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Friday, January 31, 2014

Wendy Davis a new liberal hero and kicks Bristol's ass

From Politico

Texas gubernatorial hopeful Wendy Davis brushed off criticism about her life story from Bristol Palin, saying that nothing Palin accused her of was true.
Davis was responding to a blog post from the daughter of former Gov. Sarah Palin, who wrote last week amid questions about the timeline of Davis’s personal biography, slamming her for allegedly leaving her kids behind with her ex-husband after finishing law school.

“Gosh, children are sooo inconvenient, huh? I’m glad my mother didn’t put motherhood on the shelf when she was elected to City Council, then became our mayor, then governor,” Palin wrote, addressing her comments to liberals. “I know you would rather think about Wendy Davis, so let’s get back to her. She’s more your type of woman. She left her kid, husband, made it into a false ‘made-for-tv-movie-type tale’ and then demanded that Texans have the right to kill babies. That’s the woman you libs can really get behind!”

Davis was asked about the comments in a Monday interview with Fusion’s Jorge Ramos, where she dismissed the criticism.

“I think there obviously is a threat that people across Texas are connecting with me and connecting with the reality of my life story,” Davis said, when asked why the attack was so personal.

She continued: “With all due respect to Ms. Palin, of course, nothing that was said in that tweet is true. I’m very proud of the mother I have been to my daughters. I have always been and will always be the most important female in their lives. They are the most important thing to me and I’m very proud I’ve been able to be a role model, a friend, a mother to these two beautiful girls I’ve raised.”
The attacks from Palin have been part of a series of attacks from conservatives against the Democratic state senator in recent weeks over her life story. A report in the Dallas Morning News questioned some of the facts in the story she often touts on the campaign trail, but the Davis camp has said she will continue to tell her story.

I'm still waiting for Bristol and Sarah's defense of Wendy.  Oh never mind.  At least Wendy doesn't call her children retarded.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

1933 and 2013 have a lot of similarities

From NPR

 It was a dangerous time in America: The economy was staggering, was rampant and a banking crisis threatened the entire monetary system.

The newly elected president pursued an ambitious legislative program aimed at easing some of the troubles. But he faced vitriolic opposition from both sides of the political spectrum.

"This is despotism, this is tyranny, this is the annihilation of liberty," one senator wrote to a colleague. "The ordinary American is thus reduced to the status of a robot. The president has not merely signed the death warrant of capitalism, but has the mutilation of the Constitution, unless the friends of liberty, regardless of party, band themselves together to regain their lost freedom."

Those words could be ripped from today's headlines. In fact, author Sally Denton tells weekends on All Things Considered host Guy Raz, they come from a letter written in 1933 by Republican Sen. Henry D. Hatfield of West Virginia, bemoaning the policies of Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

Denton is the author of a new book, The Plots Against the President: FDR, a Nation in Crisis, and the Rise of the American Right.

She says that during the tense months between FDR's election in November and his inauguration in March 1933, democracy hung in the balance.

"There was a lot at . It could have gone very different directions," Denton says.

Though it's hard for us to imagine today, she says fascism, communism, even Naziism seemed like possible solutions to the country's ills.

"There were suggestions that capitalism was not working, that democracy was not working," she says.
Some people even called for a dictator to pull America out of the Great Depression.

When Roosevelt finally took office, he embarked on the now-legendary First Hundred Days, an ambitious legislative program aimed at reopening and stabilizing the country's banks and getting the economy moving again.

"There was just this sense that he was upsetting the status quo," Denton says.

Critics on the right worried that Roosevelt was a Communist, a socialist or the tool of a Jewish conspiracy. Critics on the left complained his policies didn't go far enough. Some of Roosevelt's opponents didn't stop at talk. Though it's barely remembered today, there was a genuine conspiracy to overthrow the president.

The Wall Street Putsch, as it's known today, was a plot by a group of right-wing financiers.
"They thought that they could convince Roosevelt, because he was of their, the patrician class, they thought that they could convince Roosevelt to relinquish power to basically a fascist, military-type government," Denton says.

"It was a cockamamie concept," she adds, "and the fact that it even got as far as it did is pretty shocking."
The conspirators had several million dollars, a stockpile of weapons and had even reached out to a retired Marine general, Smedley Darlington Butler, to lead their forces.

"Had he been a different kind of person, it might have gone a lot further," Denton says. "But he saw it as treason and he reported it to Congress."

Denton says that as she was writing the book, she was struck by the parallels between the treatment of Roosevelt and that of Barack Obama. For example, a cottage industry much like the birther movement grew up around proving that the Dutch-descended Roosevelt was actually a secret Jew.

"It seems to me that going through history here, there are times that we need to have a demon, somebody that's not of us, in order to solidify our fears and our anxieties," Denton says.

"And I don't know what that is in the impulse of the American body politic, but... this is 75 years later, and some of these same impulses continue."

I am really surprised the Tea Party of today hasn't tried something similar.  I could see Donald Trump, Sarah Palin, Ted Cruz, the Pauls, and Mitt Romney pulling shit like this.  And they would like someone like Stanley McCrystal who was fired by President Obama to help.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Sarah Palin wins biggest racist award

From Media Matters:

The Daily Show’s Senior Black Correspondent Larry Wilmore presented the 1st Annual Wilmore Awards last night to honor “outstanding achievement in breaking down racial barriers that nobody asked you to break.” On the occasion of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday, Wilmore thought it was the perfect time to “honor the progress we’ve made as black people,” especially since the NAACP Image Awards keeps nominating white people.

The NAACP Image Awards: “For giving black artists yet another chance to lose to white nominees at the very ceremony invented to honor black artists.”

The “I’m So Colorblind, I Don’t See Black People” award went to the Washington, D.C. grocery store that ran this ad welcoming Howard University students back to school:

Sarah Palin was awarded the Victim/Oppressor Role Reversal award for her MLK Day Facebook post telling President Barack Obama to stop “playing the race card.”

And Madonna took home the Best N-word Dropper for her Instagram post that called her own son “#disn*gga”:

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

A challenge to Sarah and Bristol Palin

From Salon

All the evidence indicates that Todd Kincannon, a former South Carolina GOP operative, is a bad dude. Not only in the sense that he frequently tweets things that are hostile, bigoted and dehumanizing — which he does — but also in the sense that he’s quite likely a sexual harasser, too. A real winner.

It shouldn’t come as a surprise, then, to find that Kincannon, who regards himself as some kind of Twitter provocateur, has caused an outrage on Twitter with his latest barrage of hate-tweets. But instead of focusing his ire on Trayvon Martin, trans* people, or U.S. veterans, Kincannon has set his sights on Wendy Davis, the Texas Democrat who is currently in the midst of running her underdog campaign to become the next governor of the Lone Star State.

Davis has been receiving a ton of criticism from the right as of late over embellishing her backstory throughout her political career. While some of the criticism is valid, much of it has had a distinctly cruel and misogynistic tinge to it — like Erick Erickson’s charge that Davis is an “abortion Barbie,” or Bristol Palin’s claim that Davis was “pathetic” and proof-positive that “feminism is a farce.” The sexist accusations and insinuations have gotten so bad that they’ve inspired one Texas Republican to come out in Davis’ defense

I challenge Bristol and Sarah to denounce Todd's tweets and tell him to knock it off.  I give them three days to do it.  If they do it by January 31st at 12:00 pm I will cease blogging here and commenting on the other anti-Palin blogs for three months.

Sarah and Bristol are you up for the challenge?

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Since when has Sarah Palin been an expert on parenting?

Taken Nov 2009 during Sarah's book tour.  Poor Trig out in the cold with no pants.
Last week Sarah Palin called into Sean Hannity's show to discuss, of all things, parenting!

HANNITY: And joining us now on the phone to give us a little parenting 101, former Alaska governor, FOX News contributor Sarah Palin.
Governor, how are you?

PALIN (via telephone): I'm doing great. That's funny you say that that was one of the best lines of the GOP convention back in '08. That's when the teleprompter broke and I had to start ad libbing right then! So I ad libbed that line about hockey.

HANNITY: I got to -- if you ad libbed that line, I have even more respect for you. You know, it's funny, we often talk about politics, but when I had the chance to be around you and your kids and Todd, we talk a lot about sports, and you and Todd in particular -- you guys have a lot of perspective on it.
When you saw that TV football tyke show, what did you think of that?

PALIN: Well, I agree that too many American kids are pampered. They're coddled, and they need discipline. And the way to motivate kids, though, is not necessarily through fear, not at that age especially. You know, I think it was Lou Holtz who had said it best years ago about self- discipline leading to success and self-motivation. So these coaches, if they want to get their kids to understand that self-motivation that is so needed, at that age, it doesn't necessarily need to be through intimidation and fear. These coaches seem to be wanting to not look bad, and I can guarantee a coach can be defeated if that's his goal is to just not look bad.

HANNITY: You know -- and I know -- I think you sent over pictures of your son when he played hockey and you were that hockey mom -- with lipstick. But -- and my kids play sports. I think there's a fine line, though, because you -- I do believe, in many ways, we kind of spoil our kids. I think that there's nothing wrong with pushing them and letting them see that they have more talent and ability than maybe they think they have and that if they want to achieve a goal, they got to work hard for that goal. And learning that at a young age is a good lesson. So it's -- it's a razor's edge, isn't it?

PALIN: I guess it's a razor's edge, but you know, my perspective is I want tough coaches. I want coaches who will instill in that student athlete the desire to win because competition makes everyone better and the goal should be victory. And you know, I've taken heat because I said really good things about former Indiana coach Bobby Knight.


PALIN: I really liked the guy. And I really liked his...

HANNITY: I like Knight, too. You and me both.

PALIN: Yes, his tenacity, his determination. And you're right, there is that razor's edge. And the good guys, the good coaches know when it cannot be crossed, and they know kind of the demographic that they're working with in terms of the age group, and they should be discerning enough to know what will motivate the kids.

So I totally agree with you, you know, too many kids are spoiled and coddled by us, by society in general. And sports, I think, are absolutely instrumental in teaching a child what it's going to take to succeed in this world. Sports are imperative.


PALIN: And it is all about competition, so I want to see more and more kids involved, and I want to see the parents, I want to see the coaches in there. But we have to make sure, yes, that that line isn't crossed. And I've never seen this reality show that you're talking about. I don't know if it's going to promote that line to be crossed. I certainly hope not because there's a lot of good, positive stories out there about successful coaches and selfless giving parents and organizations that are helping kids.

HANNITY: Governor, listen, I enjoy the time we have to talk about sports. Any picks for this weekend, by the way?

PALIN: Oh, I love Seattle. They're closest to Alaska.

HANNITY: I got Seattle and I got the Broncos. Although never, that Tom Brady is sneaky, you can't ever bet against him. Thanks, governor, good to talk to you.

PALIN: Thank you so much, go west coast

Sarah Palin being an expert on parenting is like Chris Christie being an expert on physical fitness.  Let's look at Sarah's track (pun intended) record:

Track-vandalized school buses, oxy problem, knocked up girlfriend, then divorced her.

Bristol-lost virginity at 15 or 16, got knocked up, dropped out of school, keeps son away from his father.  Does not discipline Tripp.

Willow-bought drugs in Wal-Mart parking lot, at least one pregnancy scare, called classmate a f***** on Facebook.  Laughed when her nephew did the same thing.

Piper-bodychecked a reporter on Sarah's bus tour aka vacation.  Now living with her grandparents.  Also used as a human shield.

Trig-poor thing totally neglected.  Was used as a prop and now that he is outgrown his usefulness Sarah ignores him.

I find it totally ironic that Sarah says kids are coddled because when she was in school she wanted out of band practice so Chuck Sr. told her to fake an injury to her finger.  Yeah Chuck and Sally are real winners.

I also wonder why Sarah called into Sean's show instead of appearing.  Was she too stoned or recovering from a Botox treatment?

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Bristol Palin is the pathetic one

From Brancy's blog,  not gonna put a link to it cuz the cow doesn't need any more visits to her blog.

If you aren’t paying attention to Texas politics right now, join the crowd.  But the Democrat running for governor is just so awful you have to pay attention.  Wendy Davis rose to the top of everyone’s minds because her story was so compelling.  This CNN headline summed it up:

CNN: Wendy Davis: From Teen Mom to Harvard Law to Famous Filibuster

Turns out, she lied about much of her “pulling herself up by her own bootstraps” story. Actually, she found a man to marry her, pay her way through college, and then through Harvard Law School.  The day after he paid the last bill, she left him. By the way, she left her kids too.  She said, “it’s not a good time for me right now” to be a parent.
Is everyone paying attention?  This woman is the hero of the Left?  A woman whose ambition and ego were so big she couldn’t have both a career and kids at the same time.
Gosh, children are sooo inconvenient, huh?  I’m glad my mother didn’t put motherhood on the shelf when she was elected to City Council, then became our mayor, then Governor.  Oh sorry – I mentioned my mother… Have you liberals gone into a tail spin of hate already?  Did I lose you?
I know you would rather think about Wendy Davis, so let’s get back to her.  She’s more your type of woman.  She left her kid, husband, made it into a false “made-for-tv-movie-type-tale” and then demanded that Texans have the right to kill babies.  That’s the woman you libs can really get behind!

 Let me be clear. I think it’d be so nice to have a husband take care of me, and my son, so I could attend school.  (Any school — let alone, Harvard!) 
But the way Wendy Davis did it – by getting married and leaving him as soon as the ink dried on his last check – is downright pathetic.
Plus, it perfectly shows that – no matter what they say – feminism is a farce.  If you truly believe in strong, independent women, you’d be a conservative.

First of all Butthole (yes that is my new nickname for you)

Shut the fuck up!

I'm sure a lot of things Wendy said and did were taken out of context, like you like to do.

Wendy may not be perfect, but she does not run on a family values platform like your mommy and her ilk do.

Your mother cheated on your father, had at least one child by a different man.

She bounced around from college to college to get her degree.

She bashes the father of your son, and the father of our cousins 

Your mother grifts, stars in reality shows, and makes incendiary comments about the president.

Your mother's parenting skills are 0, and I have a post tomorrow devoted to that.

Your mother supported Newt Gingrich, twice divorced serial adulterer and Herman Cain another adulterer.

She also pals around with the guy to her left, Dinesh D’Souza, who was fired as president of Kings College for adultery at a conference.

Wendy and her ex-husband actually get along, your parents throw canned goods at each other.

Wendy's husband is an accomplished lawyer, your father Todd runs a hooker ring, drives snowmobiles,  grifts, and stars on unreality shows.

Wendy and Jeff's kids came from a broken home but they are much more stable than you and your sibs are.

The Davis kids are actually going to college, you and your sibs are high school dropouts.

While Wendy was in grad school she volunteered at an AIDS clinic, maybe she ran into your pimp daddy who came there as a patient.

It is official, Bristol is just as bad as her mother.

I was right about Chris Christie

 When Bridgegate broke I predicted more shit would hit the fan.  I was right.

From NBC News

What started as a mystery over a monster traffic jam has erupted into a multifaceted scandal for Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey, who gets sworn in for a second term Tuesday just as he’s battling allegations of a pattern of political bullying.

As the fiasco enters its third week, here’s where things stand.

The storm over the storm

Two top officials in the Christie administration are flatly denying an assertion by the mayor of Hoboken that the administration withheld Hurricane Sandy money because the mayor would not support a real estate project favored by the governor.

Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno on Monday called the charge “completely false” and offensive.
The mayor, Dawn Zimmer, told MSNBC over the weekend that Guadagno and an official in

Christie’s cabinet both tied the Sandy money to the real estate project — and that Guadagno vowed to deny it if Zimmer ever went public.

Zimmer said Monday that she met with the U.S. attorney and turned over a handwritten journal from May 2013 in which she wrote of the governor: “This week I found out he’s cut from the same corrupt cloth that I have been fighting for the last four years.”

“I stand by my word, remain willing to testify under oath, and I will continue to answer any questions asked of me by the U.S. Attorney’s office,” the mayor said Monday.

The real estate project was proposed by the Rockefeller Group, which is represented by the law firm of David Samson, Christie’s handpicked chairman of the Port Authority, the agency that controls the George Washington Bridge.

 Christie team fights back

Christie’s team struck back over the weekend with a blistering, almost 1,600-word statement largely devoted to attacking MSNBC as a partisan network that has been “almost gleeful in their efforts attacking him.”

The Christie team chalked up the mayor’s allegation to politics “as Democratic mayors with a political axe to grind come out of the woodwork and try to get their faces on television.”

Zimmer said that Hoboken had requested more than $100 million in state-controlled Sandy money but received only $342,000.

Colin Reed, a spokesman for Christie, responded by saying that Hoboken had received almost $70 million in hurricane relief, but much of that money was in federal grants and insurance settlements and was paid to people and businesses, not the city.

Christie’s team stressed to reporters Monday that Hoboken’s request amounted to a third of the $300 million that the state had to spend on what is known as hazard mitigation — money meant to protect against future disasters, not rebuild from Sandy.

 Bridge mess takes its toll

Meanwhile, 17 allies of Christie, plus the governor’s office and his 2013 re-election campaign, have until Feb. 3 to hand over documents related to the apparently politically motivated closing of access lanes to the George Washington Bridge last September.

Among those given subpoenas by a committee of state lawmakers is Bridget Kelly, Christie’s former deputy chief of staff, who last August appeared to trigger the closures with an email: “Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee.”

Four Christie associates have resigned, been fired or had their ties to the governor cut. But the subpoenas include plenty of people still working for him, including his chief of staff, his legal counsel and his top spokesman — plus Samson, from the Port Authority.

The chairman of the committee, Assemblyman John Wisniewski, suggested over the weekend that it might expand its probe to include the Hoboken matter. “This certainly has attracted our attention.”

Stronger than the storm?

Relief money for Hoboken isn’t the only Hurricane Sandy problem for Christie.

The Department of Housing and Urban Development is auditing $25 million that the state spent after Sandy to promote tourism and the Jersey Shore — including ads that prominently featured Christie while he was running for re-election.

A Democratic congressman, Frank Pallone, charged that the state paid $4.7 million to a marketing company that proposed including Christie in the spots, while a competing firm proposed charging $2.2 million less and leaving the governor out.

Christie’s team says such federal reviews are routine, and that the ads were “a key part in helping New Jersey get back on its feet after being struck by the worst storm in state history.”

Christie on the move

The governor has spoken only briefly about the scandal since a two-hour news conference earlier this month in which he apologized and said he had been deceived by his staff about the lane closures.
He gets his next chance on Tuesday, when he is sworn in for a second term as governor. Christie will attend a morning church service, then take the oath of office in Trenton and give his inaugural address.

He plans to attend an inauguration party Tuesday afternoon on Ellis Island.
Christie has made no secret of considering a run for president, and he swung through Florida over the weekend to meet with Republican donors. According to published reports, when he was asked about 2016, he deflected: “Come see me next year.”

Christie has been sworn in for a second term, delivered his state of the state address but had to postpone the ball due to bad weather.  Oh well, the way it is going right now he may not even finish out his term.

Speaking of corrupt Republican governors,  former Virginia governor Bob McDonnell and former first lady of Virginia Maureen McDonnell were indicted on bribery charges.

And of course Sarah Palin has to eat her foot again on Martin Luther King Day with her comments:

"Mr. President, in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. and all who commit to ending any racial divide, no more playing the race card."

and this little gem a few days later:

 The NAACP’s attacks on Senator Tim Scott illustrate the anger and increased intolerance of the political left. Having falsely staked the claim of “embracing diversity” we see another example of the left’s “tolerant hug” excluding those who do not subscribe to their liberal agenda. It’s not personal. It’s not racist.  It’s not mean spirited. It’s COMMON SENSE to NOT subscribe to their failed liberal policies that lead to dependence on an unstable and bankrupt government. 

How anyone can vote Republican boggles my mind.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Levi Johnston renewing the fight for Tripp and his ex inlaws are spreading bullshit about him

From Courtview

The Palins also tell Radar Online that Levi is still in arrears:

Little Tripp will remain in the primary care of his mom Bristol Palin, has exclusively learned.

Alaska judge Gregory L. Heath, who was appointed to the bench by Governor Sarah Palin in 2009, last week dismissed Levi Johnston’s petition for equal custody of the four-year-old.

As Radar previously reported, Johnston, 23, filed a petition for custody last October saying Tripp should be in his mother’s and father’s lives equally.

The couple had otherwise agreed when they split in 2010 that Bristol, 23, would have primary physical custody.

In the wake of Levi’s sudden court filing, Bristol said he was $67,000 behind in child support and was not a fit dad because he didn’t even visit Tripp on a regular basis. Ex-Vice Presidential candidate Sarah even accused him of being a “deadbeat dad.”

Luckily Sunny set the record straight:

Ive never read comments or commented on things like this but here's what I will say... Kristy its sad how you are a known palin/johnston stalker and you still have bad things to say about Levi. I post about my life every day online and I know for a fact that you know that Levi works 35-45 hour weeks an electrician for the past two and a half years, and tries to see his son all the time. You can see from the pictures that Tripp and Levi have an amazing bond and love each other more than anything. You should have heard them talking on the phone the other night. Cutest thing ever.. Levi's story hasn't changed from day one.. its simply. "I want my son." Hes always said that and showed that in many ways. Have you seen his room here (Dr. phill) There's nothing that boy has at his moms that he doesn't have here. Levi does not owe $67,000 in child support. He just recently scraped up over 40,000 grand in deposited child support checks to her and Cssd contacted her and didn't like the fact that she lied, claiming shed never been paid. Levi has been paying 1200 a month to her for 5 months, not on top of that 40,000, and has paid a total of over 60,000 in lawyer fees since Tripp has been born. In what way would he only be doing all of this to reduce child support? I'm ecstatic to tell you that we FINALLY have an amazing lawyer that is an honest good man and will get this taken care of asap! the 2013 case is closed and the 2009 case is open again. This article is false.. Judge Heath is not our judge anymore because were going back to the old case. The case is not closed at all and far from. But you know what? nothing that you or any of you say matters. What matters is that Levi will be in his son's life soon and nothing will be better for Tripp than having both of his parents in his life:) Even if we start out 4 times a month and work our way up that is more than Levi has ever been allowed in his son's life and it will be awesome. He is so loved here and we all can't wait to have him back:) 

Of course Krusty had to do her trolling:

NojudgmentOnlyLove WS

      Thursday, January 23, 2014

      Sorry Sarah Palin the courts are now going to tell you that you can't!

      From Legal Insurrection

      We previously have written about the copyright and trademark lawsuit by North Jersey Media Group against Sarah Palin and SarahPAC over a single use by Palin in a 9/11 Facebook post of a photo of fireman raising the U.S. Flag at Ground Zero.

      We also previously noted that the claim in plaintiff’s papers that Palin used the image for fundraising seemed to be a real stretch (at best). There was no evidence attached to the Complaint showing any specific fundraising. Plaintiff’s claim appears to be that anything that takes place in Palin’s name or at SarahPAC constitutes fundraising.

      Palin and SarahPAC moved to dismiss the case for faiture to state a legal claim, or alternatively, to transfer the case to Alaska since New York had no connection to the dispute.

      In an Order filed today, the Judge granted the motion to transfer, but to New Jersey where NJMG is headquartered. Given the transfer, the Judge deferred ruling on the merits of the motion to dismiss to whichever federal judge gets assigned in New Jersey.

      It will be interesting to see if NJMG continues to fight the lawsuit, which makes no sense given that the photo clearly was not used for fundraising and was taken down quickly. Indeed, as previously noted, there is an issue as to whether Palin and SarahPAC even received actual notice of the takedown demand prior to the filing of the lawsuit just two days after the Facebook post was made.

      Here is the substantive text of the Order:

      Defendants move, alternatively, to dismiss or to transfer this case to another district where it could have been brought. This case is transferred to the U.S. District Court for the District ofNew Jersey.
      Plaintiff is a New Jersey corporation, publishing local newspapers in New Jersey. Defendants are a citizen of Alaska and a federally registered political actioncommittee (“PAC”) whose principal place of business is in northern Virginia.
      Plaintiffs allege copyright infringement of a copyrighted photograph and a violation of the Lanham Act. There is no indication of any substantial activities in this state or district.
      The most convenient forum is where plaintiff claims injury, New Jersey. If defendants violated the law, they did so nationally and one situs is as convenient as another. The district of Alaska, preferred by defendants, is not a convenient forum nor is the district of Virginia. Hence this case will be transferred to the district of New Jersey. See D.H Blair & Co., Inc. et al v. Gottdiener, 462 F.3d 95, 106-07 (2d Cir. 2006). The judge to whom this case is assigned can then determine the substantive sufficiency of defendant’s motion.
      I have a feeling that SarahPac will be starting another fundraising drive really soon.  It warms the cockles of my hear to see that there is a federal judge who will not kiss her ass.

      Wednesday, January 22, 2014

      Free birth control reduces abortion rates

      This is an article from 2012 but worth repeating:

      From NBC News

      A dramatic new study with implications for next month’s presidential election finds that offering women free birth control can reduce unplanned pregnancies -- and send the abortion rate spiraling downward.
      When more than 9,000 women ages 14 to 45 in the St. Louis area were given no-cost contraception for three years, abortion rates dropped from two-thirds to three-quarters lower than the national rate, according to a new report by Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis researchers.

      From 2008 to 2010, annual abortion rates among participants in the Contraceptive Choice Project  -- dubbed CHOICE -- ranged from 4.4 abortions per 1,000 women to 7.5 abortions per 1,000. That’s far less than the 19.6 abortions per 1,000 women nationwide reported in 2008, the latest year for which figures are available.

      Among teen girls ages 15 to 19 who participated in the study, the annual birth rate was 6.3 per 1,000 girls, far below the U.S. rate of 34.3 per 1,000 for girls the same age.
      The study’s lead author, Dr. Jeffrey Peipert, a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Washington University, expected both measures to fall, but even he said he was “very surprised” by the magnitude.

      In all, Peipert said, one abortion was prevented for approximately every 100 women who took part (the actual estimate is 1 per every 79 to 135 women).

      The results were so dramatic, in fact, that Peipert asked the journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology to publish the study before the Nov. 6 presidential election, knowing that the Affordable Care Act, and its reproductive health provisions, are major issues in the campaign.
      “It just has so many implications for our society,” he told NBC News.

      Several factors contributed to the declines, he argued. First, a large majority of the women in the study were encouraged -- and chose -- to use intrauterine devices, or IUDs, and hormonal implants over more commonly used birth control pills.

      Because birth control pills require strict adherence, and people forget to take them, that method fails about 8 percent of the time. IUDs and implants are over 99 percent effective.

      Second, program enrollees included high-risk populations like women and girls who’ve already used abortion services once -- and are more likely to have a second abortion -- and women and girls who are economically distressed and may not have means to obtain contraceptive products and services.

      That’s important because an IUD, including the device and the physician’s service to place it in the uterus, can cost between $800 and $1,000. Since an IUD lasts at least five years, it saves money in the long run over a monthly cost of roughly $15-$25 for pills, but the up-front charge is prohibitive for many women.

      James Trussell, a Princeton University professor of economics and public affairs and an expert in family planning called the results “terrific, great work, and a very important demonstration project.”

      But it’s also politically fraught. The Affordable Care Act requires insurance plans to cover contraceptive costs. That’s led to conflicts among the Obama administration, the Catholic church, and the church’s political allies who argue that requiring a Catholic employer to provide such insurance contradicts the church’s teaching and represents a breach of religious freedom.

      Conservatives have also objected to contraceptive coverage on cost grounds. Some have focused their anger at Sandra Fluke, a Georgetown University law student who agitated for the Catholic school to offer an insurance plan that covers contraception. Radio host Rush Limbaugh famously called her a “slut” and a “prostitute.”

      But experts, including Peipert, point out that no-cost contraception saves money.

      According to a 2011 study from the Guttmacher Institute, unplanned pregnancies costs the United States a conservatively estimated $11 billion per year.

      “The way I look at it as a gynecologist with an interest in women’s health and public health and family planning, is that this saves money,” Peipert said. “When you provide no-cost contraception, and you remove that barrier, you finally reduce unintended pregnancy rates. It doesn’t matter what side one is on politically, that’s a good thing.”

      The Catholic Church is unlikely to be moved. “If, as supporters of the contraceptive mandate argue, it will pay for itself in reduced medical expenses, so will free embryo engineering and other eugenic services, including infanticide, doctor-assisted suicide, organ harvesting, and genetic manipulation,” wrote Thomas

      Joseph White, director of the Thomistic Institute at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, D.C., and R.R. Reno, in the conservative journal First Things.

      But to academic experts, the results of CHOICE are clear. “What the study suggests to me,” said John Santelli, professor at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, “is that it’s totally supportive of the president’s provisions on reproductive care and preventive services for women in the Affordable Care Act.”

      In a 2009 study, Trussell and colleagues reported that long-acting contraceptives like IUDs were far cheaper than an unintended birth, an abortion, and especially an ectopic pregnancy.

      Trussell argued that cost savings go “well beyond” those immediate medical savings. They don’t, for example, take into account costs associated with longer term issues such as economic stress on the mother and family, a teenager who doesn’t finish high school or skips college because she’s had a baby.

      Research has also shown that neglect, stress, anxiety, or simply a low level of nurturing in early life has effects on a child that can last far into adulthood. It may influence, for example, the cycle of teen pregnancy and crime.

      “It’s hard to imagine how politicians wouldn’t like to spend a dollar to save four,” Trussell said. As to the objections like those of White, he concluded that “it makes no sense whatsoever. Regardless of your views on abortion, virtually everybody says preventing unintended pregnancies is smart.”

      This is why President Obama is a hero in my book.  Obamacare requires insurance companies to pay for birth control, therefore reducing abortion.

      Then there are fucktards like Sarah and Bristol Palin who are against it.  I don't give a shit if they choose life but don't tell me how to run mine.

      Tuesday, January 21, 2014

      Question for Todd and Sarah Palin

      Sarah why have you not released Trig's birth certificate?

      Todd have you ever been with or hung out with hookers in Anchorage?

      Monday, January 20, 2014

      Martin Luther King Jr Day

      In honor of him I am posting his I Have A Dream Speech.

      I have a dream as well.  That skanky Sarah Palin does not ruin today by posting a tacky tribute to him like she did August 28 in honor of the 50th anniversary of his speech:

      Sunday, January 19, 2014

      Why does Willow Palin need to be a Domestic Limited Liability Company

      Interesting comment on Immoral Minority:

      PDF has been taken down how interesting on a SUNDAY no less...

      Articles of Organization
      Domestic Limited Liability Company
      Web-7/1/2013 1:00:03 PM
      1 - Entity Name
      Legal Name: Willow Bianca LLC
      2 - Duration
      The duration of the entity is perpetual.
      2 - Purpose
      Independent Contracter, cosmetology, beauty consultant, life coach
      3 - NAICS Code
      812112 - BEAUTY SALONS
      4 - Registered Agent
      Name: Willow Palin
      Mailing Address: 313 Lake View AVE, Wasilla, AK 99654
      Physical Address: 313 Lake View AVE, Wasilla, AK 99654
      5 - Entity Addresses
      Mailing Address: 313 Lake View Ave, Wasilla, AK 99654
      Physical Address: 313 Lake View Ave, Wasilla, AK 99654
      Page 1 of 2
      AK Entity #: 10013894
      Date Filed: 07/01/2013
      State of Alaska, DCCED
      6 - Management
      The limited liability company is managed by a manager.
      7 - Officials
      Name Address % Owned Titles
      Willow Palin Organizer
      Name of person completing this online application
      I certify under penalty of perjury under the Uniform Electronic Transaction Act and the laws of the
      State of Alaska that the information provided in this application is true and correct, and further
      certify that by submitting this electronic filing I am contractually authorized by the Official(s) listed
      above to act on behalf of this entity.
      Name: Willow Palin
      PO Box 110806, Juneau, AK 99811-0806
      Telephone: (907) 465-2550 Fax: (907) 465-2974 Text Tel: (907) 465-5437

      So is Willow the real owner of Forget Me Knot?  Or since she is a "beauty consultant" she has to file this?

      Saturday, January 18, 2014

      Chuck Heath Jr is one paranoid son of a bitch

      From Chuck's Fecebook page:

      Coincidence? You decide.

      My father, who worked multiple jobs and faithfully and honestly paid his taxes for fifty years, had never heard a word from the IRS. In 2008, his daughter was tapped to run for vice president of the United States. Since that time, he has been, in his words "horribly harassed" six times by the agency. They've tried to dig up something on him but he's always operated above board.

      Government and politics are ugly. Kudos to the few that are trying to clean it up.

      I seriously doubt the IRS is going after some old fart in Alaska.  If not they should be considering:

      Chuck Sr.'s son in law belonged to the AIP.

      His daughter has made incidenary comments about the President and his family.

      His daughter nearly got Gabby Giffords killed.

      Rumor has it that Chuck Sr left Idaho to come to Alaska cuz of his extreme views.

      The Palins and Heaths have made a career of grifting.  Sarah and Todd were busted for not paying their property taxes.

      It's pretty obvious Sarah got her worldview from Chuck Sr.

      Friday, January 17, 2014

      Happy nifty fifty First Lady!

      Happy Birthday Michelle!

      Thank you for all your work in reducing obesity in our children.

      Has anyone noticed that Michelle looks about 10 years younger than 50 and a certain ex-half term governor looks about 10 years older than 50?

      Thursday, January 16, 2014

      Wednesday, January 15, 2014

      Sarah Palin is still bitter over Katie Couric and lies again

      From Raw Story:

      Sarah Palin won’t rule out a possible run for elected office, but she insists she won’t appear on “Dancing With The Stars.”

      “Oh, my gosh, that is something you don’t want to (see),” Palin told Extra’s Mario Lopez, who had previously appeared on the reality show. “I’m no Mario Lopez and I’m no Bristol Palin, I’d be clomping around and falling down all over the dance floor, man. I wouldn’t make it past the judges (on) Day One.”

      The former half-term governor of Alaska and failed vice presidential candidate sat down Friday to discuss her new reality TV show, “Amazing America With Sarah Palin,” with Lopez on the celebrity news program.

      “I get to work with the best of the best, a team at Sportsman Channel where these guys aren’t faking it,” Palin said. “They’re out there living the Alaska America lifestyle where everybody is in the outdoors responsibly utilizing it and developing natural resources, and we’re going to showcase people, places and things that kind of encompass all of that and inspire people to get out there, be outdoors and live life vibrantly.”

      Lopez introduced a question about Katie Couric, who helped torpedo Palin’s 2008 vice presidential bid by asking her what newspapers and magazines she read, by asking Palin if she believed in karma.

      “I certainly believe that what goes around comes around,” Palin said, smiling.

      She told Lopez that she couldn’t remember where she was when she heard Couric’s talk show had been canceled, but she heard from several friends about it.

      “I remember getting a couple of texts that said things like, ‘Oh, sorry that it didn’t work out there at CBS or ABC,’” Palin said, adding that she wasn’t surprised Couric had stepped down as anchor of CBS News.

      “The ratings were going in the tank with her as one of the head honchos there in the newsroom at CBS and then it didn’t surprise me, her other move,” Palin said. “Things weren’t going real well there, either.”

      Christie would survive the George Washington Bridge shutdown scandal because it wasn’t as serious as the terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya, or other scandals Republicans have attempted to hang around President Barack Obama’s neck.

      “I don’t think this prohibits him from running for higher office,” she said. “What Chris Christie has been engaged in the last couple of days isn’t nearly as significant when you consider lives that have been lost via the scandals and cover-ups that have gone on in the White House.”
      Palin declined to speculate on her own political future, but suggested she enjoys her role as a conservative power player.

      “You know, I don’t have a crystal ball,” she said. “I don’t know what I’m going to do politically, but certainly want to inspire people to be involved and debate and be competitive in that arena of ideas in order to make this country better, and in order to allow all of us equal opportunity to be productive. I want to help elect people who can be in position to enact some of the policies we need for that exceptionalism again.”

      Palin said she thinks she could help accomplish this as the host of daytime talk show, similar to Oprah Winfrey or Ellen DeGeneres.

      “That would probably would be a fun opportunity, as long as I got to pick the subject matter and got to talk to more inspiring people out there to help empower others,” Palin said.

      Let it go Sarah.  The bitterness is eating you up.

      You and your family are not doing so well regarding shows either.  Sarah Palin's Alaska was not renewed, Life's a Tripp was not renewed.  Todd's show was not renewed.  Bristol's show with the Massey brothers never got off the ground, your American Stories was canceled, and your latest show will be canceled as well.

      And by the way, try to keep your lies straight, did Willow pay for her school or not?

      Tuesday, January 14, 2014

      So Sarah is getting another unreality show

      From her Fuckbook page

      Shooting promo shots for my new show “Amazing America” on the Sportsman Channel. Here’s a behind the scenes look. Can't wait for April 3 premiere!

      Just so you all know the show's were probably filmed last fall when Todd went "hunting":

      Monday, January 13, 2014

      Chris Christie imay soon join Sarah Palin in the ex-governor's club

      From Salon

      New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie strode to the microphones in Trenton Wednesday night and took an hour of reporters’ tough questions about a plot by staffers to punish Fort Lee’s Democratic mayor by snarling his city’s traffic for four days. Penitent, occasionally defiant, Christie insisted he didn’t know about the scheme.
      But he said he took full responsibility for the scandal, apologized to the citizens of Fort Lee and promised to get to the bottom of what happened.

      Oh wait. That’s not what Christie did at all. The famously fearless governor canceled his one public appearance of the day, ignored the story until late afternoon, and then issued an email statement saying he’d been “misled” by “a member of my staff.” There’s word he’ll be talking today at 11 a.m. But yesterday, when all the details broke and questions emerged, there was no press conference. No public statement. No apology to Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich or his city or the people of New Jersey for staffers using the crucial George Washington Bridge as a weapon of political destruction, reportedly in retaliation for

      Sokolich’s refusal to endorse Christie’s reelection bid against Barbara Buono last year.
      In a statement so full of word salad it might have come from Sarah Palin, Christie threw an unnamed staff member under the bus – and then resumed his silence. He threw his own presidential hopes under the bus too.

      Contrast Christie’s limp response on Wednesday to his shtick a month ago, when he aggressively denied that the Fort Lee lane closures were a form of political reprisal, and even joked that he did it himself.  ”I worked the cones actually. Unbeknownst to everybody, I was actually the guy out there. I was in overalls and a hat, but I was the guy working the cones,” he said, mocking reporters, adding, “You’re not really serious with that question.” Then he blamed New Jersey Democrats for playing politics, sneering, “It just shows that they really have nothing to do.”

      Yep he is just a male Sarah Palin.

      Both of them are bullies and liars.  They are also vindictive assholes with a lot of charisma.  Which power would be a very dangerous thing for them.

      Bridgegate is Christie's Troopergate, and I predict his approval rating is going to take a dive after this, just like Sarah and Troopergate.

      I think this has killed Chris Christie's chance of getting the GOP nomination.  More shit will be hitting the fan in the next few weeks and months.

      Sunday, January 12, 2014

      So Willow has a job? Congrats if it is true

      Apparently Willow is working at Forget Me Not Hair in Wasilla.  The Salon has only been open since early 2013.  Somebody said that Sarah is the owner of it.  Guess charity does begin at home in the Palin household.  Can anyone out there verify that?

      Above pic is Bristol's hair extensions done courtesy of Willow.  Of course we can't see Bristol's face so who knows if it is really her.  Can't trust a Palin you know.

      Saturday, January 11, 2014

      So Sarah Palin how's this fitness book coming along?

      Over a year ago you said you were writing a fitness book.  Where is it?

      BTW I think that is Willow's head on Sarah's body.  Nice try Sarah.  No way would Trig look that happy sitting next to you.  And yes Trig looks like Levi.  It's only a matter of time before Sarah has him get plastic surgery to make him look like her.

      Friday, January 10, 2014

      No I do not want Sarah Palin dead!

      From Hollywood Reporter

      Why bring back Sarah Palin just a few months after not renewing her contract?
      The only two people I knew who got worse press than her were Richard Nixon and George W. Bush -- some of it unfairly, much of it unfair to her family. She's recognizable, she's attractive, and she still has the message of stop raising taxes. The Tea Party started as a group that [the government] could make go home to bake meatloaf at any point in the last three years by simply doing two things: Stop raising taxes and stop stealing their money. Congress can't stop spending money. I'm not a defender of everything she says. I don't hear everything she says. But I know she represents a certain group of people who rose up against their own party, which you rarely see. I probably hired her back, if you really want to get to the bottom of it, to give her a chance to say her piece and piss off the people that wanted her dead.

      For starters I have never, ever wanted Sarah Palin murdered.  I am not that low.  Just like everyone else I do want her held responsible for her crimes-Dairygate, Housegate, Babygate etc.  I don't even think Levi Johnston wants her dead.

      Death is too good for her.  If she does die soon it won't be because of an anti-Palin person.  It will be because she starved her self to death:

      Or someone at the Pee pond ala Kristy Patullo or Joe Sheppard did the deed and killed her.

      Or a drug overdose.

      Or of untreated syphillis.

      Of course we will never know because he death certificate will be sealed, just like Trig's birth certificate.

      Thursday, January 9, 2014

      Willow Palin gets a tramp stamp and Trig Palin is still neglected

       If you look on Willow's left foot you can see a tattoo.  Guess she likes to take after her older siblings who have tramp stamps too.  I'm sure Piper will get her tramp stamp by the time she is 16.

      Willow has birthing hips there too.

      If you look closely you can see Trig is still wearing a diaper. He is between 5-7 years old and still has to wear a diaper?  That is neglectful parenting on Sarah and Todd's part.  I really wish Trig would go back to his real parents who probably love and  miss him.

      I also see Track is just staring into space.  Is he stoned?  he isn't even staring at Kyla.

      No Tripp in his picture.  I guess he is with his real family the Johnston's.  Praise the Lord!

      Tuesday, January 7, 2014

      BP used escort services

      From Dailymail

      BP has gone on the offensive against the court-appointed lawyer in charge of making payments to businesses affected by the Deepwater Horizon disaster, claiming that he had signed off on a questionable $173,000 payout to an escort service.

      The multibillionaire-dollar oil and gas company headquartered in London has taken out a full-page ad in several American newspapers Thursday, lamenting: 'The IRS wouldn't accept this claim. But the Gulf Settlement Program did.'

      According to BP, an 'adult escort service' submitted tax returns from 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010 to the settlement program to support a claim for lost income - but all of the documents were dated 2012 and unsigned. 

       The unnamed escort service also provided accounting statements missing the dates on which they were created, according to the oil giant's ad.

      'A claim from an “escort service.” Based on tax returns that were unsigned and perhaps never even filed. With alleged losses having no apparent connection to the spill. Paid in full,' the notice read.

      The company accused the Gulf Settlement Program of ignoring obvious 'red flags' and pushing this claim for payment without investigating its legitimacy or asking for additional documentation.

      'In fact, many claims are paid with shockingly little scrutiny,’ BP railed. 

      However, the court-appointed attorney tasked with supervising the disbursements insisted that it is not so.

      Deepwater Horizon Claims Administrator Patrick Juneau told the Wall Street Journal the escort service claim was carefully studied and deemed valid.

      For this claim and for all other claims, we follow the terms agreed upon by the parties for eligibility and payment,’ Juneau told the paper. ‘This claim satisfied those requirements agreed upon by BP and Class Counsel and was paid pursuant to the Settlement Agreement.’

      BP has vowed to continue fighting to stop individuals and businesses that had not been affected by the 2010 oil spill from taking advantage of the settlement agreement. 

      On April 20, 2010, the Deepwater Horizon offshore oil drilling rig exploded, killing 11 workers and spewing between 103million and 176million gallons of crude into the Gulf of Mexico.

      Since the spill, BP has challenged several claims, among them one submitted by a lawyer working 200 miles from the Gulf who got paid just over $172,000 - even though he did not have a license to practice law in 2010.
      The company has also questioned claims filed by a cell phone store closed that year after a fire that got $135,000 as part of the settlement, and a nursing home in Louisiana that was paid more than $660,000 - even though it was shuttered for a year before the spill.  
      Last year, BP agreed to a $9.2billion settlement requiring the company to pay claimants whose did not directly stem from the spill. To date, the oil giant has paid out more than $3.78million.

      On Thursday, BP scored a major court victory in its ongoing battle to block settlement payments.

      Judge Carl Barbier issued an order temporarily suspending payments to businesses while he reconsiders the company’s arguments against compensating those that cannot trace losses directly to the nation’s worst offshore oil spill.

      The federal judge noted the claims office will continue taking and processing business claims but won’t make final decisions or payments until the matter is settled.

      Is it possible to get a FOIA request out of these guys?

      Monday, January 6, 2014

      RIP Dar Miller

      Darlene "Dar" Miller passed away five years ago today. Here is the original article in the Anchorage Daily News.

      WASILLA -- Darlene "Dar" Miller's death in a house fire last week staggered coworkers all too familiar with death, loss and grief.

      Miller spent the last eight years as a nurse with Mat-Su Regional Homecare and Hospice, an organization that provides in-home care for terminally ill patients and support for their families.

      Her peers are finding there's no coping mechanism to ease the shock of such a sudden, traumatic loss.

      "We're experts in grief and the dying process, but it's different when it's one of your own," said Barbara Mistler, the center's director. "Who takes care of the caregivers?"

      Firefighters found the 54-year-old Miller unconscious and badly burned, but still alive in her Wasilla home Jan. 5. Though a cause has yet to be established, the long-smoldering fire apparently started near a bed on the first floor, burning so hot it charred beams and melted pictures on the wall. Miller's two dogs died next to her.

      She was flown to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle for burn treatment, but she died the next day.

      Miller shared the home with partner Michaele Hannam. She was not available for comment.

      Mistler told staffers about Miller's death the afternoon of Jan. 6. A mental health counselor conducted two debriefing sessions. The director tried to lighten workloads where she could, to give stunned employees a break.

      "We deal with death every day. But when it's somebody close, it's like all these deaths... you tuck away a little of the hurt," said Judy Hayes, a hospice nurse who considered Miller her mentor. "When it's somebody you know, it all comes out. The emotions aren't just for Dar. It's a bigger hurt, a bigger loss."

      Miller's desk at the center's Bogard Road office remains as she left it: a tidy memorial with a picture of her dogs -- spunky cattle dogs called heelers, one young, one old.

      A common thread emerged about Miller's personal side during a visit Monday to her office.

      She was a rugged Canadian woman who wore mukluks and a leather coat in winter and had a thing for pickup trucks. She loved escaping to her Trapper Creek cabin with Hannam. She possessed a dry sense of humor, amazing penmanship and a propensity for goofy sayings like "God love a duck."

      She combined a knack for listening without judging and a total lack of phoniness, said Vicki Turtle, a home health aide and information technician with 23 years at Mat-Su home care and hospice.

      Miller started out as a neo-natal nurse practitioner but wearied of watching babies die, coworkers said. Starting with the Mat-Su organization in 2001, Miller took on the role of mentor. She was one of four hospice nurses and worked as a case manager.

      Turtle remembered hearing Miller telling new nurses, "We cannot resolve everybody's problems. We're here to make them comfortable and get them to the next place."

      Longtime home health aide Ahna Simonds leaned on Miller in tough situations -- patients with problems that made dressing changes painful or clients as young as 10.

      "Dealing with younger patients, it's really hard to go into a home," Simonds said. "You've got to be able to talk with somebody, or just cry together and be angry."

      Miller's loss also sends ripples through the lives of an unknown number of patients and their families in homes and assisted-care facilities throughout the Mat-Su.

      Last year, 120 hospice patients died. Miller knew them all, Hayes said, as well as those from years past.

      One was Mary Hann, who died in October at the age of 84.

      Miller was Hann's primary hospice nurse over a remarkable two-year period; patients don't qualify for hospice until they're given less than six months to live, but Hann died slowly, a little at a time, as the arteries of her brain hardened, her daughter said.

      Miller showed empathy and compassion even as Hann "pretended she could function better than she could," said daughter Melinda Glass. Hannam, a hospice volunteer, would take Hann on trips to get books, get out of the house.

      Glass was glad her mother died before she had to hear the news of Miller's death, she said. "I would not have told her. It would have destroyed her."

      Miller had 12 patients when she died, said Hayes, the other hospice case manager at the office. She spent last week sharing the sad news over and over again, patient by patient.

      Mistler said she plans to post a photo of Miller in the hospice room as a remembrance. Some employees are still so stricken by her death they can't talk about it.

      Some say she'd be telling them to buck up.

      "I can just hear her," Turtle said. " 'Don't fuss over me. Have a party. Move on.' "

      Sunday, January 5, 2014

      Steve Biegun one of Sarah Palin's advisors

      After the 2008 Election Steve Biegun one of Sarah Palin's aides said she is no diva.

      “It’s depressing,” said Steve Biegun, a veteran foreign policy hand who tutored and staffed Palin and traveled with her through the fall. “We worked our asses off. It was a tough campaign. Then we have this?”
      Biegun emphatically made the case for his much-maligned former boss.

      “I think she was fantastic. She just brought a special energy to our ticket. Look, I was there at those rallies.”

      But five years later he is now the Vice President for International Governmental Affairs, Ford Motor Company.  His bio: 

      Stephen E. Biegun is a corporate officer and vice president of International Governmental Affairs for Ford Motor Company. In this role for Ford, Mr. Biegun oversees all aspects of Ford’s international governmental relations, including trade strategy and political risk assessment.

      Prior to joining Ford, Mr. Biegun served as national security advisor to Senate Majority Leader, Senator Bill Frist, M.D. In this capacity, he provided analysis and strategic planning for the Senate's consideration of foreign policy, defense and intelligence matters, and international trade agreements.

      Before joining the staff of the Majority Leader, Mr. Biegun worked in the White House from 2001-2003 as Executive Secretary of the National Security Council. He served as a senior staff member to the National Security Advisor, Condoleezza Rice, and performed the function of chief operating officer for the National Security Council.

      Prior to joining the White House staff, Mr. Biegun served for 14 years as a foreign policy advisor to members of both the House of Representatives and the United States Senate. During this time, he also held the position of Chief of Staff of the United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations from 1999-2000 and was the Committee's senior professional staff member for European affairs from 1994-1998. In addition, Mr. Biegun served as a staff member of the United States House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs for six years. In this role, he was responsible for the foreign assistance budget, trade policy, and European affairs.

      From 1992 to 1994, Mr. Biegun served as the Resident Director in the Russian Federation for the International Republican Institute, a democracy-building organization established under the National Endowment for Democracy.

      Mr. Biegun graduated from the University of Michigan where he studied Political Science and Russian Language. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Aspen Strategy Group, and is a member of the boards of the US-Russia Investment Fund, the Moscow School of Political Studies, the Council of the Americas, the National Bureau of Asian Research, and the Automotive Trade Policy Council. Mr. Biegun serves on the Executive Committee of the Washington International Business Council and the US-ASEAN Business Council and serves as Chairman of the National Association of Manufacturers WTO Action Group.

      No mention of him working with Sarah Palin.  I guess I would be embarrassed too!