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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.

  • ZH100

    ‘Setting the Record Straight – Sarah Palin and Sex Education’

    From the article:

    "NPR got it wrong back in 2008. As did the The Washington Post, MSNBC, ABC News and The Wallstreet Journal .Unfortunately, many feminists have followed the misinformation of the mainstream media."

  • ZH100

     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

     ‘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.

  • ZH100

    Gov.Palin played a central role during the 2010 election; she basically spearheaded the 2010 victory with her endorsements and rallies all over the country.

    ‘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."

  • Pete Petretich
    • c4pfan

      Thanks for posting.

  • Pete Petretich

    I am not a gun owner so I shouldn’t fill this out. If you are, then this looks like a convenient one-stop site to make your voice heard:

    "Ruger: TAKE ACTION NOW!"

  • Pete Petretich

    "Obama: Israel Doesn’t Know What Its Best Interests Are"

  • Pete Petretich

    Uh-oh, don’t let Sibelius hear about this one…

    "Parma councilman wants to introduce deer contraception to the city"

    • wodiej

      I don’t see what is wrong w doing this.  Deer are overpopulated and are hunted or die of starvation. 

      • Pete Petretich

        Hunting is a natural and normal reaction, especially for hungry people. I live in a gun controled region like Chicago.

        • wodiej

          I would be interested to see statistics on how many actually use deer for their food needs or donate it. 

          • Elwanda Burrell

             A lot of people where I live use deer for food!!!!

  • wodiej

    ?"For we walk by faith, not by sight.’ 2 Corinthians 5:7

  • wodiej
  • wodiej

    Rep from Texas threatens impeachment if obama used exec order for gun legislation

  • ZH100

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


    Master List of Governor Palin’s 2012 Accomplishments

    Master List of Governor Palin’s 2011 Accomplishments

    Master List of Governor Palin’s 2010 Accomplishments

    Master List of Governor Palin’s 2009 Accomplishments

    Gubernatorial Accomplishments 2006 – 2008

    Oil and Gas Conservation Commission 2003 – 2004

    City of Wasilla, Mayor 1996 – 2002

    Wasilla City Council 1992 – 1996

    KTUU Sportscasting 1987 – 1992

    Commercial Fishing

    Athletic Accomplishments

    Hunting and Subsistence Fishing

    Marriage and Family

  • polarfan

    Rush is right!

    Of course with not fighting back and with stabbing other conservatives in the back this stupid party opened the floodgates to left-wing propaganda and radical liberals!  This is about the destruction of the GOP and not only conservatives…

    As COLON and the Golden Globe Awards showed us -they still fear Sarah… 

    • Pete Petretich

      Did he talk about why Sarah scares the Bush Clan? Remember, they only want Jeb to be POTUS before Barbara dies.

      The only reason the GOP lost both the 2008 and 2012 elections was because of the nefarious scheming of the Bush Clan!

      (My guess is that Rush would be afraid to say this, alas…)

    • wodiej

      What do you expect when even so called Tea Party people on blogs stab each other in the back?

      • Ron Brown

        That used to bother me a lot more than it does now. I’ve learned that people can "claim" to be anything they want to claim. (Tea Party, conservative, Christian, etc, etc) In the end, people are what they are, not what they claim to be.

        Because of this I fully understand why Governor Palin says that polls are for strippers and cross country skiing.

      • ZH100

        Unfortunately, some so-called conservatives and some so-called conservative media , Ron Paul supporters ,etc  also trashed and vilified Gov.Palin.

        • bedr1

          Not true, SOME Ron Paul supporters came out against Palin because she joined McCain on the ticket and they believe McCain is an establishment jerk and he is. So they then accused Sarah of being establishment as well. One of Ron Paul’s top supporters in Iowa in 2008 switched to Palin in 2012 and was one of the lead people in the whole country to get her to run was a Ron Paul supporter in 2008, then switched to Palin in 2012. In addition, after this election cycle, you can go to most any Paul site and you will get 95% positive feedback on Sarah, mainly because Palin tried her best to stop Mitt Golden Globes Romney. In addition, other Ron Paul supporters came to Sarah Palins defense, used actual data on her records, etc. to crush her detractors. There are hundreds of thousands of Ron Paul supporters that are Palin supporters, I’ve met a whole bunch. There are also anti-Paul people on this site that pushed stinking Mitt I dont really want to be President Romney over Ron Paul, that’s insane and I wonder if they are just embedded here to stop tea party and liberty movement. To Pigeon hole an entire group of people is wrong, I know far more Romney, and Rick Santorum supporters that trashed Palin and actually Romney and Santorum himself, you never heard Ron Paul trash Sarah Palin, last comment Ron Paul made about Sarah was "she is a very smart woman"

          • ZH100

            During the 2008 election many Ron Paul supporters trashed and smeared Gov.Palin .

            I’ve read their comments about Gov.Palin and there comments were terrible and false. Many of them didn’t knew about Gov.Palin’s accomplishments and her fight against corruption and crony capitalism.

            During this election cycle things changed and now some Ron Paul supporters are supporting Gov.Palin.

            Anyway, Gov.Palin is not Ron Paul in a skirt; Gov.Palin has a long record of accomplishment and has a record as a bipartisan reformer.

            • bedr1

              As I said, many did, many didn’t – mainly because she joined McCain.

              Ron Paul supporters don’t trust a whole lot of people, and good reason look at our government. Those same supporters who trashed Palin for joining McCain also trashed Rand Paul for backing Romney while his father was still running, they are fairly consistent in their distrust of anything establishment. Alaska bipartisan support is a whole lot different than Washington politics and bipartisan support, I don’t think anybody thinks that bipartisan support by Beohner was good, in Washington you don’t make deals to get along, you face the machine and do what’s right. The bottom line, you can’t take a few posters on a Ron Paul site because they don’t like Sarah or Rand Paul and classify a whole group of people based on that. If you ever want to win, your going to need those young Paul supporters on your side, they are the future of the GOP, the old guard is dying off. Paul people now control GOP State Party organizations in Iowa, Maine, Nevada, Alaska, Washington St., Louisiana, New Hampshire, and Colorado, they have huge footprints in State Party Organizations in Texas, Michigan, Kentucky, Missouri, Arizona, N. Dakota, and Utah. As Sarah said, don’t diss and ignore Ron Paul supporters, to do so is to your own detriment.

              • ZH100

                I don’t "diss" Ron Paul supporters; many Ron Paul supporters dissed Gov.Palin during the 2008 election and after. That is a fact . 

                Anyway, as I already said,Gov.Palin is not Ron Paul in a skirt. Gov.Palin has a long record of accomplishment and has a record as a bipartisan reformer. And I am not talking about Boehner.

          • ZH100

            "I know far more Romney, and Rick Santorum supporters that trashed Palin
            and actually Romney and Santorum himself, you never heard Ron Paul trash
            Sarah Palin,"


            I never heard Romney trash Gov.Palin.

            " you never heard Ron Paul trash Sarah Palin"

            ‘Ron Paul attacks Sarah Palin as ‘country club’ Republican’

            From the article:

            " As for soon-to-be departing Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, Paul dismisses her supporters as "more establishment, conventional Country-Club type of Republicans."


  • jerseymark

    As you likely gather by now, Mr. Lewis had a lot to say about Heaven with discussion in at least three of his books. So far we have seen the subject taken up in “The Weight of Glory” and “The Problem of Pain” and this time we read a passage from “Mere Christianity:

    “Hope is one of the Theological virtues. This means that the continual looking forward to the eternal world is not (as some modern people think) a form of escapism or wishful thinking, but one of the things a Christian is meant to do. It does not mean that we are to leave the present world as it is. If you read history you will find that the Christians who did most for the present world were just those who thought most of the next. The Apostles themselves, who set on foot the conversion of the Roman Empire, the great men who built up the Middle Ages, the English Evangelicals who abolished the Slave Trade, all left their mark on Earth, precisely because their minds were occupied with Heaven. It is since Christians have largely ceased to think of the other world that
    they have become to ineffective in this. Aim at Heaven and you will get Earth ‘thrown in': aim at Earth and you will get neither. It seems a strange rule, but something like it can be seen at work in other matters. Health is a great blessing, but the moment you make health one of your main, direct objects you start becoming a crank and imagining there is something wrong with you. You are only likely to get health provided you want other things more – food, games, work, fun, open air. In the same way, we shall never save civilization as long as civilization is our main object. We must learn to want something else even more.”

    Well, it looks like yesterday, I jumped the gun a little getting ahead of Mr. Lewis on the issue of escapism. If you will consider it, it has only been the many cults that have come and gone that have essentially withdrawn from the world waiting for “the end”. Much of what has gone wrong in the history of the Church had very little to do with Christians. During the tail end of the Dark Ages and into the Middle Ages, the Church was the singular power on Earth, as the Pope had the power to make or brake kings. Charlemagne’s whole claim of authority in about 800 AD was the favor and anointing from the Pope. It is through the Church that the “Divine Right of Kings” came into existence. Much of this was good at the time because it provided order out of chaos but what it also did was attract a lot of men who were much more interested in the power and authority that the Church provided those within its ranks. As a result, the Church became just another vehicle to social and political power which inevitably led to a great deal of corruption as the leaders became more focused on their own power here on Earth to the exclusion of a focus on Heaven. After a while, the Holy Spirit concluded that it could not work effectively in spreading the Word through the Church as it existed then so the Holy Spirit determined it was time for a change and the Reformation happened which led to great moves of the Spirit which reoriented peoples’ heads and hearts back to God and Heaven. The Catholic Church fought this move as it saw its monopoly evaporating with the rapid growth of the various Protestant denominations and it took a while, but the Catholic Church did come around and be led by men whose focus was on God rather than their own power.

    However, what we have seen from those Protestant denominations that came to be in the Reformation in the last hundred years has once again seen corruption rear its ugly head, not in the same fashion as the Catholic Church of centuries ago, but in a very subtle manner. Since those denominations did not have the levers of political power or resources that the Catholic Church had enjoyed back then, many folks realized that they provided an avenue to have an impact upon the way people think and as such, move society in the direction they wanted. Over time, these denominations became controlled by ideological progressives who were essentially political activists who sought to use the authority of their denominations to move American society away from God and toward socialism. Some of you may be howling at that statement but I defy you to prove it wrong as the Presbyterians, Methodists and Lutherans, have gone far, far astray from their founders and represent the most politically Liberal, even socialistic segment of our society. They did not gain their positions due to a focus and commitment on God’s Word or Heaven but rather through their political activism within the denominational structure. Those denominations have collectively moved to cast doubt on the Bible as well as cast doubt on the deity of Jesus questioning His bodily resurrection. They have systematically sought to wean
    their members from the very foundations of Christianity, focusing instead on their programs. They are the force behind the silence about Heaven and the ineffectiveness that Mr. Lewis refers to. BUT the Holy Spirit is not fooled or mocked as those denominations are dying and have been in decline for a few decades now. Instead, the Holy Spirit has reinvigorated the Catholic Church in many ways and has created a new reformation as well with the Pentecostal movement that began with the beginning of the 20th century and has blossomed in the last decade or so in Africa, China and Russia. And Pentecostals are definitely focused on Heaven..

    I will end this discussion with Scripture. First of all, the Conclusion to Revelation includes the
    statement “Behond, I am coming quickly! Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophesy of this book” (Revelation 22:7). Second, “For the grace that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that , denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of out great God and Savior Jesus Christ.” (Titus 2:11-13). And finally, “Therefore, since all there things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved being on fire, and the elements will melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.” (2 Peter 3: 11-13)

    • BHappy

      Jerseymark, I know it was a while ago that you wrote this and I am late in replying. But I have always felt that the only way to help anyone or to make a difference in the world is by spreading the true gospel of grace, the gospel of Jesus Christ, his death for us on the cross and his resurrection.

      I try to only donate to charities that have a gospel component, but many of these are now being inundated with the "social gospel." A person has to be vigilant.

      Jesus is and always has been the answer. Keeping our eyes on him and what God is doing in our world is the key. For 2013, I have chosen to seek peace, love and joy in my life. As 2012 was so stressful and I have found my heart so hardened. Only the Holy Spirit knows how He will manifest those gifts in my life. But I have decided to give Him free reign.

      • jerseymark

        Very true Ginny. As I have written before, I believe that the end times scenario dictates that this country be taken out of the picture as far as Israel’s defender is concerned. With us out, Russia et als would immediately see the course clear to come against Israel as prophesied. As such, we need to appreciate the possibility that God is effectively done with this nation and its demise is His will leading to the Rapture and beyond. I personally believe that the Rapture is the event that takes the U.S. out of the picture as the chaos would be unprecedented. Fortunately, we do not know His timetable and maybe, His grace will allow us one last push under the leadership of Sarah. It is His will that will be done and we just need to accept what comes in that vein. 

        • BHappy

          Always enjoy your posts

  • wodiej
    • c4pfan

      But, let the GOP will never cut funding it anyway.

  • Elwanda Burrell

    It seems to me, the GOP does not want or will they even try to win another Presidential election!!!!

    • wodiej

      Based on what?

      • Elwanda Burrell

        Their inability to lead and they never learn from their mistakes….they get worse and worse and worse!!!

      • TexS2012

        The NY Senate is proving that passing Cuomo’s gun bill. Republicians supporting/voting for it.

      • Audrey_I

        Eleanda Burrell is correct.  The Republican Party Establishment is comfortable with their minority status.  The Republican Party Establishment wants to protect the Republicans in the Ruling Class. 

        1. The Republican Establishment cooperated with the mainstream media to discredit Sarah Palin.

        2.  The Republican Establishment has done everything in their power to marginalize the Tea Party.

        3.  The Republican Establishment gave us Mitt Romney.

        4.  Mitt Romney ran a lackluster presidential campaign.  The Romney presidential campaign was probably the worst campaign in over a hundred years. 

        5.  John Boehner has fired leading conservatives from important committees.

        6.  The Republican Establishment refuses to criticize Obama. 

    • c4pfan

      They don’t.

  • golfmom3

    Here’s more detail on the secret email EPA scandal:

    "Problems begin with the cover letter, which states not the promised (to the court) first delivery of “approximately 3,000? but “more than 2,100 emails received or sent” by Jackson, on what EPA insists is her one non-public account."

    "First, 2,100 is two-thirds of the way to the agency’s commitment (possibly the agency [EPA] also will determine two-thirds of 12,000 is sufficient, although we have our doubts). Perhaps seeking to take the air out of a growing scandal, EPA’s defective compilation boasts an impressively anemic content-to-volume ratio. It starts with Washington Post daily news briefs, then follows with Google alerts for “Lisa Jackson EPA” (none for “Richard Windsor”). Then EPA HQ national news clips. And so on. Rope a dope. Clever. Maybe too much so."


  • golfmom3

    But, also troubling, this is Fox News’ summary of the situation presumably from the statement released by the attorney who is due the documents, with NO mention of the essentially "junk mail" content.  This is NOT journalism.

    "The Environmental Protection Agency released roughly 4,000 pages of documents Monday in response to a request for information about possible secret emails by former Administrator Lisa Jackson, but the agency provided only a portion of the information promised by a court-approved date, according to a Washington attorney.

    The attorney, Chris Horner, a senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, said the EPA provided about 2,000 of the roughly 3,000 emails promised, and they were not in chronological order.

    “This response is deeply troubling and seems to have gravely compounded the unlawful activity we have exposed, involving a false identity assumed for federal recordkeeping purposes,” Horner said in a prepared statement. “The EPA’s defective compilation (also) boasts an impressively anemic content-volume ratio.”

    Read more:

    • c4pfan

      There is no journalism!  It’s dead.

      • wodiej

        Despite the imperfections of Fox News, it is much better than the liberal stations.

        • golfmom3

          No, it’s not. It’s almost worse because people like you place implicit trust in what they report — in which case, reporting becomes a sacred trust. Their "sins" of BOTH omission and commission are all the more egregious when the advertising byline is "News you can trust".

          • bedr1

            I agree, it’s worst to think a news source is on your side.

          • wodiej

            I don’t place implicit trust in anyone but God.  All I am saying is Fox is better than any of the others and it’s better than nothing.

            • golfmom3

              That was not a criticism of you, that was a criticism of Fox News.  It is not better than any of the others because it shades its journalism by omission of details.  I am beginning to realize that it is not better than nothing because it is not what it purports to be.  Which is more devious: a known enemy that intends to harm you or a "friend" that intends to harm you?  Fox News does more harm in not telling the whole story or slanting political coverage to Romney because people assume Fox News is on their side.  Fox News has to answer the Saudis (largest stockholder) — that tells a lot.

        • Elwanda Burrell

          Fox News decides who they want the GOP nominee to be and everyone else is dirt….just like them.

        • ZH100

          I agree. Foxnews is better then the lib stations and  they offer a "counterweight" to the lib news.But I don’t trust them. Not all, but some pundits at Foxnews worked against Gov.Palin and also smeared her and told falsehoods about Gov.Palin.

  • technopeasant

    As you know the greater majority if not all pundits have an agenda and thus more often than not slant or manipulate stats to suit their own purposes and don’t give you the unvarnished truth.

    Well folks I am NOT a pundit and thus am going to reveal to you certain NFL quarterback stats which you probably are NOT going to get anywhere else, and quite a few of them honestly you may find counterintuitive. So without further adieu:

    a) The quarterback passer rating is considered determinative in terms of separating elite QB’s from good or mediocre QB’s. And I would contend even more so in the playoffs. And anything about 100 in passer rating in a game is considered really good. So you would expect elite QB’s to have a higher percentage of games in which they have a passer rating above 100, especially in the playoffs.

    Here is an astonishing stat:

    Peyton Manning, considered one of the greatest QB’s in all time has only exceeded a passer rating of 100 five times in his 20 playoff starts (25%) and to boot is 2 of 13 (15.4%) in his last 13 playoff games.

    In contrast in the regular season P Manning is 92 of 224 (41.1%),

    Clear evidence that Manning has "wilted" in the post-season and is not playing anywhere near an elite level when the post-season arrives.

    b) In contrast Peyton’s brother Eli has upped his game in the playoffs posting a 100+ PR in 5 of his 11 playoff starts (45.5%) while in the regular season he is 37 of 135 starts (27.4%).

    Strange how two brothers could be complete opposites in the regular season vs post-season.

    c) With this one stat a case for Joe Montana being the greatest post-season QB ever. Not only did he post 12 games where he had a passer rating of 100+ in his 23 starts (52.2%), he posted 8 such games in a row between 1988–1990 which may never come close to being challenged ever.

    The QB who is touted to being as good as Montana or even better, Tom Brady, has only posted 8 games in his career in which he had a passer rating over 100 in his 23 playoff games (34.8%) and has only done so for 3 playoff games in a row. By the way in his last 8 playoff games Brady has only passed the magic 100+ passer rating twice.

    d)Bottom line: Brady has not really perfomed at an elite level in the postseason since the conference championship game against the SD Chargers in 2007. In terms of TD and Interceptions in his last 8 games he has thrown 18 TD passes with 11 interceptions and posted an overall passer rating of 86.3. To boot in last 6 post-season games, the game against Houston this past Sunday was the first game in which Brady had not thrown an interception. Only once in Brady’s career (2002) in the regular season did he have a stretch where he threw interceptions in 5 consecutive games.

    I know Tom Brady is the toast of town again but which Brady is going to show up next Sunday? The Brady of the last 4 seasons or the Brady who played a clean game against Houston.

    If you are a Pats fan (which I am), it’s not as clear-cut as you might imagine.

    Incidentally in his last 8 playoff games is 4-4 and in those 8 games only twice did the Pats score more than 24 points. In the last 4 years the Pats in the regular season have scored 30+ points with ease on a consistent basis.

    In other words it is not as pronounced as Peyton Manning but I think an argument can be made Brady recently has underperformed in the playoffs and if he does so again next Sunday I could see the Ravens pulling the upset.

    e) And this brings me to Joe Flacco, QB of the Baltimore Ravens. Some critics and pundits have savaged Flacco’s abilities but here are the facts:

    1) In the regular season Flacco’s QB career passer rating is 86.3 which puts him top 20 all-time.

    2) He has won 54 of 80 games started (67.5) which puts him #8 all time in win percentage with QB’s who have started at least 50 games in the NFL.

    3) His interception per attempt ratio in the regular season at 2.28 is #6 all-time (assuming at least 1500 pass attempts).

    4) In the playoffs Flacco is 7-4 (63.6%) which puts him in the top 15 all time (minimum 10 starts) and his Int/attempt ratio is a respectable 2.63 which puts him in the top 5 all time (assuming at least 10 playoff games started).

    5) In the post-season Flacco is on a two game streak of posting a passer rating 100+ and in his last 4 games has not posted a PR under 95.4. And in his last 4 playoff games Flacco has thrown 9 TD passes with only 1 interception.

    Bottom line: An argument can be made that Flacco is a hotter QB than Tom Brady going into Sunday’s game.

    f) Here is a stat that has not gotten the publicity it deserves. Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks, a third round draft choice in 2012 (75th overall), set a NFL post season record for rookie QB’s by throwing for 385 yards in his game against Atlanta on Sunday. Think of how many rookie QB’s have started games in the playoffs over the past 80 years.

    Honestly, the whole scouting fraternity needs to be taken to task for being so far out to lunch in their evaluation of Wilson. He perhaps will be proven the #2 greatest QB steal next of course to Tom Brady who was taken in the 6th round.

    g) The focus is more on Colin Kaepernick who set the individual rushing record for QB’s (post-season or regular season) by rushing for 181 yards against the Green Bay Packers last Sunday. But what is even more impressive to me he led the 49ers to amass 579 yards in total offense which must be a record for one debuting in the playoffs.

    And although CK was drafted 36th in the second round of the 2011 NFL draft, every team needing a QB now had at least one shot at him. By the way Andy Dalton, QB of the Cincinnati Bengals was drafted one spot before Kaepernick.

    And taking the reverse approach in terms of analyzing Tom Brady, I wonder if Kaepernick’s one game success will carry over on the road in a domed stadium in a hostile environment. After all he has only started 8 games in the NFL.

    h) And this now takes me to Matt Ryan. Yes Ryan has not had the playoff success he has had during the regular season (71.8% winning percentage) and a phenomenal regular season record at home but I think it would be a huge mistake to discount the possibility of the Atlanta Falcons beating the SF 49ers next Sunday. Matt Ryan is no scrub. His 2.28 interceptions to attempts ratio puts him in a virtual tie with Joe Flacco and in the top 10 all time (assuming at least 1500 attempts). Also his regular season passer rating of 90.9 put him in the top 15 all time (assuming at least 1500 passing attempts).

    First the Baltimore Ravens were far more underdogs than the Falcons were and secondly the Falcons were underdogs to the Seattle Seahawks as well. Yes, many people may consider the Falcons very lucky indeed to pull out the victory against the Seahawks but It is quite possible the Falcons could be sky-high coming off that victory.

    i) And here is another reason to claim hypocrisy of the Denver Broncos trading away Tim Tebow. Here is a comparison of the stats between John Elway’s first start in the playoffs for the Broncos in the 1984 season vs. Tim Tebow’s start in 2011. Incidentally or coincidentally both Elway and Tebow faced the Pittsburgh Steelers at home.

    Final score (1984) Steelers 24 Broncos 17

    Final score (2011) Broncos 29 Steelers 23

                                          COMP        ATT       COMP%     YRDS     TDS    INT     PASSER RAT

    ELWAY                           19              37           51.4           184          2        2            61.1

    TEBOW                           10             21           47.6            316         2        0           125.6

    Although not a record for a playoff debut (Kurt Warner posted a 143.0 PR in his debut) here is a comparison of other top QB’s passer ratings in their first post season start:

    BRADY                            70.4

    BREES                           101.2

    FAVRE                           105.3

    RG III                                77.5

    KAEPERNICK                  91.2

    LUCK                               59.8

    E MANNING                    35.0

    P MANNING                    62.3

    MARINO                          77.6

    MONTANA                     104.8

    RODGERS                     121.4

    ROETHLISBERGER        57.8

    ROMO                              89.6

    RYAN                               72,8

    SANCHEZ                      139.4

    VICK                                78.2

    R WILSON                      92.9

    The comparisons to Tebow’s playoff debut speak for themselves.

    And as a reminder Tebow set 3 playoff records last January in his NFL playoff debut.

    Tebow’s treatment by pundits is equivalent to a pro golfer winning the Masters golf tournament in his Masters debut and then a year later told he is not eligible or worthy enough to compete on the PGA tour.

    j) And finally let me be fair to Tom Brady:

    1) On Sunday he will tie Brett Favre for most playoff games started (24).

    2) He already set the record last Sunday for most playoff wins ever (17).

    3) For those players with more than 10 playoff games started he is #1 in winning percentage. (73.9%)

    4) He is #1 all time in most completions and most passing attempts (524 and 833 respectively).

    5) He is only 4 TD passes from tying Montana’s mark of 45.

    6) And finally Brady is only 226 yards away from tying Brett Favre’s record for most playoff passing yards (5855.) Peyton Manning is currently second at 5679 yards.

    Not bad for a sixth round draft choice.

    If anything was proved last weekend, don’t count your chickens before they are hatched.

    Finally there is no damn way any of these 4 teams will go into the game overconfident. The teams that lose this coming weekend simply got beat by a better team that day.

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