In her short time in office, Governor Sarah Palin has succeeded in each of her objectives.
She has exposed corruption;
given the state a bigger share in Alaska's energy wealth;
and negotiated a deal involving big corporate players, the US and Canadian governments,
Canadian provincial governments, and native tribes -
the result of which was a 13 billion deal to launch the pipeline
and increase the amount of domestic energy available to consumers
in her state and the Lower-48.

PALIN'S EXPERIENCE IS PRESIDENTIAL

Her sudden elevation to the vice-presidential slot on the McCain ticket
shocked no one more than her enemies in Alaska,
who have broken out into a cold sweat at the thought of Palin in Washington,
guiding the Justice Department's anti-corruption teams
through the labyrinths of Alaska's old-boy network...
Many of the charges laid against her have come from Alaska,
as her enemies become more and more desperate to bring her down.
Obama and Biden join two former Alaskan governors, a large number of cronies, and
a trail of enemies extending back over a decade.

Sarah Palin is not such a small-town girl after all
by James Bennett, Telegraph, Sep 9, 2008

It is clear that few in America, let alone Britain, have any idea what to make of Sarah Palin. The Republicans' vice-presidential candidate confounds the commentators because they don't understand the forces that shaped her in the remote state of Alaska. Thus, most coverage dwells on exotica - the moose shooting, her Eskimo husband - combined with befuddlement at how a woman can go from being mayor of a town of 9,000, to governor, to prospective VP within the space of a few years. But, having worked with Alaskans, I know something of the challenge she has faced, and why - contrary to what Democrats think - it could make her a powerful figure in the White House.

The first myth to slay is that she is a political neophyte who has come from nowhere. In fact, she and her husband have, for decades, run a company in the highly politicised commercial fishing industry, where holding on to a licence requires considerable nous and networking skills.

Her rise from parent-teacher association to city council gave her a natural political base in her home town of Wasilla. Going on to become mayor was a natural progression. Wasilla's population of 9,000 would be a small town in Britain, and even in most American states. But Wasilla is the fifth-largest city in Alaska, which meant that Palin was an important player in state politics.

Her husband's status in the Yup'ik Eskimo tribe, of which he is a full, or "enrolled" member, connected her to another influential faction: the large and wealthy (because of their right to oil revenues) native tribes.

All of this gave her a base from which to launch her 2002 campaign for lieutenant (deputy) governor of Alaska. She lost that, but collected a powerful enough following to be placated with a seat on, and subsequently the chairmanship of, the Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, which launched her into the politics of Alaska's energy industry. Palin quickly realised that Alaska had the potential to become a much bigger player in global energy politics, a conviction that grew as the price of oil rose. Alaska had been in hock to oil companies since major production began in the mid-1970s.

As with most poor, distant places that suddenly receive great natural-resource wealth, the first generation of politicians were mesmerised by the magnificence of the crumbs falling from the table. Palin was the first of the next generation to realise that Alaska should have a place at that table.

Her first target was an absurd bureaucratic tangle that for 30 years had kept the state from exporting its gas to the other 48 states. She set an agenda that centred on three mutually supportive objectives: cleaning up state politics, building a new gas pipeline, and increasing the state's share of energy revenues.

This agenda, pursued throughout Palin's commission tenure, culminated in her run for governor in 2006. By this time, she had already begun rooting out corruption and making enemies, but also establishing her bona fides as a reformer.

With this base, she surprised many by steamrollering first the Republican incumbent governor, and second, the Democratic former governor, in the election.

Far from being a reprise of Mr Smith Goes to Washington, Palin was a clear-eyed politician who, from the day she took office, knew exactly what she had to do and whose toes she would step on to do it.

The surprise is not that she has been in office for such a short time but that she has succeeded in each of her objectives. She has exposed corruption; given the state a bigger share in Alaska's energy wealth; and negotiated a deal involving big corporate players, the US and Canadian governments, Canadian provincial governments, and native tribes - the result of which was a 13 billion deal to launch the pipeline and increase the amount of domestic energy available to consumers. This deal makes the charge of having "no international experience" particularly absurd.

In short, far from being a small-town mayor concerned with little more than traffic signs, she has been a major player in state politics for a decade, one who formulated an ambitious agenda and deftly implemented it against great odds.

Her sudden elevation to the vice-presidential slot on the Republican ticket shocked no one more than her enemies in Alaska, who have broken out into a cold sweat at the thought of Palin in Washington, guiding the Justice Department's anti-corruption teams through the labyrinths of Alaska's old-boy network.

It is no surprise that many of the charges laid against her have come from Alaska, as her enemies become more and more desperate to bring her down. John McCain was familiar with this track record and it is no doubt the principal reason that he chose her. Focusing on the exotic trappings of Alaskan culture may make Palin seem a quaint and inexplicable choice. But understanding the real background of her steady rise in politics suggests that Barack Obama and Joe Biden are underestimating her badly. In this, they join two former Alaskan governors, a large number of cronies, and a trail of enemies extending back over a decade.


Video: Palin resignation speech lists accomplishments & resignation speech continues (drilling oil & gas to energise Alaska & America). Fox New, You Tube, Jul 2009

Sarah Palin quits as governor of Alaska (timing means career is effectively over). Jul 2009

Hank Williams Jr shows heirloom shotguns (Obama voted to ban as assault weapons). PublicServAnnounce, Oct 22, 2008 & ORWELL & RIFLE ON WALL
(reader looking for quote)
ORWELL WAS ARMED & GUN CONTROL & GHOST FROM VALLEY FORGE & Hank Williams Jr singing at Palin rally (Sarah's such a Hey Good Lookin' dish) & Hank Williams Sr singing Hey Good Lookin'

Sarah Palin interview with CNN (explains has more experience than Obama; clean up Wall Street, Tasergate etc). CNN, Oct 21, 2008

Eskimo elder says Sarah Palin is a special gal (grandson Todd married governor of Alaska) & Eskimo Alaskans say Palin neglects them (her policies treat everyone the same) & Black Alaskans say Palin is racist (even though fairly represented in her gov't). Anchorage/AP, Oct 21, 2008. Go to 22.Doublethink & DON'T WANT TO ACCEPT BLAME

Russians in Alaska while Palin away (seeking to build gas pipeline) & AMERICA ON RUSSIAN ROCKS Reader sends new video about wolves: PALIN PROTECTS FROM PREDATORS (two-legged & four-legged kind) & Palin's big brother protective of her (when he sees negative press) & Sarah at coal country Scranton Pennsylvania rally (sings Proud to be an American with Greenwood) & Palin touts Pennsylvania coal in Biden's hometown (Biden said there's no such thing as clean coal & even if there were, in an Obama admin it would be fine if China used it but it would not be used here at home). Go to PENNSYLVANIA COAL IS WIGAN PIER & RUSSIAN COAL TO NEWCASTLE & 9.Keeping Masses Down & "Pitbull with lipstick" Palin leashed & unleashed (she's run a state, led a National Guard; has more executive experience than Obama Bin Lyin' and Biden) & Hank Williams Jr sings McCain-Palin Tradition (they don't have radical friends to whom their careers are linked) & Obama's terrorist friends (fugitives from justice involved in bombings) & Obama's strange bedfellows (not God bless America but God damn). ABC/Del/Times/UTube, Oct 14-18, 2008. Go to 35.The Brotherhood & SARAH SHAKING THINGS UP & PALIN EXPERIENCE IS PRESIDENTIAL & DRILL SARAH BABY DRILL & PALIN RIGHT ON RUSSIA

Sarah Palin explains goals when VP (energy independence-gov't reform-special needs). Fox News, Oct 10, 2008

Thousands kept out of Palin 2nd-Florida rally (should have been held in bigger place; cited Obama's connection to terrorist bomber) & Palin interviewed after Florida rally (ready to be president, has executive experience). FloridaNews, Oct 8, 2008

Obama's terrorist friends Ayers & Dohrn (fugitives from justice involved in bombings) & Obama's an intimate friend of domestic terrorist (& many other America-hating activists) & Obama's strange bedfellows (not God bless America but God damn). YouTube/NextRight, Oct 8, 2008. Go to 22.Doublethink (claiming blackwhite in contradiction of facts)

Palin not allowed to campaign in Michigan (wants to speak to people who are hurting there). Detroit Free Press, Oct 3, 2008. Go to THE SUPPRESSION OF SARAH PALIN

Palin Biden VP debate most watched in history (read transcript & watch video). CNN, Oct 2, 2008

Palin in intense debate camp in Arizona (they're "squeezing the charm out of her"). CNN, Sep 29, 2008. Go to 34.MiniLuv(Torture) & 40.Brainwashing (How many fingers am I holding up, Winston?)

Alaska Russia Map PALIN RIGHT ON RUSSIA (it can be seen from Alaska)

Alaska Can Pipe DRILL SARAH BABY DRILL

TransCanada won Alaska pipeline bid (endorsed by Gov Palin to free her state from dominance of the major producers BP, ConocoPhillips & Exxon Mobil). JournalCommerce, Oct 1, 2008

Sarah Palin not such a small-town girl afterall (a major player in state politics for a decade) & Palin's strengths rooted in Alaska (she tackles old-boy networks relentlessly) & Palin a formidable foe in Alaska debates (participated in 21 gubernatorial forums) & Palin's path to power: 1992-2006 (2 terms on council; 2 terms as mayor; runs for lieutenant governor, loses; chairwoman Alaska Oil/Gas Commission, resigns; wins primary then election for governor upsetting Republican & Democrat old boys). CBS, Sep 29, 2008

Palin is colour-blind when governing (treats Native constituency same as all Alaskans) & American Indian tribes won't vote for Palin (she allows drilling/fishing/hunting on Native land). AP/NajajoTribe, Sep 28, 2008. Go to INDIAN LAND CLAIMS DISBELIEVED

THE SUPPRESSION OF SARAH PALIN (incurred the displeasure of the Party)

Sarah Palin's father says media not treating his daughter fairly. CBS, Sep 28, 2008
Gov. Sarah Palin's father says she is ready for the vice presidency and the media aren't treating her fairly in an exclusive interview with Harry Smith of CBS New's "The Early Show." Chuck and Sally Heath sat for the interview on Saturday in Wasilla, Alaska. The interview will be broadcast on Monday's show at 7 a.m. on WKMG-Channel 6. Smith asks what they would say to people who don't believe Palin is ready to be No. 2 in a John McCain administration. "She is ready to do anything she wants to," Chuck Heath says. "She perseveres, she works so hard, she learns so fast -- yeah, I don't worry about that at all." Smith asks about the perception that Palin hasn't been treated fairly by the media. "That's what I feel," Chuck Heath says. "Someone said, 'Well they have to get to know Sarah Palin,' but Sarah Palin -- there is a good side of Sarah Palin and they're digging and digging for the bad side and there is no real bad side. They're fabricating a lot of things that I don't want to go into." Go to 16.MiniTrue(Lies) & 17.Falsification

Palin's parents professional rat killers (protected human remains after 9/11). Chicago Tribune, Sep 27, 2008. Go to 44.Room 101 & 31.Love Nest (of all horrors in the world - a rat!) & PIED PIPER OF HAMELIN

Palin's father said she showed grit at early age ("They are getting mean---very mean"). CNN, Sep 11, 2008

SARAH SHAKING THINGS UP (our lipstick beats their dipstick)

Governor Sarah Palin (passed ethics reform legislation & her natural gas pipeline bill). CoxNewsService, Sep 28, 2008

Sarah Palin's face sculpted on Ohio cornfield (took artist 8 hours to mow 16-acres for likeness of "Sarah America"). Whitehouse, Ohio, Sep 25, 2008

How I Got To Know Sarah Palin (author of biography describes research for her book)

Palin Sarah Book SARAH, HOW A HOCKEY MOM TURNED ALASKA'S POLITICAL ESTABLISHMENT UPSIDE DOWN, by Kaylene Johnson
excerpt from Chapter One: Growing Up Sarah: ...Sarah shot her first rabbit at age ten not far from the back porch. In her teens, she hunted caribou with her father. The family's freezer was always full of fish and game. Chuck Jr. said he didn't eat a beef steak until he was a senior in high school. Gardening helped fill the family larder. In summer, Chuck Jr., Heather, Sarah, and Molly spent long sunny days building tree forts, riding bikes, and playing with friends. They took swimming lessons in Wasilla Lake--a pond with water so cold that they huddled around a campfire on the beach afterward to silence their chattering teeth. During the summer, their father put away the television. For entertainment, he put up a basketball hoop with a dirt court in the back yard. The Heath kids and their friends spent many hours playing ball. Once a year, the family accompanied Chuck Sr. on a weeklong class field trip to Denali National Park, where camping in view of majestic Mount McKinley left indelible memories with the Heath children. The family often packed up and drove fifteen miles to Hatcher Pass, a scenic expanse of alpine tundra tucked between jagged peaks in the Talkeetna Mountains....

Why liberals are fixated on tearing Palin down (because Sarah's a hockey Mom who turned the political establishment upside down). NJcom book review, Sep 24, 2008. Go to 26.Julia & Rebellion (the force that would tear the Party to pieces)

Reporters are kept away from Sarah Palin (no witness to her meetings with Kissinger et al) & Palin meeting with world leaders at UN (ex sec-state Kissinger & rock star U2 Bono) & Sarah Palin arrives in New York (instead of cheering fans & supporters is met by equivalent of 'Bronx cheer'). ABC/Metro/NYT/YouTube, Sep 23, 2008. Go to ZIONISM IN AMERICA & U2 BONO ARCH-ARCH CAPITALIST & Bono imitates Mandela at 46664 concert & KISSINGER'S NUMBER IS 666 & NEW YORK'S NUMBER IS 666 & 10.Rulers & 35.BB Brotherhood

Canada ranchers & hunters oppose new National Park (gov't wants 40,000 hectares for endangered bats, snakes, screech owls, yellow-breasted chats) & Palin challenges global warming climate change (supports fisheries, oil-gas exploration & development where environmentalists say polar bear endangered) & Enviro group launches attack ad against Palin (bear & wolf hunting protects moose & caribou that locals hunt for food). WashPost/WSJ, Sep 23, 2008. Go to ENVIRONMENTALISM IS ANIMALISM & LENIN BEHIND ENVIRONMENTALISM & CLIMATE-CHANGE CORRUPT SCIENCE

PALIN DIDN'T QUOTE PEGLER (in speech accepting VP nomination). Email, Sep 21, 2008. Go to 17.Falsification of Past

Cultural Left's Obama drumbeat intensifies (derailed by Sarah Palin as cultural icon) & Feminist army aims cannons at Palin (Steinem & Co squealing like stuck pigs 24/7) & Hollywood stars attack Palin (Matt Damon says she's really bad Disney movie; Pamela Anderson says she can suck it; Whoopi Goldberg says very dangerous woman; Oprah Winfrey bans from her couch). OzHerald, Sep 21, 2008. Go to 16.MiniTruth (Lies) & 25.Prolefeed & 27.Goodthink (women the most bigoted adherents of the Party)

Barack Obama: The Child - Messiah - Obamessiah (smote conniving wife of deposed King Bill & barbarian hordes of Working Class Whites) & Annointed One Obama ventures forth to bring light (Pilgrimage to Holy Land a blessing to his followers). YouTube/London Times, Sep 19, 2008. Go to 27.Goodthink (It was not the man's brain that was speaking, it was his larynx)

Red China may buy USA's 2nd-biggest bank (credit crunch drying up funding sources) & USA's Morgan Stanley bank loses $20-billion (floated China Construction Bank for $9.2 billion & Rosneft, the Russian energy giant) & Fed Reserve injects $180-billion into markets (to restart lending between banks). Bloom/Times/Telegraph, Sep 19-20, 2008. Go to CHINA'S COMMUNIST CAPITALISTS & CREATURE FROM JEKYLL ISLAND & 6.Super-States (they prop one another up, like three sheaves of corn) & 35.Big Brother's Brotherhood (yellow-faced Martin is one of us) & USA GAVE CHINA PANAMA CANAL & PANAMA CANAL DEATH KNELL

Sarah Palin no-topic-off-limits interview (read transcript & watch video) & Palin hits Obama (she's building $40 billion natural gas pipeline) & She's Not Just A Pretty Face (Sarah Palin's got everything it takes) & "She's mother of the human race" Fox/ShaniaTwain, Sep 19, 2008. Go to 26.Julia & Rebellion (a blow struck against the Party)

Palin addresses Wall Street Financial Crisis (presses how important that America remain the strongest financial market in the world) & Sarah Palin will 'Drill, baby, drill' "to make this nation energy self-sufficient" (She's an all-American woman. She's like all of us) & Alaska's "First Dude" first interview (Todd glad they tapped into Sarah). Nevada/Colorado/FoxNews, Sep 14-16, 2008. Go to 23.The Proles (If there was hope, it must lie in the proles) & JFK DEFENDED DOLLAR & JFK RIGHT-TO-WORK SPEECH & LINCOLN, JFK & MONEY

Sarah Palin: 10 things we've learnt (reform-minded, hockey-mommin', basketball-shooting, moose-hunting, salmon-fishing, pistol-packing, mother-of-five for Vice-President) & Palin fusing politics & motherhood in new way (a guardian of nation's disabled children) & The Evolution of Sarah Palin ("has ability to accomplish great things") & An ordinary, extraordinary woman ("America loves people like her". "I confess, I love Ms. Palin, too") & Leftist feminist sisterhood snarl at Sarah (they hate 'the pitbull with lipstick'). BBC/IHT/Fox/Globe/AmerThink, Sep 7-10, 2008. Go to 26.Julia & Rebellion & 30.Love Instinct & Family & UNBORN FACTS OF LIFE & OWED TO THE UNBORN

Jackie Jura
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