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For some time many readers have declared that Sarah Palin is delusional.  Sarah has suggested that she is often a victim of the “lamestream” media taking her words out of context.  Thus to be fair, here is the entire Facebook  post of Sarah Palin:

So Hillary’s campaign stylist apparently leaked to the NYT she wore a white pantsuit to her convention as homage to the democrat female politician, Geraldine Ferraro, who’d also worn white. I was asked why I wore white, too. For the record – I wore it in ’08 because it was the outfit with no baby barf encrusted on the shoulder.

From other appearances, I thought Palin could identify colors.  I thought she was particularly fond of black and white.

 

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NATIONAL HARBOR, MD - FEBRUARY 26: Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin addresses the 42nd annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) February 26, 2015 in National Harbor, Maryland. Conservative activists attended the annual political conference to discuss their agenda. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

I remembered Palin at the RNC in 2008.  I remembered these images:

 

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I remembered John McCain wearing a white shirt.  However Sarah was NOT wearing white.  She was wearing a champagne colored top, black skirt, and black shoes.  Yet in her mind she was dressed like  Clinton:

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton arrives on stage during the fourth and final night of the Democratic National Convention at Wells Fargo Center on July 28, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. . / AFP / Nicholas Kamm (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

There is nothing comparable between Sarah Palin and Hillary Clinton, including the color of their clothes!


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Yesterday I reported that Radar Online had picked up the story of the blatant corruption, cover-up, and coercive behavior of the agents in the Secret Service.  Today another article has been published giving more examples of corrupt behavior and use and abuse of tax payer money revealed in the documents produced by the Secret Service and the Office of the Inspector General.

The amazing thing is that the Judge in my FOIA suit has ruled that NO attorney fees should be reimbursed to me.  His justification is that my request for these documents does not result in any  “legitimate public benefit.”  He further explains that there is no “new evidence not previously available that warrants the extraordinary relief sought”.  Here is the complete order:

The only case cited by the Court as as justification for his ruling is Cotton vs. Heyman..  That was a case where the Plaintiff was an employee of the Smithsonian Institution who was fired.  She made a FOIA request to obtain documents regarding her employment history to support her employment discrimination suit.  Thus her request was clearly designed to assist in her own suit against the government.  It seems painfully obvious that that case is dramatically different than my own.

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In the case at hand the purpose for the FOIA requests were to bring to light government corruption, the attempts to cover up that corruption, and the coercive behavior of A.T. Smith used to attempt to thwart me in my pursuit of the information and documents requested.  I have no personal financial interest in the information.  I make no money off my blog.

The Federal Government describes the FOIA this way: 

“Since 1967, the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) has provided the public the right to request access to records from any federal agency. It is often described as the law that keeps citizens in the know about their government. Federal agencies are required to disclose any information requested under the FOIA unless it falls under one of nine exemptions which protect interests such as personal privacy, national security, and law enforcement.”

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Louis Brandeis, an Associate Justice on the United States Supreme Court from 1916 to 1939, said:

Publicity is justly commended as a remedy for social and industrial diseases. Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants; electric light the most efficient policeman.” 

The reality is that in the absence of being reimbursed for attorney fees incurred in bringing light on government corruption, no citizen will fight to gain the documents necessary to uncover that corruption.  It took over four years to gain these documents.  It took the combination of my legal background, and the financial ability to pay the attorney fees necessary to obtain a Court Order requiring production of these documents.  Now that the documents have been produced, at an expense in excess of $100,000.00, my only option may be to appeal the decision of the trial court.  Such an appeal will result in expenditure of even more time, more attorney fees, or untold personal time that will not likely be reimbursable under the current FOIA law.  Understand that I have not asked for reimbursement of the value of my time in fighting to obtain these records over the last four years.  I personally reviewed the thousands of pages of redacted documents that were produced to me.  I made no request for reimbursement of my personal time for review of the documents.  When Radar Online contacted me about the documents, I voluntarily produced summaries of relevant quotes from the documents, as it would be too time consuming for a national publication to personally review the thousands of pages produced by the government.
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John McCain said: “Excessive administration secrecy…feeds conspiracy theories and reduces the public’s confidence in government.”
President Obama said:  “I’ll turn the page on a growing empire of classified information.  We’ll protect sources and methods, but we won’t use sources and methods to hide the truth.”
Senator John Cornyn, my Senator from Texas said:  “Open government is fundamentally an American issue, not a Republican or Democrat issue.”
If America is ever to be the country that we dream it could be, we must curb the rampant government corruption and intimidation of an average American who fights to hold our government accountable.  We must ENCOURAGE citizen involvement by, at a minimum, reimbursing out of pocket expenses when a citizen substantially prevails in proving government corruption.  We must stop rewarding government employees like Mark Sullivan, the retired Head of the Secret Service, who was determined by Congress as having lied to Congress in a hearing before the Oversight Committee.   We didn’t send him to jail for committing perjury.  We allowed him to retire with full governmental benefits.  We rewarded him for overseeing 20 years of corruption in the Secret Service, and then lying to Congress, saying that the corruption within his agency did not exist.  When citizens of the United States began to find fault with the Secret Service for corruption and ineptness, the Secret Service then hired a PR firm, at the expense of tax payers, to convince taxpayers that the corruption and ineptness that did exist, did not.
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From the moment Sarah Palin took the stage at the 2008 Republican Convention, people asked “How could he?”  We were aghast that John McCain could put America in danger of ever having Sarah Palin become the President of the United States.  Now the question that we should all be asking is who else was responsible?  How could anyone be so foolish as to think that she could ever be prepared to lead the country?  Wasn’t it obvious to anyone doing any checking that she was not the conservative that she pretended to be?  Her level of incompetence and inexperience was apparent in her job as Governor of Alaska.  Yet she was still selected.

As we are aghast that Donald Trump is about to become the GOP nominee, there is a greater threat than Trump.  It is that Sarah Palin could be picked as his Vice Presidential Running mate.  The writing could be on the wall…or the bathroom stall.  A.B. Culvahouse Jr. is a 67 year old politico who helped McCain vet Sarah Palin.  Evidently the Donald thinks Mr. Culvahouse did such a fantastic job in the ’08 election that Trump has selected him to vet his potential choices for Vice President.  

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Culvahouse identified Palin as having “a lot of capacity.”  Culvahouse has since laughed about the Palin pick.  He said to McCain…”Well, what’s your bottom line?’ I said, ‘John. High risk, high reward.’ And his response, ‘You shouldn’t have told me that, I’ve been a risk-taker all of my life.'”  Thus Culvahouse wasn’t focused on who would be good for America, but who might help McCain get elected.

The frightening thing is that even though Trump has already made it known that he would find a place in his cabinet for Sarah Palin, he is still the Republican front runner.

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Sarah was clearly selected by Culvahouse and McCain based on her youth and appearance.  We can only hope that her appearance has declined sufficiently that Trump will opt for a younger, more attractive choice?!

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She is also perceived now as a much older woman.  During the ’08 campaign she was perceived to be a new mother.  She is now an old grandmother.

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If there was ever a question about Trump’s judgment, or what type of leaders he would pick as his closest advisers, just remember that his biggest decision thus far is who he would choose to vet his Vice Presidential pick.  By selecting the person who recommended Palin for the V.P. slot in ’08, we have learned all we need to know about the type of judgment Trump would exercise if elected President.

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 Ms. McCain is commenting on the obvious difference in “conservative principles” and the”cult of personality and celebrity.”  Salon makes these observations:
“The myopia here is staggering. Although she didn’t respond, I asked Meghan if she remembers an obscure, half-forgotten figure named Sarah Palin? I asked because, in so many ways, there is no Trump without Palin. Palin was Trump before Trump. The rambling incoherence, the vacuousness, the reality TV theatrics, the ghastly marriage of ignorance and confidence – Palin brought this to national politics long before Trump did.”

Like Trump, Palin had no governing philosophy, no vision, and lacked a basic understanding of political life. But she was greeted as a rock star by conservative pundits, who were convinced they could sell her to the base. Trump no doubt noticed this, and took from 2008 an obvious lesson: Win the headlines and Republican primary voters will follow.”

 

“Palin proved, beyond any reasonable doubt, that “personality” and “celebrity” trumped conservative principles in today’s Republican Party. She proved that a substance-free media-centric strategy could work at the highest level of politics. Palin was dangerously unlettered, and yet the attention she received propped her up to an extraordinary degree. If they weren’t facing an historical candidate in Obama, they might have succeeded. That we came this close to that reality ought to have been a turning point for the country and for the Republican Party. But it wasn’t. And Trump confirms it.”

 

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The comparison is unmistakable.  Donald Trump has hosted 14 seasons of the Apprentice.  His celebrity has catapulted him to the top of the GOP ticket.

Sarah Palin and Bristol have hosted only a couple of seasons of reality shows, so Sarah was relegated to the Vice Presidential spot, instead of the top of the ticket.

John McCain is totally responsible for putting Sarah in this position, so it is ironic that Meghan now complains about the GOP promoting personality and celebrity.

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