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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."

  • lanahi

    A poem someone sent me:

    ‘Twas 11 days before Christmas, around 9:38
    when 20 beautiful children stormed heaven’s gate.
    Their smiles were contagious, their laughter filled the air.
    They could hardly believe all the beauty they saw there.
    They were filled with such joy, they didn’t know what to say.
    They remembered nothing of what had happened earlier that day.
    "Where are we?" asked a little girl, as quiet as a mouse.
    "This is heaven" declared a small boy. "We’re at God’s house!"
    When what to their wondering eyes did appear,
    but Jesus, their savior, the children gathered near.
    He looked at them and smiled, and they smiled just the same.
    Then He opened His arms and He called them by name.
    And in that moment was joy, that only heaven can bring
    those children all flew into the arms of their King.
    And as they lingered in the warmth of His embrace,
    one small girl turned and looked at Jesus’ face.
    and as if He could read all the questions she had
    He whispered to her, "I’ll take care of mom and dad."
    Then He and the children stood up without a sound.
    "Come now my children, let me show you around."
    Excitement filled the space, some skipped and some ran.
    All displaying enthusiasm that only a small child can.
    And I heard Him proclaim as He walked out of sight,
    "In the midst of this darkness, I AM STILL THE LIGHT."


    • Guest

       Thank you so much for sharing this with us.

    • TexS2012

      Oh my, I loved that poem while tears were running down.
      I wish we could pass this along to our loved ones and friends.

  • ZH100

    About the  frivolous anti-Palin ethics complaints

    There were many "ethics" complaints filed against Gov Palin. All complaints ,but two ,dismissed as lacking any merit. The other two were settlements where Governor Palin was cleared of any wrongdoing.  

    Under Alaskan law these are dealt with by the Alaskan Personnel Board, which body gives a final determination.  

    The members of the Personnel Board were appointed by Palin’s predecessor, Frank Murkowski–no friend of Palin.  

    To cut a long story short Gov.Palin was exonerated from blame in all cases without exception.

    The two settlements where Gov.Palin was also cleared of any wrongdoing:

    1)  Governor Palin Reimburses the State for Kids’ Travel

    There was no state law against the governor’s family traveling with her, and the personnel board found no wrongdoing on the part of the Sarah Palin
    Because no guidance was provided in the law, the Palin administration followed historical precedent in travel decisions for the first family.
    All of her travel expenses were originally approved by the Department of Administration!

    The administration had decided to have the Attorney General establish a clearer set of guidelines that established a new “state interest” test for protocol travel and based on this set of new (!) guidelines Sarah Palin agreed to reimburse the state.
    Sarah Palin has been exonerated of all wrongdoing (also) in this ethics act complaint. There was no finding of wrongdoing and there was no ethics violation.
    The Alaska Personnel Board found no wrongdoing, but Sarah Palin agreed to reimburse the state.

    2)  The Legal Defense Fund Case.

    Associated Press: "No Wrongdoing on Palin’s Part was Found" in Legal Defense Fund Case

    No wrongdoing on Palin’s part was found. Investigator Timothy Petumenos said Palin acted in good faith and relied on a team of attorneys.

    The only thing the team of attorneys did wrong was use the word “official” while trying to help pay for all the legal costs involved with a merciless, politically motivated, litigious campaign from Democrat operatives against Sarah Palin.

    In essence, the investigator found that because of things such as the use of the word "Official" on the fund’s website, there is probable cause to believe that the fund itself could be in violation of Alaska ethics laws. However,  Sarah palin  did not do anything wrong since she acted on good faith on the advice of a team of lawyers who told her the fund was "unassailable" and in compliance with the law when it was formed.!

    Under Alaskan law Gov.Palin had to cover her own legal fees.

    Answering those lawsuits took up almost 100% of her time and the time of her staff, meaning she couldn’t govern. Those lawsuits were filed  to make it impossible for her to govern and to bankrupt her .

    Since then (2010) Alaskan law has been changed which now covers the governor’s legal fees for such legal proceedings. That didn’t help Gov. Palin as she still had to pay the fees she accrued during that time.
    About troopergate.

    The  the Bi-partisan Alaska Personnel Board , which is the final authority(!), ruled that Gov.Palin did not commit any ethics violation

  • ZH100

    Gov. Palin Visits Ronald Reagan’s Ranch. (great photos!)  2011

  • ZH100

    How the Palin emails backfired on the media.

    ‘Sarah Palin email witch hunt backfires – squeaky clean good governor!’

    From the article:

    "The release of Sarah Palin’s emails backfires, as not only does she come off as squeaky clean, she looks like a very hard working governor by the looks of these communications. According to NPR, nothing of any concern was found among the thousands of Palin emails released."

    ‘American Way: Sarah Palin email frenzy backfires on her media antagonists’

    Form the article:

    "The trove of more than 13,000 emails detailing almost every aspect of Sarah Palin’s governorship of Alaska, released late on Friday, paints a picture of her as an idealistic, conscientious, humorous and humane woman slightly bemused by the world of politics.

    One can only assume that the Left-leaning editors who dispatched teams of reporters to remote Juneau, the Alaskan capital, to pore over the emails in the hope of digging up a scandal are now viewing the result as a rather poor return on their considerable investment.

    If anything, Mrs Palin seems likely to emerge from the scrutiny of the 24,000 pages, contained in six boxes and weighing 275 pounds, with her reputation considerably enhanced. As a blogger at Powerline noted, the whole saga might come to be viewed as “an embarrassment for legacy media”.

    ‘Operation Backfire: E-Mails Prove Sarah Palin Was A Great Governor’

    From the article:

    "Governor Palin conducted the business of her state in a transparent, bi-partisan, and responsible manner. She worked long, hard hours and treated everyone with respect. America is finding out that Palin is a smart, effective, fiscally responsible leader whose goal has always been to serve the people she represents.

    She knows how to prioritize, delegate, and choose the most qualified and competent people to serve with her. America is learning that even in the face of death threats from crazed liberals, Gov. Palin just kept working and putting Alaska and Alaskans first."

    ‘The Sarah Palin email mania backfires on the media’

    From the article:

    "As 13,000 emails of the former Governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin, were released on Friday, the Liberal main-stream media scurried down to Juneau, Alaska to collect 24,000 pages of what they thought could be a damning story.

    Dozens of major news publications released the 24,000 pages online to find something to smear the possible 2012 Republican contender, but their search came out dry.

    Instead, what they found was a hard-at-work governor leading the great state of Alaska.

    In detail, the emails display her down-to-earth tenure as governor and the policies she put in place while serving the 49th state."

    CNN finding that Palin was hard-working governor


    The real Sarah Palin  (March,2012)

    Emails reveal her to be an effective hands-on leader

    From the article:

    The Sarah Palin who emerges from the email dump isn’t the partisan snowbilly of media caricature. She’s a tough-minded reformer who took on Big Oil and corrupt members of her own party and beat them.

    Film shows Palin’s someone to admire

    From the article:

    "And it’s exactly what most Americans expected 24,000 pages of personal and business emails to reveal about former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. Obsessive news hounds scrounged through pages and pages, looking for damning information that could wipe the outspoken conservative from America’s political scene.

    What they found, though not so widely publicized, was the inner workings of an efficient, informed and very involved governor that mounted an unprecedented 80 plus approval rating while in office. The people of Alaska loved her and appreciated her backbone and focus on making their state a better place."

    Palin: the emails, the Paul Revere flap, and the foolish media

    From the article:

    "Similarly, the mainstream media stands with egg dripping all over its face, yet again. Nothing in the emails contains the slightest hint that Palin was anything other than a hard-working Governor, a caring mother and wife, and an all-around good-natured human being…not exactly what the death squads of WaPo, the NYT, and other mainstream outlets had in mind.

    This shockingly laughable scenario is in sharp contrast to the manner in which the media handled Barack Obama, whom it woefully failed to properly investigate in 2007-08. Where were all of the reporters who should have been camped outside the door of domestic terrorist William Ayers, who launched Obama’s political career from his living room?"

    Rush on Palin’s emails: What a spectacular backfire!

    From the article:

    "Rush started his show today noting what a spectacular backfire on the media it was that Sarah Palin withstood the media looking for dirt in every syllable of her 24,000 emails. He wonders who else could have withstood such an analysis.

    Gov. Palin has been microscopically analyzed on an unprecedented level and she still comes up clean. I doubt anyone else could have withstood the intense scrutiny that she has undergone.

    • ZH100

      Politico: Emails Bolster the Message in ‘The Undefeated’  (June 11 2011)

      Form the article:

      "It says something when even the Politico, not exactly known for their unbiased Palin coverage, is conceding that this surreal “colonoscopy” by the cartoonish mainstream media is backfiring.  And that’s exactly what it’s doing.  Much to the media’s chagrin, the emails show a serious and highly effective executive who was in full control of her administration. As Tim Crawford indicated yesterday, everyone should read the emails."

      • ZH100

        The Washington Post: Palin a “Definite Renegade” on Big Oil;Updated  ( June 12 2011)

        From the article:

        "As the MSM and their readers continue to search through Governor Palin’s emails searching for non-existent bombshells, let me be one of the first to welcome the Washington Post to 2008.

        As Ian mentioned earlier, the Washington Post recognized that Governor Palin’s emails showed that she budgeted frugally and was opposed to pork barrel spending. Now, the Washington Post recognizes that Governor Palin did not have a buddy-buddy relationship with Big Oil. Both of these supposedly new revelations are not new at all to Palin supporters who have followed her political rise after Senator McCain chose her as his VP nominee or even prior to that."

        • ZH100

           #Palinemails Show that the Center-Left Superintendent of the Anchorage School District Praised Palin for “Her Vision [and] Leadership”  (June 17 2011)

          From the article:

          "If you don’t believe what we say about Governor Palin’s leadership, here’s what the center-left superintendent of the Anchorage School District said about Palin:

              "Thank you so much for your vision, leadership, and support for our public schools this week. I cannot tell you how much all of us want to celebrate with you. The idea that we could actually plan ahead, really focus on student achievement,connecting with parents and families, and really digging into the serious issues of low graduation rates and high drop out rates excites me very much. We spend too much time trying to justify our collective needs, when we should be focused on teaching and learning.

              You and your staff are to be commended for honoring the work of the Joint Funding Task Force and for honoring your commitments made during the election for early and forward funding."

          • ZH100

            So much for the ‘shoots wolves from helicopters’ myth (June 11, 2011)

            From the article:

            "Some left wing bloggers may be starting to realize that the Palin emails they fought relentlessly to have released are not the silver bullets they had hoped for to use to destroy the object of their hatred. Information contained in the documents, in fact, provides contradictory evidence to one of the many myths they have perpetuated about Sarah Palin.

            The emails shatter the mythological image of a bloodthirsty Sarah Palin, assault rifle in hand, maniacally pursing Alaskan wolves from the skid of a black helicopter, fiendishly laughing as she slaughters the poor creatures. Lefty bloggers have been pushing that one for years. But, according to the liberal Washington Post, the emails prove otherwise.


            The governor told her fish and game commissioner in blunt terms that she opposed using state helicopters to hunt wolves and preferred paying private hunters.

            “We have to act quickly on this as predators are acting quickly and rural families face ridiculous situation of being forced to import more beef instead of feeding their families our healthy staple of alaskan game. Nonsense. Unacceptable – and not on my watch,” she said.


            Another email demonstrates Gov. Palin’s opposition to hunting bears in the McNeil River Bear Sanctuary.

            Governor Palin did indeed strongly support predator control, and she clearly favored paying hunters a bounty to keep the wolf population in check, but the image of her personally shooting the predators from aircraft has finally been shot down.

            The emails also show that her motivation for keeping the wolf population at manageable levels was her concern for the welfare of Alaska’s rural families who depend so heavily on caribou and moose, the wolves’ prey, for food and warm clothing."


            By the way, predator control programs are established conservation programs which are  practiced in a number of states and were in place long before Gov. Palin became governor.

  • Pete Petretich

    The same people tell us that:

    1. We have no right to bear arms.

    2. Sarah Palin is not qualified to be President, even though the US Constitution says otherwise.

    …and then they…

    3. Spend us into oblivion.

    Why do we keep electing these liars?

    • n4cerinc

      It would be easier not to elect them if were were dealing with just one party. The problem is that those big $penders are in both parties. So by keep electing the "lesser of two evils" we keep electing liars.

      • Audrey_I

        John Boehner is doing immense damage to the Republican Party. 

        • wodiej

          And who gave it to him? REPUBLICANS.

    • RomanBarbarian

      I think because people don’t want to look through the lies… it is too painful and requires maturity and responsibility.
      Same thing happened to the Republicans who backed the wrong candidate for the task. They (we? me?) could not push back the mistake.
      But now it’s time to fight back.

  • aaron66krohn

    On October 18, 1998 (Yes, that was Bristol’s 8th birthday!!), I wrote a song/poem in reaction to the then-recent school massacre at Thurston (Springfield OR).

    As I was reading some of the coverage of the Newtown CT shootings, and especially the comments about the killer, I remembered this poem.

    Almost every time something like this happens, whether at a school or just anywhere, we read the comments from neighbors, friends, and relatives of the killers, saying how the guy (ALWAYS a "guy"!!!) was "nice", "quiet", "smart", etc etc.

    Rarely, if ever, do we find out he had murdered OTHER people!!  No history of violence, no rapes, kidnappings, armed robberies….nothing!!

    The only indication he was "different" is maybe he had a history of mental problems.

    Anyway, after remembering this poem/song, I went looking for it in my 4 file cabinet drawers of written works.
    And when I found it, I saw how insightful it was about these people who kill randomly in great numbers
    And I knew I had to share it.

    I first shared it with my friend, Roman Barbarian.
    She thought it was amazing how CLOSE my description was to the Newtown killer….
    and situation.
    (Her only "criticism" was that the people of C4P might NOT share my thoughts about the role of guns in these tragedies!!)

    So, without further ado, here are the lyrics of my song/poem.
    One word about the format.
    Parts of this are meant to be SPOKEN, while the rest is meant to be sung.
    I will indicate which is which.
    Here it is:

    When I Grow Up
    Written by Aaron Krohn
    October 18, 1998

    Our children are always being asked what they want to do, who they want to be, when they grow up. And they give the usual popular answers: President, ball player, doctor, housewife, dancer.  I don’t believe any child, at any time, says they want to grow up to be a murderer.

    Blame it on TV
    Say it’s cause they were abused
    Say their parents
    let them run around loose
    Might be society
    Though it could be their peers
    who are watching and waiting to
    stand by and cheer

    Might be no religion
    Blame it on the cults
    Or just say simply
    it’s this or that adult

    But one day, this child
    He’s been raised too wild
    Steals or buys some guns
    Thinks, Boy, this is gonna be fun!
    After a big old fight
    Dad slaps his mom around
    So he slams a bullet into him
    He falls right to the ground

    Supposed to be in class
    learning history and math
    Instead, he skipped out
    Got to vent some wrath

    This kid ain’t afraid
    When you’re high to kill
    You just go out and do it
    Doesn’t take a pill

    The great tragedy of this is, it doesn’t have to happen.  No guns, no murder.  Too simple, you say?  Can kill as easily with knives and fists? Maybe.  But the last several school shoot-ups were….well…shoot-ups!

    The kid knows it’s the end
    so he kills his mom
    The person, if she’d lived
    he’d be most running from

    Finally makes it to school
    armed to the teeth
    Could be a movie hero
    Get down on your knees

    Doesn’t aim the rifle
    Just randomly shoots
    Watch them all fall down
    Boy, ain’t this a hoot!!

    In the smoke and screams
    the boy turns away
    I don’t think I’ll grow up
    to see another day

    He was a nice boy.  He was a good boy.  He was friendly and kind and a Cub Scout.  He loved his mom and dad.  Was getting good grades.  Could have been a star athlete.  We never suspected…….

    Not ONE word was changed, added, or deleted, to fit the current scenario!!!

    • RomanBarbarian

      Yes, it really seems you are describing this specific tragedy in your poem, Aaron. Amazing.

      I thought and thought about this kid and those kids that need help, need to feel included but don’t find any hand stretched to them. There is a lot of talking to do, a lot of hand stretching to do, a lot of soul searching to do. Before we talk of banning guns.

      Thank you, Aaron, for sharing your poem with us. You are always very straight in your opinions, thoughts and feelings and we sure can learn something from you especially when we are on different pages. And also, I like your writing style. But I told you that already!! :)

    • AmazedOne1

      Have you read any articles about the shooter? People who knew him have NOT said that he was normal. Not at all. 

      Here’s a new article. But, there have been many starting on the day of the shooting that have said that, yes, he was getting good grades, but his livelong behavior was NOT nice and sociable.

  • wodiej

    "Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong." 1 Corinthians 16:13

  • ZH100

    ‘Stars Earn Stripes’ star and Iraq War veteran ‘impressed’ by Sarah and Todd Palin (July ,2012)

    From the article:

    ‘And while audiences might be blown away by the skills and danger exerted on the highly-anticipated program, McLaren was personally blown away by Todd and Sarah Palin, and admitted that he thinks of them very differently now than before they met.

    “I like hanging out with Todd and Sarah a lot. They walked into my trailer, and obviously we disagree on some issues. I am a libertarian guy – socially liberal and an avid supporter of gay marriage, but I am pro-gun rights and pro-life, and we made off like regular people. I was teaching Todd how to shoot grenades, we were hanging from helicopters together 60 feet above the ground and we were swimming together with full gear on,” he enthused. “The thing that impressed me most is that Todd is a commercial fisherman in Alaska, he is pretty hardcore. He even won a challenge with a broken arm! He really earned my respect.”

    McLaren also noted that even though his friends are shocked that he has become such good friends with the high-profile Republican couple, the portrayal of the Palins in the media is often vastly distorted.

    “Todd and Sarah Palin are the nicest people I have ever met,” he said. “I love America and they love America. They may not agree with me on my stance on gay marriage, but that is their personal view and I respect that. That’s what is so great about being American.”

  • Leroy Whitby

    It seemed to me that Sarah Palin in her tweet gave a personal thanks to Governor Nikki Haley for the Scott appointment. It made me happy. The Tea Party lives. : )

  • jerseymark

    On the ball again after a brief respite. Today’s C.S. Lewis reading is really two short ones on the
    same subject. They both come from his book, “The Great Divorce”:

    “The Teacher offers perspective to Hell’s miseries and to Heaven’s joys:

    “All Hell is smaller than one pebble of your earthly world: bit it is smaller than one atom of this world, the Real World. Look at yonder butterfly. If it swallowed all Hell, Hell would not be big enough to do it any harm or to have any taste.”

    “It seems big enough when you are in it, sir.”

    “And yet all loneliness, angers, hatreds, envies and itchings that it contains, if rolled into a
    single experience and put into a scale against the least moment of the joy that is felt ny the least in Heaven, would have no weight that could be registered at all. Bad cannot succeed in being bad as truly as good is good. If all Hell’s miseries together entered the consciousness of yon wee yellow bird on the bough there, they would be swallowed up without a trace, as if one drop of ink had been dropped into that Great Ocean to which your terrestrial Pacific itself is only a molecule.”

    Now for the second:

    “I believe, to be sure, that any man who reaches Heaven will find that what he abandoned (even in plucking out his right eye) has not been lost: that the kernel of what he was really seeking even in his most depraved wishes will be there, beyond expectation, waiting for him in ‘the High Countries’. In that sense it will be true for those who have completed the journey (and for no
    others) to say that good is everything and Heaven everywhere. But we, at this end of the road, must not try to anticipate that retrospective vision. If we do, we are likely to embrace the false
    and disastrous converse and fancy that everything is good and everywhere is Heaven.

    “But what, you ask, of earth? Earth, I think, will not be found by anyone to be in the end a very distinct place. I think earth, if chosen instead of Heaven, will turn out to have been, all along, only a region in Hell: and earth, if put second to Heaven, to have been from the beginning a part of Heaven itself.”

    I found the first reading to be challenging and interesting in its use of scale as all of us would at
    first think it ridiculous that all of Hell could be the size of a pebble. If it is one thing the Universe makes plain to us it is the size is relative and means very little. Consider for instance the
    Scientific theory of the “Big Bang” and I don’t mean the TV show (maybe the best on TV). The theory suggests that the entire universe sprang forth from an infinitely dense miniscule point of energy they refer to as a singularity, which of course means that the Universe really sprang forth from nothing and clearly describes God speaking it into existence. When you consider the infinitely small and the infinitely large, it is no longer ridiculous to consider that God could and would make Hell smaller than a pebble. The Teacher’s point, obviously is that the our minds simply cannot fathom the magnitude of the difference between the miseries of Hell and the joys of Heaven, to which I say Praise the Lord!

    Turning to the second reading, I believe it can be summarized by saying that nothing in this life is
    lost to anyone. Either it is all redeemed and made a part of the good of Heaven to those who seek Heaven and put their life on earth second or it is corrupted and made a part of Hell to those who love this life with no desire or interest in Heaven. I like the first part because my wife and I are dog lovers and have had 11 over the space of our 38 year marriage and almost all were simply wonderful dogs and I often considered whether they would be in Heaven with us and I am
    now convinced that they will be as the Father wants to give us our hearts desire and will give us far beyond anything we can imagine and if a reunion with our dogs brings joy, they will be there too – though they will likely be able to talk (a Narnia reference). As a little exercise for those who want to catch hold of the mansions Jesus is making ready, consider the New Jerusalem will be 1200 miles long, wide and high or in other words, 3.168 BILLION CUBIC MILES. And the streets will be paved with Gold.

  • n4cerinc

    I like the personal "thanks" to Gov. Haley by Gov. Palin for selecting Tim Scott. 

    • ZH100


    • StandProudNow

       Gov. Palin is ALWAYS a class act.

      • wodiej

        no one said she wasn’t.

  • Terry Malpass

    17 year old Morgan comments: Hypocrites, Hope, and Everything in Between:

  • 01_Explorer_01

    Gun sales surge this week.  Background checks in some states went from 15 minutes to more than several hour waits.

    ………..The deluge of buyers had officials working overtime. Background checks that normally took 15 minutes in California took more than four hours, Durkheimer said. In Colorado, background checks that normally take minutes turned into wait times of more than 12 hours, said CBI spokeswoman Susan Medina…….

    • misterlogic0013

       OB possibly went to far with politicizing the recent tragedy ..  eventually it is bound to backfire, he loves  distractions, he lives for scrambled eggs ……

      • 01_Explorer_01

        What might surprises some people here is that some hard core liberals are real avid gun owners.  You see this is not just a conservative thing yet the small ruling class will tell you different

        • ProudAmerican247

          I mentioned yesterday, FIENDstein packs heat and so does Chuck U Schumer.

          "Not only does Schumer carry a handgun, the New York City Police Department also provides armed escorts for the good senator. In fact, the Government Accounting Office — the investigative arm of the US Congress — slammed Schumer’s use of police resources for personal protection. It’s clear that Schumer believes he’s special. He wishes to ban private citizens’ ownership of firearms, while he enjoys layers of protection.
          "No wonder Chuckie Schumer shoots his mouth off so much – he’s able to protect himself," says a 25-year police veteran.
          Also, a check of Pistol License records shows that Senator Schumer possesses an "unrestricted" pistol permit, a rarity in New York City. Licenses are distributed in different categories in the Big Apple: Target Permits allow only use of a firearm at a licensed firing range; Premises Permits allow weapons to be kept in a home or apartment; Restricted Permits allow the gunowner to carry their firearms concealed but only within the purview of their job (security, jewelers, armored car guards, etc.). So it’s evident that Senator Schumer has two sets of rules — one for Americans and one for himself."


          • blueniner

            One rule for the elites, and another rule for the rest of us.

          • Independantminded

            Saw a quote by LaPointe from the NRA today calling Harry Reid a great supporter of gun rights, politics can sometimes  make strange bedfellows

    • Christopher H Fromme

      In a school district in the county north of Pittsburgh all schools will have armed security guards.  This was something in the works but was pushed forward because of Sandy Hook.

  • misterlogic0013

     The picture with Gov Scott reminds me of a great night we had in Orlando at the Victory Dinner, Sarah raised one million dollars. Gov Scott was an authentic gentleman among many girly boys. Rubio among the missing ..  Sarah raised the roof as usual, her words ring true today, "be careful who you trust".      
      The coming days and years are shaping up to be very interesting, many will be flocking to Sarah for support, crusty Rino good old boys (Boehner) not so much, the lines are being drawn on a daily basis,   choice = Rino GOP  or  Sarah Palins / Jim De Mints restored GOP.   My money (time) on the restored conservative, young, honest, common sense driven, constitution driven, men and woman, restoration of all that is good.
                          Bravo to Tim Scott ..             .. not complicated .. 

    • narciso

       And Governor Scott has proven quite a dissapointment since then, it’s no surprise that Sarah who is naturally jaded about politicians, is particularly dissapointed now.

    • blueniner

      In the photo on this thread, I believe Sarah wore that outfit at the TIME people of the year awards. I agree the lines are being drawn. Sarah Palin vs. the RINOS.

      • misterlogic0013

        I could be wrong, will ask my wife although I’m very certain ..  glad you agree with the bulk of my comment .. 

  • Polarbearpapa

    Madison Rising – The Star Spangled Banner

    • misterlogic0013

       good stuff / hope is a good thing ………

    • momprayn

      Great stuff — and….may be "prophetic" for us….?????The Star Spangled Banner LyricsBy Francis Scott Key 1814

      Oh, say can you see by the dawn’s early light
      What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming?
      Whose broad stripes and bright stars thru the perilous fight,
      O’er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?
      And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
      Gave proof through the night that OUR FLAG WAS STILL THERE.

      On the shore, dimly seen through the mists of the deep,
      What is that which the breeze, o’er the towering steep,
      As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
      Now it catches the gleam of the morning’s first beam,
      In full glory reflected now shines in the stream:
      ‘TIS THE STAR-SPANGLED BANNER! Oh long may it wave
      O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

      And WHERE is that band who so vauntingly swore
      That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion,
      A home and a country should leave us no more?Their blood has washed out their FOUL FOOTSTEPS POLLUTION.
      No refuge could save the hireling and slave
      From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave:
      And the star-spangled banner in TRIUMPH DOTH WAVE
      O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

      Between their loved home and the war’s desolation!
      And this be our motto: "IN GOD IS OUR TRUST"

      • Polarbearpapa

        Amen ..and amen

  • Polarbearpapa

     An elective despotism was not the government we fought for; but one
    in which the powers of government should be so divided and balanced
    among the several bodies of magistracy as that no one could transcend
    their legal limits without being effectually checked and restrained by
    the others.

    James Madison

  • Polarbearpapa

    And to the GOPe who have been acting like a Dick Tater to the folks…

    Too Late to Apologize: A Declaration

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