"They're our next-door neighbors
and you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska --
from an island in Alaska."
PALIN RIGHT ON RUSSIA
"Alaska has a very narrow maritime border between a foreign country, Russia,
and on our other side the land boundary that we have with Canada....
It certainly enhances my foreign policy credentials.
It is very important when you consider even national security issues with Russia.
As Putin rears his head
and comes into the air space of the United States of America,
where do they go?
It's Alaska. It is just right over the border.
It is from Alaska that we send those out to make sure
that an eye is being kept
on this very powerful nation, Russia,
because they are right there,
next to our state."
Above are the actual words that Sarah Palin used in two televised interviews, the first one on September 11, 2008 where ABC's Charles Gibson alluded to McCain's recent statement that Alaska's proximity to Russia lent Palin some expertise on that nation, and asked her to explain; and the second one on September 22 when CBS's Katie Couric mockingly asked the question again to which Palin explained further.
On the Saturdays following both interviews, the "Saturday Night Live" comedian Tina Fey impersonated Palin, twisting her words to get laughs, and all the major networks have been replaying that skit with photos of the real Sarah Palin in split-screen, sometimes superimposing Palin's voice coming out of Fey's mouth in an extremely mocking way.
The most oft-repeated spoof and twist of Palin's words is the Fey line:
"I can see Russia from my house."
As can be seen in the transcript on top of the page, Palin never did say that. What she really said was:
"You can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska - from an island in Alaska."
But the Tina Fey spoof clips have been shown to the public MORE than the actual words that Palin spoke, with the end result being that the vast majority of people know only the mock version of Palin, and not the real Palin.
Now, with that background in mind, flash forward to this week when Sarah Palin's father, Chuck Heath, was interviewed at home in Alaska by Harry Smith from CBS.
The camera follows Heath as he takes Smith on a tour of the inside of their Wasilla house. When they come to a wall of photographs, including one of Sarah in the Miss Alaska beauty pageant in 1984 (a year close to my heart) Sarah's father comments on the spoof, mimicking Fey's line: "I can see Russia from my house".
Then he points to a photo of himself on an island in Alaska from which Russia can be seen two-and-a-half miles away giving credence to what Sarah said exactly.
I noticed, in the very quick glimpse we got of the photo before the camera shifted and the topic was changed, that there was snow on the ground covered in blood (probably they were hunting and had gutted the prey there) which I thought was symbolic - ie a message to Russia as to what would happen to them should they venture uninvited onto Alaskan land.
Obviously, Palin's father takes the proximinity of Russia to Alaska very seriously. But I guess that's to be expected from a grizzly bear hunter and professional rat killer!
In her debut speech as vice-presidential candidate at the Republican Convention Palin said that Russia could be dangerous if America wasn't self-sufficient in energy:
"...I fought to bring about the largest private-sector infrastructure project in North American history. And when that deal was struck, we began a nearly forty billion dollar natural gas pipeline to help lead America to energy independence. That pipeline, when the last section is laid and its valves are opened, will lead America one step farther away from dependence on dangerous foreign powers that do not have our interests at heart. The stakes for our nation could not be higher.
When a hurricane strikes in the Gulf of Mexico, this country should not be so dependent on imported oil that we are forced to draw from our Strategic Petroleum Reserve. And families cannot throw away more and more of their paychecks on gas and heating oil. With Russia wanting to control a vital pipeline in the Caucasus, and to divide and intimidate our European allies by using energy as a weapon, we cannot leave ourselves at the mercy of foreign suppliers.... To confront the threat that Iran might seek to cut off nearly a fifth of world energy supplies ... or that terrorists might strike again at the Abqaiq facility in Saudi Arabia ... or that Venezuela might shut off its oil deliveries ... we Americans need to produce more of our own oil and gas. And take it from a gal who knows the North Slope of Alaska: we've got lots of both...."
Sarah's speech didn't win her any support in the right-wing-owned left-wing media, ie the "good ol' boys" networks. The capitalist communists joined together in hating Sarah Palin for her All-American stance on energy independence.~ Jackie Jura
SARAH SHAKING THINGS UP and THE SUPPRESSION OF SARAH PALIN and DRILL SARAH BABY DRILL
Gov Palin focused on developing State's resources. New York Times, Oct 1, 2008
TRADE:-Gov Palin does not appear to have made any trade missions since taking office, and former state officials said the state’s trade staff had been reduced under her watch. Alaska has also sharply reduced its role in the Northern Forum, an association of state and regional governments from countries including Canada, Russia, Japan and China that works on common issues in northern regions like economic development, flooding and global warming. Under Mr. Murkowski, Ms. Palin’s predecessor, the state sent senior administration officials to the forum’s meetings and contributed $60,000 to $100,000 to the forum each year, according to the forum’s executive director, Priscilla Wohl. Under Gov Palin, the state has reduced its spending to the base-level membership dues, $15,000, and the administration has not attended any forum meetings, including one last fall in Russia. "Had she participated, in the last 18 months she would have met ambassadors, governors, heads of the European Union’s programs, of United Nations programs."
watch Palin's Parents Pan Media. CBS, Sep 29, 2008 (In an exclusive interview at their home in Wasilla, Alaska, the Heaths told Early Show co-anchor Harry Smith their daughter is, indeed, ready to occupy the Oval Office at a moment's notice... [see clip of Sarah Palin impersonator Tina Fey saying "I can see Russia from my house" on Saturday Night Live ~jj]
Did Tina Fey go too far in making fun of Palin? (or should they keep it up?) Los Angeles Times, Sep 29, 2008
Yet another scathingly funny Sarah Palin spoof was aired on "Saturday Night Live." This time, Amy Poehler was cast as the pursed-lip, humorless Katie Couric, staring in stunned wonderment at Tina Fey's impersonation of an idiotically dim Sarah Palin, as she babbles like a beauty queen about her visit to New York, seeing Osama bin Laden, meeting with foreign leaders, going into Afghanistan, and explains her close relationship with Russia.
watch Tina Fey as Sarah Palin on SNL, Sep 25, 2008, YouTube
watch Sarah Palin discusses Russia with Katie Couric, CBS, Sep 22, 2008, YouTube
COURIC: ...You've cited Alaska's proximity to Russia as part of your foreign-policy experience. What did you mean by that?
PALIN: ... It's funny that a comment like that was...by reporters...mocked...
Palin talks tough on Russia in ABC interview. Los Angeles Times, Sep 12, 2008
... Sarah Palin took a hard line on Russia and Iran on Thursday as she fielded questions on foreign affairs for the first time since Republican presidential candidate John McCain named her his running mate two weeks ago....And Palin, whose critics see her as unqualified for the vice presidency, said she was "thankful that, under Reagan, we won the Cold War." The Soviet Union collapsed three years after Ronald Reagan left the White House....Gibson alluded to McCain's recent statement that Alaska's proximity to Russia lent Palin some expertise on that nation, asking Palin to explain. "They're our next-door neighbors and you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska -- from an island in Alaska," she said.
Alaska drops transCanada gas pipeline to lower 48
(kills Palin plan for America energy independence)
Obama stalls again on keystone Canada/USA oil pipeline
(allows fracking/oil by train environment disaster)
watch Black TV host says to sh*t in Palin's mouth
(Palin says USA debt to China is slavery)
CBC/Herald/Media, Jan 10, 2014
DRILL SARAH BABY DRILL
TAR BABY OBAMA TARS OIL SANDS
& ORWELLIAN MEDIA MASSACRED SARAH
OBAMA PALIN BLACKWHITE DOUBLETHINK
PALIN RIGHT ON RUSSIA
& Keep Masses Down & Rulers & Doublethink
George Orwell died 64 years ago age 46
January 21, 1950 - 2014
ORWELL'S PERSONA & OBITUARY
VISITING ORWELL'S HOSPITAL & GRAVE
ORWELL & LENIN DIED/HISS JAILED
& ORWELL ARCH ENEMY OF MARX
& GOLDSTEIN CONSPIRACY IN 1984
JFK OPPOSED MONOLITHIC CONSPIRACY
RUSSIAN KGB BUYS UK NEWSPAPERS
& Big Brother & Brotherhood & MiniTruth
CANADA'S SECRET SOVIET SCHOOL (On a desk there's a photo of Schwarzenegger)
Schwarzenegger jibes he can't see Russia from Alaska (Palin hits back), AustraliaNews, Sep 11, 2010
Former Alaska governor and vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin has responded to a jibe from California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who poked fun at Ms Palin's claim that it was possible to see Russia from Alaska. [In a tweat he said] "Over Anchorage, AK. Looking everywhere but can’t see Russia from here. Will keep you updated as search continues” Schwarzenegger wrote on his Twitter page Thursday as he flew over the state en route to Asia [China] for a trade mission. The Republican governor attached a picture of himself gazing out the window of the plane, presumably keeping watch. While running as the Republican vice presidential candidate in 2008, Ms Palin - Alaska’s governor at the time - famously said in an interview with ABC's Charlie Gibson "you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska", when he asked her how proximity to the country gave her insight into Moscow's actions around the world. Ms Palin responded to Schwarzenegger - some 19 hours later - with her own comment on Twitter, writing: "Arnold should have landed; I could have explained our multi-billion dollar state surplus & US energy security efforts. What’s he been up to?” The retort was a jab at California’s $19 billion deficit.
Great Sarah Moments, Part II, YouTube, at 4-min/39-second mark: (...And let me remind you, and anyone who will listen, of Alaska's close proximity to Russia. It is significant, it is unique, and doggone it, you can see Alaska from Russia, vice-versa. Go to Little Diamede Island, you look at Big Diamede - YOU CAN SEE RUSSIA FROM ALASKA!...)
As Palin assails Russia, Gazprom meets with Alaskan officials. Intn'l Herald Trib, Oct 14, 2008
MOSCOW: Gazprom, the biggest Russian energy company, offered to help Alaska increase natural gas supplies to the U.S. mainland, even after Governor Sarah Palin warned against Russian resurgence while campaigning for vice president. The Russian state-run natural gas company sent eight senior executives to Anchorage for talks Monday with officials from the state Department of Natural Resources and with the ConocoPhillips chief executive, Jim Mulva, state and company officials said. Gazprom, which supplies a quarter of the natural gas used by Europe, is seeking to increase its reach with projects around the world, including in North America. The courtship of Alaska comes less than a month after Palin criticized Prime Minister Vladimir Putin for "rearing his head" regarding the Russian maritime border with her state. "The timing is as interesting as the visit itself," said Chris Weafer, chief strategist at UralSib Financial in Moscow. "Gazprom's entire senior management goes into Sarah Palin's backyard during a contentious election. There's a message there." The Gazprom chief executive, Aleksei Miller, was accompanied by his deputies Valery Golubev, who served alongside Putin in the KGB, and Alexander Medvedev, who oversees Russian exports of natural gas. Gazprom said its executives had held a working breakfast with Walter Hickel, a former governor of Alaska and a supporter of Palin...Miller said in June that Gazprom had approached ConocoPhillips and BP on joining their Denali pipeline project, designed to deliver Alaskan natural gas to the Continental United States. At the same time, Gazprom expressed interest in a rival pipeline project backed by TransCanada. Gazprom did not specifically discuss pipeline projects during the meeting with Alaskan officials, said Marty Rutherford, deputy commissioner of the state Department of Natural Resources. "They were talking very generically," she said. "They would love to partner with us and other firms." Talks with Conoco, which is based in Houston, focused on "broad-based business opportunities," a company spokesman, Charlie Rowton, said. Go to CANADA BUYINGS USSR'S GAS & AMERICA ON RUSSIAN ROCKS
Alexander Solzhenitsyn dies at 89 (exposed Stalin's Gulag prison system) & Solzhenitsyn is one of the writers who ("see the truth & write the truth"). Go to SOLZHENITSYN WARNS AMERICA ("World Evil & tremendous force of hatred is in the Soviet Union & is flowing from there throughout the world") & American Alger Hiss a Communist spy (important men in life lurked in Kremlin). BBC/Telegraph/NatPost, Aug 4, 2008. Go to ORWELL DIED & HISS JAILED & 7.Systems & 42.Party Tells Why
RICH RUSSIANS LIKE LENIN
CANADA/USA DEAL IN LNG
USSR STEALING CANADA'S STEEL
USSR SELLING ROPE TO HANG US
A NICKEL FOR YOUR KINGDOM
RUSSIA IS HELL'S INFERNO
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