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Friday, October 10, 2008

Half-Baked Alaska: Awaiting the Branchflower Report

Once again, we return to the three-ring circus that is the "Troopergate" non-scandal. Apparently, "independent investigator" Steve Branchflower has completed his report and the legislative council is debating whether to realease it to the public. I will be commenting futher this evening when we know more, and I am planning a compare-and-contrast of Troopergate with Barack Obama's scandals. Obviously, this investigation has been so thoroughly discredited that I'm not putting any stock in any of the findings, but it will be interesting to see how much mud gets thrown at the wall. Stay tuned, and please take a look at the McCain campaign's "Palin Truth Files" website for more information about about this issue.


dominmatrix said...

Great blog.

multipath said...

Dr. Dobson's McCain/Palin endorsment.

Vern said...

Anyone know where the news on this will break first?

huskyonspeed said...

It kind of disgusts me that the NYT thinks this is front page news. Maybe I'm being obtuse, but I still don't see how firing someone when that is perfectly within your realm of power to do so is of any concern to us.

Charity said...

Great blog. I will be back!!

Scott said...

Senator Barack Obama's latest television advertisement doesn't tell the truth about John McCain's health care plan.
Senator Obama falsely claims that John McCain's plan will cost Americans more for health care than they are spending now, and will leave more Americans uninsured. (


Barack Obama and Joe Biden have consistently li ed to Americans about John McCain's plan. Their claims have failed every fact-check - from CBS to the Washington Post. John McCain is not going to raise taxes on middle class families. Barack Obama and Joe Biden are the only candidates in this race that plan to raise taxes.

John McCain will reform the tax code to offer more choices beyond employer-based health insurance coverage. While individuals will still have the option of keeping employer-based coverage, every family will receive a direct refundable tax credit - effectively cash - of $2,500 for individuals and $5,000 for families to offset the cost of insurance.
Senator Obama claims that Americans will spend more under the McCain plan, but the truth is that your employer could provide you with health insurance as good as a Member of Congress, and you would pay no more in taxes - regardless of your tax bracket. In fact, you would have some additional money left over from the McCain tax credit to put in a health savings account.

Mountain Mama said...


Dr. Laura Schlesinger is devoting her ENTIRE national talk-radio show this afternoon to a discussion of the recent "Newsweek" cover of Sarah Palin.

Dr. Laura has already stated that she does NOT approve of how Gov. Palin has chosen to have a career, and thus to place her small children in day care centers (except for the eldest, Track, for whom Sarah stayed home until he was 7 and in school).

I admit that I prefer for one of the parents to stay home with children, too----but I know that Sarah has often taken her children with her to work, plus family members have often taken the children with them. Now, Todd is planning to watch little Trig.

Anyway, for those who want to try, CALL IN to support Sarah!

Even though we have many huge problems to deal with in our nation currently, "Newsweek" just shows terrible BIAS to publish purposely a photo that demeans Gov. Palin, whereas they placed a HALO around their cover photo of Obambi...... (ralph)

Scott said...

has anyone seen this video?

Glenn Beck: Farrakhan calls Obama the Messiah?

Louis Farrakhan. He is talking to the nation of Islam in a speech.

FARRAKHAN: You are the instruments that God is going to use to bring about universal change and that's why Barack has captured the youth.

FARRAKHAN: And he has involved young people in a political process that they didn't care anything about. When the Messiah speaks, the youth will hear, and the Messiah is absolutely speaking.

Scott said...

glenn also made the point this morning that when groups like the black panthers and hamas are endorsing obama's plan you have to wonder if it's something you want in this country... is that the change we're looking for?

jill said...

An Unprecedented Candidacy

Well done, Krauthammer.

Scott said...

check this out!

Palin on SNL? It's a Done Deal, NY Post Reports

Sarah Palin has already locked up an appearance on "Saturday Night Live," according to one report.

Is it payback time for Sarah Palin?

According to The New York Post, the Republican running mate has sealed plans to appear on "Saturday Night Live" on Oct. 25. Palin's dress rehearsal is already set for Friday, Oct. 24, the paper reports.

But if Palin is readying her best Tina Fey impression, nobody close to her is giving any hints.

Neither the campaign nor NBC would confirm the report when asked by FOX News.

Palin was asked Tuesday by reporters whether she wanted to give Fey, who has parodied Palin -- some say impeccably -- on the late-night comedy show ever since she was tapped as the Republican vice presidential nominee, a "taste of her own medicine." She seemed to relish the thought.

"I would love to," Palin said, laughing. "I love her. She's a hoot and she's so talented and it would be fun to either imitate her or keep on giving her more material and keep her in business."

techno said...

Folks, about 1 week ago I recommended that the McCain campaign launch an all-out defensive blitz against Barack Obama, coming from all different directions, as the NY Giants did when they prevailed over the previously undefeated the NE Patriots in the Super Bowl. I agree wholeheartedly with what the McCain campaign has done so far and I would advocate over the next 24 days they take it up a notch and do more; and please take the reins off Sarah so she can take Obama down; finally I would recommend that the McCain campaign buy a half-hour block of television time hosted by Sarah (former TV sportscaster) in which she would detail completely the relationship between Ayres and Annenberg, Dohrn, Rezko, Khalidi, ACORN and the Fanny Mae, Freddy Mac sub-prime mess and link that to Barack Obama's support of questionable political tactics,radical beliefs and his favor of a radical socialist agenda. Having said that the Giants only won by a field goal and the game was still in doubt with 1 minute left to go. So folks, don't dispair if things don't go right immediately or it appears the polls aren't responding. Keep thinking of the Giants. And by the way a Fox news poil came out today that 32% of those surveyed say they would be less likely to vote for Obama because of the revelations of Ayres activities and his relationship with Obama.

Unknown said...

You are crazy to want her in the White House. Do you listen to what she says? I guess NOT. Her and McCain are about to start a race war that some of us are not ready for.

Mountain Mama said...

I had just finished writing the only email I've ever sent to Christopher Buckley, son of the magnificent Wm., concerning our blogsite. One minute later, I learned that Christopher Buckley has endorsed Obama! CB is upset that McCain selected Gov. Palin (she's not an intellectual, m'deah...) and is now "attacking" Obama.

What a load! I love this gentleman's pointed response to CB, posted on "The Daily Beast:"

<< BlairBass:
You [Chris Buckley] [a]re disappointed in the fact that McCain has "changed" during this
campaign, so you're voting for a man that espouses little that you agree with and with whom you know very little because he is a laid back, intellectual that graduated from Harvard? I find this very curious reasoning. Let's consider your argument, shall we?

You're dissapointed with whom McCain has become. Fine. But do you even know who Obama really is? Do any of us voters REALLY know him given the mainstream press's concerted effort to cover up, ignore or refuse to investigate his past?(e.g., Wright, Ayers, Rezko, ACORN, Obama's weak
legislative record, the New Party, Obama's upper to middle class rearing by his grandparents in Hawaii vs. the poor kid of a single mom canard, etc.).
To the extent that Obama has a record (which isn't much) I see no evidence to indicate he's going to be a good president: He has no significant legislative achievements in either the State Senate or US Senate, he has shown no independence from his own party (voting with the Democrats even
more than Harry Reid), he has no record of significant bipartisanship, he has no record of political courage (his record indicates the opposite:
voting "present" instead of actually taking a stand over 130 times in the State Senate), he was little to no executive experience - never had to balance a budget, make a payroll, make executive decisions, etc., he was unusual as a Harvard Law Review Editor in that he never authored anything,
he has little to no foreign policy experience (even though he once famously claimed he was more knowledgeable about it than either McCain or Clinton), he failed at every community organizing endeavor he undertook including a
multimillion dollar grant that did nothing to improve the Chicago public schools, etc. In contrast, McCain at least has a record of legislative achievement, significant bipartisanship, political independence political
courage and proven good foreign policy judgment (surge, Putin's Russia, etc. This contrasts with Joe Biden who voted against the first Iraq War and wants to balkanize Iraq). Please show me the empirical evidence that
suggests Obama trumps him in any of those areas. Answer: There is none.

You claim Obama has a "first class tempermant." Based on what exactly? His cool demeanor at debates or in front of a teleprompter? Has Obama ever been tested? How do we really know how Obama will react in a crisis? I
recall him becoming rather peevish when reporters questioned him about
Rezko during the primaries. Moreover, he bungled his response to Russia invading Georgia. Despite 300 advisors it took him 3 times to get his stance straight. Guess where he ended up? Saying exactly what McCain said on day one of the crisis.

In contrast, McCain has been tested in a way few people have EVER been tested as a POW. Most importantly, he made one of the bravest, most heroic choices possible when he elected to stay in captivity and endure torture
rather than be used as a propaganda tool of the enemy.

Regarding Obama's intellect. Clearly he is far more of an intellectual than McCain. I completely agree. However, I would remind you of your own words: Our best and our brightest were responsible for Viet Nam. In
addition, brilliant Finance PhDs engineered the derivative instruments that are wrecking havoc on our markets. Harvard educated Barney Frank and
Franklin Raines oversaw the Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac debacle. Clearly, an intellect and an Ivy League pedigree does not always indicate judgment. Your father certainly agreed with me on that as he once famously stated that he'd rather be governed by the first 2,000 names in the phonebook than
the Harvard faculty.

Lastly, I find it curious that you think (or more accurately "pray", how apropo, devoid of logic, reasoning and empirical data you opt for "faith" like a liberal) Obama will see the error of his fiscal liberal ways once he gets into office and refrain from implementing his wealth redistribution agenda. You point to his intellect as a sign of hope. I would suggest you
go back and watch Obama's answer to Charlie Gibson during the ABC debate re:the impact of higher capital gains taxes on the economy. That will tell you everything you need to know. For all his intelligence, Obama is just
as clueless about economic matters as McCain.

The big difference between the two of them, is that McCain KNOWS that he's clueless about economics. Obama has deluded himself into believing he knows what he's talking about. That is, McCain knows what he doesn't know. Obama does not. That's HUGE. It shows one man has wisdom and humility (McCain), one man does not. I'd
rather have the former leading our country than the latter.
10.10.2008 04:40pm

Christopher Buckley wants others to see him as a brilliant intellectual, which his father was. Yet CB's reasons for rejecting McCain are superficial and illogical: dumb. Poor William, his father, is no doubt grieving in his grave.

Mountain Mama said...

Yipes! Sorry; I didn't realize my previous post was so long! Mea culpa!

Ray said...

Race war?

McCain and Palin aren't the least bit racist. They don't compare what they look like to those on federal reserve notes.

-Ray the libertarian Republican

Scott said...

"""You are crazy to want her in the White House. Do you listen to what she says? I guess NOT. Her and McCain are about to start a race war that some of us are not ready for."""

what are you talking about? they have never made race an issue.. the obama campaign has because they have nothing left to go on.. blame them for using the race card, not McCain/Palin. It's ridiculous they can't point out flaws in their oponents' past without being accused of being racist.. it's an old worn out card and i'm sick of it.

Scott said...

i agree, i can't stand these elitists who forget where their gifts come from and even more who this "nobody non-intellectual" sarah palin represents.. the majority of Americans they look down on. Let him have his little yale skull and bones cigar and brandy club, we don't want any part of him!

techno said...

The McCain sampaign is moving Sarah's rally in Richmond, Virginia on Monday October 13 from the Arthur Ashe Center (6000 capacity) to the Richmond International Speedway (a Nascar site)which can accomodate 100,000 people. Word is that so far 25,000 have requested tickets. For those who read this blog and can get away to Richmond and attend on Monday, this could be the turning point of the campaign if Sarah could fill the venue and give Republicans renewed confidence that this election is far from over. Plus the excitement would be overwhelming for those present that they would take with them for the balance of the campaign as they get out the vote (GOTV).

techno said...

Sorry, to trouble you but if anybody out there is a member of Hot Air and can log on as a member could you please post this info about Sarah's rally on Monday.

techno said...

John just got booed at a town hall meeting in Minnesota for saying that "I admire Senator Obama and his accomplishments and I want to be respecrful." John, let me see if I can get my head around this, you post ads for the last week lambasting Obama for his ties with Ayres, sympathy for radical ideas, and his involvement with Acorn and the sub-prime mess in which you seek to impugn his character, reputation and truthfulness and then in public stand up for him in front of a enraged audience who appears to want Obama's head on a platter where you are booed. John, either you're the damndest fool and masochist in America or you're sly as a fox. I'm still going with the latter but John, I admit you're trying my patience with this display of cognitive dissonance highlighted by vitriol and magnanminity.

techno said...

Just joined the Free Republic. If you really want to know what is going on in the Republican and conservative world of America I would suggest that you check the site out.

Seth Adam Smith said...

Hey, I have a pro-Palin video that I made. It was just recently featured on the offical John McCain blog. I would love to have it featured on your site.

techno said...

So the Star Chamber in Alaska rules that Sarah abused her power (which the MSM) are happy to report but fail to add that she VIOLATED NO LAWS, and that the family dispute was a contributing factor in Monegan's dismissal.

ABC Trio said...

Yahoo news headlines don't look good....
"Alaska panel finds Gov. Palin abused power in firing"
I'm devastated with this news and can't think that it will be good for the campaign.

Dan said...

Finding Number One
For reasons explained in section IV of this report I find that Governor Sarah Palin abused her power by violating Alaska Statue 39.52.110(a)

"What MSNBC Aired"

Now what they DIDN'T Air
Finding Number two
I find that, although Walt Monegan's refusal to fire Trooper Wooten was NOT the sole reason he was fired by Governor Sarah Palin, it was likely a contributing factor to his termination as Commissioner of Public Safety. In spite of that Governor Palin's firing of Commissioner Monergan WAS A PROPER AND LAWFUL EXERCISE of her constituional and statutory authority to hire and FIRE executive branch department heads.

for what is supposed to be the complete report (keep in mind this came from BS yes BSNBC)

Vern said...

Well the report is out. MSM and Left are already going nutty it seems. Apparently, Palin's INACTION was an abuse of power?!

My take on it is here.

What gets me steamed is the totally naive reaction of Republicans on the committee to this.

Admin said...

That's great news about the Richmond rally. I hope they get a huge turnout!

Scott said...

dick morris was on hannity and colmes tonight and mentioned that there are 2 factors in this election that are canceling each other out. On one side is the peoples' desire to punish the republican party for what is going on.. on the other side is the fear of electing Obama. Either one by itself would be enough to win the election. McCain needs to make an ad stating this.. that he understands the anger of the people and their wish to punish the republican party.. and then he can show how he's not Bush. He could even add in there somewhere how he plans to get the people responsible... people are looking to punish someone here and feel cheated that not only were they ripped off by those they trusted, but now we're paying more money we don't have to bail these people out. I'm no expert at writing these things but it would be great to see something like this.. I think this could be what does it for him. Sure we need to know how we can't trust Obama, but it would also go a long way, possibly more, if he could paint the picture of what he plans to do for us...

12thMan said...

You know, I might wanna rethink moving to Alaska, since the damn legislature thinks they're (much like Herrs Reid and Pelosi) master and commander of everything.

As I predicted, they'd make something up here. Of course basically what these morons are leading us to believe is that Sarah hired this guy SOLELY for the purpose of finding someone that could legally fire bozo #2.

Apparently Alaska isn't so independent of the lower 48 after all, their legislature wants to circumvent the Constitution just like Congress does!

Hang in there, SOSers, as long as she takes the right approach to this, we will prevail!

CalledOut said...

I just saw a picture of some of those on the panel that was doing the investigation....and among them I see the huge, cinder block butt-ugly head of none other than Lyda Green...a long time apponent of Palin. This whole thing stinks to high heaven.

tom paine said...

Yeah, Gov. Palin possibly telling a few white lies about why she really fired Monegan is not a big deal.

What is important is that the McCain/Palin folks do not seem to know basic facts. No, I'm not talking about John not knowing the difference between Shia and Sunni or saying prisoners when he meant citizens during the debate...or Sarah saying that Alaska produces 20% of America's energy or not being able to name any newspapers she reads. That's small stuff.

What I'm talking about is them not knowing that sending a politician (especially an out-of-state politician) to a sports event in Philadelphia is most likely going to turn out badly. Philly is the city that booed Beyonce because she wore a Michael Jordon shirt and threw snowballs at Santa Claus during an Eagles game!

Yet big brain scumbag Rick Davis sends poor naive Sarah to drop the opening puck (and thus delay the start) at a Flyers game.

The result was predictable and I bet that after the booing finally died down Gov. Hockey Mom could not get out of the Wachovia Center ice rink fast enough!