Wednesday, 30 September 2009

Sarah Palin's Going Rogue, a book to nowhere


There are some biographies of Sarah Palin already published (and reduced in price). They came out before she went rogue and "wrote" her autobiography with the help of a very Christian ghostwriter, Lynn Vincent.

One of these biographies has a long title: Sarah: How a Hockey Mom Turned Alaska's Political Establishment Upside Down.

It was written by Kaylene Johnson after Amanda Coyne turned down the honour of putting pen to paper in order to give the American public a glimpse into the life and times of Sarah Palin according to... Sarah Palin.

Here are some excerpts from a review of the book by an Alaskan reader:

This book, unfortunately, reads like a fanzine. In its small format, there are 32 full pages of photos and just 90 pages of text, with generous, generous white space. Five of the 90 pages are devoted to Palin's JV and varsity high-school basketball experiences.

"Sarah" is studded with the memes Palin made famous. Johnson calls Palin from the title onward a "hockey mom," but offers no details at all of that experience.

Kaylene Johnson's published works are varied, with many articles about Alaska and... Jesus, the bible and all that.

Amanda Coyne gave her reasons for turning down the project in an e-mail to the publisher:

"I've been following the governor's performance these last months, and I fear that she is floundering. Her administration is exiting rapidly, some of her decisions have been ill-thought out, at best.... Sarah is the type of woman who will end up defining her own success, but I have a hunch that that success will be to sail off to D.C. to take Stevens' seat if and when he gets indicted, and leave this state in a lurch. I've been talking long and hard to many people here, and I'm realizing that I can't write the book that you and I have spoken about. I simply can't have my name on what, so far, is turning out to be a puff piece without substance."

Amanda was right about Sarah Palin leaving the state in a lurch, but was wrong about Sarah's reasons. It turned out to be money and Sarah seems to be in a hurry to cash in before it all goes pear-shaped. The speaking engagements are failing to materialize and it doesn't seem to be that her fees are too high, it's more to do with people being embarassed to invite her:

Palin's bookers are said to be asking for $100,000 per speech, but an industry expert tells Page Six: "The big lecture buyers in the US are paralyzed with fear about booking her, basically because they think she is a blithering idiot."

Many big lecture venues are subscription series, "and they don't want to tick people off," said our source. "Palin is polarizing, and some subscribers might cancel if she's on the lineup." Other lecture buyers are universities, which have a leftist slant, and corporations, which dislike controversy.

"Palin is so uninteresting to so many groups -- unless they are interested in moose hunting," said our insider. "What does she have to say? She can't even describe what she reads."

People are beginning to see what Amanda Coyne saw some time ago: the pretty gift-wrapped package is just an empty box.

72 comments:

Reepicheep said...

I said "Thanks, but no thanks to 'Going Rogue.'

Anonymous said...

Regina...I like that you post fun graphics...makes me laugh because all I have around me are Palinbots...yuck! I hope babygate breaks wide open soon!

Anonymous said...

I have the Kaylene Johnson book downloaded...wow is all I have to say about that one! It's a masterpiece isn't it?...ha, ha, ha!

SoCalWolfGal said...

The fact the the New York Post has said the big lecture buyers in the US are paralyzed with fear about booking her because "basically they think she is a blithering idiot" basically confirms that $P is not going to do well on the speakers circuit. After all, that is just one more rag owned by Rupert Murdoch. So that confirms the reason for the fast forward on getting the book out - he wants to recover his big advance to Queen Esther. I do love the pretty empty box though Regina.

Barb Dwyer said...

"People are beginning to see what Amanda Coyne saw some time ago: the pretty gift-wrapped package is just an empty box"

It has been interesting to watch peoples reaction towards her change over time. I own a tshirt shop on the harbor in a very busy tourist town in Alaska. I have created many shirts making fun of SP and had them in my windows for years now.

The first two years the tourists didn't even know who it was but a lot of Alaskans would come in to gripe at me about them. After her quittypants speech I put some new ones up (Palin 2012-2014 she won't quit until she's halfway through etc..) and for the first couple of weeks they were up I was getting into arguments with people who took offense to these shirts repeatedly everyday. I can hear everything that's said as people walk by and for the first few weeks heard nothing but grumbling and no laughter.

I don't know what caused it but I started to notice about the first part of July lots of laughter as people walked by and no one complaining. As the weeks went by the shirts were met with more and more laughter and nobody was saying anything positive about her anymore. I also could barely keep up with making the shirts they were selling so rapidly. Seems all the tourists that were once singing her praises all now at least knew someone who "would love" these shirts if they didn't want one for themselves.

This was a dramatic change in a little over a months time. I went from spending a large part of my day debating people who took offense to these shirts, to spending most of my time ringing up the shirts. I never had anyone after July take offense to my shirts nor did I have to defend them any longer. She truly is her own worst enemy

Anonymous said...

@21;29 - great story! Thanks for sharing. It really does say it all about her brand. Murdoch should be worried about trying to recoup his investment.

Anonymous said...

Karma is such a bitch, huh Sarah?

Virginia Voter said...

Barb Dwyer.., I love that you are making great money off Sarah's stupidity! Kudos!

Alex said...

Barb Dwyer, great story! And what courage! Stay safe!

Alex said...

OT, but:

Anyone who cares about the deranged and cruel fraud of Trig Palin's birth needs to read Clues in the "Who-is-Trig's-Mother" Mystery by Philosopher Jay.

Amy1 posted it on PD, and I had read it a year ago and forgotten. (A year ago!) It's a great little quick argument that lays it all out.

Thanks, Amy1, Barb Dwyer, Regina, Kathleen and Patrick, Audrey, Morgan, Gryphen, BreePalin and all of you for not going rogue, but for working together.

colidii said...

Sarah as "Terminatrix." Schwarzenegger would laugh her off the lot. She is a very poor actress!

Anonymous said...

Alex...are you still interested in the "fly on the wall" comments...that day you were getting somewhere on PD...do you still have your notes and research?

Anonymous said...

As Bush said about McCain/Palin... this is a five spiral crash.

Sarah in her solo flight is in spiral number three and is getting closer to crashing and burning.

A blithering idiot will never be a good pilot... I think Meg is one of her flight instructors.

AlaskaGal said...

For Barb Dwyer: Cabin Fever in Anchorage had some great tee-shirts this summer that sold as fast as they came into their shop. They say, "I can see Russia from my house!" I think it has a picture of the Kremlin on it, but I'm not positive. Tourists were buying them up - and so were Alaskans.

Great story about your tee-shirts. It's amazing that we can see Palin for what she is - how long will it take the people who live in Mayberry to wake up. She needs to get out of Alaska and move to Mayberry - they just gotta see this chick in action. I guess, "seeing is believing."

Amy1 said...

Hey, Alex, good to see you back. I sent Philosopher Jay an email begging him to do another series of 10, and also to join us here at any or all of the several blogs. He did such a good job, and so long ago. Plus in retrospect, he got it all just right. No false notes. Pretty amazing.

Anonymous said...

Serious TV commentators, who really wanted to give Sarah the benefit of doubt, hoped out loud that Sarah would take her newly found free time to seriously study issues, maybe write thoughtful position papers, and seriously get her act together.

It is interesting to see that she has not done any of those things. She has not learned how to speak seriously, nor present herself in a professional manner. If anyone thinks that that a serious book, all 400 pages, can be written, proof read, fact checked and edited in a short six weeks, then they will own a priceless piece of garbage if they invest in Sarah's book.

Amy1 said...

ProChoiceGrandma: I know you have a meticulously carefully prepared list of SP's travel, and I bet this list (go to bottom of the article) of the same by Philosopher Jay was also prepared with great care. With two such good lists, any discrepancies between them might yield somethng awfully interesting. Just wanted to alert you to this possibilty.

Anonymous said...

Barb Dwyer, I too am happy to see you making $$$ off $P. Do stay safe.

Mrs. Tarquin Biscuitbarrel

Anonymous said...

Not to repeat myself
But I had mentioned the question of Bristol having Mono
1. Why was she out driving
To have 3 violations and one accident (think odds here) she had to be driving ALOT unless she was just one wild woman on the road

2. How did she get pregnant with Tripp
Levi did mention he visited her when she lived there.. right?
But, if she had mono, was really sick... see?

3. She was still living with her aunt when Trig was born right?
Why is she holding him as an infant (a premie) if she was so darn sick

Is this all irrelevant and has been gone over before?
I just found it interesting.
I sent a link yesterday of a post someone did just focusing on "Bristol's mono incident"

Lynn said...

I went to Amazon and started reading the comments on her not-yet-released book and had to back out after a short time. Too much of the Crazy!!! There are some seriously deranged people who are foaming at the mouth in praise of their idol. I had no idea that William Ayers wrote Obama's book! ???!!?? So how do they come up with "bestseller" status. B&N had her book at the top of the bestseller list. What exactly does this mean? Is this the result of the bulk buys by right wing groups? How deceptive that is.
My wv is phyph which sounds like my verbal reaction to reading those comments on her book.

wayofpeace said...

i smell her 15 minutes evaporating into a foul gas!

2 signs:

+MURDOCH's PAGE 6 claiming that no one wants to book her due to her terminal stupidity

+the rush-to-publish her ghost-written farce

my WV: ontgate, a new -gate coming?

Anonymous said...

LOL. I voted that Sarah looks 7 months pregnant in the turquoise jacket, but only because she's got the scarf on. Isn't that her way of convincing us? She actually looks bigger in that red thing, whatever it is.

Anonymous said...

You know, I betcha, a lot of people wear scarves in Alaska when it's cold. Hmmm ... . The woman on the far left of turquoise-jacketed-sarah also has a scarf, but doesn't look pregnant and, comparing her with Sarah, I'll have to say that Sarah doesn't look pregnant either.

wayofpeace said...

OT and maybe petty:

that RED TOP is so atrocious it should be exhibited at the SMITHSONIAN as the ugliest 'thing' worn by an american government official!

WOW!

Patrick said...

Regina has some technical problems with the poll, but will put it up again soon!

So please repeat your vote if it's up again. Thanks a lot!

Anonymous said...

anon 01:17, about Bristol's "mono"
We have all pretty much agreed that Bristol having mono was the handy excuse for Bristol to "drop out" of high school for a while. (When I write drop out, I mean did not attend in person classes held in that building in Wasilla. Sarah argues that taking on-line classes is not dropping out. Better said, not attending traditional public high school).

Mono is the shorthand excuse for Bristol disappearing from Wasilla for 5 months. People wrote that in today's word of miracle drugs, kids may be out of school for a few weeks, but not a few months.

Most of us who read and write here think that the publicly given excuse of Bristol having mono was to cover up her disappearance, perhaps due to a pregnancy.

Like many of Sarah Palin's explanations, this one also, too, does not make much sense. But in Sarah's world, if she says it, that makes it true.

wayofpeace said...

regina, what's the date for the RED TOP picture?

Patrick said...

@wayofpeace

Cheeky!!

The dates for both pictures won't be revealed until the poll is over! ;-)

Anonymous said...

Anon 2:36, I agree, if Sarah's wearing a scarf, she must be pregnant. Following that reasoning, since she did not wear a scarf in the famous Gusty picture, I guess she really wasn't pregnant then.

Anonymous said...

I've never seen the Red Top picture before. I vote for the hairdo. The reason that I want to cast a vote is because my wv=blast.

snowlady said...

"You know, I betcha, a lot of people wear scarves in Alaska when it's cold"

Thirty plus years in Alaska, here. I rarely wear a scarf, and if I do it's NOT silk and NOT inside.

CC said...

WoP said:

"that RED TOP is so atrocious it should be exhibited at the SMITHSONIAN as the ugliest 'thing' worn by an american government official!"

How catty!! ...

come sit by me. :-)

Waving to you!

wayofpeace said...

touche'

actually i was thinking of more side-by-side comparisons. THAT's what's been on my mind.

snowlady said...

The "red thing" is a traditional Yupik Eskimo garment known as a kuspuk.

Patrick said...

It's very encouraging to see that the mainstream blogs are finally taking notice of babygate!

See here:

http://www.politicususa.com/en/node/7199

It's still a long way, but we will get there in the end!

Anonymous said...

anon 2:45 responding to me ANON re: bristol and mono :)

We sure are anonymous bloggers .. and i am in pjs!

If the Bristol Mono thing can be disproven.. perhaps it should be added to the baby gate list of factoids..

I know the quest is not to find out "who" but to disprove ms. Sarah didn't spit the child out but this would just go to show one more twisted tale in her already bizarro story

If the old gal didnt talk so dang much .. like someone else said Liars produce a whole lotta detail.. she wouldnt be in such a hole

I dated someone for many years that was a chronic liar.. everything he said was extremely fabricated
Rather than say.. sorry I didn't hear the door
It would be.. sorry I was in the shower because I got up late and the phone was just ringing off the hook.. must of been so and so so I didnt answer it . but man that shower felt good I got a new shampoo, too...

This was a real lie.. the person I dated was my sons dad and I was dropping him off so he could watch him and I could work "we had joint custody".. he would play mind games with me and not answer the door knowing it would ruin my day as I scrambled for other "daycare" arrangements

Just remember every lie had a colorful word salad...

wayofpeace said...

hey CC... i miss the chats at TT: it really brought the whole PD community closer!

CC said...

Patrick ... as they say, from your lips to God's ear.

C--crossing all body parts no matter how painful.

wayofpeace said...

SNOWLADY,

i stand corrected!

CC said...

I know, WoP, it really did bring the whole gang.

Patrick, any idea if TT will ever come back or are you thinking of doing something in its place?

Kathleen said...

Way of Peace and CC

If there is a demand for another Team Truther style forum we can set another one up.

CC said...

Thanks, Kathleen. I quite enjoyed it the short time it was up. I would vote for one.

Grazie, bella ..:)

Patrick said...

As Kathleen said, shall we set up another TT?

What do you all think?

wayofpeace said...

i'd ssy YES! patrick,,,

snowlady said...

I'm pretty sure she wears the kuspuk (I've seen more than one picture of her in them) to show how Alaskan she is! Sure convinced me.

I noticed she stopped wearing them after the RNC updated her wardrobe.

Anonymous said...

Liars talk too much.. provide too much detail because there is an awkward silence after they tell a lie that only they can feel

You know you arent telling the truth.. so once a lie is spitted out you feel that human sting of "did the person catch that"? before I can tell for sure... let me "reword it" .. keep talking

Like that last interview Palin was having with the reporter about producing a medical document..
She twisted all up in her seat, did her usual how far can I go with my flirting eye zippys and leg crossings... (distraction) Are they still paying attention?

Sure, I will produce a medical document... and then the disclaimer.. for all those snoops out there that have nothing better to do than wonder about my personal life.. sure..
weird silence only she can feel because she "knows"

..and it will say.. I am fit as a fiddle.. (are they still thinking? oh this is awkward) AND it will say I had FIVE kids.. peep around .. a little more wiggle... whew that question was over

Actually the ole gal does a lot of extra talking and weird body movements .. almost to counter act any perceived (only by her) conflict ... as she knows she is living a fabricated life.. her dukes are up

What's with all the jutted elbows to the side shots of her shaking hands with people
When she lifts her bat wing up high like that.. does it give her more power?

A person that doesn't lie is calm.. she is one twitchy broad

wv: treap
(I tripped over trig and tripp. oh even I can keep my own story straight)

Anonymous said...

if you do start a new site for chat, please call it something like "bear no false witness". just so the Xtians can feel a moment of confusion before they attack us.

Barb Dwyer said...

Patrick said...
As Kathleen said, shall we set up another TT?

What do you all think?

***

I have peopleagainstpalin.com that would be a good site for chat

Anonymous said...

Call the new site Going Rogue.

Kat said...

Lynn,
I just came back from Amazon too. Gag! Although there are now quite a few normal people commenting now.

If you notice, most of the "foam flecked" Palinbots were all bragging they were buying multiple books. They defeat their own arguments by falsely inflating her numbers. There are going to be scores of "free" books out there, purchased by Dominionists, Pacs, RNC, etc...

Thanks so much Regina, Bree, Patrick, and all of you for keeping the pressure on. You guys ROCK! The word is really getting out.

Kathleen said...

anon at 3.33

I like that suggestion

CC said...

Anon at 3:33

I agree with Kathleen, I like that suggestion, too. Thanks!

colidii said...

At the politicususa link I found a link to a Canadian newscast that lays out the problem with Sarah's pregnancy story very clearly ...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A7Coy1OAQXY

On a day when Sarah Palin was "strangely absent" from the convention festivities ...

Kathleen said...

I've parked the name!

Anonymous said...

Someone might want to save that Canadian video. I ran into a Newsweek video link yesterday that was unavailable because Newsweek had made a copyright claim ...

Anonymous said...

I've read all of the comments, but I must have missed something regarding the talk about Patrick, Kathleen and another TT site.

Let me say again, thank you, thank you and thanks to Audrey for your tireless factual work. And thanks, too, to Regina who is courageous in providing this website and information, and providing the best Palin Photos. Is there some reason that Regina and Palingates is not a suitable place for us to be discussing these things?

Or, is it that you want a website such as Audrey's that has clear, easy to click photos taken in Feb.March and April 2008 that show Sarah Palin with a trim, flat stomach and scarves, scarves, scarves.

The comments by others, such as the Mercede pictures with Triggy Bear, other "birth" pictures of baby Trig, plus easy to access information will all be helpful to anyone who is unfamiliar with the Babygate Story and is new to your website.

Oh, and the Wild Ride, and the note from the doctor. Philosopher Jay has some wonderful links; is there any change that you guys can co-ordinate an effort?

So, is the idea to amplify what is being discussed here? Or are we moving to another location? Just asking, and thanking you again.

Hotjesus said...

Anon @ 22:39 - yes yes yes interested in any/all flies on [wasilla] walls. but I'm no researcher, just a reader and hope-r for truth. I can't even keep all the info straight, just know what I know.

if i remember correctly, Fly on The Wall suggested that the answers lay in the relationship between the Johnston and Palin household which has turned out to be spot on. . . and FOTW seemed to be a bit of a trickster. . .

Guess this counts as my vote for YEA to a TT forum.

Alex said...

oooooops. the above comment by HotJesus is really by Alex. I was signed into my husband's google acct.

Eileen said...

The way Sarah wore the kuspuk-very shortened, pushed up puffy sleeves, with a mini skirt and then dark stockings, and a heel versus leggings or pants is very odd. Kuspuks don't do much for ones figure to begin with but are often longer and with a 'hood.' If she thought she was looking one-with-the-people, she missed. Typical. All hat, no cattle.
It didn't help that it was her pale,thin frame of mind inserted into what is a lovely, frequently seen garment worn by Natives in Alaska. Beautiful to see on traditional dance groups during annual Quyana when Alaska Federation of Natives have their convention each October.

Sarah's show is over and I don't wanna hear about Todd's Native ancestory. Show me the real life connections today, not just the commercial fishing. And is the feelings reciprical from Native community?
Then again, maybe she should have worn kuspuks daily if she wanted to look ambigious about her non-existent growing belly.

Amy1 said...

(repeat post from 3 topix ago)

So I'm looking closer at Philosopher Jay, and look at this: he gave up! on 11-4-08. Boooooo.

Geez, he took the Dr CBJ letter as being the final word. I'm surprised he did not puzzle over the gazillion oddities of that letter, as we did on PD over many weeks. Here is my summary of that set of issues.

Philosopher Jay: are you out there? We need you to talk to us.

Anonymous said...

Now here's a book I might buy...
Real Sarah Palin book out Nov 3 - Eisenstadt "going rogue-ier" w/Palin tell-all

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Np8tOn4HaiI

This should be good!

Anonymous said...

RE " Fly on The Wall suggested that the answers lay in the relationship between the Johnston and Palin household"... I still wonder if Trig is the result of Bristol + Levi's Dad... would explain a LOT: 1) Levi's willingness to cover up the truth 2) his tenderness toward Trig 3) Mercedes' calling Trig her brother 4) Levi's parents' divorce.

Bree Palin said...

Notice too, how Sarah looks ridiculous amidst the others in normal business attire in both photos - in the red she looks like she's dressed for a parade and in the turquoise, again, she's the only person wearing outerwear. And, you know, if she really had some temperature problem that was causing her to wear outerwear inside all the time, wouldn't she have taken it off for a dignified photo?

Anonymous said...

Bree: Temp problems? In pregnancy you are warmer than usual. I know. I am always cold EXCEPT when I was pregnant.

If anything, she would be wearing less clothing! Not huge jackets and scarves around a sweaty neck.

EyeOnYou said...

One thing I am very curious to see is how the McCain staffers from the campaign react to this book. From what her ghostwriter has hinted at, this book is going to include a lot more complaining on how she (Palin) was mishandled and hidden away from "friendly" interviews. Which is in and of itself a lie when you consider her two "hostile" interviews were Katie Couric and Charles Gibson, yet how many interviews did she do with Sean Hannity and Greta Van Sustern?

If she talks too much trash about the campaign, it might just come back to bite her in the azz if she thinks about a future in politics. I mean after all, who will want to work with her knowing she is going to trash you if things don't go the way she wants them to?

Yes it will be interesting to watch what happens. :)

Bree Palin said...

Anon 15:09 - Totally - if anything she should be warmer than everyone else in the room - I was just arguing the point - And no, it does not make any sense!

Anonymous said...

From Amazon...

Frequently Bought Together

# This item: Going Rogue: An American Life by Sarah Palin

# Arguing with Idiots: How to Stop Small Minds and Big Government by Glenn Beck

# Culture of Corruption: Obama and His Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks, and Cronies by Michelle Malkin

EyeOnYou said...

What does McCain have to say about this?

The part I'm looking to most is the part where it energized our campaign and put us ahead in the polls. The part I'm looking to least were some of the disagreements that took place within the campaign

http://politics.theatlantic.com/2009/10/mccain_on_palins_book.php

fides said...

We really do need to coordinate our efforts better. Maybe a new TT-like forum started from here is the answer.

For instance, I'm not sure where we are dating that Canadian (CBC) footage of Palin in her office. PD was trying to get the date because it was an important piece to the puzzle. Whatever happened with that effort?

ArmchairJane said...

Count me as another vote for a TT forum.

BLOW-POP-PALIN said...

Amy1

I remember Philosopher Jay. There was someone who was looking into the 5th pregnancy who eventually said what they learned was so disturbing they had to stop. Was that him? Have you tried to e-mail him? It looks like he continues to teach. He has a Facebook, it doesn't look like he uses it.

Basheert said...

Hey guys - re: the "book" by that ghostwriter Rupert Murdoch hired because Sarah can't read, write or spell....

It really doesn't matter about the book's sales. No one "new" is going to buy it and read it. It's always the same people, over and over, buying bulk sales and giving it away because no one wants it.

Or buying 10 and then cancelling before the publication date just to push the sales up.

This book will sell only to the creepy people with scales and forked tongues who pray at the altar that is Plastic Surgery Sarah. Everyone else knows she's nuts and a fake and a phony.

Her base is staying exactly the same if not shrinking. NO ONE NEW CARES. She is ONLY what she is - everyone has formed an opinion.

And for the right wingnuts who really DO live in caves, it's THEIR money to waste. Stop an People who spend their money wisely, can afford Health Insurance.

She will never be more than a cheap trash blow-up bobblehead doll.

Stupid, cheap and sleaze all the way through.

Send your money to a worthwhile charity who could use it during these difficult economic times.

Why pay for MORE plastic surgery for PsychoSarah?