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  • ZH100

    Good morning all

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

    ‘Who Is the Real Sarah Palin?’

    From the article:

    Executive Authority and Success

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

    Budgeting and Spending

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

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


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

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

    Business Growth

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

    Ethics Reform and Transparency

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

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


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

    Health Care

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

  • ZH100

    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

    Chuck Heath, Jr. facebook post.

    "Dad, Sarah, and off-road racing legend Walker Evans at the start of today’s Iron Dog. Todd and Scott got off to a smooth start and are running strong. I’ll post more pictures on my website very soon."

  • Quiet_Righty

    In the next few years, the nation’s First Dude won’t have to miss the Iron Dog. The President may have to miss a couple of the events (she’ll be very busy). On the other hand, it could be a working vacation for her too.

    • Pete Petretich

      Sure beats golfing…

    • cuatrocinco45

      it would be nice to have a guy in the WH with a history of riding on white powder, not snorting it

  • stlouisix

    Commander Says ISAF Will Comply With Karzai’s Air Support Ban

    The reality of the situation is that there will be civilian casualties in
    any war, regardless of the attempts to mitigate same. That,
    unfortunately, is the nature of war. The forces fighting the
    terrorists, to particularly include our own, have been hamstrung by
    ridiculous ROE like this banning of air support thereby putting the
    lives of our own troops at extreme risk by de facto prolonging a
    conflict that, if overwhelming force had been brought to bear on the
    enemy from the get-go, would have been ended quickly, which is something
    that you quickly learn in Military Science 101. It would help, of
    course, if the Afghan security forces would stop killing our own troops,
    which shows the treachery of a purported ally who is anything but.

    In a situation like this, where our military is being turned into
    cannon fodder by morally bankrupt leaders who couldn’t care less, there
    should be a demand to get all of our forces out of there for the lack of
    a will to give them the support needed to fight a war because to not do
    so is to participate in their murder!

    • lanahi

      They never talk about actually winning that war in Afghanistan.

  • devitor

    Good morning all. As you may be aware, I am trying to raise $1.5K to complete my Alaska Tourism Survey for the Heaths. Chuck Heath, Jr. has promoted the fund-raiser on his site. Right now, we’re 32% of the way there with $480 in the pot. I got a nice bump in the fund-raiser last Friday from my posting it here in the Open Thread.

    Anything you can do to promote and support this effort would be greatly appreciated. Those who sponsor at $100 or more will get a signed copy of Our Sarah: Made in
    Alaska; those who sponsor at any amount will be acknowledged by name and
    web/social page when the survey results post. Three donors so far will be getting books once the survey results are posted.

    US for Palin Alaska Tourism Survey Fund-Raiser

    • c4pfan

      I tried to help spread the word! LOL

      • devitor


        Thank you for your support.

  • ZH100

    From the article:

    "The media’s effort to not hold the Obama administration accountable at all for Benghazi is clear. Gregory’s just doing his part."

    ‘John McCain to David Gregory: ‘Do you care why 4 Americans died?’’

  • technopeasant

    Word of the day: EXPENDABLE

    Conservatives and conservatism is EXPENDABLE. That is a high priority of both the Left and our foes among moderate Republicans who comprise as of the latest poll about 27% of the entire GOP membership.

    10 reasons why we and our philosophy is EXPENDABLE:

    1) We currently comprise 40% of all voters. Liberals comprise 20% of all voters. And moderate Republicans comprise about 8% of all voters. There are more of us than there is of them. If the two latter groups which consider themselves "the ruling class" wish to continue to dominate the political landscape they must eliminate us from the circles of power or at least treat us with disdain, in the hope conservatives will simply give up trying to influence public policy. The goal is for conservatives to make themselves EXPENDABLE.

    2) Leftist immigration policy is designed to flood America with "Democratic voters" and to make the conservative vote EXPENDABLE.

    3) After apartheid in South Africa and the white rule in Zimbabwe (formerly Rhodesia), the goal of governments was to make "the white man" EXPENDABLE in the sense that he no longer mattered in the formulation of public policy and was at a disadvantage in dealing with a govt dominated by a Black populace.
    The goal of the Left is to squeeze the white man (woman) out of government as well and to make them EXPENDABLE.
    4) The GOP establishment blame conservatives for losing elections (lack of conservative turnout). In an example of cutting off their nose to spite their face, they now want to freeze conservatives out of influencing Republican political strategy and policy and compete for the Hispanic voters with the Left (a futile exercise) to replace the conservative vote they keep coming up short on. Making conservatives EXPENDABLE is the next logical step.
    5) If Obama and the govt seizes all the guns from private citizens, conservatives will be on the endangered species list and definitely EXPENDABLE.
    6) Senior citizens are EXPENDABLE due to bureaucratic "death panels."
    7) The Tea Party is seen as EXPENDABLE as ‘the ruling class" cannot countenance any disobedience or upstarts raising roadblocks to the imposition of a "socialist Utopia" on America. And the foundation of that imposition is using Cloward-Piven to bankrupt the fiscal and monetary system and to destroy capitalism once and for all.
    In other words CAPITALISM is also EXPENDABLE.
    8) Sarah Palin and Tim Tebow are seen as EXPENDABLE by the powers to be as they are perceived because of their charisma as direct threats to entrenching the prevailing Zeitgeist. And if that means destroying them utterly, they will do it.
    9) Ronald Reagan and the greatest traditions in America are EXPENDABLE. When the Bushes say so a lot of people pay attention.
    10) And God is EXPENDABLE. Secular humanism/pantheism/logical positivism is the dominant theology of our enemies. And make no mistake about it. The greater majority of our enemies really believe God is dead and their goal in life to convince the rest of us to that assertion. As for conservatives, their goal is to marginalize them, reduce their numbers and finally back them into the corner because of their belief in God and finally round them up and eliminate them or "cull their numbers."

    • Rightmindedmom

      Right on, Techno! We conservatives and Palinistas aren’t going anywhere. We are ready for the fight. We may be "expendable" to the RINOs and the Left, but we know there’s a fight coming, and we’ll stand in ready.

    • AmazedOne1

      Well, Sarah is now speaking at CPAC — so it looks like they don’t consider her to be "expendable."

  • technopeasant

    The stupidity of conservatives begins with the premise that the Left does not want to see them dead or incarcerated.
    As a conservative if you really believe Leftists (Marxists) are good-hearted individuals, who really believe in democracy and upholding the rights of conservatives to free speech, liberty and to pursue their own happiness, you also believe the moon is made of cheese.
    And as a conservative if you really believe that the Constitution will prevent the Left from imposing a totalitarian society on America, then you haven’t done your research. The Soviet Union under Stalin had one of the finest Constitutions ever written.
    Bottom line: Obama and his cohorts and those who come after him (assuming he honors the 22nd Amendment) will not change their stripes. And aided and abetted by the GOP machine and RiNO’s, they will continue to work to see our demise.
    Then there are conservatives who claim Technopeasant is crazy and delusional. These are the same people in Nazi Germany who believed Hitler was simply another politician and wouldn’t follow through with his "death-camp rhetoric."

    • dave7777

      Great synopsis. Now add 1.6+ rounds of ammo (hollow points), automatic weapons (currently denied the average citizen), holding fields, etc, etc. and you doubt about honoring the 22nd amendment.

      • lanahi

        Drudge reports there is a shortage of ammo for average Americans after the $1.6 billion rounds bought by the government and the previous run of ammo to citizens.

      • jerseymark

        There is no way the States will put up with such a coup and there is no way the military will allow it as their oath is to the defense of the Constitution not Obama or the Democrats. The States have their National Guard and there will be Federal force to enforce Obama’s decrees as we will see with Obamacare.

    • lanahi

      Germany had a strong democracy before Hitler took over too.

      • jerseymark

        No it did not! It was an extremely weak one with no strong history of democracy to fall back on and saddled with the WWI war debt imposed by the Treaty of Versailles. It was the treaty with its unbearable burden it placed on German society that led to the rise of Hitler.

  • ZH100

    ‘Upworthy — or, How we are losing the internet to lowest of low information young liberals’

    From the article:

    "I previously wrote about how BuzzFeed Politics has combined “the culture” and savvy crafting into a highly effective tool for undermining Republicans with subtle and not-so-subtle mockery. “Look at the goofy cat, look at the goofy celeb, look at the goofy Republican” is more dangerous to us than a 5000-word article in The New York Times Sunday Magazine.

    To follow up on that theme, I happened upon a website called Upworthy, which had one its posts run at HuffPo, Elizabeth Warren Asks The Most Obvious Question Ever, Stumps A Bunch Of Bank Regulators.

    The post was so wrong on substance, I just had to click over to the source.

    And therein I learned what millions of very low-information young liberals already knew — there is this website called Upworthy which is one giant liberal activist social media machine which creates viral social media memes in the cause of liberal political activism."

    Read the whole article:

  • ZH100

    Ron Devito’s excellent list of Gov.Palin’s accomplishments.


    Master List of Governor Palin’s 2012 Accomplishments

    Master List of Governor Palin’s 2011 Accomplishments

    Master List of Governor Palin’s 2010 Accomplishments

    Master List of Governor Palin’s 2009 Accomplishments

    Gubernatorial Accomplishments 2006 – 2008

    Oil and Gas Conservation Commission 2003 – 2004

    City of Wasilla, Mayor 1996 – 2002

    Wasilla City Council 1992 – 1996

    KTUU Sportscasting 1987 – 1992

    Commercial Fishing

    Athletic Accomplishments

    Hunting and Subsistence Fishing

    Marriage and Family

  • technopeasant

    A while back I wrote a piece about how modern-day Marxists deceive everyday Americans and convince them they are mainstream. Here are ten strategies they consistently use:

    1) Shifting the political lay of the land to make conservatives appears to be extremists and Marxists are "middle of the road."

    2) Folks like Obama playing golf and hobnobbing at country clubs rather than spotlighting them playing basketball and hanging around in the ghetto. And folks like Obama hang around with fats cats consistently. What would Karl Marx thought of that? He must be turning over in his grave.

    3) Dressing in $1000 suits and being perfectly coiffed and good looking. One stereotype of a Marxist is they are dirty, unkempt, heavily bearded and ugly. One reason a lot of Americans don’t think Obama is a Marxist: he is perfectly groomed.

    4) Don’t even acknowledge past Marxists including Marx, Lenin, Mao or Alinsky. At least historical American communists never had the audacity to do that. They told the truth of who they were or where their roots lay. And we know the truth never won them anything except a permanent place in the wilderness.

    5) The MSM is liberal and objective. What it actually is is socialist and doctrinaire. There is a major difference. The media’s agenda is the Left’s agenda. The MSM regards conservatism as their enemy and like the Left see it as their mission to wipe them off the face of the earth. In the past Communist govts controlled the press. The American Left purports that the MSM is independent.

    6) Focusing on the environment, cap and tax legislation and green technology rather than the classical Marxist view of the working class fomenting a revolution to oust the bourgeois. The American Marxists in the past 40 years have realized for a Marxist revolution to prevail it has to be tailor-made to serve American interests and the American lay of the land and to discard what has worked in the past to impose Communism on Russia, China, Cuba and Vietnam.

    7) The introduction of Cloward-Piven in the late 1960’s changed the outlook of American Marxists by reshifting their focus on trying to gain power from the outside to infiltrating government and the bureaucracy and employing Cloward-Piven to destroy the American economic and fiscal and monetary system. And a lot of the power of CP is because of computers and modern technology which of course was unknown to Marx, Engels, Lenin, and Stalin.

    8) Embracing Saul Alinsky and Rules for Radicals over Marx and the Communist Manifesto in which Alinsky claimed Marx’s book was for "the working class" while his RFR was dedicated to "the middle class" and how they could obtain power.
    9) Embracing Antonio Gramsci’s ideas on infiltrating American educational institutions to shift political philosophy and American culture over time. Marx was all about fomenting revolution immediately and not infiltrating the establishment to change attitudes over the long-term.
    10) And finally this new breed of Marxists while embracing secular humanism claim to be Christians/Jews or at least claim some religious background. Communists of the past were unapologetic about their atheism.
    Bottom line: The modern day American Marxist is a charlatan of the highest order. He knows he can’t enter your front door, so he tries to enter from the rear or through your roof or basement and is sneaky and nefarious on a 24/7 basis. He is always looking for an angle to get his way but is always cognizant he cannot portray himself as the Communists and Marxists of 50-100 years ago did.
    Fool enough of "low information voters" to their intentions and at the same time demonize conservatives, that for them is a prescription to permanent power.

    • CBDenver

      RE: #1 — This tactic is described in the Overton Window.

      RE #9 — I don’t think people in general understand the importance of Gramsci and his idea of cultural hegemony and cultural revolution.
      Stephen R. C. Hicks wrote a book called Explaining Postmodernism. I would recommend it as it explains how the crises of socialism (i.e. the failure of Marx’s predictions of how socialism would inevitably emerge from capitalism) have led to the current state where Marxists now use the deceptive strategies you describe to try and accomplish their goal.

  • c4pfan

    Yay! A day off (for me). :)

  • Christopher H Fromme

    Dr Ben Carson on ABC likened members of Congress to third graders.

    “What we really need is to be able to tone down on the rhetoric and be able to discuss things in a reasonable and rational way and come to conclusions, rather than one side or the other side winning,” he said. “It’s unbelievable to me the way people act like third graders, and if somebody doesn’t agree with him, they’re this, and they’re that. It’s so infantile.”
    Need him to reach the low information voters

    • MissMyGuy

      you do need to "hit em hard" like he did in his speech at prayer breakfast. and you do need to win. dont go too PC on us doc. they wont give you the same respect

    • dave7777

      If you read techno’s post below you will disagree with Carson. It definitely is about one side winning and the other side losing. It is a war for the country. The left, without facts in their favor, are winning this war so far. We do not need "civil discourse." That’s McCain speak. We need to stomp the crap out of them and prevail!

      • c4pfan

        I agree there. I want to win!

      • lanahi

        So, like I said before, we should withhold judgement about Dr. Carson until we learn more, not grab onto him as our next best hope.

        I see that McCain was going to vote for closure in the Hagel affair but Lindsey Graham convinced him not to. Closure lost by that one vote!

        • friskyness

          I already question him…..on Hannity, Hannity asked him who he voted for, and he said he voted for the one he thought would do more for the people……..that’s Obama speak……my liberal colleagues all said they voted for Obama because they thought he would do more for the people than Romney…..So I personally thnk he voted for Obama……’s the race thing again……..

  • Pete Petretich

    "After 1857 war, the English created laws to disarm the Indian population. Writing in his autobiography, M. K. Gandhi termed this disarming of India as the blackest misdeed perpetrated by the English…"

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  • Al B.

    I see that Scott Davis and Todd rolled into McGrath last night in 6th place in the Irondog. More importantly, they’re 41 minutes behind the leaders, not a good sign so far but the race is still up for grabs.

    Our guys need to make up a little ground today. If they can get to Ruby on the Yukon less than 30 minutes behind the leaders they’ll still be in good shape, but if they lose a lot of ground today it will not be promising for them as far as their winning chances. As one of the veteran racers said in an interview last year that stuck with me, "You cannot win the race in the first two days but you CAN lose it."

    In my pre-race post yesterday, I identified 6 teams to watch and said one of them was a virtual lock to win the race. As of this morning, all 6 teams are in the top 8, including the two leading teams, Morgan/Olds (Team 10) and Aklestad/Johnson (Team 8), who are both setting a sizzling pace. The surprise team to me so far is Eric Quam’s team and their Arctic Cats, who sit in 3rd place. Has Arctic Cat solved their problems which prompted Davis/Palin to move to Ski-Doo? We shall find out soon when the racers reach the Yukon later today and the race turns mostly into a speed run with some long legs where fuel consumption becomes a major issue.

    We’ll see what happens today. Go Scott and Todd!

    • MissMyGuy

      i was thinking the same thing, it is time not place. only i was thinking more like 10 to 15 mins behind leader.

    • c4pfan

      Double drat! :(

    • BostonBruin

      Where are you looking to see the standings and time differentials? Couldn’t find it on the IronDog website (or I’m not looking in the right place).

    • palmerguy

      They still have about 1600 miles to go, lots can happen.

    • lanahi

      Since they started out in 18th place, that’s pretty good. When they get going again today, they start in 6th place. Lots can happen before the end of the race.

  • palinsupporter1

    Sarah Palin speaking at CPAC 2013.

    • Pete Petretich

      Really? A link?

      She is pictured on the right side…

      • MissMyGuy

        that is just a photo. nice, but she isnt listed yet

  • Pete Petretich

    Accomplishment, and a song…



  • Pete Petretich

    Blahhh, Jeb Bush is also listed for CPAC 2013?

    Those people are goin downhill fast…

    • c4pfan

      So? Ted Cruz is too.

    • dave7777

      I hope Sarah has a bigger and more enthusiastic draw. Think of the headlines! (unless the MSM covers it up, of course)

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