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Friday, May 15, 2009
I'm not quite as shocked to find out that Barack Obama is a crook, as the good Captain was to find gambling in the back room at Rick's!
I wrote this earlier in the year, and posted it on my other blog at Townhall.com, but frankly, this fits right in with the theme of choice, and my ongoing open letters to Republicans in office. This was going on during the 2008 Presidential and the Republican party chose to stand back, and do nothing. John McCain's campaign chose to stand back, and do nothing, as well.
So what happened? The democrats were able to smear the reputation of a great Governor, with nothing but lies. And at least one of them, Senator Kim Elton benefited from pay-for-play with Obama.
And as always, the Republicans proved to be worthless at protecting their own.
Now since I originally posted this story, the Alaskan democrats tried to force one of the "troopergate" co-conspirators, Beth Kerttula, down Governor Palin's throat, as the replacement for Kim Elton. However, Governor Palin said no, and literally asked for resumes from any registered democrats in Juneau, Elton's district, who might be interested in being a Senator!
After much wrangling, Governor Palin was able to convince the democrats that it was in their best interest to accept former Juneau Mayor, Dennis Egan, whose father was Alaska's first Governor, rather than any of the four choices they had put out there, including their first choice, Beth Kerttula.
With Sarah Palin, Barack Obama Shows Rod Blogojevich How Pay-For-Play Is Done:
Long before Americans learned about the sorted tails of, now impeached, Governor Rod Blagojevich, and his attempt to sell the Senate seat vacated by now President Barack Obama, there was a much more nefarious plot taking place in our northern most state.
Anyone who was not on another planet during the past election cycle heard the words “troopergate” blasting from their television, or saw the words staring ominously at them from their newspapers. But how many know what the real story was, or how it grew so big?
Well, in the interest of brevity, the simple answer was, Governor Palin fired Walt Monegan, the Public Safety Commissioner of Alaska. Actually fired is not quite correct. She was displeased with his continual insubordination, especially on budget issues, and his penchant to continually try and do end runs around her office. So, she offered him job reassignment. When he refused, she took action.
Now there is a back story to this, as there always is. At the same time this was going on, Governor Palin’s sister, was having trouble with her ex-husband, State Trooper Michael Wooten. This is a troubled fellow, who had a history of violence with his ex-wife, having threatened to kill her, and the Governor’s father, and the Governor herself. He also tazered his son once, and had been caught driving his patrol car drunk. This fellow is not trooper of the month material.
Now, before we go any further in the story, and get to the good parts, let me make sure everyone knows one thing. Trooper Wooten is still Trooper Wooten. He is still on the job!
Now with that said, in Alaska, there are some politicians that never let a good crisis or story angle go to waste. So, after Mr Monegan was fired, the story was cooked up, that Governor Palin fired him because he wouldn’t show Trooper Wooten the door. The same Trooper Wooten who is still employed.
Pretty soon these democrats set the wheels in motion for the Grand Inquisition. A nice show trial for the Alaskan people. All was well with the world.
Then a funny thing happened on the way to the forum. Senator John McCain, who just happened to be running for President, took a lot of grass roots American’s advice, and chose Governor Sarah Palin to be his Vice Presidential running mate. That set the wheels in motion for some serious hijinx.
At this time, let me introduce you to a key player in this story, and the recipient of the pay, for the play, Alaska State Senator, Kim Elton. Elton, along with Senator Hollis French, Stephen Branchflower and Beth Kerttula were the democrats in charge of the show trial.
Some background on Kim Elton, and his ties to the Obama campaign.
Elton is a long-time friend of Pete Rouse, who was Senator Obama’s chief of staff and campaign advisor. (Rouse currently serves in the White House as a Senior Advisor.) Rouse and Elton worked together in Juneau in the late 1970s on the staff of Alaska Republican Lt. Gov. Terry Miller.
According to CNN reports, after Governor Palin was selected for the GOP ticket, the Obama campaign contacted the PSEA Union that represented Trooper Wooten and filed a phony complaint against her.
Although the hearings were set for sometime in 2009, Townhall’s Amanda Carpenter reported in September of 2008 : French, Elton, and Branchflower were hard at work, looking to make this an “October surprise”. Even though the investigation was ongoing, French was already describing it as “damaging,”
Even though this report was far from done, French was calling it a “game changer”. Something that would “perhaps even cause Palin's impeachment as Governor-- a game-changing outcome that would certainly increase the Democrats chances of winning the White House in November.”
The partisanship was so strong by the democrats that Alaska’s Speaker of the House, John Harris requested a special meeting with the Legislative Council, but his request was refused. The witch hunt was on.
At that point five Alaska Legislators, Rep. Wes Keller, Rep. Mike Kelly, Rep. Bob Lynn, Sen. Fred Dyson, and Sen. Tom Wagoner, filed suit in state superior court in Anchorage against French, Elton, Branchflower and the Alaska Legislative Council in order to halt the investigation of Governor Sarah Palin and others because the investigators had lost all appearance of impartiality required under the Alaska Constitution.
Elton, in a local radio interview, went so far as to describe Governor Palin as “criminal”.
According to the Center for Responsive Politics, Senator Elton donated $2250 to the Obama campaign, but failed to disclose this to the Legislative Council and he continued to preside over the Council with respect to the investigation, refusing to convene meetings of the Council at the request of a majority of the Council’s membership.
It was obvious that Senator Elton was vested in the outcome of the Presidential race and played smear politics with Governor Palin’s reputation in order to help sway the election.
Senator Elton continued to work as hard as possible to destroy Governor Palin, and help his good friend Barack Obama win the presidency by allowing Stephen Branchflower, their handpicked investigator, to write the report before witnesses were even interviewed, misconstrue certain evidence and disregard evidence that was helpful to Governor Palin.
Minutes after the Branchflower Report was publicly released, Elton told the Anchorage Daily News that perhaps people will know how to vote in November. The report was released October 31, 2008 four days before the 2008 Presidential election.
Now we know what the outcome of the 2008 election was. Barack Obama became the 44th President of the United States. But what became of all of this business in Alaska concerning Governor Palin?
Well after all sorts of histrionics, it turns out, that even the highly partisan, totally biased Branchflower Commission had to say that Governor Palin was well within her rights to fire Alaska Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan. As with any political appointee, the Public Safety Commissioner serves at the pleasure of the Governor. Which in practice means that Governor Palin could fire him at any time, for any reason whatsoever, or no reason at all.
Now, Branchflower included some wording that admonished the Governor, still clinging on to the smear tactics to the bitter end, but the bottom line, even the democrats had to confess, Palin had done nothing wrong.
Within days of the election, the Juneau Empire, the capitol city’s newspaper, reported that a separate report by the personnel board cleared Governor Palin of any ethics violations, stating: "There is no probable cause to believe that the governor, or any other state official, violated the Alaska Executive Ethics Act in connection with these matters"
As if to punctuate the point further, Timothy Petumenos, an independent investigator for the Alaska Personnel Board, further said this: “Branchflower used a wrong statute as the basis for his conclusions, misconstrued the available evidence and did not consider or obtain all the material evidence to reach a proper finding.”
He went on further to state that his investigation included much more data, including additional e-mails of state personnel, including Palin.
Petumenos concluded that Palin did not seek the trooper's firing after she became Governor. He stated: "Also absent from the evidence reviewed is any assertion that the Governor directed anyone in the Department of Public Safety to terminate Trooper Wooten, or directed anyone on her staff to seek the termination of Trooper Wooten,"
Of course, and again, the best evidence of this is the fact that Trooper Wooten, is still, Trooper Wooten!
Now even though Governor Palin was cleared of all charges, the deed was done. Her reputation, 4 days before the election of a US President, had been tarnished.
And obviously, the newly elected President of the United States, Barack Obama is very pleased with the good work that Kim Elton, Hollis French, Stephen Branchflower, and Beth Kerttula performed.
And for his part, Senator Kim Elton was rewarded by the Obama administration with a plum assignment in the US Interior Department, where he will serve as Director of Alaska Affairs under Secretary Ken Salazar. Obviously, this is of concern, because in his position Elton will be able to interfere with many environmental and energy initiatives that Governor Palin, and the Alaskan people want, as many of these do not fit well with the left wing of the democrat party’s agenda.
The bottom line is this. Barack Obama has clearly paid off Kim Elton for “services rendered”
On the behalf of Mr. Obama, Mr Elton, with his cast of co-conspirators clearly succeeded in interfering with the election of a United States President.
The only question that remains is this:
If the Illinois legislature impeached Governor Rod Blagojevich for ATTEMPTING to wrongly influence who would end up being the person to take President Barack Obama’s vacant Senate seat, what is the punishment for conspiring to destroy a sitting state Governor, and Vice Presidential candidate?
Especially since the eventual winning Presidential candidate has direct ties to the efforts to destroy the Governor, and throw the election in his favor.
So I’m reading the 9,324th story on the absolutely ridiculous “ethics complaint”against Sarah Palin, filed by operatives of the DNC, namely Sondra Tomkins, who is aided by Shannyn Moore, Jeanne Devon, and Linda Biegel.
Standard boilerplate left wing lunacy. This time written by so-called “professor” Amanda Coyne, who runs the Alaska Dispatch, a small internet newser, that’s main purpose seems to be printing attacks against the Governor.
Nothing surprising there, as Coyne has turned her hate into a cottage industry. Between her unbalanced and unhinged hate for Palin, she also spends time attacking Palin’s supporters, and filling the pages of the left wing Huffington Post with her rants.
Thinking about Coyne, made me think of her husband, and his ties with the Anchorage Daily News, which itself has turned into nothing more than a house organ for the Obama administration.
The ADN, as it is known, goes out of it’s way to print smears about the Governor, and any other Republican. They go so far as to help the aforementioned Moore, Devon, and Biegel coordinate well placed comments, from out of state bloggers, posing as angry Alaskans in their comment sections, trying to create a false sense of anger at Palin. The ADN even recycles stories, under new headlines, just to make sure all of the out of state bloggers, and newspaper columnists, get enough space to rant.
Now of course, thinking about the ADN, got me thinking about it’s parent company, McClatchy.
McClatchy is a very left wing outfit, that publishes 30 newspapers all across the country. They have always been a liberal bunch, most big newspapers seem to be. But during the last election cycle McClatchy moved hard to the left, and started shilling for the hard left’s causes. And Barack Obama.
A year or so ago, McClatchy stock was worth a little over $12 a share. Friday the stock closed at 53 cents a share, and Moody’s downgraded their credit rating, calling their $2.2 billion debt, “unsustainable”.
Now of course, McCaltchy is not alone. Many of the nation’s largest newspapers are in deep trouble. And they all have one thing in common. They have all become shills for the left, in a big way.
You know man has sacrificed himself for what he felt was a greater cause since the beginning of time. Even for noble causes. The old greater good.
Now of course, we are more familiar with suicide warriors like the Japanese Kamikaze pilots, and the Germans who became the human guidance systems of missiles at the end of WWII.
Nowadays, we think of Muslim extremists who strap bombs on themselves, and walk into a crowd of civilians, or military, and blow themselves up.
All three of these groups have one thing in common. They were/are in the throws of defeat, and this was/is a last ditch attempt to win.
Now I know some folks will say the reason these newspapers are dead and just too dumb to lay down, is because of the economy, or (gasp) the internet.
Now that would be a good argument, except for some stubborn facts. One, there are plenty of good newspapers across the country, newspapers that print straight news, you know: Facts. These papers are still making money. And, they have been able to keep advertisers, as well as create an online presence.
But this problem isn’t just with newspapers.
One of the well know bottomless money pits in left wing broadcasting is Air America. 10's of millions of dollars have been flushed down that toilet. And it is a complete failure. It’s basically NPR, except funded by rich liberals. On second thought, it is exactly like NPR!
But AM talk radio isn’t a dying breed, internet, or not. In fact, there are many talk show hosts that do quite well, and have used their talk shows to move into TV gigs, book writing, and so on.
Any radio station that carries Rush, Hannity, Levin, Beck, or Ingraham, pretty much has it made.
So, as we see, even in a poor economy, it’s possible for radio to make money.
Well, then what about TV?
Now we have come to realize that NBC and MSNBC have an agenda. The Chairman of their parent company, Jeffrey Immelt, is a member of Barack Obama’s advisory group, and General Electric, the parent company, stands to make billions of dollars if they can get Obama and Congress to push through all sorts of, so called, green legislation. GE makes a lot of the implements of the green movement. Machines that, unless mandated, have limited value or desirability.
So one can understand why NBC and MSNBC are now part of White House Press Secretary, Robert Gibb’s, staff.
Immelt appears to have instigated a plan to take the once respectable NBC, and it’s sister networks and turn them into propaganda tools of the left. And for his trouble, he has all but destroyed the value of General Electric with it’s stock down 62 percent since last year.
But again, at least one can see an end game. It’s not very ethical, of course, and has the ability to destroy democracy, but at least we know about it, and can understand that it’s just good old fashioned greed, thrown in with the almost cartoonish left wing loonacy from the anchors and guests on the two main networks!
Never mind the week long assault of “green” on all of the NBC/Universal networks pushing the global warming hoax.
But what is CBS and ABC’s excuse? Both networks are losing viewers, with CBS being in last place for a long time. And yet, with few exceptions, these networks tow the democrat party line. Much of the time skewing hard left.
And how about CNN? CNN started the 24 hour news craze. They were the only game in town for some time. Now they always tilted to the left, but since Barack Obama became the nominee, and now the President, they took a hard left turn.
And how have they been rewarded? They are now number 4 out of 4 major cable news networks. Their own sister network, Headline News, which basically has headlines running on a loop all day, beats them!
During the recent coverage of the April 15th tea party protests, both Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, of Comedy Central, who do fake news and satire, had more viewers than any of the prime time CNN shows!
But cable news isn’t bad business. Fox News, which at least attempts to play it straight, and clearly tells you the difference between their hard news offerings, and their night time opinion shows, has more viewers than the other three networks, combined.
Now even a simple minded guy like me can look at the facts and figure out that the paying customer isn’t all that excited about a steady diet of left wing rants, like one finds on the various radio station or TV channels, or reads in the newspapers mentioned above.
In fact, it’s pretty easy to understand why all of these media outlets are either going broke, or causing a significant financial drain on their parent companies.
The question is why?
Why are these media outlets doing this?
Now, during WWII, the Japanese and Germans were desperate. They had almost no hope in winning a conventional war. So many brave men were persuaded to sacrifice themselves for the cause.
We see the same thing today, with the Muslim extremists. They have very little in real technology, and weaponry. They honestly have no hope of ever winning a conflict against any well trained army, and yet, out of desperation, they use their own lives, sacrificing them to inflict death and terror upon the world. Hoping to win some kind of victory.
Now I ask, isn’t the left wing media, the so called mainstream media, doing basically the same thing? I mean they have sacrificed profits, the lifeblood of any business.
The investors, some willingly, and some not, have sacrificed their personal wealth to keep these left wing outlets going.
Years after it made a lick of sense.
So, could it be that the left is really that desperate?
I mean they all are crowing like they won some big victory in November. But did they?
With protests in the streets, and Barack Obama’s falling poll numbers, it’s obvious that whatever they did in November, the gains are quickly being lost.
Now this left turn didn’t happen yesterday, but the media has went all in since November.
So you tell me, is this continual abandonment of all sane business practices, in order to spread left wing propaganda and lies, the last attempt of desperate liberals?
A sacrifice for the cause?
Or just plain insanity!