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Palin Slashed Funding for Teen Moms


Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin wrote in her line-item veto changes by hand in this copy of a 2008 spending bill obtained by The Washington Post.

By Paul Kane
ST. PAUL -- Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the Republican vice-presidential nominee who revealed Monday that her 17-year-old daughter is pregnant, earlier this year used her line-item veto to slash funding for a state program benefiting teen mothers in need of a place to live.

After the legislature passed a spending bill in April, Palin went through the measure reducing and eliminating funds for programs she opposed. Inking her initials on the legislation -- "SP" -- Palin reduced funding for Covenant House Alaska by more than 20 percent, cutting funds from $5 million to $3.9 million. Covenant House is a mix of programs and shelters for troubled youths, including Passage House, which is a transitional home for teenage mothers.

According to Passage House's web site, its purpose is to provide "young mothers a place to live with their babies for up to eighteen months while they gain the necessary skills and resources to change their lives" and help teen moms "become productive, successful, independent adults who create and provide a stable environment for themselves and their families."

Palin's own daughter, Bristol, is five months pregnant and has plans to wed.

"Bristol and the young man she will marry are going to realize very quickly the difficulties of raising a child, which is why they will have the love and support of our entire family," Palin said in a statement released by the McCain campaign. "We ask the media to respect our daughter and Levi's privacy, as has always been the tradition of children of candidates."

Earlier today the Associated Press reported that Sen. John McCain (Ariz.), the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, opposed funding to prevent teen pregnancies, a position that Palin also took as governor. "The explicit sex-ed programs will not find my support," she wrote in a 2006 questionnaire distributed among gubernatorial candidates.

Reporters asked McCain in November 2007 whether he supported grants for sex education in the United States, whether such programs should include directions for using contraceptives and whether he supports President Bush's policy of promoting abstinence.

"Ahhh, I think I support the president's policy," McCain said.

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We linked to this in our post "Why Sarah Palin is Bad for American Women" at the CA NOW blog: http://www.canow.org/canoworg/2008/09/why-sarah-palin.html

Posted by: CA NOW | September 9, 2008 3:35 PM | Report abuse

When taxpayers pay for air flights and fancy hotel rooms for Bristol Palin's fiancee, then it is worth noting that YOU are paying for Palin's daughters' teen preganancy. See this and more ethics violations: Palin Billed State for Nights Spent at Home; Taxpayers Also Funded Family's Travel at Washington Post Sep 9, 2008.

Posted by: Republican Alternative | September 9, 2008 2:25 PM | Report abuse

This is how it works: We trust and elect the legislature to do things, such as set the proper amount of funding to help teen moms.

Then, Gov. Palin comes in and uses her line-item veto and cuts what she deems excessive. In this case she cut $1,100,000 that would have gone to help teenage mothers. The AK legislature felt the full amount was appropriate. Palin did not feel this was a priority.

Now this looks bad because Palin herself has a pregnant teenage daughter. Of coarse, Bristol Palin would have never had to go to Covenant House because her family has money. Covenant House is for those that have no other options. Thanks to Palin, there are now pregnant teenagers with even fewer options.

Posted by: cpearcy | September 9, 2008 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Cronin has no choice but to defend Palin on this. If Palin/McCain lose, guess who will still be the Governor of Alaska? Answer: Palin! What do you think she would do to his funding if he failed to play ball on this? Answer: Slash funding completely and force Covenant House to survive on their private donation budget alone.

Posted by: cpearcy | September 9, 2008 1:42 PM | Report abuse

i find this a little troubling. Not everyone has the love and support of a family. Nor do we have the money that Palin has to help with her daughters pregnancy and marriage. These kids are trying to help themselves and some have no home. Putting teens out on the streets who have no home and no way of taking care of their children is wrong.

Posted by: rl | September 9, 2008 1:12 PM | Report abuse

As an Alaskan, it seems like Princes Palin has gotten a lot of glory. The question is: Has it been deserved? As far as executive experience the city of Wasilla has a weak mayor system, which means as mayor i she s a figurehead and the city manager runs the city. In terms of the accomplishments she has claimed in her speech, there are many embellishments and outright lies. Governor Palin may have given 500 million dollars to Trans Canada to get a license to build a natural gas pipeline, but 2 other independent projects are steam ahead in production. And Sarah Palin calls herself a fiscal conversative! Let the nation know that she also has given each and every Alaskan a $1200 energy rebate on top of the PFD of $2000. Alaska is so rich that it runs on auto pilot. Running this state for a year and one half does not mean that a person is qualified to be in a national position and in the backseat to the presidency. A person who is a flip flopper is not the person to be in a place of prominence, or at least one that I thought it was.

Posted by: audi | September 8, 2008 11:07 PM | Report abuse

CUT?? ..... makes it sound like she took all funding........ but in the article it says they REDUCED the funding from 5 MILLION, to 3.9 million........ man how many "troubled youths" are there in Alaska ?? And besides, why should the taxpayers funds these people's mistakes... ?

2006 population of Alaska
670,053*
176,626 between 6 and 18 yrs of age* - if half are female, that figures out to 88,313.
For that 88,313, she reduced the amount taxpayers paid from $56 to $44 for EACH female between the age 6-18. Now you could narrow that down farther because not many 6-12 year olds are getting pregnant.

And was that money in the budget before...... doubt it. So it was not an actual decrease (cut) but and increase in spending of almost 4 million TAXPAYER dollars. As usual, the press reports PART of the facts and leaves out the part that does not back up their liberal agenda.


* http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/02000.html

Posted by: Jeff in KC Flyover Land | September 8, 2008 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Covenant House Alaska grant income received from the State of Alaska:
(2006) $1.2 million
(2007) $1.3 million
(2008) $3.9 million

In 2008, Covenant House Alaska asked the state for $10 million to assist in the building of a new $22 million facility. The legislature appropriated $5 million, and Governor Palin used her line-item veto to limit this year’s grant INCREASE to $2.6 million (a total grant this year of $3.9 million). Additional money will be allocated for this capital expenditure project over the next few years, a phased-in grant rather than all the money at once.

This was confirmed in a quote from the Executive Director of Covenant House Alaska, Deirdre Cronin:

“Despite some press reports to the contrary, our operating budget was not reduced. Our $3.9 million appropriation is directed toward a multi-year capital project and it is our understanding that the state simply opted to phase in its support for this project over several years, rather than all at once in the current budget year.”

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Posted by: mleuwaonk iwscuqy | September 7, 2008 3:07 AM | Report abuse

While what PlayFair said about funding for Covenant House may be true, that Palin "increased it by “only” 354 percent instead of 454 percent", given her extremist views, how can she justify cutting funding at all?

If Palin had her way, and there were no abortions for anyone, ever, including rape and incest victims, the number of unwed mothers would skyrocket. Facilities like Covenant House would NEED A WHOLE LOT MORE FUNDING than the originally proposed 454% increase.

These anti-abortion supporters aren't "pro-life", they're pro-birth. After that, they could care less.

Posted by: l_weissberg | September 7, 2008 1:32 AM | Report abuse

How come the Washington Post has not yet corrected this misleading headline and story, as other major news sources have?

There's a difference between saying Palin "slashed funding for teen moms" and saying she increased it by “only” 354 percent instead of 454 percent:
http://explorations.chasrmartin.com/2008/09/06/palin-rumors/

I am disappointed that the Washington Post chose to spread misinformation in this case. This decision on your part will not encourage people to trust your paper.

Posted by: PlayFair | September 6, 2008 8:12 PM | Report abuse

It's both incorrect and misleading. Check the facts:

Covenant House Alaska grant income received from the State of Alaska:
(2006) $1.2 million
(2007) $1.3 million
(2008) $3.9 million

In 2008, Covenant House Alaska asked the state for $10 million to assist in the building of a new $22 million facility. The legislature appropriated $5 million, and Governor Palin used her line-item veto to limit this year's grant INCREASE to $2.6 million (a total grant this year of $3.9 million). Additional money will be allocated for this capital expenditure project over the next few years, a phased-in grant rather than all the money at once.

This was confirmed in a quote from the Executive Director of Covenant House Alaska, Deirdre Cronin:

"Despite some press reports to the contrary, our operating budget was not reduced. Our $3.9 million appropriation is directed toward a multi-year capital project and it is our understanding that the state simply opted to phase in its support for this project over several years, rather than all at once in the current budget year."

Posted by: Vicki Verdane | September 6, 2008 7:50 AM | Report abuse

This story is silly. A lot of them are. I wish people would chill out on the silly stories. It's true the sheer number of them that pop up along with the great number of not so silly stories does say something. But these issues are more important:

- Lying about the "bridge to nowhere" and about involvement with lobbyists (general disregard for the truth)
- Secessionist party (AIP) membership
- Abuse of power investigations
- Extreme and divisive views on abortion, birth control, evolution, environment, endangered species, stem cells, sex education, censorship, sexuality, etc.
- Record as mayor: surplus to 20 million debt, large tax increase, large spending increase, hired town's first lobbyist and accepted over $27 million in earmarks, reports of loyalty tests and vindictive firings.
- Poor academic record and very few early accomplishments
- Very little curiosity about the rest of the world (Closed-minded, low-information worldview)
- Not ready to give interviews (and won't), let alone be President
-What it says about McCain: quick risky decisions, irresponsible, cynical, divisive

It's not about experience. It's about knowledge, intelligence, empathy and leadership. Experience can help with the first but not the rest.

Posted by: Doug Christian | September 6, 2008 1:45 AM | Report abuse

Message to Of Course | September 2, 2008 9:27 PM

Levi Johnston's sister and Trig are in the Vanity Fair links of my other post. There's a new Flickr page of CajunBoy's stuff, and you know he saved it. So if McCain's people try again, there are too many copies now.

Posted by: kravitz | September 6, 2008 12:19 AM | Report abuse

It's just like a member of the Radical Right Party to have their own way and force you to take the crumbs.

Meanwhile, the web page of the day is here!

The Authoritative Trig Palin Conspiracy Time Line
http://www.vanityfair.com/online/politics/2008/09/the-authoritative-trig-palin-conspiracy-time-line.html#entry-more

A must read. And it's not even complete!

Posted by: kravitz | September 6, 2008 12:14 AM | Report abuse

NICE TRY, haters.
Yeah, only it isn't necessarily a "teen mom" center and it "slashed" only in the timeless "Liberal Math" sense (it got INCREASED, -nearly tripled actually -just not as much as proposed originally)
http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2008/sep/08090504.html
Nice try, scary haters. Face it, Palin is YOUR nightmare. She is to you what Bill was to the Right for 8 years - you keep shooting yourself in the foot trying to destroy her.

Posted by: elvisnervose | September 5, 2008 10:33 PM | Report abuse

About this Troopergate investigation:
Yes, the cop deserved to be fired.
Yes, she abused her power by pressuring state employees BUT she is also complicit in child abuse. The incident of the boy being tasered was not brought to attention by Palin nor anyone for 3 years. 36 months Sarah Palin said and did nothing until the circumstances could benefit herself.

Posted by: Joe Cass | September 5, 2008 10:18 PM | Report abuse

Neo Republikans = Cognitive Dissonance

Posted by: Just another fool | September 5, 2008 6:51 PM | Report abuse

Johnny Montez wanna cracker there Polly Boy?

Posted by: J | September 5, 2008 5:49 PM | Report abuse

Freepatriot- you know she is not a a Christian how? Your own post is not very Christian. OH and by the way ... your candidate is an empty suit who's experience is outweighed by Ms. Palen's. You know it though you won't admit it. You are a sad case

Posted by: Anonymous | September 5, 2008 5:48 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Kane you are a failure. Me guesses your bias got in the way of your fact checking. As usual the Repubs get blamed for SLASHING when that is not the truty. Kane are you a liar or just a lazy bastard?

Posted by: J | September 5, 2008 5:45 PM | Report abuse

As Christians, we are called to be respectful and loving toward our neighbors, honoring their intentions even if we disagree. We are also called to be truthful in all things, to "put away falsehood" (Eph 4:25) and refrain from slandering, belittling, or speaking out of contempt for anyone.

sarah palin ain't no christian

Posted by: freepatriot | September 5, 2008 5:43 PM | Report abuse

waaahhhh..the liberal media did it..I'm so tired of you whining right wingers,..You had 8 years and you screwed up everything..Nice job , you whiners!

Posted by: Johnny Montez | September 5, 2008 5:04 PM | Report abuse

"Palin trying to run out the clock on Troopergate investigation (Typical Republicanism)"

BRING IT ON!

This was a guy that is himself under investigation for abuse of power (beating up people) and even TASERED his 10-year old nephew.

Go ahead... DIG. Keep digging.

All you will find is someone who asked for a maniac to be canned. I would have done the same thing.

The funny thing is... THIS IS ALL YA GOT???

99% of Americans would agree with her (if you know the whole story -- and you don't).

Posted by: Ster | September 5, 2008 4:52 PM | Report abuse

"Time Magazine today reports that Alaska governor and Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin attempted to ban books"

That's not what happened.

Stop reading the Daily Kos, get your head outta your *ss and find out the TRUTH.

Posted by: Ster | September 5, 2008 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Wow... this is a 100% lie. Period.

They received a three-fold increase in funding in 2006.

Here's the link:
http://24ahead.com/blog/archives/007978.html

Looks like we found another "journalist" that is doing nothing but spewing lies that could easily be checked by searching Google... or (GASP!) contacting the campaign or the charity. I guess that would be work.

Posted by: ster | September 5, 2008 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Warren, what were you thinking?

http://wthrockmorton.com/2008/09/04/our-operating-budget-was-not-reduced-director-of-teen-center/

Why would you contact Covenant House, or research the claim, or try to get evidence or another side of the story.

Don't you know you're supposed to simply parrot the attacks against Palin as self-evidently true with no balance, researching, or journalism?

Congratulations random commenter, you now have more journalistic integrity than the Washington Post... sadly, so does nearly every other commenter here.

Posted by: Gekkobear | September 5, 2008 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Keep it up.

McCain/ Palin '08

Posted by: Dadvocate | September 5, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Rick | September 5, 2008 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Covenant House Alaska Executive Director responded to the inaccurate reporting by issuing a statement to me here:

http://wthrockmorton.com/2008/09/04/our-operating-budget-was-not-reduced-director-of-teen-center/

She makes it clear that she does not see getting a raise as the same thing as having funding slashed. Also, she notes that the funding from the state is progressive, meaning that her group will get more money over the next several years in order to help expand their services.

Thus, the headline about funds being slashed is misleading and the reporting here is incomplete. The article here should be updated or removed.

Posted by: Warren Throckmorton | September 5, 2008 10:47 AM | Report abuse

I don't believe the information in this article. If this article is true, why hasn't the media exposed it?

Posted by: Cee Cee | September 4, 2008 11:02 PM | Report abuse

****BREAKING NEWS****>(AP) "At least five unamed sources in both Wasila and Anchorage Alaska will confirm that Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, had an extramartial affair on at least eight separate occasions in late 2002-2003 with a business partner of husband Todd Palin. All of the sources interviewed were able to corroborate times, dates and places as well as the course of action Mr. Palin took at the time it was discovered. The yet to be named business partner involved in the affair has agreed to speak to the media, but indicated that any questions or statements would only be made through his Anchorage-based attorney. The business partners attorney will also detail the circumstance at the time of the affair and that his client may not have been the only person involved in a extramartial tryst with Governor Palin at that time. Unamed sources also point to a Wasila, Alaska city councilman who served at the time Palin was mayor of Wasila. The explosive new details come on the eve of the acceptance speech to be delivered by presidential nominee John McCain at the Republican National Convention in Minneapolis." > FOR FURTHER INFORMATION AND IMPORTANT DETAILS GO TO http://www.rpowers.fusedtree.com

Posted by: THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | September 4, 2008 10:27 PM | Report abuse

Actually, I was a newspaper writer for several years. Got tired of my editors telling me what their agenda was.
If you new anything about journalism, you would know that reporters are not supposed to draw conclusions. They are supposed to report facts. Show me one relevant fact in this story. I'm rite ha

Posted by: Eric | September 4, 2008 9:54 PM | Report abuse

All of these justifications and excuses are irrelevant. The “bill” Eric claims to have read so closely also shows she cut funding to for the Fairbanks food program by 50% as well.
These cuts by the way were made in Alaska a state with a budget surplus.

Being a writer myself I find it ridiculous that you call a reporter a “hack” just because you do not agree with either the facts or the way the writer presented them. He presented facts (and evidence to support the facts) and conclusions drawn from those facts and I must say that presented with the information I would draw the same conclusions.

Sarah Palin cut funding for programs that help needy persons, including a program that helps unwed mothers. The irony is clear.

Posted by: slarabee | September 4, 2008 9:43 PM | Report abuse

If you look closely you can see where she marked through a section of the bill where it would include funding for improvements to a library that belongs to a community association, another entity and not necessarily appropriate for them to fund.

Notwithstanding the heart wrenching family comments, there's no substance in the news story that details the nature of the cuts or describes the justification against the cuts, or for that matter says what it was the money was going to be used for in the first place.

The news story is a hack job because it's what you said, it's a bunch of he-said, she-said hateful divisive talk that doesn't accomplish anything.

The fact that the reporter doesn't detail into what the money was for then it must not have been worth it. Let's face it. Government has a habit of self perpetuity when it can get away with it.

I love how the media loves to use the word "slash" when they can. Any chance they can colorize and make a reference to something that's tender; slash is close to lash and that's a scary word to a lot of people.

She gave them four fifths of what they wanted and that's probably twenty percent more than they really needed.

The stance of the conservative base is mainly that a dollar spent in government does well to get half as far toward completing it's goal as it does in private business and private citizens are fed up with that because there's twice as much money flowing out of their pockets and into government as there should be. And, that generally amounts to half of what they earn after it all adds up. They think she understand that.

It clearly states in the story that the Covenant House Alaska is a mix of programs, including the one that supports teenage pregnancy transitional housing. The article doesn't state that particular program's funding was cut, which was originally your basis point, if I'm not mistaken. The reporter is trying to make her out to be a hypocrite to justify his need for a story for his editor. He's drawn in Bush, McCain, teenage unwed mothers, slashing funding, but there are not facts. The fact is that the reporter never states that she cut that teenage mother housing program, which might make her a hypocrite. Instead he inferred the suggestion through the negative tone that the article conveys and that's how hack journalists spread the insidious fear of divisity, while claiming to promote diversity.

Is it to say that the fear of opponents would be best represented in the notion that she would cut with a chainsaw and not a scalpel? Things must be cut. Gardeners must garden and that involves pulling weeds. Do you think she would garden with a bulldozer?

Personally I think a lot of people are secretly mad at Obama for not picking a female for VP, and are not satisfied with Biden as the right pick but just holding up the facade for the sake of party unity. A lot of conservatives are, for the sake of party unity, putting up a facade of liking John McCain, when in spirit who they really want to be running for president is Palin.

Posted by: Eric | September 4, 2008 9:09 PM | Report abuse

This McCain/Palin Presidential team is a JOKE!! Okay, JOKE'S OVER, now who do the Republican's REALLY HAVE RUNNING?
Oka, McCain strokes out, Palin is Prez...then what? Is a woman who guts a pregnant moose, has questionable job ethics, puts a Down's Syndrome baby at risk for infection from thousands and thousands of people at a late night convention, has a husband under investigation, is herself under investigation (she has hired an attorney!) had a financial affiliation with Abramoff(who has been criminally indicted!!) and on and on...a qualified person to be President? Our country is in BAD shape, are we hoping now to GO STRAIGHT TO HELL? That is what WILL HAPPEN! Being a MOTHER DOES NOT MAKE A PRESIDENT!! We don't even know if she DID have that 5th baby (in her 7th month she looked like she does today! What's her secret?) We need to have ALL the answers to ALL her SECRETS BEFORE she RUNS FOR OFFICE!!
PALIN:GO BACK TO MOOSE COUNTRY WITH YOUR DIRTY BIG SECRETS!!

Posted by: Cheryl | September 4, 2008 8:14 PM | Report abuse

Those coming to this thread late who want to see just how badly Paul Kane and the Washington Post are trying to mislead their readers, see this:

http://24ahead.com/blog/archives/007978.html

You can't trust the "reporting" from Paul Kane or the Washington Post.

Posted by: 24AheadDotCom | September 4, 2008 7:28 PM | Report abuse

@ Free Alaska Now: 48 Commies? Funny thing is you enjoy your freedom which was bought by the people you now call "Commies". In case you are confused, the US bought Alaska from Russia in 1867 for 7.2 million dollars. If they hadn't Alaska would still be part of Russia. Yet we are the communists?

Posted by: Lee | September 4, 2008 4:57 PM | Report abuse

So, it's OK to get pregnant if you have a prosperous and supportive family, but if you don't you get neither a choice on what to do about the pregnancy nor a support system outside the family should they choose to bounce you out and the family doesn't have the influence to railroad the baby's daddy into marriage. Paplin represents everything bad about the Republican party. She makes fun of people who give of voice to those others turn their backs on, but she's happy to let Exxon drill all over Alaska and up and down our coastlines. How much of their billion dollar profits trickled down to help consumers at the gas pumps? They are mean, self-centered, and for all of their talk about values and morals, the most un-Christian group I can think of. Jesus said "Whatever you do for the least of my brothers, you do for me." He never said "Whatever you do for those at the top will trickle down to those who need it."

Posted by: erieside | September 4, 2008 4:54 PM | Report abuse

If the youngest child is that of the daughter's it's not a issue, the issue is the cover-up.Americans are very accepting people. Speaking from experience of being a teen mother at the age of 16yrs(now 38yrs.) There is a reason a girl becomes pregnant. She is filling a void. If one can lie about their own family nothing is off limits. Don't you find it interesting that Mrs. Palin choose to become pregnant again after her last child had down syndrome and was already heavily involved with her career?

Posted by: rach | September 4, 2008 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Paul Kane, you are numerically illiterate, sloppy, willfully deceptive or all of the above. Only a socialist would call a reduction in a massive spending INCREASE 'slashed funding." Stupid, stupid, stupid.

Posted by: David Andersen | September 4, 2008 2:44 PM | Report abuse

If it walks like a NAZI, talks like a NAZI then it must be a NAZI. Independence for the state of Alaska in 2009. Set our people (oil)free. Just look at how much Texas and Wyoming benefited during the Bush/Cheney years. If Fuhrer Palin gets in power we can get independence and keep all the oil revenues for ourselves and sock it to the lower 48 commies.

Posted by: Free Alaska Now | September 4, 2008 2:43 PM | Report abuse

AS FAR AS I AM CONCERNED PALIN CAN GO JUMP IN THE LAKE. SHE IS THE BIGGEST JOKE EVER!! SHE IS NOT SOMEONE I WOULD EVER TAKE SERIOUS. THEY ARE PAYING LEVI
(OR EVEN THREATENING FOR THAT MATTER)TO LOOK HAPPY WHEN HE IS NOT. IN ALL REALITY HE WAS A STUD AT A HIGH SCHOOL WHO SCORED WITH THE GOVERNORS DAUGHTER. TALK ABOUT GETTING TRAPPED. YEAH PALIN THATS THE LESSON TO TEACH OUR YOUNG KIDS. CANT CONTROL HER OWN HOUSE LET ALONG A COUNTRY. AND AS FAR AS HER STATEMENT REGARDING OBAMA'S LACK OF EXPERIENCE WITH RUNNING ANYTHING. THE SOUTH SIDE OF CHICAGO ALONE ALMOST HAS AS MANY PEOPLE THEN HER ENTIRE STATE. NOT TO MENTION SHE HAS THE MOST ANNOYING VOICE EVER!!!

Posted by: NATALIE | September 4, 2008 2:30 PM | Report abuse

The Rep spin on this is because they already had 1.1 mil, and she slashed the approved 5 mil to 3.9 mil she actually increased their funding by 225%.

Republican math 101

Posted by: Mary | September 4, 2008 2:23 PM | Report abuse

article didnt explain the part how the year before the program only got 1.1 and how the reduced amount was used to fund food closets for the poor. You can always take anything out of context and say what you want. I hate reporting like this. its on both sides. like phamerica reporting obama talked bad about bible, but didnt report his whole speach "call to renewal"

I wish people would report correctly, instead of pushing their agenda. unfortunately, this is politics, and thats the way it works.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 2:13 PM | Report abuse

I expect to find hypocrisy in politics BUT this "takes the cake".

Let's see...Ms "Pro-Life" finds it okay to execute wolves from the air AND then go to ground and EXECUTE 14 BABY WOLVES AKA PUPS in their dens AND slashes funding for mothers AND their BABIES AND also notice she slashed in HALF the funding for the Fairbanks Community Food proram...

Yepper, "Pro-Life"...well "Pro-Birth" really b/c apparently once someone/something is born either kill for any reason (including to increase hunting tourism bucks) or let ppl flounder for themselves...not very "Pro-Life" OR very Christian actions in my eyes.

I don't like BHO, however, the more I hear about the GOP ticket the more disgusted I get. I NOW ABSOLUTELY WILL NOT vote for the GOP ticket & honestly I most LIKELY will not vote for the Dem ticket either but IF I hear too much more I do not like out of the GOP ticket me voting for the Dem ticket may just come to pass.

(BTW, I am NOT against hunting...I think it should be legal BUT it should be REAL hunting INSTEAD of "shooting-fish-in-a-barrel" type thing by executing animals from the air or BABY animals in their dens.)

Posted by: JMT | September 4, 2008 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Wow! This article is terrible. I am not a Palin supporter, but what do her decisions to revise a significant spending increase have to do with her pregnant teenage daughter? Also, balancing a budget is one of the more important tasks of the gubernatorial position. We can't just spend maximum taxpayers money on EVERY program. Concessions need to be made. There was no mention in this article of how much these concessions compare to concessions on other proposed spending increases. Articles like these are why I choose to pay so little attention to our sensationalistic media.

Posted by: MediaSensationalism | September 4, 2008 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Why doesn't the Washington Post also obtain Obama's eight years of records as a state senator and also go thru the Annenberg papers.

The WaPo Obama surrogates as usual protect Obama. Go to Chicago. Investigate the Obama ties to Rezko, Ayres, Chicago Combine, etc.

Oh I know, the Obama MSM surrogates main mission is to force Obama on the electorate, just like the DNC did after the Primaries and during the Convention.

Posted by: J | September 4, 2008 12:40 PM | Report abuse

$5 Mil to $3.9 Mil which is still triple the last budget. OK, Why is no-one saying geez why wasn't it $10 mil to begin with? Why stop at $5 Mil? It's never enough for the libs. As a kid I always asked my mom for a $100 allowance, but got $20. Damn that republican woman, she is not in touch with my needs. lol

Posted by: NObama | September 4, 2008 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Obama and McCain Tax Proposals
According to a new analysis by the Tax Policy Center, a joint project of the Urban Institute and the Brookings Institution, Democrat Barack Obama and Republican John McCain are both proposing tax plans that would result in cuts for most American families. Obama's plan gives the biggest cuts to those who make the least, while McCain would give the largest cuts to the very wealthy. For the approximately 147,000 families that make up the top 0.1 percent of the income scale, the difference between the two plans is stark. While McCain offers a $269,364 tax cut, Obama would raise their taxes, on average, by $701,885 - a difference of nearly $1 million.

Posted by: truth - palin lies | September 4, 2008 10:11 AM | Report abuse

I am a Christian Democrat. I will never accept the GOP's implied and sometime spoken claim to GOD as being supportive of their party's franchise. We, as a country would be better served to hope that God (whatever your denomination for praying to Him) is in everyone's hearts and minds during these times.

I am a woman. The nomination of Palin is an insulting attempt to placate women voters who would have voted for Hillary - there are MANY of us who see that for what it is. And now, just like the swarm of attention around Jamie Lynn Spears' underage pregnancy, we all have to once again, have the self-respect, abstinence and being prepared conversation with our children.

I am a wife, mother and small business owner - don't even get me started on how fuel prices and the lame economy have affected my clients and thereby, me.

I vote. And I need to vote for hope (Obama) and not out of fear (McCain) this year.

Posted by: LH, a Texan none-the-less | September 4, 2008 10:08 AM | Report abuse

@"Palin caught in Troopergate"

First off, the whole thing is a sham and has been completely debunked here: http://www.floppingaces.net/2008/08/29/palins-troopergate-beating-msm-distortions-to-the-truth/

Palin fired one of her appointees because he wasn't meeting her goals, not because of an incident three years before.

Second, the whole stonewalling deal you cry foul on... Remember Kerry and certain records he said would debunk the SFT claims against him? How about Hillary's communiques with Bill while he was POTUS?

Posted by: Cortillaen | September 4, 2008 9:29 AM | Report abuse

Wow. Look at all you...humans. Palin this, Obama that, McCain this..etc. Hungry for drama...meanwhile, people are dying, hungry and homeless.

Looks like my plan is working...

in no time, the animals will once again rule the earth.

Posted by: Beazlebub | September 4, 2008 8:42 AM | Report abuse

This is the worst example of 'journalism' I've ever seen.

Paul Kane - can you read? The appropriation says Palin INCREASED FUNDING by threefold. Your headline says she "slashed" funding. How ridiculous.

Wait, I know! Maybe I could be a venerable 'journalist' too!

Hm, let's see..

Washington Post contributions look like this:

BARTHOLOMEW, DAVID
WILTON MANORS,FL 33334 WASHINGTON POST/DIRECTOR OF INTERNA 2/8/08 $250 Clinton, Hillary (D)

DENIT, PAUL G
DISTRICT HTS,MD 20747 WASHINGTON POST/MAILROOM HELPER 12/10/07 $500
Lyndon LaRouche PAC

DENIT, PAUL G
DISTRICT HTS,MD 20747 WASHINGTON POST/MAILROOM HELPER 4/16/07 $250
Lyndon LaRouche PAC

HARTIGAN, ERIN
WASHINGTON,DC 20009 WASHINGTON POST NEWSWEEK INTERACTIV 3/5/08 $250
Obama, Barack (D)

HERDMAN, ELLEN MS
WASHINGTON,DC 20016 WASHINGTON POST/OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH 5/2/08 $365
DNC Services Corp (D)

HERDMAN, ELLEN MS
WASHINGTON,DC 20016 WASHINGTON POST/NURSE 8/9/07 $208
DNC Services Corp (D)

HINSEY, SHAWN
ARLINGTON,VA 22201 WASHINGTON POST/SENIOR SOFTWARE DEV 8/10/07 $500
Edwards, John (D)

MUHAMMAD, IGRAMA
BALTIMORE,MD 21217 WASHINGTON POST/SALESPERSON 6/30/07 $1,000
Obama, Barack (D)

WELLS, MICHAEL
UPPER MARLBORO,MD 20772 WASHINGTON POST/COMPUTER ANALYST 2/29/08 $250
Obama, Barack (D)

And whaddya know? Not a single contribution to a GOP campaign from a WashPost member!

Oh, and the Lyndon Larouche PAC has spent over $5 million supporting Democrats this election cycle.

Quick, write a stunning new headline!

"Random Internet Guy Uncovers Rampant Political Bias at Newspaper"

Subheader: "Could this explain sleazy, inaccurate articles attacking GOP Veep candidate?"

Yay, I'm as good a journamalist as a WashPost reporter! Oh, wait, I'm better, because my story was actually accurate.

Posted by: reu_009 | September 4, 2008 5:46 AM | Report abuse

This is the worst example of 'journalism' I've ever seen.

Paul Kane - can you read? The appropriation says Palin INCREASED FUNDING by threefold. Your headline says she "slashed" funding. How ridiculous.

Wait, I know! Maybe I could be a venerable 'journalist' too!

Hm, let's see..

Washington Post contributions look like this:

BARTHOLOMEW, DAVID
WILTON MANORS,FL 33334 WASHINGTON POST/DIRECTOR OF INTERNA 2/8/08 $250 Clinton, Hillary (D)

DENIT, PAUL G
DISTRICT HTS,MD 20747 WASHINGTON POST/MAILROOM HELPER 12/10/07 $500
Lyndon LaRouche PAC

DENIT, PAUL G
DISTRICT HTS,MD 20747 WASHINGTON POST/MAILROOM HELPER 4/16/07 $250
Lyndon LaRouche PAC

HARTIGAN, ERIN
WASHINGTON,DC 20009 WASHINGTON POST NEWSWEEK INTERACTIV 3/5/08 $250
Obama, Barack (D)

HERDMAN, ELLEN MS
WASHINGTON,DC 20016 WASHINGTON POST/OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH 5/2/08 $365
DNC Services Corp (D)

HERDMAN, ELLEN MS
WASHINGTON,DC 20016 WASHINGTON POST/NURSE 8/9/07 $208
DNC Services Corp (D)

HINSEY, SHAWN
ARLINGTON,VA 22201 WASHINGTON POST/SENIOR SOFTWARE DEV 8/10/07 $500
Edwards, John (D)

MUHAMMAD, IGRAMA
BALTIMORE,MD 21217 WASHINGTON POST/SALESPERSON 6/30/07 $1,000
Obama, Barack (D)

WELLS, MICHAEL
UPPER MARLBORO,MD 20772 WASHINGTON POST/COMPUTER ANALYST 2/29/08 $250
Obama, Barack (D)

And whaddya know? Not a single contribution to a GOP campaign from a WashPost member!

Oh, and the Lyndon Larouche PAC has spent over $5 million supporting Democrats this election cycle.

Quick, write a stunning new headline!

"Random Internet Guy Uncovers Rampant Political Bias at Newspaper"

Subheader: "Could this explain sleazy, inaccurate articles attacking GOP Veep candidate?"

Yay, I'm as good a journamalist as a WashPost reporter! Oh, wait, I'm better, because my story was actually accurate.

Posted by: reu_009 | September 4, 2008 2:03 AM | Report abuse

Yes, it was definitely poor writing to overlook Geraldine Ferraro's nomination way back when. What I meant, and expressed poorly, was that it would really burn Democrats up if Republicans were to "successfully" make the historic first instead of them -- should McCain and Palin be elected. I think this is the root of the unprecedented vitriol towards Palin.

It is pretty similar in many ways to the Democratic unhinging that accompanied the nomination of Clarence Thoams to the Supreme Court. In their view, blacks were not "supposed" to be Republicans. It therefore had to be stopped, lest too many people get the idea that the contents of one's mind might not be genetically linked to one's skin color....

It has been pretty amazing to watch Democrats minimize Palin's accomplishments -- like referring to the governor of a state as a "flight attendant."

Implying that a woman's intelligence is inversely proportional to her attractiveness is about as sexist as it gets. Yet it is Democrats saying this! Wow!

BTW, I'm not a Republican. I won't be voting for Obama or McCain.

Posted by: Carol | September 4, 2008 1:45 AM | Report abuse

slarabee: "The plain and simple fact that was reported in the article was Palin’s line item veto and justifications as to why she did it are between her and her own conscience and bear no weight in the argument."

Wrong. Quoting the article: ". . . used her line-item veto to slash funding for a state program benefiting teen mothers in need of a place to live." She didn't "slash funding for the state program" because the Covenant House is not a "state program," but instead a 501(c)(3) charity. The funding was a one-time grant for the building of a new facility for the charity, not for the operations of the charity.

Are you seeing how both you and the article are wrong yet?

Posted by: kmxw2940 | September 4, 2008 1:03 AM | Report abuse

Are America's teenagers just more stupid than European ones overall, or is it that American adults are abysmal at teaching kids how to avoid pregnancy? I mean, they seem to 'get it', why don't we?

I think the woman is creepy, but not because her daughter and her boyfriend are about to become teenage parents. That's two stupid kids.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 12:30 AM | Report abuse

Why do we need Senator Obama? He's never had to make a tough decision in his life. He voted present when the chips were down in the Illinois Senate. Senator Obama's biggest decision of his life was whether to go in to a real estate deal with Rezko so he could buy a house for less than half than it cost. Where's the WaPo's investigative article on this?

Posted by: baddabing1 | September 4, 2008 12:27 AM | Report abuse

For Jase to say that 5 million to 3.9 million is not a cut is entirely wrong. Budget monies do not stay consistently the same year after year and considering the economy and high unemployment rates it comes as no surprise that the requested funds was higher than last year for a program that helps the needy. It is also no surprise that a republican did not hesitate to slash a 1.1 mil from a program for the needy, regardless of how much need there is in America right now.

Posted by: slarabee | September 3, 2008 6:35 PM

She reduced the size of the proposed increase. The centre still got MORE THAN TRIPLE the revenue it had the previous year. You're ridiculous.

Posted by: ari mandible | September 4, 2008 12:24 AM | Report abuse

gerrydoyle....you are a liar of massive proportions! John McCain did not crash 4 times. He was the pilot of an A-4 Skyhawk, which in your little peabrain means one awesome piece of machinery. You and your fellow leftist liars should just go in a hole and die. I guess that's what you'll do when your community organizer "crashes and burns."

Posted by: baddabing1 | September 4, 2008 12:23 AM | Report abuse

we need obama.

Posted by: puto | September 3, 2008 11:51 PM | Report abuse

Where's the retraction on this lie???

How long can you keep up a story like this that is downright slander. The budget was increased by three-fold!! How does that=slashing funding.

This journalist wants this story to seep into the converstaion and he counts on the many people who will not see the retraction...whenever it comes. Just like the book-banning and Alaska Independence trash.

Posted by: jpbaranek | September 3, 2008 9:54 PM | Report abuse

Again the amount that was allocated to the covenant house the previous year, governments funds vs. charitable donations, and shots at big unions are all obfuscations.
The fact is that the legislators in Alaska allocated 5 million and Sarah Palin and Sarah Palin alone made the decision to reduce those monies to 3.9 million. The argument “They were lucky to get anything” or “It went up to 3x its previous year's allotment in actual currency” are irrelevant. The plain and simple fact that was reported in the article was Palin’s line item veto and justifications as to why she did it are between her and her own conscience and bear no weight in the argument.

Posted by: slarabee | September 3, 2008 9:37 PM | Report abuse

I'm glad that Ms Palin and her family have the choice to make their own decisions, which should be private decisions. I'm especially happy that they and their children and soon to be grand-child will continue to have access to top-notch medical care; in fact if she wins, they will have the best medical care in the world.

I only wish they and the republican party agreed that all americans have constitutional rights to making their own personal and medical choices in privacy and that all americans should be afforded access to medical care at least as good as that of our elected federal representatives. We're the only industrialized nation which does not promote the health and well being of its citizens. The republicans have proved they intend to continue dismantling what is left of both privacy rights and the social safety contract.

Don't forget the Republican Health Care Policy for at least 47 million of us:
http://wwww.buzzzed.com/republican-health-care-plan.php

Posted by: Republican health care plan | September 3, 2008 9:00 PM | Report abuse

Ok, clearly we're seeing what happens when you let BIg Union Schools run our education.

The previous year's total grant was $1.2 million. That's actual, real money.

The request was for $5 million. That's not real money. It's a request. It's not real money until it's spent. It only exists as an idea. Sort of like Al Gore's lock box money.

The amount given was $3.9 million. That's also actual, real money.

So, no, folks. Palin didn't slash anything, unless you're trying to say coming down from $5 million of Hope+Change money to $3.9 million of actual money is slashing.

The reality - and this may be hard to understand if you've never been involved in grant writing - is that the program made out like bandits.

It went up to 3x its previous year's allotment in actual currency, and got nearly 80% of a request on $5 million. That's a huge score.

Posted by: Amos | September 3, 2008 7:28 PM | Report abuse

Steve: "kmxw2940: If the Board approved your raise and told you it approved your raise and then your CEO cut it after you were told you'd be fighting mad."

The problem with that, of course, is that the state of Alaska never "approved" the $5,000,000. Instead, the Covenant House (a 501(c)(3) charity) requested $5,000,000, the state legislature approved it, and then the state governor reduced it to $3,900,000 with her line-item veto. At no point did the state of Alaska promise $5,000,000 to the Covenant House.

They were lucky to get anything as the government isn't responsible for the funding of charities, so this idea that their funding was "slashed" is completely inaccurate. They were given a huge $3,900,000 donation from the citizens of Alaska.

Posted by: kmxw2940 | September 3, 2008 7:24 PM | Report abuse

For Jase to say that 5 million to 3.9 million is not a cut is entirely wrong. Budget monies do not stay consistently the same year after year and considering the economy and high unemployment rates it comes as no surprise that the requested funds was higher than last year for a program that helps the needy. It is also no surprise that a republican did not hesitate to slash a 1.1 mil from a program for the needy, regardless of how much need there is in America right now.

Posted by: slarabee | September 3, 2008 6:35 PM | Report abuse

In state budgeting it's typical for a supporter to suggest a large amount - like $5-million - and then have that figure trimmed to a more reasonable figure - like $3.9 million. It's not a cut. It was a huge increase over the previous year's allocation. It's a shame what happens to smart media people when they want to get their favorite castrato elected president.

Posted by: Jase | September 3, 2008 5:46 PM | Report abuse

Of all McCains hypocritical, mealy mouthed pandering to the evangelical right, this is the worst example so far.

We know that - from his time in the naval academy onwards - the one thing he excelled at was partying. His Navy buddies all talk about the fact he was rarely without the company of a beautiful woman. Bottom of his class, not much of a flier (4 crashes.) but he sure was catnip with the ladies. So where exactly does hound dog John come off with the 'just say no' bs?

And the Mcain position weren't ridiculous enough, his running mate bans sex-ed classes in her state and her own daughter becomes and unwed teen pregnancy statistic

Guess what? Idiotic policies rooted in prejudice and superstition instead of reality and compassion have nasty consequences.

Posted by: gerrydoyle08 | September 3, 2008 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Wow, after getting the real information...however will I trust anything the Washington Post writes again? You not only manipulated the truth, you twisted it to fit your agenda. Amazing. When will you learn we live in the information age. When you publish untruths/distortion and this one was out of the ballpark there are 10 others willing to take you up on it.

Posted by: HillaryVoter4McCain | September 3, 2008 5:06 PM | Report abuse

First, the Washington Post story fails to mention that this is a Catholic charity.

That means that the service already receives a large portion of its funding from both the Catholic church and many private donors. (I didn’t check, but I’ll bet that volunteers for the charity hold annual fundraising drives to solicit private donations.)

Furthermore, the Washington Post story fails to mention that the cut was due to a threefold increase in state funding of the program in 2006.

Wake up Sheeple - the media owns you

Posted by: Wake up and report the truth | September 3, 2008 4:53 PM | Report abuse

what i know about Palin:

bans books and threatens to fire the librarian (just made the NY times - no trash tabloid there!)

requires loyalty oaths

says NO to global warming - it simply is not a problem we have to address

mayor of SMALL town (folks i am a hick and my town was 5 times bigger!) now $27 MILLION in debt

KEPT and SPENT the bridge to nowhere money - pure hypocracy - NOT maverick

better than Bush in ignoring the environment

NO Foreign POlicy experience - oh wait she lives close to russia (thanks cindy mcsame)

member of AIP that wants to leave the US

vetos alternative energy plans - yes that is right in line w/ mcbush/mssame

been out of the country ONCE

few weeks ago did not know what the VP did for crying out loud

laughs out loud w/ radio host6 while he calls another woman a "bi--h" and cancer when the woman is a cancer survivor! very very compassionate there


mcsame melanoma 4 times wants this a heart beat away - not for this woman!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZbxD4J524Ek

Posted by: the whole story | September 3, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse

I love the way everyone has these childish names for candidates and party affiliations. GROW UP for crying out loud! So grown up and mature.

NOT!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 3, 2008 4:34 PM | Report abuse

kmxw2940: If the Board approved your raise and told you it approved your raise and then your CEO cut it after you were told you'd be fighting mad.

Posted by: Steve | September 3, 2008 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Carol Dear,

Democrats had a woman on the ticket in 84. That's 24 years before the Repugnanticans caught up. She sadly didn't make it to office, got beaten by an actor that plunged our country into debt (which my kids will have to pay off) in order to fund an illegal, covert war.

Some things never change. You're probably 65 and don't have to worry about the future, as long as NO ONE MOVES YOUR CHEESE!

Luv,
B

Posted by: Blondie B | September 3, 2008 4:27 PM | Report abuse

They should also be involved in teaching kids how to spell

"absteniance" "belife" "marragie" "perants"
I guess we should be glad she spelled "sex" right

Posted by: Boe | September 3, 2008 4:21 PM | Report abuse

I don't understand this obsession with absteniance(sp?) only education. I know that many people hold the belife that sex should only take place after marragie, and I respect anyone who does that. However if a child doesn't know what is out there how are they going to be safe? Schools should teach kids about sex and every aspect of it including using protection. This doesn't mean the school has to supply the kids with condoms, but teachers and perants need to be more involved to keep children from having babies!

Posted by: Kat | September 3, 2008 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Interesting that the prior year's budget item for the Alaska Covenant House was zero. Only in Washington does a budget increase of 3.9M turn into a cut! Not to mention it is a Capitol expansion project, which does not need all the funding in one year to complete. Unbelievable that the complete story is never told. I found this out myself online in less than 30 minutes. A reporter can't tell the whole story and is paid to do it?????

Posted by: JJ | September 3, 2008 4:09 PM | Report abuse

@Common sense: "I'm a republican but I have common sense"

First, I'm having trouble believing you are or ever were a Republican. Second, if you really are and you think Obama is the answer for our country, you really should no longer call yourself a Republican as you no longer are. Nice try.

Posted by: kmxw2940 | September 3, 2008 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Bristol is clearly receiving prenatal care from her mother's state-provided healthcare plan. Will she wait to wed until the baby's born and has received all immunizations? Otherwise, Levi, who seems to be unemployed will need to buy individual family coverage, pretty expensive. With an existing condition, it would be super super expensive if they wed and not be eligible for mommy's insurance. This is an excellent example of why universal coverage is necessary especially for young mothers and the health and safety of their young children.

Posted by: erica | September 3, 2008 4:06 PM | Report abuse

I was going to comment on the apparently WaPo acceptable "reporting" of Paul Kane.

I was beaten to it.

Posted by: Boca | September 3, 2008 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Anthony -
I agree. Since when is it simply a matter of party whether or not someone is qualified! I feel so ashamed and stressed out when I read these blogs where all anyone speaks of his how republicans are one thing and liberals are the other.

I wish we could think freely and have an interest in formulating our own thoughts for which to have informed debate - classical rhetoric, anyone? I wish people had the dedication to truly investigate WHAT they are voting for or against. I wish people would turn on NPR - oh wait, it's liberal because it encourages intellect.

I wish we could adhere to true constitutional ideals about the three party system. Bring back the whigs! haha. I wish people would read the constitution when it intones that Religion is not a matter of governmental affairs and should have no bearing on the government we exist in. I wish people remembered that Thomas Jefferson was best friends with John Adams for many many years and they were on opposing stances politically but BOTH agreed in a unified democracy based on Sophistic principles or discourse, logic, and freedom of being.

I also agree with your point about McCain. I truly believe he once WAS an independent thinking senator with the courage to make change and then, I don't know WHAT happened! As of now I have to be an Obama supporter because the issues that matter to me are education reform, universal healthcare, and a working towards a truly egalitarian nation.

P.S. I am also registered as an Independent

Posted by: Independent One | September 3, 2008 3:58 PM | Report abuse

This article is a blatant lie.

If you actually bother to examine the information that Alaska's Covenant House makes available about its operations, it's obviously not true. Start with the financials. In 2007, Covenant House reported $1.3 million dollars in "grant income". In 2006, the figure was $1.2 million. So why, all of the sudden, did Covenant House seem to need 4 times that amount, $5 million or so in state money?

The answer is that Covenant House is expanding. The plans are described in the 2009 Alaska capital budget proposal…

State funding will assist Covenant House to relocate, and construct a new Crisis Center for Covenant House in downtown Anchorage.
$22 million is needed to complete the expansion. Covenant House asked the Alaska legislature to provide $10 million, the legislature answered with $5 million in the 2009 budget. Governor Palin cut the figure back to $3.9 million -- for this year. This likely doesn't stop the expansion; Covenant House will either have to get more from the state in a future year and/or increase the amount from private donations to make it happen. But no existing program that helps teenage mothers or the children of teenage mothers has been affected by this budget decision, and calling a one-time infusion of $3.9 million added by the state on top of normal operating expenses a "cut" only makes sense if you can't do math, if you don't understand the difference between a capital outlay and an operating outlay, or if you hate Republicans.

Sorry Washington Post, you don't get your scoop. You'll have to find some other backdoor way to try to legitimize bringing Sarah Palin's daughter into your reporting.


Posted by: Anonymous | September 3, 2008 3:49 PM | Report abuse

I'm a republican but I have common sense, it was better with Clinton in office and much worst with Bush. I know my strengths and my weaknesses when it comes to what best for my family.
Its time to take off the blinders and stop running off the cliffs like lemmings. I do not want to go done with the ship when the affluent leaders of our party are already on other boats making us look bad. WE CANNOT AFORD 4 MORE YEARS OF THIS, IT JUST MAKES US LOOK BAD. We need to to swallow our pride and let the better qualified people take care of things. I don't want bragging rights that we won another 4 years I just want america to be great again.
We are so divided right now that the rest of the world is laughing at us and no longer respects us.
Can we just come together and fix what's wrong with us?
We need to put people's strengths to work and not put the ones that don't in behind the steering wheel.


Posted by: Common sense | September 3, 2008 3:49 PM | Report abuse

"kmxw2940 sux: $5,000,000 - $3,900,000 = $1,100,000 Slashed because it was already authorized by the legislature. It was approved already."

You can't "slash" what was never allocated to begin with. The Covenant House may have requested the $5,000,000 and the legislature may have approved it, but Governor Palin has the final say on what the state of Alaska will fund.

To go from $0 for state funding for this project to $3,900,000 is not a "slash" by any reasonable stretch. If that's a "slash," maybe I should ask my boss to "slash" the hell out of my paycheck tomorrow because I would be one rich man.

Posted by: kmxw2940 | September 3, 2008 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Addendum to my last comment:

It's not that I think party and religion are completely irrelevant to the political process, they both help to shape who the candidate is as a person. Overall, though, people put too much stock directly in those labels, rather than delving into what is truly below the surface.

Race and gender I honestly feel should be given little to no consideration. While come people feel that these also help shape a person, and they do, it's always far more informing to observe a person's actions to gauge real intention than to try and abstract intentions based one a single factor.

Posted by: Anthony | September 3, 2008 3:39 PM | Report abuse

A commenter (Jim Syar) accused Sarah Palin of reducing the special education budget by 62%. That is false. The special education budget actually increased by nearly 12%, as explained below.

As Syar correctly notes, the Alaska 2007 budget for special education was $8,265,300. But that included $5,352,000 for the Alaska Challenge Youth Academy.

In the 2009 budgetary document to which Syar links, astute observers will note that there is no mention of the Alaska Challenge Youth Academy. Instead, you have to look elsewhere. And guess what: There is now a specific document providing $6,082,100 for the Alaska Challenge Youth Academy. http://www.gov.state.ak.us/omb/09_omb/budget/EED/comp2837.pdf So combined with the $3,156,000 that Syar notes, the total is $9,238,100. A nearly 12% INCREASE, not a 62% decrease.

Posted by: SB | September 3, 2008 3:38 PM | Report abuse

actually several in depth analyses have concluded that mcsame would create the biggest national deficit ever. and her experience in a town of

Posted by: fact check | September 3, 2008 3:37 PM | Report abuse

From the squawking and misrepresentations about this issue by Obama's pet media, including this columnist, it's becoming apparent that the skills of balancing a budget and making the tough decisions necessary to do so, those demonstrated by Sarah Palin in this case, will have no value in any future Obama administration.

Obama needs a new slogan.

Budget Deficits We Can Believe In!

Posted by: Mr. Natural | September 3, 2008 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Independent One, I agree whole-heartedly.

I am also an independent. Ideally, if I were to label myself, I think I'd fall in line with Libertarians the most.

But I like to think beyond labels. More importantly, I like to think beyond gender, race, and religion.

The unfortunate fact of the matter is many voters in this country put far too much stock in all 4 of the above mentioned catagories:

-Hillary supporters who claim they will vote for McCain because he has a woman VP, even though that woman is the exact opposite of Hillary Clinton.

-People who will vote either for or against Obama based only on the color of his skin.

-People who are going to vote for either candidate simply because of the party they are associated with, regardless if they know what stances they hold on issues important to them.

-People who support/oppose candidates based on what religion they are, or even on what religion they've been falsely informed they are.

My point is, people don't really give a flying f*** about the issues any more. They listen to maybe an hour of news from one source a week and then proclaim themselves informed.

Hardly.

The news is no longer the news. It's entertainment and it's biased. If you want to consider yourself informed you have to go to multiple sources in multiple mediums, as well as do your own research. Until you do that, you're just another partisan mouthpiece parroting the talking heads from "your party."

Start basing your choices on real facts instead of blind allegiance to gender, race, religion, or party and maybe this country would have a real shot at turning our current situation around.

There's too much of the blame game going on from both sides. You all spend too much time attacking, berating, and discrediting the other side on what is usually the most arbitrary of issues rather than supporting and promoting your positions.

Maybe it's because neither side really has anything all that groundbreaking to say.

To be completely honest and open though, I do support Barack Obama in this election. I used to actually think if McCain were the Republican nominee it wouldn't be so bad, but the man has turned into a snivelling coward who cares more about his own political career than he does the good of this nation. If this were 2000 there's no way he would have made the same moves that he has in the campaign.

Let the flaming commence.

Posted by: Anthony | September 3, 2008 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Palin trying to run out the clock on Troopergate investigation (Typical Republicanism)


By stalling, stonewalling, claiming executive privilege, etc. Palin is trying to prevent the release as scheduled on October 31 of an investigation report about her personal vendetta against a state employee. Election Day is four days after that date.

This is typical Republicanism that Bush/Rove rely on when every dirty deed they commit is exposed. Remember Bush refusing to answer questions about Plame for a couple of years because they shouldn't "comment on an ongoing investigation" and then after that they refused to comment because it was "old news"?

It's in the GOP blood now, they seem unable to change even as their corrupt tactics bring defeat down on their heads. Rovers are non-fiction Orwellians, and I'm hoping voters will show they are fed up with them.

Posted by: Palin caught in Troopergate | September 3, 2008 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Bill, it's not that Samuel is blind but that you are.

Can't you see the spin in the title? Palin reduced spending for the Covenant House, which has a whole slew of programs one of which is Passage House. Rejecting the whole doesn't mean you reject each of the individual parts.

If you need some help, just think for example, if I reject a certain party or politician that doesn't mean I reject all their policies, but just the whole package of them together.

Also, simply because Palin's daughter did wrong doesn't mean that Palin herself is wrong for pursuing a policy. This is trying to find fault with a politician through association. You should be familiar with this because it is used against Obama as well. It is right in neither of these instances.

I'm in no way a Palin supporter, but please save your hate for some real criminals.

Posted by: Ike | September 3, 2008 3:21 PM | Report abuse

$5,000,000 - $3,900,000 = $1,100,000 Slashed because it was already authorized by the legislature. It was approved already.

Posted by: kmxw2940 sux | September 3, 2008 3:20 PM | Report abuse

the more i see and hear and read - NO WAY to her and mcsame


It also emerged that in January the Alaskan Governor repeatedly laughed on air as a talk-radio host described one of her political opponents as a “cancer” and a “b__ch”. The opponent in question, Lyda Green, the Alaskan state senate president, is a cancer survivor. An audio recording of the interview with Bob Lester, the Alaskan “shock jock”, had received more than a quarter of a million hits on YouTube by yesterday morning.

Posted by: you support this???? | September 3, 2008 3:16 PM | Report abuse

This is a gross example of poor reporting. The so called "slashed" funding was actually a rather large increase in funding. To get your facts straight, see:

http://24ahead.com/blog/archives/007978.html

Posted by: Ron | September 3, 2008 3:15 PM | Report abuse

@Bill | September 3, 2008 2:50 PM

Conservatives can do the math just fine, it's just that the numbers you liberals are working with are wrong. What a surprise.

This Covenant House is a 501(c)(3) that gets very little of its funding from government entities. The $5,000,000 was what they requested from the state of Alaska to build a new facility. Rather than giving them the full $5,000,000, Palin gave them $3,900,000. Any reasonable person would not classify that as a "slash," but as pure revenue. Even if she gave them nothing, one still couldn't call it a "slash" as the state of Alaska has no obligation to fund this charity to begin with. So, here's the real math for the truly remedial:

$0 + $3,900,000 = $3,900,000

Instead of thinking for yourself, you let the Washington Post think for you. That's were you and the rest of you liberals went wrong in your "calculations."

Posted by: kmxw2940 | September 3, 2008 3:13 PM | Report abuse

"Rick Segrest = can't deal withthe fact that hypocrite Palin CUT AID to teen moms."

So if you're against shovelling taxpayer money to teen moms does that mean you're against teen moms in general?

This is one, isolated program, among many, that Palin cut affecting teen moms. Frankly, I'm glad that SOMEONE is trying to stop the flow of taxpayer provided funds to anyone and everyone. I'm amazed at the number of people these days getting government disability because of "work anxiety" and other B.S.

Everyday, I see teen moms come into hospitals for delivery after their free pre-natal care. They then get great health care, private rooms, meals, support staff, all provided at taxpayer expense. They get provided with programs to buy formula for them as well. And I'm actually OK with all that. But then they come back again in 18 months (different father) and want us to pay all over again. And then again after that. Somewhere, personal responsibility has to provide some balance to unlimited taxpayer support.

Posted by: Trey | September 3, 2008 3:13 PM | Report abuse

After reading ALL of these comments from all the various party supporters, my disappointment in Americans became immense. In reality, what party a candidate is from is irrelevant - what they support and what they will do matters. People should really STOP polarizing on parties and focus on what a person stands for and HOW that affects your life and your issues. I believe that was the intent of the constitution and the elections - that we could DECIDE on the person that supports our goals and needs most proficiently.

ALso - the media does not matter. Do not LISTEN to the media, TURN OFF YOUR TV's, look at the candidates website and do your OWN research. You are letting the media manipulate you into stagnation.

Americans are so intent to just take whatever is given them status quo, we seem to have forgotten that we are individuals and that democracy was built on people FIGHTING FOR THEIR RIGHTS WITH UNITY. NOT fighting AGAINST each other over something that has so little meaning or affect.

Please -let's STOP bickering and start DOING SOMETHING. Stagnation and Polarization is what created this horrible mess of society we now have in the first place.


Posted by: Independent One | September 3, 2008 3:06 PM | Report abuse

I am a Native American (card-carrying, in case you have the Clinton 'me too' genes) and an ex-pat. This woman is a seperatist, a hypocrite, and a (potential) criminal. If you want her for your vice-president-in-waiting then you are welcome to that.

I have had much glee at picturing the Shotgun wedding! It epitomizes what McCain wanted to avoid. I'm laughing myself to the polls. Thanks, Sarah, for making the Repubs look like the bunch of backwards losers that they are. Can I send you a check????

Posted by: Poly E | September 3, 2008 3:05 PM | Report abuse

palin just keeps giving me more reasons not to like her:

It also emerged that in January the Alaskan Governor repeatedly laughed on air as a talk-radio host described one of her political opponents as a “cancer” and a “b__ch”. The opponent in question, Lyda Green, the Alaskan state senate president, is a cancer survivor. An audio recording of the interview with Bob Lester, the Alaskan “shock jock”, had received more than a quarter of a million hits on YouTube by yesterday morning.

Posted by: tonya | September 3, 2008 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Hey man, we fianally hav a african american running and we dont need no woman to steal the glory. Go Barry.

Posted by: Jeffrey Williams III | September 3, 2008 3:03 PM | Report abuse

I'm tired of eveyrone saying the media is too bias and sways more to the left. Turn on fox news and you'll see nothing but right wing propoganda. They're part of the media too.

MEDIA's Defintion: http://www.techterms.com/definition/media

Read it!!!


Also she asked for the public securnity when she accepted McCain's offer. We have to be fair and provided "mircoscopic" securinity to all of the candidates.

Posted by: mojob82 | September 3, 2008 3:02 PM | Report abuse

A central plank of Mr McCain’s campaign is his fight against federal, “pork barrel” spending on local pet projects. Mrs Palin said that she too was an antipork barrel crusader. Yet in Wa-silla, where she was mayor, she employed a lobbying firm that secured almost $27 million (£13.5 million) in federal funds for such items as a youth shelter and new railway line.

Posted by: alleged fiscal responsibility | September 3, 2008 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Samuel, how on earth is the article misleading, are you blind?

Unable to do remedial math?

I'll help you.

5 -1.1 = 3.9

Got it?

CUE GOP BOILER PLATE RESPONSE

Posted by: Bill | September 3, 2008 2:50 PM | Report abuse

i really think this is a great take from larry king on palin:

http://digg.com/2008_us_elections/James_Carville_OWNS_Palin_Apologist

Posted by: hard questions | September 3, 2008 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Rick Segrest = can't deal withthe fact that hypocrite Palin CUT AID to teen moms.

Palin also said in a speech that Iraq war was "God's plan."

Really? When did God say that?

CUE GOP BOILER PLATE

Posted by: Bill | September 3, 2008 2:46 PM | Report abuse

At best, this article is very misleading. I'm really getting tired of this blatant media bias.

It's not good for the country.

Posted by: Samuel | September 3, 2008 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Paul Kane, I nominate you for the Janet Cooke Award for journalism.

Your prize will include a semester of remedial math.

Posted by: drjohn | September 3, 2008 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Actually, teen pregnancy is lower; this "education" is coupled with safe sex not just pregnancy. You might note that this article raises more discussion on the secularity of govt and freedoms of religion. She is a rare bird with little educaton who never intended to leave Alaska.

Posted by: college grad | September 3, 2008 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Anthony, forget it.

Republicans failed history classes the same way they failed science and logic.

You cannot reason with willfully ignorant people.

Posted by: Bill | September 3, 2008 2:43 PM | Report abuse

You are so desperate to smear Palin simply because she is a woman who is not Hillary that you are not even "vetting" your "facts."

Posted by: Rick Segrest | September 3, 2008 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin, a heartbeat away. Will she defend our country by calling our neighbor, Canada, when we may be in immediate danger, in her opinion, and ask them to watch over the situation and call for help if it gets violent BECAUSE she had to go to a meeting in, Chugiak.
This is exactly what she did for her sister and her sister's family on, Feburary 17, 2005.
Read the transcript of her interview with Sgt. Wall two months later.

http://media.adn.com/smedia/2008/07/18/13/071607-palin-monegue-050205-interview-transcript.source.prod_affiliate.7.pdf

adn.com is the Alaska Daily News

She watched through her sister's living room window from outside with a neighbor...a raging husband, gun at his side, 12 year nephew in the same room holding a baby sibling, afraid that the nephew would try to defend his mom with another one of the guns in the home...and left and went to the all important meeting.

Sorry folks, with family like this, who needs enemies.
Maybe the Domestic Violence Coalition of Alaska needs some funding to educate Ms.Palin.

Read the transcripts.


Posted by: DeborahS | September 3, 2008 2:40 PM | Report abuse

"Here's what I think is really making you mad. The Republicans beat the Democrats to putting a woman on the ticket. Democrats feel robbed because they want to be the first in that department."

Apparently the 1984 election where the Democrats had Geraldine Ferraro as the first female Vice Presidential candidate representing a major American political party doesn't count.

Posted by: Anthony | September 3, 2008 2:36 PM | Report abuse


Sarah Palin Slashed Special Needs Education by 62%


For those of you who seem so enamored with Gov. Sarah Palin, it might be worth noting that she oversees the budget for the Department of Education and Early Development Special Schools in Alaska.
These funds provide supplementary educational services to students with severe disabling conditions and the Alaska Challenge Youth Academy. The resident school where the child would normally be placed does not have the resources to provide an adequate educational program. Without the supplementary services the child's needs would not be met by the local school district in most cases.
The following programs are included within this component:
Special Education Service Agency (SESA)

The Annual budget for 2007, which preceded Gov. Palin was $8,265,300.

http://www.gov.state.ak.us/omb/08_OMB/budget/EED/comp2735.pdf

The Annual budget for 2008, enacted by Gov. Palin is $3,156,000.

http://www.gov.state.ak.us/omb/08_OMB/budget/EED/comp2735.pdf

The Annual budget for 2009, enacted by Gov. Palin is $3,156,000.

http://www.gov.state.ak.us/omb/09_omb/budget/EED/comp2735.pdf


This is a cut in special needs services to children in Alaska of 5,109,300 , or 62%.

So, as the Alaska State Budget description states, "Without the supplementary services the child's needs would not be met by the local school district in most cases."

Did 62% of all of the special needs children in Alaska stop having needs once Gov. Palin took office?

Before we get so excited about Gov. Palin bringing her "Reformer" agenda to Washington, perhaps we should get to know a little more about what exactly that means to our children, and the opportunities that she would "Reform".

If you ask me, a 62% cut in these funds, which we all know are so desperately scarce, and for which we all have to fight tooth and nail for our children, is a disgrace.

Just a thought...

Posted by: jim syar | September 3, 2008 2:33 PM | Report abuse

This article is a disgraceful lie. America is in BIG trouble when the 4th estate has completely lost its way and is actively campaigning for one political party.

Posted by: Sam I am | September 3, 2008 2:32 PM | Report abuse

"This has already been debunked; the $3.9 million was an increase to the state funding to Covenant House, not a “slashing” of funds."

Looking at the scan, it sure looks like the legislature wanted to give Covenant House $5M–there’s a line through the $5M figure, replaced by $3.9M and the initials “SP.” How is that not “slashing?” Please advise.

James Gary

Amen, James. Right-wing wackos like Palin and her supporters believe life begins at conception and ends at birth.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 3, 2008 2:29 PM | Report abuse

It's called self-responsibility Taly!! Why do you or anyone else need the government to tell you how to raise your child? You and your leftist friends are so used to the nanny state that you can't do anything for yourself. The only reason sex education is even an issue is because people like you look to the government to solve all of your problems. Sex education has been a part of the curriculum for decades and teen pregnancy has risen, not fallen. Liberals never need to prove the success of one of their programs, it just needs to feel good.

Posted by: Jeff in PDRM | September 3, 2008 2:27 PM | Report abuse

She INCREASED funding ~300%, and didn't slash it, fools. And you wonder why fewer and fewer people pay attention to the main stream media or buy newspapers anymore?

In any case, as a taxpayer, why the heck should I be forced to pay for the results of other people's poor decisions?

Of course, to the liberal nannycrats, anyone making any sort of income should be directly financially responsible for those unwilling to take responsibility for their own actions and behaviors.

Posted by: JsinGood | September 3, 2008 2:26 PM | Report abuse

The RNC advocates teen sex and pregnancy and shot gun marriages? Wow... who knew?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 3, 2008 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Ok, we get it. the article fudges some facts. COuld you all get to the REAL matter, which is that if she were a Black candidate, not only would everyone on the right SCREAM "token" or "preferential treatment," for an unqualified person, but her name would be Sarah (affirmative action) Obama! How can anyone defend this? The University of IDAHO? WASILLA? ALASKA? PTA? PUTIN? KIm il Jung? Medvedev? Akmenijan? OSAMA"? Yes, ALL Of the World--which doesn't exist for her seeing she doesn't think it important to expose herself and her children to that "big place" out there beyond Anchorage--is waiting for her. She can go to Germany and 250,000 will gather to hear her and McCain because of the RELIEF they would give the WORLD FROM U.S. unilateralism and arrogance. And now, After hearing pundit after pundit dog Obama for being a "speech" candidate, she now has to WIN AMERICA OVER with a SPEECH? Have you no shame? Have you no decency?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 3, 2008 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: the rest of the story | September 3, 2008 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Here's the truth about the bridge to nowhere spending...

http://cdobs.com/archive/our-columns/obama-and-biden-voted-for-bridge-to-nowhere,1628/

If you liberals can read.....

Posted by: Brenda Freeman | September 3, 2008 2:20 PM | Report abuse

This story is too easy to debunk.

http://www.guidestar.org/pqShowGsReport.do?partner=justgive&npoId=332976

As a non profit they have to file a 990. Here is the one for 2006 (2007 not posted). Note the money they got from the government was around $1.2 million, now they are getting $3.9 million.

This is such an old political ploy, I expect it from politicians, not from people that are supposed to be journalists.

Posted by: Craigm68 | September 3, 2008 2:20 PM | Report abuse

see for yourself:

cafferty:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZbxD4J524Ek

i dont make up the things here about palin - she WAS a member of the AIP, did require loyalty oaths, etc

Posted by: time out | September 3, 2008 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Amazing the lengths that the MSM will go to go spread lies. How in the world can the Washington Compost publish this crap? A program goes from $1.2M to $3.9M vice $1.2M to $5M and this "reporter" calls it a cut. Obviously, the WaPo needs to do some training in how to conduct research or maybe it's satisfied with the Jayson Blair method of reporting.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 3, 2008 2:17 PM | Report abuse

It doesn't state 2006 was appropriated 1.1mil.

It states legistlature authorized 5mil and she cut it to 3.9mil

Now why would legistlature pass 5mil if it wasn't needed?

Posted by: blind Eyedoc | September 3, 2008 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Once again The Post skewing a story to fit the liberal agenda. If you go to covenant house website you will not see one mention of teen moms anywhere. Furthermore it is for runaways in general. Also, I am surprised that the Liberals were not more up in arms that she allowed $3.9 Million to go to a program that offers pastoral service including explain the purpose of God. Hypocrites. Every last one of you. Get a life.

Posted by: Mikey9a | September 3, 2008 2:13 PM | Report abuse

It's not so suprising that Republicans are following Palin. They did the same for Bush so this "feet kissing" ain't new at all.

Posted by: Gerald Shields, Seattle, WA | September 3, 2008 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Great, another potential republican in office who can tell everyone else how to raise their kids but doesn't know how to raise her own. It will be a repeat of the Bush twins who found time to do a lot of underaged drinking, but never managed to be punished for it. Although Bush was all for a no tolerance policy when it came to underage drinking, his girls appearantly weren't taught that lesson. All the people on here who keep screaming that Obama is a muslim are are bunch of idiots. No wonder you're so gun ho to put another republican in office who can raise your taxes (unless you make 7 figures per year, then I can surely understand you wanting another 4-8 years of this nonsense).

Posted by: Taly | September 3, 2008 2:08 PM | Report abuse

palin has a problem with the constitution (no i am not taking about that AIP membership thing - but that fits too):

Here is an exerpt:


"And for some, Ms. Palin's first months in office here were so jarring -- and so alienating -- that an effort was made to force a recall. About 100 people attended a meeting to discuss the effort, which was covered in the local press, but the idea was dropped.
Shortly after becoming mayor, former city officials and Wasilla residents said, Ms. Palin approached the town librarian about the possibility of banning some books, though she never followed through and it was unclear which books or passages were in question.
Ann Kilkenny, a Democrat who said she attended every City Council meeting in Ms. Palin's first year in office, said Ms. Palin brought up the idea of banning some books at one meeting. "They were somehow morally or socially objectionable to her," Ms. Kilkenny said.
The librarian, Mary Ellen Emmons, pledged to "resist all efforts at censorship," Ms. Kilkenny recalled. Ms. Palin fired Ms. Emmons shortly after taking office but changed course after residents made a strong show of support. Ms. Emmons, who left her job and Wasilla a couple of years later, declined to comment for this article."

Posted by: freedoms | September 3, 2008 2:06 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: nyplace | September 3, 2008 2:06 PM | Report abuse

How did Palins daughter come into a story on budgets in Alaska.

That is some real ranch reporting.

So she cut the amount that they asked for but double the amount they had usually.

I see the Obama Campaign owns the Washington Post.

I never thought the washington post would stoop to being a tabloid peddling Obama's trash.

Where were Obama lies to the people plaster all over the post.

Where were rezko - gate

where was bitter -gate

Where was NAFTA -gate

Where is Ayers - gate

Posted by: seah | September 3, 2008 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Dear McLame/Failin': Try reading the story. It's even in the PICTURE.

You blurted:

"cutting funds from $5 million to $3.9 million"

so where are the republicans pulling their stats from? Probably from their backside.

Posted by: McLame/Failin' 2008 | September 3, 2008 1:58 PM

Posted by: Brewdog | September 3, 2008 2:02 PM | Report abuse

The only way the GOP can win this election is if Bush/Chaney attempt to bomb Iran.

Republicans are such sore looooooosers

Posted by: RNC 2008 is a funeral wake | September 3, 2008 2:01 PM | Report abuse

EyeDoc:

Don't you see that -- according to their logic -- if this had been a typo for $50 million instead, and she had corrected it to $5 million, THAT would be a $45 million "slash" that hurts those most in need?

Posted by: JakeD | September 3, 2008 2:00 PM | Report abuse

as a woman, i do not attack palin on her family or anything but her policies and her stance. not even on her church. her own actions speak to me and tell me that she would never represent me or even come close.

repubs resort to name calling and now are going to start that crap about "sexism" and how palin it not being treated farily. palin herself called hillary a "Whiner" and said she should be able to take it and live with it.

her anti alternative energy, anti environment, policies are enough alone to kill her for me. MUCH LESS the absolute black hole of experience!!!! if i hear one more sound bite on 'executive experience" i will explode. what a lot of crap and i am NOT buying it.

as a woman about another woman on her POLICIES alone - NOT FOR ME!

Posted by: needs to be qualified | September 3, 2008 1:58 PM | Report abuse

"cutting funds from $5 million to $3.9 million"


so where are the republicans pulling their stats from? Probably from their backside.

Posted by: McLame/Failin' 2008 | September 3, 2008 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Tere:

Same to you ; )

Posted by: JakeD | September 3, 2008 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Wow in Palin's own handwriting she is stealing from the poor to give to her cronies.


The typical republican stance to sex-ed is a Wink and a Nod.

I say keep the baby and abort the candidate.

Posted by: Call GOP 1-800-BUY-JOHN | September 3, 2008 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Government funding for this program was 1.1 million dollars in 2006, and is now 3.9 million dollars. So, under Sarah Palin, funding for this program is up about 300%. I realize that liberals have trouble with basic math and reading comprehension, but claiming Palin "slashed funding" for this program is idiocy. Is Paul Kane so in love with Barack Obama that he's incapable of rational thought?

Posted by: EyeDoc | September 3, 2008 1:55 PM | Report abuse

What I love about the cut-and-paste Obamabot comments to this post -- comments which have absolutely nothing to do with the story, but which are just "bad stuff 'bout Palin" -- is this: It clearly displays your "by any means necessary" mentality.

Who cares if this Post story is provably, factually wrong? It's more bad stuff 'bout Palin, so of course it's OK. The fact that it was in the Post MAKES it true. It has truthiness. It adds to the narrative. It's not important that it's not "true" (which is merely a construct of the white male capitalist patriarchy, Skull and Bones, Chimpy McBushHitlerBurton) it's only important that it can be linked in our blogs and assumed as fact.

True colors, lefties. Shining through.

Posted by: Brewdog | September 3, 2008 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Only in the liberal world is 'expansion' seen as cutting.

Expansion - the act of increasing (something) in size or volume or quantity or scope

Nice going WaPo. Dumba**es.

Posted by: RWC | September 3, 2008 1:45 PM | Report abuse

THIS IS WHAT I WANT IN A POST-9/11 American President (considering that McCain will likely die as soon as this gruelling campaign is over:


Sarah Palin, in a talk three months ago at a fundamentalist church of which she was for many years an active member, on the Iraqi occupation:

"Pray for our military men and women who are striving to do what is right. Also, for this country, that our leaders, our national leaders, are sending [U.S. soldiers] out on a task that is from God. That's what we have to make sure that we're praying for, that there is a plan and that that plan is God's plan."

The pastor of that church has questioned the salvation of anyone who voted for John Kerry, has said that criticizing President Bush could send you "to hell," and, in defense of the invasion of Iraq, claimed that "Jesus himself operated from that position of war mode." Rather than distance herself from such comments, Palin has praised what she considered to be the prophetic nature of that chuch, saying ?what comes from this church?has great destiny.?

http://andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com/the_daily_dish/2008/09/gods-will.html

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/09/02/palins-church-may-have-sh_n_123205.html#postComment

Posted by: Anonymous | September 3, 2008 1:45 PM | Report abuse

J. Taylor, you are a breath of fresh Air. My godm you get it on EVERY POINT.The ONLY response the Republican spinners have is, IGNORE HER UNQUALIFIED and unimpressive record and say, "look at Obama," he is no better. Too deep.

Posted by: micah | September 3, 2008 1:43 PM | Report abuse

to the person that is suddenly going mcsame on this article - no way. if you had any support for anything it would vanish because of this. nice try.

and while THIS story may not be true, can you disprove all the others??? the AIP membership, the book ban threat, the loyalty oaths, etc etc etc I think NOT.

mcsame spent $750,000 in one month on ONE credit card and will continue to spend $10 BILLION per week on the war. give me a break!

Posted by: repub in disguise | September 3, 2008 1:40 PM | Report abuse

I have been an ardent supporter/volunteer for Sen. Obama's presidential campaign, and will continue to do whatever I can to make him our 44th president. However, I do not write this email as an Obama supporter or democrat. I write this as a proud parent of two young children, who along with my partner of 11 years have been working hard to keep our business afloat and our family safe. Never believing John McCain possessed the insight or qualifications to be president, I wasn't completely surprised regarding his selection of Sharon Palin as his VP. However, the profound disrespect for, and complete misunderstanding of the judgment, power, and responsibility the presidency demands, exemplified by his VP choice not only confirmed my beliefs, but left me totally outraged!
For six years now, we have all been profoundly and adversely affected by the unjust and illegal invasion of Iraq, and the protracted unsuccessful war in Afghanistan. As Americans, we have been made to carry the burden of death and destruction, and the shame of torture and illegal detentions that have turned the world against us. We have lost thousands of troops, murdered countless numbers of innocent Iraqi's and Afghani's, and we now stand alone in the world as an isolated, antiquated, roguish nation. To this John McCain says, we can stay over there (in Iraq) for a hundred years. I say enough!
As a nation we have been profoundly and adversely affected by the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. An impressive and powerful natural disaster that exposed not only an unacceptable level of government incompetence, but a horrific degree of racism and classism that belies policies crafted by the Bush administration, special interest groups and lobbyists. The non-wealthy residents of Louisiana were hung out to dry and left for dead, and as we viewed this horrific spectacle, John McCain, having knowledge of the devastation taking place in New Orleans, ate birthday cake with President Bush. As the waters receded, and the residents of the gulf region began to realize the enormity of their the loss, becoming displaced from their families, friends and property, John McCain voted against relief measures for Katrina victims multiple times, (2006 Senate Vote #112, 5/4/2006; 2005 Senate Vote #285, 11/3/2005; 2005 Senate Vote #234, 9/15/2005). The citizens of the gulf stood tough against disaster and brave in the face of humiliation as they were constantly referred to as "refugees" by their own country, and John McCain, having voted against an investigation into the failures of this government (2006 Senate Vote #6, 2/2/2006; 2005 Senate Vote #229, 9/14/2005), brazenly stated:
"We know we didn't have the right kind of leadership ... where government agencies were getting information from watching cable television rather than have a flow of information," McCain said during an event at Xavier University in New Orleans.
"It was not only a perfect storm as far as its physical impact ... it was a perfect storm as far as the federal, state and local governments' inability."
"Never again will there be a mismanaged natural disaster," he said, later assuring the crowd that "it will never happen again in this country; you have my commitment and my promise."
Now John McCain is at it again! Set to the backdrop of hurricane Gustav, McCain and Palin are attempting to exploit the potential devastation and loss of our citizens in the gulf region for their own political gain. Enough treachery!
We see all across America banks faltering and the number of foreclosures looming as large as since the great depression. We, as well as our families, friends and neighbors have lost what we've worked so hard to attain, and John McCain intends to continue down this disastrous path. Much like Herbert Hoover, who during the great depression, determined that the crisis would have to work itself out. John McCain believes that government does not exist to help people, but rather create a privatized free market society in which government is called upon (in every capacity, except war) as an absolute last resort. In other words, the economic and environmental crisis we currently find ourselves in, will (without his help as president) have to work itself out. Sen. McCain of seven houses, states that he doesn't know much about economics, and that people are doing pretty well under the Bush Administration. This kind of out of touch republican nonsense needs to stop! John McCain is behaving as if he's playing a game! A game where he spins a wheel and says hey, let's see what happens if...
Look, John McCain is a 72 year old man with very real and serious health concerns (melanoma), who's running to become the United States 44th president! Now, after one meeting, he selects as his VP, a women who despite her claims, is a good friend of big oil. Sarah Palin has only three years of public service experience. One as the mayor of her small Alaskan town (pop. 5,470), and two years -- one term -- as governor of the state (pop.700,000). She has no foreign policy experience, stating she knows very little about what is happening in Iraq! She has stated that she isn't sure what a VP does, and as a former member/currently active supporter of the AIP (Alaskan Independent Party), a group vigorously pursuing the secession for Alaska from the United States, she would maybe consider the position if it would be productive for the state of Alaska! She doesn't believe global warming exists, and sued the Interior Department to have polar bears removed from the protected species list, to not inconvenience the Alaskan gas pipeline project. She is an ex-catholic, rabid anti-abortionist, believing that under no circumstances should a woman ever be allowed to have an abortion, and stands against equal work for equal pay. She supported the bridge to nowhere until it unfavorably polled, and she quit her job as ethics commissioner after a year, stating that the Republican Party was too corrupt to fulfill her job duties. She opposes civil rights for gays/lesbians as well as benefits for domestic partners, and is a proponent of creationism teaching in schools. The list is long; the reality frightening, and the GOP really expects this country to accept the possibility that she could be our next president? I don't think so. Let's put an end to this and work together to make Barack Obama/Joe Biden the next President/Vice President of the United States!
http://www.barackobama.com/index.php
Sincerely,
J. Taylor

LOL, DISREGARD THAT, I SUCK COCKS!

Posted by: dontblink08 | September 3, 2008 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Jake -

May you find yourself in need of the same social services you feel our government shoud disregard!

Obama/Biden 2008

Posted by: Tere | September 3, 2008 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Uhm HELLO! Washington Post, this little story has just been rebutted by Hotair.com. Turns out that Paulin didn't cut anything. Covenant was not getting anything. Palin approved 3,900,000.00 of NEW MONEY for the program; she didn't "CUT" anything. The legislature had asked for 5,0000,000.00 and she approved 3.9 million as she had to cut the budget. Many other funding requests were also cut back. LIARS! And to think I was going to vote for Obama. I'm an independent and will now be voting for McCain out of protest over what has obviously become the Obama Surrogate Media.

Posted by: Dave | September 3, 2008 1:37 PM | Report abuse

bans books and threatens to fire the librarian (just made the NY times - no trash tabloid there!)

requires loyalty oaths

says NO to global warming

mayor of SMALL town now $27 MILLION in debt

KEPT and SPENT the bridge to nowhere money - pure hypocracy - NOT mavercik

better than Bush in ignoring the environment

NO Foreign POlicy experience - oh wait she lives close to russia (thanks cindy mcsame)

member of AIP that wants to leave the US


mcsame melanoma 4 times wants this a heart beat away

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZbxD4J524Ek

Posted by: mcsame is not for me | September 3, 2008 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Let's see now. Government funding for this program was about 1.1 million dollars in 2006, and now it's 3.9 million dollars. So under Sarah Palin, funding for this program has actually increased by about 300%, rather than being "slashed" as Paul Kane has written. Kane apparently has trouble with basic fifth grade math which is why he's working as a propagandist for the Washington Post rather than being a productive member of society. But, why let the facts get in the way of a good hit piece?

Posted by: EyeDoc | September 3, 2008 1:35 PM | Report abuse

dont worry - she is a member of the PTA and lives closer to russia so she has absorbed some foreign policy through the water or something.

and she has a beauty crown.

and is a member of the NRA and the Alaska Independent party that wanst to leave the US and start its own country.

nothing to be afraid of there in the main job of the white house

Posted by: scaredforus | September 3, 2008 1:32 PM | Report abuse

And this woman could become president of the US if (when) McCain dies in office. This doesn't concern anyone else?

Posted by: apalled | September 3, 2008 1:29 PM | Report abuse

i was wondering if instead of name calling you repubs could pull some proof out of your hate to debunk any of the stories i am reading on this????

Posted by: RK | September 3, 2008 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Thruth be told the public(not Dem. or Rep. but all) is tired of the Rep. party. This is probably why the media keeps painting the Reps. the way they do. People feel that they can't trust the party of Bush, and Cheney, and because they can't trust them, people have a hard time believing them. Palin and McCain have a lot of dirt to wipe of their shoes before they can set foot in the white house. Dirt placed there by the old Administration.You can fly the Rep. banner all you want, and as proudly as you want, but the undecided have a hard time trusting you. remember that.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 3, 2008 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Here's a great Biden video which proves that Joe Biden is less qualified to lead than Sarah Palin;.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4TBNeNHHXEY&eurl=http://theconservativepost.com/WordPress/?p=540

Posted by: Gloria Steinberg | September 3, 2008 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Hey leslie, I'd rather see a smart female former Governor in the top seat than an empty suited, fairly good speech reader, one time Muslim and friend of terrorist Bill Ayers and Rev. Wrong, Barack Hussein Obama.

Posted by: Brenda Freeman | September 3, 2008 1:23 PM | Report abuse

bans books and threatens to fire the librarian (just made the NY times - no trash tabloid there!)

requires loyalty oaths

says NO to global warming

mayor of SMALL town now $27 MILLION in debt

KEPT and SPENT the bridge to nowhere money - NOT maverick in my book to just redirect to your own pork what was federal money

better than Bush in ignoring the environment

NO Foreign POlicy experience - oh wait she lives close to russia (thanks cindy mcsame)

member of AIP that wants to leave the US


mcsame melanoma 4 times wants this a heart beat away

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZbxD4J524Ek

this is a great video - a must see. five stars!

Posted by: leslie | September 3, 2008 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Unbelievable! Palin increased funding from 1.2 million to 3.9 million (but not to $5 million as Covenant House requested) and the WASHINGTON POST calls that a "cut" in funding?


Wow, has Palin knocked the sheet off the MSM or what? They used to try and twist stories, now they just out and out lie!

Posted by: Joe Lewelling | September 3, 2008 1:17 PM | Report abuse

texq, keep waiting or start without me with your right hand.

Posted by: Gloria Steinberg | September 3, 2008 1:17 PM | Report abuse

As always, the left considers reducing the spiraling rate of increase in any government program to be not just a "cut" but a "slash." Reducing the amount of a spending increase from bloated to merely sizable is "slashing funding."

And you Obamabots can cover it up all you want -- your panic is palpable. And it's delicious.

Posted by: Brewdog | September 3, 2008 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Unbelievable! Palin increased funding from 1.2 million to 3.9 million (but not to $5 million as Covenant House requested) and the WASHINGTON POST calls that a "cut" in funding?


Wow, has Palin knocked the sheet off the MSM or what? They used to try and twist stories, now they just out and out lie!

Posted by: Joe Lewelling | September 3, 2008 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Hey dontblink08: Long winded and liberal . . . you're just my kinda guy, if I was a guy.

Posted by: Brenda Freeman | September 3, 2008 1:15 PM | Report abuse

hey gloria - does your response mean that you have no evidence to debunk any of my supposedly "insane" remarks about palin - i'm waiting..................


and waiting..............

Posted by: texq | September 3, 2008 1:14 PM | Report abuse

I have been an ardent supporter/volunteer for Sen. Obama's presidential campaign, and will continue to do whatever I can to make him our 44th president. However, I do not write this email as an Obama supporter or democrat. I write this as a proud parent of two young children, who along with my partner of 11 years have been working hard to keep our business afloat and our family safe. Never believing John McCain possessed the insight or qualifications to be president, I wasn't completely surprised regarding his selection of Sharon Palin as his VP. However, the profound disrespect for, and complete misunderstanding of the judgment, power, and responsibility the presidency demands, exemplified by his VP choice not only confirmed my beliefs, but left me totally outraged!

For six years now, we have all been profoundly and adversely affected by the unjust and illegal invasion of Iraq, and the protracted unsuccessful war in Afghanistan. As Americans, we have been made to carry the burden of death and destruction, and the shame of torture and illegal detentions that have turned the world against us. We have lost thousands of troops, murdered countless numbers of innocent Iraqi's and Afghani's, and we now stand alone in the world as an isolated, antiquated, roguish nation. To this John McCain says, we can stay over there (in Iraq) for a hundred years. I say enough!

As a nation we have been profoundly and adversely affected by the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. An impressive and powerful natural disaster that exposed not only an unacceptable level of government incompetence, but a horrific degree of racism and classism that belies policies crafted by the Bush administration, special interest groups and lobbyists. The non-wealthy residents of Louisiana were hung out to dry and left for dead, and as we viewed this horrific spectacle, John McCain, having knowledge of the devastation taking place in New Orleans, ate birthday cake with President Bush. As the waters receded, and the residents of the gulf region began to realize the enormity of their the loss, becoming displaced from their families, friends and property, John McCain voted against relief measures for Katrina victims multiple times, (2006 Senate Vote #112, 5/4/2006; 2005 Senate Vote #285, 11/3/2005; 2005 Senate Vote #234, 9/15/2005). The citizens of the gulf stood tough against disaster and brave in the face of humiliation as they were constantly referred to as "refugees" by their own country, and John McCain, having voted against an investigation into the failures of this government (2006 Senate Vote #6, 2/2/2006; 2005 Senate Vote #229, 9/14/2005), brazenly stated:

"We know we didn't have the right kind of leadership ... where government agencies were getting information from watching cable television rather than have a flow of information," McCain said during an event at Xavier University in New Orleans.
"It was not only a perfect storm as far as its physical impact ... it was a perfect storm as far as the federal, state and local governments' inability."
"Never again will there be a mismanaged natural disaster," he said, later assuring the crowd that "it will never happen again in this country; you have my commitment and my promise."

Now John McCain is at it again! Set to the backdrop of hurricane Gustav, McCain and Palin are attempting to exploit the potential devastation and loss of our citizens in the gulf region for their own political gain. Enough treachery!

We see all across America banks faltering and the number of foreclosures looming as large as since the great depression. We, as well as our families, friends and neighbors have lost what we've worked so hard to attain, and John McCain intends to continue down this disastrous path. Much like Herbert Hoover, who during the great depression, determined that the crisis would have to work itself out. John McCain believes that government does not exist to help people, but rather create a privatized free market society in which government is called upon (in every capacity, except war) as an absolute last resort. In other words, the economic and environmental crisis we currently find ourselves in, will (without his help as president) have to work itself out. Sen. McCain of seven houses, states that he doesn't know much about economics, and that people are doing pretty well under the Bush Administration. This kind of out of touch republican nonsense needs to stop! John McCain is behaving as if he's playing a game! A game where he spins a wheel and says hey, let's see what happens if...

Look, John McCain is a 72 year old man with very real and serious health concerns (melanoma), who's running to become the United States 44th president! Now, after one meeting, he selects as his VP, a women who despite her claims, is a good friend of big oil. Sarah Palin has only three years of public service experience. One as the mayor of her small Alaskan town (pop. 5,470), and two years -- one term -- as governor of the state (pop.700,000). She has no foreign policy experience, stating she knows very little about what is happening in Iraq! She has stated that she isn't sure what a VP does, and as a former member/currently active supporter of the AIP (Alaskan Independent Party), a group vigorously pursuing the secession for Alaska from the United States, she would maybe consider the position if it would be productive for the state of Alaska! She doesn't believe global warming exists, and sued the Interior Department to have polar bears removed from the protected species list, to not inconvenience the Alaskan gas pipeline project. She is an ex-catholic, rabid anti-abortionist, believing that under no circumstances should a woman ever be allowed to have an abortion, and stands against equal work for equal pay. She supported the bridge to nowhere until it unfavorably polled, and she quit her job as ethics commissioner after a year, stating that the Republican Party was too corrupt to fulfill her job duties. She opposes civil rights for gays/lesbians as well as benefits for domestic partners, and is a proponent of creationism teaching in schools. The list is long; the reality frightening, and the GOP really expects this country to accept the possibility that she could be our next president? I don't think so. Let's put an end to this and work together to make Barack Obama/Joe Biden the next President/Vice President of the United States!

http://www.barackobama.com/index.php

Sincerely,

J. Taylor

Posted by: dontblink08 | September 3, 2008 1:13 PM | Report abuse

IT WAS NOT HER MONEY TO SPEND DUDE. I AM A TAXPAYER - the whole argument of no earmarks is NOT to spend the money - not just go start doilng whatever you want.

NOT her money to spend.

Posted by: t5exq | September 3, 2008 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Impalin, you can stick your phd up you ph-ass.

Posted by: Gloria Steinberg | September 3, 2008 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Palin INCREASED funding by 325%! Read the document you posted, Mr. Kane. Then retract and apologize. IMMEDIATELY.

exurbanleague.com

Posted by: ExurbanJon | September 3, 2008 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Hey texq, she took the money that the State Senator earmarked for the bridge and SPENT IT ON THINGS IN ALASKA THAT NEEDED DOING, NOT THE BRIDGE. TRY TO GET THE STORY STARIGHT BEFOREE YOU MAKE AN ASS OUT OF YOURSELF. Jack Murtha, the liberal democrat is the biggest earmak tax dollar thief in the country. Sarah Palin will be a breath of fresh air in this stinkin' government.

Posted by: Brenda Freeman | September 3, 2008 1:10 PM | Report abuse

hey gloria - i will put my phd up against yours anytime.

why dont you just go get stories to refute all those things - prove to me she does not require loyalty oaths, she did not try to fire the librarian, or that her town was left with tons of money after she left.

show me where she gave the bridge money back

you cant

this woman wont settle for just any woman in the whitehouse -

Posted by: impalin | September 3, 2008 1:09 PM | Report abuse

Why did the McCains and Palins, including the baby daddy of her daughter ALL show up on McCain's STRAIGHT TALK EXPRESS on NATIONAL TV today after a night of telling the MEDIA, her family is OFF LIMITS? Sounds like Lindsey Lohan's mom defending her reality TV show....and we are all the Extras. THIS WOMAN IS AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION selection---Why the double standard Cons? Haven't you all ALWAYS opposed Affirmative Action for the less or "unqualified"? Her family simply highlights McCain's incremental senility.

Posted by: Massai | September 3, 2008 1:08 PM | Report abuse

According to their form 990 they received $1,335,073. Check it out here http://covenanthouseak.org/pdfs/Financials/CHA%202007%20990.pdf

They asked for $5 million and she gave them $3.9 million. How is that slashed?

Posted by: It's Me! | September 3, 2008 1:07 PM | Report abuse

Hey Impalin: You should probably try to get back into school if the car windshield washing gig isn't working. An education is a great thing and might keep you from making idiotic statements. GO JOHN MCCAIN AND SARAH PALIN! Keep the idiots out of the White House and send them back to Chicago!

Posted by: Gloria Steinberg | September 3, 2008 1:05 PM | Report abuse

Thanks to Palin, the group actually got over three times what they did from all gov't sources combined in 2006:

http://24ahead.com/blog/archives/007978.html

Don't trust the Washington Post's "reporting".

Please write ombudsman *at* washpost.com and let her know what you think about stories like this.

Posted by: 24AheadDotCom | September 3, 2008 1:05 PM | Report abuse

hey brenda - she took your, yes YOUR $233 million for that bridge and SPENT IT. are you happy with her decision on that - did you get any benefit. it was my dollars too and i dont have a thing to show for it. but i know that she will lie and make it seem like she is such a reformer - only to pocket the money and run.

shame shame

Posted by: texq | September 3, 2008 1:04 PM | Report abuse

With his pick of Sarah Palin, John McCain is suddenly trying to present himself as a "candidate of change." However, there is a difference between responsible change and impulsive, shoot-from-the-hip change. John McCain must be getting desperate, or confused, or both.

Posted by: gpbrown | September 3, 2008 1:02 PM | Report abuse

Ahh yes. Cutting spending and being financially responsible are not liberal democrat ideals. More money out of your pocket, that's what democrats want. Sorry guys, I want to spend my own money, thank you. Keep up the good work Sarah, in Washington DC in 2009!!

Posted by: Brenda Freeman | September 3, 2008 1:01 PM | Report abuse

meet palin:

loyalty oath required
like to ban books and threaten librarians
NO such thing as global warming
worse than Bush on environmental policy
member of AIP that wants to start its own little country
KEPT the bridge money
SPENT the bridge money
mayor of town VETOS alternative energy plans
wants to drill in ANWR (and any place apparetnly)
only been out of the country once (that ireland trip - just a layover from the ONE trip she had)
No foreign policy experience

but dang - she is a card toting member of the PTA and NRA -

this WOMAN as in me is NOT supporting her - way too scary and inexperienced for me. hell - i could be VP based on the low bar mcsame set!

Posted by: impalin | September 3, 2008 1:01 PM | Report abuse

She INCRCREASED it from the prior year.

Perhaps you ought to deal in FACTS, and not just innuendo provided by Palin's enemies?

Posted by: Lily | September 3, 2008 12:59 PM | Report abuse

I don't understand all of these vitriolic comments. It appears as if she slashed this program's funding according to the document. Isn't that what the article is about? Her choice of where she allocated government money? I think these things are relevant to Americans who are in the midst of deciding on whom to give their vote. It's important to know a candidate's mind and track record. Republicans tend to cut social programs. Why are people trying to morph her into a liberal by saying she increased this program, when she clearly did not? If you're a Repub - own it. Don't try to "spin" what she did - state why you think it was responsible. And be prepared to have people disagree with this choice. That is part of having an ideology. You can't have your cake and eat it too!

Posted by: missjaniehaddad | September 3, 2008 12:59 PM | Report abuse

If you are going to print information like this as it is presented please do us a favor and put WE WANT OBAMA TO BE PRESIDENT at the beginning of each article.

I'm using this article as an example of how the media only feeds the masses the information it wants them to see.

You should present all the facts before putting garbage like this in print.

TOTALLY BIASED! AND TOTALLY IN OBAMA'S COURT

Posted by: Anonymous | September 3, 2008 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Re: Mario | September 3, 2008 12:42 PM

You, sir, are as silly as this hit piece, AND you know nothing of the economic priorities of the State of Alaska. She expanded funding for God's sake! Is it that hard to see?

The only mental gymnastics being performed here are by Paul Kane.

Posted by: Jamfish | September 3, 2008 12:53 PM | Report abuse

GG, she reduced the expansion of funds. It was still 3 time what they received the previous year.

Posted by: nj | September 3, 2008 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Ok, I could not dislike McCan't & Pallin more, but this is just wrong. She cannot slash funding by increasing it. It's poor journalism like this that makes REAL STORY'S by REAL NEWS ORG's also look wrong. Hire some real people POST and stop the lying, retract your story and stick to the facts please.

Posted by: nhbriz | September 3, 2008 12:45 PM | Report abuse

retract and resign

Posted by: ranchoforte | September 3, 2008 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Pro-Life and Pro-Choice Unite to Solve the Abortion Crisis

With prayer in school only a privilege of the wealthy children in private schools, it is no wonder the rate of unwed pregnancies and abortion has risen. Only private school children get to openly pray in school to increase morality and reduce high school drop out as they do not have the stress of being forced to pass state exams. In addition, Choice is only taken advantage of in a few private schools that collect money from the public schools to pay the tuition of children from failing school under the No Child Left Behind Law. If poor people knew that No child Left Behind allowed them to get to pray in school and not have to pass the state exams that they have failed in public school, they would rush to take advantage of this benefit. However, this part of the law is hidden to protect the public school’s control of the funds and to enable them to jail parents when their children have to endure humiliation in school from failing a state mandated test and the children often refuse to attend school to protect their self esteem. We need to have educational equality. Private schools and Home School students can pray, do not take mandated exams, and parents are not jailed when their child has five or more unexcused absences. Parent can not afford to pay for a doctor’s note when a child has a flue that does not require hospitalization and can not get an excused note from a doctor. We need free Health Care so public school children can have proof they are sick when they really are, so their parent will not be fined and jailed. This system is so unequal and against the economically disadvantaged children.

We are united in our desire to protect the unborn. A solution to the dilemma faced by the unwed, unemployed, uneducated pregnant mother is for Christians to advocate that legislation be in place to ensure that the mother will have income from social security to care for the child until 21 years old. This safety net is given to the children of widows so why not extend this protection to ensure the life of the unborn child. Welfare checks are not the answer as that system discourages marriages and often jails the fathers for failing to pay child support even if they are unemployed but desire to work. The jobs are shipped overseas to India, and other foreign countries. The Right to Life Act should be in place that gives a guaranteed social security check to biological mothers only, to raise their child that does not require a government department to oversee or deny the claim every few weeks. This does not include foster parents as children from foster homes almost always report extreme emotional damage as a result of being separated from their biological families.

We need Pro-life legislation in place that provides a safety net for the unborn by giving the mother the income to raise the child safely and lovingly instead of putting pregnant mothers in a position to choose between her safety and the child when there is no income to raise the biological child. Foster care is too emotionally damaging to a parent and a child. Take the effect on the four hundred children in Texas taken from parents simply for exercising their religious beliefs without evidence of child abuse.

© Lillene Ebanks

Posted by: Lillene Ebanks | September 3, 2008 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Dear god. Where does WaPo get these hack journalists? Was this written by an intern?

Posted by: Peter Lodge | September 3, 2008 12:43 PM | Report abuse

The FY06 balance sheet for Covenant House Alaska shows a net gain. Ergo, for Gov. Palin to reduce the proposed budgeted contribution was entirely appropriate...it freed $1.1M to be allocated elsewhere or not at all.

To the larger point - the Post in publishing this 'story' has once again tipped its hand. Save everyone some time and effort...write the Obama endorsement now, and print it on every second page of the paper from now until November 4.

Posted by: MDH3 | September 3, 2008 12:43 PM | Report abuse

So does it really matter whether she slashed funding or an increase in funding? Not really, either way this shows that the "unborn" are a huge priority for her, and the born not so much.

Posted by: Mario | September 3, 2008 12:42 PM | Report abuse

I should use Paul Kane's new math next year on my employer!!!

If I don't get as much or all of a raise that I *want*, but I still get a considerable one, I will complain to my co-workers that I got a cut/reduction in pay!!!

Brilliant, Paul. You're a bloody idiot.

Posted by: Jamfish | September 3, 2008 12:41 PM | Report abuse

I like how right wingers who wan't smaller government and more "personal rights" try to pander to the extreme Christian right. Please don't force your religion down our throats... They support your rights but object to books in our public libraries because “They were somehow morally or socially objectionable to her,”? Come on...you can't have it both ways. This really applies to sex education....somehow I'm guessing she now feels it would have been handy if her soon to be 18yr old son in law would have had some sex education and access to condoms. What if he had an STD? How would she feel about sex ed then?

Posted by: Adub | September 3, 2008 12:38 PM | Report abuse

My point is, if Palin slashed all this money for teenage mothers and still wanted them to stay in school; then her daughter's pregnancy should be an experiment for all to watch and judge if indeed her policies really work.

Posted by: brock | September 3, 2008 12:36 PM | Report abuse

PALIN HYPOCRACY - SHE SPENT THAT BRIDGE MONEY

The state, however, never gave back any of the money that was originally earmarked for the Gravina Island bridge, said Weinstein and Elerding.

In fact, the Palin administration has spent "tens of millions of dollars" in federal funds to start building a road on Gravina Island that is supposed to link up to the yet-to-be-built bridge, Weinstein said.

"She said 'thanks but no thanks,' but they kept the money," said Elerding about her applause line.

Former state House Speaker Gail Phillips, a Republican who represented the Kenai Peninsula city of Homer, is also critical about Palin's reversal on the bridge issue.

"You don't tell a group of Alaskans you support something and then go to someplace else and say you oppose it," said Phillips, who supported Palin's opponent, Democrat Tony Knowles, in the 2006 gubernatorial race.

Posted by: bev1 | September 3, 2008 12:32 PM | Report abuse

To Carol at 11:23 am:

You said "Here's what I think is really making you mad. The Republicans beat the Democrats to putting a woman on the ticket. Democrats feel robbed because they want to be the first in that department."

You obviously don't know your history. The Republicans are 25 years late to this party! The Democrats had a the FIRST woman on the ticket back in 1984....

Posted by: Jamie | September 3, 2008 12:31 PM | Report abuse

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Much better that government get out of social services like this anyways.

GO MCCAIN/PALIN ALL THE WAY TO THE WHITE HOUSE!!!

Posted by: JakeD | September 2, 2008 6:38 PM

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Yeah..much better for them to struggle all by themselves.

I look forward to their kids turning to a life of crime when they are finished getting raised by clueless teenagers.

JakeD is reason #1 why abortions should never be banned....

Posted by: JakeD is a moron....period. | September 2, 2008 6:47 PM
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I'll have to go with 'JakeD is a moron....period' on this one mostly because he managed to quote sombody's post before it was posted! .. jebus?.. is that you?...

Posted by: Anonymous | September 3, 2008 12:31 PM | Report abuse

Mayoral performance. Palin, who portrays herself as a fiscal conservative, racked up nearly $20 million in long-term debt as mayor of the tiny town of Wasilla — that amounts to $3,000 per resident. She argues that the debt was needed to fund improvements.

— Stevens and Young, redux. Palin has distanced herself from the state’s two most popular politicians, but both appeared at Palin fundraisers during her 2006 gubernatorial bid.

— The environment. As governor, Palin vetoed wind power and clean coal projects, including a 50-megawatt wind farm on Fire Island and a clean coal facility in Healy that had been mired in a dispute between local and state governments.

— And, maybe, censorship. According to the Frontiersman newspaper, Wasilla’s library director, Mary Ellen Emmons, said that Palin asked her outright if she "could live with censorship of library books.” Palin later dismissed the conversation as a “rhetorical” exercise.

GOVERNOR OF A STATE SMALLER THAN SEVERAL CITIES IN MY STATE ALONE - WOO HOO! 18 MONTHS - WHEW I FEEL BETTER!


Posted by: TEX | September 3, 2008 12:31 PM | Report abuse

I guess Paul Kane and needs to go back to school and learn what the word "slash" means and Bill needs to back to school to learn math. To begin with, the Covenant House had government funding of $1.7M in 2006, not $5.0M. If the Covenant House had governmment funding of $5.0M in 2006 and then the Governor cut the funding to $3.9M, then I would agree with Paul that the Governor had "slashed" funding. However, the Covenant House never had $5.0M so nothing was taken away from them. In fact they were given additional funding of $2.2M over the prior year. So Bill, the math goes like this $1.7M + #2.2M = #3.9M.
Bill, you can't take $5.0M that never was given to the Covenant House and subtract $1.1M that never belonged to the Covenant House. I know you liberals always love to believe that you are entitled to things that don't belong to you or you have not earned.

Posted by: Tired of Liberal Whining | September 3, 2008 12:30 PM | Report abuse

The story hasn't been corrected yet? talk about some partisan trash reporting right there. Bravo.

Posted by: Clusterz | September 3, 2008 12:30 PM | Report abuse

To be completely accurate the story should say that Gov. Palin slashed proposed funding. She most certainly did not slash previously existing funding. I get the feeling the Washington Post is more concerned with manipulating my opinion than informing me.

Posted by: 42123 | September 3, 2008 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: yarrrrrr | September 3, 2008 12:28 PM | Report abuse

What about BO's teenage mom.Maybe she should of aborted him.

Posted by: tire gage | September 3, 2008 12:26 PM | Report abuse

I find it funny how some people (including Hussein) like to bring up the fact the GOVERNOR Palin was a mayor of a very small town, therefore she she's not qualified. They must have forgot her title: GOVENOR. And this story is whack!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 3, 2008 12:24 PM | Report abuse

So an increase in funding from $1.2 million to $3.9 million is considered a slash? Is this the new math?

Sorry, WaPo, but you've overplayed your hand here. It's pretty clear you're doing zero fact-checking on anything negative about Palin. It's pretty clear we can't believe anything you say anymore.

Posted by: JHM in NC | September 3, 2008 12:24 PM | Report abuse

Mayoral performance. Palin, who portrays herself as a fiscal conservative, racked up nearly $20 million in long-term debt as mayor of the tiny town of Wasilla — that amounts to $3,000 per resident. She argues that the debt was needed to fund improvements.


— The environment. As governor, Palin vetoed wind power and clean coal projects, including a 50-megawatt wind farm on Fire Island and a clean coal facility in Healy that had been mired in a dispute between local and state governments.

— And, maybe, censorship. According to the Frontiersman newspaper, Wasilla’s library director, Mary Ellen Emmons, said that Palin asked her outright if she "could live with censorship of library books.” Palin later dismissed the conversation as a “rhetorical” exercise.


Posted by: texgal | September 3, 2008 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Hey Republican and Democratic Conservatives, how does it feel to have a "Willie" Horton-Dan Quayle moment all wrapped up. So, SINCE WHEN DID YOU ALL BECOME SO RIGHTEOUS ABOUT ACCURACY.... WILLIE HORTON'S GHOST HAS COME BACK TO HAUNT YOU!!!! YOU BROKE IT, YOU BOUGHT IT, YOU OWN IT.

Posted by: massai | September 3, 2008 12:15 PM | Report abuse

How is it a story titled, "Palin Slashes Funding for Teen Moms" does not include a single line about why Palin 'slashed' funding. There isn't even a line stating the Governor's office didn't care to comment, or didn't respond prior to print, or failed to return the WaPo phone calls.

The WaPo is better than this story. Do you really want me to go to a competing news source to find the rest of the story?

Posted by: Mark S. | September 3, 2008 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Liar. What else is there to say.

Posted by: Timmeh | September 3, 2008 12:13 PM | Report abuse

fiscal responsibility - she left her VERY small town in $27 MILLION in debt

she TOOK and SPENT the bridge to nowhere money - she did NOT give it back - she just chose her own pork projects

Posted by: enoughbs | September 3, 2008 12:13 PM | Report abuse

The problem with your argument is the deficit and government grew enormously under Presidents Reagan, Bush and Bush. Deficit and size of government decreased during President Clinton.
Most of you are right about one thing, the occasional fact presented on the posts would be refreshing.

Posted by: Bob | September 3, 2008 12:11 PM | Report abuse

So, a department that was funded 1.2 million in 2006, got it's expansion funding SLASHED to 3.9 million for 2009?

OMG, how dare she. She slashed their increase from 400% to 300%... how can anyone possibly manage with a mere increase of THREE TIMES THEIR FUNDING?

But hey, maybe reporters would miss the word EXPANSION. I mean reading comprehension, research, editing, etc. aren't their strong points... not when there are lies that fit the story to be pushed.

Posted by: Gekkobear | September 3, 2008 12:08 PM | Report abuse

This story is completely misrepresented and inaccurate. The Washington Post should either correct it or remove it from their site.

How is it that a net gain in funding for an expansion could be considered a "slash?" That's right, this 501(c)(3) charity requested $5,000,000 from the state to help fund their expansion, but only received $3,900,000. Only deluded liberals would call going from $0 to $3,900,000 a "slash." Simply pathetic!

Next . . .

Posted by: kmxw2940 | September 3, 2008 12:05 PM | Report abuse

It's no wonder the WaPo and it's compatriots in the mainstream media are struggling for readers and viewers. They can't even get a simple story like this right.

We're back to an increase is still a cut...BS. So, a governor exercises a little budgetary control, and the left (including the author if this article) go a bit nuts.

How about a little quality control, editors? How about a little truth? Is that too much to ask? I guess so!

Posted by: cfpjlobo | September 3, 2008 12:05 PM | Report abuse

fiscal responsibility - she left her VERY small town in $27 MILLION in debt

she TOOK and SPENT the bridge to nowhere money - she did NOT give it back - she just chose her own pork projects

Posted by: cici | September 3, 2008 12:03 PM | Report abuse

Two points that this raises. 1) Once an entitlement or program is put into place, it is nearly impossible to remove. This is a problem with the big government of Democrats. There is a ratchet effect and you can't go back. 2) This is, in fact, how fiscal responsibility works. You make budget cuts. Perhaps liberals don't quite understand that.

Posted by: MikeS | September 3, 2008 11:59 AM | Report abuse

I've seen people ask about whether Bristol could have had an abortion without her parents' consent, had she wanted one - and the answer seems to be yes.

Alaska does not currently have a parental notification mandate on the
books, but they did during Palin's term, and the Alaska Supreme Court
struck it down about 10 months ago.

Here's Palin's take on it:

From her gubernatorial website at http://gov.state.ak.us/print_news-42908.html - “It is outrageous that a minor girl can get an abortion
without parental consent..."

There was also an article on LifeNews.com last november that said:
Sarah Palin, a pro-life
Republican, asked the state high court for a re-hearing in the case and
spokeswoman Sharon Leighow told the newspaper she backs a constitutional
amendment.

"She feels parental consent is reasonable because it is required in
nearly every aspect of a child's life. It's a parent's right and
responsibility to be involved in their child's life..."

Huh! It is a parent's responsibility to be involved in their child's
life.

I agree with her on that!

Posted by: Eight | September 3, 2008 11:58 AM | Report abuse

This article is factually inaccurate and a correction needed.

OBSERVE:

IRS Form 990
http://www.guidestar.org/pqShowGsReport.do?partner=justgive&npoId=332976

2006 REVENUE for Covenant House Alaska

Contributions $1,667,796
Government Grants $1,194,788
Program Services $0
Investments $67,947
Special Events $271,980
Sales $0
Other $11,139
Total Revenue $3,213,650

Gov. Palin didn’t slash anything from anybody. In fact, it seems that cutting from $5.0MM (Proposed) to $3.9MM (actual) wasn’t too bad a deal for Covenant House Alaska, seeing that in 2006 their revenue from the govt was only $1.2MM.

Please issue a correction - your post is factually inaccurate - or retract this leftwing smear of the day. The Washington Post has become the official outlet for the lies and smears generated by leftwing blogs. Shameful.

Posted by: Observer | September 3, 2008 11:49 AM | Report abuse

"those who would give up a little liberty for security deserve neither liberty nor security"
-Benjamin Franklin

Posted by: JoshH | September 3, 2008 11:47 AM | Report abuse

oh please " Phrank"
If you lived in Alaska, you would be defending the windfall you left left wing Un=funda"mental" nutcase. They earned their cut, you just whine about what others get and not you.

Posted by: Don | September 3, 2008 11:46 AM | Report abuse

All it takes is one glance at the "evidence" presented in this hack job of an article to see that Covenant House Alaska was the recipient of a state funded $3.9M expansion, which is more than threefold the funding it received in the prior year. How 'bout changing that headline to: Palin more than Triples Funding for Teen Moms.

A full retraction is the only remedy to this ignorant article.

Posted by: DW | September 3, 2008 11:46 AM | Report abuse

It's amazing what the unhinged leftist kooks will post here.

They are already suffering PDS (Palin Derangement Syndrome) and she is not yet even in office. Wait till she is, and the libtards will have it declared an official illness (when it really is only a mental disorder called liberalism).

Posted by: BillyBob | September 3, 2008 11:44 AM | Report abuse

To correct a comment by Carol, the Democrats had a woman on the ticket in 1984.
I'm just wondering how effective Mrs Palin can be when her own daughter doesn't follow her message of abstinence. Whether a woman continues her pregnancy or not is her choice. That's the whole idea of being pro-choice.

Posted by: Bob | September 3, 2008 11:44 AM | Report abuse

bans books and threatens to fire the librarian (just made the NY times - no trash tabloid there!)

requires loyalty oaths

says NO to global warming

mayor of SMALL town now $27 MILLION in debt

KEPT and SPENT the bridge to nowhere money - pure hypocracy - NOT mavercik

better than Bush in ignoring the environment

NO Foreign POlicy experience - oh wait she lives close to russia (thanks cindy mcsame)

member of AIP that wants to leave the US


mcsame melanoma 4 times wants this a heart beat away

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZbxD4J524Ek

Posted by: cici | September 3, 2008 11:43 AM | Report abuse

EXPANSION

Posted by: ranchoforte | September 3, 2008 11:41 AM | Report abuse

It's important to remember that this cut occured in a year in which Al Aska receid a massive windfall from rising oil prices Lke so many other states run by right wing fudamentalist nutcases. It's really very simple: poor people loose their souls at birth and can be skinned like any other prey.

Posted by: Phrank | September 3, 2008 11:35 AM | Report abuse

The Governor's reduced an outlay funding expansion into a new facility. Covenant House asked for $10M, the legislature budgeted $5M, Governor Palin reduced it to $3.9. Since the total for the project is $22M (public & private), it is doubtful that this will kill the project, though additional funding will have to be raised in subsequent years. Links to all the relevant information available here.

Operating expenses for existing Covenant House programs weren't affected by the decision. Mr. Kane needs to post a retraction.

Posted by: Carroll Andrew Morse | September 3, 2008 11:30 AM | Report abuse

Kay Dear,

Of course Palin's 17-year-old has a choice. She had premarital sex when her mom "didn't believe in it" and she has the choice to abort a baby even if her mom doesn't think that is the moral choice.

The only way her mom could "force" her to have a baby she didn't want is to lock her in a dungeon.

Having grown up in an a religion where premarital sex and abortion were both very strongly condemned, I can honestly tell you that the vast majority of girls who get "in trouble" still willingly chose to have their babies. Had I ever gotten in trouble, I would have had the baby too.

That is the part you don't seem to get. People who are against abortion tend to think of it as actually killing someone. It might be hard for a teenager to understand the merits of abstinence until marriage but they can cerainly understand that killing another person is wrong.

You don't hold that view so somehow can't comprehend this difference. And for whatever reason, you seem to think that anyone who gets pregnant when they are very young and has a parent who is opposed to abortion -- MUST have been forced to have the baby. There is nothing to substantiate that!

Does this, by chance, stem from (your?) belief that teenaged pregnant girls SHOULD get abortions -- that abortion is the correct choice...? That abortion is the rational choice...?

BTW, there are large numbers of teenage girls who deliberately get pregnant.

Here's what I think is really making you mad. The Republicans beat the Democrats to putting a woman on the ticket. Democrats feel robbed because they want to be the first in that department. A huge part of their mantra is painting Republicans as against working women. And here is Palin, a working woman....

It's gotta make your blood boil.



Posted by: Carol | September 3, 2008 11:23 AM | Report abuse

Slash and burn
Palin wanted to ban books in Wasilla Public Library. Does that sound similar to a young German leader who had a small mustache?
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/03/us/politics/03wasilla.html?_r=1&hp&oref=slogin

Posted by: JakeD's shadow | September 3, 2008 11:22 AM | Report abuse

she cut this spending, but she SPENT the bridge to nowhere money people - please dont lose sight of that. she did NOT give it back - they merely removed the earmark for the bridge and she happily started spending it on her own personal pork barrel projects.

this house is a drop in the bucket to her fiscal responsibility

Posted by: cici | September 3, 2008 11:16 AM | Report abuse

Palin's "experience" before being governor is really thin. Mayor of a town that has less people than the bleachers at Wrigley field. It's hard to give that much weight.

However, I don't discount her experience as governor - the fact that Alaska is a small state is irrelevant. The real issue is whether being governor for 18 months, without any other significant experience , is sufficient to be President. If you think it is, that is your perogative.

My own concern is that she seems to be an extreme right winger - way to the right of Bush.

1) Creationism in schools.
2) No exception for rape or incest on abortion issue.
3) Refuses to acknowldge global warming caused by human activity.

I understand why the evangelicals are crazy about her but this moderate doesn't want to live in an America subjected to this far right agenda.

Posted by: JT | September 3, 2008 11:15 AM | Report abuse

Cutting spending is a feature not a bug.

Posted by: sun tzu | September 3, 2008 11:13 AM | Report abuse

This is what is meant about being out of touch with the common people. Palin has made a decision that will affect many young pregnant teens that will NOT have the advantage that her daughter will have in her teen pregnancy, of being the daughter of the Governor or Vice President of the United States! Nor, does McCain with his several homes can understand the plight of the homeless, or ordinary people losing their homes, nor does Bush understand how his multiple wars are disintegrating families here and abroad!

Republican family values my foot!

Posted by: MyAudacity | September 3, 2008 11:04 AM | Report abuse

Wait a minute...They wanted their budget tripled over the previous year! She cuts that back to a 30% increase over the previous year and the left screams the budget was slashed?! Give me a break.

Posted by: WJE | September 3, 2008 10:59 AM | Report abuse

Looks like the Palin women take the phrase "Drill here drill now" to a whole new level and probably invoke God as they're doing it. What great role models of Christianity they are.

Posted by: NoWMDs | September 3, 2008 10:59 AM | Report abuse

Read for yourself
On the front page it says
"Our house is full, help us build a new one"
http://covenanthouseak.org/

http://covenanthouseak.org/pdfs/OurPrograms/FY07%20Youth%20Served.pdf

Posted by: AL | September 3, 2008 10:54 AM | Report abuse

she bans books from the library and threatens for fire the librarian for putting up a protest.

she requires loyalty oaths (sound familiar)

she does not believe in global warming

mayor of town LESS than 10,000 that has an administrator, and she left it $27 MILLION in debt

she KEPT and SPENT the bridge to nowhere money - now THAT is some hyprocracy

will be maybe even better than Bush in disregarding the environment

NO Foreign POlicy experience - oh wait - she lives closer to russia than the rest of us (thanks cindy mcsame)

member of AIP that wants to leave the union and start its own little country of Alaska???????

however, just watch this you tube video and you get it better than i can write it here.

and mcsame wants this a heart beat away from the main job - mr. i have had melanoma 4 times?????

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZbxD4J524Ek

please post on all independent and other places you can think of!!!

Posted by: cici | September 3, 2008 10:48 AM | Report abuse

Leave it to Republicans to pick and choose what they want to believe. The Covenant House is not only for pregnant teens, it is also for homeless, abused, runaway, and other at risk youth. Ant the expansion was not for 12 pregnant teens, the house served over 1500 youths during the year. The 12 teens are just the passage house which is for pregnant teens, 34 at another house at the center, and over 1300 at the crises center. I'm sure the writer of the article just wanted to point to the pregnacy teen side, which is wrong, but you fear monger republicans need to give a little more of the story also. The house is a good idea and, needed in Alaska, because just like every other city in America they have some problems. I'm sure you republicans would rather give your money to the rich, or maybe to rebuild Iraq, instead of helping the millions of people in America that needs our help. Republicans; your not the only people that love your country, but more than love your country. Love the people in it CHANGE YOUR VISION

Posted by: Al | September 3, 2008 10:45 AM | Report abuse

Since the Pledge of Allegiance
And The Lord's Prayer Are
not allowed in most Public schools
anymore !

Because the word 'God' is mentioned....


The NEW School prayer :

Now I sit me down in school
Where praying is
against the rule
For this great
nation under God
Finds mention of
Him very odd.

If
Scripture now the class recites,
It violates the
Bill of Rights.
And anytime my
head I bow
Becomes a Federal
matter now.

Our
hair can be purple, orange or green,
That's no
offense; it's a freedom scene.
The law is
specific, the law is precise.
Prayers spoken
aloud are a serious vice.

For
praying in a public hall
Might offend
someone with no faith at all.
In silence alone
we must meditate,
God's name is
prohibited by the state.

We're
allowed to cuss and dress like freaks,
And pierce our
noses, tongues and cheeks..
They've outlawed
guns, but FIRST the Bible.
To quote the Good
Book makes me liable.

We can elect a pregnant Senior Queen,
And the 'unwed daddy,' our Senior King.
It's 'inappropriate' to teach right from wrong,
We're taught that such 'judgments' do not belong.

We can get our condoms and birth controls,
Study witchcraft,
vampires and totem poles.
But the Ten
Commandments are not allowed,
No word of God
must reach this crowd.

It's scary here I must confess,
When chaos reigns
the school's a mess.
So, Lord, this
silent plea I make:
Should I be shot;
My soul please take!
Amen

Posted by: Justmi | September 3, 2008 10:35 AM | Report abuse

Palin is awesome, she has the little dems running scared. Preach whatever you'd like to, but the fact that you have to dig deep, real deep to find ANYTHING bad about her...and then have THAT turn out to be WRONG...is nothing short of hysterical.

Go ahead and bash her for having a 17 year old daughter who is pregnant (um...remind me...how old was Obama's mom when she was pregnant with him...) and because she chose not to abort a down's baby...that's pretty much ALL you have on her...and THAT stuff does nothing but make her look BETTER and more HONEST because she actually practices what she preaches.

Maybe you can go make a big stink about troopergate now...even though Palin is so squeaky clean when it comes to that that she opened an ethics investigation on her SELF and even though the findings are supposed to be private, she said she wants them to be made public. Even if she DID have that guy fired...that's like the WORST thing she's EVER done...fire a guy who beat the hell outta her sister and nephew....who wouldn't have him fired?

Democrats, go back to your kiddy table and keep chanting about change...all Obama is, is the blind leading the blind.

Posted by: VIVA VPILF | September 3, 2008 10:29 AM | Report abuse

When is the retraction and Mr. Kane's apology for poor research and general hack journalism going to be issued?

Posted by: laura | September 3, 2008 10:25 AM | Report abuse

"We encourage users to analyze, comment on and even challenge washingtonpost.com's articles, blogs, reviews and multimedia features."

I think that has been done here.

Posted by: Jeff | September 3, 2008 9:55 AM | Report abuse

This is an increase over previous years. See prior funding.
______________________
IRS Form 990
http://www.guidestar.org/pqShowGsReport.do?partner=justgive&npoId=332976

2006 REVENUE for Covenant House Alaska

Contributions $1,667,796
Government Grants $1,194,788
Program Services $0
Investments $67,947
Special Events $271,980
Sales $0
Other $11,139
Total Revenue $3,213,650

Gov. Palin didn’t slash anything from anybody. In fact, it seems that cutting from $5.0MM (Proposed) to $3.9MM (actual) wasn’t too bad a deal for Covenant House Alaska, seeing that in 2006 their revenue from the govt was only $1.2MM.

Posted by: Washington Post Lies Again | September 3, 2008 9:42 AM | Report abuse

The balance of $7 million in federal funding and $3.9 million in additional state funding sounds pretty generous for twelve unmarried mothers. In fact, those figures would be pretty generous for many times those numbers. Of course, that's not including donations from churches, businesses, and volunteer organizations which traditionally don't get put into the funding equation.

Paul Kane and the Washington Post ought to research this new story of generosity, and perhaps include the new figures with their retraction of their bogus story against the governor.

Posted by: BackFromIraq | September 3, 2008 9:28 AM | Report abuse

Let's face it, McCain had to do something after the Denver convention so instead of selecting someone more qualified he chose someone that would make the news. I'm sure he knew ahead of time about her daughter and that is why he chose her. In my opinion she is putting her career ahead of her family, her children will have to be raised by their Dad and older Sister.
Is placing your family in such a position worth getting one man elected to the White House?

Posted by: Bob | September 3, 2008 9:23 AM | Report abuse

I just noticed....in fact you don't even have to Google it!

All you have to do is get past the Lying Headline.

Look at the document with Palins initials....it clearly states what these funds were for......it states they were for "expansion"......

This is so typical of our media today, they simply can't be trusted.

Posted by: GARYT | September 3, 2008 9:16 AM | Report abuse

I am awaiting for Paul Kane to retract this garbage story. Prior to 2006, Covenant House received no money from the state government of Alaska. In 2006, the state appropriated $155,000 for an assessment of a grant request from Covenant House so that they could build a new facility. In 2007 and 2008, the state provided $3.9 million each year for this grant. That's the reality, not the smear that Kane wrote.

I love how these liberal "reporters" have criticized McCain's vetting process when their own vetting process is absolute horse manure.

Posted by: SteveIL | September 3, 2008 9:14 AM | Report abuse

As some have already stated...this story IS a complete LIE and I can prove it!

All you have to do is Google Covenant House Expansion.

If you are willing to do that you will find what this actually pertained to was a ONE TIME request for ADDITIONAL funding for an expansion project, total cost of $22 MILLION.

The FED had already given them $7mil, they wanted another $5mil from the State....Palin approved $3.9 MILLION in ADDITIONAL state funding for this project!

Again....the operative word is, ADDITIONAL

Posted by: GARYT | September 3, 2008 9:12 AM | Report abuse

I wonder if this is what it is was like before the fall of the Greek and Roman Empires....

Posted by: wondering... | September 3, 2008 9:04 AM | Report abuse

Wow, Another liberal hack that can't get his facts straight.

A funding slash that resulted in a 300% increase in revenue, eh.

Posted by: freaksloan | September 3, 2008 9:01 AM | Report abuse

Hey Paul Kane; yes, you sir,
Now that the story about Governor Palin slashing funding for teenage mothers is all a big fraud, and the research of your own readers in this very discussion have shown that Governor Palin actually almost doubled funding to the same agency was the reality; when do you suppose you can retract your story and publish a correction?

Posted by: BackFromIraq | September 3, 2008 8:59 AM | Report abuse

BFD. Funding teen pregnancy is not a job of government. You hacks in the press are really going to stir up a wave of sympathy for this women if you keep it up.

Posted by: Ted | September 3, 2008 8:55 AM | Report abuse

To the poster who said the leftists biggest fear is the silent majority has spoken....

the silent majority is tired of your both sides acting like children, spitting venom at each other, claiming that "we are right" and "you are wrong", and not doing ANYTHING to solve our the major issues that face this country.

It's easy to throw barbs, but harder to build a fence.

Posted by: the silent majority | September 3, 2008 8:48 AM | Report abuse

Desperate haters, suckered into believing the lies of the Bush Whitehouse, cling to their hopes that the magical grandpa will keep them safe from having their tax dollars spent in a Christian way.

Posted by: NoHonorInIraq | September 3, 2008 8:47 AM | Report abuse

This is a little absurd. Passage House, the Covenant program for unwed mothers served 12 mothers in the last year according to their web site.

The reduction in the budget Palin made (from a 5 million dollar library request) has little to do with unwed mothers.

If it were actually all for unwed mothers , the program ought to be shut diown immediately because it would be at the extravagant level of $400,000 per mother.

Posted by: John | September 3, 2008 8:42 AM | Report abuse

Gallup is the only poll outside of the margin for error, and it is in between conventions. Not the time to assume anything.

And you might try avoiding the DNC Talking points before railing against RNC Boiler Plate.

Posted by: Sean | September 3, 2008 7:46 AM
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Good point Sean,
Note too that Gallup Poll is preceded by the letters CNN. That alone ought to explain why their numbers are not even close to the other poll numbers, and by coincidence … of course … they have Obama a few points (that’s all they can get away with) ahead after his "say nothing" speech at the Democrat Convention.

--McCAIN-PALIN ’08--

Posted by: BackFromIraq | September 3, 2008 8:39 AM | Report abuse

Jess,

So what, the Palin's should have locked their daughters in the celler until they were old enough to vote?

Obviously you don't have kids of your own, otherwise you would know that you teach your kids the best you can then you let them go to make their way in the world and you trust them to make the right decisions. Wow, so the daughter did something her parents taught against, I'll bet you never went against your parent's teachings, right? That's why you are such an expert?

Posted by: Sean | September 3, 2008 8:39 AM | Report abuse

Well, most of the McCain-Palin haters who were up all of last night, banging on their keyboards in desperation have crawled off to bed, or driven to work wearing yesterday’s clothes to annoy their co-workers with their unwashed bodies and fowl mouths spewing with hatred. Meanwhile, John McCain looks more and more presidential as he bolts into the general election, while the stalled Obama campaign belches smoke and takes on water. Finally, Paul Kane and the Washington Post looks pretty foolish for publishing a story about state funding that has been disproven.

--McCAIN-PALIN ’08--

Posted by: BackFromIraq | September 3, 2008 8:30 AM | Report abuse

All I know is that Palin is incapable of overseeing her own family letting the teenager daughter get knocked up so how the heck is she going to oversee the country?

Jess
www.privacy.mx.tc

Posted by: Jess Woods | September 3, 2008 8:27 AM | Report abuse

This does make her daughters teen pregnancy relevant. Not every teen mother in America will have solid network of a Governors family to rely on.

Posted by: birdman | September 3, 2008 8:05 AM | Report abuse

This palin issue feels kinda forced. I wonder why he passed over so many other well qualified GOP women.

McCain/Palin : fringe first!

Posted by: matt | September 3, 2008 8:02 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Kane has published what should be known as an " Alien Abduction Two Headed Baby Found Running General Motors and Local Power Plant" story. Mr. Kane and the Washington Post are in a quandary as to whether they are the USA Today or the National Enquirer.

And I am so glad our Liberal friend "Anonymous" is concerned about censorship at public libraries. Our Liberal friends have caused books to be removed that violate their sensibilities-Mark Twain come to mind? People For the American Way president Kathryn Kolbert? Time Magazine? Give me a break. Who is your next source, George Rockwell?
Any women who is a Life Member of the NRA and can field dress a moose has my vote. YOU GO GIRL.

Just another rightwing wacko (o:

Posted by: Knuckledragger | September 3, 2008 7:47 AM | Report abuse

Gallup is the only poll outside of the margin for error, and it is inbetween conventions. Not the time to assume anything.

And you might try avoiding the DNC Talking points before railling against RNC Boiler Plate.

Posted by: Sean | September 3, 2008 7:46 AM | Report abuse

GAWD Travis,

Got any original thoughts?

Or do you have to parrot the GOP BOILER PLATE line like all the other red state zombies?

CUE GOP BOILER PLATE RESPONSE

Posted by: Bill | September 3, 2008 7:40 AM | Report abuse

Question: If Palin's daughter is 17 isn't the boyfriend/father guilty of statutory rape?

Posted by: PoliticalNewbie | September 3, 2008 7:36 AM | Report abuse

loreleijones,

Sorry Gallup says Obama 50% and McCain 42%.

Thanks for playing, you can go back into your cave now, warmonger.

Again thanks for not disproving anything I said.

Posted by: Bill | September 3, 2008 7:34 AM | Report abuse

It is truly amazing how terrified the left is of this woman. Clearly, that is because she is a regular American and not one of your elitist neighbors.

Posted by: Travis | September 3, 2008 7:33 AM | Report abuse

palin is very scary -

book banner who tries to fire librarians
does not believe in global warming
in bed wsith oil
member of AIP that wants to start its own country
KEPT the bridge to nowhere money and SPENT it - that is hypocracy in the best form

but - she is a member of the PTA

Posted by: cici | September 3, 2008 7:27 AM | Report abuse

All this shows is that Gov Palin lined out additional funds for the House. It does not say what those funds were for. For all we know it was to build an underground parking garage, which is not something a facility like this needs. Maybe the funds were for the import of Nancy Pelosi's special vegan-earth-friendly food stocks, and Gov Palin decided to nix that in favor of Alaskan grown food (more Moose Stew).

So instead of trying to Monday-morning quarterback her decision, why don't we get the whole story first.

Oh by the way, this article is also proof that she handled budget issues, something Obama has yet to prove he has ever done.

Posted by: Sean | September 3, 2008 7:23 AM | Report abuse

Bill! Flail flail slap slap! Thanks for playing, see in you in eight years.

Posted by: loreleijones | September 3, 2008 7:22 AM | Report abuse

Oh golly lorelei jones, aren't you the poor persecuted minority?

Boo hoo sob sob.

And thanks for not making one relevant point in your entire post about the article.

That's what this message board is for, emotional cripples who can't compose a logical thought without breaking down and plugging in the GOP BOILER PLATE.

"You must be so scared of Sarah Palin...."

Go to bed in your adult nursery with all the emotional cripples and let the adults talk, thanks.

Posted by: Bill | September 3, 2008 7:04 AM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is a beauty queen and a TV news anchor with less experience than any other possible candidate. The entire population of Alaska is smaller than the DISTRICT that Barack Obama was in charge of 10 years ago.

Do you want a pretty face a heartbeat away from the presidency and the nuclear arsenal, or would you like a qualified candidate?

Posted by: Mike Caprio | September 3, 2008 7:02 AM | Report abuse

The only logic one needs to consider is this:

IF only teaching abstinence AND NOT teaching sexual education THEN your daughter gets pregnant.

So much for family values.

Posted by: Mike Caprio | September 3, 2008 6:57 AM | Report abuse

Quinn said "Everything in this article is a lie. ."

The sad thing is that Quinn has NO IDEA what the word EVERYTHING actually means.

Proof again that C-Student George W. Bush has failed the educational system of America.

Posted by: Bil | September 3, 2008 6:56 AM | Report abuse

Wow, lefties .... I can smell the fear from here.

You're like little children who just flail and slap when they can't get their own way.

We realize this is your worst nightmare: the silent majority begins to speak.

We're here. We're clear. Get used to it.

Posted by: loreleijones | September 3, 2008 6:54 AM | Report abuse

Uhh, Quinn, if you can actually recall your original post TODAY you claimed that this entire story is a lie.

If that's the case, then this 5 million cut to 3.9 million NEVER HAPPENED.

If that's the case, the photo with Governor Palin's handwriting NEVER HAPPENED

That's your GOP LOGIC.

Your effort to go back years ago to prove that funding has gone up IN NO WAY proves this CURRENT story false, GOT IT?

THIS ACTUALLY DID HAPPEN.

DOES COME THAT REACH YOUR ONE BRAIN CELL?

THIS ACTUALLY DID HAPPEN.

AND I'm spreading this story all over the

web and we're going to stop the GOP

fascists from killing and torturing

more innocent Iraqis and all the other

sick little war crimes you red staters have

thought up in your sick minds over the

past 8 years.

Posted by: Bill | September 3, 2008 6:51 AM | Report abuse

BackFromIraq:

Thank you for your service to America.

Posted by: JakeD | September 3, 2008 6:02 AM | Report abuse

BackFromIraq:

Thank you for your service to America.

Posted by: JakeD | September 3, 2008 6:02 AM | Report abuse

Yes, "folks". My silly "GOP logic" says that it's a relevant point that current funding is over 3 times what it was when Palin took office, 2 years ago, and that it is absurd to describe that as having "slashed" the budget.

Apparently, liberal logic says that it's perfectly and completely fair to leave that little nugget of information when making the claim that she "slashed" funding for teen moms. It's insignificant. Who cares that it's gotten 3 times the funding it did in 2006? It's been slashed, damnit!

You're absolutely right. My "GOP logic" in fact dictates that that little fact completely overwhelms the point made in this article. And if you -don't- think it's relevant, then you give the word logic a bad name.

Seriously - if this exact thing were said about Obama, do you think "Bill" would be calling it anything but a hegemonic lie?

Qwinn

Posted by: Qwinn | September 3, 2008 5:43 AM | Report abuse

It is important to teach the kids about sex --the real deal sex-- so that they can protect themselves from those other kids and adults who might exploit them. They need to know about condoms, the physical positions, and about things like lubrication.

Posted by: NRCranger | September 3, 2008 5:40 AM | Report abuse

Everything in this article is a lie. Funding for what Paul Kane was "slashed" actually -tripled- since Palin took office.
See the details including links to the IRS here:
http://24ahead.com/blog/archives/007978.html
I'm sure the retraction and apology will be every bit as prominent as this article.

Qwinn

THE ONLY LIE here is Quinn. He is claiming that simply because the funding went up to little more than a million in a PREVIOUS year that it wasn't slashed by Governor Palin, as if that past increase somehow negates everything that Paul Kane is reporting.

That's GOP LOGIC folks.

Paul Kane is right 100%. He reported that Governor Palin cut the funding, which she did from 5 million to 3.9 million.

DO THE MATH:

5 -1.1.= 3.9

GOT IT?

The real issue here is how much Republicans hate the poor and despise the homeless, but they don't mind giving corporate welfare to BIG OIL, WALL STREET and even Warmongering Israel gets our tax dollars.

Governor Palin ought to be ashamed, if she's a Christian, she should read Matthew 25:35-40.

Posted by: Bill | September 3, 2008 5:26 AM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is the Who*e of Babylon reincarnated. The entire Republican cast of characters I saw tonight is like a ghastly parade of medieval devilry, swirling and stamping through the smoke of unspeakable rituals and wailing like banshees. God help us.

Posted by: Marcel | September 3, 2008 5:05 AM | Report abuse

hmm... shouldn't people's personal lives be left at home where they belong?? and i definitely believe that I should be the one to teach my daughter about sex. not some teacher who may have a completely opposite view about certain values. leave personal life as just that.

Posted by: E | September 3, 2008 5:01 AM | Report abuse

Wow, the amount of hate in this thread is simply appalling. Mud and feces are being slung with despicable relish and very few seem to be able to frame a discussion without rancor and vitriol. Whatever happened to civilized debate, did it get thrown out with common sense and respect?
Many of you are hating on Gov. Palin for slashing funding for teen mothers, and all but screeching for her blood because HER daughter will enjoy good healthcare and the support of her family, while millions of other womyn will have to do without. You never address the problem of how those womyn got pregnant in the first place. Someone fed them a line and they believed it, school, society, a trusted individual, some selfish, horny boy (or the womyn got selfish and horny; guys don't have the market cornered on coercion), the belief that a baby would fulfill their need to be loved, or they were raped. Where is our comprehensive sex education, where we tell our young adults what ALL the consequences of being sexually active are? We tell everyone about the effects of drinking, smoking, over-eating, and drug abuse on the body, and tell everyone to avoid them, but for some reason we don't apply the same reasoning to sex. We need to tell our pre/young adults, here's where it's at, pally: Actions have consequences. If you don't want to pay the piper, don't dance to the music!
Rape? Not so easy. A rapist is a power-tripper, and there's two ways to deal with them: nip the power-tripping in the bud as a child (hopefully), or execute them after they have been found guilty. That won't prevent others from raping? Maybe not, but at least they won't be able to do it again. Uncivilized, you say? Barbaric? I think it's more uncivilized and barbaric to give them more chances to shatter other victims' lives, but you decide for yourself.
I'll be happy to DEBATE the issue with you, provided you keep the harshing at a minimum.
Okay, soap-box is free for the next user...

Posted by: theo.grouch | September 3, 2008 4:31 AM | Report abuse

Everything in this article is a lie. Funding for what Paul Kane was "slashed" actually -tripled- since Palin took office.

See the details including links to the IRS here:

http://24ahead.com/blog/archives/007978.html


I'm sure the retraction and apology will be every bit as prominent as this article.

Qwinn

Posted by: Qwinn | September 3, 2008 4:22 AM | Report abuse

Who do you think more likely would've executed Christ? Republicans or Democrats?

Let's compare them to the Pharisees. What party is known for being judgmental like the Pharisees? What party is known to hate the poor & think itself high and mighty like the Pharisees?

What party loves money like the Pharisees? What party is very religious and their believers known to commit violence in the name of right wing sentiments like the Pharisees? What party hates taxes like the Pharisees?

What party would more likely have executed Christ, the Republicans or Democrats?
===========================
Thank you, id est X. Brilliant post.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 3, 2008 4:20 AM | Report abuse

What was the point of your post? - "Levi"

Posted by: Anonymous | September 3, 2008 4:11 AM | Report abuse

Many people in Alaska supported the bridge until it became obvious what a liablity this project would be.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 3, 2008 4:10 AM | Report abuse

I'm a f--kin' redneck who likes to snowboard and ride dirt bikes. But I live to play hockey. I like to go camping and hang out with the boys, do some fishing, shoot some s--t and just f--kin' chillin' I guess. Ya f--k with me I'll kick ass.

Also, I'm f--kin' the governor's daughter and I don't want kids.

Posted by: Levi Johnston-Palin | September 3, 2008 4:08 AM | Report abuse

I see a lot of posts still about the incorrect (and retracted) claim that Sarah Palin was ever a member of the Alaska Independence Party. The retraction was made 6 or 7 hours ago, btw. Actually the AIP has some fascinating background. Read up on "Joe Vogler", the founder. The retraction is in the New York Times, where Lynette Clark, chairperson of the AIP admits she got incorrect info from another member. Not sure if I can post links here, but google "Lynette Clark" +palin +incorrect, and it is the first link. Anyway, I know that Sarah was a Republican member of City Council during the dates originally claimed.

Mark from Wasilla

Posted by: Mark | September 3, 2008 3:53 AM | Report abuse

With the continued decrease in teen pregnancies in Alaska, these types of programs require less funding. In addition, there are now more options for teen parents in rural and urban areas in Alaska so the need for Passage House has lessened.

In regards to cutting the budget......Governor Palin cut pet projects that are not the responsibility of the state to fund. Governor Palin did increase funding to programs that demonstrated a need for additional funding and the appropriate use of prior funding.

Posted by: Kathy | September 3, 2008 3:42 AM | Report abuse

Dear "Anonymous"
Since WHEN did you ever care about drugs? was it after you kicked in the 80's at the Betty Ford clinic? Is this a NEW issue for dems/reps?

"Sarah Palin did drugs also. She's admitting to using pot."

So did Bill. So did Bush (even if either will not admit it)
so what? even the reps can't deny drugs anymore, so why make a mountain out of a molehill? WTF?

Posted by: Cary2 | September 3, 2008 2:59 AM | Report abuse

To VP Candidate to Nowhere -
Right about the Bridge - she was for it, then against it - and kept the pork barrel money that was earmarked for it. Wonder what she did with the money??

Got to go stir my veggies.

Obama/Biden '08

Posted by: kay | September 3, 2008 2:36 AM | Report abuse

Right on Kay. Bristols being forced to make the same choice her mom made. SHotgun wedding because pregnant.

Posted by: Kay is right | September 3, 2008 2:32 AM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin did drugs also. She's admitting to using pot.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 3, 2008 2:30 AM | Report abuse

She was a member of a party that raised the question of seccession...? Maybe if this country followed its own constitution, some states wouldn't consider that to be a good idea.

Posted by: Eric | September 3, 2008 2:03 AM

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Now advocating secession is acceptable to Republicans?!? You people, with your shameless hypocrisy, disgust me! To think I used to identify with the Republican Party, the patriotic party, that allegedly puts Country First. Yeah. Right.

For the first time in the almost 40 years I've been voting, I'll be voting for a Democratic president AND vice president. I hope the Republican party doesn't survive as a viable entity after McCain's reckless selection of this disastrous VP candidate Palin.

Posted by: Former Republican in Ohio | September 3, 2008 2:30 AM | Report abuse

Carol Dear,
What makes you think the poor girl had a choice whether to keep her baby or marry the boy - or not! Her mom doesn't believe in a woman's (or girl's) choice.

Posted by: kay | September 3, 2008 2:29 AM | Report abuse

Kay:
Thank you!
what a great idea!
nice!!!

Posted by: Don | September 3, 2008 2:24 AM | Report abuse

No SH"T!
They stole that from us dems! Along with our trailer!
"Bristol is just following her mama and papa's example. Sarah was pregant when the eloped. First child was born 7+ months after the elopement. Republican Family Values indeed."

Posted by: Boe | September 3, 2008 2:21 AM | Report abuse

TO DON; Try a sautee of your zuchini, tomatoes, basil and any other veggies handy in a little cut-up bacon. You will love it - it was the only way I could get my kids to eat squash when they were small(you can use yellow squash or zuchini or both. Same deliciousness!!)
You are right - we all need a time-out til November. I'm going to go cook some veggies and veg-out.

Posted by: kay | September 3, 2008 2:21 AM | Report abuse

zenobia1:

When I was a little kid I used to run out into the road to play even though my mom told me not to. When I grew up and had kids of my own, I told them not to run out into the road. How hypocritical of me. I suppose I had no right to tell them that, since I had done it as a kid....

People who have learned life's lessons the hard way have every right to advise others not to make the same mistakes.

That Palin "may" have been already pregnant when she got married doesn't mean abstinence before marriage would not have been the best choice. Or that she has no business advocating it. She may have far more reasons to promote it than you do!

I'm still voting for Barr.

Posted by: Carol | September 3, 2008 2:19 AM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin lied in her first speech as a national candidate. She lied about her support for the "bridge to Nowhere"

Posted by: VP candidate to Nowhere | September 3, 2008 2:17 AM | Report abuse

Bristol is just following her mama and papa's example. Sarah was pregant when the eloped. First child was born 7+ months after the elopement. Republican Family Values indeed.

Posted by: McCain is a fool | September 3, 2008 2:14 AM | Report abuse

We accuse the McCain campaign of failing proper vetting after 10 minutes of internet digging because the McCain campaign didn't even bother to do much more than that.

Posted by: Sighter | September 3, 2008 2:09 AM | Report abuse

It's pretty amusing to see folks who have done 10 minutes worth of digging on the internet accuse McCain of not vetting his candidate.

Pregnant daughter...? Big frickin' deal. How many Americans have a pregnant daughter right now...? It's not a crime.

Her husband had a DUI a couple decades ago...? It wasn't her. And compared to Obama actually doing drugs himself...?

She was a member of a party that raised the question of seccession...? Maybe if this country followed its own constitution, some states wouldn't consider that to be a good idea.

Posted by: Eric | September 3, 2008 2:03 AM | Report abuse

It's pretty amusing to see folks who have done 10 minutes worth of digging on the internet accuse McCain of not vetting his candidate.

Pregnant daughter...? Big frickin' deal. How many Americans have a pregnant daughter right now...? It's not a crime.

Her husband had a DUI a couple decades ago...? It wasn't her. And compared to Obama actually doing drugs himself...?

She was a member of a party that raised the question of seccession...? Maybe if this country followed its own constitution, some states wouldn't consider that to be a good idea.

Posted by: Eric | September 3, 2008 2:03 AM | Report abuse

I intend to vote for Bob Barr this November, but it amazes me that so many folks here are up in arms against Palin on grounds of what her teenager did....

Many of you choice people apparently only support choice only when the choice is abortion. The girl wants to have her baby. So be it! You aren't going to be harmed by that! And she wants to get married to the baby's dad. Fine! How does that make Palin incompetent...?

You would have preferred that she handcuffed her teenager to the staircase, perhaps...?

Posted by: Carol | September 3, 2008 1:54 AM | Report abuse

Its REALLY great that Palin being of the time of teaching "Ecotopia" in Colleges, and here in Oregon the "Seccession" of Rajneeshpuram from the rest of the country(both were derirable by Dems, and some repubs of the time)that now Palins affiliations are somehow suspect by the dems, and this forum. wow.

Posted by: Boe | September 3, 2008 1:36 AM | Report abuse

BackFromIraq posted September 2, 2008 10:48 PM:

"[Posted by: cici | September 2, 2008 10:28 PM]:
unpatriotic - palin to the core. she and her family belong to a group that wants to leave the union and start its own little country. pretty darn unpatriotic to me!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Hey cici,
You forgot to sign your name to your statement. Never mind; I'll do it for you.

King George, III"

***************************************

Wow, you Christofascists are stupefying! Now you're criticizing our founding fathers and the country's desire, nay NEED to keep our states unified? That if a STATE (with a population hundreds of thousands less than Obama's homeTOWN, Chicago) wishes to secede from our union it's A-OK, hunky dory?
So Alaska was for Statehood before it was against it??

I'll bet you're one of those kind who think the Civil War's outcome was a bad thing too!

Tell me, does Alaska have taxation without representation? Oh no... it's the earmark capital of all 50 states!
Is Alaska overtaxed? Oops, nope-- in fact it GETS much more in tax dollars per capita (from the REST of us paying our taxes!) than any other state! You get $1-2 thousand dollar checks cut for each of you each year, don't you?
And we, who pay a huge majority of that money get...
bupkus.

You have either the gall or sheer stupidity (or both) to say that if one commits this secessionist TREASON it is THEY who are the 'patriots' and those trying to preserve the union are akin to George III?

Seriously, how unpatriotic can you GET?

Posted by: GoBack | September 3, 2008 1:27 AM | Report abuse

Also-
Can we PLEASE drop the phrases "swift-boated" and "don't drink the kool-aid"?
I think they are officially CRAPPED OUT

Posted by: Don | September 3, 2008 1:24 AM | Report abuse

Sorry, forgot to include my handle so you could yell at me about my opinion

"cworld78"

That was my point as well, however is has been a major factor in BOTH parties.

Posted by: Don | September 3, 2008 1:22 AM | Report abuse

" cworld78"

That was my point as well, however is has been a major factor in BOTH parties.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 3, 2008 1:20 AM | Report abuse

@ Don:

"Gee Deb, as a HUMAN BEING have you ever done something stupid?"

I think that one of the points that Deb was trying to make is that for years and years Republicans have distorted, attacked, swift-boated, lied, and smeared Democrats and their positions, falsely I should add in most cases, in order to win at any cost. Democrats have gone the "higher-ground" route too often only to be gutted by the GOP in reciprocation. Just seems like the GOPers like to dish it, but can't take the heat when the Dems grab their own cajones and stand up to them.

Posted by: cworld78 | September 3, 2008 1:15 AM | Report abuse

I love cute girls with glasses, disproving the old poem. ...but not enough to vote for them!

"I have seen too many ex-beauty queens in glasses get jobs "

Posted by: Don | September 3, 2008 1:14 AM | Report abuse

don expects to hear my opinion on "superglue"? okay, here it is: if bristol palin had superglued her knees together, we wouldn't be having this conversation.

Posted by: zopilote | September 3, 2008 1:14 AM | Report abuse

Sorry, I should never have compared ANYONE to Billy Mays....my bad, I just got caught up in the moment...

Posted by: Don | September 3, 2008 1:12 AM | Report abuse

So now we are playing the uterus card? I have one, too. Asking me to vote for Palin, because she is a woman like me is offensive. I have seen too many ex-beauty queens in glasses get jobs that they were not qualified for, and I am not about to cast my vote for this ambitious airhead. There are dozens of Republican women I respect. What about Kay Bailey Hutchinson from my own state of Texas? Palin is such a political light weight, it is a wonder she does not drift away like the Flying Nun.

Blacks never did live down Clarence Thomas, and women will never live down Palin if she becomes the first women in the White House. She has political embarrassment written all over her. Thanks, but no thanks. I think the GOP nominated her to set back the women's rights movement.

Posted by: McCamyTaylor | September 3, 2008 1:11 AM | Report abuse

When EVER was the rule to NOT DO SOMETHING STUPID ever written into congressional and constitutional by laws?
For EITHER PARTY?
not in our lfetimes?
not IN OUR PARENTS?

you people are like the emotional equivalent of BILLY MAYS (yelly guy)
I keep expecting to hear your views on the "power mower" and "superglue" as well

Posted by: Don | September 3, 2008 1:08 AM | Report abuse

It is absolutely incomprehensible that Hilary Clinton could garner nearly half the primary popular vote, but be a "bad fit" for VP, according to Senator Obama.

I listened for months as Democratic and Republican commentators, even a Democratic delagate on KFI 640 in LA, made repeated unabashed gender based slurs against Senator Clinton.

Then Democratic party leaders didn't have the courage to ensure the best VP candidate was selected. They had serial philanderers like Ted Kennedy singing Obama's praises and they let him pick a male also ran Senate leech like Biden.

Reading this blog, it is clear that sexism trumps racism when it comes to the politics of the barely high school educated masses that make up the elctorate these days.

Let's just not kid each other that there is anything altruistic about it.

Posted by: Steve | September 3, 2008 1:05 AM | Report abuse

Gee Deb, as a HUMAN BEING have you ever done something stupid?

"Okay. I'm confused. Don't the Republicans see how stupid they're being putting this woman on the ballot? She's touted as a reformer and great governor. Dobson even said he thinks she'd be a great running mate because she not afraid of the feminine side of her personality. So the male repugs love her cause they have a hard on for her and they're warning us not to attack their little princess because that would be sexist. Well boo hoo. what the heck did they call all those attacks on Hillary Clinton? Sorry but if this wacko from Alaska wants to be in line as the next leader of the free world she needs to be able to take the heat. Those jerks in the RNC can't cry foul everytime she's called on her stupid scandals or dumb policies. This is a dark time in this country and we don't need some book banning, power abusing, foreign policy no nothing waiting to step into the shoes of our president. Talk about bad judgement. McCain didn't want us to know anything about this slimey, creepy woman who hates her own gender so they didn't vet her and now everyone is running around trying to find out who the hell she is. The party of absinence only has the poster girl's mom running for vice president hoping against hope that everyone will not look hard enough at her scant but decidedly disgusting political record which consists of a lot of abuse of power and so many lies. He's hoping that the rest of the women in this country are as deaf, dumb, and blind as Laura Bush and Cindy McCain and won't look past Palins legs and skirts like the men running the RNC. I'm sick and tired of having a dumb joke of a president. We've had the class clown running this country for the past eight years and I don't know about you but I'm ready to have the smartest kid in school running things for a change. Why are we all so scared of having a smart man in the White House. Take my word for it, you will all appreciate him once he's there. And I'm not talking about that POW joke McCain"

Posted by: Don | September 3, 2008 1:03 AM | Report abuse

Hypocrisy begins at home. what have you got hidden in your closet?

"sarah palin's family situation would be none of our business except for her extreme hypocrisy on these issues. she is against abortion even in cases of rape or incest, she would extend the power of law to deny privacy and autonomy to the anonymous pregnant jane or jean or joan in nevada and texas and elsewhere, so why should i accord her the privacy she demands for her own randy little tartlet?"

Posted by: Don | September 3, 2008 1:01 AM | Report abuse

Okay. I'm confused. Don't the Republicans see how stupid they're being putting this woman on the ballot? She's touted as a reformer and great governor. Dobson even said he thinks she'd be a great running mate because she not afraid of the feminine side of her personality. So the male repugs love her cause they have a hard on for her and they're warning us not to attack their little princess because that would be sexist. Well boo hoo. what the heck did they call all those attacks on Hillary Clinton? Sorry but if this wacko from Alaska wants to be in line as the next leader of the free world she needs to be able to take the heat. Those jerks in the RNC can't cry foul everytime she's called on her stupid scandals or dumb policies. This is a dark time in this country and we don't need some book banning, power abusing, foreign policy no nothing waiting to step into the shoes of our president. Talk about bad judgement. McCain didn't want us to know anything about this slimey, creepy woman who hates her own gender so they didn't vet her and now everyone is running around trying to find out who the hell she is. The party of absinence only has the poster girl's mom running for vice president hoping against hope that everyone will not look hard enough at her scant but decidedly disgusting political record which consists of a lot of abuse of power and so many lies. He's hoping that the rest of the women in this country are as deaf, dumb, and blind as Laura Bush and Cindy McCain and won't look past Palins legs and skirts like the men running the RNC. I'm sick and tired of having a dumb joke of a president. We've had the class clown running this country for the past eight years and I don't know about you but I'm ready to have the smartest kid in school running things for a change. Why are we all so scared of having a smart man in the White House. Take my word for it, you will all appreciate him once he's there. And I'm not talking about that POW joke McCain.

Posted by: Deb | September 3, 2008 12:59 AM | Report abuse

sarah palin's family situation would be none of our business except for her extreme hypocrisy on these issues. she is against abortion even in cases of rape or incest, she would extend the power of law to deny privacy and autonomy to the anonymous pregnant jane or jean or joan in nevada and texas and elsewhere, so why should i accord her the privacy she demands for her own randy little tartlet?

Posted by: zopilote | September 3, 2008 12:56 AM | Report abuse

This was posted in the comments section on the Washington Independent by Alaskan and a Wasillan, Anne Kilkenny, someone who has followed Sarah Palin very, very closely - with too many city council meetings under her belt - not to say her piece. She seems the kind of person that a professional vetting system would have found, and debriefed. We're talking small town politics here as well, so bear that in mind. And I've reproduced only the gist here - go read the original for much more. But after you read this, you begin to realize that there can have been almost no vetting whatsoever:


http://andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com/the_daily_dish/2008/09/an-wasillan-on.html

.....

As Mayor, Sarah fired Wasilla’s Police Chief because he “intimidated” her, she told the press. As Governor, her recent firing of Alaska's top cop has the ring of familiarity about it. He served at her pleasure and she had every legal right to fire him, but it's pretty clear that an important factor in her decision to fire him was because he wouldn't fire her sister's ex-husband, a State Trooper. Under investigation for abuse of power, she has had to admit that more than 2 dozen contacts were made between her staff and family to the person that she later fired, pressuring him to fire her ex-brother-in-law. She tried to replace the man she fired with a man who she knew had been reprimanded for sexual harassment; when this caused a public furor, she withdrew her support.

.....

She has bitten the hand of every person who extended theirs to her in help. The City Council person who personally escorted her around town introducing her to voters when she first ran for Wasilla City Council became one of her first targets when she was later elected Mayor. She abruptly fired her loyal City Administrator; even people who didn’t like the guy were stunned by this ruthlessness. Fear of retribution has kept all of these people from saying anything publicly about her.

.....

Around Wasilla there are people who went to high school with Sarah. They call her “Sarah Barracuda” because of her unbridled ambition and predatory ruthlessness. When Sarah's mother-in-law, a highly respected member of the community and experienced manager, ran for Mayor, Sarah refused to endorse her. As Governor, she stepped outside of the box and put together of package of legislation known as “AGIA” that forced the oil companies to march to the beat of her drum.

.....

Posted by: Independent | September 3, 2008 12:54 AM | Report abuse

When women for B.O. are fighting tooth and nail to put down someone like Palin, it does show a fear of having a Woman in office.

What I interpret from the news articles today, is that people everywhere are crying out that Sarah Palin is not at home "baking cookies" and "working on laundry".

I've heard women whine and cry about how Hillary was mistreated, only to stand by and let the same thing happen to a very courageous and lion-hearted woman.

Like I said, if people are trying to break this whole thing down to how Palin should have been "at home taking care of the household chores" than I say yes, they are afraid of that which would be gained by putting this awesome candidate in office.

Do you know what I noticed today? There is a common denominator here... the bloggers and news makers(likely mostly men, but not all) are rallying once again to flush out a WOMAN that has pledged to be a leader in our society... JUST LIKE HILLARY!! If there's anything you should be pissed off about, it's that. WOMEN should PUT THEIR FOOT DOWN AND STOP THE NONSENSE!!!

Oh and did you happen to catch the RNC today? If you did, you would have heard all about how the McCain's, particularly Cindy, brought back from Bangladesh, some clef-palate kids and had them adopted here, thus saving their lives. You would have heard edal of Honor winners personally vouching for McCain's character and time they spent in prison camp with him. You would have heard from Democrats turned Independents, such as Joe Lieberman, rallying for John McCain. And what you would have seen and heard were heroes of our nation speaking out about how they put their own lives on the line like John McCain to give us all freedom and posterity.

You know there weren't 82,000 people there, and I'm quite sure the meeting didn't cost 500 MILLION dollars to arrive at this moment, but there were men, women, and children pouring out their hearts to tell us how much John McCain was different. And after watching BOTH conventions myself, the RNC without a doubt, show the TRUE spirit of America. Not only the say-gooders and representatives of change but the people that have paid with their own blood, sweat, and tears to get this country to where it is today.

Something became painfully clear to me as I heard, not saw, these people speaking.... Barack Obama is a MEDIA CAMPAIGN, and NOTHING ELSE. Not only has he shammed his way through life without truly serving our country, he is INSULTING THOSE WHO HAVE PAID SO MUCH FOR THIS COUNTRY!!! It is so shameful, and I am NOT PROUD to have someone like Barack Hussein Obama acting as self-nominated leader of our nation and our world.

So there. Are you ready to wait another 50 years for WOMEN to break through the glass ceiling? I'M NOT!

Thank goodness for all of those who have served and those who have fallen so that we may be Americans.

CRUSH THE COMMON DENOMINATOR!!!

Posted by: Henry Williford | September 3, 2008 12:53 AM | Report abuse

BackfromIraq: please go back, because it has warped you. Sad. Sorry you had so few options in life that you had to go in the first place. From reading your posts it's evident you should have hit the books instead.

Posted by: Jason | September 3, 2008 12:52 AM | Report abuse

Deny teens contraception, sex education and assistance after they have their babies---this is a formula for a generation of children who will be born in poverty.

The only people this benefits are the employers who will be assured of MORE low skilled, under educated workers suffering from lack of childhood preventive health care and poor nutrition. They can pay them low wages and deny them benefits because of the miserable circumstances in which they were conceived and raised.

Wake up America. The Sarah Palins of the world feed the corporate machine its human fodder. The price is the future of our children. The GOP has sold its soul for money.

Posted by: McCamyTaylor | September 3, 2008 12:50 AM | Report abuse

It is time To Stop This.
We have to stop demonizing each other, so please do not reply. I don't care how much of a stalwart you are for your peeps, or your party. I get really tired of hearing my fellow voters whine about how they are the “righteous” party, and how all repubs/dems are inherently evil. I vote my party (democrat) because it fits (most) of my belief systems, not because I think we hold the moral high ground.I don't hate republicans and democrats with the base frivolity that you do. At the end of the day, it is still the Dems who were pro-slavery in the Civil War, and the republicans who fought against it.In WW2, dems were the ruling party and repubs hated it, so regardless of the issues, there were never any moral absolutes in either structure, and there are none now. Vote for who you want with immunity. That is the law of the land. No one is going to truly win with either party, so LET IT SLIDE. The winning party will be the winning party, and this diatribe will go on, each side slandering the other until the "giants win the pennant" (literally).
I am going back to growing my stupid tomato and basil plants, I hope to find love somehow in this stupid world,and I hope the world doesn't end until I can find the correct way to prepare zucchini in a dish that doesn't taste like ass. As for people with families who "dare" to dream about themselves or their children in politics, DO NOT ATTEMPT.
Regardless of your belief systems, there is always someone in the wings waiting to tell you "YOU ARE HITLER" then spit in your face as if you were never really a viable human that just wanted to say something that meant anything to you.
That is the "legacy" of these elections.
That is what left to us here.
I just hope whoever wins doesn't get us killed.
Talk about wishing for the impossible....

What a thrilling bunch of optimists. Thanks for nothing

Posted by: Don | September 3, 2008 12:50 AM | Report abuse

please, PLEASE, quit it with the repeat posts already. I'd like to see what other folks are thinking, what makes you think its ok to post the same point over and over? I wish the wapo would use the simplest filter and spare us reading the same post nine times in a thread!

Posted by: fred l. | September 3, 2008 12:39 AM | Report abuse

So Palin was slashing away with her line-item veto pen back in April of this year, decreasing funding for an organization that provides a home for young mothers huh?

Okay.

And if her daughter is definitely in her 5th month of pregnancy, that means she became pregnant, hmmm....oh yeah, in April of this year.

I would love to know exactly when her daughter informed her parents of the pregnancy. Would just be quite a revelation to find out that Palin is using her pen AFTER already being aware of her own daughter's situation. If that were to have occurred it would show a serious lack of empathy huh?

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This story does show why conservative women are to be afraid of abortion rights. Many are at last saying aloud, for the first time, that they have been in Bristol's predicament. This heartless ideology withdraws support from women who are pregnant or have young children, and women feel exposed and unprotected.
It isn't reactionary for a woman to feel her pregnancy is sacred. Women don't have the economic, personal, or spiritual power to declare sanctity or protection for ourselves when we are pregnant. We barter away our own rights, for protection from poeple like Palin. We would rather lose the right to terminate a pregnancy than lose the right to carry a baby already in our womb. If we really had to chose, I'd have to say the right to bear children is more fundamental. Women who are in a position of economic and social independence may not understand how vulnerable others are.

Sarah Palin's game is something entirely different, though. Here is a link to the story of little Trig's birth, from KTUU, the same TV station where Sarah worked once as a sportscaster:
http://www.ktuu.com/global/story.asp?s=8194634

What kind of ambition is that? She says she was at an oil conference in Texas (with Cheney's inner circle) and they offered her a chance at the vice presidency. She says her water broke, but she gave her speech anyway, and then flew all night, back to Alaska (8 hours) in premature labor with a Down syndrome baby, and then drove to a distant medical center (2 hours).
The baby was born at 6:30 AM. She claims her doctor approved the flight. People didn't believe her, and neither do I: no physician ever did any such thing, of course. So either she lied or she lied, and either way she looks nuts.

If she really delivered the baby, all she has to do is show people her hospital records and introduce them to the doctor. She doesn't have to hide behind her daughter.

Here’s a detailed description of her ambition from somebody who knows:
http://www.crosscut.com/politics-government/17341/

Posted by: Mary | September 3, 2008 12:17 AM | Report abuse

You can't follow Jesus and the republican agenda at the same time. The republican agenda is the opposite of Jesus'. Read the bible.

Posted by: Charles | September 3, 2008 12:06 AM | Report abuse

Like Clint Eastwood said, "a man has got to know his limitations." Liberal's have got to get over their pretentiousness, soon or later, and sooner is better. So be happy that your time is now, and Palin is here to help you, don't worry, come on in the water is fine.

BTW the article above is highly misleading.

Posted by: John | September 3, 2008 12:05 AM | Report abuse

John-
Fascists do hate education because it impedes their agenda. You are good, obedient supporter of the new order. Get out there and finish destroying the country like the good republican you are.

Posted by: Charles | September 3, 2008 12:01 AM | Report abuse

Palin is part of your therapy. Make the most of it blah blah blah says “john.”
================================
Thanks “john,” but I’ll pass. I do not want the terrible brain wasting disease that madam Palin has. In NOV. we are going to quarantine the Palin mentality and send it back to hell were it came from.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 11:59 PM | Report abuse

Liberals believe that education is the answer to all problems, but education will never solve the arrogant pretentions of humanism which looks to human intelligence for answers an scorns a higher source of wisdom.

Obama is a poseur, a charlatan, a fraud, a con man, just like this article, wise up people.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 11:57 PM | Report abuse

To those who are gleefully accusing us democrats of being afraid that the republicans could win this election-
You're right. I am afraid.

Posted by: Charles | September 2, 2008 11:55 PM | Report abuse

Liberals like Obama are so insecure about their intellectual pretensions that they crave power to crush anything which might expose this pretension . . . such as freedom of expression. Liberalism is actually a disease brought about by the education system.

Palin is part of your therapy. Make the most of it.

Posted by: John | September 2, 2008 11:51 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin has no business being a governor let alone being on a national ticket.
The US is falling behind in science and we have just had 8 years of an anti-intellectual president, why repeat the same mistake? Palin's daughters pregnancy is a personal matter but she is on the ticket for only one reason. She is an evangelical social conservative and there entire platform is pushing their values down everyones throat. The results of her abstinence only education hit close to home. She seems to think that the founding fathers were devoutly Christian and that "under god" was put in the plege by the founding fathers. How can anyone with a high school education or even a television not realize that this wasn't the case. Lastly, she seems to think God has a lot to do with her and the govts. actions which scares the hell out of me. The war, gods will. A pipeline across Alaska, god's will.
Why does this country have to be so stupid? Why are conservatives against conservation? Why is it bad to not waste resources? Why is it absurd to inflate our tires and tune up your cars to save 3% but good policy to drill in protected areas to provide a similar amount of oil?
I am a social tolerant and fiscal conservative and I find myself much more in line with Obama then the Reps. We tried it there way the last 8 years and it was a disaster and they want to continue?

Posted by: william | September 2, 2008 11:51 PM | Report abuse

I get the impression that the tactically smart choice of Palin may not have been so wise. They are kenneling her today and will show their poodle tomorrow. Will McCain keep her on a short leash for the whole election?

The sad thing is that this unprepared woman stands a chance of being VP. The Republican's had hoped they would hear about her inexperience but they have heard about everything but that. So they get angry at the media for doing their job and vetting the candidate

The McCain campaign will do anything to change the subject from George Bush. Even if it means hanging this woman out. After all she can be replaced by the real VP candidate and they have co-opted the news cycle that Obama would have dominated..

For the good of the country she should resign and we'll see if the Republican Party will let McCain choose his candidate or whether he'll behave like the good lap dog he has been and choose the party's second choice.

Mr McCain is a shadow of the man who ran in 2000. To think that Republicans are promoting him as courageous.

Posted by: Ronnn | September 2, 2008 11:49 PM | Report abuse

Who will protect us from health insurance, good jobs, affordable eduction, clean air and water, roads, science and other scary things government can do better than the "free" market?
The right wing neocon fascists Republican party will!

Posted by: Charles | September 2, 2008 11:48 PM | Report abuse

This is the typical Republican view on helping the disadvantaged. Like Obama said, they say you have to pull yourself up by your bootstraps, even if you dont have any boots to put on your feet. So those teen moms in Alaska who do not have a supportive family are just screwed. Thats great Govenor

Posted by: faye | September 2, 2008 11:44 PM | Report abuse

Levi Johnson, Bristol’s hubby to be, is a crude, bad tempered little ape. He describes himself as a “Fu*king Redneck.” He claims not to want children and threatens to “kick your as*“ if you fuc*k with him. Of course, the McCain folks are busy cleaning him up and making him media presentable. Boy, Bristol sure can pick ‘em! The “marriage” will be a farce, just a respectable showpiece to preserve Sarah’s reputation and Bristol’s “virtue.” And Sarah, as we all know, DOES own a shotgun! His MySpace web page has been prudently deleted. Just wait for the next disgusting Republican media freak show when Levi is trotted out, clean shaven and coifed, ready to declare undying love for Bristol and eager to become a responsible family man. Poor guy! He’s gone from swaggering Alaskan teenage tough guy to Sarah’s poodle. And believe me, he will do what he’s told. Foiks, what we will see in the next few days will not be pretty. Shame, shame, on Sarah Palin!

Posted by: Marcel | September 2, 2008 11:40 PM | Report abuse

ABC News just called Palin the equivalent of a blind date. Hee hee.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 11:39 PM | Report abuse

You know...education has never been a bad thing...except when the educators lie to you...or otherwise fail at teaching you... you know?

Posted by: Lindsay | September 2, 2008 11:38 PM | Report abuse

Aninymous-
Corporate lobbyist legally bribe presidents and legislators to put their companies' interests above the America's. Corporate advertisers legally bribe news media to report news in ways that promote their companies interests ahead of America's need to be accurately informed. Lobbying and advertising are two heads of the same beast. The information and political influence that get through promote the interests of the wealthy and presents right-leaning propaganda as though it were centered.
If your afraid of communism or socialism in this entrenched fortified capitalist system, you are out of your mind and you are right where McCain's buddies want you. Use you head and stop being a sucker.

Posted by: Charles | September 2, 2008 11:37 PM | Report abuse

and who says that mcbush is not mcsame???

Bushies Come to Palin's Aid
Michael Isikoff
By Michael Isikoff

The McCain team has hastily assembled a team of former Bush White House aides to tutor the vice-presidential candidate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, on foreign-policy issues, to write her speeches and to begin preparing her for her all-important Oct. 2 debate against Sen. Joe Biden.


Steve Biegun, who once served as the No. 3 National Security Council official under Condoleezza Rice at the White House, has been hired as chief foreign-policy adviser to the Alaska governor, campaign officials told NEWSWEEK. After taking leave from his job as vice president for international affairs at Ford Motor Co. last Friday, Biegun flew to St. Paul and, together with McCain’s foreign-policy guru Randy Schuenemann, began briefings for Palin on national-security issues—an area where her resume is conspicuously thin.

Posted by: cici | September 2, 2008 11:36 PM | Report abuse

hypocracy is saying "i said no to that bridge to nowhere" and then keeping the money to spend it.

Posted by: cici | September 2, 2008 11:33 PM | Report abuse

MORE HYPOCRACY / LESS DEMOCRACY!

VOTE REPUBLICAN

Posted by: K Ackermann | September 2, 2008 11:29 PM | Report abuse

So she slashed funds for pregnant teens and single young mothers. Mrs. Palin is proof there is such a thing as karma. What goes around, comes around.

Posted by: Redman | September 2, 2008 11:29 PM | Report abuse

watch it - palin will have you on a banned list somewhere!

maybe she can get you fired like she tried to do the librarian in her town.

Posted by: cici | September 2, 2008 11:28 PM | Report abuse

I LOl when everyone brings Sen Obamas lack of executive experience. If you discount a senators experience that applies to Mccain senate 25 yrs experiene. so obviously Palin is more qualified than Sen. Mccain.

they conveniently dont mention Obamas campaign. fundraising, budgeted spending, s running and maintaining large group and successfully motivating. Sounds like a good leader to me.

Senator obama said
“My understanding is that Gov. Palin’s town, Wassilla, has I think 50 employees. We've got 2500 in this campaign. I think their budget is maybe 12 million dollars a year – we have a budget of about three times that just for the month,” Obama responded".

Wasilla budget is ONLYy 12.5 Mill per year$
http://www.cityofwasilla.com/index.aspx?page=49

Plus Wasilla also has a city Administrator system, so the mayor does not have any exec experience.

Mccain was a good soldier. I decided before this crazy pick that I will NOT vote for Mccain. I dont his hotheaded judgement as CINC. I dont want him starting any wars and drafting my son. My take is with obama may be recession vs Mccain WWIII with depression. I dont think he shows leadership by cheating on his first wife after her car accident then leaving her for his sugar mommy. He still sounds like an petulant kid. Seriously either he has totally lost it or he is saying FU RNC if I cant have my guy, or sold out to rel right? Or maybe his POW days are cathing up. Stunning bad pick for RNC

Posted by: whos that there | September 2, 2008 11:28 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure that people have said everything I'm about to say, but I am not voting for candidates who believe in "abstenance only" sexual education. This is how we get teenagers who don't use condoms or other forms of birth control when they first have sex because they learned that these methods won't work. I also cannot promote an international policy that doesn't support condom distribution in third world countries where AIDS is a huge problem. I think that a lot of issued faced by the average American teenager can be solved by proper education in both the public and private sphere. Either that or I'm moving to Switzerland.

Posted by: Cathy | September 2, 2008 11:26 PM | Report abuse

What I learned from the Republican Convention:

Flags are good.

I learned that in kindergarden when they forced me the say the pledge of alligence like a communist. Then they shaved our heads and had us learn how the count money I pray God will damn them.

Posted by: Johna | September 2, 2008 11:21 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if the people screaming about how government messes up everything wants to privatise the police, fire department and military.

Oh wait, they did already. Hello Blackwater. Want to tear-gas and disarm more of our marines today ?


The future of your country has been sold to the highest bidder.

Posted by: Concerned neighbour | September 2, 2008 11:21 PM | Report abuse

John McCain betrayed America to the Communists and took an monies from them to propagate their communist ways in the senate and now to the Whitehouse. What and the hell is wrong with you republicans? Retards, rapists, children out of wedlock, PTSD? Lord have mercy on you. I say a prayer to protect me from all your sin.

Posted by: Johna | September 2, 2008 11:15 PM | Report abuse

POW does not equal experience. and his story gets better every time he tells it.

communist - palin book banner who requires loyalty oaths

mcbush - what constitution? we can torture, listen in, withhold documents, take home classified documents, and now palin brings freedom of speech into question.

Posted by: cici | September 2, 2008 11:13 PM | Report abuse

Obama will bring communism to this country.

McCain suffered terribly at the hands of communists and will preserve our way of life he's proven his character.

Obama supporters = communists

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 11:10 PM | Report abuse

I want us to have a prayer circle here right now. Hold hands everyone.

Father forgive us for our sins. May you deliver Egrib, John and other Republican communists from our sights and not let their postings sway their retarded cult followers to trespass on our lawns. May you send upon them their low voter turn-outs and be content merely with the dull grumbing of Fred Thompson. Who has as much personality as a shoe. In the power of Jesus Christ our lord I pray. Amen.

You communists!

Posted by: Johna | September 2, 2008 11:07 PM | Report abuse

Well, the funding accusation turned out to be false; so, where’s the discussion now? Governor Palin is against abortion? So am I. So are a lot of people.

One of Governor Palin’s children made a mistake. So what; so did a lot of us about a lot of things in life. The question is how does one correct the mistake? Ms. Palin's daughter appears to have made the best correction; much to the ire if a lot of abortionists who know this will initiate more discussions about a runaway abortion industry and right to life. Where has the teenage pregnancy rate gone down due to increased spending on condoms and sex education?

--McCAIN-PALIN ’08--

Posted by: BackFromIraq | September 2, 2008 11:07 PM | Report abuse

Palin just bought McSame that Bridge To Nowhere that he alway wanted!

Posted by: Kristen | September 2, 2008 11:07 PM | Report abuse

mcsame will only let her on shows like larry king with a script i saw... lots of women could handle the job. just not this PTA mom book banner i want to leave the US member of AIP who says no to earmarks then keeps the money and spends it.

foreign policy - per cindy mcsame, alaska is close to russia so she has experience. DUH?

Posted by: cici | September 2, 2008 11:06 PM | Report abuse

OBAMA = BUSH
Bush started taking your freedoms away
Obama will finish the job

ObaMA BUSh = Mabus, the 3rd anti-Christ of Nostradamus

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 11:04 PM | Report abuse

Liberal Media? Haaa! Fox News. Disney/ABC. Rupert Murdoch/Wallstreetjournal. Haaaa~! Everybody knows the repubes control the media & simply made up the phrase "liberal media" to try & cover their tracks.
BTW, did anybody catch actor Freddy Thompson try to tell us that the dems are in "a panic" over the joke of a pick Palin? Haaaa! Got a great belly laugh over that one. More like McCain & his handlers are in a full-blown panic! Quick, damage control!!!

Posted by: Ron Sampson | September 2, 2008 11:00 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: BackFromIraq | September 2, 2008 10:48 PM

THE ISSUE IS MCCAIN'S JUDGMENT AND PALIN'S PRONOUNCED JUDGMENTS ON SEX EDUCATION PROGRAMS AND POLICIES---THE SECONDARY ISSUE IS PALIN'S HYPOCRISY WHEN SHE SAYS:

"Palin herself said she opposes funding sexual-education programs in Alaska....
"The explicit sex-ed programs will not find my support," she wrote in a 2006 questionnaire distributed among gubernatorial candidates."

....
NOW DIDN'T SHE SAY SHE CELEBRATED HER 20TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY DATE ON AUGUST 29TH SINCE SHE GOT MARRIED IN 1988????

....AND HASN'T THE REPUBLICAN FAMILY VALUES INFORMATION SHEET BRAGGED ABOUT TRACK PALIN, HER OLDEST SON TURNING 19 LAST APRIL 20, 2008??? Wasn't he born April 20, 1989 then????

....So if we do the math for August 29, 1988 to April 20, 1989, a total of seven months twenty-two days===I guess my Dad WAS right, the first kid CAN come anytime; but it takes NINE months for the second one!!!

....So again, it looks like even Palin's Mom might have been mistating the PUBLIC reason for the "elopement" when Sarah got married....It may not have been the magnanimous reason to save the excessive "White Wedding" cost for her parents like she said, but rather the oldest of reasons in the world for MOST elopements....THE BUN WAS IN THE OVEN?????

....Now mind you, there is nothing WRONG with this real life scenario.....LIFE HAPPENS....AND LIFE IS NOT A MISTAKE

.....But when you stand up and say ABSTINENCE EDUCATION is the ONLY s.e.x. education that works and the only kind you want for your kids and everyone else....when you know it didn't work for YOU---That my friends, IS HYPOCRISY!!!

.....Or maybe she was touched by the holy spirit, and we simply had another republican immaculate conception....

....I guess her real s.e.x. ed policy is to learn about it the old fashioned way...in the back seat of a car....

Posted by: benighse | September 2, 2008 10:44 PM

Boy benighse, Good Job, you really could open eyes and ears to Palin's hypocrisy. If only the mainstream media wearing kids gloves regarding everything McCain could put it in such indisputably clear terms.
Maybe then the masses would wake up and we wouldn't have to listen to all the conservative spin, lies and propaganda.

Posted by: Roy12505 | September 2, 2008 10:58 PM | Report abuse

Gov. Palin didn't slash anything from anybody. In fact, it seems that cutting from $5.0MM (Proposed) to $3.9MM (actual) wasn't too bad a deal for Covenant House Alaska, seeing that in 2006 their revenue from the govt was only $1.2MM.

Posted by: WashingtonPost Is Lazy | September 2, 2008 9:44 PM
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Let's not quibble over semantics.

She slashed the proposed $5M.

Which was recommended by professional civil service personnel because her policies were leading to an epidemic of teen pregancies in Alaska, e.g. her daughter, Bristol.

Posted by: I was aborted | September 2, 2008 10:57 PM | Report abuse

what is NOT a fraud is that palin kept the bridge money and wants to ban books.

she requires loyalty oaths - sound familiar

will destroy the environment and do nothing about global warming - just in line with mcsame.

and it is not a lie that she is a member of the AIP that wants to leave the union

Posted by: cici | September 2, 2008 10:57 PM | Report abuse

Egrib the Communist. Sounds French to me. We need none of your invasions in American thank you very much. Lord purify your soul with the holy power. Jesus save your soul.

Posted by: Johna | September 2, 2008 10:55 PM | Report abuse

Palin's nomination has brought to light just how rabid, hateful, and controlling liberals really are, lets face it, they are communists who want state control of everything, and they want to do the controlling.

As for this article, it is a fraud.

Posted by: John | September 2, 2008 10:54 PM | Report abuse

Is it just me or has the prospect crossed anyone elses mind that McCain's selection of Palin was just to have another woman around in the Whitehouse to beat on? Does anyone really believe that Cindy hurt her arm from a "stranger" "shaking her hand too hard"? Now, we all know McCain has a temper with his raging PTSD. Let come clear with this once and for all. Do we need a wife beater in the Whitehouse? Lord help us all. We are all sinners.

Posted by: Johna | September 2, 2008 10:52 PM | Report abuse

MCCAIN's/imPALINg '08 -- A bumper sticker we can all appreciate!

Posted by: benighse | September 2, 2008 10:49 PM | Report abuse

So she cut funding for teenage moms.... and I say this - Government has no damn business interfering in private affairs!!!! Government screws up EVERYTHING it touches!! Get the damn government OUT OF OUR LIVES you stupid socialists!
Posted by: Egrib | September 2, 2008 10:16 PM
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So-called pro lifers like you are the ultimate communists -- you claim state control of people's reproductive organs.

Posted by: I was aborted | September 2, 2008 10:49 PM | Report abuse

It's useless, friends. I listened with great sadness and horror to the Republicans, responsible for the deaths of 100,000 Iraqis and 4,300 American soldiers, attack everything truly Christian, at their convention this afternoon and evening. My heart just dropped. They will never see what is wrong with their thinking. Never. They are just consumed with greed, hatred and fear. All wrapped up in the flag. It was truly, truly, depressing. If Americans want to believe this preaching, we are doomed.

Posted by: DanRains | September 2, 2008 10:49 PM | Report abuse

Liberals better worry about the fact that their candidate is a complete fraud, and this will come out more and more.

Children are overly impressed by speeches and slogans, the more mature can see the red flags leading to suppression of freedom.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 10:49 PM | Report abuse

[Posted by: cici | September 2, 2008 10:28 PM]:
unpatriotic - palin to the core. she and her family belong to a group that wants to leave the union and start its own little country. pretty darn unpatriotic to me!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Hey cici,
You forgot to sign your name to your statement. Never mind; I'll do it for you.

King George, III


Posted by: BackFromIraq | September 2, 2008 10:48 PM | Report abuse

THE ISSUE IS MCCAIN'S JUDGMENT AND PALIN'S PRONOUNCED JUDGMENTS ON SEX EDUCATION PROGRAMS AND POLICIES---THE SECONDARY ISSUE IS PALIN'S HYPOCRISY WHEN SHE SAYS:

"Palin herself said she opposes funding sexual-education programs in Alaska....
"The explicit sex-ed programs will not find my support," she wrote in a 2006 questionnaire distributed among gubernatorial candidates."

....
NOW DIDN'T SHE SAY SHE CELEBRATED HER 20TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY DATE ON AUGUST 29TH SINCE SHE GOT MARRIED IN 1988????

....AND HASN'T THE REPUBLICAN FAMILY VALUES INFORMATION SHEET BRAGGED ABOUT TRACK PALIN, HER OLDEST SON TURNING 19 LAST APRIL 20, 2008??? Wasn't he born April 20, 1989 then????

....So if we do the math for August 29, 1988 to April 20, 1989, a total of seven months twenty-two days===I guess my Dad WAS right, the first kid CAN come anytime; but it takes NINE months for the second one!!!

....So again, it looks like even Palin's Mom might have been mistating the PUBLIC reason for the "elopement" when Sarah got married....It may not have been the magnanimous reason to save the excessive "White Wedding" cost for her parents like she said, but rather the oldest of reasons in the world for MOST elopements....THE BUN WAS IN THE OVEN?????

....Now mind you, there is nothing WRONG with this real life scenario.....LIFE HAPPENS....AND LIFE IS NOT A MISTAKE

.....But when you stand up and say ABSTINENCE EDUCATION is the ONLY s.e.x. education that works and the only kind you want for your kids and everyone else....when you know it didn't work for YOU---That my friends, IS HYPOCRISY!!!

.....Or maybe she was touched by the holy spirit, and we simply had another republican immaculate conception....

....I guess her real s.e.x. ed policy is to learn about it the old fashioned way...in the back seat of a car....

Posted by: benighse | September 2, 2008 10:44 PM | Report abuse

palin in summary:

does not play well with other she does not like

likes to ban books
requires loyalty oaths
does not believe in global warming
is a member of AIP that wants to leave the US union and start its own country

lies about earmarks - she kept the money for the bridge

but hey - she IS a member of the PTA

mccain will not let her be interviewed - wonder why????????

Posted by: bekka | September 2, 2008 10:44 PM | Report abuse

Palin voted to have Alaska succeed from the United State. What and the hell kind of American is she. I wish her and her retarded children, her tart of a daughter and the boyfriend who raped her would all jump in a boat and leave for China. What kind of communist government is she running up there. God hear out prayers.

Posted by: Johna | September 2, 2008 10:44 PM | Report abuse

[Posted by: David | September 2, 2008 10:21 PM]
Let's be crystal clear on this. This 'woman' is not PRO-LIFE, she is PRO-FOETUS. She is pantingly for the death penalty, she found a loop-hole to thwart Congress' attempt to stop the aerial killing of wolves in Alaska, she wants to expand the 'hunting' to include mother bears AND their cubs, she considers the EYE-raq (she can't even prnounce it properly) war, God's war, and therefore it's A-OK to bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb, Eye-raq/Eye-ran. [End Quote]
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So what. The death penalty should be used more; including hangings. Wolves are far from endangered in Alaska and should be culled ... and no, culling should not justify human abortion. Concerning the war in Iraq; you are probably one of "uninvolved" moaners who are stressing out because al-Qaida got thrashed before the November elections. Get over it; the war was won without your help. Finally, give Spell Check a try; it will make you sound smarter than you really are.

--McCAIN-PALIN ’08--


Posted by: BackFromIraq | September 2, 2008 10:42 PM | Report abuse

of course alaska has a surplus. palin KEPT the bridge money and spent it. that saved the state over $300 million dollars!

Posted by: bekka | September 2, 2008 10:37 PM | Report abuse

Just curious, do any of you people posting disparaging remarks about Palin not care that this article is a complete fabrication, an outright lie?

Does truth not matter anymore?

Posted by: gareyt17 | September 2, 2008 10:36 PM | Report abuse

Are you off the grid in your compound?
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Alaska has a Frickin Surplus!!!!!

I can NOT stand the fact that any human being would EVER thnk about electing OBAMA! Call him OH BOMB U.S., he wants to cut back our military! Our missile Defenses! He wants to make us WEAK!!!!!

We will not exist if we vote in Obama! The world is dangerous, way too dangerous for a "man" that hates us like Barrack Obama...

GOD DAMN AMERICA?!?!? and you can be President?!?!? WTF is wrong with U.S.?

- Patriot with his head low...

I will NOT bow to Obama, that P.O.S. American will NEVER be my president, NEVER...

Posted by: Not a Pawn to ObamaCON! | September 2, 2008 10:26 PM

Posted by: Pea Soup | September 2, 2008 10:36 PM | Report abuse

Retards and prostitutes. That's all Palin intends to bring to Washington. We already have enough of those as it is. God help McCain. I fear he has gone completely nuts from the meds they have fed him. Anyone take a look at McCains medical records? He has blood in his urine for godsake. He aint going to make the full four years. The poor old man has lost it with all the PTSD. Lord have mercy. Hear our prayers!

Posted by: Johna | September 2, 2008 10:32 PM | Report abuse

How about real candidates like Sens. Kay Bailey Hutchison or Olympia Snowe, who'd have been more than "up to speed" on their first DAY? Sorry, I don't want a freaky extremist with a learner's permit in MY White House.
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She will be up to speed in her first year.
Posted by: rtfanning | September 2, 2008 10:25 PM

Posted by: Laua | September 2, 2008 10:32 PM | Report abuse

It's 3 A.M and the phone is ringing...................do you know where your teenaged daughter is?

Posted by: Calamity Sarah | September 2, 2008 10:31 PM | Report abuse

Egrib-
The idea that government can't do good things for an economy is right wing hogwash. The highest standards of living in the world are found in the social welfare states of northern Europe.
The southern cone of South American had a good standard of living until Reagan worked with Pinochet to destroy the economies for a free market experiment that failed. Pinochet's juntas would torture union leaders and would only stop if they consented to have their friends tortured. The republicans are destroying our successful Keynesian economics the same way for the same reasons.

Posted by: Charles | September 2, 2008 10:30 PM | Report abuse

unpatriotic - palin to the core. she and her family belong to a group that wants to leave the union and start its own little country. pretty darn unpatriotic to me!

Posted by: cici | September 2, 2008 10:28 PM | Report abuse

in answer to question of government and who will build the roads = ask sarah. she KEPT the money from the bridge to nowhere and spent it! yup = she kept it and spent it. so much for that i am not taking earmarks stance she has!

Posted by: bekka | September 2, 2008 10:26 PM | Report abuse

Alaska has a Frickin Surplus!!!!!

I can NOT stand the fact that any human being would EVER thnk about electing OBAMA! Call him OH BOMB U.S., he wants to cut back our military! Our missile Defenses! He wants to make us WEAK!!!!!

We will not exist if we vote in Obama! The world is dangerous, way too dangerous for a "man" that hates us like Barrack Obama...

GOD DAMN AMERICA?!?!? and you can be President?!?!? WTF is wrong with U.S.?

- Patriot with his head low...

I will NOT bow to Obama, that P.O.S. American will NEVER be my president, NEVER...

Posted by: Not a Pawn to ObamaCON! | September 2, 2008 10:26 PM | Report abuse

Gov. Palin allowed her daughter to be raped in her own home repeatedly by this Levi guy. What and the hell kind of mother is she? What and the hell kind of VP would she make? God have mercy on us. I just wrote to John McCain and begged him to drop this woman from the ticket. I encourage everyone to do the same. Lord have mercy on all of us.

Posted by: Johna | September 2, 2008 10:26 PM | Report abuse

Liberals howl that Palin has no experience, no qualifications to be president of the United States. But the lady has more executive experience than McCain, Joe Biden and Obama put together.

None of them has ever started or run a business as Palin did. None of them has run a giant state like Alaska, which is larger than California and Texas put together. And though Alaska is not populous, Gov. Palin has as many constituents as Nancy Pelosi or Biden.

She has no foreign policy experience, we are told. And though Alaska's neighbors are Canada and Russia, the point is valid. But from the day she takes office, Palin will get daily briefings and sit on the National Security Council with the president and secretaries of state, treasury and defense.

She will be up to speed in her first year.

And her experience as governor of Alaska, dealing with the oil industry and pipeline agreements with Canada, certainly compares favorably with that of Barack Obama, a community organizer who dealt in the mommy issues of food stamps and rent subsidies.


http://www.johnmccain.com/Convention/PalinVideo.htm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-_vaH2BjVeA

My Vice President is going after Congressional earmarks and corruption...the left is sweating bullets


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sarah_Palin#Early_life

Posted by: rtfanning | September 2, 2008 10:25 PM | Report abuse

egrib said: So she cut funding for teenage moms.... and I say this - Government has no damn business interfering in private affairs!!!! Government screws up EVERYTHING it touches!! Get the damn government OUT OF OUR LIVES you stupid socialists!

So, just get the government out of our lives you say? Ok, fine, but first explain who is going to build the roads you drive on, educate your kids, keep Granny out of the poor house, deliver your mail, defend America.....get my drift?

Posted by: Linda | September 2, 2008 10:24 PM | Report abuse

the post, as always, smearing republicans and arguing for MORE government.....yawn

Posted by: toby | September 2, 2008 10:23 PM | Report abuse

The Palins told their kids they were on a trip for the Palins anniversary. Surprise! Mom's announces she's gonna be the VP nominee! Bristol got sucker punched. Now poor Bristol's secret is all over the world. Thanks Mom! Thanks Dad!

Posted by: Palins lied to their kids | September 2, 2008 10:23 PM | Report abuse

Palin was Governor starting in Dec of 2006. Which means that if budgets are made in April for Alaska, she had a say in 2007's and 2008's. Which means she did not get their increase for them from 2006-2007.

Realistically her first real budget experience with the program was in 2008, when she was Governor for a year's time. Thus in her first executive action with the program she DID cut it 20%.

At least get your "savior" of women votes political tenure right Junior Hannitys.

Posted by: They got it right | September 2, 2008 10:22 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the huge laugh--I needed that.
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Nazis are in our Media, Beware America... BEWARE!

Posted by: Not a Pawn to ObamaCON! or the MEDIA! | September 2, 2008 10:14 PM

Posted by: Laua | September 2, 2008 10:21 PM | Report abuse

Let's be crystal clear on this. This 'woman' is not PRO-LIFE, she is PRO-FOETUS. She is pantingly for the death penalty, she found a loop-hole to thwart Congress' attempt to stop the aerial killing of wolves in Alaska, she wants to expand the 'hunting' to include mother bears AND their cubs, she considers the EYE-raq (she can't even prnounce it properly) war, God's war, and therefore it's A-OK to bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb, Eye-raq/Eye-ran.

Posted by: David | September 2, 2008 10:21 PM | Report abuse

Republicans add to Sara Palin's credentials as being President of the PTA!

Posted by: Ira | September 2, 2008 10:20 PM | Report abuse

YUP! YUP! Palin is a book banner. I bet she wanted to scrub the library of any mention of birth control.

Posted by: Response to Laua | September 2, 2008 10:20 PM | Report abuse

Let's be crystal clear on this. This 'woman' is not PRO-LIFE, she is PRO-FOETUS. She is pantingly for the death penalty, she found a loop-hole to thwart Congress' attempt to stop the aerial killing of wolves in Alaska, she wants to expand the 'hunting' to include mother bears AND their cubs, she considers the EYE-raq (she can't even prnounce it properly) war, God's war, and therefore it's A-OK to bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb, Eye-raq/Eye-ran. And I've been lead to understand that she decorates her office with the corpses of dead animals. So don't buy into this 'pro-life' BS she peddles. This Bimbo-Brain is already looking pretty old and it's not even been a week.

Posted by: David | September 2, 2008 10:19 PM | Report abuse

How do Sarah and Todd Palin have major jobs with so many d*mn kids? Bristol is the primary caretaker. The Palins crank out the babies and Bristol raises 'em. Looks like Bristol got back at her parents, but good!

Posted by: abstinence only education doesn't work | September 2, 2008 10:19 PM | Report abuse

It came back and bytes them in the as$. I suspect her to be out before the weekend and Fred Thompson will be put in place.

Posted by: Ira Hayes | September 2, 2008 10:19 PM | Report abuse

I didn't think it was possible for me to be more disgusted with this truly toxic woman...until I read this.

The evidence--which has been piling up like a tsunami ever since she was nominated just a few days ago--is incontrovertible: Palin is a hypocrite, a zealot, a fanatic, and an extremist of the worst stripe. If she lived and operated in the Middle East, the Republicans would have had her on a terrorist watch list years ago!

Better dump her fast, John.

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Time Magazine today reports that Alaska governor and Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin attempted to ban books from her local library as mayor of Wasilla, Alaska, and then threatened to fire the librarian who stood up to her for not giving “full support” to the mayor. People For the American Way president Kathryn Kolbert issued the following statement:

“People can disagree about a lot of things, but censorship is completely beyond the pale. Our democracy was founded on the belief that government shouldn’t tell people what kinds of books to read or what kind of beliefs to hold. No one with that kind of history should be anywhere near the White House. Sarah Palin needs to clarify her stance on freedom of speech immediately, and John McCain needs to explain why he chose a running mate with so little regard for the Constitution.”

Posted by: andthis,too | September 2, 2008 8:49 PM

Posted by: Laua | September 2, 2008 10:17 PM | Report abuse

Palin and hubby own 20% of a car wash. They haven't submitted the annual forms required for that car wash. The forms were due in 2007. Too busy cranking out babies, shooting moose, and snow mobiling I guess.

Posted by: Obama 2008 | September 2, 2008 10:17 PM | Report abuse

So she cut funding for teenage moms.... and I say this - Government has no damn business interfering in private affairs!!!! Government screws up EVERYTHING it touches!! Get the damn government OUT OF OUR LIVES you stupid socialists!

Posted by: Egrib | September 2, 2008 10:16 PM | Report abuse

Palin and hubby crank out the babies. Bristol and other sister have to care for them. Have you seen ONE picture where Mr. Palin is holding the baby? No, that's Bristol's job.

Posted by: stop exploiting bristol | September 2, 2008 10:15 PM | Report abuse

Palin was elected as Governor in 2006, See page 12 of this link. This the budget for Alaska 2006. http://www.gov.state.ak.us/omb/07_OMB/SB231bill.pdf

How does the Covenant House go from $155,000.00 to $3.9 Million! How the hell is that a Slash?!?!?

Nazis are in our Media, Beware America... BEWARE!

Posted by: Not a Pawn to ObamaCON! or the MEDIA! | September 2, 2008 10:14 PM | Report abuse

I'm a liberal. I actually study the bible, and pray for guidance. I don't bark out orders to God telling Him who to bless, or thanking him for the superiority of my country. That's the kind of behavior Jesus' persecutors engaged in.

Consider this: Ronald Wilson Reagan's three names have six letters (666), and Bush act's like "The Son of Lawlessness." I think you republicans are against everything Jesus taught, and you are following false leaders.

Posted by: Charles | September 2, 2008 10:14 PM | Report abuse

Shouldn't all you kool aid drinkers be watching your lord and savior George Bush now? Come on now, he and McBush are best buds! He's really warming up the old white guys in St. Paul right now! They're both joined at the replaced hip! Personally I think our Lord was sending this nation a message with Hurricane Gustav... warning us that if we continue to select incompetent and ignorant leaders (i.e. the republicans!) we'll be doomed for 4 more years... I promise its God message! He whispered it in my ear just after he told Dubya to invade Iraq... you know, that country that had nothing to do with 9-11 and has resulted in the deaths of 4,000 americans and tens of thousands of innocent Iraqis while Osama Bin Laden and Al Qaeda were allowed to hide out Afghanistan... remember those guys my republican friends? Mission accomplised indeed! Praise McBush!

Posted by: gregtburke | September 2, 2008 10:13 PM | Report abuse

FYI: Levi Johnson's MySpace page has been shut down.
BTW: B.Palin is 17 and 5 months pregnant. Does this mean she was 16 when she was knocked up? Is Levi really going to marry her? Is Trigg her baby? Who da daddy? Time for Maury and paternity DNA tests? I think America will vote for Palin because we love Maury and Jerry Springer and soap operas and reality shows. This will be proof that America is now a "former" super power. We are now in the twilight of our empire phase - over-extended militarily in Iraq, in deep financial debt, and now in moral decay. This is all due to Bush and the Republicans that have led us down this path of ruin. What could be a more humiliating way to end our glorious experiment in democracy than to elect the soap opera stars that are McCain and Palin.

Posted by: lorax | September 2, 2008 10:11 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is destined to become one of those minor, but amusing footnotes to American history. Her place on the McCain ticket is rapidly turning into a carney freak show, and Sarah is right up there with the two headed calf and Zip the Pinhead. Welcome, ladies and gentlemen, to the Republican Party Convention of 2008.

Posted by: Marcel | September 2, 2008 10:11 PM | Report abuse

It's over for McCain. He gambled on Palin and lost.

James Carville on CNN held up a picture of Wasilla City Hall and said "it looks like a bait shop in south Louisiana". And this is were Palin received half of her political experience. Holy Cow!

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/129/319098225_e3fb99541f.jpg?v=0

Posted by: Obama-Junkie | September 2, 2008 10:11 PM | Report abuse

hey washington posts is lazy commenter: pasting the same thing over is lazy. watch this:
i see the comments that say she did not slash anything etc. HOW ABOUT THAT BRIDGE TO NOWHERE MONEY SHE KEPT AND SPENT. HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS. she says one thing - oh no - no bridge here fellows. just give me the money and let me figure out my own pork barrell things.

and she is part of a group that wants leave the US and make its own little country.

but let's not forget - she is a member of the PTA. wow

Posted by: bekka | September 2, 2008 10:11 PM | Report abuse

The only reason this kid is in the news is because her mothers parenting failed her. Oh, and her mother wants to make it gov. policy!

Posted by: bratcher | September 2, 2008 10:11 PM | Report abuse

"Allowing this unborn child to live is ANOTHER backfire in the face of the abortionists and their candidate."

Even if her husband were the father of Bristol's baby, Sarah would still declare it a "gift from God." What a sicko.

Posted by: McBain | September 2, 2008 10:11 PM | Report abuse

Im watching this republican convention and I seem to remember republicans joking that b.rock obama couldent deliver a speech without a teleprompter..well apparently republican speakers so far (including W.) seem like they cant deliver a speech even WITH a teleprompter. just more hypocracy, and sorry republicans but this convention seems like a lack luster but kissing idiot reunion.

Posted by: john mcklan | September 2, 2008 10:10 PM | Report abuse

This is an increase over previous years. See prior funding.
______________________
IRS Form 990
http://www.guidestar.org/pqShowGsReport.do?partner=justgive&npoId=332976

2006 REVENUE for Covenant House Alaska

Contributions $1,667,796
Government Grants $1,194,788
Program Services $0
Investments $67,947
Special Events $271,980
Sales $0
Other $11,139
Total Revenue $3,213,650

Gov. Palin didn't slash anything from anybody. In fact, it seems that cutting from $5.0MM (Proposed) to $3.9MM (actual) wasn't too bad a deal for Covenant House Alaska, seeing that in 2006 their revenue from the govt was only $1.2MM.

Posted by: WashingtonPost Is Lazy | September 2, 2008 10:09 PM | Report abuse

It is not the governments business to support selected individuals, or groups of individuals. Remember what the 14th ammendment says about equal protection. Our federal and state governments regularly violate the Constitution through such funding and in the collection of funds from taxpayers. Equal means equal. The only fair and Constitutional income tax would be for every citizen to pay the same amount.

Posted by: rpatoh | September 2, 2008 10:09 PM | Report abuse

Let's hear from the current officers of the Alaska Independence Party.
There are two main hopes of the AIP for Alaska. Both are based on seceding from the UNION.
Palin was an officer of the AIP, not just a mere citizen registered to vote. She was PARTY SECRETARY.
The two main hopes of the secessionist party are:
1. ALASKA BECOMES A NATION-STATE.
2. ALASKA BECOMES A COMMONWEALTH LIKE PUERTO RICO, paying no US income tax.
How does a person who was party secretary of a secessionist group uphold her pledge of allegiance?
ONE NATION UNDER GOD INDIVISIBLE, but Palin put her career and her famous high energy into supporting and improving the status and effect of the independence movement in Alaska.
SHE IS NOT A PATRIOT. She is a self serving ego, all about her.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 10:09 PM | Report abuse

Lets be clear:

Republicans = racist rednecks (so called christians)

Palin/McCain = racist rednecks

Posted by: Scott | September 2, 2008 10:09 PM | Report abuse

i see the comments that say she did not slash anything etc. HOW ABOUT THAT BRIDGE TO NOWHERE MONEY SHE KEPT AND SPENT. HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS. she says one thing - oh no - no bridge here fellows. just give me the money and let me figure out my own pork barrell things.

and she is part of a group that wants leave the US and make its own little country.

but let's not forget - she is a member of the PTA. wow

Posted by: cici | September 2, 2008 10:08 PM | Report abuse

Face it. THE RULE DO NOT APPLY to Christian conservatives. If John McCain sodomized Bristol on the convention podium these robots would accept it because he's not black and he's not going to do crap to help the poor.

It's them against the rest of the world and they will not be stopped by simple morality or rules.

Just ask Senator Larry (wide stance) Craig or Alberto (can't secure the top secret notes) Gonzoles.

Posted by: Pangolin | September 2, 2008 10:07 PM | Report abuse

This is an increase over previous years. See prior funding.
______________________
IRS Form 990
http://www.guidestar.org/pqShowGsReport.do?partner=justgive&npoId=332976

2006 REVENUE for Covenant House Alaska

Contributions $1,667,796
Government Grants $1,194,788
Program Services $0
Investments $67,947
Special Events $271,980
Sales $0
Other $11,139
Total Revenue $3,213,650

Gov. Palin didn't slash anything from anybody. In fact, it seems that cutting from $5.0MM (Proposed) to $3.9MM (actual) wasn't too bad a deal for Covenant House Alaska, seeing that in 2006 their revenue from the govt was only $1.2MM.

Posted by: WashingtonPost Is Lazy | September 2, 2008 10:07 PM | Report abuse

The real issue with the liberals is that the girl didn't choose to provide more business to the abortion industry which is the pushing hard for Obama. Allowing this unborn child to live is ANOTHER backfire in the face of the abortionists and their candidate.

--McCAIN-PALIN '08--

Posted by: BackFromIraq | September 2, 2008 10:05 PM | Report abuse

i see the comments that say she did not slash anything etc. HOW ABOUT THAT BRIDGE TO NOWHERE MONEY SHE KEPT AND SPENT. HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS. she says one thing - oh no - no bridge here fellows. just give me the money and let me figure out my own pork barrell things.

and she is part of a group that wants leave the US and make its own little country.

but let's not forget - she is a member of the PTA. wow

Posted by: bekka | September 2, 2008 10:04 PM | Report abuse

Grandpa McBush should have been more concerned about Palin's public record. She took the mayoral oath at a time when her town of 6,000 had balanced books. She left office 6 years later with a $27 million debt. (That's over $4000 per man, woman, child, and God-ordained fetus in town).


Smells Like Rethuglican Desperation!...and it's only Sept 1...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-QevraCQUc&eurl=http://www.dailykos.com/story/2008/9/2/204250/9437/820/583957
.

Posted by: ZappoDave | September 2, 2008 10:04 PM | Report abuse

Well, it's clear what the talking point is on this, anyway. Well messaged, gentlemen.

Unfortunately, amongst the funding for social service programs, some of them faith-based, Governor Palin slashed (didn't they tell you?) was funding for expansion of Covenant House's mission for at-risk youth, including the pregnant teens she feels so strongly society should support, and she did it with a state budget billions of dollars in surplus.

Sorry. She didn't want to spend the money on the least of these, so she didn't. Simple as that.

Posted by: nullvoid | September 2, 2008 10:04 PM | Report abuse

Liberals don't believe in the Last Days because blah blah blah
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May it indeed be the Last Days - for your God and Messiah

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 10:03 PM | Report abuse

Liberals don't believe in the Last Days because they think they are so smart that they can find a way around it. And in Obama they find their cult leader, a Messiah figure who will calm their fears and find the way to world peace. Wake up libs, you're not nearly as smart as you think and certainly not qualified to pronounce on the Last Days.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 9:59 PM | Report abuse

Republicans, you don't seem to like or be able to take a good swift boating--thanks Karl Rove--Reap what you sow: AND LIKE IT!

Posted by: bigustom | September 2, 2008 9:56 PM | Report abuse

This is an increase over previous years. See prior funding.
______________________
IRS Form 990
http://www.guidestar.org/pqShowGsReport.do?partner=justgive&npoId=332976

2006 REVENUE for Covenant House Alaska

Contributions $1,667,796
Government Grants $1,194,788
Program Services $0
Investments $67,947
Special Events $271,980
Sales $0
Other $11,139
Total Revenue $3,213,650

Gov. Palin didn't slash anything from anybody. In fact, it seems that cutting from $5.0MM (Proposed) to $3.9MM (actual) wasn't too bad a deal for Covenant House Alaska, seeing that in 2006 their revenue from the govt was only $1.2MM.

Posted by: WashingtonPost Is Lazy | September 2, 2008 9:55 PM | Report abuse

Don't blame this on the Dems or media. John McSAME chose not to vet his vp he barely knows. Guess what? The media and the public are now doing his job for him. It's nasty and hurts.

Posted by: YA | September 2, 2008 9:55 PM | Report abuse

John McCain's lasting contributiobn to his 'party' will be his turning it into "The Banana Republicans" - the laughingstock of the entire world.

Posted by: David | September 2, 2008 9:55 PM | Report abuse

Obama-phobes-
You're corporate puppeteers appreciate your fear, gullibility, and your unwillingness to learn anything outside your self reinforcing information loop.

Posted by: Charles | September 2, 2008 9:54 PM | Report abuse

I cannot believe McCain would put this fruitcake within a heart's beat of the presidency. Her pastor has said, "After listening to Newt Gingrich and the prime minister of Israel and a number of others at our gathering, I became convinced, and I have been convinced for some time. We are living in the last days. These are incredible times to live in.”

Should McCain pass, Palin would have her finger on the button. Let's not give the kook a chance to fulfill her preacher's prophecy.

http://harpers.org/archive/2008/08/hbc-90003486

Posted by: McBain | September 2, 2008 9:54 PM | Report abuse

"Now that this article has turned out to be disinformation, the libs have disappeared like cockroaches when the light goes on."

Nah, they are all watching the convention so they can have something else to froth at the mouth about

Posted by: Don | September 2, 2008 9:52 PM | Report abuse

hillary 08 wrote; I'm voting for McCain/Palin because I feel a woman should be elected. There was sexism in the primaries and I don't believe in sexism.

So...your gonna vote based on sex but you dont beleive in sexism... hmm thats a head scratcher

Posted by: john mcklan | September 2, 2008 9:52 PM | Report abuse

Is it a liberal thing to want a newborn child to be cared for when its mom is a child herself and her family is estranged from her? I think those who answer yes simply do not care about that baby until he or she grows up to be a delinquent when they think the expensive solution is incarceration. You think you are conservative but you are immature unthinking self-defeating losers who want others to fail in life like you have. You crave authoritarian personalities like Sean Hannity and the rest of talk radio because you are lacking in self worth.

Those who care about the newly born child are called humane beings not liberals.

Posted by: Ronnn | September 2, 2008 9:52 PM | Report abuse

This is an increase over previous years. See prior funding.
______________________
IRS Form 990
http://www.guidestar.org/pqShowGsReport.do?partner=justgive&npoId=332976

2006 REVENUE for Covenant House Alaska

Contributions $1,667,796
Government Grants $1,194,788
Program Services $0
Investments $67,947
Special Events $271,980
Sales $0
Other $11,139
Total Revenue $3,213,650

Gov. Palin didn't slash anything from anybody. In fact, it seems that cutting from $5.0MM (Proposed) to $3.9MM (actual) wasn't too bad a deal for Covenant House Alaska, seeing that in 2006 their revenue from the govt was only $1.2MM.

Posted by: WashingtonPost Is Lazy | September 2, 2008 9:51 PM | Report abuse

Like most members of my party, my mom was not wed. No problem -- my grandfather was a millionaire. Why do Democrats make such a big deal of this?

Posted by: Republican 'astard | September 2, 2008 9:51 PM | Report abuse

Is that the best the WaPo and the liberals can do? The line item veto looks like responsible spending authorization to me. Did anybody notice that Governor Palin actually doubled the funding for the shelter since 2006; sounds like a deal from where I'm standing. O.K. Palin bashers, throw us another one; because you struck out again.

--McCAIN-PALIN '08--

Posted by: BackFromIraq | September 2, 2008 9:50 PM | Report abuse

Now that this article has turned out to be disinformation, the libs have disappeared like cockroaches when the light goes on.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 9:50 PM | Report abuse

The person serving as the vice-president of the U.S. needs to be qualified to take over the presidency in the event the president is unable to fulfill the functions of the office, period. If any candidate for the office of president cannot comprehend that basic requirement they too should not be considered as a serious candidate. These are basic facts, not rocket science.

Posted by: THW2001 | September 2, 2008 9:49 PM | Report abuse

These people have no shame. They are now bringing Levi to the Convention to show the world that it's all good. Pimps.

Posted by: Hoffmann | September 2, 2008 9:49 PM | Report abuse

Palin is transparent

Obama is the perfect front man to hide the ascendency of a radical agenda.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 9:48 PM | Report abuse

This is an increase over previous years. See prior funding.
______________________
IRS Form 990
http://www.guidestar.org/pqShowGsReport.do?partner=justgive&npoId=332976

2006 REVENUE for Covenant House Alaska

Contributions $1,667,796
Government Grants $1,194,788
Program Services $0
Investments $67,947
Special Events $271,980
Sales $0
Other $11,139
Total Revenue $3,213,650

Gov. Palin didn't slash anything from anybody. In fact, it seems that cutting from $5.0MM (Proposed) to $3.9MM (actual) wasn't too bad a deal for Covenant House Alaska, seeing that in 2006 their revenue from the govt was only $1.2MM.

Posted by: WashingtonPost Is Lazy | September 2, 2008 9:47 PM | Report abuse

Seriously, are some of you people BrainDead?

This entire article is a complete fabrication!

Palin did NOT "slash" ANY state funding from Covenant House.

This was a request the organization made to the state for EXPANSION of it's facilities, total cost to be $22,000,000 of which the FED had already given them $7,000,000

Outrageous demonstration of supposed journalism.

You don't have to take my word for it...Google Covenant House Expansion, the truth will be in front of your face

Posted by: gareyt17 | September 2, 2008 9:47 PM | Report abuse

This is an increase over previous years. See prior funding.
______________________
IRS Form 990
http://www.guidestar.org/pqShowGsReport.do?partner=justgive&npoId=332976

2006 REVENUE for Covenant House Alaska

Contributions $1,667,796
Government Grants $1,194,788
Program Services $0
Investments $67,947
Special Events $271,980
Sales $0
Other $11,139
Total Revenue $3,213,650

Gov. Palin didn't slash anything from anybody. In fact, it seems that cutting from $5.0MM (Proposed) to $3.9MM (actual) wasn't too bad a deal for Covenant House Alaska, seeing that in 2006 their revenue from the govt was only $1.2MM.

Posted by: WashingtonPost Is Lazy | September 2, 2008 9:46 PM | Report abuse

I honestly thought that the Washington Post was more serious than that. Don't they vette their stories before putting them online?

Posted by: clusterz | September 2, 2008 9:45 PM | Report abuse

Palin = redneck
Obama = radical Marxist

where is the bigger problem?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 9:45 PM | Report abuse

This is an increase over previous years. See prior funding.
______________________
IRS Form 990
http://www.guidestar.org/pqShowGsReport.do?partner=justgive&npoId=332976

2006 REVENUE for Covenant House Alaska

Contributions $1,667,796
Government Grants $1,194,788
Program Services $0
Investments $67,947
Special Events $271,980
Sales $0
Other $11,139
Total Revenue $3,213,650

Gov. Palin didn't slash anything from anybody. In fact, it seems that cutting from $5.0MM (Proposed) to $3.9MM (actual) wasn't too bad a deal for Covenant House Alaska, seeing that in 2006 their revenue from the govt was only $1.2MM.

Posted by: WashingtonPost Is Lazy | September 2, 2008 9:44 PM | Report abuse

McCain campaign is so scared of this unvetted hillbilly they are blogging here DURINGF THEIR CONVENTION!!!

Posted by: YOU LOSE | September 2, 2008 9:44 PM | Report abuse

Palin was Governor starting in Dec of 2006. Which means that if budgets are made in April for Alaska, she had a say in 2007's and 2008's. Which means she did not get their increase for them from 2006-2007.

Realistically her first real budget experience with the program was in 2008, when she was Governor for a year's time. Thus in her first executive action with the program she DID cut it 20%.

At least get your "savior" of women votes political tenure right Junior Hannitys.

Posted by: They got it right | September 2, 2008 9:44 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is a hillbilly.

Posted by: Elite and ruling you | September 2, 2008 9:43 PM | Report abuse

IRS Form 990
http://www.guidestar.org/pqShowGsReport.do?partner=justgive&npoId=332976

2006 REVENUE for Covenant House Alaska

Contributions $1,667,796
Government Grants $1,194,788
Program Services $0
Investments $67,947
Special Events $271,980
Sales $0
Other $11,139
Total Revenue $3,213,650

Gov. Palin didn't slash anything from anybody. In fact, it seems that cutting from $5.0MM (Proposed) to $3.9MM (actual) wasn't too bad a deal for Covenant House Alaska, seeing that in 2006 their revenue from the govt was only $1.2MM.

Posted by: WashingtonPost Is Lazy | September 2, 2008 9:43 PM | Report abuse

Once again, this story is a complete FABRICATION. This was a (one time) request to help with a $22million expansion.

If the author were honest the headline would have read:

PALIN APPROVES $3.9 MILLION TO HELP EXPAND COVENANT HOUSE

Unfortunately, our media is completely dishonest today.

Posted by: gareyt17 | September 2, 2008 9:43 PM | Report abuse

None of this drama is really about Sarah Palin, it's about a large number of American people who are Fascists to the bone fighting to stay in control.

Posted by: Sonia Kermaz | September 2, 2008 9:42 PM | Report abuse

Palin was Governor starting in Dec of 2006. Which means that if budgets are made in April for Alaska, she had a say in 2007's and 2008's. Which means she did not get their increase for them from 2006-2007.

Realistically her first real budget experience with the program was in 2008, when she was Governor for a year's time. Thus in her first executive action with the program she DID cut it 20%.

At least get your "savior" of women votes political tenure right Junior Hannitys.

Posted by: Ahh hahh you cant lie | September 2, 2008 9:42 PM | Report abuse

The only book burner is Palin. And look at the article SHE DID CUT FUNDING FOR WOMENS HELP PROGRAMS. She may love the fetus but she hates the mother.

Posted by: Frankly Georgian | September 2, 2008 9:41 PM | Report abuse

IRS Form 990
http://www.guidestar.org/pqShowGsReport.do?partner=justgive&npoId=332976

2006 REVENUE for Covenant House Alaska

Contributions $1,667,796
Government Grants $1,194,788
Program Services $0
Investments $67,947
Special Events $271,980
Sales $0
Other $11,139
Total Revenue $3,213,650

Gov. Palin didn't slash anything from anybody. In fact, it seems that cutting from $5.0MM (Proposed) to $3.9MM (actual) wasn't too bad a deal for Covenant House Alaska, seeing that in 2006 their revenue from the govt was only $1.2MM.

Posted by: WashingtonPost Is Lazy | September 2, 2008 9:41 PM | Report abuse

Palin was Governor starting in Dec of 2006. Which means that if budgets are made in April for Alaska, she had a say in 2007's and 2008's. Which means she did not get their increase for them from 2006-2007.

Realistically her first real budget experience with the program was in 2008, when she was Governor for a year's time. Thus in her first executive action with the program she DID cut it 20%.

At least get your "savior" of women votes political tenure right Junior Hannitys.

Posted by: nick d | September 2, 2008 9:41 PM | Report abuse

I'm voting for McCain/Palin because I feel a woman should be elected. There was sexism in the primaries and I don't believe in sexism.

Posted by: Hillary 08 | September 2, 2008 9:40 PM | Report abuse

IRS Form 990
http://www.guidestar.org/pqShowGsReport.do?partner=justgive&npoId=332976

2006 REVENUE for Covenant House Alaska

Contributions $1,667,796
Government Grants $1,194,788
Program Services $0
Investments $67,947
Special Events $271,980
Sales $0
Other $11,139
Total Revenue $3,213,650

Gov. Palin didn't slash anything from anybody. In fact, it seems that cutting from $5.0MM (Proposed) to $3.9MM (actual) wasn't too bad a deal for Covenant House Alaska, seeing that in 2006 their revenue from the govt was only $1.2MM.

Posted by: WashingtonPost Is Lazy | September 2, 2008 9:40 PM | Report abuse

Republicans learned Christianity from materialistic mega-church anecdotes, and from watching veggie-tales. They got their twisted versions of American history from their football coaches.
Read the Sermon on the Mount. I dare you. There's know way you could read it and believe the republicans truly follow Jesus.

Posted by: Charles | September 2, 2008 9:40 PM | Report abuse

If someone doesn't have the same views as a liberal, they call them a hillbilly, hmmm.

The definition of a liberal is someone who thinks they are much smarter than they really are, they overestimate their intelligence, just like Obama who has conned himself into believing that he should be president.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 9:40 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin sure has your liberal butt scared or you wouldn't be in such a hurry to slander her. Bring it on - you only look like bullies attacking a 17 year old pregnant girl. But that's all you media folks are - paper tigers, cowards who hide behind a desk and point fingers.

Posted by: Spyder | September 2, 2008 9:40 PM | Report abuse

McCain campaign is so scared of the unvetted hillbilly book burner they are blogging during their own convention.

Posted by: YOU LOSE | September 2, 2008 9:39 PM | Report abuse

I agree with Starr S. here who tells us, "It's an outrage that resources other than being turned over to state custody are not available" to teen mothers in Alaska, among other states, struggling to raise their kids. It is an outrage that a woman who slashed a budget item that could help those mothers, and whose own teenager is now unwed and pregnant (but wealthy etc. enough perhaps to avoid some of most such mothers' suffering), is proposed for vice president--potentially our president--so she can work to keep options and resources from any unwed mother in the U.S. And by the way, what does it say about the Republicans that the only qualities they seem to praise in their woman candidate are her mothering and ability to "Clean House"? (Though the house cleaning seems to be indicating possibly less than clean hands in the housekeeper.)

Posted by: friedman1 | September 2, 2008 9:39 PM | Report abuse

IRS Form 990
http://www.guidestar.org/pqShowGsReport.do?partner=justgive&npoId=332976

2006 REVENUE for Covenant House Alaska

Contributions $1,667,796
Government Grants $1,194,788
Program Services $0
Investments $67,947
Special Events $271,980
Sales $0
Other $11,139
Total Revenue $3,213,650

Gov. Palin didn't slash anything from anybody. In fact, it seems that cutting from $5.0MM (Proposed) to $3.9MM (actual) wasn't too bad a deal for Covenant House Alaska, seeing that in 2006 their revenue from the govt was only $1.2MM.

Posted by: WashingtonPost Is Lazy | September 2, 2008 9:39 PM | Report abuse

Well, I see that the Obama clowns have no comeback for the facts posted that FUNDING INCREASED under Palin, so they are resorting to stupid comments to try to bury the facts. It is like soviet book banning. If they don't like the facts, they hide them.

Posted by: WashingtonPost Is Lazy | September 2, 2008 9:38 PM | Report abuse

YOU LOSE, congratulations. Godwin's law strikes. You have just shown, by evoking Hitler, that you have no come back for the posted IRS report showing funding increasedso you resort to calling someone Hitler.

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YOU LOSE, LOSER. SARAH HITLER PALIN IS A BIBLE THUMPING BOOK BURNING FUND CUTTING TUNDRA-BILLY. SHE DOES WEAR SHOES DOESN'T SHE.

Posted by: YOU LOSE | September 2, 2008 9:38 PM | Report abuse

"Ahhh, I think I support the president's policy," McCain said."

This is what I'd like to see us get back to discussing. There is no evidence whatsoever that McCain is capable of thinking for himself.

He got the Maverick label because Stupid wouldn't fly with his base.


Posted by: K Ackermann | September 2, 2008 9:37 PM | Report abuse

I heard she wrote exec order as mayor to ban offensive books from the local public library. She's an abstinence only freak ... yeah that worked out. She preached to her State Guard that God wanted war in Iraq. This chic is backwater. You can put a wet t shirt on her, but she's still from the freaking sticks.

Posted by: Pale choice | September 2, 2008 9:36 PM | Report abuse

The entire building blocks of the Republican party is tumbling down with John McCain and Mrs. Palin. Teaching abstinence before marriage did not work for Mrs. Palin or her daughter Bristol. This is what John McCain and Sara Palin doesn't get, the Democrats do not care if Sara and Bristol's good moral christian upbringing did not prevent them from falling in love and abandoning those beliefs of abstinence-only or of becoming pregnant before marriage because they didn't use contraceptives or if John McCain was unfaithful to his first wife, maybe even the second wife, they just can't be Repulicans! I don't understand how any middle class working American would think they are Republican, you don't make enough money to be a Republican!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 9:36 PM | Report abuse

The more I hear and read about this woman she has/will set women back to the days where women did not have any rights.

If they think they are going to get Clinton supporters when her policies and views finish being told they are sadly mistaken. If they get any of Clinton supporters they were never Clinton supporters to begin with.

Posted by: Clinton Supporters | September 2, 2008 9:36 PM | Report abuse

I'm anti-social programs because I like it when people are sick, starving, and homeless. Let's all pick up guns and shoot them unless they're willing to vote for McCain.

Posted by: JerkD | September 2, 2008 9:36 PM | Report abuse

I think this is great for Palin actually. she will not add any finacial burnden to society with her daugher's pregnancy, which is unlike many democrats here.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 9:36 PM | Report abuse

I was aborted, but I survived through self-reliance and became a Republican. So there.

Posted by: I was aborted. | September 2, 2008 9:36 PM | Report abuse

YOU LOSE, congratulations. Godwin's law strikes. You have just shown, by evoking Hitler, that you have no come back for the posted IRS report showing funding increasedso you resort to calling someone Hitler.

Posted by: lol | September 2, 2008 9:36 PM | Report abuse

mmmm. There will be no Palin/Johnston Wedding...from US Weekly

Levi Johnston, Bristol Palin’s high school sweetheart, and father of her unborn baby may not be ready for fatherhood just yet.

Bristol, the 17-year-old daughter of Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, is five-months pregnant.

Palin announced the pregnancy in a statement to Reuters on Monday. She also used the occasion to reveal Bristol and Levi’s marriage plans. She said, "Bristol and the young man she will marry are going to realize very quickly the difficulties of raising a child, which is why they will have the love and support of our entire family."

The New York Post reports that although Levi admits to being ‘in a relationship’ on his personal My Space page, the teen hockey player makes the candid revelation that he does not want to be a parent stating, “I don’t want kids.”

The teen also uses the site to talk openly about how he likes to spend his time. He boasts, "I'm a f - - -in' redneck who likes to snowboard and ride dirt bikes. But I live to play hockey. I like to go camping and hang out with the boys, do some fishing, shoot some s- - - and just f - - -in' chillin' I guess.”

He warns, “Ya f - - - with me I'll kick [your] ass."

McCain announced Palin as his running mate on Friday.

The 44-year-old, who is expected to be a grandmother by Christmas, will be the first woman nominated by the Republican Party to run on a national ticket.

Posted by: Shanb | September 2, 2008 9:35 PM | Report abuse

I think this is great for Palin actually. she will not add any finacial burnden to society with her daugher's pregnancy, which is unlike many democrats here.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 9:35 PM | Report abuse

So I guess the abstinence-based education really did'nt work in the Palin household either. Pity.

Posted by: mike r | September 2, 2008 9:35 PM | Report abuse

Republican are just of their minds. They believe in government funding to subsidize big business in tax breaks, bailouts, and non compete contracts. They believe in corporate advantage over workers compensation in living wages and outsourcing jobs to lowest bidder. Everyone pays taxes even the poor everyday through consumption taxes..gas, food, clothing, utilities, etc. So, please explain why they are concern when there are government programs that benefit low income people. They don't have a problem with over burden social services directly related to abuse of hiring illegal workers for less than fair wages.

Posted by: LoveAmerica | September 2, 2008 9:34 PM | Report abuse

IRS Form 990
http://www.guidestar.org/pqShowGsReport.do?partner=justgive&npoId=332976

2006 REVENUE for Covenant House Alaska

Contributions $1,667,796
Government Grants $1,194,788
Program Services $0
Investments $67,947
Special Events $271,980
Sales $0
Other $11,139
Total Revenue $3,213,650

Gov. Palin didn't slash anything from anybody. In fact, it seems that cutting from $5.0MM (Proposed) to $3.9MM (actual) wasn't too bad a deal for Covenant House Alaska, seeing that in 2006 their revenue from the govt was only $1.2MM.

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They must seriously be concerned about Salin Hitler Palin, the McCain campaign is on here blogging during the freaking convention. PREPARE TO LOSE LOSERS!!!

Posted by: YOU LOSE | September 2, 2008 9:34 PM | Report abuse

This entire article is a complete fabrication!

Palin did NOT "slash" ANY state funding from Covenant House.

This was a request the organization made to the state for EXPANSION of it's facilities, total cost to be $22,000,000 of which the FED had already given them $7,000,000

Outrageous demonstration of supposed journalism.

Posted by: gareyt17 | September 2, 2008 9:33 PM | Report abuse

WAKE UP PEOPLE. LOOK AT THE ACTUAL IRS REPORTS. FUNDING INCREASED FROM THE PREVIOUS YEARS. THE WASHINGTON POST IS LYING TO YOU!

DON'T TRUST ANYONE WITHOUT VERIFYING.

LOOK AT THE IRS FORMS, THEN ASK YOURSELF, WHAT IS THEIR MOTIVATION FOR LYING?

Posted by: WAKE UP PEOPLE | September 2, 2008 9:33 PM | Report abuse

Wow, Hopefully Bristol can thank Sarah for her abstinence only philosophy. Any one realize her judgement and her actions FAILED her daughter? And McCain is abstinence only promoter as well. Of course not for him, he can bonk a Cindy while he's still married to someone else. Typical white male and hillbilly submissive woman to push the issue to teenage girls.

Posted by: Tundrabilly? | September 2, 2008 9:32 PM | Report abuse

Let's get to the point. This is a verdict on all these so-called christian evangelicals who apparently hold Sarah Palin as the model for their course against abortion. Well, now we know there has always been fornification and pre-marital sexual sin in her household. Well, he who without sin, should cast the first stone againts these teen mums. Sarah should learn her lesson...and the evangelicals out there, you brring shame on God with your hypocrisy

Posted by: oley | September 2, 2008 9:30 PM | Report abuse

Mc Cain has sold out to the Republican morons. Goodbye Mc Cain.

Posted by: Hoffmann | September 2, 2008 9:30 PM | Report abuse

I think this is great for Palin actually. she will not add any finacial burnden to society with her daugher's pregnancy, which is unlike many democrats here.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 9:29 PM | Report abuse

Palin was an unbelievably poor choice for McCain. The vetting was clearly not done well enough, but even if it had been Palin would still be a poor choice. McCain will be the oldest President ever elected for a first term. McCain has had cancer something like five times so the olds of his surviving his first term are the lowest of any President in history. He needed a VP who was ready to take over a President on day one, and Palin simply is not that person.

Palin's positions on important issue has her at odds with the majority of Americans on birth control, sex education, abortion rights, science education, etc. Palin's family situation should have been sufficient reason for her to turn down the offer of VP. Being the VP is tough enough for a parent who's family is grown and doing fine, but Palin's family is filled with major issues that need to be delt with by her. If nothing else her willingness to be VP shows a serious lack of judgement and inability to set priorities.

Can anyone seriously see Palin as President of the United States. I'm not asking whether or not you like her politics, values or see some of your own problems in her. I'm asking if you seriously think that she is in a position to be commander in chief? I think the answer is that from almost every concievable point of view she is not ready or able to take on this job right now. If McCain was 45 and in excellent health we might be able to say that Palin will have time to learn the job on the job, but McCain is 72 and at serious risk.

Palin was a big mistake, way too big to ignore. I cannot see how I could vote for McCain with Palin as VP.

Posted by: captbilly | September 2, 2008 9:29 PM | Report abuse

Typical hypocritial Republicans and Right wing NUT JOBS!!

Call yourself a christian when it is convenient for you, but WOOOOPS....its ok to slash funding for other young, unmarried pregnant women, MOST of whom don't have families that will support them unconditionally.

THIS STINKS TO HIGH HEAVEN!!

No thinking person would ever vote for any ticket which includes either McCain or Palin....it just could not get any moe comicial!

Rest assured, there will be more shoes to drop!!

Posted by: misssymoto | September 2, 2008 9:29 PM | Report abuse

I'm insulted that the McCain campaign is trying to cast Palin as change just because she is a woman. Just because I'm a woman doesn't mean I have to vote for a female candidate.

Posted by: JessicaMI | September 2, 2008 9:27 PM | Report abuse

The link to Levi Johnston's MySpace page doesn't work, because his page has been deleted or account canceled.

Posted by: Of Course | September 2, 2008 9:27 PM | Report abuse

IRS Form 990
http://www.guidestar.org/pqShowGsReport.do?partner=justgive&npoId=332976

2006 REVENUE for Covenant House Alaska

Contributions $1,667,796
Government Grants $1,194,788
Program Services $0
Investments $67,947
Special Events $271,980
Sales $0
Other $11,139
Total Revenue $3,213,650

Gov. Palin didn't slash anything from anybody. In fact, it seems that cutting from $5.0MM (Proposed) to $3.9MM (actual) wasn't too bad a deal for Covenant House Alaska, seeing that in 2006 their revenue from the govt was only $1.2MM.

Posted by: WashingtonPost Is Lazy | September 2, 2008 9:27 PM | Report abuse

Check out Levi's blog:

http://levijohnston.com/Blog/

Posted by: Roy | September 2, 2008 9:27 PM | Report abuse

Sounds like a typical apathetic move by the governor, she has plenty of money for her knocked-up daughter, and I'm sure a good insurance plan, but cut the money for the needy mothers? She cut the food too, why doesn't she supply a .308 to the homeless so they too can enjoy moose hunting!

Posted by: Fred W | September 2, 2008 9:27 PM | Report abuse

I have not heard any comment on this, so I'll put it out there. In her speech in Dayton,OH Gov. Palin displayed one more reason why she is a bad choice for VP. She said where her son was stationed, when he was deploying, and where he was deploying. As Vice Commander in Chief, shouldn't she have a little knowledge of Operational Security?? I hope no one else paid attention to this horrible example. To contrast this issue, Beau Biden showed how it is done. He said he would not be around in November. That's it. One more thing to think about.

Posted by: Pale choice | September 2, 2008 9:26 PM | Report abuse

She's a good conservative candidate McCain was struggling to stay afloat, but with more and more stories and inconsistencies surfacing, she may turn out to be a cement Pro-Lifejacket for him.

Posted by: John Pointer | September 2, 2008 9:26 PM | Report abuse

Google “Covenant House Alaska - Covenant House Facility Expansion”

For the PDF

After reading that, tell us you believe their funding was cut by Sarah Palin.

Posted by: BillGross | September 2, 2008 9:24 PM | Report abuse

This republican convention is mind numbing. Anyone who can't tell Obama is smart, diligent, well informed, and earnest about doing what's best for America is dumber than a post. Republicans have been recycling their own propaganda for so long they've lost the ability to reason.

Posted by: Charles | September 2, 2008 9:24 PM | Report abuse

To WaPo,

You just don't get it! I'm talking with people all over the country and they LOVE Sarah Palin!

What about Barry Obama's ties to terrorist Bill Ayers? What about Obama's twenty years in a radical, anti-American "church"?

You'll be so surprised when the country takes to this strong, Christian woman.

Posted by: MarkF | September 2, 2008 9:24 PM | Report abuse

What is the relevance of this anyway? Did Gov. Palin rush to change this funding when she found out her daughter was pregnant? This woman walks the walk. She is a fine example of the way America used to be before it went to the dogs. I'm making a personal commitment to donate $20 to the McCain campaign for every new bulls**t personal attack against Gov. Palin that comes out of Rock Star & the Obamiacs. Not that money matters too much, Obumbler & Co. have already proven that all the money in the world can't buy them this election.

Posted by: Dave | September 2, 2008 9:24 PM | Report abuse

I am sick of the media pandering to Obama, making up crap like this. Reading through the comments and following links, it seems that this is a major twist. All I see here is a bash on a woman. I wish some people would actually stop trusting media propaganda and check things for themselves. They are blindly following.

Party Unity My A**
http://www.hillaryclintonforum.net/discussion/

We will not be told we have to vote for the man who took a dump on our candidate.

Posted by: Hillary2012 | September 2, 2008 9:23 PM | Report abuse

My daughter just had a child. I'm the only family my kids really have. I've worked hard to give my kids a home and put food on the table. God forbid something happen to me, but if it did I would hope that someone would at least help my daughter and her baby find a temporary home. I've been trying to save up emergency money, but with how bad prices have become, I just can't seem to build anything significant.

Posted by: Rachel in OH | September 2, 2008 9:21 PM | Report abuse

Thanks to whoever posted the link to the baby's father's page, we now know that he has links to Obama's site and lists Obama as who he'd like to meet. This has low-grade prime-time soap opera written all over it.

Posted by: Thanks | September 2, 2008 9:20 PM | Report abuse

So, the implication of this article is that if you don't give ENOUGH public finds to private charities, then you're "against" the people those charities are intended to help. That's the essence of modern liberalism. All Kane is saying here is that Palin isn't a liberal.

Nice reporting Kane.

Posted by: NotStupid | September 2, 2008 9:19 PM | Report abuse

McCain might have done good by picking Palin, Young people think she is hott! See some sexy Palin pics http://www.theveep.com

Posted by: Peter | September 2, 2008 9:19 PM | Report abuse

Julia
Check Covenant House's reports (easily accessible via a Google search). Funding wasn't cut, it was greatly increase, year over year. It was funded less than proposed, but it increased.

Posted by: Trust after you Verify | September 2, 2008 9:18 PM | Report abuse

Check out Annie Oakley's new son-in-law Levi:

http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=410261272

Looks like he came from a "Evangelical-Republican" home as well

Posted by: Roy | September 2, 2008 9:17 PM | Report abuse

LOL @ all the fake Hillary supporters claiming they are for McCain, keep posting, we all believe you!!1

Posted by: Potter | September 2, 2008 9:17 PM | Report abuse

It is totally appropriate to cut funding for teenage mom's. Only well off people like the Palin's should carry their fetus to term. Those without the support and money should abort. After Ms Palin makes it illegal then have an illegal abortion. Whatever you do have no compassion and punish the less fortunate.

rplat is there anything I missed in your ideology?

Mrs Palin has so little regard for her Down Syndrome baby that neither she nor her husband feel obligated to directly care for their child. The important thing is to avoid abortion after that transfer the parental responsibility to others.

Posted by: Ronnn | September 2, 2008 9:17 PM | Report abuse

the press is looking more and more like a Soviet/Marxist style disinformation agency of the gov.
Obama intends to intimidate the press, and has already done so through intense legal pressures, trying to ban adverts unfavorable to him. This is just the tip of the iceburg. Many media outlets already self-censor in order to please Obama.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 9:16 PM | Report abuse

I'm a little confused - Covenant House is a Roman Catholic program run by a nun. What exactly does it have to do with sex education?

They take at-risk kids, many of them abuse victims or runaways or off the streets and try to find them lives to go back to. There isn't a moral component in Palin cutting their funds. She slashed services because she didn't want to pay for them. That simple.

Nice values.

Posted by: julia | September 2, 2008 9:15 PM | Report abuse

The Post has taken sides and is "reporting" to support Obama. So what. Documents revealing Obama's decades long collaboration with unrepentant terroist William Ayers are bnow available. The Post will hide/minimize another appalling Obama personal connectoion.
Palin reduced a proposed government program. That is what Conservative Republicans do. She was popular precisely because she cut programs aand taxes.

Posted by: john patrick | September 2, 2008 9:13 PM | Report abuse

Correction, they only spent 1.8Million In Alaska.. forgot the last part..

Posted by: MSM Is Lazy | September 2, 2008 9:12 PM | Report abuse

So now it comes out that the "reduced" funding was actually more of an increase over the previous year's funding than a decrease from the proposed amount, and that the net increase to similar programs also grew substantially. It's shoddy fact-checking like this by the media that leaves an uniformed electorate grasping at straws.

I am undecided and unwilling to condemn or defend based on first reports. Journalists have an obligation to do better.

Posted by: Irresponsible journalism | September 2, 2008 9:12 PM | Report abuse

Kimberly, if mccain can't even remember how many houses he has, how can you expect him to remember what his position on contraceptives.
And now they want to bring the boyfriend into the campaign. Anyone going to sk him about his not wanting koids post on Youtube? Don't blame the media on this one. Ol' sarah made a point of bringing it up. She says they are going to be married. I believe his mom said there were no marriage plans. So who is playing whom here?

Posted by: mike l | September 2, 2008 9:12 PM | Report abuse

The Washington Post is beginning to make itself look silly as it picks fly specks out of the pepper and attempts to find a skeleton in Sarah Palin's closet. Palin does not have to be perfect in order to make McCain's candidacy superior to the Democratic ticket.

Posted by: C. Nelson | September 2, 2008 9:12 PM | Report abuse

According to their annual reports, the Covenant House only spent about 1.8Million dollars in 2006. An increase to 3.9Million is not a cut, it is a drastic increase.

http://64.233.169.104/search?q=cache:VCIZD-YeF8AJ:www.covenanthouse.org/pdf/ab_fin_ar_2004.pdf+site:covenanthouse.org+alaska&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=7&gl=us&client=firefox-a

You don't count a raise as a cut if you don't get as much as you want. You still got a raise.

Posted by: MSM Is Lazy | September 2, 2008 9:12 PM | Report abuse

"Ya know The Mrs. McCain't looks like she drinks herself to sleep"

Nahh...she's stealing sleeping pills from her foundation.

Posted by: JM | September 2, 2008 9:12 PM | Report abuse

This is just another example of Palin's poor character.

To the people who say we should stay out of her personal life:

If she thinks the gov't should be making decisions about our personal lives and our pregnancies, we have every right to bring her personal life into question.

We have every right to discuss her because Palin believes the gov't should have the right to force women to carry all pregnancies full-term, to force unwanted pregnancies, and possibly unwanted babies, even when they are the result of rape. The government has no right telling women what they must do with their bodies. I have the choice of what I want to do with my body and no government will tell me otherwise. Teenage pregnancy is a very real problem that continues to get worse. Abstinence does not work. Palin's own daughter is a glaring example of that. Another very real problem is all the newborn babies that are found in dumpsters or dropped off on hospital doorsteps. What about the countless children that are neglected and abused because they were the result of unwanted or unplanned pregnancies. I wonder if all the anti-abortion zealots would take care of all of them.

Posted by: Karen | September 2, 2008 9:11 PM | Report abuse

Let's have a distributed reporting project. Help me find out how much Covenant House got from the state the last few years. According to what looks like their budget, they only got $155,000 in 2007. See the pdf link below, also here:

http://24ahead.com/blog/archives/007978.html

Paul Kane: have you sent in your resume to the DailyKos yet?

Posted by: 24AheadDotCom | September 2, 2008 9:11 PM | Report abuse

Wow, I'm appalled. What a hypocrite Governor Palin is. I was disappointed when Hillary lost and so was on the fence, but I definitely don't want to see this woman a step away from the Presidency. Guess I'm voting Obama/Biden.

Posted by: Melissa | September 2, 2008 9:11 PM | Report abuse

Equal rights failed where civil rights succeeded as women have allowed themselves to be divided, disrespected, and dominated as this one sided reporting attempts to do to a woman leader with a pregnant daughter.

Hold the Washington Post accountable for tabloid style reporting like this and stand up for all women in the process.

Posted by: Women For Equal Opportunity | September 2, 2008 9:10 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin took a town that had zero debt and when she left office this town of 5,600 was in debt over $22 million.

Posted by: Know the Truth | September 2, 2008 9:10 PM | Report abuse

By the comments posted here the electorate may just be dumb enough to elect Obama, an obvious con man.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 9:09 PM | Report abuse

McCain is a pimp. Maybe as President he feels he'll right the wrongs of being a failed Aviator. My Father got his wings in 1939. It was the Depression, nobody had anything. It was his skill that got him into Pensacola, and a 21 year career in the Navy. No pimps.

Posted by: ooxomoxoo | September 2, 2008 9:09 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if Mrs. Obama had a private meeting with Mr. Biden before he was approved for the Demo-VP. Seems sexist for McCain't to have Palin meet with the Mrs. before her designation. Maybe she was making sure they could be drinking buddies. Ya know The Mrs. McCain't looks like she drinks herself to sleep.

Posted by: sexistMagnet | September 2, 2008 9:09 PM | Report abuse

This isn't hypothetical for me and my family. I have three daughters and one son. One of my daughters has a child. If I follow the values of the typical Democrat this is what would happen - my daughter would be on WELFARE and living some place on the dime of the tax payers. She would raise her daughter alone (or virtually) and become comfortable living off the hard work of others, or she simply would abort the child out of convenience. However, our values are different than that and our daughter and her child (that she chose to raise instead of adoption) is OUR responsibility until our daughter is able to be a responsible mother and/or a responsible wife married to a responsible husband. Because of the different values we have we're Republicans.

Posted by: JLocke | September 2, 2008 9:08 PM | Report abuse

Her proposal to cut that funding for teens was totally unjustified. How the hell could she do any such thing when she herself has a pregnant 17 year old daughter? Not that her daughter would ever have 2 fend 4 herself being the daughter of a governor. I'm 17 and have a 2 year old son. If the assistance was available 2 me I wouldn't have any issues as a teen parent. It's an outrage that resources other than being turned over to state custody are not available. My parents recently divorced and my stepmom kicked me out and my dad ran off to Texas. Where does that leave me and my son? Legally without emancipation I'm not authorized to sign any documents regarding any legal matters. Now tell me a mother who is trying her best to raise her son in a society where men are all the time leaving mothers with their children that some assistance should not be available to me. Not saying that teen pregancy should be condoned but there shouldn't be any reason why a mother should be left without any options. Some young women have no family to turn to. Statistically speaking most teen mothers come from broken families themselves. At the time I had my son I thought I had the full support of my family. They were going to pay for me to keep my son in daycare while I continued my education. But they backed out a year later and decided to divorce and in the rubble was left me and my baby. I took very good care of my son. For the first 12 weeks after I had my son I was homebound in my schooling. I breastfed for 6 months and got up with him every night by myself for the first few months of his life. Right now he is staying with his grandma on his dad's side because of inadequate housing environment for my son. I'm living with an aunt who has a couple other people staying there in a trailer all of whom smoke and one who is an alcoholic. I myself have been through the foster system twice in my life and it is not the life I want for my son. I am an unstatistical teen mother I know but there must be some situation similar to mine.Palin is unfit for office and should be ashamed of herself for voting in such a manner.

Posted by: Starr S. | September 2, 2008 9:08 PM | Report abuse

I can't believe the pundits and anchors on TV aren't rolling on the floor, laughing at McCain's choice, and then considering whether to call the men in the white coats. It is frightening to me that someone who was literally head-dog catcher two years ago could be our next president if McCain kicks the bucket, as he is likely to do with the pressure.

And the hypocrisy of asking the media and others not to make her daughter's pregnancy an issue: it wouldn't be an issue if the GOP hadn't been making a woman's reproductive choice an issue since the '70's, riding to victory on the backs of every woman.

Does anyone think her daughter really wants to get married and have a baby at 17? The real victim here is Bristol, trapped by her mother's career, built on pandering to the extreme right-wing. Wasn't it just a couple months ago we were throwing someone in jail from a polygamist sect for forcing the same thing on young girs? Her plight, ironically, is exactly what Planned Parenthood has been trying to get through to people: if you take away the right to choose, you are potentially wrecking whatever future a young girl might have had, and let's not even think about the life of an unwanted child. Why has the crime rate gone down so drastically since the '70's? How much is this boy getting paid to marry her?

Women who are pro-choice are unwitting, brainswashed tools of Republican males, looking to solidify power. A woman who would take another woman's reproductive choice away is worse, in my opinion, than the sly men using this wedge issue.

This ticket is so sick it's beyond description. Morass, maybe, is the word I'm looking for.

Posted by: prior independent voter | September 2, 2008 9:08 PM | Report abuse

Clarification to binkynh: You posted
"The whole motivation behind the (stupid) choice of Palin was designed to grab up Hillary supporters in the first place."

Here is one scenario:
McCain was NOT going to get money or support from the right wing; they are sort of predators. In this round, McCain seems to have attracted their attention and cash by bringing our Palin (with due respect to her faults, painted as strength). This is red meat for intellectually challenged, and not to think for themselves. Once the coffers are filled, criticism is driven by McCain camps leaks and feeds to media (documented already) creating unrest that will allow Palin to move out. This teem pregnancy thing and other stuff will facilitate the change as "natural and patriotic" choice to add to everyone's pride. Then McCain's real choices takes the place. Religious right folks have already invested the money and they might as well vote for McCain. Opportunist at their help. That's McCain's story. He proudly and boldly cheated on a good wife time and again, quite cowardly. So do not expect him to give a damn about anything, even this nation.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 9:08 PM | Report abuse

Please note Governor Palin 's own words, saying that she and her husband support "Bristol's DECISION to keep her baby," which means she made a choice. Her words are unequivocal-- clearly there were options and she chose one. So both Gov Palin and her daughter have exercised their legal right to choose the outcomes of their pregnancies, as it should be. Yet Palin would deny other women that choice. Her hypocrisy is astounding.

Posted by: DrJ in Baltimore | September 2, 2008 9:08 PM | Report abuse

Levi says on MySpace he doesn't like children. Too late, Levi, too bad you didn't study sex education instead of abstinence.
Now you will have Annie Oakley as a mother-in-law and Granpa Simpson as your great uncle.

Posted by: Roy | September 2, 2008 9:07 PM | Report abuse

"....how education" ho education they might be good at....one thing healthy about the pregnancy thing, it didn't involve old pasty wite men with young boys, a more typical Republican sexually-related scandal.

oh, and to the self-righteous- the reason her opposing helping teen mothers is the idea of out-of-wedlock pregnant high school girls has nothing to do with whether the knocked-up girl's parents are well-tro-do or not, is that what your self-righteous morals hold? If you oppose helping underpriviledged or destitute or these days just plain middle-class family situated, girls who are pregnant (and won't want abortion), then you should oppose Palin helping even her own daughter, it will only encourage her, and be a bad lesson for her other daughter.

A big problem with you Republicans is you are not consistent. With all your projecting on Democrats about flip-flopping, you guys do it amazingly well. If Palin had an abortion you'd even find a way to not condemn her, if McCain ate babies live with a rusty fork, you would overlook it and claw at those that see it as evil or something. You people are nothing but a huge joke. To most of the world and half this country. Someday you will have to live with it all, maybe even a black as President. You will find out nothing different much happens, all your fears are fantasies, you might need a shrink, guys, get used to it.

Posted by: fep | September 2, 2008 9:07 PM | Report abuse

Palin is such a joke that she really doesn't merit all the Sturm und Drang--although it is amusing to see Republicans trying to the defend the indefensible without breaking into massive sh*t-eating grins. But then again, they also defended McCain on choice issues. And he's someone who says that abortion is murder but wants states to decide the issue. So, it would be OK with him if NY killed babies while Alabama didn't. Apparently, he found in Palin a person with as little moral consistency as he has. Pitiful.

Posted by: Lucky Lakeshore | September 2, 2008 9:07 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin as mayor of Wasilla fired the Chief Librarian, because she won't remove books that Palin found objectionable.

The town was so outraged, they nearly staged a recall vote, until Palin gave in and reinstated the librarian.

Posted by: Know the Truth | September 2, 2008 9:05 PM | Report abuse

I know it's difficult for you liberals but let's get something straight. Parents and families take care of their daughters and other children, not the government. It would be absolutely appropriate to cut public funding for teen moms and it would be even more appropriate for the families to provide for them. Enough of these liberals and their socialist crap.
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That so sexist. The public funds assist in education and support for the less fortunate. And yes I bet there are even bigger barefoot hillbillies than the Palin family in Alaska. This is exactly why us HRCers won't vote McCain. And thanks for prodding me to go ahead and vote, since I was going to sit this one out.

Posted by: White Old Men Suck | September 2, 2008 9:05 PM | Report abuse

I'm confused, is this story supposed to be some sort of redemption, to make you and your kind seem less pathetic and disgusting after all of the baby/family insults of the last 78 hours? Because it doesn't. You only seem more pathetic and disgusting.

Posted by: Dave | September 2, 2008 9:05 PM | Report abuse

Since when is government supposed to fund social services? Whoever says that government should provide social services (including healthcare) pursues a utopian dream. Government does that only when its citizens refuse to help their neighbors. Government cannot save us, people! It will only place a heavier yoke on us and let the select few take advantage of the common folk.

If you ask me, I'd say this is communism in its early stages (and, trust me, I have experienced socialism and communism firsthand).

Posted by: Igor | September 2, 2008 9:05 PM | Report abuse

Mrs. Hilter should get to an O2 tent before the remaining the last few thousand brain cells expire.

Posted by: RJG | September 2, 2008 9:04 PM | Report abuse

Covenant House is a religious organization. Why is any government money going towards a religious organization in the first place?

PUMA 4EVR!

This is one Democrat who is sick of the media and their lapdog, Obama, smearing women.

Posted by: Hillary's Girl | September 2, 2008 9:04 PM | Report abuse

Obama?
Obama says he is bringing our troops home. But he is then sending them to his war in Afghanastan. HOME IS NOT AFGHANASTAN.

SO WEAK ... ITS CALLED REAL JUDGEMENT AND A REAL STRATEGY TO SQUELCH TERRORISTS NOT WASTING TRILLIONS IN IRAQ. SINCE YOU ARE STUPID, PLEASE SEND ME YOUR TAXES.

Posted by: Winning | September 2, 2008 9:03 PM | Report abuse

I know it's difficult for you liberals but let's get something straight. Parents and families take care of their daughters and other children, not the government. It would be absolutely appropriate to cut public funding for teen moms and it would be even more appropriate for the families to provide for them. Enough of these liberals and their socialist crap.

Posted by: rplat | September 2, 2008 9:03 PM | Report abuse

Grandpa Simpson and Annie Oakley both opposed funding to prevent teen pregnancies and Annie cut funding for teen mothers. More "Christian-Republican" hypocrisy.

Maybe Annie's poor daughter, who she threw under the bus for her own selfish ambitions, would have been better off learning that her boyfriend should have used a condom instead of studying "abstinence"

McCain's selection of Palin after only meeting her once tells us he is not in charge of his own campaign and does not have the judgment to be President.

No more years.

Posted by: Roy | September 2, 2008 9:03 PM | Report abuse

This year's election may be settled in the swamps:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Gf-hfyAf2M

It's a State of Snakes!

Posted by: State Of Snakes | September 2, 2008 9:03 PM | Report abuse

Dave said:
"I've heard more mainstream media bashing of Palin in the last three days than the total 19 months Obama has been campaigning for President. Its clear who their man is."

Dave, Dave, Dave, when is it time to wake-up from your slumber? I heard Hannity say the exact same thing today... must you think like him?
The FACT is, that Senator Obama receives far more Media scrutiny, than McCain.
Recently, there was a scientific study, by George Mason University (often a GOP source, when it suits them), which found the majority of Obama stories were negative.
Furthermore, a recent PEW Research Poll, found that people knew enough about Sen Obama, and wanted to hear more about McCain.
So, while Hannity likes manipulating you, and you repeat verbatim what he tells you to think, reality is something completely different.
Unfortunately, on this Palin story, the Media is still getting it wrong. It's not about Palin, nor her daughter - - it's about Senator McCain. It's about poor judgment. And a cynical view of the Presidency, and protecting the American People.
And lastly, why is McCain denying requests to interview Gov Palin?
Why not let her exhibit her broad knowledge & understanding of the complex domestic & foreign policy issues, that are facing this country? She's such a great candidate, so why shield her???
Care to answer, Dave?
Or shall I wait, until Hannity tells you your answer?

Posted by: jon | September 2, 2008 9:03 PM | Report abuse

I'm going with McCain! Obama is an empty suit and thoughtless... The decision to select Palin helped win me over and now I'm for McCain/Palin!

The DNC robbed Hiliary and they'll pay dearly for it.

NH is for McCain/Palin!!

Pat


Posted by: NH - Former Clinton Supporter | September 2, 2008 9:02 PM | Report abuse

It just amazes me that so many of you rightwingers talk that, "personal responsibility" crap, when you are all to happy to have large corporations steal the governments money(see: Haliburton, Blackwater, et al in Iraq and elsewhere). They can move offshore, not pay any taxes, but that's okay.
Where do you think the money they steal comes from, some money machine or something. No, it's the same source as the money that goes to help the less fortunate. Banks, mortgage companies, auto manufacturors get bailed-out, but no complaints from you clowns.

Posted by: Shag | September 2, 2008 9:02 PM | Report abuse

Has anyone asked if Covenant House actually needed all five million dollars? Was a lot of it going to waste? Where there other groups that could have used the funding better? Palin has an 80%+ approval rating here for a reason, she champions responsible spending of taxpayers' money. For those who are complaining, you are free to write a check yourself. After all, this is your money. Where is a single article or press release by Covenant House complaining about funding being slashed?

Posted by: 222ttt | September 2, 2008 9:01 PM | Report abuse

The GOP hasn't learned. They've just run even further to the right.

McCain has abandoned every moderate bone he had so he could rally the Taliban Americans. He is nothing more than a naked opportunist.

America has had enough of the far right of the GOP shoving their cultural war down our throats when there are so many other problems we need to address.

We cannot allow this country to fall prey to these extremist.

Posted by: JM | September 2, 2008 9:01 PM | Report abuse

Still plenty of time for a 3rd Party to emerge.

Posted by: rusty 3 | September 2, 2008 9:00 PM | Report abuse

I heard Palin attempted to write into Alaska constitution a ban on offensive books. She also preached to alsaka guard in Iraq that the war was God's will. She also cut funding to help unfortunate teen funding all the while advocating abstinence only. The results of her experience? A pregnant daughter. I think we should do the OPPOSITE of what Sarah Hitler Palin claims.

Posted by: Mrs. Hitler? | September 2, 2008 8:58 PM | Report abuse

The "Molly" and "anonymous" creeps trolling here were never Hillary supporters. They're republicans trying to put a spin on us.

The whole motivation behind the (stupid) choice of Palin was designed to grab up Hillary supporters in the first place. Now we on these forums are certainly going to get plenty of these liars posing as Hillary supporters.

Posted by: binkynh | September 2, 2008 8:57 PM | Report abuse

From:
Head of State
http://headofstate.blogspot.com/2008/09/unsurprised.html

Tuesday, September 02, 2008
Unsurprised

"No Surprises From Palin, McCain Team Says"-Washington Post


Senior McCain officials described themselves as "unsurprised" today as huge storms of locusts flew from Wasilla, Alaska and descended upon McCain campaign headquarters. "Locusts were vetted. Locusts were vetted in the vet" said one campaign official, who spoke without attribution out of concern that he would be devoured by a verminous flying cloud. The campaign also said that they were nonplussed by reports that the rivers were running black with ashes, that family pets were begin to speak in human voices, declaiming "Release Sarah!", and that a huge spreading stain was beginning to blot out the Northern sun. "Vetted", said the campaign.

"There are exciting new studies that show that locusts can be used as a source of biodegradable fuel" said Newt Gingrich, as he hunkered down to avoid the black marble obelisks falling from the sky around him. "Palin, if she can be said to have played a role in bringing about these new biofuel resources, should be praised for her innovative role in the solution to our future energy demands".

"These events firmly demonstrate Palin's deep connection to traditional modes of traditional expression, in traditional forms, traditionally." said William Kristol, editor of the Weekly Standard. "Experience, in the face of these more traditional events, is overrated..." continued Kristol, before ending the interview to wrap himself head-to-toe in mosquito netting and swallowing a bitter tasting anti-malarial drug, the taste of which, as his lips contorted, he noted to be "surprisingly refreshing."

Palin's schedule in the upcoming days of the Republican National Convention has been cut short due to, as one McCain communications aide reported, a desire not to "let the magic out of the bottle too quickly." "Sarah is a precious resource, who each moment brings a new vitality and energy to every worker on the campaign" said the aide, while fighting to remove the nest of serpents which had suddenly materialized on the floor beneath him, and were now slowly ascending his legs. "Do these bite, or just slink?" asked the aide, who spoke on conditions of anonymity so as not to provoke or otherwise alienate the reptiles.

Meanwhile, as the heavens darkened, the seas began to boil, and a deep voice tore through the clouds shouting, in stentorian tones to one and all: "It was a Mistake!", campaign offices described themselves as "unperturbed". "Serpents materializing, house pets suddenly called to vocal advocacy, Celestial callings to revise and repent...Vetted" said the spokesman, speaking on condition of anonymity as he was turning into a pillar of salt. "Everything that was vetted was vetted in the vet."

Cite:
Head of State:
http://headofstate.blogspot.com/2008/09/unsurprised.html

Posted by: Robert Hewson | September 2, 2008 8:57 PM | Report abuse

welp, all them saved dollars for thet ther teen program can be sent to all our allies in the killing fields. Why would we want to promote responsible living? Thet will only git in the way of destroying every one that don't agree with us. We need them dollars for Israel. They know how to take unwanted folks out. Republicans will cleanse the world.

Posted by: hatemonger | September 2, 2008 8:57 PM | Report abuse

Christians are commanded to put God first, so the republican convention slogan, "Country First" means God has to get in line because He's not first. Actually none of their stuff makes since to anyone who's capable of thinking.
Stalin, Hitler, Mao, Saddam, and Hirohito would all say "country first". Who's country first anyway? My country is not this solipsistic Orwellian hallucination the republicans want me to buy into. If they want to go to hell that's their business. I want us to go back to government by the people and for the people ,and to flush all of this blind allegiance to whatever these money worshiping, flag huggers tell us to believe. How long, oh Lord will the world be tormented by these hypocrite, moron, reprobates?

Posted by: Charles | September 2, 2008 8:57 PM | Report abuse

you know what is fun....they may somehow win again this time, but in the future some day they will see how pathetically simple their supporters were. Was she home schooling her abstinance education? Does this show abstinance education works? What does the bible say about out of wedlock sex and children? hmm I presume she is in lockstep with the absurdity (unless you are a devout Catholic) of being against condoms? hmmm. And if Biden's grandaughter was a teen, unwed and pregnant 9 months, would Republicans be so kind and gentle and feminist-sounding?

So in the future they will see how stupid this aall was that these Republicans, who have done nothing at all good for the country in nearly 8 years but never stop bragging, never cease their subterfuge and dishonesty, whether in the Justice Department or the EPA. They will see ho education decayed as they de-emphasized and eroded public education, while simultaneously allowing incredible consolidation of media further dumbing down the populace.

Posted by: fred fep | September 2, 2008 8:56 PM | Report abuse

Maybe because Covenant House started having competition from other groups like Alley’s House where the funding was split to. Why should Covenant House get all the funding when there where other groups like it that also provide that service? I heard that overall funding for these groups went up, it was just distributed among more groups, not just Covenant House.

Don't the reporters bother to report the whole story anymore?

Posted by: Opusherringhead | September 2, 2008 8:56 PM | Report abuse

O'Reilly made it clear today on his radio program that unwed teen mothers are fine unless they are poor and may need assistance that would drain our government.....

Posted by: Jo T | September 2, 2008 8:56 PM | Report abuse

The following post just missed the obvious:

Re-read and figure out why the teens engaged with sex; they found it to be an easier option and experimental fun. Did th eposter mean as a sick pun "first teenager" of Alaska? Is the Moose meat an aphrodisiac? Blame it all on that species.
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Reference:

Opportunistic Jouralism. This headline could have also read:

"Palin Slashed Funding for.....

1. Teen counseling
2. Teen employment search
3. Teen homeless and runaways
4. Teen health services
5. Teen crisis intervention
...."

But of course, the media is striking while the iron is hot, as if this is the first teenager to have ever gotten pregnant.

Posted by: RMMJ | September 2, 2008 8:43 PM
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Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 8:56 PM | Report abuse

@Jerry "Most of you miss the point of Palin's cuts. She advocates personal responsibility, not living off the public. Her daughter has nothing to do with this, but if anything she's obviously been schooled in personal responsibility by choosing to keep the baby, bet married and shoulder the responsibility. Too hard for liberals to understand, isn't it."

Of course she's not going to live off the system, her mother is the Governor of Alaska!

But, since we're talking about personal responsibility, she won't be living off her mother anymore, right? She's going to drop out of school, move out of her mother's house, move in with her soon-to-be husband and start working to support her baby, right?

If she has any trouble finding a place to live or work, I'm sure her mother can twist a few arms and fire a few people to see that she finds something. It may be corruption, but it's not living off the system!

Posted by: Paul | September 2, 2008 8:54 PM | Report abuse

This is a bogus charge. A organization called Alley's House received over two million dollars this same year. This was an increase in teen pregnancy home funding.

BTW, to the poster who keep talking about the library book ban, this was one quote where Sarah Palin was discussing a hypothetical in a conversation, she did not try to. It was a Constitutional conversation no different than your posting the quote here. She never tried to do that.

The left must be very frightened of Sarah Palin on the ticket if they are resorting to these lame, false attacks.

Posted by: Jeff Johnson | September 2, 2008 8:54 PM | Report abuse


"Consider my wife's subscription cancelled."

Isn't that a bit sexist!?

Posted by: I'm a Loser Baby | September 2, 2008 8:54 PM | Report abuse

Ok- for everyones clarification- this was the post I was responding to:

"TO all the conservatives who are crying about a liberal media bias:

If you don't want questions brought up about your candidate, then don't choose someone questionable."

My response was :
"Whatever Paul. We have NEVER had an idiot on our ticket, have we?
God it must be great to be so smug"

His response was:
"First of all, gay guy, it is great. Second, if you quote me again i'll cut your fukkin' throat."

My reply was:
"Wow your so macho...what a tool..
Here is the life of the "party" You really are a foolish (wo)man"

I would never threaten someones life over something as idiotic as a debate. Please scroll down and see for yourself

Posted by: Don | September 2, 2008 8:54 PM | Report abuse

"Consider my wife's subscription cancelled."

Cracked me up.

Posted by: Stick | September 2, 2008 8:52 PM | Report abuse

My my... Republicans certainly don't like to hear the truth... They are hypocrites who have destroyed this country through incompetence and corruption... the party of greed... and let's not forget the party of God! Sorry, republiscum, I've read the Bible and your message is the antithesis of Christ's message... P.S. why do y'all hate America?

Posted by: gregtburke | September 2, 2008 8:52 PM | Report abuse

Thank you Ryan for providing that Blog link to McCain's take on contraceptives. I will investigate its accuracy as well. I was on the fence after Hillary dropped out, not sold on Obama. But, between picking this fluezy looking soccer-mom for his VP, and Obama's pick of a family oriented, experienced VP candidate, I was leaning towards Obama. But if McCain cannot even recall where he stands on an issue such as contraceptives and their effectiveness on STDs, my goodness, is that man having Alzheimer signs already??? I have jumped off that fence. Gobama.

Posted by: Kimberly | September 2, 2008 8:52 PM | Report abuse

I always find it fascinating that pro-life candidates often vehemently oppose programs that help struggling parents take care of their children.

Posted by: mcgreen | September 2, 2008 8:52 PM | Report abuse

McInsane's choice of VP is an insult to women. He thinks that by choosing a VERY inexperienced woman that he is getting the Hillary camp. He assumes that women were only voting for Hill because she was a woman. Palin is a disgrace to her sex. She does not believe in equal pay for equal work. She is a hypocrite when it comes to abstinence only. It is scary to think of McInsane with his finger on the nuke button and even scarier that should Prez Depends croak, that Palin will be the CIC -- she has NO experience!!!!!

If a person's family is off bounds -- as the Repugs say -- and we should focus on the issues then why was Clinton's family life drug through the muck and mire, costing the taxpayers millions? The Repukes are the most duplicitious group of people (if they deserve to be called people) ever put on this planet. Okay if they do something (remember that John cheated on his first wife with Cindy) but not if the other party does it. Jerks! Anyone who votes for McInsane & Playin' simple because she is a woman or because they think it is absolutely wonderful that her kid is keeping her brat are nut jobs. Playin' will be raising the kid plus her own 4 month old with Down Syndrome. She should be home doing the "family values" thing by being a grandmother and mother instead of running -- inappropriately -- as VP.

Posted by: catpurrson | September 2, 2008 8:52 PM | Report abuse

I would say that the ONLY reason the pregnancy of Palin's daughter is newsworthy is that Palin is opposed to comprehensive sex education and now we are informed that she slashed funding for a program for teen mothers. That's wonderful that they embrace their daughter and her pregnancy and will be their for her BUT many teen mothers are thrown out by their parents and are completely on their own.
One difference I find between many Republicans and Democrats is that many Republicans seem unable to put themselves in someone else's shoes, especially if that other person is a stranger to them. They can't understand the pain of a parent who can't provide for their children. They can't understand that it's all fine and good if they want to provide sex education to their own children, BUT not all families and parents are like them and not all teenagers are like their teenagers. AND it does sound like the Palins did not know their own daughter very well. Family values are NOT reflected in pressuring two 17 year olds to get married. They may not have financial problems because they still will be able to complete their educations but teen marriages for the majority of teens means a lifetime of drastically reduced earnings.

Posted by: Janet | September 2, 2008 8:52 PM | Report abuse

And all of these folks get just ONE vote each. Only ONE! No matter how they spell, or think, or curse.

You gotta love a democracy!

Posted by: Just Think | September 2, 2008 8:51 PM | Report abuse

Let them eat cake

Posted by: Babies and polar bears don't vote | September 2, 2008 8:51 PM | Report abuse

It boils down to the fundamentals. Do I want my hard earned dollars going to the democratic tax machine so big government can support irresponsible people who make bad choices most of their lives? No way, never.. Joe Biden and his big mouth commented on McCain's ability and Obama's inability. The buzz around the demo primary focused on the fact the party was supporting an individual who's life has focused on self promotion as opposed to a candidate who has focused his life on bettering this country. Obama's an inexperienced
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But you are OK w/ trillions flushed in Iraq. Yo udon't get it do you. Please take a math class.

Posted by: Loser | September 2, 2008 8:51 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, somebody give that guy a subscription to some porn site and let him abstain in the bath room all he wants.

Posted by: George Hitchcock | September 2, 2008 8:51 PM | Report abuse

Is that the best the left can dish out? REALLY??? You'all in trouble.

Posted by: tadanokami | September 2, 2008 8:50 PM | Report abuse

Dear Washington Post,

So frigin' what ?!? It's ridiculous to assume that teen pregnancy is the taxpayers obligation...as is this article.

Posted by: Jane Doe | September 2, 2008 8:50 PM | Report abuse

Time Magazine today reports that Alaska governor and Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin attempted to ban books from her local library as mayor of Wasilla, Alaska, and then threatened to fire the librarian who stood up to her for not giving “full support” to the mayor. People For the American Way president Kathryn Kolbert issued the following statement:

“People can disagree about a lot of things, but censorship is completely beyond the pale. Our democracy was founded on the belief that government shouldn’t tell people what kinds of books to read or what kind of beliefs to hold. No one with that kind of history should be anywhere near the White House. Sarah Palin needs to clarify her stance on freedom of speech immediately, and John McCain needs to explain why he chose a running mate with so little regard for the Constitution.”

Posted by: andthis,too | September 2, 2008 8:49 PM | Report abuse

Maybe because Covenant House started having competition from other groups like Alley’s House where the funding was split to. Why should Covenant House get all the funding when there where other groups like it that also provide that service? I heard that overall funding for these groups went up, it was just distributed among more groups, not just Covenant House. Of course, the MSM is too lazy to look into things like this.

Posted by: mntx | September 2, 2008 8:49 PM | Report abuse

I can no longer vote for the McCain/Palin ticket. I cannot support this woman. By accepting the spot on the ticket, she knew the national spotlight would be focused on her daughter, yet she chose to place her own political aspirations ahead of her daughter's needs. What a horrible mother.

Posted by: Larry Roberts | September 2, 2008 8:48 PM | Report abuse

Wow, Hopefully Bristol can thank Sarah for her abstinence only philosophy. Any one realize her judgement and her actions FAILED her daughter? And McCain is abstinence only promoter as well. Of course not for him, he can bonk a Cindy while he's still married to someone else. Typical white male and hillbilly submissive woman to push the issue to teenage girls.

Posted by: Planned Parenthood | September 2, 2008 8:48 PM | Report abuse

Yeah..much better for them to struggle all by themselves.

I look forward to their kids turning to a life of crime when they are finished getting raised by clueless teenagers.

JakeD is reason #1 why abortions should never be banned...
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Its funny that this doesnt come up when we know that Baracks mother was married when she was 18 and had Barack 5 months later. Is that relevent? Did he turn to crime? Oh wait, he did do some drugs... maybe thats why.. his horrible childhood?

Hypocrites!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 8:48 PM | Report abuse

THIS DESERVES REPEATING:

"Republicans were against teen pregnancy before they supported it.

New day, same shameless political party.

The hypocritical little bugs will say anything, do anything, change any of their beliefs, lie, cheat and steal, and do all of this with a smile to "win".

My hope is the majority of my fellow Americans finally see through this criminal, immoral party of leeches and fools and will help Barack Obama and Joe Biden make my country a land all of us and our global friends can be proud of again."

Posted by: binkynh | September 2, 2008 8:32 PM

THANK YOU!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 8:47 PM | Report abuse

such double standards - sickening - as a point of reference - if celebs have no privacy, why should elected officials be any different - i say they aren't off limits and shouldn't be - palins inability to raise her family with any kind of morals is a direct reflection on her ability to make wise decisions in our nations best interest - hey, wish i could pull some strings and get my ex-brother in law fired, but i am just a normal everyday person - don't let mccain and their bunch fool you into believing they are one of you - they are laughing all the way to the bank - patting one another on the back - oh, yeah they got you all fooled - while they sell America down the pipes to anyone that will show them the money - if you think obama is muslin - what does that change - who the hell do you think OWNS the banks you give all your money to? - who do you think owns a goodly portion of almost every major city in America - that's right - bushs Arab buddies - vote Obama or live to regret it -

Posted by: waco, tx | September 2, 2008 8:47 PM | Report abuse

Thanks you Brian, for those of you that did not click the NYT link, here is the Q and A:

Q: “So no contraception, no counseling on contraception. Just abstinence. Do you think contraceptives help stop the spread of HIV?”

Mr. McCain: (Long pause) “You’ve stumped me.”

Q: “I mean, I think you’d probably agree it probably does help stop it?”

Mr. McCain: (Laughs) “Are we on the Straight Talk express? I’m not informed enough on it. Let me find out. You know, I’m sure I’ve taken a position on it on the past. I have to find out what my position was. Brian, would you find out what my position is on contraception – I’m sure I’m opposed to government spending on it, I’m sure I support the president’s policies on it.”

Q: “But you would agree that condoms do stop the spread of sexually transmitted diseases. Would you say: ‘No, we’re not going to distribute them,’ knowing that?”

Mr. McCain: (Twelve-second pause) “Get me Coburn’s thing, ask Weaver to get me Coburn’s paper that he just gave me in the last couple of days. I’ve never gotten into these issues before.”

Posted by: Nick | September 2, 2008 8:47 PM | Report abuse

Most of you miss the point of Palin's cuts. She advocates personal responsibility, not living off the public. Her daughter has nothing to do with this, but if anything she's obviously been schooled in personal responsibility by choosing to keep the baby, bet married and shoulder the responsibility. Too hard for liberals to understand, isn't it.

Posted by: Jerry | September 2, 2008 8:29 PM
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I have no problem at all with advocating personal responsibility. But I have a very serious problem with anyone believeing they have the right to decide what's right or wrong for another person. Legislating morality is a sign of gross ignorance and care for the human race. so I don't think YOU get it. Palin is unethical. As someone else pointed out, if her daughter chose to keep her child, then other women should have the same choice, choice being the key word in that sentence.

Posted by: Lassair | September 2, 2008 8:47 PM | Report abuse

It boils down to the fundamentals. Do I want my hard earned dollars going to the democratic tax machine so big government can support irresponsible people who make bad choices most of their lives? No way, never.. Joe Biden and his big mouth commented on McCain's ability and Obama's inability. The buzz around the demo primary focused on the fact the party was supporting an individual who's life has focused on self promotion as opposed to a candidate who has focused his life on bettering this country. Obama's an inexperienced climber who will sink our economy and send us into further turmoil.

Posted by: Lesser of Two Evils | September 2, 2008 8:47 PM | Report abuse

Oh Crab King that was so funny!

Posted by: JM | September 2, 2008 8:47 PM | Report abuse

Hopefully, people are beginning to wake-up to the GOP hypocrisy machine.
They preach, and tell us all how to live morally, while they do just the opposite.

Let me get this straight... she's against sex ed, birth control/contraception, housing for teenage mothers, and choice.
So, in her view, all teenagers have one option - - abstinence. If they stray from that one path, they're on their own.

Yup, America First...

Posted by: jon | September 2, 2008 8:46 PM | Report abuse

I love this! After quoting several people and responding to each one, Don says this:

"Grow up if you want to play with the big kids"

Unfortunatly, poor Don doesn't like to be quoted himself:
"Second, if you quote me again i'll cut your fukkin' throat." Don

So, what Don, you can dish it out, you just can't take it?

Posted by: loveya! | September 2, 2008 8:46 PM | Report abuse

It is unacceptable for the Republicans to use this sort of gossip mongering scandal magnet material to distract the American people from the bottom line, we are sick and tired of the folks at the top, the folks that we have elected to make good decisions on our behalf, drowning themselves in luxury and opportunities while the people who have worked hard every day all their lives, go without. Republicans would rather poke us with a gossip stick than speak great words of inspiration. The façade is crumbling. If we don’t get our acts together in an honorable way, we will go down the tubes. No hot head will save you. It’s time for some manners. We have earned some respect America; mentally and physically.

Posted by: pollyanna | September 2, 2008 8:45 PM | Report abuse

Robert Hewson and Earl C should duel to the death.

Posted by: RJG | September 2, 2008 8:45 PM | Report abuse

She will step down citing personal reasons. But, they planned it all along, they just wanted to be able to say they offered the VP slot to a woman. Pawlenty then will get the official nod.

Posted by: McCain's Brain | September 2, 2008 8:44 PM | Report abuse

What a biased hatchet job! Sad that the Washington Post didn't even try and hide their liberal bias against the republican ticket. BTW, I am not voting for either candidate. Bizarre and disappointing choices on both sides. We definitely need a multi-party system. Throw all of the washington political establishment out. I want change, just not Obama style change.

Posted by: dabe | September 2, 2008 8:44 PM | Report abuse

So which is it? Are GOP white trash or millionaires that dont care? Let me guess... its whatever title makes your idiotic point. So much contradiction, just like the entire party of Dems.

Young inexperienced presidential candidate chooses older, wiser vice president candidate. Am I describing Bush/Cheney or Obama/Biden? Hard to tell the difference isnt it. I think we now know who the change candidate is and who the 8 is enough candidate is.

Posted by: Oh the Other Hand | September 2, 2008 8:44 PM | Report abuse

NO talking about my daughter. But fine to highlight McCain's adoption shortly throuh Cindy at the RNC? You can't play it both ways.

Posted by: JJ | September 2, 2008 8:44 PM | Report abuse

Again, the left takes the right and twists to no end. Gov. Palin cut the budget on govt money to unwed mothers and such, she didnt ELIMINATE it. Govt money shouldnt be needed in these situations from jump street. PARENTING! Now there's a novel idea. And because her daughter happens to be pregnant, doesnt mean her family is coming apart, as stated by one of cnn's headcases last night. Kyra Phillips need to tread lightly with her mouth, as does one campbell brown, if in fact that is her given name. Just amazes me to listens to the bombastic garbage they spew on the air waves. Thank God for remote control, and the Republican party.

Posted by: joecocker | September 2, 2008 8:43 PM | Report abuse

Washington Post executives and writers, you dipsh*ts. Ugly character assassins. Consider my wife's subscription cancelled.

Posted by: Bruce Feingold | September 2, 2008 8:43 PM | Report abuse

I've heard more mainstream media bashing of Palin in the last three days than the total 19 months Obama has been campaigning for President. Its clear who their man is.

Posted by: Dave | September 2, 2008 8:43 PM | Report abuse

Opportunistic Jouralism. This headline could have also read:

"Palin Slashed Funding for.....

1. Teen counseling
2. Teen employment search
3. Teen homeless and runaways
4. Teen health services
5. Teen crisis intervention
...."

But of course, the media is striking while the iron is hot, as if this is the first teenager to have ever gotten pregnant.

Posted by: RMMJ | September 2, 2008 8:43 PM | Report abuse

Dan said:
"The problem with large expenditures for teenage mothers, is it becomes an incentive to get pregnant for idiotic reasons, such as no longer wanting to live at home under your parents rules"

There you go folks, your typical conservatve. Sure Dan, them teenagers get pregnant because they'll get a gummit check.

Do you live in Bizarro World?

Posted by: JM | September 2, 2008 8:43 PM | Report abuse

Children are our Future: I hope Palin will not be charged to reform the nation’s Education System.

One out of 20 children entering ninth grade in Alaska will have a college degree 10 years later, making the state one of the worst in postsecondary-education in the nation. Alaska's efforts to improve the dropout problem have also sunk. More than one in three ninth-graders will leave school before getting a diploma. These results from a new state study released today show a faltering Alaska education system.
The report found Alaska ranking at the bottom of educational attainment indicators -- from getting children through high school to achieving an advanced degree in a timely manner. Alaska is 8th from the bottom in the nation among states in the number of ninth-graders graduating four years later. 4th from the bottom in high school seniors going directly to college. Last in the number of college freshmen receiving a bachelor's degree within 150 percent of the normal program length.

"This really sends the message of how immediate the need is and the gravity of the situation," said Diane Barrans, executive director of the state's Postsecondary Education Commission, which released this study.

The problem is cultural. Alaska is a state of individualism, people doing their own things. Most of the debates and policies are in extraction of resources and corruption control. “Like a sieve, kids are falling away and the State Government has not seriously figured how to address the issue," said the study's author, Ron Phipps, of the Washington, D.C. - based Institute for Higher Education Policy.

Posted by: jade | September 2, 2008 8:42 PM | Report abuse

Palin is just another redneck. A woman that endorses shooting animals from helicopters for sport, has pregnant teen daughters and right wing? So what Mccain is saying is that 1/2 of american women are qualified to be VP.

America, where we set the bar high.

Posted by: No more rednecks | September 2, 2008 8:42 PM | Report abuse

Good. Government has no business supporting teen moms.

Posted by: Joe | September 2, 2008 8:42 PM | Report abuse

This is outrageous. Sarah wants to deny teens a modern sex education, or let them buy and use condoms, but she is not willing to help an unwed teen mother procure shelter and protection during her pregnancy. This is a very cruel and stupid woman.

Posted by: marcel | September 2, 2008 8:42 PM | Report abuse

One misnomer is that Sarah Palin and the Republicans don't believe in birth control for teens. They very much believes in birth control as long as it's retroactive.

Republicans care about unborn babies, but only between the moment of conception and the delivery.

Posted by: Frank | September 2, 2008 8:41 PM | Report abuse

Advocates personal responsibility? So she's tossing her daughter out of the house, then?

Grow up, people. The poor are not poor because they are stupid or immoral.

Posted by: donna | September 2, 2008 8:41 PM | Report abuse

WHEN DOES A VICE PRESIDENT BECOME A PRESIDENT? The answer is: DURING THE MOST PERILOUS AND GRAVE CRISIS A NATION CAN EVER IMAGINE. The vice president ascends to the presidency when the president is either forced to resign, permanently incapacitated or dead. Either way I can't imagine a more pressure packed situation, fraught with countless perils home and abroad, for any freedom loving democracy to endure.

John McCain would have us believe Sarah Palin is capable of guiding us to safety in this most fearful, pressure packed situation.

When observed through the prism of extreme crisis, you begin to see this appointment for exactly what it is; political positioning. Can we truly believe that John McCain truly believes Sarah Palin is the single most capable, intelligent, seasoned, steely nerved Republican (or Independent for that matter) in the country? If he does believe this you have every right to question McCain's judgment. If he doesn't believe she is the most capable etc (as I suspect) you then must question his ethics. Either way, this selection bodes ill for a future under John McCain.

Country First? Not here, not now, no way.

Posted by: MiamiKen | September 2, 2008 8:41 PM | Report abuse

chasemonster,

Its to idiots like you we extend our thanks for ensuring that OBAMA & BIDEN win the election.

Keep up the good work!

Posted by: roxlaw | September 2, 2008 8:41 PM | Report abuse

We're not threatened by her- we're estatic that he made such a "wonderful" choice" lol!! Too funny...I'm lovi'in it !!

OBAMA 08"

Your next president!! HA-HA !!

Posted by: calie | September 2, 2008 8:41 PM | Report abuse

Jack
I didn;t make that comment, someone named "freshmeatz"(sic) posted it to me, I was just responding to his comment about "cutting my throat", which is of course infantile.

Posted by: Don | September 2, 2008 8:41 PM | Report abuse

Looking at Bush's daughters, I doubt Jenna was a virgin prior to getting married. In fact, I doubt Dubya hisself was a virgin prior to marrying "Babs." And what will 5 deferement Dick Cheney say when his granddaughter queries "Grandpa, why does Mommy have a name, and Daddy has a number?"

Posted by: ooxomoxoo | September 2, 2008 8:41 PM | Report abuse

You'd think some of the republican dweebs trolling here would be watching their party's convention tonight instead of trying to pack us full of more republican excuses and lies.

Posted by: binkynh | September 2, 2008 8:41 PM | Report abuse

Typical Republican. Cut funds for kids, but whine and cry when your own screw up and blame it on others.
I hope Bristol Palin ends up homeless because of this cut in funding by her right wing wacko mom.

Posted by: Arnold | September 2, 2008 8:41 PM | Report abuse

The McCain campaign released the info on Palin's kid and should atone. The poor kid is subjected to this Maelstrom of media blitz.
The McCain campaign must take responsibility.

There are so many other more important reasons to dismiss this nominee:

chek out the AP story synopsizing the many revelations on Gov. Palinin three days:

http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5jrhFOsVwX9jtDyUhy3zKCBVms8tgD92USVF01

Posted by: m tobias | September 2, 2008 8:41 PM | Report abuse

"Molly",

you are lying. How can you have supported Hillary and now McCain? They are opposites.


Posted by: Bud | September 2, 2008 8:40 PM | Report abuse

Sarah and Todd Palin are blessed with five wonderful children who they love with all their heart and mean everything to them. Now their beautiful 17 year old unwed daughter Bristol and her 20 something boyfriend ,Levi, are having a baby. The parents are so incredibly proud of Levi and Bristol's decision to have the baby and even prouder to become grandparents. Bristol became pregnant when she was not attending school...she was out of school for five months with mono (How sweet ...Levi probably stopped by to show Bristol his love and take care of her while Bristol parents were out working hard serving the citizens of Alaska). Bristol is five months pregnant. As Bristol faces the responsibilities of adulthood, she knows she has the unconditional love and support of her parents Sarah (McCain's VP Running Mate) and Todd (a high school graduate with some college.) Todd is especially proud of local boy , aka Levi, for stepping up to the plate and accepting the responsibility for showing his love to his young 17 year old daughter Bristol.

Sarah said "Bristol and the young man she will marry are going to realize very quickly the difficulties of raising a child, which is why they will have the love and support of our entire family. We ask the media to respect our daughter and Levi's privacy as has always been the tradition of children of candidates." How wonderful it will be to have another White House wedding once McCain and Sarah are sworn in.

Sarah is no stranger to difficult times. Her own water broke and she couragously risked the life of herself and unborn special needs child to fly 8+ hours from Texas to Alaska while eight months pregnant, then dry 50 miles to a remote hospital, avoiding those fancy government supported hospitals in Texas and Anchorage. Sarah understands that sometimes you need set an example to show that she is not more of the same when it comes to dealing with a crisis.

John McCain himself survived 5 years of torture as prisoner of war so now we can see why McCain calls Sarah his soul mate when it comes to courage and grit.

A lot of liberals think Sarah and Todd Palin should be focused on their family right now and not the ambitions of the White House. But Todd and Sarah have a son going off to Iraq to fight Al Qaeda on 9/11 , an infant with Down's Syndrome and a teenager who's pregnant. This shows how Sarah and Todd need the support of the entire nation. Wow what a great all american family. These are normal people who understand average Americans. These things happen to every American family.

Now some liberal will probably bring up the fact that Alaska statutory rape laws declare that anyone who is 18 years old or older who has sex with a person who is 16 or 17, or who is at least three years younger than the offender, can be charged with sexual abuse in the third degree. This is also a felony.

Alaska statutory rape laws carry punishments that include imprisonment and fines.

Under Alaska law, health-care practitioners like doctors and nurses, plus teachers, counselors and a whole list of other professionals must report sex between a minor and an adult if it comes to their attention. To fail to do so is a misdemeanor.

The best part is that Bristol's child will be born on Christmas Day ..how beautiful is that?

Posted by: King Crab | September 2, 2008 8:40 PM | Report abuse

When are we going to get articles about Obama like this?

And bias crap like this is why I don't subscribe.

Posted by: Brad | September 2, 2008 8:39 PM | Report abuse

Good. Government has no business supporting teen moms.

Posted by: Joe | September 2, 2008 8:39 PM | Report abuse

Some like to argue that the fetus is just a part of a woman's body.

Is it possible for the mother and the fetus to have different blood types? Yes! Thus the fetus has its own blood supply just as it has its own heart and, yes, its own life.

If the fetus is just a mere part of a woman's body, who ever heard of a person's body part having a different blood type than the rest of its body?

The fetus gets nourishment from the placental connection to the mother, but the fetus' blood circulation is maintained by its own heart. ITS ALIVE, ITS ALIVE!!! IGOR, ITS ALIVE!!!

Posted by: id est X | September 2, 2008 8:38 PM | Report abuse

I would like to know if Palin allocated any funds for abstinence before marriage programs and how much. I would also like to know what abstinence programs were purchased during her term in Alaska and who were the vendors of these programs.

Posted by: Abstinence | September 2, 2008 8:38 PM | Report abuse

Don: "What a loser"

This coming from a guy who makes death threats over the internet. Jesus man, grow up.

Posted by: Jack | September 2, 2008 8:38 PM | Report abuse

This just makes the move to the white house that much easier for Obama. Thanks McCain !! lol!!

Posted by: brittney | September 2, 2008 8:38 PM | Report abuse

Okay I have been a Democrat for 18 years and I don't see anything wrong with cutting funding for teen moms. I think that the responsibility of teen moms should not fall on tax payers.

and yes, I am a Democrat that is so disgusted by Obama, that this will be the first time I don't vote for a Democrat for President. It should have been Hillary Clinton and after what they did to her, they will not get my vote.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 8:38 PM | Report abuse

MAGOO/CLAMPETT '08!

well, maybe not for the White House, maybe for Jerry Springer.

Everything coming from the campaign of these two comedians is a disaster.

She couldn't run a tiny town of 9,000, and she couldn't run a car wash. What trailer park did he find her in?

Posted by: LH | September 2, 2008 8:37 PM | Report abuse

I don't know, I sure would like to have everything paid for! By the way, ejgallager1, your comment about the catholic church, I think you need to look at who the Pope is. Anyway, John McCain may have had something to say when he said, "You gotta keep your sense of humor."
http://www.bop-o-rama.com


Posted by: acarponzo | September 2, 2008 8:37 PM | Report abuse

I uh, I only have one word: Gene pool is not actually a swimming hole. You know who you are. Please, no swimming.

Posted by: James T. | September 2, 2008 8:37 PM | Report abuse

Does that mean we should implement drunk driving education?

Posted by: fatboy | September 2, 2008 8:20 PM
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We do. In all 50 states.

Posted by: Republican VN Era Vet | September 2, 2008 8:37 PM | Report abuse

you nymph

Posted by: bob m. | September 2, 2008 8:37 PM | Report abuse

It's funny and aggravating that after being in control of the White House for eight years and Congress for six of those eight, Republicans try to pretend that it's the Democrats who messed up everything.

Yes, it would be funny if 4000 of our soldiers hadn't paid the ultimate price for Republicans' lies, hubris and lack of concern for our country.

Posted by: Frank | September 2, 2008 8:36 PM | Report abuse

Good for her. I hope she brings that type of belief in self responsibility to Washington DC.

There is a fine line between helping and enabling. I think that was why she cut the amount.

The problem with large expenditures for teenage mothers, is it becomes an incentive to get pregnant for idiotic reasons, such as no longer wanting to live at home under your parents rules.

In some places you can get a place to live, food stamps, a car, education and day care.

Remember we are dealing with a teens mindset. Why work...if the benefits are high enough...just get pregnant.

Posted by: dan | September 2, 2008 8:36 PM | Report abuse

Washington Post this was not an objective article. Very dissapointed with this paper. Gov. Palin is a breath of fresh air. I was a Hillery supporter, now a Palin supporter !!

Posted by: Molly | September 2, 2008 8:35 PM | Report abuse

Her are the comments from Sarah Palin's future son-in-law's MySpace page, below.

Johnston, 17, who is entering his senior year at Wasilla HS, plays on the school hockey team and was once teammates on a youth squad with Palin's older brother, Track, 19, who is now in the Army.

Despite suffering a cracked bone in his shin last season, Johnston scored 24 goals in 24 games.

"We don't want to talk about this," said a woman who answered the phone at the Johnston home.

On his MySpace page, Johnston boasts, "I'm a f - - -in' redneck" who likes to snowboard and ride dirt bikes.

"But I live to play hockey. I like to go camping and hang out with the boys, do some fishing, shoot some s- - - and just f - - -in' chillin' I guess."

"Ya f - - - with me I'll kick [your] ass," he added.

He also claims to be "in a relationship," but states, "I don't want kids."
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But he will certainly be having one, won't he? Bristol's mother, "Barracuda" Palin will ensure that. Nice.
And goood VP choice, Senator McCain.

Posted by: Lauri1 | September 2, 2008 8:35 PM | Report abuse

Palin is consistent. She doesn't think that government should approve of specific life choices through bank-rolling kids. Her family will provide the means to ensure her child's child is cared for. The problem with the pro-"choice" crowd is exactly that... the CHOICE to have sex or not to have sex. IF a baby is the product of that choice then deal with the consequences of your choice. Free condoms and cheap B.C. pills aren't 100%. The anything but abstinence crowd are fooling themselves and the abstinence only crowds are too. Legislating one way over the other is foolish and all options should be taught, but ALL aspects should be covered, such as the abortion and what it entails.

This isn't about rich vs poor, but poor choices made by inexpeirienced KIDS.

Posted by: Wowie | September 2, 2008 8:35 PM | Report abuse

Finally a politician who is a mom and can balance a check book!

I am thrilled that I get to vote for a woman for vice president and hero for president. Good people of action versus pretty speakers.

Psst.... Don't tell the news that their attacks on her are back firing. It just makes us quiet middle Americans work harder to get them elected.

Posted by: Jim | September 2, 2008 8:35 PM | Report abuse

I find it interesting that it took the WP less than a week to drag up this little bit of dirt on Sarah Palin, but have yet to mention the hideous mess that Obama made of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge; given 115 million to improve the schools of Chicago, he decides to spend it on African Dance lessons, rather than Algebra... G

Posted by: Sludgebuster | September 2, 2008 8:35 PM | Report abuse

I agree with Palin. Fetuses have the right to be born into wretched lives. All social programs should be canceled. Also, programs that promote healthy sexual lives should be banned. America is about contrast - exuberance and misery, people who thrive and people who die. And for god sake...no more taxes!!!!!!

Angry Al

Posted by: bangarang22 | September 2, 2008 8:35 PM | Report abuse

Latest Republican campaign button:

Levi Johnston: Hunka F****n' Redneck Love.

Posted by: thatswhatchaget | September 2, 2008 8:35 PM | Report abuse

Some like to argue that the fetus is just a part of a woman's body.

Is it possible for the mother and the fetus to have different blood types? Yes! Thus the fetus has its own blood supply just as it has its own heart and, yes, its own life.

If the fetus is just a mere part of a woman's body, who ever heard of a person's body part having a different blood type than the rest of its body?

The fetus gets nourishment from the placental connection to the mother, but the fetus' blood circulation is maintained by its own heart. ITS ALIVE, ITS ALIVE!!! IGOR, ITS ALIVE!!!

Posted by: id est X | September 2, 2008 8:34 PM | Report abuse

By the way, thank you Paul Kane, and keep up the good work.

And last but not least--Wake Up America!

Posted by: binkynh | September 2, 2008 8:34 PM | Report abuse

Go Palin, your a hot VPILF!

Posted by: Palin_Fanatic | September 2, 2008 8:34 PM | Report abuse

to state welfare: any idiot knows that since the early 80s, alaska has given each state resident a "rebate." they have a fund set up for this. the $$$ comes from the rich oil reserves in the state. brecause of the state's huge oil reserves, they have no state income tax, no sales tax, no property tax, and they all get this fat rebate check. nice.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 8:34 PM | Report abuse

What were the senator and the governor thinking?

Posted by: john | September 2, 2008 8:34 PM | Report abuse

palin you ignorant s..t you have 5 kids,that means you had relations! are you a sex addict? how dare you.

Posted by: bobm. | September 2, 2008 8:33 PM | Report abuse

I agree that the Palin family's dysfunctions should be a private matter. Frankly, as an Obama supporter I worry that too much focus by the MSM on the pregnancy and the "First Dude's" DUI will only generate undue sympathy for Palin. However, her stances on public issues is entirely fair game. In that vein, hey John McCain! Here's a definition for you:

hy·poc·ri·sy Audio Help /hɪˈpɒkrəsi/ Pronunciation Key - Show Spelled Pronunciation[hi-pok-ruh-see] Pronunciation Key - Show IPA Pronunciation
–noun, plural -sies.
1. a pretense of having a virtuous character, moral or religious beliefs or principles, etc., that one does not really possess.
2. a pretense of having some desirable or publicly approved attitude.
3. an act or instance of hypocrisy.
[Origin: 1175–1225; ME ipocrisie

—Synonyms 1. See deceit.

Posted by: Jeff Davis | September 2, 2008 8:33 PM | Report abuse

PRINCETON, NJ -- Gallup Poll Daily tracking from Aug. 30 through Sept. 1, finds Barack Obama leading the race for president with his highest share of support to date. Fully half of national registered voters now favor Obama for president, while 42% back John McCain.

Posted by: Trust Me | September 2, 2008 8:32 PM | Report abuse

Does anybody remember that we are supposed to choose a president? Whose business is Gov. Palin's daughter anyway? She has not asked for government funds, so go, and whine over your own miseries.

Posted by: HaveItYourWay | September 2, 2008 8:32 PM | Report abuse

Palin is a millionaire, so her children and grand children will be okay.

But you middle class Americans (all who earn 2 to 5 millions a years), you would be fine too.

But all those third class and fourth class (i.e. 95% of Americans), you are on your own. No sex-education for your kids. No shelters for your kids. No health care for your kids. So if YOUR daughters end up being pregnant (without sex-ed, they most likely will), GOD HELP THEM. Their education and career screwed.

I have one advice for you: “GET RICH”. Or you are screwed baby. This is a harsh world.

Okay, okay, I know. There is a second way. Marry a wealthy spouse! That’s what I call “a American dream”.

Vote for McSame and PlainBrain.

Posted by: McSame | September 2, 2008 8:32 PM | Report abuse

Wow your so macho...what a tool..
Here is the life of the "party" You really are a foolish (wo)man

Posted by: FreshMeatz | September 2, 2008 8:29 PM

"Whatever Paul. We have NEVER had an idiot on our ticket, have we?
God it must be great to be so smug"

First of all, gay guy, it is great. Second, if you quote me again i'll cut your fukkin' throat.

Posted by: Don | September 2, 2008 8:32 PM | Report abuse

Republicans were against teen pregnancy before they supported it.

New day, same shameless political party.

The hypocritical little bugs will say anything, do anything, change any of their beliefs, lie, cheat and steal, and do all of this with a smile to "win".

My hope is the majority of my fellow Americans finally see through this criminal, immoral party of leeches and fools and will help Barack Obama and Joe Biden make my country a land all of us and our global friends can be proud of again.

Posted by: binkynh | September 2, 2008 8:32 PM | Report abuse

Some like to argue that the fetus is just a part of a woman's body.

Is it possible for the mother and the fetus to have different blood types? Yes! Thus the fetus has its own blood supply just as it has its own heart and, yes, its own life.

If the fetus is just a mere part of a woman's body, who ever heard of a person's body part having a different blood type than the rest of its body?

The fetus gets nourishment from the placental connection to the mother, but the fetus' blood circulation is maintained by its own heart. ITS ALIVE, ITS ALIVE!!! IGOR, ITS ALIVE!!!

Posted by: id est X | September 2, 2008 8:31 PM | Report abuse

WOW, the libs sure feel threatened by this woman LOL.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 8:31 PM | Report abuse

She obviously didn't teach her daughter about abstinence! What a hypocrite!

Posted by: Deb S. | September 2, 2008 8:31 PM | Report abuse

It is absolutly annoying to see how John McCain thinks that he can pull the wool over our eyes. Well Senator McCain, think again, we are all aware of your gimmick, and it is not going to work. We are way smarter than you think. Nice try, though!

Posted by: MarieSymonette | September 2, 2008 8:31 PM | Report abuse

She is on the same list of corrupt Alaskan politicians funded by the Big Oil Giant VECO! She got money from them! AP and Reuters just published the news! She should be in jail as the corrupt liar she is!

Posted by: She is on VECO list | September 2, 2008 8:30 PM | Report abuse

Can any one name a single negative thing the so called "main stream" media said about Biden when he was chosen? Of course not! Liberals sh#@ don't stink!

Posted by: Betsy | September 2, 2008 8:30 PM | Report abuse

Palin's campaign said her daughter "decided to have her baby" - a decision that Palin wants to take away and decide for every other woman.

The hate-based psudo-Christian mobs rejoice.

Posted by: Al in SoCal | September 2, 2008 8:30 PM | Report abuse

I really like McBush's statment:

"Ahhh, I think I support the president's policy,"

I guess if he will become president he will call George W. Bush for help every time he needs to take a decision. A blind man leading a.......?

Great, yet another 4 years

Posted by: Serge | September 2, 2008 8:30 PM | Report abuse

LEAVE BRISTOL ALONE!

Posted by: RepubBristolFan

Didn't the Dovells have a song, Bristol Stomp?

Posted by: Fred | September 2, 2008 8:30 PM | Report abuse

When does a "maverick" become a lose cannon? Mccain thinks the selection of VP is just a game you play to win and he has no long term thought for America's middle class or poor. Typical rich Republican thinking...I've got mine. Under Bush we have a pro-life, good old boy who has been an abysmal failure at managing the affairs of the USA. Obama at least has real ideas and ideals and he has been "vetted" by Democratic voters for the past 18 months.

Posted by: Tom Tee | September 2, 2008 8:29 PM | Report abuse

Most of you miss the point of Palin's cuts. She advocates personal responsibility, not living off the public. Her daughter has nothing to do with this, but if anything she's obviously been schooled in personal responsibility by choosing to keep the baby, bet married and shoulder the responsibility. Too hard for liberals to understand, isn't it.

Posted by: Jerry | September 2, 2008 8:29 PM | Report abuse

When Bush nominated Harriet Miers she barely made it past the first rung. That bad. Kept answering with the same lame platitudes. McCain is a prik. And puts himself above the well being of this nation. He's far worse than any slur landed on Kerry by the Swiftboaters. I'm a Republican and will not vote for a sh!t pilot like him.

Posted by: ooxomoxoo | September 2, 2008 8:29 PM | Report abuse

hapuufern = Complete idiot

"Wake up America!! G-dub will be leaving us with a debt to China for $3 trillion."

Actually, all countries borrow from different orgs, including foreign countries. it's called economics

"He got us into a war that had nothing to do with 9/11. He has padded the pockets of his already well-to-do buddies....need I go on?"

Yeah, so since germany had nothing to do with Pearl Harbor, the Dems shouldn't have attacked them, right?

"Creationist, banning books, drafting and keeping the war machine going?"

Your funny...Beatles albums were burned by Dems after the "Beatles bigger than God" fiasco, and it was mostly the "Good ole Southern Boys" who started burning books in the 60's and 70's. Guess hypocrisy isn't under the sole ownership of any one party huh?

Grow up if you want to play with the big kids

Posted by: Don | September 2, 2008 8:29 PM | Report abuse

It's true. This is the Land of Opportunity. Anyone can grow up to be President of the United States. All it takes is luck. No skill or training required. Why, like the lottery, absolutely any one of you on this board could do the job as well. Don't you agree?
Vote for me. Would you like to know my qualifications? Here's all you need: I was born in the USA. I am over 35 years old. Thank you for your confidence.

Posted by: Stan G | September 2, 2008 8:29 PM | Report abuse

She has been weight , measured and found not wanted. NEXT!

Posted by: FreshMeatz | September 2, 2008 8:29 PM | Report abuse

"Whatever Paul. We have NEVER had an idiot on our ticket, have we?
God it must be great to be so smug"

First of all, gay guy, it is great. Second, if you quote me again i'll cut your fukkin' throat.

Posted by: Don | September 2, 2008 8:28 PM | Report abuse

Now we have Palin and her teenage pregnant daughter in leadership position, Is this mean it is ok for others too?
Isn't 18 years and 17 years old sex illegal to begin with?.

Posted by: mekonin | September 2, 2008 8:27 PM | Report abuse


Blackees in the Whitee House, oh my!


Posted by: chasemonster | September 2, 2008 8:27 PM | Report abuse

I've never seen libs so hysterical. They seem to have a problem with women in high office. I'll bet Hillary is pulling for her as is Fararro who is said to be voting McCain. Palin has really energized a sleeping giant and freeked out the libs who dropped their woman in the grease . How funny is this. Can't wait for her speach.

Posted by: denfemster | September 2, 2008 8:19 PM
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Learn to spell perhaps get your H.S. diploma, then start a debate on how ignorant Liberals are.

Funny how RepubliCANTs shudder to think how badly their party has been doing for the past 8 yrs. What a laugh! Their own president & VP aren't going to show up to the convention. Now they have White Trash running for the house. Yee Haw!

Posted by: Mary E | September 2, 2008 8:26 PM | Report abuse

"The welfare state is out of control and will eventually ruin this nation."

Reuters, Aug. 8: "Alaska's legislature late Thursday approved a one-time $1,200 payment to nearly every state resident as a way for them to handle the highest energy prices in the United States....Gov. Sarah Palin said the so-called "resource rebate" of $1,200 will help Alaskans deal with escalating energy costs...."

Of course, that money came from the Stand On Your Own Two Feet fairy.

Posted by: State Welfare | September 2, 2008 8:26 PM | Report abuse

Not only is it ironic that Palin would cut funding for a program for teen mothers, it is also a very good indicator of Palin's poor judgment.

As a resident of Anchorage, I can tell you that the work of Covenant House Alaska is absolutely phenomenal and incredibly important. That Palin would cut a program that funds homeless youth and ailing teen mothers by nearly 20% demonstrates exactly the lack of judgment and compassion we've come to expect from Republicans in the last eight years. Palin may be a new face, but it's the same old game.

Covenant House does a fantastic job of keeping homeless teens off the street and transitioning them into permanent housing. Their work gives children who otherwise would fall through the cracks a decent opportunity to become productive members of society. The personal attention these kids are shown and the resources they are given keep them off the street, in school, and out of jail.

Like most Republicans, Palin demonstrates both greed and disdain for the underclass. She prioritizes gas pipelines to bring more money into overfilled government coffers while ignoring the needs of those least among us. As a result, many children will not receive the excellent services Covenant House provides and will follow the long and well-trodden path of criminality and recidivism.

Way to go Sarah!

Posted by: Alaska Resident | September 2, 2008 8:26 PM | Report abuse

This is definitely the shotgun wedding of the year. Think Levi has the cajones to back out?

Posted by: mainer | September 2, 2008 8:26 PM | Report abuse

more proof

republican party is american taliban

Posted by: boston patriot | September 2, 2008 8:25 PM | Report abuse

Wow, Sarah Palin is one cold lady.

I guess they needed the money for Ted Stevens' bridge or maybe for more Executive Moose Hunting Parties.

Or, maybe the money went to buy extra cases of Guinness.

Posted by: Frank | September 2, 2008 8:25 PM | Report abuse

Stupidity is Palin's (and McCain's) birthright. Hypocrisy is her (their) ignorant choice. When combined with power, it screws her State and this Nation.
RNC might as well rewrite the declaration for this age "We the idiots....".

Posted by: O.P. Neon | September 2, 2008 8:25 PM | Report abuse

Face it - even if Palin had slashed teen moms, actually slashed them with a knife rather than vetoing funding, the Republicans would still be defending her. After eight years of them defending Bush, do you actually expect logic or reason or a rational assessment of their candidate? He could beat up a nun on live TV and Coulter and Co. would be justifying it on Larry King the next day.

Posted by: Aaron | September 2, 2008 8:25 PM | Report abuse

"Not to be a dick, but haven't you noticed that for the last ten years libs have been the ones chasing around cons with pitchforks? You've turned a situation in which you were right into one in which you're wrong. You just can't hold onto your Revolutionary shtick when you've become the status quo."

Sorry Dick (pun intended), but haven't your people been in the White House for the past 8 years and in the Congress for 6 of those 8 years? How have liberals been chasing Conservatives with pitchforks? We don't go moralizing to every one from on high but then exclude ourselves from those same judgments. I'd like for once for conservatives like you who are so high on "taking responsibility" for everyone else, to start taking some yourselves. Stop blaming everyone else for your mistakes and your hypocrisy. Stop blaming liberals and Clinton for your screw-ups. If Republicans want to market themselves as the party of morality then it is only fitting that they are hoisted up by their own petard.

Posted by: Repubs need to go! | September 2, 2008 8:24 PM | Report abuse


Blackees in the Whitee House, oh my!


Posted by: chasemonster | September 2, 2008 8:24 PM | Report abuse

@Anonymous "Whatever Paul. We have NEVER had an idiot on our ticket, have we?
God it must be great to be so smug"

You idiot, it was "Don" that made that comment, not me.

Posted by: Paul | September 2, 2008 8:24 PM | Report abuse

Okaaaaay...A teenaged mom who throws her newborn in the trash and a PREGNANT teen who gets an abortion have the same SELFISH MOTIVE.

Is a fetus who is prematurly born more alive than one one of the same development yet still in the womb? The fetus has a heart and if that heart stopped beating, even if the fetus is still in the womb, the fetus will no longer have blood flow and die in the womb and would be passed as a bloody discharge.

Posted by: id est X | September 2, 2008 8:24 PM | Report abuse

denfemster:

we can't wait for you to learn how to spell "speech". typical republican. remember to lock the trailer door tonight because Barack's foot soldiers don't like you.

Posted by: Hey denfemster | September 2, 2008 8:22 PM | Report abuse

"TO all the conservatives who are crying about a liberal media bias:

If you don't want questions brought up about your candidate, then don't choose someone questionable."

Whatever Paul. We have NEVER had an idiot on our ticket, have we?
God it must be great to be so smug

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 8:22 PM | Report abuse

LEAVE BRISTOL ALONE!

Posted by: RepubBristolFan | September 2, 2008 8:21 PM | Report abuse

Wake up America!! G-dub will be leaving us with a debt to China for $3 trillion. He got us into a war that had nothing to do with 9/11. He has padded the pockets of his already well-to-do buddies....need I go on?
Creationist, banning books, drafting and keeping the war machine going???? Who cares about a pregnant teen--that's small potatoes.
I'm voting for Obama/Biden.

Posted by: hapuufern | September 2, 2008 8:21 PM | Report abuse

Okaaaaay...A teenaged mom who throws her newborn in the trash and a PREGNANT teen who gets an abortion have the same SELFISH MOTIVE.

Is a fetus who is prematurly born more alive than one one of the same development yet still in the womb? The fetus has a heart and if that heart stopped beating, even if the fetus is still in the womb, the fetus will no longer have blood flow and die in the womb and would be passed as a bloody discharge.

Posted by: id est X | September 2, 2008 8:21 PM | Report abuse

Looks like McCain got himself a cain of worms

Posted by: Matthias Hanika | September 2, 2008 8:20 PM | Report abuse

Like it or not PARENTS are responsible for their children. Where the hell was palin while her daughter was having unprotected sex (which flies in the face of EVERYTHING her parents taught her)?

The good news regarding her daughter's unprotected sex is that she she is fortunate that she is just having a baby as oppossed to having HIV or some other horrific STD.

But I guess that is what happens when fake christians IGNORE reality and practice false religious doctrine.

If this was OBAMA the repubs would be crucifying him, Michelle AND their daughter.

You repubs are so phoney it is sickening and this case just proves how much even your OWN CHILDREN reject your ideology!

Posted by: roxlaw | September 2, 2008 8:20 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 8:16 PM

If there ever was an argument for birth control, all you have to do is listen to the Repuglican Party. I am convinced they have the same genes as the terrorists, they have just learned to terrorize us by abuse of law.

Actually, I am for birth control after enduring your stupid posts. Quit being a jerk. Its supposed to be a discourse, and your so afraid of what people think of you that you can't even post your name. What a loser

Posted by: Don | September 2, 2008 8:20 PM | Report abuse

Katie

I was taught in fifth grade, in the early 80s, that if sperm comes in contact with an egg, and happens to penetrate the outer layer of that egg, that an embryo will likely devleop. I was also taught where the sperm come from and where the eggs are stored. I beleive she had all the information necessary to make her decsion to have sex and deal with the consequences, but beleived that she might be able to "cheat fate" like so many other people do. I don't think teaching a child how to wear a condom prepares them any better to accept reality.

There are more drunk drivers on the road than there are fatalities caused by someone driving drunk, but there are fatalities none the less. Does that mean we should implement drunk driving education?

Posted by: fatboy | September 2, 2008 8:20 PM | Report abuse

I love it! Palin budgets $5 million for homeless teen mothers and decides that's too much and so cuts it back to $3.9 million. Now she has her own teen mommie in her household and looks like a total hypocrite. Then again, it's not wrong to be a teen mommie as long as it's within a Republican household, it's just wrong to be a teen mommie when you are poor.

Posted by: Paul | September 2, 2008 8:20 PM | Report abuse

TO all the conservatives who are crying about a liberal media bias:

If you don't want questions brought up about your candidate, then don't choose someone questionable.

Posted by: Don | September 2, 2008 8:20 PM | Report abuse

I agree with Palin. Fetuses have the right to be born into wretched lives. All social programs should be canceled. Also, programs that promote healthy sexual lives should be banned. America is about contrast - exuberance and misery, people who thrive and people who die. And for god sake...no more taxes!!!!!!

Anger Al

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 8:19 PM | Report abuse

I've never seen libs so hysterical. They seem to have a problem with women in high office. I'll bet Hillary is pulling for her as is Fararro who is said to be voting McCain. Palin has really energized a sleeping giant and freeked out the libs who dropped their woman in the grease . How funny is this. Can't wait for her speach.

Posted by: denfemster | September 2, 2008 8:19 PM | Report abuse

A teenaged mom who throws her newborn in the trash and a teenage girl who abstains from sex have the same motive.

Posted by: John | September 2, 2008 8:19 PM | Report abuse

As a hardcore republican I am completely unhappy with the way McCain picked up Palin. It has tarnished the image of Republicans. This is getting suicidal day by day. McCain needs to come to his sense right away. And get Palin out. The horse in out of the barn and it has not gone to far.

Posted by: Tony | September 2, 2008 8:18 PM | Report abuse

So which network or major publication will have the guts to be the first to offically call off the attacks on this teenager and get back to business?

Posted by: Paul D Parsons | September 2, 2008 8:18 PM | Report abuse

Looks like McCain got himself a cain of worms

Posted by: Matthias Hanika | September 2, 2008 8:18 PM | Report abuse

butopia - the wpost is not concerned with the truth, just generating web traffic and making palin look bad.

Posted by: democrat | September 2, 2008 8:17 PM | Report abuse

Good for her. Providing funds for housing teen mothers is not a government responsibility. I have read the constitution and find nothing mentioned to address this as an area that the government has any business being in. The welfare state is out of control and will eventually ruin this nation. I applaud any governor, president, etc. that slashes these programs that should be run and funded by families, local churches, charities, etc.

Posted by: JJW | September 2, 2008 8:16 PM | Report abuse

Wow. Rumors and facts about Sarah, Todd, and Bristol Palin are flying thick and fast. I expect each night to wake up tomorrow morning and find out that it was all a weird dream, and that McCain really chose Tim Pawlenty. But that hasn't happened yet.

The Palins' family life is their business, as Barack Obama has said. But the intersection of their family situation with public policy about 'abstinence ed' and the availability of abortion is every voter's business. I feel bad for Bristol, who has to start off a premature marriage this way under the spotlight of media across the nation.

Posted by: oldhonky | September 2, 2008 8:16 PM | Report abuse

Believe it or not... there are some people left in this country (otherwise known as Republicans and people interested in working for a living) not interested in a free handout. I'm sure that now as a grandmother of a child born out of wedlock, she'll do what every other respectable person in the same position would do... give her daughter and to-be son-in-law the support and love they need without asking for tax dollars from the people around her.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 8:16 PM | Report abuse

If there ever was an argument for birth control, all you have to do is listen to the Repuglican Party. I am convinced they have the same genes as the terrorists, they have just learned to terrorize us by abuse of law.

Posted by: Terry | September 2, 2008 8:16 PM | Report abuse

"And for the idiot who mentioned Obama also has daughters, well so did Clinton and Chelsea didn't get knocked up even though she spent her teen years in the white house (Amy Carter also didn't get knocked up in the white house)." And you know they didn't get knocked up, how. The Obama and liberal position is to just rip it out and flush it down the toilet.

Here's Obama's position hidden by the MSM. "A pro-life nurse is seconding a statement made by Alan Keyes that Jesus Christ would not vote for Barack Obama, pointing to his support for infanticide.

Jill Stanek is a nurse who discovered babies were being aborted alive and shelved to die in soiled utility rooms while working at a hospital in Illinois and since has been a strong advocate against partial-birth and live-birth abortions.

According to her commentary on WorldNetDaily.com, Stanek explains why Keyes made his statement.

At the federal level, legislation was presented called the Born Alive Infants Protection Act (BAIPA) which stated all live-born babies were guaranteed the same constitutional right to equal protection, whether or not they were wanted.

BAIPA sailed through the U.S. Senate by unanimous vote and by an overwhelming majority in the House. President Bush signed the bill into law in 2002.

Stanek wrote that, “in Illinois, the state version of BAIPA repeatedly failed, thanks in large part to then-state Sen. Barack Obama. It only passed in 2005, after Obama left.”

“Obama articulately worried that legislation protecting live aborted babies might infringe on women's rights or abortionists' rights. Obama's clinical discourse, his lack of mercy, shocked me. I was naive back then. Obama voted against the measure, twice. It ultimately failed.”

“So, the reason Keyes said Jesus Christ wouldn't vote for Barack Obama was because of Obama's fanatical support of abortion to the point of condoning infanticide.”

In a recent USA Today opinion piece, Obama admitted being "nagged" by the Jesus-wouldn't-vote-for-him statement, but only because he wished he'd given a different comeback.

Obama’s initial response, as stated in USA Today was “that we live in a pluralistic society, and that .” He added that he was running to be the U.S. senator of Illinois, and not a minister.

Stanek summarized Obama’s second response saying that “Obama insinuated opposition to abortion is based only on religion, lecturing pro-lifers like me to ‘explain why abortion violates some principle that is accessible to people of all faiths, including those with no faith at all.’”

“I don't recall mentioning religion when I testified against live-birth abortion. I only recall describing a live aborted baby I held in a hospital soiled utility room until he died, and a live aborted baby who was accidentally thrown into the trash,” she told WorldNetDaily.

Yet, Stanek pointed out that religion was never part of the abortion ban debate. “I recall comparisons made to U.S. laws ensuring animals being killed are treated humanely. I recall testimony that late-term babies feel excruciating pain while being aborted.”

He said, "I can't impose my religious views on another." If somebody wants to kill someone he won't stand in the way. Who's next? If you kill the old you won't have to fix Social Security, if you kill the old and the infirm and the physically or mentally challenged you won't have to spend much money on health care. Maybe we now know how he gets a zero dollar amount for the cost of his health care plan.

Posted by: Jim | September 2, 2008 8:15 PM | Report abuse

Oh please, anonymous. why should the group get an almost 50 percent budget increase in one year? inflation is not at 50 percent, and it's probably lower in alaska do to its rich energy supplies. nothing could justify this.

anonymous said: "Rhino,

Cost of living is high for 2008. we are not in 2007. Covenant House Alaska is good on managing money if the financial statements of the Covenant House Alaska show total expenses in 2007 were $3.4 million and she gave them $3.9 million for 2008. There is no bias. My salary for 2007 cannot keep up with 2008. I have to cut so many things to keep afloat, so as the Alaska shelter that received a 20 percent cut from their proposed budget."

Posted by: democrat | September 2, 2008 8:15 PM | Report abuse

A teenaged mom who throws her newborn in the trash and a teenaged mom who gets an abortion have the same motive.

Posted by: id est X | September 2, 2008 8:15 PM | Report abuse

A teenager who gets an abortion is not yet a mom, id est X.

Posted by: BILLY | September 2, 2008 8:14 PM | Report abuse

Dear fellow Americans,

I am a POW. Isn’t that enough?

I ditch my old and not-so-reach first wife. I got myself a trophy wife: young, reach and beautiful. I am pro family value.

Now I am 72 years old. I got myself a trophy VP. Why do you have to look all her records? Look how hot she is! Isn’t that enough?

Please vote me.

Posted by: McSame | September 2, 2008 8:14 PM | Report abuse

Now it turns out Palin didn't even have a passport until last year.

Posted by: Cadmus | September 2, 2008 8:14 PM | Report abuse

I guess all teen moms aren't lucky enough to have a Governor for a mom.

Posted by: Nancy | September 2, 2008 8:13 PM | Report abuse

I had no sex-ed classes. Had my child at 23, went into marriage very innocent. But divorced after 2 years. regret if I had participated in the sex ed classes. to my parents, sex-ed was taboo. Give a chance to our youngsters. My 10-year old son started some seex-ed classes, and now knows I did not buy him from the doctor.

Posted by: Jane | September 2, 2008 8:13 PM | Report abuse

I appreciate this post, though probably not the motives that justified its relevance to be published. Regardless of any news about Sarah Palin's daughter, I and other Americans are interested to know how Palin and McCain have acted in relation to such important public services as those discussed here.

I cannot believe, however, that the author failed to provide a link to the rest of the quote which ends the blog post. It is one of the most outrageous things I have read--and it is a direct quotation of John McCain, with a generous amount of context, showing that there is no question regarding McCain's ignorance. He is wildly ignorant regarding the benefits of condoms, and he's even ignorant of his own opinion on the matter.

http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2007/03/16/mccain-stumbles-on-hiv-prevention

Posted by: Ryan | September 2, 2008 8:12 PM | Report abuse

A teenaged mom who throws her newborn in the trash and a teenaged mom who gets an abortion have the same motive.

Posted by: id est X | September 2, 2008 8:12 PM | Report abuse

fatboy: i think you are leaving out the critical fact that these young girls aren't getting any type of real education. so are we supposed to leave that up to them too? we are supposed to give kids the education they need to make these intelligent choices, but when you get abstinence-only "education" where you never truly learn about what goes on with sex, pregnancy, diseases, contraceptives and the like, it is incredibly difficult to make mature, informed decisions, such as having sex without protection.

Posted by: Katie | September 2, 2008 8:11 PM | Report abuse

This poster's comments reiterate that whether the subject is sex or anything else, education is a very important element:
Taberd Lee said, "This is a unique American phenomenon. 3/4 of the world population (that includes Inida, China, most Asian and Latin America countries, and most of Africa) don't teach sex education in high school. In fact, it is frowned upon to even talk about it in public. And yet, they have much less teen pregnancy and much less crime. And yes, they are much more conservative. Being liberal is the problem here."

"India, and most Asian and Latin America countries, and most of Africa" have uncontrolled population growth, AIDS epidemics, overflowing orphanages, rampant poverty and its associated crime. Being a prude and imposing ignorance on our developing teenagers is a recipe for more problems. The only benefit of ignorance is the troubling bliss that Taberd Lee enjoys. Try reading. Or traveling. Remember that the unplanned teenage pregnancy of this story is a product of a well to do conservative family. Sperm and eggs don't subscribe to any particular political party. Sorry if those yucky words freak you out. Just a little grown up talk, Lee.

Posted by: k rev | September 2, 2008 8:11 PM | Report abuse

Rhino,

Cost of living is high for 2008. we are not in 2007. Covenant House Alaska is good on managing money if the financial statements of the Covenant House Alaska show total expenses in 2007 were $3.4 million and she gave them $3.9 million for 2008. There is no bias. My salary for 2007 cannot keep up with 2008. I have to cut so many things to keep afloat, so as the Alaska shelter that received a 20 percent cut from their proposed budget.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 8:10 PM | Report abuse

A teenaged mom who throws her newborn in the trash and a teenaged mom who gets an abortion have the same motive.

Posted by: id est X | September 2, 2008 8:10 PM | Report abuse

Even though I am enjoying some of the delicious Obama Kool-Aid (try it!) I have to admit this story is distorted.

But it's not quite up there with Muslim Obama, or the flag pin, or the "Whitey" tape, or "Obama's Baby Mama" or ... any other Fox/Rush fabrications.

Posted by: Bud | September 2, 2008 8:10 PM | Report abuse

This pregnancy has taken the spotlight off of McCain. He is the creator of this mess. His lack of judgement in choosing Palin shows that he is unable to lead as President. It also shows that she is incapable of being honest. The pregnancy is relevant. Clinton was fodder for the media. Her mother signed on, thinking that she could manipulate her way through a national election without anyone noticing that her underage daughter was knocked up. I have been an Obama supporter from the beginning. I'm from New York and refused to vote for Hillary due to her do-nothing attitude about the war once she became re-elected. Our idiot president and his group of string-pullers who run his puppet, FOX News government need to be jailed at best, voted out at the very least. And I'm a Republican.

Posted by: ideas | September 2, 2008 8:09 PM | Report abuse

I remember having sex education classes at 14, back in 1968 (the formative years, Kennedy/King assasinations, Watts riots, Tet Offensive, all that good stuff.) The girls learned that their bodies would change. The boys learned that, "it's yours, dude." And so went the high stakes ballet until 18 and the pill. I'm not advocating carelessness between consenting adults. But to be under 18, well, it made both parties think. To think about what they were told, and taught. To forego sex education for young adults is just plain assinine.

Posted by: ooxomoxoo | September 2, 2008 8:09 PM | Report abuse

Hmmmmmm... Slashed funding. What was the funding in the prior year? If it was the same or less that wouldn't be a slash, would it? Interesting that the reporter doing the story doesn't mention this.

The fact is tht this was a capital budget item FOR ITS FIRST YEAR and so they went from ZERO to 3.9 million. Kinda hard to call that a slash. This is ALSO the State's contribution to a project with a $22 million dollar price tag.

http://www.gov.state.ak.us/omb/09_omb/budget/CapBackup/FY09/proj48722.pdf

So the reality is that Palin signed into law a bill funding this capitol program for the first time. So we went from $0 to $3.9 mill and thats a slash?

Please Mr. Kane, If I can do this research thru Google and call the Alaska OMB on my dime, certainly you can do some basic research before you run with a story.

FYI, this item was not funded in 2007, but was passed and signed into law in 2008 for the 2009 FY.

Posted by: butopia | September 2, 2008 8:08 PM | Report abuse

rhino - these blogs are clearly not designed to tell the truth, but to generate web traffic for ad revenue. now, a bunch of whiny liberals will go and post on daily kos and then it will go all around the internet, and people will come and look at the original article. blah blah blah. pathetic.

Posted by: democrat | September 2, 2008 8:08 PM | Report abuse

The first cells that form the first organ in a fetus is the heart. Only after the heart cells originally form and take shape does the rest of the body begins growth. The heart must form first in order to circulate blood throughout the growing fetus. The fetus develops around that growing beating heart.

Abortion stops a beating heart.

Posted by: id est X | September 2, 2008 8:07 PM | Report abuse

They should all elope after having sex and getting pregnant before marriage like she did in 1988

The Palins eloped on Aug. 29, 1988, and their first son, Track, was born eight months later

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/02/us/politics/02palin.html?pagewanted=2&hp

The hypocrisy boggles the mind.

Also, the "Feminists" against abortion group she belong to supposedly is in favor of helping such pregnant teens.

Posted by: drsteveb | September 2, 2008 8:07 PM | Report abuse

Palin, a former beauty queen, an avid hunter, a former tv sportscaster for Channel 2, KTUU-TV in Anchorage is hungry for a spotlight. Life will never be the same again... She will make millions to write a book of why she could not make it to the Whitehouse. On the other hand, she will do anything to get to the Whitehouse. McCain opened a can of worms by not listening to others. This was the first taste of McCain's judgment and temperament. Can McCain make a quick judgment to send us to war without verifying facts. Obama who markets himself by appearing on stage with children should have a taken a strong stance. Does she want his daughters to follow the same path of Palin's daughter. Denounce early teen pregnancy; support programs; children are exposed to sex related material at an early age--regardless of status, background, race, age, or religion. Feminists supporting Palin should think twice--is it good for the 17-year old to marry for the sake of politics; or should she be encouraged to further her education. Is Bristol really 17, if 16, that would be statutory rape.

Posted by: Mabel | September 2, 2008 8:06 PM | Report abuse

The emotions are running high on the responses to this article. If I ever doubted the political bias of the Washington Post, there is no doubt now. Everybody needs to take a close look at the numbers, and the financial statements of the Covenant House Alaska. Palin gave them all the money they needed and more. Total expenses in 2007 were $3.4 million and she gave them $3.9 million for 2008. This just goes to show that you can't trust the newspapers, because they will spin the story to satisfy their own interest.

Posted by: Rhino | September 2, 2008 8:05 PM | Report abuse

From:
Head of State
http://headofstate.blogspot.com/2008/09/intrusive-personal-questions-from-palin.html

Monday, September 01, 2008

"Intrusive Personal Questions" from the Palin Vetting Questionnaire

"Mr. McCain’s advisers said repeatedly on Monday that Ms. Palin was 'thoroughly vetted'"- The New York Times

Palin "responded to a 70-question form that included 'intrusive personal questions' a senior campaign aide said today."- The Washington Post


"Intrusive Personal Questions" from the Palin Vetting Questionnaire:

1) Did we forget anything?

2) Secession from your own country is

a) Patriotic
b) A qualification to be the potential leader of that country
c) Maverick-y!
d) None of the above

3) John McCain has said that he has followed your record for "many, many years." Divide those "many" years by the number of years of your actual record. The result is

a) Three days
b) Two years as mayor of a town of 9000, and 20 months at the helm of the vaunted Alaska National Guard
c) 0: experience, as we know, is not relevant to one's record
d) Czechoslovakia

4) Moose Burger : Abstinence as Moose Hunting :

a) Brother-in-law
b) 50 state flag
c) Bridge to Nowhere (after it was made impossible)
d) All of the above

5) Did we forget anything?

6) Three Vice Presidential candidates are moving from three equidistant fixed points towards a podium. One, in his slightly glazed stare and awkwardly quasi-combative speech bears a faint resemblance to Dan Quayle; the next can only assist the ticket as we near closer to Rapture; the third seems to have stumbled out of one of Christopher Buckley's sharper efforts. Which one arrives at the podium first?

7) "Nothing that has come out did not come out in the vet." This sentence actually means:

a) Everything has come out and everything has been vetted
b) Everything that was vetted has come out
c) Everything that has come out was vetted
d) The vet came out and vetted the vets vetter than anything has ever been vetted. Really.

8) You are a right-wing, red-state conservative. During the Clinton Administration, you believed that President Clinton's behavior with Monica Lewinsky disqualified him from the Presidency on moral grounds; you fervently raised the terms "Lincoln Bedroom" and "Johnny Chung" to invoke notions of utter corruption, and regarded the "Travelgate" firings as an abuse of power. In the face of the recent revelations regarding Palin's directorship of Ted Stevens' 527, support of the Bridge to Nowhere, "Troopergate" imbroglio, and illegitimate pregnancy of her 16-year old daughter, you:

a) Blame George Soros
b) Talk about Bill Clinton instead of Palin
c) Hold your hands over your ears and loudly shout "La la la"
d) Try to change the subject

9) "Foreign policy experience" includes:

a) Being near another large nation
b) Seceding from your own country and then taking up residence in the new nation
c) Being close to "Nowhere" in your support for the Bridge to Nowhere, which is different than being "Somewhere"
d) Blame George Soros

10) If you were seeking to choose as your running mate someone who would please Evangelical Conservatives with very traditional values, who would be without taint of corruption or misuse of government power, and someone who, in line with your campaign's own slogan, would put "Country First", after thorough vetting and "intrusive personal questions", you would choose someone who:

a) Supported the Bridge to Nowhere
b) Supported the secession of Alaska from the U.S. (Slogan: "Alaska First!")
c) Was the subject of a state ethics investigation due to allegations that she had tried to have her brother-in-law fired and that she fired the state public safety commissioner due to his unwillingness to fire the brother-in-law
d) Would suffer from allegations that her 16 year old child had become pregnant illegitimately, despite her fervent support for abstinence only sex education
e) None of the above

Cite
Head of State:
http://headofstate.blogspot.com/2008/09/intrusive-personal-questions-from-palin.html

Posted by: Robert Hewson | September 2, 2008 8:04 PM | Report abuse

The Sarah Palin implosion clock began ticking within moments of "maverick" John McCain's Aug. 29th surprise selection of the young, attractive, Annie Oakley-esque Alaska governor as his GOP presidential running mate.

The betting here is that her withdrawal is imminent. It can't come a moment too soon for presumptive prez nominee McCain, whose judgment and political acumen have been called into question by three days of unrelenting and unwelcome "Northern Exposure."

Whatever you may think of the comely governor, it is a stark fact that she has failed the first test of a vice presidential hopeful: "First, do no harm."

As the revelations continue to dogsled down from the Alaska wilderness, more questions arise about McCain's judgment, and about his campaign's VP vetting process. The credit, or the blame, depending on your political perspective, goes to the internet blogosphere. But for the blogs, the Palin implosion, brought about by widely circulated rumors about the family's infant boy, Trig, wouldn't have happened as quickly as it did -- if at all.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 8:03 PM | Report abuse

Talk about biased reporting, The Washington Post, the New York Times, and the LA Times have been doing their best to distort, twist, dig up dirt, and sink Sarah Palin. The liberal bias is obvious. They are panicing and resorting to the dirtiest low down inuendo slinging I have ever seen. Shame on you!

Posted by: Mike Keator | September 2, 2008 8:03 PM | Report abuse

Danoh50 - thanks for your post. i'm a lifetime dem, but i believe in honesty. the post and nytimes are behaving in the despicable ways. but then again, that's what they did to clinton, so i cannot really expect much more with palin. just horrific.

Posted by: democrat | September 2, 2008 8:02 PM | Report abuse

All u woman who want to vote for mcain/palin becasue there is a woman on the ticket, what happens if mcain wins and then craoks before his term is complete, and ms. palin has to step up to the plate. what happens if she mess up, is every woman gonna blame that on sexism too. will she have the balls to make the right decisions, i dont think so. And if u want some food for thought your voting for a man, that chose a woman because he wants your votes not the other way around. thats real sexism.

Posted by: Lokki | September 2, 2008 8:02 PM | Report abuse

22 years ago today, I was 17 and became a father to my daughter Jessica. My wife was 18, we were unmarried etc. No one gave us a dime and here we are 22 years later doing just fine thank you. We didn't do things in the right order but we made it work without handouts from the Govt.

I am glad to see a politician that is willing to stand up and cut some of this waste on nonsense programs.

Happy Birthday Jessica.

Posted by: Danny | September 2, 2008 8:02 PM | Report abuse

CONSERVATIVE... say it with me one more time for the slow kids in class: C O N S E R V A T I V E! CONSERVATIVE... means less government... less government spending etc.

That is the responsibility of the FAMILY not the government or the people!

Morons... this is not communist Russia!

Posted by: Big Daddy | September 2, 2008 8:02 PM | Report abuse

hitler, stalin, franco, mussolini, all right wingers.

Posted by: id est X | September 2, 2008 8:00 PM | Report abuse

to Tim Schuerch: thanks! that's what i was suggesting in my original post. the wpost "article" provides NO context for the budget item. it takes a savvy reader to find out that the budget was not slashed, but that the proposed expenditure was. this is pathetic, wpost. just pathetic.

Posted by: democrat | September 2, 2008 8:00 PM | Report abuse

Truth shall always remain stranger than fiction. This is like a McImplosion happening in slow motion. I'm guessing he think vetting is some kind of car show?

Did his thought out decision happen during a senior moment? What other great shoot from the hip choices would he make as a president?

You can't even make this stuff up! Teenage mom making babies at the unoffical car wash next to the sheriff's station near the bridge to nowhere, where my baby and my nephew will be the same age. Palin does come with a full resume - just not much depth in issues that matter to the rest of us.

Oh wait, that's right, just in - this campaign isn't going to be about issues, it's about the candidates personalities at the end of the day (according to McCain's own team strategy?!).

Well my friends, I'm sure that great sense of humor will take us far as a country. Thanks for the yuks, John.

Posted by: DonJulio | September 2, 2008 8:00 PM | Report abuse

Nothing else will surprise me now about Sarah Palin. God works in wonderful and mysterious ways. He has already voted not to have a Republican convention this year, thereby reducing the the number of lies going forth over the airwaves. As Jeremiah Wright quoted someone else in his sermon folloiwng 9/11, "The chickens have come home to roost." Abstinence-only sex education indeed has visited Sarah Palin and her family with an out of wedlock pregnancy. This would not be a big deal in our society except that people of Sarah's ilk have made "Just Say No" the national sex education program.

Now I listen to Republicans justify a candidacy that, had it been a Democratic one, they would have yelled to the high heavens about how low morally this country has sunk.

Yes, we also know that Palin's biggest line of her first major speech was a big fat lie. It seems that when Bill Clinton looked at the American public and made a claim about an extramartial affair, the Republicans impeached him. Palin has lied about the claim to have refused the money for the bridge to nowhere. Palin has impeached herself. Are there any good Republicans left, or are they all supporting the only moral candidate in this election, Obama?

The lest time I took score, it was
McCain the adulterer
Palin the liar

and the relgious right is sticking firmly behind them. Imagine, just imagine.

Posted by: Earl C | September 2, 2008 7:59 PM | Report abuse

Even as a former beauty queen, Palin is more of a man than Obama.

FACT.

Posted by: You know it's true | September 2, 2008 7:59 PM | Report abuse

Wow I can't beleieve the funding halts that Palin signed to educate young people about sex, didnt work for her daughter. Or the abstinince approach didn't have a better effect. These christian cattle have mostly everything entirely wrong. Get a clue, for christs sake.

Posted by: justgoestoshowyou | September 2, 2008 7:59 PM | Report abuse

Only to the Washington Post and Dems is an increase from $155K in 2007 to $3.9 Million in 2008 considered a slashing of funding.

http://www.gov.state.ak.us/omb/07_OMB/SB231bill.pdf

1 Appropriation General Other

2 Allocations Items Funds Funds

24 Tribal Governments - Yukon
25 Flats Visitor Center (HD 6)
26 Covenant House- New 155,000 155,000
27 Facility Needs Assessment
28

Posted by: DanOH50 | September 2, 2008 7:58 PM | Report abuse

Was franco a right winger or a left winger?

Posted by: id est X | September 2, 2008 7:58 PM | Report abuse

This "kiddie stuff" is actually a belief she holds and a policy which as Governor of Alaska she approved - less help for teenage mothers, very anti-abortion, and abstinence only sex-ed just to name a few. So it is something that needs to be discussed.

This is one of the "social conservatives" biggest hypocrisies - get pregnant, no abortion, and once that baby is born - no interest in you, oh and by the way, your on your own. And just one more thing - your trash for getting pregnant in the first place. But when it is "one of their own" - the girl becomes the embodiment of all that is "wonderful" in the movement.

Talk about double standards.

Posted by: returntocommonsense | September 2, 2008 7:58 PM | Report abuse

UNBELIEVABLE!
PEOPLE BELIEVE THIS STUFF!
Go Check out the covenant house financials...THEIR TOTAL expenses for 2007 was 3.6 MIL, and their assets increased by 2.5 WAKE UP PEOPLE, and QUIT DRINKING THE KOOLAID

Posted by: Quilasdad | September 2, 2008 7:58 PM | Report abuse

Senility has caught up with McCain. This last moment choice was a result of too much advice from all around which he banks on and which negatively affects his capability to think. In jumbled state of mind he just put a $1000-dollar note on Red - gov. Palin. They talk about her hunting and shooting and hockey mom life.. honestly, who cares what she is in personal life or what her daughter is doing? she is just not fit for anything, to the degree of not being able to bring in the Hillary votes - her sole purpose of being on the ticket. She is a pre-election choice. If McCain was told he is the President of US would he have chosen this redneck as his VP? Hell No!

Posted by: AN OLD MAN | September 2, 2008 7:57 PM | Report abuse

Was stalin a right winger or a left winger?

Posted by: id est X | September 2, 2008 7:57 PM | Report abuse

America is founded on the prinicple that the individual is responsible for his own destiny. The Consitution of the United States of America is designed to limit the authority that the government may impose on an individual. Therefore, there would be no hypocrisy in the fact that the increase in funding for the unwed mothers' home was cut, because it isn't the government's responsibility to alleviate the suffering brought on by one's own misjudgement.

In other words, a person should have the right to throw a ball in the air if he so chooses, and we should not expect the government to legislate a bill that prevents that ball from hitting you on the head or purchases the aspirin for your headache if you throw it wrong.

Posted by: fatboy | September 2, 2008 7:57 PM | Report abuse

Marcel:

Welcome to President McCain and Vice President Palin on January 20, 2009 ; )

Posted by: JakeD | September 2, 2008 7:57 PM | Report abuse

What kind of experience does it take represent a state with 850k people? Our mayors of San Jose, L.A., Oakland, and San Francisco have more real life experience ... than Biden.

Posted by: LR | September 2, 2008 7:57 PM | Report abuse

So, apparently, you think our tax dollars should be used to bail out people when they make mistakes. Most teens, I hope, are being provided for by their parents. Using tax dollars to provide welfare should be a last resort, not an easy out.

Posted by: Joyce | September 2, 2008 7:57 PM | Report abuse

This Palin drama makes Britney Spears' teen sister Jamie Lynn a saint. Politics has changed; and we expect accountability in little things. If you cannot handle the heat of this issue, what of..... Our families are introduced to these first children by their power hungry parents. If a candidate, McCain, Obama, Biden, and Palin want their children not to be food of the media and the public. Simply do not put your children on the limelight. No coming on stage top wave to us. If we cannot talk about them when they lose their path; then campaign by yourself. Don't use children so we can view you as a good father or great mother, and when your children's behavior are out of line, you ask us to leave them. America deserve a better change; these is not politics as usual. Change we want is accountability. Admit the child did wrong.

Posted by: Angie | September 2, 2008 7:56 PM | Report abuse

Was hitler a right winger or a left winger?

Posted by: id est X | September 2, 2008 7:56 PM | Report abuse

Tim Schuerch:

Paul Kane probably KNEW that when he wrote this article ...

Posted by: JakeD | September 2, 2008 7:56 PM | Report abuse

just one comment, and you can make of it what you will. no matter what my personal politics happen to be, i would never accept the vp nomination knowing that it would bring such stress and scrutiny to my already no doubt terrified pregnant teenage daughter. seems like common sense to me.

Posted by: whthc | September 2, 2008 7:56 PM | Report abuse

So, "good for Palin" thinks it's okay for Palin to get pregnant because her parents can support her (let me restate that...the state of Alaska can support her through her mother's insurance policy). But it's not okay for poor teen mothers to be state supported?

This doesn't make sense. It's classist.

Posted by: bad for palin | September 2, 2008 7:56 PM | Report abuse

What seems to be the most galling thing about Sarah Palin is her elitism, do as I say not as I do. She seems to be as out of touch with reality as the old white haired dude.

Posted by: hadenuff1 | September 2, 2008 7:55 PM | Report abuse

Who do you think more likely would've executed Christ? Republicans or Democrats?

Let's compare them to the Pharisees. What party is known for being judgmental like the Pharisees? What party is known to hate the poor & think itself high and mighty like the Pharisees?

What party loves money like the Pharisees? What party is very religious and their believers known to commit violence in the name of right wing sentiments like the Pharisees? What party hates taxes like the Pharisees?

What party would more likely have executed Christ, the Republicans or Democrats?

Posted by: id est X | September 2, 2008 7:55 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is destined to be one of those minor, but amusing footnotes in American history. Her place on the McCain ticket is rapidly becoming a carney freak show, and Sarah is right up there with the two headed calf and Zip the Pinhead. Welcome, ladies and gentlemen, to the Republican Party of 2008.

Posted by: Marcel | September 2, 2008 7:55 PM | Report abuse

Taberd Lee said, "This is a unique American phenomenon. 3/4 of the world population (that includes Inida, China, most Asian and Latin America countries, and most of Africa) don't teach sex education in high school. In fact, it is frowned upon to even talk about it in public. And yet, they have much less teen pregnancy and much less crime. And yes, they are much more conservative. Being liberal is the problem here."

Cause in China and Japan, they just get abortions. Even married people because they can't afford another kid. Next time do your research before you post.

Posted by: angel | September 2, 2008 7:54 PM | Report abuse

"Maybe now we'll stop hearing their hypocritical speech-ifying about how all us heathen liberals are going to hell over our sinful, lack-of-family-values ways."

Not to be a dick, but haven't you noticed that for the last ten years libs have been the ones chasing around cons with pitchforks? You've turned a situation in which you were right into one in which you're wrong. You just can't hold onto your Revolutionary shtick when you've become the status quo.

Posted by: Dick | September 2, 2008 7:54 PM | Report abuse

This article is factually incorrect.

The Governor actually provided one-time capital budget funding for the "Covenant House Facility Expansion" at $3.9 million, rather than at the Legislature's proposed $5.0 million.

It was NOT a reduction of Covenant House's operating budget, but rather, provided the program with an additional $3.9 million more than its operating budget amount.

WP is usually better than this, please get your facts straight before reporting...

REFERENCE: Please see page 11 of Alaska's FY09 Capital Budget Veto Spreadsheet, which can be found on the Anchorage Daily News website at the following web address:
http://media.adn.com/smedia/2008/05/23/18/SB221_spreadsheet_FINAL.source.prod_affiliate.7.pdf

It reads in relevant part:
"Covenant House Alaska - Covenant House Facility Expansion Fund at reduced level
one-time only ... 3,900,000"

Posted by: Tim Schuerch | September 2, 2008 7:53 PM | Report abuse

Paying teens for pregnancy only encourages this behavior. Teens SHOULD NOT become mothers, nor does the taxpayer feel like financing irresponsible motherhood. Teens should focus on their responsibility to become educated and employed; motherhood can, and should, come later--but ONLY in the case where the taxpayer must fund their livelihood. There are far too many teen parents who give neither a thought nor a gesture towards providing for their children.

Posted by: Good for Palin | September 2, 2008 7:53 PM | Report abuse

Who do you think more likely would've executed Christ? Republicans or Democrats?

Let's compare them to the Pharisees. What party is known for being judgmental like the Pharisees? What party is known to hate the poor & think itself high and mighty like the Pharisees?

What party loves money like the Pharisees? What party is very religious and their believers known to commit violence in the name of right wing sentiments like the Pharisees? What party hates taxes like the Pharisees?

What party would more likely have executed Christ, the Republicans or Democrats?

Posted by: id est X | September 2, 2008 7:52 PM | Report abuse

"Really Who Gives a crap whether or not her daughter is pregnant. I fail to see how this effects anything"

It really wouldn't matter if it wasn't such a glaring example of the hypocrisy of "conservative family values."

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 7:52 PM | Report abuse

John goofs AGAIN

Posted by: ron | September 2, 2008 7:52 PM | Report abuse

"Only homo ignoramus fly during the first and last 3 months of their pregnancies"

That's the "great judgment" that the GOP is already trying to talk up. John McCain actually CHOSE this woman for his running mate? That says something about his (lack of) judgment too.

McCain thought that he could pick off Clinton supporters simply by picking a running mate with two X chromosomes. A purely political move, to hell with what's best for the country. Is that really who some people want in the White House making important decisions?!?

Luckily most women are smart enough to see right through this disgusting ploy.

Posted by: McCain is a panderer | September 2, 2008 7:52 PM | Report abuse

Everyone quit yelling!
I get really tired of hearing my fellow dems whine about how they are the “righteous” party, and how all repubs are inherently evil. I vote dem because it fits (most) of my belief systems, not because I think we hold the moral high ground. At the end of the day, it is still the Dems who were pro-slavery in the Civil War, and the reps who fought against it, so there are no moral absolutes in either structure, and there are none now. Vote for who you want with immunity. That is the law of the land

Posted by: Boe | September 2, 2008 7:52 PM | Report abuse

I can appreciate and respect the different campaigns pleading for privacy, but less be real. The situation with Palin’s daughter speaks to the foundation of our politics and beliefs – VALUES! We have a teenage girl who engaged in pre-marital and unprotected sex. Period. If this pregnancy was wanted or unwanted by a 17 year-old girl, there is a problem either way. So we embrace her because she has a right-wing conservative mom who stands on the pro-life soap-box? Oh, but if it were say, Britney Spear’s mom who was about to release a book on parenting and then we learn that her 16-year old daughter is pregnant – there is a backlash and the book idea is put on hold swiftly! Period. Let’s stop excusing reckless behavior, regardless of who the parents are and what their so-called agenda is. Additionally, with the daughter and an infant son who will be in dire need of their mom’s support, will Palin really be able to put her country first? I do not think she is prepared to make this choice or the sacrifice. Or maybe she has, having been able to put Alaska first for the last five months as Governor. We see the brilliant effects of this choice.

As a country, we cannot keep becoming numb to this type of news and we certainly do not need to promote more of this image in Washington were the teen pregnancy rate is already too high. Further, parents are typically held accountable for their children’s behaviors and choices – ergo, truancy laws. Parents are penalized for not “controlling” their children. If we chastise single moms for their children’s absences (or even misbehaving in general), why wouldn’t we hold married parents to the same standards – regardless of position or political affiliation? I think this campaign has become disgraceful. I think the Palin’s are confusing “Pro-life” with “Pro-birth.” There is more to having children than the “anti-abortion” process – it is about rearing, teaching and nurturing children. Let’s hold our candidates to this same standard and look to their children for the real lessons they have taught at home.

Posted by: crhall20879 | September 2, 2008 7:52 PM | Report abuse

come to think of it Ren and Stimpy would be a better choice then McCain and Palin.

id vote for that ticket if not for OBAMA and BIDEN. 2016 perhaps.

Posted by: llewis40 | September 2, 2008 7:51 PM | Report abuse


I found the wording in the announcement of Palin's daughter's pregnancy interesting:

"We’re proud of Bristol’s decision to have her baby and even prouder to become grandparents."

First, I wouldn't have thought there was any decision to be made given the Palins' strong right-to-life views.

Second, it was Roe v. Wade that gave Bristol the ability to make a decision.

Third, if Gov. Palin, John McCain, and the rest of the religious right have their way none of us will have a decision.

Posted by: Sandy | September 2, 2008 7:50 PM | Report abuse

Palin is just another lying hypocrit evangelical from the Bush camp.

Posted by: Rodney | September 2, 2008 7:50 PM | Report abuse

All you 'people' complaining about the so called 'liberal papers' are idiots. So where are all your 'conserative papers'? and why does no one care about them? B ecause the news is the news, and it's what we all get. So sift through it and straighten your warped brains out. Duh!

Posted by: ohgod | September 2, 2008 7:50 PM | Report abuse

No way this woman was vetted.This is John McCain's judgement.

Posted by: Joe Cass | September 2, 2008 7:49 PM | Report abuse

Teens SHOULD NOT become mothers, nor does the taxpayer feel like financing irresponsible motherhood. Teens should focus on their responsibility to become educated and employed; motherhood can, and should, come later--but ONLY in the case where the taxpayer must fund their livelihood. There are far too many teen parents who give neither a thought nor a gesture towards providing for their children.

Posted by: Good for her | September 2, 2008 7:49 PM | Report abuse

Really Who Gives a crap whether or not her daughter is pregnant. I fail to see how this effects anything

Posted by: Melissa | September 2, 2008 7:49 PM | Report abuse

What % of teens became before abstinence and what % after? Until you can answer that nobod knows if it worked or not.

Posted by: Joe | September 2, 2008 7:48 PM | Report abuse

It hits home. Obama should not equate her 18 year old mother with Bristol. Bristol is a teen, 17-years-old. The moment the children of a candidate are put on stage to wave to us, the public, we have the right to know that the White House windows will not be used to sneek a boyfriend/girlfriend while parents are discussing Iraqi.

Posted by: Angie | September 2, 2008 7:48 PM | Report abuse

Wow! Only four days in, and this woman is already proving to be an endless source of political wreckage. I mean these stories just keep on coming and they're all just fantastic. It's like she we won't put out... A lesson she should have instilled in her daughter perhaps?

Posted by: her biggest fan | September 2, 2008 7:48 PM | Report abuse

Interesting how they want everyone to "respect the privacy of their children", but they apparently plan to march Levi (and I'm sure Bristol as well) out during the convention. If he chooses to step out into the spotlight and the GOP wants to use him and Bristol for political show then they're fair game for the media to question and pick apart.

As for Sara, it's absolutely scary how she wants to force her own "moral code" on the rest of the country when that approach has obviously failed at least in this respect. For a rabid proponent of abstinence only sex education, who wants to force that on everyone else in the country, her daughter getting knocked up as an unwed teenager is valid news.

Posted by: McCain is a panderer | September 2, 2008 7:48 PM | Report abuse

Hey JM:

There are ignorant people out there who don't believe in evolution, and even a few folks who don't believe that Earth is round, but you know what? come here and I'll tell you a little secret. THEY'RE WRONG!

And any biology 1 high school student knows that people are alive at the moment of conception. You can argue about their "rights" all you want, but don't be ignorant and pretend they're dead, or non-human, or a parasite, or ....

Be smart.
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I also want to add, on the abortion issue, not everybody believes life starts at the moment of conception. I don't consider a fused sperm and egg to be alive, nor do I consider a blastocyst to be alive. Once the fetus is fully formed, then we can talk about banning abortion, not an all out 100% ban on all abortions at all points in the pregnancy for all circumstances. Life isn't that black and white.

Posted by: John | September 2, 2008 7:47 PM | Report abuse

Absolutely. Palin doesn't care if the victim is a 10-year-old victim of incest. Palin would not only tell her to "choose life," she would legislate it!

Posted by: Sara | September 2, 2008 7:47 PM | Report abuse

John Scott is right: "I was considering voting for McCain until Palin came onboard. I notice none of the media have picked up on her international inexperience, shocking environmental record or the fact she endangered her unborn child by flying long haul during labor - etc." Only homo ignoramus fly during the first and last 3 months of their pregnancies.

Posted by: TaoZen | September 2, 2008 7:47 PM | Report abuse

My guess is that most of you reading this blog were not virgins at 17. It could have happened to you. As a parent of a teenage boy who has been taught Sex Ed at school, at home, at church, I still pray every time that my son goes on a date that he upholds his moral values. Unfortunately hormones and pressures exist no matter who your parents are. I feel sad for all involved.

Posted by: TR | September 2, 2008 7:46 PM | Report abuse

>> It's sad to watch the media try and destroy Palin before she's even had a chance to say more than 10 words to the public.

She said her 10 words and they included a lie about how she said no to the bridge to nowhere. She fully supported it when running for governor. When it became to embarrassing to congress to go forward with the earmark, she kept the money. How is that saying no?

If I was interviewing a job candidate and the candidate lied on the first interview, they'd be out.

Posted by: anthony | September 2, 2008 7:46 PM | Report abuse

According to Palin, rapists get to choose the mother of their child.

Posted by: doug | September 2, 2008 7:46 PM | Report abuse

Whats wrong anonymous?

Ive seen your various posts. You enjoy spewing out hate and false rumors about OBAMA but cant take it when rumors, which seem to have legs, come out about the Gov. of moose country. Or the fact that people are now seriously questioning ODD McCains state of mind in choosing such a person with so much to answer for.

KARMA. Tit for damn tat. "If you cant say nothin nice dont say somthin at all." Ren and Stimpy. i think.

Anyway. Its all politics ain't it.


Posted by: llewis40 | September 2, 2008 7:45 PM | Report abuse

I really wonder what our friends in Europe think about Mrs. Palin. Perhaps the countries future leader… Creationism and
abstinence-only education. No choice of abortion for rape or incest victims. Will America wake up and have a late renaissance.

Posted by: Harold | September 2, 2008 7:45 PM | Report abuse

Anything can happen. Bush and Cheney ended up in Washington, didn't they?

The democrats said the country would be sorry. Oh boy....are we ever sorry!

McCain and Palin might just out-do Bush and Cheney for absurdity.

Posted by: Terry O. | September 2, 2008 7:45 PM | Report abuse

Palin has international experience? Did she hire a trawler to taker her out to the Straits, cross into Russian waters, then haul booty back to Homer? Guess it's good enough for Cindy McCain.

Posted by: ooxomoxoo | September 2, 2008 7:45 PM | Report abuse

Of course she opposed funding for teen moms. She's just another hypocritical "do as I say not as I do" conservative "family values" fraud that has been exposed.

Posted by: Allen | September 2, 2008 7:45 PM | Report abuse

Don't you love it!?!?!

McCain-Palin are going to lose this election all by themselves, with only a little help from George W. More of the SAME and so very much corruption from Palin. Oh, and there's the time McCain called his wife the C-word in public.

It's fun to watch. What will be dredged up next on Palin?

Posted by: mary | September 2, 2008 7:38 PM
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I wouldn't take this for granted. The Republicans are the ultimate spinmiesters.
Look what they are doing with Palin. If she were the Democratic VP nominee the Republicans would have already gobbled her up. and justified it.

Posted by: what a mess! | September 2, 2008 7:45 PM | Report abuse

A vote for McCain is:

a vote for the draft;

a vote for permanent conservative majority on the supreme court; a vote for the worst depression since Hoover (R) in 1929; a vote for a new Cold War with russia;

a vote for Europe being forced to fill the power vacuum due to uncle sam's impotence; a vote for china's abandonment of their "prop up the dollar policy";

a vote for foreign corporations to further gobble up our banking sector.

A democrat voting for mccain is like cutting one's nose to spite one's face.

Posted by: id est X | September 2, 2008 7:44 PM | Report abuse

"Obama is Muslim, Hillary is a lesbian, Bush is a retard, Cheney is Satan...any other "facts", people?"

No, no, no: Cheney is NOT Satan. He just WORSHIPS Satan. There's a big difference.

Dubya is a retard, though. Can't really blame that on him, though: WASP inbreeding and all.

Posted by: Peter Principle | September 2, 2008 7:44 PM | Report abuse

Peter:
Bush is what happened the last time people voted based on sexual appeal. Clearly it is not a characteristic that determines an appropriate candidate--don't encourage people who don't actually care to vote.
And to the anonymous blogger who claims that all women will be voting McCain/Palin:
Actually, it's vice-versa. Hillary's true female supporters will come out for Barack because of how completely opposite Palin's politics are from Clinton's. As a young female and recent college graduate, I can assure you that women like me will flock to vote for Barack to ensure that someone as backwards as Palin doesn't gain office--even those that aren't 100% behind him.
And Democrats aren't scared. In fact we are jumping with joy at McCain's most recent screw up--one that guarantees a Democratic victory in November.

Posted by: Erin | September 2, 2008 7:44 PM | Report abuse

gs - you should consider other sources for your news than the nyt and wpost. they are clearly biased. same with huffington and daily kos.

Posted by: democrat | September 2, 2008 7:44 PM | Report abuse

I feel very sorry for Palin's daughter. It must be awful to have this spread around the world.

However, it does point out the extreme positions of Gov Palin. She has an example in her own home that abstinence-only doesn't work. Perhaps her daughter would have benefited from that explicit sex ed she said she wouldn't fund. And is it really the best thing for these two teenagers to marry. Would they have married if Palin wasn't the VP candidate? If so, why did't they already marry.

I am also disturbed by the right wing media, especially the religious media. They are saying what a wonderful thing this is - the Palins live their values. However, when the same thing happened to Jamie Lynn Spears, they weren't so supportive. This is from the Evangelical Outpost:

"The Spears sisters, Britney and Jamie Lynn, have mutated from wholesome pop tarts to whacked-out baby factories."

Posted by: Sandy | September 2, 2008 7:44 PM | Report abuse

What a pack of MORONS!!!

Posted by: dahling..... | September 2, 2008 7:44 PM | Report abuse

"in most states this is statutory rape..."

NOPE. YOU JUST MADE THAT UP AND BELIEVED THE LIAR WHO TOLD YOU IT'S TRUE.

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

Posted by: John | September 2, 2008 7:44 PM | Report abuse

this gets better by the minute!

Still waiting for her nude pictures to surface.

Posted by: Bud | September 2, 2008 7:43 PM | Report abuse

I wonder why the Post never wrote a story how Obama outraged his Democratic colleagues in the Illinois senate by casting a crucial vote against a welfare program affecting children? He later claimed that this was one of his "Ooops" misvotes, even though this issue was widely known and long-debated.

Posted by: AsperGirl | September 2, 2008 7:43 PM | Report abuse

I also want to add, on the abortion issue, not everybody believes life starts at the moment of conception. I don't consider a fused sperm and egg to be alive, nor do I consider a blastocyst to be alive. Once the fetus is fully formed, then we can talk about banning abortion, not an all out 100% ban on all abortions at all points in the pregnancy for all circumstances. Life isn't that black and white.

Posted by: JM | September 2, 2008 7:43 PM | Report abuse

I'm so glad now that the moral police have stumbled upon the little known fact that "life happens." Maybe now we'll stop hearing their hypocritical speech-ifying about how all us heathen liberals are going to hell over our sinful, lack-of-family-values ways. Maybe we'll stop hearing about how minority girls who do the same thing as Sarah Palin's daughter are examples of broken dysfunctional cultures. I'd like to think that but it's not going to happen. At least though everyone sees how empty the rhetoric always was.

Posted by: Repubs need to go! | September 2, 2008 7:43 PM | Report abuse

I am impressed that Palin gave $3.9 million to Covenant House Alaska. If you look at their financial statements, their total expenditures were $3.1 million in 2006 and $3.4 million in 2007. Palin gave this organization enough money to pay all of their expenses for all of 2008 (in addition to the private contributions that they get from donors.

Posted by: Rhino | September 2, 2008 7:43 PM | Report abuse

To the poster who wrote:

"Palin a strong believer in life so long as you are not a moose."

Yeah, and Obama is a strong believer in animal rights so long as the animal isn't a human baby.

Posted by: janetweill | September 2, 2008 7:42 PM | Report abuse

in most states this is statutory rape...

Posted by: dthrasher | September 2, 2008 7:42 PM | Report abuse

Didn't you hear about that? He's called her a "trollop" too. Check this out:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/04/07/report-mccains-profane-ti_n_95429.html

Then tell me again how supportive McCain-Palin and the Republican party in general are for women. HOW can anyone with a brain believe this stuff?

Posted by: Nancy G. | September 2, 2008 7:42 PM | Report abuse

I'm so glad now that the moral police have stumbled upon the little known fact that "life happens." Maybe now we'll stop hearing their hypocritical speech-ifying about how all us heathen liberals are going to hell over our sinful, lack-of-family-values ways. Maybe we'll stop hearing about how minority girls who do the same thing as Sarah Palin's daughter are examples of broken dysfunctional cultures. I'd like to think that but it's not going to happen. At least though everyone sees how empty the rhetoric always was.

Posted by: Repubs need to go! | September 2, 2008 7:42 PM | Report abuse

Obama is Muslim, Hillary is a lesbian, Bush is a retard, Cheney is Satan...any other "facts", people? There should be an age limit on the comment pages, unless you "adults" are just acting like children.

Posted by: Grow Up | September 2, 2008 7:42 PM | Report abuse

Damn this is great stuff
Plucked from Springer and Deliverance
Paddle faster I hear banjo's!!!!!!

This is a nightmare ticket and the public
will vote them out this Fall!!!

Posted by: aewright | September 2, 2008 7:42 PM | Report abuse

oh - and you forgot to mention that alaska believes in having budget surpluses. it gives money to every citizen who has resided in the state for over 11 months....sometimes up to 2000 dollars a year. they also do not have a sales tax or state income tax. nice try wapo - but again, you have provided no context for this decision.

Posted by: democrat | September 2, 2008 7:41 PM | Report abuse

"Why not print a large article about what Obama or Biden would do if they had a unwed daughter that was pregnant? They would have the baby killed. Print this you bias newspaper."
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What a ridiculous statement, they don't advocate abortion in every situation. They simply believe women should have a right to chose in situation such as when the mother is in danger or in cases of rape or incest.

Most reasonable people are for reasonable restrictions on abortion, not a complete ban like Palin/McCain propose.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 7:41 PM | Report abuse

A vote for McCain is:

a vote for the draft;

a vote for permanent conservative majority on the supreme court; a vote for the worst depression since Hoover (R) in 1929; a vote for a new Cold War with russia;

a vote for Europe being forced to fill the power vacuum due to uncle sam's impotence; a vote for china's abandonment of their "prop up the dollar policy";

a vote for foreign corporations to further gobble up our banking sector.

A democrat voting for mccain is like cutting one's nose to spite one's face.

Posted by: id est X | September 2, 2008 7:41 PM | Report abuse

This is a unique American phenomenon. 3/4 of the world population (that includes Inida, China, most Asian and Latin America countries, and most of Africa) don't teach sex education in high school. In fact, it is frowned upon to even talk about it in public. And yet, they have much less teen pregnancy and much less crime. And yes, they are much more conservative. Being liberal is the problem here.

Posted by: Taberd Lee | September 2, 2008 7:41 PM | Report abuse

Assuming that McCain/Palin win in November, what will happen to Bristol? When she marries her beau presumably he will be responsible for supporting mother and child. Since he currently doesn't have a way of doing this, is the proposal to move the whole clan into the VP's residence or will they have to make their own way in the world? If it is the latter, I suspect that Gov. Palin will begin to regret her line item veto. Welcome to our world John and Sarah!

Posted by: Cataplasm | September 2, 2008 7:41 PM | Report abuse

Obama withdrawl from the Democrat nomination! Hillary is the qualified candidate.......... and can win!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 7:41 PM | Report abuse

Anyone else notice the name John Trigg in the vetoed section? Isn't that the name of Palin's last child? (minus a g) Do you suppose she saw that name and it lodged in her subconscious? I mean, how else do you decided to name a kid Trig?

Posted by: Aaron | September 2, 2008 7:40 PM | Report abuse

They needed to find someone to pick up the stupid vote and they found her.

Posted by: mike | September 2, 2008 7:40 PM | Report abuse

The Democrats and their hope dope pusher are truly in panic mode. I can't wait to vote and shut off the ignorance canal.

Posted by: Buuba | September 2, 2008 7:40 PM | Report abuse

I was considering voting for McCain until Palin came onboard. I notice none of the media have picked up on her international inexperience, shocking environmental record or the fact she endangered her unborn child by flying long haul during labor - considering how bad a choice Sarah Palin she has emerged relatively unscathed by the media.

Posted by: John Scott | September 2, 2008 7:40 PM | Report abuse

What did McCain call his wife??

Posted by: Jackie | September 2, 2008 7:40 PM | Report abuse

The Palin Meltdown in Slo-Mo:

On the same day that the Republicans were forced to dramatically cut back their convention activities, the Palin Meltdown unfolded with extraordinary speed. It's worth pondering the totality of what happened today, in a mere half day...

* The news that Palin once backed the Bridge to Nowhere went national.

* It emerged that Palin has links to the bizarro Alaska Independence Party, which harbors the goal of seceding from the union that McCain and Palin seek to lead.

* The news broke that as governor, Palin relied on an earmark system she now opposes. Taken along with the Bridge to Nowhere stuff, this threatens to undercut her reformist image, something that was key to her selection as McCain's Veep candidate.

* The news broke that Palin's 17-year-old daughter became pregnant out of wedlock at a time when the conservative base had finally started rallying behind McCain's candidacy.

* Barely moments after McCain advisers put out word that McCain had known of Bristol Palin's pregnancy, the Anchorage Daily News revealed that Palin's own spokesperson hadn't known about it only two days ago.

* A senior McCain adviser at the Republican convention was forced into the rather embarrassing position of arguing that McCain had known about the pregnancy "last week" -- without saying what day last week he knew about it.

* It came out that Republican lawyers are up in Alaska vetting Palin -- now, more than 72 hours after it was announced that she'd been picked.

* Palin lawyered up in relation to the trooper-gate probe in Alaska -- a move that ensures far more serious attention to the story from the major news orgs.

What else will come out today? Tomorrow?


Posted by: GS | September 2, 2008 7:39 PM | Report abuse

Obama?
Obama says he is bringing our troops home. But he is then sending them to his war in Afghanastan. HOME IS NOT AFGHANASTAN.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 7:39 PM | Report abuse

Judgment. More than even experience, political savvy, ability to lead...the single most important quality for a President is sound, quality judgment in important matters of state. Put aside Ms Palin's views and platform, what does it say about Mr McCain's JUDGMENT when he, at 73, selects Palin? She ran a few bake-sales, managed a town of 8000 until 2 years ago and is gov of AK for less than 2 years.
Unless you are arch-conservative, you have to be scared to your core that this woman could be the ruler of the free world -- and EVERYBODY I have spoken to, is. I think this provides us with a free preview into McCain's critical decision-making.

Posted by: Gary | September 2, 2008 7:39 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Nadeem | September 2, 2008 7:39 PM | Report abuse

More tripe under the guise of journalism....go Palin!

Posted by: notademo | September 2, 2008 7:38 PM | Report abuse

I note that Palin also cut the Fairbanks Community food bank's funding in half.

True Republican morality: Life begins at conception and ends at birth.

P.S. to the moron upthread babbling about the "Ester Community" - that's a separate appropriation, numb nuts. I mean, Jeez I know you people are illiterate but do you have to be innumerate, too?

Posted by: Peter Principle | September 2, 2008 7:38 PM | Report abuse

Palin cutting this budget: deplorable.
Obama voting against the born alive act: deplorable.

FACTS.

Posted by: You know it's true | September 2, 2008 7:38 PM | Report abuse

Don't you love it!?!?!

McCain-Palin are going to lose this election all by themselves, with only a little help from George W. More of the SAME and so very much corruption from Palin. Oh, and there's the time McCain called his wife the C-word in public.

It's fun to watch. What will be dredged up next on Palin?

Posted by: mary | September 2, 2008 7:38 PM | Report abuse

Had the writer of the article wished to be accurate and honest, he would have written that the line item veto was for an expansion of Covenant House per se and had nothing to do with Passage House, the home for teen Moms. This is just another smear by a liberal newspaper and reporter giving us untruths and commentary in the name of news.

Posted by: Ed Ware | September 2, 2008 7:38 PM | Report abuse

Why not print a large article about what Obama or Biden would do if they had a unwed daughter that was pregnant? They would have the baby killed. Print this you bias newspaper.

What the liberal press is trying to do is destroy a wonderful family. Does that make your reporters feel good?

Posted by: Millie | September 2, 2008 7:38 PM | Report abuse

I think what the underlying issue is the decision making process of McCain and his campaign.

With all these issues arising, why would they choose her, esp. if they properly vetted her?

Nobody should be picked with these skeletons. Which is why a more prominent person would have been a better choice..if everyone already knows everything about them, there are no real surprises.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 7:38 PM | Report abuse

un
bee
leave
a
bull

Is the GOP trying to sink themselves? I have been a conservative my entire voting life (not a "neocon", mind you, a real conservative - in the libertarian vein - I left the Republican party 13 years ago). It's as though they've been trying to embarrass people like me since the Gingrich ouster and Lewinsky fiasco, and they just keep getting better at it. McCain used to have my respect (back when he was the man he claims to still be), but has been systematically crapping on it for 5 years.

And the best the Libertarians can offer is Bob Barr?!?!

It's now a choice between:
a. voting for Obama (which will probably make me vomit a little and have to swallow it in the voting booth) and
b. staying home on election day.

Posted by: A conservative | September 2, 2008 7:38 PM | Report abuse

My comments on this post are here:

http://24ahead.com/blog/archives/007978.html

If you too think Paul Kane should be working for DailyKos instead of the WaPo, login to your WaPo account and then access this page to contact their ombudsman:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/opinions/feedback/

Posted by: 24AheadDotCom | September 2, 2008 7:38 PM | Report abuse

Its that time of the month S.Palin answer the 3am phone call, the kids are screaming on the background, she is trying to hold her daughter child in her arms, her husband half drunk demanding sex. Is this really the person you want to run the white house and be the commander in chief, God help us all!

Posted by: reality check | September 2, 2008 7:37 PM | Report abuse

JakeR:

I am actually registered Independent.

Posted by: JakeD | September 2, 2008 7:37 PM | Report abuse

The fact that her daughter is pregnant really should not be of any significance. However, it does demonstrate how great abstinence-only education has worked on her children and what a great idea it is! And they can't wait to do it to the rest of the country and world.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 7:37 PM | Report abuse

America deserves the fate it has made for itself.

go get a doughnut, plop your fat arss in front of your boob-tube and crack open another bud..

seriously, this country, my country, is sick.. you are all sick, left right up down you people need an enama of the brain..

i say screw it, we wanted reality tv more than freedom and look where it got us..

learn to feed yourself, or die when this chit goes down.. its your choice.

Posted by: syonix | September 2, 2008 7:37 PM | Report abuse

Palin a strong believer in life so long as you are not a moose. thi lady is a laugh out loud pick in every way and like a previous poster I love that she is the gift that will keep on giving. Her daughter being preggers not a big deal except for the fact thatt she along with her evangelical buddies are all about legislating their morality on us. Maybe now that Bristol is going to be an unwed mommie she would not line item the deal for fellow young mistakes. Picking her after spending an hour with her is ludicrous America and putting her a stuck pretzel away from the Presidency is bonkers. Luckily AMefica will vote for Barack Obama and Joe Biden two real good family value families. YES WE CAN! NO WAY NO HOW NO MCCAIN! Visit You tube and see what his fellow Vietnam POW says about him being a bad pick for president.

Posted by: Doris Mc Mullen | September 2, 2008 7:37 PM | Report abuse

Obama is a racist that is not qualified for Senate much less President or VP! Can you sat withdrawl?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 7:37 PM | Report abuse

You people suck balls!!!

Posted by: Shut it!!!! | September 2, 2008 7:36 PM | Report abuse

Thanks everyone for commenting on this story and many others across the web. We need to take our democracy and country back. (remember the war, the economy and the mortgage crisis). If traditional journalism and the networks are not doing their jobs, the we must by blogging and commenting. I am an Obama supporter, but we also need to watch him if he is the president in November. We were spoon fed a war by the network, we will not eat from that same spoon anymore. Organize ourself and be ready to march again if need be.

Posted by: Omidal | September 2, 2008 7:36 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, but I have to egde in here and congratulate Paul Kane for being the company-man he needed to be rather than the journalist he wants to be in delivering a witch hunt story just to get a negative headline out there. Sorry, but is this news? Is this the cutting edge of journalism to try to be the first one out there with some kind of negative headline jst to say "Look at this juicy news!"

That is not journalism, it is reporting a small portion of public state financial data with a negative spin trying to tie it to Sarah Palin's family situation.

Weak. Sorry, plain and simply weak. I would like substance.

Who is Sarah Palin? What does she bring to the table, good and bad? How will she affect me if elected? What is her track record overall? Don't just show me what is happening all over the country with revenue lower than expected and cost-cutting measures employed throughout state spending. I doubt highly she slashed spending for Covenant House with a cackle and a grin. I would suspect it was more of a painful truth that funds are low and cuts are needed.

Posted by: Ashamed | September 2, 2008 7:36 PM | Report abuse

WP is a hypocritical news organization. WHEN ARE YOU GOING TO VET THE PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEE, BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA? WHEN? or is this just small stuff?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 7:36 PM | Report abuse

Bas

Abstinence. I dig that. Its what I teach my daughter each and every week if not everyday.

Perhaps Gov. Palin didn't teach Bristal enough. The deed is done.

Children learn from example. Palin may have tried but it didn't work. Tell the truth from all this baggage coming out about her she has some major flawes.

Posted by: llewis40 | September 2, 2008 7:36 PM | Report abuse

At least the so called tax and spend Dems are budget balance responible, the GOP must have a secret mission to Spend America into Bankrupty with their tax cuts and war spending, call them what they are Spend and Bankrupt.

Posted by: Spend and Bankrupt (America) | September 2, 2008 7:35 PM | Report abuse

The Washington Post is disgusting. You are so bias that you reek of radical bias reporting. Why don't you just join The New York Times and admit that you are a worthless piece of junk. Why are you not fair and unpartial? If that were so, why have you not secured Michelle's thesis and published it? I've seen in and it would make great news. What about Obama's birth certificate and the fact that his mother was pregnant when she was not wed and the married a man who did not get divorces before marrying again? Where are the reports on these? You are a hypocritical paper just as Obama is; go to h---

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 7:35 PM | Report abuse

Can you say WITHDRAW PALIN??? Do we even need the RNC??

Posted by: Tom | September 2, 2008 7:35 PM | Report abuse

that's a good little evangelical, good little evangelical. There, see that! It's someone who isn't an evangelical. hate them, hate them, good little evangelical!

Posted by: therethere | September 2, 2008 7:35 PM | Report abuse

America deserves the fate it has made for itself.

go get a doughnut, plop your fat arss in front of your boob-tube and crack open another bud..

seriously, this country, my country, is sick.. you are all sick, left right up down you people need an enama of the brain..

i say screw it, we wanted reality tv more than freedom and look where it got us..

learn to feed yourself, or die when this chit goes down.. its your choice.

Posted by: Syonix | September 2, 2008 7:35 PM | Report abuse

Palin is another good reason to vote for Obama-Biden. As if we didn't already have enough reasons. I was a Hillary supporter, thinking of shifting my allegiance to McCain. Yes, I know that didn't make much sense given they are on different sides of almost every issue. But Palin, with her ethics violations, her hypocrisy, her cutting of funding for teen mothers (oh, that's right....her daughter doesn't need help because her mom is a wealthy politician), and on and on cured me right quick.

Obama-Biden..Obama-Biden...Obama-Biden...Obama-Biden..

Posted by: Annie | September 2, 2008 7:34 PM | Report abuse

Who is the primary caretaker of the new baby, Trig? It looks like Bristol is the primary caretaker. Is that what she's been doing while out of school for 5 months. Anyone see a picture of the father holding the baby? I think the Palins pawned the baby off on poor Bristol

Posted by: Wonderer | September 2, 2008 7:34 PM | Report abuse

As the mother of a 16yo daughter I applaud S. Palin's decision to hold her head high and stand by her daughter during her pregnancy and the obviously tough times ahead. I have educated my teen daughter about all forms of birth control (abstinence included) and hope that she doesn't become pregnant. But if she did, I would stand by her just the way Ms. Palin has. A good parent supports their children, even when they don't make the best of decisions, even in the rough times.

Unfortunately, we don't live in a perfect world where our kids follow all of our rules and morales. We can only teach them what we feel is right, try to lead by example and hope that they listen to half of what we tell them!

I don't really know enough about Ms. Palin to support or not support her and I hope to learn more about her (and all the candidates) during the coming weeks.

What I do know right now is that she is a working mother that seems to care about her family (whether they are perfect or not!).

I find it rather ironic that I now know more about Levi than I do Ms. Palin!

And if you think his My Space account was shocking, try going to Myspace.com and search for kids in your own town. What you will find with make his myspace page pale in comparison!

Posted by: Alison | September 2, 2008 7:34 PM | Report abuse

Watching this campaign implode is AWESOME! From supermarket slapstick to tabloid covers!

Posted by: Terrorfied | September 2, 2008 7:34 PM | Report abuse

Hate to break it to you folks, but people are people, and people screw. This was going on long before the Pope, Christ, or just about anything else. This idea of "abstinance," is a farce. Just like it doesn't work for fighting AIDS. The idea of "just don't do it," is naive and simplistic. The person that subscribes to this view shouldn't be a party to more complicated issues.

Posted by: ooxomoxoo | September 2, 2008 7:34 PM | Report abuse

McCain was a POW! You'd have to be some kind of Socialist not to vote for him! Support the troops!

McCain chose Palin because he knows that she has REAL EXPERIENCE. Just look at how good she is at getting media attention!

So you're either a hardcore Republican, or a terrorist sympathizer. Just look at that JakeD. The D obviously stands for Democrat, because he's nowhere near conservative enough! If he was a real patriot, he'd have changed his last name to something that starts with R rather than going around the internet looking like some kind of Communist.

Posted by: JakeR | September 2, 2008 7:33 PM | Report abuse

NO OBAMA!NOT NOW! NOT EVER! HE STOLE THE NOMINATION FROM THE QUALIFIED CANDIDATE HILLARY CLINTON! NO OBAMA! SO VOTE MCCAIN/PALIN!

Posted by: YES I AM VOTING FOR McCAIN/PALIN | September 2, 2008 7:33 PM | Report abuse

If those pregnant girls want help from the government, they should just have their mom's become governor and have state funded healthcare. Problem solved.

Or follow the McCain health care plan:
emergency room

Posted by: Nate | September 2, 2008 7:33 PM | Report abuse

if obama is going to balance the budget and reduce the deficit - he is going to have to slash spending as well....and he will have to raise taxes in order to do any of the big social programs - like health care. what a joke wapo

Posted by: democrat | September 2, 2008 7:32 PM | Report abuse

Shaun:

You aren't counting an "actual" life as in Trig Palin?

Posted by: JakeD | September 2, 2008 7:32 PM | Report abuse

This is a disgrace. Why is the gov't spending my tax dollars on charities? I thought charities like this were funded solely by private donations and I have been making my donations to the ones that support my values.

Posted by: Joan | September 2, 2008 7:32 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Nadeem | September 2, 2008 7:32 PM | Report abuse

Palin is a DISASTER unfolding before the RNC's eyes.

She's a woman, yes.

Sure she joined a seccessionist wacko-party, yes.

She fired an Alaska Public Safety Comminssioner because he wouldn't illegally fire her sister's ex husband, yes.

She threatened to fire a librarian who wouldn't ban books Palin disliked, yes.

She cut services for pregnant teens, yes.

She intends on teaching religious doctrine/creationism in the schools, yes.

She is against teaching American teens about contraception - Even after abstinence only training failed in her own family, yes.

Palin is a woman who is not a qualified vice president... Because of her POLICIES!

Posted by: JBE | September 2, 2008 7:31 PM | Report abuse

What does it say about the divisions in our country when somebody says "Liberalism is a mental disorder". Come on people, at least be tolerant of other people's points of view.

Posted by: JM | September 2, 2008 7:31 PM | Report abuse

American politics/media has now sunk to a new low. Way to go liberal media. Wouldn’t it be great if you could cover what the CANDIDATES POLICIES ARE? Unbelievable
Posted by: Proud American | September 2, 2008 7:21 PM

Can you read? Palin's POLICY as governor of Alaska was to cut funding for support of teen mothers. She's more than welcome to defend the policy - I'm sure most of her conservative base think cutting funding for teen mothers is a great idea. But to insult the Washington Post for covering her policies by claiming that they're not covering her policies is just plain idiotic. Perhaps you're personally embarrassed by her teen pregnancy policy and angry that the WaPo is calling attention to it? If so, that's a problem you're going to have to work out on your own.

Posted by: pinson | September 2, 2008 7:31 PM | Report abuse

The comment pages have taken on a high school drama theme...comment about the article, not stupid comments about other people or "facts" you know nothing about...McCain is gay (hehehehe)

Posted by: Tom | September 2, 2008 7:30 PM | Report abuse

Hey, anyone out there saying that "her personal life is hers." Do you remember what the Republicans did to President Clinton during his "personal issues?"

Posted by: Will | September 2, 2008 7:19 PM

Hey Will, you idiot, Clinton was President of the United States and impeached by congress.

*Everyone* this is your typical Democratic- Liberalism is a mental disorder


Posted by: Former Marine | September 2, 2008 7:25 PM

Exactly. No judgment; ignorance at its best.


*Everyone* this is your typical Democratic- Liberalism is a mental disorder


Posted by: Former Marine | September 2, 2008 7:25 PM

Exactly. No judgment; ignorance at it's best.

Posted by: JohnW | September 2, 2008 7:30 PM | Report abuse

Unbelievable!! If Biden had a pregnant teen daughter, the media would be shouting, "IMMORAL!" but Palin's daughter is being praised for "choosing life." As a daughter of conservative Republicans, I'm 99% sure that nobody asked Bristol what she would choose to do. Furthermore, since she has likely been shielded from sexuality education, she wouldn't have the information necessary to make an informed decision. Heck, she probably doesn't even know where this baby came from. Conservatives in my home town forbade sexuality education because they were sure it would intrigue students and cause them to want to "fool around." This is absurd!

Posted by: broussca | September 2, 2008 7:29 PM | Report abuse

Did anyone even bother to ask why she cut the budget? Maybe she had to, on behalf of the state. That's her job, isn't it? To look out for the state? To decide the budget? No, the media is up to the same old tricks, pick one item out of twenty or fifty or a hundred and use that to ASSUME she's against teen mothers. For God's sake, people, open your eyes and minds. Wait to rush to judgment until you've got all the facts, especially the ones the media doesn't want you to have.

Posted by: M.L. Bushman | September 2, 2008 7:29 PM | Report abuse

If 90% of black Americans can vote for NOT qualified Obama, then women can certainly vote for McCain/Palin! And she actually has a real record...not one of "present" to try and cover your as-.

And to the remaining oil states...GIVE THE MONEY BACK TO THE RESIDENTS OF THAT STATE!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 7:29 PM | Report abuse

This is awful. How can anyone fail to see what a charlatan this women is?

Posted by: Steven | September 2, 2008 7:29 PM | Report abuse

you guys would come across as more objective if you stopped cherry picking things from her past and posting them in a vacuum. we know of no other budget item that was cut. whether the "slash" represented a gain or loss from previous years. we do not know what the rest of the budget looked like. please do some serious reporting or just put stuff like this on daily kos. this is not what one would expect to see on the wapo.

Posted by: democrat | September 2, 2008 7:28 PM | Report abuse

Palin would turn the U.S. into a communist regime.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 7:28 PM | Report abuse

My fellow brethren are out in force today. Down with the evils of science.

Celebrate faith and creationism!!! We all know that the earth is flat and that the sun is a pot in the sky.

Liberals are dumb and I can't wait till they head off to Singapore, Australia, Canada and Germany and we can turn into a church state.

Viva La Palin!!! Let's go burn some books!!!

Posted by: Creationism Rocks | September 2, 2008 7:28 PM | Report abuse

Anybody posting here ever lived in Alaska? Or know anyone? I need to know something.

What is the rate, or damn percentage, of children being sexually active in moose country? Is it acceptable for children to get married at such a young age up there.

are shotgun weddings of the norm? I will say that Palin's daughter and her eventual husband have nothing to worry about. They will be taken care of, unlike those other poor souls having to struggle with slashed funding.

Is this Gov. Palin's way of keeping child pregnancy at a minimal level? At least her daughter has nothing to worry about.

Now I hear on MSNBC that her fiance will make an appearance at this misbegotten RNC convention. That's just nuts and stupid!

Palin has way, way to many issues. And more to come.

Posted by: llewis40 | September 2, 2008 7:28 PM | Report abuse

Conservative, in her mind only given the amount of pork she shoveled into her small town, compassionate? Hardly. Turning unwed mothers out into the cold actually increases the likelihood of abortion and as she is now aware, "Life Happens." My god if Michelle Obama had ever been affiliated with an organization that wanted to break away from the United States we'd hear about for the rest of our lives and that's some "Straight Talk" from Beltway Greg.

Posted by: Beltway Greg | September 2, 2008 7:27 PM | Report abuse

I like Palin! She's the gift the who keeps on giving!

I just can't TELL you how hard I'm laughing at the republicans on this one!

Look at them bring out all their old tried and true tactics, right here in this thread.

When is this going to be Clinton's fault!?!?!?!?


HAHHAHHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHHHAHH!

Posted by: liker | September 2, 2008 7:27 PM | Report abuse

Palin is the most dangerous woman in America for all women. Hatchet Lady for sure. The Republican Convention is a sham. Cutting spending for housing for pregnat teens so she can have the money for her own special interest.

Posted by: mzbond | September 2, 2008 7:27 PM | Report abuse

Palin is an opportunist hypocrite. Like most 'pro-lifers', she prefers the *notion* of life, rather than actual lives..

Posted by: Shaun | September 2, 2008 7:27 PM | Report abuse

Why don't you people grow up! Get out of your diapers and playpens!! Why can't you get to the important issues about this Country and the World? Forget all the kiddie stuff.

Posted by: Walter Euler, Sr. | September 2, 2008 7:27 PM | Report abuse

GOP policy, the way I see it - you can't have sex ed, you can't have support of birth control, you can't have abortions, you can't have support of help for teen mothers and babies, and you can't have a halthcare option if it's not provided by your employer. It would be really great if these people cared about the babies after they were born too.

Posted by: jak2 | September 2, 2008 7:27 PM | Report abuse

McCain didn't vet Palin at all! Poor judgment. Can't be my President.

My goodness this whole thing has been immensely bungled!

McCain's campaign is unorganized and unprepared. He can't lead the country.

Obama-Biden 2008
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Posted by: Chris Stewart | September 2, 2008 7:27 PM | Report abuse

I REFUSE TO BELIEVE that there is ONE. Just ONE Hillary supporter who will vote for McCain because of Palin.
I refuse to believe it.
No Hillary supporter would be that stupid.

Posted by: Tomhere | September 2, 2008 7:27 PM | Report abuse

I and my wife are longtime Democrats and neither have a formal Religion that we are affiliated with. Still our sense of Family Values led us, when we had two children (one was disabled), to have one of us stay home and raise them. This task fell mostly to my wife but not only to her. As our children grew older, she got jobs that allowed her to be home when they were. We sacrificed much in monetary comforts because of this decision, but we raised two wonderful daughters and we needed all the time with them to get the job done. The center of our world was the family and I can't see how a women can desert that and say she has "Traditional Values". I know this may sound sexist to some, but I also stayed home and did not work for periods of time. During those times my wife worked for our support. But I was Home full time when she wasn't. I know that as Vice President Mrs. Palin would be able to afford a nanny but what values does that show - to give your most important Life's Work to an other!

Posted by: deBorno | September 2, 2008 7:26 PM | Report abuse

I want a full breakdown of what parts of the program cuts actually affected any safe houses or programs for woman....until then this is political banter by a press who knows all too well about freedom of speech and it's power to spin.

Posted by: Master Guru | September 2, 2008 7:26 PM | Report abuse

Why don't you want to print my comment? Are you far from the left?

Posted by: Walter Euler | September 2, 2008 7:26 PM | Report abuse

Just a thought...he is 18, she is 17...isn't that illegal??? Having sex with a minor?

Posted by: marcus | September 2, 2008 7:26 PM | Report abuse

Hey, anyone out there saying that "her personal life is hers." Do you remember what the Republicans did to President Clinton during his "personal issues?"

Posted by: Will | September 2, 2008 7:19 PM

Hey Will, you idiot, Clinton was President of the United States and impeached by congress.

*Everyone* this is your typical Democratic- Liberalism is a mental disorder

Posted by: Former Marine | September 2, 2008 7:25 PM | Report abuse

Cutting the funding for teenage moms will hopefully instill a sense of responsibility and caution in young kids and their parents. I don't feel I should foot the bill as a taxpayer for the stupidity of others (teenage sex). Every time you pitch, you better prepare for a home run, even if you're wearing your raincoat LOL. So I firmly agree that abstinence is what our kids should be taught.

Posted by: Bas | September 2, 2008 7:25 PM | Report abuse

Question?

Once Bristol has a child she will become an emancipated minor, how will she get her healthcare?

Will the State of Alaska or the Federal government pay the tab for her healthcare?

What is the US healthcare plan for minors who have children? Are they expected to drop out of school so they can get a job to get healthcare coverage?

Posted by: Gus | September 2, 2008 7:25 PM | Report abuse

Guess Proud American isn't a smart American.

Otherwise one wouldn't have to note how line item vetos are policy decisions.

Posted by: Smart American | September 2, 2008 7:25 PM | Report abuse

The best way to save the Republican Party now is to destroy it. In the marketplace of ideas, social conservatism is a viral infection contaminating the GOP. It represents an evolutionary dead-end whose logical conclusion is fascism if not outright totalitarianism. Is it not obvious that the imposition of the evangelical ideology--any fundamentalist ideology for that matter--lies in direct opposition to a free people in a democratic land? Our Constitution, specifically the separation of church and state, no longer serves as a bulwark against the morality police, who seek to impose faith-based notions such as creationism upon those of us with rational minds. Social conservatives aim to constrain freedom of thought, freedom of choice, freedom to pursue happiness. These freedoms live at the heart of an entrepreneurial and economically strong America. No doubt, the diktat the social conservative movement wishes to impose upon ALL us Americans is antithetical to a free market system, and therefore exists as hypocrisy within the Republican platform. Privatize profits, socialize losses, and make religion the opiate of the masses. Indeed, this has been a dark eight years of Orwellian doubletalk. Enough! I’m a Reagan Republican and I’m voting for Libertarian Bob Barr.

Posted by: LostMyVote | September 2, 2008 7:24 PM | Report abuse

everyone sees through the childish actions of washington post editors trying to slander Palin. It is almost comical to read. The washington post needs to realize that the days of yellow journalism are over. How silly it is of them to think that an adult actually doesn't know the motives behind their reporting. Everyone knows the extinct print media is liberal, and nobody takes what they publish seriously. Everyone gets their news from the web

Posted by: Matthew Lusk | September 2, 2008 7:24 PM | Report abuse

The democrat party are the racist. They had an excellent candidate that would have WON, but went with the candidate that followed RACISM for 20 years! And this was the Party of EQUALITY and COUNT EVERY VOTE!
Buffoon my a--.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 7:24 PM | Report abuse

Our country deserves leadership like McCain, Bush, etc. The chickens are finally coming home to roost in an irreparable way.

Posted by: id est X | September 2, 2008 7:24 PM | Report abuse

Republican woman, stay away from me. Republican woman, mama let me be. Don’t come hangin’ around my door. I don’t wanna see your face no more. I got more important things to do. Than spend my time growin’ old with you. I don’t need your war machines. I don’t need your beauty queens. Northern lights can hypnotize. Sparkle someone else’s eyes. Goodbye, Republican woman. Goodbye, Republican chick. Goodbye, Republican broad ... (Adapted from The Guess Who's American Woman)

Posted by: hamishdad | September 2, 2008 7:24 PM | Report abuse

Jim wrote:

"Palin is a good pick, Women feel like she is one of them, Men think she is hott. They even have a poll asking how hott is Palin? at veep peek. they also have some pictures of her looking rather sexy. http://www.veeppeek.com"

I'm confused. Are we talking about a Miss Congeniality contest, a wet tshirt contest, or a contest to elect the POTUS and the person a heartbeat away?

Perhaps people who watch American Idol should not be allowed to vote in Presidential elections

Posted by: hmpierson | September 2, 2008 7:24 PM | Report abuse

Why don't you people grow up! Get out of your diapers and playpens!! Why can't you get to the important issues about this Country and the World? Forget all the kiddie stuff.

Posted by: Walter Euler, Sr. | September 2, 2008 7:23 PM | Report abuse

Palin is the most dangerous woman in America for all women. Hatchet Lady for sure. The Republican Convention is a sham. Cutting spending for housing for pregnat teens so she can have the money for her own special interest.

Posted by: mzbond | September 2, 2008 7:23 PM | Report abuse

Well, you know, all those pregnant girls are SUPPOSED TO LIVE AT HOME with their loving, supportive families, or else MARRY THE BABYDADDY!!!!!!

So they don't NEED group programs.

Unless they are run by churches, I suppose. And then I guess they should give the babies up for adoption.

But anyway, the taxpayers shouldn't have to pay for it, right?

Posted by: herzliebster | September 2, 2008 7:23 PM | Report abuse

If McCain knew she was pregnant out of wedlock, and he claims he did, what does this say about his judgement? Did he think it would just go away. Now, there's no rush to marry her off. This is parenting at its worst. Keep her on the ticket. She's the anchor around McCain's neck.

Posted by: Bill | September 2, 2008 7:23 PM | Report abuse

Excellent reporting! Of course, some people don't like facts, but this is exactly what journalism is about.

The facts are: (1) Palin is against teaching children about condom use or birth control pills. (2) Palin's 17 year old child is pregnant, (3) the father is an 18 year old self-described on facebook as a "f__king redneck" who doesn't want children, (4) Palin has used the line item veto to cut funding for supporting indigent teenage mothers, and (5) Palin is against abortion in all circumstances except if giving birth will kill the mother.

From these facts some people will opine that Palin is a hypocrite. Some people will opine that she is following the teachings of Jesus.

Posted by: renu1 | September 2, 2008 7:22 PM | Report abuse

Kuro and latinvoter:

Children are a gift from God. No one "benefits" from refusing gifts from God.

Posted by: JakeD | September 2, 2008 7:22 PM | Report abuse

WaPo is being over-the-top biased here.

Where's the story on Obama's relationship with Ayers?

Where's the story on Biden's son being a pay-for-play lobbyist?

Where's the story on Obama's neglected half-brother George?

Where's the story on Obama and Biden's support for the "bridge to nowhere?"

Where's the story on Obama's vote against the Born Alive Infants Protection Act?

Posted by: AJ | September 2, 2008 7:22 PM | Report abuse

I am a lot less woried about a woman (or man) for VP who has a pregnant teenage daughter than a man running for President of the United States that followed hate about America for 20 years.

Posted by: DEM now IND | September 2, 2008 7:22 PM | Report abuse

Romstewa:

Hate to tell you but this is NOT the democrats doing. The media is doing it all by themselves. People who have lived around this woman and fear her because of her ruthlessness at ruining lives are standing up to her.

This woman has so much baggage and so many skeletons they are all falling out of the closet on their own.

She may be likable. Bush is likable but look where that got America? We are in historically one of the worst positions we have ever been in. If McCain continues this direction the country will most likely collapse. But please stick with your moral christian hypocrisy and stick with this woman. You wonder why I have turned away from your spiritual leaders. Bunch of corrupt racist buffoons.

Posted by: TimL | September 2, 2008 7:22 PM | Report abuse

Hey romstewa, a woman with a pregnant teenager and "who is a strong advocate of abstinence as the only way to teach children about sex", doesn't speak well to her judgment, DOES IT?

Posted by: JR | September 2, 2008 7:22 PM | Report abuse

What was John McCain thinking? Did he know anything about Sarah Palin before he chose her to be his VP?

Is he trying to sink the GOP?

Posted by: John | September 2, 2008 7:21 PM | Report abuse

American politics/media has now sunk to a new low.

Way to go liberal media.

Wouldn’t it be great if you could cover what the CANDIDATES POLICIES ARE?

Unbelievable

Posted by: Proud American | September 2, 2008 7:21 PM | Report abuse

OMG! Look at this old picture of Michelle Obama.

http://www.otrcat.com/z/auntjem.jpg

Posted by: Nadeem | September 2, 2008 7:21 PM | Report abuse

To all the "Palin will get the women vote" commenters:
Simply having ovaries doesn't count as enough qualification to get my vote.

Posted by: i.c. | September 2, 2008 7:20 PM | Report abuse

Before the United States of Retardica jumps on PALIN on this budget cut, please research the ESTER COMMUNITY. Palin cut funding for the ESTER COMMUNITY and only the ESTER COMMUNITY.

I bet we can find out what she did with the money, what did she increase the budget on in Alaska? Do any of you know, or do you base all of your facts on smear articles like this?

WAKE UP!

McChange 08' "Obama PALs IN comparision."

Posted by: Not a Pawn to ObamaCON! | September 2, 2008 7:20 PM | Report abuse

Sounds to me as though young Ms Palin may have benefitted from a sex ed program, as she has now learned her lesson in a most in-your-face manner. (if she is indeed pregnant at this time and Trig isn't actually hers)

Sticking your head in a paper bag, much as a kitten would, Governor Palin, doesn't make it all go away.

Posted by: Kuro | September 2, 2008 7:20 PM | Report abuse

Ah, grasshopper. Do not concern yourself with the ways of the Swiftboat. It goes both upstream and downstream, hither and yon. With every election, each one, must seek its own true path!

Posted by: ooxomoxoo | September 2, 2008 7:20 PM | Report abuse

Let's pretend for moment that we're in another universe, and McCain actually does care more for his country than he does for his party.

He sees the mess the agents of intolerance have made of his beloved republican party. He sees that he needs to be a moses, and drag his people out in the wilderness for a time.

He fed the evangelicals one of their own, one they've been wetting themselves to promote these past few days ... and he's showing us all what these people are really like.

Let's pretend.

Posted by: cosmos | September 2, 2008 7:20 PM | Report abuse

Hey, anyone out there saying that "her personal life is hers." Do you remember what the Republicans did to President Clinton during his "personal issues?"

I'm encouraged to see that the Republican's positions and views on "liberal media" are rock solid and don't change much. Or else we'd be focusing again on someone's personal life instead of the relevant issues.

Posted by: Will | September 2, 2008 7:19 PM | Report abuse

Bristol was just a sex toy for Levi Johnson period. Bristol needed a little more abstinence lessons both at home and at school. Levi will never marry that girl, thats all McCain spin.

Posted by: latinovoter | September 2, 2008 7:19 PM | Report abuse

It breaks my heart to see this girl exploited by her mother in order to pander to the religious nutwing for her own political gain. That McCain KNEW about this and still decided to subject a minor child to the kind of intesne press scrutiny they knew would happen is even more despictable. I wonder if the poor 'Baby Daddy' or his family was asked how they felt about being used by the McLame team.

Posted by: Debray | September 2, 2008 7:16 PM | Report abuse

So let me see if I understand this correctly:

1. Bristol Palin is now five months pregnant.
2. The father has now been identified as Levi Johnston, a young aspiring hockey star.
3. The two make quite a photogenic couple, and have been identified by locals as high school sweethearts.
4. Along with announcing the pregnancy, the Palins’ announced that Bristol intends to wed the father. No time frame is given.

So, my question is, what the hell is taking them so long? Pure speculation, sure, but could it be that Levi (self-proclaimed redneck though he is) is holding out for a paternity test? Could there be a role for Maury Povich in the McCain administration?

Posted by: Bill B. | September 2, 2008 7:14 PM | Report abuse

I'm surprised the father wasn't black. I thought Rove had everything figured out.

Posted by: ooxomoxoo | September 2, 2008 7:11 PM | Report abuse

From WBFIII:

Wow, you guys just aren't letting up on this woman. First it's some bull about a carwash (as if anyone cares?), now it's an "unbiased" story about her slashing funding for teen moms. It's sad to watch the media try and destroy Palin before she's even had a chance to say more than 10 words to the public. Mark my words, this is all going to backfire on the Democrats. This woman is extremely likeable, and your attacks on her make you seem A) scared of her and B) bitter.

Wow, a posting like this is just troubling. How do you suggest we actually find out anything IMPORTANT about the Republican VP outside of investigating her past? I'm sorry but unlike you, I do not pick my president like I pick my breakfast cereal; I become skeptical when, in selling a newly announced VP, the media and that party engage solely in 'sound bite' politics - he/she's a maverick, has (insert #) kids, is a self-described hockey-mom.

If you step back and READ this article, it says:

A candidate for VP, who is a strong advocate of abstinence as the only way to teach children about sex, CUT funds for young girls who DO NOT have the means to provide as much as they would like for their child, AND THEY choose not to abort the child.

Now, the HYPOCRISY is that this same candidate has a child who fits the bill almost to a T, the one caveat being that her FAMILY HAS THE RESOURCES to provide for her and her child as she raises it!

And this is totally ignoring the question of why wait 72 hours after the VP announcement to make this revelation?

Posted by: romstewa | September 2, 2008 7:11 PM | Report abuse

And for the idiot who mentioned Obama also has daughters, well so did Clinton and Chelsea didn't get knocked up even though she spent her teen years in the white house (Amy Carter also didn't get knocked up in the white house).

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 7:10 PM | Report abuse

This Paul Kane "report" is disreputable even by the WaPo's abysmal standards. For instance, Kane doesn't endeavor to find out why she might have used her veto in this case. If it's a matter of ideology, perhaps she supports a different take than what Kane assumes is the correct take. But, of course, there are other explanations. Is CovenantHouse a good steward of state money? Are there other programs available? Did she encourage alternatives to state funding of those programs?

All those are left unanswered by Kane's DailyKos-level post.

Posted by: 24AheadDotCom | September 2, 2008 7:10 PM | Report abuse

All-Mi-T:

That's a fake photo -- it says so right in the "update" -- please keep up the smears though.

Posted by: JakeD | September 2, 2008 7:09 PM | Report abuse

The democrats are very worried about this Veep choice! It blew their "same old boys club" right in the water! And they KNOW that Hillary voters are going to vote for McCain/Palin, especially after this sexism has shown its ugly head again.

Posted by: Hillary and now Palin | September 2, 2008 7:09 PM | Report abuse

What I've learned from this is that there's a double standard between unwed mothers from wealthy families and poor unwed moms. It's OK to get knocked up as a teen if your parents have money. If you are poor -- teenage or not -- you better not get pregnant. If Bristol Palin was poor she'd be the kind of girl the GOP would jump all over -- a welfare mom whose only purpose in life is to spit out "welfare babies." How often has the GOP rushed to help poor, unwed mothers? But an unwed mother whose parents will pay to raise the baby? What a blessing! Forget abortion, what about adoption? Isn't that also a "blessing?" But little Bristol doesn't have to consider adoption because her parents have enough money to keep the baby. It doesn't matter if she'd make a good mom or not. It seems to me that these abstinence-only programs do a bigger disservice to poor people than children of wealthy parentage.

Posted by: kd | September 2, 2008 7:08 PM | Report abuse

Disgruntled Mom:

I doubt that is the real Levi posting an Obama for President ad ; )

Posted by: JakeD | September 2, 2008 7:07 PM | Report abuse

Watch out Dems, if Obama were to actually be elected, he will eventually have teenage daughters!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 7:06 PM | Report abuse

When your Daddy wuz a President, when your Daddy wuz a 4-star Admiral, when your Mommy wuz a Governor, you can get away with an awful lot....

Posted by: ooxomoxoo | September 2, 2008 7:06 PM | Report abuse

"This posting is sheer idiocy, Paul. Let's take it to the logical extreme, shall we? A governor should fund programs that are a direct benefit to said governor.

There is zero mention of the program's history, it's effectiveness, etc.

Posted by: John D | September 2, 2008 6:49 PM"

Governor Palin is against sex education in school. She would outlaw abortions, even in cases of incest and rape. Her daughter is pregnant, which of course doesn't matter except for the fact that she has the resources and support to raise that child; other teens may not be in so favorable a position.

Posted by: phi | September 2, 2008 7:05 PM | Report abuse

You can say one thing for Palin. She might not make "Time" magazine but she's posing for "Playboy"

http://mrod.wordpress.com/2008/09/01/sarah-palin-in-bikini-and-holding-a-rifle/

Posted by: All-Mi-T | September 2, 2008 7:05 PM | Report abuse

Fits in perfectly with the mantra of Compassionate Christian Conservatism. Help thy self first and let the flock be fruitful and fend for themselves.

Posted by: Little Ceasar | September 2, 2008 7:05 PM | Report abuse

Palin is a good pick, Women feel like she is one of them, Men think she is hott. They even have a poll asking how hott is Palin? at veep peek. they also have some pictures of her looking rather sexy. http://www.veeppeek.com

Posted by: JIM | September 2, 2008 7:04 PM | Report abuse

Take a close look at "baby daddy" on his myspace page:

http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=410261272

He doesn't want kids!

Posted by: Disgruntled Mom | September 2, 2008 7:04 PM | Report abuse

Obama supports Teen "moms" having abortions in the last trimester. And you are talking about teen Mom's HAVING their baby?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 7:04 PM | Report abuse

McCain might have done good by picking Palin, Young people think she is hott! See some sexy Palin pics http://www.theveep.com

Posted by: P | September 2, 2008 7:03 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, that teenage pregnancy thing, it only happens to ethnics and white trash anyway, certainly not to a family as fine and christian as the Palin family. Screw them, let them eat cake.

Posted by: torrid | September 2, 2008 7:03 PM | Report abuse

MEDIA and DEMOCRATS,
Keep it up!
Women will be voting Republican!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 7:02 PM | Report abuse

Well, she doesn't support teenage mothers, but is "pro family".

I guess that as long as you "oppose" abortion you can pretty much do anything and be called "pro family". And as long as you're not allowed to have an abortion it doesn't matter what you do with the resulting child, that's beside the point...

Interesting how the world works.

Posted by: Chris Z | September 2, 2008 7:02 PM | Report abuse

I wonder who will pay medical expenses for this baby? Surely the high-school spouses won't be able to afford their own insurance and will no longer be eligible for inclusion in their parent' policies? Will the Gov's grandchild be a welfare baby? Please answer these questions, Ms. Palin.

Posted by: donna | September 2, 2008 7:01 PM | Report abuse

Think an Levi Johnston/Bristol video will pop up? Could be a deal breaker. Stay tuned!

Posted by: ooxomoxoo | September 2, 2008 7:00 PM | Report abuse

The issue here is not the personal family issues of this VP candidate, it is her hypocrisy.

Posted by: N. Briggs | September 2, 2008 6:59 PM | Report abuse

"Wow, you guys just aren't letting up on this woman. First it's some bull about a carwash (as if anyone cares?), now it's an "unbiased" story about her slashing funding for teen moms. It's sad to watch the media try and destroy Palin before she's even had a chance to say more than 10 words to the public. Mark my words, this is all going to backfire on the Democrats. This woman is extremely likeable, and your attacks on her make you seem A) scared of her and B) bitter.

Posted by: WBFIII | September 2, 2008 6:54 PM"

wbfiii,
what does her likability have to do with governing?

and who's fault is it that she hasn't talked to the media yet aside from people magazine?

Posted by: phi | September 2, 2008 6:59 PM | Report abuse

Of course she slashed funding for teenage moms. Republicans are wholeheartedly pro-life as long as the life is yet unborn. After that, screw em. Let em fend for themselves.

Posted by: Mark | September 2, 2008 6:59 PM | Report abuse

There really are no limits to Republican hypocrisy, are there? Somebody had better ask her if she has changed her mind recently!

Posted by: John M. | September 2, 2008 6:58 PM | Report abuse

zenobia1:

Here are some interesting questions that I will ask on every thread you post that article:

Was she "preaching" that at age 18? Perhaps you've heard of these new things called AA too, where former drunks "preach" being sober?

Posted by: JakeD | September 2, 2008 6:54 PM | Report abuse

Wow, you guys just aren't letting up on this woman. First it's some bull about a carwash (as if anyone cares?), now it's an "unbiased" story about her slashing funding for teen moms. It's sad to watch the media try and destroy Palin before she's even had a chance to say more than 10 words to the public. Mark my words, this is all going to backfire on the Democrats. This woman is extremely likeable, and your attacks on her make you seem A) scared of her and B) bitter.

Posted by: WBFIII | September 2, 2008 6:54 PM | Report abuse

As far as voting for Republicans is concerned, I recommend total abstinence.

Posted by: Tom Barrett | September 2, 2008 6:52 PM | Report abuse

Wow, so I guess it's either be born into a well-off family like the Palins or sorry unwed teenage mothers, no abortions allowed, your stuck with your baby and enjoy living on the streets.
Next thing you know, she's going to support forcing victims of a violent rape to carry that stigma of rape for 9 months and give birth...oh wait...

Posted by: Fuzzy | September 2, 2008 6:52 PM | Report abuse

I can't wait to read Levi Johnston's book about all this.

Posted by: DFC102 | September 2, 2008 6:51 PM | Report abuse

Gotta love it. Republicans being shown for what they are: trailer trash.

THE teenager expecting a baby with the 17-year-old daughter of vice presidential hopeful Sarah Palin declared himself a "f ***in' redneck" on his MySpace page.

As Republican hopeful John McCain today insisted he was "excited" to be running with Alaska governor Mrs Palin, her daughter Bristol's beau was making worldwide headlines of his own.

High-school hockey player Levi Johnston, 18, also used his MySpace page to declare "I don't want kids" according to Britain's Daily Mail.

"But I live to play hockey. I like to go camping and hang out with the boys, do some fishing, shoot some s*** and just chillin' I guess," he is quoted as saying.

"Ya f *** with me I'll kick ass."

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 6:51 PM | Report abuse

fake JakeD:

Who said "stuggle all by themselves". There're parents, extended family, church, etc.

Posted by: JakeD | September 2, 2008 6:50 PM | Report abuse

This posting is sheer idiocy, Paul. Let's take it to the logical extreme, shall we? A governor should fund programs that are a direct benefit to said governor.

There is zero mention of the program's history, it's effectiveness, etc. Oh, wait a sec--this is even better. Here's a posting from "Anonymous" claiming that Palin burns books in her spare time.

Hold on--that's "bans" books. Sorry! "Burns" just has a better ring to it, doesn't it? Feel free to post this--anonymously, of course--on your blog of choice.

Posted by: John D | September 2, 2008 6:49 PM | Report abuse

Here's an interesting tidbit that was reported in today's New York Times (see http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/02/us/politics/02palin.html)

"The Palins eloped on Aug. 29, 1988, and their first son, Track, was born eight months later, a fact that Maria Comella of the McCain campaign, declined to elaborate on. “They were high school sweethearts who got married and ended up having five beautiful children together,” Ms. Comella said."

So I guess when Palin preaches abstinence-only sex education, she means that *other* people should abstain from sex before marriage. There's a word for people who don't practice what they preach. MSNBC notes that during her 2006 gubernatorial race in Alaska, Palin supported abstinence-only education policies:

“Will you support funding for abstinence-until-marriage education instead of for explicit sex-education programs, school-based clinics, and the distribution of contraceptives in schools?” the survey asked, “Yes, the explicit sex-ed programs will not find my support,” Palin responded.

Posted by: zenobia1 | September 2, 2008 6:49 PM | Report abuse

Don't worry about Bristol. She going to be fishing for a living with Dad when the salmon are running and scrubbing floors in the statehouse the rest of the time. Sarah hasn't cut the budget for that.

Posted by: mnjam | September 2, 2008 6:49 PM | Report abuse

Hard to tell from this if it was a reduction vs. prior year, or just a reduction vs. the budget. If spending went up, but not as much as the legislature wanted, this is less damning.

Posted by: DemoDevil | September 2, 2008 6:48 PM | Report abuse

I like Sarah Palin, I think her daughers situation just makes her seem more in touch with the common person. I still have many questions about troopergate though. Here they have alot of info on it at this link. http://www.veeppeek.com

Posted by: Jimmy | September 2, 2008 6:48 PM | Report abuse

Free Levi Johnston!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: mnjam | September 2, 2008 6:48 PM | Report abuse

This is exactly why Miss Palin's pregnancy is relevant. We need to have a public debate over how children should be prepared for adult living. If we really put children first then we wouldn’t force them to have babies by accident. Teenagers put more time and thought into what kind of cell phone to get than they do about premarital sex and the consequences of unplanned pregnancies. If the political agenda only allows the choices of abstinence or carrying every zygote to full term then the parents need to be held accountable for these unplanned babies. Children having babies is not something to be celebrated or encouraged, and I question the morality of any adult that forces children to become parents before they are ready for the responsibility. Too many lives have been needlessly ruined. Child abuse, child neglect, wife beating, disertion, abandonement. How much worse do these terrible conditions have to get before we handle family planning with intelligence instead of ignorance masquerading as religion?

Posted by: Tim K | September 2, 2008 6:47 PM | Report abuse

Much better that government get out of social services like this anyways.

GO MCCAIN/PALIN ALL THE WAY TO THE WHITE HOUSE!!!

Posted by: JakeD | September 2, 2008 6:38 PM

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Yeah..much better for them to struggle all by themselves.

I look forward to their kids turning to a life of crime when they are finished getting raised by clueless teenagers.

JakeD is reason #1 why abortions should never be banned....

Posted by: JakeD is a moron....period. | September 2, 2008 6:47 PM | Report abuse

McCain might have done good by picking Palin, Young people think she is hott! See some sexy Palin pics http://www.theveep.com

Posted by: Peter | September 2, 2008 6:46 PM | Report abuse

It looks like her parents taught her to forget the common good when they left the Catholic church for Pentecostalism.

Posted by: ejgallagher1 | September 2, 2008 6:45 PM | Report abuse

Time Magazine today reports that Alaska governor and Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin attempted to ban books from her local library as mayor of Wasilla, Alaska, and then threatened to fire the librarian who stood up to her for not giving “full support” to the mayor. People For the American Way president Kathryn Kolbert issued the following statement:

“People can disagree about a lot of things, but censorship is completely beyond the pale. Our democracy was founded on the belief that government shouldn’t tell people what kinds of books to read or what kind of beliefs to hold. No one with that kind of history should be anywhere near the White House. Sarah Palin needs to clarify her stance on freedom of speech immediately, and John McCain needs to explain why he chose a running mate with so little regard for the Constitution.”

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 6:43 PM | Report abuse

Much better that government get out of social services like this anyways.

GO MCCAIN/PALIN ALL THE WAY TO THE WHITE HOUSE!!!

Posted by: JakeD | September 2, 2008 6:38 PM | Report abuse

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