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Rocker Ted Nugent and Sarah Palin laugh before a rally for Republican senate candidate John Raese at Haddad Riverfront Park in Charleston, W.Va., on Saturday, Oct. 30, 2010. (AP Photo/Jon C. Hancock)

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Sarah Palin represents the worst in American politics.  Some might say that Donald Trump is the worst, but at least he earned enough electoral votes to win the Presidency.  Sarah Palin was appointed by John McCain so she never won the majority of American votes.

For eight years Palin has made it her life mission to find fault with President Obama, without offering any alternative plans for anything.  As President Obama bids farewell to the White House, Sarah Palin authors an article for Breitbart referencing the “end of an error.”  It’s funny that Palin highlighted things that could have been said about her:

  1.  Astronomically increased debt.-  Palin left Wasilla  and the state of Alaska in greater debt that when she took office as mayor, and then as Governor.
  2. Disrespected law enforcement.-Palin has disrespected law enforcement in Alaska by avoiding accountability for the conduct of Todd being a pimp, by Sarah for speeding, by Bristol for brawling, by Track for domestic violence and by Willow by vandalizing a home.
  3. Numerous ticked off allies.– Both China and India were surely offended by Palin.

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4.  Demographic divisions.- Palin has a history of racist remarks.

When I think back over the last eight years, there are two highlights of Obama’s Presidency that stand out.

#1.  Affordable Health Care for Everyone.  Under the Affordable Health Care Act, 24 million people gained health insurance.  If repealed, those 24 million people would be added to the 29.6 million who would still be uninsured even if the ACA’s various programs had remained in place, for a total of 53.5 million uninsured people.

#2.  Taking Out Osama bin Laden.  Has anyone forgotten that it was President Obama who was responsible for finding and killing Osama bin Laden.

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2977 People were killed in the attack of 9-11.  Thousands of family members will never forget that tragedy.  There are lasting effects to our country.  I will never forget that attack, the resolve of the American people, and the President who was responsible for holding the terrorist accountable for this tragedy.

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As Sarah Palin fades into obscurity, she represents the “”End of an Error.”  Donald Trump ensured this end by  failing to name Sarah Palin to any position in his cabinet.  Bye, bye, bye.


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It was just three days ago that I devoted an entire post to Sarah Palin’s promotion of “Fake News”.  She highlighted a story about a reporter with the Washington Post that never happened.  She never issued an apology or retraction.

Today she climbs onto her soap box to suggest that the media is guilty of promoting “fake news.”  The story Palin complains about was a story of two students who faked an assault on a Muslim girl.  If reporters were deceived, the students involved intended that result.  If the students involved were criticized, it was their intention to gain attention.  Perhaps they should apologize to the media for staging the assault?

Palin said:

“Talk about fake news.

Think Lawrence will issue a retraction?

Doubt it.

We aren’t exactly dealing with the most classy guy in the world.”

 

The video, titled “Welcome to Washburn,” went viral since it was posted to Facebook, with more than 6.5 million views, more than 161,000 shares and more than 29,000 comments — many supporting the girl, who appears to be defending herself.  The realityis that the video was staged and has now been removed.  Perhaps this is a commentary on the effect of social media.  When something is posted on Facebook or appears on Twitter, there is a real possibility that the story is false.  Thus the very politicians, like Trump and Palin, who communicate through social media, are the very reason that stories like this are believed.  Trump and Palin can create news that has no basis in reality or fact, but people believe them.

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It’s four days before Trump’s inauguration and Sarah Palin has not been chosen as a member of his cabinet, and adviser, or even a house keeper for the President-elect.  There has been no announcement regarding any plans of Palin to attend the inauguration.  Maybe Trump thought that Alaska was just too darn far away and Sarah wouldn’t want to come such a long distance.  Sarah probably wanted to stay at home and make cookies for Trig when he comes home from school, making sure that he knew who she was.

Todd has also remained silent about any plans he has to go to D.C. for the festivities.  Surely there will be an abundance of men looking for prostitutes this weekend, so there is certainly a financial incentive for Todd to be there.

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Bristol heard there would be dancing as part of the inauguration, but she wasn’t invited either.

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Trig wasn’t invited as the President-Elect’s advisers were worried that Trump might embarrass himself again.

 Track was invited to represent soldiers with amputations,suffering from PTSD.

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Sadly, Track can’t make the trip as his parole officer won’t let him leave home.

Willow wasn’t invited as Melania was worried that she might vandalize the White House, or style Donald’s hair.

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Piper wasn’t invited as Ivanka thought she was just the wrong age to be around the Donald.

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Inauguration is four days away.  This has been the most tumultuous transition in modern history.  Trump will take office with far lower poll ratings than his recent predecessors, with majorities of Americans doubtful of his capacity to handle the job. He’s at war with the nation’s intelligence agencies, has a dysfunctional relationship with the press, is fighting claims that he’s too cozy with Russia.  He is brushing off conventional ethical standards for an incoming president, and he’s NEVER produced his tax returns. China has warned him about changing policy related to Taiwan. Mexico has threatened retaliation if Trump imposes a border tax.

John Lewis became one of the most prominent Democrats to call the legitimacy of Trump’s presidency into question, prompting a weekend retort from the President-elect, who tweeted that the civil rights icon is “all talk” and “no action.”
For any other incoming president, such a pile of controversies and crises would suggest an early political disaster is imminent for the new White House. Trump incites chaos.  Disfunction has been the key to his political career.
But as Trump takes office, his signature style, designed to keep everyone off balance, is facing its most significant test. Will his confrontational, brazen approach, the prosecution of personal grudges on social media and tendency to stir disorientation prove to be a workable template for a presidency? And will his method of deliberately picking at societal fault lines work when Trump is president of all Americans?

Trump will begin his administration in a deepening hole with public opinion.

His approval rating stood at 44% a week before the inauguration, according to Gallup. President Barack Obama was at 83% at the equivalent moment, George W. Bush was at 61% and Bill Clinton at 68%.
A Pew Research poll found that only 39% of Americans approve of the way Trump has outlined his policies.  A Quinnipiac poll put his approval rating at 37% last week.

070527-N-3642E-261 Washington, D.C. (Sept 27, 2007) - Lt. Gen. James N. Mattis, testifies before the Committee on Armed Services during his confirmation hearing for appointment to Commander, United States Joint Forces Command and Supreme Allied Commander for Transformation.  U.S. Navy photo by MCC(AW) Shawn P. Eklund (RELEASED)

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Those four words were the total of the remarks Sarah Palin on Facebook regarding the confirmation of James Mattis.  She linked her post to a story on the SarahPalin.com web site that wasn’t written by Palin.  Anyone reading Palin’s remarks would assume the confirmation of Mattis was a hard-fought victory for Trump and/or Palin.  The reality is just the opposite.
“The biggest concern of Mattis’ detractors (people who oppose his confirmation as the Secretary of Defense) is the principle of civilian control of the military — which is why the law requires a cooling off period before active military officials can serve as the top defense official.”  Mattis retired from the military in 2013, but current federal law bars military from serving as Secretary of Defense unless they retired at least seven years before.  Thus before Mattis could be confirmed, the House had to pass a waiver of the rule for Mattis.  The House passed the waiver in a 268-151 vote.  There are currently 194 Democrats in the House, so 43 Democrats voted in favor of the waiver.  Of course Palin didn’t vote since she’s not a politician of any kind.  She’s also never served in the military, so for her to pass judgment on James Mattis is offensive,  presumptuous,and arrogant.
Mattis also demonstrated in his confirmation hearing that Donald Trump would not dictate his decisions.  For example Mattis is against using waterboarding as a form of torture, but Trump and Palin have both endorsed it.

 

Much of Mattis’ hearing focused on areas where Trump and Mattis might diverge in views.  John McCain asked Mattis about Trump’s friend Vladimir Putin.  Trump has repeatedly spoken favorably about Putin and for months denied Russia’s role in a hacking and misinformation campaign designed to influence the election.  McCain said:  “I’ve watched three presidents commit themselves to new relationships with Vladimir Putin. All three have been an abysmal failure.” McCain asked Mattis what he would do.
“I think right now the most important thing is that we recognize the reality of what we deal with (in) Mr. Putin,” Mattis said. “We recognize that he is trying to break the North Atlantic alliance, and that we take the steps, the integrated steps, diplomatic, economic, military and the alliance steps, working with our allies to defend ourselves where we must.”  Mattis identified Russian aggression, terrorism and Chinese actions in the South China Sea as the biggest security issues since WWII.
“I think deterrence is critical right now, sir, absolutely, and that requires a strong military,” Mattis said, arguing that the US military is not robust enough right now.
He answered similar questions about Moscow from the top Democrat on the committee, Sen. Jack Reed of Rhode Island.
“I’m all for engagement, but we also have to recognize reality and what Russia is up to,” Mattis said. “There’s a decreasing number of areas where we can engage cooperatively and an increasing number of areas where we’re going to have to confront Russia.”
The topic of NATO was also raised by multiple senators. On the campaign trail, Trump indicated he may reconsider aspects of the US alliance with NATO, alarming lawmakers on both sides of the aisle.
Mattis, a former supreme allied commander of NATO, voiced unequivocal support for the alliance and said he had said as much to Trump.
“NATO, from my perspective ... is the most successful military alliance certainly in modern world history, probably ever,” Mattis said. “I have had discussions with him on this issue. He has shown himself open, even to the point of asking more questions and going deeper into the issue about why I feel so strongly.”
Some the Democrats in the House indicated during the confirmation hearing that they backed Mattis as defense secretary precisely as a check on Trump’s use of military force.  Connecticut Democrat Richard Blumenthal said:  “Let me say very bluntly: If there were ever a case for a waiver of that principle, it is you at this moment in our history.” “Your appreciation for the costs of war in blood, treasure and lives, and the impact on veterans afterward, will enable you to be a check on rash and potentially ill-considered use of military force by a President-elect who perhaps lacks that same appreciation.”
Massachusetts Democrat Elizabeth Warren seemed pleased when she asked Mattis under what circumstances he would be forceful in expressing his views, even when they diverged with the President.
“On every circumstance, Senator,” Mattis said.
Here are some of the more famous quotes of Mattis:
“Whenever you show anger or disgust toward civilians, it’s a victory for al-Qaeda and other insurgents.”
“I’m going to plead with you, do not cross us. Because if you do, the survivors will write about what we do here for 10,000 years.”
“Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everybody you meet.”
“You go into Afghanistan, you got guys who slap women around for five years because they didn’t wear a veil. You know, guys like that ain’t got no manhood left anyway. So it’s a hell of a lot of fun to shoot them. Actually it’s quite fun to fight them, you know. It’s a hell of a hoot. It’s fun to shoot some people. I’ll be right up there with you. I like brawling.”
“Find the enemy that wants to end this experiment (in American democracy) and kill every one of them until they’re so sick of the killing that they leave us and our freedoms intact.”
“Demonstrate to the world there is ‘No Better Friend, No Worse Enemy’ than a U.S. Marine.”
“The first time you blow someone away is not an insignificant event. That said, there are some assholes in the world that just need to be shot.”  
It is refreshing that Mattis seems to be the tough, experienced, soldier who understands and appreciates the importance of diplomacy and strength.  He is the real deal.  Sarah Palin is not!  Ooraah!
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Rabid animals are characterized by foaming at the mouth, violent movements, uncontrolled excitement, confusion, and loss of consciousness.  Rabid animals are  exceptionally aggressive, may attack without provocation, and exhibit otherwise uncharacteristic behavior.  These are characteristics we have come to associate with Sarah Palin.

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Like a rabid animal, without provocation, Sarah lodged  an attack.  Once again we are reminded of the reason she earned the name “barracuda.”  Turmoil, vilification, and falsehoods, continue to shape the political climate in the United States. On Wednesday, the latest instance of “fake news” sparked a real online controversy, putting an innocent editor in the middle of an online firing squad.

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It started when a Twitter video surfaced of what appeared to be a woman taking pictures of Rex Tillerson’s notes during his Senate confirmation hearing.  Somebody on Twitter indicated that the woman in the video was Doris Truong.  Ms. Truong, a homepage editor at The Washington Post who was not at the confirmation hearing on Wednesday, was accused of being the woman in the video. This conclusion was made only because Truong is both a woman, and of Asian descent. The story eventually made its way to right-wing websites like the Gateway Pundit, who was credited with the headline “Wow! Reporter Caught Sneaking Photos of Rex Tillerson’s Notes at Senate Hearing (Video).”

Sarah Palin, the baraccuda, the rabid dog, was quick to join in the attack.

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She was quick to condemn the woman who wasn’t there.  Palin said:

“Busted.  Strikes me as creepy – reporter snooping & sneaking pics of Trump Cabinet nominee’s notes today during…” http://fb.me/1pOGfKpAK

Thus without verifying whether the reporter in question ever took these pictures, Palin was more than willing to attack.  It’s fake news.  This is exactly the type of “fake news” that Trump has railed against.

Today Sarah has 16 posts on her Facebook page, which is also available on Sarah Palin.com.   One of the stories even includes the “fake news” story of Buzz feed.com.   Yet not one word of apology to the editor who was wrongly accused was contained in Palin’s posts.  It seems the least she could/should do is to admit the mistake and say sorry!  However it’s like the Palin family brawl when Sarah asked “Do you know who I am?”  We know who she is and we know she attacks without justification and never apologizes.

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