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It’s the final weekend before the Republican National Convention. Rush claims that he was told something about the Governor and the convention.

This is funny.


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  • palmerguy

    Good morning folks, still evening here, have a great day

  • ZH100

    Good morning all.

    Excellent article about Gov.Palin’s record of accomplishments.

    ‘Who Is the Real Sarah Palin?’

    From the article:

    Executive Authority and Success

    Palin was the first female and youngest governor to be elected in Alaska, which is tied for the second most powerful governorship in the United States, according to Thad Beyle, a political scientist at the University of North Carolina.

    Budgeting and Spending

    Palin cut state spending between 2007 and 2010 by 9.5% while also reducing federal earmark requests by more than 80% during her tenure. She used her line-item veto to cut more than a quarter billion in superfluous spending in both 2007 and 2008. In 2009, she instituted a temporary hiring freeze, while at the same time reducing spending by more than 33% between FY2009 and FY2010.

    In stark contrast to President Obama and other governors whose fiscal records are dogged by credit downgrades, Palin left Alaska with an improved credit rating during and following her tenure as governor.  Standard & Poor’s raised Alaska’s credit rating from AA to AA+ in April 2008. Then in 2010, both Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s upgraded Alaska to AAA for the first time in the state’s history due to policies enacted by Palin that made the state’s finances more than solvent.  


    Under Palin’s leadership, Alaska was 2nd in job growth, and 3rd in the change in its unemployment rate, compared to the other states. Alaska also saw a record number of oil jobs in both 2008 and 2009, while natural resource and logging jobs increased 13.7% during Palin’s tenure.

    In fact, Palin’s record on jobs compared to the country as a whole was stronger than the President’s and other prominent governors’ during their respective tenures

    Business Growth

    Alaska was an opportunity society under Palin. Alaska moved up from the 4th most business tax-friendly state to the 3rd most business tax-friendly state during her tenure.

    Palin was a firm believer in tax cuts. In addition to lowering unemployment insurance tax rates, she cut business license fees in half, suspended the state motor fuel tax, and signed legislation, allowing Alaska-based businesses the same opportunities as out-of-state businesses. All of this was consistent with her record as Mayor of Wasilla, where she eliminated small business inventory taxes and cut property tax mill levies every year she was in office.


    Energy issues are Palin’s forte, and her record proves it. In 2007, Governor Palin signed ACES—Alaska’s Clear and Equitable Share—a net tax on oil profits that was passed in a bipartisan and transparent manner. ACES replaced the corruption-tainted oil tax plan of the previous administration, which was passed in secret and ultimately lead to the federal indictment of several Alaskan state officials and oil company personnel. Furthermore, ACES provided oil companies with incentives to develop. The progressivity of the tax meant producers were protected when oil prices were low, but the interest of the resource owners—the people of Alaska—were appropriately protected as well to achieve a fair return for their resource.

    Most importantly, ACES led to jobs, increased development, and a huge surplus for Alaska.

    Perhaps Palin’s biggest energy achievement was spearheading the creation of the Alaska natural gas pipeline. After five decades of unsuccessful attempts by Alaskan administrations to bring a gas pipeline project into existence, Palin and her team introduced the Alaska Gasline Inducement Act (AGIA) in March 2007. AGIA passed the Legislature by a vote of 57-1 in May of that year.

    Unlike the behind-closed-doors cronyism of past administrations, Palin’s AGIA legislation was conducted out in the open and made use of a genuine free-market competitive bidding process. Palin’s AGIA placed not only Alaska, but also the nation, further on the path toward energy independence.

    Palin played hardball with the big oil companies in her state. According to the Alaska state constitution, Alaskans are the resource owners in their state; and it was Palin’s duty as their CEO to get the best deal for Alaskans while at the same time partnering with these oil companies for the mutual benefit of all.

    Ethics Reform and Transparency

    Ethics reform was the hallmark of Palin’s governorship. She was swept into office on a reform message in a state with a serious corruption problem. Alaska at the time was undergoing a federal investigation that culminated in the indictment of various corrupt lawmakers. Palin had made a name for herself as an ethics crusader when she chaired the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservative Commission and blew the whistle on fellow commissioner and state GOP head Randy Ruedrich for doing party business on state time. This resulted in Ruedrich receiving a $12,000 fine—the largest civil fine for ethics in the state’s history. Alaskans respected the fact that Palin was not afraid of taking on the establishment of her own party.

    As governor, Palin fought for and signed sweeping bipartisan ethics legislation, which restricted lobbyists, improved disclosure laws, and improved executive and legislative branch ethics laws. In the face of corruption, she continued to take on her own party when it was necessary. She also increased transparency by releasing her oil tax bill to her constituents 17 days prior to the special legislative session, opening up natural gas pipeline deals to all potential parties, putting the state checkbook online, and not allowing lobbyists in her office.


    Palin forward funded education to allow districts greater flexibility, supported increased vocational training and early education funding, opened up opportunity to Alaskan students to participate in regional medical schools, and increased overall funding for special needs education by 175% (before she herself became the mother of son with special needs). Believing that the best reform was close to home, Palin wisely also chose to monitor rather than participate in national standards for education.

    Health Care

    Palin introduced health care transparency legislation that established an Alaska health care information office to give consumers factual information on quality and cost to help them make better-informed health care decisions. Recognizing that health care must be market-and business-driven, rather than restricted by government, Palin proposed repeal of Certificate of Need—a layer of bureaucracy that prevents medical facility development. She established the Alaska Health Strategies Planning Council, reduced Medicaid assessments by 83%, and expanded Alaska’s SeniorCare benefits program for low-income seniors.

    • ZH100

      Debunking the false (!) meme that Gov.Palin has lack of knowledge on issues "outside of anti-corruption and energy policy."

      Gov.Palin has spoken out on almost all the issues, both foreign and domestic and has been proven right on many of her statements.

      For example:

      Sarah Palin Talks Cronyism, Economy, China, Liberty and Freedom at World Knowledge Forum in South Korea  (another successful unscripted Q&A)

      Long Island Association was an unequivocal success ; an hourlong, unscripted Q&A session where Governor Palin talked about the economy, the deficit, government spending, gun control, the environment, the rising cost of food, energy, Egypt and other foreign policy related issues in front of a group of socially liberal Democrats and Republicans in an area where the Democrat Party is strong.

      Excerpts of Sarah Palin’s Speech to Investors in Hong Kong

      Governor Palin’s  successful (unscripted) Q&A at the India Today Conclave
      The (unscripted) Q&A portion covered a lot of territory and included tough questions that ranged from foreign policy to American economics.

      Interview CNN’s Don Lemon Impressed that Governor Palin Answered All of His Questions

      Palin v. Bernanke
      Her Warning To the Fed Chairman Puts Her Out in Front on the Debate on the Dollar

      Opinion Journal: Palin vs. Bernanke

      ‘Amid media circus, Palin lays out policy positions’   ( by Byron York)

      From the article:

      "One thing many viewers have probably missed in all the horse-race speculation is that Palin is perfectly willing to discuss her positions on key issues, if anyone wants to ask. In fact, in recent days, weeks, and months, we’ve seen a lot of policy commentary from the former Alaska governor.

      Some of Sarah Palin’s Ideas Cross the Political Divide"  (by Anand Giridharadas)

      • ZH100

        ‘Setting the Palin Record Straight’  (by Jedediah Bila; 3/17/2011)

        "It’s truly astonishing the lengths that some will go to in order to try to discredit Sarah Palin.  Sure, the left-wing media loons are a given, but what about the folks on the Right who relentlessly brand her as unelectable, unintelligent, unpresidential, and/or unqualified?  What is their basis for those assessments?  And if she is so darn unelectable—why the need to consistently, near-obsessively attempt to tear her down?

        What’s most interesting about the repeated attacks on Palin – from the Left and the Right – is that they are routinely empty.

        They are often featured in online hit pieces that are void of any reference to her record and/or her contributions over the past two years to discussions of national and international significance. They focus on absurd criticism of her TLC series, which so many elitists deemed anti-intellectual and so many regular Americans deemed relatable. They call her a “quitter” because she resigned from the governorship, but don’t reveal the reality that she was faced with numerous frivolous ethics charges made by political operatives that were costing her state hundreds of thousands of dollars and her staff countless hours to refute.
        The fact that she made the right decision for Alaska, and that the charges were all ultimately dismissed, get buried under the frenzied need some have to try to sabotage her at all costs.

        And let’s not forget the manner in which the authors of these hit pieces so often compile every possible negative quotation on Palin they can find, particularly from the mouths of whom they consider to be the conservative intellectual elite.  The quotes are typically nonsensical and/or erroneous, and mark embarrassing moments for those who uttered them, as they tend to reflect a complete lack of awareness of Palin’s accomplishments, writings, and outspoken stand on policy initiatives.

        Since September 2010 alone, Sarah Palin has penned commentary on such topics as the unrest in Libya, the protests in Wisconsin, Obama’s 2012 budget proposal and State of the Union address, getting tough with Iran and standing with Iranians who seek democracy, challenging the specifics of President Obama’s energy policy, the omnibus spending bill, defeating the New START, opposition to state bailouts, tax policy, a message to Republican freshmen in Congress, opposition to quantitative easing, and more.  She has repeatedly been a leading voice—via television appearances and speaking engagements—against the dangers of ObamaCare and the risks of President Obama’s approach to energy. During the 2010 election season, SarahPAC endorsed 81 candidates across the country.  Let’s take a look at a few samples of Palin’s written commentary:

        On Obama’s 2012 budget proposal:  “The fine print reveals a White House proposal to increase taxes by at least $1.5 trillion over the next decade.  If you want to know how minuscule their proposed $775 million-a-year budget ‘cuts’ really are, please look at this chart.  The proposed cuts are so insignificant—less than 1/10 of 1% of this year’s $1.65 trillion budget deficit—that they are essentially invisible on the pie chart.  That speaks volumes about today’s budget.”

        On Iran:  “Much more can be done, such as banning insurance for shipments to Iran, banning all military sales to Iran, ending all trade credits, banning all financial dealings with Iranian banks, limiting Iran’s access to international capital markets and banking services, closing airspace and waters to Iran’s national air and shipping lines, and, especially, ending Iran’s ability to import refined petroleum.  These would be truly ‘crippling’ sanctions.”

        On energy:  “Right now Beltway politicos are quibbling over cutting $61 billion from our dangerously bloated $3.7 trillion budget.  Allowing drilling in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas will enrich federal coffers by $167 billion without raising our taxes.  If we let Harry Reid keep his ‘cowboy poetry,’ would the White House consider letting us drill?”

        On quantitative easing:  “If the President was serious about getting the economy moving again, he’d stop supporting the Fed’s dangerous experiments with our currency and focus instead on what actually works: reducing government spending and boosting business investment through good old-fashioned supply-side reforms (cutting taxes and reducing overly burdensome regulations).  Simply running the printing presses in order to avoid paying off your debts is no way for a great nation to behave.”

        My question to the critics: How is that commentary lacking in intellect?  How do you find her active leadership role in these important debates to be unpresidential?"

        • Mountain

          Jedediah is a true Palinista—-and a just patriot.

  • ZH100

    ‘Poll: Americans Reject Crony Capitalism, 3-1′

    From the article:

    "In a recent Boston Herald column, pollster Scott Rasmussen of Rasmussen Reports cited poll findings that show strong bipartisan opposition to cronyism and its effects on free markets."


    Long before "crony capitalism" became a topic of national debate Gov. Palin has fought against corruption and crony capitalism.

    Taking on corruption and crony capitalism has always been a cornerstone of Gov. Palin’s agenda.

    Here are some links with information about Gov.Palin’s consistent fight against corruption and crony capitalism.

    ‘Institutionalizing Crony Capitalism’   (by Governor Palin)  

    From the article:
    "We need to be on our guard against such crony capitalism. We fought against distortion of the market in Alaska when we confronted “Big Oil,” or more specifically some of the players in the industry and in political office, who were taking the 49th state for a ride.
    My administration challenged lax rules that seemed to allow corruption, and we even challenged the largest corporation in the world at the time for not abiding by provisions in contracts it held with the state. When it came time to craft a plan for a natural gas pipeline, we insisted on transparency and a level playing field to ensure fair competition.

    Our reforms helped reduce politicians’ ability to play favorites and helped clean up corruption. We set up stricter oversight offices and ushered through a bi-partisan ethics reform bill. Far from being against necessary reform, I embrace it. "

    ‘Crony Capitalism on Steroids from GE to Solyndra’  (by Governor Palin)

    From the article:

    "This crony capitalism and government waste is at the heart of our economic problems. It will destroy us if we don’t root it out. It’s not just a Democrat problem or a Republican problem. It’s a problem of our permanent political class."

    ‘American Crony Capitalism Brings Jobs to Finland’  (by Governor Palin)

    ‘How Congress Occupied Wall Street’   (by Governor Palin)

    ‘Palin: Congress, it’s time to stop lining your pockets’  (by Governor Palin)

    ‘Governor Palin’s Consistent Fight against Corruption and Crony Capitalism’   (by Whitney Pitcher)

    From the article:

    "Governor Palin’s strong stance against crony capitalism, bureaucrats picking winners and losers, and a lack of transparency is not just words; it’s action.

    Citizen candidates do indeed bring a fresh perspective to a campaign and even to public office. However, there is something to be said for someone who took on corruption while in elected office. Such an individual has governed or legislated in an atmosphere of corruption, back room deals, and cronyism and has not only weathered such an atmosphere, but has effected change for the better. It is one thing to act as a citizen watchdog; it is another to make sure that legislation and projects are transparent and are void of back room deals and crony capitalism. Governor Palin is such a person."

    ‘Some of Sarah Palin’s Ideas Cross the Political Divide’  (by Anand Giridharadas)

    From the article:

    "But something curious happened when Ms. Palin strode onto the stage last weekend at a Tea Party event in Indianola, Iowa. Along with her familiar and predictable swipes at President Barack Obama and the “far left,” she delivered a devastating indictment of the entire U.S. political establishment — left, right and center — and pointed toward a way of transcending the presently unbridgeable political divide. "

    ‘How Governor Palin Reformed Alaska’s Ethics Laws and Made Crony Capitalism a Crime’ (by Gary P)

    From the article:

    "With all of the talk of corruption and crony capitalism these days, this is a great time to talk about some of the things Sarah Palin did to reform Alaska politics. She worked with the Alaska Legislature to pass tough, sweeping ethics reform "

    ‘Dan Mitchell of the Cato Institute praises Sarah Palin for highlighting Washington’s rampant crony capitalism ‘

    ‘How Palin Beat Alaska’s Establishment’ (WSJ)

    From the article:

    "If you’ve read the press coverage of Sarah Palin, chances are you’ve heard plenty about her religious views and private family matters. If you want to know what drives Gov. Palin’s politics, and has intrigued America, read this."

    ‘Sarah takes on Big Oil: The compelling story of Governor Sarah Palin’s battle with Alaska’s
    ‘Big 3′ oil companies’ (by Kay Cashman and Kristen Nelson)

    Gov. Palin’s successful efforts to stop the cronyism and reform the energy business in Alaska were so impressive Kay Cashman, the publisher and executive editor of Petroleum News, wrote the book entitled: “Sarah Takes On Big Oil” .

    This is a must read for anyone who wants to understand the leadership Sarah Palin has exhibited in the area of reforming government and industry.

  • ZH100

    ‘Sarah Palin, Scoop Artist’ (December ,2010)

    From the article:

    "It’s enough that she was just ahead of the others, and the point is one to mark. She has become, at a relatively young age and by whatever means, a savvy woman. We noticed it, say, when she suggested the best way to handle the question of the West Bank settlements was to let the Israelis decide, a policy the administration is now following.

    We noticed it when she went to Hong Kong and warned about the collapse in the value of the dollar and spoke of the importance of gold.

    It was apparent when she dove in before other politicians and the intelligentsia and warned about the dangers of the Federal Reserve’s second round of quantitative easing. And when, in advance of the BP oil-spill disaster, she’d been campaigning to develop our onshore energy resources.

    And when she began branding as her own the idea of commonsense, conservative constitutionalism — a year before a resurgent GOP is preparing to open the 112th Congress with a reading of the entire text of the Constitution."

    • Mountain

      Every day I thank God for all your hard work and terrific, informative, and CORRECT posts, ZH.
      God bless you!

      • ZH100

        Thank you, Mountain.

  • JP_AZ

    I think Todd Akin is a distraction from real story.  Watch…

    • Pete Petretich

      These people are sick puppies! They really are.

      Someone needs to write a thorough book on this fraudulent RNC process…

    • M_Minnesota


  • ZH100

    ‘Governor Palin and the Return of Jacksonian Foreign Policy’

    From the article:

    "In May, Governor Palin gave a speech at a “Tribute to the Troops” event at Colorado Christian University. As part of this speech, Governor Palin outlined a clear vision of American military policy, which has now become known as the Palin doctrine by many.

    Too often, pundits create a false dichotomy between neoconservatism and isolationism, but Governor Palin espouses neither.

    Her foreign policy vision is along the lines of Presidents Jackson and Reagan"

    • barracuda43

      Thank you. This answers my question about irish blowing smoke at me stating Sarah and Pauls foreign policy are the same. appreciate it.

      • ZH100

         You are welcome, barracuda43.

  • Pete Petretich

    "Mass. Poll: Brown 49, Warren 43: Bay State voters are splitting their tickets"

    • barracuda43

      Maybe by November they will do a straight Republican ticket and join in the landslide of taking out Obama.

      • Pete Petretich

        Republicans are just as corrupt and wasteful as Democrats. They are both the Permanent Political Class and should be overthrown and replaced, not temporarily but for the long term.

        • Mountain

          No, PeteP—-just the power- and money-driven ELITES in BOTH parties tend to be corrupt.
          THEY are conservatives’ enemies who loathe Gov. Palin for wanting to end their corruption.

          SO LOOK OUT, Elites!  Mama Grizzly is comin’ after ya!—-with God’s energy behind her! 

  • FlyoverGuy7

    Good morning to all you nite owls…

    Saw 2016 earlier tonight with a group of 7, organized on short notice.  We shared a really nice meal together beforehand.  Was a great evening. 

    This movie is very likely to have a positive effect on independents and moderates, causing many of them to think more seriously about where Obama would take us in a second term, and whether they really want to go there. 

     I think conservatives will regard it as taking a "soft" rather than "hard" sell approach, but liberals will think it only slams Obama. 

    All of us need to make an effort to go see it, and, equally importantly, take someone we know who is "undecided", or who we think voted for Obama in 2008, to see it with us.  See if afterwards that person will be moved to pursue some dialogue about what thoughts the movie may provoke.  It can be a good vehicle to help open the eyes of those who are still in denial of the damage Obama has done to our country these past 3.5 years. 

    Hope it goes to DVD in about a month or six weeks, so lots more citizens will have a chance to see it, and allowing a decent interval before November 6 for it to sink in.  If so, think about planning some group viewing parties in your home or other suitable venue.  We need to help as many as possible to see 2016.  

    • jerseyflash

      Good comment FlyoverGuy7…I’m replying on your comment…only to use a PS at the end of your comment…"We need to help as many people as possible to see 2016″….The RNC should somehow have this movie played in EVERY hotel room in Tampa…seeing this movie will change the minds of the "UNDECIDED"….just my thoughts

  • Pete Petretich

    Yes, I do want to pre-judge the RNC. It will mostly be a bore, with superficial "diversity" and watered-down substance and not much fire from the Tea Party.

    However, I would not be surprised if Sarah finds a way to surprise us…

    • Anno76

      You betcha Pete!!!

    • Mountain

      Hmm…..  I thought the RNC planned to DELETE the Tea Partiers’ voices at the convention.

      I hope you’re right, PP, and Gov. Palin surprises EVERYONE!
      GODSPEED, Sarah!

  • FlyoverGuy7

    Just caught up to this by Kim Strassel, whom I always find well worth the time.

    She lays out the big picture contrasts between Romney vs. Obama during 2012-2016 very well.

  • Pete Petretich
  • Jthom26837

    Good Morning Fellow Palinistas.

    No News is Good News. If it’s not Good News, I don’t want to hear it. There’s nothing more to say, But…

    SARAH PALIN ROCKS!!!THE PALIN FAMILY ROCKS!!!WE PALINISTAS ROCK!!!GOD BLESS THE USA!!!Take that, Kathy Griffin: You imbecile. Take That, Margaret Cho: You newly discovered pervert. Finally, to the wack-a-dos over at Sleaze-n-n, er, CNN (LOL): Suck Eggs!! You Too, Ed Rollins.

  • ZH100

    How the Palin emails backfired on the media.

    ‘Sarah Palin email witch hunt backfires – squeaky clean good governor!’

    From the article:

    "The release of Sarah Palin’s emails backfires, as not only does she come off as squeaky clean, she looks like a very hard working governor by the looks of these communications. According to NPR, nothing of any concern was found among the thousands of Palin emails released."

    ‘American Way: Sarah Palin email frenzy backfires on her media antagonists’

    Form the article:

    "The trove of more than 13,000 emails detailing almost every aspect of Sarah Palin’s governorship of Alaska, released late on Friday, paints a picture of her as an idealistic, conscientious, humorous and humane woman slightly bemused by the world of politics.

    One can only assume that the Left-leaning editors who dispatched teams of reporters to remote Juneau, the Alaskan capital, to pore over the emails in the hope of digging up a scandal are now viewing the result as a rather poor return on their considerable investment.

    If anything, Mrs Palin seems likely to emerge from the scrutiny of the 24,000 pages, contained in six boxes and weighing 275 pounds, with her reputation considerably enhanced. As a blogger at Powerline noted, the whole saga might come to be viewed as “an embarrassment for legacy media”.
    ‘Operation Backfire: E-Mails Prove Sarah Palin Was A Great Governor’

    From the article:

    "Governor Palin conducted the business of her state in a transparent, bi-partisan, and responsible manner. She worked long, hard hours and treated everyone with respect. America is finding out that Palin is a smart, effective, fiscally responsible leader whose goal has always been to serve the people she represents.

    She knows how to prioritize, delegate, and choose the most qualified and competent people to serve with her. America is learning that even in the face of death threats from crazed liberals, Gov. Palin just kept working and putting Alaska and Alaskans first."

    ‘The Sarah Palin email mania backfires on the media’

    From the article:

    "As 13,000 emails of the former Governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin, were released on Friday, the Liberal main-stream media scurried down to Juneau, Alaska to collect 24,000 pages of what they thought could be a damning story.

    Dozens of major news publications released the 24,000 pages online to find something to smear the possible 2012 Republican contender, but their search came out dry.

    Instead, what they found was a hard-at-work governor leading the great state of Alaska.

    In detail, the emails display her down-to-earth tenure as governor and the policies she put in place while serving the 49th state."

    CNN finding that Palin was hard-working governor


    Palin: the emails, the Paul Revere flap, and the foolish media

    From the article:

    "Similarly, the mainstream media stands with egg dripping all over its face, yet again. Nothing in the emails contains the slightest hint that Palin was anything other than a hard-working Governor, a caring mother and wife, and an all-around good-natured human being…not exactly what the death squads of WaPo, the NYT, and other mainstream outlets had in mind.

    This shockingly laughable scenario is in sharp contrast to the manner in which the media handled Barack Obama, whom it woefully failed to properly investigate in 2007-08. Where were all of the reporters who should have been camped outside the door of domestic terrorist William Ayers, who launched Obama’s political career from his living room?"

    Gov. Palin has been microscopically analyzed on an unprecedented level and she still comes up clean.

    I doubt anyone else could have withstood the intense scrutiny that she has undergone.

    • ZH100

      About the  frivolous anti-Palin ethics complaints
      There were many "ethics" complaints filed against Gov Palin. All complaints ,but two ,dismissed as lacking any merit. The other two were settlements where Governor Palin was cleared of any wrongdoing.  

      Under Alaskan law these are dealt with by the Alaskan Personnel Board, which body gives a final determination.  

      The members of the Personnel Board were appointed by Palin’s predecessor, Frank Murkowski–no friend of Palin.  

      To cut a long story short Gov.Palin was exonerated from blame in all cases without exception.
      The two settlements where Gov.Palin was also cleared of any wrongdoing:

      1)  Governor Palin Reimburses the State for Kids’ Travel

      There was no state law against the governor’s family traveling with her, and the personnel board found no wrongdoing on the part of the Sarah Palin
      Because no guidance was provided in the law, the Palin administration followed historical precedent in travel decisions for the first family.
      All of her travel expenses were originally approved by the Department of Administration!

      The administration had decided to have the Attorney General establish a clearer set of guidelines that established a new “state interest” test for protocol travel and based on this set of new (!) guidelines Sarah Palin agreed to reimburse the state.
      Sarah Palin has been exonerated of all wrongdoing (also) in this ethics act complaint. There was no finding of wrongdoing and there was no ethics violation.
      The Alaska Personnel Board found no wrongdoing, but Sarah Palin agreed to reimburse the state.

      2)  The Legal Defense Fund Case.

      Associated Press: "No Wrongdoing on Palin’s Part was Found" in Legal Defense Fund Case

      No wrongdoing on Palin’s part was found. Investigator Timothy Petumenos said Palin acted in good faith and relied on a team of attorneys.

      The only thing the team of attorneys did wrong was use the word “official” while trying to help pay for all the legal costs involved with a merciless, politically motivated, litigious campaign from Democrat operatives against Sarah Palin.

      In essence, the investigator found that because of things such as the use of the word "Official" on the fund’s website, there is probable cause to believe that the fund itself could be in violation of Alaska ethics laws. However,  Sarah palin  did not do anything wrong since she acted on good faith on the advice of a team of lawyers who told her the fund was "unassailable" and in compliance with the law when it was formed.!

      Under Alaskan law Gov.Palin had to cover her own legal fees.

      Answering those lawsuits took up almost 100% of her time and the time of her staff, meaning she couldn’t govern. Those lawsuits were filed  to make it impossible for her to govern and to bankrupt her .

      Since then (2011) Alaskan law has been changed which now covers the governor’s legal fees for such legal proceedings. That didn’t help Gov. Palin as she still had to pay the fees she accrued during that time.
      About troopergate.

      The  the Bi-partisan Alaska Personnel Board , which is the final authority(!), ruled that Gov.Palin did not commit any ethics violation

  • ZH100

    Sean Hannity: Stephen K. Bannon’s ‘The Hope and The Change’ ‘Most Powerful Documentary I’ve Ever Seen’

    • M_Minnesota

      Betcha Ziegler/Ziggy is  gloating in his own "Special way."

    • Mountain

      I thought "The Undefeated" was THE most powerful documentary.
      After all, it exposed how VICIOUSLY Gov. Palin was smeared, and what is the truth about her.

  • technopeasant

    10 random thoughts:

    1) If Sarah Palin had made a "birtherism" joke would Rombots have rushed to her side to circle the wagons around her, as they have with Mitt Romney? In fact would Fox News and the conservative blogosphere be as inclined to defend her as they are now defending Mitt Romney?

    There is a reason this subject is supposedly banned from C4P. But Mitt Romney elevates it to a subject of legitimate discourse. Bulls*it!

    2) That Akin issue is clouded because abortion is only a peripheral issue and for folks who fail to see that they should read the piece I posted by Elizabeth Blackney yesterday. (She is a conservative.) The issue is fourfold: Insulting women by claiming there are different kinds of rape implying women lie about being rape, a member of a GOP espousing "junk science" that women’s bodies can "shut down" in the case of legitimate rape and not conceive a child as a result thereby insulting those who are intelligent, being  insensitive to the dumanization and degradation of rape and the long process a rape victim goes through to heal from the rape or the constant fear of young women they may be raped by men looking to "score". And Akin comes off looking like a dinosaur or Neanderthal.

    When I grew up I was taught in mixed company your never talked sex, religion or politics. Well, there should be a rule for male politicians. They should never, never talk in detail about rape, pregnancy and the character or veracity of women and above all they should never come off sounding like a religious zealot if they do so. When they talk about abortion confine it to the child; let the female politicians talk about it from the mother’s point of view.

    A man talking about how women feel about rape is like a plumber telling the world how to perform open-heart surgery: They simply don’t know what they’re talking about.

    3) If the GOP thinks a doyenne like Ann Romney is going to somehow rein in females for the GOP and her husband deeply offended by Todd Akin’s remarks, they are living in la-la land. Look Ann Romney is a nice lady, but she is beautiful, older, rich Mormon lady who like her husband has a hard time relating to how folks on the other side of the track live. And she hasn’t been in her 20’s for a long, long time.

    Instead, at the convention, they should feature a younger woman who has been raped in the past (eg Elizabeth Blackney) and tell the world (on behalf of the GOP) that what Akin said was wrong. But the gutless GOP are afraid she may go too far. GOP, it’s time to be bold and not to bury your heads in the sand. But instead you’ll delude yourself that the polls show Romney has a decent chance to prevail, so why rock the boat?

    4) So conservatives supposedly are now supposed to rally to Mitt Romney now because of his "dog whistle" in Michigan yesterday. If they can be bought so cheaply then you deserve 4 more years of Obama. Conservatives, this is what Mitt Romney thinks of you behind closed doors. He doesn’t respect you and thinks you are all fanatics, intellectually deprived who foam at the mouth, live and die by your guns, believe the earth is flat, and pray for the day that Obama will be proven to be born in Kenya.

    Conservatives, I implore you. Prove Mitt Romney wrong. Don’t sell your favors so cheaply.

    5) Who the hell made the decision to stage a convention in Florida, knowing that it was in the middle of hurricane season or that the possibility of Tampa being struck even remotely existed? And remember what happened in 2008 in Minneapolis to shut down the convention for a day. The GOP is called the stupid party. I wonder why.

    6) Billy Baldwin and Charlie Cook both echoed what I have been purporting all along and which very few pundits want to acnowledge:

    Baldwin on Piers Morgan: Romney should have a double-digit lead.

    Charlie Cook: It shouldn’t be this close.

    7) I will admit the CNN poll released yesterday has given me pause for thought that Romney’s net favorables have improved (another positive result), Romney is now getting 93% of the GOP vote, and 88% of the Tea party support him but the numbers still tell us that Romney is way off the 2010 mark about independents (19 points margin down to 3 points),  only boasts a 11 point lead in the South (McCain won it by 9 points) and that despite the terrible economy he is still polling only 47% overall against Obama (see #6).

    8) I will honor my promise that starting Monday morning August 27, 2012, I will not criticize Mitt Romney or his policies or his campaign or any thing remotely connected to Mitt Romney until they day after the election. Instead I will focus all my attention on calling out Obama, building up Sarah Palin, discussing national or world events, or providing polls without my commentary on them in respect to Romney.

    So I have two more days to make it clear how I feel about the Mittster and I intend not leave many stones unturned.

    9) If there is one thing I don’t believe now in the polls, it is the contention of many pollsters that Paul Ryan has not given Romney much of a bump in the polls. Au contraire, there are more tossup states in the mix now and in particular Wisconsin is now seriously in play. Ryan has definitely made Romney more competitive but I will say Ryan has done more for Romney to solidify the GOP behind him (see above #7) than he has to attract swing voters to Romney’s side. Have you noticed the percentage of the folks who are either voting 3rd party or are undecided have gone up since Ryan was selected? At least now Romney doesn’t have to look over his shoulder with regards to support from party members. Independent conservatives: That’s a different story.

    10) Rush Limbaugh has acted strangely on his radio program since he was called on the carpet because of the Sandra Fluke episode.  I get the sense he trying to be more cautious and deliberate with what he says for fear of losing more sponsors.

     This reminds me of Tiger Woods telling reporters that during the third round of the PGA championship (he only played 8 holes) that he tried to adopt a way of thinking about playing a round of golf and basically he would enjoy the round and not be as intense on the golf course. Tiger ended up shooting 4 bogeys in 8 holes and ended up shooting himself out of the tournament and vowed to never play that way again.

    For Rush to be truly successful, he needs that edge. And frankly, he sounds lately like he has lost it. And not going to the wall for Sarah Palin regarding her speaking at the convention is just another sign of this malaise on his program.

    • M_Minnesota

      Hear! Hear!

    • connservative

      I agree with the last comment re Rush.  When I’ve listened lately, I can’t figure out what he’s talking about.

    • section9

      I agree with you about Rush. His problem is that he’s always straddled the GOP in Washington between the Reagan Wing of the Party and the Establishment Bushies, who invited him to the WH several times. It’s this straddle that compromises him.

      If you go back to the 1980 cycle, I think you’ll find that this race resembles that one in a lot of respects. Romney, like Reagan, is a competent guy who can do the job. While he lacks Reagan’s inspiring leadership, Romney will probably close the deal in the second half of October. People, I think, don’t want four more years of this stuff, and are willing to let Romney have a chance at doing the public’s work.

      I think, in the end, you’ll see a lot of battlegrounds flip Romney’s way the way they flipped to Reagan after his debate with Carter.

      • technopeasant

        section 9, this is what makes close political contests so interesting. You may be right, but I just don’t see Mitt Romney in the red zone with under 2 minute left to go in the game making the key pass or play to win our side the game at the end.

        I just don’t think he has the guts, intestinal fortitude, desire or ability to carry it off.

        I hope I am proven wrong. On the other hand Obama is a closer.

        • barracuda43

          Don’t think he has been running seven years to step on the stage a nd lay a big egg. Obama is going down in Novemeber. I have a friend from high school who is a nurse in a big hospital who talks to many patients and he cannot find anybody who is voting for Obama.  

    • 2C714

      Thanks for the post.

      I especially agree with #1 and your thoughts concerning Rush.

  • bassman

    If Romeny is going to make a birther joke, he needs to go with it. Point out that Pres.Obama joked about Romney putting his dog on the roof of the car. He needed to point out that Jake Tapper and Mark Halperin are right. Our media is overly protective of Pres. Obama. He needs to understand how to make political points. You don’t show any weakness. You don’t back track and say he has always said he knows Mr. Obama was born here.

  • technopeasant

    A comparison between the results of the 2010 exit polls and yesterday’s CNN poll and the difference between the GOP and Mitt Romney:

                                                     2010 exit polls           CNN poll                     Difference

                                               DEMS         GOP         OBAMA  ROMNEY

    OVERALL                          44.8            51.6              49            47                   -8.8

    MEN                                   41                55                43           53                   -4

    FEMALE                             48               49                 54          42                   -13

    WHITES                             37               60                 40          56                   -16

    50-64                                  46               52                 46          49                   -3

    65+                                     38               59                 44          52                   -13

    $50k or                             42               55                 52          45                   -20

    Attend college                    44               53                 52           45                 -16

    No college                          47               49                 45           52                 +5

    Democrats                          91               7                   93           4                   +5

    GOP                                    5               94                   6            93                  -2

    Independents                     37              56                  45           48                 -16

    Urban                                 56              41                  63           34                  -14

    Suburban                           42              55                  48           47                  -14

    Rural                                  36              61                  30           69                  +14

    East                                   54              44                  57            41                  -6

    Midwest                             44              53                  50            48                  -11

    South                                 37              61                  42            53                  -13

    West                                  49              48                  53            43                  -9

    • technopeasant

      Analysis and conclusions:

      1) It is not only the CNN poll but many polls that have convinced me that where Mitt Romney will lose this election or President Obama will win it in all likelihood is with this one demographic:

      WHITE, college-educated women between 30-50, living in the Midwest and the South, a majority of them self-identify as independent voters and who in large part live in the suburbs and who make over $50,000 a year. And surpisingly a good number are married. They are not all the single, burn the bra, feminist types.

      This is has been pretty consistent for months and with the Akin controversy and Obama’s war on women, Obama will even more dedicated to wooing these voters to his tent.

      And by virtue what is happening with the poll results with Akin and the head to head matchup between Romney and Obama in MO, that is only Obama’s first salvo. Expect many more in battleground states.

      2) So why did these voters vote GOP in 2010 and give the GOP the greatest percentage of the white vote since WWII and for the first time since midterm exit polls were being kept (1982), the GOP won a higher percentage of the overall female vote over the Dems?

      Because Sarah Palin was leading the fight and she stayed on message. And what was her message?

      Mainly a conservative message focused on the economy and improving the lot of business, unleashing America’s energy reserves, government mismanagment, and freedom. And not a complete elimination of social issues from the table but a solid discussion of them which never offended women. She stated her own position and echoed the position of many pro-life men and women but never beat the voters over the head with the issue.

      Primary voters supposedly voted for the Mittster because he had "the answers" to how to fix the economy. But do we hear much at all about that? Instead all we hear about is abortion, rape and birtherism.

      Conservatives, ask yourself, did you really vote for Romney to deal with these issues on a daily basis? Frankly, I don’t think you did. And now the chickens are coming home to roost because you decided to go with a RINO who doesnt have a clue how to fight the upcoming election on these issues.

      And when he tries to switch the topic he is not charismatic or persuasive enough to do so. Again Romney’s lack of talent will be on full display for you to watch and you will grow more frustrated with Romney for his lack of ability to change the political landscape. But folks, it’s not Romney’s fault. I told you what you were getting by entering into a Faustian bargain with a mediocre RINO.

      And guess what will get more attention during the fall election? It won’t be Obamacare or the repeal of it, the mounting deficit or the 8.3% unemployment rate.

      3) So here is essentially Obama’s strategy for the forthcoming election:

      a) Rein in white college-educated female voters and basically ignore white male working class voters where there is little upside potential.

      b) Focus the campaign on suburban markets and ignore rural communities. Again the latter has little upside potential

      c) Allow the natural dislike for Romney among conservative males to unfold without his help (Romney is not macho or conservative enough) which in turn will send these males off to a 3rd party or cause them not to vote at all. Obama has faith that enough white conservative males will run away from Romney to hand him the election.

      d) Maximize the turnout of non-white voters, both males and females.

      The irony of ironies: No one is seeing the forest for the trees in that 2012 would have been the perfect year for the GOP standardbearer to put a white, college-educated female on the ticket, even better than it would have been in 2008, given the Akin controversy. Sarah Palin would be the perfect candidate now, not to say she wasn’t the perfect candidate in 2008.

    • barracuda43

      CNN the most trusted name in news and polling. Lol!

  • wodiej

    Heavenly Father, bless this thread today and guide us in our thoughts and
    words, Amen

    "They will have no fear of bad
    news; their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the Lord."  Psalm 112:7

  • SonOfOriginalTed

    I dare Mitt Romney to go see the new movie, 2016 Obama’s America, and then publicly state that he saw it.

    (BTW, IF Mitt Romney would publicly recommend that all Americans see that movie, and repeat it as a theme in the campaign, he would more than soundly defeat Obama in November; if he does not, he is neither serious nor worthy of winning the election.)

    • Terrenceor

      Amen. That Obama thinks it is his job to redistribute America’s wealth to the rest of the world while everyday Americans are suffering would be a slam dunk win for the GOP.

      2016. Everyone go see it.

    • barracuda43

      Will he have to show his birth certificate to get in the cinema?

  • technopeasant

    An intelligent piece on the Hispanic vote and why playing "identity politics" is a fruitless exercise:


    (article half way down page)

    Key factoid from writer:

    "Latinos may be 16 to 17 percent of the population but barely make up 9 percent of the electorate and HAVE THE LOWEST TURNOUT OF ANY MAJOR VOTING BLOC."

    "Unemployment among Latinos is 14 percent, higher than the 8.3 percent for the rest of the country…"

    Key takeaway:

    "With few exceptions, the so-called monolithic Latino vote is a paper tiger…"

    "The Republican message needs to be a consistent one across the board, not one to appeal to whites, another for blacks and another for Hispanics."

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