Posted by: inforodeo | August 29, 2008

Sarah Palin

you know what?  i think i could like this VP.

she and her family don’t look like sneaky slithering ‘bad guys’.  they look like good, clean-cut, legitimately happy … dare i say ‘church-going'(?) people. 
I heard she was born in Sandpoint, idaho, and attended the University of Idaho, where she graduated in 1987. 

in regard to my earlier post, in which i took facts from a notably liberal news ‘blog’, i should probably provide the following, more correct version of the nepotism controversy:
Public Safety Commissioner dismissal controversy

Governor Palin is currently under investigation by an independent investigator hired by a legislative panel hired to determine if she abused her power when firing Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan. [44][45] On July 11, 2008, Palin dismissed Walter Monegan as Commissioner of Public Safety and instead offered him a position as executive director of the state Alcoholic Beverage Control Board, which he subsequently turned down.[46][45] Monegan alleged shortly after his dismissal that it may have been partly due to his reluctance to fire an Alaska State Trooper, Mike Wooten, who had been involved in a divorce and child custody battle with Palin’s sister, Molly McCann.[47] In 2006, before Palin was governor, Wooten was briefly suspended for ten days for threatening to kill McCann’s (and Palin’s) father, tasering his 11-year-old stepson (at the stepson’s request), and violating game laws. After a union protest, the suspension was reduced to five days.[48]

Palin asserted that her dismissal of Monegan was unrelated to the fact that he had not fired Wooten, and asserts that Monegan was instead dismissed for not adequately filling state trooper vacancies, and because he “did not turn out to be a team player on budgeting issues.”[49] Palin acknowledged that a member of her administration, Frank Bailey, did contact the Department of Public Safety regarding Wooten, but both Palin and Bailey say that happened without her knowledge and was unrelated to her dismissal of Monegan.[49] Bailey was put on leave for two months for acting outside the scope of his authority as the Director of Boards and Commissions. Commissioner Monegan received no severance pay, though at the same time another dismissed Commissioner, Charles Kopp (who served only 11 days) received $10,000.[50]

In response to Palin’s statement that she had nothing to hide, in August 2008 the Alaska Legislature hired Steve Branchflower to investigate Palin and her staff for possible abuse of power surrounding the dismissal, though lawmakers acknowledge that “Monegan and other commissioners serve at will, meaning they can be fired by Palin at any time.”[51] The investigation is being overseen by Democratic State Senator Hollis French, who says that the Palin administration has been cooperating and thus subpoenas are unnecessary.[52] The Palin administration itself was the first to release an audiotape of Bailey making inquiries about the status of the Wooten investigation.[49][53]

SOURCE: WIKIPEDIA , with source citations included.
in regard to oil, i may as well borrow another little blurb from Wikipedia:
Palin is considered to have similar policy positions to John McCain in most respects. One major exception is drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR), which Palin strongly supports and McCain has opposed.[59] She has also praised Obama’s energy plan over the plan proposed by McCain.[60]

this next bit is also interesting:

Palin’s husband, Todd, is a commercial fisherman and is one-eighth Yupik Eskimo. [61] Outside the fishing season, Todd works for BP energy corporation at an oil field on Alaska’s North Slope[62] and is a champion snowmobiler, winning the 2000-mile “Iron Dog” race four times.[4] The two eloped shortly after Palin graduated from college; when they learned they needed witnesses for the civil ceremony, they recruited two residents from the old-age home down the street.[4] The Palin family lives in Wasilla, about 40 miles (64 km) north of Anchorage.

On September 11, 2007, the Palins’ then eighteen-year-old son Track, eldest of five, joined the Army.[63] He now serves in an infantry brigade and will be deployed to Iraq in September 2008.[citation needed] She also has three daughters: Bristol, Willow and Piper.[7]

On April 18, 2008, Palin gave birth to her second son, Trig Paxson Van Palin, who has Down syndrome.[64] She returned to the office three days after giving birth.[11] Her decision to have the baby after prenatal genetic testing revealed he had the disease resulted in much admiration from the pro-life community.[65]

Details of Palin’s personal life have contributed to her political image. She hunts, eats moose hamburger, ice fishes, rides snowmobiles, and owns a float plane.[13][66] Palin holds a lifetime membership with the National Rifle Association. She admits that she used marijuana when it was legal in Alaska, but says that she did not like it.[10] In December 2007, Palin posed for a photo spread in the fashion magazine Vogue.[67

in listening to some clips of her speeches, she’s an awesome orator, and her speaking is considerably less reserved and more interesting than super-icon Barack Obama.  i’ve heard rumour that she’s also a former basketball star and beauty queen.  I’m not sure how truthful those reports are, or if they are true and meant to shake some of her credibility, but reading over her political record, the things she does in her off-time, she seems to be a “go-getter”, and will likely be a huge cause for change in the presidency. 

i’m no longer worried about the choice, and i’m actually kind of excited!


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