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Good day to you, my friends.  How is this weekend going for you all so far?  Hard to believe we’re near the end of the month and March is fast approaching!

Here’s some neat news items floating around the internet in case you missed it:

Thomas Sowell:  "Eventually, the truth will come out that there is just not enough money in the till to pay what retirees were promised. But eventually can be a long time."

The February 22 Cliffhanger:  "the next time you hear a political hack insisting that the first dollar of government spending cuts has to come out of meat inspectors and paramedics, remember that a lot of money is being spent on using government agencies as incubators for left-wing lunacy."

Republicans set to cave on Hagel.  Gosh, who coulda seen that coming?

Michelle Malkin asks: "Why do Democrats hate American manufacturers?"

Rush Limbaugh: "For the first time in my life, I am ashamed of my country."   You and me both, sir.  He explains why here.

While we’re excited that Governor Palin will be speaking at CPAC, for some reason, bastion of conservative thought Mitt Romney will as well. Sigh.

Star Parker and other black leaders speak out on gun rights: “How do you take a gun away from the underground? The criminal? A racist cop? Or a tyrannical government?”

 

 

 



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  • snowlinen

    #1 …lol

    Go Todd and Scott!

    • PhilTan

      Hey, you beat me by a minute for first . Dang.

      • snowlinen

        I’ll share it with you.

    • c4pfan

      They aren’t doing well.

      • snowlinen

        They are doing better that 7th. : )

        • c4pfan

          So, You don’t win anything with 6th.

          • snowlinen

            Depends on the person.

  • PhilTan

    First ? Can’t be. Whats up with the new format ? Hey , in one of the most onerous states for gun laws, MA , the AP is reporting a gunman at MIT . Thats like 35 minutes from me . Why am I thinking this endless barage from the WH is bringing out the loons. IMHO
    ** Keep in mind, MIT is in Cambridge which is where the individual who claimed police brutality and racism which triggered Obamas comment " The Cambridge Police acted stupidly" originated. Seems odd. I’ll hope for the best.

    • snowlinen

      So much for that…lol

    • atl1rds

      new format is a waste of geek power

    • http://twitter.com/johnnorton7 john norton

      Its either tht the loons are being brought out like a full moon or its beng instigated…

  • ZH100

    Some interesting videos.
    ———-

    CNN finding that Palin was hard-working governor
    Video:
    http://www.therightscoop.com/cnn-finding-that-palin-was-harding-working-governor/
    —-

    Jonathan Strong discusses LSM Plot to tear Palin Down (July ,2010)
    http://video.foxnews.com/v/4290697/did-liberal-media-plot-against-sarah-palin
    —-

    Sarah Palin Visits Troops at Camp Bondsteel, Kosovo (2009)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pUL0CVFy5IY
    —-

    Women in American Politics – Governor Sarah Palin
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sBu6polVXVs
    —-

    Happy 21st Wedding Anniversary Todd and Sarah (August 29, 1988)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=v1MygNIXbtA
    —-

    Governor Palin Dines With Prime Minister Netanyahu (March ,2011)
    http://conservatives4palin.com/2011/03/governor-palin-dines-with-prime-minister-netanyahu.html
    —-

    America
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C-G2n91wKtY&feature=player_embedded
    —-

    Governor Palin “On the Couch with Koel” in India (March ,2011)
    http://conservatives4palin.com/2011/03/governor-palin-talks-to-koel-purie-rinchet-from-india.html
    —-

    Full speech at the 2008 Republican National Convention
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UCDxXJSucF4&feature=player_embedded#!
    —-

    Samaritan’s Purse – Sarah Palin – Birmingham Tornado Relief
    http://conservatives4palin.com/2011/05/a-picture-of-servant-leadership-at-its-finest.html
    —-

    Freedom of Sarah Palin
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vwuhnrYWf0M&feature=player_embedded
    —-

    Governor Palin in Haiti.
    http://conservatives4palin.com/2010/12/governor-palin-helping-haiti-this-christmas.html
    http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=114407508628308&oid=158671177481084&comments
    —-

    Opinion Journal: Palin vs. Bernanke
    http://online.wsj.com/video/opinion-journal-palin-vs-bernanke/6A8B3973-6069-464E-B48B-4D4564C96DE5.html
    —-

    Sarah Palin, Governor of Alaska (FULL MOVIE)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TtXd1tNTZtk
    ……

    Sarah Palin Outside Fox News
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wI-I8iza1F8
    …….

    Rush – McCain Staffers Trying to Destroy Sarah Palin – Nov 6, 2008
    http://www.viddler.com/v/af93c259
    —-

    PJTV: Bill Whittle on the Sarah Palin Haters.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DmEE61iVhCA
    —-

    ESPN Outside the Lines: Wasilla Warrior Sarah Palin .
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IatnIb2UL9A
    —–

    Alaska Journey via ANWR & Valdez
    http://www.c4parchive.com/2010/11/in-her-own-words-viii-alaska-journey.html
    —–

    Gov. Sarah Palin Biography Video
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ddRoiVWfLyU
    —–

    The Wardrobe Saga
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mexjgjRw0_g

    • c4pfan

      Thanks!

      • ZH100

        You are welcome,c4pfan

        • blueniner

          Thanks Z, that ought to keep us busy this weekend……..LOL

    • MaMcGriz

      Ahhhhhh. Now I feel better.

      Life is always better when there is a Z post like this to like. Er…I should better say uparrow.

      I guess uparrow is a verb, huh?

  • c4pfan

    The GOP is going to cave with the sequester and the debt ceiling. I don’t even know why people are acting like anything else will happen.

  • blueniner

    Yes Mitt Romney will be speaking at CPAC, it will be in the morning on Saturday the same day Sarah speaks. I think he is there to thank all the voters for their support.
    At least they gave Sarah another 5 minutes up to 20 minutes. At least she wont have Hannuty interupting her and going to a video to eat up her time….LOL

    • MaMcGriz

      Good points.

      I’m waiting with bated breath to see if she outdraws him. I hope and expect she will. Won’t that be sweet?

  • happymullah

    Here’s an old video (June 29, 2010) that reminds us of how Sarah can win the minds and hearts of folks she meets.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P69Exui6BPw

    VIVA SARAH !

  • virginiagentleman1

    Much has been made over Rush Limbaughs statement that he is "ASHAMED of my country."

    I beg to differ! I have NEVER been ashamed of my country! But if you ask if I have been ashamed of my countries leaders, then the answer would be a resounding YES!

    The country itself is a land mass and its government was formed using a most enlightened document, the Constitution of the United States. America as a land mass is quite beautiful and as an elightened goverment when governed within the bounds of the Constitution it is a most blessed nation.

    Her leaders are a different matter. Some governed as Constitutional Patriots, but mostly we have been governed by power seeking men and women who placed their own welfare above the good of the nation.
    This legal piracy, this seeking of wealth and power has been more the norm, then Patriotic leaders have been in our history.
    Obama isn’t the only president who has acted in a dictatorial fashion. Men in both parties thought they were above the law. Men such as Woodrow Wilson, FDR, Richard Nixon, to name just a few believed that they WERE the law, just as Obama now does.
    We have had criminals in the White House, the House, the Senate, in State Governors Mansions, throughout our history. Ronald Reagan was a temporary respite between maniacal men of wealth and priveledge. Once Reagan had served his eight years, G.H.W. Bush took us back to the age of American patriarks ruling, rather then American STATESMEN governing.
    Ashamed of my country? NEVER!
    Ashamed by our ‘leaders’? EVERY DAMN DAY!

    • snowlinen

      Agree…good post.

    • Guest

      Bravissimo, encore, encore!

      Excuse me I’m over in Italia voting against all the socialists.

      • blueniner

        I dont suppose you have any free market Conservatives in Italy. My Grandparents fled Italy at the turn of the last century, my Grandma called them "Facshistos".

        • Guest

          Nope, best we can do is Berlusconi’s Il Popolo della Liberta -The People of Freedom- crony capitalists, but it still burns the socialists butts, especially that I have dual citizenship and am American.

        • mark1955

          My late mother came here from Italy in the early thirties to escape the same things.

    • c4pfan

      But, the PEOPLE vote them in!

    • blueniner

      Tell me more about Calvin Coolidge, there was prosperity under his administration, and I think he was Reagans favorite President.

      • virginiagentleman1

        I apologize, Blue. I meant to say Woodrow Wilson, not Mr. Cooledge.

        • blueniner

          Whew, VG, I thought I missed something….LOL..

    • patnatasha

      VG we should be ashamed of our leaders because they are not leaders.

    • $35927229

      Bravo!

      But I was ashamed, and still am, that most Americans stood by silently while Sarah’s infant son was trashed and ridiculed. I am not bitter, just ashamed and disappointed.

      • DocBarry1

        Thanks for writing this – Absolutely and people are still too silent as she is still being attacked regularly

    • MaMcGriz

      This is the best country in the world fueled by the hard work of the best people in the world and protected by the best military in the world; and as soon as we remove and replace the wretched crop of moldy zawan currently infesting our halls of government then we’ll again bring our best to fruition.

      By God.

    • jester2939

      Right on, right on, VG. It’s our LEADERS who are screwed up! I know a lady in Alaska who isn’t, though ;D

    • Don

      VG, I’m not ashamed of my country, just the government. However, I do regret the waste of over 20 years supporting and defending the Constitution just to have elected officials ignore and/or shred it.

      Just the opinion of a dumb ole country boy.

    • friskyness

      I am ashamed of this country, because the voters who make it up, are the ones who have voted in, idiots like Obama, who trash our constitution….I’m saying it, like it is………………….

  • c4pfan

    Mr L posted that someone on facebook told him that Sarah went to the AK Lincoln Dinner? Anyone else hear that?

    • Polarbearpapa

      I wonder which one this person meant..the one in Wasilla at Evangelo’s or the one in Anchorage….neither has her listed as a speaker…although she could have done a drop-in….

      • c4pfan

        He just said she made an ‘impromtu appearence’ and upstaged Lisa!

        • snowlinen

          lol

        • blueniner

          Now that would be a hoot, Sarah upstages the speed freak, crap Senator!

        • patnatasha

          sarah upstaged Lisa M. say it aint so i am shocked shocked i tell you.

      • palinsupporter1

        Fairbanks

  • virginiagentleman1

    Here is an idea for the timid souls who delight in clicking on the down arrows;
    GROW A SPINE AND TELL US WHY YOU DON’T AGREE! COWARDS!

    • c4pfan

      I think it’s stupid that it doesn’t show you who’s doing it.

      • virginiagentleman1

        I have a better name for the down arrow button, Blue. From here on out I will refer to it after those that use it, "THE COWARDS BUTTON"! Wachathink?

        • Polarbearpapa

          I see the COWARDS are continuing their trollish ways…

          • virginiagentleman1

            I wonder way they don’t grow a pair and EXPLAIN why they disagree.

            • snowlinen

              They won’t…their life must suck. I kind of feel sorry for them.

        • snowlinen

          Basement Mold Troll

          • virginiagentleman1

            Yep! Nasty isn’t it!

        • blueniner

          Thats good, but they are still "Down Arrow Trolls" I know who is doing it, or at least I am pretty sure.

          • c4pfan

            Who?

            • 56Survivor

              JohnMartinMull and that Caribou Buffalo creature. JMM was recently banned from here.

              • c4pfan

                OH, I see what you mean.

              • DeeDEEthree

                You mean the MORON TWIT Twins.

        • socon

          Yellow works for me. It’s the color of cowards.

    • 56Survivor

      VG, I suspect those sufferer’s of PDS who hitting the down arrow have been banned from here. One of them is no doubt JohnMartinMull and the other is Caribou Buffalo. They both stalk all things Palin. It truly is a sickness with them.

      • virginiagentleman1

        Sometimes milady, what may appear to be an improvement really doesn’t work out well.

    • http://conservatives4palin.com/ Mary Beth House

      Honestly if leftists want to get their jollies by clicking the down button, let them have it. It’s a ridiculous "victory" for them.

      Can you imagine the bragging? "Oh man look at me! I clicked the down arrow on C4P comments! Aren’t I just AWESOME?" Yeah. Whatever loser. lol

      They know if they try to post we’ll pummel them so this is how they get their kicks. Pathetic, no?

      • virginiagentleman1

        Pathetic, YES!
        How is the bug exterminating coming along MB? We notice a few glitches still. Sometimes logging on gives me a blank page in the area where one would expect to find the comments. VG

        • http://conservatives4palin.com/ Mary Beth House

          Mostly fixed. There’s bound to be a hiccup for a few more days. I’m also testing out some optimization plugins and other security plugins.

  • happymullah

    The government selecting winners and losers?

    Yea, of course, they’ve been doing this for decades. It’s called affirmative action.

    Actually I can live with that. The liberal side of me kinda think it’s okay in a larger scheme of things.

    But what’s disturbing is that, according to my kinfolks from the blue coasts, the top universities have covertly put a cap on admissions of Asian students at 18% to 20% in the name of diversity.

    Geesh! This is depressing because I thought if a kid studies hard, he/she should have the same levered playing field to attend the top universities.

    I have just become very disillusioned.

    VIVA SARAH !

    • senator20526

      If you want to see the results of affirmative action…look no further than Obama…this is what you get, a fellow that knows nothing and thinks that he is the smartest person in the room….everything he does is wrong.

    • MaMcGriz

      I hear you.

      GRRRRRR.

  • happymullah

    I am glad Mitt speaks before Sarah at CPAC. Otherwise, they would blame her if Mitt gets booed.

    There’s high probability that some in the audience will boo him. Poor Mitt!
    He should have known better than to attend.

    VIVA SARAH !

    • http://twitter.com/johnnorton7 john norton

      Etch was the GOPe stooge nothing else… a fish out of water…

    • c4pfan

      I don’t think he will be booed, but Sarah is a better speaker than Mitt, because she actually believes in what she says!

    • colint

      Would like to to know who speaks just after Sarah. I would not want that spot. There could be 10 minutes of applause after Sarah followed by half the audience walking out.

      • BostonBruin

        Phyllis Schlafly speaks right after Sarah.

        • MaMcGriz

          This could be somewhat awkward.

          I was so hoping they’d have her introduce Ted Cruz. It would have been the smart thing to do.

          • palinsupporter1

            When I was listening to Phyllis speak at the Smart Girl Summit in St. Louis in 2011. She complemented the Governor quite a bit.

            • MaMcGriz

              Yes, I think they’re probably generally supportive of one another, and certainly if allowed the opportunity the Governor will give her a gracious and warm introduction.

              I think the awkwardness could arise from the audience if enough of them decide to leave after she speaks.

              But that said, maybe the cpac producers will anticipate this possibility and schedule a brief break after Sarah speaks. Maybe.

              Either way, It’ll all be good. I’m thrilled she’ll be appearing.

    • MaMcGriz

      It will be cosmically divine if she draws a bigger audience than he, won’t it?

      We, of course, will not be a bit surprised, but out of deference to her perhaps we’ll try and stifle our gleeful giggles.

  • c4pfan

    Chuck Heath Jr put up his weekend blog! Doesn’t that ping pong thing sound fun?

    http://chuckheathjr.com/the-porch-february-23-201/

    Hey, they should use it for their Klondike Bar commercials! LOL

  • c4pfan

    Did people see the youtube vid of black conservatives talking about how the NRA helped black get guns and protect themselves from the KKK, etc?

    Help make it go viral! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uk46HZzuG48

  • MaMcGriz

    MB it’s past noon and I’ve been so caught up in the races I haven’t stopped to say thanks for this great open thread today. I’m looking forward to getting into all the good stuff you’ve posted after things settle down a little bit.

    Go 11!!

    • http://conservatives4palin.com/ Mary Beth House

      Thanks, MaMcG!

      • MaMcGriz

        YW :)

  • c4pfan

    Ron spoke at an event called the Day of Resistance in Staten Island! Check it out here:

    http://us4palin.com/live-us-for-palins-devito-speaks-at-staten-island-day-of-resistance/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

  • c4pfan

    Don’t forget that you can get a phone call from Mark Levin tomorrow as part of this townhall done by I think Tea Party Nation.

    http://teapartypatriots.org/patriottownhall/

  • blueniner
    • patnatasha

      they are so predictable.

  • cheers2all

    Americans are job discriminated in their own country.

    Any politician and company favoring more foreigners in the country, and continuing to argue that we can’t round up so many and deport them, is lying, and they should be charged with treason for failing to protect our sovereignty and fair access to jobs.

    ==========================================

    Lawsuit shows US companies discriminating against Americans.

    Some U.S.-based companies are discriminating against job-seeking American professionals and instead hiring job-hopping guest workers, including foreigners enrolled in colleges or holding H-1B visas.

    The skewed hiring is visible in numerous online help-wanted ads, and in a legal settlement won this month by the Justice Department.

    The ads use keywords — typically “OPT,” “CPT” or “H-1B” — to attract the attention of guest workers, while deterring applications by unemployed American professionals who normally search for conventional keywords, such as “software engineer,” “nurse,” “writer” or lawyer.

    …………………..

    “I’ve thousands of ads like those in my collection,” said John Miano, a New Jersey lawyer former programmer and board member of the Programmers Guild, which lobbies on behalf of info-tech workers. In some outsourcing companies, he said, “almost every last one of their technical employes are on H-1B or other visas.”

    One cause of this preference for foreign workers is that some immigrant entrepreneurs prefer to hire people from their home countries, said Conroy.

    The entrepreneurs bring many home-country workers to the United Stats for training, and gradually increase the ability of the home-country workforce to execute transnational outsourcing contracts and boost the home country’s wealth, according to Conroy.

    “It is all about avoiding Americans,” she said.

    For example, said Conroy, Avant’s use of H-1B visas sharply increased 2006, when it hired a former nurse, Lesley Hamilton, from New Zealand to a VP of operations. Hamilton’s “international nursing career began in 1989 when she graduated in New Zealand and worked in Oncology before moving to Memphis, TN as an RN for her first US experience,” according to Avant’s website.

    In the computer and software sector, most firms are part of an India-based “body shop“ system that recruits students in Indian for temporary work in the United States.

    “In this practice, a group of consultants — body shops — in different countries works together to recruit IT [infotech] workers [and] then farm out workers to clients as project-based labor; and upon a project’s completion they either place the workers with a different client or ‘bench’ them to await the next placement,” said the summary of a 2006 book, “Global ‘Body Shopping: An Indian Labor System in the Information Technology Industry,” by a U.K.-based researcher, Biao Xiang.

    The major body-shop firms include Tata Consulting and Wipro Technologies. In 2012, those two companies brought in 8,440 H-1B workers into the United States for work with major firms such as Microsoft, Oracle, Texas Instruments, IBM and Intel.

    On its website, CCS touts its certification as a “Microsoft Gold Certified Partner,” which is often sought by companies looking to upgrade or change their Microsoft-developed software.

    The guest workers are often paid at the same rate as U.S. workers, even though many are still students and need additional training, Conroy said. “Wages are not the central issue,” she said.

    Employment discrimination law bars discrimination based on nationality, including American nationality, she said.

    That’s why the companies use the visa-related codes to attract attention from job-seeking immigrants, while hiding opportunities from job-seeking Americans, she said.

    One firm that recently posted an online ad seeking guest-workers is Surya Systems Inc., in Penrose, Pennsylvania.

    When asked by TheDC about the ads, a person who identified himself as the company’s CEO and president, Ravindrana Hajeebu, said the company had already stopped using the CPT and OPT code works in want-ads.

    “We stopped it long back … [but] I don’t know if my team has put up something I don’t know,” he told TheDC. “We would hire anyone.”

    When asked if he employs any whites on the 20-person staff, the CEO said “at the moment, I don’t have anyone.”

    “In the past, I did have some,” he added.

    His website claims that he has supplied workers for major U.S. infotech firms, including Microsoft, IBM, Cisco, Northrop Grumman and Oracle, as well as for the state governments of New York, Ohio and Colorado.

    Tristar’s owner declined to give his name, but told TheDC that his company does hire Americans and non-minorities. “Yes, of course …. [but] every company has their own policy,” he said.

    When asked by TheDC for a breakdown of employees’ citizenship or race, Tata’’s flack evaded the question.

    Tata “complies with all applicable federal, state or local laws … employment and advancement [decisions] are made on the basis of an individual’s qualifications,” said a statement from company representative Michael McCabe."

    Despite the problems, there’s little public or government recognition of the domestic market for foreign workers.

    http://dailycaller.com/2013/02/22/job-ads-lawsuit-show-us-companies-discriminating-against-americans/#ixzz2LfA2N5r6

    • dave7777

      What fool gave this a down arrow?

    • CBDenver

      I work in the software field and can attest that this is what the offshore companies do. They get "their people" into a company and have them learn the systems. Then they gradually move more work offshore. Then they propose a complete offshoring arrangement with only a few representatives onsite to manage the communications.
      Part of the reason for this is that software development in most companies is poorly done. The is little up-front planning (analysis and design) and most of the work is created by trial-and-error (write some code, find out if that is what the client wants, fix the code that does not meet the implicit requirements. Repeat until the final product works as expected). This trial-and-error method is time consuming and costly so the US managers try to solve the cost issue by hiring cheaper programmers instead of changing the process to do the up-front planning work first. The latter method would reduce the coding time and the costs.

  • RightMom

    Was this posted? From Rush on Feb. 20th…

    "On the Republican side, it’s not just truth. Sarah Palin wasn’t wrong about anything. She didn’t lie about anything. Sarah Palin embarrassed some people. So they had to get rid of her. The point is, the Republicans will not circle the wagons and defend very many. Conservatives will not circle the wagons and defend.

    • c4pfan

      I don’t get how she embarrassed anyone, but whatever.

      • senator20526

        By telling the truth about the political class that go to D.C. and get rich and do it on the backs to the taxpayer…

      • RightMom

        That wasn’t the point of what Rush was saying. Rush said that they threw her under the bus even though she "wasn’t wrong about anything" because she was not a member of the ruling class.

    • patnatasha

      who did she embarrass?

      • RightMom

        The ruling class, the establishment. Palin is "one of us." She is not an elitist. The republicans in DC are embarrassed by all social conservatives.

        • patnatasha

          did it ever occur to them that maybe they are an embarrassment to us.

          • Cat Got Your Tongue?

            Of course not! But Sarah constantly embarrasses THEM with her spot on remarks, FB posts and speeches. And not because she’s wrong, or doesn’t make sense, but because she is right and is full of common sense. Oh, and she exposes them for the hypocrites they truly are.

            • patnatasha

              yes she does cat got your tongue.

  • MaMcGriz

    Has anyone seen a link to televised Iron Dog coverage from Fairbanks?

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