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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

    About ACES

    Governor Palin, the Success of ACES, and the Defeat of Corruption-Part I

    From the article:

    "Governor Palin’s political career has been marked by a consistent efforts to rid Alaska of corruption, remove pervasive crony capitalism, and make government more transparent.

    Her proposal of Alaska’s Clear and Equitable Share is an excellent example of her reaching all three aims. "

    • ZH100

      ‘Governor Palin, the Success of the ACES, and the Defeat of Corruption-Part II’

      From the article:

      "ACES has created a stable environment for investment and development of oil and has provided a boost to Alaskan jobs and the economy, while concurrently boosting state revenue. In short, ACES has been a success."

      • ZH100

         The Lingering Influence of Crony Capitalism and Big Oil in Alaskan Politics’

        From the article:

        "In recent posts, I discussed how Governor Palin’s key legislative victory, Alaska’s Clear and Equitable Share (ACES) , has been a transparent, constitutionally-based, pro-growth success.

        In 2007, Governor Palin signed into law ACES, an oil tax structure that includes incentives for development and investment in capital improvements and ensured that Alaska’s resources would be developed for the maximum benefit for the people of Alaska as per their state constitution.

        The Alaska constitution states that the state’s natural resources belong to the people of Alaska. In essence, revenue derived from oil development belongs in part to the people of Alaska who, as owners of the resources, are due their share of the profits as “shareholders”.

        Beyond this, ACES also replaced Governor Murkowski’s Petroleum Profits Tax (PPT) which was tainted by crony capitalism and corruption and lead to the arrest and conviction of state legislators and Governor Murkowski’s chief-of-staff due to the ties between PPT negotiations and VECO Corp, a oil and gas pipeline company."

        • ZH100

          ‘Don’t be misled into thinking that Gov. Palin has championed the same sort of "windfall profits taxes" on oil companies that Obama has.’

          From the article:

          "Palin has stood up to the major oil companies, and has made utterly transparent the State of Alaska’s dealings with them, but she is neither in their pocket nor a rabble-rouser who unfairly demonizes them. She’s dealt with them like a responsible public servant, not a class warrior."

          • 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.


  • heshtesh

    I sure do wish Gov. Palin would reappear and become reengaged with the events that are sucking the life out of America in a loud and proud manner.

  • BrianusBerkleianus

    My Dear Friends in Sarah,

    A Happy and Blessed Sunday to you all!!

    And a beautiful day it is. As we prepare to endure the sickening sights and somber sounds of the second "inauguration" of barack hussein obama, I sense that a great counter-insurgency is stirring in the hearts and spirits of millions of Americans.

    Here are some thoughts on:


    I think that our dear Governor’s time may be coming; her hour may be dawning.

    Two events point in this direction for me, one from sixteen-and-a-half months ago, one from the other day.

    The first was her heroic and momentous Crony Capitalism speech on 3 September, 2011 in Indianola, Iowa. I was there that day, with so many of you. The very skies, which had frowned and rumbled in a cacophony of stirrings of storms for hour upon hour, seemed finally to smile a benediction as they parted their windy and rain-soaked curtains to reveal a bright sun–just as Sarah strode forward to speak to us!!

    Because this great oration threatened the power-mongers of BOTH political parties, it may have cost the Governor IN THE SHORT RUN the chance to win the White House, that is in 2012. But I believe that, for the long run, it has provided her with a principled and prominent platform on an issue which can appeal to a wide spectrum of American voters, Republicans, Democrats, Independents. It is almost as if she strategically and wisely and prophetically maneuvered that day, not to surrender, but to RELOAD, and EVENTUALLY OUTFLANK the opposition.

    As the INSANITY in Washington, DC becomes clearer and clearer, the SANITY of Governor Palin will become more and more manifest.

    The second event was obama’s disgusting appearance the other day when this "president," the darling of pro-abortion forces, the "president" of the Fast and Furious gun-running scandal, had the shameless gall and impudence to surround himself with CHILDREN to promote his anti-Second-Amendment, anti-American agenda.

    Pardon my language, guys, but SHAMELESS, SMILING DEVIL!!!!!

    I think that he went too far, and has begun to arouse an American People who have been somnolent and silent for too long.

    Here then are two issues, Crony Capitalism and Second-Amendment rights, that have a broad appeal for Americans.

    And, based on her whole life using firearms in the marvelous and majestic Great Land of Alaska, and based on her sterling and shining record as a Servant of the People as Mayor and Governor, who is more qualified than our Sarah to defend American principles in these two areas?!?

    Now, we need spiritual and material resources to sustain our lives and those of our families.

    For our spiritual sustenance, we rely on prayer and on the grace and help of the Lord.

    But, on the material level, we say to the Federal government: DO NOT TOUCH OUR GUNS AND OUR GOLD (I.E., MONEY/PROPERTY)!!!

    You see, these two elements constitute the ORDINARY and the EXTRAORDINARY means for sustaining a life that is American and Free.

    "GOLD" (=money/property) is the ORDINARY means that we use to sustain lives for ourselves and our families. Do not touch our gold, Washington. I think that Americans are about to wake up. Especially as the implications of obamacare start to be revealed, Americans are going to arouse themselves and say: NO MORE STEALING OF OUR MONEY TO FUEL A POLITICAL-FINANCIAL "OLD BOYS’ " CLUB OF CRONY CAPITALISM!!

    GUNS are the EXTRAORDINARY means that we need to defend our homes, our families, our property. They come into play in emergencies. NO STEALING OF OUR FIREARMS!!

    In trying to touch our guns, I think that the usurpers have begun to awaken the sleeping and hibernating colossus and giant of the American People.


    Let us pray that, if it be the merciful Will of Heaven, she may announce a run for POTUS at just the right moment and in just the right way (GOP, third-party, ambiguous between GOP and third party??).

    It is time to draw and wield our "swords" …


    I had planned to present this morning reflections on the next page of her beautiful book, Going Rogue. Instead, I shall present these thoughts later on this week.

    I will see you later on to share the NFC and AFC Championship Games with you. This old Oakland Raiders fan still has a lively and non-partisan interest in the NFL playoffs!!

    In baseball: RIP Stan The Man Musial, an American Giant, and also the great Earl Weaver.

    God bless you all always!!

    DEO VOLENTE, SARAH 2016!!!


    • cudaforever

      Good morning Brian !! God Bless Stan the MAN and Mr. Earl Weaver – He use to have tomato plants growing in the outfield :) Stan the MAN – 24 All Star games tied with Willie Mays !! Fantastic !!

      • BrianusBerkleianus

        Thanks, Billy–two great American sports heroes!!!

    • CTmom2


      I agree with you that a sleeping giant is waking up.  Yesterday, 1000 CT gun-toting citizens showed up at the state capitol to challenge the president, Democrat Gov. Dannel Malloy and the democratically-controlled legislature on their assault on the Second Amendment.  I saw no advertisement for this and, in fact, only read on FB that one of my friends was going to Hartford and wanted to know if anyone wanted to join him.  He did not say why he was going.

      Later in the day, both a local newspaper and the 10:00 p.m. Fox News reported that 1000 people showed up.  Most of them did not want to be seen on camera and told the reporter that they feared the editing that would be done.  But, one person told the reporter to shoot video of the capitol buiding itself.  The reporter took his advice and had his videographer pan up to a row of statues of Founding Fathers of CT, each one holding some type of weapon in his hand. 

      So I think 1000 people from the" Land of Steady Habits" showing up on the steps of CT’s capitol is very telling.   We just don’t do that kind of thing here. 

      I do hope and pray that God will use our Sarah to lead our nation out of the abyss we are in.  But, I I fear that too many in the church, myself included, have remained too silent for too long on the abortion issue and so the blood of the innocents is on our hands, too.  We can no longer pretend that "it’s just a piece of tissue" when 3D images inside the womb clearly show another human being.  So I fear the judgment that may come.  May God have mercy on us.

      • BrianusBerkleianus

        Thanks, CTmom!!

        Yes, may the Good Lord lead this nation to repent of the abortion license.

        The Governor is the perfect carrier of the beautiful pro-life message.

        God bless, and have a great Sunday!!!

      • CharterOakie

        Ave frater fidelis eloquensque!

        • BrianusBerkleianus

          Gratias tibi ago, Frater Fidelis!!

  • BrianusBerkleianus

    And, Brother VG, thank you for your post on yesterday’s open thread!!

    Prayers continue for you, my friend!!

    • cudaforever

      Yeah, Prayers go Up for VG !! God Bless him.

  • cudaforever

    I think the Falcons and the Patriots will win. Not a fan of either of them :) GO SARAH !!
    Happy Sunday C4P !

    • BrianusBerkleianus

      Happy Sunday, Billy!!

  • onparade

    one little tidbit  every state that had no voter photo id obama won and those that had it he lost….and he won by 5 million so if all the conservatives that stayed home…some 2-3 million did vote …we still would have lost….we need more conservatives…..

    • Pete Petretich

      Does anyone anywhere actually, really believe that Romney was a conservative?

      • WilliamShipley

        No, but we believed he wasn’t Obama.

        • Pete Petretich

          Obviously that wasn’t enough. Now the GOPe must go down!

          Boehner must go down!

          Priebus must go down!

          McConnell must go down!

    • Audrey_I

      Obama did not get a mandate.  If one had the power of dropping as little as five hundred thousand votes into the right places, Romney would had won.  Seventy thousand more Romney votes in Florida would have given the Sunshine State with its 27 electoral votes to Romney.  Eighty thousand more Romney votes in Virginian would have given Romney the Old Dominion States.   A couple hundred thousand Romney votes in Ohio would have almost pushed Romney across the line.   Win one more state with a handful of Electoral votes and Romney would be president.

  • Escaped_Teleprompter

    In their upside-down world, leftists want their doctor to talk about guns,
     and their sheriff to do their colonoscopy.  

  • BrianusBerkleianus

    And THANK YOU, techno, for your thought-provoking piece yesterday!

    In regard to the final paragraph or so, I would say that, yes, Leftist Hollywood producers et al. do believe that the only reality is their own "reality."

    I believe that people on our side try humbly to conform themselves to REALITY and to reality, that is, to the CREATOR and to His creation.  Leftists play "god," and think that they can "create" "reality" for themselves and for others.

    In place of objective truth, they substitute naked power.

    They control cinema, the media, academia, government, and, since they have the POWER, they will create their own "morality," their own "reality"–and, in the end, if you do not like it, you can go to a "reeducation" camp.  This is the "philosophy" of these folks.

    God bless, and enjoy the games today!!


  • BrianusBerkleianus

    And, Ian, I love the photo that crowns this open thread:

    The Governor with her GAME FACE on!!

    God bless you for all that you faithfully do here every day!!

  • Jthom26837

     Good Morning Everybody,

    Nothing else to report today except the infamous ‘World Wide (Hollywood & The Whitehouse included) Obsession Of The Palins’ marches on. Nothing else to say exept:

    • BrianusBerkleianus

      Good morning and thanks, Jthom!

      • Jthom26837

         Good Morning, Brianus. Anytime.

  • Bogdan51

    Hi there Friends!

    Two posts about Sarah in The American Thinker and one in Breitbart and lots and lots of enthusiastic comments suggest that the rumours about Sarah’s political death were "slightly" exagerated.

    Good Night and God Bless you.

    Bogdan from Australia

    • BrianusBerkleianus

      I LOVED your beautiful and heartfelt post, Bogdan, from a few days ago!!!!

      God bless!

    • Pete Petretich

      Sarah’s influence keeps growing but she doesn’t have to be ambitious or grandstand like Chrispy Creme and Rooobio…

      • BrianusBerkleianus

        Exactly, Pete!!

        She appeals to millions by just being herself, her brave and beautiful Alaskan and American self!!

    • wodiej

      God bless you too.

    • palmerguy

      Yes they were; a few weeks back she and Tod went south to watch the cowboys at the rodeo in Vegas, now they are south again to look at old cars  —  SURE THEY ARE!!!!

  • Pete Petretich

    "PM Netanyahu Meets with US Senators"

    I think Bibi will be re-elected on Friday…

  • daisy_mae

    God bless everyone!  Just read this quote on another site I thought you’d get a kick out of "hold your firearm steady, now that’s gun control!"  Loved that!

    • BrianusBerkleianus

      Great; thanks, daisy_mae, and God bless!!

    • wodiej

      God bless you too.

  • wodiej

    "I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised; so shall I be saved from my enemies."  Psalm 18:3

    • BrianusBerkleianus

      Thanks, wodiej, and good morning.

      Have a great Sunday!!

      • wodiej

        Good Morning Brian. You’re welcome and God bless you. 

  • Pete Petretich


    "Q. Who will win the election?

    A. Almost certainly Netanyahu.

    Apart from the short period ?(1996-2001?) when Israel experimented with directly electing the prime minister, there has never been an outright victor because no party has won a majority of Knesset seats. The election winner, therefore, is the party that convinces other parties to join a coalition that commands the support of at least 61 MKs. This isn’t necessarily the largest party.

    The winning coalition may be clear on election night but it could take weeks or even months to secure enough MKs. The polls currently have the right wing and religious parties with 66 to 68 MKs, which would allow Netanyahu to form a similar coalition to his present one or bring in centrist parties. Either way, he remains prime minister."

  • technopeasant

    On the threshold of the NFL championship games today some more tidbits and morsels that might help you appreciate the games more:

    1) First here is an example of great propaganda. There is a much ballyhoo that the NFL is a league of parity. Well in the AFC since 2000, only 4 teams have hosted the title game in 12 of those 13 years (NE: 4, PiTT: 4, INDY: 2 OAK: 2)

    2) The last time before today in the AFC that the same team hosted the AFC title game two years in a row was 1994-1995 when the Pittsburgh Steelers did it and the last time a team won two title games at home in consecutive years was the Buffalo Bills in 1990-1991.

    3) This stat is equivalent to the stat that although Padraig Harrington has won 3 majors, he has never led a major going into the final round.

    Although the Baltimore Ravens won the Super Bowl in 2000 and have won at least one playoff game in each of the last five seasons (including 2012), the Ravens have never hosted an AFC Conference Championship game.

    4) In Tom Brady’s conference championship games which he has started he is 5-1 including 4-0 at home.

    But if you are a Ravens fan here is something to hang your hat on: Tom Brady has played some of his worse games in the conference championship games and only has a passer rating for those 6 games of 78.4 which is way below his standards. In addition in those 6 games he has never thrown for more than 239 yards and thrown 6 TD passes and 7 interceptions.

    Now one can argue Brady is like wine, that he gets better with age. But in sports that is not normally the case, especially someone on the back nine of his career.

    5) Something strange happened in the 2011 AFC Championship game: The Baltimore Ravens were +2 in the turnover ratio and still lost.

    Since 1990 when the NFL playoff format was changed, that was the first time in the AFC or the NFC any team had won the conference title by losing the turnover ratio by +2 or more. That’s one time in 44 CC games played between 1990 and 2011 in both conferences.

    I will almost guarantee the odds of the Pats winning today if they lose the turnover margin again by +2 or more are very high.

    Finally so far during this entire playoff season no team has won a playoff game if they ended up losing the turnover margin.

    But to bring it back into balance for the entire regular season the Patriots were +25 in the turnover ratio while the Ravens were +9.

    6) And another stat that tilts the odds into the Raven’s favor is that Tom Brady has not gone two consecutive playoff games without throwing an interception since the 2004 run.

    If he does today there is a good chance the Pats will lose the turnover margin. Flacco has not thrown an interception in this playoff run and only 2 in his last 6 playoff starts while in his last 6 post-season starts Brady has thrown 8 picks.

    7) Just heard a stat from the Elias Sports Bureau:

    In conference championship games held in domed stadiums the home team is 6-1. That loss was when the Atlanta Falcons upset the Minnesota Vikings in overtime in the 1998 playoffs.

    I would not be surprised one bit if the Falcons beat the 49ers today. I just don’t believe Colin Kaepernick and the 49ers will play as well today as they did at home a week ago.

    8) Since 1970 here are the times a team lost the conference championship and then came back the next year to win it:


    Oakland Raiders: Lost 1975 on the road; won 1976 at home

    Pittsburgh Steelers: Lost 1994 at home; won 1995 at home

    Pittsburgh Steelers Lost 2004 at home: won 2005 on the road


    LA Rams:     Lost 1978 at home; won 1979 on the road

    SF 49ers:     Lost 1983 on the road; won 1984 at home

    CH Bears:    Lost 1984 on the road; won 1985 at home

    WASH Red: Lost 1986 on the road; won 1987 at home

    SF 49ers:     Lost 1993 on the road; won 1994 at home

    DALL Cow   Lost 1994 on the road; won 1995 at home

    GB Pack:     Lost 1995 on the road; won 1996 at home

    PH Eag        Lost 2003 at home; won 2004 at home

    Both the Ravens and the 49ers appeared in last year’s championship game and lost.

    If the Ravens win today, they will be the first team since the 1970 merger to have lost a conference game on the road and then to win a conference game on the road the following year.

    And the 49ers if they win will be only team besides the Steelers and the Rams to lose a home conference game and then go on the road the following year and win.

    As you can see the most common lose-win scenario is for a team to lose on the road and then prevail next year at home when they are hosting the game.

    9) As far as I can tell since 1990 the only QB to have lost his first three conference championship starts is Donovan McNabb. Joe Flacco will join McNabb today if he loses.

    But Joe Flacco is 7-4 in his playoff career.

    10) The weather forecasts are in. Cold temperatures and wind gusts of 15mph-25mph. Could affect the long passing game of Joe Flacco.

    And it definitely could affect the kicking game.especially because it appears the winds will be out of the west whereas the field lies north-south. Could be terrific crosswind in play.

    • BrianusBerkleianus

      Thanks, techno!

      I love to see my Raiders included in here, when it is a question of NFL (and AFL) history.

      My team has been a laughing-stock in recent years, but we have a great history.

      BTW, I posted a short appreciation above of your great post from yesterday, which I did not see until a few hours ago.

      Have a great Sunday!!

  • wodiej

    Let There Be Peace on Earth

  • Pete Petretich

    12 year old hero…

  • wodiej

    "There is no way to Peace, Peace is the way."  A. J. Muste

    • golfmom3

      You should check the background of the men whom you quote:

      "Starting as a minister in the Dutch Reformed Church, he became a socialist and labor union activist, and was one of the founders and the first director of Brookwood Labor College. In 1936, he recommitted himself to pacifism and focused his energy on war resistance, civil rights, civil liberties and disarmament. Over his life he worked with a wide array of organizations, including the Fellowship of Reconciliation, Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) and War Resisters League, and served as editor of Liberation magazine. He continued his work for peace during the U.S. war in Vietnam; shortly before his death, he traveled to North Vietnam with a delegation of clergy and met with Communist leader Ho Chi Minh."

      Peace in socialist terms is concession.

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