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Todd Palin and Scott Davis finished 5th in the 2013 Iron Dog race. Todd donated his winnings to the Chris Kyle memorial fund. Congrats to Marc McKenna and Dusty VanMeter for repeating.

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  • BrianusBerkleianus

    My Dear Friends in Sarah,

    A Happy and Blessed Sunday to you all!!

    I have three threads of theme and thought that I would like to gather together this morning in this post.

    First, Mark Levin, The Great One, was magnificent last Thursday afternoon and evening on his radio program! He spent a lot of time citing large parts of an article written by Boston University Professor Angelo Codevilla. This article brilliantly, IMHO, analyzes the mindset, the thinking, the philosophy of Establishment Republicans for the last eighty or so years, and it seems to sound the call for a Declaration of Independence from the Republican Party. Now, Mark is cautious about calls for a Third Party, and rightly so, IMV. Ronald Reagan, after all, worked to wrest control of the GOP from the Establishment. Still, something has to be done soon: Either the founding of a new Party, or a determined, Reaganesque effort to take back the GOP.

    Mr. Levin also warmed my heart when he referred to "the great Sarah Palin," in reference to the Governor’s upcoming speech next month at the CPAC convention. Thank you, thank you, Great One. Mark is, I think, a true friend of Sarah, and, if she launches a POTUS run for 2016, whether it is GOP or non-GOP, he will be one of her most weighty and important allies!!

    Now, my second strand of discussion concerns a brief encounter that I had last Wednesday evening when I was buying some groceries. The check-out woman evidently saw my Sarah button! She asked about the program "Sarah Palin’s Alaska." She said, "You’ve got to admire a woman who can use a shotgun." She also said, "She’s tough" (and said it in a positive, admiring way)!!

    Guys, this was in BERKELEY, California, and it is similar to a number of other encounters I have had in the Bay Area since 2008-2009 (of course, there have been "negative" encounters too, but that is to be expected!)

    This brings me to the third and final thread of this post.

    Something has to be done.

    The POTENTIAL is out there, when even in BERKELEY one can sometimes find positive reactions to our Sarah.

    BUT …

    We need a LEADER to SHAKE THINGS UP, whether it is by a third-Party run, or by a determined and successful effort to take back the GOP for REAGAN Conservatism.

    This leads to my repost of the next letter, letter Q, in the "Latin Sarah" series, a series that I am presenting again from last spring and summer (a few words of the post have been changed from the original).

    I shall see you again later on this week!!

    Brother VG (VirginiaGentleman), thanks to you especially for courageously being here with us, to enlighten and inspire us!!

    God bless you all always!!

    DEO VOLENTE, SARAH 2016!!!



    And wow did she shake things up yet again the night before last in Las Vegas with that magnificent speech. I think that Andrew Breitbart is smiling down from On High upon the Lady of the North Country, whom he so deeply admired and defended and supported in the teeth of the politically-correct dismissal of the Governor as an unworthy personal and political lightweight!!!!!


    It took one warrior soul to appreciate and laud another warrior soul.

    I think that our Sarah has been providentially connected to the idea and the reality of the EARTHQUAKE (in Latin, "terraemotus") since the time of her birth.

    Chuck and Sally Heath were in no way daunted or deterred from their plans to move to the Great Land when the terrible Good Friday Anchorage Earthquake struck in March of 1964. Lesser souls, smaller minds might have quailed, might have hesitated, might have said "No"; NOT SARAH’S MOM AND DAD!!

    Young kids are very perceptive and absorbent. This is the reason, for example, that they can so easily and readily master languages. I do not doubt that little Sarah, who was just three months old when the family moved to Alaska, sensed and perceived, on a very deep and fundamental level, the courage and guts of her parents. It was the initial laying of that foundation that has led to the present moment, when all Americans, whether they love or hate the Governor, understand that she is a formidable force in the life and political destiny of our country!

    I think too that, just as people who lose the use of their eyes are compensated by nature with the bestowal of keener and sharper powers in the other senses, especially the auditory faculties, so individuals who dwell in earthquake country (Alaska is the most earthquake-prone State in the Union) can develop a compensatory FIRMNESS OF CHARACTER to outweigh and overmatch the shaky ground upon which their feet stand and tread!!

    So, the EARTHQUAKE has played a key and providential role in making the Governor the person she is today.


    In place of the Richter scale, let us posit a "Sarah Scale" for political earthquakes.



    • john norton

      The word is getting out abt Sarah,on the street,on the net,all over since 08,Her light will shine even brighter ,and soon…

      • BrianusBerkleianus

        Amen, John!

    • c4pfan

      Mark is being part of some telephone townhall meeting today!

      • john norton

        Ive posted the link all over…

      • Christopher H Fromme

        Tea Party Patriots has telephone Townhall’s with different people that worked with Ronald Reagan. Today was AG Edwin Meese, next week is Mark Levin they are at 5 PM EST. SIGN UP

    • john norton

      SP is a great Uniter,once this greatest show on earth starts thn they , shall see… ! Incidently ive ben a member of the earthquake grp since it started and still am… Viva Sarah… ~ !

    • $35927229

      I too have found that Sarah has support in the most unlikeliest places.

      We had dinner with a very conservative Mennonite couple once. Imagine our suprise when Sarah’s name came up and our Mennonite friend was quick to make sure we are not going to say anything negative about her!

      What I know about conservative Mennonites is that they are not involved with politics and the "things of this world", i.e, they don’t listen to radio, watch TV, have a very conservative dresscode, etc. therefor I thought they would not like the idea of a woman in the position of leadership, hence my surpise at their respect and protective attitude towards her.

      Same thing happened when we had dinner with another very conservative Mennonite couple from another state. The guy read Sarah’s book and he told us that one of his favorite stories in the book is where before the VP debate, Sarah and Piper talked about praying and Piper’s response.

      For the record: We love and respect the conservative Mennonites we have met – they are the most Christ-like of all Christians I have ever met, non-judgemental and truly loving their neighbours as they love themselves. They are also well-read and well-traveled – contrary to popular belief!

      One of our Mennonite friends used to keep the doors of his house unlocked at night in case a stranger may come in the night looking for food and a safe place to sleep! Our friend went to be with the Lord a few years ago.

      • BrianusBerkleianus

        Thank you very much, Melory, for sharing this with us!!

  • BrianusBerkleianus

    And CONGRATS to Todd and Scott. They finished fifth in the Iron Dog race; however, IMHO, they finished first in the race to express and embody the finest of our American Republic, with the gallant and generous contribution, by Todd, of his winnings to the Chris Kyle Memorial Fund.

    With so many disgusting and discouraging actions and words that we have to witness in this bleak Age of obama, it is wonderful to see that the REAL AMERICA, in the person of Chris Kyle, in the persons of the PALIN/HEATH family, is still very much alive.

    Long Live SarahAmerica!!

    • cudaforever

      Amen Brother Brian !! and Happy Sunday !!!

      • BrianusBerkleianus

        Thanks, Brother Billy. God bless and Happy Sunday!!!

  • dave7777

    For you early birds, a little inspiration from Bongino, whom Sarah endorsed for Senate in Maryland on gun control.

    • BrianusBerkleianus

      Great and inspiring speech; thanks much, David!!

    • MissMyGuy

      yes, he is a very compelling speaker.

  • ZH100

    Good morning all.

    Congrats to Todd and Scott!

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

    ‘Who Is the Real Sarah Palin?’

    From the article:

    "Executive Authority and Success

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

    Budgeting and Spending

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

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


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

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

    Business Growth

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

    Ethics Reform and Transparency

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

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


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

    Health Care

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

  • ZH100

    ‘Greta: About Those People Claiming Sarah Palin Cost John McCain the Election’

    From the article:

    "This time Greta does the heavy lifting. She’s using Fox News polls, which I find tend to understate Republican support when polling against a democrat. But even their polls show a sustained 6 point bump for the campaign, one that put them ahead of Obama for the first time, right after Sarah was chosen, and gave her masterful speech at the Republican convention.

    McCain would maintain this lead until the financial meltdown, and he decided to suspend his campaign to head off to Washington without a real plan of action. It was a fatal mistake and one a smart campaign manager would have advised against, but we’re talking Steve Schmidt here, so smarts don’t enter into the equation."

  • ZH100

    Chuck Heath, Jr. posted this beautiful photo.

    "Climbing in the Chugach Mountains"

    • john norton

      Sharred,Great pic,Ive done alot of snowshoeing & cross country sking,I can appreciate it…

    • c4pfan

      Thanks you so much. I wish your post was more recent.

    • john norton

      Chuck Jr. has ben posting today,all over…

  • mark1955

    Delete and sorry for "Double Post".

    • john norton

      Sugar … U were on a roll too … LOL

      • mark1955

        LOL. I know it. The double post is my strong suit.

  • wodiej

    ?"As illusions are surrendered, truth appears. As separation is relinquished, the original unity emerges unchanged. When you stop pretending to be what you are not, what you are can be easily seen." The Way of Peace

  • mark1955 Just a general Heads up, as to one of the most Monstrous goals of so-called immigration reform. Maybe someone ought to pass this on to Hannity and Mark Levin , two Marco Rubio worshipers. Don’t fall for this "Worker ID" program as a way to keep illegals from getting a job. That reason is an excuse toward getting a "Camels nose under the tent" as far as documenting all human beings in a International registry and ID system, on the way to committing mass Genocide. Spread the word on this and fight it at every turn. The lamestream media is already pushing the National ID card, like they are pushing Anti-Firearms Legislation.

    • john norton

      They…Levin & Hannity and others really do hurt themselves whn they promote these Fake conservatives… I never bought their bla-bla for a min… jst look at their record… !

      • mark1955

        I’m sorry to say, particularly in Mark Levin’s case, that I don’t think their " Promoting" an obvious RINO like Marco Rubio is an accident. They have to know what he is about, just like Hannity knows full well what Karl Rove is about. Yet. Hannity pushes him.

        • john norton

          They go against friend wht S’s message and ours,our country is all abt… Grrrrrrrrrrrrrr… Is all i can say for now… !

    • john norton

      The masses will have to come out ‘M’ and show their hands…

  • mark1955 Even here in Massachusetts Firearms ownership is on the rise. Use this for ammo in case anyone tries to sell you the lamestream and Joe Biden political spin, that people are demanding new Firearms control laws. It’s Bulshe! If anything, American Citizens want laws loosening up Firearms regulations. Also, I now it must have destroyed WBZ-TV to have to report this story.

    More good news on the Firearms front in Massachusetts: Earlier this month, a Westford, Massachusetts Town Selectman,prposed Banning all sem-auto weapons and any magazines holding over 10 rounds. It would have made it illegal for any Town resident in Westford to possess these, with no grandathering clause. You would not be even able to drive through the Town with any of these weapons without facing penalties. What’s worse, this Town bill, had all the makings of spreading to all the other Cities and Towns in Massachusetts and beyond. Many people believe that was the main intention of the Bill. Word on this spread like wildfire and the towns people and Firearms supporters banded together to fight this. Over 400 people showed up at a Town meeting and the selectman had to withdraw the proposal there was so much opposition to it.

    While this is a ‘Stand Alone" proposal and not part of Governor Deval Patrick’s or Rep. David Linskey’s draconian Firearms proposals that are on a par with New York and California, it is still a win for our side and here in Massachusetts no less.

    • john norton

      These drones with their ‘Stupid’ ideas,it takes mass to erradicate…

  • Pete Petretich

    Why can’t we have a sequester every year? THIS IS WONDERFUL!

    • john norton

      So wht happens Pete whn ‘Nothing’ happens past friday… ? More 0 scare tactics…

  • bassman
    • ZH100

      ‘HuffPo Writer Distorts Governor Palin’s Record While Lecturing the Tea Party’ (January 08 2011)

      From the article:

      "Former Anchorage Daily News editor, Matt Zencey, took to the Huffington Post, essentially the national version of the ADN with their bias against Governor Palin, to blast and misrepresent Governor Palin’s record and question her conservatism and appeal among Tea Partiers."

    • Lynda

      Not a hit priece who is he trying to kid.I just read the short priece about the book almost everything he said was debunked by the emails, he is a little late to the party there is to much truth about Sarah out there now, but he will make his 30 prices of silver from those that hate and Sarah will smile .

  • ZH100
  • Pete Petretich

    Will the sequester also be cutting foreign aid? If not, why not?

    • atl1rds

      how much foreign aid are we paying to N.Korea, Iran, and Syria?

      • Pete Petretich

        We have given tons of food to North Korea for years in an effort to keep the peace. Some believe that we are secretly supplying the Al Quaida rebels in Syria.

        We probably are paying the Iranians in some form or fashion but this is not public as far as I know. Diplomats have waged "peace" by giving money away for many centuries…

  • 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.

    • ZH100

      Politico: Emails Bolster the Message in ‘The Undefeated’ (June 11 2011)

      Form the article:

      "It says something when even the Politico, not exactly known for their unbiased Palin coverage, is conceding that this surreal “colonoscopy” by the cartoonish mainstream media is backfiring. And that’s exactly what it’s doing. Much to the media’s chagrin, the emails show a serious and highly effective executive who was in full control of her administration. As Tim Crawford indicated yesterday, everyone should read the emails."

      • ZH100

        #School District Praised Palin for “Her Vision [and] Leadership” (June 17 2011)

        From the article:

        "If you don’t believe what we say about Governor Palin’s leadership, here’s what the center-left superintendent of the Anchorage School District said about Palin:


        "Thank you so much for your vision, leadership, and support for our public schools this week. I cannot tell you how much all of us want to celebrate with you. The idea that we could actually plan ahead, really focus on student achievement,connecting with parents and families, and really digging into the serious issues of low graduation rates and high drop out rates excites me very much. We spend too much time trying to justify our collective needs, when we should be focused on teaching and learning."


  • StandProudNow

    Having way too much trouble to get on this site. Really aggravating. The home page is stuck on Feb 17. Have to try all sorts of tricks to try and find the current open thread.

    Not my idea of fun. And there seem to be no interest in complaints from MANY members…. (That’s the worst part)

    See you around, friends

    • generictrainee

      What browser do you use , for me it works with refresh (f5) in IE.

    • CBDenver

      Have you tried setting your browser to not cache pages? The fact that it shows the same page as previous would indicate it has cached the page from your prior visit to the web site.

    • John_Frank

      Try clearing your cache (browser history).

      FYI – Mary Beth House is aware of the issues and is working diligently to correct matters.

      See this post:

    • palmerguy

      Had to install firefox to use this site, this is the only site I use with that browser, my normal browser IE7 does’t work here.

    • MaMcGriz

      SPN have you tried using your f5 key once you get here?


      Edit: SPN I somehow managed to put my replies to both you and David Zimmerman in the same place. Sorry for any confusion.

  • Mary Beth House

    For those still seeing old content, please delete your browser cache.

    I’ve updated our caching plugin so that should help with load time.

    • MaMcGriz

      Copy that, and thanks. I just got here, but got in smoothly and to the right place.

      Thanks for all your effort and determination.

      • Mary Beth House

        You’re welcome. :)

    • dave7777

      I don’t even know if it is "cas shay" or "Katch" much less how to delete it. Sigh. I’ll seek help from one of my students.

      • MaMcGriz

        I think the information you need is here, but it’s kind of spread out over a few days’ threads. You’re not alone in still feeling the change, so don’t give up. And I feel sure you won’t. It’s good to know you have students, for help with this and for any number of other positive reasons! It does my heart good to think of your influence on many young minds.

    • MaMcGriz

      MB I’m sure enjoying having the dashboard take us back to the real time/place on the thread when we reply to a comment from there.

      I’m not quite as pleased with having to go to the bottom of the page and deal with the extra page of disqus, but it’s still a better deal for me as a poster.

      It’s good to see things getting somewhat back to normal. Although I don’t know what that number is, I need to see a certain number of ZH100 posts a day or things don’t feel quite right. I may have read some or all of it and I may not, but I need to see it there. I need to know it’s there. Just like Sarah. It’s a 24/7 deal.

      Onward, bears and barbarians.

  • idesign2

    Nice article on Twitchy..:)

    Honor: Sarah Palin tweets Todd Palin to donate Iron Dog race winnings to Chris Kyle Memorial Fund

    • c4pfan

      Yay! Thanks.

  • MaMcGriz

    My my. Isn’t this comforting?

    DOJ stonewalling the FBI’s investigation into defense technology leaks.

    ‘When I mentioned the tech that was compromised to the Armed Services

    Committee, their jaws just dropped.’

    – Congressional source

    The claims originate with several past and current NASA employees
    concerned with the systemic leak of highly sensitive information
    relating to missile defense systems, as well as what they call a
    troubled investigation into the leak.’

    Read more:

  • virginiagentleman1

    Another bejeweled morning here in the southland! In one of those unique weather patterns we get from time to time, where yesterday was cool and rainy and it never really started to warm up until AFTER the sun set, this magnificent Sunday morning started with warm temps (mid-50’s) and yes, we enjoyed a brilliant sunrise.

    For reasons I still don’t fully understand, sunrise has always been my favorite time to commune with my Creator, to thank Him for the beauty and majesty of the world He has created, to rededicate and commend my soul into His hands, to ask for forgiveness for my sins, and ask Him for guidence as I live another day.

    The Boss is working a 16 hr shift today, so I went outside to the swing to greet the new day. Being an ‘almost smart’ man, I had tucked my cell phone into my pocket JUST in case she should call early.

    In the moments before dawn, when the world is so quiet and still, I was deep in prayer and contemplation when the phone went off. I’m sure that I lost a few days off of my life at that moment! While telling God that He has a sense of humor, I answered the phone.
    My darlin’ wife, the Boss, wanted to know how I was doing and why I had snuck outside! (Miladies, how is it that you KNOW when your men are being naughty? Not at all fair! Men don’t seem to have that special sense!)
    Anyway, the sun was just beginning it’s journey across the heavens with the tinest sliver of light upon the far horizon. That first little bit of light is obviously the alarm clock for birds. They shake out their feathers in their favorite trees, and clear their throats with a few melodious notes of song. As the sun travels higher into the sky, the songs get longer, and more and more birds join in.
    In addition, the other critters awaken and add their voices and sounds to the symphony of life that celebrates the new day in the Great Green Cathedral of God.
    For just a while there are no distractions from the incredible celebration of life, in all of its glory! The awakening world is yours, if you want it!

    • john norton


    • c4pfan

      Good Morning VG!

    • mark1955

      Good morning!

    • TheresaAK

      Bless you VG….God Bless you

      • virginiagentleman1

        Good morning my Alaskan Lady, and God Bless YOU!
        God has richly blessed me, Theresa. He gave me YOU and all of the fantastic folks here as my friends! If that isn’t a heaven sent blessing, I don’t know what is! VG

    • MaMcGriz

      There’s nothing sweeter than the sound of the birds waking up.

      During the summer months my ravens wait patiently in the trees outside my bedroom window for me to wake up, and then it’s as if they’re cheering as I hit the deck. They then ‘follow’ me to the front of the house and watch from places that allow them to see into the kitchen and living room. We greet each other and it’s a high point of the day for us all. They’re not gregarious, but they are very social and loyal. I sure do love my birds. Best watchdogs around!

      I know what you mean about that cell phone jolt. I mitigated the effect nicely by downloading a ringtone of crickets and birds. Worked like a charm. It also makes a less intrusive noise if it rings while I’m shopping or if I’ve forgotten to turn it off in a public place. It’s so natural sounding most people don’t seem to notice it or recognize it as a ringtone.

      Hugs and best regards to the Boss……whom you will obey like a good sailor, or one of us will get ya. :)

      • virginiagentleman1

        Gosh Ma, a pat on the back and a kick in the butt, all in the same post! Is that a new diffinition for ambidextrous? Dang yer good!
        It sounds as if you’ve got some tamed Ravens Ma. Well, semi-tamed anyway. The Boss likes to throw stale bread out into the yard, and the crows will swoop in to eat it. A few will march right up to her and take it from her fingers. Ravens and crows are quite smart critters and entertaining to watch. And yes, if they consider you to be one of them, they are indeed good watchdogs!
        The joys of living out in the country is one of lifes true blessings in my book, milady. VG

        • MaMcGriz

          "Gosh Ma, a pat on the back and a kick in the butt, all in the same post!"

          No, no…it wasn’t a kick in the butt! It was a threat!! LOL!!

          "Is that a new diffinition for ambidextrous? Dang yer good!"

          Thanks for the compliment! It’s hard-won chops after so many years of living and working with heroes and tough guys. ;) It just kinda comes naturally now. lol

          I knew the Boss was bad, but now I know she’s bad to the bone bad if those particular birds have so acknowledged and trust her.
          (Woo baby..I guess you better obey! LOL) And you have to ask why she can tell when you’re up to something and she’s not even at home? Hmmmm? You may significantly outnumbered, I think sir.

          But since your morning’s misbehavior involved an oxygen-bottle free outing I recommend you try it again first chance you get, with some bread in your pocket. Some helpful intel: take a few pieces of dry cat or dog food with you. sshhh.

          • virginiagentleman1

            Shhhhh, mums the word Ma! And yes ma’am I do intend to try it again! Sotra like being unshackled from an anchor, knowotImean?

            • MaMcGriz

              [clicks button to maintain radio silence]


              • virginiagentleman1

                ROFLMAO! Radio silence!?! You, milady, are fun!

    • waterview

      Good Morning VG…..I hope you were careful meandering outside without the "boss" by your side. I’m almost afraid to ask – but, you haven’t mentioned Zeke in a while…is he okay?

      • virginiagentleman1

        Zeke is fine my dear friend. He stopped by for a head scratch and some petting but decided to go see if he could catch a field mouse for breakfast!
        I was very careful. It isn’t too often these days that I can get along with the aide of an oxygen bottle, but Praise the Lord, this morning has been one of them!

    • dave7777

      The average guy like me would just say: "it looks like we’re gonna have a great day." Nine words. That’s why I teach math instead of literature. lol. Keep up the poetry, VG. We all love it.

      • virginiagentleman1

        Brother David, when you have as much time on yer hands as I do, waxing poetic isn’t that hard. lol!

        An average guy like you?
        David, as I remember, ( or perhaps I was under the influence of my meds?) you once said you are 80 or nearing 80? And you teach math at college! So clue me in sir, where exactly is ‘average’ in that! lol!

        BTW, it HAS turned out to be a great day! Sunny and 65! VG

        • MaMcGriz

          "Sunny and 65!"

          Would that we had a plug-in or an app for linking to that!

          Mary Beth…….? :)

          • blueniner

            Check, sunny and 65 here as well….

            • senator20526

              Sunny and 59 degrees with blowing wind….terrible day here in the great desert Southwest…But, the Giants won their first spring training game against the Angels 4-1. Still have a cough, so stayed home from church and out of the cold wind…You all have a great day.

              • BrianusBerkleianus

                Have a great day, Senator!

    • blueniner

      Hi VG good morning just logging in for the morning I see the open thread is more inviting and one doesnt need a combination to get on today. I see they still have those pesky down arrows.

      • virginiagentleman1

        Mornin’ Blue! Yeah, those down arrows are still rearing their ugly heads, but we both know the only perfect world ain’t here on earth, but in Heaven.

    • BrianusBerkleianus

      Thanks as always, Shipmate, for your poetical and inspiring prose!!

      • virginiagentleman1

        Thanks Brother Brianus, but I just get up early, before my head has cleared from the fog of sleep! lol

        • BrianusBerkleianus


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