I need to apologize for not keeping up on this, I can only offer the press of work and home life have priority.
Lipstickmama, please note that I have not called anyone stupid, in this post or any other that I can recall.
Anthony R and Dr. Guy are quite correct. If you heard her interview in the entirety, Ms. Palin's remarks were temperate, especially her re-interpretation of the so-called "Bush Doctrine." Unfortunately her remarks were "cherry picked," something that I would never do....okay, joking there. She never said nor implied that she would declare war on Russia, nor for that matter ever wrote a "blank check for war" to Israel.
On the other hand....for anyone who cares, Sarah Palin's husband and 12 others have been subpoened as part of an investigation into the dismissal of Walt Monegan, the former public service commissioner. Not judging her guilty, perhaps some will dismiss it as partisan politics. Will the investigation hurt the Republican campaign? My opinion is that it will.
By the way, source: http://www.reuters.com/article/vcCandidateFeed7/idUSN1246165920080914
Moderateman, thank you so much for posting. We sometimes agree, more often disagree, but you are always most welcome. As you said to me once in a time of need, stay strong.
Daiwa, if I have not expressed it sufficiently before, thank you for your well-reasoned and challenging remarks. The Biden case is troubling, The money has been given back, his son has quit the lobbying firm, but perhaps late.
Dr. Guy, I fully admit to being fallible, biased, even opinionated. It was "unethical" that I disagreed with. And strongly disagreed with at that.
Time and again, her successes have been oeverstated, exagerrated. Let me offer this quote from the Wall Street Journal, not exactly a left-wing publication:
"Gov. Palin likes to boast that she finally got Alaska’s big natural-gas pipeline project moving, after years of false starts. She did sign a contract with TransCanada, a pipeline company, to eventually build a pipeline that would carry gas from Alaska’s North Slope down the lower 48 states.
But the state’s agreement with TransCanada doesn’t include any guarantees the pipeline will actually be built. And Alaska hasn’t locked up the gas needed to fill the pipeline. In that sense, Gov. Palin’s barekknuckle approach to the diversified international oil giants–steps like raising the royalty fees oil companies pay the state–may make it tougher for her to fulfill her domestic-energy promises."
Let me add a quote from Bert Stedman, Republican co-chair of the Alaska state senate finance committee:
Ms. Palin’s bill seemed intentionally written to keep the three major Alaska oil producers from submitting proposals. Demonizing Big Oil, he added, could come back to haunt the state. “It’s a sad state of affairs, but it’s true: if you look at the politics of the state and you want to have a devil, you can point at Exxon, as well as at BP and Conoco,” Mr. Stedman said. “It is good politics.”
Article in its entirety: http://blogs.wsj.com/environmentalcapital/2008/09/11/palins-pipeline-pols-jabs-at-big-oil-could-come-back-to-hurt-them/
From the Houston Chronicle: "An examination of the project has found that she has overstated both the progress that has been made and the certainty of success.
The pipeline exists only on paper. The first section has yet to be laid, federal approvals are years away, and the pipeline will not be completed for at least a decade.
In fact, the pipeline might never be built."
You can add the claim regarding Federal earmarks to the list of exagerrations. Acknowledging that Ms. Palin did in fact REDUCE requests for Federal earmarks, John McCain agreed that she did not eliminate them:
"John McCain got it wrong Friday when he asserted that his running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, had not requested any earmarks, the spending directives lawmakers insert in spending bills that McCain has vowed to eliminate.
Palin, in fact, requested $198 million in federal earmarks in February, including such expenses as $487,000 to fight obesity in Alaska and $4 million to develop recreational trails."
A week and more after I posted the original article all the statements I made have been supported. The investigation into Trooper-gate is proceeding, the Highway to Nowhere is costing Federal taxpayors $100 million, the plane is acknowledged to have been sold at a loss, other statements such as the gas pipeline and earmarks have been greatly exagerrated.
Nothing unethical about my calling a lie what it is, a lie.