Palin email headlines you don’t want to miss


Really. Is there any way the Palin-hating mainstream media could embarass itself anymore than they have today over the release of 24,000 pages of emails from part of Sarah Palin’s time as Governor of Alaska?

Heck, I almost feel sorry for them.

Almost. :D

The most accurate headline, though, is this disappointed-sounding one from Politico:

Sarah Palin emails provide no big bombshells

And a quote from CNN’s Drew Griffin:

“What we are seeing so far is a hard working gov for the state of AK”


Palin emails

Reporters load boxes containing documents after being released on FRiday, June 10, 3011 in Juneau, Alaska. Emails from Sarah Palin's time as Alaska's governor asre being released Friday, morethan 2-1/2 years after they were first requested. (AP Photo/Brian Wallace)

Weinergate: police involved? Updated!


**Posted by Phineas

Okay, this may just have taken a big turn for the worse for Congressman Weiner:

Police on Friday afternoon came to the home of a 17-year-old high school junior to ask her about direct online communications she has had with Rep. Anthony Weiner.

Two officers from the New Castle County Police Department arrived at the girl’s home around 4:30 p.m. and asked to speak with the girl’s mother about the daughter’s contact with Weiner. Another officer appeared at the home a short time later. A reporter was at the home when the police arrived.

The girl, whose name is being withheld because she is a minor, told, “I’m doing OK.”

But Rep. Weiner won’t be doing OK, if it turns out he was “sexting” a minor.

via ExJon

UPDATE: Weiner has admitted knowing she was 17, denies anything inappropriate. Patterico makes that very hard to believe.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

VIDEO: Captain Sully’s US Airways Flight 1549 makes it to Charlotte


This is so awesome!

Greeted and cheered by crowds and escorted by the N.C. Highway Patrol and news helicopters, the fuselage of US Airways Flight 1549 finally reached Charlotte on Friday morning.

Nearly 27 months after taking off from New York City for Charlotte, the main body of the Airbus A-320 was pulled into Charlotte/Douglas International Airport about 11:45 a.m., completing a journey from New Jersey.

The flight crash-landed in the Hudson River in January 2009, but the fuselage was carried by truck this week to Charlotte, where it will become an exhibit at the Carolinas Aviation Museum. A reception for the flight’s pilot, Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger and some of the 155 passengers — all of whom survived the crash-landing — is scheduled Saturday evening.

“I’m in heaven,” said Shaen Dorsch, director of the Carolinas Aviation Museum, as the caravan reached the UPS facility gate at the airport shortly before noon.

Upon arrival at Charlotte/Douglas International Airport, the plane passed under a canopy of water jets from airport crash trucks, a traditional salute.

MSNBC has a video report, which includes footage of its arrival here, below:

Local TV News station WSOC-TV has great video of its arrival here.

See photos of Flight 1549’s journey to Charlotte, also via WSOC. The Facebook page is here.

Can’t wait to see it!

Update – 6:53 PM: Check out this local photographer’s photos of the Flight 1549 plane. Nice!

Weinergate: Question of the day, double-standards edition


**Posted by Phineas

Writing at Pajamas Media, Rand Simberg first thinks back to how hard (1) Bill Clinton fought to stay in office after a far worse sex scandal in a far more important office, then looks at all the Democrats suddenly calling on Congressman Anthony Weiner to resign and asks a simple question:

Can someone explain to me what Anthony Weiner did that was so much worse than what Bill Clinton did that he is being asked by his fellow Democrats to resign?

As someone who had the graphic details of then-President Bubba’s sexual escapades seared —SEARED! (2)– into my mind at the time, I have to say this is not only a simple question, but a good one.

Look at prior congressional sex scandals:

  • In 1983, Congressman Gerry Studds (D) was reprimanded for having sex with a 17-year old male House Page. Studds not only didn’t resign for what was arguably a worse offense (3), he turned it into a triumph, actually being applauded in the House when he stood on the floor to receive his reprimand.
  • Idaho Senator Larry Craig (R) was caught soliciting sex in a public restroom. He first resigned, then stayed to finish out his term.
  • Senator David Vitter (R) visited brothels, probably committing a crime (4), yet he not only did not resign, he was reelected.
  • And, my favorite, Barney Frank (D), whose “personal aide” ran a gay escort service from Frank’s apartment. (Frank claims he never knew until… Yeah, right.) And Barney is still there.
  • In a non-sex scandal, New Orleans “Dollar Bill” Jefferson (D) was widely believed to be as corrupt as the day is long, but he only left when defeated for reelection.

I’m sure we can think of others that are worse than a congressman cheating on his wife with phone and internet-sex, yet weren’t asked to resign. And all these people lied as much as Weiner — though probably not so wretchedly.

(Note: While John Ensign did resign in the wake of his scandal, there is a strong possibility of criminal violations in this case.)

So, to repeat Simberg’s question, if Clinton, Studds, Craig, Vitter, and Jefferson all got to stay, why does Anthony Weiner, whose offenses were lesser, have to go?

To be frank, since no crime was committed that we know of, let his voters pass judgment on him. They’ll be passing judgment on themselves, too.

And, as a partisan who wants to see the Democrats crushed in 2012, I want Wiener to stay so that our side can turn him into one of the “faces of Congress” for the election. Ask yourselves why the Democrats are pressuring him to go, now — it’s because they’re scared we’ll do just that.

So, there’s your question for the day, folks: Dear Democrats — if Bill could stay, why not Tony?

via Ed Driscoll


(1) Get your minds out of the gutter.

(2) Just like Kerry in Cambodia, only this really happened.

(3) Not the sex itself (the age of consent in DC is 16), but for violating the trust implied in parents sending their teens to work in the House.

(4) Or is that not a crime in Louisiana?

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)