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  • ZH100

    Good morning and Happy New Year to all!

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

    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
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    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.
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    Energy

    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.
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    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.
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    Education

    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.
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    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.

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/05/07/who-is-the-real-sarah-palin

  • ZH100

    Excellent read!
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    ‘Governor Palin Used Her Executive Authority to Make Government Smaller and More Ethical’  (August,2011)

    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.

    http://conservatives4palin.com/2011/08/governor-palin-used-her-executive-authority-to-make-government-smaller-and-more-ethical.html

    • wodiej

      thanks again you walking Encyclopedia of Palin.  :)

      • ZH100

        You are welcome, wodiej

    • TexS2012

      This record is why I admire and love Sarah Palin. Finally, a politician that puts the people first.
      Happy New Year everyone!

      Sarah Palin 2016 !!!

  • cudaforever

    HAPPY NEW YEARS GUYS !! May Sarah’s voice always be Strong and continue to resonate in the year of 2013 !!!

  • Jthom26837

     Happy New Year To One and all.

     I stand with Sarah Palin!!!

  • wodiej

    "I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."  Jeremiah 29:11

  • John_Frank

    Good morning,

    George Will is not particularly popular around here, given his unmerited attacks on Governor Palin.

    That written he gave a speech recently that people may find of interest:

    http://rap.wustl.edu/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/George-Will-lecture-text.pdf

    Turning to other matters:

    Follows is the link to the roll call vote on passage of the compromise bill, being H.R. 8, As Amended entitled the "American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012″, being an amendment to the Job Protection and Recession Prevention Act of 2012:

    http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=112&session=2&vote=00251

    89 Senators voted Yes, 8 Senators voted No and 3 Senators did not vote.

    The Senators who voted No were Bennet, Carper and Harkin (Democrats); and Grassley, Lee, Paul, Rubio and Shelby (Republicans).

    • Laddie_Blah_Blah

      Happy New Year, John, and Palinistas everywhere.

      I read Will’s speech and found it to be typically irrelevant, an exercise in academic self-indulgence, with no relevance to what is actually at the root of today’s dysfunctional politics. He was factually inaccurate on occasion, when his misreading of the facts conveniently fit his narrative, just you as you would expect from an MSM journalist.  

      Here is the transcript of a speech that actually calls out the bubble-dwelling boneheads who enable and perpetuate the problem, like George Will is, and does:

      http://thepalinexpress.wordpress.com/2011/09/04/sarah-palins-iowa-speech-transcript/

      From that speech, lest we be distracted by Will’s elitist superficiality:

      "Yeah, the permanent political class – they’re doing just fine. Ever notice how so many of them arrive in Washington, D.C. of modest means and then miraculously throughout the years they end up becoming very, very wealthy? Well, it’s because they derive power and their wealth from their access to our money – to taxpayer dollars. They use it to bail out their friends on Wall Street and their corporate cronies, and to reward campaign contributors, and to buy votes via earmarks. There is so much waste. And there is a name for this: It’s called corporate crony capitalism. This is not the capitalism of free men and free markets, of innovation and hard work and ethics, of sacrifice and of risk. No, this is the capitalism of connections and government bailouts and handouts, of waste and influence peddling and corporate welfare. This is the crony capitalism that destroyed Europe’s economies. It’s the collusion of big government and big business and big finance to the detriment of all the rest – to the little guys. It’s a slap in the face to our small business owners – the true entrepreneurs, the job creators accounting for 70% of the jobs in America, it’s you who own these small businesses, you’re the economic engine, but you don’t grease the wheels of government power.

      So, do you want to know why the permanent political class doesn’t really want to cut any spending? Do you want to know why nothing ever really gets done? It’s because there’s nothing in it for them. They’ve got a lot of mouths to feed – a lot of corporate lobbyists and a lot of special interests that are counting on them to keep the good times and the money rolling along.

      It doesn’t surprise me. I’ve seen this kind of crony capitalism before. It’s is the same good old boy politics-as-usual that I fought and we defeated in my home state. I took on a corrupt and compromised political class and their backroom dealings with Big Oil. And I can tell you from experience that sudden and relentless reform never sits well with entrenched interests and power-brokers. So, please you must vet a candidate’s record. You must know their ability to successfully reform and actually fix problems that they’re going to claim that they inherited.

      Real reform never sits well with the entrenched special interests, and that’s why the true voices of reform are so quickly demonized. Look what they say about you. You are concerned civilized citizens and look what they say about you. And just look what happened during the debt-ceiling debate. We’d been given warning after warning that our credit rating would be downgraded if politicians didn’t get serious about tackling the debt and deficit problem. But instead of making the real cuts that are necessary, they used Enron-like accounting gimmicks, and they promised that if they were just allowed to spend trillions more today, they’d cut billions ten years from now. By some magical thinking, they figured they could run up trillion dollar deficits year after year, yet still somehow avoid the unforgiving mathematics that led to the downgrade. Well, they got a rude awakening from the rest of the world, and that’s that even America isn’t “too big to fail.”

      Nothing of substance has changed since September of 2010. Will is still an enabler of crony corporatists and is still a demonizer of those advocating effective and real reform. To paraphrase the Ragin Cajun, "It’s all about the money, stupid." And the power, and the privilege. Will is all about himself.

      I imagine James Madison would view Will’s intellectual dishonesty with utter disdain.

      • RedDaveR

        Thanks for the quotes from Indianola.  I can’t watch that speech or read its text often enough.
        IMHO, it’s her best speech evah.

      • John_Frank

        Appreciate the response.

        P.S. Happy New Year

      • TexS2012

        We have to keep speaking out like Sarah. Thanks.

  • John B. Hefmier

    Happy 2013!!!

    • RomanBarbarian

       Same to you, sir!!!

  • 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

    My New Year’s Affirmation:

    ?Father God, thank You for doing a work in me.  I choose to align myself with Your plan by
    blooming where I’m planted.  Help me, by Your Spirit, to be an example of Your love and life everywhere I go in Jesus name.  Amen.

    May we all find not only faith and hope in the new year, but also God’s purpose for our lives.  Blessings.

  • Laddie_Blah_Blah

    Happy New Year, John, and Palinistas everywhere.
    I read Will’s speech and found it to be typically irrelevant, an exercise in academic self-indulgence, with no relevance to what is actually at the root of today’s dysfunctional politics.  He was factually inaccurate on occasion, when his misreading of the facts fit his narrative, just you as you would expect from an MSM journalist.  

    Here is the transcript of a speech that actually calls out the bubble-dwelling boneheads who enable and perpetuate the problem, like George Will is, and does:http://thepalinexpress.wordpress.com/2011/09/04/sarah-palins-iowa-speech-transcript/

    From that speech, lest we be distracted by Will’s elitist superficiality:

    "Yeah, the permanent political class – they’re doing just fine. Ever notice how so many of them arrive in Washington, D.C. of modest means and then miraculously throughout the years they end up becoming very, very wealthy? Well, it’s because they derive power and their wealth from their access to our money – to taxpayer dollars.  They use it to bail out their friends on Wall Street and their corporate cronies, and to reward campaign contributors, and to buy votes via earmarks. There is so much waste. And there is a name for this: It’s called corporate crony capitalism. This is not the capitalism of free men and free markets, of innovation and hard work and ethics, of sacrifice and of risk. No, this is the capitalism of connections and government bailouts and handouts, of waste and influence peddling and corporate welfare. This is the crony capitalism that destroyed Europe’s economies. It’s the collusion of big government and big business and big finance to the detriment of all the rest – to the little guys. It’s a slap in the face to our small business owners – the true entrepreneurs, the job creators accounting for 70% of the jobs in America, it’s you who own these small businesses, you’re the economic engine, but you don’t grease the wheels of government power.
    So, do you want to know why the permanent political class doesn’t really want to cut any spending? Do you want to know why nothing ever really gets done? It’s because there’s nothing in it for them. They’ve got a lot of mouths to feed – a lot of corporate lobbyists and a lot of special interests that are counting on them to keep the good times and the money rolling along.
    It doesn’t surprise me. I’ve seen this kind of crony capitalism before. It’s is the same good old boy politics-as-usual that I fought and we defeated in my home state. I took on a corrupt and compromised political class and their backroom dealings with Big Oil. And I can tell you from experience that sudden and relentless reform never sits well with entrenched interests and power-brokers. So, please you must vet a candidate’s record. You must know their ability to successfully reform and actually fix problems that they’re going to claim that they inherited.
    Real reform never sits well with the entrenched special interests, and that’s why the true voices of reform are so quickly demonized. Look what they say about you. You are concerned civilized citizens and look what they say about you. And just look what happened during the debt-ceiling debate. We’d been given warning after warning that our credit rating would be downgraded if politicians didn’t get serious about tackling the debt and deficit problem. But instead of making the real cuts that are necessary, they used Enron-like accounting gimmicks, and they promised that if they were just allowed to spend trillions more today, they’d cut billions ten years from now. By some magical thinking, they figured they could run up trillion dollar deficits year after year, yet still somehow avoid the unforgiving mathematics that led to the downgrade. Well, they got a rude awakening from the rest of the world, and that’s that even America isn’t “too big to fail.”
    To paraphrase the Ragin’ Cajun, "It’s the money, stupid."  And the power.  Make no mistake, Will is part and parcel of the "permanent political class," a journalistic enabler of RINO crony corporatists (like Mitt Romney), all of whom dwell inside the same bubble where the other priests of the permanent political class also worship in accordance with the cult-like belief in their exclusive right to rule.  Not that much advanced over the Egyptian priesthood in ancient times, when that was the formal, as well as the de facto form of governance. 
    "Real reform never sits well with the entrenched special interests, and that’s why the true voices of reform are so quickly demonized."
    She spoke those words in September of 2010, and absolutely nothing has changed regarding any of the major issues she raised.  And Will is in the forefront of those demonizing the voices of reform.  He was then, and he still is.
    I imagine that James Madison would view Will’s intellectual dishonesty with utter disdain.

  • Leroy Whitby

    Happy New Year. May God protect each of us and our families.

  • Pete Petretich

    "This nation has been in the process of creeping socialism for the last several decades no matter which party was in power."

    (Tweet from Charlie Daniels)

  • Pete Petretich

    Both Senators from Ohio voted for the sell-out bill, one Dem one Republican.

  • Lou Gutnicki

    The Republicans have become the party of Bush, Boehner, and Romney.

    If it is to go on, it must become the party of Palin.

    I stand with Sarah Palin.

                                                                                                            Happy New Year

    • mark1955

      Happy New Year!  Agree with everything you said except, "If it is to go on". It’s well past that time. The republican party has become a mirror image of the dems,just as the ‘Whig Party’ it replaced on the eve of the Civil War,had become a mirror image of the Pro-Slavery dems at that time. It is Rotten to the Core and is well beyond redemption. We need a new Constitutionally Conservative Party and a Charasmatic and competent person to Lead that Party and we need it now!

  • mark1955

    Happy New Year!  http://barnhardt.biz/  Please scroll down to #6, in Ann’s first post if you want to know Ann’s opinion of Obama/Feinstein possible Firearms Ban and confiscation. Hope everyone had a Big Pu-Pu Platter and plenty of Kung Pao chicken, Fried Rice and Wonton with hot sesame sauce last night. Again Happy New Year!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Suki-Pero/100001668382968 Suki Pero

      Nice!  

  • ZH100

    ‘After Midnight, It’s a Tax Cut; Senate Passes ‘Cliff’ Deal, 89-8′

    From the article:

    "The U.S. Senate overwhelmingly passed a deal early this morning to cut taxes to Bush-era rates for all income categories below $450,000 per household ($400,000 for individuals). The Senate vote came too late to avert the midnight "fiscal cliff" deadline, and the deal must still pass the House of Representatives later today. The deal will also delay the deep spending cuts in the "sequester," including defense cuts," by two months.

    The fact that the vote happened after midnight may have helped assist its passage, since Senators were no longer voting for a tax hike on the wealthiest earners but rather on a tax cut for everyone else. Five Republicans opposed the deal–including Sen. Marco Rubio (FL), Sen. Rand Paul (KY), and Sen. Mike Lee (UT), three Tea Party favorites. Three Democrats, including Tom Harkin (IA), who had signaled his opposition, also voted no.

    Other provisions of the deal include an extension of unemployment benefits, without corresponding spending cuts elsewhere. The payroll tax relief that wage earners have enjoyed for two years was not extended and will expire, meaning that many working Americans will still feel a bigger dent in their first paychecks of 2013, while those out of work may experience a lower incentive to seek new job opportunities, as federal deficits rise.

    In addition, the capital gains tax will rise from 15 to 20 percent; the inheritance tax will rise from 35 percent to 40 percent on amounts over $5 million; and many families will be spared the Alternative Minimum Tax.

    The total revenue increase in the deal amounts to $600 billion–far less than the $800 billion than Speaker of the House John Boehner had initially offered in a broader proposal. Some Democrats believed that President Obama, who was largely absent from the "fiscal cliff" talks, had not negotiated well. Republicans, meanwhile, worried about the disproportionate ratio of tax increases to spending cuts; spending is barely reduced at all.

    Passage in the House of Representatives is likely, but not certain, as reports have emerged that Speaker Boehner may not have the support of a majority of his Republican caucus for the deal. The Speaker may have to seek votes from Democrats to secure passage–something he promised earlier that he would not do.

    The tough confrontations of recent years will continue, as Congress will immediately turn to the thorny issue of the debt ceiling. The federal government reached its $16.4 trillion borrowing limit yesterday, according to the Treasury, and resorted to "extraordinary" measures to continue funding the government. Republicans are expected to take an even harder line against a debt limit increase than they did in the summer of 2011."

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/01/01/Senate-Passes-Fiscal-Cliff-Deal-89-8

  • mark1955

    http://legalinsurrection.com/2013/01/senate-passes-massive-tax-cut-which-raised-taxes-over-600-billion-in-middle-of-night-without-reading-the-bill/  The senate vote 89-8 at approximately 2a.m. this morning to raise taxes by 600 billion dollars. That vote once again was 89-8. Meaning almost all the repubs voted for it. Those eight who voted against it, were allowed to wander off the reservation and vote against it, to build up some "Conservative street cred", knowing it was gonna pass any way’s. In their minds this will allow them to sell us out later and Stab us in the Back,on the ‘Assault Weapons Ban’ legislation, because they cast a Conservative vote before it,raising their phony ACU rating. Grassley was one of the 8 voting against. That’s the Huge "Tell" on what we can expect him to do on Firearms legislation.

    Now after this,is anyone still gonna tell me we can work through the repub party to turn our Country around?

  • n4cerinc

    You see that, Conservatives??? Marco Rubio voted against the compromise. He is severely conservative. Let’s crown him now!!!! It took a lot of guts for his meaningless position (89-8). 

    • http://www.solitudebooks.com/ Dan C

      He is running a con game on the "conservative" blogosphere and it is working. They let him vote that way cuz he wants to run in 2016. I would bet my life that if they needed his vote, he would have voted for it. Look at this record overall!

      Did he speak up when conservatives were tossed out? NO!

      • misterlogic0013

         Rubio part of the problem .. all about him .. zero backbone ..

      • n4cerinc

        Yes it is working. Erik Erickson is pushing the 2016 Rubio meme. Twitter is talking 2016. Guess what? this vote was all about 2016, not principle. 

        • mark1955

          Respectfully,i don’t believe it is working. Probably just two short years ago,many of us wouldn’t have seen through the ruse of vote trading and highly suspect meaningless votes. Now we are. As far as Erikson is concerned,he is pretty much viewed as the Rino he is.

          • n4cerinc

            Agreed. Us seeing it for what it is proves that it is not working :) 

      • mark1955

        Sorry,i don’t believe it is working! Just because they are making a concerted push on the Blogosphere, does not mean people are buying it. Besides Rubio will probably sell us out on the soon to be passed Dream Act and quite Possibly Firearms legislation.

  • ZH100

    Some interesting videos.
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    CNN finding that Palin was hard-working governor
    Video:
    http://www.therightscoop.com/cnn-finding-that-palin-was-harding-working-governor/
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    Jonathan Strong discusses LSM Plot to tear Palin Down  (July ,2010)
    http://video.foxnews.com/v/4290697/did-liberal-media-plot-against-sarah-palin
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    Sarah Palin Visits Troops at Camp Bondsteel, Kosovo (2009)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pUL0CVFy5IY
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    Governor Palin Dines With Prime Minister Netanyahu  (March ,2011)
    http://conservatives4palin.com/2011/03/governor-palin-dines-with-prime-minister-netanyahu.html
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    Governor Palin “On the Couch with Koel” in India (March ,2011)
    http://conservatives4palin.com/2011/03/governor-palin-talks-to-koel-purie-rinchet-from-india.html
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    Samaritan’s Purse – Sarah Palin – Birmingham Tornado Relief
    http://conservatives4palin.com/2011/05/a-picture-of-servant-leadership-at-its-finest.html
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    Governor Palin in Haiti.
    http://conservatives4palin.com/2010/12/governor-palin-helping-haiti-this-christmas.html
    http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=114407508628308&oid=158671177481084&comments
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    Opinion Journal: Palin vs. Bernanke
    http://online.wsj.com/video/opinion-journal-palin-vs-bernanke/6A8B3973-6069-464E-B48B-4D4564C96DE5.html
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    Sarah Palin, Governor of Alaska (FULL MOVIE)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TtXd1tNTZtk
    ……

    Sarah Palin Outside Fox News
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wI-I8iza1F8
    …….

    Rush – McCain Staffers Trying to Destroy Sarah Palin – Nov 6, 2008
    http://www.viddler.com/v/af93c259
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    PJTV: Bill Whittle on the Sarah Palin Haters.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DmEE61iVhCA
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    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.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IatnIb2UL9A
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    Alaska Journey via ANWR & Valdez
    http://www.c4parchive.com/2010/11/in-her-own-words-viii-alaska-journey.html

    The Wardrobe Saga
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mexjgjRw0_g

  • RedDaveR

      For fans of the NFL and college football, Breitbart has added a new sports section on their site:

    http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-Sports

      It’s getting a mixed reaction over there, but Tony Lee points out that, like culture, sports is upstream of politics.

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