Tag Archives: Sarah Palin

Vetting

If TOM (The Old Media) would have spent just one minute examining the background, associations, and qualifications of the Won — for every hour they are about to spend going over Sarah Palin’s emails — Sarah Palin would be living at Blair House the US Naval Observatory today.

UPDATE: As BlogDog pointed out in the comments the VP lives at the Navel Observatory, not Blair House. That’s what I get for trying to blog during my lunch break.

A Bad Magician

Not every magician is David Copperfield. For every Copperfield, David Blaine, or Penn and Teller their are dozens of lesser known (to be kind) magicians working comedy clubs and kids birthday parties. Beyond that group is your uncle who pulled a quarter from your ear (you may know how he did it, but you want the quarter anyway) and your little brother who thinks he’s a magician because he says, “Ta Da!”

A key to being a good illusionist is mastering misdirection. The greats pull it off and you’re none the wiser. Little Billy thinks that misdirection consists of, “look over there!”

President Obama’s skills fall somewhere between your Uncle Joe and your baby brother. His latest act is his new found interest in offshore drilling. Sarah Palin isn’t fooled.

Many Americans fear that President Obama’s new energy proposal is once again “all talk and no real action,” this time in an effort to shore up fading support for the Democrats’ job-killing cap-and-trade (a.k.a. cap-and-tax) proposals. Behind the rhetoric lie new drilling bans and leasing delays; soon to follow are burdensome new environmental regulations. Instead of “drill, baby, drill,” the more you look into this the more you realize it’s “stall, baby, stall.”

As a former mayor of Bridgeport, Connecticut probably never said, “There’s a sucker born every minute.”

Sorry, Uncle Barry. It’s not going to be us.

Irony Alert

Does someone in the legacy media finally get it?

Yet, the American public’s astonishing decision to pick someone with so little experience (a few years as the Junior Senator from Illinois, and before that, a “carreer” as a community organizer) as President of the United States underscores just how alarmingly expertise is discounted — or equated with elitism — in our increasingly democratized era, and just how thoroughly colorful personal narratives overshadow policy arguments and actual knowledge.

See the answer below.

Sarah’s #1

Sarah Palin’s book, Going Rogue, won’t be released for another nearly 50 days. A situation that is sure to cause liberal heads to explode, Going Rogue is #1.

Just two days after HarperCollins announced that Palin’s “Going Rogue” had been moved up from the spring to Nov. 17, preorders Wednesday night for the former Alaska governor’s memoir made it No. 1 on both Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.com.

Among the books “Going Rogue” is outselling: Sen. Ted Kennedy’s “True Compass,” Mitch Albom’s “Have a Little Faith” and Brown’s “The Lost Symbol,” his first novel since “The Da Vinci Code” and, perhaps until now, the year’s most anticipated release.

Outselling The Swimmer? That’s got to hurt.

Sarah Palin on The ‘Cap And Tax’ Dead End

Gov. Sarah Palin has an excellent article in the Washington Post looking at the President’s “Cap And Tax” legislation.

I am deeply concerned about President Obama’s cap-and-trade energy plan, and I believe it is an enormous threat to our economy. It would undermine our recovery over the short term and would inflict permanent damage.

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There is no denying that as the world becomes more industrialized, we need to reform our energy policy and become less dependent on foreign energy sources. But the answer doesn’t lie in making energy scarcer and more expensive! Those who understand the issue know we can meet our energy needs and environmental challenges without destroying America’s economy.

In the article Gov. Palin clearly lays out the problems in the plan passed by the house, and now before the Senate.

Job losses are so certain under this new cap-and-tax plan that it includes a provision accommodating newly unemployed workers from the resulting dried-up energy sector, to the tune of $4.2 billion over eight years. So much for creating jobs.

In addition to immediately increasing unemployment in the energy sector, even more American jobs will be threatened by the rising cost of doing business under the cap-and-tax plan. For example, the cost of farming will certainly increase, driving down farm incomes while driving up grocery prices. The costs of manufacturing, warehousing and transportation will also increase.

She doesn’t just point out the negative consequences of this bill, but also makes the case for a responsible energy policy.

We must move in a new direction. We are ripe for economic growth and energy independence if we responsibly tap the resources that God created right underfoot on American soil. Just as important, we have more desire and ability to protect the environment than any foreign nation from which we purchase energy today.

We have a choice, which she describes very well.

Do we want to control our energy supply and its environmental impact? Or, do we want to outsource it to China, Russia and Saudi Arabia? Make no mistake: President Obama’s plan will result in the latter.

The article is well worth reading. I particularly enjoyed this humorous observation:

The ironic beauty in this plan? Soon, even the most ardent liberal will understand supply-side economics.

If this becomes law, we all will.

Palin Poll

With yesterday’s announcement that she will be resigning as Alaska’s governor at the end of July, Sarah Palin opened speculation on her plans and political future. What are your thoughts? Participate in the poll in the sidebar, and leave your comments here.

Update: I’ve added this topic in the new and improved Forum.

It’s a Boy

Governor Sarah Palin has a new title — Grandma.

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s teenage daughter Bristol has given birth to a son, People magazine reported on Monday.

The 7 lb 4 oz (3.3 kilogram) baby was born on Sunday in Palmer, Alaska, and is named Tripp Easton Mitchell Johnston, reported People, who spoke to Sarah Palin’s aunt Colleen Jones.

“The baby is fine and Bristol is doing well. Everyone is excited,” Jones told the magazine.

Congratulations and best wishes to all.

Tasergate Uses AGW Burden of Proof

The law, as I understand it, uses differing burden of proof depending on the nature of the offense. From the strict implications of “beyond a reasonable doubt” to the lesser “based on the preponderance of evidence”, there is a new standard that is being used in the Tasergate investigation.

It’s the same burden of proof used by the AGW crowd: We have no proof, but “it’s likely” you’re guilty anyway.

Bill “BeldarDyer explains how the defense works:

Instead, Branchfire has piled a guess (that the Palins wanted Wooten fired, rather than, for example, counseled, disciplined, or reassigned) on top of an inference (that when the Palins expressed concern to Monegan about Wooten, they were really threatening to fire Monegan if he didn’t fire Wooten) on top of an innuendo (that Gov. Palin “fired” Monegan at least in part because of his failure to fire Wooten) — from which Branchflower then leaps to a legal conclusion: “abuse of authority.” Branchflower reads the Ethics Act to prohibit any governmental action or decision made for justifiable reasons benefiting the State if that action or decision might also make a public official happy for any other reason. That would mean, of course, that governors must never act or decide in a way that makes them personally happy as a citizen, or as a wife or mother or daughter, and that they could only take actions or make decisions which left them feeling neutral or upset. This an incredibly shoddy tower of supposition, and a ridiculous misreading of the law.

Confederate Yankee sums up what I am calling the “Gore Standard” this way:

Alaska Democrats hell-bent on lynching Sarah Palin for Dear Leader Obama all but promised a guilty verdict before their investigation into Tasergate began, but the best they could come up with was a unilateral fact-free declaration that amounts to “Sarah Palin abused power because I was hired to find that Sarah Palin abused her power, even though my own report contradicts that. BUGS! BUGS! BUGS!!!

Expect the left and the compliant press to use the Gore Standard quite often in the days remaining before the election. Be scared by how this standard will be abused in a Democrat administration.

Debate Thoughts

OK, maybe just one thought. I’ve read quite a bit of reaction to last night’s VP debate that picks up on the idea that Governor Palin’s strong suit was her ability to connect with the American people. I think that it’s more than that, she is the American people.

One silly question that has become a campaign season standard is, “which candidate would you most like to sit down with and have a beer?” It is supposed to gauge a candidates likability. In Sarah Palin’s case I think you can turn it around. She is the candidate that I think is most likely to want to sit down and have a beer (or whatever) with you.

That’s my impression anyhow. How about you?