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I hope everyone here has a great Christmas Eve.

If you’re feeling down, one reason to feel optimistic about the next year in politics is SarahPAC’s strong fundraising since April of 2012. If the Governor’s PAC is able to maintain this pace through the first half of next year, it will be tough to ignore the person who is putting up better fundraising numbers without having to do any formal fundraisers than the candidates who have been approved by the GOP establishment.


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  • BrianusBerkleianus

    My Dear Friends in Sarah,

    Happy Monday and Happy Christmas Eve to you all–and for Tuesday, Merry Christmas!!!

    I would like to extend one last greeting to you before Tuesday’s Christmas Day, and to share a few thoughts with you that were originally inspired by Sean Hannity’s Christmas Special that aired last year on FOX News, and that was shown once again the other day.

    I have reworded parts of the piece to bring it into conformity with the situation of today.

    God bless you all always!!!

    DEO VOLENTE, SARAH 2016!!!



    The famous history was recounted on Hannity of what were perhaps the most crucial hours in the history of the then-nascent American Republic: General George Washington’s daring Christmas-Day crossing of the Delaware River and his surprise attack on and victory over Hessian troops, British mercenaries, at the Battle of Trenton (New Jersey). This triumph echoed up and down and throughout the young American Republic, and roused her to hope that the Cause of Freedom was not lost; indeed that Freedom’s hour was just then dawning!!

    Two things in particular struck me about the actions taken, in those critical days and weeks, by the Father of Our Country.

    First, he used the power of WORDS to rally his forces. Thomas Paine’s "The American Crisis" was made mandatory reading for all of his soldiers. It is noteworthy that a citation from this same work stands at the beginning of Sarah’s second book, "America by Heart," and also at the beginning of the concluding "Coda" of the film "The Undefeated"!!

    How often in human history have WORDS turned the tide and the fate of times and of nations:

    The oratory of Marcus Tullius Cicero that thwarted the conspiracy of Catiline in the ancient Roman Republic.

    The prose of Tom Paine cited above.

    Sir Winston Churchill’s oratory, which, combining the ancient power and efficacy of oratory with the new wonder and puissance of the radio waves, thwarted Hitler’s designs of conquering Britain!!

    The magnificent speeches of Ronald Reagan, which helped resuscitate America and bring down the Soviet Empire!!

    The second salient feature of Washington’s actions was the UNCONVENTIONAL use of ARMS. He struck in a "victory or death" surprise attack on the British Empire’s hired troops. It was "out-of-the-box"; it was daring; it was a complete victory, a victory that was the progenitor of subsequent triumphs and indeed of the birth of a nation!!

    Indeed WORDS, when they are not mere "hot air," but are uttered or written from the depths of a heart that is willing to place blood and life behind those words, when they are spoken by a gallant spirit that is willing, yes, to die to vindicate and incarnate those words–such WORDS have a deathless power that not only moves one generation, but thunders on down through the halls and corridors of time and history to inspire all future generations!!

    President Reagan too used the power of WORDS. Hannity replayed his beautiful 23 December, 1981 Christmas Address to the American People. Even thirty-one years later, the President’s words live; they move; they inspire.

    In the same way, Reagan used "out-of-the-box," UNCONVENTIONAL thinking in challenging the Soviets; in calling them what they were, an "Evil Empire"; in building up our military might in the ancient and powerful strategy of "peace through strength."

    In the same way, our dear Sarah’s WORDS have inspired and uplifted us ever since we met her in a blaze of the glory of the revelation of a beautiful soul on Sarah Palin Day, 29 August, 2008!

    Also, many of us believe and pray that she will, in some way that we cannot predict today, execute an "out-of-the-box," UNCONVENTIONAL offensive against the "Hessians," against the hired hands of both the Left and of the GOP Establishment. May Washington’s victory at Trenton be paralleled by Sarah’s triumph in the POTUS election for November of 2016–The Lord Willing!!!

    So, my dear friends, let us cherish always these WORDS, and the great HEARTS from which they have issued and flowed to us; let us cherish too bold and audacious and UNCONVENTIONAL strategies that flow from those same hearts!!





    A Blessed and Merry Christmas to all!!


    • Jim809

      Most of our presidents have just muddled through without doing too much harm during their time in office. But there have been a couple who really messed things up royally. It took a Ronald Reagan to rescue our country from the disaster that was Jimmy Carter, and it will take a Sarah Palin to rescue us from the disaster that is Barack Obama. 

      • BrianusBerkleianus

        Thanks, Jim!!!

        SARAH 2016!!!

      • lyndaaquarius

        it’s all so obvious, isn’t it?  Our united minds and prayers can manifest this. The time will be right,too.

    • Laddie_Blah_Blah

      Merry Christmas to you and yours, Brianus, and may there be many more to come.

      • BrianusBerkleianus

        Thank you so much, Laddie, and the same to you and yours!!

        Merry Christmas!!

      • virginiagentleman1

        MERRY CHRISTMAS Laddie!  VG

        • Laddie_Blah_Blah

          Right back at you, VG.

          I am embarrassed to ask, as I have not kept up with things here since the election, but have you heard about the status of our irrepressible and irreplaceable Speppers?

          • virginiagentleman1

            She is doing well, laddie, but not posting. Like so many of us, she’s had it with the ankle biting from a select few.
            God bless you my friend!  Spring training is just around the corner btw!

            • Laddie_Blah_Blah

              Thank you, VG, that is wonderful news.

              Thought you might appreciate this video of Anthony Rendon.  He reminds me of Hank Aaron.  Anthony and Hank have remarkably similar swings, and both men are very small by baseball standards, especially for power hitters.  I once saw Hank drive one 470′ into the CF bleachers at the old Polo Grounds, where CF was 460′ away from home plate.  And it was a grand slam, to boot.  

              A finesse power hitter?  You betcha!  Notice how relaxed Anthony’s shoulders are as he swings in batting practice.  He almost seems to be swinging in slow motion.

              Next swing check out the bat speed he generates with that lazy looking swing.  That bat is moving so fast, it is not just a blur, it is darn near invisible.  The secret is the torque action he generates from his forearms through his wrists as he turns over his hands, just like Hank used to do.  Aaron weighed only about 175 lbs, but he broke the Babe’s career HR record with that same technique.  Check it out:


              In the next set of videos, taken during a game, notice how Anthony taps his toe just before completing his swing.  The guy can actually reload his swing with that move, in real time, and readjust the timing of his swing without affecting either his rhythm or balance.  You cannot teach that move, otherwise every other hitter in baseball would have it.  Even if Anthony is looking for the fast ball, he can readjust to the slow curve without missing a beat, and he does it all in a fraction of a fraction of a second.  The guy is a baseball natural, born to play the game, a freak of nature, with hand-eye coordination and reflex speed that is off the charts, even compared to other ML hitters.

              Mark my words, VG, the kid is going to be a star as long as he stays healthy.  Next time you see him step to the plate to hit, notice the big grin on his face.  To him, its party time, and he seems like he’s laughing at the thought that the pitcher thinks he can get him out.

              Can’t wait to see Rendon in a Nats uniform.

            • 2C714

              Thanks, VG for the update (Speppers).
              Merry Christmas!

              • BrianusBerkleianus

                And Merry Christmas, 2C714!!!

              • virginiagentleman1

                A very Merry Christmas to you and yours!

    • virginiagentleman1

      MERRY CHRISTMAS to you and yours Brother Brian!   VG

      • BrianusBerkleianus

        Thank you, Brother VG!!

        MERRY CHRISTMAS  to you and yours!!!!!

    • jerseymark

      Wonderful cubed BB. Thanks

      • BrianusBerkleianus

        Thanks, Jerseymark, and Merry Christmas!!!!

    • indemind

      Brother Brianus a Merry Christmas to you and yours… God Bless

      I Stand With Sarah Palin

      ¸.*SarahAmerica *¸
      .¸.¤*¨¨*¤.¸¸.¸.¤*¨¨*¤. …………Merry Christmas Palinistas
      SarahAmerica- “May we always be happy, and may our enemies know it.”….  *_*

      • BrianusBerkleianus

        Merry Christmas, Brother Inde, to you and yours!!!!

        God bless!!

    • TexS2012

      Merry Christmas Brian! You inspire us all with your words! God Bless!

      • BrianusBerkleianus

        Thanks and Merry Christmas, TexS!!!

        God bless!!

    • 2C714

      Thanks, Brian.
      God Bless and Merry Christmas!!

      • BrianusBerkleianus

        You are most welcome, 2C714!!

        God bless and Merry Christmas!!!

  • ZH100

    Good morning and Merry Christmas to 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.

  • Guest

    " Merry Christmas eve~ My faith in God is strong~ Amen~!!!!"

    • BrianusBerkleianus

      Merry Christmas!

  • ZH100

    Excellent read!

    ‘Governor Palin Used Her Executive Authority to Make Government Smaller and More Ethical’

    From the article:

    "Executives at any level of government could use their power to grow government spending and power and to reward cronies or those who donated to their campaign.

    Governor Palin is the only one who has a proven record of using her power to make the government smaller and less powerful.  Governor Palin used her power to reduce government spending and state reliance on the federal funding. She desired to increase individual choice, not create individual mandates.  

    She used her executive authority to make government more ethical and transparent while removing cronyism rather than perpetuating it."

  • 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

    Long before "public spending" became a topic of national debate Gov. Palin has fought to reduce spending and to enforce fiscal discipline as governor of Alaska.

    Gov.Palin has drastically reduced the growth of the state budget, which has helped to produce a record budget surplus.
    Alaska had its bond rating raised to AAA for the first time in the state’s history, largely due to fiscal improvements brought about by Sarah Palin while she was governor.

    Some links with information about Gov.Palin’s (impressive) fiscal record.

    ‘Palin’s Jobs Record Beats All Others in the GOP Field’

    From the article:

    "In terms of bringing down state unemployment rates versus the national average, Palin leads all other governors and former governors in the GOP field"

    ‘Governor Palin–Leading the Fight on Debt and Liabilities .

    Comparing and contrasting the records of Governors Palin, Perry, Pawlenty, Romney, and Huntsman in dealing with state debt and liabilities’

    Sarah Palin: A Record of Fiscal Conservatism (Part 1)

    From the article:

    "Sarah Palin served as Mayor/City Manager of Wasilla, Alaska from October 14, 1996 to October 14, 2002. As such, Palin was responsible for preparing, submitting, and executing the City’s annual budget for fiscal years 1997 through 2003. During this seven-year period, the City’s General Fund averaged an annual surplus of roughly $2.5 million, as illustrated in the chart below. Palin inherited a surplus of just $350,000 from her predecessor John Stein (fiscal year 1996). By 2003 she had grown the surplus to almost $3 million, with a 22.4% increase in revenue and a 15.6% reduction in spending."

    Sarah Palin: A Record of Fiscal Conservatism (Part 2)

    From the article:

    "Sarah Palin served as Governor of the State of Alaska from December 4, 2006 to July 26, 2009. As such, Palin exercised authority over the State’s annual budget for fiscal years 2008, 2009, and 2010. At the end of fiscal year 2007, Gov. Frank Murkowski, Palin’s immediate predecessor (whom she defeated in the 2006 Republican gubernatorial primary), left the State’s General Fund with a balance of roughly $7.6 billion. During the three fiscal years for which Gov. Palin oversaw the budget, the General Fund averaged an annual surplus of more than $2.6 billion, resulting in a total increase of $7.9 billion ? more than 100% ? over the fiscal year 2007 balance."

    Sarah Palin: A Record of Fiscal Conservatism (Part 3)

    From the article:

    "Requests for federal earmarks declined dramatically in each of the fiscal years for which Sarah Palin exercised budgetary authority for the State of Alaska. In FY2007, Gov. Frank Murkowski requested $350 million in federal appropriations, which Gov. Palin reduced to $256 million in FY2008, $198 million in FY2009, and $69 million in FY2010. Overall, Palin cut earmark requests by more than 80% during her tenure as Governor."

    ‘Governor Palin on the Issues: Monetary Policy’

    From the article:

    "Governor Palin stands firmly against the actions of the federal government in policies which simultaneously devalue our dollar, drive up our debt and leave us dependent on foreign sources of energy. She also stands against the actions of the Fed which inflate prices at a time when Americans are already on tight budgets and do nothing to aid employment."

    ‘Alaska Has Three “A’s” in Its Name and Now, So Does Its Credit Rating’

    From the article:

    "Another credit rating agency, Standard and Poor’s upgraded Alaska’s credit rating to its highest possible rating of AAA. The agency gives several reasons why it felt confident enough in Alaska’s fiscal climate to make such an upgrade. A few of these reasons are due directly to the policies implemented by Governor Palin."

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

    From the article:

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

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

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

    From the article:

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

  • celestiallady

    Good morning and Merry Christmas everyone from Maine. I have to work today, payroll day, but will enjoy some holiday time later.

    • BrianusBerkleianus

      Good morning and Merry Christmas, celestiallady!!

      • celestiallady

        Thank you Brianus – hope your Christmas is a beautiful one.

        • BrianusBerkleianus


  • ZH100

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


    Master List of Governor Palin’s 2012 Accomplishments

    Master List of Governor Palin’s 2011 Accomplishments

    Master List of Governor Palin’s 2010 Accomplishments

    Master List of Governor Palin’s 2009 Accomplishments

    Gubernatorial Accomplishments 2006 – 2008

    Oil and Gas Conservation Commission 2003 – 2004

    City of Wasilla, Mayor 1996 – 2002

    Wasilla City Council 1992 – 1996

    KTUU Sportscasting 1987 – 1992

    Commercial Fishing

    Athletic Accomplishments

    Hunting and Subsistence Fishing

    Marriage and Family

  • wodiej

    "I have blotted out, like a thick cloud, your transgressions, and like a cloud, your sins.  Return to me for I have redeemed you." Isaiah 44:22

    • BrianusBerkleianus

      Thanks, wodiej, and Merry Christmas!

      • wodiej

        You’re welcome Brian.  Merry Christmas to you too! 

  • Guest

    Merry Christmas everyone!

    • BrianusBerkleianus

      Merry Christmas, JRD!!

  • wodiej

    "In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps."  Proverbs 16:9

    • Mountain

      Thanks, wodiej.  We pray God brings that scripture to Obama’s mind CONSTANTLY….

      I pray fervently for you, the Palin family, the USA, and Israel—-as well as the whole world, to be drawn to faith in these frustrating times.

      I’ve been fighting to keep above 110 lbs., without experiencing arthritis or migraines—-thus, a diet without carbs, sugars, dairy, or nuts.  Ack! 
      But I am determined to beat the Evil One and keeping working for the Lord. 

      Thank you, Brianus and VH and all the other faithful posters, for hanging in there.
      May God continue to bless with strength and courage Sarah Palin and all true conservatives in the USA!

      • wodiej

        "Let the spirit of love flow through you now. Bring into your heart all the people you know and care about. Surround them with this love. Know that you can carry this special feeling of holiday love and spirit with you everywhere and all the time, not only during the holiday season. You are love. You are spirit. You are light. You are energy. And so it is!"

        I am praying for you and for all.

      • BrianusBerkleianus

        God BLESS, dear Sister!!!!

        Merry Christmas!!!

  • Pete Petretich

    Keystone Kops?

    "Republican Senator Arrested for DUI"

    • wodiej

      "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God."  Romans 3:23

    • senator20526

       To be friends with all your good Rinos, you have to drink

    • Mountain

      Our Senator has apologized and promised to rectify the problem.
      We Idahoans will keep alert about this….

      • barracuda43

        Merry Christmas Mountain!

  • Quiet_Righty

    I hope our next President is one who flies back to Alaska for Christmas. I’m sure the media will not make a fuss about this, given that our current President likes to fly to Hawaii for vacations. I haven’t done the math but I think Hawaii is a more expensive destination.

    • Marathonman1025

      Somehow I believe she’d have enough consideration for her staff and Secret Service agents to delay her trip home until after Christmas, like Bush did, allowing them to spend Christmas with their families (unlike the current occupant who obviously doesn’t give a rat’s rear about anyone but himself).

      • senator20526

         Couldn’t have said it better myself…..thank you

    • barracuda43

      Merry Christmas Quiet_Righty!

      • Quiet_Righty

        And Merry Christmas to you and everyone here.

  • wodiej

    "The world has many problems. But none of them can be solved by a vengeful mind or a bitter heart."

    (Love is My Gospel)

  • wodiej

    "Everything that happens in our lives is part of a miraculous chain of events, the brilliance of which we don’t often perceive until much later." 
    (Love is my Gospel)

    • jerseymark

      Yes – Romans 8:28-29.

      • wodiej

        Amen…one of my very favorites.  

  • ZH100

    ‘Report: Obama Chucks Hagel’

    "After outcry about the possibility of former Senator Chuck Hagel (R-NE) becoming the new Defense Secretary, the Obama administration has reportedly decided to back off the prospective pick. According to National Journal, a senior Obama administration official said it was “fair” to say that Obama would be looking at other candidates. The new media took a lead part in exposing Hagel’s anti-Israel, isolationist record.

    Both Democrats and Republicans have come down hard on the possible nominee; his record is isolationist and anti-Israel. Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) said that it would be a “very tough confirmation process” for Hagel; Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said it would be a “challenging nomination” process.

    This is the second potential Obama nominee to go down in flames thanks to Obama’s penchant for choosing radicals to staff his second term cabinet."

  • CliffNZ

    Since it is now Christmas morning (12:40am) in New Zealand I am going to say Merry Christmas C4P! And all C4P posters.  Thanks for informing me, updating me, entertaining me – and enriching my life every day. Christmas blessings from NZ! 

    • BrianusBerkleianus

      Merry Christmas, Cliff!!

  • M_Minnesota

    Good Morning C4P!!

    Here is the vid Gov. Palin shared with us on her FB 2 years ago!!!

    "And He shall reign forever and ever!!!"

    • BrianusBerkleianus

      Wonderful; thanks, Roomie!!

      Merry Christmas to you and yours!!

      • M_Minnesota

        To you and yours as well!! :-)

        • BrianusBerkleianus

          :-) !!!

    • wodiej

      Love it.  

    • palmerguy

      Thanks for bring it back, sent it off to many this morning.

  • technopeasant

    10 random thoughts on the NFL weekend:

    1) Let’s start with the NY Giants losing to the Baltimore Ravens yesterday. The Ravenw entered the game with a three game losing streak and a controversial change in their offensive coordinator. Although they backed into the playoffs, the Ravens also had many serious injuries making one think they were imploding.

    Meanwhile the defending champion Giants only needed to win their final two games to make the playoffs.

    So what happens: The team on a downward slide rebounds and blows the Giants out and the Giants don’t really show up.

    That’s like losing three primaries in a row and unexpectedly winning the next one when the polls haven’t indicated it.

    2) Russell Wilson, a rookie QB, leads the Seattle Seahawks to a blowout win over their division rival the SF 49ers and in so doing throws 4 TD passes. And he was chosen in the 3rd round of the 2012 draft because of his height (5’11″). All teams passed on him at least once, many twice.

    Another argument why I would rather risk losing an election with an "aspiring political rookie" but having a chance to pull the upset rather than put forward a journeyman veteran candidate who is what he is and will probably fall short.

    3) A fact that most people did not make note of: Ben Roethlisberger returned from injury with four games left to go in the season. Three of those games have been played. He has lost them all. Epic fail. The Steelers aren’t going to the playoffs. 

    Or was Roethlisberger completely healthy?    

    The thought I had at the time: The Steelers chances to win the Super Bowl ended with Big Ben’s injury against the lowly KC Chiefs in week 10. And the lesson for all teams is that you’re only as good as the health of your starting QB, even the Pittsburgh Steelers the #1 defense in the NFL.

    And the dearth of good quarterbacking on the Arizona Cardinals and the NY Jets in 2012 more than reinforces that idea.

    4) There are rumors that Tim Tebow is slated to join the Jacksonville Jaguars in the off-season, one of the teams he was rumored to be traded to in 2012.

    At the time the Jacksonville head coach Mike Malarkey told the world he did not want Tebow on his team despite the new owner of the team being a Tebow fan. In 2012, the Jags are bottom feeders (2-13).

    Moral of the story:  Malarkey has lost face. His opinion on the subject doesn’t matter as much now to the new owner.

    5) The Denver Broncos have won 10 games in a row but only 2 of those teams now have winning records.

    How good are the Broncos?

    Or in terms of the 2012 GOP primaires, was Mitt Romney overrated once he clinched the win?

    6) The Buffalo Bills are the football equivalent of the GOP establishment over the past 20 years, not having made the playoffs in 13 straight seasons, except the GOP has won the popular vote in one election out of six.

    To a Bills fan, the desire to still remain a Bills fan could be equated to conservatives who resist the urge to move to a third party movement and instead remain loyal to a group marked and defined by total ineptitude.

    Making a worn-out retread like Chan Gailey your head coach is equivalent to the GOP base seemingly attracted to tired old political warhorses. 

    7) The Indianapolis Colts after a 2-14 season last year make the playoffs this year, mostly due to drafting Andrew Luck. If this doesn’t bring home how "luck" plays a lot on outcome, nothing does. The Colts made the playoffs from 2002-2010. They miss the playoffs one season and because of their utter futility draft the #1 overall draft choice to replace Peyton Manning and now are set up for another 10-15 years to be a good team.

    By the same token, Peyton Manning has found a new home and is thriving there.

    An example of a husband and wife divorcing after years of marriage and both moving on successfully in their new lives. It doesn’t always work out that way.

    8) How the Minnesota Vikings have won three games in a row against two opponents with winning records and the other with a 500 record is beyond me. This is absolutely the most incredible occurrence in the season given Vikings QB Christian Ponder is considered one of the worst quarterbacks in the league.

    I will admit that if someone had bet me a million dollars with 4 games left to go that the Vikings would make the playoffs knowing Vikings closing schedule I would have easily taken that bet. To me the Vikings, even with Adrian Peterson were one of the most pathetic teams in the NFL.

    If they beat the GB Packers in Minnesota next Sunday and make the playoffs, I will admit anything is truly possible.

    9) The Houston Texans are a team in freefall having lost 2 of their last 3 games. Despite that if they beat the Colts on Sunday they will be the #1 seed.

    Lesson: One game doesn’t make a season. You are judged on your body of work.

    Mitt Romney didn’t lose the election in the last week of the campaign. He lost it incrementally over the course of the entire campaign.

    10) The New England Patriots fan are crying that their team laid an egg in Jacksonville yesterday while still winning "ugly."

    Proof that whether in sports or politics, you are NOT always at your best but when you have superstars on your team, their mediocre performance is usually equvialent to standout performances by journeymen and marginal players.

    Tom Brady did enough yesterday. And sometimes that is sufficient.

    In politics or sports, it’s called a wake-up call. Don’t underestimate any opponent and don’t overestimate your own ability to execute.

    In summary, the NFL and its games on any given Sunday are a microcosm on life and politics.

    • BrianusBerkleianus

      Thanks, techno, and Merry Christmas!

      • technopeasant

        Same to you, BB.

    • Right_Wingnut

      Hey, Techno…..The Vikes have had their ugly moments, but you shouldn’t be so surprised that good defense combined with a great running game would win a few games, even in the absence of a great QB.  Furthermore, it a looks like the crappy QB might finally be figuring out how to take advantage of the opportunities that having a great back like Peterson affords him. 

    • narciso

       Hey Techno, with a name like Malarkey, rimshot, but the Jets have systemic problems, re Sanchez and now McElroy, can’t exorcise, The Clique didn’t even bring their C game, and we know how that was resolved in Glen Garry, Glen Ross,

    • palin45potus

      I know that it’s simply not possible for the Seattle Seahawks to win the Super Bowl this year.


  • colliemum

    Good morning/afternoon, dear friends, from a rain-sodden Britain!

    With my warmest wishes for a Happy and Merry Christmas to all of you:

    • BrianusBerkleianus

      Merry Christmas, Colliemum!!!

      I love "Adeste Fideles"; thank you.

      God bless you and yours!!

      • colliemum

        Merry Christmas to you,Sir Brianus, and to your family and friends.

        Yes, I love this hymn as well – and the Cathedral tomorrow, full to bursting, will be sounding with this and the other carols and hymns right up to the rafters!

        (I just hope it won’t be pouring with rain, as it has been doing these last days and weeks …)

        • BrianusBerkleianus

          :-) !!!

    • Guest

      colliemum, are you a Downton Abbey fan? If so, do you think Matthew gets shot at the hunting party in tomorrow’s episode?

      • colliemum

        So sorry, JRD1 – there’s no TV in my house any longer, so I’ve not watched any of those series, so I can’t help you there!
        All I know is that the costumes are nice …

        Merry Christmas!

      • barracuda43

        Merry Christmas JRD1!

        • Guest

           Merry Christmas barracuda43! May the New Year be a wonderful blessing for you and your family! 

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