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May 17, 2021

PALIN RESIGNS

Yes, it’s true.  Governor Sarah Palin, at a hastily called press conference this morning, has announced that she will be stepping down from office on July 25, and turning the reins over to Lt. Governor Sean Parnell “for the good of Alaska.”  She’s turning the state over to the guy she didn’t even trust to run things during her failed VP campaign.  She chose to govern by Blackberry, while simultaneously speed reading “Politics for Dummies,” making rhetoric-filled speeches to hopped up conservatives, and being a full-time mom on the campaign trail.  And still she didn’t leave the state to Sean Parnell.  But now, apparently, something is different.

The media is all in a tizzy trying to figure out what’s going on. 

Eddie Burke is busy talking to Sean Hannity telling him that Palin’s resignation is a brilliant tactical move cleverly hatched to thwart her enemies.  Clearly this demonstrates her political smarts.  “Now what will they do?” he wonders.  “They won’t have anything to complain about!”   Yes, brilliant.  She’s really thwarted them now.  Why didn’t George Bush use that strategy, we wonder?

Of course, those who have been follwing the Alaska blogosphere closely are aware of the rumors bubbling up that there’s something big…something really big that’s headed her way;  the iceberg that’s headed for the S.S. Palin.  We’ll see.

Meanwhile what we do know is that Palin has littered her bizarre resignation speech with references to ethics complaints, Photoshopping bloggers, the military, Alaska history, a recap of the administration and a hodge podge of other topics.  She delivered the speech with the same adrenaline-filled jaw clenching intensity that she had when she returned from the campaign trail and settled back in to the governor’s office.

And we know that she delivered this speech from her own home, a few hours before the start of a holiday weekend.  Not the time to announce something you want the media to focus on.

The news will be breaking for a while, and she will by no means fade out of the media spotlight.  And as for Eddie Burke’s concern that those who oppose Palin will have nothing to do?  I’m about to go enjoy a barbeque!

Leave comments here, and I’ll check back in as more news becomes available.

Apologies for server issues.  The Mudflats was swamped!

>Clink<  (that was my glass)

Idependence Day came a day early.

For a transcript of the speech, click HERE

*******************************UPDATES
Okay, I’ve now been able to get independent information from multiple sources that all of this precedes what are said to be possible federal indictments against Palin, concerning an embezzlement scandal related to the building of Palin’s house and the Wasilla Sports Complex built during her tenure. Both structures, it is said, feature the “same windows, same wood, same products.” Federal investigators have been looking into this for some time, and indictments could be imminent, according to the Alaska sources.   From Brad Blog

“I don’t think this is buckling to pressure,” said Ayers. “I think this is her coming to the realization that the legislature in Alaska and that some bloggers and activists in Alaska are going to do everything they can to stymie her progress. This is a governor who didn’t run for the office because she wanted a title. She wanted to make significant change in the state. She realized that that was no longer going to be able to happen, because things had become so partisan there.”  From HuffPo

Democratic National Committee spokesman Brad Woodhouse issued a statement characterizing Palin’s resignation as “bizarre behavior”:

Either Sarah Palin is leaving the people of Alaska high and dry to pursue her long shot national political ambitions or she simply can’t handle the job now that her popularity has dimmed and oil revenues are down. Either way, her decision to abandon her post and the people of Alaska who elected her continues a pattern of bizarre behavior that more than anything else may explain the decision she made today.   From The Daily Beast

Watching the family scene at her house on the raw video running on CNN right now, it is obvious that little knowledge about this was shared ahead of time, no matter what Palin said in the conference itself.

What we are seeing here is either a preface to some indictment, or the final chapter in the career of what has been the biggest political joke of the 21st century. She is so obviously a combination of extreme narcissism and even more extremely bad advice by really, really pathetically bad advisors.

Andrea Mitchell is now being reported as claiming Palin has told some close to her that she is through with politics.    From Firedoglake

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579 Responses to “PALIN RESIGNS”
  1. mary in Tennessee says:

    Hey, AKM, you are just awesome! And I am another of those ‘critical of ms. Palin’ who did find something to do as well. We had the first opening (as the building is only one-half rennovated but we could not wait!) of our new Knox County (Knoxville) TN permanent Democratic Office on Friday night and some of us toasted her ‘announcement’ with glee, joy, and a bottle of white and a bottle of red!
    And we have so enjoyed the soap opera that is SC and soon to be ex governor Sanford! This makes Palin’s quitting the icing on our cake. We do appreciate all the scandals, and ‘sexual problems’ of the poor GOP.
    And personally, I think Palin quit for two reasons: money and/or sex! How many trips did she make down here to the lower 48 ‘on business’ anyway!
    We celebrate with y’all down here. These days it is so much fun to be a loyal, liberal Democrat!
    Mary in Coal ash covered East Tennessee

  2. Thanks for the updates, I posted a blog on my myspace blog right after her announcement yesterday with a few of my own speculations as to her reasoning, a couple of which seem to be fairly close to the mark, but as always it’s the Mudflats that get the most complete story in the shortest amount of time, thank you. I’ve been real busy the past few months and have missed the flats, but it’s good to drop back in again.

  3. MissSunshine says:

    I’m in agreement with Martha @578. While they may not be “the iceberg” the CBS “Palin E-Mails” between herself and Steve Schmidt were utterly damming on so many levels.

    As AIP party members were her original foot soldiers in Wasilla politics, she showed no loyalty at all. Her willingness to lie not only to American voters, but to her own inner circle is chilling.

    The title of the article could just as easily been: Sarah: Dis-honest and Dis-loyal.

  4. Martha Unalaska Yard Sign says:

    OK, just sayin’ – ALL of the national based pundit / news / correspondent stories that I read yesterday and today about Palin have missed the mark! They’re still confused by her!

  5. Martha Unalaska Yard Sign says:

    I say, she was PISSED. Here’s why. There was a fly following her around and I was the recipient of a story it wildly buzzed at me (comment 5, Sitting Duck thread). This has been a very busy little fly and it’s ba-ack!

    “Mo-om… the phone is for you. It’s JO-OHN.”

    “TELL HIM I JUST GOT BACK FROM KOSOVO AND I STINK AND NEED A SHOWER SO I CAN BASH SOME BLOGGERS WHO’VE BEEN REALLY BAD TO ME WHILE I WAS GONE!”

    “He says: GET ON THE PHONE NOW! Mom.”

    “GRRRR – I’M HOPPING MAD AGAIN JOHN! DID YOU SEE THOSE DESECRATED INTERNET PHOTO THINGS!”

    “Sarah, calm down. We need to talk.”

    “WHA-ATTT?”

    “Do you remember that witch hunt you wanted me to OK over the campaign staff who leaked unflattering info to the press?”

    “OH HURRY UP – OF COURSE I REMEMBER!”

    “Well it stirred up some emails that have ended your national political career.”

    “OH GIVE ME A BREAK! IT’S THOSE DEMOCRAT EVIL BLOGGERS AT IT AGAIN!”

    “No Sarah. The emails released showed that you wanted to lie to REAL AMERICA about Todd being part of the AIP by accident. Even our dumbest supporters immediately asked someone to help them find “the google” and they found a copy of Alaska’s Voter Registration form on-line. It wasn’t an accident.”

    “SO???”

    “You can’t lie about the AIP to the public or to our national security. I can’t be associated with you because I’m a big war hero / POW and it made YOU sound unpatriotic and un-American to lie about the AIP so glibly. It made you look really, really bad. The AIP have a website and everything.”

    “SO???”

    “Sarah, do you have a fork?”

    “YEAH!”

    “Stick yourself, and find yourself DONE on the national political scene.”

    “FINE! I QUIT! I NEVER LIKED ANY OF YOU ANYWAY AND NO ONE IS TELLING ME WHAT TO DO, EVER, EVER AGAIN!”

    “Quit, what? You never announced your intent to run for Pres?”

    “I QUIT EVERYTHING BECAUSE I HATE BLOGGERS! SO TAKE THAT, ALASKA! UP YOUR NOSE!”

  6. justafarmer says:

    one of my favorite comments in the blogosphere was “her resignation speech interrupted a raft of mating ducks…”

  7. lyn says:

    Martha Unalaska Yard Sign

    Yes, I believe that was the purpose of whatever she’s using.

  8. crystalwolf aka caligrl says:

    espresso4me Says:
    July 4th, 2009 at 12:15 PM

    Whatever is coming down on Sarah Palin is something very large, very real and very threatening for her. Her voice was filled with rapid speech and seemed bent on getting as much “info” as she could compress in whatever time she had. Her breathing was shallow and audible.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~
    She posted a speech on the SOA website which was (I think) a “do over”. I havn’t seen it (yesterday seeing all day long was enough, thank you) but the bots are estastic, Implying that the speeches that were on the news yesterday were somehow “doctored” is what I’m getting.
    I totally agree with you, she was hyperventilating/gasping almost for air, and yet she was very, very pissed off!
    The *iceberg* cometh 😀

  9. Martha Unalaska Yard Sign says:

    Nah, she got skinny for the Runner’s World spread. Look at me! Look at me!

  10. leenie17 says:

    JHop Says:
    You all are the best. Thank you so much. As a New Yorker, I have never really had a need or desire to listen to Alaskan radio. Until now, that is. See, Sarah Palin WAS good for something.
    ——————–

    From a fellow NYer…welcome to the flats! AKM and her hardworking blog crew are the BEST and there are a lot of smart, creative and friendly people here. I’m a class-A chicken and never felt brave enough to comment on a blog until I found this place. You’ll learn a lot and laugh in the process. Just a word of advice, though…you might want to avoid drinking coffee while you read. I’ve heard that quite a few monitors have received a caffeinated shower from mudpups!

  11. lyn says:

    Comments from Balloon Juice.com –

    Sloan: Check out the blog that did the Photoshop job on Sarah Palin last week – it’s called Blue Oasis, run by an Alaskan blogger, Celtic Diva.

    She raised $5552.64 to force the state to release some dirt on Palin in a records request.

    The check is dated July 2, 2009.

    24 hours later Sarah Palin called an emergency press conference in her front yard and abruptly quit her job, making two references to the Blue Oasis blog in her speech.

    So what the h*** is in that records request?

    And –

    The Very Reverend: Well, somebody back a thread or two pointed out that Sarah’s lost a lot of weight in the last few months, and has she always had that rash on her neck? It’s obvious to me that she was on something, or suffering withdrawal from something, while giving this “speech”.

    I’ll bet her supplier was arrested and sold her down the river in return for reduced charges. After Troopergate I don’t think the cops are too concerned with protecting her reputation. In fact, I’ll bet they blackmailed her into resigning.

    I doubt if this stays a secret for long, though, it’s just too juicy. And with the right’s obsession with the War on Some Drugs™, I don’t think the base is going to stay on the Sarah train very long, either.

    http://www.balloon-juice.com/?p=23610#comments

  12. espresso4me says:

    Whatever is coming down on Sarah Palin is something very large, very real and very threatening for her. Her voice was filled with rapid speech and seemed bent on getting as much “info” as she could compress in whatever time she had. Her breathing was shallow and audible. And, of course, Palin tried to present herself as such a hard-working, dedicated governor for the people and the state. Whether drug-enhanced, fear-induced, combo of both, running on pure adrenaline, it was not a pretty site.

    Cramming in as much stuff as she possibly could to vindicate herself against her own failings but, of course not taking any personal or professional responsibility for the lies, bullying, erratic behavior that are simply part of her makeup. Narcissists are noted for that. *Me first, best, and if you look the wrong way at me, do something I don’t like I will get even one way or another! I am better than everyone!*

    She can’t just click her red heels and wish it all away. Palin’s feet are being held to the fire by someone, some authority, and there is no way out except the Truth–with which she is not too unfamiliar. She can’t run and she can’t hide anymore. Will be anxiously awaiting more news.

    But for now, I am going for a swim and then enjoy the barbecue day.
    (((((!!!Happy Independence Day All!!!)))))

  13. pvazwindy says:

    OT-in a lighter moment, how about that guy who just scarfed 68 hotdogs. Oh my head hurts.

  14. crystalwolf aka caligrl says:

    Have to laugh…the “all knowing” bots have “checked” and the embezzlement claim is BS they say…b/c THEY checked…LOL. And they have checked Lib blogs and here is what we think we have:
    http://1stnews.org/565/sarah-palin-indictment/
    and
    ” basically an attempt to use the same attack they used on Ted Stevens/Girdwood home”

    Heh! Must be nice to keep your head in the sand…!

  15. JHop says:

    You all are the best. Thank you so much. As a New Yorker, I have never really had a need or desire to listen to Alaskan radio. Until now, that is. See, Sarah Palin WAS good for something.

  16. teutonic13 says:

    crystalwolf aka caligrl Says:
    July 4th, 2009 at 9:34 AM

    Wow! I guess I’m still stunned! Will have to make up a new name, no more GINO…maybe BS for bible spice?

    How about GINOT!

    Just sayin… 🙂

    http://teutonic13.wordpress.com/

  17. Seagull Junker Palin says:

    Hi JHop! How this site “works” is basically AKM posts an open thread topic every day – we can talk about anything there. Then there will be topical posts, where we should try to keep on topic. I just noticed there is a new one now.

    Yesterday, surprise surprise, the site crashed, so this new post is the first where we can post. Looks like we are back in business, although I don’t see an open thread yet…We’ll figure it out.

    There will be a post about Shannyn’s show, and the link to listen will be in that post.

    Also on the right side of the site, it lists the posts, as well as the last comments made. That’s how I usually see a new one is up.

    Hope this helps!!! Any other Mudflatters – please correct me if I’m wrong on something!

    SJP

  18. JHop says:

    you too crystalwolf!

  19. JHop says:

    thanks so much zyggy!

  20. crystalwolf aka caligrl says:

    JHop Says:
    July 4th, 2009 at 11:48 AM

    As a newcomer to the Mudflats, can someone please tell me about the upcoming Shannyn Moore radio show? I have read that you can stream it here online? When/how? Thanks!
    ~~~~~~~~~~~
    Hello new MudPup 🙂
    Shannyn’s radio show is online here
    http://radiotime.com/station/s_31918/Smart_Radio_700.aspx
    5pm Alaska time.
    If your in Alaska you can listen @KBYR

  21. PepperzMom (GA) says:

    teutonic13 Says: July 4th, 2009 at 11:32 AM

    PepperzMom (GA) Says:
    July 4th, 2009 at 11:13 AM

    Well, I think we need a re-vote on the book titling contest.

    Sounds like my entry, How To Succeed Without Ever Accomplishing Anything turned out to be the truthiest of all the titles!

    __________________________

    I vote for Toothiest- It�s got Teefs.

    Okay then….canines or molars??? Ba-ha-haaaaaaaa! 🙂

  22. zyggy says:

    jhop, here is Shannyn’s site, http://shannynmoore.wordpress.com/, it’s on Saturday’s, not sure if it’s happening today, being a Holiday.

  23. JHop says:

    As a newcomer to the Mudflats, can someone please tell me about the upcoming Shannyn Moore radio show? I have read that you can stream it here online? When/how? Thanks!

  24. crystalwolf aka caligrl says:

    Gryphen has Shannyn’s interview from yesterday on Hardball up…
    http://theimmoralminority.blogspot.com/2009/07/here-is-shannyn-moores-telephone.html

  25. the problem child says:

    Well hello all! (Back from the blogosphere). Happy (belated) PalIndependence Day to all! Oh, and hope all your real Independence Day activities are going well.

  26. Oswego Eileen says:

    My bet is that she’s probably gotten a job with a TV show. Maybe replacing Elisabeth Haselbeck.

  27. teutonic13 says:

    PepperzMom (GA) Says:
    July 4th, 2009 at 11:13 AM

    Well, I think we need a re-vote on the book titling contest.

    Sounds like my entry, How To Succeed Without Ever Accomplishing Anything turned out to be the truthiest of all the titles!

    __________________________

    I vote for Toothiest- It’s got Teefs.

  28. C. Rock says:

    PepperzMom (GA) Says:

    Today’s stories tell of no accomplishments of note in any of her elected or appointed positions….and she quit to boot!
    *********************************
    She did go to 5 or 6 different collages after all. I would call that perhaps A Short Attention Span …. Maybe.

  29. Will says:

    Didn’t the same contractors who built the Wasilla Stadium boondoggle build the Palin’s home for free? And wasn’t that a story that came and went during the campaign? I always that that was the most egregious of her scandals back then, but it never seemed to get much traction or media play. Maybe that is all about to change.

  30. crystalwolf aka caligrl says:

    MarthaUYS,
    She was pissed! I think pissed that, the “jig” was up and she had to step down. Although we have known ever since she came back she has thrown Alaska “under the bus” she enjoyed the celebrity and prestige of being call “Governor”
    Thor’s hammer is about to “smote her down” BIG time! Last night she went to Jueanu. Bet those shredders were working OT. LOL! But nothing can save her now.
    Karma….Karma is a b*tch! 😀

  31. PepperzMom (GA) says:

    Nice shout out to AKM on Gregory Dunn’s HP post ( http://www.huffingtonpost.com/geoffrey-dunn/the-real-story-behind-pal_b_225636.html ) re: the Band Aid bungling…

    Has lots of interesting things in it, including his own part in the speech-gate theft episode just a few short months ago (jeepers!).

  32. PepperzMom (GA) says:

    Well, I think we need a re-vote on the book titling contest.

    Sounds like my entry, How To Succeed Without Ever Accomplishing Anything turned out to be the truthiest of all the titles!

    Today’s stories tell of no accomplishments of note in any of her elected or appointed positions….and she quit to boot!

    Happy Independence Day to All!

  33. samper says:

    Let’s just hope that if there IS some kind of legal scandal, that it’s on the FED level and not the STATE level. Something tells me she probably has a back room deal with Lt. Gov for unconditional pardons as far as the eye can see.

  34. teutonic13 says:

    I have decided that anheuser busch is indeed a legacy I should/could/and perhaps will endorse for the remainder of my tenure in my office.

    http://teutonic13.wordpress.com/

  35. teutonic13 says:

    Hey Austin Tx

    Thanks for visiting the site- and responding. What was your take on TTU v T last year- awesome game.

    As far as SP goes- the genie has left the bottle- her breathing was disturbing (partly because I am a cardiac medicine person) and wondered if perhaps she has a serious heart/lung issue? She is at an age and stress level- where that would not be out of the question.

    http://teutonic13.wordpress.com/

  36. txindygirl says:

    Martha Unalaska Yard Sign @ 524 – Great read. I suspect you are right on target.

    This has been a truly breathless roller coaster run – and I’m not talking just about the last 30 hours! I don’t know how any of us could have survived the last 9+ months without the “Internets.” God bless you all!

    Makes the Watergate and Iran Contra scandals appear boring and tame by comparison. The Bush-Cheney race-to-war is the only thing that still beats out the Palin drama, but Palin adds a bizzaro twist that may place her in a category of her own. (Of course, my ex continues to drag out the Clinton Body Count thingy, but until snopes.com verifies this, I’m gonna keep that thing on another list.)

    I don’t care what happens to Palin so long as she stays away from elected office. We can’t help the blind who still follow her. They dig their own graves as did the Jim Jones fanatics. I only feel sorry for their children.

  37. KateinCanada says:

    Martha UYS- that’s a wonderful, wise, from-the-heart rant! I’d love to see it on Huffington Post or other media as what real Alaskans really think.

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  39. JHop says:

    From the Associated Press:

    “Some party officials, including some once close to Palin, wondered whether she departed in advance of a brewing controversy, an assertion her camp denied. During the presidential campaign, McCain officials fretted about six or seven areas of personal and professional concern, according to a former official who helped investigate Palin’s background after her rocky rollout.

    This official, who spoke only on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal matters, said the governor’s explanations for many subjects never fully passed muster, but the stretched-thin campaign was forced to accept them during the final march toward November.”

    Very interesting. I’m glad that McCain and company cared more about their “stretched-thin campaign” than the well-being of the nation, but whatever. moot point now.

    For some reason, I can’t post the link. But it is a recently posted AP article by Philip Elliot, called “Analysis: Palin’s resignation hurts her future.”

  40. UK Lady says:

    524 Martha Unalaska Yard Sign Says

    Martha – WOW!! just WOW!!, the best description of Scarah that I’ve heard yet, glad you got that off your chest hun, bet you feel much better 😆

  41. Lainey says:

    Martha UYS
    That’s because Sarah doesn’t know WHY she believes what she believes. She has no way to draw thinking people into the mix, because she can’t offer explanations or talk sensibly about the issues. She doesn’t WANT conversation about the issues. She is solidified in her beliefs, but can only draw others in with her with her fakey, gushy “Oh you are so good at what you do!” crap. As soon as she doesn’t get her way with the gushy, sappy Sarah talk, then she gets angry.
    ——————–
    well said!!! she’s ignorant, uneducated (didn’t get through college by working the curriculum-I still haven’t figured that one out!), shallow, spoiled, and disinterested in intelligence and growth. Unfortunately for AK, she’s still there…so keep firing away with questions to keep her accountable…it’s not over ’till it’s over. Any career she wants in showbiz is fine by me…anyone can do that …just stay out of my government! We do NOT want a dictatorship here!

  42. phoebe says:

    Every single reason she gave for quitting in her resignation speech was untrue & lame. Not one reason she gave was a truthful reason. I’m thinking Romney & Bush Dynasties may be practicing a little heavy handed blackmail. Most Repubs have money & family backing, she has neither.

  43. Martha Unalaska Yard Sign says:

    @ anonymous

    What she meant by “lame duck gov” is that she had already decided not to run for re-election (which we all knew would be the case – she’s NEVER get re-elected and she knew it). That’s the political definition of lame duck, and that’s exactly why Parnell immediately filed as intent to run for Gov. He probably won’t really, but doesn’t want to be another “lame duck” in that sense or he won’t be effective. He won’t be very effective anyway – he’s a putz – but at least he’ll get something done and work with our Legislature so that maybe THEY can get something done.

  44. anonymous says:

    Palin’s lame-duck reason is lame

    In a long, rambling statement, Palin said “I thought about how much fun some governors have as lame ducks…And then I thought – that’s what’s wrong – many just accept that lame duck status, hit the road, draw the paycheck, and “milk it”. I’m not putting Alaska through that – I promised efficiencies and effectiveness!…I’ve determined it’s best to transfer the authority of governor to Lieutenant Governor Parnell.”

    So let’s get this straight: Palin claims that she doesn’t want to be a lame duck Governor because that’ll be bad for Alaska, but she believes it’s more “efficient and effective” for Alaska to now be run by a lame-duck Lt. Governor.

    What a moron.

  45. JHop says:

    Seagull JP – no problem. This blog community is terrific, I am just happy that I found it! I thought the “media scandal” from Andrew Sullivan line was interesting, too. I don’t know what it means. There have been so many rumors about Palin over the past few months – as Shannyn Moore, Mudflats, others, have all mentioned or alluded to – that it is hard not to wonder if the mainstream media has more information that they either cannot prove or are just holding onto for political reasons. Like The State in the Sanford saga, they may be lacking an additional source to substantiate their information. I am tired of waiting for the other shoe to drop; I am ready for it to crash to the ground already….it seems inevitable.

    This is another really good compilation of rumors/theories from the Moderate Voice:

    http://themoderatevoice.com/38003/palin-resignation-another-shoe-to-drop/

  46. Gindy51 says:

    “he sends message to SP via that new bloke (AG) – stand down or it’s coming out, be a good girl, keep quiet and you can still have a future.”

    McCain has about as much pull in the old guard GOP as I do. Read not much.
    The upper echelon do not like him as he is a loose cannon, just like they don’t like Palin. She won’t do what they say when they say it and they do not appreciate her hogging the spot light away from more viable (read will grab Independent and disaffected dem votes in 2012) candidates.
    She should have taken a lesson from Jindal, when you make an ass out of yourself stfu and hide for a while. She didn’t and now the chickens (dead turkeys) have come home to roost in her pay to play house.

  47. Martha Unalaska Yard Sign says:

    Sarah WAS pissed in that speech – big time! I’ve watched her far too long (ack! ack!) unfortunately, and that was a pissed Sarah, just talkin’ and talkin’ as fast as she could. The other thing – the press release at her home (or SBS’s home) without any press but local – that was a total flip off to the national press and puppet string holders. She’s goin’ ROGUE I tell ya! Back to bein’ all mavericky! Not only was it all in a hurry, it was all she could do to not say “F ALL of You!”.

    That woman wants NO ONE to tell her what to do – hence she quit. Too many ethical and legal strings in the Gov’s office – she wants to be FREE of accountability and watch dogs! She still sees nothing wrong with her blurring of personal and public lines – she lives it, breathes it, and thinks it’s all OK. Don’t bother feeling sorry for the family – they are all in lock step with her.

    I cracked up listening to the pundits yesterday and all the guessing going on. There are STILL people who think if SP gets good advice, she can run for Pres. They just don’t get it – I don’t think anyone gets it except Alaskans, and others who have followed the day to day sickening drama this woman calls her life. She will NEVER take anyone’s advice outside of AK – she trusts NO ONE. This is why she never really did any of the Republican political things after the Alfalfa Dinner. She doesn’t like those people. She liked the star attention, but she doesn’t like any of THEM. She’s only a small fish in a big pond “out there”. She can’t handle that.

    As I said many times in the past, SP could have NEVER left her Wasilla base to move to DC for any length of time. Even if elected, she would have maintained her home in Wasilla and spent as much time as possible there. She doesn’t fit in with the national political crowd – she only fit in with the whack jobs at her rallies – never any one else. Just like yesterday – she wants to tell people how it is, and take NO QUESTIONS! She wants to blather and babble, and take NO SERIOUS QUESTIONS. The only thing she wants from folks on the other side of the mic are adoring looks and smiles, with some clapping and cheering thrown in.

    That’s because Sarah doesn’t know WHY she believes what she believes. She has no way to draw thinking people into the mix, because she can’t offer explanations or talk sensibly about the issues. She doesn’t WANT conversation about the issues. She is solidified in her beliefs, but can only draw others in with her with her fakey, gushy “Oh you are so good at what you do!” crap. As soon as she doesn’t get her way with the gushy, sappy Sarah talk, then she gets angry.

    She only gets people to follow her through the charisma part. Once that doesn’t do its job, she strikes out. She’s tried to fire just about anyone who has crossed her at one point or another.

    Someone pissed her off big time – and she threw off the shackles. She won’t be running for Pres because that has way too many obligations, and she won’t be able to get away with all of her crap because the scrutiny is too high. She doesn’t have enough people she can trust who she can fill positions with. Wasilla is small, and she does not trust outsiders. Forget the presidential run. She’s onto something else where she can spill out word salad to her heart’s content and to run her own show w/o folks breathing down her neck.

    Thankfully, due to this personality disorder and complete inability to ignore criticism, or to duck and hide – she won’t be able to perform any high level job for long. There will always be someone to poke a stick at her and piss her off. Just like we did. She’s quit before, she’ll quit again. I think she really is done with politics, for now.

    She does have a million offers – she loves the star power just not the responsibilities, so she’ll choose something where she can rewrite her history and say whatever she wants to her loony followers. As far as those loony nut jobs go – we couldn’t be more sick of them here. They were doing her NO favors at all by jumping into the middle of stuff they didn’t know in Alaska, and were as responsible for her declining approval as much as anything else. Gotta love it – big “shout out” to the loonies at Team Rats and Goons for Palin. You did a GREAT job out there! Never thought I’d say it, but THANK YOU all for being Palin’s whack job nut case followers!

    She’s goin’ ROGUE, outside of gov’t – religion and book writing is my guess. Books let her write her own history, religion lets her tell people what they should do without any of the pesky explanation thingies. She’ll continue to drag her kids around, and raise them into the same set of principles, or lack thereof.

    Thanks to all the ankle biters and liberal bloggers in PJ’s for setting her up for the death of a million mosquito bites.

    OK, done with SP today – she is now SO out of my system! Enjoy!!

  48. Seagull Junker Palin says:

    JHop – thanks for the link back to Andrew Sullivan.

    His last sentence is interesting:

    “But this could turn out to be as big a media scandal as a Palin one.”

    “The State” (S.C. newspaper) held onto emails about Sanfords affair since December, I wonder if the media has info on Palin they selectively chose not to release…….

  49. lyn says:

    Alot of articles about Scarah at Talking Points Memo – top and entire left column –
    http://www.talkingpointsmemo.com/

  50. UK Lady says:

    Crystalwolf – LOL BS is about right – she comes out with enough of it!

  51. crystalwolf aka caligrl says:

    Wow! I guess I’m still stunned! Will have to make up a new name, no more GINO…maybe BS for bible spice?
    Been reading lots of blogs and Shannyn is said to be a Palin “expert” TeeHee!
    The *iceberg* has been referenced a lot and for this I am glad….
    I is truly going to be a great 4th of July for Alaskan’s and the rest of the US.
    Because BS will never be POTUS now, her political career is DONE! stick a fork in it! 😀
    Waiting for Thor’s hammer to hit BS….

  52. UK Lady says:

    austintx 😉

  53. Bowler says:

    I don’t think it will be feasible for her to re-enter the political scene if that’s what she’s planning on doing in a few years.

  54. Kris says:

    I think this state has gotten more sad and pathetic by the day since the years ago when my family came here. The state has turned into a huge joke abroad and houses a whole lot of whiners who are never happy no matter what. Let’s see what happens now as the state goes farther into the sh*t hole than it already is. Looking forward to that (not). Good luck to Alaska to find someone actually competent and educated enough to run this state. There isn’t anyone. Alaska attracts the duldrums of the weak and uneducated into politics…forgot about the corrupt aspect too (oh right that’s just about everywhere in the US now and seems to be fully acceptable, at least until people get caught *don’t ask don”t tell!*…so nevermind).

  55. austintx says:

    UK Lady
    ck. PM.

  56. austintx says:

    Moose Pucky –
    May I humbly add to

    Surprise #1

    I just gave birth to a baby.

    Maybe/Maybe not

  57. UK Lady says:

    Apparently J McCain has sent a message of support to Scarah, saying she will be important in R politics in the future. (Source Sky News UK).

    What I think is possible – JMc has info on SCarah from campaign, late vetting etc., really bad stuff with proof. He knows if he lets it out his reputation is dirt, putting US in terrible peril. He also knows leaks are starting, so, he sends message to SP via that new bloke (AG) – stand down or it’s coming out, be a good girl, keep quiet and you can still have a future.

  58. Tealwomin says:

    sounds as if she asked for a few days to get things in order – before the shirt hits the tan…and doing it on Friday, before a 3-4 day weekend gives her a little extra time after all…

    her ship is docked…and the unboarding begans…

    at the same time we need to look at the little gov….will he be a change or more of the same by keeping her crap in effect….will her appointees be un-apointed…hows abut that friend who loved cows…will she be put out to pasture?

  59. JHop says:

    From the Weekly Standard: “I spoke to a few friends in Alaskan Republican politics yesterday. None of them had a clue that Palin was going to resign her office, and none has any idea what her motivation might be in doing so. It was widely assumed in Alaska that Palin wouldn’t run for a second term. But this?”

    Okay, when the super conservative Weekly Standard, Bill Kristol’s little blog of lies, is as baffled as the rest of us, there is something fishy going on.

    in other news, Andrew Sullivan has a great post, compiling rumors/theories (Mudflats is included!):

    http://andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com/the_daily_dish/2009/07/iceberg.html

  60. phoebe says:

    Suprise #4
    ?????????????

  61. Moose Pucky says:

    Surprise #1

    I just gave birth to a baby.

    Surprise #2

    I’m McCain’s Vice-Presidential running mate.

    Suprise #3

    I quit.

  62. JHop says:

    http://www.abanet.org/media/faqjury.html

    this is the ABA’s page on grand juries, it has a lot more information.

  63. JHop says:

    I am an attorney; but each state has different procedural laws on this, and I am unfamiliar with Alaskan law. That being said, if it is a federal crime, which I assume it is, then yes, normally a potential defendant is served with a subpoena to appear at a grand jury proceeding in advance. They do not HAVE to inform her though; it is possible to get an indictment without the defendant, because the defendant is not allowed to present evidence anyway. Only the prosecution presents evidence at a grand jury proceeding, so her participation is not required. I don’t know if that helps. I can research this and find out more…

  64. mae lewis says:

    Everyone agrees that the press conference was called at the last minute. So many people were caught unaware and uninformed. Something also came up at the last minute to rattle Sarah. She is usually self confident, poised and in command when she gives a speech; she does love the spotlight.

    So I’ve been thinking about what could cause her to be so breathless. The labored breathing was audible above the ducks quacking and the geese honking. Here’s the question: In a Federal Investigation (think Housegate), don’t they advise the person that they are a target? especially if they might be asked to appear before a Grand Jury next week? (I’m thinking back to the Scooter Libby business when the reporters used this kind of language). Any legal experts want to weigh in on this possibility?

  65. JHop says:

    I really cannot think of one positive reason for resigning, unless she is being forced out because of criminal indictment or, after that crazy rambling resignation speech, plans to deny everything and then say “see I told you so, everyone is out to get me.” She clearly has (or had) presidential ambitions, and this did nothing for her, other than causing the media and public to collectively gasp “WTF?!”

    I am in NY and stumbled upon this blog yesterday. It is amazing! Please keep us “outsiders” informed of any local news or information from Alaska. It is beyond appreciated. Thanks for everyone’s hard work uncovering this!

  66. phoebe says:

    #501 rebekkah
    Sarah needs Piper. I think Piper is the brains of the operation & the steady one. Can you imagine the stress in the Palin household? I didn’t see Bristol during the resignation speech. So many of the Palin’s questionable dealings happend long before she reached national attention. Alaskan politics have been pretty corrupt & she could have probably gotten away with a lot more if she had limited herself to Alaska. If it is Housegate, what took so long. I think the one thing we do know is that the resignation was a surprise to even those close to her.

    If there is a major scandal about to break I wonder why the media isn’t on top of it. Getting tired of already hearing about the “elite media” & the liberal elite. Wondering if this is some devious GOP dastardly plot afoot.

  67. Lainey says:

    @teutonic13 #500

    read your blog
    wow…what perserverence…God Bless

  68. EyeOnYou says:

    **UPDATE**

    SOMETHING AWFUL APOLOGIZES FOR MAKING SARAH RESIGN!
    (hysterically funny…must read)

    http://www.somethingawful.com/d/news/sorry-sarah-palin.php

  69. antiAnti says:

    Palin looked angry not nervous in her resignation speech, IMO. Comparing her facial expression to the clips of McCain’s concession speech, I see a lot of similarities. This leads me to think that she had planned another route out of whatever difficulity she’s in and that route was blocked at the last minute. Remember in November she would only take a “no speech” from McCain himself. Someone with a lot of power said “no” to Palin probably has late as Thursday night. My conjecture is that it was the big money in the religious right. I think neither the big money guys nor Palin think Palin is down for the count.

  70. rebekkah says:

    I felt bad for Piper hearing her mother say that Trig needed her, but she needed him more, and the world needed more Trigs. This is again an indication that she speaks without thinking, not thinking of the effect it will have on her other children.

    Another note that she referred to the most important people in her life, “her children” – no mention of her husband. I really hope this drama ends serenely for the family’s sake. But, at issue here is the governor’s accusations that media, bloggers, are the reason she quit. Clearly she does not want to claim responsibility for any fault of her own.

  71. teutonic13 says:

    Hiya AKM

    Was trying to figure out how to get an Avatar- and followed your directions in FAQ- And then???? I started a blog-

    Your Huff Po article was very good-

    Asta

    http://teutonic13.wordpress.com/2009/07/04/hello-world/

  72. Ariane says:

    Throughout most of that speech she seemed on the verge of tears of rage. It seemed to me this was forced on her and she is really, really mad about it.
    The thing is, what kind of ultimatum could it be to make Sarah Barracuda step down rather than fight tooth and nail? and what is gonna get covered up in return for her quitting?

  73. sauerkraut says:

    humor at Sarah Palin’s expense…

    http://pamelavillars.wordpress.com/2009/06/20/ode-to-sarah-palin/

    don’t forget to look at the post which shows Sarah Palin’s response to The Ode! 😎

  74. NY Dem says:

    Now that she’s finally gone ( or will be in 21 days) do you think all the fine people of Wasilla will finally stop being afraid of Sarah’s possible retribution and come forth and tell what they know ? She’s out of power (soon) and I think the floodgates are going to open now that she can’t retaliate against them.

  75. CG says:

    Impending death is the only thing that gets a commercial fisherman to take nets out of the water. Even if Todd is a suck fisherman, it’s still a capital expenditure to be there.

    He did indeed miss some substantial fishing yesterday; 3,000 lb average deliveries yesterday.

    July 3 – The escapement in the Wood River yesterday was 73,000 and 13,000 this morning, for a cumulative of 586,000. The Nushagak sockeye escapement was 18,000 yesterday, for a cumulative of 290,000, and the Nushagak king escapement was 2,100, for a cumulative of 66,400. The unapportioned counts at 6:00 a.m. are 5,900. The Igushik River escapement yesterday was 17,700 sockeye and 5,200 so far this morning, for a total of 74,000. The harvest in the Nushagak District yesterday was 535,000, for a cumulative harvest of 3.9 million sockeye.

    July 2 – The escapement in the Wood River yesterday was 43,000 and 45,000 this morning, for a cumulative of 548,000. The Nushagak sockeye escapement was 33,000 yesterday, for a cumulative of 272,000, and the Nushagak king escapement was 2,100, for a cumulative of 64,300. The Igushik River escapement yesterday was 14,800 sockeye and 6,600 so far this morning, for a total of 57,700.

    Bristol Bay Sockeye Salmon Per Delivery
    Preliminary Data
    Report as of: 02-JUL-09
    Ugashik 967
    Egegik 758
    Naknek-Kvichak 536
    Nushagak 623
    Togiak 109

    Now he’s lost that investment and will take a loss. If he’s not really dependent on that for income – he isn’t – then maybe it’s no big deal, either way.

  76. sauerkraut says:

    The post, above, has comments off to save the server from overheating due to internet traffic, and suggests going to huffpo to read the rest of the post and post comments. Unfortunately, huffpo appears disinclined to accept comments and loads wicked slow.

    But I just have to comment on the title of that post… “Sarah Palin” and “thinking” in the same sentence… that’s wacked.

    And wishful thinking. 😎

    thank gawd I’m in the east and the alaskan crew is still sleeping after a night of partying. 😎

  77. MadasHelinVA says:

    “People who know me know that besides faith and family, nothing’s more important to me than our beloved Alaska,” Palin said.

    Faith in a kooky, fanatic, lunatic religion replete with witch doctor, family with a multitude of problems where if she would spend some QUALITY TIME with the kids might not be as whacked out, and as far as AK, I can’t help but wonder if she has skrewed it up so badly that it may never be possible to repair all the damage! God help Parnell as he’ll have to work 24/7 for at least a year just to ‘make sense’ of all the chit she left behind.

    Since she is as hard and brittle as cement nails, I will never believe it was difficult for her to do her job due to ‘many ethic complaints’ – she never did her job in the first place since actual work was left up to all the ‘worker bees’ she put on board her sinking ship! There has to be a TRUE, HUGE, UGLY AND FORMIDABLE STORY about her coming out soon and she figured she had better leave before the chit hit the fan.

    During this interview, for her to discuss ‘ALL her accomplishments’ especially in helping move forward a North Slope natural gas pipeline [nothing has been done on that]; the rest is work performed by others unnamed but Palin takes the glory. At least our country can take a ‘deep breath’ with this announcement. You betcha we have all just been saved from that ‘pig wearing lipstick’! Please tell me she DID NOT WINK!

  78. EyeOnYou says:

    From comment on Gryphen’s site:

    I find it interesting, and nobody has reported this, that Tim Petumenos works for the same law firm that represented the City of Wasilla over the protracted land battle that the sports center sits on.

    Birch Horton Bittner and Cherot made a bundle of money off of that one.

    Bittner is also Uncle Ted’s brother in law.

    Wasn’t she running Stevens’ PAC while she was Mayor of Wasilla ?

    Wasn’t Steven Silver hired as a lobbyist to get the money for the Sports Center in the first place ?

    Someone should be digging into this one.

    The Petumenos info would explain alot about the Troopergate issue.

  79. Lainey says:

    @NY Dem
    I wonder how all those ‘palinbots’ feel now – now that Palin has helped them empty their wallets for her “defense fund” !
    ————–
    I suspect they are still smitten and tricked into believing that God is involved

  80. Nebraska Native says:

    Ah, shoot Austin… no fair teasing us that way! LOL

  81. samper says:

    Speculation this mornig is running rampant, but one thing is certain… we have to fear not. She commited political suicide yesterday. She’s a quitter. Very few will vote for a quitter. For ANY office.

    I’m still having trouble with the whole “lame duck govs go travelin’ about, wasting $$ and collecting a paycheck” excuse for resigning. It’s not like it’s a requirement or anything. Why wouldn’t she just live out her term actually working for the Great State of Alaska (and I have to say, HATE the way she pronounces it!)?

    She’s just so gosh-darn MAVERICKY also too you betcha, she could have just gone contrary to what other govs SUPPOSEDLY do.

    Also, too, still can’t believe the firings in the Health Dept. Why would she do that if she was quitting? Hopefully, Parnell will re-hire them.

    Do we like Parnell? I don’t know anything about him.

  82. sauerkraut says:

    goooood morning, Alaska!

    Today is the first day of the rest of your political lives.

    And it starts with your lame duck guv almost at the helm.

  83. UK Lady says:

    Gryphen on Immoral Minority has an interesting story up today, check out the comments too – Hmmmmmmmmmmm…………………

  84. Gindy51 says:

    TXChick, I never said SHE is moving out for the good of the party. THEY are moving her out. The upper level GOP will use any means necessary to remove a thorn in their side, be it stupid embezzlement or affairs.
    Sanford refused to dump his babe and got outed. Sarah refused to play nice with the big boys and is OUSTED. They told her she either plays ball their way or else. She refused and the “or else” is ready to hit the fan via the FBI and IRS.

  85. sauerkraut says:

    There’s a dead fish
    in the middle of the water

    dead fish
    in the middle of the water

    dead fish in the middle of the water

    and it just up and qui – it. …

    To use her own analogy, Palin just benched herself.

    Hope she enjoys gathering splinters.

  86. leenie17 says:

    Just have to say how impressed I am with the quality of posts here at the flats. There have been some well-deserved zingers lobbed towards Palin, but none that crossed the line into inappropriateness, unlike some of the nastiness I’ve read on other blogs. That says a lot about the people who comment here and even more about the standards that have been created by AKM and all the pups who work so hard to keep this place running. Great job all!!! (wild applause)

  87. UK Lady says:

    Nebraska Native

    The tweet was in an update on this Kos story

    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2009/7/3/749722/-Brad-Blog:-Federal-Indictments-for-Palin-in-Embezzlement-Scandal-May-Be-on-the-Way

    Me too want to see pic of austintx and JTP

  88. austintx says:

    481 Nebraska Native –
    No pic……..I was messin’ with Aussie Blue Sky…….called me a sissy for not goin’ in the 100 degree heat……..all in fun.

  89. Canadian Neighbour says:

    CNN just said Parnell advised them in an interview earlier this morning that he will be filing paperwork next week to run for Gov’s office in 2010

  90. Nan says:

    Oh, and another thing! She feels she can “do more” outside of the gov’s office? As in “private sector” – ?

    It almost sounds as if she plans on becoming a (perish the thought) community organizer?!!!

    …or not…

  91. Nebraska Native says:

    The phrase “circular firing squad” keeps coming up in posts all over the internets… all hail the gop! And UK lady? I’m afeared of overdosin’ on schadenfruede also, too.

  92. Nebraska Native says:

    I’m with ‘ya Austin… and I DO want to see the pic of you and Joe the dumber!

  93. Nan says:

    Her voice was so shaky during the announcement, except when she was mentioning bloggers or ethics complaints or the finger-pointee-du-jour.

    I truly think someone had a “come-to-Jesus” talk with her. I wonder if it was her own lawyer saying “you can quit now while you can still hold your head up & pretend it’s your choice – or you can quit later, when everyone will ‘know’ the ‘real reason’ your quitting, and had no choice.” (thinking about that infamous iceberg, coming down the pike.)

    just my 2cents

  94. austintx says:

    Nebraska Native –

    I think Shannyn is on the radio tonite. If so , get the adult beverage of your choice and let’s have a PARTY !!

    Who knows ?? Maybe AKM might show up………………

  95. Nebraska Native says:

    UK Lady… do tell more about the tweet?! There’s nothing on Shannon’s blog yet, and I should know because I have done nothing but cruise the blogs this AM. I need to get a life 🙂

  96. Evelyn says:

    Akm, Snoskred, Serverguy, – thanks. GINO is out, Alaska is saved. In the clip, she looks nervous, thinner, tired (and still style challenged). A poster earlier wrote about Todd giving up fishing to return for this announcement. Sarah’s comments in Runners World about her determination and endurance, her basketball analogies, telling Charlie Gibson that she didn’t blink when offered the VP position, nickname Sarah Barracuda does not describe a quitter. Leaving elected office mid-term can’t help her (mythical) image as a leader, a doer, a rising star of politics. If SP were going on to something good, she would have had more people around her. (During the election, we were treated to her sitting on a couch in a hotel (lobby?), with Daddy stroking her tenderly. By contrast, as Piper squirms during this life changing announcement, Todd shows all the affection of Prince Philip.) Where were her parents, siblings, staff? No, there’s not good news for Sarah. Wouldn’t it be great if the publisher stopped payment on the check?

    However, in Sarah World, maybe she’s moving to Iowa to get a start on 2012. Maybe she’s scared by North Korean missiles. Maybe the poison dropped on Rat Island wafted to her home. Maybe an affair with Mark Sanford, or some other Republican nutcase – remember reports of a first meeting with McCain’s people she was wrapped in a towel, Rich Lowry’s drooling in the National Review. She loves any media coverage, the more critical the better. Manipulation is her one true talent. I think she’s in big, big trouble.

    The posters here are insightful, thoughtful, intelligent with a wicked sense of fun. AKM and crew bring out the best, and I’ll miss the dishiness of GINO news. There’s lots to know about a SP free Alaska, tho & I’ll be back to see if Gov Parnell makes a difference, if life will improve for Alaskans. AKM is a wonderful writer, please keep us up to date not just on politics, but the beautiful pics and commentary. Earlier someone wrote that you’ll always have a place to stay as long as there are Mudpuppies. You betcha.

  97. UK Lady says:

    I think I’ve overdosed on schadenfruede, hope it’s not fatal.

  98. Palin’s move puts yet more pressure on Obama to finally get some results, as the soaring rhetoric isn’t hypnotizing the plebes like it used to. This week Helen Thomas, Colin Powell, and Warren Buffet all turned on him. Polls are looking droopy for The One lately.

    Obama’s porkulus program is a train wreck, all it’s done is bump interest rates and tank the dollar. We are being laughed at by bad guys like Tehran, Pyongyang, and Al Qaida who amazingly turned-down Barack’s friend-requests.

    Palin could trounce him in 2012, when Americans would vote for the Gipper-in-Heels in droves- while begging for lower taxes, free enterpise, a defense posture with some backbone… an end to the radical, anti-American nightmare we’ve got now.

    Go get ‘em Sarah-

  99. austintx says:

    UK Lady – Yup Yup !!

  100. TXChick4Obama says:

    Gindy51 –

    2 things –

    That theory still does not explain stepping down midterm, now if she just announced that she would not be seeking a 2nd term or running for Pres in 2012 then maybe. But again, lends no explanation to quitting abruptly in the middle on ones term.

    Second – Sarah is out for Sarah, only. There is no way that she would move aside for the “good of the party”. I think we saw in the 08 election how far she will go for the good of anything….

  101. UK Lady says:

    Have any of you seen this yet?

    RT @jmproffitt:Prediction: Palin corruption story is true. She got a free house in exchange for $13M contract award. she is D-O-N-E.about 11 hours ago from TweetDeck
    shannynmoore

  102. NY Dem says:

    So much reading – so little time. Didn’t she mention somewhere in her speech that she didn’t want to be a “lame duck” ?

    Well, isn’t she just that (a lame duck) by waiting until the 25th. to officially resign ?

    What is she going to try and pull while she is still in office for the next 21 days ?

    And what is it with her and “birds” ?

    Turkeys; geese; ducks ……..

  103. Gindy51 says:

    I see the hands of the upper echelon GOP in this one, folks.
    They want Romney to run, big time. He can win over Obama, hate to say it, IF he down plays his religious affiliation. He has the business smarts to pull off economic policy, the grass roots of his church to push him, and he can easily be as photogenic and charismatic as Obama (and even Sarah to some whacked out individuals).
    While it is true the uber religious right won’t vote for him, plenty of on the fence Independents and moderate GOPers will.
    Destroying Palin is an enema the GOP badly needs.

  104. austintx says:

    IF the IRS is involved in a case , they seize EVERYTHING , bank accounts included.

  105. Wolf Pack says:

    EyeOnYou Says:
    July 3rd, 2009 at 11:36 PM

    On another blog (not palinfansite) there was someone who said that they know Meg personally and she was stunned & surprised by this. Andrew Halcro is saying he has heard that Todd had to quickly abandon his boat, leaving others in charge of his setnet to race to be with Sarah.
    ——————

    Watch the video again. Piper & Todd are totally care free. They are not acting surprised or shocked.

    Palin got her book deal several weeks ago and decided to cut and run with the money from that and her two mego marathon fund raisers.

    It is very similar to her shopping extravaganza during the campaign. Grabbing anything she can get her hands on.

  106. Wolf Pack says:

    She got her book deal. Held two mega marathon fund raisers for her PAC and legal fund. And then cuts and runs with the money.

    So blatantly obvious what she did and that she is just a grifter that just cashed in.

    She can pretend she is a victim but, it really is Alaska and her stupid supporters who are the victims.

  107. austintx says:

    Dang – And I thought the picture of me with Joe the Dumber yesterday would be fun to share………..

  108. Aussie Blue Sky says:

    snippets from Yahoo news

    Palin’s spokesman, David Murrow, said the governor didn’t say anything to him about this being her “political finale.”

    “She’s looking forward to serving the public outside the governor’s chair,” he said.
    ———–
    And Pam Pryor, a spokeswoman for Palin’s political action committee, said the group continues to accept donations on its Web site, which saw an uptick in contributions Friday afternoon.
    ———–
    The announcement caught even current and former Palin advisers by surprise. Former members of Sen. John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign team, now dispersed across the country, traded perplexed e-mails and phone calls about the vice presidential nominee’s decision to step down.
    ———–
    Lisa Murkowski, whose father was the governor when he lost to Palin in the 2006 Republican primary, was dismissive of the announcement.
    “I am deeply disappointed that the governor has decided to abandon the state and her constituents before her term has concluded,” she said in a one-sentence statement.

  109. NY Dem says:

    I wonder how all those ‘palinbots’ feel now – now that Palin has helped them empty their wallets for her “defense fund” !

    I can just picture Sarah, holding a ‘palinbot’ upside-down by the ankles, and shaking all the loose change out of their pockets, as the money falls into a big golden pot with “Alaska Fund Trust” written on the side.

  110. Inpeach_Palin says:

    Lainey Says:
    July 4th, 2009 at 12:12 AM

    @GingerbreadMan
    Aw, that video is so touching… especially when Sarah says, “sincerely, to All Alaskans, you have my heart.”
    I’m pretty sure a growing number of Alaskans would say: Thanks, Sarah. I’ll have it with some fava beans and maybe a nice chianti.

    Too funny! Looking forward to reading more sinister humor about Gino.

  111. Lainey says:

    @GingerbreadMan
    Aw, that video is so touching… especially when Sarah says, “sincerely, to All Alaskans, you have my heart.”
    I’m pretty sure a growing number of Alaskans would say: Thanks, Sarah. I’ll have it with some fava beans and maybe a nice chianti.
    ———————
    lol… this was worth repeating

  112. kansas lady says:

    Wow. I am familiar with the term “Christmas in July,” but I never really knew what it meant until now. Here’s to everyone in Mudflats…(raise your glass and toast with me, won’t you?). Woohoo!

  113. curiouser says:

    err….last sentence in first paragraph above makes no sense. Past my bedtime.

  114. curiouser says:

    Whoo Hoo! Congratulations AKM and Alaskans! Yay, Iceberg! AKM, Congrats on the awesome summary of the highlights of her governorship.

    Looking forward to hearing the other shoe drop.

    Will read comments over the weekend. Maybe one of you has the story on the absence of Bristol and Willow. Happy 4th pups!

  115. jojobo1 says:

    If anyone is a terrorist it would be the Palins and Perry as they advance sucession from the US.Maybe they should be on a terrorist list adn Ms Palin is palin around with terrorist them

  116. EyeOnYou says:

    On another blog (not palinfansite) there was someone who said that they know Meg personally and she was stunned & surprised by this. Andrew Halcro is saying he has heard that Todd had to quickly abandon his boat, leaving others in charge of his setnet to race to be with Sarah.

    This was not planned. Not for today. Maybe it was discussed previously, but from what is being said this happening today was very, very unexpected.

  117. woodstove says:

    What an interesting twist on the old “you can’t fire me, I quit” senario.

  118. KallieinTexas says:

    I see a dead fish floating in the water.

  119. Physicsmom says:

    Congratulations Alaskans! I’ve been trying to get on Mudflats on and off all day, and just finally finished reading the comments. First, kudos to AKM and the other pj’d bloggers for continuing to shine the light on GINO and the need for truth. Job well done! She’s thrown in the towel!

    H/T to #293 Lee 323 for the best line: “Palin recalled herself.”

    I wondered about all of GINO’s high school buddies being unemployed soon, but one poster said Parnell agreed to keep them all on. What a doofus!

    No matter what happens with GINO from here, we’ll still keep coming around the old Mudflats, cause we need to support the Bush residents and their quest for food and fuel and better fishing rights, the Anchorage civil rights ordinance, the environmental watchdogs, etc. Waving good night from Michigan to AKM and all the Muddies; it was a good day.

  120. Gingerbread Man says:

    Aw, that video is so touching… especially when Sarah says, “sincerely, to All Alaskans, you have my heart.”
    I’m pretty sure a growing number of Alaskans would say: Thanks, Sarah. I’ll have it with some fava beans and maybe a nice chianti.

  121. NYHawk says:

    Blooper Says:
    July 3rd, 2009 at 10:48 PM

    Oh yes, and the two best words in the English language?

    Palin Resigns.
    _____________

    And, too, also (other possibilities):

    Palin Arrested

    Palin Handcuffed

    Palin Indicted

    Palin Convicted

    Palin Sentenced

    Palin Incarcerated

    Palin Imprisoned

  122. justafarmer says:

    HuffPo is sitting on comments…I’m off to bed now….

  123. Sourdough Mullet says:

    @Phil #440

    Thanks for the info. Where are you assembling for the parade, and at what time?

  124. justafarmer says:

    I gotta say, that house of hers is UGLY…

  125. Lainey says:

    just wondering…I checked out her official website per the Begala article and kept asking myself why she never updated her family photos to include Trig.
    wouldn’t a real mother be so proud?

  126. Blooper says:

    Oh yes, and the two best words in the English language?

    Palin Resigns.

  127. Blooper says:

    Not to gloat, but… ah what the heck,

    YES!! Christmas and the Fourth of July, all wrapped in one!

    Not much else to say on here that already hasn’t been said, but I definitely second the notion that there is NO way in hell that she would have quit because it was in the best interest of Alaska.

    And yes, the other shoe will drop. 🙂

  128. Char Hamiliton says:

    Isn’t the choice of the next Lt. Gov up to the incoming Gov when the Lt Gov succeeds the Gov? After taking office, Parnell would select a Lt Gov from among the heads of the principal depts of State govt subject to confirmation by a majority of legislators meeting in joint session (Sec. 44.19.040). So can Palin dictate the new Lt Gov in her role as the outgoing Gov? What if Parnell selects Joe Schmidt or any of the other dept heads?

  129. Lainey says:

    hilarious article by Paul Begala… forgive me if this was already posted…I picked out one of my favorite paragraphs…also, too
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/paul-begala/sarah-palin-turns-pro_b_225633.html
    quote: Let’s stipulate that if there is some heretofore unknown personal, medical or family crisis, this was the right move. But Gov. Palin didn’t say anything like that. Her statement was incoherent, bizarre and juvenile. The text, as posted on Gov. Palin’s official website (here), uses 2,549 words and 18 exclamation points. Lincoln freed the slaves with 719 words and nary an exclamation; Mr. Jefferson declared our independence in 1,322 words and, again, no exclamation points. Nixon resigned the presidency in 1,796 words — still no exclamation points. Gov. Palin capitalized words at random – whole words, like “TO,” “HELP,” and “AND,” and the first letter of “Troops.”

  130. Impeach_Palin says:

    Hope you’ve been enjoying a nice glass of Shiraz (or several) at the bbq, AKM. I read your article on Huffington Post, can’t wait to find out about the “iceberg” that’s about to submerge the Bad Ship Gino. * Clink*

    I watched her resignation speech – HOLY METH FACE! I don’t know a lot about Adderall but I’ve read and heard that people who abuse it may present as indistinguishable from crystal meth addicts. Her run-on manner of speaking and facial tics reminded me of the meth-addicted women in dire need of birth control or termination who visited the centre where I volunteered.

    Anyway, she’s resigning. Such good news.

    Mudflatters
    Ding Dong! The Witch is dead. Which old Witch? The Wicked Witch!
    Ding Dong! The Wicked Witch is dead.
    Wake up – sleepy head, rub your eyes, get out of bed.
    Wake up, the Wicked Witch is dead. She’s gone where the goblins go,
    Below – below – below. Yo-ho, let’s open up and sing and ring the bells out.
    Ding Dong’ the merry-oh, sing it high, sing it low.
    Let them know
    The Wicked Witch is dead!
    Mayor
    As Mayor of the Mudflats City, In the County of the Land of AK, I welcome you most regally.
    Barrister
    But we’ve got to verify it legally, to see
    Mayor
    To see?
    Barrister
    If she
    Mayor
    If she?
    Barrister
    Is morally, ethic’lly
    Father No.1
    Spiritually, physically
    Father No. 2
    Positively, absolutely
    Mudflatters
    Undeniably and reliably Dead
    Coroner
    As Coroner I must aver, I thoroughly examined her.
    And she’s not only merely dead, she’s really most sincerely dead.
    Mayor
    Then this is a day of Independence For all the Mudflatters and their descendants
    Barrister
    If any.
    Mayor
    Yes, let the joyous news be spread The wicked Old Witch at last is dead!

    Happy July 4th AKM, Alaskans, and Mudflatters!

  131. Baker's Dozen says:

    NYHawk Says:
    July 3rd, 2009 at 9:23 PM
    Baker’s Dozen Says:
    July 3rd, 2009 at 9:12 PM

    She’s a hamster in lipstick!
    __________________

    Brilliant! I hope that phrase goes viral.

    _________________
    Thanks. How about a graphic, someone? Or maybe I’ll submit it as a new book title 🙂

  132. jojobo1 says:

    I hope it is house gate and I don’t think her fans will fall away because of it most of them don’t believe in taxes anyway and are from the far right fringe,.Look at Ted Stevens He was quilty as hell and almost half still voted for him so it has to be something real big.Maybe thats why she wanted all the donations,because she knew this was coming eventually..Aftre all the attacking she did I hope she does go down.It is just too bad about the kids but their is plenty of family to care for them if she goes to jail and I have a feeling if it is housegte they will have all the t crossed so something like the Stevens case does not happen and she gets away,

  133. Baker's Dozen says:

    bucfan Says:
    July 3rd, 2009 at 9:21 PM
    Bakersdozen, first of all, she would have had to contact Track in Iraq to get his response. That could be easy because you can im to troops over there. Then she would have had to get a response from a just over year old Downs Syndrome baby. And apparently she said there is a funny story about who said “Hell, Yeah” Heck, I am nearly fifty years old, and if I said Hell, Yeah, to my mother she would be chasing me with the LifeBuoy.

    ______________________________
    LOL ! I think my mom–if she were here to do it, would be tempted to use drano! 🙂

  134. M. Bergert says:

    Sarah has put her speech on her Twitter account. It is interesting although, it said the same she did before, except it was definitly done later. Unlike her first speech which was too animated and very disjointed, and choppy, her second speech said the same thing, except her speech is not as animated, disjointed, and Todd’s airplane wing in the background. Earlier I posted she sure seemed to be high on something iduring first speech, now I think she really was. Check them both to see if you don’t agree

  135. Lainey says:

    saw the video again on my large tv….boy, what a beautiful property she has! so she must have everything that tax dollars could buy

  136. bucfan says:

    OMG, they are showing parts of her speech again. She is so doggone juvenile. And I had missed the part where she says that the ethics complaints cost the state two million dollars. There was a FRONT PAGE article in the Anchorage Daily News yesterday that said the total amount was $296,000, with $187,000 spent on the complaint she filed agains herself. Wait, she doesn’t read newspapers. And she is speaking a mile a minute, and breathing heavier than Rush Limbaugh after a flight of steps.

  137. Sourdough Mullet,

    The Mat-Su Democrats will be marching in the Wasilla 4th of July Parade tomorrow morning. We’re having an ice cream social afterward at Nunley Park by City Hall.

    Katie Hurley is Grand Marshall of the Parade, which is a lot to celebrate about. But we have additional stuff to whoop it up over, don’t we?

  138. Sourdough Mullet says:

    OH, my God! Was out on the lakes all day and just got back to hear this amazing news! We drove through Wasilla after hearing it, honking the horn and hollering. We even made a special little detour past Palin’s house, singing at the top of our lungs “DING DONG, THE WITCH IS DEAD!”
    Wish we had time to make a float for the Wasilla 4th Parade tomorrow. It would definitely feature a sad, defeated witch squashed under a house, with only a shiny pair of red Naughty Monkey pumps peeking out from beneath the wreckage.
    Thank you again AKM for your amazing work in being a standard-bearer for the truth for all these long, dark months. As Sarah says, “We Win, They Lose”.

  139. HamletsMill says:

    I suddenly stumbled on to the announcement and her speech on my car radio this afternoon while off work for the 4th and out shopping. On the radio she sounded completely rushed and manic. Just one cut below Alvin and the Chipmunks. Is she on some kind of medication? I was somewhat amazed. She sounded like one of Imadinnerjacket’s female nasal Iranian translators only she was translating herself from some far away continent in her distant and muddled inner mind. Or the breathless Tele Screen reader in the 1984 version of Orwell’s “1984”. It was bizarre to say the least.

    I shall always think of her this way:

    Yes. All you dearly beloved Mudpuppies in both Alaska and the Lower 48 keep the wooden stakes and hammers always ready under your beds just in case. But the consensus of the pundits tonight is that she has truly committed political suicide and it really may be over after the last ten months of utter horror.

    We all went through this amazing living hell together and were somehow all fused together in the insane ordeal from P-Day (August 29, 2008) onward as it happened.

    AKM and the Alaskan women here assembled marshaled every one of us who stumbled onto the Mudflats to defend our country the United States of America from the abyss as the utter shock came upon us.

    I honestly believe Ice Flow Barbie has now come to the end of the road. it was indeed a Shakespearean tale told by an idiot signifying the deranged mental illness of our country over the last eight years.

    Our lines held in the battle dear Mudflatters worldwide.

    I love every one of you.

  140. Canadian Neighbour says:

    Finally went to Huff to read and the first one I picked, I just about choked.

    The 2nd paragraph of the story of the GOP Official who emailed moments before:

    “Part of her decision is she wants to spend more time campaigning for candidates,” Nick Ayers, the executive director of the RGA, told Fox News. ”

    Palin is Pallin’ around with AYERS!!!!! LOL

  141. Lainey says:

    @B. Troglodyte
    PS: A Federal Conviction prevents one from voting, not from being elected. James Michael Curley – former Governor of Massachusetts – was elected Mayor of Boston whilst serving his Federal Prison Time for embezzlement. He received a commutation of sentence so that he could assume his office.
    —————-
    politics is the most corrupt employment, isn’t it?

  142. Lainey says:

    @Wolf Pack
    If she was going to be indicted, she would have more bargaining power as Gov
    ——————

    maybe she’s defecting

  143. bucfan says:

    OKlad, good observation. But you think she would have waited until around 4 PM Alaska time by which no one would have been around on the east coast to run a special report like David Schuster on Hardball.

  144. Wolf Pack says:

    I don’t believe anything Palin says.

    If she was going to be indicted, she would have more bargaining power as Gov.

    Yes, she talked fast and was out of breath but, she read a lot in 18 minutes. At the same time, Toad and Piper seemed uninterested and care free.

    So I think Palin is just making a whole lot of excuses to get out of being Governor so she can cash in. She got her book deal. She just did two marathons for donation to her Pac and legal fund. And she can do a speaking tour for $ 25K per speech. She is free to promote her book. And she might even run in the primaries.

    When she says you have to put first things first, for her that means Sarah and she is throwing Alaska under the bus.

  145. justafarmer says:

    got my post at HuffPo waiting approval!
    yep…I was bad…

  146. NYHawk says:

    Baker’s Dozen Says:
    July 3rd, 2009 at 9:12 PM

    She’s a hamster in lipstick!
    __________________

    Brilliant! I hope that phrase goes viral.

  147. Canadian Neighbour says:

    justafarmer Says:
    lol, Canadian Neighbor! Independence Day fireworks 20 miles away or Shannyn….decisions, decisions….bwahahahaaa!!!!!!
    ——–
    You do have the option to listen to Shannyn’s show after it’s on. You can listen to it and follow along the messages on Mudflats as if you were listening live!!

    Happy 4th Everyone from this neck of the woods in Canada.
    Have a Safe, Super Kaboomer Day!!

    I enjoy watching your Celebration from Boston with Keith Lockhart & the Boston Pops – but I realize too Justafarmer – it is on when Shannyn is on. Guess it will be the low competing background sound with pictures!!!!

  148. bucfan says:

    Martha, saw it. It was a great post, as usual.

  149. bucfan says:

    Bakersdozen, first of all, she would have had to contact Track in Iraq to get his response. That could be easy because you can im to troops over there. Then she would have had to get a response from a just over year old Downs Syndrome baby. And apparently she said there is a funny story about who said “Hell, Yeah” Heck, I am nearly fifty years old, and if I said Hell, Yeah, to my mother she would be chasing me with the LifeBuoy.

  150. Martha Unalaska Yard Sign says:

    NEW THREAD! Read AKM on Huff Po!

  151. justafarmer says:

    @anadventurer:
    take lots and LOTS of pictures!

  152. samper says:

    anadventurer Says:
    July 3rd, 2009 at 9:08 PM
    I just got asked to work the Alaska “Governors Picnic” on the 25th by APD. HOW COULD I SAY NO?

    That should be great, or a ghost town. Not sure yet what it will be like. I know I won’t be missing it!

    =======

    Take a camera and recording device!!!!

  153. Canadian Neighbour says:

    crystalwolf aka caligrl,
    That twitter is still on Shannyn’s page – it’s from 2 hours ago – 8 messages down

  154. justafarmer says:

    lol, Canadian Neighbor! Independence Day fireworks 20 miles away or Shannyn….decisions, decisions….bwahahahaaa!!!!!!

  155. This week has been crushing for the Republican Party. They have lost a potential Presidential Candidate who is popular, talented, and somewhat controversial
    (oh – not Michael Jackson? try again)
    an attractive, well-spoken public figure who could have brought intellectual gravity as well as celebrity appeal to America as she shatters the glass ceiling
    (oh – not Farrah Fawcett? try again)
    um… an intelligent Republican governor with principles
    (not Terry Sanford?)
    oh, yeah, Sarah Palin, sorry.

    PS: A Federal Conviction prevents one from voting, not from being elected. James Michael Curley – former Governor of Massachusetts – was elected Mayor of Boston whilst serving his Federal Prison Time for embezzlement. He received a commutation of sentence so that he could assume his office.

  156. Baker's Dozen says:

    She’s a hamster in lipstick!

    If she polled her kids about whether she should stay governor and got 5 replies, then, you have to hand it to her, she’s been a great mom for Trigg. He’s really super advanced for his age if he could understand the question, repurcussions, and vote! 😀

  157. Bob Ross says:

    Well, now. If this current Palin saga knocks Michael Jackson and Mark Sanford off of the “front page,” it will sure be a welcome relief.

    Bye, Sarah, it sure was fun while it lasted. Saturday Night Live will have a ball with your latest misadventure. … stay tuned.

    Bob Ross
    Beaufort, SC

  158. honestyinGov says:

    I just say this comment on a Huffpo thread…

    “Yep, there’s nothing like ‘quitting’ your way to the top.”

    THAT looks like it could be the next Palin Book title…

    ” Quitting Your way to the Top”…. can we have a picture FlyinurEye..?

  159. Canadian Neighbour says:

    justafarmer,

    Twitter:
    shannynmoore figuring out the Holiday show…thinking regular time with a bonus hour and live blogging @ the mudflats. oh, were you busy?
    about 1 hour ago from TweetDeck

  160. Pacificnwgal says:

    It always amazes me how Palin can switch the blame to others. Now it is the fault of the liberal bloggers, for example, that millions of tax payer dollars are being wasted to investigate her on ethics issues. SHE is the one wasting tax payer dollars and time by committing ethics crimes. She is either a total diva or just plain ignorant of the laws that she is sworn to upheld. And it is not true that she has been acquitted of ALL ethics charges. Such denial is narcissistic.

  161. yardwork says:

    I’m wondering about her book deal, isn’t (wasn’t) part of the mystique and potential selling points of the future book that she is (was) a woman in a unique power position – Governor of AK. Now she’s not in a power position, she’s Jane Doe the private citizen no longer the throwin’ under the bus queen. I wonder if the future publishers will try and get out of the book deal now.

  162. anadventurer says:

    I just got asked to work the Alaska “Governors Picnic” on the 25th by APD. HOW COULD I SAY NO?

    That should be great, or a ghost town. Not sure yet what it will be like. I know I won’t be missing it!

  163. justafarmer says:

    Lori, I said the same thing @361 about changing her mind…
    great minds!

  164. Lainey says:

    anadventurer #316

    reading Parnell’s response…I think AKM will be around for a long, long time

  165. Anna says:

    honestyinGov Says:
    July 3rd, 2009 at 8:20 PM

    Jon Stewart and Colbert are going to have some F A B U L O U S funny stuff to work with next week.
    —-

    honestyinGov, I’m pretty sure Stewart and Colbert have till a week from Monday to decide what they’re doing with this. I believe they have next week off.

  166. MoreQuestions says:

    Craig Campbell is the head of the AK Department of Military and Veteran’s affairs. Last fall, he told the media Sarah ran the National Guard in Alaska to buff up her “international and military” expertise. Shortly thereafter, out of gratitude, she gave him a promotion – mutual scratching of backs. He just sponsored her trip to Kosovo – that is my bet. His department must have paid for it. He is a world traveler and has wasted more money than any other department head, but he gets away with it because he is Craig Campbell. Do some research, bloggers.

    Sarah said today he was going to be the new Lt Gov. He is cut from the same cloth she is – narcissistic and delusional. My theory is that Randy Ruedrick, GOP King in Alaska, has determined that Campbell has the best shot for Rethug Governor in 2010. Hence, instead of her pal from Corrections, Sarah / Ruedrick have directed Sean to select General Campbell.

    I wonder if it has dawned on her yet – after she resigns, she has no voice. Ruedrick hates her.

    Ah! The celebratory bottle of Pinot Grigio is totally awesome!

  167. justafarmer says:

    laffing REALLY out loud at Lori: ““Oh, I polled my kids and I asked: Should we bomb North Korea?””

  168. CO almost native says:

    Maybe this has already been said (I was one caught in swamped server hell): On CNN Ed Rollins (Rep. strategist) racked Palin over the coals- politely- for quitting in the middle of her term. All of the pundits were shaking their heads, trying to figure out what she said, exactly. also. too.

    Waiting with popcorn for the other naughty monkey shoe to drop-

  169. samper says:

    So many corpses under the bus… a murder charge should stick!

  170. pvazwindy says:

    Wasilla Sports Complex

  171. Canadian Neighbour says:

    Greytdog � Says:
    Paul Begala on HuffPo: “Gov. Palin’s
    —–
    I haven’t made it to Huff yet!! Just so many vids to watch & links to read. But I thank you for mentioned Begala on Huff. Like him. Reminds me of him on Bill Maher a few weeks ago where he zinged Meghan McCain!! Fun!!

    Don’t know whether anyone has mentioned — Noticed she had her “Red Naughty Monkey Shoes” on. I think they may have been the same ones from Veterans Day Speech. Red shoes, red jacket — the act of appearing powerful — Powerfully Dumb!!

  172. Seagull Junker Palin says:

    What is the 13 mil. contract?

  173. Lainey says:

    teutonic13 #329

    hey, tell us how you really feel 🙂

  174. Seagull Junker Palin says:

    Hey Bucfan – thanks. Politics as usual. It’s always about the next step. If you are not running you are done.

  175. nswfm CA says:

    Lori in LA, she’s gonna be indicted for the 13 million dollar contract. She resigned beforehand. She can say what she wants but she’s a crook and learned at the knee of Uncle Ted.

  176. tizzielish says:

    This is the same woman who told Runners’ Magazine that in a race with President Obama, Sarah Palin would have more endurance?!! She was talking about running but lots of innuendo. She proves she has no endurance.

    What’s the old saying? . . . .if you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen?

  177. vena309 says:

    Even republican strategists are all raising their eyebrows with criticizism, that says a lot there about Palin being a quitter.

  178. crystalwolf aka caligrl says:

    crystalwolf aka caligrl Says:
    July 3rd, 2009 at 8:33 PM

    A beautiful person emailed this from facebook: he got this off Shannyn’s twitter:
    new on twitter from shannyn:

    shannynmooreRT @jmproffitt:Prediction: Palin corruption story is true. She got a free house in exchange for $13M contract award. she is D-O-N-E.
    about 1 hour ago from TweetDeck
    ~~~~~~~~~~
    I went to Shannyn twitter and could not find this????

  179. Molly says:

    Gee Andrew Halco is a busy guy. Two Gino posts already!

  180. Lori inLos Angeles says:

    I just had a frightening thought. SP gave 3 weeks notice. Time enough to change her mind (think other iinvites where she teased, and was “on again, off again”). Yikes. IF the sh*t does not hit fan, she says: “The citizens of Alaska need me, I have received MILLIONS of e-mails and I polled all FIVE kids and asked if I should UN-resign and four of the five said “YES” and one said “H E LL
    Yah” and I AM BAAAAAAAAACK!”
    darn, I will have nightmares with my own imaginary scenario.
    “Oh, I polled my kids and I asked: Should we bomb North Korea?”

  181. g says:

    g – progressive alaska has an audio of Zeigler and Palin today…

    Oh, no. You’re not making me go there. It’s bad enough listening to Sarah talk, but Ziegler’s whine? Nuh-uh. Nah gunna do it.

  182. pvazwindy says:

    Remember if you have to clear your head, garlic bread and spaghetti works everytime.

  183. Cynamen Winter says:

    Molly says…
    “What goes around comes around.
    Another wing-nut bites the dust.”
    ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
    Did anyone happen to hear Lyda Green speaking with David Schuster earlier today? She put GINO on blast ~ telling the real ‘truth’ in a limited space of time…

    Poetic justice indeed!
    😉

  184. bucfan says:

    Justafarmer, true. And remember, people really didn’t start looking into her house until she did those interviews with Greta where the house was really spotlighted. Then it started to come out about how it was built roughly the same time as the sports complex and on and on. And of course who in the lower 48 would have known what the hell a troopergate was?

  185. justafarmer says:

    @Seagull…agree completely! She has NO idea what “lam duck” means!

  186. bucfan says:

    SJP, well technically if she were to have just announced that she wasn’t running for re-election, she could be called a lame duck. Years ago, I heard it said that a sitting president becomes a lame duck the minute they win re-election. Course that couldn’t have been said for FDR, but anyhoo.

  187. honestyinGov says:

    I sure wish Andree McLeod would post something here. Maybe even have AKM have her do a post of her own like Les Gara did after Doogan.

    I would love to see her thoughts and opinion.

    Bob Poe needs to get out there now too. Parnell said he is not running. Which is funny because after the speech when the server was down I had to go to the Echo Chamber to see if they jumped ship.
    Someone over there was saying Parnell was going to get re-elected in
    2010 and ” Take Charge … and finish what Sarah started! ” Poor Fools.

  188. justafarmer says:

    Suchanut, I think you’re correct. If she had not hit the national scene, who outside of Alaska would have cared? (And I say that as a former Illinois resident, and a current Kentucky resident, and had major corrupt governor issues in both places that the rest of the country didn’t care about…oh, and I was in Illinois pre-Blago.)

  189. jojobo1 says:

    Jeez my ears ,my ears after the first few post I had to listen to her a thing I have avoided since her attacks against Obama and inciting people to riot.Will she continue this as a fox talking head.?Will Todd the thug and her continue to be in the back grown telling Sean what to do.? I hope not> I hope he can be his own man for the time left. She talks the talk but does not walk the walk and talks about supporting any new governor and we all know she would only support someone who thought like her and most certainly not a democrat.And to still say millions when she was proven a liar.Sorry to say I hope they do get them and go for the gold There is enough family to take care of the kids if she was imprisoned.The only ones I saw shoe any affection for Trigg was Todd,and the two older girls.I have never seen her show anything towards this child except to put his face i9n the public view, What a great 4th for you Alaskans we hope at any rate.She can still do a lot of damage along with Eddie and Rush,Thanks AKM Keep up the good works and just because she is gone does not mean their are not others to watch

  190. Baker's Dozen says:

    Here’s what The Christian Science Monitor has to say. They always look for a balanced–and sane–approach.

    http://features.csmonitor.com/politics/2009/07/03/palins-decision-to-resign-is-it-smart/

  191. Seagull Junker Palin says:

    Something I just want to repeat.

    The former Gov. talked about being a lame duck with complete ignorance of what that term means. It means you are at the end of your term, someone else has been voted in & you are just killing time. i.e. Bush 11/4/08 to 1/20/09.

    It is NOT that minute when you decide you are not going to run again and have 1.8 years left in your term.

    Give me a break. How many have taken up the lame duck meme? Pitiful.

  192. Suchanut says:

    g – progressive alaska has an audio of Zeigler and Palin today…

  193. Suchanut says:

    I’ll bet she wishes she turned McCain down….

  194. Sophia Nelson on HuffPo offers Palin some advice (nelson is assuming Palin resigned in order to focus on a Prez campaign): “be a woman of your word”
    I’m thinking that advice is a bit behind the 8-ball

  195. sjk from the belly of the plane says:

    I SCREAMED HOUSEGATE from the git go. Todd Palin, meet Bernie Madow.

  196. justafarmer says:

    bucfan, I think she is resigning before she resigns, and then resigns again, and then un-resigns…..
    kinda like all her other high-profile stuff.
    I think the fun is just getting started.

  197. g says:

    bucfan, I was curious too. His website is dated today, but he’s not mentioning the resignation announcement.

  198. Seagull Junker Palin says:

    John (Canadian Mudpuppy) great email!!!

  199. justafarmer says:

    I also noticed that Sarah kept repeating herself over and over and over.
    She did a five-minute speech that took a gazillion hours…

  200. bucfan says:

    Justafarmer, I am hoping she is doing one this weekend with it being the 4th and all. Anyone out there in mudflats land know for sure?

  201. bucfan says:

    So what is poor John Ziegler going to do now without his meal ticket? Going to have to find someone else to stalk.

  202. justafarmer says:

    I can’t wait for Shannyn’s radio show on Saturday night!
    I’ll have to get in line early for the Livestream!

  203. Cynamen Winter says:

    M. Bergert Says:
    July 3rd, 2009 at 5:22 PM

    Sarah is on some drug. She talking faster than normal, more animated, and her speech is choppy- I knew it normally is, but more so than normal. Her short sentences make it more difficult for the listener to follow what she is saying. I have no doubt about this!
    ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
    Not to mention that she was gasping for air….as she blew through those periods!
    😉

  204. Candy Knight says:

    Did y’all notice talked about campaign promises she made “four years ago”? ( (right before she trots out the old “that’s not how I’m wired” line.) She’s only been in office 2 years!

  205. justafarmer says:

    @bucfan:
    about Sanford, that was tooo funny for words!!!!!

  206. crystalwolf aka caligrl says:

    A beautiful person emailed this from facebook: he got this off Shannyn’s twitter:
    new on twitter from shannyn:

    shannynmooreRT @jmproffitt:Prediction: Palin corruption story is true. She got a free house in exchange for $13M contract award. she is D-O-N-E.
    about 1 hour ago from TweetDeck

  207. Terpsichore says:

    318 Canadian Neighbour Says:
    July 3rd, 2009 at 7:57 PM
    Considering she had the article this week in Running World, she exhibited strained breathing for someone who is “so into running”. Her inhaling between sentences, some of which where 6 words, was extremely loud and laboured to be heard on the microphone.
    * ** * ** * ** * ** * ** *

    her breathing was very abnormal, especially for one who is used to giving public speeches. and very abnorrmal for her. and very abnormal for a runner, i would also think.

    granted, she was understandably very emotional, but … why would the anxiety level be much higher here than, say, the biden debate, or couric interview?

    my theory? she was, and to some extent probably still is, having an anxiety attack.

    sigmund freud hat on/ hate to tell her, but its not going to go away until she deals with the underlying issues behind the anxiety, like guilt about all the people shes thrown under the bus, guilt about all the rural alaskans who are going to have a very difficult time this winter whom she just effectively abandone and said ‘here Sean, you deal with it”, guilt sbout how she dragged Trig everywhere for photo ops but not one shread of photograhic evidence nor statement out of HER OWN MOUTH indicates that that boy has had any kind of the care (physical therapies, exercises, even evaluations), information that most parents of special needs kids would be clamoring for and thrilled to get, use and publicize. /hat off

    ACK! i cant go on right now.

    Alaskans, have a truly independent Happy Independence Day!

    see you on the other side of the fray!

  208. bucfan says:

    Do you think Mark Sanford is sitting there thinking “Friday? You couldn’t have done this before Friday and get me off the front page?

  209. Fascinating. It’s always enjoyable when a piece of machinery gets run up beyond its tolerance, hits max-Q and starts blowing smoke out of every hole.
    Looks like that’s happening to Alaska’s governor.
    Some swear that she’s getting ready to run for President – but a crack in the head like Lisa Murkowski gave her, isn’t a good start to it.
    Gettin’ the popcorn out, watching.

    PS: She’s not the LAST governor to get the blowtorch to the butt, if that’s what happened.

  210. teutonic13 says:

    Susan in PA Says:
    July 3rd, 2009 at 8:15 PM

    I don’t think she was buzzing on something – I think she was incredibly nervous, and that’s what was making her short of breath…

    ________________________________

    I agree- I almost feel sorry for her- but can’t- when I think of the political carnage and what was laid to waste…

  211. justafarmer says:

    lol! a bumpits commercial on TV right now….
    hahahaaaaa!!!!!!

  212. John(Canadian MudPuppy) says:

    Her is a part of an email I just sent to Lieutenant Governor Parnellon his web site.
    I hope and pray he reads a lot more like it.

    I hope and pray to God you don’t actually believe the words you just wrote. If you actually believe that Sarah Palin worked for Alaskans then your no better than she is and I am fearful of what Alaskans can expect from you. The citizens of the state just got rid of one fool, they don’t need another. For God’s Sake man, grow a pair and do what is right for your state. For once, give them respresentation they actually deserve,not the likes of the last idot who cared nothing for them but what was good for her.

  213. justafarmer says:

    Is officially Independence Day here in Kentucky!
    Happy Independence Day to all mudpuppies and especially to those in Alaska!

  214. bucfan says:

    Phoebe, 327, yes the footrace with Obama is off but the footrace with the federal investigators is on. RUN, SARAH, RUN!

  215. samper says:

    Man… all this Puppy Love just makes me wish I was with you guys in November when Grant Park in Chicago was just electric with enthusiasm!

    Not that I’m complaining! I was curled up on the couch, kitties by my side, adult beverage in hand and ROFLMAO at Palin holding back her tears that she wasn’t moving to DC. Classic! I watch it over and over when I need a good laugh. LOSER!

    For the record: I never once believed that having served as McCain did made him Presidential material. Admirable, yes, h/t to him for his service. But that does not a President make. And that Palin woman! What was he THINKING?????

    Then, equally nice was being curled up on the couch, kitties by my side, adult beverage in hand, all choked up, watching President ELECT Obama’s victory speech. God, what a night that was! I was out of my mind elated. I grabbed Boy Kitty (I freaked out Girl Kitty, who hid under the bed) and we danced around the living room while they played “Signed, Sealed, Delivered.” No fear! The drapes were closed and I’m not being run out of the neighborhood! 🙂

    OK, I’m a great big baby… on January 20th, I even shed a few tears thinking a huge RED weight had been lifted and the Great State of Michigan would soon experience relief with now PRESIDENT Obama’s agenda. I still feel it.

    I’m realistic enough to realize it takes time. Never once expected immediate and complete relief. But we, as a State, feel much better knowing he’s got our back.

    It’s still really bad here, but we have HOPE and all indicators say things are improving ever so slightly. Projects under the Stimulus Plan are kicking in and giving our workers a chance to WORK. Folks like me, however, have to wait our turn… I don’t know how to operate a HI-LO (road projects), but I’m confident a mid-mgmt job for a gal with an MBA is right around the corner.

    I hardly think we’d have this feeling of relief under the McCain/Palin ticket. No way. We’d all just leave the state and the last person out would just turn off the lights (energy conscience, we are!). Sadly, it’s a terrifically beautiful state to think of leaving. I’ve lived in HI, CA and NC and always come back to MI. Color me silly, but I love my state, my Gov, and my home.

    OH! And GE is moving in!!!! What could be better than GE MOVING INTO OUR STATE? Just a few more corporations moving in, is all we need! We already got Google… just a few more!!!! 🙂 It was a great day this week when that was announced!

    Still, it would have been awesome to have been here those nights with all ya’all. Even now, I can hear all your champagne corks flying!

    I don’t think this could even be comparable, but it’s really great to have a place to celebrate with like-minded folks. Thanks, Pups! “I heart all of you, man” (Reference the Bud (?) “I love you, Man” commercials) (had a few refreshing adult beverages tonite in celebration!). 🙂

    I think it’s gotta be bigger than house-gate (which they could lie/squirm out of with a good atty). It’s bigger than Trigg-gate. It’s bigger than IRS-gate. None of these, singularly, are things that an EX (say it with me!) EX Gov will go to jail for. Fines up the wazoo, yes, but not jail. Not with Co-God Van Fleas on the job. And now, with the book deal, she can afford it. Damn! 🙁

    BTW: She’s got to be RICH now, with SarahPac funds! The “morans” CONTINUE to donate today in “support”!

    It’s got to be something bigger. But then, I laid odds that today’s announcement would be a non-event and STILL owe you guys $1000 on that prediction! 🙁 Anyone for forgiving the debt of an unemployed gal in DETROIT?

    There is nothing that would give me more glee than a BONAFIDE charge against SP that has her doin’ the Perp Walk. She’s screwed so many and gotten away with it, this isn’t an unreasonable desire. FIRING THE HEALTH DEPT. FOLKS the same week she resigns? Is she KIDDING ME???????

    I wouldn’t want it to be something easily dismissed, but something PROVEN and BAD. JAIL BAD. But, our great country has nothing if we don’t have the whole “innocent until proven guilty” bit. I’ll defend to the death her right to representation, but I would hope that representation FAILS in disproving a legitimate charge. A BAD charge. A JAIL BAD charge.

    Maybe it’s just me… but there are so many corpses under the bus, I HAVE to believe that a murder charge could stick.

    Let’s all not forget our fellow bloggers, especially CD, who’s tireless efforts have led to national scrutiny of Palin’s behavior. And Shannyn, Andree, Gryphen, et al. I don’t want to leave anyone out, but CD and Andree really went the long mile with their determination. I haven’t even had a chance to jump to CS’s site to see her reaction. Will do so as soon as I hit “Submit”.

    AKM, what can we say? You kept everyone in the know and gave us a forum to espouse whatever what is on our minds. You, Snoskred, et al make this a “must do” on every single day’s “TO DO” list. MANY thanks! XOXOX.

    Last, but not least: While humbly saying he’s not all that “great”, our beloved Server Guy went above and beyond by answering a call at 3AM his time (in Japan, is it?) to make sure we could all share today. XOXOXOXOX to Server Guy…. not only for humility, but also, too, for waking up for us!

    Server Guy, et al: There is a warm home, good eats, libations abound if you’re ever in Detroit. Would love to host any/all of you!

    XOXOXO to all,
    Samper

    Aside/OT: August 1st is my birthday! Can I join all ya’all in NYC? I can just tell the pup hugs would be worth airfare alone! Would it be insane to try to hook this up with the Pitt Stop AKM and Shannyn will have for the convention mid-August?

    Next year, we MUST have CD included in the event… they have three rounds of nominations… One for AKM, one for Shannyn, one for CD.

    Also, too!

    🙂 XOXXOXOXOXO

  216. justafarmer says:

    ah Phil! I knew I read the ET article at your blog earlier today! It was sooo familiar! 🙂

  217. Seagull Junker Palin says:

    Phil – I’m reading now. WTG!!!

    http://oxdown.firedoglake.com/diary/6105#more-41525

  218. Paul Begala on HuffPo: “Gov. Palin’s official announcement that she is resigning as chief executive of the great state of Alaska had all the depth and gravitas of a 13-year-old’s review of the Jonas Brothers’ album on Facebook.”

  219. bucfan says:

    Pepperzmom, I saw the speech and immediately sat up straighter when she said that. The quote is attributed to Marine Corps General Oliver Prince Smith during the battle of Chosin Reservoir after the Chinese came across the North Korean border en masse. Perhaps she meant “I shall return” by McArthur which most of us would have seen as a threat not a promise.

  220. mae lewis says:

    @ Canadian Neighbor: I agree with you about the strained breathing. And it was quite loud. She was breathless. Your reason is valid; she’s supposed to be a marathon runner. Another reason that this is strange is that many people were impressed with her incredible self confidence. The person we saw on TV didn’t fit that description. It would be fun to hear a body language expert weight in on her.

  221. judi says:

    Happy 4th for those of us who still want to be a part of the usa!!! I think we are doing great!!

  222. honestyinGov says:

    Jon Stewart and Colbert are going to have some F A B U L O U S funny stuff to work with next week. Stewart went after Sanford again Thursday and it was brutal.
    The lines about when the Priest tells you to ‘ shut up’… You need to shut the *#@*$ up !! Him dissecting this speech will be All-Star material…. and they have all weekend to figure it out.

  223. Suchanut says:

    Susan – I think you are right – she seemed on the verge of a full-blown panic attack.

  224. Susan in PA says:

    I don’t think she was buzzing on something – I think she was incredibly nervous, and that’s what was making her short of breath, to the point of gasping for breath between her usual non-related phrases. Word soup is right! Now, the question is – what was making her so nervous that she had to up and quit with no notice????

  225. phoebe says:

    tired mom

    what a catchy little ditty

  226. The Rubber Room Hotel says:

    I have a feeling that what ever Palins future is, and whether or not she is in the news for a while. (most likely a great deal I bet)
    AKM will sill have plenty to write about when it comes to Alaska politics…

    Though I must admit I bet the next couple weeks are gonna be pretty fun if not insightful.
    Will stock up on wine and popcorn! ; )

  227. AKM,

    Thanks for linking to my firedoglake article!

    (I’m edwardteller, mudflatters)

  228. justafarmer says:

    apologies if this gets posted twice…got that database error and went off and did some housework for a while and now have no idea which page I was on!
    ~~~~
    something else that occurred to me today…
    Sarah is an obvious example of someone who exceeded The Peter Principle and had nowhere else to go but “out”.

  229. ocliberal says:

    I just have a strange feeling that by the time this week is over the last thing anyone is going to be saying about Sarah Palin is that she resigned to prepare for a 2012 Presidential run.

    I think the reality of all this is that Sarah Palin resigned so she could start preparing to find a way to keep herself out of jail.

    Will Todd have to take the fall for both of them?

  230. teutonic13 says:

    I just walked my Kuvasz and whatever mixed breed my other white dog is (half pitt and half Australian shepherd running herding dog) and came back to read this mess. (Her name is Lizzy and is a rescue dog that I love dearly).

    1st of all= F*ck SP- yeah really Todd- just go “do her” cuz she has lost it. She has lost it and is a sorry excuse for anything.

    I have a sense of fairness and equitability that I extend to anyone and everyone- but this stupid little person that has sprayed on everybody’s privacy and freedom- NEEDS TO GO !

    Bye SP- you insignificant piece of trash. I hope everybody that has lost their livlihood due to your sick personality disorder takes a moment to personally toast your self serving run into the scum of the sea.

  231. txdemocrat says:

    Remember a few months ago we were all speculating over a comment that she made included the words “as a private citizen” and people were going WTF did she word it like THAT? Did she mean it as in she is not go to be a public official in the near future or was it just more poor Palinese sentence structure?
    But having said that, this was too rushed of an announcement….what did she find out this week that is sooo bad she has to resign?
    CNN (AC) was grilling her MIA (in “upstate NY”) spokesperson tonight. Paraphrased “she promised Alaskans 4 years…and they get 2? That is NOT leadership” Stapleton was saying that GINO had soooo many offers today to do this and that now that she was leaving. AC asks “like WHAT? A talk show?” Stapleton “uh, uh, just LOTS of offers”.

  232. phoebe says:

    does this mean the foot race with obama is off?

  233. JHop says:

    Tweet from Shannyn Moore:

    RT @jmproffitt:Prediction: Palin corruption story is true. She got a free house in exchange for $13M contract award. she is D-O-N-E.

    http://twitter.com/shannynmoore/status/2464068710

  234. espresso4me says:

    Congratulations Alaskans!
    Long-time “lurker” here and devotee of this amazingly wonderful blog and bloggers. AKM you are a delightfully articulate, witty, insightful Queen of Blogs. Well done and Brava!

    And also, too there in the state of where you are now and have been all these times so long now with a celebration of an especially SPECTACULAR 4th of JULY!!

    What will the next chapter bring from the wily, witless, Wasilly soon-to-be ex-governor?

  235. Gramiam says:

    Who says Democracy is DEAD? Nite’ fellow Mudpuppies. Time for this granny to hit the sack. Sleep well, Alaska bloggers. You done good!

  236. ds55 says:

    Sarah Palin criticized Obama for his “limited executive experience”.
    Now Sarah can’t even finish one term governing Alaska. She’s lost all credibility by quitting. She’s letting people down and they won’t forget it.

  237. seattlefan says:

    I watched her “speech” and I swear she was buzzing on something. You could see it her face and the way she was talking.

  238. Anne Whitney says:

    Tired Mom – Love it!

    anadventurer – SP can’t see the giants WTF’s exploding all over the country from her house.

  239. nswfm CA says:

    Steve on the whatdoiknow blog deconstructs her statement and reads the tea leaves that she’s leaving mid term like NIXON (paraphrasing).

  240. seattlefan says:

    What a great day for Alaska! I haven’t read all the comments but I’m assuming there is a lot of happy dancing going on. I join in and raise my glass of vino to the north. Cheers and Happy Indelpendence Day!

    What is going to happen to all that money that was collected for SarahPac? Does she get to keep it?

  241. crystalwolf aka caligrl says:

    honestyinGov Says:
    July 3rd, 2009 at 7:27 PM

    Alaska Trust Fund———-
    Here is a question though : What about the ” Alaska Trust Fund”…?
    She is NOT the Governor of AK and so she should NOT be able to use the name of Alaska for her fundraising in my mind. She does NOT represent AK.
    Somebody needs to shut that Fund down…. before Kristan Cole can take the money and put it away as well.
    ~~~~~~~~
    she shouldn’t of been allowed to use the name anyway! Total Fraud. This fund has nothing to do with the people of Alaska, except of course her own family!!!!!!
    It would be nice if the bots got a clue and did a class action against her 8)

  242. Canadian Neighbour says:

    Considering she had the article this week in Running World, she exhibited strained breathing for someone who is “so into running”. Her inhaling between sentences, some of which where 6 words, was extremely loud and laboured to be heard on the microphone.

    Having been flipping around different sites to find vids of different people talking, etc., I came across a story on msnbc regarding all the emails requests filed by networks and news publications, the same request made by Andrea when they were conducting state business on personal yahoo accounts. MSNBC had a quote from Palin’s office at one time for these at $15 Million!!! WHAT?? It, like Celtic Diva’s, has ratcheted down to $5 to $10 thousand. Seems Alaska, as much as they are whining about the time, resources, staff freeze, etc, are making it a resource of income in the Gov’s office as there were 13 requests for these. If they are charging each one the same price for the same search, not a bad job if you can get it. That to me is something the networks and others should get together on as it seems to be another violation as it’s then only going to entail photocopying after the initial searching.

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/31727233/ns/politics/

  243. austintx says:

    “I am deeply disappointed that the Governor has decided to abandon the State and her constituents before her term has concluded.”

    Ouch !! Can you say b^*ch slap ??

  244. anadventurer says:

    SP is tweeting like nothing happened! w-t-f? How crazy is she?

    “AKGovSarahPalin: In Juneau- gorgeous & 82¤ on eve of Independence Day. Thinking of our vets who kept us free & our troops keeping us free today: THANK YOU! (39 minutes ago from TwitterBerry)”

    “Check out Lt. Gov. Parnell’s response re: my announcement today @ http://tinyurl.com/l8xv3v (about 6 hours ago from web)”

    SOOOOOOOOO Weird.

  245. TiredMom says:

    *singing along to “Stuck in the Middle with You”

    Bloggers to the left of me…. Feds are to the right…
    Here I am, stuck in Wasilla with Todd
    Here I am, stuck in Wasilla with Todd

    🙂 sorry about that… just couldn’t help myself… continue with your regularly scheduled comments.

  246. Lainey says:

    Besides AKM & Shannyn, I want to thank all the bloggers on this site as well as all the anonymous (identified & unidentified) bloggers everywhere that kept their finger on the pulse of this scary palin phenomenon…providing links, insider info, and the truth (also holding my cyber hand throughout my stress on this topic)…the pajama-clad basement-dwellers did a fantastic job! …nobody, like palin, will ever criticize you again. It’s a new dawn.
    Happy Independence Day!

  247. PepperzMom (GA) says:

    311 CRFlats Says:

    “I am deeply disappointed that the Governor has decided to abandon the State and her constituents before her term has concluded.”

    Whoa…harsh words!!!!

  248. Mike From Everett Wa says:

    Forgive me, but I’ve been singing this for about an hour and a half now.

    NA NA NA NA
    NA NA NA NA
    HEY HEY HEY
    GOODBYE!

    Okay, better.. it’s out of my system. I just wonder what horrific plans she has for y’all up there now. She’s got a few more weeks to make your lives hell.

    Congratulations Alaska, and I recommend listening to the song “Always look on the bright side of life” C4P people coming through 😀

  249. PepperzMom (GA) says:

    BTW…the MacArthur quote is not from MacArthur! Another faux paus….

    NY Times has this: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/04/us/politics/04palin.html?_r=1&hp

    But at another point she invoked a military quotation, misattributing it to Gen. Douglas MacArthur, in what seemed to be an effort to wave aside any suggestion that she was abandoning the fight. “He said, ‘We’re not retreating; we are advancing in another direction,’ ” she said. (The remark was actually said by Maj. Gen. Oliver Prince Smith.)

  250. ocliberal says:

    dkos diary put Palin’s speech as poetry.

    wow – it’s much easier to read…

    and i really dont want to disappoint anyone with this announcement
    not with the decision that i have made
    all that i can ask is that you trust me with this decision
    and know that it is no more politics as usual
    and some alaskans it seemed today
    maybe they dont mind wasting public dollars and state time
    but i do
    and i cannot stand here as your governor
    and allow the millions of dollars and all that time go to waste
    just so i can hold the title of governor
    and i dont know if my children are gonna allow it anyway

    http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2009/7/3/749680/-Palins-Poetry

  251. nebraska mudflatter says:

    I feel kind of bad for being so snarky as to be outright pleased that Mudflats crashed today and c4p was just fine! I really appreciate all the efforts made by the numerous people who work behind the scenes to make Mudflats happen. Cheers to all of you!

    There is so much good stuff out there it is hard to keep up. Here is another quite humorous posting:

    http://ac360.blogs.cnn.com/2009/07/03/cirque-du-sarah-announces-end-of-the-alaska-09-tour/

  252. CRFlats says:

    THIS JUST IN FROM Sen. Lisa:

    “WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today made the following statement after Gov. Sarah Palin’s announcement that she plans to step down as governor later this month.

    “I am deeply disappointed that the Governor has decided to abandon the State and her constituents before her term has concluded.”

    Sen. Murkowski is in interior Alaska and communicating via satellite phone and is unavailable for follow up questions. She will be available on Monday afternoon.”

    Whoa! Terse?

  253. Diane says:

    I was picking Strawberries with my daughter and future son in law when the news broke.
    Don’t know which I like more, fresh strawberry jam or Palin’s news!

    We will still have a Mudflats, will we not????!!!!!

  254. sally says:

    It is a great day! Thank you to all that made this happen. She is done and I am so grateful! Well done!

  255. Snoskred says:

    IMPORTANT

    Guys, bookmark or favourite this link –

    http://mudflats.wordpress.com/

    If the server goes down again that is where you can find each other.

    It is likely that the server will struggle for the next 24 hours or so. There’s just too much demand for the site right now.

  256. Chuck Tatum says:

    Sarah’s resignation speech reminded me of another (fictional) speech of defiant resignation.

    “I can no longer sit back and allow Communist infiltration, Communist indoctrination, Communist subversion and the international Communist conspiracy to sap and impurify all of our precious bodily fluids. ”

    General Jack Ripper (Sterling Hayden). From the film “Dr Strangelove”.

  257. sauerkraut says:

    Not much anyone can do about the AFT, HIG. Unless it’s tied to corruption, her people can use it pretty much as they’d like under the law.

  258. Marie In NH says:

    I am reminded of a saying, “When the going gets tough, the tough get going and the weak drop out.”
    My husband says how would she know when to pass the ball as she has dropped it so much.
    The VF guy had it right when he said that NH people will not taker her seriously. If she thinks any different, she really is off her rocker.

    Marie in NH

  259. nebraska mudflatter says:

    Cheers (clink) to all the wonderful mudpuppies and those ankle-biting-pajama-clad-living-in-parents-basement-liberal-bloggers-ankle-biting too!

    Nice quotes from David Waldman’s piece on Daily Kos:

    “Palin’s first draft, by the way, reportedly began: “When in the course of human… stuff… (also).'”

    “But then again, this was someone who probably winked because she couldn’t commit to finishing a blink.”

    “I’m appreciative, at least, that she went out in a blaze of glory, with one last incoherent blast of public word spray. I think I’m seeing starbur… ah, screw it. I don’t feel like finishing that sentence.”

    I have no fear, though, that our beloved AKM will be lacking material anytime soon!

  260. Any statements from Les Gara? I read Bob Poe’s – Anyone heard anything from the AK legislature?

  261. Closet Mudpup says:

    PepperzMom (GA)

    You can find quite a bit of info on her religious affiliations and what they’re about here …

    http://www.theopalinism.com/blog/

  262. Oklad says:

    It’s common knowledge that politicians use Friday evening to dump bad stuff into the news cycle..
    Let’s do a check list on this one..

    Fourth of July weekend Friday.. Check
    Michael Jackson memorial held on Tues coming..Check..
    Keith Olberman off on Holidays..Check
    Chris Mathews off on Holidays..Check
    Rachel Maddow off on Holidays..Check
    Ed Shultz off on Holidays..Check
    Bill Maher off on Holidays..Check
    Jon Stewart off on Holidays..Check
    Stephen Colbert off on Holidays..Check
    David Letterman off on Holidays..Check
    Most of America taking a break..Check
    Fox News got my back by running old reach around interviews..CHECK..
    .

  263. alienears says:

    @ Thanks to Server Guy, Snoskred, and others not named for working at the last minute. I mean, there was no warning!!!

    Hee hee–she could have ATLEAST alerted Mudflats. I mean REALLY!

  264. MinNJ says:

    I’m watching Bill O’Reilly for the fisrt time, and I’m not impressed. He seems so superficial, but he’s dealing with MM, whom I respected as an actress, and he acquited himself well, but superficially well.

    Why would anyone be upset with him? He’s such a lightwieght, but I must watch him more carefully to see the outrage.

    But I’ve only had cable for a week. I’d rather be in resting in bed and upstairs with PBS;the history and the widsom that I have learned there will be with me always, but I have a sleep disorder and sometimes the medication doesn’t work as well as it should.

    O’Reilly seems to be a 5 second idiot for Hollywood. But I may be wrong.

    I have to pay for MSNBC, which is not a possibility.

  265. sky says:

    Please do not tell me, she will be on tour advocating for something stupid.” I am speaking on behalf of children” bla bla bla bla. Or she is getting a spot on fox news so she can rant her hatred well. That will be interesting to watch her talk like a child in diapers complaining about everything. ha ha ha

    She must have been offered a great deal to quit her spot. We are yet to see.

  266. honestyinGov says:

    The next time the Palin speech is on turn down the volume a little bit. I was listening to the words the first time. The 2nd or third time CNN played it I had to tune her out. She is really hyped up or ‘on’ something. Listen to her just as she is about to start a new sentence. You hear this LOUD sucking noise as she takes a breath and inhales. Totally freaky.

    Alaska Trust Fund———-
    Here is a question though : What about the ” Alaska Trust Fund”…?
    She is NOT the Governor of AK and so she should NOT be able to use the name of Alaska for her fundraising in my mind. She does NOT represent AK.
    Somebody needs to shut that Fund down…. before Kristan Cole can take the money and put it away as well.

  267. sky says:

    Please do not tell me, she will be on tour advocating for something stupid.” I am speaking on behalf of children” bla bla bla bla.

  268. sky says:

    Please do not tell me, she will be on tour advocating for something stupid.” I am speaking on behalf of children” bla bla bla bla.

    She must have been offered a great deal to quit her spot. We are yet to see.

  269. Seagull Junker Palin says:

    Hi EVERYONE! When the site crashed, I have to admit, I was PROUD! Everyone was going to the Flats to get their info. LOVE IT.

    AKM – thank you thank you thank you!!!

    Thanks to Server Guy, Snoskred, and others not named for working at the last minute. I mean, there was no warning!!!

    Couple of points/questions!!

    Has the Icon (she’s not Gov. Icon anymore) responded other than her little press conference? I saw snippits that may have implied she was on Hannity? On Seigler’s show? More info please!

    Heard Meg on Fox earlier in the day…..and as other posters mentioned – cannot believe she used the “basketball” analogy. (same as the Icon did) Like that’s a talking point???

    Love hearing from the AK residents, love seeing that the posts are from some who don’t usually post. There is so much info here in the comments!

    Enjoy your drinks Mudflatters – I have a feeling we are all pretty lubricated at this point!!!!

  270. anadventurer says:

    I was married to a NPD. This is classic behavior. Quit and give a big speech or write a letter about all the injustice you personally endured, whilst you caused none of it.

    QUIT….. RIGHT BEFORE YOU GET FIRED

  271. The Rubber Room Hotel says:

    “I don’t want to be a lame duck”

    So I will turn it over to Sean to be the lame duck…….

    Hahahahah

  272. crystalwolf aka caligrl says:

    PepperzMom (GA) Says:
    July 3rd, 2009 at 6:48 PM

    Question for Mat-Su posters:

    Anyone have a police scanner? If yes, keep it on…mayhap there will be a “visit” from the feds you can break the news on….

    Gotta wonder what’s happening out on the lake and if anything will happen “under cover of the night” (to quote the Stones)….
    ~~~~~~~~~~~
    I think the FEDS are on a different frequency than the local PD/troopers.
    To the pup posting housegate, I have been sending housegate, all kinds of gate to CREW since the Leg. made it clear they would they would not pursue Troopergate.
    Its just so heartening that they had paid attention to us! 😀

  273. Lee323 says:

    The tireless work of AKM and the other Alaskan progressive bloggers has helped immensely with bringing the truth on this whole debacle.

    Mudpups….show your support by “progressing” The Mudflats and your other favorite blogs with a donation. Still much work to be done….

  274. sky says:

    I was in a salon doing my hair when I saw the speech. I swear I fell off the sit. I had to call my husband to turn on the TV.
    My My My. This cat looked and sounded very nervous. The speech, my goodness. Saying so many sentences that means nothing.

    We will keep an eye on that ball she is talking about.

    Basket ball? mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
    bring it on barracuda. I am 5.10, I am willing to play defense. ha ha ha.

    She has to work very hard to pass her ball over my head. Ha ha ha ha

    Fishy fishy fishy

  275. sky says:

    I was in a salon doing my hair when I saw the speech. I swear I fell off the sit. I had to call my husband to turn on the TV.
    My My My. This cat looked and sounded very nervous. The speech, my goodness. Saying so many sentences that means nothing.

    We will keep an eye on that ball she is talking about.

    Basket ball? mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
    bring it on barracuda. I am 5.10, I am willing to play defense. ha ha ha.

    She has to work very hard to pass her ball over my head. Ha ha ha ha

    Fishy fishy fishy

  276. LiladyNY says:

    Clink! AKM you did it. What a wonderful day. Happy happy day for Alaska. Still, you need to be vigilant. There are other rats lurking in odd corners as you well know.

    I just want to hug (((everyone)) I’m so happy for you. It certainly has been a bumpy ride! And we wait for the next chapter to unfold.

    Re: August 1 – Holy cr*pola Batman! I have tickets to a Broadway show that day!!!! Darn Dang Dadgumit! I’m gonna miss the Mudpups Convention. OK. Next time. Also too.

  277. sauerkraut says:

    One other thing… ya know how Bill McAllister suddenly stopped working directly for her? Yeah… the lady who is for smaller government found a government job for her pal who would otherwise be unemployed. So much for the concept of smaller government, Mrs. Palin.

  278. justafarmer says:

    @lily f:
    I don’t think a governor can pardon federal offenses but I suppose Parnell could pardon her for state offenses.
    Here in Kentucky, our last Republican guv Ernie Fletcher pardoned EVERYONE in his administration (even those who had not been indicted yet!!!) over various state-wide scandals.
    That’s why we have a Dem guv now.

  279. Lee323 says:

    Gov. Palin recalled herself…..saving the State of Alaska considerable money.

    It’s the first fiscally honest action she has ever taken.

  280. Dr. Patois says:

    Oy! Has someone posted this?
    Ziegler is calling us terrorists and some nitwit wants a U.S. warship named after Palin! The hilarity will never end.

    http://breepalin.blogspot.com/

  281. sauerkraut says:

    Meg’s sports analogy didn’t work on Cooper Anderson (who claimed to nothing about sports) and it didn’t work on me (who will claim to know something about sports, including the workings of being a point guard). Frankly, her sports analogy was inappropriate and misplaced.

    For one, if the basketball is good governance, then Palin never had the ball. If the hoop is supposed to be achievement, then Palin’s team has yet to make a bucket. It simply does not fit.

    As I listened to Cooper attempt to get one straight answer out of Meg, I kept thinking that she was dancing like a boxer trying to avoid stinging bee. She was about as verbally illiterate as a person not named Sarah Palin could be. But then, she does appear to be a person who believes that when the going gets tough, the tough get going. And keep on going. Cooper should have offered Meg a bucket. No, not one for the basketball, but one with which to bail. And bail. And bail.

    ding, dong, the *itch is gone. …

  282. Rob in Ca says:

    This is the culmination of everything I have been reading since the day Palin was announced for VP. I don’t feel bad, frankly, about being happy for this. The relentless focus on the TRUTH has finally paid off. This was not about meanness, or political parties…it is only about the truth.
    AKM, you get a lot of credit for bringing the truth to light. That is not the same as credit for bringing down Sarah Palin, because she did that herself. Thanks AKM for your unswerving pursuit of transparency and ethics in government. You made a difference! And I am proud to be a small part of this wonderful community..

  283. Lee323 says:

    Gov. Palin has recalled herself……saving the State of Alaska considerable money.

    It’s the first fiscally honest action Palin has ever taken.

  284. Paula says:

    LMFAO. Need I say more?

  285. Scrimshaw aka Sack Panther Palin says:

    From New Zealand, a good 3 pages from the NZ Herald:

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=10582537

    On page 2, here is a bit I hadn’t seen, from Fred Malek:

    Fred Malek, a Republican strategist who has advised Palin over the past year, said Palin was “really unhappy with the way her life was going”.

    “She felt that the pressures of the job combined with her family obligations and the demands and desires to help other Republican candidates led her to decide not to run again. Once that decision was made, she realised, why not do it now and let the lieutenant governor take over and get a head start on his election,” Malek said.

  286. justafarmer says:

    while the Mudflats was crashed, I was able to watch her “speech” at CNN.
    All i can say is … wow, what the crap was she talking about???
    Even for Sarah word salad, this was a record (hubby said, “I think she’s moved on to word soup…”)

  287. lily f says:

    I was wondering if it’s true, as suggested on another blog, that she may have made a deal with Parnell so that he will pardon her of any wrongdoing should she be indicted or found guilty of anything. Is that a possibility?
    cheers regardless! 🙂
    ~clink~

  288. From Daily Kos: Palin resigned because She doesn’t want her tenure as governor to overshadow her experience as mayor of Wasilla.

  289. Forever Annonymous says:

    People, I’m not happy,, she sounded truly deranged, and Piper so uncomfortable. This is truly sad…..I wish someone would have publicly taken her down, with no line of defense for Sarah…….instead of seeing her trying to cover the sun with a finger……..she’ll never believe this is sad for someone who never liked her.

  290. BigSlick says:

    “I cannot stand here as your Governor and allow millions upon millions of our dollars go to waste just so I can hold the title of Governor.” – GINO Palin

    This is the clue to solve the riddle. Since we know her legal bills don’t add up to millions yet, what would cause her to predict bills to the State of this size? She expects all hell to break loose, something much bigger than anything she has ever faced before, to come at her. And quickly.

    Lawsuits against her, and against the State? I believe HouseGate may be something she has to deal with personally, but I believe there is something coming that has it’s roots in an some action she took in her role as Governor. An action that will draw the fire of someone else who is willing to spend millions on a legal attack.

    Think of the possibilities:

    1) A major oil company? BP, Exxon, TransCanada, others?

    2) A Federal Agency that decides to sue her and the State?

    3) A major political party or campaign organization for a political candidate?

    4) An organized Class Action lawsuit?

    5) A criminal indictment….

    Any combination of the above or other things I might have missed might be the true reason for her actions.

    One thing is for sure, nobody is going to resign as a first-term (ONLY term) Governor and expect to win the Republican nomination to run for POTUS in 2012 — unless they are insane or brain-damaged or both.

    So she may very well still think she is running for President.

  291. leenie17 says:

    I found it interesting that during her verbal bout of Montezuma’s revenge she emphasized at least 2 or 3 times that she had explained why she was resigning when she actually didn’t. Who was she trying to convince?

  292. pvazwindy says:

    A couple of pups have said that Sullivan will be gov, some rule change?
    Help me out here, I’m lost as to what you are alluding to

  293. anonymous says:

    For several months I have been posting almost daily about Housegate on Craigslist. Maybe “the feds” read Craigslist.

    Here is the link: http://anchorage.craigslist.org/pol/1252785029.html

  294. John(Canadian MudPuppy) says:

    From one of our biggest newspapers in in the country,

    THE GLOBE N MAIL

    Palin resignation shakes up Republican presidential prospects

    arah Palin launched a political grenade into the nascent Republican race for the next presidential nomination, yesterday, by announcing she was stepping down as Governor of Alaska.

    Beset by a seemingly endless stream of what she called frivolous ethical challenges and political controversies, Ms. Palin said she preferred to “take a stand and effect change” outside the governorship, rather than “just hit our head against the wall and waste valuable state time and money.”

    Even us little old Canadians are dancing with joy.

    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/palin-resignation-shakes-up-republican-presidential-prospects/article1205816/

  295. ocliberal says:

    Interesting aside at Immoral Majority…
    From Gryphen:
    (By the way just to add a little gossip to this post I have a source who claims to know that Sarah and Bristol had a HUGE fight a few days ago over Bristol NOT wanting to go on any more publicity junkets. I have absolutely no idea if this has anything to do with anything, but it is yet another interesting tidbit.)
    —-
    I’m guessing Bristol was the ‘Hell Yes’. No one was misused or thrown harder under the bus than Bristol.

    But I don’t think this is why Palin resigned. I just think things are very, very tense at the Palin residence these days.

    And I really wonder who convinced Palin she had to resign. I do not believe for one second this was her choice. And I also don’t believe she gives a damn what her kids want or think.

    Something big is coming down on Palin.

    Damn, Karma’s a bitch!

  296. Alaska Pi says:

    IF there turns out to be no indictment nor other nasty revelation , keep your eyes and ears peeled folks.
    SP has already done something similar and parlayed it into being the Gov of Ak. Maybe she thinks it will work again…

    Amidst our ongoing corruption revelations during Murkowski’s term, she abruptly quit her well paying job with Oil and Gas thingy and made a big deal out of corruption in the AK Repub party (duh..) which later became the campaign for “open and transparent government” which gave her the executive seat here in Alaska.

    Her love affir with portraying herself as an outsider and endless remarks about no-more-business-as-usual sounds like the sameold,sameold to me…

    Praying for an indictment myself…mean or not, praying for an indictment…

  297. Aussie Blue Sky says:

    the problem child Says:
    July 3rd, 2009 at 6:38 PM
    I’m really kind of limp, after all the coverage. Does housegate really have legs? Is the IRS really on it?
    —————————————
    I’m wondering if the forced resignation is a trade-off – and the other shoe will never drop.

  298. PepperzMom (GA) says:

    Question for Mat-Su posters:

    Anyone have a police scanner? If yes, keep it on…mayhap there will be a “visit” from the feds you can break the news on….

    Gotta wonder what’s happening out on the lake and if anything will happen “under cover of the night” (to quote the Stones)….

  299. honestyinGov says:

    I don’t know if anybody has already posted this but Paul Begala has a post on Huffpo. Here is just one of the quotes….. but he has a LOT MORE. Very snarky!
    —————-
    “Gov. Palin’s official announcement that she is resigning as chief executive of the great state of Alaska had all the depth and gravitas of a 13-year-old’s review of the Jonas Brothers’ album on Facebook.”

    Check them all out. He’s good.
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/paul-begala/sarah-palin-turns-pro_b_225633.html

  300. Democrat G says:

    OMG! Happy Indepence Day Alaska and hopefully the rest of the USA! Let the door hit your ass on the way out Palin!

    I hope she is going to jail and that is the reason she resigned. The house, who knows what else, don’t care, just hate her enough that jail for about 20 years is all she deserves. It better not be because she got some tv show or something that is going to make her a lot of money.

    What sucks is, she may now be close to me because she resigned and it makes me sick! I don’t want her in my life!!!

  301. ds55 says:

    In South Carolina the Repubs have Sanford who will only leave office if bodily dragged out by his heels. In Alaska the Repubs have Palin who just quit for no apparent reason. It’s a good day to be a Democrat.

  302. Crazier In Alaska says:

    I love the networks wondering and pontificating as to what her motives are and why she is doing this…

    Even she doesn’t know! Stop trying to understand this, she IS an ignorant beauty queen concerned ONLY with herself, plain and simple.

    Let’s just start working on getting Bob Poe, Diane Benson, and Ethan Berkowitz elected to office!

  303. Nebraska Native says:

    Before I forget… Way to progress this blog Sarah!

  304. Nebraska Native says:

    Problem Child, we will await with you also, in our parent’s basement in jammies with adult beverages, too.

  305. the problem child says:

    I’m really kind of limp, after all the coverage. Does housegate really have legs? Is the IRS really on it? Will Parnell be anything but a dumb, untested duck?

    I am still not caught up, and I just want to say: Love the Mudpups, love you AKM, love the AK bloggers. So really, very happy, but I just can’t believe the Wicked One has really taken herself out. She is too devious and slimy.

    I await further news.

  306. BooBooBear says:

    A couple of times the Grebes screeched right after her comments as if they were laughing.

    More and more sites are speaking about a Federal criminal indictment awaiting a Grand Jury authorization. Wow……. Iceberg=Housegate?

  307. ocliberal says:

    I just read Palin’s speech again. Wow – that was actually harder to read than it was to listen to. But there is a recurring theme…

    “It hurts to make this choice but I am doing what’s best for Alaska.”

    “I cannot stand here as your Governor and allow millions upon millions of our dollars go to waste just so I can hold the title of Governor.”

    Nope she didn’t resign because she wanted to – she resigned because she HAD to! I think she resigned because she would rather not be indicted while still the Governor and then have to resign after the fact.

    OR

    She made a deal and part of the deal was she resign now. I really don’t think this is a sex scandal. I think this is serious stuff go to jail stuff.

    And the house thing really makes the most sense. The whole house thing smelled like dead fish from the beginning. Starting with her revoking all the building permits laws so no one could track who did what, to her political cohorts getting the choice Wasilla sports Area contract, to the Palin family suddenly finding themselves in a luxury lakeside home that Todd built with a ‘few friends’, the whole think has always smelled rotten.

    I don’t think we’ve even seen the tip of the iceberg yet, but I do think it’s starting to come into view just over the horizon…

  308. Mike In Illinois says:

    Back in those heady days of 2008 I entered some posts on this blog where I asked questions about who built her house and whether or not they were perchance also involved in building the sports complex while she was mayor. This was after the Greta interview with Todd where she asked how he got the nice house built and he said “some contractor buddies” helped him out. I thought at the time that this sounded an awful lot light Ted Stevens redux. I guess I wasn’t the only one who noticed. I can’t wait to see this one play out!

  309. hirsutekantian says:

    She seemed to think she was in a lame duck term. Could it be possible she got her years confused? Maybe she thinks that after her return from her VP run, she started her second term. I’m serious, she’s that dumb.

  310. LibertyLover says:

    … said Ayers. “I think this is her coming to the realization that the legislature in Alaska and that some bloggers and activists in Alaska are going to do everything they can to stymie her progress.

    == AKM === it sounds like they are blaming you! 🙂

  311. sharon says:

    Dont cry for me Alaska by womanwithsardinecan deserves an emmy! That song has been playing in my head for days due to Gov Sanford, but now I know the real meaning! Thanks! S

  312. paula says:

    Thank you Alaskans! Just when it looked like the funhouse called Mark Sanford was dying down, here comes your unbelievably loony governor with her wonderful resignation speech to keep us entertained during these hard times …

  313. rpahk says:

    Plenty of time to write a book in prison.

  314. AK Sandhills says:

    Wow – that was one rambling speech! The Common Grebes cackling in the background were more coherent.
    Although I don’t necessarily believe in the baby conspiracy, the headline next week could very well be “The kid is not my son.”

  315. Mattie says:

    I wonder what this will do to her book deal? Sanford lost his, of course He can write romance novels now. Maybe she will write about “the blogging bloggers and how they hate me”

  316. Aussie Blue Sky says:

    ds55 Says:
    July 3rd, 2009 at 6:14 PM
    Unemployed: All of Palin’s high school friends who had been given government jobs for which they never qualified.
    ——————————-
    I posted the post-game interview with Gov-to-be Skippy on the previous thread. He specifically said he has already told the Palin appts he wants to keep them all.

  317. Molly says:

    I had a thought, based on part of her speechifying–

    Maybe she’s gonna double down on the whole Trig/antiabortion thing and become some big Spokesperson for the Anti-Choice movement.

    And WHY oh WHY does she continue to say that people are making fun of Trig? I haven’t seen anyone making fun of Trig!! I think we are concerned for Trig and wish him and his mother the best, and if his grandmother gets confused about who is being made fun of, well–she should always just assume that it is SHE we are making fun of! 🙂

  318. PepperzMom (GA) says:

    251 OFFICIALLY Says: July 3rd, 2009 at 6:22 PM

    PepperzMom (GA)>>>Didn’t SP just change the rules of succession and now there’s a legal problem too?

    Yep…keep your eye on the ball….Sarah lost the ball when she appointed Sullivan to A/G….that will become more obvious when Sullivan become s Governor of Alaska.

    Thought something was fishy (not of the native salmon run type) with that rule change….

    Thanks for the confirmation…

  319. OFFICIALLY says:

    of course it did..

  320. PepperzMom (GA) says:

    250 Isabella Says:

    The when she BEGGED “Fans” to send in their money so Palin could go around the nation…she KNEW that Palin was going to take the money and run?

    Wow, LOW BLOW and a SLAP to the donors huh?

    Ah…you betcha **wink blink*** also too…..

    (sorry folks….still have a GAHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! moment – see #205 above)

  321. BigSlick says:

    I am wondering if that trip to Texas for the tete-a-tete with Exxon didn’t have something to do with Sarah suddenly turning into a rolled-up armadillo in the middle of the political highway.

  322. OFFICIALLY says:

    PepperzMom (GA)>>>Didn’t SP just change the rules of succession and now there’s a legal problem too?

    Yep…keep your eye on the ball….Sarah lost the ball when she appointed Sullivan to A/G….that will become more obvious when Sullivan become s Governor of Alaska.

  323. Isabella says:

    PepperzMom (GA) Says “Megamouth LIVE on CNN/360. States she was in the know for some time…”

    The when she BEGGED “Fans” to send in their money so Palin could go around the nation…she KNEW that Palin was going to take the money and run?

    Wow, LOW BLOW and a SLAP to the donors huh?

  324. ratfishtim says:

    She loved being governor as long as she got freebies like free family travel and per diem for living in her own house.

    She didn’t like governing- after all it’s hard work. She had quit her easier Oil and Gas Commission job for the same reason.

    Ps anyone order their “So Long Sarah,” “Au Revoir Sarah” etc. bumpersticvkers yet?

  325. Mattie says:

    Greta was jus talking on Fox and she must have said 10 times, “I don’t know her personally, I only know her professionally”. And was she really found not guilty on all the ethics charges, that is what everybody is reporting. I thought they found her guilty on Troopergate?

  326. The Rubber Room Hotel says:

    Man stapeltounge is full of it. She uses the same line on Anderson Cooper as Palin used with Couric when trying to get a straight answer.

    When AC askes stapeltounge about the offers stapeltounge says palin received even today AC tries to pin her down with a like what and st says OH anything and everything

  327. UK Lady says:

    LOL, poor mudbug, yes we still have to pay for a licence, but the BBC do good stuff so it’s worth it.

  328. rpa says:

    I haven’t been on the Mudflats very often since the election….good to see some of the same posters are still here! I always thought the house would do her in eventually. Getting the costs of the house buried in the sports complex construction was just too obvious IMO and I’m glad the authorities were investigating (because of the Mudpuppies no doubt!). Remember when First Dude said he built the house with some “buddies”?

  329. UK Lady says:

    I’ll be happy when I know she is out of politics.

    Lett’s hope that nice Doctor lady gets her job back.

    Night all, I’m knackered!

  330. Martha Unalaska Yard Sign says:

    She threw the ball to Parnell, and is ducking around the block to get the ball back & into the hoop…or somethin’. Meg the Tongue just said it, too also and made no sense. Meg sounded really clueless – like she’d been programmed to say what Palin said because she doesn’t know what’s going on.

    I still say we need to slap her w/ putrefied salmon remains until she has retreated completely back into her hole. At least until analogies about basketball ducking and dodging are removed from her references. Don’t trust her one bit.

    None of that takes away my joy today !!! Got rid of the TWIT!

  331. bubbles says:

    woman with sardine can“`have i told you lately that i love you? well i do. we done good work together. us pups…loveb

  332. ds55 says:

    Unemployed: All of Palin’s high school friends who had been given government jobs for which they never qualified.

  333. palinoscopy says:

    She’s toast. Done. Over. Bye dumb Sarah.

  334. Gramiam says:

    Stay tuned for tomorrow’s episode of “As The Worm Turns”. Is there life after Politics?

  335. tizzielish says:

    I forgot to congratulations to all the great Alaska bloggers who worked hard to reveal Sarah Palin for the venal, corrupt, vain figure that she is.

    Seriously: blogging at its best. Power to the voice of the people.

  336. Mudbug says:

    Uk lady,
    Do you still pay taxes on your TV? (get a TV license?) When I lived in England, I got busted for not having a license! No one told me I needed one when I moved there!

  337. tizzielish says:

    She never did seem to really grok that being a politician was not only about getting attention and accumulating wealth. There have been, and always will be, crooked politicians but even shady politicos know that they have to, um, govern and maintain a strict appearance of impropriety.

    Sadly, I think her real falling is that she rose too quickly. If her rise had been slower, she might have learned better how to hide her petty grabs.

    I can’t wait to see what the iceberg is. If she is about to be indicted, it’s not going to matter if she is in or out of office. If federal prosecutors have a case against her, her resignation won’t stop it.

    I admit I feel a little sorry for her. Sure, she is hoisted on her own petard. If she hadn’t been dishonest and, let’s face it, stupid, she wouldn’t be in whatever mess she is in. She could have had a fine career in politics if she had done exactly what she said she would do when she first started running: eliminate corruption and govern for the people, not for lobby influences.

    And yeah, she seemed kinda buzzed when she talked today. She talked way too fast, usually a sign of nervousness. I would imagine she has had plenty of training in how to give a speech. You talk a little slower, enunciate more carefully and you pause. If you really understand how to give a speech, you know that where you decide to pause, to let your listeners absorb what you have already said and then catch up with you, is key. Today she talked like a nervous high schooler giving her first public speech.

    I sure hope she is in some kind of scandal trouble. And I sure hope she’s gonna be off the national stage now . . . well, when her final scandals fades away.

  338. mlaiuppa says:

    Poor Meg.

    It may have not sunk in. Or maybe it has.

    That she is unemployed.

    How will she make her house payments? Car payments? Pay down her credit card? She’s probably adding up the unemployment checks, rewriting her resume and thinking she’ll never find a job in this economy.

    And that she hasn’t come close to her quota of subsistence salmon.

  339. PepperzMom (GA) says:

    216 bucfan Says: July 3rd, 2009 at 6:05 PM

    You know, somebody earlier on here was singing “Ding Dong, the witch is dead” and somebody else mentioned the possibility of the IRS conducting an investigation revolving around Sarah’s house. Hmmm. the wicked witch in the Wizard of Oz did get taken out by having a house falling on her.

    **applause, applause, applause….woo-hoooooooooo!!!…applause!**

    Yeah, what bucfan said….

  340. NMJ says:

    Just saw this update on the Oxtown Gazette:

    “Here’s a quote I got from law enforcement here in Alaska yesterday afternoon regarding Palin “a criminal indictment is pending authorization.”

    http://oxdown.firedoglake.com/diary/6105#more-41525

  341. Gramiam says:

    Only libation strong enough to cut through obfuscation is Everclear!! And no that is NOT a pun!

  342. ds55 says:

    Meg will be unemployed once Sarah leaves office, right?

  343. Allan Taghon says:

    I think we have a sane and rational man in the White House,Barak Obama.

  344. Writing from Alaska says:

    Just FYI – point number 7 in the Daily Beast list of possibilities is replete with misinformation – just sayin’
    Refers to Troopergate scandal – which is old news.
    Quotes Anchorage Daily News as saying Troopergate costs were near $300,000 – that is the figure for all the ethics complaints – not just Troopergate.
    “Meanwhile, The Daily Beast’s Max Blumenthal reports that Todd Palin’s snowmobile sponsor, Spenard Building Supplies, may have been mixed up in questionable political and Palin family business.” – Spenard Builders is just one of the sponsors and not a major one. As we all know, Arctic Cat is the primary sponsor. I shop there, and I could be wrong, but they just don’t seem like they would be involved in politicis – and for that matter, the family doesn’t have a business, per se.
    I am a stickler for details – 😉 There is plenty to pay attention to without confusing the facts.

  345. JanMarie says:

    Just had a thought…
    she keeps mentioning $500,000+ legal bills…maybe they are not for the “frivolous ethics complaints” but for defending against a FBI/IRS investigation into Housegate…
    Maybe now that the Ethics Committe has revealed that “hey, we only spent $300,000 on investigation”, and she needed money (the same amount as the cost of the house, by the way…. to pay her “legal bilss”. She can’t pay back the “embezzled housegate funds” and so the other shoe will drop!!
    Her fund-raising flopped!!!
    Only my opinion

  346. MinNJ says:

    UK Lady
    Watched Wimbledon here and thought, being part Scottish, that I could cheer for Andy through my new cable TV. I hope that I didn’t hamper the talented lad. He did show his heart and spirit, but I would see that. Our guy will never see the best hours of Federer; we’ll hope he’ll give a mighty fight and be done well.

    I can’t wait to come back where I felt so at home and loved the loches so well.

  347. PepperzMom (GA) says:

    209 honestyinGov Says:

    see #205….

    Also, you got any GAHHHHHHHHHHHH! killing hard liquid libations you can share? Can’t believe we had to listen to more Megamouth obfuscation….you’d think we’d have learned to tune her out, no????

  348. rachelbirds says:

    So Palin’s going,
    going, gone from Alaska —
    but we don’t want her!

    http://thehaikudiaries.wordpress.com/2009/07/03/july-3-2009-5/

  349. Aussie Blue Sky says:

    PepperzMom (GA) Says:
    July 3rd, 2009 at 5:55 PM
    Snoskred:
    What’s the reaction like in Oz?
    —————————–
    Snos might be having a rest now that the crisis seems to be over.

    I am highly disgusted that not only did Mrs Palin make every news bulletin on the Oz govt radio station (the only one I can pick up), but half an hour ago I heard the dulcet tones of Angry Meg! She was so angry even her accent was angry.

    I’ve turned the radio off now. 😉

  350. womanwithsardinecan says:

    It won’t be easy, you’ll think it strange, also too
    When I try to tweet how I feel
    that I still need your money after all that I’ve done

    You won’t believe me
    All you will see is a pitbull with lipstick you once knew
    Although she’s dressed up with a flag and a camel toe
    At alsos, toos, and you betchas with you

    I had to make it happen, I had to drive the bus
    Couldn’t stay all my life in Wasilla
    Looking out of the window that todd and his buddies stole, drinking my skinny mocha, also too

    So I chose freedom that our troops fought and died for, you betcha, also too
    Running without a trough of makeup, wearing everything new that others bought me, also too
    But nobody was impressed by me at all
    Like I expected them to be, also too

    Don’t cry for me Alaska
    The truth is I left you under the bus, also too
    All through my wild days
    My mad existence
    I kept my promise to be transparent, also too, except for the emails and the other stuff
    so keep your distance

    And as for fortune, and as for fame
    I totally invited them in what way, Charlie?
    Though it seemed to the world they were all I desired
    I plowed through the door instead, also too

    Don’t cry for me Alaska

    They are illusions like the beauty crown that should have been mine, also too
    They are not the fame and fortune for me they promised to be
    The answer was here all the time (in redacted emails), also too
    I hate you, you evil bloggers and gotcha media and hope you love me

    Have I said too much? also too?
    There’s nothing more I can think of to say to you, but give me a sec, also too.
    But all you have to do is look at me (LOOK AT ME, I’M BEAUTIFUL) to know
    That every word is true word salad, also too

  351. bucfan says:

    You know, somebody earlier on here was singing “Ding Dong, the witch is dead” and somebody else mentioned the possibility of the IRS conducting an investigation revolving around Sarah’s house. Hmmm. the wicked witch in the Wizard of Oz did get taken out by having a house falling on her.

  352. Suchanut says:

    Gramiam – I can’t wait for the show!

  353. UK Lady says:

    Pepperzmom – Was an item on Sky News, they went with the ‘may be the start of 2012 run’ angle, but they are a sister company to Fox.

    Have a headache from trying to read too many comments at once and it’s 3.35am here. Need sleep.

    My take is that this was a GOP hit job on Palin. Maybe clearing the way for Mittens or even the Bush Dynasty trying to muscle Jeb in.

    No way she wasn’t forced into quitting, she was like a long tailed cat in a roomful of rocking chairs.

  354. Gramiam says:

    We are Mudpuppies, hear us roar!!

  355. SweetP in Puget Sound says:

    Oh, happy day!
    (Oh, happy day!)
    Oh, happy day-ay-yay!
    (Oh, happy day!)
    When Palin walks,
    (Oh, watch her walk!)
    When Sarah walks,
    (See! There she walks!)
    When Palin walks,
    (It’s her pageant walk!)
    So-o-o far away!
    (Far, far away!!)

  356. Gramiam says:

    Everybody gonna be tuned in to Shannyn’s radio show tomorrow? That is gonna put a spike in her ratings that will have her sitting in Eddie’s chair (after fumigation, of course)
    I hope the radio station has run extra phone lines

  357. JHop says:

    the point guard analogy that they keep using is driving me CRAZY. a “good point guard” does not quit in the middle of a game, no matter if she is losing or about to foul out.

  358. mae lewis says:

    @bws Four yes’s, one Hell Yeah! That’s only five votes. Doesn’t Todd get to vote?

  359. honestyinGov says:

    Meg is on AC 360 saying GINO knows exactly what she is doing. Talking all kinds of nonsense. She makes as much sense as GINO. She says she is leading by NOT leading. AC kept asking her questions to explain.
    He was TOTALLY confused. Basically telling Meg ” that makes NO sense’ Duhh!

  360. Suchanut says:

    Interesting read re: “Palin as Figurehead”

    “A fairly persuasive theory of leadership called the ‘Social Contagion’ theory, postulates that leadership functions not through the leader but through the followers. Ideas spread like the flu (a contagion) that the followers catch. In order for a movement to break through to a larger audience, the followers require a figurehead. Palin is that figurehead for the aggrieved fundamentalist right.”

    http://www.typepad.com/services/trackback/6a00d83451c45669e2011571aead76970b

  361. Vickie Wells says:

    It crossed my mind for just a second that she was going to say she had hiked the Appalachian Trail after returning from a trip to Argentina! Congratulations Alaska! I bet there is some celebrating there tonight!

  362. womanwithsardinecan says:

    They are illusions like the beauty crown that should have been mine, also too
    They are not the fame and fortune for me they promised to be
    The answer was here all the time (in redacted emails), also too
    I love you, you evil bloggers and gotcha media and hope you love me

    Have I said too much? also too?
    There’s nothing more I can think of to say to you, but give me a sec, also too.
    But all you have to do is look at me (LOOK AT ME, I’M BEAUTIFUL) to know
    That every word is true word salad, also too

  363. PepperzMom (GA) says:

    Megamouth LIVE on CNN/360.

    States she was in the know for some time….

    Claims SP did for the best of AK and USA….

    Megamouth in NY at this time, using Blackberry to keep in touch….

    AC360 asked about ethics taking her time up….ignoring the question….

    AC360: what if every governor did same thing about being lame duck? Megamouth says SP not ignoring needs of AK by leaving early….has leadership skills & could do whatever she wants….

    AC360: quitting her job not leading, megamouth starts in the b-ball point guard dribbling down the court

    GAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

  364. mlaiuppa says:

    One of the pee-ers on HuffPo is saying Sarah quit so she can go to every church in Alaska to get signatures for her anti-abortion parental permission legislation because that is so dear to her heart and the last thing on her list of things to do as Governor. Then she’s going to take on the lower 48.

    And I’m thinking…is she going to go to every church in the lower 48 states too? Gee, that’s going to take awhile……

    They are just drinking more KoolAid. I have to wonder if a few will get a clue and realize she’s used and betrayed them and turn on her. There is nothing worse than a worshiper who feels used and betrayed.

    What kind of security does Palin have at the Home Komplex?

  365. Nebraska Native says:

    I really think she did this as an abortive strike to silence her critics. Except that’s not going to happen. Just because you leave the dance early, doesn’t mean you don’t have to tell your mom where you went. A new word Sarah, sound it out and look it up: accountability.

  366. crystalwolf aka caligrl says:

    Lainey Says:
    July 3rd, 2009 at 5:39 PM

    @crystalwolf aka caligrl…..wherever you are

    high five! I’m jumping and slapping 🙂
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Lainey…. Yes Yes Yes 🙂
    High 5 to you and clink!
    And now we know are emails were not in vain about Housegate!
    I am beside myself with JOY right now 😀

  367. Aussie Blue Sky says:

    Writing from (the coffee shop in) Alaska Says:
    July 3rd, 2009 at 5:48 PM
    Hello folks – just a comment on the new lt. gov – I read somewhere that it is the General that is on her cabinet – I don’t recall his name – so there is someone named to that post.
    ——————————————–
    Craig Campbell, Adjutant-General Alaska National Guard

  368. womanwithsardinecan says:

    It won’t be easy, you’ll think it strange, also too
    When I try to tweet how I feel
    that I still need your money after all that I’ve done

    You won’t believe me
    All you will see is a pitbull with lipstick you once knew
    Although she’s dressed up with a flag and a camel toe
    At alsos, toos,and you betchas with you

    I had to make it happen, I had to drive the bus
    Couldn’t stay all my life in Wasilla
    Looking out of the window that todd and his buddies stole, drinking my skinny mocha also too

    So I chose freedom that our troops fought and died for, you betcha, also too
    Running without a trough of makeup, wearing everything new that others bought me, also too
    But nobody was impressed by me at all
    Like I expected them to be, also too

    Don’t cry for me Alaska
    The truth is I left you under the bus, also too
    All through my wild days
    My mad existence
    I kept my promise to be transparent, also too
    Don’t keep your distance

    And as for fortune, and as for fame
    I never invited them in,
    Though it seemed to the world they were all I desired
    I plowed through the door instead, also too

    They are illusions
    They are not the solutions they promised to be
    The answer was here all the time (in redacted emails)
    I love you and hope you love me

    Don’t cry for me Alaska

    Have I said too much? also too?
    There’s nothing more I can think of to say to you.
    But all you have to do is look at me to know
    That every word is true word salad, also too

  369. mae lewis says:

    OK, everyone has had a good laugh. Here’s a serious question. Just how many governors resign from office, and under what circumstances? There was the guy in New Jersey who had a wife and a boy friend. There was NY Governor Spitzer who got himself in big trouble with you-know-who. But I don’t get it. Nobody just walks away from a job because they don’t want to be a lame duck. Plenty of people in public office finish their term of office even though they won’t run in the next election. (Remember President Johnson who decided not to run for office again, but chose to try to work out the problems in Vietnam).

    My first reaction was that Sarah wants to take on something more financially rewarding: book deal, TV gig. Now, I tend to think the rumors of an investigation regarding Sports Complex & Palin House Deals are going to require time and money. And, it would be quite an embarrassment to deal with that investigation while in office.

    I don’t believe for a moment that ethics complaints, Letterman’s jokes, pajama clad bloggers, defiled baby photos and critical articles hounded her from office. If we had that kind of power, I can think a a dozen more folks who deserve our electronic slings and arrows. So, other than a governor who resigns because of a scandal or serious illiness, just how many other governors just walk away after 2 and a half years?

  370. Ennealogic says:

    Ditto to other’s comments… AKM or Snos or ServerGuy or anyone else who wants a place to stay while they visit our nation’s capital (ok, so I’m 55 miles away but still) … and the same goes for any other mudpuppy who wanders this way. Mi casa es su casa!

  371. MinNJ says:

    Oh, I do believe, the best is yet to come, iceberg or little iceberg!!!!

  372. PepperzMom (GA) says:

    Snoskred:
    What’s the reaction like in Oz?

    UKLady:
    What’s the reaction in merry ol’ England?
    PS: Sorry about Murray today…kinda did himself a bit with the temper….

    Other non-US/Canadian posters:
    What’s the reaction in your neck of the woods?

    Links welcome to all the foreign stories on this…..

  373. ServerGuy says:

    There are many more then just ‘us three’, AKM, snosk and others do much more work around here then I do.
    It just so happens that the things I do do, are somewhat highly visible.
    The long list of Admins and Moderators keep things running smoothly 99.9% of the time, so much so, you guys never see the ‘bumps’
    So kudos to all the team ^^

  374. JHop says:

    http://www.villagevoice.com/content/printVersion/673217

    this is an older village voice article, but there is more about her house in it.

    i want the other shoe to drop already! she is so ambitious (in a horribly corrupt and selfish way), i just cannot believe she would resign unless there is truth to some of these rumors we are discussing.

  375. Aussie Blue Sky says:

    “Criminal indictment pending authorization”? Wow!

    Caligrl I really hope it’s Housegate but I can’t believe that even Sarah Palin would stage her resignation right in front of the commercial structure in question.

    Whatever – “criminal indictment pending authorization” makes me happy anyway.

  376. AlaskaGuy says:

    As a sitting Governor she wouldn’t be able to raise money for a legal defense, would she? So could she be getting out ahead of the indictment so that she can get the cash she needs for her legal fees?

  377. Nebraska Native says:

    AKM, Server Guy and Snoskred… my guess is you can pick anywhere in the world and find a great place to stay with a grateful Mudpuppy including some bubbly uncorked in your honor– just check the map on your right, pick your place, and party on! Thank you all so much for getting us back on the series of tubes!

  378. Writing from Alaska says:

    OK code doesn’t work – ;(

  379. maya says:

    T’was bloggers killed the beast.

  380. Writing from Alaska says:

    Hello folks – just a comment on the new lt. gov – I read somewhere that it is the General that is on her cabinet – I don’t recall his name – so there is someone named to that post.

    Just checking in from the coffee house and enjoying a celbratory Mocha Frappe with whip cream. Server guy – if you come to Alaska we will buy you salmon steaks. Snos, also, too. We (heart) you – let’s see if that code works – if not… oh well

  381. MinNJ says:

    Oh, austintx, I am so sorry. Well, she’s at home there, with the y’all and stuff. Good luck with that. (I know Houston is an art center and Dallas should be bombed, whatever.)

  382. GinaM says:

    Naw….that iceberg is coming. She can run but she can’t hide. As far as her followers at that other site they have completely lost there everlovin minds. GINO LIES. That is what we learned all this week so her reasons for quitting is not the real reason.

  383. SMR says:

    @Old Dyke at 4:56 —

    That article appears to be Progressive Alaska under a pseudonym? Hope I’m not spilling any beans there… I read it earlier at PA, but didn’t have the email bit tacked on at the end, and no update w/that info at PA. Curious. Anyway, crossing fingers it’s legit.

  384. Martha Unalaska Yard Sign says:

    @ womanwithsardinecan

    EXCELLENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

    Well, that was painful to watch. I didn’t realize that sarah could be MORE sarah. I’m stunned. From sarah’s past behavior, I can’t imagine anything short of imminent arrest forcing her to resign.

  386. PepperzMom (GA) says:

    Hit send before I finished post #177 (current #)

    Is this beyond her Wasilla church connections?

    Trigger finger getting way too ahead of itself….

  387. austintx says:

    From the dailykos article that JHop posted……..
    Dorwin and Joanne Smith, the principals of complex subcontractor DJ Excavation & Development, have donated $7,100 to Palin and her allied candidate Charlie Fannon (Joanne is a Palin appointee on the state Board of Nursing).
    *******************************************************
    The last name of the people that sarah stayed with for 5 days in Giddings is “Smith”. The article from the Giddings paper that I posted awhile back stated that sarah’s friends were from Wasilla………hm-m-m-m. Will have the full name at the beginning of the week. Damn – hope she was not househunting down here.

  388. MinNJ says:

    Molly, I wish.

    The world has her now, and we’re stuck with her, much to our unfortunate luck and hers.

  389. Anonymouscrab says:

    I live in NYC, not Alaska, so I don’t know how much about local Alaska politics, but she sounded far more nervous to me in today’s speech than she did during any of the VP debates, and that makes me think there is something she is hiding and something very rushed about this (despite her remark that the decision had been in the works for a while). My first thought — based on her comments re: the world needs more Trigs and re: going outside of government — was that she is going to head some anti-abortion group, and try to rebuild her image and focus her supporters that way. But who knows, her speech was such incoherent word soup, and her repeated cryptic comments re: “wasting millions of dollars” make more sense if there is an indictment coming. And if that’s true, I can’t *wait* to see what she’ll do to raise money for her legal bills. She’ll be rasslin’ a moose on Pay-per-View by this time next year . . .

  390. Shii says:

    Lori in Los Angeles Says:
    July 3rd, 2009 at 10:30 AM

    If I could write her big announcement:
    “Happy 4th of July, also, too, you betcha I am stepping down as Governor due to the mean bloggers, John Mcain and David Letterman. I have accepted a position at FOX News lookin’ forward to working with Greta to progress our great Nation, in Jesus name, and here is a shout out to our brave Troops who defend my right to not ever be criticized by the media as per the first amendment, and HEEEEERE’S Triggggggg – do NOT talk about my family!”

    ^

    This was posted 1/2 an hour before the announcement. I think I found Palin’s speechwriter

  391. PepperzMom (GA) says:

    Hmmm, interesting assessments on SP’s move here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/bruce-wilson/sarah-palins-ramping-it-u_b_225606.html

    Curious/alarming aspect is this:
    …Sarah Palin’s close affiliation with the New Apostolic Reformation, a global movement that is rapidly redefining Christianity. As I explained to journalist Bill Berkowitz in a recent interview, mainstream media has so far missed Palin’s association with the aggressively supremacist New Apostolic movement but…

    What’s this about? Did I miss something on the AK blogs re: this “supremacist” connection???

  392. Lainey says:

    @crystalwolf aka caligrl…..wherever you are

    high five! I’m jumping and slapping 🙂

  393. MinNJ says:

    Ripley, I have tried to get on the subtler form of AKM, the Forum, and have failed miserably. Perhaps I should try again when the challenge of typing through bursts in the air might be more appropriate.

  394. OFFICIALLY says:

    The the new regime of republican party leadership took control by forcing Palin to appoint A/G Sullivan…..who then made it clear to even Palin…she has to go.

    Palin is such a national liablity…her ties to the AIParty and her rehtoric will get her on the terrorist watch list.

    Now, when Parnell quits on account he wants to run for Don Youngs seat in congress….well A/G Sullivan becomes Governor of Alaska…

    Of course Palin is guilty of complete moral, ethical and literal corruption and of course it was going to catch up with her and of course there is a strong movement in Alaska against Palin and rightfully so that have contributied to the “somebody” has to do something race to zero out the palin factor……but it is the republicans that put the hit on Palin that took her out…and…

    it is not game over. The Palin affect is just begginning to manifest …wait and see or remember this post 10 months from now…or sooner?

  395. Cassie Jeep Pike Palin says:

    GreatGrey Says:
    hat means every time he flies his float plane he’s committing an FAA violation, and it gets worse if he has any passengers with him.
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    And that, GreatGrey, is why I have been a Mudpuppy for ten months! Folks here really rock!

    I add only a little accounting expertise, others add medical, dental, psychological, aeronautics, education and construction expertise!

    TY!

  396. Lee323 says:

    BTW….The tireless work of AKM and the other Alaskan progressive bloggers has helped immensely in bringing the truth about this whole debacle.

    Mudpups….show your support by “progressing” The Mudflats and your other favorite blogs with a donation. Still much work to be done….

  397. Molly says:

    So, how does it feel, Sarah, to be forced to resign? I think it’s only fair after you canned your two top health people, and the oh-so-many people before that who dared to think independently.

    I’m voting for “Sarah was one of Sanford’s flings”–I would find that Highly Funny– or “the truth about Trig will finally be confirmed.”

    But it could be so so many other things, now, couldn’t it?

    What goes around comes around.
    Another wing-nut bites the dust.

  398. Isabella says:

    Shannyn on MSNBC getting in GOOD STUFF!!!

  399. ThirtyFiveUp says:

    If you need more giggles, take a look at Ten Reasons Why SP Quit.

    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2009/7/3/749712/-Top-Ten-Reasons-Why-Sarah-Palin-Quit

    There are actually about a hundred after the commenters piled on.

  400. bubbles says:

    server guy. i am with ripley on that invitation. you are the best..love bubbles

  401. Lainey says:

    I agree, she sounds nervous & shaky…some kind of energy drink??…on top of her usual ramble, word salad, abuse of the English language. She sounds like she’s in trouble. Whatever it is…if she goes away from politics permanently…….I want to thank AKM with all my heart for keeping the pressure, doing the investigating, and networking the facts. Hooray!
    I just hope that, for Alaskans, she’s not stepping up the secession process.
    So many thoughts are swirling through my head…I can’t begin! 🙂

  402. sauerkraut says:

    Come on… ya alls know that The Dud is one of her children!

  403. Isabella says:

    Speaking on MSNBC, Andrea Mitchell reported that, according to “people very close to Sarah Palin,” she has “told her supporters that she is out of politics, period. She is fed up with politics. She doesn’t like her life. She feels that she needs to raise her family. She’s sick of the commute from Wasilla to the capital. And she really does not want to run for higher office, that this is not a case where she is stepping down in order to clear the way for a presidential run. In fact, she has told some of her biggest backers in the national Republican Party that they are free to choose other candidates for 2012, which of course opens new avenues for Mitt Romney, for Tim Pawlenty, for other potential candidates who are definitely in the running.”
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/07/03/sarah-palin-out-of-politi_n_225619.html

  404. CR46 says:

    Congratulations Alaska!!!

  405. weaver57 says:

    Dear Snos & ServerGuy: SP must have been reading this site and knew she would close it down for awhile! Thanks for getting it up again.

    Well, congrats, Alaska. Now is Parnell any better or worse? Her timing and her voice, sounded like she was running out of breath.

    Now if we can just get rid of Bunning & McConnell in KY.

    Keep up the good work all you great Alaskan bloggers.

  406. bmoney67 says:

    It souded to me like she was going to suit up for the Washington Generals & start her own winnin’ streak against the Harlem Globetrotters… Or maybe trying to take Dick Vitale’s job on ESPN…

  407. womanwithsardinecan says:

    It won’t be easy, you’ll think it strange
    When I try to explain how I feel
    that I still need your love after all that I’ve done

    You won’t believe me
    All you will see is a girl you once knew
    Although she’s dressed up to the nines
    At sixes and sevens with you

    I had to let it happen, I had to drive the bus
    Couldn’t stay all my life in Wasilla
    Looking out of the window, staying out of the sun

    So I chose freedom, you betcha, also too
    Running around, trying everything new
    But nothing impressed me at all
    I never expected it to

    Don’t cry for me Alaska
    The truth is I never left you, also too
    All through my wild days
    My mad existence
    I kept my promise
    Don’t keep your distance

    And as for fortune, and as for fame
    I never invited them in,
    Though it seemed to the world they were all I desired
    I plowed through the door instead, also too

    They are illusions
    They are not the solutions they promised to be
    The answer was here all the time (in redacted emails)
    I love you and hope you love me

    Don’t cry for me Alaska

    Have I said too much? also too?
    There’s nothing more I can think of to say to you.
    But all you have to do is look at me to know
    That every word is true word salad, also too

  408. bws says:

    In fact, this decision comes after much consideration, and finally polling the most important people in my life – my children (where the count was unanimous… well, in response to asking: “Want me to make a positive difference and fight for ALL our children’s future from OUTSIDE the Governor’s office?” It was four “yes’s” and one “hell yeah!” The “hell yeah” sealed it – and someday I’ll talk about the details of that..

    When did Trig start talking? When & how did she talk to Track/

    Small niggling details that make me go hmmmmmm

  409. Isabella says:

    Ripley in CT “Serverguy, if you’re ever in the North Eastern US, there’s plenty of mudpuppies here that would love to buy you a drink.”

    LOL, I got a chance to hear part of Shannyn’s Show last week. I think maybe Server has a few Mudpuppies crushing hard also too that would LOVE to treat to more then a drink…just sayin.

  410. BobbyG says:

    The reality of Palin’s resignation is more mundane than assumed. She tried to join the Church of Scientology, but she failed the E-meter test during her entrance audit:

    http://www.bgladd.com/McSameStore/Palintology_E-meter.jpg

  411. metalhead39 says:

    I’m just glad everyone’s computers in AK are doing fine now! There’s definitely something big looming around the corner for Palin and I’m pretty sure it’s not a 2012 Presidential run.

    Any place to learn more about the Lt. Gov – soon to be Governor ? Better/same/worse than what the state has now?

  412. ServerGuy says:

    Hehe, the magic of skype and audio calls, that particular pc is loud – I leave my cell quiet so work can’t bug me though 😉

    I’ll get stateside eventually, but my holidays are usually pretty short – the joys of being a ‘salaryman’ at a Japanese company. When I do get away, its usually scuba diving, only computer I use is my dive comp

  413. LibertyLover says:

    So, did the cheetos-eating, pajama wearing dirty effing hippies blogging in the basement get the better of Palin?

  414. Professor Geezer says:

    It’s not some cool job, IMHO. She’s wait until July 6 to announce that. Or even tomorrow!

    No, this was a “forced to quit to save face” situation. And even so, her face was sad. 🙁

  415. PepperzMom (GA) says:

    From Shannyn’s HP post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/shannyn-moore/sarah-palin-resigns-as-al_b_225515.html

    Sources say, the third in line for the governorship, Corrections Commissioner, Joe Schmidt, has declined to become Lieutenant Governor. There is no official word of who will become take Sean Parnell’s position as he ascends to the governorship.

    Hmmm, the plot(s) seems to be thickening some more. Could there be something going on within the executive branch besides what we know now? Didn’t SP just change the rules of succession and now there’s a legal problem too?

  416. M. Bergert says:

    Sarah is on some drug. She talking faster than normal, more animated, and her speech is choppy- I knew it normally is, but more so than normal. Her short sentences make it more difficult for the listener to follow what she is saying. I have no doubt about this!

  417. msbeader says:

    I entertained the thought that Trig’s birth certificate was found.

  418. Isabella says:

    ServerGuy “That’s after the rest of the team found a way to get me to wake up on this lovely Saturday morning.”

    Totally curious how they got you up! The girls are sneaky 🙂

  419. Ripley in CT says:

    Serverguy, if you’re ever in the North Eastern US, there’s plenty of mudpuppies here that would love to buy you a drink. After today, you deserve it!

  420. SystemBucker says:

    What a week! I have been glued to Mudflats and googling the latest Palin news and now this announcement! I wonder what the big plan is too, just like most of America. You don’t suppose her future plans would be joining the Faux News family then running in 2012 as an Independant. That would sure show those mean Republicans who have said mean, mean things about her.

  421. ServerGuy says:

    Aye, but mostly it was just the excess load that shut it down, all i needed to do was restart a few things.

    That’s after the rest of the team found a way to get me to wake up on this lovely Saturday morning.

    Hugs n kisses back

  422. BigPete says:

    It would be just and fitting, if it were “the house of blue lights”!

  423. Lainey says:

    I don’t believe we’re rid of her quite yet…she salivates for the golden ring…that oval office…a bigger and better purpose…her God’s work.
    oh, that’s right, she signed as God, so she must think she is.
    I pray to MY God that she goes in a celebrity direction…actress/anchorette/author/evangelical minister…….WHATEVER, but exit politics once and forever (she’s terrible at it) and leave us the hell alone!!!!!!!!!!!!! good riddens, hasta la vista, ciao, buh byeeeee

  424. Isabella says:

    Ennealogic Says “ServerGuy, and I say this from the heart knowing I have the assent of every other Mudpuppie, WE LOVE YOU.”

    Oh is ServerGuy to thank for being able to get onto Mudflats today? I kept getting kicked off earlier. LOVE ALL AROUND FOR SERVERGUY!!! XOXOXOXI!!

  425. Isabella says:

    AKraven Says “She would have to run against Hollis French whose investigation of troopergate found her guilt of abuse of power. She must know the election would have been bloody for her.”

    I am not even afraid of Hollis. Palin, doesn’t fear him. Although she threw him a bone with his bill he got passed on the child safety issue which he grabbed.

    I never liked the guy personally. He seems wussy and whiny.

  426. suzinatl says:

    Hysterical video….

    Sarah Palin Quits, at warp speed

  427. Ennealogic says:

    ServerGuy, and I say this from the heart knowing I have the assent of every other Mudpuppie, WE LOVE YOU. Thank you ever so much for helping keeping AKM online, and for surviving through the astonishing news today! *kiss from afar*

  428. rebekkah says:

    It’s kind of like Aliens. Heroine blasts the last of the aliens and thinks it’s all over…..it feels like audience is applauding and shaking hands, smiling laughing….then, ….then a real big alien does a pop-up. Don’t know if the Palin political saga is over – may be the unpopular governor really does have plans to do a pop-up for 2012.

  429. GreatGrey says:

    …and don’t forget the seaplane!

    I don’t have one…do all y’all?

    Cassie, want to see something interesting?

    Head over to http://www.faa.gov, click on the link under Pilots > Search Airman Certificates. Next page, hit the link “Search Airmen Certificate Information”. Fill out some information, then when you finally get to the search page, enter Todd Palin and Wasilla. Should come up with just one item. And you’ll notice that Todd is only rated for “Single Engine Land”

    That means every time he flies his float plane he’s committing an FAA violation, and it gets worse if he has any passengers with him.

  430. Janet says:

    I still can’t figure out what in the hell ex-Governor-to-be Palin was talking about in her resignation speech. The woman was all over the place. I just hope she fades from view soon.

  431. JHop says:

    sorry for posting twice, my comment kept disappearing!

  432. Gramiam says:

    My daughter-in-law just sent me this YouTube video. Good for a giggle!!

  433. AKraven says:

    She would have to run against Hollis French whose investigation of troopergate found her guilt of abuse of power. She must know the election would have been bloody for her.

    She can now relax about taking the money for the book deal and doesn’t have to worry about another ethics complaint. The timing may have all to do with this.

    She can travel wherever she wants, whenever she wants. She can support whatever cause she wants without infringing on her duties as GOV. Since she can’t seem to understand what is required of her in her position, this will ease her mind.

    It will have to wait for the 2012 election for the dirt to come out. She will be clean until then as far as political races go.

  434. Isabella says:

    Who was the news crew covering? Local or national?

  435. JHop says:

    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2009/7/3/749721/-I-Think-Its-Housegate!

    there is a lot more about “housegate” here. how interesting.

  436. Lee323 says:

    @ Isabella
    ——————-
    LOL. Right in front of me. Thanks.

  437. Isabella says:

    Something God Smacked Palin cause if you look at her Twitters, she made no mention of anything like a resignation & we all know how she likes to tease.

    I am daymn curious to know why prison commissioner was there to hear Palin’s goodbye. http://www.daylife.com/photo/05MF1GuglZ8i3 Who are the others standing there? Palin looks psycho!!!

  438. JHop says:

    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2009/7/3/749721/-I-Think-Its-Housegate!

    there is a lot about what could potentially be “Housegate” here!

  439. beth says:

    Whoa – she just got back from visiting troops overseas, she rambled on and on about the troops and what they’ve shown/taught her about what’s important and all, and…

    OMG, is Her Sarahness fixin’ to join the military?

  440. Dal says:

    Buckle up ladies & gentlemen, our comedy has just begun!

  441. zyggy says:

    Housegate would be very entertaining, and it blow all those Bible Spice bots away. I do think funds being sent to her would slow down.

  442. Cassie Jeep Pike Palin says:

    The camera person was given a poke, and quickly switched to a closeup shot of Sarah’s face. In addition to the duck and geese noise in the background,
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    …and don’t forget the seaplane!

    I don’t have one…do all y’all?

  443. Ripley in CT says:

    BuffaloGal: All that hugging and drinking can be yours! August 1….. NYC…. check the forum!!!! Party!!!

    I said this on the Hmmmmm thread… if it is indeed Housegate, she’s done. Tahd, too. My governor went to jail for steering contracts and having some work done on a cottage here. JAIL.

  444. kettletop says:

    This was, of course, the first place I turned to when I saw the news…so I figured we terrible out of state no-gooders meddling in Alaska politics (well at least lurking in the Mudflats) would bring down the servers.
    We are all counting on the Mudflats to keep us updated with the good stuff.
    My instinct is that this is about her ambition and not about any lurking scandal. If she was anticipating a scandal breaking, she would know that she had no future in the big picture, would hand onto her job like a pitbull and fight tooth and nail. Please. Save. US. from. this. woman!

  445. Martha Unalaska Yard Sign says:

    Her speech sounded like a word salad version of “Don’t Cry For Me, Argentina!”

  446. Isabella says:

    Lee323 “Where did that quote come from? Did I miss an earlier post on this?”

    Up above love, AKM updates, right below original story on this page.

  447. Martha Unalaska Yard Sign says:

    @ womanwithsardinecan

    Yes! Also, too!

  448. womanwithsardinecan says:

    Does this mean I have to stop saying “also, too”? It’s getting to be a habit. You betcha. Will we relearn the English language?

  449. Lee323 says:

    @ 105 Isabella
    ————————
    Where did that quote come from? Did I miss an earlier post on this?

  450. I agree it could be something like Housegate, but the way she kept on about Trig and said the world needs more like him, made me wonder if she is pregnant again. And that might explain Todd’s early return home. But, please, can someone tell her that it’s not a good idea to keep having babies just because you can? Good grief.

    I really hope it is one of the other reasons. Housegate would be entertaining.

  451. Nebraska Native says:

    Sauerkraut… we be waiting for the otha shoe to be droppin’… that’s what we be doin’ now. You betcha!

  452. Isabella says:

    LMAA @ the thoughts of what is going to become of Angry Meg. Surly Palin did not tell her before this announcement…hope someone is video taping her right now and puts it on Youtube.

  453. Old Dyke says:

    Just saw this update at “firedoglake”:

    Palin: Criminal Indictment “Pending,” Reports Alaska Law Enforcement Official
    By: EdwardTeller Friday July 3, 2009 3:59 pm
    Update: This just in my in-box, from a source connected sometimes to CNN:

    “Here’s a quote I got from law enforcement here in Alaska yesterday afternoon regarding Palin “a criminal indictment is pending authorization.”

    Anyone know anything about this?

  454. Lee323 says:

    @ bucfan
    ———————-
    Yeah…..I spent quite a few hours over at ADN while the Flats was being hammered. The firing of the health director and Palin’s “Sitting Duck” Quackjob award were prominently listed on the front page.

    While I was waiting for comment pages to load, my eyes wandered over to the right side of the ADN page where all those gagging galleries of the guv.’s fashion and style are located. I will be so glad to see this hokey, boot-lickin’ “Yearbook of Palin” finally taken down. Hopefully.

  455. PepperzMom (GA) says:

    sauerkraut Says: July 3rd, 2009 at 4:39 PM

    yanno, ya alls… got a serious question here… with Palin outta da house, what the heck are we alls gonna be doing now???

    That’s easy. Wait for all the juicy scandalous innuendos and criminal actions to come to light, then whip out the bubbly/beer/wine (without cheese!!!) and say, “yep, we knew that ages ago. What took so long?”

  456. bucfan says:

    WOW. John Harris didn’t waste any time announcing that he is running for Governor. Just saw an interview with him on Channel 2. Talk about not waiting until the body was cold.

  457. KaJo says:

    You know, this thing about some kind of tete-a-tete between Gov. Sanford and Governor Lame Duck is springing up in other places, too.

    I was just over at http://www.somethingawful.com, wondering if they have ceased and desisted upon hearing the news…and they more or less have…

    BUT, Mr. Bojangles came up with the same speculation the 3 Wonkette posters and I did, albeit put a bit more crassly:

    “Wow, she’s straight up resigning. Hope she and Sanford go chill in Buenos Aires with that reporter chick for some family-values debauched lovin’.”

  458. John(Canadian MudPuppy) says:

    What a great day for Alaskans. PARTY TIME. I know AKM will not let her guard down. Palin is not a person I would trust when she says or lets on she will not be in politics. I cannot see this woman walking away from the spotlight. BEWARE ALASKA. We haven’t heard the last of SCARY SARAH PALIN

  459. nswfm CA says:

    # 23 chascates Says:
    July 3rd, 2009 at 4:06 PM

    I betcha she’s going to look for the ‘real killers!’
    =======
    YEAH! She’ll never find them, either!

  460. wired differently says:

    So, Housegate it is. I’m thinking of Lainey right now.

    I’m snickering at this afternoon’s NPR report, which is focusing on the red herring of the presidential run.

    Kudos to AKM, Celtic Diva, Gryphen, Shannyn, Phil, and all the other steadfast Alaska bloggers who held Palin’s feet to the fire.

  461. pvazwindy says:

    I just want to say thank you to all the bloggers that made today possible.

  462. PepperzMom (GA) says:

    “Palin Resignation: 10 Theories Why”

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2009-07-03/palin-resignation-10-theories-why/full/

    Good reading folks!

  463. ds55 says:

    So Sarah fired a bunch of people just days before quitting her own job. That makes no sense at all.

  464. Isabella says:

    “Okay, I’ve now been able to get independent information from multiple sources that all of this precedes what are said to be possible federal indictments against Palin, concerning an embezzlement scandal related to the building of Palin’s house and the Wasilla Sports Complex built during her tenure. Both structures, it is said, feature the “same windows, same wood, same products.” Federal investigators have been looking into this for some time, and indictments could be imminent, according to the Alaska sources. ”

    WoW!!! Losing her house, her income, her healthcare, her name, this is GRANDE!!!

  465. Celia Harrison says:

    That speech was very strange. Is something about to come out? Is she going to try and run for president now, that would be an ultra-bizare move. Does she have an offer from Faux News? Whatever it is it is totally about her and has nothing to do with Alaska like she says. I laughed so hard at the speech that I had to take some Ibuprofen for my back, it started spasming. Could this whole saga get any weirder?

  466. bucfan says:

    Lea323, heck, look on the front page of the Anchorage Daily News and there is a story about the firing of the State Public Health Director. Of course, they tried to say she resigned, but the truth came out on the front page today.

  467. Isabella says:

    LMAO, poor SUCKERS who donated to Palin’s last minute GRABATHON. They are stuttering over one another trying to reconcile their abandonment feelings both emotionally and fincially…lol. So sad. They should have listened to Gryphen and kept their change.

  468. politicalamazon says:

    Beth, thanks for pointing out the obvious–She was so much like my brother when he was meth-addicted, I was transfixed watching her–that Trig was not visible for the majority of the –whatever it was Sarah Palin was doing up there.

    Someone else mentioned Piper looked like she knew there was another shoe about to drop, and it is about the size of Kansas.

    I can understand if Trig started fussing, taking him off stage where he could be more comfortable, but with Piper’s expression–something is up.

  469. Aussie Blue Sky says:

    CG Says:
    July 3rd, 2009 at 4:25 PM
    Someone has offered her a really cool awesome opportunity. She isn’t going to blink – she’s taking it!
    ——————————————
    I’d be inclined to think that if she was quitting her job to take up something ultra-lucrative and ultra-glam that she wouldn’t try to bury the news – and blow off all that publicity that she so likes to milk.

  470. Lisabeth says:

    Article on Daily Beast by Max Blumenthal (I hate some of his articles so who knows) that housegate is the iceberg.
    Sorry I don’t have the link but it should be easy to find. Also received a Twitter that an indictment is coming very very soon!

    I hope this is all true and with Palin out of office, maybe people will not be afraid to tell the truth. So was Palins whole speech a BS lie?

    If she indicted, will her supporters STILL defend her?

  471. Closet Mudpup says:

    austintx

    I was all but praying for those ducks in the background to start making ducklings. She could’ve outdone the turkey vid!!

  472. sauerkraut says:

    Wait… did someone really say that Palin isn’t a quitter?? Hot dang… remind me again… what was that news conference about??

    Right.

    SHE QUIT!!! MIDSTREAM!! Sore loser and a benchwarming quitter, she is. Hope she gets a splinter in her arse while she’s warming the bench.

  473. Isabella says:

    KaJo..THANK YOU!

  474. Lee323 says:

    I agree that someone or something has put the screws to her….and she’s been forced to resign.

    Her demeanor during the speech was not that of a conquering hero who’s going onto more ripe battlefields or even a self-satisfied megalomaniac….She was exceedingly nervous and just able to keep herself together.

    BTW….How dare she talk of being victimized by politics when she fired Walt Monegan and screwed-over who knows how many other “little” people while she had the power!

    The “bloodsport” of politics has now become her own karma….well deserved.

  475. sauerkraut says:

    yanno, ya alls… got a serious question here… with Palin outta da house, what the heck are we alls gonna be doing now??? Man… spent so many hours reading comments on so many of the Alaska blogs. Might even spend some vacation time up there now that Palin is no longer the guv… plus, what else am I gonna do now????

  476. Women Who Run With The Wolves says:

    Happy, happy 4th of July! I don’t think I can stomach the resignation speech, so I will trust all of you to tell me how truly awful her acting was. It’s a beautiful day here in Southeast Alaska. Literally.

  477. Isabella says:

    CG “She’s not a quitter and public opinion is unimportant to her. She never does anything that there isn’t something in it for HER. Someone has offered her a really cool awesome opportunity. She isn’t going to blink – she’s taking it!”

    Palin tried way to hard to make that insider basketball analogy work for her. Bringing up Trigg, the photo shop, the breaking down at the end…this is a forced situation. The speech SUCKED she did not have help from big time PACS or wealthy backers. Palin is out there on her own…someone or thing spooked her to get out of Dodge.

  478. politicalamazon says:

    Replying to CG’s great post, part of which is quoted here:

    “Something incompatible with being the governor:
    a. A sweet gig in the entertainment biz
    b. Campaigning for president (A real campaign, not just 60 days at the end of someone else’s.)
    c. A run for senator”

    The only thing that makes some big GOOD thing happening is that, if she was going to run for something, or if she had signed a deal with Fox to be –whatever–she would have made that part of the announcement of her leaving office as governor.

    Pain may be many things, but “coy” isn’t one of them. She’s beyond obnoxious in her name-dropping and bragging. If she was resigning to go to a better position (like working for Fox, where no one would give a rat’s patoot if she read a newspaper, and would care even less if she just pulled stuff out of her kiester and presented it as “fact”–in fact, that’s The Fox Way), she would have crowed about it. If she was going to run for office, she would have announced that, too.

    Also, CG gave great insight to realities in Alaska that this Californian is clueless about, particularly fishing. Why, indeed, did Todd fly home and miss the season? Why couldn’t Sarah have waited until he was done, home, rested, and through filleting and freezing?

    This sounds like an urgent, nearly “emergency” resignation, and I don’t think it’s for something good.

  479. Laurie says:

    Regarding the kids off to the side of Palin….are they not Parnells kids? They looked liked the kids I saw in a video of Palins inaugeration ball. His kids were there and those children looked like them. I dont think Bristol and Willow were present for this news conference

  480. ThirtyFiveUp says:

    She delivered the speech with the same adrenaline-filled jaw clenching intensity that she had when she returned from the campaign trail and settled back in to the governor’s office.

    There was considerable nervousness apparent to me. Not the Sarah we have come to love for her entertainment value. You betcha.

  481. CG says:

    Here’s a million dollars worth of motivation – now she gets to keep all the donated money from last year and a half. Checks in unopened mail ( just 4 of ’em listed in her disclosure was $5,500), the Fund Trust (20% of their goal is still a chunk of change, $100,000+), SarahPac. And now she can openly and proudly own the clothes, yea!

    And she gets to avoid any loss of income from Arctic Cat, Spenard Builders Supply, Fairbanks Gold Company, etc.
    Plus, now she won’t have to pay any fines for ethics violations.
    My belief (with nothing to back it up) is that the legal debt was actually covered by the outside organization that was advising her in the first place, and sent attorneys up here to “defend” the case, the Liberty Institute and Family Foundation. I think she personally owes very little, if anything.

    Millions. I think I’d take the money and run, too. Also.

  482. Chaim says:

    “Clink”!!

    That represents a toast to you, AKM, and your fellow Alaska bloggers, wishing you a happy Independence Day from Illinois, the state that leads the nation in convicted governors. After this federal (hint) holiday, “clink” may have a distinctly less celebratory association for some up there.

    This made my day!

  483. Professor Geezer says:

    Also, CG, I think Palin is a big quitter. She quit a lot of colleges, for one. She quit her AK Oil and Gas Commission post. She is flaky about her speaking engagements. And now she’s quit being a Governor–for no good reason.

  484. A Fan From Chicago says:

    When I first heard the news I thought one of two things: she’s running for president and needed the prep time. Or, someone has some seriously bad-assed information that’s about to come out.

    I had seen clips of the announcement during the day but finally saw the whole thing. The only conclusion you can draw is that a world of hurt is about to come crashing down around her.

    No one does this on Friday afternoon before the 4th of July. You can bury a story on Friday but not this story. And not the way she did it. Shoes, boots, waders, body casts are about to drop.

    Can’t wait for the details.

  485. ds55 says:

    @ Uncle Joe McCarthy: The ‘joke’ about Trig that Sarah mentioned in her resignation speech wasn’t a joke exactly. Sarah complained about a photoshopped picture of herself carrying Trig (someone replaced Trig’s face with Eddie Burke the Alaskan radio guy).

    Some folks figured they’d needle her about it by making a zillion different photoshopped pics from the same photo. It was hilarious fun actually not making fun of Trig, but making fun of Sarah, but you know she has no sense of humor. It’s all here: http://forums.somethingawful.com/showthread.php?threadid=3160064&userid=0&perpage=40&pagenumber=3

  486. bucfan says:

    Got an e-mail from my 89 year old mother asking what is going on with my governor? I told her that we haven’t been able to figure that one out for two and a half years. So nothing she does should surprise us, but this definately did.

  487. gran567 says:

    I’ve watched the speech twice and really listened to the voice and the facial expressions, to me, she’s on the edge of a total meltdown. There is something coming at her and she knows it. Her usual disjointed speech was more fractured than usual. And the expression on Pipers face! She’s been eavesdropping and knows there’s trouble ahead.

  488. mae lewis says:

    The clip that I saw on TV did have Trig there for a few minutes. As usual, it was Piper who was holding him. She was also doing her famous hair number, slicking down his hair. Todd was standing next to them.

    The camera person was given a poke, and quickly switched to a closeup shot of Sarah’s face. In addition to the duck and geese noise in the background, Trig babbled a little. The next time that I looked up (I can only take so much) Trig was out of the picture, and Piper and Todd stood on one side of Sarah. Piper was pretty restless and uncomfortable. It was also strange that following the speech, Sarah went around and hugged everyone, including some of the other children (who were they?) . It wasn’t a very big crowd; MSNBC put the crowd at something between 12-15 people.

  489. Professor Geezer says:

    @CG, if criminal indictments are coming for Ex-Governor FlakyToes, no one will want her on the radio or TV until it’s cleared or she’s served time (like Liddy).

  490. jimzmum says:

    I am a resident of the great state of Illinois. Thank you Govforafewweeks for taking the heat off our idiotic resigned doofus.

    Keep an eye out as we are down here in our state. The best of luck. Thank you for your remarkable blogging.

  491. the norwegian blue says:

    Dearest fellow Republican Gov Mark,

    I think of your tan lines, also too. Today I did what had to be done to show you how much our rapturous times together have meant to me…Michael Jackson couldn’t do it by himself, but I can. By my noble act of renouncing my crown, strike that, my position, I will take every ounce of media attention off you for the next week so you can have some peace and quiet from the gotcha media we both hate so, also. I believe though our love is impossible now, we will meet someday in a place where there are no bloggers.

    With ungovernable passion,

    S

  492. Isabella says:

    NoCalGal “I suppose it is ALL (mostly???) your fault AKM.. and for that, let me hit the paypal button.. as a toked of my esteem…”

    You and I are thinking the same my friend…a toast to AKM and a tip for all efforts of Mudflats!!!

  493. 264 Crayons says:

    ha ha photonflower i just posted that on my fb page – the movie was on earlier today so i reckon that’s why it popped into my head so easily:)

  494. trisha says:

    bucfan Says:
    July 3rd, 2009 at 4:23 PM
    Trisha, not only do I still want the emails, I want any other investigations going on to still continue. And I need to go get my heavy duty floor jack, so that I can jack up the bus and start pulling her victims out from underneath it.
    _____________________________________________________________________

    I am with you 100%. I have always felt that the only thing that would stop Palin would be for her to be exposed. She has an extreme sense of self to think she could be President, so I believe she will try unless the truth comes out about this woman.

  495. Isabella says:

    I am tossing in another donations toward AKM’s YOU ROCK HAVE A STEAK DINNER and a WONDERFUL GLASS OF WINE thank you for all you have done. I wish I knew months ago the Progress This Blog clickable up on the right.

    There is absolutely no doubt AKM has been significantly responsible with her writings, decency, common sense and extraordinary humorous writings a force Palin has had to reckon with.

    Reading here and there the past couple weeks I was getting concerned about some of the other blogs prancing to Palin’s errors by rushing posts on their sites which in their hurried state were without fact and a couple entries pretty snarky. Another reason I LOVE MUDFLATS is the degree of dignity and professionalism AKM holds herself & forum to.

  496. NoCalGal says:

    Holey Moley!! Who would have thunk it?!?!??

    I suppose it is ALL (mostly???) your fault AKM.. and for that, let me hit the paypal button.. as a toked of my esteem…

    I really DO wonder what bombshell is out there.. I do not for a second believe she would leave but for something monumental… unless it was to go on the speech circuit and to rake in the bucks, while the raking is good…

    Shocked? You betcha. Pleased- even more so!

  497. BuffaloGal says:

    If anyone else is in need of a real-time “huzzah” and has AIM, I’m on “southtownsnews”. ( i was going to use my personal acct but it’s my actual name and I had this odd paranoia moment. how’s the sea dealing with things??)

  498. OK, I just listened to her speech. Weird, that one. She kept talking about we and our but it sounded like she was referring to herself. I thought only the queen of England used the plural. Well, we all know that SP things she IS the queen. . .

    And she kept bouncing up and down. Reminded me of Rush in that clip that Olberman always uses. Bet he picks up on that – or I hope he does.

    Wouldn’t it be refreshing if she had just said – “This job was much more than I thought it would be, and I’ve realized that I am not able to continue. I have my children to think of and have decided that, in THEIR best interest, I’m resigning.”

    She would’ve scored a lot more points with everyone if she had just said that and left out the snippy comments blaming her demise on everyone picking on her. She really doesn’t get it.

    So with the time she spent on the VP campaign trail and the time she wasn’t in the governor’s office, has anyone figured out just how many days she actually served of this shortened term in office? Did Alaska actually get at least one year’s worth of time from her?

  499. Greg Goss says:

    Iceberg? Or just bored? Running a state takes work, and if you don’t got the talent for it, you don’t got it.

  500. politicalamazon says:

    That was one strange speech. Forgive me, I do not wish to cast a shadow on Mrs. Palin’s fine character, but I have a brother who was a meth addict for 10 years. She was wired on something, and if it isn’t meth, it’s something very close. She was grinding, and bad. I bet she wore off about 1/6″ of enamal on the occlusive surfaces of her teeth during that speech.

    Y’all have some really good questions here, and previously. I’m particular interested in the obvious nature of last week being completely Palin-Normal (you know, constantly trying to get the media to pay attention) and now suddenly she resigns.

    So History Goddess’ question was like a lightbulb that went off: “If this was in the works for awhile, why did she waste the money going to Kosovo?”

    INDEED.

    Going to Kosovo was a big set-up for her “foreign-policy” chops. No one would waste that kind of expense and set-up to prove foreign-polic experience unless there was a good reason…and I don’t think resigning as governor quite fits the bill for that reason.

  501. Chance says:

    Happy Independence Day Alaska!

    I have never heard such word salad.

    Waiting for the iceberg….

  502. Donna in Wisconsin says:

    So who is the one who captured the Leprechaun and was granted their wish?

    As happy as I am, I am a bit worried. They always say “Becareful of what you wish for!” Should we be worried about the new Lt. Governor? Could he possibly be more for us to concerned about?

    I will try not to let my apprehensions get in the way of celebrating this glorious news! Happy fourth everyone!

  503. beth says:

    Having just watched Her Sarahness’ grand “Royal Resignation Ramble” for the 3rd time (OK, so I’m masochistic, that way) I’m re-posting what I posted over in the “Hmmmmm” thread (#353); something is just not ‘right’ about what she IS telling us… something, I’m convinced, has her really scared chitless. So much so, that she didn’t even have her perennial prop, Trigg, on display with the other children as she babbled on. Very odd.

    ““““
    [Here’s what I posted in the other thread]

    Someone, somewhere, was getting WAY too close to uncovering/exposing something…

    Sarah is MUCH too savvy to just up and quit. She knows leaving a position -let alone the position of Gov- won’t look good on her resume.

    And money? Money, schmoney – this whole thing smells too much for it to be a mere case of her wanting to cash in NOW on her ‘magnetism and charm’ – there’s something else, something really big, a-brewin’.

    Someone, somewhere, has the goods on her and is fixin’ to spill the beans. I betcha. Too, also.

    That said, I’m sitting on the edge of my chair waiting to find out WHAT it is that has Her Sarahness running so scared that she’s unable (and/or unwilling) to complete her term.

    Keep up the fantastic digging and fact-checking, AK blogsters – you’re doing us all proud. I’ll get the next batch of popcorn…

  504. CG says:

    Don’t get too comfortable, kids.

    The timing. Hmmm. She says this was planned and discussed.
    Todd flew back from Bristol Bay fishing LAST NIGHT. The peak of the season is July 4, with the volume of the run of salmon for the entire season, the first week of July. It’s over by July 15.
    So he flew back last night, during a fishing period, an extension today and probably more fishing time expected tomorrow. Numbers show a push of fish, clearly fish are moving.

    Westside Salmon Announcement 25
    This is Westside salmon announcement number 25 issued Thursday, July 2 at 12:00 p.m.
    Commercial fishing with set gillnets in the Nushagak and Igushik Sections is extended 25 hours until 10:00 p.m. July 3.
    Commercial fishing with drift gillnets in the Nushagak and Igushik Sections of the Nushagak District will be allowed for 8 hours from 1:00 a.m. until 9:00 a.m. July 3, and again in the Nushagak and Igushik Sections of the Nushagak District for 8 hours, from 1:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. July 3.
    The escapement in the Wood River yesterday was 43,000 and 45,000 this morning, for a cumulative of 548,000. The Nushagak sockeye escapement was 33,000 yesterday, for a cumulative of 272,000, and the Nushagak king escapement was 2,100, for a cumulative of 64,300. The unapportioned counts at 6:00 a.m. are 8,600. The Igushik River escapement yesterday was 14,800 sockeye and 6,600 so far this morning, for a total of 57,700.

    Oop, there is is:
    This is Westside salmon announcement number 27 issued Friday, July 3 at 3:00 p.m. Commercial fishing with set gillnets in the Nushagak and Igushik Sections is extended until further notice.

    Naw. Couldn’t have been planned for Todd to blow off fishing July 2nd.
    I missed my grandmother’s funeral because we were out fishing. My dad missed my brother’s birth.
    It just doesn’t work that way, it’s a one-shot deal. You’re either there or no season. You can’t make it up some other time. Why would he have bothered to gear-up for fishing, make the investment in being there and preparing for fishing, if he wasn’t going to be there for these few decisive peak days?

    He flew home for some kind of a really big huge deal. She says she consulted her kids who unanimously voted in favor of whatever the next adventure is, and she said she’ll discuss the details of this at another time. Hmmm.

    Something incompatible with being the governor:
    a. A sweet gig in the entertainment biz
    b. Campaigning for president (A real campaign, not just 60 days at the end of someone else’s.)
    c. A run for senator

    She’s not a quitter and public opinion is unimportant to her. She never does anything that there isn’t something in it for HER. Someone has offered her a really cool awesome opportunity. She isn’t going to blink – she’s taking it!

  505. SouthPaw says:

    Maybe our bard Lynnrockets can use this as inspiration:

  506. trisha says:

    Now that she has resigned, I want to see if some people come out of the woodwork to give the “real” story of working under Palin or Palin on the campaign trail.

  507. Nebraska Native says:

    Whoo hoo… and she thinks this will make us go away…

  508. berbransan says:

    I dont live in Alaska, wish I did but I am clinking my glass with you and everyone else …Oh happy day what a great start to the weekend!

  509. bucfan says:

    Trisha, not only do I still want the emails, I want any other investigations going on to still continue. And I need to go get my heavy duty floor jack, so that I can jack up the bus and start pulling her victims out from underneath it.

  510. KaJo says:

    Isabella, yes, Shannyn was… I just heard the last minute of her commentary to David Shuster, but she did mention that (paraphrased) there probably are things to be revealed yet, the VF article isn’t the end of it.

  511. CoyoteMarti says:

    The MSM is having serious trouble straight-facing it. Even Anderson Cooper was having trouble. He wins for my favorite snarky quote:

    “This was a strange announcement, not just grammatically, but also politically.”

  512. Uncle Joe Mccarthy says:

    i honestly believe that blogs like this one and palin’s deceptions and the soon to be defunct cuz he got a great paying gig, cajun boy…were all closer to the truth about the palins than was let on.

    and maybe letterman’s joke about arod wasnt too far from the truth

    and who made a joke about trig?

    i know i have one posted on youtube….but thats been up for months

  513. Visitor says:

    Can you believe this? I am feeling so relaxed right now. It’s nice.

  514. LibertyLover says:

    At first I thought she might have wanted to just hike the Appalachian Trail, but
    here are my other three thoughts:
    1) Politics ain’t for sissies or the thin skinned.
    and
    2) She can check out but she cannot leave (hat tip to the Eagles)
    and
    3) Waiting for the other shoe to drop

  515. Lee323 says:

    Ms. Palin’s false facade is starting to crack.

    More ethics revelations, more “leaks” from the fall campaign, combined with burgeoning state problems that she’s incapable of handling, are what prompted this resignation.

    Great day for Alaska and the rest of the country.

    Thanks, but no thanks, Sen. McCain!!! We won’t forget your part in this debacle

  516. daisydem says:

    Buffalogal: me too! I had just settled into my office to take a “workshop” on coding and billing that I bought the audio CD’s for instead of attending. I was going to be dedicated to it for the rest of the day. I had kind of checked in on the blogs this morning, then told myself, that’s it for the rest of the day. Work to be done. Five minutes later, my son called. “I can’t believe I am doing this,” he says (he is disparaging of my obsession with Palin news; he refuses to discuss any of it with me) but “Mom, have you heard the news? And, oh, by the way, Mudflats is crashed! Too many people,” he reports. I tried anyway. I blogged on as many of the other sites as I could. I left the office, bought wine, ribs, bread. Then I returned and read some more. (BTW: I did finally listen and make notes on the first CD’s information.) Going home now – wow! Happy Independence Day Alaskan friends and all others too. I want to know what the real reason(s) is/are. We deserve to know.

  517. the norwegian blue says:

    Why were there two surrogate teenagers there representing Bristol & Willow? Didn’t look like either one of them off to SP’s right. Yup, Todd, & Piper doing a fey little humming-in-my-head dance. On the CNN raw feed afterwards, a sparse group there at the Lake Lu-seal (as SP pronounces it) Sports Complex Annex: Chuck and a few other adults, quite a few random kids, Parnell in a daze, MS. Receiving line hugs as she tottered on the red shoes (heels on grass??!) from one relative to the next after the speech – a little odd that she didn’t stand still and have them come to her for the hugs….but the whole thing is just so odd it seems like a smart choice on Bristol Willow and Trig’s part to be elsewhere.

  518. Cassie Jeep Pike Palin says:

    Birday=Birthday

  519. mmboucher Florida says:

    I think we have to thank Dr. Chill and CD also, I think that put her over the edge and she is still going to fall!

  520. bucfan says:

    And now the dam will break as a whole bunch of Republicans announce that they will be running for governor.

  521. trisha says:

    Does Palin know something is about to blow?

    The recent leaked emails from the campaign came out this week—-does she know there is more (something bigger) to come?

    Something in Levi’s tell-all book?

    The emails between Palin and Eddie? BTW, I hope they are still being requested.

    Is someone is on to her story about Trig’s birth?

    Is there something even bigger that we don’t know about yet?

    There are so many possibilities with her.

  522. Cassie Jeep Pike Palin says:

    To AKM–thank you for keeping us sane for 10 months (for me!).

    Thanks Snos, ServerGuy and all mods and everyone else for allowing us the ability to create this international space to bond, vent and, now, to celebrate!

    Enjoy this AMAZING Birday gift to America!

    But, while we wait for the other shoe to drop, lets investigate her power to pardon before her official exit…the was no turkey pardon (slaughter) until she chose to do so. Just sayin’….

  523. Super Bee says:

    Sorry Serverguy, I was guilty to of hitting ‘refresh’ repeatedly…

  524. KaJo says:

    Three people on Wonkette’s latest blog entry, and I (buffs nails on chest), simultaneously all theorized that — since Governor Lame Duck Palin has been to 3 or 4 Governors’ Conferences already, and since Governor Sanford was there too, that maybe SHE, Sarah Palin, was one of those other women Sanford had dalliances with in addition to the Argentinian mistress…

    That sorta trumps the “affair with Todd’s business partner” rumor, doesn’t it? 🙂

  525. PhotonFlower says:

    Wow!

    Okay, I don’t want to engage in schadenfreude, but considering her long history of vindictiveness and total disregard for the wellbeing of those who don’t serve her purpose—not to mention her astounding ignorance and arrogance—Palin deserves this:

    Ding-dong–the witch is dead!
    The wicked witch is dead!

    (Figuratively speaking, of course….)

    Happy 4th of July, everyone!
    I think our great country is safer (and smarter and kinder) already.

    P.S. We’ll deal with all the lies she spewed in her resignation babble-speech later. For now, woo-hoo! 😀

  526. Isabella says:

    Was Shannyn on Hardball today? I do not have television yet someone on ADN said she was doing the rounds.

  527. Isabella says:

    BuffaloGal Says “Earlier this evening (EST) I had decided that I just couldn’t take one more ounce of Palin news and talked myself in to taking the rest of the night off.

    1/2 an hour ago my son showed up at the door asking why I wasn’t bouncing off the walls. “Didn’t you hear? Twitter’s burning up with the rumor that Palin is resigning”

    I have been reading sporatically when I could get near a computer lately. I almost didn’t log on today either but I am so glad I did!!! This is AWESOME!!!

    For a moment I was a little sad Palin would not be held accountable everyday for her misdeeds or thought she was pulling a bait & switch to grab headlines until I watched the speech and saw, she is freaking out…YUP YUP she is in her own living Hell just now.

  528. jo in AK says:

    A joyful 4th to all my fellow Alaskans and a thank you to all in the lower 48 and elsewhere that have supported us against Marie Antoinette Palin, “let them eat cake” gov.

  529. Super Bee says:

    Living in the Mat-Su Valley, these past few months have been surreal. I feel like I’ve finally been awoken from a weird wacky dream. Thank goodness!

    Now she can go grifting without those pesky ethics violations nipping her in the fanny at every turn.

    Hot damn, AKM, Shanny, Andree, Linda, Phil, et al, you guys were instrumental to keeping the heat on her royal ‘hindness.’ It finally paid off.

  530. bucfan says:

    And somebody needs to do a rebuttal to her speech especially the part where she went over all the “suckcesses” that her administration had. How could put that stuff out without laughing hysterically, I will never understand.

  531. Ethan says:

    I hope Parnell serves your state much better. 😀

  532. ServerGuy says:

    My only real complaint about all of this, is without fail, that woman manages to cause a news rush, and break my damn servers, at 6am on Saturday mornings.

    At least now, I might be able to sleep in on weekends in the future 😉

  533. Congratulations on being swamped on this special day. Mudflats, you are truly in time with the pulse! If I could have left a comment on your previous post, I would have said that maybe Palin has been offered a lucrative reality TV deal. Or that she is going to hike the Appalachian Trail. I’m sure someone has beaten me to that joke though.

  534. trisha says:

    It doesn’t make sense that she would step down to start her run for 2012. It makes her a quitter—not even finishing one term as Governor. Plus,
    if she is complaining about how she is treated currently….does she think that will go away if she is planning on running in 2012.

    It will only get worser and worser for her.

    Is there something in those emails between Eddie and Palin that would make her step down ahead of the media?

  535. HistoryGoddess says:

    Anderson Cooper can’t believe she didn’t use notes because she was so confusing and hard to follow. The lady talking to AC said that is pretty much how she sounds. 🙂

  536. Isabella says:

    Love how Palin cracked the last minute of that lame a s s speech!!! You can tell this is not what she wanted. Whoever or whatever got to her…CONGRATULATIONS!!!

  537. The Power of the Blogger! May the force continue to be with you. Alaska bloggers rock! 🙂

  538. Erin says:

    Congratulations, AKM, you deserve all the time off and barbecued ribs you can eat! Love ya!

  539. bluebanshee says:

    Where was Trig? I kept wondering where Trig was throughout the 18 minutes of Palin’s rambling disjointed speech. During the campaign he seemed to be her favorite accessory but now even Piper seems to have abandoned her little brother. A couple of times the camera pulled away for a wide angle — but no Trig. There were some off-camera babbling-baby sounds at the beginning of the MSNBC clip in the background but it was not clear whether they were from Trig or Bristol’s little one.

    Also, too, Sarah Palin seemed uncharacteristically nervous and perhaps a little teary-eyed, looking away from the camera at times. Not usual for the pageant-walking former sportscaster.

  540. bucfan says:

    I really (honk) thought here speech (honk) was about the goofiest (honk) thing I had seen (honk) in quite a while (honk). Darn geese, must have flown down here from Lake Lucille (honk).

  541. BarbinDC says:

    Here’s a toast to AKA Mudflats (I figured out that you were a sista just from your writing–before you were outted)! This was the place for everyone else in the world to find out everything Palin. It will still be the place to find out everything about Alaska. Such a good job.

    BTW: Was I the only one to spew when she complained about “the politics of personal destruction?” Where’s Walt Moneghan (sp?)? I’ll bet he has a few things to say about that!

  542. austintx says:

    Were those geese or DUCKS making that racket in the background ??

  543. MyChildrenAreOffLimits says:

    My sign tomorrow will read: “Welcome, Sean! Juneau has a nice house waiting for you!”

  544. BuffaloGal says:

    Earlier this evening (EST) I had decided that I just couldn’t take one more ounce of Palin news and talked myself in to taking the rest of the night off.

    1/2 an hour ago my son showed up at the door asking why I wasn’t bouncing off the walls. “Didn’t you hear? Twitter’s burning up with the rumor that Palin is resigning”

    After hugging and high-fiving the somewhat startled boy (the whooping and yelling took him quite by surprise) I flew out the door, bought a bottle of wine and am back the desk.

    If I could, I would be hugging and high fiving all of you and I imagine a scene similar to the iconic (yes , I said it) scene in Times Square at the end of World War II. I know it doesn’t come close in importance but right now – I don’t mind being over the top with exaggeration.

    I look forward to spending the next few days with you as we figure out the details.!

  545. DonnaInMichigan says:

    I will betcha that she just received her big fat check from the Publishing house yesterday.

    Cashed it…and figured why do I need this job anymore? I am now a multi millionaire!

  546. Shutterbuggery says:

    Dead fish.

  547. chascates says:

    I betcha she’s going to look for the ‘real killers!’

  548. The Rubber Room Hotel says:

    I have to admit even while watching her speech again I keep waiting for lightning to hit her.
    I love how she talks the sports and the national level and all the bad stuff from the national level….
    WTF?

  549. HistoryGoddess says:

    On my 2nd beer and I don’t even drink! What is she talking about- criticism over holding a fish? I don’t remember that one, and I thought I knew all her bonehead actions.

    Oh, and good for her for spinning how she is NOT a quitter. Jeeze. she forgot to study up on lame duck. She’s not “wired” to finish a job she was hired to do? How is that noble?

    Plus, what a liar. If this was in the works for awhile, why did she waste the money going to Kosovo?

    And, she keeps licking her lips. Is she medicated?

  550. drdubski says:

    Awesome news!! Best wishes from Florida!!
    I’m soooo excited to go to work on Monday and hear the others (I work with a lot of fringe types) take on this. Soooo bizarre!!

    HAPPY NEW INDEPENDENCE DAY!!

  551. Suchanut says:

    OK – here’s something to think about. Palin resigns so Sean takes over – I thought she had changed the succession order recently, putting her high school buddy the Head of Prisons in the next spot? So why is General Campbell going to be Lt. Gov? From what I hear, Gen Campbell is cut from the same narcissistic and delusional cloth. Is Gen Campbell the choice of the Rethugs to run for AK Governor in 2010?

    http://dmva.alaska.gov/biographies/campbell.htm

    Was Randy Ruedrick ( head of AK GOP) involved in all of this? He was just on MSNBC.

    Questions, there are lots of questions.

  552. Bonnie says:

    Please don’t turn her onto the lower 48. We have enough to wade through. 😉

  553. Just got back from the beach. Hubby and I had a nice day, Sarah Palin free. The only fog we saw was because there was an on-shore flow and the high pressure wasn’t enough to blow that pesky fog out to sea.

    I wonder if we will really have a more peaceful time once she’s done, or if she’s going to just keep turning up everywhere else.

    Congrats, Alaska!

  554. Professor Geezer says:

    Someone pinch me!

  555. O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!’

    It will be interesting to watch the true story unfold – this is not a woman who wants to spend more time with Trig at a Mommy and Me group!

  556. Homer J Simpson says:

    Im getting out my Alaska Flag and celebrating our independence!…..Go Sarah, Go…….and please dont come back!

  557. Iggles says:

    When I took my first Photoshop class in 1992, I joked that PhotoShop could literally change the world. I was right!

    I’m gonna keep working on my Rush Limbaugh photoshopin’ and see if I can get him to slink off into the sunset, too.

  558. Wordsmith says:

    THAT was the weirdest damn ‘press conference.’ Just watched it. Good lawd….

  559. indanth says:

    Happy Independence Day!

  560. ben in sf says:

    Read a bunch of other sites while the Mudflats was down, but your assessment is the best-informed, and you’re staying on your toes (envisioning AKM on tiptoe eating BBQ). Thanks for always reading between the lions!

  561. The Rubber Room Hotel says:

    Clink back AKM!
    enjoy your BBQ.
    And the special gift we have all received this special Independence Day..

  562. zyggy says:

    no need to apologize about the servers, of course they’re going to break when you have 50,000 hits in a minute. =)

    Bible Spice sure did ramble during her speech, sounded a bit crazy to me. And not one wink. lol, she doesn’t have the strength to be in the big boy club, she had to bow out.

    Thanks to all of you bloggers for helping to push her over the edge.

  563. Phil says:

    Not only did she prove to us the she is a bumbling fool idiot. Now she has proven she is a quitter too. I think I have figured out who her political advisor is…one of those strange little voices in her head only she can hear. Thank you strange little voice.

  564. Sandy Beach says:

    Clink back at ya! Christmas in July!

  565. Lori inLos Angeles says:

    Wonder why Van Flea did not go on Eddie Burke’s show? Perhaps Van Flea had to break the news to SP that it was finally over. I await the iceberg, for it is the ONLY reason she would quit, no doubt in my mind.

  566. DarleenMB says:

    Happy 4th Alaskans!!!

  567. Aussie Blue Sky says:

    It’s OK, AKM – it’s the Fourth of July here. Cheers!! 😀

  568. SMR says:

    Congrats Alaska! Evil liberal bloggers rock!

  569. HistoryGoddess says:

    Congrats to all! Her speech was very weird!

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