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Legislative Session Required to Confirm New Alaska Lt. Governor. Isn’t That ‘Special?’

Legal opinion is in, and a special session of the Alaska state legislature looms.  Yup, that means that in all likelihood, this pack of hearty souls who have had to endure what must have felt like the longest gubernatorial partial term in the history of ever….isn’t done yet. 

The Commissioner of the Department of Corrections who, for some reason, was chosen and accepted the #3 spot in gubernatorial succession has decided he’d rather not have the job of Lt. Governor after all.  Not that anyone necessarily blames him.  Even he recognizes that Sarah Palin’s former high school buddy suddenly plopped in the Lt. Governor’s chair might look a little… untoward.  After stating that he had no idea Palin was going to quit, he’s reluctantly agreed to fill the spot until all the beaten and bruised souls in the legislature, who finally got sprung to go do some summer recreating get sucked back in to the drama for a special session.

When Palin made her now infamous “I Quit! But Darn it, I’m Not a Quitter” speech on the shores of Lake Lucille, she stated that Commissioner of Military and Veterans Affairs Craig Campbell would be “assuming ” the role of Lt. Governor.  You know what they say about assuming. 

It should also be noted that in her stated desire to save the state money, by appointing someone who has not been confirmed, and necessitating a special session, she may be costing the state hundreds of thousands of dollars.

The House Judiciary Committee plans to hold a confirmation hearing July 20 — six days before Parnell is sworn in — though it takes both the House and Senate to confirm a candidate.

“The governor quit and went fishing,” Judiciary Chair Jay Ramras, R-Fairbanks, said in a statement Wednesday. “Governor Palin failed to leave specific instructions, so the Legislature is stepping in to bring order to the constitutional chaos she created.”

Rep. Ramras apparently does not subscribe to Palin’s “Leadership through Abandonment” philosophy of state government. 

In the days since she announced she’ll be qui…. stepping down, one would think she’s been burning the midnight oil with the new team to make sure that all the loose ends are tied up, and that there will be a smooth transition to governor-in-training Sean Parnell, and that she’s done everything she needs to do for the state.  Well, actually…  She has ‘gone fishing,’ working at the family commercial fishing business in Dillingham, and is on some sort of an odd farewell tour of rural Alaska, doing things like honoring animal caregivers in McGrath, flying over burn areas, and quoting Plato.

Sarah PalinAKGovSarahPalinSo AK kids: take time to take your parents fishing: “You learn more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation” -Plato

Palin’s chief of staff Mike “I hope citizen ethics complaint filers experience “backlash” Nizich has called Rep. Ramras’ comments that the governor went fishing, and left the legislature in the lurch “irresponsible,” and stated that “she’s in contact with the office, just like normal.”  Just like normal?  That should make us all feel better.

Under ordinary circumstances,  the legislature would not be in session again until January of 2010.  And if they convene before then, there are other matters that can be brought to the table, the most notable of which is a vote to override Palin’s veto of $28 million in stimulus funds for weatherization projects.  They need a 75% vote in joint session to override.  And heck, since they’re all there anyway, how about a nice quick impeachment vote?

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208 Responses to “Legislative Session Required to Confirm New Alaska Lt. Governor. Isn’t That ‘Special?’”
  1. Moose Pucky says:

    That must mean that the feds are not allowing an extension of time for the legislature to override the stimulus money veto until next legislative session–which the legislators were hoping for.

    We need stimulus money for energy conservation as soon as possible.

    Can Sean Parnell accept the stimulus money? Will he?

  2. Geneva FreeSpeech says:

    How much does it cost to hold a special session? Can’t be cheap.
    Can you bill her for the session? I know you can’t, but one can dream…
    Is she managing to cost the state a lot of real money while getting all fake-sacrificial about the cost of the ethics claims? (Is she moving from pit bull to passive-aggressive?)

  3. Terpsichore says:

    So then, what’s up with this headline at ADN today (2nd story)”

    “Special session may be needed to override energy veto
    ENERGY MONEY: Federal officials say they don’t want to wait until January.

    By DAN JOLING
    The Associated Press

    Published: July 9th, 2009 04:51 PM
    Last Modified: July 9th, 2009 11:23 PM

    Alaska lawmakers may be forced into a special session if they want to override Gov. Sarah Palin’s veto of federal energy conservation money.”

    Special session is being called because the AK legs want to override veto?

    I thought it was because without a Special Session AK wouldn’t have a Lt. Gov.?

    WTF?

  4. benlomond2 says:

    ….uuuhhh dumb question..if the legislature DOESN’T confim Sarah’s appt for LT Gov…..what then ? Does she rescend her resignation until she appts one that’s acceptable to them ??

  5. sjk from the belly of the plane says:

    saurkraut and sally, you want a LINK? Sure!

    “Palin is about to be indicted for insurance fraud. She is not the mother of Baby Trig; but claimed the maternity benefits for his birth. ”

    http://www.bradblog.com/?p=7289

  6. Bretta says:

    Dave L chronicling: What did SP do today? [with footage]

    1. went snowmachining with Todd
    2. relaxed by the pool with her pet moose

  7. Bretta says:

    Dave tried to give SP advice about having her own TV show. “You really have to watch what you say.”

  8. Bretta says:

    #172 izzielish @July 9th, 2009 at 7:52 PM
    when Parnell takes over will he get an inaugural ball?
    * *
    Dunno, but I am positive he will “avoid the appearance of impropriety” in all his actions.
    * *
    . . . but, geez, Parnell is going to be a let down after Palin.
    * *
    Frankly, I can hardly wait.
    * *
    I hope he isn’t planning to run for governor on 2010. . .
    * *
    He already said he would run.
    * *
    As far as Palin goes . . . how is she ever going to get that kind of intense attention ever again?
    * *
    Don’t know Don’t care … but I’m positive we haven’t seen the last of her unless she gets a civil or criminal indictment or worse.

  9. Closet Mudpup says:

    AKMFan

    Parnell is a conservative Republican, he has been a lobbyist for big oil and mining, he belongs to Palin’s church, and he was in church with her for her witch hunter blessing. I don’t see much chance that he’s just been playing along.

  10. hawk says:

    I’ve talked to a number of people who know Parnell and none of them have had anything good to say about him.. Of course none of them thought he could possibly be any worse than what we’ve just gone thru but they are both cut from the same religious zealot mold. He used to be a big oil lobbyist, so I’m sure Exxon, BP and Conoco Phillips will be happy he’s in there

  11. AKMFan says:

    I have a wacky hypothesis to float by people here. I’m not sure how I feel about it myself, but it’s something that came to me as I was reading posts on this thread about the Lt. Gov confirmation and whether it’s Parnell or Palin that chooses etc.

    Not being from Alaska, the only thing I know about the politicians there is what I read here and various and sundry other places (blogs, news etc. Mostly progressive/left-leaning, but a few right leaning (nothing super scary like the Sea and the maeT etc)).

    With those disclaimers in place, I offer the following:

    From what I have read about Parnell, he seems like a “go along to get along” kinda guy for the most part. I think Phil at PA described him as “putting the “lack” in lackluster”.

    What if because he’s a go along to get along kinda dude and because he’s seen Buttercup in action for the last 2 years (probably longer since it seems he’s been in politics for many years so may know of her from her other govt stints) he’s saying what he *needs* to say to not find himself under the bus with everyone else.

    What if (and as I type this it sounds way more fanciful than it did when I was just tossing it around in my head) he actually wants to make some changes, but knows that he needs to bide his time to be able to do that.

    Maybe for the next 3 weeks he NEEDS to tow the Buttercup line, that much is clear to anyone with eyes and a brain. There is still plenty of time to stuff more people under the bus and being all “maverick-y” and “not wired that way-y” and “no more politics as usual-y”, nothing is really stopping her heinous from unquitting if she feels like her royal plan will not be carried about by the individual she has deemed her worthy successor.

    Maybe Parnell thinks (knows) that any show of not being a total Team Buttercup team player, ready to catch her pass off for victory, would be worse for the state (and himself).

    Maybe it’s the benedryl talking :)

    I am curious about other opinions on this admittedly rather “magical thinking” hypothesis.

  12. hawk says:

    189 seattlefan Says:
    July 9th, 2009 at 9:12 PM
    #
    187
    CG Says:
    July 9th, 2009 at 8:58 PM

    Not a word out of our elected officials…

    …….

    Jay Ramras, who used to be a fan of hers (voted for W.A.R.s appt.. etc) has said some scathing things about her recently.. Hollis French has admitted that impeachment proceedings should have probably been talked about but no politician up for re-election wants to take the chance of alienating her “base” at this stage of the game..

    She’s going to be speaking here in Valdez on Monday.. That should be interesting.. The last time she was here there was a tar machine with a feather bag attached to it waiting for her arrival at the civic center.. I took some photos of that as it was rather comical and appropriate.. Also many of the people turned their chairs around and sat with their backs to her while she was making her speech. I’m sure the same thing will happen again this time.. I will get video of this bill signing/speech when she’s here

  13. Enjay in Eastern MT says:

    Interesting commentary on Real Clear Politics

    **If Palin were president, chances are we’d have a gaffe-generating motormouth for a vice president. That’s the kind of decision-making one expects from Miss Congeniality.

    The job of building generational debt is not for the unsophisticated. Enriching political donors with taxpayer dollars takes intellectual prowess, not the skills of a moose-hunting point guard.**

    Read more @ http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2009/07/10/what_if_palin_were_president_97375.html

  14. Rob in Ca says:

    So Meg is calling Levi a liar now?

    Well, let’s see. Everything Meg has said is a lie. I haven’t heard a lie from Levi yet…who should I believe?

    Meg, you suffer from Sarah’s disease…the need to answer everything. It doesn’t serve her well, and it doesn’t serve you well either. Your boss quit. Go away.

  15. seattlefan says:

    #
    187
    CG Says:
    July 9th, 2009 at 8:58 PM

    Not a word out of our elected officials…
    **************************************************************************
    That seems so strange to me. Why are there no comments one way or the other? The silence is very odd and I wonder why the local media is not pressing for comments and chasing this story. A Special Session is a big deal. I know it would be a big deal here in Washington state and there would be all sorts of coverage and major political debate/criticism.

  16. Dr. Patois says:

    Oops! I meant Phil @155

  17. CG says:

    Not a word out of our elected officials…

  18. seattlefan says:

    A question to you all in Alaska. Are there any comments or press releases from the legislators regarding this special session? Are they PO’d, are they eager? What is going on. What are the democrats saying? I went to ADN and didn’t see anything specific. Who is the lead Democrat who spearheads the party. What is that person saying? I’m just curious.

    Would like to hear a local person’s version of what is going on.

    Thanks!

  19. karen in or says:

    “The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity.”—W.B. Yeats

    (regarding my fears posted in previous post about the disquiet I feel about Sarah, her fans and the perilous times we are living in.)

  20. mlaiuppa says:

    A good point was brought up before.

    There may be come requirements for holding a special session. For instand 30 calendar days notice or 10 working days or something like that.

    There may not be enough time under the requirements of the Alaskan Constitution regarding calling a special session to have one by July 20.

    We all know that Palin isn’t real knowledgeable on legal requirements.

  21. karen in or says:

    Tizzielish…that’s an interesting take on all this:

    “Human society is based on coming together to get one another’s needs met. We all need food so we have a shared interest there. . . . we all need energy so we have to organize how to create and distribute energy. . . . I know Palin’s kind of politicos suggest we don’t need government but even those thinkers can’t say we don’t need roads and schools and electricity and food and food distritution, etc. . . if government isn’t going to organize that kind of stuff. .. who?? the private, free market?!!

    Just thinking aloud . . . . . what kind of system does Alaska need? Maybe, I am serious, they don’t need a governor. Let’s brainstorm: what needs does Alaska have that its state government addresses? And what system of governance does Alaska need to meet those shared needs?”

    Yeah, what if we just figured out (accidently via Palin’s pranks) that we just need to figure out a more stream-lined way to get our basic needs met! I think they call that socialism (which is fine by me). How would that be for IRONY! (I can dream)

    Also, the letters to the editor commenting on the Sally Quinn article were for the most part…very disturbing. I do fear for us all. There are so many desparate people who are truly hurting from this economy, and they are ripe for a messiah. shiver.

  22. Dr. Patois says:

    Phil @158
    I think that is an EXCELLENT idea! Who should contact him or should it go through Ann Strongheart? Would he need legal assistance? I think there is a new mudpup who would be happy to help.

  23. Dr. Patois says:

    Also, too, if they find her guilty of perjury, they can present her with the parting gift of impeachment.

  24. Dr. Patois says:

    Since the legislators are having to hold a special session, this may be the opportunity for Alaskans to demand they investigate whether or not Palin committed perjury in the Troopergate complaint she filed against herself. Even if they feel that it is pointless since she quit, they should still do it to remind everyone that they are not above the law and I would imagine that if she is found guilty of perjury, the SOA would not have to reimburse her her legal fees. I don’t know if a governor who serves part of a term draws any long term financial benefits from the state that they could deny.

    If you have not read this article, I think it is a MUST read. Especially for those who are catching up to speed.

    http://alaskadispatch.com/tundra-talk/1283/1283

  25. mlaiuppa says:

    1. Override the veto and take the money.

    2. Impeach Palin effective immediately.

    3. Swear in Parnell on the spot 7 days early.

    4. Schmidt over General Strangelove.

    That will cool Palin’s cookies.

  26. Cassie Jeep Pike Palin says:

    Molly Says:
    July 9th, 2009 at 8:04 PM

    So, Levi thinks she resigned for the money,
    —————————————–

    And so do I….that and the promise of Rapture…so if she’s Raptured, can I have her house.

    Just for the fishing, you know!

  27. Cassie Jeep Pike Palin says:

    tizzielish Says:
    . . . how’s come you folks up there have your state legislatuare in Juneau anyway?
    __________________________________________________________________________________

    Because it is the capitol. To change that would take legislation!

  28. Molly says:

    So, Levi thinks she resigned for the money, and Meg Staplegun has shot off already with a derogatory statement about Sarah’s grandson’s father’s veracity.

    At this point, I think MOST people are gonna go with Levi on that whole truthiness factor.

    I know I am.

  29. Independent in AZ says:

    Fox News has turned a couple of their hired media bullhorns on a Palin critic at the Washington Post for an article “Palins peculiar family values” written by Sally Quinn.

    In additon, their web smear site Fox Nation actually put a “Warning” sign on the link as if were pornography for a bunch of toddlers not to read… too funny.

    http://newsweek.washingtonpost.com/onfaith/panelists/sally_quinn/2009/07/palins_peculiar_family_values.html?hpid=talkbox1

    Looks like Sally could use some rational typing supporters for all of you with registered Wa Post user ID’s with time for sharing a point or two. The comments turned very “Greta Fox speak” red after Greta did her hatchet job on Quinn in this evenings July 9, 2009 program.

    Cheers!

  30. curiouser says:

    going to post now.

  31. nswfm CA says:

    Curiouser, please put on open thread.

  32. tizzielish says:

    when Parnell takes over will he get an inaugural ball?

    Will Parnell live in the governor’s mansion in Juneau? Will he seek per diem compensation for the nights he spends in his home?

    It is fascinating to focus on Palin’s weirdness. . . maybe you folks in Alaska are used to wild and crazy politics. . . . but, geez, Parnell is going to be a let down after Palin.

    I hope he isn’t planning to run for governor on 2010. . . is he gonna be a lame duck-er-roo?

    As far as Palin goes . . . how ya gonna keep them up on the ice after they’ve tasted the power of national campaigning? For Palin, the intense attention form the fall presidential campaign must have been like a heroin high to her. . . how is she ever going to get that kind of intense attention ever again?

  33. tizzielish says:

    Maybe Alaska actually doesn’t need a governor?

    And this: why do you have the state capitol in Juneau anyway?

  34. curiouser says:

    The Palin’s paid off the $290,000 mortgage but, after going through several overlapping mortgages, have one mortgage on the lake house….orig. balance of $255,500. I’ve got a lot of info on the lake house, vacation property and other real estate transactions. Was just getting ready to post a summary of the mortgages for the lake house on the open thread but saw everyone was up here.

    Should I put the summary on the open thread?

  35. tizzielish says:

    Has it occurred to anyone else, besides me, that maybe Alaska doesn’t actually need a governor? It seems that Alaska really hasn’t had one for awhile and Alaska seems to be doing all right. Maybe Alaska should consider resigning their government and lead the way to new forms to meet human needs.

    Human society is based on coming together to get one another’s needs met. We all need food so we have a shared interest there. . . . we all need energy so we have to organize how to create and distribute energy. . . . I know Palin’s kind of politicos suggest we don’t need government but even those thinkers can’t say we don’t need roads and schools and electricity and food and food distritution, etc. . . if government isn’t going to organize that kind of stuff. .. who?? the private, free market?!!

    Just thinking aloud . . . . . what kind of system does Alaska need? Maybe, I am serious, they don’t need a governor. Let’s brainstorm: what needs does Alaska have that its state government addresses? And what system of governance does Alaska need to meet those shared needs?

    If it turns out that the only thing a governor does is smile for the camera and sign bills into law.
    . . . gee. . . you could probably get lots of folks to do that for small consulting fees, on an ad hoc basis. . . . you wouldn’t need a governor’s mansion or inaugural balls (tax dollars at waste?). . . .

    I might sound incoherent but it is not possible to think about Palin and be coherent.

    and in another direction. . . how’s come you folks up there have your state legislatuare in Juneau anyway? I hate Sarah and all . . . but I think she’s got a point about using the office in Anchorage. . . .don’t you Alaska taxpayers have to pay to send all your legislators to Juneau and then pay to put them up in Juneau during legislative sessions?

    how’s come Juneau?

  36. Gramiam says:

    Church Lady would have had a field day with Ms. Palin. I get the giggles just thinkin’ about it.

  37. honestyinGov says:

    Before you start reading this story if makes it that much better if you try to picture Dana Carvey from SNL saying ….” Isn’t THAT Special “

  38. mae lewis says:

    I have really got to turn off the TV, the radio and the computer. CBS radio reported an interview with one who knows from the inside, Levi Johnston. He said that while he was living in the house, he heard Sarah say that it was a pity to pass up all of those lucrative deals. That’s his take on why she quit. Of course Sarah said that he never lived there, so who are you going to believe? Oh, I forgot, Sarah does tend to embroider the truth a little.

  39. sauerkraut says:

    buck up, sputtercup

    whoa oh oh-oh. …

  40. strangelet says:

    So, she’s been thinking about this for months, but it never occurred to her to make sure that the succession order was intact? Way to put Alaska first, Sputtercup.

    There is one small benefit to be had from this gubenatorial trainwreck — if any of your acquaintances still express support for Palin at this point, place them immediately on your “do not tell them where I keep my guns” list.

  41. sauerkraut says:

    Speaking of heads spinning… Kay of Maine has this interesting post: http://whitenoiseinsanity.com/2009/07/08/will-it-be-a-bad-thing-if-president-obama-only-serves-one-term/

    Are those naughty monkees peeking out from under that steaming pile? Might explain her recent absence.

  42. Cynthia, TX says:

    thanks sauerkraut,

    because my head was really spinning.

  43. austintx says:

    sarah will probably throw the Blackberries in the lake and say she lost ‘em. And of course the trust fund or pac will pay for ‘em……….

  44. austintx says:

    sauerkraut – Remember when the RNC sold the Blackberries from the campaign and forgot to scrub ‘em ??
    And yes , someone should put in a records act request.

  45. Star says:

    141@ Polly~ interesting read..Levi is the only that makes any sense…

  46. sauerkraut says:

    Cynthia… the Wasilla house is on Lake Lucille.

  47. Cassie Jeep Pike Palin says:

    Her house on Lake Lucille is apparently just outside Wasilla—as I read a map from the lower 48!

    What she does have is a Mansion ( available to the Gov. of Alaska in Juneau—which she won’t live in becasue it’s too far away from Anchorage where she prefers to govern from—about 45 min from Wasilla.

  48. sauerkraut says:

    10cats @ 54 – Ollie North is a common thief who was given the gift of freedom thanks to legal interference by a congress that was too politically charged to keep its nose out of that business. And Fawn Hall… the unnamed mistress. He disgraced the uniform he used to wear. His personal theme? semper never

  49. Phil says:

    When it was announced that she had a book deal there was talk that it would be illegal for her to work on the book while she was governor. Now we see her working at the families commercial fish business while she is still governor. Is this another ethics complaint in the making. I think Nick Tucker should file this one since his village can’t fish this season.

  50. Cynthia, TX says:

    ok, let’s get this right

    she has a house on Lake Lucille and one in Wasilla also?

    I thought she didn’t have much money

    And did someone say above that they paid off the house in Wasilla already?

    oh confuse me more %%%&%%&%^&

  51. Sally says:

    sjk #152, would you please post a link.

  52. Cassie Jeep Pike Palin says:

    Sauerkraut—-

    Great thinking—get the blackberry then free the info!

  53. sauerkraut says:

    sjk @ 152. May I suggest you be very careful about circulating such stuff, especially if you have nothing but rumor upon which to make your statement?

  54. sauerkraut says:

    122 claudianyc Says: July 9th, 2009 at 5:20 PM

    Has anyone ever checked to see who is paying for her twitter account? Is it Palin or the state of Alaska?
    __________

    Alaska, probably. Will she turn in those blackberries once July 26 comes around? yanno… those blackberries are essentially flash drives with added features. Someone could put in a records act request asking that those flash drives be preserved for posterity… and then request access to the info therein.

    Any Alaskan up for this?

  55. sjk from the belly of the plane says:

    OT sorta (AKM pls delete if this is too out there),
    A post on Brad Blog referenced insurance fraud for misrepresenting one of the kids as the iceberg. SUE ME NOT AKM!!!!

  56. Bretta says:

    #104 aha @July 9th, 2009 at 4:30 PM ”Sarah hasn’t quit yet, but there’s still time to fire her. Isn’t she AWOL? No sane person can believe she is running the government and picking salmon at the same time. And, we have video evidence that she’s been fishing. Quick someone file an ethics complaint!!””

    Also, too, she’s getting per diem on this ‘farewell tour,’ lest we forget that small detail.

  57. sauerkraut says:

    Love the impeachment idea… but wouldn’t they have to hold a trial before kicking her butt out of office? Would make a nice statement if they “fired” her before her resignation became final. Would settle the question of whether she would be a shadow governor.

  58. Cassie Jeep Pike Palin says:

    Wurzelhexli Says:
    July 9th, 2009 at 6:13 PM

    WAIT A MINUTE!!!I have not read any of the comments, only #101, and that raised a red flag for me: Isn’t the PAC $$ supposed to be for POLITICAL reasons, like going on trips to give speeches??? If that is the case, WOULDN’T THIS BE ILLEGAL, to use the PAC moneys for personal enrichment?
    Do I see ANOTHER ethics complaint coming up?
    _____________________________________________________________________________________

    The PAC filed a disclosure (information return) with the Federal Elections Commission. But it wasn’t even formed until 2009 which means we’ll not see any public recording of this information for quite some time. Don’t donate to it, though, becasue it would be BAD to do so and it is not deductible as a donation!

  59. sauerkraut says:

    Jay Newton Small… wasn’t she the one on KO or RM the other night defending Palin? Yet another publication where I may need to reconsider renewing next time around… I’m gonna be saving a bunch of money and a bunch of time I might otherwise spend reading garbage by not renewing to Time.

  60. Cassie Jeep Pike Palin says:

    rpahk Says:
    July 9th, 2009 at 6:10 PM

    If a PAC paid for her kid’s travel, is this not taxable income? Has anyone pull her 1040?
    ————————————————————————
    Yes and yes…but the payoff of kids travel would not need to be reflected until the 2009 return—in April of 2010. There is no provision for seeing or inspecting the 1040 of a private citizen, which she will be by then, and she won’t be running for any office. We thoroughly inspected her returns fro 2007 and 2006 which she was required to make public when she ran for VP. Apparently such disclosure is not required for AK.

  61. sauerkraut says:

    If she did not personally reimburse the state for the travel, then she ought to be made to declare it on her 1040.

  62. Nellcote says:

    Jay Newton Small, the co-author of that excreble Time article on LaPalin, has a post up at the Time blog with yet more non-sense. The commenters are ripping on her :)

    http://swampland.blogs.time.com/2009/07/09/a-final-palin-post/#more-14455

  63. austintx says:

    Here is KO and Margaret Carlson. They beat her ass good.

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3036677/

  64. sjk from the belly of the plane says:

    sarah pac didnt pay the travel expenses, just the legal bills…

  65. strangelet says:

    @53 mattie (yes, this is really late):

    No, if it were Pluto, there would have been a “hyuk, hyuk”.

    On the other hand — PLATO?

    HYUK, HYUK.

  66. Polly says:

    A voice we can trust. Levi’s statement on Palin’s resignation:

    http://www.ktuu.com/Global/story.asp?S=10673447

    Levi isn’t a talkative kind of guy, but he says it plain and simple. I liked his statement over the Letterman fiasco. Levi was concerned for Bristol and Willow, the joke was bad, but Letterman was a comedian, and he was so down-to-earth (and stable!).

  67. zyggy says:

    the AK legislature needs to send the bill for the special session to the Sarahdippity PAC.

  68. Wurzelhexli says:

    WAIT A MINUTE!!!I have not read any of the comments, only #101, and that raised a red flag for me: Isn’t the PAC $$ supposed to be for POLITICAL reasons, like going on trips to give speeches??? If that is the case, WOULDN’T THIS BE ILLEGAL, to use the PAC moneys for personal enrichment?
    Do I see ANOTHER ethics complaint coming up?

  69. GA Peach a/k/a Lance the Boil aka Crust Scramble says:

    @AlaskaGuy

    Rather than impeachment or censure, could they just have a unanimous vote of “Good riddance”? :)
    ——-
    Sure. Any way you cut it, y’all still get to sign the check.

  70. rpahk says:

    If a PAC paid for her kid’s travel, is this not taxable income? Has anyone pull her 1040?

  71. weRpennst8 says:

    TXchic4obama: I agree, that article from the Alaska Dispatch was great. It should be somewhere for everyone to read.

  72. I had to change that link to http://www.ktuu.com/ to get to the poll.

    I’m not Alaskan, but voted anyhow ;)

  73. AKaurora says:

    Tonight’s KTUU poll:
    Should lawmakers call a special session to override Gov. Sarah Palin’s veto of $28.56 million in federal energy conservation money?

    Vote at http://www.kttu.com

  74. Lee323 says:

    The legislature should put forward a motion for Palin’s impeachment on the grounds of dereliction of duty and gross indifference to the state and her office. Whether it passes is less important than taking a stand in defense of the citizens’ right to stable, transparent, and responsive government.

    It would be a fitting footnote for this farce of a governor, as well as serve notice to the incoming governor, Parnell, who’s already sounding like Palin in Boy Pants that the legislature will hold him equally accountable for his decisions and behavior.

  75. zyggy says:

    How much longer will she be able to get away with this charade? I guess when msm starts investigating instead of just talking. Very sad.

  76. Closet Mudpup says:

    star the wonder pup

    The deal is, the nets they use are called gill nets. The openings are sized so as to allow the fishes heads to fit through, but at the same time they’re small enough to catch the fishes gill covers and not let them back out. The fish die while caught in the net. Picking fish refers to picking them out of the net as the net is hauled in.

  77. Canadian Neighbour says:

    claudianyc,

    Twitter does not cost a dime to use. It is a free internet site. Anybody can sign up to it.

  78. mae lewis says:

    How did the Palin’s pay off their house? I have no idea, so the following is just supposition (don’t sue me!). I’ve been listening to MSNBC describing how Sen.Ensign handsomely paid off the Hampton family after he had an affair with Mrs. Hampton. Ensign’s parents gave the Hampton family checks written in $12,000. amounts. Why that magic number? Why, you can give that amount to someone as a tax free gift. Only $12,000. a year, if you have that kind of money to throw around. Guessing that the Senator is worth that much money to his devoted parents.

    So, following that model, why wouldn’t generous friends want to help out the Palin’s too? A wealthy builder who stood to get government contracts might want to gift his friends who might soon be in a position of power to steer business his way.

    There is a discussion over at Palin’s Deceptions regarding Sarah’s book deal, rumored to be $3.5 or $4 million dollars. That’s alot of money, and the talk is that the book deal is closer to $1. or $1.5 million with the publisher, Rupert Murdoch, sweetening the pot with his own contribution. Attention dear lawyers, these are just rumors and idle gossip. No malice here. I’m just alerting readers as to how people in power seem to be money-magnets. I’d take the money and run, too. And, yes, it stinks that the PAC repaid Alaska, allowing Sarah to keep the ill-gotten reimbursements. Maybe that’s what pushed her closer to the door marked “Exit.”

  79. ILTBF says:

    Question — If the TwitterQuitter is impeached instead of resigning, does that save the state of Alaska millions in pension and other future benefits to the WasillaBilly clan?

  80. sandipants says:

    Interesting information Mae – why am I not surprised? The Palins have no intention of paying for their life. I can see that the state may not care – it was reimbursed for the childrens’ trips that were essentially a misuse of government funds. Having her PAC pay for this misuse underscores her unethical activities, and says a lot about her lack of character and integrity. Nothing fellow Mudflatters don’t already know. I wonder if people who paid into the PAC are comfortable with this use of the money. It certainly does not follow that “vision” on the PAC’s homepage: “Dedicated to building America’s future, supporting fresh ideas and candidates who share our vision for reform and innovation”. Just how is the childrens’ travel building America’s future? I suppose it could be a fresh idea that she doesn’t have to pay for anything, but is that what the average contributor thinks when reading this vision?

    If she is so burdened by the half million in personal legal bills (as she soooo frequently mentions), why oh why can’t she use some of her book advance to pay for it? Again, they don’t want to be burdened with paying for the way of life they’ve created. I believe there are probably a few skeletons in every politician’s closet because of the nature of power, but they have to pay the piper when caught or called on it. That’s the “cost of doing business” so to speak. But for the Palins to actually pay money is a conflict to their way of life. We can only hope that if not now, then in the future, karma will play out upon their heads (and I for one want it to involve incarceration).

    PS – If find it interesting that the PAC website and the SOA website both have headlines that Palin is not seeking a second term. Cart before the horse, people – you can’t have a second term if you don’t complete a first term. They realize that the headline “Govenor decides to not complete 1st term” sounds as bad as it is. So much spin. I guess that why she “threw up” her resignation speech last week. It certainly wasn’t “delivered”.

  81. Isabella says:

    claudianyc Says “Has anyone ever checked to see who is paying for her twitter account? Is it Palin or the state of Alaska?”

    Twitter is free.

    Did you see the fake AKGOV account…lmao…someone copied her page and invited everyone over for a beer and to meet Trig.

  82. star the wonder pup says:

    How do you “pick” fish (serious question from the lowest of the lower 48)?

    Is it anything like picking a flaming borderline personality disorder to govern your state?

  83. Isabella says:

    AlaskaGuy Says “Rather than impeachment or censure, could they just have a unanimous vote of “Good riddance”?”

    LOL, brilliant!!!!

  84. claudianyc says:

    Has anyone ever checked to see who is paying for her twitter account? Is it Palin or the state of Alaska?

  85. AlaskaGuy says:

    Rather than impeachment or censure, could they just have a unanimous vote of “Good riddance”? :)

  86. Say NO to Palin in Politics says:

    Hey Media people! while you are out there looking for interviews, look up Beverly Wooley, recently fired state employee in the health dept, she says she was forced out.

    Also interview the Dr. Butler…….

    I’m sure there is a “new” unprinted story there.

  87. sjk from the belly of the plane says:

    the PAC paid for the kids travel? (Children close your ears) To paraphrase an old SNL line, “sarah YOU IGNORANT SLUT!!!!!!!”

    I refuse to capitalize her name. She deserves to be treated like a common witch in muthee-land. The nerve! The gall! The IRS!!!!!!

    SUE ME!!!!!!!.

  88. Isabella says:

    We move forward w/ smooth transition, Parnell keeps cabinet 100% intact http://tinyurl.com/m4mrmx
    19 minutes ago from web

    Vetted judge candidates today from Anch Office, 3 more judges to be announced soon to begin work for AKns interpretting law, not making law
    23 minutes ago from TwitterBerry

  89. Sue says:

    repost…new thread

    I just sent Time magazine a letter at letters@time.com saying:

    For a woman who accused President Obama of “palling around with terrorists,” and who incited some in her audience to chant, “Kill him! Kill him!” Palin certainly has a thin skin. Evidently she can dish it out but can’t take it. If you can’t take the heat, get out of the kitchen–or quit and go fishing. Whatever works for you.

    I feel much better now. : )

  90. Canadian Neighbour says:

    63 John Says:
    Give her credit, she is only milking her last three weeks in office as a lame duck instead of spending 16 months doing nothing. Of course, some governors actually work until their last day in office, but that would be politics as usual (and personal responsibility, and work ethic, and honesty as usual). Buttercup just isn’t wired that way.
    ———-
    Actually, she’s been milking the state since November 5th as she’s be lame in handling a substantial number of issues. So she has done exactly what she accused others of — collecting their pay and doing nothing.

    I also think she is using up her holiday/vacation days before she leaves so I don’t expect her to be doing much of what Governor’s are supposed to do. She’s only going to play out her farewell tour flitting around the State at State cost.

  91. Say NO to Palin in Politics says:

    so will they also confirm the new AG while in session?

  92. zyggy says:

    TXChick4Obama Says:
    July 9th, 2009 at 2:15 PM
    Has everyone read this article? Its excellent!

    http://alaskadispatch.com/palin-watch/1283-palin-how-she-gained-control-and-then-lost-it?start=1

    *************************
    Excellent indeed, a must read. Buttercup is a complete sham.

  93. GA Peach a/k/a Lance the Boil aka Crust Scramble says:

    @Moose Pucky
    “Impeachment would just make them look sillier than Palin already looks.”
    ——
    I agree with that. It’s too late. Seems to me the best they could do would be censure her (which doesn’t mean all that much with her leaving) but possibly could bring out information that she’d rather not have out there.

    Seems like everybody’s been too scared $hitless of sarah, to hold her feet to the fire, but she ain’t just in Alaska anymore, Toto, also, too.

  94. blue moose says:

    ethics legal cost story is not being covered by ktuu… pisses me off!

  95. califpat says:

    @LacyLady: I was thinking the same thing about how was it possble that the Palins were able to pay off their home so quickly?? Wow!!

  96. tspey says:

    @ Lacy… just some of Palin’s ‘side gigs’ during her acsent in AK may help explain some of the mortage question:

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/09/25/AR2008092503988_pf.html – Mining interests/lobbyists give great $$$ treats.

    http://voices.washingtonpost.com/44/2008/09/01/palin_was_a_director_of_embatt.html – Cush job, then as a sign of her appreciation, SP threw Ted Stevens under the bus (please don’t confuse the fact that I am no fan of Uncle T and son).

    http://www.adn.com/sarah-palin/background/story/513761.html – SP made $122 k in this Frank Murkowski appointed position. She then threw Murkowski under the bus.

    Is there a common thread here? Hint… starts with a G.

  97. tlgeiger62 says:

    “… untoward” – good one! Great piece AKM! I’m all in for the impeachment vote!

  98. mmboucher Florida says:

    107 sjk from the belly of the plane Says:
    July 9th, 2009 at 4:34 PM

    It’s true Carlson said she talked to John Coale and he said she paid from her pac.

  99. Moose Pucky says:

    The word on Time should have been “renegged”.

    Business for the legislature:
    Confirm or not confirm AG
    Confirm or not confirm Lt. Gov.
    Accept or reject energy conservation stimulus money

    Impeachment would just make them look sillier than Palin already looks.

    Has anyone in Alaska government noticed that the Health Department in Alaska is in a bit of disarray–with a couple of key posts vacated recently and hundreds of seniors waiting for care in their homes due to a moratorium on new care assessments placed on Alaska’s Health Services due to non-compliance with federal regulations and a need to catch up on assessments which have already been pending and are behind schedule? Estimated moratorium time currently estimated to be two months–according the State spokesperson with Alaska’s Health Services.

    And Parnell promises “continuity” with current governance. Boy, oh boy. We do need some leadership to step forward.

    So if the legislature rejects Palin’s choices for AG and Lt. Gov.–then does Sean Parnell get to pick? Or does Palin get another round (or more) in her final six days.

    Good thing–for everyone except those seniors waiting for health services–that it’s fishing season.

  100. sjk from the belly of the plane says:

    mae, are you ‘effin kidding? if that is true I say cuff the b__tch.

  101. Lacy Lady says:

    I have so many questions about this woman–Palin, but no concrete answers.
    How can she and husband pay off their house morgage is such a very short time?
    Resigning from her job as Gov. of Alaska—-Is it because everyone in the lower 48 would be watching her every move, and she knows she will fail in all her duties.
    Is her husband not with the oil companies anymore, and has gone back to fishing?
    Wierd and Strange can’t cover this family.
    Someone has to know something. You can’t fool all the people all the time.
    I would say right now, that they are up the well know estuary, without means of propulsion.
    Time to call in Rev. Muthee to cast out the devil.

  102. califpat says:

    KO on MSNBC slammed Buttercup on all her lies. He says that she also lied about those pesky frivolous ethics compaints costing millions of dollars. Margaret Carlson was guest and she slammed her too on all the lies BC has told. KO asked Carlson if she believed that BC would actually resign and Carlson said that she believed that BC was fed up with Alaska and is “outta” there , in her opinion and then she bet KO that her prediction would prove to be right and if it did not then she would owe KO a shopping spree at “Out of the Closet”, the second hand store that BC claims is where she shops for her clothing . Another Buttercup Lie!! LOL!

  103. aha says:

    Sarah hasn’t quit yet, but there’s still time to fire her. Isn’t she AWOL? No sane person can believe she is running the government and picking salmon at the same time. And, we have video evidence that she’s been fishing.

    Quick someone file an ethics complaint!!

  104. tspey says:

    Twitter is the perfect medium for our Qwitter. Think about it. The 140 character limit fits Palin to a t. With Twitter, she can now blame her regular incoherent blabber to the confines of Tweeterdom. So once again, Sarah completely obfuscates the real reason(s) behind her endless failures.

  105. C. Rock says:

    Buttercup has made it in The Urban Dictionary…..Pullin’ a Palin LMAO

    http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=pullin+a+palin

  106. mae lewis says:

    I was just listening to Margaret Carlson’s interview on Keith Olbermann’s Countdown. She said that, according to John Coale, it was the PAC that repaid the state for the kids’ travel expenses and Sarah’s per diem charges.

    So, let me get this straight. She asked the State of Alaska to reimburse her for the childrens’ travel. So, she received money for the kids’ travel. But when it came time to pay the state, she didn’t return the money, some other people footed the bill for her. So she profited by this. She is $8,000+ ahead on the deal. Doesn’t sound right to me.

  107. DinkyP says:

    I guess Whackypants has started to read books and is showing us what she has learned?

  108. nswfm CA says:

    From the Alaska Dispatch article above:

    In any event, she can spin it however she wants. But Sarah Palin is not quitting because Andree McLeod and other Alaskans have hounded her out of office by filing ethics complaints. The closest Sarah’s come to admitting her true motivation happened on Monday when, while holding court on the beach at her husband Todd’s fishing site in Dillingham, she told the national press corps that “when all these lawmakers are lining up for office their desire would be to clobber the administration left and right so that they can position themselves for office” and that “I’m not going to let Alaskans go through a year of stymied, paralyzed administration and not getting anything done.”

    Translated from Palinese, what Sarah said was that the real reason she is quitting is that she understands that she’s lost control of the Alaska Legislature, a majority of whose members are fellow Republicans, many of whom hate her guts.

  109. C. Rock says:

    KO let Buttercup Quitter-skirt have it tonight. Bravo Keith.

  110. InJuneau says:

    Canadian Neighbour–I’d go put cans on the porch at the Mansion, but I’m sure they’re not there. Maybe I’ll just buy a case for the Headstart Families we feed through church in her honor!

  111. not that sarah says:

    OK. I read Plato in Latin and I’m not amused.

    No one who actually reads a philosopher would tweet sad quotes they don’t understand in the first place…but in the second place, I leave this with Palin:

    Cunning…is but the low mimic of wisdom.”

    ~~~Not that Sarah!!!

  112. Canadian Neighbour says:

    Thanks InJuneau – “IM-Peaches” for Everybody!!

  113. Gramiam says:

    Where does Palin’s “walkabout” leave the villages such as Eagle, waiting for DoT gravel and the other rural villages without enough for winter? I don’t give a hoot what she does unless it gets the job done for these folks. If nothing is being done then we need to mobilize right now and take it out of her hands.

  114. blue moose says:

    What Sarah really say’s “One hour a year is all you brats get. pointing her finger YOUR NOT LISTENING TO ME” next up! the same behavior toward the legislature!

  115. Mattie says:

    lameducking should also be added to the Urban Dictionary

  116. the problem child says:

    Think Progress has a take on the Plato quote:
    http://thinkprogress.org/2009/07/09/palin-plato/

  117. Mattie says:

    Wasn’t she playing when they named her Baracuda?

  118. LisanTX says:

    Nebraska Native @ 56—

    Another new verb: I love it!

    lameducking; as in flying all over the state lameducking and milking the job

    That should be a headline!!

  119. Soldotna Sue says:

    New entry in the Urban Dictionary:

    Pullin’ a Palin

    1. Quitting when the going gets tough; abandoning the responsibility entrusted to you by your neighbors for book advances and to make money on the lecture circuit.

    2. Bizarre move that will damn ambitions for higher office.

  120. InJuneau says:

    Canadian Neighbour–confirmation would actually have to happen in a joint session of both bodies. I’m not sure why Ramras is calling the House Judiciary Comm. in to hold a hearing, as they’re not the full two bodies, except that it at least pressures the rest of his colleagues into acting (and no, he’s not too fond of her…). Impeachment would also take the efforts of both bodies, one to vote on whether there were grounds to impeach and the other to vote on it if the first passed it along. Can’t remember which one gets the first shot here, but for some reason I think it’s reversed from the US Congress…

  121. NMJ says:

    You know, I’m starting to really like Judiciary Chair Jay Ramras, R-Fairbanks…

  122. Sue says:

    OT, and sorry if already posted, but AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!! Time magazine has SP on it cover today with the world “renegade” across it. Renegade is President Obama’s “code name.” Oh, no! Has all the blogging backfired???????

  123. Canadian Neighbour says:

    honestyinGov,

    I referred to the Legislature from reading the portion of AKM’s note of a July 20th hearing, being 6 days before her choice of departure dates. I very easily may have referred to the wrong arm of Government as I don’t have a grasp on which State arm is responsible for what!! I took it from the last sentence of AKM’s post referencing Legislature stepping in to bring order to the chaos. So whichever arm of government may “IM-Peach” her and escort her to her office for her keys — leave the peaches for them!! Like others it would just be nice if they could get it done!!! Would also protect documents in the last week.

    “The House Judiciary Committee plans to hold a confirmation hearing July 20 — six days before Parnell is sworn in — though it takes both the House and Senate to confirm a candidate.

    “The governor quit and went fishing,” Judiciary Chair Jay Ramras, R-Fairbanks, said in a statement Wednesday. “Governor Palin failed to leave specific instructions, so the Legislature is stepping in to bring order to the constitutional chaos she created.”

  124. Pat in MA says:

    Tweeting Plato, huh? Well here’s a quote from Plato I found interesting:

    Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something

  125. Martha says:

    Anyone else see this…apparently Obama is to blame for Palin’s resignation.

    This website is WHACKED!!

    How can Parnell have been around this woman for so long have something wrong with him? Is anybody sure that Palin won’t be “governing” via yahoo e-mails to Parnell?

    4:30 pm: My take? If Palin is anything like I think she is (know she is), Obama’s treasonous presidency is responsible for this. She, like all patriotic Americans, is shocked by what is happening. Obama is destroying this country. She knows it. We all know it. We need a leader. She is answering our call.

    http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/2009/07/palin-putsch-a-palace-revolution.html

  126. Angela says:

    I’m not from Alaska but have enjoyed the site…..Now is this the same fishing boat and fishing trip that Todd has claimed on income taxes and claimed a bunch of money for paying a crew (if I remember their taxes correctly) or is that different?

    Just wondered, seemed he claimed he paid out almost everything he made, so I wondered, is he paying the kids and Sarah?

  127. austintx says:

    Aspiring philosopher Palin quotes ‘Plato.’

    http://thinkprogress.org/2009/07/09/palin-plato/

  128. PepperzMom (GA) says:

    Please head over to the OPEN THREAD – CRAZINESS. Its an off-topic item, but given the history of ‘tasering’ in AK….

    It makes me madder than a disturbed hornet’s nest…

    Gr-rrr-rrr!

    (Dang, I’m sounding like a certain ‘grizzly mama’ – help!!!!

  129. GA Peach a/k/a Lance the Boil aka Crust Scramble says:

    Maybe they could put a lien on her book advance?

  130. All l Saw says:

    I think the fact that Sarah never participated or served in the Alaska Legislature has everything to do with her utter ignorance on the unglamorous details of well… making Law.

    She doesn’t like activist judges but is obviously a big fan of activist Governors, only state legislators need to avoid activism at all costs and just follow the leader…

  131. Marnie says:

    65 rebekkah Says:
    July 9th, 2009 at 2:00 PM
    Not to be OT here; but what exactly is the Governor’s function? Can a governor govern from out-of-town, vacationing with family, or fishing with family, in this instance, away from the office. Is this just an Alaska thing?

    She’s on call 23/7 remember?
    She may be on call but she seems never to have the answer, and that is the real issue. Any fool can carry a beeper, its what you do when the crisis comes that matters. (Remember Duhbya going brain dead, flying around in circles after 9/11 and then hiding in a hole in the ground? He answered his beeper also, too. Niether one of them can lead a highschool band.

  132. London Bridges says:

    Somewhere in the deep unconscious recesses of my mind, I’ve seen this Palin chick before. Was it this?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_Annie_Fanny

    or this?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tweety

    or this?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adolf_Hitler

    or this?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bozo_the_Clown

    all icons!

  133. mae lewis says:

    Ladies and Gentlemen of the Internet! I think I know why Sarah has been doing all of this frantic twittering. Well, yes, the State of Alaska will take back its Blackberry in a little while. But here’s the thing: Sarah’s Book. She is going to publish a collection of her twitters. Can’t wait.

  134. Marnie says:

    Since Sarah isn’t my state’s governor I have refrained from using the term GINO. But she certainly has earned that epitaph now. Maybe the residence of Alaska can create some GINO tee shirts in honor of her retirement.

    Lets just make sure she is never the PINO.

    Would’t be grate if the leg votes to accept the weatherization money while there is still enough summer left to get work done before the -0 deg. weather hits.

    Go Leg.

  135. White Agate says:

    AKM, you cannot make this stuff up! When that number is tallied, I want to see it. Not to mention summer livelihood time, as well as the loss of outdoor time, that is to say, hourlies per legislator to deal with this crap. Lots of goodwill to come from this. And is she flying around the state on the state’s nickel or her own?

  136. rebekkah says:

    Not to be OT here; but what exactly is the Governor’s function? Can a governor govern from out-of-town, vacationing with family, or fishing with family, in this instance, away from the office. Is this just an Alaska thing? With 3 weeks to go, and knowing a transition was following, why would she leave town while important decisions have to be made in Juneau.

    And, how does she think she could function this way as President?

  137. the problem child says:

    Apparently she first popped the Platonic wheelie in Runner’s World interview: http://www.runnersworld.com/article/0,7120,s6-243-410–13221-3-1X2X3X4-5,00.html

  138. EyeOnYou says:

    You know I have the urge to start a rumor that this whole thing was planned by the GOP to undermine the Obama administration.

  139. Jane in NC says:

    AKM sez: “how about a nice quick impeachment vote?”

    Aw, c’mon, Sarah sez: “They can’t fire me, I quit!”

  140. sue says:

    This woman is a first-class douche bag!

  141. John says:

    Give her credit, she is only milking her last three weeks in office as a lame duck instead of spending 16 months doing nothing. Of course, some governors actually work until their last day in office, but that would be politics as usual (and personal responsibility, and work ethic, and honesty as usual). Buttercup just isn’t wired that way.

  142. Greytdog Δ says:

    “The governor quit and went fishing,” Judiciary Chair Jay Ramras, R-Fairbanks, said in a statement Wednesday. “Governor Palin failed to leave specific instructions, so the Legislature is stepping in to bring order to the constitutional chaos she created.”

    OMG!!!

  143. daisydem says:

    I could not wait until tomorrow morning. Our subscription to TIME is cancelled! With a pointed explanation and a goodbye as magazines are having a hard enough time staying in business anyway. Good riddance. Have now read more of the article and really wish I had someone to go over it with. It is trash journalism … no it is not journalism. The comment about the White House stirring up her enemies “..and orchestrated ty the Obama White House” is followed by a comment from the author “whether that is true or not.” What? That indicates to me that this writer(s) David Von Drehle and Jay Newton-Small, give some credence to the White House being out to get Sarah Palin. And that is not all. Wait until you get to the paragraph quoting Megamouth Stapletongue. But first, get your barf bag, and your headache medicine, and lie down. If anybody out there wants to come to Alabama and take me out for a drink, I really could use that right now.

  144. tm68 says:

    Her Tweeting is ridiculous. Is she planning on printing out a copy of all of this blather as proof of how committed to “issues” she is? I’m not actually a fan of this Twitter business- I just don’t “get it”. I signed up a long while ago before it went haywire, but never did anything with it. I couldn’t see why I would send out inane updates to people – why would they care? As often as Palin Tweets- who CARES? Quotes from Plato? Really?

  145. the problem child says:

    So AK kids: take time to take your parents fishing: “You learn more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation” -Plato
    ————-
    I checked, and this attributed in multiple sources to the Republic. (But definitely not the translation I read.) Why would kids need to learn about their parents? And what kind of fishing? I thought the kind she did was supposed to be work… and it looks like some of her kids refused to go.

    Fun discussion of this topic: http://www.juliansanchez.com/2009/07/01/maybe-it-was-dana-plato/#comments

  146. honestyinGov says:

    # 22
    Canadian Neighbour Says:
    July 9th, 2009 at 12:31 PM

    No fresh peaches — Decorate cans of Peaches. Word association – Peach – ImPeach!!
    ————————————-
    I have another take on your idea as well with the ‘can of peaches’. Everybody drive by the Governor’s Mansion ( Oh… she won’t be THERE will she ) , her Wasilla home and throw a can of ‘ peaches’ on the lawn…
    The he// with the tea bags… make it an im-Peach Party.

    Everybody Scream… ” Peaches 4 Palin” !!! ;-)

    Or deliver a can of peaches to the desk of each Legislatuer.
    Unfortunately she will be out of Office before then.
    The symbolism would be there though. And the cans of peaches could at least go to a Food bank later.

  147. Martha says:

    18 Suchanut Says:
    July 9th, 2009 at 12:24 PM
    Good Grief! Someone has given the Whack Job a book of quotations. I wonder if the book has this one: “Self-praise is for losers. Be a winner. Stand for something. Always have class, and be humble.” (John Madden) Or, this one:
    “The path of least resistance is the path of the loser.” (H.G.Wells).
    ======================

    Like Kieth Olberman said…..remember…twitter rhymes with quitter and my own ……WWF presents….THE QUITTA FROM WASSILLA….. she’s such a
    FIGHTA

  148. Nebraska Native says:

    Unfrickenbelievable. She gets by with this crap? Again? Still? And I will never read Time again. How can one govern from a blackberry? How does one justify flying all over the state as not wasteful and lameducking? Make her go away. The ship of fools is in port, and she has a ticket.

  149. Martha says:

    13 DrChill Says:
    July 9th, 2009 at 12:19 PM
    Impeach, then Over-ride the Veto, then let Parnel nominate the Lt Gov.

    How come they don’t ask me for my advice?

    BTW didn’t she go off flying around when she said thats what lame ducks do?
    ========================================
    Couldn’t agree more!! Since I can’t get Micheal Jackson tunes out my head these days……..ABC ….easy as 123

  150. mattie says:

    whenever people say the MSM is picking on Palin, do they ever stop to think that it is just plain scary to a lot of people that she really could run for President. I know that is why I worked for the OBAMA campaign even though I am basically a Republican. The thought of Sarah Palin being that close to being president scared the sh*t out of me.

  151. 10cats4me says:

    Oliver North, and Liddy were/are part of the paramilitary group. There were quite a few articles on this while Bush was in office. Had something to do with getting the military to change their requirements for bringing in Chaplains. They want someone with a solid education and religious title. This is where the bible colleges came in and started certifying evangelical preachers to get them the rank and quals. Kind of scary. They had a story about military units rapelling into a church from the roofs. Soldiers of God. Actual military units. It is scary. I thought this was kind of going away.

  152. mattie says:

    It was probably disney’s PLUTO not Plato.

  153. jojobo1 says:

    And Perry from Texas says she will be down there holding hate rally’s for himTexas has those same kiind of religious nuts so she is going where she will best fit in.All democrats should take a look from rush and change to GOP for the primaries so Kay H wins and not PerryThen they can go back for the finials.The GOP can give others Ideas.Of course it depends on who is running I have heard of no one that would beat Perry except Kay H and I am not sure Texas will ever be blue..The American Taliban marches on seems like a lot of the religious folks want us to be another Iran.

  154. Cynthia, TX says:

    09 Jul 2009 04:36 pm
    Old White Males And Conservative Hotties

    If you wonder why Fox News’ newscasters all look like porn-stars, or why batshit homophobes like Ann Coulter retain a following, or Carrie Prejean becomes an instant star, don’t forget the starbursts factor. Steve Chapman finally says the obvious. John McCain picked Sarah Palin because he was a) desperate, b) has no integrity, c) cares much more about his career than national security, and d) couldn’t take his eyes off her boobs. Chapman:
    Palin is not alone in using her looks to enchant the Republican faithful. Carrie Prejean went from being a runner-up for Miss USA to a conservative heroine because she came out against gay marriage in her pageant interview — but also because she wears a bikini well. Ann Coulter would be just another rabid pit bull if not for the long hair and short skirts. Harriet Miers’ problem was that she couldn’t overcome her deficiencies with sex appeal. When people remain ardent fans of Palin no matter how badly she performs, it’s reasonable to wonder what they are thinking. But thinking has nothing to do with it.

    Poor Harriet Miers. A few face-lifts, boob-jobs and she could have been a Supreme Court Justice!

  155. akgrrl says:

    AKM wrote “And heck, since they’re all there anyway, how about a nice quick impeachment vote?”

    Thanks for the laugh! :-)

  156. sandra in oregon says:

    Impeachment would not preempt quitting. I think there is some confusion between impeachment and recall. Impeachment would be a further waste of the legislators’ time. Maybe someone can explain what a special session would be. Is there a time frame for notifying the legislators? How is the session called? Is the debate limited to one subject?

  157. AlaskaGuy says:

    Doesn’t sound like Ramras likes Palin much.

  158. BigSlick says:

    I hope Sarah Palin is not allowed anywhere near the POTUS during the next few weeks…

    Just sayin’.

  159. Trini says:

    My wish is that the SOA sends her the bill for the costs incurred from the special session with a post-it-note reading “Suck it up, Buttercup!” She violated the terms of her contract with Alaska so it is fitting that she should have to pay for it.

  160. chuck tatum says:

    Impeachment would be entirely fitting

    YOU CAN’T QUIT BUTTERCUP, YOU’RE FIRED!

  161. Star says:

    @ Paula~~ I read that very article last nite….Scared the bejeezus out of me….It all adds up!!!

  162. Sandra says:

    Absolutely impeach her. She is one of the most self-centered, unethical, unintelligent individuals on this earth, and she most certainly does not deserve to claim that she was ever an effective leader of a state like Alaska!

  163. Chi Town says:

    Paula, et al-

    Read “American Fascists: The Religious Right and the War On America” by Chris Hedges. He does a fairly through and I think even handed job of investigating the dominionist movement.

    It is an easy but dark summer read.

  164. UK Lady says:

    Liberty Lover @ 9 – NAH!, I believe it was a Starbucks cup.

  165. Clearly Palin went googling for Plato quotes, because while those words are often attributed to Plato on the internets, this is one of those ever-so-rare instances where the tubes can’t be trusted. You don’t have to have every dialogue memorized to know that that is apocryphal. It doesn’t sound like Plato. It isn’t consistent with anything he did say. And no one can point to a particular dialogue. Another day, another pointless lie.

  166. DrChill says:

    Note to Palin:
    The Scarlet Letter = ‘A
    It fits nicely in a tweet.
    What other books have you read Sarah?

  167. oregonbird says:

    @ 2 mattie Says:
    July 9th, 2009 at 11:51 AM
    Also this is just plan scary on the DailyKos (link)
    —————
    I boiled it down — but as far as I know, this is pure speculation!

    Lou Engle is the founder of “The Call”, an extreme right Xian racist cult. The “call” is for people to martyr themselves, to die for God and kill an infidel in the process. His video on YouTube shows a teen recruit wearing a T-shirt proclaiming “IF I DIE, I DIE”.

    Heard that any place recently?

    Sarah Palin’s church is part of the evangelical sect from which this cult has sprung. So when she said, during her resignation speech, that she wanted to work “outside of government to do more”, is it forboding that she quoted the mantra of this sect that calls for murder? The Call has evolved basically along a timeline that includes the Rapture; Mr. Engle has declared that all the “signs” are in place (that the end times are near) and the way to heaven is through the sacrifice of an infidel’s life. Now.

    Over the past decade, a particular sect of evangeicals has been recruiting from inside the military. (This is on record.) Many chaplains from this sect have been approved to work with military personnel, and under the Bush administration, videos supporting its precepts have been produced by the Pentagon. This proseletizing has been successful — the very people we think of as protecting us from harm belong to a cult that believes their first loyalty is to God and not to the country, government or military that they serve.

    Apparently Sarah Palin is familiar with the sect. And came home from visiting the troops with an agenda — which she cannot share with us. Only that it involves “sacrifice.”

  168. lysistrata says:

    I majored in philosophy and read Plato in ancient Greek. Not only does this not ring any bells as something Plato said, it is extremely inconsistent with the discursive philosophy of a gentleman who wrote in dialogues.

    Some people believe anything they read on the tubes …

  169. Riverside says:

    “Just like normal”, violent cult groups need watching. If noone is watching you tend to get things like Sarin gas attacks in the Japanese subways, blown up babies in Federal building daycare centers, planes flying into skyscrapers, and all manner of unpleasantness.

    Individual violently insane folks need watching also, you know, anthrax mail killings, letter bombs, etc.

    No one should take lightly the damage folks going off the deep end can do.

    Thats the big challenge, balancing freedom, human rights, and the need to protect against mayhem from crazies and zealots.

    No, I don’t beleive torture is the answer.

    I think zealotry must always have the truth spoken to it. I know few want to take those who threaten our common peace and decency on because they can be scary and vindictive. It wasn’t easy to fight the KKK in their heyday, some people who stood up to them were murdered.

    Thank our heroes, remember the brave ones, and keep working to save our country and our world from the devastation human destructiveness brings.

    People who become zealots and go off the deep end and become willing to kill for their wacko causes, need to be isolated and disarmed and confined to a place where they get help and can’t hurt anyone.

    If there are cults of any kind turning in this direction, the authorities need to get involved and brave citizens need to get the information on what is happening out there. And everyone needs to protect and support those willing to stand up.

    Religeous and political movements have so often turned violent. People need to learn the difference between faith and conspiracy to commit violence, between celebrating faith and harming those outside any given circle of believers.

    You can’t just call yourself Christian or Muslim or any other faith-based label and use that to sheild yourself from the consequences of brutal, criminal behavior!

    Christians who are getting ready to get out there and murder people need to be put in the slammer, “as normal” for anyone else.

    Politicians (like Adolf Hitler) who try to gain power by feeding into such nonsense need to be shunned and castigated as public criminals.

  170. lemonfair says:

    Isabella. The Time article is appalling. Jay Newton-Small is sometimes/usually a little smarter than this. It’s a jaw-dropper. Stengel wants to sell magazines to all of Sarah’s little helpers. Magazines are in trouble, so losing a bunch more subscribers might not be a good idea. Maybe he calculated that most liberals either subscribe or read online, but that he’d sell a lot of newstand copies. And to call her “renegade” when that’s Obama’s secret service name is designed to do what?

  171. the problem child says:

    You can’t quit, you’re impeached!

  172. michigander says:

    Seriously, could the legislature impeach her if she’s already resigned?

    Wish that it was possible.

  173. Paula says:

    If you haven’t read the piece mattie posted, I urge you to do so now:

    http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2009/7/7/751033/-Palin,-please-dont-let-it-be-this..

    And please, pass it around. I have heard of these folks (get the SPLC newsletter). These folks are scary and dangerous. Like unibombers for God type crazies.

  174. Chi Town says:

    Politicians also have no leisure, because they are always aiming at something beyond political life itself, power and glory, or happiness. — Aristotle

  175. The Rubber Room Hotel says:

    HaHa BRAVO AKM…
    Impeach You betcha!

    Frankly I think it is time, if there was no investigation before there da&% sure should be now.
    Are you there Feds, IRS, any body else with some ball$ out there that is in a true position to do something about the constant subterfuge from our Governor.

    I am not sure at all about this or what the legal standing is but I think that documents in the governors office need to be taken in some sort of safe custody.

  176. lemonfair says:

    Did life used to be this crazy? I’m old enough to remember back to Ike’s farewell speech. I don’t remember anything as crazy as Sarah Palin or her being given a free ride by most of the MSM. God help us.

  177. Isabella says:

    daisydem Says “Why is Time presenting this as though she is a heroine? I am appalled. Maybe I am reading this the wrong way”

    That was the take I got when I skimmed it. When was Palin taking all these photos ops…Time/Runners World? She should be made to pay back for over payment of her salary.

  178. Ripley in CT says:

    You know, when I heard she had an imminent speech coming up and then found out that the speech was her quitting, I was a little sad that the Mudflats might lose something. You know, a sense of loss. That there would be no further reason to check here every day FIRST.

    Wow, was I wrong.

  179. daisydem says:

    Friends .. I have only cursorily read over the article in Time … WTF? somebody help here. Is she accusing the White House and Rahm Emanual directly for sabotaging her governship and her political life? Why is Time presenting this as though she is a heroine? I am appalled. Maybe I am reading this the wrong way, but first look says they are making her out to be a mavericky hero and the White House to be directly involved in her decision to resign. What are we going to do? I know the first thing I will do … we take TIME mag. at our office but we are self-employed. So, tomorrow morning, letter, email or phone call to TIME to unsubscribe. This is beyond the ridiculous.

  180. sjk from the belly of the plane says:

    “What would it take for her to be on vacation?”…depends on who is picking up the tab!

  181. Canadian Neighbour says:

    Having read that Parnell is keeping Mike Nizich on in the Gov’s Office. That’s not a good first step out of the box on Parnell’s part, being that Mike Nizich sees it fit to run the Governor’s office in 140 characters or less!

    This could be a sad indication of what the next 18 months brings.

  182. Canadian Neighbour says:

    In case the Legislature members don’t read the Impeach memo, are there any peaches available at the market in AK? I’m thinking to put an imprinted or hand written ribbon “IMPEACH” around a peach placed at each seat — Just to remind them being they have been busy with other things outside “The Office”.
    Call it a gift from AK Citizens — A Memory Refresher!!

    No fresh peaches — Decorate cans of Peaches. Word association – Peach – ImPeach!!

  183. EyeOnYou says:

    Bones AK Says….We get to lose the idiot tool Nizich too???

    Sorry but no, as Parnell has already stated that Nizich stays! :(

  184. Bones AK says:

    Palin’s chief of staff Mike “I hope citizen ethics complaint filers experience “backlash” Nizich has called Rep. Ramras’ comments that the governor went fishing, and left the legislature in the lurch “irresponsible,” and stated that “she’s in contact with the office, just like normal.” Just like normal? That should make us all feel better.

    irresponsible
    adjective
    (of a person, attitude, or action) not showing a proper sense of responsibility : [with infinitive ] it would have been irresponsible just to drive on.
    noun
    an irresponsible person : there will always be irresponsibles who take a risk.

    We get to lose the idiot tool Nizich too??? He was describing Palin not Ramras.

  185. Cynthia, TX says:

    They turned on Ensign so turn on Palin…I want to see it happen in real time.

  186. Suchanut says:

    Good Grief! Someone has given the Whack Job a book of quotations. I wonder if the book has this one: “Self-praise is for losers. Be a winner. Stand for something. Always have class, and be humble.” (John Madden) Or, this one:
    “The path of least resistance is the path of the loser.” (H.G.Wells).

  187. strangelet says:

    >>Palin chief of staff Mike Nizich, called Ramras’ statement “irresponsible.”

    >>”It’s not like the governor’s on vacation,” he said.

    It’s not? She’s what? a thousand miles away pickin’ fish with her family.
    What would it take for her to be on vacation?

  188. Sally says:

    Is it true that the Legislature needs a thirty day notice to call a special session?

  189. sjk from the belly of the plane says:

    DrChill Says:

    “BTW didn’t she go off flying around when she said thats what lame ducks do?”

    shhhhh. you may get sued by the flea…..

    ;-)

  190. nswfm CA says:

    Oh please, oh please, oh please, oh please ,oh please, oh please, oh please, oh please, oh please impeach!

  191. DrChill says:

    Impeach, then Over-ride the Veto, then let Parnel nominate the Lt Gov.

    How come they don’t ask me for my advice?

    BTW didn’t she go off flying around when she said thats what lame ducks do?

  192. deist says:

    Wonder when they’ll confirm the AG.

  193. EyeOnYou says:

    Palin’s chief of staff Mike Nizich has stated that “she’s in contact with the office, just like normal.”

    So it would seem that Nizich has just admitted that she governs via blackberry. We should thank him for confirming that “rumor”. :)

  194. Wasilla Warrior says:

    Impeachment would be like a dream come true !! Over riding the stimulus decision would be a tasty little morsel…..I love the way you think !! (the pants on fire-lol)

  195. LibertyLover says:

    As for the latest twitter, It sounds like Palin’s been reading some more refrigerator magnets.

  196. Cynthia, TX says:

    Impeach her Alaska!

  197. futurexpat? says:

    When I saw her on TV yesterday being interviewed while fishing, I couldn’t believe that with only a few weeks left as governor, she would take off as if she didn’t have a care in the world! If I were an Alaskan, I would be more than just a little PO’d.

  198. LibertyLover says:

    Does Palin get to nominate the replacement for the Congress to approve? That went so well with her Attorney General nomination.

  199. BooBooBear says:

    IMPEACH, IMPEACH, IMPEACH! That would be a fitting send-off to Governor Buttercup Quitter! She is reckless in everything she does.

    Perhaps Sean can start off on a better foot. He indicates no big changes so that does not sound good.

    David Murrow……thanks for being truthful regarding the $1.9 million. You got shafted as well. Welcome to the “Under the Bus Club.

    MudPuppy picnic on the 26th? Anyone? We could wear name tags with our Mudflats names. ;0)

  200. austintx says:

    “….just like normal.” oh boy……..

  201. democracy7 says:

    “Gone fishing, thank God, at least she has a plan for the next few weeks, I’d hate to see such a hard working woman being idle.

  202. Isabella says:

    Love the impeachment idea.

  203. mattie says:

    What did she do buy a book “A thousand Tweets to make your friends and family think you actually read something and look smart?”

    Also this is just plan scary on the DailyKos

    http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2009/7/7/751033/-Palin,-please-dont-let-it-be-this

  204. Rob in Ca says:

    I wonder if Governor Palin will just tap the Alaska Fund Trust in order to pay for the special legislative session. Seein’ how she is doing everything for the State and the People of Alaska and all. It certainly would eliminate all those uncomfortable inquiries about the name of her legal fund.

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