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The Governor tweeted the following yesterday: Be confident of this: No matter what you face, you have what it takes! You can do all things through Christ. Phil 4:13


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  • technopeasant

    More revelations from the wild NFL divisional round:

    1) I pointed out yesterday the comparison between John Elway’s first playoff start compared to Tim Tebow’s for the Denver Broncos and it was obvious that Tebow more than outperformed Elway.

    Well here is the comparison between Peyton Manning’s first playoff start for the Denver Broncos vs. Tim Tebow’s:


    MANNING 28 43 65.1 290 3 2 88.3 398 35

    TEBOW 10 21 47.6 316 2 0 125.6 447 29

    Both games went into overtime so the comparison is extremely valid.

    Peyton Manning also lost a fumble. Tim Tebow did not fumble in his postseason debut.

    Yes, Peyton Manning passing efficiency dominates Tebow’s but look at the total yards gained, interceptions thrown and finally the passer rating (PR) of each QB. Remember Peyton Manning is a sure-fired first-ballot Hall of Famer and Tim Tebow last year was in only his second year in the NFL and had taken over a team who had in its previous 18 games had gone 4-14.

    But I predict no one else but I will endeavor to compare the two performances because vested interests do not want the comparison to be made because it has always been assumed Manning would outperform Tebow in an important game. The numbers don’t lie. That was not the case.

    And opponents of my argument can’t have it both ways. Throughout the 2012 season, they touted the Denver Broncos as a far superior team on offense and defense to the 2011 version under Tebow, so how can they with a straight face argue why Manning did not match Tebow’s standards in his first playoff start for the Broncos. In addition Manning had a bye week which Tebow did not have. But the point is they are not going to try to make the argument. They simply won’t acknowedge they have to make the argument in the first place.

    Again I repeat this fact which so many pundits are quick to dismiss: Tim Tebow set 3 NFL playoff passing records in his first playoff start. The NFL has been in existence for 80 years. And focus on the three words "playoff passing records". Any child with a basic understanding of logic and the measurement of "records" will realize that the contention that Tim Tebow can’t throw or pass the football is a completely bogus argument.

    Would anyone suggest that the winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature can’t write?

    2) Now let’s compare Joe Flacco’s numbers from last Saturday to Tebow’s:


    FLACCO 18 34 52.9 331 3 0 116.2 479 38

    TEBOW 10 21 47.6 316 2 0 125.2 447 29

    Flacco also lost one fumble. Again Tebow did not fumble in his playoff debut.

    Here is something that I have not heard anyone bring up–the similarity between Joe Flacco and Tim Tebow when it comes to their proficiency in throwing the deep ball. All we have heard over the last few days is how "elite" Flacco is and how great his performance was to lead the Baltimore Ravens to victory in double overtime. But was Flacco’s performance far superior to Tebow’s last year. By the way one stat I did not include was Tebow also ran the ball into the end zone in his first playoff start and thus was also responsible for 3 touchdowns in the game.

    Okay, let’s not elevate Tebow’s performance vs. Flacco’s but objectively can one argue that Tebow’s tour de force was any less impressive than Flacco’s? I don’t think so.

    But Flacco is elite with a 52% completion percentage on Saturday and Tebow is worse than chopped liver and persona non grata.

    3) Live by the sword; die by the sword. The Denver Broncos in 2011 beat the Pittsburgh Steelers based on Tim Tebow’s ability to throw the ball down the field (three 50 yard passes which set a NFL record). The Denver Broncos lost to the Ravens because of Joe Flacco’s ability to throw the deep ball. The tying score to Jacoby Jones at the end of regulation was for 73 yards. Again you will not get this anywhere else.

    By the way Peyton Manning’s longest completion in the entire game was for 32 yards. Manning did not attempt to throw the ball downfield as Flacco did. I think the question has to be asked: Is Manning capable of doing so after 4 neck surgeries?

    4) Right after the Broncos game I made a point of focusing on the weather conditions of the game (the temperature below 40 degrees) and that Manning entering the game was 0-3 under those conditions. Listening to sports talk radio, it is only now some of these yokels are beginning to wake up to the possibility that Manning could not perform very well under these cold conditions given his past history. To me once it was determined what the temperature of the game would be, it was extreme negligence on the part of the sports pundits to ignore the possibility that Manning would not be able to perform as well as he had in the regular season where the temperature was above 40 degrees or Manning played inside a dome.

    Past is prologue. Or to put it another way: A leopard doesn’t change his spots.

    5) The Atlanta Falcon’s comeback against the Seattle Seahawks after giving up a 20 point lead in the 4th quarter reminds me of a businessman whose financing of a major project has fallen through and that if he doesn’t secure alternate financing he will have to declare bankruptcy. It is only at the 11th hour after being in a continual panic and exhausting all possibilities that he is able to secure the financing to save his skin.

    Next Sunday against the 49ers, the Falcons can enter the game in two ways: Relieved they managed to beat the Seattle Seahawks after almost blowing the lead and remaining euphoric without thinking much about their next opponent or bound and determined to LEVERAGE this opportunity to advance to great glory.

    Most pundits are now speculating it is more likely the Falcons will be more of the former and that because the Falcons almost blew the lead, they will in turn by patsies for the 49ers who dominated the Packers on Saturday.

    But as an iconoclast I am of the latter mindset. I fully expect the Falcons to come out like gangbusters on Sunday. Sure the 49ers may still win but I don’t expect the Falcons to lay down. In history there are so many examples of individuals and teams "rising from the dead" after they had been counted out or considered expendable.

    And finally the least talked about QB going into the conference championship; Matt Ryan of the Atlanta Falcons. Let me get this straight: Since coming into the league in 2008 he has led the Falcons to more regular season wins that anyone else (and that includes Tom Brady).

    6) The SF 49ers are a dominant team on both offense and defense but I still can’t get over it that they never defeated the mediocre St. Louis Rams this season.

    And that after being up 31-3 against the Patriots they allowed Tom Brady to score 4 touchdowns to tie the game at 31-31.

    Would I be surprised if the Falcons beat the 49ers on Sunday? Not at all.

    7) The nemesis of the Baltimore Ravens has been over the years the Pittsburgh Steelers. But over the last few years the New England Patriots have risen up to take that role.

    The Ravens are a darn good team and they love to play the disrespect card to the hilt. But if there is one thing head coach Bill Belichick is really good at is convincing his team never, never to disrespect any opponent and to give them credit for their success. So if the Ravens beat the Pats (which I don’t expect them to do) it will not be because the Pats overlooked them or took them too lightly.

    8) Tom Brady more often than not doesn’t have his best game against the Baltimore Ravens. Joe Flacco has had some of his best games ever against the Patriots but still lost more often than not.

    Here’s a prediction: If Flacco again outperforms Brady by a wide margin, the Ravens, because of the emotion associated with the "Ray Lewis farewell tour" will prevail.

    In his first two playoffs games Flacco’s passer rating was 100+ in both games. Can Flacco make it 3 in a row? Only once in the regular season has Flacco had three 100+ games in a row (2010).

    By the way in last year’s conference championship game his passer rating was 95.4 while Tom Brady’s was 57.5. What are the odds that Brady again will be subpar and that Flacco will again outperform him? It could happen.

    9) Imho, the key factor in the 49ers–Falcons game: the crowd noise in the dome.

    10) Imho, the key factor in the Ravens-Pats game: Can Joe Flacco and the Ravens beat the Pats if the Pats deny them the long bomb and are forced to move the ball down the field methodically?

    • dave7777

      Tebow is in exactly the same position as Palin. Both have had destruction heaped on them to a degree almost unfathomable. Both have strong constitutions and constituents. Here we go into 2013. God speed to both.

  • 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

      Governor Palin’s executive accomplishments in list form.

      • ZH100

         Debunking the false media portrayal of Gov.Palin as being "rigid and intolerant".

        From "Going Rogue":  

        "Then he changed gears, shifting the topic to social issues. He seemed impressed when I told him that people in my own family disagree on some issues like abortion, but that we don’t argue over it at the dinner table. I have one relative who expresses her pro-choice position articulately.

        My own pro-life opinion diverges from hers by 180 degrees, and we’ve had great, civil discussions on the topic.

        It would later amaze my family and friends that the Obama-Biden camp and their media friends painted me as rigid and intolerant. It was assumed that I refused to hear alternative points of view and used topics like abortion and homosexual marriage as a political litmus test.

        I explained that I had never asked anyone, including the Democrats I appointed, what their position on abortion was, and I didn’t discuss my opinion on homosexuality with cabinet members or judicial appointees, either.
        Schmidt seemed surprised and pleased, even when I reiterated that I was solidly pro-life and hoped they would never try to temper my position on the issue.

        Then we talked about gay marriage. That’s when I told them about Tilly, my junior high friend and college roommate, who, after college, decided to openly live her lifestyle she chose with her partner. To me, she was still Tilly. I loved her dearly-loved the whole Ketchum family. I explained to Schmidt that I opposed homosexual marriage, but that didn’t seem too controversial in the campaign since the Democrat candidate for president held the same position."

        • ZH100

          Debunking the false (!) meme that Gov.Palin has lack of knowledge on issues "outside of anti-corruption and energy policy."

          Gov.Palin has spoken out on almost all the issues, both foreign and domestic and has been proven right on many of her statements.

          For example:

          Sarah Palin Talks Cronyism, Economy, China, Liberty and Freedom at World Knowledge Forum in South Korea  (another successful unscripted Q&A)

          Long Island Association was an unequivocal success ; an hourlong, unscripted Q&A session where Governor Palin talked about the economy, the deficit, government spending, gun control, the environment, the rising cost of food, energy, Egypt and other foreign policy related issues in front of a group of socially liberal Democrats and Republicans in an area where the Democrat Party is strong.

          Excerpts of Sarah Palin’s Speech to Investors in Hong Kong

          Governor Palin’s  successful (unscripted) Q&A at the India Today Conclave
          The (unscripted) Q&A portion covered a lot of territory and included tough questions that ranged from foreign policy to American economics.

          Interview CNN’s Don Lemon Impressed that Governor Palin Answered All of His Questions

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

          Opinion Journal: Palin vs. Bernanke

          ‘Amid media circus, Palin lays out policy positions’   ( by Byron York)

          From the article:

          "One thing many viewers have probably missed in all the horse-race speculation is that Palin is perfectly willing to discuss her positions on key issues, if anyone wants to ask. In fact, in recent days, weeks, and months, we’ve seen a lot of policy commentary from the former Alaska governor.


          ‘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. "

          • ZH100

             Setting the Palin Record Straight’  (by Jedediah Bila; 3/17/2011)

            "It’s truly astonishing the lengths that some will go to in order to try to discredit Sarah Palin.  Sure, the left-wing media loons are a given, but what about the folks on the Right who relentlessly brand her as unelectable, unintelligent, unpresidential, and/or unqualified?  What is their basis for those assessments?  And if she is so darn unelectable—why the need to consistently, near-obsessively attempt to tear her down?

            What’s most interesting about the repeated attacks on Palin – from the Left and the Right – is that they are routinely empty.

            They are often featured in online hit pieces that are void of any reference to her record and/or her contributions over the past two years to discussions of national and international significance. They focus on absurd criticism of her TLC series, which so many elitists deemed anti-intellectual and so many regular Americans deemed relatable. They call her a “quitter” because she resigned from the governorship, but don’t reveal the reality that she was faced with numerous frivolous ethics charges made by political operatives that were costing her state hundreds of thousands of dollars and her staff countless hours to refute.
            The fact that she made the right decision for Alaska, and that the charges were all ultimately dismissed, get buried under the frenzied need some have to try to sabotage her at all costs.

            And let’s not forget the manner in which the authors of these hit pieces so often compile every possible negative quotation on Palin they can find, particularly from the mouths of whom they consider to be the conservative intellectual elite.  The quotes are typically nonsensical and/or erroneous, and mark embarrassing moments for those who uttered them, as they tend to reflect a complete lack of awareness of Palin’s accomplishments, writings, and outspoken stand on policy initiatives.

            Since September 2010 alone, Sarah Palin has penned commentary on such topics as the unrest in Libya, the protests in Wisconsin, Obama’s 2012 budget proposal and State of the Union address, getting tough with Iran and standing with Iranians who seek democracy, challenging the specifics of President Obama’s energy policy, the omnibus spending bill, defeating the New START, opposition to state bailouts, tax policy, a message to Republican freshmen in Congress, opposition to quantitative easing, and more.  She has repeatedly been a leading voice—via television appearances and speaking engagements—against the dangers of ObamaCare and the risks of President Obama’s approach to energy.


  • wodiej

    Great bible tweet from Gov. Palin.  This fits in nicely with hers:

    “So be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic before them. For the LORD your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you.” Deuteronomy 31:6

  • wodiej

    Tears of Jesus

    "20 mothers and 20 fathers wept. And, with them did the world.In a story that has become all too familiar in our crazy world, a man who chose evil over God a week ago Friday brought Jesus, too, to tears.There would be no judgment this day for the 20. None was needed. These were 20 souls who had not been on earth long enough to have had to ask for forgiveness for anything. These 20 suddenly found themselves riding on a new school bus with heaven being their next stop.When the 20 reached heaven they bounded off the bus and ran to Jesus, who was waiting for them.“Why are you sad Jesus,” said one of the smallest looking up at Him and taking his hand as she noticed tears in His eyes.As He wiped His eyes, Jesus knelt down on one knee so He could look at her face to face. He wanted to welcome them to heaven with a smile so they wouldn’t sense any sadness and with open arms so they knew they would now be safe forever.“I’m not sad,” Jesus answered, trying to shelter them from the truth of a world gone partially mad as their parents had done for several years before. “I am just so happy that you have come to see me in my house today.”The boys ran about a bit and shouted as they normally do in the schoolyard while the girls stood close by Jesus.As Jesus watched them, He felt something was wrong. He looked around and counted. There were only 19. There should have been 20. Where was the last one?“He’s still on the bus,” someone said, knowing what Jesus was looking for.“Stay here, I’ll be right back,” He said to the group and He boarded the bus. In the back row was a lone child sitting there looking out the window watching the others play.“Don’t you want to come out and be with the other children?” Jesus asked as he sat down next to the boy.The boy nodded yes but didn’t move.“Is something bothering you?” asked Jesus.The boy gave a shrug that meant something somewhere between yes, no, and I don’t know.“Come on,” said Jesus as He put his arm around the boy. “Please, tell me what’s wrong.”“My mommy and daddy are going to miss me,” he said quietly.“I know,” said Jesus, “we all miss people we love after they are gone from our lives.”“But why do they have to leave? Why did I have to leave and come here?” The boy asked.“Do you know how your parents watched over you and took care of you while you were with them?”
    The boy nodded.“Well, now it’s time for you to watch over them and take care of them from here. They are going to need to feel how strong you are and how happy you are being here with me.”“They will know that?”“Yes they will.”The boy thought for a while and his mood seemed to lighten a bit.“Do they know I’m here?” He asked again in a little different way to gain a little more reassurance.“Of course they do and that makes them know you are safe now.”“But they will still miss me,” stated the boy.“They will.” Jesus and the boy just sat quietly for a few minutes and Jesus said, “do you remember when your Grammy went to heaven?”The little boy nodded.“Well, she came to be with me and my Dad.”The little boy looked up at Him.“You were sad and missed your Grammy then didn’t you?” Jesus asked.The little boy nodded.“What did your mom tell you then?”“She told me that Grammy went to be with God and Jesus and that she wasn’t sad there so we shouldn’t be sad either. She said that Grammy was going to be happy and that we might miss her but we should be happy that she is with…” the boy paused for a minute and looked up at Jesus. As if a light went on in the boys mind, he smiled and pointed at Jesus and said, “You.”“That’s right she is with me,” Jesus said with a smile and a little reassuring squeeze around the boy’s shoulders and said, “hey, look who’s here.”The boy looked up and at the front of the bus stood an older lady.“Grammy!” The boy shouted. He jumped up and ran into her arms. “What are you doing here?”“I came to say hi,” she said as she gave him a big hug. “Poppy’s here too and can’t wait to see you.”She took the boys hand and led him off the bus.“Why don’t you go play with the other boys and girls now,” the grandmother said. “We’ll see each other again really soon.”“Promise?” asked the boy.“Promise,” said the grandmother as the boy ran off to meet the others.When Jesus got off the bus, He noticed that the girls had joined the boys, playing and running around in the flowers that filled the fields around them.Jesus watched them for a few minutes, lost in the joy of the children’s laughter.“Come on,” said Jesus as He started walking up a path that led towards and over the top of a nearby hill. “Do you want to meet my Dad?”The children whooped and hollered as they ran to catch up to Him. As they did, tears again came to Jesus’ eyes.The tears came from sadness because evil had brought these twenty to him much sooner than they should have come. But, the tears also came out of joy as He watched the 20 running through the fields of heaven playing with the vigor of unbridled youth. He continued to walk with them as their laughter filled the air like songbirds singing on a warm spring day making heaven seem just a little bit fuller this day.The 20 will forever be children living in God’s house as they, now, take their turn watching over those they left behind."

  • ZH100

     ‘Stars Earn Stripes’ star and Iraq War veteran ‘impressed’ by Sarah and Todd Palin (July ,2012)

    From the article:

    ‘And while audiences might be blown away by the skills and danger exerted on the highly-anticipated program, McLaren was personally blown away by Todd and Sarah Palin, and admitted that he thinks of them very differently now than before they met.

    “I like hanging out with Todd and Sarah a lot. They walked into my trailer, and obviously we disagree on some issues. I am a libertarian guy – socially liberal and an avid supporter of gay marriage, but I am pro-gun rights and pro-life, and we made off like regular people. I was teaching Todd how to shoot grenades, we were hanging from helicopters together 60 feet above the ground and we were swimming together with full gear on,” he enthused. “The thing that impressed me most is that Todd is a commercial fisherman in Alaska, he is pretty hardcore. He even won a challenge with a broken arm! He really earned my respect.”

    McLaren also noted that even though his friends are shocked that he has become such good friends with the high-profile Republican couple, the portrayal of the Palins in the media is often vastly distorted.

    “Todd and Sarah Palin are the nicest people I have ever met,” he said. “I love America and they love America. They may not agree with me on my stance on gay marriage, but that is their personal view and I respect that. That’s what is so great about being American.”

  • mark1955   This apparently is what the press and other’s are willing to do according to this link,to illicit support for Obama’s abolition of Our God Given Second Ammendment, according to back stabbing, scumbag,Traitorous  Senator Joe Manchin.

      Hey Joe, remember what Thomas Jefferson said: "The Beauty of the Second Ammendment,is you only need it when they try and take it away". You guy’s can pass any unconstitutional laws or issue any Executive Order’s you would like to, but you still have to go Door to Door and House to House, just to start with,to enforce it!

      We Ain’t gonna give-up any of our Firearms or magazines or Ammo.

    • Audrey_I

      If they go Door to Door and House to House, the government will be violating the Fourth Amendment.  The people will have proof that the Federal Government is governing without the Constitution and has become a dictatorship. 

  • 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

     ‘Greta: About Those People Claiming Sarah Palin Cost John McCain the Election’

    From the article:

    "This time Greta does the heavy lifting. She’s using Fox News polls, which I find tend to understate Republican support when polling against a democrat. But even their polls show a sustained 6 point bump for the campaign, one that put them ahead of Obama for the first time, right after Sarah was chosen, and gave her masterful speech at the Republican convention.

    McCain would maintain this lead until the financial meltdown, and he decided to suspend his campaign to head off to Washington without a real plan of action. It was a fatal mistake and one a smart campaign manager would have advised against, but we’re talking Steve Schmidt here, so smarts don’t enter into the equation."

  • ZH100

     ‘Half the facts you know are probably wrong’

    From the article:

    "Since knowledge is still growing at an impressively rapid pace, it should not be surprising that many facts people learned in school have been overturned and are now out of date. But at what rate do former facts disappear? Arbesman applies to the dissolution of facts the concept of half-life—the time required for half the atoms of a given amount of a radioactive substance to disintegrate. For example, the half-life of the radioactive isotope strontium-90 is just over 29 years. Applying the concept of half-life to facts, Arbesman cites research that looked into the decay in the truth of clinical knowledge about cirrhosis and hepatitis. “The half-life of truth was 45 years,” he found.

    In other words, half of what physicians thought they knew about liver diseases was wrong or obsolete 45 years later. Similarly, ordinary people’s brains are cluttered with outdated lists of things, such as the 10 biggest cities in the United States.

    Facts are being manufactured all of the time, and, as Arbesman shows, many of them turn out to be wrong. Checking each one is how the scientific process is supposed to work; experimental results need to be replicated by other researchers. So how many of the findings in 845,175 articles published in 2009 and recorded in PubMed, the free online medical database, were actually replicated? Not all that many. In 2011, a disquieting study in Nature reported that a team of researchers over 10 years was able to reproduce the results of only six out of 53 landmark papers in preclinical cancer research.

  • Pete Petretich


    "James O’Keefe meets and films armed security at the homes of Journal-News journalists"

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  • celestiallady

    Good morning here from Maine. Before I go to work just wanted to ask if anyone knows where Yankee Y4P has disappeared to? I know she didn’t usually post in the mornings but someone might know. Her past posts are gone too.

    • ZH100

      VG wrote that Yankee  suffers from a number of horrible debilitating diseases.

      I hope Yankee is doing well.

      • celestiallady

        Hi Z – yes I knew that and is why I am worried. But it would seem that if something medical or bad her posts would not be removed unless someone did it for her. In any event I hope we can find out. Thanks though.

        • jester2939

          That’s why I wonder if she chose to remove her posts herself or if someone did it for her. Don’t know why she’d be banned, though – that wouldn’t make sense. It’s just really strange.

      • wodiej

        so sorry to hear that-I did not know.  If she is lurking, I am praying for you Y4P. Also heard VG is having surgery today.  Prayers to him as well.  

    • c4pfan

      We don’t know.  Sorry.

    • palmerguy

      Maybe some who lives in San Diego, could check up on her.

  • Pete Petretich

    ICYMI, Gov Kasich (R) has been in the process of selling out in the hopes of getting re-elected. Which way will he go when it comes to "expanding" Medicare?

    "Ohio’s Medicaid expansion will increase revenues, number of insured"

    "Gov. John Kasich’s administration weighed in on the analysis early Tuesday, saying the report was not "inconsistent with what we have heard from the wave of hospitals and other stakeholders that have been urging the state to expand Medicaid." Kasich’s administration has not released estimated costs of an expansion since April 2011. At that time, it projected that the state would spend $2.3 billion by 2018 to provide coverage to additional Medicaid enrollees. The federal government will pay the full tab, 100 percent, for three years for the newly qualified individuals under Medicaid expansion. After that, the federal government will cover 95 percent and phase down to 90 percent."

    • dave7777

       Sad. I always liked John. Sigh.

  • jerseymark

    In today’s passage which again comes from “Mere Christianity”, Mr. Lewis addresses the way to handle those superficial folks who poke fun at Christians for what they present as a stereotypically stupid picture of Heaven:

    “There is no need to be worried by facetious people who try to make the Christian hope of ‘Heaven’
    ridiculous by saying they do not want ‘to spend eternity playing harps’. The answer to such people is that if they cannot understand books written for grown-ups, they should not talk about them. All the scriptural imagery (harps, crowns, gold, etc.) is, of course, a mere symbolical attempt to express the inexpressible. Musical instruments are mentioned because for many people (not all) music is the thing known in the present life which most strongly suggests ecstasy and infinity. Crowns are mentioned to suggest the fact that those who are united with God in eternity share His splendour and power and joy. Gold is mentioned to suggest the timelessness of Heaven (gold does not rust) and the preciousness of it. People who take these symbols
    literally might as well think that when Christ told us to be like doves, He meant that we were to lay eggs.”

    One thing is for sure and Mr. Lewis makes this point rather strongly in “Mere Christianity”, that
    Christianity is a grown-up faith. There is nothing particularly simple and easy about Christianity and while we are told that we are to be like children, Jesus did not mean in terms of our understanding, patience, judgment, commitment and sacrifice, but rather with regard to a pure heart. When I became “born again”, everything changed for me as though everything was brand new and I could not look at the world the same. Until then, I was your typical young 23 year old liberal but once I met Jesus, that all came to an end and I was solidly conservative in political ideology as the fog lifted and I could see clearly the truth about socialism and its negation of the individual. This is why the overwhelming percentage of “born again” Christians are conservative in their politics, even among “born again” Blacks and Hispanics who routinely vote for liberal Democrats, their views on the issues are conservative, this inconsistency remaining a mystery to me.

    With regard to the symbolism referred to in the passage, I would like to present a different picture of gold as set forth in Scripture. While it is true that it does not rust and carries a sense of timelessness, I would point out that the most striking Heavenly reference to gold is that the streets of the New Jerusalem are paved with gold. Think about that. The economy of Heaven is such that the most precious of metals in this world is good for providing a nice, shiny, smooth surface for us TO WALK ON. If gold matters so little in Heaven that it is used as an asphalt
    alternative, what does that say about the magnitude of the beauty and glory that awaits us. Yes, we are most definitely supposed to contemplate the reality of Heaven for the moment you are “born again” you are His son or daughter and in His eyes, every bit as much as Jesus for He sees the finished product, even if we can’t, as having been conformed to the image of Jesus. (Romans 8:28-29). We are living eternally already whether we realize it or not and by contemplating what God, our Father has in store for us when we graduate from here will both excite us and prepare us for what is our birthrite. As Paul writes – having given us His Son, most precious, how will He not give us all things.

    I would also point out that the Bible refers to our adoption, which seems contradictory to being “born of the Spirit” begotten of God, but the reference to adoption has a different intention. You see, under the established law of the time, the first born son was the heir to the exclusion of all after born sons, BUT under the laws of the time, when one is adopted, he is required to be treated as equal to the first born with regard to his standing. So what God was saying with the references to our adoption is something even better than being begotten by Him as we are now JOINT HEIRS WITH JESUS. Think on that for a while and see if it does not blow you away.

  • technopeasant

    Similarities between the Buffalo Bills and the conservative movement:

    The Buffalo Bills refusing to apologize to Doug Flutie for starting Rob Johnson over him in the playoff game in the 1999 season and the conservative movement refusing to apologize or even acknowledge their poor judgment in abandoning Sarah Palin after the 2010 midterm elections.

    An instance where a mea culpa was delivered and the course of history was changed.

    Winston Churchill was treated like a leper in the 1930’s by the Conservative Party because as a backbencher he constantly railed against his own government for ignoring the rising Nazi war machine and the potential for war. By making him the PM to succeed Neville Chamberlain the conservatives came to terms with the error of their ways and we all know what happened in the Baltte of Britain and the Second World War and that Churchill was dubbed by Britons as the greatest Brit of the 20th century in 1999.

    In other words conservatives it is not too late to acknowledge or admit your errors in your treatment of Sarah Palin which includes abandoning her on the political playing field.

    But honestly I don’t expect that to happen. Too many conservatives are too stupid or stubborn or dug in to realize they contributed greatly to Obama’s victory two and one half months ago because of their disdain for Palin.

    • Audrey_I

      The worse mistake the British people made was to vote Winston Churchill out of office when the war was over and put Clement Atlee and the Labour Party in charge.  Great Britain paid a big price in the form of economic stagnation as Atlee implemented his socialist agenda. 

      Post war England certainly had its share of low information voters just like America.

  • WebNews

    After? they take your guns they will take your wealth, and passport.
    That’s their plan.

  • wodiej

    obama in 06 on raising debt ceiling:

    "The fact that we are here today to debate raising America ‘s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the US Government cannot pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government ‘s reckless fiscal policies. Increasing America ‘s debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that, "the buck stops here.” Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better."~ Senator Barack H. Obama, March 2006

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