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Palin Alaskan Criminal Investigation to Break Soon?

It makes sense. They're only rumors... but it makes sense.

Shannon Moore, a radio talk show host from Alaska, provides some interesting information on rumors that have been circulating in Alaska for the last 6 weeks regarding a possible criminal investigation into Sarah Palin.

Update: On the heels of reports like the one above, Palin is attempting to control the media by threatening legal action.

The abruptness of her announcement and the mystery surrounding her plans have fed widespread speculation. But Palin attorney Thomas Van Flein on Saturday warned legal action may be taken against bloggers and publications that reprint what he calls fraudulent claims.

"To the extent several websites, most notably liberal Alaska blogger Shannyn Moore, are now claiming as 'fact' that Governor Palin resigned because she is 'under federal investigation' for embezzlement or other criminal wrongdoing, we will be exploring legal options this week to address such defamation," Van Flein said in a statement. "This is to provide notice to Ms. Moore, and those who re-publish the defamation, such as Huffington Post, MSNBC, the New York Times and The Washington Post, that the Palins will not allow them to propagate defamatory material without answering to this in a court of law."

He also told the Anchorage Daily News that Palin wasn't in any criminal legal jeopardy.

"I can say definitively I am aware of no criminal investigation whatsoever involving Sarah Palin. Zero," he said.

Meanwhile the FBI has confirmed that they are not investigating Palin at this time. Whether some other law enforcement agency is investigating Palin remains to be seen.

The FBI reiterated that claim Saturday, telling the Los Angeles Times for a story Sunday that the Federal Bureau of Investigation was not investigating Palin's activities as governor, a former mayor or in any other capacity.

"There is absolutely no truth to those rumors that we're investigating her or getting ready to indict her," Special Agent Eric Gonzalez, the bureau's Alaska spokesman, said.

It's apparent that Palin has a plan. She quit her job as Alaska's governor to "answer a higher calling." And she appears determined, this week at least, to re-enter the national limelight with some degree of spin control over her national presence.

It's also apparent that Palin hasn't learned much from her experience in the national limelight. Her continued bumbling through one crisis after another, and her failure to rise above dust-ups like her recent tussle with comic talk show host David Letterman, exemplifies Palin's failure to break out of the pattern she found herself in last fall leading into the 2008 election.

Sarah Palin played in the mud, portraying her opponent Barack Obama as someone who 'pals with terrorists." With that she reduced herself to the role of the mud-slinging attack dog on the GOP ticket.

Sling a little mud back in her direction, and she threatens to sue.

What we're seeing now isn't Sarah Palin elevated to a new level - it's the same Sarah Palin of the past all over again, just more determined -- and angrier. It's a tactic that is bound for failure. She's just not smart enough to figure that out yet.

Pit Bulls are not known for their IQ, lipstick notwithstanding...

Update II: Wizbang Publisher Kevn Aylward had informed me he's shutting down Wizbang Blue, citing incompatible missions. He's already severed html links from the conservative sister site "Wizbang."


Note: Wizbang Blue is now closed and our authors have moved on. Paul Hooson can now be found at Wizbang Pop!. Please come see him there!

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Comments (12)

pvd:
It makes sense. They're only rumors... but it makes sense.

WHY does it makes sense? Given the rumors from the lefty sites focused on the FBI and given the FBI has explicitly denied those reports, what is the source of your information?

On the heels of reports like the one above, Palin is attempting to control the media by threatening legal action.

So threatening legal action over slanderous statements is trying to control the media? Sounds like a fundamental right to redress a wrong. If she wins, great. If she loses, too bad. Please note that the statement from her lawyer was specific to claiming "facts" that are not true. That's slander or libel depending on the medium. Palin has a high standard to beat as a public figure but it can be done.

Also, I apologize for having missed your fulminations regarding Obama. Helen Thomas can give you the updates. Called him worse than Nixon.

"Nixon didn't try to do that," Thomas said. "They couldn't control (the media). They didn't try...

...I'm not saying there has never been managed news before, but this is carried to fare-thee-well--for the town halls, for the press conferences," she said. "It's blatant. They don't give a damn if you know it or not. They ought to be hanging their heads in shame."

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And, finally,

"Sling a little mud back in her direction, and she threatens to sue.
"

A little mud!? Sure, every female politician is compared to a hooker (Begala), called slutty (Letterman), has the birth of their last child questions ad nauseum (Sullivan). The list could go on (and on and on...)

It's not a little bit of mud, it misogyny-central, from the side of "tolerance" and "love".

Mac Lorry:
To the extent several websites, most notably liberal Alaska blogger Shannyn Moore, are now claiming as 'fact' that Governor Palin resigned because she is 'under federal investigation' for embezzlement or other criminal wrongdoing

If the NYTs can be sued when they publish unsupportable claims that defame a person then any blog can also be sued for publishing unsupportable claims that defame a person. That type of control of the media not only protects the individual, but also the public. Without defamation laws, nothing published in the media could be taken as fact. It's one thing to make stupid jokes or criticize a politician's values, intelligence, looks, and family, but free speech doesn't protect someone who falsely claims someone committed a serious crime.

Mac Lorry:

Kurt Schlichter at Big Hollywood wrote this about Palin's resignation. . .

Lefties, if you were responsible for her doing this, you just unleashed your strongest opponent and made her immune from your strongest attacks all at once. Ouch. It must hurt to know a woman you pride yourself on seeing as a drooling Neanderthal nitwit so thoroughly out-maneuvered you. You do see it, right?

I'm guessing Kurt Schlichter reads this site.

Lee Ward:

"I'm guessing Kurt Schlichter reads this site."

And I'm guessing Schlichter's IQ is even lower than Palin's.

If the blind can lead the blind, then surely the stupid can lead the stupid. Sarah's indeed finding her new following.

Follow her, and she'll lead you right off a political cliff.

pvd:

Lee,

Back to the topic of the post. Other than the FBI and liberal bloggers, what sources of information exist regarding criminal charges are to be filed soon against Palin did I miss?

Paul Hooson:

I'm really surprised to hear of any potential criminal probe of Palin. My opinion is that she exaggerates and embellishes a great deal, and is certainly a screwball, but I just never conceived of her as being dishonest in other ways such as being corrupt.

CT:

I see why msnbc is a poor choice for news. Get your facts. You're so disperate for news and rating you'll post anything and call it news.....What was Joe idiot Biden, a ballot dancer? He was an attack dog too... idiots. I hope she brings all of you down, so far down your out of business. You hate her because she is beautiful and powerful, what do you think of Gov. Granholm, how she's distroyed Michigan???Huh...where's your comments about that???. Don't underestimate Palin's moves, she is more liked than you think. Leave it to you dems...when someone steps down for "Change" something you believe in and is a repub, your quick to assume its criminal, and you preach about fairness????. The dems have done many unethical things as well, so that is a wash, no legs to stand on there!!! Some how this does not get reported, oh thats right, why would you, you don't want to look bad do you...... You didn't even hear what she said. Because you people falsely accuse her of the most dumbest things, one state out of 50, and the media focus on this one, like I said how about Granholm. Palin will become a lame duck gov, policitcs as usual, the exact thing going on in washington dc today. She is smart to decide to move on to bigger and better things. Be prepared 2010,change will come the kind AMERICA HAS BEEN TRUELY WAITING FOR!!!!!OBAMA Big Ass Mistake American!!!!!

zaugg:

Goodbye.

drlava:

While it is fun to speculate on deeper motives the truth is that she is just incredibly mundane. She learned how to do the beauty pageant speech and fooled enough "conservatives" to get by. They are an extremely gullible bunch.

Wizbang is purifying itself. Only dim-wits allowed and all must agree. And no one must ever admit the truth about Lindsay Graham.

Chad:

Actually, If you read her statement for why she is leaving, it makes perfect sense. She's too busy defending herself from unfounded "ethics" violations to do the things a governor needs to focus on. 15 ethics complaints filed, all dismissed, yet each and every one of them costing the state of alaska time and money. All 15 complaints filed due to "opposition research", yet not one valid complaint. Used to be called a witch hunt, now called an acceptable political tactic.

Doubting Thomas:

Chad -

Problem is, Lava isn't reading her statements. He/She is perfectly content to make up whatever they have to in order to justify the hate, and because they hate they feel free to keep repeating the fictions they've created.

It's a perfect positive feedback loop, with no dampening effect.

That's what being 'reality-based' is all about - you get to create the 'reality' you base your reactions on, and you can even feel enlightened, virtuous and compassionate while doing your damndest to defame or discredit someone.

But there's actually folks realizing that their positions aren't tenable.

Reclusive Leftist» feminism, politics, and random pedantry with your host, Dr. Violet Socks

I want to comment on this post as someone who formerly harbored the irrational hatred for Sarah Palin that you refer to in your post. For me personally, I thought McCain's decision to pick her as a running mate was his way of pandering to democrats, women, feminists, his way of "diversifying" his campaign to compete with Hillary and Obama's historically significant campaigns. I was terrified that this would give him the necessary edge to become president, thereby resulting in another Republican presidency. I automatically assumed, like many others, that feminism and Republican ideology were incompatible, and so between McCain choosing her for the fact of her sex (my assumption) and Palin milking the "hockey mom" feminist thing, I was horrified that they were going to beat us at our own game, under the guise that they were ideologically fit to play. In the wake of the Bush presidency, McCain's choice of a female VP seemed like an audacious ploy to differentiate his campaign from Bush's, to redeem the Republican ideology by distancing itself from the Bush presidency. The idea that this (Republican) woman could throw the whole election somehow gave me every incentive to hate her, to believe everything I heard about her, to brand her "one of those women that make other women look bad." She was definitely a hate receptacle. McCain wasn't a hate receptacle, despite his Republicanism, because he was a man. I thought, Palin should know better. Someone said in the comments that feminist women judge other women more harshly, and looking back, I totally agree. It was a personal, intense hatred, because Palin didn't represent all of my feminist sentiments. I thought she gave feminism a bad name, a bad look. I didn't like how she winked; she was trying to be cutesy. I didn't like what I heard about the amount of money she spent on her wardrobe. It seems so silly to me now, but I hated her because she appeared too feminine. I didn't realize at the time that what I was partaking in was blatant misogyny.

Also, it was the hip thing to do. I'm twenty two years old, I attend a very liberal university; in this environment, Palin-bashing constitutes some kind of bizarre camaraderie, like she's a joke that everyone's in on. In retrospect, really bizarre, and really embarrassing for the fact that I jumped on the Obama bandwagon to hell.
The Dems have overplayed their hand. People are waking to the fact that the Dems PREFER a status quo where the poor stay poor, women know their place, and the aristos of the party never have any chance of losing their seats.

Oyster:

"Wizbang is purifying itself."

Even septic tanks and gutters need cleaning out very now and then.

The Palin hatred I see coming from Lee here is irrational. When the Carrie Prejean thing popped up he got diverted, but when it settled down he went right back to bashing Palin. I'm beginning to think Lee has an issue with women who don't fit the mold he has created for them: If you hold conservative beliefs, then stay home, take care of the kids and keep your mouth shut. With Hooson, it's more of a soft bigotry, but it's there nonetheless. I suppose it's something else for Lee to direct his energies toward since he was never able to reconcile all the nasty things he said about Obama while he supported Hillary. When Obama got the nomination Lee did an about-face and acted like he had supported Obama all along and began criticizing anyone who had any criticism for Obama. It was an amazing thing to witness.


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