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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
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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We hope that you all have a good start into the new year!

2011 will be the year which will decide the political fate of Sarah Palin. We will be “on the watch!” 😉
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Sarah and Todd Palin, Jeremy Morlock’s family, and more secrets from Wasilla revealed

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“But that I am forbid To tell the secrets of my prison house, I could a tale unfold whose lightest word Would harrow up thy soul, freeze thy young blood, Make thy two eyes like stars start from their spheres, Thy knotted and combined locks to part, And each particular hair to stand on end Like quills upon the fretful porpentine.”

Hamlet, Prince of Denmark (Ghost at I, v)

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If one is looking for secrets, Wasilla might be one of the greatest places ever. We don’t know all of them, of course. 😉 However, ever since we started to investigate Queen Sarah, the creature that came from Wasilla, we slowly started to get to know some of them. We received information from several sources over time, and we are incredibly careful when it comes to publishing it. Several things we have heard we have never published so far, because it was not substantiated enough to back it up. This rule still applies. There are still untold stories for us to reveal at some later point.
Recently a particularly well-informed person from the circle close to Palins came forward. We know of course the identity of the source, and the information we received was very detailed and absolutely credible. After an email exchange, I had a long phone conversation with this person, we also diligently checked the general personal background, and the time has come to let the world know what we were told.
In my little teaser in the comments earlier today I said that it will have a bit of everything. The main part of the events have to do with the Palins and the Morlocks, two families who are very close to each other. The children grew up and played together, they went to school with each other, they had sleepovers at each other’s houses, the kids had Sarah Palin’s cellphone number saved and some of the adults have known each other for more than 30 years. The association of the families is very, very tight.
If you think you recognize this name: I am talking about the family of Jeremy Morlock, the soldier from Wasilla who was recently arrested for being under suspicion of murder, while being on duty in Afghanistan.
When the news broke that Jeremy Morlock was arrested, John Cook, senior reporter with Yahoo News, already noticed that the “Soldier accused of murder in Afghanistan crossed paths with the Palin family.”

Wasilla, as Palin frequently pointed out during the 2008 election campaign, is a very small community, so it’s not surprising that the Palin family would have developed relationships, however incidental, with one of its residents. According to a 2009 People magazine profile of Bristol Palin, Jeremy Morlock’s sister April is a friend of Bristol’s and attended a “pizza and bingo party” at the Palin residence. And in 2005, Jeremy Morlock played in a high school hockey league with Palin’s son Track, who himself served in the Army in Iraq. The two apparently attended different high schools.

This little insight set the heads of the Palinbots spinning, because they were upset that the “lamestream media” would construct such a connection between the two families.

But what was revealed at Yahoo News is only a small part of the whole story.
April Morlock’s mother is Audrey Morlock. Audrey has a twin sister who is also called April.
April Morlock Jr. is one of Bristol Palin’s closest friends, maybe even THE closest friend. They are of course also friends on Bristol’s secret facebook account, which Bristol has opened under another name.
The relations of the Morlocks to the Palins go back a long way.
April Sr., the twin sister of Audrey Morlock, dated Todd from 5th to 9th grade in Dillingham.
So now we are beginning to build up a picture as to how long these families have been connected to each other.
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Most of you have probably heard that Willow Palin was apparently involved in badly trashing and vandalizing a house in Wasilla along with other teenagers. We haven’t written about this story so far, which was reported on several Alaskan blogs, because we didn’t have concrete confirmation about the story.
However, recently we received confirmation from our source that this story was true.
The group of teenagers vandalized the house, which was empty at the time, very badly and caused extensive damage.
We were told that this house, which was about to be sold, was owned by the Morlock family.
April Morlock Jr. (Jeremy’s sister) called Bristol Palin and confronted her with the fact she had heard that Willow was part of the group that trashed the house. Bristol then said she would check this, and shortly afterwards called April back and confirmed that fact that Willow was part of the group.
Audrey Morlock, April’s mother, then visited Sarah and Todd and personally confronted them with these facts. While Sarah immediately rejected the idea that Willow could have been part of this group, Todd was more understanding and said that he would look into the situation. The exact outcome is not known to our source, but it’s believed that insurance paid the damage.
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However, there is another story which involves April Morlock, Jeremy’s sister, which is also of great interest to us all
At some point in the past, April Morlock got in trouble with her mother Audrey. In order to defend herself, April blurted out:
“At least I am not pregnant like Bristol Palin.”
According to our source, this was long before the Tripp pregnancy. Therefore April Morlock must have been referring to another pregnancy before Tripp.
I would like to stress again that we have at least two credible other inside sources which have confirmed that Bristol Palin was pregnant in 2007, and I am not even counting Michael Carey’s source – the lawyer who said that the faked pregnancy was the “absolute truth”.
One of these sources, and I have said this before, is a high ranking politician within the Republican Party in Alaska, whose name we know.
Bristol Palin was absent from public view from the beginning of October 2007 until the middle of February 2008, when she is mentioned as being involved in a car crash. She also didn’t travel during this time, unlike Willow and Piper, which we know from the complete travel reports.
Sarah Palin, to repeat this again, faked her pregnancy with Trig. This is not a belief or an assumption. It’s a true fact.
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On another note: We already suspected long ago that Todd Palin is not the biological father of Track Palin.
Our highly reliable source, who is extremely close to the situation, confirmed that this is true. Sarah was already pregnant when she moved back to Wasilla in 1988 – but not from Todd. She then quickly “scooped” Todd, and they hurriedly married. According to our source, Todd knew at this point that Sarah was pregnant by somebody else.
Our source didn’t even know that Palingates had written about this topic before, when we talked about it.
The biological father of Track CJ Palin is Curtis Menard Jr., who was officially his godfather. Curtis died in a plane crash in 2001. See here for details.
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At this point I would also like to mention another fact: We recently wrote about the revelations of the National Enquirer from 2008, in which they reported that Brad Hanson had a sexual affair with Sarah Palin in the mid-1990’s. The National Enquirer was very certain of their case and they even obtained a polygraph test and an affidavit as evidence.
We have information from two credible sources that Sarah Palin indeed had a sexual extramarital affair with Brad Hanson at this point, and one of the sources is a member of Brad Hanson’s family, with whom I spoke on the phone.
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I can imagine that it’s upsetting for many of the participants in this endless “hide & seek” game which is going on regarding the secrets of Sarah Palin to see some of the details published. However, it’s time for the great charade to come to an end, and for the Palins and others to come forward with the truth.
Phil Munger from Progressive Alaska send out a plea to Cathy Baldwin-Johnson, Sarah’s (former?) doctor in a blog post from February 22, 2010:

“Palin has repeatedly claimed in the national media that she has presented for public scrutiny a birth certificate for Trig. That is not the case. I’ve observed a few times here that this seeming lie should be taken up by the so-called media. As yet, to my knowledge, it hasn’t been.

Are people too jaded by Palin’s lies to take this more seriously than the hundreds of others? If so, that is bizarre, because it is an important matter.

There are few people who could settle this. I don’t trust Palin. I do trust Cathy, though, and can never thank her enough for helping save Alex.

Although she is under no legal or perhaps even moral obligation to share more about what she knows of the strange circumstances of Trig Palin’s appearance on the scene, Cathy could single-handedly cut the Gordian knot on this, and free us from a somewhat suffocating entanglement.”

Phil’s request has not been answered. The “suffocating entanglement” still exists. Sarah and Todd Palin have to come clean.
This situation has been created by Sarah Palin’s excessive political ambitions. Her severe mental problems apparently make it difficult for her to face the truth, and the longer this situation continues, the more suffocating it will be for the people in Alaska, America and at some point even for people in other parts of the world.
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Sarah Palin, Todd Palin, Track…?

An eagle eyed reader noticed something very interesting in a long interview Todd Palin gave to Esquire magazine in April 2009. The whole interview is full of nice little nuggets of information, but this particular passage is quite revealing:

The closest Todd ever came to dying was right before he got married. It was 1988. The summer fishing season had wrapped up, but he hadn’t caught many fish. The price per pound of salmon that year was $2.35, and when prices were that high, you stretched the season as long as you could, even into August, when the weather got bad. He didn’t have any other work lined up, so that’s what he did, he stretched it. He told Sarah the day to expect him back, and told her that when he returned, they’d go to the courthouse and get married, an act as legal and final as a fancy wedding, but quicker and cheaper.

Then he loaded up his skiff and sailed out of town, eight hours away, to a remote spot near Togiak, where he thought he might have better luck. He fished for weeks, in near constant rain, as wet as a fish himself. On the morning of the day he’d promised to be back, he headed home, but the sea roughened and the rain fell harder, and he had to take shelter in a little cove.

He anchored the skiff and got to shore and found an empty cabin there, where he dried off and had a bite to eat and a little nap. When he awoke, it was low tide and the skiff was high and dry. He had to wait a few hours before it was floating again, and by that time it was eleven o’clock at night, and though the summer days in Alaska are long, they’re not that long. Looking back, he knows he should have stayed in that cabin for another eight hours.

But he was twenty-four years old and in a hurry. He steered the skiff out of the cove and back into open water. By the time he began rounding Cape Constantine, the wind and rain had become a boiling howl. He strained to hear the water crashing along the invisible land to port, trying to thread the narrow channel between the shore and the shoals. He didn’t actually see the first rogue wave before it broadsided his boat, or the second one that came a minute later, but he knew what they were by the way the deck groaned and twisted under his feet. He’d experienced these sorts of waves before, though never at night, never in darkness. He had a name for them: Hawaii Five-O waves. And as he wrestled with the wheel, trying to steer the bow away from the shore, into the storm, he said to himself that this might be it, that his boat might go down, and he with it.

But his boat stayed afloat, and he did, too, and a few hours later he saw the lights of Dillingham in the distance.

Sarah griped about his late arrival, but she wasn’t angry enough to put off their plans. They married at the courthouse two days later and moved into an apartment with one of her sisters in Anchorage.

This photo was published when their marriage was announced in the newspapers
(H/T to Vera City)

Sarah and Todd were married on August 29, 1988. Track was born on April 20, 1989. He was conceived in July 1988, while Todd was stretching the fishing season.

Please note that he told Sarah when to expect him back, so he had not been home between the end of the season in Bristol Bay and fishing in Togiak, where he stayed for weeks.


This is an excellent timeline, from the horse’s mouth. If Todd was fishing between the beginning of June until August 27, for weeks, in constant rain, risking his life and all that, and Track was conceived in July… well, did Todd mail Sarah the necessary “material” for a timely conception with the aid of a turkey baster? Naah…

I’m going to play the devil’s advocate and explore the possibility of Track being conceived at the end of August and being born premature.

It didn’t work. Sarah herself gave no indication of a premature birth in her book:

“I couldn’t climb into our truck, so I squeezed sideways and backward into the passenger seat of Mom’s Subaru, my belly poking like a medicine ball, and Todd drove me to valley Hospital.

All through my perfect, healthy pregnancy, I had pictured this peaceful Earth Mother birth experience.. etc.”

No, Track was full term.

This is how close some people were:

“Just before Track was born, Todd and I moved to a small apartment in Wasilla, next door to our good friend Curtis Menard, Jr., who by now was a dentist like his dad. Curtis was like a brother to me. We asked him to be Track’s godfather.” (Sarah Palin, “Going Rogue”)

Todd Palin / Track Palin / Curtis Menard Jr.

Oh, brother! There must be a jolly good explanation for Track’s conception, don’t you think?

More pictures of Todd, Track and Curtis Jr.
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Track Palin and Curtis Menard Jr. – New picture comparisons and investigation summary


I have decided to put up this thread with new picture comparisons between Track Palin and members of the Menard family in Wasilla together with existing information, in order to have a comprehensive post on this issue.

We recently found new pictures of Track Palin, which now gives us the opportunity to create new comparisons.

Firstly, a short introduction:

The depicted members of the Menard family are:

1) Curtis Menard Jr.
2) Curtis Menard Sr., his father
3) Linda Menard, his mother
4) Larry Menard, brother of Curtis Menard Sr.

From this group, only Linda Menard is still alive. She currently serves as a State Senator in the AK Senate, as the successor of Lyda Green.

Additionally, Linda Menard is the Vice-Chairperson of the Valley Hospital Association d.b.a. Mat-Su Health Foundation Board, retired CFO for the Wasilla and Palmer Dental Centers, Inc. and President of the Mat-Su Schools Foundation Board.

Source: http://www.matsuhealthfoundation.org/boardofdirectors.php

This board governs over Mat-Su hospital in Palmer, where Trig was born.

Curtis Menard Jr. died in 2001 when his private plane crashed.
Here is the abbreviated NTSB Report of this plane crash (can be accessed over this website):

“NTSB Identification: ANC01FA102.

Accident occurred Thursday, August 09, 2001 in TYONEK, AK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 7/25/2002
Aircraft: Cessna 185, registration: N4849C
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

The pilot departed his residence at a private lake in a float-equipped airplane to transport passengers to another remote lake. Prior to his departure, the airplane was fueled by the pilot from a 1,000 gallon metal tank located on his lake property. During the fueling process, the metal tank’s fuel supply was exhausted, but sufficient fuel was obtained to fill one fuel tank, and nearly fill the other. Before departing for the day, the pilot purchased 15 gallons of additional fuel at a nearby airport and placed 5 gallons of the additional fuel in the airplane fuel tanks. He then conducted two round-trip flights to the remote lake. After a day of fishing at the remote lake, the pilot flew to his residence, and added 10 gallons of additional fuel to the airplane. Two empty five gallon fuel cans were found at his dock. He then departed on the accident flight to pick up additional passengers from the remote lake, but he did not arrive at his destination. The airplane was located inverted in an area of tall trees. The airplane flaps were extended full down. The engine did not appear to be running at the time of the accident. The airplane’s fuel totalizer indicated 29 gallons of fuel. A postaccident examination of the engine found no mechanical malfunctions. Minor wrinkles were found along the bottom of each of the airplane’s fuel bladders. The gascolator contained about a teaspoon of water and particulate contamination. The header tank had about an ounce of fuel and water. The fuel pump contained no fuel. Evidence of tan-colored particulate contamination was found in a fluid sample obtained from the fuel filter housing, attached to the pilot’s fuel tank hand pump on his fuel tank.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:

A loss of engine power during cruise flight due to fuel system contamination with water, and the pilot’s inadequate preflight procedures. A factor in the accident was unsuitable terrain for a forced landing.”

Secondly, I would like to point out the following: This issue is not about Track. It concerns Sarah Palin alone. The reason why we are discussing Track’s parentage is to demonstrate that Sarah Palin might have a tendency for deception in private matters from an early age on – although we don’t want present a “final conclusion” yet. The investigation is still ongoing.
The examination of this issue is also relevant for our babygate examination, because some people believe that Sarah Palin would not be capable of executing such a deception – a faked pregnancy. As we also explained earlier in our “abortiongate” post, another critical point is the description of her first miscarriage in “Going Rogue”, which is simply not believable.
We have reliable information that shows that Track’s relationship to his mother is nowhere near to the close relationship with Track that Sarah describes in “Going Rogue”. We are confronted with very sad family stories here, and it gives us no joy to write about it.
At the end of the post, I have included again some relevant excerpts from Sarah Palin’s biography “Trailblazer”, written by Lorenzo Benet. In this biography, which “almost” found the approval of Sarah Palin, Benet describes in great detail the complex and intense relationship between Sarah Palin and Curtis Menard Jr. and clearly points out that at some point the two were lovers, although he leaves it open when exactly this was the case. Only recently did I realize how many details Lorenzo Benet included in the book about Sarah’s relationship to Curtis Menard Jr.
Lorenzo Benet also made great efforts to interview his sources about this issue apparently in order to present a very detailed first-hand account about what happened between Sarah and Curtis Menard Jr.
Benet explains, amongst other things, that Sarah Palin had a massive crush on Curtis Menard Jr. during High School. He also describes how Curtis Menard Jr. confronted Sarah Palin in her office in 2001 regarding “something personal”, that Sarah’s career might be getting in the way of “raising her children”. Shortly afterwards, Menard died in the plane crash.
Sarah Palin mentions Curtis Menard Jr. in “Going Rogue” in very conspicuous ways, too.
Example (at the beginning of the description of her first miscarriage):
“Just before Track was born, Todd and I moved to a small apartment in Wasilla, next door to our good friend Curtis Menard, Jr., who by now was a dentist like his dad. Curtis was like a brother to me. We asked him to be Track’s godfather. Todd and I shared one car, and we loved our little life together, though with the Slope and fishing schedule we still didn’t see each other very much. I wanted another baby right away, so I was excited when I learned I was pregnant again.” (page 55)
In addition, Sarah describes the relationship between the Heath and the Menard families in “Going Rogue” on page 24:

“For nearly four decades our two families’ lives intertwined like flourishing vines, so much that Curtis Jr. even grew up to be my firstborn’s godfather.”

Inexplicably, Sarah Palin doesn’t mention Curtis Menard Jr.’s plane crash in “Going Rogue” at all, although she describes other events which happened in 2001 (Molly’s marriage with Mike Wooten, 9/11 etc.).
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Here are the picture comparisons -first the new comparisons, then some of the already existing ones (click to enlarge).

Track with Curtis Menard Jr.:

Track with Linda Menard:
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Track when he was a child and Larry Menard, brother of Curtis Menard Sr.:

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Finally, here are the relevant excerpts from Lorenzo Benet’s biography “Trailblazer”.

Lorenzo Benet writes on pages 27 and 28:

Sarah was friendly and known by everyone – one of the more popular kids, but not necessarily the most popular girl in class. In junior high, that distinction belonged to a pretty blonde named Tammie Dickinson, who had gone out with the eighth grade’s most popular boy, Curtis Menard Jr., son of the town dentist by the same name and of the region’s most influential Republican politicians. (Today Curtis Menard Sr. is the mayor of Mat-Su Borough.) Sarah had a schoolgirl crush on young Menard and sometime off in the distant future, that crush would be returned, but not in 1977-78. In the first month of school, Menard asked another girl to go steady, a new kid in class from far-away Hawaii. She was taller, prettier and even a better basketball player than Sarah. Her name was Cheryl Welch.

As prominent as Sarah Palin would become, she was not immune to everday teenage drama. After Palin was picked by the GOP to run with John McCain, Welch wrote an e-mail to friends describing herself ‘Sarah Palin’s worst eight grade nightmare.’

One day near the start of school, Welch was running laps around the gym when a tall, pale boy with huge eyes and red lips stopped her in her tracks and asked, “Do you want to go with me?”He meant “go” as in “steady,” Welch explained. Welch thought that the overture was a bit odd and declined. She really didn’t know the boy. As she was getting dressed in the locker room, another girl walked up and asked her what ‘Curtis’ had wanted from her. “He asked me to go with him,” she replied.

“Suddenly, from behind me in the front row of lockers, a girl burst into tears,” Welch recalled. It was Sarah Heath. As Sarah’s friends huddled around to console her, Sarah got up and ran from the locker room. “I found out later Sarah was in love with Curtis and wanted to marry him someday,” said Welch, now an English instructor at the University of Arizona. Once Welch got the lowdown on Menard – smart, athletic, and available, as available as a thirteen-year-old can be – she understood Sarah’s interest and took a longer look at Menard herself. She changed her mind and accepted his offer, and they became steadies for the rest of the school year, much to Sarah’s chagrin.

“When I look back on it now, we should have been friends, but it was never going to happen,” Welch said of Sarah. “I tried to be nice, and generally, she was nice in return, but I could tell it was eating her up. I couldn’t relate to wanting anything that badly – to be first, to get the guy, to get the highest score, that you could be sick with it,” Welch wrote in her e-mail.

Welch felt Sarah’s envy. She was Menard’s girlfriend, and her GPA was higher than Sarah’s. When they got back tests, Welch said Sarah always tried to peek at her score. For their nicknames, Menard and Welch chose their GPA’s: “We called each other ‘3.95,’ “, Welch said.

“Sarah’s grades were good but not that high,” Welch said.

The rivalry continued on the basketball court, where Welch and Sarah played on the middle school team. “She ran around like a rabid little thing,” Welch recalled. “She did not like to lose and sometimes cried after losses. She was very petulant and formidable – there was no stopping her. We’d be practicing and drilling – she wanted the ball so badly she’d get really red in the face and scratch and claw until you just wanted to say, ‘Here, take the ball.’ When I heard they nicknamed her Sarah Barracuda after the way she played on the basketball court, I thought, ‘Wow, perfect.’ “

On page 115, Lorenzo Benet writes:

In Menard’s 1982 Wasilla High yearbook, Sarah wrote, “Don’t go off to college and get married…” But Curtis did, meeting a fellow dentist in 1990 while studying orthodontics at the University of Iowa. He and Carole Brodeur married in May 1992, and they had four children. “But Curtis and Sarah remained friends, and the families were very close,” Carole (Menard) said.

When Sarah formed a task force to look into the development of a regional sports complex, she tapped Curtis and his father to work on the project, a $ 14.6 million, 104,000-square-foot indoor recreation facility that would house both an indoor NHL-sized hockey rink, basketball courts, and a soccer field outfitted with a rubberized surface. Just before his death, Curtis went to visit Sarah in the mayor’s office and confronted her about something personal. He felt her career might be getting in the way of raising her children. “Curtis was an old-fashioned kind of guy, and he was concerned that Sarah was juggling being a mom of young children while in office,” Carole said. “It’s not that the kids were in danger, but he was more conservative and appreciated a mom that stayed home. But they were friends enough that he felt he could go and talk to her about it.”

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Following the suggestions of our readers, I realized that this post is not complete without extensive picture comparisons of Track with Todd. I have made a lot of them, in order to make sure that we are not straying along the wrong path.
Please compare all the pictures with an open mind.
However, I have looked at them very closely and I have made my mind up. I am convinced that we are on the right path.
















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