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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.

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.

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.

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
Palingates - Complete stats for 2010
I don’t know what the next year will bring, but I hope that we will get close again. 😉
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Sarah Palin’s Alaska – Episode 6 – A reader’s review

By Leadfoot_LA and Bella, Age 7

We begin today’s episode of All Sarah-All The Time with a view of the ridiculous 14-ft fence, then pan across the yard to the turret, where Sarah is getting ready for a TV segment inside. Todd is helping her prepare by moving a fish on the wall behind her. He refuses to fix her hair because it is “above his pay grade.” Sarah does not remind him that she now makes ALL their money, so he should probably fix her hair. She fiddles nervously under the desk. She explains that sometimes they just want to get away from the press, so today they are leaving on a two day road trip in a “big RV.”

Creepy Chuck, Sally, Sarah’s nephew Happy and “the next generation of Palins” — Willow, Trig and Piper — tag along. They are going to the Talkeetna mountains, an area the family has visited for 40 years. In the RV, Trig is listening to country music on Willow’s iPhone (on speaker, not with earbuds) and dancing. He is not wearing glasses or hearing aids. And for you ear theorists, he appears to be the round-ear Trig. Sarah says it is just natural for babies to want to dance. (He is a toddler now, not a baby, but this escapes her.)

They go to the Matanuska River to go rafting. They meet up with Sarah’s sister and brother and the river guide, whose name, I kid you not, is Mudflap. They all don life vests except Todd, who has volunteered to stay behind with Trig. Piper falls in the water before she even gets in the boat. She says she “hates this” while Sarah laughs at her and says, “hehehehe, she’s already scared.” She adds, “do not use his (Mudflap’s) mullet as a towel.” Bella laughs at this.

Mudflap tells Sarah she has to sit up front. She says she’d “rather be in the back of the boat and let someone else have to do more of the work.” SHOCKER. You don’t say, Sarah. But she decided to accept the challenge. They go down the rapids while Piper screams bloody murder and Mudflap keeps yelling “I love my life.” I like Mudflap!

Sarah’s nephew Heath (Heath Heath?!) and Sally meet up with them at the end of the river ride. Sarah says it was much more physically challenging than she expected, but it was “Awweeeeesooooome.” Oh lord, it is hereditary!

Back in the RV, Piper and Sarah play with Trig. Sarah says, “Trig is the light of my life. People are jerks about him being born with Downs Syndrome. 85 to 90 percent of babies are aborted with Downs Syndrome. They can have their opinion, but we have ours.” Okay, first of all, Sarah, NOBODY has EVER been a jerk about Trig being born with Downs Syndrome. We all adore Trig. People are “jerks” because you LIE about having given birth to him and act like this big martyr saint of a woman when you are nothing but a LIAR. When you had to make a choice about a pregnancy — you chose abortion at least once, possibly twice. So you are NOT some big pro-life hero. You are a phony. Second of all, when you said “85 to 90 percent of babies are aborted with Downs Syndrome,” — I am pretty sure you actually meant that 85 to 90 percent of babies who have Downs Syndrome are aborted. That is completely different.

While she is talking about Trig being soooooo important to her, he is standing on the seat of the RV, dancing and looking out the window while it is barreling down the highway. No seat belt, no car seat.

Sarah vacuums the RV and yells at all the kids that their feet are in her way. Willow tells Sarah that Andy is oh his way. Sarah says, “Willow!, did you double check with dad?!” What, Sarah has no authority? Willow says she misses him and that he is funny and she is excited to see him. They should have animated in some sparkly hearts floating all around her head, the way she is beaming. She tells Todd that Andy is coming, and he ignores her. The kids in the RV all giggle. Bella giggles. Willow and Andy ARE actually kind of cute together.

Sarah says, “where are the s’mores ingredients? This is in honor of Michelle Obama, who said the other day that we should not have dessert.” WHAT!? What a bitch.

One hour later, Todd is starting a fire when Andy drives up. Sarah says that she gave Willow permission to have Andy camp with them, as long as he would help out. She says they “give their kids a lot of freedom because they trust their kids and want to make sure they are on the right path, they are gonna make mistakes, we all make mistakes.” Yes, that was all one sentence. Take a breath, woman! She says she “feels sorry for some of her kids because their mistakes are played out on the front page of the National Enquirer which really SUCKS for them.” I don’t even know where to begin. First, you give your kids “freedom” because you are lazy. Look what happened when you gave Bristol freedom! Did you learn nothing?! Everybody knows you can’t trust teenagers! Second, YOU put your daughter’s pregnancy in the headlines to hide your lies about Trig. YOU did that to her. Third, nobody who is almost 50 and wants to run for president should say “sucks.”

Andy and Willow carve their names into a log. Piper burns her marshmallow, whines, and throws it in the fire. Sarah gets a text from Happy’s mom and reads it aloud to everyone in the RV, “she says she loves you, and to shower, brush your teeth, and put on deodorant.” Willow sneers at him. Um, she probably meant for you to tell him that privately, Sarah. God this woman is rude and obtuse.

This morning they are ready to “kick up some mud on the family’s four wheelers.” They are going to their friend Bones’ old abandoned mining camp. Sarah says it will be “nice to get the heck away from idiots and bloggers who do not like our family.” What the hell?! She is like 10 times meaner and more bitter in this episode than she was in the others. I didn’t even think that was possible. Why doesn’t she get the fact that people don’t just dislike other people for no reason?! They dislike those who quit, lie, misrepresent, fake pregnancies, use children as props, etc., etc.

She calls Piper, “Piper Diaper” as they take off on the ATVs. Bella says, “that was mean!” Sarah says four-wheelers area common mode of transportation since only 30% of Alaska is accessible by roads. They run into some people shooting clay pigeons and Sarah just has to take a shot. This time she hits it on the first try (yah, right), and yells “I shattered it!”

They arrive at Bones’ place and he pretends not to know her. He says he didn’t know they were coming. He is wearing a hat that says “Sarah Palin Governor” — nope — time to get a new hat, Bones. They go panning for gold and Chuck says on a good day you can find an ounce of gold, but, Sarah adds, “you have to work for it.” And there it is, folks. Every. Single. Show.

She again says that they are the “nerd family of America” as they go hunting for fossils. (Sarah, you know nerds are different from grifter hillbillies, right?!) They find one, and Chuck Jr. says it became extinct with the dinosaurs and is 62 to 350 million years old. No wheels are seen spinning in Sarah’s head to indicate she realizes her Earth time line does not match up with Chuck Jr.’s. She says she keeps the fossils that they find, and her “thrill” would be to have them cover the whole exterior siding of her house.

We head over to Creepy Chuck’s House of Horrors. He talks about the antler mountain and how proud he is of it. Tripp is there (but no Bristol). Tripp hands a bottle to Trig, and says “baba?” and Trig hands it back. Awwwwwwwwwww. The two boys are the exact same height. That is odd. I think about how Audrey was threatened just when she posted about Bristol possibly faking the TRIPP pregnancy after Sarah faked the Trig pregnancy and the theories that the two boys could be twins. But Patrick’s voice in my head tells me it isn’t true, and I am snapped back to reality by Bella telling me to fast forward through the commercial.

At the Palin concrete palace, Sarah is looking for her Juicy diaper bag. Piper practices basketball. Todd takes Trig somewhere while Sarah drives Piper into Anchorage for some mother-daughter time at Peggy’s Pies. Sarah tells Piper to be gracious and patient if tourists want to meet her. Piper says, “but you have to bribe me.” LOL! At least the girl is honest. Sarah is wearing a Juicy Couture sweatshirt (about $140) as she talks about how hard it was when she used to be a waitress. Sarah and Piper fill in as waitresses. Piper says Sarah is a horrible waitress because she stops to talk too much. Piper collects tips, and Sarah takes them and says they are “gas money to get back home.” She says Piper “saw what hard work was all about and tolerance for other people and what it means to be truly of service to other people.” Really Sarah? She served pie for like 10 minutes and then you took the money she earned!! HA!

On the drive back to Wasilla, Piper is not wearing a seat belt. Bella notices right away and says she can’t believe Sarah would allow that. Piper looks miserable and tells Sarah she is in the wrong lane. They go to a kennel to drop off a pie and we get a quick Iditarod history and dog training lesson. Piper gets to pick one of the puppies to be named Piper. They get in a helicopter (marked Alpine Air Alaska for you researchers) to go to a glacier to ride a dogsled. They tour the Iditarod team’s camp and play with some adorable puppies. The trainer says that the female dog leads the team because she is the Alpha, and is the “brains.” Sarah says, “because the females are the more intelligent ones.” Yes, that is exactly what he just said, genius.

Bella says she really likes this episode because there are lots of babies and puppies. I give her my “gross” look and she says, “but I still don’t like Sarah Palin!” I feel bad for not just letting her enjoy it.

Sarah is wearing the same red wool coat she wore when she was “pregnant” with Trig and pictured in both the Vogue shoot and with the Target dog, late in her “pregnancy.” It fits the same way now as it did then. They take a ride on the sleds — Sarah on one, Piper on the other. Sarah’s sled wins. Sarah takes off on a dogsled all by herself and Piper says, “does she know the brake?” Sarah thinks that seeing her mush alone will make Piper think she is cool. But Piper is totally over her mom, does not even watch, and plays with a snowball. Haha… Piper is my favorite Palin.

We end on a screen that says Bones died between the making and the airing of this episode. RIP Bones.

Next time… Sarah goes Lumberjack!

Thank you, Leadfoot and Bella! Brilliant review!
There was also a very funny live chat going on again during the broadcast of this episode on Palingates – the transcript can be downloaded here. Many thanks to our reader sleuth for capturing it!
Sarah made a few very revealing remarks this time.
For example:

She says she “feels sorry for some of her kids because their mistakes are played out on the front page of the National Enquirer which really SUCKS for them.”

Leadfoot already commented on that sentence above. I just find it incredibly revealing that it apparently doesn’t occur to Sarah that her kids made their mistakes because of bad parenting. We already know from countless occasions that Sarah is unable to admit any kind of mistake or failure, which seems to be a part of her severe personality disorder. So her children’s mistakes couldn’t possibly be her mistakes.
You would think that psychologists would have a field day with Sarah Palin.
The funny thing is: They already had.

“I studied liars and their lies for decades. I found that the vast majority of liars do care about the truth in at least one fundamental way – they want to be able to assure themselves and others that there is something honest about what they are saying. They want to have some wisp of truth to hang onto.

What would you do if you hated a particular painting, only to have the artist who painted it approach you, point to it, and say, “That’s one of my paintings. What do you think of it?” Along with my colleague and friend, Kathy Bell, I actually did research like this. (It is described in professional paper #4 in the book, The Lies We Tell and the Clues We Miss.) A completely truthful answer would have been, “I hate it.” Unsurprisingly, that’s not the answer our participants preferred. Instead, they tried in all sorts of ways to convey the impression that they liked the painting, while still including something that could be defended as truthful. For example, they might tell the artist that they liked the shape of the leaf in the plant in the background – without acknowledging that the shape of that one leaf was the ONLY thing they liked.

From my post as an outside observer, it seems to me that Sarah Palin doesn’t care much about the truth. In that way, she is a very special liar. Instead, Palin seems to love the effect her disingenuous pronouncements have on her audiences and so she just runs with them. Her fans adore her claims about “death panels” and about Obama supposedly “palling around with terrorists” and all the rest. Look at how they roar with approval and fervor when she tosses that red, bloody moose meat to them – how can the mere (non) truth-value of what she is saying ever compete with that? Plus, the fact that her taunts drive her detractors over the edge – well, that just adds to the fun!

Sarah Palin seems to relish the reaction she gets to her claims and complaints. Among her core fan base, the theme that the mean media and the full-of-themselves campaign staffers were unfair to noble, authentic, small-town Sarah seems to be a winner. Whether it is really true is almost irrelevant.

I do love the irony of Palin flaunting her authenticity with lies.”

Well, you might not remember, because this experiment which could be called “exposing Sarah Palin from a psychological point of view” turned out to be quite nasty (for the author), and was probably never repeated for this reason.

“In this space, originally, was a post about Sarah Palin as a very special liar – one who seems to care less about the truth, and about saying things that could be defended as truthful – than the vast majority of liars I’ve studied for decades. I thought that was interesting psychologically; hence the post to Psychology Today.

I have now moved the post, in full, to the Huffington Post; you can find it here. Alan, in the comments section here, was right. I should have posted it there in the first place. The comments the post drew were mostly personal and political, not psychological. My personal e-mail box has also been filled with scathing personal attacks. I realize that the blogosphere is the wild, wild web, and that if I write colorfully, I’ll attract some vitriol. I’m also sure other bloggers have been treated in far nastier ways than I have, so I’m not complaining. I’m just noting that in my personal experience as a blogger (at Huffington Post, since June of 2006; here at Psych Today since March of 2008), this is as scurrilous as it’s ever gotten.”

I just had to think of that, because one of the main reason why America is still being tortured by this ridiculous woman is the fact that there is a little army of nasty Palinbots out there who are just to eager to follows Palin’s perceived demand: Smear the “enemy”, and harass them, if they dare to criticize the Queen in public.
But back to the “National Enquirer”: Funnily, in this episode Sarah basically admitted that the stories that the National Enquirer published especially in 2008 were actually true. I find this quite remarkable.
For a selection of the stories from the National Enquirer, please also revisit our post from July 9, 2010.
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Screenshot Sept 15 - 2008 - Troopergate

Screenshot Sept 15 - 2008 - Pregnancy - secret wedding

Screenshot Sept 22 - 2008 - Vindictive

Screenshot Sept 22 - 2008 - Track Oxycontin 2

Screenshot Sept 22 - 2008 - Bus incident

Screenshot Sept 22 - 2008 - Bus incident 2 and Bristol

Screenshot Sept 22 - 2008 - Brad Hanson affair 1

Screenshot Sept 22 - 2008 - Brad Hanson affair 2

By the way: One of those stories in the National Enquirer in 2008, next for example to Track’s drug abuse and Sarah’s well-documented sexual affair with Brad Hanson was the story that Sarah “banished the pregnant daughter Bristol from their house”:

Screenshot Sept 22 - 2008 - Bristol banished from house

Regarding Bristol’s “banishment” from the house, I would like to repeat what Blueberry Tart wrote in our large babygate post from July 2 (also included in our summary pdf document for download):

“Heather Bruce confirmed (in the book Trailblazer by Lorenzo Benet) that Bristol lived with her while pregnant and while going to Anchorage West HS. This extended stay with Aunt Heather had to be during the 2007-08 school year, because it was reported at the beginning of the 08-09 school year. Inside Edition aired a report on 9/2/08 stating that “Halfway through the school year, about the time Bristol discovered she was pregnant, she transferred to another high school.” The Washington Post reported that Bristol went mid-school-year to live with her aunt in Anchorage, finishing at the city’s West High School.

The principal of the Wasilla High School also confirmed that Bristol transferred from there halfway through the 2007-2008 school year. The National Enquirer reported this as well, with some additional details: “When Sarah found out the teen was pregnant by high schooler Levi Johnston, she was actually banished from the house. As part of the cover-up, Palin quickly transferred Bristol to another high school and made her move in with Sarah’s sister Heather 25 miles away!”

While many people apparently assumed this referred to the pregnancy with Tripp, that cannot be true. It can only refer to the winter 2007-2008 period, which coincides with the Trig pregnancy, not Tripp. Adding support to this conclusion, Bristol herself reported that they told Sarah and Todd about her pregnancy with Tripp “after school was out.” The logical conclusion is that Bristol’s banishment to Anchorage was not for the Tripp pregnancy, but for Trig.”

Back the episode 6 of Sarah Palin’s Alaska:
Naturally, I was pleased that Sarah Palin mentioned the evil bloggers again:

Sarah says it will be “nice to get the heck away from idiots and bloggers who do not like our family.”

Oh, Sarah, that’s rich: As I just mentioned recently, through a little video clip, it’s in your hands to “get rid” of a huge portion of those bloggers immediately: Show proof that you were pregnant with Trig and “eliminate” many, if not most of those pesky bloggers by discrediting them.
You don’t do it?
I know why, and you know the reason for it as well!
Many readers have remarked on the fact that Piper, Trig and other passengers in the RV are not wearing seatbelts while footage shows the RV charging along the road. It is quite clear that from 4.12 onwards that Piper is jumping up and down in the RV while the vehicle is in motion, so she cannot be safely belted up. From 11.07 Trig is also seen standing on the sofa seat without a seatbelt.

Our reader, Joe Christmas, found the following information which makes it clear that according to Alaska state child passenger safety law seatbelts must be worn:
Alaska law says that a driver may not transport children under 16 in a motor vehicle unless the child is properly secured according to state child passenger safety law. Children who are not yet one year old or who do not yet weigh 20 lbs must be properly secured in a federally approved rear-facing car seat.

Once again Sarah Palin’s complete lack of awareness jeopardizes her children’s welfare.

MXM nailed the fact that it is not sensed threats which endanger Sarah’s children but the Palin’s lack of parenting skills which put them in constant peril.

However, I will point out that it is unlikely that any action will be taken against the Palins as it seems that not wearing seatbelts is regarded as a secondary traffic offence and that the RV could only have been pulled over if a more serious offence such as speeding had taken place. Ludicrous? It would seem so to me, but there you have it.



"Sarah Palin’s Alaska" – Episode 5, featuring Kate Gosselin – A reader’s review

By Leadfoot_LA and Bella, age 7

This week on Sarah Palin’s Screw You Levi, Kate Gosselin and her 8 kids visit Sarah to learn “what this great state of Alaska is all about.” Something tells me they will learn more about Sarah and why she is not so great.

Full disclosure: Bella and I have always watched Jon & Kate Plus 8, and Kate Plus 8. The sextuplets are about the same age as Bella, and she likes to watch as they go on all their adventures. I used to really dislike Kate, on the first show. But after Jon turned into a complete and total dirt bag, I felt sorry for Kate and actually began to like the way she stood tall and raised her 8 kids virtually alone. She is a germ-a-phobe and a control freak, but I really do think she puts her kids’ best interests first and I’ve always appreciated her directness.

Right off the bat, Bella asks me who is more popular “Kate Plus 8,” as she calls her, or “Sarah Palin.” I say I’m not really sure, and ask what she thinks. She says “probably Sarah Palin because she is more known from when she was working with that guy in the election.”

Sarah heads out to the local gun shop to meet her dad. She says in Wasilla, the gun shop is like a barber shop, and is a second home to her dad. She is picking up a bear gun so that she can protect Kate (who she keeps calling “a gal”) since she has never gone camping. She says seeing someone with a weapon in Alaska is as common as seeing someone with a Blackberry in New York City.

Before she goes camping, she must first take part in a “Palin family tradition” – climbing a mountain called The Beaut. There are tons of Palins — Sarah says 4 generations are there. I see Bristol, Willow, Piper and Tripp, but no Track or Trig. Sarah goes up last — as the “trail sweeper,” to make sure all the kids make it. Piper starts walking and then immediately says “I am hungry!”

At the top, they see a plane and Sarah says, “It is the National Enquirer! Where’s Bristol?!,” and then cackles a horrible witchy-poo laugh. She says people ask her if any of her kids will go into politicas and she often answers that they are independent enough, so they could, but they have also witnessed a lot of the “brutality” that goes with the territory. I don’t think ALL politicians experience brutality, Sarah. Only the lying, quitting, pregnany-faking ones. And what you refer to as “brutality” is often just truth-seeking. While showing the view from the summit, she says, “On a really clear day, you can see Russia from here! Almost.” Enough already!

Back at the Palin home, Piper is sporting a new hairdo — a bumpit and highlights. It is the same hair as Sarah’s, and makes Piper look chubby. Sarah tells Piper to do her math homework, but not to use a calculator. Piper takes Sarah’s Blackberry and tells her there is no calculator on it. Sarah says, “oh, ok.” But then she notices Piper’s guilty look and says, “Piper, you are cheating!” Piper smiles at her and Sarah says, “Oh, hi Willow!” It was as if she were like, “I don’t have the energy to deal with cheating on math homework, oh look, something shiny.” She gave up in about 5 seconds. No discipline, no conseqences.

She tells Piper that Kate and the 8 kids will be camping with them. Todd just stares at Sarah, while Willow taps away on her iPhone 4, ignoring everyone. For the 2nd week in a row, she is there, but does not speak. Bella rolls her eyes. I ask what is wrong. She says, “her voice, her voice, her voice!”

The Gosselins show up at Sarah’s house and Sarah does that fake squeaky voice to greet them. “Hell-eeeeeeeeoooow” Kate looks genuinely disgusted. She is not a woman who hides her emotions well. She can’t think of anything nice to say to Sarah, so she just says, “wow, beautiful view” and “Oh, look kids, there’s a bear on the floor, did anyone notice?” The kids take the bear’s fake tongue out and Todd says not to worry because it was removable before. Kate asks if the bear is real, “like was it once walking outside?” Todd says Sarah’s dad shot it a few years ago. Kate doesn’t look pleased.

Sarah takes them next door to the castle. Piper says her mom has another job where she goes on TV. Another job?! Piper, honey, that’s her only job. Kate says she admires that Sarah is a strong woman who doesn’t back down and doesn’t let the world’s opinion of her change her. Immediately following that statement, Sarah shows Kate the giant fence and says that they have a neighbor who moved in to watch them, so they can’t go in their front yard anymore. Oh the irony.

Kate says she doesn’t often meet people who undergo the same level of scrutiny as she does, and that her kids can’t play in their front yard either because of the paparazzi camped out there. So she can relate to Sarah. Compared to Sarah, Kate has an excellent vocabulary and quick wit.

Sarah takes Kate and Willow to a class on how to survive in the wild and stay safe from bears. In the car, Kate tries to make conversation, while Sarah looks at her Blackberry. I sure hope Blackberry paid for all the airtime they are getting!! Sarah tells Kate that the only true way to stay safe is to have a partner that is slower than you, Kate looks shocked and says, “Oh my Gosh! Sacrifice your friend?!” Sarah says, “yep, that’s right.” Note to self – never go camping with a narcissist.

At the bear class, Kate says she has never seen so many guns in her life. She is clearly uncomfortable and says, “I’m not really into this.” Sarah says that Kate will be putting herself and her family in danger if she is unarmed. Kate takes the gun but says this is something we will not see again. She is more scared after the class than she was before. Bella says, “I don’t know how Kate Plus 8 can do that.” I say, “shoot a gun?” Bella says, “no, go camping with Sarah Palin.”

Next they go to the firing range and learn to shoot a gun with blanks to scare bears away. Sarah and Willow shoot it. Sarah says, “that felt great.” Kate looks horrified. Willow is now wearing the red jacket and hoodie we saw at confrontation with the teacher in Homer. The plot, as always, thickens. Kate says she does not consider herself a gun advocate, but will do anything to protect her kids, so she will try to shoot it. Sarah likes shooting so much, Willow says, “she’s crazy!” and Kate says “I was just about to say the same thing.” Yes, the viewers agree. The coach says that Sarah is the best, so she should defend the camp. He asks Kate if she wants more practice and she says, “no, I’m good.”

Oh my, they take all 9 kids (Kate’s 8 + Piper) to the Heath House of Horrors. Creepy Chuck shows them antlers that are stuck together because the two animals died that way. He says, “how’d you like to fight with someone you hate, and then die that way?” TO A BUNCH OF 7 YEAR OLDS!!! Kate says “the moral of the story is, don’t fight.” Haha. Way to make the best of an awkward situation, Kate. He hands them severed paws of various animals, porcupine quills (which he sticks into his arm!), whale teeth and other “artifacts.” They go inside and Kate starts screaming when she sees all the dead animals. She says nothing could have prepared her for what she saw. They go see the antler mountain in the yard, and Sarah says her dad’s dog hunts for them and brings them all back.

They head off in a float plane (of course – planes are like taxis in Alaska, doncha know?!) to go camping at Chelatna Lake. Sarah, Creepy Chuck and Todd head out first to set up. Kate has never camped before, and is not thrilled that it is cold and rainy. When they land, Kate says, “are you kidding me? Doesn’t the lodge sound much more fun?” Sarah and Creepy Chuck call a “safety meeting” and Kate says, “go ahead, go hear what they have to say,” with a tone in her voice that rings of, “God, I hate these people.” She says she is more worried about her freezing toes than bears.

Todd and Sarah’s brother take all the kids fishing. Todd really is good with kids. It is in moments like these that I feel a little glimmer of pity and hope for him. Willow speaks! She is worried that Kate is not having fun, and she is right. Kate is miserable, standing under a canopy tent and getting eaten up by bugs. Sarah says, “kids will always have fun if they are being productive and helpful and pitching in,” as she sends them off in the rain to gather firewood. I was starting to worry that her work ethic line wouldn’t make it in this episode, but never fear — there it was.

Sarah AGAIN makes the Russia joke. She says that if they looked over their shoulders, they could see it, “swear to God.” What is WRONG with her?!

They cook moose hot dogs and hamburgers in the rain. Alexis wants marshmallows, and Sarah says, “Go ask your mother!” Kate turns her nose up at the moose hot dog and then starts to lose it. She says, “why would you pretend to be homeless?! I don’t get it. I am freezing and I have 19 layers on! There is no table, no chairs, no paper towels, no hand washing materials.” She said she has kept it together as long is she could, but she is done now. She is hungry, wet, cold, and has had enough. Bella says, “mom, that would be you.” Fair point. Some people are just city people, I tell her.

Sarah says to the camera, “come on, it isn’t that bad! She had a tent over her head!” Sarah tells Todd he is smart to “escape” down to the river to fish (to get away from Kate’s whining). The kids were having fun and wanted to stay, so Kate says, “ok, have fun. You are now a Palin, you are not a Gosselin.” Kate tells Sarah she is leaving, and says that camping is where their similarities end. Sarah says she is staying because she has to put her bear training to use. She “grew up around this, is used to it, and she LOVES it.”

Kate says that Alaska is gorgeous and amazing, but the camping just was not for her. She wants all her kids to be warm and dry, so they all leave.

Creepy Chuck says that Kate “bitched from the minute she got off the plane.” Very respectful, Creepy Chuck. Especially since you know you are on camera. Sarah says, “well, I’d probably be the same way if she took me to New York to some red carpet event.” Oh. My. God. First, you would freaking love it, Sarah. Second, you would invade the gifting lounge and steal everything you could carry.

The Palins and Heaths all sit around the campfire telling stories and playing games. Sarah says Alaska is the “easternmost state.” Maybe someone can explain that to me. I don’t get it. Sarah sleeps with the bear gun in her tent. They start to say, “goodnight, Grandma. Goodnight Mom,” like the Waltons. Sarah says, “I love you.” Willow answers back, “I have to pee.” Piper yells, “Willow has to pee!” HAHAHA — keep it classy, Palins.

As we go to scenes from next week (Riding ATVs and more shooting), Bella says, “Mom, will Sarah Palin read this?” I say, “that’s probably what she’s always reading on that Blackberry.” Bella gives me a big grin with giant wide eyes and says “uh oh!” I think she is worrying that Sarah’s feelings will be hurt. I, on the other hand, will sleep just fine.


Leadfoot and Bella, excellent job again! Of course Sarah will read that – she wouldn’t miss reading Palingates for the world! ;-)

I have to confess that I never watched Kate Gosselin before, I always refused to click on these clips and thought they should be ignored, but BY GOD, this woman is a reality show goddess! Even Sarah Palin is out of her depth. “Did it use to walk?” says Kate, while pointing to the bear at the floor. Simply brilliant – hard to beat in the reality show world. Kate Gosselin gives the “masses” what they want – a freak show with sweet kids.

Our reader sleuth captured the whole live chat which was going on at Palingates during the show – it can be downloaded here. Many thanks again to sleuth! 44 people were online in the chat, which is very nice.

Here is a short scene from episode 5 with Kate Gosselin freaking out:

There is more:
Well, I haven’t watched it all yet, but so many freaks and so many sweet kids – I wouldn’t miss watching it for the world! 😉

Sarah Palin’s Alaska, episode 4: A reader’s review – Sarah goes for the kill – but, but…Walmart is just around the corner! – UPDATE

Sarah Palin’s Alaska – Episode 2 – A reader’s review

Guest post by Leadfoot_LA and her daughter Bella, seven-years-old

As we did last week, 7-year-old Bella and I sat through Sarah Palin’s Alaska so that you didn’t have to subject yourselves to it. Bella isn’t into it tonight, and sits next to me playing with dolls. But I’m sure she’ll chime in.

We open this week’s episode of Sarah Palin’s Campaign Show with the same cheesy theme song and Sarah’s children still credited in order of preference (Piper, Bristol, Willow, Tack, Trig, Tripp). As we’ve come to expect, it is immediately about Sarah, not Alaska. Sarah explains that her day starts at 4:00 am because her “professional work is on east coast time,” so she has to check emails and get ready for interviews. She drives a silver Toyota Highlander to a gym to take a workout class. Why? Because “the best day to start your day is to be sweaty and a little bit hurtin.” She is wearing GOP socks. I wish I was joking. She grew up very competitive, and that is the way she is raising her kids.

Todd, or as Sarah calls him, “Taahd,” takes Sarah and Bristol to the Grouse Ridge shooting range. Either Todd is driving Bristol’s truck, or they have the exact same black Dodge Ram. They wanted to “remind Bristol what it is like to pull the trigger.” Wait, WHAT?! They pile out of the truck while Sarah says Piper’s baby shower was held at this very shooting range and she “loves to tell that story because it gets the liberals all wee-wee’d up.” Nope! Not a political show AT ALL.

Oh look, Bristol is skinny! Her head is still very large, but she looks fresh and pretty. She has no reaction whatsoever to Sarah talking about “the liberals.” Sarah says the last couple of years have been “tough for Bristol” because “so often what she does winds up in the tabloids because of someone she had been associated with.” Who, YOU, Sarah?! Ugh.

Sarah and Todd want to “show her what really matters in life,” which apparently, is shooting. Sarah says “I gotta practice the bird, before I give you the bird.” I don’t even know what that means. Todd teases her by not pulling when she says pull. Bristol laughs at her because she misses and Sarah says, “I didn’t see it, I thought it was a mosquito.” Bella finally perks up and says, “but it’s big and orange!” Exactly. Sarah lies, I tell her.

Good lord, we are only 6 minutes in. Now it’s Todd’s turn. He is, of course, amazing at shootin’ just like he is at everything. Bristol’s turn! She has obviously never shot a gun before because she asks if it is going to hurt. Sarah says Bristol is left handed, like most presidents. Sarah criticizes her shooting skills and tells her she can’t stop until she gets one. Bristol tells her to “take her prom hair, and go back home.” Haha – sassy! Sarah tells her to pay attention to the dots on the gun, and Todd says, “no, don’t worry about that.” Sarah says, “we are not very good teachers.” Wow…she finally said something true!

Sarah tells her “don’t retreat, just reload.” Bristol, astonishingly, does not turn the gun on her mother. She finally hits a “bird” and we all get to leave the shooting range.

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There’s Trig! And he’s wearing socks! Sarah and Todd drop him off at James & Faye Palin’s house for a few days. For the first time ever, I see Trig smile at Sarah, and she kisses him goodbye.

Sarah, Todd, Tripp and the three girls head off on a fishing trip. They can take Tripp but not Trig?! How mean! What is with this family dressing so inappropriately for the weather? Piper is wearing shorts and a t-shirt, while everyone else is bundled up in pants, shorts, and fleeces. They hop into the RV and head for Homer to fish for halibut. Sarah says they are heading down “just for the Halibut.” Ok, I laughed at her joke.

Inside the RV, Tripp keeps saying “papa.” Awww. 😦 Willow asks Sarah if she can have a new car, since they bought Bristol a Jetta. Sarah says Willow’s in a “lazy stage” right now. NONE of the 4 kids are wearing a seat belt. Sarah says Piper is an “awesome, awesome kid.” The girls talk about how they don’t look alike. Willow says Bristol has no chin. Bristol says Willow has big bushy eyebrows and Willow says, “yah right! I just got them waxed!!” Bristol says Piper has big teeth. Sarah says, “that’s enough of the conversation about the physical attributes.” Probably wants to nip it in the bud before they start talking about Track and how he doesn’t look like any of them.

Willow and Piper start kicking each other and screaming. Sarah doesn’t even look up from her blackberry. They arrive in Homer and Sarah says it’s so challenging to be out in public with her “fame.” But she says it has been more difficult for Bristol. Sarah is wearing her Castro hat. She says Tripp “has a booger” and starts poking at his face, literally seconds after she tells Willow not to be self conscious.

They visit a memorial to those who have been lost at sea. Sarah says she has “friends and family who have been lost” and she likes the sobering reminder that “Mother Nature wins.” They cook hot dogs over the fire and Sarah wonders what Tripp will call her when he starts talking, because it will be strange to be called Grandma. Sarah says she has a lesson for each of them. Todd’s is “today is the first day of the rest of your life.” Willow’s is, “the sun will come out tomorrow.” Bristol’s is “there are plenty of fish in the sea.” First of all, those are cliches we all learn in like 1st grade. She has nothing more insightful that that? Second, will she EVER get over Levi? Geesh!

We return from commercial to a message that says, “this program contains footage that may be disturbing to some viewers.” Presumably they are referring to the fish guts. Couldn’t be anything else, right?
Out on the halibut fishing boat, Bristol’s job is to club the halibut so they don’t flop around and bruise their meat. Sarah keeps giving her advice and Bristol says, “Mom, no talking.” I like Bristol tonight. She says it feels “awesome gettin’ some aggression out” while she’s clubbing the fish. Sarah says she “wonders what she is picturing” while she is doing it. I let out a groan. Bella asks what is wrong. I say nothing, and that I promise to never hold a life-long grudge against one of her high school sweethearts.

Oh, well how about that! Bristol is wearing the camouflage hoodie that we saw in the “worst governor ever” video. I could have sworn that was Willow, but I guess it was Bristol after all.

Sarah and Todd go kayaking for some “rare alone time” and she tells the guide that he looks like Jesus, so they “must be in good hands.” They see sea otters and eagles. Sarah tells the guide that he has a “cool little granola life goin’ on.” Rude! She says that she and Todd are closer than ever after everything they’ve gone through the past two years. They decide to race the kayaks. Sarah says they are competitive about everything, and can’t ever just enjoy the peace and serenity. Of course, Captain America wins the race.

The next day they go to a fish processing plant and work on the “slime line.” Sarah says she loves the smell because it “smells like fishin’ money.” They put the fish into a guillotine and I yell out “ewwwww.” Bella says, “she is tougher than you are.” I say I would rather be smart than tough.

Sarah and Bristol get hosed off and Sarah says it is Alaska’s version of the spray tan, and that they don’t need spray tans. UMMM, Sarah, you charged the people of Alaska for your freaking tanning bed in the governor’s mansion!!

Next they compete on who can cook the best tasting fish. Todd wins again. Sarah says this trip is exactly what Bristol needed. It’s the end of this episode — exactly what I needed.

Coming up on Episode 3….it’s Track!

Many thanks again to Leadfoot and her daugher Bella!
We look forward to the next part, in order to inject some sanity and humor into “It’s Sarah, Me, Alaska.”
Our reader sleuth again captured a big portion of the live chat which was going on at Palingates during the program, it can be downloaded HERE.
I looked around on the internet for further reviews of the second part of Sarah’s show, and discovered that the Houston Chronicle has an interesting concept: They have “Team Blue” and “Team Red”, so in order to be insanely fair and balanced, they have one review from a conservative perspective and one review from a liberal perspective. Thank God that the USA has not an established “multi-party system”, or they would have to publish maybe five reviews! 😉
Here are the reviews from the Houston Chronicle:

So we look forward to having more fun next week!
Kathleen said in the comments that “clubbing with Bristol” now has a completely different meaning. 😉
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