"I just wish anyone else could have been his dad."
Bristol Palin on her reality show "Life's a Tripp", in front of her son Tripp
When it comes to the Palin-family, one can always expect to discover a "new low." As far as Sarah Palin is concerned, the "new lows" are impossible to count. The national audience will probably remember best the disastrous and embarrassing Katie Couric interview (in addition to the bizarre fact that Sarah complained ever since how unfairly treated she was in the interview, despite Couric's softball questions), as well as Sarah's infamous "blood libel" statement.
The Alaskan audience, however, will maybe remember the "Troopergate" scandal best, because it rocked Alaskan politics and drastically exposed Sarah Palin's "vindictive streak", as I called it in a post at Palingates from October 2010. The bipartisan "Branchflower Report" (download here) exposed what many voters in Alaska were probably unaware of: That the Palin-family will use any dirty trick in the book to destroy people who they perceive as enemies, and in the case of "Troopergate", the target was not a stranger, but a former member of the family - State Trooper Mike Wooten, who was married to Sarah Palin's sister Molly McCann. Wooten and McCann have two children together.
In a "normal" family, the fact that a couple has children together would probably be reason enough to aim for an amicable solution after a divorce - at least for the sake of the children. The Palins, however, view things a little bit differently. They went on a crusade in order to destroy Mike Wooten and his career, a crusade which lasted for several years (roughly from 2005 to 2008) - explained for example in a very detailed "Wikipedia" entry.
Back then, I wrote at "Palingates":
So the situation was the following:
1. The divorce between Sarah's sister Molly and Mike Wooten was finalized in January 2006.
2. The investigation against Trooper Wooten was closed in March 2006 after Wooten received a punishment.
So why did Sarah and Todd Palin continue to bother with the case after it was apparently a non-issue?
Well, according to the available, extensive documentation, the answer is obvious: Because they were simply obsessed with Trooper Mike Wooten, and tried everything they could to bring him down.
Even a Superior Court Judge was puzzled about the behaviour of the Palins, as the Washington Post reported in August 2008:
The divorce went to trial in the fall of 2005 while the state police internal investigation was pending. Anchorage Superior Court Judge John Suddock reviewed the complaints filed by Palin and her family. At trial on Oct. 27, 2005, the judge expressed puzzlement about why the family was trying to get Wooten fired, since depriving the trooper of a job would harm his ability to pay family support to Palin's sister.
"It appears for the world that Ms. McCann and her family have decided to take off for the guy's livelihood -- that the bitterness of whatever who did what to whom has overridden good judgment," Suddock said in an audio recording from the trial on TV station KTUU's Web site. "Aesop told us not to slay the goose who lays the golden egg. For whatever reason, people are trying to slay the goose here and it tends to diminish his earning capacity."
In September 2008, "The Daily Beast" reported even more damning remarks by Judge Suddock:
Court records obtained by NEWSWEEK show that during the course of divorce hearings three years ago, Judge John Suddock heard testimony from an official of the Alaska State Troopers' union about how Sarah Palin—then a private citizen—and members of her family, including her father and daughter, lodged up to a dozen complaints against Wooten with the state police. The union official told the judge that he had never before been asked to appear as a divorce-case witness, that the union believed family complaints against Wooten were "not job-related," and that Wooten was being "harassed" by Palin and other family members.
Court documents show that Judge Suddock was disturbed by the alleged attacks by Palin and her family members on Wooten's behavior and character. "Disparaging will not be tolerated—it is a form of child abuse," the judge told a settlement hearing in October 2005, according to typed notes of the proceedings. The judge added: "Relatives cannot disparage either. If occurs [sic] the parent needs to set boundaries for their relatives."
As the divorce case dragged on, the judge's concern about family "disparagement" appeared to deepen. In an order signed Jan. 31, 2006, which granted Palin's sister and Wooten a final divorce decree, Judge Suddock continued to express concern about attacks by Palin's family on Wooten. The judge even threatened to curb Palin's sister's child custody rights if family criticism of Wooten continued.
In monitoring how a joint-custody arrangement worked out, the judge said in his order that he would pay particular attention to problems noted by a "custody investigator," specifically "the disparagement of the father [Wooten] by the mother [Molly Hackett, Sarah Palin's sister] and her family members."
"It is the mother's [Hackett's] responsibility to set boundaries for her relatives and insure [sic] they respect them, and the disparagement by either parent, or their surrogates is emotional child abuse," Judge Suddock wrote. He added that: "If the court finds it is necessary due to disparagement in the Mat-Su Valley [the area north of Anchorage where Palin and her extended family live], for the children's best interests, it [the court] will not hesitate to order custody to the father and a move into Anchorage." Cyr, the union official, said that to his knowledge, no such move was ever ordered.
Note this remark by the Judge Suddock:
"Disparaging will not be tolerated—it is a form of child abuse"
That's what can happen if the Palin-family is your enemy - from a post by AK Republican Andrew Halcro, September 2008 ("Why Walt Monegan got fired"):
The beginning of the divorce proceedings set off a chain of bizarre and chilling events that has continued through today. During that time it has resulted in the governor and her family trying to ruin the career of an eight year Alaska State Trooper that has served his state on the SERT Team, Motor Unit and DUI Team.
Beginning in spring of 2005 and for the next ten months, over 25 formal complaints were filed by Palin and Heath family members against Trooper Mike Wooten. From drinking while driving his patrol car to making threats to shooting a moose without a permit.
According to Trooper records, Sarah Palin said that in January and February of 2005, Wooten was drinking while driving. After investigating the complaint, the investigator found that Palin never actually saw what she reported.
In another complaint, Sarah's father said that Wooten made threatening remarks. Again, the investigator found there was no probable way that it could have happened.
In all cases except one, the charges were ruled unfounded after an internal investigation. And the one charge that was valid, Wooten immediately admitted to.
More than 25 complaints! Well, they didn't give up, that's for sure. Sarah Palin "never actually saw what she reported?" What a surprise.
But the "icing of the cake" as far as the custody trial with Mike Wooten is concerned was how the Palins deliberately lied to the judge in order to obtain a "domestic violence restraining order" against Wooten. As if that was not enough, Sarah Palin in September 2008 then even released a statement in which it was mentioned as a fact that Wooten was subject to a "court-imposed Domestic Violence Protective Order." But the truth was that the judge dissolved the order immediately after he discovered that he had been lied to, and even scolded Sarah Palin's sister Molly for keeping Wooten's kids away from him.
Andrew Halcro reported:
In a statement released on September 2 through her attorney Thomas Van Flein, Palin once again shows how her propensity for a misrepresentation of the facts got her into trouble to begin with.
Palin is attempting to get the investigation moved into the executive branch so it is reviewed by the personnel board.
In her statement, Palin writes, "In 2005 and early 2006, State Trooper Mike Wooten was the subject of a court-imposed Domestic Violence Protective Order."
As has been the governor's history with this issue, she offers up another twisted fact.
In 2005, Palin and her sister Molly went to the Palmer Courthouse while Mike Wooten was in Portland with his stepson. They convinced a judge to grant Molly a domestic violence restraining order against Wooten. This was done so Molly could retain full custody of the children.
When Wooten returned from Portland, he realized that there was a order prohibiting him from seeing his kids. Three weeks later, Wooten was granted an appearance in front of the couple's divorce judge.
In front of Judge Suddock, Molly testified that Wooten never hit her or never physically abused her or ever touched the children. She told the judge she was feeling pressure from her family to file the order.
Suddock immediately dissolved the order because there was no proof of any domestic violence and called the order an abuse of the legal system. He then scolded Palin's sister for keeping Wooten's kids away from him.
This appears to be Palin's classic approach to deflecting attention away from situations she has created; blame the other person.
"In front of Judge Suddock, Molly testified that Wooten
never hit her or never physically abused her or ever touched the children.
She told the judge she was feeling pressure from her family to file the order."
The Palins were very creative when it came to "inventing" new claims against Wooten, as the "Branchflower Report" noted (page 29):
The mafia-mentality of the Palin-clan was also beautifully exposed in the witness statement by Walt Monegan on pages 23 and 24 of the Branchflower-report, when the illegal "moose kill" was discussed:
So, Wooten's wife Molly was with him, and Sarah Palin's father chuck butchered the moose - but Sarah Palin was persistent about one particular point, according to Monegan:
"I only want Wooten charged."
I mention this "old" Wooten-story because it now appears that the "case of Levi Johnston" is quickly turning into "Wooten II" - and the Palins seem to have learned nothing from the past events (which is is probably not surprising, as it seems that they never received any kind of punishment in return for their malicious quest to destroy Mike Wooten).
In addition, Bristol Palin seems to turn into "Sarah II."
Newly released footage from Bristol Palin's new "reality" show on Lifetime called "Life's a Tripp" suggests that one main goal of this show is to destroy the reputation of Levi Johnston - including scenes where Bristol disparages Levi in the most terrible way right in front of their common son Tripp. Shocking as it is, at least for those people which grew up in "normal" families, it's even more shocking that Bristol and Willow seem to believe that this type of behaviour is not unusual at all. It's more looks like "standard procedure."
Remembering the colourful (or, let's say, rather "dark") history of the Palin-family, this new footage which even shocked the large majority of viewers at "E!Online", can be understood more easily. For the Palins, there are only "friends" or "enemies." The enemies have to be destroyed, no matter what. It's pure mafia-mentality.
CLICK HERE to watch the new shocking footage from Bristol's show (apparently from episode 3):
You can watch the complete first episode of Bristol's trainwreck-show here, and try not to fall asleep during the first five minutes.
As some readers also pointed out in our previous post, "Lifetime" promotes this disgusting kind of child abuse as "entertainment." It's a new low for the Palin-family - as well as for the media, which happily continues to profit from the headlines the Palins create. In the case of "Lifetime", the producers should be punished for letting Bristol abuse her child in that manner. But will it happen? Sometimes it seems that the media has already decided to "believe" Bristol in everything she says and quietly supports her actions, while Levi Johnston is portrayed as the "deadbeat dad."
Maybe this time the Palins went too far. Bristol comes across in this footage as bitter and evil-spirited. Being aware that the Palins are persistent when they want to destroy an enemy, one should know that Bristol will continue to trash Levi in front of Tripp for years to come. The Palin-clan always seemed to be above the law in the past, and it's about time that Levi Johnston gets a top-notch lawyer and shows the Palins that their vindictive nature has no place in the US courts, and that Levi Johnston as the father of Tripp has rights as well.
This bizarre drama has to end. It's heartbreaking to think about what negative effects on Tripp Bristol's despicable behaviour might have.
It's disturbing to see that Bristol Palin is as warped as her mother and father, and that "Lifetime" has no hesitation to broadcast this shocking footage. But it probably will backfire on the Palins, and possibly on "Lifetime" as well. It might even help Levi Johnston in order to reclaim his legal rights.
Lifetime published more material from the third episode - and the Levi hate-fest continues with full force. The Palins are having fun while they literally shoot Levi's book with a rifle. I somehow feel that Bristol would rather shoot Levi himself...
Bristol apparently wants to make the world believe that her own fairy-tale autobiography is the real deal. Sorry, Bristol, you are just a liar, and you have been busted already.
This is not just the new low for the Palin-family, but possibly also a new low for US "reality TV."
Bristol comes across as a cold, soulless, artificial and bitter person. Just terrifying, these people, all of them, any of them.
UPDATE 2 (by Patrick):
I was just looking into Bristol's autobiography again, which is called "Not Afraid of Life: My Journey So Far." Just like Sarah Palin's autobiography "Going Rogue", it's virtually unreadable, and I have never read much of it - however, it just struck me that Bristol's book is an even bigger "Levi-hate-fest" than this atrocious "reality show." In the book, Levi is slammed front, middle and center in the most terrible way (and Mercede of course as well), on almost every page. It seems that this is basically the main purpose of the book - to destroy Levi.
Bristol Palin: Definitely not afraid of publicly hating Levi Johnston
So what is it with the Palins? Such a bunch of mentally deeply disturbed people is almost unheard of. In addition to being mentally disturbed, they are also fanatic media whores, which I think makes them so unique. I really do hope that this reality series will backfire on them and will be a turning point.
Reading Bristol's book really is one of the most bizarre experiences ever. She starts to disparage Levi (and later his whole family) from page 2 onwards, I am not kidding!
Page 2: Bristol "never drank" and had also no idea that "girly flavored wine coolers" could make you drunk - but Levi, he of course had "lots of alcohol" in the "back of his truck."
Page 3: "Levi kept replacing my empty bottles from his large stash." Then, "unbeknownst to me", Bristol entered the "dark abyss of drunkenness."
(I am not making these quotes up!)
Page 4; Levi "wasn't even there to help" Bristol to "process" the shocking fact that she had lost her virginity the previous night (after having entered the "dark abyss of drunkenness"....)
Page 5: She calls Levi a "gnat" and says he was "constantly spreading false accusations against our family."
On page 5, she also says: "I wish I'd confessed my sin right then to God, accepted the full forgiveness of a heavenly father who loved me, and never spoken to Levi again."
On page 5, she also says that Levi "cheated on me about as frequently as he sharpened his hockey skates or as frequently as he filled up his old truck."
On page 6, she indirectly compares her own pregnancy with having "lung cancer."
On the same page, she also says: "In God's amazing providence, I played a role in saving a baby's life."
And at this point, 246 more pages, most of them filled with unrestrained hate against Levi and his family are waiting for the reader!
This is the same girl who was raving on Myspace in 2007 about the "fattest shit stash" she had ever seen, said that she "got in lots of trouble", complained that "tracks little bitch ass decited to tell my parents im a stoner", later joked that her mom Sarah Palin "now thinks I am pregnant" (but "ahaha, call me later if you'd like"), while she was heavily flirting with Wasilla-stud Johnny Chandler. Fittingly, her last know message on Myspace read "haha im a slut" (but she is virgin, right?).
These people are mentally ill, I don't know what else to say. The Palins shamelessly try to re-write history in their various "autobiographies", according to the motto: "Prove that we are lying."
The USA can thank the Lord that a strong anti-Palin movement prevented the worst, as far as Sarah Palin and her highly dysfunctional and vindictive family are concerned.
A little history lesson - Bristol Palin's "lost" Myspace messages from 2007. Read our post about the messages HERE, and download the PDF with the full page screenshots and further explanations, which I compiled in 2009, HERE.
CLICK ON SCREENSHOTS TO ENLARGE: