Excited dumpster divers

Lewis and another student, Ashli Briggs, traveled to Sacramento Tuesday to give Brown office material they said had been thrown out, including two boxes of documents and two trash bags filled with shredded files.

“This is our little Watergate in the state of California,” Yee said Tuesday.

What did they find? Palin Contract Found in Trash Sparks Probe. Compare and contrast to another recent document find, that of the climate FOIA data dump. That, too, was often labeled as “stolen” but that has never been established and the data released was of the sort subject to FOI requests. The Palin material, however, was appropriately confidential material obtained vi breach of locks. The climate material did include evidence of ethical or legal problems. The Palin document did not.

What was the ‘Watergate’ level discovery? It appears that it is that Governor Palin requires two water bottles with bendable straws when she speaks and that she travels first class.

Meanwhile California Attorney General Jerry Brown is on the case to see if there was something fishy about the secret contract and the hiring of Palin to speak at a fundraiser.

One has to wonder about the enthusiasm in the investigation. The funding was via private sources not public. The speaker was a celebrity of proven capability to raise funds. What was the breach of ethics or law that is being suggested here?

What this appears to be is yet another attempt to inhibit the expression of certain ideas much as in the attacks on Coulter in Canada recently. These episodes are part of a pattern of ideological warfare. They are of the sort also seen in the attacks on the Tea Party gatherings that actually try to project these sort of tactics on the opposition. There is a fundamental lack of honesty that is trying to deny and impugn rather than listen and debate.

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