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  • ZH100

    Good morning all.

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

    ‘Who Is the Real Sarah Palin?’

    From the article:

    Executive Authority and Success

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

    Budgeting and Spending

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

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


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

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

    Business Growth

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

    Ethics Reform and Transparency

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

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


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

    Health Care

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

  • ZH100

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

    From the article:

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

  • ZH100

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

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

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

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

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

    From the article:

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

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

    • ZH100

      Setting the Palin Record Straight’  (by Jedediah Bila; 3/17/2011)

      "It’s truly astonishing the lengths that some will go to in order to try to discredit Sarah Palin.  Sure, the left-wing media loons are a given, but what about the folks on the Right who relentlessly brand her as unelectable, unintelligent, unpresidential, and/or unqualified?  What is their basis for those assessments?  And if she is so darn unelectable—why the need to consistently, near-obsessively attempt to tear her down?

      What’s most interesting about the repeated attacks on Palin – from the Left and the Right – is that they are routinely empty.

      They are often featured in online hit pieces that are void of any reference to her record and/or her contributions over the past two years to discussions of national and international significance. They focus on absurd criticism of her TLC series, which so many elitists deemed anti-intellectual and so many regular Americans deemed relatable. They call her a “quitter” because she resigned from the governorship, but don’t reveal the reality that she was faced with numerous frivolous ethics charges made by political operatives that were costing her state hundreds of thousands of dollars and her staff countless hours to refute.
      The fact that she made the right decision for Alaska, and that the charges were all ultimately dismissed, get buried under the frenzied need some have to try to sabotage her at all costs.

      And let’s not forget the manner in which the authors of these hit pieces so often compile every possible negative quotation on Palin they can find, particularly from the mouths of whom they consider to be the conservative intellectual elite.  The quotes are typically nonsensical and/or erroneous, and mark embarrassing moments for those who uttered them, as they tend to reflect a complete lack of awareness of Palin’s accomplishments, writings, and outspoken stand on policy initiatives.

      Since September 2010 alone, Sarah Palin has penned commentary on such topics as the unrest in Libya, the protests in Wisconsin, Obama’s 2012 budget proposal and State of the Union address, getting tough with Iran and standing with Iranians who seek democracy, challenging the specifics of President Obama’s energy policy, the omnibus spending bill, defeating the New START, opposition to state bailouts, tax policy, a message to Republican freshmen in Congress, opposition to quantitative easing, and more.  She has repeatedly been a leading voice—via television appearances and speaking engagements—against the dangers of ObamaCare and the risks of President Obama’s approach to energy.

  • qtdb7

    So let me get this straight.
    According to ‘DEBT man walking’ Obama/democrats/liberals/
    socialists, it was O.K. for Mexican drug dealers to have
    guns (I am talking about STUPID Fast And Furious
    Operation), but it’s not O.K. for law abiding American
    citizens to have guns.

    • Audrey_I

      Fast and Furious is a far greater crime than Watergate.  Nobody died in Watergate.  Countless Mexicans and American Border agents died in a stupid scheme on the part of Eric Holder and Barack Hussein Obama to embarrass gun owners and to gut the Second Amendment.

      Obama is claiming executive privilege to prevent the pursuit of justice.  Fast and Furious is an impeachable offense. 

  • ZH100

    Some great reads about the fiction hit-piece movie "Game Change".

    ‘Winning an Emmy by Gaming the Truth’

  • ZH100

    "Sweet" Sarah Palin Praised By Female Wrestling Champ: "A Really Lovely Woman"  (Sep, 2012)

  • Guest

    " Right now I am assessing how much the mainstream is pushing for gun control so much it seems to be the reason these shootings happened so they could push the agenda~ And to think that it isnt obvious is disrespectful to the victims and also makes me realize how far they are willing to go to sacrifice people thus others to get what they want~ They portray a false reality that gun control is a growing want but it is not the majority dont want gun control~ All they do is expand a false reality and create an opposite illusion~ I never recognized any of the executive orders before I want when the next comes~ Just like the election was a sham so is there reasons and portrayal of gun control~ This aint third riech germany and as fast as they move is as fast as they will find that out~ And that is coming from someone who has never possessed a firearm in his life and I am 41~ I will be glad to lead the march against narcissistic ruling class when ever the time comes~"

    • Leroy Whitby

      It’s a ratchet. Never backwards, always forwards, to a dictatorship we move.

  • ZH100

    ‘Libya Report Cites ‘Systemic Failures’

    Report on Libya attack cites ‘systemic failures’ in security, confirms no protest

    From the article:

    "A State Department-ordered investigation into September’s attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, concluded that "systemic failures" left the facility inadequately protected, according to the independent review board’s report, which confirmed that no protest preceded the deadly attack.

    The report, posted Tuesday night on the State Department’s website, also identified "leadership and management deficiencies at senior levels within two bureaus." It suggested 29 ways the department can improve its operations, but recommended no disciplinary action.

    The Accountability Review Board’s report comes after more than three months of intense debate in Washington over who was behind the attack, what motivated the attackers and why U.S. authorities weren’t able to stop the violence, which took the lives of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.

    Although the motive for the attack remains unclear, the report released Tuesday confirms what quickly became evident — that the attack was the coordinated work of heavily armed terrorists.

    But in many ways, the security failures were of even greater concern.

    Despite clear and present threats, the review board found the security posture at the Benghazi consulate was "short-term, transitory" and "relatively inexperienced" — and ultimately "inadequate."

    It also found "a pervasive realization among personnel who served in Benghazi that the Special Mission was not a high priority for Washington when it came to security-related requests, especially those relating to staffing."

  • wodiej

    ?"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding." Proverbs 3:5

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    • celestiallady

      Last Saturday night on the way home from my daughters I saw the biggest meteor I have ever seen. It was awesome. I was on a hill with houses all around. It came from behind, over my car. With lights all around I could see it perfectly. Almost was a tiny bit scary to see it so close.

      • wodiej

        I wanted to go out and watch for it but forgot.  That’s a once in a lifetime experience you had there!

        • celestiallady

          It is and I have watched the different meteor showers over the years but still had never seen one that close. It was the perfect night – cold clear sky and I was not expecting it. I made a wish!

  • Pete Petretich

    One thing that I’ve learned from being a charter member of Sarah Palin’s national team is that I am still a soldier.

    I fight corruption every day, in my party, in my neighborhood, in my church, in the world…

    P.S. It’s like playing Whack-A-Mole at the State Fair:

  • wodiej
  • jerseymark

    As we continue on with Mr. Lewis’ thoughts on Heaven, he takes us head on into the subject of
    sex in Heaven from his book “Miracles”:

    “The letter and spirit of Scripture and of all Christianity, forbid us to suppose that life in the New Creation will be a sexual life and this reduces our imagination to the withering alternative either of bodies which are hardly recognizable as human bodies at all or else of a perpetual fast. As regards the fast, I think our present outlook might be like that of a small boy who, on being told that the sexual act was the highest bodily pleasure should immediately ask whether you ate
    chocolates at the same time. On receiving the answer ‘No’, he might regard the absence of chocolates as the chief characteristic of sexuality. In vain would you tell him that the reason why lovers in their carnal raptures don’t bother about chocolates is that they have something better to think of. The boy knows chocolate: he does not know the positive thing that excludes it. We are in the same position. We know the sexual life; we do not know, except in glimpses, the other thing which, in Heaven, will leave no room for it. Hence where fullness awaits us we anticipate fasting. In denying that sexual life, as we now understand it, makes any part of the final beatitude, it is not of course necessary to suppose that the distinction of sexes will disappear. What is no longer needed for biological purposes may be expected to survive for splendour Sexuality is the instrument both of virginity and of conjugal virtue; neither man nor woman will be asked to throw away weapons they have used victoriously. It is the beaten and the fugitives who throw away
    their swords. The conquerors sheathe theirs and retain them.”

    Well, to begin with, I love his comparison to the little boy. As I have written before and is not a novel idea – the unknown is always met with caution at best and outright fear often. No matter how bad things are, we can think of how it could be worse if we venture into the unknown. This
    was the big issue with the Hebrews in Egypt who were more than willing to stay in Egypt as slaves than to venture out into the unknown. It took a decree by Pharoah that all male Hebrew babies are to be killed on birth, which would have wiped out the Hebrews in one generation, before they realized that they had to get out of Dodge. This subject raised by Mr. Lewis is a lot like that, and even worse since the commons view is that sex is a major plus in our life here, so it is easier to think the unknown of Heaven will involve something less enjoyable as we are unable to fathom that which will replace it there. Of course, the underlying assumption in the problem is certainly debatable by a large percentage of people for whom sex has only a minor focus at best and often a negative one. In this world, in this life, sex has been so thoroughly corrupted and often involves
    so much baggage which distorts the purpose of sexual union as intended by God that it clearly is Satan’s favorite playground. So, all in all, when it comes down to it in the complete picture of life,
    how important is sex really.

    OK – turning to a related aspect which just boggles my mind – namely the view expressed by folks that they see Heaven as a terribly boring place to be and that Hell would be more to their liking. I just shake my head and say, “well, I am sure you will get your wish”. The crazy thing is that these folks understand correctly that all the sinful activities they like and think of as fun won’t exist in Heaven but they can’t conceive of anything they will have to replace them, like the little boy and his chocolate. The point that we cannot imagine what the Father has in store for His children speaks of wonderful things and not the lack of anything. We shall reign with Christ over
    the New Creation. What kind of amazing things does that conjure up in your head. We are told that what the Father has planned far exceeds our wildest imagination. Just consider what our bodies will be like. They will never die or lose energy. There will be no need for sleep and there will be no night which becomes the definition of eternity since there will be no separation into days. You will be able to move at the speed of thought and go anywhere in the universe. You think I
    am overdoing it? These are the things I can imagine and yet the Father’s plan far exceeds these. THERE WILL BE NO BOREDOM IN HEAVEN. And BEST of all I will see Jesus face to face and fall at His feet and thank Him for what He has done for me. I will gladly wet His feet with my tears of thankfulness in the context of my unworthiness. But then, as He bids me to rise and welcome me home, it will be all GOOD.

  • technopeasant

    NATURAL LAW can be defined as:

    a) A law of morality believed to be derived from human beings’ inherent sense of right and wrong which presents itself immediately to the human consciousness and is discoverable by reason, rather than from revelation (insight) or legislation promoted by society or produced by government. NATURAL LAW exists indpendent of humanity.

    b) A law that governs the behavior of NATURAL PHENOMENA and is subject to objective measurement or evaluation

    c) Belief that general laws of nature can be applied as a system of justice for all societies, regardless of individual culture or customs; belief in the concept of UNIVERSAL JUSTICE

    d) a law or body of laws that derives from nature and is believed to be binding upon all human actions apart from or in conjunction with laws established by human authority (legal positivism)

    If you ask any conservative American, what he or she thinks of when first prompted by the term NATURAL LAW, many would cite the DOI and the idea that Americans are endowed by God with inalienable rights which include the right to life, the right to liberty, and the right to pursue happiness. In other words for conservatives, there exists a direct relationship between God, the physical world, what we call nature, and what we consider operational NATURAL LAW. And for conservatives that relationship is immutable.

    But if one endeavors to challenge the existence of NATURAL LAW or render it impotent in the arena of ideas, one must therefore seek to destroy the linchpin of NATURAL LAW which is basically to divorce God from the physical world and then seek to undermine or neutralize its effect on human thought and action by arguing that what happens in the physical word is random, not reasonable or not discernible to human beings. And in so doing our enemies seek to render NATURAL LAW baseless or claim NATURAL LAW is pure fantasy or only speculation and that folks possessed with PRESUMPTUOUS ELITISM which Plato called "insight" thus confers on the elites the responsibility and authority to supersede NATURAL LAW and replace it with overarching LEGAL POSITIVISM that dictates how human beings should think and act towards each other and specifically how one should come to view the concept of human evaluation and in turn making it more unreasonable, subjective and simply unfair.

    And part of this campaign, underground and above-ground, to destroy NATURAL LAW is devoted to rewriting history, telling the big lie and employing propaganda, burying the truth, and deliberately mischaracterizing one’s abilities and talents by claiming one does not possess what is objectively discernible.

    In its most simplistic form, the Leftists subscribe to Plato’s philosophy based on The Theory of Forms which states that one’s interpretation of the world is imperfect, inaccuate or less than ideal and perfect and that there is a large gap between perception and reality based on the senses of human beings (how they acquire knowledge) to be wrong and never perfectly precise, which includes one’s sense of what is right and wrong is NOT derived from NATURAL LAW and thus distorted by our senses And the reason why humans cannot be precise is that physical earth is full of unevenness, imperfections and impurities which are in essence copies of the ideal world (Plato’s view that there was a world outside the phsyical world that was ideal)

    And because of man’s inability to arrive at perfection or being unsure what perfection is or what it should represent, man must intervene to produce laws to bring this knowledge closer to bring the physical world to a closer state of perfection or at least improve one’s knowledge of what perfections consists of.

    Leftists collectively believe in that the destination supersedes the journey and the idea of bringing the ideal world of Forms to earth in the form of socialist Utopianism where the Left can ride roughshod over the rest of us, at the same time as they are working towards this goal destroying the idea of immutable NATURAL LAW.

    In contrast Aristotle believed in "causes" and the use of objective scientific principle and calculations to explain the physical world and all its relationships. And that reason would reveal to human beings the true nature of the physical world.

    Now to the topic. Yesterday we saw another glaring example of how an organization is attempting to defy NATURAL LAW or declare it null and void. This is nothing new but it is a perfect lesson how the concept of defying NATURAL LAW engaged in by the Left has interwoven itself with the current Zeitgeist and how the Left uses it control of the Zeitgeist to radically alter the consciousness of Americans when it relate to the concept of those with superior ability or talent prevailing consistently over those with less ability or talent.

    The idea of "leveling the playing field" began in the public school system and in kids’ sports in which the traditional idea of the best prevailing over the mediocre or bad gradually began to take a back seat to the idea that schools should not promote individual competitiveness or winning above anything else being a standard that should be pursued but to instead reward one for one’s own effort or status irrespectively of actual results or failure. The idea of a pecking order based on superiority of ability or talent (an example of NATURAL LAW) was attacked by the Left as counterproductive, anti-social, racist or psychologically damaging and proclaimed by the "insightful" Left as a goal which should NOT be pursued by a modern society, among its very young.

    And in terms of government, both the Left and the RINO’s jumped on this bandwagon to pass laws to encourage those wil less ability and less talent to claim the brass ring and to legitimize those efforts by telling them they deserve the same rewards as those most favored by birth, background or privilege, which the Left argues are the reasons these folks boast more ability and talent. And the Left finally realizes that these folks live with a lot of frustration and/or bitterness that can be manipulated and channeled towards improving the Left’s political fortunes.

    If anything the Left goes to great lengths to deny natual ability and talent exists. And enough Americans are stupid enough to believe that ability and talent has nothing or little to do with one’s genes or what one inherits from one’s parents.

    Given this idea as it pertains to children, most Americans also thought there was no way in hell such foreign ideas would eventually make its way into adult sports, especially adult professional sports where one’s performance and level of execution is supposed to determine or measure wins and losses.

    Or to put it another way traditionally professional sport has developed a pecking order to determine which players (or teams) are superstars , who are stars, who are journeymen (mediocre performers) and who are simply not very good. And that pecking order has been based on past credentials (career resume), immediate past performance, and on statistical measurements that objectively tells us who is better or improving or who is bad or getting worse.

    But what has happened in the land of the NY Jets, is Jets management and head coach Rex Ryan have decided to defy NATURAL LAW as it applies to sports which says that those who are objectively perceived to be better or more proficient should play ahead of those with a scantier resume and/or less recent performance unless that perceptions shifts dramatically and objectively (which includes the inability to play due to injury) elevates in the case of a NFL team the backup QB to a starting position.

    Folks in case you don’t know, except for one game Tim Tebow sat out because of cracked ribs, he was active and the backup QB to starter Mark Sanchez. Based on his position in the pecking order, Tebow deserved to become the starter if Sanchez was ever going to be replaced.

    In addition 3rd string QB Greg McIlroy has never started a NFL game whlle Tim Tebow has career win-loss record of 9-7 (including playoffs) and thus has started 16 games in the NFL. In case you don’t know there are way more QB’s in the history of the NFL with losing records than winning records.

    And Tebow has also won a playoff game. The number of QB’s in NFL history who have even won 1 playoff game falls off dramatically.

    And in Tebow’s first playoff game he set 3 passing records. Remember the NFL has been in business for over 80 years.

    And in terms of Tebow’s interception to attempt ratio which measures how often a QB turns the ball over Tebow currently enjoys a 2.49% ratio which in term of all-time QB’s in the NFL ranks him in the top 15.

    In other words based on Tebow’s position of being the #2 QB on the depth chart for the season and his previous resume, by any objective standard Tebow should be starting ahead of McIlroy this coming Sunday. But Ryan has dubbed McIlroy to start and thus defied NATURAL LAW.

    And here is what Tim Tebow and Sarah Palin have in common. Both were declared persona non grata not because they were mediocre or substandard performers but despite their natural abilities and talents to elevate their performance and produce on the field.

    Once you discount or disregard MERIT as the #1 consideration for promotion or putting a person in the limelight, an individual or team paves the way for its own destruction.

    By the way in 2011, Tim Tebow beat the Jets which ended up causing them to miss the playoffs. In other words, Tebow was good enough to make the Jets irrelevant last year but was not good enough this year to make the Jets relevant in terms of the playoffs. Bizarre.

    Finally there is a conspiracy imho to deem Tim Tebow a bust akin to Jemarcus Russell. Folks, the only way the sports media/Leftists can do that is to deny the facts. Folks, a second year player who led a team to the playoffs for the first time in 5 years (after the team started 1-4), won a playoff game and currently has won more games in the NFL than he has lost is NOT a bust.

    But if you listen to some in the media you would think Tim Tebow is the worst QB ever to be drafted in the NFL or played. The big lie.

    • jerseymark

      Thanks Techno for your efforts in exposing injustice wherever it may be found. As we have seen so well of late, corruption is an ever present problem.

  • ZH100

    ‘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."

  • bassman

    Shame on POLITICO for using the deaths of these children to attack Gov. Palin.
    Shame on you!

    • jerseymark

      Look at it this way – for Politico to do this, there must be serious concern about Sarah’s political future. As Rush always says, they always tell you who they fear most.

  • PalinIsGodsGift2USA

    America must regain her moral compass.

    Sarah Palin’s post was a great start. Thank you.

    SARAH 2016

  • technopeasant

    10 random thoughts on Tim Tebow and the campaign to destroy his NFL career:

    1) When Tim Tebow took over as starter of the Denver Broncos in 2011 they had a 1-4 record and were given a less than 5% chance of making the playoffs. In addition the Broncos had gone 4-14 in their last 18 games and not made the playoffs since 2005.

    I know, I know Peyton Manning cites John Elway’s presence in Broncos upper management as a key reason why he decided to sign with Denver but imagine if Tebow had not taken over the Broncos which instantly thrust the woebegone franchise into the spotlight and then won 7 of 8 games which had not put the Broncos in the playoff hunt and in turn spotlighted the talent of a number of players which otherwise would have gotten little notice, and then not won a playoff game against the Steelers with these same players, would Peyton Manning have had the same desire to join a team that hadn’t made the playoffs since 2005 and finished around 6-10 for the season (without Tebow at the helm)?

    I believe that is an open question. We all know Manning in the back nine of his career would not have wanted to join a team who was rebuilding. And without Tebow bringing the Broncos to glory last year, he would not have any evidence of how decent a team the Broncos really were.

    Essentially imho by taking the Broncos to the playoffs, Tebow cut his own throat.

    2) The Jets management lied to Tim Tebow about his role with the Jets. Tebow imho is a bit naive. He couldn’t believe the Jets would sign him for the sole purpose of attracting publicity and selling paraphernalia and not out of football considerations. And Tebow’s people also did him a major disservice by selling him on the Jets. Tebow is not totally blameless here. He made a terrible decision in telling John Elway that he preferred to be traded away to the Jets rather than Jacksonville.

    3) The decision by head coach Rex Ryan to stay with Mark Sanchez over Tim Tebow is the height of incompetence, stupidity, arrogance or hubris. It reminds me so much of Hitler ordering his generals on the Eastern front not to retreat but to fight the Russians to the death. 

    Several games ago I predicted that no matter how lousy Sanchez was, Tebow would not replace him. And I was right.

    4) For Rex Ryan the worst thing in the world for him would be to lose face and admit he should have played Tebow earlier in the season which could have turned the season around. Thus McIlroy starts instead of Tebow. Ryan obviously doesn’t want to open that door even a crack.

    5) In the one game Tebow doesn’t dress due to injury and McIlroy becomes the backup, Ryan sends McIlroy into the game to relieve Sanchez. Not in one game did Ryan do that with Tebow who again he designated as his #2 QB. Ryan definitely had an agenda not to play Tebow.

    6) Ryan insisted in not using Tebow down around the goal line to punch the ball into the endzone which anybody who follows the NFL knows Tebow is really good at scoring touchdowns. It’s almost like he cut off his nose to spite his face and would rather the Jets have to settle for a FG than to admit that Tebow was a crucial piece of the puzzle in scoring points. Frankly you have to be really incompetent as a head coach to have Tim Tebow on your team for an entire season where he doesn’t throw 1 TD pass or run one in for a score.

    Sheer lunacy.

    7) President Obama was so happy that Tebow was traded away by the Broncos. The only way he was going to lose Colorado was if evangelicals turned out massively due to being fired up by Sarah Palin or Tim Tebow. Mormon Mitt Romney certainly wasn’t going to fire them up.

    8) Has anyone realized that sports/media critics criticize and ridicule Tebow to the extent he is treated like one of the biggest busts in NFL history and never take into account he was drafted in 2010, has a winning record and has won a playoff game?

    And those who side with Rex Ryan in not playing Tebow definitely have their own agendas. By any objective standard Tebow should have started a game for the Jets this season.

    9) The Left would be celebrating for the next four years if it could take down both Sarah Palin and Tim Tebow in one fell swoop and clear the playing field where they could once and for all take the final steps towards imposing a socialist Utopia on America.

    10) Will the other 30 teams (besides the Jets and Broncos) blackball Tebow from the league because he is considered more trouble than he is worth? Nothing would surprise me but with so many franchises looking for winning QB’s you would think at least one franchise would give Tebow a chance. But unfortunately most teams put too much value on how they win and not if they win. They would rather be considered a laughingstock by losing in a conventional manner than winning consistently in an unconventional, iconoclastic manner and become the butt of jokes.

    The same goes for the GOP.

    • jerseymark

      Wow! Two major Tebow pieces. You deserve a nomination as the President of the Tebow fan club. Just kidding, a little. It really is amazing how the powers that be have tried to bury him.

    • Christopher H Fromme

      Don’t know the QB’s but Cleveland & Buffalo which are long time losers could use a jolt.

  • palin45potus

    I guess that some gun crimes are more politically correct than other gun crimes.  (HT Mister L)

    CBS News: ‘Fast and Furious’ Gun Found At Site Where Mexican Beauty Queen Killed

    by: Sharyl Attkisson

    WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – A gun found at the scene of a shootout between a Mexican drug cartel and soldiers where a beauty queen died was part of the botched “Fast and Furious” operation, CBS News reports.

    Authorities had said that Maria Susana Flores Gamez was likely used as a human shield and that an automatic rifle had been found near her body after the Nov. 23 shootout.

    Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, tells CBS News that the Justice Department did not notify Congress that a Fast and Furious firearm was found at the scene in Sinaloa.

    CBS News learned the Romanian AK-47-type WASR-10 rifle found near her body was purchased by Uriel Patino at an Arizona gun shop in 2010. Patino is a suspect who allegedly purchased 700 guns while under the ATF’s watch.

    The “Fast and Furious” operation was launched in 2009 to catch trafficking kingpins, but agents lost track of about 1,400 of the more than 2,000 weapons involved.(Click the link for more)

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