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What’s going on this morning?

Allen West conceded.

Unlike Logan Smith, Andrew Halcro doesn’t have the youth excuse.

Can someone decipher what the heck Jim Clyburn is saying in the third paragraph of this article?



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  • ZH100

    Good morning all.

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

    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
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    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.
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    Energy

    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.
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    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.
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    Education

    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.
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    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.

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/05/07/who-is-the-real-sarah-palin

    • BrianusBerkleianus

      Thank you, ZH, and good morning!!

      • ZH100

        You are welcome, Brianus and good morning!

  • John_Frank

    Good morning,

    I stand with Sarah Palin.

    P.S. May the rest of your day be blessed.

    • BrianusBerkleianus

      Good morning, JF.

      God bless!!

      I stand with Sarah Palin.

  • ZH100

    Good morning all.
    ———

    ‘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."
    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/08/12/POLLSTER-Voters-Strongly-Reject-Cronyism

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    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.
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    ‘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. "
    https://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=382303098434
    …..

    ‘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."
    http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=10150295067853435
    …..

    ‘American Crony Capitalism Brings Jobs to Finland’  (by Governor Palin)
    https://www.facebook.com/notes/sarah-palin/american-crony-capitalism-brings-jobs-to-finland/10150340167778435
    …..

    ‘How Congress Occupied Wall Street’   (by Governor Palin)
    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204323904577040373463191222.html?mod=googlenews_wsj
    …..

    ‘Palin: Congress, it’s time to stop lining your pockets’  (by Governor Palin)
    http://www.usatoday.com/news/opinion/forum/story/2011-12-12/congress-insider-trading-sec/51841156/1
    …..

    ‘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."
    http://conservatives4palin.com/2011/05/governor-palins-consistent-fight-against-corruption
    ….

    ‘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. "
    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/10/us/10iht-currents10.html
    …..

    ‘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 "
    http://thespeechatimeforchoosing.wordpress.com/2011/09/14/how-governor-palin-reformed-alaskas-ethics-laws-and-made-crony-capitalism-a-crime/
    …..

    ‘Dan Mitchell of the Cato Institute praises Sarah Palin for highlighting Washington’s rampant crony capitalism ‘  
    http://danieljmitchell.wordpress.com/2011/09/10/kudos-to-sarah-palin-for-exposing-the-sleazy-bipartisan-corruption-problem-in-washington/
    …..

    ‘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."
    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122057381593001741.html?mod=djemEditorialPage
    …..

    ‘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.

    http://www.amazon.com/Sarah-takes-Big-Oil-compelling/dp/0982163207
    or
    http://product.half.ebay.com/Sarah-Takes-on-Big-Oil-by-Kristen-Nelson-and-Kay-Cashman-2008-Hardcover/71269107&cpid=1390697671

    • BrianusBerkleianus

      Thanks, ZH!

      There was an interesting discussion here on C4P a couple of days ago.  Someone wanted to know what might be the best speech to show to a person who might be opening up to Sarah.  This person had read the pro-Palin Charlotte Allen article in the LA Times, and was intrigued.

      There were many excellent suggestions.

      However, the Indianola, Iowa Crony Capitalism speech of 3 September, 2011 is the one in which she throws down the gauntlet to the GOPe too, not just to obama and his Dems.

      Hence, this oration could have a very wide appeal.

      Thanks (again) for this post on her anti-Crony Capitalism position.

      It is a position that should have wide appeal across a broad spectrum of America, and may be one of the chief issues that will help elect her as President in 2016!!

      • ZH100

        You are welcome, Brianus.

  • BrianusBerkleianus

    My Dear Friends in Sarah,

    Happy Wednesday and Happy Thanksgiving-Eve to you all!!

    Below are some more citations from the book "Our Sarah," recently published by Chuck Sr. and Chuck Jr. These citations are followed by a few remarks and observations. The quotations come from the chapter "Politics," which, IMV, is one of the best chapters of this excellent and enlightening volume.

    I think that these citations may help to give us an idea of the great force that will drive and propel the Governor’s campaign if, the Lord willing, she decides to toss her Alaskan fur hat into the ring for the 2016 race for the White House.

    Sarah’s dad writes as follows about the 2006 race for the governorship of Alaska:

    "Sally, Chuck, Jr., Heather, and Molly worked tirelessly too. Everyone pitched in, even a few of her opponents’ volunteers. I remember standing … on a corner of Wasilla, braving the cold in the months before the election, waving campaign signs and harassing passing motorists. A guy showed up from one of the other candidates with a sign questioning Sarah’s qualifications. Rather than throwing him in the ditch, we engaged him with the friendly banter we used in conversation among ourselves and gently challenged him to tell us the reason he opposed Sarah. After spending time with us, he threw his anti-Sarah sign in the ditch, picked up one of her signs, and joined us as we waved and shouted at passing motorists.

    "On Election Day, we all gathered on street corners in Anchorage and near our homes to wave signs and shout at passing motorists one last time…. Sarah joined us for a while, then drifted over to the Captain Cook Hotel, where preparations were under way for an election-night watch and victory celebration. Mary Havens, a volunteer who later worked in the governor’s office, remembered, ‘Sarah was there with us, helping set up tables for the party. That’s just the way she was.’ That’s the way the campaign had been too. Everyone doing what needed to be done, without regard for titles or positions.

    "People across the state responded in a similar manner, gathering on street corners to cheer and wave their signs, going door-to-door to hand out leaflets, making phone calls, and generating pro-Sarah e-mails. For the most part, however, it was Sarah who made the real difference …" ("Our Sarah," Chapter 14, "Politics," pp. 171-172)

    What do we observe in these various quotations?

    I think that we can perceive a spirit of SELFLESSNESS, of joyful selflessness.

    Look, for example, at the way Sarah’s family dealt with the guy who confronted them on the street corner with an anti-Sarah sign. Did they scream or yell at him? No. They "gently challenged" him. This seems to me to be the perfect mode and means of dealing with situations like this. We behold here the Romans’ AUREA MEDIOCRITAS, the "Golden Mean," the perfect balance. They did not back down; they challenged the guy. However, they did not do it in a hateful or hostile or highhanded way. They did not allow their egos or their pride to get in the way of reasoning with him. They "gently" challenged him.

    And they won his mind and his heart.

    Not only did he throw away his anti-Palin sign and cease to oppose Sarah, but he even jumped in and joined them on that Wasilla street corner, waving a sign for her and shouting!!

    This is a beautiful story.

    I think that we can remark here on the great power and fecundity of selflessness. In this case, it "generated," it "brought to birth," a new supporter of Sarah … right there on the "field of battle" of a campaign!

    And who stood at the center and heart of this great Alaskan endeavor?

    Sarah did.

    Notice what her dad writes: "For the most part, however, it was Sarah who made the real difference"–she was even there setting up tables on the night that she became Governor-Elect of the State of Alaska!!

    This is the same Sarah who nearly dragged John McCain over the presidential finish line in ’08–in spite of the massed forces of the American and International Left ranged behind the great destroyer (to quote a certain author) barack obama.

    This is the same Sarah who was the inspiration and the soul behind the great TEA Party midterm victories of 2010.

    This is the same Sarah who might have ousted the usurping Chicago thug from his "throne" this past election if only the Romney campaign had chosen to utilize her unique powers and abilities.

    This is the same Sarah who is today the hope and the inspiration of tens of millions of Patriots who are heartsick at the supposed victory of the vile Left and their wretched leader–even though the media, FOX News included, are trying to pass her over in silence, and pretend that she has vanished from the national scene–or was never there in the first place!!

    She draws people to herself, precisely because she is NOT self-centered.

    Remember, as I have noted several times here at C4P , what Bristol says about her mom in the CPAC episode of the TV show "Bristol Palin: Life’s a Tripp." The Governor’s eldest daughter tells us what her mother said about all the crowds that flock to her at book signings, at speeches, at campaign events.

    "I’D GIVE MY LIFE FOR THEM," Sarah says about the people who are so devoted to her.

    And she means it—with every brave drop of red and Alaskan and American blood in her veins!!

    Bristol also says about her mom, in the same episode, "SHE’S SO ANTI-SELF."

    Sarah is special.

    Most of us tend, in our "fallen nature," to be like the suns of solar systems, like the planets with their moons, like the nuclei of atoms. We tend to draw everything into our own circle and orbit, referring all things to ourselves. We tend to be CENTRIPETAL.

    However, there is another force in the universe that, IMHO, has been set by the Lord as a counterpoise and balance to the centripetal forces of nature and of our own selfish hearts.

    It is the CENTRIFUGAL power of Love.

    It is "a little looking out for the other guy too," as Jimmy Stewart’s character, Jeff Smith, says in "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington," one of Governor Palin’s favorite movies.

    It is the radiant power of love for her fellow Americans that flows and frolics from the Governor’s great heart.

    It is this great devotion, a devotion that has inspired millions of Americans since August/September, 2008, that has the power and potential to encounter and defeat in battle the selfish and centripetal forces of the GOP and commie Establishments, and liberate America.

    You see, the planets are drawn to their suns, the moons to their planets, etc. by the power and force of gravity, of necessity.

    Sarah is like a brilliant sun too, BUT ..

    We FREELY DRAW OURSELVES to her, returning love for love. It is a force that stands at a different and diametrically opposite pole and end of the universe from COMPULSION and FORCE.

    It is the power of LOVE, FREELY GIVEN.

    It is love for America that created our nation.

    It is this love for SarahAmerica that, the Lord willing, will save our nation.

    God bless you all always!!!

    DEO VOLENTE SARAH 2016!!!

    Brianus

  • 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."

    http://www.thenewagenda.net/2010/05/02/setting-the-record-straight-sarah-palin-and-sex-education/

  • ZH100

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

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

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

    To cut a long story short Gov.Palin was exonerated from blame in all cases without exception.
    ———————-

    The two settlements where Gov.Palin was also cleared of any wrongdoing:

    1)  Governor Palin Reimburses the State for Kids’ Travel

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

    The administration had decided to have the Attorney General establish a clearer set of guidelines that established a new “state interest” test for protocol travel and based on this set of new (!) guidelines Sarah Palin agreed to reimburse the state.
    Sarah Palin has been exonerated of all wrongdoing (also) in this ethics act complaint. There was no finding of wrongdoing and there was no ethics violation.
    The Alaska Personnel Board found no wrongdoing, but Sarah Palin agreed to reimburse the state.
    http://www.c4parchive.com/2009/06/governor-palin-reimburses-state-for.html
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    2)  The Legal Defense Fund Case.

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

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

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

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

    http://www.c4parchive.com/2010/06/sarah-palin-legal-defense-fund.html

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=qjTlZI34SlU#!
    —————————————————————————–

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

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

    Since then (2010) Alaskan law has been changed which now covers the governor’s legal fees for such legal proceedings. That didn’t help Gov. Palin as she still had to pay the fees she accrued during that time.
    ———————————————————————————-
    About troopergate.
    ——

    The  the Bi-partisan Alaska Personnel Board , which is the final authority(!), ruled that Gov.Palin did not commit any ethics violation
    http://www.adn.com/2008/11/03/577323/new-troopergate-report-clears.html

  • ZH100

    About ACES
    ————–

    Governor Palin, the Success of ACES, and the Defeat of Corruption-Part I

    From the article:

    "Governor Palin’s political career has been marked by a consistent efforts to rid Alaska of corruption, remove pervasive crony capitalism, and make government more transparent.

    Her proposal of Alaska’s Clear and Equitable Share is an excellent example of her reaching all three aims. "

    http://conservatives4palin.com/2011/03/governor-palin-the-success-of-aces-and-the-defeat-of-corruption-part-i.html

    • ZH100

      ‘Governor Palin, the Success of the ACES, and the Defeat of Corruption-Part II’

      From the article:

      " ACES has created a stable environment for investment and development of oil and has provided a boost to Alaskan jobs and the economy, while concurrently boosting state revenue. In short, ACES has been a success."

      http://conservatives4palin.com/2011/03/governor-palin-the-success-of-the-aces-and-the-defeat-of-corruption-part-ii.html

      • ZH100

        The Lingering Influence of Crony Capitalism and Big Oil in Alaskan Politics’

        From the article:

        "In recent posts, I discussed how Governor Palin’s key legislative victory, Alaska’s Clear and Equitable Share (ACES) , has been a transparent, constitutionally-based, pro-growth success.

        In 2007, Governor Palin signed into law ACES, an oil tax structure that includes incentives for development and investment in capital improvements and ensured that Alaska’s resources would be developed for the maximum benefit for the people of Alaska as per their state constitution.

        The Alaska constitution states that the state’s natural resources belong to the people of Alaska. In essence, revenue derived from oil development belongs in part to the people of Alaska who, as owners of the resources, are due their share of the profits as “shareholders”.

        Beyond this, ACES also replaced Governor Murkowski’s Petroleum Profits Tax (PPT) which was tainted by crony capitalism and corruption and lead to the arrest and conviction of state legislators and Governor Murkowski’s chief-of-staff due to the ties between PPT negotiations and VECO Corp, a oil and gas pipeline company."

        http://conservatives4palin.com/2011/04/the-lingering-influence-of-crony-capitalism-and-big-oil-in-alaskan-politics.html

  • blueniner

    When all is tired of the Obama poverty plantations racist remarks of old white guys in the GOP. I ask, in the over inbibed "Jim Clyburn" racist speak…..hmmmm, how many Black Senators are in the Demoncrat party? Gee, they all look like old white guys. How many Black Governors do we see in the Demoncrat party? "Oh my", as Dick Enberg would say, therefore my friends I rest my case. As Mark Levin said today, "Jim Clyburn your an idiot, thats right I said it", thanks  Mark also for having Sarah Palins bac today.

    • BrianusBerkleianus

      Thanks, Niner–

      Sarah and Mark are so similar in this way: They speak right from the heart and the gut, and they love America!!

      PS–Congrats on the huge win of your Niners over da Bears.  Now you have a QB controversy–two good ones–nice problem to have!!

      Jeff Tedford is out at Cal.  There are rumors that ex-Raiders coach Hue Jackson could get the job.  I will say this about Hue: The Raiders were pretty good under his tenure–fun to watch, and nearly made the playoffs in 2010 and 2011!!

      • blueniner

        Thanks Brian, yeah the media is really playing up this QB controversy, just heard Ray Ratto on that show The Lead, Ratto thinks Harbaugh is yanking the chain of the media, but ESPN had Steve Young talking about it, many sports talk shows are running with it, it is a nice problem to have, but it can be a distraction. I liked that Hue Jackson I think he was prematurely let go by the Raiders.

    • everythingispolitics

      We’d lose that argument sir if we’re comparing whom has more minorities. It’s not about minorities in positions. It’s about the opportunity to succeed.

  • BrianusBerkleianus

    And thanks, Ian, for the diagram of our Constitutional government that tops today’s open thread.

    obama would like to replace it with—

    .. a huge picture of his own sinister mug.

    Rule by "the one"–an "imperial presidency"!!

  • ZH100

    ‘Governor Palin and the Return of Jacksonian Foreign Policy’

    From the article:

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

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

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

    http://conservatives4palin.com/2011/08/governor-palin-and-the-return-of-jacksonian-foreign-policy.html

  • Pete Petretich

    Run Sarah Run!!!

    • BrianusBerkleianus

      Amen, Pete!!

  • Pete Petretich

    It looks to me like the Romney crowd kept Mia Love separated from Sarah during the recent campaign.

    "Jim Matheson holds on for slim win over Mia Love after final vote tally"
    http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865567253/Jim-Matheson-holds-on-for-slim-win-over-Mia-Love-after-final-vote-tally.html

    Wouldn’t Sarah Palin’s support have saved her?

    Romney fail, AGAIN…

    • wodiej

      Where in this article is anything remotely supporting that Romney people kept Love separated from Palin? Nowhere. If you have some proof, produce it. Otherwise, it is nothing but your biased opinion.

      Gov. Sarah Palin only endorses, campaigns and supports those who ask.  If Mia Love actually allowed the "Romney crowd" to separate her from someone like Palin, what does that say about  Mia Love? 

      • section9

        Mia Love’s campaign was run out of the RNC. None of those people wanted Palin around, despite the fact that Utah would have been tailor-made for a Palin effort on Love’s behalf. Palin did a post supporting Love’s money bomb, and never heard back from the Love Campaign.

        Not a post from Love. Not a public thank you. Nothing.

        That was a winnable seat, too.

        • wodiej

          Making Palin a victim again.  Did Love thank all of her big contributors? Not that I know of.  Ever think Palin did not want a big deal made out of it?  No, first reaction is to blame someone.
          I bet she made donations to many others without expecting a pat on the back.  It’s called being humble.  Palin said there is no hatchet to bury, her and Romney had a good relationship.  There may have been those inside the RNC establishment that did not want Palin’s participation but the constant blaming Romney personally is irrational.  Romney does not run nor own the RNC.  If anyone has credible proof that Romney himself had a conspiracy to keep Palin out of this election, produce it,  Othewise, it’s time to stop rehashing this. 

          • section9

            Here’s the point I’m making: Romney wasn’t strong enough to run his own campaign and put down the Bushies who had their own agendas. The Mia Love moneybomb was a test by Palin to see if she’d get a "come va" out of the Romney goons who were running Love’s Campaign into the ground. Palin didn’t expect a brass band, but she did expect the Establishment to understand the basic principles of Party Unity, which they not only didn’t understand, but held in contempt.

            Someday you’ll hear about what went on between a hideously stupid and inept Team Marmalarde and the Palin people. Nobody knows the whole story except Sarah and Mittens. It ain’t pretty. Let’s just say that my hunch last summer was correct: that there are lots of people in D.C.’s Republican apparatus who are fine with Romney having lost.

            Romney was one of the Establishment people who wanted Palin kept out of the game because he was a weak sauce candidate. He couldn’t ride herd on his Bushie allies.  Good candidates, like Reagan for example, build coalitions after they win a nomination. Reagan brought everyone together. Mittens thought his surrogates could go on FNC and scream "Marxist!" and "Kenyan Usurper!" and that would do the trick.

            Now Mitt Romney is pumping gas, and somewhere in Dog Heaven, Seamus is barking his ass off.

            Romney and his Bushie allies told everyone to sit down, shut up and get in line. A bunch of Paultards who might have been convinced to vote for Romney ended up voting for Gary Johnson, and had the Romney Campaign been run by something more talented than a gang of entitled frat house bullies who knew how to reach out as Reagan’s people did, they might have.

            Instead, the proof of Romney’s Weak Sauce Campaign was the Rule 12 Fiasco at the Convention, which told everyone that Mittens was little more than a Bushite Front Man.  Strong candidates tell the RNC what to do once they’ve achieved nomination. Mittens was a good man, but a weak candidate.

            But he’ll always have Disneyland.

            And Sarah Palin? She’ll have the last laugh. Just like Seamus.

            • narciso

               He was a blanc mange candidate like Cameron, in a parliamentary system, he might have eked a plurality, but have to make a coalition with the Greens probably,

    • Right_Wingnut

      I don’t know about that, but you would think a Mormon at the top of the ballot would have provided the extra steam necessary to put Love over the top in Utah. The man had no coattails.

      • c4pfan

        He sure didn’t!

    • n4cerinc

      I just tweeted: Matheson defeated Love by 768 votes. Perhaps next time a little more @SarahPalinUSA and less Failed GOP consultantry?

      Sarah Palin would be a game changer in any close election. She is known to fire up people who need firing up. Mia Love losing was one of the biggest shocker for me. I was less surprised about Romney not pulling it off than Mia Love. She was hailed as the next bright star of the GOP at the RNC. The very first Black Female Representative. She gave a great attack speech. She was Mormon. Romney made commercials for her. You would think in Utah, this was a sure victory. Sadly, that did not happen. You are damn right Palin would have made a difference. But Mia had Romney, so she and her people did not reach out to Palin. The GOP proved in this race how terrible it is at politics. sigh.

      • c4pfan

        Too many racist Democrats.

        • n4cerinc

          I get that. But lets not forget that there are some racist Republicans. The Mormon church does not exactly have the best record in its dealings with Black Mormons. Not saying that was the main issue, but since you bring up race. 

  • IsraeliCojones

    This is not good at all.

    http://israelmatzav.blogspot.co.il/

    Bibi, is that what you were waiting for to finally find your spine and do what you have been elected for doing?

  • ZH100

    A.B. Culvahouse Praises Sarah Palin  (April , 2009)

    "Culvahouse, O’Melveny & Myers’ chairman and the leader of the team that vetted Palin before Republican presidential candidate John McCain chose her as his running mate last summer, spoke about Palin this morning at the Republican National Lawyers Association’s policy conference at the National Press Club. During the vetting process, said Culvahouse,

    “Me and two of my most cynical partners interviewed her, and came away impressed.”

    Culvahouse said Palin hit certain, particularly tough questions “out of the park.”

    Culvahouse added that Palin would “have been a great vice president,” and said that he told McCain exactly that."

    http://legaltimes.typepad.com/blt/2009/04/ab-culvahouse-defends-sarah-palin.html

  • wodiej

    “Lead me in your truth and teach me
    for you are the God of my salvation; on you I will wait all the day.”  Psalm 25:5

  • Jean_A

    Good morning, C4P!

    I stand with Sarah Palin.

  • wodiej
  • Right_Wingnut


    Romney Campaign’s Latest Scapegoat: Chris Christie

    Over the past two weeks, many potential scapegoats have been floated by Romney supporters, staffers, and even Romney himself. So far, none of them have caught on. Most objective observers have concluded that a deeply flawed candidate ran a deeply flawed campaign. 

    It’s understandable that those with so much invested in Romney’s candidacy would point fingers. They all have reputations and resumes to protect, and future campaigns to destroy from within.

    Their latest target isn’t going to get any sympathy from me. I’ve long viewed Chris Christie as an egotistical blowhard. Having said that, I’m just not buying what Team Romney is selling. 

    It’s been well documented that Romney’s "Get Out The Vote" program was a colossal failure. Romney lost the election because too many Republicans stayed home.

    The average Republican "couch voter" in Florida did not decide whether or not to vote based on what Chris Christie was doing in New Jersey. Conversely, the average "Obama phone" Democrat in Ohio was more concerned about keeping their food stamps than Obama’s orchestrated photo op with the New Jersey Governor. Ask yourself this…How many Obama voters in Ohio could even name the New Jersey Governor?

    I suspect we’re about to witness a circular firing squad within the Romney campaign, because, like all of the other manufactured excuses, this one isn’t going to stick.

    Cross post: http://www.rightspeak.net/2012/11/romney-campaigns-latest-scapegoat-chris.html

    (and) 

    http://www.redstate.com/rightwingnut2/2012/11/21/romney-campaigns-latest-scapegoat-chris-christie/

    • polarfan

      A member of the corrupt DC GOPE can’t win a general election -H.W.Bush 2nd term, Dole, McCain, Romney!

      Reagan and W.Bush were former governors and OUTSIDERS….

      To stay in business, these clowns can’t blame any member of the DC GOPE (Romney/Ryan).     

  • stlouisix

    As More Climate Talks Loom, Senator Presses Treasury on its Plans For $100bn Global Green Fund
    http://cnsnews.com/news/article/more-climate-talks-loom-senator-presses-treasury-its-plans-100bn-global-green-fund

    The green lunacy of Obama and his minions, based on the proven lies of the pathological lying Gore Green Goblins, which is driving America into economic ruin, cries out for justice to the full extent of the law for the betrayal of trust of the American people by communists masquerading as Americans whose morally bankrupt policies are causing untold misery to the millions who have lost their jobs, and to their families, due to their willfull destruction of a free America from within on an altar to paganistic Earth worship!

    I don’t recall The Preamble to the Declaration of Independence, which was fulfilled in The Constitution, making any reference "to being endowed by Mother Earth" with anything, nor do I recall the signers at the end of The Declaration making any reference "to a firm reliance on the protection of Mother Earth."
    http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/declaration_transcript.html

    Obama Proclamation Mirrors United Nation’s Universal Child’s Day
    http://cnsnews.com/news/article/obama-proclamation-mirrors-united-nation-s-universal-child-s-day

    Make no mistake about it, these UN Conventions on the purported "rights of the child" have, as their real agenda, the complete state control of our children by removing them from parental control so that they may be more easily turned into brainwashed Godless Marxist Socialist automatons worshipping the false god of the state upon which they will be dependent for everything!

  • Right_Wingnut

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