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  • ZH100

     Good morning all.

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

    ‘Who Is the Real Sarah Palin?’

    From the article:

    Executive Authority and Success

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

    Budgeting and Spending

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

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


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

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

    Business Growth

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

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


    Energy issubeteutiful photoses 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.

  • BrianusBerkleianus

    My Dear Friends in Sarah,

    Happy Monday to you all!!

    That was quite a game yesterday between Seattle and Atlanta; indeed it was a great weekend of NFL playoff football. We are all set for the conference title games next Sunday.

    To my Niner-fan friends here especially, but indeed to ALL of you who have a "horse" in this great American race, I know how you are feeling. My Oakland Raiders have not made the playoffs in many years, but my memories of the tension, the thrills, the chills of sudden-death December and January football in days past are indelible. Have fun as you look forward to the NFC and AFC Championship Games!!!

    It has been a while since I last posted reflections on her beautiful first book, Going Rogue. To get the resumption of the work off to a sprinting start in 2013, I am offering BRIEF reflections on the next THREE pages, 107 through 109.

    These will be my NOVA for this morning, my Things New.

    I also offer VETERA, Things Old: The next letter in the "Latin Sarah" series, which I am reposting from last spring and summer.

    The Governor is relatively quiet right now, isn’t she–when was she last on FOX?

    This could mean that something great and momentous is about to happen.

    Or it may just mean that she is resting from her previous and ardent battles on behalf of her country, spending precious time with her wonderful family, and praying and reflecting about any future actions she may take.

    Let us do our part, in any case, by praying constantly for her!!

    God bless you all always!!



    Below are thoughts on the next three pages of her Going Rogue.

    Reflections on previous pages, along with photographs, may be found at:


    On p. 107 of GR, Sarah is speaking about her friend, Rick Halford, who was so instrumental in persuading her to run for Governor of Alaska. On the previous page his famous remark about DAVID and the FIVE STONES was cited.

    On this page, the Governor writes as follows, "Rick wasn’t an establishment Republican in the derogatory sense of the term, but he was definitely influential in the mainstream party. And he was the only person like that–a quasi-insider, who reached out and encouraged me to run. I considered Rick’s encouragement to run for governor as one of those signposts on the right road."

    Behold the wisdom contained in just these few lines–and also a theme for our prayers in these troubled times!!

    She makes a DISTINCTION: Not all "insiders" are necessarily and completely evil; the word "establishment" can bear a non-derogatory sense and connotation–at least occasionally!! There are a few "good guys" too in the "establishment," and one of them, at least, was Sarah’s friend.

    Note too how she was HUMBLY LOOKING OUT FOR THE LORD’S WILL by watching for "signposts" of guidance along her path.

    The conclusion, IMHO, is that we should be ardently praying right now that, IF, IF it be the Will of Heaven that she run for POTUS for 2016, the Good Lord may give her a "signpost" and RAISE UP A SECOND RICK HALFORD, someone with ties to the GOP "hierarchy" who is not totally corrupt, and may have the guts, the cojones, the love of country to reach out to her and encourage her to run for President!!


    On p. 108 of GR, Sarah writes, "Another day during that season of soul-searching, my telephone rang again.

    " ‘You don’t know me,’ said a deep, confident voice on the other end of the line. ‘But corruption in Juneau is disgusting, and we gotta clean it up or Alaska will get left behind.’

    "The caller introduced himself as John Reeves, and he went on to say that he lived in Fairbanks, had five kids, and worried that they wouldn’t have the opportunities he’d had to build and produce and succeed….

    " ‘You should think about running for governor,’ he said. ‘I’m a Democrat, and I’d support you.’ "


    My friends, let us pray that the Lord may raise up a thousand, a million, no millions of decent and patriotic DEMOCRATS like this good man, John Reeves, to encourage the Governor–again, IF she is meant to run for POTUS!!!


    On p. 109 of GR, Sarah writes, "By the end of that summer, the bottom line for me was clear: voters wanted change, and they should have a straightforward choice about what kind of change it would be. As always, Todd supported me and encouraged me to do it. So on Alaska Day, October 18, 2005, I kicked off the gubernatorial campaign with about fifty friends, family, and reporters in my living room. It also was Bristol’s fifteenth birthday, so of course we had cake."

    Again what wisdom is contained and embraced in the limpid simplicity of these few lines!!!

    The Governor demonstrates the deep bond and connection between strong, loving FAMILIES, on the one hand, and the welfare and survival and success of the State, of the Res Publica, on the other hand.

    Todd supports her and encourages her, as he always does.

    And that wonderful CAKE!!!

    She announces her run, and they eat birthday cake–Bristol’s B-Day is not forgotten.

    To me this simple and charming, and yet withal profound and potent tableau illustrates the Governor’s deep appreciation of the link between private life and public life–and why, God willing, she should and WILL be our President someday!!!

    And now, the VETERA, letter "L" in the "Latin Sarah" series:


    Ah, how this "Literata" will make the likes of chris matthews and others of his ilk grind their teeth and fume and rage. According to these benighted souls, the Governor cannot even READ a book, much less WRITE one. This is the lady who used to devour entire newspapers, word for word, in the early dawn of her youth, according to the testimony of her sisters; this is the lady who won a plaque in third grade from the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) for a poem she wrote on Betsy Ross, the creator of our bonny national banner; this is the lady who wrote the magnificent and inspiring volume "Going Rogue," and followed it up with another scintillating opus, "America By Heart."

    We are all, I think, familiar with people who have a certain amount of "book learning," but are in fact quite stupid and clueless when it comes to practical sagacity and wisdom.

    Let us consider, by way of contrast, the MULTIPLE CLASSROOMS in which our dear Sarah has been educated and raised to the task, as many of us believe, of serving as President of the United States, and rescuing her country in one of its hours of gravest and most dire peril!!

    Sarah was educated in the "classroom" and bosom of a brave and fearless family, at the knees of a mom and dad who, despising any hint of fear because of the Great Good Friday Anchorage Earthquake of 1964, boldly moved to the Land of Alaska, the Land of Adventure, the Land of the Last Frontier. Her dad was and is a teacher of teachers, and is worthy, IMHO, to be compared to the great figure of cinematic fiction, the scholar, archaeologist, and MAN OF ACTION, Indiana Jones.

    Sarah was educated in the "classroom" that sits enthroned under the vaulted dome and sky of the splendid Land of Seward’s Dreams, the Land of America’s Dreams–hunting, fishing, mountain climbing–so many exalting activities of the splendid and ennobling "outdoors"!!

    Sarah was educated in the formal and official classrooms of Wasilla High School and in fine universities, even if they were not "Ivy League." Yes, she changed schools, and took a bit longer to finish than some kids do–BECAUSE SHE WAS WORKING TO PAY HER OWN WAY THROUGH SCHOOL. This was itself an "education," a "classroom" for Sarah: An education in self-reliance; an education in responsibility, an education in guts and cojones!!!

    Sarah was educated in the "classroom" of the campus and field of battle of so many interior and exterior wars she has fought: Member of the Wasilla City Council; Mayor of Wasilla; Chairman of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission; Governor of Alaska; candidate for Vice President of the United States … unique and fearless and dauntless warrior, unparalleled and unmatched in our generation, peerless warrior against the usurping and dangerous and deadly obama "administration."

    This is a lady who knows "letters," i.e., literature; who knows politics; who knows ethics; who knows history; who knows courage; WHO KNOWS THE HEART AND SOUL AND MIND AND STRENGTH AND ESSENCE OF THE COUNTRY SHE LOVES WITH EVERY DROP OF HER BLOOD AND SPIRIT, THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

    This is a lady who, IMV, has received a unique and perfect education in the fields and arenas of human endeavor that are required for her lofty calling and vocation–a precious and singular education for a special task and mantle that is being laid on her shoulders by the Providence of the All-Highest!!


    • Laddie_Blah_Blah

      Good morning Brianus.

      I am reading, for the first time, "The Persecution of Sarah Palin" by Mathew Continetti.  It is a solid piece of reporting on the wilding of Sarah Palin by the unhinged Left and their whacko cohorts in the dishonest media.  Gov. Palin’s integrity and strength were sorely tested in those times, and she was not helped by McCain’s principle campaign operatives, who come across as ill-informed, unprepared, and utterly inept, and simply not up to the job.

      I keep looking for the score of the Raiders’ game this morning, but haven’t been able to find it, as yet.  It must be out there, somewhere.  

      • BrianusBerkleianus


        Yes, I shall keep hunting for that Raiders score … if we search long and hard enough we may find it!!!

        Thanks too for the remarks on Continetti’s book.

        Have a great day, Laddie, and a great week–A’s-Nats World Series 2013!!!

  • ZH100

     Excellent read!

    ‘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.

  • 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

     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."

  • ZH100

    ‘Poll: Americans Reject Crony Capitalism, 3-1′

    From the article:

    "In a recent Boston Herald column, pollster Scott Rasmussen of Rasmussen Reports cited poll findings that show strong bipartisan opposition to cronyism and its effects on free markets."


    Long before "crony capitalism" became a topic of national debate Gov. Palin has fought against corruption and crony capitalism.

    Taking on corruption and crony capitalism has always been a cornerstone of Gov. Palin’s agenda.

    Here are some links with information about Gov.Palin’s consistent fight against corruption and crony capitalism.

    ‘Institutionalizing Crony Capitalism’   (by Governor Palin)  

    From the article:
    "We need to be on our guard against such crony capitalism. We fought against distortion of the market in Alaska when we confronted “Big Oil,” or more specifically some of the players in the industry and in political office, who were taking the 49th state for a ride.
    My administration challenged lax rules that seemed to allow corruption, and we even challenged the largest corporation in the world at the time for not abiding by provisions in contracts it held with the state. When it came time to craft a plan for a natural gas pipeline, we insisted on transparency and a level playing field to ensure fair competition.

    Our reforms helped reduce politicians’ ability to play favorites and helped clean up corruption. We set up stricter oversight offices and ushered through a bi-partisan ethics reform bill. Far from being against necessary reform, I embrace it. "

    ‘Crony Capitalism on Steroids from GE to Solyndra’ (by Governor Palin)

    From the article:

    "This crony capitalism and government waste is at the heart of our economic problems. It will destroy us if we don’t root it out. It’s not just a Democrat problem or a Republican problem. It’s a problem of our permanent political class."

    ‘How Congress Occupied Wall Street’  (by Governor Palin)

    ‘Palin: Congress, it’s time to stop lining your pockets’ (by Governor Palin)

    ‘Governor Palin’s Consistent Fight against Corruption and Crony Capitalism’  (by Whitney Pitcher)

    From the article:

    "Governor Palin’s strong stance against crony capitalism, bureaucrats picking winners and losers, and a lack of transparency is not just words; it’s action.

    Citizen candidates do indeed bring a fresh perspective to a campaign and even to public office. However, there is something to be said for someone who took on corruption while in elected office. Such an individual has governed or legislated in an atmosphere of corruption, back room deals, and cronyism and has not only weathered such an atmosphere, but has effected change for the better. It is one thing to act as a citizen watchdog; it is another to make sure that legislation and projects are transparent and are void of back room deals and crony capitalism. Governor Palin is such a person."

    ‘Some of Sarah Palin’s Ideas Cross the Political Divide’ (by Anand Giridharadas)

    From the article:

    "But something curious happened when Ms. Palin strode onto the stage last weekend at a Tea Party event in Indianola, Iowa. Along with her familiar and predictable swipes at President Barack Obama and the “far left,” she delivered a devastating indictment of the entire U.S. political establishment — left, right and center — and pointed toward a way of transcending the presently unbridgeable political divide. "

    ‘How Governor Palin Reformed Alaska’s Ethics Laws and Made Crony Capitalism a Crime’ (by Gary P)

    From the article:

    "With all of the talk of corruption and crony capitalism these days, this is a great time to talk about some of the things Sarah Palin did to reform Alaska politics. She worked with the Alaska Legislature to pass tough, sweeping ethics reform "

    ‘Dan Mitchell of the Cato Institute praises Sarah Palin for highlighting Washington’s rampant crony capitalism ‘

    ‘How Palin Beat Alaska’s Establishment’ (WSJ)

    From the article:

    "If you’ve read the press coverage of Sarah Palin, chances are you’ve heard plenty about her religious views and private family matters. If you want to know what drives Gov. Palin’s politics, and has intrigued America, read this."

    ‘Sarah takes on Big Oil: The compelling story of Governor Sarah Palin’s battle with Alaska’s
    ‘Big 3′ oil companies’
    (by Kay Cashman and Kristen Nelson)

    Gov. Palin’s successful efforts to stop the cronyism and reform the energy business in Alaska were so impressive Kay Cashman, the publisher and executive editor of Petroleum News, wrote the book entitled: “Sarah Takes On Big Oil” .

    This is a must read for anyone who wants to understand the leadership Sarah Palin has exhibited in the area of reforming government and industry.

    • BrianusBerkleianus

      Thanks again, ZH!!

      I predict that the momentous and fateful speech of 3 September, 2011 in Indianola, Iowa, the Crony Capitalism oration, will constitute "winged words" that will EVENTUALLY, in the "fullness of time," elevate the Governor to the White House … and to an undying place in the hearts and minds of her countrymen/women …

      … even though, in the SHORT RUN, it MAY have been the principal factor in blocking a POTUS run for 2012!!

      God bless.

      • ZH100

         You are welcome, Brianus.

      • Pete Petretich

        The combination of "zero corporate tax" plus "zero corporate welfare" will appeal to many people, but it needs to be reiterated. Perhaps this could be done through an interested Congressman or Senator and written into an actual bill which people could then debate and post on the Internet?

        Can we call that the Indianola Plan?

        • BrianusBerkleianus

          I like the name "Indianola Plan"; thanks, Pete!!

  • ernst1776

    Amazing how "Game Change", thus Sarah Palin, dominated the Globe awards (whatever they are).
    They so fear her and us… It gives me greater hope for the future.

    • BrianusBerkleianus

      Thanks, ernst!!!

      They FEAR her like no public figure since Ronald Reagan, IMV!!

      Great days, I believe, great years, lie ahead for Sarah and for all of us.

      God bless!!

    • Pete Petretich

      Considering that there are so many other, more substantial, more international new films around, the entire Golden Globes process seems singularly obsessed with our Sarah…

  • ZH100

    ‘Golden Globes Heap More Awards on Palin-Bashing ‘Game Change’

    From the article:

    "Any objective viewer would tell you the HBO telefilm "Game Change" was a mess, a poorly orchestrated hit piece on Sarah Palin that bordered on parody while pretending to tell a political cautionary tale.

    That isn’t stopping the entertainment industry from heaping award atop award on the film.

    Tonight, the Golden Globes gave "Game Change" three major prizes – best television movie/miniseries, best actor and best actress in a television movie or miniseries."

    • BrianusBerkleianus

      The "world" rewards its own.


      MAGNA EST VERITAS ET PRAEVALEBIT–Great is Truth, and She Shall Prevail!!

      Thank you, ZH!

      • 2C714

        "The world rewards its own."   So true, Brian!

  • wodiej

    "Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong."  1 Corinthians 16:13

    • BrianusBerkleianus

      Thank you, wodiej!!

      Have a great day!

      • wodiej

        yw Brian…and you as well.

  • wodiej
  • ZH100

    Some interesting links about the fiction hit-piece movie "Game Change".

    Winning an Emmy by Gaming the Truth.

    ‘Game Change’ Explained?: Bombshell ’08 Memo Details Plan to Save Steve Schmidt

    Schmidt Memos Prove ‘Game Change’ Author was Targeted to Save His “Reputation”

    HBO’s “Game Change” Creates A New Film Genre–Histrionic, Historical Fiction

    Game Change': Palin Breakdown Meme Crushed by Facts

    Top 10 Lies of HBO’s ‘Game Change’

    HURT: ‘Game Change’ celebrates Washington narcissism

    Thank You for Your Generous Contribution to Attacking Sarah Palin

    ‘Game Change’ Tries to Rewrite Palin and Fails

    The real ‘Game Change’ isn’t a movie

    Palin Aides Slam HBO’s ‘Game Change’ – Media Roundup – Update

    McCain: Game Change Book ‘Totally Untrue’

    Whom Do You Believe: HBO or Secret Service?

    Whom Do You Believe: HBO or Exit Polls?

    Whom Do You Believe? HBO or Gallup?

    SarahPAC Responds to ‘Game Change’ Slur, Slams Film as ‘Fact Change’

    McCain Finally Assails ‘Game Change’

  • wodiej

    Judge Jeanine goes off on Journal News about revealing gun owner names. Btw….this was on Fox News. You won’t see it on any other news channel.

    (Please do not chastise me if this has already been posted. I had not seen it yet and others haven’t either.)

    • BrianusBerkleianus

      Thanks again, wodiej.  I saw Judge Jeanine the other day, and thought she was great!!

      • wodiej

        yw Brian.

    • Don

      I just have to wonder though if she would have been so upset if it had happened in L.A. and her name had not been included.

      Just the opinion of a dumb ole (Natural Born Citizen)
      country boy.

  • wodiej

    Robbery victim thanks good Samaritans for catching attacker w help from German Shepherd–186572461.html

  • wodiej
  • wodiej

    BOR goes off on Hawaii social system encouraging food stamps/welfare.  Where else but Fox news will one see this? Nowhere I bet.

    • c4pfan

      And nothing will change.

  • jerseymark

    In today’s passage from C.S. Lewis’ book, “The Problem of Pain”, Mr. Lewis answers an interesting question that does not get asked directly but is the implication of our handling of the subject of Heaven, that question being “Is it wrong to want Heaven?” You might at first think the answer is obviously “No!” but let’s see what would cause Mr. Lewis to address the point.

    “We are very shy nowadays of even mentioning heaven. We are afraid of the jeer about ‘pie in the sky’, and of being told that we are trying to ‘escape’ from the duty of making a happy world here and now into dreams of a happy world elsewhere. But either there is ‘pie in the sky’ or there is not. If there is not, then Christianity is false, for this doctrine is woven into its whole fabric. If there is, then this truth, like any other, must be faced, whether it is useful at political meetings or no.
    Again, we are afraid that heaven is a bribe, and that if we make it our goal we shall no longer be disinterested. It is not so. Heaven offers nothing that a mercenary soul can desire. It is safe to tell
    the pure in heart that they shall see God, for only the pure in heart want to. There are rewards that do not sully motives. A man’s love for a woman is not mercenary because he wants to marry her, nor his love for poetry mercenary because he wants to read it, not his love of exercise less disinterested because he wants to run and leap and walk. Love, by definition, seeks to enjoy its object.”

    There are two issues raised here that often confronts a Christian’s talk of and belief in a heavenly
    hereafter – “escapism” and “bribery”. We have all heard a phase like “He’s so Heavenly focused, he’s no Earthly good.” While this can be an individual problem, especially among those who
    are young in the Lord, it is a false stereotype used by the world when confronted with a committed Christian. Point of fact, however, is that Christians have done more good in the world, elevating the
    quality of life of more people, eliminating the predominance of slavery and providing for the care and nurture of the sick and those less fortunate among us than any other group in the history of the world. Christians are responsible for the development of hospitals as well as the universities of higher learning. It is BECAUSE Christians have the sincere hope and certainty of an eternity with God that we are free to look outside ourselves and take risks and make sacrifices for the betterment of others. Christians know the answers to the biggest philosophical questions and just as it is not God’s will that any should perish but that all come to a saving knowledge of Jesus
    Christ, Christians typically want to share those answers with others. After all a man who is drowning is of little help to another drowning man.

    Now, with regard to the issue of bribery, I don’t think there can be a more ridiculous charge leveled
    against Christians. Is there self-interest involved in one’s commitment to Jesus? Absolutely. Many folks have been convicted of their sin by preachers of Hellfire and motivated by their fear of
    eternity in Hell to turn to Jesus, but that response is the only rational one if one accepts the existence of Hell as that decision and its consequences are quite individual in nature, which is to say that each individual must answer for himself. Whether it is to avoid Hell or simply to make sense of life, the life-changing commitment to Jesus, being “born again” of the Spirit, establishes a
    relationship with Him with love as its foundation. We realize that it is His love for us that placed Him on that Cross in our place which results in our love for Him in return, understanding our own
    unworthiness as well as the grace of God shed upon us. IT IS ONLY AFTER this relationship is established that Heaven begins to take on a sense of reality to us. Ask any nonbeliever (and some “Christians”) whether they are going to Heaven when they die and they will almost
    certainly say that they “hope so” while having no idea in their mind what Heaven has in store. It is only after one has a personal relationship with God and through a study of His Word that the
    concept of Heaven gains any substance whatsoever. Therefore, the rewards of Heaven cannot be considered bribery to make an honest commitment to Jesus. Furthermore, should one approach the “commitment” from the attitude that one is simply hedging his bets or that Heaven is part of some “deal” with God, you can rest assured that God will not be mocked and that person will hear those words “I don’t know you. Depart from me.”

    • BrianusBerkleianus

      Thank you so much, Jerseymark, and, if I have not said it to you already, Happy New Year!!

      I think that an element in the beauty of the life of Sarah is that she radiates Heaven and its joy and peace with her every word and act.  In a sense she has already begun to dwell in the Celestial Halls while still living on Earth too.

      How else to explain the way she has come essentially untouched through the fire of one of the most brutal and merciless campaigns of lying and slander in our nation’s history?!?

      Many non-believers will look at her and at her beautiful life, and say to themselves, "If THIS is the kind of person I will meet if I make it to Heaven, then I want to go to Heaven."

      The Governor has done so much already both for the EARTHLY "CITY" and for the HEAVENLY CITY.

      And she is only just beginning, IMHO.

      God bless!!!

      • jerseymark

        There definitely is an aura about her as she seems to get more beautiful the older she gets – surely God’s grace shining down upon her. Definitely a new year – I don’t know how happy it is going to be.

  • wodiej
  • wodiej

    Student yelled at for criticizing obama.  Again…who reported this? Yep, Fox  news again.

  • technopeasant

    Some tidbits from the playoff games over the weekend:

    1) It was mentioned by a few pundits that Tom Brady was 6-6 in his last 12 playoff games. Well here is something you might not get anywhere else. Yesterday’s game was the first game in the last 6 playoff games where Brady has not thrown an interception. Hope that trend continues.

    2) In every playoff game in the wild card round and divisional round where one team won the turnover margin that team won (5 of 5). Three games were even.

    3) Peyton Manning is now tied with Bret Favre with the most playoff loses in NFL history (11).

    4) Russell Wilson is the next Drew Brees. Here is where the NFL is so hypocritical. The pundits tout the talents of Brees incessantly all over the media  but then refuse to have any interest "in the next Brees" because that would mean strongly considering drafting a QB 6 feet tall or shorter.

    5) Matt Schaub is at best an above average QB. His career passer rating is over 90 which puts him in the top 15 all time in NFL history. And he played up to expectations.

    But here’s the bottom line: Given two teams are fairly equal (which I consider the Texans and the Patriots minus the QB’s) for the Texans to win that game Brady would have had to play BELOW HIS TALENT, which honestly he had done quite a bit recently in the playoffs. When Tom Brady plays up to his talent or ability or even close to it, the Pats are invariably going to win the game.

    6) Did anyone feel after the Atlanta Falcons came back in the last few seconds to win the game against the Seattle Seahawks that it was a bit surreal? It reminded me in the TV series "24″ where Jack Bauer saved America from a nuclear warhead hitting US soil and then a representative of the White House ordered his assassination for having offended the Chinese Communists.

    Or to put it another way: Do most people in America remember today how wonderful Russell Wilson was yesterday or do they remember Matt Ryan’s last minute drive to win the game?

    7) Speaking of Matt Ryan he has played in 4 playoff games.and never thrown for more than 250 yards in those games, never had a 100+ QB passer rating. Russell Wilson threw for 385 yards and had a 109.1 passer rating in his playoff debut.

    8) Colin Kaepernick, like Tim Tebow last year, set a NFL playoff record in his playoff debut rushing for more yards as a QB than any other in history (also more than in the regular season as well).

    But let’s compare Kaepernick’s debut performance against the Packers vs. Tebow’s debut performance against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2011 playoffs:

                                 COMP  ATT     %     PASS YD  TD  INT  PASSER RAT  RUSH YRDS

    KAEPERNICK       17        31      54.8     263          2     1        91.2                  181

    TEBOW                 10        21      47.6     316          2     0      125.6                   50  

    And as we know Kaepernick is now the toast of the town based on his performance on Saturday while Tim Tebow is considered persona non grata and not worthy to be a starting QB in the NFL. Don’t let anyone try to convince you life is fair.

    Incidentally Tebow’s debut in terms of passer rating was even better than Russell Wilson’s.

    Having said that the Broncos did lose in a most spectacular and embarrassing and miraculous way on Saturday reminding me of the Music City Miracle 12 years ago (surrendering a last minute 72 yard bomb to take the game into overtime).

    9) The transformation of Ray Lewis from sinner to saint over the past 12 years proves the power of propaganda whether it be politics, sports or the entertainment industry.

    Barack Obama: being transformed of being an associate of 60’s radicals and fellow travelers and being heavily involved in Marxist politics to being an American liberal nice guy (high likeability rating) who truly empathizes with what Americans have to deal with life on a daily basis.

    Ray Lewis: Being accused of murder to now being embraced in public by Commissioner Roger Goodell on the sidelines before the Ravens game against the Colts and widely acclaimed for his football prowess and his hiring by ESPN next year as a football pundit.

    10) Via Rich Eisen: First time since 1986-1987 that the same two teams have faced each other in the AFC Championship. Those obsessed with parity will take delight in that fact but here’s my take: Football playoffs are exciting but when there are 16 teams in the conference and you have the potential of being "one and done" in the playoffs it makes it more likely that the same two teams aren’t going to face each other. Incredible odds.

    • BrianusBerkleianus

      Thanks as always, techno!!

    • c4pfan

      I hope the Patriots lose!

      • technopeasant

        Unlike the oddmakers, I do not take the Baltimore Ravens lightly.

        But I will say this: At the beginning of the season the Pats were consistently be beaten deep by offenses, especially in Seattle.

        But since then head coach Bill Belichick has remedied that, especially with the addition of Talib and moving McCourty to safety.

        But Joe Flacco’s forte is throwing the long ball.

        Should be a great game. For the Ravens to win imho, Flacco needs to complete 2 or 3 deep balls.

    • TexS2012

      Heard on ESPN today. Peter Tebow, brother of Tim Tebow tweets,
      "Am I the only one in Denver whose happy now."
      ESPN – Last Laugh? Karma, for getting rid of Tim?

  • misterlogic0013

    reality = extremely difficult to stop Sorros .. he wields major influence around the world especially in America, only way to stop him is to stop spending national strike / one month America stops .. not complicated, have enough fuel to get to Arizona desert, have enough food to eat, water to drink, millions will take the trip for Lady Liberty, Special Lady Sarah Palin / Tea Party .. draw the line in the sand ……..  whats the alternative ?  enough idle talk, America is being pushed into a box Soros owns, the only person whom you can depend on is you .. not complicated ..

    • Audrey_I

      Why does George Soros enjoy Jewish support?  He participated in the Holocaust and ratted out his Jewish acquaintances.  Perhaps, money can buy friends and cause others to look the other way. 

      • bucky321

        the answer my friend is jews are liberals first, second, third, etc. 

      • Don

        I can’t really answer your question since I am not Jewish, but in my opinion, American Jews are not the same as Jews in Israel. I can’t explain the difference.

        Just the opinion of a dumb ole (Natural Born Citizen)
        country boy.

      • jerseymark

        Well, as God said several times, "They are a stiff-necked people." 

      • misterlogic0013

              perhaps with an exclamation mark .. /  fight the good fight end of day facts stand ..  

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