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  • BrianusBerkleianus

    My Dear Friends in Sarah,

    Happy Thursday to you all!!

    As I did the other day, I offer this morning NOVA ET VETERA, things new and things old.

    The New: Some highlights from and observations on her interview with Greta last night.

    The Old: Letter H in the "Latin Sarah" series, which I am presenting again from last spring and summer.

    God bless you all always!!

    DEO VOLENTE, SARAH 2016!!!!


    THE GRETA INTERVIEW (emphases are mine throughout)

    Re the State Department’s report on Benghazi: They admit mistakes, but no one takes responsibility for those mistakes. The Governor looks forward to hearing Secretary Clinton on the matter.

    She gives kudos to FOX News for pursuing the investigation.

    The frustrating bottom line in the matter: WE WERE DECEIVED; Americans were LIED TO during the election season!!

    This affair illustrates the LACK OF TRANSPARENCY in the obama administration.

    She asks, "WHAT ELSE DOES HE SAY AND DO THAT WOULD BE DECEPTIVE?!?" The Governor believes that there are MANY other such things.

    IMHO, this is a brilliant move and progression on her part from the evidence that we HAVE about obama and his cronies to what we can INFER from the known and evident falsehood and deception!!

    In other words, it is not just one or two small and incidental and white lies that obama has told; no, he is a systematic liar and fraud and deceiver. The Governor nails him yet again, as she has so often since 2008!!!

    "Mr. Nobel Peace Prize" she calls the "messiah" of the Left. NO ONE in America today can pop the pompous and puffed-up balloon of obama’s pretensions the way our Sarah can!!!

    High Five, Governor!!!

    The so-called Nobel recipient quashed information about terrorist activities to keep a false narrative alive during the election season.

    Al-Qaeda may be on the run, "BUT IT’S TOWARDS AMERICA, NOT AWAY FROM AMERICA"–and that played out in Benghazi.

    It is for MANY things that we admire and esteem and love Sarah Palin of Alaska, but this is one of the principal reasons: Her ability to coin, ex tempore, pithy and powerful verbal "missiles" to launch at the usurping regime in Washington DC!! The above is yet another shining example of this!!

    On obama as Time Magazine’s Person of the Year: It is our Constitution that is a path towards a more perfect union, not obama’s way, as Time says. obama’s way and words go against the Constitution.

    Then she unleashes her marvelous and fun-filled and self-deprecating sense of laughter and humor: Time once named HER as one of the most influential people in America … so how seriously can we take Time??!!


    Again, on Time’s choice of obama as Person of the Year: Her first thoughts were: "What the heck has he done?"–except to drive us OVER (note she does not say "towards"; it is a fait accompli)–except to drive us OVER a fiscal cliff–Now it’s just a matter of the THUD at the bottom of that cliff, how hard we will hit bottom.

    She hopes that the State Department will help that American Christian pastor who has been imprisoned in Iran.


    "We really need to rethink what it is that we’re doing in some of these countries."

    We have to protect our Constitution.

    Guys, IMV, she presented and posited in the short and straitened space of less than ten minutes a better and firmer and sounder foundation for the restoration of both our DOMESTIC and our FOREIGN policy than all the political hacks of both Parties have done in our time.

    RUN, SARAH, RUN!!!

    And now the "Old":

    SARAH HILARIS: SARAH THE CHEERFUL/SARAH THE JOYFUL (I have edited out a few words that are no longer relevant)

    The Great Lion of God, St. Paul, says somewhere, "Gaudete in Domino semper; iterum dico, gaudete." "Rejoice ye in the Lord always; again I say, rejoice." … There are few if any figures I have encountered in my lifetime that follow this Mandate of Joy more perfectly than Sarah Palin of Alaska!!! … And if she wanted to be dark and gloomy and grim, who, who, I ask, would have more just cause than she does??? … Who has been attacked, who has been vilified, who has been slandered, who has had her life, her family, her country, everything she holds dear, held up to contumely and scorn and opprobrium in the way that Sarah and her life have been??? … And yet, tossed and buffeted as she has been by this maelstrom of hatred these last four years, she remains always bright, always joyful, always positive … always an exemplar of lovely and fearless faith and patriotism to all around her, and indeed to all her countrymen and countrywomen!!!… My friends, as we live through these gloomy days, the days that began with the announcement of 5 October of last year … as we face this fog of bleakness and possible despair, let us keep ever before our eyes and minds and hearts the radiant and shining exemplar of the Lady of the North Country, of her who, IMHO, always hopes in the Lord, always waits on the Lord, always REJOICES IN THE LORD: SARAH THE CHEERFUL AND THE JOY-FILLED!!!

    • LibertyLass

      Thank you, wonderful as usual. Whenever Sarah’s speaks it puts me at peace and hope for the future. There is no other like our Sarah from the North. God Bless

      • BrianusBerkleianus

        Thank you, LibertyLass!!

        God bless you too!!!

    • jerseymark

      Wonderful, simply wonderful BB. Thanks so much.

      • 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

    Some interesting videos.

    CNN finding that Palin was hard-working governor

    Jonathan Strong discusses LSM Plot to tear Palin Down  (July ,2010)

    Sarah Palin Visits Troops at Camp Bondsteel, Kosovo (2009)

    Governor Palin Dines With Prime Minister Netanyahu  (March ,2011)

    Governor Palin “On the Couch with Koel” in India (March ,2011)

    Samaritan’s Purse – Sarah Palin – Birmingham Tornado Relief

    Governor Palin in Haiti.

    Opinion Journal: Palin vs. Bernanke

    Sarah Palin Governor’s picnic

    Rush – McCain Staffers Trying to Destroy Sarah Palin – Nov 6, 2008

    PJTV: Bill Whittle on the Sarah Palin Haters.

    ESPN Outside the Lines: Wasilla Warrior Sarah Palin .

    This video was broadcast by ESPN. It describes how Sarah Palin (then Heath) led her team to victory in March 1982 — with a broken ankle — and how that defining moment charted the course for the remainder of her life.

    The Wardrobe Saga

  • ZH100

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

    From the article:

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

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

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

  • ZH100

    Debunking the false (!) meme that Gov.Palin has lack of knowledge on issues "outside of anti-corruption and energy policy."

    Gov.Palin has spoken out on almost all the issues, both foreign and domestic and has been proven right on many of her statements.

    For example:

    Sarah Palin Talks Cronyism, Economy, China, Liberty and Freedom at World Knowledge Forum in South Korea  (another successful unscripted Q&A)

    Long Island Association was an unequivocal success ; an hourlong, unscripted Q&A session where Governor Palin talked about the economy, the deficit, government spending, gun control, the environment, the rising cost of food, energy, Egypt and other foreign policy related issues in front of a group of socially liberal Democrats and Republicans in an area where the Democrat Party is strong.

    Excerpts of Sarah Palin’s Speech to Investors in Hong Kong

    Governor Palin’s  successful (unscripted) Q&A at the India Today Conclave
    The (unscripted) Q&A portion covered a lot of territory and included tough questions that ranged from foreign policy to American economics.

    Interview CNN’s Don Lemon Impressed that Governor Palin Answered All of His Questions

    Palin v. Bernanke
    Her Warning To the Fed Chairman Puts Her Out in Front on the Debate on the Dollar

    Opinion Journal: Palin vs. Bernanke

    ‘Amid media circus, Palin lays out policy positions’   ( by Byron York)

    From the article:

    "One thing many viewers have probably missed in all the horse-race speculation is that Palin is perfectly willing to discuss her positions on key issues, if anyone wants to ask. In fact, in recent days, weeks, and months, we’ve seen a lot of policy commentary from the former Alaska governor.

    ‘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. "

    • 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.

      Let’s take a look at a few samples of Palin’s written commentary:

      On Obama’s 2012 budget proposal:  “The fine print reveals a White House proposal to increase taxes by at least $1.5 trillion over the next decade.  If you want to know how minuscule their proposed $775 million-a-year budget ‘cuts’ really are, please look at this chart.  The proposed cuts are so insignificant—less than 1/10 of 1% of this year’s $1.65 trillion budget deficit—that they are essentially invisible on the pie chart.  That speaks volumes about today’s budget.”

      On Iran:  “Much more can be done, such as banning insurance for shipments to Iran, banning all military sales to Iran, ending all trade credits, banning all financial dealings with Iranian banks, limiting Iran’s access to international capital markets and banking services, closing airspace and waters to Iran’s national air and shipping lines, and, especially, ending Iran’s ability to import refined petroleum.  These would be truly ‘crippling’ sanctions.”

      On energy:  “Right now Beltway politicos are quibbling over cutting $61 billion from our dangerously bloated $3.7 trillion budget.  Allowing drilling in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas will enrich federal coffers by $167 billion without raising our taxes.  If we let Harry Reid keep his ‘cowboy poetry,’ would the White House consider letting us drill?”

      On quantitative easing:  “If the President was serious about getting the economy moving again, he’d stop supporting the Fed’s dangerous experiments with our currency and focus instead on what actually works: reducing government spending and boosting business investment through good old-fashioned supply-side reforms (cutting taxes and reducing overly burdensome regulations).  Simply running the printing presses in order to avoid paying off your debts is no way for a great nation to behave.”

      My question to the critics: How is that commentary lacking in intellect?  How do you find her active leadership role in these important debates to be unpresidential?"

  • wodiej

    "But He gives more grace.  Therefore He says: God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble." James 4:6

    • BrianusBerkleianus

      Thank you, wodiej, and good morning!

      • wodiej

        yw Brian, top of the morning to you!

  • ZH100

    Gov.Palin has been an avid reader since an early age.

    From "Going Rogue":

    "Reading was a special bond between my mother and me. Mom read aloud to me-poetry by Ogden Nash and the Alaska writer Robert Service, along with snippets of prose.

    She would quote biblical proverbs and ask me to tell her what I thought. She found clever ways to encourage my love of the written word-by reading cookbooks, and jokes out of Reader’s Digest together, and writing letters to grandparents. My siblings were better athletes, cuter and more sociable than I, and the only thing they had to envy about me was the special passion for reading that I shared with out mother, who we all thought ranked somewhere up there with the female saints.

    When the VFW announced that I won a plaque in its annual flag poetry contest for my third-grade poem about Betsy Ross, Mom treated me like the new Emily Dickinson. Years later, when I won that patriotic group’s annual college scholarship, she was just as proud.

    My appetite for books connected my school reacher father and me, too. For my tenth birthday, his parents sent me The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, and Dad read it to us at night, I appreciate that now even more, realizing he spent all day teaching elementary school science and coaching high schoolers and then came home no doubt a bit tired of kids".

    • ZH100

      Wes Vernon has written an excellent review of America by Heart for the Washington Times. He wrote this in his review:

      From the article:

      "Sarah Palin has read the writings of such intellectual giants as Milton Friedman, Alexis de Tocqueville and Whittaker Chambers and such historical leaders as Abraham Lincoln, John F. Kennedy, Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher.

      In “America by Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith and the Flag,” she cites the published letters between John and Abigail Adams in this nation’s infancy as well as the speech of Calvin Coolidge (probably one of America’s most underrated presidents) on the occasion of this nation’s 150th birthday."

    • BrianusBerkleianus

      Thanks so much, ZH, for posting this wonderful excerpt from Going Rogue, pp. 15-16.

      To buttress your defense here of the Governor AS A READER, I present again reflections from p. 15 of GR.

      God bless!!


      The Governor writes on p. 15 of GR:

      "The lunar landing had happened in July 1969, before school started, but even watching taped images…stirred in me an overwhelming pride in our country…A similar feeling stirred in me as my class recited the Pledge of Allegiance.

      "I felt proud and tall as we pledged on our hearts every morning. Early on, I gained great appreciation for the words we spoke: ‘…the United States of America…one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.’ I knew those words held power.

      "And not just those words. I developed a love of reading and writing early on. Leaning on Mom’s shoulder in the pew at Church on the Wildwood during a Sunday sermon, I heard the pastor use the word ‘different.’

      " ‘I can spell "different!" ‘ I excitedly whispered in her ear, and scribbled it in the margin of the church bulletin. It was my first big word, and I was proud to have figured it out myself. It was the first time Mom didn’t give me her stern don’t-talk-in-church look but instead smiled warmly and seemed as proud as I was.

      "Reading was a special bond between my mother and me. Mom read aloud to me–poetry by Ogden Nash…along with snippets of prose. She would quote biblical proverbs and ask me to tell her what I thought. She found clever ways to encourage my love of the written word…

      "My siblings were better athletes, cuter and more sociable than I, and the only thing they had to envy about me was the special passion for reading that I shared with our mother…When the VFW announced that I won a plaque in its annual flag poetry contest for my third-grade poem about Betsy Ross, Mom treated me like the new Emily Dickinson."

      And this is the lady that the abominable Chris Matthews and others of his ilk in the "lame-stream" media derided as stupid, derided as unread, derided as illiterate!!!

      Where to begin; where to begin??

      Do WE not feel a consonant and corresponding pride welling up within our own hearts as we read of this spunky little Alaskana girl standing up and feeling proud and tall as she pronounces the words of the Pledge?

      Can we not almost SEE and HEAR it happening right before us, in that majestic court and hall that is our imagination, with all its variegated and versatile power? Do we not almost feel the impulse and urge to rise up and, traversing the bridge of time in our minds, take our stand next to her in spirit and recite the Pledge in unison with her?

      May we not note the technical matter of the correct usage of two forms of the first-person personal pronoun? First, "between my mother and me." The form "me," of course, is the objective (accusative) form, and is used, inter alia, after prepositions ("between" in this case).

      Conversely, "than" is a conjunction, not a preposition. "My siblings were better athletes…than I." This stands for "than I was." "I" is here the subjective (nominative) case. "I" is the subject of the clause.

      Do our hearts not warm–I know mine sure does–as we read of the ebullient, irrepressible little Sarah whispering to her mom, "I can spell ‘different’ "?!? —and whispering it in church!!!!

      Do we not perceive the profundity of Sarah’s words (about the Pledge), "I knew those words held power"? Indeed her own words about the potency of those syllables themselves hold weight and depth and power.

      And how I would like to read her prize-winning, third-grade poem about America’s Betsy Ross, the lady of the weaving of our bonny banner!

      However, even though pages could be written about all of the elements cited above, I would like to focus on the following words of hers: "Reading was a special bond between my mother and me. Mom read aloud to me…" (aside from the grammatical point made above about some of them).

      What can we say about the generative potency of words? Why do we take a special delight in reading words aloud? What is the significance of the fact that Homer’s poems, for example, the oldest secular literature of the West, were chanted aloud for generations before they were written down?

      I think that our printed books are sort of like skeletons. There they sit on the shelves of our homes and libraries, waiting for someone to come along, pick them up, and read them. The skeletal frames are clothed and vested with flesh and blood when they are read.

      And this fact, which is true to a certain extent even when a book is read silently by one person alone, with the eyes only, is eminently true when the words are pronounced and uttered viva voce to another person, that is, with the living (and indeed life-giving) voice.

      Life, the secret of Life resides in communicatio, in communicating, in communion, in imparting, in sharing. And one of the ultimate and deepest forms of this communicatio is found in the spoken word. It is the word qua (as) transmitted.

      When I read silently to myself, I read what I read in my own heart; when I read aloud to another, I communicate something of myself to the other person. The spoken word is like a living, generative, and unitive force, binding two (or more) minds and souls together. It is fecund and fruitful both for him/her who communicates/imparts it, and for him/her who receives it.

      In dimensional terms:

      Words resting silently in the "grave" of an unread book are like the First Dimension of the Word.

      Words brought partially to life by the silent reading of one person to him/herself are like the Second Dimension of the Word.

      Words read aloud and brought to the full flower and apex of living puissance by their vital and vivifying transmission to another person or persons are like the Third Dimension of the Word.

      So Sally Heath, patriot, who brought Sarah into this world on that future National Holiday, 11 February (1964), continued her work of generation by imparting to her daughter the fecund splendor of the spoken word.

      Those quiet days and evenings of reading aloud together, the twain hidden away and buried in the folds and fields of the far-off glory of the North Country;

      Those precious hours of the sowing and planting of the good seed of living literature;

      Those patient, loving moments that mother spent with daughter;

      All these, all these are now ripe and ready to unveil their plenitude of fulfillment.

      Already we have tasted it:

      When that fearless, lovely voice thundered forth on Sarah Palin Day, 29 August, 2008, giving a sudden beam and ray of hope to a nation sick with worry and grief about a potential "presidency" of barack obama;

      When that fearless, lovely voice thundered forth five days later in the deathless RNC oration, defying and confounding and disconcerting all the hopes and expectations of the massed forces of the international Left;

      When that fearless, lovely voice thundered forth on the dusty campaign trails of ’08, bringing courage, light, inspiration, love up and down and across the length and breadth of this land of ours;

      When that fearless, lovely voice thundered forth throughout the long, painful months of ’09 and on into ’10, exposing and denouncing everywhere "president" obama and his Chicago minions and thugs, and their diabolical plans to "transform" America.

      Yes, we have heard it; heard with our ears and in the deep wells of our hearts. However…

      The lady who carries and embodies and IS the Voice and Heart of America is only getting warmed up…

      JUST WAIT UNTIL 2012!!!


      • jerseymark

        BB – Your prose reads like poetry in your word combinations and pace. You are one who elevates the quality and nature of the discussion whenever you choose to contribute.

        • BrianusBerkleianus

          Thank you so much for your gracious words, Jerseymark!!

          God bless.

  • ZH100

    In April 2008, two weeks before Trig was born with Down’s Syndrome, Gov. Palin sent this email to her friends and family.

    In the touching message, Gov. Palin writes from the voice of God, as ‘Trig’s creator, your heavenly father’.


    "To the Sisters, Brother, Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, and Friends of Trig Paxson Van Palin (or whatever you end up naming him!) :

    I am blessing you with this surprise baby because I only want the best for you. I’ve heard your prayers that this baby will be happy and healthy, and I’ve answered them because I only want the best for you!

    I heard your heart when you hinted that another boy would fit best in the Palin family, to round it out and complete that starting five line-up. Though another girl would be so nice, you didn’t think you could ask for what you REALLY wanted, but I knew, so I gave you a boy because I only want the best for you!

    Then, I put the idea in your hearts that his name should be "Trig", because it’s so fitting, with two Norse meanings: "True" and "Brave Victory". You also have a Bristol Bay relative with that name, so I knew it would be best for you!

    Then, I let Trig’s mom have an exceptionally comfortable pregnancy so she could enjoy every minute of it, and I even seemed to rush it along so she could wait until near the end to surprise you with the news – that way Piper wouldn’t have so long to wait and count down so many days – just like Christmastime when you have to wait, impatiently, for that special day to finally open your gift? (Or the way the Palins look forward to birthday celebrations that go on for three, four days… you all really like cake.) I know you, I knew you’d be better off with just a short time to wait!

    Then, finally, I let Trig’s mom and dad find out before he was born that this little boy will truly be a GIFT. They were told in early tests that Trig may provide more challenges, and more joy, than what they ever may have imagined or ever asked for. At first the news seemed unreal and sad and confusing. But I gave Trig’s mom and dad lots of time to think about it because they needed lots of time to understand that everything will be OK, in fact, everything will be great, because I only want the best for you!

    I’ve given Trig’s mom and dad peace and joy as they wait to meet their new son. I gave them a happy anticipation because they asked me for that. I’ll give all of you the same happy anticipation and strength to deal with Trig’s challenges, but I won’t impose on you…

    I just need to know you want to receive my offer to be with all of you and help you everyday to make Trig’s life a great one.

    This new person in your life can help everyone put things in perspective and bind us together and get everyone focused on what really matters.

    The baby will expand your world and let you see and feel things you haven’t experienced yet. He’ll show you what "true, brave victory" really means as those who love him will think less about self and focus less on what the world tells you is "normal" or "perfect". You will grow and be blessed with greater understanding that will be born along with Trig.

    Trig will be his dad’s little buddy and he’ll wear Carhartts while he learns to tinker in the garage. He’ll love to be read to, he’ll want to play goalie, and he’ll steal his mom’s heart just like Track, Bristol, Willow and Piper did. And Trig will be the cuddly, innocent, mischievous, dependent little brother that his siblings have been waiting for…in fact Trig will – in some diagnostic ways – always be a mischievous, dependent little brother, because I created him a bit different than a lot of babies born into this world today.

    Every child is created special, with awesome purpose and amazing potential. Children are the most precious and promising ingredient in this mixed up world you live in down there on earth. Trig is no different, except he has one extra chromosome. Doctors call it "Down’s Syndrome", and Downs kids have challenges, but can bring you much delight and more love than you can ever imagine! Just wait and see, let me prove this, because I only want the best for you!

    Some of the rest of the world may not want him, but take comfort in that because the world will not compete for him. Take care of him and he will always be yours!

    Trig’s mom and dad don’t want people to focus on the baby’s extra chromosome. They’re human, so they haven’t known how to explain this to people who are so caring and are interested in this new little Alaskan. Sarah and Todd want people to share in the joy of this gift I’m giving to the Palin family, and the greater Alaska family. Many people won’t understand… and I understand that. Some will think Trig should not be allowed to be born because they fear a Downs child won’t be considered "perfect" in your world. (But tell me, what do you earthlings consider "perfect" or even "normal" anyway? Have you peeked down any grocery store isle, or school hallway, or into your office lunchroom lately? Or considered the odd celebrities you celebrate as "perfect" on t.v.? Have you noticed I make ‘em all shapes and sizes? Believe me, there is no "perfect"!)

    Many people will express sympathy, but you don’t want or need that, because Trig will be a joy. You will have to trust me on this.

    I know it will take time to grasp this and come to accept that I only want the best for you, and I only give my best. Remember though: "My ways are not your ways, my thoughts are not your thoughts… for as the heavens are higher than the earth, my ways are higher than yours!"

    I wrote that all down for you in the Good Book! Look it up! You claim that you believe me – now it’s time to live out that belief!

    Please look to me as this new challenge and chapter of life unfolds in front of you. I promise to equip you. I won’t give you anything you can’t handle. I am answering your prayers. Trig can’t wait to meet you. I’m giving you ONLY THE BEST!

    Trig’s Creator, Your Heavenly Father"

  • 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."

  • Pete Petretich

    "Republicans’ Life Ratings Plunge, Democrats’ Improve"

    Thank you, Mitt Romney!

    P.S. And, of course, a very special thank you to the notorious Bush Clan who couldn’t care less. They just want Jeb to be President before Barbara Bush dies!

    • BrianusBerkleianus

      Thanks, Pete.

      IMV, the Bushies love the Bush "Dynasty";

      Sarah loves America!!

      • palin45potus

        Well "Dynasty" left the airwaves an awfully long time ago, and there’s not a market for the "Bush Dynasty"

        • BrianusBerkleianus


          Good morning, 45!!

          BTW, wouldn’t it be a great Super Bowl: A rematch of your Patriots and the Niners, the team of many of our friends here!!

          For my Raiders it’s already time to think about 2013–including the draft …

    • wodiej

      thank you Republican voters who nominated Romney.

  • jerseymark

    In keeping with the current topic of Heaven, today’s reading from Mr. Lewis’ book “The Weight of Glory”, delves into that part of our experience in this life which points us to the next if we will but recognize it:

    “In speaking of this desire for our own far-off country, which we find in ourselves even now, I feel a
    certain shyness. I am almost committing and indecency. I am trying to rip open the inconsolable secret in each one of us – the secret which hurts so much that you take your revenge on it by calling it names like Nostalgia and Romanticism and Adolescence; the secret also which pierces with such sweetness that when, in very intimate conversation, the mention of it becomes imminent, we grow awkward and affect to laugh at ourselves; the secret we cannot hide and cannot tell, though we desire to do both. We cannot tell it because it is a desire for something that has never actually appeared in our experience. We cannot hide it because our experience is constantly suggesting it, and we betray ourselves like lovers at the mention of a name. Our commonest expedient is to call it beauty and behave as if that has settled the matter…. The books or the music in which we thought the beauty was located will betray us if we trust in them; it was not in them, it only came through them, and what came through them was longing. These things – the beauty, the memory of our own past – are good images of what we really desire; but if they are mistaken for the thing itself, they turn into dumb idols, breaking the hearts of their worshipers. For they are not the thing itself; they are only the scent of a flower we have not found, the echo of a tune we have not heard, news from a country we have never yet visited. Do you think I am trying to weave a spell? Perhaps I am; but remember your fairy tales. Spells are used for breaking enchantments as well as for inducing them.”

    Mr. Lewis drives home this point very often in his writings – that deep down inside you and me there is a longing for that “far-off country” which is the Heaven that the Father has prepared for us. It is that small piece or glimpse of Heaven that has been placed within us which calls us on with a deep sense of being unsatisfied with this life, a desire for experiences we cannot have here and now, such as the ability to experience a pure beauty that is not tarnished by the corruption of this world. It is a God-shaped whole within us that cries out, actually demands to be filled and we see the misguided attempts by so many people to fill that hole with everything but God. Only He fills that whole completely as He made it for that very purpose and that purpose alone. That is why when we surrender to Him, quit our rebellion and lay down our sword at His feet and swear allegiance to Him and declare Jesus Lord, we finally experience a settled peace as our searching is over. Of course, what you will find as you progressively become acquainted with the Father and seek to know Him and what He has planned for you and me, that longing that Mr. Lewis refers to
    will only get stronger but the good news is that you will know it for what it is and gladly accept it as a confirmation of your ultimate destiny.

    This relates to what I of written about a few times before concerning that spiral staircase which connects to the world at its base and rises to God at its height and that we are all on it moving up or down at any given moment. The lower we go, the more this world becomes reality and the less God becomes real to you until ultimately, the existence of God is laughed at as just so much
    superstition. The higher we go on this staircase, the more God becomes reality and the world becomes less real. When one becomes a Christian, this life becomes part of eternity and death has no power over us but is simply a transfer from this transitory existence with all of its limitations, pains, weakness and sorrows to our eternal home where we are welcomed as Sons and Daughters of God.

    • BrianusBerkleianus

      Wonderful; thank you so very much, Jerseymark!!

      What was it that St. Augustine famously said?–something like "Thou hast made us for Thyself, and our hearts are not at rest until they rest in Thee."

      I think that, as this passage so marvelously explicates, we can catch traces, hints, adumbrations of beauty in certain elements of creation.  Beauty INHERES in them to some extent; but they are not BEAUTY ITSELF.

      The Lord IS BEAUTY ITSELF..

      And may I venture to say that the brave, devoted, patriotic, fearless, sweet life of Sarah Palin of Alaksa, who has been so hated by this corrupt world, but remains loving and true and free–this brave life gives us a glimpse of eternal BEAUTY.

      God bless, friend!!

  • Guest

    " Sarah and her family are very special~"

    • BrianusBerkleianus

      Thanks!–yes,very special indeed!!

    • Guest

      To whom does your name "YouAreTheMessiah" refer?

      • Guest

        " No need to worry about this because regardless of what it means you wouldnt have say over God in the matter anyway~ Like if you said yes you are or no youre not is to say you choose over God and this you dont~"

  • ernst1776

    Sarah speaks the truth so her messages are always clear and on point.  No double speak, no spin.

  • Pete Petretich

    I wonder what would happen if Sarah becomes President someday and she completely defunds Egypt?

    Considering that we ourselves don’t have money, why NOT defund Egypt?

  • Bill589

    O’s and Boehner’s tax plans for the next ten years still leave nearly the identical amount of debt to our children, and that’s over 20 trillion dollars. I believe it is a sin to leave ANY of our debt on their shoulders.

    Concerning our deficits and our debt – I see no significant differences between the parties. The parties talk differently – but talk is cheap and politicians’ talk is near worthless. Their actions are far less different. I see two halves of one corrupt, PPC infested, government.

    I don’t know how we can fix it, and this bothers me from time to time.
    But I do believe our country is blessed, and so I believe it is God’s will that our republic be restored.

    Sometimes faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the staircase. (MLK?)
    Sometimes faith is running straight into the side of a sea, not imagining the escape path to appear.

    I believe if you add ‘God’s will’ and ‘people acting in faith towards it’ – there can be only one outcome. Far less, can have a mountain thrown into the sea.

    I sure don’t know details of what we’ll be doing these next few years, but I believe we only lose if we lose faith – if we give up.

    "Never, never, never, never. . . ." (WC)

    SP2016 – United we stand.

    • BrianusBerkleianus

      Thanks, Bill!!

      God bless you and yours.

      SP2016 – United we stand.

      • Jthom26837

         Right on there Brianus!!!

         Palin/ West2016!!!      Palin/ Cruz2016!!!     Palin/ Haley2016!!!     Palin/ Bachman2016!!!

        No matter how you toss the dice, Sarah Palin is the clear winner.

        • BrianusBerkleianus

          Thanks, Jthom!!

  • jester2939

    Good morning guys! I’m enjoying my coffee at the hotel while trying to tune out the national news on CBS. "Fiscal cliff!" "Gun control!"…..yada yada.

    Glad to see the Governor was on Greta last night. I’m having trouble viewing the vid – I’ll try later.

    Yesterday our family visited two homes in Charleston and two plantations. As we walked the grounds at Middleton Plantation, we encountered a man with a walkie talkie who said we couldn’t proceed because they were filming up ahead. I asked what they were filming, and he said he said Army Wives. My dad asked if it was TV worth watching. The guy said, "I hope so, it pays my salary!" Well, we had to turn around and retrace our steps and my brother Bobby wasn’t too happy with that! Anyway, when we came around the other side we were on top of a little hill and at the bottom, on a little island in the middle of an old rice pond, was the shoot. Good grief, it takes a lot of equipment and people to do one of those things. Everyone had an earpiece or walkie talkie. Huge power cords stretched everywhere to power all the lights and cameras. There was all the food too and the trailers for the actors and equipment. It was fascinating to watch. They also created A LOT of noise.

    • BrianusBerkleianus

      Thanks, Jessica!!

  • palin45potus

    Good Morning all!

    Wonderful interview as usual.  Sarah’s skillful use of self-depracating humor really ends up slamming Obama, while making one realize that in all reality, Sarah has been the most influential political figure over the last 4 years in terms of providing coherent and consistent opposition to the dreadful statists who have been pursuing their one-world agenda like rabid dogs with little opposition aside from her.

    • BrianusBerkleianus

      Amen, 45!!

      What a contrast the Governor and her self-deprecating humor and her free spirit make to the petty, narcissistic, nasty little TYRANT, barack obama!!

    • Guest

      so luv SP’s humor !! still chuckling….

  • palin45potus

    For Techno to ruminate over:

    "Report: Jets to trade Mark Sanchez, pursue Michael Vick"

  • palin45potus

    I saw there was a link yesterday to an opinion piece written by Selena Zito in which she analyzes what happened to the TEA Party.

    But she completely neglects the most critical component to their success during the 2010 campaign, and their much lower profile in 2012.

    In 2010, Sarah Palin was the very prominent face and voice of the TEA Party, and she was able to effectively convey those TEA Party ideals to the very people who were needed in 2012.

    But because she was "Bound and Gagged" by Mitt’s geniuses who were on loan from the Bush Cabal, we were limited to a few important victories like Deb Fischer and Ted Cruz.  Great wins, and it’s very good to see that Sarah Steelman is going after the open seat in Mo.  But because the GOP didn’t and doesn’t have the stomach for the fight, Obama is now parading around like a Dictator in full tyrannical mode while Boehner thinks about his next capitulation.

    Until the GOP brings Sarah Palin back into the party, they will continue to slide into irrelevancy.

    • BrianusBerkleianus

      Right on!!

      2010 was the YEAR OF SARAH PALIN!!!

    • ZH100

      "But she completely neglects the most critical component to their success during the 2010 campaign, and their much lower profile in 2012.".

      Exactly!  Gov. Palin was the catalyst for the takeover of the House , twice as many Governships and lopsided Gop Statehouses during the 2010 election.

      ‘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

        The 2012 election.

        ‘Endorsement Power! Sarah Palin: 75% Success Karl Rove: $100?s of Millions Spent Only 1% Success’

        From the article:

        "That brings us to the general election. Sarah outperformed the Republican Party by a bunch. Out of the eight candidates she endorsed, six of them won"

        • ZH100

          Joel B. Pollak wrote:  

          Sarah Palin, Leader of the Opposition.(May 2011)

          From the article: (emphasis mine)

          "It’s also important to acknowledge the role Palin has played over the past two years. She rallied the opposition to President Barack Obama during a time when opposition seemed impossible, when even conservatives wondered if Obama’s election marked “the end of a conservative era” and the beginning of a “revived liberalism.”

          She did more than support candidates, provide new ideas, and comment on TV. She led a revival.

          Sarah Palin served, unofficially, as the “Leader of the Opposition”–a powerful position in many parliamentary democracies, even enjoying constitutional status in some of them."


        • wodiej

          ha-good one!

    • M_Minnesota


      Yes, I agree with you.    Gov. Palin was/ is the perfect blend for the Tea Party Teavangelicals/RC and a little libertarianism thrown in.  

      Andrew Brietbart was the attack dog which the movement needed.   The Tea Party did not know what to do with his loss.

      With Steve Crowder doing an "Andrew Breitbart " and getting punched by Union thugs, (Now getting security for himself.

      I hope and Pray, that if it is the Lord’s will that the Two Evangelical comics  Steve Crowder and Zo Nation become a team and become more Andrew Brietbart like.

      • John B. Hefmier

        Crowder and Zo were kind of part of a team when they are both part of PJTV.  However, Crowder was eventually let go, due to budget cuts.

  • Audrey_I

    It looks like the Federal government is selling off a portion of their GM holdings and the taxpayers will be taking a twenty billion dollar bath. 

    • GeraldGoff

      with the 22billion profit on aig its a wash.

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