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The Governor tweeted about Vanessa and a Brent Bozell article.

Bristol congratulated Melissa Rycroft on her victory. Bristol also danced.


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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.

  • Guest

    " Results whether good or bad come from the choices we make. Choose wisely."
    Sarah Palin

    Worth repeating

    • wodiej

      actions have consequences.

  • ZH100

    Excellent read.

    ‘Governor Palin Used Her Executive Authority to Make Government Smaller and More Ethical’

    From the article:

    "Executives at any level of government could use their power to grow government spending and power and to reward cronies or those who donated to their campaign.

    Governor Palin is the only one who has a proven record of using her power to make the government smaller and less powerful.  Governor Palin used her power to reduce government spending and state reliance on the federal funding. She desired to increase individual choice, not create individual mandates.  

    She used her executive authority to make government more ethical and transparent while removing cronyism rather than perpetuating it."

  • 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."

  • uksarahfan

    Ah my fav pic of the Gov. Thanks Ian.

  • ZH100

    As Governor Palin has said many times, she advocates for an “all of the above”approach to energy independence which includes solar, wind, nuclear, and clean coal in addition to the more traditional oil, gas, and coal.

    She supported development of renewable energy sources, developing a plan to have 50% of Alaska’s energy to be produced from renewable sources by the year 2025.

    ‘Palin unveils state energy goals; 2025 GOAL: At least 50 percent of state’s power to be from alternative sources.’    (January , 2009)

    "Gov. Sarah Palin has crossed swords with conservation groups over petroleum drilling, but she earned nothing but praise Friday after announcing the most ambitious renewable energy goals in the nation. At a news conference announcing her statewide energy plan, Palin called for 50 percent of Alaska’s power to be generated by renewable resources by 2025."

    ‘Sarah Palin’s Goal Of 50% Renewable Energy Use In Alaska Signed Into Law’ (June , 2010)

    From the article:

    "One of the first things Barack Obama did, once he took office, was to announce a pretty ambitious goal of having the United States get 25 percent of it’s energy from renewable sources by the year 2025. To date, little if anything, has been done by the Obama regime to reach this goal.

    On January 21, 2009 (Obama’s first full day at work) Sarah Palin, writing in the Wall Street Journal, praised this initiative strongly, while reminding Obama that conventional sources of energy will always be needed. She also announced that she was working on the goal of having Alaska get a full 50 percent of it’s energy from renewables in that same 2025 time frame."

    • blueniner

      Z, do you have any information on Sarahs legislation resorting to the hunting of wolves from Helicopters. Reason I ask I got into it with a PDSer who claimed Sarah personally shot wolves from helicopters, which we know is leftist propagnda rubbish. I know in Alaska they have some legislation to thin the herd as wolves are predators and multiply and  they need to be thinned out.

      • ZH100

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

        From the article:

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

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

        The governor told her fish and game commissioner in blunt terms that she opposed using state helicopters to hunt wolves and preferred paying private hunters.

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

        Governor Palin did indeed strongly support predator control, and she clearly favored paying hunters a bounty to keep the wolf population in check, but the image of her personally shooting the predators from aircraft has finally been shot down.

        The emails also show that her motivation for keeping the wolf population at manageable levels was her concern for the welfare of Alaska’s rural families who depend so heavily on caribou and moose, the wolves’ prey, for food and warm clothing."

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

        • blueniner

          Thanks alot Z. I knew there was some information out there somewhere on this subject.

          • ZH100

             You are welcome,blueniner.

        • ZH100

          So, Gov.Palin wasn’t shooting wolves from a helicopter.  Gov.Palin hunts meat for the freezer. (moose, caribou)

          The State of Alaska kill sometimes wolves because the wolves would decimate the herds in Alaska. This is why the Fish & Game Department in AK practices scientific predator control.

          Also , the predator control programs weren’t Gov.Palin projects. The programs are established conservation programs  and were in place long before Gov. Palin became governor.

  • Pete Petretich

    Any answers yet? Is Fox RINO News suppressing Sarah during these critical weeks after the election?

    It looks like a Bushie scheme to me, to keep her isolated up in Alaska while Jeb hosts a conference on his pet issue in Washington, DC…

    • generictrainee

      I think so.

    • AmazedOne1

      Since we haven’t read her contract, we don’t know for sure how it works — do they call her, or does she call them and say that she wants to speak? Is there a minimum or a maximum number of hours or appearances per week or month or year?

    • Right_Wingnut

      It’s all good, Pete.

      I think some time out of the public eye would be good. 6-12 months is what I was thinking. 

      Ditching Fox would be a good start, but the pay and benefits must be pretty hard to walk away from.

      Note: Just my opinion….not telling anyone what to do.

    • cheers2all

      Who knows what’s really going on with her & Fox, but if she wants to be heard, she doesn’t have to wait on Fox to call her in for another irrelevant 2 minutes interview? She can write & publish articles on a variety of topics on her FB page, anytime she wants!

      I still hope that her statement about writing a fitness book was just a diversion to mean that she is actually writing a book about best policies to bring the country back from the brink…

  • Pete Petretich

    107,304 followers now for Vanessa!

  • ZH100

    Some great links with information about Gov.Palin’s policy positions and accomplishments.   


    Governor Palin Executive Accomplishments

    Complete Lifetime of Accomplishments

    (policy positions)

    Sarah Palin: A Record of Fiscal Conservatism

    How Palin Beat Alaska’s Establishment (WSJ)

    ‘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.

  • chuckjr

    Here’s an excerpt from my Facebook posttonight that I thought I’d share with youguys."I hope my kids have the same opportunities I had when they grow up. I woke up at 4:30am today and couldn’t go back to sleep because I was having vivid images flash through my mind of our economy collapsing in 2014. Obamacare has me very worried, and I’m not talking about what I’ve been reading and seeing in the news… I’m talking about things that I’ve personally heard from friends of mine that are currently practicing medicine. They see this program as unsustainable. They have worked for many years to build up their practices and it’s all falling to pieces in front of them. One of my doctor friends who I went to college with and now practices here, told me that he is leaving the profession next year because of what’s being required of him. He told me that the new hoops he has to jump through have already cut his patient load in half. He spends twice as much time on paperwork and half the time with his patients.We all know what’s going to happen to our insurance premiums, and we’ve all heard from businessmen and women who will either cut their labor force or shut down trying to implement the new government requirements.Everyone in this country wants every citizen to have adequate health care. We just want to go about in the correct manner. We want everyone to try and pull their own weight, and we want input from the very people that provide this care to us. I am definitely not an authority on this subject but I’ve seen, heard, and read enough about it for it to keep me up at night. I still can’t believe that Pelosi said that we’d pass this gigantic bill and then figure out what was in it later."Thanks,Chuck

    • BHappy

      Hi Chuck, Living in Illinois, we are already seeing how this will work. My husband needs surgery to fix his nose. It was broken last year while he was coaching high school softball. He has not been able to breathe well since his original surgery the night of the accident.
        He was sent a letter telling him to drive to Chicago, a 3 hour drive to see a doctor if he wanted it fixed. He went, the doctor spent 5 minutes with him and told him he would suggest he see a doctor closer to home. Obviously, they were hoping he would not go to the appointment and the letter said failure to show up would mean no surgery.
         After not hearing anything for a month, he finally contacted the insurance company and was told to go ahead and find a doctor here.
        How many people can afford to take time off work to jump through these hoops and will just let health problems fester?
         Welcome to Obamacare!

      • Carol Smith

        Not Obamacare’s fault. Either miscommunication on your part or a failure to do anything about your problem for a year!

        • Ed from justice


          You are correct, that one was not the fault of Obamacare ( I don’t think) However it is illustrative of what happens when you are in a socialized medicine type system.  The person or entity furnishing the care calls the tune and they may not want to go to the expense of having the neccessary facillities or talent to do the job.  However if you think that somewhere within the 2700 pages of Obamacare there aren’t some things that will pay off cronies (AARP comes to mind) and cause us all a lot of grief then you are either foolish or a koolaide drinker. And oh, by the way Democrats and RINOS all have their favorite crony

          Here is my plan and it doesn’t require much paper.

          1. Everyone must have at least a minimum amount of coverage… yes it is a mandate, but it makes the pool bigger and less costly and like not having auto insurance it costs the rest of us when someone is treated at our expense.  We could continue to provide county and state hospitals for those who cannot afford care, but almost anyone can afford a policy with a high deductable.

          2. Illegal persons would be entitled to one time emergency care at a county or state facillity and a ticket home

          3.  There would be an assigned risk pool where any insurance company doing business in America would have to take a certain number of higher risk patients ( pre-existing conditions, smokers, obese, etc)  at the rate they charge their other customers and they could put them back in the pool at the end of the year, but everyone would be able to purchase the required insurance.  The healthy younger people should more than make up for the unhealthy older ones and thus a profit for the insurance people

          4.  Tort reform in a huge way.  We should go to a "loser pay" system. If there was a clear cut case of negligence then there would be a line of attorneys waiting to take the case on the come.  But for the stuff that doctors and their insurance companies put up with every day of the year, the $10-15K drive by stuff, the client would have to put up some money, because no attorney will take a case which may be a loser unless the client puts some skin into the game first. End of story.  This should drive down the cost of liability insurace for the doctor and that cost will be passed on to the patient.  (see number 5)

          5.  Stop giving a price list for proceedures.  Allow patients to get a rebate or rate reduction for money saved.  Negoiate for the best price on your care.  Some things are complex and some things are simple, but as long as there is a bottom line price guaranteed by Medicare, that will be the beginning price.  Just like college tuition.

          I love Sarah and would crawl through hell in gasoline drawers for her, but I think we need the death panels.  Sometimes folks just don’t want to accept God’s judgement and they think they can get their granny a heart transplant, especially if Medicare pays for it.  I have seen people left on life support systems because their friends and relatives just didn’t want to face reality.  Of course the hospital didn’t care they were charging as long as there was frost on the mirror.

          Random thoughts from an old country boy who is on the down hill side of his journey.

      • GeraldGoff

        your insurance company sucks.  If you can’t pay out of pocket for your medical care ( a direct path to bankruptcy for most of us if we have a major illness or injury) then you are at the mercy of the folks who are going to pay for your care, doesn’t matter if it is private or public insurance.

      • MaMcGriz

         If anyone wants to see this kind of hardball being played, sometimes to the death, the California Workers Compensation System has produced a wealth of well documented cases and examples, showing not just the grossly poor medical side of it, but the hideous legal tactics inflicted on patients and their loved ones by the insurance companies AND the doctors who work the system.

        I suggest praying before you do this kind of research, though, and be prepared. Some of it is hard to take.

        Obamacare will be worse.

        I pray a non-surgical alternative to your husband’s problem will present itself, but if the surgery can’t be avoided I wish him the very best outcome and speediest of recoveries.

        Thank you for sharing your story.

    • chuckjr

      If you get a chance, go to my author’s Facebook page (chuck heath jr.) and leave a comment after the Obamacare post I put up.  I’m hearing testimony from people like BHappy, from all over the country. I’d love to hear what your own MDs think of the plan, and you too. 

      I’ve asked a couple of my doctor friends to share their thoughts and I’ll put those up later.


      • MaMcGriz


        I can’t ask her. She closed her practice this spring.

        And I don’t fb so I’ll be sharing some stuff via c4p and your site.

        Maybe it’s the full moon. I woke up at 5am doing exactly what you woke up doing.

        Feels like we need to get the bloated, four-headed healthcare insurance/admin/marketing/lobby monster before it gets us.

    • barracuda43

      The younger voters who went with Obama by more then 60% in the election now are stuck with paying for Obamacare. They are going to get hosed but hey they voted for him!

    • Carol Smith

      Your statement about Pelosi passing the bill and then figuring out what was in it later is beyond ridiculous (and a rumor that was started a very long time ago). One of the dangers of the internet is spreading fear and misinformation among uninformed people, and this is a clear example. The people who do this are not making an effort to come together for the good of the country. I try to inform myself by reading facts, not hearsay. Some of the businessmen and women claiming to shut down and cut their labor force were most likely in trouble to begin with.
      I am sorry to see so many people grabbing at misinformation and stating it as fact, and that is one of the things that divides this country. 
      I am thankful that Romney was not elected since he has no connection with the problems of the average American.

      • chuckjr

        March 10, 2010
        ‘We Have to Pass the Bill So That You Can Find Out What Is in It’Fire it up1
        Share  It has been said well and famously that politicians only really commit a gaffe when they tell the truth without meaning to. Add House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to the list. Speaking Tuesday to the 2010 Legislative Conference for the National Association of Counties, Pelosi began the windup of her healthcare pitch by alluding to the controversies over the healthcare bill and the process by which it has reached its current state. Then, just after saying, "It’s going to be very, very exciting," Pelosi gaffed, telling the local elected officials assembled that Congress "[has] to pass the bill so you can find out what’s in it, away from the fog of controversy." This is the same Nancy Pelosi who, only weeks earlier, was bragging about the transparency of the process that produced the bill that is currently stalled in Congress. The same Pelosi who brushed aside concerns raised by organizations like Let Freedom Ring!–where I am a senior fellow–that members of Congress actually commit to reading the bill before voting for it and that it be posted online for at least 72 hours before any vote so that the American people can read it, too. Read more here.

      • $8196935

        Except that there is a video of Pelosi saying exactly that.
        BTW, Obama does Not have any connection to the
        problems of the average Americans, but to America period

      • Ed from justice


        Pelosi did say that at a press conference.  And she was telling the truth.  I bet the deed to my house she still cannot tell you whats in the bill. I bet that Obama or a team of lawyers cannot tell you whats in the bill.  Each section is contradictory.  Check it out.(you can’t read 2700 pages in 5 years)   I did not vote for Romney because I like him , but if I take my car to a mechanic, I want him or her to know how to fix it.  If I get on a plane, I want the airplane driver to know how to fly (be a pilot)  I don’t think Obama is qualified, but he won, so now he needs to give us some specifics as to what he wants done so we can either compromise with him or dig in our heels.  After all the folks in the house won their election too.  The reason I love gridlock is that nothing gets done that doesn’t absolutely have to be done. (every time they try to help me, it hurts me and they stick their hands in my pocket) I hope for the sake of our country that your choice for president grows into the job.  I am an average American and I like to wake up every day with a chance to hit the road and keep at least a hundred or so people working.  We all need some help at one time or another, but we are not entitled to anything except a chance.

      • senator20526

         BS ..I saw her say it on TV……

      • CBDenver

        This is a video clip of Nancy Pelosi saying "we have to pass this bill to find out what is in it".  This is not a rumor, it is not misinformation, it is not hearsay.  It is the woman herself saying those words.  Yet here you are denying reality and falsely claiming that those who cite the actual, documented facts are "spreading fear and disinformation".  What are you spreading?  An Orwellian attempt to deny documented facts and re-write history.  Please take your shameful lies elsewhere.

      • lanahi
        Here are her own words about passing the bill to find out what’s in it.

        What about that is misinformation?

    • senator20526

       Our Tea Party Chairwoman is a Doctor…she is leaving practice at the end of December…too much intrusion from the Govt… sad

  • gilamonster8

    Guys I’m away from the net and haven’t been able to check in. Has anyone gotten any word on speppers?

    • MaMcGriz

       It’s been quiet, but progress has been reported, as prayers and thanks continue.

    • senator20526

       Gilamonsters are supposed to get plenty of sun……just a reminder…

  • ernst1776

    Such a contrast between Bristol and Pamela.

    • slpence

      Isn’t that the truth!!  I was thinking the same thing while watching the video.

  • John_Frank

    Earlier this morning, in yesterday’s open thread, Happy_Miser posted the following comment:

    "Yank/ John:

    For all my respect to you all (and I mean that sincerely), our isssues are not in the Middle East but right here at home.


    In response, I posted the following comment in an effort to explain why these "issues" are directly connected to what is happening "here at home:"

    "The two are interconnected.

    Our Federal Government is running annual deficits in excess of one trillion dollars, while our Federal Government:

    – Sends foreign aid to the Palestinian Authority that is ending up in the hands of Hamas, an organization whose avowed purpose is to kill Jews and destroy Israel.

    Clinton Sued over Palestinian Aid

    A terrorist organization which media allies of our Federal Government are now trying to "mainstream."

    – Sends foreign aid to Egypt, whose President is a former member of the Muslim Brotherhood, which has declared war against the United States.

    Muslim Brotherhood Declares War on America; Will America Notice?

    This same organization with the assistance of Egypt’s President set the fire, fanned the flames and supported the attack on our Embassy in Egypt:

    An Open Letter to the United States of America
    Some unsolicited thoughts from an Egyptian revolutionary.

    These flames then lead to riots against our embassies throughout the Arab world, and according to the most recent line from the administration, the success of the attack on our Embassy in Egypt was a proximate cause for the terror attack launched against the Benghazi mission in Libya that lead to the death of our Ambassador and three other brave Americans.

    Jay Carney: "Those initial assessments were wrong in one respect, there was no protest outside the Benghazi facility. To this day it is the assessment of this Administration and our intelligence community, and certainly the assessment of your colleagues in the press who have interviewed participants on the ground in the assault on our facilities in Benghazi that they acted, at least in part, in response to what they saw happening in Cairo and took advantage of that situation. They saw the breach of our embassy in Cairo and decided to act in Benghazi."

    Right. The video released by Al Qaeda’s leader, Ayman al-Zawahiri prior to September 11, 2012 calling for an attack on American interests in Libya on 9/11; and that the group responsible for the terror attack on the Benghazi mission is affiliated with Al Qaeda had no bearing on the situation? Please.

    Egypt’s President just recently issued a decree granting himself dictatorial powers, saying that he needed these powers to ensure a smooth transition to a functioning democracy.

    Uh huh.

    But wait, did not Hosnai Mubarak, the former Egyptian President, who was a staunch American ally say much the same thing when urging the Egyptian people to allow him to stay on as leader until the next elections? He made this plea just before he was unceremoniously overthrown by the Egyptian military, with the public support of our Federal Government. The end result? The Muslim Brotherhood through their political party has taken power in Egypt and is now proposing to follow the very same course.

    What is the response of our Federal Government to the outrage expressed by the Egyptian judiciary to this decree; and the growing protests in the streets by a broad alliance of Egyptians?

    ‘We have concerns. This is an internal matter. Stay calm.’

    Sure, and is it any wonder Egyptians think that our Federal Government is in bed with the Muslim Brotherhood, an organization which has declared war on the United States?

    What is the primary responsibility of the President, and everyone else in our Federal Government? To protect our Constitution from enemies both foreign and domestic.

    The whole situation is absolutely obscene, given the stated agenda of the Muslim Brotherhood and their global affiliates, including front organizations here in America is a direct threat to our Constitution.

    It gets worse, given that our Federal Government has placed individuals sympathetic to the Muslim Brotherhood in positions of significant authority in key posts within a number of Federal Departments including the State Department and the Department of Homeland Security. These individuals can then influence the policies of our Federal Government both at home and abroad in a manner that is favorable to the interests of the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamist organizations; organizations which pose a direct threat to the Constitution.

    – Supports the new leader of the Syrian rebels, who has among other things called Zionism a "cancerous movement."

    For Syria’s new opposition head, Zionism is ‘a cancerous movement’
    Mouaz al-Khatib, widely seen as a moderate religious figure, also praised Saddam Hussein for ‘terrifying the Jews’

    Hmm …. is it possible if this individual gains power, he might pursue policies in support of Israel’s destruction? No, we would never support replacing President Assad with a leader who actually wants to destroy Israel. Silly us. /sarc

    – Arranges the shipment of arms to Syrian rebels which is ending up in the hands of Islamic jihadists who have fought against us in the past and that could well fight against us in the future.

    Rebel Arms Flow Is Said to Benefit Jihadists in Syria

    Funny. It seems that while our Federal Government is driving us deeper and deeper into debt, at a horrendous pace, our Federal Government is providing aid and comfort to organizations and groups that have sworn to attack us and our ally Israel.

    Anyone else think that might be cause for concern?

    Then we have the terror attack on the Benghazi mission that lead to the death of our Ambassador to Libya and three other brave Americans; and a CIA mission that was involved in the collection of arms from Islamic militant groups in Libya [and the shipping of arms from Libya to the Syrian rebels, with these arms ending up in the hands of radical Islamic militants] being blown.

    Many believe the whole fiasco occurred due to the stance that our Federal Government has taken towards Islamist organizations that pose a direct threat to the United States, in direct violation of the primary responsibility of the President and other officials within our Federal Government to defend the Constitution from all enemies both foreign and domestic.

    Why is our Federal Government obfuscating, stonewalling, and playing the race card in response to the investigation now being conducted by Senators Ayotte, Graham and McCain?

    Our transparent and above board Federal Government would never do that? /sarc,

    This must just be a witch hunt that is not moored in fact? /sarc.

    Let us not forget the ongoing effort by Iran to acquire nuclear weapons.

    Don’t think that poses a threat to the United States?

    Imagine a nuclear armed Iran, sitting astride the Straits of Hormuz at the head of the Persian Gulf, while having nuclear armed ballistic missiles based in Venezuela that are pointing at the United States, with Iran’s Supreme Leader having his finger on the button."

    I have re-posted Happy_Miser’s comment and my reply for everyone’s benefit, so that hopefully people will understand why some of us feel these issues are of direct concern to us here at home.

    • IsraeliCojones

      Thank you for your efforts, John.

      People will realize soon enough – unfortunately – that the NotInMyBackyard luxury is not available anymore on this planet.

      By the way, have you seen this?

      • John_Frank

        You are welcome and no, although I did see an article the other day indicating that another member of the Saudi Royal family had assumed the King’s powers, due to his illness.

        • IsraeliCojones

          Apparently, he had back’s surgery and something went very wrong.

          Not that I’m going to cry over this, but the region is already very unstable…

      • MaMcGriz

         IC I’m getting a page not found screen when I click on the link, and when I go to i-matz I get the story about the Israeli soft drink ad ban in great britain.

        • John_Frank

          Yes. Try this report for details:

          King of Saudi Arabia ‘Clinically Dead’
          The king of Saudi Arabia, King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz, is clinically dead, reports the daily Al-Sharq il-Awsat.

          • MaMcGriz


            dead crown prince in June, mysterious brain death in ‘well and healthy’ king in November…

            whether from natural causes or otherwise, the people certainly have cause to be a bit jittery, I’d say.

            stand by for tender ministrations of the iranian mullahs.

            and thank you for the link.

            • John_Frank

              Well, if the King was clinically dead, he has made a miraculous recovery:
              Saudi King Abdullah appears for first time since Nov. 17 surgery

              • IsraeliCojones


                Bizarre that Al-Sharq il-Awsat (which is a Saudi newspaper) would publish such rumor in the first place…

          • senator20526

             Haven’t we known this for year?  Just asking

            • IsraeliCojones

               LOL, yeah, someone was asking in talkbacks how they could tell the difference…

  • technopeasant

    I realize this post doesn’t pertain strictly to politics but I do believe it gives you an objective insight into human nature and the dynamics that occur around charismatic figures and the steps their enemies take to diminish or undermine them.

    Anybody who is a NFL fan knows what has happened with Tim Tebow in his role as the backup QB of the New York Jets and what a colossal failure it has been.

    So what I did today was to listen to a podcast of the Dave Logan show , a Denver sports talk show, the day after Tim Tebow was traded by the Denver Broncos to the Jets to see if what has happened to Tebow was actually predicted at the time or whether the misfortunes and career setbacks which have occurred to Tebow were unforeseen at the time.

    With that in mind here are some random thoughts about the trade and the aftermath of the trade:

    1) Tim Tebow was traded to the NY Jets on March 21, 2012, two years to the day that Obamacare passed the House. That should have been seen as ominous.

    2) Before the NY Jets traded for Tebow they had given their starting QB Mark Sanchez a 20 million dollar contract extension in which a lot of the money was guaranteed.  Logan and his partner Dave Krieger made the comment at the time that Tebow had no shot of becoming a starting QB with the Jets under these conditions.

    And recently with the Jets missing the playoffs and Sanchez still ensconced as the starting QB, this subject has again arisen as a primary reason Tebow will not become the starter.

    3) With (2) in mind and in full knowledge of these facts, Tebow’s handlers were consulted by Broncos’ club president John Elway on two possible trade destinations (the New York Jets and the Jacksonville Jaguars) with the handlers telling Elway they would prefer Tim be traded to the Jets than the Jaguars because of "commercial opportunities" in the Big Apple.

    The renowned sports columnist Rick Reilly reported that although he did say Tim Tebow himself did not see that as a primary consideration.

    If this is indeed true, either Tebow was not a part of this decision or he was. If the former is the case from a football point of view they did Tim a tremendous disservice by trading him to a team where his likelihood of starting was limited and if Tim was the springboard behind the decision then he himself did himself a tremendous disservice and made a bad, bad decision. Either way we can see now that this was a terrible decision from a football point of view with the "circus" that has gone on with the Jets this season.

    4) Krieger explained in detail why Tebow’s trade to the Jets so he could run their "wildcat package" was full of holes because by coming into the game Tebow woud be "announcing to the world" he was going to run the ball" given Sanchez was the starter and passer whereas in Denver because he was behind center on every play, the opposition would not know whether he was running or passing.

    Logan grudgingly agreed he thought Tebow would not do well in NYC and that instead Jacksonville would be a better destination for him as he would have a better chance of starting.

    And folks as predicted by Krieger this is exactly what has happened this season. And Tebow has failed miserably running the wildcat package (getting the ball and running into the line as a battering ram) and as a result his appearances on the field have become fewer and fewer in the process.

    5) Now you may ask if a sportscaster like Krieger could have predicted this you would think Tebow would have foreseen this possibility as well.

    Well two points: Tim Tebow commented that he watched a sports show called Hard Knocks which showed the Jets training camp in 2010 and grew to admire head coach Rex Ryan as a result of what he saw on the screen. (His kind of coach).

    And in an interview with Logan Tory Holt, ex NFL player explained Tebow’s attitude that "he doesn’t think of himself as a backup QB…he is competitive in wanting to compete with Sanchez for the starting job." Holt also said, "This could potentially blow up."

    Implied in Holt’s comment is the idea that Tebow either was not fully aware of Sanchez’s contract extension which for all intents and purposes guaranteed him the starting job or chose to overlook that fact in a spirit of pride or arrogance that he could overcome that. In other words either Tebow did not understand the cards were stacked against him being the starter or simply brushed the idea aside and did not understand the politics involved in the Jets re-committing to Sanchez.

    6) Even if Tebow’s handlers had not expressed a preference for the Jets, the Jaguars coaching staff and GM were not keen on Tebow joining the team despite the owner being a Tebow fan. I wonder how much this had to do with Tebow joining the Jets.

    7) In contrast the impression Logan and Krieger left with the listeners at the time is that GM Tannebaum and head coach Rex Ryan coveted and loved Tebow.

    By what has happened this season with the Jets, both Tannebaum and Ryan have a very bizarre way of showing their love for Tebow. Renowed sports pundit Skip Bayliss and a Tebow fan has accused them of sabotaging Tebow and deliberately hurting his career.

    8) It is obvious from Logan and Krieger that once Peyton Manning signed with the Broncos as a free agent on March 20, 2012 that the goal of the Broncos was to ship Tebow out of town as soon as possible because in Logan’s words, "They were scared witless of the effect Tebow hanging around would have on the Broncos public relations."

    Logan reported at the time that Tebow’s Bronco jersey was the #2 seller of all jerseys sold in the NFL.

    In addition many fans phoned in to sports talk radio or through other means of communication told the world they would not be watching or attending Broncos games henceforth.

    There was never any consideration that Tebow could be Manning’s backup.

    9) On Logan’s show Head coach John Fox came out and said, "We would like to see Tim in a situation where he is successful."

    In retrospect I believe that is BS. The Broncos also knew of the contract extension with Sanchez and a e-mailer to the Logan program imho summed it up perfectly: "Elway traded Tebow to a team where he cannot be successful."

    In other words Elway now has evidence or proof that he made the right decision: Tebow can’t even start for a losing Jets team.

    10) Dave Logan played some soundbites from a caller calling into to the Mike Lupica show a NYC sports talk show. Here is what one caller predicted:

    "John Elway just planted a bomb in the Jets locker room."

    And with anonymous sources coming out against Tebow in the past couple of weeks we can see this caller knew what he was talking about.

    In summary, I think I have proven what was basically predicted after the news leaked out about the Tebow trade to the NY Jets has come true and that in retrospect what has happened to Tebow and the Jets could have easily been avoided at least by the Jets.

    The $64,000 question becomes: Why did the Jets trade for Tebow and didn’t they realize the extent of the "circus" he would bring with him?"

    I can see Tebow being naive but the Jets being so naive not to realize it. I’m not buying it.

    So what were the Jets motives? Imho, to steal the headlines and spotlight away from the NY Giants who had won another world championship. This was NOT a football move but a PR move.

    The Jets imho did not consider "the football aspects" of the trade. If they had they might have come to the same conclusion as so many pundits nationwide and in NYC voiced that the situation was doomed from the start.

    And finally it appears both Tannebaum and Ryan may lose their jobs and it is quite likely Tebow will be cut or traded by the Jets after the season.

    As P4P wrote yesterday, "Mitt Romney lost because he spit in Sarah Palin’s face. What a moron! He lost a winnable race because of his stupidity and arrogance."

    In the same vein Tannebaum and Ryan did the same to Tim Tebow this season in a football sense and because of their stupidity and arrogance did not allow Tebow to help them to a winning record or to the playoffs. And like Mitt Romney, these two guys may find themselves the objects of ridicule and contempt as well for completely mishandling the situation.

    The chickens coming home to roost.

    • John_Frank

      If memory serves me correctly didn’t Joe Namath say when the Tebow trade was announced something along the lines that this was not a football trade but a PR play?

      • technopeasant

        Probably true.

        It’s amazing how arrogant some people can be in their belief they can circumvent the laws of the universe and somehow escaped unscathed from a situation that is clearly untenable.

    • Christopher H Fromme

      The Steelers need a QB  Ben is out 2nd  is out  3rd lost to Browns with 7 int & fumbles

      • barracuda43

        Ben may play this week.

  • wodiej

    "Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock."  Matthew 7:24-25

  • jerseymark

    OK, I know that some of you may not be familiar with “The Screwtape Letters” a very interesting book which Mr. Lewis said was the most difficult and most exhausting of all the books he wrote because it forced him to approach life devoid of anything good as such would naturally spring from God and be contrary to the demons goal of capturing the souls of men and women It definitely provides a different slant on things so remember that in this case, the “Enemy” is God and “Our Father” is Satan.

    That all being said, we are continuing with Mr. Lewis’ discussion on the topic of “Pleasure” from “The Screwtape Letters”:

    “When the Patient repents, Screwtape outlines Wormwood’s blunders:

    “On you own showing you first of all allowed the patient to read a book he really enjoyed, because he enjoyed it and not in order to make clever remarks about it to his new friends. In the second place, you allowed him to walk down to the old mill and have tea there – a walk through country he really likes, and taken alone. In other words, you allowed him two real positive Pleasures. Were you so ignorant as not to see the danger of this? The characteristic of Pains and Pleasures is that they are unmistakably real, and therefore, as far as they go, give the man who feels them a touchstone of reality. Thus if you had been trying to damn your man by the Romantic method – by making him a kind of Childe Harold or Werther submerged in self-pity for imaginary distresses – you would try to protect him at all costs from any real pain; because of course, five minutes’ genuine toothache would reveal the romantic sorrows for the nonsense they were and unmask
    your whole stratagem. But you were trying to damn your patient by the World, that is by palming off vanity, bustle, irony and expensive tedium as pleasures. How can you have failed to see that a REAL pleasure was the last thing you ought to have let him meet? Didn’t you foresee that it would just kill by contrast all the trumpery which you have been so laboriously teaching him to value? And that the sort of pleasure which the book and the walk gave him was the most dangerous of all? That it would peel off from his sensibility the kind of crust you have been forming on it, and make him feel that he was coming home, recovering himself? As a preliminary to detaching
    him from the Enemy, you wanted to detach him from himself, and had made some progress in doing so. Now, all that is undone.”

    What a dynamic passage that says so much in such an indirect, unusual manner. This is a perfect example of what makes “The Screwtape Letters” such an amazing and valuable work. If there is one principle which explains the entire focus and strategy of our enemy, Satan, it is to separate men and women from reality, replacing it with just about anything else which will stick in the minds and souls of men and women. This is the Satanic nature of Progressivism as it is completely divorced from the way the real world works and substitutes its theories of the way it
    “ought to be”. As we have seen, it is a very persuasive siren call, especially to young people who have not yet experienced the real world and are easily taken in by the dreams of the way things
    “should be”. It doesn’t matter that the theories of Progressivism are antithetical to human nature and therefore, cannot work in a large, diverse society without the imposition of physical force. It
    is human nature and reality that is wrong, not the ideology of Progressivism.

    OK, returning to the “patient” as Screwtape refers to him, this discussion of where Wormwood went wrong highlights the importance of the small things of life in grounding us in reality – God’s reality. We can so easily get distracted by the “big” things in our lives, the “big” ideas, the “important” issues we face that we lose sight of the sheer majesty of God’s Creation. We get involved in so many activities burdened by so much stuff that ends up owning us instead of the reverse that there is no room for God. The idea of sitting down and taking the time to read a
    book for the sheer enjoyment of it, or taking the time for a slow walk through the woods by oneself is looked upon as ridiculous and a waste of time by so many people. The crazy thing is that all the activities, all the stuff, all the efforts to be included in the right circles with the right people are simply distractions for what is really important – namely one’s relationship with God. After all,
    where will all those activities, all that stuff and all those right people be in the end? This is the Devil’s game plan and we need to not be distracted by his false realities.

  • Ceejay

    Nice job, see what happens when we pull together-

    Vanessa Riddle ?@vanessariddleYaaaaayy, 107k followers. Thx to my twitter friends for helping me, your all BRILL!! tweeting from my hospital bed, feeling GOOD ???????? xoxo

    • GeraldGoff

      hopefully those 107,000 will now contribute $$ to a cancer charity of their choice.

  • John_Frank

    A couple of articles and two videos for your morning reading and listening pleasure:

    Victor Davis Hanson: Learning from the Election

    Another perspective. The Governor did warn the Romney campaign last spring after he clinched the nomination as to what was coming. Pity that Romney and his advisers were not listening.
    Rice Bombs in Meeting with Senators

    Andrew McCarthy explains in succinct terms exactly why she bombed.

    Grover Norquist is the problem with Washington DC, not the solution

    Yes, the GOP needs to be called out for how they are responding to the looming "fiscal cliff."

    However, as Patrick Poole points out, Grover Norquist is part of the problem and not part of the solution.

    Alan Simpson: I Hope Grover Norquist Drowns In A Bathtub Too

    Fmr.. Sen. Alan Simpson (R-WY): "Well, [Boehner] lost 11 of the Tea Party guys, but he’s got then 70 guys who didn’t go to Congress to limit government, they came there to stop it. So, how do you deal with guys who came to stop government? And Grover wondering the earth in his white robes, saying he wanted to drown government in the bathtub. I hope he slips in there with it."

    I could not care less about Norquist, but does anyone need a clearer statement as to how the GOP establishment views the TEA Party movement?

    Krauthammer: Obama isn’t trying to fix our fiscal issues, he’s trying to destroy the Republicans

    Krauthammer is right. As evidenced by Obama’s past deeds, he has no interest in tackling the fiscal issues that our country is facing. He just wants to splinter the national Republican party so that he can then run roughshod over Republicans in the House and Senate while he pursues his agenda.

    Iran May Be Close to a Plutonium Bomb, German Defense Experts Warn

    With all the other problems piling up, this news is to say the least disconcerting.

    Fred Thompson: Investigating Benghazi: Why We Need a Select Committee

    While we all know Senate Majority Leader Reid’s response, the drum beat is getting louder, as former Senator Thompson throws another log onto the fire in making the case for a select committee to fully investigate the Benghazi fiasco.

    Okay, that’s it for now. Hopefully the rest of your day will be blessed.

    • Guest


      • John_Frank

        You are welcome!

  • Pete Petretich

    Don’t forget, the only reason the RNC was in Florida was so that Jeb could give a speech. He’s been out of office for a while, just like Sarah.

    The Bushies have been contingency planning for a Romney loss for a long time…

    • mark1955

      A "Romney loss," was the Bushies "Contingency plan".

    • Audrey_I

      Jeb Bush and Rubio were non persuasive when it came to convincing the Florida voters.  Was there a hidden agenda in letting Obama carry Florida?

  • n4cerinc

    Do you Live in a Death Spiral state? – Forbes article on states that have more "takers" than "makers". And the list consists of Blue AND Red states.

    • mark1955

      All of a sudden an un-ending spate of articles,noting the demographics of a Country that SUPPOSEDLY has more "Takers than Makers".  I don’t believe the timing of these articles, with these statistics is a coincidence. I believe there put out their for several reason’s and none of them good.First of all,to dispirit us and destroy our morale by making us falsely
      think that this is the way our Country is from now on and nothing can stop the downward spiral and our eventual enslavement.

      It also gives the repubs a reason to sell the idea that they have to keep caving to the dems on everything because the Country has changed,based on these statistics. 

      Also based on these stats,it steers people away from the Fraudulence of the Presidential election and the Illigetimacy of the Obama Presidency,so the people won’t revolt and stop his attempted marxist/islamist dictatorship dead in it’s tracks.

      I’ve said it before and i’ll say it again and keep saying it. The Numbers don’t add up. There is no way Obama won this election without it being Rigged! I believe he lost in a landslide,with even alot of the "Takers" voting against him. The dem and repub establishment are invested in a "New World Order" dictatorship and want you to believe that we are outnumbered and alone in our own Country when we are not. The vast majority of people are on our side and it is important to know that in the fight to take our Country back and winning our individual Freedom and Liberty again.

      What we are witnessing is the Biggest "Poker Bluff" in history by the dem and repubs selling the Rigged and Fixed Obama victory as a mandate. I believe these articles along with that phony Rush Limbaugh’s daily laments,about "How the Country has changed" are frantic attempts to cement this meme in before we catch on to this charade and discover we are still in the clear majority of American’s. Also,don’t forget,alot of these so-called "Taker’s" have worked their entire life and hate being on any type of government assistance.  They know there is no future or Freedom in it.Those people are with us,even if they are currently getting government help. Those people haven’t leached off of the system in a lifetime of welfare dependancy .Hang tough and don’t let these sob’s get you down. They are doing it because they know if we find out what really happened in the election,they are Finished!

    • golfmom3

      I know what’s up with KY which is why I’m peeved that Rand Paul seems more concerned with a national constituency than his problem-riddled state.  The photo of Lexington used in the rogue’s gallery is particularly ironic.  That’s an attractive water feature in the Main Library plaza that is habituated by our homeless mentally ill, winos, and addicts.  Beautiful library and great collection, but you have to get your stone face on to brave the assault.  I’m not heartless, but I just don’t see healing in hanging out. 

    • Audrey_I

      The takers are bringing us closer to the situation that the people in Greece are facing.  Someday we have to pay the fiddler. 

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