Tuesday, March 24, 2009

UPDATED: Sarah's End Times: Alaskans Can See The End Of Palin's Political Career From Their Homes

Let it ring throughout the land loud and clear – It is the position of Nailinpalinnow that the current Governor of the good people and great state of Alaska will never really recover politically from the last nine days following the Ides of March this year, 2009. Last week will be remembered as the first real tipping point, a turning point, and as the moment a certain critical mass was reached - Palin’s lack of fitness for public office was in the very air, humming online, and just about everywhere there was any news at all.

Was it a natural slide off of her slipping approval ratings in Alaska, and some really bad feelings from big business? – that's always hard on a Republican, but recoverable. Was it Palin's appeal to the populace to help pay for her court battles? – a real turn-off at a time of economic hardship – or was it that she asked for this legal bail-out even as she denied funds to Alaskans for food and education – OUCH – or perhaps it was the foolhardy
spending on paratrooper-style animal eradication tactics and her hopes of eliminating 60% of all black bears in Alaska? Gassing wolf puppies? – or was it her flip-flopping on every issue that was brought up all week long? - Perhaps it was the revelation that she was already polling in Iowa and New Hampshire for her cherished Presidential aspirations? – or was it the confirmation that she won’t give a media interview unless it’s guaranteed to be favorable? Maybe, but some people were just plain turned off when it became public that she's cosy with Scientologists - Lord Xenu meets the Apostolic End Times is just too wacko for the average Alaskan earthling, thanks. Even Palin's most devoted base doesn’t quite know what to do with the cult connection - a cult popularized by liberal Hollywood celebrities that forces abortions on some high ranking female members (don't bother bringing up forced labor, mind control or Ponzi schemes, which might just be okay with avid Palin supporters).

And yes there’s even more, another answerable ethics complaint, and a new scandal around her use of money to attend religous events. And there always will be more, much more with Sarah, formerly a beauty queen runner-up, formerly a mayor of a small town who declared “I can do whatever I want, until the courts tell me I can’t”, and formerly a politician with a future.


Enough people and canines in Palin’s state, in the lower 48 and abroad now realize that Bad Sarah Palin really is unfit for public office, is not a stable political entity, and most probably won’t pull off retaining her Governorship in a second election, much less remain politically viable over time as a candidate for high office. It's becoming increasingly clear that Palin is going to be doing well if she can just remain in elected office for the last 586 days or so she has left as Governor. Let's put it this way - if there was a Dow Jones stock in Alaskan pitchforks, I'd be buying it. As one wag put it last weekend, “When rednecks in Alaskan bars are fed up and grumbling about Palin, you know she’s in trouble.”


And has there ever in history been a dying Queen graced by a Court of such crashingly bad advisors? Empress Alexandra and Rasputin come to mind, so Sarah definitely gets runner-up position in that contest as well. There is no need for anyone who has seen the danger of a future W. Bush (or worse) in Palin to become complacent. But these days spring is in the Alaskan air, an effective protest can come together in a matter of hours, and there is a lot of comfort in the old truism, “give her enough rope and she'll hang herself.”


Here’s a roundup of the last nine days of events with links:


The Ides of March - usually the 15th


Monday - 16th

Portfolio's Damming Article On Palin's Business Sense - Pipe Dreams
Tuesday - 17th

Furor Over Palin's Wildlife Jihad Grows And Is Declared Partly Illegal, RoboCall Polling on Palin For President 2012 In New Hampshire and Iowa Raises Eyebrows and Ire In Alaska.
Wednesday - 18th

Federal Government Clashes With Palin Over Wolf Kill, Palin Backtracks On Her Former Pipeline Position
Thursday - 19th

Palin Publicly Denys Special Needs Children Funds In Stimulus, as well as Weatherization, Energy Efficiency And Air Quality Grants, Emergency Food Assistance (cause nice people in the lower 48 will send food so why bother?), Nutrition Programs, School Lunch Programs, Childcare Development Grants, Immunization, Homeless Help, Senior Meals, Expanded Unemployment Benefits and Education Grants for Economically Disadvantaged. Palin finds time to be upset at Obama's late night TV gaffe, Defenders of Wildlife Go To Court to Stop Aerial Wolf Hunt
Friday 20th

Wolf Hunt Called Off Early, Palin Admits That She Can't Pay Her Legal Costs And Appeals To The Public To Help Her fight 10 ethics complaints filed against her during her tenure One Of Which She Filed Against Herself. Bad Sarah gaffes accusing others of playing "political blood sport" as wolves lie dead on Alaskan tundra by her order. Conde Nast's McGinnis reports: Palin Only Grants Interviews Guarenteed To Be Favorable, Scolding Sarah wraps up a dismal week by Blaming The Media AGAIN for her loss as a VP candidate and Taking Another Swipe At The McCain '08 Campaign Staff at local Republican Dinner.
Saturday - 21st

300 Citizens Rally against Palin in Juneau, Anchorage Rally includes Alaskan Legislators and speeches from the public, Palin's Favored Interviewer Greta, and her Favored Advisor John, who started SaraPAC, receive publicity as Palin's Favored Scientologists
Sunday - 22nd

Mr. Redoubt gives signs of exploding after 20 years of silence. Online newspapers go wild with people who have never commented before, dissatisfaction, outrage and even some name calling. Bowing To Pressure From Public and Lawmakers Palin Backtracks on Stimulus Money, As reported on Mudflats, the frightened “Team Sarah” website hunkers down, and instigates a vigorous screening process that requires a phone number to join, in order to keep "spies" out.

Monday - 23rd

Another Ethics Problem regarding Palin's Use of Public Funds to Attend Religious Events surfaces.
Tuesday- 24th

The Arctic Cat Ethics Case Is Filed Against Palin who Accepts Sponsorship Money to Advertise A Favored Corporation In Her Role As Governor, Palin Posts An Embarrassing "Unfiltered" Response on the State Of Alaska Website, while Mt. Redoubt Lava Breaches Containment Near A Set of Chevron Oil Tanks.


UPDATE: The incredible chain of events just keeps piling on. Palin is, at this point an unloosed cannon firing at anything and everything in her line of sight. My sense that her days are numbered is only strengthened by the ongoing events, and her incredible responses.

Wednesday - 25th

Palin's Insult to the McCain camp angers former McCain staffers, is called "bizarre" on CNN in video that went viral and then got taken down, and gets legs in the media, with a sense on the national level now that Palin is not taking good advice and gets none at home.

Thursday - 26th

Was it a strange display of chaotic mismanagement, or simply another snit fit by Bad Sarah who wasn't getting her way on the Stimulus with the Alaska Legislature? Palin apparently lies in a press release, stating that Legislators cancelled a scheduled meeting on the stimulus money. Palin's stays away from Stimulus meetings to hold a press conference for her new Attorney General Wayne Anthony Ross - a staunch advocate of reducing subsistence rights for Alaska Natives in favor of white weekend game hunters - in a move considered the final straw for Native Alaskans. Palin supporters on the Team Sarah website call for the head of the citizen and blogger who filed the Arctic Cat ethics complaint. Fox News threaten to ambush the blogger with a camera crew and the stalking, internet crashing, email bashing and insults (really really ugly) become overwhelming as open season is declared on the person of Celitc Diva.

Friday - 27th

"Another day, another Palin Lawsuit" as Palingates put it - "Palin Refused To Honor Junteenth Proclomation" is now an issue for the courts of Alaska - this is not an ethics violation, but a court case that has been reviewed and found not to be frivolous. Bloomberg reports that the Gov. faces a record $1.3 billion deficit in next year’s budget, while the state just lost 1.5 billion from their "rainy day fund" through stock market speculation. Palin refuses to comment. Famed liberal political blogger "AKMuckraker" is outed against her wishes raising 1st Amendment issues in Alaska. The Legislature is outspoken in their criticism of Palin. On Friday, Trustees for Alaska, a public interest law firm, formally petitions the governor to remember her duties and powers to declare a disaster by the six million gallons of oil in the Drift River storage facility at the bottom of erupting Mt. Redoubt. Meanwhile, back at the ranch, by a vote of 32-3, the Alaska's House of Representatives approved a resolution accepting any of the $930 million that Palin does not request.

Saturday - 28th

7 protesters show up to picket Palin's Wildlife Jihad at the Governor's own Annual Prayer Breakfast, which doesn't sound like many, but isn't bad when you consider that Palin didn't bother to show up at all.

Sunday - 29th

Refusing to rest on the Lord's Day, Palin appoints Tim Grussendorf to a state Senate seat that requires a Democrat under state law. Tim was a registered Republican until just weeks before the appointment, and claims he was registered as a Republican "by mistake." Democrats in the Senate want to block the appointment, while Alaskan lawmakers are critical of Palin, her confused aides, and her actions on many, many fronts, and John McCain gives Palin's political career the proverbial kiss of death on Meet the Press.

Best Political Slogans Of The Stimulus Protest:

-Hey Sarah! I Can See The End Of Your Political Career From My House!

-It’s Getting Crowded Under The Bus- (with all kinds of public interest programs listed under a bus)

-Screw You Alaska, It’s All About Me! (with a pic of lovely Sarah)

-We Need A Governor, Not A Presidential Candidate

-Ignorance Is Only Bliss In Sarahland - Fund Our Schools!

-Who Will Teach Special Education To Trigg?

-Mama Grizzly, You Forgot Your Cub
-I Deserve Better - (on a cape worn by a child)

-Education Doesn't Work For The Palins - Why Would It Work For Us?

-Board Of Shame

-Palin Wolf Killer

-Don't Let The Board Of Game Run Wild - Say No To The Killers

-Abundance Management Is A Lie

-Palin Heart Palin

-Reject Palin's Narcissism Instead

-Spin Does Not Equal Truth

-Impeach Palin


AND MY PERSONAL FAVORITE, for sheer poignancy:


God Save Us From Our Governor!



Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Take Direct Action NOW To Fight Palin's Jihad On Wildlife

"...a jihad against black bears by paramilitary groups" is what Alaskan Board of Game member Ben Grussendorf called some of the recent proposals to kill, cull, gas, trap and exterminate large percentages of Alaskan wildlife in their native habitat - and he wasn't even particularly against it! The news is all over the place, no further pixels need to be splashed around here describing Palin's Jihad On Wildlife. What is needed is action. Big actions, little actions, any action at all, if taken by each and every one of us, will get results! Here is info gathered from commentors and websites everywhere on what you can do to become more informed, educate others, and take some direct action right from your own home against Palin's Jihad.

1. RESPOND to those who say that "liberals and lower 48ers don't understand that wolves are opportunistic killers that must be stopped" -The following video blasts Palin's justifications for Alaska's current aerial wolf hunting program.

http://current.com/items/88811075/end_aerial_wolf_hunting.htm

Using testimony from Alaska Department of Fish & Game staff, a master hunting guide, and Board of Game members, the video exposes the fallacy behind Governor Sarah Palin's claim that predator control is based on sound science and is for the benefit of subsistence hunters. Sport and trophy hunters take up to 73% of prey in areas where aerial wolf hunting has taken place. Five years in the making, this video exposes the truth about the stranglehold the hunting lobby has on wildlife management in Alaska.

A shorter version of the video can be seen here: http://current.com/items/88820228/end_aerial_wolf_hunting_short_version.htm

Trophy hunt prices in Alaska, provided by Palingates website:

Day hunt for a single species:
Moose $10,500, Grizzly Bear $8,500, Brown Bear $12,500

Combination hunts (add the species above to the species price below)
Black bear $2,500, Wolf $750
Trophy Fee on Grizzly Bear $9,750, Moose $9,450, Caribou $6,800.

These prices are in addition to the $19,500 all inclusive fees (licenses, air charter, G.S.T. and meat flight) for the hunt.


2. MAKE A PHONE CALL - it's easy, you do it every day, all the time. Dial the US Fish & Wildlife Service & comment on the de-listing of the Grey Wolf from the Endangered Species Act, decry the "collateral damage" to brown bears that will occur because Alaska has decided to kill 60% of the population of black bears. Mention the fisheries crises and overfishing which hurts rural village food supplies, mention that Beluga Whales in Cook Inlet need protection from Palin's toxic dumping and drilling policies. CALL the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service M-F 8am - 8pm at 1-800-344-9453, select option “3” (for endangered species) and hit “0” to speak with the operator. Make your voice heard. Now is the time, not later. Pass this number on. Ask at least one good friend or love of your life who otherwise wouldn't think of it to call as a favor to you.

3. EMAIL SARAH PALIN! She wants to hear your opinions, so tell her what you think. Don't insult her, just try to get Palin's Jihad called off.

http://gov.state.ak.us/govmail.php

4. READ ON - be armed with facts, so that reasonable discourse may take place with friends, relatives and co-workers who feel differently about the issue or don't care.

http://www.grizzlybay.org/SarahPalinInfoPage.htm

http://www.akwildlife.org/content/view/75/70/

http://alaskareport.com/news98/x61644_wolf_palin.htm

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/shannyn-moore/palins-faith-based-scienc_b_131957.html

5. WRITE IN!

Start here and write to your lawmaker or representative your thoughts and comments on Palin's Jihad. Defenders of Wildlife has it all set up:

https://secure.defenders.org/site/Advocacy?pagename=homepage&page=UserAction&id=1329&s_einterest=C3C4

While you are there, explore the site and write in on other wildlife issues.

4. WATCH AND SEND THIS video to anybody who still doesn't know about this issue:

Palin's Toxic Billions and Belugas

5. CONTRIBUTE

Who will defend Alaska’s beleaguered wildlife? That’s the mission of the Alaska Wildlife Alliance. But we can’t fulfill our mission without your help - we are in this together!

Alaska’s wildlife is depending on your
contribution of $35, $50, $100 or more.

http://www.akwildlife.org/

6. BECOME AN ACTIVIST, START A PROTEST, OR MEET WITH AN OFFICIAL, WRITE AN EDITORIAL...

Click here to get started___________________________


7. ADOPT A POLAR BEAR Right Here

Yes, the polar bears still really need all of us to care enough to protect them from trophy hunting, drilling and loss of their habitat.
  • Stop Congress from handing the sanctuary of America's vanishing polar bears over to Big Oil and fight for permanent protection for the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge by passing the Udall-Eisenhower Wilderness Act.
  • Pass the Global Warming Wildlife Survival Act to help polar bears survive the impacts of climate change.
  • Fight Safari Club International in court to prevent wealthy hunters from killing Canadian polar bears and bringing their heads, paws and furs back to the U.S. as trophies.

8. COMMENT! Please leave further info here on letter writing campaigns, protests, websites, anything that you hear about that takes direct action of some kind against Palin's Jihad.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

More Alaskan Horror Stories: Promotion-gate, Pension-gate, and Prison-gate


So the young, strong, independent and oh-so-fierce love between Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston, was...pretty much a big campaign lie, and the breakup is nasty, with yet another person close to Sarah losing respect for BS as time has passed. Palin's official bio "Trailblazer" offers supporting evidence that Bad Sarah lied about being Trig's mother, BS's omni-present youngest Piper never seems to attend school, and the Shadow Gov hubby Todd must always wonder along with us, "Did my best buddy take a test ride on my wife?"

What would Aaron Spelling call "The Palin Reality Show"? Palin Place? Palin 99801?

It's not news that Palin can't manage her own house. What's important is that Alaska's house under her leadership is in disorder, disrepair - just plain dissed, really. Since this blog serves as a monument to Palin's essential lack of fitness to hold public office, much of what is reported here isn't breaking news, simply because The avalanche of incompetence that defines Palin defies digestion on a daily basis. Most of it gets lost in the shuffle. Even after absorbing as much news as possible during the '08 election, we are all still finding stories on BS that were under-reported or are simply worth a closer look now. New or old, as long as it has to do with the mismanagement, misuse and abuse of the elected office which Palin still holds in defiance of both natural and man made laws, then it has a place here.

The scandal plagued home life of Palin is the bright side of the story. The other side is the one that so many Palin supporters refuse to look at - the shadow side of Palin's public life. Promotion-gate appears to have a shiny happy ending at first, but it involves the effective corruption of a military man who spoke the truth, then gave in to temptation. Palin in her temptress mode offered a fat prize for this man's personal sell out. And it had to be that way, because Major General Craig Campbell, Adjutant General of the Alaska National Guard couldn't really be gotten rid of or silenced any other way. The military man in question started off by telling the Associated Press in no uncertain terms that Palin as Governor had nothing to do with deploying or commanding Alaska's National Guard. This was a big problem for the Republican vote getting machine which was busily propping up and hyping Palin's pretend role as commander-in-chief of the Alaska Guard. After explaining to the press in crisp military terms a couple of times that the GOP's description of Bad Sarah as a commander was pure bunk, Major Campbell mysteriously changed his tune all of the sudden - and got a big fat promotion just two days later. "The adjutant general of the Alaska National Guard and commissioner of the Department of Military & Veterans Affairs, received his third star, signifying Governor Sarah Palin’s support of the Guard and her commitment to reinforcing the cooperation between federal and state military assets."

Whoopie! Just for appearing on Fox News and saying "National Guards are state military forces run by governors, and Sarah Palin does it great" in complete contradiction to his statements just days earlier, savvy Campbell didn't just move up to the top of Alaska's chain of command, he became one of the two highest-ranking state National Guard officials in the country.


Aside from peddling promotions for personal gain, there are other severe problems with the National Guard under Palin's watch. Basically, the Veteran's For America (VFA) watchdog group conducted their own study of Alaska's National Guard which began before Bad Sarah was lifted into the limelight last fall. Their conclusions were dismal. They found that Alaska's Guard under Palin is the least prepared in the entire nation to handle the rigors of pre and post deployment demands on soldiers and their families, and recommended that they not be deployed at all until these deficiencies were addressed. They made specific suggestions for Palin that fall within her realm of responsibilities. To date there are still no reports that Alaska's National Guard troops are getting the services and medical assistance that they are sorely lacking under Palin's "mom-in-chief" guidance - not such a great leadership record for a woman who is willing to go to war at the drop of a hat for certain causes. Oh, but these troops did get a shiny new military leader in Campbell and a band playing at his big promotion! They don't call these high ranking military guys "brass" for nothing, do they?

Pension-gate is just a tiny, little story about how as Mayor of Wasilla Bad Sarah lost 25-50% of the city's pension funds over the course of her term. "For example, when Sarah Palin became mayor of the village of Wasilla, the village’s pension funds were healthy - funded at 97.5 percent of its obligation, with just a 4.3 percent unfunded liability (measured as a percentage of payroll). By 2002, however, Wasilla’s pension funds were in a shambles. The funding of the village’s pension obligations had dropped dramatically to just 73 percent, and the unfunded pension liability Wasilla faced had risen to 52 percent." It's a tiny, wee tale - unless you are a worker whose retirement fund got squeezed out from under your nose because Palin's breed of "fiscal conservatism" was allowed to roam unleashed where you kept your money.

Here's where the tales turn really nasty, uncovering all kinds of festering wounds in Alaska's prison system under Bad Sarah. This is hardly surprising, since with her usual flair for flagrant cronyism, Palin took office and picked a high school buddy of hers to run Alaska's prison system - and run it into the ground he did. For the first time ever Alaskan prison guards - who can't exactly be a bunch of delicate flowers - revolted at the conditions they have to work under because of the poor management of the Department of Corrections under Palin's buddy Joe The Plumber, sorry, Joe Schmidt. In this revolt, the guards specifically placed the responsibility for diseased working conditions and the use of "phantom" guards on Joe's policies, and they held a vote - the first in Alaskan penal history - in which the overwhelming majority of corrections officers declared "No Confidence" in Joe's leadership. Then they appealed to their Governor to please hear them out. BS did absolutely nothing but ignore, belittle and demean the grievances of some 500 prison guards (out of a total of 733), calling them all just a bunch of "disgruntled employees". To add insult to injury, it is Palin's stated belief that this very Joe Schmidt should be the one to assume the mantel of power as Governor of Alaska should anything happen to herself or the lieutenant governor.

There are more twists and turns to prison-gate, but the worst part is the brutal three day rape of a prisoner, who was then treated for verifiable injuries, but denied the extensive therapy that even the State Troopers thought he needed. He filed a civil lawsuit against Palin, who took a page out of Rove's playbook and simply actively ignored the lawsuit. And the courts played a little dirty trick on him, to make his lawsuit go away. Abuses might happen in prison, but we'll go out on a limb here and assert that three day ongoing prisoner-on-prisoner rapes are uncommon anywhere. Even in countries with notorious human rights violations, some shred of humanity may be retained. But not in Alaska, at least not for this man. The total torture and dehumanization of this prisoner, who was being held awaiting trial on suspicion of second degree theft, is a nasty and ghoulish horror story beyond the pale, but not beyond the Palin.

Prison-gate is a story that was recently broken by the investigators at Palingates. The details may be found here.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Arctic Wildlife Dying In Area The Size Of Arizona



Straight from Mother Jones -

Polar bears, walruses, seals, whales and ocean-going birds like eider ducks and loons call the Arctic Ocean home. Their survival in an environment seemingly so inhospitable is a wonder of nature. But as climate change continues unabated, these creatures – already facing a harsh environment – become some of the most vulnerable on earth.

Incredibly, their plight may get worse, as the Minerals Management Service (MMS) considers offering 73 million acres of Arctic waters to oil and gas leasing. That's an area the size of Arizona.

It's critically important that you speak out in defense of these creatures.

The receding ice cap has made it harder for the animals – marine and land-based – to get around and find food, including the polar bears that hunt and mate here each year, and the Pacific walruses that live here year round. In fact, 90 percent of the entire Pacific walrus population can be found in these waters.

But not just wildlife is at stake. Wholesale leasing in this area would endanger the centuries-old way of life of Native communities, whose very culture centers on wildlife and ecosystem integrity.

Please click here to tell the MMS to halt new leases in the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas.

There is simply no safe way to drill in these waters. Studies have shown that even seismic testing of potential drilling sites is known to have an impact on marine animals' habits and lifecycles. And research conducted by the MMS indicates that with extensive drilling, small crude oil and other petroleum spills are inevitable. MMS predicts a 40% chance of a large spill. Making matters worse, the technology to clean up a spill in icy Arctic waters doesn't even exist.

We need science to guide decisions with such long-lasting effects, not pressure from the oil and gas industry. Until there is scientific evidence that drilling won't harm wildlife, all new oil leases should be taken off the table.

Write the MMS today to ask that they halt all new leases until the science on drilling is in.