Shit, meet fan…?

Remember those rumors about a Sarah Palin affair?  Well Andrew Sullivan reports that Todd Palin’s former business partner has filed an emergency motion to have his divorce papers sealed.  Hmm.

(Though, if I understand Christianity correctly, infidelity and premarital sex would do nothing to diminish Palin’s “family values” credentials, as long as everybody acknowledges their sin, and asks Jesus for forgiveness, right?)


  1. 1

    Richard Pope spews:

    The Alaska court records website happens to be down at the moment. This tends to happen from time to time. Too bad Andrew Sullivan didn’t include an image of the court docket. You have an image, Goldy?

  2. 4

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    “(Though, if I understand Christianity correctly, infidelity and premarital sex would do nothing to diminish Palin’s “family values” credentials, as long as everybody acknowledges their sin, and asks Jesus for forgiveness, right?)”

    That’s right! If you’re a fundie, you have complete license to do anything you like to anyone you want, because God has already forgiven you! This means you won’t go to Hell no matter who you fuck over, or how badly! You can even get away with war, torture, adultery, and stealing! That’s why me and my rabbit pals call it “James Bond Religion.” It’s a license to kill, rape, and loot!

  3. 5

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Sue, Baby, Sue!

    McCain played copyrighted music at the GOP convention last night — without permission. By doing so, he ignored previous requests from the rock band Heart to stop using their copyrighted music.

    Heart has filed a lawsuit against McCain.

    Well, what did they expect? Republicans have no respect for private property. If they want something, they take it. To them, laws and individual rights are for other people to worry about, mere technical hindrances to be gone around or pushed aside.

  4. 6

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @3 The more forgiving they’re received, the more they’ve sinned, and the less you should trust them. People who are in church all the time are the most dangerous of all.

  5. 7


    According to a diary on DailyKos, the motion-to-seal has been denied.

    When I tried to click on the diary’s link to the court docket, it just churned and churned. I’m sure the site has been overwhelmed by all the attempts.

    Adding to the rank speculation, one commenter on that dKos diary noted that Trig Palin was born nine months after the partner’s divorce decree was filed.

  6. 9

    Richard Pope spews:

    Here is the docket, from what someone had posted on DailyKos:

    3PA-07-01581CI In the Matter of: Richter, Scott Alan and Richter, Deborah Marie

    Docket Date Docket Text Amount Amount Due Images
    09/04/2008 Order Denying Motion Case Motion #3: Motion to Make Case File Confidential 0.00 0.00
    09/03/2008 Motion to Make Case File Confidential Attorney: Pro per (0100001) Scott Alan Richter (Petitioner); Case Motion #3 0.00 0.00
    09/03/2008 Motion for Expedited Consideration of: Motion to Make Case File Confidential Attorney: Pro per (0100001) Case Motion #2 0.00 0.00
    05/19/2008 Notice to Employer Re: Children’s Medical Insurance Deborah Marie Richter (Co-Petitioner); 0.00 0.00
    05/19/2008 Cust/Spprt/Visit Modified. Case Closed. (no motion link) 0.00 0.00
    05/19/2008 Order Granting Stipulation Case Motion #1: Standard Motion 0.00 0.00
    04/03/2008 Stipulated Agreement for Child Support and Parenting Agreement Attorney: Pro per (0100001) Case Motion #1 0.00 0.00
    04/03/2008 Case Reopened 0.00 0.00
    09/18/2007 Child Support Order 0.00 0.00
    09/18/2007 Decree of Dissolution Granted 0.00 0.00
    09/18/2007 Shared Custody Child Support Calculation 0.00 0.00
    09/18/2007 Amendment of Agreement 0.00 0.00
    09/18/2007 Hearing Result: Hearing Held The following event: Dissolution Hearing w/Children scheduled for 09/18/2007 at 3:20 pm has been resulted as follows: Result: Hearing Held Judge: Zwink, David L Location: Palmer Courthouse 0.00 0.00
    08/14/2007 Civil Deficiency Memo mailed re: agreement re retirement benefits and last quarterly statements of same; specifics of shared custody agreement. 0.00 0.00
    08/14/2007 Hearing Set Event: Dissolution Hearing w/Children Date: 09/18/2007 Time: 3:20 pm Judge: Zwink, David L Location: Palmer Courthouse Result: Hearing Held 0.00 0.00
    08/02/2007 Affidavit/Scheduling of Hearing Scott Alan Richter (Petitioner); 0.00 0.00
    07/24/2007 Certificate of Completion of Viewing “Listen to the Children” Video Scott Alan Richter (Petitioner); Deborah Marie Richter (Co-Petitioner); 0.00 0.00
    07/24/2007 Information Sheet 0.00 0.00
    07/24/2007 VS401 Certificate of Absolute Divorce or Dissolution 0.00 0.00
    07/24/2007 Proposed Child Support Order Submitted Prior to Hearing 0.00 0.00
    07/24/2007 Petition for Dissolution of Marriage (With Children) Receipt: 268635 Date: 07/24/2007 150.00 0.00

  7. 10

    Richard Pope spews:

    Based on the docket, it appears to have been an uncontested divorce. Followed by an agreed modification of the child support and parenting arrangements. I would somehow doubt that any juicy statements or facts are contained in the paperwork.

  8. 11

    Richard Pope spews:

    I am sure somehow has made their way to the Palmer courthouse by now and is copying the files. More dogs barking up the wrong tree?

  9. 14

    Charlie Kee spews:

    @13 Daniel

    Why would ANYONE want their divorce papers dragged through the street like dirty laundry?

    He may be doing this utterly independently of whtehr he is Trig’s Dad.

  10. 16

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @11 Richard, you of all people must know that innocuous-seeming little nuggets of information buried in the arcane contents of a legal file, when put together, can add up to a big story.

  11. 18

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @14 If there’s nothing to the story, then media attention will be a flash in a pan and the story will move on within a day or two. By looking like he’s trying to hide something, he prolongs the media scrutiny. Now maybe he’s just a backcountry hick who can’t figure this out and is making a dumb move. But surely he has a lawyer who can figure this out, and it’s his lawyer who actually filed and argued the motion. So there’s a pretty good chance there’s fire somewhere in this smoke, don’t you think?

  12. 19

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Richard, is there a way to figure out which lawyer filed the motion to seal? Was that the original lawyer, or a johnny-come-lately? In other words, was this motion filed by a lawyer sent by the McCain/Rove team? If so, that’s a news story in itself.

  13. 20

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Isn’t it interesting that McCain stole Obama’s “change” thunder and tried to sound like a Democrat in his acceptance speech? Looks like he senses the independent vote slipping away after picking Palin and is feeling desperate!

  14. 21

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    A New Day For Disabled Children, Or Just More Empty Promises?

    Newsweek reports that families of special-needs children are skeptical of Palin’s promises to be a “friend and advocate” in the White House.

    “David Braddock, the executive director of the Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disabilities at the University of Colorado, questions how Palin will follow through on her promise. ‘These are words that are easy to say, but apparently more challenging for some presidents to implement,’ he says. ‘We’ve had an individual who identified himself as an advocate for people with disabilities in the White House for eight years. But he has not been a great advocate for eight years.'”

    Newsweek points out it was a Democrat, John F. Kennedy, who instigated federal action on behalf of the profoundly disabled and “Democrats have led the way since.”

    Families of disabled children have every right to be skeptical of a Republican politician’s promises of federal financial support. The GOP Party’s political philosophy is inherently hostile to the idea of taxing some citizens to help others in need. And the social Darwinist philosophy of individual Republicans would leave the weak and helpless to die.

    So, if parents of children with Down’s Syndrome, cerebral palsy, autism, and other catastrophic conditions embrace Palin with less than eager enthusiam, you can’t blame them. Like the famously skeptical residents of the “Show Me” state, they want to see more than words. And given the track record of Palin’s party on this issue so far, they’ll probably want it in escrow.

  15. 22

    wayne spews:

    Scott Richter filed the motion to seal.

    Kind of the flip side of the Derdowski Cantwell flare-up, isn’t it? I suspect some troll will try to turn this around and claim that Obama supporters are being inconsistent about this. In fact we aren’t – neither story changed our vote. It didn’t change our vote on Cantwell, and it doesn’t change our mind on Palin, whether or not its true.

  16. 23

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    “God. Guns. Hockey. Oil. The essence of the RNC. What was maverick about it again?” — Newsweek columnist’s take on McCain’s speech.

  17. 25

    Giuseppe Cipriatti spews:

    And the motion was denied! Anyone know someone in AK with access to the courthouse. I imagine the scanned records will be up on the web soon.


    09/04/2008 Order Denying Motion Case Motion #3: Motion to Make Case File Confidential 0.00 0.00

  18. 26

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    “He generally advances orthodox Republican policies. Reform remained a lofty generality.” — former Clinton speechwriter Michael Waldman on McCain’s speech

  19. 27

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    “There are oddities with the birth of Trig: MatSu hospital doesn’t have record of his birth on April 18. Nobody seems to have a birth certificate. …

    “Why was Sarah Palin so reluctant to reveal her pregnancy until the 7th month? Did she fly back to Alaska in labor to have the baby in the small town where she could control the information?”

    — Daily Kos

    (Quoted under fair use.)

    Roger Rabbit Commentary: The adage “where there’s smoke, there’s fire” comes to mind.

  20. 28

    ArtFart spews:

    12 Rather interesting that the comment section accompanying the article has a lengthy screed from some gun nut. Apparently this guy’s biggest worry for the future of mankind is that the saber-rattling going on between the Bush administration and Russia will cut off his supply of imported bullets for his beloved AK-47.

  21. 29

    Jay K spews:

    I would be surprised if anything is in the file — the “governor is a slut” story would have been leaked long ago if such allegation were in the file. A law clerk, a bailiff, or someone in the lawyer’s office who typed up the pleadings would have spread the news long ago. So what has the the National Enquirer got, and where did it come from? “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.” I imagine the National Enquirer has already paid the missus a visit. The story is being held up while she negotiates a deal. If I were her, I’d want some serious dough for the movie and book rights, and want Julia Roberts to play me. Who’d play Sarah? Ummm… But then, perhaps there is nothing to the rumor, and the Enquirer is really careless, and doesn’t mind if the R’s sue it for bazillions.

  22. 30

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    “She is energetic, appealing, much better at reading lines from a Teleprompter than, say, Mitt Romney …. She did a good job of making her time of several months as governor of Alaska sound like an epic triumph of public administration. I can’t think of any examples where a secondary speech … turned around an election. But there are many times where a star turn propelled a political ascent for the person who gave it.

    “At the same time, except when discussing energy policy, there was a weightlessness to the performance. Her speech didn’t come close to suggesting she is ready to be president or even vice president, or give much of a clue of her own actual beliefs.

    “Tonally, the speech was repeatedly sarcastic, even nasty toward Obama and Biden – not a policy critique … but in sharply personal terms. She licked her lips in a mischievous, self-satisfied way every time ….

    ” … [S]he barely mentioned McCain’s ideas, plans, or goals for the country. …

    “Just before Palin spoke, men were moved away from the stage, and women pushed in front to cheer. The networks dutifully then showed mostly women’s faces rapturously looking at Palin.”

    — Former Clinton speechwriter Michael Waldman on Palin’s speech (quoted from Newsweek under fair use)

  23. 31

    Steve spews:

    @28 Yeah, I noticed that guy. People do have their priorities. So does the Liberty University Department of Justice.

  24. 32

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @29 Just a few short weeks ago Repubs were crowing that National Enquirer knew what they were talking about when the broke the Edwards story. Why would the Palin story be different?

  25. 33

    Mr. Cynical spews:

    Hey Rog–
    In case you haven’t noticed, your stock market picks are all in the shitter…IBM, NOV & BOOM (aka kersplat!)
    And how is Cyncial doing with Wells Fargo??
    $31.20 today.

    I still haven’t made another JRCC play although it’s been tempting.
    What have you been investing in?

  26. 34

    Rujax! spews:

    Jebusssss…what a mess…(yuk, yuk)

    More popcorn? Chips…another Red Hook?


  27. 35

    ArtFart spews:

    34 I’m with you, man. I almost put the TV away after the Olympics because I didn’t think there’d be anything more interesting enough to watch.

    This is all so off the wall, it’s wackier than anything Hollywood could conjure up.

  28. 36

    GBS spews:

    Mr. Cynical:

    Stay out of the coal stocks right now. The international spot market for coal has been dropping and the coal stocks have followed.

    Right now I’m mostly cash, but I’m looking at SQNM. Seems to be forming a 2nd tier base, and also STP. The short term technicals make me a little bit shy, but for long-term play this is a good one. Especially considering the Pickens Plan is gaining general acceptance across party lines.

    Thank God a Republican finally gets it.

  29. 37


    Wasn’t Clinton a Christian? And Kennedy? And FDR? And Truman? And Richard McIver? And Christine Gregoire? And Kwame Kilpatrick? And thousands of other past and present Democratic politicians who have broken their Christian moral code?

  30. 38

    GBS spews:

    @ 37:

    Yes, what you are saying is true.

    The difference?

    We didn’t try to abuse the Costitutional powers of Impeachment and remove a freely elected president office while espousing how “righteous” we were. The MORAL MAJORITY my ass!!

    Don’t you have a public mens room to cruise?

    Perhpas a DC madam to call?

    Some Paige boys to get naked with?

    Deal with it.

    Do you need to hid behind Palin’s skirt?

  31. 39

    Richard Pope spews:

    It looks like Petitioner Scott Richter did not have a lawyer. The two docket entries for the motion to sale have “Pro per” in the entry for attorney, which I think means “in proper person”, or that a person does not have an attorney and is representing themselves:

    09/03/2008 Motion to Make Case File Confidential Attorney: Pro per (0100001) Scott Alan Richter (Petitioner); Case Motion #3 0.00 0.00
    09/03/2008 Motion for Expedited Consideration of: Motion to Make Case File Confidential Attorney: Pro per (0100001) Case Motion #2 0.00 0.00

    By the way, the Alaska Court Records website is still down for some reason.

  32. 40

    Spineless spews:

    I know that this will come off as vile and distasteful, the only reason I can think of regarding Sarah Palin refusing to go to a local hospital and flying with the fluid leaking was that she could have been hoping for the baby to be stillborn. Additionally, maybe that was why there was a lack of disclosure of her pregnancy, because she was hoping that the baby would not make it to term.

    Yes, this is vile and distasteful, but what else is an anti-abortionist to do when they are carrying what will be not just a special needs child, but a very high needs child.

    If that wasn’t her intent, then she did show extremely poor judgment in deferring medical attention.

  33. 41

    wayne spews:

    I wish people would shut up about the poor kid with Down’s syndrome. The problem with Palin isn’t her parenting skills. Its her right wing-nuttery. Bringing up this family crap is both in bad taste and provides cover for the wingnuts to cry about sexism.

  34. 42

    Jay K spews:

    40. When everything is in God’s hands, there is nothing to worry about. Medical emergency? No biggie. Jesus loves me. Invading Iraq? It’s God’s will we kill those infidels. Someone objects to a pipeline across the wilderness? God wants it built.
    It really is over the top to think she wanted to lose the baby. God had it covered.
    I would love to see His economic policy though. I’ll go look in the Book of Jobs.

  35. 43


    Wayne, if you read this blog with any regularity, you know that I am one of the most liberal Democrats here. Me and many other Democrats believe that Palin is 1) A bad mother for knowingly bringing a child with Down Syndrome into this world, and 2) She is a bad mother for not staying home and raising her kids and supporting her husband.

    We also believe anyone who doesn’t vote for Obama is a racist.

  36. 44

    Puddybud spews:

    Well Daily Kurse got the Trig is Bristol’s baby wrong and he had to take it down. But Gogole Cache worked great.

    Before I cast judgment, I’ll wait until a real site brings it up.

    After all many here said it was a disaffected Ron Paul supporter who created the static and ground noise here yesterday but Puddy said otherwise:

  37. 45

    David spews:

    Poor Richter; I’m sure he isn’t happy his divorce is there for all to see. Even if no affair, maybe his ex-wife mentioned some stuff that he doesn’t want people knowing about.

    So far nothing I have heard about Palin impresses me – you don’t need any more info than her record to know she’d be a terrible president.

    And now the “I’m not answering any questions from the Press.” We have 60 days to get to know her and all I’m seeing is a lightweight with no Presidential Qualifications.

  38. 46

    wayne spews:

    Actually Daily Kos is not one poster, its a whole bunch of people. There were a few posters pushing the crap about Trig being Palin’s grandson. But there were other posters saying it was nonsense.

    It’s not surprising Palin pumped up the GOP base. She’s a gun-toting, book-banning, anti-choice wingnut. That doesn’t mean she’s going to swing the election.

  39. 47

    Mr. Cynical spews:

    I’m still waiting for Goldy to tell his daughter it would have been fine with him had his ex-wife CHOSE to abort her.

  40. 48

    Puddybud spews:

    So wayne agrees, it was more than the leftist wackjob Daily Kurse who propagated the Trig is grandson lie.

    Thanks wayne. At least one lefty can be truthful.

    “But there were other posters saying it was nonsense.” Yes wayne, they were from the right side, the ones you call “wingnut”!

    Amazing how that is.

  41. 50

    EatthisGoldy spews:

    I’m seeing is a lightweight with no Presidential Qualifications.

    Amazing. Exactly what most sensible people see in the ObamaMessiah

  42. 51

    dman spews:

    Once again the horsesAss is a.. Horses Ass!

    So why did an associate of Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin’s husband file an emergency court motion Wednesday to seal all the documents in his divorce case?
    Richter wanted the documents deemed confidential in a bid to cloak details about his home, workplace, and phone numbers because “reporters and news agencies” were using that information to contact him. Richter, a 39-year-old contractor, noted that he is “friends and land owners in a remote cabin” with the Palins and, as a result, journalists were intruding on the “cabin life and private life” of him and his 11-year-old son.

  43. 52

    One Life to Live spews:

    OH I’m sorry…is the life of Palin and her closest friends being “inconvenienced” by reporters? Golly gee…maybe she shouldn’t have chosen to run for VP/President if she wanted her family and friends to be “left alone”. Stop whining lady, YOU decided to do this, it didn’t just happen to you.

    I hear her preacher now says the violence against Jews in the middle east is gods punishment for them not accepting Jesus. Unlike Obama who is responsible for his preachers talk (even when he’s not there) I’m sure the right won’t blame Palin for this. LOL

  44. 54

    Joyce J spews:

    I think someone needs to start considering rewriting the line in the National Anthem that speaks of the “land of the free.” Should McCain/Palin win this election, basic freedoms could be seriously jeopardized at the whim of a would-be dictator, VP Palin. Since McCain is now officially a puppet of the GOP and she is their “golden girl”, her influence will be significant and destructive. Freedom of speech, control of one’s reproduction, things that concern ALL of us could come under assault.

    Not all censorship is blatant and immediate.

    Availability of abortion to indigent rape or incest victims could become severely limited or non-existent. Women who do not want these children could be forced to bear them; what become of them then? Wards of the State? Abuse and murder victims? And who pays for their care or to house the criminals created by forced, unwanted parenthood?

    These scenarios may seem extreme but, given the control government has exercized over the past 8 years, the “we know what is good for you” attitude, the liklihood of increasing control is good. I for one am not prepared to abdicate my freedoms to a fundamentalist hypocrite wrapped up in a (questionablly) pretty package. Nor am I prepared to watch our precarious environment and wildlife pushed to the brink.

    Hockey Mom? Big deal. PTA Mom? Who hasn’t been? Military Mom? Not if her son, as has been alleged, enlisted in order to avoid a prison sentence. Adulteress? Maybe. No one earns the nickname “Sarah Barracuda” without deserving it.

    This woman is style over substance. She is dangerous, intolerant, a liar and manipulator, a power abuser. McCain/Palin=Bush/Chaney X 10.