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The Governor posted this Facebook post last night about the Newtown shooting and recommended the following video:

Here’s another picture of the Governor at the rodeo event in Las Vegas.


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  • BrianusBerkleianus

    My Dear Friends in Sarah,

    Happy Monday to you all!!

    I was, of course, shocked and dismayed along with you at the dire events that occurred last Friday in Connecticut. I may have something to say in the future about the sick and sad political opportunism of certain shameless and senseless hacks on the Left who used the tragic affair to immediately start pushing for "gun control" and attacking the Second Amendment. For the time being, however, I think it is wiser and better simply to continue praying for the victims and for their families.

    I offer this morning NOVA ET VETERA, things new and things old.

    The "new" will be some thoughts on Sir Winston Churchill and on our Sarah.

    The "old" will be the next installment in the reposting of the "Latin Sarah" series from last spring and summer.

    I shall see you again later on this week.

    God bless you all always!!

    SARAH NOSTRA SEMPER–Our Sarah Always!!!

    DEO VOLENTE, SARAH 2016!!!!



    When I complete the book that I am currently reading, William Manchester’s biography on General Douglas MacArthur, "American Caesar," I will be proceeding to another volume penned by Mr. Manchester, the second part of his life of Prime Minster Churchill of Great Britain. This second tome encompasses the 1930’s, and is entitled "The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill; Alone: 1932-1940."

    In close connection to the theme and subject of this book, which is the lonely ("Alone") and Cassandra-like watch that the prophet of Britain kept in the 30’s, as his warnings about Adolf Hitler and the Nazis fell on the deaf and unheeding ears and minds of his countrymen, I would like to cite a passage from the latest edition of "Imprimis," a publication of the well-known Hillsdale College in Michigan (ah, gallant Michigan–Kudos to you, O Michigan, for following in the courageous footsteps of Governor Scott Walker and Wisconsin!!)

    Dr. Larry Arnn, the president of Hillsdale, and a good friend of the redoubtable Patriot and Radio Voice of Free America, Mark Levin, is a shining example and exemplar that, corrupt as American academia is today, it is not thoroughly and completely lost!!

    In the course of this latest number of "Imprimis" we find the following words of Dr. Arnn on Sir Winston:

    "But let me close with a word about Churchill. The service that he did in 1940, when his nation stood up against Hitler alone, was preceded by a service equally great. In the 1930s, British politics were ugly and ill-directed. Churchill’s own party leaders conspired to deprive him not only of his seat in Parliament, but of his livelihood writing for the public. One of his colleagues, an official in the Foreign Ministry named Ralph Wigram, was threatened with transfer to a remote place without medical care–his son had birth defects–if he continued speaking with Churchill. Churchill, Wigram, and Wigram’s wife Ava stood up to this kind of thing, year after year. First a few, and then many, and then legions joined them. Finally the British people realized the truth, and then all over London billboards appeared with the words in large black letters, ‘What Price Churchill?’ He was called to lead in 1940 because he proved in the 1930s that he could do so." (End of Dr. Arnn citation)

    In a sense, great and immortal as his stand in 1940 and the following years was, it was the 1930s that were Churchill’s "FINEST HOUR."

    In the same way, great and epochal as I believe the Palin Presidency will be, I believe that THESE years, these years of suffering from hatred, of suffering from obloquy, of suffering from lies, of suffering from slander, of suffering from death-threats, these have been the FINEST HOUR of the noble and fearless and dauntless LIONESS OF THE FAIR AND FAR NORTH COUNTRY!!!!

    These are the hours and days and weeks and months and years in which the Governor has been showing and revealing the GOLDEN heart and the STEEL spine needed to lead a great nation through an hour and tide and time of crisis and recovery!!!

    The parallels will not be perfect, but let me attempt to adapt the above passage of Dr. Arnn on Sir Winston to our dear Sarah:

    "But let me close with a word about Sarah Palin. The service that she did in the years of her Presidency, 2017-2025, when her nation stood up against Leftist Fascism at home and Islamo-Fascism abroad, was preceded by a service equally great. In the years 2008-2016, American politics were ugly and ill-directed. Palin’s own Republican Party leaders conspired to deprive her not only of victory, along with John McCain, in the 2008 presidential election, but of any place in the GOP, especially at the 2012 Republican National Convention. One of her colleagues, a war hero and United States Congressman named Allen West, was driven from his seat in the House of Representatives by the redistricting machinations of their own Party. Palin, West, and their families stood up to this kind of thing, year after year. First a few, and then many, and then legions joined them. Finally the American people realized the truth, and then all over America billboards appeared with the words in large black letters, ‘Sarah Palin, Patriot: Not For Sale.’ She was called to lead in 2016 because she proved in the preceding years that she could do so."


    And now the VETERA–the Old:

    LETTER G IN THE "LATIN SARAH" series from earlier this year


    I can do no better here than reproduce the post in which I challenged Karl Rove on the matter of the Governor’s "gravitas":

    From October, 2010:

    For this morning, I have just a bit to say about Mr. Karl Rove’s questioning of Sarah’s gravitas the other day.

    Mr. Rove, you questioned Sarah’s gravitas to hold the highest office in the land. What does gravitas mean, literally? It means“weightiness”: It is the weight of dignity and of majesty, the weight that tips the scales of combat to victory in the times that try the timber and mettle of the souls of men and of women and of nations. Its opposite is levitas, “lightness,” unsubstantiality.

    In my view, to these veteran eyes of Berkeley, California that have seen and observed and pondered and reflected on many things through the turning and twisting and winding of the long, fateful years, it seems that there has rarely, if ever, been a weightier figure in the life of America than Sarah Palin of Alaska.

    Was she not filled with the majesty and weight of gravitas when, almost alone, she shattered the advance of obama’s “health-care” plans with the force and power of her truth-telling persona, and especially by the crucial coining of the brief yet all-expressive phrase “death panels”?

    Was she not filled with the majesty and weight of gravitas when, almost alone, she rallied to the support of Constitutional conservative candidates up and down and across the beauteous length and breadth of this land of ours?

    Was she not filled with the majesty and weight of gravitas when, almost alone, she lifted up and encouraged the spirits of Americans who had almost despaired that the United States could be dragged back from the abyss of statism to which obama and his “czars” and his minions were dragging her?

    Was she not filled with the majesty and weight of gravitas when, almost alone, she fearlessly exposed obama, the “man behind the curtain,” the “Wizard of OS (OverSpending)” by fearlessly and gallantly challenging and confronting him, time after time after time?

    Was she not filled with the majesty and weight of gravitas when, almost alone, she stood up to the “anointed one,” and brought down, yet again, the obloquy and fury of the Left by telling the simple truth about him and his lack of cojones?

    Was she not filled with the majesty and weight of gravitas when, almost alone, she gave all patriots hope that America was not forever lost?

    IS she not filled with the majesty and weight of gravitas as, almost alone, nay I shall say all alone, she goes about restoring simple faith and joy and happiness to the hearts and spirits of so many millions of Americans, not only by what she has done, said, written, and decided, but even more by just BEING WHO SHE IS: A lovely Northern Light from Alaska, a model and exemplar of the finest and best and noblest of America, whom we can treasure, imitate, revere, and love?

    Mr. Rove, if this is not gravitas, then I know not where, in all the wide world, I shall find it!!

    • Audrey_I

      Sarah Palin’s speech at the Republican Convention was the best speech in the 2008 presidential campaign.  The tide started turning, the presidential race tighten, and some polls showed the Republicans ahead.  George Soros stepped in and probably started the Wall Street meltdown that put Barack Hussein Obama in the White house.

      The Republicans had a winner with Sarah Palin. If the leadership of the Republican Party got behind Sarah Palin, she would be president today.   Shame on you Republican Establishment and Karl Rove.

      • BrianusBerkleianus

        Thanks, Audrey!!

    • happymullah

      Excellent comment.  Eloquent and inspiring and powerful!  Thank you, Bro!

      VIVA SARAH !

      • BrianusBerkleianus

        Thanks, Bro, and God bless!!

        VIVA SARAH !

    • jerseymark

      Pretty long BB, but so full of wisdom and truth. Thanks again, as always.

      • BrianusBerkleianus

        You are most welcome, Jerseymark!!

  • 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

    ‘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."

  • 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.

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

        She was never a member of the Alaskan Independence Party, a group that wants Alaskans to vote on whether they wish to secede from the United States. She’s been registered as a Republican since May 1982.

        Palin never endorsed or supported Pat Buchanan for president. She once wore a Buchanan button as a "courtesy" when he visited Wasilla, but shortly afterward she was appointed to co-chair of the campaign of Steve Forbes in the state.

        Palin has not pushed for teaching creationism in Alaska’s schools. She has said that students should be allowed to "debate both sides" of the evolution question, but she also said creationism "doesn’t have to be part of the curriculum."

  • 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

    ‘Poll: Americans Reject Crony Capitalism, 3-1′

    From the article:

    "In a recent Boston Herald column, pollster Scott Rasmussen of Rasmussen Reports cited poll findings that show strong bipartisan opposition to cronyism and its effects on free markets."


    Long before "crony capitalism" became a topic of national debate Gov. Palin has fought against corruption and crony capitalism.

    Taking on corruption and crony capitalism has always been a cornerstone of Gov. Palin’s agenda.

    Here are some links with information about Gov.Palin’s consistent fight against corruption and crony capitalism.

    ‘Institutionalizing Crony Capitalism’   (by Governor Palin)  

    From the article:
    "We need to be on our guard against such crony capitalism. We fought against distortion of the market in Alaska when we confronted “Big Oil,” or more specifically some of the players in the industry and in political office, who were taking the 49th state for a ride.
    My administration challenged lax rules that seemed to allow corruption, and we even challenged the largest corporation in the world at the time for not abiding by provisions in contracts it held with the state. When it came time to craft a plan for a natural gas pipeline, we insisted on transparency and a level playing field to ensure fair competition.

    Our reforms helped reduce politicians’ ability to play favorites and helped clean up corruption. We set up stricter oversight offices and ushered through a bi-partisan ethics reform bill. Far from being against necessary reform, I embrace it. "

    ‘Crony Capitalism on Steroids from GE to Solyndra’ (by Governor Palin)

    From the article:

    "This crony capitalism and government waste is at the heart of our economic problems. It will destroy us if we don’t root it out. It’s not just a Democrat problem or a Republican problem. It’s a problem of our permanent political class."

    ‘How Congress Occupied Wall Street’  (by Governor Palin)

    ‘Palin: Congress, it’s time to stop lining your pockets’ (by Governor Palin)

    ‘Governor Palin’s Consistent Fight against Corruption and Crony Capitalism’  (by Whitney Pitcher)

    From the article:

    "Governor Palin’s strong stance against crony capitalism, bureaucrats picking winners and losers, and a lack of transparency is not just words; it’s action.

    Citizen candidates do indeed bring a fresh perspective to a campaign and even to public office. However, there is something to be said for someone who took on corruption while in elected office. Such an individual has governed or legislated in an atmosphere of corruption, back room deals, and cronyism and has not only weathered such an atmosphere, but has effected change for the better. It is one thing to act as a citizen watchdog; it is another to make sure that legislation and projects are transparent and are void of back room deals and crony capitalism. Governor Palin is such a person."

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

    From the article:

    "But something curious happened when Ms. Palin strode onto the stage last weekend at a Tea Party event in Indianola, Iowa. Along with her familiar and predictable swipes at President Barack Obama and the “far left,” she delivered a devastating indictment of the entire U.S. political establishment — left, right and center — and pointed toward a way of transcending the presently unbridgeable political divide. "

    ‘How Governor Palin Reformed Alaska’s Ethics Laws and Made Crony Capitalism a Crime’ (by Gary P)

    From the article:

    "With all of the talk of corruption and crony capitalism these days, this is a great time to talk about some of the things Sarah Palin did to reform Alaska politics. She worked with the Alaska Legislature to pass tough, sweeping ethics reform "

    ‘Dan Mitchell of the Cato Institute praises Sarah Palin for highlighting Washington’s rampant crony capitalism ‘

    ‘How Palin Beat Alaska’s Establishment’ (WSJ)

    From the article:

    "If you’ve read the press coverage of Sarah Palin, chances are you’ve heard plenty about her religious views and private family matters. If you want to know what drives Gov. Palin’s politics, and has intrigued America, read this."

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

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

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

  • wodiej

    ?"Show me your ways O Lord, teach me your paths." Psalm 25:4

    • BrianusBerkleianus

      Thank you, wodiej, and God bless!

      • wodiej

        You’re welcome Brian.  God Bless You too!

  • wodiej

    ?"Mother and Father God, there are times that it seems as if I am facing a mountain standing before me that there is no way for me to move past. My struggles sometimes seem too big for me to overcome alone. It is then that I call upon You as there is no mountain to big or valley to wide for You and, with You, I can be victorious and conquer any challenge. Amen." Whisper of God

  • Guest

    THIS CAME UP JUST NOW~Here is the scanner transmissions of the time of the school shooting~ Police mention more than one shooter~ Said there were two that ran by gym~ Then policeman said he chases them and then contains one of them for sure~ Something dont sound right~

    • mark1955

      No it doesn’t does it. The establishment is already creating what i would call a phony narative that Nancy Lanza was a "Prepper" and a "Gun Enthusiast" to build up a hatred against law abiding God fearing people like us.
       According to CBS News Senior Correspondent John Miller: "She made an affirmative effort to get these weapon’s and as we learned from the Landscaper, She enjoyed shooting.  We spoke to a relative ( Un- named of course.sarc ) who said she ( Nancy Lanza ) was worried about the defense of her home if there was a collapse of the economy. She wanted weapon’s on hand to defend them,which only underscores the irony that those were the guns used by her own child to kill her and so many others". There’s the narrative in a nutshell: "Doomsday prepper’s are responsible for the murder’s of 20 children. Get their gun’s"! They are making Prepper’s and by extension Conservative’s, Tea Party and Firearms owner’s by extension the Terrorist enemy and are building up a hate of us not only to Be able to take away our Firearms,but also to build up a hatred of us to make it easier to take those Firearms based on that false narrative. 

        As i said Friday night here, i don’t believe this story for one second and i expect other  not so coincidental " False Flag" attacks soon. I also expect Obama and his Gestapo’s to use this same tactic when they go after the First Ammendment, by having someone stage some attack after someone say’s something critical of islam. He’ll use that "False Flag" event to Ban written or spoken criticism of islam and he’s already hinted he is going to do just that.

      • ZH100

        You’re as confused as the people who accused Gov.Palin after the Tucson shooting as an accomplice to murder.

        You pollute this blog with your idiotic conspiracies theories. 

        I hope that the mods delete your post; your comment has no place on a blog that carries Gov.Palin’s name.

        • Independantminded

          Thanks for all you do. I’m sure there are people who visit here and see these types of comments and think Palin and her supporters are a bunch of crackpots and they are lost forever

          • ZH100

             You are welcome, Independantminded

          • wodiej

            they do-I’ve read them on other blogs. 

      • Independantminded

        Shame on those who "liked" your comment

    • GeraldGoff

      during the initial response to an incident like this, everyone looks like a suspect to the police.  the responding officers probably detained and questioned many folks in the heat of the moment, then cleared them of involvment.

      Please dont feed the paranoid trolls who spread their crap on c4p but don’t really represent most of the thoughtful and informed c4p posters.

  • ZH100

    Debunking the false media portrayal of Gov.Palin as being "rigid and intolerant".

    From "Going Rogue": 

    "Then he changed gears, shifting the topic to social issues. He seemed impressed when I told him that people in my own family disagree on some issues like abortion, but that we don’t argue over it at the dinner table. I have one relative who expresses her pro-choice position articulately.

    My own pro-life opinion diverges from hers by 180 degrees, and we’ve had great, civil discussions on the topic.

    It would later amaze my family and friends that the Obama-Biden camp and their media friends painted me as rigid and intolerant. It was assumed that I refused to hear alternative points of view and used topics like abortion and homosexual marriage as a political litmus test.

    I explained that I had never asked anyone, including the Democrats I appointed, what their position on abortion was, and I didn’t discuss my opinion on homosexuality with cabinet members or judicial appointees, either.
    Schmidt seemed surprised and pleased, even when I reiterated that I was solidly pro-life and hoped they would never try to temper my position on the issue.

    Then we talked about gay marriage. That’s when I told them about Tilly, my junior high friend and college roommate, who, after college, decided to openly live her lifestyle she chose with her partner. To me, she was still Tilly. I loved her dearly-loved the whole Ketchum family. I explained to Schmidt that I opposed homosexual marriage, but that didn’t seem too controversial in the campaign since the Democrat candidate for president held the same position."

  • ZH100

    Ron Devito’s excellent list of Gov.Palin’s accomplishments.


    Master List of Governor Palin’s 2012 Accomplishments

    Master List of Governor Palin’s 2011 Accomplishments

    Master List of Governor Palin’s 2010 Accomplishments

    Master List of Governor Palin’s 2009 Accomplishments

    Gubernatorial Accomplishments 2006 – 2008

    Oil and Gas Conservation Commission 2003 – 2004

    City of Wasilla, Mayor 1996 – 2002

    Wasilla City Council 1992 – 1996

    KTUU Sportscasting 1987 – 1992

    Commercial Fishing

    Athletic Accomplishments

    Hunting and Subsistence Fishing

    Marriage and Family

  • ZH100

    Impressive story.

    ‘Thinking the Unthinkable ‘

    From the article:

    "In the wake of another horrific national tragedy, it’s easy to talk about guns. But it’s time to talk about mental illness.

    Three days before 20 year-old Adam Lanza killed his mother, then opened fire on a classroom full of Connecticut kindergartners, my 13-year old son Michael (name changed) missed his bus because he was wearing the wrong color pants.

    "I can wear these pants," he said, his tone increasingly belligerent, the black-hole pupils of his eyes swallowing the blue irises.

    "They are navy blue," I told him. "Your school’s dress code says black or khaki pants only."

    "They told me I could wear these," he insisted. "You’re a stupid bitch. I can wear whatever pants I want to. This is America. I have rights!"

    "You can’t wear whatever pants you want to," I said, my tone affable, reasonable. "And you definitely cannot call me a stupid bitch. You’re grounded from electronics for the rest of the day. Now get in the car, and I will take you to school."

    I live with a son who is mentally ill. I love my son. But he terrifies me.

    A few weeks ago, Michael pulled a knife and threatened to kill me and then himself after I asked him to return his overdue library books. His 7 and 9 year old siblings knew the safety plan-they ran to the car and locked the doors before I even asked them to. I managed to get the knife from Michael, then methodically collected all the sharp objects in the house into a single Tupperware container that now travels with me. Through it all, he continued to scream insults at me and threaten to kill or hurt me.

    That conflict ended with three burly police officers and a paramedic wrestling my son onto a gurney for an expensive ambulance ride to the local emergency room. The mental hospital didn’t have any beds that day, and Michael calmed down nicely in the ER, so they sent us home with a prescription for Zyprexa and a follow-up visit with a local pediatric psychiatrist.

    We still don’t know what’s wrong with Michael. Autism spectrum, ADHD, Oppositional Defiant or Intermittent Explosive Disorder have all been tossed around at various meetings with probation officers and social workers and counselors and teachers and school administrators. He’s been on a slew of antipsychotic and mood altering pharmaceuticals, a Russian novel of behavioral plans. Nothing seems to work.

    At the start of seventh grade, Michael was accepted to an accelerated program for highly gifted math and science students. His IQ is off the charts. When he’s in a good mood, he will gladly bend your ear on subjects ranging from Greek mythology to the differences between Einsteinian and Newtonian physics to Doctor Who. He’s in a good mood most of the time. But when he’s not, watch out. And it’s impossible to predict what will set him off.

    Several weeks into his new junior high school, Michael began exhibiting increasingly odd and threatening behaviors at school. We decided to transfer him to the district’s most restrictive behavioral program, a contained school environment where children who can’t function in normal classrooms can access their right to free public babysitting from 7:30-1:50 Monday through Friday until they turn 18.

    The morning of the pants incident, Michael continued to argue with me on the drive. He would occasionally apologize and seem remorseful. Right before we turned into his school parking lot, he said, "Look, Mom, I’m really sorry. Can I have video games back today?"

    "No way," I told him. "You cannot act the way you acted this morning and think you can get your electronic privileges back that quickly."

    His face turned cold, and his eyes were full of calculated rage. "Then I’m going to kill myself," he said. "I’m going to jump out of this car right now and kill myself."

    • John_Frank

      Yes, I posted a link to this blog post yesterday, (h/t Jake Tapper) but thanks for reposting it.

      • TexS2012

        I posted it too and very happy to see it here as well. I also posted an article my son sent me that The CT. Legislature turned down a bill that might have helped troubled people before these type of incidents. The ALCU and some rights group were able to stop the bill. The woman that wrote her story is very brave and the timing could help others also. I pray it is so. 

    • wodiej

      ZH, that is a sad but a story much needed to be told.  Thank you for posting it.

      I hope it is read today by those yesterday on the open thread who dismissed mental illness as playing a part in violence like what happened in CT. I can only guess that some have not had their lives touched by a close relationship with someone who has mental illness. The problem is much deeper than pro or con gun control.  It is about the wounded walking among us.

      • Betsey_Ross

        Our whole society just denies that this stuff happens.  The family is in denial, mainly because there is no place for these people and even if there were the family would hesitate to do it until one of them is dead. 
        They cannot be trusted to walk among us and apparently there aren’t any drugs that will cure them.  It isn’t gun control we need it is probably larger mental facilities.  They are a threat to the society that created them.  There is so much we do not know and yet we do know that video games, computer games, TV, and movies do have influence on these people.  I guess we are in so much denial that we cannot seem to say no to these people and then infect them with what will not cure them.

        • wodiej

          Good points. 

    • sarahsupporter

       I have been reading in different places that these drugs mental patients are given could be the cause for the shootings.  Lots of antidepressant and other mind control drugs out there, and studies show many of the young boys (men) who did shootings were on prescription drugs.  Wonder if Adam was on them.

  • Pete Petretich

    This kind of reminds me of the hate-mongers who obsess after Sarah Palin:

    "The wrong approach would be to "chase after all the negative, and then let it define who you are," he said…"

    "The good, bad, ugly: Church can’t shy away from Twitter’s Wild West"

  • bassman

    If I had Gov. Palin’s ear… Barrack Obama won by using "change". Gov. Palin could do the same. The change she could go with is one in which America goes back to it fundamentat beliefs. Those beliefs  do not have to be overtly Christian, because that would turn off our secular media. But she could make the point that  America is less moral than it was four years ago. Adults should be more responsible in educating our youth. We have taken God out off our schools. Barrack Obama’s America is less Christian than it was four years ago. He has embraced the LGBT community, and has not said anything about the marijuana laws some states are passing. If I had Gov. Palin’s ear… I would ask her to run on change. The kind of change in which America is more moral. Of all the Rebublicans she is the one that can deliver this kind of change. She speaks truth to power, because she lives her life with these morals. I was struck with her message to Rebublicans right after the election. She asked us to keep our heads up. While Obama was winning with a secular message, she used a Bible verse in her message to Rebublicans.

  • John_Frank

    Good morning.

    Sarah Palin posted a very powerful message to Facebook very early this morning.

    Please read it. If you are inclined, click the like button, take the time to leave a brief kind note in the comments and then consider sharing her message with others.

    While those who are deeply religious may focus on the second half of her message what struck me was the following portion:

    It may seem, especially after Friday, the world is spinning fast and furious and out of control. Many political, economic, and societal problems attempt to weigh down our spirit so heavily that some despondently give up after being deceptively led to believe there is no real hope for anything getting better. And despite 24-hour news cycles with constant information flooding our eyes and ears with much white noise, TV’s talking heads really have nothing meaningful to offer. 

    So the world spins furiously, but there is a reason its literal and figurative centrifugal force tightly holds us here together for such a time as this. Until God loosens the tie that binds us to this temporal earth, we are in it together, and we are expected to do our part to make it better. So, now is the time to speak truth, however politically incorrect some may deem it, and focus on what really matters so our nation’s spirit can be lifted as we unite in the cause for a better world built on real hope. First, all truly is hopeless if your faith and hope are put in any politician or media elite. That is because the average person is more truthful and responsible than the average politician or media elite. 

    Those who let themselves be terribly disappointed in political leaders as they ignore real problems, aided along with a complicit media bombarding us with irrelevant distractions in order to avoid facing the reality of a fallen culture, should know those distractions are to hide from a finger pointing to the main contributors to much of our problem. To stop distracting would result in acknowledging the political and media machine’s starring roles in our failing society. So, as they too often tear down those who try to do good, while elevating and celebrating corrupt selfishness, they dumbly assume we don’t know it is they who significantly contribute to our upside down world today. We’ve learned our lesson. Don’t put your hope in Hollywood or Washington. Instead, build resolve and seek truth more aggressively than ever at such a time as this.

    This is an extremely powerful statement. You may want to read it again to ensure a clear understanding. It is hard to add anything more except to state that her words harken to mind various images reaching across the span of time, starting with that of a prophet from biblical times standing before the Israelite tribes and speaking the unabashed truth in times of great peril irrespective of the consequences.

    In three short paragraphs she touches on the perils we face, names the culprits and then urges the reader to stop placing false hope , but rather to take responsibility ourselves and aggressively seek out the truth.

    She then proceeds to state:

    I only know one source of truth and real hope. I call out to this hope with only childlike faith because I am so overwhelmed by the miraculous answers to my prayers that the comforting, secure hope I cling to is too inexplicable for a simpleminded person like me. Plus, because I am not a perfect Christian – and have never met one – I dare not judge others’ “Christian quotient,” and inarticulately explaining my faith is too often interpreted wrongly, hence, my thankfulness in being allowed via the Good Book to have a childlike faith that’s good enough for God. Further, I do not wish to force my beliefs down anyone’s throat – and simple faith does not do that. Though I’ll share my faith unapologetically, I beg fellow faith-filled fallible human beings to quit pretending anyone’s effective in forcing others to see the light; please also quit pretending you are holier than thou. You are not. I am not. We’re merely fortunate enough to have been knocked to our knees at some point in life and grabbed hold of the opportunity to accept undeserved grace and forgiveness that allows a rebirth and its accompanying peace that passeth all understanding. I cling to it not because I am bitter, but because there is nothing better. 

    One finds inspiration in her humility. Whether one is Christian or not, whether one believes in G_d or not, her message is clear. There are certain universal truths. Seek them out, and allow the wisdom of these truths to fill you with peace and understanding. 

    For her, she has found these truths through her Christian faith. She is unapologetic in stating this. She will gladly share these truths with others, but she will not force her faith upon anyone. 

    Her statement meets head on many of the false charges that have been thrown at her as a person of faith. 

    Although she does not state this, it is clear from other statements that she has made in the past that she knows, appreciates and understands her faith is not the only path to these universal truths.

    She concludes her message as follows:

    We mustn’t lose hope! Look up! And put your time and effort in working so hard for your family and loved ones around you. Don’t wait for a fallen world’s politicians and pundits to do it for you. You can have within yourself the ability and opportunity to help make America strong again, and her people joyful again.

    While her words will resonate with those who believe in G_d, her words have meaning to all, irrespective of one’s faith, or even if one has no faith.

    My regrets for going on like this, but Sarah Palin’s message struck a deep chord within me and after some reflection I felt a need to express these feelings.

    • Terrenceor


      • John_Frank


    • jester2939

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I’m just checking in, and it’s the first I heard of her Facebook post.

    • ZH100

      "My regrets for going on like this, but Sarah Palin’s message struck a deep chord within me and after some reflection I felt a need to express these feelings."

      Thank you John_Frank.

      Gov.Palin is speaking from her heart and she walks the talk.  That is why her messages are so strong.  

      Gov.Palin wrote in her excellent post:


      "Plus, because I am not a perfect Christian – and have never met one –I dare not judge others’ “Christian quotient,” and inarticulately explaining my faith is too often interpreted wrongly, hence, my thankfulness in being allowed via the Good Book to have a childlike faith that’s good enough for God. Further, I do not wish to force my beliefs down anyone’s throat – and simple faith does not do that.

      Though I’ll share my faith unapologetically, I beg fellow faith-filled fallible human beings to quit pretending anyone’s effective in forcing others to see the light; please also quit pretending you are holier than thou. You are not. I am not.

      There are many reasons why I support Gov.Palin ; this quote from her note is one of those reasons. She leads by example.

      • wodiej

        It was a deeply touching message from Gov. Palin.  

        • ZH100

          An very inspirational message.

    • sarahsupporter

       I don’t understand why people spell G-d instead of God.  Am I missing something?

      • GeraldGoff

        some relgions are not allowed to say or write it.  i am not sure why…perhaps in their faith it is disrespectful?

        [though since the written word is just a jumble of symbols that we give meaning to, it would appear that writting it g-d instead of god is pretty much equivalant since we are able to decode it (and it cant be fooling the ‘big guy’ upstairs]. 

      • wodiej

        I believe it is a Jewish custom.

      • iizthatiiz

        am no scholar … my understanding a from a Judaic aspect is not that jews are prohibited from writing the name, but rather it is not a word to be written casually, or in a place where it might be erased, defaced, or disrespected. It is abreviated as a sign of reverence.

    • Guest

      JF….acknowledging our walks are different, but must address your statement.

      " she knows, appreciates and understands her faith is not the only path to these universal truths."

      You are speaking words into SP’s message that are simply not there.

      To "believe" in Yeshua is to confirm His Words, such as

      "Yeshua said to him, “ I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me." (Yochanan 14:6)

      She is speaking of Yeshua being The Truth…..all of Creation, all of the Torah points to Yeshua.

      You may disagree or even laugh….but you’re on my prayer list for your eyes/heart to be open to the Jewish Messiah…..just like Ex 12….take a lamb, take "the" lamb, take "your" lamb….yes that He becomes very personal to you….yes, that you come to Him just as you are.

    • BrianusBerkleianus

      Thank you, JF!

      Thank you, Governor!

  • palin45potus

    A repost from late last night:

    As it’s clear that the reasons for the banning have long passed, I hereby petition the moderators to reconsider their stance on Exodus, and ask that she come back and bless this site with her presence.

    Maybe as a Christmas gift to all of us.

    • $26225604

      why not just have her come back under another name and not get herself banned this time? or do they track IP address and ban that way

      • Independantminded

        I believe they go by IP address

    • BrianusBerkleianus

      I SECOND THE MOTION, 45!!!

      Bring back Exodus from her "exodus"!!

      Thanks, 45, and God bless!!

      • cudaforever

        I Third that Motion. Bring EX Back !!! :)

        • BrianusBerkleianus

          :-) !!

    • Ron Brown

      I am 100% in support of "inviting" her back. Don’t know that I know all the
      history that led to her banning, but my understanding is that part of it dealt
      with a perceived level of expectations for Governor Palin, and that if those
      expectations were not met then Exodus would turn on Gov Palin somewhat like
      Tammy Bruce.

      Don’t know about others, but I follow Exodus on Twitter. Let me assure you, there is no
      one that is more relentless, and unapologetic, in their support of Governor
      Palin. She has NEVER dropped her support for Governor Palin.

    • AmazedOne1

      The reason for the banning still continues. She refused to comply with the posting guidelines that the moderators established for all of us. She argued and snuck around and pushed and taunted them over and over after they told her to stop.

      Most importantly, she twisted Sarah’s words. She insisted that Sarah had a secret plan. Moreover, Exodus said that if Sarah did not live up to Exodus’ version of the plan, then Sarah was not trustworthy.

      • JApost

        You’re a liar, and worse, you’re a mitt romney boot licker that’s spent all your time on here insulting supporters of Sarah Palin, while you took snide shots at Palin.

    • cudaforever

      Thanks 45 !!

  • c4pfan

    Thanks for posting Sarah’s facebook. 

  • Terrenceor

    There are three ways to solve the school shooting problem. The government can further infringe on our liberty of self defense, they can infringe further on our liberty by trying to look for threats by intruding into the personal lives of 300 million Americans and try to pre-emptively stop attacks. Neither of these acceptable.

    The third option is to stop artificially creating these concentrations of undefended people.

    I would like to see a governor propose putting a handgun safe in every classroom. Before an administrator or teacher could bring a gun into school they would have to go through a rigorous background check and training session conducted by a state law enforcement entity. For them doing this the teach would receive a $1000 bonus every year. They could be re-certified every year. If a teacher decided to not rely on someone else to defend themselves and their students, the gun would be available in less than 30 seconds instead of 10 min waiting for the police.

    • SusanWo4p

      I’m not sure I’d want teachers to have a guns in their classrooms.  They already undergo a rigorous background check in order just to teach…and yet we still have teachers who have no business having a handgun in their reach. 

    • wodiej

      Not sure arming teachers would help much when the killer has an assault weapon.  Many killed before the handgun would even take one shot.  I think a lot of the problem has many facets to it.  First, we do have mentally ill people in society and some should be institutionalized.  

      Second, our society has become so permissive with no accountability for wrongdoing. They get caught and are given probation and community service. It begins at home as children.  They need to be taught wrongdoing brings pain. 

      And third, Christians have forgotten what it really means to be a Christian.  In today’s world we can all do our best to make a difference in big and small ways.  But we must turn back to God. The self righteousness, intolerant, judgmental attitudes are not working. We must bring love and compassion back into the equation. We must demand people be accountable for their own sake.  (which by the way is why so many are in poverty)

      • Don

        Your first sentence completely turned me off. The shooter did NOT have an assault weapon.

        Inside a building a rifle is not as effective as a handgun or shotgun.

        FYI I have been trained on the use of weapons inside buildings and unless you are very well trained a rifle is not very effective.  I would prefer using a Shotgun ,,,, 12 gauge with birdshot due to children being present and you don’t want slugs going through walls. But a carefully aimed 38 pistol will take out any bad guy.

        Just the opinion of a dumb ole (Natural Born Citizen)
        country boy.

    • Joe Durnavich

      In case this hasn’t been posted before, in Israel they do this:

      Israel is under constant threat, so they have little choice.  I don’t think we are anywhere needing that here where these types of shootings are still random events.

    • WilliamShipley

      I was thinking that you require all teachers to pass a handgun safety and use course and then give them a conealed carry permit.  Whether they carry or not would be up to them, but no one would be sure.

      And, yes, a handgun doesn’t match up with an assault rifle, it’s better than a pad of detention slips.

      • Freempg

        Good idea, William. I disagree on one point. I would much prefer a handgun in a similar situation against a guy in close proximity with a long gun, aka, an "assault weapon."

        • Don

          Even a shotgun would be better than a rifle.

          Just the opinion of a dumb ole (Natural Born Citizen)
          country boy.

      • Terrenceor

        Precisely, there is a suburban city here in NW Atlanta that by law requires citizens to have a weapon in the home. Needless to say the crime rate is very low. There are less risky areas for criminals to operate in. We need to stop sacrificing our kids to the anti-gun zealots.

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