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Palin leadership?

September 17, 2008

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To the editor:

David Reynolds says that Sarah Palin has shown real leadership. Leadership. Really? Palin said that she killed the infamous Bridge to Nowhere and saved taxpayers millions of dollars. But what she doesn't say is that she was for the bridge before she was against it. She opposed it only after Congress killed it, and then guess what? She kept the money, saving taxpayers not one dime. Is that leadership or hypocrisy?

She says she opposes earmarks, but she secured millions of dollars in earmarks for the tiny town of Wasilla and many more millions of earmarks as the governor of Alaska. Leadership or hypocrisy?

She billed Alaska taxpayers for more than $17,000 in per diem expenses for more than 300 nights she spent at home. Leadership or hypocrisy? And guess what, those rebates she issued came out of your pocket. That's right, Alaska residents got "rebates" because the oil and gas companies were recording record profits while we were paying close to $4 a gallon for gas. Leadership indeed.

Rick Ingram,
Lawrence

Comments

Flap Doodle 6 years, 3 months ago

"...just one more overly ambitious politician who'll say/do anything to get themselves elected..."For a moment there I thought you were talking about the O'dude.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 3 months ago

"Another prime example of intellectual dishonesty."The dishonesty is on the part of all the rabid Palin fans who want to think that she's some sort of saint, rather than just one more overly ambitious politician who'll say/do anything to get themselves elected, and then abuse their power and everyone around them to get whatever they want-- and she's a Christian Taliban, to boot.

lee66049 6 years, 3 months ago

phenommenom .....I have no idea...surely you know KU lobbies the Mayor of Lawrence constantly and wins most of the time.

jaywalker 6 years, 3 months ago

LTE, indeed. There's virtually nothing written that is 'factual', or at least not entirely so.Palin for the "Bridge" - yeah, when she was running for governor. Once in office she was able to gather the facts, see the exorbitant cost, and prudently decide to re-direct the funds. And yes she kept the money, because Congress allocated if for use in other projects. She has never said she was against earmarks. She is opposed to the gross abuse of earmarks and corruption inherent with some, particularly linked to the 'Corrupt Boys Club' in Alaska. The per diem she claimed amounted to $56 per day and was completely legitimate.The rebates did NOT come out of OUR pockets. They got them from the oil companies, exactly what BO is proposing with his 'windfall rebates'.That's a pathetic excuse for an LTE, Rick. Another prime example of intellectual dishonesty. Her experience is limited and you might not agree with her ideology. But quit trying to paint her as a liar or a hypocrite. She's a rare commodity in politics, someone who's above board and fights against corruption. Considering the events of the last few days, we could use more like her on both sides of the fence in D.C. This is a joint effort on the Hill that's got us swirling the drain.

lee66049 6 years, 3 months ago

Rick thinks governors get money from congress...well that's OK....I guess. Completely overlooks the fact that she said she stopped the building of the bridge and she did just that. Rick doesn't know federal and state employees are eligible for per diem and each item is line item approved by a controller then paid by another person. Must be a conspiracy of some type....LOL!I like the way she worked against what she felt was wrong no matter what party or parties were involved. I especially like the way oil was developed safely in Alaska, while its residents were paid back for that oil. How is Sebelius doing on energy in the state of Kansas...oh yeah she is in Iowa talking about how Obama is African American.

phenommenom 6 years, 3 months ago

Just wondering if any of the past or present Mayors of Lawrence ever hired a lobbyist?

BigPrune 6 years, 3 months ago

The Democrats hate Palin because she is a mother of five, successful, and she is a happy person. If only she were a bitter woman who had 5 abortions, who had to take government assistance would the democrats embrace her. Oh, and she's a beauty too. Beautiful democrats are only found in Hollywood.

beawolf 6 years, 3 months ago

Unfortunately, anything that Palin did or did not do in Alaska has no bearing on her capabilities to to be VP. The bottom line is she has very limited experience in all matters presidential (economics to foreign policy; military to judicial). God forbid, if McCain dies in office, Palin would be our next President.

AKgirlinKS 6 years, 3 months ago

Rick, While you're paying close to $4.00 a gallon, Alaskans are paying close to $5.00 a gallon ( I know this because I just spent the summer there). In addition, most homes in Alaska are heated with oil. For an average household, the bill every 5-6 months when the oil is delivered to their tanks, is well over $3000. So complain all you want about your other issues, but back off of the energy rebate they received, they desperately needed it. And you too can receive a yearly check from the oil revenues the state profits from. If you can shiver your way through 6 months of below 20 degrees (and even 40 BELOW ZERO in December and January in Fairbanks) and darkness and snow and ice; if you can deal with paying $7.00 for a 12 pack of soda (seriously, I took a picture because I was shocked when I saw that); if you can deal with that and more of the harsh realities of living in Alaska, then you too can get that yearly Permanent Fund Dividend check. We all have benefits to where we live as well as hardships we have to endure because of it. So don't use the energy rebate and the PFD checks as an argument against Palin.

lee66049 6 years, 3 months ago

Love to read articles about Sarah Palin's experience from Obama supporters. His experience is 345 days in the senate and most of that was running for office. Obama see's fallen hero's sitting in the front row at a Memorial Day event. He needs a teleprompter because his campaign staff is tired of his speaking gaffs. That and the fact that the governor of our state is in Iowa making race an issue.That's rich...real rich. Wished our governor did as much for us as Palin did for Alaska....

jonas_opines 6 years, 3 months ago

XD40 (Anonymous) says:"I still say his campaign is cirling the drain."Well good, I was thinking you might have had something else to say. That would have been wearisome, and maybe worrisome.

lee66049 6 years, 3 months ago

So how many people someone represents is important versus the quality of work? I did not know that.Let us recap the two years since democrats took over congress shall we?Unemployment up?... Yep.Stock Market Declining?... Yep.Financial Markets Collapsing?... Yep.Foreclosures Increasing?... Yep.Gas Prices High?... Yep.Actions by Obama while representing more people than Sarah Palin to fix the issues. None.What Grade would you give the Democrat House and Senate after 2 years?...I am Using the "Enron = Bush (43)" Democrat Standard of Grading, by the way.

staff04 6 years, 3 months ago

lee...don't forget the record numbers of Presidential vetoes and dilatory motions by Republicans in Congress in your figures!Unprecedented numbers of motions to adjourn, Coburn's holds on somewhere near 100 bills in the Senate...it ain't just the Democrats fault.

David Omar 6 years, 3 months ago

Now, Lee66049, you really believe that we have a Democratic House and Senate? If we had 66% in both, I would say that, but we don't. The other side, stops all the bills as they always vote with the White House. So we don't have a democratic house or senate. We have a stalemate and this is one of the major problems. We have had 8 years of problems, war, running out on the poor folks in Lousianna, housing problems, and on and on. So do we want more of the same? No way. Don't blame the Dems for that or the Senate and House.

BuffyloGal 6 years, 3 months ago

:[W]ith reference to contemporary American society, I would posit an equally important part of the puzzle: a combination due to Oscar Wilde and Leon Festinger. Wilde famously quipped that "Hypocrisy is the tribute that vice pays to virtue." And Festinger, an important social psychologist during the middle of the 20th century, demonstrated that individuals continue to hold on to views, despite (or even because) the empirical evidence against them mounts.Consider these facts. The right wing says it cares about groups, rather than individuals; and yet it favors the most rampant form of 'dog-eat-dog' capitalism. The left wing is suspicious of markets and wants to even the playing field across citizens. The right wing claims that its positions will reduce crime and strengthen the families. Yet it is the most left wing states that have the lowest crime rate and the strongest, most stable marriages. Happiness ratings are highest in the socialist societies, while lowest in right wing authoritarian societies. This list could be extended.Why, then, do right wing partisans ignore this evidence and continue to support policies that are patently dysfunctional? I believe it is because, having stated a position, based on either their own family values or those dictated by their religion, they are loathe to change their minds and declare that they have been wrong. And so, following Festinger, the disconfirming evidence causes them (or at least many of them) to dig in their heels more deeply.Another element operates as well. Right wing positions are more frequently associated with Protestant evangelicals and with traditional (Reagan) Catholics. Often the leaders of these groups (e.g. television evangelists, sinning priests) epitomize the opposite of the stated values. But both of these groups embrace forgiveness, absolution, being born again. Other groups-atheists, non-fundamentalist Jews and non-fundamentalist Protestants-do not have the option of absolution; they make firmer demands on themselves and are oppressed by their superegos. Note the 'pass' that non-combatants Bush and Cheney received, in comparison to Gore and Kerry who volunteered to serve during the Vietnam War. Note the forgiving attitude toward to Sarah Palin, with her sinning family, which would never be afforded a comparable Democrat. "What we profess is important-not what we have done".Howard Gardner, psychologist, Harvard Univ.

lee66049 6 years, 3 months ago

So Staff you are OK with the democratic congress record and find fault with republican oversight....interesting. I have long said, before Palin, before McCain, the biggest problem facing the United States is congress. I don't care if a person is a republican or democrat...anyone in this congress, with this record....should be tossed.

supertrampofkansas 6 years, 3 months ago

lee,I suggest you read the book "Empire of Debt: The Rise of an Epic Financial Crisis" by Bonner and Wiggin. I think you will find that our current predicament have alot more to do with us and our national debts than just the government or the "last 2 years" or even a Republican or Democrat problem. One cannot spend oneself into riches, whether as an individual or as a country. You cannot forever run trade deficits. Eventually our currency will collapse, as the rest of the world will not want any more of it. You cannot forever consume more than you produce. Ultimately such a system is doomed to fail and will collapse into proverty. If we are going to blame someone or some group for this, I suggest we start by finding ourselves some mirrors. As Pogo says..."we have met the enemy and he is us."

jhwk2008 6 years, 3 months ago

lee66049 says: "The long and short of it, is since democrats have taken over congress and budgeted dollars in a congressional budget:..we have the obvious. And what did they do about any of it? Energy? Took a five week break. Fanny and Freddie? Bailed it out."Wow, I agree with staff, you are a moron. What does "we have the obvious" mean? Does it mean since the Democrats don't have a super majority in the Senate, that one Senator can block every bill? (See Coburn Omnibus)Energy? According to the Energy Information Agency (the people who work for President Bush), it will take 10 years before we get the first drops of oil from drilling in currently protected areas and close to 20 years before we get a full 3-4 cent a gallon savings."Fanny and Freddie? Bailed it out."Finally, I didn't know Henry Paulson was a Democratic Congressman? Moron. One last one. McCain is now for bailing out AIG, which he was against yesterday."No, I do not believe that the American taxpayer should be on the hook for AIG and I'm glad that the Secretary Paulson has apparently taken the same line." John McCain, Sep 16, NBC Today Show"I didn't want to do that. And I don't think anybody I know wanted to do that. But there are literally millions of people whose retirement, whose investment, whose insurance were at risk here. They were going to have their lives destroyed because of the greed and excess and corruption." John McCain, Sep 17, ABC

jonas_opines 6 years, 3 months ago

and I didn't know that wearisome was a word until firefox didn't mark it as misspelled, either. hooya

jaywalker 6 years, 3 months ago

Sorry, jhawk2008, but yes it was. And I'm referring to the USA story that the blogs picked up and ran with. The chief that expressed displeasure is a rival of Palin's and it was not her iniative. Look for verification beyond the kos and huffinpuffington.

staff04 6 years, 3 months ago

No moron, I was just pointing out that, contrary to your assertion, there is more at play than just Democratic failures.Oversight is great. Supermajorities are scary. Unnecessary holds on over 100 non-controversial bills is abuse of the oversight role. 100s of Motions to adjourn are as well.Two-way street.

BigDog 6 years, 3 months ago

BuffyloGal (Anonymous) says:Rape victims had to PAY for the rape victim kits used on them under Palin's watch in Alaska. Sounds like a way of forcing a personal religious belief on someone else to me._____Link to this information???

phenommenom 6 years, 3 months ago

I wonder if Mayor Michael Dever hired a lobbyist if the STL would get funding? It is after all a road that will lead somewhere!

BuffyloGal 6 years, 3 months ago

Rape victims had to PAY for the rape victim kits used on them under Palin's watch in Alaska. Sounds like a way of forcing a personal religious belief on someone else to me.

BuffyloGal 6 years, 3 months ago

When she became Mayor of Wasilla, Palin fired the previous police chief and appointed Charlie Fannon, who began charging rape victims for their rape kits ($300-$1200). About a year later, the legislature and then-Gov. Knowles found out about it and had to pass a state law to put a stop to the practice.http//ap.google.com/...I can cut and paste too.

jhwk2008 6 years, 3 months ago

jaywalker (Anonymous) says: "There's no 'abuse of power' when you fire a person who serves at the will of the Governor. Check out the facts of the::scratch that, forgot I was responding to you, duped.""On Monday, the [Legislative Council] voted 12-0 to spend up to $100,000 'to investigate the circumstances and events surrounding the termination of former Public Safety Commissioner Monegan, and potential abuses of power and/or improper actions by members of the executive branch.'"http://www.adn.com/monegan/story/478090.htmlMaybe you should follow your own advice?

lee66049 6 years, 3 months ago

supertrampofkansas I will of course read your book... hopefully available on Amazon. Let us look at Fanny and Freddy Mae for a moment. Propped up by democrats to float high risk loans to people, many of which were poor. Obama's economic adviser receives 100 million from Fanny and Freddie Mae over the last seven years. Top three contributions from the Mae's went to Sen. Dodd, Sen. Kerry, Sen. Obama. President Bush warns of a collapse of Fanny and Freddie Mae. Congress votes to prop it back up with 400 million dollar bail out. Now, to me....that's corrupt and smells. Should be looked at. Now for my new little friend:staff04 (Anonymous) says:No moron, I was just pointing out that, contrary to your assertion, there is more at play than just Democratic failures.Oversight is great. Supermajorities are scary. Unnecessary holds on over 100 non-controversial bills is abuse of the oversight role. 100s of Motions to adjourn are as well.Two-way street.So you think name calling makes you somewhat smarter....instead of asking for removal of your name calling I want to leave it there so everyone can clearly see who you are as a person and a debater. The long and short of it, is since democrats have taken over congress and budgeted dollars in a congressional budget.....we have the obvious. And what did they do about any of it? Energy? Took a five week break. Fanny and Freddie? Bailed it out. Obama? $30,000. dinner from celebrity donors. Washington is broken.....we need to make a change. Obama is just flat wrong.

staff04 6 years, 3 months ago

OK lee, change the subject.Typical of your type.I don't think name-calling makes me smarter than you, I think institutional knowledge makes me smarter than you.The fact that you can't deal with it is your problem, not mine.

lee66049 6 years, 3 months ago

Powershopper, now how can an 0-6 be a pain in the butt. We made coffee, and may I add some of the finest Mr. Coffee has ever seen. LOL1Now on to serious stuff. Anyone else surprised "Troopergate" is in the news and in this thread? In the first place the trooper was never fired. And secondly the commissioner has stated numerous times and ways Palin did not pressure him to fire the trooper. But yet this non-issue is an issue in the minds of some.Hope the left gets their money's worth from the 30 lawyers running around Alaska looking for stuff on Sarah Palin. The next thing you know we may have to discuss Obama's 20 year attendance in a Black Liberation Movement church, or something relevant like that.

jaywalker 6 years, 3 months ago

"Rape victims had to PAY for the rape victim kits used on them under Palin's watch in Alaska. Sounds like a way of forcing a personal religious belief on someone else to me."Are you stoned, Buffy, or just stupid? How does a rape victim paying for a rape kit have anything to do with religion, let alone foisting your religious beliefs on someone else? Beyond that particular ignorance, any more lies or ridiculeft blog crappola you'd like to throw out there? That garbage was de-bunked the same day it came out. Cheese and rice.................

crane13 6 years, 3 months ago

sounds like ol jaywalker should walk out in front of a bus

BuffyloGal 6 years, 3 months ago

"Feminists who have shreiked for rights for women are systematically downing her"And are the men "shreiking" too? What a choice of wording!

jaywalker 6 years, 3 months ago

"and she's a Christian Taliban, to boot."Brilliance from bozo once again. I hadn't heard she'd been forcing her religious doctrine on anyone, or persecuting, terrorizing, and murdering those that did not fall in line. There's intellectual dishonesty, and then there's the intellectual vacuum personified in bozo."Furthermore, while she may be claiming to be against "earmark abuses", would you consider $27 million in earmarks for a town of 9,000 (which is actually a bit of an overestimate for Wasilla's population) to be an abuse"I don't know how it breaks down, logic. But I'd bet that Wasilla hasn't been receiving large influxes of federal funds year after year. The earmarks in question went for re-habbing the roads, modernizing the sewer system, re-paving an airport runway, the construction of a light rail system to a nearby ski resort, and two youth facilities. None of that seems like an abuse in any way. It is a large sum for a small town, but considering it was used to improve the quality of life for the residents as well as provide new avenues for growth and tourism income for the city, sounds like money well spent. New roads are expensive, and I imagine putting in a new sewer system in Alaska has to be incredibly difficult and costly.

granny 6 years, 3 months ago

lee66049Hang in there buddy - you have a lot more behind you then you think. No need to explain the truth because they have been watching too much CNN - trying to persuade the voters. Too bad the media is able to get involved. You are so right - Democrats took over Congress, they didn't show me a thing.

lee66049 6 years, 3 months ago

Powershopper:"Overall, don't you think the problems bleeds into the Judicial and Exxecutive branch as well?"Yes ... I do. Courts that legislate....unbelievable. It was almost funny when in Kansas the courts got involved in the education budget....almost.Executive branch is hysterical. My day in the sun was during the Clinton Administration. I can not speak to other administrations, but I'm sure they are about the same. Everything about politics and nothing about people. You would think there would be in depth conversations about the governance of the American people....or the good of the nation....but not really. More on how an action or inaction will be perceived or how to package an unpopular position, that benefits the party to make the party the majority. InsaneI am firmly convinced the scope and breath of conversation on a online political forum is more thought out than many of the Washington discussions. But that might just be me. I love our nation and loved my service.

alaskankid 6 years, 3 months ago

Sarah Palin collected per diem, as governor, while living in her own home in Wasilla. It costs the state of Alaska $356,500.00, annually, to maintain and staff the Governor's Mansion in Juneau. That is where the governor of Alaska is supposed to live while serving their term. The State Capitol, and legislature, is about a hundred yards down the street. Governor Palin prefers to live at home in Wasilla, over 600 miles away, and collect per diem, while the state continues to pour money into the empty Governor's Mansion in Juneau (a third of a million dollars every year). That is not efficient and her pre diem is completely unethical.http://www.gov.state.ak.us/omb/09_omb/budget/Gov/comp9.pdfGov. Palin recently came out against Alaska ballot measure 4, a clean water initiative. It is illegal for the governor to take sides on a ballot initiative, but she did anyway. Measure 4 was aimed at stopping the huge Pebble mine project, which scientists believe has a very high probability of polluting the watershed that drains into the largest salmon producing river system in the world, Bristol Bay. Palin's illegal stand against ballot measure 4, and the millions of dollars of misleading advertising by the two foreign mining companies behind the Pebble, who have a terrible track record of pollution, helped the initiative fail in the recent election. The Pebble mine, if allowed to proceed, will likely become Alaska's worst environmental disaster. Even the Juneau Empire (owned by a conservative Georgia newspaper chain) came out in favor of ballot measure 4. http://juneauempire.com/stories/082208/opi_321835314.shtmlBallot measure 4 was an attempt to bring back the clean water regulations that were weakened by Palin's predecessor, former Republican governor Frank Murkowski.http://www.adn.com/money/industries/mining/story/501779.htmlAt the web site below, play the video on the left side of the page that reads "Governor opposes Ballot Measure 4"http://tinyurl.com/6xa6pfRead more about the proposed Pebble mine in Fish Alaska magazine, a sport fishing magazine put out by Alaskans (it's long, but please read the whole article)http://tinyurl.com/5senuq

crane13 6 years, 3 months ago

oh yeah big prune, political affiliation makes dems hate successful people and love morons. i love you

lee66049 6 years, 3 months ago

powershopper I can appreciate that....for the record I am not from Kansas.... I think the DC elite is the problem....sorry about that...but from working in the pentagon....and now watching congress...I'm convinced more than ever.....Congress is the biggest problem facing our nation. They are either unwilling or unable to conduct the nations business. Energy problem since 1973, nothing done is just one example.

jhwk2008 6 years, 3 months ago

jaywalker (Anonymous) says: "I don't care if they were related or not, I certainly hope my governor would do whatever it took to get a trooper who commits felonies, drives drunk, beats his wife, tasers his step-son, and threatens to kill and or 'get' someone - the hell off the streets!"Commits felonies? Not that I see. Drives drunk? Not true. "The investigation initially cleared Wooten on all of the alcohol-related charges, but Grimes subsequently overturned that result and found that Wooten did "take [an] open beer with him when he drove away in his trooper vehicle" on one occasion in the summer of 2004, violating both the law and internal trooper policy."Beats his wife? Unsubstantiated.Tasers his step-son? Half-True"In a statement to the police, the boy said "that he wanted to be tased to show that he's not a mommy's boy in front of Bristol. Following being tased he went upstairs to tell his mother that he was fine."In a statement to the police, Molly McCann said "she was up stairs giving a bath to the kids : Mike was going to show Payton what it feels like and she told Mike that he better not."According to Molly's account, she remained upstairs during the incident."Threatens to kill? Alleged. During this interview, [Palin] stated that she did not warn her father Heath of the death threat until two weeks after it was made; she explained the delay by saying that Wooten had no reason to shoot Heath.[18][13] According to Heath himself, the delay was a month: "Heath stated that his daughters didn't report the incident to him until a month later."Why wouldn't you report a death threat? Is she lying?Threat to "get" someone? Not true. Make life difficult, yes. "as [Molly] had explained. "I'm gonna take your sister down : I'm gonna ruin your family : I know people in all the right places, in high places. I know judges. I know attorney's. I have relationships with these guys. You guys are all going down."So pretty much everything you said about him wasn't true. Care to amend your statement? And also, if she didn't do anything wrong, why won't she comply with the investigation? Isn't that your argument for more government spying?

jaywalker 6 years, 3 months ago

duped aplenty:":and is under investigation for abuse of power, is characterized by other Alaskans (dem and repub) as vindictive, and has been shown, conclusively, to be a liar."There's no 'abuse of power' when you fire a person who serves at the will of the Governor. Check out the facts of the......scratch that, forgot I was responding to you, duped.'Characterized by other Alaskans.....' Re-he-he-eally, dupid? Would that be characterized by the more than 80% that love her, or from the 'dems and repubs' that she exposed for corruption and tossed out on their cans? Yup, I imagine they might call her vindictive. Congrats on joining bozo's Intellectual Vacuum Club. You two will make a ............ couple.

jhwk2008 6 years, 3 months ago

jaywalker (Anonymous) says: "That garbage was de-bunked the same day it came out."Actually, no it wasn't. Did you not read the USA Today article last Wednesday? I guess you missed it."Palin's town used to bill victims for rape kits""In 2000, Alaska lawmakers learned that rural police agencies had been billing rape victims or their insurance companies $500 to $1,200 for the costs of the forensic medical examinations used to gather evidence. They quickly passed a law prohibiting the practice.According to the sponsor, Democrat Eric Croft, the law was aimed in part at Wasilla, where now-Gov. Sarah Palin was mayor. When it was signed, Wasilla's police chief expressed displeasure."http://www.usatoday.com/news/politics/election2008/2008-09-10-rape-exams_N.htm

lee66049 6 years, 3 months ago

Staff04So I go from moron to lesser than you in institutional knowledge. That may be, if you can beat retired Air Force Officer with over twenty years experience, a masters degree in two fields and the obligatory bachelors degree, now serving as a corporate executive for the largest firm of its kind in the world....hey you got me beat with your institutional knowledge. I humbly bow to such a person.

jhwk2008 6 years, 3 months ago

jaywalker (Anonymous) says:"Sorry, jhawk2008, but yes it was. And I'm referring to the USA story that the blogs picked up and ran with. The chief that expressed displeasure is a rival of Palin's and it was not her iniative."Dude, are you just making it up as you go?Palin hired Charlie Fannon, after she fired his predecessor in 1997 because "she felt [the police chief and the librarian] did not fully support the changes that she wanted to make as the newly elected mayor."http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/702/So the person she hired in 1997 was her rival in 2000? Why didn't she just fire him? He was "at will", right?Where do you get your information? You're losing it.

dandelion 6 years, 3 months ago

Check out these 2 articles (linked below). The first is from 2005 when congress killed the funding for the bridge, but let Alaska keep the money. The second one is when Alaska decided to give up on the bridge dated 2007. Palin is trying to put us through a time warp? You supporters can vote for her if you want, but you cannot deny she lied. She didn't stretch the truth or tell an untruth she lied. She didn't do the fiscally responsible thing and send the money back. She got a bunch of earmarks for town, so she's only against earmarks for other people. This is called greed. If Lawrence could get the earmarks she got for her little town, they could fix some of the streets around here. Maybe we should hire her lobbyist.http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2005/11/17/MNGF5FPI7N1.DTLhttp://subscript.bna.com/SAMPLES/trw.nsf/85256269004a991e8525611300214487/c32f2691e9d3eea18525735e00047099?OpenDocument

jaywalker 6 years, 3 months ago

jhawk and dupid:So because a legislative council is convened and costs 100k, then obviously there was an abuse of power? Brilliant. Ya know, the lead Democrat stated weeks ago there was no 'smoking gun' and he could see nothing that would lead to censure nor reprimand. They've released the documents relating to this case, guys. Monighan could easily have been fired for insubordination alone. If it was over the trooper, GOOD! I don't care if they were related or not, I certainly hope my governor would do whatever it took to get a trooper who commits felonies, drives drunk, beats his wife, tasers his step-son, and threatens to kill and or 'get' someone - the hell off the streets! But the bottom line is the man served at the discretion of the Governor. Period. She could have fired him for any reason AND not disclosed why. He was a political appointee. As to the 'rape kit' nothingness and whether Fannon and Palin are now at odds:"Reporters Ken Dilanian and Matt Kelley used a 2000 quote from former Wasilla Police Chief to blame Palin for an outdated, now illegal policy she never supported. "In the past, we've charged the cost of exams to victim's insurance companies when possible," former chief Charlie Fannon told the Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman in 2000."I just don't want to see any more burden on the taxpayer," Fannon said at the time, which was reprinted in the USA Today. Fannon went on to say that he believed the criminal should be held responsible for the costs, which run from $5,000-$14,000 per year for all assault cases. USA Today did not reprint those quotes from the interview, though. Palin spokeswoman Maria Cornella told USA Today that Palin, "does not believe, nor has ever believed, that rape victims should have to pay for an evidence-gathering test." "Gov. Palin's position could not be more clear," Cornella said. "To suggest otherwise is a deliberate misrepresentation of her commitment to supporting victims and bringing violent criminals to justice." Palin later tangled with Fannon when he ran for Wasilla's mayoral office during her gubernatorial race. Fannon created campaign ads containing a false endorsement from Palin. Palin did not support Fannon for mayor. She supported his rival, Curt Menard. "And by the way, though it's been reported as such and doesn't fit in with your witch hunt, this 'rape kit' thing is not exclusive to Wasilla. It involved a number of rural towns in Alaska, and is a common practice in many states today like North Carolina, Georgia, Arkansas, and was in Illinois until I believe BO helped enact legislation to stop it, though I'm not 100% on that. And it's not about the victim paying themselves, it's about the insurance company being billed.

BuffyloGal 6 years, 3 months ago

My mother can see Canada from her house. Would you vote for her too?

slang4d 6 years, 3 months ago

"Beautiful democrats are only found in Hollywood."Ha ha! Don't try and convince us that trannie Coulter is beautiful! She's so ugly and hateful she's actually a disgrace to the respectable people in the transsexual community.The tide has turned on Palin and it looks like people are discussing the real issues now. Thank goodness, I wouldn't want all of Palin's high school friends holding any of our government's powerful positions. John "dude who flip-flops on corporate regulations" McCain and Sarah "pay for your own damn rape kit" Palin aren't looking good at the moment.

dandelion 6 years, 3 months ago

No one has an response to the evidence presented about Palin's lies about the Bridge to Nowhere. And she kept repeating it over and over. I think she feels that if she keeps saying it, it will come true. Out of touch with reality!

beatrice 6 years, 3 months ago

"The per diem she claimed amounted to $56 per day and was completely legitimate."So I guess to those on the right, only the amount determines whether something is unethical or not. And yes, completely legitimate things can be unethical. "Palin is trying to put us through a time warp? You supporters can vote for her if you want, but you cannot deny she lied."dandelion, are you new around here? Of course people can deny she lied, and then those same people will claim Obama is a Muslim and that there really are WMDs but we just haven't found them yet. People can say many things that are contrary to the truth. They are funny that way.

Brent Garner 6 years, 3 months ago

Relating to "Troopergate" and the tasing of the young boy. First, what right thinking adult would tase a child even if the child asked to be tased to prove his "manliness"? Second, why would you want an adult who has such deficient thinking/morality to serve as a state trooper?I doubt very much that if one of Lawrence's police officers tased an 11 year old even if done so that the 11 year old could prove his "manliness" that the officer would escape retribution if for nothing other than child abuse. I am frankly suspicious of why the Public Safety Director took such a lenient approach to such appalling behavior. I know I'd want such a derelict officer off the force immediately.

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