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Oh Sorry, Sarah didn’t hold that one. It was this one she really held.
The first is funny. The second is offensive. It is offensive, not because Sarah considers herself to be Christian, but because of what the sign represents. This picture was posted on Sarah’s Facebook yesterday. The picture was inspired by Ben Carson’s response to the shooting of 17 people in Oregon.
It was the Oregon shooters targeting of Christians, that inspired these signs.
What a misguided, absurd, and offensive response to the Oregon shooting. It’s as if Ben Carson and Sarah Palin feel that victims should have been proud to stand up and declare their religion to be Christianity,and be glad to be shot for that decision to declare their religion as Christianity. It is Sarah Palin declaring that the Second Amendment right of the deranged shooter was more important than the 1st Amendment rights of those he killed. When the child played dead during the Sandy Hook massacre, nobody suggested that the child was a coward. We marveled at her composure,insight, and intelligence demonstrated during a life-threatening confrontation to play dead to avoid being targeted by the shooter. If any of these students in Oregon had opted not to stand up and proclaim their Christianity, nobody would tell them that they should have stood up and taken the bullet to prove their devotion to their religion. If they had realized that Christians were the targets the shooter sought, surely all of them would have remained seated.
The Republican response to the Oregon shooting was predictable, but no less tolerable. The Donald offered his advice that the teachers should have been armed, and then everyone would have been “a hell of a lot better off.” It is a typical response of all Republicans to suggest that restricting firearms from the mentally ill is not appropriate. The ironic thing is that the Republicans seem to feel it should be the responsibility of our teachers to defend their students with their lives. Yet those same Republicans don’t feel it is their responsibility to defend their voters when they are having a campaign rally. Republicans refuse to allow people to bring guns to their campaign events, thereby limiting the chance that they will be shot, but limiting the Second Amendment rights of their supporters. Republicans, including Sarah Palin, are glad to have their pictures taken with guns, but they don’t “come packing” to their campaign events.
After each of the recent spate of mass shootings that have haunted America over the past several years, Republicans’ delusional response has remained the same: More guns would have allowed the good guys to stop the bad guys. Yet even at the GOP debates the members of the audience were not allowed to carry, and the debaters didn’t bring their guns.
- As Governor of Florida Jeb Bush passed the “Stand Your Ground” laws that played a role in the shooting deaths of Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis in 2012.
- Donald Trump has advocated an end to “gun-free” zones, though his own hotels and golf courses have a different policy.
- Ted Cruz — who recently released a video of himself proudly cooking bacon by wrapping it around the barrel of a machine gun — has advocated for soldiers to be able to carry concealed weapons on military bases; at least until he was rebuffed by John McCain and military leaders who informed him such a plan would bring greater danger to soldiers.
- After 20 students and six school employees were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012, as New York and Connecticut legislatures approved stricter gun control legislation, Rick Perry actively sought to recruit gun manufacturers from those states to come to Texas.
- Chris Christie is the one hold-out of the group. Christie opposes concealed weapons permits and called opponents of an assault weapons ban “crazy.” (Between that and the Bridgegate controversy, is it any wonder Christie has failed to gain any steam in the primary?)
So why is the Republican Party, which loudly espouses the safety benefits created by average folks packing heat wherever they go, holding its debates in venues that don’t allow concealed weapons? If Trump, Cruz, Bush, and their ilk think unlimited access to guns makes the general public safer, why do they take such a different stance on their own safety?
Stephen Colbert invited the Donald on his new show to give the Donald a chance to explain how he’d get Mexico to pay for the wall he’d build to separate our country from Mexico. Trump had NO answer. He didn’t even offer that he was rich enough to pay for it himself. Maybe it was a sign of things we could expect if Trump were elected. Maybe the only time the Donald would stop making such outrageous statements is if he were elected President. The ability of the Republican candidates to say whatever they want is possible because all three have NEVER held elected office.
Consider the Republican group of contenders. In a recent poll, Trump still leads the GOP candidates at 24%, with Carly Fiorina at 15%, and Ben Carson at 14%. Trump has never held political office. In business, Trump has demonstrated a willingness to take money from investors, and proudly declare now how rich he is.
Trump’s companies have filed bankruptcy FOUR times. He wears these bankruptcies proudly as he suggests that they were corporations, rather than personal bankruptcy! The reality is that by using corporations Trump avoided personal responsibility for defrauding investors of BILLIONS OF DOLLARS. In Bankruptcy #1, his casino was almost THREE BILLION DOLLARS IN DEBT. In bankruptcy #2 his hotel was $390 Million in debt when it filed. In #3, his hotel and casino was 1.8 BILLION IN DEBT. In #4 the company was $53.1 million in debt when it filed for reorganization. That means that Donald Trump has caused investors to lose over 5 BILLION DOLLARS because they believed in him. Yet he brags that he is rich, and “that’s the kind of mindset we need in this country.”
The second ranked Republican, Carly Fiorina, has never held political office. Her primary experience is her stint at Hewlett Packard as it’s CEO. However during that time she proved herself as one of worst CEO’s of a major company in America, according to Jeffrey Sonnenfeld, the head of the Yale business school. Mr. Sonnefeld had been critical of her for over a decade-long before she announced any political aspirations. After Fiorina served as the CEO of HP for six years, she was ousted in Feb. of 2005. By that time HP’s stock had lost nearly half its value. The Nasdaq index had fallen 27% during the same time frame. Adding insult to injury, HP’s stock rose 7% on the news that she was leaving HP. The second ranked leader in the Republican polls has been described as:
- She refuses to learn from failure.
- She plays fast and loose with highly misleading metrics, changing the goal posts by manipulating peer comparisons. (Fiorina brags that she doubled revenues—but she cut value in half. She talks about doubling employment at HP when all she did was combine the employment of two huge firms—and then lay off 30,000 employees. She presents her story as rags to riches saga, from secretary to CEO, when in fact she is the daughter of a Duke University Law School dean and a federal Appeals Court judge. She just worked for a few months as a receptionist after dropping out of UCLA law school.)
- She makes irresponsible decisions. (At HP, Fiorina abruptly pivoted from a strategy of chasing IT services to a splashier, but less sound strategy of ramping up in device manufacturing. While her predecessor, revered HP CEO Lew Platt, traveled coach in commercial planes, she demanded the company buy her a Gulfstream IV. More recently, her service on the Taiwan Semiconductor board indicates continued irresponsibility. Financial disclosures at the time Fiorina left the board in 2009 show that she attended just 17 percent of the company’s board meetings.)
- She is intolerant of dissent and resorts to personal attacks.
Dr. Ben Carson is the third ranked Republican in the polls. He too has never held elected office. Chris Wallace compared putting Ben Carson in the White House, to putting Barack Obama in the operating room.
Rush Limbaugh praises him as a great human being.
However being a great person, shouldn’t qualify you for elected office. In fact, it seem likely that a great human being would be taken advantage of, and be too trusting of unethical politicians and deceptive world leaders.
“Voters shouldn’t vote for Carson just because he’s different and a political outsider. The nation cannot count on someone who has never worked in government to reduce the country’s debt or simplify the tax code, as Carson wants to do. It is one thing for Americans to want a fresh face for the White House. But that fresh face needs some political experience.” Every U.S. president has been either a vice president, a U.S. representative, a senator, a governor, a cabinet member or at least an army major general prior to serving as Commander in Chief.
Regardless of political affiliations, Americans should demand an experienced leader. Many have criticized Barack Obama as an inexperienced political leader. Yet he had experience as a Senator. The top three GOP candidates have less combined experience in politics than Barack Obama when he was elected President.
As most of you know, suit was filed in Federal Court in Dallas on March 6th. The suit was necessitated by the failure of the Department of Homeland Security to produce documents under several FOIA requests. The first request, filed in June of 2012, over three years ago, focused on the allegations that Todd Palin introduced his prostitute to David Chaney, the Secret Service agent assigned to guard Sarah Palin during the 2008 election.
Here are the particular requests from the very first FOIA request:
1. Any statements made by David Chaney, or notes related to same, made by anyone that refers or relates in any way to the events in Colombia pertaining to any use by David Chaney or other Secret Service agents, of services that were actually provided by, or offered by, a prostitute.
2. Any statements made by David Chaney, and/or any Secret Service employee, past, or present, or notes related to same, made by anyone that refers or relates to an introduction by Todd Palin of any prostitute to any member of the Secret Service.
3. Any statements made by David Chaney, and/or any Secret Service employee, past or present, or notes related to same, that makes reference to services that were offered and/or provided by Shailey Tripp.
4. Any statements made by David Chaney, and/or any Secret Service employee, past or present, regarding any use of prostitution services in Alaska.
5. Any documents that refer or relate to an assignment of David Chaney to guard Sarah Palin.
6. Any documents that were actual or copies of receipts of David Chaney for any food or drink consumed in any bagel shop in Alaska, and any records that would disclose the identity of any of the people with whom David Chaney met at any bagel shop in Alaska.
7. Any documents that refer or relate to the days that David Chaney was assigned to guard Sarah Palin.
8. Any documents that refer or relate to any Facebook posts of David Chaney that refer or relate to Sarah Palin.
9. Any documents that refer or relate to any use of prostitutes by David Chaney.
10. Any documents that refer or relate to any illegal activities, or those activities that could potentially be illegal, of Todd Palin.
11. Any documents that refer or relate to monies paid by David Chaney for any services rendered in Alaska while on assignment to guard Sarah Palin.
12. Any documents that refer or relate to any disciplinary action taken by anyone against David Chaney.
13. Any documents that refer or relate to any sums of money paid by, or charged to, David Chaney for prostitution services.
14. Any documents that refer or relate to any sums of money paid by, or charged to David Chaney for prostitution services.
The Government Answered by April 10th, 2015. Thus, more than five months have passed since the attorney for the Department of Justice has been involved in this suit, and there seems to be no indication that even after filing suit, that the Secret Service feels any need to comply with the law. There has been no attempt to produce any documents that relate to, among other things, (1) expense reports of David Chaney while on assignment in Alaska in the fall of 2008 (these might confirm Shailey Tripp’s report of a meeting in a bagel shop in Alaska) (2) the investigation of Merek Shaffer, the agent assigned to investigate the allegations of Shailey Tripp regarding Todd Palin’s introduction of her to David Chaney, the Secret SErvice agent assigned to guard Sarah Palin during the 2008 campaign, and (3) any documents that refer or identify the ” ongoing enforcement proceedings” which was asserted as the reason for non-production of responsive documents. If the “ongoing enforcement proceeding” was a defense to producing documents, and if it was legitimate, then the documents related to same should be readily identifiable and available. They should have been the first documents produced. Nothing has been produced. The only logical conclusion is that A.T. Smith lied.
When the suit was filed, the government asserted that I was responsible for their attorneys fees incurred in defending this suit. In fact the government employs attorneys in the department of justice who defend this type of suit as part of their regular responsibilities. Additionally there is no case or statute that gives rise the the right of the government to collect their fees even if they win a FOIA suit. Thus the assertion of a claim for attorneys fees against me was purely for the purpose of intimidation.
Make no mistake. The suggestion that the Obama administration would be the most transparent ever is a joke. This is the actual mandate issued by President Obama hours after his inauguration:
MEMORANDUM FOR THE HEADS OF EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENTS AND AGENCIES
“The House Oversight Committee on Tuesday began a two-day hearing into the extraordinary ways the Obama Administration keeps undermining the Freedom of Information Act. Enacted in 1966, FOIA allows anyone to request information about any matter from a federal agency. The agency has 20 business days to respond (10 more in unusual circumstances), and the bar is set deliberately high for what government may withhold or redact.
Most Administrations play games with FOIA, but the Obama White House has turned stonewalling into an art form. A favorite tactic is to ignore or string out the requests. That’s what State did in Mrs. Clinton’s case, claiming it simply couldn’t get around to issuing her emails until next year. A court order was needed to get it to move, and that’s typical across the Administration.
FOIA request backlogs have more than doubled since President Obama took office. The feds received 714,231 FOIA requests in fiscal 2014, and nearly 160,000 weren’t processed within the legal time limit, up 67% from fiscal 2013.
Another trick is to impose sky-high fees. Under FOIA, certain groups (media, educational) are exempt from most fees, so agencies have taken to denying them their legitimate categorizations. The Department of Homeland Security is currently in court for having denied a research institute at Syracuse University educational status, which could cost the institute more than $100,000 for a FOIA request.
Most disturbing are examples of destroying or hiding information. FOIA requests are supposed to be handled by specific FOIA staff as a guard against political types hiding information. Yet the Journal reported in May that Mrs. Clinton’s longtime aide, Cheryl Mills, interfered with FOIA staff at State, at times blocking the release of politically sensitive documents.” Regardless of your feelings about Hillary’s e-mails, the public has a need to know and the failure to ensure openness in government does a disservice to our democracy.
In conclusion, I am sorry to report that the filing of suit seems to have had no effect on the government’s perception of its responsibility to produce documents. The inescapable conclusion I have reached is that the documents requested must be damaging to someone, or they would have been produced by now. Even if they confirm that Todd Palin was a pimp, there may be additional democrats implicated in the information. If the Secret Service looks worse than it already does, then the Obama administration may be hesitant to release these records. The unmistakable conclusion that I have reached is that the documents should have been produced, and that every means possible has been used to attempt to thwart producing these documents. Perhaps when a judge considers this matter he will be as amazed as I.
Everyone is focused on the hypocrisy of Bristol Palin, the ambassador of abstinence getting pregnant….again.
However the recently announced pregnancy of Bristol is more evidence of the hypocrisy of Sarah, not just Bristol. Sarah has previously demonstrated her unabashed willingness to proclaim the importance of traditional family values. Sarah was pregnant when she married. Todd was a pimp. Bristol had been an unwed teen mother when Sarah came out with America by Heart. Now she is pregnant again, at least for the second time, and maybe more. Track got Britta pregnant out of wed lock. While he did marry her, they are now divorced. Sarah has four/five children. None are married. None have a college degree. Sarah has two/three grandchildren. Soon it will be three/four. Given her experience raising small Republicans, remember what Sarah wrote in America by Heart, found in chapter Four, “Raising Small-r Republicans.”
• “90% of fatherhood is just showing up.”(page 103)
• “The founders simply took it for granted that a republic relies on informed and virtuous citizens, and that informed and virtuous citizens are created in turn by strong families.” (page 109)
• “The foundation of national morality must be laid in private families” (page 110)
• “After all, the damage done to the American family by widespread divorce and children without fathers is relative recent in our history.” (pages 113-114)
• “…this lack of fathers translated into high crime rates, rampant drug abuse, educational failure, and chronic welfare dependency.” (page 115)
• “In many cases, the difference was strong, intact families—the families our Founders deemed essential to the success of our republic.” (page 115)
• “Standing up for the family wasn’t fashionable then and it is even less fashionable now.” (page 116)
• “…families do matter and fathers do matter.”( page 117)
• “Many people have argued, rightly, that the core problem is the weakness of families. Two-parent families do some obvious things. They provide more people to watch over and care for children, and they supply male role models for young boys.” (page 118)
• To avoid poverty, do three things: finish high school, marry before having a child, and produce the child after you are twenty years old.” (page 119)
The Palin family has actually made money off the unwed teen pregnancy of Bristol. Even though Bristol herself has declared that abstinence is not realistic, she became an “Abstinence Ambassador” for Candies Foundation.
For that she made $262,500.00 from Candies alone.
Pictures of Tripp were a hot item. Bidding started at $100,000.00 and the ultimate winner was reported to pay $300,000.
Sarah can’t blame the media or the liberal elite for her family’s lack of values. It is clear that Sarah Palin proclaims the importance of traditional family values, but does not have them.
How could we forget the indiscretions of Eliot Spitzer, Mark Sanford, former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani called a “notorious philanderer” by his third wife, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, and admitted adulterer John McCain? Perhaps the reason for Sarah Palin being singled out as worse than the others, is that she has proclaimed the importance of family values in her book
and in television shows.
Rick Perry, the indicted felon was in Iowa this weekend.
The Senator from Iowa known for her ability to castrate animals was on hand.
The minister preoccupied with the libidos of women was there.
A doctor was on hand in case any Siamese twins needed to be separated.
Somebody with a vagina was there, but it wasn’t Sarah Palin.
How could Sarah miss an event like this? She has always turned out in Iowa in the past. One of her most memorable speeches was given in Iowa.
I know the barbecue in Kentucky was over.
I know she got off the boat.
They had motorcycles there and pretended to raise money for the Puppy Jake Foundation, two of Palin’s favorite things.
Unable to answer the question, I went to Sarah’s Facebook post, and the answer was obvious. She was afraid that Joni Ernst might confuse Piper’s new pig with one of her own.