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Going Rogue Review Chapters 2 and 3

Posted in Politics, reviews with tags , , on November 29, 2009 by Bitch Slap Poli

We continue on with our review of Sarah Palin’s fiction, sorry memoirs, Going Rogue. There are a few reoccurring themes throughout the chapters, so much so that Palin literally repeats thoughts (sometimes word for word) which made it daunting to read but easier to review.

Chapter 2 Kitchen-Table Politics – Palin is on a Mission from God

The second chapter outlines Sarah Palin’s experience in politics before being elected governor in December of 2006. No coincidence it’s one of the shortest chapters in the book.

Like many leaders and politicians before her, Sarah Palin is attributing her actions not to ambition but to divine intervention, stating that God is obviously wanting her to take the paths she’s taken by putting opportunities before her.

This tactic always annoys me because really its a just way to deflect criticism. If God is responsible for “opening doors” for Palin to go through who is anyone to say that he or she is wrong to do what she’s doing.

There’s also the underlying suggestion that she is chosen by God for an important purpose, to lead Alaskans and Americans toward what’s right. Reading Going Rogue you’d think Palin should have a book in the bible like the other disciples.

On page 83 Palin mentions another book she’s read, a children’s book The Flyaway Kite. After reading the book to her daughter Willow Palin decides that she’ll run for lieutenant governor because that’s what God wants her to do.

However, she didn’t win. But after campaigning for Murkowski (who ran and won the governorship) he appointed her as a chairman to the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission. Like her role as governor, she also quit her chairman position when the job didn’t turn out as easy as she thought it would be.

When directly contemplating her political motivations on page 103 Palin says;

“There was a longing inside me that winter, a sense of purpose hovering just beyond my vision. Was it ambition? I didn’t think I didn’t think so. Ambition drives people; purpose beckons. Purpose calls. I definitely wasn’t driven toward any particular goal, like power or fame or wealth.”

We’ll have to hold her to that.

Palin goes on to write a letter in the voice of God in chapter 3.

Palin also recollects in this chapter how she snubbed her husband’s stepmom, Faye Palin, during the Wasilla mayoral election that would determine who would replace her. Even though Palin’s stepmother-in-law was running for mayor Palin publicly supported another candidate behind her family’s back.

In fact she sought out and recruited other city council members to run for fear that her old mayoral opponent, John Stein, might when and undo all she had done in office. Of the event Palin recounts:

“To beat Stein, I thought we needed a safer bet than Faye, whom I feared wasn’t as well known as the council members.”

Isn’t this the politics-as-usual mentality that she so feverently speaks out against repeatedly in the book? Another little gem for this portion of the book – after describing the fight that ensued when Todd found out what she had done, Palin writes: “It didn’t go exactly like that. . .”

Seems to sum up Palin’s approach for writing much of the book.

Chapter 3 – Palin Leads Alaska Towards Socialism

Chapter 3 outlines Palin’s run for governor and her brief time in that position up until the point when she gets the call from John McCain to compete for the vp nod.

The most interesting portions of the third chapter are actually related to Palin’s political and economic theory of how Alaska’s oil and gas resources should be produced and who should profit off them and how. Not only does this give a rare glimpse into complex political thought on Palin’s part, it also shows how hypocritical she can be for political purposes.

Here’s how Palin describes her view on the distribution of profits from Alaska’s gas and oil resources:

“ACES represented a major philosophical shift in the role of government. As resource owners, Alaskans literally had a “working interest” in energy exploration and development.”

The Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend is the tax credit all Alaskans get each year based in large part on how much the state brings in with gas and oil production taxes (ACES).  So in other words Palin highly supports this dividend and growing it because state resources belong to all Alaskans  therefore all Alaskans should be directly benefiting from the revenue they generate.

The 2009 tax credit was $1305 per person regardless of age or income.

Here’s part of Wikipedia’s definition of Socialism:

Most socialists share the view that capitalism unfairly concentrates power and wealth among a small segment of society that controls capital and derives its wealth through exploitation, creates an unequal society, does not provide equal opportunities for everyone to maximise their potentialities and does not utilise technology and resources to their maximum potential nor in the interests of the public.

Palin is quick to call Obama a socialist along with all the other Tea Baggers, which goes to show many of them don’t really know what socialism stands for.

It’s also very intriguing how Palin repeatedly likens her own campaign messages in 2005 with those of Obama’s in 2008, with a conservative, insulting slant to them. She does this even when it’s not so clear that her messages were the same.

On page 114 Palin says of her 2006 Alaska governor campaign;

“Every part of our campaign shouted “Change!” . . . We were amused a couple of years later when Barack Obama – one of whose senior advisors (come to think of it) had roots in Alaska – adopted the same theme.”

However, Pain states just 5 pages later that her campaign slogans were “New Energy for Alaska” (her lieutenant governor slogan 4 years prior was “New Energy”) and “Take a Stand”. Her main initiatives included building a natural gas pipeline and getting rid of corruption in the capital with ethics reform.

The pipeline was nothing new and the corruption level had gotten a little out of hand in Alaska, even for politics. So I don’t completely buy the “change” comparison. Instead of it coming off as though Obama is snaking Palin’s ideas it appears Palin wants herself to be likened to Obama.

Looks like she’s working on gaining more mindshare outside her hard right-winger segment.

Green Energy and Green Collar Jobs Need to Get Going

Posted in economy, green with tags , , , on November 25, 2009 by Bitch Slap Poli

The economy is showing signs of recovery as far as banking, housing, and consumer confidence goes. Due to the natural order of economic recovery you have to start big and work your way down to the small, or in other words you have to stabilize banks and businesses before job creation can take place.

One way to speed up the job growth process – pass the clean energy bill and keeping throwing stimulus money at green energy job training and businesses.

Green Energy Can Be Our Next Automotive Industry

Just as the car industry was a manufacturing powerhouse for the U.S., green energy can rescue us from high unemployment rates, a sagging economy and a severe imbalance between imports and exports. Think about it:

  • Thousands of new “Green Collar” jobs.
  • Decreased reliance on foreign energy sources, i.e. oil.
  • Energy that doesn’t pollute the environment – who the hell doesn’t like clean air?
  • Energy that’s smarter, more efficient and cost consumers less over time, especially now that prices have started dropping.
  • Would keep the U.S. at the forefront of technology development.
  • Would put the U.S. back on the map as a goods producer, rather than consumer.

re losing market share daily and letting it happen. If you think borrowing a whole lot from China to keep afloat is bad, imagine paying them for renewable energy products we could be charging them for instead on top of repaying loans.

Everything that the car did for America’s culture and economy green energy can do for us today.

Americans Ask Yourselves – Do We Want to be Leaders or Followers?

Listen up people – we are already falling behind as far as the green energy movement is concerned. Not only is this killing our rep as the most innovative country in the world, it’s also costing our economy.

As prices drop new markets emerge, leading to a rise in demand which in turn increases the need for supply which can only be accomplished by increasing productivity which most likely will require more manpower. The real beauty of green energy production is its a necessity for a worldwide market.

Need and demand for renewable energy is increasing and more green jobs are going to be created, whether at home or overseas.

For those who say green energy won’t be that big of a job supplier because most of the unemployed don’t have the necessary skills I point you to the fact that more and more training is being offered to teach the needed skills. Besides we shouldn’t write off a new industry because the workforce hasn’t been fully introduced to it yet.

Some will also note that exactly what jobs are considered “green” is still fuzzy which makes it hard to determine how many green jobs the stimulus spending has actually created. However, a new study found that the term “green job” as its applied today fails to include non-white collar workers, so if anything the estimates are likely low.

Clean, green energy is the future and its change that should be embraced rather than rebuffed. Especially when you consider that the most vocal players against green energy are those that have a stake in its competition – oil. They have money to lose, what do you have to lose?

Did Sarah Palin have an Abortion?

Posted in entertainment, Politics with tags , , on November 23, 2009 by Bitch Slap Poli

The most interesting segments of the latter half of The Last Frontier, the first chapter of Going Rogue, is Palin’s discussions of her pregnancies. Unlike Palin, I try to write accounts in chronological order because that makes most sense. So sorry, you’ll have to wait for the most controversial thoughts on her motherhood.

Peachy Perfect Life for Palin or Just Gaps in Information

When describing she and Todd Palin’s shotgun wedding, Sarah Palin left out one major point. That she was already pregnant at the time. I was actually shocked and dissappointed when she conveniently left this fact out when describing why they had a shotgun wedding.

But hey, Christian conservatives believe in abstenience only education so I see her reasoning behind the decision.

Still those who understand how dates and time work can easily turn the page and put two and two together. They got married on August 29, 1988 and had a kid on April 20, 1989. This is just one example of how Going Rogue has put Palin in a do-no evil sort of light.

The book is littered with all of Palin’s good, sound decisions, but has yet to cover in bad decisions she had made along the way in her life. Honestly, having two sisters who became pregnant out of wedlock themselves, I was hoping Palin would discuss this trying time in her life because it would humanize her.

We all make very poor decisions from time to time because we’re human. These mistakes aren’t just fodder for “biased, gotcha media” to latch on to and spin. They are a way of connecting with others, of showing that like everyone else you’re not perfect. It seems Palin would like you to think otherwise.

She took the easy way out and glazed over the whole single and pregnant episode, even going as far as to make it seem that the pregnacy occurred after the marriage. For example, a full page after giving reasons for the unconventional marrige Palin writes:

While he (Todd slimmed down, I porked up, pregnant with our first child.

I’m Not Saying She Had an Abortion, But Wow this is Strange. . .

Palin contradicts herself a lot in the book (big surprise) but the contridictions made from pages 50-55 are particularly confusing. She goes from discussing the hard to manage work schedules and living situation she and Todd had right before and after having their first son Track, to then saying “I loved the fact we had planned so well and that events were falling into place in our well-ordered lives,” upon finding out she would have another baby just a year after giving birth to her first child.

Then the shocker. Palin states that at the beginning of her second trimester she went for a regular doctor visit and found out the baby she was carrying was dead. My heart actually wrenched for her at this time, thinking of a friend who just recently went through the devastating ordeal herself.

But then Palin says something very strange while describing what happened after she elected to have a D&C rather than letting the baby pass naturally.

When the doctor’s bill arrived it came with a typo. In the box describing the procedure, someone had typed, “Abortion”. Instead of starting over with a fresh form, they painted over it with a thin layer of Wite-Out, and retyped, “Miscarriage”.

First of all, let me say, I’m not saying she had an abortion, but I’m asking the question of whether she did. The fact that she was the only candidate in the 2008 Presidential election that didn’t release her medical records makes me wonder even more.

At the time I thought ‘why not just release it’ when a big stink was made close to election day because she still hadn’t done so though earlier she had said that she would. Now I wonder.

First of all, wouldn’t using Wite-Out on a medical document be improper practice at the very least, if not illegal given the importance of such documents. And if memory serves me right from playing around with my Grandmother’s type writer as a kid you in 1990 type writers could actually go back and correct mistakes.

And given Palin’s staunch pro-life support, wouldn’t she get them to make another form that is correct so that there would be no question of such a controversial act taking place. If anything from a legal and health standpoint it would be a good idea to make sure you have accurate medical records that don’t look altered with wite-out.

Will We Ever Know the Truth?

There’s one solution that would clear up this mess so that it wouldn’t appear that Palin had done the wite-out and retyping on her own: she should release her medical records.

Sarah Palin Wants You to Know – SHE READS BOOKS

Posted in entertainment, reviews with tags , , , , on November 19, 2009 by Bitch Slap Poli

Sarah Palin gives herself a hand

When  the commitment to do a chapter by chapter review was made, I had no idea Sarah Palin’s book Going Rogue would only contain 6 chapters. Thank goodness she decided to divide up the chapters at least.

I’m only 16 pages, or 1/5 into the first chapter, and one thing has become abundantly clear; Palin wants to make sure you know that she does read. Literally every other page references that she loves reading and that the love began at a very young age.

Is it a coincidence that she later goes on to bash Katie Couric yet again, and more than once, for the question about what it is that she reads? I think not.

So far Palin is setting the stage to settle old scores. But still, the most important thing is that readers know she has read a book. Within 16 pages the mention of Palin’s love for the printed work comes up at least 6 times.

If every other page tries to prove that Palin just had a brain fart during the now infamous Couric question, its going to be a long read. Especially given the run-on sentences of overblown description.

So what has Sarah Palin read (at least by age 10)?

  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz – technically her father read it to her
  • Cookbooks
  • Jokes in Readers Digest
  • Poetry by Ogden Nash and Robert Service – read to her by her mother
  • Biblical proverbs – read to her by her mother

If memory serves me right, Palin got ticked about Couric’s ‘what do you read’ question because she thought the question insinuated that Alaska was so far removed they wouldn’t have the reading resources that the rest of the U.S. has. Which makes this blurb from the book particularly hypocritical:

“When Lower 48 parents tell their kids “Go play outside!” there may be limited options in suburban backyards. But Alaska kids grow up fishing, the state’s 3 million lakes in the summer, and racing across them in the winter on snowmobiles, kicking up rooster tails of snow. We hike, ski, sled, snowshoe, hunt, camp, fish and fly.”

Yeah, in the Lower 48 deprived suburban kids never do any of that because they’re so far removed from nature. I guess getting ticks from running around in the Florida forests as a kid was a figment of my imagination.

BTW – Palin has an answer for that sharp description that she recalls so well; she revealed to Oprah that she has kept journals all her life since she was a young child. When Oprah pressed her with the question about the journals she said that she indeed still had them.

I wonder if those will ever surface.

The other trend in the first few pages; Palin is not beholden or married to the Republican party. Looks like someone is going to run as an independent in 2012.

More Shooting Rampages, Still No Better Gun Control Laws

Posted in government, Politics with tags , , , on November 11, 2009 by Bitch Slap Poli

I completely agree with our Constitutional right to bear arms. Our forefathers made sure the right was on paper after being oppressed by a King and put under Marshall law. Taking away people’s weapons was one of the first things Hilter did to ensure he could control those he had overrun.

However, that doesn’t mean we need gun control laws so loose that the right can be used against us.

If You have to Take a Test to Get a Driver’s License. . .

Each state has their own regulations for finer points such as who can carry a concealed weapon and where but in order to actually get a permit for a gun its basically the same process across the board.

Here are the stipulations to getting a gun:

  • Must be 21 or older
  • Must not be a convicted felon (of course felonies committed as a juvie might not show up on a person’s record)
  • No mental health record
  • Sit tight through the waiting period of 2-3 days after filling out the paperwork

Yep it’s that easy to get yourself a blaster because its your right to get one.

The only problem is, the old saying is true ‘Guns Don’t Kill People, Stupid People with Guns Kill People’. We have to first pass a test and have a learner’s permit for a year before we can drive a vehicle on our own because cars are heavy machinery that can kill people.

So why aren’t there any mandatory tests before you can own a gun?

Even though its your right to own a gun, that doesn’t mean the rest of us should have to forfeit our safety in case let’s say, the person doesn’t know how to properly use the gun, or they actually are a criminal or they actually do have a mental problem.

It may surprise those that don’t pay attention but these individuals slip through the cracks at an alarming rate.

Fort Hood, Oregon Lab Shooting and the Orlando Office Shooting – All Within One Week

Anyone doubting the need for stricter gun control laws need only to look at the news from the past week to see why change is necessary.

Last week alone, between three tragic shooting rampages 16 people were killed and 37 people were wounded.

Here’s the scariest fact in regards to how loosely regulated gun ownership is:

According to the US National Institute of Mental Health, 26.2% of Americans have one or more diagnosable mental disorders, yet only 5% have ever seen a mental health professional.

Each one of the assailants in last weeks shootings were probably off their rockers. With exception of the Fort Hood shooting, it would be interesting to see when exactly the shooters obtained their weapons.

What Does America Think About the Issue?

A recent Ramussen Reports poll in October showed that:

  • 50% of people oppose stricter gun control laws
  • 39% of people support stricter gun control laws
  • 11% of people are undecided

Of course, polls from this week may tell a different story.

Closing argument: We should have the right to bear arms in order to protect ourselves from organized oppression, defend ourselves and protect our property. However, ordinary citizens going about their daily lives shouldn’t have to forfeit their safety so that as many people as possible have the right to carry a weapon. A weapon operation test needs to be put in place, there needs to be a learner’s permit training and evaluation period and there needs to be a mental competency test. You can still get a gun if you want one, you just have to prove that you can own one responsibly.

Is that too much to ask?