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Sarah Palin Distributes Flags at the Veterans’ Rally in Washington, D.C.

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By Isabel Matos This is a personal account from someone who was at the Veteran’s Rally yesterday in Washington, D.C.  He took the picture above, courtesy of Shark-Tank.net. He is a friend and contributor to that blog site, but he shared his experience with us in our group, which we were very absorbed by today, so I am passing it along for you to enjoy as well.  First, the video by iizthatiiz.

By Kevin Cooper I happen to be in the video taken above (at about the 20-24 second mark behind the guy with the white hat to the middle left), but I just wanted to share some exclusive pictures I took of the Governor and a news article (from Shark Tark http://shark-tank.net/2013/10/13/sarah-palin-storms-dc-riot-police-show-up/) with information regarding the event and all that took place yesterday on the National Mall and at the White House.

Security was very tight and the police overreacted to the peaceful protest. You can see the images of the overreaction.9

A helicopter flew overhead and at one point.

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The Governor even confronted the police and questioned why they were acting like this.

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She came alone, no bodyguards, no entourage – just one assistant and Todd, which was refreshing. After she spoke, Todd told her “lets go back to the car”, and she was like, “Nah, we’re going to walk around and talk to these people” She walked over a mile from the WWII Memorial, through the Vietnam Memorial over to the Lincoln Memorial stopping every 3 feet to take pictures and sign autographs.

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It is very unusual for such a famous and well recognized woman who is virtually known by every American to walk around freely and be so welcoming and warm. Here is another picture of Sarah and I. I am on the ground in the bottom left hand corner, with the sunglasses.

sarah and kevin A lot happened that day, but overall it was a great experience. She is a great person, very nice. Not sure if you know this, bu she bought the flags (you can see it in her hand) at the store and distributed them to the people at the rally. More images by Kevin Cooper courtesy of the Shark-Tank.net

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CBS, Jack Abramoff Interview Highlights DC Corruption


By Stacy Drake

On October 29th, when I sat on a panel during the first ever Grizzly Fest Summit, I spoke about being “disillusioned” with the state of politics and Washington DC prior to learning about Governor Palin in 2007. Disgraced former high-power DC lobbyist Jack Abramoff had a lot to do with that because as the Washington Post described back in 2006 (emphasis):

Former Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff was sentenced to five years and 10 months in prison on March 29, after pleading guilty to fraud, tax evasion and conspiracy to bribe public officials in a deal that requires him to cooperate in an investigation into his relationships with members of Congress. Sources familiar with the federal probe have told The Post that half a dozen lawmakers are under scrutiny, along with Hill aides, former business associates and government officials.

Which is one reason I gained admiration for Governor Palin after reading about her record. I wasn’t turning a blind-eye to corruption in DC just because the players involved had R’s next to their names, and neither did she back in her home state. In fact, she risked everything to expose corrupted officials in her own party, which I knew at the time is exactly what it would take to clean up government at every level.

Sunday night, CBS conducted a fascinating interview with Jack Abramoff in which he gave details about how he was able to “influence politicians and their staffers through generous gifts and job offers.” CBS reported that:

As a Republican lobbyist starting in the mid 1990s, he became a master at showering gifts on lawmakers in return for their votes on legislation and tax breaks favorable to his clients. He was so good at it, he took home $20 million a year.

Lesley Stahl opens the interview by getting Abramoff to go into detail about his business leading up to his arrest:

Stahl: Can you quantify how much it costs to corrupt a congressman?

Abramoff: I was actually thinking of writing a book – “The Idiot’s Guide to Buying a Congressman” – as a way to put this all down. First, I think most congressmen don’t feel they’re being bought. Most congressmen, I think, can in their own mind justify the system.

Stahl: Rationalize.

Abramoff: –rationalize it and by the way we wanted as lobbyists for them to feel that way.

Of course they did.

Abramoff then goes on to describe how he spent over $1 million on tickets to sporting events lobbying public officials. Purchasing box seats for them and all of their guests and discussing the fact they didn’t care if it was legal or not.

Then Abramoff discloses what felt was “best way” to get an official to do what he wanted them to do (emphasis):

Abramoff: But the “best way” to get a congressional office to do his bidding – he says – was to offer a staffer a job that could triple his salary.

Abramoff: When we would become friendly with an office and they were important to us, and the chief of staff was a competent person, I would say or my staff would say to him or her at some point, “You know, when you’re done working on the Hill, we’d very much like you to consider coming to work for us.” Now the moment I said that to them or any of our staff said that to ’em, that was it. We owned them. And what does that mean? Every request from our office, every request of our clients, everything that we want, they’re gonna do. And not only that, they’re gonna think of things we can’t think of to do.

I think that speaks to how our elected officials operate. If they mindlessly allow their compromised staffers the ability to dictate their actions, they never were who they claimed to be while getting elected. It’s disgraceful.

The interview continues:

Abramoff: At the end of the day most of the people that I encountered who worked on Capitol Hill wanted to come work on K Street, wanted to be lobbyists.

Stahl: You’re telling me this, the genius of figuring out you could own the office by offering a job to the chief of staff, say. I’m having two reactions. One is brilliant. And the other is I’m sick to my stomach.

Abramoff: Right. Evil. Yeah. Terrible.

Stahl: ‘Cause it’s hurting our country.

Abramoff: Shameful. Absolutely. It’s the worst thing that could happen. All parts of the system.

Leslie Stahl also interviewed former congressman Bob Ney for this segment. Ney resigned in 2006 and served 17 months in federal prison after pleading guilty to charges of conspiracy and making false statements under oath in relation to the Abramoff scandal:

Stahl: Did he own you?

Bob Ney: Oh, I don’t believe Jack Abramoff owned me. But were we involved in the culture of corruption together? Absolutely.

I wanted to be speaker of the House and Jack Abramoff was the beautiful light of day for me to get to the person who I had had some conflicts with, Tom Delay.

But I will still tell you, at that point in time, in order to get a drink at Signatures [“Signatures” was a bar and restaurant owned by Jack Abramoff] you had to shove White House staffers of George Bush the heck away from the bar. And it was packed with people. And there were members. Now that doesn’t mean everybody did everything for Jack. But if you wanna talk about strict interpretation of violation of the– of– of the laws of drink and food, Katey bar the door, she was wide open, two shotguns blarin’.

Abramoff then delivers specifics about how he would help his clients – the people paying him to corrupt officials:

Abramoff: So what we did was we crafted language that was so obscure, so confusing, so uninformative, but so precise to change the U.S. code.

Stahl: Here’s what you tried to get tacked on to this reform bill.

Abramoff: Yeah.

Stahl: “Public law 100-89 is amended by striking section 207 (101 stat. 668, 672).”

Abramoff: Right. Now isn’t that obvious what that means? It was perfect. It was perfect.

Stahl: So that’s what you tried to get inserted?

Abramoff: Yes.

Stahl: And that was gonna provide for a casino?

Abramoff: Yes.

Stahl: And who on earth is gonna know that?

Abramoff: No one except the chairmen of the committees.

Stahl: Who stuck it in there?

Abramoff: Yes.

Stahl: And that’s one of the things you used to do?

Abramoff: Yes.

Stahl: And it was deliberately written like that?

Abramoff: Precisely. Yes.

Stahl: And that’s done a lot?

Abramoff: Members don’t read the bills.

Abramoff says something that is hard to hear but it’s something that needs to be heard by every taxpayer in this country (emphasis):

Stahl: Was buying favors from lawmakers easy?

Abramoff: I think people are under the impression that the corruption only involves somebody handing over a check and getting a favor. And that’s not the case. The corruption, the bribery, call it, because ultimately that’s what it is. That’s what the whole system is.

Stahl: The whole system’s bribery?

Abramoff: In my view. I’m talking about giving a gift to somebody who makes a decision on behalf of the public. At the end of the day, that’s really what bribery is. But it is done everyday and it is still being done. The truth is there were very few members who I could even name or could think of who didn’t at some level participate in that.

The interview ends with Abramoff giving his view of the current state of the systemic corruption in Washington DC and lends some advice about what he feels is the best way to curb it (emphasis):

Stahl: Could you do the same thing today? I’m asking you whether you think the system’s been cleaned up?

Abramoff: Could do the same thing that I? Yeah. No, the system hasn’t been cleaned up at all.

Stahl: At all.

Abramoff: There’s an arrogance on the part of lobbyists, and certainly there was on the part of me and my team, that no matter what they come up we, we’re smarter than they are and we’ll overcome it. We’ll just find another way through. That’s all.

If you make the choice to serve the public, public service, then serve the public, not yourself. When you’re done, go home. Washington’s a dangerous place. Don’t hang around.

Abramoff believes that the best way to end this drag on our government is to find a way to prohibit members of Congress and their staffers from working on K Street once their terms are over.

The self-policing of Congress hasn’t worked. Only at times when it’s politically expedient for them to do so, do we hear the hypocrites on one side of the aisle or the other complain about the corruption of the other party. What gets me is that those people like Nancy Pelosi who gained her seat of power by telling the American people that it was time to end the “culture of corruption” when she herself is vastly compromised.

Corruption is not going to go away by simply wishing it would or trusting elected officials in DC to eventually do the right thing. The American people have to take it upon themselves to educate their neighbors and DEMAND that the people we elect to represent us are held accountable once they get to DC. As Abramoff said “If you make the choice to serve the public, public service, then serve the public, not yourself.”

It’s up to us to make sure that our elected officials do just that. We need to elect people to serve us who have the same moral backbone that Governor Palin has. People who will not turn a blind-eye to this corruption. People who will serve the public, even if that means being unpopular with their peers.

You can read the entire CBS interview here.

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When All Else Fails, Democrats & the Media Race-Bait (Updated)

Picture Courtesy of Rep. McHenry

It comes as no surprise that the Democrat Party and their comrades in the mainstream media would pull the race-baiting trick at the last moment during the final stretch of the health care debate. We knew it was coming, it always does.

Congressman John Lewis, Democrat from Georgia, or as CNN describes him “Civil rights icon and veteran Rep.” claimed to be the victim of racist slurs by Tea Party protesters as he entered the capitol on Saturday. This article is one of the most distorted pieces of garbage masquerading as “news” I have ever seen from the infamous McClatchy brigade:

WASHINGTON — Demonstrators outside the U.S. Capitol , angry over the proposed health care bill, shouted “nigger” Saturday at U.S. Rep. John Lewis , a Georgia congressman and civil rights icon who was nearly beaten to death during an Alabama march in the 1960s.

The protesters also shouted obscenities at other members of the Congressional Black Caucus , lawmakers said.

“They were shouting, sort of harassing,” Lewis said. “But, it’s okay, I’ve faced this before. It reminded me of the 60s. It was a lot of downright hate and anger and people being downright mean.”

Lewis said he was leaving the Cannon office building across from the Capitol when protesters shouted “Kill the bill, kill the bill,” Lewis said.

“I said ‘I’m for the bill, I support the bill, I’m voting for the bill’,” Lewis said.

A colleague who was accompanying Lewis said people in the crowd responded by saying “Kill the bill, then the n-word.”

“It surprised me that people are so mean and we can’t engage in a civil dialogue and debate,” Lewis said.

Rep. Emanuel Cleaver , D- Mo. , said he was a few yards behind Lewis and distinctly heard “nigger.”

“It was a chorus,” Cleaver said. “In a way, I feel sorry for those people who are doing this nasty stuff – they’re being whipped up. I decided I wouldn’t be angry with any of them.” …

Thousands of demonstrators gathered outside the Capitol on Saturday as the House Democratic leadership worked to gather enough votes to enact a health care overhaul proposal that has become the centerpiece of President Barack Obama‘s domestic agenda. Most were affiliated with so-called tea party organizations that originally sprang up during last summer’s protests of the health care proposals.

Heated debate has surrounded what role race plays in the motivations of the tea party demonstrators. During protests last summer, demonstrators displayed a poster depicting Obama as an African witch doctor complete with headdress, above the words “OBAMACARE coming to a clinic near you.” Former President Jimmy Carter asserted in September that racism was a major factor behind the hostility that Obama’s proposals had faced.

House Majority Whip James Clyburn, D- S.C. , said Saturday’s ugliness underscored for him that the health care overhaul isn’t the only motivation for many protesters.

“I heard people saying things today I’ve not heard since March 15th, 1960 , when I was marching to try and get off the back of the bus,” Clyburn said. “This is incredible, shocking to me.”

He added, “A lot of us have said for a long time that none of this is about healthcare at all. It’s about extending a basic fundamental right to people who are less powerful.”

(Writer’s note: I purposely left off out the Barny Frank element to this blog post because I didn’t have to time nor patience to research it.)

A lot of us have said for a long time that none of this is about healthcare at all.” No kidding, Mr. Clyburn! We fully understand that this isn’t about health at all. It is about power, control, and the system of government in which this once fine nation will operate in the future.

I really like how the author cites Jimmy Carter’s widely denounced characterization of the Tea Party as evidence to back up the assertion that any disagreement with this socialist leaning president is akin to racism.

Here is actual footage of what happened… Judge for yourself if these congressmen lied or not.

Meanwhile, if you poke around all of the other suspiciously timed, race related stories, you may run into an article about the anti-war protest held in San Francisco on Saturday. According to the media, a “peaceful” group of “thousands” took to the streets to exercise their free speech rights and demonstrate against the war in Iraq. Here’s what the ‘non-hateful’ protesters looked like at their gathering.

“Anti-war protesters stomp on an effigy of former
Vice President Dick Cheney in Washington, on
Saturday, March 20, 2010. “- AP


Dick Cheney had no comment about this stunning display of hatred. Of course, nobody called the former Vice President, who is currently not involved in any of the nation’s conflicts by the way, either.

Saturday’s protests were historical moments in hypocrisy and activism for the leftist media. It also marked a new low in acts of desperation from members of congress, lashing out at the citizens of this nation. Given the fact that none of the claims of racist slurs coming from the protesters in DC have been substantiated by any credible or objective source, this behavior by elected officials is beyond disgraceful.

The left in this country cannot win the debate, they have lost public opinion, so their last desperate move is to demonize and marginalize their deemed foe. The patriots that flocked to DC to protest this overbearing governmental power grab are treated as some sort of organized hate group. Race issues were never a part of the health care debate and it sure as hell isn’t a part of the Tea Party movement. This is just the way the left operates. It would be laughable if only the press didn’t play along and sell these deceptions to the rest of the country as legitimate news. It’s a good thing that the majority of Americans can see the media for what it is now. Nobody forgets the salesman that sold them a lemon.

Update: Big Government posted more video of the Congressional Black Caucus leaving the Capitol.

Here’s Jim Hoft’s take on Saturday’s events.

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