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Buttercup McToots Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-05-08 08:21 AM
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I am a resident of Wasilla, Alaska. I have known Sarah since 1992.


http://www.daily-journal.com/archives/dj/display.php?id...

ABOUT SARAH PALIN

I am a resident of Wasilla, Alaska. I have known Sarah since 1992. Everyone here knows Sarah, so it is nothing special to say we are on a first-name basis. Our children have attended the same schools. Her father was my child's favorite substitute teacher. I also am on a first name basis with her parents and mother-in-law. I attended more City Council meetings during her administration than about 99% of the residents of the city.

She is enormously popular; in every way she's like the most popular girl in middle school. Even men who think she is a poor choice and won't vote for her can't quit smiling when talking about her because she is a "babe".

It is astonishing and almost scary how well she can keep a secret. She kept her most recent pregnancy a secret from her children and parents for seven months.

She is "pro-life". She recently gave birth to a Down's syndrome baby. There is no cover-up involved, here; Trig is her baby.

She is energetic and hardworking. She regularly worked out at the gym.

She is savvy. She doesn't take positions; she just "puts things out there" and if they prove to be popular, then she takes credit.

Her husband works a union job on the North Slope for BP and is a champion snowmobile racer. Todd Palin's kind of job is highly sought-after because of the schedule and high pay. He arranges his work schedule so he can fish for salmon in Bristol Bay for a month or so in summer, but by no stretch of the imagination is fishing their major source of income. Nor has her life-style ever been anything like that of native Alaskans.

Sarah and her whole family are avid hunters.

She's smart.

Her experience is as mayor of a city with a population of about 5,000
(at the time), and less than 2 years as governor of a state with about
670,000 residents.

During her mayoral administration most of the actual work of running this small city was turned over to an administrator. She had been pushed to hire this administrator by party power-brokers after she had gotten herself into some trouble over precipitous firings which had given rise to a recall campaign.

Sarah campaigned in Wasilla as a "fiscal conservative". During her 6 years as Mayor, she increased general government expenditures by over
33%. During those same 6 years the amount of taxes collected by the City increased by 38%. This was during a period of low inflation
(1996-2002). She reduced progressive property taxes and increased a regressive sales tax which taxed even food. The tax cuts that she promoted benefited large corporate property owners way more than they benefited residents.

The huge increases in tax revenues during her mayoral administration weren't enough to fund everything on her wish list though, borrowed money was needed, too. She inherited a city with zero debt, but left it with indebtedness of over $22 million. What did Mayor Palin encourage the voters to borrow money for? Was it the infrastructure that she said she supported? The sewage treatment plant that the city lacked? or a new library? No. $1m for a park. $15m-plus for construction of a multi-use sports complex which she rushed through to build on a piece of property that the City didn't even have clear title to, that was still in litigation 7 yrs later--to the delight of the lawyers involved! The sports complex itself is a nice addition to the community but a huge money pit, not the profit-generator she claimed it would be. She also supported bonds for $5.5m for road projects that could have been done in
5-7 yrs without any borrowing.

While Mayor, City Hall was extensively remodeled and her office redecorated more than once.

These are small numbers, but Wasilla is a very small city.

As an oil producer, the high price of oil has created a budget surplus in Alaska. Rather than invest this surplus in technology that will make us energy independent and increase efficiency, as Governor she proposed distribution of this surplus to every individual in the state.

In this time of record state revenues and budget surpluses, she recommended that the state borrow/bond for road projects, even while she proposed distribution of surplus state revenues: spend today's surplus, borrow for needs.

She's not very tolerant of divergent opinions or open to outside ideas or compromise. As Mayor, she fought ideas that weren't generated by her or her staff. Ideas weren't evaluated on their merits, but on the basis of who proposed them.

While Sarah was Mayor of Wasilla she tried to fire our highly respected City Librarian because the Librarian refused to consider removing from the library some books that Sarah wanted removed. City residents rallied to the defense of the City Librarian and against Palin's attempt at out-and-out censorship, so Palin backed down and withdrew her termination letter. People who fought her attempt to oust the Librarian are on her enemies list to this day.

Sarah complained about the "old boy's club" when she first ran for Mayor, so what did she bring Wasilla? A new set of "old boys". Palin fired most of the experienced staff she inherited. At the City and as Governor she hired or elevated new, inexperienced, obscure people, creating a staff totally dependent on her for their jobs and eternally grateful and fiercely loyal--loyal to the point of abusing their power to further her personal agenda, as she has acknowledged happened in the case of pressuring the State's top cop (see below).

As Mayor, Sarah fired Wasilla Police Chief because he "intimidated" her, she told the press. As Governor, her recent firing of Alaska's top cop has the ring of familiarity about it. He served at her pleasure and she had every legal right to fire him, but it's pretty clear that an important factor in her decision to fire him was because he wouldn't fire her sister's ex-husband, a State Trooper. Under investigation for abuse of power, she has had to admit that more than 2 dozen contacts were made between her staff and family to the person that she later fired, pressuring him to fire her ex-brother-in-law. She tried to replace the man she fired with a man who she knew had been reprimanded for sexual harassment; when this caused a public furor, she withdrew her support.

She has bitten the hand of every person who extended theirs to her in help. The City Council person who personally escorted her around town introducing her to voters when she first ran for Wasilla City Council became one of her first targets when she was later elected Mayor. She abruptly fired her loyal City Administrator; even people who didn't like the guy were stunned by this ruthlessness.

Fear of retribution has kept all of these people from saying anything publicly about her.

When then-Governor Murkowski was handing out political plums, Sarah got the best, Chair of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission: one of the few jobs not in Juneau and one of the best paid. She had no background in oil & gas issues. Within months of scoring this great job which paid $122,400/yr, she was complaining in the press about the high salary. I was told that she hated that job: the commute, the structured hours, the work. Sarah became aware that a member of this Commission
(who was also the State Chair of the Republican Party) engaged in unethical behavior on the job. In a gutsy move which some undoubtedly cautioned her could be political suicide, Sarah solved all her problems in one fell swoop: got out of the job she hated and garnered gobs of media attention as the patron saint of ethics and as a gutsy fighter against the "old boys' club" when she dramatically quit, exposing this man's ethics violations (for which he was fined).

As Mayor, she had her hand stuck out as far as anyone for pork from Senator Ted Stevens. Lately, she has castigated his pork-barrel politics and publicly humiliated him. She only opposed the "bridge to nowhere" after it became clear that it would be unwise not to.

As Governor, she gave the Legislature no direction and budget guidelines, then made a big grandstand display of line-item vetoing projects, calling them pork. Public outcry and further legislative action restored most of these projects--which had been vetoed simply because she was not aware of their importance--but with the unobservant she had gained a reputation as "anti-pork".

She is solidly Republican: no political maverick. The State party leaders hate her because she has bit them in the back and humiliated them. Other members of the party object to her self-description as a fiscal conservative.

Around Wasilla there are people who went to high school with Sarah. They call her "Sarah Barracuda" because of her unbridled ambition and predatory ruthlessness. Before she became so powerful, very ugly stories circulated around town about shenanigans she pulled to be made point guard on the high school basketball team. When Sarah's mother-in-law, a highly respected member of the community and experienced manager, ran for Mayor, Sarah refused to endorse her.

As Governor, she stepped outside of the box and put together of package of legislation known as "AGIA" that forced the oil companies to march to the beat of her drum.

Like most Alaskans, she favors drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. She has questioned if the loss of sea ice is linked to global warming. She campaigned "as a private citizen" against a state initiative that would have either a) protected salmon streams from pollution from mines, or b) tied up in the courts all mining in the state (depending on who you listen to). She has pushed the State's lawsuit against the Dept. of the Interior's decision to list polar bears as threatened species.

McCain is the oldest person to ever run for President; Sarah will be a heartbeat away from being President.

There has to be literally millions of Americans who are more knowledgeable and experienced than she.

However, there's a lot of people who have underestimated her and are regretting it.


CLAIM VS FACT
*"Hockey mom": true for a few years
*"PTA mom": true years ago when her first-born was in elementary school, not since
*"NRA supporter": absolutely true
*social conservative: mixed. Opposes gay marriage, BUT vetoed a bill that would have denied benefits to employees in same-sex relationships
(said she did this because it was unconstitutional).
*pro-creationism: mixed. Supports it, BUT did nothing as Governor to promote it.
*"Pro-life": mixed. Knowingly gave birth to a Down's syndrome baby BUT declined to call a special legislative session on some pro-life legislation
*"Experienced": Some high schools have more students than Wasilla has residents. Many cities have more residents than the state of Alaska. No legislative experience other than City Council. Little hands-on supervisory or managerial experience; needed help of a city administrator to run town of about 5,000.
*political maverick: not at all
*gutsy: absolutely!
*open & transparent: ??? Good at keeping secrets. Not good at explaining actions.
*has a developed philosophy of public policy: no
*"a Greenie": no. Turned Wasilla into a wasteland of big box stores and disconnected parking lots. Is pro-drilling off-shore and in ANWR.
*fiscal conservative: not by my definition!
*pro-infrastructure: No. Promoted a sports complex and park in a city without a sewage treatment plant or storm drainage system. Built streets to early 20th century standards.
*pro-tax relief: Lowered taxes for businesses, increased tax burden on residents
*pro-small government: No. Oversaw greatest expansion of city government in Wasilla's history.
*pro-labor/pro-union. No. Just because her husband works union doesn't make her pro-labor. I have seen nothing to support any claim that she is pro-labor/pro-union.

WHY AM I WRITING THIS?

First, I have long believed in the importance of being an informed voter. I am a voter registrar. For 10 years I put on student voting programs in the schools. If you google my name (Anne Kilkenny + Alaska), you will find references to my participation in local government, education, and PTA/parent organizations.

Secondly, I've always operated in the belief that "Bad things happen when good people stay silent". Few people know as much as I do because few have gone to as many City Council meetings.

Third, I am just a housewife. I don't have a job she can bump me out of. I don't belong to any organization that she can hurt. But, I am no fool; she is immensely popular here, and it is likely that this will cost me somehow in the future: that's life.

Fourth, she has hated me since back in 1996, when I was one of the 100 or so people who rallied to support the City Librarian against Sarah's attempt at censorship.

Fifth, I looked around and realized that everybody else was afraid to say anything because they were somehow vulnerable.

CAVEATS I am not a statistician. I developed the numbers for the increase in spending & taxation 2 years ago (when Palin was running for Governor) from information supplied to me by the Finance Director of the City of Wasilla, and I can't recall exactly what I adjusted for: did I adjust for inflation? for population increases? Right now, it is impossible for a private person to get any info out of City Hall--they are swamped. So I can't verify my numbers.

You may have noticed that there are various numbers circulating for the population of Wasilla, ranging from my "about 5,000", up to 9,000. The day Palin's selection was announced a city official told me that the current population is about 7,000. The official 2000 census count was
5,460. I have used about 5,000 because Palin was Mayor from 1996 to
2002, and the city was growing rapidly in the mid-90's.

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cosmik debris Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-05-08 08:27 AM
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1. Why are you posting pro-Palin propaganda?
This is the Democratic Underground, Not Freeperville.
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Madrone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-05-08 08:30 AM
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4. How about actually READING the post before you pop off?
:eyes:
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cosmik debris Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-05-08 08:36 AM
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10. I got sick after reading a few lines:
She is enormously popular;


She is energetic and hardworking.


She is savvy.


She's smart.


This is not the venue for singing the praises of our adversaries.
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Sheets of Easter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-05-08 08:43 AM
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12. Those points aren't made in praise. They're made as caution.
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vets74 Donating Member (714 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-06-08 08:28 AM
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109. Matches borderline PARANOIA and overarching ambitiion
The constant scheming is a sign of mental illness, plain and simple. Goes with the grandiose plans and the odd obsessions related to her personal efforts at command and control. Lady MacBeth with the knife in her own hands. BTW: What's the book on cocaine or a similar prescription drug ??? She talks like Ann Coulter, or a sped-up Lush Rimbaugh.
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kayell Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-05-08 08:45 AM
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16. This is a venue for:
Realistic assessment of your opponents weaknesses AND strengths.

Intelligent and reasoned thinking.

Hopefully, for getting the full story.



And because my mother is a librarian, and it has to be said (so sad that it has to be said)

Reading is fundamental*

*not fundamentalist. Back up. Read it again.
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treestar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-05-08 09:01 AM
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25. Read further and it will become clear
That the post is anti-Palin.
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moriah Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-05-08 09:06 AM
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29. I wouldn't call this "singing the praises of our adversaries"....
She has bitten the hand of every person who extended theirs to her in help."


She's not very tolerant of divergent opinions or open to outside ideas or compromise. As Mayor, she fought ideas that weren't generated by her or her staff. Ideas weren't evaluated on their merits, but on the basis of who proposed them.


People who fought her attempt to oust the Librarian are on her enemies list to this day.


There has to be literally millions of Americans who are more knowledgeable and experienced than she.


Just my opinion here, but I think it does our party a disservice when we refuse to look at both the positive and negative aspects of our adversaries. If we fail to consider what others may feel are "positives", then we can't truly counter them. We have to understand what makes a person appealing to undecideds, so we can show negatives that may outweigh those "positives".

It's part of the reason I make it a point to talk to Republicans about politics. Just this morning I was talking to a lady I work with that is very conservative in many ways. We've become friends because she was born out in the boonies, less than 5 miles from where I lived in rural Arkansas. *Very* red county -- about 85% rednecks and 15% old hippies who have fortunately managed to get themselves on the school board so the kids there are actually learning evolution as well as how to keep from getting pregnant.

Not only did I get the chance to say "Check out Snopes.com" when she said that Obama refused to say the Pledge, I got to hear her favorite thing about Sarah -- pretty standard actually, she said that Sarah's beliefs about family values and the abortion issue.

Instead of pointing out that her daughter getting pregnant might not be the best demonstration of family values, I got to mention how she refused funding to support both Convent House *and* the Catholic Community Resources request for funding to assist in anti-abortion counseling and assistance with arranging adoption.

And that gave her pause for a second.
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ehrnst Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-05-08 12:26 PM
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49. Read the end - where it says it will cost her something to speak out like this against Palin.(nt)
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George II Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-05-08 09:21 PM
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68. You missed the point of the post. Patience is a virtue.
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olegramps Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-06-08 07:42 AM
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102. She is cunning, determined, street smart, sly

She is enormously popular;

People who are enormously popular who don't have any real accomplishments are the slimy types that have the ability to please everyone at the expense of everyone. They are those that form multiple cliques. I can imagine her whispering in everyone ear spreading lies and hatred.

As Proust observed:

A fashionable milieu is one in which everybody's opinion is made up of the opinion of all the others. Has everybody a different opinion? Then it is a literary milieu.
Marcel Proust (1871-1922), French novelist. Pleasures and Regrets, "Fragments From Italian Comedy," no. 10 (1896; tr. 1948).

hardworking.

She appears to be determined to be a star. A person with no actual demonstrated ability, but a narcissistic personality that drives her.

She is savvy.

Just like the street smart kid who knows how to use people for their own gain.

She's smart.

So are many serial killers.

This is not the venue for singing the praises of our adversaries.

She is the type of person your mother warned you against.
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Fluffdaddy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-06-08 07:55 AM
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107. Welcome to DU
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The Backlash Cometh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-06-08 07:55 AM
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106. That was just the prelude.
Smart people can be assholes to. The article defined the parameters of her o-ring.
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PatrynXX Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-06-08 09:06 AM
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110. ignoring Sarah's supposedly pluses?
Problematic. Making an argument requires that someone stay neutral. Really good commentary here. This isn't a pro Palin commentary. If we had more people like the Commentator here, McCain/Palin would lose big time. This commentator has plugged all the holes for Pro Palin people to come back on here. The four lines you mention are likely true. From what I've understood, Palin is enormously popular , why? well she' brings in alot of earmarks for her state. And the higher the price of gas is, the more money Alaska makes.
Energetic and hardworking. bleh hardworking .... not if she's needing a city manager to do the work for her, energetic, yeah when she's actually on her feet.
Savvy kinda goes over my head.... and I'm missing my dictionary :P
Smart? Smart and experience don't go hand in hand. She can't have gotten as far as she has by being stupid. But for McCain, he degraded her all year by going after Obama on not being experienced. Now she's got less experience than Obama. Smart and good or bad judgement doesn't go hand in hand either. She may be smart, but she's shown bad judgment. But between the two, Obama and Biden have far more experience combined anyway. Obama has voted more in the Senate in the past 4 years than McCain has (who has one of the worst track records. How do you build experience by not voting on the bills? He's basically paid to sit on his ass and not do anything.) Reminds me vaguely of Twister We have Bill Paxton vs Cary Elwes, Cary is a cheater. Doesn't do his homework. Steals others ideas.

It would be very hard for Bill O'moron to have a debate with the above commentator because the holes are plugged.
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Richard D Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-05-08 08:30 AM
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5. Did you read the whole thing? eom
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Psephos Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-05-08 08:32 AM
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6. This isn't pro-Palin, and it's not propaganda. It's a first-person, useful portrait
Lay off the purity police tactics. Fingers in ears are the way losers react. We need this kind of info if we're going to prevail.
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eshfemme Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-05-08 09:08 AM
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31. Has anyone forwarded this info to the Obama campaign?
It might be useful to help them plan on how to defend against/attack her.
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Jack Rabbit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-05-08 10:35 AM
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38. Actually, there's more jounalistic objectivity in the OP then we're used to seeing nowadays
I really appreciate this.
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TexasProgresive Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-05-08 08:33 AM
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7. Why don't you read the whole thing?
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cali Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-05-08 08:33 AM
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8. try reading. this isn't a pro-Palin post. Quite the opposite. Talk about
opening your mouth and making a fool out of yourself.
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Tangerine LaBamba Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-05-08 08:36 AM
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9. Don't be stupid, Cosmik
You didn't read the article, and your post reflects that.

What a stupid thing to do.

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SammyWinstonJack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-05-08 08:42 AM
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11. It isn't pro-Palin, quite the opposite in fact.
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Dorian Gray Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-05-08 08:50 AM
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19. if you finish reading it
you will see that it is a very even-handed criticism of Palin's political stances and actions. She doesn't rail against her out of hatred. She admits her popularity, but then goes on to discuss all the negative things she's done under her leadership.

I think that this is more effective for the on the fence voters than an angry hate-filled missive against her. It reads objectively, and I think that could be taken much more seriously by those in the middle.


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man4allcats Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-05-08 08:54 AM
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21. pro-Palin?
Did we read the same post, or did one of us not read the whole post? I know I read it in its entirety, and I didn't find it to be "pro-Palin" at all.

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NeedleCast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-05-08 08:58 AM
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23. You Lose at Reading
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mike_c Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-05-08 09:03 AM
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27. good GAWD!-- yours is the most uninformed response of the day....
PRO-Palin? And you admit you didn't read past the first few lines? I'd strongly urge you to read the OP, reconsider your response, and edit before it's too late to avoid looking like an idiot. This is an excellent OP.
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davekriss Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-05-08 09:10 AM
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33. Read the entire post
It puts reality to Palin, and it is a very negative reality.
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PVnRT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-05-08 11:03 AM
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42. Try reading the whole thing next time
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cwydro Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-05-08 11:38 AM
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43. Jesus Christ, did you read the whole post!!??!
it is NOT pro Palin.
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beac Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-05-08 11:54 AM
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45. The email is VERY VERY anti-Sarah and it's showing up EVERYWHERE!
You really should read the whole thing and pass it on to everyone you know.

BTW, a TRULY 'fair and balanced' critique of Palin like this one will be taken MUCH more seriously than the kinds of things we generally post around here. This will grab attention and can't be dismissed as just "ranting by extreme libruls on DU".

This letter is a VERY VERY good thing for us.
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mduffy31 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-05-08 10:02 PM
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72. All Due Respect
You are a moron. Read the whole thing first.
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Regret My New Name Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-05-08 11:01 PM
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75. Did you read it? lol
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Canuckistanian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-05-08 11:05 PM
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77. Nice post, Hitler
Just had to get that in.
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progdonkey Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-06-08 01:23 AM
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87. yeah, reading is bad...
Posts should be restricted to simple, single phrases: "Palin doubleplusungood!"

That way you don't have to bother with the details.

:eyes:
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Enthusiast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-06-08 05:03 AM
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92. In her ruthlessness and
vindictiveness she sounds like a clone of Bush. Not high praise. But it might be appealing in the mind of some these right wing types.
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malaise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-05-08 08:27 AM
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2. A very informative post
K & R
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Hubert Flottz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-05-08 08:29 AM
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3. Sounds just like George W Bush.
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SammyWinstonJack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-05-08 08:44 AM
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14. Sarah W. Palin. It does sound just like bu$h. So many similarities between
her and george as Govs.
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Habibi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-05-08 08:47 AM
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18. Except for the "hard-working and energetic" part.
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rucognizant Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-06-08 05:32 AM
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96. Oh he is hard working and energetic too..........
He just applies it to the wrong jobs: like clearing brush at Crawford!
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kayell Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-05-08 08:56 AM
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22. It does indeed. And with the repuke base* making most of its choices
Edited on Fri Sep-05-08 08:57 AM by kayell
in life based on emotion and the cult of personality (see Stalin) this is something we need to be very aware of. We dismissed the possibility of Bush succeeding because we believed that most people would see right through him. A huge number of people though, make all their decisions based on an attractive surface, and find it exhausting and unnecessary to look deeper. Some of them can't even comprehend that there could be a "deeper"

*Added: and a lot of fence sitters.
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treestar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-05-08 08:59 AM
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24. My thoughts exactly
The same getting of power for the sake of personal gain and appointing friends rather than experienced people.

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wtmusic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-05-08 09:06 AM
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30. I'll venture she'd make a marginally better president than W.
W minus the testosterone.
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kayell Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-05-08 07:43 PM
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64. I'll venture she'd make a somewhat worse president than Quayle would have.
Edited on Fri Sep-05-08 07:47 PM by kayell
So far she looks less intelligent, and more religiously extreme than Quayle, who was the religious right poster boy of his day.

Added: AND she has all the pseudo-charm of W and the combined beastly retributive tendencies of both W and Nixon.
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Enthusiast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-06-08 05:09 AM
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95.  No way is she less intelligent
than Quayle. What an insult!

:rofl:
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verges Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-05-08 09:24 AM
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34. She's worse.
George doesn't knife his friends. He has so few.
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Buttercup McToots Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-05-08 08:43 AM
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13. Good Info...
Lots of people are getting this as email...
Looked it up and the link shows that
the women actually wrote it...
Good first person info, if ye ask me...
She said Sarah hated her...
Wait till Sarah reads about this...
But Anne Kilkenny doesn't sound
afraid...she wants the truth out...
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chill_wind Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-05-08 08:45 AM
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15. "..a lot of people who have underestimated her and are regretting it."
Edited on Fri Sep-05-08 08:47 AM by chill_wind
And let's not make the same mistake at a national level. She's a dangerous trojan.

Very informative and much appreciated snapshot. Sarah Palin has real character and ethics problems. Thank you.

Big K & R
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Dorian Gray Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-05-08 08:47 AM
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17. That's interestin
For someone who admittedly doesn't like SP, it reads as though it's very even handed and objective about everything she's done. Thanks for sharing.


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shey1218 Donating Member (136 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-05-08 08:52 AM
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20. it's a very good personal report.......... seems honest and unbiased and
the writer takes carefull opportunity to outline all the pros and cons and admits that she herself has had a rocky relationship with Sarah Palin. It's a well written objective article.

This article has made it's way all over the internet and some newspapers as well.

CNN did some fact checking to verify it's validity and reported that this person actually exists, and is a well known citizen.
They reported on one of their television shows on 09/04/08.

I applaud her for her well-written objective opinion.

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wtmusic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-05-08 09:04 AM
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28. Honest and unbiased, and Republicans hate it
Reader comment: "The Daily Journal gets more Liberal everyday. Just report the dang news!"

:eyes:
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SheWhoMustBeObeyed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-05-08 09:01 AM
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26. Anne Kilkenny may be just a housewife, but she's a very brave woman.
BTW, most of what she reports about Palin has been confirmed by MSM.
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Earth Bound Misfit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-05-08 01:13 PM
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53. This woman is definitely NOT "just a housewife"...
(Not that there's anything wrong with that!)

Found this @ http://groups.google.com/group/talk.politics.misc/brows...

The reality, the mere existence, of Anne Kilkenny,
whose letter detailing in uncomplimentary terms the
career of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, is being
challenged in a typical reactionaries' smear
campaign on the internet. Doing an intelligent
Google web search on her bona fides, as Anne
Kilkenny invited accompanying her letter, for

Anne.Kilkenny +Alaska +-palin +-2008


that leaves out anything from the past year or
involving Sarah Palin, assures that Anne Kilkenny is
as real as grass or sky. More interestingly, she has
exactly the educational chops and the advocacy
experience to make the comments she did.


Here are a few examples.


=====


Conference of Alaskans...
Delagates to the Conference...


Anne Kilkenny describes herself as a 22-year
Mat-Su resident, middle-aged housewife and
at-home mom with a child in middle school and a
retired, disabled spouse. She comes from a long
line of independent-minded, public-spirited
people and has been involved in education
advocacy and legislative analysis for local
PTAs. Prior to parenthood, she worked in the
Alaska's seafood industry. She has a Social
Science BA from the University of California,
Berkeley
http://www.sitnews.us/0104news/013004/013004_coa_delega...


=====



ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE
HOUSE SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION
January 27, 2005
11:03 a.m.


ANNE KILKENNY
Wasilla, AK
POSITION STATEMENT: Testified in support of HB 73.


ANNE KILKENNY stated that there are different
needs in different districts because of the
adjustments that are not made in the foundation
formula. The foundation formula only makes four
or five adjustments. She said that the
foundation formula does not make adjustments
where student enrollment is decreasing and so,
the cost per student increases. The
aforementioned is the situation in Kenai. She
related situations in which property values rise
and cause local required contributions to
increase but this, in turn, decreases state
contributions, as is the case in Anchorage.
Therefore, certain areas have greater need than
others.


MS. KILKENNY discussed that schools that are
designed for specific numbers of students cannot
operate efficiently or cost effectively if the
student populations rise. She provided an
example in the Mat-Su Valley, and noted that
even the governor's proposal may be inadequate
for the Mat-Su Valley. She expressed her belief
that, "a refinement of the Anchorage school
district budget would mean a diminishment of the
quality of education in that district as it
would in the Mat-Su, as it would in Kenai, as it
would in Ketchikan, Petersburg, North Slope
burrow, and every other district that has
indicated that even the governor's proposal is
inadequate for this simple maintenance of the
status quo."
http://www.legis.state.ak.us/pdf/24/M/HEDU2005-01-27110...


=====



ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE
HOUSE HEALTH, EDUCATION AND SOCIAL SERVICES STANDING COMMITTEE
February 15, 2005
3:05 p.m.


ANNE KILKENNY
Wasilla, Alaska
POSITION STATEMENT: Testified in support of increased education
funding.


ANNE KILKENNY, Wasilla, complimented the
superintendent of the schools for the
Matanuska-Susitna School District for his
honesty in stating that the Mat-Su schools would
maintain status quo with the governor's proposed
funding increase. However she expressed
dissatisfaction with status quo both as a mother
and as the president of the parent organization
at the middle school. She commented that there
would have been no No Child Left Behind
legislation if the status quo was acceptable.
She said:


It's time that we move ahead. This No Child
Left Behind legislation demands it of us,
that we make improvements and that we
educate our children to rising standards.
... This legislative mandate has so many
requirements that it's necessary to increase
funding to education to enable these rising
expectations and rising standards to be met.
I'm asking that you amend this bill and that
you increase
to at least $5,086. the
testimony given to the Committee on Education], half of the
students in the State of Alaska... are in
districts that would be able to function at
an improved level with $5,086. It's not
enough for Nikiski, it's not enough for a
lot of places. But it is enough for at
least half the kids. ... Our expectations
are not wild. Juneau is only asking to
reduce high school classes to 30, and
kindergarten to 20. These are modest goals.


=====


MATANUSKA-SUSITNA BOROUGH ASSEMBLY
SPECIAL MEETING MAY 18, 2006


B. Ordinance Serial No. 06-006: AN ORDINANCE
APPROPRIATING MONIES FROM THE CENTRAL TREASURY AND
ESTABLISHING THE RATE OF LEVY FOR ALL BOROUGH
FUNCTIONS FOR THE FISCAL YEAR BEGINNING JULY 1,
2006, AND ENDING JUNE 30, 2007.


The following person spoke in support of funding
the School District: Ms. Anne Kilkenny.


=====


The above search provides 61 hits, I'm not going to
go through all of them, but the above is quite
enough to establish that the critics of Anne
Kilkenny pretending that she does not exist are out
of line, driven, by an agenda of presenting the US
with inferior candidates elected to office, to
ignore inconvenient things like facts
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tomg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-05-08 02:58 PM
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58. Another community organizer.
That is real citizenship.
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Earth Bound Misfit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-05-08 03:43 PM
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60. BWAHA! Maybe that's her REAL motivation for writing this letter
DON'T YOU BE DISSIN' COMMUNITY ORGANIZERS, BIOTCH! :spank:

:kick:
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tomg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-05-08 03:57 PM
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61. I posted on another thread
about a guy I teach with who lived in Wasilla when he was a young teen and who was a member of the same congregation. He is about five or six years younger, so he didn't know her but his sisters did.
His take is pretty similar.
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Blue_In_AK Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-06-08 12:14 AM
Response to Reply #61
82. I think everybody in Alaska who has been watching Sarah
for a while would agree with this assessment. It's very, very accurate.
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juajen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-06-08 12:57 AM
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85. Really? Then, why is she so popular? This makes no sense.
I believe her approval rating is upwards of 80%. How could this be if she is dishonest and deceitful. She just is, and nobody knows it? God, lotta dumb folk in Alaska.
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jhrobbins Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-06-08 01:19 AM
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86. I asked this same question and was told that it had to do with the
Edited on Sat Sep-06-08 01:20 AM by jhrobbins
'oil stipend' that each Alaskan receives yearly and apparently it was given this year at a very fortuitous time - am I right Blue in Ak?
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Blue_In_AK Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-06-08 02:27 AM
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89. No, she was popular way before that.
Edited on Sat Sep-06-08 02:29 AM by Blue_In_AK
But as to the energy rebate, Sarah and the legislature got together and decided to take a little emergency action to help the people of the state with our very high energy costs. Especially out in the Bush, people were really suffering. There was extra money from the new tax scheme that Sarah and the Dems imposed on the oil companies, so they decided to pass some out. Republicans on the far right were freaking out about "socialism." I think a lot of Democrats and Independents liked that she would oppose the establishment in her own party.

Now it's up to everybody here to make the most of what's been given us. I'm sure a lot of it will be squandered, but it will help a lot of people, too.

ed. see the post right below this for an interesting insight into Sarah Palin's popularity in Alaska.
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Blue_In_AK Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-06-08 02:06 AM
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88. Here's a link to something written by Shannyn Moore,
Edited on Sat Sep-06-08 02:09 AM by Blue_In_AK
local progressive radio personality, that explains well the conflicting thoughts that go on in an Alaskan's mind. We're a little different up here maybe, but a lot of people identify with Sarah Palin, even if they don't agree with her. She's one of us. You can send her back - we'll take care of her.

http://progressivealaska.blogspot.com/2008/09/saradise-...

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LuckyLib Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-05-08 09:10 PM
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66. Kilkenny is smart, persistent, and does her homework. And she's not afraid to speak out.
It's what involved community-minded citizens do.
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wtmusic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-05-08 09:09 AM
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32. Still don't buy that she's Trig's mom.
*open & transparent: ??? Good at keeping secrets. Not good at explaining actions."

And 6 months of "mono".
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lifesbeautifulmagic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-05-08 10:28 AM
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37. so with you
the whole episode just does not add up.
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Douglas Carpenter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-05-08 10:03 AM
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35. RECOMMEND!! RECOMMEND!!! RECOMMEND!!! NOW THIS NEEDS TO BE PUSHED TO THE TOP NOW!!!!
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uppityperson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-05-08 10:19 AM
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36. Good post, thanks for posting.k&r
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UTUSN Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-05-08 10:39 AM
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39. I hope somebody has media-blasted this!1 n/t
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Blue Belle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-05-08 10:55 AM
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40. Great Post!
I sent it out to several people. I hope you don't mind.
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Old and In the Way Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-05-08 11:03 AM
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41. Nothing like a little truth to pop another Republican myth balloon.
Thanks for posting!
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krkaufman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-05-08 11:50 AM
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44. I really wish the "hired a city manager" part would get bigger coverage
    During her mayoral administration most of the actual work of running this small city was turned over to an administrator. She had been pushed to hire this administrator by party power-brokers after she had gotten herself into some trouble over precipitous firings which had given rise to a recall campaign.
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beac Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-05-08 11:56 AM
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46. Yes-- we need to get out that "being a city manager is a lot like being a mayor...
except you have ACTUAL RESPONSIBILITIES!"

And it was HER OWN PARTY that made her get the administrator b/c she was screwing up so badly!
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krkaufman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-05-08 12:14 PM
Response to Reply #46
48. good line. Her record is so thin...
... and what little has been presented appears to be exaggerations and lies.
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tammywammy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-05-08 12:10 PM
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47. Recommended!
Very interesting reading. :thumbsup:
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progressive_realist Donating Member (669 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-05-08 12:48 PM
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50. I find this hard to believe...
That a town of 5,000 has a gym. :yoiks:





:hide:
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Hardrada Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-05-08 11:04 PM
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76. My town of 6000 + a few has a full-fledged YMCA with weight
room, swimming pool, treadmills, the works. And it, of course, like our Concert Hall/Theater was made reality by some community organizers (and a few philanthropists putting up matching funds).
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ItNerd4life Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-05-08 12:50 PM
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51. Very nicely done. Why is she so popular?
Is she popular because of her looks? Known as a fiscal conservative in a conservative state?

I heard she balanced the Alaska budget. I would be curious if that was true and how she did it.

You do an excellent job backing up your opinions with facts, I wish more people did that.
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Buttercup McToots Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-05-08 01:20 PM
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54. I read that
the town was debt free when she started and when she left it was in debt about 20 millionish... :popcorn:
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AZ Criminal JD Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-05-08 08:45 PM
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65. You "read"? I thought you lived there.
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last_texas_dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-06-08 03:53 AM
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90. The OP did not write the e-mail.
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AZ Criminal JD Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-07-08 06:44 PM
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114. The OP put the title there. That is not the title of the link article.
Edited on Sun Sep-07-08 06:45 PM by bamalib
"I have known Sarah since 1992". Interesting that you replied instead of the OP.
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last_texas_dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-07-08 11:55 PM
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115. I can see why the OP's title might have caused confusion
Edited on Sun Sep-07-08 11:56 PM by last_texas_dem
I could tell from her responses to other comments on the thread that she was not the author of the piece, which is why I responded to your comment.
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Rob H. Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-05-08 12:51 PM
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52. "She doesn't take positions; she just "puts things out there"...
and if they prove to be popular, then she takes credit.

I suppose that also means if they don't go over she blames someone else. I work with a few people like that--they're called "assholes."
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Sewsojm Donating Member (554 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-05-08 01:56 PM
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55. Kick
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Raksha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-05-08 01:58 PM
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56. K & R
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Earth Bound Misfit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-05-08 02:48 PM
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57. Anne Kilkenny sounds like my kind of gal...
Anne Kilkenny describes herself as a 22-year
Mat-Su resident, middle-aged housewife and
at-home mom with a child in middle school and a
retired, disabled spouse. She comes from a long
line of independent-minded, public-spirited
people and has been involved in education
advocacy and legislative analysis for local
PTAs. Prior to parenthood, she worked in the
Alaska's seafood industry. She has a Social
Science BA from the University of California,
Berkeley
http://www.sitnews.us/0104news/013004/013004_coa_delega ...


:kick:
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RobertSeattle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-05-08 03:42 PM
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59. And it's been Snoped as true
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Uncle Joe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-05-08 04:05 PM
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62. This seems like the most informative piece I've seen anywhere re: Palin.
Thanks for the thread, Buttercup McToots :thumbsup:

Also thank you Ann Kilkenny for your service to our nation by giving this information. :patriot:

Kicked and recommended.
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FlyingSquirrel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-05-08 05:56 PM
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63. Kicked and I'd recommend more recs! VERY informative.
:scared: McCain picked another Bush-type, how interesting.

Wonder if he knows just how quickly she will stab him in the back to become the first female president.
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nradisic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-05-08 09:18 PM
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67. Thank you Anne...
That is the type of information that will be helpful for Democrats in crafting a strategy to deal with the Sarah Palin pick.
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rusty quoin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-05-08 09:29 PM
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69. "she is immensely popular here, and it is likely that this will cost me somehow in the future"
This is very brave and I hope they don't burn down her house. K&R
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ooglymoogly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-05-08 09:38 PM
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70. This is the most definitive and informative info on S.P. that I have read
I got half way through and realized that this was important information and rec'd it because everybody needs to read this, then went back and read the whole long post, a must read. She is a cookie cut of the pug party and feeding at the same ruthless crooked thieving trough.
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bluecrush Donating Member (212 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-05-08 09:41 PM
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71. Very informative
Thanks for the post.
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Hugabear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-05-08 10:19 PM
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73. Can you tell us what books she wanted to ban?
Since you knew her personally, hopefully you'll have some insight on this issue.

Also, did you ever hear any talk about her having extramarital affairs? Enquiring minds want to know O8)
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sandrakae Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-05-08 10:52 PM
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74. Very nice, but you did forget a few things.
1. She failed at the most important job there is. Motherhood.
2. She doesn't practice what she preaches. She didn't teach her own children abstinence.

Sorry, All those nice things you have written about her are just fine, but she is still not a good role model and she is still not qualified to lead this nation. She is a hypocrite at best.
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Horse with no Name Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-06-08 04:25 AM
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91. What a lying misogynist sack of shit you just laid out there
How did she "fail" at motherhood?

Oh and by the way...trust me when I say this...my kid got pregnant at 17 and that didn't make her...or me...or the child a failure.
Also trust me when I say that there are quite a few people that have walked in MY shoes before and after me who weren't considered failures when their kids found themselves in this quite common predicament.

Of course, these days, I expect those on DU to celebrate if they had found out her daughter had an abortion.

But remember this...choice implies two things. The choice to NOT have a child and the choice TO have a child.

The Democrats I USED to know embraced both choices. I guess you "new Democrats" hold on more dearly to hating the republicans than celebrating a woman's choice.
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sandrakae Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-06-08 01:43 PM
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113. Oh so you voted against funding programs to help stop teenage pregnancy?
So you went on record to say that the only teaching should be abstinence? We just sent 1 billion dollars to Georgia to aid their reconstruction and we weren't even the ones that bombed them, but heaven up us for using our tax dollars to help teenagers in our own country. Sara Palin is a hypocrite. This picture is pathetic. She uses her own baby as a prop. John McCains own aid said they hoped to keep the pregnancy a secret.





Before you reply to this post, you stop for one minute and think about how the Republican's would have handled Vanessa or Alexandra Kerry being pregnant in 2004 or Chelsea Clinton being an unwed teen.
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NobleCynic Donating Member (991 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-05-08 11:49 PM
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78. You'll avoid much confusion if you make it clear you're not the author
Please try to make that more clear in the future, it seems a lot of people didn't catch that.
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jcla Donating Member (369 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-05-08 11:53 PM
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79. Thanks for this brave post!
It took guts to post this with your name attached...THANKS! Thank you for fighting for your city librarian!
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Baby Snooks Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-06-08 12:00 AM
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80. She is scary,,,
One reason why she's so scary is that "ordinary people" seem to like her despite all the reasons not to like her. Reality is Alaska is pretty much a Republican state despite the unions involved in the oil and gas industry and most Alaskans are just middle-class "hard-working whites" which of course is probably the demographics of a majority of Republicans in general. And of quite a few Democrats. And they are the very people Hillary Clinton appealed to at the end. Which probably explains why John McCain chose Sarah Palin to be his running mate. Which makes her even scarier. Because she will appeal to the middle-class "hard-working whites." In both parties. She is "one of them."

This election will be determined by the number of minorities who realize the danger of even four more years of a Republican administration let alone eight more years and turn out and vote and make sure everyone they know votes as well. To make up for the "hard working whites" who simply won't vote for Barack Obama. Thanks in part to Hillary Clinton.

There are three weeks left to register to vote in order to be eligible to vote in the federal elections. Quite a few "voter registration" drives can be found in most cities. But how many of them are really getting into the minority neighborhoods and knocking on the doors instead of just setting up a table somewhere and setting up shop so to speak somewhere and how many are asking the people they're registering to vote if they have a way to get to the polls?

I don't know Sarah Palin. But I've known Sarah Palins. And they have all been scary. And this one in particular is.
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Blue_In_AK Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-06-08 12:19 AM
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83. Alaskans are hard-working but not necessarily white
Have you been here? We're really pretty diverse.
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arthritisR_US Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-06-08 12:07 AM
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she's scary and dangerous....a real viper. n/t
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Blue_In_AK Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-06-08 12:07 AM
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81. This is the most authentic description of Sarah Palin
I've read yet. It's exactly right.
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SemperEadem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-06-08 12:21 AM
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84. I applaud your bravery. You are a true hero.
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Larry Ogg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-06-08 05:03 AM
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93. Thank you for posting this article Buttercup / Anne
I have been studying psychopathy for a couple of years and have read a lot of psychologist descriptions of psychopaths, and you description of Sarah Palin is a textbook perfect depiction of a psychopath.

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Enthusiast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-06-08 05:05 AM
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94. As president, she would be a complete disaster. nt
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judasdisney Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-06-08 05:34 AM
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97. Tracy Flick? Or Sarah Stalin
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riona Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-06-08 06:19 AM
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98. Her administration sounds like a mini version of W's
And the faithful sheep are falling for it again.
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kckc Donating Member (299 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-06-08 07:04 AM
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99. NPR interview
Anne was interviewed on Friday by NPR- apparently she is quite the popular source now. You can hear it on NPR.

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=94...
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sellitman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-06-08 07:06 AM
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100. She sounds like a female Cheney.
Maybe just a bit perkier.
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graywarrior Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-06-08 07:12 AM
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101. Great read.
Thanks for posting.

Sarah Sarah....sitting in a chevrolet. I just remembered that song.
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Fluffdaddy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-06-08 07:47 AM
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103. Great read................... Understand your enemy
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Fluffdaddy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-06-08 07:50 AM
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104.  cosmik debris....... You seem to be in the standing a lone
:P
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Buttercup McToots Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-06-08 12:19 PM
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111. Damn, you guys are good!
Thanks for
all the new info... :)
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The Backlash Cometh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-06-08 07:54 AM
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105. Those Republicans really know how to spread the love.
I'm sick and tired of living under all their intimidation tactics. Just tired of it.
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Name removed Donating Member (0 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-06-08 08:19 AM
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marshall Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-06-08 12:37 PM
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112. Vetoed a billl denying benefits to same-sex partners?
That's not gonna play well with the base.
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Earth Bound Misfit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-09-08 06:10 PM
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116. Kick n/t
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