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Friday, March 27, 2015

Shut the fuck up Sarah Palin!

From Hoohah's Fecebook page

When President Obama traded one deserter for five evil terrorists hell-bent on destroying America, rational people did not believe the Obama administration’s claims about this traitor’s “health crisis,” or claims that he served “with honor and distinction,” and certainly not President Obama’s claim that this was a good deal for America.

After putting the country in danger, President Obama celebrated Bergdahl in our Rose Garden, arm in arm with his smiling father greeting Americans in Arabic and Pashtu, as our loyal troops cringed. In fact, in the days that followed, the Obama administration actually smeared the vets who came forward to tell the truth about Bergdahl’s traitorous desertion.

Now finally public disclosure tells the truth – that Bergdahl is a deserter. In my book, he is a traitor. Also, reports show the majority of the terrorist leaders Obama set free in exchange for this deserter have taken steps to hook up with the enemy – their Taliban pals in Afghanistan. As rational Americans predicted, the prisoners didn’t see the light while being freed at Gitmo, instead they burrowed further in the darkness of jihad, laughing all the way back to the battlefield to rejoin their death cult in the fight against U.S. troops, for when they are soon released from probation in Qatar, nothing stops them.

President Obama’s prisoner swap clearly undermined our forces during a time of war; he violated law by releasing terrorist prisoners without giving Congress the required 30 days’ advance notice; he created more distrust among our allies; he disrespected our loyal and sacrificial troops by actually honoring a traitor; and most significantly, our own Commander-in-chief endangered America.

Congress, if putting our nation in danger doesn’t rise to the level of “high crimes,” then nothing does. But since you’ve unequivocally and inexplicably taken impeachment off the table for anything Obama does while on your watch, what do you intend to do about this? If you do your job as balancers of power, we can surely expect repercussions, correct? While you're thinking about your responsibility, consider the men who DID serve with honor and distinction, but of course were never celebrated in our Rose Garden. These men of courage and good character were killed while obeying orders to find and protect the celebrated deserter Bergdahl.

Mr. President, if you can pull yourself away from your all-important basketball brackets and buckets of popcorn, you too should take a good look at these selfless young troops who gave all for their country. We await your explanation on all of this; certainly even a complicit media deserves it. More importantly though, the families of our fallen heroes deserve the most heartfelt apology.

- Sarah Palin

Sarah the war is all but over in Aghanistan, and has been over in Iraq for quite some time. Prisoner of war swaps have happened since the Bible.  But don't let the facts get in the way of your throwing people under the bus campaign.  Personally I am glad Bowe is in US custody.  That way if he is guilty, he will have to face judgement from a military tribunal.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Geoffrey Dunn hits the nail on the head

From Huffington Post

Now that Hillary Clinton's initial press conference on her email troubles is a week behind us -- and, trust me, this matter is going to malinger through several more weeks and months of news cycles -- it's time to take a closer look at Sarah Palin's deceitful and self-serving response to the Clinton email controversy.

Let me make one thing clear up front: I offer no excuses and provide no quarter for the manner in which Clinton handled her email communications during her tenure as Secretary of State. I found her explanation, such as it was, hardly sufficient for someone serving in her diplomatic capacity and with an eye on the presidency.

But the way in which former Alaska governor Sarah Palin forced her presence into the national conversation around this issue (Google News listed more than 5,000 articles on the subject) underscores the utter fraud of Palin's continued role in varied national political debates -- and the troubling way in which the mainstream media continue to sustain her seemingly never-ending con job of selling political snake oil to the American people.

In widely reported Twitter and Facebook postings, Palin's bread-and-butter method for advancing the complex nuances of American democracy, Palin characterized the Clinton "email scandal" as "shady and corrupt." She followed those up with an oft-cited "opinion piece" on the Fox News website, in which Palin did what she does best -- she went into martyr mode and played the pity card. And, of course, she lied.

"I know something about how annoying FOIA requests can be for public officials," she wrote. "After I returned home from the 2008 vice presidential campaign, the state of Alaska was flooded with innumerable FOIA [Freedom of Information Act] requests to see literally every single email I ever wrote while governor."

She went on:

The only emails redacted were the very few that were protected by attorney/client privilege -- a determination agreed upon by my lawyers and the Attorney General's office who reviewed them... Because nothing was kept secret in any way. Everything was done in the most transparent way possible.

What a crock. An absolute crock. But not once in reporting on the Clinton-Palin dustup did the national media challenge Palin on these utterly duplicitous renditions of what happened during her tenure in Alaska. (Kendall Breitman's shamefully uncritical piece in Politico provides an excellent case in point). In fact, the process of obtaining access to Palin's emails lasted nearly a half-decade, and Palin's personal lawyers and her hand-picked attorney general did everything in their power to keep those emails from ever seeing the light of day. In the end, many Palin emails and passages from emails were redacted or withheld for reasons that had nothing to do with "attorney-client privilege" (she claimed "executive privilege," "deliberative process," "personal privilege," and "privacy," on almost all of them). Others were destroyed. It's all simply another Palin lie.

Palin skewers the truth from the get-go, namely by contending that the FOIA requests came after she "returned home from the 2008 vice presidential campaign" (which, of course, those with less-inflated egos refer to as a presidential campaign). Indeed, long before Palin became a national laughingstock, a pair of open-government advocates in Alaska, Andrée McLeod and Zane Henning, believed that Palin and various of her henchmen (most notably Frank Bailey and Ivy Frye) were engaged in bold-face political machinations while on the state payroll and began to demand access to government emails.

Roughly 1,100 emails from McLeod's and Henning's initial requests were withheld by Palin with a handful of bogus legal arguments that simply didn't pass the straight-face test. Once again, so much for Palin's commitment to transparency.

In August of 2008, several weeks before Palin was tagged by John McCain to ride shotgun with him on his ill-fated campaign, McLeod, based on findings in those emails, filed an ethics complaint against Palin, Bailey and others in the Palin administration for the inappropriate hiring of a Palin supporter for a classified state position. The complaint resulted in the official finding that Bailey get "training and counseling" on the Alaska Personnel Act to "prevent the potential for future violations of the act."

One of my favorite Palin administration email interactions that I discovered was sent out almost as soon as

Palin assumed the governorship. In December of 2006 (the day after Palin had been sworn in), when Palin's Coordinator for Public Relations, Michelle Fabrello, responded to a request from the head of Palin's so-called Pipeline Team, Marty Rutherford, regarding a potential meeting to discuss interstate gas issues, Fabrello said that she didn't always check Palin's official email address "for hours." She noted that another Palin sycophant also on the government payroll, Kris Perry, "might have a better email for her." Wink, wink. Rutherford responded: "I have the governor's personal email, so I'll just use that for a while." The sham was on from the start.

Several key figures in the Palin administration played the secrecy game, and when the demands for transparency began, they circled the wagons. It's all part of what McLeod has dubbed "a culture of corruption" in the Last Frontier.

As I noted in my book, The Lies of Sarah Palin: The Untold Story Behind her Relentless Quest for Power (MacMillan/St.Martin's), as a result of McLeod's and Henning's initial email requests a discovery was made proving conclusively that Bailey had set up a private email system for a handful of the core Palin acolytes serving in Alaska state government (and which also included her husband, Todd).

In researching my book, I made several FOIA requests through various State of Alaska department heads and attorneys. Most were delayed beyond reason and almost all came back with significant redactions and omissions. Some emails that I requested (and which were denied even to exist) later appeared in other batches of released emails. Then I learned that several members of Palin's former staff, who were in email communication with her before her resignation, had been allowed to go through the emails and request redactions or exemptions from release.

The idea that there was "transparency" -- or a commitment to transparency -- in this process is a joke. The major batch of Palin emails -- 24,199 pages of, once again, heavily redacted materials -- was not released until June of 2011 -- nearly two years after Palin had resigned from her governorship in disgrace, and nearly three years after the first requests were made for those records. A final collection -- also heavily redacted -- was then released in February 2012, three-and-half years after the initial query. At one point the State of Alaska attempted to charge the Associated Press $15.4 million for fulfilling one of its requests. That hardly makes for a "transparent" process. Palin is a flat-out liar.

In October of 2012, McLeod and her attorney, Donald Craig Mitchell, finally won a drawn-out court battle in which the Alaska Supreme Court ruled that "Alaska state employees can't use private email accounts to hide their work communication from public record laws." By then it was too late -- the Palin administration's private email system had already been destroyed.

Bailey co-authored an ultimately misleading and problematic book on his tenure as Palin's "hatchet-man." But Bailey's book lays out how he very consciously constructed a highly secretive and private email system for conducting state business, about which independent investigator Timothy Petumenos made the following findings in November of 2008. I quote them at length because they further call lie to Palin's present claims:

A cautionary note must be made with respect to the investigation conducted. Efforts to locate and secure all relevant e-mails have been exceedingly difficult in this case...

In particular, the Governor and Frank Bailey conducted government business on private accounts...Both Governor Palin and Frank Bailey testified that they had been told there was not a document retention policy that applied to e-mails in the Governor's Office. Our investigation revealed that if they received this advice, it was mistaken. We found document retention schedules for the Governor's Office and for the Director of Boards and Commissions [Bailey] that were specific and readily available at the Office of State Archives.

The Governor and Frank Bailey deleted e-mails without consulting this schedule. The Governor stated that she relied upon the state computer system to catch and archive any e-mails that would be sent to a recipient with a state e-mail address. This would not capture any e-mails, however, sent between the Governor's private account and any other private account, including Frank Bailey's and Todd Palin's.

... Independent Counsel contacted the Legal Department for Yahoo [which] stated that e-mails on Yahoo accounts are currently beyond retrieval between 24 and 48 hours after deletion, making a subpoena to Yahoo for deleted e-mails fruitless.

We also investigated a private e-mail network that was opened by Frank Bailey for the intended use of Governor Palin, Todd Palin, Frank Bailey, Ivey Fry and Kris Perry... According to the system administrator, who backed up all information that existed on the account as of September 17, any e-mails deleted longer than 14 days prior to account closure would not have been backed up and could not be retrieved as part of the backup process. [Emphases added.]

So much for Palin's accountability.

So why would she now call further attention to her lies and obfuscations of the truth nearly six years after she abandoned her governorship?

Because it pays for her to do so.

Less than two full election cycles after she appeared on the national ticket as John McCain's running mate,

Palin has been relegated to the lunatic fringes of the Republican Party. In January, she told reporters that she is "seriously considering" a run in 2016, but to virtually all GOP insiders, she is a political pariah, to be avoided at all costs. Odds makers in Britain, who track American political races closely, have her at 50-to-1 and longer just to win the Republican nomination. 25 other candidates, including Donald Trump, are listed ahead of her. In terms of actually winning the presidency, one bookie has her at 250-to-1, not far ahead of (I kid you not) Charlie Sheen. But her base still believes in her.

So if anyone wants to know why Palin engages in this serial duplicity and demagoguery in her unyielding attacks on Barack Obama and Hilary Clinton, she provided the answer last week on the website of her rip-off political action committee, SarahPAC.

Here's the skinny: shortly after her Facebook and Twitter and Fox News posts, Palin sent a private notice to her SarahPAC email lists pimping for money:

Donate now if you think Hillary should retire after this scandal. It's time to end this madness; Hillary should retire for good. Help us elect trustworthy, conservative candidates... Friends, now is the time to act, now is the time to stop her from being elected President. Donate $2, $22, or $222 now to help put an end to her campaign before it even starts.

 That opens a can of worms to another Palin scandal. SarahPAC has given out only paltry sums to Republican candidates (only 3 percent during the third term of the 2014 campaign cycle), while the lion's share goes to supporting her political gaggle of paid political consultants -- Timothy Crawford, Rebecca Mansour, Jason Recher, Andrew Davis, Doug McMarlin, Pamela Pryor, et al. -- and to pay for flights, hotel accommodations, limousine rentals, legal fees and retainers, buying her own books as "donor gifts" and, of course, more fundraising. And it apparently helps Palin to maintain her second home in Scottsdale, Arizona -- paying for more than two-dozen flights out of nearby Tempe in the last two-year reporting period.

Of this you can be sure -- whenever Palin reaches out to her minions, it's for one purpose and one purpose only -- promoting Sarah Palin. That's one thing about Palin that has always been predictable.

Geoffrey covered everything related to Palin's hypocrisyThe redacting, the stalling of releasing the e-mails, and Palin willing to make money off this "scandal"

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Why Levi and Sunny Johnston should get custody of Tripp-Update

From Marine Corps Times

WEST MILFORD, N.J. — Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer attempted to kill himself in 2010, one year before he became the first living Marine in 38 years to receive the nation's highest valor award.

That acknowledgement is among several jarring revelations in a new book written by Meyer and best-selling author Bing West. "Into the Fire: A Firsthand Account of the Most Extraordinary Battle in the Afghan War," due to be published Sept. 25, chronicles Meyer's childhood in Kentucky, his time in the Marine Corps and the disastrous mission on Sept. 8, 2009, that saw Meyer and his team of U.S. and Afghan troops ambushed, overrun and trapped for hours without any help.

Dakota Meyer is a mentally unstable gun toting alcoholic.  In the instagram above he says that's how he rolls with guns around the house.

He is using poor judgement in the photo below:

A child Tripp's age does not need to be near an assault rife.  Period.  I know Levi has taken Tripp hunting and let him use a gun, but Levi has much more sense to let Tripp handle a gun that is much smaller than that death weapon above.

Also that picture was taken in Kentucky.  Did Levi give Bristol permission?  I doubt it. There is an article in Radar Online that Bristol is up to her tricks again and Levi is upset.  But according to Sunny's Facebook page the story is a fabrication.

Even if the story is true, it's not good to move Tripp around.  He is 6 years old and has lived in Alaska, California, Arizona and possibly Kentucky.  That is not good stability for a young child.  Even military brats don't get moved around that much.

Looks like Radar Online is on someone's speed dial.  However Sunny sets the record straight on her Facebook account.

Even if the informant isn't a Palin, I wouldn't be surprised if Radar Online contacted Sarah for confirmation and of course she lied to them.

The biggest loser in this debacle is Tripp.  Poor kid.  Which is all the more reason Levi should get full custody of him.  Levi has been with the same woman for the past 4 1/2 years while Bristol has had Gino, Joey, Dakota, a bunch of drunk men she picked up in bars in Scottsdale and Alaska, and tried to get into Maks's pants too while on DWTS.

Palin pal Phil Robertson has really gone of the deep end

From Talking Points Memo

"Duck Dynasty" star and conservative icon Phil Robertson told a gruesome, vivid story on Friday about the hypothetical rape and murder of a family to illustrate the perils of atheism, according to audio surfaced by Right Wing Watch.

The website reported that Robertson made the remarks during a speech at a Florida prayer breakfast that was later broadcast by the conservative radio program TruNews.

From the Right Wing Watch report on Robertson's speech:

“I’ll make a bet with you,” Robertson said. “Two guys break into an atheist’s home. He has a little atheist wife and two little atheist daughters. Two guys break into his home and tie him up in a chair and gag him. And then they take his two daughters in front of him and rape both of them and then shoot them and they take his wife and then decapitate her head off in front of him. And then they can look at him and say, ‘Isn’t it great that I don’t have to worry about being judged? Isn’t it great that there’s nothing wrong with this? There’s no right or wrong, now is it dude?’”

Robertson kept going: “Then you take a sharp knife and take his manhood and hold it in front of him and say, ‘Wouldn’t it be something if this [sic] was something wrong with this? But you’re the one who says there is no God, there’s no right, there’s no wrong, so we’re just having fun. We’re sick in the head, have a nice day.’”

“If it happened to them,” Robertson continued, “they probably would say, ‘something about this just ain’t right.”

I would like to remind everything that Sarah and the Palins cottoned to Phil and his offspring faster than CBS dumped Jimmy the Greek.  Remember when she defended his right to free speech.

I also would like to remind everyone "What would Jesus do?"  Jesus would not rape and murder a family. 

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Why Ted Cruz would make a shitty president

From NBC News

 Sen. Ted Cruz announced his 2016 presidential bid Monday during a speech at Liberty University in Virginia, making him the first contender to formally announce a White House run.

"I believe in you. I believe in the power of millions of courageous conservatives rising up to reignite the promise of America," Cruz said. "That's why today, I am announcing that I am running for president of the United States."

In remarks with a heavy focus on his faith, Cruz won applause from thousands of the evangelical university's students for assailing the president's health care policy and immigration actions.

"It is the time for truth, it is the time for liberty, it is the time to reclaim the constitution of the United States," he said. 

Cruz's wife Heidi and their two daughters were in the audience along with his father, Pastor Rafael Cruz.

"The power of the American people when we rise up and stand for liberty knows no boundaries," he told the crowd at the convocation ceremony. 

Cruz tweeted late Sunday night to formally announce his run.
A favorite of Tea Party activists, Cruz is known for his filibuster-like speech to protest the Affordable Care Act as a government shutdown loomed in 2013.

First elected to the Senate in 2012, Cruz previously served as the the solicitor general of Texas.

In a March NBC News/ Wall Street Journal poll, 40 percent of GOP primary voters said they could see themselves supporting Cruz for president, while 38 percent said they could not see themselves backing him.

Reasons why Ted Cruz would make a shitty president:

He shut down the government in 2013

Wants limited government yet wants to legislate marriage and abortion, two personal matters

Is a Teabagger

Is a Domininist

More concerned about being president than serving the people of Texas

Even fellow Republicans hate him

Sarah Palin will be at the NRA convention next month

From the Tennessean

Add Sarah Palin to the list of Republicans set to come to Nashville next month for the National Rifle Association's Annual Meeting.

The former vice presidential candidate has joined the NRA's growing group of confirmed speakers for its Leadership Forum, which will take place on April 10, the first day of the three-day convention at Nashville's Music City Center.

Palin, the former governor of Alaska who remains a powerful voice among tea party conservatives, joins billionaire businessman Donald Trump as recent additions to the NRA's Nashville lineup. Palin also spoke at last year's NRA convention in Indianapolis.

Other speakers at this year's Leadership Forum include most of the top Republicans currently weighing presidential runs: Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida.

NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre, NRA Executive Director Chris Cox and Milwaukee County, Wisc., Sheriff David Clarke are also slated to speak.

The annual NRA convention is set for Nashville's Music City Center April 10-12. The event was originally expected to draw 48,000 visitors when it was announced in 2010. Updated projections predict more than 70,000 attendees. That will make it Nashville's largest-ever convention and largest to date inside Music City Center, a $623 million municipal-financed project pushed by Mayor Karl Dean that opened in 2013.

I'm convinced that Sarah's future ex son-in-law Dakota Meyer will make an appearance alongside her considering he is in neighboring Kentucky.   I don't think someone suffering from PTSD should be within 10 miles of the NRA convention.