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The Alaska Senate GOP primary and the vote to restore ACES is tonight.



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  • http://about.me/petermichaelpetretich Pete Petretich

    I’ll be working all day, but I may stay up late to wait for AK results b/c of their extreme time zone…

    • BrianusBerkleianus

      Have a great day, Pete!!

  • http://about.me/petermichaelpetretich Pete Petretich

    "They’ll be a big court room showdown in Jones County on Wednesday in #mssen. I’ll report more when I have it. It’s a holding pattern now."

    (Tweet from CCJ)

    https://twitter.com/ChuckCJohnson

  • http://about.me/petermichaelpetretich Pete Petretich

    The Rise of Progressive Oligarchy: Revviving the ‘vigilant and manly spirit’ of American republicanism
    http://thefederalist.com/2014/08/18/the-rise-of-progressive-oligarchy/

  • http://about.me/petermichaelpetretich Pete Petretich
  • http://about.me/petermichaelpetretich Pete Petretich
  • BrianusBerkleianus

    Thanks, Ian, and good morning–I will be praying re the Alaska vote(s) today!!

    And thank you even more for the beautiful photo of Sarah with Trig that crowns and adorns today’s Open Thread.

    This picture says so much, in an eloquence greater than that of words and of oratory, about courage, about beauty, about life, about LOVE!

    Sarah is a MOM, from the depths of her brave and fearless soul.

    God willing she will become not only POTUS, but a second George Washington, Mother of Her Country.

    Have a great day, Ian and All!!

    Brianus

    • cudaforever

      Good morning Brian, I was thinking the same thing about that picture but just not in the eloquent terms you used :)

      • BrianusBerkleianus

        :-) Good morning, Billy!

  • ZH100

    Good morning all.

    Politics of Personal Destruction, Gov Palin, Dershowitz

    http://us4palin.com/politics-of-personal-destruction/

    • BrianusBerkleianus

      Thanks as always, ZH, and good morning!!

      • ZH100

        You are welcome,Brianus and good morning!

        • BrianusBerkleianus

          :-) !!

    • Lynda

      I always love to see what you are going to post, thank you

      • ZH100

        You are welcome,Lynda.

  • centralparksouth

    Why amnesty? follow the money:

    "over next few years the participation rate(resumes) longer-term decline due to continued ageing of population.

    A number of policies would have the benefit/goal,of raising labour force participation rate the most significant of these is immigration reform

    estimates would increase the labour force by 6 million workers by 2023 and raise the participation rate by 0.7 percentage points

    "Understanding the decline in the labour force participation rate in the United States"
    http://www.voxeu.org/article/decline-labour-force-participation-us

    • http://about.me/petermichaelpetretich Pete Petretich

      Of course, Latino’s always jump to the front of the HR line b/c the powers that be think this promotes "diversity" in the workforce…

  • mark1955

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2014/08/18/Unclassified-Army-s-Plan-For-Use-Of-Lethal-Force-Including-Snipers-Against-Civilians-In-Riot-Situations IMPORTANT! The U.S.Army’s Declassified Plans For Use of Lethal Force, in The United States For Civil Unrest!

    http://cnsnews.com/news/article/penny-starr/dems-push-pathway-citizenship-dreamers-military-service Make no mistake,the reason for all of those tens of thousands of illegal Alien males between the ages of approximately 16-40 years old ( Many of them Hardened Criminals and Gang members ) being brought into Our Country recently, is to have them put into American Military,Law Enforcement and DHS uniforms by our government, so they can help Obama and company Try and commit Genocide against the American people after Obama Tries to Declare Martial Law after a "government sponsored "False Flag" attack probably by ‘ISIS’.

    Our government knows most of the Regular Military would not Fire on the American people but with new plans to have much of our Military in: Iraq,Syria and the Ukraine, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Northern_Command ‘Northcom’, can then be staffed with this Homicidal Maniac illegals, who have no Allegiance to the Constitution and only to their government paymasters!

    • mark1955

      http://news.msn.com/world/islamic-state-message-to-america-we-will-drown-all-of-you-in-blood ‘ISIS’ Threatens us here at Home! This is total BULLBLEEP! Our government controls ‘ISIS’ and stories like this are meant to condition the American people beforehand,that an attack against us by ‘ISIS" is inevitable, so when it Happens, we will in theory at least find it more believable and not realize it for the government sponsored "False Flag" attack by Obama and company that it actually is, so we will not Fight against Obama’s Trying to Declare Martial Law and Trying to Confiscate our Firearms and God Given Civil Rights and Civil Liberties!

      My apologizes for reposting this from late last night but i felt it goes Hand-in-Hand with the above post on the U.S.Army’s Declassified Rules on Lethal Force on Civil Unrest here at Home!

      As alway’s, everything i post here is not to depress or discourage but in the spirit of "Forewarned is Forearmed", so we can take our Republic back and along with it,our Freedom and Liberty.

      • Quit_or_Work

        The federal government can’t even manage the problem free roll out of a heath care website, and yet you believe they can manage to orchestrate a world-wide secret operation of running and directing ISIS.

        Is the federal government in on this or are they being unknowingly manipulated by Obama and a group that directs him from overseas? What is their end game?

  • onparade

    rasussen poll has the clown comedian in Minnesota ahead by 8….unbelievable….

    • M_Minnesota

      Woulda been a lot closer if the MN GOPe didn’t Bum Rush Julian Ortman. (Palin’s Pick) I bet the National GOPe did not want Palin to come into Minnesota and make an appearance(s) in support of Ortman and against (sooo easy for a real Palainista to beat) Al Franken. Those Ortman/Palin Rallies woulda dressed Franken as a Frank and HAD HIM FOR LUNCH!!!!!

      • palin45potus

        The Republicans never cared about beating the Dems. Just making sure that they beat Palin’s endorsed candidate’s even when it meant loading up the buses with Dems and giving them "walking around money".

        We might as well be honest and admit to ourselves that we ate unwanted except for On election day. And I will not give my vote to someone who I know despises me.

  • centralparksouth

    "A Grotesque Pantomime of Repression and Redemption Activists & journalists stuck in the racial resentments of the 1960s."

    http://www.city-journal.org/2014/eon0818fs.html

  • centralparksouth

    M.Joseph Sheppard ?@MJosephSheppard now
    Immortals pic.twitter.com/GDUhFmR2MS

    • http://about.me/petermichaelpetretich Pete Petretich

      I ate lunch with Buddy Holly’s widow several years ago…

      • centralparksouth

        Maria Elena.-that’s grand. I played bass for The Belmonts who were on tour with Buddy when he died.

  • stlouisix

    Allen West tells it like it is.

    ——————————-

    Allen West: Obama Is an Islamist
    Friday, 15 Aug 2014 10:02 AM
    By Melanie Batley
    http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/West-Obama-Islamist-Mideast/2014/08/15/id/588980/

    President Barack Obama is an Islamist who is intentionally working against the security of the United States, said former Florida Rep. Allen West.

    "The only plausible explanation for many actions taken by President Obama and his administration is that they are working counter to the security of the United States of America," the retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel wrote in a post on his website on Wednesday.

    West cited the president’s decision to release five senior Taliban members in the exchange for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl; supplying weapons to support the Egyptian government led by the Muslim Brotherhood; and negotiating with Hamas.

    He also criticized Obama’s decision to suspend a ban on Libyans attending U.S. flight schools and studying nuclear science, which had been in place since 1983.

    "Can anyone explain what the strategy and objective is here in lifting this ban with a nation that is or should be on the terrorist watch list?" West wrote.

    "Sorry, but I can only explain this one way: Barack Hussein Obama is an Islamist in his foreign policy perspectives and supports their cause."

    He added, "The pivot away from the Middle East seems to be nothing more than an opportunity to enable Islamists and their goals. Anyone supporting this Libyan ban being lifted is indeed an enemy of this state."

  • ZH100

    Joplin ProLife Fundraiser to Headline Gov Palin

    "Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin will headline a fundraiser for LifeChoices Health Network on September 25 at 7 PM. The Joplin prolife fundraiser will be held at Taylor Performing Arts Center at Missouri Southern State University.

    Tickets are free, but people will be able to donate. One third of LifeChoice’s budget comes from these fundraisers.

    Gov. Palin tell her story about having a son with Down syndrome. She also will talk about why LifeChoices is important to the public, Lawson said. Gov. Palin will not discuss politics at the Joplin prolife fundraiser."

    http://us4palin.com/joplin-prolife-fundraiser-headline-gov-palin/

    • stlouisix

      Joplin MO is 30 miles south of my hometown, Pittsburg KS, which was one of the cities that helped Joplin recover from its horrible tornado tragedy especially via emergency services, cleanup and rebuilding.

      I would certainly be at this fundraiser if I were there and feel it a privilege to have the opportunity to tell Gov. Palin in person how much she means to what’s left of a free America, especially thanking her for her unwavering support of our military!

      • BrianusBerkleianus

        Amen, Gary!

  • Section 9

    Best of luck to Miller today.

    I predict that he’ll eat into Sullivan enough to put Treadwell past the goal line.

    I thing Yes wins.

  • stlouisix

    U.S., Assad Both Bombing ISIS, But State Dep’t Disputes That ‘We Are on the Same Page’
    http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/patrick-goodenough/us-assad-both-bombing-isis-state-dep-t-disputes-we-are-same-page

    This ditz, who if she had brains would be dangerous, is the latest in a line of losers that the criminal Obama is foisting upon what’s left of a free America and a free world on life support because of Obama’s morally bankrupt policies that invert good and evil as is no better evinced than by Obama’s farce of an Arab Spring which encouraged the Al-Qaida allied, pro-radical jihadist, Shariah Law or death, Christian Persecuting, anti-American Muslim Brotherhood takeover of the Middle East resulting in the burning of Christian Churches and their congregations that SPAWNED the genocide of ISIS which is undeniable in regard to the chaos of Obama’s Foreign NO Policy creating the vacuum that ISIS quickly filled.

    Allen West tells it like it is.

    Allen West: Obama Is an Islamist
    Friday, 15 Aug 2014 10:02 AM
    By Melanie Batley
    http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/West-Obama-Islamist-Mideast/2014/08/15/id/588980/

  • stlouisix

    Obama sending attorney general Holder to Missouri
    http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/obama-sending-attorney-general-holder-missouri

    Nothing like one lawbreaker sending another to uphold the law which is farcical!

    Adolph Obama to his Gestapo Chief, Himmler Holder: Get down there ASAP,
    Holder, and continue to foment the race baiting, class warfare chaos creating the anarchy necessary for all good despots like us to survive, which is the ONLY thing, Holder, that matters. Got that!

    • http://www.conservatives4palin.com/ 1776er

      Blame Somebody!!!!!

  • M_Minnesota

    I wonder how true the following is with the ummm, "less scary" Muslim groups Hamas/Alqueda.

    Female Turkish Fighters A BIG Problem for ISIS. If a woman kills you; no Heaven.

    http://www.businessinsider.com/female-kurdish-fighters-are-a-problem-for-isis-2014-8

    So how would this play out? By extension a female POTUS gives the order to decimate ISIS. Hillary? Palin?

    • TheresaAK

      There will be no Hillary Clinton for President…

  • stlouisix

    UN Human Rights Council Urged to End Virtual Silence on Iraq’s Endangered Minorities
    http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/patrick-goodenough/un-human-rights-council-urged-end-virtual-silence-iraq-s-endangered

    That the UN has to be dragged kicking and screaming to do the right thing here is proof positive that the UN is worthless beyond belief, a UN that is notorious for giving tyrants forums to promote their tyranny!

  • Tread7

    NAFTA Slick Willies Ponzi BS:

    NAFTA Is 20 Years Old – Here Are 20 Facts That Show How It Is Destroying The
    Economy

    By Michael Snyder

    Back in the early 1990s, the North American Free Trade Agreement was one of
    the hottest political issues in the country. When he was running for president in 1992, Bill Clinton promised that NAFTA would result in an increase in the number of high quality jobs for Americans that it would reduce illegal immigration. ‘Hows that working out…Not.’

    See more at:
    http://www.globalresearch.ca/nafta-is-20-years-old-here-are-20-facts-that-show-how-it-is-destroying-the-economy/5396316#sthash.zbTqtBOb.dpuf

    • palin45potus

      As I remember the Vice Presidential debate back in 1992, both Al Gore and Dan Quayle were avid supporters of NAFTA and the two of them tag-teamed poor Admiral Stockdale, a great man who deserved better than to be mocked and belittled by those two.

      The deal had probably already been arranged by the same breed of characters who gave us Obama are, will give us amnesty and have made sure that no security fence will ever be built.

    • Craig Phillips

      I recall the debates – I think NAFTA was and still is a great idea, but the first 20 years were interrupted by China bursting onto the manufacturing world stage like a tornado from hell.
      The idea had been that Mexico would take hold of the opportunity to reform its economy while at the same time experiencing an investment boom as USA companies set up in Mexico to manufacture due to the ease and speed of transporting goods to the USA due to the opportunity created by NAFTA.
      The examples were plentiful in Asia where low cost manufacturing centres such as the 4 tigers ( Singapore, Hong Kong, South Korea, and Taiwan ) had experienced massive export led growth throughout the 1970′s and 80′s and were finding their standard of living rapidly rising along with wages and productivity etc. It seemed Mexico might at last get a share of that manufacturing export boom to the great US market just like Taiwan or South Korea had over the decades.
      However China crashed the party and effectively hoovered up most of the US corporate investment that might have gone to Mexico; some went to Mexico, but the "giant sucking sound" Ross Perot spoke about turned out to be China as they sucked away massive amounts of investment that otherwise might have gone into Mexico.
      In addition to that, the Mexican government didn’t really implement the required domestic reforms and so it manufacturers were still left half hobbled with poor worker productivity and it turns out, electricity prices that right now are double what firms pay in the USA!!
      I mean how hard have they tried to screw their opportunities up – its the only thing they have been consistent at doing!
      Mexican firms might have more of a chance over the coming decade due to China becoming overpriced, domestic Mexican energy reform lowering stupidly high energy prices, and the reality of the USA NAFTA partner right next door with very short transport time compared with ocean-freighting from China.
      If Mexico experienced South Koran like economic growth for 15 – 20 years straight, its standard of living would rise so dramatically the USA would be less attractive to try & enter illegally compared to a booming local jobs market, and USA firms would be right next door to a massive growing market of consumers who would buy things.
      This may still happen because whatever you think of Mexico, it’s close to the USA, its not communist ( like China ), it’s not Islamic ( like the middle east ), and it has no religious terrorists…just a good old fashioned "Mexican bandit" issue with drug gang crime and law & order which DOES need to be sorted out quickly and effectively, but is a lesser problem that the potential of confrontation with Red China or dealing with islamo-nazis
      However looking forward over the coming decades I’d ask you to consider – how long before the USA and China come to blows?
      5 years…10 years.
      Also what about Russia…
      what about the middle east?
      There might come a time when Mexico for all its faults as a governed nation might be viewed gratefully as a safe & close friend and ally in a world falling to pieces, especially if those pieces are falling off in the Asia pacific region, the Middle east, and across Europe!

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