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In case you missed it, the Governor will be speaking at the CPAC conference scheduled for March 14-16. You can purchase your tickets here. The Governor gave the keynote address at last year’s CPAC conference.

The Governor posted this Facebook post about President’s Day.


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  • ZH100

    Good morning all.

    About the frivolous anti-Palin ethics complaints

    There were many "ethics" complaints filed against Gov Palin.

    That entire campaign of BS lawsuits was meant to do nothing but hamstring the governor’s office and bankrupt Sarah Palin.

    Those frivolous lawsuits had already cost the state of AK close to $2 million; Sarah Palin had over $500,000 dollars in legal fees.

    All complaints ,but two ,dismissed as lacking any merit. The other two were settlements where Governor Palin was cleared of any wrongdoing.

    Under Alaskan law these are dealt with by the Alaskan Personnel Board, which body gives a final determination.

    The members of the Personnel Board were appointed by Palin’s predecessor, Frank Murkowski–no friend of Palin!

    To cut a long story short Gov.Palin was exonerated from blame in all cases without exception.

    The two settlements where Gov.Palin was also cleared of any wrongdoing:

    1) Governor Palin Reimburses the State for Kids’ Travel

    There was no state law against the governor’s family traveling with her, and the personnel board found no wrongdoing on the part of the Sarah Palin
    Because no guidance was provided in the law, the Palin administration followed historical precedent in travel decisions for the first family.
    All of her travel expenses were originally approved by the Department of Administration!

    The administration had decided to have the Attorney General establish a clearer set of guidelines that established a new “state interest” test for protocol travel and based on this set of new (!) guidelines Sarah Palin agreed to reimburse the state.
    Sarah Palin has been exonerated of all wrongdoing (also) in this ethics act complaint. There was no finding of wrongdoing and there was no ethics violation.
    The Alaska Personnel Board found no wrongdoing, but Sarah Palin agreed to reimburse the state.

    2) The Legal Defense Fund Case.

    Associated Press: "No Wrongdoing on Palin’s Part was Found" in Legal Defense Fund Case

    No wrongdoing on Palin’s part was found. Investigator Timothy Petumenos said Palin acted in good faith and relied on a team of attorneys.

    The only thing the team of attorneys did wrong was use the word “official” while trying to help pay for all the legal costs involved with a merciless, politically motivated, litigious campaign from Democrat operatives against Sarah Palin.

    In essence, the investigator found that because of things such as the use of the word "Official" on the fund’s website, there is probable cause to believe that the fund itself could be in violation of Alaska ethics laws. However, Sarah palin did not do anything wrong since she acted on good faith on the advice of a team of lawyers who told her the fund was "unassailable" and in compliance with the law when it was formed.!

    Under Alaskan law Gov.Palin had to cover her own legal fees.

    Answering those lawsuits took up almost 100% of her time and the time of her staff, meaning she couldn’t govern.

    Since then (2010) Alaskan law has been changed which now covers the governor’s legal fees for such legal proceedings.

    About troopergate.

    The the Bi-partisan Alaska Personnel Board , which is the final authority(!), ruled that Gov.Palin did not commit any ethics violation

  • ZH100

    Sometimes Gov.Palin is smeared by the following smear:

    "She charged the state for “travel” expenses — a per diem allowance for meals — while living at her home in Wasilla and commuting to the governor’s office in Anchorage."

    As is Gov.Palin committed a crime.

    What is the true (factual) story about this "per diem allowance for meals"?

    The 90-something year old mansion in Juneau was greatly in need of repairs in order to make it serviceable as a chief executive’s home.

    With all of these renovations underway, Gov.Palin could have opted to stay at a hotel with her family, but instead she saved the taxpayers money by staying in her own home.

    So she could have forced the state to pay for her lodging (in a hotel or an apartment) in Juneau or in Anchorage. Instead she lived in her house in Wasilla and saved the state thousands of dollars by only requesting meal per diems. She asked for meal per diems, not lodging per diems.

    And she didn’t claim any per diems for her kids or her husband, though she was legally entitled to.

  • ZH100

    How the Palin emails backfired on the media.

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

    From the article:

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

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

    Form the article:

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

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

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

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

    From the article:

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

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

    ‘The Sarah Palin email mania backfires on the media’

    From the article:

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

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

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

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

    CNN finding that Palin was hard-working governor


    The real Sarah Palin (March,2012)

    Emails reveal her to be an effective hands-on leader

    From the article:

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

    Film shows Palin’s someone to admire

    From the article:

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

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

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

    From the article:

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

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

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

    From the article:

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

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

  • heshtesh

    Amazing how qwickly CPAC became relevant this year,prior to the announced attendance of Gov.Palin my intrest was blah,now that her appearance is confirmed it’s like let’s get this show on the road!! Exactly what I needed to re-engage!

    • john norton

      **__** … ~ !

    • john norton

      They hide ‘h’ behind real conservatives,ride off of their popularity…

    • patnatasha

      Amen to that.

  • heshtesh

    Good morning ZH100:)

    • ZH100

      Good morning ,heshtesh.

  • heshtesh

    Reggie Love departed AF1 soon after POTUS, apparently a guest for the weekend.Apparently when Moochelle is away the rats will play………..i’ll leave it at that.:)

    • golfmom3

      Reggie was not observed on the golf course. Where was he? Why was he on AF 1???

      • heshtesh

        Well Obama does use AF1 like a taxi so your guess is as good as mine.

        • golfmom3

          Guess is right. The sycophants, I mean journalists, don’t bother to ask. If Monica were on Clinton’s AF 1 . . .

    • cheers2all

      He knows, he has nothing to lose. He is untouchable.

  • atl1rds

    you need to return to the previous format, this one is awful.

    • heshtesh

      Totally agree, but at the end of the day i just appreciate the fact this site is available to all of us…………Thanks Ian for all your hard work.

    • stlouisix

      I believe that if a poll were taken as to going back to the previous format the results would be overwhelmingly in favor of doing so as this site is becoming very hard to navigate. The people responsible need to remember that "The customer is always right!"

    • palmerguy

      Yes, yesterday I made my first negative post on this site in the past 4+ years over having to install firefox and the new format. This is to only place I’ll use that browser. Guess this is my second snivel about this new format.

  • ZH100

    ‘Leading Geneticist: Human Intelligence is Slowly Declining’

    From the article:

    "Would you be surprised to hear that the human race is slowly becoming dumber, and dumber? Despite our advancements over the last tens or even hundreds of years, some ‘experts’ believe that humans are losing cognitive capabilities and becoming more emotionally unstable. One Stanford University researcher and geneticist, Dr. Gerald Crabtree, believes that our intellectual decline as a race has much to do with adverse genetic mutations. But human intelligence is suffering for other reasons as well."

  • stlouisix

    No End in Sight for the Long Struggle to Define Terrorism

    How about this for a simple definition of terrorism: The willful killing
    of innocents who will not submit to your tyranny. This is exactly
    what is happening in an Amerika under Comrade Obama in regard to his
    acceleration of abortion to the extreme of his unconstitutional mandated
    subsidizing of it by people of faith and right reason, as the diabolic
    Obama, who couldn’t even bring himself to support a Born Alive Infant
    Protection Act since a dead baby promised to his Planned Barrenhood
    constituency must be a dead baby delivered, is not satisfied with the
    murder of innocents, but is also attempting the moral murder of all
    those who would defend the innocents!

    ‘Proliferation of Foreign Fighters and Extremist Groups’ Has Changed the Syrian Conflict, UN Says

    Nothing like encouraging more turmoil in the cauldron that is the Middle
    East which is exactly what the Imam Obama did with his support of the
    pro jihadist Muslim Brotherhood’s takeover of that part of the world,
    thereby removing what little stability, read sanity, there was, and in
    the process accelerating the persecution of Christians who are suffering
    more by seeing their Churches burned, and their congregations killed by
    the "religion of peace" at work!

    • lanahi

      Why is it such a struggle to define terrorism? For most of it, it is obvious.

  • jerseymark

    In today’s reading from "The Problem of Pain", which is a very important book in that it handles one of the most pressing questions put to Christians – "How can you say there is a loving God with all the pain aand suffering in the world?" – Mr. Lewis presents the idea of the Signature of the Soul:

    "This signature on each soul may be a product of heredity and environment, but that only means that heredity and environment are among the instruments whereby God creates a soul. I am considering not how but why. He makes each soul unique. If He had no use for all these differences, I do not see why He should have created more souls than one. Be sure that the ins and outs of your individuality are no mystery to Him; and one day they will no longer be a mystery to you. The mold in which a key is made would be a strange thing, if you had never seen a key: and the key itself a strange thing if you had never seen a lock. Your soul has a curious shape because it is a hollow made to fit a particular swelling in the infinite contours of the Divine substance, or a key to unlock one of the doors in the house with many mansions. For it is not humanity in the abstract that is to be saved, but you – you, the individual reader, John Stubbs or Janet Smith. Blessed and fortunate creature, your eyes shall behold Him and not another’s. All that you are, sins apart, is destined, if you will let God have His good way, to utter satisfaction. The Brocken spectre ‘looked to every man like his first love’, because she was a cheat. But God will look to every soul like its first love because He is its first love. Your place in Heaven will seem to be made for you and you alone, because you were made for it – made for it stitch by stitch as a glove is made for a hand."

    What a wonderful presentation of the ultimate importance of our individuality, especially at a time when the collective is the focus of the World. Indeed, it is not all of humanity that is to be saved, not any nation, not any denomination, not any political party or movement, not any club or corporation, but you as a unique, God created and then begotten, individual Son or Daughter of God. It is a wondrous and stunning thought when given attention and consideration. It is the essence of your identity that from the beginning, before the universe was created, God had you specifically in mind desiring that you have a special and unique place in His heart and in His Eternity. This speaks volumes of the great diversity of expression that is God that each of His millions and millions of Sons and Daughters express a unique facet of His personality and being.

    I would like to focus on the one phrase that relates to our part – "if you will let God have His good way" – as ultimately, you are the only force in the universe which can frustrate God’s desire and will for you. Writing to Christians at the tail end of that most powerful chapter of Romans 8, Paul provides the ultimate assurance that there is nothing in the universe nor in Heaven or Hell that can separate you from the love of God, BUT he is writing to Christians and someone who refuses God, who remains in rebellion against God, separates himself from the love God. And it is important to remember that Scripture tells us that it is not God’s will that any should perish but that all should be saved and if that is true, what can possibly frustrate God’s will except our own free will. That is the power that God has seen fit to give to each of us – the power to say NO to Him and it thiis power that we human beings have that has resulted in all the pain and suffering throughout the history of the World. It is only in that sense, that God saw fit to give man that power to say NO rather than create "robots", that God is responsible for the pain and suffering.

    • colint

      I see 3 people "dislike" you comment. I have not indicated either option. I am not religious. Your comments on Lewis’ writing do not offend me in any way. I do not see them as having relevance to a Sarah Palin support site.

      • jerseymark

        Yes – something new – we get to "dislike" people’s posts now. That will be very helpful to things. Anyway, You may not be religious but Sarah certainly is and many of her supporters here are and I simply offer these comments for those who do appreciate them. Also, many of the readings from Mr. Lewis are relevant as they reflect Sarah’s heart and her life as is brought out often by Brianus. Fortunately, when someone sees a long post from me, they know what to expect and can breeze right by it if they don’t want to read it which is a wonderful freedom we have.

        • jerseymark

          Then of course, we could have quite a few liberal trolls who come to this site but so not post and now they can register there "dislike" for such things without identifying themselves of indicating what it is that they dislike.

          • jerseymark

            Ah Oh! up to five "dislikes". Oh well….Wait a minute. one of the dislikes disappeared along with one of Colint’s likes. What is going on?

      • lanahi

        I see 3 people who liked the comment, not 3 who disliked it.

        I don’t particularly like the Lewis writings either and just skim over them, but I suppose everything has relevance if it supports her views, not just her. I think the relevance should be tied into the post, though.

  • jerseymark

    This is the absolute worst format and whoever came up with it should be fired, taken out and flogged and then tarred and feathered. I believe it is part of a grand conspiracy to render this site unworkable thereby causing folks to leave or not bother with it at all if new. The moderators need to do something about it as soon as possible. This change flies in the face of the old adage "If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it".

    • Pete Petretich

      Does the same format appear on other Disqus sites?

      • Misty Harris


      • socon

        I’ve seen this format on other Disqus sites. I’ve always hated it.

    • fb274

      The "open thread" needs some tweaking rather than showing several days’ past open "thread".

  • Pete Petretich

    “We changed the ways wars are conducted on social media,” said Dratwa…"

    "IDF claims victory in Pillar of Defense social-media war"

  • stlouisix

    Just caught this piece of liberal crap this AM.

    CHICAGO BLAME GAME: Chief Says Lobbyists, Palin At Fault for Gun Violence

    No, you sorry excuse for a police chief, Sarah Palin and those who support her, read REAL Americans, are not at fault for gun violence. YOU ARE, for your insane diatribes that would disarm law-abiding citizens who have every right, per the Second Amendment, to defend themselves and their families from criminals who will never have a problem circumventing every possible gun law that is rendered moot because of same! Those criminals include a tyrannical state who would trash our unalienable God-given rights of The Declaration of Independence, rights which no tinhorn despot in his arrogance can ever take away on an altar to totalitarianism!

    • Misty Harris

      WHAT? I swear, if I were Sarah, I would be SUING these idiots for slander!

      • lanahi

        She’d be too busy doing that and not have enough time for anything else. She’d sure be rich, though!

    • RightMom

      How on God’s earth is Palin responsible for gun violence in Chicago? Are you freakin kidding me? This has to be a parody.

      • excopconservative

        Once you fix on a scapegoat, you blame them for everything, no matter how far fetched or fantastic the connection. If one percent believe that Sarah Palin has something to do with gun violence and 5 percent think she was involved in the Tucson shooting, you combine that with the 5 percent who are Trig Truthers and the 20% who think she is a quitter and the 25% who think she lied about death panels and you now have 56% who are against Sarah Palin. Fascists never allow an opportunity to pass by.

        • ProudAmerican247

          They need to keep fueling the flame, keep the ignorant all riled up against Sarah. What’s next? Channel 6 reports Sarah Palin is responsible for a dog biting a child in Puerto Rico?! Yup! It’s her FAULT! And the HATRED ESCALATES. Don’t ya just love it?

        • lanahi

          They are all the same people, so no it does not add up to 56%.

          Sarah will easily rebrand her image once she gets started.

          • socon

            Right on!

      • ProudAmerican247

        The insane idiots insert Sarah’s name in anything they write these days. I’m surprised these scumbags haven’t blame Sarah for the storm and destruction from hurricane Sandy. Brace yourselves, it’s gonna get uglier.

    • palmerguy

      This copied from Fox News under the US heading this morning.

      McCarthy in the past has blamed “government-sponsored racism” and Sarah Palin
      for Chicago’s gun violence. He has been outspoken in his opposition to handgun
      proliferation, telling a radio panel last month he equates fewer guns with
      improved public safety

      Read more:

    • patnatasha

      this guy is a complete loon.

      • Margie Albano

        How a "respected" member of law enforcement can honestly pin that cities violence on, Sarah Palin is astounding. I am truly gob-smacked. I have heard more than a lot of insane things said about, Sarah, but this has got take the proverbial cake. I would have thought that someone that is sworn to uphold and defend the law would have a little more sense than this. Chicago was a violent, run-down hovel of criminal gun violence long before anyone even knew the name, Sarah Palin. We need this characters phone number/e-mail so that we can leave him a message letting him know exactly how unqualified he is to lead a police force. I demand a public apology be made to, Sarah and a total retraction.

  • Misty Harris

    Hi guys. Yuck, back o work and back to headlines about stupid liberals doing stupid crap.

  • BostonBruin

    Good morning!

    Sarah has been scheduled to speak at CPAC at Noon on Saturday.

    Todd and Scott just started an 8-hour layover in Unalakleet. They are in 5th place, but third place isn’t too far out of reach.

    1. Team 8 – 14:42
    2. Team 23 – 15:03
    3. Team 25 – 15:25
    4. Team 17 – 15:31
    5. Team 11 – 15:39
    6. Team 10 – 16:20

  • Pete Petretich

    What’s with all this talk about Calvin Coolidge? I think it’s meant to be a prelude to a Jeb Bush run for the Presidency…

    • Guest

      Amity Shlaes has a new book out on Coolidge I am reading at the moment. In all honesty it is nowhere near as well written as her "The Forgotten Man" but I am hoping that it improves.

      Reagan loved him!

      • blueniner

        I was curious about that book the author Amity Shlaes got a two minute shot on Hannutys TV show last night at the end of the show. Was "Forgotten Man" a good Coolidge book?I am looking for one on Coolidge.

    • juju341

      See you are still fishing for "like" comments with this Jeb Bush run for Presidency when you know that isn’t going to happen. How do you like this new format? Don’t get to see all your "likes". I use to like to give you "likes" I knew how much you liked them.

      • PetePetretich

        ICYMI, I’m still ignoring you.

  • Pete Petretich

    "Obama’s Leak of Immigration Plan an Endorsement of Rubio’s"

    • Guest

      Thanks, home run by Mark! Make sure that you post it all over the place. We must get even with El Rushbo for choosing the side of "The Ruling Class." Rush attempted to do damage control for the Waterboy yesterday. LOL!

  • Guest

    Jeb’s Waterboy is moving to the cesspool!

    "Mr. President, I still live in the same working class neighborhood I
    grew up in. My neighbors aren’t millionaires. They’re retirees who
    depend on Social Security and Medicare,” Rubio said on during his address.

  • dave7777

    I’m sure the bugs will be ironed out soon, but when I ask for the newest it is 6 hours ago.
    This time it got it right. Whew boy!

  • RedShoes13

    I think you have to hit refresh regularly to get the newest comments. I’ve also had to do that to get new posts. Other than those bugs, I do like the overall "look".
    So excited for CPAC. I plan on attending now. Any plans to have a C4P meetup again?

    • juju341

      Just refreshed and one post with 20 mins. time lapse and then goes to an hour…maybe it could be right…people just are posting.

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