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First discovered at BagNewsNotes, then posted by Ben Smith at Politico:

In a picture supplied by Sarah Palin's family to the Associated Press, Palin appears with some rather odd reading matter: The magazine of the ultraconservative John Birch Society. The picture, dating to 1995, when Palin was a member of the Wasilla City Council, ran beside a profile of Palin in Saturday's New York Times. The magazine, The New American, is sitting on top of her calendar on her desk, unopened.

Here's the photo in question:

And here's a zoom-in of the newsletter:

(The "Con-Con" headline is in regard to a possible Constitutional Convention that the Birchers thought was a secret federal power-grab. Bless their crazy little hearts.)

The funny thing is, it's not like the newsletter is tucked away in a back corner of the photo, and some enterprising blogger had to zoom in 100x and use special software to clean up the image. The friggin' newsletter is RIGHT THERE, under her hand. And, uh, I guess she's pretending to take notes or something. Or maybe she's going to doodle little unicorns and hearts and "SARAH + TODD 4EVA."

We've already realized that she's a female Bush (with lipstick!), so this is quite appropriate. After all, it kinda reminds you of another incident in which a zoom-in proved to be revealing, doesn't it?

UPDATE: I had not even realized that popstalin posted this story earlier tonight. I scrolled down the front page before posting but didn't see it....guess it's just the vagaries of the dKos system that popstalin's scrolled off that fast. Major hat tip and bow of respect to him/her for catching it first.

Originally posted to Johnny Gentle Famous Crooner on Thu Sep 18, 2008 at 08:22 PM PDT.

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