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Here's the link, from the Anchorage Daily News: Kopp hiring proved Palin's fundamentalist street cred.

But Gov. Palin did not promote a socially conservative agenda during her first two years as governor and some Alaska right-wing commentators called her an economic liberal. Send us a sign, national fundamentalist Christian leaders seemingly said, that proves your credentials.... Kenai City Police Chief Chuck Kopp was a rising star in Alaska's Christian conservative movement.

So she hired him to replace the guy she fired for not firing her ex-brother-in-law.

Then, two weeks later, he is forced to resign for an old sexual harrassment scandal - which she admits that she knew about before she hired him. (She claims she thought he'd been fully cleared. He hadn't.)

Originally posted to homunq on Sat Sep 20, 2008 at 06:13 AM PDT.

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  •  Can we start laughing now? n/t (8+ / 0-)

    Opinions are like assholes. I spend way too much time looking at them on the internet.

    by homunq on Sat Sep 20, 2008 at 06:14:48 AM PDT

    •  Hmm... I thought this would get some recommends.. (4+ / 0-)
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      LNK, Rogneid, Allogenes, oh its jess

      Did I leave out the BREAKING?

      Seriously. Hiring a guy she knew had a sexual harrassment issue in his past, to run the whole police department, just because of his religious views - what part of this is not dynamite? Too complicated?

      Other fun fact: word leaked that she was going to hire him. The morning before the official announcement, the woman who'd been harrassed by "where's my hug" Kopp wrote an email to Palin explaining the story (including the official reprimand) and saying "please don't hire him". And Palin still hired the guy.

      Opinions are like assholes. I spend way too much time looking at them on the internet.

      by homunq on Sat Sep 20, 2008 at 06:33:44 AM PDT

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      •  This will not get covered unless we push it (2+ / 0-)
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        Rogneid, oh its jess

        It's just the Anchorage Daily News. And it's background. Bloggers, please run with this.

        Opinions are like assholes. I spend way too much time looking at them on the internet.

        by homunq on Sat Sep 20, 2008 at 06:37:31 AM PDT

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        •  well- to be fair.... (1+ / 0-)
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          SnowCountry

          people do know about this appointment and the harassment charges and payoffs if they are real Palinoligists and many are just not  going to open another Palin diary because of a headline.

          You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you mad. Aldous Huxley

          by murrayewv on Sat Sep 20, 2008 at 06:45:10 AM PDT

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          •  Yeah, only one new fact (1+ / 0-)
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            murrayewv

            the "fundie" connection. But it gives the REASON she would hire a sexual harrasser. It turns what was just a damning fact into a damning story. Which is all the difference, in my book.

            But I see your point.

            Opinions are like assholes. I spend way too much time looking at them on the internet.

            by homunq on Sat Sep 20, 2008 at 06:55:13 AM PDT

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          •  Tell folks (1+ / 0-)
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            murrayewv

            "Woman hired sexual harrasser" and they'll block it out, does not compute.

            "Fundie hired sexual harrasser to score political points with her fundie base", now that has legs.

            Opinions are like assholes. I spend way too much time looking at them on the internet.

            by homunq on Sat Sep 20, 2008 at 08:08:10 AM PDT

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  •  Dominionism (2+ / 0-)
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    MA Liberal, IreGyre

    Isnt that what this is about? Putting the Christian ideologues in to take over,

  •  Well, when she takes the endorsement (4+ / 0-)
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    Rogneid, Allogenes, oh its jess, wahine

    of a preacher who believes in stoning witches, not so surprising. Disturbing, yes. Surprising, no.

    "In a time of universal deceit -- telling the truth is a revolutionary act."

    by MA Liberal on Sat Sep 20, 2008 at 06:28:13 AM PDT

    •  The witchcraft issue is a red herring, (1+ / 0-)
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      the real point of this is that a Kikuyu preacher has anointed Palin to oppose our Luo candidate for President.
      So there!

      When civilizations clash, barbarism wins.

      by Allogenes on Sat Sep 20, 2008 at 06:49:59 AM PDT

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      •  But what she said about the guy was creepy! (1+ / 0-)
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        She went on and on about the fact that he didn't just say, "Lord, please let this woman be a good candidate." etc. He specifically put his hands on her and said stuff like "Lord, let it be." etc.
        I think she truly believes she is on a mission of God.
        Bush's Christian fundie cred is hogwash. I don't think he even goes to church much. But Palin really lives, breathes and believes it.

        "In a time of universal deceit -- telling the truth is a revolutionary act."

        by MA Liberal on Sat Sep 20, 2008 at 08:07:27 AM PDT

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        •  A mission, ust like the war in Iraq. (1+ / 0-)
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          Actually her Pentecostal tradition looks "fundie" to us, because it says the same things about following what fundies consider the "fundamental" teachings of the Bible, but they have a whacky mystical/emotional side to them that a lot of Baptist-type fundies look askance at. It's like the relationship between Hasidim and generic ultra-Orthodox; to us non-Jews and less-than-ultra-Orthodox Jews (I think that includes most of "us" here) they look the same, they keep the same mitzvot etc, but only Hasidim would go around saying their leader is the Messiah and didn't really die or is about to return from the dead (and that's the Lubavitcher, who in other ways come across as less whacky than other Hasidim...)

          When civilizations clash, barbarism wins.

          by Allogenes on Sat Sep 20, 2008 at 10:01:06 AM PDT

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          •  For sure. I lived in NYC (1+ / 0-)
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            for about a dozen years. Saw all walks of Judaism that I'd never been exposed to in the burbs of Massachusetts.
            There are fundies in every religion. But I don't want any of them near any office of government, no matter what the country (especially my own).

            "In a time of universal deceit -- telling the truth is a revolutionary act."

            by MA Liberal on Sat Sep 20, 2008 at 10:19:28 AM PDT

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  •  Sickening (0+ / 0-)

    Time to vote out these Talibangelists.

  •  A Stealth Candidate Among Us (0+ / 0-)
    Ralph Reed must be smiling right now. Palin is the epitome of the stealth candidate envisioned by the Religious Right.
    Are you prepared to be enslaved by an American Ayatollah?
    Thomas Jefferson must be rolling in his grave with this prospect.

    "Our particular principles of religion are a subject of accountability to God alone. I inquire after no man's, and trouble none with mine." --Thomas Jefferson

    by glb3 on Sat Sep 20, 2008 at 08:16:23 AM PDT

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