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  • ZH100

    Good morning all

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

    ‘Who Is the Real Sarah Palin?’

    From the article:

    Executive Authority and Success

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

    Budgeting and Spending

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

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


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

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

    Business Growth

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

    Ethics Reform and Transparency

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

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


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

    Health Care

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

  • BrianusBerkleianus

    My Dear Friends in Sarah,

    Happy Thursday to you all!!

    I did not appreciate it one bit when Bill O’Reilly called the Governor a "performer" on Tuesday evening during his interview with RINO Colin Powell (Powell will not even be a Republican "in name only" if he switches to the Dems).

    The use of this term PERFORMER, with all that it connotes, was, IMHO, an insult to our Sarah. It implies that she is not really who she presents herself to be. It carries strong if implicit links to the word "circus," I believe. Think about it, guys. I, at any rate, when I hear or read this word, tend to immediately attach "circus" to it in my thoughts and associations–"circus performer" trips quite readily off the tongue.

    I would heartily and heavily disagree with BOR and with his choice of words. Sarah is as genuine a public figure and stateswoman as we have been blessed with in America for many a year.

    Now, we may also associate "performer" with the stage. This concept bears a little more weight and depth and dignity than does "circus," but it is still not quite right, unless one takes "stage" as a metaphor for that grand and glorious field of patriotic struggle and warfare on which some of the mightiest spirits of the ages have "strutted a brief"–but glorious, oh so glorious–"hour"!!

    In THIS sense we may perhaps concede that our Sarah is a "performer."

    Yes, she has a tremendous STAGE PRESENCE and SENSE OF HER AUDIENCE; she is a superstar. She is a performer in the way that a great actor or a great athlete is, say a Babe Ruth, a Mickey Mantle, a Johnny Unitas, a Joe Montana!! She knows how to win minds, win hearts, win loyalty, win love. But she holds and wields this power by standing tall and trusty and true to what she really is!!! She is indeed playing a mighty "role" in the fate and history of our time and of our nation. But she waxes so powerful in this role precisely because the "persona" that she presents in such great splendor and sweetness to the public matches and manifests her great heart, her great spirit, her great soul!!!

    Bristol reports, in the CPAC episode of her show "Life’s a Tripp," that her mom said, in reference to the crowds that always swirl around her at public events, seeking an autograph or a word or a moment with her–Bristol reports that her mom said: "I’D GIVE MY LIFE FOR THEM."

    She means it.

    Mr. O’Reilly, this is not a mere "performer."

    Well, I offer this morning reflections on the next page of her beautiful first book, Going Rogue.

    The Going Rogue Reflections site has been updated through the last page, p. 111, and it includes new photographs.

    The address of the site is:

    I shall see you on Super Sunday to share the big game with you.

    God bless you all always!!

    DEO VOLENTE, SARAH 2016!!!!



    On p. 112 of GR, Sarah continues to discuss her 2005-2006 successful run for Governor of Alaska. She writes, "Alaskans were disenchanted and felt disenfranchised from their own government. We were going to change that."

    My friends, is this not precisely where America stands in this early dawn of the Year of Grace 2013?

    We are dispirited and "disenchanted."

    We feel that our votes count for nothing; that we have been "disenfranchised."

    We are looking for a captain to lead us along the path of civic renewal and restoration. I can do no better here than to present again letter "N" in the "Latin Sarah" series from last spring and summer.

    America is down right now; she is depressed; she is disenchanted; she feels disenfranchised with the fearsome event of the "reelection" of the "Great Destroyer," the utterly despicable anti-American political thug, barack hussein obama.

    I believe that, with the Governor as our leader, "WE ARE GOING TO CHANGE THAT"!!!

    We are seeking a RENEWER: A Restorer of our pride, of our courage, of our confidence, of our Free and American Spirit

    We are seeking …


    From the first moments that she strode so confidently and so brightly onto the national stage and the national consciousness, the Governor has served as a restorer and rebuilder of American sprits, American dreams, American pride … AMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISM!!

    She is in our days the incarnation and exemplar of President Ronald Reagan’s "Morning in America."

    Now, an individual human being cannot be forever young in the chronological sense of the term, cannot abide forever in the morning tide and time of life’s course. There is no gainsaying nor thwarting nor forestalling the inexorable march and tramp of the minutes, hours, days, months, and years.

    However, psychologically, intellectually, spiritually we can all be "green" (in the good sense of that much-abused epithet!!) and young and fresh and vigorous, even if we are loaded and weighed down with the years of the octogenarian, the nonagenarian …even the centenarian!!

    On the physical plane, it is when an organism is still racing towards the lofty ACME and APEX and SUMMIT of corporal puissance and power that it radiates and reflects golden vigor, bracing freshness, luminous youth.

    For human beings, wherever they may stand on the charts and chapters of the tale of the months and the years, when they are still racing to a lofty peak and eminence in spiritual or intellectual endeavors, they will seem young, enthusiastic, vigorous, full of life and power, no matter what the calendar may have to say about their age!! There is a parallel and analogous track between physical youth and spiritual "youth"!!!

    Now, what is true even for individuals, who are bound by the cords and ties of grim mortality, is eminently true for nations. The Lord has set no necessary limits on the times and fates of countries. The oldest man or woman is not going to live beyond the age of about 105 or 110 years. On the contrary, our Res Publica Americana, which is two-hundred-plus years young right now, may have hundreds and hundreds of years still to go in her fated course and career, if the All-Highest so wills it, and if WE fight to preserve her.

    It is on BOTH these levels, the life of individuals and the life of the nation, that our Sarah has served as a powerful force for renewal and restoration.

    First, behold the Governor herself. By the reckoning of the hands of the clock, she is forty-eight years old. However, how young, how dynamic, how vigorous … indeed, how TIMELESS she always seems!! This is because HER SOUL IS ALWAYS YOUTHFUL IN THE JOY OF THE LORD, AND IN THE STRIVING TO MOUNT ON HIGH IN THE PATHS OF HEAVEN.

    Further, she has communicated the same invigorating and restorative mind and spirit to tens of millions of ordinary Americans, to whom she has imparted the vivifying and resuscitating power of HOPE!!!

    As to our COUNTRY, she has given us the veritable expectation that America can be saved, can have her youth renewed in her Constitutional roots and foundations and principles.

    She is leading us both BACKWARDS and FORWARD AD FONTES–To the Sources!!

    What return can we ever make to Sarah Novatrix for all that she has done to uplift and restore and reinvigorate us, both as individuals and as a nation??!!!

    One thing we can do is pray ceaselessly for her and for her family to the God Who has said, "ECCE NOVA FACIO OMNIA–Behold, I make all things new.

    Rarely has He, IMHO, found a nobler and finer collaborator in this great work of individual and national RENEWAL than Sarah Palin of Alaska–the ever-young, ever-renewing, ever hope-giving Governor and soon-to-be President of these United States, Sarah Palin!!

    • Laddie_Blah_Blah

      "I would heartily and heavily disagree with BOR and with his choice of words."

      He thinks of himself as a "star," but his little twinkle was always outshone by the guv’s brilliance.  She smacked him down on his own show.  No one does that.  He is the clown in a one-ring circus, but she is too confined by that little world, his universe, and left.

      it’s all about Bill’s ego.  Sarah is so much bigger than he will ever be.  More people follow her FB account than watch his show.  It must just kill him, inside, to know all of that.

      He went to Harvard.

      • BrianusBerkleianus

        Great; thanks, Laddie.  So true!!

    • blueniner

      Mr.L commented on that this morning in regards to BORs stealth slap at Sarah Palin I caught it as well. I commented here that why did BOR in his soft ball interview with COLON why did he drag in Sarah by name? He could have said some in the GOP, but he had to call her by name, totally uncalled for. Now he has a poll up asking a multiple choice about his interview, what I would like to say he doesnt have a catergory for. The man is such an egomaniac. Again like Mr. L said in his great podcast, many that have bashed and trashed Sarah Palin have paid the Karmic price, and their careers have floundered.

      • BrianusBerkleianus

        Maybe BOR will start to plunge down soon in his career, paying the Karmic price for attacking and belittling Sarah!!

        Thanks, Niner!

        God bless (I at first accidentally addressed this reply to Laddie–sorry!!)

    • wodiej

      Brian, O’Reilly has some kind of issue with women in general.  He is dismissive to Gov. Palin when she is on his show and he is disrespectful to other female guests as well.  He just seems to have this attitude that they are not on the same par w men.  I have never liked him. My mother on the other hand thinks he’s the next best thing to sliced bread.  I asked her how she could like someone who thought so little of her as a female? Her response is always she doesn’t watch him that much.  But the next time I talk to her she’ll be telling me all about his show.  I just don’t waste my time on people like BOR.  He’s got a problem and it is not mine to solve.

      • Leroy Whitby

        Loofah Bill O’Reilly.

    • ZH100

      "I did not appreciate it one bit when Bill O’Reilly called the Governor a "performer"

      Bill O’Reilly is trying to paint Gov.Palin as a "not serious" politician.

      Of course this is not the first time he is (in a subtle way) trashing Gov.Palin.

      It all started direct after the 2008 election with his interview with Carl Cameron were he trashed Gov.Palin using gossip stories from McCain staffers.

      Over the years O’Reilly continued his efforts to undermine Gov.Palin’s credibility.

      • BrianusBerkleianus

        Thank you, ZH.

        Yes, he thinks he is very clever, IMV.  A little while ago, he purposely, I believe, selected, out of thousands of e-mails he could have chosen, a missive that came, we were told, from someone in Anchorage, AK, and that complained that the Governor had "QUIT" on them.

        There’s that four-letter dagger that they just will not let go!!

      • devitor

        Is O’Reilly trashing her? Given his history, I tend to think he was. But, I do want to talk about "performer" for a little bit here.

        "Performer" is an industry term used in market research as a single word to define all media figures. does maintain a Q Score on Gov. Palin. She is classified in their database as "performer, living" because of her prior Fox contributions, as well as Sarah Palin’s Alaska. The "living" part, I don’t think requires explanation. The firm also does maintain Q Scores on deceased performers as a matter of historical record and to facilitate research. That’s why the word "living" or "deceased" as the case may be is tacked on.

        The firm does not calculate Q Scores on any politician of any stripe in their capacity as politicians, because they don’t want to be accused of being politically biased one way or the other or expose themselves to the being offered payoffs.

        Sarah Palin is in the Q Score database because of her work on TV and that work is broadly classified as "performer." When Sarah was a sitting governor, and for the offices she held prior, there was no Q Score calculated on her – at least by that firm. She was not at the time a "performer" in the industry sense of the term.

        Q Score by the way is a measure of name recognition and likeability in one number. Accessing the number and all the variables that go into it is not cheap. It’s currently $1,400 every six months to get one person’s Q Score and keep it updated. The survey / polling questions used to determine political likeability are different from those used to determine a Q Score. I can list sample questions for political likeability versus Q Score another time – it’s way beyond the scope of this response, but if anyone is interested please ask and I will do it.

        The point of all this is that Sarah Palin wears multiple hats. She was an elected politician. She is currently a political activist (for lack of a better term). She is a media figure ("performer" in Q Score-speak). She is an author. She fishes commercially. She’s done construction and demolition work for charity. In her prior role on Fox News and any media work she does moving forward, Sarah Palin is in fact a "performer," in the eyes of market researchers.

        • BrianusBerkleianus

          Thanks much, Ron, for clarifying the market-research-industry sense of the term "performer"!

          I agree with your interpretation that O’Reilly was likely trashing the Governor (as I stated in my post).  He was using the common "layman’s" sense of the term, which is the way most of his audience would take it, not a technical sense of the word.

          God bless!!

        • Laddie_Blah_Blah


          With all due respect, she was always referred to as a "Fox News contributor" just as all other Fox News contributors were so identified.  I really don’t watch O’Reilly, but my guess is that Sarah is the only Fox News contributor ever referred to as a "performer" by Bill O’Reilly.  

          The screaming heads who usually characterize an O’Reilly broadcast can much more legitimately be called "performers."  Gov. Palin never acted in that way, which O’Reilly himself does, every single broadcast.  Watching that show is like watching performing seals, each competing with the others to see which can bark the loudest.

          By contrast, Sarah Palin was always a class act on that show. Not only would she not play the shouting match game, she would absolutely not allow O’Reilly to talk over her.

          His characterization of her as a "performer" was deliberately intended to minimize her in the eyes of his viewers, IMO. Instead, he has identified himself as the chief spinner in the "no spin zone" by delivering a calculated cheap shot at a former Fox employee which he would not dared have done in her presence.

          • devitor


            I know and agree that O’Reilly was denigrating Sarah with that term. But there is a legitimate industry usage of it and I outlined it in the prior comment. I in no way suggested that his use of the term was intended as something positive.
            I also agree with your assessment of her as a class act versus the screamers. But market researchers such as the folks at QScore lump all media figures – be they class acts or boors in the category of "performers." Like you, I don’t think it is the right term for a political analyst (which was her role at Fox) of her caliber, but analysts are lumped in with athletes, singers, actors, and so forth. That’s how the Q Score people do it.
            I would like to do a full likeability study on her but I need to complete my Alaska tourism survey first and I need to raise money for that. You’ll see that effort released in the coming days.
            If my likeability study materializes later this year, l will calculate Q Score as part of it, and I will use her proper title when so doing.
            Sent from my Palin-Powered iPhone

            • john norton

              Thn I wld say the ‘context’ they use it in… : )

              • devitor

                I did…at length.

                Sent from my Palin-Powered iPhone

        • john norton

          The one of the best add-libers,off the cuff speakers ive seen ,one tht mks more common sense thn the lot of them combined…"performer" ‘they’ said… may be the way tht they view their world…

        • jerseymark

          Good point and it made me think of another angle to the use of the word. In every walk of life there is the question of whether one can get what needs to be done, done. In sales, the term is used a lot for those who really produce the numbers. It then refers to someone who always brings their A game in which case Sarah is certainly a "performer" as opposed to someone who does not perform.

          • devitor


            Thank you. I never considered that context, and you are correct. Gov. Palin definitely is a performer in the way you describe in addition to the Q Score sense of the word. Much of our angst relates to O’Reilly’s connotation. His usage is to imply someone who looks good but lacks substance, as her detractors love to say.

    • Ceejay

      Morning Brianus!

      BOR should be more concerned why FOX is losing its viewers than Sarah Palin. Referring to her by name will only lose MORE viewers with his statement with Colin Powell.


      • BrianusBerkleianus

        Good morning, Ceejay!!

        Yes indeed–attacking the Governor will not help FOX!!!

        God bless.

    • Leroy Whitby

      O’Reilly kisses up to Obama, Christie, Romney and the like. He talks down about Palin. Not a regular guy. Against "regular folks." His big issue now is avoiding taxes . . . on himself.

      • BrianusBerkleianus

        Thanks, Leroy!

    • jester2939

      Hey, Brian! Thanks for the post!

      IMO, O’Really is a performer – acting like he’s "looking out for the folks." Give me a break.

      • BrianusBerkleianus

        Hi, Jessica–great point: It is O’Reilly who is the "performer"!!

    • jerseymark

      First, with regard to O’Reilly, he is sooo "looking out for us" that he can’t possible understand or appreciate someone with Sarah’s stature who is completely real, completely comfortable in her skin, and actually driven by her love of country and the future of her children and grandchildren. He has never seen anyone like her before and she does not compute in his little mind. Ad to that the fact that she is not intimidated by anyone or anything, least of all him and has put him in his place and we see the result. 

      Second – Who are you really? How can you write like that? Come on, the people really want to know. 

      • BrianusBerkleianus

        Thanks, Jerseymark!!

        Yes, people like O’Reilly simply cannot comprehend someone like the Governor.  She dwells in a universe of mind and spirit far distant and removed from that of BOR.

        LOL–I am just a simple citizen of Berkeley, a Latin and Greek scholar and sports fan (and a bit of a history buff) who loves and admires our Sarah!!

        God bless, friend!!

        • CharterOakie

          Eres frater fidelis eloquensque!

          • BrianusBerkleianus

            Gratias tibi ago, Frater!!

    • CharterOakie

      Ave amicus fidelis.

      Wonderful post!

      • BrianusBerkleianus

        Thank you so much, Bro!!!!

        Enjoy the big game on Sunday–I can’t wait!!

  • Guest

    Spot-on pic Ian….what’s the effective plan to do so…."throw them all out" ???

    • BrianusBerkleianus

      Sarah is the plan :-) !!!

      Good morning, chzn!

  • ernst1776

    Sarah Palin is the Movement!

    • BrianusBerkleianus

      Thanks, ernst, and good morning!!

  • ResearchIsImperative

    Or…the last January of freedom as our Founders envisioned?
    Stand we must; fight if we must, (for our freedom and future generations’ freedom) lest we all become enslaved by corrupt, power relishing people….
    Gov. Palin is the only politician that I trust!
    The Constitution should live as designed….
    This is my opinion only….

  • ZH100

    Gov.Palin played a central role during the 2010 election; she basically spearheaded the 2010 victory with her endorsements and rallies all over the country.

    ‘2010 Elections: The Palin Effect ‘ (By: bbila ,2010)

    From the article:

    "With that being said, Palin’s 71% endorsement success rate thus far—52 wins out of 73 declared races featuring Palin-endorsed candidates (eight additional races are undecided as of 1:30 p.m. on November 4)—is impressive, especially considering that she embraced a number of underdogs in traditionally blue states.

    Of particular importance is the fact that eighteen of the twenty candidates backed in Palin’s Take Back the 20 initiative have won their races (one race is undecided as of 1:30 p.m. on November 4). That’s a 90% success rate.

    When Mediaite, CBS, and NBC—despite some incomplete stats—are all in agreement that Palin had a great night, it just may be one for the books."

    • ZH100

      And what happened after the very successful 2010 election?  What was the focus of the GOP establishment?

      "Top Republicans in Washington and in the national GOP establishment say the 2010 campaign highlighted an urgent task that they will begin in earnest as soon as the elections are over: Stop Sarah Palin".

      • CBDenver

        Interesting to re-read that Politico article from 2010.  So he GOPe were afraid of Palin because they believed she could win the nomination but would lose to Obama in 2012.   So instead the Republicans got the GOPe approved candidate — and lost to Obama. 

        • john norton

          I’d say thts not the truth at all,Its closer to home to say they were a skeered of their feeding troth be taken away frm them ,the house of cards come tumbling dwn It wld disrupt their status quo,business as usual agenda.. ~ ! The Gov.represents the ‘Truth’ & they do not…

    • BrianusBerkleianus

      Thank you, thank you, ZH.  And in a horrible, yes I shall use the word, in a horrible SIN of ingratitude and injustice, not only did the GOPe not thank and defend the Governor for all that she did in 2010, they ABANDONED her, beginning with the slanders of her that were associated with the Gabby Giffords shooting.

      God bless!!

    • Christopher H Fromme

      I like this part of the article  ::::  In ordinarily red states and/or districts—and with respect to the GOP primary—there’s no doubt that Palin’s endorsements helped put candidates like Nikki Haley, Rand Paul, and NY–13’s Michael Grimm on the national map, playing a role in their victories.   I wonder if Rand remembers?

  • ZH100

     Excellent read!

    ‘Governor Palin Used Her Executive Authority to Make Government Smaller and More Ethical’  (August,2011)

    From the article:

    "Executives at any level of government could use their power to grow government spending and power and to reward cronies or those who donated to their campaign.

    Governor Palin is the only one who has a proven record of using her power to make the government smaller and less powerful.  Governor Palin used her power to reduce government spending and state reliance on the federal funding. She desired to increase individual choice, not create individual mandates.  

    She used her executive authority to make government more ethical and transparent while removing cronyism rather than perpetuating it.

  • ZH100

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

    From the article:

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

    • ZH100

      Sliming Palin

      False Internet claims and rumors fly about McCain’s running mate.

      • lanahi

        Rush said in January, 2011:
        "I don’t care what you think about this woman. I don’t care what you think about her parking lot possibilities, qualifications, or any of that. But I just have to tell you, I don’t
        know of anybody in the political arena who has been more impugned, libeled, slandered, ripped, mischaracterized. It has been vicious, personally vicious and merciless, and she appears untainted by it. In fact, she has risen above it. And as you know, our party is filled with people who just cave at the first sign of this. And they try to make peace with the critics. "Oh, no, no, no! Don’t think of me that way. I’m nice!" She has not done that at all. So whatever else you think of Sarah Palin, folks, you have to marvel at how she has dealt with this and risen above it, not become bitter by it — and it just continues, and it increases in its intensity."

        Interview with Roger Ailes, 2011:
        "Eliza Kern: What do you think it is about Sarah Palin and Huckabee that get those ratings? Like what do you think they appeal to?
        Ailes: I think they strike a nerve. I mean Sarah Palin, George W. Bush probably got as much bad press as she did, but she got the worse press I’ve seen since Hitler. I mean she just got bad press. I mean it’s just bad, okay? But she’s sort of like the unsinkable Molly Brown, she’d kind of stick her head up and say, “Well, you know…” Bam, they whack her again and she’d go down, she’d get back up, and it became a national pastime to kind of watch it.
        It’s a game the media play, they’d rather chase that — let me tell you, I said something back in the ’60s, the press — and this is what you don’t want to become, and I preach this to our people all the time at FOX; if you give most of the traveling press core pictures, mistakes, or attacks, they will miss the story because they’ve got something to put up there tomorrow. They’ve got an interesting picture, they got a mistake, they got an attack. Maybe they got a new poll, maybe they got some side issue. That’s bad, and that comes, and I’m part of it, everybody who does cable television is part of it, everybody who does TV is part of it.
        There used to be you had to have at least two, maybe three, independent sources before you go with a story. Now you can say, well, the National Inquirer had a rumor that said, and then you’re fine, that’s your source and you put it on the front page of The New York Times. It’s a different world, and the Internet doesn’t have any of the journalistic rules that you need to really do good clean journalism. It’s fine as a resource, it’s fine as a tool, but if that is your only source for a story, be careful, because you don’t know, some guy in his underwear in his basement is writing that stuff, and it’s what he thinks. So, be careful."

  • 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."

  • wodiej

    “The vision is yet for an appointed time…”  Habakkuk 2:3

    • BrianusBerkleianus

      Thanks, wodiej, and good morning!

      • wodiej

        yw Brian, good morning.

  • wodiej
    • Guest

       Words, just words. That’s what we got from Obama.

      He’s just another eloquent senator who has done nothing.

      He is no reformer and has no executive experience and worst of all he is part of the corrupt Bush crime family.

      He is a career politician intent on making his fortune off the backs of the citizenry. Time for him to get a real job to see just how hard you work and the reason why you appreciate everything you have attained because you earned it.

      Just exactly what has Marco ever done that you like him so much? Talk is cheap.

      • wodiej

        Where in my post did I say I like Rubio? I was just posting an informational article.  I do think parts of Rubio’s plan are better than nothing.  JMO

        • Guest

          I asked the question because many times you have posted of your dislike for George W. Yet you advocate support for Marco’s plan.

          This is not Marco Rubio’s plan. This is the Bush plan. Jeb Bush wants this, not Marco Rubio. However, Rubio knows that he has to do this to pay his dues to the Bush familia. They have already told him the propaganda they will spin should he lose the support of the conservative base.

          It’s time to tell the corrupt Bush clan that we aren’t buying what they are selling any longer.

          This is George W. partnering with Ted, the Swimmer, Kennedy again. How’d that work out?

          "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.

          It makes no sense to write a legislative proposal that confers
          unwarranted benefits on the condition of stepped up law enforcement. If
          the Republican senators are serious, they should just call for
          enforcement of already enacted laws. They should tell Democrats, “Show
          us over the next few years that enforcement is effective and that the
          government’s commitment to it is permanent; then we can talk about
          legislation to legalize the presence of the remaining illegal immigrant
          population.” The way you prioritize enforcement is … to prioritize
          enforcement, not to talk about enforcement you can’t deliver in a
          wayward deal that concretely rewards lawlessness. And in the meantime,
          if it would help our economy to allow more immigration of workers to
          fill needs that aren’t being met, by all means increase the availability
          of visas for those categories of workers — as dramatically as
          necessary. This will illustrate that Republicans are not anti-immigrant —
          the “false argument” that animates Sen. Rubio, as he told Rush. It is a
          slander that sticks because of the GOP’s inadequate response to the
          Left’s demagoguery, not because of bad policies.

  • wodiej
  • jerseymark

    With today’s passage, we move in a completely different direction for a little while from a portion of
    “The Weight of Glory” Mr. Lewis called “The Inner Ring”:

    “I believe that in all men’s lives at certain periods, and in many men’s lives at all periods between
    infancy and extreme old age, one of the most dominant elements is the desire to be inside the local Ring and the terror of being left outside. This desire, in one of its forms, has indeed had ample justice done to it in literature. I mean, in the form of snobbery. Victorian fiction is full of characters who are hagridden by the desire to get inside that particular Ring which is, or was, called Society. But it must be clearly understood that ‘Society’, in that sense of the word, is merely one of a hundred Rings and snobbery, therefore, only one form of the longing to be inside. People who believe themselves to be free, and indeed are free, from snobbery, and who read satires on snobbery with tranquil superiority, may be devoured by the desire in another form. It may be the very intensity of their desire to enter some quite different Ring which renders them
    immune from the allurements of high life. An invitation from a duchess would be very cold comfort to a man smarting under the sense of exclusion from some artistic or communist coterie. Poor man – it is not large, lighted rooms, or champagne, or even scandals about peers and Cabinet Ministers that he wants; it is the sacred little attic or studio, the heads bent together, the fog of tobacco smoke, and the delicious knowledge that we – we four or five all huddled beside this stove – are the people who know.”

    This is brilliant insight into one of the strongest motivations we experience as people. We human beings are social “animals” who strive to be connected in some manner and at some level with others and very often we base our own self-image on the response and feedback we get from others. Generally, we want and need to be accepted by at least one other person and we judge our own worth based on our perception of the worth of those willing to accept us. This dynamic starts pretty early in our lives as children reach school age and becomes a major source of conflict and hurt as the Rings form. In a way, the dynamic is perfectly displayed when kids get involved in some contest, athletic or otherwise, requiring the choosing of teams and it is a maximum humiliation to be the last one picked, or if there is an odd number, not to picked at all.

    So, what about these Rings? High School is often a fairly traumatic experience for many teens as everyone knows who the “in crowd” is and who is in and everyone else is out. But there are many Rings found in that setting and I offer as a wonderful depiction of this dynamic the movie “The Breakfast Club” as it focuses on five individuals from different Rings, the “Cool Kids”, the “Jocks”, the “Smart Kids”, “Bad Kids” and then the “Outcasts”. They get to know and appreciate each other
    during their Saturday detention but it is made clear that come Monday morning they will not recognize one another in the halls. The reason being that each is concerned about what the other members of their Ring will say

    Since High School kids have little else to worry about, this social structure is a very high priority and some may think we grow out of that as we mature and many do to a large extent but as Mr. Lewis says Rings clearly exist among adults as well. One example that hit home with me was a discussion I had many years ago with my father-in-law who was quite wealthy, especially by small town standards, in which he asked me if I knew why he pushes in his business to gain more wealth. In a moment of perceptiveness I replied that it was so he could experience bigger
    challenges, which he said was true enough, but he added that it meant that he could play against a higher level of opponents, or in other words, gain entry into a more select Ring

    The thing about Rings is that they enforce discipline among its members chastising anyone who even for a moment strays from the common understanding and expectations of the group. As a result, a form of “group think” is established which stifles individuality and creativity such that such groups become inflexible. Cults manifest this dynamic as do various types of political groups, especially “single issue” groups. We see it in the herd behavior of our media which is very dangerous as its “group think” includes the belief that it is their job to influence and mold the way the rest of us think about just about everything which to them justifies their manipulation of the “news”.

    There is much more to be said about Rings and the next few passages will explore this topic further.

    • BrianusBerkleianus

      Wonderful; thank you, Jerseymark!!

      I think that the Governor’s life and example serve as a salutary antidote to "group think" of this kind. 

      She encourages people to be simple (in the best sense of the term) and frank and FREE.

      She encourages them to seek after OBJECTIVE TRUTH, not the "truth" of a clique or club … or PARTY!!!

      It was how she was raised, I believe, and she is teaching America this noble and natural way of thinking and acting.

      No more "good ole boys" clubs!! 

      • jerseymark

        So true BB and as this topic is developed further, I think we will see that the biggest antidote to the "Ring" mentality and "group think" is a developed personal relationship with Jesus, which as you point out describes Sarah in spades.

      • blueniner

        Excellent thought Brian!

        • BrianusBerkleianus

          Thanks, Niner!!

  • Pete Petretich

    Throw them all out? Indeed?

    So should we help Dems and the Tea Party throw out Senator Mitch McConnell?


    "McConnell in Trouble? Maybe, maybe not."

    REMINDER: Both McConnell and Boehner refuse to cut the damn budget…

    • BHappy

      Maybe TEa Party folks should start running as Dems, take over their party. If they are the party of the immigrants and it is said that immigrants are basically Conservatives and have come here for freedom and opportunity, maybe that is the party too overrun.
        Why can"t tea party candidates primary the Dems, why can’t we overtake them and beat them at their own game. Let’s think outside the box. I was so inspired by the 500,000 mostly young people at the March for LIfe last week.
        I’m sure I’ll get beat up for this suggestion, but my birth family was always Democrat and I am tired of fighting with them, let’s fight back using the tools God has given us and run Tea Partiers in both parties, overwhelm all of them. thoughts?

      • Pete Petretich

        There’s more than a few PUMA’s who frequent this site, at least there used to be!

        "People United Means Action"

        (Some say that PUMA really means "Party Unity My Ass")

        • BHappy

          sorry I’m not savvy enough to know what the heck you are talking about, did you call me a name? I guess I’m over my head here, getting myself in trouble, bye

          • Pete Petretich

            A PUMA is a type of Dem who gave up on that party b/c of the way Hilary was treated in 2008. Many women like this are naturally sympathetic to Sarah Palin and what she represents.

            • john norton

              Whn H lost in the primary much of her support naturally came Sarah’s way …

        • john norton

          "They got tempers too"… case in point tht Sun in DC whn the DNC dished H for 0 …

      • john norton

        Id go a little farther to say tht I wldnt put it past the Govenor to hve ben thinking along those lines…Sorry,disq,misplacing my reply…

    • polarfan

      He’s a lucky man because I don’t vote in KY!

      Vote him out in 2014

    • golfmom3

      Except you’ll end up with the neurotic, enviro-whacko Ashley Judd for the next 6 years!!!!! which will be a nightmare of epic proportion.  NOOOOOOOOOO!!  Make Rand Paul work his magic on McConnell; find an heir apparent if necessary BUT NO ASHLEY JUDD!!!!  So much worse than Al Franken, so much worse than Schwarzenegger.  NOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!

      • john norton

        Theres not to many in hollywood tht hve their heads screwed on … LOL

  • stlouisix

    NLRB Ruling Expected to Impact Consumer Bureau Appointee, Former White House Counsel Says

    "The Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled last week that
    President Barack Obama’s three recess appointments to the NLRB were
    unconstitutional because the appointments were made when the Senate was
    not in recess. On the day Obama named the three NLRB members — Jan.
    4,2012 – he also recess-appointed Cordray to head the CFPB."

    If I’m not mistaken, the lawless Obama Administration, in its
    unbounded arrogance, completely ignored The Court of Appeals ruling
    against its lawlessness, which means that it’s up to "We the People" to
    completely ignore the dictates of the lawless Obama Administration with
    our reply being very simple. "We stand by The Constitution, not the
    demands of a tyrant hell-bent on destroying a free America from within
    who willfully trashes The Constitution on a daily basis."

  • palin45potus

    I think worrying about these silly polls that the msm loves to promote is to jump through the hoops they want, and leads us right to where they wish to lead the GOP…another demoralizing defeat.

    It bears repeating regularly.  The GOP had lost 5 out of the last 6 Presidential Elections in terms of Popular Vote and they barely won that one.

    This after Ronald Reagan blazed the trail for them in the wake of Watergate, when things were at a real low point.

    And to put a finer microscope on them, since 2004 (The one election that they have actually eked out a slim majority over the repugnant John Kerry) the have really had exactly ONE star who has lasted for any length of time and has led them to whatever actual electoral success they have had. 

    Without Sarah Palin, who arrived on the national scene in 2006, the GOP wouldn’t have even measured a ripple in 2008, would’t have opposed any of Obama’s first term initiatives such as Obama-Care, and wouldn’t have had any electoral success in the last 2 elections.  

    Because of her, there was coherent opposition to Obama-Care, the Stimulus Package, Green Energy give-aways, Fast and Furious, Moratoriums on drilling, and the list goes on and on.

    She was instrumental in the elections that have given the GOP the House of Representatives, as well as Senators such as Rand Paul, Deb Fischer, Ted Cruz, Tim Scott.

    For this she is singularly targeted for a mass media attack of unmatched intensity, and the GOP has joined in to curry the favor of Obama and the media, as well as to push more pliable candidates on us.

    The day that Sarah truly throws her hat in the ring, and comes out swinging in pursuit of the Presidency will be when we should concern ourselves with these ridiculous distractions called polls. They serve to give the media propaganda to justify all that Obama is doing, while distracting us from the lawlessness he’s engaging in.

    Sarah 2016.  Without her, it’s a lost cause

    • Pete Petretich

      It seems like she has to take over the whole party which kind of bothers some people.

      What’s a girl to do?

      • john norton

        Thts the only choice for Her seeing the GOPe are basicly leadership… Have to work with whts there, just get rid of the head of the hydra,the rest wont follow…

      • jester2939

        Fight like a girl, I guess ;-)

        • Pete Petretich

          LOL, some days it almost looks like a default kind of thing, as if all the alternatives to Palinism are failing and falling away before our eyes. Eventually Sarah will emerge at the top because there is no viable leader for the Republican party?

          Rock on, sister!

    • john norton

      I fully expect Her to be fully engaged in the 2014 elections coming up,and frm there its still her choice…

    • dave7777

      Hold this post until we see which way Sarah is leaning. This is my starting argument for mobilizing her Georgia army once she declares. You boil it down nicely.  

    • BrianusBerkleianus

      Wonderful, 45!!!

      Sarah 2016!!!

    • CharterOakie

      Amen.  Palin or bust.  Accept no substitute.

  • golfmom3

    The Obama administration is covertly recruiting Muslims to work at the State Department as Foreign Service officers representing the United States in one of 265 American embassies, consulates and diplomatic missions worldwide. . . . Presumably, the new recruits will be deployed around the globe to help the agency fulfill its mission of promoting the country’s international relations. The campaign seems to be headed by Mark Ward, the Deputy Special Coordinator in the State Department’s Office of Middle East Transition.

    Ward held a 90-minute seminar at a recent convention sponsored by two groups—Muslim American Society (MAS) and the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA)—with known ties to radical Islam. Both nonprofits are associated with the Muslim Brotherhood, which is known as the parent organization of Hamas and al Qaeda. In fact, the Investigative Project on Terrorism reports that MAS was founded as the U.S. chapter of the Muslim Brotherhood which strives to indoctrinate the world with Islamic Sharia law.    
    Yet there was a U.S. State Department official, side by side at a radical Islamic powwow in Chicago with a number of speakers who advocate violent jihad. Among them was Kifah Mustapha, a fundraiser at terrorist organization (Holy Land Foundation) convicted of funneling millions to Hamas and Jamal Badawi, a MAS founder who praised the jihad of Gaza terrorists during a speech titled “Understanding Jihad and Martyrdom.”

    Tough questioning there, US Congress.  Tough unspoken questions for Hillary and John.

    • john norton

      Definition of the word ‘dhimmitude’…Its the Jihadists way of bringing non muslum populations into the fold…its written into the affordable care act… ???

  • golfmom3

    This is what irks me about Rand Paul.  He headlines under "Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said Wednesday that immigration reform hardliners in the Republican Party need to “evolve” on the issue.

    Speaking to Bryan Fischer on the conservative Focal Point radio show, Paul argued that the GOP needs to do a better job of reaching out to Hispanic voters, and said immigration reform, if achieved in accordance with conservative principles, could be a step in that direction.

    Read more:

    He then goes on to say NO federal/state benefits, go to the back of the line, and even tighter border restrictions and cut-offs if the border is not sealed.  How can he say hardliners need to evolve when he takes the same position as the so-called hardliners???  This just looks like flat out grandstanding.  Grrr.

    • jester2939

      That’s frustrating. Did he have any ideas how to "reach out" to Hispanics? Does he know what he means by that or is it just a talking point?

      • golfmom3

        There are 2 popular phrases that make me want to scream:  (1)  well, let’s just drill down through data . . . (I hate that stupid "drill down") and (2) I’ll have my associate reach out  to you . . . ("reach out"?????  I’m miles away from you — your associate’s arm is nowhere long enough to reach me — stop it! Have them telephone me.)

        • jester2939

          "Reach out" is right up there with "get in touch with me." What does someone with English as a second language think of those phrases, lol? I encourage my students not to use these phrases – "call me" or "contact me" is clear and specific.

          Btw, I never heard the first phrase you mentioned. I guess I’m lucky!

        • travelingon

          I always think of the old Bell South (probably Southern Bell then) commercial, reach out and touch someone.

          It is old and used.

      • MissMyGuy

        I suppose he doesnt want Rubio to coopt the language and run away with the issue.  Problem is, if Rand comes out with the same language, what good will that do him.  There is just no unique message out there right now.

        Rush talks about culture and assimilation rather than amnesty.  That is good. Levin had some good historical perspective on immigration that proved pandering to hispanics doesnt work and he had a few other unique things to say too, but I cant remember just now. Also Michelle Malkin came out with a good piece.

        If someone(?SP?) could come out with an uplifting and passionate message about the meaning of assimilation and the love of American that our ancestor immigrants had, that might register.

        Tough Issue.

        • dave7777

          Assimilation is NOT the answer. That presumes amnesty. Otherwise how can they assimilate?
          Enforcement is the ONLY answer. Root them out and send them back. Then and only then can they get at the end of the line.
          All this conversations is amounting to surrender to violation of the law in one way or the other. I think Savage is a jerk with a capital J, however he says a nation is defined by its border, culture and language. He is spot on.
          Right now we have no border and we are printing our governmental documents in different languages, so we have no language. Finally, we are letting PC water down our culture to accommodate muslims and other nationalities.
          We have no country.
          And the remnant is being erased before our eyes.

          • MissMyGuy

            assimilation is not the answer, it is simply one of the requirements for immigration. someone needs to start talking in terms of sovereignty. that is one of the main jobs of feds, protect borders and sovereignty.

        • john norton

          Rubio is GOPe ,he wlks the party line,Not… a friend of ours…

      • john norton

        There are people out there working with them,its just being done discreetely,why shld they expose themselves to the flack… ???

    • n4cerinc

      Because there is a spirit of stupid permeating DC. 

    • dave7777

      When these fellows get to DC, they lose their grip on reality. So far Cruz has resisted. I pray he keeps his.

    • M_Minnesota

      "It would be an honor to be mitt’s veep."   -Rand Paul

  • Dan C

    Good morning everyone. I hope everyone is feeling well during these stressful times. 

  • Polarbearpapa

    Good Morning fellow travelers, let us all be encouraged by the word

    " The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light." 

    Roman 13:12

    And to start the day off…….

    Madison Rising – The Star Spangled Banner

    and last but not least..

    "It yet remains a problem to be solved in human affairs, whether any free government can be permanent, where the public worship of God, and the support of religion, constitute no part of the policy or duty of the state in any assignable shape. The future experience of Christendom, and chiefly of the American states, must settle this problem, as yet new in the history of the world, abundant, as it has been, in experiments in the theory of government."

    Joseph Story

    **Crossposted elsewhere

    • AmazedOne1

      Your encouraging posts are always appreciated.

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