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The annual 2013 C4P predictions thread will be posted this weekend. Jeana55 was the winner of the 2012 C4P predictions contest.


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  • MaMcGriz

    Hey! Where is everybody?? :)

    • jester2939

      Hey, Ma! I’m here! I hosted a party this evening – it took me all day to get ready. Maybe other posters are busy with Christmas gatherings and events too.

    • BrianusBerkleianus

      :-) !!!

    • jester2939

      Ma, I know you cook a lot, and I’ve really gotten into cooking lately. Someone on this site posted a recipe for making bread in a bag about a year ago. At the time I didn’t consider making bread from scratch, but I’d like to give it a try. Was it you by chance? I seem to remember the person who posted it said it was a common home school activity.

      • MaMcGriz

         Hey kid! Sorry to have taken so long to get back to you. I do bake a lot of bread, but it wasn’t I who posted the bread in a bag recipe. I remember seeing it, but cooking bags are not something I’ve used, although I’ve read about some hot mess cooking bag failures I sure wouldn’t want to have to deal with. lol 

        Making bread is easy, and can be much simpler than most recipes would suggest. I don’t do a second rise and I don’t knead my dough a lot, and I don’t knead it with flour. I do most of it in the mixing bowl, using well-buttered or oiled hands, then dividing the dough and further working it into loaves or rolls or whatever. I like the ‘artisan style’ [read: peasant food :)] texture it produces, and it makes great sandwiches and burgers. And toast…and croutons…and bread pudding…and bread crumbs…and convenience…and thrift. (Oh, and popularity! lol People love to get home made bread. And it feels so good to give it.)

        Once you get your staples arranged and your rhythm down you can build a batch of bread pretty quickly and have it set to rise, while you go about your business. At the correct time you put it into the oven and again go about your business, so that when that final timer dings, you’ve got a wonderful product with which to celebrate your productive day.

         It’s a gratifying weekly chore, and once I got used to having all the above-named benefits on hand all the time, it became easier all the time. I like my own croutons way better than the ones from the And being from Texas, you surely know the immense power to be wielded by those who know how to fry with a breadcrumb batter. lol

         It’s good to hear you’re looking to give it a try. There’s no better time than the holiday season.

        I’ll be glad to share my recipe with you, and help if I can.

        • jester2939

          Well, I don’t want "a hot mess cooking bag failure," lol! So, I’m interested in your recipe. Thanks for the offer!

          • MaMcGriz

             My pleasure!

            I’ll get something ready and post it soon!

            • jester2939

              Yeah!! Thanks. No huge rush, as I’m going out of town on Friday and won’t get to make it until after the holidays.

  • qtdb7

    About taxes negotiation before ‘Fiscal Cliff':

    The ONLY people advocating for tax INCREASING
    are ‘DEBT man walking’ Obama/democrats/liberals/socialists.

    The top 1% of American income earners pay 40% of the
    total federal taxes.
    The top 10% of American income earners pay 70% of
    the total federal taxes.
    47% of Americans DO NOT pay federal income tax.
    About 50 million Americans are receiving federal benefits
    (food stamps, welfare, medicare, medicaid, etc.).

    So how is that ‘FAIR share’?

    Margaret Thatcher:
    The problem with socialism is soon or later it will
    run out of other people’s money.

    • dmac8889

      Sorry to be a stinker, but I have to believe this whole ‘Fiscal Cliff’ episode is meant to be a distraction by the media to get away from talking about Benghazi, and it worked.  Boehner looking for attention (he should never seek it) fell for the bait.  C’mon, there are two possiblities here.that really don’t hurt the Republicans.  1) Give Obama the $84 Billion that the 2% will raise with a Tax Hike, and everyone will wonder what the stink was all about. Obama will spend at minimum three that much and putting the negative media focus on himself.  OR

      Let the ‘Fiscal Cliff’ happen and within a couple of weeks have Congress repass the entire Bush Tax Cuts all over again.  That would put the onus on Obama and the Democrats to decide whether they want to have the 98% pay the Tax hike just so they can get a Tax Hike on the 2%.   A complete role reversal of the ‘Fiscal Cliff’.  If they don’t pass it, well then Obama exposed his himself to be the Socialist that he is.

      • senator20526

         they passed a big tax hike in California and the results are…revenue down by 806 million….Big taxpayers left the state…..

    • MMB2

      The 50 million Americans receiving federal benefits are the poor, unemployed, disabled, and Seniors. Illegals also figure into the numbers. Which of these programs would you cut?

      • wodiej

        We all know these program benefits have increased dramatically since obama took office and the job market has been stagnant.  So not all, but many of these people are collecting benefits because they have no where else to turn and cannot find work.  Those who have not had to suffer through this type of situation need to be careful because "there but for the grace of God go I."  They are usually the first ones to be critical too.  For someone who has always been ambitious, independent and a hard worker, it is a painful, sometimes depressing and hopeless situation.  We need to get the jobs back.

      • Patriot41

        MMB2, I don’t know how old you are but I can tell you this, I was born prior to WW II and have seen situations in this country, much worse then exists today.  After the war, this country went through a very hard time when it came to finding jobs and surviving.  Prior to the end of the war, we went through several years of rationing.  I say this to make a point and that is, back then our citizens gladly took whatever jobs were available.  They worked together as a community steeped in faith and patriotism.  We did not turn to the govt., because the govt., was too busy funding the war and loaning our allies money to rebuild.

        There is a big difference in this country today, then back during that period of time.  Today, nearly half of the citizens in this country believe that the govt., is responsible for their welfare.  Many will not take menial jobs that they feel is below their status and because the govt., dole will provide them more then what an employer can afford to pay them.  Instead of taking the American independence attitude and the responsibility of taking care of their own needs, they demand more and more of the govt.

        When you speak of the poor, I have seen many who refuse to find work because they got that welfare check coming in every month.  When you speak of the unemployed, I have seen many deliberately pass up job offers, because they still had time left on their unemployment benefits.  When you speak of the disabled, I have seen many who are very capable of working, but come up with back ailments and other excuses and try to get on the disabled list.  As for seniors which I am one of, I have seen many out looking and taking jobs that younger, more capable citizens will not take.  So you see, there are two side to every coin.

        I don’t deny for a moment, that jobs are very hard to find in many areas of this country, but one has to stop and consider why this problem is prevalent?  When you have an administration that has done everything in it’s power to discourage businesses through over regulation and ridiculous legislation, one has to consider the possibility, that it is that administration that has continued the hardships rather then alleviating them.  Still, we have citizens in this country that will vote for that administration, because they know it will continue to dole out those benefits and take care of all of their needs.  What does that tell you?

      • AmazedOne1

        Oh, that’s easy. I’d have the able-bodied in the first two categories (poor and unemployed) at least put out some effort for the money. And, the illegals would not get a dime.

      • senator20526

         All welfare assistance to illegals……

  • Guest

    The top one percent claim is a guise to split the country even farther apart~ I am not nieve to not know that Obama and cohorts will raise taxes on everyone~ Want to destroy the middle class entirely and make it where there is rich and poor~ It is the communist way~ All about control~

  • jester2939

    Ian, nice pic for the open thread. I just love pictures of Trig :-)

    • BrianusBerkleianus

      Amen, Jessica; thanks, Ian!!!

      • jester2939

        :D Good morning, Brianus!!

        *Now I think I’ll go to bed – it’s almost 2 a.m. and I’m starting to feel a little tired, lol! I’ll be back briefly in 8 – 10 hours, then it’s yoga, followed by a Christmas tea with friends, followed by covering all my plants from the coming freeze.

        • BrianusBerkleianus

          :-) !!

  • Isabel Matos

    I was going to post that I know its late and just realized its morning! lOl

    Good morning, Palin Angels (wherever you are!)

    This is just a reminder that BOEHNER HAS TO GO!!  I posted this link already but added a letter you can use to send to your representatives regarding John Boehner’s removal from the speakership. 

    Why is this important?  It may seem like a chore, but it’s actually easy.  If we can UNSEAT the SPEAKER we can claim a small yet very big victory.  Like taking one small step for Conservatism, but one BIG step for America.

    Please take the time to share it, I hope it is easy to follow and leave me feedback if anything needs to be improved.  (no one is ever perfect :) )

    Have a wonderful day.

    • BrianusBerkleianus

      Thanks, Isabel!

      Have a wonderful day.

      God bless you!!

    • Isabel Matos

      If you’re up I know it’s early! lOl Love all that you do daily, Brianus. Thank YOU.

      • BrianusBerkleianus

        You are most welcome, Isabel!!

    • dmac8889

      Its never too early to let them know that the TEA Party is back in town.

  • ZH100

    Good morning all.

    Excellent article about Gov.Palin’s record of accomplishments.

    ‘Who Is the Real Sarah Palin?’

    From the article:

    Executive Authority and Success

    Palin was the first female and youngest governor to be elected in Alaska, which is tied for the second most powerful governorship in the United States, according to Thad Beyle, a political scientist at the University of North Carolina.

    Budgeting and Spending

    Palin cut state spending between 2007 and 2010 by 9.5% while also reducing federal earmark requests by more than 80% during her tenure. She used her line-item veto to cut more than a quarter billion in superfluous spending in both 2007 and 2008. In 2009, she instituted a temporary hiring freeze, while at the same time reducing spending by more than 33% between FY2009 and FY2010.

    In stark contrast to President Obama and other governors whose fiscal records are dogged by credit downgrades, Palin left Alaska with an improved credit rating during and following her tenure as governor.  Standard & Poor’s raised Alaska’s credit rating from AA to AA+ in April 2008. Then in 2010, both Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s upgraded Alaska to AAA for the first time in the state’s history due to policies enacted by Palin that made the state’s finances more than solvent.  


    Under Palin’s leadership, Alaska was 2nd in job growth, and 3rd in the change in its unemployment rate, compared to the other states. Alaska also saw a record number of oil jobs in both 2008 and 2009, while natural resource and logging jobs increased 13.7% during Palin’s tenure.

    In fact, Palin’s record on jobs compared to the country as a whole was stronger than the President’s and other prominent governors’ during their respective tenures

    Business Growth

    Alaska was an opportunity society under Palin. Alaska moved up from the 4th most business tax-friendly state to the 3rd most business tax-friendly state during her tenure.

    Palin was a firm believer in tax cuts. In addition to lowering unemployment insurance tax rates, she cut business license fees in half, suspended the state motor fuel tax, and signed legislation, allowing Alaska-based businesses the same opportunities as out-of-state businesses. All of this was consistent with her record as Mayor of Wasilla, where she eliminated small business inventory taxes and cut property tax mill levies every year she was in office.


    Energy issues are Palin’s forte, and her record proves it. In 2007, Governor Palin signed ACES—Alaska’s Clear and Equitable Share—a net tax on oil profits that was passed in a bipartisan and transparent manner. ACES replaced the corruption-tainted oil tax plan of the previous administration, which was passed in secret and ultimately lead to the federal indictment of several Alaskan state officials and oil company personnel. Furthermore, ACES provided oil companies with incentives to develop. The progressivity of the tax meant producers were protected when oil prices were low, but the interest of the resource owners—the people of Alaska—were appropriately protected as well to achieve a fair return for their resource.

    Most importantly, ACES led to jobs, increased development, and a huge surplus for Alaska.

    Perhaps Palin’s biggest energy achievement was spearheading the creation of the Alaska natural gas pipeline. After five decades of unsuccessful attempts by Alaskan administrations to bring a gas pipeline project into existence, Palin and her team introduced the Alaska Gasline Inducement Act (AGIA) in March 2007. AGIA passed the Legislature by a vote of 57-1 in May of that year.

    Unlike the behind-closed-doors cronyism of past administrations, Palin’s AGIA legislation was conducted out in the open and made use of a genuine free-market competitive bidding process. Palin’s AGIA placed not only Alaska, but also the nation, further on the path toward energy independence.

    Palin played hardball with the big oil companies in her state. According to the Alaska state constitution, Alaskans are the resource owners in their state; and it was Palin’s duty as their CEO to get the best deal for Alaskans while at the same time partnering with these oil companies for the mutual benefit of all.

    Ethics Reform and Transparency

    Ethics reform was the hallmark of Palin’s governorship. She was swept into office on a reform message in a state with a serious corruption problem. Alaska at the time was undergoing a federal investigation that culminated in the indictment of various corrupt lawmakers. Palin had made a name for herself as an ethics crusader when she chaired the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservative Commission and blew the whistle on fellow commissioner and state GOP head Randy Ruedrich for doing party business on state time. This resulted in Ruedrich receiving a $12,000 fine—the largest civil fine for ethics in the state’s history. Alaskans respected the fact that Palin was not afraid of taking on the establishment of her own party.

    As governor, Palin fought for and signed sweeping bipartisan ethics legislation, which restricted lobbyists, improved disclosure laws, and improved executive and legislative branch ethics laws. In the face of corruption, she continued to take on her own party when it was necessary. She also increased transparency by releasing her oil tax bill to her constituents 17 days prior to the special legislative session, opening up natural gas pipeline deals to all potential parties, putting the state checkbook online, and not allowing lobbyists in her office.


    Palin forward funded education to allow districts greater flexibility, supported increased vocational training and early education funding, opened up opportunity to Alaskan students to participate in regional medical schools, and increased overall funding for special needs education by 175% (before she herself became the mother of son with special needs). Believing that the best reform was close to home, Palin wisely also chose to monitor rather than participate in national standards for education.

    Health Care

    Palin introduced health care transparency legislation that established an Alaska health care information office to give consumers factual information on quality and cost to help them make better-informed health care decisions. Recognizing that health care must be market-and business-driven, rather than restricted by government, Palin proposed repeal of Certificate of Need—a layer of bureaucracy that prevents medical facility development. She established the Alaska Health Strategies Planning Council, reduced Medicaid assessments by 83%, and expanded Alaska’s SeniorCare benefits program for low-income seniors.

  • BrianusBerkleianus

    My Dear Friends in Sarah,

    Happy Saturday to you all!!

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

    God bless you all always!!

    DEO VOLENTE, SARAH 2016!!!



    Yes, Faithful Sarah!!! … She who has kept faith and troth all her life, in all her relationships … The spokes and sunbeams of this fidelity have radiated out, and have touched so many people across the decades and across the nation!!! … She has always been a faithful and devoted daughter, sister, wife , mother, grandmother, and friend … She was faithful to her high-school teammates when she overcame injury to lead them to a State basketball championship … She was faithful to Wasilla when she served her hometown on the city council and in the mayor’s chair … She was faithful to the State of Alaska when she resigned her chairmanship of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission rather than be a party to corrupt practices … She was faithful to the same State when she served in the Governor’s chair for the sake of the People and their interests, with a servant’s heart, rather than for the sake of Big Oil and other powerful interest groups … She showed yet further and final fidelity to her home State when she resigned the Governorship, the job she loved, rather than subject Alaska to the machinations of corrupt hacks who were determined to destroy her through frivolous and unfounded "ethics" complaints … She kept faith with Senator McCain in ’08 by campaigning to the last measure and drop of true dedication and devotion, in spite of the sabotaging efforts of Steve Schmidt and other traitors on McCain’s staff … Ah, and how faithful she has been to her country!!!—By fearlessly opposing, lo these last nearly four years, one of the greatest domestic enemies of America to arise in her long history, "president" barack obama; by constantly holding up to the nation the shining ideals of courage, of integrity, of forthrightness, of honor, of devotion to duty; by tirelessly and everywhere keeping alive and burning and flourishing for tens of millions of ordinary American men, women, and children, hope that our land is not lost … Today, today, she stands, IMHO, as the de facto, if not the de jure, President of the United States of America, and certainly as the Leader of the free World … Our dear Sarah: Like her Divine Master: BENE OMNIA FECIT–She hath done all things well …FAITHFUL SARAH, GOOD AND FAITHFUL SERVANT!!!!!!!!

  • wodiej

    "Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also."  Matthew 6:21

  • 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

    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

    Sliming Palin

    From the article:

    "We’ve been flooded for the past few days with queries about dubious Internet postings and mass e-mail messages making claims about McCain’s running mate, Gov. Palin. We find that many are completely false, or misleading.

    Palin did not cut funding for special needs education in Alaska by 62 percent. She didn’t cut it at all. In fact, she increased funding and signed a bill that will triple per-pupil funding over three years for special needs students with high-cost requirements.

    She did not demand that books be banned from the Wasilla library. Some of the books on a widely circulated list were not even in print at the time. The librarian has said Palin asked a "What if?" question, but the librarian continued in her job through most of Palin’s first term.

    She was never a member of the Alaskan Independence Party, a group that wants Alaskans to vote on whether they wish to secede from the United States. She’s been registered as a Republican since May 1982.
    Palin never endorsed or supported Pat Buchanan for president. She once wore a Buchanan button as a "courtesy" when he visited Wasilla, but shortly afterward she was appointed to co-chair of the campaign of Steve Forbes in the state.
    Palin has not pushed for teaching creationism in Alaska’s schools. She has said that students should be allowed to "debate both sides" of the evolution question, but she also said creationism "doesn’t have to be part of the curriculum."

  • blueniner

    Neil Cavuto has a special on Sunday night called "Fly Me to The Moon" its about all the astronauts that went to the moon.

    • BrianusBerkleianus

      Thanks, Niner.  I am looking forward to this special!!

    • stevethird

       Maybe Neil could re-title the show and call it, "When America was Great".

  • John B. Hefmier

    Charlie Crist has signed papers to officially become a Democrat.  No surprise at all.

    • dave7777

       How long before Romney and Christi? Any bets?

      • John B. Hefmier

        I am expecting Olympia Snowe to be next. 

    • jester2939

      These people are scum. Just another politician who ran as a Republican, but never really was one in the Reagan/Palin sense. No true conservative or lover of the Constitution could EVER switch to the socialistic Democrat Party of today. The Republican brand doesn’t really mean anything anymore.

  • 1776er

    3:41 AM here on the East Coast.  Insomnia is hell.   I blame George Bush, of course.

    What do you do with insomnia at 3:41 AM?

    Mrs. 1776er thinks this is hilarious.  I don’t see the joke.

    • wodiej


    • smbren

       Oh my..I have insomnia too. 4:35 now on the East Coast, and I have to get up for work in 3 hrs.

      • 1776er


         Now 4:57 AM.  We are scheduled to get up in 3 minutes at 5:00 AM.  That’s so we can be out of the house by 6:00 AM.  So we can drive from NoVa to Westminster, Md to an AKC Dog Agility Trial to be there by 7:00 AM so that our dog can "get adjusted" to the venue  before he is scheduled to do his run at about 7:45 AM.  That run will last for less than 30 seconds.  Then we wait approximately 7 hours for another 316 dogs to run before we make our second and last run of the day at about 3:30 PM.  That run will last about 48 seconds.  

        Then we get up at the same time tomorrow and do the exact same thing.  

        Guess I won’t bother trying to go back to bed to get some shut eye in the next 3 minutes.

        • jester2939

          What kind of dog do you have? I thought about getting my border collie into that, but it would take too much time. So, I trained him to catch frisbees instead – he’s quite good :D

    • Guest

      too funny……love it !!

    • Dawani

      Silently start to count from number 30 down to one. If you make a mistake start over at 30. Keep this up a few times and your brain will say, "Okay, I get it." And you go to sleep. It’s boring but it works.

  • Pete Petretich
  • ZH100

    Some interesting videos.

    CNN finding that Palin was hard-working governor

    Jonathan Strong discusses LSM Plot to tear Palin Down  (July ,2010)

    Sarah Palin Visits Troops at Camp Bondsteel, Kosovo (2009)

    Governor Palin Dines With Prime Minister Netanyahu  (March ,2011)

    Governor Palin “On the Couch with Koel” in India (March ,2011)

    Samaritan’s Purse – Sarah Palin – Birmingham Tornado Relief

    Governor Palin in Haiti.

    Opinion Journal: Palin vs. Bernanke

    Rush – McCain Staffers Trying to Destroy Sarah Palin – Nov 6, 2008

    PJTV: Bill Whittle on the Sarah Palin Haters.

    ESPN Outside the Lines: Wasilla Warrior Sarah Palin .

    This video was broadcast by ESPN. It describes how Sarah Palin (then Heath) led her team to victory in March 1982 — with a broken ankle — and how that defining moment charted the course for the remainder of her life.

    The Wardrobe Saga

  • ZH100

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

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

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

    • ZH100

      ‘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. "

  • wodiej

    What the World Needs Now is Love

  • technopeasant

    Ten words or phrases that prevent our side from winning presidential elections:

    1) Belief in ENABLING Americans rather than convincing them to PURSUE HAPPINESS

    2) Craven expediency

    3) Contamination (of the message)

    4) Propaganda that makes our side or our candidates RADIOACTIVE

    5) Ceding the HIGH GROUND

    6) Cognitus INTERRUPTUS (akin to coitus interruptus)

    7) Cutting off one’s nose to spite one’s face

    8) Forgoing the KNOCKOUT PUNCH

    9) Obsession with RAPPROCHEMENT

    10) PYRRHIC victories

    • aaron66krohn

      # 11 (or is it # ONE???)…….

      NOT having Sarah Palin as the nominee!!!

  • MMB2

    Say what?

    "Here we are, Thursday in December. The talk around here is what’s going on at the negotiating table. Is anything going on at the negotiating table?" Pelosi, D-Calif., wondered at her weekly news conference. "I can’t even explain to my constituents why Congress isn’t in session now trying to at least build bridges of understanding and representing." …
    "I’m really surprised that the Republicans would leave," Pelosi said. "With all that needs to be done, [are House Republicans] avoiding the conversation? Sounds like people don’t want to be in town for some reason." …

    "Why are we not here getting information?" Pelosi said. "What are we talking about here? What are we talking about when we say restructure entitlements? What does restructure mean? Destroy? Wither on the vine? Voucherize? Or does it mean let’s work together to make these stronger and improve benefits for the beneficiaries?" …

    "It’s hard to explain to anyone why there’s even a mystery in the conversation that we shouldn’t be having the upper 2 percent of our population paying its fair share," she said. "How do you start by saying we want to know what you’re going to do to seniors before we will do what we know we have to do, which is make the wealthy pay their fair share?"

    – Pelosi, 6 Dec 2012
    "Pelosi Rips House GOP for Breaking"
    via Yahoo News from ABC

    This comes from the woman who pushed through Obamacare from behind closed doors weeding out all Republican input. blah … Surely she remembers that Obamacare is suppose to take care of all Americans including the beneficiaries of entitlements as well as Seniors. … After all the double-talk, she gets to her main objective: increase taxes aka "fair share".

    No wonder Americans are confused …

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