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Road to Nowhere Opens

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How will the prom queen spin this one? Her Road to Nowhere, a $25 million gravel road leading to the site of the bridge that Palin championed but now lies about, opened this weekend in Alaska. The road was built with federal tax dollars.

The 3.2 mile road will serve as a running track for 5k and 10k races and perhaps useful to hunters so that they need not trudge through brush during their attempts to kill things, but that’s about it.

See Palin was for the bridge before she was against, but even after she turned against the $400 million project, she sure the hell wasn’t giving any of the money back. That’s why she built the $25 million service road to approach the bridge (that doesn’t exist). So she was able to keep the federal cash. 

John McCain says he opposes pork barrel spending. His choice for VP seems to indicate that he places politics above principle.

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Monday, September 22, 2008 at 8:15 am

Palin Lies About Bridge to Nowhere Again

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Listen to the crowd go wild! Republicans love being duped. It’s amazing. The bigger the liar, the more they love ’em. Check out this guy. I never seen anything like it. They know she’s lying, they just don’t care.

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Monday, September 15, 2008 at 10:12 am

More Stupid Palin Lies

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From the Atlantic: Back when she was increasing the long-term debt of the town of Wasilla by 69 percent, Mayor Palin also fired the town’s police chief and librarian, Irl Stambaugh and Mary Ellen Emmons. The accusation was that they were fired because they had supported her opponent in the previous election. Palin denied any political motivation. But whatever the merits of the firing, what is salient is that Palin’s reflexive instinct was to lie in public about it. From theAnchorage Daily News:

Reached at her home … Palin said she planned to meet with Stambaugh and Emmons this afternoon. She also disputed whether they had actually been fired. ‘‘There’s been no meeting, no actual terminations,” she said.

This was another odd lie – easily disproven:

Stambaugh’s response was to read part of the letter given to him. ”Although I appreciate your service as police chief, I’ve decided it’s time for a change. I do not feel I have your full support in my efforts to govern the city of Wasilla. Therefore I intend to terminate your employment. . . . ” ”If that’s not a letter of termination, I don’t know what is,” he said.

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Monday, September 15, 2008 at 8:59 am

Summary of Palin’s Bridge to Nowhere Lies

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You all know the drill: In her speeches, Sarah Palin routinely and repeatedly uses the phrase: “I told the Congress ‘thanks, but no thanks,’ for that Bridge to Nowhere.” In the McCain-Palin ads, the claim is that she “stopped the Bridge to Nowhere.”

Here are the facts, with documentation:

In 2006, Palin ran for governor on a “build-the-bridge” platform,[101]attacking “spinmeisters”[102] for insulting local residents by calling them “nowhere”[101] and urging speed “while our congressional delegation is in a strong position to assist.”[103] About two years after the introduction of the bridge proposals, a month after the bridge received sharp criticism from John McCain,[104] and nine months into Palin’s term as governor, Palin canceled the Gravina Bridge, blaming Congress for not providing enough funding.[105] Alaska will not return any of the $442 million to the federal government[106] and is spending a portion of the funding, $25 million, on a Gravina Island road to the place where the bridge would have gone, expressly so that none of the money will have to be returned.[101] Palin continues to support funding Don Young’s Way, estimated as more than twice as expensive as the Gravina Bridge would have been.[107]

I appreciate the conservative readers that this blog has been attracting. Please, before you respond that this is just wikipedia nonsense, do yourself a favor and click the links to verify all documentation before commenting.

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Monday, September 15, 2008 at 8:53 am

Sarah Palin Admits She’s a Liar

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Charlie Gibson has nailed her on her Bridge to Nowhere bullshit. Let’s see if there are any consequences to the fact that she has just admitted she’s been lying her ass off to crowd after crowd, television crew after television crew, and millions of American voters for the last two weeks.

Transcript after the jump…

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Friday, September 12, 2008 at 2:59 pm

Maureen Dowd’s List of Questions for Charlie Gibson

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After snowmobiling, walking some picturesque trails, and maybe visiting the school where she grew up, Charlie Gibson might actually ask Sarah Palin some questions. Maureen Dowd has a pretty nice list:

What kind of budget-cutter makes a show of getting rid of the state plane, then turns around and bills taxpayers for the travel of her husband and kids between Juneau and Wasilla and sticks the state with a per-diem tab to stay in her own home?

Why was Sarah for the Bridge to Nowhere before she was against the Bridge to Nowhere, and why was she for earmarks before she was against them? And doesn’t all this make her just as big a flip-flopper as John Kerry?

What kind of fiscal conservative raises taxes and increases budgets in both her jobs — as mayor and as governor?

When the phone rings at 3 a.m., will she call the Wasilla Assembly of God congregation and ask them to pray on a response, as she asked them to pray for a natural gas pipeline?

Does she really think Adam, Eve, Satan and the dinosaurs mingled on the earth 5,000 years ago?

Why put out a press release about her teenage daughter’s pregnancy and then spend the next few days attacking the press for covering that press release?

As Troopergate unfolds here — an inquiry into whether Palin inappropriately fired the commissioner of public safety for refusing to fire her ex-brother-in-law — it raises this question: Who else is on her enemies list and what might she do with the F.B.I.?

Does she want a federal ban on trans fat in restaurants and a ban on abortion and Harry Potter? And which books exactly would have landed on the literature bonfire if she had had her way with that Wasilla librarian?

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Thursday, September 11, 2008 at 1:14 pm

Sarah is Full of Shit

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Here’s a nice little video making fun of Sarah Palin’s “Reformer” claim. It’s just chock full of old footage that really shows off her lies:

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Tuesday, September 9, 2008 at 2:00 am