The Sarah Palin Rolling Roadshow was in Calgary on Saturday night:

Sarah Palin drew a straight line from Alaska to Alberta as she told a sold-out, largely adoring crowd in Calgary that the province gets her message of less government, lower taxes and development of natural resources.

“Largely” might be an overstatement, since…

About half of the 1,200 people in attendance gave Palin a standing ovation.

But so what?  Maybe the other half of the audience was too drunk to stand up.

I was more interested in the revealing little whoopsie in her speech that was pointed out by CC yesterday:

The vocal opponent of health care reform in the U.S. steered largely clear of the topic except to reveal a tidbit about her life growing up not far from Whitehorse.

“We used to hustle over the border for health care we received in Canada,” she said. “And I think now, isn’t that ironic.”

Really!  “Ironic”? I guess “irony” is the new “hypocrisy”.

But this brainless chicanery is no surprise.  What I’d like to know is how did Palin’s family manage to do this?   What kind of fake-ID flim-flam did these snowbilly con-artists cook up to scam health care in the Yukon?  I only ask because:

The Yukon Health Care Insurance Plan is restricted to those who are permanent citizens of the Yukon Territory.


Yukon residents are eligible for the territorially-funded health coverage. To be eligible you must:

  • Be a Canadian citizen or have immigration status
  • Make your permanent home in Yukon and
  • Be physically present in Yukon and not absent for more than six months, without a waiver from Insured Health Services.

The grifting instinct runs strong.  So, we want our money back, eh?

9 Responses to “Palinocrisy”

  1. 1 Rob F Monday, March 8, 2010 at 3:32 pm

    The best thing about Palin is that she gives irony meter manufacturers plenty of work to replenish all the supply she busts.

  2. 2 Rob F Monday, March 8, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    Also, how many people sho raised a shitstorm about Danny Williams going to the US for health care will raise an equal shitstorm about this?

  3. 3 balbulican Monday, March 8, 2010 at 4:28 pm

    Palin is a shrewd, vulgar showboat, the equivalent of Joe the Plumber, hustling to suck as much money and attention out of her brief moment of glory as she can before she sinks back into the swamp of amusing historical curiosities.

    We’ll all be explaining to our grandkids how this trashy buffoon was ever taken seriously. Fortunately.

  4. 4 Calgal Monday, March 8, 2010 at 7:11 pm

    The health insurance plan might be restricted to Yukon residents, but that’s different than health care itself. They either lied about having it and were seen on good faith, or they paid. If they paid, it was probably because even if you pay out of pocket (and doctors can charge 150% to out of country patients), it’s still cheaper in Canada. What a hypocrite and worse that she doesn’t get that.

  5. 5 Calgal Monday, March 8, 2010 at 7:16 pm

    If only half gave a standing ovation, you can bet that half of them were standing up only because they were following those who really felt it. The half who refused, well you have to wonder at the depth of their disappointment and stupidity for paying to hear her.

  6. 6 JJ Monday, March 8, 2010 at 11:10 pm

    Rob F – Yes, she’s the gift that keeps on giving. Like herpes.

    I don’t think it’s outrageous that her family used our healthcare (unless there actually is some evidence that they scammed it, which is unlikely). The real outrage is that it’s further proof of willful deception about US health care reform. She knows good and damn well there are no death panels.

  7. 7 JJ Monday, March 8, 2010 at 11:14 pm


    We’ll all be explaining to our grandkids how this trashy buffoon was ever taken seriously.

    In the overall scheme, she’ll be an obscure but amusing little footnote that people stumble over while researching American political history.

    Either that, or she’ll be responsible for the end of the world.

  8. 8 JJ Monday, March 8, 2010 at 11:25 pm

    Calgal – I don’t know what it’s like now, but apparently back in those days it was pretty routine for USians to cross the border to use Canadian health care — same quality, at a fraction of the cost. American users paid out of pocket for it and the fee was less than their co-pay would be with their private insurance.

    The hypocrisy is in her attitude towards US health care reform — she’s made up stories out of whole cloth (“death panels”) when she knows better.

    The half who refused, well you have to wonder at the depth of their disappointment and stupidity for paying to hear her.

    I suspect a lot of them were there out of curiousity, or for the other speakers. I thought it was a little weird that half of them didn’t stand up — usually during a standing ovation the herd mentality sets in. Interesting.

  9. 9 Cornelius T.Zen Tuesday, March 9, 2010 at 8:27 am

    Good morrow, all!
    Check this out:
    It seems that our beloved Sawah loves Jesus, but she swags a little. Mmmm, God *and* Mammon, the best of both worlds!
    God Is An Iron – CTZen

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