Frontier Former Editor

September 14, 2008

Verrrrry interresting . . .

And a primary source account of Alaskan anti-Palin sentiment to boot . . .

I need to learn a little more about this Eddie Burke character as well.

I was once the victim of some on-air defamation by a guest on a talk-radio show with some supposedly conservative leanings. The guest, Michael ‘Oz’ Osborne, accused me of working on the payroll of our district’s congressman while also working as a newspaper reporter. The host realized during the show that his guest – a small-town religious bookstore owner with an intellectual depth measured in fractions of an angstrom – might have been wrong, and said guest supposedly realized what a dumbs**t comment he made. It was interesting getting a call at home from my editor and trying to explain that there was no way in hell I’d even consider doing something that stupid, unethical and evil. The dumbs**t guest did call the paper to apologize, but the editor intercepted the call and said I had no business giving the guy what for.

If I ever see him, I’ll be sure to say ‘Thank you, Michael Osborne, for prototyping Sarah Palin.’

Oh, and in a real test of irony, Pravda seems to share my opinion of Palin. Even if it is packaged with much the same sort of Russian style imperialism that almost justifies the dumb s**t spewing from Palin’s mouth . . .

“So Sarah Palin, Mrs. Hockey Mom housewife-cum-small-town gossip merchant and cheap little guttersnipe, suppose you shut up and allowed real politicians and diplomats to do their work? Threatening Russia with a war is perhaps the most irresponsible thing anyone could do at this moment in time. Have you any idea what a nuclear holocaust is? Have you any notion of the power of Russia’s armed forces? Did you know that Russia has enough missiles to destroy any target anywhere on Earth in seconds?”

September 9, 2008

Okay, Palin’s thinks she’s on a mission from God, but maybe the rape kit story is a tad overboard

My enthrallment with Sarah Palin has shown an unusually short half-life, but even I have to lean toward the truth when a scumbag might be getting a bum rap.

Case in point: Eric Schmeltzer, a writer for The Huffington Post, unloaded both barrels at Palin and the town of Wasilla, AK, for defying a state law requiring local law enforcement agencies to pay for rape evidence kits for physical exams.

As Schmeltzer would have us see the situation:

“While the Alaska State Troopers and most municipal police agencies have covered the cost of exams, which cost between $300 to $1,200 apiece, the Wasilla police department does charge the victims of sexual assault for the tests.

“Wasilla Police Chief Charlie Fannon does not agree with the new legislation, saying the law will require the city and communities to come up with more funds to cover the costs of the forensic exams.”

What Smeltzer left out of his citings from The Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman article of May 23, 2000, though, was:

“In the past weve charged the cost of exams to the victims insurance company when possible. I just dont want to see any more burden put on the taxpayer, Fannon said.
According to Fannon, the new law will cost the Wasilla Police Department approximately $5,000 to $14,000 a year to collect evidence for sexual assault cases.
Ultimately it is the criminal who should bear the burden of the added costs, Fannon said.
The forensic exam is just one part of the equation. Id like to see the courts make these people pay restitution for these things, Fannon said.
Fannon said he intends to include the cost of exams required to collect evidence in a restitution request as a part of a criminals sentencing.”

Now, this doesn’t make the Wasilla PD or Palin look particularly nice, since Fannon obviously has a problem paying for basic law enforcement forensics equipment. And, by implication, Palin didn’t seem to have a problem with Fannon’s stance on this particular issue. But Fannon is expressing a just another iteration in a growing opinion among law enforcement.

But, yeah, Wasilla officials from that period look like a collective schmuck.

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