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No surprises here.

The GOP's strenuous efforts to prevent Americans from getting all the facts on their candidates by trying to block the release of the results of this independent probe from being released until after the election have failed.

GOP claims that the investigation was in some way 'tainted' have also come to nothing, as has the release yesterday by Palin's campaign of a document clearing their candidate of any wrongdoing.

And if all that wasn't bad enough, the release of these damning findings against Sarah Palin call into question - yet again - john mccain's judgement in selecting his running mate.

A bad week for the Republicans just became worse.

Obama-Biden '08.

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I just can't get worked up.

I'm trying.

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I just can't get worked up.

Nah, of course not. But you can get plenty worked up over Obama's "palling around" with "so-called terrorists". If he had, he'd have never received the nomination. Too bad we can't nominate VP's instead of them being selected by the presidential nominee; if we could, we would never have had to hear of Sarah Palin.

Still, Palin has certainly been good for Saturday Night Live...

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One of the final nails on the coffin that was known as the McCain/Palin presidential ticket.

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Photo of Barack Obama's friend, mentor and fellow board member (on the Woods Foundation and Chicago's Annenberg Challenge) Bill Ayers, desecrating the American Flag.

http://www.moonbattery.com/archives/2008/09/republicans_rec.html

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October Suprise! Not really, we saw this coming. "Violates the public trust" doesn't sound like a good campain platform. Her lawyer of course wants to skew and confuse saying she didn't have any "financial gain", conveiniently forgetting the second part of the law that stipulates "personal gain". Last time I checked, revenge is personal.

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Full Branchflower bipartisan report to the Legislative Council

http://msnbcmedia.msn.com/i/msnbc/Components/Interactives/Politics/Election2008/branchflower_report_to_the_legislative_council.pdf

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Again with the picture of Ayers? All of a sudden he's Obama's mentor? Where do you get your lies? one dinner in '95, and he's Obama's mentor? Don't insult our intelligence. He lives in the same area, so what. If that's the case I'm Will Smith's mentor because we lived in the same area in Philly.

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ANOTSUSAGAMI - Well said. Let's also not forget that Obama is certainly not accountable for Ayers' actions; the Branchwater report directly addresses Palin's own abuse of power.

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Anotsusagami:

" All of a sudden he's Obama's mentor? Where do you get your lies? one dinner in '95, and he's Obama's mentor? Don't insult our intelligence. "

Sorry, but you are doing that. Not "one dinner", but invited to Chicago by Ayers, chairing same fund, spending 100 million USD to infuse marxist doctrine into the Chicago school system, writing the bylaws of the fund, starting his political career in Ayers house, continue at will. Not "one dinner" by any means.

There is plenty scary stuff to find, if the media wanted to. But they are busy scouring Alaska to find any possible dirt on Palin.

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WilliB - and boy, did we ever find it! xD

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I want to see Sarah Palin taken away in handcuffs.

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Again, I cannot help but think that McCain has been shafted by the powers-that-be inside the GOP for all his sins, namely, having the audacity to sometimes be a "maverick" and not follow the GOP party line. How did McCain end up with this hayseed as running mate? At a national level, is the GOP talent pool really that shallow that the party's candidate for VP is such a moron (my opinion is based on the stupidity of her answers in various interviews)? What's more, what does this say for the vetting process? Surely rumors of such activity on the part of Palin have been around for a while. Why was this person selected as the VP candidate if she is such a liability? This whole soap opera makes a mockery of the idea of having an election. It also stinks of conspiracy.

Finally, I don't have anything against McCain, however, at 70+ he should be sitting on his porch enjoying life rather than trying to become President. Moreover, if you consider his age and the question of mortality, you again have to question why the GOP selected Palin as a running mate. Based on the image she has projected, I would not put her in charge of a car pool of hockey moms, let alone elect her to public office.

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Jeez, now we've got an Alaska legislative panel trying to make Palin look bad for trying to get her former jerk-off brother-in-law fired as a trooper.

"I want to see Sarah Palin taken away in handcuffs"

You're more likely to see her age in office as vice president and possibly president.

You'd probably also want to see her jerk-off brother-in-law become attorney general.

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soon nobody will be palling around with Palin ha ha ha sayonara bye bye!

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sarge

Hold on to your dream. And remember you can use the term "brain fart" ad nauseam after the elections.

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Wish some of the pro-GOP voices would give a serious response to this issue and not throw tantrums.

If you see this whole story as a beat up orchestrated by the "liberal media," how does it differ from the hatchet-job done to John Kerry in 2004 over the Swiftboat allegations (by curious George), or the fathering of a mixed-race baby done to McCain in 2000 (also by curious George).

Moreover, are these allegations just a manifestation of politics at the lowest common denominator? If they are, they cannot be any lower than the instances cited above.

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coulrophobic - You'd get worked mup about it if it was Biden or Obama or she was found that she didn't abuse her power.

Did you folks hear John McCain start making his concession speach. < :-)

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goodDonkey - You hold o to your dream too! And, by the way, do you think Mike Wooten should be a state trooper or attorney general?

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If having fired a guy who admitted he basically deserved it is the biggest 'abuse of power' that Governor Palin is guilty of I'm tempted to predict cynical realists on both sides of the political spectrum may start telling us she's not ready for politics at the national and international level.

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sarge said:

And, by the way, do you think Mike Wooten should be a state trooper or attorney general?

I did not investigate Mike Wooten. Alaska investigated Palin and concluded Palin abused her gubernatorial powers. Oh by the way sarge, Palin is a doofus.

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"Alaska panel finds Palin abused power in firing"

She is so evil for trying to get her jerk-off former brother-in-law fired as a state trooper.

"Did you folks hear John McCain ( has ) start(ed) making his concession speach ( speech )?"

Well, heck, the election's over, isn't it? Obama's won!

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sarge said:

She is not. People who call Palin a doofus are a doofus.

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" [State Trooper] Wooten had been in hot water before Palin became governor over allegations that he illegally shot a moose, drank beer in a patrol car and used a Taser on his stepson."

How stupid do the media think people are?

Do they actually believe governor of a state firing someone like the clown above constitutes 'abuse of power'?

Is this the DNC's best attempt at an October Surprise?

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Gotta love it when Fox News polls show Obama in the lead. Fox News/Opinion Dynamics, national presidential race among registered voters shows: Barack Obama 46 percent, John McCain 39 percent. Newsweek poll, national presidential race among registered voters shows: Barack Obama 52 percent, John McCain 41 percent.

http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5ijClHoidEl8XEJMJoUooHU1R_nmgD93NT3I00

I can't wait to see the effect PALIN ABUSED POWER IN FIRING has on the electorate. It should be fun to look at the polls in the next few days. I just realized that on Halloween the kids wearing Palin masks won't have to pick out a dress to wear; they can just wear a striped uniform.

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coulrophobic

I'm not defending the guy but I missed the convictions of Wooten, could you go over those again?

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"Gotta love it when Fox News polls show Obama in the lead"

Enjoy it while you can.

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coulrophobic

I am also interested on why Mr. Monegan was fired because I heard Palin's designated henchman on the recorded phone call weeks ago.

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sarge

Enjoy it while you can.

I guess I will have to because we will never hear about Palin after a few months from now unless she gets the boot or some other unfavorable news story mentions her antics.

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State trooper tasers his own kid, has no compunction about getting behind the wheel of his frickin patrol car after a few beers and he not only hunts big game but does so illegally.

But in the liberal's world even he is a victim...

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The issue here is not what her former brother-in-law did or did not do, the issue is how Palin used her public persona (as Governor) to try and get this guy fired because of her personal anomosity towards him. If these allegations are true (and this report seems to think they are) then it could be argued that far from being an agent of change if elected, Palin is just another manifestation of the "good ol' boy" political style that the current administration has leveraged to the max.

Again, I have to ask whether or not McCain has been shafted by his own party by having Palin as his running mate. In addition to being as thick as a brick (I can see Russia outside my window), these alleged actions point to Palin as somebody who has displayed either extremely bad judgement or criminal intent.

If this is the case, is Palin suitable as a Vice President of the United States? If you use GW as a benchmark, you could probably say "Yes." However, if you believe that office holders be held to very high standards, then the answer would be "No."

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This is funny. Right from the start it was clear she abused her power. What makes it so hard to figure out? She had the guy fired that would not fire her ex brother-in-law?

Not to hard to figure.

Just as the republicans have done the last eight years making new laws to keep their buddies out of jail..

Yes . F O U R M O R E Y E A R S ! ! ! ! ! !

Yeah just what we need....those that think they can get away with anything and everything.. what is the saying? WE CAN DO BETTER!

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WilliB,

You talk about "spending 100 million USD to infuse marxist doctrine into the Chicago school system." Setting aside that this has nothing to do with the article except to offer the suggestion that there are worse offenses than Palin's, do you think you could give us a couple of examples of these "infusions"?

You, Palin and McCain seek to investigate and try Obama in the media for imagined offenses. Both Palin and McCain were investigated through normal investigative channels and were held accountable in the same way.

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The nearly 300-page report does not recommend sanctions or a criminal investigation.

Somebody wake me up when they actually get around to even starting a real crinimal investigation. What a "scandal".

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sarge: "Enjoy it while you can."

We are enjoying it, and enjoying it plenty. In fact, we'll be enjoying it for more than 4 years. YOU won't, that's for sure, and you're not now, but that's because you've been on the wrong side of logic and common sense.

Oh, and sarge, she is indeed a dufus. Not only that, though, she's a dufus which will effectively end McCain's career, and she will no doubt lose her own after Obama is sworn into office on the fourth. She is a disgrace, and McCain will admit later that she was the single worst mistake in his career -- more than Keaton.

Moderator: All readers, please lift the level of discussion. Insults and name-calling will not be permitted.

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coulrophobic

...tasers his own kid, has no compunction about getting behind the wheel of his frickin patrol car after a few beers and he not only hunts big game but does so illegally.

Mr. Monegan did not do any of those things. Why did he get fired?

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used a Taser on his stepson.

Normally the libs would blast a state trooper for tasering an 11 year old child as child abuse, and rightly so. But alas, not a peep. I guess it's not politically expedient in this case.

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"The nearly 300-page report does not recommend sanctions or a criminal investigation."

Case closed.

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Helter_Skelter

Avoiding the issue again. Palin fired Mr Monegan improperly. There were Republicans on the panel that made the decision; "in a report by a bipartisan panel that investigated the matter, found Palin in violation of a state ethics law that prohibits public officials from using their office for personal gain."

Helter_Skelter, once again you throw out a red herring to avoid the facts that a bipartisan panel deliberated and concluded that Palin abused power.

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Sailwind, if it were Obama, I'm sure you'd see a "scandal".

Heh, partisanship gone absolutely crazy.

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Hypocrite palin ain't plane sailin' no more, no more.

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typical politics folks. If anyone really cared about her abuse of power, they should have had this over with before she was even heard of.

I do hope, that one day, a new party will emerge.

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The report stated multiple times that she wasnt found doing anything wrong in firing Walter Monegan.

What she was found abusive in was not stopping others from using her office in the pursuit of getting her Ex-Brother in law fired, or given jail time.

The report mentions the Firing might have had something to do with it but wasnt the only factor in the firing of Walter Monegan, and that she was in her right to fire him.

Also she started going after the brother in law before she ever was govenor, and they seemed unhappy with the investication during that time too..

She was wrong in her decision to allow people to use her position as a lever to gain a personal objective.

But every news article is trying to twist the story (CNN had the title up three different ways this morning starting with "Palin found to have Abused her power but justified in the firing")

Negativite news sells and makes people talk so thats why the spin on the report..

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goodDonkey at 03:22 PM JST - 11th October

Helter_Skelter

Avoiding the issue again. Palin fired Mr Monegan improperly.

Gooddonkey your just wrong...

Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan's refusal to fire State Trooper Mike Wooten from the state police force was "likely a contributing factor" to Monegan's July dismissal, but Palin had the authority as governor to fire him, the report by former Anchorage prosecutor Stephen Branchflower states.

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Nippon5,

It seems to me that it was more than a case of not stopping others from using her office. I think that "not stopping" here actually means "facilitating". How does Monegan get summoned to meet Palin's husband? How does Alaska's attorney general get involved?

I think that in light of the still controversial firings of Federal prosecutors, I think it is certainly permissible to note that Palin is not above mixing personal gain with administrative prerogative. I'm not sure that any politician is. However, Palin does not really seem to be ideally suited for carrying a torch for integrity or serving as Grand Inquisitor of the Suitability of Associations.

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Sezwho2..

No matter how we would like to label one person we have to go with the finding of the states.. I like your explination better but the report states it very clearly.. see below writtings from the report

Gov. Palin knowingly permitted a situation to continue where impermissible pressure was placed on several subordinates in order to advance a personal agenda," the report states.

The Branchflower report states Todd Palin used his wife's office and its resources to press for Wooten's removal, and the governor "failed to act" to stop it. But because Todd Palin is not a state employee, the report makes no finding regarding his conduct.

by no means do I find this behavior what I want in a presidential person, but I have that position on all 4 of the candidates.. But it is a twist of the report to say she improperly fired him... Period!!!

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Photo of Barack Obama's friend, mentor and fellow board member (on the Woods Foundation and Chicago's Annenberg Challenge) Bill Ayers, desecrating the American Flag.

Clearly, this absolutely no business being posted in this thread. --Cirroc

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Normally the libs would blast a state trooper for tasering an 11 year old child as child abuse, and rightly so. But alas, not a peep. I guess it's not politically expedient in this case.

More like not at all relevant. The issue was not Palin's to manhandle. People might forgive her for attempting get Wooten fired, but they will not forive her for turning her vengence on Monegan who was only doing his job and obeying the law.

You McCain supporters have done a pretty good with your BS and your smokescreens trying to make this about Wooten, when it is actually about Palin firing an innocent man. You have fooled a few. I would congratulate you for your efforts, but considering that your efforts are just an attempt to avoid and stifle the truth I refrain. This time your dirty tricks have backfired. --Cirroc

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Is that a fork sticking out of John McCain's back? Yep, sure is. Palin was just making sure he was done! Ding! Pass the gravy. --Cirroc

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Nippon5

Try to spin it however you want. Try to explain to us that you are nonpartisan and and advocate for neutrality all you want so that you gain credibility. Say "Period!!!" all you want. The fact of the matter is this quote "found Palin in violation of a state ethics law that prohibits public officials from using their office for personal gain." They were investigating the firing of Public Safety Commissioner Walter Monegan. If violating a state ethics law is not improper then what is?

I have gone to school for numerous years and I would have no problem collecting the opinions of countless professors that would validate my statement as being accurate. It seems clear to me why you said "Period!!!" now because any further discussion of the matter will make your position weaker and weaker. You will find in the history of my comments that I listen to the recorded conversation when the issue first arose. I have read countless articles on how Palin operates. I know she was directly involved. The panel did the best they could to get the truth out even though people like Republican state Sen Gary Stevens is doing his best to protect her. So you can continue to tell your story and I will continue to insist she improperly fired him.

I ask others, not Nippon5, if this is that big of a stretch from the cover-ups of Bush-Cheney. I recall the lost emails, the refusal to testify and the delay tactics in the release of documents that we saw with the firing of the Attorneys General. We have seen this movie before and it still stinks to high heaven. I will admit that I am anxious for the inevitable documents and testimonies to trickle out into the public. I am fairly confident they will be forthcoming.

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USAFdude

But you can get plenty worked up over Obama's "palling around" with "so-called terrorists". If he had, he'd have never received the nomination.

I'm sorry, but you have your smear-propaganda mixed up. The correct falsehood is that "Obama would have never received the nomination if he was white." (Though he is just as white as he is black)

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CavemanLawyer

It may be done but I still want to bask in the aroma of him stewing in his juices.

I think if we are going to be prepared for this election we will need to order about 100 million crows now and where on earth will we get all that humble pie for our NeoCon guests. We definitely need to decide on who the fat lady vocalist will be also.

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USAFdude, sorry, I misread your post. I apologize.

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Even more of a non-scandal than was the so-called and now justly forgotten "Plame affair."

Can't they dig up a real October Surprise?

A troubled economy only helps Senator Obama up to a point...

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coulrophobic said:

Even more of a non-scandal than was the so-called and now justly forgotten "Plame affair."

Wishing won't make it so.

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I will continue to insist she improperly fired him

Boy that sure comes as a shocker.

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Nippon5,

I partially agree with you. I can't quite make out when you are quoting the report, when you are quoting the article and when you are speaking for yourself and that may be one source of the disagreement.

According to the article, the independent investigator "faulted Sarah Palin for taking no action to stop [the pressure on Monegan to fire Wooten]. He also noted there is evidence the governor herself participated in the effort." I don't think there is any question that this means she facilitated the efforts of others. She even contributed to those efforts.

Now what is wrong with this? The New York Times (anti-liberals, please don't explode!) sees it this way:

A 263-page report released Friday by lawmakers in Alaska found that Ms. Palin, the Republican vice-presidential nominee, had herself exerted pressure to get Trooper Michael Wooten dismissed, as well as allowed her husband and subordinates to press for his firing, largely as a result of his temperament and past disciplinary problems.

“Such impermissible and repeated contacts,” the report states, “create conflicts of interests for subordinate employees who must choose to either please a superior or run the risk of facing that superior’s displeasure and the possible consequences of that displeasure.” The report concludes that the action was a violation of the Alaska Executive Branch Ethics Act.

I have not read the 263-page report so I can't say if this is an accurate gloss or not. Clearly, however, if this is true, Palin did something wrong with respect to her pre-firing treatment of Monegan.

I would agree that she did nothing illegal in firing Monegan. But there is a difference between doing something illegal and doing something wrong. People often do not agree on what that difference is.

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coulrophobic

You may want to tune your television to Meet the Press, Face the Nation and This Week With George Stephanopoulos this Sunday to verify your comment.

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So to sum up all the arguments Palin either did,

A. Something criminal.

B. Showed poor judgement in her actions.

C. Idly sat by while people with an axe to grind did either A or B above.

And some of you think this person would make a good Vice President? A and B above are serious enough as it is, however, if she let other people run rampant despite being the head honcho, what does this say about Palin's ability to lead? Hardly a glowing endorsement is it?

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The panel were made of socialist Obama supporters who are trying to tarnish our next VP.

Theyb will not succeed, a humble christian woman, does not do anything wrong.

do these Liberals fiends make me mad? You betcha!

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FanB

You need to get to a McCain rally quick where you can express some of that anger.

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Justly forgotten "Plame Affair." Wasn't that the one where some zealots of the wrap-me-in-the-flag GOP forgot their belicose vitriol just long enough to disclose the name of covert CIA agent out of malice (and in breach of federal statute). Where are you "Scooter" Libby? That's right, Curious George saved you from a rimming at a federal jail.

This would be the same lunatic fringe of the GOP that both supports Palin and accuses Obama of being a "closet muslim."

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As I discussed with my American friend the other day, the whole US election is one big pointless media/PR stunt with little policy development or any details of governance ability. The same people vote for each side and its the 3-4% of people who actually try to look past the image rubbish that actually swing it one way or other.

Watching a clip on the beeb news where they interviewed people from Ohio who actually thought that Obama was "an angry person whos not an American"....jesus what do they feed people in Ohio?

as for Palin, shes one big joke as for as the UK press is concerned. Who in their serious mind would think she could do a good job of international relations with the world? Shes so thin in capability as a senior civil servant that it should be clear to all US people that the republican team are the wrong choice. As for this latest report into abilities as a governor is damning...her crazy supporters would say that "she didn't break the law", BUT she abused her power and position and if she and the republican party thinks that is acceptable then god knows how they will govern the US with any fairness or transparency.

I fear for the US if the republicans are voted back in.....it can only be a slippery slope down for it if that happens.

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"as for Palin, shes one big joke as for as ( as far as? ) the UK press is concerned"

Who gives a flying what the UK press thinks about Palin?

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"coulrophobic You may want to tune your television to Meet the Press, Face the Nation and This Week With George Stephanopoulos this Sunday to verify your comment."

Why don't you watch and then attempt a summary here.

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Here's what two elderly American women have to say about Sarah Palin and her fitness for office. It is well worth a read -

http://margaretandhelen.wordpress.com/

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Sorry,

try this - http://margaretandhelen.wordpress.com/2008/10/03/bitch-there-i-said-it/

"Fact: Sarah Palin is stupid. Maybe not stupid by Alabama standards but stupid enough that she managed to get herself elected Governor while never bothering to educate herself on little things like the Constitution, foriegn affairs or appropriate debating practices.

She is stupid enough to have accepted a VP nomination for which she is completely unqualified and stupid enough not to admit it - even though the future of our great nation could be irreversibly damaged by the decision."

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I love Sarah Palin. She has fought all her life against corrupt bureaucrats and politicians and jerks like this former brother-in-law of hers. More power to her. Come January 20 she just may get it.

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Sushisake3 is apparently unaware there are tens of thousands of political blogs in the US. It is a nation of 300 million. Even 'the poor', by and large, have internet access. You can find anything. I don't understand why you post the kind of twitterings that you do. Do you think you change the minds of American voters here? You don't. Why try?

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She has fought all her life against corrupt bureaucrats and politicians and jerks

sarge, har! this has to be a joke right?

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It's been a bad year for the Republicans.

mccain has been backed into a corner and forced to choose a nobody in Sarah Palin and then lie to the American public when he stated he has turned to Palin for advice "many times."

Sadly for the GOP, mccain had his hand forced to choose such a loser in Sarah Palin since choosing either of the abortion-embracers Joe Lierberman or Mitt Romney would have had the GOP base seeing red (and let's not even begin to look at how many times Mitt reversed himself.)

Now, mccain is coming to see he really has picked a loser.

After a fiery start when Sarah Palin fired up the GOP base at the Republican convention, it has all been downhill as the VP candidate has taken part in a series of hugely embarassing interviews, culminating in the VP debate against a far more experienced and credible Joe Biden, when she resorted to "Say it isn't so, Joe!" and correcting him on his use of "Drill, Drill Drill!"

And now this - where Sarah Palin has been found guilty of violating a statute of the Alaska Executive Branch Ethics Act and abusing her power to fire trooper Mike Wooten, a man who Sarge - with zero evidence or credibility to back his assertion - claims is a 'jerk.'

How freaking pathetic.

About the only thing that is more pathetic is watching Republicans like Sarge pretending they actually support Sarah Palin.

Should the worst happen and either of the presidential candidates become unable to lead the nation, Americans far and wide will feel far, far more reassured under a President Biden than under an inexperienced airhead like Sarah Palin.

As another poster correctly stated above - and as I have stated more than a few times - mccain has made the biggest mistake of his career by selecting Palin as his running mate.

When the dust finally settles after the GOP implosion on November 4th, all ears at the Republican convention will be hearing Palin's woeful cries of "Say it isn't so, John!!"

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It's just mind-boggling that some people actually thinks Sarah Palin is capable.

Has the American electorate really sunk THAT low?

Congratulations in advance to the Democrats for pulling off a victory by electing Barack Obama.

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Come January 20 she just may get it.

Umm.....no.

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Republicans seem to be proud of their ignorance and feel a sense of accomplishment in falling in love with Palin's smile while listening to her jabbering about the paramount issues in a disrespectful, nonsensical way.

Honestly, if Sarah Palin is the best the GOP can come up with, it really is all over for john mccain.

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And if there's any Republicans out there who want to take a pot shot at me - feel free - I am always open to criticism, however, if/when you do, could you also please state for us 2-3 reasons why - exactly - you think Sarah Palin is a suitable candidate for VP.

Thanks.

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Three reasons why Sarah Palin is a suitable candidate for VP.

She used to be able to see Russia from her front window. This is a very important requirement when dealing with foreign affairs. She has also almost visited Iraq (well she got to the border at least).

She shoots moose but she does not tazer her children. That would be her ex-brother in law.

She is somewhat smarter than Curious George and he was elected twice by the American public despite not being able to see Russia from his front window, and in spite of him authorizing one of the worst baseball trades in history.

Debate me on that sushi.

3.

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Go to the site and read the report..

Im not saying she smells like roses, Im saying your spinning the hell out of the report to make it say she fired him Improperly.. She might of did allot of things improperly but she by law couldnt fire him improperly, or as others said illegally....

Gooddonkey said* Avoiding the issue again. Palin fired Mr Monegan improperly.

The article said she didnt need a reason to fire him......

What ever laws she broke in trying to get at her ex brother fired dont mean a rats as s when the law says she can fire him at will.... Cant be considered improper if you dont need a reason..... Also it lists alot of other reasons he was fired for.. With that said (and I know you will try to spin it again because you cant just say yea the article says she has the right to fire at will) she was wrong for trying to bypass the rules, and it seems the investigation has decided to add a passage that allows victims who file against a law enforcment office can get updates, on what to do when it comes to using the office to obtain information or actions for a personal gain..

http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/10/11/download.pdf

The Investigation didnt say she fired him improperly, the findings are on page 8 of 263..

Dont take anyones word for it just read...

Man sometimes the left is worse then Neocon and all his alias names.it cant be anything but the way they see it..

Sezwho2 Sorry about the quotes not always working but this message board is very poor in its coding and doesnt work well..but those who actually read the report will know the quotes because they say the findings on page 8 and explain them

Gooddonkey please read this..It seems Im not for her acts at all, but I am for not spinning it to make it more then it is..

these are my quotes in this post....

by no means do I find this behavior what I want in a presidential person, but I have that position on all 4 of the candidates.. But it is a twist of the report to say she improperly fired him... Period!!!

No matter how we would like to label one person we have to go with the finding of the states.. I like your explination better but the report states it very clearly.. see below writtings from the report

She was wrong in her decision to allow people to use her position as a lever to gain a personal objective.

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gooddonkey said

>I have gone to school for numerous years and I would have no problem collecting the opinions of countless professors that would validate my statement as being accurate. It seems clear to me why you said "Period!!!" now because any further discussion of the matter will make your position weaker and weaker. You will find in the history of my comments that I listen to the recorded conversation when the issue first arose. I have read countless articles on how Palin operates. I know she was directly involved. The panel did the best they could to get the truth out even though people like Republican state Sen Gary Stevens is doing his best to protect her. So you can continue to tell your story and I will continue to insist she improperly fired him.

Im glad you have an education and you have insider knowledge that the state of Alaska didnt. Im glad your wisdom allows you to determine that her right to fire at will isnt anything unless she has a reason you find suitable.

I also have been to allot of school and I know countless professors, and since most of them are law professors I will say they most likely will agree with me that if she has the right to fire at will then she wasnt improper in firing him since she doesnt need a reason, but we can tit for tat about our education and friends we have, and that wont change your belief that way down deep she is not that good of a person, nor will it change mine that way down deep she isnt a very good person, nor will it change the fact that by law she doesnt need a reason to fire him and law doesnt look at things in a moral condition it looks at them in a legal condition...

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Who gives a flying what the UK press thinks about Palin?

Sarge> your comments reflects those that would vote for Mccain/Palin...sad indictment on the 45% of Americans and their view of the world.

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Good-bye Sarah.

You won't even get re-elected as govenor of Alaska.

Happy Trails to Sarah. < :-)

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Uh... in America you need a reason to fire someone. It's detailed in that pesky document entitled "Worker's Rights". It's here in Japan you don't need a reason.

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BlackFlag ( 8:00PM ) - Nope. Check it out.

daydream - She'll be too busy carrying out her duties as vice president and possibly president to be re-elected governor of Alaska.

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Now what was that word? Wait one minute.......Ah yes here it is

e.t.h·i.c

Noun

A set of principles of right conduct.

A theory or a system of moral values: "An ethic of service is at war with a craving for gain" Gregg Easterbrook.

ethics (used with a sing. verb) The study of the general nature of morals and of the specific moral choices to be made by a person; moral philosophy.

ethics (used with a sing. or pl. verb) The rules or standards governing the conduct of a person or the members of a profession: medical ethics.

Now now, What was the right wingers saying about Mrs Palin?

Fred Thompson: Palin a "Breath of Fresh Air"

I would add "Hot air"

This woman is a classic McBush republican. No morals just allot of talk.

But in Mrs Palin`s case, she does not talk much to start with.

Remember boys and girls, E.T.H.I.C. is the word of the day.

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as for Palin, shes one big joke as for as ( as far as? ) the UK press is concerned"

Who gives a flying what the UK press thinks about Palin?

People from the UK, maybe? It might interest you to learn that a very big chunk of the UK press is owned by Rupert Murdoch, who is also the proprietor of Fox News in the U.S., and their polls are giving Obama 7-point leads.

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"their polls are giving Obama 7-point leads"

No doubt.

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Sarge - Believe what you want. In less than 30 days we'll see.

I still can't understand why the republicans ever picked an old man who get's melanomas at the drop of a hat and a governor who's just a redneck from Alaska.

When they had better candidates. It's a comedy or errors. < :-)

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Nippon5,

I don't know who you're talking to when you say, "Go to the site and read the report". If you're talking to me you'll have to forgive me for not giving a 263-page of Palin a read. It is not worth my time when summaries of the report are widely available.

If anyone wants to read bloviated bureaucratic prose, however, you can find it here:

http://edition.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/10/10/palin.investigation/index.html

It seems you are talking to someone who has gone out of their way to spin the report to say that Palin fired Monegan improperly, but I'm not sure who that is. I know that you haven't addressed my point that the report did conclude that she did something wrong. Nor have you addressed that there is a difference between illegal and wrong.

Page 8 of that report states 4 summary findings. Finding number 1 indicates that she violated the law in pursuing action for personal interest. Finding number 2 indicates that Monegan's firing was proper and legal. However, it does not find that it was moral and that would have been outside the report's scope. Finding number 4 indicates that the State attorney general and indirectly Palin did not comply with requests for information.

So, per 1, Palin was found to have done wrong by virtue of acting contrary to law. Per 2, Palin was found not to have done wrong as far as the law or ethics were concerned. However, that leaves a moral question for those inclined to entertain it. I daresay that anyone with any experience in big business knows that their employer can circumvent the law regarding dismissal and do so quite properly by building the right kind of file. It's all legal and proper, but is it right? Different people will see that different ways, perhaps even on different days. Per 4, it seems to me that there are open legal, ethical and moral questions which may or may not be addressed in time.

What is definitely wrong would be a statement that Palin did nothing wrong. To say that she definitely did nothing wrong with respect to firing Monegan would be an overstatement. The report says only the firing was legal and proper. Finally, it seems to me that she has definitely not acted responsibly with respect to the information requirements of the people of Alaska. This is not a matter of national or state security. I think that's wrong.

Should we pillory her for this? I don't think so. But as long as she is bringing up moral issues against Obama--and that's what issues of "character and judgment" are (she's got no legal or ethical issues with Ayers and Wright)--I don't think we want to be whitewashing her own issues.

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Sezwho2

I put the persons name and his comment on the post so you just missed it. Here it is again...

*Gooddonkey said Avoiding the issue again. Palin fired Mr Monegan improperly.**

Now to your post..

A. I never said Palin didnt do anything ethically wrong. Actually I posted multiple times she was both wrong in morals,values,and ethics.

B. I stated a fact... Palin was not improper nor was she doing an illegal act in firing her appointed officer. The law in the state of Alaska gives her the legal right to fire him at will without any reason.

C. Any summary of a report will be an opinion of the report unless it is the whole summary of the report as written in the actual report. So I dont usually go by just a rags summary, we have all been misinformed by reading a news papers version of a story.

D. I agree that those who live in glass houses shouldnt throw rocks, and any time you point out ones faults you draw attention to yourself. Palin did so and she will most likely feel allot more heat about it then anyone she threw rocks at.

E. Why do people on this board argue points that someone writes when they are the same points? Is it done because they dont read the post or because they feel so much passion that they ignore the posts full writting?

F. In multiple post I have said she did wrong and what she did was not ethical... and I quote from my first post "What she was found abusive in was not stopping others from using her office in the pursuit of getting her Ex-Brother in law fired, or given jail time." "She was wrong in her decision to allow people to use her position as a lever to gain a personal objective."

G. And I posted in my third post and I quote "by no means do I find this behavior what I want in a presidential person, but I have that position on all 4 of the candidates.. But it is a twist of the report to say she improperly fired him... Period!!!"

H. And as far as the law I posted that in my post you are refering to in your last response.. The law is not judged based on morals it is based on the law its self, and in this case the law in Alaska states she can fire him at will with out a reason..Gods (and people) judge you on why you did it, law judges you on what you did..

I. I have ethics and I have morals and those dont always match the law, but I have to follow the law or be judged by it, hence why I feel so strong about people who commit crimes and blame it on their beliefs , morals, or ethics... I guess going to school for a CL degree can make on appriciate the law more..

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She's sunk the last ship to the shore. Sarge put up or shut up. It's OVER.

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Sarge is the only guy on here talking any sense.

Show some respect to the lady, she hasn't been found guilty of any crimes.

She has done a great job in Alaska, and she and her wonderfull family , live to the highest moral standars.

leave her alone liberals, she may be president soon, you never know folks.

F&B

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Poor mitt romney.

How can he not be thinking, "they took HER over ME?"

And again, who vetted this woman?

On the plus side, I'm sure unlawful abuse of power will actually play well with some on "the right."

Lastly, for the "this is SO not a scandal" crowd. Imagine how you would feel if your boss' spouse came to your work place and tried pressuring you do something that you could not legally do. I'm sure you would change your tune pretty quickly.

Taka

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See here! Palin has been found guilty by a court of peers (picked by a bipartisan committee) of wrong-doing. She has illegally allowed her husband to have access and influence over people in charge of the State of Alaska.

She's going around screaming to high "Doggone it" that Obama is a terrorist for having worked with Ayers to help educate children in Chicago, yet she is the one who has been shown to have done much worse herself in the form of trying to have her ex-brother-in-law fired. She's flunked the Ethics test, but wants to point fingers at Obama about the ethics of working with a man who protested the Vietnam war nearly 40 years ago.

It's obvious to me that she has no leg to stand on as far as accusing anyone of ethical concerns. She and McCain are crooked and don't deserve to be in any office, let alone, the white house.

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USAKuma- Palin has never been bosom buddies with a terrorist or a preacher ofg hatred to the USA.

Palin is a patriot and goddamit , so am i. Anyone supporrting Obama need to learn about politics, not ht etrash jon Stewart and CNN spout.

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Lastly, for the "this is SO not a scandal" crowd. Imagine how you would feel if your boss' spouse came to your work place and tried pressuring you do something that you could not legally do. I'm sure you would change your tune pretty quickly.

Trooper Wooten still has his job.

The inquiry looked into her dismissal of Public Safety Commissioner Walter Monegan, who said he lost his job because he resisted pressure to fire a state trooper involved in a bitter divorce with the governor’s sister. Palin says Monegan was fired as part of a legitimate budget dispute.

Monegan is a bitter jerk that lost his job.

Next?

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This is a pretty weak October Surprise by Palin's corrupt enemies up in Alaska.

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Sail, For someone who prides himself about reading into the story before passing judgement, your woeful on this one (since we're passing judgement here and all). Monegan couldn't fire Wooten for something that Wooten had already been punished for by Monegan's predecessor. And he may have gotten fired for it. I'd say that, combined with having his boss' spouse (as in someone with ZERO real authority) trying to strong arm him into doing something he couldn't, he's got reason to be bitter.

And...he has grounds for a civil case.

Palin says Monegan was fired as part of a legitimate budget dispute.

The bipartisan panel thinks otherwise.

That thing directly in front of you...yeah, it's the wrong horse.

Taka

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leave her alone liberals, she may be president soon, you never know folks

not in my world.

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This is so not a scandal, as Sarahcuda would say.

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This is so not a scandal..

Unfortunately, the level of scandal is the one thing that the Republicans have raised the bar on.

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Impeach the shrill, vindictive excuse for a human. Take her off the ticket for VP and do some damage control N O W before the Yew Ess of Aaye proves itself to be a nation of non-thinking numbskulls! (Beyond both a reasonable doubt, and beyond redemption!)

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Nippon5

What ever laws she broke in trying to get at her ex brother fired dont mean a rats as s when the law says she can fire him at will.... Cant be considered improper if you dont need a reason.

You are way out there. You state "the law says . . ." but you already said "What ever laws she broke."

Don't tell me you don't understand exceptions to a law. I will give an example. The Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title VII of the Act, codified as Subchapter VI of Chapter 21 of 42 U.S.C. § 2000e [2] et seq., prohibits discrimination by covered employers on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national origin (see 42 U.S.C. § 2000e-2[18]). So an at will employment state or in this case Palin's right to fire at will would have to include this exception. Palin has the to fire at will except on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national origin. Now Alaska passed an ethics law stating that it prohibits public officials from using their office for personal gain. So Palin has a right to fire at will except if she is using her office for personal gain.

You said "She was wrong in her decision to allow people to use her position as a lever to gain a personal objective." So let me get this straight she was wrong but she was proper.

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The choice of Palin as Vice Presidential candidate says a lot about John McCain's judgement. I just cannot understand why he did not pick someone with more international or financial experience. Why on earth did he pick this woman from nowhere? Was it just to give his campaign a cheap thrill and appeal to all the hockey moms out there?

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goodDonkey and others: The question to ask is whether Governor Palin put Alaska first or she put her own petty, personal grievances first. And representatives from Alaska just provided us with the answer to that one.

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Gooddonkey in one word your WRONG

http://www.time.com/time/politics/article/0,8599,1849399,00.html the following two bolded statements are from the above article in time.

Did Governor Sarah Palin abuse the power of her office in trying to get her former brother-in-law, State Trooper Mike Wooten, fired? Yes.

Was the refusal to fire Mike Wooten the reason Palin fired Commissioner of Public Safety Walt Monegan? Not exclusively, and it was within her rights as the states' chief executive to fire him for just about any reason, even without cause.

So please show me the supreme courts rush to have this heard... ohh whats that yea they wont because the law in Alaska is simple, the states chief executive can dismiss (fire) any of her appointed officers for any reason whats so ever, this includes if he was green, loved satan, original came from Mars, Ate too loud, Looked like a monkey, or was a donkey..

Once again donkey your just wrong.. The investigation found her within her rights to fire him and she didnt break any law in doing that, what laws she broke was when she allowed other to use her office to attempt to get her ex brother in law fired, thats two different men, not the same guy. Two different issues , please multi task here for a minute, she fired her appointed officer(this is legal no matter what), and she was abusive and broke ethic laws on trying to get her ex brother in law fired, two different things here, two different men....

Thanks for the legal advice, but that only applies to an employee and not a state appointed office.. So once again your wrong..

Please keep trying maybe you will be able to rewrite the Alaskan law and get it changed so you can be right.

Im sorry you cant grasp this, its really a simple thing... Its like Obama knew Ayers... thats one thing... Ayers is a terroist(former or otherwise).. but together those two things doesnt make Obama a terrorist... Is that easy for you to understand?

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Monegan is a bitter jerk that lost his job. Next?

He was fired because he would not fire someone that a Governor did like like. Yep real jerk for thinking of his State rather than his Governor.....

Now if Alaska was a petty Dictatorship maybe she could have just had both him and Wooten shot. Maybe with the help of her Anti-American friends (the AIP) she may one day have that. Would that not be great, a place where all the neo-cons could call home.

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No scandal. No abuse of power. No October Surprise.

"For the record, no one ever said fire Wooten. Not the governor. Not Todd. Not any of the other staff,"

Monegan said Friday from Portland.

"What they said directly was more along the lines of 'This isn't a person that we would want to be representing our state troopers.'"

source:Anchorage Daily News

http://www.adn.com/news/politics/story/510080.html

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self-fearing one,

Back at'cha.

After Palin’s election, her new public safety commissioner, Monegan, said he was summoned to the governor’s office to meet Todd Palin, who said Wooten’s punishment had been merely a “slap on the wrist.” Monegan said he understood the Palins wanted Wooten fired. “I had this kind of ominous feeling that I may not be long for this job if I didn’t somehow respond accordingly,” Monegan told the investigator.

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buttamimi - McCain chose Palin because she's a true conservative, and he needed to shore up his shaky conservative support. Also, he wants to make history by having the first woman at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

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She's unethical. She's been found with her pants down. Case closed. Let the slaughter continue. Sarge, money where your arrogance is, a million yen on the republican ticket not becoming President / VP elect this November 2008.

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Sarge, money where your arrogance is, a million yen on the republican ticket not becoming President / VP elect this November 2008.

I wouldn't worry about it. Just be satisfied that your candidates of choice will be the ones in power and you can enjoy what you see and hear from them in the next four years at least. Conversely, feel pity for those in the minority who will have to suck up their candidate telling war stories in the retirement home or dealing with a whole lot of local issues back up in their insignificant northern border patrol.

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Let's see I said "found Palin in violation of a state ethics law." Please quote me where I said criminal law. You can't make me say that she did something illegal; I just never said that. You are committing a common fallacy. It is called the Straw Man argument. The Straw Man fallacy is committed when a person simply ignores a person's actual position and substitutes a distorted, exaggerated or misrepresented version of that position.

I did use a bad argument device when I implied linkage. I said, "They were investigating the firing of Public Safety Commissioner Walter Monegan. If violating a state ethics law is not improper then what is?"

Nippon5 said:

Thanks for the legal advice, but that only applies to an employee and not a state appointed office.. So once again your wrong..

You made that up. A state appointed office is an employee. So tell us whether you think a state appointed office can fire a person for race, color, religion, sex or national origin - since you did not include those in your example. No state law can supersede the U.S. Constituion and that is the example I used as an exception.

Now the current argument being made by the conservatives is that the statement forbidding personal gain is in the scope section of the act. I had no knowledge of where the statement I originally quoted was from. I would not venture to speculate a position on this matter. Great legal minds from many different constituencies are pondering that question. I would be surprised if it ever gets resolved. Maybe there is already a precedent in case law I have no idea.

I have read Chapter 39.52. ALASKA EXECUTIVE BRANCH ETHICS ACT which is the statute covering the matter. You said, "Please keep trying maybe you will be able to rewrite the Alaskan law and get it changed so you can be right." You are the one trying to rewrite the law. Read it and show us where appointed offices are not considered employees.

You try to condescend to me by saying things like, "please multi task here for a minute" "Im [I'm] sorry you cant grasp this, its really a simple thing." I multitask just fine I graduated with honors and my graduate work entailed a lot of multitasking. Perhaps if you would stop playing the cop in this matter by attempting intimidation you would have seen I was very careful not to say she did anything illegal. Cops are not lawyers and should not try to pass themselves off as such. When I said I had a lot of education I was referring to my graduate level work not an undergraduate degree. You spoke of your education, I guess going to school for a CL degree can make on appriciate the law more.." which also appeared to be rather condescending in my opinion. I also had law classes at the graduate level; and as a matter of fact besides the attorney professors I had an LLD who also had a couple of PhD's. I don't claim to know the law because I had these classes. I do not have a law degree but passing a criminal justice degree off as a law degree is disingenuous (not that I'm saying you are). I certainly believe I have been as accurate as you have. I made one error in linkage.

Here is how you handled your usage of the word "wrong" in reference to the issue of Palin's alleged improprieties:

The report stated multiple times that she wasnt [wasn't] found doing anything wrong in firing Walter Monegan.

She was wrong in her decision to allow people to use her position as a lever to gain a personal objective.

With that said (and I know you will try to spin it again because you cant just say yea the article says she has the right to fire at will) she was wrong for trying to bypass the rules, and it seems the investigation has decided to add a passage that allows victims who file against a law enforcment [enforcement] office can get updates, on what to do when it comes to using the office to obtain information or actions for a personal gain..

She was wrong in her decision to allow people to use her position as a lever to gain a personal objective.

I never said Palin didnt [didn't] do anything ethically wrong. Actually I posted multiple times she was both wrong in morals,values,and ethics.

In multiple post I have said she did wrong and what she did was not ethical... and I quote from my first post "What she was found abusive in was not stopping others from using her office in the pursuit of getting her Ex-Brother in law fired, or given jail time." "She was wrong in her decision to allow people to use her position as a lever to gain a personal objective."

If you can repeatedly emphasize your meaning of the word "wrong" I think I can take an indulgence to explain my use of the word improper.

I never said you did not admonish her for her behavior. You intervened when I correctly said that HelterSkelter was using a red herring to deflect the issue of her role in the ordeal. You questioned my use of the word improper. In a response I have now admitted that I said "They were investigating the firing of Public Safety Commissioner Walter Monegan. If violating a state ethics law is not improper then what is?" That is the only error I made besides jokes if you want to nail me for those. I said "I want to see Sarah Palin taken away in handcuffs." Or you could nail me on "Palin masks won't have to pick out a dress to wear; they can just wear a striped uniform."

I did say she improperly fired him but you insist that I am wrong for saying that. Here is the definition.

–adjective

not proper; not strictly belonging, applicable, correct, etc.; erroneous: He drew improper conclusions from the scant evidence. not in accordance with propriety of behavior, manners, etc.: improper conduct at a funeral. unsuitable or inappropriate, as for the purpose or occasion: improper attire for a formal dance. abnormal or irregular: improper functioning of the speech mechanism.

I saw in the finding a long time ago that his firing was described as "proper." I disagree with the finding. You can argue with me all you want but Palin's attorney disagreed with the findings and you have not taken him to task yet.

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As with the rapidly forgotten "Plame affair" the donkeys have labored long and hard and brought forth a mouse, which though dead, the media will obediently flog til the next manufactured scandal can be drummed up.

All with no consequence.

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GoodDonkey.. I am was going off your first comment.... and I quote "Avoiding the issue again. Palin fired Mr Monegan improperly."

"Palin's attorney disagreed with the findings and you have not taken him to task yet."

Im waiting for him to post on here so I can tell him a bit about it, but I wouldnt hold your breath he will show up here.

I never changed my argument, my argument is simple she has the right to remove him at any time for any reason.. so it is not posible to be Improper in the firing.

You changed your statement after that a few times so I have no idea what you really meant.

also your statue you post doesnt apply to the firing of her appointed officer who according to Alaska the state this is in... He serves at her pleasure.....

the statue you are looking for was this one not the one you posted.. AS 39.05.030. Service at Governor's Pleasure. Each principal executive officer serves at the pleasure of the governor.

and Alaska State Constitution Article III - The Executive SECTION 25. DEPARTMENT HEADS. The head of each principal department shall be a single executive unless otherwise provided by law. He shall be appointed by the governor, subject to confirmation by a majority of the members of the legislature in joint session, and shall serve at the pleasure of the governor, except as otherwise provided in this article with respect to the secretary of state. The heads of all principal departments shall be citizens of the United States.

You made a lot of jokes and tried to push your point any way you can.

You even changed your argument to make it sound better.

You seem to think throwing around an education (over the internet) is a way to prove a point.It doesnt impress me, I spent along time getting multiple degrees and so did my wife, both of use have earned our right to be where we are, and I also spent allot of time behind the wheel enforcing the laws that I had to learn to do my job then.

With all that said I find it funny that you spend all this time on the internet trying to push a political view stating the other side is always lying and cheating and spinning the truth, and here you are trying the same tactics to prove a point you yourself know was wrong...

Guy I have no problem with you and didnt do anything other then point out your statment wasnt correct or factual.

Then you started on a mission to attempt to prove a point anyway you could including getting rude and trying to make others feel less then you, and I stress trying.

With that type of response to a simple correction you show your self no different then those who yell hate messages and threats about a candidate..

Im done on this topic and wont check it again, but if your ego needs to be strocked then by all means pump them arms up and type until your fingers bleed.

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Nippon5,

No, I saw the line about Good_Donkey. I just couldn't recognize your post as being addressed to him. Formatting matters. Go back and look at it again and try to look at it as others might see it.

A. If you are now saying that Palin did something morally, ethically or value-basedly wrong, fine. The report says also that she did something legally wrong.

B. We agree that the report says that Palin did nothing improper or illegal in firing Monegan.

C. I agree that we have all been misled by the media and that it is better to read an actual report. I think it is also better to say "read the summary of the report on page 8" than to say "go and read the [263-page] report". Unless you yourself have read all the report, the latter statement gives a false impression.

D. I don't for a minute think that Palin would not still be in trouble over this if she hadn't thrown any rocks. However, I think it would have been a lot easier for her to defend herself.

E. I can't speak for people. If you have a specific question about something I have done, I will more easily be able to answer.

F. Again, if you point to something specific I might be able to tell you why I have written as I have. Otherwise, I can't respond to this comment other than saying that it's good you have said she was wrong. According to the report, she also acted illegally--jail time or no.

G. I don't think I disagreed with you when you say that it is a twist of the report that Palin improperly fired Monegan. So, I'm not sure what your point is. My point was that Palin was within her legal rights to do so, but not necessarily her moral rights.

H. I know that the law is not judged on morals. I think I took quite a few pains in my last post to separate legality, ethics and morals. The moral issue involved here, however, is one of how her will was truly derived. The law does not concern itself with that and we can be thankful that it does not. However, people concern themselves with this.

I. I'm sorry. I don't what a CL degree is. And I don't know how the blaming crimes of on one's beliefs pertains to this. Did Palin do this? Who else has committed a crime here?

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While the press is turning over every pebble in Alaska to find some dirt on Palin, it is totally disinterested in Obamas friends and connections.

We hear anything about the vote-stealing ACORN, which he promises a voice in policy shaping? Nope. Rashid Khalidi (A Hyde Park neighbor of Obama and the co-founder of the Arab American Action Network, which calls the establishment of Israel a "catastrophe", Khalidi is a former spokesman for the PLO, served on the Woods Foundation with Barack Obama, and has raised funds for him)?? The authoring of his books by Bill Ayers, who still supports the revolution? Nope, nix, nada.

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governor palin has been cleared of any wrongdoing.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) - Alaska Gov. and Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin was cleared on Monday of wrongdoing in an abuse-of-power investigation into the firing of the state's public safety commissioner.

The Alaska Personnel Board report, issued on the eve of the U.S. presidential election, ran contrary to findings from a legislative inquiry that concluded in October that Palin had abused the power of her office by pressuring subordinates to fire a state trooper involved in a feud with her family.

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