Thursday, 04 September 2008
DEBUNKING THE LIE THAT PALIN SLASHED SPECIAL NEEDS BUDGET BY 62%
Time to debunk another flat-out lie about Sarah Palin.
This one relates to the attack that while Ms. Palin says she is a friend to parents
with special needs children (like her own), she slashed 62% from the special
If that were true I agree Ms. Palin would be a liar and a hypocrite.
But it isn't true. The liars and hypocrites are the people making this
Here are the facts, from www.rightwingliberal.worldpress.com:
September 4, 2008
The latest attempt to smear Governor Palin comes
from Night Runner at Daily Kos (with an assist from
CNNs Soledad OBrien, according to Brian Faughnan of the Weekly Standard Blog
(I dont watch CNN much these days).
To hear NR@DK and OBrien tell it, Palin cut the
Special Education (Budget) by 62%. Heres the justification DK uses
for this smear:
For those of you who seem so enamored with Gov.
Sarah Palin, it might be worth noting that she oversees the budget for the
Department of Education and Early Development Special Schools in
These funds provide supplementary educational
services to students with severe disabling conditions and the Alaska Challenge
Youth Academy. The resident school where the child would normally be placed
does not have the resources to provide an adequate educational program.
Without the supplementary services the childs needs would not be met by the
local school district in most cases.
The following programs are included within this
component: Special Education Service Agency (SESA)
The Annual budget for 2007, which
preceded Gov. Palin was $8,265,300.
http://www.gov.state.ak.us/ (RWL note: Broken
The Annual budget for 2008, enacted
by Gov. Palin is $3,156,000.
http://www.gov.state.ak.us/ (RWL note: Broken link
The Annual budget for 2009, enacted
by Gov. Palin is $3,156,000.
http://www.gov.state.ak.us/ (RWL note: Broken link again
This is a cut in special needs
services to children in Alaska of 5,109,300 , or 62%.
Now, Faughnan does a pretty decent job responding
to this crap, but because I saw the per student funding level and skipped the
words per student, I initially thought Palin would need a better defense
(sorry, Brian). So I did a little more digging, and I found that Night
Runner is an idiot, and OBrien (for lapping this up) is lazy and
I started with the FY07 budget for Special Schools (that was Murkowskis last budget year). Indeed,
Special Schools received $8,265,300. Now, one thing to keep in mind:
this budget included the Alaska Challenge Youth
Academy, which NR@DK referenced earlier.
Next up is the FY08 operating budget, and indeed, it only shows $3,156,000. Heres the part DK and OB
forgot to mention: the Alaska Challenge Youth Academy is a separate
line item in the operating budget - to the tune of $5,709,000.
The funds total $8,865,000, an 7.26% increase, not a
The FY09 Operating Budget has the same separation. Add them together again, and you
have $9,214,900, 3.95% more than FY08 and 11.49% more than
FY07. Again, not a 62% cut.
This is something the NR@DK could have
easily checked just by looking at the Alaska State Budget website and making a
few clicks. Ms. OBrien could have also checked this out in
less than an hour if she had bothered to actually work at her craft rather than
ball up bad numbers from Daily Kos and fling them with glee on unsuspecting
So, what we have learned? That
Governor Palin did not cut special needs
education funding, that DK still spews out sludge, that CNN has
joined MSNBC (and many others) in sinking to the nut-roots
Now you know the truth. That "62% slash" from the budget was an
ACCOUNTING PROCEDURE. In fact, Ms. Palin RAISED the budget for special
These people are liars. Desperate, terrified,
partisan liars. Why would you believe them anymore, about Sarah Palin
or anything else?
OBAMA'S MOUTHPIECE TRIES THE VINNY GAMBINI DEFENSE
Remember the hilarious movie My Cousin Vinny? Remember when Vinny
Gambini (played by Joe Pesci) sleeps through the prosecutor's opening
remarks and is suddenly kicked awake when the judge asks for his response to
what he did not hear? Remember his entire commentary? "Everything
that guy just said is bullshit. Thank you".
Well, here, courtesy of today's New York Post, is Obama mouthpiece David
Axelrod using the same defense against Sarah Palin:
BARACK FIRES BACK: PALIN'S SPEECH FULL OF
By GEOFF EARLE, Post Correspondent
Posted: 11:31 am
PITTSBURGH Barack Obama's camp is unloading on
Republican Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin after Palin described herself
as a "pit bull" and then tore into Obama in a tough convention
"There wasn't one thing that she said about
Obama or what he's proposing that's true," fumed Obama's strategist David
Axelrod, speaking to reporters aboard Obama's campaign plane.
Axelrod defended Obama against one of Palin's
most biting lines, when she ridiculed a favorite part of Obama's resume,
saying: "I guess a small town mayor is sort of like a community organizer --
except that you have actual responsibilities."
"They can demean service in the community but I
think most people appreciate it," Axelrod shot back.
"He's proud of those three years that he spent
as a young person working in those communities," Axelrod said, referencing
Obama's time working in Chicago after college.
He accused Palin of trying to "ignore his work
as a constitutional lawyer, as a professor at the University of Chicago, his
eight years in the legislature, his years in the United States Senate." Obama
himself rarely mentions his time spent in academia or at Harvard
Axelrod said the little-known Palin should
answer reporters' questions. "I don't think the American people are going to
tolerate candidates who are unwilling to answer basic questions about their
record, about issues, about the country."
"It's an extraordinary event, shedding an awful
lot of heat and no light. It almost defies the laws of physics," he said of
the GOP convention so far. "These are serious, serious times. People
understand that we've got big problems. The fact that they don't add any of
them I think will be noted."
Can this possibly be the best they can do? Imitate Vinny
Gambini? Holy you-know-what.
Lame whining like this proves to me Ms. Palin has already won
My favorite comment involves the comparison of Ms. Palin
being mayor of a small city with executive responsibilities, a budget,
employees, etc. to Mr. Obama being a community organizer. That is a
Look, I respect the concept of community organizing.
Some community organizers are wonderful people trying their best to accomplish
whatever they can without any particular legal standing or empowerment.
I don't know what Barack Obama did as a "community organizer"
(and neither do you, since his campaign has not favored us with any
specific explanation of his activities). But let's assume he was a great
one. How in the world does that compare to being an elected
executive running a small city?
Sarah Palin's point was, of course, that she had executive
experience in that job and Barack Obama had none as a "community
organizer". She was dead-on 100% right.
And you can bet a moose stew on it.
MSNBC GOES FURTHER LEFT (HOW???)
MSNBC going further left is not easy to imagine. But here's how the
network did it, courtesy of Page Six at the New York Post:
NO wonder Keith Olbermann is so
enamored of Rachel Maddow: She is helping the paranoid blowhard
rid MSNBC of disloyalists. Maddow tried to replace all the staffers who work on
the 9 p.m. time slot, which she takes over on Monday, but management refused.
"She is Olbermann's protg and is behaving like he does," said one insider.
Olbermann - who never went to the Republican National Convention (as Page Six
first reported) because of his assassination fear - succeeded in getting rid of
GOP analyst Mike Murphy. Let's see who's next to get hacked
under the dynamic duo's ax.
Poor keith. Given his prejudices (and they are legion) I suppose this
means he has a pathological fear of rich White old men.
As for Rachel Maddow, she is as reliably left wing as olbermann. And,
if this is any indication, she apparently is as reliably averse as olberman is
to have people she can't hand-pick anywhere near her.
This sacking of Michael Murphy from MSNBC (not NBC, apparently) is
fascinating to me. I didn't know that happened, but in reading it I did
some quick research and came up with this from Michael Calderone at www.politico.com:
If you worked at MSNBC and ever were within earshot of olbermann or maddow or anyone
of their handpicked staff, would you dare to have an opinion that rubbed theirs
the wrong way?
That's some "network", let me tell you.
BARACK OBAMA AND JODIE EVANS
It is a national disgrace that the same media scouring Alaska to dig up dirt
on Sarah Palin and her children is barely even looking at The Annenberg
Challenge papers, which were released the same time as Ms. Palin was selected by
The Annenberg Challenge was a program which supposedly
was going to help Chicago's schools. It was funded with $49 million
dollars by the Annenberg Foundation. It was run by william ayers, an
unrepentant urban terrorist who not only bombed the pentagon, police stations
and other targets in this country, but bragged that he wished he had done even
more bombing. And it was administered by Barack Obama. For
almost four years.
Barack Obama has told us to our faces that he barely knew william
ayers. These papers prove that Mr. Obama was lying to us. Not a
little white lie, but a big fat total 100% lie. The kind of lie that, if
John McCain ever made it, would be page one and lead story material for the rest
of the campaign.
Anyone who wonders for one second whether there is media bias in this country
can stop right there and know the answer without a doubt.
But Barack Obama's deep association with terrorist william ayers, which is
detailed in the Annenberg Challenge papers - and which Mr. Obama absolutely lied
to our faces about - is not the only repulsive association he has.
jodie evans, a co-founder of Code Pink, a lunatic asylum quality hate-the-USA
group, is a big time fundraiser for Mr. Obama. When evans is
not bundling money for the Obama campaign she is engaging in urban guerilla
tactics, including yesterday when she tied to run onto the stage during Sarah
Palin's remarkable speech. From the Washington Post:
A pair of Code Pink activists just got to the
very edge of the stage and were a moment away from apparently running on
stage, right by the Kentucky slot on the floor next to a host of McCain's most
Secret Service men grabbed them at last minute
and literally dragged them out.
When evans isn't involved in juvenile BS like this, she is actively
supporting the forces we fight in Iraq, speaking adoringly of fidel castro
and calling our Marines "assassins".
But Mr. Obama has no problem accepting the tens of thousands of dollars,
maybe more, jodie evans has bundled for him. Nor did he have a problem
attending a major fundraising event she hosted for him.
And were are the media on this association? In a distant universe,
folks, far far from any reportage that would come back to you, the voter.
But listen to them squeal like stuck pigs if you call them
GLASS HOUSES, STONES AND BARACK OBAMA
"People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones". We all learned
that as children. It made sense then and it makes sense now.
With this in mind, I am posting Michelle Malkin's superb piece on the
hypocrisy of Barack Obama's selective outrage over partisan smears.
Here it is without any further comment from me, because it doesn't need
I wrote a special column today for the NYPost on
how Barack Obama must do more to fight the smears originating with members of
his own team and extended family of slavering supporters against Sarah
Megyn Kelly ripped a bumbling Us Weekly stooge
Erick Erickson of RedState has a suggestion: We
should encourage our readers to take the US Weekly magazines at their local
grocery stores and stick them in the toilet paper section. Hey, thats an
insult to the toilet paper.
Reader Kirk: Why doesnt the McCain camp ask
Obama to return the money from the US Weekly owner?
How Bam buds are smearing Sarah
Special to the NYPost
WHEN you point a finger, the old say ing goes,
three fingers point back at you. When it comes to accusing his opponents of
spreading vicious rumors, Barack Obama needs to pull back his finger and follow
the other three.
Told of accusations that members of his team
facilitated the avalanche of smears against GOP veep nominee Sarah Palin, he
scoffed: I am offended by
that statement; there is no evidence at all that any of this involved us. Obama
insisted: We dont go after peoples families, we dont get them involved in
the politics. It is not appropriate and it is not relevant. Our people were not
involved in any way in this and they will not be.
Hmm. Depends on the meaning of our people. The
new issue of Us Weekly hits newsstands Friday - hitting millions of readers with
a smirk-attack on Gov. Palin, shown with her youngest son, Trig, in a photo
plainly chosen to make her look weird.
The cover line: BABIES, LIES & SCANDAL,
along with these juicy bullet-items:
* Under attack, admits daughter, 17, is
* Investigated for firing of sisters
* Mom of five: New embarrassing
The story reads like a partisan hit job because,
well, it is. Pimping the report to journalists at the Republican National
Convention was Mark Neschis - a former Democrat flack turned
corporate-communications chief for US Weeklys owner, Wenner Media.
Wenners chief is Jann Wenner, a big-time Obama
donor. In March, his flagship Rolling Stone ran a cover story dubbing Obama The
New Hope in the accompanying editorial, Wenner oozed: We need to recover the
spiritual and moral direction that should describe our country and ourselves.
In the July issue, he fawned over The Messiahs dazzling smile in a seven-page
sitdown interview. Rolling Stone put Obamas face on the cover again over the
summer. In June, Us Weekly ran a gushing cover story on Michelle and Barack
Obama headlined, Why Barack Loves Her.
Obama could begin Wenners spiritual and moral
recovery by condemning the use of gossip rags to wage partisan war on the Palin
And the Dem nominee can make good on his vow to
fire smear-mongers by cutting loose one of his own people.
On Tuesday, much of the media - spurred by Obama
supporters and left-wing blogs - falsely spread claims that Palin had been a
member of the Alaskan Independence Party - many of whose members espouse
secession. No state records exist of Palins membership in the party - and shes
been a registered Republican for more than a quarter-century. The New York Times
had to retreat from its story on Palins radical ties, but the damage was
And Team Obamas rumor-spreading wasnt done yet.
The Associated Press points to Obama advisers and surrogates who linked Palin
this week to conservative former presidential candidate Pat
Mark Bubriski - Obamas Florida spokesman - was one of those linkers. He sent an
e-mail to the Miami Herald claiming: Palin was a supporter of Pat Buchanan, a
right-winger or as many Jews call him: a Nazi sympathizer.
Wrong again. Palin attended a Buchanan visit to
Alaska that year, but backed Steve Forbes White House run.
Offended yet, Barack?
To date, Bubriski has offered no apology and
suffered no consequences. Meanwhile, MoveOn (which has endorsed Obama) has mass
e-mailed the lie to thousands of activists.
Incensed at what it saw as unfair attacks on his
character and family, the Obama campaign bought the domain name fightthesmears.com and
launched an all-out effort in June to combat baseless rumors. But the site has
been rather sleepy since its splashy debut.
To effect some change (and undo the damage done by
his friends), maybe Obama would be willing to turn Fight the Smears over to
KWAME KILPATRICK (? - MI)
Here we go again.
When Republicans in trouble they are "Republicans". But this is another
example of the fact that Democrats in trouble are "?'s".
Here is the beginning of the Associated Press article about Detroit's
DEMOCRATIC mayor kwame kilpatrick - a man so corrupt even his own people gave up
the ghost and backed away from him (try to imagine how corrupt you have to be
for that to happen in Detroit!). Read the entire article by clicking
Detroit Mayor Kilpatrick pleads guilty, will
resign after months of legal, political drama
DETROIT (AP) -- Mayor Kwame
Kilpatrick pleaded guilty to felony charges Thursday in a sex scandal
and will step down after months of defiantly holding onto his job
leading the nation's 11th-largest city. He was ordered jailed for four
months and fined $1 million.
The plea deal brings to
an end a seven-months-long ordeal that led to felony charges against
Kilpatrick and plunged the city, region and state into political
During a separate hearing
moments after Wayne County Circuit Court Judge David Groner accepted the
mayor's plea, Kilpatrick offered a no contest plea in an assault
The judge also accepted
that plea, which called for Kilpatrick to serve a four-month jail
sentence that would run at the same time.
Kilpatrick had faced 10
felony counts in the two separate criminal
There are the first five paragraphs. Do you see any mention of kwame
kilpatrick's party affiliation? Me neither. And if you click on the
link I provided and read the entire article you still won't find any mention of
And I'm also fascinated by the timing. How fortuitous for
Democrats that this happened the morning after Sarah Palin's speech, when
the fewest number of people will be paying attention to it.
Oh, did I mention that kilpatrick is a big time supporter of Barack
Obama, who Obama praised to the skies?
THE CBS PRE-PALIN POLL
If political polls are your cup of tea, this should be genuinely interesting,
because it is the last one you'll see that does not incorporate Sarah Palin's
speech at the Republican convention.
Here's the story, courtesy of CBS news:
CBS) The presidential race
between Barack Obama and
John McCain is now
even at 42 percent, according to a new CBS News poll conducted Monday-Wednesday
of this week. Twelve percent are undecided according to the poll, and one
percent said they wouldn't vote.
This is in contrast to a poll conducted
last weekend, where the Obama-Biden ticket led McCain-Palin by eight points, 48
percent to 40 percent.
McCain has also closed the enthusiasm gap some
with Obama, but it still exists. Fifty-five percent of Obama's supporters are
enthusiastic about their choice, and now so are 35% of McCain's. Last weekend,
just 25 percent of McCain's supporters were enthusiastic about him, compared to
67 of Obama's supporters.
8% in less than a week. That's quite a difference, isn't it? But
don't blame Sarah Palin. Since the poll was conducted Monday to Wednesday
and Ms. Palin spoke Wednesday night, the results have nothing to do with
reactions to her speech.
Part of Mr. McCain's jump, I am reasonably certain, is due to weekday versus
weekend interviewing. Republicans, in aggregate are more likely to be out
of their homes on weekends, therefore Democrats get better results then (honest,
this is a fact).
But part of it is also the beginning of the Republicans' convention
bounce. And it's hard to believe that bounce won't become more pronounced
now that Ms. Palin was such a hit (even many of her opponents grudgingly concede
We'll keep an eye out tomorrow and see if other polls show a similar
SARAH PALIN'S REMARKABLE SPEECH
I wondered how Sarah Palin, from a small town in Alaska, would handle herself
in front of a huge crowd of people and hundreds of millions of
viewers/listeners around the world.
Now I know.
A grand slam 9th inning home run.
Ms. Palin was poised. She was collected. She
spoke beautifully. She defined herself as someone who came from modest
beginnings to become a state Governor without forgetting for one minute what
those beginnings were.
She then contrasted herself with Barack Obama using style and a smile.
And oh what a contrast she drew. Read this segment and see for
I was just your average hockey mom, and signed up for
the PTA because I wanted to make my kids' public education better.
When I ran for city council, I didn't need focus groups
and voter profiles because I knew those voters, and knew their families, too.
Before I became governor of the great state of Alaska,
I was mayor of my hometown.
And since our opponents in this presidential election
seem to look down on that experience, let me explain to them what the job
I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a "community
organizer," except that you have actual responsibilities. I might add that in
small towns, we don't quite know what to make of a candidate who lavishes
praise on working people when they are listening, and then talks about how
bitterly they cling to their religion and guns when those people aren't
We tend to prefer candidates who don't talk about us
one way in Scranton and another way in San Francisco.
How many voters - women, small-town Americans, traditional values people - do
you think this must have resonated with? How many millions?
Then there was this - also stated with style and a smile, rather than bile:
We've all heard his dramatic speeches before
And there is much to like and admire about our
But listening to him speak, it's easy to forget
that this is a man who has authored two memoirs but not a single major law or
reform - not even in the state senate.
This is a man who can give an entire speech about the wars
America is fighting, and never use the word "victory" except when he's talking about
his own campaign. But when the cloud of rhetoric has passed ... when the roar of
the crowd fades away ... when the stadium lights go out, and those Styrofoam
Greek columns are hauled back to some studio lot - what exactly
is our opponent's plan? What does he actually seek to accomplish, after he's done
turning back the waters and healing the planet? The answer is to make government bigger
... take more of your money ... give you more orders from Washington
... and to reduce the strength of America in a dangerous world.
America needs more energy ... our opponent is
against producing it.
Victory in Iraq is finally in sight ... he wants
Terrorist states are seeking new-clear weapons
without delay ... he wants to meet them without preconditions.
Al Qaeda terrorists still plot to inflict
catastrophic harm on America ... he's worried that someone won't read them
their rights? Government is too big ... he wants to grow it.
Congress spends too much ... he promises more.
Taxes are too high ... he wants to raise them.
His tax increases are the fine print in his economic plan, and let me be
The Democratic nominee for president supports
plans to raise income taxes ... raise payroll taxes ... raise investment
income taxes ... raise the death tax ... raise business taxes ... and increase
the tax burden on the American people by hundreds of billions of dollars. My
sister Heather and her husband have just built a service station that's now
opened for business - like millions of others who run small businesses.
How are they going to be any better off if taxes
go up? Or maybe you're trying to keep your job at a plant in Michigan or Ohio
... or create jobs with clean coal from Pennsylvania or West Virginia ... or
keep a small farm in the family right here in Minnesota.
If Obama/Biden think they have some small town hick patsy to push around,
they better think harder. A lot harder. Sarah is as tough as
And, even more interesting, she combines that toughness with being the
mother of five children. Did you see little Piper holding the newest baby
and licking her hand then using the moistness to pat down his hair? That
was one of the sweetest moments you will ever see in or out of politics.
Finally, Ms. Palin made it clear that she was not intimidated
by the sickeningly thuggish attacks of some
media and some hard-left lunatic web sites on her family - and that she was not afraid to
call them out on it. Hey, what can they do, try to character
assassinate her? They're already doing that.
I will close by posting a verbatim e-mail comment I made to my sister Barbara
this morning. Please excuse my bad language, brothers and sisters talk to
each other like this all the time (at least we do):
These people were*** terrified of Sarah
Palin's candidacy because Palin is exactly what they have claimed they wanted
in a woman. Someone whose personal plumbing has not prevented her from
moving ahead in every dimension and breaking every boundary. And as an
extra added attraction she didn't have a powerful husband greasing the skids
for her the way their hero Hillary Clinton did. Sarah Palin grew up with
nothing and has gotten everywhere 100% through her own capabilities.
This is why they have accused and vilified and
tormented her in every way they could concoct. She's an idiot.
She's from nowhere so she knows nothing. She was the mayor of a shitty
town. She is the governor of a shitty state. She's a shitty
mother. Stay home with the kids, Sarah, it's your fault your slut
daughter is knocked up. You caused the baby to have Down syndrome
because you didn't care about him during your pregnancy...oh, wait, it wasn't
your pregnancy, it's your daughter's pregnancy. And by the way thanks a
lot for the bubonic plague and sinking the Titanic.
***I use the past tense because what I wrote
was true BEFORE the absolute grand slam home run speech she delivered last
night. Now you can double the terror level they feel. I figure
that by the end of the week they'll accuse her of handing over the Sudetenland
to Hitler and going out on a date with him afterwards. And, media being
as far in the tank for Obama as they are, six journalists will swear they
witnessed the whole thing
A quick addendum to the previous blog:
I just scanned through Sarah Palin's entire speech and realized that she
completely ignored Joe Biden. Not one word about him, not by name or
indirectly. The entire comparative she framed was between herself and
There is no way that was not intentional.
In my view, this is an attempt by Ms. Palin to have voters
compare her directly with Mr. Obama, not Mr. Biden. If she succeeds,
it would not only take Obama off message but, to the extent it is
possible, will put John McCain above the fray --- and Joe Biden into the
This, in turn, would force Joe Biden, who is certainly not one to quietly be left out, to put
his natural aggressiveness into overdrive so he can get back into
the mix. And knowing Biden's propensity for making rash, stupid comments he
then has to back away from, it seems to me that this is designed to create
a major opportunity for getting him to say something that will offend women
by the millions.
What an interesting chess game.