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Around my house, a person who constantly crave the spotlight, whether they are a celebrity or one of our coworkers, is called an attention whore. These are people who cannot get enough attention and will pimp themselves out at any moment just to remain on camera. They love to hear themselves talk and don’t even seem to care what they are talking about. In fact, they don’t even seem to be paying attention to the drivel that’s coming out of their mouths.

So far, I’ve identified several people who fall into this category. They are Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter, Michelle Bachmann and Sarah Palin.

Sarah went on The Today Show today to fire back at Dave Letterman for his jokes about her daughter. I’d post the video here, but it’s pretty much everywhere, so I’ll just link to it here.

So, there you go. These loudmouths are competing for the attention of the American people. And as long as they continue to act stupidly and say stupid things, they’ll get it. What does this say about our country, when the loudest mouth gets the most airtime? Walk away, America. Walk away.

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Put herself first, that is. Once again, it’s all about Sarah. In order to make sure she gets the gas pipeline up and running before she leaves to campaign elsewhere, she went and made a deal with Alaska’s enemy, Exxon. As usual, Sarah’s thinking only about herself.

Think about it. Ask ANY Alaskan, even her supporters, which oil company has had the most negative impact on our state, and they will say Exxon. I don’t even have to link here to explain what happened back in 1989. We all know. We all remember. Even those people who were living in a cave at the time or who weren’t born yet know about the Exxon Valdez oil spill and the devastating affects it had on the people of this state.

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Just last year, the settlement to the fisherman was finally completed, and they received such a small amount of money that it was insulting. $383 million dollars was awarded to 33,000 fisherman. Let’s do the math. That’s $11,606.06 for 20 years of lost revenue. An Alaskan fisherman can make that much in a weekend.

Now Sarah wants to reward their behavior with a contract with the State for the gas pipeline. Nice, Sarah. Way to be sensitive to the people of Alaska.

UPDATE:

I am very disappointed to learn that Senator Begich is on Palin’s side. From ADN (Thanks to AKM for this link):

Begich also seemed to make peace with Palin, after complaining recently that he had seen little progress on the project — and had been asked by the White House about its status.

“ExxonMobil has always been considered the ‘big gorilla’ necessary for this project to succeed, so their willingness to get involved and make a substantial financial investment is warmly welcomed,” Begich said. “Congratulations to the Palin administration for their persistence in helping get Exxon and TransCanada together in this partnership.”

He added that it will be up to the state legislature to “take the gas line project to the next steps. I believe any Alaska gas line project must provide gas to Alaskans and other benefits, such as jobs and a fair share of revenues, to our citizens.”

So, there you go. The one Alaskan politician I thought I could trust (besides Les Gara) has bent over and is taking it in the rear. Good job, Mark.

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Pathetic. That’s the only word I can think of to describe the fact that Talis “I’m a Doofus” Colberg was elected mayor of the Mat-Su Borough with just over 7% of the population turning out to vote. Well, I guess you get what you put into it. Good luck, Mat-Su.

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Even Better News

Just a few tidbits of good news to share with everyone:

Norm Coleman Ordered To Pay Al Franken $95K By Minnesota Court

Miss California Losing Crown After All

John Ziegler, Palin’s personal filmmaker and shameless self-promoter, gets a smackdown

Gingrich looks even more ridiculous by accusing nominee Sotomayor of pretending to break her ankle

And just for fun, here’s a quote from an online chat with Kathleen Parker, columnist over at www.washingtonpost.com:

San Francisco: Do you think that a lot of the interest in Palin is just curiosity? During the election campaign, everyone I spoke to, liberal or conservative, said they would go to hear her speak – but not a one thought she was a qualified candidate for national office. They just wanted to see her because she is such an anomaly.

Kathleen Parker: She’s interesting. As Flannery O’Connor once said, “People will stand in line to shake hands with a monkey.” Or something to that effect.”

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The good news is, according to Gallup, less than 0.5% of Republicans feel that Sarah Palin speaks for them.

That means that of the 1,015 national adults who were asked who speaks for the GOP, Newport said, less than five people cited Palin. [snip] What makes this striking is that Palin has gotten far more media exposure (though hardly always favorable) than any other prospective 2012 GOP candidate, with the possible exception of Gingrich. Palin is frequently quoted in the media attacking Obama, or doing something that resembles attacking Obama, at any rate. But no one associates her with leadership qualities or sees her as speaking for the party.

Anyone else feeling relieved?

The bad news is, that the top three people who Republicans feel do represent them are Rush Limbaugh, Newt Gingrich and Dick Cheney.

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Actually, now that I think about it, this may be good news after all. I mean, come on. If these guys are the bright, shining stars of the GOP, I don’t think Democrats have anything to worry about.

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From The Huffington Post:

South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford requested stimulus cash for the state’s schools Monday, telling the U.S. education secretary he’s doing so under duress and the $700 million in bailout money will create more problems.

Governor Sanford has finally given in and asked for the education money he should have requested months ago. I guess this means there’s hope that Palin will take the energy money after all. To save face, though, she will have to come up with something more dramatic than just saying she’s accepting “under duress.”

Maybe it’ll go something like this:

(Back of hand over forehead) “It is with extreme sorrow that I ask for the remaining stimulus funds. Please know that I am doing this out of pressure the likes which has never been seen before. My hands are tied and I had no other choice but to ask for the funds which the good people of Alaska deserve. I am the mother bear and asking for these funds is like me personally scavenging for food for them so they don’t starve during the cold, harsh winters of Alaska. Also, it is with regret that I ask for this money. (Wink) Sarah, 2012!”

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Palin’s had a busy week, yet again. I missed most of it due to a nasty case of strep, so I think I’ll just sum up.

Wednesday: Pipeline– That pesky Senator Begich is poking his nose into Sarah’s business again, asking questions about her pipeline. Who does he think he is, a public servant or something?

Wednesday: Phew!– Luckily, one good thing happened to Sarah this week. Another ethics complaint was dismissed by that handy Personnel Board. Good thing she hired most of them herself.

Wednesday: Public Education Standards? Pshaww!– Palin got on the short bus this week to join a small group of governors who have said thanks but no thanks to helping develop national education standards. Who are these other brave governors? Why, none other than Texas Governor Rick “Let’s Just Succeed From the Union” Perry and South Carolina Governor Mark “You Can’t Make Me Take Money for Education” Sanford, of course. Oh, and Missouri Governor Jay Nixon. I have yet to figure out what his problem is.

Thursday: Politicians Use Their Power– Alaska Legislators are considering flexing their override muscles when it comes to the stimulus money that Palin has refused to accept. Now, if they could only get her to actually ask for it. Hmm…maybe if they tell her that she’s the only state in the whole country to refuse to take energy money. Nah, she’ll just feel all mavericky and stuff.

Thursday: Political Correctness: Screw It– AKM braved the most difficult challenge yet: facing both Michael Reagan and Sarah Palin in one sitting. Warning: this post is hard to sit through, and that’s not because of AKM’s writing. It’s just, well, nauseating.

Saturday: Pay Up!– Sarah has until June 23rd to repay the state for her family’s illegal trip-taking. I sure hope she got an advance on that “book.”

Saturday: Palin Plagarizes– You remember that speech up there? The one listed for Thursday? Well, turns out she didn’t write it all by herself. Raise your hand if you’re surprised. Yep, that’s what I thought.

Saturday: Parade– What’s the best way to wrap up a week like Sarah’s? A parade, of course! I bet Sarah felt like Miss Alaska again, even for just a moment. She’s going to need those positive feelings to last. I mean, tomorrow’s the start of another long week for the Governor. Lets hope this one works out a little better than the last one.

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