Saturday, February 27, 2010

Letter to the Editor

In the Wall Street Journal:

Why is it that women are often other women's worst enemies? The attack by Dorothy Rabinowitz on Sarah Palin ("What Sarah Palin Doesn't Know," op-ed, Feb. 18) is but one recent example. Sarah Palin's common-sense opposition to out-of-control government spending and a mounting national debt is a prime reason she has been so successful. She speaks about these issues in a language all can understand.

I was raised during the Great Depression and know what we are in for if we continue down the path President Obama has so eloquently prepared for us. The catchy line in Ms. Palin's tea party speech "How's that hopey-changey thing working out for ya?" may have displeased Ms. Rabinowitz, but it certainly resonated with many Americans.

As for Gov. Palin running for high office at some time in the future, she had more executive experience under her belt at the time of the last election than did Mr. Obama. This fact escaped many media types who could only laud Mr. Obama's eloquence while ignoring what lay below the rhetoric.

It will be difficult for any intelligent, beautiful woman to achieve high office in this country until we get over the idea that feminine beauty, by nature, indicates a vacuous bimbo, while an inexperienced but charming man who speaks eloquently is, by definition, ready to lead this great country.

Muriel Ross
Albuquerque, N.M.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Levi Ordered to Pay Up (and Rex Butler is a PDSing Scumbag)

TMZ broke the story that Levi has to pay retroactive child support and interim child support. Court date for determining final child support is in September.

Different news outlets give you different amounts. According to TMZ, it's $1,688 per month retroactive to December 27, which would equal around $20,000, by my calculations. But TMZ says Levi has to pay back nearly $18,000. Levi's lawyer, on the other hand, tells ABC that the back child support is going to come to between 10 and 13 thousand.


Anyway, we know that he'll have to pay retroactive and interim child support. The most common figure I've seen is $18,500. Not that it matters; I just found it odd.

This came on the heels of a hearing where the judge set the September date. Bristol was at the hearing. Levi was not. Apparently, his lawyer told him it wasn't important and he didn't have to show up. The judge didn't think that was very cool.

Bristol's lawyer told RadarOnline -
She still has both physical and legal custody of their son although she has been working with Levi so that he can see him on Saturdays. The pair are communicating via text and e-mail and are deciding to put their son first – we are actively working with Levi’s lawyer to get a more regular schedule set-up and we hope to have everything in place before the next court date on September 23, 2010.

The payments amount to around $18,000 and date back to when their son was born and Levi will be paying around $1600 a month in on-going child support payments.

It should take us around two weeks to subpoena his commercial earnings after the judge granted this to us today. Bristol just wants to get on with her life as this point and is determined to raise her son in a positive and loving fashion – all parties are working together at this point.
So, Van Flein says it's around $18,000 too. One of the two lawyers apparently doesn't know how to use a calculator.

What burns my butt is this line Butler told ABC when asked about Bristol's guest appearance on tv:
"We are glad to see that she got some work. This will mean she has some income and will be more independent of her mother, and that's a good thing. And this could change some things between her and Levi."
Um, you are aware, Mr. Butler that Bristol actually has a job? Right? Has for some time now. And you are aware that your client does not have steady employment, at least not to my knowledge?

And you just can't stop yourself from slamming Sarah Palin can you? Just can't help yourself. If there's anyone who's been drawing out the tensions among the parties involved, my money says it's you. I think it's pretty clear who Levi contracted his PDS from.

What a.... well, go nuts.

Meg Stapleton Interview

About 30% of this article is garbage, IMHO. It's clear from emails I've seen that Sarah was as fierce in her loyalty to Meg as Meg was to her.

And I love how people quote "Palin insiders" or "former aides" or "Palin's family." Don't forget that Palin's family didn't even know she was going to resign. Her dad went on a local radio show not long before her announcement and said that he wanted her to run for reelection in 2010.

Bottom line: If you don't hear it straight from the horse's mouth, don't believe it.

As for aides, I'm pretty sure that Kris Perry has been with Sarah a lot longer than Meg, and she's still with her. I don't know if she's working in an official capacity, but she's there. She was with Sarah at the Daytona 500.

And a note on Facebook? Please.

Anyway, here's the interview, or the reporter's version of most of it. I wish she'd just post the straight text. Meg Stapleton talked to Shushannah Walshe about her job as spokesperson for Palin and her decision to resign:

"She is in control of her own message, Stapleton said, from her home in Alaska. "Her Facebook and Twitter is her own. I find out about Facebook and Twitter when others email me. She does it on her own. She is in control of her own message..."

Stapleton also said, echoing her former boss, that the political establishment and the media fail to understand the former Alaska governor.

"I think what some people still haven't fully embraced is that she is so different than any other politician and the politicians everyone is used to and used to reporting on have a massive infrastructure with no immediate connection and she has that immediate connection and doesn't want to lose that immediate and direct connection to the people," she said. "Reporters and others in the establishment and the elite cannot just grasp it....She thrives on that connection. It's a great asset."

"It's a great part of who she is and why people love her," she added.

A political aide who worked with Palin in Alaska noted that Stapleton did not have national experience when she embarked on the former governor's wild ride. The key to her success, this aide suggests, was also her biggest problem: She "was trying to give Palin what Palin wanted which was somebody to say, 'Yes governor, you're right.' And that was her downfall."

Stapleton counters this, saying that she did challenge her boss at times: "Everything that I did I always did knowing or feeling that it was representing the governor in the best of my abilities. Was I a 'yes' man? We challenged each other all the time, but ultimately [she did] what she felt was best."

Palin insiders say that well before her resignation, Stapleton's role was gradually being diminished, pointing out that she was not on the Going Rogue book tour and hadn't been traveling with Palin to her high-priced speaking engagements. Stapleton also was not with Palin in Alaska when she resigned, but was instead with her family in upstate New York.

Stapleton says she was not on the book tour because her husband and baby were sick with the flu and she had to be home to care for them.

She also said in the interview that she remains devoted to Palin, and that she was leaving her job simply because she wanted to spend more time with her husband and two-year-old daughter, Isabella. She said that she spoke to Palin about the balance between family and work often and that her resignation "came as no surprise" to her boss.

Palin's own views of her trusted aide's exit remain unclear. Other Palin alumni say the former governor has yet to issue a goodbye statement, or even so much as a sympathetic Facebook post.

Since Stapleton took over the media reins for Palin after her failed 2008 vice-presidential bid, the aide has been constantly at odds with the national and local press, other Republicans—and other members of the Palin camp. She raised eyebrows with her combative press releases that dealt not with state business, but with personal matters, including one that aggressively went after Levi Johnston.

"I've been criticized for responding too much and being out there too much and not responding enough," she said, declining to comment on whether her approach reflected Palin's direction.

"We responded to that which we wished to respond. And I am comfortable to the extent we communicated with the public. Everything done was always done in the governor's best interests. Did we respond to everyone? No. But statements and decisions were always collaborative efforts."

Stapleton emphatically doesn't regret their tactical decisions.

"We don't sit there and ruminate over past comments." Stapleton said. "Not everyone's going to love you. It's okay. I'm okay with people not comprehending or appreciating every single thing we did. She's okay with it."

Insiders who remain close to the former governor point out that while Stapleton refused to return and ignored phone calls from both the mainstream and conservative press, which incensed reporters, she did court entertainment shows and tabloids like Entertainment Tonight and US Weekly. This strategy came at a price: a friend of Palin's with SarahPAC knowledge said that if Stapleton had not blown off the media, "Sarah would not have had half the flack she did."

But Fred Malek, a close Palin ally who knows Stapleton well, said that Palin's success at making herself a PR phenomenon was in large part due to her spokeswoman.

"It's fair to judge by results," Malek said. "Sarah Palin has risen in both prominence and wealth. By any measure Team Palin has been a huge success and Meg has been a big part of it. Who else is there besides Sarah herself?"

Stapleton says that she is sad to leave the job and that it was a "hard, long thought-out decision," but that she is grateful to Palin for the experience and is proud of her service despite coming under attack by both Palin allies and enemies.

"I woke up every day and went to sleep every night feeling confident and comfortable knowing that I was taking care of her best as possible as I could and will wake up tomorrow feeling that way too."

Palin demands loyalty of the people around her, but as has been widely reported, that loyalty is not always returned. The political aide who Palin worked with in Alaska points out this lengthy list, "I think it's typical of Sarah Palin to run through advisors. You won't find many advisors who work for Sarah Palin for long. Meg is at the longer end of advisors who she is worked with."

This aide described Stapleton as "very dedicated," and said that she "took direction well." The aide said that Stapleton's role was to reinforce Palin's point of view and that because the former governor's decisions were often wrong, Stapleton took the blame when that "reinforcement turned wrong."

Stapleton leaves the door open for working with Palin in the future. "I am honored to have been by her side and look forward to continue helping her in any way that I can as she continues to make a difference," she said.


Hmmmm. Unnamed political aide. I'm laying odds on John Bitney. Just a guess.

Palin Articles

You can find these articles already posted up at C4P, but I wanted to post my favorite parts here, for my own archives.

First up, the Daily Caller:

I don’t doubt that people of that moral caliber exist. That integrity, that sense of loyalty to one’s ethics, that “say what you mean and mean what you say” fabric runs through so many of the people who email me every day. Maybe some of them will choose to run for office and shake up the establishment a bit. Regardless, that fabric I admire is a human one. It may be scarce—and I believe that it is—but it’s alive and well....

My readers have asked me to answer one simple question: ‘Do you think she’s just like the rest of them?’ My answer is no.

In my gut, I don’t think Sarah Palin is “just like the rest of them.” I can’t predict the future and I don’t know her personally. But I’ve listened to her speeches and her commentary. I’ve researched her record. And I’ve read her book. I spent hours interviewing many of her fans who were lined up outside her Rochester book signing. I hoped to get a sense of the Sarah Palin they believed made a night of sleeping in portable tents on concrete worthwhile.

I also had the chance to speak with Palin briefly and tell her why I was there. I saw the gratitude in her eyes for what I had done. I could tell right away that those people who slept outside were valuable to her. Not because they could likely add up to future votes or hefty PAC donations, but because they believe in her. I have no doubt that she believes in them.

I grew up in New York City. I’ve spent most of my adult days in Manhattan, including graduate school in my early 20s at Columbia University. It’s a great place to discover yourself, but let’s just say I’m no stranger to fancy discourse, intellectual doublespeak, overpriced anything and everything, and people trying to talk you into this or that on an hourly basis. I don’t quite have the naiveté that I often admire so much in others.

What I have instead is a profound appreciation for what’s real. My gut and my research tell me Palin’s not a fake.

Next up, the American Thinker:

The Democrats and the jogging canines of mainstream journalism never miss an opportunity to miss the obvious.

Allow me, then, to explain the reason -- the real reason -- why the aforementioned devote the enormous amounts of time, effort, ink, and pixels to attack one woman, Sarah Palin.

Palin is a private citizen, who does nothing but give speeches, sell books, post Facebook messages, and is a "Fox News contributor" whose only substantive "contributions" so far, from what I can see, have been to Fox News' bottom line and to her own bank account.

After all, we never saw the left direct this level of vitriol -- no, let's call it what it is, hatred -- against the likes of Ron Paul, Steve Forbes, Ross Perot, and others whose names, for good reason, I cannot recall. And, unlike Sarah Palin, these were all declared candidates, actively-campaigning for the presidency in an election year....After all, it's not like Sarah Palin could actually be elected President of the United States or anything.

Or could she?

Of course, she could, or at least the people attacking her think so. That is not to say that she will be elected or even nominated, but she could and that's clearly one reason why the left is so viciously attacking her and her alone.

This has to be a sweet irony if you're Sarah Palin: Your enemies are screaming to the rafters that you can't be elected precisely because, in their heart of hearts and brain of brains, they know that you can. The New York Times' editorial board doth protest too much.

But even that is only one factor that explains, the ferocity, the hateful, the sheer derangement of the left's anti-Palin barrage and it's not the main factor, which is this: They are powerless to stop her. And they know it.

For Democrats, it is, literally, the Fear That Dare Note Speak Its Name, the fear that Sarah Palin could indeed be elected president and that there is nothing they can do about it....

Whoever the Republicans nominate in 2012 becomes president in 2013. And that's the key word: "Republicans." Whoever the Republicans nominate....

If you're a liberal Democrat facing this prospect, you're probably thinking: "The Messiah's a goner, but if we're to have a Republican president, please, God, please, anyone but Sarah Palin. Anyone but an attractive, charismatic, principled, conservative, pro-life woman...."

Throw everything, including the kitchen sink, at her. Blast her with every crack, every criticism, every accusation, no matter how absurd, how hysterical, how rabid and irrational, and hope something sticks. Sully her good name; taint her so badly in the public's eyes that Republicans won't dare nominate her.

Either that, or turn on the TV at noon, January 20, 2013 to see Barack Obama, out after one soon-to-be-forgotten term, standing on a platform in front of the White House -- and the entire world puts her left hand on the Bible, raises her right, and repeating after Chief Justice Roberts (or reading from her palm) says:

I, Sarah Louise Palin, do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the office of the President of the United States...

Is it any wonder the Dems are going bonkers?

And last, but not least, Big Hollywood:

Perhaps never before in American history have two individuals so captured the hearts, minds and imaginations of such a wide proportion of the citizenry as have Sarah Palin and Barack Obama. Both are charismatic, charming in their own ways, in dramatic, stand-above-the-crowd fashion. Both have written best-selling autobiographies, which have mesmerized large swaths of the American public.

There, however, the similarities end.

One has been adored by the leftist-activist media brigade, which gleefully tossed away its fabled “objectivity” in order to get the candidate with whom it was both in love and in sync elected. The other has been veritably loathed by the same Ivy League-centric mandarin class which long ago forsook its working-class roots and is now actively ashamed of them.

One represents academic elitism. The other comes from a standard state university background....

One is the darling of Hollywood; the other is the butt of crass celebrity jokes....

What we have here are two philosophies fighting to the death for the soul of America, each represented by one phenomenal public figure.

Barack Obama, in keeping with international socialists throughout the last century, has proclaimed himself loudly-and-clearly a “citizen of the world.” He conducted his entire campaign as a lecture to greedy, over-consuming Americans on the necessity of propping up the lagging third world and the inherent goodness of his redistributive plans for government....

To Obama, America is the problem to the world, not the solution. He hammered away consistently at his intention to divvy up the American “pie” in international-socialist fashion, even while disingenuously peppering his talk with Reaganite calls for lowering taxes on the middle-class....Thronged by ogling, drooling, chanting Europeans on a celebrity campaign tour, Obama took great pains to paint himself as post-American....

Which brings us to Sarah Palin, his arch-foe in the public psyche.

No, Mrs. Palin holds no public office. She wields no genuine power in terms of armies or bureaucracies. She is merely a private citizen.

But Sarah Palin has arisen from the ashes of electoral defeat as the embodiment of archetypal American values, beliefs, hopes and dreams.

At present, with a “post-American” president at the helm, Sarah Palin carries the torch of liberty and American exceptionalism in the palm of her lovely hand. She is the surviving embodiment of the spirit of 1776 and the Reagan reformation....

Whichever side one is on, the stakes are clear. Nothing less than the soul of America is on the line.

Will we give up forever on the American dream and become nothing more than footnotes in the annals of failed international socialism? Or will we see an American reformation that reestablishes individual liberty and ingenuity as moral imperatives worth fighting for and preserving for our progeny?

The stakes could not be higher. And the archetypes, Palin and Obama, could not be clearer....

Two opposing world views are colliding.

And only one side can prevail.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

President Palin

Cool article on Big Hollywood:
Today, with the help of Big Hollywood’s Leigh Scott, I begin my tribute series to Governor Sarah Palin.

Scott Leigh, a horror film-maker reminiscent of my not-always-so-hard-times spent with Larry Cohen, had this to say about what the Left fears about Sarah Palin:

What they fear is that Palin would actually stick to fiscally conservative principles. She would reform the tax laws to make them fair and rational. She would clip the influence of labor unions. She would end the unholy alliance of Big Government and Big Business. She may actually extend women’s rights to choose to include how they spend their money, where they send their kids to school, and what caliber handgun they want to buy.
In short, Sarah Palin is the essence of American identity: individual freedom married to individual responsibility and, dare I say, the sacredly unique individuality vested within all of us upon conception, an American signature more indelible than that of John Hancock.

In light of the Liberally Dark Warnings about conservative homophobia, Sarah’s appearance on Greg Gutfeld’s increasingly irresistible RED EYE is de rigueur.

Right now, and unless I’m informed otherwise, the adorable Mike Huckabee is therefore “one-up” on Sarah.

Why am I not writing a series entitled President Mike Huckabee?

Sorry, Governor, but ya just can’t have babies!

There’s the nice rub … Sarah is a woman who’s almost more Catholic than the Pope, that Prince of Rome who, rather like Mike Huckabee, cannot have babies.

Giving birth, you know, is, to put such a thing into a timely context, the ultimate Olympic experience!

The Agony and the Ecstasy!!

No, I wasn’t present at the birth of my son Matthew because he was delivered by Cesarean.

Hmmm … that may account for some of his Cesarean attitudes toward me.

Sarah, mother of five and bearing the brunt of Progressively Democrat and some Republican sadism, has, indeed, seen the ultimate agonies and the ecstasies of life.

And said to them, “Bring it on!!”

That’s not only my idea of a great leader but Big Mamma herself!!

No, I’m not genetically Italian, but I have been adopted by the most infinitely Italian mother possible. She’s a diminutive Anna Magnani living in Luciano Pavarotti’s home town of Modena.

Don’t mess with her … if you know what I mean.

Don’t mess with Sarah!

That’s the message we wish to send to Red Islam, that disgusting combination of World Communism and Islamic Jihads.

It is my contention that when women become King in the democratic household it is because the English-speaking people are preparing for war.

Check Queen Elizabeth I and how she dealt with Spain!!

Henry VIII was not her father for nothing.

The children of Victoria, in a way, fought not one but two World Wars.

Sir Winston Churchill was unquestionably a Victorian and the child of his American mother Jennie Jerome.

What do great men fight and die to protect?

Their women and children!!

That is Victorian greatness.

English-speaking freedom, ladies and gentlemen, endures no dictatorships of any kind, and the American hybrid of that, Abraham Lincoln’s United States, is in a virtual Civil War with the new version of Red Islam called Progressivism.

Progressives are those pro-abortionists who wrap the veil of women’s rights around legalized murder.

They’re false prophets wrapped in sheep’s clothing.

Cunning serpents.

Since they’ve been getting away with that act for the 36 years of Roe v. Wade, it was obviously time for President Barack Obama of Harvard to show up with his very Kissingeresque long term plans for a Communist Jihadist’s version of a New World Order.

Our only complete and infinitely enduring antidote would be President Sarah Palin.

Oh, by the way, England could do well to give to President Sarah Palin the gift of Mr. Daniel Hannan as Prime Minister, in the same way we gave to Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher our previous savior of individual freedom, President Ronald Reagan.

Prime Minister Daniel Hannan and President Sarah Palin would indeed be the King and Queen of the entire English-speaking world.

That Royalty is more than enough to stop the Progressive Red Islam dead in its tracks and send that apocalyptic nightmare back to the hell from which it came.

The Truth shall set you free, scare the hell out of you and put you back into the agony and ecstasy found within ALL of God’s Children.

Oh, the recent, very Jihadist-like, kamikaze flight into the federal building in Austin, Texas?

Read the alleged suicide note if you want to know most of what there is that you must know about suicidal fate of Red Islam or the dark underbelly of the Progressive New World Order Movement.

Who could handle such Jim Jones insanity best?

President Palin and Prime Minister Hannan!

Perfume on a Pig

A day late, but appropriate given what's going on today with the health care summit:

More of the Same, Only More Expensive -

The President has wrestled control of the health care debate away from Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid by finally introducing his own plan. Unfortunately, the White House’s proposal includes everything we found untenable about the old Senate bill – only this one is even more expensive! This is what you might call putting “perfume on a pig.”

What’s in this “new” proposal? It has the unpopular (and arguably unconstitutional) individual mandate that forces people and employers to purchase health insurance – only this time with much harsher fines on employers who choose not to go along with another expensive government mandate.

It has provisions that will make employers think twice before expanding their workforce. It has cuts to Medicare Advantage, a popular program which allows seniors to pay a little more money out of pocket for better coverage. And, of course, it still has sweetheart deals – only this time they’ve been extended even more.

We don’t know what the final long-term cost of this will be because the Congressional Budget Office hasn’t had a chance to calculate costs. We do know that the White House recognizes that its proposal will cost tens of billions more over the next ten years than the already-expensive $2.5 trillion Senate bill. The President promised last July that he won’t sign a health care bill if it “adds even one dime to our deficit over the next decade.” But he’s now proposing a health care bill with uncertain fiscal repercussions that could lead to endless deficits.

The rising cost of care has driven the entire health care reform debate. So how does the President’s proposal address this central issue? Price controls. That’s right: Washington, D.C. wants to give a panel of bureaucrats the power to cap insurance premiums and prices. As Michael Cannon of the Cato Institute notes, “artificially limiting premium growth allows the government to curtail spending while leaving the dirty work of withholding medical care to private insurers.” This leads to rationing. Any economist worth his salt – including the White House’s own Larry Summers – will tell you that price controls lead to all sorts of negative unintended consequences. It’s another step towards government controlled health care and away from the real solution: free market, patient-centered reform.

With a government-growing proposal this bad, it’s no wonder the President wants bipartisan cover for it in an election year. Thursday’s health care summit is already being revealed as little more than a photo-op. The Obama administration still denies the existence of the House Republicans’ health care plan that offers alternative solutions to health care challenges – even though the White House website links right to it.

The President’s proposal doesn’t include pro-free market ideas like allowing people to buy insurance across state lines, giving individual buyers the same tax benefits as those who get insurance through their employers, or instituting real medical liability reform. Despite the “kumbaya” rhetoric, Democrats are making plans to ram this bill through the Senate using a partisan procedural maneuver that will bypass the normal bipartisan debate process.

In the meantime, the White House will continue to ignore Republican reform ideas and cast the GOP as the party of no. That’s a hard sell considering that Democrats still hold the majority in the House and Senate. The only real “gridlock” preventing Democrats from doing what they want is the very real threat of America's voice being heard at the ballot box.

The public is clearly opposed to the Democrats’ health care bills. Americans want to scrap these big-government plans and start over with common-sense, incremental reform. Some on the left have urged Democrats to vote for Obamacare because it’s a foot in the door for universal health care. They understand what’s at stake; so should the rest of us.

The President can perfume this proposal however he wants, but it still doesn’t pass the smell test. Washington should listen to Americans now, or Washington will hear us in November.

- Sarah Palin


"Meg Stapleton is a class act and one of the best people I've ever worked with. She's smart, funny, dedicated, and selfless to a fault." - Rebecca Mansour

(sniff, sniff) Meg Stapleton is leaving. (sniff, sniff) It just won't be the same without Meg.

Ah, just kidding. Kind of...

Meg had her little girl Isabella while Sarah was Governor. Ever since then, it's been full throttle and now, warp speed. And being the Governor's spokesperson isn't like being the Governor herself. The daughter can't really travel with her. So Meg's stepping aside to spend time with her little girl, and I say, good for her.

Someone really should put together a "best-of" of Meg. Someone really should. (sigh) I've got ten irons in the fire. I should probably get a few of those taken care of first. In the meantime, here's a string of my favorite vids. She's also done some great radio interviews, but this post would be really, really long if I posted those too:

And here is my personal favorite, Meg smokes the incredibly annoying Alaskan lawmaker Gara on Troopergate:

Enjoy your time off Meg. You earned it. You did good.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

A Note from the Real Sarah Palin

Cool article in Human Events by Skip Coryell:

I got a letter in the mail last week. It was from Sarah Palin. I wasn’t expecting it. After all, I don’t even know her. But, nonetheless, there it was, lying in my mailbox, a letter from Wasilla, Alaska, the office of Sarah Palin. I’ve gotten mail from lots of famous politicians in my time: George W. Bush, John McCain, George H.W. Bush, and even from Ronald Reagan himself. But all of them had two things in common: 1) They had no idea who I was, and, 2) They were asking me for money.

So I opened this letter expecting a plea for much-needed funds to advance the TEA Party agenda or to help stop the Obama socialist juggernaut from sweeping across the land like a swarm of locusts, consuming everything moral and good in its path. But Sarah from Wasilla surprised me. It was a personal letter. It said:

“Dear Skip, Thank you so much for the copies of your books and for your generosity. Todd and I were happy to receive your encouraging message and we appreciate your thoughtfulness for taking the time to write. God bless you. Thank you again and all the best to you and your family. Sincerely, Sarah Palin”

The signature was in blue ink and very impressive. I could tell she was an “A” student in school. My wife is like that too.

But there it was, a personal letter from the most popular/notorious woman in America. It was short, but still, it was personal.

As you know, I’m the Founder of the Second Amendment March, and I had written Sarah asking her to speak at our event on April 19th, 2010 in Washington D.C. The letter was hand-delivered to her house by our Alaska State Coordinator along with signed copies of all my books. (That’s right. I was sucking up to her. I figured it couldn’t hurt.)

I’m a die-hard conservative, and when I think of Sarah Palin, I shiver with both excitement and dread. You see, I read Sarah’s book Going Rogue and was very impressed. Here was a real person, a real American, with real God-fearing American values and she was in politics to boot. It excites me because I want to believe she is the real thing. It terrifies me because few people ever go to DC without being corrupted. And America just can’t afford to have another hero go bad.

I think about Sarah Palin and I wonder. Who is she? Who is the real Sarah Palin? Is she the airheaded ditz depicted by Tina Fey and the rest of the mainstream media, or is she real? I want to think the latter. I want to think she’s the strong mother who holds Trig in her arms and kisses his forehead. I want to think she reads bedtime stories to her daughter, Willow. I like to think she’s still madly in love with Todd and her marriage is healthy and strong. The hopeful part of me wants to think all those things.

But…She’s a politician… isn’t she?

I’ve always subscribed to that old adage:
Question: “How do you know when a politician is lying?
Answer: “His lips are moving.”
But is Sarah different?

Every two weeks I meet with my Second Amendment March State Coordinators via teleconference and we plan and talk about the April 19th event. A few weeks ago we were talking about the possibility of Sarah speaking at our march and I asked Len Betts, our Alaska Coordinator, if he’d seen her. The conversation went something like this:

Skip: “Len, have you seen Sarah Palin lately?”
Len: “Sure, saw her at the grocery store just yesterday.”
Skip: “What! You’re kidding me! Sarah Palin buys her own groceries!”
Len: “Of course. Sarah hasn’t changed. She’s still just like the rest of us. She’s not all snooty and she still talks to people just like she always did.”

I breathed an inward sigh of relief and that conversation brought me hope. But for how long? Everyone knows that power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.

But still…there’s that hopeful part of me that wants to believe that Sarah Palin is different. I want to believe she’s smart. I want to believe she loves her family. I want to believe that she is real. And, most importantly, I want to believe that once the people put their trust in her that she won’t change. I want to believe she’s a servant.

A few weeks ago I watched and listened as Glenn Beck interviewed her. Glenn shared the same healthy skepticism and hope that I did. I think a lot of people are like that. We want to believe, but we’ve been burned so many times before. Power does something to people. It either makes them better, or it makes them worse.

But I’m not responsible for what the rest of the country believes. I just have to figure this out for myself. What does Skip Coryell believe?

I believe that Sarah Palin is real. But the million-dollar question is: can she stay that way? For now, I’m filled with faith and hope. But then, I also believe in duty and honor and the strong serving the weak. I believe in Camelot.

Sarah from Wasilla -- don’t let me down.

Sean Duffy

I love this guy. I can't believe he's from my state.

Is Palin Too Sensitive?

Does Sarah Palin protest too much when it comes to her children? As far as I know, she hasn't gone so far as to threaten physical harm, unlike this mild-mannered President.

Here's what he wrote to a guy who gave his daughter a bad review for her lack of talent as a singer:

Mr Hume:

I've just read your lousy review of Margaret's concert. I've come to the conclusion that you are an "eight ulcer man on four ulcer pay."

It seems to me that you are a frustrated old man who wishes he could have been successful. When you write such poppy-cock as was in the back section of the paper you work for it shows conclusively that you're off the beam and at least four of your ulcers are at work.

Some day I hope to meet you. When that happens you'll need a new nose, a lot of beefsteak for black eyes, and perhaps a supporter below!

Pegler, a gutter snipe, is a gentleman alongside you. I hope you'll accept that statement as a worse insult than a reflection on your ancestry.


Mr. Truman, seriously. Your daughter can't handle one bad review? I mean, come on, it's kind of true. She does sound more like a cow than a soprano. Where's your sense of humor? And how dare you threaten the well-being of a private citizen. You're not fit for office!

Next time someone says that Palin's too sensitive or thin-skinned when it comes to her children, remind them of Harry S Truman and ask why it was okay for him, but not for her.

Is Palin Serious Enough to Be President?

Answer: Honestly, would you have thought that this guy was up for the job?

No wonder they called him an amiable dunce.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Iron Dog, Tripp, and Other Things....

Sarah Palin tweets:
Rough & tough trail, Team#22 made gallant effort; broken parts have 'em now cheering on rest of IronDoggers still in race! Great job, great sports.
The Vice-President of the Iron Dog and Scott Davis went on Eddie Burke's radio show today to talk about this year's race and what happened to the Davis/Palin team. Eddie also addresses the fact that, contrary to early reports, Sarah Palin was indeed at the race to see her husband off. Scott Davis is in part two. It's kind of hard to understand him. The phone must have been kinda bad:

$50,000 dollars? Wow. That's dedication. You have to really love snowmachining to pony up that kind of money and the kind of time it takes to prepare. Not to mention the danger involved. Team #22 isn't the only team that's bitten the dust, and I'm sure more will scratch before it's all over. Bad weather.

Scott was going around 80 mph on the river when he hit a roadbump and went flying.


In other news, I've been linked. Stacy wrote a piece on Tripp's health insurance and referred readers back here for more on the Native American side of the story. His post is here. Some interesting stuff that I never thought of before.

Oh, what else is going on. Newsweek actually came down on Sarah Palin's side in the Family Guy controversy:

The problem with the conversation surrounding the Family Guy episode is that it presupposes that people fall into one of two categories: those who think the joke was funny because they weren't offended by it, and those who think the joke wasn't funny because they were. I didn't find the joke funny, not because it was insensitive to people with Down syndrome or to Sarah Palin, but because it just wasn't funny. Like, as a joke.....

It's overgenerous to call what Family Guy does satire because it's not terribly smart. It only passes for satire for people who don't have enough interest in the news to watch Jon Stewart or Steven Colbert.

The Palin joke is the laziest kind of topical humor, the kind that trades on obvious, surface information: "So, Clinton had to have heart surgery again. Maybe he should lay off all those greasy hamburgers he enjoys so much!" Simply restating a fact in a different context, like the fact that Palin has a child with Down syndrome, isn't funny, even if you dislike Palin or disagree with her politics.

There's a lot to like about Family Guy; the arcane pop-culture references kill me, as does anything that features a talking baby. But if MacFarlane is going to climb into Palin's sandbox, he's going to have to equip himself with much sharper material.

Okay, so it's not exactly in the tank for Sarah Palin, but if Newsweek doesn't think that it's cool, that doesn't bode well for MacFarlane.

Iron Dog Update - UPDATED

Tracey Porreca has a cool account of the Iron Dog and a link to some pics of this year's race start. Palin/Davis team from this year pictured above.

There was some concern that Scott Davis had crashed and hurt his back. You can follow some of the concern here, on Eddie Burke's Twitter:

I have rode w/ scott davis many times and hes the best! been doing it since he was kid! motocross too. hes tough and will make it if he can.

it appears frm my exp running the race that Todd and Scott are @ Puntilla lk..takin layovr ..leaders are pushing to McGrath for layovr

it all jives now! scott crash on river.prob lots ice heavs! sleeping in Puntilla lk to rest and push fwd n morning>. hopefully???

they went to Puntilla lk then machines are ok! scott is prob sore, but still pressing forward.. scotts tough he will make it.

IronDog Fb comment: Looks like it was Davis's handlebar that was damaged. Crashed going into Skwentna.
As far as anyone knows, Team 22 is taking a layover in Puntilla and will hopefully be back on the trail in the morning.

According to the Frontiersman, conditions are bad this year. While it's dumping snow in Washington D.C., it's all melty up in Alaska. More dirt in some places than snow. This year, it's about getting across the finish line in one piece.


You've probably heard by now that the Davis/Palin team scratched. Apparently, Davis got roughed up a bit and the snowmachine got roughed up even more. Major Bummer. These guys train all winter for this race. But, it's better to rest and heal and come back next year than to screw something up permanently.

Apparently, a few teams are having to scratch, with probably more to come. Conditions are just not good this year.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Hockey and Pics

What I wouldn't give to be watching a hockey game right now...

Is it me, or is the 'Cuda excited about something?


Faceoff, skate & USA scores! Sweet start in Olympic hockey game vs Canada - could be epic! Tune in to a great contest that matters today.

U-S-A!!! 4-2 in the 3rd. 12 min remain in what could be a miraculous run for US Olympic Hockey Team... red, white & blue = making us proud!

YES!!! USA. 5-3 with 44 seconds to go... YES AMERICA!!! Sweeeeeet...
And on Facebook:

Congratulations to Team USA’s men’s hockey team for a sensational game this evening. We needed this! It made us so proud to be fans of this team, this sport, and this great country. America's Olympic team of hard working, selfless team players – with no individual superstars – is an inspiring story for all. Now on to the next chapter in this great sports story…

Go Team USA!

- Sarah Palin

Yep. Between this and the Iron Dog start, I'd say she's happy.

Trig's a fan! Go IronDoggers - be safe, ride hard, have fun lovin' Alaska's great outdoors.
Good day for the sports-lover. In other news, thought I'd share a few pics I found on Team Sarah. Taken at the Tea Party Convention.

This little boy had Down Syndrome. He was from Peru.

And here's Sarah in Redding:

Tripp's Health Insurance

Todd Palin's Y'upik grandmother

Did you hear? Sarah Palin's grandchild is on government health care. That hypocrite!

Okay, first of all, the operative word is "grandchild." As in, not her primary responsibility.

Where is this all coming from? Some of the latest court documents in the Bristol/Levi custody case found here. It deals mainly with the child support issue. On page 8, we read this:

In addition to his request for accommodations based on his career choice, Mr. Johnston asks the Court to deduct $300 a month of his child support obligation for providing health insurance for Tripp.... There are two reasons why this request should be rejected:

First, Levi has never paid for any health insurance. One cannot seek a deduction for costs or support one has never paid.

Second, this insurance is unnecessary. Tripp is an enrolled tribal member of Curyung Tribal Council within the Bristol Bay Native Association consortium...The majority of Tripp's health care costs are already covered by IHS and the Alaska Native Medical Center, Mr. Johnston has no need to purchase additional health insurance and this deduction should not be allowed.

As you can see, the point of the passage is that Levi hasn't paid for any health insurance, nor does he have to, so a deduction for that is ridiculous.

But beyond that, the larger issue has become the supposed hypocrisy of Sarah Palin because her grandson has government health care. Um, you do know that this is because of Tripp's Native American ancestry, right? Whatever happened to the Left screaming at the top of their lungs about how we bad Whiteys stole the land from the Native Americans?

One of the commentors over at C4P has worked as a doctor with Native American tribes. This is what he had to say:

I worked for Indian Health.

The Indian Health Service is a part of the Public Health service. The commander is the Surgeon General. It is the sixth branch of the military in peace time. In the time of war it becomes part of the Coast Guard. More PHS doctors were killed in VietNam than any other branch of the service.

By serving with the PHS and IHS as a volunteer enlistee, I am an honorably discharged veteran. During the Iranian hostage crisis, I was put on standby to be shipped out to the Middle East.

The Indian Health Service (IHS) provides care for the Native Americans through their treaties. Health care was offered in exchange for giving up their lands. There is nothing socialized about this. The tribes bought their health care by giving up their lands.

One hundred years later, the white people are paying for health care that costs more than they ever expected. The Natives peoples are seeing oil and gas removed that they never knew existed.

Socialism is a redistribution of wealth. This is not socialism.

I believe the only member of the Palin Family who is not an enrolled Native American is Sarah Palin herself. This is an interracial couple, no matter what the left wants to say.

Part of being enrolled may vary from tribe to tribe. I had a patient who was part Hoh Tribe. She ran a general store on the reservation for 40 years and was good to the people. They asked her to be enrolled.

O/T and then there was the electrician who ran wiring out to the outhouse for his wife. They built a statue for him because he was the first person to wire a head for the reservation.

So just what is the Native American heritage of the Palin children? This article tells the story:

Todd Palin's 87-year-old Yup'ik grandmother, grew up living between two worlds. Her father was a Dutchman, Glass Eye Billy Bartman, a sled dog freighter in the Bristol Bay region and caretaker of the Alaska Packers saltry on the Igushik River."

Her mother was full-blooded Yup'ik, growing up in a sod-roofed barabara in the now-abandoned village of Tuklung, somewhere on the tundra between Dillingham and Togiak...

Lena Andree is one-half Yup'ik, and Todd Palin is one-eighth.

The Palin children are Native, too -- one-sixteenth, eligible for Indian health benefits under federal law, as lineal descendants of Native enrollees under the 1970 Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act....

Well, there ya go. Health care in exchange for land, oil, etc.... A barter, if you will. And kind of a lopsided one, at that.

It just cracks me up that those on the Left, the supposed arbiters of social justice, are against this.

Some say that Sarah Palin wasn't kind to the Native tribes as Governor. I'm not going to get into a long-winded argument about that because I haven't researched it, but are you telling me that Tripp Palin should be denied the benefits of his ancestry because of something his grandmother did?

Blood is thicker than water.

On a sidenote, also highlighted in the court documents is the obvious fact that Bristol has only thus far asked for interim child support. In other words, support retroactive from this last year in which Levi has hardly paid anything, plus support until the court makes a final decision on the amount for the future.

The interim request is based on Levi's income in 2009. Those horrible subpoenas that Bristol's lawyer is issuing are to discover what Levi has made in the past to better figure out what the child support should be in the future.

This is how cases work. She demands an amount, you try to get less, she tries to find out your income, etc... And hopefully, the end result is a fair outcome for all parties. It's a back and forth. So quit whining.

And by the way, the burden of changing child support payments due to revised income lies on Levi's shoulders, not Bristol's. If he gets a job that only pays $25,000 a year, it's up to him to file papers for a modification of his child support payments.

So Levi, man up and quit crying about how much Bristol is asking for. Your ex-honey is raising your kid, not to mention, she has a job. And quit sending your pathetic sister out to whine for you. No wonder Bristol dumped your butt. You have some major growing up to do.

Happy Sunday!

Iron Dog kick-off day. You should be able to track the race here.

Predictably, today's videos focus on Todd:

And, come on, how sweet is this: