Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Going Rouge...

If you're any kind of internet user who enjoys the sadness of other people's lives, you've been to The site's author, April Winchell (who goes by the name Helen Killer), and her readers, scour, a site that sells all manner of hand-crafted items, for items that should never have been conceived, let alone put on sale. Well, a couple weeks back she posted this gem.

There's little I can say, so I'll let April's caption do its own magic. The best part is the seller's justification of the spelling by posting a picture of The Nation's parody book, indeed entitled "Going Rouge." That said, I still want The Nation's Book, so thanks to Regretsy for pointing me to it, if indirectly.

On another note, Matt and I are on the first draft of our first VP-related publication. Though it isn't "Vice-Precedence proper," it will be a good taste of what's to come. Also, congratulations to April Winchell, as she's pulled off what our blog is hoping for - she has a book deal with Random House.

- Jason C. Klamm

Friday, November 20, 2009

Happy Birthday, Joe

As Vice President Joe Biden celebrates his 67th birthday today, we'd like to wish him a happy one of those.

As he celebrates his birth, he's also celebrating art, which will magically whisk you away to... Delaware. The Vice President, according to this light news piece by, populates his residence at 1 Observatory Circle with paintings by a number of artists from his home state. They range from still-lifes of flowers to a portrait of John F. Kennedy and are currently on display on the Veep's walls.

As Biden hangs art, his son, Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, starts some clean-up work. After a year tour as a military attorney in Iraq, he's returned to his job, apparently to find it mired in accusations of legal misconduct and the ramifications of budget cuts and staff shortages. At least in Delaware he's not getting shot at. During this period of evaluation, though, rumors abound that the younger Biden might be considering taking his father's old senate seat. And it could work out for him, if his folksy approach to making the decision to run or not:
"It's a private decision. Ultimately my wife and I will sit down, probably over the breakfast table, and decide. But we've got time to make that decision.”
Aww. Over the breakfast table. He's so quaint. Daddy taught him well.

Happy Birthday, Joe. Happy Birthday.

- Jason C. Klamm, B.A.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Palins Book Tour Continues-Cheney Grandchild Born

Hey Vice-Precedence Fans!

Yesterday morning former VP Cheney became a grandfather once again as his daughter Mary and her partner of 18 years Heather Poe welcomed their new daughter-Sarah Lynne Cheney was born at 8:17 a.m., weighing 6lbs., 14 oz. at Sibley Hospital in Washington, DC. Mary was the birth mother of this child. So "Congratulations" to Mr. Cheney and his family!

In other news, the Sarah Palin book tour for "Going Rogue" is going strong. People camped out overnight to get her autograph at the Barnes and Noble at the Woodland Mall in Kentwood, Michigan. Thousands of people were there cheering, waving flags, wearing Palin hats and shirts, singing along to her theme songs-"Only in America" (which the McCain-Palin ticket used in the campaign) and "Red High Heels" by Kelly Pickler, where the chorus goes:

"I'll bet you want me back now don't you, don't you? I'm about to show you just how missin' me feels. In my red high heels."

Pretty strong message she's sending there eh?

All of them chanting "Sarah! Sarah!" When they saw the CNN truck pull up with Andrea Mitchell and crew, many people booed furiously-but quickly got back into the spirit of the event cheering for their idol.

Palin briefly addressed the crowd saying: "Thank you so much for showing up so that you can read my words unfiltered by the media,"

People who stood and camped out in line overnight for hours got about 5 seconds of face time with their new patron saint when she signed their books. In interviews with British newspaper The Guardian, fans of Palin had the following comments:

"She's about truth, integrity and working for the people. People just have to let her be who she is. That's what she is about," said Robin Case, 44, who is now caring for her in-laws full-time after losing her job in the auto industry, a similar situation for many people in Michigan which has been hit extremely hard in this economic crisis. People like Mrs. Case are sincerely worried about their futures-they see Palin as one of them

"I am here because Sarah Palin gives me hope," said Michael Cesar.

"I didn't vote for him (Obama). But I don't dislike him. He's got a great family," said Mandi Sutton, 19, who is about to join the military.

As for Gov. Palin? "There is no other person in the world I would rather meet. I just love her," Sutton said.

Today thousands more Americans showed up in Fort Wayne, Indiana and Noblesville, Indiana, and more are expected tomorrow in Cincinnati and Columbus. Here is the latest message from former Gov. Palin on her Facebook page:

I'm looking forward to seeing everyone in every stop on the tour, but I'm especially looking forward to meeting our brave men and women in uniform at Fort Hood. I'm joining the efforts of many others by donating my royalties from the book sales during our stop at Fort Hood to the families of the victims whose lives have been forever changed by the tragic events of November 5th. I am humbled to be able to join the larger effort called "Community Response to 11/5," which was established by the Central Texas-Fort Hood Chapter of the Association of the US Army (AUSA). You can read more about their great efforts here:

As I mentioned last week, I'm going back on Twitter, so you can follow our path on SarahPalinUSA. Below are dates, times, and locations of the venues that I'll be referencing. Some other stops are still to be determined. Please contact each venue for more information. I'll see you soon!

- Sarah Palin

These people who are flocking to see Sarah Palin and read her book don't care that Tina Fey made Palin a laughing-stock to the liberal left, they don't care that Stephen Colbert called her book "a steaming pile of shit" on his show last night-or that he also hollowed it out to store his Eggo waffles in during the current Eggo shortage. They consider her one of them-a "Pro-American" who sees the U.S.A. sliding into socialism under President Obama. A lot of people on the left consider Palin a joke-but to millions of Americans-she represents what Obama did years ago-hope for the future. It would be wrong to dismiss her, as her influence is strong and she will be around for quite awhile. Also, I will say this-I applaud what she said about supporting the people at Ft. Hood-good for her for spreading the word on that.

Stay tuned for more VP Blog readers. Thanks for your support.
Matt Saxe

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Quick Post-Biden on "The Daily Show" Tonight!

Hey Vice-Precedence Readers!

Just a quick update Blog Readers. The day after Palins landmark appearance on OPRAH, tonight Vice-President Joseph Biden is on "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart"! This will be his sixth appearance on "The Daily Show". Biden will be the first sitting Vice-President to appear on the show in the 10 year history of "The Daily Show." So make sure to tune in. Thanks!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Palin on OPRAH TODAY! Cheney/Palin 2012?

REMINDER Vice-Precedence Fans: Sarah Palins interview on OPRAH is today! Set your Tivos' or leave work early, you don't want to miss this highly anticipated interview.

Also, Liz Cheney was on FOX NEWS SUNDAY yesterday with Chris Wallace and Bill Kristol, Juan Williams and other pundits-the topic of discussion was the non-story of Obama's bowing to the Emperor of Japan. Apparently conservatives are saying that this is a sign of weakness. Since when is following proper protocol a sign of weakness? Does President Obama bowing to the Emperor mean we retroactively lost World War II? No of course not. I don't want to go off on a jeremiad here-but this is a sign of conservatives nitpicking at any little thing the President does to try and make him look weak-when all he was doing was following proper protocol. Having good manners is a good thing in my opinion folks-not a sign of weakness. Its just making a mountain out of a molehill.

Chris Wallace showed the clip and said that the internet was "abuzz" with chatter about it, he then commented about how when VP Cheney visited Japan, he did not bow to the Emperor. However back then, both liberals and conservatives didn't wonder if Cheney's failure to bow was a breach of protocol that offended the Emperor and the Japanese people and created an international incident effecting policy and diplomacy. No one commented on it at all-though maybe they should have, since bowing is what you are supposed to do as a sign of respect and tradition going back thousands of years, and Cheney didn't follow that tradition. Wallaces observation led to the following exchange:

Liz Cheney: "You could ... look at the comparison and think, Cheney 2012,"

Chris Wallace: "Really? How far do you want to go with that?"

Bill Kristol: "Let Liz make news ... Cheney/Palin,"

Wallace: "Or Palin/Cheney -- don't be sexist."

Liz Cheney: “Whatever Republican takes the mantle of our party in 2012 they’re going to have to be able to address these incredibly grave challenges we’re facing as a nation,”

Hmmm. Anyway, don't forget folks-Sarah Palin today on Oprah, and "Going Rogue" hits bookstores tomorrow! Thanks for your support and let us know what you think!

Matt Saxe

Friday, November 13, 2009

Palin! On Oprah! Levi in Playgirl! Going Rogue is Coming and Vice-Precedence will be there!

Hey Vice-Precedence blog readers!

Wow! With Sarah Palins book "Going Rogue" coming out on November 17th and already #1 on both Barnes & Noble and Amazon and her book tour already planned, the publicity blitz is on!

To be honest, I'm kind of impressed that in just 4 months, Palin and her co-author (some would say ghost-writer, but that may not be accurate) Lynn Vincent have written the Number One book in the country.

Palin has already taped her appearance on "Oprah" to air on Monday November 16th-the day before her book hits the shelves. Palin posted this on her Facebook page after the interview:

Willow, Piper, and I are in Chicago and just wanted to let you know that I had a great conversation with Oprah today. We taped the show for Monday, November 16th, and enjoyed it so much that we went way over on time. The rest will air on Oprah was very hospitable and gracious, and her audience was full of warm, energized and (no doubt) curious viewers.

In her interview with Winfrey, Palin responds to a question about Levi Johnston, the father of her grandchild, who has since the split with Palin's daughter Bristol has said some interesting and harsh things about the Palins (I wrote about his interview with GQ in an earlier blog-check it out), and recently posed nude for Playgirl.

"Will he be invited to Thanksgiving dinner?" Oprah inquired.

"You know, that's a great question," Palin said, adding, "I think he needs to know that he is loved and he has the most beautiful child and this can all work out for good. It really can. We don't have to keep going down this road of controversy and drama all the time. We're not really into the drama. We don't really like that. We're more productive. We have other things to concentrate on."

Which is a very interesting answer considering that back on October 27th Johnston said on CBS's The Early Show that she referred to her infant son Trig, who became a living symbol of the former Alaska governors pro-life beliefs, and has Down syndrome, as "retarded."

He also implied that he has some seriously damaging dirt that could put a nasty scar on the public image of the mother of his former squeeze, and his childs grandmother, saying:
"You know, I mean, if I really wanted to hurt her, I could very easily. But there's – I'm not gonna do it."

At the time, former Gov. Palin responded sharply with the following:

"We have purposefully ignored the mean spirited, malicious and untrue attacks on our family," Palin says in a statement. "We, like many, are appalled at the inflammatory statements being made or implied. Trig is our 'blessed little angel' who knows it and is lovingly called that every day of his life."

She also was extremely harsh on Johnstons Playgirl pictorial saying his credibility is in question:
"Consider the source of the most recent attention-getting lies," she says. "Those who would sell their body for money reflect a desperate need for attention and are likely to say and do anything for even more attention."

Speaking of that pictorial, Johnston worked out and dieted extremely hard for the shoot. According to his trainer Marvin Jones in PEOPLE Magazine, Johnston has a diet secret-moose meat that he hunts himself.

"Moose meat is very good for you, high in protein and very lean, and he's an avid hunter, so he has his own."

Johnston worked out three hours a day in the gym, six days a week, followed by cardio training and then a rest in the sauna, said Jones.

"I'm not trying to give him a body builder's look. He's going to be more toned and more defined," says Jones.

"I'd like to see him with rounder and more muscular shoulders, with a fuller chest. We're going to firm his abs up, [and give him a] smaller waist."

Jones says Johnston was committed to the training sessions, which even caused Johnston get sick during his second week of working out. Still, Johnston was determined to be in great shape for the shoot.

"I know that's something he wants to do and we're having fun training," says Jones, who is training him in Anchorage, Alaska. "We're looking forward to revealing all his hard work!"

So from practically calling Levi a whore to inviting him to Thanksgiving on Oprah-one wonders how Gov. Palin actually feels about Levi.

Oprah also asked former Gov. Palin about the infamous Katie Couric interview that convinced many uncommitted voters and a lot of Americans that Palin was unqualified for the Vice-Presidency.

"Do you think that was a seminal, defining moment for you, that interview?" Winfrey asks.

"I did not," Palin responds. "And neither did the campaign. In fact, that is why Segment 2 and 3 and 4 and maybe 5 were scheduled. The campaign said, right on. Good. You're showing your independence."

Meanwhile it was released in USA TODAY that Palin will be coming here to MN. where I currently live! She will be here on Monday Dec. 7th, at the Barnes and Noble Bookstore in the world-famous Mall of America in Bloomington, MN. I will be in attendance. However, I'm afraid that I won't be able to get a picture of myself with her, or interview her, or anything. The Palin publicity team has released an intense set of rules for the book signings. Here is the official list as shown on The Sarah Palin Blog:

Palin will be signing books at Barnes & Noble in The Mall of America, beginning at noon. You need a wristband to get in line to get your book autographed.

Wristbands will be handed out on a first-come, first-served basis, beginning at 7 a.m. that day. You must be present in order to get a wristband.

You must present your Barnes & Noble or Barnes and receipt for “Going Rogue” in order to get a wristband.

Maximum of two copies of “Going Rogue” per person will be signed.

A parent or guardian must accompany all minors.

No posed photos.

No personalization of books.

No large bags will be allowed through the signing line.

Cell phones and cameras will have to be turned off and put away before customers approach the signing table.

Whew! It may be possible to get her to sign my copy of the Sarah Palin comic book. So we will see. I plan on ordering my copy of "Going Rogue" ASAP. I can't believe the things I have to do to for this film. I do it all for you viewers and readers. So your support is appreciated!

As more information comes, we will be here to report it to you! Thanks for your support and keep viewing all the "Vice-Precedence" material on YouTube and here! Rate them, post comments, let us know what you like here on the blog-feel free to read older posts and respond to them. Spread the word to more people! We're grateful to you-our fans! One final note-Happy 6th Birthday to my daughter Caitlin Justine Saxe! Talk to you soon!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Sarah Palin Doesn't Want Me to Buy Her Book

And sadly, I'd do it. But on her upcoming book tour later this month, according to a CNN blog, she is avoiding most major American cities, like New York and San Francisco (she's probably afraid of catching Bleeding Heart or Gay), not to mention Los Angeles (my homebase, where she could catch Mexican) and, perhaps, the most American of them all (and Matt's HQ) Minneapolis (where she could catch cold).

I say we all stand up and demand that Sarah Palin add some stops to her book tour that include places that WOULDN'T be friendly to her. She would undoubtedly get a healthy turn-out. Maybe she knows that sales on irony and kitsch alone will make up for her lack of personal presence in big liberal meccas like LA and NY.

All I know is, I'm excited to see what her ghost-writer or co-writer helped her say to explain certain things, or if those certain things, like her choice to be so straight-up folksy as to cause cringing fits across the country, won't be explained at all. Will it be her unofficial announcement for 2020 presidential candidacy? Maybe for some other office? Maybe she'll blow all our minds and tell everyone that, after she had so much fun writing "Going Rogue," she'd like to make a career out of writing autobiographies.

- Jason C. Klamm

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Cheney and the FBI-The Report and The Numbers.

Hey Vice-Precedence readers. Well, as I reported here on the blog, VP Cheney has defended his former Chief-of-Staff I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby vigorously about his role in the outing of undercover CIA agent Valerie Plame after her husband, former Ambassador Joseph Wilson wrote critiques of the Administrations reasoning and evidence for the war in Iraq. When Libby was convicted of felony perjury and obstruction of justice, and sentenced to jail, Cheney was relentless in pressing then President Bush to fully pardon his good friend. However, President Bush determined that Libby was guilty, and only commuted his sentence so he wouldn't have to do jail time. Cheney has always maintained Libby's innocence and was reportedly furious that President Bush wouldn't pardon Libby. You can read all about this here on the blog, and I encourage you to do so. Cheney has always maintained that he didn't tell Libby to out Plame or even know about it. However, recent revelations have thrown serious doubt on what the Vice-President knew and did.

Last week the FBI released the transcript of Cheney's May 8th 2004 interview with them, which was released only after a long-fought legal battle waged by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. Patrick Fitzgerald,the special prosecutor investigating the Valerie Plame outing said at the time that "there is a cloud over the vice president." This interview has exposed that cloud.

On questions both big and small regarding his role and what he knew about the Valerie Plame outing, Cheney responded 72 times that he wasn't certain about events or issues. Cheney told the FBI he "did not recall" discussing Plame with Libby prior to her name being published in a column by reporter Robert Novak in July 2003, and said he had no knowledge of Libby's meeting with New York Times reporter Judith Miller before Plame was identified in that paper.

According to the FBI summary, Cheney said there was no discussion of using Plame's employment with the CIA to counter her husband's criticism that the Bush administration had manipulated prewar intelligence to exaggerate the Iraqi threat. There was no discussion, Cheney insisted, of "pushing back" on Joseph Wilson's credibility by raising the issue of nepotism, the fact that Wilson's wife worked for the CIA, the same agency that dispatched him to the African nation of Niger to run down the report of an agreement to supply uranium "yellowcake" to Iraq. Cheney also called Wilsons report "amateur hour at the CIA".

It was one example of Cheney being straight-forward and Libby being unsure.

"In a prior FBI interview, you indicated it was possible that you may have talked to the Vice President on Air Force Two ... about whether you should share the information with the press about Wilson's wife?" Fitzgerald asked Libby in his grand jury testimony.

"It's possible that would have been one of the times I could have talked to him about what I had learned," Libby answered.

"As you sit here today, do you recall whether you had such a conversation with the vice president on Air Force Two?" the prosecutor asked.

"No, sir. My, my best recollection of that conversation was what I had on my note card which we have produced which doesn't reflect anything about that," Libby replied.

Meanwhile, Cheney was with his denials of remembering these discussions-evasive. Cheney said he could not recall whether he discussed Plame with infamous White House political genius Karl Rove, Libby and others, he was certain he did not discuss her with former Deputy Secretary of State Richard L. Armitage (the original source of the leak).

Among the most basic questions for Cheney in the Plame probe: How did Libby find out that the wife of Bush administration war critic Joseph Wilson worked at the CIA?

Libby's own handwritten notes suggest Libby found out from Cheney. When Libby discovered Cheney's reference to Plame and the CIA in his notes – notes that Libby knew he would soon have to turn over to the FBI – the chief of staff went to the vice president, probably in late September or early October 2003.

According to Nick Baumann of Mother Jones Magazine-a very liberal magazine-there were 22 things the Vice-President "forgot" about the Valerie Plame outing in the report-and this is backed up by reading the full report.

1. Whether the Wilson trip was discussed during any of the visits he made to the CIA with his Chief of Staff, Scooter Libby.
2. Any reaction he had to Nicholas Kristof's New York Times' article about the Wilson visit at the time the article was published.
3. Whether he discussed the Wilson situation with George Tenet at their meeting on June 10, 2003.
4. Who he spoke to about Joe Wilson's July 6, 2003 editorial (he did remember speaking to someone, but not who it was).
5. What happened to the Joe Wilson op-ed after he wrote on it suggesting that Valerie Plame Wilson had sent Joe Wilson on a "junket," and put it in his outbox.
6. Any specific advice he gave his press people in the May-June 2003 timeframe regarding the Wilson trip to Niger.
7. Whether he discussed the Wilson situation with Eric Edelman, one of his national security advisers.
8. Whether Cathie Martin, his press secretary, entered his office while both he and Scooter Libby were present and advised both of them that Joe Wilson's wife was employed by the CIA.
9. Discussing Joe Wilson or Wilson's wife with his former press secretary Mary Matalin, although he said it was possible.
10. Ever discussing Valerie Plame Wilson with Libby prior to the publication of Novak's column.
11. Whether Scooter Libby knew about Valerie Plame Wilson on July 12, the day before the publication of the Novak column.
12. If Libby ever told Cheney he had independent knowledge of Valerie Plame Wilson's covert identity
13. Dictating notes to Libby on July 12, 2003 that Cheney said looked and sounded like something he might have dictated to Libby.
14. Discussing the Novak column or any of its contents with anyone at the time it was published.
15. Whether he discussed the Wilson trip with Libby as a sort of "boondoggle" or "junket," although he believed it possible that he had such a conversation.
16. If Libby told him that Libby was not Novak's source.
17. Libby telling him how he first learned that Valerie Plame Wilson was a covert CIA operative.
18. Whether he told Libby that Valerie Plame Wilson was a covert CIA operative.
19. Waving off Libby when Libby offered to tell him everything he knew about the Wilson matter.
20. Anyone on his staff, including Libby, ever meeting with Judith Miller during the week of July 7, 2003.
21. Having a conversation with Libby during which Libby said he wanted to share the judgments of the National Intelligence Estimate with Judith Miller.
22. Whether Libby told him that certain material in the NIE had to be declassified before it could be shared.

"For years the American people have wondered what role Vice President Cheney played in outing former CIA officer Valerie Plame Wilson," said Melanie Sloan, executive director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics the organization that got the interview released under the Freedom of Information Act. Now, she said, "we're one step closer" to finding out.

Lots of gaps, lots of forgotten things, lots of questions. So far, no response from the former VP. It would seem from this report that there is a lot the public was unaware of. I myself am wondering what all this will lead to? What will happen next? Will anything happen at all? Has the American public already moved on? Stay tuned here for more on this breaking story. Don't forget to be sure to go to our Facebook page and become a fan and Rate our videos on YouTube.


Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Watch Joe Biden Slam Sarah Palin

As you might guess, today's blog is about word choice. At least partially. In the middle of an article discussing the face-slapping Biden and Palin have done lately over a congressional election on my home turf of New York State, the title of this blog appears. And it's obviously a link to a video. Anyone with my sensibilities - and I know you're out there - thought something else entirely. Just saying - think before you write. At least they didn't say "pound."

Anyhow, apparently Palin is still trying to keep herself visible, and people are still accepting her endorsements. Somehow. Most of the party, including her former running-mate, have at least somewhat trashed her, but there's some force - not just her - trying to keep her in the public eye. The fear, of course, is that that force also has enough money to help her run her own campaign.

In other, more interesting news (and, oddly, the only part of this blog relating to the main image), there is a man out there who has sculpted a tiny Joe Biden. And an Aaron Burr, among a few other VPs. He's been recreating the famed Marx figurines from the 50s and 60s hat portrayed political figures of the past and (then) present for a while now, and they are wonderful. Oh, and did I mention he's a writer on Futurama? Patric Verrone's work can be found here, and you can check out a few choice VPs here and here. He'll also do custom figurines - I may be the first and only person to pay a man to sculpt Charles Curtis, but its my God-given right and I won't let anyone take that away from me.

Jason C. Klamm