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  • ZH100

    Good morning all.

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

    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
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    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.
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    Energy

    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.
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    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.
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    Education

    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.
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    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.

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/05/07/who-is-the-real-sarah-palin

    • ZH100

      Governor Palin’s executive accomplishments in list form.

      http://conservatives4palin.com/2012/06/governor-palins-executive-accomplishments.html

      • Val

        Thank you so much ZH for all the information you provide. I’ve sent people in search of facts regarding the Governor to the "Open Thread" so I know they too, appreciate your diligence in revealing the truth about Sarah.                    

        • ZH100

           You are welcome, Val.

    • cudaforever

      Good Morning ZH100 !! Thanks for the information :)

      • ZH100

        You are welcome, cudaforever and Good Morning!

    • Ceejay

      Keep the info flowing ,, thanks!

      • ZH100

         You are welcome, Ceejay.

    • LibertyLass

      Thank you ZH, its good to be reminded of all of her accomplishments, there are so many it’s easy to forget. Thank you for what you do for Sarah and the palinista’s.

      • ZH100

         You are welcome,LibertyLass.

  • 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."

    http://conservatives4palin.com/2011/06/politico-emails-bolster-the-message-in-the-undefeated.html

  • 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."

    http://www.thenewagenda.net/2010/05/02/setting-the-record-straight-sarah-palin-and-sex-education/

  • ZH100

    ’2010 Elections: The Palin Effect ‘ (By: bbila ,2010)

    From the article:

    "With that being said, Palin’s 71% endorsement success rate thus far—52 wins out of 73 declared races featuring Palin-endorsed candidates (eight additional races are undecided as of 1:30 p.m. on November 4)—is impressive, especially considering that she embraced a number of underdogs in traditionally blue states.

    Of particular importance is the fact that eighteen of the twenty candidates backed in Palin’s Take Back the 20 initiative have won their races (one race is undecided as of 1:30 p.m. on November 4). That’s a 90% success rate.

    When Mediaite, CBS, and NBC—despite some incomplete stats—are all in agreement that Palin had a great night, it just may be one for the books."

    http://www.humanevents.com/2010/11/05/2010-elections-the-palin-effect/

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_O2JZVOLZP3CZ3PZXJECJ2EETBA Mountain

    Good morning, ZH and cuda!

    I am online so rarely now, taking a break from All Things Political since the election….  It’s so depressing!  And as are so many others, we are bracing ourselves for the inevitable tax increases of 2013, only to become much worse in 2014.  Ack!

    I loved reading Gov. Palin’s post about Hanukkah:  she is so correct that Israel is a light in the midst of an increasingly dark area of the world.  Israel, we are praying that you can continue to survive and thrive!—-and that Obama does his duty toward you!  Lord, help us….

    Happy Hanukkah and Merry Christmas to believing Palinistas/os!
    And God protect and defend Israel, America, and the US Constitution….  even from its own "leaders."
    Still praying for miracles and a President Palin!

    • ZH100

      Good morning , Mountain!

    • Ceejay

      Good to see you Mountain!

    • Pete Petretich

      I don’t think it’s depressing at all. This is an exhilarating time to be a Republican and a Palinista.

      The sky’s the limit!

      • misterlogic0013

         that’s it in a nut shell .. restoration under way ..

    • Gelston

      we always enjoy your wisdom, Mountain.
      I agree about taking a break.

      I stand with Sarah Palin

  • ZH100

    Sliming Palin

    False Internet claims and rumors fly about McCain’s running mate.

    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.
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        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.
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        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.
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        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.
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        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."

    http://factcheck.org/2008/09/sliming-palin/

    • ZH100

      Debunking the "wardrobe" myth .
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      ‘Only Palin’s Stylist Knows for Sure ‘  

      From the article:

      "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."

      http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/19/fashion/19stylist.html?pagewanted=all

    • bedr1

      I hope she was a member of the Alaska Independence Party, would be a badge of Honor because the Republican Party is a corrupt pile of crap.

      There is nothing wrong with Pat Buchanan, unless you believe everything the MSM puts out there. I believe it was Buchanan vs Bush 1 – I voted Buchanan and then it was Buchanan vs Bob "Dull" Dole establishment, I voted Buchanan. Of course most dingbat Republicans were brainwashed by the media and pushed the two establishment punks and we lost to Clinton both times.

  • wodiej

    "Because you have been my help, therefore in the shadow of your wings I shall rejoice."  Psalm 63:7

  • http://us4palin.com devitor

    Master List of Governor Palin’s 2012 Accomplishments – Up to Date as of Saturday with Sarah’s Hannukah Facebook Status….

    Sarah Palin – A Lifetime of Accomplishments

    The list of the lists….by year for Post-Gubernatorial, lists for each of the offices and private sector jobs held, as well as personal accomplishments: athletic, hunting / fishing / shooting, marriage and family.

  • Pete Petretich

    "Throw Them All Out [Hardcover, 2011]"
    http://www.amazon.com/Throw-Them-All-Peter-Schweizer/dp/0547573146/ref=tmm_hrd_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1355136415&sr=8-1

    ICYMI, Peter Schweizer’s modern classic on crony capitalism  and cronyism is still available in reasonably priced editions. I’m giving a copy to my parents for Christmas, 2012.

    The GOP had the opportunity to get on this bandwagon last year AND THEY FAILED TO DO SO!

  • jerseymark

    We have had many readings from Mr. Lewis concerning various virtues and today’s reading involves the virtue of courage and the realization that it impacts all other virtues. This reading presents courage and cowardice from Screwtape’s perspective for “The Screwtape Letters”:

    “Now this is a ticklish business. We have made men proud of most vices, but not of cowardice. Whenever we have almost succeeded in doing so, the Enemy permits a war or an earthquake or some other calamity, and at once courage becomes so obviously lovely and important even in human eyes that all our work is undone and there is still at least one vice of which they feel
    genuine shame.The danger of inducing cowardice in our patients, therefore, is lest we produce real self-knowledge and self-loathing with consequent repentance and humility. And in fact, in the last
    war, thousands of humans, by discovering their own cowardice, discovered the whole moral world for the first time. In peace we can make many of them ignore good and evil entirely; in danger, the issue is forced upon them in a guise to which even we cannot blind them. There is here a cruel dilemma before us. If we promoted justice and charity among men, we should be playing directly into the Enemy’s hands; but if we guide them to the opposite behavior, this sooner or later produces (for He permits it to produce) a war or revolution, and the undisguisable issue of cowardice or courage awakes thousands of men from moral stupor.

    “This, indeed, is probably one of the Enemy’s motives for creating a dangerous world – a world in which moral issues really come to the point. He sees as well as you do that courage is not simply ONE of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point, which means, at the point of highest reality. A chastity or honesty, or mercy, which yields to danger will be chaste or honest or merciful only on conditions. Pilate was merciful till it became risky.”

    Mr. Lewis’ point is well taken. A virtue gains definition and substance only when it is tested under
    risky or dangerous circumstances. It is easy to display any virtue when there is no downside in doing so and we can deceive ourselves into thinking how virtuous we are as we sail through our days without a moments challenge. As an example, it is easy to call yourself a Christian in this country as there is no risk other than the approbation of the Godless who are somehow offended by your confession but it is totally different story to do so in some many countries where such a confession will get you imprisoned or killed. It is only through testing that we find out who and what we really are. This is one of the reasons we are told to count it all joy when we are faced with trials and tribulations.

    I want to diverge a little to bring up a point I make in The Jesus Trap – namely, that God wants to “owe” you and me everything. Remember that He is a Covenant making God by virtue of His respect for our free will which He saw fit to grant us. In doing so, He has seen fit to elevate us to His level able to say yes or no to Him. He is not interested in mindless robots who simply could not do anything else but what He wants. He wants a bona fide relationship with each of us as our free will choice. This is why to become “born again” you must freely invite Jesus into your heart,
    your life. You must freely and knowingly declare Him to be your Lord

    Now what do I mean when I say that God wants to “owe” you and me everything? He is a God who has given us many, many promises all within the context of our covenant with Him. A covenant is a contract with obligations and when we enter into the New Covenant with Jesus, those promises which He has freely made become effective and binding upon Him. Now, I know you don’t feel
    right about that or that He “owes” you anything, but the truth is that in the context of your free will and the Covenant He is then free to act in your life to bring about all that He committed to doing. GOD HAS ALL OF THE MANY ATTRIBUTES WE ASCRIBE TO HIM BUT UNLESS THOSE ATTRIBUTES ARE TESTED, THEY AREN’T REAL. BEING A TRUSTWORTHY GOD, HE WANTS YOU TO PLACE YOUR TRUST IN HIM SO HE CAN PROVE HIS TRUSTWORTHINESS. BEING A MERCIFUL GOD, HE WANTS YO TO COME TO HIM AND ASK FORGIVENESS FOR YOUR SINS SO HE CAN SHOW MERCY. AS A DEPENDABLE GOD, HE WANTS YOU TO DEPEND UPON HIM SO YOU CAN EXPERIENCE HIS DEPENDABILITY. DO YOU GET WHAT I AM SAYING? HE WANTS TO OWE YOU EVERYTHING UNDER THE COVENANT SO THAT HE CAN FREELY MOVE ON YOUR BEHALF AND COMPLETE THE WORK HE COMMITTED TO DOING IN YOU – N AMELY, CONFORMING YOU INTO THE IMAGE OF JESUS AS HIS SON OR DAUGHTER.

    This is what the Covenant is all aboutand is the very foundation of our relationship with Him.

  • Christopher H Fromme

    For a bit of make beleive video and how a woman CIC handles the crools in DC,  Geena Davis star’s as the VP that takes over when the president dies Done befoe 2008   Free on Hulu
    http://www.hulu.com/commander-in-chief

    • aaron66krohn

      So happy and thrilled to see someone ELSE who appreciates the TV show "Commander-in-Chief"!!

      I even started a blog about it a couple of years ago, but I only got 8 or 9 followers, so I quit it after a few posts.
      But, despite it being a "Hillary Clinton Presidential campaign ad", I LOVE it!!
      I own the DVD’s of its only season (2005-06)….all 18 episodes!!
      And I’ve watched ALL 18 episodes NUMEROUS times…..and NEVER tired of them!!!

      Briefly, Mackenzie "Mac" Allen is married to Rod Calloway, and they have 3 kids, 16 year old twins (boy and girl), and a 5 or 6 year old girl.
      When the show opens (the pilot episode)) she is President Teddy Bridges VP, and they’re about 2 years into their first term.
      Bridges is a Republican.
      She is an Independent.
      In her past, she’d been a 2-term House member, and when chosen as VP, the Chancellor of a University in Virginia.
      Bridges comes to her because he needs the "soccer mom" vote!!
      Then, 2 years in, Bridges has a massive stroke, and soon dies.  
      But before he dies, he asks her to resign, so his Republican friend, House Speaker Nate Templeton (played brilliantly by Donald Sutherland!!), can become President.  (Next in line of succession!)
      After Templeton reveals himself to be a sexist pig, she decides to take the Oath of Office, thus becoming the first female President!!

      IMO, it’s by far the best, most serious, show EVER done about a female President (or VP!!).
      And I’ve watched ALL of them!!!
      Plus, I’ve read EVERY NOVEL I can find about a female President or Vice President!!

      My favorite episodes of "C-i-C" are (in no particular order):

      The pilot.
      The two episodes concerning a VERY serious crisis with North Korea.  (It’s a 2-parter!)
      The one where she needs emergency appendix surgery, and Templeton takes over as Acting President for one day!!
      The one when her mother (A GREAT Polly Bergen!!!) visits for Thanksgiving.
      And the one where Mac and her then-female Attorney General go head-to-head over whether to use torture to prevent schools from being blown up by terrorists!!!

      But ALL 18 episodes are worth watching!!
      Buy them on Amazon!!

      P.S.  Two HUGE reasons why I LOVE this show so very much:

      1. I’ve ALWAYS (Well, since at least 1975!!!) wanted a woman to become our President!!

      2. While this show concerns an Independent President, and while it’s tilted toward Hillary becoming President, and a Republican (Templeton) is Mac’s Number ONE Enemy throughout the series……it’s EASY (if you TRY!!!  LOL) to imagine SARAH PALIN being "Mac Allen"!!!
      NOT because of their beliefs or what they do (or would do) as President….but just because Geena Davis plays it VERY seriously….and she (like I’m CERTAIN Sarah would!!!) comes across as…..competent, intelligent, a loving wife and family person, a SMART political person, STRONG, and yes….a "maverick" of sorts!!!

      BUY IT(on Amazon)!!
      Watch it!!
      I truly believe you will NOT be disappointed!!!!

      (Now I’m AMPED UP to watch all 18 episodes…..AGAIN!!!!!)

    • SusanWo4p

      I remember that show!!

      It’s freaky how some of that matched up with Sarah’s experience.

      Attractive VP to an older President.   After he dies, the "DC Insiders" (Donald Sutherland playing a Karl Rove kind of character) go to Geena Davis’ character and tell her that she was only placed on the ticket to get votes, and that nobody ever expected her to be President. They tell her that, for the good of the country, she needs to step aside and decline the Presidency and let one of the "men" take over.

      She refuses, and when she addresses the nation for the first time, the teleprompter messes up (intentionally sabotaged)…but she she smoothly handles the situation.

      The rest of the episodes are just Geena Davis’ character having to deal with the Political Fat Cats trying to destroy her.  They even tabloidize her teenage children to undermine her.

      • hrh40

        I own the DVDs, too.

        It’s a shame they brought in a new showrunner and the quality dipped for the second half.

        The last show is horrid, liberal tripe.

        But the first several are fantastic!!

        I maintain that politics killed the show … from both sides of the aisle.

        Repubs didn’t want the viewing audience to get used to a female chief executive aka Hilary.

        And Dems didn’t want the viewing audience to get used to an Independent as chief executive.

        So they joined forces to kill the show.

        • SusanWo4p

          Funny that you should say that…because it seemed to me that the show’s decline almost seemed intentional to me at the time too.

          Geena Davis won an Emmy for her performance, and the first episodes the show were sharp and complex…but then it took a sudden turn into being Soap Opera-ish…instead of the focus being the serious clash between an ethical President trying to fight two corrupt sides of DC.

          • aaron66krohn

            Interesting comments (from you and hrh40), but being this show’s #1 fan, I gotta strongly DISagree!!

            First, look at the current situation vis a vis the GOP, the conservatives, and Sarah Palin.
            We MIGHT be seeing an 1860 redux, with the current Republican party going the way of the Whigs!!

            And look at all the talk (serious or not, there’s still LOTS of talk!!!!) about Sarah possibly running as an Independent!!

            "Mac Allen" was an Independent!
            "Nate Templeton" is a John Boehner-type (or John McCain-type??) Republican!!

            Hell, this show might be even MORE relevant than it was in 2005, when it began its one and only season!!
            (It was created in 2004, when Hilary had been seen as a possible Presidential candidate!!)

            As for the "show’s decline"….I 100% DISagree!!!

            There are 4 DVD discs.
            The first 3 have 5 episodes each, the 4th one has the remaining 3, plus the bonus features. (Including a GREAT interview with Geena about her role…..and some great "deleted scenes"!!!).
            On Disc 1, my faves are the pilot, first dance (the Russian state dinner), and the one about torture (First…Do no harm).

            On Disc 2, my faves are the hurricane in Florida, Rubie Dubidoux, her mother doing the Thanksgiving dinner, and the first part of the North Korean 2-parter.

            On Disc 3 is the 2nd part of the NK crisis, and the State of the Unions (when Rod’s drink is spiked, and their marriage goes through a rough spot).

            On the 4th disc is the one about her appendix surgery, and Templeton taking over the Presidency for a day, and the last one about the ERA.

            I know hrh40 called that final episode a "horrid liberal" show!!

            First off, I look to the ARTISTIC merits of a show, movie, book, or CD……and NOT to the political aspects or leanings of the artist!!!

            That’s why, for example, I can LOVE the Dixie Chicks, despite Natalie Maines saying what she did about W!!
            Or, speaking of W, I can LOVE the movie "W.", despite its director being that COMMIE Oliver Stone!!!  It was a great and very entertaining movie….and screw the political leanings of Mr Stone!!!

            Same with that final episode of "C-i-C"!!!
            When she said "If not us, WHO??  If not now, WHEN??", I got chills all over me!!!  
            Because I can see SARAH saying the same exact words….except probably NOT about the ERA!!!  
            (Though I would hope that she, as our first FEMALE President, WILL promote equal rights for women….though maybe not through the ERA amendment!!)

            As for the "soap opera" aspects of the show….don’t forget, this was a TV show….NOT a political manifesto brought to life!!

            So you had the fights between Rod and Jim Gardner…..the twins being political opposites…..the media asking the kids who they’re dating…..Mac discovering her daughter kissing that guy in her bedroom….and Rod’s dealings with that Hillary-fixated Protocol Director!!

            Think about this.
            If Sarah and McCain had been elected in 2008, you would have Vice President-Elect Sarah Palin attending the birth of her unwed teenage daughter’s baby!!
            You would have had Piper and Trig wandering around the Oval Office, a la Caroline and John-John!!
            And so on!!
            Soap opera aspects??
            The Palin’s had a few to offer us!!!

            I LOVED that show….and as I said earlier….I’m going to watch ALL the 18 episodes AGAIN…starting later today!!!!!
            (I’ve seen them maybe 10-15 times EACH already….including when it first appeared on TV back in 2005-06!!!)

            • SusanWo4p

              Margeret Mitchell wrote a Pulitzer Prize Winning Novel called GONE WITH THE WIND.  The story was centered around a fiesty, independent, tough Southern woman named Scarlett O’hara.  Scarlett took everything the world through at her and was still able to stand strong.

              If you’ve read the book, you know that the "romance" between she and Rhett is NOT the central point of the story.  The CENTRAL FOCUS is on one American Woman’s strength and fortitude.

              Again, the book won a PULITZER PRIZE…for being such a finely crafted American Novel (if not one of the Greatest is American Literature.)

              A few years ago, a sequel was made.  THE BOOK WAS A STINKY, POORLY WRITTEN, ONE DIMENSIONAL ROMANCE NOVEL.  

              (Just to give you an idea of how bad it was:  At the end of the sequel, Rhett rescues Scarlett from a tower on the Irish countryside.  The Irish villagers are going to execute her being a witch.  The book ends with the classic romance novel kissing, and Rhett learning that Scarlett’s cute little girl, "Cat"  is his child…a child that was conceived after they were in a stormy boat wreck and stranded on an island together.)    

              The point is this:  GWTW was a great story about a great female character.  The modern world turned her into a cheesy Romance novel character.  Can you think of any other Pulitzer Prize winning novels that have been cheapened like that?

              I felt like kinda of the same thing happened with CIC.  A great strong female character, who in the end, was reduced to Soap Opera status.

              Maybe it’s just my own personal taste. 

              • aaron66krohn

                Yes, totally familiar with both GWTW and its sequel.

                (While in Atlanta in 1982, I walked right past the Margaret Mitchell Museum…..somewhere downtown along Peachtree St!!)
                I’m a writer (novels included!!) and an avid reader, AND I worked about 9 years in big used bookstores!!
                I started reading GWTW, but could finish just the first 221 pages before giving up!!
                Just not my type of reading material!!
                But I saw the movie…and enjoyed it.

                That said, I must AGAIN disagree with you.
                But let’s just mark it down, as you said, to personal taste!!
                (You’re a woman, I’m a guy……Venus/Mars!!  LOL)

                I don’t agree that "Mac" was weaker toward the end.
                Again, as to the soap opera aspect….this was a TV show, not a political manifesto!!

                Tell me, WHEN it’s PRESIDENT Sarah Palin in the Oval…..would you NOT want to know what’s happening with her FAMILY??

                We do NOW!!
                We watched SPA and Life’s a Tripp….both fairly heavy with "soap opera" aspects.
                (1st episode of SPA…Sarah preventing Andy from visiting Willow in her bedroom!!!)

                To me, that’s what makes the Palin’s different from other "political families"!!!

                Anyway, thanks for all your comments.
                Personal taste!!
                (You say To-MAY-TOE, I say TUH-MAH-toe!!  LOL)

  • http://www.facebook.com/IsabelM.Matos Isabel Matos

    Good morning!!!

    Anyone but BOEHNER because BOEHNER NEEDS TO GO.. ! http://wwwthefollowup.blogspot.com/2012/12/john-boehner-needs-to-go-here-is-how.html

    I just want to know if John BOEHNER is removed from his Speakership, who do you think should be his replacement? What do you know about Tom PRice? And I wonder what Boehner’s allies get for being Boehner’s allies.. Boehner runs such a corrupt ship! http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/335187/boehner-s-biggest-threat-robert-costa

    • c4pfan

      Doing ‘anyone but’ is a waste of time.  It’s NOT a reason to vote for someone.  You end up with a Romney in that case.

      • http://www.facebook.com/IsabelM.Matos Isabel Matos

        Okay, then, BOEHNER NEEDS TO GO!

  • http://www.facebook.com/IsabelM.Matos Isabel Matos

    Anyone but PRIEBUS for RNC, but JC Watts should have particular appeal to Palin supporters because of these words about Sarah in 2008.. http://www.lvrj.com/opinion/30860524.html

    He was tenuous a few days ago, but he is kicking things up a notch vs. Priebus!! Go JC!
    http://www.politico.com//story/2012/12/jc-watts-escalates-attacks-on-priebus-84634.html

    • c4pfan

      I don’t care what JC Watts said about Sarah in 2008.  That’s not enough for me. 

    • bedr1

      Not a big Watts fan, Preibus has to go

    • blueniner

      I like JC, but he was pretty weak last week when confronted by Chris Matthews on Harboiled . In that position you have to have someone who will do combat with those bullys and thugs, and JC is a little too nice for that role. You need a Lee Atwood type for RNC chair.

  • Polarbearpapa

    Madison Rising – The Star Spangled Banner

       http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c8C7i9kdEf8

  • Polarbearpapa

     "Far from being rivals or enemies, religion and law are twin sisters,
    friends, and mutual assistants. Indeed, these two sciences run into each
    other. The divine law, as discovered by reason and the moral sense,
    forms an essential part of both."

    James Wilson

    • Al B.

      Mark Levin talked about some of the "unknown" founders on his show Friday and talked about Wilson at length as an example of those who gave all for their country.  A Pennsylvanian, Wilson stood up on the last day of the Constitutional Convention in 1787 and gave a speech urging ratification on behalf of Ben Franklin, who was too ill to speak.  He served as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court (appointed by George Washington) and died a pauper.

      • blueniner

        Yeah, he was the guy that Mark mentioned that went broke, and had bad health.

  • jester2939

    Good morning, C4Peeps!! I just got up and opened the windows to see…….SNOW on the rooftops, ground and cars! It was a balmy 72 for a high yesterday in Dallas, but a cold front with an attitude dropped down for a vist, lol! Now it’s 32 with a wind chill of 24. My dog sniffed at the snow, the wind suddenly howled, and he turned tail for the house (weeny; no dog mushing in his future)!  I’m just glad I harvested my basil and parsley yesterday – We have a saying in Texas, "If you don’t like the weather, wait a minute and it will change."

    Have a great day, guys!!

    • bedr1

      Ha ha Jester, they have that saying everywhere.

    • fb274

      Currently have 31 degrees and was 24 at 7:00 AM, no humidity, no wind, have sun shinning so not too bad.  Keep the snow and don’t send it to the Tall City west of you.  Looking at the low 20′s again tonight.

      • jester2939

        The snow’s gone now – the sun melted it :-)

  • Laddie_Blah_Blah

    “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men should do nothing.” – Edmund Burke

    In Belgium, there is, at least, one good man remaining who is willing to speak up:

    http://pjmedia.com/rogerlsimon/2012/12/10/the-last-of-the-just-in-belgium/

    "When you look at the faces of the others in the room visible on the video, you don’t exactly see “profiles in courage.” I would wager, however, that if you asked each of them individually whether they favored equal rights for women and homosexuals, as well as separation of church and state and liberal democracy and Enlightenment principles in general (all anathema to Shariah), they would uniformly say yes. Further I would imagine they would all be appalled at the idea of a global caliphate under Islam, and therefore the end of Belgium as a sovereign nation, the very intention of Shariah.

    Still, political correctness — leavened, to be sure, with a modicum of cowardice — overwhelmed their good sense and allowed the decent and courageous man to leave by himself.

    If you ever wondered how Hitler happened, you have part of your answer on this video."

  • bedr1

    Paying higher taxes will NEVER lower the deficit.

    Every American can be 100% taxed all of the money they make and there would still be a deficit and debt, because the Government spends too much, and the spending increases every year.

  • http://www.facebook.com/IsabelM.Matos Isabel Matos

    Never underestimate the power of a Small Army.  Faith and Courage are potent weapons.

  • Maria Buss

    What’s going on this morning is – rage and the empty chair. Where is the leadership?

    This administration would rather have this country go over
    the fiscal cliff. Not only do the Republicans get the blame, not only does the
    government require those with $250,000 in modified adjusted income to pay a
    3.8% surtax, 28 million taxpayers as well will face unexpected AMT taxes on
    their 2012 income tax return.  If you
    claim certain tax advantages that lower your taxable income – itemized
    deduction, business expenses, etc. (that’s most of the middle class) you may be
    subject to the AMT. http://www.irs.gov/uac/55

    Although the new tax rules in the Affordable Care Act take
    effect in the New Year, the proposed rules are open for public comment and can
    be overturned by strong opposition from the public.  Access the link from here http://whereistheoversight.blogspot.com/p/government-regulations.html  for information on submitting a comment.

    For details on the investment income tax proposed rule,
    click here http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=IRS-2012-0049-0001

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