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Thanksgiving is on its way. I’m looking forward to when we can start filling up these open threads with more Palin news in 2013.

Any favorite memories from 2012?


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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

      Thanks, ZH, and good morning!!I

      I was not expecting to be with you all today, but, due to a change in work circumstances, I am able to post something (see below).

      God bless, ZH and all, and have a wonderful day!!

      • ZH100

         You are welcome, Brianus and good morning!

  • Pete Petretich

    Down with crony capitalism! In both parties!

    • misterlogic0013

       Hi Pete,  better chance hitting the lottery,  its one big party .. eh .. honesty / integrity not welcomed .. Sarah / West out ..

    • BrianusBerkleianus

      Amen, Pete!!!

  • MaMcGriz

    Yesterday Israeli Cajones started her day in a bomb shelter….in her pajamas.

    The day before that her Dad and brother and niece spent part of their Sabbath in a shelter in Jerusalem.

    Anno’s boys are deployed, as is IC’s cousin and his brother-in-law.

    The Holy Land is under assault.

    Our prayers are needed.

    • AmazedOne1


    • BrianusBerkleianus


    • HuntingMoose

      consider donate to FIDF

      It’s a 501c that supports socially those serving in the israeli defense forces and helps the families of the fallen

    • indemind

      23th  Psalm– Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil:
      For thou art with me;
      SarahAmerica- “We need to know what America stands for. so we can know who America stands with.”…

    • chuckjr

      I’m praying for IsraeliCajones and Peppers, too.

  • Pete Petretich

    "Dog Saves Owner from Gaza Rocket in Ashkelon "

  • aaron66krohn

    Favorite memories from 2012??

    Wellllll….it ain’t over till it’s over (and it being just November 19th, it AIN’T over!!!!!), but…..thus far…..

    1. Voting for the most qualified, most experienced, most honest, funniest, most strikingly beautiful, most hip, and the strongest woman in America…for President of the United States…and being PROUD to have written in her name on my WA state ballot!!!

    2. Watching Ron DeVito’s 41:33 version of Sarah Palin’s CPAC speech MANY times!!!  A MUST SEE!!!!  (Watch Ron’s version….it’s the BEST!!!)

    3. Finally joining Track and Field News Message Board, and since May 6, posting or commenting on various track-related topics (including Sarah’s running history!!) at least 840 times!!!

    4. At age 68 and 5 months (almost!!), staying amongst the living!!!

    (Check back with me on December 31st!!)


    • devitor

       Thank you for your thoughts on my CPAC video. Much appreciated.

    • BrianusBerkleianus

      Thanks, Aaron!!

      I too wrote in Sarah (and Allen West for VP) on my California ballot!!

  • Pete Petretich


  • 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."

    ‘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.

    • gahanson

      Poll:  Americans reject crony capitalism.

      Americans are schizophrenic, over 70 percent say they don’t trust the media, but yet they let the media persuade them to vote for 0bama twice, 80 percent say they don’t like negative campaigning, but yet the majority voted for the most negative campaign in history.  About 59 percent say they want 0bamacare repealed, yet over 50 percent voted for 0bama. 

      Essentially, Americans are steadily loosing their collective minds.

      • RebinTexas

         I just still wonder about the accuracy of the vote…….obviously we know of a fair amount of fraud…….yet we may never know the whole truth and impact.

        Plus – the GOPe & romney and his ‘esteemed team’ did a terrible job on issues and approaches and did nothing to really give so many of the people a reason TO vote for them, rather than just against bho.

  • 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

    Gov.Palin has been an avid reader since an early age.

    From "Going Rogue":

    "Reading was a special bond between my mother and me. Mom read aloud to me-poetry by Ogden Nash and the Alaska writer Robert Service, along with snippets of prose.

    She would quote biblical proverbs and ask me to tell her what I thought. She found clever ways to encourage my love of the written word-by reading cookbooks, and jokes out of Reader’s Digest together, and writing letters to grandparents. My siblings were better athletes, cuter and more sociable than I, and the only thing they had to envy about me was the special passion for reading that I shared with out mother, who we all thought ranked somewhere up there with the female saints.

    When the VFW announced that I won a plaque in its annual flag poetry contest for my third-grade poem about Betsy Ross, Mom treated me like the new Emily Dickinson. Years later, when I won that patriotic group’s annual college scholarship, she was just as proud.

    My appetite for books connected my school reacher father and me, too. For my tenth birthday, his parents sent me The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, and Dad read it to us at night, I appreciate that now even more, realizing he spent all day teaching elementary school science and coaching high schoolers and then came home no doubt a bit tired of kids".

    Wes Vernon has written an excellent review of America by Heart for the Washington Times. He wrote this in his review:

    From the article:

    "Sarah Palin has read the writings of such intellectual giants as Milton Friedman, Alexis de Tocqueville and Whittaker Chambers and such historical leaders as Abraham Lincoln, John F. Kennedy, Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher.

    In “America by Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith and the Flag,” she cites the published letters between John and Abigail Adams in this nation’s infancy as well as the speech of Calvin Coolidge (probably one of America’s most underrated presidents) on the occasion of this nation’s 150th birthday."

  • ZH100

    Debunking the false media portrayal of Gov.Palin as being "rigid and intolerant".

    From "Going Rogue":  

    "Then he changed gears, shifting the topic to social issues. He seemed impressed when I told him that people in my own family disagree on some issues like abortion, but that we don’t argue over it at the dinner table. I have one relative who expresses her pro-choice position articulately.

    My own pro-life opinion diverges from hers by 180 degrees, and we’ve had great, civil discussions on the topic.

    It would later amaze my family and friends that the Obama-Biden camp and their media friends painted me as rigid and intolerant. It was assumed that I refused to hear alternative points of view and used topics like abortion and homosexual marriage as a political litmus test.

    I explained that I had never asked anyone, including the Democrats I appointed, what their position on abortion was, and I didn’t discuss my opinion on homosexuality with cabinet members or judicial appointees, either.
    Schmidt seemed surprised and pleased, even when I reiterated that I was solidly pro-life and hoped they would never try to temper my position on the issue.

    Then we talked about gay marriage. That’s when I told them about Tilly, my junior high friend and college roommate, who, after college, decided to openly live her lifestyle she chose with her partner. To me, she was still Tilly. I loved her dearly-loved the whole Ketchum family. I explained to Schmidt that I opposed homosexual marriage, but that didn’t seem too controversial in the campaign since the Democrat candidate for president held the same position."

  • Escaped_Teleprompter

    Romney Campaign Helped Invigorate the LSM.

    Conservatives and mainstream Americans have shunned a very biased LSM to the extent that many newspapers have gone out of business, or are barely solvent.  Liberal networks
    ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN and MSNBC have a mere fraction of the viewers and advertisers that they had  in the past.  Conservatives and mainstream Americans have figured out that the
    best way to weaken a corrupt media beast is to starve it of viewers and advertisement
    This spontaneous boycott of the LSM has been effective, until Mitt Romney came and
    revived the beast with hundreds of millions worth of political advertisements. 
    No other Republican candidate has ever provided as much financial support to the LSM.

    Romney surrogates may contend that funding the LSM is a necessary evil in order to win, but election results have clearly proven that to be wrong.
    Romney provided more aid to the LSM than scores of Tea Party candidates of 2010 combined, the latter mostly relying on alternative media and grassroots activism to get their message out.  And while Romney lost, most Tea Party candidates won.  It is obvious that one cannot defeat the beast by feeding it. 

    Romney’s campaign revived the LSM beast and made it stronger to the detriment of conservatives and the nation.  By funding the LSM, Romney has made it even harder to combat media propaganda.  Conservatives should be concerned.

    • AmazedOne1

      The Tea Party candidates in 2010 were not running for president. So, it’s natural that they spent less on advertising than a presidential campaign would. 

      • Escaped_Teleprompter

         The premise in question was whether funding the LSM was a necessary evil in order to win.  If Tea Party candidates won without significantly funding the LSM, then it proves that it was not necessary to do so in order to win.  Hence the premise was wrong. 

        • AmazedOne1

          Again, comparing apples to oranges does not "prove" anything. In order to prove a hypothesis, one must use variables that are similar. In the situation here, conclusions cannot be drawn when the settings are so fundamentally different.

          • Escaped_Teleprompter

             Comparing elections with elections is comparing similar things, even with scale differences, whereas "comparing apples to oranges" implies comparing different things, so the metaphor breaks down.  The proper applicable metaphor is "comparing smaller apples to larger apples", as the difference is that of scale.  Scale does not invalidate the underlying principles of electoral success or failure.  Many of the principles that make a successful city councilman such as Palin, also make a successful mayor, and governor, despite the different sizes of electorate (scale) . 
            Again, the principle in question is whether a politician should spend funds that assist and strengthens an obvious adversary – the Lame Stream Media (LSM).  Romney thinks so — that he can paradoxically overcome a beast by feeding it and making it stronger.  Commonsense conservatives would say no. 

      • c4pfan

        Compared to other presidential elections, he did!

    • Audrey_I

      American journalism is dead.  The mainstream media is on par with the German media of the 1930’s.  Let’s pray for its desmise. 

      • HuntingMoose


        Hitler’s socialist party and his lapdog media were honest compared to the corrupt mainstream media we’ve got now

        Remember, a lot of people fled germany in the ’30 and that could only happen if they were not able to fully hide the evil of those socialist in power. If we would not have the online new media, we would all be ignorant fools like the 5 out of 10 who voted for misery in overdrive.

        • lanahi

          A great many voters in America got their news from TV.  We need a conservative TV network.

          • HuntingMoose

            it is indeed pretty sad when you realize that the network for moderates, Fox, it the best there is.

            actually, something for Murdoch to contemplate. Fox is regarded as the right-wing network because there is nothing conservative to it’s right.

            So to grow viewership of Fox, he should start a true conservative network and keep his precious fair and balanced Fox in the middle.

  • wodiej

    "Be still and know that I am God."  Psalm 46:10

    Today’s Word

    "In our culture, most people are used to having constant activity: computers, cell phones, television, email, video games. There’s nothing wrong with any of that, but the Bible tells us that we need to stop and be still so we can focus on knowing God. I’ve found this to be true especially during the difficult times. When you are facing a challenge, it’s easy to want to run to a friend or talk about it with a co-worker. But at some point, you have to stop and say, “God, I rest in You. I know You have me in the palm of Your hand.”Remember, our battles are spiritual battles. The people in your life aren’t the source of your problems, the forces of darkness are. When you choose to be still and know that the Greater One lives on the inside of you, you are putting yourself in a position of strength. So today, take time to be still before Him. Let His peace cover you. Let Him refresh you by His Spirit. Remember, the battles you face belong to the Lord. Be still before Him so you can see His hand of victory in every area of your life!

    • BrianusBerkleianus

      Thank you so much, wodiej!!

    • slpence

      Wow, you have no idea how much I needed to hear that this morning.  Thank you wodiej and God bless!

  • Ceejay

    ¯`·.´¯`·.¸¸.·´¯`·.¸ PRAYER WAVE for ISRAEL ¸.·´¯`·.´¯`·.¸¸.·´¯`·.¸?

  • bassman

    File this for what its worth: David Petraeus hires Sarah Palin’s lawyer to navigate his fall from grace

    • IsraeliCojones

      Robert Barnett is reputed to be the second best lawyer in the US, and now he has become ‘Sarah Palin’s lawyer’?

      The MSM is a joke.

      • Right_Wingnut

        Even the article mentions that he negotiated books deals for Obama, and has represented Clinton and Bush as well. They’re trolling for hits with that headline.

        • IsraeliCojones

          Yeah, that was my take too. Not that irrelevant, right? ;-)

      • Rightmindedmom

        ??  Wasn’t Sarah Palin’s lawyer Thomas Van Flein?  This guy negotiated the terms for Sarah’s book deal — something that, in my view, doesn’t qualify him as "Sarah Palin’s lawyer".  Just bring up Sarah’s name, and you get hits, I guess.

  • devitor

    Palin memories – for me in 2012: Bristol Palin’s Book Signing on 2/11 – CPAC day. And, of course, CPAC – my time on the riser video recording and photographing Sarah’s speech, followed by my *launch* off the riser to the rope line to be with Sarah, Bristol, and Willow.

    Meeting the Heaths in NYC on 9/29.

    • BrianusBerkleianus

      Thanks, Ron!!

    • Christopher H Fromme

      I got a poster of Sarah at CPAC 2009 and finally got it sign by Sarah when I went to the Patriots in the Park event outside Detroit  There were so many people around Sarah that I waited to the end and was the second to last person but of course my camera messed up   That poster has sen other uses, at Going Rogue Tour book signing the poster & I made the local news with the money quote "Sarah Palin is Reagan in a skirt"

      • devitor

        Excellent memories….what happened with your camera? I also had a painful lessons learned regarding cameras and videos. Mine was at Sarah’s LIA event. I had the ISO set to 200 in a dark room and was taking shots at 1/5 handheld. That any of them even came out at all was a small miracle. And you never, ever record Ustream to your phone to upload later. The video I took was corrupt. Very hard lessons to learn, but I learned them.

  • stlouisix

    Gallup: Americans Who Think We’ll Be Worse Off in 4 Yrs Doubled in 4 Yrs

    This is a case of the lunatics being allowed to run the asylum by the lunatics in the asylum, which is what an Amerika under Obama, unrecognizable to the founding fathers, has become, a dependent Amerika bereft of jobs, and of seeing the necessity of virtue in its leaders necessary for the common good, an Amerika giving only the false hope of a government leviathan under a communist con artist masquerading as president!

    According to Thomas Hobbes, men are naturally free, and all seek exclusively their own interests. Hence, men lived at first in a state of perpetual war. Then, as a practical expedient, they compacted to form society, to which, as represented by its rulers, unlimited power over the individual members was confided. This sovereign body Hobbes called the Leviathan, the monster of limitless strength and power. As a logical inference from his rejection of divine authority in the constitution and government of states, Hobbes rejected the distinction between the temporal and spiritual power and denied the independent rights of the Church; for "a man cannot obey two masters, and a house divided against itself cannot stand." Thus, whatever worship or religion exists in a state must be completely subject to the civil power and no dogma can be appealed to against a law of the state, which is no better evinced than by Obamacare’s demand that the Church unconstitutionally compromise her invariant moral teaching!

    Leviathan is an artificial society, created by human beings to have the order of the state that has near divine qualities for Hobbes in that it becomes a "mortal god." The irony is that in the name of liberty, Leviathan demands the surrender of complete authority to the state watching out for our interest always in terms of self-preservation, which is a gross violation of the fundamental principle of non-contradiction in that "Something cannot ‘be’ and ‘not be’ at the same time in the same respect" – a characteristic of the morally bankrupt modernist philosophers of the purported "enlightenment" which, in reality, is an "endarkenment" leading only to slavery to a tyrannical state!

    Hobbes’ Leviathan, which summarily trashes The Declaration of Independence’s premium on the "laws of nature, and of nature’s God, and its reliance on the protection of Divine Providence that was fulfilled in The Constitution for America’s survival, as no better evinced than by Americans having the right to freedom of, not from, religion, has the following qualities: 1) it will have knowledge of good and evil, 2) it will decree what is right or wrong, 3) it will ensure majority rule, and 4) it can not be accused as it is the ultimate arbiter holding the keys to war and peace.

    It is no accident that the first quality bears a striking resemblance to the Fall in Genesis as a result of believing the lies of the devil whose disciples are firmly in charge of Obama’s Amerika, a Genesis referred to in The Preamble to The Declaration of Independence by reference to being "endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable (God-given) rights to ‘life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,'" as opposed to the death, slavery, and the pursuit of misery of the "do-gooder, no questions asked, moreover, no questions allowed" tyrants of Hobbes’ Leviathan!

    • BrianusBerkleianus

      Thank you as always, stlouisix!!  I like your term "endarkenment"!!

  • Pete Petretich

    (Here’s an update on the Vets-4-Sarah roll call, a list which will hopefully keep growing and growing…)

    Ok, the form is reconfigured now and should work.  Have him try it again.I haven’t been checking that file for some time, so I better get back to checking it again.  Might be some renewed interest for 2016.Thanks, O. P.

  • Pete Petretich
  • ZH100

    ‘While New Jersey Residents Suffer, Governor Christie Goes on Saturday Night Live.’

    From the article:

    "Tens of thousands of New Jersey residents are without power. Many have lost homes and everything else that they have. Some don’t have enough to eat and others are struggling to stay warm.

    This is not the time for a responsible leader to go do his self-promoting shtick on Saturday Night Live. But Christie seems so tone deaf that he puts his self-promotion ahead of anything else."

    • conservativemama

      Calling Ann Coulter…………………………..

  • BrianusBerkleianus

    My Dear Friends in Sarah,

    Happy Monday to you all!!

    I did not expect to be with you today, but, due to a shift in some work circumstances, I was able to compose the piece that follows.

    So …

    I have a few citations to present to you from the book that was recently published by Chuck, Sr. and Chuck, Jr., "Our Sarah." These citations will be followed by some thoughts on the pattern that a campaign by the Governor for POTUS in 2016 might follow.

    Emphases are mine throughout.

    Concerning her 2002 run for lieutenant governor of Alaska, her dad writes:

    "None of us realized she was developing a new approach to campaigning, one that relied more on VOLUNTEERS and less on HIRING others to do the work." ("Our Sarah," Chapter 14, "Politics," p. 166)

    Concerning her successful 2006 bid for the governorship of Alaska, her dad writes, in the same chapter:

    "Sarah’s announcement came EARLY, which gave her an advantage. She also had a VOLUNTEER network already in place from the lieutenant governor’s campaign. They hadn’t been formally organized during the interim but they were there just the same. They went to work IMMEDIATELY." (op. cit., p. 168)

    "…it gave her an ever-expanding network of VOLUNTEERS. What she lacked in MONEY, those VOLUNTEERS made up for with personal involvement." (op. cit., pp. 168-169)

    "Bruce Anders … worked as a VOLUNTEER writing position papers and helping with Sarah’s speeches." (op. cit., p. 169)

    "As the campaign developed, VOLUNTEERS showed up in droves." (loc. cit.)

    "Others worked long hours in the campaign office, fielding phone calls, answering mail, and responding to e-mail messages. Everyone worked for FREE and they were GLAD to be there." (op. cit., p. 170)

    I could multiply further quotations that flow along the same vein and path.

    Let us consider the essence of her campaign.

    She made an EARLY announcement. The heart and steel and spine of the endeavor was composed of VOLUNTEERS.

    What is the difference between a volunteer and a hired worker? I think it is a profound one.

    It is the vast gulf that exists between what we may call COMMERCIUM PECUNIAE, trade or commerce in money, and COMMERCIUM AMORIS, "trade" or "commerce" in love.

    In each case a relationship is established between two individuals. In the first, a just recompense is made in money or its equivalent for goods or services rendered; in the second, the giver gives freely of his or her time and goods … out of love and devotion.

    Let us contemplate the course of our own Revolution.

    The wealthy and powerful British Empire, among other resources that it brought to bear against the former Colonies, now STATES–among many resources, the British HIRED Hessian troops.

    Troops of this kind are called MERCENARIES, because they serve for PAY.

    Let us make a distinction between hired hands of this kind and citizen soldiers, like the Patriots who fought for American Independence under the gallant leadership of George Washington.

    Citizen warriors are, to be sure, paid for their service, because human beings are not angels; they have physical needs and wants, as do their families.

    However, strictly speaking, their pay is what the Romans called a STIPENDIUM. It differs, formally if not materially, and in an essential way, from the PAY that goes to mercenary troops who serve MERELY and only for money.

    In the case of such hired fighters, MONEY is the "formal and final cause," the motive, the goal of their service. Throughout history, mercenaries have been foreign soldiers, who have no devotion, no allegiance, no love for the flag and country they serve. They are there for the pay.

    With citizen soldiers it is different. They have to be compensated, but their service, at least ideally and in the best cases, is motivated more by love of country than by MERE pay. Think of the many wonderful and talented individuals in our great land who could earn much more in the private sector, but serve our nation out of devotion and love.

    Some things are not for sale.

    It is my understanding, for example, that a Medal of Honor CANNOT be bought or sold. An attempt to enter into such a contract of sale would be invalid.

    The contract of buying-and-selling, what the Romans called the contract EMPTIO-VENDITIO, is not valid, is not applicable, does not have force in certain situations, and with certain "goods" of a higher order.

    Consider the great example and distinction made by the Son of God between the GOOD SHEPHERD ("I am the Good Shepherd") and the HIRELING!!!!

    The hireling runs away when the "going gets rough"; the Good Shepherd lays down His life for His sheep!!

    Now how does all of this apply to our Sarah and to her potential run for POTUS for 2016?

    Simply this.

    There is an ARMY out there, not an "army" of hirelings and mercenaries, but an Army of Patriots, who love America, who love Sarah, who love SarahAmerica, and consider that fighting for her and for her Presidency is the equivalent of fighting for their country.

    They will serve for free.

    They will serve with joy.

    They will give to the last ounce and scintilla and drop of strength and courage to elect the Lady Warrior of Wasilla to the White House, and to thus save our Republic!!!!

    They will give what Lincoln called "the last full measure of devotion."

    If she makes an EARLY announcement for the Presidency, in the face and teeth of all conventional calculation and reckoning and reasoning, she will immediately have at her back a CITIZEN ARMY that will be able to overwhelm any number of hired mercenary troops, any number of "hired" propagandists, any number of hired professional makers of malfeasance and mendacity.

    To put it bluntly, GOP Establishment and Lefties, WE WILL KICK BUTT, if Sarah gives the call, the clarion trumpet’s call, "TO ARMS, TO ARMS, ‘TIS TOO LATE TO RETREAT!!!"

    So, my brothers and sisters, as Thanksgiving draws nigh, let us render gratitude to the All-Highest for the gift of Sarah of Alaska to this nation, and let us pray that He guide her both about WHETHER to run for POTUS 2016, and, if the answer is "yes," about WHEN and HOW to launch and conduct her campaign for America, her Second American Revolution.

    God bless you all always!!

    DEO VOLENTE, SARAH 2016!!!!!


    • palin45potus

      We are glad to hear from you!

      About volunteering…I feel that we are asking Sarah Palin to undertake a challenge that I personally would probably shy away from with few regrets.  She has nothing personally to gain from running for President and has much to lose.  

      So given all of that, I proposed yesterday and I still feel this morning that if we really wish for her to run, we should each consider writing a personal plea to her, as well as a pledge of support.  Possibly giving our contact information and a brief description of what skills any of us may bring to the table.

      They can put this information into a database for future organizational purposes.  

      Anyways, that’s my "Bright Idea" for the week.

      The Office of Sarah Palin 
      P.O. Box 871235 
      Wasilla, AK 99687

      • BrianusBerkleianus

        Great idea, 45!!!

        Thank you, thank you!!

      • Christopher H Fromme

        In a letter that I sent in Jan 2012 I let Sarah know that she had a grassroots base of volunteers in PA and sent a business card of a friend thate is on state committee that could run the campaign in the Western part of PA plus knows people all across PA

      • indemind

         45… Support SarahPac…

      • Elwanda Burrell

         I will write my letter…..good idea.

      • cudaforever

        Terrific idea P45 !!

      • indemind

        Gone fishing for Disqus

    • excopconservative

      Something to remember about those Hessian troops is that they fought because, in Germany, they had no future.  Most would not inherit property as they were not first born.  They faced marriage into poverty as they had no "bride price" or dower to attract a bride of substance. They had no way of making a living.  They were fighting for a government that they didn’t care about one way or the other. 

      When captured by American forces, they were not tortured or killed.  Their bravery was admired by the Americans.  They were made an offer that many could not refuse.  They weren’t paid money.  They were offered a future.  If they fought for us, they could remain here as Americans.  They could work and save up money to buy land.   Some of us may be descended from those Hessians who chose the American Dream over a bleak future in Europe. 

      As we talk to others, let’s remember that by supporting Gov. Palin we are really offering others a path forward versus a bleak future under socialism.  We are offering to those whose thinking has been held captive by the left the possibility that they can have a government that allows them freedom to make their own choices, live their own lives, and plow their own field without big government on their backs taking away the fruits of their labor.

      • MaMcGriz

         Hey copper…..

        Com’ere and lemme give you a hug.

        Your posts are always good, but in recent days they ring like golden bells.

        This one is a perfect tight grouping smack in the ten spot.

      • BrianusBerkleianus

        Great, great observations, excop!!

        Thank you so much!

        This is intellectual and spiritual ammunition for us going forward, as we try to win the minds and hearts of Americans!!!!

    • colint

      I hope Chuck Heath reads this and passes it to Sarah. Thank you.

      • BrianusBerkleianus

        You are most welcome, colint!!

        God bless!

    • 1776er

      Well, Back to Saul Alinsky:

      "Always remember the first rule of power tactics: Power is not only what you have but what the enemy thinks you have**"

      **  Alinsky’s note to the first rule:

      "Power has always derived from two main sources,money and people.  Lacking money, the Have Nots must build power with their flesh and blood.  A mass movement expresses itself with mass tactics.  Against the finesse and sophistication of the status quo the Have Nots have always had to club their way."

      Alinsky defined POWER as the ability to act.  He felt everybody had the ability to act and thus were potentially very powerful.  But he knew that 99.9% of people would decline to act for one good or not so good reason or another.  Mostly, people are too wrapped up in making a living and paying the mortgage to act.  Some are just ignorant.  Some are lazy.  Some have just given up.  

      The TEA Party, Conservatives and Palinistas are the Have Nots of American society.  They lack  money.  So if political power is what they desperately want then they must build a mass movement with their flesh and blood to seize it from the Haves.  They must club their way to power against the finesse and sophistication of first the RINO Republican PPC and then the Marxist Socialist Democrat Party.  

      The Right of Center minority in a nation deliberately polarized and divided now permanently into two distinct Americas must develop a mass movement with mass tactics to counter the PPC Progressives of both parties, but especially the Marxist Socialist Democrat Party  which election after election demonstrates that it will stop at nothing to hold on to power by employing whatever it takes to include Vote Fraud on a massive scale, union thuggery to intimidate voters, lies, threats, innuendo, politics of personal destruction and campaigns built on polarizing negative ads based on the triad of race/class/gender.  

      The PPC of the Republican Party, as witnessed by the zeal with which it demonized, marginalized and, IMO, very likely threatened Sarah Palin to knee cap her ascendancy in the GOP is no better.  They, too, will stop at nothing to maintain their perceived perks and emoluments that flow from a permanent minority status in Washington, DC.  

      If the TEA Party, Conservatives and Palinistas are constrained by the lack of money then the only path to securing power is through a mass movement of flesh and blood.  And that movement is going to have to club its way to ballot access in 50 states the old, fashioned hard ballot petition drive way.  They will have to prevail over the rules and procedures set up as obstacles to outside challenges to Republican/Democrat hegemony over the political process in the Divided States of America.  

      That way requires leadership, supreme organizing skills and lots of lead time to pull together to be able to apply mass movement tactics when the time comes.  

      IMO, this argues for an early prison break from the Republican Party prison sometime in the first two or three months of 2013.  Shake the dust from our shoes and start the necessary Long March to 2016.  

      Somebody is going to lead that break out.  Somebody will assume the leadership role.  The army of Freedom will form up behind that leader whoever it is going to be.  

      The ball is in Sarah Palin’s court.

      • BrianusBerkleianus

        Thanks, 1776er!!

    • ProudAmerican247

      "And I say, you know, you have to rage against the machine at this point in order to defend our republic and save what is good and secure and prosperous about our nation."  – Sarah Palin

      • BrianusBerkleianus

        Thank you, Proud American!

    • indemind

      Good morning brother Brianus… Love you post… "To arms, To arms" "Reload" For a SarahAmerica …

      SarahBeautiful- – “May we always be happy, and may our enemies know it.” ….  *_*

      • BrianusBerkleianus

        Thank you, Brother Inde, and God bless!

        SarahBeautiful 2016!!!

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