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What news is grabbing your attention? I seriously hope John McCain crows about taking down one of Obama’s close friends in Susan Rice.


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  • ZH100

    Good morning all.

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

    ‘Who Is the Real Sarah Palin?’

    From the article:

    Executive Authority and Success

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

    Budgeting and Spending

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

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


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

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

    Business Growth

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

    Ethics Reform and Transparency

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

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


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

    Health Care

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

  • ZH100

    ‘Setting the Record Straight – Sarah Palin and Sex Education’

    From the article:

    "NPR got it wrong back in 2008. As did the The Washington Post, MSNBC, ABC News and The Wallstreet Journal .Unfortunately, many feminists have followed the misinformation of the mainstream media."

  • ZH100

    As Governor Palin has said many times, she advocates for an “all of the above”approach to energy independence which includes solar, wind, nuclear, and clean coal in addition to the more traditional oil, gas, and coal.

    She supported development of renewable energy sources, developing a plan to have 50% of Alaska’s energy to be produced from renewable sources by the year 2025.

    ‘Palin unveils state energy goals; 2025 GOAL: At least 50 percent of state’s power to be from alternative sources.’    (January , 2009)

    "Gov. Sarah Palin has crossed swords with conservation groups over petroleum drilling, but she earned nothing but praise Friday after announcing the most ambitious renewable energy goals in the nation. At a news conference announcing her statewide energy plan, Palin called for 50 percent of Alaska’s power to be generated by renewable resources by 2025."

    ‘Sarah Palin’s Goal Of 50% Renewable Energy Use In Alaska Signed Into Law’ (June , 2010)

    From the article:

    "One of the first things Barack Obama did, once he took office, was to announce a pretty ambitious goal of having the United States get 25 percent of it’s energy from renewable sources by the year 2025. To date, little if anything, has been done by the Obama regime to reach this goal.

    On January 21, 2009 (Obama’s first full day at work) Sarah Palin, writing in the Wall Street Journal, praised this initiative strongly, while reminding Obama that conventional sources of energy will always be needed. She also announced that she was working on the goal of having Alaska get a full 50 percent of it’s energy from renewables in that same 2025 time frame."

  • ZH100

    Paul Gigot: Governor Palin “Leading the Pack” on Monetary Policy  (November ,2010)

    From the article:

    "In a Wall Street Journal editorial  the editors noted the degree of sophistication Governor Palin is bringing to the table as she attempts to focus the nation’s attention on the disastrous repercussions which must result from a further inflating of the currency.

    Specifically, she referred to QE2, the Fed’s plan to pump another $600 billion to as much as $1 trillion into the economy via the purchase of U.S. government securities. Paul Gigot, editor of the Wall Street Journal editorial page, discusses the editorial and Governor Palin in the video."

    • ZH100

      Palin v. Bernanke.
      Her Warning To the Fed Chairman Puts Her Out in Front on the Debate on the Dollar ( November 8, 2010)

      From the article:

      "One of the questions in respect of 2012 is how it has happened that the only major Republican figure, aside from Congressman Ron Paul, to stand up and be counted on the dollar is Sarah Palin."

  • ZH100

    ‘Governor Palin and the Return of Jacksonian Foreign Policy’ (August, 2011)

    From the article:

    "In May, Governor Palin gave a speech at a “Tribute to the Troops” event at Colorado Christian University. As part of this speech, Governor Palin outlined a clear vision of American military policy, which has now become known as the Palin doctrine by many.

    Too often, pundits create a false dichotomy between neoconservatism and isolationism, but Governor Palin espouses neither.

    Her foreign policy vision is along the lines of Presidents Jackson and Reagan"

  • ZH100

    Whom Do You Believe? HBO or Gallup?

    From the article:

    "Despite the premise of "Game Change" – that Sarah Palin cost John McCain the 2008 presidential election – Gallup polls prove HBO’s assertion categorically false. Palin wasn’t the reason the Republicans lost the election.

    She’s the only reason they had a fighting chance up until the time McCain suspended his presidential campaign in late September.

    On Sept. 24, however, McCain shocked the country by saying that he was suspending his presidential campaign to help President George W. Bush and Congress solve the financial crisis. Although the former war hero turned senator did it for the good of the country, it was perceived as a brash, erratic act, and that’s exactly how Obama portrayed it.

    Some were intrigued as to how McCain’s decision would play out in the polls, but once he suspended his campaign in late September he never recaptured the lead he enjoyed with the breaking news of recruiting Palin. It was downhill from there.

  • ZH100

    About the fiction anti-Palin movie "Game Change".

    ‘Thank You for Your Generous Contribution to Attacking Sarah Palin’

    From the article:

    "It’s no big surprise that Hollywood liberals would band together in an Occupy History  moment to try to rewrite the story of the 2008 presidential campaign. No surprise too that they’d cast Sarah Palin as the out-of-control villain who blew up John McCain’s campaign for the movie.

    So it should shock no one that the HBO mockumentary Game Change is just  another in a long list of hit pieces aimed by the progressive left at one of the most unique political figures of our time, Sarah Palin.

    Because the “inside” information in Game Change- and every other attack on Palin-was supplied by people who were paid by the McCain campaign to try to get John McCain and Sarah Palin elected. These were self-professed Bushies, who were, in fact, so insecure and so unsure of themselves that they always insisted on being described as “Senior Policy Advisor to John McCain,” like somehow the rest of us cared what they were called.    

    And they are the same people who are now describing Game Change as an “out-of-body experience,” or as “true enough to make me squirm” on every mainstream media outlet and every liberal blog they can find.   

    Nobody is more popular on the Huffington Post or MSNBC right now that those Bushies who screwed up the country by: 1) Screwing up the country in the first place and; 2) making sure Obama was elected in 2008 as a result of them screwing up the McCain campaign too.  

    Not 24 hours after Mrs. Palin changed an otherwise apathetic Republican National Convention in Minneapolis- where the locals were rude and the enthusiasm by delegates over the McCain candidacy was stunted- into an event of a lifetime, with her stunning and charming debut that enthralled delegates and TV audiences, these same McCain staffers were leaking fabricated and exaggerated information to the press about her."

    • ZH100

      ‘Game Change’: A made-up narrative from two axe-grinders

      From the article:

      "From watching “Game Change,” this much is clear: (1) Steve Schmidt is an absolutely brilliant campaign strategist who gave Sen. John McCain the idea to put “Country First” (it had never occurred to the war hero); and (2) Nicolle Wallace is a demure, yet quietly ingenious, media savant who can handle any crisis.

      Oh, but wait: Mr. Schmidt ran one of the worst campaigns in the history of presidential elections, losing to a first-term senator from Illinois with no experience governing anything, and Ms. Wallace let the entire message of the McCain campaign be overrun by — “Saturday Night Live”?

      I spent a year of my life on the McCain campaign, and I can tell you this: Nuh uh. “Game Change” is a ridiculous farce of a movie — even more absurd as a chronicle of a major historical event — that appears to have been written mostly by Mr. Schmidt and Ms. Wallace, two players who have major axes to grind with the higher-ups of the McCain campaign.

      • ZH100

        Former California GOP chairman Ron Nehring writes that “Game Change is laced with too much fiction to be a credible historical account.”

        From the article:

        "Game Change is laced with too much fiction to be a credible historical account, particularly in light of scenes that were added to the film that did not even appear in the book, much less reality.  

        I was the California Republican Party chairman in 2008 and witnessed first hand how Sarah Palin’s nomination had exactly the intended effect of shifting the dynamic of the campaign and electrifying many Republicans who had otherwise "checked out."  I remember doing the warmup speech to over 15,000 Republicans in Carson, Calif. before Sarah Palin spoke. That crowd was fired up in a way we had not seen before she joined the ticket.  To me, she’ll always be known for electrifying our ticket and party in 2008."

      • Audrey_I

        I wish there was a way to marginalized HBO and hurt them economically.  HBO needs to pay a price for their slander of Sarah Palin and providing air time to such slime balls as Bill Maher.

  • ZH100

    ‘Was Steve Schmidt Qualified to Be McCain’s Campaign Manager?’

    From the article:

    "How Steve Schmidt Failed to Vet Obama and Highlight Palin’s Record.

    During the 2008 election, the McCain campaign touted Governor Palin’s reform credentials by noting her rejection of the infamous “Bridge to Nowhere,” selling the expensive governor’s jet, and signing bipartisan ethics reform into law. However, the McCain campaign never noted that Governor Palin signed legislation in April of 2008 reforming Alaska’s retirement pension system and addressing an $8 billion unfunded liability. The reform led to a 34.6% reduction in liabilities owed by the state of Alaska following Palin’s tenure.

    So while Senator McCain was emphasizing how bipartisan record on other issues would mean that he would be able to reform federal entitlements like Medicare and Social Security, his running mate had already passed a state level equivalent of such a reform in a bipartisan manner"

  • wodiej

    "My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth." Psalm 121:2

  • wodiej

    If You Look For Me at Christmas, you won’t need a special star
    I’m no longer just in Bethlehem, I’m right there where you are

    You may not be aware of me, amid the celebrations
    You’ll have to look beyond the stores and all the decorations

    But if you take a moment from your list of things to do
    And listen to your heart you’ll find, I’m waiting there for you

    You’re the one I want to be with, you’re the reason that I came
    And you’ll find me in the stillness, as I’m whispering your name



  • Joy Daniels Brower

    I guess McCain gets some of the credit – but a lot of the credit for DIScrediting Riceroni is ol’ Susan herself!  Some add’l – and well-deserved – "collateral damage" was our scheming POTUS himself!  May the "lyin’ liars" forever face the contempt & distrust of the American people!  Meanwhile, the Amb. can go back to that enemy organization she serves so obsequiously, the UN – never to be heard from agian until her time in office is up…

  • Pete Petretich

    It’s too bad that her dirty role in the Rwanda genocide was not fully aired before the U.S. Congress…

  • ZH100

    The Townhall 2016 straw poll.

    You can "Write in" Gov.Palin’s name.

    • n4cerinc

      Why is she not in their line-up?

      • ZH100

        I don’t know ; perhaps they ignore Gov.Palin in order to marginalize her and diminish her influence?

        • Audrey_I

          The mainstream media is made up socialist-progressive ideologues who adore President Barack Hussein Obama.  These media pundits see Sarah Palin as a threat to their Messiah Obama.  Sarah Palin must be taken down.  She is the antithesis of Barack Obama. 

    • cheers2all

      Except for Martinez, I can’t see any of these guys able or willing to fight back hard against the Left’s political machine. They are either too nice, too weak, not much personality or RINOS.

    • imo123

      Notice even with all those choices (none of which are Palin), "write-in" has the most votes by far!  Wonder who people are writing in?  Wonder how many wrote-in Palin like me?

  • ZH100
    • sarahsupporter

      Who is that girl with the glasses on between Track and Willow?  Common sense tells me it must be Piper but can it really be?  Is she that big already? It does not really look like her….maybe its someone else.

      • ZH100

        That girl is Piper.

  • bassman

    It is obvious our media only reports on the Palin family when they believe they can mock the family. I realize this is not breaking news to most of us. News orginizations that never report on Gov. Palin’s substantive interviews with Fox, covered Track yesterday. They ignore all interviews Gov. Palin gives to Fox, but the moment something bad happens to the Palin family they report it.

    • ZH100

      "It is obvious our media only reports on the Palin family when they believe they can mock the family"


      It is no exaggeration to say that the main stream media  are conducting a "war" against Gov.Palin.  A smear campaign in order to vilify and destroy Gov.Palin.

      During the 2008 election (and after)  Gov.Palin’s main opponent was the main stream media and not the Obama campaign team.

      • gahanson

        "…Gov.Palin’s main opponent was the main stream media and not the Obama campaign team."

        MSM and 0bama campaign is one in the same.

        • ZH100

          "MSM and 0bama campaign is one in the same."

          So true. ; the LSM is Obama’s lapdog.

    • AmazedOne1

      I agree that they mercilessly and gleefully cover the worst things in Sarah’s life. But, I don’t see why you’re expecting then to cover her normal interviews at Fox. They don’t cover the interviews done by all the other Fox analysts. They don’t cover interviews with regular contributors on other stations. Why would they report on hers?

  • nkra

    Applause for RGIII!  Lots of disgusting, manufactured stuff coming from MSNBC, ESPN, etc.   These Pravda-like agencies are whipping up ire for the "racially oppressed", building an army for the next Civil War.  
    Watch your backs, everyone.  Truth and reality don’t matter anymore.  They’re itching for a fight:    Thug-like sucker punches, condoned by those on the thugs side, will abound.

    • Audrey_I

      These news agencies play the race card and are similar to the Jew-baiting German media of the 1930’s.  We need to develop an alternative to the mainstream media and work to marginalizing it.

      The Republicans would be smart to invest in media instead of pandering to these socialist progressive ideologues in the media. 

    • cheers2all

      After this election, I would say, they are winning, because our side is so weak and pathetic.

      You can’t fight them by being nice and afraid that the MSM won’t like us.

      If we don’t understand who we are fighting, and deal with it accordingly, there is nothing left for us to do.

  • SusanWo4p

    Hollywood/The Left/ The Media are covering up for Tarantino’s "artistic" use of the word "ni**er."
    They are claiming that he is just using the historically accurate language of the day.
    BUT…DURING SLAVERY IN THE UNITED STATES…the word "ni**r" was not in common usage.  Most called the slaves, "darkeys," "colored" or "negro."
    If Tarantino’s use of the word was purely historical, he would have used to proper language from the actual history of the United States. 
    (It’s my opinion that Tarantino is getting out some of his own racist feelings through the use of the word (and schnookering Black Democrats and the Left into thinking he’s an artistic genuis at the same time.)  It’s kind of like the film-makers who constantly make films about women being butchered/denigrated/ridiculed, but then deny that they have a problem with women.
    Once, Michael Douglas explained that you can always tell what’s going on in the films he chooses to act in.  When he’s going through a rough time in his relationships he makes films that depict women in a negative way (Fatal Attraction/that Sharon Stone movie)…but when he’s happy and in love, his films are much brighter. 
    It’s hard not to make the conclusion that film-makers and actors/actresses who continually make violent films that demean certain groups of people, are attracted to movies that allow them to channel their inner hate/bias.)

  • technopeasant

    10 random thoughts on the NFL as it pertains to politics and reality in general:

    1) Roger Goodell, rumored to be an Obama supporters wants to end kickoffs in the NFL and fundamentally reshape the game of football. Isn’t this the same as Obama wanting to fundamentally change America?

    2) Andy Reid, head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles confirms he will play backup QB Nick Foles for the remainder of the season even though Michael Vick gives the Eagles the best chance to win. And Reid knows only winning football games will save his job but apparently upper management wants to see how good Foles is. Sounds like catch-22 to me.

    3) Randy Moss has had every opportunity to cheap shot his ex-coach Bill Belichick of the Patriots and as we know Moss has a big mouth but surpisingly when interviewed recently about his experience with the Pats and Belichick he could only speak in glowing terms. If Moss had said the opposite it would be front page news.

    4) Did anyone notice in the game between the Texans and the Patriots on Monday that there were no penalties for unnecessary hits to the head? Proof again that the best teams are that way because they are the most disciplined. There’s too much on the line to be stupid.

    5) Does anyone wonder why injury reports for NFL teams are published before the games? If it only related to the game itself, the NFL could e-mail the opposing teams with the info and keep it sub rosa. But the main reason for injury reports to be published in newspapers and online: gamblers.

    6) Who are the most anti-iconoclastic segment of America: The upper management of the Buffalo Bills or the upper echelon of the GOP?

    How can either group keep making the same mistake over and over again? And why respectively are Bills fans so tolerant given their team hasn’t made the playoffs for 13 seasons and why do conservatives insist on turning a blind eye to COLONIAL MENTALITY?

    7) Jerry Jones and Mitt Romney prove the legitimacy of The Peter Principle: good businessmen but in the case of Jones a total megalomaniac when it comes to running the Dallas Cowboys into the ground as its owner and general manager while Mitt Romney touted himself as a successful poltician and proved to all of us he rose to his level of incompetence by running for President and then winning the nomination.

    8) So Rex Ryan announces to the world (including his next opponent the Tennessee Titans) that Tim Tebow will not be running the wildcat in that game. Isn’t that like the Allies telling the Germans that D-Day was not going happen at Calais?

    9) The Houston Texans view of Tom Brady not being able to beat them over the top (throwing deep) by continually blitzing Brady is similar to the view by many folks on our side that viewed President Obama as flawed and not bein able to get his base to the polls.

    People act all surprised that Brady threw long against the Texans and made big plays. Just because he doesn’t do it all the time doesn’t mean he’s not fully capable of doing it. And just because Obama appears to be flawed politically doesn’t mean that Obama has forgotten his roots as a community organizer and how to mobilize his base.

    10) The Colts decision to draft Andrew Luck and to part ways with Peyton Manning was iconoclastic but a decision unfortunately the GOP hierarchy will never make. They’d rather go down with a veteran than to give some young upstart a decent shot to be the GOP presidential nominee.

    Andrew Luck will only get better. Peyton Manning will be out of the league in 3-4 years. It was a tough decision to make. But the most monumental decisions usually are.

    • palin45potus

      On point #10,

      Most will pray that they never have to make these decisions, and will usually find a way to take the easiest, least risky path….which usually leads to more mediocrity.

      The Colts have had these decisions blow up in their faces before.  They traded half of their team for the rights to draft Jeff George back in 1990.  The team finally won when Ted Marchibroda gave the job to Jim Harbaugh.

      But with the Andrew Luck selection, they appear to have made another great call after they chose Peyton Manning over Ryan Leaf, and got more than a decade of football excellence.

      And about the RNC, I continue to maintain that if the clowns who produced the November election debacle were in charge of your hometown football team, they’d have been emptying their desks and sending out resumes the next day.

      But in the modern GOP, they get endless FaceTime to lecture us on how deficient we are as voters, and why we need to flood the country with future Democrat voters so that Jeb Bush can get his chance to be the President in 2016.

  • palin45potus

    There is a leadership gap in the GOP that’s as big as Alaska

    • Leroy Whitby

      The GOP’s pre-packaged establishment leaders can’t win anymore. They’ve ceded too much ground to the Democrats. Yes, they don’t get lambasted in the press. BUT they also don’t inspire the base of the GOP AND they don’t siphon away some Democratic votes like a conviction/charismatic candidate would. Combining that with a demographic trend that is now running against us and "poof" . . . establishment loses now . . . likely every time.

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