A member of the Mormon Church, Barney told the jury he believed in advancing the militia's freedom-minded aims but worried for his soul. He told fellow militia members that enacting the notorious "241" plan to kill two government officials for each fallen militia member was more likely to make them the objects of ridicule rather than martyrs, Barney testified.
"I don't know that this would accomplish anything in God's plan other than we'd be dead and we'd be labeled as loonies," Barney told jurors, summarizing statements he made to other members of the volunteer force.
That plus the rantings from Cox himself in the courtroom will undoubtedly prove more than enough to put Francis "Schaeffer" Cox away from quite some time.
However I have found myself somewhat more fixated on the previous revelation in court that the people who introduced FBI informant Bill Fulton to Cox in the first place were none other than Joe Miller and Palin Chief of Staff Frank Bailey, and what that had to do with the recent coup within the Alaska GOP by Joe Miller and Cox disciple Russ Millette.
So I did a little digging and came up with some rather interesting, if not startling, information.
According to sources the reason that Cox, who was a Fairbanks acquaintance of Joe Miller's from way back, was brought into the hotel room to meet Fulton was because of his ties to the Ron Paul campaign.
You see even back in 2008 the plan was to use the Ron Paul smokescreen to provide cover for the REAL individual behind the takeover, and that was Sarah Palin herself. Essentially both Joe Miller and Frank Bailey were working as her surrogates to finally oust Randy Reuderich, and take the party out of the hands of the old guard, which included Ted Stevens, Don Young, and Lisa's dad Frank Murkowski.
Sarah Palin despised these men for a variety of reasons and wanted to wrest control of the Alaska GOP out of their hands. And though her few remaining supporters would argue she wanted to "clean up the corruption" that was not her true motivation. (Though it did make a handy bumper sticker for her gubernatorial campaign.)
And in fact with Miller's help, the groundwork her minions had done leading up to the convention, and Cox's ties to the Paul campaign, Palin pretty much had all of the elements in place to take over the Alaska GOP that March. There was a fairly significant split among the delegates, but my understanding is that Palin's people had a plan in place that they thought would successfully oust Reuderich and put Vice Chair Cathy Giessel in his place.
However something happened, and the next day plans had changed. Instead it was decided that Sean Parnell would run against Don Young, and Reuderich was allowed to remain the party chairman for the next four years.
Here is what the AP reported took place the next day:
A state Republican convention that could have unified a troubled party descended into infighting Friday, with the lieutenant governor announcing his intention to unseat a congressman and the governor calling for changes in GOP leadership.
Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell said he would challenge U.S. Rep. Don Young, the 18-term incumbent who's the subject of a federal investigation that includes his campaign finance practices.
"The days of unquestioning loyalty are gone," Parnell said a few hours later after filing candidacy paperwork. "It's time for principled leadership."
Gov. Sarah Palin escorted Parnell into the Division of Elections office and immediately endorsed him over Young. She gave no thought to the protocol of an endorsement months before the August primary, she said.
"When something's right, it's right," she said. "There's no time like the present to state your case and speak candidly about what you believe it. And I believe in his candidacy."
|Palin announces her endorsement of Sean Parnell|
Now this is where it gets interesting. According to my sources the reason they put off the coup was because it was revealed that Palin had something more important on her plate. The VP nomination.
Apparently the word came down that Palin was no longer interested in taking over the Alaska GOP because she was all but certain that she was going to be on the Republican ticket. Remember this is less than a month after her first meeting with John McCain, one month before the birth of Trig Paxson Van Palin, and about seven months before she was officially trotted out as John McCain's running mate.
We have been led to believe (Even though I have ALWAYS known better) that McCain picked Palin at the last minute, but in fact, according to my sources, Palin was certain enough that she was on the ticket as far back as March of 2008 to walk away from the overthrow of her arch nemesis, Randy Reuderich. Something which she had been planning for years!
Now this is also rather interesting because in his book, Frank Bailey, who as we all know did not seem shy about outing Palin's numerous lies, only says this about Palin's chances at the VP slot:
"While none of us believed Sarah to be a sure thing for veep--or necessarily even a front-runner--by midyear we understood that it was a possibility, a development that raised anxiety and excitement."
So since Bailey was DEFINITELY around during the time that this news was shared, are we to believe he did not take it seriously? Or is there some other reason that he did not share with his readers just how far back Palin was certain she was McCain's choice for VP?
This might be a good time to remind all of you that Palin had only just announced she was pregnant eight days earlier, on March 7, the day AFTER John McCain officially won the nomination as the Republican candidate for President.
By the way I was also told that Palin had no intention of finishing her first term, ostensibly because she figured she would have a new job as VP in Washington, DC.
Which only goes to remind all of us once again WHY Palin hates President Obama so much. He is after all the man she holds personally responsible for destroying her carefully laid plans to someday sit in the Oval Office.
So having that dream stripped away, it appears that Palin and her minions have returned to plan B, and are now firmly in charge of the Alaska Republican party.