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AP: Palin Got Zoning Variance And Facial!

More hard-hitting investigative journalism from the laughable Associated Press:

[AP photo and caption:] Protesters hold signs at a Hold Palin Accountable rally organized by Alaskans For Truth, in Anchorage, Alaska Saturday, Sept. 27, 2008. Hundreds of people showed up to demand Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, Sen. John McCain’s GOP running mate, uphold her promise to cooperate with the state Legislature’s investigation into her firing of Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan.

AP Investigation: Palin got zoning aid, gifts  

Sep 28
By BRETT J. BLACKLEDGE

WASILLA, Alaska (AP) – Though Sarah Palin depicts herself as a pit bull fighting good-old-boy politics, in her years as mayor she and her friends received special benefits more typical of small-town politics as usual, an Associated Press investigation shows.

When Palin needed to sell her house during her last year as Wasilla mayor, she got the city to sign off on a special zoning exception—and did so without keeping a promise to remove a potential fire hazard.

She gladly accepted gifts from merchants: A free “awesome facial” she raved about in a thank-you note to a spa. The “absolutely gorgeous flowers” she received from a welding supply store. Even fresh salmon to take home.

She also stepped in to help friends or neighbors with City Hall dealings. She asked the City Council to add a friend to the list of speakers at a 2002 meeting—and then the friend got up and asked them to give his radio station advertising business.

That year, records show, she tried to help a neighbor and political contributor fighting City Hall over his small lakeside development. Palin wanted the city to refund some of the man’s fees, but the city attorney told the mayor she didn’t have the authority…

Some of her first actions after being elected mayor in 1996 raised possible ethical red flags: She cast the tie-breaking vote to propose a tax exemption on aircraft when her father-in-law owned one, and backed the city’s repeal of all taxes a year later on planes, snow machines and other personal property. She also asked the council to consider looser rules for snow machine races. Palin and her husband, Todd, a champion racer, co-owned a snow machine store at the time

She sometimes followed a cautious path in the face of real or potential conflicts—for example, stepping away from the table in 1997 when the council considered a grant for the Iron Dog snow machine race in which her husband competes.

But mostly, like other Wasilla elected officials at the time, she took an active role on issues that directly affected and sometimes benefited her. Her efforts to clear the way for the $327,000 sale of the Palin family home on Lake Wasilla is an example.

Two months before Palin’s tenure as mayor ended in 2002, she asked city planning officials to forgive zoning violations so she could sell her house. Palin had a buyer, but he wouldn’t close the deal unless she persuaded the city to waive the violations with a code variance

The Palins’ house was built by the original owner too close to the shoreline and too close to adjacent properties on each side, including a carport that stretched so far over it nearly connected the two houses.

The Palins didn’t create the zoning problems, but they should have known about them when they bought the house, wrote Susan Lee, a code compliance officer with the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, in response to the Palins’ request…

On Sept. 10, 2002, the seven-member Wasilla Planning Commission unanimously approved a variance for both sides of the property, with language covering “all existing structures.” Less than a week later, the Palins signed a deed to sell the house to Henry Nosek.

The carport was never removed

How many professional investigators in Alaska does it take to smear a Sarah Palin?

The Associated Press is breathlessly outraged about Sarah Palin getting a facial and free salmon while our country faces a financial meltdown orchestrated by the Democrat Party, including Joe Biden — and yes, Barack Obama.

[Palin] she took an active role on issues that directly affected and sometimes benefited her.

Something of course that Joe Biden nor Barack Obama have never done.

If it weren’t for their bias we would have no media at all. Which, come to think of it, is the case.

We have a one party propaganda machine which pretends to be our watchdog media.

By the way, here is a photo from the anti-Palin demonstration mentioned in the AP’s photo caption at the top:

(Click to enlarge)

See the “hundreds of people”? — We don’t either.

But we do see how the AP endlessly carries water for their Democrat masters.

Someone should tell our media that Lincoln freed the slaves.

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, September 28th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

21 Responses to “AP: Palin Got Zoning Variance And Facial!”

  1. 1sttofight says:

    Is that all they could dig up on her? LMAO

    I counted 27(well 28 if you count the statue) gathered there. Very long way from several hundreds. But then I have a feeling BRETT J. BLACKLEDGE probably bends the old elbow quite a bite so no telling what he is seeing through his eyes, Very well could have looked like hundreds to him as he lay in a puddle of his own puke.

  2. Exeter says:

    Wow, this is devastating. (yawn)

    It seems the MSM, having depleted their stores of rocks, are reduced to a sissy-slap-fest. Keep it coming, AP – you’re the Keystone Kops of the news.

  3. DEZ says:

    “It seems the MSM, having depleted their stores of rocks, are reduced to a sissy-slap-fest.”

    LMAO, Thats a perfect analogy.

  4. Diane says:

    So, she intervened to help “friends” with City Hall problems. Given the size of Wasilla, I would imagine pretty much the entire population would count her as a friend. Isn’t helping your constituents part of what a mayor is supposed to do?

  5. RightWinger says:

    Intervening to help friends? If it is stories like that they want, then American Pravda should love Jon Corslime, the Grate (yes I spelled that correctly) Governor of New Jersey! The teacher’s unions, his ex-girlfriend, double dipping Democrat politicans, urban leaders, state employees and more! Hell there is an endless supply of stories of Corslime helping his buddies out.

    Oh, forgot. He is a Demorat. No worries, Corslime will be re-elected next year if Obama doesn’t win the election and selects him as an economic advisor to do to the country what he has done to New Jersey. Namely drive it into the sewer.

  6. JohnMG says:

    …..”If it weren’t for their bias we would have no media at all. Which, come to think of it, is the case……”

    ….”we would have no media at…..”

    I mean, how bad would that be, really?

  7. sheehanjihad says:

    “Intervening to help friends?” Remember when she was a paltry small town mayor with no experience to do anything? Now she is rife with graft and corruption and single handedly changed the face of small town politics forever with her largesse.

    Bullsh*t~! Biden, Obama and a host of other corrupt congressional “leaders” do the same thing every day, only on a scale that would put every small town mayor to shame. The democrats protect Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac for years, enjoying the lobbiyist’s bribes and influence, we have to pay for it now thanks to DEMOCRAT lies and behind the scenes slathering to earn their money.

    So far as I know, not one cent of my tax dollars will go to repair anything Palin did, but a whole lot of my tax dollars will be spent to cover the asses of democrat controlled corruption. The media wont say an effing thing about Shumer’s glowing assertion that Mae and Mac were sound and without a problem, no, they will waste time trying to smear Palin, mainly because they have to earn their pieces of silver from the democrats…who have to ensure their masters’ money is being well spent.

    Why do these people fear Palin so much? What is it about her that they have to bury, and smear, and do everything possible to ruin? They dont want change per se…they want to keep things as they are, albiet under total democrat control to foist their socialist agenda on an appallingly stupid populace.

    We cannot be the only people who see this for what it is…but we seem to be……the media is so biased as to be laughable. Only thing is, no one is laughing. but, nobody is doing a damn thing about it. They own this election. Bought and paid for yes, but they own it none the less. The democrats need to rule, not lead. They are about to get their way. God help us all if they do.

  8. TXGRunner says:

    Here is what I wrote to AP, like it will do any good:

    “The story by Brett Blackledge on the investigation into Sarah Palin’s activities as Mayor of Wasilla is a mix of fiction and exaggeration.

    Does AP have any objectivity left?

    Are you suggesting the only ethical thing to do would be for the Palin’s to destroy the house because it was too close to the lake? Small towns, by definition, are small – everybody knows everybody, and everybody necessarily has an interest in issues that are decided. Anybody would get a variance, there is no other way to handle it.

    Congressional members are literally swamped with gifts, from BBQ ribs to puppies (remember Checkers?). Receiving flowers is a scandal? Even wives can’t be bribed with flowers!

    Where is the story on gifts Biden or Obama received? Where is the investigation into the campaign money Dodd, Obama, and Frank received from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac executives that were cooking the books?

    Chris Dodd, Barney Frank, Maxine Waters, and Barack Obama received major campaign donations (a lot more than flowers) from corrupt executives for government enterprises for which they had direct ovresight responsibility. Then, they went to bat for those same executives to prevent necessary reforms. That is a quid pro quo, money for protection, and corruption.

    By contrast, most technical bills are written by interested parties. That is standard procedure in the congress. Frist was a doctor, and so it was expected he would have a say in bills related to healthcare, as did the AMA and other organizations. There was no quid pro quo, no money for protection, and no corruption.

    The Palins were in the snow machine business. Surprise! – they actually knew more about the subject and were therefore probably the best to explain how the existing and proposed rules would impact the snow machines trade and use. That was open and transparent. There was no underhanded sweetheart arrangement – it was all above board and everybody had an opportunity to object if they didn’t agree with the actions taken.

    The issue with the planes is similar. Do you really want non-pilots and non plane owners deciding aviation related regulations and laws? She is for lower taxes to encourage growth. Encouraging general aviation is good for a community. They knew that because there are pilots in the family. Mr. Blackledge is either ignorant of this or indifferent because it might undermine the real point of his article: to attack Sarah Palin.

    AP’s blatant bias is disgraceful, disceitful, and totally unprofessional. It is permeating almost all of your election related stories (and they are fictional stories). Your actions are undermining the whole concept of an independent journalism…you are urinating on the graves of real journalists like Ed Murrow.

    Real journalists are getting killed in Africa, Latin America, Russia, and Asia for daring to tell the truth about powerful corrupt and evil people; while AP produces lies and propaganda that would make Goebbels embarassed.

    Is AP proud of spiking real news by real journalists while producing this yellow drivel?

    The only real conflict of interest here, which is blatant, was sending a writer (a non-journalist) who is so emotionally invested and tied to the Obama candidacy, that his copy is even too biased to serve as an Obama campaign ad.

    BTW, learn how to count…there were maybe 30 protesters – last time I checked 30 was not “hundreds” as was captioned in the photograph of the Anchorage protest.”

  9. 1sttofight says:

    BREAKING NEWS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Sarah Palin while Mayor of the city of Wasilla, Ak. in her official duties was witnessed by at least 3 people in a US Gov. facility actually LICKING a stamp AND applying it to an envelope. Addresse unknown at this time, but it could be the KKK.
    Updates will be posted as we find out more about this possible crime against humanity.
    Public licking, Just how depraved is she?

    TXGRunner
    You left off the fact that Barney Frank had a romantic liason with one of Fannie Mays vice presidents for about 10 years.

  10. take_no_prisoners says:

    Just about everybody in Alaska has a family member or a friend who owns a plane–it’s the only way to get around the vast state with few roads. As far as the list of speakers for a 2002 council meeting–it’s called getting your name on the agenda so that you can discuss your business with the council–nothing unusual about this, that’s the only way you are allowed to address most city councils large and small. It’s done this way in the interest of efficient time management. All the other pseudo-concerns in this AP article also would seem to be standard–non-controversial behavior for political officials and citizens alike. This article isn’t even fit for a locally distributed (for free) small town gossip sheet. Did the AP hire a student on the local high school newspaper to do this article? It sure has the style and heft of a high school newspaper article.

  11. Kilmeny says:

    Let’s see. Thousands and thousands of dollars of questionable contributions, back-room deals, biased and compliant media, and voting fraud versus……free skin care and a fish? And voting for looser regulations and no taxes on airplanes and snowmobiles when you’re a conservative, limited-government proponent? Shocking! Based on this logic, any politician voting for a lower property tax shouldn’t own a home themselves.

  12. gipper says:

    “Even fresh salmon to take home.”

    Fresh fish? That’s better than this red herring of story diverting us from the real issues in the presidential campaign.

  13. DGA says:

    …..Sarah Palin getting a facial and free salmon while our country faces a financial meltdown…. You forgot the flowers! FLOWERS, FLOWERS I SAY!!!!!! My god, the depths this woman will sink to….!!

  14. Colonel1961 says:

    Free salmon?!?! Where’s the outrage?!?!

    It just goes to show: when free salmon is outlawed, only outlaws will have free salmon…

  15. Steve says:

    Good rant, TXGRunner.

    But I doubt that the AP can be shamed.

  16. U NO HOO says:

    RE: Zoning Exemptions

    I am close to a member of a Zoning Hearing Board and he would tell us that if the neighbors affected, or perhaps not affected, by the car port didn’t complain then a variance might be in order. Character of the neighborhood and all that.

    I was just wondering if four rent controlled apartments in NYC violated any codes, speaking of good old boy networks. (Charles Rangel)

  17. pagar says:


    You left off the fact that Barney Frank had a romantic liason with one of Fannie Mays vice presidents for about 10 years.”

    Might also want to mention that David Gregory might have not reported any negative things on Fannie Mae because:

    “David Gregory and BETH WILKINSON NBC WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT & LAWYER.Wilkinson served as Fannie Mae’s executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary from February 2006 until September 2008.”

    “Her husband is David Gregory ”

    Article

  18. Mr Michael says:

    Hundreds of people probably WERE at the protest. If you count the Press.

  19. Exeter says:

    I did some digging into the AP archives, and found this:

    (in the spirit of artboy)

    AP Investigation: Enfeebled “President” Lincoln Gloats Over Surge, Defends Louisiana’s Puppet Government

    J. W. Booth, AP Contributor
    April 11, 1865

    In what was made to appear an impromptu speech at the White House, “President” Lincoln spoke to a raucous multitude of partisan constituents today. Right-wing reporter Noah Brooks, struggling to conceal the “President’s” failing health, held the lantern by which Lincoln could read the words he claims to have written himself, while fawning Tad Lincoln turned pages for his father. In his faltering, stammering way, the Prairie Statesman mumbled through a speech designed to meet the approval of his populist adorers, but in the end fell far short of answering questions concerning the vast majority of Americans.

    Naturally, the “President” began by wooing the militaristic fervor of his audience by prematurely claiming victory over the Army of Northern Virginia. “We meet this evening, not in sorrow, but in gladness of heart,” he bragged. “The evacuation of Petersburg and Richmond, and the surrender of the principal insurgent army, give hope of a righteous and speedy peace whose joyous expression can not be restrained.” He artfully avoided any mention of the war still raging in North Carolina, where the army of General Johnston continues to make decisive advances against Sherman. Blindly refusing to realize that the bloody struggle is far from over, Lincoln echoed the mantra he began with his razor-thin victory over Senator Douglass in 1861: “No one man has authority to give up the rebellion for any other man. We simply must begin with, and mould from, disorganized and discordant elements.” Translation: the war must go on.

    Lincoln seized the opportunity to bolster his war-like image by claiming, “I myself was near the front, and had the high pleasure of transmitting much of the good news to you.” It has yet to be determined that “President” Lincoln was ever near the front, at this or any other time. Then, possibly to distract his adoring congregation from seeing through this unlikely claim, he quickly shifted attention to the soldiers bearing the brunt of his war, “but no part of the honor, for plan or execution, is mine. To General Grant, his skilful officers, and brave men, all belongs.” Whew – another uncomfortable posture narrowly avoided!

    In an effort to prove the renewed war efforts are working, Lincoln provoked his critics by once more invoking the Louisiana experiment. “I repeat the question,” he sneered, “Can Louisiana be brought into proper practical relation with the Union sooner by sustaining or by discarding her new State Government?” This “new state government” is the oft-referred-to effort to forcibly drag the rebellious states into Federal allegiance – the brain-child of General Benjamin Butler, a Union officer working in lock-step with the Lincoln Administration – the authenticity of which remains doubtful in the eyes of most Americans.

    The palpable belligerence in “President” Lincoln’s speech belies the words he gave in his Second Inaugural: “With malice toward none; with charity for all …to bind up the nation’s wounds; to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan – to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace, among ourselves, and with all nations.” Apparently, continuing the war is the means this Adminstration believes will best achieve these objectives. But this patent flip-flop passed unnoticed among his myopic supporters; on cue, the mob exploded in fanatic applause at the “President’s” every call for bloodshed.

    Through some extraordinary linguistic acrobatics, Lincoln even managed to include God in his little Napoleonic speech – a tiring hallmark of every address this “President” has made to shore up the Bible-toting base of the Republican Party. Ironic? Not to his supporters, who apparently see no contradiction in killing one’s neighbor in the name of the Almighty.

    At the conclusion of his delivery, “President” Lincoln refused all questions from reporters and others who might call into question his more egregious statements. Typically, he avoids having to clarify the meaning behind the rhetoric – a stubborn practice that has haunted the Administration since 1861.

    It is apparent that, while he relishes the favor of his narrow base, Lincoln is little concerned about addressing the worries facing the rest of America. Remember the caustic, near-paranoid phrases that have in the past tumbled from this “President’s” ungoverned mouth, which he has yet to explain. To wit:

    Springfield IL, Jan. 27, 1838: “All the armies of Europe, Asia and Africa combined, with all the treasure of the earth…could not by force, take a drink from the Ohio, or make a track on the Blue Ridge, in a trial of a thousand years.” Does the “President” truly believe that the rest of the world is bent on drinking from the Ohio river or making a track in the Appalachians? No reply.

    Gettysburg PA, Nov 19, 1963: “The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced.” What is this unfinished work? How has it been nobly advanced? And by what authority does this “President” dictate to the rest of the world what it will note or remember? The Lincoln Administration, at the behest of Secretary Seward’s cabal, avoids all comment.

    But the Lincoln “Presidency” is replete with many such gaffes, which seem to have little effect on his radical base. He has let slip his secret beliefs in transatlantic giants capable of striding over oceans, and mystic chords of memory touching the “better angels of our nature”, etc. Had the Republican Party more thoroughly vetted their candidate in 1860, they might not now stand in the embarrassing position of having to defend such absurdities.

    Still, while the rest of the country worries for the war and its questionable aftermath, this “President” is not too tired for a little recreation. Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln plan to attend the production of “Our American Cousin” at Ford’s Theater on the evening of 14 April – balcony seats, of course.

    Just a little fun.

  20. TheChicagoWay says:

    I get it…So AP stands for “Anti-Palin”….If these A-holes spent a TENTH of the effort on the other candidates as they do on her, I would fall over dead from shock… I’ve written my local paper many times on this….Newspapers are the customers of AP. Obviously, the AP has not heard anything from THIER customers to get them to change their tune…Please express your dispeasure with your local paper, since it is obvious that the AP does not care and will not change unless it hits them on the pocketbook.. They need to feel the heat from SOMEONE. How about from the outfits that pay their bills?

  21. 1sttofight says:

    Chicago,

    If I remember right, several large papers plan on dropping AP in the next couple of years when their current contract runs out.


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