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If you have the day off today (or even if you do not), remember to thank a vet.

Now that the 2012 election is in the rear-view mirror, it’s time to look forward to the 2014 midterms and then the 2016 presidential election. The GOP will be heavily favored to take back seats in the Senate in 2014 and Barack Obama will not be the Democrat Party nominee for President in 2016. I’m sure there will be plenty of discussion about television contracts, PAC quarterly filings, speaking engagements, number of visits to early caucus/primary states, and endorsements to keep us occupied. Hopefully, everyone can enjoy the ride.


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  • 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.

    • BrianusBerkleianus

      Thank you much, ZH, and good morning!

      • ZH100

         You are welcome ,Brianus and good morning!

  • BrianusBerkleianus

    My Dear Friends in Sarah,

    Happy Monday to you all!!

    Below are some observations from earlier this year on the Aleutian Islands, and on the power of the Great Land of Alaska to foster the growth of giants and heroes … like our dear Sarah and her valiant family!!

    To whet your interest, there will also be little bits on Chuck, Sr., Vince Lombardi, and Indiana Jones!!

    This does not seem to be the Year of the Raiders, to say the least. Fortunately, in addition to being a long-time and diehard Oakland fan, I am also an NFL fan in general, and will take a keen interest as the season continues to unfold, and as we move into the playoffs!

    God bless you all always!!

    DEO VOLENTE, SARAH 2016!!!



    I have a few thoughts to share with you this morning that are based upon some words drawn from Samuel Eliot Morison’s book, "The Two-Ocean War: A Short History of the United States Navy in the Second World War."

    On pp. 271-272 Morison writes, "During the rest of the war the Aleutians [i.e., the Aleutian Islands in Alaska] offer little of interest … But there was a constant improvement both of bases and of flying efficiency in these difficult northern areas; and that was all to the good. For it may well be that in the future the Bering, not the Caribbean, will be America’s ‘Sea of Destiny.’ In any case, it was wonderful practice ground for armed forces; after a tour of duty in the Aleutians, every other field of action seemed good."

    Remember, guys, how Sarah was mocked and ridiculed for her assertions that Alaska holds a strategic place in the defense of the United States; that her role as commander-in-chief of Alaska’s National Guard served as a valuable preparation for national office; and that you can see Russia from land in Alaska (not the Tina Fey distortion of her words)!!!

    And here is S. E. Morison prophesizing the crucial role that the Aleutians and the Bering Sea will play in America’s strategic future!

    And who was Samuel Eliot Morison? Professor Morison (1887-1976) was one of our most illustrious scholar-warriors ever!! He served on eleven ships during World War II. He wrote more than forty books. He won the Pulitzer Prize, and was a Professor of History at Harvard University. He reminds me of Sarah’s dad, Chuck Heath, a teacher and man of the outdoors; of Vince Lombardi, teacher of Latin and pro football’s greatest coach; and even of the fictitious figure from the movies, Indiana Jones, who is an illustrious archaeologist and a man of vigorous action!! Not all academics are or have been Leftist elitists!!

    And here is Professor Morison predicting the crucial place that Alaska, that the Bering Sea, that the Aleutian Islands will hold in our worldwide strategy!!

    Sarah truly has a breathtaking and exalted and true Eagle’s Vision for America’s future from her lofty seat in the High North Country!!

    People with prophetic eyes are often ridiculed. Look at United States Secretary of State William Seward, whose foresight led to our purchase of Alaska from the Russian Empire in 1867. The Great Land was called "Seward’s Folly" …until people began to see its abundance in natural resources and its critical geographical location.

    Notice too that Morison alludes to the vigorous and rigorous preparation for combat that accrued to those who trained and served in this theater of war. He refers to "these difficult northern areas"; he says, "…after a tour of duty in the Aleutians, every other field of action seemed good."

    Let us then hearken to the wisdom of our sister of the North Country, Governor Sarah Palin, who has been nurtured and prepared in the rough and rude climate of the Great Land for mighty and monumental deeds, for, as we believe, the Presidency of these United States.

    Professor Morison foresaw the role that Alaska would play in our nation’s future. However, he could not have predicted that beyond its incredible riches of oil, natural gas, gold, wildlife and so much else; beyond its serving as our own "Pillars of Hercules," a gateway to the Lower Forty-Eight; beyond and above all this, Alaska would give America a unique and free spirit, a heroine for our times, and, the Lord willing, the soon-to-be President of the United States of America!!

    • ZH100

      Gov.Palin wrote in "Going Rogue" about Alaska’s strategic position.

      From "Going Rogue":

      "As for Katie Couric-where do I begin? If all you know of me comes from that interview, then you don’t know me. Needless to say, I have had better interviews. Out of the many, many hours of tape, I had bad moments just like everyone else. I choked on a couple of responses, and in the harried pace of the campaign, I mistakenly let myself become annoyed and frustrated with many of her repetitive, biased questions. What I didn’t know was that those few moments would come to define the interviews; they were repeated and mocked so often that everything else has seemingly been forgotten. And that is unfortunate."

      "I knew the media would distort my responses on social issues. But I thought surely they couldn’t distort my economic and energy-related responses, because they would have to stick with the facts. I was mistaken."

      "Though Katie edited out substantive answers, she dutifully kept in the moments where I wore my annoyance on my sleeve.

      For instance, when she asked me how living in Alaska informed my foreign policy experience, I began by trying to frame the geo- graphical context. Lower 48ers grow up seeing our state tucked with Hawaii in a little square off the coast of Mexico on the nightly news weather map. So I began by trying to squeeze a geographical primer into a ten-second sound bite, explaining that only a narrow maritime border separates Alaska from Russia, that we’re very near the Pacific Rim countries, and that we’re bordered by Canada"

      "But Katie interrupted and I did not complete my answer. I wish now I had stopped her and said, "Here’s the geographical context. Now may I answer your question?"

      There was so much I could and should have said, and I later kicked myself for not doing so. There was much Katie appeared not to know, or care to hear about. For instance, that Alaska’s geographic position makes our relations with Pacific Rim countries of great strategic import, and that we’re the air crossroads of the world. That Russian bombers often play cat-and-mouse without Air Force near Alaska’s airspace.

      That I dealt with Canadian officials on a weekly basis and have signed agreements concerning everything from security to salmon fishing, and that NAFTA has significantly affected out economy.

      That melting polar sea ice has created new trade routes but has also created security threats to North America.

      That Alaska takes on Japanese and Russian fishing trawlers  that want to ravage the ocean floor. That Chinese and Russian energy companies had both sought access to (and possible control of) our natural gas resources.

      That these and other countries were staking their own resource claims in Arctic waters while the U.S. sat on its hands. And that, yes, you can indeed see Russia from Alaska."

      And those were just the foreign policy issues (though issues certainly foreign to most governors). How much more I would have liked to say about Alaska’s contribution to the U.S. economy, its potential to help the nation reduce its dependence on foreign energy sources, and the delicate balancing act required to manage and responsibly develop our abundant wildlife resources.

      But Katie wasn’t interested in discussing these issues. And when I did, she didn’t air them."

      • BrianusBerkleianus

        Great; thank you, ZH, for posting this excerpt from Going Rogue!!

        • ZH100

           You are welcome, Brianus.

      • JApost

        I don’t know where or how you transcribed this copy, but there are several typos included that didn’t come from GR.( i.e. "maririme border", "Russian bombets", "the ocean floot")

        • ZH100

          Thanks !, I have corrected the (my!) typos.

  • Pete Petretich

    One thing we agree on is that we need young candidates with principle and potential. I met such a candidate last month at an HHS protest, and she just won her first election:

    "23-year-old Rock Creek woman gets seat on state board of education"


    "Collins wins seat in State Board of Education central district"

    "…And in the 7th District, which covers the Akron, Warren and Ashtabula areas, Sarah Fowler, a home-school graduate of Rock Creek, defeated James C. Collum, a lawyer from the Akron/Canton area, and John Sans, a chemist from Akron…"

    • bsbutterfly

      Thanks for posting this.Put a smile on my face!  I lived most my life in Ashtabula County. The city of  Geneva to be exact. I read your post to know what"s happening in N.E.Ohio.  Thanks.

  • ZH100

    ‘Setting the Record Straight – Sarah Palin and Sex Education’

    From the article:

    "NPR got it wrong back in 2008. As did the The Washington Post, MSNBC, ABC News and The Wallstreet Journal .Unfortunately, many feminists have followed the misinformation of the mainstream media."

  • 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?"

    Rush on Palin’s emails: What a spectacular backfire!

    From the article:

    "Rush started his show today noting what a spectacular backfire on the media it was that Sarah Palin withstood the media looking for dirt in every syllable of her 24,000 emails. He wonders who else could have withstood such an analysis.

    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

      Politico: Emails Bolster the Message in ‘The Undefeated’  (June 11 2011)

      Form the article:

      "It says something when even the Politico, not exactly known for their unbiased Palin coverage, is conceding that this surreal “colonoscopy” by the cartoonish mainstream media is backfiring.  And that’s exactly what it’s doing.  Much to the media’s chagrin, the emails show a serious and highly effective executive who was in full control of her administration. As Tim Crawford indicated yesterday, everyone should read the emails."

      • ZH100

        The Washington Post: Palin a “Definite Renegade” on Big Oil;Updated  ( June 12 2011)

        From the article:

        "As the MSM and their readers continue to search through Governor Palin’s emails searching for non-existent bombshells, let me be one of the first to welcome the Washington Post to 2008.

        As Ian mentioned earlier, the Washington Post recognized that Governor Palin’s emails showed that she budgeted frugally and was opposed to pork barrel spending. Now, the Washington Post recognizes that Governor Palin did not have a buddy-buddy relationship with Big Oil. Both of these supposedly new revelations are not new at all to Palin supporters who have followed her political rise after Senator McCain chose her as his VP nominee or even prior to that."

        • ZH100

          #Palinemails Show that the Center-Left Superintendent of the Anchorage School District Praised Palin for “Her Vision [and] Leadership”  (June 17 2011)

          From the article:

          "If you don’t believe what we say about Governor Palin’s leadership, here’s what the center-left superintendent of the Anchorage School District said about Palin:

              "Thank you so much for your vision, leadership, and support for our public schools this week. I cannot tell you how much all of us want to celebrate with you. The idea that we could actually plan ahead, really focus on student achievement,connecting with parents and families, and really digging into the serious issues of low graduation rates and high drop out rates excites me very much. We spend too much time trying to justify our collective needs, when we should be focused on teaching and learning.

              You and your staff are to be commended for honoring the work of the Joint Funding Task Force and for honoring your commitments made during the election for early and forward funding."

          • ZH100

            So much for the ‘shoots wolves from helicopters’ myth (June 11, 2011)

            From the article:

            "Some left wing bloggers may be starting to realize that the Palin emails they fought relentlessly to have released are not the silver bullets they had hoped for to use to destroy the object of their hatred. Information contained in the documents, in fact, provides contradictory evidence to one of the many myths they have perpetuated about Sarah Palin.

            The emails shatter the mythological image of a bloodthirsty Sarah Palin, assault rifle in hand, maniacally pursing Alaskan wolves from the skid of a black helicopter, fiendishly laughing as she slaughters the poor creatures. Lefty bloggers have been pushing that one for years. But, according to the liberal Washington Post, the emails prove otherwise.

            Another email demonstrates Gov. Palin’s opposition to hunting bears in the McNeil River Bear Sanctuary.

            Governor Palin did indeed strongly support predator control, and she clearly favored paying hunters a bounty to keep the wolf population in check, but the image of her personally shooting the predators from aircraft has finally been shot down. The emails also show that her motivation for keeping the wolf population at manageable levels was her concern for the welfare of Alaska’s rural families who depend so heavily on caribou and moose, the wolves’ prey, for food and warm clothing."


            By the way, predator control programs are established conservation programs which are also practiced in a number of states.

  • wodiej

    "Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect."  Romans 12:2

    • BrianusBerkleianus

      Thank you, wodiej, and good morning!

      • wodiej

        good morning Brian, yw

  • ZH100
  • wodiej
  • Pete Petretich

    Any news about Palin TV?

    It was back up for a while with a new design, but it is now a blank page.

  • Pete Petretich

    (Have a great holiday, everyone.)


    Palinista Jukebox (Version 4.31)

    “Gretchen Wilson: Redneck Woman”

    “Carly Simon: Nobody Does It Better”

    “Heart: Barracuda”

    “Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: American Girl”

    “Sarah Palin: Ride"


    “Sarah Palin: America”

    “Krista Branch: I Am America”

    “Sarah Palin: One in a Million”

    “Sarah Palin: The World’s Greatest”

    “Nancy Sinatra: These Boots Are Made For Walkin"

    "Lisa Mei and Big Dawg: Change You Won’t Regret"

    “I made it”

    “The Lady Who Can Make the Sun Shine"

    “Shania Twain: She’s Not Just A Pretty Face”

    “Minstrel Boy: Closing Credit Music from The Undefeated”

    “Notre Dame Bagpipe Band: The Minstrel Boy”

    “Crazies for Sarah Palin Hey Hey”!

    “Krista Branch: Can You Hear Us Now?”

    “Natasha Bedingfield: Pocketful of Sunshine”

    “Van Morrison: Someone Like You”

    “Stevie Wonder: Isn’t She Lovely?”

    "Sarah Palin, Governor of Alaska (FULL MOVIE)"

    • BrianusBerkleianus

      Thanks, Pete!!–I am listening to some of them right now!!

    • Joe Durnavich

      And as we wind on down the road
      Our shadows taller than our soul.
      There walks a lady we all know
      Who shines white light and wants to show
      How everything still turns to gold.
      And if you listen very hard
      The tune will come to you at last.
      When all is one and one is all
      To be a rock and not to roll.

  • wodiej
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  • ZH100

    Broadwell: Petraeus Knew of Benghazi Plea for Help

  • ZH100

    ‘Karl Rove under fire.’

    From the article:

    "The face of the historic $1 billion plan to unseat President Barack Obama and turn the Senate Republican, Rove now finds himself the leading scapegoat for its failure. And he’s scrambling to protect his status as a top GOP moneyman by convincing disappointed donors to his Crossroads groups that he did the best he could with their $300 million.’

    • wodiej

      Should have went w Palin or Gingrich.  GOP has been doing this for several election cycles and failing. I have never liked Rove anyway because he helped Bush get 8 years.

    • n4cerinc

      A well deserving scapegoat he is. 

    • Pete Petretich

      Rove should have stayed in grad school and out of politics.

      How much cash money did he and Pribus just waste? It’s unbelievable.

      Watch for the Bushies to come to his rescue…

      • barracuda43


    • H

       The reckless profligacy of the Romney/Ryan campaign ($1000 million) and super Pacs such as Rove’s Crossroads ($300 million) stand in stark contrast with the mere $84 million that the McCain//Palin campaign spent in 2008. 
      With a tougher environment to overcome, the McCain/Palin campaign did better than the Rmoney/Ryan campaign, at less than a tenth of the cost. 
      This puts into perspective the disasters resulting from Romney, Ryan and Rove. 

      • n4cerinc

        Like a billion times!

      • hrh40

        If Palin wants it – and people remember these $ signs – this is yet another aspect that could play in her favor in 2016 if there’s a backlash against such big spending in campaigns.

        She has always run shoe-string operations and won on her ideas and energy and hard work.

        She turned down some big $ in the AK governorship because she thought those donors would want too much and it would compromise her ability to govern.

        • barracuda43

          I can just see her on the first day of her Presidency cutting the Whitehouse pork first and showing the American people that she leads by example. The Whitehouse now has over 1600 employees where in the past it was always around 400. 

    • Audrey_I

      Karl Rove threw a tantrum when Christine O’Donnell defeated the RINO Mike Castle in the Republican primary in Delaware.  Karl Rove back-stabbed Christine O’Donnell and worked with the Democrats to have Chris Coons elected to the Senate. 

      • barracuda43

        Rove torpedoed O’donnell campaign on the night she won the Republican nomination by calling her a liar and many other things on Fox, Then MSNBC and all other corrupt news netwoirks ran with it.

      • Christopher H Fromme

        Christine O’Donnell can have another chance at Chris Coons in 2014 because he is up for re-election,  Maybe this time Rove will shut his fat mouth 

        • ConservPalin

          O’Donnell neither could Sharon Angle win another election, after the cut throat job the media did on each of them. I love Sarah!!, but I think the media has destroyed her  chances as well of winning  a national election.  however, Sarah is the only candidate, who brings the personality and smarts that I would ever consider voting for in 2016. 

    • Laddie_Blah_Blah

      Give $300 mn to Pewee Herman and he would have done a better job than "the architect."

  • wodiej

    JJ Jr. gets plea deal to resign and some jail time.  This is the cost of trying to sell a senate seat.  If he had been charged w that, the punishment would be far worse.  I guess if all else fails, plead insanity.

    • Pete Petretich

      Chicago is clearly the most corrupt city in America and the Dems are responsible for it.

      Obama is Chicago.

      The entire 2012 campaign should have been about Chicago corruption, which Obama exemplifies at every level, and has NEVER criticized.

      P.S. There is obviously no chance in the world that any Republican would win Chicago, so why go easy on them?

  • bassman

    Eric Cantor knew in October about former CIA Director David Petraeus’ involvement in an affair, but Pres. Obama didn’t? Pres.Obama is playing our media for fools. He knows our media covered up his "Polish Death Camps" gaffe. He knows our media is covering up the truth about the Benghazi attack. He believes our media will give him a pass.

    • connservative

      Good morning.  My favorite thing about this is that Obama basically has neutered the Congress – including all those senior Democratic senators – and they have willingly gone along with it.  That is the danger of what Obama has done over the past 4 years.  While you can expect the R’s to kick and scream, the failure of the Dems to also fight back results in a tyrannical executive in the Chavez model.  Diane Feinstein is especially played the fool, standing beside and defending her buddy Bill Clinton.  Proves they have no standards, they don’t understand their role or their purpose in the 3 co-equal branches of government.

      Isn’t there one Democratic senator (frankly, Lieberman is also the fool for not speaking out forcefully) who cares about the importance of Congress?  Frankly, they are no longer representatives, they are tools – the whole lot of them (D’s and R’s).

    • Guest

      Then Eric cantor is just as guilty of the cover up now isn’t he? Why did he keep his mouth shut?

      • suehimel

         Not everyone blabs to the press about classified or confidential information for political reasons….leave that to the Obama regime.  I can hardly blame Kantor for not wanting to go to jail in order to hurt Obama’s chances for reelection. 

        • Guest

           He didn’t have to blab to the press. He and the corrupt crybaby speaker could have met with him and asked him to stand down.

          Quit making excuses for the corrupt gopE!

  • Pete Petretich

    Just saw my wealthy artist buddy at the coffee shop across the street. He was yackin’ away as usual about how there’s "so much money in New York that you wouldn’t believe it" etc.

    He also talked about the damage from the hurricane, which he saw on a recent visit.

    Can you guys imagine how much of your tax money will now flood into New Jersey and Staten Island? Billions? Trillions? Surely more than the gulf coast got.

    How many more photo-ops and phone calls will there be with Chrispy Creme and Obama?

    Thank you, Mitt Romney! Don’t feel bad, I’m more convinced than ever that your loss was engineered by the Bush Clan…

    • freeperjim

      Actually it was the ABR-bots who arrogantly chose selfish "principle" and stayed at home instead of using the only available method to stop the communist overthrow of America,

      ABR-bots, are you happy now that you got what you wanted?

      • Right_Wingnut

        Aw, shaddup…..

        I can only think of a couple people here who did not vote for your Romney, and they live in deep blue states. Go bitch at someone else.

        • freeperjim

          LOL – another ABR-er attempting to defend his selfishness vs saving America from the communist.

          Well done, comrade….stay classy!

          • Right_Wingnut

            You’re barking up the wrong tree. I voted for Romney.

            • hrh40

              So did I.

              At. the. very. last. second.

              Filled in every other office. And hemmed and hawed. And finally filled in next to the losing ticket, Romney/Ryan.

              And I live in CT.

              Romney supporters continue to show they’re a piece of work. Wow.

              People like me who actually felt sick voting for that ticket, "did our duty" according to the haranging harassment of months of folks like freeper.

              Only to come on here and still be harassed and harangued.

              You do not reflect well on your candidate.

              • stevethird

                 As did I …even gave money got a yard sign and stickers, and made GOTV calls. My heart wasn’t in it though and when you extrapolate that over an entire party this is the result. You can’t make someone’s heart be in it. Not possible…

              • barracuda43

                Go Sarah. 2016

      • Guest

        Yes, does it make you feel better?

        Sorry, but I live in Fl-22 and the Bush crime family can go to hell. Their corrupt actions have consequences. I am never voting for "Big Government Republicans" again. It’s a fact. AND……. I am not alone. We are growing. The gopE either changes or they are relegated to minority status.

        At least I can ensure that ONLY real Democrats get invited to cocktail parties.

        Where were you in January when we asked you to help Allen West? We told you what was coming down with the redistricting. It wasn’t rocket science.

        It appears that you were the one who was selfish last January. You sat on your hands.

        • Audrey_I

          The Republican controlled State Legislature was in charge of redistricting.  The Republicans added democrats to Allen West’s district. The Republicans stabbed Allen West in the back.  Bush is part of the ruling class that works behind the scenes with the Democrats to ensure that the socialist-progressive, one-world agenda gets advance. 

          America has ONE POLITICAL PARTY and two factions. 

          • Guest

            The corrupt Jeb Bush machine also allowed Marxist Alan Grayson, who we Floridians voted out in 2010, to get his congressional seat back!

            Can you imagine that? The Bush crime machine and corrupt speaker Boehner ACTUALLY PREFER Alan Grayson over Allen West. Despicable!

            Anyone in their right mind would have redistricted DNC chair Wasserman-Socialist out of her seat.

            What is totally laughable is the people who believe the corrupt gopE spin, duh!

            Sorry, but I refuse to sit down and shut up. The anger in this district is intense. It isn’t going away any time soon.

            • Audrey_I

              Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio failed to deliver the vote for Romney.  Little Debbie could have been gerrymandered out of office.  Jeb Bush and his supporters are pseudo Republicans. 

              • Laddie_Blah_Blah

                Marco Rubio owes the Tea Party, big time, but he has already sold out and become part of the GOPe.  The GOPe and the PPC are already talking him up for 2016.

                I haven’t heard a peep out of him regarding the national or state GOPs’ failure to support Allen West in his challenge to the St. Lucie vote count irregularities.  What kind of leadership is that?

                • Guest

                   He arm twisted his buddies in the Florida legislature to go along with the Bush scheme. Why would he support West when he assisted in his demise?

                  I just can wait to hear those in denial to say, "We don’t know that!" Yes, we do!

            • barracuda43

              Hey JRD1! Who did Grayson beat in Florida to get his seat back? 

      • RefudiateGOPe

         I think you’re missing the obvious.  It wasn’t the politically-aware Republican who disliked Romney that caused the loss.  It was the uninspired voters who chose to stay home.  These people didn’t stand up and say ABR.  They simply sat down and said, meh.  Romney and the GOP didn’t inspire them.  Put the blame on the Romney campaign and not on the ABR crowd.

        • hrh40


        • devitor

          Semantics. People who stayed home caused the loss, "ABR" or "uninspired." Until we poll the people who stayed home, we’ll never know why they did. At least Reagan polled the people who stayed home and he referenced it very clearly in his Bold Colors speech. The answer from that polling data was the people saw little or no difference between the two parties. I would be intrigued to see if that was the case here, but until someone scientifically and properly identifies and polls these people, we’re just speculating.

        • bedr1

          Actually what they said was, what’s the difference between these two candidates, nothing.

      • bedr1

        Better than being a LOTE-bot which we have been doing since Bush 1.
        It’s that kinda of mentality that has destroyed our country

        oh and if you don’t know that means
        Lesser Of Two Evils bot

      • Joe Durnavich

        We were lectured for the last four years that being moderate, compromising on your principles, and winning the independents was how to win elections.  We got all that and still lost.  Go figure.

    • dave7777

       Bush didn’t have anything to do with it. The election was Romney’s to lose. He worked hard to lose it and was successful. Any time you diss your base to appeal to the independents, you lose.

  • ZH100

    ‘Kelly Hancock, fresh off of winning a State Senate seat in Texas, is the guest on The Palin Radio Update with Kevin Scholla’

    "Kelly Hancock, fresh off of winning a State Senate seat in Texas, is the guest on The Palin Radio Update with Kevin Scholla. Hancock talks to Kevin about the great success enjoyed in The Lone Star State, something many other states are yearning for especially after the reelection of Barack Obama. Despite the Obama win, candidates endorsed by Sarah Palin fared quite well this past Tuesday. Ted Cruz, Deb Fischer, Jeff Flake, Orrin Hatch, Ted Yoho, and Paul Gosar will all head to Washington.

    American Grizzlies United also made its presence known. Hancock, and 42 other AGU candidates won on Election Day. Also, Governor Palin calls on all of us to not lose heart and to continue to fight for our exceptional country. Plus, SarahNET Radio’s Steel Resolve, our weekly commentary from Sarah Steelman. Steelman rails against the GOP for shunning Palin and blasts the NRSC for acting like Stepford Wives."

    • c4pfan

      Love Sarah Steelman!  Tell it like it is!

  • technopeasant

    10 random thoughts on the NFL games yesterday:

    1) Some NY Jets followers are beginning to believe that Tim Tebow has been blackballed from playing in the NFL, regardless of the Jets paying Tebow millions in salary. This reminds me so much of Mitt Romney "blacklisting" Sarah Palin from participating in the general election campaign.

    How else could you explain the Jets staying with Sanchez? He is absolutely pitiful now. He may be the worst QB now I have seen in the NFL in the last 5 years.

    2) Superstar QB’s cover up a lot of deficiences elsewhere. Tom Brady and the Patriots shouldn’t have beaten the Buffalo Bills yesterday but Brady played a clean game and definitely was their best player yesterday.

    Honestly in any presidential election cycle, the results are most likely to be narrow–superstar performances usually are the difference. Most of us despise the Messiah but how did he win the white working class vote in Ohio? That was definitely a superstar performance.

    3) Chicago Bears have a great defense but into today’s NFL you don’t win get to the Super Bowl based on defense but on offense. Mitt Romney’s problem all along was he strategized with the Bears in mind–focusing on defense and keeping the game close in the hope Obama would turn the ball over and make huge gaffes. The deficiency of that strategy: The MSM protection of the Messiah and their propaganda to make voters believe Obama can do no wrong.

    4) Philip Rivers of the SD Chargers played a really good game yesterday but committed one huge gaffe–throwing a pick 6 that cost them the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Politicians do the same thing– run a pretty good campaign and then get blindsided by a one untimely moment.

    5) The odds of a tie in the NFL as what happened yesterday between SF 49 ers and SL Rams: the same odds Karl Rove will embrace Sarah Palin as the savior of the Republican party.

    6) Michael Vick of the Philadelphia Eagles suffered a concussion yesterday. He plays behind an absolutely terrible offensive line. The offensive line in politics can be compared to one’s strategist, handlers and consultants. If they do a terrible job, the candidate becomes vulnerable. Now word has come out they may have left Romney out to dry to because of their flawed turnout models.

    7) What truly amazes me about football is how certain head coaches like Marvin Lewis of the Cincinnati Bengals survive to live another day after displaying mediocrity on a consistent basis and how certain GOP operatives or pundits still command attention or are hired by the media after clearly being exposed of being not very good at their craft (eg Nicole Wallace).

    8) After watching the Buffalo Bills blow the game against the Patriots yesterday, I kept thinking of 1996, 2008 and 2012 in respect to the GOP presidential candidates nominated. The definition of INSANITY kept coming back to me: keeping to the same game plan year after year and expecting different results. The Bills are now 3-6 and won’t make the playoffs for yet another year. That’s 12 straight years without doing so. Again the GOP has only won the popular vote in one of the last 6 presidential elections.

    9) Sarah Palin is basically in the same position as Peyton Manning was when he sat out 2011. I know some conservatives are wondering if she can mount a comeback, still has the right stuff, and whether it will take her a little while to plant her feet firmly on the ground again and whether she will still perform like a superstar if she makes a comeback into the political arena.

    When asking that question think Peyton Manning of the Denver Broncos. In political terms Sarah Palin is as much a superstar as he is.

    10) Finally, we are now starting to see a lot of first year QB;s begin to struggle after having initial success. Here’s the deal folks. Most rookie QB’s are going to struggle. But you know what there is an exception to every rule. Look at how Andrew Luck of the Indianapolis Colts and Russell Wilson of the Seattle are now performing. They both have winning records.

    I love watching emerging QB’s as I love watching emerging young politicians who are beginning to feel their oats. I know, I know most of you think I am too obsessed with the issue but I really believe in this day and age you tie one hand behind your back when you nominate a senior citizen as your presidential standardbearer.

    Give me a younger politician on the rise any day of the week.

    Having said that if you have a superstar like Sarah Palin who is not even 50 yet and is clearly not a rookie but in the prime of her career and you do not play her. it is an absolute tragedy and disgraceful to not take full advantage of a talent like Sarah Palin but in the final analysis and more importantly it cheats tens of millions of folks on our side who now have to put up with Obama and his Marxist agenda for the next 4 years.

    I think this is the element of Palin being declared persona non grata by Team Romney which few people have commented on: Romney’s belief in rather cutting off his nose to spite his face not only hurt Palin but may have led to the further destruction and death of the American dream by allowing the Messiah to destroy the American economy and to lower the standard of living of tens of millions of Americans.

    Unfortunately too many conservatives now want to move on. Imho, we should never move on from Romney’s decision to keep Sarah Palin on the sidelines. I for one never will.

    • Right_Wingnut


      No mention of Adrian Peterson’s 171 yards, and his continued dominance of the most violent sport on the planet……still less than a year out from major reconstructive knee surgery? 


    • bedr1

      Actually the Bears lost because Cutler was knocked out in the first half with a concussion.
      Take Drew Brees, or Andrew Luck out from their respective teams and they lose too.

      A 7 point margin is not a big deal to make up, but the Texans never marched it down the field on the Bears, the bears turned it over with 2 fumbles resulting in field goals, and another turnover that enabled the Texans to score 7.

    • Christopher H Fromme

      Was busy with election stuff last sunday so I only watched the 4th quarter of the Steelers-Giants game from NY  Un-like Romney the Steelers played great offense & defense in the last 15 minutes scoring 2 TD and even messed up a trick play where the kicker tried to run for a TD.  But in the end the Steelers beat the Super Bowl Champs with a complete plan.  And we had lost 2 game before this to bad teams

  • PhilTan

    Quick thought: Saw the re-run of Huckabee on Faux last night. He was defending Romney and criticizing people who supported him but are now lambasting him as Monday morning quarterbacks. Then he seemed to allude to anybody who didn’t support his candidacy ( Sarah ? ) and suggested maybe those people could put their own name on the ballot next time ????? Was this another inside FAUX shot at the Guv. ? Anybody catch that ? Seemed that way to me.

    • n4cerinc

      I have one word for Hucksterbee; Akin.

      btw, did she criticize Romney?

      • smbren

         Oh Huckabee, silly man. No, Sarah never criticized Romney. She pointed out a few times how she would have done things differently, but my hunch is she pulled the lever for Romney, not Obama. She knew how important this election was.

        • bedr1

          She might have voted 3rd party, she might have wrote in someone, but more than likely she put a gas mask on and pulled Romney

      • PhilTan

        Here’s my take. Sarah posted on FB just before election to support Romney. Sure she voted for him as well. That being said, the establishment jammed this guy through the primary and helped dispatch anybody who wasn’t supporting him. Remember Bachman not criticizing Romney, or Pawlenty not criticizing Obamneycare during the face to face at the debate ? Remember Newt getting carpet bombed in FL after SC and Santorum being pushed out before PA and his victory in LA barely getting mentioned on FAUX. Sarah didn’t jump in blindley to coorinate Romney like the rest of them ( Haley etc. etc. etc. ) . She was the only one I can think of who didn’t blindley endorse him. She said she thought the Dems wanted to run against him in the general and Reince Preibus et. al. got all upset.
          I think the establishment despises Sarah and my sense was Hucafool was towing their line usinf FAUX as the outlet. That was my take on his monalogue. Thats what jumped out at me.

        PS. The only criticizm I believe I saw was her FB post after the election about negative adds by Obama that Romney didn’t counter. I think the establishment screwed up big time with Romney and Sarah’s looking pretty profound, hence their hypersensitivity.

        • smbren

           Oh I hear you. I had to be pulled to Romney. 3 months ago I wasn’t voting. I always vote though, so for me personally, not showing up at the polls is not an option. Romney was a snake during the primaries in 2008 and 2012. Regardless one’s feelings on Newt, that is just one example of the lies Romney tells. Go back to 2008 to Fred Thompson and that is another example. Romney is real good at fighting his own side.

          Romney has succeeded in every single thing he has touched. He would have been a good president, especially when working on the economy and the 16 trillion dollar debt. I was willing to continue the fight with him in office rather than the alternative. We got the alternative, so we fight on again from the outside.

          • PhilTan

            I agree. As much as I didn’t like Romney, I thought he would have tackled the debt and the economy much better and we wouldn’t be saddled with 1.5 % GDP, 4.00 gas and a renewed call to just raise the debt ceiling once again.  He wasn’t likeable, but I did think he would have been competent/effective, unlike the current occupant.

        • bedr1

          Well Ron Paul stayed in the race all the way to the convention, never endorsed Romney, got the second most delegates to Romney, but I see it differently. Huckabee and Gingrich stayed in with no ground game, they won few delegates and had little money (Romney paid Santorum and Gingrich campaign debt) to split the conservative vote and to allow Romney to take it.

          • barracuda43

            You left out that Ron Paul never went after Romney in debates or ads. Paul attacked Newt and Santorum with everything he had. It was almost like Paul was for Romney but didn’t want to lose his supporters.

      • bedr1

        Don’t be silly, in Missouri every GOP candidate for statewide race lost except one, so there was nothing special about Akin. As a matter of fact, McCaskill used Romney and other establishment Republicans bad mouthing language in tv ads – freaking dumb. Akin was outspent, there were 100-1 commercials against him, the establishment run Senate candidate committee refused to send him money.


        But wait, what about liberal idiot from Florida that lost for Senate on the GOP side, what about that? where is the outrage, what about other states where candidates lost?

        • n4cerinc

          Romney won Missouri. So the voters who voted for Romney actually had to intentionally not vote straight ticket. Perhaps you know what the folks in Missouri were thinking. Perhaps you have good exit polling info to say conclusively that there was nothing special about Akin. All I need to look at is that Romney carried the state but the Republican candidate for the US Senate lost against a very unpopular Democrat incumbent. Call me silly.

    • jester2939

      Huckaphony just needs to go to his house in Florida and stay there ;-)  Who cares what he thinks?

      • barracuda43

        I agree with you on what he should do. See him entering the 2016 race which will make Iowa tough to win. 

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