I’ve had it. Let me type slowly… GET THE F*%# OUT OF MY STATE! I didn’t vote for John McCain. I didn’t vote for Sarah Palin. I have called her my governor for almost two years. I have supported her when I thought it was best for Alaska, and criticized her when it wasn’t. ENOUGH! The McCain campaign is running and ruining Alaska. The “truthiness seminars” led by former news model Meg Stapleton and the New York based US Attorney Ed O’Callahan are reminiscent of a bad Saturday Night Live skit. Thousands of Alaskans have stood in solidarity on several occasions calling for truth, yet the lies just keep coming.
Several weeks ago, five Republican lawmakers filed a lawsuit in state court to stop the investigation known as “Troopergate.” They charged the investigation was partisan. Well if that isn’t the pot calling the kettle black. Republicans Mike Kelly, Wes Keller, Bob Lynn, Fred Dyson and Tom Wagoner are absolute partisan tools for the McCain/Palin campaign. The allegation that Democratic Senators Hollis French, Bill Wielechowski, and Kim Elton were able to talk the 8 Republican committee members into unanimously voting for an investigation because they knew Governor Palin would be chosen as the VP nominee is pathetic.
The last time Alaska was a “Blue State” was during the Ice Age. The 2008 Democratic caucus in Anchorage grew by nearly 1700%. Three quarters of attendees caucused for Barack Obama. It was below zero, rush hour, stand still traffic, packed in a small school. People parked by the road up to two miles away and ran to have a voice in the process. I stood on a lunchroom table in the gym, wearing a blue hardhat, signing hundreds of voter registrations. This trend was reflected throughout the state. With redistricting coming up in 2010, Ted Stevens indicted, Don Young under investigation, the coat tails of Barack Obama seemed like a reasonable place for the Democratic leadership. They would have been crazy not to. The five Republicans who have filed to halt the investigation have not only endorsed the McCain/Palin ticket, Representative Bob Lynn WAS A DELEGATE TO THE REPUBLICAN NATIONAL COMMITTEE!!! (See photo. How’s that for a partisan endorsement.)
So here I sit, the eve of the “lawsuit” and get an email. It happens. This one is different. A press release from TEXAS:
For Information Contact:
Jennifer Grisham 972-423-3131 ext. 102
firstname.lastname@example.org Cell: 254-640-1583
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
October 1, 2008
Hearing Tomorrow in Lawsuit Against
Council Investigating Gov. Palin
Legislators Seek to Stop “Rogue”Investigation
WHAT: Hearing scheduled for tomorrow morning to decide whether a temporary restraining order will be issued in the now-consolidated lawsuits, one brought by five Alaska legislators and the other lawsuit by Alaska Attorney General Talis Colberg against the key investigators into Gov. Palin’s dismissal of former Commissioner of the Alaska Department of Public Safety Walt Monegan. Witnesses will be called by all parties at the hearing, which will be held in the courtroom of Judge Peter A. Michalski.
“We’re glad to finally have our day in court,” said Kevin Clarkson, Esq., of Brena, Bell, & Clarkson and lead counsel in the case. “The Alaska Constitution was passed at a time when the abuse of legislative investigations was fresh on the minds of the delegates, and we don’t allow the type of misconduct that is being perpetrated here by a few individuals for their own personal purposes.”
WHO: Attorneys for the legislators and the Attorney General. Additionally, a number of witnesses will be called, including Sen. Hollis French, Sen. Kim Elton, and Stephen Branchflower who will be cross-examined.
Kelly Shackelford, chief counsel of Liberty Legal Institute and co-counsel in the case, “It’s about time some of these rogue ‘investigators’ have to face the law. Abusing their office for political purposes is wrong.”
WHEN: 9:30 a.m., Tomorrow, October 2
WHERE: Judge Peter A. Michalski’s Courtroom
Courtroom 502, Nesbett Courthouse
825W. 4th Avenue
Kevin Clarkson of Brena, Bell, & Clarkson is an expert in state and federal civil legislation in constitutional issues.
Liberty Legal Institute is a legal organization committed to protecting First Amendment rights and preventing government abuse of power, including a recent federal court victory against the Texas Legislature. For more information, visit our website at www.libertylegal.org.
ARE YOU KIDDING ME????? No, I’m not. Kelly Shackelford, is chief counsel of Liberty Legal Institute and co-counsel in this case. HAS HE PASSED THE ALASKA BAR EXAM? He lives in Texas. How dare he say “It’s about time some of these rogue ‘investigators’ have to face the law. Abusing their office for political purposes is wrong.” He doesn’t live here, he doesn’t know his ass from a hole in the ground. (He could get uncomfortable if he’s ever placing fence posts.) He doesn’t know that Alaska has benefited greatly with the bipartisan support Palin’s policies garnered. He doesn’t know these three Senators negotiated great gains in jobs and security by giving Palin support that her own party denied her. He doesn’t know THAT ALASKANS WILL SUFFER FROM THE POLITICAL SHRAPNEL HIS ILK ARE SPEWING. Oh, but he thinks he knows. Watch his youtube presentation and try not to throw up in your mouth. This guy couldn’t bait his own halibut hook, and now he’s taking over Alaska?
Who are these “People” running my state? Who would dare go to another state, and try to affect a “State Matter”? What would they have to gain? So, I do what you do, I googled. Here is part of what I found
“LLI describes themselves as, “a 501(c)(3) organization that was founded in 1997 to protect religious freedoms and First Amendment rights for individuals, groups and churches.” This self-description is from the front page of their website. The site also quickly makes clear that the First Amendment Rights they defend are those of the religious right. The banner of one page proudly displays this quote, “Group is the flip side to ACLU. [sic]” – Dallas Morning News
A quick click on the “Cases” tab reveals 14 cases under the headline of “Recent Cases”. Briefly looking through the summaries, 11 are plainly related to religion. In the other three cases a connection to religion is unclear. One has to do with a high school student’s political tee shirt, one has to do with a political contribution and one has to do with the wording on a town monument. All case were based in Texas.
The question the list raises is what interest does this firm have in the firing of a Police Commissioner in Alaska? Nothing in their past or in their charter shows an interest in such cases. They have no offices outside the state of Texas and work only pro bono cases related to civil liberties.
Enter the Arlington Group.
LLI is a member of the 75-member “Arlington Group”, a Washington-based, religious-right consortium which seeks to influence government policy on issues such as abortion and same-sex marriage. The Arlington group was founded in 2002 through the joint effort of powerful members of the religious right including Jerry Falwell, James Dobson, Chuck Colson, D. James Kennedy, Gary Bauer and Rod Parsley.
The groups first director was James Dobson. Although very influential then and now, the Arlington Group famously stubbed it’s toe when they threatened, in 2005, to oppose President George W. Bush’s Social Security Reforms if he did not come out strongly against same-sex marriage. The media was angered and the compliance of the Bush administration failed to stem the tide of same-sex marriage legislation.
The Arlington Group effectively limits its self to what its members agree on. Pooled resources go toward the election and appointment of judges with anti-abortion and anti-same-sex marriage records. The group does discuss the possibility of getting behind a particular candidate, but it is not necessary that they agree. They are very effectively tied into a couple of very narrowly defined issues with which all members totally agree. The election of politicians is basically a means to the end of those politicians appointing judges who share their agenda.”
OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOhhhhh, now it all makes sense.
And then I found another connection. The Free Market Foundation is a South African, libertarian think tank founded in 1975 to promote the principles of limited government, economic freedom and individual liberty. It is part of the Atlas Economic Research Foundation network. For the love of God and all that is Holy, Alaska has been taken hostage by Corporate Christians.
The LLI is not in Alaska to bring justice. Their mission is an unholy alliance. A shotgun wedding; marrying the Church (THEIRS) and State (MINE). If you didn’t pick up Sarah Palin’s anointed position in her church; the references her followers make to “Queen Esther” in the Bible, well, it hasn’t been subtle. Here is your neon sign, the support and meddling of PARTISAN, wrong-wing, hit men.
I’m going to the court room tomorrow to watch the Republican partisan circus. If I see Mr. Shackleford, you bet I’m going to tell him to GET THE F*%# OUT OF MY STATE!