If Not Me, Who? If Not Now, When?


Edmund Burke is credited with saying:

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”

I think that saying applies to women, as much,or perhaps more, than to men.  When John McCain tapped Sarah Palin to be the Vice President, I was so offended I felt it necessary to write a book to document the multitude of things Sarah Palin had done that should have established her as a potential threat to our way of life.

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I knew that it would have to be self published.  I knew it would never be a best-seller.   Yet it seemed the right thing to do.   I started this blog as a way to document the ongoing insanity of all things Palin.  I’ve posted every day for over 6 years and have over 5 million views.  I make no money from the blog. I lost money on the book.  Yet I had no regrets.  I felt it was my obligation.

When Shailey Tripp had the courage to speak out about Todd Palin, I once again felt it was my obligation to attempt to uncover the truth.  Todd Palin has never denied the allegations.  Shailey gave her story to the Natinal Enquirer,

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and wrote a book, providing names and details that couldn’t be made up.

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I confirmed that the Anchorage Police Department was corrupt.  Nobody seemed to care.  Not one national media source picked up the story.

When David Chaney was implicated in the Colombia scandal, Shailey Tripp identified him as a customer introduced to her by her pimp Todd Palin.  I thought that surely the Secret Service would investigate.  Either they didn’t or they covered-up what they found.  Thinking that my only option left was to file suit, I hired attorneys in Dallas to pursue my rights under the FOIA law.  That suit has been pending for over a year.  The Judge ordered the Defendants to produce documents.  That order was entered almost 4 months ago.  DHS and the Secret Service obtained an order granting final judgment in the case almost thirty days ago.

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TODAY, for the first time, the Office of Inspector General has identified over 8000 pages of documents that it has sent to the Secret Service for processing.  That means that the Secret Service is likely the agency of government from which these documents were generated.  It probably means that all 8000 pages of documents were originally Secret Service documents.  It probably means that the USSS lied to the Court when it indicated that it  had produced all responsive documents.

When Mark Sullivan, former director of the Secret Service, lied to Congress while under oath, nobody seemed to notice.That was in May of 2012. Sullivan was presumed to have lied as early as October of 2012.  Congress issued its report in December of 2015 in which Congress concluded Sullivan lied. Yet no charges for perjury were filed.  Instead Sullivan enjoys a lucrative retirement as the expense of US taxpayers.

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David Nieland is the agent charged with the hands on investigation of the Colombia scandal.  He was himself arrested by Florida police coming out of a house of prostitution.  He resigned.  He is getting retirement benefits paid by the taxpayers of the United States.

Charles Edwards was the person in charge of the Office of Inspector General, was charged with overseeing the investigation of the culture of corruption within the Secret Service.   A Congressional committee found that he…” altered or delayed investigative reports to accommodate senior department officials and abused his position by having a member of his staff work on his doctoral dissertation. The subcommittee concluded that Edwards “jeopardized the independence of” the Inspector General’s Office (OIG). He was determined to have  “altered and delayed investigations at the request of senior administration officials, compromising his independent role as an inspector general, according to a new report from a Senate oversight panel.”  Yet, Mr. Edwards enjoys continued employment at tax payer expense.

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David Chaney is one of the 13 Secret Service agents who engaged the services of a prostitute in Colombia.  He resigned in April of 2012, according to the Washington Post.  However from documents produced in my FOIA case we know he was still on the government payroll in June of 2012.  He is also the agent who guarded Sarah Palin during the 08 campaign,and according to Shailey Tripp, was introduced to her by her pimp, Todd Palin, and subsequently came to her for services.  Because documents in the FOIA suit have been redacted to protect the names of the agents involved in Colombia, it is unclear if and when Chaney actually retired.  He is getting salary or retirement benefits that we the tax payers are paying.  It appears there we never charges brought against him and not penalty was imposed regarding his salary or retirement benefits.

david chaney and prostitute

A.T. Smith is the Deputy Director who induced me to settle my FOIA claims in July of 2013.   He represented that there were “ongoing enforcement proceedings” to justify withholding documents.  However in the thousands of pages of documents that have been produced in the suit, there is not one single page of documents that reveals that there was EVER an “enforcement proceeding.”  When the statement of Chaney was produced in exchange for withdrawing all my pending FOIA requests, (a document that should have already been produced) AT Smith redacted over half of the document without excuse, justification, or even the assertion that an exemption applied.  One ofthe lines that he redacted indicated that Chaney would take a polygraph to confirm the truth of the statements in the affidavit.  Smith failed to produce the test message of Chaney, from the day of his statement, withdrawing his agreement to take a polygraph statement.

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The reality is that when government employees are caught committing malfeasance, they aren’t fired.  They are given the option to resign, in essence preserving the right to retirement benefits, but at the same time allowing them the opportunity to seek gainful employment elsewhere.  Thus they are rewarded for their bad behavior, and we the taxpayers pay the price.

From the thousands of pages of documents produced already,it appears Secret Service agents were reimbursed for expenses associated with availing themselves of prostitutes.  However the specific documents to prove that have still not been produced.

I am one person.  I have devoted thousands of hours and thousands of dollars working to reveal the truth.  Yet it seems that instead of media fighting to cover the story, nobody is interested. It seems it is too controversial.  Imagine suggesting that the government is corrupt!  Why do we have a Freedom of Information Act,if it is used to punish citizens who try to reveal the truth about government?  Why do we pretend to care about making the Federal Government accountable, if we don’t really care?  Famous people said:

“Sunshine is the greatest disinfectant”
Louis D. Brandeis

“Far too often when citizens seek records from our government, they are met with long delays, denials and difficulty. Federal agencies can routinely and repeatedly deny requests for information with near impunity. Making the situation worse, requesters have few alternatives to lawsuits to appeal an agency’s decision.”
Senator John Cornyn of Texas

The liberties of a people never were, nor ever will be, secure, when the transactions of their rulers may be concealed from them.”
Patrick Henry

“…assurances mean little without accurate information and accountability. The principle that government information belongs to the people is more than a quaint idea.”
Joy Horowitz

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“The same prudence, which, in private life, would forbid our paying our money for unexplained projects, forbids it in the disposition of public moneys.”
Thomas Jefferson

“Information is the currency of democracy.”
Thomas Jefferson

The sound you hear is silence!  I can’t do this alone.  We each must take the time to show we care.  Tweet this story out. Post it on Facebook. Contact any media source you can.  Send an e-mail to your elected representatives.  This is a story about we the people saying we are mad as hell, and we’re not going to take this any more! Network celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, and the message is more powerful today than 40 years ago!

9 thoughts on “If Not Me, Who? If Not Now, When?

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  1. Walt kelly wrote,”We have met the enemy and he is us.” So long as American people don’t demand accountability from their elected officials and the bureaucracy in place to administer the accountability our elected officials and those who want to be elected will not be accountable thus making us the enemy.

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  2. Malia — Don’t give up the fight.You have inspired many people to care about not letting any nitwit near the White House. I started sending blog-like emails to friends after Palin was nominated as VP. I thought following her would be a colorful exercise in democracy. Keeping her away from D.C. was my goal.

    Little did I know then that 8 years later I’d still be emailing my opinions about her and the innumerable Right Wingers who have surfaced in the interim. The Internet had provided a platform for the truly stupid and that terrifying reality is coming home to roost in the form of the stupidest candidate ever to run for the White House. Trump is 2016’s answer to Palin of ’08.

    The succession of dumb twits running for political office makes me fear for America, so it’s more important than ever that we stand guard against their 2-digit IQs, their bigotry, their racism and their misogyny. And that makes YOU an important member of ‘the resistance.”

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    1. Jason,
      I have to leave the computer each night and watch Criminal Minds. There is something therapeutic about watching serial killers. they are insane, but at least you understand how and why they got that way.

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