Sarah Palin, please sue me

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According to a story on Huffington Post, Sarah Palin’s lawyer, Thomas Van Flein, is threatening to sue people, like Alaskan blogger Shannyn Moore, who say mean things about Palin:

“To the extent several websites, most notably liberal Alaska blogger Shannyn Moore, are now claiming as ‘fact’ that Governor Palin resigned because she is ‘under federal investigation’ for embezzlement or other criminal wrongdoing, we will be exploring legal options this week to address such defamation,” Van Flein said in a statement. “This is to provide notice to Ms. Moore, and those who re-publish the defamation, such as Huffington Post, MSNBC, the New York Times and The Washington Post, that the Palins will not allow them to propagate defamatory material without answering to this in a court of law.”

Kind of like the rightwing patriots who love America so much that they want to see more terrorist attacks that slaughter mass numbers of Americans, Palin apparently loves the first amendment so much that she’s ready to attempt to rip it to shreds when people say things she thinks they should not say.

I don’t know if the allegation came from Moore, but I did read that some in Alaska are saying that Palin, as Mayor of Wasilla, accepted bribes from the company that built an ill fated sports complex in the town in the form of free materials and labor on her family home. Some people claimed that the home, from where Palin made her resignation announcement yesterday, bears a striking resemblance to at least some features of the sports complex.

It seems that Palin and her attorney are a little sensitive on the issue of Moore’s allegations. I wonder if this is the post Van Flein is referring to:

Palin Ethics Complaint Filed…”Where’s Sarah?”
Posted by: shannynmoore | April 22, 2009


“An ethics complaint against Alaska Governor Sarah Palin will be filed this afternoon asserting that Palin’s involvement with SarahPAC constitutes “outside employment” and “misuse of official position.” Anchorage resident Sondra Tompkins, child disability advocate and mother of a special needs child, is filing the complaint after observing Governor Palin repeatedly display “a pattern of unethical behavior.” Sondra believes that the tipping point for her was Sarah Palin’s most recent abdication of her role as Governor and apparent conflict-of-interest when she spoke at two outside events in Indiana rather than work with the Alaska Legislature during the most critical time, the end of the session.

The complaint alleges:

a) Governor Palin has entered into a contract outside of her official duties with the donors, employees, partners and any or all other participants involved in Sarah PAC.

b) The recent partisan trip to Indiana by the Governor was purely to benefit personal interests, had no benefit for the State of Alaska and was in direct conflict with her official duties.

c) The Governor left the State to participate in these events during the most critical end-of-session Legislative activities, at a time where the legislators themselves are not permitted to leave.

************NOW we know why Sarah was giving an Atlas summation of Alaska while on her Indiana trip. She will call it her “tourism inducement act.” For all the Alaska facts, she sounded like a Alaska Visitor’s Bureau commercial played in local hotels. Now I know why…so she could call it work. I’m sure the thought of “80 active volcanoes” will bring people in droves.
Today should be interesting…

Or perhaps it was this post:

Sarah Palin: The Gift That Keeps On Taking.
Posted by: shannynmoore | December 7, 2008

Details of expenditures to make an Alaska Governor, Sarah Palin, presentable to the people of America trickle out like rain off a roof. But rain off a roof this time of year in Alaska makes for some remarkable icicles. Each drop of information layers on the last, and the label of “Governor Grifter” seems appropriate. John McCain’s choice seems to have earned him at best a “Senator Sucker” nametag.icicles_large1

The New York Times is reporting $165,000 was paid to the stylists who traveled with the campaign and created the glamour girl few of us recognized. “Wardrobegate” initially reported $150,000 of RNC donations was spent on clothing for Sarah Palin. That figure has now been upgraded to $173,000. Stores that only exist in catalogs in Alaska had her full attention; Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, Kate Spade, Brooks Brothers, Escape Skin Care & Day Spa, and now…Victoria’s Secret-shhhhh, don’t tell.

I’ve wondered about the reactions of the individual contributors to the RNC.

An ordinary citizen, concerned about gays getting married, or the right to buy cop killer bullets, sent in $100 from his minimum wage job of changing tires. “Joe the Tire Changer” bought fresh panties for the Vice-Presidential nominee? I’m sure he’s comforted thinking he got that close to the pretty Palin…but his wife might not feel that way. Her panties come in the multi pack, three colors from Wal-Mart.

A part time worker, full time Red-Stater, a woman who uses L’Oreal “because she’s worth it,” and believes that Miss Clairol box color 519 is her God given natural hair color. She pulled $100 out of her “in case I get sick” coffee can fund and sent it to the RNC when her church secretary sent her that email about Barack Hussein Obama being a Godless Muslim. I guess she made a dent in Sarah Palin’s $68,000 make-up bill, $42,615 hair-do bill, and $54,900 stylist bill. Maybe Sarah could explain to Ms. Red-Stater what a stylist is.
The Grifter List goes back a ways:

312 nights spent in her own home during her first 19 months in office, charging a “per diem” allowance intended to cover meals and incidental expenses while traveling on state business; including November 22, 2007-Thanksgiving Day. The expense report explained it as the Great Alaska Shootout. That’s the annual NCAA college basketball tournament held in Anchorage. Total per diem $16,941.

The governor’s daughters’ and husband’s travel charges: $43,490. One event in New York City, October 2007, when Bristol accompanied the governor to Newsweek’s third annual Women and Leadership Conference, toured the New York Stock Exchange. Alaska paid for three nights in a $707-a-day hotel room.

Palin, before her nomination, accepted gifts valued at $25,367 from industry executives, municipalities and a cultural center whose board includes officials from some of the largest mining interests in the state. Some of the “gifts” included a $2,200 ivory puffin mask, a woven grass fan worth $300 and a $150 ivory necklace. This may explain her pro Pebble Mine stance.

Alaska Grifter Total: $85,798
VP Grifter Total: $330,000
Total Grifter Total: $415,798

Count on the Palinistas to line up and defend the grifting. The per diem abuse has been dismissed by her staff with comparisons to former Governor Frank Murkowski. That’s like comparing a bad bartender to Jim Jones’ Guyana Kool-Aid Stand and drinking up.
Palin Spokes-model Meg Stapleton recently responded to the New York Times inquiries with, “The decisions reflected in this disclosure are financially poor decisions made by campaign staffers hired by the campaign and not the governor…(Governor Palin) is absolutely appalled at the news and the amount of money reportedly spent on the vice-presidential campaign.”

I wonder if Joe the Tire Changer and Ms. Red Stater would like their money back.

It is never Sarah Palin’s bad judgment or poor decisions that get her press. It’s always the fault of someone else.
And so the drips continue…and a stalactite status icicle hangs in front of Alaskans. Sarah Palin is the “gift” that keeps on taking.

Update: Think Progress has a Bradblog story about the alleged corruption and mentions a Max Blumenthal piece in The Daily Beast about the corruption charge and also links to a Politico piece on the threat of legal action.


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8 responses to “Sarah Palin, please sue me

  1. A Flaming Liberal

    Oh Please! Get a life you poor deluded fool; Sarah Palin is going to sue people who actually have money, not some semi-employed person who’s trying to move up in the blogo-sphere. And get a grip, stop trying to get free publicity and readership by trying to ride her ‘notoriety based coat-tails’. I mean if you truly think she’s a fraudulent person, then why become part of her publicity machine? And BTW, the 1st Amendment does not protect willful criminal slander (i.e. free speech does not include the right to LIE and cause material damage to an individual). I hope Sarah Palin does Sue GE and MSNBC (not cause I like her; on the contrary, I think she’s weird & incoherent, but because big abusive corporations deserve to be humiliated every now and then; it’s good for free speech & freedom for average guy) just as I also wish that somebody would sue the A–holes at FOX like Bill O’Reilly & Hannity for slander when they do it.

    • blahgblog

      flaming ‘liberal,’

      wow; a bit testy, aren’t we?

      obviously, i know she’s not going to try to sue me or anyone else. irony — it’s not just for breakfast anymore.

      what exactly do you think is the ‘willful criminal slander’ that ge and msnbc has engaged in regarding palin?

      and yes, you got me: i’m trying to get free publicity based on moore calling palin out for her idiocy.

      so sue me…

    • Anonymous

      Hey Flaming Liberal,

      Found your remarks kind of interesting, but I have a few questions that hopefully will make you engage in some critical thinking. First of all why do you think that 7 months after the presidential election ended that Sarah Palin is still in the news? Why can’t the liberal left get over her. She and McCain lost, Obama and Biden won. The game is over. Why do you think Fox News and Bill O’Reilly in particular regularly hammer all the other news organizations? Rating don’t lie and the disparity continues to widen. Why is this so?

      Why do you think Sarah Palin is weird and incoherent? Give me some examples of what she has done or said that validates your feelings towards her. Give me some examples of why you think Joe Biden is any better that she would have been if the election had turned out the other way. I am suprised that President Obama doesn’t pull him around in a little red wagon because he is constantly sticking his feet in his mouth.

      The impression I have of Shannyn Moore after reading her blog is that she is has the intellect of piss-ant running around the inside of a cherio and that if her cerebral cortex was inseminated up the same piss-ant’s ass it would rattle around like a BB in a match box. This woman is so filled with hate that she can’t see the forest through the trees.

      • blahgblog

        ok, so you’re calling me a ‘flaming liberal’ rather than trying to pass your self off as one — my mistake.

        i’m sure you think it’s a horrible insult. okay, whatever.

        i would suggest that it is you, along with the vast majority of fox viewers who is need of some emergency critical thinking. here are my responses to your points:

        > why is sarah palin still in the news? do you agree with the meme floating around the rightwing echo chamber that the left, including the so called ‘lib’rul media,’ fear palin and believe she is the only republican we need to fear?

        I can assure you that that is not the case. but please keep believing it. speaking for myself and others i have talked with, what interest we have in her is due to a) the fact that so many rightwingers think she is their savior and b) the fact that she is such an obvious train wreck and running her will lead to even greater defeats than the republicans have experienced up to now.

        > fox news is the go to network for rightwingers and they watch it religiously (except now maybe for shep smith). moderates, liberals and progressives split their viewership between cnn and msnbc.

        there is always going to be a core rightwing population in any society, just as there will be a core left wing population. still, shows like countdown and the rachel maddow show are steadily increasing their viewership. what do you think that says?

        if by now you truly don’t think palin is ‘weird and incoherent,’ then i honestly don’t think you’ll ever be persuaded of that obvious fact. how about the facts that

        she didn’t know the first thing about the bush doctrine

        she couldn’t say what media outlets she read

        she resigned from office while giving a rambling, weird, incoherent and self contradicting speach

        a day after quitting, she insisted she’s a fighter not a quitter

        i could go on, but i’m sure you’ll also too repudiate them.

        > how about if you provide some examples of biden’s gaffes that are supposedly on par with palin’s?

        > as to your comments about moore, how exactly would “her cerebral cortex [be] inseminated up [a] piss-ant’s ass”? your comment is, to say the least, “weird and incoherent.”

        you just sling a pathetic bevy of ad hominem attacks at her without providing any evidence to back up your assertions.

        first, drop the weird personal attacks — they are not appropriate here.

        second, how about providing some examples of her writing that you think falls short of the mark of enlightened discourse.

      • blahgblog

        oh, whoops. now i get it — you were responding to the person who called themself ‘flaming liberal.’ my mistake again.

        anyway, i don’t think they’re going to respond to you. but since i did, please feel free to respond to my comment, as long as you leave out the weird personal attacks.

  2. sauer kraut

    Amen. Bring it on.

    Love how the conservative flamers are spinning this to the point of ridiculousness. They even suggest that Van Palin’s letter is “free speech.” It isn’t. It’s the Alaska Governor’s attorney’s letter telling Shannyn Moore and others to shut up. That, my friends, runs contrary to the specific wording of the 1st Amendment. Just don’t tell the p-landers… they think they know everything.

  3. moosedressingbarbie

    Keep up the good work. She’ll have better luck starting a line of dolls with the name I’ve used here. It cracks me up how the right think we are afraid of her…I haven’t laughed so hard since this wanna be royalty hit the national stage…yeah, I’m afraid she’ll disappear and there goes my daily comedy show. You can’t make this stuff up.

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