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Dan Patrick is an example of all that is wrong with America.  As a representative of the State of Texas, he gave this interview:

 

“Too many in the general public who aren’t criminals but have a big mouth are creating situations like we saw last night,” an emotional Patrick said during an interview with Fox News on Friday. He later added, “All those protesters last night, they ran the other way expecting the men and women in blue to turn around and protect them—what hypocrites!”

“I do blame people on social media with their hatred toward police,” he said. While pointing out that last night’s Dallas protest was peaceful, Patrick said, “I do blame former Black Lives Matter protests.”

 Dale Hansen had a different thought:

It is precisely because Black Men were killed by representatives of law and order that there was a need for a protest and organization called “Black Lives Matter.”  Because Dan Patrick is speaking as a representative of the State of Texas, he exacerbates the tragedy.  Patrick is an example of all that is wrong with our government.


For the last 6 years I have covered Sarah Palin.  I have written about her stupidity and her vulgar comments.  I have covered her violations of the law.  I have written about the hypocrisy of her attitudes about abstinence, while her children spawned at least four babies out of wedlock.  I have covered the Palin family brawl, and Track’s domestic violence.  Who could forget her love of guns and constant promotion of the Phrase: “Don’t Retreat, Reload”.  I have covered her response to the shooting of Gabby Giffords and the Sandy Lake shooting.  However nothing Palin has done in the past compares to the offensiveness of her new Facebook post claiming that BlackLivesMatter‬ is a Farce.

It was NOT Black Lives Matter that killed Dallas Police Officers.  It was a lone gunman with an assault weapon.

Dallas Police Chief David O. Brown said Johnson told negotiators before he was killed that he was acting alone and was unaffiliated with any group.  Moreover   is a group that advocates dignity, justice and freedom. Not murder.

The shooter was a member of the military.  We don’t say that the military is a Farce.  Nobody has suggested that the military advocates the senseless killing of police officers. A disproportionate number of African Americans serve in the military (17.8%).  Blacks represent 13.2% of the people in America.  How often have we heard Sarah Palin say “thank a vet”.

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The shooter in Dallas, Micah Xavier Johnson, was sent home by the Army after being accused of sexual harassment by a female soldier.   The Army discharged  him other than honorably, due to the incident.  The victim indicated Johnson needed mental help.  She sought a  protective order to keep him away from her and her family.

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  The shooting of police officers in Dallas is a tragedy for Dallas, and the country.  It is tragic that Blacks feel a need to protest because police officers from around the country have been caught executing unarmed black men who posed no threat to the officers.  Here are just a few videos that have been posted on You Tube.  Remember these were the incidents that we caught on video.  There are probably hundreds of incidents that were not recorded, but resulted in brutality or death.

 

The Dallas Police Chief describes the tragedy for Dallas, Police, the Black Community, and America.

 

For Sarah Palin to minimize this tragedy is unforgivable!  Both police and Blacks feel unsafe.  America is in crisis.  Police Officers are fearful that they will be killed for the inexcusable conduct of other police.  Blacks are fearful that they will be killed because of the pigment of their skin.  Simply the phrase “Black Lives Matter” is an indication of the problem.  To suggest that the problem is a “farce” puts Sarah Palin into the category of a White Supremacist.

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Because she has such a following, her hateful comments exacerbate the pain the country is experiencing.  From this point forward, I encourage everyone reading, to refuse to watch any television show Sarah Palin may appear on.  Refuse to associate with any political party who gives her a microphone.  Any publisher who published one of her books should never be supported with your dollars.  Sarah Palin deserves to be marooned on a deserted island, surrounded by sharks,  where she is unable to speak to another human being, ever again.

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For over 30 years Dallas has been my home.  For 12 years I worked in Downtown Dallas.  For 15 years I lived within three miles of downtown.  For 8 years I drove my children to school and home every day, passing through the streets of Dallas.  Today I awoke to the stories of the 5 officers killed, 7 shot, and 2 civilians who were shot yesterday during a protest of violence against Blacks in America.  As I sought information on the shootings, the first video I saw brought tears to my eyes.   The sound of an assault weapon was unmistakable.

If I could walk without assistance, I would have joined the protesters in downtown to express my outrage about the violence against Blacks in America.  Thus I could have been one of the injured.  The truth is that every American was injured by this senseless violence.  It is an assault on the American way of life for people to be so desperate for justice that they kill the very officers who dedicate their lives to bringing order to our city.  Obviously the officers shot and killed were not the ones who have killed unarmed men.  Obviously these officers might have been married to a Black spouse.  Their best friends may be Black.  They may have volunteered to work the protest as they felt aligned with the protesters.
The tragedy is that these shooters felt there was no other way they could get justice for the disparate treatment of Blacks than to strike out against police generally.  The sad reality is that even if race issues disappeared tomorrow, there would be other people who feel a need to strike out, using violence.  The shooters at the Sandy Hook elementary school,  the theater in Colorado, and the club in Orlando were not protesting race issues.  The commonality among these shooters is the ease with which they could obtain assault weapons.  Even the Boston bombers didn’t kill 5  people!  Yet the use of an assault weapon is a guarantee to kill many people very quickly.

Sixty seven percent of Americans support stricter gun control.  A strong majority of Americans, including gun owners, consistently support laws prohibiting assault weapons.  For example, a poll conducted in December 2012 found that 62% of Americans favored banning military-style assault weapons.  In another survey, 67% of Field & Stream readers polled did not consider assault weapons to be legitimate sporting guns. A review of mass shootings between January 2009 and January 2013 by Mayors Against Illegal Guns found thatincidents where assault weapons or large capacity ammunition magazines were used resulted in 135% more people shot and 57% more killed, compared to other mass shootings.

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A study analyzing FBI data shows that 20% of the law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty from 1998 to 2001 were killed with assault weapons.6 Anecdotal evidence from law enforcement leaders suggests that military-style assault weapons are increasingly being used against law enforcement by drug dealers and gang members.7  In response, law enforcement agencies are upgrading their arsenals to include more assault weapons.8  A 2007 report by the International Association of Chiefs of Police recommended that Congress enact an effective ban on military-style assault weapons in order to curb the ability of criminals to “outgun” law enforcement officers.9

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The Lapsed Federal Assault Weapons Ban:  In 1994, Congress adopted the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, which made it “unlawful for a person to manufacture, transfer, or possess” a semiautomatic assault weapon.13  The law was adopted with a sunset clause, however, and expired in 2004, despite overwhelming public support for its renewal.  Thus, semi-automatic, military style weapons that were formerly banned under the federal law are now legal unless banned by state or local law.

Despite its limited duration, studies show that the federal assault weapon ban resulted in a marked decrease in the use of assault weapons and large capacity ammunition magazines in crime.  One study found that in several major cities, the share of recovered crime guns that were assault weapons declined by at least 32% after the federal ban was adopted.16  Another study found that the expiration of the federal assault weapon ban likely contributed to increased drug-trafficking related violence in Mexico, which often involves semi-automatic assault rifles sold in the U.S, as noted above. The authors of that study found that after the federal ban expired, there was a 40% increase in homicide rates in areas in Mexico along the Texas, New Mexico and Arizona borders compared to areas along the California border.17 California bans assault weapons under state law while the other border states do not.

The Federal Assault ban is proof that banning assault weapons is constitutional.  The second amendment does not give citizens the right to arm themselves with tanks, grenades, bazookas, or missiles.  Sarah Palin is known for her promotion of guns, and advertises the slogan “don’t retreat, reload.”  Of course the shooters with assault weapons don’t need to re-load, as their guns already carry enough ammunition to eliminate multiple targets.

Our leaders must encourage peaceful demonstrations.  When people like Donald Trump and Sarah Palin advocate violence, they encourage and promote death and destruction.  The amazing thing is that they protect themselves, by restricting guns at events where they appear, but are outspoken proponents of rights of gun owners to carry guns in places where their personal safety is not at risk. When Trump appears at a rally guns are not permitted.  Even though Trump has said that if elected he would eliminate gun-free zones.  However his own properties are gun-free zones.  

Likewise, Palin doesn’t allow guns when she appears.  At the same time Palin says that “gun free zones” is “stupid on steroids.” 

In the year since the Sandy Hook killings, 12,042 people have died from gun violence.
The United States has more guns and gun deaths than any other developed country in the world. The U.S. has 88 guns per 100 people and 10 gun-related deaths per 100,000 people — more than any of the other 27 developed countries studied.

Enough of this craziness!  People like Palin and Trump promote the problem.  If they insist that their own rallies be “gun free zones” why don’t we insist that all public appearances be gun free zones? ng


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Todd Gillman of the Dallas Morning News reports on a new bipartisan law that has just been passed by the House on Monday.  The new bill, co-written by Senator John Cornyn, is an update to the 50 year old FOIA law.  The new law is designed to promote easier access to government documents.  It also creates an office to mediate disputes.  For years, lawmakers “accuse the executive branch, under presidents of both parties, of lacking transparency and shielding embarrassing or politically damaging information from them, the news media, and the public.”

“The Sunshine in government Initiative, a coalition of nine media groups that includes The Associated Press, applauded the bill’s passage, AP reported.”

The four year saga of attempting to get information on the Todd Palin-David Chaney-Shailey Tripp meeting may be about to come to an end.  The passage of this new law re-affirms the public’s need to know.  It is a Texas Senator who has taken responsibility for demanding greater transparency.  It is a Texas Federal Court that is deciding the outcome of my FOIA suit.  Judge Cummings is empowered to make the government accountable to taxpayers for attempting to hide information on abuse and misuse of taxpayer money.  Even though thousands of pages of documents have now been produced, we still don’t have the hotel bill, paid by the government for the rooms of the Secret Service agents in Cartagena.  That bill will likely disclose the “overnight fees” paid by the government for the prostitutes brought back to the hotel by the agents.  I know from the documents produced thus far that the hotel bill was paid directly by the federal government.   I still don’t have the documents that prove the amount of money spent by the Secret Service for a media-relations firm hired to convince us that the corruption that existed within the Secret Service didn’t exist.  I have some copies of expenses incurred in Alaska by David Chaney, but not his credit card bill that would show places he ate…including the potential charge at a bagel shop in Alaska.  I know that Shailey Tripp reported that two other men met with she, Todd, and David Chaney at a bagel shop in Alaska.  I know that there were two other agents assigned to guard Sarah Palin in Alaska.  I just don’t have their names, as they were redacted.  I wonder if anyone bothered to ask them about that meeting?

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I know that Janet Napolitano, Mark Sullivan, A.T. Smith, David Chaney, David Nieland, and Charles Edwards have all resigned.  What I don’t know, because it has not been produced is how much money we are paying these people in retirement benefits.  It is apparent from the records that have been produced that when someone in the Secret Service is found to have been involved in an embarrassing situation …child abuse, rape, sexual harassment, use of prostitutes, or even perjury while testifying before Congress, RETIREMENT is their REWARD for their bad behavior.  They don’t get fired.  They don’t go to jail.  They get to quit working, and remain on the government payroll.  We can’t begin to hold our government accountable until we can access the documents that reveal this travesty!

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Sunshine week was March 12-18th.  Sunshine week is an annual nationwide celebration of access to public information.

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Perhaps Sunshine Week is the reason Todd Palin needs sunglasses?

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It was January of 2011 that the National Enquirer ran a story identifying Todd Palin as a pimp.

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For over five years I have tried to obtain independent corroborating evidence of the report.  It wasn’t until the Colombia scandal broke that I learned of the connection between Todd Palin, David Chaney (the agent assigned to guard Sarah during the ’08 campaign, and one of the supervisors involved in the Colombia scandal) and Shailey Tripp.

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I have posted several reports on the voluminous documents produced as a result of a Court Order entered in the FOIA suit pending in Federal Court in Dallas.  Here are the posts:

  1.  Part I:  Relevant Background
  2. Part II:  The Secret Service an Agency in Crisis: One Employee’s Account
  3. Part III:  Notice to the Congressional Oversight Committee
  4. Part IV:  Telling Lies is Part of the Culture of the Secret Service
  5. Part V: The Deception of David Chaney and the Secret Service
  6. Part VI:  Critical Documents Still Missing in the FOIA Suit
  7. Part VII:  Two Pages that Highlight the Culture of Corruption

The original approach of DHS to the FOIA requests was to simply ignore the requests.  When that didn’t work, and I threatened a suit, AT Smith of the Secret Service offered to produce a statement of David Chaney (which should have already been produced in response to my FOIA requests) in exchange for an agreement to withdraw all pending FOIA requests.  Assuming that the Secret Service and DHS has been truthful when they asserted that documents could not be produced due to “ongoing enforcement proceedings,” I agreed.  When the statement of Chaney was produced, at least 50% of the statement was redacted, but he denied any knowledge of Shailey Tripp.  It was hard to understand why there would be relevant “ongoing enforcement proceedings” if Chaney didn’t know Tripp, but I waited the 6 months to refile my FOIA requests.  When I did I asked for documents to reveal the “ongoing enforcement proceedings.”  Nothing has been produced to indicate that there was EVER an “enforcement proceeding” that pertained to Todd Palin or David Chaney.

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When the documents requested were still not produced, and after repeated appeals to the DHS and various politicians, I filed suit in Federal Court to enforce my rights to receive the requested documents.  After the suit was filed, the coercive behavior of the government continued.  The attorney for the Department of Justice asserted a claim against ME, asserting that I should have to pay the attorney fees of the government.  I filed new FOIA requests with the DOJ and DHS asking for any statutory or case law to justify the assertion against a citizen of a claim for attorney fees by the government in a FOIA case.  I also requested a copy of ANY case where attorney fees had ever been awarded to the government and against a Plaintiff in a FOIA case.  Both the DHS and the DOJ have not produced a single document in response.  The clear indication is that such a claim was asserted to attempt to intimidate me.

When lies, delay tactics, and coercion didn’t work, the Court ordered production of the documents.  Days before the deadline set by the Court, the Office of Inspector General asked for an extension of time, for YEARS to produce documents that were required by law to be produced in 20 days.  The Court ordered compliance with the original order.

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Now, being out of options, the next attempt to hide the truth was the production of such a large volume of documents which would be overwhelming to review, hoping that perhaps I wouldn’t spend the time to read every page.  Even though I had attorneys hired to handle the case, the attorney fees associated with reviewing thousands of pages of documents would likely triple the cost of the lawsuit.  The Secret Service produced four binders of documents, which were each approximately 4 inches   thick.  Additionally, OIG produced roughly 10 inches of documents, representing thousands of pages.  The OIG is still producing documents.  My first challenge was to review the Secret Service documents.  After many long nights of reviewing those documents, I began to tackle the massive number of documents produced by the OIG. My assumption was that the OIG documents would essentially be a duplication of the Secret Service documents.  I was wrong.  The documents that should have been part of the records of the Secret Service, were only produced by the OIG.  Even though there were thousands of pages, I was determined to review each and every page.

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Yesterday, I finally made it to the last pages of the thousands produced by OIG.  Roughly twenty pages before the last document produced was a document identified as “Report of Investigation”.  (OIG-2014-0000007A)  It was described as an “Independent Review of Cartagena, Colombia Incident”.  The “Reporting Agent was identified as David Nieland and was dated 9-26-12.  (Note: David Nieland is the agent that was himself arrested in 2014 in a prostitution sting and then resigned.)  All of the thousand of pages produced redacted the names of the agents involved in the Colombia scandal, protecting the privacy interest of those agents who were forced to resign.  Thus David Chaney’s name is usually not apparent in any document that relates to his involvement.  It is clear however that David Chaney was one of two “ senior supervisors” ousted from the Secret Service as a result of his involvement in the Colombia prostitution scandal.  He was also the agent that was assigned to guard Sarah Palin during the ’08 campaign.  You remember, he was the one who posted pictures of himself on Facebook, “checking her out , if you know what i mean”.

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In the report of David Neiland, dated 9-26-12, Mr. Neiland reported on the interview of “Employee #2”.  While the name of the employee is redacted, it is apparent to me that it is David Chaney.  Relevant portions of the statement include:

Later in the day on April 11, 2012 ________met with ____ near the swimming pool at the Caribe hotel in Cartagena, Colombia.  ________ stated __________ told him that he wanted to go to   a strip club and take prostitutes back to the hotel while in Cartagena since prostitution was legal in Colombia.”

“On June 6, 2012, __________ stated that his attorney ________ received a telephone call …”

“…was asked whether he would be willing to submit to a polygraph examination to which he responded in the negative…”

“_________ stated that this interview focused on a story which appeared on an internet blog written in which he was referenced in alleged sexual encounters between ____________ and ______________”

“________ also admitted to the OIG that he had solicited prostitutes on two previous occasions, once in __________ in 2008 or 2009 and the other time in ___________ in 2009.”

 

I believe this is the statement of Chaney because:

  1.  Chaney and Stokes were the supervisors involved in the Colombia scandal, so I would anticipate they would be the first two agents to be interviewed.  That would explain why he was the “Employoee #2” interviewed in Mr. Neiland’s report.
  2. Chaney had an attorney involved to represent him in the scandal, and this document confirms that the person giving the statement had an attorney.
  3. Chaney did not agree to take a polygraph examination, and the person giving this interview refused a polygraph.
  4. I am unaware of any “internet blog” that reported on a story of one of the agents in Colombia who used prostitutes in America, except my report regarding Chaney, Todd Palin, and Shailey Tripp.
  5. The fact that this agent admitted to solicitation of a prostitute in 2008 is consistent with the time frame Shailey Tripp reported with regard to her encounter with Mr. Chaney.
  6. The statement provided to me of Mr. Chaney by AT Smith was dated June 6, 2012, the same day referenced in this interview, and which the agent interviewed indicated focused on a story which appeared on an internet blog.

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The most amazing part of this report is not that it is consistent with Shailey Tripp’s account, that it confirms a history of using prostitutes that pre-dated the Colombia scandal, that Chaney was not required to take a polygraph test, that it was never disclosed to me in the statement of Chaney provided by AT Smith that Chaney admitted to use of prostitutes before April of 2012,  or that it confirms the fact that the Director of the Secret Service, Mark Sullivan, lied to Congress in his testimony.  The amazing thing to me is that this report was generated  almost four years ago, is specifically relevant to the FOIA request that I repeatedly submitted, and was easily identifiable as responsive to my request.  It took over one year of litigation, a Court Order,  and over $100,000 in attorney’s fees to obtain a report that was  available 3 1/2 years ago.  Thus it appears that the culture of corruption extends far beyond the Secret Service.

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