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  • BrianusBerkleianus

    My Dear Friends in Sarah,

    Happy Friday to you all!!

    I hope that you enjoyed a blessed and happy Christmas!

    As this aging year of 2012 stumbles and staggers to its melancholy end and resting place, and prepares to breathe its last, I wish to share a few thoughts with you this morning on the phrase "SARAH 2012."

    God bless you all always!

    DEO VOLENTE, SARAH 2016!!!



    From the very moment and instant on the dire and doleful night, 4 November, 2008, that the Presidential election was called in favor of barack hussein obama, my battle cry, my battle standard, my battle trumpet-call became "SARAH 2012." I know that it was exactly the same for millions upon millions of American Patriot Hearts on that sad and yet hope-fraught evening.

    In effect, the very first thunderous call and summons to arms was one that was the more powerful and profound for the very depth of its sad silence: The mute and moving and marvelous testimony of the Governor’s diaphanous eyes as Steve Schmidt and other members of Senator McCain’s brutish "Headquarters" staff cruelly and callously barred her from speaking to her people, the American People, after the Senator had delivered his concession speech.

    The murmur and whisper that was born in our hearts and in our hopes in those minutes and hours only grew and grew and grew, as the 2008 Calendar’s final page handed off the Baton of Time to the New Year of 2009. 2009 passed swiftly and sweetly into the midterm election year of 2010. The wave of patriotic ardor and fervor seemed only to be on its triumphal ascent, but hardly to have crested and peaked and crowned its path of glory, as the American People dealt obama and his Party and his policies a crushing "refudiation" at the bar and ballot box of public judgment on Election Day 2010.

    We all thought: "This is great, but we ain’t seen nothin’ yet–just wait ’til 2012!!!"

    Then came the 5th of October, 2011 ….

    Now that the tapestry and text of this Year of Grace 2012 lack but a few hours’ and a few days’ scant threads and pages to complete their tide and tale, what are we to think about, what are we to say about the phrase "SARAH 2012″??

    Was it all in vain?

    Was it all for naught?

    Will the gallant syllables and sounds of "Sarah Twenty-Twelve" be buried in the same grave as the soon-to-be late and already much-lamentable Year MMXII ??

    I think not.

    I will soon be displaying my new "SARAH 2016″ buttons and bumper stickers (I already would be, but I am waiting for a wider selection of designs to become available on the internet!!)

    But never, ever, ever will "SARAH 2012″ be forgotten.

    Yes, my car will soon, in proud defiance of Berkeley "liberals," be displaying a "Sarah 2016″ sticker …

    But the spanking new sticker will share place and pride on my vehicle next to the old veteran of 2012, whose tints and tones and colors remain remarkably fresh and bright and new, even after a grinding and grueling four-year campaign!!

    "SARAH 2012″ meant so very, very much to all of us.

    "SARAH 2012″ filled us with joy and hope and confidence as the nascent TEA Party came into existence and grew in youthful strength and power and vigor as 2009 rolled and rolled on.

    "SARAH 2012″ filled us with joy and hope and confidence as the Governor progressed on her triumphant Going Rogue book tour in the closing and fading and dying cadence of the final weeks of the same Year of 2009.

    "SARAH 2012″ filled us with joy and hope and confidence as Sarah Braveheart struck out across all the lovely but beleaguered boundaries of America, North, South, East, West, and fought and fought and fought the good fight of 2010.

    "SARAH 2012″ filled us with joy and hope and confidence as the Lioness of Liberty hurled her fearless and feisty gauntlet of defiance in the teeth of obama and his thugs, with her splendid and unforgettable "Mr. President, GAME ON" speech in Madison, Wisconsin in April of 2011.

    "SARAH 2012″ filled us with joy and hope and confidence on that momentous and fateful early-September day in Indianola, Iowa when a terrible storm drew back its somber veils and vestures, and revealed a noble sun, just as the Governor strode to her podium, and thundered forth her "shot heard ’round the world": Her Crony Capitalism oration, delivered in defiance of the blood- and dollar- and power-sucking political hacks and crooks of BOTH POLITICAL PARTIES.

    Then, the Good Lord and the good Governor know why, there came THE announcement on the fifth of the following month.

    And so we stand poised on an edge and on an eminence of sorrow and of joy; of fear and of faith; of heartbreak and of hope.

    If, no I will dare to say, in my fervent prayers and in my silver-tinged hopes, WHEN she wins the highest office in the land in 2016, and becomes, on a never-to-be-forgotten November’s night, our President-Elect, still, still, still it will always, for the rest and residue and remainder of my days, it will always be the sonorous sound of the old battle-chant of "SARAH 2012," those bright and brave and bonny words of a beautiful and lost cause–it will always be these words that will move me, and move me, and move me.

    SARAH 2012; and SARAH 2012; and SARAH 2012.

    • jerseymark

      BB – are you a published author? Your prose is artwork at its best. I have always "prided" myself on my writing ability (just affirmation of truth) but you make me want to sit at your feet as  your pupil. Your writing flows like a symphony and if it is not the result of rewrites but the natural expression of your heart and mind, all the more impressive. 

      • BrianusBerkleianus

        Thank you so much, my friend.

        As a matter of fact, I am trying right now to complete and publish a book on Latin WORD ORDER, especially in the orator Cicero.  When I get this done, I will indeed be a published author :-) !!

        You know, oftentimes I will be thinking of Sarah and of our country, and the words that I later write here for C4P just spring into my head–I have tons of old envelopes, etc. filled with such writings.

        Often the phrases and clauses and sentences do just seem to come to me :-), but I do sometimes rewrite to correct/improve.

        God BLESS!! 

        • MarkRNY

          Latin word order!…This is like that movie (movies) Goodbye Mr Chips! (great movie(s) btw).

          Count one sold when it’s published Sir Brianus! I won’t know what any of the words mean, but I’ll damned well know what order they go in. I’ll go to a Traditional Latin Mass and correct the priest! (always wanted to do that, and with the long winded, smiley face homilies most give, I’ve always wanted to shout out "Put an Amen to it Father!").

          Correct the priest 2013!

          Edit–How do you say (shout) "Put an Amen to it Father!" in Latin??

          • BrianusBerkleianus

            Thank you so much, Sir Marcus!!

            I too love "Goodbye, Mr. Chips."  I believe that Robert Donat (?) won the 1939 Best Actor Academy Award with his role as Chips in the film–over Clark Gable as Captain Rhett Butler in "Gone With the Wind"!

            I love the Traditional Latin Mass!

            One way to say "Put an ‘Amen’ to it, Father" is "DIC ‘AMEN,’ PATER–literally "Say ‘Amen,’ Father."

            God bless!!

            • MarkRNY

              DIC AMEN PATER!…that "DIC" part could be kind of dicey–but consider it said!

              • BrianusBerkleianus

                :-) !!

              • BrianusBerkleianus

                Actually you can pronouce "DIC" as "deek" :-) !!!

                • MarkRNY

                  Hey! That saves me from getting thrown out of Mass.

                  "Deek" Amen Pater!

                  • BrianusBerkleianus

                    :-) !!!

        • senator20526

           I would gladly pose on the cover in my toga…as Cicero, of course…

          • BrianusBerkleianus


    • songofdeborah

      Beautiful as always!

      Happy New Year to everyone!

      • BrianusBerkleianus

        Thanks, songofdeborah!!

        Happy New Year!!

    • Isabel Matos
      • BrianusBerkleianus

        No problem!!

        Thanks and God bless, Isabel!

    • section9

      I love your writing Brian, but I’ll believe it when I see it. Not one bumper sticker for me until Palin announces.

      • BrianusBerkleianus

        Thanks, section.

        Happy New Year!!

  • 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

    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 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."

  • technopeasant

    10 phrases that characterizes American conservatism after the election:

    a) Behind the 8 ball

    b) Put your noise out of joint

    c) Lost the high ground

    d) voted off the island (Survivor)

    e) A bride being left at the altar (Romney vs. The Tea Party)

    f) On a collision course

    g) At sixes and sevens

    h) In full retreat (like the Confederates after Gettysburg)

    i) Sold down the river

    j) Without a leg to stand on

    • BrianusBerkleianus

      Thanks, techno!

      I suggest also, in the spirit of football, …

      k) Thrown for a loss 

    • jerseymark

      How about "up the river without a paddle" or "a ship without a rudder" or "running out of gas" or "penny wise and pound foolish" or "one arm tied behind your back" or "slip sliding away" – I had better stop now.

      • BrianusBerkleianus


        • Polarbearpapa

          One dog short of a team……

  • ZH100

    About the  frivolous anti-Palin ethics complaints

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

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

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

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

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

    1)  Governor Palin Reimburses the State for Kids’ Travel

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

    All of her travel expenses were originally approved by the Department of Administration!

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

    2)  The Legal Defense Fund Case.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    • ZH100
      • ZH100
        • ZH100

          Bill Whittle explains why Gov.Palin resigned.

        • BrianusBerkleianus

          I LOVE it, ZH.

          We should always say "RESIGNED," not "QUIT."

          "Quit" and "quitter" are terms that are burdened and blackened with odious connotations.

          "Resigned" is the correct and neutral term.

          We must never "resign" ourselves to saying that she "quit" :-) !!!

          Sarah Palin of Alaska never has been, is not, and never will be a "quitter"!!

          God BLESS you!!!!

          • ZH100

             "We should always say "RESIGNED," not "QUIT."

            You are right Brianus.

            Gov. Palin said that she would fight for what is right from a different plane; and that is exactly what she did after she resigned.

            She 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."



            About 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"


            Jedediah Bila wrote:

            "Sarah Palin has also 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."


            • BrianusBerkleianus

              Thank you again!

              • ZH100

                 You are welcome, Brianus.

  • ZH100

    Ron Devito’s excellent master 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

  • Guest

    " Everyone recognizing Christ~"

  • technopeasant

    Yesterday i posted on the difference between ANEMIC CONSERVATISM and ICONOCLASTIC CONSERVATISM to present an alternative course for the conservative movement going forward.

    Well here are 10 phrases that depict what I was getting at in terms of the bottom line that needs to be done by the conservative movement to regain the ground we have lost and then to even improve our fortunes once we have gotten back to where we were at the 2010 midterms:

    1) BLAZE A NEW TRAIL like the pioneers of old and definitely not accepting the trail of COLONIAL MENTALITY that has been blazed decades ago by the GOP establishment and permanent political class.

    2) PRIME THE PUMP in terms of improving conservative presentation making it less anemic and more iconoclastic

    3) EVERYTHING HAS TO BE ON THE TABLE. No sacred cows.

    4) Re-embrace THE THREE-LEGGED STOOL.





    9) OODA loop strtategy (Observe, orient, decide, act) and getting inside the opponent’s OODA loop.

    10) Believe passionately that PAPER (moral clarity and values) always defeats ROCK (secular humanism) but SCISSORS (craven expediency) always one-ups PAPER and in turn always loses to ROCK in elections. 

  • ZH100

    Debunking smears about Gov.Palin.

    Sliming Palin

    From the article:

    "We’ve been flooded for the past few days with queries about dubious Internet postings and mass e-mail messages making claims about McCain’s running mate, Gov. Palin. We find that many are completely false, or misleading.

    Palin did not cut funding for special needs education in Alaska by 62 percent. She didn’t cut it at all. In fact, she increased funding and signed a bill that will triple per-pupil funding over three years for special needs students with high-cost requirements.

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

    She was never a member of the Alaskan Independence Party, a group that wants Alaskans to vote on whether they wish to secede from the United States. She’s been registered as a Republican since May 1982.
    Palin never endorsed or supported Pat Buchanan for president. She once wore a Buchanan button as a "courtesy" when he visited Wasilla, but shortly afterward she was appointed to co-chair of the campaign of Steve Forbes in the state.
    Palin has not pushed for teaching creationism in Alaska’s schools. She has said that students should be allowed to "debate both sides" of the evolution question, but she also said creationism "doesn’t have to be part of the curriculum."

    • ZH100

      Debunking the wardrobe smear.


      ‘Only Palin’s Stylist Knows for Sure ‘

      "It was a “trumped up controversy,” she writes. “I never asked the New York stylists to purchase clothes, many of the items were never worn, many others were intended for the use of other people, and in the end the wardrobe items were all returned. It certainly wasn’t true that I or my family had been on any kind of ‘big-time shopping trips.’ ”

      All true, Ms. Kline said this week. Her reticence so far, she said, was out of respect to a client. "

      • ZH100

        Debunking the myth that Gov.Palin was not vetted.

        A.B. Culvahouse Praises Sarah Palin  (April , 2009)

        "Culvahouse, O’Melveny & Myers’ chairman and the leader of the team that vetted Palin before Republican presidential candidate John McCain chose her as his running mate last summer, spoke about Palin this morning at the Republican National Lawyers Association’s policy conference at the National Press Club. During the vetting process, said Culvahouse,

        “Me and two of my most cynical partners interviewed her, and came away impressed.”

        Culvahouse said Palin hit certain, particularly tough questions “out of the park.”

        Culvahouse added that Palin would “have been a great vice president,” and said that he told McCain exactly that."

  • Pete Petretich

    I’m looking forward to Sarah’s new book and media contract!

  • jerseymark

    The last C.S. Lewis reading I submitted, if you can remember that far back as it has been a week,
    was a discussion of the “divine accolade” and how great it would be to hear God, Our Father say “Well done thou good and faithful servant”. Today’s reading is also from “The Weight of Glory”
    and is entitled “Perfect Humility”:

    “I suddenly remembered that no one can enter heaven except as a child; and nothing is so obvious in a child – not in a conceited child, but in a good child – as its great and undisguised pleasure in being praised. Not only in a child either, but even in a dog or a horse. Apparently what I had mistaken for humility had, all these years, prevented me from understanding what is in fact the humblest, the most childlike, the most creaturely of pleasures – nay, the specific pleasure of the inferior: the pleasure of a beast before men, a child before its father, a pupil before its teacher, a creature before its Creator. I am not forgetting how horribly this most innocent desire is parodied in our human ambitions, or how very quickly, in my own experience, the lawful pleasure of praise from those whom it was my duty to please turns into the deadly poison of self-admiration. But I thought I could detect a moment – a very, very short moment – before this happened, during which the satisfaction of having pleased those whom I rightly loved and rightly feared was pure. And that is enough to raise our thoughts to what may happen when the redeemed soul, beyond all hope and nearly beyond belief, learns at last that she has please Him whom she was created to please. There will be no room for vanity then. She will be free from the miserable illusion that it is her
    doing. With no taint of what we shall now call self-approval she will most innocently rejoice in the thing that God has made her to be, and the moment which heals her old inferiority complex forever will also drown her pride deeper than Prospero’s book. Perfect humility dispenses with modesty. If God is satisfied with the work, the work may be satisfied with itself, ‘it is not for her to bandy compliments with her Sovereign’.”

    In this one paragraph, Mr. Lewis essentially sums up the point and importance of his book “The
    Weight of Glory” for far too many Christians have adopted a “humility” which is in line with what the World wants and expects of us, namely a deferential, lowly, unassertive attitude and bearing.
    The World would also call it meekness as they understand the term, but no one has ever lived who was more meek than Jesus and even a cursory examination of His life in the Gospels would dispel any idea that meek equals weak. It is never an act of humility to deny the truth. It is never and act of humility to deny who or what you are. It is never an act of humility to hold back your talents and capabilities or to fail to take leadership when circumstances demand it of you. All of these acts which the World understands to be acts of humility are really acts of disobedience toward God for He is a God of truth who has seen fit to make you who and what you are and
    has given you the talents and capabilities you have so that you can stand in the breach and assume leadership when He places you in such a circumstance.

    When God says in His Word that when you are “born again” you become His son or daughter with all that that implies, humility says “yes Father” and begins to live in that reality, whereas pride refuses choosing its own reality instead of God’s. When God’s Word says in Romans 8 : 28-29 that all things work together in your life for the good of conforming you into the image of Jesus, humility accepts that as true and turns his life completely over to the Father and accepts everything that comes, whether we like it or not at that time, as from the Father to accomplish that purpose and as a result, relax with the peace that He gives, whereas pride refuses and as a result, worries about all the “bad” things that might be just around the corner never knowing
    what true peace is. The World will misunderstand such humility as pride because Satan has succeeded in turning everything upside down in the World, but that is Ok because in Christ, we have overcome the World.

    Of course, as we here at C4P know full well, Sarah is, once again, a wonderful example of such obedience as she understood the circumstances long ago in Alaska as God opened the door for her to take on the responsibilities of leadership with true humility and she has followed that course obediently ever since. We all wait now to see what the Lord has planned for her.

    • BrianusBerkleianus

      Thank you so much, Jerseymark … and I hope that you enjoyed a great Christmas!!

      And yes, yes, yes, true humility is GROUNDED ("humus" (whence our "humility") = "ground")–true humility is grounded in TRUTH!!!

      If our dear Sarah does decide to run for President for 2016, we know that she will be attacked by her Establishment foes and enemies as being proud and presumptuous for daring to aspire to such a lofty office (an office which is, I suppose, limited (in their blind eyes) to commies on the Left and Bush-type "bluebloods" in the GOP!!!!)

      However, on the contrary, she will be running in the HUMBLE SPIRIT of a true Servant of the Lord, who trusts Him, relies on Him, believes in Him … loves Him.

      She will do it, if she does it, in the CARITAS VERITATIS, in the Charity of Truth, in a spirit of love of God, love of country, love of neighbor.

      God bless, friend!!

  • wodiej


    "My dear girl, the day you see I’m getting old, I ask you to please be patient, but most of all, try to understand what I’m… going through.

    If when we talk, I repeat the same thing a thousand times, don’t interrupt to say: “You said the same thing a minute ago”… Just listen, please. Try to remember the times when you were little and I would read the same story night after night until you would fall asleep.

    When I don’t want to take a bath, don’t be mad and don’t embarrass me. Remember when I had to run after you making excuses and trying to get you to take a shower when you were just a girl?

    When you see how ignorant I am when it comes to new technology, give me the time to learn and don’t look at me that way… remember, honey, I patiently taught you how to do many things like eating appropriately, getting dressed, combing your hair and dealing with life’s issues every day…

    The day you see I’m getting old, I ask you to please be patient, but most of all, try to understand what I’m going through.

    If I occasionally lose track of what we’re talking about, give me the time to remember, and if I can’t, don’t be nervous, impatient or arrogant. Just know in your heart that the most important thing for me is to be with you.

    And when my old, tired legs don’t let me move as quickly as before, give me your hand the same way that I offered mine to you when you first walked.

    When those days come, don’t feel sad… just be with me, and understand me while I get to the end of my life with love.

    I’ll cherish and thank you for the gift of time and joy we shared. With a big smile and the huge love I’ve always had for you, I just want to say, I love you… my darling daughter."

    • BrianusBerkleianus

      Thanks, wodiej!

      • wodiej


    • Anno76

      Good morning wodiej,
      Thank you for posting – this means more to me than you’ll ever know. My beautiful mother-in-law who is also my second mother, is on her way to the most wonderful, beautiful place ever. Hope you don’t mind, but have posted this on my facebook.

      Please keep posting and KTF

      • wodiej

        I’m so sorry about your Mother in Law.  I’m glad that my posting brought you a measure of comfort.  God’s timing is always perfect.  God bless and so glad your sons are w you to help ease the pain.  And yes, she is in the most beautiful place ever now.  xxxooo

  • technopeasant

    There are many theories to why our side lost the 2012 election or any presidential election as there is to why the losing team each year loses the Super Bowl. Sure there are exceptions to every rule but if you are truly objective I believe you will find these 10 premises usually are borne out in these contest results.

    1) The favorite (incumbent) as determined by oddmakers or history prevails more often than not.

    2) 4 or 5 key plays (turning points in the election) determine the outcome. The team who makes these plays usually wins.

    3) The team that scores touchdowns rather than field goals (in politics the party who best takes advantage of its opportunities) usually wins.

    4) Turnovers (stumbles/unforced errors) tip the scale to the side who wins the turnover ratio.

    In football lets say in the Cowboys–Redskins game this Sunday, the Cowboys turn the ball over (fumble/interception) 3 times and the Redskins only once. Redskins finish the game at +2 and NFL statisticians will tell you there is a high probability the latter will win the game.

    And politics is no different.

    5) An unwavering belief in the game plan among the players (rank and file) inspires confidence in the coaching staff (standardbearer’s team/party hierarchy).

    Sure we despise the Left, but under Obama during the general election there was no evidence that his team could not deliver the base.

    6) Alienating a crucial part of your fan base (white conservatives) by creating internecine warfare on your team (which quarterback should start) is not a recipe for success.

    7) Abandoning the high ground (the easy first down, moving the chains).

    This is exactly what the GOP did by nominating Romney in regards to the issue of repealing Obamacare.

    8) The losing team did not take full advantage of their opportunity for "the big play" (failure to execute/failure to realize opportunity) as Romney never fully exploited opportunities to score major points against Obama during the 2012 election season. And these two reasons also apply to politics: failure or lack of will to execute (no desire to land the knockout punch) and failure to realize the opportunity existed and then to act on it (incompetence).

    9) The sports team with the most talent usually wins as in presidential politics the party with the most charismatic/talented nominee invariably wins. Again this has been tracked back to the beginning of the 20th century and except for 1936, the candidate seen as most positive or dynamic has prevailed.

    And I constantly warned conservatives to take this into consideration before voting for Romney in the primaries.

    10) The team who plays overall better invariably captures the brass ring. In the Super Bowl that means all three phases of the game–offense, defense and special teams. In presidential politics, it means policy, presentation, and organization.

    If there is one key difference in football the referees are not on the take. In politics we know the MSM is a branch of the Leftist propaganda machine. In other words the Left going forward has to always be given a slight edge in presidential elections (similar to a 3 point advantage a home team in the NFL gets in the regular season).

    If I were to break it down of Obama’s 3.7% victory over Romney, half of it was caused by the Democrats running a superior campaign and the other half was caused by the bias of the media.

    But ultimately enough white conservatives did not show up at the polls and that in the final analysis was the last nail on Romney’s coffin. And folks that was self-inflicted and not media driven. You cannot cut off your nose to spite your face and expect to win presidential elections.

    • BrianusBerkleianus

      Thanks, techno!

      This is why, next time around, God willing, OUR superstar will be unleashed and we will win, and win BIG …

      SARAH 2016!!

    • RefudiateGOPe

       While I agree with your individual reasons for a loss, I think the answer is much simpler.  We lost in 2012 for the same reason we lost in 2008.  We lost because of the GOP’s failure to frame the issues.  For instance, in 2008, the GOP allowed Obama to convince the voters that the economy was "Bush’s fault", and more specifically, the fault of the "Bush tax cuts to the rich".  McCain’s answer to that was, "The fundamentals of the economy are strong".  In 2012, Obama was able to continue to use the same meme. The GOP failed both times to link Obama’s past with the country’s future. There were multiple issues in both elections where the GOP went brain-dead.

      Until the GOP accepts the fact that if you don’t control the conversation, you don’t win the votes, the future of the GOP will be glum.  Of course, the task of getting the issues framed properly is difficult since the media, by and large, carry the water for the Dems, but the GOP must find a way of getting unfiltered facts into the living rooms of the voters. Going on the Sunday talk shows has proven to be a disaster for the GOP.  Depending on the media to give the unbiased facts about any issue is an exercise in futility.

      Think about it.  You can have the best product ever invented, but if the people don’t know anything about it, you’re not going to sell many of them.  If the voters don’t know the facts, don’t expect them to "vote the right way".

      • technopeasant

        You are sounding like Don Draper in Mad Men.

        Change the conversation.

      • technopeasant

        I agree with you the the Left has consistently outflanked our side on the issues as a football team is consistently running to one side of the field because of the weakness in the defensive scheme or personnel.

        However, if you examine why football games are won and lost it comes to down to a few key plays, the level of talent on the field, and the overall performance of the team.

        Simply, the Republican presidential nominee doesn’t make the key plays, in 2008 and 2012 both nominees were clearly overmatched talent-wise by Obama and finally the Democratic performance in the general election campaign (including organization) was superior to what we could bring to the table.

        Yes, policy and how it is framed do matter. But let’s not kid ourselves: Performance and execution are far more impactful in moving the needle

        The "triggerman" does matter.

        • jerseymark

          The GOP doesn’t make the key plays because they listen to the media who successfully directs them away from what the GOP should do to what the Left wants them to do. The GOP simply has no faith in the American people. 

      • hrandym

        We didn’t offer a product sufficiently appealing to our Republican base, which should have been our target audience.  The ‘Dim-ocrats’ did, and they won their base plus the low-information public.  All we offered was milt-toast ‘same old gang’, go-along-to-get-along Washington in-club.

        • TexS2012

          And after the elite rino’s divisive Convention they sat on their hands and Expected all Republicians to give them a landslide victory. From that point on I kept thinking where is Mitt, where is the excitement to the run up to election day. I don’t think Obama stopped campaigning since he was elected the first time.

    • Terry Malpass

      Didn’t know our side ran a candidate…..

      • narciso

         Not that we would notice,

    • TexS2012

      What the RINO’s did at  the Republician Convention – blacklisting Sarah Palin and no room for our military was the final slap for many IMO. Gaming the rules so down field no chance for players to be in the game sent a message loud and clear – this is our party/our game now get lost!
      The Lady from Wasilla is not retreating she’s reloading and as her father says whatever she does we’ll be off on another adventure! KTF C4P!

      • BrianusBerkleianus

        High Five, TexS!!

        I love your citation of the end, as I recall, of the book "Our Sarah"!!!


        • TexS2012

          Yes, from "Our Sarah" page 279 the last page in the book. Here are the last few sentences in the book by Chuck Sr. 

          "I would be proud of Sarah if she ran for office, and equally proud if she spent her time writing and speaking. She has a good mind, a kind heart, and a great spirit. Whatever she decides, I’m sure it will come as a surprise to all of us and then we’ll be off on a new adventure."

          • BrianusBerkleianus


    • aaron66krohn

      We lost for one reason….and one reason ONLY!!!!

      Sarah Palin said "NO!" on October 5th, 2011!!!!

    • Budvarakbar

       The election was thrown on purpose by the C-S RINO’s who are too CS to attack the socialists head on.  — and that started with McLame being too CS to say obies middle name — and none of them have the balls to press the birth cert, fraudulent SS#, fraudulent draft registration and buried school records — anyone really know where the SOB was when he was supposedly at Columbia – where no one remembers him — well duh!

  • Christopher H Fromme

    I have always wondered why ANWR has been not been leased out, The only time that it made it though both house & senate was 1998 & then vetoed by Clinton,  My search bought me to Rep Don Young  AK
    HR 3408  Offshore Development   ANWR   Oil Shale 
    "This is my 12th time passing ANWR out of the House and although this is a momentous day, there is still work to be done,” said Rep. Young. “The Senate should not drag its feet on this bill". This was 2/16/12 
    And every time Harry Reid would see this type of bill it would end up in his wastebasket.  But at least a few of those 12 times the Republicans controlled the Senate.  So did GW Bush say no to Alaska  oil because he favored the Saudi’s for oil ???    Or was it the losers in the Senate that are no longer there.

    • Budvarakbar

       I think your next to last sentence nails it.  I almost puked when I saw that moron dancing with the saudies.

  • wodiej

    "Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to your stature?"  Matthew 6:27

  • TexS2012

    San Antonio TX paper featuring former President GHW Bush this morning with pictures. Picture number 8 shows Bush with two women of Planned Parenthood in 1969.

  • hrandym

    Excellent suggestion.  Create ‘gun-free’ zones around Obama and other Federal officials, for their own protection, of course.  Can anyone think of any more positive way to guarantee the safety of our precious "leaders" and to create a perfect example of the benefits of the gun-free zones?

    • polarfan

      Go on the attack and expose these power hungry and wealthy liberal hypocrites in DC, NYC, and Hollywood!! 

  • Polarbearpapa

    Madison Rising – The Star Spangled Banner

    • TexS2012

      Thank you!

  • Polarbearpapa

    The law of nature and the law of revelation are both Divine: they
    flow, though in different channels, from the same adorable source. It is
    indeed preposterous to separate them from each other.

    James Wilson

    • BrianusBerkleianus

      Thank you, Polarbearpapa!!

      I hope that you and yours enjoyed a wonderful Christmas!

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