She kills animals for fun, kicks people’s butts, and raises redneck kids. UPDATE (10/23/08): Sarah said this week she is “Proud to be a Redneck Woman,” so there is no “Might be” about it (See Parker story at end.) The upcoming presidential election is truly now a full-scale culture war – as rednecks fight to hold back the rising tides of progressives, youth, ethnic minorities, and smart people in general. I wrote on May 25 about how Rednecks had Run America for Too Long. Now the McCain-Palin Redneck Express boldly attacks our rights. “Friends Don’t Let Friends Vote for Rednecks.”
VP candidate, Sarah Palin, loves to shoot guns and is proud of being able to field dress a moose (that means to chop it up when still warm after you shoot it.) She and Cheney should go hunting. Another story is how the young hockey puck (Levi Johnson) who has impregnated Bristol (the sex pistol) is a self-proclaimed “fuckin’ redneck.” Anyhow, read on for some hot-off-the-foreign press articles and funny pix. This is going to be the starkest choice in values and vision that the world has seen. Put the Alaska Hillbillies back in the freezer along with all their unwanted moose stew.
“And it’s up against the wall redneck mother.Mother who has raised her son so well.He’s 34 and drinking in some honky tonk.Just kickin’ hippies’ asses and raisin’ hell.
Levi Johnston, the father of Bristol Palin’s baby, isn’t as happy as his future mother-in-law seems to be about the prospect of marriage and children. While Sarah Palin talks about being proud of her pregnant teen daughter for making the decision to get married and be a mom, the baby daddy hardly shows as much promise. “I don’t want kids,” the 17-year-old high school senior wrote on his MySpace page. Before it disappeared from the web (that seems to be happening a lot with Bristol-related posts), Levi’s page offered a profile of himself as a redneck.
From his MySpace Profile before it was “made private”
‘I’m a fuckin’ redneck who likes to snowboard and ride dirt bikes. But I live to play hockey. I like to go camping and hang out with the boys, do some fishing, shoot some shitt and just fuckin’ chillin’ I guess. Ya fuck with me I’ll kick ass.”
Johnston’s comments will pour more embarrassment on John McCain, who denies claims he had failed to look into Mrs Palin’s background before naming her as his running mate. Last night Mr McCain, 72, insisted: “The vetting process was completely thorough and I’m grateful for the results.” He said of Mrs Palin: “I’m very, very proud of the impression that she’s made on all of America and I’m looking forward to serving with her.”
Last night it emerged that Johnston had left his home in Alaska to join the Palin family for the big event. His mum Sherry said no pressure had been put on her son to marry Bristol and that the pair had plans to wed before it was known she was pregnant.
Levi Johnston, a self-described “——‘ redneck” who does not “want kids”, is set to join Sarah Palin’s family at Republican convention. The bad-boy image of Levi Johnston, 18, the boyfriend of Bristol Palin, 17, added to the pressure surrounding Senator John McCain after his decision to choose Mrs Palin as a running mate in the Republican bid for the White House.
The details follow the disclosure that, as late as 1996, Mrs Palin, 44, the Governor of Alaska, had been a member of the Alaskan Independence Party, which wants a vote on whether the state can secede from the United States.
There were also reports that Mrs Palin, who has portrayed herself as a fighter against corruption and a doughty opponent of wasteful government spending, secured $27 million (£15million) in federal funds for the small town of Wasilla, where she was mayor until two years ago.
Democrats seized on the claims about Mrs Palin as evidence that Mr McCain had poor judgment because he had failed to vet her properly. However, senior McCain aides said that a vetting team had been in Alaska before the Arizona senator made his choice. “You can’t confuse secrecy with lack of vetting,” said one adviser.
A dozen McCain aides have been sent to Alaska to help Mrs Palin’s family and to rebut the claims against her. Some Republicans linked to the attacks believed that Mr McCain had sacrificed thoroughness in the vetting process so that secrecy could be maintained. The surprise choice of Mrs Palin could make or break Mr McCain’s battle for the White House. Republican activists are delighted that a strongly anti-abortion mother of five who is an avid hunter has been chosen.
But Democrats scent blood and believe they can paint Mrs Palin as “Dan Quayle in a dress” – the description applied to her by Karen Thurman, a former member of the House of Representatives. Mr Quayle was chosen as George W Bush’s running mate in 1988 after a cursory vetting process failed to find serious weaknesses in his character and record.
Christian conservatives have covered Mrs Palin with praise for supporting her daughter, who is five months pregnant and is due to marry Mr Johnston. There has been criticism of Democrats and the media, which is being accused of exploiting a private issue. “They have been using this 17-year-old girl as a battering ram against her mother and against social conservatives,” said Gary Bauer, a leading evangelical and former Republican presidential hopeful.
“It’s disgraceful. All families wrestle with these issues and try to teach their kids the best they can. But children make mistakes. The whole pro-life movement is built around helping women in crisis pregnancies. We don’t judge these women. If we did, they wouldn’t come to us.”
Associated Press reported that Mr Johnston plans to join the family of the Republican vice presidential candidate at the GOP convention. Levi Johnston’s mother said her 18-year-old son left Alaska on Tuesday morning. Sherry Johnston also said there has been no pressure put on her son to marry Bristol Palin. “Absolutely not,” Sherry Johnston told reporters outside the family’s Wasilla home. Johnston said the two teens already had plans to marry before they knew she was pregnant.
THE teenager expecting a baby with the unmarried 17-year-old daughter of Sarah Palin is expected to be publicly unveiled at the Republican Party convention. But Levi Johnston, 18, has created a further stir, describing himself on his MySpace page as a “redneck who likes to snowboard and ride dirt bikes”.
The description appears in a profanity-laden entry posted by Johnston that was made private over the weekend, but not before several media outlets published parts of it. Johnston, who is to marry Palin’s pregnant daughter Bristol, is reportedly flying to the St Paul, Minnesota, convention after being outed by international media.
He played ice hockey at Bristol’s high school and the Palin camp says the teenage couple will get married. But in Johnston’s MySpace entry, the teenager hints that fatherhood was not in his immediate plans. Johnston says he is “in a relationship,” but on the question about how he feels about children he said: “I don’t want kids.” He also says his true love is ice hockey.
Here’s part of his entry before it was made private: ‘I’m a f–kin’ redneck who likes to snowboard and ride dirt bikes. But I live to play hockey. I like to go camping and hang out with the boys, do some fishing, shoot some s–t and just f–kin’ chillin’ I guess. Ya f–k with me I’ll kick ass.”
Republican presidential candidate John McCain says he is satisfied that Palin’s background was properly checked before the Alaska Governor became his vice-presidential running-mate. “The vetting process was completely thorough and I’m grateful for the results,” McCain said.
Questions about the review came up after news surfaced that Bristol was pregnant and that the Alaska Governor has retained a private lawyer to represent her in an investigation into the firing of the state public safety commissioner. The lawyer who conducted the background review said Palin voluntarily told McCain’s campaign about Bristol’s pregnancy, and about her husband’s two-decade-old drink-driving arrest during questioning as part of the vice-presidential search process.
McCain’s campaign has been trying to tamp down questions about whether the Arizona senator’s team adequately researched his surprise vice-presidential selection. Since McCain publicly disclosed his running mate on Friday, the notion of a shoddy, rushed review has been stoked repeatedly. In St Paul, Minnesota, campaign advisers vehemently defended the Palin review.
Newly Added Information (October 14, 2008)
Sarah Palin’s Shocking Animal Cruelty By Michael Markarian,
Humane Society Legislative Fund – Posted on September 16, 2008,
GOP conventioneers were officially introduced to their vice presidential candidate who is, as Fred Thompson said, “the only nominee in the history of either party who knows how to properly field dress a moose.” But it’s not Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s personal love of hunting or appetite for moose venison that should strike fear in the heart of every animal advocate in the nation–it’s her retrograde policies on animal welfare and conservation that have led to an all-out war on the state’s wolves and other creatures.
Palin is not only a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association, but is also a close ally of Safari Club International. These radical groups don’t represent rank-and-file hunters, but instead lobby on behalf of their elitist, wealthy members to defend despicable and unsporting practices such as captive trophy hunts, bear baiting, and steel-jawed legold traps — practices that real hunters agree are inhumane and unacceptable.
And the Palin Administration, in lock-step with these extreme anti-conservationists, has waged an all-out war on Alaska’s predators to artificially boost the populations of moose and caribou for trophy hunters. Palin has tried to pass legislation making it easier for state officials to gun down wolves and bears from the sky, and even offered a $150 bounty for the left foreleg of each dead wolf as an economic incentive for pilots and aerial gunners to kill more of the animals.
Leading up to the recent statewide vote on Measure 2 to stop the aerial shooting of wolves and bears, Palin’s Board of Game spent $400,000 of public money on brochures and radio ads to influence the election. She not only took an inhumane and unsporting position at odds with the principles of wildlife management and fair chase, but did it in an undemocratic and underhanded way. Palin may have criticized “the old politics as usual” and “the culture of self-dealing” in her speech last night, but that’s a pretty good description of her dealings with the NRA and Safari Club.
Since Alaska is not protecting its wolves from aerial hunting, the U.S. Congress has stepped in and is now considering the Protect America’s Wildlife (PAW) Act, which would close a loophole in federal law that allows the shooting of animals from airplanes and helicopters. But Gov. Palin has attacked that effort, too, and used her office to criticize the federal legislation. She wrote in a press release that the bill’s author “doesn’t understand rural Alaska” and “doesn’t comprehend wildlife management in the North.”
But that’s only one part of the story. It’s not just wolves, of course, who have been the targets of Palin’s outdated policies, but also the Arctic region’s iconic polar bears, the 21st Century’s canaries in the mineshaft who are teetering on the brink of extinction.
Despite the effects of climate change on the bear’s vanishing habitat and shrinking ice floes, Gov. Palin penned an op-ed in The New York Times earlier this year arguing that it was the “wrong move” to list the polar bear under the Endangered Species Act. Later, when the Bush Administration announced its listing of the polar bear as a threatened species, she filed a lawsuit seeking to reverse the decision. Environmentalists fired back over Palin’s lawsuit and said “her head-in-the-sand approach to global warming only helps oil companies, certainly not Alaska or the polar bear.”
For those who don’t believe that the number two spot on the ticket matters much at all, consider this: fourteen vice presidents in American history eventually climbed to the top job, eight of them because their predecessors died in office. If Sarah Palin were to be propelled into the presidency and given the opportunity to run the United States like she has run Alaska–controlling the Departments of Interior, Agriculture, and Commerce, with wide-ranging authority over issues affecting pets, wildlife, farm animals, marine mammals, animals in research, and public lands–it would indeed be a terrible day for animals and for the country.
Her record is so extreme that she has perhaps done more harm to animals than any other current governor in the United States — and that’s a difficult distinction to achieve among our 22 Republican and 28 Democratic chief executives. Voters of both political parties who care about the humane treatment of animals must unite to make sure that the nation’s worst governor doesn’t end up just a heartbeat away from the nation’s most important job.
It’s all in how you say it. Does it trip off the tongue with affection in the spirit of bonhomie? Or does it slip through a smirk of contempt, betraying an elitism that Republicans have managed to equate with having attended college and actually learned something. Or “learnt,” if that makes your jeans fit better. Redneck has become the new word one dare not speak unless one is a redneck. U.S. Rep. John Murtha got himself in hot water for calling voters in his district a bunch of “rednecks” – a week after saying that many of the Pennsylvanians who put him in office were racist.
No, no, no, Congressman. Here’s how you say it: “Hell, yeah, my district’s full o’ rednecks, and I’m a redneck, too. And damn proud of it!” Barring that, he might take a page from Sarah Palin’s playbook. In Asheville, N.C., for a rally Sunday, Palin brought in country singer Gretchen Wilson to warm up the crowd. … Gretchen had the crowd fully stoked when Palin arrived, dressed in jeans, and requested the hit song “Redneck Woman.” Palin clapped and sang along. You can, too.