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September 03, 2008

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More on Sarah Palin, Moose Hunting, and Other Stuff

Pregnancy seems to be a big issue right now, so I would like to state the following for the record:

For all I care, the Palins can breed like rock rabbits and Sarah will still have my vote.

No one quizzed Chelsea Clinton about her reproductive plans when her mom was in the race. How come?

I am not pregnant. Phil Bourjaily is not pregnant (at least, I assume so. We haven't talked in a while.)

As far as I'm concerned, Sarah Palin has only one flaw; she has a worse speaking voice than the aforementioned Hillary, and the tame ravens at the Yellowknife (NT) airport have more mellifluous speaking voices than Senator Clinton.


The media, in its condescending coverage of Sarah Palin's moose hunting, don't give her the credit that she is due. Turning a moose into mooseburger is not like whipping up a souffle. Shooting it is the easy part; getting it out of the bog requires more fortitude than standing up to Vladimir Putin. Actually, field-dressing a moose takes three people: one to do the actual hacking and slashing, one to push, shove, and hold legs, and one to stand there with a serious rifle waiting for a bear to show up. Then you get to packing it out, which takes yet another two people unless one of you is Clark Kent.


And speaking of manhandling moose meat, a while back someone asked about pack frames. The best one I've seen was the one I took to Alaska to pack out my moose--the Bighorn Pack Frame made by Wilderness Pack Specialties. It's made of some kind of super-strong polycarbonate, has an excellent suspension system, and is rated to carry 120 pounds. The price is $139 from Schnees.com.


I would like to add a heartfelt amen to Phil Bourjaily's report on the Connecticut Shotgun Manufacturing Company. It is truly a place of wonders. I think the nicest gun they make is their A.H. Fox reproduction, which is probably better than the original. Also, their wood room requires a whole new set of adjectives to describe. Grown men emerge from it weeping and struck dumb, and some have actually soiled themselves.


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Jim in Mo.

I'm watching the RNC and one thing that really sticks out is the dress of these people. They look respectable, as if they're someplace important. When I watched the DNC those people with their dress attire and goofy hats looked liked they should be on The Price Is Right. Should it surprise anyone they like Obama?


For all you Guys and Gals that remember lasts months comic strip "Non Sequitur" with the Dumb neanderthal hunters. Today's "Non Sequitur" might give a chuckle or two.

Tom the Troll



Thanks for the info. I knew that Mike Cox ran for office but non of the local Media covered whether he won or not. With me being gone on the road so much I never did find out till about a year or so later. Like I said Mike Cox was or is from my neck of the woods and one of the things I remember him spearheading through is the CCW license. He was for it and fought for our right to get it.

Tom the Troll


Petzal nailed it about the treatment of Palin's moose hunting. Most reporters don't hunt. They don't realize that it's one thing to bag a whitetail that weighs less than a man and drag it through a flat soybean field to your truck, and quite another thing to bag a moose whose weight is closer to a truck than a man and drag it through a swamp to camp.

I know that most reporters don't hunt because I know a lot of reporters. That's because I am one, and I have startled other reporters when I told them that used to hunt dove. (They were not consoled by my suggestion that doves -- while they may be international symbols of peace -- taste great wrapped in bacon.)


If you watched both conventions I doubt you are torn as to which group deserves your vote. Insofar as Gov. Palin, no one is perfect but she (and Sen. McCain) sure fair better than the majority of the Democrats when it comes to being on the side of America in this somewhat uncaring and cruel world. I wonder what cartridge she shoots at caribou and moose? Obviously not blanks like most Democrats. God bless America...especially now when we all really need to be as certain as we can about our destiny and that of our children.

Del in KS

Just watched Sara Palin give a great speech. Dave I agree with you on everything except her voice. She sounds like a songbird to me. Now we know why the liberal press is in panic mode and grasping at straws to attack Sara. Their 2 horses are nags and they know it. I expect McCain/Palin to win in a landslide.


Just saw Palin's (and Giuliani's) speeches at the Republican Convention. Palin was dynamite. She is everything every Democrat and Feminist admires in a woman, except that she is thoroughly Conservative. She is not exactly painful to look at, either. The Democrats really do not want her in their world; if she becomes VP, in eight (or four) years she could go for the top job. If McCain/ Palin win this, the Democrats can say goodbye to the big chair until 2020 at the earliest. Maybe Chelsea will be old enough to run by then.


The weekend before the primary election where Sarah Palin beat Frank Murkowski, the incumbent governor at the time, and a long-serving Senator, she was at a gun-show!
I met her there, briefly. She could have sent a flunky to do that, but went herself. She was not working with any cue-cards or tele-prompters, and she was convincing many crusty old crumudgeons that she was the woman for the job. Alas, I had cast my vote already for "Frank-the-Bank" as he was sometimes known. I didn't think she had the moxie to take-on Exxon-Mobile, Shell and BP, I was wrong!
I was convinced that day that she would win the primary without my vote, and I had no doubt that she would be the governor. I'm not surprised at all by her performance thus-far. She, hunts, fishes, legislates, leads, runs marathons, and looks good (and happy) doing it. What more could you as for? She is going to take Joe Biden to school at the debate, you watch. Liberals hate her, all the more reason to like her.


Remember, Obama likes guns so much that he wants yours too!



Chelsea ... yeah there's the TICKET!

Better soak the gonads in EverClear for a decade or so if that happens?

jim in nc

Yooper and all the rest of you:
I agree with everything y'all have said about Sarah and Bristol and their family; I admire what they're doing about this situation (tho I worry about Sarah's ability to handle the VP along with a pregnant daughter and a special-needs baby); and I'm not sure I even consider what happened "sin." My beef is with the political parties.

Art Lamb

I think Sarah will make a great VP, and besides she is a damn good looking woman to boot. So we get a good looking, straight shooting, frontier woman and that is great. I lived in Alaska for 5 years and wish that she was the Governor then.


I am more concerned about this 1st Admendment infringement than her pregnancies.

Palin the book banner
Stein says that as mayor, Palin continued to inject religious beliefs into her policy at times. "She asked the library how she could go about banning books," he says, because some voters thought they had inappropriate language in them. "The librarian was aghast." That woman, Mary Ellen Baker, couldn't be reached for comment, but news reports from the time show that Palin had threatened to fire Baker for not giving "full support" to the mayor.

The New York Times has further information on this issue today, including the news that Palin FIRED the Wasilla librarian:
“Shortly after becoming mayor, former city officials and Wasilla residents said, Ms. Palin approached the town librarian about the possibility of banning some books, though she never followed through and it was unclear which books or passages were in question.
Ann Kilkenny, a Democrat who said she attended every City Council meeting in Ms. Palin’s first year in office, said Ms. Palin brought up the idea of banning some books at one meeting. “They were somehow morally or socially objectionable to her,” Ms. Kilkenny said.
The librarian, Mary Ellen Emmons, pledged to “resist all efforts at censorship,” Ms. Kilkenny recalled. Ms. Palin fired Ms. Emmons shortly after taking office but changed course after residents made a strong show of support. Ms. Emmons, who left her job and Wasilla a couple of years later, declined to comment for this article.
In 1996, Ms. Palin suggested to the local paper, The Frontiersman, that the conversations about banning books were “rhetorical.”
Ms. Emmons was not the only employee to leave. During her campaign, Ms. Palin appealed to voters who felt that city employees under Mr. Stein, who was not from Wasilla and had earned a degree in public administration at the University of Oregon, had been unresponsive and rigid regarding a new comprehensive development plan. In turn, some city employees expressed support for Mr. Stein in a campaign advertisement.
Once in office, Ms. Palin asked many of Mr. Stein’s backers to resign — something virtually unheard of in Wasilla in past elections. The public works director, city planner, museum director and others were forced out. The police chief, Irl Stambaugh, was later fired outright.”



Tsov Tom

Eric: You mean sorta like Bill and Hillary firing, and trying to prosecute, the White House travel staff and making nearly a hundred federal attorneys resign when they came into office?


Let's get down to issues here on Ms Palin. There is not a sportsman with a pair that would not put his mother in a home to have the Govenor making their AM coffee. What happens at home is family business (ie.: Chip Ford's girls in the Whitehouse, raising the Bush twins, the Clintons are still married??). She has the tenacity for the job and she has the bearing to win. Now, the press, a mamber of which the proprietor of this blog is, will find out if she has the veracity. Set the dogs loose! Withstanding this is nothing compared to international politics.


Up flies a guinea, bang goes sixpence, and down comes half-a-crown.


This by far is the best reason to vote for Obama! He's never fired anybody! Hell, maybe he can find his supplier for cocaine and put him in charge of the war on drugs. Perhaps William Ayers could be AG. Maybe that job should go to Tony Rezko. He knows law pretty well now. Ayers or his wife, Bernadine Dorne, could easily handle Secratary of Defense. Now we just need to find a job for his retired pastor.


Wrong, Dave. Absolutely nothing wrong with Mrs. Palin's voice. However, I wish the folks saying her name out loud would settle on one pronunciation and stick with it. Is it Paw-lin, Pay-lin, or Pal-lin? Maybe they could run an opinion poll on that.

Thos. B. Fowler

Hey, Guys and Gals [better add that],

I am stunned and smiling about Sarah Palin agreeing to the proposal to run for Vice-President. It will mean a great sacrifice of her family and quality time, and I can hear the grinding stones rumbling now, sharpening the knives of her opponents. She dares not to make a single misstep...she is already under fire for confusing politics with religion--you WILL see more on that.

I suppose that we all have to remember that we are electing real people, not Messiahs, when we cast ballots. We pin far too many hopes on our President, whoever he/she is, and refuse to recognize that the office is way too large for any single human being.

We have more at stake, we who love guns and hunting. If Sarah does well, we do, too. If she drops the ball, we take a big hit. I like what I see, and she sure looks better than a pit bull, with or without the lipstick. I hope that the Secret Service adequately protects the woman. She represents fear for all our enemies, foreign or domestic...and to assassinate a pro-gun candidate---perish the thought, folks.

We are not out of the woods, yet. Whatever happens, hurray for our Lady Who Hunts, and may she take careful aim in the next few months.

Tom Fowler

Scott in Southern Illinois

I personally believe John McCain could not have made a more perfect choice for VP. She's all that AND a moose hunter! I would like to know what she shoots....a .300 Win Mag, a 30-06 (my personal fave), a 7mm mag. The choices would lead us a long way to who she really is. Think about it.

WA Mtnhunter


I gues it's however the driveby media wants to say it.

When the Clinton's were occupying the White House, I could never decide if sh1t-head (sic) was one word or two....


Sarah Palin is a dangerous theocrat who would be a great VP for all of us if we were all born-again Christians with tightass reading tastes.

I ain't, and I ain't.

I could give a rat's rear end about her experience as governor of that godforsaken mosquito den. The greatest president this country ever had had exactly one term in the House of Representatives before he was elected. And he got us through a civil war.

McCain and Palin would set this country's economy and culture back 50 years; and I don't mean everybody in Detroit will have a good-paying job making tail finned-monsters, either.

My 2A rights are too important to subsume them to a Far Right barracuda who wants to ban books. I've read many times on here that "Without 2A you won't have 1A." Well, now's the time to stand up for 1A, fellas, or admit you kinda like the idea of a country where everybody's a good God-fearing American - which is the epitome of an America that ain't worth the time the Framers put into the Constitution

paul Wilke

Thinking of the future,
Clinton Vs Palin.
How's your vote go?


I am kinda of suprised with some of the comments about Sarah and her family. First none of us knows how her family functions just like I don't how Dave's functions. The thing is none of us have the right to comment it is their choice. I like what she says and how she says it.
You folks out there that think Obama means change better consider what kinda of change. I notice the guy never says anything and by that I mean he never says anything concrete it is always vague and non committal.
The guy has been a senator for 143 days and that is it. He is lawyer and Biden is a lawyer. Now McCain and Palin aren't lawyers. If it is any group that is out of touch with people its lawyers.
I suggest those that think the Dems won't come after your firearms if Obama wins better go look at the record of both Biden and Obama. You will find that both of them are very much total banners of firearm ownership.
If you don't think the media wants to pick our president just look how they question Palin over her kids but no questions over Obama taking his kids to a church where if the minister had been white and everyone wore hoods it would have been a Klan rally. Check out the pic, its on the net of Biden taking his oath of office in his daughters hospital room while his daughter was in critical condition. HMMM no question by the media about family coming first there!
If Obama and Biden win you can look for the banning of guns and the censorship of the media cause Obama and his lawyers have threatened various stattions radio and tv with yanking their lics. when Obama wins. You can say good bye to Dave and his column because Obama isn't going to allow this kind of discussion when he gets in as he is a fascist.

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