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Some Dems Aren’t Buying Palin’s Bridge Story

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Posted on Sep 1, 2008
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Sen. John McCain smiles as his running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, is introduced at a campaign rally in Dayton, Ohio, last Friday.

Last Friday, as John McCain introduced his running mate to the world, Gov. Sarah Palin characterized herself as a scrappy outsider who wasn’t afraid to buck the system when she stridently challenged construction of a $223 million bridge project in Alaska, which she sardonically called “that Bridge to Nowhere.” However, that’s not quite the tack she always took on that particular subject, according to some opponents from her home state.


The Washington Post:

“I told Congress, ‘Thanks but no thanks on that Bridge to Nowhere,’ ” Palin told a crowd in Dayton, Ohio.

But prominent Alaska Democrats said Palin supported the bridge while campaigning for governor and reversed course only after vocal opposition from fiscal conservatives in Washington, including McCain.

“She was the only candidate who was saying, ‘We’re going to build that bridge,’ ” said former governor Tony Knowles (D), who lost to Palin in the 2006 general election. “She’s taking a position now which certainly wasn’t what it was when she was campaigning.”

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By SEAN L HANNAH, September 4, 2008 at 8:42 am Link to this comment
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Sarah Palin wore a t-shirt that said “Nowhere, Alaska” during her run for governor of Alaska in support of the “Bridge to Nowhere” because it would’ve allowed Anchorage to expand further west and was a financial boost to the economy of Alaska!

That woman is a complete liar and has very selective memories of her own campaign!

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By cann4ing, September 2, 2008 at 9:09 am Link to this comment

To thebeerdoctor:  Thanks for the link.  Here’s a follow-up:

“ST. PAUL—Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman and producers Sharif Abdel Kouddous and Nicole Salazar have all been released from police custody in St. Paul following their illegal arrest by Minneapolis Police on Monday afternoon.

“All three were violently manhandled by law enforcement officers. Abdel Kouddous was slammed against a wall and the ground, leaving his arms scraped and bloodied. He sustained other injuries to his chest and back. Salazar’s violent arrest by baton-wielding officers, during which she was slammed to the ground while yelling, “I’m Press! Press!,” resulted in her nose bleeding, as well as causing facial pain. Goodman’s arm was violently yanked by police as she was arrested.

“Goodman was arrested while questioning police about the unlawful detention of Kouddous and Salazar who were arrested while they carried out their journalistic duties in covering street demonstrations at the Republican National Convention. Goodman’s crime appears to have been defending her colleagues and the freedom of the press.”

http://www.democracynow.org/blog/2008/9/1/update_democracy_now_s_amy_goodman_sharif_abdel_kouddous_and_nicole_salazar_released_after_illegal_arrest_at_rnc

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By thebeerdoctor, September 2, 2008 at 1:45 am Link to this comment

re: on the Alaska governor and the Goodman arrest

Funny thing about all those links that failed concerning Amy Goodman’s arrest. I would not be surprised if these failures were in fact, deliberate government instituted disruptions. Funny thing about scrubbing on the internet…

Then there is the matter of the Governor of Alaska, who just released a statement that her 17 year old daughter is five months pregnant. According to the McCain campaign, this news release was to rebuke the blogging myth that Gov. Palin faked her own pregnancy, and that her fifth child, is actually her grandson.

Funny thing about a scrub brush on the internet…some of the tidbits get awfully raw.

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By kath cantarella, September 1, 2008 at 11:48 pm Link to this comment
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‘A bridge to nowhere’ is the perfect metaphor for the rise and rise of a woman-hating woman. Where does she think she’s going exactly? Tragic.

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By Dean Booth, September 1, 2008 at 8:21 pm Link to this comment
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and she became gov. in 2006, so there’s no way she could have stood up to Congress. See today’s http://dailyhowler.com.

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By C.P.T.L., September 1, 2008 at 7:54 pm Link to this comment
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I love you Truthdig, but sometimes I can’t believe my eyes and wonder if you let a nine year-old play editor-for-a-day now and then, or something odd.

“Some Dems” is it? They “Aren’t Buying” the “Story” are they?

A few things here.

Is this a Hearst-ian, NY Post-ian experiment? Was there not enough space available for the five intervening letters to say the thing properly? Democrats. Not enough space on a web page of all places?

And how is it a matter of Democrats?

It is not.

Language that crappy here is basically a broken function. If you were a driver you steered into a tree… if you were a sweeper you spread dirt… you’ve left the house without your pants…

When it comes to news, facts come first and foremost before all editorial flights and flippancy.

The news is properly related through no less than as precise language as can be found.

ANY PERSON who focuses his or her intelligence upon Ms. Palin’s STATEMENT compared to the facts and timeline of her behavior and actions cannot ACCEPT what she said because the accumulation of apparent FALSEHOOD renders her CHARACTERIZATION untrue, or so damned near to untrue as to necessitate raising the possibility of a lie.

But there’s more wrong with the headline than the senseless extra-factual problem of the thing.

While you are doing one thing, you are NOT doing another. In this case, YOU have not entered the more accurate headline:


Many Do Not Accept Palin’s Apparent Bridge Lies


into the news sphere via Google News and the web in general.


And this is another over the years of many, many, many thousands upon thousands of missed, lost, tossed opportunities to state the truth clearly and succinctly in a headline.

Everybody has a cocky take on things, a cutsy pun, a silly movie-title play on words, a thing for a title that is not the plain unaltered truth; a thing that does not clearly state the content of the very piece it titles. They seem to imagine that the pointedness of sarcasm, or flippancy, or shock, or whatever will transmit truth rather than what it does, obscure it.

For instance, how many times over the past eight years has a headline NOT said the word LIE when it should have?

I’m convinced that the answer will indicate, not a linchpin kind of factor, but a significant phenomenon nonetheless that has contributed to the state of things. Like being overweight doesn’t kill you like drinking poison, but contributes to your death.

Headlines are a compendium. And our recent past and current compendium is one of attitude, cultural reference, silliness… not fact, or not factual enough.

Getting our words straight is part of how we put our house in order.

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By alaskaerin, September 1, 2008 at 7:27 pm Link to this comment
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I can tell you right now as a republican tony Knowles who is a Democrat is a honest and good man. I like Tony knowles and he is right about that bridge to no-where. Also I will have you know that Palin took a road out of the capital away because she wants the State capital to move to Anchorage or Wasilla.read in January 6th of Juneau Empire 2007 We had plans and everything contractors all ready to go and she stopped it within a week of taking office as Governor. read in Juneau Empire December 14th and 15th of 2006 That is not a road to no-where. It would have given people a cheaper and easier way in and out of the capital. That way the constituants could have come here. Juneau has only 40 miles of road, we can only get in and out by plane or boat.the road issue has not come back up in her office since and as you read this article she has been governor 1 month and not in Juneau does she make that decision. No we are not an island. She has also not spent very much time in the governors Mansion. Most of her work has been done in Anchorage and Wasilla. She also tried to get a emergecy meeting to meet up in Anchorage but the cost was something like $46,000,000. It has cost the state that much or more to fix our old ferries.
If you look all of her important issues are done in Anchorage.

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By thebeerdoctor, September 1, 2008 at 6:37 pm Link to this comment

This link does work:

http://www.dohiyimir.org/2008/09/amy-goodman-arr.html

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By wildflower, September 1, 2008 at 6:31 pm Link to this comment

Re:RightWing’s Post

As I recall Democrats, Republicans, and Independents from all over America were upset about spending our tax dollars on that Bridge to Nowhere.  The matter has come up again because Palin has been less than straightforward with voters about her support of the Bridge to Nowhere.  And then, of course, there is this matter of McCain telling voters about her sentiments against wasteful spending when he obviously knows that Palin is using our tax dollars to build an access road to the Bridge to Nowhere even though there will be no Bridge to Nowhere.

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By thebeerdoctor, September 1, 2008 at 6:13 pm Link to this comment

As usual, real news gets lost in all the celebrity nonsense. The Story Is: AMY GOODMAN WAS ARRESTED TODAY OUTSIDE THE RNC CONVENTION. Go to Google. Put in: Amy Goodman Arrested At RNC.
This is important.

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By RightWing, September 1, 2008 at 4:33 pm Link to this comment

No it sounds like a disgruntled Lib that lost an election….

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By Inherit The Wind, September 1, 2008 at 3:21 pm Link to this comment

So…
She was “for it” before she was “against it”????

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By wildflower, September 1, 2008 at 11:47 am Link to this comment

“Meanwhile, . . . the state is continuing to build a road on Gravina Island to an empty beach where the bridge would have gone—because federal money for the access road, unlike the bridge money, would have otherwise been returned to the federal government.”

http://www.adn.com/sarahpalin/story/511471.html

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