Posted by: shannynmoore | June 29, 2009

“Little Photo-Shop of Horrors” Contest Announcement

For days I’ve opened up my emails and intentionally not had coffee in my mouth. Your photoshops are clever, funny, and just plain brilliant. So, here are the rules… Public figures are fair game. Children are not.

Now, get ready, get set ….GO!

I encourage categories like…Jerry Prevo, Ted Stevens, Sarah P, Eddie Burke, Mayor Sullivan or any other Alaskan public figure. Yes, you can even do mine…ugh, the gates of hell just opened. (Oh, wait, last weeks witch video counts.)

I’ll post them by catagory and let you vote.  Great captions are a plus.

We need some fun, folks.

Email your entries to  and let me know if you want to be annonymous or credited.

Winners posted on Wednesday!


  1. I’ll be annonymous;-)

  2. Terrific idea! I wonder if any of my ‘puter programs can do this kind of stuff.

  3. Shannyn, is there a way to listen to your old job shows? please say yes

  4. Say NO to Palin in Politics, On home page click on bullet right below PODCASTS. That’ll take you to archived broadcasts.

  5. Fun with Fotoshop

  6. **** NEWS ALERT ****

    Please pass this on to the folk(s) who had their ethics complaint dismissed due to announcing their intent to file…


    Federal judge rules state Ethics Commission ban on discussing complaints against public officials violates free speech
    by Pete Shellem, Of The Patriot-News
    Monday June 29, 2009, 4:47 PM

    A federal judge has ruled that the state Ethics Act’s ban on publicizing filings against state officials is likely unconstitutional and has granted a temporary injunction to a local activist who was fined for violating it.

    District Judge Christopher C. Conner granted the injunction to Middle Paxton Township activist Gene Stilp, who was charged with violating the act after he announced he filed a complaint against former House Majority Leader William DeWeese based upon a newspaper article that accused DeWeese of spending $290,000 in tax money on political polls.

    Within a day, the State Ethics Commission ruled there was not enough evidence in Stilp’s complaint to conduct an investigation and instead charged Stilp with violating the act by publicizing the filing of his complaint. On Oct. 16, Stilp entered into an agreement with the commission in which he admitted violating the act and agreed to pay a $500 fine. Stilp then filed suit in federal court to enjoin the commission from enforcing that provision of the act, saying it was a violation of his right to free speech.

    Feel free to pass this on to Palin’s folks who’ve yapped about how filers have violated the law. …

  7. I apologize for being OT, but this is great!! I am reposting this from The Mudflats post I just did;

    HoT ! off the press !!!! This issue of Vanity Fair will fly off the shelves !

    C4P’s and Palinbots heads will explode.

    One of the things I treat myself to IS Vanity Fair every month. I have done for many years. Since I have another birthday soon, this is like a birthday present for me….. ……..treat yourselfs to this one folks, it doesn’t disappoint.

    I have cherry picked these excerpts, this is just the FIRST page (there are 6) and I’m sure AKM will have an in depth posting. Blue Diva and Shanny M. will be all over this too no doubt, it will be such a pleasure for all of these gals.

    I thought you would enjoy a “prequel” ;


    By TODD S. PURDUM August 2009

    It Came from Wasilla

    The pattern is inescapable: she takes disagreements personally, and swiftly deals vengeance on enemies, real or perceived. Illustration by Risko.

    As John McCain’s top campaign officials talk more candidly than ever before about the meltdown of his vice-presidential pick, the author tracks the signs—political and personal—that Palin was big trouble, and checks the forecast for her future.

    Whatever her political future, the emergence of Sarah Palin raises questions that will not soon go away. What does it say about the nature of modern American politics that a public official who often seems proud of what she does not know is not only accepted but applauded? What does her prominence say about the importance of having (or lacking) a record of achievement in public life? Why did so many skilled veterans of the Republican Party—long regarded as the more adroit team in presidential politics—keep loyally working for her election even after they privately realized she was casual about the truth and totally unfit for the vice-presidency?

    Perhaps most painful, how could John McCain, one of the cagiest survivors in contemporary politics—with a fine appreciation of life’s injustices and absurdities, a love for the sweep of history, and an overdeveloped sense of his own integrity and honor—ever have picked a person whose utter shortage of qualification for her proposed job all but disqualified him for his?

    In the aftermath of the November election, the conventional wisdom among Palin’s supporters in the Republican establishment was that she should go home, keep her head down, show that she could govern effectively, and quietly educate herself about foreign and domestic policy with the help of a cadre of experienced advisers. She has done none of this. Rather, she has pursued an erratic course that, for her, may actually represent the closest thing there is to True North.

    She created a political-action committee—Sarahpac—with the help of John Coale, a prominent Democratic trial lawyer. But just months into its existence the pac’s chief fund-raiser, Becki Donatelli, a veteran of Republican campaigns, suddenly quit. 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. Also with Coale’s help, Palin formed the grandiosely named Alaska Fund Trust, to defray a reported half million dollars in legal expenses arising from a slew of formal ethics complaints against her in her home state—prompting yet another formal complaint, that the fund itself constitutes an ethical breach.

    Onetime supporters have become harsh critics. 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.”

    Palin’s deep ignorance about most aspects of foreign and domestic policy provided her with a powerful political reason not to submit to interviews. The forthcoming book adds a powerful commercial reason.

    Palin’s deep ignorance about most aspects of foreign and domestic policy provided her with a powerful political reason not to submit to interviews. The forthcoming book adds a powerful commercial reason.

    When she chooses to reveal herself, what she reveals is not always the same thing as the truth. Her singular refusal to have in-depth conversations with the national media—even Richard Nixon and Dick Cheney, among the most saturnine political figures in modern American history, each submitted to countless detailed interviews over the years—has compounded the challenge of understanding who she really is.
    Page 2…..just had to;

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


    Last page # 6;

    Palin has disappointed many of those who once had the highest hopes for her. She has stumbled over innumerable details. But as she said to Andrew Halcro years ago, “Does any of this really matter?” Palin has shown herself to have remarkable gut instincts about raw politics, and she has seen openings where others did not. And she has the good fortune to have traction within a political party that is bereft of strong leadership, and whose rank and file often demands qualities other than knowledge, experience, and an understanding that facts are, as John Adams said, stubborn things. It is, at the moment, a party in which the loudest and most singular voices, not burdened by responsibility, wield disproportionate power. She may decide that she does not need office in order to have great influence—any more than Rush Limbaugh does.

  8. Page 2 of article:
    “After she was picked, the campaign belatedly sent a dozen lawyers and researchers, led by a veteran Bush aide, Taylor Griffin, to Alaska, in a desperate race against the national reporters descending on the state.”
    Mr. Purdum, I believe you meant Timothy Griffin, not Taylor Griffin.

    Didn’t do much homework?

  9. I read the Vanity Fair article in its entirety last night. It is EXCELLENT, and a “must read.”

    I am still virtually thunderstruck over this revelation of a Palin e-mail:

    “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.'”

    Wow. Just, wow.

    To say that Sarah Palin is a grandiose narcissist vastly understates the scope and magnitude of her “issues.”

  10. The gates of hell are always open to you.

    We have dramatically different styles but we both are pressing the same cause–Progressive government that’s responsible to the people. Who knew Alasaka was so fun and exciting politically?

    What an excellent voice for progressive issues you are. You have opened my eyes to the nuances of local politics in the US and for that I will forever be in your debt. Besides it’s hard not to like a thorn in Sarah Palin’s ass!

    keep on rockin in the free world!

    Pax Terra!

  11. Denton, that kind of explains Meg’s comment on the “desecration” of the “iconic” image now, doesn’t it.

    Talk about taking yourself far too seriously.

  12. Hi – I, the icon desecrator, am back.

    I admit I made the innocent child look horrible, and so I retired to do some soul searching and improve my photo shop skills.
    But, I can’t get the hang of making Eddie’s face look anything but hideous.

    Sarah seems to keep making those mis-steps again.
    In a runners world article she poses with her elbow resting on an American flag draped over the back of a chair. This violates the U.S. Flag Code. For someone who aspires to high office this is not good.
    Just a reminder that the flag is an actual Icon.

    • DrChill, welcome back. Hope to see lots of both words and pics in your fine style.


    • Welcome back Dr. Chill!!!!

    • Welcome back…LOVE your creativity!!!

  13. I so hope someone does the Runner’s World photo with the flag — it is begging to be photoshopped.

    • I am wondering if it hasn’t already been photoshopped to make her “look good”. Her head looks like it is weirdly attached to her neck, but maybe for “HER” that is normal. After all, she IS the CREATOR (arrogant b*tch)…

  14. The headline under this picture should say, Governor in Name Only, Self-Imposed ICON. John McCain didn’t know about the ICONIC narcassist lurking beneath that cover. He sure does now and it’s great they’re spilling the beans. Aloha from Southeast, happy 4th of July everyone.

  15. Palin is doing a “begathon” for $500,000 to pay “the legal expenses for “all those frivolous ethics complaints” The state only has less than $300,000 total .

    Other than her own troopergate complaint the bill of $200,00, it comes to 100,000, while Palin and her staff said that it cost the state MILLIONS!
    Juneau Empire

    Alaska has spent nearly $300,000 investigating ethics complaints against Gov. Sarah Palin, who calls the complaints “harassment” against her and expensive for the state to defend.

    Palin has accused bloggers and political opponents of bringing “frivolous” ethics charges against her.

    “How much will this blogger’s asinine political grandstanding cost all of us in time and money?” Palin asked after the state Personnel Board dismissed another complaint last spring.

    Palin herself may be responsible for much of those costs, as indicated by a list of investigation costs for 13 separate cases the state Personnel Board released Tuesday in response to public records requests.

    The minimalist list identifies cases only by the year and a three-digit case number. State Personnel Director Nicki Neal ……..refused …… identify them more specifically, so connections between known investigations and the costs released could not be verified.

    However, the timing, scope and other factors of the single largest expense appear to fit the case Palin filed against herself that cost $187,797 to investigate. That’s almost two-thirds of the total $296,042 of all Personnel Board investigations in the last two years.

  16. DR CHILL– in the running pics, the gov bending over is begging for a Ron Jeremy photo behind it. (Or, as much as I love her, Julia O’Malley who claims that the gov is “hot”! LOL)

    It’s nice when a public official stays in shape, but I do not expect him or her to make it a #1 priority. She has a state to run, a family to take care of, but she runs for hours and hours? How does she have TIME?

  17. “My favorite thing in the world is to run on hot, dusty roads. I don’t get enough of that in Alaska. So I was in heaven and there were plenty of hills so I knew my thighs were going to just throb and my lungs were going to burn and that’s what I crave.”

    The syntax in this is terrible. She should be writing a porn film.

  18. My favorite thing in the world is to run on hot, dusty roads. I don’t get enough of that in Alaska. So I was in heaven and there were plenty of hills so I knew my thighs were going to just throb and my lungs were going to burn and that’s what I crave.

    This is from the Runner’s World article, bu the way.

  19. This remains on Palins Government website today:


    Fifteenth Ethics Complaint Dismissed Printer Friendly

    No. 09-155

    Fifteenth Ethics Complaint Dismissed
    June 23, 2009, Anchorage, Alaska – The 15th ethics complaint filed against the governor or one of her staff has been dismissed. The complaint, filed by Andree McLeod against Anchorage Office Director Kris Perry, alleged Perry used her official position for personal gain by traveling with the governor on three occasions.

    The investigator continued: “We would also be remiss in not stating for the record that for the highly unusual situation of the vice presidential campaign, and even the two other trips, the record clearly shows that Ms. Perry gave far more of her personal time to the state of Alaska than she may have used state time, if any, for non-state-related or unavoidable personal activities.”

    “While asserting false accusations of ethics law violations, the complainant simultaneously violates the same ethics law by publicizing her malicious accusations,” Perry said. “These improper actions benefit no one, waste state money and resources, and only seek to damage reputations.”

    In the past two years, the state of Alaska has spent millions of dollars processing ethics complaints, public records requests, and related lawsuits. ###

    Web links

    For more on Gov. Palin in the news, check out

    State Personnel Board investigations

    Independent Counsel Investigations, 2008-2009

    Case No.(s) – Total
    2008-001 – $43,028.36
    2008-002, 2008-003, 2008-004 – $187,797.62
    2008-005 – 0
    2008-006 – $29,962.00
    2008-007, 2008-008 – $12,921.44
    2008-009 – $3,712.00
    2009-001 – $4,478.66
    2009-002 – $7,438.50
    2009-003 – $4,192.00
    2009-004 – $2,512.00
    TOTAL EXPENDITURES – $296,042.58
    Source: Alaska Personnel Board

  20. great post if one wants to read it for 2 days. anything new?

    Sorry…I am so tired from working I almost fell asleep in the coffee drive-up. I’ll get something up ASAP. My apologies, I have to work so I can blog for free.

    • Here you go bgully……you can chew on this while you’re waiting.
      If you can come up with something more interesting feel free to entertain us all.

      Palin E-mails Show Infighting With Staff
      Exclusive: Spat Over Todd Palin’s Membership In Secessionist Party Was Major Distraction On Critical Day In ’08 Campaign

      While shaking hands after a rally later that afternoon, someone on the rope line shouted a remark at Palin about the AIP.

      The comment set her off. She worried that the campaign was not sufficiently mitigating the issue of her alleged connection to the party, which despite a platform that harkens more to the Civil War than the 21st century, continued to play a serious role in Alaska politics.

      Palin blasted out an e-mail with the subject line “Todd” to Schmidt, campaign manager Rick Davis and senior advisor Nicolle Wallace, copying her husband on the message (all of the e-mails are reprinted below as written).

      “Pls get in front of that ridiculous issue that’s cropped up all day today – two reporters, a protestor’s sign, and many shout-outs all claiming Todd’s involvement in an anti-American political party,” Palin wrote. “It’s bull, and I don’t want to have to keep reacting to it … Pls have statement given on this so it’s put to bed.”

      Her reference to a single protestor’s sign and “many shout-outs” was indicative of Palin’s occasional tendency to take anecdotal evidence of a minor problem and extrapolate it into something far more menacing. The final of the three presidential debates was just hours away, which would mark the unveiling of the soon-to-be canonized Joe The Plumber.

      Schmidt hit “reply to all” less than five minutes after Palin’s e-mail was sent. “Ignore it,” he wrote. “He was a member of the aip? My understanding is yes. That is part of their platform. Do not engage the protestors. If a reporter asks say it is ridiculous. Todd loves america.”

      This clear cut response from the campaign’s top dog carried an air of finality, but it did not satisfy Palin. She responded with another e-mail, adding five more names to the “cc” box, all of whom traveled on her campaign plane. They included her senior political adviser Tucker Eskew, senior aide Jason Recher, the lone traveling aide from her Alaska office Kris Perry, press secretary Tracey Schmitt and personal assistant Bexie Nobles.

      Palin’s insertion of the five additional staffers in the e-mail chain was an apparent attempt to rally her own troops in the face of a decision from the commanding general with which she disagreed. Her inclusion of her personal assistant was particularly telling about her quest for affirmation and support in numbers, since the young staffer was not in a position to have any input on campaign strategy.

      “That’s not part of their platform and he was only a ‘member’ bc independent alaskans too often check that ‘Alaska Independent’ box on voter registrations thinking it just means non partisan,” Palin wrote. “He caught his error when changing our address and checked the right box. I still want it fixed.”

      Palin was attempting to bend the facts ever so slightly to fit neatly into her version of events. In truth, the box that Alaskans have the option of checking when registering to vote states the full name of the party, “Alaskan Independence Party,” not “Alaska Independent,” which would make an error by uncommitted voters more plausible.

      Clearly irritated by what he saw as Palin’s attempt to mislead her own campaign and apparently determined to demonstrate that the ultimate authority rested with him, Schmidt put the matter to rest once and for all with a longer response to everyone in the e-mail chain.

      “Secession,” he wrote. “It is their entire reason for existence. A cursory examination of the website shows that the party exists for the purpose of seceding from the union. That is the stated goal on the front page of the web site. Our records indicate that todd was a member for seven years. If this is incorrect then we need to understand the discrepancy. The statement you are suggesting be released would be innaccurate. The innaccuracy would bring greater media attention to this matter and be a distraction. According to your staff there have been no media inquiries into this and you received no questions about it during your interviews. If you are asked about it you should smile and say many alaskans who love their country join the party because it speeks to a tradition of political independence. Todd loves his country

      We will not put out a statement and inflame this and create a situation where john has to adress this.”

      Meet Sarah Palin’s radical right-wing pals;
      Alaskan Independence Party

      Extremists Mark Chryson and Steve Stoll helped launch Palin’s political career in Alaska, and in return had influence over policy. “Her door was open,” says Chryson — and still is.

      On the afternoon of Sept. 24 in downtown Palmer, Alaska, as the sun began to sink behind the snowcapped mountains that flank the picturesque Mat-Su Valley, 51-year-old Mark Chryson sat for an hour on a park bench, reveling in tales of his days as chairman of the Alaska Independence Party. The stocky, gray-haired computer technician waxed nostalgic about quixotic battles to eliminate taxes, support the “traditional family” and secede from the United States.

      So long as Alaska remained under the boot of the federal government, said Chryson, the AIP had to stand on guard to stymie a New World Order.

      In 1995, her husband, Todd, changed his voter registration to AIP. Except for an interruption of a few months, he would remain registered was an AIP member until 2002, when he changed his registration to undeclared.

      “They worked behind the scenes,” said Stein. “I think they had a lot of influence in terms of helping with the back-scatter negative campaigning.”

      By Chryson’s account, he and Palin also worked hand-in-glove to slash property taxes and block a state proposal that would have taken money for public programs from the Permanent Fund Dividend, or the oil and gas fund that doles out annual payments to citizens of Alaska. Palin endorsed Chryson’s unsuccessful initiative to move the state Legislature from Juneau to Wasilla. She also lent her support to Chryson’s crusade to alter the Alaska Constitution’s language on gun rights so cities and counties could not impose their own restrictions. “It took over 10 years to get that language written in,” Chryson said. “But Sarah [Palin] was there supporting it.”

      With Sarah as a mayor,” said Chryson, “there were a number of times when I just showed up at City Hall and said, ‘Hey, Sarah, we need help.’ I think there was only one time when I wasn’t able to talk to her and that was because she was in a meeting.”

      Chryson says the door remains open now that Palin is governor. (Palin’s office did not respond to Salon’s request for an interview.) While Palin has been more circumspect in her dealings with groups like the AIP as she has risen through the political ranks, she has stayed in touch.

      When Palin ran for governor in 2006, marketing herself as a fresh-faced reformer determined to crush the GOP’s ossified power structure, she made certain to appear at the AIP’s state convention. To burnish her maverick image, she also tapped one-time AIP member and born-again Republican Walter Hickel as her campaign co-chair. Hickel barnstormed the state for Palin, hailing her support for an “all-Alaska” liquefied gas pipeline, a project first promoted in 2002 by an AIP gubernatorial candidate named Nels Anderson. When Palin delivered her victory speech on election night, Hickel stood beaming by her side. “I made her governor,” he boasted afterward. Two years later, Hickel has endorsed Palin’s bid for vice president.

      Clark pointed to Palin’s political career as the model of a successful infiltration. “There’s a lot of talk of her moving up,” Clark said of Palin. “She was a member [of the AIP] when she was mayor of a small town, that was a nonpartisan job. But to get along and to go along she switched to the Republican Party … She is pretty well sympathetic because of her membership.”

      Clark’s assertion that Palin was once a card-carrying AIP member was swiftly discredited by the McCain campaign, which produced records showing she had been a registered Republican since 1988. But then why would Clark make such a statement? Why did he seem confident that Palin was a true-blue AIP activist burrowing within the Republican Party? The most salient answer is that Palin was once so thoroughly embedded with AIP figures like Chryson and Stoll and seemed so enthusiastic about their agenda, Clark may have simply assumed she belonged to his party.

      Now, Palin is a household name and her every move is scrutinized by the Washington press corps. She can no longer afford to kibitz with secessionists, however instrumental they may have been to her meteoric ascendancy. This does not trouble her old AIP allies. Indeed, Chryson is hopeful that Palin’s inauguration will also represent the start of a new infiltration.

  21. So this is what a VP does…..”I think of being in D.C. and in a position to promote physical fitness and the benefits of making good decisions health-wise and being an example to others.”

    (Clueless from Wassila interview Runner’s World)

  22. Wolf Pack: ”I think of being in D.C. and in a position to promote physical fitness and the benefits of making good decisions health-wise and being an example to others.”

    The Tina Fey with her in the debate and playing the flute isn’t far off, is it? “I am running for Mrs. America because I want to promote physical fitness and the benefits of making good decisions health-wise and being an example to others.” This would be an OK statement if she was running for Mrs. America, but a lot of the pageant contestants are politics-savvy and often answer with a heavy political bent.

  23. Jenn,

    Exactly! Palin governorship skills are largely just her pretending she is in a beauty pageant.

    And if that is what the people want we might as well get someone really beautiful and much younger.

  24. “And if that is what the people want we might as well get someone really beautiful and much younger.”

    Wolf Pack, you are an experiences marksman!

    I am thinking a distinguished male in his 50’s. Bob Poe could win a beauty contest against Palin any day, and still win a debate if he were drunk. (Although I have not seen him drunk, Terzah, if you are reading this. . . ahem.)

  25. Did I miss it? The pic contest results? Which Wednesday did you mean? July 1st? 8th? This month? THIS YEAR? I know, I know, the deluge must be overwhelming, and we will be patient… maybe just an ‘update’ to this post with an itinerary of sorts? Can’t WAIT to see all the talented pic postings! I’ve got a folder ready and waiting on my desktop! I’ll check back every Wednesday from here out! LOL

    JUST KIDDING, Shannyn… no really, where ARE they?

    **********note from Shanny*********
    SORRY, I have been working on “a few things” regarding this weeks news. I will have them up for sure! Darlings, I’m sorry, I love you and your art and I will have an art gallery available for you all! xo!

  26. Here is my latest desecration

  27. Here is mine! ( ) It was done during the Presidential campaign last year. I know it’s not in time for the deadline, but I just found you.

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