Tuesday, October 7, 2008

A Condensed List of Sarah Palin Facts

During presidential election times, it's hard to avoid the constant buzz and controversial political jockeying that fills the airwaves and internet tubes. Yet here is another political essay, but in a different style - a condensed list of Sarah Palin facts. Click on the fact for a link to the source of information. Depending on who you are and what beliefs you have, you could take this list of facts as an attack or a support of Sarah Palin. If you have any facts to add or some facts I listed are incorrect, please let me know. Also, if there are other blogs out there that have created similar lists for the other candidates, I'll link to them.

Sarah Palin Facts:
  1. She has a B.S. degree in Communications-Journalism from the University of Idaho.
  2. She's prolife and against abortion even in rape and incest cases.
  3. She said in the VP debate that natural gas is green and clean.
  4. She's pro oil and supports drilling in the ANWR in Alaska.
  5. She said that there is a place in hell reserved for women who don't support other women.
  6. She's against gay marriage.
  7. She supported the bridge to nowhere and then said she didn't later.
  8. She has a handicapped child and went back to work 3 days after it was born.
  9. She is proud of her son going off to war in Iraq.
  10. She supports teaching creationism in schools.
  11. She encourages her 17 year old daughter to marry the father of her unborn child.
  12. She's against sexual education in schools beyond teaching abstinence until marriage.
  13. She's accused of inappropriately abusing her power by firing the police chief of Alaska because he wouldn't listen to her and fire her sister's ex-husband from the police force.
  14. She doesn't believe human activities cause climate change.
  15. She fights against getting polar bears off the threatened species list in Alaska.
  16. She has promoted aerial wolf and bear shooting.


Katie Harrington said...

How can you claim to be posting "facts" an then come to a conclusion on a case that hasn't concluded yet?

I'm an Obama supporter but you're full of shit. You're posting the "facts" from an obviously biased point of view, rendering your posts useless to those in search of real facts.

shortsale said...

yeah, I support Obama too but this is BS...she is not a literal creationist from doing a little research (she does not believe that man and dinosaurs roamed earth at the same time)

Anonymous said...

Sarah Palin has become the prostitute of the McCain campaign.

How can she ever represent the United States as a V.P. after her behavior during the campaign?

How does she compare to C. Rice, M. Thatcher, S. Day O'Connor.

I have no idea what women of America she represents.

Tim Molter said...

Geez, rip me a new one! Ok, you're right, a case that hasn't come to a conclusion yet is not yet a fact. I edited number 14 which is here for reference: "She fired the police chief of Alaska because he wouldn't listen to her and fire her sister's ex-husband from the police force." to be more correct.

Tim Molter said...

Shortsale, you're right, someone accused her of saying that but it's apparently not at all true. "She believes that 6000 years ago humans and dinosaurs lived here together." removed from the list.

NotAFan said...

>She said that there is a place in hell reserved for women who don't vote for other women.

When did she say that? You don't provide references for any of your so-called facts!

She did a slight misquote of M. Albright when she said, "There's a place in hell for women who don't support other women." It should have been "help" not "support," but at least she gave the reference. You did not.

And what kind of person calls a special needs child "it"!

Tim Molter said...

notafan, If Palin directly quoted someone, then Palin indeed spoke those words, and she did it to try to make women who don't support her feel guilty. Here is the video: "there is a place in hell reserved for women who don't support other women"

Also, I am the type of person who calls a child "it", when I don't know the gender, whether the child is special or not. The word "child" is neither masculine or feminine so referring to that neutral noun by "it" is appropriate. The word "baby" can also be referred to as "it" since the gender is not specified.

Anonymous said...

#15 should say she fought increased protection for polar bears - as I think it currently implies implies otherwise.

Here are additional links to support fears of her being a fundamentalist - including "whether dinosaurs and humans walked the earth at the same time. And she said yes, she'd seen images somewhere of dinosaur fossils with human footprints in them."

Wasilla Project - city staff members talk about bad experiences with Mayor Sarah Palin


'Yes, I think I will see Jesus come back to earth in my lifetime'


Another Wasilla resident, Phil Munger, a music composer and teacher, says she pushed an evangelical agenda in the town. "She wanted to get people who believed in creationism on the board. I bumped into her after my band played at a graduation ceremony at the Assembly of God. I said, 'Sarah, how can you believe in creationism - your father's a science teacher.' And she said, 'We don't have to agree on everything.' I pushed her on the earth's creation, whether it was really less than 7,000 years old and whether dinosaurs and humans walked the earth at the same time. And she said yes, she'd seen images somewhere of dinosaur fossils with human footprints in them." Mr Munger also asked Mrs Palin if she believed in the End of Days, the doomsday scenario when the Messiah will return. "She looked in my eyes and said, 'Yes, I think I will see Jesus come back to earth in my lifetime'."



McCain's VP Wants Creationism Taught in School

By Brandon Keim August 29, 2008 | 12:57:43 PM

Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin wants creationism taught in science classes.

In a 2006 gubernatorial debate, the soon-to-be governor of Alaska said of evolution and creation education, "Teach both. You know, don't be afraid of education. Healthy debate is so important, and it's so valuable in our schools. I am a proponent of teaching both."

(Read about Palin's views on ANWAR and polar bears on our sister blog, Threat Level.)

Asked by the Anchorage Daily News whether she believed in evolution, Palin declined to answer, but said that "I don't think there should be a prohibition against debate if it comes up in class."

"I'm not going to pretend I know how all this came to be," she said.

The battle between evolution and creationism -- specifically, Christian creationism -- in U.S. classrooms dates back to the 1925 Scopes trial, when a Tennessee court banned the teaching of evolution. Since then, state and federal courts have repeatedly rejected so-called creation science in public schools, calling it religion rather than science.

The latest courtroom defeat came in the 2005 Kitzmiller v. Dover case, when the superficially religion-neutral theory of intelligent design was classified as religious creationism. The Supreme Court ruled in 1987 that teaching creationism violated the separation of church and state.

Nevertheless, pro-creationism education initiatives driven by Christian conservatives have flourished, and defenders of evolution -- and, more broadly, scientific integrity -- worry that Palin's pick will give momentum to this church-over-state push.

"It's unfortunate McCain would pick someone who shares those particular anti-science views, but it's not a surprise," said Barbara Forrest, a Southeastern Lousiana University philosophy professor and prominent critic of creationist science. "She's a choice that pleases the religious right. And the religious right has been the chief force against teaching evolution."

In February, Florida's Board of Education narrowly defeated a bill calling for evolution to be balanced by "alternatives." The language is widely regarded as a euphemism for creationism engineered by the pro-intelligent design Discovery Institute, whose "wedge strategy" calls for the gradual dilution of classroom evolution and its eventual replacement by "a science consonant with Christian and theistic convictions."

Armed with courtroom-friendly language, Texas is currently considering creationism-friendly revisions to its own curriculum. In June, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal passed the Louisiana Science Education Act, encouraging schools to provide alternative critiques of global warming, human cloning and evolution. Similar initiatives were defeated in South Carolina, Florida, Alabama, Missouri and Michigan.

Palin's statements track with the official Alaska Republican Party platform, which support creation science and intelligent design by name, and says that "evidence disputing the theory should also be presented."

According to Fordham Institute science education expert Lawrence Lerner, Palin's nomination is less worrisome in terms of education than the broad relationship of science and government.

"In the direct sense, vice presidents don't have much to do with what goes on in classrooms. But a person who's a creationist doesn't understand science and technology at all," said Lerner. "It doesn't bode well for science, and doesn't bode well for interaction between science and government."

President Bush has been publicly skeptical of evolution, while Democratic Presidential candidate Barack Obama has professed support. "I think it's a mistake to try to cloud the teachings of science with theories that frankly don't hold up to scientific inquiry," he said in April.

John McCain's campaign did not respond in time for publication.

When asked about Palin potentially being a step removed from the White House, Forrest responded, "We'd have a creationist as President. But that's not new -- we've already got one."

Photo: Kiichiro Sato/Associated Pres


Palin wants a Constitutional Amendment to ban gay marriage



I am, in my own, state, I have voted along with the vast majority of Alaskans who had the opportunity to vote to amend our Constitution defining marriage as between one man and one woman. I wish on a federal level that that’s where we would go because I don’t support gay marriage. I’m not going to be out there judging individuals, sitting in a seat of judgment telling what they can and can’t do, should and should not do, but I certainly can express my own opinion here and take actions that I believe would be best for traditional marriage and that’s casting my votes and speaking up for traditional marriage that, that instrument that it’s the foundation of our society is that strong family and that’s based on that traditional definition of marriage, so I do support that.


Rev. Howard Bess's 1995 book, "Pastor, I Am Gay," was among those Palin tried to have removed from the Wasilla Public Library when she was mayor.



Sara Palin Video Library


Here Gov. Palin is wearing a jacket from Eddie Murphy's "Delirious" line of women's wear.



McCain Senior Moment


McCain's word on, for and to Women



Obama: Occidental College - Two years. Columbia University - B.A. political science / international relations. Harvard - Juris Doctor Magna Cum Laude

Biden: University of Delaware - B.A. in history and B.A. in political science. - Syracuse University College of Law - Juris Doctor


McCain: United States Naval Academy - Class rank 894 out of 899 (bottom of class like George Bush)

Palin: Hawaii Pacific University - 1 semester; North Idaho College - 2 semesters - general study; University of Idaho - 2 semesters - journalism; Matanuska-Susitna College - 1 semester; University of Idaho - 3 semesters - B.A. in journalism