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The Governor returned to Fox News yesterday evening:


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  • BrianusBerkleianus

    My Dear Friends in Sarah,

    Happy Saturday to you all!!

    Below are some highlights from and observations on her interview with Greta last night. I have added a few additional observations at the end.


    Sarah on Greta:

    re Susan Rice: It’s a question of competency, not gender or skin color.

    This entire matter indicates a GENERAL lack of competency, and transparency, and truthfulness in the whole administration. To this very day there has been no apology or explanation to the American People re Benghazi.

    The obama administration lacks transparency and honesty.

    Four brave, innocent Americans were killed, and we still have no answers.

    They play politics instead of being STRAIGHT WITH THE PEOPLE.

    Jay Carney (White House Press Secretary) has been "obstinate and arrogant.."

    IF SARAH WERE A MEMBER OF THE MEDIA, she would be offended and would want to be a better reporter and investigator than these people have been.

    "SO WHAT?" she stirringly says to the idea that reporters "lose access" to the White House by seeking answers. Who needs "access" to LIES!!!–LIES–way to "tell it like it is," Governor!!

    Benghazi is just ONE EXAMPLE of the DECEPTION of this White House and of the mode of operation in DC.

    The House of Representatives has great power–the power of the pursestrings–the American People just reelected them–they have to take a stand against obama–they cannot go wobbly on us–they cannot be wusses!!–implicit censure of Boehner!!!

    "WE HAVE ALREADY GONE OVER THE CLIFF" re the supposed financial cliff–The only question now is how we are going to be thumping at the bottom of the cliff!!

    She refers to obama’s "fairytale utopia."

    It comes down to a NEED FOR LEADERSHIP in our country.

    Great, great interview.

    My observation: We need YOUR leadership, Governor …

    RUN, SARAH, RUN!!!

    I shall have more on the interview early tomorrow, guys.

    God bless!!

    (End of last night’s post)


    The Governor, IMHO, will appeal to a broad spectrum of the American People if (dare I say "WHEN"?!?) she runs for President for 2016.

    Her stand on Crony Capitalism, in particular, will resonate with large number of Democrats, Republicans, Independents, and with millions of people who have simply dropped out of the political process altogether, due to disgust at the whole milieu and modus operandi of Washington, DC.

    And what did she do in this interview?

    Mirroring and reflecting the way in which she will reach out to all Americans …


    Sure, she focused more on obama and his Democrats–after all, they are the Party in power.

    But her language for the Republicans was pretty strong too: They cannot go "wobbly" on us; they cannot be "wusses." She really called out the GOP-controlled House of Representatives. Her censure of Speaker Boehner may have been implicit, but it was indicting.

    The POLITICIANS of BOTH Parties stand for …what? They stand for the politicians, that is, for themselves, for their petty power, for their selfish little games …and America be damned!!

    SARAH OF ALASKA STANDS FOR THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and for the Constitution; she loves all Americans.

    God bless you all always!!

    DEO VOLENTE, SARAH 2016!!!


    • blueniner

      Nice summary Brian, presently, "Sarah isnt seeking the Presidency, It is seeking her."

      • BrianusBerkleianus

        Right on, Niner!!

    • MaMcGriz

      Thank you, Brianus. And good morning!

      God bless Governor Palin for keeping the torch of truth held high and brightly burning.

      • BrianusBerkleianus

        You are most welcome and Amen, Ma!!

        Good morning and God bless!!

        • MaMcGriz

           You too, bro.

    • jerseymark

      Thanks BB for the summary. I tried watching it on this thread and the sound was all messed up.  I think we can see it coming. There has been a sprinkling of articles written already suggesting the need for Sarah to run in 2016. To quote Phil Collins – "I can feel it coming in the air tonight. I’ve been waiting for this moment for all my life. Hold on."

      As I wrote before, I believe that in their cynicism, the Left press will do their part in supporting her run as they would hope she would usurp the field and keep out "more difficult" candidates. Just as they "wanted" Reagan to be nominated, they will want Sarah to be nominated. Their perfect dream would be for her and others to start a third party as they would believe it would guarantee a Democrat victory. Certainly some here think that as well because they do not appreciate the amount of pent up political energy exists in the one-third of registered voters who do not vote and the additional millions upon millions who have given up on politics due to the corruption they see in both parties. 

      • devitor

        Third party is a bad idea when you analyze it closely. It splits the vote, it requires hundreds of millions of dollars, and you’re creating a whole new party machine which may end up being just as corrupt as the existing two party machines. We already have a plethora of fringe third parties to begin with. We don’t need yet another one.

        • Christopher H Fromme

          There is already efforts to get the convention rules changes reversed as to delegates at state level.  Maine is the first that I know of PA has it in the works.    This is important because in PA delegates are not bound by the election results.

          • Mr.L

             I agree. those rules have to be reversed. contacting the committee people who vote on the RNC chair and demanding his Heinous Rubbish be replaced should be on the agenda as well.

          • devitor

            This is Rule 12, you’re talking about, yes?

        • $8196935

          Agree and thank you for the reality of your post.
          Some here don’t understand, the idea is to defeat
          the opposition, not make a statement.

          • jerseymark

            No – The idea is to save this freakin’ country! You guys are just so stuck on the status quo and cannot see the opportunity in front of you. Israel started a new Third Party pulling elements from the two main ones and won elections. A  third party with Sarah at the head would NOT  be a fringe party. I don’t understand why you guys can’t see the huge vacuum that exists with a third of registered voters not voting, a large percentage of those who do vote think a third party is needed and then there are another 20-30 million people who have opted out of the system due to the corruption they "see". The time is ripe and it is necessary.

            • Mountain

              Good evening, dear ones.

              If Sarah Palin believes another political party is necessary—-a Constitutionalist Party which would quickly achieve primacy—-I FULLY support her and its creation.

              Meanwhile, I pray to GOD that every single one of the 30 Republican governors refuses to go along with Obamacare. 

              Gov. Otter:  get on board, please!

            • $8196935

              First I am not a guy. Second This country not only has three parties but several Frickin parties to choose from. How do youy think this country got Clinton for Pres, because enough voted for third party Perot and gave us the fool who let al Qaida build up, and did squat when they bombed the World Trade Center in 1993, our embassy in 1998 and barracks along with the USS Cole in 2000

              • jerseymark

                First, "You Guys" is a non-gender phrase used by both sexes. Second, The point as you know by now is a major third party for Constitutional Conservatives and those sick and tired of the other two headed by Sarah. If you keep saying it can’t be done so don’t bother than it will never be done. That applies to all areas of life and we see people doing what can’t be done all the time.

      • BrianusBerkleianus

        Thanks, Jerseymark!!

    • 2C714

      Thanks for the analysis, Brian.
      It was great to see your post this morning!

      God Bless.

      • BrianusBerkleianus

        You are most welcome, 2C714!!

        God bless!

    • BenOakland

      I know it’s been said before, but your faithful and constant analyses are most appreciated.  You really do draw out the mundane common sense of Ms. Palin and portray it as the extraordinary gift that it is, especially for a politician. 

      So nice to see you using your gift and talent for such a worthy cause.

      • BrianusBerkleianus

        Thank you and God bless you, Ben!!

  • 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.

    • MaMcGriz

       Sarah Palin.

      The brightest person in the room.

    • BrianusBerkleianus

      Thanks, ZH, and good morning!!

      • ZH100

         You are welcome, Brianus and good morning!

  • 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."

  • MJosephSheppard

    Someone posted recently that if Sarah runs then her supporters will be more ready than last time to counter the massive media distortions-especially the mass of leftist snarky lies and personal attacks. Morons like "Caribou quit barbie" and ilk (who I note rush over here to see what the response is to it’s idiocy) rush straight in but something new has happened

    I note, with much pleasure, that this strong rebuttal is happening already. At mediate the usual idiots mounted their idiotic personal attacks but this time there were substantial retorts-including ones of equally biting nature, but,more importantly, retorts which were composed of substantial references to Palin’s achievements as governor.Faced with the unimpeachable facts, their falling back on Palin’s appearance etc just makes them look even stupider than usual-well done especial "snorp73″.

    In passing, their stupidity is further illustrated by their stating Palin looks ill/old/ugly. This of course destroys their meme that she is only allowed to comment because of her looks and her attraction to old white men. But logic is never the strong point of the left.

    • BrianusBerkleianus

      Thanks, MJS!

      • MJosephSheppard

        Any thanks in these here parts go to you for your indomitable efforts.

        • BrianusBerkleianus

          Thank you.


    • blueniner

      Bingo…..the moron you mention along with a few others do snoop here, and then go report back to little headquarters, but I think some are paid Soros trolls, they comb the internet, and are like moths to a porch light when Sarah Palin is in the news. They flock to the column or TV appearance that goes up on any site and flood the comment lines, like mentioned, Sarah Palins policys are secondary, comments on looks is the new meme, along with the old meme, stupidty and dumb. All tired insignificat retorts. Lastly a few of us were dissgussing, if Sarah ever runs, a turth detector rapid response team will be needed to refute the lies and falsehoods.Yes Brian is a good example of logical measured comments, many of us are more reactionary and emotional at times, but thats ok too, were dealing with a bunch of thugatarians.

    • Freempg

      "They’re not going to know what hit them, blue, they are stuck on their 2008 time warp when far fewer of us went toe to toe behind enemy lines at places like MSNBC and the PufHo. There are legions of us out there now, well-practiced, knowledgeable, polished and ready to roll. We need only hear the call from the Little General."

  • blueniner

    Well since "Mediaite "posted Sarah and Greta chat tonight it is up to nearly 300 comments. It is amazing how all those basement juvenile tellywacker boy trolls have all become experts in dermatolgy and botox. The bulk of the haters remarks are relegated to Sarahs looks now. To most Sarah is an attractive woman, and they say even more attractive in person.Sarah is four years older than when those tellywackers got their little love hate crush on Sarah. If they want to see what real botox and bad face jobs look like, they should look at the real Hollywood face jobs and Politicos…..Joan Rivers, Melanie Griffith,Kirsti Alley, Tara Reid, Barbara Streisand,, Nanci Pelosi (natch) Barbara Maloney, Hillary Clinton, Dianne Feinstein, Barbara Boxer, etc. that is just some that come to mind, there are so many. The names they refer to Sarah Palin arent names any sane thinking person would accuse Sarah of, such as hag, skank, over the hill, etc. These are true sickos.

    • MJosephSheppard

      Well (and in parts quite amusingly) said. They have a new, even stupider line of attack advising that C4P has so few positive comments on Sarah/Greta whereas they have over 300 mostly negative ones. They confuse a quantity of stupidity with a lesser number of measured intelligent analysis (like from our friend Brian)

      • James A. Tyler

        Wow, that’s one I haven’t heard I must say. 300 basically snarky remarks about Palin only demonstrate what we already know, that they hate her with a hate invested in fear and self-frustration. It also affirms her relevance in the public consciousness, contrary to popular belief. Chris Christie shows up in ever fifth article on Mediaite and the article is lucky to receive 150 comments, much less 300. But, somehow we’re to believe that Christie is a more potent cultural icon.

        Whenever I’m upset, angry, or sad all I need do is go over to Mediaite and read the comment section to see what Nerdland’s best and brightest has to offer the discourse. And then, after I wipe away the laughter-induced tears of ecstasy, I feel fine.

    • ZH100

      Many posters at Mediaite almost always resort to childish smears ,lies and  namecalling,etc to attack Gov.Palin.

      Of course they can not attack Gov.Palin’s impressive record of accomplishment ; so they have to resort to lies, misinformation and smears.

      But many smears are debunked and those attacks don’t work anymore. Now they focus on Gov.Palin’s appearance.

      By the way, Gov.Palin looked beautiful.

      • BrianusBerkleianus

        Thank you, ZH!!

        Beautiful, beautiful Sarah–inwardly and outwardly.

        The Undefeated.

    • SusanWo4p

      Botox, lip implants, breast implants, cheek implants, tatooed lipliner, wigs, fake eyeglasses…

      These are all things that the Left have used as an "excuse" for Sarah’s good looks.

      You see, they don’t want her to be in possession of anything "good."  They’ve tried to destroy all that was "good" in her career, her family, her reputation, her hometown, her state, her childhood, her children, her intelligence, her marriage, her place in US history….now they only have one thing left to propagandize against:  her looks.

      This spotty emergence of Botox/Plastic Surgery rumors IS NOT coming from the Mainstream Media, or even the tabloids, so obviously it’s got more of a less organized, crude grass-roots origin among haters in the blogosphere.  Most of it, I suspect has its origins from homely liberal females on Twitter.

      The funny thing is, they can’t seem to get their story straight…one day it’s her "wrinkles" they attack and the next day their complaint is that her wrinkles have been smoothed out with Botox.  Monday it’s wrinkles, Tuesday it’s Botox, Wednesday it’s wrinkles, Thursday it’s Botox…blah, blah, blah…

      It’s just part of the non-reality these people live in now. 

      • blueniner

        Well put Susan, it also shows the misogynist mindset of those on the Marxist left, they think women are second class citizens, while out of the other side of their mouth, they yell"Sexist" at the Right along with teir other standby, "Racist", all they are doing is projecting what they REALLY think. Susan Rice is an endangered species, but Sarah Palin is the devil of the earth in their wicked minds.

  • ZH100

    ‘Poll: Americans Reject Crony Capitalism, 3-1′

    From the article:

    "In a recent Boston Herald column, pollster Scott Rasmussen of Rasmussen Reports cited poll findings that show strong bipartisan opposition to cronyism and its effects on free markets."


    Long before "crony capitalism" became a topic of national debate Gov. Palin has fought against corruption and crony capitalism.

    Taking on corruption and crony capitalism has always been a cornerstone of Gov. Palin’s agenda.

    Here are some links with information about Gov.Palin’s consistent fight against corruption and crony capitalism.

    ‘Institutionalizing Crony Capitalism’   (by Governor Palin) 

    From the article:
    "We need to be on our guard against such crony capitalism. We fought against distortion of the market in Alaska when we confronted “Big Oil,” or more specifically some of the players in the industry and in political office, who were taking the 49th state for a ride.
    My administration challenged lax rules that seemed to allow corruption, and we even challenged the largest corporation in the world at the time for not abiding by provisions in contracts it held with the state. When it came time to craft a plan for a natural gas pipeline, we insisted on transparency and a level playing field to ensure fair competition.

    Our reforms helped reduce politicians’ ability to play favorites and helped clean up corruption. We set up stricter oversight offices and ushered through a bi-partisan ethics reform bill. Far from being against necessary reform, I embrace it. "

    ‘Crony Capitalism on Steroids from GE to Solyndra’ (by Governor Palin)

    From the article:

    "This crony capitalism and government waste is at the heart of our economic problems. It will destroy us if we don’t root it out. It’s not just a Democrat problem or a Republican problem. It’s a problem of our permanent political class."

    ‘How Congress Occupied Wall Street’  (by Governor Palin)

    ‘Palin: Congress, it’s time to stop lining your pockets’ (by Governor Palin)

    ‘Governor Palin’s Consistent Fight against Corruption and Crony Capitalism’  (by Whitney Pitcher)

    From the article:

    "Governor Palin’s strong stance against crony capitalism, bureaucrats picking winners and losers, and a lack of transparency is not just words; it’s action.

    Citizen candidates do indeed bring a fresh perspective to a campaign and even to public office. However, there is something to be said for someone who took on corruption while in elected office. Such an individual has governed or legislated in an atmosphere of corruption, back room deals, and cronyism and has not only weathered such an atmosphere, but has effected change for the better. It is one thing to act as a citizen watchdog; it is another to make sure that legislation and projects are transparent and are void of back room deals and crony capitalism. Governor Palin is such a person."

    ‘Some of Sarah Palin’s Ideas Cross the Political Divide’ (by Anand Giridharadas)

    From the article:

    "But something curious happened when Ms. Palin strode onto the stage last weekend at a Tea Party event in Indianola, Iowa. Along with her familiar and predictable swipes at President Barack Obama and the “far left,” she delivered a devastating indictment of the entire U.S. political establishment — left, right and center — and pointed toward a way of transcending the presently unbridgeable political divide. "

    ‘How Governor Palin Reformed Alaska’s Ethics Laws and Made Crony Capitalism a Crime’ (by Gary P)

    From the article:

    "With all of the talk of corruption and crony capitalism these days, this is a great time to talk about some of the things Sarah Palin did to reform Alaska politics. She worked with the Alaska Legislature to pass tough, sweeping ethics reform "

    ‘Dan Mitchell of the Cato Institute praises Sarah Palin for highlighting Washington’s rampant crony capitalism ‘

    ‘How Palin Beat Alaska’s Establishment’ (WSJ)

    From the article:

    "If you’ve read the press coverage of Sarah Palin, chances are you’ve heard plenty about her religious views and private family matters. If you want to know what drives Gov. Palin’s politics, and has intrigued America, read this."

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

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

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

  • 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."

  • kcnut

    Sarah telling the truth and she need people to see that true hope can come from within not from a slogan. Sarah need to run big time. I stand with sarah. Also go to my website i have a couple of shows up and i hope you all take a listen. Well i hope everybody have a great day and god bless you all.

    • BrianusBerkleianus

      God bless, kc!!

  • ZH100

    About the  frivolous anti-Palin ethics complaints

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

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

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

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

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

    1)  Governor Palin Reimburses the State for Kids’ Travel

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

    The administration had decided to have the Attorney General establish a clearer set of guidelines that established a new “state interest” test for protocol travel and based on this set of new (!) guidelines Sarah Palin agreed to reimburse the state.
    Sarah Palin has been exonerated of all wrongdoing (also) in this ethics act complaint. There was no finding of wrongdoing and there was no ethics violation.
    The Alaska Personnel Board found no wrongdoing, but Sarah Palin agreed to reimburse the state.

    2)  The Legal Defense Fund Case.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    The  the Bi-partisan Alaska Personnel Board , which is the final authority(!), ruled that Gov.Palin did not commit any ethics violation

  • ZH100

    Ron Devito’s excellent master list of Gov.Palin’s accomplishments.


    Master List of Governor Palin’s 2012 Accomplishments

    Master List of Governor Palin’s 2011 Accomplishments

    Master List of Governor Palin’s 2010 Accomplishments

    Master List of Governor Palin’s 2009 Accomplishments

    Gubernatorial Accomplishments 2006 – 2008

    Oil and Gas Conservation Commission 2003 – 2004

    City of Wasilla, Mayor 1996 – 2002

    Wasilla City Council 1992 – 1996

    KTUU Sportscasting 1987 – 1992

    Commercial Fishing

    Athletic Accomplishments

    Hunting and Subsistence Fishing

    Marriage and Family

  • MJosephSheppard

    The Anchorage Daily News carries a review by Professor Alan Boraas of what they describe as "the definitive" book by journalist Matthew Zencey on the Governorship of Sarah Palin "Unlikely Liberal: Sarah Palin’s Curious Record as Alaska’s Governor" now out from Potomac Books."

    which includes this comment from the  book review

    "Charming, energetic, and hugely popular, Sarah Palin won election and a mandate for reform that, Zencey writes, resulted in some of the most significant legislation in statehood history: ACES and the Alaska Gasline Inducement Act (AGIA). Zencey points out that ACES oil taxation put a billion dollars a year in Alaska’s coffers while virtually every other state was feeling the bite of one of our country’s worst economic crises. Alaska’s budget and its oil industry have thrived.

    My take on the review is at this link   and the ADN article is at this link 

    • ZH100

      Matthew Zencey wrote several hit pieces about Gov.Palin ; full with distortions of Gov.Paln record of accomplishment.

      He tries to paint Gov.Palin as a " closet leftist" in order to undermine Gov. Palin with the Tea Party.

      Stacy Drake wrote a article about Matthew Zencey.

      P.S Zencey’s book is a hit piece ; one of the many attempts (books) to vilify Gov.Palin .

      • BrianusBerkleianus

        Thanks for this information, ZH!

      • ZH100

        Here is more information 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. "

        ‘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."

        ‘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."

      • wodiej

        Not going to read the book and the comments left shows a duped electorate believing liberal media lies told about Gov. Palin.  Left my own personal comment saying so.

        • ZH100

          The ADN is the local version of the Huffington Post.

    • BrianusBerkleianus

      Thanks, MJS, for bringing this review to our attention.

      Of course, unlike Zencey, we believe that the "old" Sarah and the "new" Sarah are ONE AND THE SAME.

      Her character is a model of consistency and integrity.

      Calling Governor Palin a "liberal" makes about as much sense as saying that Vince Lombardi was a wimp!!

      Take care.

      • ZH100
        • BrianusBerkleianus


      • jerseymark

        Ah, but we shouldn’t worry about it. In fact we should hope that more Left media put that out there as it destroys the "extreme" meme they have used before. We on the Right know the true Sarah and if the Left is going to suggest she is a closet liberal, that will only increase her attractiveness to the moderates. In any event, the book would have to discuss her major achievements as Governor even if they are spun as liberal. This can be the media breakthrough I have been expecting if the media picks up on this book due to its controversial slant.

        • happymullah

          I agree 100%.  If some liberals and moderates come to love her,  that’s great.  Politics is addition.

          VIVA SARAH !

          • BrianusBerkleianus

            Thanks, Bro!!

            VIVA SARAH !

        • BrianusBerkleianus

          Thanks, Jerseymark and God bless!

      • Freempg

        The Governor as liberal … it’s like the left laying claim to Ronald Reagan.

        • Christopher H Fromme

          Or that Obama will get to headline CPAC ! ?

          • BrianusBerkleianus


  • 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. "

  • Laddie_Blah_Blah

    No mention of Mitt Romney and his failed campaign.  Sarah is playing nice with the GOPe and its monumental failure to defeat the worst president in our lifetimes.  David Axelrod has no qualms about calling a loser and his campaign incompetent:

    Romney is already a forgotten footnote, nearly $1 bn later, while Sarah is still a political force for the right and the good.  Romney was about little beyond his own ambition, and when his ambitions were dashed, so was he.  After his personal defeat, he no longer sees any need for a role in public life or discourse, other than to blame the people for not electing him.  Sarah is about the country, its people, its traditions and its exceptionalism, which will outlive her and all the rest of us.

    As long as she cares to speak, Sarah’s voice will be heard, because of what she stands for.  What a contrast between her non-response to Romney’s loss, and the GOPe’s response to 2008.  She has already moved on from the GOPe’s failure in 2012, without casting aspersions or assigning blame, while they are still fixated on pinning the 2008 defeat on the VP candidate.

    If you knew nothing else about the facts, that difference, alone, speaks volumes about the relative merits of a real leader, and the ignominy of shallow, perpetual losers.

    • BrianusBerkleianus

      Thanks, Laddie, for these remarks on the contrasts: Sarah/Romney; 2008/2012.

      We are one day closer to Spring Training.

      A’s-Nats World Series 2013!!

      • jerseymark

        Sorry BB but the Phillies are back from all their injuries so we will return to normal in the National League East.

        • BrianusBerkleianus

          I can’t wait for baseball–and I love this Hot Stove League talk!!

      • Laddie_Blah_Blah

        Rizzo just got a new CFer, so Harp can shift to a corner OF position and Morse can go back to 1b if La Roche walks in free agency.  The Nats are already better than they were last year, and now have the best defensive OF in the major leagues to go with that pitching staff.  Rizzo might even sign McCarthy as our new 5th starter, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see Oakland sign John Lannan, who we just released yesterday.

        We might have a Lannan-McCarthy face-off as well as a Milone-Gio faceoff next November, with Norris catching Lannan and Milone, and Suzuki catching Gio and McCarthy.

        It’s Karma, Brianus.  These things do not happen by accident.

      • senator20526

         Easy now……..

    • ZH100

      "She has already moved on from the GOPe’s failure in 2012, without casting aspersions or assigning blame"

      Well said! 

      Gov.Palin is a good example to all of us.

    • Freempg

      "No mention of Mitt Romney and his failed campaign"

      Probably by design, Laddie. I would suspect she told Greta:

      1. No questions about her running for president.
      2. No questions about Mitt.

      • Laddie_Blah_Blah

        You may be right, although Greta is a very independent journalist, one of the few.  Sarah will not do anything, or say anything, about the Romney campaign.  It’s over.  She is the class act, the Mama Grizzly among the jackals.

  • ernst1776

    That was the best interview with Sarah Palin.  She was smart and concise, witty but serious.  "We’ve already gone over the fiscal cliff"  was simple and brillant.

    • ZH100

      Agreed.  This was a great interview both in presentation ( serious) and content.

  • wodiej

    "For many are called but few are chosen."  Matthew 22:14

  • wodiej

    I thought Gov. Palin’s interview last night w Greta was excellent.  She seemed more serious than usual and neither were cutting anyone any slack.  I especially liked her point about the House holding the purse strings.  Why don’t Republicans cut off the gravy train on the ridiculous spending going on??

  • IheartSarah

    I just want to make some comments about some things that were discussed yesterday.  I am usually not in a place where I can actually type.  I usually can just read and like comments.  But, since I have a little while before everyone else in my family wakes up, I thought I would just share some of my thoughts on a myriad of subjects.

    1)  In regards to the abortion debate that was had, I am pro-life.  However, I would personally like to see more effort put into the effort of changing the culture.  I think "personhood" amendments have some unintended consequences depending on how they are worded and so I think we need to be careful and make sure before we jump to a conclusion.  And "personhood" amendments are not the same in all states.   I don’t have a problem with those wishing and pushing to change laws.  I just think that if we don’t work even harder to develop a culture of life, it will be all for naught.  

    I also believe that the abortion issue is just one of many issues we deal with because of the "oversexualization" of our society.  I wish we would spend as much money teaching girls that they have a choice before the sexual act ever occurs rather than having an attitude that "they will do it anyway."  I know that not all pregnancies that result in abortion fit into this neat little box but we would significantly decrease the number of abortions if we empowered women before the sexual act rather than after.

    2)  The discussion was had about creationism and evolution and that sort of thing.  First of all, there is macro-evolution (one species changes to another species) and micro-evolution (a species changes over time).  It is important to make this distinction because in the media’s eyes if you don’t believe in macro, then they say you don’t believe in evolution.  That’s not true.  I believe species change over time but I don’t believe I came from a monkey.  

    Another distinction to be made is that there are young earth creationist and old earth creationist.  

    I personally don’t know how old the earth is and the truth is, it doesn’t change that I believe God created it.  Depending on the time in my life, I have held both views and even now I can oscillate between "old" earth and "young" earth.  I know that earthquakes and volcanic eruptions can change the landscape in a matter of minutes.  But I also know the majesty and awesomeness of the great mountains and that it took a long time for them to get here.  To put God in my little box of how He created everything is very narrow-minded of me.  He can really do whatever He wants and the truth is that it doesn’t matter what I believe about it anyway.  (But I would like to ask those that talk about man-made global warming and believe that the earth is over 4 billion years old, how can they definitively say that the earth has not experienced these climate fluctuations before?  Do they have 4 billion years of temperatures to compare it to?)  

    There are many things I cannot answer about this world and how God created it. And I don’t have to try and please a media that is biased against God in the first place.  They would twist my words anyway simply because I believe in God.

    3)  The GOP.  Yes, this always gets much discussion.  My whole issue I have with them is that they play games.  They put on a big show about how they are doing investigations or opposing Obama on certain things or standing up to their Democratic opponents, but in the end, they cave.  They need to be out there pounding the pavement, getting their message across but they play tindly-winks with the media.  Why do they continue to take the media’s bait?  After what we have seen with Benghazi, I don’t know how anyone can trust this media, especially those within the GOP.  

    I actually appreciate post that inform of what is going on with the GOP and things of that nature but the truth is, I don’t need to pay attention to all of this "fiscal-cliff" talk anyway until the last 24 hours.  All the rest is just for show.  I know that for me, I get frustrated because I don’t feel like I have anyone really willing to tackle the hard issues.  We know we have to make some tough decisions.  We put these guys in office to make them.  But they keep just kicking it down the road, which in the end makes the problems even bigger.  Stop the digging!  

    4) Her interview last night was spot on!  And I did kind of chuckle a little about Greta asking Gov. Palin about sexism when it comes to questioning Susan Rice.  It was just the irony of it all.  Gov. Palin suffered real sexism from both sides and yet the Dems are claiming sexism because some senators dare to question Susan Rice.  It was an "are you kidding me"  chuckle that escaped my mouth last night.  

    We have already gone over the fiscal cliff, just as Gov. Palin said.  When will Congress finally come up with some real solutions.  If the GOP has them, then they should be out there, on every station, beating the drum.  Do what some here have suggested and buy TV time.  Make an effort.  Go on offense instead of constantly being on defense.  Treat the media as the enemy and engage them.  Don’t cower to them.  

    Anyway, sorry so long but those are just a few of my opinions.  It won’t get you anything, but there it is.

    God Bless!

    • wodiej

      point #1, paragraph 2-spot on.  Why do parents let their little girls dress like hookers? They have short shorts, make up, tight, revealing tops.  This is teaching them that their best asset is their body.  While the overwhelming majority of boys and men will react favorably to this kind of appearance, not all of them use it as a basis for a long term relationship or marriage.  

      Single women get pregnant often times trying to please a suitor for love and acceptance who really wants nothing more than a brief, intimate encounter and neither wants or is ready for the responsibility of a child.  Girls should be taught to value their inner qualities while maintaining a classy appearance.  Self love is vital to inner peace because no one else can give it to you if you don’t have it for yourself first. These are the things that empower women and make them able to make good choices.

    • wodiej

      were you the one who suggested I read The Harbinger and asked for my thoughts? Did you see what I wrote over at RS?

      • IheartSarah

        I was not the one who suggested "The Harbinger."  I believe that was hrh.  But, it is a book I am about to read myself, as soon as I get it from the library (there is a waiting list.)  I suggest you also read "Implosion" by Joel Rosenberg.  Very good book!  Sounds like it may be along the same lines.  I just read what you wrote and maybe I will end up purchasing "The Harbinger" instead of just borrowing it from the library.

    • happymullah

      Great comment!  A thoughtful article is never too long.  Brilliant and insightful!

      VIVA SARAH !

    • lanahi

      How are you going to try to change the culture?   Some of what is going on now in our culture is because there is no hope seen by many, no inspiration, no deeper spiritual meaning in their lives, no cause beyond their own self interests. 

      Evolution:  There are some truths to it, some fallacies…it is only a theory.

      The Bible speaks of "days" when it means "ages".  How long is an age?  The seven days of creation could be seven ages, with an evolution directed by God.  One thing is for sure:  No one knows how the world was created because no one was there to witness it. 

      God said to the know-it-alls who were advising and blaming Job for his problems: "Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge? Gird up now your loins like a man; for I will demand of you, and answer you me. Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if you have understanding. Who has laid the measures thereof, if you know? or who has stretched the line on it? Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof; When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy? "

      The point being made was that they were spouting "truths" when they knew nothing about it. 

      Both creationists and evolutionists are doing the same today…each certain they have the whole truth…and they both look dumb because of it.  There are some things we don’t understand now, so to say we know the truth when we don’t is foolish.  Do we have to know the full mechanics of it to understand that God created the world?  Did life forms slowly evolve?  Who knows?  Who cares?  It is apparent to me that this wonderful world of nature is deeply spiritual and created by God…it doesn’t matter to me how it was done.

      Honeybees were not native to North America.  They were imported from Italy and Russia mainly, within the last 200 years.  Before they were introduced, there were very few native blue flowers.  But bees love blue most of all.  Lo and behold, typically white or pink flowers started developing blue varieties…to encourage bees as pollinators!  This is magical…the flowers began to evolve into more blues because of the honeybees.  Was there some form of intelligence directing this evolution into more blue varieties?  Who knows?  It happened for the good of both the flowers and the bees, this we do know, and I think some type of intelligence was behind it.  I don’t need any more specifics than that.

      Christians through the generations have claimed many things, such as the planets all revolve around the earth, for instance.  Then, when it is proven otherwise, Christians call it the work of the devil or something until they eventually adjust to the proven reality.  Why this fight to preserve an opinion when it has no importance to the world of faith?  Science and religion are not opposite from each other…they both seek to understand, and we can use both in furthering our knowledge. 

      Why cannot all of us say that we don’t know when we really don’t know and remain open to what is learned without it having to create a crisis of faith? Then it could be a joy of discovery rather than agony of doubt. We cannot know everything there is to know, and if we claim we know all there is to know about God, it makes God too small to truly be God.

  • misterlogic0013

    Pat Dollard / good read Jarrett "must read"  

  • Right_Wingnut

    Cross post:

    Ted Cruz is clearly not a Romney fan

    It’s rather interesting to me that so many GOP pols are openly criticizing Romney in the wake of the election. It happens so frequently, I have to assume they perceive a political benefit to doing so. Some of them are probably looking for an alibi after months of arguing that Romney is more electable than his GOP primary rivals. Others, like Ted Cruz, never formally endorsed Romney, and therefore had no skin in the game.

    It really is stunning.

    What do you guys think is going on here?

    …."You want to know why Barack Obama won 71 percent of the Hispanic vote?" he said Thursday night at a gala for the conservative American Principles Project, reports the Huffington Post. "Tone on immigration contributed, but I think far more important was ’47 percent.'"….
    …."‘We don’t have to worry about them’ is what the clip famously said," Cruz added. "I cannot think of an idea more antithetic to the American principles," he said…. 

    …."No one is going to vote for you," Cruz said, "if they think you don’t like them."….

    • generictrainee

      I think cruz is wrong here.

      • golfmom3


        • generictrainee

          Obama ordered a lynching of "white-hispanic" Zimmerman.

          Fast and furius.

          Does he care?

          • golfmom3

            I am not from Texas but I know Gov. Palin thinks the world of Ted Cruz, so I did a little research on your issues.  It seems Cruz does care about Fast & Furious which is an immediate Texas issue.

            Texas Senate Candidate Ted Cruz Takes on Fast and Furious Scandal

            The Trayvon Martin case, while it has national attention, is a Florida case. Cruz is an constitutional law attorney who has taught at U of Texas Law and served as Solicitor General for the state of Texas.  Without all the facts available, it would not be wise for someone of that stature to join Geraldo and BOR in opining on an open case.  I am sure he cares because he has made notable defense of our 2nd Amendment rights.

            • happymullah

              Excellent comment!  I am a supporter of Ted Cruz.  Voted for him 3 times: primary,  primary run-off and the general election.

              PS.  Regarding yesterday’s emotional outburst of mine about Creationism, I am profoundly sorry for saying I despise the extreme social conservatives.  I should have just said "I don’t agree".

              VIVA SARAH !

              • golfmom3


                VIVA SARAH!

      • Right_Wingnut

        Fair, or not, the "47%" comments were devastating to Romney’s campaign.


    • Audrey_I

      Mitt Romney ran a lackluster campaign.  He refused to confront Obama when he was called a murderer, tax evader and thief. 

      He refused to acknowledge the Tea Party.  He refused to recognize Sarah Palin.  Unlike Reagan who ran on a set of principles, Romney did not stand for anything.  There was not spirit or energy in the Republican campaign.

      I guess the Republican strategist felt that if Romney ran a lackluster campaign, Obama’s supporters would stay home.  The stupid Republicans failed to recognize the hostility of the mainstream media, the propensity of the Democrats to commit election fraud, and that early voting would encourage a democrat turnout. 

  • Jean_A

    Good morning, C4P!

    I stand with Sarah Palin.

    • c4pfan


      • Jean_A

        Good morning, c4pfan!

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