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July 9th 2009

Arguing On Thin Ice

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alin-bashers are jumping on a post in Greg Sargent’s The Plum Line that supposedly debunks one of Sarah Palin’s primary stated reasons for resigning – the burden the endless, phony, Dem-fired ethics claims are putting on the state’s budget, which is already teetering from lower oil revenues.

Here’s what she said:

Political operatives descended on Alaska last August, digging for dirt. The ethics law I championed became their weapon of choice. Over the past nine months I’ve been accused of all sorts of frivolous ethics violations – such as holding a fish in a photograph, wearing a jacket with a logo on it, and answering reporters’ questions.

Every one – all 15 of the ethics complaints have been dismissed. We’ve won! But it hasn’t been cheap – the State has wasted THOUSANDS of hours of YOUR time and shelled out some two million of YOUR dollars to respond to “opposition research” – that’s money NOT going to fund teachers or troopers – or safer roads. And this political absurdity, the “politics of personal destruction” … Todd and I are looking at more than half a million dollars in legal bills in order to set the record straight. And what about the people who offer up these silly accusations? It doesn’t cost them a dime so they’re not going to stop draining public resources – spending other peoples’ money in their game.

And here’s the dismissal of the claim by Sargent:

But David Murrow, a spokesperson for the Governor, said in an interview that much of this money was budgeted to the lawyers in advance and would have gone to them anyway, even if state lawyers hadn’t been defending against these ethics complaints.

In response to our questions, the Governor’s office provided us with a detailed breakdown of the millions Palin has claimed has gone to defending against ethics complaints. It does list roughly $1.9 million in expenditures.

But Murrow, the spokesperson, acknowledged to our reporter, Amanda Erickson, that this total was arrived at by adding up attorney hours spent on fending off complaints — based on the fixed salaries of lawyers in the governor’s office and the Department of Law. The money would have gone to the lawyers no matter what they were doing. The complaints are “just distracting them from other duties,” Murrow said.

We can assume, given the harsh spending cuts Palin has imposed since oil revenues dropped, that the state attorneys’ budget was established because there was a certain level of caseload that needed their attention. State attorneys’ case loads are not the sort of thing you can put off until another day. Draft bills and regulations have to be reviewed by a date certain to keep up with schedules that are set in law; only so many days are allotted for appeals to be filed and writs to be responded to.

Sargent doesn’t ask how the state attorneys managed to deal with that while fighting back the wave of frivolous ethics claims, and where the money came from to handle it. Such subtleties are lost on the Left as evidenced by this intro to Sargent’s post in one Leftyblog:

Far be it from me to call Sarah Palin a liar.

I kid. It’s not far or be it or from me at all. I call her a liar on a regular basis. See, Miss Personality Disorder? See how I did that? See how easy it is to tell the truth?

And off the blogger tramps into the quotes I cited above.

Sargent is right on one score: There is one pot of attorney budget money and another set of pots for “teachers or troopers – or safer roads,” so you can’t draw a bright line connecting them, as Palin did in a bit of harmless rhetoric. But in a state like Alaska, which is struggling to fill a $1.25 billion budget shortfall, you can’t blow out one area of the budget without having impacts elsewhere.

The larger question is why weren’t the media asking questions about who was bringing these ethics claims, why they were doing it, and how they justified the costs incurred by taxpayers as a result.

It’s clear Palin saw herself as a target, and a rather costly one at that.  None of this was her doing, as the defeated ethics challenges prove. It is the fault of the hate-mongering Left, and for a small-budget state like Alaska that’s fighting deficits, expensive targets are unquestionably a burden. But, as usual, the Left is skipping along, believing themselves to be utterly blame-free.

hat-tip: memeorandum

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July 8th 2009

Just Can’t Stop That Palin Bashing

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here did Time magazine go to find such a nasty picture of Arnold and such a smug one of Sarah?  Probably not too far because their photographers are trained to shoot uncomplimentary shots of Republicans and wonderful shots of Dems.

But I digress.

The new Time is using these two photos over a lead story on its Web homepage titled, After California, which states are in the most peril? Given Palin’s proximity to that headline, you’d guess Alaska would be right up there, right?

No you wouldn’t; you’re smarter than that.  And you’re right. Alaska is mentioned, but it’s fleeting as a summer breeze in Nome.

Two of the worst-off states by that [revenue shortfall] count are Alaska and Nevada. Each of them will need to spend 30% more than what state tax officers think they’ll be collecting. And neither has a state income tax, relying on oil and tourism taxes, respectively, for most of their revenues.

While the Left has been quick to pounce on this, the fact is the state is projecting a $1.25 billion shortfall because of volatility in oil prices – decidedly downward volatility – but has reserves of $6.8 billion, so unlike California, it won’t be sending out any IOUs any time soon.  Plus, she’s doing her part to manage it, recommending cuts of $268.6 million, an additional $17 million in reductions to state departments’ budgets, and has implemented a salary freeze.

And the Time article goes on to say Nevada, Vermont, New York, New Jersey and Washington all have problems at least as bad and in some cases much worse. (Especially those states with Dem govs.)

Yet there she is, pictured with Arnold.  It’s obvious the anti-Palin media bias is alive and well.  (And it’s also obvious that editors will put readership about fairness any day.  Would you be inclined to read a story with David Patterson’s or Jim Douglas’ mug on it?)

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June 11th 2009

Apologies From Hell: Violent Pedophile Humor Dept.

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avid Letterman has apologized for suggesting that Sarah Palin’s daughter “got knocked up” by Alex Rodriguez during the 7th inning stretch at a Yankee game.  For those of you who have been visiting Pyongyang, here is the original, er, joke:

The fact that Willow, 14, attended the game, not Bristol, 18, was highly publicized on New York media and was common knowledge from New York to SoCal – but Letterman would like us to think that the Palin-bashers on his writing team were unaware, explaining:

We were, as we often do, making jokes about people in the news and we made some jokes about Sarah Palin and her daughter … and now they’re upset with me….  These are not jokes made about her 14-year-old daughter. I would never, never make jokes about raping or having sex of any description with a 14-year-old girl…. Am I guilty of poor taste? Yes. Did I suggest that it was okay for her 14-year-old daughter to be having promiscuous sex? No.

He then says he hopes he’s “cleared part of this up,” and graciously extends an invitation to Sarah Palin to be a guest on his show.  Why Sarah? Why not Bristol? Or Willow?

Let’s trust the flamingly liberal Letterman at his word (just pretend we’re fools who have suspended all knowledge of liberal behavior). Then we have to accept that making fun of the young (18) children of political candidates is acceptable.  Sasha and Malia, watch out; you could be next! Not. Ever. Redirecting the joke after the fact to Bristol protects Letterman from being a verbal pedophile, but it does not extend any modicum of good taste or decency to the man.

It’s hard to accept that no one on the Letterman team knew it was Willow at the game. This is almost certainly a weasley lie to cover up dispicable behavior – behavior that got a lot of laughs from his similarly dispicable audience.

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January 16th 2009

Sarah Palin’s Big Romance

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ust when you were starting to really miss Sarah Palin … I know you were, don’t fake it! … The Week has published the results of its Sarah Palin writing contest.

Don’t click away!  The contest didn’t call for essays on heavy policy stuff like foreign policy with a view of Russia or liberal elitism meets real America; no, the contest is much more interesting: Write the first paragraph of a romance novel starring the diva of the frozen north.

Francey Potter of Arizona (so far, far removed from Alaska!) penned the third-place entry:

She came from the land to the north, a cold, rugged, wild land, not unlike Scotland, his ancestral home. The moment Mac spied her he knew, without a second of hesitation, that he had to have her. With her tousled, upswept hair and her radiant smile, she would be his perfect mate. He also knew, deep down in that dark and secret place within him, that their journey together would be heartbreakingly brief, and that for him, the end would not be good.

For so-so second place and the truly terrific first place entry, click through to The Week.

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December 21st 2008

Sunday Scan: Pre-Christmas Edition

How You Gonna Grow The Middle Class, Joe?

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ecent news reports tell us that Joe Biden’s big job in the Obama administration will be to increase the size of his much-loved middle class.  Just one question, Joe:

How much are you going to do that by lifting the poor up to the middle class, and  how much are you going to do it by taxing the wealthy down to it?

Just wondering …

Peanut Nutty

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ecently a school bus in an unnamed U.S. school district has hastily evacuated, then fully decontaminated. Why? Sarin gas? Smallpox pores? No, a peanut was seen on the floor. What hope do we have that our children will get a sensible education if education is in the hands of people who evacuate and decontaminate school buses because of a peanut?

As I usually do when confronted with a story I like, I turn to Stats Blog, where I found another example:

At this time of year many municipal elementary schools in the United States, including the one attended by my children, raise money by selling wrapping paper and candy. This year parents in our school were told that they could no longer pick up their purchases from their children’s classrooms. Instead they had to pick up their orders from a loading dock at specified times, to avoid a danger to the children.

The danger? Some of the orders contained sealed tins of festive nuts. Out of an overabundance of caution the school decided not to allow any of the items on the premises.

Sealed containers!  In the hands of adults!  What are they afraid of, that a child with a peanut allergy and utterly no self-control will beat a teacher paralyzed by fear of physically restraining a child, rip the tin open, and commit suicide by nut?

This allergy is just nuts,” by Nicholas A. Christakis, professor of medical sociology, Harvard Medical School, in the latest issue of the British Medical Journal, which is excerpted above.  Christakis goes on to say:

About 3.3 million Americans are allergic to nuts, and even more – 6.9 million – are allergic to seafood. However, all told, serious allergic reactions to foods cause just 2,000 hospitalisations a year (out of more than 30 million hospitalisations nationwide). And only 150 people (children and adults) die each year from all food allergies combined.

That’s about the same as the number of people in the U.S. killed by lightening each year. Should we ban thunderstorms? Continue Reading »

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December 15th 2008

Sloppy AP Reporting Targets Gays For Church Fire

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et’s put the shoe – OMG! What a cute, cute shoe! – on the other foot, shall we?  If Rev. Wright’s church was burned in a probable arson and AP arbitrarily jammed in a paragraph about some conference held there that was particularly irritating to white conservatives, implying we were the fire-setters, wouldn’t we holler?

So there’s no reason to be surprised when the gay community took offense at this passage in the AP coverage of the disastrous fire at Sarah Palin’s former church in Wasilla:

The 1,000-member evangelical church was the subject of intense scrutiny after Palin was named John McCain’s running mate. Early in Palin’s campaign, the church was criticized for promoting in a Sunday bulletin a Focus on the Family “Love Won Out Conference” in Anchorage. The conference promised to “help men and women dissatisfied with living homosexually understand that same-sex attractions can be overcome.”

Why indeed should AP tag gays, lesbians, transgenders, transsexuals, bisexuals, trisexuals, gender-confused, queens, trixes and any others I apologize to for leaving out for the fire?  It’s just as likely to have been a riled up abortion hawk, a violent pacifist, a coven of witches, a wardrobe-jealous recessionista, William Ayres or any number of people far more off the deep end than your run-of-the-mill gay.

Heck, maybe Karl Rove set it just to get people mad at the far left kooks – did you think about that, AP?

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November 23rd 2008

Sunday Scan – 11/23/08

Hot! Hot! Not!

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t’s one of those cognitive dissonance moments: They tell you this October was the hottest October ever recorded – excuse the pandering Paris photo – and you’re asking yourself, “Yeah, but wasn’t I freezing my fanny off for most of the month?” Yes you were, and you should believe your fanny, not Warmie “scientists,” who live to feed bogus data into the global warming industrial machine.

Fortunately, they don’t get away with this malarkey like they used to. Here’s Christopher Booker from the UK Telegraph, with emphasis added by Okie:

A surreal scientific blunder last week raised a huge question mark about the temperature records that underpin the worldwide alarm over global warming. On Monday, Nasa’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS), which is run by Al Gore’s chief scientific ally, Dr James Hansen, and is one of four bodies responsible for monitoring global temperatures, announced that last month was the hottest October on record.

This was startling. Across the world there were reports of unseasonal snow and plummeting temperatures last month, from the American Great Plains to China, and from the Alps to New Zealand. China’s official news agency reported that Tibet had suffered its “worst snowstorm ever”. In the US, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration registered 63 local snowfall records and 115 lowest-ever temperatures for the month, and ranked it as only the 70th-warmest October in 114 years.

So what explained the anomaly? GISS’s computerised temperature maps seemed to show readings across a large part of Russia had been up to 10 degrees higher than normal. But when expert readers of the two leading warming-sceptic blogs, Watts Up With That and Climate Audit, began detailed analysis of the GISS data they made an astonishing discovery. The reason for the freak figures was that scores of temperature records from Russia and elsewhere were not based on October readings at all. Figures from the previous month had simply been carried over and repeated two months running.

As the Okie says,

Innocent error, or intentional manipulation of the data sets because the reality of the situation just doesn’t fit into the Anthropogenic Climate Change catechism? Shoot, I don’t know. But, the Global Warming proponents have been willing to use funny numbers before. At the very least it’s sloppy work that went unnoticed by GISS because the information was exactly what they wanted to see.

Yup. And there’s much, more more. Read the Okie’s post. Continue Reading »

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November 5th 2008

Sarah Palin For RNC Chair

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ho energized the conservative Republican base?

Who got millions to open their wallets and purses and contribute big bucks to the campaign?

Who stood up to corrupt, sold-out, old-school party hacks and demanded a new, greater level of integrity?

Who best manifests the conservative principles we need to get back to in order to leave the political wilderness?

Who can we trust to speak unflinchingly and apologetically on behalf of American conservatism?

There’s only one clear choice for the new head of the Republican National Committee – the Governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin.

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October 26th 2008

Sunday Scan – 10/26/08

Mysteries Of Evolution

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ere’s a story that might give Darwin pause:

Amoebas glide toward their prey with the help of a protein switch that controls a molecular compass, biologists at the University of California, San Diego have discovered.

Their finding, recently detailed in the journal Current Biology, is important because the same molecular switch is shared by humans and other vertebrates to help immune cells locate the sites of infections.

The amoeba Dictyostelium finds bacteria by scent and moves toward its meal by assembling a molecular motor on its leading edge. The active form of a protein called Ras sets off a cascade of signals to start up that motor, but what controlled Ras was unknown.

Amoeba have a sense of smell? They know how to build a molecular motor? Darwin certainly never suspected a single-cell critter could have all that!

It requires more faith to believe such a complex system can evolve out of the primordial mud than it takes to believe the amoeba is part of God’s design. Continue Reading »

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October 22nd 2008

What If They Hadn’t Bought The Palin Wardrobe?

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ood luck finding anyone on the sane side of this campaign who’s happy that the GOP spending $150,000 on Sarah Palin’s wardrobe.  No one is.  But that doesn’t make it a bad decision.

First, McCain/Palin reported the expense and were up-and-up about it.  It’s up to the lawyers and regulators to haggle out its legitimacy, and if there’s any question, a quickly pulled together charity auction of the Palin suits and accessories will certainly raise more than $150,000 for charity.  Done deal.

But that must makes the move legal, not wise.  What makes it wise is this:

The Alaska-shoppin’ Sarah Palin was an utter and complete fashion disaster.  Can you imagine what the media and leftyblogs would have said if Palin had hit the campaign trail in her Wasilla-purchased finest?  The campaign knew that the Palin wardrobe was a political disaster in the making.  They knew what would happen if they rolled out this Sarah Palin:  a laugh fest,  endless parodies, loud mocking, nasty gossipy news coverage.  Well, we’re getting that even with the new wardrobe.  It would have been much, much worse without the helpful intervention of Neiman and Marcus.

So the crazy, vicious Left forced the campaign’s hand, and now that it’s out, they’re howling in outrage.  Why do they always get to butter both sides of their bread?  Why is it so difficult for the McCain camp to portray the Left and the Leftist media for what they are?

And, by the way, the original Politico report was just another Palin Derangement Syndrome hatchet job.  Here’s the pivotal part of the entire report … where is it now … oh, there it is … way down in paragraph 13:

A review of similar records for the campaign of Democrat Barack Obama and the Democratic National Committee turned up no similar spending.

A review of similar records.  Reporter Jeanne Cummings (it had to be a woman writing, huh?) was sitting on such a choice, catty story she couldn’t risk screwing it up by finding out that the Obama campaign had in fact purchased clothing but not reported it.  No, folks, there’s no show of reportorial curiosity here; no evidence of actually picking up the phone and calling the Obama campaign with a few directed questions.  Cummings just took their word for it.

She took the word of the man who sat in Rev. Wright’s church for 20 years and never heard anything anti-American, et. seq. ad infinitim.

Update:  Thanks to Bookworm for this info:  According to The Weekly Standard, the over-the-top podium get-up for the Dem National Convention cost $140,000.  Who got the better deal here, the GOP that continues to benefit from Palin’s ongoing and well-dressed appearances, or the DNC, which turned off millions with the whole Greek column thing?

Funny thing, though … I don’t remember the media jumping all over the DNC for its podium expenses.

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