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The Governor posted the following three Facebook posts yesterday.

Here’s message from AGU about the Boomtown special on Fox News tonight at 9 PM EST.


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  • qtdbseven

    About women in the military:
    Soviet women in World War II

    Lyudmila Pavlichenko

    Lyudmila Mykhailivna Pavlichenko (
    Lyudmila Mikhailovna Pavlichenko; July 12, 1916 – October
    10, 1974) was a Soviet sniper during World War II. Credited
    with 309 kills (including 36 enemy snipers), she is regarded
    as the most successful female sniper in history.

  • ZH100

    Good morning all.

    ‘Poll: Americans Reject Crony Capitalism, 3-1′

    From the article:

    "In a recent Boston Herald column, pollster Scott Rasmussen of Rasmussen Reports cited poll findings that show strong bipartisan opposition to cronyism and its effects on free markets."


    Long before "crony capitalism" became a topic of national debate Gov. Palin has fought against corruption and crony capitalism.

    Taking on corruption and crony capitalism has always been a cornerstone of Gov. Palin’s agenda.

    Here are some links with information about Gov.Palin’s consistent fight against corruption and crony capitalism.

    ‘Institutionalizing Crony Capitalism’ (by Governor Palin)

    From the article:

    "We need to be on our guard against such crony capitalism. We fought against distortion of the market in Alaska when we confronted “Big Oil,” or more specifically some of the players in the industry and in political office, who were taking the 49th state for a ride.
    My administration challenged lax rules that seemed to allow corruption, and we even challenged the largest corporation in the world at the time for not abiding by provisions in contracts it held with the state. When it came time to craft a plan for a natural gas pipeline, we insisted on transparency and a level playing field to ensure fair competition.

    Our reforms helped reduce politicians’ ability to play favorites and helped clean up corruption. We set up stricter oversight offices and ushered through a bi-partisan ethics reform bill. Far from being against necessary reform, I embrace it. "

    ‘Crony Capitalism on Steroids from GE to Solyndra’ (by Governor Palin)

    From the article:

    "This crony capitalism and government waste is at the heart of our economic problems. It will destroy us if we don’t root it out. It’s not just a Democrat problem or a Republican problem. It’s a problem of our permanent political class."

    ‘How Congress Occupied Wall Street’ (by Governor Palin)

    ‘Palin: Congress, it’s time to stop lining your pockets’ (by Governor Palin)

    ‘Governor Palin’s Consistent Fight against Corruption and Crony Capitalism’ (by Whitney Pitcher)

    From the article:

    "Governor Palin’s strong stance against crony capitalism, bureaucrats picking winners and losers, and a lack of transparency is not just words; it’s action.

    Citizen candidates do indeed bring a fresh perspective to a campaign and even to public office. However, there is something to be said for someone who took on corruption while in elected office. Such an individual has governed or legislated in an atmosphere of corruption, back room deals, and cronyism and has not only weathered such an atmosphere, but has effected change for the better. It is one thing to act as a citizen watchdog; it is another to make sure that legislation and projects are transparent and are void of back room deals and crony capitalism. Governor Palin is such a person."

    ‘Some of Sarah Palin’s Ideas Cross the Political Divide’ (by Anand Giridharadas)

    From the article:

    "But something curious happened when Ms. Palin strode onto the stage last weekend at a Tea Party event in Indianola, Iowa. Along with her familiar and predictable swipes at President Barack Obama and the “far left,” she delivered a devastating indictment of the entire U.S. political establishment — left, right and center — and pointed toward a way of transcending the presently unbridgeable political divide. "

    ‘How Governor Palin Reformed Alaska’s Ethics Laws and Made Crony Capitalism a Crime’ (by Gary P)

    From the article:

    "With all of the talk of corruption and crony capitalism these days, this is a great time to talk about some of the things Sarah Palin did to reform Alaska politics. She worked with the Alaska Legislature to pass tough, sweeping ethics reform "

    ‘Dan Mitchell of the Cato Institute praises Sarah Palin for highlighting Washington’s rampant crony capitalism ‘

    ‘How Palin Beat Alaska’s Establishment’ (WSJ)

    From the article:

    "If you’ve read the press coverage of Sarah Palin, chances are you’ve heard plenty about her religious views and private family matters. If you want to know what drives Gov. Palin’s politics, and has intrigued America, read this."

    ‘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 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

    As Governor Palin has said many times, she advocates for an “all of the above”approach to energy independence which includes solar, wind, nuclear, and clean coal in addition to the more traditional oil, gas, and coal.

    She supported development of renewable energy sources, developing a plan to have 50% of Alaska’s energy to be produced from renewable sources by the year 2025.

    ‘Palin unveils state energy goals; 2025 GOAL: At least 50 percent of state’s power to be from alternative sources.’    (January , 2009)

    "Gov. Sarah Palin has crossed swords with conservation groups over petroleum drilling, but she earned nothing but praise Friday after announcing the most ambitious renewable energy goals in the nation. At a news conference announcing her statewide energy plan, Palin called for 50 percent of Alaska’s power to be generated by renewable resources by 2025."

    ‘Sarah Palin’s Goal Of 50% Renewable Energy Use In Alaska Signed Into Law’ (June , 2010)

    From the article:

    "One of the first things Barack Obama did, once he took office, was to announce a pretty ambitious goal of having the United States get 25 percent of it’s energy from renewable sources by the year 2025. To date, little if anything, has been done by the Obama regime to reach this goal.

    On January 21, 2009 (Obama’s first full day at work) Sarah Palin, writing in the Wall Street Journal, praised this initiative strongly, while reminding Obama that conventional sources of energy will always be needed. She also announced that she was working on the goal of having Alaska get a full 50 percent of it’s energy from renewables in that same 2025 time frame."

  • Pete Petretich


    PURE SARAHPalinista Jukebox (Version 4.32)

    “Gretchen Wilson: Redneck Woman”"I am a survivor"“Carly Simon: Nobody Does It Better”“Heart: Barracuda”“Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: American Girl”“Sarah Palin: Ride"“Sarah Palin: America”"Sarah Is Here To Stay!"“Krista Branch: I Am America”“Sarah Palin: One in a Million”“Sarah Palin: The World’s Greatest”“Nancy Sinatra: These Boots Are Made For Walkin""Lisa Mei and Big Dawg: Change You Won’t Regret"“I made it”“The Lady Who Can Make the Sun Shine"“Shania Twain: She’s Not Just A Pretty Face”“Minstrel Boy: Closing Credit Music from The Undefeated”“Notre Dame Bagpipe Band: The Minstrel Boy”“Crazies for Sarah Palin Hey Hey”!“Krista Branch: Can You Hear Us Now?”“Natasha Bedingfield: Pocketful of Sunshine”“Van Morrison: Someone Like You”“Stevie Wonder: Isn’t She Lovely?”"Sarah Palin, Governor of Alaska (FULL MOVIE)"

    (If you notice any dead links please let me know. Unfortunately the "Supergirl" song has been changed to private setting so, apparently, we can’t see it anymore…)

  • Pete Petretich

    Three FB posts in one day from Sarah? Has that ever happened before?

    Maybe she’s taking a cue from the new Deputy PM in Israel…

    • john norton

      Or… it cld be the Gov. is moving ahead…

  • Quiet_Righty

    Here is one article that Mark Levin spoke about on Thursday:

    This op-ed, plus the Pentagon’s promise that standards would not be lowered for women, may be enough to persuade most female soldiers that the infantry is not the best place for them to prove themselves.

  • Pete Petretich
  • ZH100
  • wodiej

    This is what I posted on the thread this  morning regarding the Army removing Christian symbols.

    It’s a time of discipline for America right now.  For years we have allowed this to go on.  

    We have sent our kids to public schools to be indoctrinated. 

    We have voted for politicians instead of promoting people like Gov. Palin who are true public servants and know the foundation of our country has always been limited government.  

    We have dangerously veered away from love, compassion, hard work, responsibility, frugality and even self control.  

    We overindulge ourselves with food, material possessions and the words of Jesus and our loved ones took a back seat.  

    We’ve complained about this demise yet do little to change it.  

    Not that long ago liberalism looked much different.  The views differed from conservatism in some respects but not all.  Many w liberal views also embraced responsibility, hard work, integrity and frugality.  But the more judgmental, self-righteous, intolerant and arrogant conservatives grew to be, the more divided we became.  It has become so bad that someone as radical as obama got elected not once, but twice.  A man with no relevant experience to running a country whatsoever and certainly not the USA.  We can try to place the blame and point our finger in many different directions.  But the fault lies w the person looking back in the mirror.  

    While I do not agree w Gov. Palin 100% of the time, I do respect and admire her because when she does not agree w someone’s views she simply states she does not share that view.  She does not name call, she does not hate, she is not intolerant.  She loves people anyway, shows respect, is friends with them and works with them.  That is what a true Christian heart does. Sadly many people are just speaking the words but not matching it with their behavior. God needs to use those who follow his words to help others learn to follow Him.  If we don’t emulate our actions with these words, how will those who are lost ever find Him?  The bottom line is "love is the answer."   

    God said:"if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land."  2 Chronicles 7:14

    He also said:

    ?"No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it." Hebrews 12:11

    • Guest

      "But the more judgmental, self-righteous, intolerant and arrogant conservatives grew to be, the more divided we became."

      I don’t have that experience at all. We live in  an alternate universe.

      But the more judgmental of anyone who was not afraid to think for themselves, self-righteous compassion, intolerant of anyone who was an individual that they had to try to intimidate with "political correctness", arrogant, lazy, spoiled, liars, takers, ankle biters, naggers, and embracers of Marxism the Democrats grew to be, the more divided we became. JFK wouldn’t even recognize his own party. Under the lawless Clintons the Democrats adopted Orwellian behavior as the new normal. Naturally the next step was a dictator-in-chief to slap around the useful idiots to institute progress, hope, and change.

      In other words, conservatives were busy working, paying their taxes, contributing to society, raising responsible adults, PAYING THEIR BILLS, and minding their own business while the Democrats aided and abetted by the Rockefeller Republicans, the media propaganda coupled with Hollyweird and academia indoctrination brought this nation to ruin.

      The Democrats dethroned their Lord and Master and replaced Him with the state. Cultural Marxism is their new religion.

      • wodiej

        We don’t live in an alternate universe.  It’s just that some people think they have a right to judge others.

        • Guest

           Yes, Democrats are doing the judging.

           Conservatives are minding their own business. Love the sinner, hate the sin.

           We are bringing up our children to know right from wrong, to have a conscience, to do the right thing, to be responsible, and holding them accountable for their sins. You learn the most when you make a mistake and are held accountable NOT when you are rewarded with something for NOTHING!

    • golfmom3

      1 Corinthians 13:6 [Love] does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth.

      I think you paint with a very broad brush — in fact, it comes across as intolerance for what you perceive "conservatives" to be. Liberals are responsible, frugal hard workers with integrity; conservatives are judgmental, self-righteous, intolerant and arrogant. Obama was elected by many entranced with the idea that an African-American could be president of the USA. I think there were many Christians who overlooked Obama’s wrongdoing and voted for him in a spirit of what they perceived to be love.

      Gov. Palin just recently endorsed Ben Shapiro’s book, "Bullies: How the Left’s Culture of Fear and Intimidation Silences the Right". The verse you cite from 2 Chronicles specifically claims that people must repent and turn from their wicked ways. You also say that "God needs to use those who follow his words to help others to learn to follow Him". How can people know what is wicked if those who know are silenced by accusations of "judgmental, self-righteous, intolerance, and arrogance"?

      There has to be room to hate evil. Love is different than kindness; love tells the truth when the Law is broken. "As I [Paul] urged you [Timothy] when I was going to Macedonia, remain at Ephesus so that you may charge certain persons not to teach any different doctrine, nor to devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies, which promote speculations rather than the stewardship from God that is by faith. The aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. Certain persons, by swerving from these, have wandered away into vain discussion, desiring to be teachers of the law, without understanding either what they are saying or the things about which they make confident assertions. Now we know that the law is good, if one uses it lawfully, understanding this, that the law is not laid down for the just but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for those who strike their fathers and mothers, for murderers, the sexually immoral, men who practice homosexuality, enslavers, liars, perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound doctrine, in accordance with the gospel of the glory of the blessed God with which I have been entrusted." 1 Timothy 1:3-11.

      When this same Church at Ephesus is considered in Revelation 2:2-6, God says: "I know your works, your toil and your patient endurance, and how you cannot bear with those who are evil, but have tested those who call themselves apostles and are not, and found them to be false. I know you are enduring patiently and bearing up for my name’s sake, and you have not grown weary. But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first. If not, I will come to you and remove your lamp stand from its place, unless you repent. Yet this you have: you hate the works of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers I will grant to eat of the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.’"

      • jester2939

        Well explained and supported, golfmom!

        When topics like homosexuality, sexual immorality, lying………..come up in conversation, I’m careful not to come off as judgmental. I just educate others about what the Bible says, but it’s up to them whether or not they will listen. 

        I’ve had some good friends over the years who were gay, but they knew where I stood on the issue and we were still friends. We’re friends because I told them my belief comes from the Word of God – Creator of the Universe.  Who am I to argue with Him? My personal opinions don’t matter – He’s GOD!!!!!!!   That usually gives them something to think about. 

    • jerseymark

      Since you reposted your comments from the other thread, I will repost my response:

      Explain the increased arrogance of conservatives please. What got Obama elected twice was the complete cowardice of the GOP to actually challenge the Obama and the Left with actual principles of conservatism. No one is as arrogant as the Left and as soon as anyone rises up to challenge them, they attack with a vengeance and this is what divides the country. If we just went along with them, there would be no division. What actions are you suggesting when dealing with an intransigent Left? Please give examples of what "name calling" you are referring to. Many times names are accurate and true descriptions.

      • lanahi

        Revelation 3:15-16
        15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. 16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.

    • lanahi

      "But the fault lies with the person looking back in the mirror."

      Nah, I don’t believe in collective responsibility.  I believe in individual responsibility and refuse to berate myself for everything that goes on in this nation.  It was not my fault Obama was elected either time, and no, I take responsibility only for myself and my actions, not for what everyone else does.

      "But the more judgmental, self-righteous, intolerant and arrogant conservatives grew to be, the more divided we became."  Conservatives usually have a problem standing up for principles and being PC at the same time.  The liberals tell us that standing up for ANYTHING makes us "judgmental, self-righteous, intolerant and arrogant", and lots of squishy people buy that, but I don’t.  Conservatives are not the ones dividing this nation, but the libs tell us that in order to shut us up.

      There is a huge difference between standing for principles and being hateful toward others who happen to have different principles.  Although Jesus’ message was love, he also voiced strong views that some hated him for.  Sarah also is loving but scathing toward those who deserve it.  There is a difference between the message and the manner of delivery, but sometimes the manner of delivery needs to be as forceful as the message. That does not preclude love.

      "God said:"if my people, who are called by my name, will humble
      themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways,
      then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal
      their land."  2 Chronicles 7:14″

      I do hope that He isn’t waiting for EVERYONE to humble themselves and pray and turn from their wicked ways, because it just won’t happen.  There are many examples in the Bible where just a handful saved the day.  We can each be a part of that handful that helps save the nation.  Again, individual responsibility.

      But I agree that love conquers all, and it’s the only message Jesus had.  The ones who love are the only true followers there are.

  • jerseymark

    Having read some of Mr. Lewis’ thoughts on both Heaven and Hell, we now return to his most significant work, “Mere Christianity” for the placement of the question squarely before us – it is our choice, my choice, your choice, so choose well:

    “Why is God landing in this enemy-occupied world in disguise and starting a sort of secret
    society to undermine the devil? Why is He not landing in force, invading it? Is it that He is not strong enough? Well, Christians think He is going to land in force; we do not know when. But we can guess why He is delaying, He wants to give us the chance of joining His side freely. I do not suppose you and I would have thought much of a Frenchman who waited until the allies were marching into Germany and then announced he was on our side. God will invade. But I wonder
    whether people who ask God to interfere openly and directly in our world quite realize what it will be like when He does. When that happens, it is the end of the world. When the author walks unto the stage the play is over. God is going to invade, all right: but what is the good of saying you are on His side then, when you see the whole universe melting away like a dream and something else – something it never entered your head to conceive – comes crashing in; something so beautiful for some of us and so terrible to others that none of us will have any choice left? For this time it will be God without disguise; something so overwhelming that it will strike either irresistible love or irresistible horror into every creature. It will be too late then to choose your side. There is no use saying you choose to lie down when it has become impossible to stand up That will not be the time for choosing: it will be the time when we discover which side we really have chosen, whether we realized before or not. Now, today, this moment, is our chance to choose the right side. God is holding back to give us that chance. It will not last for ever. We must take it or leave it.”

    Can we say “Where the rubber meets the road”? How great is this passage from C.S. Lewis. He came disguised as a baby in a manger, looking just like one of us – certainly not threatening in any way, yet Satan knew who He was and sought from the get go to kill Him. He was hid in Egypt for a few years and then grew up the son of a carpenter, again not threatening in any way. It would appear that Satan was convinced He was killed as an infant because there were no other attempts on His life and then at age 30, to the shock and surprise of Satan, He was baptized in the Jordan River and the Father said from Heaven “This is My Son in whom I am well pleased” announcing to the Universe that the battle was joined. For three years He taught the people and gave them a
    taste of what the Kingdom of Heaven was all about, healing the sick, raising the dead, multiplying a few fish and loaves of bread to feed thousands, twice, challenging the religious leaders holding them up for ridicule due to their corruption. He came to satisfy the Law, to be the perfect Lamb for the perfect sacrifice knowing that the people believed Him to be the Messiah that would lead Israel to defeat Rome and assume its preeminent position among the nations and that this focus, supported by the “Conquering Messiah” theme set forth in the Old Testament, would lead Satan to believe that he had to kill the Messiah in order to gain victory. He knew that while His sinlessness entitled Him to live under the law and not die and that by Satan hanging Him on the Cross the full curse of the Law would fall upon Him in the most terrible act of injustice the world has ever known, Satan will have violated His spiritual rights under the Law. In so doing, justice dictated that He be raised from the dead and be compensated for Satan’s wrongful act by obtaining the spiritual rights Satan had won long ago in the Garden. This was God’s plan from the beginning to defeat Satan and be able to once again offer eternal life to men and women. As the victor, Jesus is given
    the authority to redefine the terms concerning salvation with a New Covenant, replacing the Old Covenant which had served its purpose and He does so by simply asking you and me to believe Him, to have faith in Him, to recognize Him as Lord. AND THUS WE ARE FINALLY GIVEN A

    This was a very short synopsis of The
    Jesus Trap ( for a free download)

  • golfmom3


    • wodiej

      You have your opinion as well as many others that will disagree with me.  But speaking a fact does not make one intolerant.  There is nothing in the Bible that supports hate-period.  That does not mean we agree w evil or condone it.  Two different things.

      • golfmom3

        Why does the Bible repeatedly mention things God hates?  Hating wickedness, not just disagreeing with it, is something we are commanded to do.  You cannot serve 2 masters — tolerance and righteousness — you will end up despising one. . .   Check your concordance, God hates a lot of bad things — that is why He is Love. He is the definition of love, not love as the definition has devolved in our time.  This is not my opinion, this is what the Bible says. 

        "But of the Son he says, “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever, the scepter of uprightness is the scepter of your kingdom. You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness;therefore God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness beyond your companions.”  Hebrews 1:8

        I am not trying to hurt you with this, and I’ll say no more but pray for clarity.  Truth is truth. Love is not tolerance. Opinions don’t matter.

      • Kathleen

        Proverbs 6:
        16 There are six things which the Lord hates,
        Yes, seven which are an abomination to Him:
        17 Haughty eyes, a lying tongue,
        And hands that shed innocent blood,
        18 A heart that devises wicked plans,
        Feet that run rapidly to evil,
        19 A false witness who utters lies,
        And one who spreads strife among brothers.

        • jester2939

          Hmmmmmm, that sounds just like the media, Dems and too many Repubics. Of course, it almost reads like a direct description of Obama.

          • Kathleen

            I’ve often thought myself that it sounds like a description of Obama.  

            • jester2939

              It’s really quite scary.

      • jerseymark

        It is called "hating the sin" not the sinner. The Lord even commends one of the churches in Revelation for hating the practices of the Necoliatans. Don’t remember which church off he top of  my head. 

  • golfmom3

    This is an excellent report by a female Marine Captain who has been in combat on the folly of integrating women into combat.  While it may be PC for a civilian like Rooooobio to jump on the bandwagon, I’d rather trust the opinion of someone who knows what she’s talking about.

    "As a combat-experienced Marine officer, and a female, I am here to tell you that we are not all created equal, and attempting to place females in the infantry will not improve the Marine Corps as the Nation’s force-in-readiness or improve our national security."

    • SusanWo4p

      This is great for all those amazonian hyper-feminists who watch all those Hollywood movies (where the petite actresses are beating up men who are twice their size.) 

      But what about the average young woman who enlists in the military?  When war descends, will she find herself being transferred from her work as a nurse/translator/equipment operator to a trench on the frontline?

      Will she be forced by the Pentagon to take prescriptions drugs that effect her hormones and mess up her menstrual cycle?

      Seems like the feminists (who are demanding this change so that they can more easily attain  high rank as an officer) are willing to feed a lot of young enlisted teenage girls into the frontline meat grinder in order for them to achieve their own personal goals.

      I think it will DETER women from enlisting.

  • wodiej

    "Let him search for peace (harmony, undisturbedness from fears, agitating passions, and moral conflcits) and seek it eagerly.  [Do not merely desire peaceful relations with God, with your fellowmen, and with yourself, but pursue, go after them!].  1 Peter 3:11

  • Polarbearpapa

    Madison Rising – The Star Spangled Banner  

  • Polarbearpapa

    Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism.

    George Washington

    • john norton

      Lots of similarities between the two… the Gov. & our first President…

  • technopeasant

    10 quotes about celebrities and by celebrities that tell us a lot about politics and the human condition:

    1) "It was like we discovered a new religion, no one had the skill we had, or knew what we knew; no one else mattered because we had the answer in ACTING."

    Eli Wallach, famous actor, TCM interview on METHOD ACTING.

    Modern actors/actresses/Hollywood types have taken this elitist sentiment in a different direction in which they substitute the word ACTING for modern-day politics.

    2) "The men the American people admire most extravagantly (the definition of a celebrity) are the greatest liars; the man they detest more violently are those who try to tell them the truth."

    HL Mencken, American journalist, writer and culture critic, and very famous in the first half of the 20th century hit the mark.

    Bill Clinton one of the greatest liars of the 20th century vs. Sarah Palin, the ultimate truthteller.

    3) "Weakness only invites aggression."

    Ronald Reagan

    What we have basically witnessed since the 2012 election from the Republicans

    4) "And that after tish is accomplished and the Brave New World begins: When all men are PAID FOR EXISTING and no man pays for his sins…"

    Rudyard Kipling, once considered the most famous and influential writer of English literature before WWI but has lapsed into relative obscurity. The Gods of the Copybook Headings 1919 poem

    Kipling was dead on with his prediction especially the desire of the Left for no man to pay for his sins."

    5) "RELIGION is the foremost of the political institutions in America."

    Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America (~1840)

    First ADT was a Frenchman whose insight into America from an outsider’s point of view was brilliant. And secondly his pronouncement has passed the test of time where pollsters and politicos know that how the evangelicals and Catholics vote in the presidential election (or if they vote at all) will shape the outcome and that both Democrats and Republicans are fully aware that they must bend over backwards not to alienate "religion" too much during the election.

    And arguably this is a sore subject but did Mitt Romney’s Mormon religion cause many evangelicals to stay home on November 6?

    6) "A man cannot be argued out of something he has not been argued into."

    Dr. Samuel Johnson, famous writer. scholar and English personality of the 18th century.

    Imho, our side spends a lot of time trying to convince moderate Republicans to reject the political blueprint that has brought us winning the popular vote in Presidential election once in the last 6 elections without attempting to convince them of the wisdom of running a campaign on the bedrock of conservative principles and values and on all legs of the three-legged stool being of equal weight.

    7)  "I decided that the nearer a writer gets to life the greater he becomes an artist.|

    Stephen Crane, who wrote The Red Badge of Courage and who died before his 30th birthday.

    Substitute the word writer for aspiring politician and the word artist for a man of the people.

    Was Mitt Romney really a man of the people?

    8) "No tendency is quite so strong in human nature as the desire to lay down rules of conduct for other people."

    President William Taft (1908–1912).

    Taft may not have been one of America’s greatest presidents but he certainly hit the mark with this quote which essentially lays out the agenda of the Left and at the same time describes why Republicans in the last twenty years have not fared well in presidential elections due to being perceived as busybodies.

    9) "The CELEBRATED develop a technique to deal with the persons they come across. They show the world a MASK, often an impressive oe, but take care to conceal their real selves…they play the part that is expected of them…but you are stupid if you think that this PUBLIC PERFORMANCE of theirs corresponds with the man within."

    W Somerset Maugham, famous English author of the first half of the 20th centurey and writer of many novels and short stories  The Summing Up 1938 (an autobiography)

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

    Frank Sinatra Playbook interview 1960’s

    Imho a very powerful quote said in so few words, sentiments which are even more relevant in the 21st century and the GOP and conservatives have little clue to how significant this quote is in remarking about the human condiition and even if they did how to seize the opportunity to address the issue. Instead they have essentially abandoned this issue to the Left and allowed it to have a virtual monopoly on the subject.

  • Polarbearpapa

    And the warning from Paul the Apostle…..

    2 Corinth 11

    3 But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning,
    your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion
    to Christ. 

    4 For if someone comes to you and preaches a Jesus other than the Jesus we
    preached, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you
    received, or a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up
    with it easily enough.


    13 For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, masquerading as apostles of Christ.

    14 And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light.

    15 It is not surprising, then, if his servants masquerade as servants of
    righteousness. Their end will be what their actions deserve.

  • Laddie_Blah_Blah

    Excellent speech by Bobby Jindal to the RNC:

    "The first concept I want to talk about is simply this – America is not the federal government.

    ‘Take a minute to let that thought sink in. America is not the federal government.

    ‘In fact, America is not much about government at all. In America, government is one of those things you have to have, but you sure don’t want too much of it…kind of like your in-laws.

    ‘This is of course the polar opposite of the political debate in our country today.

    ‘At present we have one party that wants to be in charge of the federal government so they can expand it, and one party that wants to be in charge of the federal government so they can get it under control.

    ‘It’s a terrible debate, it’s a debate fought entirely on our opponents’ terms.

    ‘A debate about which party can better manage the federal government is a very small and shortsighted debate.

    ‘If our vision is not bigger than that, we do not deserve to win…

    ‘Look at the debates that have dominated Washington in just the last few weeks:

    ‘The fiscal cliff, the debt ceiling, and Joe Biden’s gun control task force.

    ‘These are in reality sideshows in Washington that we have allowed to take center stage in our country – and as conservatives, we are falling into the sideshow trap.

    ‘All of these sideshow debates are about government.

    ‘Government and government power are the leading lady and the leading man.

    ‘Today’s conservatism is completely wrapped up in solving the hideous mess that is the federal budget, the burgeoning deficits, the mammoth federal debt, the shortfall in our entitlement programs…even as we invent new entitlement programs.

    ‘We seem to have an obsession with government bookkeeping.

    ‘This is a rigged game, and it is the wrong game for us to play.

    ‘Today it’s the fiscal cliff, tomorrow it’s the fiscal apocalypse, and then it will be the fiscal Armageddon.

    ‘But I have news for you; our government already went off the fiscal cliff…

    ‘By obsessing with zeroes on the budget spreadsheet, we send a not-so-subtle signal that the focus of our country is on the phony economy of Washington – instead of the real economy out here in Charlotte, and Shreveport, and Cheyenne.

    ‘We as Republicans have to accept that government number crunching – even conservative number crunching – is not the answer to our nation’s problems.

    ‘We also must face one more cold hard fact – Washington is so dysfunctional that any budget proposal based on fiscal sanity will be deemed ‘not-serious’ by the media, it will fail in the Senate, and it won’t even make it to the President’s desk where it would be vetoed anyway.

    ‘In fact, any serious proposal to restrain government growth is immediately deemed ‘not-serious’ in Washington. The Balanced Budget is deemed ‘not-serious’ in Washington.

    ‘Term Limits are deemed ‘not-serious’ in Washington. Capping federal growth by tying it to private sector economic growth is deemed ‘not-serious’ in Washington.

    ‘The truth is nothing serious is deemed serious in Washington…

    ‘Our objective is to grow the private sector. We need to focus our efforts on ideas to grow the American economy, not the government economy.

    ‘If you take nothing else away from what I say today, please understand this – We must not become the party of austerity. We must become the party of growth. Of course we know that government is out of control. The public knows that too. And yet we just lost an election.

    ‘Again, we cannot afford to fight on our opponents’ terms. The Republican Party must become the party of growth, the party of a prosperous future that is based in our economic growth and opportunity that is based in every community in this great country and that is not based in Washington, DC.

    ‘We have fallen into a trap of believing that the world revolves around Washington, that the economy is based there. If we keep believing that, government will grow so big that it will take us all down with it.

    ‘If our end goal is to simply better manage the disaster that is the federal government, count me out, I’m not signing up for that. It’s not a goal worth attaining.

    ‘Which of you wants to sign up to help manage the slow decline of the United States of America? I sure don’t. That’s what we have Democrats for.

    ‘The Democrats promise to be the party of “more from government,” but they are actually the party of less. They are the party of economic contraction, austerity and less from the economy. The Republican Party is the party of “more,” the party that creates “more from the economy.”

    ‘As Margaret Thatcher famously observed – first you must win the argument, then you can win the elections. And by the way, it’s time for all of us to remember that we are not in this just to win elections.

    ‘We are in this to make America the greatest she can be, to make America the prosperous land of opportunity that she can be. To do this, we will certainly have to win some elections, but first we must win the argument."

    Read the whole thing.  I am impressed. Another visionary conservative. Now there are two. I hope they were listening at the RNC.

    • Al B.

      A good start by Jindal but far from a visionary statement IMO.  Exactly what is his vision?  Focus on growth?  He’s right about that but many pro-growth Republicans have been saying this since the time of Reagan. 

      Bobby Jindal is a good guy from what I can tell but I’ll need to see a lot more from him before I label him "one of two visionaries" as you have.  He cut his political teeth with Team Bush.  Keep that in mind and trust but verify with politicians like that.

      When I start to see sustained and strong criticism of the GOP status quo, I’ll start paying more attention to him. Until such time, I’ll stick with my first impression of his remarks which is that he’s just positioning himself for 2016.

      • Laddie_Blah_Blah

        I beg to differ.  The guv could have delivered that speech, herself.  I have been waiting and watching for someone to follow her lead.  She has been carrying most of the water for grass roots conservatives all by herself for far too long.

        A visionary looks past the obsessions of the moment to the larger issues that are at stake.  That is exactly what Jindal did in that speech.  If you disagree, show me where he did not.  Otherwise, you are just carping with an unsubstantiated, dismissive comment, just like the guv’s critics are wont to do.

        Jindal was among the first and most telling critics of the failures of the Romney campaign, in case you forgot.  He has proposed eliminating both the Louisianna personal and corporate income taxes, as well:  

        FYI, Sarah has also proposed eliminating the corporate income tax at the national level.  

        Jindal is walking the walk, not just talking the talk.  And so what if he is positioning himself for a 2016 run?  So will Sarah, if she decides to run, herself.  What on Earth would you expect?

        • Don

          Sorry to bring this up again, but Jindal is not eliible under the Constitution to be President. Same for obama and rubio.

          Just the opinion of a dumb ole country boy.

          • Laddie_Blah_Blah

            That could very well be, but it is irrelevant to the argument he is making.

    • jerseymark

      Here is the big problem with Jindal’s speech – there is not a single indication of what is needed to spur economic growth. This is a problem since the measures we need to take to do that all involve the "hot button" issues such as the deficit, tax policy, regulatory overreach, etc. Economic growth will come naturally and strongly only if and when the Federal Government gets out of the way and stops picking winners and losers. It is a nice sounding speech but without substance. I do understand that he is looking to address some beneficial pro-growth actions at the State level which is commendable but the big solutions do have to come from Washington as that is where the big problems are.

      • Laddie_Blah_Blah

        Mark – "Economic growth will come naturally and strongly only if and when the Federal Government gets out of the way and stops picking winners and losers."

        Jindal – "The Republican Party must become the party of growth, the party of a prosperous future that is based in our economic growth and opportunity that is based in every community in this great country and that is not based in Washington, DC."


        "‘Our objective is to grow the private sector. We need to focus our efforts on ideas to grow the American economy, not the government economy."

        Other than semantics, I don’t see any substantive difference.  Do you?

        • jerseymark

          Well, yes I do. It is the Governor’s focus on the communities, the grassroots so to speak to the exclusion of DC. He advocates not getting involved in the DC battles over such issues as the deficit, taxation and regulatory overreach when you can do only so much locally when DC is fixed on controlling what you do. The problems need to be attacked at their source which is DC. 

  • c4pfan

    I’ve had it with reading about another meeting of GOP people figuring out what to do.  They should be working on planning a budget and cutting spending already.

    • john norton

      Wasteing the people’s time,they are good at it… ~ !

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