What do ten Republican lawmakers and four Democratic lawmakers all have in common?
They ruled—on the same Alaskan ethics committee—that Sarah Palin abused her authority as Governor when she fired her Public Safety Commissioner becase her Public Safety Commissioner wouldn’t fire her
And while Bossy acknowledges that we all have personal experience with an ex-brother-in-law who tasers his own children, and therefore can totally empathasize, what scares Bossy more than the ex-brother-in-law drinking beer in his squad car is this:
He’s Todd Palin, and according to the ethics committee, Todd had total access to the governor’s office and all of its resources, which he used to make countless phone calls, set up meetings, and apply pressure to a range of subordinate state employees.
Although come to think of it, allowing one’s oil-field-operator husband to conduct your state business certainly bolsters the Sarah Palin claim, “I am not politics-as-usual.”
corrie saysOctober 11, 2008 at 8:52 am
Now that the investigating committee has finally spoken, I am ever hopeful this situation will make the news in a big way! Big Big Big!
I could vomit from all the middle-American-hockey-mom corny crappola associated with this liar.
Little Miss Sunshine State saysOctober 11, 2008 at 8:57 am
To tell you the truth, John and Cindy and Todd and Sarah all scare the crap out of me.
I think Sarah Six-Pack has some devious stuff going on in her pretty little brain.
My Name is Cat saysOctober 11, 2008 at 10:00 am
Todd has bothered me for the whole 6 weeks we’ve known him. He seems to be the puppetmaster. Yankee thinks I have a double standard because Hillary was very involved in the White House which I thought was great. I think Bill was very much in charge though, as he should have been since he was the president.
Todd seems to be the one in charge here. It’s like he is Karl Rove to Sarah’s Bush, and any mention of Karl Rove scares the hell out of me.
Avitable saysOctober 11, 2008 at 10:24 am
I thought that was a drawing of me!
leah saysOctober 11, 2008 at 11:07 am
if you are not scared of the most liberal senator in history, then I’m confused about what fear is …
stljoie saysOctober 11, 2008 at 11:21 am
Don’t be confused….we are scared if fascism. All they need is a barracuda with access to the mercenaries at Blackwater.
molly saysOctober 11, 2008 at 11:57 am
There are as many for as against at any given time, and the negative stories abound on either side.
So. Who to believe? I’m not feeling it either way.
Still, this is America, and we don’t have to get permission to dissent and can blog what we think, which is a pretty great thing.
Laurie saysOctober 11, 2008 at 12:00 pm
Hmm. Since the new design Bossy isn’t showing up on my NetNewsWire. Just letting Bossy know.
clickmom saysOctober 11, 2008 at 12:41 pm
Let’s be real, juts because they want to be president (or vice with dreams) in the first place makes them scary people. Normal people don’t want this job! But Palin, well, her kind of scary is cross the border and burn the passport scary, Oh yes it is!
Shayera saysOctober 11, 2008 at 1:32 pm
Todd definitely does come off as some sort of behind the scenes controller, doesn’t he? What did he say in hes testimony” Something like, “I’m my wife’s best friend, of course I help her with the decision making.”
Last I checked, he hadn’t been elected to the office, nor was he appointed to any advisory position.
Trooper Wooten definitely doesn’t seem to be a good person. And I would never defend him. Period. But Palin and her husband appear to have made it a priority to harass him. And that’s pretty awful as well.
ms ellie saysOctober 11, 2008 at 1:34 pm
can’t wait for this election to be over.
notmuchofacook saysOctober 11, 2008 at 1:45 pm
Tood Palin was also a member of the Alaska Independent Party from 1995-2006. The AIP wants Alaska to secede from the union. Sarah Palin has addressed this group at a convention. So, does sleeping with a secessionist trump “palling” around with a former domestic terrorist?
kidsmom saysOctober 11, 2008 at 3:39 pm
Woooo. Bossy goes political!
deeersi saysOctober 11, 2008 at 3:51 pm
agree with ms ellie…except I can’t wait for it to be over AND for Obama to be the winner…cus if he’s not, i’m with clickmom and will be looking into border-crossing and passport-burning. Oyy.
Amy in NJ saysOctober 11, 2008 at 4:24 pm
I’m with molly. And it didn’t seem to bother many people when Hillary was getting “president practice” during Bill’s administration. Not that it excuses such a Sarah-Todd relationship IF it exists. I’m not an Obama fan. I liked Fred Thompson myself, but he didnt get the nom. Oh well.
mac danies, aka muskrat saysOctober 11, 2008 at 5:21 pm
halloween’s a good 20 days away. why you gotta tell horrific stories today?
Liz saysOctober 11, 2008 at 8:14 pm
Bossy is scary good with the Photoshop. What gives, art major? :o)
jaelithe saysOctober 11, 2008 at 9:30 pm
You know, Mike Wooten didn’t actually Taser his stepchild, either. I mean, not in the sense of pointing a fully charged Taser at the kid and zapping him. What actually happened is that his stepson kept asking him to zap him with the Taser so he could see what it felt like, and finally Wooten took the charge cartridge OUT and let the kid touch the thing on the test setting, which is very low-voltage.
I still think that was a negligent and dumbass thing to do, but I feel like it’s really not fair that most of the MSM keeps shortening that story to “He tased his kid!” because it makes Wooten sound like a cruel and unhinged asshole, when in reality it seems he’s really more some dude prone to dumbassery.
Sue saysOctober 11, 2008 at 9:55 pm
I’ll tell you what’s scary. I’m a Republican, a very conservative Republican, and Hillary looks good to me right now. Now THAT is scary.
Beth saysOctober 11, 2008 at 10:29 pm
Leah, I for one am completely thrilled that the most liberal senator in history–if that’s what he is–might be president. The conservatives got 30 years (with Bill Clinton’s not very liberal blip) and look what it’s come to. I keep thinking — there couldn’t be a DUMBER or more CRIMINAL republican in the White house than (Reagan? no, Bush the First. But then? No, really, W? You’re kidding? How bad can it get? Omigod it’s McCain and Palin). If these folks win, the following election can be between a Democrat and a bar of soap.
Not too opinionated, am I?
Lisa saysOctober 11, 2008 at 10:31 pm
Nooooo, the best is the whole OBAMA-ACORN scandal, but lets not talk about THAAAAAT. Lets not win the election on our own MEEEERRRRITS, lets win the election ILLEeeegalllly. SHEEEESH..people please….
I could go on and on, but no one wants to hear me..
Shannon saysOctober 11, 2008 at 11:20 pm
This is scary – but what’s much worse is the hate and fear mongering. Brave you for putting this out there, Bossy. Kisses and hugs from me. When W was running the second time, I sent out an email to all my friends and family saying (essentially), “This guy talks a lot about moral values but because he says so doesn’t make it true” with a whole bunch of links backing it up. They pretty much ignored me. Just before we went to war, I sent out another email to everyone I knew saying (essentially), “There are no WMDs; this is about oil. This is criminal. We’re being taken for a ride. This is not what we should be doing. Please write your congress people …” Blah, blah, blah. It was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. Some family members still aren’t talking to me. I got the whole, “Why don’t you just move to France if you hate America” line from my own cousin (which is looking pretty good right about now). And I still don’t understand why they can’t and won’t see beyond the propaganda, why they won’t go do some reading for themselves instead of just adopting whatever divisive, derisive slogan shouted at them by the next phony, power hungry, greedy criminal bent on playing them like fiddles.
Tootsie Farklepants saysOctober 12, 2008 at 12:26 am
Wait, the most liberal senator in history? I thought that was Kerry. Oh wait. I thought that was Edwards? wait…I thought that was Ted Kennedy? Hmmm…hang on…I thought it was Hillary? Oh well, I guess if it’s just said enough times then it must be true.
Cactus Petunia saysOctober 12, 2008 at 1:51 am
Spot on, as usual Bossy…bravo.
Bush Babe (of Granite Glen) saysOctober 12, 2008 at 6:19 am
OK. Can I admit that I have no actual real knowledge about Sarah Palin (et al)?? I’m one of those in some farflung land hanging on tight as she does her best to ignore newsflashes while the tsunami of the now-international financial disaster hits …
Instead, can I talk about your new blogsite. Very very groovy Ms Bossy. Lovin’ your work!!!
Keep smilin’ y’all. People will wonder what you’ve been up to!!!
Observer saysOctober 12, 2008 at 6:22 am
Bossy, you’re not showing up in my reader either. #$%!
Have the T-shirt saysOctober 12, 2008 at 8:06 am
Brave you Bossy for stickin’ your big toe into politics during this most ugly election season.
I’m 51 years old and I’ve always done that thing you hear about where one votes for ‘the least of two evils’. I’ve never been as sure of any candidate as I am of Obama. Until this year I’d never contributed to a political campaign. Until this year I’ve never volunteered for a political campaign.
Sadly, until this year I’ve never seen a campaign that generated so much hate and division.
During the last week, as Obama and Biden look more Presidential everyday, the McCain/Palin ticket has continued it’s irradic behavior by first stirring up hate and fear with their comments, then telling their followers they have nothing to fear from Obama as President.
The most exciting campaign that I can remember has turned into the ugliest at a time in our nation’s history when we NEED intelligent leadership.
Todd Palin does NOT equal intelligent leadership and neither does his wife.
The Cheap Chick saysOctober 12, 2008 at 2:43 pm
And upon reading this post, I firmly stuck my head in the sand, and refused to come out until the world rights itself. La La La, I can’t hear you.
Seriously. Why are these people allowed power? Why are they allowed control over our lives? ARGH.
Helen+ilana=Hi saysOctober 12, 2008 at 3:00 pm
I use the new Blogger widget that adds your blog with a snippet in my sidebar. Bossy is still there but she’s in a time bubble from a few days ago. I love the site but all new things have glitches and the other one I’ve noticed is the search feature. I was able to find the post I was looking for through the archives but the search feature just took me to a ‘check out the latest posts’ page. If you want more info on what happened let me know.
Up here in Canada we are all watching your election and wondering how anyone can vote for a man who picks Palin for a running mate — not that he isn’t scary enough on his lonesome mind you. At least those of us who would never vote for Stevie are thinking that — I would guess that Harper’s supporters are feeling pretty smug right now. It’s a scary old word isn’t it!
Helen+ilana=Hi saysOctober 12, 2008 at 3:05 pm
It’s a scary old word????
It’s a scary old WORLD isn’t it!
Grandma J saysOctober 12, 2008 at 4:07 pm
No shock here…shades of Travelgate when First Lady Hillary fired most of the staff in the travel office…a tad bit of abuse of power?
Michelle in SF saysOctober 12, 2008 at 4:17 pm
As a Canadian I won’t be able to vote in this election, but as I now live in the US, I’ve followed this election quite closely.
I’ve learned a lot about the American political system (and that’s no easy task!), and for a while there I was very concerned because it seemed as tho most of my friends and neighbours were unaware of what was going on, and really not interested (many Californians seem to wear rose coloured glasses and blinders most of the time).
Happily tho, it would seem that now that things are heating up, everyone around me is showing some interest (finally!)
I’ve got hight hopes for the turnout on election day this year…and hope that the majority of Americans do their research beforehand, and vote with a thought for the future of this wonderful land and people.
p.s. If I could vote, I go for Obama – I think Washington needs an injection of new ideas and approaches, esp since the old aren’t working so well.
Barb saysOctober 12, 2008 at 6:20 pm
To my mind the candidates embrace two differing worldviews:
1) government can solve problems – therefore it’s citizens job to serve (read pay more taxes) the government so the government can turn around and serve the people
2) government is the problem – therefore citizens limit the government so they (the citizens) can rule themselves.
Either you hold to one or the other. Which one you hold to will determine your vote. You believe in government as your savior then most likely you’ll vote for Obama. If you believe #2 you’ll most likely vote for McCain. Both candidates spew crap in my opinion. The run up to the election is full of crap promises that in this economy no one can nor should keep. It comes down to, in my opinion what you think the role of government should be and character.
I think it was Peggy Noonan this week who said character is what matters most in picking a candidate because all the other attributes (military acumen, economic know-how, etc) can be made up by the advisors/cabinet and learned by the President. Character is what the person is now, who they are, integrity, what they stand for.
I think this report about Palin is crumbs compared to the black hole of Obama’s character/integrity/past judgements/ACORN involvement/Fannie Mae contributions reports that the mass media is glossing over or avoiding.
But I love the conversation. Long Live the 1st amendment!
Dharmamama saysOctober 12, 2008 at 7:56 pm
I love the belief that the media’s glossing over Obama stuff… there’s no glossing over: it’s that *nothing’s* there! McCain’s people make stuff up or seriously exaggerate what happened; there’s no story there. Except the ACORN stuff which was poor oversight – they should have reviewed the registrations before they were handed in to the board of elections. It wasn’t ACORN acting illegally, it was idiots trying to be funny filling in fake names on the registrations.
The level of hatred and lies aimed at this upstanding, honorable man scares me, and it was only when the media began reporting negatively about McCain allowing hate speech that he began trying to control it at his town meetings. I can’t believe the vitriol people have for Obama. I thought I hated W; it’s mild dislike compared to what I’ve seen for Barack.
Margaret saysOctober 12, 2008 at 9:22 pm
Hey Bossy! Thought you should know about this – it’s important to get the word out!
PBS has an online poll posted asking if Sarah Palin is
qualified. Apparently the republican party platform knew
about this in advance and are flooding the voting with YES votes.
The poll will be reported on PBS and picked up by
mainstream media. It can influence undecided voters
in swing states.
Please do two things — takes 20 seconds.Go to the website and vote yourself.http://www.pbs.org/now/polls/poll-435.html2) Then send this to every single Obama-Biden voteryou know, and urge them to vote and pass it on.The last thing we need is PBS saying their viewersthink Sarah Palin is qualified.
Karen saysOctober 13, 2008 at 1:48 am
the PBS poll is currently tied –
49% yes she is qualified
49% no she is not
Lesley saysOctober 13, 2008 at 3:33 am
Bossy is smart AND artistic and I bet she has never abused her power. Bossy for VP!
SMC saysOctober 13, 2008 at 7:07 am
When did Bernie Sanders lose his position as most liberal Senator? I believe he actually calls himself a socialist.
“Dumassery” is good wordery. I can’t wait to use it!
Lo saysOctober 13, 2008 at 8:50 am
Really? No what scares me more.
Thanks Margaret, now I get to let all my R friends know and we can vote MORE for Palin being qualified!!
I’d stop doing the qualified bit since Obama isn’t either.
jaxcheryl saysOctober 13, 2008 at 9:45 am
If, according to the great media, Barry H. has already won this election by a landslide, why are all the Dem’s in such a freaking panic? If BHO wins, we won’t be watching what he will do for this country, but what he will do to it with the assistance of his worshiping senate, and we will all witness the U.S. and what the founding fathers intended go down the toilet with the help of Supreme Court Judge Hillary.
Barb saysOctober 13, 2008 at 10:25 am
Dharmamama – it isn’t hatred and lies: it’s truth. Obama was an advocate for the well-known ACORN organization who have been committing election fraud for several elections in several states and received thousands in campaign contributions. These facts have been out for much longer than this report about Palin. Fact. Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac have given Obama second most in campaign contributions to any other senator – a fact that came out weeks before this report. There’s no hatred in these statements – just facts.
Honestly it seems when facts are revealed the same old mantra is chanted: lies, hatred, dirty politics, how disgraceful. Have you heard, seen the crap out there about Palin? Censorship/rape kit charges/pushing creationism in school and the name calling!
An honorable man reveals himself, admits mistakes, doesn’t hide his past. Obama’s past is a huge skeleton in the closet. This and the fact that his worldview desires our country to become more socialist, government-controlled, so far removed from what our founding fathers envisioned leads me to question him. That’s not hatred.
Let me ask you – what is so honorable and upstanding about this man? Honestly I have no idea why so many are enamored by him.
foolery saysOctober 13, 2008 at 12:49 pm
Scary is soldiers hauling you out of your home in the middle of the night to incarcerate you, or worse.
Scary is women subjugated to the point of death, and no one speaking out against it, neither from within or without.
Scary is children pledged to the service of their government before they are tall enough to ride most rides at the county fair — mind control, body control.
Scary is a thriving black market in the vacuum of any measurable GNP.
Those are scary. Four people who are more alike than different, when you look at politics, social standing, and philosophy on the world stage, is not scary. I refuse to be goaded by brand marketers, news outlets, and spin doctors into any kind of FEAR over this election.
Not scary. Just draining.
Vote for SOMEONE 2008.
Thanks, BOSSY. ; )
HeyJoe saysOctober 13, 2008 at 12:55 pm
Tasing your kids is wrong?
Reeb saysOctober 13, 2008 at 1:40 pm
I need to take a nap after reading all these comments, I’m so wrung out.
Now that W’s system of no-regulation and then the bail-out has twisted the USA’s financial panties in a bunch, there’s no moolah for Obama (or McCain) to make good on any promises he makes anyway. What a great pre-emptive hamstring move! “Tax and spend” Democrats? What about “Exponentially increase the federal debt and spend” Republicans?
I’m personally dubious about anyone who wants to run for major (or minor?) public office, esp president. Come on Nov 5, when the ads will at least be over with.
mary saysOctober 13, 2008 at 7:10 pm
I really love the news headline: “Palin clears self.”
Apparently the campaign folks did their own investigation and found Palin innocent.
Right, that is how it works for all people being investigated. You have a press conference and I say “I find myself innocent and you should all agree. Why? Because I said so.”
g saysOctober 13, 2008 at 9:26 pm
I read an article about Todd’s involvement, and I recall a description from someone who went to a meeting Todd had called with him, and when he got there, Todd was described as sitting at the table with a stack of personnel files in front of him.
Now – for every public employer I’ve ever worked for, personnel files are confidential. If this guy, who doesn’t even work for the Alaska State government, can have access to individual emplolyees’ personnel files, that’s a serious abuse of power.
g saysOctober 13, 2008 at 9:31 pm
I also think name-calling has no place in a political discussion. So what’s with the “Barry H.” stuff, I ask? Let’s dispense with the making fun of names – it’s pretty kindergarten.
Jenn @ Juggling Life saysOctober 16, 2008 at 11:36 am
Could be that he’s a maverick.