While Palin was in LA this week, she made the rounds. Here's Adam Jones' account for Huffington Post:
On top of an appearance on the Tonight Show and rumors that she's shopping around a TV show with reality producer Mark Burnett, Palin and her entourage were seen partaking in one of celebrity's lushest rituals -- the Oscar gifting suite.
While the group was loading up on freebies, the Los Angeles Times reported that, "Palin's middle child, Willow, got her hair styled, receiving a blowout from Erick Orellana of the Chris McMillan Salon (Jennifer Aniston's longtime hairstylist)."
The Times also indicated that Palin was supposed to donate $1,700 along with all of her gift items to the Red Cross, which is currently helping with relief efforts in Haiti and Chile.
But E! Online insists, "we can assure you she did not give up any of her swag." They quote an unnamed vendor who claims that upwards of 20 people from the Palin camp swarmed the event. "They were like locusts," he told the entertainment news outlet.
According to AOL's Pop Eater, publicist Ben Russo of EMC/Bowery said, "she kind of cleaned the place out." They list out a number of her swag-grabs, including United Hair Care products, jewels from Pascal Mouawad, Skagen watches and a whopping 40 pairs or AIAIAI earphones.
It didn't stop there. HollywoodLife.com reports that she also picked up a blue Kenya robe from designer Jenna Leigh, facewash and a pair of foam Bandal sandals.
Wow! How could Anchorage mayor, Dan Sullivan top Palin's episodes of being, as one Huffington Post commenter termed it, so "banally retentive"?
Simple. By drafting a resolution in his mayoral office to pay his family almost a quarter million, as part of a shady deal made on behalf of his late dad almost 30 years ago, that allowed an uninsurable person (the first mayor Sullivan had then recently had major heart surgery) to have an off-the-books life insurance policy with the Municiplity of Anchorage, at rates as low as those of a healthy teenager.
Not only did dandy Dan draft the resolution in his mayoral office, but he was then quoted in an excellent investigative article by Sean Cockerham, as saying, "[c]oincidentally the fact that I'm mayor and this was with my father the former mayor is really irrelevant to it, because certainly no actions taken by this administration either led to that contract or to the obligation to fulfill its terms and requirements."
Meanwhile, the story on Palin's sleazy acquisitiveness, in Huffington Post, goes on:
[I]n common-sense language, Palin and her handlers, "practically cleaned out the suite." Another unnamed source, from HollywoodLife.com, says that the former Vice Presidential candidate was intent on spreading all that wealth around her own circle. "She insisted every person in her huge entourage get something, and there were assistants, nannies, security - insanity!" The same source also said that security swept the venue and would not allow photos, which are often expected by companies to use as promotion in exchange for the free products.
Maybe Sean Cockerham should check and see if the Palins created some nifty life insurance trusts, during one of their few brief stays in Juneau.
Update - Saturday 10:20 p.m: Some assert the claims made by Adam Jones, and in the stories to which he links, are inaccurate. It appears that some are. For instance, pictures were taken at the Oscar suite. And, although nobody really initially believed Palin herself scooped up 40 fucking pairs of earphones, some claim the line in one of the stories related to that meant she had physically done that, rather than others in her party, like Palin, had picked up a couple of pairs, which would have amounted to about 40 pairs.
And it has been asserted Palin did give a donation to a Red Cross arm of - the claims vary - between $1,700 and $2,000. Should proof that this donation has been deposited in the account credited in the report emerge, or regarding other claims made in the Jones article, I will update this update.
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