|In the spirit of
"Knowledge is power. Ignorance is not a virtue" (to quote
Bob Harris), I'm sending out links (see list at end) to
sources with information related to Sarah Palin. Following
are sound-bites ...
-- Governor Palin did not sign Alaska's SB 202
to prohibit state funding and implementation of
the federal Real ID Act. The bill was
allowed to become law (without Palin's signature)
and went into effect 8/26/06.
-- As a candidate for governor, Palin's response
to the question "What role does state government
have, if any, in addressing global warming and
climate change?" was: "We need to analyze the
potential economic costs, needs and opportunities
associated with climate change. Let's be cautious
in how we react - to make sure we don't overreact.
The Alaska Climate Impact Assessment Commission is
supposed to assess the situation and issue a
report on March 1, 2007. This is a good start."
(Anchorage Daily News, 10/22/06)
-- "On September 14, 2007, Governor Sarah Palin
signed Administrative Order No. 238, officially
forming the Alaska Climate Change Sub-Cabinet. The
Sub-Cabinet is charged with preparing and
implementing an Alaska Climate Change Strategy.
This will be a transparent document which deals
with state policies for anticipated climate
change. ..." (U.S. Environmental Protection
-- As Alaska's Governor, Palin is a delegate to
PNWER (Pacific NorthWest Economic Region). PNWER
is a public-private partnership including elected
officials and private sector representatives from
Alaska, Idaho, Washington, Oregon, Montana, and
Canada (Alberta, Yukon, British Columbia) "PNWER
is an international collaboration on economic
structures" (AK Rep. Coghill). Among it's many
areas of focus, PNWER works to "advance CANAMEX"
-- a "seamless" continental intermodal trade and
transportation corridor (a main artery in what has
been referred to in the past as the NAFTA
PNWER is also involved with the WA-BC Enhanced
Driverıs License for Washington State and
British Columbia. The license "will be accepted
by Department of Homeland Security at any land or
sea port in North America including
(NOTE: Enhanced/Secure Driver's License
initiatives and REAL ID are basically the same: a
national ID with the holder's information
(including biometric) in an international data
-- Gov. Palin signed two state proclamations that
support U.N. agendas: Alaska Model United
Nation Days and Environmental Education
Week (a lead-in to the U.N.'s "Earth Day.")
(NOTE: If you don't understand the implications,
please take the time to find out how U.N. agendas
are negatively impacting the United States and
--- In Sarah Palin's "Education in
Alaska" (pdf attached), she proposes what are
essentially the SAME OLD reforms that have existed
in federal law -- e.g., "Goals 2000,"
"School-to-Work," "Improving America's
Schools,""No Child Left Behind," "Workforce
Investment Act," etc. -- that have led to
declining academic quality in U.S. public
education. (NOTE: Read Charlotte Thomson Iserbyt's
book "the deliberate dumbing down of america . . .
A Chronological Paper Trail" if you want to learn
about what has been taking place with the U.S.
educational system. Download free pdf of
Charlotte's book -- go to: <
-- Palin as Mayor of Wasilla, Alaska: According to
Michael Rollins (The Oregonian, 9/5/08):
"Most of Palin's terms consisted of fairly
routine, small-scale projects for public works
improvements with one notable exception, a $15
million multi-sports complex. Citizens must have
wanted it bad. The net bonded indebtedness of $926
per citizen jumped to $3,381. The March 2002 vote
to raise the sales tax .5 percent to 2.5 percent
to pay for the complex had a 12.4 percent turnout.
Of 4,231 registered voters, 306 voted yes and 287
voted no. Palin's hometown paper the
Frontiersman ...[published a] story on an
eminent domain problem that has stretched into
(NOTE: Eminent domain was used to seize the
private land chosen for the sports complex.
Construction began before all the legal issues
were finalized over the property title. Bottom
line: "years of litigation and at least $1.3
million in extra costs for a small municipality
with a small budget." (Wall St. Journal, 9/6/08)
-- Did not find verification of Palin's NRA
membership or when she joined. To date, NRA has
not come out with an endorsement for Palin.
[9/9/08 UPDATE: Someone has alerted me to a NRA-ILA
article that states Palin "is a NRA Life Member" <
>. Still haven't located info about when she
-- Palin is a member of Feminist for Life (FFL).
Length and degree of Palin's involvement: ?.
Outside of Palin's connection, the history of this
pro-life feminist group makes for interesting,
reading, Snipits: FFL was founded in 1972 (Ohio)
by two former NOW members who felt "abortion
violated feminist principles" FFL actively pushed
for E.R.A. ratification; the international body
has consultative status with the U.N. Economic and
Social Council and supports the U.N. Millennium
Development goals; FFL of New Zealand split away
(with a name change) from the FFL of America as
consequence of the New Zealand group changing
"from a secular liberal organization to a
Christian conservative organization, reflecting
the changing views of its founder Connie Purdue
(1912-2000). It now focuses solely on fetal life,
in contrast to FFL's pro-woman, pro-life
approach." (FFL History)
-- Governor Palin is a member of the National
Governors Association (NGA). She chairs the
NGA's Natural Resources Committee. (NOTE: The
NGA's policy positions -- on education, health,
workforce, environment, security, etc -- are
similar to congressionally legislated initiatives
as well as recommendations from appointed members
of commissions and task forces.)
There is a lot more. See links below.
My conclusion about Sarah Palin and her policies is that she
is not so different from many elected and appointed U.S.
leaders who are leading us down the wrong path.
I close with these thoughts by Bob Harris:
"We have to stop believing stuff just because we
like the way believing stuff makes us feel.
Feelings are not truth. [...] Our future is
fragile. ...So asking questions -- especially
uncomfortable ones -- is part of our healthy
process of figuring out how to react. Gaining
information so you can make informed decisions is
a patriotic act. ... Knowledge is power. Ignorance
is not a virtue. [...] Our ability to discuss and
dissent and grow from the exchange is precisely
what makes America a free country worth
protecting." ("Americaıs war on terrorism: How we
got in this mess, how we can get out,"
Cleveland Free Times, 10/24-30/2001)
NOTE: If links are not active, then copy & paste the url
into your web browser address window. These links were
working at the time I compiled this list. If there are
problems, you can do a search to find the information <
NGA "Governor's Information" for Sarah Palin:
Check out the NGA Center for BEST PRACTICES --
see where Governors get ideas:
Here's the NGA's Education Best Practices web
page -- compare these against Palin's school reform
Palin and REAL ID -- Read Palin's 5/30/08
explanation for not signing Alaska's legislation to prohibit
use of state money for the federal REAL ID.Act <
SB 202 Bill history <
Alaska Senate Welcomes PNWER Delegation to State
Meetings on AGIA Timeline, Other Regional Issues
| Jan. 21, 2008
Excerpt: The PNWER delegation will meet with legislators and
Palin administration officials on three important issues.
- AGIA Timeline. David Coutts, former
Minister of Sustainable Resource Development,
Province of Alberta, will discuss the AGIA
timeline and Albertaıs possible role in the
proposed North Slope natural gas pipeline project.
- The WA-BC Enhanced Driverıs License. It
will be launched by Washington State and British
Columbia today. It will be accepted by Department
of Homeland Security at any land or sea port in
North America including Mexico.
- The NorPass (Northwest Passage). The
Alaska Marine Highway system is launching the
service this month.
U.S. Pacific Northwest -- Alberta Relations (July 2007)
Alberta International, Intergovernmental and Aboriginal
NOTE: take a look at the map on page 1.
Weblog for [Alaska] Representative John Coghill |
Excerpt: "The Pacific Northwest Economic Region includes
Canadian officials and other delegates from Alaska, Idaho,
Montana, Oregon, and Washington. PNWER is an international
collaboration on economic structures. . . ."
Alaska Climate Change Strategy
Administrative Order No. 238
Excerpt: "I, Sarah Palin, Governor of the State of Alaska,
under the authority of art. III, secs. 1 and 24 of the
Alaska Constitution establish the Alaska Climate Change
Sub-Cabinet to advise the Office of the Governor on the
preparation and implementation of an Alaska climate change
strategy. . . . "
Alaska -- Planning and Measurement
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Excerpt: "On September 14, 2007, Governor Sarah Palin
signed Administrative Order No. 238, officially forming the
Alaska Climate Change Sub-Cabinet. The Sub-Cabinet is
charged with preparing and implementing an Alaska Climate
Change Strategy. This will be a transparent document which
deals with state policies for anticipated climate change. .
As an aside, this is worth reading:
CO2: The Greatest Scientific Scandal of Our Time
Zbigniew Jaworowski, M.D., Ph.D., D.Sc. | EIR Science,
March 16, 2007
The concern at the top about "climate change"
is not genuine, and there are hidden motives
behind the global warming hysteria. Although there
is not the space in this paper to discuss these
motives fully, they maybe illustrated by the
following citations (for full references, see
-- Maurice Strong, who dropped out of school at
age 14, established an esoteric global
headquarters for the New Age movement in San Luis
Valley, Colorado, and helped produce the 1987
Brundtland Report, which ignited todayıs Green
movement. He later become senior advisor to Kofi
Annan, UN Secretary-General, and chaired the
gigantic (40,000 participants) ³UN Conference on
Environment and Development² in Rio de Janeiro in
1992. Strong, who responsible for putting together
the Kyoto Protocol with thousands of bureaucrats,
diplomats, and politicians, stated: ³We may get
to the point where the only way of saving the
world will be for industrial civilization to
Strong elaborated on the idea of sustainable
development, which, he said, can be implemented by
deliberate "quest of poverty. . . reduced
resource consumption . . . and set levels of
-- Timothy Wirth, U.S. Undersecretary of State
for Global Issues, seconded Strongıs statement:
"We have got to ride the global warming issue.
Even if the theory of global warming is wrong, we
will be doing the right thing in terms of economic
policy and environmental policy."
-- Richard Benedick, a deputy assistant
secretary of state who headed policy divisions of
the U.S. State Department, stated: "A global
warming treaty must implemented even if there is
no scientific evidence to back the [enhanced]
Education in Alaska by Sarah Palin [2006?] [local pdf
Alaska Governor Palin Unveils Work Ready/College Ready
Aug. 27, 2007, Anchorage, Alaska
NOTE: The above program is not new -- it is a continuation
of the old federal school-to-work initiatives; the below is
a continuation of the old federal WIA plans supporting a
AGIA Training Strategic Plan | Jan. 2008
State of Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce
Excerpt pg 5: "Governor Sarah Palin championed the passage
of the Alaska Gasline Inducement Act (AGIA) in 2007."
Governor Palin Unveils Education Proposal
Three-year School Funding Plan, 12/7/007, Anchorage,
Alaska, No. 07-238
Gov. Palin signed two proclamations that support U.N.
1. Alaska Model United Nation Days <
2. Environmental Education Week -- <
> a lead-in to the UN proclaimed "Earth Day."
[Palin remarks on] Alaska International Trade | State
of Alaska website
< http://www.eeo.state.ak.us/trade/ >
Where they stand (10/22/2006) -- Running for governor
| Anchorage Daily News
Governor Palin Releases Statement to Alaskans [No.
Aug. 29, 2008, Anchorage, Alaska
Re: Acceptance as McCain's VP running mate
Remarks as Prepared for Delivery by Alaska Governor Sarah
Vice Presidential Nominee To Address the 2008
Republican National Convention
Sept, 3, 2008
This scrutinizes the content of Palin's RNC speech, citing
contradictory actions and statements: Palin v. Reality
| Mark Kleiman, Sept, 3, 2008
[Palin is a member of "Feminist for Life"]
FFL Member Nominated for Vice President of the United States
< http://feminists-for-life.101faq.net/ >
Excerpt: Feminists for Life of New Zealand is no longer
associated with Feminists for Life of America. It has been
known since 1984 as "Women for Life." Although it began as a
pro-life feminist organization, the organization gradually
changed from a secular liberal organization to a Christian
conservative organization, reflecting the changing views of
its founder Connie Purdue (1912-2000). It now focuses
solely on fetal life, in contrast to FFL's pro-woman,
Excerpt: Mid-1970s Feminists for Life was active in the
ten-year battle to ratify the ill-fated Equal Rights
Amendment (ERA). The organization's commitment to the
E.R.A. formed with the organization, during Goltz's
presidency. Unlike Goltz, Callaghan was not immediately
convinced of the need for the amendment, having achieved
success as a professor at Ohio State University.
Callaghan soon changed her mind, however, and began to
support the amendment. In 1973, Goltz published an article
(included in the anthology, Pro-Life Feminism: Yesterday
and Today) disparaging the fact that the widespread fear
of abortion on-demand had blocked the ratification of E.R.A.
in Ohio at the time, and that it would eventually kill the
Excerpt: Feminists for Life's work for the Equal Rights
Amendment was met with a great deal of resistance, including
strong resistance at pro-E.R.A. demonstrations, when
Feminists for Life members attempted to distribute
Pro-Life/Pro-E.R.A. tracts. In the late 1970s, Goltz spoke
with the legendary suffragist Alice Paul, who
authored the original Equal Rights Amendment. Paul
conveyed to Goltz her belief that abortion was inconsistent
with feminism, and that many of the founding mothers of
feminism disapproved. She also related her fear that the
increased attempts to link abortion to Equal Rights
Amendment would prevent the amendment's ratification, and
eventually end feminism as well.
Feminist for Life (Wikipedia entry)
Who Are the Feminist for Life?
Lynn Harris, Nerve.com, Nov. 14, 2005
Mayor Sarah Palin's 2002 financial report for the City of
by Michael Rollins, The Oregonian | Sept. 5, 2008
Palin's Hockey Rink Leads To Legal Trouble in Town She
By MICHAEL M. PHILLIPS, Wall Street Journal,
Sept. 6, 2008; Page A5
Also posted here:
< http://phxsuns.net/showthread.php?p=50076 >
Palin switched colleges 6 times in 6 years
Nicholas K. Geranios, Associated Press writer,
Palin Was a Director of Embattled Sen. Stevens's 527
Group | Matthew Mosk
Palin: "I Do Not Support the Voucher System"
By Susan Jones, Sept. 1, 2008
Excerpt: (CNSNews.com) - The National Education Association
has launched a $50 million campaign to put Sen. Barack Obama
in the White House, but nevertheless it is praising Sen.
John McCainıs pick of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to be his
running mate -- partly because she opposed school vouchers
when she ran for governor.
What Has Sarah Palin Done for Education in Alaska?
09/03/08 Andrea Hermitt - Education Examiner
Excerpt: According to an Education Week article, ³The
governor has become a popular figure among the 13,000
members of the Alaska National Education Association, said
Barbara Angaiak, president of the state affiliate of the
National Education Association.. . . ."
The Conservative Case Against Sarah Palin | Alex
Knapp, Sept. 1, 2008
Excerpt: Would Sarah Palin make a good conservative
President should she be called to serve during her tenure as
Vice-President? Judging by her record, the answer is no.
Sarah Palin and the Neo-Con dream
Frank Schnittger, Aug 30, 2008, European Tribune
The Vetting Process of Sarah Palin | Sept. 2, 2008
A Closer Look at Sarah Palin
News Coverage Network | Aug. 29, 2008
McCain Campaign Shifts On Abortion Position With
Selection Of Palin As VP Running Mate,
WSJ Reports | Sep 5, 2008
Excerpt: Palin is opposed to abortion rights in all cases
except to save the life of a pregnant woman. McCain also is
opposed to abortion rights but has said he would support
exceptions in cases of rape, incest or to save a woman's
life. Palin also is opposed to funding for human embryonic
stem cell research, which McCain supports (Carlton et al.,
Wall Street Journal, 9/4).
'Creation science' enters the race
Tom Kizzia ,
Anchorage Daily News | Oct. 27, 2006
Palin puts spotlight on sex education
Medical News Today | Sept 3, 2008