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Alaska governor billed state for nights spent at home

September 10, 2008

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— Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has billed taxpayers for 312 nights spent in her own home during her first 19 months in office, charging a "per diem" allowance intended to cover meals and incidental expenses while traveling on state business.

The governor also has charged the state for travel expenses to take her children on official out-of-town missions. And her husband, Todd, has billed the state for expenses and a daily allowance for trips he makes on official business for his wife.

Palin, who earns $125,000 a year, claimed and received $16,951 as her allowance, which officials say was permitted because her official "duty station" is Juneau, according to an analysis of her travel documents by The Washington Post.

The governor's daughters and husband charged the state $43,490 to travel and many of the trips were to and from their house in Wasilla and Juneau, the capital city 600 miles away, the documents show.

Gubernatorial spokeswoman Sharon Leighow said Monday that Palin's expenses are not unusual and that, under state policy, the first family could have claimed per diem expenses for each child taken on official business but has not done so.

Spending scrutinized

Before she became the Republican Party's vice presidential nominee, Palin was little known outside Alaska. Now, with the campaign emphasizing her executive experience, her record as mayor of Wasilla, as a state oil-and-gas commissioner and as governor is receiving intense scrutiny.

During her speech at the Republican National Convention last week, Palin cast herself as crusader for fiscal rectitude as Alaska's governor. She noted that she sold a state-owned plane used by the former governor.

Speaking from Palin's Anchorage office, Leighow said that Palin dealt with the plane and also trimmed other expenses, including foregoing a chef in the governor's mansion because she preferred to cook for her family. The first family's travel is an expected part of the job, she said.

"As a matter of protocol, the governor and the first family are expected to attend community events across the state," she said. "It's absolutely reasonable that the first family participates in community events."

The state finance director, Kim Garnero, said Alaska law exempts the governor's office from elaborate travel regulations. Said Leighow: "The governor is entitled to a per diem, and she claims it."

Claiming allowance

The popular governor collected the per diem allowance from April 22, four days after the birth of her fifth child, until June 3, when she flew to Juneau for two days. Palin moved her family to the capital during the legislative session last year, but prefers to stay in Wasilla and drive 45 miles to Anchorage to a state office building where she conducts most of her business, aides have said.

Palin rarely sought reimbursement for meals while staying in Anchorage or Wasilla, the reports show.

She wrote some form of "Lodging - own residence" or "Lodging - Wasilla residence" more than 30 times at the same time she took a per diem, according to the reports. In two dozen undated amendments to the reports, the governor deleted the reference to staying in her home but still charged the per diem.

Palin charged the state a per diem for working on Nov. 22, 2007 - Thanksgiving Day. The reason given, according to the expense report, was the Great Alaska Shootout, an annual NCAA college basketball tournament held in Anchorage.

In separate filings, the state was billed about $25,000 for Palin's daughters' expenses and $19,000 for her husband, Todd Palin.

Flights topped the list for the most expensive items, and the daughter whose bill was the highest was Piper, 7, whose flights cost nearly $11,000, while Willow, 14, claimed about $6,000 and Bristol, 17, accounted for about $3,400.

Asked Monday about the official policy on charging for children's travel expenses, Garnero said: "We cover the expenses of anyone who's conducting state business. I can't imagine kids could be doing that."

But Leighow said many of the hundreds of invitations Palin receives include requests for her to bring her family, placing the definition of "state business" with the party extending the invitation.

Gov. Palin has spent far less on her personal travel than her predecessor: $93,000 on airfare in 2007, compared with $463,000 spent the year before by her predecessor, Frank Murkowski. He traveled often in an executive jet that Palin called an extravagance during her campaign. She sold it after she was sworn into office.

Comments

jonas_opines 6 years, 3 months ago

Would you be saying the same thing if she were a Democrat?No, of course you wouldn't be. It seems, at this point, that with so many people, were they to apply the same level of scrutiny to both sides of the political equation, then they would have no one they could support, and were they to apply the same level of rationalization equally to both sides, they would never find any real problems at all.

SandyMorgan 6 years, 3 months ago

In October of 1996, Sarah Palin asked the Wasilla police chief, librarian, public works director, and finance director to resign, and instituted a policy requiring department heads to get her approval before talking to reporters. Sarah Palin was reportedly upset about things these city employees had said about her. In January 1997, Sarah Palin notified the police chief, Irl Stambaugh, and the town librarian, Mary Ellen Emmons, that they were being fired as a result of not heeding her warning to step down. Sarah Palin said in a letter that she wanted a change because she believed the two did not fully support her administration! She rescinded the firing of the librarian, but not the police chief. The chief filed a lawsuit, but a court dismissed it, finding that the mayor had the right to fire city employees for nearly any reason. According to Anne Kilkenny, a Democrat who observed the City Council, Sarah Palin also brought up the idea of banning some books at one city council meeting

Newell_Post 6 years, 3 months ago

I actually think that selling the jet was a foolish "grandstand" move. Alaska is a vast place with poor commercial air service to many locations. Flying commercial, the governor spends vast amounts of time standing around being frisked by TSA and can really only hit one city (two max) per day. With a private plane she can hit 6 or 7 cities. Besides, a $2.7m jet isn't much of an airplane in today's world. The G5s flown by Bill Gates, Larry Ellison, and similar guys sell for around $50m each, and that is before customization.

JackKats 6 years, 3 months ago

There are alot of times spent in Iowa on this expense report as well. Hmmm wonder how this coincides with his campaigning there. Interesting. I am sure it is allowed but it sure doesn't sit well with me that we pay for this for candidates get reimbursed to be out campaigning. Wonder how many flights he took home from Iowa to go home.

SandyMorgan 6 years, 3 months ago

Have any of you wingnuts considered that we're talking about having as Vice President someone who will be "periodically unstable" and probably go through menopause soon? Trust me, those are no picnics, and if I'd had nukes, I'd have used 'em.

SandyMorgan 6 years, 3 months ago

And how can you be her age and never have gone to Europe? ... Sarah Palin's travel record is that of a hopeless provincial. ... Palin is a shallow, chirpy person with those vaguely alarming eyeglasses. Now her fans all want a pair. Remember back when women wore glasses that departed their ears in plastic swoops and swirls? My theory is, anyone who wears glasses that look weird is telling me something I don't want to know. I trust the American people will see through Palin's facade, and save the Republic in November. The most damning indictment against her is that she considered herself a good choice to be a heartbeat away. That shows bad judgment

Navin_R_Johnson 6 years, 3 months ago

agnostic, stop it! my ribs hurt! since facts and a real worldview evade you, i was hoping for a sharper wit, and, of course, evidence of a brain.you need to sharpen up those polemics a bit.

ndmoderate 6 years, 3 months ago

Gee, even Fox News played the entire "pig" comment today--clearly, clearly not a slur against Palin.The anchor on FN even pointed out that McCain used the "lipstick on a pig" saying back in the primaries when talking about Hillary's revamped health care plan.Personally, I would have enjoyed it much more if Obama had used "you can't polish a turd" instead, but I'm sure that's a little too risque for the campaign stump.And no, ese, I'm not posting from whatever address you wrote (wherever that is). The "nd" in my username stands for North Dakota. If you want to, you could view the entire clip (now playing constantly on the news networks) or look it up on the web--Obama was clearly talking about the McCain policies that are the same as Bush's (education, health care, taxes, etc).

TopJayhawk 6 years, 3 months ago

Keep on trying you guys. This has no legs like all the other breathless scandals you have tried to trump up. Lying and Repubs go hand and hand togather? What about Gas-bag Biden and all the silliness he has said over the yrs? This "scandel" will go nowhere fast....give it up. I guess the Gov. should just stay home or spend all of her money for state business.Give it up. You got nothing.If she were so bad, she would not be so popular up there. Approval rating now around 85%

jonas_opines 6 years, 3 months ago

XD40 (Anonymous) says: "From the Weekly Standard:"I certainly hope that if you've ever been one of those criticizing others for sourcing Dailykos or another of those sites, then you're prepared to recant now. Is checking the Weekly Standard your idea of "research?"

Bob Forer 6 years, 3 months ago

The same person who "Put it on ebay" claiming to have the taxpayer's interests at heart is now revealed to have charged the taxpayer's "per diems" for living in her own home. (and by the way, she may "have put it on ebay," but the jet didn't sell. Ultimately, the State ended up selling it to a wealth Alaskan, and friend of Palin for a multi-million dollar loss). Is this hypocrisy?

SandyMorgan 6 years, 3 months ago

Lipstick on a pig that smells like old fish.

SandyMorgan 6 years, 3 months ago

As a woman who does not believe what Palin believes, the thought of such an opportunistic anti-female in the White House - in the Cheney chair, no less - is akin to ideological brain rape.

JackKats 6 years, 3 months ago

AMTRAK Wilmington, DE $-116 May 02, 2007 Travel AMTRAK Wilmington, DE $-116 May 02, 2007 Travel AMTRAK Wilmington, DE $-164 May 02, 2007 Travel AMTRAK Wilmington, DE $-180 May 02, 2007 Travel AMTRAK Wilmington, DE $-306 May 02, 2007 Travel AMTRAK Wilmington, DE $64 May 04, 2007 Travel AMTRAK Wilmington, DE $710 June 04, 2007 TRAVEL AMTRAK Wilmington, DE $398 June 04, 2007 TRAVEL AMTRAK Wilmington, DE $224 June 04, 2007 TRAVEL AMTRAK Wilmington, DE $213 June 04, 2007 TRAVEL AMTRAK Wilmington, DE $210 June 04, 2007 TRAVEL AMTRAK Wilmington, DE $210 June 04, 2007 TRAVEL AMTRAK Wilmington, DE $202 June 04, 2007 TRAVEL AMTRAK Wilmington, DE $194 June 04, 2007 TRAVEL AMTRAK Wilmington, DE $191 June 04, 2007 TRAVEL AMTRAK Wilmington, DE $190 June 04, 2007 TRAVEL AMTRAK Wilmington, DE $180 June 04, 2007 TRAVEL AMTRAK Wilmington, DE $169 June 04, 2007 TRAVEL AMTRAK Wilmington, DE $166 June 04, 2007 TRAVEL AMTRAK Wilmington, DE $162 June 04, 2007 TRAVEL AMTRAK Wilmington, DE $142 June 04, 2007 TRAVEL AMTRAK Wilmington, DE $142 June 04, 2007 TRAVEL AMTRAK Wilmington, DE $136 June 04, 2007 TRAVEL AMTRAK Wilmington, DE $133 June 04, 2007 TRAVEL AMTRAK Wilmington, DE $129 June 04, 2007 TRAVEL AMTRAK Wilmington, DE $129 June 04, 2007 TRAVEL AMTRAK Wilmington, DE $129 June 04, 2007 TRAVEL AMTRAK Wilmington, DE $118 June 04, 2007 TRAVEL AMTRAK Wilmington, DE $112 June 04, 2007 TRAVEL AMTRAK Wilmington, DE $112 June 04, 2007 TRAVEL AMTRAK Wilmington, DE $112 June 04, 2007 TRAVEL AMTRAK Wilmington, DE $109 June 04, 2007 TRAVEL AMTRAK Wilmington, DE $108 June 04, 2007 TRAVEL AMTRAK Wilmington, DE $108 June 04, 2007 TRAVEL AMTRAK Wilmington, DE $105 June 04, 2007 TRAVEL AMTRAK Wilmington, DE $101 June 04, 2007 TRAVEL AMTRAK Wilmington, DE $101 June 04, 2007 TRAVEL AMTRAK Wilmington, DE $101 June 04, 2007 TRAVEL AMTRAK Wilmington, DE $95 June 04, 2007 TRAVEL AMTRAK Wilmington, DE $90 June 04, 2007 TRAVEL AMTRAK Wilmington, DE $90 June 04, 2007 TRAVEL AMTRAK Wilmington, DE $74 June 04, 2007 TRAVEL AMTRAK Wilmington, DE $71 June 04, 2007 TRAVEL AMTRAK Wilmington, DE $71 June 04, 2007 TRAVEL AMTRAK Wilmington, DE $64 June 04, 2007 TRAVEL AMTRAK Wilmington, DE $58 June 04, 2007 TRAVEL AMTRAK Wilmington, DE $54 June 04, 2007 TRAVEL AMTRAK Wilmington, DE $54 June 04, 2007 TRAVEL AMTRAK Wilmington, DE $54 June 04, 2007 TRAVEL AMTRAK Wilmington, DE $54 June 04, 2007 TRAVEL

ndmoderate 6 years, 3 months ago

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jaywalker 6 years, 3 months ago

Maybe closer to $56....quick math.......13 hour hot stressful day, forgive me......

JackKats 6 years, 3 months ago

Biden even has a family connection to Amtrak. His younger son, Hunter, is a lobbyist and the vice chairman of Amtrak's board of directors, having been nominated to a five-year term on the board by President Bush in 2006."http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/09/01/AR2008090102391.htmlAnother little under reported fact about his family ties. Hmmm a lobbyist for a son and also one who is ont eh board of Amtrack. Wonder what those tickets really cost him? I smell a rat (without lipstick) here. The above amounts listed were from his campaign finance fund. But the cost to travel for him to commute can be drawn from the above expenses listed. He paid out a whole lot over all those years he spent in Washington.

rtwngr 6 years, 3 months ago

Gov. Palin's expenses were 80% LESS than her predecessor. Nice try but this boat don't sail.

SandyMorgan 6 years, 3 months ago

I see Trig has a blog! Google downspalin blogspot if you need a good laugh.

jaywalker 6 years, 3 months ago

bea: "or a governor who knowingly lied about her expense accounts? Would you rather not know and elect a crook (if these allegations are true, and I'm not saying they are)"Speak out of the other side of your face much? You're not saying the 'allegations are true', but you know that the 'governor ..knowingly lied'? Huh. That post-grad degree is in what..double-talk?

jaywalker 6 years, 3 months ago

jonas:Got a feeling I'd enjoy sitting in on one of your classes, brother. Couldn't agree more with your last post (again!). I think a round table discussion with you and logicsound, a nice teen-age scotch, and a Maker's Mark cigar would be enlightening and not a little bit of fun. What do you teach, if you don't my asking, and aren't concerned with anonymity? (understand if you wanna keep it to yourself)

Bob Forer 6 years, 3 months ago

(cont) Despite being a normal state procedure and, in the end, a costly one, Palin has highlighted her decision to put Alaska's luxury jet on eBay in every speech she has given since being chosen as McCain's vice president. It is a significantly abridged version of what happened.By the time she was elected, there were many state items being offered on eBay. As the Anchorage Daily News reported on December 13, 2006, nine days after Palin took office and the day she announced the jet posting, the state was "auctioning 38 items on the site, including three aircraft -- two Super Cubs and a Cessna... Other items for sale included two sets of used helicopter floats ($300) and King Air exhaust stacks ($500)."Back in 2003, the state sold an old ferry, The Bartlett, for $389,500. As Jones noted in a Daily News article at that time, "it [was] not unusual for Alaska to sell big-ticket items on eBay because the site is cheap and has a big audience."The state jet, in contrast, was not a good fit for eBay. Palin never actually sold the aircraft online (though, unlike John McCain, she never claimed that to be the case). But more important, while the jet sat unsold, Alaska was on the hook to pay $62,492.79 every three months as part of the initial purchasing deal.In other words, if the state wasn't going to use the aircraft, there was an imperative to get rid of it. And as her administration waited for a bidder to match its minimum offer, those payments added up. Twenty days after putting the jet online, the Palin administration had to reissue the listing. The minimum bid had not been met. By April, the jet still had not sold despite three additional attempts. Eventually, Palin signed a contract with an Anchorage aircraft broker to help succeed where eBay couldn't. In August 2007, eight months after it was first put on sale, the jet was sold to an Alaskan businessman for $2.1 million -- $600,000 shy of the purchasing price."The eBay thing didn't work out very well," Dan Spencer, director of administrative services for the Department of Public Safety (the individual charged with trying to get rid of the plane) told the Anchorage Daily News in April 2007. "I am [tired of dealing with it]," he added. "I don't know about anyone else."http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/09/10/palins-ebay-story-what-ac_n_125361.htmlhuffingtonpost.com/2008/09/10/palin-quoted-anti-semite_n_125429.html

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 3 months ago

It is a minor scandal, but nothing more than business as usual, especially in Alaska. It illustrates quite well that she's nothing more than a typical self-serving politician trying to con voters by claiming to be a "reformer"-- but that makes her quite qualified to the Republican candidate for VP under McCain.

gogoplata 6 years, 3 months ago

All this partisian mud slinging is highlighting the hypocrisy of Republicans and Democrats. Do the country a favor and vote for one of the 3rd party candidates.

Confrontation 6 years, 3 months ago

It's not surprising that the LJ-World will delete any posts referencing Palin's horizontal talents, yet they won't delete posts that are completely racist. Looks like this paper is getting to its Conservatard roots.

jhwk2008 6 years, 3 months ago

Wow, invictus, the bigoted racist, is lecturing people on what racism is. I guess he should know though.

SandyMorgan 6 years, 3 months ago

God I hate her. Why do you keep shoving pictures of her down our throats? Don't you have any women working at that paper? Why not just print pictures on the glossy stuff so you can hang them up at work?I Hate Her I Hate Her I HAte Her.Enough!

jonas_opines 6 years, 3 months ago

You care to source your assertion that Obama has called women pigs? I've been to busy to check on everything, but I thought I would have run across that by now.

SandyMorgan 6 years, 3 months ago

Sarah Palin and her virtual burqa have me and my friends retching into our handbags. She's such a power-mad, backwater beauty-pageant casualty, it's easy to write her off and make fun of her. But in reality I feel as horrified as a ghetto Jew watching the rise of National Socialism. She is dangerous. She is not just pro-life, she's anti-life. She is the suppression of human feeling and instinct. She is a slave to the compromises dictated by her own desire for power and control. Sarah Palin is untethered from her own needs and those of her family, which is in crisis, with a pregnant daughter, a son on the way to Iraq and a special-needs infant. She should, however, be a galvanizing point for women everywhere. Not to support her candidacy but to rebel against the Republican Party and take back the respect and equality so hard-earned by the women's liberation movement in the 1970s. We've been shanghaied. This is sick. We need to slap the face of our bad frat-boy date and walk home from this drive-in movie. Sarah Palin may put out to be popular, but the rest of America's women don't need to do the same. If not, what the hell? John McCain should go the whole Hugh Hefner route and have eight V.P.s that all look exactly like Sarah Palin. It's McCain's world, girls: You'd just live in it.

Bob Forer 6 years, 3 months ago

The Truth Behind "I Put It on Ebay" That luxury jet that came with the office... I put it on eBay!"It's one of Sarah Palin's favorite lines on the campaign trail, repeated with such frequency that it has already become a catchphrase of the general election. As Governor of Alaska, she rid the state of an unnecessary jet using a creative and cost-effective online measure.What is left unmentioned is that Palin didn't come up with the idea to sell the plane using eBay in the first place. Moreover, because of the unique purchasing terms of the aircraft -- which required the state to make payments amounting to $20,000 per month even if the jet wasn't in use -- the decision not to hire a broker to help sell the property appears in hindsight to have been a costly mistake.Before the Alaska Republican took office, it was something of a standard operating procedure for the state to try to sell such big-ticket items using the online auction site. Officials had been doing it since at least 2003, three years before Palin became governor."It was the practice of the state to dispose of items such as this via eBay prior to listing the jet," Vern Jones, Alaska's Chief Procurement Officer, acknowledged on Tuesday.(cont)

SandyMorgan 6 years, 3 months ago

Palin's primary qualification seems to be that she hasn't had an abortion.

SandyMorgan 6 years, 3 months ago

She is the reverse of Barack Obama, in essence his shadow, deriding his idealism and exhorting people to obey their worst impulses. In psychological terms the shadow is that part of the psyche that hides out of sight, countering our aspirations, virtue, and vision with qualities we are ashamed to face: anger, fear, revenge, violence, selfishness, and suspicion of "the other."

Kam_Fong_as_Chin_Ho 6 years, 3 months ago

If the worst piece of dirt they can find is a problem with an expense report, I'd say Palin is doing just fine.

beatrice 6 years, 3 months ago

Does it matter who is doing the digging? If they find actual examples of the governor of Alaska knowingly stealing from the citizens by filing false expense reports, shouldn't people know about that? I know if I were found to do such a thing, I would certainly be fired. Folks, if she is dirty then she is dirty. Sorry, but if investigators find something crooked, doesn't that mean they did the American people a favor? Since she may still become the vp, as an American I would rather they not find anything wrong with her, but if they do, they do. Now, which is worse, Obama talking about pigs and lipstick (sorry if others identify Palin in that remark) or a governor who knowingly lied about her expense accounts? Would you rather not know and elect a crook (if these allegations are true, and I'm not saying they are) or find out now and save the country from electing a crook? If this were Obama or Biden, I would want to know. Why don't people want to know about Palin?

Bob Forer 6 years, 3 months ago

"Folks, if she is dirty then she is dirty. Sorry, but if investigators find something crooked, doesn't that mean they did the American people a favor? Since she may still become the vp, as an American I would rather they not find anything wrong with her, but if they do, they do."WTF are you talking about????? . Its akin to stating, lets hope no one finds out that Candiate X is a child molester, because, hey, you never know, even with that revelation, they might still be elected, and that would be bad, bad, bad for the constituients.

Bob_Keeshan 6 years, 3 months ago

jaywalker (Anonymous) says:Wouldn't have anything to do with the BO campaign 'air dropping' a squad of 30 lawyers and investigators into Alaska last weekend, would it?--------------------------------------------------This is a myth. The only source for this is a solitary conservative blogger.The actual number of lawyers and investigators "air dropped" = zero.

jmadison 6 years, 3 months ago

A good follow-up on this all important story would be if any of our local legislators received per diem living expenses in addition to the standard per diem payments to legislators.

Bob_Keeshan 6 years, 3 months ago

A more accurate comparison would be between Palin and the Governor from 1994-2002, Tony Knowles. She does not fare so well in that comparison.The Weekly Standard piece also shoots itself in the foot by saying Palin "occasionally" was not in Juneau. In reality, she only "occasionally" was actually in the Alaska capital.I wonder how much taxpayers of Alaska are spending to maintain an empty house.

jonas_opines 6 years, 3 months ago

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Satirical 6 years, 3 months ago

All the baseless liberal attacks are going to backfire against them. Palin is a mother of five and a sympathetic figure. If McCain made any statement that could be even remotely viewed as a racist comment the media and the liberals would be all over it for weeks. However, if Obama makes a sexist remark as he did against Palin, and as his campaign did against Clinton, then Obama calls any media or Republican attention to the remark as swiftboating him. I guess Obama really likes to play the victim no matter the situation.

SandyMorgan 6 years, 3 months ago

I'm a lot less concerned about this as I am what her kid's have been up to. Look at this National Inquirer story. http://www.nationalenquirer.com/_palin_family_shockers_what_sarahs_really_hiding/celebrity/65407

kansas778 6 years, 3 months ago

The more you express your rage and anger, Sandy, the better McCain's chances of winning are. Your words are praise to those on the right, so keep up the campaign if you want Palin to be the next VP.

jaywalker 6 years, 3 months ago

-which officials say was permitted because her official "duty station" is Juneau,-Gubernatorial spokeswoman Sharon Leighow said Monday that Palin's expenses are not unusual and that, under state policy, the first family could have claimed per diem expenses for each child taken on official business but has not done so.-Alaska law exempts the governor's office from elaborate travel regulations. Said Leighow: "The governor is entitled to a per diem, and she claims it."Sorry, Scott. I don't know where you're getting 'stealing' from, and these numbers are on file with the state so I imagine if there were any wrong-doing an investigation, charges, something would have already come out. If her predecessor claimed nearly 4 times the amount, and particularly when she cut First Family expenditures and perks like a personal chef and didn't claim expenses for her children as she could have, sounds like its all above board and less than it could have been. Show me the law she's broken and we'll talk about 'stealing.' You don't hear me complaining about BO spending $28 k in taxpayer money in '05 alone for international trips in order to puff up his 'presidential resume'.And do the math. The per diem expenses come to about $53 and change per day. Whew! She's livin' the high life! I received more than that working long-haul fiber optics. Sorry, bro, just seems like another straw slippin' through fingers.

pomegranate 6 years, 3 months ago

Sandy Dearest,I sure would rather deal with "lipstick", than a couple of "dipsticks".

Confrontation 6 years, 3 months ago

Just watch. The LJ-World would never take off racist posts like those of Ese.

Flap Doodle 6 years, 3 months ago

Oh, this is ever so much worse than having an organized crime figure help you buy a mansion.......

jonas_opines 6 years, 3 months ago

Duplenty: "What is it about lying and Politicians that goes so very well together?"Fixed that for you.

Bob Forer 6 years, 3 months ago

We already have a system in place for folks who get per diems for living at home. Its called welfare, Sarah.

coltrane 6 years, 3 months ago

Mc Caina different name for cronyism.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 3 months ago

" However, if Obama makes a sexist remark as he did against Palin,"What remark was that?

Navin_R_Johnson 6 years, 3 months ago

OzChicklet (Anonymous) says: "I know I am "concerned" about the potential election of an individual that is grossly incompetent, regardless of political affiliation or gender. I would not vote for any person on any ticket that endangers my freedom in any respect..."and barack's your "choice?" well if your desire for personal priviledge trumps your intellect and individual liberties, then i suppose your embracement of a marxist is understandable.

jonas_opines 6 years, 3 months ago

ese: I've found several, none of which seem to have a particularly accurate spin on reality, as near as I can tell. It was a rather dumb remark, regardless.Whoops! Guess if you quote the most hateful tripe about the election that can be found on the web, they pull the post. My apologies to the moderators.

jaywalker 6 years, 3 months ago

"Now, with the campaign emphasizing her executive experience, her record as mayor of Wasilla, as a state oil-and-gas commissioner and as governor is receiving intense scrutiny"Wouldn't have anything to do with the BO campaign 'air dropping' a squad of 30 lawyers and investigators into Alaska last weekend, would it?

Satirical 6 years, 3 months ago

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus (Anonymous) says:"" However, if Obama makes a sexist remark as he did against Palin,"What remark was that?"Answer: The pig in lipstick remark.

BigPrune 6 years, 3 months ago

Nice story about nothing JW. Palin last week: "What's the difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull? Lipstick."Obama yesterday: "You can put lipstick on a pig ... it's still a pig."

Unix_Admin 6 years, 3 months ago

ese - Whats the deal with the Fifi's reference?

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 3 months ago

Yea, we really should ignore the obvious reason Obama made the remark-- McCain used it just a few months ago.

kidicarus 6 years, 3 months ago

"Tom Shewmon (Tom Shewmon) says: Of course, everyone is still waiting for one single solitary post that would in any way indicate Agnostick is not strictly a member of the left, if not far-left."Because Tom Shewmon is clearly objective and middle of the road. "Satirical (Anonymous) says: All the baseless liberal attacks are going to backfire against them. Palin is a mother of five and a sympathetic figure."She's a self-described pit bull in lipstick. I don't think she's looking for the sympathy vote, hence her coming out with gloves on at the convention.

SandyMorgan 6 years, 3 months ago

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SandyMorgan 6 years, 3 months ago

What's the difference between Palin and the Taliban? Lipstick.

beatrice 6 years, 3 months ago

",,, only a fool would believe the correlation was unintentional." And thus, the mighty jay-hallmonitor-walker has spoken! We all bow to his greatness.Who cares that it is an old phrase that has been previously used on the campaign trail an on film by John McCain and Dick Cheney in the past. Why, Palin compared herself to a pit-bull, so how dare anyone else use the word "lipstick." By gum, Palin used the word "lipstick," so it is now off limits.Instead, the Democrats must stick to words NOT spoken by Palin or her sidekick McCain -- like "National Economy," "Unemployment," "Weapons of Mass Destruction," "Deficit," "National dept," "Climate Change," "outsourcing," and perhaps most telling -- "George W. Bush."Yep, those words are still up for grabs, but lipstick is out. How about "suckers"? Can we use that one?

Confrontation 6 years, 3 months ago

Just imagine how many condoms and birth control pills could have been purchased with that $3,400.

SandyMorgan 6 years, 3 months ago

10 September 2008 at 1:52 p.m.Suggest removalPermalinkautie (Anonymous) says:Any of you guys ever run across somebody named Charley James? I just ran across a piece he wrote about Palin in Alaska. Apparently this James guy interviewed a number of Alaskan folks who didn't have too much nice to say about Sarah. It is titled "Alaskans Speak" and can be found, I think, in "The Progressive Curmudgeon". She was quoted in a restuarant, upon hearing Obama had locked the primary thing, of making a very racist remark about Obama that I dare not repeat here. but it is an interesting view of Palin, by Alaskans that know her./I have a friend in Palmer that says her kids are worse than that.

kansas778 6 years, 3 months ago

SandyMorgan, I guess you can't get past your rage and misperceptions to see the terribly sexist remarks you are making:"If not, what the hell? John McCain should go the whole Hugh Hefner route and have eight V.P.s that all look exactly like Sarah Palin."****You are suggesting that only people with a masculine appearance are fit for office.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 3 months ago

"Wouldn't have anything to do with the BO campaign 'air dropping' a squad of 30 lawyers and investigators into Alaska last weekend, would it?"Scared of what they may find, jaywalker?Certainly, her little "airgate" shows that she's only less corrupt than her predecessor, but hardly a reformer.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 3 months ago

He wasn't talking about Palin when he said that, Satirical. Try paying attention to what really happens, rather than taking cues from the wingnut echo chamber about when you're supposed to be offended.

Navin_R_Johnson 6 years, 3 months ago

agnostic, yeah you're a centrist......and lipstick improves a pig's looks.bozo:"...she's nothing more than a typical self-serving politician trying to con voters by claiming to be a "reformer"..."reminds me of someone i know. problem is he's actually running for the number one position. "- but that makes her quite qualified to the Republican candidate for VP under McCain."yeah 'community service' is the real qualifier, huh?

jaywalker 6 years, 3 months ago

"Are righties not smart enough to read or listen to a whole speech? Obama was referring to the policies that McCain supports being just like Bush's policies. For those of you who have been out of school for too long (or didn't pay attention), this is called an analogy. He wasn't referring to Palin."Yes, dandelion, the widely heard snippet was played without context included, but every time I heard it on radio or tv, the context was explained. But while 'lipstick on a pig' is an old phrase, and while it's surface reference was to McCain's policy, only a fool would believe the correlation was unintentional. If you heard the tape, the crowd he was addressing made the connection in about half a second and roared with laughter and approval at the subtle word play. If the crowd could make such an immediate connection do you really think BO, his staff, his writers --- they didn't see this coming? Puhleeze.But do I think it's a big deal? No, just one more silly thing that don't mean nothin' 'bout nothin'. Seems like that's what both these campaigns have decided to head toward.

SandyMorgan 6 years, 3 months ago

Why Mommmy lef meCommeners leaving commens on my blog an I see the commens an now I know why Mommy left me.Cause I'm a librul.Commeners say I'm a librul so I'm a librul. I don' no what a librul is but I no one thin about libruls. The one thin I no abouut libruls is:Mommy haytes libruls.Becus they are bad. An now I no why Mommy went away frum me.

OzChicklet 6 years, 3 months ago

Navin_R_Johnson (Anonymous) says: OzChicklet (Anonymous) says:"I know I am "concerned" about the potential election of an individual that is grossly incompetent, regardless of political affiliation or gender. I would not vote for any person on any ticket that endangers my freedom in any respect:"and barack's your "choice?"well if your desire for personal priviledge trumps your intellect and individual liberties, then i suppose your embracement of a marxist is understandable______Navin, you are naive. I choose the lesser of two evils, because I am intelligent and am insightful enough not make my decisions based solely upon adherence to a party.

JackKats 6 years, 3 months ago

What she did was lawful and she did not claim all she could. Let's look at Biden and his family's earnings from a son riding Dad's coat tails:Hunter Biden, 38, described as a lawyer in the biography of his father distributed yesterday by the Obama campaign, lobbied for clients that paid his firm at least $380,000 in the first six months of this year, federal records show. Both Obama and Republican presidential rival John McCain have said lobbyists may not work on their campaigns. McCain recently called lobbyists birds of prey,'' and Obama has refused to accept their contributions. In his speech yesterday in Springfield, Illinois, Obama said he's running in part to repaira government that has fallen prey to special interests.'' Hunter Biden's work for Oldaker, Biden & Belair on behalf of biotech clients Achaogen, Inc., of South San Francisco and Pulmatrix, Inc., of Lexington, Massachusetts, illustrates the quandary posed when legislators have lobbyists within the family.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 3 months ago

Palin's self-characterization as a "reformer" was never anything more than a cynical campaign tactic to distinguish her from Murkowski, who had become increasingly unpopular. In a state as corrupt as Alaska, all you have to do is be slightly less corrupt, and you look like a saint in comparison.

OzChicklet 6 years, 3 months ago

I think "who" or "what" is wearing lipstick should be the least of our concerns. I know I am "concerned" about the potential election of an individual that is grossly incompetent, regardless of political affiliation or gender. I would not vote for any person on any ticket that endangers my freedom in any respect - my right to choose or not choose to use birth control and what method; what books are in our public library; praying to reform homosexuals; and certainly not to be threatened with going to HELL because of who I vote for. These are small examples, but show an intolerant mind set against diverisity and the freedom we have as Americans. I don't believe Palin would submit to being told she must wear a burqa because that is the spiritual and political beliefs of her elected officials.Before I get slammed by a bunch of folks on my comments, you might want to spend 10 minutes looking at some facts about this candidate - regardless of your party affiliation.http://leonardosnotebook.blogspot.com/2008/09/alaskan-anne-kilkenny-revealed.html

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 3 months ago

"yeah 'community service' is the real qualifier, huh?"I understand that Palin is a high school graduate-- does that qualify her to be VP?

sfjayhawk 6 years, 3 months ago

Im sure sarah considers these charges gods will.

SandyMorgan 6 years, 3 months ago

It's like a really bad Disney movie. The hockey mom, and she's president and facing down Vladimir Putin. It's absurd. It's totally absurd and I don't understand why more people aren't talking about it.

dandelion 6 years, 3 months ago

Are righties not smart enough to read or listen to a whole speech? Obama was referring to the policies that McCain supports being just like Bush's policies. While I know that many of you righties think Bush is your god and savior, his policies stink, like a pig. McCain can put the spin of change (lipstick) on the same tired old policies, but they still stink. For those of you who have been out of school for too long (or didn't pay attention), this is called an analogy. He wasn't referring to Palin. When are Republicans going to start discussing the issues. Oh yeah, never. They would lose big time. What about the bridge to nowhere lie. Why does Palin sound like a broken record. Eventually she is going to have to face a real interviewer and have to spin it. Lies, lies and more lies.

JackKats 6 years, 3 months ago

Biden went spend spend spend all the way home:Recipient City/State Amount Date Description Winner 614 JH LLC Wilmington, DE $4,136 May 16, 2007 Travel Winner 614 JH LLC Wilmington, DE $9,154 July 24, 2007 Travel Winner 614 JH LLC Wilmington, DE $2,816 August 14, 2007 Travel Winner 614 JH LLC Wilmington, DE $2,868 August 16, 2007 Travel Winner 614 JH LLC Wilmington, DE $8,742 August 29, 2007 Travel Winner 614 JH LLC Wilmington, DE $4,411 September 10, 2007 Travel Winner 614 JH LLC Wilmington, DE $1,435 September 20, 2007 Travel AMTRAK Wilmington, DE $190 January 31, 2007 Travel AMTRAK Wilmington, DE $108 January 31, 2007 Travel AMTRAK Wilmington, DE $507 February 01, 2007 Travel AMTRAK Wilmington, DE $336 February 01, 2007 Travel AMTRAK Wilmington, DE $399 February 02, 2007 Travel AMTRAK Wilmington, DE $129 February 02, 2007 Travel AMTRAK Wilmington, DE $54 February 02, 2007 Travel AMTRAK Wilmington, DE $28 February 07, 2007 Travel AMTRAK Wilmington, DE $64 February 08, 2007 Travel AMTRAK Wilmington, DE $376 February 09, 2007 Travel AMTRAK Wilmington, DE $266 February 11, 2007 Travel AMTRAK Wilmington, DE $193 February 12, 2007 Travel AMTRAK Wilmington, DE $193 February 12, 2007 Travel AMTRAK Wilmington, DE $193 February 12, 2007 Travel AMTRAK Wilmington, DE $193 February 12, 2007 Travel AMTRAK Wilmington, DE $164 February 12, 2007 Travel AMTRAK Wilmington, DE $164 February 12, 2007 Travel AMTRAK Wilmington, DE $213 February 13, 2007 Travel AMTRAK Wilmington, DE $101 February 13, 2007 Travel AMTRAK Wilmington, DE $-47 February 13, 2007 Refund of Travel AMTRAK Wilmington, DE $112 February 15, 2007 Travel AMTRAK Wilmington, DE $500 April 01, 2007 Travel AMTRAK Wilmington, DE $460 April 01, 2007 Travel AMTRAK Wilmington, DE $426 April 01, 2007 Travel AMTRAK Wilmington, DE $338 April 01, 2007 Travel AMTRAK Wilmington, DE $258 April 01, 2007 Travel

scott3460 6 years, 3 months ago

"So just as I thought, a pointless article and a waste of a time to bother reaing."Will someone please explain to me the moral difference between stealing $93K and stealing $463K. The McCain/Palin supporters evidently see one and excuse her behavior. I am trying to understand the distinction. And I'd especially like to hear from Jaywalker, who is always claiming how open-minded he is. I do not understand why stealing/cheating is not stealing and cheating whether it is a nickel or whether it is a million dollars. Those who excuse it and would vote this woman vice President have an obligation to explain.

Bob Forer 6 years, 3 months ago

"are not unusual and that, under state policy"So what, nothing is unusual for corrupt ridden Alaska. And please show me another state where the governor is permitted to live hundred of miles away for the state capitol. And please show me another state that regularly pay for an entire family to accompany a state official on official business. It may be permitted unde "Alaska" law, but that doesn't make it morally right. Moreover, it's contrary to her empty campaign assertions that she is the protector of the taxpayer.

Unix_Admin 6 years, 3 months ago

Oh XD40, it's not even close to their best shot! I can't wait to see what they have coming next!

JackKats 6 years, 3 months ago

AMTRAK Wilmington, DE $252 April 01, 2007 Travel AMTRAK Wilmington, DE $241 April 01, 2007 Travel AMTRAK Wilmington, DE $232 April 01, 2007 Travel AMTRAK Wilmington, DE $232 April 01, 2007 Travel AMTRAK Wilmington, DE $232 April 01, 2007 Travel AMTRAK Wilmington, DE $230 April 01, 2007 Travel AMTRAK Wilmington, DE $224 April 01, 2007 Travel AMTRAK Wilmington, DE $202 April 01, 2007 Travel AMTRAK Wilmington, DE $190 April 01, 2007 Travel AMTRAK Wilmington, DE $169 April 01, 2007 Travel AMTRAK Wilmington, DE $108 April 01, 2007 Travel AMTRAK Wilmington, DE $101 April 01, 2007 Travel AMTRAK Wilmington, DE $101 April 01, 2007 Travel AMTRAK Wilmington, DE $101 April 01, 2007 Travel AMTRAK Wilmington, DE $101 April 01, 2007 Travel AMTRAK Wilmington, DE $101 April 01, 2007 Travel AMTRAK Wilmington, DE $101 April 01, 2007 Travel AMTRAK Wilmington, DE $101 April 01, 2007 Travel AMTRAK Wilmington, DE $101 April 01, 2007 Travel AMTRAK Wilmington, DE $90 April 01, 2007 Travel AMTRAK Wilmington, DE $90 April 01, 2007 Travel AMTRAK Wilmington, DE $90 April 01, 2007 Travel AMTRAK Wilmington, DE $82 April 01, 2007 Travel AMTRAK Wilmington, DE $54 April 01, 2007 Travel AMTRAK Wilmington, DE $54 April 01, 2007 Travel AMTRAK Wilmington, DE $-10 April 01, 2007 Travel AMTRAK Wilmington, DE $-64 April 01, 2007 Travel

JackKats 6 years, 3 months ago

http://www.opensecrets.org/pres08/expend_detail.php?cid=N00001669&excode=A10&cycle=2008&page=10go look for yourself if you want. This was just a list of some of his trips home and not his trips back to Washington. And this little piggy went VP VP VP all the way home!!!!!His total spending on travel was over $1,600,000,000

sdinges 6 years, 3 months ago

You know, I don't like to buy into the whole "biased media" theory - but where's the frame of reference for this article? This supposed "scandal"? How much did Obama bill for his wife and kids? What about Joe Biden? McCain?

beatrice 6 years, 3 months ago

Jay, thanks for the additional personal attack, although I know you are above such behavior. I'll stick with my thought that allegations made by a local reporter (not your phantom team of Obama lawyers) into Gov. Palin's alleged fraud is worth investigating. If she a crook, I'd want to know, but will admit that I can't possibly know if it is true or not myself and so must give the Gov the benefit of doubt until the facts are made clear. If you would prefer to stay in the dark and not have such allegations investigated, that is your business.

jonas_opines 6 years, 3 months ago

jaywalker: I'm teaching the China half of Eastern Civ for the year. I'm not particularly concerned with anonymity, but I have a. . . superstition? about writing my name correctly on the forum, as I think it pollutes the aspect of internet posting, where I've been jonas for about a decade now. Besides, I'm not really anyone important, so my name doesn't really matter that much. Anyway:Nairb RollemI don't find it to be a terribly hard riddle. If you take the class, though, I do expect you to let me know.

ToriFreak13 6 years, 3 months ago

Damned if you do....now if she would have kept that jet....and flown in it.....she would be getting even more tomatoes thrown at her, for say for the cost of landing fees and fuel....it's not the poor leadership of this country that stinks so bad....its the poor excuse for humanity many of the homo sapiens habitating in this country have become...stop wasting your time reading propaganda and go out and do something about your "beliefs".

jaywalker 6 years, 3 months ago

Gotcha, nairb, know your name, wasn't tough, and though I think I'd enjoy Eastern Civ. you don't have to worry about me infiltrating your class. At least not any time soon, you never know. Western Civ. was a necessary pre-req that I enjoyed while at KU, I don't believe Eastern was though. Wish it was. Is it done on small scale, 8 -10 students per class?

Navin_R_Johnson 6 years, 3 months ago

OzChicklet (Anonymous) says: "Navin, you are naive."oh, i'm sure i am. and i'm quite sure you are the smartest person in the world. thanks for not challenging me beyond DNC 'we're brilliant therefore we vote Barack' talking points, i'm a bit tired today."I choose the lesser of two evils, because I am intelligent..."and if we don't think so, we'll just ask you."...and am insightful enough not make my decisions based solely upon adherence to a party."glad to hear you are so 'insightful.' i'm sure your decision has nothing to do with the anti-bourgeoisie, marxist, 'government is the answer' philosophy of the democratic platform and it's poster child of change.the problem OzChicklet when you identify yourself as part of the 'Barack voters are smarter than you' group, is that you must actually show some evidence of intelligence. Better luck next time!

jaywalker 6 years, 3 months ago

bea, You've GOT to be kidding. Personal attacks? For showing you the extraordinary hypocrisy in your 'statement'? I've never said I was above anything, but feel free to make up what you like. But, since you're askin' for it:"I'll stick with my thought that allegations made by a local reporter"Local reporter? From the Washington Post? Brilliant, bea."(not your phantom team of Obama lawyers)"Ummm, not my team, sweetheart, that'd be BO's. Read the papers, listen to the news, check out the radio.....it's common knowledge. Oops, it's the 'knowledge' part that's got ya down, isn't it? "but will admit that I can't possibly know if it is true or not myself and so must give the Gov the benefit of doubt until the facts are made clear."Ooh! Pardon me, I thought it was you who wrote this....."a governor who knowingly lied about her expense accounts". Is that your 'benefit of the doubt'? How does Hybeacrosy sound? Has a certain kinda clunky ring to it, don't ya think? Oops, 'don't ya think' is a little cruel for me to ask isn't it? That's mean. Of course you don't, that was a personal attack. I'm so sorry."If you would prefer to stay in the dark and not have such allegations investigated"Oh, this is where YOU attempt to sound fair and only out for the truth. Riiight. Like you posted before, you "hope" these things aren't true. Could you be any more insincere? Could you, as I asked before, talk out the other side of your face some more? I don't think you can. I dare ya, give it a shot. You've done little more than denigrate this woman, spew kos points, ridiucle, belittle, whine, kvetch.....and NOW you're merely interested in these innocent allegations and seeing if they might prove, but you "hope" not, to be true?!! I'm just bettin' your eyes are brown.

jafo 6 years, 3 months ago

Sandy - I'm somewhat amused at your anger. so full of hatred for Palin... what's the real story behind your anger? And why do you keep bringing up her glasses?

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