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Alaska Legislative Probe Finds Palin Misused Power

Updated: 9:36 p.m.
By James V, Grimaldi and Kimberly Kindy
A state legislative investigator has found that Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin abused her executive power when she and her husband engaged in a campaign to oust her former brother-in-law from the state police force, a report released today states.

Palin, the Republican vice presidential nominee, had been accused of dismissing Public Safety Commissioner Walter Monegan, a career law enforcement official, after he rebuffed attempts by Palin, her husband Todd, and cabinet officials to reopen an investigation into Palin's brother-in-law, state Trooper Mike Wooten. After his firing, Monegan said he believed that comments in conversations and e-mails from Palin, her husband Todd and other state officials were an attempt to get him to fire Wooten.

After his investigation, Steven Branchflower, a former prosecutor hired by a Republican-controlled legislative committee, concluded that Monegan's rebuff of the entreaties played a role in his firing but was not the only reason.

Palin's supporters argued that the report, released less than four weeks from Election Day, was a politically motivated attempt to damage the Republican presidential ticket. The report initially had been due at the end of the month, but the Democrat managing the investigation said its release was moved to Oct. 10 so it would not come on the eve of the election.

Before the report was released, the campaign of Palin's running mate, Sen. John McCain, denounced the investigation as biased and said that the governor did nothing wrong. The campaign characterized Monegan's firing as a "straightforward personnel decision" that has become "muddied with innuendo, rumor and partisan politics."

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"Senator McCain must wake up in his sleep screaming since he picked Sarah Palin."

Yeah, I was thinking that too. She has been so manipulative in Alaska, and such a pain in this election, that is bad enough!

But do you suppose that it has occurred to McCain that if they were to win, he would have a Frankenstein of his own making to deal with??

He would have to assign 90 percent of the Secret Service just to keep track of her and all her dirty deals.

Also, read the Salon article about her and that Alaska Independence Party, and the crap she pulled as mayor. Apparently her denying she is a member of that bunch of fruitloops does not mean anything, and one of AIP's goals is to infiltrate into public office. jeez... shades of the Brown Shirts.

All in all, I do not think it is unfair to say that fascist instincts come natural to Palin.

Posted by: plaza04433 | October 12, 2008 4:54 PM | Report abuse

"Sarah Palin's husband, Todd, was a fixture at governor's office

The 'first gentleman' also read official correspondence and went to closed Cabinet meetings, records and an investigation indicate.

Barely two weeks after Sarah Palin had been sworn in as Alaska's governor, in December 2006, then-Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan's executive secretary got a confusing phone call from Palin's office: The first gentleman would like to schedule a meeting with her boss.

"I was not familiar with the term 'first gentleman,' or didn't hear her correctly, so I kept asking her, 'Who?' " the secretary, Cassandra Byrne, testified recently. "And she eventually said, 'Todd Palin.' "

The appointment was fixed, and Monegan arrived in the governor's office to find himself alone with the brawny, popular fisherman and snowmobile champion, who was sitting at a 12-foot-long conference table, surrounded by stacks of documents. One of the documents had the logo and letterhead of Monegan's own Department of Public Safety.

The subject, it turned out, was Alaska State Trooper Mike Wooten, who had been involved in a messy divorce with the governor's sister. The Palins, Todd made clear, wanted Wooten fired for a long record of behavior they saw as inappropriate for a police officer.

"He kept using the term 'we.' 'We went to go talk to, we, we.' And so I assumed it was he and Sarah, of course," Monegan testified.

The meeting "made me a little uncomfortable," he said. "We're having it in the governor's office, and he's not the governor. I think he was trying to use state trappings to handle a personal issue.""

http://www.latimes.com/business/careers/work/la-na-todd12-2008oct12,0,6898674.story

Posted by: nowanna3 | October 12, 2008 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Begin with:
Barely two weeks after Sarah Palin had been sworn in as Alaska's governor, in December 2006, then-Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan's executive secretary got a confusing phone call from Palin's office: The first gentleman would like to schedule a meeting with her boss.

"I was not familiar with the term 'first gentleman,' or didn't hear her correctly, so I kept asking her, 'Who?' " the secretary, Cassandra Byrne, testified recently. "And she eventually said, 'Todd Palin.' "

These idiots have made a mockery of goverment at almost the highest level.

I have voted republican for years, not this time though. For McCain to select her
as his running mate, has vastly lowered my opinion of him. Personally if he did not choose her I most likely would have voted republican again in the general election.

Posted by: jimfid100 | October 12, 2008 11:04 AM | Report abuse

ive got to take the the better of the two there is an old boy club washigton insider or a guy who likes to hang out with communist extremist its not a hard to chose id rather vote for bush for 4more years at least he will were the flag on his jacket

Posted by: getsix1 | October 11, 2008 10:08 PM | Report abuse

this is crap its a soap opera the obama media why didnt they find out what kind of state cop he was what does his record look like was he a good cop with a good record did the divorce drive him in to anger it happens all the time but the media hides this they just play the obama bosses spin its not still the same as being a obamamunnist a far cry lets see a communist on one side and a not a big deal on the other

Posted by: getsix1 | October 11, 2008 9:33 PM | Report abuse

4elise: please take your meds. The world is getting very distorted for you.

Seek professional help...

Posted by: TexasTom | October 11, 2008 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Abuse of power. Is anyone really surprised that the Witch of Wasilla doesn't care about the rule of law? You betcha.

Go home to the trailer park, tramp. By the way, Sarah honey, adultery and lying are sins. Look it up.

What the heck happened to all of the smart Republicans?

Posted by: TexasTom | October 11, 2008 4:46 PM | Report abuse

See John McCain and Tom Brokaw Cuss at each other, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mng0njC1D6c Guess not to happy about something during the debate.

See more Debate STuff at Debate Schedules, Poles, Videos, Outtakes. watchdebate.com

Posted by: pastor123 | October 11, 2008 4:11 PM | Report abuse

"she did not break the law or commit any crimes."

That's not what the report said.

It stated that she did break the ethics law regarding using her office to advance personal issues. That is a crime under Alaska state law.

The law that they said she didn't break was dismissing Walt Monegan- although they did report that she lied in saying that his refusal to fire her ex brother in law, Trooper Mike Wooten was not one of the reasons for her firing her Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan.

It's up to the full legislature whether they want to pursue an indictment or impeach.

Walt Monegan will probably sue her in civil court for damaging his good reputation. He was a highly decorated Police Chief of Anchorage and is regarded as an honest, hard working man.

They found that Sarah Palin legally fired Monegan, but lied about the reasons, and in doing so, also violated the state ethics law by trying to get her ex brother in law fired by using the Governor's office.

In short, she is a liar.

What else is new?

Posted by: Luke2 | October 11, 2008 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Today, Sarah Palin is pulling out the abortion issue that she used so effectively in her deceitful run for Mayor in the tiny town of Wasilla in 1996.

She spoke about “God, guns, and abortion," as well as starting a whispering campaign which insinuated that the fine, honest incumbent, John Stein, who had been her mentor was not legally married, and was of jewish descent.

She is a cunning political opportunist, who will gladly wallow in the mud in hopes that she can slime her opponent’s reputation, demonize him, and make him seem like some form of un American traitor.

This form of McCarthyism must be called out for what it is. She is out of the mainstream of honest American politics. Sarah Palin is willing to lie about any issue in order to be elected.

For the record, Senator Obama does not approve of abortion, but does believe that the government should not make a woman’s decision for her. It is a moral question best left to the individual.

Senator Obama supported the federal “born alive” protections, and the existing Illinois law that protectes infants born alive during an abortion procedure. He is backed by all the medical organizations and women’s rights groups.

Her frantic distortions of Senator Obama’s record is an obsessive attempt by Sarah Palin to avoid discussion of any economic or international issue facing our country. She has no solutions so must only attempt to smear a good man, who does have the knowledge, the ability, and the intelligence that we so desperately need.

Don’t let her get away with it.

Not this time.

Posted by: Luke2 | October 11, 2008 3:24 PM | Report abuse

WHO IS TODD PALIN?

Isn't the real story of the Palin candidacy" a perverted replay of 2000. In 2000 we knew Cheney would be making the important decisions. As I glimpse Todd Palin, fundamentalist family head and secessionist while he could be, enjoying the campaign, I'm believing his is the lust for power behind the throne. I've always found Cheney's interest in power inscrutable since he's too old to gain personal benefit - sex, money, friends, Todd Palin's presence in the shadows gives me the same eerie feeling. Feels like he will be a huge influence for reasons that most human beings won't relate to unless they plumb their dark sides.

His smile is creepy.

Posted by: jonlinewp1 | October 11, 2008 3:12 PM | Report abuse

There is a feeling among citizens that the bailout will not be good. I think that is incorrect. The way this financial crisis has unfolded has unfortunately not been good. Mr Paulson hired a company to assist in crisis management that had its own problems in this financial environment as one of the entities that created it. The Paulson plan was too focused the mortgage security market and not on the total problem.

The logical choice for an advisor would have been someone who had predicted this crisis. He would have the needed understanding to extricate the country from the situation. He would not be personally involved and could give more dispassionate advice. There are many people who could fill that bill.

My point is that by going outside the industry we can get a perspective that encompasses the needs of all members of the community including ordinary citizens. Mr Paulson and Mr Bernanke have wasted valuable time. They have been too concerned with market participants and not nearly as concerned about the banks and small businesses needing vital capital infusions and individuals facing impending mortgage foreclosures.

Leadership with a broader focus would have already initiated the needed overhaul of the financial services industry. The stock market would have stopped plummeting and the people would be more accepting of the economic plan.

Our next president needs to be cognizant of why industry insiders and lobbyists are not good as government officials. That is true whether it is the EPA, the FDA or Treasury. Our present problem all boils down to a lack of good judgment by the president in choosing his administration. John McCain’s choice of advisers says he would share the president’s problem.

Posted by: Gator-ron | October 11, 2008 3:00 PM | Report abuse

"ACORN Rallies Its Troops"

"Even some Democratic groups are wary, not because they think ACORN's doing bad work, but because the sheer size of ACORN's operation lends itself to individuals who can easily game the system, and because the focus on ACORN increases the scrutiny of their own work. It's clear that there's extraordinary interest in this election, and huge amounts of new voters are entering the system, and, sorry Republicans, they're not...Republicans. These October protests seem like a logical place for conservative activists to hold and nurture their grievances about the political environment. Call it galling, for example, that ACORN's voter reg. projects are nominally non-partisan, when, in point of fact, the places they go and the things they do seem to help Democrats disproportionately. Galling, but conservative groups can set up voter reg. organizations like this if they want."


"Fact: ACORN has implemented the most sophisticated quality-control system in the voter engagement field, but in almost every state we are required to turn in ALL completed applications, even the ones we know to be problematic.

Fact: ACORN flags incomplete, problem, or suspicious cards when we turn them in, but these warnings are often ignored by election officials. Often these same officials then come back weeks or months later and accuse us of deliberately turning in phony cards.

Fact: Our canvassers are paid by the hour, not by the card, so there is NO incentive for them to falsify cards. ACORN has a zero-tolerance policy for deliberately falsifying registrations, and in the relatively rare cases where our internal quality controls have identified this happening we have fired the workers involved and turned them in to election officials and law-enforcement.

Fact: No charges have ever been brought against ACORN itself. Convictions against individual former ACORN workers have been accomplished with our full cooperation, using the evidence obtained through our quality control and verification processes.

Fact: Voter fraud by individuals is extremely rare, and incredibly difficult. There has never been a single proven case of anyone, anywhere, casting an illegal vote as a result of a phony voter registration. Even if someone wanted to influence the election this way, it would not work.

Fact: Most election officials have recognized ACORN's good work and praised our quality control systems. Even in the cities where election officials have complained about ACORN, the applications in question represent less than 1% of the thousands and thousands of registrations ACORN has collected.

Fact: Our accusers not only fail to provide any evidence, they fail to suggest a motive: there is virtually no chance anyone would be able to vote fraudulently, so there is no reason to deliberately submit phony registrations. ACORN is committed to ensuring that the greatest possible numbers of people are registered and allowed to vote, so there is also NO incentive to "disrupt the system" with phony cards.

Fact: Similar accusations were made, and attacks launched, against ACORN and other voter registration organizations in 2004 and 2006. These attacks were not only groundless, they have since been exposed as part of the U.S. Attorneygate scandal and revealed to be part of a systematic partisan agenda of voter suppression."

http://marcambinder.theatlantic.com/archives/2008/10/acorn_rallies_its_troops.php

Posted by: nowanna3 | October 11, 2008 1:16 PM | Report abuse

The McCain campaign is absolutely right when they say that it was a partisan investigation:

10 Republicans
4 Democrats

Posted by: JRM2 | October 11, 2008 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Today at a rally in Iowa McCain announced that he had seen all kinds of corruption in Washington and vowed that if elected president he would clean up all the "abuse of power".

I almost fell off my chair.

Posted by: JRM2 | October 11, 2008 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Do You want a racist criminal who paid $850,000 to Accorn to drum up phony voters accross the country. a man that lives in a world of terrorists and racists criminals. Now Farrakhan calls him the messiah. He trains up his disciples to attack and accuse thoese who question his motives. You are called a racist and biggot if you dont agree with your messiah Obama cousin to Odinga the Muslim genocidal killer of christians.

Posted by: 4elise | October 11, 2008 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Do You want a racist criminal who paid $850,000 to Accorn to drum up phony voters accross the country. a man that lives in a world of terrorists and racists criminals. Now Farrakhan calls him the messiah. He trains up his disciples to attack and accuse thoese who question his motives. You are called a racist and biggot if you dont agree with your messiah Hassan Obama cousin to Odinga the Muslim genocidal killer of christians.

Posted by: 4elise | October 11, 2008 12:41 PM | Report abuse

"Judge orders Palin administration to preserve e-mails

PRIVATE ACCOUNTS: Any dealing with state business will have to be retrieved."

"An Anchorage judge on Friday ordered Gov. Sarah Palin and others in her office to retrieve and preserve any e-mails from private accounts that concern state business.

The ruling came in a lawsuit against Palin -- the GOP vice presidential nominee -- filed by Andree McLeod, an Anchorage activist and former state worker.

Anchorage Superior Court Judge Craig Stowers called the case "important."

The state is bustling to comply but first has to figure out what e-mails still exist, said Mike Mitchell, assistant attorney general.

"We entered into the hearing ... willing to work to preserve those e-mails that do relate to state business that may have been sent to or from private accounts, to the extent they can be preserved at this point," Mitchell said.

The e-mails need to be retrieved from the private e-mail businesses, brought into the state system, and released "as appropriate under the public records act," Mitchell said.

The case is one of the first in the nation addressing how 20th-century public records laws apply to 21st-century technology like BlackBerrys, he said.

McLeod said state workers generally use the state system because it is more secure, and e-mails are then available for archiving and for public records requests.

"For the governor not to have done so is beyond my understanding," McLeod said. "The only thing I can figure out is yeah, she wanted to keep things secret.""

http://www.adn.com/news/alaska/story/552784.html

Posted by: nowanna3 | October 11, 2008 12:28 PM | Report abuse

After reading Palin's response today that we just need to read the whole report I realized we were all wrong, that national park in Alaska isn't Denali, it's Denial.

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2008/president/us/general_election_mccain_vs_obama-225.html

Posted by: nowanna3 | October 11, 2008 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Gosh darn if she didn't try to usurp McCain's campaign, too - or was that Todd? Ms. Mantis is in fighting form, and she won't stop until she is at the top. John McCain and his supporters are the next ones who will have to listen to hollers of "Traitor!" and "Kill him!", for suggesting that decency has a place in politics.

Posted by: jadada | October 11, 2008 12:17 PM | Report abuse

Women of America Unite!
Unite against the sexist media and Barack Hussein’s Mugging of Vice President, Sarah Palin!

Women must unite against the liberal media vicious, sexist, cruel, demeaning, contemptuous UN-AMERICAN, unfair, unprofessional, unrelenting and blatantly biased treatment against Vice President Sarah Palin and acting blatantly in favor of Barack Hussein Obama during this unprecedented historic quest for the presidency!

Barack Hussein Obama claims a mightier throne, one forged in liberal ideals of justice and equality and hope, BUT he has benefited mightily from sexism in this campaign, and has remained silent. Obama supporters seem very happy with the sexist way pundits and some news organizations treat any action or statement by Sarah Palin, and many believe that most of the "venom" in the campaign is coming from supporters of Obama.

Women of America Unite in this defining moment in American history. To ensure we can grow up from the male dominated government that has caused many of the problems our country is facing; to a country where men and women are equal partners in governance.

Women of America Unite
Unite against the sexist media and Barack Hussein’s Mugging of Vice President, Sarah Palin!
VOTE for McCain/Palin

Posted by: Manolete | October 11, 2008 11:46 AM | Report abuse

If McCain put the effort into vetting Palin as Palin put in trying to fire her ex-brother in law, he never would have picked her. The sad truth is that McCain gambled on an risky pick for VP without doing his homework. He was willing to put 'That Women' a heartbeat away from the presidency just to pander to the most extreme factions of the Republican Party. That shows a lack of judgment and character and (along with a long list of other reasons) disqualifies him from being the President.

10 Republicans and 4 Democrats agree that she and 'Firt Dude' went too far and she claims it's Obama out to get her? We really need reality based people in Washington, not paranoid partisans.

Posted by: thebobbob | October 11, 2008 11:11 AM | Report abuse

So, the legislative committee spent $100,000.00 of PUBLIC MONEY on an investigation, and the result of that investigation is that they recommend no criminal investigation and have no authority to sanction the governor - she did not break the law or commit any crimes. So, they abused their government power by using public money to fund this useless investigation.

Posted by: American_Citizen | October 11, 2008 11:01 AM | Report abuse

I did not need this report to tell me that thirty six contacts by Todd Palin to get a trooper fired who was personally related to the Governor is beyond the pale. His attitude that this was fine added to the enormity of the problem. If this is who th American people deem is appropriate to be the potential president of the United States then they have not learned the lesson of this financial crisis. You have to have a person who is suited to the office by temperament. Neither George Bush or Sarah Palin are so suited.

Posted by: Gator-ron | October 11, 2008 9:42 AM | Report abuse

And exactly what difference does it make?The republicans take thier orders from the corporations and the fed just like the democrats do.Bankers and corporations run this country and will continue to do so until the moronic masses wake up and vote them out.

Posted by: gary2547poh | October 11, 2008 9:41 AM | Report abuse

What impact does this have on the campaign? Is this enough to force Palin off the ticket? No swing voter wants an ethically challenged neophyte running with a 73-year-old "maverick."

http://www.political-buzz.com/

Posted by: parkerfl1 | October 11, 2008 8:30 AM | Report abuse

From:
Head of State
http://headofstate.blogspot.com/2008/10/impulsively-unreflective-duo-inmccain.html

The Impulsively Unreflective Duo In..."McCain Goes Negative!"

In our last episode, we saw the indomitable, impulsive duo suspend the campaign to take on the Crisis on Wall Street! Now, watch, as, in our next episode...McCain Goes Negative!

McCain paces the floor in the Fortress of Irritability. He is cracking walnuts.

A walnut slips to the floor.

McCain: Damn nutcracker!

Sarah Palin is sitting in a chair at a desk. She is writing on a piece of paper: "J.M + S.P." This is then crossed out and replaced by "S.P. + J.M.". These alternating versions , the one before it always crossed out, continues down the page.

McCain: Well, the first plan didn't work. We tried to put them in a trance with the folksy ray, but they had their deflectors halfway raised. If only you hadn't called the commander in Afghanistan "McClellan"

Palin: But...didn't you say they were fighting a civil war, Sir?

McCain looks at Palin silently. He is smiling but he is holding back anger.

McCain: I think the time has come. We have to call in...Dr. Negative.

He pushes a large black button, which is the only button, on a red phone on his desk.

Dr. Negative immediately bursts through the door. He is carrying flyers, masking tape; telephone wires are wrapped around his arms hanging in every way; a tattered copy of the book "Accusations of Fascism, Communism, Terrorism, Drug Use, Pedophilia, Islamism, Adultery, Pandeism, Cannibalism, Cubism, Miscegenation, and Spousal Abuse...for Dummies!" is rolled and stuffed in his left pocket, filled with bookmarks; he is dragging a Robocaller behind him, leashed to a chain.

Dr. Negative (quickly, eagerly): Did you hear? Obama was born in Bin Laden's subterranean bomb making factory, outside of U.S. lines. He was born on a pile of cocaine and dynamite--and the midwife was a Trotskyite!

McCain: Not yet, Dr. Negative. I want you to meet Sarah.

Sarah: Oh, we've already met.

Dr. Negative: That trooper went down! He poisoned the salmon milk at the Wasilla Bible school! With drugs made at a Leftist Satan worshiping collective! That you could see from Russia!

Sarah: You betcha'!

Sarah and Dr. Negative give each other a high five. Dr. Negative's telephone wires rattle on his arm as he does so, triggering the Robocaller, which starts playing "...illegitimate babies made in test tube factories in North Korea and sent to Chicago by Bill Ayers..."

Dr. Negative shuts off the Robocaller with an embarassed smile.

Dr. Negative: Just practicing.

There is a pause.

McCain: That's fine, Dr. Negative. That's fine. Because, now, I have a special job for you. An important one.

Dr. Negative leaps into the air with excited glee. As he does, detritus falls to the floor--buttons reading "Election Day: Remember, the 3rd Tuesday in November!", business cards, reading "Push Polls Anonymous--We Call, They Fall", "Mongers On Call-No Rumor Too Far fetched"; Bandaids with purple hearts; mangled and dirty chads.

Dr. Negative: A new job! A special job! Oh, Mr. McCain! I'm ready! I'm ready!

Sarah watches from her chair, filing her nails.

McCain: Now, Dr. Negative. You have to make him seem radical...

Dr. Negative quickly pulls a can out of his right pocket, emblazoned with the word "Radical" He opens the top. Red and Black snakes fly out.

Dr. Negative: (eagerly, expectantly, hungrily) Yes...Yes...

McCain: You'll have to start rumors that are so inflammatory that they will spread like wildfire, and that will be started too late to stop them with the actual truth...

Dr. Negative pulls a gigantic grinder out of his left pocket. It is labeled "Rumor Mill". He turns the crank a few times. Hamsters, syringes, and Peace symbols fly out.

Dr. Negative: Yes...Yes...

He is salivating.

McCain: They will have to be so incredible, so over-the-top, based on such tawdry and poorly sourced evidence, yet riddled with tempting minutia--bullet gauges, Google maps of supposed meetings and the like, that the right will eat them up, and start analyzing the minutia with adolescent glee.

Dr. Negative (Very calmly, matter of fact): Oh, that's easy. They'll eat anything.

Dr. Negative reaches into his back pocket, pulls out a manila envelope labeled "Minutia: So-called "Proof" for the Right". He empties it to the floor. Bullet gauge measures, outdated copies of Photoshop, paperbacks entitled "How to Use the Insane as Competent Witnesses", "The Faked Moon Landings! Roswell! And Other Believable Phenomena!" and "You TOO Can Be A Warrior--From Your Own Couch!" fall to the floor.

Sarah plucks out the "Faked Moon Landings" book. She starts reading.

McCain: We know how our girl loves to read.

Sarah stops, and begins fixing her hair in a hand mirror.

Now, Dr. Negative, there is one final task.

Dr. Negative: Yes, Mr. McCain?

McCain: It is very difficult. Very...dark.

Dr. Negative: (Leaning forward expectantly, his voice quivering with excitement): Yes, Mr. McCain, Yes?

McCain: You will have to play the card that they played against me. Do you understand?

The room becomes silent. Sarah stops looking at herself, and looks towards the center of the room where McCain and Dr. Negative are staring at each other.

Dr. Negative: You mean...(eyes widened with disbelief. His telephone wires are quietly shaking as he shivers).

McCain (nodding): Yes.

Dr. Negative slowly removes from his jacket pocket what seems to be an ordinary pack of playing cards. They are labeled "Joker" brand. He takes a penknife from his pocket, and slowly slices the covering cellophane. There is a slight and distant roar. He looks at McCain.

McCain nods.

Dr. Negative then slowly removes the red ribbon encircling the cellophane at the top of the pack. He inserts the penknife--holding it from it very farthest end--and flips open the top of the pack.

Smoke begins to pour from the top of the pack, thick, acrid smoke. It quickly fills the room, covering all that is in sight.

McCain (shouting amidst the sound of smoke rushing into the room): And remember--no fingerprints!

Next episode: The smoke is cleared.

Cite:
Head of State
http://headofstate.blogspot.com/2008/10/impulsively-unreflective-duo-inmccain.html

Posted by: caraprado1 | October 11, 2008 7:51 AM | Report abuse

Governor Palin has gotten one thing right. She absolutely is a maverick. Just not the type of maverick anyone would want as a vice presidential candidate. Change is coming. And after 11/4, Governor Palin will return to Alaska facing the significant likelihood of an ethics code investigation. Let's see if the Republican-dominated legislature actually does the right thing.

Posted by: proobama | October 11, 2008 7:24 AM | Report abuse

Seems to me, after a celebrated career as 'head attack dog' (albeit Chihuahua), Mrs. Palin is about to become intimately familiar with why they say 'PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN GLASS HOUSES SHOULDN'T THROW STONES'.
At least now, we don't have to look daily at where this election is going – I believe this was the last straw for any undecided voters who may have still been considering McCain-Palin.
Picking Palin was the one 'shoot from the hip' maneuver that even ‘A TRUE MAVERICK’ would never be able to stare down (or spin).
The only question is whether we, as a nation, will embrace the promise of the true change that IS coming - or will we just hold on harder to the demonizing, mind-numbing, lock-step politics that have paralyzed our nation for far too long.
GOD BLESS AMERICA!

Posted by: TfromME | October 11, 2008 6:52 AM | Report abuse

Troopergate is a saga, something like: Mayberry has come to Washington!

Now it is also coming to light that it looks like Sarah Palin has been using a Secret Service Earpiece (probably by brickhousesecurity.com) The thin white line coming down from her glasses appears to be a brickhousesecurity antenna. It seems Reuters was refused earpiece checks before her debate with Joe Biden: http://www.youtube.com/...

However, she was seen using Flash Cards constantly at her Vice Presidential debate with Joe Biden.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GTqdYQ46wMU

Is this why she can't -- won't go on Meet the Press, like every other Vice Presidential candidate who has gone before her? Sarah Palin is a total fruad perpetrated on the American people by the Republican party, who thought they would be able to steal Hillary voters from the Democrats. McCain's judgment and gamble did not pay off.

Posted by: dsoulplane | October 11, 2008 6:24 AM | Report abuse

Well, if Osama's Campaign wants to dig Palin's past, Osama should be ready as well. His all of the illegal activities and power abuse cases, along with anti-American "movements," should be revealed.

Posted by: crystalcrystal2008 | October 11, 2008 5:47 AM | Report abuse

kevin36 needs to have someone read the report to him.

“I’ve read the whole report and it only faulted Sarah Palin for taking no action to stop her husband from expressing his concerns about the trooper” It stated that there was evidence of Palin’s ACTIVE participation in that she KNOWINGLY permitted Todd to use the resources of her office and its staff in an effort to get Wooten fired. See page 66 of the report.

“it completely exonerates her in the Monaghan firing.” To say that she had the power to fire Monaghan without cause and for any reason, even if she acted in breach of the public truse, is not to exonerate her. It means Monaghan cannot get damages for wrongful termination. Palin did the same thing back in Wasilla, when she fired its top cop. He sued for wrongful termination and his suit was dismissed for the very same reasons cited by Branchwater.
“Also, the law states that there has to be personal gain involved and Branchflower never states how they would have benefitted from Wooten being fired. All of the examples of personal benefit listed in the statute refer to material benefit.” The statute expressly refers to “benefit or financial interest.” You are only looking at examples of financial gain. “Benefit” is defined as anything that is to a person’s advantage or self interest, or from which a person profits, regardless of financial gain.” Page 49 of report. Benefit is not restricted to material benefits.

Now we know that Palin abused the power of her office for personal benefit and you admit that Palin lied when she said she didn't fire Monaghan. What does the fact that McCain chose her say about his judgment? Did he even bother to find out that she had an ethics investigation hanging over head?

Posted by: FactFinder44 | October 11, 2008 4:33 AM | Report abuse

The next shoe to drop, it has actually begun to fall, will be Palin's support for the radical, secessionist American Independence Party and its support of Palin's campaigns.

What was Senator McCain thinking, when he nominated a supporter of a secessionist party for Vice President?

http://www.salon.com/news/feature/2008/10/10/palin_chryson/?source=newsletter

Posted by: FactFinder44 | October 11, 2008 2:44 AM | Report abuse

MY GOVERNMENT IS MY WORST ENEMY. I'M GOING TO FIGHT THEM WITH ANY MEANS AT HAND.

This was former revolutionary terrorist Bill Ayers, right? Imagine what Sarah Palin is going to do with this incendiary quote as she tears into Barack Obama this week.

THE QUOTE IS ACTUALLY FROM JOE VOGLER, the raging ANTI-AMERICAN who founded the ALASKA INDEPENDENCE PARTY, the very same SECESSIONIST PARTY that Palin's husband Todd belonged to for seven years and that she sent a shout-out to as Alaska governor earlier THIS year.

PALIN SAID TO THE A.I.P.: "Keep up the good work, and God bless you."

SARAH PALIN WANTS OUR FLAG TO HAVE 49 STARS? WTF is WRONG with you Republicans??? Are you just about winning at any cost? You gave us EIGHT YEARS of BUSH and you are back for MORE?

Todd Palin was a member the Alaskan Independence Party working for Alaska to secede from the United States. Todd Palin registered in 1995 until 2002 when he registered as "undeclared" while his wife ran for office. She sleeps with a man who is committed to the idea of destroying the United States.

Sarah Palin and 'first dudes' political alliance with a TERRORIST WHO WAS MURDERED IN 1993 DURING "A PLASTIC EXPLOSIVES SALE GONE BAD." Todd Palin joined the party two years later.

Let me repeat that: A PLASTICS EXPLOSIVE SALE GONE BAD.

"The fires of hell are frozen glaciers compared to my hatred for the American government. And I won't be buried under their damn flag," Joe Vogler said in 1991 in a taped interview.

Here is another amazing piece from this Salon article:

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Vogler wasn’t just a blowhard either. He put his secessionist ideas into action, working to build AIP membership to 20,000 - an impressive figure by Alaska standards - and to elect party member Walter Hickel as governor in 1990.

Vogler’s greatest moment of glory was to be his 1993 appearance before the United Nations to denounce United States "tyranny" before the entire world and to demand Alaska’s freedom. The Alaska secessionist had persuaded the government of Iran to sponsor his anti-American harangue.

That’s right - Iran. The Islamic dictatorship. The taker of American hostages. The rogue nation that McCain and Palin have excoriated Obama for suggesting we diplomatically engage. That Iran.

AIP leaders allege that Vogler, who was murdered that year by a fellow secessionist, was taken out by powerful forces in the U.S. before he could reach his U.N. platform. "The United States government would have been deeply embarrassed," by Vogler’s U.N. speech, darkly suggests Clark. "And we can’t have that, can we?"

The Republican ticket is working hard this week to make Barack Obama’s tenuous connection to graying, ’60s revolutionary Bill Ayers a major campaign issue. But the Palins’ connection to anti-American extremism is much more central to their political biographies.

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IF YOU DON'T WANT TO BELIEVE THIS, THAT'S FINE. LOOK IT UP FOR YOURSELF. STOP SUPPORTING THIS EMPTY HEADED LUNATIC CHEERLEADER FROM ALASKA. DO IT FOR YOUR COUNTRY. THIS THREAT IS REAL.

http://www.salon.com/opinion/feature/2008/10/07/palins_unamerican/print.html

PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD. The so-called "liberal media" needs some encouragement.

Posted by: wunderwood | October 11, 2008 2:41 AM | Report abuse

kevin36:

The statute says benefit a personal OR financial interest, in this case it was personal interest.


"AS 39.52.110. Scope of Code.

(a) The legislature reaffirms that each public officer holds office as a public trust, and any effort to benefit a personal or financial interest through official action is a violation of that trust."
http://touchngo.com/lglcntr/akstats/Statutes/Title39/Chapter52/Section110.htm


Link to full decision test on Fox site:

http://www.foxnews.com/projects/pdf/DOWNLOAD.pdf

Posted by: nowanna3 | October 11, 2008 1:35 AM | Report abuse

Sorry, but this is just a report from one individual with no legal authority to do anything except state his opinion. The legislative panel didn't vote to accept or approve the report - they only voted to release it.
I’ve read the whole report and it only faulted Sarah Palin for taking no action to stop her husband from expressing his concerns about the trooper (it completely exonerates her in the Monaghan firing). It’s really difficult to spin that as a violation of the ethics law in question, since she did nothing, and according to the statute she wasn’t required to do anything unless she knew the law was being violated (the statute in question states that “one cannot negligently or accidentally violate the law”). Also, the law states that there has to be personal gain involved and Branchflower never states how they would have benefited from Wooten being fired. All of the examples of personal benefit listed in the statute refer to material benefit.

Posted by: kevin36 | October 11, 2008 1:23 AM | Report abuse

What will be Palins role now in the Mccain camp. Its clear she is not credible enough to raise doubts against Obama now that she hasn't told the truth herself. She lied. On top of it attacking Obama for not be truthful knowing she was lying about the trooper scandal. Palin is nothing more than a liar, cheat, and hypocrit.

Posted by: amosdefnails | October 11, 2008 1:03 AM | Report abuse

To: madcitizen

Neither you or myself or most rational people want to see a war, or to see us attacked again. Whenever you elect someone to be a President, honestly (no bs) there is uncertainity and you are gambling on your future and that of your loved ones. The political process is all spins and lies. But I have witnessed much in the Republican years, that I am not happy with, and so, I will vote the other way.

Talking to someone is not a weakness, it is a way to possibly settle a difference. If it appeases you, there is plenty of time to fight after talk.

It all depends on how you approach the dialoge. If you approach it with righeous arragance, peace is doomed to failure.

Had Bush truely wanted peace, he would not have hurried us in to war. I truely did not like Saddam, so don't get me wrong.

Maybe you think that war is inevitable, I hope that is not the case. I do not think that McCain will lead us to peace or prosperity, so I will vote for Obama and hope and pray that I have done the right thing.

Posted by: DrWho2 | October 11, 2008 12:52 AM | Report abuse

I've been reading comments about Palin's ethics violations on other sites and sadly, I don't know if it will make any difference.

That wide-ranging group known as "Illiterates For Palin" are hard at it, defending her. It's painful to behold, but more painful to actually try to READ some of the gibberish they're writing.

It's 'Palinesque', to put it mildly.

I suppose we will see many more exhibitions of mob mentality at her rallies until the McCain 'machine' implodes in a cloud of dust...

Posted by: mavisdarling | October 11, 2008 12:52 AM | Report abuse

McCain should just come out and tell America he is sorry and go home. Or dump this nut case Palin. Either way , he is done.

Posted by: cakemanjb | October 11, 2008 12:48 AM | Report abuse

The American Center for Voting Rights was a sham. Read the Wikipedia article if you want the truth. This is SO boring, folks! Republicans drag out this scary monster every two years right around Halloween.

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

If you take the time to read this article (I am referring to liberals here, the neocons won't bother) the leadership at ACVR are Republican STOOGES. It is hardly "nonpartisan". The only Democratic member ran Democrats for BUSH!

QUOTE: The dissolution of ACVR came several weeks after the Election Assistance Commission issued a report that said the pervasiveness of fraud was open to debate.

HERE IS THE MOST IMPORTANT PART. READ IT UNTIL IT SINKS IN.

QUOTE: "The DoJ devoted unprecedented resources to ferreting out polling-place fraud over five years and appears to have found not a single prosecutable case across the country," Slate reported.

Republicans want to crucify ACORN because they help poor and homeless people. They hate ACORN because ACORN is liberal and helps the poor. DUH.

Let me make sure you saw this part about FIVE YEARS, UNPRECEDENTED RESOURCES, NOT A SINGLE CASE ACROSS THE F-ING COUNTRY.

5 years. Not a single case. Not just against ACORN. Not a single case!

QUOTE: "The DoJ devoted unprecedented resources to ferreting out polling-place fraud over five years and appears to have found not a single prosecutable case across the country," Slate reported.

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

Posted by: wunderwood | October 11, 2008 12:48 AM | Report abuse

DrWho2-

Ummm I don't think anyone LIKES war. But I'm a veteran and volunteered. I'm just a realist. I simply stated that there seems to be a LOT of people who think Obama will create peace by sitting down and talking to nutcase dictators without preconditions, and gave the Chamberlain example.

Again I say- there's always some nut out there who's going to start some sh*t and you can't avoid it. It's verified over & over again by history.

If it were up to me, I'd hope it happened next time in Pelosi's backyard just to wake those idiots up. They're all living in la-la land.

Not that I want to see the USA attacked again. But those morons wanted the recruiting station booted out of their town. None of their lazy, idealistic as*es would move a muscle to even defend themselves, let alone their country. Too much LSD or something would be my guess.

It'd serve them right if they were put last on the list to defend next time the shiite hits the fan... and it certainly will.

Posted by: madcitizen | October 11, 2008 12:30 AM | Report abuse

The McCain/Palin campaign is a total mess. This Palin factor itself is a disgrace to every American. To say the least, she totally disgusts me. Now, it is getting worst for us to learn that hockey mom has violated the public trust. Imagine yourself, this is someone going around to make her dogged attacks against Senator Obama, yet she is already in big trouble in Alaska. And McCain was well aware that scumbag was under investigation for abuse of power but still chose her anyways for his running mate. Here again, it is a clear example of an old man who just does not care about people's civil rights. Since McCain days are numbered due to poor health and old age, he chose this unqualified hockey mom so that America can be buried with him. McCain/Palin are running their angry campaign rhetoric purely based on lies and deceits because they want to spread division and fear to scare the voters from supporting Obama. They have absolutely no plan to fix the economy except negative attacks and misleading ads. For Examples, McCain/Palin believe that mortgage mess is the fault of the middle class while Obama understands this problem is caused by the greedy lenders plus deregulations by the failed economic policies of president Bush supported strongly by McCain. Senator Obama is right. According to the poll, I am glad the American come to realize that Obama is the one with the clear plan to change the direction of this beloved nation. We are very intelligent people and we know better than that. We need to pass the race card and do what is right for our country. I can't care less about people's color, green, yellow, purple and orange, our biggest concern is the economy and to choose the best candidate who is going put food on our table and give us a stimulus package to pay our bills. Obama is the real deal and the man who will fight for us. Therefore, my friends, I humbly urge you to make a difference and go to the poll to vote for Obama/Biden ticket. May God Bless America?

Posted by: strongguer | October 11, 2008 12:29 AM | Report abuse

PLEASE, EVERYONE take a look at this clip:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=itEucdhf4Us&feature=related

This was shocking, even for me. Isn't McCain just a little troubled at all that these are the people that make up his voter base?

Posted by: terp4life1 | October 11, 2008 12:17 AM | Report abuse
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I just saw the above video, and it's true that this people are being lured into dangerous territory by McCain propaganda.

In fact, today, when McCain DEFENDED Obama, these type of people REACTED AGAINST McCain. People aroused into hate eventually DO NOT CARE who they hurt. Even McCain himself can be lynched if he is not careful.

Posted by: ElMugroso | October 11, 2008 12:28 AM | Report abuse

Did you really say FOX is run by liberals? What planet do you live on? I think you better do some studying.
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I was being sarcastic, trying to make them actually use a brain cell or two. Sorry for the confusion.

Posted by: DrWho2

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"Faux News" and braindead fascists Hannity and O'Reilly probably won't even report this story.

Posted by: terp4life1 | October 11, 2008 12:20 AM | Report abuse

Should John McCain withdrawal Sarah Palin's V.P. nomination?

http://www.youpolls.com/details.asp?pid=3723

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Posted by: usadblake | October 11, 2008 12:07 AM | Report abuse
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Actually, who should withdraw is McCain first. But it's too late for that.

Posted by: ElMugroso | October 11, 2008 12:19 AM | Report abuse

PLEASE, EVERYONE take a look at this clip:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=itEucdhf4Us&feature=related

This was shocking, even for me. Isn't McCain just a little troubled at all that these are the people that make up his voter base?

Posted by: terp4life1 | October 11, 2008 12:17 AM | Report abuse

Should John McCain withdrawal Sarah Palin's V.P. nomination?

http://www.youpolls.com/details.asp?pid=3723

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Posted by: usadblake | October 11, 2008 12:07 AM | Report abuse

Did you really say FOX is run by liberals? What planet do you live on? I think you better do some studying.
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I was being sarcastic, trying to make them actually use a brain cell or two. Sorry for the confusion.

Posted by: DrWho2 | October 11, 2008 12:05 AM | Report abuse

Crooked politicians and, for that matter, almost any one can take advantage of people who reason like this:
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Anyone in law enforcement that tasers a child should be fired. In NC a trooper was fired for kicking a dog. Liberals show the ultimate in hypocricy by making this trooper a hero because they can use him to make Palin look bad. Also, Monegan was not fired, he was moved to another position and then he resigned.

Posted by: MyView49 | October 10, 2008 11:11 PM
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First of all, the trooper that teased at low power his own child, is not being made a heroe by no one. In fact he HAS not been fired.

Who was fired BY Palin is his upper boss, for not firing the fellow that did the teasing, which happens to have been Sarah's ex-brother in law. In other words, if there's any punishment due it was directed to the wrong person, by Palin.

Posted by: ElMugroso | October 11, 2008 12:05 AM | Report abuse

Late Friday morning, several hours before the report of the Alaska legislative probe was released, Bodog was already giving even odds on whether Sarah Palin would get more fan booing than cheering when introduced at Saturday's Flyers game.
http://nhl.fanhouse.com/2008/10/10/bodog-taking-odds-on-palin-puck-drop
Don't forget, Philly has the country's toughest fans, the ones who famously booed Santa. Vox populi.

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | October 11, 2008 12:00 AM | Report abuse


Can anyone explain to me why Sarah Palin's associations with Alaskan Independent Party is not a scandal?

Because the media is run by liberals (read my lips), like fox new, Rush Limbaugh, Robert Murdoch, O'Reily, .. and the list goes on. Damn, those libs....

Posted by: DrWho2 | October 10, 2008 11:09 PM

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Did you really say FOX is run by liberals? What planet do you live on? I think you better do some studying.

Posted by: HemiHead66 | October 10, 2008 11:55 PM | Report abuse

Mad citizen - It sounds to me that you don't like war. But you think that the likes of McCain and Palin are going to bring you peace. And you think that people that want can't bring peace.

So, only people that are "ready for the reality of wars" can bring peace.

Have you taken a look at the neo-cons and the "peace they have brought" recently.


Your logic is missing a step or two somewhere. You figure it out.

Posted by: DrWho2 | October 10, 2008 11:48 PM | Report abuse

Me & the women at our AME Church are throwing a huge rally for Obama tomorrow morning, and it'll be great. Can't wait for January.Posted by: VirginiaGal2 | October 10, 2008 11:40 PM
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STAY AWAY FROM HOUSES OF SUPERSTITION!!!!

Posted by: harried | October 10, 2008 11:44 PM | Report abuse

There's always some dumb*ss,..
That will never end.
Bank on it.
Posted by: madcitizen | October 10, 2008 11:32 PM
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Now ain't that the truth you DUMB*SS! Yo Momma and Daddy probably DUM*SSES too, right?

Posted by: harried | October 10, 2008 11:40 PM | Report abuse

sdansker2002 writes -

"What no quicky comebacks to my last post? That's okay. I'm hitting the sack now. Me & the women at our AME Church are throwing a huge rally for Obama tomorrow morning, and it'll be great. Can't wait for January. How sweet it will be. Bless you all."

Sorry, it took me a little time to get all of your posts that make it quite apparent that you are not black, you are not a woman, and you are not an Obama supporter.

I'm afraid really thorough troll outing requires a few minutes.

Posted by: VirginiaGal2 | October 10, 2008 11:40 PM | Report abuse

madcitizen,

When the Congressional Budget Office says the U.S. has a surplus, it has a surplus. Clinton didn't make the claims, the CBO did and it's non-partisan even though the congress was all Republican back then.

Is the CBO using GAAP rules? No. But, they're the only rules we have so we have to live with them until some politico has the courage to change them.

I'm all for term limits.

I recall one of the key planks of the Republican "Contract With America" that swept them to power in 1994 was Term Limits.

I wonder what happened to that promise?

Posted by: flyfishchef | October 10, 2008 11:39 PM | Report abuse

Guess what guys!!! We have someone pretending to be someone they're not.

sdansker2002 claims "I'm a black female over the age of 65, and am happy to vote for Obama. But to say that race doesn't enter into my vote is a lie. Of course it does, and so does it for all the folks in my congregation. We are tired of being pushed around by Whitey, and dammit, it's our turn. And if Obama appoints a totally-black and Hispanic cabinet, that's fine for me. It's our time, and I'm proud to be a racist."

You are aware that it's easy to check your previous posts? http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/community/mypost/index.html?plckPersonaPage=PersonaComments&plckUserId=sdansker2002&newspaperUserId=sdansker2002

You apparently aren't a black woman, and you certainly are not an Obama supporter. Some comments from your previous posts:

"I am of Russian descent. Do you want to continue this in Cyrillic? Be my guest."

"My father-in-law is buried there and I am grateful the place is not over-run with press when I come visit him. My wife & I will be buried there soon and I hope they keep the practice up so that my 6 grown children and 15 grandchildren can come see us without the hubbub of the press."

"But, at the risk of getting a stream of hate blogs, I'll opt for McCain. Obama reminds me of a dozen snake oil salemen trying to sell me a vacuum cleaner. ... Wait till next year when the Obama Admin tries to straighten it all out. Australia here I come."

"Democrats remind me of the father of the love interest in the movie "Love Story" when he encounters the hero: red-necked, vicious, insulting, etc. The comments by dyed-in-the wool liberals is telling. Palin scares the hell out of them and it shows."

"If you are a representative of those who vote for Obama, the USA is in SERIOUS trouble. ...You read something in SALON, so it must be true??? You give those who are dumber than dirt a bad name."

"In my lifetime (66 years), I have had more faith in men & women I've met in everyday dealings than I've had in ANY of the politicians regardless of their profession. I'd brand any number of the non-politicians more QUALIFIED than the present DEM crop. McCain/Palin 08 "

"This is absolutely beautiful. What I say here won't make a bit of difference, but in my mind, she is 10 times more qualified to serve as VP than either Obama or Biden."

Given the quotes above (and there are lots more where they came from) -- somehow, I really, really don't think you're an Obama supporter. Given that you say you have a wife and kids, and are of Russian descent, I really don't think you are a black woman.

There are a lot more posts if anyone else wants to check them.

Pretending to be the imaginary boogeyperson you've been slandering is not a smart idea, when it's so easy to check.

Posted by: VirginiaGal2 | October 10, 2008 11:38 PM | Report abuse

McCain could have really shaken things up by trying to get Billary as his running mate. Now THAT would have been something to pull off.

:)

Posted by: madcitizen | October 10, 2008 11:35 PM | Report abuse

The only thing dropping faster than John McCain's Fundamentally Strong Economy is his Tired, Old, Lieing Butt!!!

Posted by: harried | October 10, 2008 11:33 PM | Report abuse

to flyfishchef-

Clinton didn't leave a surplus- he simply ignored the deficit and claimed such. If you owe $1,000 and ignore it, and have $5 in the bank, that works I guess.

What bugs me most is the true ignorance of many on both sides of the aisle... in that they ASSume if we actually sit down with moronic hate mongers and get them to talk peace, we have achieved peace.

Remember- MOST people on the planet want peace. It's the morons in politics that start wars...

I recall learning about a guy named Neville Chamberlain just before WW2 started, claiming "peace in our time". There was a little film of his dumb*ss coming down from an airplane waving a piece of paper around like he was some kind of hero. Then all h-e-double hockey sticks broke loose. Look it up.

There's always some dumb*ss, and it only takes one, who wants somebody else's land, people or just plain power.

That will never end.

Bank on it.

That's what scares me about Obama.

Guam, Western Samoa or some other tiny country really sounds good about now.

Listen- if you all REALLY want to solve some of these problems.... 2 words come to mind. Term limits.

Try it. You'll like it.

Posted by: madcitizen | October 10, 2008 11:32 PM | Report abuse

What no quicky comebacks to my last post? That's okay. I'm hitting the sack now. Me & the women at our AME Church are throwing a huge rally for Obama tomorrow morning, and it'll be great. Can't wait for January. How sweet it will be. Bless you all.

Posted by: sdansker2002 | October 10, 2008 11:31 PM | Report abuse

I think John McCain should drop Sarah Palin and grab Larry Craig at this point. Imagine all the airport tapping "NON GAY BATHROOM FAMILY VALUE CHRISTIANS" he'd get! HOLY CRAPPER, CRAPMAN!!!

Posted by: harried | October 10, 2008 11:28 PM | Report abuse

"Anyone in law enforcement that tasers a child should be fired. In NC a trooper was fired for kicking a dog. Liberals show the ultimate in hypocricy by making this trooper a hero because they can use him to make Palin look bad. Also, Monegan was not fired, he was moved to another position and then he resigned. "

Think here for a second, Failin' abused her power for she used it for personal gain, and that's to even out with an ex-family member. The trooper was disciplined, now as far as pressuring that he be fired, that's another thing. She is no longer acting as a governor but a bitter ex-sis-in-law who wanted a vendetta. The GOV POSITION is for official use only and nothing personal, understood??? I am a military officer, eventhough I want to fire a lot of people on my unit, I couldn't. Government works differently. Monegan is not an idiot - she already told him once, that should've been enough. What are you cryin' about! You have 10 Republicans and only 4 Democrats on that committee, and I thank those GOP's for their guts to call it. You people Republicans and conservatives can stay where you are, but don't be fooled and blinded by this. 8 yrs of destroying America is enough, you should see every election differently and focus on issues. There should be no loyalty when it comes to welfare of our family, GOPS's messed up, time to kick them out!

Posted by: mav_702 | October 10, 2008 11:26 PM | Report abuse

Anyone in law enforcement that tasers a child should be fired. In NC a trooper was fired for kicking a dog. Liberals show the ultimate in hypocricy by making this trooper a hero because they can use him to make Palin look bad. Also, Monegan was not fired, he was moved to another position and then he resigned.

Posted by: MyView49 | October 10, 2008 11:11 PM
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I'm sure this "REASONONG" will sit weel in Beloxi, Miss!


Posted by: harried | October 10, 2008 11:16 PM

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Stop insulting the neocon rednecks!

What kind of "reasoning" do you expect from Southern trailer trash HS dropouts? Please keep in mind that the average repug IQ is 32. Please understand that these guys are so lost in their own stupidity they don't know what they're writing.

Posted by: terp4life1 | October 10, 2008 11:24 PM | Report abuse

I read the report (well, not every single word but then there was a lot of replication) and it's pretty clear: The trooper had been disciplined. The law is such that you cannot go back and give someone a harsher penalty for an offense under those conditions, unless new information is brought forward - and it wasn't. The report is basically a story of Monegan and Co. explaining to the Palin crew over and over and over again that this was the law, he could not overstep the law and fire the trooper without opening up the department AND the individuals involved to lawsuit. Over and over and over again, the Palins refused to take "no" for an answer. It's a little bit like reading about a kid who pesters his parents endlessly for a toy that they can't afford.
Do you really want someone in high office who insists on having her way even in the fact of repeated explanations that her way is not legally acceptable? Doesn't that sound like someone we have already experienced?

Posted by: aallen1 | October 10, 2008 11:24 PM | Report abuse

ANGRY GOP RALLY SHOUTERS: ARE THEY AGIT-PROP PLANTS FROM 'GANG STALKING' RANKS?

WaPo reporters should spend some time on the periphery of these rallies, in the hours before the scheduled event.

They might discern that some of the most vociferous rabble-rousers hang together in packs, don't quite look like your "average Joe," and appear to be part of an orchestrated "street theater" -- not necessarily a reflection of spontaneous crowd enthusiasm. Examine closely their attire, and the electronics they are carrying.

Could they be the "stormtroopers" in a troubling offensive

http://www.nowpublic.com/world/american-gestapo-state-supported-terrorism-targets-u-s-citizens OR
members.nowpublic.com/scrivener

Posted by: scrivener50 | October 10, 2008 11:24 PM | Report abuse

One must wonder about a Democratic legislative investigation of a sitting Republican Governor . . .

Posted by: kenmoyes | October 10, 2008 10:51 PM | Report abuse
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Another idiot. This ethics investigation was initiated 1.5 months before her nomination for VP, by a Republican majority legislature. 10 Republicans and 4 Democrats were on the investigative panel. Palin was all for "hiding nothing" until she was nominated. Yeah, really partisan. She did nothing criminal according to the powers afforded her in the Alaskan constitution, but did violate Alaskan ethics acts/laws that may open her and the state up to some liability.

Posted by: tensity1 | October 10, 2008 11:23 PM | Report abuse

The "child" in question was the trooper's 10-year-old son who ASKED to see what being Tasered felt like; the Taser was not on full power, and it was done in front of the mother.

You people need to get a grip and read the FACTS. The tasering was not done as punishment or anything.

Nobody is making the trooper out to be a hero, but the Palins had a freaking VENDETTA against this guy. The fact is, the trooper had already been disciplined before Sarah took office and hired Monegan.

Monegan is a professional. He DID investigate to see if the trooper was doing anything wrong SINCE the previous incidents, and he wasn't.

It would have been illegal to fire him for no reason other than that Palins hated him!

Posted by: mavisdarling | October 10, 2008 11:23 PM | Report abuse

>>>NOW... WHO IS THE M A V E R I C K?

Posted by: d_hyperion | October 10, 2008 11:23 PM | Report abuse

"Anyone in law enforcement that tasers a child should be fired. In NC a trooper was fired for kicking a dog. Liberals show the ultimate in hypocricy by making this trooper a hero because they can use him to make Palin look bad. Also, Monegan was not fired, he was moved to another position and then he resigned. "

Think here for a second, Failin' abused her power for she used it for personal gain, and that's to even out with an ex-family member. The trooper was disciplined, now as far as pressuring that he be fired, that's another thing. She is no longer acting as a governor but a bitter ex-sis-in-law who wanted a vendetta. The GOV POSITION is for official use only and nothing personal, understood??? I am a military officer, eventhough I want to fire a lot of people on my unit, I couldn't. Government works differently. Monegan is not an idiot - she already told him once, that should've been enough. What are you cryin' about! You have 10 Republicans and only 4 Democrats on that committee, and I thank those GOP's for their guts to call it. You people Republicans and conservatives can stay where you are, but don't be fooled and blinded by this. 8 yrs of destroying America is enough, you should see every election differently and focus on issues. There should be no loyalty when it comes to welfare of our family, GOPS's messed up, time to kick them out!

Posted by: mav_702 | October 10, 2008 11:22 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure this "REASONONG" will sit weel in Beloxi, Miss!
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The above is my attempt to reach the "TRIED AND TRUE MORONS" of the Red States!! Ya'll learned how to get the lice out of your hair yet,,or do you still think lice head is an American birthright?
BTW,,,that was just an analogy , like your mother and father are analogous to the human race!

Posted by: harried | October 10, 2008 11:22 PM | Report abuse

Gee, and i was just getting attached to her frozen smile. Oh well, you've seen one Ice Queen, you've seen them all.

Posted by: DrWho2 | October 10, 2008 11:20 PM | Report abuse

I'm tired of you clowns who blame Dems for all the bs that's been going on. McCain/Palin is done ! Done, get it through your domes. The Palin pick was the dumbest move in political history.McCain is a washed up politician who is on the ropes.They tried to throw the sink at Barack . But,guess what ????? It backfired lol !!! Sorry Republicans !!!!!!!!

Posted by: LibsTellTruth | October 10, 2008 11:20 PM | Report abuse

DavidGD620 is my handle. I came out of the deep south, the wild west, the frigid north and the pedestrian east to declare the end of liberalism.

Liberalism came into existence to counter the sins of conservatism. Now with modern conservatism in it's final death throes, the need for liberalism no longer exists. We can now all get on with pragmatism and solve the many problems facing our country.

Posted by: DavidGD | October 10, 2008 11:19 PM | Report abuse

On November 5th, we're all going to wake up and face reality - whichever candidate wins, all of us will have to stop this crap and figure out how we dig ourselves out of this mess. China, India, the Middle East, Russia, North Korea - aren't waiting for us to figure out Troopergate, ACORN, Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac.

Enjoy the partisan party for another few weeks, but we're all going to have a helluva hangover.

Posted by: ionu | October 10, 2008 11:19 PM | Report abuse

palin should be arrested by the FBI for inciting violence against a presidential candidate.

She is truly despicable. She makes no secret of her racism.

And the "people' who scream kill and terrorist at her rallies are animals. She should be sent to prison for conspiring to bring harm to Obama.

This woman is scum and most of America truly despises her.

go to realclearpolitics.com tonight, and look at the polls......that should tell REpublicans that all this screaming to "get tougher" has cost them the election.

Even their OWN PARTY IS TURNING AGAINST PALIN AND MCCAIN....NOT MY OPINION...GO LOOK AT THE NEWS....lots of articles today about how republicans are bailing out of the mccain ticket.

Palin's antics are pure trash. She has a foul mouth and no intelligence, and deserves the scorn she is about to get from the country and her own state.

Posted by: sallieismydog | October 10, 2008 11:18 PM | Report abuse

mavisdarling: Marry me!

Posted by: ojwbrgibdsaf | October 10, 2008 11:18 PM | Report abuse

flyfish: Well, you made an accusation - you implied multiple personal vendettas - you have evidence?

I don't disagree that the panel was fair, but the term "abuse" may be a technical term. There doesn't seem to be much in the way of recommendation from them on what to do about it. It's like "assault" - oh, I called you a name.

Not to minimize, but not to overstate.

You'll have to admit, that if Wooten is the jerk he's said to be, the "abuse" of power was something even YOU might've done to protect your family.

It's easy to pounce when we have an agenda.

Posted by: gengar843 | October 10, 2008 10:50 PM

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Telling the truth while using facts to support my point isn't having an "agenda".

I still think my theory that Alaskan Republicans were out for payback has merit.

A few of Palin's firings because she didn't like people:

In January 1997 she fired the town librarian Mary Ellen Emmons after the librarian would remove books the mayor didn't like but was forced to rehire her after a public uproar. Following expressions of public support for Emmons and a personal meeting, Palin rescinded the firing of Emmons the next day.

In January 1997, Palin fired Police Chief Irl Stambaugh, stating that she did not feel they fully supported her efforts to govern the city. Stambaugh had supported her opponent in the mayoral elections.

She fired the head of the Alaska Division of Agriculture and replaced them with her high school buddy Franci Havemeister, who liked cows as a kid, really an inspired choice.

Posted by: flyfishchef | October 10, 2008 11:17 PM | Report abuse

"sdansker2002, what part of the 90% of blacks voting for Obama is racism? Is it that Obama is better than McCain that is racism?

Most white americans are rich; Isn't that racism?
People from Mexico eat mostly mexican food; people of italian origin eat mostly italian food; is that racism?"


Posted by: Dave27 | October 10, 2008 11:08 PM | Report abuse
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Ah dave27, eating food is not the point. Running for President is. I'm a black female over the age of 65, and am happy to vote for Obama. But to say that race doesn't enter into my vote is a lie. Of course it does, and so does it for all the folks in my congregation. We are tired of being pushed around by Whitey, and dammit, it's our turn. And if Obama appoints a totally-black and Hispanic cabinet, that's fine for me. It's our time, and I'm proud to be a racist.

Posted by: sdansker2002 | October 10, 2008 11:17 PM | Report abuse

If Palin truly possessed some leadership qualities (forget what her Republican handlers are saying on her behalf) then she would say something like this,

'I was wrong. I abused the power of my office even though I did not think I was doing so. I will take this investigation's finding as an imperative for me learn from my error in judgment so that I do not commit this same type of mistake again. I ask Mr. Monegan's and Trooper Wooten's forgiveness and everyone's understanding in realizing we are all flawed to some degree.'

Such a statement would, to me, show real leadership even though I do not think Palin is qualified to be the Vice-President. I would respect Palin if she were to make a statement to this effect.

Posted by: brwntrt | October 10, 2008 11:17 PM | Report abuse

Oh, you simple fool. 90% of the Blacks are voting for Obama. And that's not racist? Or maybe it's blind Democratic. No, I think it's racism. If he were white, they'd only vote maybe 70% for him. Come on people. Racism is alive and well in America and always will be.

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90% (plus) of registered "blacks" voted for Clinton, Kerry and Gore...

Facts seem to confuse you a bit...

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Ah, come on don't insult his "intelligence." You can see from his post he at least made it to 5th grade(one grade better than the average braindead neocon redneck).

Fact: rethuglican's don't like fact's, they only confuse them.

Posted by: terp4life1 | October 10, 2008 11:16 PM | Report abuse

Anyone in law enforcement that tasers a child should be fired. In NC a trooper was fired for kicking a dog. Liberals show the ultimate in hypocricy by making this trooper a hero because they can use him to make Palin look bad. Also, Monegan was not fired, he was moved to another position and then he resigned.

Posted by: MyView49 | October 10, 2008 11:11 PM
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I'm sure this "REASONONG" will sit weel in Beloxi, Miss!

Posted by: harried | October 10, 2008 11:16 PM | Report abuse

So who's not telling the truth now? A cmmittee of 10 Repubs and 4 Dems found that she misused or abused her powers. Does she remind you of Bush? She should, he and Cheney have spent the last 8 years doing just that. We need to send Gov Palin back to Alaska.....post haste!

Posted by: storeyy | October 10, 2008 11:16 PM | Report abuse

Oh... eat this McCain/Palin... You ridiculed Obama for his approach to dialogue instead of dropping bombs. Now Bush appointed Gates is willing to negotiate with Taliban. Read and digest, and sit down and shut up.

Gates says US talks with Taliban conceivable
By James Blitz in London

Published: October 10 2008 01:11 | Last updated: October 10 2008 01:11

Robert Gates, the US defence secretary, said on Thursday night that Washington could “ultimately” contemplate the idea of negotiating with the Taliban to secure a political settlement in Afghanistan, if the Afghan government were to pursue such talks.

Posted by: Dave27 | October 10, 2008 11:16 PM | Report abuse

The Mccain/Palin ticket is a ticket of Liars and say do anything to win votes. This country doesn't need more lies and anger, we need leadership and that clearly is OBAMA/BIDEN 08

Posted by: amosdefnails | October 10, 2008 11:15 PM | Report abuse

This was a stupid idea for Mccain to go after Obama on his character while his VP was under investigation. How stupid was that. Sarah Palin, more stupid to go out on the stump and raise doubts about Obama's honest while knowing she wasn't honest. The Mccain/Palin ticket is the blind leading the blind. These two definately doesn't have common sense and definately don't need to be president and vice president of this country.

Posted by: amosdefnails | October 10, 2008 11:14 PM | Report abuse

As captain Smith of the RMS Titanic said: "There's really nothing to worry about, ladies and gentlemen; we're just stopping to pick up some ice cubes."

Posted by: PatCasey1 | October 10, 2008 11:13 PM | Report abuse

Anyone in law enforcement that tasers a child should be fired. In NC a trooper was fired for kicking a dog. Liberals show the ultimate in hypocricy by making this trooper a hero because they can use him to make Palin look bad. Also, Monegan was not fired, he was moved to another position and then he resigned.

Posted by: MyView49 | October 10, 2008 11:11 PM | Report abuse

And on her "WAY" out can she wink her blithering arsehole? Winky poo poo!

Posted by: harried | October 10, 2008 11:10 PM | Report abuse

For people who don't understand how Palin could both be within her power in firing the manager, but has also been found guilty of misusing/abusing power...

1) She can fire the manager under the aegis of the Governor's office, when she shows proper cause.

2) The manager was not allowed to fire the state trooper without going through the proper channels.

3) Governor Palin, and her husband (who is not a civil servant for the state), and her staff, pressured the manager repeatedly to get rid of the trooper. That was found to be an abuse of power, by using the government office to deal out retribution in an ugly family matter.

I'm still reading the report, and maybe the state trooper isn't such a nice guy. Doesn't matter. It's clear that Palin, and especially her husband, don't know how to separate the personal from the professional. Not someone we want as vice president. So sorry that McCain chose this chump.

Posted by: MarsBarDiplomacy | October 10, 2008 11:10 PM | Report abuse

Can anyone explain to me why Sarah Palin's associations with Alaskan Independent Party is not a scandal?

Because the media is run by liberals (read my lips), like fox new, Rush Limbaugh, Robert Murdoch, O'Reily, .. and the list goes on. Damn, those libs....

Posted by: DrWho2 | October 10, 2008 11:09 PM | Report abuse

Yet all you liberals will defend a sexual predator like Bill Clinton, because it was just about sex. "Imagine no liberals, what a wonderful world it would be.!"

Posted by: cschotta1
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really? When Mooselini's own daughter is pregnant out of wedlock? How is this a double standard? Click in your head yet you racist rethug?
BTW a predator is a bit over the top don't you think - it was consensual. Just like Mooselini's daughters love life.

Posted by: anothervoice2 | October 10, 2008 11:09 PM | Report abuse

Keep your tongue from evil, and yours lips from speaking lies.~Psalm 34:13

too bad lil ms goodie two shoes doesn't follow the bible she thumps

Posted by: lettie1 | October 10, 2008 11:08 PM | Report abuse

sdansker2002, what part of the 90% of blacks voting for Obama is racism? Is it that Obama is better than McCain that is racism?

Most white americans are rich; Isn't that racism?
People from Mexico eat mostly mexican food; people of italian origin eat mostly italian food; is that racism?

Posted by: Dave27 | October 10, 2008 11:08 PM | Report abuse

Unless the economy magically turns around in the next three weeks, or McCain pulls some super-dirty trick or lie out of his hat (read:"Swiftboat II"), Obama has already won this election.

Now, Ms. Palin will go back to her state in worse shape than when she left it. I'm sure the only way the good Alaskans would let her into any public office is if she'd be mopping the floors and rinsing the toilets.

Posted by: terp4life1 | October 10, 2008 11:07 PM | Report abuse

ummmm sdansker2002 you said

Oh, you simple fool. 90% of the Blacks are voting for Obama. And that's not racist? Or maybe it's blind Democratic. No, I think it's racism. If he were white, they'd only vote maybe 70% for him. Come on people. Racism is alive and well in America and always will be.

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90% (plus) of registered "blacks" voted for Clinton, Kerry and Gore...

Facts seem to confuse you a bit...

Posted by: tymwalker2002 | October 10, 2008 11:07 PM | Report abuse

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Oh, that's okay.
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So did Bush.
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Posted by: T-Prop | October 10, 2008 11:07 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: HemiHead66 | October 10, 2008 11:07 PM | Report abuse

Now if we could just get this nasty secessionists issue out of the way we will have completed the vetting process of Sarah Palin for John McCain.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eniG9l_7its&eurl=http://news.vodpod.com/watch/4435

Posted by: steveeyes | October 10, 2008 11:07 PM | Report abuse

Well as long as she keeps winking!!!

Posted by: harried | October 10, 2008 11:06 PM | Report abuse

cecil9
don't let the door hit you on the way out

Posted by: osroe | October 10, 2008 11:06 PM | Report abuse

sdansker2002, you wrote -

"Oh, you simple fool. 90% of the Blacks are voting for Obama. And that's not racist? Or maybe it's blind Democratic. No, I think it's racism. If he were white, they'd only vote maybe 70% for him."
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My response - Actually, black voters voted in excess of 90% for both Kerry and for Gore. Neither of whom, if memory serves, are black.

Black voters typically vote in excess of 90% for the Democrat in national elections. Regardless of their skin tone.

Posted by: VirginiaGal2 | October 10, 2008 11:05 PM | Report abuse

The 'abuse of power' is not confined to just the firing of Monegan. It has to do with Sarah letting her husband use state offices for meeting with Monegan about the trooper.

Monegan was summoned to state offices, as an on-duty public official, to have meetings with Todd Palin. Todd had NO authority to do that. He was the "shadow governor".

THAT is abuse of power, folks. PERIOD.

Posted by: mavisdarling | October 10, 2008 11:04 PM | Report abuse

Another person seeing reality has a liberal bias.

NEWS FLASH: The internet has a liberal bias and was, in fact, invented by hippies and promoted by AL GORE. They snuck it in as a "defense department" project.

LOOK IT UP.

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You're right!!!

Defending our freedoms, and PROUD OF IT!!!
But not the defense department your thinking of.

Posted by: DrWho2 | October 10, 2008 11:04 PM | Report abuse

This verdict is no surprise to me and I only heard a little about it when she was first chosen. Why was this not obvious to McCain and his advisors, or did they think their team of lawyers could make it go away until after the election? Pretty risky gamble, but it looks like the dice have come up snake-eyes for him again. Vegas is so much cheaper.

Posted by: dwhitebread | October 10, 2008 11:04 PM | Report abuse

This investigation began before anyone, including Senator John McCain, knew that Governor Palin would be a vice presidential runninmate. Moreover, the Legislative Counsel was made up of Republicans and Democrats. You decide.

Posted by: drkatz73 | October 10, 2008 11:03 PM | Report abuse

Good LORD. By the overwhelming number of liberal posts, I can see clearly now just how left partisan the Wa COMPOST is.

Please delete my registration. will never again read anything the Wa COMPOST writes.

Posted by: cecil9
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Already then! bye bye. Go play on www.johnmccain.com, the mother of all COMPOST heaps.

Clearly WAPO publishing Krauthammer's biased piece on Mooselini was not adequate evidence of the so-called fair media. Just a bunch of right wing baloney to label the media as liberal - when all week they have replayed the hate-filled McBush rallies over and over again.

Posted by: anothervoice2 | October 10, 2008 11:03 PM | Report abuse

If anyone is still surprised at Republican right wing hypocrisy, they have been on mars for ten years.

Posted by: lorax2 | October 10, 2008 11:02 PM | Report abuse

Good LORD. By the overwhelming number of liberal posts, I can see clearly now just how left partisan the Wa COMPOST is.

Please delete my registration. will never again read anything the Wa COMPOST writes.

Posted by: cecil9 | October 10, 2008 10:57 PM | Report abuse

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Another person seeing reality has a liberal bias.

NEWS FLASH: The internet has a liberal bias and was, in fact, invented by hippies and promoted by AL GORE. They snuck it in as a "defense department" project.

LOOK IT UP.

Posted by: wunderwood | October 10, 2008 11:01 PM | Report abuse

progressive: yes, certainly is strangely pleasant to have this eye in the hurricane.

I agree with much of your ideas about Christ's statements on judgment, but one point of interest:

Christ brought to the adulteress' attention that her accusers had gone, and then Christ said that He too did not accuse her, "Go and sin no more."

The idea here is that, according to Jewish Law, there must be witnesses to the crime in order to find guilty. Since the witnesses were shamed into leaving, Christ set the adulteress free... for the moment. His advice was to change her life; perhaps next time she wouldn't be so lucky.

The Pharisees had erred by bringing the adulteress to Christ. Christ was not of the Sanhedrin and could not judge cases, so they laid the trap for Christ, whether He should say 'guilty' or 'not guilty.' He chose to be silent and draw lines in the sand (so to speak). When pressed, Christ caused the crowd to disperse from fear (of their being vigilantes) and shame (for that and other reasons, which we know).

Christ's example was extremely lawful:

(1) He had no authority to judge, and would not.
(2) The crowd had not right to stone the adulteress, and He made that clear.
(3) The adulteress was guilty, but without witnesses she was free for the moment. His advice: clean up your act.

When I view Christ in this situation, I don't see Him telling us not to bring forth evidence, or to show how actions are morally wrong ('love thy neighbor' includes a mandate to inform your neighbor of his sin), but simply that only the correct person can make judgment. In this case, it was the Sanhedrin.

In the end, only God can judge.

But we all can be lawyers if we know the Law of God.

I'm enjoying this!

Posted by: gengar843 | October 10, 2008 11:00 PM | Report abuse

Now if we could just get this nasty secessionists issue out of the way we will have completed the vetting process of Sarah Palin for John McCain.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eniG9l_7its&eurl=http://news.vodpod.com/watch/4435

Posted by: steveeyes | October 10, 2008 11:00 PM | Report abuse

Can anyone explain to me why Sarah Palin's associations with Alaskan Independent Party is not a scandal?

Posted by: ramsistla | October 10, 2008 11:00 PM | Report abuse

Palin is amazingly air headed and scary - just an embarrassment. No one is trying to defend her on the facts - just mudslinging like the other guy is worse or it's just politics. Wrong! She can't change the subject on this one - she's guilty - case closed.

Posted by: greenacres2000 | October 10, 2008 11:00 PM | Report abuse

Blog, blog. We all know when we come here that no one is going to convince anyone of anything. It's funny, really. We type furiously like we're changing any minds. Maybe a curious few, but I doubt it. In reality, we come here to vent, commiserate, agree, disagree, and sometimes be worthy of hellfire.

Just that. Ain't no way I can change your mind and you can't change mine. I doubt that many Democrats are turned off by Farrakhan's endorsement, or many Republicans turned off by Palin's (and I'll use this word) misstep.

Posted by: gengar843

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I really like the blogs. I don't think they're really designed to convince anybody in the first place. My impression has always been to give people a chance to say what they are thinking / feeling and to see what other people are thinking and feeling. It's a more esoteric way of engaging in debate, given the fact that one can't see one's opponent.

Also, I think it gives people a chance to disagree with having to resort to violence. I deplore the rude and derogatory comments made, regardless of affiliation, because they alienate without reasoning.

But I enjoy the viewpoints.

Posted by: progressiveliberal | October 10, 2008 11:00 PM | Report abuse

sdansker2002 said...

Palin abused power but didn’t break law in trooper case.
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Ha ha ha. That's like saying, you only fired a few rounds into a person, but you didn't kill him/her. What do you want? Every "don't do" items written in the law book? Are you that stupid?


Posted by: Dave27 | October 10, 2008 11:00 PM | Report abuse

QUOTE: One must wonder about a Democratic legislative investigation of a sitting Republican Governor, the Executive? Could be that in her reform she stepped on a few toes. Fair and balanced - I think not. Hit job, I think so.

ANOTHER KNEE-JERK RESPONSE?

There were EIGHT Republicans and FOUR Democrats on that committee. IT WAS UNANIMOUS. The prosecutor was a REPUBLICAN.

Jesus you all are really brainwashed. READ THE FRIGGIN NEWS!! WAKE UP WAKE UP WAKE UP!!

Posted by: wunderwood | October 10, 2008 10:59 PM | Report abuse

Moderator: This "cschotta1: person posting should be denied access. Posting racist stuff online here. Don't they have their own hate-filled websites to go play their games of rage? like www.johnmccain.com?

Posted by: anothervoice2 | October 10, 2008 10:58 PM | Report abuse

"a Democratic legislative investigation of a sitting Republican Governor, the Executive? Could be that in her reform she stepped on a few toes. Fair and balanced - I think not. Hit job, I think so.

Had it been a Justice Department investigation, it might have had a bit more plausibility."

Posted by: kenmoyes | October 10, 2008 10:51 PM

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How is the investigative committee made up of TEN Republicans and only FOUR Democrats a Democratic legislative committee?

The Committee voted UNANIMOUSLY for the findings of the report.

Don't let the facts get in the way of your rant.

Posted by: flyfishchef | October 10, 2008 10:58 PM | Report abuse

Good LORD. By the overwhelming number of liberal posts, I can see clearly now just how left partisan the Wa COMPOST is.

Please delete my registration. will never again read anything the Wa COMPOST writes.

Posted by: cecil9 | October 10, 2008 10:57 PM | Report abuse

And this is just the tip of the iceberg concerning this woman's corruption.

Posted by: jatarra | October 10, 2008 10:55 PM

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Tell us more, but only the truth.

Posted by: DrWho2 | October 10, 2008 10:57 PM | Report abuse

The concept of abuse of power is pretty simple, and important. You cannot use your public office for your own personal gain.

Personal gain means getting what you want - not just monetary reimbursement or bribery.

A public official, in a position of trust, should not use their office to interfere with personnel decisions.

Another simple example of where this is inappropriate, would be that one should not use one's public office of trust to get one's girlfriend or boyfriend hired - or fired when you break up. We do all understand why that is inappropriate, right?

Similarly, one cannot use one's public office to settle personal scores, even if one is in the right.

Yes, this may be a bad guy. She may be justifiably frustrated with him. But when you are in a position of public trust, you do not use your elected office to grind your personal axes.

Posted by: VirginiaGal2 | October 10, 2008 10:57 PM | Report abuse

Can anyone help me understand why Sarah Palin's associations with the Alaskan Independent party is not a scandal?

Posted by: ramsistla | October 10, 2008 10:57 PM | Report abuse

Now if we could just get this nasty secessionists issue out of the way we will have completed the vetting of Sarah Palin for John McCain.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eniG9l_7its&eurl=http://news.vodpod.com/watch/4435

Posted by: steveeyes | October 10, 2008 10:57 PM | Report abuse

Well...

Palin would be a great successor of VP to Cheney; Neither have any morals or scruples.

Posted by: wolfi101 | October 10, 2008 10:57 PM | Report abuse

"As I've said a million times, the WW2 generation will be the last generally racist generation in America. Most people today, except for some rightwing-extremist Republicans in the deep South and Midwest, don't support support that type of bigotry. So the bottom line is that Obama is about moving the country forward, while mealy-mouthed hothead McCain is about more of the McSame."

Posted by: con_crusher | October 10, 2008 10:43 PM | Report abuse

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Oh, you simple fool. 90% of the Blacks are voting for Obama. And that's not racist? Or maybe it's blind Democratic. No, I think it's racism. If he were white, they'd only vote maybe 70% for him. Come on people. Racism is alive and well in America and always will be.

New subject. Let's just see how many "unqualified" supporters Obama puts in office when he's president. O, ye, hypocrites.

Posted by: sdansker2002 | October 10, 2008 10:57 PM | Report abuse

The Sad thing is.......


EVEN ALASKA will not want her back after this.


One Word: KARMA!

Posted by: misssymoto | October 10, 2008 10:56 PM | Report abuse

To all the religious believers out there, going to war for profit is a sin.

Time to kick out the lying sinners!!!

Posted by: DrWho2 | October 10, 2008 10:55 PM | Report abuse

McCain and Palin are dispicable liars and corrupt. McCain had five of his high powered lawyers up in Alaska for the last two months trying to stonewall the investigation. Because the Alaskans were tires of Palin's bullying her employees and threatening to fire them if they did not do as she said, rhey came forward with information. Palin even threatened the head of worker's compensation with not renewing the contract for doing worker's comp's if the worker did not reject Wooten's (Palin,s ex-brother-in-law). Palin was up there in isolated Alaska, abusing her authority all over the place and would still be doing it if this case had not blown her cover while she was down here in the lower 48's running for VP.No one was monitoring her actions when she was mayor or when she was governor. And this is just the tip of the iceberg concerning this woman's corruption.

Posted by: jatarra | October 10, 2008 10:55 PM | Report abuse

And exactly HOW does Palin's pressure to have fired a documented "bad cop" compare with President Clinton's pardon of Marc Rich??? "In 1983, Rich was indicted in federal court of evading more than $48 million in taxes. He was also charged with 51 counts of tax fraud and with running illegal oil deals with Iran during the hostage crisis." OH! Wait a minute! I see! How you parse it ALL depends on which political party you belong to. Gee, now I understand how the Marc Rich case disappeared from the media.
Liberal HYPOCRITES!!!!!!

Posted by: cecil9
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Try this cecil9: Clinton did the pardoning. He did not allow Hillary to use his office to pardon the guy. Mooselini allowed "her man" to use her office and staff to threaten officials to carry out her personal agenda. She is not in a frat house to play these games - she holds a public office but that would be too much to expect from this embarrassing bobblehead!

Posted by: anothervoice2 | October 10, 2008 10:54 PM | Report abuse

SARAH SIX-PACK, CONGRATULATIONS ON PASSING ABUSE OF POWER 101. THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION WILL BE PROUD OF YOU. JUST THINK THAT YOU SARAH SIX-PACK WILL BE ONE OF THE MOST REMEMBERED VICE PRESIDENT CANDIDATED IN MODERN TIMES. YOU WILL BE PART OF AMERICAN HISTORY NOW. I KNOW YOU CAN HANDLE McCAIN, age 72 WHO PICKED YOU. OH,I ALMOST FORGOT, WINK,WINK.

Posted by: usapdx | October 10, 2008 10:54 PM | Report abuse

"MY GOVERNMENT IS MY WORST ENEMY. I'M GOING TO FIGHT THEM WITH ANY MEANS AT HAND."

This was former revolutionary terrorist Bill Ayers, right? Imagine what Sarah Palin is going to do with this incendiary quote as she tears into Barack Obama this week.

THE QUOTE IS ACTUALLY FROM JOE VOGLER, the raging ANTI-AMERICAN who founded the ALASKA INDEPENDENCE PARTY, the very same SECESSIONIST PARTY that Palin's husband Todd belonged to for seven years and that she sent a shout-out to as Alaska governor earlier THIS year.

PALIN SAID TO THE A.I.P.: "Keep up the good work, and God bless you."

SARAH PALIN WANTS OUR FLAG TO HAVE 49 STARS? WTF is WRONG with Republicans? Are they just about winning no matter cost? They MAKE UP crap about Barack Obama and this stuff is TRUE. Republicans gave us EIGHT YEARS of BUSH and they are back for MORE?

Todd Palin was a member the Alaskan Independence Party working for Alaska to secede from the United States. Todd Palin registered in 1995 until 2002 when he registered as "undeclared" while his wife ran for office. She sleeps with a man who is committed to the idea of destroying our United States.

Sarah Palin and 'first dudes' political alliance with a TERRORIST WHO WAS MURDERED IN 1993 DURING "A PLASTIC EXPLOSIVES SALE GONE BAD." Todd Palin joined the party two years later.

Let me repeat that: A PLASTICS EXPLOSIVE SALE GONE BAD.

"The fires of hell are frozen glaciers compared to my hatred for the American government. And I won't be buried under their damn flag," Joe Vogler said in 1991 in a taped interview.

IF YOU DON'T BELIEVE THIS, FINE. JUST LOOK IT UP FOR YOURSELF. STOP SUPPORTING THIS EMPTY HEADED LUNATIC CHEERLEADER FROM ALASKA. DO IT FOR YOUR COUNTRY.

http://www.salon.com/opinion/feature/2008/10/07/palins_unamerican/print.html

PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD. The so-called "liberal media" needs some encouragement.

Posted by: wunderwood

Posted by: kjstjohn | October 10, 2008 10:54 PM | Report abuse

"I don't disagree that the panel was fair, but the term "abuse" may be a technical term."

It is! In this case, it refers to an ethical abuse, an ethical violation as defined by the Alaskan ethics statutes.

So Palin is unethical. In so many words.

Posted by: plaza04433 | October 10, 2008 10:54 PM | Report abuse

LEADERSHIP AND JUDGEMENT CRISIS 101 FOR THE GOP TICKET:
Both Presidential Candidate, Sen. John McCain, and his Vice Presidential choice, Gov. Sarah Palin have both ended up on the wrong side of Republican controlled Ethic Committees. Sen. McCain can you spell: Lincoln Savings and Loan.
Gov. Palin can you spell: Troopergate.
Gov. Palin's problems with Troopergate had started in advance of her nomination on the ticket, for all of you die hards. Second, had Gov. Palin and her husband, Todd, not tried to stonewall the subpoenas then the investigation could have ended months ago maybe and she would have had a possible chance to recover from this mess.
Finally, I can not stand abusers and would have sought to have him put away, too. I would have called the police and his district commander to take the police reports the conviction for domestic abuse would have ended his police career once he was a convicted felon and couldn't carry a gun. Some people are too impatient for the law, which is what governs in civilized societies -- however, short cuts come with too heavy a price. Just ask Gov. Palin.
By the way, did anyone do the math on Sarah and Todd's finances that were released earlier this week. They earn less than $180K a year, Sarah makes $125K and Todd the rest as a casual worker. They purchased a $500K house within the last two years, two vacation properties, and a pricey fishing lease and they have five children. SOMETHING DOES NOT COMPUTE.

Posted by: hubbatmsljd | October 10, 2008 10:54 PM | Report abuse

"gengar843"
You got good points, but some of them are speculations. I am not sure what you mean by; Obama wants to gut America. We are all gonna have to sacrifice and work harder to lift America from its knees and we can do that with Obama and his ideas, with McCain all efforts would be worthless because Bush would still run this country from his ranch and cronies and lobyists would decide your and mine future. With Obama, NO CRONIES AND LOBYISTS AND USA WOULD HAVE MORE FRIENDS EVERY DAY, NOT ENEMIES. I think this oughta change your mind, at least little bit. Thank you sir.

Posted by: BOBSTERII | October 10, 2008 10:54 PM | Report abuse

Note to John McCain--

This is the logical and just result for allowing the right wing religous nuts of your party to select your running mate for you at the 11th hour.

You knew the barista at your corner Starbucks more than you knew this DOLT-- and now, YOUR CHICKENS have come home to roost!!!!!!!


America! Have you had enough of the Republican LIES and CORRUPTION yet???

Posted by: misssymoto | October 10, 2008 10:54 PM | Report abuse

It was:

TEN (10) Republicans
FOUR (4) Democrats

on the Legislative Council that authorized the investigation.

NO WAY was it a witch hunt by Democrats. Democrats were totally outnumbered.

Those 10 Republicans just happen to be HONEST, that's all!! How refreshing!

Thank you, Alaska!!

Posted by: mavisdarling | October 10, 2008 10:53 PM | Report abuse

One thing the don't tell the public is, obama does not have a vault birth certificate . . .

Posted by: msealock | October 10, 2008 9:33 PM | Report abuse
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You're an idiot. Did you just get this in an email? This myth has already been debunked by several legitimate, non-partisan organizations. Oh, but yeah, you're probably going to say I've drunk the Kool-Aid, I've been deluded, along with all these organizations . . . WHERE is that birth certificate! Hey, didn't you hear that Obama is also the anti-christ, a muslim, a clone of a martian, and he eats vegetables?!? OMG! America is going to end as we know it when this one-man communist subversive terrorist cell activates after he hears the subliminal codeword in the song Funkytown for the first time after being inaugurated! AHHHHH!!!

Posted by: tensity1 | October 10, 2008 10:53 PM | Report abuse

Hey cecil9,

Clinton left office almost 8 years ago and isn't running this year. Even his wife isn't running for what that's worth.

We all know you Republican hate Clinton because he balanced the budget and improved the lives of the middle class, left a surplus for the treasury and presided over the longest economic expansion since World War II, but that was a long time ago.

Let it go. There are plenty of other more modern scandals to bring up.

Posted by: flyfishchef | October 10, 2008 10:53 PM | Report abuse

sdansker2002 why WOULDN'T they print that? Are you saying you don't see any problem with SARAH PALIN ABUSING HER POWER?

Holy crap. She had been governor for less than TWO YEARS and was already involved in a scandal that had time to go through the process and decide, yep, she abused her power.

Gee, but she's so CUTE!! You betcha!

Posted by: wunderwood | October 10, 2008 10:52 PM | Report abuse

It's no surprise that Palin abused her power as governer. Haven't we been watching Palin abuse power all week? And that's just a warm up. Imagine what she would do as VP, especially since she doesn't think a little thing like the Consitution of the United States could stand in the way of her expanding the powers of that office. (Did anyone else get a kick out of Biden's response to that one?)

Posted by: CommentByRobin | October 10, 2008 10:52 PM | Report abuse

Hey repubs, a wonderful Disney movie (Alladin)asks the question: "Who disturbs my slumber?"

Wake yourself, and all the sheep you been sleeping with, up!!!!!! Be a true patriot and THINK before you rant. Your blind-sided devotion to criminals with "a machine" behind them deserves reassessment.

Do what's best for this country, dammit!

Vote for "That One"!!!!!!!!

Try it, you'll like it....Guarenteed!!!!!!

Posted by: dalejns | October 10, 2008 10:52 PM | Report abuse

Palin is BushInASkirt.com


Vote smart. I mean, actually think. Then vote.

Posted by: Frita | October 10, 2008 10:52 PM | Report abuse

Wow, another corrupt repug...So, what else is new?

Posted by: terp4life1 | October 10, 2008 10:52 PM | Report abuse

One must wonder about a Democratic legislative investigation of a sitting Republican Governor, the Executive? Could be that in her reform she stepped on a few toes. Fair and balanced - I think not. Hit job, I think so.

Had it been a Justice Department investigation, it might have had a bit more plausibility.

http://brokengovernment.wordpress.com

Posted by: kenmoyes | October 10, 2008 10:51 PM | Report abuse

"Imagine no liberals, what a wonderful world it would be!"

Posted by: cschotta1

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A world full of brainless racist redneck idiots like yourself...I'd rather live in a horse's ass.

Posted by: terp4life1 | October 10, 2008 10:50 PM | Report abuse

Hey, the Washington Post has to do a much better job of monitoring these posts. Some of them are pretty racist and scary. Celebrating "skinheads"? Pretty creepy. Some of the posters on this blog need help. This is what happens when the media becomes the enabler of racist smears. Just look at some of these posts. Tonight, we are sadly reminded of the old Watergate adage: What did McCain know and when did he know it? It's now being revealed that McCain knew about all of this and went ahead and foisted Palin upon the country anyway. Whatever happened to "Country First"?

Posted by: osullivanc1 | October 10, 2008 10:50 PM | Report abuse

Senator McCain. You had my support in 00, they screwed you. You'd have my support now, but they've laid this..I can't say it, on you as a VP. Come on. I like your getting pissed and rage. But "that one"? Come on, I'm tapping a message: What happened to my country?

Posted by: stuarthayes | October 10, 2008 10:50 PM | Report abuse

And exactly HOW does Palin's pressure to have fired a documented "bad cop" compare with President Clinton's pardon of Marc Rich??? "In 1983, Rich was indicted in federal court of evading more than $48 million in taxes. He was also charged with 51 counts of tax fraud and with running illegal oil deals with Iran during the hostage crisis." OH! Wait a minute! I see! How you parse it ALL depends on which political party you belong to. Gee, now I understand how the Marc Rich case disappeared from the media.
Liberal HYPOCRITES!!!!!!
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President Clinton was a moral reprobate to pardon Marc Rich. History will revile him for that. Now get back to the subject at hand. This woman is bad news and we have a chance to stop her before she does any more damage. Vote Obama-Biden '08.

Posted by: kjstjohn | October 10, 2008 10:50 PM | Report abuse

cschotta1,

No I'm not splitting hairs. I actually know what I'm talking about and use verifiable facts to make my case.

Now, if you were talking about political pressure on the FHA to make loans to minorities, which is what actually happened, you'd have some credibility instead of sounding the uninformed partisan shill that you are, simply repeating the bovine excrement you hear on talk radio.

Posted by: flyfishchef | October 10, 2008 10:50 PM | Report abuse

"Meanwhile, one can scarcely imagine what Tina Fey and SNL head writer Seth Myers are now working on for tomorrow's SNL"

No doubt!!!!

It will be sad when this election is over, but this must have opened eyes in Alaska so maybe after she loses there will be a carry over as Alaskans go after her and her loopy AIP wackjob pals...

Posted by: plaza04433 | October 10, 2008 10:50 PM | Report abuse

With this news out now, I would like McBush to accuse Obama to his face of "being a mystery" - and unload on the Ayers connection during Wed's debate now! Let us see how well that goes. Both Obama and Biden pretty much challenged McBush at recent rallies - to say it to Obama;s face at the debate. I think McBush and thugs knew this report was coming out today - so suddenly McBush was all conciliatory and asked his raging crowd to "respect" Obama. McBush will publicly backpeddle on the Ayers connection - and let Mooselini carry on her attacks. Although it will seem laughable if she now brings up Chicago politics - given that we know her as a run of the mill politician abusing power in "Alaska" politics.

Posted by: anothervoice2 | October 10, 2008 10:50 PM | Report abuse

flyfish: Well, you made an accusation - you implied multiple personal vendettas - you have evidence?

I don't disagree that the panel was fair, but the term "abuse" may be a technical term. There doesn't seem to be much in the way of recommendation from them on what to do about it. It's like "assault" - oh, I called you a name.

Not to minimize, but not to overstate.

You'll have to admit, that if Wooten is the jerk he's said to be, the "abuse" of power was something even YOU might've done to protect your family.

It's easy to pounce when we have an agenda.

Posted by: gengar843 | October 10, 2008 10:50 PM | Report abuse

Hey repubs, a wonderful Disney movie (Alladin)asks the question: "Who disturbs my slumber?"

Wake yourself, and all the sheep you been sleeping with, up!!!!!! Be a true patriot and THINK before you rant. Your blind-sidedness devotion to criminals with "a machine" behind them deserves reassessment.

Do what's best for this country, dammit!

Vote for "That One"!!!!!!!!

Posted by: dalejns | October 10, 2008 10:49 PM | Report abuse

Palin's relentless rhetoric and overreaching accusations on the stump continues to polarize this country. This at a time that we need to work together to solve our immense problem. She's abused her powers and violated the trust of the great citizens of Alaska. What does it say of McCain's judgment that he has placed her so closed to the presidency by choosing her, not for her qualifications and character, but for politics, as his running mate. Not much. I respected McCain at one time, but no more. His campaign since she has come aboard has been nothing short of shameful. Americans deserve better. It's time for her to step down.

BTW, very funny comment by ComfortablyDumb posted at 8:45 pm

Posted by: plu123 | October 10, 2008 10:49 PM | Report abuse

Whatever happened to the usual trolls? Not a peep from 37th&Q Avenue, AsperGurl, or Iowa Treasures. Not to mention the Zoukster.

BB

JakeD is excluded. Luv ya guy. Happy golfing.

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | October 10, 2008 10:49 PM | Report abuse

(Insert Aerosmith lyrics here).....

Sarah Palin.....

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Posted by: misssymoto | October 10, 2008 10:48 PM | Report abuse

McCain said this investigation was nothing more than a three ring circus being put on by the Dems. He even has an ad out with all the little animals and a tent to. Boy McCain don't you look stupid. This is what ya get for bringing up 40 year old issues.

Posted by: HemiHead66 | October 10, 2008 10:48 PM | Report abuse

Public Service Announcement

The True Republicans have left the party.

All that's left are the crazies they invited.

Yes the same hate filled people you have been watching at McCain/Palin Rallies.

This is what a person like cschotta1 sounds like in person.

If you haven't seen them take a look.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=itEucdhf4Us&eurl=http://www.crooksandliars.com/

So remember all that's left are the Neo-Cons, Gun Nuts, Jesus Freaks and you can't forget the Racists.

So remember anyone who would take the time to post on a board supporting the GOP is crazy.

They are not rational people.

You can not talk sense to a crazy person.

If this was Bill Clinton they would want him impeached. Now the same crew is supporting Governor Plain Simple.

After 8 years of Bush.

They have to be crazy.

Posted by: langs13 | October 10, 2008 10:48 PM | Report abuse

HEY

trying to confirm a source if you know please help....

was it EIGHT republicans and FOUR democrats on the panel?

Posted by: sallieismydog | October 10, 2008 10:48 PM | Report abuse

The legislative body that voted on this was 10 Republicans, 4 Democrats, not 50-50.

Posted by: msmith2 | October 10, 2008 10:48 PM | Report abuse

"MY GOVERNMENT IS MY WORST ENEMY. I'M GOING TO FIGHT THEM WITH ANY MEANS AT HAND."

This was former revolutionary terrorist Bill Ayers, right? Imagine what Sarah Palin is going to do with this incendiary quote as she tears into Barack Obama this week.

THE QUOTE IS ACTUALLY FROM JOE VOGLER, the raging ANTI-AMERICAN who founded the ALASKA INDEPENDENCE PARTY, the very same SECESSIONIST PARTY that Palin's husband Todd belonged to for seven years and that she sent a shout-out to as Alaska governor earlier THIS year.

PALIN SAID TO THE A.I.P.: "Keep up the good work, and God bless you."

SARAH PALIN WANTS OUR FLAG TO HAVE 49 STARS? WTF is WRONG with Republicans? Are they just about winning no matter cost? They MAKE UP crap about Barack Obama and this stuff is TRUE. Republicans gave us EIGHT YEARS of BUSH and they are back for MORE?

Todd Palin was a member the Alaskan Independence Party working for Alaska to secede from the United States. Todd Palin registered in 1995 until 2002 when he registered as "undeclared" while his wife ran for office. She sleeps with a man who is committed to the idea of destroying our United States.

Sarah Palin and 'first dudes' political alliance with a TERRORIST WHO WAS MURDERED IN 1993 DURING "A PLASTIC EXPLOSIVES SALE GONE BAD." Todd Palin joined the party two years later.

Let me repeat that: A PLASTICS EXPLOSIVE SALE GONE BAD.

"The fires of hell are frozen glaciers compared to my hatred for the American government. And I won't be buried under their damn flag," Joe Vogler said in 1991 in a taped interview.

IF YOU DON'T BELIEVE THIS, FINE. JUST LOOK IT UP FOR YOURSELF. STOP SUPPORTING THIS EMPTY HEADED LUNATIC CHEERLEADER FROM ALASKA. DO IT FOR YOUR COUNTRY.

http://www.salon.com/opinion/feature/2008/10/07/palins_unamerican/print.html

PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD. The so-called "liberal media" needs some encouragement.

Posted by: wunderwood | October 10, 2008 10:48 PM | Report abuse

Oh no you didn't!

It'll be interesting to see how this affects the race. Obviously, McCain's campaign has already tried to disavow this as a partisan procedure - I wonder how Obama will pounce on it (if he does) and if this will be one more nail in what is starting to look like a very proverbial coffin.

Posted by: ravensfan20008 | October 10, 2008 10:48 PM | Report abuse

You people using sexist terms to describe Palin - I won't attempt moral instruction here, but you're hurting your cause. A disciplined, non-sexist response is required.

Posted by: william_fontaine_de_la_tour_dauterive | October 10, 2008 10:47 PM | Report abuse

personally, I think anyone who voted for bush should have their voter registration cards revoked. As a matter of fact let the red states secede- all they'll be left with is a bunch of of pick-up truck driving red-necks (9 MPG), and a few broke millionaires...

Posted by: raknyc | October 10, 2008 10:47 PM | Report abuse

McCain sure makes poor choices and flip-flops. Palin is a real loser and should gracefully go back to Alaska.

Her recent performance of inciting crowds using the "terrorist pal" Obama act makes McCain's "Straight Talk Express" look like the bus to hell...........

Posted by: aeaustin | October 10, 2008 10:46 PM | Report abuse

SARAH IS SIMPLY G. DUBB IN HIGH HEELS....

The same lack of intellect...

The same criminal intent........

The same degree of failure in her life!!!


God America, WAKE THE F UPPPPP while there is still something left of our country to SAVE!

Posted by: misssymoto | October 10, 2008 10:46 PM | Report abuse

I fully wonder if the WP will print THIS (proof that the WP is over-the-top biased):

Palin abused power but didn’t break law in trooper case
Posted: 08:16 PM ET
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (CNN) – Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin abused her power as Alaska’s governor in the firing of her former public safety commissioner, but violated no laws, a report for the state Legislature concluded Friday.

Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan’s refusal to fire Palin’s ex-brother-in-law from the state police force was “likely a contributing factor” to Monegan’s July dismissal, but Palin had the authority as governor to dismiss him, the report by former Anchorage prosecutor Stephen Branchflower states.

Posted by: sdansker2002 | October 10, 2008 10:46 PM | Report abuse

Barack the "Magic N E G R O" and all his ACORN thugs will be under investigation before this election is over, and you can play the race-card all you want. Would love to see that radical wimp in jail with a few skinheads. Wouldn't take long before he assumed "room temperature"!

"Imagine no liberals, what a wonderful world it would be!"

Posted by: cschotta1 | October 10, 2008 10:46 PM | Report abuse

(2) You quote Christ, which is good. However, the meaning of that quote is not what everybody commonly believes. Christ was citing Jewish law, stating that the person who would stone the adulteress would be a murderer, and subject to arrest. Vigilantes are not lawful. Stoning is a punishment of the court, most of the time. Remember, Christ admonished the adulteress and told her to sin no more. Lastly, to "judge" is to pass sentence, not to exhibit facts, so that it is perfectly fine to say, for example, "adultery is wrong" but it is not fine to say "you're going to hell (or heaven!)." Just some food for thought.

Thanks for your input!

Posted by: gengar843

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Wow! An actual conversation without a ranting and raving response!!!! This is great!!! LOL

On the quote, I think you have made some solid points about the legal aspects of stoning as equivalent to say, modern-day hanging or lethal injection. I don't, however, think that negates my view of Jesus' using this as a teaching experience. In other words, he wanted ALL of us to realize that HIS reaction to the woman (i. e. to encourage her to leave her wrong ways and also to FORGIVE her) was the right way. I think He wanted us to live by the precept of the Lord's prayer "Lord, forgive us as we forgive others", and this admonition to consider one's own life before judging was key to his teaching.

You, BTW, illustrate fully why I had to say SOME Republicans (and not all!). I do believe a lot of conservative Christians have become self-satisfied with their own Christianity and therefore more harshly judgmental towards those who are not close to them. Also, it's just naturally easy to condemn in others what we excuse in ourselves. I think this is what "bothered" me about Palin's recent attacks on Obama; she, as a Christian woman, just should not have been engaging in such attacks. IMO.

But I'm glad to see that while disagreeing on politics, we can still have a lively and mannerly discussion . . ..

Posted by: progressiveliberal | October 10, 2008 10:45 PM | Report abuse

I doubt that...many Republicans turned off by Palin's (and I'll use this word) misstep.

Posted by: gengar843 | October 10, 2008 10:17 PM
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If this were her first "misstep" you might have a point. However, Governor/Mayor/Councilor Palin has a long and documented history of firing people she doesn't like for whatever reasons and putting her unqualified friends in positions of power.

Once is an accident, twice is trend, three times is a problem.

The legislature in Alaska isn't made up of a bunch rural hicks and rubes. They're smart people just like most politicians. They had to know that they were investigating a VERY popular governor and weren't going to expose themselves politically, especially the 10 Republicans on the committee, without being very confident of the outcome.

McCain may be right that the investigation was partisan but it would have been Republican partisans angry at Palin for her anti-corruption, disrupt the good old boy network crusade who led the charge and the covered their bases by hiring a Democrat prosecutor.

Food for thought.

Posted by: flyfishchef | October 10, 2008 10:44 PM | Report abuse

I have a real life question...

"unlawfully ABUSED her power"

That means like there was a crime committed?

Am I reading this correctly?

(that's a real question, not a poke)

Posted by: tymwalker2002 | October 10, 2008 10:44 PM | Report abuse

And exactly HOW does Palin's pressure to have fired a documented "bad cop" compare with President Clinton's pardon of Marc Rich??? "In 1983, Rich was indicted in federal court of evading more than $48 million in taxes. He was also charged with 51 counts of tax fraud and with running illegal oil deals with Iran during the hostage crisis." OH! Wait a minute! I see! How you parse it ALL depends on which political party you belong to. Gee, now I understand how the Marc Rich case disappeared from the media.
Liberal HYPOCRITES!!!!!!

Posted by: cecil9 | October 10, 2008 10:44 PM | Report abuse

Sarah, who? She came with nothing, she'll go home with less. John McCain, you should be ashamed of yourself.

Posted by: Smiling1 | October 10, 2008 10:44 PM | Report abuse

response to: (cschotta1 | October 10, 2008 10:26 PM)

I beg to differ. You were very selective in the groups that you mentioned. First, you can't control who endorses you. That's one thing. Another is that being endorsed by a particular person or group doesn't mean that you condone that group. Obama is progressive and McCain is regressive. You tink any group that supports any type of progressive politics, would support McCain? If so, you need to see a shrink. I remember when Republican Haley Barber was running for governor of Mississipi. A pro-Confederate group - "Sons of the Confederacy" or something of that nature, endorsed Barber - on their website. Interestingly, Barber never denounced the group. Do you think the Klan is endorsing Obama? If you do, you should get your sanity evaluated by a shrink. Obama has made it clear that he opposes extremism. Rightwing-extremist Republicans are grasping at straws regarding Bill Ayers. All charges against Ayers were dropped, Obama was 8-years-old when Ayers is ALLEGED to have engaged in his most "radical" acts, and Obama has had no connections to Ayers, except through some educational group. I support working within the system to change it. That said, I read that during the 60's, Ayers picketed a Chicago pizzaria that wouldn't allow African-Americans inside. Maybe you're against the Civil Rights. Hey, that's understandable there after your reactionary comments. But the 60's were a rough time. As I've said a million times, the WW2 generation will be the last generally racist generation in America. Most people today, except for some rightwing-extremist Republicans in the deep South and Midwest, don't support support that type of bigotry. So the bottom line is that Obama is about moving the country forward, while mealy-mouthed hothead McCain is about more of the McSame.

Posted by: con_crusher | October 10, 2008 10:43 PM | Report abuse

Palin is just ANOTHER lying slimeball republican. McLiar has shown his lack of rational thought over the past few months, but in no way more clearly than his selection of such a grossly incompetent VP nominee, a person totally devoid of intellectual curiosity or useful knowledge about anything affecting the country. What a pair of total losers.

Posted by: Pearl77 | October 10, 2008 10:43 PM | Report abuse

was the ALASKA panel

EIGHT REPUBLICANS AND
FOUR DEMOCRATS???

Posted by: sallieismydog | October 10, 2008 10:43 PM | Report abuse

Let's play "Name that Scandal"!

In what scandal did the Executive:
* Abuse power
* Attempt to hide incriminating communications
* Refuse to comply with bipartisan investigations
* Encourage witnesses ignore subpoenas
* Co-opt the Attorney General to obstruct the investigation
* Blame the media
* Attack whistleblowers

Was it:
a) Valerie Plame
b) Watergate
c) Troopergate
d) All of the above

Posted by: ScottinNC | October 10, 2008 10:43 PM | Report abuse

There is no doubt she will have to step down. We cannot, during these trying times, have a cloud over the integrity of the vice presidency. Senator McCain in 72-years-old. McCain still has an opportunity to correct this by changing his choice. What about Huckabee, or Romney at this point? For the sake of the nation, he has to do this. What about "Country First"?

Posted by: osullivanc1 | October 10, 2008 10:42 PM | Report abuse

Sen. John McCain, denounced the investigation as biased and said that the governor did nothing wrong./
Now how in the heck would Maverick no that when he just met her a month ago.

Posted by: matrox | October 10, 2008 10:42 PM | Report abuse

This is definitely something we don't need right now, an amateur politico whose spouse is sitting behind the desk more than she is.

Posted by: gjcomm | October 10, 2008 10:42 PM | Report abuse

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Is this the best the shrill enemies of Palin could come up with?
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I don't know if you have any children jabailo, but I do, and I don't want my children seeing Palin as a role model. The type of role model that she will be is one that lies, is vindictive, snide, and hateful and sadly proud of it. She won't make a good role model, nor will she be a good VP.

We have just spent the last 7 1/2 years, involved in the "abuse of executive power" and lies of the Bush Administration, why would we want 4 more years of it. Palin has already shown us a side of her that is not worthy of the position!

Posted by: KDfromOklahoma | October 10, 2008 10:41 PM | Report abuse

Actually, the Legislative Council that ordered the probe consisted of:

TEN (10) Republicans
FOUR (4) Democrats

The Democrats were really quite outnumbered.

There is NO WAY this can be painted as a Democratic witch hunt. NO WAY AT ALL. Give it up! Sarah lied. And she lied a LOT. She is still lying.

Posted by: mavisdarling | October 10, 2008 10:41 PM | Report abuse

Hey flyfishfux-you are splitting hairs. They are invested with loans for minorities, and thus lost money giving to those that don't deserve them. I can't help but wonder what this country would be like if we just picked the cotton ourselves, then again, the DNC would be DOA. Now that's a picture.

Posted by: cschotta1 | October 10, 2008 10:41 PM | Report abuse

BOB: you're not making sense. I don't need to defend myself, but I have my own business and I'm just having a good time blogging. I'm an observer of human behavior. Anyway, thanks for checking in, but no, I'm not swayed by any of this. Just like you're not swayed by anything I can tell you.

Like this: Obama promises a tax cut for 95% of working families. Problem is: many don't pay any taxes already, so it's a handout. Which means more federal debt. You can repeal the Bush tax cuts, but that won't offset. And if you tax the wealthy, they'll move offshore. And if you say, Don't let the door hit ya on the way out, you're biting your nose to spite your face.

Look, let me stump here a bit: The economy is not as complex as they're telling you. It's very simple. Easy money for those who either couldn't pay it back, or flippers, or builders. For the first, too much burden; for the second, greed; for the third, too much volume. For the first, couldn't make the payments; for the second, house prices stopped going up; for the third, people stopped pre-buying. Banks racked up bad debt. This junk was packaged and sold off to keep liquidity. The junk was sliced up and sold on Wall Street. That was repackaged. When the junk became overwhelming, AIG insured it to make it more palatable. The paper was sold overseas to keep the pipes unclogged. Banks worldwide bought the junk, and the packaged junk of the junk. Finally, no one wanted any more junk, so the pipes got clogged up. Foreclosures piled up. Junk backed up to overflowing. Banks failed. Wall Street banks failed. World banks failed.

How do we fix it? Easy. Let nature take its course. I was against this bailout from the beginning. Sorry, but folks who got in the wrong way are gonna get hurt. You can't protect everyone. This bailout bill is CRUD. It helps NO ONE.

Take the junk out of the system? Are you kidding me? The cycle will start all over again because there is NO oversight by the Washington crowd.

Stocks are tanking. This is normal. House prices suck. This is normal. Do you know that the fundamentals of the economy ARE strong? The fundamentals is not that you feel secure. The fundamentals is capitalism. When Obama scoffed at McCain, he signaled to me that he doesn't like capitalism. Why McCain back-tracked is a bad sign for him.

The USA will survive, as will the world. As long as we keep an eye on Russia, China, Iran, Korea, and Dubai, we can work our way out of it. Too bad the USA is a spoiled child. Gimme, gimme. Now.

It's gonna take time, folks. Hang in there, Dems and Reps. America is a good country. We don't need to gut it, only ride out the storm.

You know why I don't like Obama? Because I believe he wants to gut the system, and that's neither smart nor right, IMO.

McCain ain't doing much better with his ideas. But I don't think he wants to gut America.

Anyway, thanks for listening.

Posted by: gengar843 | October 10, 2008 10:41 PM | Report abuse

Stop this woman. She became upset because her ex-brother-in-law had tasered her nephew and threatened her father. The Democrats and their friends have to save the country from a woman like this.

Posted by: lure1 | October 10, 2008 10:41 PM | Report abuse

WHO IS SARAH?

Well, we just found out -- a vindictive, petty little poisonous toad.

Lipstick and all.

Posted by: oggtheblog | October 10, 2008 10:40 PM | Report abuse

I'm an Alaskan educator sickened that the "McCain Camp is trying to make it look like Obama supporters started the "Troopergate" investigation. What most outside of Alaska don't know is this began months before her nomination. Sarah Palin, herself invited the inquiry and stated she would fully cooperate in it.

While I don't think her reasons for firing Monegan were wrong, her lying about it certainlly was."

Yes, after reading the report it looks like she lied to investigators.

That would be another reason explain why they are in a rush right this second to seize her email records.

Perjury is hard to prove, unless you have a smoking gun. Seems like they are looking for one. I don't think this is over.

Like all things Palin, she is a gift that keeps on giving.

Posted by: plaza04433 | October 10, 2008 10:40 PM | Report abuse

Special Report
Stealing Pennsylvania: “Massive Fraud”
By Jeffrey Lord
Published 10/10/2008 4:09:45 PM
A retired Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice says that she is “not confident we can get a fair election” in the state come November.
Gleason was even more explicit.

“Between March 23rd and October 1st, various groups, including ACORN, submitted over 252,595 registrations to the Philadelphia County Election Board” with 57, 435 rejected for faulty information. “Most of these registrations were submitted by ACORN, and rejected due to fake social security numbers, incorrect dates of birth, clearly fraudulent signatures, addresses that do not exist, and duplicate registrations. In one case, a man was registered to vote more than 15 times since the Primary election.”
http://www.spectator.org/dsp_article.asp?art_id=14034

Posted by: thejaner | October 10, 2008 10:40 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin....

The REAL Bridge to NOWHERE.....


McCain, you stooooopid F@$K. You have been bent over and HAD by the Ted Haggards of your party.......

SOOOOOOOOOIEEEEEEEEEEEE, PIG PIG......

Posted by: misssymoto | October 10, 2008 10:40 PM | Report abuse

My understanding is that this abuse of power can have a sentence of 3 to 6 months in jail.

Posted by: matrox | October 10, 2008 10:39 PM | Report abuse

Post journalist Perry Bacon Jr. is reporting that "Palin will target fellow hockey moms when she drops the ceremonial first puck at the Philadelphia Flyers game on Saturday night."
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/10/10/AR2008101002820.html?hpid=topnews

Do you suppose Sarah Palin will cancel this date for fear of an unfriendly crowd reaction, which wouldn't look good on TV or video? I imagine the Philadelphia area's own VP candidate Joe Biden would receive a far warmer reception if he's free to fill in tomorrow evening.

Meanwhile, one can scarcely imagine what Tina Fey and SNL head writer Seth Myers are now working on for tomorrow's SNL.

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | October 10, 2008 10:38 PM | Report abuse


Peri-menopause (40+) can cause erratic and bizarre behavior which leads to full-blown menopause (45+) which includes fatigue, mood swings, and an intense worsening of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) plus many other unpredictable side-effects.

I do not believe that Sarah Palin would have violated her oath of office if she were not experiencing peri-menopause.

However, considering that she is being considered as Vice President and, as such, she is only one 'last breath' away from 'the button' (war) if McCain keels over, then the United States will have a huge, potential, problem with Sarah
Palin's upcoming bout (next 3 or 4 years) with full-blown menopause.

I am not being sexist, I am being a realist. This Alaska fiasco will be 'as nothing' once Palin hits her unpredictable menopausal stride.

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Posted by: alchemy1 | October 10, 2008 10:37 PM | Report abuse

Oh gee, doggone it!

Stop with all your criticism of the Queen Bee or she'll unlease the wrath of her drones Todd and John upon you!

Good riddance, Palin! Tie yourself and the rest of your kinfolk to a rocket and keep heading north, right out of this galaxy!

Posted by: dlkimura | October 10, 2008 10:37 PM | Report abuse

Hey you guys?

What should we do with these right-wing racist conspiracy-theorists out there who keep bashing Obama??

Why, just ignore those guys! Don't even give them the time of day. We know who they are because they can't spell any words correctly or even use proper grammar.

These are the people Sarah was pandering to. How sad.

Posted by: mavisdarling | October 10, 2008 10:37 PM | Report abuse

My goodness! She's accused Obama of "palling around" with terrorists, and it turns out she knows something about being a terrorist of sorts herself...this report isn't a surprise after all of the garbage that's been thrown out there as distractions by the McCain camp this week. They knew what was coming. She's Dick Cheney in heels and a skirt--if not worse.

Posted by: tsutsu13 | October 10, 2008 10:37 PM | Report abuse

Alaskan Legislative Ethics Probe is half democrats and half republicans. All voted that she is guilty. Anybody got problems with this? Are they all domestic terrorists?

Posted by: BOBSTERII | October 10, 2008 10:36 PM | Report abuse

BILL AYERS has nothing on this BEEE-OTCH from the sticks!!!


God McCain--Talk about the WORST decision of a lifetime.....


EEEEEE GADDS MANNNNNNNNNNNNN

Posted by: misssymoto | October 10, 2008 10:36 PM | Report abuse

cschotta1 wrote:

"the Clinton Administration forcing Fannie and Freddie to give loans to minorities who couldn't afford them"

Your Limbaugh/Hannity/RNC talking points shill might have some credence except for one teeny tiny little fact - Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac DON'T GIVE LOANS.

For God's sake will you right-wingers learn to use Google? And spell check.

Unbelievable, Pubbies.

"Are you going to get any better or is this it?"

Posted by: flyfishchef | October 10, 2008 10:35 PM | Report abuse

Interesting that this so-called bipartisan panel makes no recommendation for sanctions or criminal charges. So I guess it is just a report with a "finding". No way this could be an October surprise...

Posted by: Dan72 | October 10, 2008 10:35 PM | Report abuse

I am sure by now lots of Americans know weakness, strength, personal character of all four candidates. At end people should vote whoever has the management skill, relatively better policy and commitment for the country and than who just say I am the only savior of the country. There is less room for McCain and Palin to improve and do something better for the country within their narrow vision, self interest and status quo position than well informed, better equipped Obama. Republicans rulers were from the dumb class of people but managed by blood suckers. which have been evident from what Palin and McCain promise and their flip flop policy. Their policy and strategy have been repeatedly tested and failed in every count. What is left there to be proved by bankrupt McCain and Palin. For any person with small portion of functioning brain choice is obvious. If you want to let the corporate blood sucker to continue live on your hard work that is your choice and Both McCain and Palin represent the historical ruling class of America who has no concern or respect for ordinary Americans. But if racism and politics of corruption and mismanagement is your main business and interest of course McCain and Palin can fulfill that role beyond any body's expectation. So good luck to both sides.

Posted by: yadisharma | October 10, 2008 10:34 PM | Report abuse

Yet all you liberals will defend a sexual predator like Bill Clinton, because it was just about sex. "Imagine no liberals, what a wonderful world it would be.!"

Posted by: cschotta1 | October 10, 2008 10:34 PM | Report abuse


Palin undoubtedly will get, now, exactly what she has put out. She richly deserves it. Can't be ugly or nasty enough for me.

Who says revenge isn't sweet?

What is the use of someone whose only talent is to bring out the worst in
crowds of idiots? She does it effortlessly.
The neocon's spokesman. Hitler with puppet strings.

Posted by: whistling | October 10, 2008 10:33 PM | Report abuse

If anyone is still not convinced that Palin was not vetted, you should be by now. McCain did not vet her very well, before he took her on as his running mate.

Palin proclaims that she is a devout Christian, yet does not seem to take seriously the commandment to not bear false witness against your neighbor. People of faith should work to bring out the best in people, not their dark sides. How can we as Christians follow her? I can't and I won't! I pray that those Christians, who are following Palin, come to realize that her behavior only threatens our country, like it has never been threatened before. In your hearts, you know that this isn't what you have been taught to follow.

Posted by: KDfromOklahoma | October 10, 2008 10:33 PM | Report abuse


Is this the best the shrill enemies of Palin could come up with?

How about the millions that the Corn lobby have poured into the Obama campaign to prop up the Democrat puppet leader?

Posted by: jabailo | October 10, 2008 10:33 PM | Report abuse

All I have to say is: LOL!

This presidential campaign, as the last two were, is downright comical. I can't wait to see what happens.

It'll definitely be a test of how racist the voters are. Can a half-black man be elected president where (a) he'd be replacing the least popular president in history from the other party, (b) his opponent is already 72, already seven years past normal retirement age, already probably approaching some degree of senility or dementia, and (c) his opponent picked this fool as his running mate?

I never in a million years would have thought the voters in the United States would actually elect a black man, even if only half-black, just because of the color of his skin. This will truly be an outstanding test of my theory. If he loses, the only reason will clearly be the color of his skin.

Posted by: youaresquishy | October 10, 2008 10:32 PM | Report abuse

Newflash: Scientists are reporting that animals worldwide appear to be winking at each other, the reason has yet to be determined. More on this latter.

Posted by: DrWho2 | October 10, 2008 10:32 PM | Report abuse

Dan 72 posted:"GIVE ME A BREAK. Last election we had fabricated docs, now we conveniently have a rushed ethics report 3 weeks pior to the election. Nice try for an October surprise, but the American people are smarter than you think."

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
I agree Dan, "the American people are smarter than you think", but not the way you mean it. Smart enough not to fall for the GOP's seedy Karl Rove style politics. Smart enough to see we need intelligent leaders and not 2 maverick, shoot from the hip, loose canons who don't think the rules are for them, JUST LIKE BUSH!

Swift Boat was it, GOP. We're on to you.

Palin as VP shows McCain's judgement is questionable at best!

Posted by: julieah | October 10, 2008 10:32 PM | Report abuse

Gov. Palin said in an interview that she thought that Dick Cheney was doing and good job as VP and she will try to emulate him. Her "abuse of power" in trooper-gate is a good start - for a beginner. It shows she is a hypocrite and an abuser of power, but this is on a small scale. She will need on the job training to reach the level of evil of the current VP. Afterall, he engineered the invasion of Iraq, torture in Abu Grahb and GITMO, the death of 4200 American soldiers, one million Iraqi deaths - all for getting exclusive oil contracts for the big oil companies and no-bid contracts for Haliburton. Can she really fill such big shoes? I guess her lack of principles and her desire to be evil are a good start. If she can now shoot someone in the face with her moose gun, I think she just might make the grade.

Posted by: lorax2 | October 10, 2008 10:31 PM | Report abuse

ohioan: Surely you can see how scary this is? She mixed her personal, obsessive vendetta with her public office, and even had her un-elected husband using state offices to pursue the vendetta; calling meetings with state officials, even.

She violated the Alaskan Constitution. It was pretty obvious. And there is still information that is SUPPOSED to be public record, that Sarah refuses to provide, which is also against the law. It's not over yet.

This woman is in some deep trouble. It's NOT all political. This was a LEGAL investigation, not something done by the media or the Democrats. She is just too immature to know how to separate her personal life from State Office.

Do you not find that SCARY if she were to become President? MY GOD. When McCain picked her, I lay awake all night worrying. I had not been that afraid since 911 when the Twin Towers got hit!!

Posted by: mavisdarling | October 10, 2008 10:30 PM | Report abuse

Ok send Peg Bundy back to Alaska.

Posted by: mac7 | October 10, 2008 10:30 PM | Report abuse

I would rather be "palling" arround with Bill Ayers than run a mafia in Alaska. After all, if Ayers is terrorist, why is he not in prison or being investigated like Sarah Palin. I guess he is not terrorist.

Posted by: BOBSTERII | October 10, 2008 10:29 PM | Report abuse

This just makes me want to sing songs for our glorious future leader - OBAMA 08!

Posted by: BGuardian | October 10, 2008 10:29 PM | Report abuse

A rather timely PBS poll, currently running neck and neck.

"Do you think Sarah Palin is qualified to serve as Vice President of the United States?"
http://www.pbs.org/cgi-registry/poll/poll.pl

Posted by: nowanna3 | October 10, 2008 10:28 PM | Report abuse

How can people on the right complain that this was a partisan conspiracy. The initial investigation of Palin's abuse was called for by a republican and confirmed by the republican dominated Alaskan legislature. Furthermore the commission which was comprised of 10 republicans and 4 democrats unanimously agreed to release the report...here are a couple comments from two of the republicans:

The bipartisan Legislative Council, which commissioned the investigation after Monegan was fired, unanimously adopted the 263-page public report after a marathon executive session Friday. About 1,000 more pages of documents compiled during the inquiry will remain confidential, the council's chairman, state Sen. Kim Elton, said.
Rep. John Coghill, a Republican who criticized the handling of the investigation, said it was "well-done professionally."
Chairman of the Legislative Council, Sen. Kim Elton (R-Juneau), told me in an interview shortly after the report was released that he has confidence in the integrity of the report, but is not prepared to start considering taking action against Palin.
“This is like ‘truth and consequences,”" Elton said, standing in a hallway of the Anchorage legislative offices where the report was released. “Today I will say we got the truth. The facts are now in the public. I’m not prepared to go to consequences.”

Posted by: azclarence | October 10, 2008 10:27 PM | Report abuse

So, help me to understand, Governor Palin "abused" her power, but it was within her power to do so? Oh, wait a minute, I understand now. The investigator was not a republicann and therefore wanted, no, needed, to make a political statement. OK. I can finally understand that. And it means ... absolutely NADA.

Posted by: cecil9 | October 10, 2008 10:26 PM | Report abuse

Palin doesnt associate with Bad people, SHE IS ONE HERSELF.

She's been found guilty of a CRIME.

Secessionist.

Rabble-rouser.

Dumb.

Shame on Sarah.

Embarrassment to McCAIN.

Posted by: anja7lee | October 10, 2008 10:26 PM | Report abuse

Dear abigsam- If it walks like a duck quacks like a duck..........B. Hussein Obama has been endorsed by Hamas, Iran, Louiss Farrakan-to name a few. Why do you think these radicals want him to win. B. Hussein Obama is more radical than Pelosi, and that's saying something. If you want to be honest about the market mess, look no further than the Clinton Administration forcing Fannie and Freddie to give loans to minorities who couldn't afford them, you could say it was another attempt at forcing liberalism an a financial institution, and it failed just like every other liberal program, with hard earning white folks paying the bill. Keep on pretending B. Hussein Obama is NEW and for Change, but load up on your prozac, you're gonna need it on Novembe 5th, and please don't blame the american voter, blame your ignorance.

Posted by: cschotta1 | October 10, 2008 10:26 PM | Report abuse

This is a Leftist conspiracy against our Great Governor!

The Jewish Liberal controlled media, like the trashy NY Times, etc., and Harvard and Berkeley educated Liberals conspire to tarnish our Great Governor's REFORMIST image and reputation; to bring down the Great Senator and Vietnam War Hero, John McCain's presidential campaign.

But they refuse to carry any true reporting on or about a terrorist appeasing, extreme Liberal communist like Barrack HUSSEIN Obama!

This is nothing but a vast leftwing conspirarcy against God fearing Christians Americans, whom mindless evil doers harm SIMPLY because we are good, tall, smart, beautiful, handsome, rich, prosperous, free, democratic, charitable, and Christianly!
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The sad part is I'm not sure if you're being sincere or sarcastic. I hope the latter, but I suspect the former.

Posted by: DrWho2 | October 10, 2008 10:25 PM | Report abuse

these are the polls BEFORE this newsbreak this evening.. just wait to see what they look like monday.. LOL

http://www.realclearpolitics/polls/

---- OBAMA +6.3 10/08-10/09 AVERAGE OF ALL POLLS ----

OBAMA +7.0 10/07-10/09 FOX NEWS
OBAMA +10.0 10/07-10/09 GALLUP TRACKING
OBAMA +5.0 10/07-10/09 RASMUSSEN TRACKING
OBAMA +7.0 10/07-10/09 HOTLINE/FD TRACKING
OBAMA +5.0 10/07-10/09 REUTERS/CSPAN/ZOBGY
OBAMA +8.0 10/06-10/09 GW/BATTLEGROUND TRACKING
OBAMA +6.0 10/03-10/06 TIME
OBAMA +6.0 10/04-10/05 NBC NEWS/WALL STREET JOURNAL
OBAMA +3.0 10/03-10/05 CBS NEWS
OBAMA +8.0 10/03-10/05 CNN
OBAMA +7.0 10/02-10/06 ISPOS/MCCLATCHY
OBAMA +3.0 10/01-10/05 DEMOCRACY CORPS


plus, obama is leading in most of the battleground states.

Posted by: FozzieBear | October 10, 2008 10:25 PM | Report abuse

Jesus said' Let him who is without sin,caste the first stone"

and 'Judge not; lest you be judged"

Sarah Palin could not name one news or current affairs journal she has read. Surely being such a professed Christian she must have read these wise and truthful words; maybe she didn't and says all by rort.

Posted by: Charles15 | October 10, 2008 10:24 PM | Report abuse

Palin is such a good RepubliCON; perfect for McCain.

Birds of a feather sleaze together.

More of a reason to vote Obama.

Posted by: camera_eye_11 | October 10, 2008 10:24 PM | Report abuse

I like so many other women, do want our glass ceiling shattered, but I want it by a woman that is worthy of the job.

Palin has made it clear that she can lie, be snide, and rally a crowd to the point that they are yelling "kill him" and "traitor", and continue to incite the crowd without regard to how dangerous it becomes to Obama, the crowd, McCain or herself. NEVER should a politician play the crowd to the point of violence.

Palin's vindictiveness is long reaching and lasts for a long time. This is not the type of politician that we want in office as a VP. I will not vote for McCain/Palin!

Posted by: KDfromOklahoma | October 10, 2008 10:24 PM | Report abuse

"gengar843"

We already changed your mind by loging in and typing with us here. The difference is we can quit anytime and we are not just bloggers, we got normal lives. You; you need to make some sense cause these blogs are reviewed by WashPost and government sneekers. Those from government can kiss my, you know what.

Posted by: BOBSTERII | October 10, 2008 10:23 PM | Report abuse

yeah we don't need another abusive republican veep.

Posted by: e9999999 | October 10, 2008 10:23 PM | Report abuse

I'm an Alaskan educator sickened that the McCain Camp is trying to make it look like Obama supporters started the "Troopergate" investigation. What most outside of Alaska don't know is this began months before her nomination. Sarah Palin, herself invited the inquiry and stated she would fully cooperate in it.

While I don't think her reasons for firing Monegan were wrong, her lying about it certainlly was. What does that say about how she handles herself underpressure? When confronted with and unconfortable situation, she runs, lies and hides. That is not the leadership I was hoping for from her. Bottom line. Any lie, big or small is unethical.

Her abuse of power in this situation pales in comparison to her collective history as mayor and governor. She has a history of firing anyone who doesn't side with her, actually trying to ban books. She is a tyrant.

Her energy experience is questionable at best here in Alaska as well. Many feel her push for the current gas pipeline deal has pigeon holed us and cut us off at the knees as far as negotiation power.

Posted by: lotushcl | October 10, 2008 10:23 PM | Report abuse

Doesn't matter.

She's still an annoying nasal idiot.

But I'm still voting for her and McSh1t4brains because of Bill Ayers and Acorn and Fannie and Freddie and other stuff Sean "IneedMyFacePunchedIn" Hannity said, which I don't really understand, but it sounded scary..

he said, "radical" a lot and "terrorist" and he asked some really good questions like, "Why won't Obama tell us more about his relationship with Bill Ayers?" which, I think, is a really good question... I mean, what's he hiding? Why doesn't he just go ahead and talk about that non-stop instead of trying to distract us with the Economy or Job Loss or Gas Prices and stuff?

anyway.

Posted by: LeftwithNochoice | October 10, 2008 10:23 PM | Report abuse

I just posted a video for Barack Obama. Titled don't be fooled again. Remember Al Gore 2000 and Kerry 2004.

Click below:
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Posted by: wembakoy | October 10, 2008 10:22 PM | Report abuse

Palin is the gift that just keeps on giving.

Posted by: dogsbestfriend | October 10, 2008 10:21 PM | Report abuse

By the way, does this now make Todd Palin the "First Dud?"

Posted by: QsandAs_1958 | October 10, 2008 10:21 PM | Report abuse

palin's abuse of power
picayune
compared with her
chicanery and
chutzpah to deceive.

Posted by: tabita | October 10, 2008 10:21 PM | Report abuse

"I can't wait until I introduce her in Washington!"
Tainted by an ethics probe and found guilty of abuse of power? No need to introduce her there; her type is rather too well known in those parts already!

Posted by: kmarin | October 10, 2008 10:20 PM | Report abuse

So I wanted to comment only after reading the report. All I can say is that is one fascinating read. As bad as Trooper Wooten may have been it does not excuse the Palins. They are no less a set of scumbags.

Posted by: fortheclueless | October 10, 2008 10:20 PM | Report abuse

Let's be straight about this...It's not about the abuse of power, but it's her character..She lied to the American people when she welcomed the investigation because she said nothing was done wrong and she would fully cooperate. Then she refused to cooperate, and then Toddy refused to appear after receiving a subpoena and the McCain screamed it's all political..

Damn right it's political John when an elected official lies and abuses the power of an office they were elected to honor. Can we afford to have a VP of the U.S. we can't trust?

Oh, yeah this investigation started way before McCain picked her as a VP running mate so how you going to spin that Johnny?

Tell Cindy to cancel the new curtains for the white house because the curtain is falling on your campaign..

Posted by: ksmoneal | October 10, 2008 10:20 PM | Report abuse

Come on, be honest, this is strictly political B.S. In comparison, Obama's been caught flat-out lying.. about Ayers most recently. Obama's ties with Ayers are
pretty deep, and this will be exposed.
Obama also gave over $800,000 to the ACORN
organization, which is involved in fraudulent voter registration.

Posted by: ohioan | October 10, 2008 10:20 PM | Report abuse

IH YES..time to switch the favorite NEOCON subject about Terroism by Ayers..

Of course they do not like to discuss their delibrate destruction of the Constitution.
'

ISA

Posted by: Issa1 | October 10, 2008 10:19 PM | Report abuse

This is a Leftist conspiracy against our Great Governor!

The Jewish Liberal controlled media, like the trashy NY Times, etc., and Harvard and Berkeley educated Liberals conspire to tarnish our Great Governor's REFORMIST image and reputation; to bring down the Great Senator and Vietnam War Hero, John McCain's presidential campaign.

But they refuse to carry any true reporting on or about a terrorist appeasing, extreme Liberal communist like Barrack HUSSEIN Obama!

This is nothing but a vast leftwing conspirarcy against God fearing Christians Americans, whom mindless evil doers harm SIMPLY because we are good, tall, smart, beautiful, handsome, rich, prosperous, free, democratic, charitable, and Christianly!

Posted by: HerLao | October 10, 2008 10:19 PM | Report abuse

A good pint is made here: McCain will probably lose because of Palin. I was undecided before he chose her; it didn't take long to figure John had made a huge mistake. Yes, if he had chosen Ridge, Lieberman or Rice, he probably would be a contender. The more Palin is let out of the corral, the more frightening she appears. It seems as if John, probably after some counseling by party leadership, has regained his integrity and is beginning to recognize what a little rabble rousing racist trouble maker she is; also there are strong clues that she is disloyal, and will turn on McCain as she did to the town leaders of Wasilla that gave her her start. She is starting to show herself as a little snake, and John needs to watch his back.

Posted by: csintala79 | October 10, 2008 10:19 PM | Report abuse

Palin/McCain have been going on for days about Barak's credibility and answering with the truth about William Ayers. Now that this report shows that Sarah Palin has in fact, according to a legal panel, abused her Power of Authority in her position as Governor of the State of Alaska, any and all of her comments about truth, credibility etc, would be done with a forked tongue and would only tend to slap her across her own face! McCain can no longer bring up any credibility issues either as people only have to look next to him to see a real crook in office!

Posted by: QsandAs_1958 | October 10, 2008 10:19 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone have a link to the McCain campaign's response?

I just can't believe this is happening. It's surreal...

I just thought he would get rid of her and be done with it. Get Joe Lieberman in there or something.... not that I'd vote him. I would never vote him now.

Posted by: mavisdarling | October 10, 2008 10:19 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is now SHALLOW PALIN. Heard Hannity, the ultimate redneck is having fits with Troopergate and the new polls showing Obama widening his lead.

Posted by: nri1998 | October 10, 2008 10:19 PM | Report abuse

IN YOUR FACE!

Posted by: simonleonard | October 10, 2008 10:19 PM | Report abuse

What did Tina Fey say about it? Is it for real? I mean did the SNL say so?

Posted by: Wiel | October 10, 2008 10:19 PM | Report abuse

Wow, I'm only in a couple of pages into the document, and already saw that 10 different professionals around Palin, including her husband, plus Palin herself, and Palin's sister, all refused to stand up for themselves and speak to the committee. Those ten people refused to answer subpoenas!

Sounds to me like people afraid of self-incrimination, not a Democratic ploy.

Posted by: MarsBarDiplomacy | October 10, 2008 10:18 PM | Report abuse

Funny how everyone is reporting this long-awaited story except for Mr Scoop himself, Matt Drudge.

Posted by: hitpoints | October 10, 2008 10:18 PM | Report abuse

Some of are trying to deffend Palin on this. Some of you think this is politics in the heat of ellection. Some of you think that this was rushed ahaed of ellections. Well, think this; She abused power when she was a governor, if she becomes vice president, she would abuse it even more and that means, this investigation would be stopped and we would never know about this crooked criminal act and stupid vengance paid by your own tax money taken out of your check. Great job by mavericks.

Posted by: BOBSTERII | October 10, 2008 10:18 PM | Report abuse

History tells us that GOP loyalists, and even more importantly, the American voter does not change their opinion of their base candidate becausse of some late-breaking disclosure of illegal or immoral activity.
Case in point is that Watergate broke well before people reelected Nixon.
The type of people that support Palin are mostly extremest and those who WANT to believe in someone or something.
Even if the press found that she was an adultress and had pacts with the worst of the worst they would vote for her because they NEED to vote for her because they need someone like her to justify their own blind faith and someone who reinforces all that they have been taught.
On the other side, there are an equal amount of people who will believe in Obama, no matter what.
Rebublican die hards and right wing fanatics have abandonded the principals of conservatism and rebublicanism as espoused by Lincoln and Ron Paul.
They would vote for Lucifer himsef if he promised less taxes and the "so called" right to life while he executed and sent thousands of young people to their "Holy War" Crusade.

Posted by: costaricanet | October 10, 2008 10:17 PM | Report abuse

Blog, blog. We all know when we come here that no one is going to convince anyone of anything. It's funny, really. We type furiously like we're changing any minds. Maybe a curious few, but I doubt it. In reality, we come here to vent, commiserate, agree, disagree, and sometimes be worthy of hellfire.

Just that. Ain't no way I can change your mind and you can't change mine. I doubt that many Democrats are turned off by Farrakhan's endorsement, or many Republicans turned off by Palin's (and I'll use this word) misstep.

Posted by: gengar843 | October 10, 2008 10:17 PM | Report abuse

"AS 39.52.110. Scope of Code.

(a) The legislature reaffirms that each public officer holds office as a public trust, and any effort to benefit a personal or financial interest through official action is a violation of that trust."
http://touchngo.com/lglcntr/akstats/Statutes/Title39/Chapter52/Section110.htm


Link to full decision test on Fox site:

http://www.foxnews.com/projects/pdf/DOWNLOAD.pdf

Posted by: nowanna3 | October 10, 2008 10:17 PM | Report abuse

Tasering a 10 year old, oh my gosh sounds like a plan.

That is one way to correct over indulgent entitled children. America needs better parenting and this is a start.

Posted by: jolu32339 | October 10, 2008 10:16 PM | Report abuse

Folks, there was a famous quote by Abe Lincoln, a Republican, I might add, that stated "You can fool some of the people some of the time, but you can't fool all the people all of the time".

Calling Obama a sneaky politician in light of these findings is just plain funny. Our country is in the worst economic crisis since the Depression and all McCain and Palin can say is Obama hangs out with terrorists! The nerve. Firstly it is a lie, and secondly, the only people with smarmy connections are JOhnny Mac and Sarah P. T

I guess these two finally ran out of intelligent things to say. But Obama hasn't, and I would imagine anyone who wants to see a calm, rational presence in the White House will vote for Obama and Biden.

We all deserve capable leadership. WE can all fix this together given enough time and hard work.

Don't let the toxic talk sway you. Vote for hope, not fear. Last time you heard this? FDR!

Posted by: soccermama | October 10, 2008 10:15 PM | Report abuse

Amazing response from the McCain campaign that these findings were partisan. I thought the panel has a clear majority of Republicans. Also, I am so sick of their charges regarding lobbyists working for Obama. The latest "Doonesbury" strips are identifying the many lobbyists who are in McCain's camp!

Posted by: dolorosa | October 10, 2008 10:15 PM | Report abuse

Thanks mavisdarling. Great point.

I've felt badly for Governor Palin's pregnant daughter since she was nominated. Her being in high school at a very awkward age and being exposed to the harsh glare of the national spotlight is a terrible thing to put that girl through.

I disagree with and dislike Palin but I do feel badly for her children being dragged through the mud puddle their mother created.

I also feel badly for McCain - a little bit. His dream died tonight and he knows it. That would be a sad time for any person.

And, yes, we Obama supporters should be happy but not gloat. Gloating makes us look like Republicans.

Posted by: flyfishchef | October 10, 2008 10:14 PM | Report abuse

Maybe they should add trying to incite a riot and lynching to the charges.

Posted by: DrWho2 | October 10, 2008 10:14 PM | Report abuse

Love the way they claim this was a biased group of Democrats. There are 10 Republicans and only 4 Democrats on this committee...

Posted by: MarsBarDiplomacy | October 10, 2008 10:14 PM | Report abuse

The title is ABUSED POWER

not

MISUSED POWER

Who owns WaPo these days? Rev. Moon?


Posted by: VoiceofReason | October 10, 2008 10:00 PM |
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Completely Agreed. Misused means it's her authority to use.. and she certainly does not, should not, and will not have such power. And We want give her the opportunity to be the next president, with one stroke away?? I think not.

Posted by: freeblue | October 10, 2008 10:14 PM | Report abuse

Dumb yes, kill the bastard no.


"He said that he was a new Taser instructor, and his stepson was asking him about the equipment. "I didn't shoot him with live, you know, actual live cartridge," Wooten said.

Instead, he said, he hooked his stepson up to a training aid "with little clips. And, you know, the Taser was activated for less than a second, which would be less than what you would get if you touched an electric fence. ... It was as safe as I could possibly make it."

He said his stepson was on the living room floor surrounded by pillows, that he "was bragging about it," and that the family laughed about it.

Asked whether it was a dumb decision, Wooten told CNN, "absolutely.""

http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/09/05/palin.trooper/index.html

"She should have the bastard killed for using a Taser on a 10-year old boy!

http://www.obamaunveiled.com

Posted by: nnia"

Posted by: nowanna3 | October 10, 2008 10:13 PM | Report abuse

Here's what disturbs me. This came on the heels of a smear campaign intended to paint Obama as a terrorist, Arab, Muslim, and "not like us." The supporters were on the verge of violence, some even threatening it, yet they continued to fan those flames. It got so bad that McCain's seldom used conscience finally kicked in and he denounced where things were headed. "You need not be afraid if Obama is our President. He is a decent man and a good American citizen" he said to booing right wingers.

What galls me is that most of those right wingers say they "identify" with Palin. It didn't matter that their campaign practically employed Hitlerite politics of hate and fear, and engaged in brownshirt tactics. All that mattered was Palin was "like them" because she was a born again Christian and anti-abortion.

To all you right wing born again idiots who turn a blind eye to the lies, deceptions, and Hitlerite tactics this campaign has regressed to just to promote your so called riteous agenda, go to hell. You're not worthy of the right to vote if all matters of conscience fly out the window to embrace those few narrow high minded issues you claim are so important to you. You feel that you can go to church on Sunday and be a biggot hate monger any other time and you're ok. Well you're not. You're scum.

Posted by: abigsam | October 10, 2008 10:13 PM | Report abuse

"Palin's supporters argued that the report, released less than four weeks from Election Day, was a politically motivated attempt to damage the Republican presidential ticket."

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Incompetent.

That she is being considered for the most powerful office in the world makes such timely investigation
absolutely imperative.

Other positions require discovery of undesirable backgrounds and traits, prior to granting such positions. This applies to everyone, from daycare workers to handlers of national security matters.

Regardless, I'm not the slightest bit surprised, given the character types McCain-Palin are, and attract.

Posted by: bushieisa | October 10, 2008 10:12 PM | Report abuse

Just reading through the posts here.

Hey, I'm sort of a liberal, I guess. I'm willing to say Obama's made mistakes. WHO hasn't? I think he's man enough to admit it, though. And if not publically, then at least to HIMSELF.

I do think he needs to explain some things better, but he's a POLITICIAN, don't forget. They all are.

I was actually going to vote for McCain until he picked Palin. Honest to God.

Since Palin disgusted me so much, I starting really researching Obama and listening to him. And he makes sense!! I like him! I thought he won the debates.

I paid attention! I did my research! I like the guy! And that is why he is ahead. He is just the best candidate.

Posted by: mavisdarling | October 10, 2008 10:12 PM | Report abuse

You know, I did not expect McCain to have two October surprises: the economy tanking and now this bombshell. Are these game-changers? By themselves, perhaps not; together, whoa!

McCain should have picked Romney, Snowe, Hutchinson, or Lieberman. You betcha the game has changed and not for the better for McLame!

Posted by: meldupree | October 10, 2008 10:12 PM | Report abuse

By the way, it doesn't matter if Obama was born in the USA (he was) or not.

His mother was born and raised a U.S. citizen.

Doesn't matter where you're born. If your mother is a U.S. citizen, so are you.

Some of you read too many of those bogus forwarded emails.

Posted by: michaelfairbanks | October 10, 2008 10:12 PM | Report abuse

if mccain had chosen an intelligent running mate like senator kay bailey hutchison this never would have happened - he risked choosing palin and it backfired -bigtime -

Posted by: muslit | October 10, 2008 10:12 PM | Report abuse

Is there any liberal who will say, "You know what, we love Obama no matter what his alliances, associations, or actions, and you have every right to love Palin for the same reason"

Or, "You know what, we think Palin is wrong, but Obama has done some stupid things too."

Any liberal with some integrity?___________________________________________
Obama has done stupid things! Who hasn't? But for Palin to falsely portray Obama as a terrorist in order to deflect attention from her disloyal secessionist activities and her abuse of power as a governor is revolting. I am going to be praying for hours to remove the sense of disgust that is overwhelming right now.

Posted by: kjstjohn | October 10, 2008 10:12 PM | Report abuse

Palin guilty of abuse of power. Sounds like a communist to me!

Posted by: edtechlab | October 10, 2008 10:12 PM | Report abuse

Mr. McCain's own party doesn't like it that he unveils his plans during the debate without consulting them. Ms Palin thinks she's above the law. These kind of mavericks (ha) we don't need.

Imagine Bill getting into Hillary's politics. The republicans would have a field day.

Posted by: jh13 | October 10, 2008 10:12 PM | Report abuse

Dan 72? You may have misunderstood. This was an official report rendered by a prosecutor selected by the predominately Republican Alaskan state legislature and released by the Alaskan state legislature. Now you are rehashing the Bush campaign. Yeah, that guy was a winner, wasn't he.

Posted by: patryot | October 10, 2008 10:11 PM | Report abuse

The McCain camp just issued a statement that this was a partisan attack against palin by Obama supporters. Somehow the bi-partisan (mostly republican) committee somehow transformed to Barack Obama.

Posted by: Keliza64 | October 10, 2008 10:11 PM | Report abuse

I'll bet she looks good in prison garb.

Wink wink!

Posted by: DrWho2 | October 10, 2008 10:10 PM | Report abuse

Anyone notice this was released Friday evening?

Posted by: AlanGoldberg54

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I did. And it was LATE Friday, too.

What, are they hoping the progressive talk show hosts won't pick it up??????

Posted by: progressiveliberal | October 10, 2008 10:10 PM | Report abuse

Just what we need, isn't it?
Another abuser of executive power.
A heart-beat away from the Presidency and "Executive Privilege" which:
"lets me fire the guys I don't like, and hire the ones who say yes to me all the time, and I don't have to explain nuthin' to nobody.
I LIKE this job!"
Youbetcha.

Posted by: wardropper | October 10, 2008 10:10 PM | Report abuse

I hope Walt Monegan gets a nice settlement on his wrongful termination. Seems like a good guy and stood up to Gov. Palin and all her monkey business. Hey, he's really a Maverick!

Posted by: goheidigo | October 10, 2008 10:09 PM | Report abuse

She's finished. So is McCain.

So is this country.

Posted by: info42 | October 10, 2008 10:09 PM | Report abuse

You all are like rabid dogs. Sometimes I want to fire up the helicopter and go hunting.

I believe you. You have to think that way in order to continue to support this type of candidate.

IS THIS YOUR CANDIDATE? READ ON...

Amid "Troopergate" and other government scandals, including killing wolf pups, an Alaskan writer explains why the Palin phenomenon rings hollow in his home state.

Now her administration has pointedly refused to respond to repeated public information requests (I’m one of the petitioners, and a potential litigant), regarding the apparently illegal killing of 14 wolf pups at their dens on the Alaska Peninsula this spring by state personnel, including two high-level Department of Fish and Game administrators. A biologist at the scene admitted to an independent wolf scientist that the 6-week-old pups were held down and shot in the head, one by one. This inhumane practice, known as “denning,” has been illegal for 40 years.

http://www.salon.com/opinion/feature/2008/10/11/sarah_palin_alaska/

Posted by: wunderwood | October 10, 2008 10:09 PM | Report abuse

The McCain campaign just blamed Obama for the investigation.

The investigation had been in the works months before Palin was picked as running mate. McCain knew about her substantial ethics problem (this isn't her only problem) and her knew her unmarried teenage daughter was pregnant.

But Grand Dragon Dobson had anointed Palin and Mac was told to take her on as Veep or all the krazy kristianists (who make up the GOP base now) would sit out the election.

Dobson is also paying all of the Palins' legal bills. She's his Trojan Horse into the White House, donchaknow.

Posted by: bird52 | October 10, 2008 10:09 PM | Report abuse

Palin has shown that she is not truthful. She has also demonstrated malice - the kind that accompanies an empty head.

How does McCain expect us to react to his claim that he is the best Presidential candidate after selecting a fool as his VP?

If McCain had chosen Homer Simpson ar his friend Barney as his VP he could not have found a better Joe Six Pack.

Too many of you want the world to pretend that Palin is a suitable VP. She isn't and one reason is that she is unscrupulous as well as uninterested in national and international affairs.

Palin is anti-intellectual and shows a strong dependency on ideology and doctrinaire views that she will not challenge or reassess unless she has to do so to advance her own interests. She has shown that she is not thoughtful and that she does not have well develloped ideas.

Suitability for high office requires more than a willingness to say silly things and to encourage malice among her supporters.

By the way, I cannot see Russia or Canada or Alaska from my front porch. Does that mean anything to you?

Also, I do not own a rifle. I do not eat moose burgers (with or without ketchup). And, I cannot find Wasilla on a map.

John McCain will sink like a rock unless America decides that a George Bush look-a-like should be made president until Palin takes control of the Oval Office.

Posted by: robertjames1 | October 10, 2008 10:09 PM | Report abuse

Maverick.

Posted by: simpleton1 | October 10, 2008 10:08 PM | Report abuse

I bet Romney, Lieberman, and a few other Republicans are sitting up and thinking, "Hey, I just might get a VP chance afterall."


Maybe McCain could pick Ted Nugent or Sammy Hagar...perhaps John Voight or Dennis Miller. You know who they are: Has-beens from showbiz.


Maybe McCain could pick Dick Cheney. There's no law about how many times you can be VP.

Yeah, pick dick.

Posted by: michaelfairbanks | October 10, 2008 10:08 PM | Report abuse


Wow. The funniest/saddest detail in this report: So Sarah and Todd Palin have been railing against Wooten for killing a moose without a permit. They said this should have been prosecuted as a crime. But get this--when Wooten shot the moose, he was WITH SARAH'S SISTER AND FATHER, and the father proceeded to gut the moose. (Perhaps Sarah and Todd actually ATE part of the moose!) Now, presumably nobody in the Palin/Heath family thought this was a crime that needed to be reported at the time. (For good reason--the sister actually had a permit to kill the moose, and was standing right there, so it was really a technicality that her husband pulled the trigger.) But after the sister and Wooten divorce, all of a sudden, it's a grievous offense and a threat to the Alaskan subsistence-hunting way of life? And when Monegan tactfully points out to Todd that, um, if we prosecute Wooten, we have to prosecute his accessories too, i.e. your family members--Todd just blithely says "No, that's not what we want to happen--we just want you to prosecute Wooten"?

Likewise, Todd and Sarah don't seem to have had any objection to Wooten snow-machining while on workman's comp until after the divorce--we know this because Todd was apparently out snow-machining WITH Wooten! He states that he personally took a photograph.

These people redefine chutzpah.....

Posted by: SBS1 | October 10, 2008 10:08 PM | Report abuse

progressiveliberal: Hey! A rational thought on the subject!

We have common ground, except on the following:

(1) Republicans are no different than Democrats when it comes to being human: we're emotional, we respect other opinions, we have compassion. Your assertion that somehow we're more judgmental than others should be exploded by the views expressed by Democrats/liberals in these and other blogs. Like I said, we're the same on that. Not on ideology, however.

(2) You quote Christ, which is good. However, the meaning of that quote is not what everybody commonly believes. Christ was citing Jewish law, stating that the person who would stone the adulteress would be a murderer, and subject to arrest. Vigilantes are not lawful. Stoning is a punishment of the court, most of the time. Remember, Christ admonished the adulteress and told her to sin no more. Lastly, to "judge" is to pass sentence, not to exhibit facts, so that it is perfectly fine to say, for example, "adultery is wrong" but it is not fine to say "you're going to hell (or heaven!)." Just some food for thought.

Thanks for your input!

Posted by: gengar843 | October 10, 2008 10:07 PM | Report abuse

The trooper tazered a 10 year old kid, threatened to kill family members, and was suspended for his actions.

According to the report, Palin's firing of Monegan was "a proper and lawful exercise" of the governor's authority.

"I think there are some problems in this report," said state Sen. Gary Stevens, a member of the panel. "I would encourage people to be very cautious, to look at this with a jaundiced eye."

The nearly 300-page report does not recommend sanctions or a criminal investigation.

Posted by: American_Citizen |

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Is this the SAME Gary Stevens who is under investigation for accepting bribes and favors, or a relative?

BTW, it turns out the kid "begged" to be tasered, and the alleged "child abuse" happened several years before the divorce action began, but was not reported until after things began to get acrimonious. Hmmmmm . . . .

Posted by: progressiveliberal | October 10, 2008 10:07 PM | Report abuse

I agree with SandnSmith - "Moose and squirrel are toast."

It is too late and would be too damaging to drop Palin now. It will be too damaging to keep her on too. Oh well.....

America wins....

Posted by: paulstewart | October 10, 2008 10:06 PM | Report abuse

Many contributors miss the point; the investigation is not about the trooper's behavior, it is about Palin's abuse of executive power in her attempt to circumvent legal processes, and, now, to abrogate legislative authority. Anyone that has closely followed this story knows that the fired safety director told Palin's associates several times that the complaints were being investigated in accordance with state personnel regulations. He warned Palin and crew that if he allowed them to interfere in the process he would be exposing the state to the possibility of being sued; the trooper undoubtedly belongs to a police association that provides legal representation in employment adverse actions. He was trying to do his job, and, it appears, was much more familiar with regulatory processes than Palin. As with all public employees, troopers can't be summarily fired; any such action requires due process to be followed. However, Palin continues to demonstrate every day that she has no respect for the law, and does not think she is bound by it. It must be the frontier vigilante mentality, which seems to be confirmed lately by her rabble rousing speeches. She obviously is a amateur at government, and she also regularly demonstrates her ignorance of legal and political processes--what does the vice president do, anyway? Continuing in this vein, her response to the findings of the investigation is to act as if she can overturn a legislative action by fiat, which is the act of a tyrant.

Posted by: csintala79 | October 10, 2008 10:06 PM | Report abuse

What's most amazing is that John McCain selected Palin knowing this worst case scenario. She probably lied to him, too.
What a scene!

Posted by: patryot | October 10, 2008 10:05 PM | Report abuse

Abuse of power -- an impeachable offense.

Posted by: Honest_Abe | October 10, 2008 10:05 PM | Report abuse

"WE ARE GONNA SHAKE UP THINGS IN WASHINGTON"

Now this is "heck lot of" shaking up.

"YOU BETCHA"

WOW!!!! WHAT A MAVERICKS CAN DO FOR US. THUMBS UP PALIN!!! YOU'RE THE BEST, YOU BETCHA.

Posted by: BOBSTERII | October 10, 2008 10:05 PM | Report abuse

“Troopergate”? Poopergate!!!_
Noooo,,, say it ain't so, Joe!
All of them unpatriotic blubber-chewin' savages livin' up there behind God's face in Alaska who voted against her ought to be locked up in Guantanamo until Hell freezes over!
Doggone it, folks can’tcha see what the liberal press is tryin’ to do to the most popular governor in the whole wide world? (Yup, the same liberal press who’s been palin’ around with the domestic terrorists and who hate us for our freedom, and don’t even CARE that she’s just like us and all that.)_I mean, come on guys, it wasn’t Sarah, it was Todd – “The First Dude” who got all mavericky and did this stuff behind her back when she was busy shootin’ wolves from helicopters and fightin’ oil companies and stuff, makin’ sure ol’ Putin wasn’t raisin’ up his head in her backyard airspace and such. Of course, she's busy readin' every newspaper on the planet, AND tellin’ Congress ” thanks, but no thanks to that bridge to nowhere” besides, and doin' all the other stuff that’s made her the most popular governor in the world and all._Don’tcha’ see? It’s not Sarah, she’s just like us! (She's even kinda' like Mother Teresa too, except for havin' Todd and all them cute kids of hers.) And besides, she’s part of a pair of mavericks that are plannin’ on fixin’ every thing that’s wrong with the world. You betcha’! Remember, she’s just like us!!! Ya’ can't blink on this one! It’s Obama and all HIS domestic terrorist pals from his kindergarten years! They’re the ones! Don’t blink or the secret Muslims and their Democratic domestic terrorist comrades will be all over ya', thicker’n black flies on a three-day-old pile of guts from a field-dressed moose. You think I'm exaggeratin' a mite? You betcha!!!

Posted by: kmarin | October 10, 2008 10:05 PM | Report abuse

What is the outcome of this finding? What will happen next in this State? I would think it would be serious.

Posted by: WhatNow1 | October 10, 2008 10:05 PM | Report abuse

McCain's camp just released a statement that Palen did nothing wrong and had every right to have the trooper fired. So I guess it's ok to abuse your own government office laws like executive privilege by the President and then they said the legislation came from an Obama-backed committee...Huh, there are 10 Republicans on the committee and 4 democrats so get your stories straight before you make accusations..

Also, Johnny this committee started this investigation before McCain picked Palen for his running mate..Now, are you saying that Obama is psychic or oh yeah, he's a warlock...bad man...lol...Can you say Karma Johnny & Sarah?

Posted by: ksmoneal | October 10, 2008 10:04 PM | Report abuse

the democrats will be blamed for this,
since the republicans never take responsiblity for anything -

Posted by: muslit | October 10, 2008 10:04 PM | Report abuse

GIVE ME A BREAK. Last election we had fabricated docs, now we conveniently have a rushed ethics report 3 weeks pior to the election. Nice try for an October surprise, but the American people are smarter than you think.

Posted by: Dan72 | October 10, 2008 10:04 PM | Report abuse

msealock, you want to see Obama's real birth certificate? Pack your swimsuit and fly to Honolulu where the Dept. of Vital Statistics has the original on file.

You might be able to send for a copy through their website, though to prevent identity theft, it won't be certified. However, because states only records local births, you can trust he had to have been born in Hawaii.

Why doesn't he put one the web? HE HAS. You think it's fake? Nothing he can do about that. Snopes.com verified it, but I guess you don't trust them. Try Hawaii, okay?

Posted by: jhbyer | October 10, 2008 10:04 PM | Report abuse

AFL-CIO's Richard Trumka on Racism and Obama

And I said to her, "This town is dying - literally dying!!"

Richard Trumka has been challenging white union members who are reluctant to vote for Sen. Barack Obama for racial reasons.

Trumka, secretary-treasurer of the AFL-CIO and former president of the United Mine Workers, hits the issue head on because he has heard racist comments himself about Obama and because he's long been one of the more fearless union leaders.

A powerful anecdote Truimka includes in his speeches is an example of how he believes fellow union members who plan to against Obama based on race are voting against their self-interest.

Great speech. Bravo. Well said and about time.

Warning: have Kleenex nearby...I cried my eyes out :)

AFL-CIO Secretary Treasurer Richard Trumka blasts racism and underlines why workers should vote Obama in 2008.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7QIGJTHdH50

FABULOUS! Entire speech at http://www.usw.org/multimedia/video

Posted by: Rubiconski | October 10, 2008 10:04 PM | Report abuse

Investigator Steven Branchflower reported, "...I find that Governor Sarah Palin abused her power by violating Alaska Statute 39.52.110(a) of the Alaska Executive Branch Ethics Act. Alaska Statute 39.52.110(a) provides

The legislature reaffirms that each public officer holds office as a public trust, and any effort to benefit a personal or financial interest through official action is a violation of that trust."

Next comes the penalty phase, from censure to impeachment.

Posted by: AKwatchman | October 10, 2008 10:03 PM | Report abuse

ETHICS - Republicans should've loved this word, infact they took it all the way to the Presidential election.
Hear YA! To be a Republican nominee for VP and Pres, you must be experienced, outstanding and above all, you must be investigated and tried by the ETHICS comittee! LET'S VOTE THE ETHICALLY INCLINED REPUBLICANS!

Posted by: mav_702 | October 10, 2008 10:03 PM | Report abuse

THis is soooo rich! Let me bask in this.... All you GOP wing nuts out there... Gettin' kinda of cranky? Oh gee wiz, you betcha' you are.

Posted by: humanbeng | October 10, 2008 10:03 PM | Report abuse

msealock if you would please go to snopes.com and click on Barack Obama then scroll down a little bit until you see birth certificate highlighted you can read the truth about Obamas birth certificate and maybe while you are there you can see other subjects you could learn from. He is a citizen He was born in Hawaii

Posted by: JAYN100855 | October 10, 2008 10:02 PM | Report abuse

But, but, she seemed so nice!!
I'm shocked!!!!
Could someone with bambi eyes LIE.

Oh, this is a cruel world!!

Posted by: DrWho2 | October 10, 2008 10:02 PM | Report abuse

cschotta1 writes:

Correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't the state trooper use his taser gun on his child? He should have been fired along time ago, but thanx to the useless unions, he was able to keep his job. What is it with you liberal snobs in the media, filled with such hatred for others that don't fit your socialist point of view, that you feel the need to try and smear them while ignoring the 2 ton elephant in the room (Obama). Did you take up journalism to find the truth or to protect your political point of view. I can't wait for the day "freedom of the press" is thrown out the window.

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Correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't 10 Republican an 4 Democrat representatives from Alaska find that Sarah Palin misused her power as govenor of Alaska? She should have been fired along time ago, but thanx to her useless party, she was able to keep her job. What is it with you reactionary knobs, filled with such hatred for others that don't fit your backward looking point of view, that you feel the need to try and smear them while ignoring the 2 ton elephant in the room (the truth). Did you take up writing in this forum to find the truth or to protect your political point of view. I dread the thought of the day "freedom of the press" is thrown out the window by someone with no respect for its enshrinment in the Constitution.

Posted by: Lefty_ | October 10, 2008 10:01 PM | Report abuse

gengar===no I don't know how many Republicans are alienated by the scary minds of Democrats on this blog.Nor do I care.I don't care if they go away alienated or mad, as long as they go away.

Posted by: majorteddy | October 10, 2008 10:01 PM | Report abuse

Look, you guys at the Post need to stop this irrational behavior of actually reporting what the "heck" is going on. I'm choking on Fox in the Supremmee Court plugging to say "F*** and S***" on "da" networks, of course as fleeting whatever they call it. What you are up against makes Watergate small beans. What you got here is a nation totally out of control. But don't listen to me, I used to go to AA meetings. God, I'm glad I'm only an artist and not some God-forsaken journalist (notice God is capitalized). May Alla..or whatever HIS name may be this century be with you. I can't help it: Joesph Campbell LIVES. Fair and balanced. A riot gun is in my budget, you better get you one too.

Posted by: stuarthayes | October 10, 2008 10:00 PM | Report abuse

The title is ABUSED POWER

not

MISUSED POWER

Who owns WaPo these days? Rev. Moon?


Posted by: VoiceofReason | October 10, 2008 10:00 PM | Report abuse

Ya know what? I'm a white redneck woman from the Moose State of Montana. 4th generation Montanan, descended from ranchers.

I couldn't care LESS what kind of black radicals or Muslims Obama has hung out with.

I will tell you that Obama knows more about the various sub-cultures and ethnic groups that make up this great country of ours than 99% of the general population knows.

I believe he has mingled with all sorts of colorful characters over the course of his life, here and abroad. He is white AND black. Fancy that. Black and white.

He is also smarter and better educated in the LEGAL functions of American Government than 99.9% of the general population.

And THAT he is why he is THE ONE to take this country into the 21st century.

I believe first and foremost, that while Obama is cocky as all get-out, that he is an HONEST, HONORABLE, HIGHLY INTELLIGENT man. And that is why I am going to vote for him.

PERIOD.

Posted by: mavisdarling | October 10, 2008 10:00 PM | Report abuse

"straightforward personnel decision"


VERY straightforward. FIRED!

underhanded is upfront for these guise and gal.


i guess god can't swing the iraq war, her pipeline, and acquittal all at once.

Posted by: forestbloggod | October 10, 2008 10:00 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin’s Husband a Member of Armed Alaskan Secessionist Group with Ties to Al-Qaeda.

Todd Palin, husband to Republican Vice-Presidential nominee Sarah Palin, was a dues-paying member of an armed secessionist group, the Alaska Independence Party (AIP), whose founder, Joe Volger, sought to bring about an independent Alaskan nation by violent rebellion. In a 1991 interview, AIP founder, Joe Volger, said: “The fires of hell are frozen glaciers compared to my hatred for the American government. And I won't be buried under their damn flag.”

Both Sarah and Todd Palin attended the AIP convention in 1994, where the fringe group advocated a revote on succession from the Union and the drafting of constitution for an independent republic of Alaska. According to Gail Fenumiai, Director of Division of Elections in Alaska, state voting records show Todd Palin was registered as a member of the Alaska Independence Party from 1995 to 2002.

The McCain campaign asserts that despite Todd Palin’s seven year membership in the Alaskan secessionist organization, Sarah Palin has never been a member of the fringe group and has never supported its radical anti-American agenda. But in an embarrassing contradiction, recent video has emerged of Palin expressing her agreement with AIP, prior to her being tapped for the McCain ticket VP-slot.

In the taped address to the AIP party’s 2008 convention, then Alaska Governor Sarah Palin said: “I share your party’s vision of … of our great state. My administration remains focused on reining in government growth so individual liberty and opportunity can expand. I know you agree with that.”

The McCain campaign claims that Gov. Palin was simply encouraging the electoral process in a private address to her neighbors, but declined to comment on the inflammatory platform of the group calling for the obliteration of Alaskan statehood.

AIP Support for Chechens Linked to 9/11 Terrorists

More troubling for the McCain campaign, the AIP website supports a host of radical anti-American groups including the Chechen Islamic Jihad against Russia in the former Soviet state of Chechnya.

Al-Qaeda’s former Second in Command, Ayman al-Zawahiri (who was himself captured and released in 1997 while trying to enter Chechnya) said an Al-Qaeda controlled Chechnya, “poses a direct threat to the United States [because] the only thing that will separate [Chechen Jihadists] from Afghanistan will be the neutral state of Turkmenistan.”

Al-Qaeda connections to Chechen rebels through the Afghan Taliban Embassy helped redirect four young Saudi Arabian students bound for Chechnya onto a path that ended with the September 11th attacks on America. (They were: Ahmed and Hamza al-Ghamdi who hijacked the plane that crashed into the south tower of the World Trade Center; their companion Saeed al-Ghamdi whose plane crashed in a Pennsylvania field; and Nawaf al-Hamzi who died in the Pentagon crash).

Prior to the US invasion, the Taliban government of Afghanistan had recognized an independent Chechnya and opened an embassy in Kabul on January 16th, 2000. One year later on September 11th, Al-Qaeda trained terrorists claiming alliance with the Chechen rebels flew two planes into the World Trade Center buildings in New York, a third into the Pentagon building in Washington DC, and crashed a fourth in rural Pennsylvania.

Sergei Yastrzhembsky, the Kremlin’s top spokesman on Chechnya, warned that the U.S.-backed opposition in Afghanistan should expect the same result. Chechens and the Taliban alike consider their lands unconquerable -- a psychology that works against imposed military solutions.

Palin, AIP’s Manchurian Candidate?

Former AIP President Mark Chryson and another radical right-winger, Steve Stoll, played a quiet but pivotal role in electing, then political unknown, Sarah Palin as mayor of Wasilla. Stoll and Chryson did the ground work to drum up local financial support for Palin’s campaign and played king-makers to the Palin camp crafting her political message as a polished version of their own radical agenda.

Palin helped Chryson to mainstream AIP’s radical secessionist initiatives, including one that altered the state Constitution’s language to better promote the formation of anti-government militias in advance of an armed revolt. She used her power as mayor to try and defeat local officials AIP identified as pro-United States, and consulted them about new hires. She even attempted to unilaterally appoint Stoll, a John Birch Society activist known as “Black Helicopter Steve,” to an vacated Wasilla City Council seat rather than hold a special election. “Every time I showed up, her door was open [to me],” said Chryson. “And that policy continued when she became governor.”

Continued Questions of Abuse of Power

A state legislative investigator has found that Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin abused her executive power when she and her husband engaged in a campaign to oust her former brother-in-law from the state police force, a report released today states.

Palin, the Republican vice presidential nominee, had been accused of dismissing Public Safety Commissioner Walter Monegan, a career law enforcement official, after he rebuffed attempts by Palin, her husband Todd, and cabinet officials to reopen an investigation into Palin's brother-in-law, state Trooper Mike Wooten. After his firing, Monegan said he believed that comments in conversations and e-mails from Palin, her husband Todd and other state officials were an attempt to get him to fire Wooten.

The McCain-Palin campaign has attacked the investigation as a partisan effort, but the report was commissioned and released by a bipartisan state legislative panel made up of 10 Republicans and 4 Democrats, who concluded: “The evidence supports the conclusion that Governor Palin, at the least, engaged in ‘official action’ by her inaction if not her active participation or assistance to her husband in attempting to get Trooper Wooten fired [and there is evidence of her active participation].”

(Click link for video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c3iYUbbzBBU).
(Click link for video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZwvPNXYrIyI).

Posted by: ResIpsaLoquitor | October 10, 2008 10:00 PM | Report abuse

Just wait for the sympathy play:

"We were only acting out of love, knowing all the facts of the case and believing with all our hearts that the lives of members of our family were in danger because of this out-of-control man. All Americans who have ever been threatened by crazed behavior will support our actions, which in no way were an abuse."

Posted by: patty2 | October 10, 2008 9:59 PM | Report abuse

You all are like rabid dogs. Sometimes I want to fire up the helicopter and go hunting.

I mean, really! Do you ever hear yourselves? You think you're justified being the way you are because someone else is?

Do you know how far ahead Obama would be if you idiots had any class?

Posted by: gengar843 | October 10, 2008 9:59 PM | Report abuse

First law of "reasons": The more reasons a person gives for an action, the less likely any of them are the real reason.

Posted by: aallen1 | October 10, 2008 9:59 PM | Report abuse

AMF Palin

Posted by: Cwicks1 | October 10, 2008 9:59 PM | Report abuse

Not exactly an October surprise, since we all saw this coming.

Will it hurt McCain? Well, since Newsweek has him down 11 points, it certainly can't help him.

Losing a debate, a stock market meltdown and your VP violating the law is a bad week when you are already way behind just a month before the election.

Posted by: AxelDC | October 10, 2008 9:59 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: kay5 | October 10, 2008 9:50 PM

I guess this is why the media, along with the McCain campaign, have spent an entire week yammering about Bill Ayres.

Because the Republican candidate for VP of the United States has been revealed as a lawbreaker.

As usual, our crack reporters followed the wrong story.

Good going, reporters! Follow Bill Ayres while Palin is abusing power right under your noses!

Tomorrow: the Reverend Wright tapes! Play 'em again!
______________________________

I think you are spot on. I read tonight that McCain-Palin are now trying to slime Michelle for working at a 500-person lawfirm with Ayres' wife.

I want to start hearing much more in the media about Troopergate, about the Alaska secession movement, and about John McCain's medical history. Where are these stories that are actually relevant to the current election?


Posted by: kjstjohn | October 10, 2008 9:59 PM | Report abuse

Oh my goodness. now i guess the GOP will find a way to blame her mistakes on Obama. I have to say , she's the best thing that's ever happened to the Democrats. Thanks Sarah!!!!!!

Posted by: linda20 | October 10, 2008 9:58 PM | Report abuse

There is no surprise that she would abuse her power. her whole style is one of domineering, distorting and bullying. We have had 8 years of that and don't want it anymore!

Posted by: julieo | October 10, 2008 9:58 PM | Report abuse

Is there any liberal who will say, "You know what, we love Obama no matter what his alliances, associations, or actions, and you have every right to love Palin for the same reason"

Or, "You know what, we think Palin is wrong, but Obama has done some stupid things too."

Any liberal with some integrity?___________________________________________


You know, I believe most Obama supporters not only realize he's not perfect, but also realize HE realizes he's not perfect. People haven't been claiming he's some super hero. They just think he'll make a better president than McCain.

I think that's a big flaw in Republican thinking; so many of them are so judgmental and so unwilling to accept differences that they assume everybody else has that same narrow view. (Sometimes they remind me more of the Pharisees than the Biblical Christians, sad to say.)

Obama is NOT perfect. He has made mistakes in the past. Then again, "he who is without sin, cast the first stone". . . .


Posted by: progressiveliberal | October 10, 2008 9:57 PM | Report abuse

the only surprise is that the report was actually released...in time for the damage to settle.

the republicans play pinball by lifting the table.

Posted by: forestbloggod | October 10, 2008 9:57 PM | Report abuse

Punch and Judy political theater. While I truly wonder about the "folk" rooting for Palin, I do agree that the media seem to be in Obama's corner. Why? The same media smoothed the path for eight years of George Bush. Whom to trust?

Posted by: pennycentury | October 10, 2008 9:56 PM | Report abuse

If McCain wants to do the right thing for America as he says, he needs to immediately cease and desist from his smear campaign and throw all of the support he has left behind the next President of the United States Barack Obama. This is the only way that McCain will ever be a winner in this situation. Palin has destroyed his last hope of serving his country as Commander-in-Chief. Cindy has destroyed his last chance at conservatism. Palin would tell Todd at the moose barbecue to stick a fork in him - he's done sho-nufffffffff.

Posted by: racam | October 10, 2008 9:55 PM | Report abuse

Naughty, naughty , naughty. shame on you Sarah Palin. We just can't trust you. You violated the public trust with a conflict of interest.

Posted by: majorteddy | October 10, 2008 9:55 PM | Report abuse

The only reason he would get rid of Palin is if he could count on your vote. So, what's the point? McCain will still be a Senator, and Palin will likely still be Governor.

Posted by: gengar843 | October 10, 2008 9:55 PM | Report abuse

Abuse of Power - Palin Found Guilty - 12-0
by the Legislative Council and a $100,000
Special Investigation

Chapter 39.52 Alaska Executive Branch Ethics Act

AS 39.52.110 Scope of code.
(a)(1)-(3) .....violation of that trust.....

Read page 8:

http://www.ktoo.org/gavel/pdf/LEGC081010B.pdf


Ok, UNCLE. Haven't we had enough of this?

Posted by: VoiceofReason | October 10, 2008 9:54 PM | Report abuse

Soooo! Sarah and Todd Palin KNEW this was coming sooo

What was Senator McCain thinking when he selected Palin??

Did McCain select her or did one of his pastor's select her????

By selecting Sarah Palin he made her the new face of the republican party!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

What was McCain thinking??

He has become more erratic as he falls further behind!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: knjincvc | October 10, 2008 9:54 PM | Report abuse

It's a politically motivated report. Those 10 Republicans who wrote that report were really actors from Saturday Night Live and in fact Democrats.

This is all a plot by the main stream press who bribed the men who wrote they report, not 1 women who looked into this.

Obama was all behind this and actually was the one who broke up my sisters marriage.

Its all Obama's fault

Posted by: oldgeek143 | October 10, 2008 9:53 PM | Report abuse

dweyenb You might fire someone but then you are not an elected official. That is the whole point. You can't do stupid things like that when the people have voted you into office. If Wooten was so terrible...and he had already been suspended...then the police should have been brought in, not the governor. And Todd Palin is not an elected official and has no right also abusing the office of the governor. What a pair. Time to clean house in Alaska.

Posted by: kathleenrjohnson | October 10, 2008 9:53 PM | Report abuse

McCain could totally redeem himself by dropping Palin. Take back control, John, this isn't how you want to be remembered! She's a demagogue and an abuser of power. America needs better.

Posted by: gdipietro | October 10, 2008 9:53 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps she was inspired by the Justice Department's use of their power to keep Democrats in the lower tiers of the judiciary. Heck, if Alberto and Co. could fire United States attorneys, why can't she force a little personal vendetta into being settled in her favor?

Posted by: aallen1 | October 10, 2008 9:52 PM | Report abuse

MSEALOCK and all other followers:

Please go to factcheck.org

Use the search button. Please.

The website is custom made just for you.

Posted by: 4taz | October 10, 2008 9:52 PM | Report abuse

I am not at all surprised about this. Sarah Palin strikes me as the worst kind of politician,a power hungry slimeball, the kind that smiles at you while she twists the knife in your back. Just like she's done to anyone with a different opinion from hers since she became Mayor of the Crystal Meth Capital. I'll be glad when her and her Igloo Trash family is back in the wilds of Alaska,hopefully eaten by Polar bears !

Posted by: F7711 | October 10, 2008 9:52 PM | Report abuse

Hum. And Palin thinks Cheney's personal version of the Constitution is correct. Obviously, on a smaller scale, Alaska has been her trial run.

Posted by: tarheeler | October 10, 2008 9:51 PM | Report abuse

mavisdarling: I wasn't applauding your question about Palin stepping down, but your call for courtesy.

About your question, no. It would be suicide.

Posted by: gengar843 | October 10, 2008 9:51 PM | Report abuse

Fact: the comittee that released the report was comprised of 10 Republicans and 4 Democrats.

Posted by: AppeaseThis | October 10, 2008 9:51 PM | Report abuse

I know this has nothing to do with Palin but, I just realized that McCain's key decision's this election; Palin,Less government to $300 Billion dollar Bank bailout, "no" negative ads to "yes" negative ads, all of this comes down to tactical choices. What I mean is the decisiona he's made were determined by the "moment" and not based on a strategy. Think about it. What is McCain's strategy for winning the election? What platform is he running on? Reformer? Maverick? How has he demonstrated those qualities? You can say "Maverick" but, what are you doing that shows you are who you say you are? The way you run your campaign IS a sign of what you value or at least a display of how you wish to be perceived. It's no wonder Obama uses "erratic" in relation to McCain, it suits him. He could have taken the "calm demeanor" from Obama, grasped the "change" mantle, been the one to call all american's together for a greater cause. He's a better person than this, it's too bad McCain has made some poorly thought out decisions.

Posted by: OK4obama | October 10, 2008 9:51 PM | Report abuse

Look, you guys at the Post need to stop this irrational behavior of actually reporting what the "heck" is going on. I'm choking on Fox in the Supremmee Court plugging to say "F*** and S***" on "da" networks, of course, as fleeting whatever they call it. What you are up against makes Watergate small beans. What you got here is a nation totally out of control. But don't listen to me, used to go to AA meetings. God, I'm glad I'm only an artist and not some God-forsaken journalist. May Allad be with you.

Posted by: stuarthayes | October 10, 2008 9:51 PM | Report abuse

One down...Now let's get Bush and Cheney for the abuse of executive privilege power over the past 8 years and lying to the American people about everything...

"Didn't she say she had nothing to hide? Also, next step is to investigate the Alaskan group that she and her husband still both belong to wanting succeed from the
United States.

Posted by: ksmoneal | October 10, 2008 9:27 PM | Report abuse
"
I'm on your side, but it is SECEDE (to withdraw) not SUCCEED (to acheive success).

Now can we start raising the witchdoctor exercising Mrs. Palin (pun intended)

Posted by: keithwright1 | October 10, 2008 9:50 PM | Report abuse

I don't think this report is likely to be too damaging - not good, mind you, but it will probably not sway many people one way or the other. The worst that this shows is bad judgement, not criminal behavior.

More interesting will be when (if) Palin releases her tax returns. Remember those per diems she received for nights she spent sleeping in her own bed? Well, if they weren't declared properly that might just be tax evasion. Better people than Sarah Palin (like, for instance, Al Capone) have run aground because they didn't play things straight with the IRS...

Posted by: humanist25 | October 10, 2008 9:50 PM | Report abuse

I guess this is why the media, along with the McCain campaign, have spent an entire week yammering about Bill Ayres.

Because the Republican candidate for VP of the United States has been revealed as a lawbreaker.

As usual, our crack reporters followed the wrong story.

Good going, reporters! Follow Bill Ayres while Palin is abusing power right under your noses!

Tomorrow: the Reverend Wright tapes! Play 'em again!

Posted by: kay5 | October 10, 2008 9:50 PM | Report abuse

mavisdarling: I wish more Democrats were like you. Do you know how many Republicans are alienated by the very scary minds of the nuts on this blog, and out in the field?

I'm applauding you.

Posted by: gengar843 | October 10, 2008 9:50 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: nnia | October 10, 2008 9:49 PM | Report abuse

I read an article from the NY Times yesterday, which detailed the events regarding the firing of Mike Wooten. Folks, while the Republicans are trying to politicize the issue, it is certainly NOT one. Palin's being a VP candidate has nothing to do with it. Nor does her being a Republican have anything to do with it. I'm 100% certain that Mike Wooten got a raw deal, and should be commended for doing the right thing. If Why is Palin's account of the situation problematic? She keeps changing her story. I simply don't find her credible when she constantly switches up the reason for Wooten being fired. Another thing is that Wooten didn't seem to have any personal connection to Palin's brother-in-law. Obviously the Palins were making it personal - in every sense of the word. I'm not opposed to women being in positions of authority, but I certainly believe that old adage of "Hell hath no fury as a woman scorned." Another problematic issue is that Palin PARDONED HERSELF a day before the report was released. Isn't that a little bit fishy there? Why didn't she wait until AFTER the report was completed? I suspect she knew that she was guilty as sin, and simply wanted to win the PR war. If she were indeed innocent, there would be no need to PARDON HERSELF. The problem with McCain's choice of Palin wasn't that he made a crap shot per se. The problem is that he didn't do an in-depth analysis, and then take a gamble. He seems to have just done the latter. Come on - meeting a VP candidate once, then speaking to her 15 minutes before deciding "she's the one"? If I'm not mistaken, the last name of Palin's sister is "McCann." Was that what he based his decision on? In any case, the problem is that McCain is simply too erratic and hotheaded to be in the White House. Even some of his commanding officers in the navy have said as such. McCain seems to have the bad habit of sticking his index finger in people's chest. That's not the kind of temperament that a US president needs. More on McCain's rage:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fAyK-enrF1g&feature=related

Posted by: con_crusher | October 10, 2008 9:49 PM | Report abuse

"Small-Town Americans: This past week, Obama made a fool of himself once again by denigrating blue collar workers and saying that "small-town voters are foolishly clinging to guns, religion and anti-immigration sentiments because they are bitter about Washington’s unfulfilled economic promises." His controversial remarks were rebuked by many Americans who feel that Obama's words are demeaning. Read the details and watch how Obama tries to backpaddle his way out. [Source: Mike Levin; Philadelphia Enquirer].


Posted by: nnia | October 10, 2008 9:30 PM"


Living in a time warp, are we, nnia?

Posted by: thrh | October 10, 2008 9:49 PM | Report abuse

****NEWS FLASH**** Anchorage, AK, Oct 10, 2008
Patrons of The Great Alaska Bush Company and PJs have voted, and Sarah, we don't give a damn that you abused your power. You just get that cute little tush up on the stage, grab a hold of that brass pole and get to work. Alaska still loves the way you shake that thing. Shucks, just because you're like all our Alaska politicians, it don't matter none. We got a new name for ya, Spenard Sarah. You bet 'cha.
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And all the boys here at Chilkoot Charlie's agree. The GABC is the place you belong. Shake it Sarah, shake it.

Posted by: norcalworm | October 10, 2008 9:48 PM | Report abuse

Grimaldi and Kindy - didnt I read your last column in Pravda?

Posted by: dollyq | October 10, 2008 9:48 PM | Report abuse

Can't wait to see her next prime time interview. Better yet, her trial on court tv. I hope she can see Russia from her jail cell.

Posted by: 20yrskinfan | October 10, 2008 9:48 PM | Report abuse

I am thinking that McCain will get rid of her at this point.

What do you all think?

Posted by: mavisdarling | October 10, 2008 9:47 PM | Report abuse

Republicans have abused power since Nixon.

Posted by: TruthWalksOnWater | October 10, 2008 9:47 PM | Report abuse

jhbyer: I respond because you say that your reply to my challenge is that Obama never committed any offense while in office.

I agree with your statement. But I wasn't looking for tit-for-tat. I said that you loved him despite associations, alliances, and actions. I can easily find the venom against Obama for all of these. You know as well as I that I can parse Palin's activity just like you can with Obama's evasions.

If you want to play the game of who is worse, that seems like a bad road to go down.

Now, here's what I mean. Obama hasn't embraced or rejected Farrakhan, but apparently Farrakhan thinks Obama is the messiah. I remember when Hagee endorsed McCain and McCain immediately rejected that endorsement, but yet you guys jumped and continue to jump on McCain because of Hagee. So, what's your point? It's certainly not who's clean, but who, in your estimation, is less dirty.

Posted by: gengar843 | October 10, 2008 9:47 PM | Report abuse

Obama/Biden - Hope

McCain/Palin - Terrifying


Posted by: VoiceofReason | October 10, 2008 9:47 PM | Report abuse

Shame on you Washington Post. Semantics will not get you or Palin off the hook! You call it MISUSE of power. IT IS ABUSE OF POWER! and that's what you are prescribing for USA in case McCain's Melanoma takes him away in its FOURTH attempt: A brainless coach-capable bimbo whose priorities as Governor have been to settle family disputes and shooting wolves from airplanes! Can you guess what would she concentrate on if she or destiny get to bump off the old man?

Posted by: rsanchez | October 10, 2008 9:46 PM | Report abuse

Palin is not only a complete idiot, she's a criminal. The last thing we need in the white house are more criminals and the government of Alaska should be commended for shining a light on the real Sarah Palin.

Posted by: birdaa | October 10, 2008 9:46 PM | Report abuse

I KNEW IT!!!! I was wondering why McCain/ Palin were trying to start riots over Senator Obama having an acquaintance with a former domestic terrorist who is now a respected education expert. They knew this Report was coming! The big deflection/projection/diplacement game where the villain points to some fairly normal Joe and calls him a "terrorist," a "traitor," "not one of us." NNia was standing by with this piece of deception ready to go when the story hit about Governor Palin's abuse of power:

Posted by: nnia | October 10, 2008 9:30 PM

FRIENDSHIP WITH AN UNREPENTANT TERRORIST

Imagine having a friendly relationship with an unrepentant Weather Underground Terrorist, William C. Ayers who bombed the Pentagon, US Capitol, and the New York City Police headquarters - and wishes he had done more!


According to Washington Post, both Obama and Ayers were members of the board of an anti-poverty group, the Woods Fund of Chicago between 1999 and 2002. In addition, Ayers contributed $200 to Obama's re-election fund to the Illinois State Senate in April 2001, as reported here. They lived within a few blocks of each other in the trendy Hyde Park section of Chicago, and moved in the same liberal-progressive circles. Read about Obama's close involvement with the Pentagon, US Capitol, and NY Police HQ terrorist, William C. Ayers.
Desperation: In a desperate move to deflect his involvement with a known terrorist, Obama's campaign has begun to increase its negative attacks against Sen. McCain by providing an array of false and misleading information.

Lobby Money: Obama often boasts he is "the only candidate who isn't taking a dime from Washington lobbyists," yet his fundraising team includes 38 members of law firms that were paid $138 million last year to lobby the federal government, records show. Those lawyers, including 10 former federal lobbyists, have pledged to raise at least $3.5 million for Obama's presidential race. Listen to Obama lie, then read the names of lobbyists who contributed more than $138 Million to his campaign. [Source: ANCNews].

Small-Town Americans: This past week, Obama made a fool of himself once again by denigrating blue collar workers and saying that "small-town voters are foolishly clinging to guns, religion and anti-immigration sentiments because they are bitter about Washington’s unfulfilled economic promises." His controversial remarks were rebuked by many Americans who feel that Obama's words are demeaning. Read the details and watch how Obama tries to backpaddle his way out. [Source: Mike Levin; Philadelphia Enquirer].

Posted by: kjstjohn | October 10, 2008 9:46 PM | Report abuse

Now look here folks. We need to stop right here and quit calling her names and making jokes. We know what she is. Let's rise above it.

Let's TRY anyway. It's awful hard not to gloat, but we need to show we are better than that.

And she does have innocent kids, you know. I mean REALLY. Think of those poor kids. Be nice.

PLEASE. Or we are no better than she is.

Just the facts ma'am.

Let Tina Fey do the other stuff.

Posted by: mavisdarling | October 10, 2008 9:46 PM | Report abuse

The problem for McCain and Republicans in general now is that they blame "everything" on either bias, sexism or the main stream media. This is Palin's fault and her shifting explanations and e-mails show that this woman clearly wanted her brother in law fired.

Posted by: sbundley | October 10, 2008 9:45 PM | Report abuse

After all of the money Alaska has spent on Palin--tax-free per diems, PR consultants and the like--maybe Alaskans are just fed up. Who knows? After she loses on Nov 4th, maybe Alaskans will start impeachment proceedings.

After the election is over and the experts analyze why McCain lost, the real answer will be he lost because he chose Palin. If he'd chosen a moderate from a bluish state, say Pennsylvania, I believe McCain would be ahead now.

Posted by: chi-town | October 10, 2008 9:45 PM | Report abuse

So this is what Republicans call a reformer. Don't count on my vote anymore.

Posted by: pacybara | October 10, 2008 9:44 PM | Report abuse

So McCain's campaign determines she did nothing wrong. Do they think they have extrajudicial authority that allows them to abrogate the authority of a Republican controlled Alaska state legislative committee? The investigator was appointed by bi-partisan agreement. The state supreme court has ruled the investigation is valid; what is the issue? Only dictators for life, such as Castro and Sadaam Hussein ignore the legal legislative process. But, perhaps, this is what Palin meant when she said she was happy to find in the Constitution additional VP powers. She is a dangerous woman. Maybe the isolation of Alaska disconnects some of its inhabitants from mainstream Lower 48 society. Like Ted Stevens, she seems to think she is above the law. We shouldn't be fooled by her cutesy demeanor; she is a demagogue that seeks direct action from a mob.

Posted by: csintala79 | October 10, 2008 9:44 PM | Report abuse

The bottom line:
Obama is a Socialist. IF you want a United Sociaists of America, then vote for the empty suit. Prepare to watch big brother get even bigger. THAT is sad. Our Founding Fathers would be rolling in their graves......so much for smaller gov't.....

Posted by: LanceInCALIF | October 10, 2008 9:29 PM | Report abuse
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You really need to pay attention.
Bush gave us the biggest expansion of government in US history.
Bush gave us the biggest deficit in US history.
Bush gave us the biggest loss of civil liberties in US history.
Bush is nationalizing US banks. A purely communist move.
Its obvious you wouldn't know a socialist if he were slapping your empty head.

Posted by: norcalworm | October 10, 2008 9:44 PM | Report abuse

Correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't the state trooper use his taser gun on his child? He should have been fired along time ago, but thanx to the useless unions, he was able to keep his job. What is it with you liberal snobs in the media, filled with such hatred for others that don't fit your socialist point of view, that you feel the need to try and smear them while ignoring the 2 ton elephant in the room (Obama). Did you take up journalism to find the truth or to protect your political point of view. I can't wait for the day "freedom of the press" is thrown out the window.

Posted by: cschotta1 | October 10, 2008 9:43 PM | Report abuse

****NEWS FLASH**** Anchorage, AK, Oct 10, 2008
Patrons of The Great Alaska Bush Company and PJs have voted, and Sarah, we don't give a damn that you abused your power. You just get that cute little tush up on the stage, grab a hold of that brass pole and get to work. Alaska still loves the way you shake that thing. Shucks, just because you're like all our Alaska politicians, it don't matter none. We got a new name for ya, Spenard Sarah. You bet 'cha.

Posted by: Saxxon_Domela | October 10, 2008 9:43 PM | Report abuse

msealock

Where do you guys come up with this crap. Obviously you can't answer a question about your candidates. So defensively throw a new accusation again Obama or Biden. There is going to be a landslide against McCain/Palin and their Nazi inspired campaign Rove and associates is running.

Posted by: sciengr | October 10, 2008 9:43 PM | Report abuse

Fozzie bear writes,

'"i can see prison from my porch!" -- sarah palin.'

That's funny, fozzie. Sad, actually. So sad it's funny.

Posted by: Liberty77 | October 10, 2008 9:43 PM | Report abuse

Interesting...wouldn't it have been embarrassing for McCain/Palin to have denigrated the investigation, only to be vindicated by it? I guess McCain/Palin knew the evidence that would be presented, so best to denigrate, denigrate, denigrate...

Posted by: ldvisavis | October 10, 2008 9:43 PM | Report abuse

10 Republicans and 4 Democrats found that Palin abused her powers. Spin that Right Wing to save your Great White Hope.

Open your minds folks and listen to her talk, she has no clue what it is to govern, she is making it up as she goes. And you all fall for it?

Posted by: OldManTalking | October 10, 2008 9:43 PM | Report abuse

In the very unlikely event that McCain and Palin win, this investigation could be important. It would probably be an impeachable offence. The democrats will have about 58 seats in the Senate, so they'll need about nine republicans. There may be nine republicans who consider her unfit for the office, especially if McCain is ailing, or if his Alzheimers gets much worse.

Posted by: sgjerstad | October 10, 2008 9:43 PM | Report abuse

MY FELLOW PRISONERS

This is what McCain calls a crowd.
Worst of McCain psyche I have seen yet!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JYFm5kK4f1k

Posted by: wilburevans | October 10, 2008 9:42 PM | Report abuse

"By your words you shall be justified, and by your words you shall be condemned."

Many of Sarah Palin's supporters, especially those among her fellow church parishioners, have publicly avowed that God was instrumental in her selection as VP hopeful.

Well, then, God must be instrumental in her public humiliation. Time for sackcloth and ashes, Gov, and some fasting and prayer.

"...All liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone..."

Palin lied. She said she didnt fire the chief of the trooper because he would not fire her brother in law. The Alaskan legislature says she abused the powers of her office and that she DID fire the chief for personal reasons.

Posted by: ottothewise | October 10, 2008 9:42 PM | Report abuse

And this thing isn't over yet. It's only the tip of the iceberg.

ICEBERG, get it?? Only the tip!!

This is one BIG TIME narcissistic, fraudulent woman we are dealing with here.

I knew she a fraud the minute I saw her hauling that poor little baby of hers all over the country like a sack of potatoes.

Country First, McShame?

I hardly think so.

Posted by: mavisdarling | October 10, 2008 9:42 PM | Report abuse

Palin will absolutely have to step down from the ticket now. There is no other possibility in light of these charges. We cannot risk another Spiro Agnew crisis like we did in 1973. The nation is already going through the historic trauma of the market collapse, and we need a plausible vice presidential nominee in case Senator McCain becomes president. This is why the nominees have to thoroughly vetted prior to being selected.

Posted by: osullivanc1 | October 10, 2008 9:41 PM | Report abuse

Newsflash: Wild life naturalists are reporting a strange event throughout Alaskan forests. Moose are giving each high fives and seem very excited and happy. Such puzzeling actions have never been docmented before. The cause is still a mystery.

Posted by: DrWho2 | October 10, 2008 9:41 PM | Report abuse

Surprise?

Welcome to October, Mrs. Palin.

Posted by: michaelfairbanks | October 10, 2008 9:40 PM | Report abuse

Starts with a "C"
Ends with a "T"
Rhymes with "Runt"


Bwahahahahahaaaaa!

Leading example of what the refuglicans have become!

Posted by: hdtex1 | October 10, 2008 9:40 PM | Report abuse


sarah; "do they play soccer in a womens federal prison?"

america; "YOU BETCHA!"

sarah; "say it isn't so, joe!"

america; "IT'S SO! IT'S SO!"

sarah; "well then dog gonnit! i better take my soccer ball!"

america; "AND SOME POWDER SOAP!"

sarah; "what?"

america; "what?"

sarah; "what?"

Posted by: FozzieBear | October 10, 2008 9:40 PM | Report abuse

The Bush Paulson plan today is to buy a piece of all the banks.

Why does the right winger rant that "Obama is a socialist"?

Is it because we dont get voting rights on those bank's boards, even though we are putting in more money than the banks have?

What's not to like about socialism when you are a banker getting US treasury money from Republicans?

Posted by: ottothewise | October 10, 2008 9:39 PM | Report abuse


What a Grand Old Party!

Her abuse of power is more proof she's qualified to be VP!

She's so hot!

wink wink

doggone it

Posted by: lichtme | October 10, 2008 9:39 PM | Report abuse

So I'm looking at CNN, where Larry King and at least two of his "guest commentators" are saying this abuse of power finding is a "non-issue". Are they out of their teeny minds????

I'm supposed to support for vice-president, one heartbeat away from the president, a woman who not only abused her power but also lied about it? I'm supposed to vote for this hypocrite who accuses Obama of "associating" and "lying" when she has actually done the crime????

REALLY. I'm supposed to be THAT dumb.

And the scary part is, this is the SAME reason McCain got into trouble with the Keating situation; he attempted to use his political power to support / assist his personal friend Keating.

I don't think this is a ticket America can afford to trust in these difficult times. The series of bailouts are going to put a lot of abuseable power in the hands of the next president and Congress, and I'm leery of making those hands dirty ones.

Posted by: progressiveliberal | October 10, 2008 9:39 PM | Report abuse

"By your words you shall be justified, and by your words you shall be condemned."

Many of Sarah Palin's supporters, especially those among her fellow church parishioners, have publicly avowed that God was instrumental in her selection as VP hopeful.

Well, then, God must be instrumental in her public humiliation. Time for sackcloth and ashes, Gov, and some fasting and prayer.

"...All liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone..."

Posted by: dennisstjohn | October 10, 2008 9:39 PM | Report abuse

Lemme just point something out...Walter Monaghan was NOT the brother in law...He did nothing personally to the Palin family....He was just a guy doing his job being terrorized by his boss for a personal vendetta...How would you feel if someone did that to you? Would you just keep your mouth shut and not try to get your reputation back?

Posted by: Beka13 | October 10, 2008 9:39 PM | Report abuse

sarah palin has been the ultimate gift to this whole election----she has singlehandedly helped more than any other Republican in history to get a wonderful Democrat elected.


Doggone it----Thanks so much Sarah hockey mom!

All of us Dems really really appreciate your assistance in winning in 2008!!! Thanks to you, Obama will get the opportunity to get this country back on track!!

oh, and mccain, THANK YOU FOR PICKING PALIN---FINE JOB AND THE DEMS WILL THANK YOU FOR YEARS!

Posted by: sallieismydog | October 10, 2008 9:38 PM | Report abuse

There will be dancing in the Alaskan forests tonight. The wolves, polar bears and moose will be partying big time. The Winter Queen is in deep dung.

Posted by DrWho2
-------
Judging from Wall Street, I'd say the bears have been partying for a few days already.

Posted by: rickyrab | October 10, 2008 9:38 PM | Report abuse

Why would a state panel with more Republicans than Democrats do this to their own governor?

Answer: Because they did what they thought was right.

I know, there's a concept.

Posted by: amaikovich | October 10, 2008 9:38 PM | Report abuse

Right winger rants: "Obama is a Socialist".

1. What exactly is your problem? Dont want to provide health care to children?
2. What do you think socialism is? How is it different from the Mccain plan he mentioned at the debate, to give $300 billion straight from the US treasury to banks so they are comfortable re-writing mortgages at current house values?
3. Do you like the McCain plan to end employer health care plans, so all people lose the group plan's power to get a lower premium price and better coverages?

Posted by: ottothewise | October 10, 2008 9:37 PM | Report abuse

gengar843, your challenge denies the reality that we support Obama precisely because he hasn't committed any crimes in office. Palin isn't as bad as McCain.

Can you name us something?

Hypotheticals are unfair, but fact is no, why would we Dems overlook a crime of abuse of power? Who wants a president who abuses power? You Republicans have lost your way.

Posted by: jhbyer | October 10, 2008 9:37 PM | Report abuse

Well, I thought maybe one liberal would make a statement of integrity. No takers.

Some thoughts from a conservative in a lion's den (here):

(1) The only thing I'm disappointed in is that Sarah didn't just say, "Wooten is dangerous. Monegan wouldn't take his job as Commissioner of Safety to the extent I thought best. If I overstepped my bounds, I'm sorry." There's definitely some spin, but the report does say that personal affairs was a "contributing factor" to Monegan's firing, but not the only one. Basically, the report takes into account Palin's beliefs.

(2) The investigators conclude that Palin's fear was unfounded, and I'm disappointed that they said she used that fear for "cover." Wooten can deny his actions, but apparently there was already penalties against Wooten for drunk driving, shooting a moose, etc.

(3) I don't think this hurts her too much. I'm willing to admit it's the wrong way to handle things, but I think I blame McCain's advisers more than Palin. I think she would've complied if she wasn't Vice President.

(4) She didn't break any law, according to the report. A prosecutor could be called, but in my mind there's nothing to prosecute. Wooten never lost his job, and Monegan has not suffered either, and he said he doesn't hold a grudge. There doesn't seem to be any basis for a civil suit either.

There ya go. Red meat.

Posted by: gengar843 | October 10, 2008 9:36 PM | Report abuse

10 Republicans and 4 Democrats on a matter that was brought up before Sarah the igloo trash was on the ticket and they claim it is unfair? Despicable is more like it! Today Jon Mc Same had to put his tongue in his a$$ and tell the pitchfork waiving redneck racists the truth. Senator Obama is a decent good family man and an America period. It may help put a bit of honor back on the John Mc Cain who sold his soul to the same people who got us George W. Bush our worst President ever. OBAMANOS! I will proudly vote for Barack Obama and as a decorated veteran who's son just came back from Iraq I will proudly salute him as our commander in chief. Intellect and integrity those are the character traits I desire in our President. YES WE WILL BRING THE CHANGE WE NEED NOW!

Posted by: pedraza1 | October 10, 2008 9:36 PM | Report abuse

Too much powerade in bloody Caribou Sarah's little Dixie Cup for Christ! Crush her! Don't look back in the rearview, the moron from Alaska is history, a bad dream from the Northern Slopes of her creationist forehead. Sarah don't fetch up no evolution, no evolve for her revolver. I ain't from no Monkey, Sarah screamed. Bloody severed front legs for Jesus, you betcha, fetch you up a coooooool $150 for wall hanging a new trophy from Jesus. Sarah's a lying jackass and she and the moron McMoron who's 72 will get EXACTLY what they have coming to them! The McCain/Palin ticket buttons will be lining the drawers at flea markets in three weeks. Child murdering, oil stealing, war criminals running around with our flag rolling greneades into the homes of uppity Iraqi residents. Saudis attacked us for militarily occupying and industrializing their nation. Vote Obama and take pity on yourselves!!

Posted by: rhyer | October 10, 2008 9:35 PM | Report abuse


She's such a great Republican!

What a Grand Old Party!

Can't wait to hear her speak in tongues, can you?

Posted by: lichtme | October 10, 2008 9:35 PM | Report abuse

Ultimately, what the Monegan investigation does is help those who are concerned about the health care reform that is needed to help shore up the economy ... oh, it’s got to be about job creation too. So health care reform and reducing taxes and reining in spending has got to accompany tax reductions. That's what the investigation does. Yup. Pretty cool.

Posted by: sgjerstad | October 10, 2008 9:35 PM | Report abuse

Spiro Palin

Posted by: Cwicks1 | October 10, 2008 9:35 PM | Report abuse

To the author:

You mention that it was a ''Republican-controlled legislative committee'' that determined Gov Palin abused power in regard to the situation with her ex-brother-in-law.

Will you please tell us how many Democrats and how many Republicans were on the "Republican-controlled legislative committee?"
************************************************************

10 Republicans
4 Democrats

Posted by: norcalworm | October 10, 2008 9:35 PM | Report abuse

It will be interesting to see how the McCain campaign tries to make this sound like a partisan issue. This was a bi-partisan report. I have gained new respect for the Alaskan legislature since they obviously do the right thing even though it is not popular with the partisans who elected them. Ms. Palin is clearly not someone we want a heartbeat away from the presidency with a 72 year old who has had serious health problems in the past.

Posted by: cdierd1944 | October 10, 2008 9:34 PM | Report abuse

Did you get that, ProudAmerican1776???

The Alaskan Legislative Council that voted unanimously in favor of the Troopergate Investigation:

TEN Republicans, FOUR Democrats.

Need I say MORE? Get a grip, all you Palin supporters. She is a FRAUD.

Posted by: mavisdarling | October 10, 2008 9:34 PM | Report abuse

MY FELLOW PRISONERS

This is what McCain calls a crowd.
Worst of McCain psyche I have seen yet!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JYFm5kK4f1k

Posted by: wilburevans | October 10, 2008 9:34 PM | Report abuse


"i can see prison from my porch!" -- sarah palin

Posted by: FozzieBear | October 10, 2008 9:33 PM | Report abuse

I am a democrat and am apalled at the MSM and their continued slurring and slapping of Palin. It was the same way with Hillary. They have their heads so far up obama butt the post anything and everything.

One thing the don't tell the public is, obama does not have a vault birth certificate that proves he is a natural born American citizen. And that he is continuing to try to postpone the lawsuit that requires him to produce one. Even if he is elected the lawsuit will go forward. And guess what when he can't prove he is a citizen, not only will he be thrown out of office he will be arrested for fraud and goodness knows what else. ALL HE HAS TO DO IS PRODUCE THAT BIRTH CERTIFICATE not the fake certificate of live birth. But he can't. Hey all you obamaites ask him, just ask him to produce that vault birth certificate.

Posted by: msealock | October 10, 2008 9:33 PM | Report abuse

Republicans are so scared that instead of commenting on this story they are posting attacks on Obama that have NOTHING to do with Sarah Palin and this report. Hilarious!!!!! That is true desperation.

Posted by: nat48123 | October 10, 2008 9:33 PM | Report abuse

More, from The New York Times:

"In another setback for Ms. Palin, a judge on Friday ordered the state of Alaska to preserve any government-related e-mail messages that Gov. Sarah Palin sent from private accounts.

"The ruling, by Craig Stowers of Anchorage superior court, came as the result of a lawsuit brought by a resident, Andree McLeod, against Ms. Palin, the Republican vice-presidential nominee.

"Ms. Palin has occasionally used private e-mail accounts to conduct state business, and her Yahoo accounts were hacked last month.

"The judge ordered the attorney general to contact Yahoo and other private carriers to preserve any e-mail messages sent and received on those accounts. An assistant attorney general told the court that the governor was no longer using here private e-mail accounts to conduct state business."

Posted by: tperry1 | October 10, 2008 9:32 PM | Report abuse

Go Back to Alaska and keep an eye on Russia for us . . .

Posted by: MauriB | October 10, 2008 9:32 PM | Report abuse

I am a real soccer Mom, am glad the truth has finally come out about this total sham of a candidate. I do not know a single friend or biz contact who supports the GOP ticket. These are people who range in age from 30 to 70, mostly women, either stay-at-home Moms or working btw. She does nothing for us, her "popularity" is a myth cooked up by Rove and his GOP PR Team. We ain't buying the spin, thanks anyway but,

mo moose stew for me.

Posted by: laurabunny | October 10, 2008 9:32 PM | Report abuse

Walter Monegan could not fire Wootan without cause. Wootan is in the union by the way. Palin would have preferred Monegan broke the law and fired the guy.. so Palin is wide open for a civil suit by Walter Monegan who did his job within the rules and the law.

Posted by: JWoode | October 10, 2008 9:32 PM | Report abuse

There will be dancing in the Alaskan forests tonight. The wolves, polar bears and moose will be partying big time. The Winter Queen is in deep dung.

Posted by: DrWho2 | October 10, 2008 9:32 PM | Report abuse

What I find the most ironic about all of this: the trooper she tried to get fired has the same job.

She's a total winner!

Posted by: pgbsan | October 10, 2008 9:32 PM | Report abuse

A personal vendetta disguised as government authority is one of the most despicable acts that an elected official can perform.

An abuse of power from the highest elected official in the State of Alaska is official oppression and a violation of the governor's oath of office not to mention her personal integrity.

Governor Palin's 'conscience' in this matter was her public safety commissioner whom she fired because of the commissioner's honor and integrity.

How can Governor Palin be 'one heartbeat' away from the U.S. Presidency and be utterly devoid of respect for the law and elementary ethics?

What can the American People do with a person (Palin) who fired her conscience?

.


Posted by: research6 | October 10, 2008 9:32 PM | Report abuse

Bo Back to Alaska and keep an eye on Russia for us . . .

Posted by: MauriB | October 10, 2008 9:32 PM | Report abuse

bluebirder--

Intelligent comments to articles such as yours are not only rare, but valuable.

What a wonderful time we live in where we as consumers of media can throw in our two cents worth. It is an absolute privilege and your comments make it all the more enjoyable.

Posted by: crazyitalianchef | October 10, 2008 9:31 PM | Report abuse

Palin BETRAYED THE PUBLIC TRUST. She broke a law, in her abuse of power to carry out a personal vendetta.

PS. the lawsuit about her use of Yahoo to avoid the freedom of information act is coming soon to a courthouse near her.

Posted by: ottothewise | October 10, 2008 9:31 PM | Report abuse

Do you mean we can't trust Sarah Sixpack? Oh nooooo. I'm crushed. Not Ms. Queen of Trust, Ethics, Reform, Morality etc etc.? Say it ain't so Sarah.

Update to an old joke: What's the difference between Dick Cheney and Sarah Palin?

Lipstick.

Posted by: markthefig | October 10, 2008 9:31 PM | Report abuse

Hey CharlieTuna666:

Last census
Americans 65 years old and over = 12.4% of population
Americans 65 years and UNDER = 87.6% of population

Vote what is good for your AGE!

Posted by: SaladSD | October 10, 2008 9:31 PM | Report abuse

Countdown: She's gone by monday. I'd bet a six pack on that.

Posted by: jujy54 | October 10, 2008 9:31 PM | Report abuse

Yes, liberals have integrity....we apparently have ALL of the integrity.

And guess what liberal means nowadays? Smart, educated, kind, informed, thoughtful and decent.

Guess what conservative means? Ethically challenged, hating, nasty, ingorant, arrogant, mob mentality, ranters and lawbreakers.

Proud to be a liberal in 2008!!! We are NOT ASHAMED of our intelligence, education and ethics.

mccain and palin are the lowest of low HYPOCRITES. They rant and incite death threats and nazi klan behavior. And she has NO ETHICS or intelligence. what a great pair.

Posted by: sallieismydog | October 10, 2008 9:30 PM | Report abuse

ProudAmerican1776...
I believe the panel was comprised of 8 Republicans and 4 Democrats, many of whom were appointed during her administration. It's hard to swallow their claims of this being a "cheap political partisan stunt!"

Posted by: VT_Snow | October 10, 2008 9:30 PM | Report abuse

FRIENDSHIP WITH AN UNREPENTANT TERRORIST

Imagine having a friendly relationship with an unrepentant Weather Underground Terrorist, William C. Ayers who bombed the Pentagon, US Capitol, and the New York City Police headquarters - and wishes he had done more!

According to Washington Post, both Obama and Ayers were members of the board of an anti-poverty group, the Woods Fund of Chicago between 1999 and 2002. In addition, Ayers contributed $200 to Obama's re-election fund to the Illinois State Senate in April 2001, as reported here. They lived within a few blocks of each other in the trendy Hyde Park section of Chicago, and moved in the same liberal-progressive circles. Read about Obama's close involvement with the Pentagon, US Capitol, and NY Police HQ terrorist, William C. Ayers.
Desperation: In a desperate move to deflect his involvement with a known terrorist, Obama's campaign has begun to increase its negative attacks against Sen. McCain by providing an array of false and misleading information.

Lobby Money: Obama often boasts he is "the only candidate who isn't taking a dime from Washington lobbyists," yet his fundraising team includes 38 members of law firms that were paid $138 million last year to lobby the federal government, records show. Those lawyers, including 10 former federal lobbyists, have pledged to raise at least $3.5 million for Obama's presidential race. Listen to Obama lie, then read the names of lobbyists who contributed more than $138 Million to his campaign. [Source: ANCNews].

Small-Town Americans: This past week, Obama made a fool of himself once again by denigrating blue collar workers and saying that "small-town voters are foolishly clinging to guns, religion and anti-immigration sentiments because they are bitter about Washington’s unfulfilled economic promises." His controversial remarks were rebuked by many Americans who feel that Obama's words are demeaning. Read the details and watch how Obama tries to backpaddle his way out. [Source: Mike Levin; Philadelphia Enquirer].


Posted by: nnia | October 10, 2008 9:30 PM | Report abuse

Is it too late to call Pawlenty?

Posted by: jelow | October 10, 2008 9:29 PM | Report abuse

Say it ain't so! ha I agree McCain is an erratic opinionated man who passes off his knee-jerk, incomprehensible decisions as him being a "maverick." This hail mary pass of picking Palin after 1 meeting is going to play a big role in his downfall.

Posted by: nat48123 | October 10, 2008 9:29 PM | Report abuse

Finally Sarah got caught in her own lies! We knew what she was, now it's official. Perhaps now she will quit telling all of the lies and dangerous fabrications and twists on the truth that cause so many people to spew hatred and venemous outbursts in the crowds of her and McCain's rally, endangering the life of Barack Obama and his supporters. Go away Sarah, get Mavericky elsewhere, spread your lies and deceit somewhere else.We don't need your lies here we are trying to rid Washington of deceitful liars.God knows we have enough of them. We were working hard to do just that but with your help I think you're done, thanks for the last nail in the proverbial coffin.Gotcha!

Posted by: JAYN100855 | October 10, 2008 9:29 PM | Report abuse

Lipstick. Pig. C Ya.

Posted by: officermancuso | October 10, 2008 9:29 PM | Report abuse

The bottom line:
Obama is a Socialist. IF you want a United Sociaists of America, then vote for the empty suit. Prepare to watch big brother get even bigger. THAT is sad. Our Founding Fathers would be rolling in their graves......so much for smaller gov't.....

Posted by: LanceInCALIF | October 10, 2008 9:29 PM | Report abuse

Veddy interesting- Illinois politics at its finest shining through!

Veddy interesting- but stupid.

Vhat a coincidence.

I'm moving to Guam.

This country's going in the sh*tter faster than Drano, by God.

Ve haf a man cavorting vit terrorists, buying votes, shlepping avay from hiss church ven caught in lice.

On ze ozzer hant a voman firink a stalker to protect her vamily.

Rings a bell...

"1st you vill haf a fair trial.. zen u vill be shot!"

Zee socialists and nazis are taking over... no doubt left in my mind.

Un friggin believable.

Ziss iss a travesty of vast proportions.

A BIG surprise is around the corner for all of the socialist backers.

Be ready to pull out your wallets if you have one.

You might as well write in Onkel Adolf for President, now! Or is it Chancellor?

Yeesh!

Posted by: madcitizen | October 10, 2008 9:29 PM | Report abuse

It's no surprise that Sarah Six-Pak screwed up. That's her MO! It's also no surprise that her supporters will support her; DUH! They probably also abuse others and think that's a positive character trait.

If there was any abuse going on in the Palin family I'm sure Sarah has them all beat. That poor trooper is lucky he got out with all his limbs in tact. I worry about the kid with the shotgun in his back getting out before the "planned" wedding.

All this stuff is great for a "Beverly
Hillbillies" type TV show! Think about it Sarah!

Posted by: inewsmaster | October 10, 2008 9:28 PM | Report abuse

If Ms. Palin has any sense of patriotic duty, she will withdraw from the ticket.

Posted by: bluebirder | October 10, 2008 9:28 PM | Report abuse

"Good for Sarah. I would have fired him also knowing he was an abusive family member."

Sarah didn't fire him she fired a guy who was following the rule of law and that's the where her abuse of power is founded. She wasn't prepared educationally or emotionally for the governorship and she's not even remotely prepared for VP.

Posted by: sciengr | October 10, 2008 9:28 PM | Report abuse

The Alaskan Legislative Council that ordered this investigation consisted of TEN Republicans and FOUR Democrats who voted unanimously in favor of it.

How in the heck do you call it a Democratic smear campaign?????

Why, that darn Legislative Council. Darn them. Doggone it. Dang!

Posted by: mavisdarling | October 10, 2008 9:28 PM | Report abuse

It is so SHAMEFUL for Sarah Palin, and so disappointing for REAL Conservatives like me, but then again, this is NOT the first time she has been disappointing, nor do I suspect it will be the last. OsiSpeaks.com

Posted by: KYJurisDoctor | October 10, 2008 9:27 PM | Report abuse

What this investigation shows, besides Palin's abuse of her office, is that Walter Monegan can probably sue her now.

Posted by: JWoode | October 10, 2008 9:27 PM | Report abuse

Sure. I'm White. I'll vote Obama. McCain is a disgrace to America and he helped cause the stock market crash.
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Posted by: charlietuna666

Last census
Whites=80.2% of population
Blacks=12.8% of population

Vote what is good for your race!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: rickyrab | October 10, 2008 9:27 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin abusede her executive power???
"I'm shocked!...shocked,I say"
Do we really want either of these republican canidates fingers on the nuclear codes???...maybe,but I don't think sooooooo

Posted by: jefferybelton | October 10, 2008 9:27 PM | Report abuse

One down...Now let's get Bush and Cheney for the abuse of executive privilege power over the past 8 years and lying to the American people about everything...

Didn't she say she had nothing to hide? Also, next step is to investigate the Alaskan group that she and her husband still both belong to wanting succeed from the
United States.

Posted by: ksmoneal | October 10, 2008 9:27 PM | Report abuse

Whether I sympathize with Palin or not about her reasons for trying to get Wooten fired, doesn't matter. She lied about it, that's the problem.

Frankly I didn't give one whit about Bill Clinton's bl*wjob, the thing that angered me was that he lied about it. Same thing Palin did-- lied.

It's what they say, all those lies are catching up. No way out.

Posted by: JaylikeBirds | October 10, 2008 9:27 PM | Report abuse

She should have the bastard killed for using a Taser on a 10-year old boy!

http://www.obamaunveiled.com

Posted by: nnia | October 10, 2008 9:26 PM | Report abuse

Didn't McCain just issue a statement clearing Palin of all wrongdoing? Huh? Oh wait, this is America, not Communist Russia.

Fact: McCain is a traitor to everything America stands for. Justice. Honor. Decency. All his goofs know is DO AND SAY ANYTHING TO WIN.

With any luck, with any shred of justice, with any hope of promise for our future...not this time!

Posted by: ethanquern | October 10, 2008 9:26 PM | Report abuse

To the author:

You mention that it was a ''Republican-controlled legislative committee'' that determined Gov Palin abused power in regard to the situation with her ex-brother-in-law.

Will you please tell us how many Democrats and how many Republicans were on the "Republican-controlled legislative committee?"

Posted by: ProudAmerican1776 | October 10, 2008 9:26 PM | Report abuse

The conclusion of abuse was entirely a judgment call. Basically, Branchflower thinks Palin's INACTION - her not telling her HUSBAND Todd to stop calling people - was the abuse.

He fails to clarify why the Governor must tell her husband not to act this way. He fails to make any connection at all between Sarah Palin and any actual act she did. Apparently, having the husband of an official call you is the same "pressure" as if the official calls you themselves.

It's right there on page 65 of the report. It's crazy.

But with the MSM and Left in full fledged conspiracy it's no surprise how this will go down.

Posted by: vimrich | October 10, 2008 9:16 PM | Report abuse

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LOL
Did you read the entire report?
I did. I just spent the last 45 minutes reading it over
19 phone calls from SARAH PALIN
This DOES NOT INCLUDE the calls her husband made.
Judgement call?
You Betcha! WINK WINK
A judgement call from a BIPARTISIAN committe. I think here in the US we call that JUSTICE. Perhaps unless you are a GOP hack then you can call it hate speech fear mogering etc. God only knows you folks seem really familiar with that these days

Posted by: feastorafamine | October 10, 2008 9:26 PM | Report abuse

"The fact that Ms. Palin chose to involve herself, her staff and, of all people, her civilian husband who had no justifiable role in a state matter, speaks not only to Ms. Palin being unsuitable to hold public office, but any role in corporate business. Her obvious lack of judgement, nevermind the legal ramifications of her pursuing a personal vendetta through governmental channels, has opened the State of Alaska to civil lawsuit. Just imagine what will happen if we allow and condone this sort of behavior by escalating it to the national/international level."

As stated by Bluebirder. I agree with you completely.

Posted by: Liberty77 | October 10, 2008 9:26 PM | Report abuse

Let's see here.
McCain's resume: Picked abuser of power as running mate, member of Keating 5, voter against America's national railroad, bearer of petty grudges, and, oh yeah, "maverick". Passer of laws he doesn't really like because his hand was caught in the cookie jar (i.e. McCain-Feingeld).
Obama's resume: Talked with former Weatherman Bill Ayers, supporter of ACORN, supporter of transit, "Messiah", Rock Star, Senator, and votes "Present".

Mm, I still like Bam better because he's not as unstable as Mac is, and he's likely to be better for a bad economy.

Posted by: rickyrab | October 10, 2008 9:26 PM | Report abuse

What a bunch of rednecks and insults to what America is founded on...freedom of religion and from what I want to believe...founded from all kinds of people. I bet this guy wears a white robe to bed and burns crosses on lawns. This is pathetic...as is the total Rebublican party...just pathetic.

A party that has no path...just scare tactics....thank GOD we only have three weeks of you as..oles left in power...thank GOD!!!

..........
Posted by: charlietuna666

Last census
Whites=80.2% of population
Blacks=12.8% of population

Vote what is good for your race!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: rcmckissick | October 10, 2008 9:26 PM | Report abuse

>Any liberal with some integrity?

I'm glad McCain helped me learn that Nancy Reagan thought it was all fine and dandy for her pal to give fifty million dollars (1990 dollars) to his good pal Bill Ayers.

I never would have known that Ayers had a lot of Republican pals giving him huge piles of money before that. I had been led to believe that Barack Obama was his only friend.

Who would have guessed? Nancy Reagan! Cool. Thanks Senator McCain and Governor Palin!

Posted by: jmcgill1 | October 10, 2008 9:25 PM | Report abuse

In the words of Don Meredith: "Turn out the lights the party is over..." Palin must be drinking a six pack.

Posted by: castillomark | October 10, 2008 9:25 PM | Report abuse

BREAKING NEWS! Friday, October 10

An Unoriginal Question About William C. Ayers: Chicago Tribune columnist Steve Chapman in the New York Times said the following:
"If John McCain had a long association with a guy who'd bombed abortion clinics, I don't think people would say, 'That's ancient history.' "

What if McCain had launched his political career in the living room of a former abortion clinic bomber who is now a respected professor at, say, a Christian college, who is unrepentant in his previous actions, but never charged with a crime, and was now pursuing a different avenue for his views ...

What if he'd given McCain a $200 campaign contribution eight years ago, and they'd served on a board together, and were "friendly" though they hadn't spoken in a while, and McCain had condemned his previous actions and didn't know him back then ...

What if right now McCain were ahead with a Republican wind blowing, and Obama were behind? What if Obama started attacking McCain about this guy? How would it look to you? How would the media react? And would it be a fair hit?

Watch the Hannity's America documentary which proves Sen. Obama had a closer relationship with the terror master than he admits.


Would the real Barack Hussein Obama stand up?

http://www.obamaunveiled.com

Posted by: nnia | October 10, 2008 9:24 PM | Report abuse

To American_Citizen:

Your point is off point. By involving herself, Ms. Palin hampered a legitimate investigation. Had she let things be, the issue you raise would have been judged on their own merits which, FWIW, were determined not to warrant the troopers dismissal.

The legal issue here is that if you don't get what you want through proper channels, you escalate, and bring your grievance to a higher power. Ms. Palin chose otherwise by trying to trump the process. By injecting her non-civil servant husband, her staff and herself into a matter that she by definition had a conflict of interest in, it appears she may have broken several laws, both criminal and torte.

Whatever the final outcome of the trooper investigation, it is Ms. Palin's own actions and attempts at cover up (using a private email account to circumvent appropriate oversight) that is her undoing, whether or not there are any merits to the original investigation.

Would you want to work for this woman?

Posted by: bluebirder | October 10, 2008 9:24 PM | Report abuse

McCain picked this woman after meeting her once. He talked to her for about an hour. McCain is way too unstable and rash. We can't afford someone who plays wild roulette with the country in the Oval Office.

A judge also ordered the state of Alaska today not to delete any of her emails in which she used a private very hackable account to do state business (so she could hide the deliberations from public scrutiny).

This woman is NOT ready for any kind of higher office.

Posted by: B2O2 | October 10, 2008 9:23 PM | Report abuse

>Why hasn't the Secret Service done anything?

They have watched that guy like a hawk, and he will never get near an elected official again as long as he lives. He will never pass a federal background check for any significant level of security clearance.

The Secret Service was all over it from the first second, they just didn't report to YOU until they got the message that there was a widespread (VERY) public perception that they had taken no action.

I guarantee you, no matter what party politics are at work, if you say ANYTHING that can be construed as any kind of threat, anywhere near a candidate for office or anyone else under Secret Service protection, you will be noticed. You will be watched. You won't KNOW you're being watched.

Remember, these are the best of the best, not mere law enforcement agents.

Posted by: jmcgill1 | October 10, 2008 9:23 PM | Report abuse

Is there any liberal who will say, "You know what, we love Obama no matter what his alliances, associations, or actions, and you have every right to love Palin for the same reason"

Or, "You know what, we think Palin is wrong, but Obama has done some stupid things too."

Any liberal with some integrity?

Posted by: gengar843 | October 10, 2008 9:23 PM | Report abuse

What next from this despicable Republican ticket??? Hate-mongering, fear-mongering, blatant lies, abuse of power, bigotry and racism... hasn't America had enough????

Posted by: TexasMedic | October 10, 2008 9:22 PM | Report abuse

They're callin' this a witchhunt, eh? Well, they got the witch. And, her first dude.

Posted by: jmf3210 | October 10, 2008 9:22 PM | Report abuse

There are so many trolls on this site...NO literate American can think that McPiglin is whats best for America.

Posted by: Beka13 | October 10, 2008 9:22 PM | Report abuse

Why did BUSH WIN TWICE? AGAINST LIBERAL MEDIA? WHY?

BECAUSE REPUBLICANS ARE NOT supporting Mccain because mccain is a failure.

Bush is not smart. But he managed to win twice....same media, same voters.....

the difference now? YOUR Party. The media didn''t do this. mccain did and now those republicans are supporting Obama.

why could Bush win if the media is to blame for all of this??? he won TWICE.

Mccain is going to lose.

is BUSH SMARTER THAN MCCAIN? BUSH SOMEHOW OVERCAME THE "BIASED LIBERAL MEDIA"??? HA HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!

Posted by: sallieismydog | October 10, 2008 9:21 PM | Report abuse

Iam not surprised but Iam glad the truth came out. I doubt this will have any effect to the hoooligans supporting McCain and Palin because they are so blinded by Hate.

Posted by: bakarani | October 10, 2008 9:21 PM | Report abuse

What next? This women is like a bad joke. Look at the posts on this. The racists, Nazis and creeps are coming out of the woodwork to support Palin. This is some sick stuff. Folks, this is America, not Hitler's Germany, or Bull Connor's Birmingham.

Posted by: dparks2 | October 10, 2008 9:21 PM | Report abuse

The Maverick just shot himself in the foot . . .

Posted by: MauriB | October 10, 2008 9:21 PM | Report abuse

Aren't these guys a barrel of incompetence ...and laffs if there wasnt an economic crisis going on. It boggles the mind there are a whole mess of people willing to vote for Sarah sixpack and Sidekick Mac.

Posted by: mendonsa | October 10, 2008 9:20 PM | Report abuse

Palin was charged on substantial evidence long months before being selected by McCain, so blaming this on Dems is absurd. For a party opposed to granting government power, the GOP is awfully fond of abusing it.

Posted by: jhbyer | October 10, 2008 9:20 PM | Report abuse

I guess now she can stop writing "Empress Sarah the Great" over and over on her desktop blotter.


FREE AMERICA

REVOLUTIONARY (DIRECT) DEMOCRACY

Posted by: thc1138 | October 10, 2008 9:20 PM | Report abuse

Judgement Day.

Posted by: blakesouthwood | October 10, 2008 9:20 PM | Report abuse

Typical trailer trash.

YOu can believe that the Judge in the divorce case heard every single on of those allegations - the "threat", the moose, the 'taser' (which apparently amounted to a hlill of beans by setting it on the lowest level because the kid wanted to know what it felt like and the entire family was present and thought it funny) and all the rest.

This is the kind of garbage that trailer trash bring up in a divorce. They go on endless exaggerating and lying.

And the divorce Judge gave it the treatment it deserved.

The Palins are so obsessive and bizarre they couldn't accept that anyone and everyone say their claims for what they are - garbage motivated by a divorce and the divorce Judge telling Palin's sister to get her backside back to work and not expect to be supported forever after onnly 4 years of marriage.

Posted by: eabpmn | October 10, 2008 9:20 PM | Report abuse

Didn't McCain just issue a statement clearing Palin of all wrongdoing? Huh? Oh wait, this is America, not Communist Russia.

Fact: McCain is a traitor to everything America stands for. Justice. Honor. Decency. All his goofs know is DO AND SAY ANYTHING TO WIN.

With any luck, with any shred of justice, with any hope of promise for our future...not this time!

Posted by: ethanquern | October 10, 2008 9:20 PM | Report abuse

It's OK.

Rush and Hannity hate McCain anyway.

Now they can blame him.

Posted by: JohnQuimby | October 10, 2008 9:20 PM | Report abuse

Well that's the end of her political career. Now McSame has no where to go. Just think this was a man I use to respect. Now with all of his hate motivated rallies leaves him with shame. HOW SAD.

Posted by: rslewis147 | October 10, 2008 9:19 PM | Report abuse

Figures that people seeking to indict or blame Palin would conclude that Palin abused power. Figures also that Palin would claim she didn't do anything wrong. But at least we have more campaign fodder for them smear campaigns! See also: Ayers, Keating, ACORN, Diebold, Swift Boat, etc.

Posted by: rickyrab | October 10, 2008 9:19 PM | Report abuse

Good for Sarah. I would have fired him also knowing he was an abusive family member.

Posted by: dweyenbe | October 10, 2008 9:16 PM | Report abuse

The conclusion of abuse was entirely a judgment call. Basically, Branchflower thinks Palin's INACTION - her not telling her HUSBAND Todd to stop calling people - was the abuse.

He fails to clarify why the Governor must tell her husband not to act this way. He fails to make any connection at all between Sarah Palin and any actual act she did. Apparently, having the husband of an official call you is the same "pressure" as if the official calls you themselves.

It's right there on page 65 of the report. It's crazy.

But with the MSM and Left in full fledged conspiracy it's no surprise how this will go down.

Posted by: vimrich | October 10, 2008 9:16 PM | Report abuse

Remember to Win Back America:

Last census
Whites=80.2% of population
Blacks=12.8% of population

Vote what is good for your race!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: charlietuna666 | October 10, 2008 9:16 PM | Report abuse

Everyone please watch these youtube clips about a McBush/Pitbull rally in Ohio. Why hasn't the Secret Service done anything???

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KjxzmaXAg9E

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJghQMq49dw&feature=user

Watch the mentality of the McBush/Pitbull supporters!! THIS IS SCARY!

VOTE OBAMA- get rid of these Republican fools!

Posted by: kbuckingham777 | October 10, 2008 9:15 PM | Report abuse

Finding number one: "Sarah Palin abused her power"
http://download1.legis.state.ak.us/DOWNLOAD.pdf

Posted by: EPH1 | October 10, 2008 9:14 PM | Report abuse

Anyone notice this was released Friday evening?

Posted by: AlanGoldberg54 | October 10, 2008 9:14 PM | Report abuse

Sarah "Ya Betcha" Palin is another tool, a stunt from McCain, a political calculation to supposedly bring votes from Hillary supporters (actually their beliefs are the opposite), feminists (even though she's far from the feminist ideology), and those independents who can be easily fooled or some Jerry Springer fans who don't pay attention to details and just see cute faces and are only capable of understanding keywords ("joe six-pack", "maverick", "hockey mom", "he doesn't share our values", "pallin' around", "job creation", "drill baby drill" etc). We have seen during the last weeks that she's not, and probably never be, ready to be President or VP. She can't even answer questions that my 14 year old niece can, she barely survived the debate by repeating lines that someone wrote for her, giving non-answers and dodging the questions. Moreover she is already involved in corruption, unethical behavior and abuse of power. We need someone above the average... she's intellectually just alright. We cannot afford a "just alright person" for the hard times ahead. McCain put his political calculations first, not our country!

Posted by: d_hyperion | October 10, 2008 9:14 PM | Report abuse


K A R M A ? ? ?

Posted by: tperry1 | October 10, 2008 9:14 PM | Report abuse

who is the real Sarah Palin?

Posted by: MrSmith1 | October 10, 2008 9:14 PM | Report abuse

Dont worry the McCain camp will call this bipartisian comittee that started this investigation long before she was the VP nominee a witch-hunt. Come monday they can get right back to inciting their mob rallies to hatred, fear mongering and bumper sticker mentality. Things will go right back to normal just like this.....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=itEucdhf4Us

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=utXFkXwaG7A

Posted by: feastorafamine | October 10, 2008 9:13 PM | Report abuse

Any responsible manager would have recused themself from a situation where a family member was involved.

The fact that Ms. Palin chose to involve herself, her staff and, of all people, her civilian husband who had no justifiable role in a state matter, speaks not only to Ms. Palin being unsuitable to hold public office, but any role in corporate business. Her obvious lack of judgement, nevermind the legal ramifications of her pursuing a personal vendetta through governmental channels, has opened the State of Alaska to civil lawsuit. Just imagine what will happen if we allow and condone this sort of behavior by escalating it to the national/international level. American's will become more disgusted with their elected officials and foreign leaders will scoff at us all the more. Combined with the hobbling of our economic might, this will make us the laughing stock of the world.

How will anyone be able to accept America as a legitimate arbiter of any dispute when vested interests are given free reign to decided what's right and what's wrong?

Vice President!?! What was John McCain thinking???

Posted by: bluebirder | October 10, 2008 9:12 PM | Report abuse

By the way the title of this blog is very misleading. There is a world of difference between "MISUSED and "ABUSED".

The report found Palin ABUSED her power.

Got that straight?

Your title makes it sound like it was an accident...

Posted by: RegisUrgel | October 10, 2008 9:12 PM | Report abuse

NOT A SINGLE REPUBLICAN CAN TELL WHY SARAH PALIN IS BEING SHIELDED FROM THE MEDIA... WHY ISN'T SHE GIVING PRESS CONFERENCES? WHAT IS SHE HIDING (OTHER THAN HER VERY LOW IQ, TIES WITH AN ANTI- AMERICAN ORGANIZATION, DIRECT CORRUPTION INVOLVEMENT, NEPOTISM, CRAZY BELIEFS AND POLICIES -evolution denier, human caused global warming denier, witchcraft rituals, anti-abortion in case of rape or incest, book censoring-, ILLEGAL OIL COMPANIES FUNDS FOR BIASED RESEARCH, ANTI-ENVIRONMENTAL AND ANIMAL CRUELTY PRACTICES, ETC )? OR ALL OF THE ABOVE? HOW SUSPICIOUS... WE WANT ANSWERS!

WHO IS THE REAL SARAH PALIN?

Posted by: d_hyperion | October 10, 2008 9:12 PM | Report abuse

Let's see how this works.

The investigator, Steven Branchflower, is a former prosecutor hired by a Republican-controlled legislative committee, and he concluded that Monegan's rebuff of the entreaties played a role in his firing but was not the only reason.

Does this mean the Republican committee "betrayed" the Republican Party, just like Kathleen Parker did?

In any case, I do agree with the McCain campaign that she did nothing wrong. Heck, if a Governor cannot use the governmental power to do some small amount of personal vendetta, then why run for an executive office? After all, Palin was willing to settle the whole thing by placing Wooten on desk duty; she was not going to have him executed by using her "executive experience". Nor was she going to take Wooten out for a hunting game and then pulled a Cheney (her favorite VP model) on him. It seems fair to me.

Posted by: steviana | October 10, 2008 9:11 PM | Report abuse

I guess abusing executive pwer is kinda like being a president, only with real lies and obfuscation.

Posted by: afgooey74 | October 10, 2008 9:11 PM | Report abuse

TROOPERGATE REPORT: PALIN ABUSED HER POWER

REPUBLICANS ARE LIARS AND HYPOCRITES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! DIDN'T SHE SAY "MY LIFE IS AN OPEN BOOK" AND DENY ANY WRONGDOING??? SO IT MAKES SENSE WHY SHE REFUSED TO COMPLY WITH SUBPEONAS--- SHE WAS GUILTY ALL ALONG AND KNEW IT, YET LIED TO EVERYONE!!!!!!!!!!!!

DON'T VOTE FOR McBUSH AND THE LYING PITBULL!!!!!!

REMEMBER AT THE VICE-PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE, SHE SAID THE VP SHOULD HAVE MORE POWERS!!!! W.T.F????? THIS WOMAN SHOULD NOT BE RUNNING FOR VP, SHE IS A CORRUPT LIAR!

FYI--- THERE WERE 8 REPUBLICANS AND 4 DEMOCRATS WHO MADE THE DECISION---- WHERE IS THE "PARTISANSHIP" THE REPUBLICANS WERE CRYING FOUL ABOUT??? THIS WAS A FAIR PROCESS!

Posted by: kbuckingham777 | October 10, 2008 9:11 PM | Report abuse

Now I _know_ it's over.

McCain and Palin are the subject of ridicule, not enmity. They’ve turned – overnight – into the Detroit Lions of politics.

Posted by: gbooksdc | October 10, 2008 9:10 PM | Report abuse

The trooper tazered a 10 year old kid, threatened to kill family members, and was suspended for his actions.

According to the report, Palin's firing of Monegan was "a proper and lawful exercise" of the governor's authority.

"I think there are some problems in this report," said state Sen. Gary Stevens, a member of the panel. "I would encourage people to be very cautious, to look at this with a jaundiced eye."

The nearly 300-page report does not recommend sanctions or a criminal investigation.

Posted by: American_Citizen | October 10, 2008 9:10 PM | Report abuse

Welcome to the White House President Obama!!!!

Posted by: buzzsaw1 | October 10, 2008 9:10 PM | Report abuse

Palin is not a pig with lipstick, not a bulldog with lipstick, but Cheney with lipstick. Mr. COUNTRY FIRST: Dismiss this crackpot from your ticket!!

Posted by: medogsbstfrnd | October 10, 2008 9:08 PM | Report abuse

I think there is a difference between the word abused and misused. Ah, I can see the spin starting to develop now!

Posted by: hmmmmmer | October 10, 2008 9:08 PM | Report abuse

Who is the REAL Sarah Palin?

Posted by: sandyboy42 | October 10, 2008 9:07 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin had the authority to fire whoever she wanted. She has been saying this all along. Go Sarah!!

Posted by: kmccorma | October 10, 2008 9:07 PM | Report abuse

That woman is abusive? Really? Given the hatemongering that follows her everywhere she goes, is anyone surprised?

Posted by: RegisUrgel | October 10, 2008 9:07 PM | Report abuse

Abuse of executive power? You mean like W?

And I thought the whole Bush-McCain connection thingie was just a gimmick!

Posted by: afgooey74 | October 10, 2008 9:06 PM | Report abuse

AP:This just in; Sarah Palin accuses Obama of favoring Hadji over Johnny Quest. "I bet if Johnny wasn't looking, Hadji would have killed Bandit!" Palin said to a cheering crowd of crazed Republicans. "Obama is not like us, he looks un-american"Palin said. "Get a rope!" someone from the crowd shouted. It was just like a scene from Blazing Saddles.

Posted by: Sadaam | October 10, 2008 9:05 PM | Report abuse

"GOVERNOR PALIN BROKE STATE LAW...ABUSED HER POWER...AND VIOLATED THE PUBLIC TRUST"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

NOTHING? MAYBE IN ALASKA BUT THIS SEALS JOHNNY BOY McSAME'S DEFEAT.

HIS ONLY HOPE WOULD BE TO DUMP HER FOR CONDI OR LIEBERMAN AND THE GOP HARDCORE WILL NOT LET THAT HAPPEN.

BESIDES...THIS IS A TOTAL INDICTMENT OF McSAME'S JUDGEMENT.

ROTFLMAO.....YOU RIGHT-WING ASSHATS WILL RETCH ON HAVING TO LIVE UNDER PRESIDENT OBAMA!

Posted by: chasmack99 | October 10, 2008 9:04 PM | Report abuse

Don't forget there is another issue pending: the private email accounts used to conduct official business outside of the public eye.

Posted by: akindependent | October 10, 2008 9:02 PM | Report abuse

So much for a clean & new face. The _itch is a LIAR.

Imagine that...Palin has now been judged UNETHICAL, just like McCain for the Keating 5 scandal. WHAT a team!!

What ever will Hannity do now? Or, Faux Noise? They are gonna have to change their schedule now from "Precious Sarah to, hmmn..

Todd Palin's involvement in making contact w/16 different officials to try to MAKE them fire the brother-in-law is very scary.

The Palins and McCains are far too "Mavericky" for me...

OBAMA-BIDEN 08

Posted by: dematheart | October 10, 2008 9:02 PM | Report abuse

Abuse of Power!!!! Impeach the Beatch!!

Posted by: Honest_Abe | October 10, 2008 9:01 PM | Report abuse

Don't forget: contrary to McSame Palin, This was a BIPARTISAN investigation.
there were MORE REPUBLICANS ON THIS BOARD THAN DEMS>

Posted by: ukeman | October 10, 2008 9:00 PM | Report abuse

Abuse of power from a VP candidate who likes the flexibility that Dick Cheney saw in his role as VP. My God this is Bush Co. all over again. Including the McCain response that dismisses it as partisanship. This was going on before he made the tragic mistake of picking her. McCain is sunk. Bad judgment, from picking Palin to the negative campaign he is running. Bad judgment isn't something we can afford.

Posted by: fishingriver | October 10, 2008 9:00 PM | Report abuse

You really want to know why McCain is losing?

In order to win the presidency, he decided to sell his soul to the devil and follow the wishes of Limbaugh and Hannity.

Bad judgment at every turn, Mr. McCain, at every possible turn. Should have followed your own better judgment, but it's way too late, as you are certifiably "erratic".

Quite the maverick.

Posted by: jfern03 | October 10, 2008 9:00 PM | Report abuse

I feel bad for the guy that was fired. He clearly didn't deserve this or want to be involved in any of this.
I am afraid of those rabid GOP supporters who will absolutely freak out if a BLACK MAN is elected president of the United States. Fortunately, I am a well-armed liberal... don't be trying to break my door in, I stil believe in the Constitution.
For those of you who really want some inspiration and want to believe in what America stands for, I would recommend going to the Jefferson Memorial and soaking in the words of Jefferson.
May President Obama be blessed!

Posted by: guitar_blue | October 10, 2008 8:59 PM | Report abuse

The report essentially says that Sarah Palin and her husband behaved unethically, but not necessarily illegally. This should come as no surprise. It fits her Machiavellian mindset perfectly.

Sarah Palin is all about morality, but she cares nothing about ethics.

Posted by: labman57 | October 10, 2008 8:58 PM | Report abuse

whoa there! wht's up with this?????
Oh I see, JUST ANOTHER REPUBLICAN ABUSE OF POWER.. nothing new...
no reformer/maverick here....
just more FRAUD...
Losers.

Posted by: ukeman | October 10, 2008 8:58 PM | Report abuse

Whatchout! that "liar boomerang" Palin's been throwing out at Obama - just swung back! Its a shame that this mother is setting such a despicable example for her children - "Lies always come back to "roost"!

Posted by: VAvoter1 | October 10, 2008 8:57 PM | Report abuse

Nothing to see here, please move along...--the McCain campaign

Posted by: menloshark | October 10, 2008 8:57 PM | Report abuse

REMEMBER AT THE VICE-PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE, SHE SAID THE VP SHOULD HAVE MORE POWERS!!!! W.T.F?????

THIS WOMAN SHOULD NOT BE RUNNING FOR VP! SHE IS A CORRUPT LIAR.

Posted by: kbuckingham777 | October 10, 2008 8:56 PM | Report abuse

Republicans Abuse power??? Hmmmmmmm....It seems to me that McBush choose an Alaskan domestic terrorist as his VP nominee!!!!

Posted by: Beka13 | October 10, 2008 8:56 PM | Report abuse

Well...at least she's no friends with a washed up 60s era hippy nobody cares about, right repugs?

Posted by: playa_brotha | October 10, 2008 8:55 PM | Report abuse

The lipstick is coming off the pig! Nice pick, McCain! Great judgment!

Posted by: DragonRoll | October 10, 2008 8:55 PM | Report abuse

That is the thing about throwing stones in glass houses.....

but how ambitious are you to throw stones knowing you lied and could get caught? Did Mc'Con' really think that he could sweep all under the rug?

This is a sadder day for women everywhere and as much as I did not like Hillary, she was a Army marathon more qualified than Palin.

Posted by: 4taz | October 10, 2008 8:55 PM | Report abuse

What I find disturbing is that they went after the father of her nieces/nephews. How is it healthy for those children to have their Mother's family be vicious towards their father?

To me that is anti-family values.

Before people start screaming about what a bad guy he is; I have read about the incidents that Palin and her family cite. If you look beyond the campaign talking points he did not do what they claim. There are many people who understand that an exspouse can do and say many things that may have a grain of truth but not reflect reality.

Posted by: Kteeeo | October 10, 2008 8:55 PM | Report abuse

"Misused"? Sorry, the finding was that Palin "abused her power." Liberal media, huh?

Posted by: automax4000 | October 10, 2008 8:54 PM | Report abuse

Way to vet your vp pick, McCain!
Now you have a governor who abused her power...another Bush/Cheney tactic!
Can we afford more of the same from these two?!
This is the death knell to this campaign.

Posted by: chasemanlv | October 10, 2008 8:54 PM | Report abuse

TROOPERGATE REPORT: PALIN ABUSED HER POWER

REPUBLICANS ARE LIARS AND HYPOCRITES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! DIDN'T SHE SAY "MY LIFE IS AN OPEN BOOK" AND DENY ANY WRONGDOING??? SO IT MAKES SENSE WHY SHE REFUSED TO COMPLY WITH SUBPEONAS--- SHE WAS GUILTY ALL ALONG AND KNEW IT, YET LIED TO EVERYONE!!!!!!!!!!!!

DON'T VOTE FOR McBUSH AND THE LYING PITBULL!!!!!!

REMEMBER AT THE VICE-PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE, SHE SAID THE VP SHOULD HAVE MORE POWERS!!!! WTF?????

Posted by: kbuckingham777 | October 10, 2008 8:53 PM | Report abuse

I just can't wait until Failin Palin is VP - she'll make Chaney look like an ultra left liberal.

Posted by: stodayxx | October 10, 2008 8:52 PM | Report abuse

She abused her power. That, on the heels of John McCain getting booed in his own rally because his conscience finally got the best of him (or his negatives were escalating) is an example of a campaign in tatters. Moose and squirrel are toast.

Regardless of why he decided to defend Obama, I am grateful he saw the light. He can go back to the Senate with a little dignity left. He can go back knowing he may have avoided riots and violence by changing his tactics. And, that is putting country first. Palin on the other hand, needs a spanking.

Posted by: sandnsmith | October 10, 2008 8:52 PM | Report abuse

A violation of the public trust- as determined by a bipartisan commission! How typical of the Republicans- try to stonewall and lie, because the law doesn't apply to them (or so they think).

Palin is Dick Cheney with lipstick.

NINETEEN (19) phone calls trying to get this guy fired?!?!

She is also Alaskan trailer trash and Mc Cain's picking her as her VP is an insult to America.

Now watch the wingnuts try to spin this as no big deal LOL!

Posted by: losthorizon10 | October 10, 2008 8:52 PM | Report abuse

Senator McCain must wake up in his sleep screaming since he picked Sarah Palin.

The pick of Sarah Palin is an indication of the rash (irrational) decisions he is prone to make. People want this man to be our leader? If something should happen to McCain, you would want Mr. & Mrs. Palin running the country?

This republican administration has brought this country to its knees! The last thing we need is more of the same! I didn't think it could get much worse then George Bush, but flip/flop irrational McCain could prove to be the final nail in the coffin for this country.

Obama/Biden '08

Posted by: seakayaker | October 10, 2008 8:52 PM | Report abuse


No more moral highground BS.
No more trust BS
No more reformer BS
No nothing left.

GOP = LOSERS

Will they eject Palin?
Time for Romney?

Whatcha gonna do now, Sean?

Posted by: jfern03 | October 10, 2008 8:51 PM | Report abuse

Way to go McCain. Nice job vetting, but apparently you knew she was under investigation when you picked her. And this is the woman who has the audacity while out on the campaign trail to ask if we can trust Obama. The real question is whether she can be trusted and do we really know her. The answer to both is NO.

Posted by: ggwalt123 | October 10, 2008 8:51 PM | Report abuse

..."My, my, my...."Hey I know republicans should pick Sara Palen to be their Vice President and that way, she can dismiss these FACTS, with more lies, like the "BIG ONE she's been caught in now."

....."You republicans be sure now you RUN and Vote for her, that's just what America needs, someone who abuses their power for GAIN as we've seen here that republicans apparently do."

...."I HOPE SHE IS FIRED IMMEDIATELY, and I'm sure now "OLD MAN RIVER/republican McCain will have to find another VP pick, you republicans just keep getting caughts either "STEALING/LYING/ABUSING/POWER over others, but this time Republican Palen as we'll as her United States Republican Senator Stevens are birds of a feather who both belong in JAIL!

Posted by: ztcb4 | October 10, 2008 8:51 PM | Report abuse

Here is a link to the actual Alaska troppergate report just released by the bipartisan Legislatave commitee.
http://download2.legis.state.ak.us/DOWNLOAD.pdf

Palin "violated the public trust" and "unlawfully ABUSED her power"

Palin, and McCain -are toast

Posted by: plaza04433 | October 10, 2008 8:51 PM | Report abuse

Everyone please watch these youtube clips about a McBush/Pitbull rally in Ohio. Why hasn't the Secret Service done anything???

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KjxzmaXAg9E

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJghQMq49dw&feature=user

Watch the mentality of the McBush/Pitbull supporters!! THIS IS SCARY!

VOTE OBAMA- get rid of these Republican fools!

Posted by: kbuckingham777 | October 10, 2008 8:51 PM | Report abuse

Palin's abuse of power is what really bothers me when deciding on a candidate.

We've had almost 8 yrs of this type of abuse by the Bush administration. It's not the fact that according to SOPs these things can be done...it's they way they are done (and then swept under the rug).

I would rather have a politician step up to the people and say..I'm sorry..I made a mistake.

She fired an employee because of a few different reasons but she always stated it was not based on any personal reasons.

That's called lying.

Posted by: ssanford00 | October 10, 2008 8:51 PM | Report abuse

Thank you Alaska legislators for standing up to PALIN. Maybe now a few more citizens will be inspired by your courage to do the right thing for Americans everywhere.

Posted by: VAvoter1 | October 10, 2008 8:50 PM | Report abuse

Surprise, surprise. I have never heard Gov. Palin tell the truth about anything. Another example of McCain's judgement.

Posted by: tmccbo | October 10, 2008 8:50 PM | Report abuse

TROOPERGATE REPORT: PALIN ABUSED HER POWER

REPUBLICANS ARE LIARS AND HYPOCRITES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! DIDN'T SHE SAY "MY LIFE IS AN OPEN BOOK" AND DENY ANY WRONGDOING??? SO IT MAKES SENSE WHY SHE REFUSED TO COMPLY WITH SUBPEONAS--- SHE WAS GUILTY ALL ALONG AND KNEW IT, YET LIED TO EVERYONE!!!!!!!!!!!!

DON'T VOTE FOR McBUSH AND THE LYING PITBULL!!!!!!

Posted by: kbuckingham777 | October 10, 2008 8:49 PM | Report abuse

The only October surprise that can work for McCain:

At this point, the only way McCain can save his failin' campaign is to dump Palin and choose Ron Paul as his VP choice.

If that were to happen, then Obama would have to dump Biden for Kucinich, but of course, he would never do that and so he would lose.

But, McCain would never dump Palin, and that is why he will lose!

Posted by: kevinschmidt | October 10, 2008 8:49 PM | Report abuse

She definitely is Republcian vice-presidential material. She already knows how to abuse power and I'm sure she knows how to use a gun against lawyers. She feel follow in Cheney's footsteps very well. McCain sure knows how to put country first.

Posted by: DesertStormVet2 | October 10, 2008 8:48 PM | Report abuse

Great choice John. What a political tramp she is. Time to fire up impeachment proceedings.

Posted by: Honest_Abe | October 10, 2008 8:48 PM | Report abuse

So what's next? Will the Mccain/Palin Campaign try to spin this too, that she's not guilty or misused power even though that is what the investigation found. I hope the American people still belive in truth after the horrible McCain/Palin lies and hate mongering tactics.

Posted by: jamie5 | October 10, 2008 8:48 PM | Report abuse

Maybe they should have vetted her!

Posted by: havok26 | October 10, 2008 8:47 PM | Report abuse

Was there any doubt she abused her power, she is just another Bush or Cheney, take your pick. They think they are above the law and can do anything they dang well please. Enough is enough! Throw the bums out for good!

Posted by: McSameChalin | October 10, 2008 8:46 PM | Report abuse

Well, thank God we have someone with "executive experience" on the ticket.

Posted by: ComfortablyDumb | October 10, 2008 8:45 PM | Report abuse

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