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Conservatives take on Palin for gov-subsidized reality show, Palin calls criticism ludicrous
The Daily Caller ^ | 3/30/11 | Chris Moody

Posted on 03/30/2011 6:42:33 AM PDT by Anamnesis

The company that produced Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s TLC reality show, “Sarah Palin’s Alaska,” received $1.2 million in state tax credits for filming in Alaska through a government program Palin signed into law as governor in 2008.

The Anchorage Daily News first reported the story in February, but after an analyst at the Tax Foundation posted a blurb on the group’s blog linking to the piece Tuesday, Palin faced a fresh heap of criticism from Washington conservative pundits who may have been a bit late to the fight, but were not shy to throw punches.

The state legislature passed the subsidy program in 2008 to encourage media companies to film their projects in Alaska and offers up to 30 percent of the money they spend in the state.

But in a political age where it’s controversial in many circles to defend public funding of National Public Radio, critics panned Palin for supporting a measure that forced taxpayers to foot the bill for a private media project after many statements from the former governor in support of a government that only plays a limited role in the economy.

“I’d bet, like many politicians, Palin’s views on the proper role of government becomes more flexible as it comes closer to her own interests,” wrote the Washington Examiner’s Tim Carney on Tuesday.

Jim Geraghty of National Review said that the reality show’s subsidy was “ridiculous” and that the policy was “problematic for a crusader for small government to end up collecting a seven-figure paycheck from an endeavor that received a seven-figure subsidy,” while Peter Suderman of the libertarian Reason Magazine cracked: “In 2008, Sarah Palin, then the Governor of Alaska, signed a special tax credit for filmmakers into law. … Who’s benefiting from that tax subsidy now? … none other than Sarah Palin.”

Palin, however, stood by her decision to sign the bill into law in 2008, and the media company’s choice to take the tax credit.

In order to obtain answers to the aforementioned questions, Palin’s aid required the Daily Caller to post the former governor’s statements in their entirety.

On the Alaska tax credit for media production companies:

“I can’t speak for the film tax credit programs in other states, but the program in Alaska has been effective. The bipartisan legislation I signed into law in 2008 was borne out of elected lawmakers’ frustration with the fact that shows and films about Alaska were mostly filmed elsewhere. They wanted to incentivize production companies to film in Alaska instead of Canada, Washington state, or Maine. It worked, and as the legislation’s supporters will testify, the state’s economy enjoys the benefits of having this production money circulating right here at home. It was so successful that state lawmakers now want to renew the film production tax credits for another ten years. Keep in mind that we don’t have a state income tax, state sales tax, or state property tax in Alaska. Our state government is predominately funded by oil and gas revenue. Essentially we are using revenue generated from the development of Alaska’s natural resources in order to diversify our economy and create jobs beyond just resource development. Not only does this help promote a new film industry in Alaska, it obviously also has the added benefit of encouraging our tourism industry. These shows and films about Alaska act as perfect tourist advertisements for our state. People come here to experience what they see on the shows filmed here. The dramatic increase in Alaska-based television shows and films are testament to the fact that this legislation worked, and it’s exciting to see our state showcased and appreciated. For the record, ‘Sarah Palin’s Alaska’ was never intended to have a ’second season.’ It was always intended to be an 8-part documentary series with a definitive end date. It was a success for all involved. It highlighted the great beauty and promise of Alaska and our amazing natural resources. I’m proud of it, and I was honored to share Alaska with the rest of the world.”

On criticism for Palin benefiting from a policy she signed into law:

“Why not ask the sponsors, drafters, and supporters of this legislation that would boost job creation if they crafted this bill years ago in order to benefit Sarah Palin? Any suggestion that I somehow did something wrong by signing this legislation is ludicrous. The accusation hinges on the notion that I signed the legislation into law knowing that it would personally benefit me. That’s absurd. Obviously I had no intention of benefiting from it when I signed it into law in 2008 because I had no idea I would be involved in a documentary series years later. If you’re going to accuse me of benefiting from legislation I signed into law, why stop there? One could accuse me of ‘benefiting’ from my administration’s oil and gas evaluation legislation (ACES) in the sense that due to that legislation the state where I live (Alaska) now enjoys a $12 billion surplus. In fact, you could say that as an Alaskan, I benefited from all of the legislation I signed as governor – just as every Alaskan benefited.”

On accusations that Palin is being inconsistent in her views on the role of government and the economy:

“It’s also a false accusation to suggest that signing this bipartisan bill somehow goes against my position on the proper role of government. I’ve said many times that government can play an appropriate role in incentivizing business, creating infrastructure, and leveling the playing field to foster competition so the market picks winners and losers, instead of bureaucrats burdening businesses and picking winners and losers. Again, I can’t speak for what other states do, but Alaska’s film production tax credit program is an effective way to incentivize a new industry that would diversify our economy. It worked. The lawmakers’ successful legislation fit Alaska’s economy, as our economy is quite unique from other states’ due to our oil and gas revenue. Perhaps it would behoove people to learn much more about the 49th state’s young economy before making broad accusations about the efficacy of business programs.”


TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: alaska; governmentteat; palin; sarahpalin; subsidy; taxcredits; tlc; tourism; troughdrinkers
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1 posted on 03/30/2011 6:42:41 AM PDT by Anamnesis
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To: Anamnesis

One woman’s ludicrous is another one’s government subsidy, apparently.


2 posted on 03/30/2011 6:43:31 AM PDT by Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus (What if God doesn't want the Gospel rescued from the fundamentalists?)
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To: Anamnesis; onyx; Virginia Ridgerunner

For the Ping list


3 posted on 03/30/2011 6:45:16 AM PDT by Anamnesis
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To: Anamnesis

And do the same people reject Adam Smith and the ideas in the Wealth of Nations because he worked collecting tolls for the government of his time?


4 posted on 03/30/2011 6:45:28 AM PDT by JLS (Democrats: People who won't even let you enjoy an unseasonably warm winter day.)
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To: Anamnesis

Oh, brother! They’re really scraping for something to pin on Sarah. How pathetic.

I believe that Gov. Corbett has decided not to remove the tax credit for companies wanting to film in PA as well. Get the noose!


5 posted on 03/30/2011 6:45:28 AM PDT by ReneeLynn (Socialism is SO yesterday. Fascism, it's the new black. Mmm mmm mmm...)
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To: Anamnesis
ineluctable

6 posted on 03/30/2011 6:46:24 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("...crush the bourgeoisie... between the millstones of taxation and inflation." --Vladimir Lenin)
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To: Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus
What she did is obviously illegal.

Calling Eric Holder!

7 posted on 03/30/2011 6:47:22 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("...crush the bourgeoisie... between the millstones of taxation and inflation." --Vladimir Lenin)
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To: ReneeLynn
Actually, it's not just PA or AK. 44 out of 50 states have such deals in place, making this criticism even more ludicrous.
8 posted on 03/30/2011 6:48:39 AM PDT by Anamnesis
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To: Anamnesis
Tucker Carlson of Daily Crawler and Jim Geraghty of National (non)Review have PDS really, really bad.
They need to stop calling themselves conservative and go by their real brand: establishment, cocktail party RINO's!!!
9 posted on 03/30/2011 6:50:32 AM PDT by Jane Long (2 Chron 7:14)
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To: Anamnesis

Yes. Bringing IN revenue to any state seems to be a crime now. They’re acting as if Sarah has personally benefitted instead of the state.


10 posted on 03/30/2011 6:51:02 AM PDT by ReneeLynn (Socialism is SO yesterday. Fascism, it's the new black. Mmm mmm mmm...)
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To: Anamnesis

The concept of a profitable return on national advertising for a show about your state, escapes these morons.

LLS


11 posted on 03/30/2011 6:51:24 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (WOLVERINES!!!)
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To: Anamnesis

Did she get the money from Alaska or did TLC get it? Most states like Oregon are using state dollars to attract the film industry.

Pray for America


12 posted on 03/30/2011 6:53:25 AM PDT by bray (Hey Country Club, hold your noses this election!)
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To: Anamnesis

“44 out of 50 states have such deals in place”

It’s likely true that if Alaska didn’t take the money, some other state would get it. If that’s the case then it’s a no-brainer for any State government.


13 posted on 03/30/2011 6:54:39 AM PDT by frposty (I'm a simpleton)
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To: Anamnesis

States have way more leeway to do these kinds of things. Nothing at all wrong with this and totally Constitutional, unlike when the FEDERAL GOVT does these things with no Constitutional mandate, stealing money from one state to give to another.


14 posted on 03/30/2011 6:55:28 AM PDT by Sir Gawain
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To: bray

The production company, Jean Worldwide Incorporated, applied for the subsidy, not Palin herself.


15 posted on 03/30/2011 6:55:32 AM PDT by Anamnesis
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To: Anamnesis
SARAH ROCKS
16 posted on 03/30/2011 6:55:37 AM PDT by FrankR (The Evil Are Powerless If The Good Are Unafraid! - R. Reagan)
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To: Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus
One woman’s ludicrous is another one’s government subsidy, apparently.

If you consider a tax credit (in other words a reduction in tax liability) incentive for doing business in the state to be a government subsidy, then you are entitled to that opinion. But in that sense, every tax abatement or other tax concession made by every other taxing authority in the country is also a "government subsidy". Of course, that position requires, to some extent, a notion that the money is the government's money to begin with and that by letting a private party keep some of that money in return for doing business in the state the government is "giving away" money.

17 posted on 03/30/2011 6:57:12 AM PDT by VRWCmember (Veritas vos Liberabit)
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To: Anamnesis
"Perhaps it would behoove people to learn much more about the 49th state’s young economy before making broad accusations about the efficacy of business programs."

Hey, DC Republicans! You see this? It's called defending yourself and your record. You need to learn how to do it instead of puddling the floor and hiding under your desks every time the RATS call you a name.

18 posted on 03/30/2011 6:58:39 AM PDT by Dahoser (Separation of church and state? No, we need separation of media and state.)
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To: FrankR

Brilliant work!


19 posted on 03/30/2011 6:59:19 AM PDT by agere_contra (As often as I look upon the cross, so often will I forgive with all my heart.)
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To: VRWCmember

Relax dude, I’m just pulling y’all’s chains.


20 posted on 03/30/2011 6:59:19 AM PDT by Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus (What if God doesn't want the Gospel rescued from the fundamentalists?)
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To: FrankR

Well done!


21 posted on 03/30/2011 6:59:56 AM PDT by DTogo (High time to bring back the Sons of Liberty !!)
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To: Anamnesis
The state legislature passed the subsidy program in 2008 to encourage media companies to film their projects in Alaska and offers up to 30 percent of the money they spend in the state.

So, if the production company that filmed the reality show got a $1.2 million tax credit, then that means that it spent at least $4 million in production costs in the state of Alaska, which generated tax revenues and other income in the state. Sounds like the incentive program worked.

22 posted on 03/30/2011 7:01:35 AM PDT by VRWCmember (Veritas vos Liberabit)
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To: agere_contra; DTogo

Thanks to you both for your kind words.


23 posted on 03/30/2011 7:02:12 AM PDT by FrankR (The Evil Are Powerless If The Good Are Unafraid! - R. Reagan)
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To: Anamnesis
The accusation hinges on the notion that I signed the legislation into law knowing that it would personally benefit me. That’s absurd. Obviously I had no intention of benefiting from it when I signed it into law in 2008 because I had no idea I would be involved in a documentary series years later.

That's game, set, match for me right there.

24 posted on 03/30/2011 7:02:43 AM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus

I’m relaxed; I’m just pointing out the difference between a tax credit and a direct subsidy for people who don’t understand where tax revenues come from in the fist place and whose money it really is.


25 posted on 03/30/2011 7:04:57 AM PDT by VRWCmember (Veritas vos Liberabit)
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To: Anamnesis

I fail to see the problem. A basic conservative prinicple is that tax cuts spur the economy increasing overal revenue. This is a tax cut that benefits Alaska’s economy increasing overall revenue. There must be an error in the title since no real conservative would fault Palin for signing the legislation or for a company to make use of the credit.


26 posted on 03/30/2011 7:06:30 AM PDT by CMAC51
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To: Anamnesis

I fail to see the problem. A basic conservative prinicple is that tax cuts spur the economy increasing overal revenue. This is a tax cut that benefits Alaska’s economy increasing overall revenue. There must be an error in the title since no real conservative would fault Palin for signing the legislation or for a company to make use of the credit.


27 posted on 03/30/2011 7:06:36 AM PDT by CMAC51
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To: Anamnesis

If the tax credit ends up bringing more money to the state than it cost then what’s the problem?


28 posted on 03/30/2011 7:06:59 AM PDT by Aria ( "If we ever forget that we're one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under.")
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To: CMAC51

Try telling that to the APB “conservatives”. Their logic and reason flies out the window when they see any chance to score a hit against her.

It’s too bad for them that she fights back instead of rolling over.


29 posted on 03/30/2011 7:12:16 AM PDT by Anamnesis
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To: Anamnesis

A 30% tax credit is modest when it comes to these give-away programs, but if you don’t like it - tell it to the Alaska Legislature. They’re the ones that enacted the law.

It’s not like Sarah Palin was going to film her program about Alaska in North Dakota, after all. The subsidy was totally unnecessary, and similar programs have proven to be completely ineffective everywhere they’ve been tried.

But it’s the legislatures fault - not Palin’s.


30 posted on 03/30/2011 7:12:26 AM PDT by bigbob (u)
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To: Anamnesis

Peter Suderman of the libertarian Reason Magazine cracked: “In 2008, Sarah Palin, then the Governor of Alaska, signed a special tax credit for filmmakers into law. … Who’s benefiting from that tax subsidy now? … none other than Sarah Palin.”

Probably a Paul supporter.


31 posted on 03/30/2011 7:12:44 AM PDT by erod (Unlike the President I am a true Chicagoan.)
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To: Anamnesis

In 2010 Alaska took in more than $200 million in tax revenue from the tourist industry, plus another $1 billion in tourist-generated business. The tourist industry supports more than 30,000 jobs. So it’s quite possible - likely even - that the $1.2 million to Palin’s producers will generate much more revenue than it cost. That’s why the program exists.


32 posted on 03/30/2011 7:13:17 AM PDT by Steve_Seattle
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To: Anamnesis

This is proof that lowering taxes generates wealth.

And of course the left are complaining about it.


33 posted on 03/30/2011 7:19:18 AM PDT by agere_contra (As often as I look upon the cross, so often will I forgive with all my heart.)
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To: Anamnesis

A lot of states issue tax credits to get business into their state. The film industry is no different. The states that have them, get films shot in their state.

This is just more of the same ol same ol from the ankle biters.


34 posted on 03/30/2011 7:19:44 AM PDT by AFreeBird
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To: Anamnesis

More incoming from FAUX Conservatives.


35 posted on 03/30/2011 7:20:02 AM PDT by Rational Thought
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To: Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus
Titus "Pissant" Quinctius Cincinatus ???

Someone's got to stir the pot. :)

36 posted on 03/30/2011 7:20:10 AM PDT by TexasCajun
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“... frustration with the fact that shows and films about Alaska were mostly filmed elsewhere. ..”

If there is any doubt concerning her statement, please be advised that some of the Alaska scenes from “The Guardian” were filmed at the Coast Guard air station in Elizabeth City, NC. They actually shipped in snow for scenes.

37 posted on 03/30/2011 7:22:38 AM PDT by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-Qaeda" and its allies.)
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To: Anamnesis

Boy, the ‘good ol’ boys club’ really fear that woman.


38 posted on 03/30/2011 7:23:00 AM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: TexasCajun
Someone's got to stir the pot. :)

Oh now, when it comes to stirring the pot, I'm cookin' with gas.

FWIW, I used to get under pissant's skin back in 2008 when he was stumping for Duncan "0.05%" Hunter, too,

39 posted on 03/30/2011 7:24:47 AM PDT by Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus (What if God doesn't want the Gospel rescued from the fundamentalists?)
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To: Anamnesis

Any filmmaker who DOESN’T take advantage of state tax credits is a fool, and a poor businessman. You don’t like ‘em? End ‘em. Just like the home mortgage deduction.


40 posted on 03/30/2011 7:27:56 AM PDT by LS ("Castles made of sand, fall in the sea . . . eventually." (Hendrix))
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To: TexasCajun
Awh man, we're going to miss that guy.

For those who would like to relive the good old days when Pissant was still posting: here is my humble tribute to this great, but misunderstood FReeper.

Posted by Pissant:

SARAH PALIN EATS BOOGERS!!!

Awesome stuff. Thanks for the memories Pissant, wherever you are.

41 posted on 03/30/2011 7:28:49 AM PDT by agere_contra (As often as I look upon the cross, so often will I forgive with all my heart.)
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To: elpadre

Raising taxes in one industry to “cut” them in another does more harm than good;

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/businesstechnology/2014601450_alaska27.html

The old saying, “Never bite the hand that feeds you!” still applies. And Palin has steadily lost local popularity as a result by her own doing.


42 posted on 03/30/2011 7:31:14 AM PDT by PSYCHO-FREEP (Patriotic by Proxy! (Cause I'm a nutcase and it's someone Else's' fault!....))
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To: ReneeLynn

Almost every state has some sort of filming tax credit, even Michigan- though Snyder basically killed it here.

Much adieu about nothing.


43 posted on 03/30/2011 7:31:52 AM PDT by rintense (The GOP elite & friends can pound sand.)
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To: agere_contra; Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus
Yeah, I miss ole Pissant.

I know he's a good Conservative, he just had one too many Bill Maher moments.

...FR is not HBO.

44 posted on 03/30/2011 7:35:34 AM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: Anamnesis

This is about two things. The liberal media trying to cause a split in the GOP and the inside the beltway GOP “conservatives” feeling their power slip away as grass roots conservatives wield their long dormant but now awakened influence. The GOP elite are no better than the Liberal elite who want to tell the stupid people what is good for them.


45 posted on 03/30/2011 7:37:42 AM PDT by Pete (29thday.org Exponential problems require exponential solutions)
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To: TexasCajun

Well put.

For all his faults, Pissant never came across as anything other than Conservative. It’s a shame his obvious sincerity was alloyed with so much bitterness.


46 posted on 03/30/2011 7:41:03 AM PDT by agere_contra (As often as I look upon the cross, so often will I forgive with all my heart.)
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To: Anamnesis

Oh they are just doing a hit and run on Sarah and the Tea Party crowd. I’m sure they’re going to go after the Birthers next with something on Trump.


47 posted on 03/30/2011 7:47:13 AM PDT by tsowellfan (http://www.cafenetamerica.com)
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To: agere_contra
Pissant never came across as anything other than Conservative

Who is pissant?

48 posted on 03/30/2011 7:49:01 AM PDT by tsowellfan (http://www.cafenetamerica.com)
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/businesstechnology/2014601450_alaska27.html

The progressive tax moves up with the price of oil, and down.

It appears to me to be an excellent program to fund the state, keep unemployment down at 6.7% and make the citizens of Alaska stock holders in their own natural resource - oil.

What's the problem?

49 posted on 03/30/2011 7:49:24 AM PDT by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-Qaeda" and its allies.)
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To: Anamnesis

More Alaska Blogger/Rachel D’Oro-related nonsense.


50 posted on 03/30/2011 7:51:23 AM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin has crossed the Rubicon!)
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