The Odd Lies Of Sarah Palin XXVIII: Meeting The Legislature

The special charm of Sarah Palin’s congenital lying habit lies in the triviality of the usual matters at hand. Yes, her life is a Judge Judy episode – except she’s not as good a liar as most of the participants in that show. So long ago, she insisted that she had not fired a librarian as mayor, even as he had her termination letter in hand. Or she insisted that she asked her daughters for permission to run for vice-president, even though her own office put out an itinerary and press release that proved that didn’t happen. And so she still claims she opposed the Bridge to Nowhere, even though no sane person with access to Google believes her. And she kept saying she had provided medical records, when she never did. And on and on and on … But the most amusing are the ones where the lies get really complicated really quickly, like a Ricky Gervais skit. So she said she wouldn’t take all the federal stimulus money, then said she would, then said she’d never said she wouldn’t. Still with me? So she scheduled a meeting with the legislature. Or did she? Let’s break this one down, shall we? From the ADN:

[The issue] boiled over when Palin sent a statement to the press blaming the Legislature for the meeting falling apart. "Governor Sarah Palin was scheduled to participate telephonically in a meeting with legislative leadership today when legislative leaders cancelled the meeting to host their own press conference," it said.

The Senate president and House speaker said that is not true.


They did hold a press conference Thursday afternoon to announce a clearinghouse for people to find information about applying for stimulus grants. But they said that had nothing to do with the cancellation of their meeting with Palin.

Legislative staff said that Jerry Gallagher, the governor’s legislative director, had told them Wednesday that Palin wouldn’t even participate by phone. Gallagher contacted them again late Thursday morning and said Palin was available by phone but by that point the meeting had been canceled and it was too late, according to the speaker’s office.

The iconic quote in the piece, the quote that tells you all you need to know about this politician:

Senate President Gary Stevens said the statement Palin sent to the press about what happened was "absolutely false, absolutely false." "Someone should be brought to task on that," the Kodiak Republican said.

Good luck with that.

The Odd Lies Of Sarah Palin: XXVII

She said she’d turned down some of the federal stimulus money:

Palin announced last week she was not accepting $288 million of the $930.7 million that the state is due in the federal stimulus.

No, she didn’t say she did.

"The governor has not rejected any funds — that I think was perhaps the interpretation and I know certainly in some of the coverage of the press event last week," Karen Rehfeld, the governor’s budget director, told the House Finance Committee on Tuesday.

But she did:

Palin announced last week that she was only requesting the portion that would go for construction and infrastructure and that "in essence we say no to operating funds for more positions in government."

She made arguments for not accepting the money — including that some has strings attached and that the state might be left to pick up the tab if people expect programs to go on after the federal money runs out. … A reporter asked Palin at the time if it was fair to say she was rejecting the money. "If that’s the way you want to look at it," she replied.

But she didn’t:

“The governor said she’s not taking it, then she said, ‘I didn’t say that.’ Now she’s saying she’ll take it,” Rep. David Guttenberg, D-Fairbanks, paraphrased. “She’s playing her national politics at the cost of Alaskans. It’s bizarre. It’s whacko.” … Rep. Jay Ramras, R-Fairbanks, said Palin’s political ambitions are coming into play. “The political grandstanding she did was terrific for the conservative base, but speaking as a conservative, this battle has been fought and lost by those of us who think we’re digging a hole for the next generation,” Ramras said.

The Odd Lies Of Sarah Palin XXV: The Turkey Massacre


The wack-job is once again denying reality. Here’s a sane person:

Scott Jensen is the one who filmed the scene. He’s local station KTUU’s award winning chief photographer. He told CC from KUDO radio yesterday that Sarah Palin, who was standing next to her personal assistant throughout the entire interview, chose the spot on which she stood for the “turkey slaughter interview” that quickly went viral on the internet, and received wide coverage in the news media. The turkey slaughter was already underway when the governor chose the spot. The photographer pointed out what was going on and asked her if she wanted to move. She said, “No worries.”

But Palin is now denying all of it, and implicitly calling the photographer a liar:

“The [Alaska] governor did not know it was going on behind her,” Palin’s spokesperson tells ET of the reportedly grisly scene at Triple D Farm & Hatchery outside Wasilla. Cameras captured Palin extending the annual Thanksgiving pardon to one turkey while a farm hand slaughtered the bird’s feathered friends in the background.

Who are you going to believe: Palin or your lyin’ eyes?

The Odd Lies Of Sarah Palin XXIV: “The Rebate Check”

Amanda Coyne of the Alaska Dispatch notices another Palin lie – this time in the infomercial with Greta Van Susteren. Here’s the relevant passage:

VAN SUSTEREN: …Most Americans don’t understand. What is this $1,200 check these Alaskans are getting?

PALIN: It is the Alaska permanent fund dividend check. Every year as oil development takes place and revenues derived from this development, a chunk of the money goes into the stock market and makes the money for Alaskans and it goes into the permanent fund.

Coyne points out that in fact, this year, Alaskans got a $2,069 Permanent fund check, something one presumes Palin knows. The extra $1,200 came from a massive windfall profits tax on the oil companies. Coyne:

That $1200 was just too specific. The rebate check was one of [Palin’s] crowning achievements this year. She took criticism from it from her own party. To some Republican lawmakers, it smelled suspiciously like Socialism.

Actually, just mindless populism, like much of what passes for Palin’s "conservatism". But she reflexively lied nonetheless, as she does in almost every interview she has given since she star-burst into Rich Lowry’s living room.

The Odd Lies Of Sarah Palin XXIII: Recalling Couric

Another little gem. Palin complained to Matt Lauer that Katie Couric had crossed a line of condescension in interviewing her:

Palin said she was annoyed by "questions about, well, you know, ‘What do you read up there in Alaska?’ … Because I’m like, what do you mean, what do I read in Alaska? I read the same things that you guys read in New York."

Here’s the question Couric actually asked:

"When it comes to establishing your world view, I was curious, what newspapers and magazines did you regularly read before you were tapped for this to stay informed and to understand the world?"

The truth is that Palin has never read anything of any seriousness, and is trying to deflect from her massive ignorance by playing culture war games. She heard about the surge "on the news," remember? 

The Odd Lies Of Sarah Palin, XI: “Asking The Girls”, Ctd.

Amazingly, Palin has now offered a third version – contradicting her first two, which contradicted each other – of how she accepted John McCain’s insane offer to be his vice-presidential nominee. To recap: the first version was to Charlie Gibson, saying she accepted on the spot, unblinkingly. The second version was that she asked permission of the girls, a chronological impossibility. Now we have both the first version and now a new third version in the same propaganda piece broadcast on Fox last night:

    PALIN: Just looking right in my eyes and saying, Are you ready for this? Would you like to do this? And I said, I would be honored to run with you. Absolutely. And I thanked him for taking the chance on me also.


I mean, just talk about — that was the epitome of being the maverick, somebody bold, somebody thinking outside of the box, not going with, no doubt, what a lot of the — more of the conventional wisdom would have dictated, you know, go get somebody who’s already on the national scene and perhaps it would be a safer type of pick.

No. He was going to do what he believed was the right thing to do with his pick. And you know, I saw that in his eyes and I respected that. And I said, Absolutely. You are the perfect running mate. I would love to run with you. It was great…

VAN SUSTEREN: Todd wasn’t with you. Did you call Todd then?  

PALIN: Well, before I said yes. That was Senator McCain’s recommendation. He says, Why don’t you call your husband and find out, you know, if he’s good with this also. I called Todd, and Todd, too, was no hesitation. He was like, Absolutely. This will be good. Yes, do this. And just good confirmation that, of course, we were to say yes.


Notice how he story changes within the same interview. She says that she said yes immediately and then says, when prompted, that she called her husband first. The second version of the story – ""It was a time of asking the girls to vote on it, anyway.  And they voted unanimously, yes," – is now down the black hole of magical realism that sustains her mind. What you realize is that the actual truth matters not a whit. She has no real memory; she has what she invents from minute to minute in her head for instant effect. She’s pathological.

The Odd Lies Of Sarah Palin XXII: “Harry Potter”, Ctd.

Alaska blog Mudflats has been digging into Palin’s latest interview with ADN. Here is part of a post on Palin banning books:

The reference to Palin wanting to ban Harry Potter came from an anonymous email.  I got this email 3 or 4 times.  There was no source cited, just a long list of “controversial” books that Palin supposedly wanted banned, including not only the first five Harry Potter books (two of which weren’t even written at the time), but Lady Chatterly’s Lover, James and the Giant Peach, and everything by Judy Blume.  Not one serious news organization printed this.  So when Sarah Palin whines about bad journalism, and the media not living up to their responsibility, and when she says “it was reported,” the reporters she’s talking about are simply people who forward controversial emails without knowing if they’re true.

So what books did she want removed from shelves?  One that we know about is the book Pastor, I’m Gay by the Rev. Howard Bess.  I had the pleasure of meeting Rev. Bess, and heard the story from his own mouth.

The Odd Lies Of Sarah Palin XXI: The Clothes, Ctd.


Just trying to to make any sense of the Greta van Susteren interview is beyond my cognitive skill-set, but it does confirm what has been clear for two months: Sarah Palin is seriously out there in a connecting to reality kinda way. She cannot actually deny anything factually, so she keeps plowing through in her Bush-style post-modern fashion. Here we go again:

"When I arrived at the convention, there were clothes waiting for me, and clothes being ordered for me and the family, for eight of us. And ever since then, those clothes, knowing that they didn’t belong to me … we boxed them all up, sent them back to the rightful owners, the Republican National Committee, and that’s the story on the clothes."

Try and construct some kind of chronology from those sentences and you realize it’s useless.

She lives in her own world, doin’ some things, sayin’ others, leavin’ it for the rest of us to sort it all out. She’s the kind of person you inch carefully away from if they start talking to you on the bus. And when she is trapped in an obvious, airtight lie, as she has so many times, she simply declares the subject over:

"It just seems like such an irrelevant issue when you consider what is going on in the world today and how a new administration is being ushered in and people being concerned about the direction of the nation and policies that will be adopted. Clothes just seem irrelevant."

It’s not true; it’s not true; it’s not true; it’s irrelevant. Kinda like Clinton with a few dozen IQ points shaved off the top.

(Photo: Johnny Wagner/Getty.)

The Odd Lies Of Sarah Palin XXIII: “The Clothes’ Audit”

Here we go again. Her first take on November 7:

"There is no clothes audit except for when the belly of the plane got all cleaned out. All the piles of clothes they had in there, they wanted me at my house to go through it and box things up and send it. We should have done that when we were in Arizona, because we had half a day. Yeah, I was doing that last night… But I heard, too, on the news, there were attorneys coming out to do such a thing [audit the clothes]. There are no attorneys coming up. There’s no need for it or anything else."

And now this:

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin spent part of the weekend going through her clothing to determine what belongs to the Republican Party after it spent $150,000-plus on a wardrobe for the vice presidential nominee, according to Palin’s father. . . . Republican National Committee lawyers are still trying to determine exactly what clothing was bought for Palin, what was returned and what has become of the rest.

Palin’s father, Chuck Heath, said his daughter spent the day Saturday trying to figure out what belongs to the RNC.  "She was just frantically … trying to sort stuff out," Heath said. "That’s the problem, you know, the kids lose underwear, and everything has to be accounted for."

So we now have it confirmed that there was an audit, that Palin was involved with it, and that some of the purchases were for underwear for the kids. What does she not lie about?

[Note: for a few minutes, I posted a link to a blog-post by one Marty Eisenstadt, claiming to be a source for some of the stories about Palin’s ‘Africa is a country’ gaffe. It was a hoax. I deleted the post. Apologies.]

The Odd Lies Of Sarah Palin XXII: “Harry Potter”

There were indeed some silly emails going around early in the fall campaign claiming that Sarah Palin had tried to ban Harry Potter books when she was mayor of Wasilla. This blog did not claim it, but I did note that she fired the town’s librarian. Here’s Wiki’s verdict on the whole fooferaw:

According to Laura Chase of Wasilla, and former Wasilla mayor John Stein, Palin as city councilwoman mentioned to her colleagues in 1995 that she saw the book Daddy’s Roommate in the public library and did not think that it belonged there. Chase later became Palin’s campaign manager for mayor in 1996, when Palin defeated John Stein, but the two had a falling out and Chase is now a vocal critic of Palin. City of Wasilla Library records indicate that there was never a request for the library to remove the book and that no books were ever censored or banned. The McCain-Palin campaign says that Palin was not advocating censorship.

Here’s Palin’s rebuttal of the charges:

"The banning books issue… easily disproved when it was reported that I tried to ban Harry Potter, and it hadn’t even been written when I was the mayor."

The first Harry Potter was indeed published in 1998, and Palin was Wasilla mayor from 1996 – 2002. And no actual response to the actual serious allegation.