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Here’s an incredible photo courtesy of Bristol Palin.

ABC: Not the end

Erick Erickson, James Carville, and Mary Matalin are out at CNN.


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  • ernst1776

    Whether or not Sarah Palin is ever POTUS is her decision and I supporter her 1000%.  And we’ll deal with that in the future but now we need Sarah as the TEA Party leader.  TEAP is just lingering with no real direction, just waiting for Sarah Palin to step up and lead.  TEAP and Palin…. perfect together!!

    • hrandym

       My sentiments exactly.

  • ZH100

    Good morning all

    Excellent article about Gov.Palin’s record of accomplishments.

    ‘Who Is the Real Sarah Palin?’

    From the article:

    Executive Authority and Success

    Palin was the first female and youngest governor to be elected in Alaska, which is tied for the second most powerful governorship in the United States, according to Thad Beyle, a political scientist at the University of North Carolina.

    Budgeting and Spending

    Palin cut state spending between 2007 and 2010 by 9.5% while also reducing federal earmark requests by more than 80% during her tenure. She used her line-item veto to cut more than a quarter billion in superfluous spending in both 2007 and 2008. In 2009, she instituted a temporary hiring freeze, while at the same time reducing spending by more than 33% between FY2009 and FY2010.

    In stark contrast to President Obama and other governors whose fiscal records are dogged by credit downgrades, Palin left Alaska with an improved credit rating during and following her tenure as governor. Standard & Poor’s raised Alaska’s credit rating from AA to AA+ in April 2008. Then in 2010, both Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s upgraded Alaska to AAA for the first time in the state’s history due to policies enacted by Palin that made the state’s finances more than solvent.


    Under Palin’s leadership, Alaska was 2nd in job growth, and 3rd in the change in its unemployment rate, compared to the other states. Alaska also saw a record number of oil jobs in both 2008 and 2009, while natural resource and logging jobs increased 13.7% during Palin’s tenure.

    In fact, Palin’s record on jobs compared to the country as a whole was stronger than the President’s and other prominent governors’ during their respective tenures

    Business Growth

    Alaska was an opportunity society under Palin. Alaska moved up from the 4th most business tax-friendly state to the 3rd most business tax-friendly state during her tenure.

    Palin was a firm believer in tax cuts. In addition to lowering unemployment insurance tax rates, she cut business license fees in half, suspended the state motor fuel tax, and signed legislation, allowing Alaska-based businesses the same opportunities as out-of-state businesses. All of this was consistent with her record as Mayor of Wasilla, where she eliminated small business inventory taxes and cut property tax mill levies every year she was in office.


    Energy issubeteutiful photoses are Palin’s forte, and her record proves it. In 2007, Governor Palin signed ACES—Alaska’s Clear and Equitable Share—a net tax on oil profits that was passed in a bipartisan and transparent manner. ACES replaced the corruption-tainted oil tax plan of the previous administration, which was passed in secret and ultimately lead to the federal indictment of several Alaskan state officials and oil company personnel. Furthermore, ACES provided oil companies with incentives to develop. The progressivity of the tax meant producers were protected when oil prices were low, but the interest of the resource owners—the people of Alaska—were appropriately protected as well to achieve a fair return for their resource.

    Most importantly, ACES led to jobs, increased development, and a huge surplus for Alaska.

    Perhaps Palin’s biggest energy achievement was spearheading the creation of the Alaska natural gas pipeline. After five decades of unsuccessful attempts by Alaskan administrations to bring a gas pipeline project into existence, Palin and her team introduced the Alaska Gasline Inducement Act (AGIA) in March 2007. AGIA passed the Legislature by a vote of 57-1 in May of that year.

    Unlike the behind-closed-doors cronyism of past administrations, Palin’s AGIA legislation was conducted out in the open and made use of a genuine free-market competitive bidding process. Palin’s AGIA placed not only Alaska, but also the nation, further on the path toward energy independence.

    Palin played hardball with the big oil companies in her state. According to the Alaska state constitution, Alaskans are the resource owners in their state; and it was Palin’s duty as their CEO to get the best deal for Alaskans while at the same time partnering with these oil companies for the mutual benefit of all.

    Ethics Reform and Transparency

    Ethics reform was the hallmark of Palin’s governorship. She was swept into office on a reform message in a state with a serious corruption problem. Alaska at the time was undergoing a federal investigation that culminated in the indictment of various corrupt lawmakers. Palin had made a name for herself as an ethics crusader when she chaired the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservative Commission and blew the whistle on fellow commissioner and state GOP head Randy Ruedrich for doing party business on state time. This resulted in Ruedrich receiving a $12,000 fine—the largest civil fine for ethics in the state’s history. Alaskans respected the fact that Palin was not afraid of taking on the establishment of her own party.

    As governor, Palin fought for and signed sweeping bipartisan ethics legislation, which restricted lobbyists, improved disclosure laws, and improved executive and legislative branch ethics laws. In the face of corruption, she continued to take on her own party when it was necessary. She also increased transparency by releasing her oil tax bill to her constituents 17 days prior to the special legislative session, opening up natural gas pipeline deals to all potential parties, putting the state checkbook online, and not allowing lobbyists in her office.


    Palin forward funded education to allow districts greater flexibility, supported increased vocational training and early education funding, opened up opportunity to Alaskan students to participate in regional medical schools, and increased overall funding for special needs education by 175% (before she herself became the mother of son with special needs). Believing that the best reform was close to home, Palin wisely also chose to monitor rather than participate in national standards for education.

    Health Care

    Palin introduced health care transparency legislation that established an Alaska health care information office to give consumers factual information on quality and cost to help them make better-informed health care decisions. Recognizing that health care must be market-and business driven, rather than restricted by government, Palin proposed repeal of Certificate of Need—a layer of bureaucracy that prevents medical facility development. She established the Alaska Health Strategies Planning Council, reduced Medicaid assessments by 83%, and expanded Alaska’s SeniorCare benefits program for low-income seniors.

    • ZH100

      Governor Palin’s executive accomplishments in list form.

      • ZH100

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

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

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

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

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

        From the article:

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

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

  • ZH100

     How the Palin emails backfired on the media.

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

    From the article:

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

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

    Form the article:

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

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

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

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

    From the article:

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

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

    ‘The Sarah Palin email mania backfires on the media’

    From the article:

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

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

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

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

    CNN finding that Palin was hard-working governor


    The real Sarah Palin  (March,2012)

    Emails reveal her to be an effective hands-on leader

    From the article:

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

    Film shows Palin’s someone to admire

    From the article:

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

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

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

    From the article:

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

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

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

    From the article:

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

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

    • ZH100

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

      Form the article:

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

      • ZH100

         #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."


  • qtdb7

    "This amnesty will grant citizenship to only 1.1 to 1.3 million illegal
    aliens… We will secure the borders henceforth… We will never again
    bring forward another amnesty bill like this."
    –Ted Kennedy on Simpson-Mazzoli, 1986

    The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again
    and expecting a different result.

    RINO Marco Rubio is SOFT and STUPID on ILLEGAL immigrants issue.

    Those illegal immigrants are ‘undocumented’ democrats.

    ‘DEBT man walking’ Obama/democrats/liberals need them in 2014 and

    We the People DO NOT reward bad behaviors.

    We the People are the nation of LAWS, not of men.

    • John_Frank

      That quote by Ted Kennedy, along with a link to the transcript of the debates, should be sent to every member of Congress, all the news outlets and all the talk radio shows.

    • TexS2012

      I think the politicans have so upended the Constitution until the people have no say anymore. It’s all about greed for money and than power. It will take another politician with God’s help to stop the corruption. Of course, we all hope that person is Sarah Palin.

      II Chronicles 7:14 "If my people, which are called by my name, shall 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."

  • blueniner

    In Oreillys interview with COLON BOWEL, he has to drag in Sarah Palins name in  to illustrate BOWELS call of racism in the GOP. Now that she isnt on FOX I hope she goes to Facebook to refute  COLON BOWELS charges, I think BOWELS answer was weak.  

    • wodiej

      One question-how would you feel if someone used that kind of language to describe you? If the moderators want to have a civil discourse on this blog then comments such as yours should not be allowed.  

      • RefudiateGOPe

        The advice that Stacy gave yesterday was that if you saw something a poster writes that you don’t agree with, let it go.  Don’t engage.  Don’t attack the poster. Great advice. Is what blueniner wrote something that I’d write, probably not, but……,  OK maybe I would.  Is it something that I could ignore if it offended me?  Absolutely.  Face it.  Colin Powell is a proven a**hole when it comes to what he has said about Sarah.  Considering that, dubbing him Colon Bowel doesn’t seem like much of a stretch.  At one time, I respected Powell for his service, but for me, it doesn’t buy him a lifetime pass.  Continued respect should be earned.  All Powell’s earning now is my contempt. jmo.

        • AZStandingBy

          stacy did not say you need to ignore posts you dont agree with, we just need to disagree on the issues and, as you state, not personally insult the poster.

        • blueniner

          We have some here that have no sense of humor, CP has bashed Sarah Palin numerous times. maybe some here still like him, fine, I dont have much use for him anymore, I see his game. Some posters here should also use their energy and go on other blogs and defend Sarah Palin
          instead of attacking posters here that are Sarah Palin supporters that are defending her. Some here are wound up a little tight, that is why many have moved on from the site.

      • AZStandingBy

        this is not a case of personally bullying another c4p poster because you dont agree with or dont like their point of view and it doesnt qualify as obscene. so i dont think this is the kind of thing stacy was referring to. IMHO

      • blueniner

        Lighten up, get a sense of humor, this is how the left reacts……sheeesh….

    • n4cerinc

      She doesn’t have to refute him. Who is he? A Republican? Not since he voted for Obama based solely on his skin color over a POW, John McCain, who was very moderate. Even if Jeb Bush ran, he would be voting for a Democrat. He isn’t worth her time.

      • john norton

        CP is jst another bloody lib with an R in frnt of his name…

  • ZH100

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

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

    For example:

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Opinion Journal: Palin vs. Bernanke

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

    From the article:

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

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

    • ZH100

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

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

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

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

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

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

      She has repeatedly been a leading voice—via television appearances and speaking engagements—against the dangers of ObamaCare and the risks of President Obama’s approach to energy.

    • TexS2012

      Governor Palin might give CNN’s Don Lemon an interview since she answered all his questions!

      • jester2939

        Yes, she should!

  • mark1955

    ATTENTION Massachusetts lurker’s and Westford, Massachusett’s resident’s in particular. March 23rd,2013, there is going to be a Town Hall meeting about Banning all semi-auto’s with the ability to accept magazines that can carry 10 or more rounds.    This is a stand alone Bill for the Town of Westford. This is completely seperate from Governor Deval Patrick’s or Representative David linskey’s draconian Anti-firearms pieces of legislation.It is particularly dangerous, because if it passes, it could spread like Wild fire to other cities and town’s. If your from Westford make sure that you call your elected office holder’s and the Chief of Police and let them know you are against this. Also make sure you attend the Town all Meeting on March 23rd, 2013. As alway’s, be respectful when voicing your disapproval,but at the same time, let them know you are against this.

  • wodiej

    "If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; …"
    1 Corinthians 13:1-13

    • golfmom3

      And the rest of the passage:
      It does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known. So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

  • ZH100

    Some interesting videos.

    CNN finding that Palin was hard-working governor

    Jonathan Strong discusses LSM Plot to tear Palin Down  (July ,2010)

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

    Governor Palin Dines With Prime Minister Netanyahu  (March ,2011)

    Governor Palin “On the Couch with Koel” in India (March ,2011)

    Samaritan’s Purse – Sarah Palin – Birmingham Tornado Relief

    Governor Palin in Haiti.

    Opinion Journal: Palin vs. Bernanke

    Sarah Palin, Governor of Alaska (FULL MOVIE)

    Sarah Palin Outside Fox News

    Rush – McCain Staffers Trying to Destroy Sarah Palin – Nov 6, 2008

    PJTV: Bill Whittle on the Sarah Palin Haters.

    ESPN Outside the Lines: Wasilla Warrior Sarah Palin .

    Alaska Journey via ANWR & Valdez

    The Wardrobe Saga

  • jerseymark

    As we continue with another lesson from the Teacher in this passage from “The Great Divorce” in which Mr. Lewis considers the trap of confusing the means with the end:

    “The Teacher tells a story:

    ‘There was a creature came her not long ago and went back – Sir Archibald they called him. In his earthly life he had been interested in nothing but Survival. He’d written a whole shelf-full of books about it….It grew to be his only occupation – experimenting, lecturing, running a magazine. And traveling too: digging out queer stories among Tibetan lamas and being initiated into brotherhoods in Central Africa. Proofs – and more proofs – and then more proofs again – were what he wanted….Well, in good time, the poor creature died and came here and there was no power in the universe wold have prevented him staying and going on to the mountains. But do ye think that did him any good? This country was no use to him at all. Everyone here had
    “survived” already. Nobody too the least interest in the question. There was nothing more to prove. His occupation was clean gone. Of course, if he would only have admitted that he’d mistaken
    the means for the end and had a good laugh at himself he could have begun all over again like a little child and entered into joy. But he would not do that. He cared nothing about joy. In the end he went away.’

    ‘”How fantastic”, said I’

    ‘”Do ye thing so?” said the Teacher with a piercing glance….”There have been men before now who got so interested in proving the existence of God that they came to care nothing for God Himself…. as if the good Lord had nothing to do but exist! There have been some who were so occupied in spreading Christianity that they never gave a thought to Christ.”

    So what do we make of this story? Obviously, we can become so focused on one aspect of life, one challenge or occupation that takes our interest to the exclusion of all else sch that we lose sight of what is truly important. In fact, we human beings can fall into that trap very easily, especially in this modern time with such specialization tending to narrow our focus without our realizing it. Something can be studied so deeply that its beauty and context in the bigger picture is totally lost like a masterpiece painting that is examined so closely that the individual brush strokes take the focus away from the its beauty that can be seen from a distance. In fact, many people over the centuries have done this with respect to the Bible as they take it apart verse by
    verse and lose their comprehension of the bigger picture set forth – a picture of the very heart of God. Preachers of particular aspects of God’s Word, such as the “prosperity Gospel” elevate certain chosen verses above all others and play on the selfish desires of their followers for wealth completely losing sight of the true Gospel. Of course, there can be debate about what the “true Gospel” really is as we only need to refer to “liberation theology” or the idea of “collective salvation” to see the variance that can exist when men use God’s Word selectively to support their agenda.

    This is why I feel so strongly about Romans 8:28-29 as the keys to understanding what God’s purpose is in all this, what He is doing in each of our lives. If you see and understand what is being said there, you will see that everything in the Bible, all the promises, everything must be seen through the prism of those two verses. Does the Bible talk about prosperity? Yes, indeed it does, especially in the Old Testament but prosperity is relative and based on these two verses, God simply will not give one of His Sons or Daughters worldly wealth if it does not assist in the
    conforming process. He will more likely have His Son or Daughter living on the edge financially to teach and build trust and faith in Him. Does the Bible teach about healing? Absolutely! But these two verses are His commitment that the illness is part of the conforming process and when it has completed its task or begins to hinder the conforming process, He is committed to changing that circumstance. Can you and I know the Heart of God? The answer is YES! Because He desperately wants His Children to know Him. This is one of the insights the Lord gave me in writing The Jesus Trap and it has changed my life and has grown my faith and trust in Him
    exponentially. It is my story that I am compelled to share with whomever I can. Through this process, Jesus shall be and is the preeminent Son “the first born among many brethren”.

    • TexS2012

      Romans 8:28. And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.
      Romans 8:29. For whom He did foreknow, He also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.

      • jerseymark

        Yes indeed. Thanks for making it easy for those who don’t know the verses to know what I am referring to. The point is that the definition of what is "good’ in verse 28 is defined by God’s desired result as set forth in verse 29.

  • ZH100

    ‘President Obama’s Immigration Speech Cost Taxpayers $527 per Word’ (by Whitney Pitcher)

    From the article:

    "Yesterday, a study from the publicly funded University of Minnesota was released noting that Governor Sarah Palin was paid $15.85 per word during her time as a FoxNews contributor. Despite all of Governor Palin’s purported irrelevancy, this study generated stories at USA Today, the Washington Post, The New York Times, Yahoo! News, and Politico, among numerous other outlets.

    Meanwhile, just today, President Obama flew from Washington D.C. to Las Vegas to give a speech on immigration reform. Per the Weekly Standard, his trip cost taxpayers a $1.6 million or $182,000 per hour of flight on Air Force One. According to the transcript at the Chicago Sun Times, President Obama’s immigration speech was 3,079 words and applause instances, meaning that President Obama’s speech cost the taxpayers just under $520 per word and applause. Including the instances of applause is being generous to the President, as if those weren’t included, his speech would have cost taxpayers $527 per word. The transcript also notes that President Obama’s speech lasted 25 minutes. Using 2012 spending levels as a reference, the federal government spent $170 million during the President’s speech, at a rate of roughly $6.8 million per minute.

    Those numbers won’t be found outside of the conservative blogosphere, however. The legacy media are more concerned with how much money a woman, who currently does hold publicly office, made for appearing a privately owned television station than they are with how much money the President’s junkets and astronomical spending are costing the taxpayers."

    • misterlogic0013

       all Americans should know this ..  give it to Rush / Levin / Savage / Gretta .. so on so forth ..

    • c4pfan

      Whitney did a fanstic job there.  Too bad scoop didn’t put up the President’s speech, because I would have posted it there.

  • n4cerinc

    When will Republicans get it? They keep buying into the narrative that they have to moderate more and more if they want to win. Yet the biggest victories they have experienced came as a result of standing on principle. They have tried two very moderate politicians in McCain and Romney. It still wasn’t good enough. Now they are on the hill trying to out-Left the Left with shamnesty. 

    • john norton

      My read on all of it still is ‘jst a distraction’,to tke our focus off the real issue…’The National Debt" … ~ !

  • stlouisix

    Republicans Ask Clinton to Answer Key Questions Left Unanswered on Benghazi

    Let’s cut to the chase here in light of the attack in Benghazi being watched
    in REAL TIME by those in positions of power to do something about it who evinced,
    by their inaction, that they couldn’t care less about the loss of lives of
    Americans in harm’s way!

    Who UNCONSCIONABLY was responsible for telling that Navy SEAL to
    "stand down" when Americans were being attacked in Benghazi? Who
    stopped forces in position to rescue all when they were but a few hours
    away? Who allowed for no adequate security in light of the many prior
    warnings that such security was demanded? Who sold out FOUR AMERICANS
    who were basically told "You’re on your own" instead of "We leave no one
    behind" for whatever warped reasons that need to come out for the sake
    of justice for the fallen and their families, and all those trying to
    honorably serve a country firmly in the grip of the dishonorable?

    The silence of the part of the morally bankrupt Obama Administration
    in regard to answers for all of these questions that DEMAND same speaks
    to the GUILT of that Administration ALL THE WAY TO THE TOP demanding
    prosecution to the full extent of the law!

    Clinton: ‘Very Important Reasons’ Why State Dept. and ‘Other Gov’t Agencies’ Were in Benghazi

    The only thing that the pro-radical jihadist Islam loving America-hating Imam Obama Administration has succeeded in doing in the Middle East is replace what little stability there was in that part of the world with the America-hating Muslim Brotherhood which sees no problem with persecuting all those who won’t bow to Shariah Law by, in the instance of Coptic Christians, burning their churches and killing their congregations, which is the modus operandi of a "religion of peace" that is anything but!

    • misterlogic0013

       wheres Rubio on this one ? 

  • stlouisix

    The following story shows you just how insecure an America, firmly in the grip of a communist despot, really is.

    US OKs Sale of High-Tech Battery Firm to China

    As a member of the Naval Security Group Command during the Vietnam War, I find the following statement preposterous.

    "The company has said that splitting the sale between the military and government operations should quell security fears."

    This is a pathetic joke! We’re supposed to believe because of this gimmickry that the Communist Chinese aren’t going to exploit this treachery on the part of Obama to the hilt in terms of a threat to our own National Security? Give me a break!


    US approves A123 sale to Chinese firm despite security concerns

    The U.S. government has approved the sale of U.S. taxpayer-backed A123 Systems to a Chinese company, despite security and economic concerns about sensitive technology changing hands.

    The move comes despite concerns from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle about a Chinese firm taking over a company — and technology — that U.S. taxpayers helped fund through $249 million in grants. Of that money, about $130 million had been released so far, the Department of Energy said.

    Even so, the deal would essentially transfer sensitive battery technology with "key military applications," according to one group that opposed the sale.

    The concern among U.S. lawmakers was that if the sale goes through, the Chinese would have access to years of high-tech advancements.

    "Congress is seeing an increasing threat coming out of Beijing where they are methodically purchasing U.S. corporations," Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., told last week.

    "The problem with the A123 sale is not only have taxpayers had a $230 million stake in the company’s success but Beijing will now have access to sensitive materials that are currently being used in U.S. defense and utility grid contracts."

    Blackburn said the sale wasn’t a partisan issue but a "clear-cut one of national security."

    In a December 2012 report, the CFIUS said that the U.S. intelligence community "judges with moderate confidence that there is likely a coordinated strategy among one or more foreign governments or companies to acquire U.S. companies involved in research, development, or production of critical technologies for which the United States is a leading producer."

    Originally developed by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratories, the technology behind the ultra-light lithium-ion phosphate batteries being bought will play a major role in modernizing the way electricity is generated and distributed. The new tech could also be used in key military operations and to power satellites and unmanned military drones.

    The company has said that splitting the sale between the military and government operations should quell security fears.

    • c4pfan

      Thanks for the info. 

    • dave7777

       Everything about this administration is scary. It all seems to have a purpose….destroy the US.

  • wisetrog

    The Bush Machine was waiting to pounce on her and once them and the libs got wind that she was leaving Fox, they knew immediately that 2016 is on. The negative campaigning by the Bushes is officially on. Last time around I was perplexed and dismayed by Romney and GOPe’s  shenanigans but this time I am prepared. I say to the Bushies: bring it on, b***es

  • c4pfan

    I think one way we can push back against the kiss butt so called conservatives is to whenever we can show support for Ted Cruz!  Unlike Rubio and Ryan, he has been focused on the economy and debt.  He even is signing on to bills that would help curb crony capitalism. 

    So, make sure to share his ideas and lets stop just complaining about the GOPe! 

    I also like how he ties in Texas when he can! Wish he was my Senator! :(

    • jester2939

      Thank you! This is exactly what I was thinking!!! Cruz is doing what he said he would do, and he needs support.

  • c4pfan

    Has anyone read Sen Rand Paul’s facebook?  Is he putting up legislation about stopping sending arms to Egypt?

    • dave7777

       If so, he had better hurry. Obama is going to rush the tanks so the muslim brotherhood can put down the rebellion. His buddies, doncha know?

  • stlouisix

    Obama’s NLRB Argument: ‘Trying to Have It Both Ways,’ Says Law Professor

    The despot Obama flouts just law because in his warped narcissistic
    megalomaniacal eyes, he IS the law to the point of disregarding any
    attempt to uphold the Constitution by any branch of government that has
    the guts to rein him in.

    Well, "We the People" have news for you, Obama. We’re not obliged to
    obey your unconstitutional dictates which you demand immediate
    adherence to under force of unjust law, and we fully intend to RESIST
    your attempts to enslave a free America on every level, local, state,
    and federal, by being a thorn in your side anytime that they rear their
    ugly heads until the scourge of your sham presidency is completely
    exorcised from the body politic!

    In short, our response to you and your minions, Obama, will be, in no
    uncertain terms, that we intend to uphold the Constitution, not a
    communist who’s willfully trying to destroy it via draconian legislation
    and government by fiat! We owe that to the fallen in America’s wars
    who died to fight the tyranny that you now dare to visit upon
    our country, thereby rendering their deaths to have been in vain.

    We’re not about to let that happen, Comrade Obama, so  take that
    seminal fact and go crying to another high school audience, the only
    kind that is gullible to your sociopathic lies due to their brainwashing
    by Marxist Socialist Indoctrination masquerading as education!

  • wodiej

    Each person needs to decide if they are really going to support Gov. Palin and her character and integrity or model behavior like this article.

    • golfmom3

      You would like us to not offend the sensitivities of commentators who have no problem calling others by racial epithets.  The only way to avoid being called names by Progressives is to cross over to their side.  Silence invites name calling, intelligent discussion invites hateful speech.  Please look at the comments attached to almost every article citing Gov. Palin despite her character and integrity.  I don’t think the post to Breitbart was meant to guilt us into converting to Progressivism.

      • john norton

        **__** … ^ 5 gm3 …~ !

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  • stlouisix

    Influential U.N. Body Elects Sudan to Leadership Position

    The UN is a pathetic joke giving forums to tyrants who oppress the world! It serves no use other than to encourage slavery under despots!

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