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Lessons from history: Meet the inventor of "Political Home Reality Shows" and the "Big Lie"

The new year has just begun and Sarah Palin is quiet – though certainly not for long. This “break” gives me the perfect opportunity for a look back in history. In this case, I am talking about the “dark” history of the 20th century, and there are some interesting and shocking details to discover.
Sarah Palin is a “phenomenon” which still is not easy to understand. Accordingly, mainstream America seems to be uncertain about how to treat her. On the one hand, she is widely considered to be a laughable, ignorant person, as an extreme political outsider without “gravitas”, but on the other hand, the extreme nature of her political positions didn’t stop a channel like ABC to feature her daughter Bristol (and at the same time, Sarah) on DWTS, and didn’t stop TLC from producing a folksy family propaganda show about the greatness of Alaska and the greatness of Sarah Palin’s family.
Commentators in the MSM usually shy away from some of the conclusions that seem obvious for almost anyone who closely examines Sarah Palin – in particular, the apparent narcissistic nature of her personality. Wikipedia remarks:

Although most individuals have some narcissistic traits, high levels of narcissism can manifest themselves as a pathological form as narcissistic personality disorder, whereby the patient overestimates his or her abilities and has an excessive need for admiration and affirmation.


I would definitely say that Sarah Palin has an excessive need for admiration and affirmation, and one of the best pieces of evidence for this claim is her “reality show” on TLC, and also the overly enthusiastic picture she constantly paints of her own family, in particular of her children.

Sarah claims to trump the competition in being a great hunter, fisherman, mother etc., and she also has no hesitation to praise her children as being role models, for example in “America by Heart” when she talks about Bristol on page 96:

It didn’t take long after that magical night, however, for both new parents to realize how much work—and how little fun—teenage parenting is. But my strong, beautiful Bristol reacted in a way that made me proud. She went to college. And worked full time. A nd took care of a needy, colicky baby through many, many sleepless nights, doctor’s appointments, and lonely, cold car rides to and from babysitters. She worked as hard as any young single mother could possibly work.

Well, I haven’t seen the college that Bristol “went to”, but it surely exists in Sarah Palin’s mind, and that should be good enough for her fans.
According to Sarah Palin, the “courage” of Bristol in earning hundreds of thousands of dollars through speaking out to “pause” and/or to be “abstinent” is truly remarkable (p. 121):

Bristol has boldly and publicly acknowledged in ads for the Candie’s Foundation that abstinence is the only surefire way of preventing pregnancy. A nd for this, she has been accused of being a hypocrite. But to those critics I say this: Which is the more courageous course for a young, single mother: to sit down and shut up and avoid the critics, or to speak out in a painfully honest way about how tough single parenting is? I’m biased, of course, but given a choice of role models between Bristol and Murphy Brown, I choose Bristol.


Naturally, her son Track made Sarah Palin proud as well, as she explains on page 36 in “America By Heart”:

On September 11, 2008, the brigade’s deployment to Iraq landed the soldiers in the Diyala Province, northeast of Baghdad, fighting insurgents and helping to rebuild that war-torn country. Then, on September 11, 2009, he as scheduled to return home. Like all military families, his sisters, his baby brother, Todd, and I were overjoyed that Track is coming home safe. But at the last second, the family of one of the other members of the Stryker Brigade had a medical scare. Track’s fellow soldier had to get home fast, and there were no extra seats on the transport. So Track, God bless him, gave up his seat. He had to stay an additional month in the heat and sand and danger of Iraq for another available flight home. At first, he didn’t want to tell us about the reason for his delay. He still doesn’t like to talk about it, much less have his mom crow about it in print. But then I finally heard the story of what he did for his fellow soldier, I think I was prouder of my son than I had ever been before.

However, two facts stand in contradiction to this “report” by Sarah Palin about Track’s selfless behavior in “America by Heart.”

“The Palins are expecting the return of eldest son Track this weekend from a yearlong deployment with an Army combat brigade in Iraq,” Palin spokeswoman Meghan Stapleton told The Washington Times. “Mrs. Palin also has her first major paid speaking engagement in Hong Kong” in a few days, she added

Secondly, while this report is no final proof that Track did indeed return on the weekend of the 19/20 September 2009, we do know that Track “CJ” (cough, cough) Palin was already home on October 2, 2009, because that is the day when he received a speeding ticket in Alaska. So Sarah’s account in “America by Heart” is a deliberate exaggeration, presented in order to make the behavior of Track appear “greater” than it actually was. In writing about these events in this manner in “America by Heart”, Sarah in my opinion also somehow diminishes the altruistic nature of Track’s act.
Sarah Palin is a complex person who seems to defy “simple explanations”, and the regular readers of Palingates will know that we sometimes take the liberty to look back at extreme politicians in history, especially the Nazis in order to draw parallels to current events and in order to understand history and learn from it. While history doesn’t repeat itself 100%, I believe that the during the 20th century people got more than enough insights into the minds and actions of totalitarian politicians. There are more than enough lessons to be learned from the past.
Recently I watched a new TV-documentary which was produced by the leading German magazine “Der Spiegel.” This 78-minute long documentary reports about the conclusions of a new biography about Joseph Goebbels, written by the accomplished German historian Peter Longerich. In his body of work, Longerich focuses on the Third Reich and the Holocaust. He is currently the Director of the Research Centre for the Holocaust and Twentieth-Century History at the Royal Holloway and Bedford New College, University of London. His new biography about Joseph Goebbels, with the impressive length of 912 pages, doesn’t seem to be available in English language so far.
I didn’t expect too much from this “Spiegel” documentary, which was distributed on DVD together with a weekly edition of the magazine, but then I was really taken aback by a whole “series” of apparent “parallels” between one of the darkest people in history, Joseph Goebbels, and the woman we usually write about.
I today published a few minutes of this documentary in a clip on youtube, together with English subtitles. There is one particular fact I was never really aware about before watching this documentary: Apparently caused by a severe narcissistic personality disorder, Joseph Goebbels created a “public cult”, not just around him, his upbringing and his home town, but especially around his family and his children.
For example, at some point during the 1930s after the Nazis came to power, Joseph and his wife Magda Goebbels started to commission professionally shot “birthday movies”, which featured their six little children, who congratulated Joseph Goebbels and showed other scenes from their family life. Over the years, this became more and more excessive, and it is noted on several webpages that for example in 1942, the Goebbels children appeared on no less than 34 occasions in the weekly German national news reels (“Deutsche Wochenschau”), one of the most important instruments of cinematic Nazi Propaganda. The children served as the German (and Nazi) “model family.”
The clip I made with excerpts from the “Spiegel” documentary gives you an impression. Please be aware that there are graphic images of the corpses of Joseph and Magda Goebbels and their dead children at the beginning of the clip. As most of you will know, Joseph and Magda Goebbels killed their six children before committing suicide in May 1945.
http://video.google.com/googleplayer.swf?docid=-8973962176504385280&hl=en&fs=true

What stands out in looking back at this horrific exploitation of Joseph Goebbels’ children is the increasingly excessive nature of the exploitation, which in my opinion cannot be explained by propaganda purposes alone. In addition, not shown in the clips above, Joseph Goebbels as the head of the German propaganda and the movie business also started to produce movies about his home town and the home in which he grew up, claiming that he had a happy, perfect childhood. In reality, as historian Peter Longerich points out, Goebbels’ childhood was far from perfect, for example due to a severe deformation of his right leg which developed when Goebbels was five years old. In addition, Goebbels later was a mediocre student at University, obtaining a PhD with a low mark, however, on virtually every occasion in later life he made sure that he was introduced as “Dr. Goebbels.”

History never repeats itself in identical ways, but we should all educate ourselves and try to learn from history.

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In addition, Joseph Goebbels “perfected” a technique that is still very relevant today – especially as far as Sarah Palin is concerned: The “Big Lie.”

The Big Lie theory goes like this: A gigantic, audacious lie is more likely to be believed by the masses than a small one if it is repeated often enough. First articulated in the pages of Mein Kampf by Adolf Hitler (who attributed the practice, of course, to Jews) and deployed as a tactic by Nazi master propagandist Joseph Goebbels, the Big Lie went mainstream in 2010, as its propagators on the Right were accepted by big media as respectable articulators of a legitimate point of view.


The “Big Lie” is the classic “Sarah Palin concept.” She has embraced it like nothing else. Her “official” life story is full of these “big lies” that she repeats over and over and over again.

A happy family life? A big lie. A happy marriage? A big lie. Sarah Palin’s “life-affirming” pregnancy and birth of Trig? A big lie. The list goes on.
Don’t let a politician with a severe narcissistic personality disorder get into the White House, and don’t give this person a platform. You all understand this, but unfortunately ABC and TLC and Fox News don’t.
Oh, speaking about Fox News: Kathleen found something interesting today which hasn’t been discussed on Palingates so far. It turns out that one of the main propagandists for Adolf Hitler before he got into power was – Fox News:

Observers of the current US election season have noted the prominent role of Rupert Murdoch’s reactionary Fox News Channel, which currently employs GOP and “Tea Party” partisans Sarah Palin, Glen Beck, Mike Huckabee, Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, Sean Hannity, and others. Some have alleged that a television network carrying so many potential political candidates and propagandists on its payroll is unprecedented. But there is a precedent for large-scale Fox intervention into a political campaign.

In 1932, the German newsreel subsidiary of Fox News Channel’s corporate ancestor, Fox Films, intervened in national elections in Germany.

The candidate Fox supported was Nazi leader Adolf Hitler.

The basic facts are available in German historian Hans Mommsen’s authoritative study entitled The Rise and Fall of Weimar Democracy, which is translated into English and widely available in over five hundred libraries in this country. Mommsen, one of the most distinguished postwar German historians, is now Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Bochum. In Mommsen’s account of Nazi propaganda techniques, we find the following: “There was nothing that escaped the ingenuity of Nazi propagandists. A case in point was the use of film. Under Goebbels’ influence the party had begun to exploit the potential of the political propaganda film to an unprecedented extent as early as 1930. Such films were shown mostly in places where Hitler and other prominent party leaders were not able to appear as speakers. For the manufacture of outdoor sound film, the NSDAP turned to an American company, Twentieth Century Fox.“

Scholar William G. Chrystal confirms this account and provides further important details in his 1975 article on “Nazi Party Election Films, 1927-1938.” Chrystal writes: “Support for two additional 1932 election films, Der Führer (The Leader), and Hitlers Kampf um Deutschland (Hitler’s Struggle for Germany) came from the German-based subsidiary of Twentieth Century Fox, Fox Tönende Wochenschau (Fox Weekly Sound Newsreel [i.e., Fox Movietone News]). In addition, they also supplied some mobile sound film vans to be used during the campaign. Thus at least part of Hitler’s support in that critical time was the result of Fox’s help. The background for this assistance is unknown since Fox Tönende Wochenschau records were destroyed during the war,” according to a July 9, 1974 letter to Chrystal from Joseph Bellfort, who was at that time the vice president of the Twentieth Century Fox International Film Corporation.

You might have thought that Fox News should have learned their history lessons by now.

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PLUS:
We already had our amazing yearly round-up by Blueberry Tart, but let me take a final look at our stats for 2010 as well.

The stats for Palingates in 2010 exceeded our wildest expectations:
– 5,222,981 pageloads
– 2,688,298 unique visitors
– 895,312 returning visitors
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I don’t know what the next year will bring, but I hope that we will get close again. 😉
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"Going Rogue": Sarah Palin is "thankful for the opportunity to write the truth" / Plus: A little lesson in psychology – UPDATE: Andrew Sullivan

Sarah Palin has gone on the great roguish trainwreck tour across the USA, and despite of the fact that she has become a laughing stock, her supporters are enthusiastic. Having just written the greatest book of lies in living history, Sarah Palin apparently misses the irony when she says that she is “thankful for the opportunity to write the truth.” MSNBC reports:

Visit msnbc.com for Breaking News, World News, and News about the Economy

Then I saw that Stephen Colbert had this moment of brilliance and I would like to share it with you:

The Colbert Report Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
The Word – Grand Old Pity Party
www.colbertnation.com
Colbert Report Full Episodes Political Humor U.S. Speedskating

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But that’s not all. In order to properly understand Sarah Palin, we have to look a bit deeper into the science of psychology.

There’s a definition:

Narcissistic Personality Disorder > 5 of following criteria

1. Requires excessive admiration
2. Grandiose sense of self-importance; believes self to be superior
3. Preoccupied with fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance
4. Believes that he/she is special and should have only the best
5. Has sense of entitlement, ie deserves special favors or treatment
6. Exploits interpersonal relations, ie takes advantage of others
7. Lacks empathy and concern for others
8. Is envious of others or believes them to be envious of him/her
9. Displays arrogance

Modified from *Diagnostic & Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 4th ed, Am Psychiatric Asso, 1994

I have to admit that I had never looked closely into this before. But now I understand what’s going on here. It’s crystal clear, and I wonder why this hasn’t been discussed in more detail in the media regarding Sarah Palin.

“Psychology Today” explains:

“Deep desire to be at the center of things is served by extreme self-confidence, a combination that makes narcissists attractive and even charming. Buoyed by a coterie of admiring friends and associates—protected by the armor of positive self-regard—someone with a mild-to-moderate case of narcissism can float through life feeling pretty good about himself. Since they feel entitled to special treatment, they are easily offended, and readily harbor grudges. Yet narcissists are often very popular—at least in the short term.

The beauty of being a narcissist is that even when disaster stares you in the face, you feel neither doubt nor remorse. In a study, researchers asked a pair of participants to undertake a task that was rigged to fail. Most people tend to protect their partner, sharing either the credit or the blame. “But the narcissists would say, ‘It’s totally the other person’s fault.’ They’re completely willing to step on someone,” says narcissism researcher Keith Campbell, associate professor of social psychology at the University of Georgia.

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Don’t cross him. Entirely dependent on others’ opinions, a narcissist can act like a cornered animal if he or she feels threatened. Research shows that narcissists become aggressive when they feel an ego threat—confronted with proof that they aren’t special—or feel they aren’t getting enough respect. In the lab, they are willing to punish other experimental subjects with a noise blast when they think they’ve been put down. If you have to tell a narcissist he isn’t doing a good job, do it gently—and be prepared.

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Unfortunately, anyone can be seduced by a narcissist. One misconception is that only those with low self-esteem date someone who’s so self-centered, but people with normal self-respect can also end up involved with a narcissist. They have decisive, take-charge personalities in a society that shuns wishy-washiness.

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At least Andrew Sullivan get’s it:

“Watching someone this delusional and this uninformed and this narcissistic strut around the world stage telling empirical untruth after untruth is a car wreck worth rubber-necking. The book is so weird, and its fiction so bad, and its facts so non-checked, you’d have to have every single journalistic bone in your body removed to be indifferent to it.”

Please don’t miss Andrew Sullivan’s current extensive coverage about Sarah Palin on the “Daily Dish”.

He just reported how Sarah Palin uses Trig on the tour shamelessly as a prop.

UPDATE on Andrew Sullivan:

Andrew Sullivan has written a long article about his attempt to make sense of Palin’s book. He tries to take her book seriously and struggles. I can understand him and I think that he gives a very sharp analysis.

Excerpt:

In this, the book is emblematic of late degenerate Republicanism, which is based not on actual policies, but on slogans now so exhausted by over-use they retain no real meaning: free enterprise is great, God loves us all, America is fabulous, foreigners are suspect, we need to be tough, we can’t dither, we must always cut taxes, government is bad, liberals are socialists, the media hates you, etc etc.

I tried to write a fair account of Palin’s various stories of her incredible fifth pregnancy, labor and delivery and to reconcile all the various facts we know and the various versions of the story she has told. Just for the record and because we have aired the public record on this before. I honestly however cannot make total sense of them in a way that I’m completely convinced by and so simply do not feel comfortable making any judgment on them in any way at this point. That’s fair to her, my readers, my colleagues, and the innocent private people caught up in this circus.

I thought there might be some new facts in here that would illuminate my confusion and dispel the whole thing.

There is, rather, more barely-credible myth-making and descriptions of actions taken that really make no sense even on their own terms. But since we now know that Palin tells odd lies all the time even when she doesn’t have to, we cannot hold her to common sense readings. The story she tells is largely incredible if you assume a rational actor at the center of it. But we do not have a rational actor in the center of it; we have an unbalanced, delusional, ambitious fanatic whose relationship to reality is entirely instrumental and can change from minute to minute. And so we cannot even say: that doesn’t make sense so it probably isn’t true. With Palin, anything is possible her world is so imaginary and magical. Much that makes sense with others may not make sense with her. And without external evidence, how can we tell which is which?

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UPDATE:

Can somebody PLEASE show this clip of John Oliver from the Daily Show to Sarah Palin?

I sooo hope that she gets to see that.

“I would rather jump into a vulcano than read this book.” (little unknown kid from New York, 10x cleverer already than Sarah Palin)

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c
Excitement Over Sarah Palin’s Book Release
www.thedailyshow.com
Daily Show
Full Episodes
Political Humor Health Care Crisis

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On Hannity, Sarah Palin mixes up Iran and Iraq, and Sean Hannity (who recently wrote the foreword to the book of the lying pornographer Carrie Prejean) doesn’t even correct her!

I just hope that there is no parallel universe in which Sarah Palin became Vice-President, because their nuclear bombs might hit us, you never know. She might feel threatened by planet earth.

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$arah Palin and the military

August 2008:

When John McCain announced Sarah Palin as his running mate, the campaign immediately began touting her experience, both foreign and domestic, as “commander-in-chief” of the Alaska National Guard.

In an interview with The Associated Press (Aug 31, 2008), Maj. Gen. Craig Campbell said he and Palin play no role in national defense activities, even when they involve the Alaska National Guard. The entire operation is under federal control, and the governor is not briefed on situations.

But suddenly – and strangely – the commander of the Alaska National Guard, Major General Campbell, changed his story. By the end of the convention, he was praising Palin’s experience, talking on TV about how she had taken control of Alaska’s National Guard operations and how she was a “great” leader.

Interestingly enough, Palin promoted him to the rank of Lieutenant General… only three days later.

Fast forward to July 3, 2009, the last bits of $arah Palin’s resignation speech:

“Remember Alaska… America is now, more than ever, looking North to the Future. It’ll be good. So God bless you, and from me and my family – to ALL Alaska – you have my heart.

And we will be in the capable hands of our Lieutenant Governor, Sean Parnell. And Lieutenant General Craig Campbell will assume the role of Lieutenant Governor. And it is my promise to you that I will always be standing by, ready to assist. We have a good, positive agenda for Alaska.

In the words of General MacArthur said, “We are not retreating. We are advancing in another direction.”

Yesterday, at the Wasilla picnic, $arah went all military in her speech:

I thank everyone for coming out today on this beautiful Alaskan day. Thank you for celebrating the military, celebrating Alaska with us and our fiftieth anniversary of the state.
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And I wish that some of the media would keep things like that in perspective, what is really important in our country and what is important is our freedom, America’s security, our liberties, and it is you who are protecting our freedoms and God bless you and thank you.
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Now, one thing that Alaska is known for is our patriotic people who do support our military, and I think I have received no greater compliment than hearing from our troops who are stationed up here in Alaska saying they’re so thankful to be in communities throughout Alaska who truly love and appreciate our country and our United States military defending our country. No greater compliment have I received, so that goes back to the military. I thank them so much for all that they are doing and today as we get to present the blue stars to the families who are supporting their loved ones in the line of duty, we get to appreciate them too.
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My family and I, we join you in honoring the heroic effort of our service men and women, and Todd and I we do proudly display our blue star banner in our home and I wear my pin to show my support for not just my son, but for all who are serving today and have served this great country. I urge you to do the same. Continue to draw together to offer community support to our courageous military and their families.

So, the commander-in-chief (not) was contradicted by Major General Craig Campbell, he backpedalled, was promoted to Lieutenant General three days later, then promoted to lieutenant governor a few months later?

$arah went to Kosovo with Campbell and has been twitting non-stop about warriors, soldiers, never misses an opportunity to smuggle a reference to the brave men and women who fight for the freedoms we enjoy and how they protect the rights of the frivolous complainants under the First Amendment, blah blah blah.

$arah Palin is military deranged!
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Sarah Palin: form filling as an art form

Sarah Palin had to submit a financial disclosure form to the Alaska Public Offices Commission (APOC) on March 16, 2009, covering the period January 1 and December 31, 2008.

The detail shown above is a good example of how not to do it. Does it look professional as one would expect from a state governor? It appears to have been filled in by one of her younger daughters, in a snarky and childish tone, with a bad spelling mistake. Please note that there’s no exact amount quoted. (Click on image to enlarge)

APOC asked for further clarification regarding some items, such as the Arctic Cat discounts and gifts received. The Palins are trying to dodge APOC’s request and her expensive lawyer has sent them a letter with some lame excuse about the gifts and quoting a bunch of statutes that apply only to AGIA to avoid disclosing the Arctic Cat discounts.

In addition to all this “transparency and accountability”, Sarah Palin’s supporters are going to great lengths to boost contributions to her defense fund via a “Begathon”. One of their aims is to provide the governor with enough funds to bring SLAPP suits against the citizens who dare challenge her ethics.

Wiki definition:

A Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation (“SLAPP”) is a lawsuit that is intended to intimidate and silence critics by burdening them with the cost of a legal defense until they abandon their criticism or opposition. Winning the lawsuit is not necessarily the intent of the person filing the SLAPP. The plaintiff’s goals are accomplished if the defendant succumbs to fear, intimidation, mounting legal costs or simple exhaustion and abandons the criticism. A SLAPP may also intimidate others from participating in the debate.

Considering Sarah Palin’s form filling talents, the aggressiveness of her “getting richer by the minute” attorney and legislation being proposed by one of her loyal supporters to keep complaints confidential, it seems Alaska has a dictator with the mentality of a 14 year old.

Sarah Palin’s fans often say that liberals are afraid of their muse because of her power and wisdom.

No, we’re afraid of being complacent and allowing a spiteful, vindictive, immature, vain, divisive hockey mom/wannabe beauty queen/hot governor anywhere near the White House.

McCain didn’t have the right people behind him to be able to steal the election the way Bush did, but let’s not forget that, like Bush, Sarah Palin has strong ties to big oil…
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Sarah Palin: form filling as an art form

Sarah Palin had to submit a financial disclosure form to the Alaska Public Offices Commission (APOC) on March 16, 2009, covering the period January 1 and December 31, 2008.

The detail shown above is a good example of how not to do it. Does it look professional as one would expect from a state governor? It appears to have been filled in by one of her younger daughters, in a snarky and childish tone, with a bad spelling mistake. Please note that there’s no exact amount quoted. (Click on image to enlarge)

APOC asked for further clarification regarding some items, such as the Arctic Cat discounts and gifts received. The Palins are trying to dodge APOC’s request and her expensive lawyer has sent them a letter with some lame excuse about the gifts and quoting a bunch of statutes that apply only to AGIA to avoid disclosing the Arctic Cat discounts.

In addition to all this “transparency and accountability”, Sarah Palin’s supporters are going to great lengths to boost contributions to her defense fund via a “Begathon”. One of their aims is to provide the governor with enough funds to bring SLAPP suits against the citizens who dare challenge her ethics.

Wiki definition:

A Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation (“SLAPP”) is a lawsuit that is intended to intimidate and silence critics by burdening them with the cost of a legal defense until they abandon their criticism or opposition. Winning the lawsuit is not necessarily the intent of the person filing the SLAPP. The plaintiff’s goals are accomplished if the defendant succumbs to fear, intimidation, mounting legal costs or simple exhaustion and abandons the criticism. A SLAPP may also intimidate others from participating in the debate.

Considering Sarah Palin’s form filling talents, the aggressiveness of her “getting richer by the minute” attorney and legislation being proposed by one of her loyal supporters to keep complaints confidential, it seems Alaska has a dictator with the mentality of a 14 year old.

Sarah Palin’s fans often say that liberals are afraid of their muse because of her power and wisdom.

No, we’re afraid of being complacent and allowing a spiteful, vindictive, immature, vain, divisive hockey mom/wannabe beauty queen/hot governor anywhere near the White House.

McCain didn’t have the right people behind him to be able to steal the election the way Bush did, but let’s not forget that, like Bush, Sarah Palin has strong ties to big oil…
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You should have blinked, Sarah Palin


Until the end of August 2008, Sarah Palin was not known outside Alaska at all.

The Alaskan progressive bloggers were quietly blogging from their basements but not many people from outside took much notice of them.

Life was good for Sarah Palin. She could cope with the “Where’s Sarah?” buttons, she could pull her Desperate Housewives stunt, she could stand to have her wrist slapped over Troopergate, she could hide her incompetence, because she was waaay out there, in the last frontier, insulated from outside curiosity.

I can’t believe that anybody would have googled Alaska unless they fancied a cruise or a hunt until the end of August 2008. Outsiders would not have googled Sarah Palin.

The last frontier was just that: the last frontier, end of story. Some corruption rumblings would interest a few political buffs, but by and large, there was anonymity for Alaskan politicians.

Oh, but Sarah Palin didn’t blink!

All eyes turned to Alaska, questions were asked, all her peccadilloes became front page news and the Alaskan bloggers became the new media.

Now we find her family the target of all and sundry, Sarah Palin’s every move examined under a microscope, numerous blogs came into existence (mine included, all the way from France, of all places!) looking at her political record, dissecting her ludicrous account of Trig’s birth and life is not so good for Sarah Palin anymore.

Sarah Palin didn’t blink, but she winked, flirted and blundered her way into notoriety. Her boundless ambition and narcissism changed everything.

We’re all aware now, Sarah Palin, you can’t go back to the good old days.

Deal with it!
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You should have blinked, Sarah Palin


Until the end of August 2008, Sarah Palin was not known outside Alaska at all.

The Alaskan progressive bloggers were quietly blogging from their basements but not many people from outside took much notice of them.

Life was good for Sarah Palin. She could cope with the “Where’s Sarah?” buttons, she could pull her Desperate Housewives stunt, she could stand to have her wrist slapped over Troopergate, she could hide her incompetence, because she was waaay out there, in the last frontier, insulated from outside curiosity.

I can’t believe that anybody would have googled Alaska unless they fancied a cruise or a hunt until the end of August 2008. Outsiders would not have googled Sarah Palin.

The last frontier was just that: the last frontier, end of story. Some corruption rumblings would interest a few political buffs, but by and large, there was anonymity for Alaskan politicians.

Oh, but Sarah Palin didn’t blink!

All eyes turned to Alaska, questions were asked, all her peccadilloes became front page news and the Alaskan bloggers became the new media.

Now we find her family the target of all and sundry, Sarah Palin’s every move examined under a microscope, numerous blogs came into existence (mine included, all the way from France, of all places!) looking at her political record, dissecting her ludicrous account of Trig’s birth and life is not so good for Sarah Palin anymore.

Sarah Palin didn’t blink, but she winked, flirted and blundered her way into notoriety. Her boundless ambition and narcissism changed everything.

We’re all aware now, Sarah Palin, you can’t go back to the good old days.

Deal with it!
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