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Palin Criticized Unfairly

This week Sarah Palin was in the news for resigning from the Governorship of Alaska. If you’ve watched television in the past three days you’ve probably seen much mockery about Sarah Palin’s invocation of the federal government’s Department of Law, because DUH! it’s called the Department of Justice.

Her full quote was:

“I don’t think it will be the day after day after day of ethics violation charges that are frivolous, that are ridiculous. I think on a national level your department of law there in the White House would look at this, the things we have been charged with, and automatically throw them out, not make somebody hire their own personal attorney to get out there and fight.”

All over twitter, blogs, MSNBC, and Facebook people mocked Palin as ignorant.

One Daily Kos author wrote:

True, this was not the first sign of Palin’s extremely limited, ahem, knowhow about these matters (and everything else outside moose hunting, running for beauty contests, winking at the audiences, making babies and shopping at Neiman Marcus)

I think that many of these critics are latching on to this comment because it fits very well into the Sarah Palin is an ignorant yahoo story line.  Unfortunately, this time it seems that Palin made a simple and quite understandable mistake.

Mark Tushnet at Balkinization explains:

The liberal blogosphere is getting all snarky about Sarah Palin’s reference to the “department of Law” in Washington. I’d just like to point out that it doesn’t take much (a Google search) to discover that the Attorney General of Alaska runs the state’s Department of Law. Surely a governor is entitled to describe the legal office associated with the executive branch as the branch’s department of law. Emphasis is mine.

There are many much more serious issues than this and given this logical explanation for Palin’s comment, it seems like this would be a great time to drop it.

Here’s the google search that Tushnet refers to:

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Hillary Clinton has a USA elbow sling

As you may have heard, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton broke her elbow three weeks ago.  What you probably haven’t heard is that her sling has the official Great Seal of the United States, specifically the coat of arms.

This thing:US-GreatSeal-eagle.svg

According to wikipedia:

The Great Seal of the United States is used to authenticate certain documents issued by the United States federal government. The phrase is used both for the physical seal itself (which is kept by the United States Secretary of State), and more generally for the design impressed upon it. The Great Seal was first used publicly in 1782.

The design on the obverse of the great seal is the national coat of arms of the United States.[1] It is officially used on documents such as United States passports, military insigniaembassy placards, and various flags. As a coat of arms, the design has official colors; the physical Great Seal itself, as affixed to paper, is monochrome.

It’s also on her arm sling see:

With President Zelaya of Hondurus

With President Zelaya of Hondurus

Zoom on the sling:

zoomedMakes me wonder, are those arm slings available publicly? Is there other clothes branded with the coat of arms?


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