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Shouldn’t Manti Te’o just go with Obama’s composite girlfriend excuse?

In case you were wondering, Zero Dark Thirty is a winner for the most part. The movie validates the importance of enhanced interrogation techniques, and it does not characterize Barack Obama in any positive light, except one throw-away comment. In fact the movie could be viewed as more of a repudiation of Obama’s foreign policy than an endorsement.

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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

     ‘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

       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.

  • wodiej

    "Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • wodiej

    "I will hear what God the Lord will speak, for He will speak peace to His people and to his saints." Psalm 85:8

  • ZH100

    Some nice videos.

    Happy 21st Wedding Anniversary Todd and Sarah (August,2009)!

    Precious Trig Palin Tribute


    Women in American Politics – Governor Sarah Palin

    Sarah Palin Visits Troops at Camp Bondsteel, Kosovo (2009)

    • wodiej


  • ZH100

    How the Palin emails backfired on the media.

    ‘Sarah Palin email witch hunt backfires – squeaky clean good governor!’

    From the article:

    "The release of Sarah Palin’s emails backfires, as not only does she come off as squeaky clean, she looks like a very hard working governor by the looks of these communications. According to NPR, nothing of any concern was found among the thousands of Palin emails released."

    ‘American Way: Sarah Palin email frenzy backfires on her media antagonists’

    Form the article:

    "The trove of more than 13,000 emails detailing almost every aspect of Sarah Palin’s governorship of Alaska, released late on Friday, paints a picture of her as an idealistic, conscientious, humorous and humane woman slightly bemused by the world of politics.

    One can only assume that the Left-leaning editors who dispatched teams of reporters to remote Juneau, the Alaskan capital, to pore over the emails in the hope of digging up a scandal are now viewing the result as a rather poor return on their considerable investment.

    If anything, Mrs Palin seems likely to emerge from the scrutiny of the 24,000 pages, contained in six boxes and weighing 275 pounds, with her reputation considerably enhanced. As a blogger at Powerline noted, the whole saga might come to be viewed as “an embarrassment for legacy media”.

    ‘Operation Backfire: E-Mails Prove Sarah Palin Was A Great Governor’

    From the article:

    "Governor Palin conducted the business of her state in a transparent, bi-partisan, and responsible manner. She worked long, hard hours and treated everyone with respect. America is finding out that Palin is a smart, effective, fiscally responsible leader whose goal has always been to serve the people she represents.

    She knows how to prioritize, delegate, and choose the most qualified and competent people to serve with her. America is learning that even in the face of death threats from crazed liberals, Gov. Palin just kept working and putting Alaska and Alaskans first."

    ‘The Sarah Palin email mania backfires on the media’

    From the article:

    "As 13,000 emails of the former Governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin, were released on Friday, the Liberal main-stream media scurried down to Juneau, Alaska to collect 24,000 pages of what they thought could be a damning story.

    Dozens of major news publications released the 24,000 pages online to find something to smear the possible 2012 Republican contender, but their search came out dry.

    Instead, what they found was a hard-at-work governor leading the great state of Alaska.

    In detail, the emails display her down-to-earth tenure as governor and the policies she put in place while serving the 49th state."

    CNN finding that Palin was hard-working governor


    The real Sarah Palin  (March,2012)

    Emails reveal her to be an effective hands-on leader

    From the article:

    The Sarah Palin who emerges from the email dump isn’t the partisan snowbilly of media caricature. She’s a tough-minded reformer who took on Big Oil and corrupt members of her own party and beat them.

    Film shows Palin’s someone to admire

    From the article:

    "And it’s exactly what most Americans expected 24,000 pages of personal and business emails to reveal about former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. Obsessive news hounds scrounged through pages and pages, looking for damning information that could wipe the outspoken conservative from America’s political scene.

    What they found, though not so widely publicized, was the inner workings of an efficient, informed and very involved governor that mounted an unprecedented 80 plus approval rating while in office. The people of Alaska loved her and appreciated her backbone and focus on making their state a better place."

    Palin: the emails, the Paul Revere flap, and the foolish media

    From the article:

    "Similarly, the mainstream media stands with egg dripping all over its face, yet again. Nothing in the emails contains the slightest hint that Palin was anything other than a hard-working Governor, a caring mother and wife, and an all-around good-natured human being…not exactly what the death squads of WaPo, the NYT, and other mainstream outlets had in mind.

    This shockingly laughable scenario is in sharp contrast to the manner in which the media handled Barack Obama, whom it woefully failed to properly investigate in 2007-08. Where were all of the reporters who should have been camped outside the door of domestic terrorist William Ayers, who launched Obama’s political career from his living room?"

    Rush on Palin’s emails: What a spectacular backfire!

    From the article:

    "Rush started his show today noting what a spectacular backfire on the media it was that Sarah Palin withstood the media looking for dirt in every syllable of her 24,000 emails. He wonders who else could have withstood such an analysis.

    Gov. Palin has been microscopically analyzed on an unprecedented level and she still comes up clean. I doubt anyone else could have withstood the intense scrutiny that she has undergone.

    • ZH100

       Politico: Emails Bolster the Message in ‘The Undefeated’  (June 11 2011)

      Form the article:

      "It says something when even the Politico, not exactly known for their unbiased Palin coverage, is conceding that this surreal “colonoscopy” by the cartoonish mainstream media is backfiring.  And that’s exactly what it’s doing.  Much to the media’s chagrin, the emails show a serious and highly effective executive who was in full control of her administration. As Tim Crawford indicated yesterday, everyone should read the emails."

      • ZH100

         The Washington Post: Palin a “Definite Renegade” on Big Oil;Updated  ( June 12 2011)

        From the article:

        "As the MSM and their readers continue to search through Governor Palin’s emails searching for non-existent bombshells, let me be one of the first to welcome the Washington Post to 2008.

        As Ian mentioned earlier, the Washington Post recognized that Governor Palin’s emails showed that she budgeted frugally and was opposed to pork barrel spending. Now, the Washington Post recognizes that Governor Palin did not have a buddy-buddy relationship with Big Oil. Both of these supposedly new revelations are not new at all to Palin supporters who have followed her political rise after Senator McCain chose her as his VP nominee or even prior to that."

        • ZH100

           #Palinemails Show that the Center-Left Superintendent of the Anchorage School District Praised Palin for “Her Vision [and] Leadership”  (June 17 2011)

          From the article:

          "If you don’t believe what we say about Governor Palin’s leadership, here’s what the center-left superintendent of the Anchorage School District said about Palin:

              "Thank you so much for your vision, leadership, and support for our public schools this week. I cannot tell you how much all of us want to celebrate with you. The idea that we could actually plan ahead, really focus on student achievement,connecting with parents and families, and really digging into the serious issues of low graduation rates and high drop out rates excites me very much. We spend too much time trying to justify our collective needs, when we should be focused on teaching and learning.

              You and your staff are to be commended for honoring the work of the Joint Funding Task Force and for honoring your commitments made during the election for early and forward funding."

      • ProudAmerican247

        Thanks, ZH for the collection of Sarah Palin email posts.

        They really proved the integrity, competence, and focus of Governor Palin and proof she took her oath seriously to serve the people of Alaska to the best of her ability. She took on and solved problems which others ignored.

        We need her now, more than ever, to run for President.

        PALIN 2016 

        • ZH100

           You are welcome, ProudAmerican247.

    • ProudAmerican247

      "The people of Alaska loved her and appreciated her backbone and focus on making their state a better place."

      You Alaskans are so lucky to have a one-in-a-million public servant in Sarah Palin.

      I hope the rest of us will be so lucky one day to have her as our President.


      • ProudAmerican247

        Thanks, ZH for the collection of Sarah Palin email posts.

        They really proved the integrity, competence, and focus of Governor Palin and proof she took her oath seriously to serve the people of Alaska to the best of her ability. She took on and solved problems which others ignored.

        We need her now, more than ever, to run for President.

        PALIN 2016  

  • jerseymark

    Well, after a lengthy examination of the topic of Heaven, which I think is extremely important to the spiritual health of Christians, we move into a new area but stay in “Mere Christianity”:

    “The world does not consist of 100 percent Christians and 100 percent non-Christians. There are people (a great many of them) who are slowly ceasing to be Christians but who still call themselves by that name; some of them are clergymen. There are other people who are slowly becoming Christians thought they do not yet call themselves so. There are people who do not
    accept the full Christian doctrine about Christ but who are so strongly attracted by Him that they are His in a much deeper sense than they themselves understand. There are people in other religions who are being led b y God’s secret influence to concentrate on those parts of their religion which are in agreement with Christianity, and who thus belong to Christ without knowing it. For example, a Buddhist of good will may be led to concentrate more and more on the Buddhist
    teaching about mercy and to leave in the background ( though he might still say he believed) the Buddhist teaching on certain other points. Many of the good pagans long before Christ’s birth may have been in this position. And always, of course, there are a great many people who are just confused in mind and have a lot of inconsistent beliefs all jumbled up together. Consequently, it is not much use trying to make judgments about Christians and non-Christians in the mass. It is
    some use comparing dogs and cats, or even men and women, in the mass, because there one knows definitely which is which. Also, and animal does not turn (either slowly or suddenly) from a dog into a cat. But when we are comparing Christians in general with non-Christians in general, we are usually not thinking about real people whom we know at all, but only about two vague ideas which we have got from novels and newspapers.”

    There is a lot to question and disagree with in this passage. To some degree, Mr. Lewis seems to be offering an answer to the question often asked, “What happens to all those people who never heard the name of Jesus?” And, essentially, Mr. Lewis offers a good answer except for the fact that it is all conjecture as we do not know what happens with them and the point is that it is non of our concern but is God’s business. Paul offers the scenario that God, like the potter, certainly has the ability and the right to create certain vessels for honor and certain vessels for dishonor, not saying that this is what God has done but makes the suggestion to eliminate the trap of trying to answer something that cannot be answered by us. The idea of focusing on compatible aspects
    of other religions may have some basis since there can be no doubt that some Jews before Christ’s birth who focused on God’s promises of a coming Messiah were looking forward to Jesus. However, I believe that Scripture is quite clear that upon hearing Jesus preached eliminates that whole issue or argument for the individual. This is the double-edge sword that is witnessing to someone about the Lord for while it provides the opportunity for them to respond and open
    their heart to Jesus, it also places the burden of responsibility squarely on their shoulders and takes away the argument that they didn’t know

    One other point I would take issue with as presented by Mr. Lewis is the idea of Christians slowly ceasing to be Christians. My disagreement rests on the point that a Christian is by Scriptural definition someone who has been “born again”, someone who in all truth and sincerity believes in their heart that Jesus was raised from the dead bodily and then confesses with his mouth that Jesus is Lord of all, including their own life. When this happens, the Holy Spirit comes in and lives in him with his reborn spirit. We are told in Romans 8 that there is nothing that can separate that person from the love of Christ. We are told that there is only one unpardonable sin, which is the sin that convicts the world, and that is the blasphemy of the Holy Spirit which is the contention and belief that the Holy Spirit is a liar. Since it is the job of the Holy Spirit to witness to the truth about Jesus, the contention or belief that Jesus isn’t Lord, that Jesus wasn’t resurrected, that the Gospel is untrue, says that the Holy Spirit is a lying spirit and that is blasphemy. So, if a Christian would in all sincerity decide that the Gospel is a untrue and Jesus was/is a fraud and make that confession, thereby reversing his previous confession of faith, that just might be the only way a Christian ceases to be a Christian. And as Scripture also tells us, for him to do that after having experienced Jesus on a personal level, having “tasted His goodness”, there is no going back.

    • BHappy

      Jersey, Do you have a blog site?

      • jerseymark

        The only site I have is which the Lord laid upon my heart for the free distribution of the book He had me write many years ago. There is a comment page which few have utilized. I would urge you to download the book as I believe you will find it contains many insights that will be a blessing.

  • Escaped_Teleprompter

    An Imperious President Can Be Checked
    Obama is governing like a dictator in his aggressive use of executive orders. 
    His most controversial executive orders on immigration and gun control circumvent the legislative role of congress.  However, the authority of the President is not limitless, but instead are subject to the checks and balance that the Founding Fathers and Framers of the Constitution envision. 

    While the President has the authority to issue executive orders, those orders must conform to the United States Constitution and Bill of Rights.  In order to curtail some of the egregious dictates of the President, various citizen groups can sue the Federal Government on the constitutionality of these executive orders or on the grounds that such orders violate the Bill of Rights. 

    The Federal Government can also be sued to protect the interest of the people and to block laws that are based on false premises.
    Following is an example of government working for the people:
    Palin Administration sued federal government to block polar bear law, and won.

    The President does not have the power to amend the constitution, or to change the provisions of the Bill of Rights; only Congress has that power. 

    The nation should not have to suffer Obama’s bad policies; his egregious executive orders must be challenged in court and defeated. 

    • wodiej


    • ZH100

      The Federal Government can also be sued to protect the interest of the
      people and to block laws that are based on false premises.
      Following is an example of government working for the people:
      Palin Administration sued federal government to block polar bear law, and won.."

      "on false premises"

      Gov.Palin knew that the polar bears weren’t endangered.

      ‘Suppressed reports vindicate Palin polar bear policy’ (June , 2009)

      From the article:

      "Early in January, a Sarah Palin op-ed appeared in the NY Times in which she argued against adding the Polar Bear to the list of endangered species because the polar bear populations in the Arctic were healthy.

      The governor said that the bears were “magnificent animals, not cartoon characters” that are “worthy of our utmost efforts to protect them and their Arctic habitat,” but added that putting them on the endangered species list was the wrong way to do it.

      NewsBusters P.J. Gladnik has news of more suppression of inconvenient truths. This time it’s a polar bear expert who has been forbidden from presenting evidence which supports what Gov. Sarah Palin has long been arguing — that the numbers of most polar bear populations have either been increasing for the past few years or remain at optimum levels"

    • lanahi


    • lanahi

      Congress doesn’t have that right either without 2/3 of the states to ratify it.  But they keep getting mixed up about that too!

  • Bogdan51

    Hi there My American Friends.

    I’ve been absent from your blog for the last two months because, quite frankly, I was so devastated and heart broken upon learning about the "reelection" of "that DEGENERATE" that I began falling into depression.

    I was just about to fly to Brisbane and waiting to be boarded, when I saw on out TV the announcement of this tragic news. It was such a schock for me and it generated such a stress that I had difficulty brething during the flight.

    I just couldn’t come to terms with the fact that the nation that had helped my own country (Poland) to regain her freedom was falling into the same madness that had take and wasted the best years of my life.

    Unfortunately my worst fears have been fully realised.

    Some of you who still remember my posts will probably also recall that I’ve been warning you many times against the scenario that is unfolding before your very own eyes.

    I’ve stated once that the majority of Ameicans could be so confused, intellectually imploded and demoralised that they would no longer be able to distinquish between good and evil and incapable of electing the leader who would turn them back from the mad run towards the abyss.

    I believe that the situation in America is to some degree comparable with the Germany in early thirties of previous century where the totally cretinised Gemans turned towards the insane populist even when there were many trully quallified both profesionally and morally leaders that were fully capable of rescuing their country.

    I still remember the comment by one of the most active commenters of that time called Sapwolf who responded to my analysis by stating "… we are always one generation from losing our freedom…"

    It was indeed a prophetic statement.

    Now you at least beging to grasp what such a sensitive and freedom loving individual like myself felt when forced to live under the boot and whip of insane communo-fascist regime.

    America has long time ago become my political "Fatherland" and everything that happened in your beautiful country was extremely close to the centre of my heart.

    The most frustrating thing is the sense of helplessness and realisation that no matter how much I feel for you I have no means to help you.

    But I want you to know that I’m thinking of you and prying for you avery day in the hope that not all is lost.

    God Bless you. God bless America. God bless sarah Palin

    Bogdan from Australia

    • Audrey_I

      Thanks for an excellent post that says it all. 

      Most of the time, the American voters make the right decision.  This election cycle they did not.  A poor choice of candidate, inability to define the issues, rejection of the Tea Party and the conservative base of the Republican Party and a lackluster campaign contributed to why America is stuck with the worst president in American history as well as a president who wants to destroy the Constitution.

      The real culprit is a corrupt mainstream media consisting of socialist, progressive, communist ideologues.  American journalism is dead.  The mainstream media is on par with the German media of the 1930’s.  The mainstream media adore Barack Hussein Obama in the same manner as the German media adored Adolph Hitler.  Joseph Goebbels must be looking up from hell and marveling at how the media can be so bias without being forced to.  

    • lanahi

      It is not lost yet, Bogdan.  Please keep the faith.

  • golfmom3

    This was an email this morning from a friend of ours:

    "A system of licensing and registration is the perfect device to deny gun ownership to the bourgeoisie."
    – Vladimir Ilyich Lenin

    "For the first time in history does a nation have complete gun registration. Our streets will be safer, our police more efficient. The world will follow our lead in the future."
    – Adolf Hitler

    “All political power comes from the barrel of a gun. The communist party must command all the guns, that way, no guns can ever be used to command the party.”
    – Mao Tze Tung

    On the morrow of each conflict I gave the categorical order to confiscate the largest possible number of weapons of every sort and kind. This confiscation, which continues with the utmost energy, has given satisfactory results."
    – Benito Mussolini

    "The most foolish mistake we could possibly make would be to allow the subject races to possess arms. History shows that all conquerors who have allowed the subject races to carry arms have prepared their own downfall by so doing. Indeed, I would go so far as to say that the supply of arms to the underdogs is a sine qua non for the overthrow of any sovereignty."
    – Adolf Hitler


    • jerseymark

      Very powerful quotes. The authors must be mandatory reading for Obama’s team and supporters.

      • golfmom3

        You and I are known by our Redeemer.  This mess more resembles the reincarnation of dead souls — I wouldn’t put it past the Father of LIes to recycle evil — it’s certainly not of the Creator.

        Besides, I’m not sure they really read.

    • lanahi

      Wish more Americans understood that chipping away of freedom a little at a time matters. 

      A good thing to remember is that very few dictatorships last over time.  People far less used to freedom than we are overthrow their tyrannies in time.  Often they replace one with another just as bad, but at least the spirit hasn’t died forever.  In America, with its long tradition of independence, the spirit is even stronger.

      The problem is when the tyranny creeps in so slowly that few are aware of it happening.  Americans are so innocent about these things…"it can’t happen here".  They don’t even think we can elect a real communist, since our leaders can’t ever be THAT bad!  They can be seduced with the lie that a little less freedom is desirable in order to gain more security. 

      Security is never high when there is freedom.  It’s a necessary part of it to allow the forces of evil some voice and action lest control of it itself becomes a tyranny.  So the desire for more security necessarily leads to less freedom.  Some nations that have experienced a dictatorship already know this, we have yet to understand it.

      There is a line that can be crossed, though, and many are waking up to the fact that the line IS being crossed.  The issue of gun control may be that line.  We shall see…it will happen sooner or later.  I have faith that the spirit that is America is still strong and we are awakening despite the propaganda we are being fed daily.

      Keep the faith.

  • 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

  • OldPat

    A few odds and ends on a weekday morn from the Carolina lowcountry.  I forget exactly which day it is, but I’ve learned not to sweat the small stuff.  LOL.

    Now that little Jake’s Mom is getting better, I’ve been doing a little surfing and can resume worrying about everything else.

    Saw the headline attributed to Rasmussen – ‘gopE declares war on GOP voters’.  Heard of being a day late and a dollar short, but their shill, Scotty, is two decades and 15 trill shy of a full deck on this one.

    Saw where some folks have raised hackles – err questions – about the need and viability of a third party.  Only got one question;  Which skill should Chuck Jr. add to his list of accomplishments – philosopher or brick mason?

    This business of delusion, reality and perception is fascinating.  Example – With two flaps of his mighty ears – err wings – the bald eagle, BO, rides the winds above his domain scouring the countryside for an unsuspecting bitterclinger to feast upon.  But when I glance skyward, all I see is a wormy buzzard looking for a dead ‘possum to eat.  Where are those bloody dwarfs when you need one of ‘em?

    Truth is, that ole buzzard should be fat as a little pig after feasting on the ‘possum party for 4 years now.  Probably time to dip one or two of those ‘possums in formaldehyde for the Smithsonian’s natural history display before they disappear forever.

    Don’t think we should worm BO tho.  If he gains too much weight, he won’t be able to answer his calling and keep the road to Hell cleared of all those dead ‘possums.

    As for the dwarfs, they’re looking for their pack mule to cart them around for a couple of years again.  Too bad the battery in Sarah’s cell phone is dead.

    The ‘possum party still doesn’t understand they played aces over eights in Tampa with WE the PEOPLE when they froze her out.

    Hey, gopE, want a glimpse of your future without her?  Just wiki:  Wild Bill Hickok – dead man’s hand.


    • Pete Petretich

      Very pithy…

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  • KentonAK

    "We have long known that the left would like to go after veterans, because they see us as a potential force of resistance to the tyranny they desire.

    "One of Obama’s executive orders requires information sharing among all departments of government, so I want you to know, those of you who are veterans, that if you permit yourself to be classified as having PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder,) there is a high probability that they will be coming after your guns, or at least your right to procure one, with this set of executive orders. 

    "I am not suggesting that those with real cases of PTSD shouldn’t seek help, but I am suggesting that those seeking help should go into it with their eyes open.

    " At first glance, the slate of executive orders this President has issued doesn’t seem to be that obnoxious, but I’d ask you to reconsider. This president has decided that doctors must violate their confidentiality with patients or face potential sanctions or at the very least, civil liability.

    "These measures really go too far, but since many Americans seem to be accepting that the President is screwing around with their health-care, they probably won’t mind if he gives orders to their doctors." -Mark America

  • KentonAK

    When Governor Palin gave her first speech on August 1, 2009, after resigning as governor to members of the NRA in Anchorage, Alaska she predicted that there would be a some kind of tie-in between ObamaCare and guns in an effort to take away our Second Amendment rights.

    We saw the beginnings of this by the Obama administration yesterday, January 16, 2013.

    "Doctors and other healthcare providers…need to be able to ask about firearms in their patients’ homes and safe storage of those firearms," the administration said in the press release, "especially if their patients show signs of certain mental illnesses, or if they have a young child or mentally ill family members at home.

    "The administration noted that "medical groups continue to fight against state laws attempting to ban doctors from asking these questions."

    This is what Governor Palin said on August 1, 2009:

    "And by the way… On health care issues going on in D.C. right now? Be wary when some kind of tie-in occurs; Because it will come up: A tie-in with guns in an attempt to take away our Second Amendment rights under the guise of some new health care plan – You know that this is coming – That the two issues will somehow crop up and they’ll be tied together. So we have to be very wary on this."  -Governor Sarah Palin, August 1, 2009  Anchorage, Alaska

    • n4cerinc

      Very insightful. Do you have a link of this speech? I tried searching for it and came up empty.

    • $26225604

      sarahpac should put together a colauge(sp) of all the times sarah expressed such foresight

      • jester2939

        Absolutely, and when/if she runs for POTUS they will be perfect campaign commericials on TV.

    • golfmom3

      "A star-studded banquet concluded the events of the NRA’s XVIII Gun Collectors Seminar in Anchorage, Alaska on Saturday night, August 1, 2009.

      Luminaries such as NRA President Ronald Schmeits (pictured above with Sarah Palin) and Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre attended the four-day seminar in downtown Anchorage. The seminar was hosted by Gun Collectors Committee Chairman Wayne Anthony Ross and the members of the Alaska Gun Collectors Association.

      Seminar activities included sessions on World War II in Alaska as well as the life of the common soldier of the American revolution and culminated Saturday evening with a visit from former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin who gave a stirring speech on 2nd Amendment rights.

      Following the speech she was presented with Life Memberships in the Missouri Valley Arms Collectors Association, Ohio Gun Collectors Association and the Dallas Arms Collectors Association. The members of the Missouri Valley Arms Collectors Association also presented Gov. Palin with an NRA Benefactor Life Membership as well. She was also
      presented with the NRA’s Gold Medal Award of Merit for the Promotion of Gun Collecting. This is only the second time in 10 years the award has been presented on behalf of the NRA’s Gun Collectors Committee."

      Now WHO has credibility on the 2nd Amendment??

    • jester2939

      Once again, Sarah is way ahead of the curve! Rush and Levin need to be made aware of this – conservatives need to know that Sarah, not Rubio, is who this nation needs.

      • Budvarakbar

         yeh — the fox tools were pushing up rubio — (a bushite ? – bushinista?) again last night.  Why aren’t they asking Cruz? hmmm?

    • hrh40

      Hi Kenton!

      Glad to see you! :)

      Perhaps you’ve been here all along and I just missed since I only peruse these days …

      At any rate, I’m glad to run across your comments anyway!

    • Leroy Whitby

      Amazing. How the heck did she know? Palin is truly brilliant. 

  • Polarbearpapa

    Madison Rising – The Star Spangled Banner

  • Pete Petretich

    "I am a Sarah Palin Conservative, not a Republican!"

    h/t Richard Smit on Facebook

  • Polarbearpapa

    I love how the Lord in his word describes our spiritual battle by arming ourselves..

    Eph. 6

    10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 

    11 Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 

    12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers,
    against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and
    against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 

    13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you
    may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to

    14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 

    16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 

    17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 

    18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and
    requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all
    the saints.

  • palin45potus

    I have a number of questions as we stumble down the chute to irrelevancy as a country.

    Since Sarah Palin isn’t going to be at CPAC, does her speech from last time around simply disappear as if a mirage that shimerred promisingly in the distant was just a cruel illusion, or will she be speaking again at a big event?  In the spring of 2010, she was everywhere.  While the left would like us to believe that she has no offers whatsoever, I’m willing to bet my next paycheck that she could draw 10,000 wherever she goes.

    But is the word out to sponsors that she is not to be approached, or else?  Do the nefarious forces really exert that much power that they will comply with such a "Suggestion"?  I don’t know, but if you asked me back in 2008 if FNC would ever hire Dennis Kucinich, I’d have laughed.  Now I expect that he will be one of their Faux stars.

    • $26225604

      fox used to have hannity and colmes. were the ratings better then? colmes is as nuts as kucinich.

    • $26225604

      how do you know she isnt going to be there? i mean, i dont think she will be, but you are making a definitive statement as though you read it as fact

      • lanahi

        The fact that we haven’t heard one way or another implies that they are still negotiating.

        I hope she will become a free agent instead of signing up again with anyone.  She is still a big ratings draw that most anyone would like to have on, so I don’t think she would have a shortage of opportunities.  The Fox gig is getting kind of old and limits her.

    • SusanWo4p


      From what I have seen, those nefarious forces have their tentacles in our state elections as well.  Most politicians have big egos…and big ambitions.  They get a taste of power and they want more…and they’ll make all the deals they have to do get "help" from the powerful, sneaky elite who will stoop at nothing to manipulate the outcome of elections.  Once they sell their souls to these devils, they are forever owned by them. 

      I think these tentacles start BEFORE these rising stars get to national prominence.
      (Chris Christie for example…Karl Rove was involved in his rise in NJ, before Christie got involved in politics.)

      I would not be at all surprised, if, at some point in her political ascent, Sarah was approached by these Rove-esque GOP mobsters and was told, "we will clear a path for you, if you agree to join us."  She said no and was marked for destruction.

      These folks have infiltrated almost everything.

      • $26225604

        she was. it was that cruise in 2006 or 07 that bill kristol and group took up to alaska. may not have been exactly then, but sarah was also approached by wasilla city council because she appealed to them. they paved the way for her to an extent and then figured out after she was on board that she wasnt go along to get along and actually had a mind of her own.

  • Polarbearpapa

    It will be of little avail to the people, that the laws are made by
    men of their own choice, if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot
    be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood; if they be
    repealed or revised before they are promulgated, or undergo such
    incessant changes that no man, who knows what the law is to-day, can
    guess what it will be to-morrow.

    Alexander Hamilton

  • technopeasant

    Some more stat and information leading up to this week’s NFL conference champioship games on Sunday:

    1) The SF 49ers have NOT won a road playoff game since the 1988 Conference Championship, the days of Joe Montana and have not been back to the Super Bowl since 1994.

    2) Colin Kaepernick and Matt Ryan are both playing in their first CC game. Of the QB’s who have started CC games since the 2000 season, these QB’s all lost their first CC start:

    a) Joe Flacco

    b) Mark Sanchez

    c) Peyton Manning

    d) Philip Rivers

    e) Alex Smith

    f) Jay Cutler

    g) Drew Brees

    h) Donovan McNabb

    i) Michael Vick

    j) Ben Rothlisberger

    3) Since the 1970 merger (Super Bowl era), Tom Brady is tied with John Elway with the best conference championship game record (5-1) and when Brady steps on to the field on Sunday he will tie Brett Favre for most post-season games started and tie Joe Montana for most conference games started (7).

    If Brady wins on Sunday he will be the first QB to start 6 Super Bowl games.

    And finally a really unbelievable stat: Since Brady started for the NE Patriots in the 3rd game of the 2001 regular season to the present time (12 seasons) he has never lost a HOME regular season or post-season game when the Pats led after the first half or after the 3rd quarter of that game.

    Including playoffs:

    Leading after first half:        67 of 67

    Leading after 3rd quarter:   71 of 71

    So watch on Sunday to see if the Pats are leading at the half and/or 3rd quarter.

    4) Of the QB’s who have started games in the 2012 playoffs, Flacco and Brady are the only two remaining who have not thrown an interception.

    5) Consider this a quirk but in the last 6 AFC Conference championship games since 2006, the home team has won an unprecedented 6 games in a row. The law of averages says a visiting team (the Ravens) might win this Sunday. In contrast the road team has won the last two NFC CC games.

    6) Another quirk. As most of us know in two of the past three seasons the NFC Conference championship games has gone into overtime but in the AFC there has not been an overtime game in the AFC CC game since the 1986 season when the Broncos prevailed over the Browns on the road.

    7) Joe Flacco is tied with Eli Manning with the most ROAD playoff wins ever (5). If he beats the Pats he will have that record all to himself. Imagine greats like Montana, Brady, Peyton Manning, Staubach or Favre never won five road playoff games. Winning on the road during the playoffs is not that easy.

    By the way if Flacco loses on Sunday he will be 0-3 in title games which would tie with Donovan McNabb for CC futility who also started 0-3.

    8) If you are a Ravens’ fan here’s something to hang your hat on:

    In Tom Brady’s last 3 conference championship games (2006, 2007, 2011) his passer rating for those three games is a mediocre 79.9 which includes:

    a) Not throwing for more than 276 passing yards in any of these games.

    b) Not exceeding a passer rating of 91.1 in any of these games.

    c) Throwing an equal number of TD passes and interceptions in these three games (5).

    But despite these numbers Brady and the Pats managed to prevail in 2 of these 3 games.

    I will now go on record: Short of a major snowstorm or abnormal weather conditions which affect the play of both QB’s,, there is no way that Brady can again produce such underwhelming numbers and take the Pats to victory again. Flacco is just playing to well in this playoff season posting over 100 passer rating in his first two playoff games this season.

    In addition Tom Brady has not gone two consecutive playoff games without throwing an interception since the 2004 run. And to boot before the Houston game last Sunday he had thrown at least one pick in five consecutive post-season games. The odds are Brady is going to throw at least one pick against the Ravens. Contrary to the popular belief, in football you don’t get better with age, especially when you are in the back nine of your career.

    I would not be shocked if the Ravens won.

    9) But in interest of providing a counterbalance here is the most overlooked Patriots stat:

    Defensively in its first 8 regular season games without corner Aqib Talib on the roster the Patriots DEFENSIVE PASSER RATING as 97.0.which placed the Pats near the bottom of the league in defending the pass. In its last 8 games with Talib in the Patriot’s tent, the Pats have posted a 77.2 DEFENSIVE PASSER RATING. A 20 point swing after the midseason is unheard of in the NFL.

    By the way for all that the Pats’ defense has been maligned, it gave up fewer point in the regular season than the Baltimore Ravens defense did (20.7 vs 21.5).

    10) Matt Ryan’s record at home including the playoffs for his career is 34-7. Since the start of the 2011 season including playoffs it is 14-3.

    I really think the Falcons have a decent shot at winning against the 49ers. Remember the Falcons are the same team who had the Seattle Seahawks down 27-7 going into the 4th quarter. No scrub team could have done that.

    In addition I believe there is too much hype this week over the 49ers and quarterback Colin Kaepernick. I sure didn’t like the way he played in Seattle a month ago in a very hostile environment where he lost 42-13 and his passer rating was under 75. The Georgia Dome will be equally as loud and hostile on Suday if not worse.

    And for all the talk by the pundits giving up a lot of rushing yards to Cam Newton of the Panthers (played twice), RGIII of the Washington Redskins and Russell Wilson of the Seahawks, all possessed with great running ability, they fail to mention the Falcons did win 3 of those 4 games and the game they lost was in Carolina and not inside the dome.

    It’s not like Colin Kaepernick is other-worldly and the above 3 QB’s are scrubs.

    I seem to remember in the divisional round that the Denver Broncos were considered invincible. The Falcons did finish 13-3 and in terms of winning against opponents who finished the season with a better than a .500 record the Falcons were 3-0.  They beat the Broncos, Redskins, Giants. In contrast the 49ers were 4-3 against "quality opponents" winning against the Packers, the Seahawks, the Bears, and the Patriots but losing to the Giants, Seahawks and the Vikings.

    • barracuda43

      Take Atlanta plus 4 Techno. Lock of the week!

    • Christopher H Fromme

      For the Ravens to win they will have to play great defense and keep the Pat’s under 10 points in the first half and get one int for points.  That is how all the game were close with the Steelers over the years.

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