Merry Christmas, everybody! – A very special Christmas collection – UPDATE from France

White Christmas in Germany, very white… – Open Thread – UPDATE!

Hi everybody,
Kathleen and I are spending Christmas with my parents at their home in North Germany, and somebody has obviously been dreaming about a white Christmas, because Germany is covered under a huge blanket of snow, and it’s especially “bad” in North Germany right now. Well, it’s a huge joy for the children, that’s for sure. It feels a bit like being in Alaska, just without the mountains and the wildlife.
Speaking about Alaska: We don’t plan to publish posts during Christmas about our usual “object of desire”, which means: Palin-free time for the next days! 🙂
I am sure that the queen of mean will find some cunning ways to push herself into the headlines again very soon, so we will certainly not run out of material after Christmas until New Years Eve. After all, she doesn’t cope very well with not being the center of attention.
In Germany we have the tradition that everybody receives the presents already on the evening of December 24, Christmas Eve (“Heiligabend”, “holy evening”), so we will have our big gathering pretty soon. Other members of my family will be here as well.
We do hope that you all have a joyful and relaxing Christmas time!
Finally, here are some pictures I took earlier today – enjoy:
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UPDATE:
What would Christmas be without traditional Christmas songs. 😉
In order to spread even more Christmas atmosphere into your living rooms all over the world, I would like to post three clips with traditional German Christmas songs. The performers are two of Germany’s most famous boys’ choirs – the “Dresdner Kreuzchor” and the “Leipziger Thomanerchor” (Johann Sebastian Bach served as director of the Thomanerchor from 1723 to 1750). Most of the members of the choirs live in their special boarding schools, and many of them continue to become professional musicians after they leave the choir.
Stille Nacht (Silent Night), Dresdner Kreuzchor:
Es ist ein Ros’ entsprungen, Dresdner Kreuzchor:
Macht hoch die Tür, die Tor macht weit, Leipziger Thomanerchor:
Enjoy!
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Sarah Palin Breaks the Law. And Has No Common Sense.

Guest Post by Joe Christmas

In Sarah Palin’s Alaska, her TLC TV show, the children are clearly unrestrained in moving vehicles — in clear noncompliance with the statutes of the state of Alaska. The reality of her show is that Sarah Palin is a lawbreaker. What she so contemptuously shows is that she and her family are above the law. She has demonstrated values that are illegal, nonsensical and reckless.

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.

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.

http://www.youtube.com/v/tlPMPUEXEm8?fs=1&hl=en_US&color1=0x2b405b&color2=0x6b8ab6

There is no doubt that Palin has disregarded state law — and it is a primary offense. Glaringly, arrogantly, and unapologetically. She can argue, if she wants, that seat belt laws are burdensome and intrusive — but maybe she should have changed the laws before she quit as governor! Aren’t commonsense conservatives all about the rule of law? Does this mean because I don’t like speed limits I can do 125 mph in school zones? Or I won’t pay taxes because I don’t support endless wars?

As far as I am concerned she has been caught red handed. But it’s not the first time. Fellow reader, mxm, pulled this little excerpt from the September 7, 2008 edition of the Washington Post:

WASILLA, Alaska — One Friday in June, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin joined the chief of the state prison system on a tour of the Point MacKenzie Correctional Farm, a 90-minute drive north of Anchorage. It was a routine visit but for the presence of the governor’s infant son, Trig.
Palin held her baby in her arms as the warden drove a short distance around the facility, said corrections director Joe Schmidt, who sat next to Palin. A few days later, the governor got a warning from her public safety commissioner that someone had complained that she did not strap Trig into a car seat for the ride.
Palin dismissed the complaint as petty, and the commissioner, whom she appointed, took no formal action. But the incident shows the degree to which family and politics are bound together in Palin’s career
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So that will be her excuse: it’s petty. Well…it’s NOT petty, or trivial, or draconian, or unreasonable. This is a subject that I know something about.

I have worked as an emergency medicine physician for almost 25 years now — mostly at Level 1 trauma centers. I have watched the seat belt issue progress, yes progress, over the span of my career. When I started out as an intern in a busy trauma center in Pittsburgh, there was no seat belt law in Pennsylvania. Roughly, 30% of drivers wore their seat belts at that time. Nightly, grimly, we would see devastating head and neck injuries as the result of motor vehicle accidents. Now, as the result of seat belt laws, and the remarkable, transformative acceptance of this simple habit, I rarely see head or neck injuries as the results of car accidents. Where I live in Virginia, upwards of 96% of drivers are restrained. Now, I take care of people, several times a day, who will be stiff and sore for a few days, but, importantly and humanely, they walk out of the ER. SEAT BELTS SAVE HEADS, NECKS AND LIVES. No one can deny that simple fact. And that is why even our stodgy legislatures have passed these essential laws. And if you don’t believe me, here http://www.edgarsnyder.com/news/seatbelts/seat-belts-statistics.html are the cold equations. My #1 Rule of Emergency Medicine has been for the last 20 years: Humans Don’t Make Good Projectiles.

There is another place in history where fame, politics and seat belts intersect. Another character imbued with celebrity, luck and intrigue. But ultimately her death was attributable to one simple fact: she was NOT wearing a seat belt. It wasn’t the CIA, the Queen, the Saudi’s, or the paparazzi. What killed Princess Di was the fact she wasn’t restrained. She flew across the back of the limo thus tearing her aorta from its roots. The only survivor in the car was the bodyguard who was restrained — albeit he did a poor job in not ensuring his charge was buckled up. So it goes: Humans Do Not Make Good Projectiles.

So Sarah, this isn’t some little petty, government intrusion. This is serious as a heart attack business. Being dismissive of something that most every normal kid in this country does as effortlessly as zipping their jeans is wrong. For someone who professes commonsense, the vast majority of Americans know something, and practice daily, what Sarah Palin flagrantly and illegally ignores — nearly 90% of children wear their seat belts. Yet, here is the clear cut evidence that Sarah Palin thinks she is above the law of Alaska. Shame on you Sarah Palin; for even if you claim these were staged car rides, what kind of image are you projecting? Ignorance or scofflaw?

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Our reader Maelewis found this, which leaves no room for debate regarding the safety of passengers traveling in RVs in Alaska:

Here are some Rules of the Road for Alaska, regarding RVs:

Rules of the Road, 2007
ALASKA: Maximum RV width 102 in.; maximum motorhome length 45 ft.; maximum trailer length 40 ft.; maximum length of two-vehicle combination 75 ft. Overnight parking in rest areas allowed, unless posted. RV Safety Requirements: All RVs: flares or reflective signs, fire extinguisher and gas detector. Over 3,000 lbs.: trailer brakes, breakaway switch and safety chains. Driving Laws: Headlight use required on designated highways. Right turn on red permitted, unless posted otherwise. All passengers must wear seat belts; child-restraint safety seats are required for children up to age 4. More Information: Alaska State Troopers, 5700 E. Tudor, Anchorage AK 99507. Emergency number: 911, or *273 on cellular phones.

I’ll repeat the important line: All passengers must wear seat belts; child-restraint safety seats are required for children up to 4 years old

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MicMac sent us this photo, which illustrates Sarah Palin’s hypocrisy or sheer disregard for the bill she signed into law…

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Blueberrytart suggested including a screenshot of Piper not wearing a seatbelt:


(Note: These updates are being added by Regina while Patrick and Kathleen enjoy a well deserved break.)

Palingates Weekly Roundup – December 13 to December 19 – UPDATE

Palingates - Best Political Blog 2010 - Blogger Choice Awards

We had great news this morning. Palingates has won the 2010 Blogger’s Choice Awards for Best Political Blog! Thank you to all Palingaters, this award belongs to this extraordinary community, dedicated to tireless teamwork.

I would also like to congratulate Bill Hess on the well deserved award for his delightful photography blog.

And finally, warmest congratulations to another blogging community on winning the award for Worst Blog of All Time. They won by a very wide margin and earned every single vote. Well done!

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By Blueberry Tart

Alaskan Hospitality?

Leadfoot_LA and Bella have done it again – their post is so much more entertaining than the TV show they are reporting on! This is the Sarah-Kate Gosselin episode. Let’s see, where to begin? Piper has her hair streaked and bumpited (is that a word?) and cheats on her math homework, which Sarah willfully ignores. They plan to take Kate plus 8 camping and, to put Kate at ease, emphasize the threat of bears attacking them while camping. “Sarah tells Kate that the only true way to stay safe is to have a partner that is slower than you…” That sounds true to Sarah’s character. Chuck’s house is an animal mortuary; he seems most alive when surrounded by dead animals. The camping adventure is staged to make Kate as uncomfortable as possible – nice job showing off your version of Alaskan hospitality, Sarah! Hmm, now it’s Willow in the same outfit from the Homer teacher harassment episode. Bella chimes in every now and then with pearls of wisdom, showing much more maturity than either Sarah or Kate.

First Family (not!)

“Multi-tasker in Chief” Kathleen has an excellent guest post, if you can get past the Time portrait of Cruella de Palin, described so well by the Bard’s prescient words. OMG, have you ever seen anyone who looked icier and harsher than she does in that portrait? As yknott said, “This shows her true spirit. Hateful, vapid, empty and manipulative.” It gives me chills. Kathleen highlights another conservative, Charles Krauthammer, pointing out why Sarah would not be successful in her much-anticipated run for the Presidency. In a nutshell, he says she cannot attract those who are not part of her ideological base, and her lack of knowledge of policy, as pointed out in the Katie Couric interviews and elsewhere, remains a huge barrier for all but her fringe supporters. The bigger message is that more Republican pundits are saying out loud that she is not presidential material.

I’m sorry I’m not so hotty-totty

The emerging story of Sarah Palin, the “PR genius” as she’s been called, is that the more people know about her, the less they like her. Her favorable to unfavorable numbers show a steady decline in her appeal, and a steady increase in the number of people who view her unfavorably and would not vote for her under any circumstances. Patrick includes a summary table that is really devastating to anyone who thinks she is electable: she has by far the biggest negatives of any of the public figures evaluated. Can she turn it around? She is now making herself available to the “lamestream” media for more “softball” interviews. They never probe or ask tough questions. Just more of Palin creating her own narrative, smiling a lot and repeating the same old time-worn, tired, trite, trivial talking points. (Even O’Reilly asked tougher questions.) ABC/MSM: this is PR, not journalism.

Sarah Palin tongue
The tongue works full-time…

Kathleen’s post shows how Sarah Palin is trying desperately to reconstruct her personal narrative from “quitter” to “worker.” She is now enlisting the MSM, on her own terms of course, to help reshape her image. Kathleen points out that this is a “flip-flop” from her prior position that she would not engage with any MSM…Faux News, Fakebook and Twitter have served her so well (as we saw in the last post). This post also includes two (!) boots-on-the-ground reports from the book-signing in Anchorage, where those wanting her signature were “free” to remove their coats so that there would be no embarrassing moments with people wearing Palingates T-shirts (someone’s been reading Palingates…). Thanks, Sondra and the anonymous visitor! By evicting Gryphen and the “Worst Governor Ever” T-shirt wearer, Palin’s minions made sure that their messages and Palin’s antipathy toward freedom of speech would be seen/heard even more widely — good job, henchmen! To end on a positive note, try the wonderful recipes, with a special H/T to Heidi3!

Comments of the Week

Bandit Basheert: She looks without seeing, she touches without feeling, she views without caring. She is an empty soul…trying to present a facade – and she is an epic fail.

CaliGirl22: I wonder WHO owns the out takes? Now, that would make a show I may actually watch, since i would never watch her real fake show!

Igetit2: Well you see this is the way it works: when they are at home in the big comfortable house and need something to eat, they rent a plane and fly out into the wilderness to hunt and gather. But when they are out in the wilderness and need something to eat, they get it from the grocery store.

Caty zeitler: I have lived in rural Alaska for 20 years. When you live up here you get a lot of people who come to visit. You just do not treat guests that way. And if you’re going to take them somewhere remote and feed them, you have the decency to bring food they will eat. And something else that gets me if you are hosting and taking someone out in conditions they are not used to you make sure they are dressed properly.

Sick of Sarah: Sarah…Haiti has that SMALL GOVERNMENT you always preach about needing here. No clean water, no sewer system, few schools, no UNEMPLOYMENT checks, no social services, no earthquake proof building codes, no government medical care, limited police…

Vilca found this unbelievable quote from a Palinbot: “…I can envision a future hero or heroine of Haiti writing an autobiography someday with a vivid account of a lovely lady who came from America one day, and transformed and inspired a life in the immortal space of a few small, shining minutes…a smile, of truth made, and not feigned…a light in the eyes, of truth made, and not feigned…bottomless depths of soul–all, all of truth made, and not feigned. “

Moseyon noticed that Palin was wearing an earpiece in the interview with Franklin Graham – is this an audio feed with the answers to the questions she was being asked?

Gyalist noticed that the tassel in Sarah’s purported graduation photo is the wrong color for someone with her purported major; Palingaters are on the case… to be continued.

SirGuestalot: The only things missing from that [Time] photo are the 101 Dalmatians.

DarkEFang: If Sarah Palin’s entire public speaking career could be distilled into one sentence, it would be that: “They don’t know how to spoken.” Later: “Government Takeover of Healthcare” was named lie of the year by Politifact.com. Sarah is going to be pissed. She spent so much time making up lies all year, just to be beaten by Frank Lutz. I have to say, I never expected to see the day that Palin loses a lying contest.

Adrian: In terms of being perceived as a viable leader, that [RNC] speech, when no one knew her, was when she peaked. It has only been ➘downhill➘ since then. It’s time to scrape her off of our national shoe. And then burn the shoe. And then bury ashes.

Kellygrrrl: Great minds talk about Ideas. Average minds talk about Events. Small minds talk about People. Stop and listen to what Sarah talks about 95% of the time

AKRNC had another conversation with insights from her Republican insider source (early Thursday); Malek and other Repub insiders are through with her, apparently. Later, AKRNC said: I am so sick of the media getting the blame for Palin’s failures, whether we’re talking about interviews, her standing among her constituents, etc…Palin is the one who has mishandled the media since the day the V.P. campaign began… she couldn’t handle it …whined and complained, lied about the things that were said and continues to do so to this day…Talking about the media treatment regarding Palin doesn’t take away from the fact that she doesn’t have a clue as to foreign and domestic policy or the first idea as to how to run our country…

Louiecypher had more good advice for Sarah: Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.

Maelewis: Many of us women have gone to school with a mean girl like Sarah. We see right through her. We also have worked too hard for too long to let THAT women be the first woman president, elected by celebrity and a certain sexiness instead of being qualified for office.

465janedoeseeker: What’s amazing to me is: how could ANYONE spend literally hundreds of thousands of dollars on spin doctors, image enhancers, coaches, speech writers, book writers, and PR people, only to see their ratings plummet???

Ocliberal: The thing that peeves me the most about Palin is how propped up she is. I can’t remember any politician ever getting the passes she gets… Why isn’t her college education (or lack of) examined? Why does her dismal record as mayor and governor never get any scrutiny? Why is her ridiculous ‘wild ride’ story just ignored? Why is she never, ever, ever held accountable by anyone? Without accountability why does she warrant any credibility? Why is she on anyone’s ‘fascinating’ person of the year list? She is a liar, a fraud, a fake and cipher. There is no there, there. In other words, why is this woman who has absolutely no credibility or credentials at all given any position of influence in our national discourse?

Sunnyjane: McCain was sure he had drawn an Ace in the poker game of politics. Unfortunately, he drew the Joker, and Palin is the price we’re still paying for it.

Original Lee dubbed her Potemkin Politician.

ProChoiceGrandma had an excellent comment on Sarah and Time’s Person of the Year (early Friday).

Suz1941: That is one scary looking photo of the “Ice Queen”. It does not look presidential – it looks evil to the core. It reminds me of looking in Dorian Gray’s mirror. Also, the picture looks defiant, hard – filled with a deep hatred as she looks out on everyone she would destroy if given the chance. Whoever took that picture captured her inner soul.

Psalm73: Seriously, there’s something wrong with a person who says government shouldn’t interfere in people’s lives, yet she is saying she wants to interfere in people’s lives, but it’s only ok for her to interfere in people’s lives…

Aview999 and LouieCypher got into some songs in honor of Sarah:

You’re A Mean One, Mrs. Palin
You really are a heel,
You’re as cuddly as a cactus, you’re as charming as an eel, Mrs. Palin,
You’re a bad banana with a greasy black peel! …

Louiecypher’s version of the 12 days of Christmas is not to be missed; here is part:

…On the eleventh day of Christmas Sarah sent to me
11 news pimp’s pimping

10 Rove a freaking

9 fakebook postings
8 op-ed pieces
7 tweeters tweeting
6 scandal’s brewing
5 Golden Gaffe’s…
4 Palinbot’s
3 books signings
2 Caribou gloves
And a photo op in Haiti
On the twelfth day of Christmas
Sarah sent to me
Oh hell she has probably quit by now
Love you Gater’s and you are left with the last line.
hope you have happy holidaze…
-Louie

Aview999 (just part):

I won’t vote for her in a pinch,
I won’t vote for her v. the Grinch;
I don’t believe she’ll keep us free,
She’ll outlaw MSNBC.

Her speeches swirl with mindless sound
While turkeys die in the background…

So don’t persist in asking me,
I will not vote for Sarah P.

Emily Peacock: ‎”Speaking for God is the greatest sin of all.” — Amish saying

Annettek: She’s a new paradigm in American politics: an openly far right populist rabble-rouser who’s not a fringe figure, a celebrity who openly embraces her celebrity status, a “mean girl” who has absolutely no shame, and and shrewd operator who plays the media like a piano.

Wayofpeace quoted P.M. Carpenter: “…merely asking that question of such a whining political farce lends gratuitous credence to Her Preposterousness. Ms. Palin is a mass-entertainment creation and chief lunatic of the lunatic fringe and nothing else…

Ella_B: And what are those time tested truths private citizen Palin? Abstinence does not work, perhaps?

Mrsgunka: She’s like an old vinyl record that is stuck and plays the same thing over and over and over and over…..ad nauseum!

Phyllos60: …Palin has some twisted idea that feminists (that is, women who don’t agree with her) do not work, are not independent, and want government to run their lives! Say what? Also, ‘they’ have no work ethic. Who the heck is Palin talking about?! It’s nonsense like these comments Palin needs to be called out on by media…

Links of the Week

Teutonic13 found this on Gawker: Henry E. Hudson, the federal judge in Virginia who just ruled health care reform unconstitutional, owns between $15,000 and $50,000 in a GOP political consulting firm that worked against health care. PCG had the link: http://tinyurl.com/2co5q5h [BBT: grrrr!]

Juicyfruityy and others linked to Christine Todd Whitman’s skewering of Palin

Sickntiredofpalin linked to Time on the brevity and lack of accomplishments of Palin’s Haiti trip. and sickntired and Juicy76 gave us these great gifts of laughter HERE and HERE

Quietone linked to Fox News footage with revealing SP body language (at 4:20).

Mxm contrasted Sarah’s body language with Michele Obama’s warm connections with Haitian children, shown here

Jack Slater has a great photo from Palin’s Haiti trip

Sunnyjane linked to alternet showing that Fox News misinforms people: “So the more you watch, the less you know.”

Cheeriogirl found a good piece by Malia Litman on Palin’s parenting, including Sarah-Todd’s advice on parenting http://tinyurl.com/27hdnn6 and Madam Deal remembered a Palin rant that contradicts the TV spot

Sallyngarland,tx linked to an article on DraftSarahPalin

Carriesblank pointed out this TREMENDOUS piece by Matt Taibbi on Palin. “Not only is Sarah Palin a fraud, she’s the tawdriest, most half-assed fraud imaginable, 20 floors below the lowest common denominator, a character too dumb even for daytime TV.”[BBT: I had never seen it before; it is brilliant.]

Nicky in NY gave us a good chuckle

AnnaLynne found this on Palin’s Road back to nowhere

and later: it looks like Sarah will have to add Elmo to the enemies list

Rollingingraves linked to this fascinating article

Aview999: National Journal on Sarah guaranteeing Obama another 4 years and The Nation on the tax cuts

Ella highlighted this article from NYT on Palin’s inner circle and this excellent take down by technorati with this snippet: “This Haitian fiasco shows how unfit she really is to hold public office. The nation doesn’t need this sociopath in the White House.”

Honestyingov found some holiday cheer on lynnrockets

Juicyfruityy found the difference between pseudo-Christians and true Christians and this on Sarah’s vicious bigoted racism

Igetit2 linked to Lawrence O’Donnell on his support of a school desk project in Malawi and commented: I was so impressed that he did it right. Went and visited last August without any fuss, clearly did his research while he was there, partnered with a very legitimate organization, made sure that the project contributed to the local economy, then came back and used his platform to present a very specific need with a very specific way that people can help, focusing on the project rather than himself. In other words, his approach was everything that Sarah Palin’s trip to Haiti wasn’t.

Adrian and others linked to the Bill O’Reilly interview in which Palin added a few new words to the usual word salad with BS dressing, including “strategery,” “hotty-totty,” or was it “haughty-toighty” (with H/T to Juicy76 and cheeriogirl). Manic phase; many facial tics.

Sick of Sarah/wayofpeace linked to the always excellent flyinyoureye

Myrtille2 made our day with this from WaPo/ABC poll, showing 60% of Americans would not even consider voting for Palin. Yay!

Kellygrrrl linked to Andrew Sullivan on Neocons turning against Palin

DootDittyDoot has an impressive photo album; see it here

Maddie’s_Mom gave us this holiday gift

Many Palingaters celebrated, and several folks linked to Andrew Sullivan on the repeal of DADT!

Tweets of the Week

@HnstyNgov @SarahPalinusa, is “FAKE Annie Oakley” by @taylormarsh on @Huffpo. http://tinyurl.com/27wtcqf / @spalaska #tcot @C4palin @RAMansour @TLC

@HnstyNgov @andersoncooper, @SarahPalin, preaches FREEDOM, but shows 2 B thin-skinned, petty & VINDICTIVE #WGE,AGAIN!http://tinyurl.com/2dtzt84 #p2

KatieAnnieOakley: IQ, decency, growth & experience have nothing to do w campaigns. It’s all about marketing. Even an idiot can run for prez – Like Palin.

Cheeriogirl found this one: “On tomorrow’s episode, Sarah Palin goes hunting for Lisa Murkowski.” H/T SteveWeinstein

Sunnyjane:

@sarahpalinusa: No one is trying to destroy your children, you moron. You’ve done that quite successfully all by yourself.
@sarahpalinusa: You’re SUCH an independent woman! Is that why your daddy had to carry, load, and sight your big bad caribou-killing gun?

Myrtilla found this great cartoon:

sarahpalinella

The Last Word

CR46:

WOO HOO!!!!! We just got our Christmas present!!!! We just got a call from the immigration attorney we hired! Our two young ladies (ages 18 and 19) from Haiti WILL be able to immigrate to the US. We will be sponsoring them completely! This is the best news ever! After so much red tape and so many calls and help from anyone we have ever known, it is finally happening! Hubby will fly there right after the first to escort them “home”. So much to do, so little time! Please all Gator’s keep your fingers and toes crossed that we don’t run into anymore glitches with this!

The Palingates community sends (((()))) to CR46, her family and these young women. You do us proud!

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!

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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

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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!
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UPDATE BY KATHLEEN:
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.

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