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  • BrianusBerkleianus

    My Dear Friends in Sarah,

    Happy Thursday and Happy St. Nicholas’ Day to you all!!

    RIP Dave Brubeck!!

    My Raiders are pretty much playing for pride tonight when Peyton and the Broncos come to Oakland.

    Here is letter D in the "Latin Sarah" series, which I am presenting again from last spring and summer.

    God bless you all always!!




    Yes, yes, and on how many fields and plains of battle she has conquered!! … First she had to conquer HERSELF, as she did in her youth, when, in spite of a stress-fractured ankle, she led her team to the State high-school basketball championship … as she did when she was chairman of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, and resigned a six-figure salary rather than countenance corruption … as she did on the show "Sarah Palin’s Alaska" when, overcoming her self-professed fear of heights, she climbed that mountain with Todd and their guide!!! … Having won these and a myriad of other victories over self, she has prepared her soul for the great work in which she has been engaged in recent years: Leading her country to victory, especially over internal and domestic foes!!! … When, overcoming a failed (sabotaged?) teleprompter at her ’08 RNC speech, she hurled down a gauntlet of defiance and challenge to barack obama, Who Conquered?–SARAH DID!!! … When, overcoming the internal traitors in the ranks of McCain’s advisors, she continued to hammer away at bill ayers and other unsavory associates of obama, Who Conquered?–SARAH DID!!! … When she was silenced by the McCain campaign on the doleful night of obama’s "election," but spoke with her eyes in an eloquence more resounding than any power of words, Who Conquered?–SARAH DID!!! … When, overcoming perils of snow, perils of ice, perils of hecklers, perils of swine flu, she marched on her triumph of a book tour in ’09, Who Conquered?–SARAH DID!!! … When she almost singlehandedly led the nation to the 2010 triumph at the ballot box, Who Conquered?–SARAH DID!!! … When she went to Madison, Wisconsin in April of last year, and defied the foul weather and the fouler union-thug mobs with one of her greatest orations, the "Game On" speech, Who Conquered?–SARAH DID!!! … When, God willing, she becomes our President, Who Will Conquer???–SARAH WILL; AMERICA WILL; SARAHAMERICA WILL!!!!!

  • Leroy Whitby

    I posted this in another thread, responding to the question "What are YOU going to do [about the mess we are in as a nation]: 

    "Personally, I’m taking my lead from Sarah Palin. I think she has proven herself with a remarkable record in 2008 generating excitement for the dog of a candidate McCain, in 2010 energizing the Tea Party movement and swamping the Democrats and socialists (to their surprise and dismay), in her 2010 and 2012 endorsements, which had the best outcomes and records of anyone I’ve ever seen (compare to Karl Rove’s ridiculous 0 offices won for 400 million dollars spent), and frankly by the horrible outcome of the 2012 elections when the GOP establishment shunted her aside. We need a leader in the conservative movement and Sarah Palin is the best I see out there. If Sarah Palin points to someone else and says follow them, I will. I hope that she is able to identify some of the powerful, true conservatives, and work with them to coordinate a conservative movement. I say "a" conservative movement because I do not think we are a cohesive whole now and haven’t been since Reagan led us."

    • Leroy Whitby

      I should have mentioned her record as Governor. And on the energy commission. And as a Mayor. And as city councilwoman. Sigh . . .

  • Pete Petretich

    NEVER FORGET: The Bush Clan has been waging political war on Sarah Palin since 2008.

    They did it for Jeb…

    P.S. Some may say that I’m being unduly harsh in saying this, but I think it’s axiomatic for understanding out times. I will always oppose the Bushies, for every office.

  • K-Bob

    Whoops, looks like the Open Thread got stepped on right after I put up this comment.  I’ll try again:

    I see that this "blog" (I wouldn’t call this site a blog) responded to RightWingNews’s poll of bloggers about who they preferred in the early running for 2016.

    Sarah Palin at least made it on one poll question from what I could see, but got cut out of the others (the assumption being that, hey, she isn’t going to factor in at all).  Even though she came in 6th out of 19 other names on the big list folks were asked to select from.

    I have to say, based on this particular poll, it looks like the move to isolate Tea Party types is well under way.

    This makes my idea over at Scoop’s seem more interesting (hey, to me at least).  I will continue to send money to Sarah Palin’s political action efforts, because she gets results.  But I’m doubting she’ll be running in 2016.  So I’m picking Allen West today.  There I’m done.

    I don’t care what the Republicans do. I don’t care about these Rubio/Christie infatuated bloggers, I don’t care what Anne Coulter thinks.  I’m pledging to Vote West unless one of the following things happens: he’s dead, or I am.  That’s it.

    This means I don’t need a third party.  Anyone who wants to join me gets the same benefit.  No expensive ramp up to build a third party.  Just vote West.

    Scoopers seem to like it.  Here’s more. Let me know what you think.

    • Freempg

      Responded on last night’s thread.

  • suehimel

    I emailed Boehner and told him I would send money to whoever ran against him in the primary and that I would send his Democratic opponent money if he managed to hold on to the nomination in his party.  Really, we could do no worse with a Democrat in his seat.  The Republicans should not take the conservative vote for granted. And after his punishing conservatives for upholding their principles I really would prefer a Democrat in his seat – at least I would know what to expect.

    • Terry Malpass


      Clear thinking!!!!!

    • colint

      There is no chance a Democrat could take his seat. Boehner got over 70% when a democrat competed. He has one of the safest GOP seats in the nation. See his Wikepedia page. He must be driven out of power of the Speaker some other way.

    • jerseymark

      Especially since a democrat in his seat DOES NOT mean a democrat speaker.

  • devitor

    Master List of Governor Palin’s 2012 Accomplishments up-to-date as of this morning.

    Complete Lists: Master Lists by Year since 2009, each of the offices she’s held, commercial fishing, hunting / subsistence fishing / shooting, sportscasting, athletic, marriage and family – every aspect.

    Sarah Palin: A Lifetime of Accomplishments

  • jerseymark

    Well, I might be going out on a limb here as we continue with Mr. Lewis’ discussion of science and how it has impacted our thinking for the worse, but if you appreciated yesterday’s, this one is awesome. It comes from “The Weight of Glory”:

    “This is how I distinguish dreaming and waking. When I am awake I can, in some degree, account for and study my dream. The dragon that pursued me last night can be fitted into my waking world. I know that there are such things as dreams; I know that I had eaten an indigestible dinner; I know that a man of my reading might be expected to dream of dragons. But while in the nightmare I could not have fitted in my waking experience. The waking world is judged more real because it can thus contain the dreaming world; the dreaming world is judged less real because it cannot contain the waking one. For the same reason I am certain that in passing from the scientific points of view to the theological, I have passed from the dream to waking. Christian theology can fit in science, art, morality, and the sub-Christian religions. The scientific point of view cannot fit in any of these things, not even science itself. I BELIEVE IN CHRISTIANITY AS I BELIEVE THAT THE SUN HAS RISEN, NOT ONLY BECAUSE I SEE IT, BUT BECAUSE BY IT I SEE EVERYTHING ELSE.”

    Tell me – am I right or am I wrong.Is that the most incredible way for Mr. Lewis to describe the basis of his belief, his faith in Christ? This one statement touched me to my very core and I refuse to believe that I would be the only one.

    With regard to the rest of this paragraph, I was also impressed by his statement that he was passing from dream to waking when he passes from the scientific point of view to theology. Our whole “modern” culture would laugh aloud at that comment for they would contend there is nothing less real that Theology and more real than a scientific point of view. That is the extent of the Godless brainwashing we as a society have been experiencing for a century with acute emphasis in the last fifty years.

    I also found it interesting that Mr. Lewis wrote that not even science could fit in the scientific point
    of view – a very curious statement to say the least – another point where our culture would laugh at such a suggestion that has to be so obviously ridiculous. Since our culture has been dumbed down and trained not to look at anything too deeply but just skim the surface and move on to the next hot item of interest, it would seem ridiculous on its face for the scientific point of view is all about science, right? Well that would be true if, as was discussed yesterday, the application of science to our society was truly about a search for knowledge, a search for truth, but since it is about power and control of people in combination with the Governments of this world, there is no room for the actual search for truth and knowledge that does happen in certain pockets of the science community as it comes to ever greater appreciation for the work of God in the Creation of the material universe. True science has no axes to grind and when it leads to understandings, conclusions and facts which contradict previously held “understandings, conclusions and facts”, it makes the correction and moves on. It doesn’t worry about the political consequences or its popularity within the science community. True science humbly understands that we do not even know what we don’t know and accepts errors as the natural process of acquiring knowledge and finding truth. It celebrates the recognition of error in the breakthroughs that will lead to further breakthroughs and a deeper understanding and appreciation of God’s handiwork. The scientific point of view has none of these characteristics.

    • BrianusBerkleianus

      Thank you so much again, Jerseymark!!

      Humility is the Mother of Truth.

      I believe that Sarah Palin seeks humbly to conform her mind and her soul to Reality … and, of course, God is the ultimate REALITY.  This is why she grows stronger and stronger, even with, perhaps we can even say because of, all the attacks against her.  This is why she always seems to be clothed with a light and a radiance.

      Her opponents take the opposite direction: They would conform reality to their own tiny and selfish souls … a vain enterprise.  They want POWER, not TRUTH .. they want to "be as gods" and usurp the Divine Creative Prerogative by redefining nature itself in their own image.

      The Divine Irony is that, in seeking TRUTH and not power, I believe that the Governor will be granted both: She will ascend to the power of the US Presidency, and will do immense good for the nation and the world in that office.

      "He that humbles himself shall be exalted."

      Sarah’s enemies have tried to crush her to the earth, to destroy her and her family on every level.

      The Lord, IMHO, has other ideas!!

      God bless you.

      • jerseymark

        I so appreciate your comments in response to these readings. Thanks as always. You comment brings to mind Solomon who was given the chance by God to have what he wanted, fame, wealth, power and yet Solomon asked for wisdom which pleased God so much God promised him wisdom and everything else thrown in.

        • BrianusBerkleianus

          Great citation of Solomon; thanks, Jerseymark!!

      • Guest

        Concur ! Yet, we must always pray SP walks in humility….
        when given power, strange things happen to people (ie even King David; then Solomon ended up disarrayed), though (IMHO) SP has had well grounded training to have authority with humility….mark of an annointed leader.

        • BrianusBerkleianus

          Thanks, chzn2bfree!!

  • wodiej

    “Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few." Matthew 7:13-14

  • Laddie_Blah_Blah

    Death by bureaucracy:

    That poor, loving, wonderful mother.

    • BrianusBerkleianus

      Thanks, Laddie.

      The situation of our country will only get worse under obamacare.

      "Death by bureaucracy."

      "Death panels."

      The prophetic voice of Sarah Palin nailed it.

      Even though some say that obamacare is here to stay, may the Governor lead the way to undoing it!!

      The Nazi Empire was supposedly going to last a thousand years.

      No, not quite!!!

      God bless–and A’s-Nats World Series 2013!!!

      • Laddie_Blah_Blah

        Thanks Brianus.  There are major differences between fascism and Nazism.  Contemporary Europe has lost the imperial ambitions, police state repression, and anti-Semitic purges of Hitler’s Germany.  Today’s Euro-fascists think they are past fascism because they have eliminated the worst abuses of Nazi Germany.  They aren’t.  It’s fascism with a smiley face these days, and more insidious because of that.  Fascism with good intentions is still fascism.

        • jerseymark

          So true but most people do not understand that. However, anti-Semitism  is not over, just under the surface ready to break out again, especially with Islamic assistance.

          • Laddie_Blah_Blah

            There are always prejudices, and Christian Copts are being repressed in Egypt by Islamic radicals right now.  

            There is a revival of anti-Semitism in Europe, but people are not being slaughtered, as was the case in Nazi Germany, when mass murder became state policy.

    • SusanWo4p


      And it happened right here in the United States.  Here’s a bit from the article:

      "In March 2011, state child protection investigators took 14-year-old Marie from her mother, Doris Freyre, claiming Doris’ own disabilities made it almost impossible for her to care for Marie, who suffered from seizures and severe cerebral palsy. But a Tampa judge signed an order that Marie be returned to her mother, with in-home nursing care around the clock.

      Florida health care administrators refused to pay for it, although in-home care can be demonstrably cheaper than care in an institution. Child welfare workers ignored the order completely.

      Two months later, Marie was strapped into an ambulance for a five-hour trip to a Miami Gardens nursing home, as her mother begged futilely to go with her.

      Marie died 12 hours after she arrived."

      On the five hour trip to the Nursing Home that the State was forcing this teenager to move into, she was in pain because of a dislocated hip, never administered her medication and was NEVER GIVEN any water…and she screamed the entire trip. 

      14 years, the child was healthy and well-cared for by her loving mother…the State of Florida seized her from her home and had killed her in 12 hours.

      The other day we were posting about how the RINO senators (along with AYOTTE) had voted along with the Democrats to allow the United Nations to "oversee" the care of disabled children (and to remove them from homes that these powerful unelected bureaucrats deem as "unsuitable.")

      There were some who assure us that the vote FOR THE UN MEASURE WAS REASONABLE.

      And now, two days later, I read about this??????????????

      • Laddie_Blah_Blah

        It is so bad, I could not even comment on it.  How are the government institutions, the state of Florida and the court system, going to compensate that mother for the loss of her child, the light of her life?  There is no way to compensate that poor kid for killing her with bureaucratic hubris and arrogance.

        • jerseymark

          Yes but the State knows best.  Remember, it used to be "Father knows Best" but since the State had effectively destroyed the family and negated the Father, we are left with :The State Knows Best."

      • Craig Phillips

        Reply to SusanWo4p;

        That story is amazing – the only way the process might have been worse is if the ambulance drivers drank whiskey on the trip & drove off a cliff, or if they kidnapped the child & sold her kidneys.

        Its just so bazzar!!

        My sincere hope is that the poor broken hearted mother teams up with a high voltage trial lawyer and sews the authorities responsible for removing the child, for about a trillion dollars…I reckon its a slam-dunk because they had the duty of care for the child, and only for a really short time and so are clearly responsible for this.

        Maybe then the state won’t be so heavy handed in these cases – if only to save themselves from having to pay out massive compo $.

        Well, if thats the only thing that reasons with these authorities in the end then so be it.

        I really hope that poor mother gets some justice and the authorities pay till it really stings em.

  • wodiej

    "No matter how much you revisit the past, there’s nothing new to see."

    • M_Minnesota

      How about let’s not repeat history?

    • Freempg

      Dole, McCain, Romney

  • 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.

  • 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

    ‘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."

  • 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."

      • ZH100

        The Washington Post: Palin a “Definite Renegade” on Big Oil;Updated  ( June 12 2011)

        From the article:

        "As the MSM and their readers continue to search through Governor Palin’s emails searching for non-existent bombshells, let me be one of the first to welcome the Washington Post to 2008.

        As Ian mentioned earlier, the Washington Post recognized that Governor Palin’s emails showed that she budgeted frugally and was opposed to pork barrel spending. Now, the Washington Post recognizes that Governor Palin did not have a buddy-buddy relationship with Big Oil. Both of these supposedly new revelations are not new at all to Palin supporters who have followed her political rise after Senator McCain chose her as his VP nominee or even prior to that."

        • ZH100

          #Palinemails Show that the Center-Left Superintendent of the Anchorage School District Praised Palin for “Her Vision [and] Leadership”  (June 17 2011)

          From the article:

          "If you don’t believe what we say about Governor Palin’s leadership, here’s what the center-left superintendent of the Anchorage School District said about Palin:

              "Thank you so much for your vision, leadership, and support for our public schools this week. I cannot tell you how much all of us want to celebrate with you. The idea that we could actually plan ahead, really focus on student achievement,connecting with parents and families, and really digging into the serious issues of low graduation rates and high drop out rates excites me very much. We spend too much time trying to justify our collective needs, when we should be focused on teaching and learning.

              You and your staff are to be commended for honoring the work of the Joint Funding Task Force and for honoring your commitments made during the election for early and forward funding."

          • 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.

            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.

    • carmtom13

      Rove said on Fox if Sarah Palin wants to run she has to get thick skin. That was his response to her reply to a comment Rove made about her. Rove needs to educate himself about Governor Palin, there is no one who has thick skin in the political field like Governor Palin. The left as well as the DC gop establishment have done everything to discredit her and she just gets stronger. Governor Palin is one of the smartest political savvy people to come along in many, many years and she is a constitutional conservative, who loves this great country and is a woman who speaks for we the people. She has more guts than all the pols in DC put together, she speaks to the people not at the people truthfully and I trust her. There are very few pols anyone can say that about.

  • bedr1

    Good morning C4P

  • ZH100

    Sometimes Gov.Palin is attacked and smeared by this smear:

    "She charged the state for “travel” expenses — a per diem allowance for meals — while living at her home in Wasilla and commuting to the governor’s office in Anchorage."

    As if Gov.Palin committed a crime.

    What is the true (factual) story about this "per diem allowance for meals"?

    The 90-something year old mansion in Juneau was greatly in need of repairs in order to make it serviceable as a chief executive’s home.

    With all of these renovations underway,  Gov.Palin could have opted to stay at a hotel with her family, but instead she saved the taxpayers money by staying in her own home.

    So she  could have forced the state to pay for her lodging (in a hotel or an apartment) in Juneau or in Anchorage. Instead she lived in her house in Wasilla and saved the state thousands of dollars by only requesting meal per diems. She asked for meal per diems, not lodging per diems.

    And she didn’t claim any per diems for her kids or her husband, though she was legally entitled to.

  • ZH100

    Debunking the false (!) meme that Gov.Palin has lack of knowledge on issues "outside of anti-corruption and energy policy."

    Gov.Palin has spoken out on almost all the issues, both foreign and domestic and has been proven right on many of her statements.

    For example:

    Sarah Palin Talks Cronyism, Economy, China, Liberty and Freedom at World Knowledge Forum in South Korea  (another successful unscripted Q&A)

    Long Island Association was an unequivocal success ; an hourlong, unscripted Q&A session where Governor Palin talked about the economy, the deficit, government spending, gun control, the environment, the rising cost of food, energy, Egypt and other foreign policy related issues in front of a group of socially liberal Democrats and Republicans in an area where the Democrat Party is strong.

    Excerpts of Sarah Palin’s Speech to Investors in Hong Kong

    Governor Palin’s  successful (unscripted) Q&A at the India Today Conclave
    The (unscripted) Q&A portion covered a lot of territory and included tough questions that ranged from foreign policy to American economics.

    Interview CNN’s Don Lemon Impressed that Governor Palin Answered All of His Questions

    Palin v. Bernanke
    Her Warning To the Fed Chairman Puts Her Out in Front on the Debate on the Dollar

    Opinion Journal: Palin vs. Bernanke

    ‘Amid media circus, Palin lays out policy positions’   ( by Byron York)

    From the article:

    "One thing many viewers have probably missed in all the horse-race speculation is that Palin is perfectly willing to discuss her positions on key issues, if anyone wants to ask. In fact, in recent days, weeks, and months, we’ve seen a lot of policy commentary from the former Alaska governor.

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

    • ZH100

      Setting the Palin Record Straight’  (by Jedediah Bila; 3/17/2011)

      "It’s truly astonishing the lengths that some will go to in order to try to discredit Sarah Palin.  Sure, the left-wing media loons are a given, but what about the folks on the Right who relentlessly brand her as unelectable, unintelligent, unpresidential, and/or unqualified?  What is their basis for those assessments?  And if she is so darn unelectable—why the need to consistently, near-obsessively attempt to tear her down?

      What’s most interesting about the repeated attacks on Palin – from the Left and the Right – is that they are routinely empty.

      They are often featured in online hit pieces that are void of any reference to her record and/or her contributions over the past two years to discussions of national and international significance. They focus on absurd criticism of her TLC series, which so many elitists deemed anti-intellectual and so many regular Americans deemed relatable. They call her a “quitter” because she resigned from the governorship, but don’t reveal the reality that she was faced with numerous frivolous ethics charges made by political operatives that were costing her state hundreds of thousands of dollars and her staff countless hours to refute.
      The fact that she made the right decision for Alaska, and that the charges were all ultimately dismissed, get buried under the frenzied need some have to try to sabotage her at all costs.

      And let’s not forget the manner in which the authors of these hit pieces so often compile every possible negative quotation on Palin they can find, particularly from the mouths of whom they consider to be the conservative intellectual elite.  The quotes are typically nonsensical and/or erroneous, and mark embarrassing moments for those who uttered them, as they tend to reflect a complete lack of awareness of Palin’s accomplishments, writings, and outspoken stand on policy initiatives.

      Since September 2010 alone, Sarah Palin has penned commentary on such topics as the unrest in Libya, the protests in Wisconsin, Obama’s 2012 budget proposal and State of the Union address, getting tough with Iran and standing with Iranians who seek democracy, challenging the specifics of President Obama’s energy policy, the omnibus spending bill, defeating the New START, opposition to state bailouts, tax policy, a message to Republican freshmen in Congress, opposition to quantitative easing, and more.  She has repeatedly been a leading voice—via television appearances and speaking engagements—against the dangers of ObamaCare and the risks of President Obama’s approach to energy.

      Let’s take a look at a few samples of Palin’s written commentary:

      On Obama’s 2012 budget proposal:  “The fine print reveals a White House proposal to increase taxes by at least $1.5 trillion over the next decade.  If you want to know how minuscule their proposed $775 million-a-year budget ‘cuts’ really are, please look at this chart.  The proposed cuts are so insignificant—less than 1/10 of 1% of this year’s $1.65 trillion budget deficit—that they are essentially invisible on the pie chart.  That speaks volumes about today’s budget.”

      On Iran:  “Much more can be done, such as banning insurance for shipments to Iran, banning all military sales to Iran, ending all trade credits, banning all financial dealings with Iranian banks, limiting Iran’s access to international capital markets and banking services, closing airspace and waters to Iran’s national air and shipping lines, and, especially, ending Iran’s ability to import refined petroleum.  These would be truly ‘crippling’ sanctions.”

      On energy:  “Right now Beltway politicos are quibbling over cutting $61 billion from our dangerously bloated $3.7 trillion budget.  Allowing drilling in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas will enrich federal coffers by $167 billion without raising our taxes.  If we let Harry Reid keep his ‘cowboy poetry,’ would the White House consider letting us drill?”

      On quantitative easing:  “If the President was serious about getting the economy moving again, he’d stop supporting the Fed’s dangerous experiments with our currency and focus instead on what actually works: reducing government spending and boosting business investment through good old-fashioned supply-side reforms (cutting taxes and reducing overly burdensome regulations).  Simply running the printing presses in order to avoid paying off your debts is no way for a great nation to behave.”

      My question to the critics: How is that commentary lacking in intellect?  How do you find her active leadership role in these important debates to be unpresidential?"

  • Right_Wingnut

    Must be "Palin Basher Week" on Fox and Frauds.

    Mike Tyson will be on later……..

    • n4cerinc

      good grief. My mornings have changed from F&F to NFL Network since they started going all things Romney. My minds is much clearer.

      • Right_Wingnut

        It was a Tyson love fest while they were promoting the appearance. They all shared memories. Gretchen hung out with him for a day when she was Miss America. Brian had an old Sports Illustrated issue with Tyson on the cover. They all talked about him like he was some sort of hero.

        • slpence

          Wow – that is just disgusting!  I stopped watching F&F long ago.

          • smbren

             January 1st of last year I made the resolution to stop watching all news, including FOX. With the exception of Bengazi updates, the Embassy attacks, and  Israel, I have held that resolution. I get my Palin clips here. I did not watch any debate, not in the primary or the national election.

            I get all my news online and have not missed a beat. It is a personal choice, but it has worked for me. I even kept track of election night online without even turning on one news cast. The result did not bother me near as much without all of the spin.

            Last year at this time I was getting ready for work with my daily routine of switching back and forth from FOX to MSNBC. The morning Joe host said the most unbelievable, inaccurate, and idiotic things about Sarah Palin that it made me stop putting on my mascara. I was so done at that point..with all of them. Plus, I would find myself stewing at work in the middle of any given day about something I had seen on either show on any particular morning. It has eliminated quite a bit of stress in my life. I still know exactly what is going on in the world, but I no longer invite any of them in my home.

    • jester2939

      Ugh!! What he said about Palin on that ESPN radio show was beyond disgusting and completely misogynistic. ESPN should have suffered some kind of consequence and Mike Tyson’s should be treated with disdain. War on women, anyone? Of course, if Sarah said anything about it, SHE’D be treated like one who has a problem and most Americans would probably agree.

      This seems to be the state of our nation, where what’s right is wrong and what’s wrong is considered right. In addition to a lack of morals, people don’t seem to think for themselves – most Americans seem to believe whatever the media tells them. I don’t know what can be done about that, either. Scary.

    • friskyness

       Why? What are they saying.  Why bash Palin now, she hasn’t done anything!

  • Right_Wingnut

    Why You Might Only Be Able to Get Part-Time Work in 2013

    Here is what I am doing for the rest of the year — working with every manager in my company so that as of January 1, 2013, none of our employees are working more than 28 hours a week.   I think most readers know the reason — we have got to get our company under 50 full time employees or else I am facing a bill from Obamacare in 2014 that will be several times larger than my annual profit.  I love my workers.  They make me a success.  But most of my competitors are small businesses that are exempt from the Obamacare hammer.  To compete, I must make sure my company is exempt as well.  This means that our 400+ full time employees will have to be less than 50 in 2013, so that when the Feds look at me at the start of 2014, I am exempt.  We will have more employees working fewer hours, with more training costs, but the Obamacare bill looks like about $800,000 a year for us, at least, and I am pretty sure the cost of more training will be less than that…………

    • GeraldGoff

      Ignoring for the moment the loss of employer proivded health benefits…The weak upside to this is that there will be more part-time jobs available across most industries for after we (me and my so) semi-retire.  Even now, sometimes I think I would prefer having two part time jobs rather than my current full time job…just for the varity it would proivde.

    • senator20526

       Told you so……no more 40 hr weeks….poor hit hardest…LSM blames greedy employers, not Obamacare.

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