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  • ZH100

    Good morning all

    Excellent article about Gov.Palin’s record of accomplishments.
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    ‘Who Is the Real Sarah Palin?’

    From the article:

    Executive Authority and Success

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • ZH100

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

    She supported development of renewable energy sources, developing a plan to have 50% of Alaska’s energy to be produced from renewable sources by the year 2025.
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    ‘Palin unveils state energy goals; 2025 GOAL: At least 50 percent of state’s power to be from alternative sources.’    (January , 2009)

    "Gov. Sarah Palin has crossed swords with conservation groups over petroleum drilling, but she earned nothing but praise Friday after announcing the most ambitious renewable energy goals in the nation. At a news conference announcing her statewide energy plan, Palin called for 50 percent of Alaska’s power to be generated by renewable resources by 2025."
    http://www.adn.com/2009/01/16/657216/palin-unveils-state-energy-goals.html#storylink=cpy
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    ‘Sarah Palin’s Goal Of 50% Renewable Energy Use In Alaska Signed Into Law’ (June , 2010)

    From the article:

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

    On January 21, 2009 (Obama’s first full day at work) Sarah Palin, writing in the Wall Street Journal, praised this initiative strongly, while reminding Obama that conventional sources of energy will always be needed. She also announced that she was working on the goal of having Alaska get a full 50 percent of it’s energy from renewables in that same 2025 time frame."
    http://thespeechatimeforchoosing.wordpress.com/2010/06/24/sarah-palin%E2%80%99s-goal-of-50-renewable-energy-use-in-alaska-signed-into-law/

    • John_Frank

      ZH100, good morning and thank you.

      Chuck Jr. posted the following to his FB page:

      Excerpt of an article from the Canada Free Press: This was forwarded to me by a friend that I grew up with and knows Sarah very well.

      The Real Truth About Sarah Palin — Ouch!

      People can read the rest of his post here:

      https://www.facebook.com/chuckheathjr/posts/472447566145664

      Thought this might be worthy of bookmarking for future reference.

      (Side note: Many who are familiar with the Governor are aware of what Mr. Whetsell wrote, but it is worth repeating and sharing.)

      • ZH100

        Thanks for posting the link; its a great read!

      • palmerguy

        This a great article it also has a link to another, a tea party article,  that compares Sarah and her spending to the presidents wife.

  • wodiej

    "For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope."  Jeremiah 29:11

  • wodiej
    • lanahi

       They are looking at election results across the nation…this is only the first lawsuit, I hope!

  • jerseymark

    Ah, the motivating factor of the “Rings”. As I mentioned last time, the dynamic of Rings, as Mr.
    Lewis calls them, is easily seen in High School “society” with the in crowd, usually revolving around the Football team and its cheerleaders and then the other related groupings. But, as Mr. Lewis makes quite clear, they are very present and more serious among adults, as we see from “The Weight of Glory”:

    “Often the desire [to be part of the Inner Ring] conceals itself so well that we hardly recognize the
    pleasures of fruition. Men tell not only their wives but themselves that it is a hardship to stay late at the office or the school on some bit of important extra work which they have been let in for
    because they and So-and-so and the two others are the only people left in the place who really know how thing are run. But it is not quite true. It is a terrible bore, of course, when old Fatty Smithson draws you aside and whispers, ‘Look here, we’ve got to get you in on this examination somehow’ or ‘Charles and I saw at once that you’ve got to be on this committee.’ A terrible bore… ah, but how much more terrible if you were left out! It is tiring and unhealthy to lose your Saturday afternoons, but to have them because you don’t matter, that is much worse.

    “Freud would say, no doubt, that the whole thing is a subterfuge of the sexual impulse. I wonder whether the shoe is not sometimes on the other foot. I wonder whether, in ages of promiscuity, many a virginity has not been lost less in obedience to Venus than to obedience to the lure of the caucus. For, of course, when promiscuity is the fashion, the chaste are outsiders They are ignorant of something that other people know. They are uninitiated. And as for lighter matters, the number who first smoked or first got drunk for a similar reason is probably very large.”

    No question, the pressure to be on the inside is very strong but it is most dangerous when it is subtle for as ion most things, things that are obvious are easily recognized and defeated if one so chooses but it is the small steps in a particular direction which are not perceived as threatening or even perceived at all which lead the unaware in over their heads before they know it It is like the frog who is placed in boiling water and immediately jumps out as compared to the one placed in warm water that is gradually brought to a boil which cooks the frog before he realizes it.

    No one wants to left out. No one wants to think that they don’t matter or that they just don’t fit in
    anywhere. Such thoughts are prominent in the contemplation and completion of suicide. It is this need, this drive to connect with others, to be a part of something which is deeply a part of what it
    means to be a Human Being and it is not a bad thing. It is part of who we are as God made us to be. As is almost always the case in the many aspects of our lives, it is how we express and satisfy this drive that matters. The importance of this is that each Ring demands a degree of conformity to their commonly held standards. As such, this can produce result positive developments and results, both for the group and the individuals OR this can produce negative and damaging developments and results and given the subtlety that is often employed by the group’s leaders, one can easily find themselves doing things and acting in ways they would have previously considered unacceptable. While the Rings to which we belong provide an aspect of
    our identity, they also cost us a portion of our individuality. Given that we are individually responsible for our actions, we must guard against those “little” compromises that end up taking us down the road that leads to our loss of integrity, to the loss of our selves, who God intended us to be. And believe me, if you simply drift along with the flow in what I call “the conveyor belt” approach to life, you will surely end up in a place you won’t want to be and you will wonder how you got there. Choose your Rings wisely.

    • SusanWo4p

      Wow…fantastic excerpt!

  • Christopher H Fromme

    Newtown father "I will call 911 after my home and daughter is secure"  &  “you`ll Have To Take My Guns From My Cold Dead Hands”
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=wAYLr6u2FyY
    Newtown School Board asks city Coucil to put armed guards in elementry schools
     http://news.investors.com/ibd-editorials/020413-643107-connecticut-town-where-children-massacred-nra-advice.htm?ref=SeeAlso#axzz2K1jhR2je

  • freeperjim

    The Marxists are coming for your money….

    Obama Admin Looks To Control Americans’ $19.4 Trillion In Retirement Accounts

    http://freedomoutpost.com/2013/02/obama-admin-looks-to-control-americans-19-4-trillion-in-retirement-accounts/#ixzz2K1nYwrIT

  • n4cerinc

    Karl Rove and the Cotton Conservatives http://m.spectator.org/169477/show/b7df13e97fd00aa57377275c0f1e8248/

    • section9

      This is the Column of the Day. I would strongly recommend that the Editors front page this.

      • Freempg

        Yup. Should be front and center with a split screen photo of Lincoln/Reagan and not, repeat not another pic of that smarmy, great and powerful Oz, flaming-bulb head Karl Rove.

      • Al B.

        Outstanding and important piece by Mark Levin’s Reaganite buddy, Jeff Lord.  Every conservative should read this while considering the path ahead to best address rescuing this country.

  • golfmom3

    Ron Paul repeats himself: http://thisistwitchy.files.wordpress.com/2013/02/paul-fb-chris-kyle.png?w=645&h=191

    Blames unconstitutional and unnecessary wars and claims a "policy of non-violence" (which he believes Christ preached) would have prevented Chris Kyle’s death.

    Pathetic and sanctimonious. Pffff.

    • section9

      This is one of the reasons that Paul would never have gone anywhere.

      Like most doctrinaire libertarians, Paul can’t get away from his own sanctimony.

      He’s 100% right on gold and spending, but in the end, the cranky uncle in the basement is the cranky uncle in the basement.

      • golfmom3

        Aye.

  • generictrainee
    • jester2939

      Wait for SNL to pick it up this weekend as they do their weekly Obama and Biden spoofs! Oh wait, they DON’T?!?

    • http://twitter.com/PetePetretich PetePetretich

      CAUTION:

      I re-Tweeted this article and posted a brief comment on the page. Three hours later I have 30 wierd Russian "favorites" and "re-Tweets" showing on my e-mail account.

      Is the Russian Maffia spamming people on Twitter to clog the system or something?

  • SusanWo4p

    Obama Administration approves the assassination of American Citizens who MIGHT be in "terrorist" organizations.

    Slippery slope, folks.  Fast and Furious and the lies/subterfuge of Benghazi have proven that this Administration has no moral or ethical boundaries.

    • Budvarakbar

      UH — surprise surprise — what else can be expected from a marxist/muslim — hmmmm? —

  • c4pfan

    Hey!  Guys.  Don’t forget to keep your eye on the ball as to GOP Govenors caving to Obamacare.  OH, AZ and NM, etc are folding. 

    • conservativemama

      Laddie, what about Bolling in VA?  He wants to cave to Obamacare as well and he’s positioning himself to be a problem for Cuccinelli in the governor’s race.  He’s a Rove-type candidate.  No good for Virginia.

      • Laddie_Blah_Blah

        Agree. Bolling was the choice of the Virginia GOPe. But he dropped out in November:

        http://hamptonroads.com/2012/11/bolling-quits-gubernatorial-race-hints-new-role

        Cuccinelli is now the presumptive nominee. He should be favored to beat Clinton retread Terry McCauliffe. This year’s Va. gubernatorial race will be the opening skirmish for the war of 2014.

        Bolling is a spoiler, the guy who wants to stop the conservative in the race. That goes to show just how deceitful the GOPe has become in Virginia. They conspired to keep Newt off the primary ballot, giving Virginia’s delegates to Romney, practically by default.

        McDonnell and Bolling are part and parcel of the GOPe cabal in Virginia:

        http://www.timesdispatch.com/news/state-regional/government-politics/jeff-schapiro/schapiro-cuccinelli-comes-a-courting-bolling/article_411f251b-bbb9-5050-933c-4bd89e486f26.html

        • conservativemama

          Thanks for the info, especially the Newt reminder.  WMAL was talking about Bolling early this morning.

          • Laddie_Blah_Blah

            I missed that. What did they say?

            • conservativemama

              That Bolling was a spoiler, a RINO, trying to paint Cuccinelli as an extremist, out of touch.  Bolling wants to run where?  Northern Virginia only?  Chasing the elusive independent voter.  The independent voter is a myth, they’re just Democrats and they’ll go with McAuliffe.

              But Lord, I cannot abide McAuliffe as governor.

              It was Brian and Larry early this morning on WMAL.

              • Laddie_Blah_Blah

                Thanks. If Cuccinelli can tie Bolling to McCauliffe and expose him as a spoiler, not as a posturing "independent," then it may end up hurting both Bolling and McCauliffe. At least, I hope so. Cuccinelli has national potential, IMO. And, unlike Romney, he will turn out the base in Virginia.

                If Bolling were set to get the nomination and Cuccinelli ran as a spoiler, he would be pilloried as a traitor and black-balled by the state GOPe. I suspect Bolling will get a pass for this from the GOPe, but not from the grass roots, who are sick and tired of GOPe mediocrity and its desperate ploys to cling to power.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_N7HCPR7JLQP6R33GXP5DO5XKDM 1776er

        Mrs 1776er and I are clearing our calendar for Saturday May 18 this year.  That is the day of the Republican State Convention.

        Now think about that.  May 18.  Not Feb. 18 or March 18.  May 18 may just be the most beautiful gorgeous sun filled day of the year in Virginia.  The azaleas will be in full bloom.  Gardens all around Virginia will be in grand splendor.  Weddings.  Lots of weddings.  Proms.  Graduations.  Soccer practice.  Lots of soccer practice.  Outdoor chores. 

        Wanna spend the day locked up in the Convention Center in Richmond listening to a bunch of boring, and I mean boring, political speeches by people you never heard of droning on and on and on about stuff you don’t care about?  

        Then about 5:00 PM they take a paper ballot vote of the Republican districts–you shove a little piece of paper in a shoebox and the District chairman takes it to a table in the back of the Convention hall loaded with shoe boxes.  15 minutes later they announce the results.  That’s democracy in action in Virginia, folks.

        Normally, the Virginia GOPE runs its little tete-a-tete organizing meetings in the secrecy of azalea season in the privacy of the Convention Center to which all the Republicans in Virginia are invited to attend a cast a vote for the small sum of $35 per vote along with the cost of a hotel room, food, and the hassle of trying to get to Richmond over Virginia’a outdated roads.  

        Most sane Republicans have other stuff to do that day.  

        The TEA Party has warned us to clear out our calendars and be prepared to show up en masse to support Ken Cuccinelli for the Republican nomination for Governor at $35 per vote on Saturday May, 18 this year.  We will be there.  We will play by their non-inclusive, keep the riff raff out playing golf or going to soccer practice or trimming the azaleas rules of  the GOPE.

        The TEA Party is playing by the GOPE’s own rules in Virginia.

        So, Bill Bolling, the next in line RINO Elite, is going to take his ball and go home.  He will O’Donnellize the guy who plays by the their rules and beats them at their own game.  He will run as an Independent and take all his RINO buddies with him.  There will be a three way race in Virginia in the fall.  Terry McCauliffe, the old Clinton money raising bundler hack, will be the Democrat nominee.  He’s already lost once but he’s got a good chance this time around.  

        The question is can two scorpions live in the same bottle and bring about the unity and cohesion needed to prevail in State wide and national elections?

        This is the problem Sarah Palin faces on a national level.  If she decides to reform the Republican Party from the inside and beat the RINO Elites by playing by their own rules battling up the gut of a rigged primary system she will face an Independent run by a Rove/Bush backed $1 billion super pac patsy designated loser.    It will be some party hack Country Clubber motivated by patriotism to represent all that is moderate in America and doing his duty to derail the usurpation of the Republican Party by its base.  Sarah will be O’Donnellized by the Rove/Bushes.  

        Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling or Gov. Bob McDonnell of Virginia will be available for the job.  They will be unemployed with nothing much else to do in 2016.

        • Betsey_Ross

          Our calendar is marked and ready to go.  Our tea party is going with more than a few votes for Ken and the gang.  I would urge all Virginians that this is an opportunity to begin the process of overwhelming the old guard Republicans and show your strength.  We can do it.

    • john norton

      Brewer,Martinez and Caaaaasek,folding … ??? No steel sharpening steel there…

    • jester2939

      Shame on them. I swear, we can only count conservatives with a steel spine on one hand – starting with Sarah!

  • John_Frank

    Just a reminder, for those who have not voted in this month’s Straw Poll at JHPolitics.com.

    http://jhpolitics.com/2013/02/2016-straw-poll-february-2013/

    • Budvarakbar

      Assuming you mean the Repub 2016 pres candidate:  Just did — 32% are write ins — no mention of whose names are being written in  — hmmm?

      • John_Frank

        Yes and Thanks.

        Other could be anybody.

        Oops – excuse the Yogi Berra statement of the obvious.

        What I meant was that some people could be trying to sabotage the poll, or supporters of one or more of the individuals who was dropped are endeavoring to mount a comeback.

      • Ron Brown

        Are you looking at the right poll? I just voted in the linked poll. The "other" (write-in?) choice only had 15 votes, which represented only 3% of the total.

    • barracuda43

      Did you read underneath the polling John? It stated that Sarah has a grass roots army who shared the poll on their web page. They go on to state that it is unclear if Sarah will run in 2016.

      • Ron Brown

        Uh… Oh. The cat is out of the bag. They know an army is waiting for orders. Do you think Karl Rove and his Cotton Conservatives also know about the army?

        • barracuda43

          I am sure they do but the little weasels that they are will never admit it. We have to take the establishment down Ron. No ifs butts or candy or nuts about it!
          Cuda 2016. Nothing Less! 

        • john norton

          If Rove and the GOPe dont they will… LOL

    • AmazedOne1

      Why do you and ZH keep sending us to this tiny blog? What is it about them that makes you want to drive up their traffic and increase their advertising revenue? Why bother with an unscientific poll like this?

      • lanahi

        What’s your problem with him linking to a tiny blog, Oh AmazedOne?  What’s the problem with ZH driving up their traffic and increasing their advertising revenue?

        I don’t care for unscientific polls either, but I have no problem with others who want to support Sarah’s name this way.  Each to their own, and it might even be helpful…polls, even the unscientific ones, are psychological tools.

  • stlouisix

    At a time when our military is repeatedly disparaged, and betrayed in the case of the despot in the White House, the following column by a Catholic priest whom I know was much appreciated by a Vietnam War Naval Security Command Veteran!

    Thank you, Fr. Trigilio, for telling it like it is.

    God bless and keep you,

    JMJ

    http://www.renewamerica.com/columns/abbott/130205

    February 5, 2013

    Priest: ex-sniper Chris Kyle was ‘American hero’
    By Matt C. Abbott

    In light of the recent news that retired Navy SEAL sniper, best-selling author and reality TV personality Chris Kyle was shot and killed by a troubled former Marine whom he was trying to help, I’ve asked Father John Trigilio Jr., noted priest-author-theologian and president of the Confraternity of Catholic Clergy – whom I’ve quoted at length in several previous columns – to comment on the morality of being a sniper.

    Father Trigilio’s response is as follows (slightly edited):

    Former U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle was tragically murdered. He, however, did not murder anyone even though he killed (confirmed) 160 people during his military service. Those targets were valid military objectives. Morally speaking, Kyle was like any other sailor, soldier, airman, or marine in that they officially defend and protect our nation from all enemies, foreign and domestic.

    Unjust aggressors, particularly those classified as combatants, can be either military or civilian. They are legitimate targets, whether it be a drone or sniper, one soldier or a platoon. Military snipers are not hit-men as in the case of the mob. Snipers are not seeking revenge; they are doing their duty as members of the armed forces defending their nation. What distinguishes them from other soldiers is that the sniper has one particular target, whereas the rest of the troops have a broader objective, usually the capture of a particular location or a disabling of a military installation.

    The natural moral law and the just war doctrine make it clear that all military personnel are obligated to distinguish combatants from non-combatants. Formerly, the distinction was between military and civilian. The former are valid targets; the latter are exempt. Since modern times and guerrilla warfare tactics, civilians have armed themselves in many places; and when dealing with terrorists like al Qaeda, anyone of either gender and any age who bears a weapon (gun or explosive) is now a legitimate target.

    Deadly force is not always the proper solution and should be a last resort; however, when a known person who is guilty of unjust deaths, murders, tortures and other atrocities and most likely will continue, or worse, escalate the violence with others, then they become a target for a sniper.

    Chris Kyle was an American hero. While we do not rejoice that 160 people were killed, we are grateful that 160 unjust aggressors and enemies of our country were neutralized. Military and police are required to use proportionate force in repelling or stopping the enemy. That means, if possible, enemy troops should be able to surrender, or if they refuse, better to non-lethally wound than to kill. Obviously, in heat of battle, that may not always be possible. Snipers have very precise targets while the average soldier is concerned with any and all combatant (armed) enemies, whether in uniform or not.

    Count Claus von Stauffenberg, who attempted to assassinate Adolf Hitler, was doing precisely the same thing as Chris Kyle in that both sought to eliminate a specific target in order to save many more lives. John of Saxony developed criteria for tyrannicide, whereby those in the military may assassinate a true tyrant or terrorist (e.g., Hitler, Stalin, bin Laden, etc.) Like the state executioner who implements capital punishment, it is generally held that they are not culpable of unjust killing, whereas the judge and/or jury who impose the death penalty might be if the decision was not morally determined. Police or military snipers must be authorized by legitimate authority and their targets must be specific. The moral criteria upon which a target is chosen falls upon the superior(s) who select(s) the person to the sniper for his mission.

    It is sad irony that Chris Kyle was killed not by enemy combatants, but by a mentally-disturbed fellow countryman. Not friendly fire, so to speak, but Kyle was doing what he had been doing since leaving the Navy, i.e., helping veterans who showed signs of battle-fatigue (Delayed Stress Syndrome). Here he was trying to help his assailant and instead became an innocent victim of senseless violence. He deserves a hero’s funeral and to be given full honors.

    Not every soldier can be a sniper. Besides the training and ability needed, one must also have the stamina and strength to kill someone by name as most in the military, when in battle, know the enemy only by uniform. Snipers, therefore, are an extraordinary element of a just war; the overwhelming majority of troops will be the ordinary means. Saddam Hussein was able to be captured; Osama bin Laden was not. Circumstances and situations change with fluidity during operations of war or counter-terrorism.

    Former Navy SEAL Kyle saved many lives by eliminating those who would have inflicted far more innocent and unjust injuries and casualties.

  • OldPat

    Crosspost

     I know what many of you thought when you read that Bab’s lapdog had started a superPAC to fight the Tea Party, but I disagree.  The American people deserve better than to have Rove’s lips anywhere near our behind.

    And now the real meaning behind a few dates for you history buffs:

    1/22/73 – The day innocence died and innocents began to die.
    7/3/09  -  The day America’s moral compass left DC and began to point the way to mankind’s future.
    1/21/13 – Adios, GOPe.

    • Pete Petretich

      Romney led the with Romneycare.

      Bush led the way with TARP.

      Are these criminals? Who needs these jokers?

      • john norton

        For the most part  ‘we the people’ are not using their real power,being the majority…

      • jester2939

        Unfortunately there are many low information voters in the GOP too. Ben Franklin warned our Republic required a moral and informed public. Well, that’s two strikes against us – even among conservatives. And then there is an alarming number of voters on both sides who just don’t care. You know, the ones who say, " Well, all politicians are corrupt. Big deal." Of course this attitude frustrates me to no end, and I think it stems from a lack of knowledge that the citizen be informed, active and hold their representatives accountable. But that takes time and effort, which interferes with tv schedules!

        • http://twitter.com/PetePetretich PetePetretich

          Maybe we should set a goal of establishing a firm plank in the GOP platform denouncing ALL crony capitalism in all political parties.

          Why not? Who could reasonably object to such a modest proposal?

          • jester2939

            Isn’t that what Sarah was trying to do?

          • john norton

            McConnel,Boehner,Rove .,Law ect are not our friends,they need to be sent to file 13 …

          • lanahi

            There is nothing wrong with the GOP platform.  Like they do with the Constitution itself, they simply ignore it.

        • lanahi

           Sarah Palin will be making the case that we don’t have to accept the corruption, that we CAN do something about it.  Low information voters are usually those who don’t think they CAN do anything to change it, so why bother to know?  Knowing what is going on without being able to do something about it simply leads to helplessness and depression, which leads to even more helplessness.

          An idea, ANY idea, takes time for the thought to incubate and gain momentum.  We arn’t hearing Sarah’s ideas much, but we will…even the low information voters.  That "new" voice will be heard and will cause a huge wake-up call.

    • GeraldGoff

      "1/22/73 – The day innocence died and innocents began to die."

      Abortions did not start with roe.  roe merely allowed doctors and patients to make their own medical decisions without government interference.

      • Ron Brown

        Or to put it another way. That is when our civilized society made it official that killing an unborn baby is a sanctioned action.

      • Ron Brown

        And by the way. A "medical decision" would be whether you are ready for a colonoscopy or not.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/RXW3P4NK7TPMMJRIE7TFCTOTEI Vicki

        and was it government interference when Lincoln told the South they’d have to let all their slaves go? Please. Abortion is not a personal decision, it is a societal decision with responsibilities on both sides of the issue.

      • OldPat

        LOL.

  • ZH100

    Governor Palin Visit to USS Stennis (2009)
    http://us4palin.com/photo-updates-governor-palin-visit-to-uss-stennis/
    ————

    Gov Palin’s Kosovo Trip Photos: Honors Given and Received
    http://sarahs-accomplishments.blogtownhall.com/?tag=Kosovo

    • jester2939

      I haven’t seen those pics before, ZH. Thanks! And to know that she would submit her resignation a few weeks later makes the pictures a little bittersweet. We know the strain she was under at the time, but you wouldn’t know it by looking at her. She always manages to have a smile on her face.

      • ZH100

        You are welcome, jester2939

  • John_Frank

    Ahmadinejad arrives in Cairo for historic visit
    Trip is first journey to Egypt by any Iranian leader in decades; Iran president and Morsi hold 20-minute talk on Syria
    http://www.timesofisrael.com/ahmadinejad-arrives-in-cairo/

    This trip was announced while Hillary Clinton was still Secretary of State.

    Just wonderful how well the Obama administration’s foreign policy of aiding Islamists, supported by the Republican establishment is working out. /sarc

    • john norton

      … : (

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_N7HCPR7JLQP6R33GXP5DO5XKDM 1776er

      Maybe the Iranians are trying to sell North Korean Monkey Satellite Intercontinental Ballistic Missile technology to the Muslim Brotherhood.  For profit and Jihad.  Make a buck while wiping out Israel with one or two lobs of peaceful technology.  

      • john norton

        Yea ,and the software mde in China,stolen frm the US … Be careful,those who like pokeing a sleeping Grizzley … !

    • fb274

       Ahmadinejad and Morsi will probably try to figure out how to best use the F-16s and Tanks against the US and Israel which are being supplied by the US.  Use your search engine to see the list who voted for this action and the 19 brave ones who voted against.

  • polarfan

    You all keep in mind that Kasich, Martinez, and Brewer are running for re-election in 2014!

    Vote these traitors out…

    • slpence

      I’m really surprised about Brewer – very disappointed.

      • polarfan

        As Sarah said: "Put Your Faith in God Not Politicians"!

      • section9

        I know what Brewer is doing. She’s trying to short circuit any Democratic opposition, so she’s coopting a Democrat bill. In the long run, this is bad policy, but she’s only thinking of the next election, which is too bad. And she wants that money from Big Hospital.

    • MissMyGuy

       North Dakota Gov too. Jack Dalrymple. Dont know if he is up for reelection though

      • john norton

        Shame on him,if he had any tht is…

      • polarfan

        2016

    • jester2939

      These guys need to grow a pair!

  • john norton

    2014 is closer for those it applies to…

  • Conservativeatheart

    Hi Everyone ~ just an FYI and suggestion.  CPAC on facebook is asking for speaker recommendations. Let’s give them some names of true conservatives; Sarah Palin, Mark Levin, Allen West to name a few.
    They need to hear from us.  Let’s roll!

    • jester2939

      Apparently Sarah’s been invited already.

      • RefudiateGOPe

         How do you know that?

        • jester2939

          Several people here posted that a few weeks back. I think it was on the CPAC page where they listed all the people who were sent invitiations, and Sarah was one of them. Of course Sarah was invited every year in recent years, but only accepted the invite last year. CPAC usually conflicts with the Iron Dog, but CPAC is in early March this year. So, we’ll see what Sarah does.

          • blueniner

            Who is the keynote speaker this year, Karl Rove?….sarc

          • RefudiateGOPe

             I’ve seen the lists of the first two rounds of invitations to speak, which CPAC published.  Sarah wasn’t on either of them.

          • fb274

             I believe I noted in print she has a paid speaking engagement in early March.  Could be conflict of time.

            • jester2939

              Good point.

        • c4pfan

          They said on their facebook in response to someone months ago.

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