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I cannot believe it’s the final day of November in 2012.


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  • celestiallady

    Oh my gosh good morning all. It is 21 here this morning in Maine but the wind chill is like 16. Off to work soon. Brrrrrrrr!

    • jester2939

      Come to Texas. It will be in the upper 70s all weekend!

  • McLee

    Our changes are many in nature, but a couple to get the show on the road, sweep out the RNC and send the tax and spend lackeys in the Senate and WH a 5% flat tax for 250k and under and freeze spending for 10 years.

  • wodiej

    "All the days of the oppressed are wretched, but the cheerful heart has a continual feast."  Proverbs 15:15

  • devitor

    Good morning all.

    Master List of Governor Palin’s 2012 Accomplishments – Up to Date.

    Complete Accomplishments List:

    Sarah Palin: A Lifetime of Accomplishments

  • jerseymark

    Continuing on in “The Weight of Glory”, Mr. Lewis continues with his discussion of Evolution and
    how the theory has infected our thinking in other areas as well:

    “Has it come to that? Does the whole vast structure of modern naturalism depend not on positive evidence but simply on an a priori metaphysical prejudice? Was it devised not to get in facts but to keep out God? Even, however, if Evolution in the strict biological sense has some better grounds than this….- and I can’t help thinking it must – we should distinguish Evolution in this strict sense from what may be called the universal evolutionism of modern thought. By universal evolutionism I mean the belief that the very formula of universal process is from imperfect to perfect, from small beginnings to great endings, from the rudimentary to the elaborate, the belief which makes people find it natural to think that morality springs from savage taboos, adult sentiment from infantile sexual maladjustments, thought from instinct, mind from matter, organic from inorganic, cosmos from chaos. This is perhaps the deepest habit of mind in the contemporary world. It seems to me immensely unplausable, because it makes the general course of nature so very unlike those parts of nature we can observe.”

    In answer to Mr. Lewis’ first question, Yes, Evolution Theory is not dependent upon positive evidence because there is none and it is based “on an a priori metaphysical prejudice” against God. In answer to his second question, I say Yes – it was devised in order to keep God out of
    the creation of the universe and the beginning of life and the development of the species. Mr. Lewis’s next point may be taken by some as a kind of endorsement of Evolution in the strict biological sense but that would be wrong for the phrase “I can’t help thinking it must” when suggesting that the strict biological sense has better grounds of support than simply a metaphysical prejudice against God, refers to the acceptance it receives in certain circles
    and the benefit of the doubt Mr. Lewis gives thinking that there must be better grounds for how could any reasonably intelligent person believe Evolution Theory without something substantial to support it. The overriding point, however, is that he does NOT know of any such support.

    The rest of the reading deals with the corruption of our modern thinking by the theory as it establishes a model into which we fit other processes. The rub is that the application in this manner leads to the conclusion that this movement from the simple to the complex happens
    in a natural manner devoid of any involvement by God. The spread of this evolutionary thinking through other aspects of our society brings with it a Godless view of reality in a subtle yet dangerous manner. For instance, if our sense of morality did simply flow from “savage taboos”, then it loses all credibility and authority and since our sense of morality is tightly connected to religion and the existence of God, religion and God also lose credibility and authority. Another implication of this way of thinking that mind springs from matter and thought from instinct is the conclusion that man is simply another animal, just the most advanced and therefore talk of a soul or spirit and life after death is simply wishful thinking at best and abject delusion at worst. There are some on this site who believe exactly that.

    This is why the theory of Evolution is the nothing but an elaborate lie of the Devil. It’s ultimate goal and result is the complete negation of God in all areas of life. It is extremely important because the natural inclination of the Human Mind is to ask “why are we here and where did we come from”, or in other words, how did all this, including myself come to exist? That question will naturally lead a person to an understanding and recognition of God, which is the last thing
    Satan wants, so he needed to provide another “plausible” answer that would lead folks away from the recognition of the existence of God. Since the theory really is NOT plausible, he needed to attach to it an appearance of science combined with a religious fervor in defense of it when challenged.

    My bottom-line response to anyone who really wants to attack my beliefs and position on Evolution as some religious nut or worse is to tell them – “Look – if I am wrong and there is no God, I have lost nothing and I still gained the joy and peace of my hope however misguided, but if you are wrong, you lose everything including your soul and you don’t even get to enjoy the joy and peace that I have in this life. That seems to be a very risky move with nothing but down side so good luck with that.”

  • 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.

    • TexS2012

      Good morning ZH and thank you for faithfully bringing Sarah’s true record of service to the country and it’s people she loves and said she would give her life for. You have a mighty work ahead of you ZH when Sarah runs for President! Keeper of the Records is a life’s work to be proud of when done joyfully. God Bless!

      • ZH100

         You are welcome, TexS2012. 

  • 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

    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%

    • 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. "

  • ZH100

    How the Palin emails backfired on the media.

    ‘Sarah Palin email witch hunt backfires – squeaky clean good governor!’

    From the article:

    "The release of Sarah Palin’s emails backfires, as not only does she come off as squeaky clean, she looks like a very hard working governor by the looks of these communications. According to NPR, nothing of any concern was found among the thousands of Palin emails released."

    ‘American Way: Sarah Palin email frenzy backfires on her media antagonists’

    Form the article:

    "The trove of more than 13,000 emails detailing almost every aspect of Sarah Palin’s governorship of Alaska, released late on Friday, paints a picture of her as an idealistic, conscientious, humorous and humane woman slightly bemused by the world of politics.

    One can only assume that the Left-leaning editors who dispatched teams of reporters to remote Juneau, the Alaskan capital, to pore over the emails in the hope of digging up a scandal are now viewing the result as a rather poor return on their considerable investment.

    If anything, Mrs Palin seems likely to emerge from the scrutiny of the 24,000 pages, contained in six boxes and weighing 275 pounds, with her reputation considerably enhanced. As a blogger at Powerline noted, the whole saga might come to be viewed as “an embarrassment for legacy media”.

    ‘Operation Backfire: E-Mails Prove Sarah Palin Was A Great Governor’

    From the article:

    "Governor Palin conducted the business of her state in a transparent, bi-partisan, and responsible manner. She worked long, hard hours and treated everyone with respect. America is finding out that Palin is a smart, effective, fiscally responsible leader whose goal has always been to serve the people she represents.

    She knows how to prioritize, delegate, and choose the most qualified and competent people to serve with her. America is learning that even in the face of death threats from crazed liberals, Gov. Palin just kept working and putting Alaska and Alaskans first."

    ‘The Sarah Palin email mania backfires on the media’

    From the article:

    "As 13,000 emails of the former Governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin, were released on Friday, the Liberal main-stream media scurried down to Juneau, Alaska to collect 24,000 pages of what they thought could be a damning story.

    Dozens of major news publications released the 24,000 pages online to find something to smear the possible 2012 Republican contender, but their search came out dry.

    Instead, what they found was a hard-at-work governor leading the great state of Alaska.

    In detail, the emails display her down-to-earth tenure as governor and the policies she put in place while serving the 49th state."

    CNN finding that Palin was hard-working governor


    Palin: the emails, the Paul Revere flap, and the foolish media

    From the article:

    "Similarly, the mainstream media stands with egg dripping all over its face, yet again. Nothing in the emails contains the slightest hint that Palin was anything other than a hard-working Governor, a caring mother and wife, and an all-around good-natured human being…not exactly what the death squads of WaPo, the NYT, and other mainstream outlets had in mind.

    This shockingly laughable scenario is in sharp contrast to the manner in which the media handled Barack Obama, whom it woefully failed to properly investigate in 2007-08. Where were all of the reporters who should have been camped outside the door of domestic terrorist William Ayers, who launched Obama’s political career from his living room?"

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

    From the article:

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

    Gov. Palin has been microscopically analyzed on an unprecedented level and she still comes up clean. I doubt anyone else could have withstood the intense scrutiny that she has undergone.

    • ZH100

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

      Form the article:

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

  • bassman
    • SusanWo4p

      The father and mother are both nuts too.  To this day, they still defend their son for all the threats he made.

      The father is also claiming that his son is a political prisoner.

  • bassman
  • ZH100
  • Pete Petretich

    The headlines in the paper are a nightmare today RE: "Palestinian Statehood". Thank you, Mitt Romney!

    I’m wearing my "Friends of the IDF" t-shirt to work today for dress down Friday…

    • barracuda43

      I am not sure why you are blaming Romney for Palestinian statehood. The blame lies with Obama and Hillary who could easily stop this in its tracks by doing what James Baker did in 1981 by sending a notice to the UN stating pass this and we cut all funds off to the UN. The situation would be over very quickly.

  • ZH100

    ‘Study: CA Worst-Governed State in America’

    From the article:

    "According to a new study from 24/7 Wall Street, California is the worst run state in the nation … for the second year in a row. The best run state is North Dakota."

  • stlouisix

    Islamic Nations Try Again to Take Helm of U.N. Culture Agency

    Beware of Islamists promoting "cooperation and peace" as their actions worldwide are anything but, as evinced by the ashes of those who dare to oppose their dictates! See the plight of the Coptic Christians in Egypt since The Imam Obama’s encouragment of the America-hating Muslim Brotherhood took hold, and Christians in the Sudan for proof positive of that seminal fact.

    Congress looks at doing away with the $1 bill

    Why not, as Comrade Obama has turned our currency into Monopoly Money that is worthless which is going to come home to roost in a future that is not that distant!

    Chelsea Clinton Collecting Thank-You Notes for ‘My Dad’—And Email Addresses for Mom?

    I don’t think that the four families whose sons were killed in Benghazi will be supporting Hillary Rotten Clinton for anything other than a fast track to Leavenworth!

  • ZH100

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

    From "Going Rogue":

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

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

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

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

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

    From the article:

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

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

    • blueniner

      Thanks for that Z, that passage you just posted should be fowarded to Katy Couric ASP. As well as many other outlets that took on a meme at the time of the interview, that Sarah Palin didnt read anything.

      • ZH100

        You are welcome, blueniner.

        Gov.Palin wrote this about the Katie interview.

        From "Going Rogue":

        "Katie began her walk and talk.

        "When it comes to establishing your worldview," she asked with a cock of her head, "I was curious, what newspapers and magazines did you regularly read before you were tapped for this to stay informed and to understand the world?"

        Trying to ignore the heavy dose of condescension, I replied marter-of-factly, "I’ve read most of them, again with a great appreciation for the press."

        "What ones specifically, I’m curious . . ."‘:All of them, Any of them that have been in front of me all these years."

        It  wasn’t that I didn’t want to-or as some have ludicrously suggested, couldn’t-answer her question; it was that her condescension irritated me.

        It was as though she had suddenly stumbled on a primitive newcomer from an undiscovered tribe.

        But I should not have let my irritation show. Doing so was disrespectful to viewers who had tuned in to the interview to decide how to cast their votes.She asked me a third time, and I told her that I got my news from a variety of sources.

        Over the past several months, especially as AGIA news broke, I had been interviewed on energy and security issues by numerous national media outlets, including her hometown newspaper, the New York Times, for whom I had also penned an op-ed earlier in the year on another issue. Had she read those, I wondered?"

  • TexS2012

    I agree, November is just about over and one we won’t soon forget! It feels like the year went by in warp speed, a maelstrom of political ambitions that sucked us all up and threw us down in November. We need that vital spark to lift us up again and give us hope for the future. I nominate Sarah Palin!

  • bassman
    • Right_Wingnut

      If Minnesota is the #10 best run state, there must be some REALLY messed up states. The legislature just went Dem thanks to Romney’s coattails. Look for my state to slip further down the list next time.

  • ZH100

    Bristol post.

    ‘Following Vanessa’

  • 1776er

    You think Obama is setting Geithner up?  

    No budget in his first entire Administration and now it comes down to McConnell laughing in Geithner’s face?  

    Raise taxes by $1.6 trillion and keep the spending ball rolling forever?

    That’s a plan?  4 years to come up with that plan?  

    And he sends Geithner of all people to deliver that message?  

    Why didn’t he send Susan Rice?  She is a self-proclaimed clueless dupe.  She just reads things off a piece of paper somebody puts in front of her.  She didn’t know.  She doesn’t know anything about critical national security issues and she doesn’t know anything about critical national economic issues either. If McConnell laughed in her face they could call him a racist sexist picking on a talented woman.  Then they could revise and extend her remarks after they saw which way the wind was blowing.  Heck, she could be Secretary of State and Treasury, combined.  

    Wonder how the ratings agencies are going to handle this one.

    • SusanWo4p

      I don’t think Obama sets anyone up.  I don’t think Obama does anything. 

      He just appears before the cameras and does what he’s told by the Political Elites who control the political establishment in DC.

      Just my theory anyway.

      • Lynda

        I think you are right ,..

      • wodiej

        he goes on vacation!

      • Maria Buss

        It is a mortifying thought to watch another four years getting mucked up but it might well be to open minds and eyes of those who re-elected Obama. They were the ‘dead fish who went with the flow’ and I am outraged to find myself getting swept downstream because there were many of us who rose up, each in our own way, to stop the radical transformation of this country.  

        We are where we are. Having someone who leads from behind, inept and incompetent is likely to trip, stumble and fall by committing or taking action that is perhaps impeachable? Benghazigate could be it. If not, there will be something else.

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