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Monday, September 22, 2008

Re: A Likely Story

posted by on September 22 at 12:07 PM

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In this morning’s Morning News, Jonah notes that Palin is now claiming she fired her public safety commissioner, Walt Monegan, not because he refused to fire her ex-brother-in-law, but because of “budgetary disagreements.”

Actually, it’s worse than that.

The allegedly “unauthorized” trip Palin now says Monegan took to Washington, D.C. was to advocate for an ambitious new initiative to address the shockingly high level of sex crimes in Alaska—an initiative Palin killed just before firing Monegan. Although Palin has since acknowledged that her office approved the trip, she’s now arguing that she opposed it because she didn’t approve of his reason for going—that is, she didn’t approve of him seeking federal money to combat sexual assault in Alaska. Calling Monegan a “rogue,” a Palin aide now says that receiving authorization to travel “does not mean that you receive blanket authorization to discuss or do whatever you would like on that trip.” Palin, in other words, now says that it would have been fine with her if Monegan had gone to D.C.—as long as he didn’t ask the government for help dealing with Alaska’s sexual-violence epidemic.

Currently, Alaska leads the nation in forcible rapes, with a rate two and a half times the national average. Women are 1.5 times more likely to be killed by a partner than the national average, and domestic violence, overall, is at “epidemic” levels. Meanwhile, the state has one of the highest levels of child sexual assault in the nation.

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Ah, my home state.

Posted by jackie treehorn | September 22, 2008 12:09 PM
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This may result from women and children living with bad guys very isolated from any neighbors. It's probably helpful for their well being to have other folks around.

Another reason why cities are good.

BTW how does Washington State rank?

Posted by PC | September 22, 2008 12:20 PM
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So, she's basically saying that the reason she fired him was because he was for taking action to reduce violence against women? That's excellent. Leave it to her to come up with an explanation that actually makes her look worse than if she fired him because he wouldn't fire her ex-brother-in-law.

Posted by Julie in Chicago | September 22, 2008 12:24 PM
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"Rogue"? Is that anything like, say, a "maverick"? Just wondering.

Posted by Levislade | September 22, 2008 12:24 PM
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Budgetary? Classic, this from the woman who as Governor collected tens of thousand of dollars in tax payer money for "per diem" while living at home. Money that was intended to compensate the expenses incurred while living away from home on state business.

As far as sexual assault, I am sure that she just thought that 1- those hussies where asking for it, so, it was God's way of punishing them. 2- It was God's way of increasing the State population. And 3- Anything to keep the men folk happy, because it gets awfully cold and dark up there.

Posted by Sad Comment | September 22, 2008 12:26 PM
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whoa
John McCain's Chief of Staff outed
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Posted by um | September 22, 2008 12:26 PM
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Posted by danielbennettkieneker | September 22, 2008 12:32 PM
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#2: alaska isn't even close to the most rural state (which is vermont, weirdly enough).

http://www.nemw.org/poprural.htm

Posted by jrrrl | September 22, 2008 12:40 PM
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alaska has by far the highest male:female ratio, though, which is probably the #1 reason why sexual assault is such a problem there. palin as governor is probably a close #2.

http://www.nationalatlas.gov/articles/people/IMAGES/gender-tbl1.gif

Posted by jrrrl | September 22, 2008 12:43 PM
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So, she was against his going to D.C. before she was for it - or were she fer it afore she were agin it?

Crazy conservatives - it's a wonder their heads don't pop off their necks like a cork from a warm bottle of champaign for all the cerebral twisting they do.

Posted by COMTE | September 22, 2008 1:09 PM
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Looking at that census data, it appears that women don't like to live in the sticks (AL, NV, CO, UT, HI), even if the surfing's great.

Posted by Tiktok | September 22, 2008 1:20 PM
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The absolute last word on this has to be from "Get Your War On", now in a convenient, video format:

http://www.236.com/video/2008/get_your_war_on_sarah_palin_an_9028.php

It is brilliant. You should consider embedding it into the Slog proper.
Posted by John Galt | September 22, 2008 1:27 PM
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Regarding the pic: Mardi Gras beads?!

Posted by High-Rise | September 22, 2008 1:58 PM
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@7

It's Sturdley the Bookworm, not Schmedley.

Posted by Kaypro | September 22, 2008 2:27 PM
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I am repulsed by this moron

Posted by tco | September 22, 2008 3:32 PM
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But it gets worse. The chief wanted money for "rape kits" (used to collect evidence of sexual trauma). But Palin refused to spend discretionary public funds for the rape kits because they included emergency contraception for the victims. That's the real reason the chief went to DC.

Posted by Cornichon | September 22, 2008 5:52 PM
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I hope Biden uses this in the VP debate. I want him to use it so bad.

Posted by east coaster | September 22, 2008 11:00 PM
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The Weekly Standard has the pdf of Palin's motion about Monegan's dismissal. Check out page 10, where Palin's lawyers refer to the sexual assault initiative as a "pet" project. Classy.

As a recovering Alaskan, the domestic violence problem is somewhat attributable to isolation (which can be geographic as well as emotional). The biggest problem is just the pervasive blame-the-victim attitude everywhere - I have experienced this, and have friends who have experienced it. It can be rare to get support from your own family, much less the larger community, police, judges, you name it. Culturally Alaska is probably 50 years behind Seattle on this issue.

I also hope that this gets more exposure, especially contrasted with Biden's role in forming the Violence Against Women Act.

Posted by asteria | September 22, 2008 11:12 PM

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