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I think its great, every one is talking about her and according to the viewership she had 35 million viewers last night to obamas 37 million. Not to bad for a vp against a presidential candidate. Also I have a theory about Mccain/Palin, they are staying out of the press to just let the dems and the press throw out accusations and conspiracy theories, and just let them all fall on their faces when it turns out they are wrong. Not to mention, after awhile new accusations on a daily basis almost sound like a they are making their attacks personal. Both work out well, because it looks like they are picking on the old guy and woman, which pulls the sympathy card. Especially when the press isnt even talking about issues at hand, only her family. And this whole troopergate thing, isnt this the same trooper who taser'd his own 11 year old son and shot a couple moose and has pending allegations of drunken driving. Yeah, he should definately keep his job. Wow, thats a law enforcement officer that would make any department proud Im sure.

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So I guess ya the Canadians are building the pipeline, or are they going to weld the whole thing together and get a big crane and well you get the idea. Actually I don't know the paticulars but there must have been a reason for some folks to push for it to be in Alaska, (oops I mean America)

Hey what is it with the AIP anyway? Are they for real? Sounds kind of unamerican or something, well I guess that's the point.

Anyone watch the speach all the way through? My wife fell asleep. I liked the part where he says, "Im gona tell them terrists ta get offa my lawn". I liked Palin better. Oh ya, is Cheney right that Wassila is the second largest town? We stopped in Faibanks for refueling, and it was night, and maybe I was halucinating after so many months without seeing a road, but I'd swear Fairbanks had like houses and cul de sacs and all that stuff. True?

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About Troopergate, you have to cut me a little slack, havne't been following the saga for months, but no I didn't mean Mr Taser/poacher, (isn't that kind of thing normal up there, long winters uh) but his boss, the well liked police chief or whatever you call the head of the state troopers. So why doesn't she just depose or testify or whatever, stringing it along will just keep it in the news. Sure did rake in some money for Wassila with that lobying firm, makes me want to do it for my town. Small investment, big payoff.

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I also just found out something interesting that you wouldnt be reading in the mainstream media..Walter Monegan(guy she fired) was offered a different job but wouldnt take it. I would think that trying to get rid of a potential lawsuit and a guy who has no business wearing a badge would be a good thing but I guess Im wrong.

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Correct. Monegan was offered a different job but wouldn' t take it.

The issue is that Monegan (Director of Public Safety) wouldn't fire the trooper (Wooten) that tasered the kid, killed the moose, drank in his squad car, and made death threats against his father in law.

The allegation is that Palin pressured Monegan to fire the guy, and when he wouldn't, she removed him (Monegan) from his post.

It's interesting that the MSM keeps insinuating that the only issue with Wooten was that he was married to Palin's sister. There's a lot more to it than that.

And yes, she'll likely submit a deposition on the matter. But that in itself led to a clever play on words as the MSM tried to derail her. A couple days ago, ABC news was running the headline: "Palin May be Deposed in State Probe." When you see that out of context, that sounds like she'll be removed from her position, doesn't it?

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Here's a couple other points on Palin:

The 62% cut for special needs children? That's because the Alaska Challenge Youth Academy was moved out of the special education area and became its own program -- and got a $2.8 million funding increase in the process. The special needs budget dropped because it lost the Academy, but services increased. You should rely on something besides Kos for your facts.

As far as her pursuing federal dollars when she was mayor of Wasilla, that town is one of Alaska's fastest growing communities. I would expect that any mayor would pursue federal dollars to address community needs. Communities do it all the time. What are you saying? She should've sat on her butt and not done anything?

And by the way -- stuff is expensive in Alaska. The last time I was in Barrow, milk was $9.79 a gallon. Construction gets expensive real quick -- even in a place as civilized as Wasilla.

As for the "bridge to nowhere", what do you know about Ketchikan? Ketchikan is on an island in the panhandle, and is Alaska's fifth largest city with a little under 8,000 people. The only way to get anyone or anything there is by boat or by air -- and the airport is on another island a half mile away. So the "bridge to nowhere" actually represents a link to the city's lifeline -- where goods and people could be transported to and from the airport by vehicle, instead of by ferry as it has been done to date. Somehow, the media has condescendingly reduced the concept to "50 people and an airport." When your community relies on that airport for its logistics lifeline, it's a bit more important than that. Whether it justifies a bridge that expensive is a different discussion -- but bear in mind the bridge needs to cover a half mile strait and be high enough to allow shipping to pass. No matter what, it'll be expensive. The question is whether the expense of operating the ferry outweighs the cost of bridge construction.

Alaska National Guard. Yes, they have a tough time getting the job done. Is that Palin's fault? No. Eielson's tankers have been heavily tasked around the globe, in addition to alert responsibilities securing Alaska's airspace. Search and rescue assets at Eielson and Kulis are likewise tasked. Elmendorf is converting to a C-17 mission. Meanwhile, it ain't easy getting the necessary skill set up here.

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Now Im sure if you wanted to make a sacrifice and put one of the folllowing in Ketchikan PETA GLAD ACLU NAACP. You could just build the bridge and then rationalize it by saying your helping the cause. I dont know Ive seen bigger wastes of money.

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Here's a couple other points on Palin:

The 62% cut for special needs children? That's because the Alaska Challenge Youth Academy was moved out of the special education area and became its own program -- and got a $2.8 million funding increase in the process. The special needs budget dropped because it lost the Academy, but services increased. You should rely on something besides Kos for your facts.

As far as her pursuing federal dollars when she was mayor of Wasilla, that town is one of Alaska's fastest growing communities. I would expect that any mayor would pursue federal dollars to address community needs. Communities do it all the time. What are you saying? She should've sat on her butt and not done anything?

And by the way -- stuff is expensive in Alaska. The last time I was in Barrow, milk was $9.79 a gallon. Construction gets expensive real quick -- even in a place as civilized as Wasilla.

As for the "bridge to nowhere", what do you know about Ketchikan? Ketchikan is on an island in the panhandle, and is Alaska's fifth largest city with a little under 8,000 people. The only way to get anyone or anything there is by boat or by air -- and the airport is on another island a half mile away. So the "bridge to nowhere" actually represents a link to the city's lifeline -- where goods and people could be transported to and from the airport by vehicle, instead of by ferry as it has been done to date. Somehow, the media has condescendingly reduced the concept to "50 people and an airport." When your community relies on that airport for its logistics lifeline, it's a bit more important than that. Whether it justifies a bridge that expensive is a different discussion -- but bear in mind the bridge needs to cover a half mile strait and be high enough to allow shipping to pass. No matter what, it'll be expensive. The question is whether the expense of operating the ferry outweighs the cost of bridge construction.

Alaska National Guard. Yes, they have a tough time getting the job done. Is that Palin's fault? No. Eielson's tankers have been heavily tasked around the globe, in addition to alert responsibilities securing Alaska's airspace. Search and rescue assets at Eielson and Kulis are likewise tasked. Elmendorf is converting to a C-17 mission. Meanwhile, it ain't easy getting the necessary skill set up here.

Hey, you were keeping em short and sweet just how CVC likes em and now look and what you gone and did! eye roll

Nice there expat, a town of 8,000 is Alaska's fastest growing community now? I betcha if Obama was that town's mayor you'd be saying don't close your eyes or you'd miss it before it disappears.

And as far as your rationalizations about the bridge to nowhere we all know there are plenty of Island communities with much larger populations that get by with no bridges just fine. Nice try though with the dramatic "LIFELINE" description.

Anyhoo, last thing on Palin from me. I will agree the hardcore conservative base loves her and she has them fired up for Mccain again. But, this election is going to boil down to the swing vote and the debates are going to be very revealing so, lets gear up for round two and we'll see what's what!

On Mccain last night thought he was pretty flat overall. Mccain said a few things in his quest to win independents and dems that got lackluster applause from the crowd. Looked to be a lot more empty seats in the RNC then the DNC overall for each night.

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WARNING - read at the risk of heart failure.

SoCo, I agree with you that the election will probably hinge on the debates. A poor showing by either side may well doom their election chances.

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SoCo, have you ever been to Wasilla? I have, and have friends that live there. Maybe you think cities can't grow if they're small -- I honestly don't know where you're coming from when you say that it can't be growing because it has 9,000 people. Is that more snobbery toward small towns I hear from the gentleman on the left?

Wasilla growing largely due to its proximity to Anchorage, which is somewhat limited by its geography. Wasilla also has a business base that serves an outlying area and is therefore busier than what the population numbers suggest. 9,000 people is downright metropolitan up here. Have you ever been out to the villages? How many people do you know that don't have indoor plumbing?

My friend, you know little of Alaska. Yes, there are other island communities that thrive without bridges. Many of them in Alaska are as good as islands because they're off the road system. Barrow, for example, has about 5,000 people , is 500 miles north of Fairbanks, and only gets one barge shipment per year because of sea ice. There's only one thing paved in town -- the airport runway. But it can get to its runway. Ketchikan can't.

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