by Pa Rock
Tea bagger sweetheart Sarah Palin is making a financial killing now that she is out of office and free to milk the suckers - you betcha, she is! The former half-term governor of Alaska is reportedly commanding a cool one hundred grand per appearance and has amassed around $12 million since leaving office. (Gracie Allen never raked in that kind of dough, and she made a lot more sense than Palin!)
Some remarkable insight into Palin's travelling circus was revealed this week when a group of students at California State University Stanislaus climbed into a dumpster and came out with documents relating to her non-negotiable demands for a speaking engagement.
Palin is scheduled to speak to the Stanislaus Foundation at the University in June. The Associated Press had requested release of the details of her speaking contract under the California Public Records Act, but the University staff immediately went into lying mode and responded that they did not have any documents relating to Palin's appearance, and they referred the matter over to the Foundation. A spokesman for the Stanislaus Foundation said that the contract had a non-disclosure clause. (Ms. Palin didn't want those pesky reporters messing in her business, and, in effect, had a clause in the contract forbidding the release of any details.) Apparently, according to the same spokesman, auxiliary groups like foundations don't have the same obligations for open records as the university itself does.
Enter the students: they heard that documents were being shredded on a weekend when campus staff members were supposed to be on furlough. Two ambitious treasure hunters digging through the trash came up with five pages of the Palin contract materials - and took them straight to Sacramento!
Some of Ms. Palin's demands included first class air fare for two - or passage on a private jet that "must be a Lear 60 or larger." She also had to be guaranteed a suite and two single rooms in a deluxe hotel. (Not too shabby for somebody who rails against "elitists.") She then got downright Bushian with demands that questions were to be collected from the audience in advance, pre-screened, and a designated speaker appointed to read the selected questions so some rogue audience member wouldn't be able to slip in a hardball. (The former half-term governor apparently learned her lesson about winging-it with Katie Couric.)
Other Palin demands included banning cameras and recording equipment from the venue, and two bottles of water at her lectern along with bendable straws!
The good news here, the really good news, is that college students are beginning to question authority again and root through the rubbish. Thank goodness those preppy assholes from the Reagan and Bush years have left school and gone on to Wall Street and/or prison. The rabble-rousers are back, and it's about damned time!