Saturday, February 25, 2012



   I stumbled across this story by AP's Becky Bohrer and Mike Baker dated February 24, 2012:

By BECKY BOHRER and MIKE BAKER Associated Press The Associated Press

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Just a few months after returning from the presidential campaign trail, a weary Sarah Palin shot off a 1 a.m. email to top colleagues in her office.

Buried in ethics complaints that she deemed frivolous, the Alaska governor was feeling increasingly detached from her family. She faced mounting legal bills that only exacerbated the financial turmoil related to her family's travel.

"I'm just beat down on this one. I am tired. The opponents have succeeded on the drive towards our personal bankruptcy, and have divided my family," she wrote.

She finished the overnight email with a sobering conclusion: "One has to be single, wealthy, or corrupt to function in this political system."

The relentless examination and subsequent exasperation lingered for months after Palin's stint as a vice presidential candidate in 2008, and thousands of documents released by the state this week indicate that it ultimately drove her to leave political office.

Emails show that Palin remained engaged as governor in the issues of her day job, pushing for a natural gas pipeline, preparing speeches for civic groups, coordinating with the state's chief lobbyist in Washington, D.C., and even helping arrange a reception for football players at the governor's mansion. She said it was invigorating to directly speak to protesters holding a derogatory sign.

The treasurer of Palin's political action committee, Tim Crawford, said Thursday: "We encourage everyone to read the emails. They show a governor hard at work for her state."

But the documents also show her becoming increasingly distracted by the external issues tied to her newfound celebrity.

One of her political critics, trying to tout his own international experience in early 2009, parroted a "Saturday Night Live" line about Palin being able to see Russia from her house — a phrase that morphed from the governor's initial comment that Russia was visible from part of Alaska.

"Why does he suggest I said i could see russia from my house? I said u can see russia from Alaska, in trying to explain the proximity," she wrote to a staffer.

Palin then added in another email, "It's going to be a long two years..."

It turned out that Palin wouldn't last that long. She resigned six months later.

Alaska released some 24,000 pages of emails last year that focused on Palin's time before she joined the Republican ticket with presidential nominee John McCain. This week the state released some 34,820 pages, generally spanning from October 2008 until Palin's resignation in July 2009.

At times, Palin was clearly irked by the ongoing media coverage she faced. She said the national media had set their sights on Alaska because of her position as governor, citing questions by a CBS reporter about an effort by some Prince William Sound fishermen to have the state forgive all or part of the outstanding loans the state had given them using their settlement funds from the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill as collateral.

"This is bizarre. It's also an indication of nat'l media looking at anything to sensationalize (negatively) about Alaska right now ... unfortunately bc of who's in the Gov's chair," she wrote in a Jan. 26, 2009, email to aides.

A couple months later, she was upset that a magazine had found her during a charity event at a Juneau grocery store.

"Any idea how they knew to find me at Fred Meyer yesterday while I sold Girl scout cookies? The scout leaders wouldn't have told them," she wrote. A lawyer responded that she was probably being followed, but it was later discovered that Palin's planned appearance was included in an article in the Juneau Empire.

Palin was particularly irked by ethics complaints that she considered excessive and frivolous, and many of them were eventually dismissed. More than a dozen came in after she was named McCain's running mate in 2008 — including one accusing her of having a conflict of interest because of the brand of clothing she wore.

Palin has said the ethics complaints proved to be a distraction, and that was a major factor in her decision to resign during her first term. A complaint related to the family's travel and the subsequent internal inquiries were particularly problematic.

In a May 2009 email with then-Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell, Palin showed frustration with scrutiny about her and her family's travel and the financial cost of ethics charges. Parnell invited Palin to a police memorial ceremony, but she was unable to attend because she was in Juneau.

"I'm damned if I do, damned if I don't. I'm condemned and scrutinized for not being here enough," she wrote.

The governor said she paid out of pocket to repay travel by her family, which was "based on bogus accusations that I traveled too much in the past," and said she paid back taxes for not being in the governor's mansion "enough" during renovations.

"This Juneau situation cost Todd and me about $35,000 recently. The double standard applied to me and my spouse keeps me from freely traveling as other govs did," she wrote.

Despite it all, Palin's aides remained fiercely loyal to her. Randy Ruaro sent an email in July 2009 simply entitled "Thank you."

"I have been asked several times in the last few years why I work so hard. It's very, very easy to work hard for someone when you

  In light of how former Governor Palin was treated, and knowing how the Republican Candidates for the Presidential nomination are treated,  how are we to trust any of the media?  Are they all paid off by the Democratics?  Are they all in bed with the Democrats?
   Do you remember the Florida reporter who really was trying to do right by Americans by asking Vice President Biden questions about President Obama?:


By: John Keitel
Joe Biden, Democratic Vice Presidential Nominee, did an interview with a Florida news station. The problem is that the Anchor asked pointed questions that the Obama campaign did not like.
The Obama campaign was now forbid any of the campaign personnel from conducting interviews with the station. This is out right censorship!
But, this is what the Democratic party does. If they feel that the environment is going to be tough then they will not participate. Fox stations have been privy to this adolescent behavior since the primaries.
The news stations have been privy to this over such a trivial issue as Barack Obama’s big ears! Obama put the outlets on notice that they were not to talk about his ears! Then it was his campaigning wife he stood up for. Something like, leave my woman alone. She was and is campaigning, that makes her fair game!
But there is no fair game when you deal with Communists, they control the game. And change rules when they see fit.
Florida WFTV reporter asked Joe Biden, “I know your in North Carolina now helping to get out the vote. Aren’t you embarrassed by the blatant attempts to register phony voters by ACORN an oorganization that Barack Obama has been tied to in the past?”
Joe Biden replied, “I am not embarrassed by it we are not tied to it we have not paid them one single penny to register a single solitary voter. We have the best get out the vote in modern history…I am embarrassed for anybody in ACOR who went out there and registered somebody who shouldn’t be registered.”
Florida WFTV reporter, ”In the past Senator Obama was an community organizer for ACORN, he was an attorney for ACORN, and cerainly in the Senate he has been a benefactor for ACORN”
Joe Biden, “How has he been a benefactor for ACORN? He was an organizer. John McCain stood before ACORN not long ago complimenting them on the great work they did. Does this make John McCain complicit in any mistake ACORN made? Come on lets get real?”
Florida WFTV reporter, ”You may recognize this famous quote, “From each according to his abilities to each according to his needs.” That’s from Karl Marx, how is Senator Obama not being a Marxist if he intends to spread the wealth around?”
Biden, “Are you joking? Is this a joke? Is that a real question? He is not spreading the wealth around he is talking about the giving the middle class an opportunity to get back the tax breaks they used to have. what is happened? Just this year, people making 1.4 million dollars average, the top 1%, good decent American people, are gonna to get a new $87 Billion tax cut. A new one on top of last year. We think the people should be getting that tax break. Are not contiuing to REDISTRIBUTE the wealth up! we think middle class tax payer should get a tax break. That’s what we think. Its a ridiculous comparison with all due respect.”
Florida WFTV reporter, ”Now you recently said “mark my words it will not be 6 months before the world tests Barack Obama.” But, what worries many people is your caviot asking them to stand with him because its not going to be apparent initially that he’s right. Are you forewarning Americans that nothing will be done and that America’s days as a leading power are over?”
“No Im not at all. I don’t know who’s writing your questions. But let me make it clear to you. The fact of the matter is that everyone has acknowledged from Colin Powell on, that the next President of the United States is going to be tested, weather its John McCain and or, or its Barack Obama. The reason is that are weakened position in the world. we’re stretched thin through out the world. Are economy is in free fall right now. And they’re going to be tested. Every President is tested. And the point I was making is that Barack Obama is better to handle whatever crisis there is going to be than John McCain. Because John was wrong in Iraq saying we’d be greeted as liberators we’d be out of there. Wrong in Afghanistan saying we have already succeeded. Wrong in North Korea saying the President shouldn’t negotiate. Barack Obama’s been right, John Mccain’s been wrong. That was my point, Barack Obama’s more ready than John McCain.”
Florida WFTV reporter, ”Getting back to the spreading the wealth question, what do you say to the people that are concerned that Barack Obama will want to turn America into a socialist country much like Sweden?
Biden, “I don’t know anybody who thinks that, except the far right wing of the Republican Party.”
These are not tough questions, they are the right questions!!!!

   America is in a sad place, allowing our government to take over our country like Hugo Chavez took over his.

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