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Sliming Palin ( debunks Palin smears) ^ | September 8, 2008

Posted on 09/08/2008 5:32:33 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY


We’ve been flooded for the past few days with queries about dubious Internet postings and mass e-mail messages making claims about McCain’s running mate, Gov. Palin. We find that many are completely false, or misleading.

* Palin did not cut funding for special needs education in Alaska by 62 percent. She didn’t cut it at all. In fact, she tripled per-pupil funding over just three years.

* She did not demand that books be banned from the Wasilla library. Some of the books on a widely circulated list were not even in print at the time. The librarian has said Palin asked a "What if?" question, but the librarian continued in her job through most of Palin's first term.

* She was never a member of the Alaskan Independence Party, a group that wants Alaskans to vote on whether they wish to secede from the United States. She’s been registered as a Republican since May 1982.

* Palin never endorsed or supported Pat Buchanan for president. She once wore a Buchanan button as a "courtesty" when he visited Wasilla, but shortly afterward she was appointed to co-chair of the campaign of Steve Forbes in the state.

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TOPICS: Politics/Elections; US: Alaska
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1 posted on 09/08/2008 5:32:33 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY
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To: Free ThinkerNY

always good to have sources to back up our vp...

obama, and biden, palin in comparison.....

2 posted on 09/08/2008 5:35:15 PM PDT by raygunfan (obama, and biden, palin in comparison...)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Is this the e-mail?

This was published in the Anchorage Daily News:
“I have known Sarah since 1992...”
Posted by Alaska_Politics

Posted: September 4, 2008 - 12:11 pm

From David Hulen in Anchorage —

The e-mail below has been bouncing around the Internet since Sunday. It was written by Anne Kilkenny of Wasilla - stay-at-home mom, letter-to-the-editor writer and longtime watcher of Valley politics. She’s a registered Democrat. She was one of the delegates to the Conference of Alaskans in Fairbanks back in 2004. Her bio from the conference is here.

She e-mailed this letter over the weekend to family and friends Outside, and (despite her request not to post it) it went viral on the Internet very quickly, showing up on blogs and Web sites all over. Since then, Kilkenny has been inundated with phone calls and e-mails. She said she stayed up until 3 a.m. last night answering e-mails, and found nearly 400 new ones waiting when she logged on this morning.

It’s posted here with her permission.


Dear friends,

So many people have asked me about what I know about Sarah Palin in the last 2 days that I decided to write something up . . .

Basically, Sarah Palin and Hillary Clinton have only 2 things in common: their gender and their good looks. :)

You have my permission to forward this to your friends/email contacts with my name and email address attached, but please do not post it on any websites, as there are too many kooks out there . . .



I am a resident of Wasilla, Alaska. I have known Sarah since 1992. Everyone here knows Sarah, so it is nothing special to say we are on a first-name basis. Our children have attended the same schools. Her father was my child’s favorite substitute teacher. I also am on a first name basis with her parents and mother-in-law. I attended more City Council meetings during her administration than about 99% of the residents of the city.

She is enormously popular; in every way she’s like the most popular girl in middle school. Even men who think she is a poor choice and won’t vote for her can’t quit smiling when talking about her because she is a “babe”.

It is astonishing and almost scary how well she can keep a secret. She kept her most recent pregnancy a secret from her children and parents for seven months.

She is “pro-life”. She recently gave birth to a Down’s syndrome baby. There is no cover-up involved, here; Trig is her baby.

She is energetic and hardworking. She regularly worked out at the gym.

She is savvy. She doesn’t take positions; she just “puts things out there” and if they prove to be popular, then she takes credit.

Her husband works a union job on the North Slope for BP and is a champion snowmobile racer. Todd Palin’s kind of job is highly sought-after because of the schedule and high pay. He arranges his work schedule so he can fish for salmon in Bristol Bay for a month or so in summer, but by no stretch of the imagination is fishing their major source of income. Nor has her life-style ever been anything like that of native Alaskans.

Sarah and her whole family are avid hunters.

She’s smart.

Her experience is as mayor of a city with a population of about 5,000 (at the time), and less than 2 years as governor of a state with about 670,000 residents.

During her mayoral administration most of the actual work of running this small city was turned over to an administrator. She had been pushed to hire this administrator by party power-brokers after she had gotten herself into some trouble over precipitous firings which had given rise to a recall campaign.Sarah campaigned in Wasilla as a “fiscal conservative”. During her 6 years as Mayor, she increased general government expenditures by over 33%. During those same 6 years the amount of taxes collected by the City increased by 38%. This was during a period of low inflation (1996-2002). She reduced progressive property taxes and increased a regressive sales tax which taxed even food. The tax cuts that she promoted benefited large corporate property owners way more than they benefited residents.

The huge increases in tax revenues during her mayoral administration weren’t enough to fund everything on her wish list though, borrowed money was needed, too. She inherited a city with zero debt, but left it with indebtedness of over $22 million. What did Mayor Palin encourage the voters to borrow money for? Was it the infrastructure that she said she supported? The sewage treatment plant that the city lacked? or a new library? No. $1m for a park. $15m-plus for construction of a multi-use sports complex which she rushed through to build on a piece of property that the City didn’t even have clear title to, that was still in litigation 7 yrs later—to the delight of the lawyers involved! The sports complex itself is a nice addition to the community but a huge money pit, not the profit-generator she claimed it would be. She also supported bonds for $5.5m for road projects that could have been done in 5-7 yrs without any borrowing.

While Mayor, City Hall was extensively remodeled and her office redecorated more than once.

These are small numbers, but Wasilla is a very small city.

As an oil producer, the high price of oil has created a budget surplus in Alaska. Rather than invest this surplus in technology that will make us energy independent and increase efficiency, as Governor she proposed distribution of this surplus to every individual in the state.

In this time of record state revenues and budget surpluses, she recommended that the state borrow/bond for road projects, even while she proposed distribution of surplus state revenues: spend today’s surplus, borrow for needs.

She’s not very tolerant of divergent opinions or open to outside ideas or compromise. As Mayor, she fought ideas that weren’t generated by her or her staff. Ideas weren’t evaluated on their merits, but on the basis of who proposed them.

While Sarah was Mayor of Wasilla she tried to fire our highly respected City Librarian because the Librarian refused to consider removing from the library some books that Sarah wanted removed. City residents rallied to the defense of the City Librarian and against Palin’s attempt at out-and-out censorship, so Palin backed down and withdrew her termination letter. People who fought her attempt to oust the Librarian are on her enemies list to this day.

Sarah complained about the “old boy’s club” when she first ran for Mayor, so what did she bring Wasilla? A new set of “old boys”. Palin fired most of the experienced staff she inherited. At the City and as Governor she hired or elevated new, inexperienced, obscure people, creating a staff totally dependent on her for their jobs and eternally grateful and fiercely loyal—loyal to the point of abusing their power to further her personal agenda, as she has acknowledged happened in the case of pressuring the State’s top cop (see below).

As Mayor, Sarah fired Wasilla’s Police Chief because he “intimidated” her, she told the press. As Governor, her recent firing of Alaska’s top cop has the ring of familiarity about it. He served at her pleasure and she had every legal right to fire him, but it’s pretty clear that an important factor in her decision to fire him was because he wouldn’t fire her sister’s ex-husband, a State Trooper. Under investigation for abuse of power, she has had to admit that more than 2 dozen contacts were made between her staff and family to the person that she later fired, pressuring him to fire her ex-brother-in-law. She tried to replace the man she fired with a man who she knew had been reprimanded for sexual harassment; when this caused a public furor, she withdrew her support.

She has bitten the hand of every person who extended theirs to her in help. The City Council person who personally escorted her around town introducing her to voters when she first ran for Wasilla City Council became one of her first targets when she was later elected Mayor. She abruptly fired her loyal City Administrator; even people who didn’t like the guy were stunned by this ruthlessness.

Fear of retribution has kept all of these people from saying anything publicly about her.

When then-Governor Murkowski was handing out political plums, Sarah got the best, Chair of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission: one of the few jobs not in Juneau and one of the best paid. She had no background in oil & gas issues. Within months of scoring this great job which paid $122,400/yr, she was complaining in the press about the high salary. I was told that she hated that job: the commute, the structured hours, the work. Sarah became aware that a member of this Commission (who was also the State Chair of the Republican Party) engaged in unethical behavior on the job. In a gutsy move which some undoubtedly cautioned her could be political suicide, Sarah solved all her problems in one fell swoop: got out of the job she hated and garnered gobs of media attention as the patron saint of ethics and as a gutsy fighter against the “old boys’ club” when she dramatically quit, exposing this man’s ethics violations (for which he was fined).

As Mayor, she had her hand stuck out as far as anyone for pork from Senator Ted Stevens. Lately, she has castigated his pork-barrel politics and publicly humiliated him. She only opposed the “bridge to nowhere” after it became clear that it would be unwise not to.

As Governor, she gave the Legislature no direction and budget guidelines, then made a big grandstand display of line-item vetoing projects, calling them pork. Public outcry and further legislative action restored most of these projects—which had been vetoed simply because she was not aware of their importance—but with the unobservant she had gained a reputation as “anti-pork”.

She is solidly Republican: no political maverick. The State party leaders hate her because she has bit them in the back and humiliated them. Other members of the party object to her self-description as a fiscal conservative.

Around Wasilla there are people who went to high school with Sarah. They call her “Sarah Barracuda” because of her unbridled ambition and predatory ruthlessness. Before she became so powerful, very ugly stories circulated around town about shenanigans she pulled to be made point guard on the high school basketball team. When Sarah’s mother-in-law, a highly respected member of the community and experienced manager, ran for Mayor, Sarah refused to endorse her.

As Governor, she stepped outside of the box and put together of package of legislation known as “AGIA” that forced the oil companies to march to the beat of her drum.

Like most Alaskans, she favors drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. She has questioned if the loss of sea ice is linked to global warming. She campaigned “as a private citizen” against a state initiaitive that would have either a) protected salmon streams from pollution from mines, or b) tied up in the courts all mining in the state (depending on who you listen to). She has pushed the State’s lawsuit against the Dept. of the Interior’s decision to list polar bears asthreatened species.

McCain is the oldest person to ever run for President; Sarah will be a heartbeat away from being President.

There has to be literally millions of Americans who are more knowledgeable and experienced than she.

However, there’s a lot of people who have underestimated her and are regretting it.

*”Hockey mom”: true for a few years.*”PTA mom”: true years ago when her first-born was in elementary school, not since.

*”NRA supporter”: absolutely true

*social conservative: mixed. Opposes gay marriage, BUT vetoed a bill that would have denied benefits to employees in same-sex relationships (said she did this because it was unconsitutional).

*pro-creationism: mixed. Supports it, BUT did nothing as Governor to promote it.

*”Pro-life”: mixed. Knowingly gave birth to a Down’s syndrome baby BUT declined to call a special legislative session on some pro-life legislation

*”Experienced”: Some high schools have more students than Wasilla has residents. Many cities have more residents than the state of Alaska. No legislative experience other than City Council. Little hands-on supervisory or managerial experience; needed help of a city administrator to run town of about 5,000.

*political maverick: not at all

*gutsy: absolutely!

*open & transparent: ??? Good at keeping secrets. Not good at explaining actions.

*has a developed philosophy of public policy: no

*”a Greenie”: no. Turned Wasilla into a wasteland of big box stores and disconnected parking lots. Is pro-drilling off-shore and in ANWR.

*fiscal conservative: not by my definition!

*pro-infrastructure: No. Promoted a sports complex and park in a city without a sewage treatment plant or storm drainage system. Built streets to early 20th century standards.

*pro-tax relief: Lowered taxes for businesses, increased tax burden on residents

*pro-small government: No. Oversaw greatest expansion of city government in Wasilla’s history.

*pro-labor/pro-union. No. Just because her husband works union doesn’t make her pro-labor. I have seen nothing to support any claim that she is pro-labor/pro-union.WHY AM I WRITING THIS?

First, I have long believed in the importance of being an informed voter. I am a voter registrar. For 10 years I put on student voting programs in the schools. If you google my name (Anne Kilkenny + Alaska), you will find references to my participation in local government, education, and PTA/parent organizations.

Secondly, I’ve always operated in the belief that “Bad things happen when good people stay silent”. Few people know as much as I do because few have gone to as many City Council meetings.

Third, I am just a housewife. I don’t have a job she can bump me out of. I don’t belong to any organization that she can hurt. But, I am no fool; she is immensely popular here, and it is likely that this will cost me somehow in the future: that’s life.

Fourth, she has hated me since back in 1996, when I was one of the 100 or so people who rallied to support the City Librarian against Sarah’s attempt at censorship.

Fifth, I looked around and realized that everybody else was afraid to say anything because they were somehow vulnerable.

I am not a statistician. I developed the numbers for the increase in spending & taxation 2 years ago (when Palin was running for Governor) from information supplied to me by the Finance Director of the City of Wasilla, and I can’t recall exactly what I adjusted for: did I adjust for inflation? for population increases? Right now, it is impossible for a private person to get any info out of City Hall—they are swamped. So I can’t verify my numbers.

You may have noticed that there are various numbers circulating for the population of Wasilla, ranging from my “about 5,000”, up to 9,000. The day Palin’s selection was announced a city official told me that the current population is about 7,000. The official 2000 census count was 5,460. I have used about 5,000 because Palin was Mayor from 1996 to 2002, and the city was growing rapidly in the mid-90’s.

Anne Kilkenny
August 31, 2008

3 posted on 09/08/2008 5:38:52 PM PDT by MHT
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To: Free ThinkerNY
It's not true, as widely reported in mass e-mails, Web postings and at least one mainstream news source, that Palin slashed the special education budget in Alaska by 62 percent. CNN's Soledad O'Brien made the claim on Sept. 4 in an interview with Nicolle Wallace, a senior adviser to the McCain campaign:

O'Brien, Sept. 4: One are that has gotten certainly people sending to me a lot of e-mails is the question about as governor what she did with the special needs budget, which I'm sure you're aware, she cut significantly, 62 percent I think is the number from when she came into office. As a woman who is now a mother to a special needs child, and I think she actually has a nephew which is autistic as well. How much of a problem is this going to be as she tries to navigate both sides of that issue?

She gets her friggin' news from E-MAILS?!

4 posted on 09/08/2008 5:40:01 PM PDT by tsmith130
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To: Free ThinkerNY
I got the above-printed letter today and have spent the afternoon trying to think of inconsistencies within the "friend's" complaints about Sarah. It sounds like a former friend got riled about book banning and never let go of it. This is going to be food for fodder for the Dems and we need bullet points to clarify this woman's complaints.

One thing for sure, if I was a resident of Alaska I would rather get a check from the state for $1200 (considering the Alaska price of gas is just about the highest in the country) than get my "fair share" of some road improvement.

5 posted on 09/08/2008 5:41:44 PM PDT by MHT
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Basically, Sarah Palin and Hillary Clinton have only 2 things in common: their gender and their good looks.

She's 1/2 right.

6 posted on 09/08/2008 5:43:18 PM PDT by tsmith130
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To: tsmith130

I take it you good looks (Hillary). But, even gender is sometimes questioned. So maybe 1/4 right?

7 posted on 09/08/2008 5:49:01 PM PDT by CitizenM ("An excuse is worse than an lie, because an excuse is a lie hidden." Pope John Paul, II)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

It should be noted that Brooks Jackson who wrote this is an Obama supporter. Also, the library censorship charge at the end was debunked by Malkin earlier, noting that many of the books that was claimed Palin wanted to censor, weren’t even published in 1996- the list is a copy and past of a common ‘banned books’ list (that has nothing to do with Palin) found all over the internet, spelling errors and all..

8 posted on 09/08/2008 5:50:23 PM PDT by mnehring (Mavrick/Barracuda 2008)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I read the woman’s email. She sounds awfully angry. There are so many other glaring accolades from people in that area. Wonder what happened in her case?

9 posted on 09/08/2008 5:54:50 PM PDT by CitizenM ("An excuse is worse than an lie, because an excuse is a lie hidden." Pope John Paul, II)
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To: CitizenM

LOL! Quite possibly.

10 posted on 09/08/2008 6:15:31 PM PDT by tsmith130
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To: Freee-dame

save for future reference

11 posted on 09/08/2008 6:27:44 PM PDT by Freee-dame
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To: CitizenM

“I read the woman’s email. She sounds awfully angry. There are so many other glaring accolades from people in that area. Wonder what happened in her case?”

Quite simply, she’s a “liberal”. :)

How can I tell? Without going back to reread her email and addressing every point, I know this because of several “typical” liberal laments. As I recall, she’s unhappy because the existing staff was let go (hardly unheard of when a new elected official takes office :); she’s upset that Mayor Palin brought in “box stores” ; and worst of all, Gov. Palin had the nerve to give money back *directly* to the citizens, instead of spending it on “alternative energy” projects. Etc., etc., etc.

Not to mention her assumption that Gov. Palin will somehow extract retribution on her. Somehow, I picture Gov. Palin merely laughing and shaking her head. ;)

12 posted on 09/08/2008 6:29:39 PM PDT by Mrs. Ranger (lamenting the death of "common sense")
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Sarah Palin is an unfit mother
Sarah Palin is lying about parenting her own child
Sarah Palin is stupid
Sarah Palin is an airhead beauty queen
Sarah Palin is a vicious bitch
Sarah Palin is sleeping around
Sarah Palin is too straightlaced and judgemental
Sarah Palin is corrupt
Sarah Palin is abusive of her authority
Sarah Palin is a animal killer
Sarah Palin is a book banner
Sarah Palin is a holy roller
Sarah Palin is a redneck
Sarah Palin is unsophisticated
Sarah Palin is too sophisticated
Sarah Palin is unprepared for the VEEP job
Sarah Palin is a big spender
Sarah Palin is a heartless budget cutter
Sarah Palin is too nasty
Sarah Palin is too nice
Sarah Palin is hiding
Sarah Palin is an attention whore

and finally...

Sarah Palin is Dan Quayle

There is a limit to how many times these guys can go to the well.

13 posted on 09/08/2008 6:56:26 PM PDT by gridlock (HIX IN STIX DIG MCCAIN CHICK PICK)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
"The Annenberg Political Fact Check is a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania."

Beware of using this group as an info verification source. Maybe good news, or sort of good news now, but this group is very very pro Obama.
14 posted on 09/08/2008 6:57:46 PM PDT by Tainan (Talk is cheap. Silence is golden. All I got is brass...lotsa brass.)
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To: Mrs. Ranger

The Kilkenny woman is a comitted Democrat. No matter what, she will slant what she knows about Sarah Palin in an attempt to sway people. This is far from being an unbiased source. True, she is a local source, but Sarah has plenty of enemies in Wasilla for a huge variety of reasons. I am sure they are appalled at her nomination to be VP. They also, knowing Sarah, realize that she may indeed be able to swing the election away from Obama. If Kilkenny is like most comitted Democrats, she will do anything within her moral boundaries (including slanting, white lies, etc.) to lessen Sarah Palin’s impact.

15 posted on 09/08/2008 7:08:16 PM PDT by burster
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To: burster

Oh, I strongly suspect this woman is far more than a mere “committed Democrat”, but then I’m quite familiar with “small towns”. ;)

Given her resume, I’m quite sure that Gov. Palin has had no small experience with this sort of thing and so far it appears to have backfired, big time, which is not surprising. :)

16 posted on 09/08/2008 7:34:42 PM PDT by Mrs. Ranger (lamenting the death of "common sense")
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This woman has an ax to grind.

17 posted on 09/08/2008 7:40:19 PM PDT by webboy45
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To: gridlock

Bump and you forgot unfit grandmother. If you allow that her baby isn’t hers but actually her daughter’s(people are still demanding a paternaty test) or that her daughter’s (soon to be born) bady needs Gov Palin at home. The permutations are staggering as far as the MSM and lefty blogosphere are concerned.

18 posted on 09/08/2008 7:57:56 PM PDT by Delacon (Vote Biden for VP, Delaware needs a break)
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To: MHT; All
Kilkenny is (or was, I think she's back in the lower 48) simply one of the local Moonbats.

All we need to know of her style of "thought" can be found on DU and Kos. Nothing she relates about purported facts and events can be trusted b/c she is a resentful, hateful wretch who was so over-shadowed by Sarah Palin that she suffers from PDS: "Palin Derangement Syndrome."

No, I don't know Kilkenny, but I keep coming across her garbage around the internet, and I find nothing to substantiate any points that matter. It's value can be judged easily from two things: (1) consider that Gov. Palin's approval ratings are 80+ % so evidently Kilkenny's views are not exactly widely shared; (2) this is how Kilkenny describes the star point guard on the underdog team that won the 1984 state championship (Sarah hit the winning free throw while playing on a broken ankle):

"Before she became so powerful, very ugly stories circulated around town about shenanigans she pulled to be made point guard on the high school basketball team."

[Anne Kilkenny]

Yeah, sure, whatever you say, Ms. Kilkenny..... clearly young Sarah Palin was just an albatross as captain of that state championship team and was only on it due to some nefarious doings......

This Kilkenny character is simply a typical deranged KosFreak trying to pose as reasonable when in fact she is deeply, hatefully biased.

19 posted on 09/08/2008 8:13:22 PM PDT by Enchante (If Bill Clinton could juggle 5 bimbos and an angry wife then why worry about Sarah Palin?)
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To: Free ThinkerNY; potlatch; devolve; PhilDragoo

My sister’s sister-in-law is from the Wasilla, AK area and knows the Palins and the Heaths (her parents) personally. She said you’d never meet two nicer families, and all the superlatives about Sarah are true, and that she’s hugely popular. They are very enthusiastic about her VP candidacy.

20 posted on 09/08/2008 8:25:59 PM PDT by ntnychik
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