The first time she went off on this tangent, it did not count as an odd lie, as the Dish defines it. It was a political smear and untruth of a classic variety, known to unscrupulous pols since time began. Money quote:
The America I know and love is not one in which my parents or my baby with Down Syndrome will have to stand in front of Obama's 'death panel' so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their 'level of productivity in society,' whether they are worthy of health care. Such a system is downright evil."
We have read all 1,000-plus pages of the Democratic bill and examined versions in various committees. There is no panel in any version of the health care bills in Congress that judges a person's "level of productivity in society" to determine whether they are "worthy" of health care.
This time, however, she has repeated it, despite the demonstrable fact that it is untrue.
Now you can legitimately worry that a healthcare system that will one day have to control costs may resort to some kind of rationing. But that is light years from a "death panel" assessing your productivity and whether you can live or die. As Dish readers know, this is a classic Palin odd lie because it restates something that everyone in reality knows to be untrue:
I was about laughed out of town for bringing to light what I called death panels because there's going to be faceless bureaucrats who will based on cost analysis and some subjective ideas on somebody's level of productivity in life—somebody is going to call the shots as to whether your loved one will be able to receive healthcare or not: to me, death panels. I call it like I saw it, and people didn't like it.
Yes, she calls it like she sees it; and she is clinically delusional and incapable of distinguishing between fantasy and reality.
As a longtime reader and 30+ year Alaska resident who went to Chugiak High School (just half an hour down the road from Wasilla) during the early '80s, I always enjoy reading your series “The Odd Lies of Sarah Palin” to see what kinds of crazy shit she is trying to get away with. However, your most recent post regarding halibut fishing is potentially inaccurate. Under National Marine Fisheries Service regulations, there is a subsistence program for rural Alaska residents and Alaska Natives to harvest halibut without being an IFQ holder. From the NMFS website, the basic rules are as follows:
Before fishing under the subsistence halibut regulations, fishermen must obtain a Subsistence Halibut Registration Certificate (SHARC). Special permits for community harvest, ceremonial, and educational purposes also are available to qualified Alaska communities and Alaska Native Tribes. Permit holders must comply with SHARC registration and reporting processes.
So technically, the Palins could potentially harvest subsistence halibut under the SHARC program without owning IFQ shares, but they would have to register for and meet the qualifications to receive a SHARC permit. This means they would have to qualify as a “rural resident” or as an “Alaska Native.” It is interesting to note that there is no listing for the Palins under either category (SHARC permit holders are undated daily by the NMFS).
So if Sarah Palin is commercially fishing for halibut, as was implied by her posting, then they would have to be IFQ shareholders, crew members aboard a vessel with IFQ shares, be subsistence fishing under the SHARC program, or they could simply be poaching (fishing illegally). I’m sure this whole thing is just another Palin fantasy, however, given the Palin propensity for not paying taxes on their cabin and partaking in the butchering and consuming of poached moose.
Mudflats exposes just a little more of this total fraud:
“And here I am, thousands of miles away from DC out on a commercial fishing boat, working my butt off for my own business, merely asking the Democrat politicos and their liberal friends in the media: “What’s the plan, man?”, and they seem to feel threatened by my question. So, I’ll go back to setting my hooks and watching the halibut take the bait, and when I come back into the boat’s cabin in a few hours…”
Strange. The Palin’s fishing business doesn’t include IFQ’s (Individual Fishing Quotas) necessary for commercially harvesting halibut. Her baiting hooks and keeping a manicure is laughable. Halibut are on the bottom of the ocean, hard to watch them “take the bait”. I hope she’s got a crew license. (Shrug).
That was a pretty clear attack by the fabulist know-nothing from Wasilla. Rahm Emanuel had opined that Joe Barton’s view that the $20 billion pried out of BP by the Obama administration was a “shakedown” was common among Republicans. Emanuel noted, moreover, that Barton was speaking from prepared remarks, and reflected the GOP’s “larger philosophy,” adding “they see the aggrieved party here is BP, not the fisherman. And remember, this is not just one person.” Palin responded immediately with this marvel of eloquence:
“BP’s reported willingness to go along with the White House’s new fund suggests that the Obama Administration is hard at work exerting its brand of Chicago-style shakedown politics. These actions are emblematic of a politicization of our economy that has been borne out of this Administration’s drive for greater power and control. It is the same mentality that believes an economic crisis or an environmental disaster is the best opportunity to pursue a failed liberal agenda. The American people know much better.”
The RSC has 115 House members in it, or rather 65 percent of House Republicans.
Will Palin retract her lie?
Does the Pope crap on the tortured souls of hundreds of raped deaf children?
Palin’s unsupported claim that Thomas would get a pass from “society’s enlightened elite” in the press is reminiscent of Glenn Beck’s assertion last week that “nobody” in the media except Fox News “seems willing to show” a video that the Israeli Defense Forces released to the press of the siege of the Gaza flotilla. But as The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart so ably demonstrated, Beck’s claim had no basis in reality since CNN, MSNBC, CBS, ABC, NBC, CNBC and Univision all aired the video that week.
Well, she can't help herself, which is why her decision to testify to anything under oath was possibly, shall we say, imprudent. According to Jamie Satterfield of knoxnews.com who was present at the hearing,
"What [Palin] said was the people at the governor's mansion sometimes sent her emails relative to issues regarding the mansion and her children. She denied specifically diverting gubernatorial issues to the account."
I haven't seen the precise testimony so I cannot verify the precise wording she used (which may be critical). But, on the face of it, this seems demonstrably wrong. Anyone aware of the emails can see that her hacked private account, firstname.lastname@example.org, was routinely used for state business, as the MSNBC FOIA database proves. Palingates recommends:
Just go to the Crivella West database which was specifically set up for Palin's emails and give in "email@example.com" as a searchword. You then will receive the impressive number of 28 hits!
In many of these emails members of Palin's administration were sending messages to Sarah's yahoo-account, sometimes VERY important messages (more below). In other cases, Sarah Palin sent emails from her yahoo account which clearly referred to her gubernational business to her staff.