Aug. 29, 2008 at 3:49pm
This chalk off entry by RR Anderson is gathering quite a bit of attention in and around Tacoma:
Vote here for your favorite:
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by intacoma on 8/29/2008 @ 3:56pm
|vpilf.com figured you would like this RR|
by NineInchNachos on 8/29/2008 @ 4:04pm
by Erik on 8/29/2008 @ 4:08pm
|124 views on flickr so far which far outstrips the view rate of the other nearly 2000 pictures I have.
by NineInchNachos on 8/29/2008 @ 4:33pm
by jenyum on 8/29/2008 @ 5:19pm
|I have pics, working on them.|
by Erik on 8/29/2008 @ 5:20pm
|I think we need to start a Sarah Palin photo pool.|
by jenyum on 8/29/2008 @ 5:35pm
|OK, I don't know if Ron wants them, these may at some point be property of the Weekly Volcano (and me. Copyright Tacomamama, 2008. Don't make me get in my big robot suit and stomp you. OK, just link back and you shall be spared.)
But, here's my favorite, which I am too impatient not to share right now:
Looks good from a distance, but up close she's vawy scawy.
by Erik on 8/29/2008 @ 5:39pm
|The Volcano is hosting an image the piece as well in flickr post of the day that RR took.|
At any rate, I think alot of people are finding out about Frost Park Chalk Offs today for the first time.
Currently, 200 views in 4 hours.
by Erik on 8/29/2008 @ 5:59pm
|Looks like the image link is being mailed around and "Twitter" somewhere is playing a significant role:
All Time Visits %
Flickr 46 20%
Search Engines 0 0%
Other Sites 84 36%
Direct Traffic 98 42%
Domain Visits %
flickr.com flickr.com 46 20%
web.me.com web.me.com 37 16%
twitter.com twitter.com 33 14%
i.feedtacoma.com i.feedtacoma.com 12 5%
twitturls.com twitturls.com 1 0%
flickrleech.net flickrleech.net 1 0%
by jenyum on 8/29/2008 @ 6:13pm
|You know I am really surprised you don't Twitter Erik, It seems like you'd really like it.|
by tacomachickadee on 8/29/2008 @ 7:18pm
|Twitter is twitterific.|
by jcbetty on 8/29/2008 @ 7:57pm
by NineInchNachos on 8/29/2008 @ 8:51pm
|thanks to Dave L who found this story about the alaska quarter. you can even see a photo of Sarah and my stepdad mark Vinsel
by NineInchNachos on 8/29/2008 @ 8:52pm
|more 25¢ backstory...
by jenyum on 8/29/2008 @ 9:22pm
|Erik, your pic is on the first page of photos if you search for "Sarah Palin" on flickr. RR's are on the second page, and mine are on the fourth. Darn kids and their back to school shopping needs, missed the boat on that one.
But I did find some other interesting Sarah Palin pics for your Friday night viewing pleasure.
by Erik on 8/30/2008 @ 11:45am
Less than 24 hours later, my cell phone picture of RR Anderson's Sarah Palin has been viewed 611 times and selected as a "favorite" by 7 users.
Nice work RR. It just shows that chalking can change the world. Good practice for your future battle with Clear Channel.
by Crenshaw Sepulveda on 8/31/2008 @ 2:18am
|Normally I don't talk serious politics but this selection for vice president is going to backfire pretty seriously on McCain. I'm wondering if she'll last on the ticket as long as RR's image of her will last on the sidewalk of Frost Park.|
by jcbetty on 8/31/2008 @ 10:14am
|oh. my god. I hope that leather mini was a Halloween costume...|
by Erik on 8/31/2008 @ 1:34pm
|Looks like the MSM is following RR's lead on Palin and conducting some research:
Critics: Palin used 'Bridge to Nowhere' for gain
By MARY PEMBERTON â€“ 1 hour ago
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) â€” Gov. Sarah Palin was for the so-called infamous "Bridge to Nowhere" before she was against it, a change of position the GOP vice presidential running mate conveniently ignored Saturday when she bragged about telling Congress "thanks but no thanks" to the pork barrel project.
by Erik on 9/1/2008 @ 8:25pm
|Its nice to see RR Anderson get so much positive feedback on his artistic work:|
However, not everyone apparently agrees that RR should have won with his Palin entry last week:
I wish Democrats would gow a pair and quit whining. Freedom of Speech is awesome, use all you want.
Please, please, please though, enlightn this Conservative and tell me why the Dems are SO frealing out about and hating this VP Candidate whom has a 90% approval rating from her constituents?
That is unbelievable support and rare!!! You'd think people would be excited about this instead of taking cheap and cowardly shots at an easy target.
All of that for an chalk piece constructed in an hour that has no doubt been washed away by the sprinklers.
by NineInchNachos on 9/3/2008 @ 11:18am
|maybe this will help
by Erik on 9/3/2008 @ 9:05pm
The Palin photo is by far my most popular cell phone picture to date with 1075 views and favorited 11 times:
by Erik on 9/3/2008 @ 9:24pm
|RR Anderson is also getting hate posts on flickr photo of the chalk piece:|
bradbiringer Pro User says:
Liberals are truly stupid people. Get a job.
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by NineInchNachos on 9/5/2008 @ 5:58pm
|she's out of her friggin mind.
by NineInchNachos on 9/5/2008 @ 7:12pm
|What follows is an open letter written by a resident of Wasilla, Alaska named Anne Kilkenny.
I am a resident of Wasilla, Alaska. I have known Sarah since 1992. Everyone here knows Sarah, so it is nothing special to say we are on a first-name basis. Our children have attended the same schools. Her father was my childâ€™s favorite substitute teacher. I also am on a first name basis with her parents and mother-in-law. I attended more City Council meetings during her administration than about 99% of the residents of the city.
She is enormously popular; in every way sheâ€™s like the most popular girl in middle school. Even men who think she is a poor choice and wonâ€™t vote for her canâ€™t quit smiling when talking about her because she is a â€œbabeâ€.
It is astonishing and almost scary how well she can keep a secret. She kept her most recent pregnancy a secret from her children and parents for seven months. She is â€œpro-lifeâ€. She recently gave birth to a Downâ€™s syndrome baby. There is no cover-up involved, here; Trig is her baby. She is energetic and hardworking. She regularly worked out at the gym.
She is savvy. She doesnâ€™t take positions; she just â€œputs things out thereâ€ and if they prove to be popular, then she takes credit. Her husband works a union job on the North Slope for BP and is a champion snowmobile racer. Todd Palinâ€™s kind of job is highly sought-after because of the schedule and high pay. He arranges his work schedule so he can fish for salmon in Bristol Bay for a month or so in summer, but by no stretch of the imagination is fishing their major source of income. Nor has her life-style ever been anything like that of native Alaskans. Sarah and her whole family are avid hunters. Sheâ€™s smart.
Her experience is as mayor of a city with a population of about 5,000 (at the time), and less than 2 years as governor of a state with about 670,000 residents. During her mayoral administration most of the actual work of running this small city was turned over to an administrator. She had been pushed to hire this administrator by party power-brokers after she had gotten herself into some trouble over precipitous firings which had given rise to a recall campaign.
Sarah campaigned in Wasilla as a â€œfiscal conservativeâ€. During her 6 years as Mayor, she increased general government expenditures by over 33%. During those same 6 years the amount of taxes collected by the City increased by 38%. This was during a period of low inflation (1996-2002). She reduced progressive property taxes and increased a regressive sales tax which taxed even food. The tax cuts that she promoted benefited large corporate property owners way more than they benefited residents.
The huge increases in tax revenues during her mayoral administration werenâ€™t enough to fund everything on her wish list though, borrowed money was needed, too. She inherited a city with zero debt, but left it with indebtedness of over $22 million. What did Mayor Palin encourage the voters to borrow money for? Was it the infrastructure that she said she supported? The sewage treatment plant that the city lacked? or a new library? No. $1m for a park. $15m-plus for construction of a multi-use sports complex which she rushed through to build on a piece of property that the City didnâ€™t even have clear title to, that was still in litigation 7 yrs laterâ€“to the delight of the lawyers involved! The sports complex itself is a nice addition to the community but a huge money pit, not the profit-generator she claimed it would be. She also supported bonds for $5.5m for road projects that could have been done in 5-7 yrs without any borrowing.
While Mayor, City Hall was extensively remodeled and her office redecorated more than once. These are small numbers, but Wasilla is a very small city. As an oil producer, the high price of oil has created a budget surplus in Alaska. Rather than invest this surplus in technology that will make us energy independent and increase efficiency, as Governor she proposed distribution of this surplus to every individual in the state.
In this time of record state revenues and budget surpluses, she recommended that the state borrow/bond for road projects, even while she proposed distribution of surplus state revenues: spend todayâ€™s surplus, borrow for needs.
Sheâ€™s not very tolerant of divergent opinions or open to outside ideasor compromise. As Mayor, she fought ideas that werenâ€™t generated by her or her staff. Ideas werenâ€™t evaluated on their merits, but on the basis of who proposed them.
While Sarah was Mayor of Wasilla she tried to fire our highly respected City Librarian because the Librarian refused to consider removing from the library some books that Sarah wanted removed. City residents rallied to the defense of the City Librarian and against Palinâ€™s attempt at out-and-out censorship, so Palin backed down and withdrew her termination letter. People who fought her attempt to oust the Librarian are on her enemies list to this day.
Sarah complained about the â€œold boyâ€™s clubâ€ when she first ran for Mayor, so what did she bring Wasilla? A new set of â€œold boysâ€. Palin fired most of the experienced staff she inherited. At the City and as Governor she hired or elevated new, inexperienced, obscure people, creating a staff totally dependent on her for their jobs and eternally grateful and fiercely loyalâ€“loyal to the point of abusing their power to further her personal agenda, as she has acknowledged happened in the case of pressuring the Stateâ€™s top cop (see below).
As Mayor, Sarah fired Wasillaâ€™s Police Chief because he â€œintimidatedâ€ her, she told the press. As Governor, her recent firing of Alaskaâ€™s top cop has the ring of familiarity about it. He served at her pleasure and she had every legal right to fire him, but itâ€™s pretty clear that an important factor in her decision to fire him was because he wouldnâ€™t fire her sisterâ€™s ex-husband, a State Trooper. Under investigation for abuse of power, she has had to admit that more than 2 dozen contacts were made between her staff and family to the person that she later fired, pressuring him to fire her ex-brother-in-law. She tried to replace the man she fired with a man who she knew had been reprimanded for sexual harassment; when this caused a public furor, she withdrew her support.
She has bitten the hand of every person who extended theirs to her in help. The City Council person who personally escorted her around town introducing her to voters when she first ran for Wasilla City Council became one of her first targets when she was later elected Mayor. She abruptly fired her loyal City Administrator; even people who didnâ€™t like the guy were stunned by this ruthlessness.
Fear of retribution has kept all of these people from saying anything publicly about her.
When then-Governor Murkowski was handing out political plums, Sarah got the best, Chair of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission: one of the few jobs not in Juneau and one of the best paid. She had no background in oil & gas issues. Within months of scoring this great job which paid $122,400/yr, she was complaining in the press about the high salary. I was told that she hated that job: the commute, the structured hours, the work. Sarah became aware that a member of this Commission (who was also the State Chair of the Republican Party) engaged in unethical behavior on the job.
In a gutsy move which some undoubtedly cautioned her could be political suicide, Sarah solved all her problems in one fell swoop: got out of the job she hated and garnered gobs of media attention as the patron saint of ethics and as a gutsy fighter against the â€œold boysâ€™ clubâ€ when she dramatically quit, exposing this manâ€™s ethics violations (for which he was fined).
As Mayor, she had her hand stuck out as far as anyone for pork from Senator Ted Stevens. Lately, she has castigated his pork-barrel politics and publicly humiliated him. She only opposed the â€œbridge to nowhereâ€ after it became clear that it would be unwise not to.
As Governor, she gave the Legislature no direction and budget guidelines, then made a big grandstand display of line-item vetoing projects, calling them pork. Public outcry and further legislative action restored most of these projectsâ€“which had been vetoed simply because she was not aware of their importanceâ€“but with the unobservant she had gained a reputation as â€œanti-porkâ€.
She is solidly Republican: no political maverick. The State party leaders hate her because she has bit them in the back and humiliated them. Other members of the party object to her self-description as a fiscal conservative.
Around Wasilla there are people who went to high school with Sarah.
They call her â€œSarah Barracudaâ€ because of her unbridled ambition and predatory ruthlessness. Before she became so powerful, very ugly stories circulated around town about shenanigans she pulled to be made point guard on the high school basketball team. When Sarahâ€™s mother-in-law, a highly respected member of the community and experienced manager, ran for Mayor, Sarah refused to endorse her.
As Governor, she stepped outside of the box and put together of package of legislation known as â€œAGIAâ€ that forced the oil companies to march to the beat of her drum.
Like most Alaskans, she favors drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. She has questioned if the loss of sea ice is linked toglobal warming. She campaigned â€œas a private citizenâ€ against a state initiaitive that would have either a) protected salmon streams from pollution from mines, or b) tied up in the courts all mining in the state (depending on who you listen to). She has pushed the Stateâ€™s lawsuit against the Dept. of the Interiorâ€™s decision to list polar bears as threatened species.
McCain is the oldest person to ever run for President; Sarah will be a heartbeat away from being President. There has to be literally millions of Americans who are more knowledgeable and experienced than she. However, thereâ€™s a lot of people who have underestimated her and are regretting it.
CLAIM VS FACT
â€¢â€œHockey momâ€: true for a few years
â€¢â€œPTA momâ€: true years ago when her first-born was in elementary school, not since
â€¢â€œNRA supporterâ€: absolutely true
â€¢social conservative: mixed. Opposes gay marriage, BUT vetoed a bill that would have denied benefits to employees in same-sex relationships (said she did this because it was unconsitutional).
â€¢pro-creationism: mixed. Supports it, BUT did nothing as Governor to promote it.
â€¢â€œPro-lifeâ€: mixed. Knowingly gave birth to a Downâ€™s syndrome baby BUT declined to call a special legislative session on some pro-life legislation
â€¢â€œExperiencedâ€: Some high schools have more students than Wasilla has residents. Many cities have more residents than the state of Alaska. No legislative experience other than City Council. Little hands-on supervisory or managerial experience; needed help of a city administrator to run town of about 5,000.
â€¢political maverick: not at all
â€¢open & transparent: ??? Good at keeping secrets. Not good at explaining actions.
â€¢has a developed philosophy of public policy: no
â€¢â€a Greenieâ€: no. Turned Wasilla into a wasteland of big box stores and disconnected parking lots. Is pro-drilling off-shore and in ANWR.
â€¢fiscal conservative: not by my definition!
â€¢pro-infrastructure: No. Promoted a sports complex and park in a city without a sewage treatment plant or storm drainage system. Built streets to early 20th century standards.
â€¢pro-tax relief: Lowered taxes for businesses, increased tax burden on residents
â€¢pro-small government: No. Oversaw greatest expansion of city government in Wasillaâ€™s history.
â€¢pro-labor/pro-union. No. Just because her husband works union doesnâ€™t make her pro-labor. I have seen nothing to support any claim that she is pro-labor/pro-union.
WHY AM I WRITING THIS?
First, I have long believed in the importance of being an informed voter. I am a voter registrar. For 10 years I put on student voting programs in the schools. If you google my name (Anne Kilkenny + Alaska), you will find references to my participation in local government, education, and PTA/parent organizations.
Secondly, Iâ€™ve always operated in the belief that â€œBad things happen when good people stay silentâ€. Few people know as much as I do because few have gone to as many City Council meetings.
Third, I am just a housewife. I donâ€™t have a job she can bump me out of. I donâ€™t belong to any organization that she can hurt. But, I am no fool; she is immensely popular here, and it is likely that this will cost me somehow in the future: thatâ€™s life.
Fourth, she has hated me since back in 1996, when I was one of the 100 or so people who rallied to support the City Librarian against Sarahâ€™s attempt at censorship.
Fifth, I looked around and realized that everybody else was afraid to say anything because they were somehow vulnerable.
I am not a statistician. I developed the numbers for the increase in spending & taxation 2 years ago (when Palin was running for Governor) from information supplied to me by the Finance Director of the City of Wasilla, and I canâ€™t recall exactly what I adjusted for: did I adjust for inflation? for population increases? Right now, it is impossible for a private person to get any info out of City Hallâ€“they are swamped. So I canâ€™t verify my numbers.
You may have noticed that there are various numbers circulating for the population of Wasilla, ranging from my â€œabout 5,000â€³, up to 9,000. The day Palinâ€™s selection was announced a city official told me that the current population is about 7,000. The official 2000 census count was 5,460. I have used about 5,000 because Palin was Mayor from 1996 to 2002, and the city was growing rapidly in the mid-90â€™s.
by Erik on 9/12/2008 @ 1:00am
|My photo of RR's Palin is now one of the highest views Tacoma Flickr photo ever with 2165 views with around 50 news views a day.|
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