August 5, 2014 9:20 am -

Sarah Palin is now going after Jessie Ventura for “shaking down” the widow of a Navy SEAL. Because she loves the military more than Jesse Ventura does.

Palin posted a video on her site in which she condemns Ventura’s lawsuit, along with a note that reads, in part, “Hey tough guy, Jesse Ventura, your feelings were hurt because you perceived your reputation was besmirched by words in a book? So you turn around and sue, expecting $2 million from a military widow and her fatherless children? Yeah, like that is going to help your reputation, jackass.”

Palin admitted in the video she used to like Ventura until he started going off with his “crazy conspiracy theories” and the like. She found it “shameful” Ventura would push this lawsuit in the first place, let along “shaking down the orphans and widow.”

D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

84 responses to Palin’s Latest Target: ‘Jackass’ Jesse Ventura

  1. Pistol-Packing August 5th, 2014 at 9:34 am

    I do not blame Ventura for going forward to get a judgement that basically clears him. But now that he has won the judgement, the right thing to do, would be to nullify the award, or simply just make no attempt to collect it. If Chris was still alive, then by all means let the two of them fight it out. But the situation being what it is, time to let it go.

    • fancypants August 5th, 2014 at 1:18 pm

      what jesse does with the jury’s award I consider to be jesse’s business I find it shameful that people now think they can tell people what to do with court decisions as if you were in jesse’s shoes at one time ?

      • Pistol-Packing August 5th, 2014 at 3:15 pm

        Jessee has every right to do what he wants with it. That is his business. The fact of the matter is though, his beef was with with Chris Kyle who is now dead. So anything that Jessee takes, will now come from the estate, which the wife and children will need to depend on. And who is to say, that there is even close to that amount of money available. its not like the military pays very well.

        But hey, my response was just an opinion. But if Jessee wants to pursue it and destroy what is left of his career. By all means, have at it.

        • fancypants August 5th, 2014 at 3:27 pm

          As I previously said If his widow is excepting profits from this book witch would have been optional to donate all profits to something like the wounded warriors foundation ? there could be no grounds for a lawsuit. I also said 1.8 million could only be chump change when it came to profits from this book given all the warmongers we have on this globe who cant wait to hear this kind of garbage printed in this book. It also doesn’t exclude any notes or guns kyle left behind that could be sold at auction that would fetch big $ with the gop. Your looking at this as if its the end of the world for this widow and im sure that’s the way she wants you to think.

          • Pistol-Packing August 5th, 2014 at 7:15 pm

            You give way to much credit to what kind of money this book would bring. As well as what a possible sale could bring of any kind of firearm he may have left behind. And even if it was as you say “Chump Change”, which is highly doubtful. It still does not change my opinion of what Jesse should do about it.

          • Ole Buck August 5th, 2014 at 8:00 pm

            Fact is, Jesse needs the money. He got fired from his last cable job, and doubtful anybody (even MSNBC) would be willing to hire him now.,

          • fancypants August 6th, 2014 at 2:21 am

            if some dude can get 90k for a computer online post with ebay ?
            Then his widow can rake big time with all the above / as previously mentioned

  2. crc3 August 5th, 2014 at 9:48 am

    I wish Jesse would body slam that b*tch….

    • fancypants August 5th, 2014 at 1:42 pm

      one more reason to get jesse in the 2016 debates !

    • Ole Buck August 5th, 2014 at 7:58 pm

      Sounds about right for a guy like Jesse. Made his living ‘rasselin’ on TV and faking beating up up guys. Jesse probably could win a real fight against Sarah Palin. Maybe………
      I mean she is a grandmother, and he does outweigh her by an amount greater than her body weight…..Yeah he probably could take her.

      • crc3 August 6th, 2014 at 12:42 pm

        Palin needs to shut her fat mouth. She’s a total moron that deserves no time in the media. Anyone who takes up for her must be the same….

  3. Jeff Allen August 5th, 2014 at 10:15 am

    Hey, even Palin haters would have to agree with her tag of jackass on Ventura

    • arc99 August 5th, 2014 at 11:10 am

      Ventura finished his term as governor.

      Ventura is not a hypocrite who rails against “socialism” while raising oil company taxes to fund free checks to every man, woman and child.

      Ventura had the guts to put his money where his mouth is on patriotism and served in uniform.

      Ventura demonstrates the ability to respect someone with a different political viewpoint.

      Palin tagging Ventura as a jackass is projection of the highest order. There is no bigger jackass in North America than Sarah Palin.

      • Jeff Allen August 5th, 2014 at 11:32 am

        You can regale all the life history you want, it doesn’t make Ventura any less of a jackass for filing a lawsuit because his ‘reputation’ was called into question. He has on numerous occasions and associations (professional wrestling? wild conspiracy theorist?) proven that his reputation is whatever suits his need at the moment. There weren’t many Liberals rallying around him as governor and was largely deemed a nut case by both sides. Now that Palin calls him the jackass that he is, the left has suddenly morphed him into a stand up guy? C’mon, hatred for Sarah Palin has to at least stop at aggrandizing any whacko who she besmirches.

        • arc99 August 5th, 2014 at 11:57 am

          fascinating that you leap to the defense of the world champion whacko Sarah “Death Panel” Palin as you criticize me.

          Ventura went to a court of law and won his argument. No matter what professional endeavors he has been involved in, his claim that the book flat out lied about him was proven to the satisfaction of the court. I have no idea how it is in any way relevant, who did and did not “rally around” him as governor. The issue is that Ventura was libeled, he worked through the system and won his case. You can defend this name-calling quitter to your heart’s content, including when she calls people jackasses when they go to court for libel.

          How far backwards will you bend to defend the aggrandizing whacko from Alaska?

          incidentally, I do not live in Minnesota, but I do have family in Coon Rapids and have for years. If I had lived in Minnesota, you’re damn right I would have voted for Ventura when he ran and won.

          • Jeff Allen August 5th, 2014 at 12:10 pm

            Fascinating that you somehow equate what I said as leaping to the defense of Palin. All I said was that even people who hate her could agree on her assessment of Ventura. Using your logic, you have identified yourself as a huge fan of Ventura. You are free to go back through my Discus profile and look for other statements in which I am a champion of all things Palin. You won’t find any. I just find it amusing how she gets all your panties in such a wad that you stoop to defending jackasses like Ventura (apparently now one of your heroes) just because Palin made a statement about him.

          • arc99 August 5th, 2014 at 5:31 pm

            and all I am saying is that Palin is the jackass, not Ventura.

          • Jeff Allen August 5th, 2014 at 7:36 pm

            I am truly touched by all the love people have for Jesse all of a sudden.

          • Hardlee_Ded August 6th, 2014 at 12:38 am

            I’ve liked Jesse Ventura for about 35 years… he’s a great entertainer and was a passable governor…

            No more a jackass than the average person commenting on this thread…

            And by the way…. I’m no jackass, I’m an asshole.

          • Budda August 5th, 2014 at 7:05 pm

            “All I said was that even people who hate her could agree on her assessment of Ventura.”
            Want to explain the ‘logic’ in that statement?

          • Jeff Allen August 5th, 2014 at 7:37 pm

            Why certainly, Jesse Ventura is a jackass, Sarah Palin called Jesse Ventura a jackass. Anything more I can help you out with?

          • Budda August 5th, 2014 at 8:27 pm

            You are assuming that everyone agrees with Sarah . ( Now that’s a stretch) You know what happens when you ‘assume’.

          • Jeff Allen August 5th, 2014 at 8:34 pm

            yes I do, and I’m also touched by all the new found love for Jesse Ventura.

          • Budda August 6th, 2014 at 8:37 am

            Sorry Jeff but I believe you are wrong about the “new found love for Jesse”. The facts (you know, those silly little things) are that a jury found Jesse to have a good case and awarded him money.

            Because Sarah makes another silly statement and she gets called on it doesn’t indicate that there is a “new found love for Jesse”.

            Maybe you should try another site to profess your love of Sarah.

          • Jeff Allen August 6th, 2014 at 9:07 am

            Sorry Budda but I believe you are wrong about my love for Sarah. The facts (you know, those silly little things) are that Ventura had the opportunity to pull the lawsuit after Kyle’s death and before a verdict was rendered (the aforementioned ‘high road’ for a person who shouldn’t need the money and whose ‘reputation’ is whatever suits him in the moment). He dug in and chose to continue with the suit against the estate. He again had a high road opportunity when the verdict was rendered to give the money back to the estate or set up trust funds for the children of an American veteran who gave his life serving another vet with PTSD. Nope, he doubled down on his asshattery, all within his rights mind you. I understand that liberals want to make sure EVERYONE gets their pound of flesh regardless of who may be collateral damage (which explains the massive amounts of money trial lawyers give to democrats), but sometimes people who find themselves on the short end of dispute look at the big picture and opt to turn the other cheek in the name of common sense. There is the letter of the law and there is the spirit of the law. The letter of the law says Jesse gets paid, the spirit of the law was to protect those who can’t or don’t have the means to protect themselves and have their reputations significantly damaged by the actions of others. But, as I said earlier, he apparently needs the money and needs his tender reputation restored, now he’s got it.

          • Budda August 6th, 2014 at 11:11 am

            You are stuck on Jesse being wrong even after a jury said he was right.

          • Jeff Allen August 6th, 2014 at 11:49 am

            No, not at all. I am stuck on Jesse having options that he willfully ignored for selfish gain. I respect the jury for doing their job, I have zero respect for Ventura for making them do it. Two tough guys got into a media pissing match that ended up in court. During the proceedings party A gets murdered while selflessly assisting another suffering vet. Party B could and should have respectfully withdrawn the suit in light of the circumstances. If you are out for your pound of flesh, having the other person gunned down should suffice. If you are seeking to restore your reputation, withdrawing the suit before the verdict and publically acknowledging the inappropriateness of continuing litigation against the estate of an American hero (who may or may not have smudged your character but nonetheless served his country heroically and lost his life selflessly) would suffice. Each time Ventura had the opportunity to do the right thing, he doubled down on the side of personal gain. Ventura was right (in the eyes of the court) and now Ventura is richer. Kyle is still dead, his wife is still a widow, and his kids are still fatherless. Hurray for Jesse Ventura, now on to the White House.

        • fancypants August 5th, 2014 at 1:14 pm

          If the widow is excepting profits from her husbands book witch contains a ko punch that never took place ( until proven otherwise ) then I don’t blame jesse for the action that he took. Grandstand for palin’s mindless rant if you want Your only making a fool out of yourself

          • Jeff Allen August 5th, 2014 at 1:27 pm

            Foolishness comes when you don’t read and then respond to posts inaccurately. I in no way grandstanded for Palin, simply agreed with her assessment of Ventura. Besides, Ventura made a lot of money on KO punches that never took place, suddenly they are a danger to his reputation? Have you even followed some of his theories? If it is his reputation he is worried about, he should be suing those who broadcast his nonsense.

          • fancypants August 5th, 2014 at 1:32 pm

            As of late jesse broacasts his own messages but if you want to argue with any networks ( including fox news ) who still have jesse on their websites why don’t you knock yourself out and have them taken down ? Freedom of speech is obviously something you have a problem with.

          • Jeff Allen August 5th, 2014 at 1:39 pm

            that is a leap in logic.

          • fancypants August 5th, 2014 at 1:40 pm

            not according to what I just read

          • Ole Buck August 5th, 2014 at 7:53 pm

            Eleven people testified they saw the punch. What proof do you need?

          • fancypants August 6th, 2014 at 2:18 am

            testified and obviously rejected by the jury
            the proof still awaits us if or when this goes to a higher court

        • tiredoftea August 5th, 2014 at 2:52 pm

          So, does he not have a right to the courts? And, Sarah is the arbiter of the right’s curious door to justice? It seems he won the argument and Kyle’s estate has to pay damages, despite her protestations and (her usual) lack of insight into the case.

          Why would she pay for advertising when she can open her mouth and have it spread all over earth, complete with a link to her You Tube channel.

          • Jeff Allen August 5th, 2014 at 7:35 pm

            Sure he’s got a right to the courts. Everyone has a right to the courts but just because we can, doesn’t mean we should. If I sued everyone who besmirched my character, I’d be a busy guy. I’d also be a jackass just like Ventura. He has made his hay as a tough guy who takes no crap but when it was given back to him he ran for cover to the judicial system.

          • tiredoftea August 5th, 2014 at 7:53 pm

            OK, except that you’re not a former MN Governor, talk show wannabe and Navy UDT guy who was, without his permission, BTW, lied about in a book and talking tour. Holding liars to account is not a good thing regardless of the idiocy of the whole exercise?

          • Jeff Allen August 5th, 2014 at 8:31 pm

            There is also something called taking the high road. If you are not in desperate need of money, or have a tenuous reputation to protect (given all his ‘diverse exploits’ establishing exactly what reputation he is going for is difficult), then suing is either ambulance chasing or publicity seeking. He filed, Kyle was murdered, he had the chance to take the high road and dismiss the suit after the murder. Even in deciding to continue the suit against the estate, he had another chance to take the high road, and turn over distribution to the estate or better yet, establish trust or college funds for Kyle’s kids. If he really needs the money, he’s got it. He’s still a jackass.

          • tiredoftea August 5th, 2014 at 9:08 pm

            Uhhh, he’s a former wrestling entertainer and conspiracy theory host on some show that was cancelled faster than the latest 24 series. High road is not in his character set. A lot like Sarah.

          • Jeff Allen August 5th, 2014 at 10:03 pm

            That’s kinda been my point all along. He’s a jackass

          • tiredoftea August 5th, 2014 at 10:56 pm

            OK, but now Sarah doesn’t like him! Which seems to be the worst tragedy of all.

          • Jeff Allen August 5th, 2014 at 11:26 pm

            Somehow I don’t Jesse is losing sleep over being kicked out of the Sarah Palin’s book of great Americans

          • Hardlee_Ded August 6th, 2014 at 12:30 am

            Sounds to me like a couple jackasses talking about a couple jackasses…

            By the way…

            Conspiracy Theory ran for 3 seasons and many of the episodes actually ended up debunking conspiracy theories… it ran from 2009 to 2012.

            It was fun infotainment… I’ve got every episode on DVD.

            I see nothing wrong with one lying loudmouth going after another lying loudmouth… especially when one was not only smearing the other but profiting from the smears.

            And that last run of 24 did fine by the way…. it didn’t get cancelled.


      • M D Reese August 5th, 2014 at 12:43 pm

        Oh pity the poor oil companies!…The Alaska Permanent Fund is about the only smart thing that the State did regarding oil companies-which by the way are making record profits and crying poor-mouth while they put off paying for the damages they do to our only planet.

    • fancypants August 5th, 2014 at 1:23 pm

      speak for yourself

      • Jeff Allen August 5th, 2014 at 1:28 pm

        I always do.

  4. William August 5th, 2014 at 10:42 am

    Palin admitted in the video she used to like Ventura until he started going off with his “crazy conspiracy theories” and the like…


    • arc99 August 5th, 2014 at 11:19 am

      a spiteful harridan with a complete lack of self awareness.

      remarkable that some fools still think she belongs in the Oval Office.

      • Abby Normal August 5th, 2014 at 12:43 pm

        Harridan – a strict, bossy, or belligerent old woman.

        Until your post, I’d never heard that word before. Thanks for the vocabulary builder! I like it. It reminds me of a couple of my elementary school teachers. My 4th grade teacher, Mrs. Dean, was a harridan. I was in 4th grade many, many, many years ago. But I still have nightmares about her.

        Thanks again for introducing me to a useful new word. We’re never too old to learn.

        • arc99 August 5th, 2014 at 5:36 pm

          on behalf of my unionized teachers working in an inner city public school district oh so many years ago you’re welcome.

          specifically, my late 7th grade English teacher Miss Pitts who assigned each student a new word to learn each and every week for the entire year. everybody got a different word every week.

          • Ole Buck August 5th, 2014 at 7:51 pm

            It looks like your unionized English teacher never got around to teaching anything about composition, punctuation, or capitalization.

          • arc99 August 5th, 2014 at 8:41 pm

            looks like you have nothing of any value to add to the discussion.

  5. William August 5th, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    Funny the right wing applauded the American judicial system when it exonerated Zimmerman, now condemns it when it awards a plaintiff damages in a civil suit.

    • Jeff Allen August 5th, 2014 at 1:29 pm

      that’s a stretch, even in the world of false equivalents.

  6. RioBravoHombre August 5th, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    I LOVE “SHARK WEEK!” One of my most favoritest, most belovedest thingys on it are feeding frenzies. Sometimes, with all the blood in the water, a shark is injured, and not only do other sharks start attacking it, but sometimes the wounded animal will start greedily gobbling IT’S OWN GUTS! AWESOMENESS TIMES 1000! That’s how I see the current crop of idjits, morans and imbeciles in the GOP. They are so eager to inflict pain and injury that they will attack their brethren…and even stupidly munch on their own intestines in the process.

  7. Hirightnow August 5th, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    Poor Sarah; she doesn’t like the competition for money people cannot afford to give up.

    • fancypants August 5th, 2014 at 1:22 pm

      funny there was no comment on what this widow is actually making profit on this book. Only what she has to dole out for its bs stories in it and im sure there are more then what’s being exposed in court.

  8. Always Right August 5th, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    Jesse’s lawsuit shows lack of respect for a military hero. Your phony ego was hurt when a real man knocked you on your azz after you taunted the Navy Seals who were mourning the lost of a fellow member of their team. Defending your action shows the same contempt and disrespect for our military. Thank you Sarah for calling him out.
    Shame on all those whose hatred for Sarah Palin prevents them from being disgusted by his callous act, but their fear they might be conceived as agreeing with Sarah Palin is more than their fragile ego can handle.

    • tiredoftea August 5th, 2014 at 2:46 pm

      Well, the “real man” didn’t knock him on his “azz”. And, the quote was from a right wing show where, Kyle, himself not noted for his strict adherence to truth, was bragging about his imaginary fight.

      Are the courts only open to the petitioners that pass the right wing’s smell test? Is Sarah, not known for much other than being a human fly trap, doing anything other than injecting herself in this to get page views to her You Tube channel?

      Ventura may not be much, but he’s entitled to press his claims in court. The jury, with much more information, agreed with him. The money will come from insurance, not from the imaginary war hero’s estate.

      • mmaynard119 August 5th, 2014 at 3:55 pm

        I interviewed then Governor Ventura. He’s a very bright man. His term as Governor had a lot of controversy, but he did work with the Minnesota Legislature to successfully deal with a debt crisis during his term in office. He ran as and governed as a populist and independent, which offended both sides of the state’s political establishment.

        Ventura was a Navy Seal before becoming a WWWF wrestler and announcer. To become a Navy Seal is a very special accomplishment, Less than 1/3 who apply and are accepted into the program finish the initial training program. Overall training before working as part of a team of SEAL’s can take up to 2 yeas. You have to be in excellent physical shape and mentally acute to be able to be accepted as a SEAL. Ventura served his country with distinction. He should be very proud of SEAL background and take offense of what was said by the poseur Palin.

        • tiredoftea August 5th, 2014 at 4:59 pm

          He actually was in the predecessor organization to the SEAL Squad, UDT. Yes, it was an accomplishment and I still feel fortunate that I left MN before he was elected.

          • mmaynard119 August 5th, 2014 at 5:13 pm

            Thanks for the update. You’re correct.

            From September 11, 1969, to September 10, 1975, during the Vietnam War era, Ventura served in the United States Navy.

            Ventura graduated with BUD/S class 58 in December 1970 and was part of Underwater Demolition Team 12 (UDT).

            The UDTs were merged with the US Navy SEALs in 1983, 8 years after Ventura had left the Navy.

            Bill Salisbury, an attorney in San Diego and a former Navy SEAL officer, accused Ventura of “pretending” to be a SEAL and wrote that Ventura would be blurring an important distinction by claiming to be a SEAL when he was actually a frogman with the UDT.

            Compared to SEAL Teams, UDTs saw less combat and took fewer casualties.

            Following that, Governor Ventura’s office confirmed that Ventura was a member of the UDTs. His spokesman stated that Ventura has never tried to convince people otherwise.[9] Ventura stated: “Today we refer to all of us as SEALs; that’s all it is,” and described the accusations of lying about being a SEAL as “[m]uch ado about nothing.”

          • tiredoftea August 5th, 2014 at 5:39 pm

            When testosterone goes awry!

          • mmaynard119 August 5th, 2014 at 6:48 pm

            However, his election was in keeping with the proud progressive history of Minnesota politics.

            Bobby Tufts, 5-Year-Old Mayor, Unseated By 16-Year-Old In Dorset, Minnesota


          • tiredoftea August 5th, 2014 at 7:49 pm

            A more enlightened choice!

          • mmaynard119 August 5th, 2014 at 8:00 pm

            Much less testosterone involved in this election.

      • Always Right August 5th, 2014 at 5:26 pm

        Suing a widow is not my idea of a real man, whether he the story was accurate or not. If Kyle was alive and he sued him, I would be okay with that, but not suing his widow.

        • tiredoftea August 5th, 2014 at 5:37 pm

          He wasn’t “suing his widow”. He successfully sued the publisher and Kyle’s estate. Fortunately, he didn’t need your, or Sarah Palin’s permission.

        • Budda August 5th, 2014 at 6:55 pm

          Kyle was still alive when he initiated the suit. As usual you are misinformed or just plain lying.

          • tiredoftea August 5th, 2014 at 7:47 pm

            Then, there’s that, too.

    • Padma Gyaltsen August 5th, 2014 at 9:26 pm

      The “real” man never touched him because the “real” man was not even there. On the day that the “real” man was killed, but before the story broke, Fox News ran an interview with the “real” man in which he said that “I beast the shite out of people that are not patriotic enough to suit me”. After his death was announced, Fox deleted the interview and claimed to have never interviewed him. He obviously pissed someone off enough to kill him.

      • Always Right August 5th, 2014 at 10:38 pm

        You got some bad information. Fox never deleted anything. I just saw the rerun of the clip where Kyle corrected O’Reilly when he said “you hit him?” Kyle said no, I knocked him down.

        Kyle died trying to help a fellow serviceman who was suffering from PTSD and his death was a tragedy.

    • Hardlee_Ded August 6th, 2014 at 9:45 am

      Jesse gives his side of the story…

  9. Thomas Machuca Calderon August 5th, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    Sarah Palin was and is one of the GOP joke and still is to this day.

  10. fancypants August 5th, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    sarah was starting to sound like Austin while describing jesse and his politics..yea baby YEA

  11. cheeriogirl August 5th, 2014 at 6:14 pm

    In a letter “drafted by her family’s lawyer three years ago, Palin threatened to sue a division of Random House “for knowingly publishing false statements” in a book by her one-time neighbor Joe McGinnis.”

    She of course QUIT that “lawsuit”, because it had NO merit- and “discovery” would have been brutal for Sarah’s mom meme.

  12. Paul August 5th, 2014 at 6:33 pm

    // Palin admitted in the video she used to like Ventura until he started going off with his “crazy conspiracy theories” //


    Lolly LOL LOL.

    I think Alanis Morisette wrote a song about this…

    • tiredoftea August 5th, 2014 at 8:20 pm

      Oh, sure, bring up another woman who is only just slightly less annoying!

  13. majii August 5th, 2014 at 8:51 pm

    This is another example of something Palin has never learned—words/actions have consequences. I find it ironic that a woman who goes into victim mode when anyone says anything about her/family who feels she’s qualified to chastise/condemn Ventura for trying to protect his reputation/family from falsehoods being disseminated about him.

  14. mcalleyboy August 6th, 2014 at 7:44 am

    Sara Palin speaks for? Jesse Ventura may just run for President or some other government job he has to clear his name, the widow I’m sure got plenty from the book and his death benefits. The book made more money on lies, those lies hurt JV so he needs compensation for his valuable time and future endeavors.

    • Ole Buck August 6th, 2014 at 6:20 pm

      Jesse is too old to rassle any more, and too stupid to be on tv any more, even too dumb for MSNBC now. His future earnings will be limited to Social Security, so he is taking this money because he is unemployable now.

  15. JamesMMartin August 7th, 2014 at 8:30 am

    Something tells me this dumb c**t has taken on more than she can chew and spit out. Don’t mess with Jesse, dummy!

  16. fancypants August 7th, 2014 at 10:33 pm

    Jesse ventura explains his actions vs kyle the hit man ?

    EAT IT sarah

  17. pinballsdoll August 15th, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    i would love to see these 2 face to face….