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Something rather interesting was noticed in the new book "Alaska 50", I'll let Dan Fagan introduce us to this story:

Love him or hate him, it is undeniable Ted Stevens has done more than anyone in history to contribute to the development of Alaska.

But you wouldn't know it by reading the book, "Alaska 50, Celebrating Alaska's 50th Anniversary of Statehood." This slickly produced, impressive, 210-page publication all but ignores Ted Stevens.


But Stevens' name appears in the book only twice. It briefly mentions his early political career and how it led to a Senate seat. That's it. Nothing more.

A Senator who has served Alaska 40 years only makes it into a history book on his state twice.

So who's considered historic enough to be mentioned repeatedly?

Sarah Palin

While the Belle of Wasilla's picture appears several times in this history book, the man voted Alaskan of the Century is nowhere to be found. Palin appears with her hair up, her hair down, in a pants suit, dress, and yes, even Carhartts.

And while Stevens' name only appears twice in the 210 pages, Palin's name is featured too many times to count.

So, could it merely be coincidence, orrrrrr?

The Alaska Statehood Celebration Commission is responsible for the content of the book.


But Palin had her young sidekick, Ivy Fry, fire Phillips as volunteer chair of the commission.

The governor then put her best friend and now state employee Kris Perry in charge. The commission now stacked with Perry and other Palinbots went to work rewriting history.

So at least in Dan Fagan's point of view (and probably in reality too), Palin allies glorified her 21 month term as Governor, and ignored Ted Stevens' 40 year run as Senator.

Sure, Ted is not necessarily a popular person around here. But, it seems like that Palin Wikipedia story is pretty much reflective of the sort of ship she would run if given serious power.

Originally posted to RBH on Sat Aug 30, 2008 at 09:32 AM PDT.


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  •  Tip bucket (5+ / 0-)
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    dnn, empathy, Wary, happymisanthropy, carver

    I'm sure I just blew my shot to be mentioned in "Alaska 51" more than Ted Stevens

    "Our country right or wrong. When right, to be kept right; when wrong, to be put right" - Carl Schurz

    by RBH on Sat Aug 30, 2008 at 09:33:09 AM PDT

  •  Should've included a chapter (2+ / 0-)
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    Wary, carver

    about how the internet isn't a big truck, it's a series of tubes.

    •  That's being saved (1+ / 0-)
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      for the Spring 2009 "Computers" textbooks, that will replace the Fall 2008 books at college book stores.

      Palin knows that the internet isn't a big truck, it's a series of snowmachines racing information to your computer

      "Our country right or wrong. When right, to be kept right; when wrong, to be put right" - Carl Schurz

      by RBH on Sat Aug 30, 2008 at 09:38:59 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  It's sort of like... (2+ / 0-)
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    Wary, happymisanthropy

    ...a high school yearbook, the editor of the thing always has the greatest number of pictures in the yearbook.

    "A conservative government is an organized hypocrisy.".... Benjamin Disraeli -8.25 / -5.64

    by carver on Sat Aug 30, 2008 at 09:40:27 AM PDT

  •  Somebody's got an awfully swollen ego (2+ / 0-)
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    dnn, Wary

    Looks like McCain and Palin are a better fit than I thought.

    "No way, no how, no McCain." Hillary Clinton, 8-27-08

    by Christian Dem in NC on Sat Aug 30, 2008 at 09:46:17 AM PDT

  •  Yesterday I found this at this website (4+ / 0-)
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    dnn, Vicky, Wary, akdude6016

    using the Way back machine

    Same Book??

    1. The Book. What’s up with that damn book? To be honest, I haven’t seen it and don’t know all the facts, which is the biggest reason I’m asking this question in the first place. There’s very little info coming from the governor’s office on this. What I do know is that Kris Perry wrote in the opinion piece to the ADN that,

       "the inconvenient truth that its production, and editorial control of its content, was contracted out to Florida-based Faircount Media Group by the former commission chair when the commission was under the Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development.
       The contract with Faircount stipulated the book would be published at no state expense, but would be funded instead through advertisers solicited by Faircount staff. Faircount also hired the writers.

       The contract also made clear that the book is not an official, State of Alaska publication. A disclaimer at the beginning of the book clearly states it is not a Governor’s Office or Statehood Commission publication."

    But if you look at Faircount’s website, it clearly states that Faircount worked with government employees and the governor’s office to create the publication. Did no one in the Palin administration ask why Senator Stevens was so slighted, and basically omitted, from the final product? How can the governor’s office hire someone, especially an outside company, to write a book on our state’s history and not have some kind of say over the final outcome? WHO DOES THAT?? If they did question the omission, why aren’t they saying so publicly? If it was a truly independent, why was there a contract with the state in the first place?

    While investigations and allegations of the senator are disturbing and sad, they don’t change the fact that Ted Stevens did huge and amazing things for Alaska and at the time of publication, he had no charges or convictions against him.  He still doesn’t. Honestly, I’m embarrassed by it and can’t see how the governor’s office wouldn’t be as well.  I’d like Sarah to answer to that.

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