Posted by: shannynmoore | August 15, 2009

Palin’s Triple Salchow Crash

I’m spending an amazing week at Netroots Nation.  I was front and center for President Bill Clinton’s speech and it occurred to me; I like smart talk.

There was a time when I loved to watch figure skating.  I’d watch for hours, back in the days of Scott Hamilton and Dorothy Hamill.  I would relax, confident in their mastery, grace and skill, knowing they wouldn’t fall.  Then came the days of Tonya Harding.  I stopped watching.  Too much off-ice snarky drama, missed steps, hard falls, and trampy wardrobes made it impossible to enjoy.

Sarah Palin has been to politics what Tonya Harding was to the sport of figure skating.

President Clinton’s address reminded me what a political triple Salchow could look like as observed from the edge of the ice.  His message, summed up by “…gone are the days of win-lose, we need a win-win…”  was conciliatory.  Just a few months ago, I attended then Governor Palin’s speech which she polarizingly chanted, “We win, they lose!”  I have whiplash from the comparison.  Don’t get me wrong, I thought NAFTA, GATT, and the sovereignty undermining WTO were belly flops on ice; the 1996 Telecommunication Act took the boards out, birthed right wing radio dominance, and undemocratically concentrated media into fewer, more powerful hands.

The AP story on Palin quotes her facebook page release.  The language of the health care bill is being changed to “clarify” end of life consultations.  Why? Because a quitter governor has an opinion that sticks as fact with the least educated among us?

I wonder if, in the aftermath Obama’s November victory, the balls of the Democrats didn’t high five their own spines and head off to Disneyland.  The Democrats and the Blue Dogs should be in a full court press for healthcare.  If for no other reason than spine regeneration and testicular prosthesis implantation.

I’m not sure who decided footnotes were in order for a facebook press release, but I doubt it was Palin.  Seriously, who wrote this crap? It has punctuation-a sure sign of an imposter and not one “and-also”.

SP Facebook:  Thursday at 9:11pm
I join millions of Americans in expressing appreciation for the Senate Finance Committee’s decision to remove the provision in the pending health care bill that authorizes end-of-life consultations (Section 1233 of HR 3200). It’s gratifying that the voice of the people is getting through to Congress; however, that provision was not the only disturbing detail in this legislation; it was just one of the more obvious ones.

AGAIN, Sarah Palin is no longer a governor. She lost her bid for vice president.  Why does she have a platform or response? I’m writing about her because I’m sick to death of “crazy” being the loudest voice in the room!  She incites fear and celebrates ignorance. It will never be enough to just change one of her complaints.  Her crowd would only be happy if Obama resigned and handed the reigns over to her.

As I noted in my statement last week, nationalized health care inevitably leads to rationing. There is simply no way to cover everyone and hold down the costs at the same time. The rationing system proposed by one of President Obama’s key health care advisors is particularly disturbing. I’m speaking of the “Complete Lives System” advocated by Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, the brother of the president’s chief of staff. President Obama has not yet stated any opposition to the “Complete Lives System,” a system which, if enacted, would refuse to allocate medical resources to the elderly, the infirm, and the disabled who have less economic potential. [1] Why the silence from the president on this aspect of his nationalization of health care? Does he agree with the “Complete Lives System”? If not, then why is Dr. Emanuel his policy advisor? What is he advising the president on? I just learned that Dr. Emanuel is now distancing himself from his own work and claiming that his “thinking has evolved” on the question of rationing care to benefit the strong and deny the weak. [2] How convenient that he disavowed his own work only after the nature of his scholarship was revealed to the public at large.


The president is busy assuring us that we can keep our private insurance plans, but common sense (and basic economics) tells us otherwise. The public option in the Democratic health care plan will crowd out private insurers, and that’s what it’s intended to do. A single payer health care plan has been President Obama’s agenda all along, though he is now claiming otherwise. Don’t take my word for it. Here’s what he said back in 2003:

“I happen to be a proponent of a single payer universal health care plan…. A single payer health care plan – universal health care plan – that’s what I would like to see.” [3]

Yes, a public option would “crowd out private insurers”…but hey, that’s free market, right?  It’s a little competition, can’t they hold up to it?  Keep working it, Sarah, you may need money from the “Sick-For-Profit” industry some day.

A single-payer health care plan might be what Obama would like to see, but is it what the rest of us would like to see? What does a single payer health care plan look like? We need look no further than other countries who have adopted such a plan. The picture isn’t pretty. [4] The only way they can control costs is to ration care. As I noted in my earlier statement quoting Thomas Sowell, government run health care won’t reduce the price of medical care; it will simply refuse to pay the price. The expensive innovative procedures that people from all over the world come to the United States for will not be available under a government plan that seeks to cover everyone by capping costs.

Our senior citizens are right to be wary of this health care bill. Medical care at the end of life accounts for 80 percent of all health care. When care is rationed, that is naturally where the cuts will be felt first. The “end-of-life” consultations authorized in Section 1233 of HR 3200 were an obvious and heavy handed attempt at pressuring people to reduce the financial burden on the system by minimizing their own care. Worst still, it actually provided a financial incentive to doctors to initiate these consultations. People are right to point out that such a provision doesn’t sound “purely voluntary.”

Back to killing old people.  Aack.

In an article I noted yesterday, Charles Lane wrote:

“Ideally, the delicate decisions about how to manage life’s end would be made in a setting that is neutral in both appearance and fact. Yes, it’s good to have a doctor’s perspective. But Section 1233 goes beyond facilitating doctor input to preferring it. Indeed, the measure would have an interested party — the government — recruit doctors to sell the elderly on living wills, hospice care and their associated providers, professions and organizations. You don’t have to be a right-wing wacko to question that approach.” [5]

I agree. Last year, I issued a proclamation for “Healthcare Decisions Day.” [6] The proclamation sought to increase the public’s knowledge about creating living wills and establishing powers of attorney. There was no incentive to choose one option over another. There was certainly no financial incentive for physicians to push anything. In fact, the proclamation explicitly called on medical professionals and lawyers “to volunteer their time and efforts” to provide information to the public.

Comparing the “Healthcare Decisions Day” proclamation to Section 1233 of HR 3200 is ridiculous. The two are like apples and oranges. The attempt to link the two shows how desperate the proponents of nationalized health care are to shift the debate away from the disturbing details of their bill.

There is one aspect of this bill which I have not addressed yet, but it’s a very obvious one. It’s the simple fact that we can’t afford it. But don’t take my word for it. Take the word of Doug Elmendorf, the director of the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. He told the Senate Budget Committee last month:

“In the legislation that has been reported we do not see the sort of fundamental changes that would be necessary to reduce the trajectory of federal health spending by a significant amount. And on the contrary, the legislation significantly expands the federal responsibility for health care costs.” [7]

Dr. Elmendorf went on to note that this health care legislation would increase spending at an unsustainable rate.

Our nation is already $11.5 trillion in debt. Where will the money come from? Taxes, of course. And will a burdensome new tax help our economy recover? Of course not. The best way to encourage more health care coverage is to foster a strong economy where people can afford to purchase their own coverage if they choose to do so. The current administration’s economic policies have done nothing to help in this regard.

I just threw up.  I guess by Palin’s blame of Governor Murkowski for the Medicaid moratorium, we can probably lay some of that ol’ debt at the feet of GWB.

Health care is without a doubt a complex and contentious issue, but health care reform should be a market oriented solution. There are many ways we can reform the system and lower costs without nationalizing it.

REALLY?  HOW?  Negotiating with pharmaceuticals?  Nope, can’t do that.  What are the “many ways”?  We could really use a few.

The economist Arthur Laffer has taken the lead in pushing for a patient-center health care reform policy. He noted in a Wall Street Journal article earlier this month:

“A patient-centered health-care reform begins with individual ownership of insurance policies and leverages Health Savings Accounts, a low-premium, high-deductible alternative to traditional insurance that includes a tax-advantaged savings account. It allows people to purchase insurance policies across state lines and reduces the number of mandated benefits insurers are required to cover. It reallocates the majority of Medicaid spending into a simple voucher for low-income individuals to purchase their own insurance. And it reduces the cost of medical procedures by reforming tort liability laws.” [8]

Those are real reforms that we can live with and afford. Once again, I warn my fellow Americans that if we go down the path of nationalized health care, there will be no turning back. We must stop and think or we may find ourselves losing even more of our freedoms.

When ANY politician talks about protecting freedom and then annoints themselves to be the Vagina Police and the Sanctity of Marriage Border Patrol, they are LYING about your freedom!

– Sarah Palin

The problem isn’t that Palin based her post on faith based facts.  She, a private citizen, has every right to have an opinion about her country.  The Democratic leadership, who hold health care a breath away from us, are changing policy to appease her misinformation.  Grow a pair, we need a public option NOW.

PS. Katie Couric, this is what Sarah read today…you betcha!

[1] See
[2] See
[4] See
[5] See
[6] See
[7] See
[8] See


  1. IMHO, Fakebook also needs to grow a pair, or have prosthetic ones, and get her proselytizing page off my ‘puter! What place does Fakebook have in promoting her political discourse and promulgation of pious and petulant pedantry? Methinks the answer is NONE. ( I couldn’t think of P word for None!) LOL

    She refuses to blog, but she’s blogging anyway; just calling it “notes” doesn’t make it any different. It’s time to call out fakebook next.

    PS: you’re getting smarter every second you’re there. Keep up the good work.

  2. Keep going after the Crazies Shannyn.
    And don’t give anyone a pass.
    Really hope you are enjoying your netroots and other east coast adventures.

  3. There are even more serious implications in the latest findings about ObamaCare™ posted by Elwood over at I Eat Gravel!

    The horror!

  4. Shannyn

    I may not be the first, but I sure as heck would vote for you for national office. You have a unique way of putting things that actually describes the problems of politics right on the money.

    This latest blog post sums up the problem all too well: The DNC needs to “grow a pair”. The ex-Alaskan-gov whack job has abused her 15 minutes and the media (both main stream and otherwise) needs to ignore this nutcase so she disappares!

  5. I have been a high school English teacher for the past 25 years, and throughout that time I have focused on teaching students how to write. Whenever I read a newspaper article or a blog, I can’t help but pay attention to a writer’s style and technique. I have a virtual red pencil in my hand as well as a box of gold stars!
    I have always been fascinated with Palin’s writing. Good writing reflects good thinking, and Palin is capable of neither. But her unique style is easy to recognize: dangling elements, misspelled and misused words, rambling sentences, lack of punctuation. As many people have noticed, Palin is not writing her new Facebook entries. She signs her name to the entries, but she is not the writer.
    One of my roles as a teacher is to help my students understand the values of hard work and honesty. Students are expected to hand in their own work. In fact, if a student is caught taking credit for someone else’s writing, he or she gets a “0” on the assignment and a written reprimand. Taking credit for someone else’s work is cheating, and it can jeopardize a student’s academic career.
    She is such a poor role model.

    • Not that I encourage people to visit, but you might consider looking at conservatives for palin and using your skills to assess whether or not RAM is Palin’s newest facebook writer. It has been suggested as a possibility considering the fact that the “notes” are not in Palin’s scope of abilities, RAM spent some time in Alaska in an attempt to contact Palin, and has suddenly stopped writing for c4p like she used to. There is also the fact that plenty of people feel that the folks at c4p had an inside contact to Palin while she was Governor because of the quickness they obtained information, well before things were released elsewhere.

      • There is no way that is palin writing that! She never used footnotes before.
        RAM does/did used them. I would agree with Eye, RAM could very well be writing this drivel for palin!
        Also..too, FYI there is a button underneath Her Notes, you can report it, or comments. Since she is prone to inciting hatred and strife this is useful IMO and/or report commenters. I am very sick of hearing treasonous statements about this country and against the President.

  6. What do you expect from the TWITTER QUITTER?”

    Intelligent thought?

    The truth?

    No hypocrisy or lies?

  7. “Her crowd would only be happy if Obama resigned and handed the reigns over to her.”

    Make that “reins” would you? (By the way, I agree with you on this.)

    • I think “Reigns” was intentional.

    • Mr. Lewis, I vote with you for a change from “reigns” to “reins,” but like Chris, wondered if Shannyn’s word choice was conscious or perhaps a Freudian slip.

  8. This is just too rich!

    You are correct, Sarah didn’t write that piece of unmitigated BS. The sentences are grammatically correct and there is wayyyy to much punctuation.

    Sarah is the very epitome of what is wrong with politics today.

  9. Palin wrote her tweets and both her resignation and farewell speeches, but she most certainly has not been writing her FB notes. Her tweets and speeches betray an addled mind, and the FB notes, while convoluted, do not.

  10. Shannyn-

    I don’t know how you found the time with all the cool stuff you are doing right now- to lay down such a good and scathing (re SP- NOT RSVP) line such as:

    “I’m not sure who decided footnotes were in order for a facebook press release, but I doubt it was Palin. Seriously, who wrote this crap? It has punctuation-a sure sign of an impostor and not one “and-also”.

    I cracked up there. A really good piece.

  11. Palin and the Taliban have something in common…..wait………”unobtainable goals”.

    • I WISH the Taliban were as dense, dim witted, presumptuous, and self destructively vain glorious as SP is. It wouldn’t be a war- it would be a route.

      Unfortunately, they actually fight for what they believe in and have their own brand of courage- that is what makes them a formidable enemy as opposed to a coward and a bully with the conviction of a conniving rat.

      I have more respect for them than I do Palin. I can say that. I am a Vet.

  12. “Sarah Palin has been to politics what Tonya Harding was to the sport of figure skating.”

    This is so great and accurate. Thank you for your relentless pursuit to expose the garbage that passes as truth, even if that garbage is neatly stacked and bagged with the help of others, it still stinks. 😀

    • Nicely said Poolman-

      The “racked, packed, and stacked” garbage metaphor was a right on the money.

    • The analogy of Palin to Harding is priceless!!! Just about the best I’ve seen in a few years.

  13. Congrats on the cool award.

    You said: The Democratic leadership…are changing policy to appease her misinformation.

    That’s what Palin claims, but not sure it’s true. How could anything be changing when Congress isn’t even in session?

  14. Shannyn: congrats on winning the Gilliard Award! Many more accolades will follow, IMHO.

    I hope you enjoy my little (home)town of Pittsburgh. Since such a short — and very, very busy — trip yields little opportunity to grasp any unique place via direct experience, you may find the “creative nonfiction” collection of essays at the website “Pittsburgh In Words” enjoyable (link: )

    Now then… on to Ms. ‘Winky’ Moosealini.

    Apparently she has a ghost nitwit composing posts for her (as postulated by earlier commenters here)… someone whose writing may be less of a study in rambling incoherence as Palin’s, but one whose understanding of government is just as sorely lacking.

    The Ghost Nitwit cites H.R. 3200… but apparently thinks that the “H.R.” stands for Harry Reid or something (and not for “House of Representatives”) for she then goes on to thank the Senate Finance Committee for amending that House bill — during recess, yet — to remove the language out of which Palin purportedly had spun her ‘death panel’ fabrication.

    Obviously no such amending of a House bill by a committee of the Senate has occurred (not ever), just as the Vice President isn’t “in charge of the Senate,” nor do vice presidents “get in there with the senators and make a lot of good policy changes.”

    She’s such a wholly-unselfconscious political piñata.

    Again… hope you enjoy my little hometown.


  15. Well done Shannyn. Wonderful analysis. I wrote a letter to Mark Zukerberg, the founder and CEO of Facebook, politely requesting that Sarah Palin desist from politicizing Facebook by using it as a partisan political referendum. I told him that for her to so so is against the mission and intent of Facebook to be a venue for SOCIAL networking not a site for political blogging. I suggested that since Ms. Palin wants to be a blogger, she create a website and blog away to her heart’s content. I told him I was offended that she would use Facebook for a political platform.
    I hope he will have the dignity to reply.
    What a great time you and AKM are having at Netroots! Sending Mudlove your way.

    • Thank you for doing that! Yes if she want to blog she should make a blog like everyone else instead of using Face book as her own little political “shout out” ugh!
      I hope he will take it to heart, because alot of people feel the same way as you!

    • Perhaps we should all do as LiladyNY did and write Facebook’s people and ask them to kick her off. I just did a review of Facebook’s Terms of Service, and unfortunately they appear to allow her to rant as she has.

      The closest thing to hanging her with on Facebook MIGHT be to make the claim that she is violating their promotions clause, which states ” You may not in any way: (1) Use Facebook’s name, trademarks, trade names, copyrights, or any other Facebook intellectual property in the rules to or any other materials relating to the promotion; (2) Directly or indirectly indicate that Facebook is a sponsor or administrator of the promotion; or (3) Administer the promotion on the Facebook site, other than through an application on the Facebook Platform.”

      But that might be a stretch.

      However, it would be fun to try 🙂

  16. Shannyn:

    My bad… the original Ghost Nitwit postulator was yourself!

    (h/t to teutonic13)

    Let me also join the others here in expressing thanks for all of your great work. The award is richly deserved.

  17. Throw The Healthcare Obstructionist Out!

    More than two thirds of the American people want a single payer health care system. And if they cant have a single payer system 76% of all Americans want a strong government-run public option on day one (85% of democrats, 71% of independents, and 60% republicans). Basically everyone.

    We have the 37th worst quality of healthcare in the developed world. And the most costly. Costing over twice as much as every other county. Conservative estimates are that over 120,000 of you dies each year in America from treatable illness that people in other developed countries don’t die from. Rich, middle class, and poor a like. Insured and uninsured. Men, women, children, and babies. This is what being 37th in quality of healthcare means.

    I know that many of you are angry and frustrated that REPUBLICANS! In congress are dragging their feet and trying to block TRUE healthcare reform. What republicans want is just a taxpayer bailout of the DISGRACEFUL GREED DRIVEN PRIVATE FOR PROFIT health insurance industry, and the DISGRACEFUL GREED DRIVEN PRIVATE FOR PROFIT healthcare industry. A trillion dollar taxpayer funded private health insurance bailout is all you really get, without a robust government-run public option available on day one. Co-OP’s ARE NOT A SUBSTITUTE FOR A GOVERNMENT-RUN PUBLIC OPTION. They are a fraud being pushed by the GREED DRIVEN PRIVATE FOR PROFIT health insurance industry that is KILLING YOU!


    These industries have been slaughtering you and your loved ones like cattle for decades for profit. Including members of congress and their families. These REPUBLICANS are FOOLS!

    Republicans and their traitorous allies have been trying to make it look like it’s President Obama’s fault for the delays, and foot dragging. But I think you all know better than that. President Obama inherited one of the worst government catastrophes in American history from these REPUBLICANS! And President Obama has done a brilliant job of turning things around, and working his heart out for all of us.

    But Republicans think you are just a bunch of stupid, idiot, cash cows with short memories. Just like they did under the Bush administration when they helped Bush and Cheney rape America and the rest of the World.

    But you don’t have to put up with that. And this is what you can do. The Republicans below will be up for reelection on November 2, 2010. Just a little over 13 months from now. And many of you will be able to vote early. So pick some names and tell their voters that their representatives (by name) are obstructing TRUE healthcare reform. And are sellouts to the insurance and medical lobbyist.

    Ask them to contact their representatives and tell them that they are going to work to throw them out of office on November 2, 2010, if not before by impeachment, or recall elections. Doing this will give you something more to do to make things better in America. And it will make you feel better too.

    There are many resources on the internet that can help you find people to call and contact. For example, many social networking sites can be searched by state, city, or University. Be inventive and creative. I can think of many ways to do this. But be nice. These are your neighbors. And most will want to help.

    I know there are a few democrats that have been trying to obstruct TRUE healthcare reform too. But the main problem is the Bush Republicans. Removing them is the best thing tactically to do. On the other hand. If you can easily replace a democrat obstructionist with a supportive democrat, DO IT!

    You have been AMAZING!!! people. Don’t loose heart. You knew it wasn’t going to be easy saving the World. 🙂

    God Bless You

    jacksmith — Working Class

    Twitter search (#welovethenhs) Check it out.


    Republican Senators up for re-election in 2010.

    * Richard Shelby of Alabama
    * Lisa Murkowski of Alaska
    * John McCain of Arizona
    * Mel Martinez of Florida
    * Johnny Isakson of Georgia
    * Mike Crapo of Idaho
    * Chuck Grassley of Iowa
    * Sam Brownback of Kansas
    * Jim Bunning of Kentucky
    * David Vitter of Louisiana
    * Kit Bond of Missouri
    * Judd Gregg of New Hampshire
    * Richard Burr of North Carolina
    * George Voinovich of Ohio
    * Tom Coburn of Oklahoma
    * Jim DeMint of South Carolina
    * John Thune of South Dakota
    * Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas
    * Bob Bennett of Utah

  18. I will not talk to BS Palin’s ghostwritten ‘notes’

    You have some great liners in this piece, thank you.

    Look forward to your radio show in a couple of hrs.

  19. A private citizen posting blatant lies on Facebook has apparently succeeded in shifting the terms of the debate and seems to be rallying popular support. Can it be?

    • A guy called Senator Mcarthy tried the same tactics- similar to the Salem witch trials- he accused colleagues left and right of being communists. Sarah seems to be emulating him in a few different ways.

      He was a peddler of fear and distrust.

      I wasn’t born then and you probably weren’t either, but I can say this. Compared to him and Hitler, Sarah is a rank amateur. They were intelligent, conniving, and cruel. She lacks the big IQ to be listed in that particular gene pool.

      But then again- 2 out of 3 ain’t bad.

  20. OT…dont forget that MOnday palin must dislose the Arctic Cat super secret contract details to APOC…


  21. Olbemann eviscerated this post…especially the footnotes, which refer to non-existant clauses in the WRONG bill. She refers to HR blah blah but the bill in question is the Senate version which a$$ is gra$$ly claims to have amended. During the recess when he’s not even in DC.

    Shannyn, when you get back, please take a good hard look at Palin’s FB note about healthcare in Alaska and how she did such a stellar job with during her very short reign.

    For now, keep having fun!

    • Olbermann was right. Just because Sen. Grassley makes statements at rallies or to the press does not mean anything in one of the Senate bills has changed, which are numbered S #, not HR #. They’re on recess. Grassley cannot make the change himself. Anything removed from the bill in committee would require a committee vote. Palin and her ghostwriter do not realize this…

      • I suspect there’s lots of stuff Palin doesn’t realize… anyone else get the impression that no matter how much she tries to appear otherwise, she’s not the brightest bulb in the garbage can.

    • Grasseley is one of the fundy dominionists “the fellowship”.
      “Other significant members of the Fellowship are Senators Charles Grassley (R-IA)”

      These are they people palin pals around with, they are the GOP akd “the party of NO” C street, “the Family” they are trying to control the country.

  22. palin didnt change anything. Her ghostwriter glommed onto a catchphrase that certainly sounds more like RA Mansour than palin….DONT LET HER BE RELEVANT. drop her, until she makes the line up at the detention center. And MOnday the gifts and A-Cat are due…Who is going thru the boxes? Vanfleabag and staplemouth? the kids? chuck and jim after their excellent adventure ID?

    I cant wait til Monday! as long as I still get my Sunday nap!

    • Only a desperate fool or an insanely stupid idiot would link their legacy to a catch phrase such as “death panels”.

      It appears that both conditions have been adequately reviewed and deemed to be indeed what they seem to be… the truth.

      • I’d vote for “insanely stupid idiot,” but I do not want to insult “insanely stupid idiots” out there.

  23. without copy/pasting your entire piece here and saying “yessssss, I couldn’t agree with you more”…one sentence stuck with me like superglue. (keeping with the sticky theme)
    “Because a quitter governor has an opinion that sticks as fact with the least educated among us”
    This was simple, on target, and priceless!
    Thank you Shannyn…for putting thoughts into words.

  24. Well done, Shannyn! Great article! We DO need the strong public option…and it’s time to take a much stronger stand!!!

    Many of us are so very tired of the partisan BS regarding Health Care Reform! Because that is exactly what it is!!! In the meantime, the job is just not getting done!!!

    Let’s keep their feet to the fire! Let’s keep up the pressure on these officials that we elected…you know, the ones who are supposed to represent US?

    Please sign this petition to have paid health care removed from our representatives in Congress until such time as they reform health care – to include a strong public option – for ‘we the people’ who they are supposed to represent. Then spread the word to anyone and everyone you know!

    • Thanks Nancy! I’m going to post and email that everywhere!

  25. Sarah Palin is a liar, is dishonest, unethical and delusional.
    She is hiding behind Face Book and an unknown writer.
    She never wrote any of those diatribes passes off those writings as her own.
    This now begs the question, WHO IS USING HER?

    She will never be a leader because she cannot organize a thing in her head and communicate a clear concise thought to others.
    All she is able to do is criticize what others do, inflame the willing and then walk away “claiming” victory.
    She cannot hide behind face book forever. She can have others write her speeches to sound smart.
    But she cannot give to others what she does not possess, the ability to formulate a clear vision, new ideas and problem solve.
    She showed that as Mayor and by quitting the Governorship.
    The urgent question now is who is behind Palin, supplying her with a writer and ideas that she could never, ever think up on her own.

  26. So has politics now become a “rent the most polarizing bobble head” game?

    Or was it always that way, and the light bulb has just turned on?

  27. Who ARE these “death panel” people? Nincompoops and lamebrains ??? Its obviously a scare tactic used by the republicans…insurance companies, hospitals and HMOs already use terms like “End of Life” to describe this consultation…Blue Cross, Humana, Catholic Healthcare West, Kaiser Permanente, they all use it!!! It’s as if these halfwit GOP sheep just started looking into healthcare for the first time in their lives….of course they could be just flamin’ hypocrites like Sarah Palin, who now hysterically cries out “death panels” despite the fact that she declared a “Healthcare Decisions Day” in Alaska just a little over a year ago.

    “WHEREAS, Healthcare Decisions Day is designed to raise public awareness of the need to plan ahead for healthcare decisions, related to end of life care and medical decision-making whenever patients are unable to speak for themselves and to encourage the specific use of advance directives to communicate these important healthcare decisions. WHEREAS, in Alaska, Alaska Statute 13.52 provides the specifics of the advance directives law and offers a model form for patient use.

    WHEREAS, it is estimated that only about 20 percent of people in Alaska have executed an advance directive. Moreover, it is estimated that less than 50 percent of severely or terminally ill patients have an advance directive.

    WHEREAS, it is likely that a significant reason for these low percentages is that there is both a lack of knowledge and considerable confusion in the public about Advance Directives.

    WHEREAS, one of the principal goals of Healthcare Decisions Day is to encourage hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, continuing care retirement communities, and hospices to participate in a statewide effort to provide clear and consistent information to the public about advance directives, as well as to encourage medical professionals and lawyers to volunteer their time and efforts to improve public knowledge and increase the number of Alaska’s citizens with advance directives.

    WHEREAS, the Foundation for End of Life Care in Juneau, Alaska, and other organizations throughout the United States have endorsed this event and are committed to educating the public about the importance of discussing healthcare choices and executing advance directives.

    WHEREAS, as a result of April 16, 2008, being recognized as Healthcare Decisions Day in Alaska, more citizens will have conversations about their healthcare decisions; more citizens will execute advance directives to make their wishes known; and fewer families and healthcare providers will have to struggle with making difficult healthcare decisions in the absence of guidance from the patient.

    NOW, THEREFORE, I, Sarah Palin, Governor of the state of Alaska, do hereby proclaim April 16, 2008, as: Healthcare Decisions Day in Alaska, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.”

    Dated: April 16, 2008

    • I hope that you have sent the original to every news agency that has reported on Palin’s death panels. They were more than happy to cover her facebook post and then give her credit for killing the provision in the bill–shouldn’t they now also cover her actions of a year ago?

  28. Great post. You have a talent for sorting the facts from all the bs and calling a spade a spade. Keep up the good work.
    I think we all should ignore Palin and banish her to the “back forty” of Alaska never to be heard from again. We all need to support President Obama in his efforts to build a better America.

  29. Sarah Palin has been to politics what Tonya Harding was to the sport of figure skating.
    Ha ha ha ha ha.
    Thanks, Shannyn.

    • So who plays the roles of Nancy Kerrigan and Oksana Baiul?

      Michelle Bachman and and Meg Stapleton?

  30. […] Palin’s Triple Salchow Crash I’m spending an amazing week at Netroots Nation.  I was front and center for President Bill Clinton’s […] […]

  31. “I join millions of Americans in expressing appreciation for the Senate Finance Committee’s decision to remove the provision in the pending health care bill that authorizes end-of-life consultations (Section 1233 of HR 3200),”
    ~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~`

    It’s amazing that this woman who ran as VP, was a governor and a mayor, has no idea how the house and senate work.

    First of all BOTH the house AND senate are in recess, therefore it is IMPOSSIBLE for the Senate Finance Committee to make Any decision about ANY bill OR for ANYTHING to be added or removed from ANY BILL…… …duh!!!!

    The senate finance committee consists of……….




    There has been no announcement from this group of senators that they intend on removing ANYTHING from ANY bill.

    Secondly and most glaringly, ………. .(Section 1233 of HR 3200)….. ..HR…… …….for HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, NOT THE SENATE!

    This is the stuff of 6-7th grade civics. Palin is not fooling anyone any more, she is intellectually void.

  32. I am still in a stage of stunned disbelief at John McCain’s choice of Sarah Palin as his VP. One of these days I’ll get over it. On the day she was announced, I called my GOP daughter (Ph.D) to relay this news and tell her that she had been passed over in favor of a know nothing. I was right on that day and everytime Palin opens her mouth I am reminded yet again, just how intellectually void of any measure of simple intelligence she is.

  33. Palin speechwriter Don Tubagoo* is back! In an interview conducted in his suite at the Anchorage Motel Six, Mr. Tubagoo outlined the strategery behind Ms. Palin’s message on health reform [0:56].

    *Mr. Tubagoo sez he’s Palin’s speechwriter, and he said it on these here internets, and that’s good enough for me!

  34. Link for previous:

  35. Shannyn,
    You are fierce !! Keep it up, WE LOVE YOU FOR IT !!
    I wish that crazy batch (citizen Palin) would just
    STFU !!! Thanks as always for keeping it real.

  36. Let’s call Miss Wasilla what she is now, a blogger in pajamas in her lake house basement.

    She is a blogger, no different than the millions of other blogs.

    I wrote to Josh Marshall asking that he refrain from paying her any attention since she is just another citizen with a blog. His blog is not just a click-whore like Huffpo, so maybe he will listen.

  37. Palin’s ghostwriter is right about one thing; we need tort reform. Medical malpractice insurance is a huge expense that does not improve the quality of care and that gets passed along to all of us.

    The rest of the writer’s material is bunk. Harmful bunk, at that. Patients should be able to afford to have their doctor involved in their end-of-life decisions. It is ironic that Palin, who is so lacking in altruism that she expected the citizens of Alaska to pay her to live in her own home and cover the costs of her children’s travel to events to which they were not invited or expected, thinks physicians should be willing to do this for free.

    For many people, there comes a time when the side effects of the treatments available are diminishing the quality of what life is left with no benefit. A fully informed patient may opt to discontinue treatment at that point and enjoy the time they have left with family and friends as much as they can. My elderly father and I have already decided that should we become vegetative, we want someone to pull the plug. I have no problems with those who make different choices, but for me, it does not make sense to spend money on care that won’t do any good. I’d rather see that money going to care for someone who will benefit from it. For Palin’s writer to be screaming about how expensive healthcare reform would be while asking for removal of a provision that would allow patients to be better informed about their options and save a tremendous amount of costs while not diminishing benefits is insane.

    I think there are key things that need fixing that aren’t addressed in HR 3200 – medical billing and the inconsistent way in which insurance companies decide what will be covered and how much they will pay, for starters, but she’s not addressing those things. It’s a fact that we need to do something before we have even more people uninsured that we all have to pay for.

    High deductible plans are great – unless you are low income, get sick, and wish you had the money you spent on your high-deductible plan so you could see a doctor. If you are really low income, you can’t afford the high-deductible plan, either. Anyone else want to know what “mandated benefits” she thinks shouldn’t be covered? I’d love to know how Medicaid issuing vouchers to buy insurance would be a good thing. First of all, people would be dealing with two bureaucracies, Medicaid and the insurance company, (and two sets of administrative costs) instead of one. What will be done for people with pre-existing conditions that can’t get buy insurance now at any price? Insurance rates vary widely depending on the size of the pool. Small employers pay more per employee than large employers. Individuals trying to get insurance are at a tremendous disadvantage. I don’t think we can afford to give out vouchers big enough to cover all the uninsured as individuals, especially given what I’ve seen people paying lately.

    Palin and her ghostwriters really need to zip it if they don’t have anything more meaningful to add to the debate.

  38. Elmendorf’s conclusions were subsequently disputed:

    …but, of course, that doesn’t dissuade Sarah’s Packers and the Limbaugh Lynch Mob from quoting it…

  39. Sarah Palin = Antithesis of Smart Talk

  40. Sheesh, how the heck did I imbed a Youtube IN THE COMMENTS? I typed in the URL, figuring that would remain as text (maybe an active link, maybe just a text string – I didn’t know), then trotted off. That has worked fine in other WordPress sites where I’ve posted comments.

    The presence of a few comments after my last one is a relief, otherwise I would worry that I might have messed up the thread. In any event, I’ll try to avoid doing this in any future comments I post here. Apologies if anyone found it jarring.

  41. I’d bet that William Kristol is the little birdie whispering sweet nothings into Sarah’s ear.

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