More gems from Palin Country

Because we love our readers and know you can’t get enough of Sarah Palin, here is the prospective VP speaking at her church in Wasilla:

And again:

Meanwhile, the indispensable Mudflats brings us useful background on the Alaskan Independence Party and the Alaska First mentality.

Finally, from the same source, the startling news that Palin has filed an ethics complaint against herself. This, apparently, is the only constitutional way to circumvent the ethics investigation being carried out by the Alaska state legislature, and bat the issue to a three-person committee appointed by the Governor, one S Palin. Man, these far northerners are something else.


  1. Craig said,

    September 4, 2008 at 11:52 am

    From the New York Times:

    “Ms. Palin has been registered as a Republican since May 1982, according to the State Division of Elections. Mr. Palin registered as a member of the Alaskan Independence Party in 1995, remaining a member for all but two months of the next seven years, until he registered as an undeclared voter in July 2002. “.

    Todd Palin, not Sarah Palin, was a member of the AIP.

  2. Reverend Manny said,

    September 4, 2008 at 12:56 pm

    I’ve seen these…. sooo scary

  3. Andy newman said,

    September 4, 2008 at 2:38 pm

    She reminds me of the story that when Frank capra was tolf Ronald Reagan was standing for governor of california he misunderstood and said: “No, Jimmy STewart shoud be governeor, Reagan should play his best friend”

    Palin does have a certain “Mr Smith goes to washington” charm about her.

  4. ejh said,

    September 4, 2008 at 2:54 pm

    The man who sold his lawn to Standard Oil
    Joked with his neighbors come to watch the show
    While the bulldozers, drunk with gasoline,
    Tested the virtue of the soil
    Under a branchy sky
    By overthrowing first the privet-row.

    Forsythia-forays and hydrangea-raids
    Were but preliminaries to a war
    Against the great-grandfathers of the town,
    So freshly lopped and maimed.
    They struck and struck again,
    And with each elm a century went down.

    All day the hireling engines charged the trees,
    Subverting them by hacking underground
    In grub-dominions, where dark summer’s mole
    Rampages through his halls,
    Till a northern seizure shook
    Those crowns, forcing the giants to their knees.

    I saw the ghosts of children at their games
    Racing beyond their childhood in the shade,
    And while the green world turned its death-foxed page
    And a red wagon wheeled,
    I watched them disappear
    Into the suburbs of their grievous age.

    Ripped from the craters much too big for hearts
    The club-roots bared their amputated coils,
    Raw gorgons matted blind, whose pocks and scars
    Cried Moon! on a corner lot
    One witness-moment, caught
    In the rear-view mirrors of the passing cars.

  5. WorldbyStorm said,

    September 4, 2008 at 10:02 pm

    Funny thing is it is sort of scary, not in a eschatological way, but in a sort of low key, is she serious, is she not, is she an opportunist, is it just par for the course, etc, etc. Got to say as someone with cultural/theological feet in both camps, how on earth did she shift from RC to this? That’s quite something in itself.

  6. WorldbyStorm said,

    September 4, 2008 at 10:03 pm

    By feet I mean a background which encompassed both RC and CofI. Both of which are positively sedate in comparison with this stuff. Very very very sedate, just the way I like religion.

  7. almata said,

    September 4, 2008 at 10:28 pm

    If Michelle or Barack Obama, wo I do not support, had once been a member of a black secessionist party advocating, say, the independence of the Black Belt their would have been no chance of the Obama’s even getting in the door. None.

    The AIP is home to lots of far-right nutters who moved to the North Woods to extricate themselves from the racial reality in the Lower ’48.

    I forget, but didn’t the Republicans cut their teeth in a struggle with racist secessionists? The dialectics of history. What would Joseph Weydemeyer say.

  8. splinteredsunrise said,

    September 4, 2008 at 10:32 pm

    Well, half the people in the CofI don’t even believe in organised religion. 🙂 She’s in the Assemblies of God, which is a group I don’t know much about except they seem to have a Pentecostal flavour. One of their preachers used to do late nights on the GOD Channel…

  9. almata said,

    September 4, 2008 at 11:22 pm

    The AIP is affiliated to the Constitution Party which is a play ground for lots of different racist and fascist groups (including those organizing the Minuteman on the southern border). The AIP, along with a whole host of whacked out nationalists and fascists (The Southern Nationalist Party of South Carolina) links to an outfit called The Ulster Nation…

  10. September 5, 2008 at 6:44 am

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  11. WorldbyStorm said,

    September 5, 2008 at 7:25 am

    Half? That few? 🙂

    Yeah, the Constitution Party. Another unlovable bunch.

  12. Eagle said,

    September 5, 2008 at 10:12 am

    Funny. I’ve read many times in the past week that she claimed that the war in Iraq is part of God’s plan or whatever, but if you listen carefully to this edited version of what she said she’s not saying that. She’s actually saying you have to pray that what the leaders have decided to regarding the soldiers is part of God’s plan. She says, “pray that our leaders are sending them out on a task that is from God. That’s what we have to pray for”. Not much more than what I hear at Mass when we pray that the leaders do what is right, do God’s will.

    I hope I find the time to watch clip two above. Clip one was interesting.

  13. Eagle said,

    September 5, 2008 at 10:19 am

    I have no idea myself, but is Todd Palin’s heritage – he’s part Yup’ik – a partial explanation for his AIP membership? Do the Native Alaskans tend to vote AIP? Does anyone know?

  14. splinteredsunrise said,

    September 5, 2008 at 10:21 am

    That’s a good question. The Greenland Inuit are a pretty ornery bunch with regards to their Danish overlords, but I really don’t know enough about the Native Alaskans to even guess.

  15. ejh said,

    September 5, 2008 at 10:27 am

    when we pray that the leaders do what is right, do God’s will.

    Not necessarily the same thing, of course.

  16. Eagle said,

    September 5, 2008 at 1:40 pm


    And it’s possible that the Yupiit people have been somewhat inspired by the recent experiences of the Inuit and the ‘independence’ Nunavut.

    I’d love to know more about how the native people of Alaska feel about being part of America and whether they vote Dem, Rep or AIP (or at all).

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