This is shaping up to be a great scandal. I’ve been all over the blogosphere this morning, so here’s a smattering.
- Bradblog hints that the scandal might be an “iceberg” – there’s more to it than the stadium/house mess we learned about last night.
- Erick the Red is so angry that he’s writing sentences such as: “Sarah Palin has been the subject of vicious, vile attacks. Her family and key staff have all been driven to the verge of financial ruin by relentless legal attacks that are routinely thrown out, but still must be offended.”
- Buckeye Sam at Hot Air says, without a trace of irony, that now that Sarah is “unleashed and no longer hamstrung by her office, she’ll be a boondoggle to conservative candidates.”
- Atlas Pam blames the person clearly resposible for all of Sarah’s problems: “If Palin is anything like I think she is (know she is), Obama’s treasonous presidency is responsible for this. She, like all patriotic Americans, is shocked by what is happening. Obama is destroying this country. She knows it. We all know it. We need a leader. She is answering our call.”
- Macsmind brings some of the best stupid available on the topic: “This is already being torn apart by the liberal media that stepping down will hurt her as she will not finish her term. Let’s not forget that Obama didn’t finish his first term as Senator in order to run for President.”
MJ is not really dead but will return = S Palin is not toast and will run for Preznint.
“She, like all patriotic Americans, is shocked by what is happening. Obama is destroying this country. She knows it. We all know it. We need a leader. She is answering our call.”
The ritual suicide that will inevitably follow in coming months will be sad, horrifying, and terribly predictable.
Sarah Palin has done one thing I approve of – she’s given us a day’s respite from wall-to-wall Michael Jackson coverage. I swear she’s reduced it by a third.
I love it when morans try to use big words without really knowing the meaning of same.
@chicago bureau: Starting with Macsmind:
UPDATE: It will be on her Twitter site soon, but this is about 2012, and a surprise for detractors.
UPDATE: Well that didn’t take long. This blogger who is known for false stories of indictments coming (Rove, Bush, etc), claims this was about coming indictments for Palin.
Absolutely NOT true, as I have verified with contacts within DOJ. It’s simply false.
I’m not sure which alternative I like better: Crook or Quitter? (And for the purposes of discussion, you can’t have both.)
@nojo: He’s a D-List blogger at best – like the DOJ is going to tell him anything.
@blogenfreude: Which just makes the Mass Ritual Suicide more spectacular. Where Kristol committed himself to a Definite Maybe, everyone else is convincing themselves that quitting office is the most brilliant move since declaring ketchup a vegetable.
Predicted form of ritual suicide: autoerotic asphyxiation.
I should have stuck this in the main post, but oh well: in related news, the teabagging movement is not doing so well.
I’m looking forward who’s next. The party of fiscal responsibility and national security seems to be on a roll. Will it be Mittens? Or Jindal? Or…?
@blogenfreude: “The idea for the balls campaign came to me as I was sitting around waiting to go on at a Tea Party event this past Monday,” said Valentine. “People are just beginning to send their balls to their senators.”
Here’s my fantasy Palin scandal: Turns out she was pestorking Levi (while he was underage and also screwing her daughter) and he is, in fact, Trigg’s father. There is video, made by Todd. And DNA evidence.
@Mistress Cynica: That actually makes the most sense of all the available facts, right down to the shunning.
@Mistress Cynica: Better. She pestorked Levi and the entire construction crew of the sports complex and her house and it turns out that she and Levi had a previous kid which she delivered and ate in a satanic ritual at the site of her and her trained mute’s home.
@Mistress Cynica: Throw in a wetsuit and a ball gag and I’m there.
@Mistress Cynica: I like the way you think.
Anybody out there have details on those industrial windows? Looking at photos of the house and the complex, I don’t see the match. And while everybody’s mentioning that installing those suckers would require a lot more than weekend buddies, they all quote “a friend in the construction business,” or some such thing.
I’d like something more authoritative: the windows are Model X from Manufacturer Y, requiring Installation Procedure Z, as shown in this handy PDF. It may all be out there, but I couldn’t find anything upon cursory googling.
@nojo: There can’t be a huge number of manufacturers. I saw a picture of her house with a pontoon (poontang?) plane parked next to it and the windows were nearly as wide as the plane’s wingspan. If they were commercial grade triple pane (required for the weather in Alaska) they must weigh hundreds of pounds for each unit.).
Here’s a note with a link that gives a close-up of the sports centers’ windows that may be useful in running by a couple of contractors to see if they can name the manufacturer.
Look at the windows of the Palin house and the sports complex:
At approx 2:41 into the video there is a great shot of the front of the complex.
Compare the windows there to pics of the house..
VERY similar. the trim is a bit different but I bet the sizes match exactly!
More from Erick:
The political pundits who are saying she couldn’t take the heat, so she got out of the kitchen, may have found a winning cliche to apply, but then no one has faced the heat Sarah Palin has been subjected to, largely at the hands of the political pundits now dragging out that cliche.
I’m loving the victimology here, coming from folks who’ve spent the past 17 years vilifying Swampsow. To update a line from last fall: If she can’t handle Letterman, how in hell is she going to face down Putin?
Rather than just be a celebrity, this could be a real opportunity for her to show us her stuff — what’s important to her, what she wants people to know about her, why we should pay attention to her, why we should consider her for the highest office in the land (after already gone with the cool dude with little national electoral experience — though in his case it was little experience, period). To get people to know her for something more than being Sarah!
And remember – K-Lo is an editor.
@FlyingChainSaw: I dunno. I’ve also found a close-up shot of the house, showing the triple-high windows in more detail, and even allowing for the trim, I still don’t see a conclusive comparison.
I do think it’s the right angle to pursue. But I’ll play Managing Editor and say it’s not there yet.
@nojo: Now don’t you guys go all birth-certificate on us …
@blogenfreude: K-Lo mentions “celebrity”? Never mind the editing, she’s going rogue. Barry’s the Celebrity, The One, who dare not forget his teleprompter, with the airhead fans who can’t see through his facade.
On the other hand, “Being Sarah” pretty much explains everything.
@blogenfreude: I do wish the folks making fun of the birthers would try a little harder. The birthers know about the Hawaii certificate — their point is that it’s not the original (I have a microfilm copy of mine), but something issued later by the state.
But they also tend to ignore that Barry’s mom was a full-blooded native-born U.S. citizen. Unless Kansas is an independent republic, that should settle it without need of documentation.
@nojo: Actually, if you want to break something conclusive, pix won’t do it because there are standard sizings of pre-fabricated window components for commercial construction. You’d really need to get a reporter to read the manufacturer’s tag on the windows at the arena and at her home to fortify the reportage about the FBI’s evidence there was private diversion of publicly funded resources.
@nojo: They know all that. It’s all code for die, darkie, die. They also know that to even produce a copy in a way that would survive audit for authenticity, the conspirators would have had to have collusion with the vital records office in Hawaii to essentially insert the bogus birth certificate and then renumber every subsequent birth certificate. It doesn’t matter. They just want to scream that they feel worthless because there is a black guy in the White House.
I know y’all are probably way, waaaay past this right now, but the local paper has a pretty amusing writeup of Stormy’s visit to redneck-and-biker-land yesterday. Read the comments for extra fun!
They also took a suspicious number of pictures:
Lots of closeups of tattoos (not hers, sorry) and…a duck, for some reason.
!!!! I had a SarahPAC ad!!!!
oh glorious day….
@Jebediah: Me too. Made me feel all independent.
@blogenfreude: Wetsuit and ballgag are a given, darling. Also a dominatrix outfit and a strap-on.
@finette: Those are awesome!!
The toothless tattooed mouthbreathers, the biker chick in the bikini top who makes Stormy look Klassy, and our girl’s two-toned locks and “Wicked” necklace that really make the outfit. Special fave: When she’s fishing in her cleavage for something dropped down her shirt.
Bloggie, get over there ASAP.
@Mistress Cynica: Y’know, there’s something not entirely plastic about her that I like. Unlike, say, Sarah Palin or Michael Jackson.
@finette: I am never past Stormy. Thank you. And that is a serious obsession there – more than 100 shots. Wow.
@FlyingChainSaw: Or heck, just fish out that sealed building permit from city hall. Unless it’s been inevitably conveniently misplaced.
@nojo: Well, that still wouldn’t prove diversion. SBS can do both gigs and get paid independently. Likely there are no invoices for the windows for the Lake Lucille site. 48 Windows were invoiced and paid on the sports center, 30 were used there and 18 ended up being delivered to Lake Lucille and dressed for installation there. The FBI gets beat up for rigidity but this kind of scam is what they’re built for: straight ahead accounts fraud. Usually, inflation of a project price or commercial development loan is used to launder money and really deft accounting can make it all look good, good enough to make a jury shrug. The nice part here, the part that makes the forensics facile, is the fact that part of the price inflation can be accounted for by hard goods that would be impossible now for Talibunny and her trained mute to hide. The FBI need only perform some rudimentary auditing of invoices and payments to make a very simple, very sticky case. Likely, too, they can show a sub-contractor a copy of Brides magazine, let him know he may have to pick something out soon, and hear him tell his story about picking up windows on a city invoice and delivering them to the lakeside site – or getting an SBS accountant to talk about how his boss told him to wrap up both work details in one set of invoices.
I don’t claim to be 100% on everything here, but the wingnutty are taking a page from Otto (of A Wish Called Wanda Fame.)
There is a difference between a full fledged retreat vs a strategic withdrawal. Apparently, to many of the wingnut bloggers, it’s only a full fledged retreat if ia Libturd does it and a strategic withdrawal of brilliance if done by a wingnutty.
@ManchuCandidate: Every GOP opponent out there is working up a 2012 version of the 3 a.m. phone call.
Has everyone seen this? Posted at Team Sarah today:
“Happy 4th of July from Alaska!
On this Independence Day, I am so very proud of all those who have chosen to serve our great nation and I honor their selflessness and the sacrifices of their families, too.
If I may, I would like to take a moment to reflect on the last 24 hours and share my thoughts with you.
First, I want to thank you for your support and hard work on the values we share. Those values led me to the decision my family and I made. Yesterday, my family and I announced a decision that is in Alaska’s best interest and it always feels good to do what is right. We have accomplished more during this one term than most governors do in two – and I am proud of the great team that helped to build these wonderful successes. Energy independence and national security, fiscal restraint, smaller government, and local control have been my priorities and will remain my priorities.
For months now, I have consulted with friends and family, and with the Lieutenant Governor, about what is best for our wonderful state. I even made a few administrative changes over that course in time in preparation for yesterday. We have accomplished so much and there’s much more to do, but my family and I determined after prayerful consideration that sacrificing my title helps Alaska most. And once I decided not to run for re-election, my decision was that much easier – I’ve never been one to waste time or resources. Those who know me know this is the right decision and obvious decision at that, including Senator John McCain. I thank him for his kind, insightful comments.
The response in the main stream media has been most predictable, ironic, and as always, detached from the lives of ordinary Americans who are sick of the “politics of personal destruction”. How sad that Washington and the media will never understand; it’s about country. And though it’s honorable for countless others to leave their positions for a higher calling and without finishing a term, of course we know by now, for some reason a different standard applies for the decisions I make. But every American understands what it takes to make a decision because it’s right for all, including your family.
I shared with you yesterday my heartfelt and candid reasons for this change; I’ve never thought I needed a title before one’s name to forge progress in America. I am now looking ahead and how we can advance this country together with our values of less government intervention, greater energy independence, stronger national security, and much-needed fiscal restraint. I hope you will join me. Now is the time to rebuild and help our nation achieve greatness!
God bless you! And I look forward to making a difference – with you!
@Benedick: my family and I determined after prayerful consideration that sacrificing my title helps Alaska most.
Coming out of anybody else’s mouth — even another Republican’s — that would be instantly seen for the bullshit it is. But like Ronnie, Talibunny’s a better actor than most politicians. Even better than many TV preachers.
@Mistress Cynica: I’m thinking she was trying to run a clip-on mic wire up in there, actually.
I wonder if they told that little girl the lady is a movie star? She looks somewhat enthralled.
She’s more Magician than actor. That bullshit folksy accent and you-betcha persona distracts from the pigeon dropping throgh the hole in the table. She’s an oily, machine-style polititian, but you’d never know it. A wink and a catchphrase and the lady vanishes…
@Benedick: Liz Cheney.
You heard it here first.
That Cheney 2.0 is female is all to the good for the GOP. “Almost as pretty as Sarah Palin and twice as smart!”
@Benedick: What’s next? Texas Governor Good Hair Perry will finally admit that he has teh ghey and that his broken collarbone wasn’t from a “mountain bike accident.”
“…relentless legal attacks that are routinely thrown out, but still must be offended.”
This kind of writing, if even worthy of that common name, deeply offends me.
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