Sunday, September 14, 2014

Marc and Matt McKenna, give Eric Thompson his job back! You made your fortune with money from the taxpayer, receiving large public contracts for your paving company, now do not fire Eric Thompson for exercising his constitutional rights!

Matt and Marc McKenna: They got rich from the taxpayer, 
fired Eric Thompson for speaking out to ABC News as witness for the "Palin Brawl" 

By Patrick

During the last days, the USA and the rest of the world learned all the juicy details about the ugly "Palin Brawl", with big headlines in all major US media outlets, after the Alaska blogger Amanda Coyne originally broke the story. On Saturday, September 6, 2014, the whole Palin-family (absent only Piper and Trig) drove with a stretch hummer limousine to the 40th birthday party of Marc and Matt McKenna, owners of "McKenna Brothers Paving" and Palin's Iron Dog "snowmachine buddies".

According to our own sources in Alaska, a lot of members of the Iron Dog community were present at the party, and the number of attendees varies in the reports between 70 and 100 people. In any case, it was a very large party, hosted at the home of Korey Klingenmeyer in Anchorage, with lots of food, lots of drinks, and a band which was hired for the occasion.

Korey Klingenmeyer, the host of the party which now became infamous as the "Palin-brawl", is an employee with McKenna Brothers Paving, the company owned by Marc and Matt McKenna (their facebook page is here). He threw the birthday party for his bosses. According to our information from Alaska, he is the operations manager there, having a well-paid job.

Another employee at McKenna Brothers Paving is Eric Thompson. He also works there in the office, as we exclusively revealed in our previous post, or let's just say, he did work there. Because after speaking on the record to ABC News as an eye-witness about the Palin-brawl, in a major news report which then was aired all over the USA, is has been reported that he got fired from his job at McKenna Brothers Paving.

So why did he get fired? What exactly were the reasons? No official statement has been made, but we can guess - and it is not very difficult to come up with possible reasons. However, these guesses do not put the McKenna twins into a good light.

It is well known in Alaska that the McKenna brothers are close friends to the Palin-family. This is also easily confirmed if one for example takes a look at the facebook page of Matt McKenna, I cannot find the page now, maybe it's gone, I don't know, but during the last days, we were still able to find it (EDIT: THE PAGE IS HERE) and took the following screenshot:

Yes, that's Marc McKenna, together with Sarah Palin. This photo was actually taken in 2013 at a car auction in Scottsdale, Arizona, There is a youtube clip with more pictures from this event, also with another picture of Sarah Palin with Matt McKenna:

Screenshot from the video clip:

That's a Shelby Cobra Roadster, by the way, in case you wondered. :-)

So the assumption that the McKenna brothers fired their employee Eric Thompson because he was, well, "embarrassing" their big friends, the Palin-family, with his witness account on ABC News, is more than obvious to us.

In addition, it appears to us that the firing of Eric Thompson also serves as a warning to Korey Klingenmeyer, the host of the party, who was repeatedly punched by Bristol Palin, as several witnesses confirmed. Korey is also their employee, as explained above, and from what we have heard from Alaska, Korey was seriously considering filing charges against Bristol Palin.

In our opinion, the firing occurred as retaliation against Eric Thompson, and as a threatening warning to Korey Klingenmeyer.

Relationships in Alaska, which is an incredibly small society, can be very complex, as we learned over and over again during the previous years.

What is particularly outragous in regards to the McKenna brothers and their recent action towards Eric Thompson is the fact that their paving company made their fortune through public contracts: They got rich through the taxpayer. Even a quick online search reveals multiple public contracts for their company in Alaska, and certainly there are many more. You will see familiar names there - for example Republicans Diane Keller and Verne Rupright, in their capacity mayors of Wasilla.






For McKenna Brothers Paving, bad PR is definitely not good PR. 

Let's tell the brothers that Eric Thompson needs his job back. Let's stop with the culture of "if you speak out against the Palins, bad things will happen to you" in Alaska. Yes, this culture does exist, as we and others have heard from sources over and over again during the previous years - and many authors and journalists heard the same when they talked to Alaskans!

Many Alaskans believed that, after Sarah Palin resigned, that the Palins were not a "problem" for Alaska any more, and they slowly started to forget about them. Sarah Palin herself focused on the "Lower 48" and very rarely got involved in Alaskan politics. However, the outrageous behaviour of the Palin-family at the "Palin-brawl", and the fact that the Palins still have the ability to do even more damage to people, that they still have the power to "get people fired", shows that the Palins are still a problem for Alaska. Their mafia-like behaviour should not be tolerated in Alaska any more.

Tell the McKenna brothers to give Eric Thompson his job back immediately!

Contact details HERE.

Their facebook page is HERE.

(The reviews on their facebook, commenting on the firing, are already damning!)

Official company business filing HERE.

They want money from the taxpayer? Then tell them to acknowledge the constitutional rights of Eric Thompson. Do not allow them to intimidate others on behalf of the Palins!




I really want to hear this with a proper rock band! :-)


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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The Palin-clan and the big Alaska brawl: Anger management desperately needed - The drunken, rowdy night with the Palins - IMPORTANT SECOND UPDATE - More shocking details reported, witnesses speaking on the record: Sarah, Todd, Bristol, Track all involved in the fighting - BREAKING: Eric Thompson, eye-witness for ABC News, has reportedly been fired from his job for speaking to the media

By Patrick

Yes, it's the Palin-clan again! This time, not just Sarah, but almost all of them: Sarah, Todd, Track, Bristol,Willow - even Tripp! Well, at least poor Tripp was there at well, having to watch the adults behaving badly, showing him what a good role model isn't.

So what is this all about? Well, the story about the "big Alaska brawl of 2014" is already making the rounds, and the well-informed Alaska journalist and blogger Amanda Coyne published a pretty detailed report on her blog:

Hell hath no fury like a Palin family visit: Just when I was about to give up on them, the Gods of gossip came visiting this week, and as they’ve done in the past, they beckoned me to look towards Wasilla, towards the fortress of Our Lady of the North, the woman who was almost a heartbeat away from the presidency, whose family had a dramatic weekend, Wasilla style! As many of us have read, Bristol Palin was visited by a Floridian stalker on Sunday who somehow ended up on the family’s balcony. The stalker currently sits in jail.

That’s pretty dramatic. But that’s the least of it. The night before, Saturday, was a doozy. The details are a little sketchy, but there’s enough of them, from enough different sources, that a story emerges, a story that according to the gossip Gods, looks kind of like this: There’s some sort of Iron Dog/snowmachine party in Anchorage. A nice, mellow party, until the Palin’s show up. There’s beer, of course, and maybe other things.

Which is all fine, but just about the time when some people might have had one too many, a Track Palin stumbles out of a stretch Hummer, and immediately spots an ex-boyfriend of Willow’s. Track isn’t happy with this guy, the story goes. There’s words, and more. The owner of the house gets involved, and he probably wished he hadn’t. At this point, he’s up against nearly the whole Palin tribe: Palin women screaming. Palin men thumping their chests. Word is that Bristol has a particularly strong right hook, which she employed repeatedly, and it’s something to hear when Sarah screams, “Don’t you know who I am!” And it was particularly wonderful when someone in the crowd screamed back, “This isn’t some damned Hillbilly reality show!” No, it’s what happens when the former First Family of Alaska comes knocking.

As people were leaving in a cab, Track was seen on the street, shirtless, flipping people off, with Sarah right behind him, and Todd somewhere in the foreground, tending to his bloody nose.

Note: Amanda Coyne is also the author of the excellent book "Crude Awakening: Money, Mavericks, and Mayhem in Alaska", together with Tony Hopfinger, the editor of the Alaska Dispatch.

While we cannot confirm every detail that Amanda Coyne mentioned in this report, we can confirm through an incredibly well informed source with direct knowledge of these events that this incident indeed took place, last Saturday, close to Anchorage, Alaska. We can confirm further details as well.

We obtained this information at a very early point, but we waited to publish it, because we wanted to see first if anyone who had attended the party reached out to the media.

We were told that this incident happened at a party of an Iron Dog winner called Chris, who we believe to be Chris Olds, as they is no other Iron Dog winner with this first name, At the party, Bristol and Willow wore their big sunglasses and behaved like little Hollywood starlets, and according to our well informed source, they both got totally drunk. The situation continued get worse, and it got to the point where Bristol started a fight with the host Chris, and Bristol punched him repeatedly. Amanda Coyne alludes to this, when she said: "Word is that Bristol has a particularly strong right hook, which she employed repeatedly."

Bristol's little son Tripp was with them at the party, and therefore was forced to watch the whole disaster.

Just like Amanda Coyne mentioned, the fact that Willow's ex-boyfriend (apparently a guy called "Corey") attended the party, started the whole chain of events. Bristol and Willow, the famous mean girls from Wasilla, started to harass him all night in such a bad way that Chris, the host of the party, was forced to intervene - which prompted drunk Bristol to throw several punches at him.

Even after Chris asked Bristol to leave, she continued to punch him several times.

Apart from that, what we were told is that Track also got into a fight, and Todd almost started fighting. But Todd must have jumped in as well...otherwise, Todd's "bloody nose" that Amanda Coyne mentioned in her report would be difficult to explain.

According to our source, Bristol wanted Todd to start fighting the host Chris as well, but we don't know whether this attempt to get her father involved was successful.

As I said at the beginning, Sarah was there the whole time, but her exact involvement is not known by our source.

And little Tripp had to watch the adults behaving badly.

Then the police were called. We don't know about charges being filed.

I think Alaskans will think twice in the future when it comes to inviting the Palin-clan to parties again. The other guests were simply shocked about the behavior of the members of Alaska's former "first family."

Well, maybe that's what Sarah Palin means when she says that people should "go rogue", I don't know.

Just imagine that this could have been the "first" or "second" family of the USA!


Last night, the Alaska based blogger, Gryphen at the Immoral Minority was given an update on the situation by Jennifer Castro of the Anchorage Police Department.

Hi Griffin , 

What I am able to share with you at this time is the following: 

Case: 14-36989 

On Saturday, September 6, 2014 just before midnight Anchorage police responded to a report of a verbal and physical altercation taking place between multiple subjects outside of a residence located on the 900 block of Harbor Circle . A preliminary investigation by police revealed that a party had been taking place at a nearby residence and a fight had broken out between multiple subjects outside of the residence. None of the involved parties wanted to press charges at the time of the incident and no arrests were made. Alcohol was believed to have been a factor in the incident. Some of the Palin family members were in attendance at the party. 

This case is still pending, therefore, I’m unable to provide any further details or information in the police reports at this time. 

Thank you, 

Jennifer Castro 
APD Communications Director



We just talked to another source with excellent knowledge of this incident, and now many more details have become clear. We also have to correct a few of the claims we previously reported, when everything was still quite sketchy. However, we can safely say that things still just look as bad for the Palin-family as they did at the beginning, perhaps even worse. The source we talked to is well known to us, and absolutely credible.

The party was not at Chris Olds's house. This was a wrong assumption, but now we have the full facts and do not need to "take guesses" any more. It was the birthday party for former Iron Dog winner Marc McKenna, the party for his 40th birthday. However, the party did not take place at his house, but at the house of another couple who hosted the birthday party for him in Anchorage. An old interview with Marc McKenna can be found here. There were about 100 people at the party.

Marc McKenna invited Sarah and Todd, but not the rest of the family, so he was quite surprised when the whole gang showed up.

Another thing which we have to correct is the claim that Tripp witnessed the fight. The truth is that Tripp was in the limousine outside the house, apparently asleep, while the brawl happened. When the fight started outside of the house, the limo driver then drove down the block with Tripp, so that Tripp did not have to see the ugly scenes which were unfolding.

So while Bristol and the rest of the family are partying, Tripp is left in a car with a driver that he does not know. I think that his father might have something to say about that.

The fight originally started after Bristol, with her sunglasses still on at about 11.00 pm and visibly drunk, approached the host (the owner of the house, not Marc McKenna) and "complained" to him that some people at the party "want to have a go at Willow." The host then tried to assure Bristol that this was not the case, but Bristol had none of it and started to punch the host in the face. The host then held up his hands in defence, and push her back slightly, and drunk Bristol then fell to the floor, and her dress was "up" about her waist. The host did not hit Bristol, but just defended himself.

Bristol then started shouting for Todd. He came over, and watched the situation. At this point, he did not intervene.

The host tried again to calm Bristol down, but she continued punching out at him. So then the host carried Bristol out of the house and demanded that every member of  the Palin-family should leave the party. Then everything kicked off, Todd got angry, Track ripped his shirt off and got angry, the fighting started again, and Todd at the end was left with a bloody nose. All this happened outside of the house.

Sarah was there at the party as well when it all happened.

Then the police arrived and told all guests to leave and go home.

Track was totally "out of it", and was walking on the street, "flipping everyone the bird" who was leaving.

Fun fact: There was a band hired for the party, and they kept on playing during the whole fight!

Marc McKenna was very upset that his party was ruined, and so was everybody else. Lots of expensive food was wasted.

This story has also been discussed on local radio stations this morning extensively, our source from Alaska told us.

If we were the host, we would certainly bring charges, and when we asked our source, he said that he thinks that this is a possibility, and would not rule it out.

By the way, our source says that it is rather unlikely that there is cell phone video, as he did not see anybody taking pictures or video.

These are the real facts, not exaggerations, assumptions or hyperbole.

There is certainly more to come. This story is not over yet.



The Alaskan journalist and blogger Amanda Coyne, who originally broke the story, just published a new post with further details, and her research fully confirms our latest reporting, and she also has more embarrassing details:

A note to readers about the Palin family brawl

I wrote about the Saturday-night Palin family brawl in my Loose Lips column—my version of a gossip column–hoping that some other news source, preferably a local news source, would pick it up, and run with it. I’m a one-woman show here. I’m the writer, the editor, and the business manager, and I’m trying to cover the state’s political races. As I write this, I’m at a health care conference in Girdwood, trying to learn as much as I can about why healthcare costs are so astronomically high in Alaska, when they have appeared to be declining elsewhere. (Expect a post on that later). All this is to say that I have little time to track down the details of the brawl. And even if I did, I’d probably pass. I spent many years covering Palin. It’s a rabbit hole every time.

But I thought I should update, because people seem to really want to know. Frankly, I would too if I were them, and weren’t at a health care conference, etc… So, here it goes: What I have heard since, without much trying, and what I knew then, is that the cops were called after the brawl. It’s confirmed that the Palins, all of them, were involved in some way involved in a fight at a house in Anchorage were a party was going it. Bristol’s son, Tripp was at the party. I have confirmed from multiple sources that Bristol punched someone repeatedly, and that charges might be filed. I spoke to a source yesterday who witnessed part of it. She said that some in the crowd were trying to restrain Sarah, who was clawing to get involved in the fight, which had moved to the cul-de-sac outside of the house. She was also screaming loudly. She wore platform high-tops with the American flag on them, and Bristol wore big, round shades. As I reported, Track was at some point in the night, shirtless.

The whole family arrived in a stretch Hummer limo, and had to be told to leave the house.

That’s what I know. Stay tuned, no doubt, for more.



More confirmation!

Finally, the Alaska Dispatch News, Alaska's biggest newspaper, published a report about the incident, which again confirms what Amanda Coyne and we have already been saying, and adds even more details.


Witnesses, APD confirm Palin family was present at Anchorage party that turned violent


Blogger Amanda Coyne reported Wednesday that the Palins were at the center of the fight. Coyne cites anonymous sources who described a shirtless Track Palin, Bristol Palin throwing punches and former Gov. Sarah Palin screaming during the melee. The reports have been widely re-circulated on national sites, including Wonkette and Gawker.

Neighbor Charles Fryer attended the party, which he described as a joint birthday party for four people, including Todd Palin. He said Sarah Palin was at the party.

Fryer said the party was “basically peaceable” until the fight occurred around 11 p.m. He heard commotion in front of the house and stepped outside to check it out.

He described the fight as a dog pile “just like you see in a football game.”

Fryer didn’t know who was involved. “I’m too old to fool with that stuff,” he said.

On her Facebook page, Sarah Palin posted that she was traveling on Saturday.

One commenter, Kimberley Vranckaert-Trujillo, claimed to be a witness to the incident, writing in the post thread: “Interesting....pretty sure you were not traveling and you and family were on the Southside causing chaos. Saw it happen. Don't fib.”

The Palin family could not be reached for comment.                                                        
According to her Facebook Kimberley Vranckaert-Trujillo works for the Anchorage Police Department. It would seem that even cops in Anchorage are fed up with Sarah's fibs.



The wonderful Amanda Coyne has now spoken to several witnesses, and some of them have spoken on the record, which enabled her to finally provide a pretty complete picture of what happened last Saturday evening at the party in Anchorage, the now already infamous "Palin brawl." The details are truly shocking.

We are pleased that her findings fall in line very with our own reporting and that many of our own facts, obtained through an excellent source, have been confirmed.

We are also grateful that finally the "sins" of Sarah and her famous family are not swept under the rug in Alaska any more, as it was usually the case in the past.

From what we hear from Alaska, we can safely say that the Palins are pretty much "done" there now. This also includes the "Iron Dog" crowd, with many members present at the party. No more favours for Todd!

We knew already yesterday that the party was at the house of Korey and Alisha Klingenmeyer, the "host couple" which we mentioned above, but we held back with this information because they already had enough to deal with at this point.

Amanda Coyne's investigation also proved that Sarah Palin was there on the scene as well, and Sarah behaved very badly, together with the rest of her family members (apart from little Tripp, who was sleeping in the stretch hummer limousine).

We were also told that Sarah had at least one altercation with another person.

What Amanda Coyne does not say is that the police did break up the party and told everyone to go home. However, this was confirmed by our eye-witness.

We got the name of Willow's former boyfriend wrong. Our first source (we had two sources from Alaska, one in the original report, one in the second update), got the name of the ex-boyfriend mixed-up, and said he was called something like "Corey." However, the real name of the ex-boyfriend who was at this party, as Amanda Coyne explains, is Conner Cleary.

Here is Amanda Coyne's new report about the #palinbrawl:

Eyewitness comes forward on ‘Palin brawl’

Eric Thompson was having fun with friends and his wife at a party in South Anchorage on Saturday night. Thompson, who is 56 years old, was the designated driver for the evening, so he wasn’t drinking. But that was okay with him. He was among friends. It was a birthday party for twins Matt and Marc McKenna, who own McKenna Bros Paving, for whom he works as a project supervisor. Marc is an Iron Dog snow machine racer. Other snow machine racers were said to have been there also.

The party was at Korey Klingenmeyer’s house, who is the office manger at McKenna Bros. According to Thompson, Klingenmeyer is a very large, muscular guy, “super easy going, and super friendly.”

Most of the party was outside. A live band was playing. People were dancing. Thompson noticed two girls wearing sunglasses walking with an unusual amount of confidence around the yard. He only noticed them because of the sunglasses. That was odd, because it was at night. His wife told him it was Bristol and Willow Palin. “Does she think she’s Marilyn Monroe?” he said to his wife about Bristol.

Todd and Sarah were there also. Todd races in the Iron Dog. According to another witness, Palin wore platform high-tops with the American flag emblazoned on them. Track Palin was there and so was Bristol’s son, Tripp.

They had all pulled up earlier in the evening in a stretch Hummer limo. It was also Todd’s 50th birthday.

He, along with the McKenna brothers and Klingenmeyer’s son, who was also celebrating a birthday, were brought in front of the band. Everyone sang Happy Birthday.

It wasn’t long after that things started going horribly wrong, according to Thompson and a handful of others interviewed for this story. Screams erupted. Profanities spewed. Fists flew. The Anchorage Police Department was called. The APD released a statement on Thursday, confirming that multiple people were involved in the fight. “However, at the time of the incident, none of the involved parties wanted to press charges and no arrests were made. However, the case is still an active investigation and is being reviewed by APD and the Municipal Prosecutors Office. Alcohol was believed to have been a factor in the incident. Some of the Palin family members were in attendance at the party,” the statement said.

As I had reported a few days ago, multiple accounts say that it started when Track confronted Willow’s former boyfriend, Conner Cleary, who was there with his father Steve and his mother Melissa. Thompson didn’t see this part, but other witnesses, who didn’t want to be named, say that Conner and Track fought on the front yard. Steve tried to break it up. Todd jumped into the mix and began to choke Steve.

After that ended, Conner, Steve, and Melissa Cleary huddled together close to Thompson, who spotted Bristol and Willow from a distance, walking straight towards them with purpose.

“They were on a b-line, coming straight at Melissa,” Thompson said.

The owner of the house, Klingenmeyer, was trying to head them off at the pass. He approached them and told them to leave. Bristol, according to Thompson and other witnesses, planted her feet, “stood straight up, brought her arm back and cold-cocked him right in the face,” Thompson said.

And then she did it again, about six more times, before he pushed her away, and she fell, and Todd appeared.

“I was thoroughly amazed at the restraint Korey showed. He’s a total gentlemen,” Thompson said.

Another melee. This time Sarah got involved and began to scream profanities at everyone. One source, who didn’t want to be named, said that she was “nearly crawling on top of people,” trying to get into the scrum.

As these things go, that also broke up, and the Palins were asked again to leave. They piled into the Hummer, but not until Track stood out in front of the house, inexplicably with his shirt off, his middle finger raised at those who were also leaving.

Then the cops came, and took statements from about 10 people, including Thompson. It’s unclear who called them. Thompson thought it was the Palins.

“It was a really nice, mellow party,” Thompson said. “Then it turned into the Jerry Springer show.”

Sarah Palin herself hasn't said a word about this incident in public so far. She is way too busy with commenting on President Obama's perceived misdeeds on facebook, as usual. Her own misdeeds have never interested her very much.



"Good Morning America" today broadcast a good report about the "brawl", with Eric Thompson as a witness on the record:

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It does appear that we do have really bad news! 

The eye-witness for ABC News has been fired from his job for talking to the media!

Elizabeth Applegate, Senior Producer at Entertainment Tonight (ET), just tweeted that she spoke to the witness Eric Thompson, who appeared in the ABC News clip mentioned above, and that Eric told her that he has been fired from his job for talking to the media!

Screenshot of her tweets:

We assume that this information is true, although we ourselves haven't verified it.

According to his LinkedIn, Eric Thompson works as a Projects Supervisor at McKenna Brothers Paving - screenshot:

This is even more shocking in light of the fact that the party was organized for the owners of this company, Marc and Matt McKenna!

Here is their facebook page - let them know what you think!

Screenshot of Eric Thompson from the interview with ABC News:

If this is true, which is extremely likely, it would be another huge scandal. 



We got more background information from a source in Alaska regarding the relationship between the Palin-family and the McKenna family! 

They are very close. They both have got "cabins" very close to each other (these pretty large weekend houses, for which Sarah Palin in the past was not keen to pay property tax), they both know each other closely for a very long time and they are big "snow-machine buddies."

Also, don't forget, it was the McKennas who invited Sarah and Todd to the party.

So it is apparent that the firing of Eric Thompson was most likely, if not certainly a case of retaliation.



Now there is something which we have overlooked at the beginning - in Amanda Coyne's latest update, she wrote:

"The party was at Korey Klingenmeyer’s house, 
who is the office manger at McKenna Bros."

So it could be very well the case that the firing of Eric Thompson is a "warning shot" for Korey Klingenmeyer, who was punched repeatedly by Bristol, so that he is not going to file charges against her. It appears to me that they try to shut him up.

The company McKenna Brothers Paving have also started to delete all the critical comments about the firing from their facebook page. Clearly they do not want to be "disturbed" in whatever they are doing.

(h/t "Got a life")



The "Alaska Dispatch News", Alaska's biggest newspaper, reports that Eric Thompson has now retained legal counsel:

After Thompson’s interviews, senior producer for "Entertainment Tonight" Elizabeth Applegate tweeted that Thompson told her he had been fired from his job because of the interview with ABC News.

Thompson had retained legal counsel on Friday. Attorney Kevin Fitzgerald said he “can’t confirm or deny” that Thompson was fired from his position at McKenna Bros. Paving.

The owners of McKenna Bros. Paving could not be reached for comment Friday afternoon.

Sarah Palin could not be reached for comment Friday. She has not addressed the incident publicly, although she made a public appearance on the Fox News’ “Hannity” on Thursday as reports of the fight circulated and had posted to the Sarah Palin Channel on Friday morning.

In further news, Amanda Coyne published a story about this incident as a co-writer with "The New York Times."

The article in "The Guardian" is also very good.

"Talking Points Memo" published three posts about the incident and did a really good job. The last one is called: "Palin Clan Fight Club: The TPM Investigation"

The rule appears to be:



There is so much information out there now, that some people are starting to get confused.

Here is a very short overview:

The party happened at the house of Korey Klingenmeyer. He is an employee with McKenna Brothers Paving.

The witness Eric Thompson, who is now fired, was also an employee with McKenna Brothers Paving.

The party was for the 40th birthday of the owners of the company, Matt & Marc McKenna.

The guy who was punched by Bristol Palin was Korey Klingenmeyer.

We believe that the firing of Eric Thompson is also supposed to be a warning to Korey Klingenmeyer, who has a well-paid job there at the company, in order to prevent him to file charges against Bristol.

The name of Willow's ex-boyfriend, who was harassed by Bristol and Willow, is Connor Cleary.



CNN finally broadcast an excellent report about this incident, interviewing Amanda Coyne:

(h/t honestingov)



Our great reader "HopeforAmerica" made an excellent find - a picture of Sarah Palin together with Matt McKenna, one of the owners of "McKenna Brothers Paving", who now fired Eric Thompson:

They look very cozy together, do they!

And what a nice shiny car...!

Here are Marc & Matt McKenna together, the owners of McKenna Brothers Paving, who fired Eric Thompson, after he talked to ABC News:



OK, definitely the last update of this post, and a really good conclusion, I think. :-)

Here is the letter by John McCain which we all would like to see:



Another update! Scott Conroy from RealClearPolitics tweeted new information, this time the "Palin-side" of the story, as he calls it. However, the details still do not sound very good for the Palins! Scott Conroy spoke to a source "close to the Palins," and yes, the Palins were all involved in the brawl, and yes, Sarah Palin was there as well.

Also, Track was left with "four cracked ribs"...!

Unsurprisingly, the Palins apparently claim that the others started it, in particular Willow's ex-boyfriend Connor Cleary. I am sure he will have something to say to that!

The confirmed fact that Sarah Palin took an early flight from Houston and was definitely involved in the brawl is particularly damning, because the right-wingers so far refused to believed it, despite the fact that all other sources had previously confirmed this. Several media outlets, including the Alaska Dispatch News and CNN, noted that Sarah Palin sent out a very deceptive facebook message on Monday, September 8, saying the she was "traveling yesterday" and therefore wished Todd a Happy Birthday via facebook. However, in reality, she was there "on the ground" during his birthday, on Saturday, 6 September, when the brawl happened.

In addition, Sarah Palin hasn't uttered a word about the brawl in public so far, despite the fact that she even had a TV appearance on Hannity after the brawl.

Quite strange behaviour, if you really were the "victim." In contrast, it appears that Sarah hoped that the whole affair would simply "blow over" - which of course it didn't.

Also, if they are truly "victims", why don't they press charges?

Scott Conroy is also the co-author of the 2009 bestselling book "Sarah from Alaska."

EDIT: Scott Conroy now also published a post on RealClearPolitics about this, confirming that the new talking point for the Palins will be that they were the victims! It took them only one week to figure this out, and there is still no official statement or ANY word directly from one of the Palins involved.

Here are some of Scott Conroy's tweets:



The Alaskan blog "Mudflats"just posted a new witness report about the "Palin brawl", with further interesting details, also confirming many facts which were already known, including our own reporting (see our ""Second Important Update" above). It comes as no surprise that the "Palin-side" of the story, reported by Scott Conroy (see our update 15), was again not confirmed. No independent witness has so far confirmed the version that the Palins now apparently want the world to believe.


The Palins arrived at the party, but not just Sarah and Todd who were the only actual invitees from the clan – the whole fan-damnily and some other tagalong friends from Wasilla turned up in a stretch Hummer limo. Because, of course they did. The party was an adult and relaxed event, with most guests at least in their 30s. Reports have come in that Track got into a fight with an ex-boyfriend of Willow’s. But according to my source, the initial fight started when Track and his buddy were aggressively pursuing… how shall I put this… “romantic relations” with some female guests. They were allegedly explicit and crude in their depictions of what they’d like to do with and to the ladies, expressing a desire to “bend them over on the lawn,” according to my source. Apparently the lawn was large enough to include places one could be “bent over.”


As Track and his companion were wooing the ladies with honeyed words, certain individuals took exception to it – namely the husbands of the women in question, whose presence right there with their wives the whole time was no deterrant to our confident and ambitious Casanovas from the Mat-Su.

Track did not fare well in the ensuing confrontation with the spouse. The irate husband punched Track with the full force of his annoyance, and the young Palin ended up “spread eagle lying on the grass.” You could say someone did end up bent over on the lawn, but not in the way he first envisioned.

Track’s buddies then got involved in the fracas to defend the honor of their fallen comrade, others followed, and soon Bristol Palin began to punch the host in the face for reasons we do not fully understand. Repeatedly. Then Todd showed up and joined the scrum, ending up with a bloody nose out of the deal. Did I mention that it happened to be his 50th birthday? He probably won’t forget the big 5-Ohhhh.

Then Sarah shrieked, “Don’t you know who I am?” and other such things making clear the importance of the Palins, and the lack of importance of the non-Palins to whom she was speaking. She then apparently tried to fling herself on top of the giant dog pile into the middle of the melĂ©e.

If there’s one thing the Palin’s have learned from the last six years it’s that the darned media is ruthless, and every little thing you do is scrutinized, so you keep your nose clean, and walk on eggshells. Oh, and “keep the children out of it.” Don’t forget that one.

After tiring of being punched in the face, our host informed the Palins it was time for them to go home. Bristol’s young son Tripp was apparently sleeping in the back of the Hummer limo at the time, blissfully unaware of intoxicated mommy’s raging fists of fury.

The fight ended up involving about 20 people, but eventually the police arrived, and the marauders piled into their limo and headed north to the wild lands from whence they came. But not before Track ripped his shirt off and stood in the road giving the one finger salute to departing guests. Ok, I kind of loved that part.

“Alcohol may have been a factor,” said the police report filed later.

Read the follow-up:

Marc and Matt McKenna, give Eric Thompson his job back! You made your fortune with money from the taxpayer, receiving large public contracts for your paving company, now do not fire Eric Thompson for exercising his constitutional rights!


Websites who linked to this post:

New York Magazine

New York Post

ABC local news (various websites) (Australia)


Firebrand Progressives

Little Green Footballs



Toronto Sun News

Calgary Sun

Crooks & Liars

Western Journalism

Democratic Underground

Edge on the Net

Daily Telegraph Australia

Breitbart Unmasked

Wonkette (again)

Mock Paper Scissors


Ring of Fire

Crooks & Liars (again)

Saturday, September 6, 2014

The "Sarah Palin Channel" - A Review: It's All About Sarah

By VinnieF

I could sum up my review of the Sarah Palin Channel by the following:
  • This is just another cheap grifting attempt of Sarah's.
  • The content is low-level meat for her Tea Party-loving fans.
  • There are some rather crazy people who think Sarah is America's finest leader.
Of course, if you're a regular Po'Gates reader, this is nothing new to you. Still, I think it's important the we have an article here on Sarah's latest adventure. It is rather revealing about the true nature of Sarah and her fans.

In writing about Sarah I find myself wanting to say "I find it incredibly narcissistic that ...". This is certainly no exception. The fact that she thinks people should have to pay ten bucks a month to hear her ramblings is incredibly narcissistic. The fact that she thinks people should hear all about the boring details of her family is incredibly narcissistic. The fact that she still presents herself as some major political player is incredibly narcissistic. I think you get the point.

Simply Another Grifting Endeavor

Fortunately, Sarah's grifting power has significantly faded. Her last book was a flop. Her Fox News appearances are getting rarer and rarer. While "Amazing America" will continue, her role is rather minor and not the lucrative deal that Sarah Palin's Alaska was.

So, welcome to the Sarah Palin 'Channel' where you spend ten bucks a month to hear about everything Palin. Obviously, her reach is dwindling. The only people who will pay for this are her truly devoted fans.

Sarah's opening video talks about how this new site will finally allow all of the Palinbots to join together in some new found, Sarah-driven community. Of course, she could do all of this without them having to pay. But no, if you want Sarah to pretend to care about you and your views, you'll have to pay her for the privilege.

It's All About Sarah

The opening video also brags about how this is supposed to be some innovative, interactive site where you, the Palin devotee, gets to be a real part of it. However, it's very clear that the site is all about Sarah, her family and her thoughts on things. There are no investigative reporters of any kind. The initial video talked about 'special guests' but after several weeks there have been none. Many of the videos brag heavily about her former accomplishments. For example, the one that portends to talk about how her PAC selects candidates to endorse, brags profusely about the PAC's supposed successes and is effectively an advertisement for her PAC.

She has had a few videos where she actually answers questions from the website trying to give the impression that one can participate. Oh what a thrill it would be to have Sarah read your question out loud in one of her videos. Not surprisingly, the selected questions are all softballs and most of them are ones about her favorite subject - Sarah. The first question of all is whether she's going to run for President. (She gives the "won't close any doors" answer. More on this below.) There are some truly inane questions such as why Piper wears number 22 when playing basketball and does she prefer Eddie Van Halen or Sammy Hagar. Seriously! Recently, a block was added near the top of the page with links to all of her books just in case you haven't bought them all yet.

For at least a week now she's had a link up asking users to submit their own videos. None of these have yet been published. Knowing who her fans are, my guess is they simply haven't received any that don't reveal the true craziness of her fans.

Her family also figures prominently as if they matter at all. Mom contributes deep thought with "Sally's Word of the Day" (which doesn't even come every day). A link to Bristol's blog gets prime placement every day. She's included Trig in a number of videos. In some he's sitting besides her while she talks to the camera. In a video about little league star Mo'ne Davis, Sarah ends up talking more about her own kids sports endeavors than she talks about Mo'ne.

It appears that part of the appeal to her fans is that you actually get an inside look at her family. You can filter her videos on the following four categories: America, Obama, Immigration and "Palin Family". There are already 14 videos in this last category. It really reeks of typical celebrity adulation as opposed to any serious political thinking.

There's a video (the "First Video") of her playing with their new dog. The poor quality of the video makes it hard to hear what little she's saying. For the most part she's just playing with the dog and showing it can respond to some basic commands. While the dog is supposed to be for Trig, we don't see him playing with it at all. While I'm a huge Obama fan, I have absolutely no interest in watching him or his family members playing with their dog.

A Lazy Effort

I'm convinced that Sarah is rather lazy by nature. Remember that she hired a City Manager in Wasilla to do much of the work Sarah was supposed to do as Mayor. Remember the "Where's Sarah" buttons were made before she was selected as McCain's VP nominee as people wondered where their governor was.

For this effort, she knows that she's appealing to her base so there's no need to excel. And indeed she doesn't.

The sheer amount of content is pretty small considering this is a 'channel'. For the two week period ending Thursday, August 28, only 19 videos were made. The total amount of published video footage averages 7 minutes and 30 seconds per day. The videos are getting shorter and shorter with the five videos from the week of August 25 averaging only 2 minutes and 28 seconds each. Sorry, the Word or Image of the day doesn't count as 'content'. By comparison, the Blaze, another pay site, had 40 stories published on Tuesday, August 27 alone. They have also had over 17 videos for the week of August 25.

The quality of her videos is quite amateur and getting worse. It's usually just Sarah rambling into a microphone, largely from a scenic location in her home along the lake. Her yapping face is interspersed with moving pictures that are inserted based on what she says. For example, if she mentions the Constitution they might show a rolling picture of the Constitution. My hunch is that she sends the raw footage off to some video editor who adds the pictures even though this is pretty basic video editing.

While some of the earlier videos appeared to have a somewhat cohesive script, that's changed in the last several weeks. The standard now appears to be that she just goes off with the word salad that we know so well. It's really embarrassing.

The Videos

Let's look at a few of the specific videos.

Richard Dawkins (link to video)

Of course, Sarah will use Trig as a political prop any time she can. So when a dreaded atheist makes a crass comment on Down's Syndrome babies, Sarah has to brag that she didn't abort Trig. This was her chance to make a profound statement on the subject. Instead we get this:

"Recently the world's most famous atheist, Richard Dawkins, he told a woman on Twitter that it was immoral to give birth to a baby with Down's syndrome. He said, and I quote 'Abort it and try again. It would be immoral to bring it into the world [if you have the choice].' The 'it' is a beautiful and innocent life that happens to have just one extra chromosome."

"Well, Mr. Dawkins, what a cold hard world you must live in to say such a thing. I truly feel sorry for you. Mr. Dawkins, I'd let you meet my son. If you promise to open your mind, your eyes, and your heart to a new kind of absolute (beauty?). But in my request for you to be tolerant, I'd have to warn Trig that you must be tolerant too (?) because he'd probably look at you as if you were kind of awkward. I'll make sure that he's polite though."

"And, Mr. atheist, my son and every child, every adult like him, they're winners. They do win! You see, they've got more chromosomes than you."

Yes, that's the sum total of what she had to say on this. Very deep!

Sarah's Ice Bucket Challenge (link to video)

This is supposed to be a joke. It's a copy of Patrick Stewart's challenge. She rambles on about how she's too old and 'prim and proper' to actually do the challenge the normal way. It's a slow and boring presentation. She then daintily prepares a glass with ice and a Diet Dr. Pepper, and proceeds to drink it as if that's her challenge.

She then challenges Hillary Clinton and John McCain. Odd that she would put the two in the same request. I'm sure Hillary really feels the need to respond. NOT!

Then, as if it's some big surprise, someone dumps a bucket from off camera. There was clearly no ice in the bucket. It was probably warm water. She then runs off screen not to be seen again. I guess she really is too 'prim and proper' to actually show herself after being dumped on. (Maybe a wig fell off. I don't know.)

Looking at Matt Damon's toilet water challenge and this one shows the contrast between a real political activist vs. a woman who's nothing but a grifter.

It's All the Same Jihad (link to video)

Time to discuss a really deep issue. Not surprisingly, her solution is simply to bomb ISIS.

"... It's all one and the same. They all have the same mission. Different name, same mission. Al-Qaeda, ISIS, Hamas. They're completely united in their hatred of Christians and Jews in their mission to kill us all, in their quest to destroy the countries that they hate, Israel, and the United States. We need to wake up. Come on, we can't reason with Jihadists. Come on Barack. We can't negotiate with them. We can only defeat them. And we must. Who can defeat them? The United States military."

Yes, Sarah is simply throwing red meat to her war-loving, Obama-hating base. They cheer along with their Fox-based ignorance in the comments:

"What needs to be exposed is the Obama's Admin. complicity - being in cahoots with the Muslim Brotherhood terrorists to help them accomplish the NWO goal here ..."

"You Know some said the the Weapons of Mass Destruction that weren't found in Iraq when Saddam was the leader were actually moved to Syria."

"I think so, too. He [Obama] is sold out to our enemies."

"B. Hussein is a Muslim sympathizer, and possibly even a closet Muslim."

"Obama is a Sunni & 100% with them"

"Hussein 0Zero is a Hater. A Hater of Israel AND! the United States of America. That's right!"

The Anniversary of Her Being Selected as the VP Nominee (link to video)

Remember what I said earlier about hitting new heights of narcisstic behavior. Yeah, this is one of those.

As noted, most of her recent videos are 2-3 minutes long. This one is over 22 minutes. You'd think one would say something new, something deep in that much time. Of course, you'd be wrong.

The first 15 minutes is a rather slow-paced recounting of the story of her getting the nomination. Obviously, this was the biggest event of her life. But we all know the story already and there's really nothing new here. Of course, there's a lengthy discussion of how the teleprompter failed as she was giving her big speech. So why spend so much time on this?

"It was the night that my life changed and I think it's safe to say much of the political landscape changed."

Really?! She's really saying that there was a significant change in the 'political landscape' as a result of her being nominated. Let's look at what actually took place in the country at the time. Obama was ahead in the polls, there was a McCain bump from the Palin selection, the bump faded within a couple of weeks, and Obama then took over even stronger than before. Obama won dominantly in 2008. Is she saying her nomination led to the 'landscape' of Obama winning the Presidency? Twice? If that's really the case, I guess we should thank her.

She then asks what's changed since then. She jumps into the "criticize Obama" section which can be found in most of her videos. For this one, she cherry picks some economic numbers to make it look like things have been horrible under Obama. It never hurts to throw in something about food stamps too for racist effect. Oddly, at one point the moving picture is of a stock market ticker. I guess mentioning the radical rise in the market during Obama's regime wouldn't be appropriate.

The things that haven't changed? Her core team hasn't changed. She mentions a few people but fails to mention just how the team is still together. That at least four of them now have full time wages working for Sarah PAC and many others get lavish 'consulting' fees.

Finally, she has to brag about her great family and how all of the attacks haven't fazed her at all. She says is too focused on other families with real hardships that makes her blind to 'sticks and stones'. Did I mention that I find all this self-adulation rather narcissistic?

How Much More Of This Do We Have To Take?!

I think most of us Po'Gaters have been groaning as Sarah's 15 minutes continues to linger on. We can take some solace in the fact that it's fading even if the pace is agonizingly slow. While I'm sure she'll be around much longer to some extent, I honestly believe this is her last hurrah.

First of all, this isn't much of a hurrah. The press related to the release of the channel was pretty harsh. Even conservatives aren't saying much about it. Judging by the number of comments, there aren't many people subscribing. Again, using the two week period from August 15th through August 28th, there were a total of 1,110 comments. This averages about 70 comments per article or 80 comments per day. (Oddly, three articles have no comments.) C4P, on the other hand averages over 500 comments per day. However, there is much less back and forth on the Sarah Palin Channel.

One key difference I see is that the C4P crowd is somewhat reluctant on the subject of Sarah running for President. Yes, there are definitely nuts there thinking she'll run but I've seen many argue a modicum of common sense on this issue. The C4P site even has a disclaimer saying that they're for Sarah as Sarah not because of her being a possible candidate. Believe it or not, the commenters on the Sarah Palin Channel are even more deluded in thinking that Sarah will run for President in 2016.

I've written before that Sarah uses her potential candidacy as a tease. I think this is now accepted as fact by most of us. For the rabid Palin fan, the thought of her running for President is all they got. Given the 2012 election timetable, Sarah will likely announce that she's not running in 2016 about September of 2015. My prediction is that the Sarah Palin Channel will die soon after that.

However, there's also a strong possibility that Sarah will grow tired of spewing her nonsense to her fans well before then. She is indeed a quitter. She'd end up blaming Obama for it.


I'm trying to finish up this article and the crazy videos just keep coming. They are seriously getting worse by the week. It continues to devolve to the level of celebrity idolatry (i.e. come see what I eat for breakfast) or tired old talking points. I just have to comment on one of her latest ones. It's a "behind the scenes", seven minute video that says nothing. It's so unprofessional it isn't funny. The whole premise is that two tourists from New Jersey showed up at the house and Todd told them to come on in and meet Sarah. They become the stars of the video. (If this is her first 'special guest' they're certainly not very special.) I'm not clear if she's trying to tell her fans that they should just drop by and she might put them on their own video or what. Just plain weird.

Ugh! I'm sick to death of watching her videos. Objectively, they're truly nauseating and boring. To think that this woman was a VP nominee is shocking!

Also, too, there's now a new "Sarah Palin Channel" on YouTube. The channel consists of a seemingly random selection of several videos uploaded in the last few days. This is obviously another attempt to give away the product hoping people will actually like it. Given the small number of views, and the heretofore mentioned poor quality of the videos, I doubt it will work.


In the description of one of her uploaded videos titled "Vote them out", it is explained that Sarah fights against "Democrats" as well as "Republicans", because both belong in her opinion to the "permanent political class in DC". Surely the GOP has taken note.


Monday, September 1, 2014

The Sudden and Unforeseen Journey I Must Take

By Dusty

Soon it will be nine months since the day my world crashed. That day started out okay, then progressed into scary, then moved into amazing, calm, relaxed and happy! But that day ended in fear, shock, disbelief, confusion, guilt, sadness and an overwhelming sense of loss. 

The day I am referring to is the day I lost my husband. 

Then what followed was months with days filled with that mind-numbing foggy feeling accompanied by a deep heavy sadness that ached to point of physical pain. The fog has lifted, but the feelings of guilt, uncertainty, and sense of overwhelming loss remains, there are still days filled with tears and sadness and others where the laughter and the smiles return if even just for a little while.

Some of what I have learned over these past few months is that grief sucks, that depression sucks, making big decisions while in a state of fog sucks and quite frankly menopause really sucks (sorry guys). Karma may be a bitch but female hormones are a bigger bitch than Karma will ever hope to be. Seriously, all your post-menopause women out really need to share your experiences with the rest of the female population because there is nothing and believe me, I've looked, nothing explains what the hell (sorry Patrick) menopause really is and just how much it can screw with your mind and your body. 

This journey hasn't all been negative there has been quite a few good things that have occurred over the past few months... a beautiful wedding, a cat and a kitten have come to live with us. We all thought we were die hard dog only people! Now we are also cat people. The kitten loves to sleep on my desk. She gives and gets hugs while I am working. A fun filled family road trip that resulted in the cat now acting like she is my body guard who must keep me in her eyesight 24/7 because she missed me while I was gone. 

Once I learned that the depression was a result of the menopause (as if I needed yet another burden to bear), and not so much a result of the grief I turned to cooking, gardening and exercise to get through what seemed like days where time just stood still. Prior to that had become something that had to done. It wasn't an enjoyable activity anymore it was just a chore and a means to an end. After that has became the grief and depression therapy I needed and is now an enjoyable activity again. 

It started out as once week I would pick out a a new dish, one we've never tried before and if we liked it I would keep that recipe and make it again, if we didn't like it into the trash the recipe went. Now it is an almost every day thing- try new spices for an old dish, make sure to prepare a balanced meal instead of just whatever. This spring I built raised beds and planted a garden. I had no hopes anything would grow or bloom, but to my surprise everything I planted either bloomed or produced veggies. Homegrown carrots by the way taste so much better than store bought carrots. I have plans to add an additional garden next Spring.

I started walking every day it didn't matter if it was raining or snowing, windy or sunny. I got out and walked every single day for 7 long months. The odd thing thing is I love to walk, but every single day I would cry my eyes out while walking until finally one day I didn't cry. The next day I didn't cry and finally a week went by and I didn't cry. But then without warning one day I would start crying again during my walk. Then it would stop.

What I've learned along this journey is grief and depression are unique to each person...there is no right or wrong...what works for me may not work for you. You could walk and never cry, not me. What does help is talking to each other, share your experiences and fears because you just never know when or if the person listening might be helped. Talk about the person it doesn't have to be all sunshine and roses, talk about the good, the bad and the ugly it is okay as long as it helps you it is okay. If you feel the need to cry...then cry because if you hold it in it will be 10 times worse when you finally do cry. I've sat at my desk and started to cry while working, I take a break until I am done and then go back to work. I've never been a crier in my whole life but I am getting very good at it now. I will be an expert crier come this time next year if all this stuff keeps up. 

Not a day goes by that I don't think about him, but I can finally think of him and smile at the things we did, all the things we did, the good the bad, the silly and the ugly. But mostly I remember the good things, the fun things, the silly things and most of all I smile, rather than cry, when I remember his sexy deep voice, his sparkling brown eyes and his wonderful smile.

I can't tell you how many times I have heard "It gets better". "It" doesn't get better, but what does get better is your adaptive skills at learning how to live again with out the person or pet that you loved and loss. I am still learning how to live never really know how much you depended on or needed someone until they are truly gone and will never come back. That is the hard part...the finality. The person didn't move, they didn't just leave...they died and there is no way they can ever come back as the person they were. 

I still have one question though...why is it when the world stops turning the housework continues to pile up? Can anyone answer that? Just checking....

Feel free to answer the question in the comments: If you could sit on this bench and chat for 1 hour with anyone from the past or present who would it be..?? You already know my answer. :)