governor, she met with film companies and discussed the possibility of making a film in Alaska. (See tab 5) Alaska tax payers paid for Palin’s expenses for her trip to California to meet with these companies.

Palin resigned from her position as Governor within two weeks of the date the film tax incentive program became operative. (See tab 5)

Sarah Palin’s Alaska should never have qualified for the film tax credit because the film was political in nature. Sarah Palin admitted this in a public interview. (tab 1). Twenty three specific examples of political comments were cited to the film office to bring this matter to their attention (tab 1) and they ignored the information. (tab 2)

Sarah Palin’s Alaska should never have qualified for the film tax credit because it was against the best interest of Alaskans. The film promoted unhealthy eating, allowing children to ride in motor vehicles unrestrained in contravention of Alaskan laws, and the film promoted pregnancy of unwed teenagers. (tab 1)

John Burns, the Attorney General, denied the ethics complaint, asserting that “legislation” was not “legislation,” even though the statute in question was specifically amended to include “legislation” before Sarah Palin relied upon this tax credit legislation to make millions of dollars. (tab 4)

Two additional films have already applied for film tax credits that feature Sarah Palin or members of her family. (tab 5) Sarah Palin and Todd have recently been reported to be shopping the idea of another show featuring Todd Palin on his snowmobile.

Governor Sean Parnell has been contacted regarding this ethics complaint. Randy Ruaro, his Deputy Chief of Staff, has identified the appointment of a legislative review committee that could be appointed by the Alaska Legislature as the appropriate way to address this problem. He cited Art. II, Sec. 11 of the Alaska Constitution. (tab 6)

It is time to hold Sarah Palin accountable for the ethics violation of A.S. 39.52.180. She was found to have violated the Alaska Ethics code in the Troopergate matter, but later claimed she had been vindicated.

Comparing pics of Trig

In looking at these pictures of Trig Palin, who do you think he looks like the most? And does he look like he has Down's Syndrome?

Friday, December 16, 2011

Christopher Hitchens on Sarah Palin

As you all know Christopher Hitchens passed away yesterday. Being a Christian I didn't agree with his lack of faith, but I did respect the guy. He had the best put down of Sarah Palin ever:

“She's got no charisma of any kind [but] I can imagine her being mildly useful to a low-rank porn director.”

What Newsweek really wanted for their cover

I got this in an e-mail:

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Joe Biden interview with Rachel Maddow Part 1 and 2

If McCain/Palin won this interview would never have happened, and the troops would still be stuck in Iraq.

Why I will vote for Barack Obama again

Barack Obama inherited a mess from the Dumbya administration. A deep recession and two wars. No way in hell was he going to get all the problems fixed within four years. Right after he was sworn in I was attending a coin show and heard two dealers talking and they said it would take at least eight years to clean up the economy.

I don't agree with President Obama on everything he has done, such as ordering air strikes on Libya, and cowtowing to the Republicans on health care reform. But right now he is the best we got, considering what a mess the GOP candidates are-Bachmann, Gingrich, Perry, Cain, Paul, Romney. So many misstatments, scandals, poor records etc. If one of them gets elected I may have no choice but to move to Canada.

President Obama has done a lot of great things, however. Repealing DADT, knocking out Bin Laden and his deputy, reversing the ban on stem cell research, cracking down on illegal immigrants. And he will have the troops out of Iraq by the end of the year. I never believed that was Dumbya's wish.

If your smart you will vote for Barack Obama in 2012.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

NFL week #15 picks

Jacksonville at Atlanta

Dallas at Tampa Bay

Miami at Buffalo
Seattle at Chicago
Tennessee at Indianapolis
Green Bay at Kansas City
Cincinnati at St. Louis
New Orleans at Minnesota
Washington at NY Giants
Carolina at Houston
Detroit at Oakland
New England at Denver Tebow will be Tebowed
NY Jets at Philadelphia
Cleveland at Arizona
Baltimore at San Diego

Pittsburgh at San Francisco

Sarah Palin and cronyism

Sarah only recent began to attack cronyism but she is the queen of it.

Does she even know what cronyism means?

From the New York Times

Gov. Sarah Palin lives by the maxim that all politics is local, not to mention personal.

So when there was a vacancy at the top of the State Division of Agriculture, she appointed a high school classmate, Franci Havemeister, to the $95,000-a-year directorship. A former real estate agent, Ms. Havemeister cited her childhood love of cows as a qualification for running the roughly $2 million agency.

Ms. Havemeister was one of at least five schoolmates Ms. Palin hired, often at salaries far exceeding their private sector wages.

When Ms. Palin had to cut her first state budget, she avoided the legion of frustrated legislators and mayors. Instead, she huddled with her budget director and her husband, Todd, an oil field worker who is not a state employee, and vetoed millions of dollars of legislative projects.

And four months ago, a Wasilla blogger, Sherry Whitstine, who chronicles the governor’s career with an astringent eye, answered her phone to hear an assistant to the governor on the line, she said.

“You should be ashamed!” Ivy Frye, the assistant, told her. “Stop blogging. Stop blogging right now!”

Ms. Palin walks the national stage as a small-town foe of “good old boy” politics and a champion of ethics reform. The charismatic 44-year-old governor draws enthusiastic audiences and high approval ratings. And as the Republican vice-presidential nominee, she points to her management experience while deriding her Democratic rivals, Senators Barack Obama and Joseph R. Biden Jr., as speechmakers who never have run anything.

But an examination of her swift rise and record as mayor of Wasilla and then governor finds that her visceral style and penchant for attacking critics — she sometimes calls local opponents “haters” — contrasts with her carefully crafted public image.

Throughout her political career, she has pursued vendettas, fired officials who crossed her and sometimes blurred the line between government and personal grievance, according to a review of public records and interviews with 60 Republican and Democratic legislators and local officials.

Still, Ms. Palin has many supporters. As a two-term mayor she paved roads and built an ice rink, and as governor she has pushed through higher taxes on the oil companies that dominate one-third of the state’s economy. She stirs deep emotions. In Wasilla, many residents display unflagging affection, cheering “our Sarah” and hissing at her critics.

“She is bright and has unfailing political instincts,” said Steve Haycox, a history professor at the University of Alaska. “She taps very directly into anxieties about the economic future.”

“But,” he added, “her governing style raises a lot of hard questions.”

Ms. Palin declined to grant an interview for this article. The McCain-Palin campaign responded to some questions on her behalf and that of her husband, while referring others to the governor’s spokespeople, who did not respond.

Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell said Ms. Palin had conducted an accessible and effective administration in the public’s interest. “Everything she does is for the ordinary working people of Alaska,” he said.

In Wasilla, a builder said he complained to Mayor Palin when the city attorney put a stop-work order on his housing project. She responded, he said, by engineering the attorney’s firing.

Interviews show that Ms. Palin runs an administration that puts a premium on loyalty and secrecy. The governor and her top officials sometimes use personal e-mail accounts for state business; dozens of e-mail messages obtained by The New York Times show that her staff members studied whether that could allow them to circumvent subpoenas seeking public records.

Rick Steiner, a University of Alaska professor, sought the e-mail messages of state scientists who had examined the effect of global warming on polar bears. (Ms. Palin said the scientists had found no ill effects, and she has sued the federal government to block the listing of the bears as endangered.) An administration official told Mr. Steiner that his request would cost $468,784 to process.

When Mr. Steiner finally obtained the e-mail messages — through a federal records request — he discovered that state scientists had in fact agreed that the bears were in danger, records show.

“Their secrecy is off the charts,” Mr. Steiner said.

State legislators are investigating accusations that Ms. Palin and her husband pressured officials to fire a state trooper who had gone through a messy divorce with her sister, charges that she denies. But interviews make clear that the Palins draw few distinctions between the personal and the political.

Last summer State Representative John Harris, the Republican speaker of the House, picked up his phone and heard Mr. Palin’s voice. The governor’s husband sounded edgy. He said he was unhappy that Mr. Harris had hired John Bitney as his chief of staff, the speaker recalled. Mr. Bitney was a high school classmate of the Palins and had worked for Ms. Palin. But she fired Mr. Bitney after learning that he had fallen in love with another longtime friend.

“I understood from the call that Todd wasn’t happy with me hiring John and he’d like to see him not there,” Mr. Harris said.

“The Palin family gets upset at personal issues,” he added. “And at our level, they want to strike back.”

Through a campaign spokesman, Mr. Palin said he “did not recall” referring to Mr. Bitney in the conversation.

Hometown Mayor

Laura Chase, the campaign manager during Ms. Palin’s first run for mayor in 1996, recalled the night the two women chatted about her ambitions.

“I said, ‘You know, Sarah, within 10 years you could be governor,’ ” Ms. Chase recalled. “She replied, ‘I want to be president.’ ”

Ms. Palin grew up in Wasilla, an old fur trader’s outpost and now a fast-growing exurb of Anchorage. The town sits in the Matanuska-Susitna Valley, edged by jagged mountains and birch forests. In the 1930s, the Roosevelt administration took farmers from the Dust Bowl area and resettled them here; their Democratic allegiances defined the valley for half a century.

In the past three decades, socially conservative Oklahomans and Texans have flocked north to the oil fields of Alaska. They filled evangelical churches around Wasilla and revived the Republican Party. Many of these working-class residents formed the electoral backbone for Ms. Palin, who ran for mayor on a platform of gun rights, opposition to abortion and the ouster of the “complacent” old guard.

After winning the mayoral election in 1996, Ms. Palin presided over a city rapidly outgrowing itself. Septic tanks had begun to pollute lakes, and residential lots were carved willy-nilly out of the woods. She passed road and sewer bonds, cut property taxes but raised the sales tax.

And, her supporters say, she cleaned out the municipal closet, firing veteran officials to make way for her own team. “She had an agenda for change and for doing things differently,” said Judy Patrick, a City Council member at the time.

But careers were turned upside down. The mayor quickly fired the town’s museum director, John Cooper. Later, she sent an aide to the museum to talk to the three remaining employees. “He told us they only wanted two,” recalled Esther West, one of the three, “and we had to pick who was going to be laid off.” The three quit as one.

Ms. Palin cited budget difficulties for the museum cuts. Mr. Cooper thought differently, saying the museum had become a microcosm of class and cultural conflicts in town. “It represented that the town was becoming more progressive, and they didn’t want that,” he said.

Days later, Mr. Cooper recalled, a vocal conservative, Steve Stoll, sidled up to him. Mr. Stoll had supported Ms. Palin and had a long-running feud with Mr. Cooper. “He said: ‘Gotcha, Cooper,’ ” Mr. Cooper said.

Mr. Stoll did not recall that conversation, although he said he supported Ms. Palin’s campaign and was pleased when she fired Mr. Cooper.

In 1997, Ms. Palin fired the longtime city attorney, Richard Deuser, after he issued the stop-work order on a home being built by Don Showers, another of her campaign supporters.

Your attorney, Mr. Showers told Ms. Palin, is costing me lots of money.

“She told me she’d like to see him fired,” Mr. Showers recalled. “But she couldn’t do it herself because the City Council hires the city attorney.” Ms. Palin told him to write the council members to complain.

Meanwhile, Ms. Palin pushed the issue from the inside. “She started the ball rolling,” said Ms. Patrick, who also favored the firing. Mr. Deuser was soon replaced by Ken Jacobus, then the State Republican Party’s general counsel.

“Professionals were either forced out or fired,” Mr. Deuser said.

Ms. Palin ordered city employees not to talk to the press. And she used city money to buy a white Suburban for the mayor’s use — employees sarcastically called it the mayor-mobile.

The new mayor also tended carefully to her evangelical base. She appointed a pastor to the town planning board. And she began to eye the library. For years, social conservatives had pressed the library director to remove books they considered immoral.

“People would bring books back censored,” recalled former Mayor John Stein, Ms. Palin’s predecessor. “Pages would get marked up or torn out.”

Witnesses and contemporary news accounts say Ms. Palin asked the librarian about removing books from the shelves. The McCain-Palin presidential campaign says Ms. Palin never advocated censorship.

But in 1995, Ms. Palin, then a city councilwoman, told colleagues that she had noticed the book “Daddy’s Roommate” on the shelves and that it did not belong there, according to Ms. Chase and Mr. Stein. Ms. Chase read the book, which helps children understand homosexuality, and said it was inoffensive; she suggested that Ms. Palin read it.

“Sarah said she didn’t need to read that stuff,” Ms. Chase said. “It was disturbing that someone would be willing to remove a book from the library and she didn’t even read it.”

“I’m still proud of Sarah,” she added, “but she scares the bejeebers out of me.”

Reform Crucible

Restless ambition defined Ms. Palin in the early years of this decade. She raised money for Senator Ted Stevens, a Republican from the state; finished second in the 2002 Republican primary for lieutenant governor; and sought to fill the seat of Senator Frank H. Murkowski when he ran for governor.

Mr. Murkowski appointed his daughter to the seat, but as a consolation prize, he gave Ms. Palin the $125,000-a-year chairmanship of a state commission overseeing oil and gas drilling.

Ms. Palin discovered that the state Republican leader, Randy Ruedrich, a commission member, was conducting party business on state time and favoring regulated companies. When Mr. Murkowski failed to act on her complaints, she quit and went public.

The Republican establishment shunned her. But her break with the gentlemen’s club of oil producers and political power catapulted her into the public eye.

“She was honest and forthright,” said Jay Kerttula, a former Democratic state senator from Palmer.

Ms. Palin entered the 2006 primary for governor as a formidable candidate.

In the middle of the primary, a conservative columnist in the state, Paul Jenkins, unearthed e-mail messages showing that Ms. Palin had conducted campaign business from the mayor’s office. Ms. Palin handled the crisis with a street fighter’s guile.

“I told her it looks like she did the same thing that Randy Ruedrich did,” Mr. Jenkins recalled. “And she said, ‘Yeah, what I did was wrong.’ ”

Mr. Jenkins hung up and decided to forgo writing about it. His phone rang soon after.

Mr. Jenkins said a reporter from Fairbanks, reading from a Palin news release, demanded to know why he was “smearing” her. “Now I look at her and think: ‘Man, you’re slick,’ ” he said.

Ms. Palin won the primary, and in the general election she faced Tony Knowles, the former two-term Democratic governor, and Andrew Halcro, an independent.

Not deeply versed in policy, Ms. Palin skipped some candidate forums; at others, she flipped through hand-written, color-coded index cards strategically placed behind her nameplate.

Before one forum, Mr. Halcro said he saw aides shovel reports at Ms. Palin as she crammed. Her showman’s instincts rarely failed. She put the pile of reports on the lectern. Asked what she would do about health care policy, she patted the stack and said she would find an answer in the pile of solutions.

“She was fresh, and she was tomorrow,” said Michael Carey, a former editorial page editor for The Anchorage Daily News. “She just floated along like Mary Poppins.”


Half a century after Alaska became a state, Ms. Palin was inaugurated as governor in Fairbanks and took up the reformer’s sword.

As she assembled her cabinet and made other state appointments, those with insider credentials were now on the outs. But a new pattern became clear. She surrounded herself with people she has known since grade school and members of her church.

Mr. Parnell, the lieutenant governor, praised Ms. Palin’s appointments. “The people she hires are competent, qualified, top-notch people,” he said.

Ms. Palin chose Talis Colberg, a borough assemblyman from the Matanuska valley, as her attorney general, provoking a bewildered question from the legal community: “Who?” Mr. Colberg, who did not return calls, moved from a one-room building in the valley to one of the most powerful offices in the state, supervising some 500 people.

“I called him and asked, ‘Do you know how to supervise people?’ ” said a family friend, Kathy Wells. “He said, ‘No, but I think I’ll get some help.’ ”

The Wasilla High School yearbook archive now doubles as a veritable directory of state government. Ms. Palin appointed Mr. Bitney, her former junior high school band-mate, as her legislative director and chose another classmate, Joe Austerman, to manage the economic development office for $82,908 a year. Mr. Austerman had established an Alaska franchise for Mailboxes Etc.

To her supporters — and with an 80 percent approval rating, she has plenty — Ms. Palin has lifted Alaska out of a mire of corruption. She gained the passage of a bill that tightens the rules covering lobbyists. And she rewrote the tax code to capture a greater share of oil and gas sale proceeds.

“Does anybody doubt that she’s a tough negotiator?” said State Representative Carl Gatto, Republican of Palmer.

Yet recent controversy has marred Ms. Palin’s reform credentials. In addition to the trooper investigation, lawmakers in April accused her of improperly culling thousands of e-mail addresses from a state database for a mass mailing to rally support for a policy initiative.

While Ms. Palin took office promising a more open government, her administration has battled to keep information secret. Her inner circle discussed the benefit of using private e-mail addresses. An assistant told her it appeared that such e-mail messages sent to a private address on a “personal device” like a BlackBerry “would be confidential and not subject to subpoena.”

Ms. Palin and aides use their private e-mail addresses for state business. A campaign spokesman said the governor copied e-mail messages to her state account “when there was significant state business.”

On Feb. 7, Frank Bailey, a high-level aide, wrote to Ms. Palin’s state e-mail address to discuss appointments. Another aide fired back: “Frank, this is not the governor’s personal account.”

Mr. Bailey responded: “Whoops~!”

Mr. Bailey, a former midlevel manager at Alaska Airlines who worked on Ms. Palin’s campaign, has been placed on paid leave; he has emerged as a central figure in the trooper investigation.

Another confidante of Ms. Palin’s is Ms. Frye, 27. She worked as a receptionist for State Senator Lyda Green before she joined Ms. Palin’s campaign for governor. Now Ms. Frye earns $68,664 as a special assistant to the governor. Her frequent interactions with Ms. Palin’s children have prompted some lawmakers to refer to her as “the babysitter,” a title that Ms. Frye disavows.

Like Mr. Bailey, she is an effusive cheerleader for her boss.

“YOU ARE SO AWESOME!” Ms. Frye typed in an e-mail message to Ms. Palin in March.

Many lawmakers contend that Ms. Palin is overly reliant on a small inner circle that leaves her isolated. Democrats and Republicans alike describe her as often missing in action. Since taking office in 2007, Ms. Palin has spent 312 nights at her Wasilla home, some 600 miles to the north of the governor’s mansion in Juneau, records show.

During the last legislative session, some lawmakers became so frustrated with her absences that they took to wearing “Where’s Sarah?” pins.

Many politicians say they typically learn of her initiatives — and vetoes — from news releases.

Mayors across the state, from the larger cities to tiny municipalities along the southeastern fiords, are even more frustrated. Often, their letters go unanswered and their pleas ignored, records and interviews show.

Last summer, Mayor Mark Begich of Anchorage, a Democrat, pressed Ms. Palin to meet with him because the state had failed to deliver money needed to operate city traffic lights. At one point, records show, state officials told him to just turn off a dozen of them. Ms. Palin agreed to meet with Mr. Begich when he threatened to go public with his anger, according to city officials.

At an Alaska Municipal League gathering in Juneau in January, mayors across the political spectrum swapped stories of the governor’s remoteness. How many of you, someone asked, have tried to meet with her? Every hand went up, recalled Mayor Fred Shields of Haines Borough. And how many met with her? Just a few hands rose. Ms. Palin soon walked in, delivered a few remarks and left for an anti-abortion rally.

The administration’s e-mail correspondence reveals a siege-like atmosphere. Top aides keep score, demean enemies and gloat over successes. Even some who helped engineer her rise have felt her wrath.

Dan Fagan, a prominent conservative radio host and longtime friend of Ms. Palin, urged his listeners to vote for her in 2006. But when he took her to task for raising taxes on oil companies, he said, he found himself branded a “hater.”

It is part of a pattern, Mr. Fagan said, in which Ms. Palin characterizes critics as “bad people who are anti-Alaska.”

As Ms. Palin’s star ascends, the McCain campaign, as often happens in national races, is controlling the words of those who know her well. Her mother-in-law, Faye Palin, has been asked not to speak to reporters, and aides sit in on interviews with old friends.

At a recent lunch gathering, an official with the Wasilla Chamber of Commerce asked its members to refer all calls from reporters to the governor’s office. Dianne Woodruff, a city councilwoman, shook her head.

“I was thinking, I don’t remember giving up my First Amendment rights,” Ms. Woodruff said. “Just because you’re not going gaga over Sarah doesn’t mean you can’t speak your mind.”

Who else did Sarah hire that was a Wasilla High alum?

Kristan Cole and John Bitney.

Who did she hire as an administrative assistant?

Britta Hanson Palin, her son's girlfriend at the time now wife.

You know Sarah when you point fingers at someone you have three pointing back at you.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Was Sarah pimping Todd out for his reality show before she announced her decision not to run?

Found this comment over at Malia's blog.

Interesting…late last spring my daughter and son in law went snowmachining up near Petersville, AK. Several black SUV’s pulled into an area, out popped cameramen and several people who were obviously not from AK. Todd was there with his snowmachine…no Sarah. The people who frequent that area were ticked off because Todd and his cameramen kept shooing them out of areas where they wanted to ride their machines. That did NOT sit well with the regulars. All thought it was “odd” that Sarah was not being filmed…….perhaps they were filming snippets for this new Toad pilot…what a JOKE! Todd has the personality of a rock…who would watch it?

If true this proves Sarah really is a grifter and a crook..

Sarah and Todd try to sell new reality show, networks tell them to drop dead

From the Hollywood Reporter

Sarah Palin announced in October that she would not run for president, leaving her free to focus on her media career. But the GOP kingmaker and Fox News contributor is having some trouble selling a follow up to the Mark Burnett-produced Sarah Palin's Alaska, her TLC show that bowed in November 2010 to a record-breaking 5 million viewers.

The Hollywood Reporter has learned that Palin and Burnett are pitching another reality series, this one more focused on Palin’s husband Todd and his career as a championship snowmobile racer. But for now, TLC owner Discovery Communications has passed, say sources. And A&E Networks, which entered into a bidding war with Discovery for Sarah Palin's Alaska, also is not interested.

So far, networks have balked at the steep asking price – Palin's Alaska went for north of $1 million an episode and sources say Burnett and Palin are asking for a similar payday for the follow-up. Mark Burnett Productions did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Another obstacle is Palin’s waning status as a cultural lightning rod. The former Alaska governor, 47, burst onto the scene as the 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate with a compelling personal storyline and outspoken conservatism that made her the darling of the right and a target of the left, helping her land a $1 million annual contract with Fox News.

But she has been largely under the radar since confirming that she would not seek the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, as press attention has shifted to frontrunners Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney and the rest. Says one network insider, “I think it’s safe to say her time has passed.”

Best news I've heard all day!

I think her time passed November 5, 2008.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Dealing with Teabaggers

Let's face it, Teabaggers suck. They are rude, obnoxious, ignorant, and self-centered. I have a few in my life and acquainted with a couple of others.

One of them is a co-worker (I'll call her Amy) She campaigned for a local Republican when he ran for the state legislature and unfortunately he won. Luckily He was in the news for beating his 15 year old daughter. He called it a spanking but his ex-wife thought otherwise. The charges did get dropped. He ran on a family values platform yet he has been divorced.

Amy is very self-righteous. At work when we are complaining about the boss (who actually deserves to be fired, but that's another story) and upper management, she cuts us off and says "You should be thankful you have a job". Amy also happens to be very fat and lazy, will hide in the MEN'S restroom when the boss is looking for volunteers to work on a project, and take long breaks. She should be thankful she does not get fired.

Another time when I was talking about going out to the Black Hills for an upcoming vacation, she asked if I could get her a brochure of Crazy Horse Memorial. I told her I would and she said that she always wanted to go there being she has Native American bloodlines. She then makes a comment that Crazy Horse was better than Mt. Rushmore because it was not built on taxpayers money. I informed her that Mt. Rushmore was started by a Republican (Calvin Coolidge) and funding for it was cut off by a Democrat (Franklin Roosevelt) so they could help pay for World War II. Keep in mind this woman has a college degree in Law Enforcement and spent 20 years in the Air Force as a military cop.

Amy also rants and raves about the government spending too much money. I was telling someone about a friend of my mother's who was trying to get her mother to go to a nursing home but the mother would not budge. The mother had said it's up to the kids to take care of their parents. Amy overheard me and said it's not up to the government to take care of people! I snapped at her and said I was talking about physical care like getting her to the bathroom, cooking meals, dispensing meds etc, not about paying for her care. She jumped to the conclusion that I was talking about financial care, not physical.

The irony with Amy is that she is Native American so she is eligible to get her health care for free. She also spent enough time in the military to get a pension and free health care too. She also used the GI Bill to pay for her schooling. In retrospect she does deserve those things cuz she fought for our country and the government screwed the Native Americans, but if she thinks the government is wasting money, then she should pay it back.

Then there is a gentleman I don't really know in my city but he is a frequent contributor to the letters to the editor. I'll call him Steve. Steve like Amy spent years in the Air Force and gets a pension, health care etc. When Steve writes his letters, they are pro-George Bush, anti-Barack Obama, anti-Democrat, pro-Republican etc. He even went as far as to call Muslims Islamo-Fascist (he served in the first Gulf War) Four years ago when a local political candidate who is a Democrat and was running against Amy's candidate got a DUI, he sent in a letter blasting her for it. Her BAC was barely above illegal. I met this woman at the County DFL Convention and she is very tiny, so one beer probably did her in. Steve conveniently forgot that Bush did the same thing 30 years earlier. You can imagine the response that got in the comments section of the online and paper editions.

Steve doesn't write as much anymore. Not sure why but there had to have been a lot of complaints about his racist and xenophobic comments.

The last one is a teacher. Marg is retired now but while a teacher was a union officer and very active in the teacher's union. She absolutely hates President Obama, refused to give him any credit for killing Bin laden, mocks him and Michelle every chance she gets and is also a frequent letter writer. She got involved with Tea Party Nation. Now that she is retired she hates teachers unions, got elected to the school board. Her platform was fiscal responsibility and voted to lay off all the non-tenured teachers, one of whom is a friend of mine from my church. Now that she has her retirement benefits she does not care if others get theirs or not.

It shocks me that a state like Minnesota has Teabaggers. Minnesota produced Hubert Humphrey, Walter Mondale, Al Franken, and Amy Klobuchar. But then again it also produced Tim Pawlenty and Michele Bachmann.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

In case you were wondering

I finally added a profile pic. It is of Franklin Roosevelt and his dog Fala at the White House in 1943

Todd Palin exposed on Cheaterville


Toddy (toady) and I met in Fairbanks a few years ago. I was a bar tender and openly bi. Toddy was curious and a flirt but very verbal in front of his friends about hating the gays. But I noticed he kept looking at me. Finally after the bar wound down and almost everyoneleft there he was, flustered. He asked me so you like being with men too isn't that like weird? I told him men and women turn me on and I have fantasies of both. I could tell he was curious and he looked atme inthat way men look at other men. I offered for him to experiment with me if he was curious, he punched me in the jaw. He left. I stood there watching him. He came back and we embraced. I took him home with me. We had a sexual enocunters for a long time. I know he has a wife and kids and I know he sees other people on the side men and women. I hate him and I love him. I call him Toddy because he hates it. I like to remind him of his constant disdain for himself. He lies, he manipulates, and he controls. He even offered to send people to me for money. He insisted on it many times. Now I read he does this to other people. Not sure I like that. He is a jerk but a cute one.

I have no idea if this is true or not but it's worth discussing. I hope the writer of that post comes forward. That would be a great Christmas present!

Troll comments December 4-10

Comparing Barack Obama and Sarah Palin

Anonymous said...

Wow. There areso many lies in that I don't know where to start.

- Obama was NOT a professor. That is a high ranking title
- 3 Palin kids did not dropout. Track graduated on time and Willow is completing HS early. Bristol chose a different path but because you're so judgmental I willgive you that one
-stop slandering Curtis, a noble man.
- you have NO idea what the obamas marriage is like. That said, you have NO idea what the Palin marriage is like.
- you ignore all the good things purposefully: the way both families enjoy each others company, the way the adult palin kids visit their Parents home everyday

-you touch on biology, as if one can ultimately control nature.
- the bus brakes incident did not involve Track. Willow is not a vandal. Why don't you actually speak to the party throwers, 3 boys who didn't even get in trouble.that may have been IMs most ignorant post.

I love how people say posts like these bring trolls out. So, you bascially just said decent, truthful people are trolls and people like you are ignorant haters who'll believe anything? Yep, you just said that.

-every parent brags about their kids. Why wouldn't she?
- you ignore that 3 of her kids have jobs (mundane, everyday jobs) they enjoy.

Again, you're comparing 2 different kindsof people and ineffect disparaging a whole host of people who choose to live a certain way, a way that makes them happy.

This blog post is unAmerican just because of that.

December 5, 2011 5:19 AM

Sarah calls the President a phony while sporting her worst wig ever

Anonymous said...

She's evil because you don't like her office xmas tree, she occasionally wears wigs when she can't get to a salon, and she speaks HER opinion?

Uh. You're all deranged and unhinged. Please never leave your homes.

I have other words for all your states of mental health but I will leave it at this: you are not bettering the country you live in with petty attacks. You're adding to the problem.

December 8, 2011 11:56 AM

Anonymous said...

To Anon 11:55

Uhhhhhh, which is why she is well-received everywhere she goes and why her home is forever filled with bustling activity and warmth. You hate that she is perfectly able to hold civil, normal conversations with equally civil people. You're pissed because her following holds civil, mature conversations and you sound like lunatics who know no boundries.

You hate that her words for President Obama are dead on. You hate that she only refutes him professionally and not personally, something you refuse or can't do with her. Your only fuel is personal attacks, activity decent people don't respect.

You're so transparent. And it's sad.

December 8, 2011 12:06 PM

Michelle Duggar miscarries

Anonymous said...

You ought to be ashamed of yourself. You are not God, and if He didn't want Mrs. Duggar to get pregnant she wouldn't have. May God forgive you for saying such a cruel and heartless thing during their time of grief. I'll be praying for you and those like you who can't put aside their vitriolics long enough to have a little sympathy.

Oh and yes, God *did* create menopause. And obviously Mrs. Duggar HAS NOT gone through that yet, or she wouldn't be able to get pregnant. Hello??????

December 8, 2011 10:45 PM

That one had to have been Sarah. Vitriolics does not exist in the dictionary.

More proof that Sarah was not pregnant with Trig

Anonymous said...

I'm not entirely sure why people equate this with Sarah. 90 percent of America forgot about Sarah Jan 2009. If someone meets her randomly they treat her as a normal person, which is what she is.

Here's what is funny: every politician has their critics. Palin is the only one with such a violent hater base. Palin haters are typically irrational assholes. The funny part. Compared to EVERY other politician, Sarah is a paragon of virtue. She also has significantly less power on every level. Even obama and his wife has affair rumors. Look at how controversial stories about everyone else get squashed by whoever is hired to threaten the agency.

Step away from all this for a minute. Really look at how you're being perceived. It aint pretty.

Keep calm, find perspective.

December 10, 2011 7:41 PM

It is also with great sadness that I have to inform you readers Clarissa is no longer following my blog.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

More proof Sarah was not pregnant with Trig-Updated

This video of Sarah was taken at Newsweek's Women & Leadership Event in Los Angeles back in March of 2008. She was supposedly 7 or 8 months months pregnant with Trig at the time. How can a pregnant women cross her legs and lean forward?

Update-Looks like Sarah's fake pregnancy is going to be exposed. This story could be a hint of things to come for Gov Dirty Wig.

From the Huffington Post:

Fake pregnancy bellies have become the latest hot-ticket item in the Chinese online market, according to a report by

The products are made of skin-colored silica gel, which give the bellies realistic texture and appearance. Retailing for between 500 and 1600 yuan ($79 to $252), the bellies are available several sizes depicting different stages of pregnancy, People Daily reports.

The most popular belly size replicates the five- to seven-month pregnancy stage, according to Ecns.

An online shop owner told the news organization that most people buy them to use as stage props or to experience pregnancy. But Stan Abrams, a law professor and writer for China Hearsay, says there might be less-than-honorable uses for the faux tummies:

Yeah, right. Experiencing the life of a pregnant woman. How about getting a seat on the bus? Panhandling? I'm sure you jaded cynics can think of other reasons.

The fake pregnancy bellies might make women (and men?) look as if they're pregnant, but Japanese-developed pregnancy simulator dubbed the "mommy tummy" actually lets users experience what it's like to carry a child. However, these technologically advanced gadgets aren't yet available for purchase.

In October, pop star Beyonce raised a few eyebrows after her baby bump seemed to crumble during an appearance on an Australian talk show, igniting speculations about her pregnancy. Some claimed the singer was secretly using a surrogate and was wearing a prosthetic tummy for public appearances, but Beyonce's rep denied the rumors, People magazine reports.

I quit reading HuffPo a long time ago because they would not let any comments about Babygate go through, but if they break this story I will become a lifetime reader of them.