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Congrats to fans of the Niners and Ravens. Obama’s public inauguration occurs today. I hope those with the day off enjoy it.



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  • technopeasant

    Review of the two conference championship games yesterday:

    1) The odds that two of the most high-powered offenses in the NFL (Falcons and Patriots) would be both shut out in the second half of their games: 1 in 10,000 (at least).

    And regarding the Falcons how often have you seen a team score 24 points in the first half and not score another point? Weird.

    2) Jim Harbaugh of the SF 49ers is a testament to the idea that coaching in the NFL is a huge factor in whether a team reaches "the promised land" or not. With SF’s success this year and last year, it’s easy to forget how pathetic a franchise they were before Harbaugh took over and that the proud franchise until yesterday had not made the Super Bowl since 1994.

    3) Colin Kaepernick is the real deal. The Falcons prevented Colin from running consistently but he beat the Falcons with his arm bringing the 49ers back when they were down 17 points. Many teams with terrible QB situations are going to regret not drafting him.

    And Colin therefore is living proof that NFL organizations who make excuses to why they have at best mediocre quarterbacking are simply trying to rationalize their own ineptitude or incompetency to judge talent. Diamonds in the rough do exist if you look hard enough.

    4) There is a reason Matt Ryan QB of the Atlanta Falcons is 1-4 in the playoffs. Where the rubber meets the road, he simply doesn’t make the key plays necessary to win in the post-season against better opponents. Kind of reminds me of Peyton Manning in that sense with respect to playoff futility. Great regular season; fizzles out when the going gets tougher.

    5) In contrast Joe Flacco is now 8-4 in the playoffs (66.7% winning percentage) and now holds the all-time post-season record for most road playoff victories at 6. And he has only been in the NFL for 5 seasons.

    This was the third consecutive game in his playoff run that Flacco posted a 100+ passer rating. And in Joe’s last 5 playoff appearances he has not posted a playoff passer rating under 95.

    Flacco has definitely turned the corner. Definitely should be considered an elite QB now.

    6) My last 5 posts I will devote to Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and the NE Patriots.

    Let me first cite one of my favorite quotes from politics by Sean Malstrom:

    "What does INTENSITY have to do with politics? Well, everything. INTENSE people are those who vote."

    I believe the emotion and intensity generated by "the Ray Lewis farewell tour" was discounted or overlooked by Patriots’ fans and the Patriots themselves. It kind of snowballed after the Ravens upset the Denver Broncos just over a week ago. And the Baltimore Ravens simply wanted to win this game more than the Pats and that showed up throughout the game with the INTENSITY of their play on both sides of the ball. In comparison the Pats looked flat throughout the whole game.The Pats never came close to matching the Ravens’ physical INTENSITY on the field and on their sidelines.

    7)During Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign I often referred to Romney as competent enough to move the ball into the red zone but consistently would have to settle for field goals.

    The Patriots yesterday played like Mitt Romney. When you get into the red zone you have to score TD’s more often than not. If you don’t, in most NFL games you are going to lose.

    The Pats failed to execute and it doesn’t matter what walk of life you are in, your past reputation and cachet will only take you so far in the present day; eventually you will have to prove it once again you have what it takes to get the job done. Obviously last night the Pats could not accomplish that.

    8) I have this theory about great or very competent leaders in general. There is a certain period in their career with an organization that they fully blossom, can do little wrong or reach peak performance in terms of fulfilling their coaching and team goals and being successful. Part of it is also because they are also in their peak because of their relative youthfulness in terms of energy or youthful desire to prove they have what it takes to succeed (chip on their shoulder).

    But after you climb the mountain for an extended period of time like Bill Belichick did from 2001, the Pats’ first Super Bowl victory and 14 point underdogs to boot with your game plan for that game ending up in the Hall of Fame to 2007 when he and the Pats were upset by the NY Giants ending the undefeated season, I believe you eventually begin to lose gradually a little bit of the edge or fire that generated the past success, for Belichick 3 Super Bowl victories First let me be clear. Bill Belichick is still one of the greatest NFL coaches ever but if you are objective, he has not performed as well between 2008–2012 as he did previously.

    The Pats’ record in the playoffs between 2008–2012 tell the story: 3-4. And during the past 7 playoff games, can anyone argue that Belichick’s game plans or in-game coaching been great? Imho Belichick is on downside of his head coaching career with the Pats. It would not surprise me one bit if the Pats did not win another SB while he is calling the shots on the sidelines.

    Even Vince Lombardi faded towards the end of his coaching career. Most of the great ones do. Like players few go out on top. Don Shula retired from the Miami Dolphins after the 1995 season but remember the last time the Dolphins made the Super Bowl was 1984. And the Washington Redskins bringing back three time SB champion Joe Gibbs a few years ago was an unmitigated disaster. And the latest example is Andy Reid who took the Eagles to four consecutive title games between 2001 and 2004 and then in 2008 but really what has Reid done lately? The greater majority of great leaders eventually lose their mojo.

    If owners were really smart, they would keep head coaches in the fold while they are winning championships or attaining great success consistently but after 5-7 years really think of finding someone else to take over the helm. There are simply too many examples of head coaches who stayed way beyond their former success and kept their jobs because of their past laurels.

    Is it time for Belichick to move on? Well, it’s been 8 seasons since the Pats won a Super Bowl. How much longer do you give him to win another one? Is Belichick living on his past laurels?

    9) The song by Barry Manilow "Trying to get that feeling again" imho applies to Tom Brady wanting so desperately to win another Super Bowl and trying to recapture the success he had when he was in his mid 20′s. And like a man who knows his love for his spouse or significant other has died and feels the pain of that loss, Tom Brady is a man who feels the same kind of emotions and pain. And like this proverbial man, there are tons of regrets but the worst feeling is knowing deep down you will never be able to revive it no matter how much you try or what efforts you go to resurrect it.

    With regards to Tom Brady a part of it is his age. He is now on the back nine of his career.

    Brady and Tiger Woods are two peas in a pod. Look at Tiger Woods in 2012. Three wins on the PGA Tour, no majors and no victories in the PGA playoffs. Tiger is still one of the best players in the world as Tom Brady is still one of the best QB’s in the NFL. But they have a much more difficult time performing in the clutch than they were in their prime (24-32).

    But if you follow sports, this is the way it is for all athletes unless they retire in their prime. Tiger is now 37 and Brady is 35. It is not assured that either will climb to the top of the mountain again in their respective sports, golf and football. The only reason I give Woods a better chance to do so is because there are 4 opportunities each year to do so (majors) while with Brady there is only one opportunity each year (Super Bowl) to reach the top of the mountain and in addition football is way more physical and bumps and bruises and injuries simply don’t heal as fast for a foorball player who is now closer to 40 than he is to 30.

    10) Finally I commented during the 2012 presidential campaign that it is all about matchups and I consistently pointed out how poor a matchup Romney was for Obama and often compared it to a boxer going into the ring either not capable of throwing the knockout punch or not having the will to do so, but waiting for the fight to end and hope to win it in a decision.

    Imho, the Pats faced their perennial nemesis yesterday the Baltimore Ravens who were determined not to give the proverbial heavyweight champion of the world any quarter and instead were determined to take the fight to the Pats and attempt to land the knockout punch and win the game outright rather than to put it in the laps of the gods (referees, breaks, fluky plays).

    In the first half the Pats were staggered by the Ravens but as champions are wont to do, they don’t go down easily. It was in the second half of the game the Ravens moved in and got metaphorically some great punches on the Patriots and as the second half moved along the Pats were too beaten up or physically not able to respond in kind to counterattack successfully and regain control of the fight.

    If only Mitt Romney had fought the election like the Baltimore Ravens played last night. It might have been a different result.

    And finally let me end my boxing analogy by saying in the annals of boxing there are many examples where the challenger came a whisker from taking the title belt away from the champ, only to be given a rematch 9-12 months later where the challenger finally takes it away from him.

    The Ravens came ever so close to defeating the Patriots in the 2011 Conference Championship game. They knew from 2011 they could beat the Pats (and from the 2012 regular season as well).It was only a matter of getting over the hump. Which they did last night.

    • John_Frank

      Good morning.

    • http://twitter.com/johnnorton7 john norton

      Being on the west coast now,in the bay area its kinda exciting with the 49er’s win yesterday… Hvn’t followed football since the buffalo bills in the early days… lol

      • blueniner

        Hey John you have to get with it, Bay area sports is hot, The SF Giants have won two world Series in three years, ATT park is the crown jewel of Baseball parks. The Niners will be in Candlestick Park for one more season before they depart to Santa Clara and their new state of the art stadium.

        • http://twitter.com/johnnorton7 john norton

          **__** … ~ !

    • barracuda43

      Hey Techno. Brady will win another superbowl before he is done.

  • 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.
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    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.
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    Jobs

    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
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    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.
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    Energy

    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.
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    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.
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    Education

    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.
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    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.

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/05/07/who-is-the-real-sarah-palin

  • 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.
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    ‘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."
    http://www.adn.com/2009/01/16/657216/palin-unveils-state-energy-goals.html#storylink=cpy
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    ‘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."

    http://thespeechatimeforchoosing.wordpress.com/2010/06/24/sarah-palin%E2%80%99s-goal-of-50-renewable-energy-use-in-alaska-signed-into-law/

  • ZH100

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

    From the article:

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

    http://www.thenewagenda.net/2010/05/02/setting-the-record-straight-sarah-palin-and-sex-education/

  • ZH100

    How the Palin emails backfired on the media.
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    ‘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."

    http://www.examiner.com/article/sarah-palin-email-witch-hunt-backfires-squeaky-clean-good-governor
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    ‘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”.

    http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/tobyharnden/100091820/american-way-sarah-palin-email-frenzy-backfires-on-her-media-antagonists/
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    ‘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."

    http://thespeechatimeforchoosing.wordpress.com/2011/06/12/operation-backfire-e-mails-prove-sarah-palin-was-a-great-governor/
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    ‘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."

    http://communities.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/conscience-conservative/2011/jun/13/sarah-palin-emails/
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    CNN finding that Palin was hard-working governor

    Video:
    http://www.therightscoop.com/cnn-finding-that-palin-was-harding-working-governor/
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    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."

    http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/opinion/jack-kelly/the-real-sarah-palin-302683/#ixzz1PqnqWlle
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    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."

    http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/news/eaton/6086797-452/film-shows-palins-someone-to-admire.html
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    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?"

    http://www.examiner.com/article/palin-the-emails-the-paul-revere-flap-and-the-foolish-media
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    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.

    http://www.therightscoop.com/rush-on-palins-emails-what-a-spectacular-backfire/
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    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."

      http://conservatives4palin.com/2011/06/politico-emails-bolster-the-message-in-the-undefeated.html

      • ZH100

        #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."

        http://conservatives4palin.com/2011/06/palinemails-show-superintendent-of-the-anchorage-school-district-praised-palin-for-her-vision-and-leadership.html

  • John_Frank

    Good morning,

    Lapid: I Want to be Rid of the ArabsYesh Atid chairman says Arabs don’t want peace. All he wants is a fence between us and them.
    http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/164389#.UP0L6vLjOC9

    This is a dramatic shift in position, given Mr. Lapid’s background and previous positions.

    It is a recognition that Israel has no real peace partner..

    See also this analysis by William Bigelow writing for Breitbart News of Mr. Lapid’s statement:

    Even The Israeli Left Acknowledges They Have No Peace Partner
    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2013/01/20/Even-The-Israeli-Left-Acknowledges-They-Have-No-Peace-Partner

    In the meantime, our post American President:

    Leading from Way Behind Obama Fails to Mention American Killed in Algeria
    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2013/01/20/Leading-from-Way-Behind-Obama-Fails-to-Mention-American-Killed-in-Algeria

    P.S. I stand with Sarah Palin.

  • wodiej

    "Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen." Ephesians 4:29

  • John_Frank

    A few articles for your early morning reading pleasure.

    Americans Dead, No Answers As Obama’s Parties Begins
    https://www.lsnewsgroup.com/americans-dead-no-answers-as-obamas-parties-begins/

    Here we are in the beginning hours of the parties to celebrate Barack Obama’s re-election to a second term and still Hillary Clinton has not answered a single question about Benghazi’s attacks which left four Americans dead including the US Ambassador; Barack Obama hasn’t even been asked by any of the media about the reports from State Department and White House sources which say Barack Obama himself arranged the September 11, 2012 meeting between Ambassador Chris Stephens and the Libyan terrorist which murdered him after first torturing and raping him.

    Let us not forget.

    On the domestic front:

    Investing in Foreign Countries
    House Committee finds Obama stimulus cash flowing to foreign companies
    http://freebeacon.com/investing-in-foreign-countries/

    A House Energy and Commerce Committee report released on Thursday shows much of the money in a Department of Energy renewable-energy grant program has gone to foreign companies and has failed to produce many jobs.

    Will the LSM follow up, or are they to busy boozing and swooning it up with Obama?

    Obama’s Secret Beer Summit With Reporters Turns Into Swoonfest
    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Journalism/2013/01/20/Obamas-Secret-Beer-Summit-With-Reporters-Turns-Into-Swoonfest

    Another reason why Mr. L’s idea has merit:

    Mr.L: The Time To Protest The Liberal Media Is Extremely Nigh
    http://conservatives4palin.com/2013/01/mr-l-the-time-to-protest-the-liberal-media-is-extremely-nigh.html

    Will the people rise up?

    The New Power Class Who Will Profit From Obama’s Second Term
    http://www.newgeography.com/content/003409-the-new-power-class-who-will-profit-from-obama-s-second-term

    So who loses in the new order? Certainly unfashionable companies  –  oil firms, agribusiness concerns, suburban homebuilders — face tougher times from regulators and the mainstream media . But the biggest losers likely will be the small business-oriented middle class. Not   surprisingly Main Street, far more than Wall Street, harbors the gravest pessimism about the president’s second term.

    The small business owner, the suburban homeowner, the family farmer  or skilled construction tradesperson are intrinsically ill-suited to   playing the the insiders’ game in Washington. Played up to at election  time, they find their concerns promptly abandoned thereafter, outliers more than ever in a refashioned political order.

    (Side note: The referenced article was written by a card carrying
    Democrat. People may want to share the article with family and friends
    who are supportive of Obama.)

    Bottom line: The continued rise of statism and cronyism, ongoing attacks on people’s liberties and their faith, along with the further harm that the policies of the Obama administration are causing to the entrepreneurial middle class can only lead to a huge explosion.

    In foreign policy:

    Report: Obama Ousting CENTCOM Chief Mattis
    http://freebeacon.com/report-obama-ousting-centcom-chief-mattis/

    Why? The article suggests some damning and startling revelations that are of concern.

    See also:

    The ouster of Mattis: Some follow-up details and a White House response
    http://ricks.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2013/01/19/the_ouster_of_mattis_some_follow_up_details_and_a_white_house_response?wp_login_redirect=0

    (Side note: You may need to set up an account with Foreignpolicy.com to gain access. No cost, and no requirement to have your address added to an email list. Worth taking the time to sign up.)

    The report by Mr. Ricks raises even more concerns.

    Turning to the Middle East:

    International Law and the Iran Impasse
    http://www.merip.org/mero/mero121612

    While one can easily show why the analysis is wrong, it is helpful to at least understand the other side’s position.

    In the meantime:

    Egypt confirms Ahmadinejad to make Cairo visit
    Iran’s president to meet Morsi on trip next month; Cairo also said ready to host international negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program
    http://www.timesofisrael.com/egypt-confirms-ahmadinejad-to-make-cairo-calling/

    We helped overthrow Mubarak for this?

    Why are we continuing to provide foreign aid to Egypt, either directly or through the IMF?
                       
    Interesting that this news comes after:

    - Obama nominated Hagel for Defense (whose nomination was applauded by Iran), Brennan for the CIA and Kerry for State (whose nomination was praised by China); and,

    - Senator McCain visited Egypt and told the Egyptian government that in spite of the upset over Morsi’s words, he and the other members of his Congressional delegation would support the Obama administration’s foreign aid requests for Egypt.

    Remember Governor Palin’s admonition while visiting India concerning China?

    World View: China Prepares the People’s Liberation Army for War
    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2013/01/18/19-Jan-13-World-View-China-s-directive-to-the-People-s-Liberation-Army-Get-Ready-for-War

    See also this follow up article:

    World View: Discussion of China’s directive to ‘Get Ready for War’
    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2013/01/20/21-Jan-13-World-View-Discussion-of-China-s-directive-to-Get-Ready-for-War

    The Chinese, along with many others have taken Obama’s measure. Chinese officials believe that like Neville Chamberlain, Obama will appease. Hence, all the rattling of swords.

    As the storm clouds continue to gather, we must remain resolute and Keep The Faith.

    May the rest of your day be blessed.

  • wodiej

    delete

  • Pete Petretich

    I’ll be volunteering all day at the gorgeous home of my Cleveland Orchestra. MLK Day is always a free "open house" with activities for kids and lots of local bands.

    Should I get Chinese for lunch?

  • wodiej
  • http://us4palin.com devitor
    • Pete Petretich

      I love that rope line footage…

  • daisy_mae

    Good morning everybody.  I suppose I’d rather have a root canal than watch the inauguration.  Am telling myself today is the day that the Lord hath made we will rejoice and be glad in it!  Prayers to our Father for 2016 and a possible run by our Governor Palin. 

    • wodiej

      Well said.  I won’t be watching.  You can bet a Palin inauguration would be low key and inexpensive-none of this hoopla and extravagant spending. 

      • 01_Explorer_01

        Your wrong about it being low keyed.  Many of us would be throwing our own parties.

        • wodiej

          I am referring to the big DC bash.

        • Marathonman1025

          Yep, a Palin inaguration is the one thing that would get me to DC to witness in person, no matter what it took (even if I had to hitchhike).

      • lanahi

        Not the extravagant spending, but lots and lots of hoopla!

    • cudaforever

      Exactly Daisy !! I will say I would rather have a kidney stone :) and I know I’ve had plenty of them. YUCK. I think I’ll do my laundry and clean my house.

    • Ceejay

      I would rather watch paint dry than watch the inauguration…that my tax dollars are paying for, enough of the spending!!

    • http://twitter.com/johnnorton7 john norton

      I found the remedy for tht is watching some of Gov.Palin’s really great speaches and rally’s… !

  • Jean_A

    Good morning, C4P!

    I stand with Sarah Palin.

  • technopeasant

    Ten quotes that tell us a lot about the human condition:

    1) From Don Draper in Mad Men:

    "You’re talking as if they’re some fresh version of us. They’re not. Young people don’t know anything. Especially that they’re young."

    The argument status quo people use to justify going with veteran, white-haired, wrinkly old politicians as presidential candidates.

    2) From Sir Basil Liddell Hart

    "The aim of a nation in war is TO SUBDUE THE ENEMY’S WILL TO RESIST."

    What the Ravens did to the Patriots last night.

    3) From Frank Sinatra

    "I’m for whatever gets you through the night."

    In eight words, Sinatra said as much as most psychologists write about the human condition during their lifetime. 

    4) From Aaron Levenstein

    "Statistics are like bikinis. What they reveal is suggestive, but what they conceal is vital."

    Professional pollsters, pundits and politicians all know what polls are revealing. But that’s considered inside info which they are only privy to. They in turn tell the masses what they want to hear or are willing to embrace to further their agenda. And of course there is no way they ever would have let on years before the 2012 election that Romney could not beat Obama.

    5) From Tallyrand, French diplomat

    "That speech has been given to man to disguise his thoughts."

    This quote rings even more true once you take time to reflect on all its permutations and combinations.

    6)  From General George Patton

    "If everyone is thinking alike, somebody is not thinking."

    Conservatives more often than not are not iconoclastic and their enemies know it their key weakness.

    7) From GK Chesterton 1909

    "The first two facts which a healthy boy and girl feel about SEX are these: that it is beautiful and then that it is dangerous."

    How much of that is attributed to the Judeo-Christian moral code and plays like Romeo and Juliet?

    8) From the novel Kitty Foyle (1930′s):

    "I’m never quite sure what I think when I’m with someone. Either I’m likely to be putting on an act, or else I’m thinking how much smarter they are than me and I better agree with them…"

    Perfectly expresses the mentality of persuasive speakers or demagogues. They know this is exactly how the masses will act when they speak.

    9) From Proverbs 24: 17

    "Do not gloat when your enemy falls; when he stumbles, do not let your heart rejoice."

    In the modern world schadenfreude is "king".  The desire to be superior to or to one-up someone else is paramount.  Humility is seen as a fatal flaw.

    10) From John Locke

    "The care of each man’s salvation belongs only to himself."

    Fundamentally this is an idea politicians on our side refuse to defend. Instead they agree with the Leftists that government is the solution and savior when one is in difficulty. Individuals are virtually incapable of dusting themselves off and based on personal initiative to pull themselves up from the bootstraps. 

  • Laddie_Blah_Blah

    A transcript of Obi-Wanna’s inaugural address has been released to the press.  Here is the Potus practicing his delivery:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=40TD4v0jCAc

    The message is a bit repetitive and some may find it annoying, but the major theme of the next 4 years is something we can all anticipate:

    "Gimme gimme gimme
    I need some more
    Gimme gimme gimme
    Don’t ask what for

    Sitting here, I’m a loaded gun
    Waiting to go off
    I’ve got nothing to do
    But shoot my mouth off

    Gimme gimme gimme
    I need some more
    Gimme gimme gimme
    Don’t ask what for"

    Get the idea? Just in case you did not, consigliere David Plouffe spelled it out on ABC’s "This Week" yesterday morning:

    http://hotair.com/archives/2013/01/21/plouffe-yeah-obama-wants-more-of-your-money-in-the-second-term/

  • wodiej

    Does anyone know a good place to find pictures of Gov. Palin? Chuck Heath Jr. had some but I need more.

    • cudaforever

      Wodiej, You’re not a member of TeamSarah are you? They have a ton of pictures.

      • wodiej

        thanks, I am but have not been there for awhile.  

    • ZH100

       http://www.zimbio.com/Sarah+Palin/pictures/pro?Page=1

      • cudaforever

        Thanks ZH, good link !!

        • ZH100

           You are welcome,cudaforever

      • wodiej

        thanks a bunch to you and the other poster.

        • ZH100

           You are welcome, wodiej

    • http://twitter.com/johnnorton7 john norton

      "Zimbo" . com

  • technopeasant

    One of the most pathetic things to witness firsthand or from afar is when "someone has stayed too long at the fair" and that individuals steadfastly believe they deserve as much attention or spotlight as they did in the past, even though it is clear their abilities, skills, talents and cachet have diminished over time.

    Regretably more often than not the majority of these folks remain in their posts, jobs, or are accorded the same status as they were given in their halcyon days.

    Here are 10 reasons that this happens more often than not:

    1) The difficulty for many people to accept their own mortality and that their own skills decline with age. So if they can’t be honest with themselves, how much easier is it for the celebrity’s propaganda machine to portray its client still on the cutting edge and on top of his or her game and for them to believe it?

    2) The celebrity’s own ability to sell themselves based on their past laurels or the media doing it for them.

    3) Few people challenge the celebrities’ claim to continued recognition and cachet for fear of retribution.

    4) These people have plenty of enablers or toadies in their camp or allied with them which prevents the celebrity from coming to terms with their declining skills and help convince him or her they still have what it takes.

    5) Most celebrities are not truly objective about their own inability to achieve their goals. They delude themselves it is only a temporary phenomenon or cyclical and eventually the worm will turn. They refuse to admit to themselves this may be permanent. Or they still think they are in their prime.

    For example few athletes retire from professional competition when they are truly in their prime. Instead "they stay too long at the fair."

    6) Celebrities simply need to earn the same kind of money they made when they were truly in their prime. To achieve that they need to maintain the illusion "they haven’t lost a step."

    7) Entrepreneurs, especially movie producers and directors as I alluded to a few days ago, would rather hire an over-the-skill star who is not right for the part or the best candidate for a role but is more bankable than a relatively new talent or someone who is not as famous but perfect for the part.

    This is the ultimate dilemma in art: Do you produce art for mostly commercial reasons or do you produce art for creative reasons and to get it right?

    8) Tenure or the inability to fire people once they show declining skills or the inability not to do the job any longer. Long term contracts should be outlawed. They are simply a license to steal money.

    9) Refusing to accept The Peter Principle or knowledge that it exists. So often in our society someone moves on to a different role or job which they screw up royally but are accorded the same amount of respect they were given while they held their previous post and in which they flourished.

    10) Refusal of management or decision-makers to cut the celebrity adrift for fear of media or pundit criticism. It is simply much easier to maintain the status quo although you know the person in his or her position is not doing the job or meeting the goals of the organization.

    When in doubt do nothing.

  • stlouisix

    Death toll climbs past 80 in siege in the Sahara

    http://cnsnews.com/news/article/death-toll-climbs-past-80-siege-sahara-0

    Where is the outrage from The Imam Obama on this tragedy? Oops, I forgot. He’s too busy destroying our Second Amendment rights to defend ourselves and our families to particularly include from the tyranny of a government that would turn us into slaves of the state, and promoting the American-hating Muslim Brotherhood which supports the radical jihadists whose remedy for all who oppose them is death, to especially include the coptic Christians in the Middle East and around the world in countries having Islamic governments who see their churches burned to the ground and their congregations killed. Reference what has been ongoing in the Sudan for years – so much for the fraud "religion of peace" that is anything but!

    • dave7777

       When the muslims herded the Christians into their church and burned them all alive, not a peep from our muslim-in-chief. As a matter of fact it was so insignificant that it only received a brief mention on Drudge. Beyond sad.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_O2JZVOLZP3CZ3PZXJECJ2EETBA Mountain

        Barack Obama is diametrically opposite Sarah Palin.
        She respects and cares; he resents, ignores, hates….

  • 01_Explorer_01

    Sarah is suppose to appear a certain number of times on FOX each month.  We are running out of days in January.

    • GeraldGoff

      I dont think we ever had any actual details on how often she was supposed to appear during the term of her contract. 

    • bucky321

      hopefully this is the end of her relationship with fox at the end of jan…

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