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New Details on Palin Family’s Drunken Brawl: It Started When Track Was Mackin’

“Bend them over on the lawn”
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From Jeanne Devon at the Mudflats blog, new even-more-sordid details on the now famous Palin family drunken brawl: You Want the Palin Brawl? Here It Is.

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.”

Hey. You guys wanted this… don’t look at me.

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 deterrent 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 melée.

And there’s more new info; the company that fired eyewitness Eric Thompson for appearing on ABC’s Good Morning America is closely associated with Sarah Palin and received large amounts of money in government contracts when Palin was in office.

Good Morning America Interviews Witness to Palin Family’s Drunken Brawl - Witness Then Fired From Job

“Bristol just reached back and started clockin’ him”
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This morning, ABC’s Good Morning America interviewed an eyewitness to the Palin family’s drunken brawl at a party in Anchorage — who was reportedly fired from his job after the interview aired.

The witness, Eric Thompson, reportedly worked at the company for whose owners this party was organized — which raises the question: did the Palins pull strings to get Thompson fired?

Best Story of the Day: Sarah Palin Clan Reportedly Involved in Huge Drunken Brawl

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Yes, I know, that headline! Can this possibly be true?

Well, dear readers, there are multiple sources now, so I believe this has to qualify as the best story of the day so far, as the whole Palin family is reported to have been involved in a giant drunken brawl at a party in Anchorage, complete with the mater familias screeching, “DON’T YOU KNOW WHO I AM?!” before uncorking her wicked left hook.

Yr Wonkette is where I first sighted this wondrous tale: Anchorage PD: Palins Were ‘Present’ at 20-Person Brawl. Fate of Hos’ Weave Unknown.

And there’s a detailed account of the festivities at Amanda Coyne’s blog: Hell Hath No Fury Like a Palin Family Visit.

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 unofficial birthday/Iron Dog-type/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.

And it’s even been confirmed now by Anchorage PD: Anchorage Police Department Provides an Update and Case Number for the Throw Down at the Hoedown.

We can only hope and pray that someone yanked out their cell phone in time and got video of the fisticuffs. If it exists, you know it’s got to come out.

UPDATE at 9/11/14 5:39:09 pm by Charles Johnson

Amanda Coyne now has more details on the Palin family battle royale:

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.

UPDATE at 9/12/14 7:32:25 am by Charles Johnson

More details now emerging:

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.

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Glenn Greenwald Retweets “If Obama Were Consistent He’d Bomb Israel,” Then Deletes It

Hiding evidence of raging bias
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If you’ve followed Glenn Greenwald’s work at all (and you aren’t one of the acolytes who rush to excuse anything he says or does), you’re probably aware that his criticism of the United States is relentless, at times bordering on pathological, and today at the Intercept he’s published another one of his trademark “everything the US does is wrong” pieces: U.S. “Humanitarian” Bombing of Iraq: A Redundant Presidential Ritual - the Intercept.

The purpose of his screed is to attack the Obama administration’s limited airstrikes against ISIS in Iraq. These airstrikes are intended to degrade ISIS’s ability to attack American advisers, and also give cover for humanitarian airdrops for the Yazidi people, who are under quite explicit threat of genocide from the Islamist militants.

Greenwald, however, alleges that the Obama administration has hidden motivations for this military action, and that it simply cannot be for humanitarian purposes because the US “does not oppose tyranny and violent oppression in the Middle East.”

So what would Greenwald suggest instead of airstrikes against ISIS and humanitarian support for the Yazidi people? Well… nothing. He makes absolutely no constructive suggestions to deal with this serious problem. As far as I can tell, his solution to the threat of genocide against the Yazidi is to simply let it happen, because the US is unreservedly evil and driven by unspecified conspiratorial motives.

But as unhinged and unhelpful as Greenwald’s criticism of the United States may be, there’s one other nation on Earth that arouses even more ire in him: Israel.

And he inadvertently provided an excellent example of this raging antipathy today, when, right after denouncing America’s limited bombing plans, he retweeted this twisted comment (hat tip to Tommy Christopher for pointing it out):

A screenshot, in case it goes missing:

That’s right; the guy who says bombing and military action cannot possibly solve anything and should always be condemned, retweeted a comment that Obama should bomb… Israel. A jaw-dropper, indeed.

And interestingly, Greenwald then immediately used the “Undo Retweet” function to delete his retweet, within minutes. Did he realize he was uncovering something ugly about himself by echoing this comment, and delete it to hide it? We can only speculate, but the fact is he did try to hide it.

Tommy Christopher was the one who actually noticed that Greenwald’s retweet had disappeared, but by digging into the replies for that comment about bombing Israel I discovered proof that Greenwald had indeed retweeted it.

First, people replied to Greenwald’s retweet, which caused his handle to be included in the reply along with the original tweeter’s handle. For example:

And shortly after that, someone else tried to retweet Greenwald’s RT of the original, and got an error — because it had been deleted at that point.

It’s a very revealing moment in Greenwald’s non-stop crusades against the United States and Israel. His bias utterly blinded him to the implications of what he was doing — and when he did realize those implications, he tried to conceal that he’d echoed this awful comment.

UPDATE at 8/8/14 5:49:22 pm by Charles Johnson

Greenwald is definitely aware of this discussion. He favorited this tweet by Tommy Christopher 3 hours ago:

Glenn Greenwald Uses a Holocaust Denier as a Source, Then Defends It

Yes, he really did
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This morning when I looked in on Twitter, I noticed a tweet by author Jeremy Duns highlighting a comment made by Glenn Greenwald in February of this year:

Duns was actually pointing out Greenwald’s cozy relationship with another shady individual, but when I clicked on the tweet to see what Greenwald had written I was astonished to see it was a link to the website of infamous British Holocaust denier David Irving:

I’ve encountered this vile website many times over the years; Irving often copies entire news articles and posts them here, possibly to get people to link to his site without knowing what kind of site it is.

So it might be possible to call this an honest mistake… except for what happened next. Because when someone then challenged Greenwald about linking to a Holocaust denial site, he didn’t admit an error. Instead, he attacked and mocked the person pointing it out, then claimed he couldn’t find the article anywhere else — implying that he knew all along he was linking to a highly questionable source.

Well. When I saw that last tweet, challenging the object of Greenwald’s derision to find a link at The Independent, I quickly Googled the first sentence of the article, and look what popped up right away, at the Irish Independent: the very same article. Court Endorses Use of Torture to Obtain Terror Evidence - Independent.ie.

What was Greenwald’s response when this was pointed out to him? He just dropped it. No apology, no acknowledgment that he used a disreputable source, nothing.

So apparently, Greenwald quickly searched to find something that backed up his narrative, and didn’t really care what kind of source he found. His own tweets seem to indicate he knew he was sending people to David Irving’s site, but didn’t consider that important. Duns points out that this is a long-running pattern of the Mighty Greenwald’s:

And lest we forget, yours truly has also been a target of this sloppy unprofessional sourcing by Greenwald, when he attacked me by linking to a fake graphic at an extreme right wing site run by crazed stalkers.

Just another day in the life of the Ultimate Alpha, ushering in a brave new era of journalism.

In Which the Ultimate Alpha Gets His Scoop Stolen

Shrieks of rage ring out from the ultimate alpha’s mountaintop fortress
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I’m trying to decide which is more hilarious: that the National Counterterrorism Center tipped off the Associated Press, or that the Greenwaldians flew into a rage about it: Spy Agency Stole Scoop From Media Outlet and Handed It to the AP.

WASHINGTON — The Associated Press dropped a significant scoop on Tuesday afternoon, reporting that in the last several years the U.S. government’s terrorism watch list has doubled.

A few minutes after the AP story, then consisting of three paragraphs, was posted at 12:32 p.m., The Intercept published a much more comprehensive article.

[…]

The government, it turned out, had “spoiled the scoop,” an informally forbidden practice in the world of journalism. To spoil a scoop, the subject of a story, when asked for comment, tips off a different, typically friendlier outlet in the hopes of diminishing the attention the first outlet would have received. Tuesday’s AP story was much friendlier to the government’s position, explaining the surge of individuals added to the watch list as an ongoing response to a foiled terror plot.

The practice of spoiling a scoop is frowned upon because it destroys trust between the journalist and the subject. In the future, the journalist is much less willing to share the contents of his or her reporting with that subject, which means the subject is given less time, or no time at all, to respond with concerns about the reporting.

Come on, now; is that some kind of joke? “Trust” between the US government and… Glenn Greenwald? Seriously? How can you destroy something that doesn’t exist?

Meanwhile, The Intercept’s editor John Cook is now threatening to give the agency only 30 minutes to respond.

Cook told the official that in the future the agency would have only 30 minutes to respond to questions before publication.

And Glenn Greenwald, who’s been raging about having his scoop stolen all afternoon on Twitter, cuts that time to just 15 minutes:

Greenwald has been promising that The Intercept is going to break all the established rules of journalism — apparently, unless they benefit him.

Awful: Reason Magazine’s 1976 Holocaust Denial “Special Issue”

Libertarianism poisons everything
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Wow. I rarely begin a post that way, but here’s something I never knew about Reason Magazine, the flagship journal of American libertarianism, and it’s really, really awful. Mark Ames at Pando Daily has dug the whole thing up: As Reason’s Editor Defends Its Racist History, Here’s a Copy of Its Holocaust Denial “Special Issue”.

Astonishingly, in February 1976, Reason dedicated an entire “special issue” to promoting Holocaust deniers, under the guise of so-called “historical revisionism.” How horrifying is it? You can judge for yourself — the whole thing is embedded below.

PandoDaily contacted noted Holocaust historian and Holocaust Museum expert Deborah Lipstadt to ask her opinion. In 2000, Lipstadt won a much-publicized libel trial in Britain against a leading Holocaust denier, David Irving. When we shared with her the list of Reason’s “special issue” contributors and authors positively cited in the issue, Lipstadt described it as “the Who’s Who of early American Holocaust deniers.”

Authors who contributed articles Reason magazine’s “special issue” included one of the most notorious American pro-Nazi activists of the postwar era, Austin J. App, author of the 1973 tract, “The Six Million Swindle: Blackmailing the German People for Hard Marks and Fabricated Corpses” and contributing editor to the rabidly anti-Semitic magazine, the American Mercury. Two more authors hired to write for Reason’s “special issue” included James J. Martin, a regular contributor to the same neo-Nazi American Mercury magazine; and Percy Greaves, a founding board member at the anti-Jewish hate group, the Liberty Lobby.

Both Martin and Greaves were deeply involved in leading anti-Semitic, Holocaust-denier outfits before, during and after Reason hired them as contributors; and shortly after they appeared in Reason’s “special issue,” both Martin and Greaves served as editorial directors in David Irving’s favorite neo-Nazi outfit, the Institute for Historical Review, described as “the world’s single most important outlet for Holocaust-denial propaganda” by the Anti-Defamation League.

Here’s the whole disgusting thing.

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Your Cognitive Dissonance Whiplash Moment of Zen, Brought to You by the Guardian

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I don’t think the Guardian’s editors fully appreciated the bizarre disconnect between these two pieces on today’s front page.

Glenn Greenwald Smears Elizabeth Warren Using a Right Wing Attack Video

Nobody is pure enough for the Mighty G
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Sometimes Glenn Greenwald does something that really brings out his true agenda — and it’s not at all related to helping advance progressive causes. The most important thing to Greenwald often seems to be simple sabotage of the democratic process, with smear tactics and ugly personal attacks the order of the day.

Today’s example is especially nasty, as Greenwald uses a video shot by a far right hatchet man to attack Senator Elizabeth Warren for not toeing his anti-Israel purity line.

This little eight second clip shows Warren walking to her next appearance at the Netroots Nation conference, when right winger Joe Schoffstall ambushes her to ask about Israel’s invasion of Gaza. Warren, obviously in a hurry, keeps on walking and doesn’t answer — and of course, the wingnuts who staged this hit piece claim she was “running away.”

The really ironic thing here is that Greenwald’s intent and the intent of the wingnut who made the video are exactly opposite. Greenwald’s trying to imply Warren isn’t pro-Palestinian enough, but the wingnut is implying she isn’t pro-Israel enough.

It’s quite amazing to see Greenwald, a purported hero of the progressive movement, attacking one of the most articulate and intelligent female voices for the progressive movement using the sleazy work of rabid right wingers — but it’s certainly not the first time Greenwald has aligned himself with the far right in order to smear and libel one of his many enemies.

(h/t: SpaceCityDemocrat.)

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