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VF nailed it this time. Vanity Fair author Todd Purdum has published a scathing article about Sarah Palin that I’d like to share with you. (Warning: the article is six pages long.)

Here are some of my favorite parts:

“One person familiar with the situation told me that Donatelli could not stand dealing with Palin’s political spokeswoman in Alaska, Meghan Stapleton, who has drawn withering fire from Palin friends and critics alike for being an ineffective adviser.”

“Walter Hickel, 89, a former two-term governor and interior secretary, and the grand old man of Alaska politics, who was co-chair of Palin’s winning gubernatorial campaign, in 2006, now washes his hands of her. He told me simply, ‘I don’t give a damn what she does.’”

“During the presidential campaign, Palin’s deep ignorance about most aspects of foreign and domestic policy provided her with a powerful political reason not to submit to interviews.”

“When she chooses to reveal herself, what she reveals is not always the same thing as the truth.”

“Some top aides worried about her mental state: was it possible that she was experiencing postpartum depression?”

“One longtime McCain friend and frequent companion on the trail was heard to refer to Palin as ‘Little Shop of Horrors.’”

“In every job, she surrounded herself with an insular coterie of trusted friends, took disagreements personally, discarded people who were no longer useful, and swiftly dealt vengeance on enemies, real or perceived.”

“It was in this environment that her ambition first found an outlet in public office, and where she first tasted the 151-proof Everclear that is power.”

“Palin has always been a party of one.”

“Palin was entitled to make the dismissals, and she variously justified them on the grounds of budget difficulties or the need for a team that she could be sure would support her efforts. But the Frontiersman accused Palin of confusing her election with a “coronation.””

“More than once in my travels in Alaska, people brought up, without prompting, the question of Palin’s extravagant self-regard. Several told me, independently of one another, that they had consulted the definition of “narcissistic personality disorder” in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders—“a pervasive pattern of grandiosity (in fantasy or behavior), need for admiration, and lack of empathy”—and thought it fit her perfectly.”

“When Trig was born, Palin wrote an e-mail letter to friends and relatives, describing the belated news of her pregnancy and detailing Trig’s condition; she wrote the e-mail not in her own name but in God’s, and signed it ‘Trig’s Creator, Your Heavenly Father.’”

“What do I take away from this?” he (Bitney) asks. “Oh, I don’t know. I don’t know. It’s just a lot of emotions and stuff. I find it’s frustrating dealing with Sarah, because it seems we’re always dealing with emotional crap and we never seem to be able to focus on the business at hand that needs to be done. I don’t know whether to blame her or pity her for all this emotional upheaval that we’re always going through with her.

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What a Character

Click here for an interesting article online over at ADN entitled, “Candidate Palin has Character Problem.”

An excerpt:

As Palin’s first Juneau press conference as governor was breaking up, she called my wife and me aside. With apparent sincerity she asked us why we had had so much trouble getting public records from previous governors: “Why wouldn’t they want you to have the full story about what they were doing?” It struck me at the time as both naive and refreshing.

Two weeks later I discovered a memorandum from a senior state attorney revealing that a top Palin aide had instructed him to keep documents secret from our newsletter even if the legal basis for doing so was weak or problematic. A few weeks after that, Meghan Stapleton, Palin’s then-press secretary, told me they were keeping the documents secret because they public might misunderstand them.

Since then Palin has become the most secretive governor in Alaska’s history. This month she refused to release even her official schedule or reveal when she is leaving the state. Questions from reporters are often simply ignored, or she answers a different question than the one asked. All the while she continues to mouth the claim that her administration is “open and transparent.”

When it comes to letting the public know what her government is doing, Sarah Palin is either a cynical hypocrite or delusional. Either way, it reveals something important about her character.

Well said.

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Nope. Can’t do it.

So I’ve been in the midst of a media blackout since Friday due to our moving to a new house. No cable, no internet, no nothing. Today, I finally get back online and this is what I come back to? Really?

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It’s just too easy.

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Just for Fun

Here are some of my favorite links, just for fun:


Awkward Family Photos

“Spreading the Awkwardness”

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Saturday Night Special: Bon Family Blowout


This is Why You’re Fat

“Where Dreams Become Heart Attacks”
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Junkyard Dog
Two diced hot dogs covered with peppers, onions, cheese, and topped with two pieces of bacon.

Totally Looks Like
“Funny Look-Alikes: Celebs, Famous People, Objects and Animals Matched With Their Long Lost Twins.”

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What are your favorite “just for fun” sites? Please share them in the comments.

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I have kept out of the David Letterman/Sarah Palin kerfuffle up til now because I didn’t want to give Palin the publicity is she so desperately seeking. Her fake outrage at Letterman’s joke was enough to put me off my breakfast, and I didn’t want to hash it out again here.

But I do want to take a moment to highlight who has truly been putting their money where their mouth is, so to speak, when it comes to the health and safety of others.

Sarah Palin:
-As mayor of Wasilla, she charged victims for rape kits.
-As Governor, she is residing over the state with the highest number of sexual assaults in the country, and doesn’t seem to be doing anything about it.
-As Governor, Palin is underfunding Public Safety, which contributes to a high incidence of sexual assault.
-As a mother, her 17-year-old daughter got pregnant.

David Letterman:
-Is the president and primary contributor of The American Foundation for Courtesy and Grooming (AFCG), a private foundation that has donated almost $2.5 million dollars in the past four years.
-AFCG has donated to the following organizations:

Indiana-based organizations

* Child Advocates of Indianapolis, Indiana
* Broad Ripple Haverford Little League
* Broad Ripple High School (Letterman’s alma mater)
* Damar Services
* Marion County Children’s Guardian Home
* Indianapolis Art Center
* Indiana Historical Society
* Indiana School for the Deaf
* Little Red Door Cancer Agency
* Muscular Dystrophy Family Foundation
* Special Olympics of Indiana
* Nineveh-Hensley-Jackson United School (in nearby Trafalgar)
* Protective Order Pro Bono Project
* Riley Children’s Foundation
* University of Indianapolis Center for Aging and Community

Montana-based organizations

* Choteau AYSO Soccer
* Choteau High School
* Choteau Youth Special Olympics
* Montana Wilderness Association
* Montana State 4-H Horse Show
* The Nature Conservancy of Montana
* Special Olympics
* Teton Medical Center Foundation of Choteau
* Yellowstone Valley Cycling Club of Billings

Universities

* Ball State University (Letterman’s alma mater)
* Butler University
* Case Western Reserve University
* Cornell University
* Rutgers University

Celebrity-affiliated organizations

* Earnhardt Family Foundation
* Michael J. Fox Foundation
* The Larry King Cardiac Foundation
* Paul Newman’s Hole in the Wall Gang Camp

Other organizations

* American Cancer Society
* American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
* Being Kind of New York City
* Bennett Cancer Center of Stamford, Connecticut
* Breast Cancer Foundation
* Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America
* Retinitis Pigmentosa International
* Giving Back Fund of California
* Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
* Doctors without Borders
* New York-Presbyterian Hospital
* North Salem Free Library
* North Salem Open Land Foundation
* North Salem Voluntary Ambulance Center
* The Buckley School Parents Association
* Congregation Beth Simchat Torah of New York City
* Connecticut State Police Academy Alumni Association
* Holy Trinity Orthodox Church of Danbury, Connecticut
* Martha’s Vineyard Hospital
* Martha’s Vineyard Historical Society
* Silver Shield Association of Greenwich, Connecticut
* American Red Cross
* Friends of Karen of Purdys, New York
* A Place Called Home of South Central Los Angeles
* Salvation Army
* Seattle University Mexico Mission
* Shoes That Fit of Claremont, California
* World Vision

Now, I ask you, which of these two people would you rather have as president?
I know which one I’d vote for.

(Hat tip to Letterman Beat Sarah Palin Censorship on Facebook for the great information.)

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Tibetan brown rug from Home Depot

So we’re moving, right? And I needed a rug to go under my bed because the ENTIRE house is sans carpet. I found a beautiful rug at Home Depot, and was excited to see that it would be delivered in ten days or less to my home. Or so the large orange and white sign said. I bought the rug, and then started looking at the paperwork which accompanied the receipt. There was no delivery date and I wanted to make sure I got the rug before we moved in this Saturday so I could put the rug down before the bed went in.

I asked the lady behind the service desk what she knew about the delivery service, and she sent me to the flooring department. I walked over there and found a helpful young lady who then directed me to another lady behind the service desk. When asked about the 10 days or less promise, she says, “Oh, that’s the lower 48.” So, when can I expect my rug? “6 to 8 weeks.”

That’s Alaska for you.

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Carrie Prejean: My Miss California Firing Was “A Set Up”

You know, when I heard that Sarah Palin had called Carrie Prejean last month to lend her support after she came in second in the Miss America pageant, I had no idea that the Governor had signed on to become her mentor. It is obvious to everyone that Miss Prejean is taking a page out of Sarah’s playbook this time.

Former Miss California USA Carrie Prejean says she lost her crown because of a comment she made about gay marriage and not because she had been skipping appearances.

Prejean told Matt Lauer on NBC’S “Today” show Friday that she “absolutely” had been dethroned because of the comment, when she said marriage should be between a man and a woman.

Prejean lost her title Wednesday after the California pageant’s executive director said Prejean was skipping Miss California USA events while speaking out against gay marriage at unsanctioned appearances.

Prejean denied that and calls her firing a set up. She says “tolerance needs to be a two-way street.”

Can’t you just hear the conversation between these two?

SP: Carrie, it’s simple. Just blame the media. Or the liberals. Or the bloggers.
CP: Are you sure that will work?
SP: Of course it will. I’ve been doing it for months.
CP: What about the naked pictures?
SP: Blame the photographer. Or the wind.

UPDATE:
Here’s a follow-up quote that struck me as being very Sarah-like:

Carrie Prejean: “I know that when God is for you, no one can be against you. So thank you.

Larry King: Can you tell us what you’re going to do, though?

Prejean: I’m not sure. Definitely some — a lot of offers — opportunities have come my way, a lot of offers.

I’m just really excited. I feel relieved. I feel just so blessed and so honored to have represented the state of California. And I’m ready to move on with my life and just be where God leads me. “

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