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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

      • 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.
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        ‘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."
        http://www.adn.com/2009/01/16/657216/palin-unveils-state-energy-goals.html#storylink=cpy
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        ‘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."
        http://thespeechatimeforchoosing.wordpress.com/2010/06/24/sarah-palin%E2%80%99s-goal-of-50-renewable-energy-use-in-alaska-signed-into-law/

  • 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."
    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/08/12/POLLSTER-Voters-Strongly-Reject-Cronyism

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    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.
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    ‘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. "
    https://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=382303098434
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    ‘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."
    http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=10150295067853435
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    ‘How Congress Occupied Wall Street’  (by Governor Palin)
    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204323904577040373463191222.html?mod=googlenews_wsj
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    ‘Palin: Congress, it’s time to stop lining your pockets’ (by Governor Palin)
    http://www.usatoday.com/news/opinion/forum/story/2011-12-12/congress-insider-trading-sec/51841156/1
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    ‘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."
    http://conservatives4palin.com/2011/05/governor-palins-consistent-fight-against-corruption
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    ‘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. "
    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/10/us/10iht-currents10.html
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    ‘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 "
    http://thespeechatimeforchoosing.wordpress.com/2011/09/14/how-governor-palin-reformed-alaskas-ethics-laws-and-made-crony-capitalism-a-crime/
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    ‘Dan Mitchell of the Cato Institute praises Sarah Palin for highlighting Washington’s rampant crony capitalism ‘ 
    http://danieljmitchell.wordpress.com/2011/09/10/kudos-to-sarah-palin-for-exposing-the-sleazy-bipartisan-corruption-problem-in-washington/
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    ‘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."
    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122057381593001741.html?mod=djemEditorialPage
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    ‘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.

    http://www.amazon.com/Sarah-takes-Big-Oil-compelling/dp/0982163207
    or
    http://product.half.ebay.com/Sarah-Takes-on-Big-Oil-by-Kristen-Nelson-and-Kay-Cashman-2008-Hardcover/71269107&cpid=13906976712008-Hardcover/71269107&cpid=1390697671

  • ZH100

    Some interesting videos.
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    CNN finding that Palin was hard-working governor
    Video:
    http://www.therightscoop.com/cnn-finding-that-palin-was-harding-working-governor/
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    Jonathan Strong discusses LSM Plot to tear Palin Down  (July ,2010)
    http://video.foxnews.com/v/4290697/did-liberal-media-plot-against-sarah-palin
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    Sarah Palin Visits Troops at Camp Bondsteel, Kosovo (2009)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pUL0CVFy5IY
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    Governor Palin Dines With Prime Minister Netanyahu  (March ,2011)
    http://conservatives4palin.com/2011/03/governor-palin-dines-with-prime-minister-netanyahu.html
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    Governor Palin “On the Couch with Koel” in India (March ,2011)
    http://conservatives4palin.com/2011/03/governor-palin-talks-to-koel-purie-rinchet-from-india.html
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    Samaritan’s Purse – Sarah Palin – Birmingham Tornado Relief
    http://conservatives4palin.com/2011/05/a-picture-of-servant-leadership-at-its-finest.html
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    Governor Palin in Haiti.
    http://conservatives4palin.com/2010/12/governor-palin-helping-haiti-this-christmas.html
    http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=114407508628308&oid=158671177481084&comments
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    Opinion Journal: Palin vs. Bernanke
    http://online.wsj.com/video/opinion-journal-palin-vs-bernanke/6A8B3973-6069-464E-B48B-4D4564C96DE5.html
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    Sarah Palin Governor’s picnic
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nMVAktDzLVo

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kDYCHEdHZAk
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    Rush – McCain Staffers Trying to Destroy Sarah Palin – Nov 6, 2008
    http://www.viddler.com/v/af93c259
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    PJTV: Bill Whittle on the Sarah Palin Haters.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DmEE61iVhCA
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    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.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IatnIb2UL9A
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    The Wardrobe Saga
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mexjgjRw0_g

  • qtdb7

    "You Americans are so gullible. No, you won’t accept
    Communism outright; but we’ll keep feeding you small doses of
    Socialism until you will finally wake up and find that you already have
    Communism. We won’t have to fight you; we’ll so weaken your economy,
    until you fall like overripe fruit into our hands."
    -Nikita Khrushchev
     

    • ZH100

      Nikita  Khrushchev led the Soviet Union during part of the Cold War.
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nikita_Khrushchev

      Nikita Khrushchev is dead and the Soviet Union (and communism) collapsed.
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_Soviet_Union_%281982%E2%80%931991%29

      • TexS2012

        Obama was raised by Communist. He is very much alive and POTUS and shoving communism down our throats. Sarah Palin is the only fearless, brave politician that calls him out. There was another politician that spoke out loud about evil empires and he brought them down, can it be done again?

        • Audrey_I

          Obama is a Muslim who practices "Taqiyya".  His Arab Spring is the first step towards forming an Islamic Caliphate.  Obama feels that promoting Islam and being a good communist is more important than preserving liberty and freedom.

  • 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

    About media bias.
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    ‘The Undefeated’ Review: ‘By Their Fruits Ye Shall Know Them’

    From the article:

    "With one legislative success after another and overwhelming bipartisan support, Governor Sarah Palin’s popularity was at a record high 88% according to Gallup’s empirical data — the highest approval rating on record for a sitting US Governor. With that kind of approval rating, Sarah stated "My administration must be doing something right

    She enjoyed those high approval ratings right up to the day her Blackberry rang and Senator McCain asked "Would you like to help me change history"?

    And so began their campaign for the White House.

    So, too, began another campaign — the one launched by the statists to destroy her.

    Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals teaches its disciples that you must take a person’s strengths and "isolate them". And that is exactly what they did. It was an organized strategy and the media gladly participated."

    http://cdn.breitbart.com/Big-Hollywood/2011/06/17/The-Undefeated-Review–By-Their-Fruits-Ye-Shall-Know-Them

    • ZH100

      Book Excerpt: ‘Bring Her Down’: How the American Media Tried to Destroy Sarah Palin

      "More than with any other presidential election in living memory, the members of the press seized control of the narrative of the 2008 election and held onto it.

      At first, in their minds, the story of the election was supposed to be the story of Barack Obama, who for many reasons had become their candidate of choice early in the process. But when Sarah Palin, coming out of nowhere with (in their eyes) inexplicable popularity, threatened their vision of Obama’s triumphal march to the White House, she had to be stopped, plain and simple.

      If the story now had to include her, they would simply have to ensure that her part of the story was told on their terms—and that it was the ugliest, most vicious, most damning story they could possibly dream up."

      http://conservatives4palin.com/2011/06/book-excerpt-bring-her-down%E2%80%99-how-the-american-media-tried-to-destroy-sarah-palin.html

      • ZH100

         ‘The Persecution of Sarah Palin: How the Elite Media Tried to Bring Down a Rising Star’  (by Matthew Continetti)

        "But the fascination of ordinary people quickly drew an unprecedented attack from the media
        elite and liberal activists. Far beyond the normal bounds of tough questions and challenges, Palin’s enemies decided that nothing was too personal to attack-including her marriage, her children, her faith, and her wardrobe.

        The media distorted Palin’s positions and beliefs beyond recognition. And almost every word out of her mouth was spun as a "flub."

        http://www.amazon.com/The-Persecution-Sarah-Palin-Rising/dp/1595230610

        • ZH100

          Mika Brzezinski Discusses Media Bias     (May 11, 2009)

          "Scarborough: You brought up Sarah Palin? You’re right, they were bashing Sarah Palin before they even knew Sarah Palin. They were scared of her.

          Brzezinski: Exactly. Let me make this clear because this is my world and these are the people I’ve worked with for twenty years. Members of the network media elite as well as members and people who worked for the New York Times, when Sarah Palin first came on the scene and this is what they knew about her:

          She was a woman, she was pro-life, and she had some very, very conservative views on other issues. And all I could hear from my friends in the network media elite was, "Let’s bring her down. I hope these rumors bring her down." And at a party where there were people from the New York Times, all they would talk about is the rumors that they hoped would bring her down.

          They did not know her. They didn’t know anything about her. But they wanted to bring her down."

          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p5G7NieqPQM

          • ZH100

            CAUGHT ON TAPE: Katie Couric Dissin’ Sarah Palin The Day John McCain Named Her As His Running Mate ‘ (August  2010)

            From the article:

            "There’s a larger story here, of course.

            It’s not just what was said by Couric in her discussion of Governor Palin, but also the way CBS framed the narrative of Governor Palin’s life in their story. The script covers moose burgers, her kids, her being a former beauty queen and being on the cover of Vogue.

            Sarah Palin was a sitting governor, and at that time, before the Obama campaign and their allies in the press spent months relentlessly smearing her good name, she had the highest approval ratings of any governor in the country.

            She was also responsible for getting the largest energy project in North American history underway after several decades of interminable delays in Alaska. She was a courageous corruption-busting whistleblower who turned in the leader of her own party in Alaska for his corrupt practices.

            She was a fiscal conservative who made the largest veto cuts in Alaska history, reined in the reckless waste, cut her own expenses, sold the governor’s private jet, let the personal chef go, and put away billions of dollars in savings for Alaska for a rainy day.

            She was a tough CEO who went toe to toe with the Big Oil companies and fought to get the best deal for Alaskans, the resource owners she represented. And she did all of this as a woman from a modest background who was entirely self-made – without the benefit of a rich or influential father or husband.

            But what in this impressive biography did CBS News and Couric choose to focus on? Moose burgers and beauty pageants.

            http://thespeechatimeforchoosing.wordpress.com/2010/08/04/caught-on-tape-katie-couric-dissin-sarah-palin-the-day-john-mccain-named-her-as-his-running-mate/

        • Audrey_I

          The awful lies that the mainstream media spread about Sarah Palin proves that American journalism is dead.  The mainstream media is on par with the German media of the 1930′s.

  • wodiej

    "He will give beauty for ashes; joy instead of mourning; praise instead of heaviness." Isaiah 61:3

  • wodiej

    Anything exciting for the holidays-not me.  Having my cousin over to stay the night Christmas Eve than having dinner Christmas day. Sometimes we make a few harmless prank phone calls to friends.   And we always have lots to talk about. 

    I would like to spend it w my immediate family but there is always so much drama that I am upset for 2 weeks before anticipating it and another 2 weeks to recover.  Me and my best friend are going over to my Mom’s this Sunday and that will be my Christmas w her.   The rest of my family…..well, I keep them in my prayers. 

    I hope everyone here has a day full of blessings.  Although mine will not be ideal, I am blessed in many other ways and try to remember that during this period of difficulty with employment.  I hope we all aren’t old and gray when God finally reveals to me what His plans are for me.  :)

    • http://twitter.com/GG84P BHappy

      Ours will be filled with grandkids and adult "kids" home for food, presents and fun. Never perfect, always exhausting but I cherish these times together. They will be fleeting as in a few years, the families will grow up and begin their own traditions. Then Grandpa and I will probably shuttle around visiting their houses.
         Its been difficult getting into the Christmas spirit this year. I feel "Grinchy." But, God is always faithful and remembering his birth is humbling. Your little celebration sounds nice, Wodiej. I am looking forward to Mass on Christmas eve, the music is always beautiful and everyone is joyful for at least one night.

      • wodiej

        sounds wonderful.  I wish people could have that Christmas spirit all year.  

    • jester2939

      I can identify with the family issues. We are visiting our family in Louisville AFTER Christmas. After traveling from Texas to Kentucky several years ago, the family gathered Christmas morning at my aunt’s house and didn’t invite us! We found that out when we came in the afternoon. It was so hurtful and awful.

      Of course we won’t see all of our family. One of my Dad’s brothers isn’t speaking to him, and my Dad’s other brother continues to battle substance abuse and roam from one homeless shelter to another. Unfortunately his son, my cousin, has followed in his footsteps after spending several years in a last-restort juvenile detention facility in Kentucky. He only calls when he wants money, claiming it’s for rent. When I ask for his landlord’s number, my cousin says he will get it and call back – he never does. My uncle’s other son was adopted by a Christian couple, but they divorced and now he is living with his adopted father and his father’s girlfriend at her house. But he recently turned 18, so we can see him for the first time in 11 years. Please pray that goes well, and that he doesn’t follow in his biological father and brother’s footsteps.   

      • Guest

        Jester….may your joy in Messiah be a light to your family….
        He came for healing & restoration of a very dark & broken world…
        His victory is our salvation…..
        Incense are before the Throne on your behalf.

        • jester2939

          Thanks!  We pray often for this healing and restoration (or reconciliation) and, of course, their salvation.

  • http://us4palin.com devitor

    In answer to Ian’s question, 13 days in the Yucatan with my wife as she explores her birth place (Merida, Mexico).

    • c4pfan

      Nice!

    • jester2939

      That sounds like fun. Enjoy!

  • Pete Petretich

    I am not going bankrupt for the holidays, and I can actually pay my own rent. That’s a very big deal!

    • c4pfan

      Yay! 

    • jester2939

      That’s an answer to prayer! Congrats Pete :D

    • indemind

       God Bless… Pete

    • Independantminded

      Great to hear things are turning around for you. Glad to hear!

  • Pete Petretich

    "PolitiFact taps the Romney campaign’s ad on Jeeps made in China as its Lie of the Year: PolitiFact Ohio"
    http://www.cleveland.com/open/index.ssf/2012/12/politifact_taps_the_romney_cam.html#incart_river

    I can’t even remember if the Romney Jeep thing was true or not…

  • jerseymark

    Here is a wonderful short reading from “The Weight of Glory” from the chapter “Why I Am Not a
    Pacifist”:

    “If not the greatest evil, yet war is a great evil. Therefore, we should all like to remove it if we can.
    But every war leads to another war. The removal of war must therefore be attempted. We must increase by propaganda the number of Pacifists in each nation until it becomes great enough to deter that nation from going to war. This seems to me wild work. Only liberal societies tolerate Pacifists. In the liberal society, the number of Pacifists will either be large enough to cripple the state as a belligerent, or not. If not, you have done nothing. IF IT IS LARGE ENOUGH, THEN YOU
    HAVE HANDED OVER THE STATE WHICH DOES TOLERATE PACIFISTS TO ITS TOTALITARIAN NEIGHBOR WHO DOES NOT. PACIFISM OF THIS KIND IS TAKING THE STRAIGHT ROAD TO A WORLD IN WHICH THERE WILL BE NO PACIFISTS.”

    This is exactly what is happening to the West. Western civilization has been by nature liberal in the classical sense of the term as opposed to how it is used today. Liberal societies are tolerant of differing view points considering such discussion as a “marketplace for ideas”. Even though today’s “liberals” are far from tolerant concerning any differing opinion and will use whatever is necessary to shut down opposing viewpoints, our culture still rests on the principle of individual liberty and freedom of expression and as such, there is the potential in the West to foster among its various voices that of Pacifism. We have seen many “anti-war” protests and demonstrations and it isn’t hard to gain listeners since war is very difficult to like. We have seen efforts to persuade the people that unilateral disarmament is a good and moral course as these same folks assert that the United States is the source of all the misery in the world. These folks actually do
    believe what they say but they don’t realize that it has been fully documented that all such movements in the West have been infiltrated, supported and pushed along by agents of our enemies who want nothing more than for the U.S. to disarm itself. Over the last fifty years,
    this mindset has grown in force in and out of government as we shrink our military capability every time there is a Democrat in office and now is not different as President Obama wants to shrink our nuclear deterrent by 80% unilaterally, meaning without a like decrease by Russia. The West has become soft, which would not be a bad thing if everyone else was likewise.

    As indicated in the reading, when a nation’s ability to fight is crippled by internal dissension caused by a strong Pacifist movement, its weakness makes that nation a target of aggression by other nations who do not countenance Pacifists, who are ready, willing and able to fight when the
    opportunity arises. In those societies, Pacifism is considered weak and depraved and they look upon the target nation in that manner. Now, a while ago I wrote about the role of women in our political history and there were those who understood the point and its truth and there were those who reacted strongly in an emotional way without regard to the facts. The simple fact is that generally men are, by nature, more confrontational, more “warlike” whereas women are more conciliatory, focused more on the “why can’t we all just get along”. This does not mean I believe this to be wrong in any way, generally. Women make men better people by smoothing the rough edges and socializing men so there can be a peaceful, productive society instead of constant chaos and factional fighting. HOWEVER, there is a right place for everything and when it comes to national defense, when it comes to defending our way of life, our freedom and our liberties, there is no place for a strong Pacifist attitude. It is an absolute truism that we have peace through strength and it is also true that when we are weak, instability increases and “bad” guys can take advantage. As we become weaker, I will leave it to you to consider who would likely take advantage of the opportunity.

    • TexS2012

      Thanks jerseymark, it’s a constant battle for liberty. Sarah said it’s up to us, now, to keep that liberty that was won by the lives of those who came before us. I don’t know how anyone can be a Democrat when a Democrat President always downsides our military and just barely gives them honor due for their sacrifices. Oh the Democrats may put on a good face and make statements that lead one to believe that they support our military but their actions make them out to be liars. It’s personal with me as with so many others having lived through the dishonor and never forgetting.
      That’s why I love Sarah Palin who always honors our military and never forgets their sacrifices, she showed that while Governor of Alaska, while running for President and I don’t expect her to ever change her appreciation. My prayer to God is that she would become Commander In Chief, POTUS, we need her, we need a mother of the country, it’s time.

  • wodiej

    “You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.” 
    ? Dr. Seuss

    • jester2939

      Ha! I haven’t heard that one. Thanks!

  • Christopher H Fromme

    Rep. Mike Kelly PA-3 About Benghazi and the Middle East-audio interview was endorsed by Sarah Palin/SarahPac in 2010&12 and American Grizzlies
    Regarding Benghazi, Rep. Kelly believes we owe it to the families of our slain diplomats to uncover the truth behind the September 11, 2012 terrorist attack.  It is simply unacceptable that the Obama Administration repeatedly blamed an American film maker and his anti-Muhammad video for the attack even though intelligence sources made clear within 24 hours that al-Qaeda affiliates launched the pre-planned, military-styled assault.  According to General David Petraeus’s Congressional testimony, his original talking points clearly stated the attack was carried out by terrorists, but after he submitted them, they were altered to hide direct references to terrorist involvement.  It is astonishing to realize that the Administration deliberately manipulated intelligence data in order to hide the truth about the attack from the American people during an election season.  It is also astonishing that – in spite of real time intelligence via video feed and numerous requests for help – this Administration did not provide the necessary and requested backup once the 7-hour attack commenced. We need to know who made the decision to manufacture the false Benghazi narrative, and why available military assets were not made available to Americans on the ground during the terrorist assault.
    Regarding the fiscal cliff, Rep. Kelly reaffirmed his position to oppose any tax rate increases.  If President Obama’s plan to raise tax rates on those making more than $250,000 is implemented, the accounting firm Ernst and Young estimates another 700,000 American jobs would be lost.  Even the President himself acknowledged in 2009 that raising taxes during weak economic times could cause a recession.  And yet, the President is moving forward with his destructive agenda.
    http://glenmeakem.com/audio/2012-11-17%20Rep%20kelly.mp3       recorded Nov 17

    • c4pfan

      Thanks for posting.

    • sarahhasmyvote

      The link came up to black screen on YouTube. 

    • Maria Buss

      "We need to know who made the decision to manufacture the false Benghazi narrative…"

      We want the truth. Would Hillary Clinton provide it on December 20?

    • $35927229

       We also need to know where our President was during those 7 hours and what he was doing.

  • stlouisix

    As Clinton Prepares to Testify, Rep. Wolf Accuses Tunisia of Hampering FBI Probe Into Benghazi Attack
    http://cnsnews.com/news/article/clinton-prepares-testify-rep-wolf-accuses-tunisia-hampering-fbi-probe-benghazi-attack

    The Clintons are all about political survival as "truth" is not a word in their vocabulary! "Truth" is a word owed to the families of four Americans who, without adequate security, died while the Obama Administration watched them die in real time, and did NOTHING, repeat, NOTHING, to help them when that help was, per some reports, as close as an hour away. There is a word for this too. It’s called TREASON, and those responsible need to be prosecuted to the full extent of the law for it!
     
    Stop and consider the message to our military who now formally knows that their worthless CIC does not have their back, as if they didn’t know that already with the Imam Obama’s PC rules of engagement putting their lives at extreme risk with the self-esteem of the radical jihadists being a bigger priority.

    Our military is nothing but cannon fodder for Obama who has no problem running arms to the America-hating Muslim Brotherhood rebels in Syria, thereby fomenting more chaos in the most volatile region of the world with the very real risk of another major war with our military, which Obama is unilaterally disarming while America’s enemies, Obama’s friends, are arming to the teeth, being told by a tyrant masquerading as president to defend the indefensible in helping radical Islam gain a foothold in another country!

    What happened in Benghazi cries out for justice for the families of the fallen, and all those trying to honorably serve an America under the leadership of the dishonorable who deserve to spend the rest of their lives in Leavenworth for willfully trying to destroy a free America from within!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_N7HCPR7JLQP6R33GXP5DO5XKDM 1776er

      Lest we forget their names:

      Ambassador Christopher Stevens—Sean Smith—Glen Doherty—Tyrone Woods.

      They were brave men.  They were not bumps in the road.  

      Obama, Panetta, Petraeus and especially Hillary Clinton knew what was happening and for 7 hours did nothing while these men fought a desperate battle for their lives and in service to you and me and  America.

      They can never let us know the truth about Benghazi.

      As we keep asking ourselves the why question—why didn’t Obama send help?  why didn’t they do something? why did they just watch them die when that AC 130, U.S. Marine reinforcements and the means of victory in that battle were just minutes away?–we can only conclude that the truth  is simply too enormous for us to accept.

      Their defense comes down to this:  we might of hurt somebody.

      We drop missiles all over Pakistan, Afghanistan, Yemen and who knows where at enormous risk to civilians who may be in the way.  They don’t like it much.  Neither do we.  But we do it to defend our country and our people.

      We might of hurt somebody?  Give me a break.

      Think of it.  If you are simply running a normal consulate you rush to aid your fellow countrymen.  If you are running guns–like you always do and have always done–you rush to the  aid of your fellow countrymen and rationalize it to the public by blaming Ollie North for doing it first.  If you are running a torture chamber in the basement you rush to the aid of your fellow countrymen and rationalize it to the public as intelligence gathering.  If you are running a meth lab in the back room you rush to the aid of your fellow countrymen and rationalize it as medical research. If you are running a gay bar in the attic you rush to the aid of your fellow countrymen and you enlist Barney Frank and the community to defend it as a cultural exchange.  

      There is almost nothing this Administration cannot and has not rationalized to the public with the assistance of the LSM lapdog stooges at MSNBC, CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN and the AP.  

      Sitting there and doing NOTHING while watching Christopher Stevens, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods fight a desperate fight for their lives has to be associated with an ugly, ugly un-American truth.  They say truth is stranger than fiction.  I believe it.  

      I truly feel we have about as much chance of learning the truth about Benghazi as we do of learning the truth about the Kennedy Assassination.  

      It will be interesting to observe the lies,evasions and cynical, self-serving deceptions that will come out of the mouth of our Secretary of State as she "accepts responsibility" for Benghazi.  

      Nixon talked about his dog Checkers and a good plain Republican cloth coat.  Wonder what Hillary will use to tear us up with.  

      Heck,the LSM will all be apologizing to her for all the anxiety we have put her through before it is all over.  Poor thing.  It was all Bush’s fault.  And those nasty TEA Party people and Sarah Palin have put a crosshairs on Hillary’s back.  Turns out she is the hero in all this.  She stood like a rock and an American Heroine at Benghazi.  Isn’t she great?  What a woman!

      So it goes.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/JHM27SE26N253WDURJFH6XSCOI George

        "Lest we forget their names:Ambassador Christopher Stevens—Sean Smith—Glen Doherty—Tyrone Woods."Thank you for keeping these brave souls in our minds and hearts.

        I have been thinking about how the family and friends of other brave Americans killed in embassy/consulate attacks through the years are coping, for the pain will never end.  At this season of Love. I thought I would try to find out some of their names so we can remember them too.There have been so very many attacks, I couldn’t possible sift through them all, I’m afraid. So this is hardly comprehensive.  I was looking for fallen American patriots.  In no way am I belittling the lives of the hundreds of people who have died in attacks designed to kill our fellow countrymen and women.  It is very difficult to find names.  :( 

        1983 United States embassy bombing was a suicide bombing in Beirut, Lebanon, that killed 63 people, mostly embassy and CIA staff members, several soldiers and one Marine. 17 of the dead were Americans. I’m afraid, I couldn’t find names.

        1974 our Ambassador and assistant were shot outside the Embassy in Cyprus.

        There were at least 14 attacks between then and 1998.  No Americans are named, that I see, in the death roll.

        1998 United States embassy bombings, Dar es Salaam and Nairobi.  Of the hundreds of people killed 12 were Americans, including Tom Shah and Molly Huckaby Hardy, CIA and Jesse Aliganga, Marine.

        2002 was a bad year for attacks on US consulates/embassies in Calcutta, Karachi and Denpasar, Indonesia. It is noticeable how most of the dead are local citizens.  The attack in Karachi was part of a series of attacks over several years. You may remember in 2006 David Foy, an American diplomat, was killed by a car bomb.

        2006 raid on Embassy in Syria; 2007 Athens Embassy fired on; 2008 Turkish Consulate attacked.  In 2010, Embassy in Peshawar attacked.  In all of these attacks there were deaths, but no American lives were lost.  Of the 8 killed in Peshawar, 2 were Consulate guards.

        Then, we come to Benghazi. :( To the all those who loved and lost their dearest in attacks of this sort, I am remembering you all with gratitude and thanks.

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_N7HCPR7JLQP6R33GXP5DO5XKDM 1776er

          That all these Patriots served for us and died for us tells us a lot about them.

          That we forget their names tells us a lot about us.

          What keeps the names Christopher Stevens, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods in our minds is the senseless, inexplicable reason why they died which is being hidden from us.  

          • http://profile.yahoo.com/JHM27SE26N253WDURJFH6XSCOI George

            Exactly.  Keep up the pressure!

  • GrmaTX

    In Belize with the Kids and grandchildren.

    • c4pfan

      For real?

      • GrmaTX

        Yep. For real. My kids are here working with youth and young adults. I am here helping with the Grands. We will celebrate the birth of Jesus in a fellowship that includes 13 various cultures.

        • jester2939

          That’s great. I love mission trips – especially working with youth. I’ve been priviliged to work at a camp for teens in Hungary teaching English twice. The first time I went, there were quite a few refugees from Iraq – boys who participated in the soccer camp that was offered. But, as it is a Christian camp, they were required to attend the evening prayer and worship meetings. I often think about those boys and what has become of them.

  • SusanWo4p

    Am I doing something exciting for Christmas?  You betcha!

    I WILL BE CELEBRATING THE BIRTH OF JESUS CHRIST!!!!!!!!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IIhnfo_TpFI    (Joy to the World)

    • jester2939

      Right on, Susan! Merry Christmas!!

    • $35927229

      moved

    • Guest

      sooo appreciate your focus SusanWo4p !!
      repeating the sounding joy….. :-)))

  • c4pfan

    Nope, nothing exciting!

  • c4pfan

    People need to pound home that the biggest lie was Bengahzi not a stupid Jeep ad!

  • bassman
    • 01_Explorer_01

      This was posted a few times on Wednesday too.  It is becoming a bigger story nationally than the fiscal cliff.

    • jester2939

      I saw that when I checked in late last night – sad. My best friend and her husband are divorcing, and they have a 2-year-old.

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