Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Simple Sarah: Dumbing Down Higher Education.

She wasn't good enough for government work, but Sarah Palin is one helluva pickpocket.
The half-term former Alaskan governor is now a highly-paid, still barely-literate conservative-clichéd jibber-jabbing jukebox, and she's busily bilking California State University's Stanislaus Foundation for her bottom-feeding broadsides.
Click here for HuffPo's slideshow on Simple Sarah's diva-like demands:

1. Pre-screened questions
2. First class commercial airfare...
3. ...or a private jet
4. SUVs
5. No autographs
6. Extracurricular activities
7. Presentation: 'comfortable, but appropriate, lighting'
8. Bendable straws
9. Security 'of the highest order'

The entire contract is

But what's up with those ditched documents students found?
From the AP/HuffPo:

Moreover, for Q&A sessions, the document specifies that "the questions are to be collected from the audience in advance, pre-screened and a designated representative...shall ask questions directly of the speaker [Palin] to avoid delay time with a roving microphone in the audience."
The document, dated March 16, does not include compensation details for Palin, who commands speaking fees as high as $100,000.
The students said they acted on a tip that documents were being shredded last Friday, when campus staff members were supposed to be on furlough.
The foundation previously denied a request to release details of the contract made by The Associated Press under the California Public Records Act.
Last week, the university responded to a public records request by (State Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco) by saying it did not have any documents related to Palin's appearance and had referred the matter to foundation board president Matt Swanson.
The next day, Swanson sent letters to both Yee and The Associated Press stating that Palin's contract has a nondisclosure clause. University foundations and other auxiliary organizations were not subject to the same public records requirements as the university itself, he said.
Yee disputed the claim.
Two of the students who discovered the discarded documents traveled to Sacramento to present them to the state attorney general's office.

The Stanislaus Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) organization, and is exempt from many federal taxes. According to the Central Valley Business Times, the California Attorney General's office has now launched a "broad investigation" into the organization, including an examination of its finances and the alleged dumping of documents into a university Dumpster.

JackRabbit Café was unable to confirm if it is the same dumpster from which Simple Sarah routinely pulls her speech notes.

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1 comment:

Montana said...

Almost daily we listen to her trash talk (she is in the league with Quayle and “W”), all thanks to the man who now claims that he never called himself a maverick, McCain, right, tell us another. She spends her days trash talking it is only fitting that someone found a great place for her contract. I guess some dumpster diving found it, All’s Well That Ends Well.