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  • BrianusBerkleianus

    My Dear Friends in Sarah,

    Happy Saturday to you all!!

    Have fun with the big NCAA football games today!

    Since it would be easy for us to grow impatient as we wait to see what the Governor’s next move will be on the chessboard of the struggle for America’s soul, I offer some thoughts on TIME. These reflections have been modified and adapted from some observations made last year; they have been adjusted to refer to the coming election cycle.

    Have a great weekend!!


    What is time??

    This is a deep philosophical question, and one that I, to speak frankly, do not feel qualified to address in any adequate manner. However, in a very vague and general way, I know that time depends on "motion," "movement," "change." It is opposed to the eternally "motionless" and "changeless" and atemporal, timeless world of the Lord.

    I am no astronomer, or indeed a scientist of any kind, but I believe that time, as we calculate it, depends on the motion, the movements, the changes, the cycles of the heavenly bodies.

    Now, why do I raise this question of the nature of time in relation to our Sarah?

    Because I think that many of us may begin to grow impatient in the coming weeks and months. We would fain "speed up the clocks" and see what plans Sarah has in mind for the unfolding of the months; we are eager to see RIGHT NOW what the years 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016 have in store for us.

    However, not all the wishing and hoping and pushing and straining in the whole wide world will advance our clocks even one piddling and paltry second!!

    However, there is another kind of "clock," another timepiece whose hands we can advance. This is what we may call the "spiritual clock" of "spiritual time."

    In a great mystery, the Lord has given us the precious gift of Freedom, that Freedom for which so many Americans have lived and bled and died!!

    When we act well and wisely on the ethical and moral level, we can help advance the plans that the Lord has in mind for us, but which, in a Great Mystery, He makes contingent on our free choices.

    We cannot affect one iota the motion and the course of the celestial bodies.

    We can affect the "motion" of the moral tenor and course of our nation by the free choices we make; we can speed up the dawning and coming of the Day of Victory!!

    Let us then, as we wait in expectation for what Sarah has in store for us and what the years 2013 and beyond have in store for us, let us act with ardent prayer, with ardent sacrifice, with ardent and devoted acts in all fields and arenas of endeavor and battle. Let us strive and labor that we may so advance the hands on the Clock of Spiritual Time that, when the Temporal Clock and Calendar come at length to read Tuesday, 8 November, 2016, in a perfect confluence and congruence of temporal and spiritual motion and movement, Election Day, 2016 will also be Victory Day, 2016!!!

    If it be the Lord’s Will, on that marvelous and majestic evening the triumphal announcement will thunder forth to the nation and to the world: "Sarah Palin of Alaska has this night been elected as the forty-fifth President of the United States of America"!!!

    God bless you all always!!

    DEO VOLENTE, SARAH 2016!!!!


    • Freempg

      Thanks Brianus, we shall see in the fullness of time.

      • BrianusBerkleianus

        You are most welcome, Free!!

    • jerseymark

      Well, your excellence just never ends. Just a few comments on "Time". I think that in a more significant sense, you connection to the movement of the heavenly bodies to our understanding of time is right on. By comparison to what we are told in Scripture of our eternal experience, there will be no night-time as there will be no darkness. Similarly, there will be no need to sleep in our incorruptible bodies so combining the two and we get a complete lack of repeating intervals which would mark the passage of time. It will be like one very very long day  with no need to sleep, no tiredness, no loss of energy or power, constantly at the top of your game (way beyond anything we can imagine). 

      As I said before, I believe that Sarah is a modern day prophet and it is by her that we can gain some idea of what the Lord has in store for us. We are headed into some very difficult times and I believe that a positive step by Sarah to run in 2016 will indicate that God’s grace will allow us to emerge from the nightmare we will experience ( I say will, not have been because it will get much worse). If, on the other hand, Sarah does not take that positive step but essentially hunkers down, it will indicate that God’s timetable is wrapping up and there would be no point in Sarah gearing up for such a run. I personally view either alternative as positive as we need to keep in mind that this is not our home.

      • BrianusBerkleianus

        Thank you so much, Jerseymark, both for your gracious words and also for your own thoughts and reflections!!

        God bless.

      • Guest

        thanks jersymark, have contemplated the same….so good to read similar thoughts.

  • 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!!

      • ZH100

         You are welcome,Brianus and good morning!

  • palin45potus

    Good Morning all.

    Something to mull over today:

    The GOP elites seemed more interested in burying Sarah Palin’s political career after Tucson than they ever did Obama’s after Benghazi.

    While Sarah was routinely lectured, Obama turns out to have been aware of the massacre at Benghazi from the beginning, and the cover-up was on at once to find a lie they could sell.  And just the other day, "Morning Shmoe" pretty much declared that Obama had gotten away with it because Susan Rice as a young Black Woman with an Ivy-League education was almost immune from answering questions from old white guys like McCain and Graham.

    Considering that Sarah had as much to do with Benghazi as she did Tucson, that really shows us all we need to know about the GOP leadership, and why the 3rd Party option seems so attractive to me anyways.

    • BrianusBerkleianus

      Thanks, 45–great observation and contrast; Tucson vs. Benghazi; Palin vs. obama!!!

      I have a feeling–just my opinion, of course–but I suspect that Sarah has already decided that she is going to run for 2016.

      I think her dilemma may be (besides the TIMING of her announcement): Follow Reagan and try to take back the GOP, or abandon the GOP as a hopeless wreck, and forge a new Constitutional Freedom Party.

      Of course, there is a possible MIDDLE WAY: Indicate that she is running, and hold out the HINT of a THREAT to the Republicans that she could go third party–and see what the result would be.  Would they come to their senses, and, not for any love of Sarah (Heavens no!!), but for their own self-preservation, to keep their Party from going the way of the Whigs–would they give her, by far the BEST potential GOP candidate, their grudging support?

      We must, IMHO, pray and pray for her, as she faces these momentous issues and decisions.

      God bless!!

      Edit/Addendum: I can see the minds of the Bushies and their allies working like this, if they decide they cannot stop Sarah–"Well, we will officially support her, but covertly and secretly try to undermine her campaign, and, if she wins, undermine her administration." The Governor truly needs light and help from on High, as she is dealing with "snakes in the grass"!!

      • palin45potus

        Good Morning Sir!

        And Grandpa Sherren’s Fighting Irish are gonna try to "Wake up the echoes" today in a game that will on all across this great nation, and ought to be a good one.

        • BrianusBerkleianus

          It’s going to be great.

          Grandpa Sheeran will be cheering from Heaven!!!–"GO IRISH; BEAT SC"!!!

      • jerseymark

        If you are correct about her decision  to run, the Bushies will become completely irrelevant as any sabotaging efforts on their part will only backfire as "one cannot go against the will of God". They and the other GOPE members will be swept aside from within or without.

        • BrianusBerkleianus

          Yes–they will not be able to resist the Will of The All-Highest!!

          In fact, I suspect that, since ALL HUMANS serve the Lord’s purposes, willy-nilly, volens-nolens, any effort by the Bush "dynasty" to undermine Sarah would just make her triumph all the greater!!

  • 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

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

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

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

    • ZH100

      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. "

      • 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."

        • 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."

          • 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

    Some great links about debunking misinformation and lies about Sarah Palin

    Sliming Palin (by FactCheck)

    Debunking the Myth that Mayor Sarah Palin Made Rape Victims Pay for Their Own Rape Kits

    The Smear: Palin Cut Special Needs Budget 62%

    The Untold Story Behind Palin Using Russia’s Proximity To Alaska As Foreign Policy Experience

    • ZH100

      Debunking the wardrobe myth


      ‘Only Palin’s Stylist Knows for Sure ‘

      "It was a “trumped up controversy,” she writes. “I never asked the New York stylists to purchase clothes, many of the items were never worn, many others were intended for the use of other people, and in the end the wardrobe items were all returned. It certainly wasn’t true that I or my family had been on any kind of ‘big-time shopping trips.’ ”

      All true, Ms. Kline said this week. Her reticence so far, she said, was out of respect to a client. "

  • Pete Petretich

    If Romney would have gone fishing with Sarah and Todd Palin then he would have WON. I don’t doubt this for a second…

    (Pass it on!)

    • BrianusBerkleianus

      Thanks, Pete!!

      Very interesting thought …

    • Elwanda Burrell

       Romney get his hands dirty with those slimy fish……you are kidding!!!!

      • wpmwindsong

        I am told to give it a rest.  Give it a rest.

        • Elwanda Burrell

           I didn’t start the subject…..just added a comment!!!!

        • Guest

           Good Morning wpmwindsong. Wonderful to see you’re in agreement!

          Have a great day!

  • ZH100

    Ian , thanks for posting the photo of the Palin family!!

    • BrianusBerkleianus

      Amen, ZH–yes, thanks, Ian, so much for posting that beautiful photo!!

    • Elwanda Burrell


  • Pete Petretich

    The Palin Family Thanksgiving is my new desktop wallpaper.

    I also Tweeted the picture.

    She is a warrior, just like her son…

    • BrianusBerkleianus


      • Anno76

        All of the Palin family are warriors – mess with them and risk being stuffed and mounted :)

        • BrianusBerkleianus

          :-) !!!

  • 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."

  • wodiej

    I have faith that God is living out a divine plan through me. "Have faith in God." Mark 11:22

  • 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."

    • ZH100

      ‘On the Road with Governor Palin’

      • wodiej

        yay! thank you ZH!!

        • ZH100

           You are welcome, wodiej.

  • wodiej

    Bill Whittle and the Gods of the Copybook Headings (this is a great rendition of Rudyard Kipling’s poem from the early 1900’s.)

  • Jthom26837

     Geat Thanksgiving photo of The Palin Family. I saved it along with the other Sarah Palin related photos. It really lifted my spirits.

     SARAH PALIN ROCKS!!!  THE PALIN FAMILY ROCKS!!!   WE PALINISTAS ROCK!!!   GOD BLESS THE USA!!!   Now, would someone please help me get this knife out of my back that one Georgia Senater Saxby Chambliss thrusted deep into.

  • freeperjim

    Bill Whittle on what it would be like to have a candidate who really believes in conservatism

    I discovered Bill Whittle shortly after he posted a video op-ed of Sarah stepping down as Gov. It was and still is the best take on that issue….especially his dire warning of the evil known as "Alinsky democrats". 

    With Obamsky (rhymes with Alinsky), we are seeing that marxist evil come to pass…

    Here is another GREAT BW video on how a Conservative should speak to the American people.

    Note his comment at the end – the next Conservative president will understand "pop culture" – an astute point and dead-on accurate to reach millions that are lost in that evil lifestyle. Certainly a theme that Breitbart preached and a certain ex-Gov understands.

    Alas, if Obamaski grants amnesty to 30 million ILLEGAL CRIMINALS, the DNC/socialists will have a permanent voting majority and an effective dictatorship. 

    2014/2016 and beyond will become meaningless. 

    This reality fact escaped the ABR-bots and no doubt are basking in their self-righteousness and passive support of the communist.

    • ZH100

      "I discovered Bill Whittle shortly after he posted a video op-ed of Sarah
      stepping down as Gov. It was and still is the best take on that issue."

      Excellent video!

      On "Afterburner," Bill Whittle analyzes why elitists on the left and the right hate Sarah Palin and why she resigned.

      "Note his comment at the end – the next Conservative president will
      understand "pop culture" – . Certainly a theme that Breitbart preached and a certain ex-Gov understands."

      Breitbart on Palin understanding that “culture is upstream of politics”

      From the article:

      "Important comments from Andrew Breitbart (may he rest in peace) regarding pop culture and politics and how Sarah Palin understands the connection."

    • Kathleen

      Bill Whittle is one of my favorite commentators.  I love his Afterburner and Firewall videos.  I do think he would be a big Palin supporter should she run in 2016.  He gets it.

      • M_Minnesota


        I think Whittle uses/can use the "He" in Presidential Candidate as non-gender specific.

  • RefudiateGOPe

    @SarahPalinUSA:twitter : Results whether good or bad come from the choices we make. Choose wisely.

    Volumes have been written about Election2012.  Volumes have already been written about Election2016.  Governor Palin says all that needs to be said in thirteen words.  In thirteen words, she gave her opinion on the primaries of 2012 and she is now reminding the GOP to not do the same stupid thing in 2016.

    I stand with Sarah Palin, more today than yesterday, more tomorrow than today.

    • Kathleen

      I’ve been repeating this a lot when people complain about what’s coming–especially the ones who voted for Obama–"elections have consequences."  You can’t put garbage in a blender and  expect a healthy strawberry smoothie to come out.  Sarah is right.  The choices you make have consequences.

      • RefudiateGOPe

         I don’t think she’s addressing those who voted for Obama.  She knows those people won’t see her tweet or listen to her words.  I think she’s addressing those who voted for Romney in the primaries and she addressing those who will decide who the R candidate is in 2016.

        • Kathleen

          I’m inclined to agree with you, but I think the broader principle stands–actions have consequences, and you must consider them before you act.

        • Exgunman

          Oh they see them alright, go over to twitchy and see the vileness they spout about this simple tweet……………………………………..

  • brightfuture12

    "Results whether good or bad come from the choices we make. Choose wisely"It applies for her own choices – so I wonder if she regrets some of her choices

    • Kathleen

      Tell us which ones you think she regrets.

      • senator20526


    • jerseymark

      No – not for a millisecond. To suggest such a thing indicates a misunderstanding of how her decision was arrived at.

  • Anno76

    Great photo of the Palin family. Thanks for posting Ian. And look a little Piper – she’s growing up to be just as beautiful as her mother and sisters.


      Was just about to post the same thing…can’t believe how Piper has changed.  Awesome to see the entire family!

    • StandProudNow

      Yes, I couldn’t believe it!  And how tall she has gotten. (Unless she has high heels on)  Something tells me she’s gonna be a real fire cracker!

      Great photo, thanks for posting, Ian.

    • Kathleen

      Others have been saying Piper looks like her mom in that photo.  To me she actually looks in that picture like her Grandma–Sarah’s mom.  
      (And I might add that I think Sarah’s mom is a pretty lady.)

  • technopeasant

    I love stories which reveal the 21st concept that you can run but you can’t hide from the modern media (Facebook, Twitter, You Tube) and modern techology which is founded on the premise of a 24/7 world.

    Here from the Patriots-Jets game on Thursday:

    Head coach Rex Ryan of the NY Jets in his postgame new conference told the world why he chose to make Tim Tebow his backup QB despite Tebow having two fractured ribs rather than deactivate Tebow and elevate 3rd string QB Greg McIlroy. Throughout his explanation Ryan argued, Tebow would have been able to play if Sanchez got hurt and had to come out of the game.

    Well it was reported after the game that Tebow met with Make A Wish Foundation kid and when he asked Tebow to throw the ball to him the latter said said, "Would it be all right if I threw it with my right hand?" (Tebow throws the ball normally with his left hand)

    Now link these two stories together. Yes, the Jets got blown out by the Patriots 49-19 but it was 0-0 at the end of the first quarter. What if Sanchez had got hurt during the first quarter? Tebow would have had to come into the game apparently incapable of throwing the football with his left hand.

    How does a head coach defend the indefensible?

    Three ways: The media buries the story, lies about Tebow’s ability on Thursday to throw the ball with his left hand, or shifts the blame to Jets management in that they wanted Tebow to sit on the bench so more fans would come to the game.

  • technopeasant

    Conservatives, we are back to square one, and you know it appears conservatives will make the same mistake in 2016 as they made in 2008 and 2012.

    Techno, why are you so pessimistic?

    3 reasons:

    1) The majority of conservatives/TPM unwilling to admit it was conservatives who put Mitt Romney over the top in the 2012 primaries and a refusal to do a mea culpa ASAP.

    2) Conservatives not addressing the concept of COLONIAL MENTALITY and taking no steps to shed it.

    3) Avoiding backing Sarah Palin early despite she has given no indication she will be running in 2016 and instead falling into the same trap by dividing their loyalties among several conservatives which manifests itself in the establishment choice coming up the middle against 2-4 conservative candidates during the primaries.

    Thus my call for a conservative convention to rally around one conservative. But no one appears to be interested.

    And conservatives our lords and masters in the GOP hierarchy and establishment fully acknowedge and understand the authority and power they have over the rank and file and realize that conservatives intend to apparently act like sheeple as they did in the past two election cycles. Dust off the old playbook. Put lipstick on a pig. Same results. The establishment candidate wins again.


    So Techno what is your solution? How would you change the lay of the land?


    1) How does an alcoholic finally start to walk down the road to recovery?

    Admit he or she has a PROBLEM. Or in political terms conservatives have to admit they have been more the PROBLEM than the SOLUTION, in terms of the way they have politically conducted themselves over the last two election cycles.

    2) Shed COLONIAL MENTALITY and declaring independence but at the same time fighting to take over the GOP. If a third party presidential option was anywhere close to being viable I would strongly endorse it but the rules of the game (electoral college and state rules for getting on the ballot) make it virtually impossible for it to be a successful run. Like it or not we have to admit it that the USA is a two-party state.

    And in that context, we must bear this in mind. It was white conservatives not showing up to vote which tipped the election to Obama. Even if these voters would have showed up, they quite likely would have voted third party imho and thus not boosted Romney’s fortunes and changed the outcome.

    3) And this leads me to my third point. The GOP must become a party of INCLUSION in 2016 rather than a party of EXCLUSION as it was in 2012. The latter is a ready-made formula for losing elections. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to figure that out.

    4) Imho conservatives by the millions need to declare their unqualified and unwavering support for Sarah Palin "in the first quarter of the game" regardless if she makes her intentions known. This will obviously be reflected in online and formal polls.

    Now critics of my suggestion will claim "Why should we back someone who may not run?"

    My answer: How did your political reticence work out in 2012? I would argue it gave us Mitt Romney.

    Could you do any worse?

    Ask yourself what is the worst thing that could happen if you backed Palin before the 2016 primary vote?

    Answer: She announces to the world she is not running. So you vote for someone else in the primaries. No big deal. Isn’t that what happened in 2012? But the key difference between 2012 and 2016–conservatives were not in lockstep with Palin after the midterm election–they abandoned her because of the Giffords shooting and because of polls that showed her too polarizing and she could not beat Obama–and they were not united in their resolve to back her.

    If you want 2016 to be different, the time is now to rally behind Sarah Palin. No ifs ands or buts.

    5) And part and parcel of #4–the TPM must get fully on board, but I fear they will be as stupid as they were in 2011. And they must also change or broaden their outlook. 

    If they continue to eschew social issues and national defense issues and continue to focus on the economy, the TPM will come up empty again.

    If we should have learned anything from 2012 is that the abandonment of the 3 legged stool is a death sentence to the hopes of conservatives.

    6) And finally libertarians and evangelicals need to come together and forge a political unity for the good of the nation. Of course the power brokers in the GOP and the media will work overtime to make damned sure this meeting of minds never comes about.

    So Techno will this solve all the problems?

    No it won’t. But it will be a damned good start.

    • Suki Pero

      I really like your plan.  How about July 27th and we invite the tea party members and everyone else to come to a conservative convention where we select the best true conservative candidate and unite around that person from that day forward to put forth in the re-GOP.

      • dave7777

        Somehow I think you missed the thrust of his article. We don’t want the best conservative candidate….we want Sarah Palin.
        I agree the time is right after the first of the year start the Palin band wagon rolling. Waiting untill the midterms allows Jeb Bush and others to muck up the waters.
        I don’t know how many of us there are, but I read the future of our country reflected in the UK, where they took foster children away from parents that were members of what we call the tea party here. Scary, but as BO sez…he’ll judge what is constitution and what’s not.

        • Suki Pero

          I don’t think I missed the point at all.  Techno didn’t say a SP party, but a convention.  Sarah Palin is the best conservative candidate so there is no difference except inclusion, not exclusion.  May the best willing conservative win – – ie Sarah Palin.

    • paul

      The two party system is dead or the ruling class system.There are too many people who will never vote for either party now. The parties are the same. Both parties are waging a war on conservative women and both are racist against conservative blacks.Just ask Gov.Palin and Allen West.The democrats are rightThe republican party is waging a war against women and is racist. Just like an alcoholic admit it. A new movement and party one that exposes the two party system,crony capitalism,the MSM, and is rooted in the constitution.A libertarian/conservative coalition party based on liberty and fiscal sanity and limiited government..The republican party would become the minority party instantly. If 40% who voted for Romney really didn’t want to then of 120 million votes the republican support is really 36 million out of 120 million cast.A third  party would increase voter participation and is the only way to go.

      • jerseymark

        Agree completely. Tens of Millions will come out of the woodwork to vote for an alternative, especially Sarah with her anti-corruption record.

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