Archive for the ‘Family’ Category

Sarah Blames the Gays: If Only She Had “Queer Eye”

October 23, 2008

I confess that Sarah may not have waved her magic wand and wished upon a Macy’s star that Carson and Queer Eye had been there to give her, Todd, and the brood a makeover. But I do wonder how much better she would have fared this election year if The Fab Five had been in charge of her makeover. Certainly passing her onto Jeff Larson, Republican consultant, and asking him to shoulder the burden of Sarah’s $150,000 makeover debt by carrying $132,457 on his ample credit card has raised both plucked and unplucked eyebrows at the McCain-Palin campaign.

Don’t you remember the good old days when Carson Kressley unblinkingly looked into the eyes of red-neck, sweatpants-wearing-dudes and schooled us in how we dressed to express the best about ourselves? Or when Kyan taught us that spray-on tans were preferable to and safer than tanning beds? Think of all the ways that Ted could have paired moose and wine? Thom was my favorite. Was there nothing he couldn’t slap a coat of paint on and drill press to make fabulous? I think that’s who Sarah was evoking when she asked the Republican National Convention to “Drill, Baby, Drill!” But Jai and Blair. I know they were adorable and I suppose no Fab Five would be complete without a culture vulture. But, please, what were they doing?

Anyway, we know that Carson always came in ON BUDGET and ON TIME to make over his weekly charges. And in the process we all felt better about ourselves. Clearly, Jeff Larson is not Carson. I fear that he is some frightened heterosexual male who took Sarah to stores and said, “Spend, Baby, Spend!” then sent his credit card bills to the Republican National Committee for reimbursement.

Or if he is gay, then Jeff Larson is a total bottom.

Sarah’s fashion as governor of Alaska.

Sarah’s fashion as candidate for vice-president.

Sarah Makes Sure that Her Kids Aren’t Overlooked: She Billed the State for $21,012 in Fraudulent Expense Reports

October 22, 2008

In the midst of the frenzy over Sarah’s $150,000 Republican National Committee makeover, I overlooked the following tidbit:

Anchorage Daily News: “State Funded Palin Kids’ Travel

This amounts to $21,012 of reimbursements that were never taxed. Sarah claimed that because the children traveled with her as part of official, state business, these were non-taxable reimbursement. Thus she never submitted them as income on her tax statements.

On closer scrutiny it appears that Sarah had tried to get reimbursed for these travel expenses and was initially rejected because the kids weren’t there on state business. amended her reports on August 6, 2008 three weeks before John McCain chose Sarah as his running mate. Earlier the reports had NOT stated that charges were for business purposes.  Sarah resubmitted amended expense reports explicitly stating that the kids WERE invited and were therefore traveling on reimbursable official, state business. However, when event organizers were contacted they said that the kids weren’t invited. They just kind of showed up. And some of the “official state business” the girls attended included watching their dad Todd compete in a snow mobile race.

Oops.

Does anyone do numerology? What’s with Sarah and the cool numbers? $150,000 for a clothing allowance. $21,012 for kids travel.

Alaska’s Very Busy Personnel Board: Monegan is Going to Make Sarah Palin Take It All Back

October 15, 2008

The Anchorage Daily News reports that former public safety commissioner Walt Monegan has requested a hearing from the Alaska state personnel board to clear his name. The McCain-Palin has been dragging his name and reputation through mud as part of Troopergate and he’s mad. If he does not get a hearing with publicly released results, then Monegan will take his case to court.

The Alaska state personnel board is in the process of conducting its own ethics investigation of Sarah Palin and the charge that she abused her power. It has recently announced that it is expanding its probe to include additional complaints and more state employees. Results could be released before the election.

Sarah Palin is the human resources manager’s worse nightmare: A person who disregards common standards of workplace conduct and spouts gossip. And when she’s not talking she has her surrogate, husband Todd, do her trash talking for her. She’s a magnet for workplace lawsuits.

Sarah: Careful What You Ask For Because Troopergate’s Not Over

October 14, 2008

Troopergate continues.

A few weeks ago in a calculated “gamble” to sidetrack the legislative investigation of Troopergate, the McCain-Palin campaign advised Sarah to file an ethics complaint against herself with the Alaska state Personnel Board. Yes, Sarah filed an ethics complaint against herself. The idea behind the complaint was to compel a body other than the bi-partisan, legislative council to look into allegations that Sarah had inappropriately used her authority to have her ex-brother-in-law Mike Wooten fired. The Personnel Board reports directly to Sarah, operates confidentially, and was assumed to give Sarah a quieter “pass” or, to use one of Sarah’s favorite terms, maybe a “slap on the wrist” over the ethics violation charges. This combined with the McCain-Palin campaign’s blizzard of lawsuits to stop the legislative council’s investigation was supposed to save Sarah from the embarrassment of an ethics investigation during the presidential campaign.

So last week the legislative council’s Branchflower Report on Troopergate came out. The verdict:

  1. Sarah Palin abused her power in trying to get Mike Wooten fired.
  2. Sarah also fired public safety commissioner Walt Monegan in part because he wouldn’t fire Wooten.
  3. The state also needs to clean-up their processes for handling personnel files because Sarah’s office ended up with information that it shouldn’t have had.

Sarah dragged a lot of people through Troopergate (my last count is 53) and violated ethics statutes by exerting unacceptable pressure on state employees to fire Wooten. That’s the findings from the legislative council’s Branchflower report.

And now the Personnel Board’s investigation is shifting into higher drive. The Personnel Board has hired its own outside investigator, Tim Petumenos, to review the ethnics complaint. Petumenos has requested all confidential documents used in the legislative investigation of Troopergate and additionally has amended the original ethics complaint to include others. At least two other complaints are known:

  1. Activist Andree McLeod alleges that state hiring practices were circumvented for a Palin supporter. The case is not related to Monegan’s firing.
  2. The Public Safety Employees Association alleges that trooper Mike Wooten’s personnel file was illegally breached by state officials. And he subjected to workplace “harassment”. This was related to some of the most eye opening findings of the Branchflower report: Todd Palin handing out an internal, administrative investigation document from 2006 about disciplinary actions against Mike Wooten. Plus Sarah’s aides, particularly Frank Bailey, knowing information from Wooten’s confidential workers compensation claim files. And then Frank Bailey having a copy of Mike Wooten’s original application for the position of Alaskan state trooper.

Wow. Remember: Sarah herself asked to be investigated by the Personnel Board. They’re interviewing
Sarah next week and may release findings before November 4th.

Read the Anchorage Daily News article.

Read the Newsweek article.

Levi Johnston

October 13, 2008

He speaks.Oy.

No wonder the National Enquirer stopped writing about Levi — he’s up in the North Slope now. He’s in an apprenticeship program. Good for him: It’s very difficult for anyone without a high school degree to get a good paying job these days. And he’s not registered to vote.