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New York Times [Aug. 20]: "As many as 60,000 American women each year are told they have a very early stage of breast cancer — Stage 0, as it is commonly known — a possible precursor to what could be a deadly tumor. And almost every one of the women has either a lumpectomy or a mastectomy, and often a double mastectomy, removing a healthy breast as well. Yet it now appears that treatment may make no difference in their outcomes."

Washington Post: "A novel data-mining project reveals evidence that a common group of heartburn medications taken by more than 100 million people every year is associated with a greater risk of heart attacks, Stanford University researchers reported Wednesday."

AP: "Federal health advisers on Tuesday[, June 9,] recommended approval for a highly anticipated cholesterol drug from Sanofi and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, but with the caveat that more data is needed about its long-term ability to reduce heart attacks. The expert panel recommended by a 13-3 vote that the Food and Drug Administration approve the injectable drug, called Praluent."

White House Live Video
September 2

2:45 pm ET: Vice President Biden speaks on the importance of helping Americans go to college in Miami, Florida (audio only)

9:50 pm ET: President Obama speaks at the Kotzebue School in Alaska

Go to WhiteHouse.gov/live.

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Making Iced Tea out of Lemons. Not originally intended for publication. A friend of mine had some electrical work done on her house. She told me yesterday she was awaiting the inspector. Today in an e-mail titled "Inspector A Hole," she wrote, "Well, the inspector came early this morning.... He saw the gate closed and left. He did not ring the doorbell."

I wrote back, "I think when he arrived -- even if he didn't tell you what time he was coming -- you were supposed to be standing at the gate smiling, wearing an attractive outfit & holding out a tray of iced tea & cookies for him. A neat 'Welcome, Inspector A. Hole' sign would have been nice, too."

 A few minutes later, she responded with this:

You can't let the bastards get you down. Which helps explain why I so often post links to the most ridiculous inanities & hypocrisies coming out of the mouths of pols & pundits.

New York Times: "Bloomberg News laid off as many as 90 journalists on Tuesday[, Sept. 1,] in its newsrooms in New York, Washington and across the world, part of a plan to refocus the organization’s coverage on business, finance, economics, technology and politics. The rationale for the dismissals was outlined in a lengthy memo to the staff from Bloomberg’s new editor in chief, John Micklethwait."

Maureen Dowd: Trump has got the best of Jeb! & Hillary: "Trump’s 'gusto,' as he likes to call it, has thrown into sharper relief the grinding-it-out, impatient entitlement, the overthinking and overcorrecting of Jeb and Hillary. Both campaign like they are owed, not because of their great national achievements, but because of their byzantine family dynamics."

The Oliver Brief. We do note, however, that the so-called 'Insular Cases,' which established a less-than-complete application of the Constitution in some U.S. territories, has been the subject of extensive judicial, academic, and popular criticism. See, e.g., Juan Torruella, The Insular Cases: The Establishment of a Regime of Political Apartheid, 77 Rev. Jur. U.P.R. 1 (2008); Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: U.S. Territories, Youtube (Mar. 8, 2015), https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CesHr99ezWE. -- Footnote, Paeste v. Guam, Ninth Circuit Judge Marsha S. Berzon

Jordan Golson of Wired: "Boeing’s developed a laser cannon specifically designed to turn unmanned aircraft into flaming wreckage. The aerospace company’s new weapon system, which it publicly tested this week in a New Mexico industrial park, isn’t quite as cool as what you see in Star Wars — there’s no flying beams of light, no 'pew! pew!' sound effects. But it is nonetheless a working laser cannon, and it will take your drone down. People keep flying their drones where they shouldn’t.... Luckily, there haven’t been any really bad incidents — that is, no one has been killed by a civilian quadcopter or plane, yet."

"The cream cheese is too damn much." Scott Lemieux and I agree.

Sunday Morning Come-Down. Politico: "Al Sharpton is leaving MSNBC's weekday dayside lineup, and moving to Sunday mornings. Sharpton's last weekday 'PoliticsNation' will be Sept. 4. He moves to Sundays a month later on Oct. 4, according to a memo sent to MSNBC staff by the channel's president Phil Griffin Wednesday evening."

Washington Post: "Stephen Hawking believes he’s solved a huge mystery about black holes."

Washington Post: "The case for canonizing [Sister Blandina Segale,] the 19th century Italian-born nun, whose run-in with Old West outlaw Billy the Kid is the stuff of legend, was presented at a ceremonial 'first inquiry' in Albuquerque on Tuesday. If approved, her name will be sent to the Vatican, where it will head down the long (and somewhat secretive) path toward sainthood."

New York Times: Can't sidewalk scaffolding be attractive? Yes, it can.

Terror in Toledo! ABC News: "A man caught on video the moment a public art installation in Toledo, Ohio -- a giant, 250-pound red ball -- decided to run away and start rolling down streets lined with parked cars. Part of a Toledo Museum of Art exhibit, the RedBall Project had been wedged between Roulet Jewelers and Ice Restaurant in downtown Toledo when a thunderstorm and strong winds this past Wednesday evening knocked the ball loose and caused it to start rolling away, according to Kelly Garrow, the museum's director of communications."

... AP: "America’s two foremost Democratic families, the Obamas and the Clintons, mingled on Saturday[,August 15,] as politics mixed with summer repose on swanky Martha’s Vineyard."

Washington Post: "Offering such perks as 'free' bags and 'free' airline tickets, [some credit] cards are big on promises, but they often fall short on the delivery. And although these financial instruments are legal, experts say they are not always worthwhile."

Kori Schulman of the White House: "Today (August 14), the White House joined Spotify — and our inaugural playlist was hand-picked by none other than President Obama. When asked to pick a few of his favorite songs for the summer, the President got serious. He grabbed a pen and paper and drafted up not one, but two separate summer playlists: One for the daytime, and one for the evening." ...

... CW: If you're subscribed to Spotify, you can play the President's list from the linked story (at "Today".)

Washington Post: "Google, one of the best-known brands on the planet, on Monday[, August 10,] radically restructured itself under the corporate name Alphabet, an almost unprecedented shift that reflects the company’s far-reaching ambitions and the vast Web it helped evolve. The move represents Google’s biggest push yet to ... turn the company into a multifaceted General Electric for the digital age."

Bureaucracies Move in Mysterious Ways. New York Post: "The city [of New York] moved to fire an employee for missing about 18 months of work, even though he had the best excuse of all time — he was dead. Bureaucrats at the Human Resources Administration filed charges against Medicaid-eligibility specialist Geoffrey Toliver accusing him of going AWOL — even though his death by cancer was reported in an online obituary.... 'It is my understanding that . . . his employer was fully aware that he was not able to come back to work,' Toliver’s brother Anthony told The Post. 'It is my understanding that my brother’s family spoke directly to his supervisor during his long hospitalization and informed them of his death.'” ...

... CW: Doesn't surprise me at all. When I lived in Manhattan, my mother sent me a gift which came directly from the catalog company from which she had bought it. My father had died a few years earlier, but my mother was still getting these catalogs in his name. So my father's name, not hers, appeared on the package as the giftor. He had never lived in New York City. He was not the addressee on the package. The package didn't come from New York City. And my father was dead. But never mind all that. A few months after I received the gift, I got a letter at my New York home addressed to my father. It was a notification from the city ordering my father to show up for jury duty. Or else.

 

Josh Feldman of Mediaite: "For years and years, plenty of websites (Mediaite included) have written about the many times Jon Stewart has 'destroyed,' 'annihilated,' or 'eviscerated' anything from terrorism to race relations to Fox News. Well..., on his penultimate night, Stewart discovered that he didn’t actually do any of that":

Exit Laughing. John Koblin of the New York Times: "Since [Jon] Stewart started hosting 'The Daily Show' 16 years ago, the country’s trust in both the news media and the government has plummeted. Mr. Stewart’s brand of fake news thrived in that vacuum, and turned him into one of the nation’s most bracing cultural, political and media critics. With his over-the-top presentation of the news — his arms swinging wildly, his eyes bulging with outrage, followed by a shake of the head and a knowing smile — Mr. Stewart attracted a generation of viewers ready to embrace an outlier whose exaggerations, in their view, carried more truth than conventional newscasts." ...

...Stewart hasn't done any interviews prior to ending his run on the "Daily Show," but he did sit down with "Daily Show" producers for an "exit interview" on Episode 20 of the "Daily Show Podcast without Jon Stewart." You can listen to it here.

The Word Salad King. If Donald Trump's good friend & possible running mate Sarah Palin is the Word Salad Queen, it stands to reason that the Donald would be the king. Slate challenges you to diagram this "sentence." To help you out, Slate has transcribed the words in the order delivered. Not that the order delivered matters much:

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If you think I haven't been linking to all of La Palin's shenanigans, you'e right. I think it's a mistake to give her too much attention. -- Constant Weader

     ... Update: There's quite a bit about Palin in the blogposts related to the Tucson shootings, beginning January 8, 2011. I do not plan to repost them here. -- CW

David Brody of the Christian Broadcasting Network (Pat Robertson's outfit) interviews Sarah Palin, February 5: "In an exclusive interview with The Brody File, Sarah Palin criticized President Obama for his handling of the situation in Egypt saying that this was his, '3am White House phone call' and, 'that call went right to the answering machine.' Her answers about Egypt are the first time she’s talked publicly about the situation." Includes a partial transcript of the interview, which you know is authentic because it's in classic Palin-speak -- an incoherent, syntactically-challenged, non-specific criticism that in the end says nothing more than "Obama, Muslims bad." ...

... Jeremy Meyer of the Denver Post, February 5, 2011: "Saying it received an 'onslaught of personal attacks,' a Colorado nonprofit announced in a news release today that it was canceling a scheduled May appearance ... by former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin."

Politico, December 10: "Websites supportive of former Alaska GOP Gov. Sarah Palin came under cyberattack Thursday, a day after Palin’s own site was briefly taken down by hackers.

She Can't Shoot. The Anchorage Daily News gathers some Palin headlines & opinions. A hunting expert says Miss NRA isn't a real hunter. ...

... Aaron Sorkin & others criticize Palin for making "snuff films."

Robert Draper writes a feature piece on Sarah Palin & her inner circle for the New York Times Magazine.

Michael Scherer of Time: once again "humble housewife" Sarah Palin doubles down on one of her frequent misstatements of fact, proving -- even as she was insisting she could read -- that she can't read, lives in fact-free world, & looks down her nose at the "fancy" people who cite actual facts.

New Yorker artwork.In case you accidentally miss "Sarah Palin's Alaska," airing sometime on The Leering Channel, as Nancy Franklin of The New Yorker calls TLC, Franklin's review will tell you everything you need to know.

CNN: "A tweet by Sarah Palin attacking the U.S. State Department for a tweet to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on his birthday distorted the State Department's original intent, a spokesman for the department said Friday."

Jonathan Martin of Politico: GOPers say "Princess Palin"'s frequent last-minute schedule changes are wreaking havoc on campaigns & even on Fox "News" schedulers.

CW: since I have declined to link to many of Sarah Palin's comments that other media have breathlessly reported, here's a Jacob Weisberg column that will catch you up. It's hard to pick a favorite, but this comes close:

I did, I did! I'm so proud of myself. I have caribou blood under my fingernails still. -- Sarah Palin, when asked whether she'd killed a caribou recently, at a Sept. 11 memorial event in Wasilla, Alaska

One problem with Palin's endorsement: Raese is running in West Virginia. It's not surprising Palin made the error -- Raese hired Pennslyvania actors to play West Virginians. And Raese's wife doesn't live in West Virginia, either. Hey, mistakes happen

Greg Sargent, September 27: if quitting her governor's gig & nattering on Fox "News" was part of Sarah Palin's strategy to become President, it isn't working.

Washington Post, September 18: "... Sarah Palin came to Iowa on Friday night and left few of her opponents unscathed, sharply attacking President Obama and the Democrats, denouncing the news media and pointedly calling on establishment Republicans to get over their losses in the primaries and unite for the November elections."

Fox "News", September 17: "Sarah Palin may be edging closer to a 2012 presidential run, telling Fox News 'I would give it a shot' if the American people think she's 'The One.'":

AP: "Sarah Palin can take down the fence. Palin's neighbor of three months on Wasilla's Lake Lucille, author Joe McGinniss, is packing his bags and notebooks and leaving Sunday for his home in Massachusetts to write the book he has been researching on the former governor and GOP vice presidential candidate."

Ruth Marcus in the Washington Post, September 3: Sarah Palin caterwauls at every hint of sexist comments about her, but she doesn't mind making overtly sexual & emasculating comments about men, as when she recently described a gay writer as "limp" & "impotent." CW: Marcus doesn't mention it, but Palin used similar language when she accused President Obama of "not having the cojones" to take on illegal immigration. (Weirdly, she said Jan Brewer did have cojones. Really?)

John Dickerson seems to be very interested in La Palin. Here, on August 25, he writes about "Palin's Magic Touch": "She backed five candidates in Arizona, Florida, and Alaska — and they all won."

John Dickerson of Slate writes about how rigorously Sarah Palin trolls scrub her Facebook page of even fairly innocuous comments that might displease La Palin. Here's one that got the ax:

Hey all Sarah fans! Come and 'like' Mike Huckabee on Facebook. Like Sarah, he is a common sense conservative. Sarah and Mike have ideas that will save this great nation.

CW: A genuine Sarah Palin tweet, which Little Green Footballs captured:

... Obviously, Palin thinks "refudiate" is a real word. Via Urban Dictionary:

The President and his wife ... they can refudiate what this group [the NAACP] is saying. - Sarah Palin, on Fox "News"

     ... Urban Dictionary: "Refudiate definition: a term used to indicate the underlying racism of the speaker. If you as a racist need another group to give up their culture you ask that group to refudiate their beliefs and culture. Users of this term reject the English language, facts, rationalism and black people." CW: def. should be expanded to include non-Christian religions, e.g., Muslims. ...

     ... Little Green Footballs has the video of Palin on Fox "News." She urges the First Couple to refudiate the NAACP at about 2:35 min. in. ...

     ... AND Geoffrey Dunn elaborates in the Huffington Post. Really, Palin goes from bad to worse as she likens herself to Shakespeare.

Ari Melber of The Nation, July 14: "Sarah Palin’s new 'Mama Grizzlies' video drew strong reactions from many reporters, politicos and critics. An analysis of viewer data, however, shows that Palin’s video actually failed to reach or excite her base."

AP: "The administrators of a new legal defense fund set up for Sarah Palin have sent out e-mails to supporters and others that downplay the outcome of ethics complaints against the former Alaska governor and accuses her political enemies of waging a 'vicious campaign' to ruin her." ...

... Alan Bisbort of the Hartford Advocate is "awed by ... one of the great con artists of [his] lifetime."

Reuters, June 24: "A legal defense fund for former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin was illegal and must repay nearly $400,000 to donors, according to a settlement with a state-appointed lawyer announced on Thursday."

Upcoming Newsweek cover...OR...One Example of Why Newsweek Is No Longer a Profit-Making Magazine....

     ... Update: here's the Newsweek story... CW:... which I am so not reading.

First, Kill All the Biographers. ... Those who are fond of Joe McGinnis might remind him (if he doesn't already know) that Alaska has a law that allows the use of deadly force in protection of life and property. -- Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman, via Jason Linkins, whose post is worth a read. ...

     ... Alaska Dispatch Update, June 21: publisher Kari Sleight fired Tom Mitchell, the managing editor of the Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman, apparently over the editorial above.

CW: sorry about posting another Sarah Palin story, but Dave Weigel, now of the Washington Post, has a good one on writer Joe McGinness' reaction to Palin & Palin's accusing him of being a Peeping Tom. McGinness is working on a biography of Palin, & she hasn't helped turn it in her favor....

Politico, May 7: Palin is losing tea party support over her endorsement of Carly Fiorina in California's U.S. Senate race.

Gabriel Sherman of New York Magazine, April 25: "The Revolution Will Be Commercialized. Sarah Palin is already president of right-wing America—and it’s a position with a very big salary."

Reid Wilson of Hot Line, April 14: "Ex-AK Gov. Sarah Palin (R) spent more money to de-ice her private jets than she did donating money to candidates during the first 3 months of the year, according to new filings made with the FEC."

A Woman of the People. AP: resourceful students searched a trashcan & found 5 pages of a contract between Sarah Palin & Cal State Stanislaus, prompting California AG Jerry Brown, who is running for governor, to look into the finances of the university's foundation, "as well as allegations that the nonprofit organization violated public disclosure laws by keeping" secret the terms of the contract. Palin's requirements that do appear on the 5 pages:

first-class flights from Anchorage to California — if she flies commercial. If not, the private aircraft MUST BE a Lear 60 or larger...; a suite and two single rooms in a deluxe hotel near the campus.... During her speech, her lectern must be stocked with two water bottles and bendable straws.

     ... Ben Smith thinks it's even more remarkable that Palin's contract requires strict control of the questions she's asked; says one veteran, "prescreening of questions is virtually unheard of."

ABC News, April 13: "Since leaving office at the end of July 2009..., [Palin] has brought in at least 100 times her old salary – a haul now estimated at more than $12 million -- through television and book deals and a heavy schedule of speaking appearances worth five and six figures."

Las Vegas Sun, March 27: an estimated 8,000 showed up in Harry Reid's tiny hometown of Searchlight, Nevada, to hear Sarah Palin say stuff like, "It's time to reload," [this comment via Time] & "Someone needs to tell him [Reid] this is not a crapshoot."...

Justin Elliott of Talking Points Memo, Feb. 12: Sarah Palin promised, in writing, to give her $100K Tea Party convention honorarium "right back to the cause." But she hasn't.

After mocking President Obama for using a teleprompter, it turns out Sarah Palin used crib notes penned on her hand to answer an audience question. 

Sarah Palin speaking at the Tea Party convention. Her marked-up hand is visible in this AP photo.Are you ready for the closeup?

Now watch her look at her hand after she answers the first part of the question on "Energy." A few moments later, she rubs her leg to erase the notes from her hand. Oliver Willis video:

     Update: "...a Palin spokesperson said the former VP candidate had not seen the questions ahead of time." CW: Right. She psychic.

Fifty-three percent of Republicans believe this stupid, stupid woman is more qualified to be President than Barack Obama, who stood up to hostile Republican Congressional questions for an hour, & by everyone's estimation -- including Republicans' -- beat them back.

Media Matters headline: "Palin latest to walk back criticism of GOP leader Limbaugh." CW: Palin Rule: When Rush calls people "retard" in public it's funny. When a Democrat calls people "retard" in private, he should be fired.

Palin on Fox News' Sunday show, Feb. 7, as articulate as ever. As for running for President in 2012, “I think that it would be absurd to not consider what it is that I can potentially do to help our country.”

Mark Leibovich of the New York Times, Feb. 7, writes some stuff about Palin, including the fact that Fox News is giving her her own in-home TV studio....

... AND Kate Zernike of the New York Times: in a paid speech to crazy people, Palin makes fun of the President of the United States. Washington Post story here. The Tennessean story here. C-SPAN has video of the speech here.

CW: the AP has the whole Palin-Emanuel-Limbaugh-Shriver "retarded" story here, which I'll admit I've declined to follow.

Bill Dedman of NBC News: Todd Palin, more than the "First Dude," was enmeshed  in the governance of Alaska, though he held no official position.

AP, Feb. 4: Sarah Palin hasn't paid property taxes on large cabins & other structures that have been built on two backcountry plots which she partially owns.

New York Post: Palin gets $100K for magazine cover photo; daughter Bristol has become a born-again virgin.

As the Handler Turns. Jeanne Cummings of Politico: Steve Schmidt settles some scores with Sarah Palin....

... Nicolle Wallace isn't exactly supportive of Palin, either....

... The Huffington Post has video of former Half-Gov. Sarah Palin's debut as a "news analyst" on Fox. CW: I'm not posting it, but I can tell you her "analysis" involved using the terms "b.s." & "crap." ...

Salon picks the Top Bogus "News" Stories of the Year, starting with Sarah Palin's "death panels."

"Death Panels." Politifact, the nonpartisan, Pulitzer Prize winning fact checker, credits Sarah Palin with the "Lie of the Year." Congratulations, Guv.

Why Sarah Palin Will Never Be President Anything of Consequence. Justin Elliott of Talking Points Memo: she & the Dude ban reporter-bloggers from public events.

"Death Panels." Politifact, the nonpartisan, Pulitzer Prize-winning fact checker, credits Sarah Palin with the "Lie of the Year." Congratulations, Guv.

Paul Rolly of the Salt Lake Tribune: when Sarah Palin showed up for a book signing, Costco prudently removed all the tomatoes from the shelves. Also, she stiffed her hairdresser.

CW: I've been trying to ignore Sarah Palin, but this really is too much. DailyKos has the transcript:

... Dave Weigel of the Washington Independent: on her Facebook page, Palin tries to put the toothpaste back in the tube, but her fans are disappointed.

Slate posts the results of its "Write Like Sarah Palin" contest. CW:...which probably should have been called "Write Like Lynn Vincent," the right-wing scribbler who actually penned all that crap.

In The Nation, Katha Pollitt writes her "Last Column about Sarah Palin -- Ever"; CW: and it's a good one.

 A funny from Canada's This Hour Has 22 Minutes news-comedy show, via the Huff Post:

Charlotte Observer, Nov. 23: Palin visits Billy Graham.

Thanks to Ben Smith of Politico for finding this riveting story & the snapshot that follows, also taken at the Noblesville event:

From Palin's Facebook page (really). CLICK TO SEE LARGER IMAGE.RumpRoast has a funny take on the doppelgänger snap.

Steve Rubenstein in the San Francisco Chronicle: they ain't Going Rogue here.

Sorry, one more Going Rogue review, & this is the best ever: Thomas Frank of the Wall Street Journal captures the tone of a book that ought to be called The Persecution of Sarah Palin.

Steve Holland of Reuters, Nov. 18: Sen. John McCain defends 2008 campaign staffers Steve Schmidt & Nicolle Wallace against Palin's attacks.

Thomas Rogers in Salon: Going Rogue -- the short version. CW: really, as much as you need to know.

Click to read cover story.

CW: okay, this really is too much. What was it Palin said about Levi's selling his body?: "...those who would sell their body... reflect a desperate need for attention." (Palin said this was a shot for Runner's World & she criticized Newsweek for using it; maybe she should have thought of that before doing the photoshoot.) For Evan Thomas' vacuous GirlieWeek Newsweek cover story, click the cover.

     Update: here's editor Jon Meacham's almost hilarious excuse for the cover.

     ... AND Joan Walsh lambastes Jon Meacham....

     ... AND Julie Millican of Media Matters documents Newsweek's history of sexist treatment of Palin. CW: in fairness, I have to say that Newsweek editors have been sexists for decades, long before Sarah Palin became an object of their editorial "thrusts." It's what they do. If I remember correctly, Susan Faludi called them out in 1991 in her award-winning book Backlash.

CBS News: Miss Sarah can't keep her lies straight.

Uh, Obama made me quit my day job:

No Schmidt, Red Ryder. CNN: Steve Schmidt, John McCain's 2008 campaign manager, calls Palin claims "total fiction."...

... Christopher Hitchens reads Sarah Palin.

... The AP, Nov. 13, fact-checks Going Rogue. Gosh, it's full of lies & half-truths! ...

... Andy Barr of Politico: McCain staffer calls Going Rogue "petty & pathetic."...

... Greg Sargent: a McCain advisor says Palin's claims about the Couric interview are LOL untruthful.

Media Matters reports a few of the inflammatory, stupid opinions of Palin's co-author (a/k/a the actual writer) Lynn Vincent. Pretty disgusting.

Lying Rogue. CNN, Nov. 13: a former senior McCain campaign adviser says Palin’s claim that she was billed for the costs of vetting her before she was selected as the veep nominee "is one hundred percent untrue."

Richard Pienciak of the AP summarizes Going Rogue.

Here's a surprise -- Fox News fact-checks Sarah Palin who, as usual, has no idea what she's talking about (thanks to TPM for producing the video):

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Nov. 7: Palin begins her book tour at an anti-abortion fundraiser. CW: where else?

AP: another out-of-work Palin: Todd quits his oil-field job.

More Proof of the Palin Is Nuts Premise: her speech in China, excerpted here and here.

     Update 1: Krugman compares Palin's speech to Qaddafi's.

     Update 2: Evan Osnos of the New Yorker: "China reacts to Palin," & it isn't very pretty.

     Update 3: Brit Robert Fisk of the Independent reviews Palin's speech & performance. Downright ugly.

Jonathan Cheng & Alex Frangos of the Wall Street Journal, Sept. 23: "former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, in what was billed as her first public-speaking engagement outside North America, blamed the world financial crisis on government excesses...."

AP: initial estimates put the cost to Alaska taxpayers for Gov. Sarah Palin's resignation at a minimum of $40,000, not including the costs of calling a special legislative session partly linked to her departure.

Vanity Fair: Levi Johnston on the Plan to Hide Bristol's Pregnancy:

Sarah told me she had a great idea: we would keep it a secret—nobody would know that Bristol was pregnant. She told me that once Bristol had the baby she and Todd would adopt him.... Sarah kept mentioning this plan. She was nagging—she wouldn’t give up....

Anchorage Daily News, Aug. 13: an Alaska Superior Court judge ruled that "the Alaska governor's office can use private e-mail accounts to conduct state business, as former Gov. Sarah Palin did."

Apparently without intended irony, Sarah Palin seems to call for restraint in the healthcare debate: "Let’s not give the proponents of nationalized health care any reason to criticize us." Here's a CBS News story titled, "After Health Care Distortion, Palin Calls for Restraint."

CW: I tend to feel sorry for Sarah Palin because I think she's mentally unbalanced & should be getting help rather than scorn. Then she pulls crap like writing this:

The America I know and love is not one in which my parents or my baby with Down Syndrome will have to stand in front of Obama's "death panel" so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their "level of productivity in society," whether they are worthy of health care. Such a system is downright evil.

...and robs me of all sympathy.

Anchorage Daily News, Aug. 5: Palin is gone but some of her ethical issues live on, unresolved.

Dan Balz of the Washington Post on the "almost unprecedented" rapid rise & fall of Sarah Palin.

Here's Gov. Sarah Palin's last hurrah:

New York Times: in "a fiery campaign-style speech," Gov. Sarah Palin resigned her position as Governor of Alaska today to write a book and build a political coalition, but she was not specific about her plans beyond that.

     Related: Anchorage Daily News: Palin resigns, Parnell is sworn in.

AP: Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin "leaves office today with her political future clouded by ethics probes, mounting legal bills and dwindling popularity.... [She] faces queries about why she is quitting more than a year before her term ends and what she plans to do after she steps down."

...BUT Anchorage Daily News: "Thousands of people turned out for Gov. Sarah Palin's Anchorage farewell picnic on Saturday, many to seek autographs and to show their love for her, others just because it was a chance for free food."

Anchorage Daily News: an independent investigator found probable cause that Sarah Palin had violated state ethics laws by asking people to donate to her legal defense fund, but was sympathetic to her having to defend herself with personal funds for charges arising out of her public duties....

...AND Politico reports that, oddly enough,

Palin immediately called the AP report [of the investigator's findings] an 'inaccurate story' on her Twitter feed, and several of the governor’s top confidants sharply criticized it, pointing out that under Alaska law the contents of the document should have remained confidential because the matter is still under review.

... Damsel in Distress. CW: what's bizarre about Palin's Twitter push-back is that the AP story was entirely accurate. Here's the pdf of the inspector's report. So this is yet another case (among many) in which Palin seems to think that denying facts will make them go away. Sadly, Palin defines the term "pathological liar."

Anchorage Daily News: Alaska Senator Mark Begich is trying to get state and federal officials, including Gov. Palin & her successor, to cooperate in providing health services to Alaska's needy after the federal HHS cut off new applicants for the mismanaged state Medicaid program.

     Anchorage Daily News: Alaska's home healthcare program is so poorly-run the federal government has forbidden the state to sign up new clients. Alaska, where 227 patients have died waiting for a health professional to assess them, is the only state the feds have so sanctioned.

The Washington Post (July 14) carries this op-ed piece on cap-&-trade purportedly written by Sarah Palin.

Ezra Klein says the Palin (or whoever) opinion is "a bit like an op-ed that attacks firefighters for pointing pressurized water cannons at everything but never mentions fires."

Ben Armbruster of Think Progress flashes back to the days way last fall in the vice presidential debate when Palin was an enthusiastic supporter of cap-&-trade (assuming she knew what it was).

Jim Rutenberg & Serge Kovelaski of the New York Times, July 13, write an interesting, in-depth piece on the events that led to Palin's resignation. CW: the Times' writers' reporting is a lot more credible than all of the pundificating on the "real" reason Palin quit.

Conservative Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan on Sarah Palin: "out of her depth in a shallow pool." A very good, comprehensive list of "what it is about Sarah."

Levi Johnston, who lived in the Palin household for a while, states the obvious: a desire to take advantage of lucrative financial offers is what really motivated Palin to resign.

Greg Sargent, July 8: But Palin's multi-million-dollar excuse for quitting doesn't pan out.

Update: the Alaska Daily News looks into Palin's claim that the state government has had to pay out millions in defense of "frivolous lawsuits" & ethics complaints against Palin doesn't pan out.

Palin on a Salmon Reporter Run:

"It's all for Alaska." Time's Jay Newton-Small interviews Gov. Sarah Palin.

Sean Cockerham of the Alaska Daily News: Gov. Palin says she's resigning because frivolous ethics inquiries paralyzed her administration....

...BUT Palin critics say they have followed the letter of the state ethics & freedom of information laws.

Jonathan Alter of Newsweek does an intratextual reading of the ramblin'-on speech & sees it as the opening salvo in Palin's campaign for the presidency -- and she had professional help!

It's Wrong unless I Do It. Gee, less than a year ago (August 2008) Gov. Palin said "women in politics" have "gotta plow through" public criticism, "fair or unfair"; Palin said "it bothers me a little" to hear Hillary Clinton "with any kinda perceived whine about that excess criticism":

July 5. In Her Own Words. Maureen Dowd demonstrates Gov. Palin is "one nutty puppy" by doing little more than quoting her.

July 4. Uh, on her Facebook page, Gov. Palin says she's "sacrificing" her title as governor to go on to "a higher calling." CW: Nun? Pope?? Saint??? And the media are picking on her.

The Editorial Board of the Alaska Daily News says Gov. Sarah Palin's explanation for resigning the governorship "simply doesn't make sense."

New: Ezra Klein of the Washington Post: one thing is clear; Palin wrote that incoherent speech herself. Some of Klein's commenters are quite sharp, too.

Here's the whole, 18-minute I-Quit, in two parts, including a really long preamble, from Talking Points Memo:

Transcript of full remarks from Alaska Daily News. Also from ADN, a list of know ethics complaints, & the status of each, against Gov. Palin.

Stephen Stromberg of the Washington Post on the Palin resignation: "the picture of a politician who is...arrogant, unstable & unwise."

Not the Governor We Thought Might Resign This Week. Sarah Palin says she will step down from Governor's position at the end of the month, won't seek re-election, gives no explanation. Alaska Daily News story here. The pdf of the governor's press release is here. AP story here. The pdf of Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell's prepared remarks. New York Times story here. Washington Post story here.

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The Todd Purdum Vanity Fair article that got insiders talking about Palin is a good read.

AND THIS... “Hey Sarah … the job’s in Juneau.” Yereth Rosen in the Christian Science Monitor: Alaskans are dissatisfied with Gov. Sarah Palin's job perforamance. CW: this article was published the day before Palin quit her gig.

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