Huffington Post Blows More Smoke (Update: Video - Bill O'Reilly Calls Huff Po Pinheads)

Thursday, February 25, 2010

The Huffington Post is once again more than willing to make Governor Palin look bad--even if that means they have to spin things to get that job done.

On "Good Morning America" today, in an interview with Bill O'Reilly, George Stephanopoulos brought up Governor Jeb Bush's comments about Governor Palin's readiness for a 2012 presidential run. Bush, whose own name has been thrown around as a potential candidate, said a few days ago:

"My personal belief is that for Governor Palin to be a successful candidate for higher office, she needs to take this charisma she has and also add to it some depth of understanding of the complexity of life that we're living in today. If she had the combination of that, she would be a formidable candidate."

Complexity of life? What does that mean? Has she not been leading discussions on health care, the economy, national security, energy independence? What simplistic issues does he think the governor has been dealing with lately: cookie baking? basket weaving?

Jeb Bush went on to say he doesn't know what Governor Palin's deal is. Well, where has he been then? Her deal is the same deal millions of Americans share. Her deal is what the Tea Party movement has been meeting about, hard-working Americans are concerned about, and a plethora of organizations are scrapping to schedule her to come and talk about. What's not to get? What part of common sense conservatism is causing Jeb Bush trouble? What's his deal?

Now, the Huff Po is consistent, if nothing else. One can always count on them to advance their purposes by any means necessary, so today they half-reported O'Reilly's response to Stephanopoulos's question about Bush's statement.

They wrote:

As for frequent "O'Reilly Factor" guest Sarah Palin, O'Reilly says she absolutely wants to run but has to weigh whether she wants to put her family through the process. And, he added, she needs to study up.

"Sarah Palin needs to go to college," O'Reilly said. "Political college, world affairs college, and she is. She's hired a bunch of advisers and they're giving her a whole bunch of tracks to learn, because it is a sophisticated deal."

O'Reilly, who has interviewed Governor Palin on a few occasions and has spoken well of her afterwards--he who doesn't ask softball questions, as he's wont to boast--should have done a better job dealing with Governor Bush's baseless comment. For reasons I cannot fathom, he didn't speak up about the substantive issues he and she have engaged in, didn't call Bush out for his comment--void of anything resembling fact--and didn't ask, "Pinhead?"

Nonetheless, there was more to the answer he gave than the Huff Po would have you know.

NewsBusters reported what the Huff Po conveniently left out.

STEPHANOPOULOS: Is she ready?

O'REILLY But, Bush is right, the Governor's right in the sense that Sarah Palin needs to go to college, political college, world affairs college. And she is. She's hired a bunch of advisers. And they're giving her a whole bunch of tracts to learn. Because, it is a sophisticated deal. But, give me a break. Nancy Pelosi's a genius? She's the Speaker of the House. She's afraid to come on my program, Stephanopoulos. If she were sitting where you are sitting, she'd be shaking. She can't answer the questions.

STEPHANOPOULOS: I don't know about that.

O'REILLY: She can't answer the questions. All right? So, yeah, Sarah Palin needs a little bit more seasoning. But, don't tell me Harry Reid and Boehner and Pelosi are geniuses. They're not. The country's in a mess. If they were geniuses, we'd be better off.

As I said, O'Reilly did not go into detail regarding the governor's grasp of issues as he has done in the past, perhaps because he wanted to go in a different direction, to make a separate point, which he did. O'Reilly's point was if one wants to talk about someone who's lacking understanding, they need not look any further than the Speaker of the House. It is she, he asserts, who can't answer the questions, so much so that she wouldn't dare take the challenge of being interviewed on "The Factor."

Governor Palin, on the contrary, has no problems sitting down with him and answering whatever question he throws her way because she does know the issues. And while there will be those in the "Vicious press," as O'Reilly called them, who will read into his comment that the governor needs more "seasoning," his point was this: they all need a little more, including Reid and Boehner. But Speaker Pelosi needs a lot more than seasoning, and Governor Palin could definitely take her to school.

Update: Bill O'Reilly on The O'Reilly Factor this evening:


(Video H/T Sheya)

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Family Guy Actor: "That [Joke] Bothered Me Too"

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Whereas some people have come out to tell Governor Palin to lighten up about the "Family Guy" episode, insisting it was just a joke and she needs to get a sense of humor, one "Family Guy" actor has come out to express his objection to the joke. Good for him!

Lisa de Moraes of Washingtonpost.com reports:

Not everyone who works on Fox animated sitcom "Family Guy" is standing in solidarity with its Valentine's Day episode's Sarah Palin gag.

Cast member Patrick Warburton told TV critics Wednesday he objected to the joke.

"I know it's satire but, personally, that [joke] bothered me too," Warburton said on a conference call to promote his other primetime show, CBS's sitcom "Rules of Engagement," which returns for a fourth season on March 1. (On "Family Guy" Warburton does the voice of the wheelchair-bound police officer, Joe.)

"I know that you have to be an equal-opportunity offender, but there are some things that I just don't think are funny."

The former Alaskan governor/GOP vice presidential contender and her daughter Bristol lashed out at the show and at "Fox Hollywood" network over the episode, in which a teenaged girl character with Down syndrome say her mother was a former governor of Alaska. Sarah Palin's youngest son has the same condition.

Series creator Seth MacFarlane shrugged it off with a statement about the show being an "equal-opportunity offender."

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Warburton appears to be the first person involved with the show in any way, shape, or form who has publicly broken ranks.

"Look, I have fun. I like Seth. He's got a great comic mind and I think that the show can be fantastically funny. But I do believe that it can be hurtful at times," Warburton said in response to a question about the episode posed by WaPo Team TV's "Family Guy" bureau chief Emily Yahr.

Warburton is to be commended for speaking up on behalf of decency, something that so many others seem to lack whenever it comes to the Palins. It's not easy to take the stand that he has taken when others have voiced an entirely different perspective. Not many others would do it. As for me, if I'm going to call out those who do wrong, I'd better be just as willing to thank those who do right--and I am. I extend a big "thank you" to Warburton for being man enough--and just plain human enough--to do the right thing.

Read the full article and all of Warburton's comments here.

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Palin's Spokesperson, Meghan Stapleton, Resigns - My Personal Tribute


Meghan Stapleton and I in Fairbanks, Alaska

Politico reports that Meghan Stapleton, Governor Palin's spokesperson, aide, and friend, has now resigned:

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s senior adviser and spokeswoman, Meghan Stapleton, has resigned, POLITICO has learned.

Stapleton has been a Palin confidante since December 2006 and one of the governor’s most trusted aides since she was vaulted onto the national political scene by being picked as GOP presidential nominee John McCain’s running mate.

Stapleton said she resigned to spend more time with her husband and 2-year-old daughter, Isabella.

“While it has been an honor to help Gov. Palin and her family over the last few years, I am also honored to have this incredible opportunity to stay home with my precious miracle, Isabella,” Stapleton told POLITICO. "[She is] 2 years old, [and] I have missed significant moments in her life, but I look forward with great happiness to celebrating milestones as well as mundane moments with her as I refocus my priorities. I also look forward to seeing my saint of a husband again, too!”

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“While I had hoped to work together on so many more projects, time with my precious 2-year-old has been further minimized with the whirlwind commitments of all things Palin,” she told the SarahPAC staff. “I have done my best to scale back, but Isabella is now resorting to hiding my BlackBerry, and she shouldn't grow up begging for a mother to start acting like a mother.”
Read more of what Meghan had to say here.

Mrs. Stapleton has stood alongside Governor Palin for years and has been a major part of her career and success. She will, no doubt, be missed, but I am happy that she will be able to spend more time with her little girl and her husband. She is to be commended for that decision.

As I have written here many times, I have great respect for Meg.

In June, I wrote:


I will forever be indebted to Meg, for she was the reason I had access to the invitation-only event yesterday where I first met Sarah.
Read about that full weekend when I first met Governor Palin, Todd, and Meghan in New York. Read my account of each of those three days here, here, and here.

I also caught up with Meg in July at the Governor's Picnic in Fairbanks, Alaska, when Governor Palin stepped down and turned the reins over to Sean Parnell. What I wrote after that event is my tribute to Meg today, as it sums up my thoughts.

I wrote:

The other person I wanted to see was Meghan Stapleton, Sarah's Spokesperson. She is the one responsible for granting me the opportunity to meet Sarah in New York, for which I am still most grateful. It was great to see her and talk to her. She has my respect because she is such a good friend to Sarah, is so good at speaking up on her behalf, and just stands by her side. I like that in people. It's called loyalty. So many people just want to make a name for themselves. They don't know how to serve others. In fact, they're offended by the term. But I sense something completely different in Meg. I watched her in New York as Governor Palin prepared to speak at City Hall. Meg is, as Sarah says, "Her right-hand man." It was quite hot, and Meg went in and out carrying bottled water to Sarah and everyone else sitting on the steps of City Hall. Now someone else in that situation--if asked to do what Meg was doing--may have thought, Hey, I'm the Spokesperson; that's not my job. But Meghan served. That may have gone unnoticed to some, but that's the kind of thing that jumps out at me. And I remember how that stood out to me that Saturday morning. Maybe it's my Christian faith, but I always view people with servants' hearts as people of incredible power. It's evidenced by how we live our lives, too. I just believe that true humility is something that is revealed in what we do, rather than what we say--and when we can give ourselves to someone else without feeling like we're losing out...well, it's just something special. Whenever I saw Meghan during that weekend, she was serving: getting water, keeping the crowd from devouring Sarah, standing by her side--whatever, she was loyally serving. In a time when service has become a 4-letter word, an insult to egomaniacal self-seekers, Meghan wears it well--in whatever capacity she happens to be serving at that moment. Service should not be something to be shunned. It's something to be embraced. It reveals true character of heart; that's what I see in Meghan.
Read the full account of that event and see pictures here.

God bless Meghan Stapleton and family.

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Eddie Burke: Critics and Family Guy think Palins are Hillbillies

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Eddie Burke is the man. He calls it like he sees it. He's not worrying about who will stroke him for what he has to say or fretting the vitriol that liberals will throw his way. He stands up for what he believes.

In case you don't know, Eddie hosts the #1 radio talk show in Alaska, heard on www.kbyr.com, where he discusses all things Alaska and all things conservative. He is also a friend of the Palins and does a good job standing by them and calling out the haters.

I had the honor of meeting Eddie first in Alaska this past summer, and he's been a friend ever since. He's had me on his show many times, the most recent being last week to discuss the tasteless "Family Guy" episode, which showed disrespect to Trig Palin and the Palin family.

Eddie wrote an op-ed this week for Red County about that same "Family Guy" show. Did I say he's the man? He's the man! He rendered what can easily be termed both a smackdown and an analysis of what's behind Palin Derangement Syndrome, as evidenced by the television "joke" and other heartless attacks.

Eddie wrote:

Making fun of Sarah Palin's last born child, Trig, is repulsive! Let's think about it. If you had a Down-Syndrome Child, and you were attending a public sporting event, would anyone in his or her right mind publicly make fun of your child? No way! Then why would a national TV show make fun of this child?

Would they yell out jokes about your oldest teenage daughter? No! Would the broadcaster ask if your daughter wanted to have sex with one of the players? No! Has a Vice-Presidential Candidate's children ever been made fun of and mocked like Sarah Palins have? The answer remains the same: No!

Is it right that a scumbag radio Host, Dan Fagan, in Anchorage would say that Track Palin graduating from Army boot camp is "No big deal?” I don't know about you, but every person raising his or her hand in a time of war IS a big deal to me.

If you mildly agree with what I've written, then, you must be asking yourself, what in the world is going on here? Why are Sarah Palin's children treated differently?

What a good question. If you've asked yourself this question before, good for you. If you never have, ask yourself why not? Now answer honestly.

Eddie does ask the question--and he answers it. It's a sad conclusion he comes to, but I believe he speaks the truth, which is actually what makes it so sad.

Here is the answer: Sarah and Todd Palin are nothing more than a bunch of Hillbillies from Alaska with a Down-Syndrome child. Yes, I know-your drink just went down the wrong pipe. Secondly, if you're supportive of Sarah's policies then you are a dumb hillbilly too. This is what the "left" and most in the media think about the Palins AND us.

You see, people make fun of individuals because they think they deserve it, or some make fun of those who are weak and cannot defend themselves. Also, people are often made fun of because it's the "cool" thing to do. But when has it ever been popular to make fun of a mother's Down-Syndrome child? Never!

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As a small radio "host" I look for material to air and think about how I might address a certain subject. Sometimes I might consult with my producer and get his thoughts too. But my show is unscripted and spontaneous, which leaves me open to say the wrong thing or wish I had said something differently.

Family Guy is a large production with many staff members; it's big time! You may be wondering what point I'm trying to make. They discussed the skit. There is a script. There was opportunity to change their mind. Many people were engaged about the material and how it would be said. It was premeditated. After all that, they still decided it was okay to run down a mother's baby who will never understand or be able to defend what they said about Trig. They just did not care. Getting the laugh justified the means.

Why would they do this? Why is this child a target? Why does this continue? The liberal blogs out there say it's because Sarah has brought "Trig out on stage." She has "exploited Trig." "Sarah has used Trig as a "political prop." Are you kidding me? Because a mother is proud of her child and refuses to hide him, they say she's using him?

Lets flip the coin and say Sarah never was public with Trig? Then, the "left" would say Sarah is hiding Trig, and she must be ashamed of him.

Eddie hit the nail on the head. Regarding Governor Palin, it's a no-win situation with some people--and if you've been anywhere on this planet in the last two years, you know that's true. If the haters weren't saying she's exploiting Trig, they'd be saying she's hiding him. She's doing neither. She's his mom. He's her son. She's simply loving him--just like you love those closest to you.

So, Eddie, what does this come down to?

I was hoping to close this op-ed with some profound answer or a solution to this disgusting situation, but unfortunately there is not much to be said about liberals' behavior and their hypocrisy. Here is one thought that I think is true: The left cannot stand that Sarah is Pro-Life. They are mad that she did not abort Trig; furthermore, they are mad that Sarah and Todd are so proud of Trig and that God chose them to share this child with the world.

Liberals and many in the media cannot stand the fact that millions of us all across this country find a connection with Todd and Sarah Palin. These socialists think the Palins are stupid, ignorant people from some swamp behind a beer brewery. There is a huge hypocrisy and double standard when it comes to the Palins as Fox News Anchor, Greta Van Susteren recently wrote about here.

Keep up the fight, my friends! Never quit and always push back. The enemy appears to be strong, but they are weak at the core. As Sarah Palin has said, "This battle is more important than me." It is about a deep set of differences between what our Founders have written and what these progressives want America to become. Americans have always fought and died for freedom for others, but there will be a time when we must fight for our own freedom! Are you ready?

Ready, Eddie!

Eddie Burke's op-ed deserves a complete read. Please click here to do so.

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Todd Palin & Scott Davis: Steely Iron Doggers (Update: ADN Retraction)

Monday, February 22, 2010




An injury to Scott Davis has caused him and partner, Todd Palin, to withdraw from the Iron Dog.

The Anchorage Daily News reports:

An injury to Scott Davis of Soldotna, the most experienced driver in the 27th Iron Dog snowmachine race, has forced him and partner Todd Palin to scratch at Puntilla Lake in the Alaska Range.

Iron Dog development director Heidi Griffin said the injury happened about 30 miles past the checkpoint Sunday night, and the racers were returning to the checkpoint.

She did not know the nature of Davis' injury and expected further updates later Monday.

Davis, 50, is tied with John Faeo as the winningest driver in race history with seven victories. Partner Palin, 45, has four titles.

Yesterday, the Iron Dog began with a flurry of excitement, as it does every year-- and contrary to ADN misreporting, Governor Palin and family were present to see Todd Palin off. At 2,000 miles, the Iron Dog is the toughest, longest snowmachine race in the world. It takes some steely men--and women, I recently learned--to even prepare for it.

While the nature of the injuries is not yet known, surely it must be bad for this particular pair not to continue. In 2008, for example, Todd suffered a broken arm when he was thrown 70 feet from his snowmachine. He somehow continued the race and managed to finish in fourth place.

Juneau Empire reported then:

Not only is he the First Dude, but Todd Palin is one tough dude.

The husband of Gov. Sarah Palin, or First Dude, as Alaskans have come to call him, survived a high-speed crash on Friday in which he broke his arm and had to be towed across the Chena River finish line in Fairbanks on Saturday after his snowmachine died, but he still finished the world's longest, toughest snowmachine race in fourth place.

Not bad considering that just the day before he was lying in the snow, curled up in the fetal position after crashing into a hidden barrel outside the village of Galena.

Obviously, this team came to the race with incredible fortitude and years of experience. Davis began racing in 1984, the year the Iron Dog was born, and placed second at the young age of 24. Palin has competed in the Iron Dog every year since 1993. The two have been racing together for seven years.

Because they're such fierce competitors, I'm sure there's some disappointment today. However, their veteran decision not to defy the elements further or risk added injury is to be commended. Experience brings wisdom, and they used that wisdom to make the right decision. We applaud them for the training and preparation they endured and for starting a race most would never even dare undertake.

Read more about the Palin-Davis team here and here.

We wish Scott Davis a speedy recovery.

(Photos 1 & 2 courtesy of Tracey)
(Photo 3 courtesy of Ron)

Update: The Anchorage Daily News has now corrected their mistake, which I referred to earlier in this post as "ADN misreporting."

Correction: This story originally reported, incorrectly, that former Gov. Sarah Palin did not make an appearance at the Iron Dog start on Sunday. She was there, seeing off husband Todd and his partner, Scott Davis.

Way to hold 'em accountable, folks.

(Retraction H/T C4P))

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Ron Devito: Upcoming SRLC is the Real Proving Ground (Update: Register for SRLC Today; Let's Win the Straw Poll)

Sunday, February 21, 2010

CPAC 2010 is over, along with its straw poll. Governor Palin, as we know, did not attend. We now turn our attention to the Southern Republican Leadership Conference (SRLC), which the governor will attend in April, and we look forward to that straw poll.

With much conversation going on about why not CPAC for her, and why SRLC, Ron Devito offers the following:

With CPAC 2010 finished, media reports are swirling discussing Governor Palin’s absence from this event, which they billed as “mandatory” for conservative candidates for anything. Was it?

SRLC the Real Proving Ground for Gauging A POTUS Run

According to Politico’s Ben Smith, the Southern Republican Leadership Conference (SRLC) is “the first real chance to gauge the interest in her candidacy among the core of Republican activists and operatives” (Painter, 2010, ¶11). Peter Hamby, of CNN describes SRLC as “a major gathering of Republican officials, donors and activists from 14 southern states” (Hamby, 2010, ¶2). “Political watchers will be paying close attention, and not just because several potential presidential candidates are expected to attend. The SRLC – ‘the most prominent Republican event outside of a Republican National Convention,’ the organization boasts – also conducts a presidential straw poll” (Hamby, 2010, ¶5). As noted in prior coverage of SRLC Governor Palin will not be earning a speaker’s fee for this event.

CPAC Supposedly Owned by Romney

CPAC is practically owned by the Romney camp with the organization’s executive director in his back pocket. This is not a secret to anyone. CPAC’s darling; however, delivered what some considered a snooze-fest of a speech, complete with a front row of staffers reading along, two teleprompters, and a serious story about a trip to WalMart to pick up stuff for his grandchildren. His “ownership” did not translate into a straw poll victory this time around.

Devito goes on to discuss how such topics as the John Birch Society, David Keene, and Federal Express figured in to Governor Palin's decision. Read Devito's full breakdown here.

Update: If you haven't made your plans to attend SRLC yet, I encourage you to do so today. Remember the old saying, "You've got to be in it to win it"? The same is true now. Governor Palin's supporters need to be loud and clear, and you can accomplish that via the SRLC straw poll--but you can't if you're not there. Visit the SRLC website and take a look around. Then click here to register. Some in the mainstream media and in Washington are having a hard time hearing us when we say that Americans want a common sense conservative committed to leading with a servant's heart; we want Governor Palin. At the conclusion of SRLC, let's be able to declare, in the words of another famous phrase, "Can you hear us now?" Go register!

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Sarah Palin: Condolences on the Passing of Alexander Haig

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Governor Palin offers condolences to the family of Alexander Haig via Facebook:

Todd and I would like to offer our condolences to the Haig family on the passing of former Secretary of State Alexander Haig. In addition to being a decorated veteran of the Korean and Vietnam Wars, Secretary Haig’s service to our country spans many past administrations. He served America honorably as a four star general and a distinguished statesman. Our hearts go out to his family as we join them in mourning the loss of this patriot.

- Sarah Palin

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GretaWire: Is Sarah Palin or Sally Quinn "putting family first"?

As I pointed out as recently as last night, Governor Palin is no stranger to double standards. The mainstream media loves to pull out a separate set of rules when it comes to her. Greta Van Susteren boldly points out another example of such bias in her article, "Who is 'putting family first?' Sarah Palin or Sally Quinn?"

Greta writes:

In July, Sally Quinn, columnist in the Washington Post, defended David Letterman for his comments about Governor Sarah Palin and her daughter. In doing so, she criticized Governor Palin. My "favorite" of her criticisms ? It is in bold blue text below. Read below and then you decide who is putting family first - the mother defending her child from the comments of a talk show host who coincidentally cheats on his wife? or the wife who conveniently schedules a wedding so that her husband can't attend the wedding of a grandchild from a former marriage...and then writes a column to sugar coat it when it hits the gossip circuit in DC.

We report, you decide.

Here are Sally Quinn's comments about Gov Palin...followed by a link to her explanation.

".....Well, clearly, [Governor Sarah Palin] has not put her family first … And these children have, it seems publicly, to have been exploited by her in a, I think, really unfortunate way … She brings them all to the convention, including Trig, the baby. She brings the pregnant daughter with the boyfriend who clearly didn’t want to be there. She then travels around with the children, using them as sort of photo ops … she brings the children up when she needs them to shore up her own image....." [MS/NBC]

So how does Sally Quinn compare to Sarah Palin? She has scheduled her son's wedding on the same day as her husband's grandchild from a previous marriage so now her husband must pick: his son or his granddaughter from previous marriage. Family first? or some deep seeded problem?

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PS - you may notice the reference Sally Quinn made on MS/NBC about Governor Palin's then "pregnant daughter" which seemed a bit of a slap at the family situation. In Quinn's article, she reports her news about her son's pregnant girlfriend and her reaction is that she is thrilled. I am sure she is thrilled - but was she being nasty about the Palin situation or not? We report, you decide.

Visit this article on GretaWire by clicking here.

I applaud Greta's commitment to truth above all. She calls it like she sees it. Sally Quinn's double standard is plain to see--so she gets called out.

People suffering from Palin Derangement Syndrome face one major danger: in their commitment to undermining Governor Palin and calling her actions into question, they draw attention to their own actions--and often theirs doesn't stand up to serious scrutiny.

There's a problem with wielding a double-edged sword: on the rebound, it usually comes back to smack you in the face.

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Jamie Weinstein: Palin vs. Edwards, Case Study in Media Bias

Friday, February 19, 2010

More and more people are catching on, even those who have professed no affinity for Governor Palin, like Jamie Weinstein. In "Palin vs. Edwards, a case study in media bias," Weinstein highlights the double standard the governor has had to deal with since entering the national scene. He does so by contrasting the way the media has treated her with the treatment John Edwards received. He states that the bias needs to be acknowledged, but even that's not enough. Following that acknowledgement, says Weinstein, it needs to be corrected.

He writes:

And no comparison best illustrates the double standard the media has with Palin than how they treated another former vice-presidential nominee, Sen. John Edwards.

When in 2004 John Kerry picked Edwards, whose entire resume in public life at that point consisted of six years in the U.S. Senate, to be his vice-presidential nominee, few questioned whether Edwards was qualified for the post.

Search "Edwards is unqualified" in Lexis-Nexis from the time Edwards was tapped by Kerry through Election Day 2004, and you get 11 results. Do the same for Palin and you get 174 results - and the search period is nearly two months shorter for Palin, because she was picked by McCain much later in the 2008 election cycle.

We now definitively know just how much of a liar, cheat and phony John Edwards is. But if the media had been one half as interested in exposing Edwards as a fraud as they have been in excoriating Palin, perhaps it would not have taken the National Enquirer to discover the truth that has led to the downfall of a politician who had a very real chance of becoming President.

One of the media's favorite attacks against Palin revolves around her failure to tell Katie Couric what magazines and newspapers she regularly reads. The clumsy answer was an early flash point that led many to scoff that the Alaskan governor didn't read anything at all.

But guess who doesn't read very much either? That would be John Edwards, if you believe John Heilemann and Mark Halperin's new book "Game Change." According to their reporting, when a friend inquired if John Edwards read a particular tome, his wife, Elizabeth, apparently found the idea of her husband reading laugh-out-loud funny, saying, "Oh, he doesn't read books."

Yet this impression of her husband as an anti-intellectual "hick," as Elizabeth reportedly referred to him, never became a common undercurrent during his his 2004 campaign for vice president or his later run for President.

So why did Palin get painted so quickly as a bombastic dunce and Edwards escape without such a negative characterization?

It probably has to do with the fact that most members of the media bought Edwards persona. They liked his world-view.

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Given his latest shenanigans, it is now clear just how terrible a pick Edwards was. Yet there is little question that the mainstream media had been far more critical of Palin than Edwards when the two were picked to run for the same post, albeit in different election cycles.Thats a bias that needs to be acknowleged, then corrected.

Read the full article here.

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Nothing Wrong With Palins' Sense of Humor; It Just Isn't Funny


Hotair's Allahpundit took up the "Family Guy" subject today, citing those who have asserted the Palins cannot take a joke. As you'll recall, the episode involved a girl with Down Syndrome who identified herself by saying, "My mother is the former governor of Alaska."

Along with everyone else who understands that enough is enough of this seemingly never-ending Palin harassment, I have denounced the show's tasteless use of Trig in their "comedy" act.

Days ago, Governor Palin issued a statement via Facebook, which included Bristol's sentiments.

Since then, she has simply continued doing what she does: be a voice of common sense conservatism at a time when sound judgment is seriously lacking in the current administration. Following the "Family Guy" episode, this week alone the governor has issued a detailed analysis of the failure of President Obama's stimulus bill one year later, highlighted Sean Duffy's "campaign to unseat the author of the stimulus," and brought more attention to the global warming hoax and the president's unsound economic commitments. The governor has not initiated any further comment about the "Family Guy" episode.

I, however, want to make the point that it's not the Palins' sense of humor that is to be called into question here, so let's not flip the script. It's the tasteless decisions of "Family Guy" that need examination.

Concerning a commitment to laughter, one look at Trig reveals he is full of joy. The Palins are obviously raising him to hold dear the qualities of humor and happiness. All children deserve as much.

What Trig doesn't deserve, however, is to be the butt of jokes on a show that admittedly specializes in being offensive, and neither Trig, nor anyone else, deserves to be the topic of a song designed to insult people with special needs, which was the case in that same "Family Guy" episode.

Here are the words to the song sung on Sunday's show:

You’ve got to look your best tonight, you tubby little parasite
‘Cause there’s a lovely lady and she’s waiting for you.
And though her pretty face may seem
A special person’s wettest dream
Before you get to see it there are things you must do.
We’ll try a tie, and boutonniere of yellow.
A rose that shows that you’re a classy fellow.
With a posh panache of Jefferson at Monticello,
Busting out a mile with style.
I know you just can’t wait to stare
At all that luscious orange hair
But boy before you touch a single curl
You must impress that ultra boomin’,
All-consumin’, poorly groomin’
Down syndrome girl.
On any normal day you reek
As if you’re on a farting streak,
Your fingers up your nose and you are dripping with drool.
But if you want a lady’s love,
You’re better off by smelling of
A gentleman’s cologne instead of sneakers and stool.
A squirt, a spurt of something just for Ellen
And you’ll see that she will find you so compellin’.
And she does because the only smell that she’ll be smellin’
Won’t be comin’ from your bum.
You want to take that little whore
And spin her on the dancing floor
But boy, before you do a single twirl –
You must impress that effervescing,
Self-possessing, no-BS-ing
Down syndrome girl.
Her eyes are emerald portals to a secret land of love
And her smile is like the sweetest summer flower.
Her kiss is so inviting, and her hugs are so delighting.
And what makes them really nice is that they’ve got a little spice
Because they’re tighter than a vice and they go on for an hour.
My boy, between the two of us we’ll get you on that shorty bus.
And then you’re going to take it for a whirl.
Now go impress that super-thrilling,
Wish-fulfilling, Yoo-Hoo-spilling,
Ultra-swinging, boner-bringing,
Daily singing, ding-a-linging
Stupefying, fortifying,
As-of-Monday-shoelace-tying,
Stimulating, titillating,
Kitty-cat impersonating,
Mega-rocking, pillow talking,
Just a little crooked walking,
Poorly pouting, boobies sprouting,
For some reason always shouting,
Fascinating, captivating,
Happiness and joy creating
Down syndrome girl
(H/T C4P)

No, the Palins don't have a problem with humor; they are indeed raising Trig to laugh and be happy. And I like a good joke as much as the next person myself. I just don't find the "Family Guy" episode particularly funny or complimentary.




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Global Warming Game: You're Being Played

The global warming "experts" crack me up. Oh, wait; I forgot: it's climate change now, right? What I find funny is whenever Al Gore is supposed to have what they once called a global warming conference--before it became ridiculous to call it that--a snow storm hit! So in the midst of record snowfall and cold, the running joke among those of us who have not bought into the concept that man's activities are responsible for changes in climate is "So how about that global warming?!" That's the question I ask myself as I shovel my driveway!

Al Gore-types respond to such jokes by saying that the cold is a result of this global warming. Huh?! My best friend said it best when she said, "So when it's warm, it's because of global warming, and when it's snowy and cold... it's because of global warming?! Uh, you can't have it both ways!" Well, maybe you can--when you're running a game on people or when you're among those who have been played.

Governor Palin tackled the global warming hoax in her Facebook note early this morning.

“Global Warming” – More Like a Snow Job

Over the last few months, and even again today, very unsettling revelations have come to light about the “settled science” of man-made global warming. With all of these shoes dropping you’d think every member of the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) would be barefoot by now.

One thing after another keeps popping up to further discredit the theory of man-made global warming. The IPCC’s supposedly definitive report proving the theory is riddled with serious errors. The organization has been publicly chastised by everyone from its former chair to the heads of the UK’s biggest funder of climate research and Greenpeace UK. One of the world’s top climate change scientists, Prof. Phil Jones, has conceded that there’s been no significant warming since 1995; that the medieval period may have been warmer than today; and that he’s had trouble even keeping track of raw data crucial to the global warming theory. Yet President Obama still seeks to create a federal office for global warming, and they’re still talking about mandating their cap-and-tax plan that's based on discredited data.

The Obama administration’s environmental extremism also shows up in its aversion to oil and gas development. A true all-of-the-above approach to energy would mean allowing oil and gas explorers to drill here and drill now because America has the proven reserves needed to meet our energy challenges. A new industry study reveals that the federal government's current restrictions on oil and gas drilling in Alaska and off the U.S. coastline will cost us $2.36 trillion through 2029. Think of the millions of U.S. jobs we could create, and how much more secure America would be, if we had a true free market approach to energy independence that allowed us to finally drill!

And though I applaud the President’s newly declared interest in nuclear power, it should be noted that he’s merely following through on loan guarantees authorized during the prior administration. What’s more, while the White House now touts the building of new nuclear power plants, its budget inexplicably calls for cutting funding to the proposed nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain, Nevada. A real nuclear energy plan requires a strategy for dealing with nuclear waste storage and recycling.

The man-made global warming hysteria isn’t based on sound science, and the Obama administration’s energy policy isn’t based on sound economics. If the climategate revelations teach us anything, it’s that we need to cool down the rhetoric and fire up our common sense.

- Sarah Palin

Click here to read this on the governor's Facebook page and find the links she included.

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Sarah Palin: Stimulus Bill Anniversary Proves Not-So-Stimulating

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Yesterday Governor Palin sent this message via Facebook:

One year ago today, President Obama signed a nearly trillion dollar stimulus package and handed our children the bill. What did we get for that massive price tag? Many promises, but the promises have proven false. On this stimulus anniversary, Washington needs to hear our message that Americans expect, and deserve, better.

Americans were promised the stimulus would keep unemployment under 8%. It’s now well over that. We were promised it would be targeted and pork-free. It’s been loaded with pork, corporate giveaways, union bosses’ goodies, and other manners of waste. We were promised there would be no fraud, but our government now tells us it can’t even verify the eligibility of people applying for the $325 billion worth of stimulus tax provisions. We were promised there would be strict oversight, but billions of dollars apparently were allotted to congressional districts that don’t even exist. We were promised it would provide “green jobs” for Americans, but 80% of the $2 billion they spent on alternative energy went to purchase wind turbines built in China! We were promised it would help state governments weather the recession, but states receiving the stimulus bait will be in worse fiscal shape now because local governments will be on the hook for new unfunded mandates and continuation of government programs they couldn’t afford in the first place – as many of us governors warned state legislatures.

One year later, we see plainly that the stimulus was not a well-thought out plan. It hasn’t revived our economy; instead the debt-ridden package will prove to be a drag on our economy. It hasn’t put us on the path to a better future; instead it’s unfairly mortgaged our children’s future and stolen opportunities from them. It hasn’t strengthened us; instead it endangers our freedom and security by making us even more beholden to foreign lenders. The legacy of the stimulus isn’t jobs or economic growth – it’s more dangerous debt.

But there is hope! And this hope lies in draining the swamp in D.C. and sending Commonsense Conservatives to Washington who understand the need for fiscal restraint. Those who are willing to rein in spending, respect Constitutional limits, and repeal the stimulus should get our support, and those who have been part of the problem should be replaced.

In this election year, we’ll see many daring Davids take on entrenched Goliaths. Just one of these many brave souls is a northern Wisconsin patriot named Sean Duffy. He’s running in Wisconsin’s 7th congressional district against a liberal Goliath who’s been in Congress over 40 years now and has the dubious distinction of being the author of the stimulus bill. To commemorate the anniversary of the signing of the stimulus, Sean Duffy is holding a fundraising “money bomb” for his campaign so he can replace the career politician who drafted this government-bloating behemoth.

If you’re frustrated about the waste in the stimulus bill, please support a solid fiscal conservative who will work to repeal it. Please visit Sean Duffy’s website and help him help us correct the mistakes of this past year.

On this first anniversary of the stimulus, let’s send a message to the big-spenders in Washington by helping Sean Duffy unseat the author of the stimulus. Let’s put government back on our side and get to work revitalizing America!

- Sarah Palin

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Family Guy: Equal Opportunity Jerks (UPDATED w/ Fox CEO Contact Info)

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

I do not watch "Family Guy" for one simple reason: I'm not a fan of puking my guts out and, no doubt, the show would create that kind of reaction from me. I've seen enough previews to know that it is the kind of thing I simply would not find humorous. I've seen their mocking of Jesus, for example, and frankly, I don't give place to that in my home.

Therefore, had it not been the subject of many a blog and email yesterday, I would not have known about Sunday's episode that alludes to Governor Palin and her son, Trig.

In the episode, a feisty girl with Down Syndrome has a date with a teenage boy. Forgive me for not knowing the names of any of the show's characters. Like I said, I have an aversion to puking; thus, my ignorance of the culture of "Family Guy."

As I began watching the video clip yesterday, I was scratching my head, for if there is any appeal at all to the show, I am completely oblivious to it. No, let me be honest: there isn't any. What I found was something that both angered and saddened me.

Upon demanding that she be asked about her family, the special needs character identifies her mother as "the former governor of Alaska." Without the use of names, it is an obvious reference to the Palins, as Trig has Down Syndrome and Palin is the former Alaska governor.

Much has been discussed, and even more written, about this episode. Even leftists acknowledge that this is below the belt. You can see the clip for yourself by clicking here. Personally, I cannot figure out why the Palin reference is necessary. I cannot figure out how it adds to the storyline. It certainly doesn't contribute to any humor that a good archaeologist might manage to dig up somewhere in this show.

"Family Guy" has taken a shot at Palin before. During the 2008 campaign, Palin and McCain were portrayed as Nazis. As insulting as that was, there is a major difference between that piece of trash and this one. That one went after adults. Sunday's attack? That attack involved a child. That attack revealed, as Bristol Palin so wisely stated, "that they're heartless jerks."

As far as I'm concerned, personal attacks are just asinine. Nonetheless, we adults have learned to just plow through them. However, when people's children are placed on the chopping block, a line is crossed that simply cannot be tolerated.

Let me remind you: Barack Obama told the media early in his candidacy to leave his children alone. He was right to make such a request/demand--and everyone obeyed. Children of public figures should be off-limits. Governor Palin's children deserve the same respect President Obama's children have been given, which is the same respect every child deserves.

So in the name of decency, "Family Guy"--and everyone else who has declared a never-ending hunting season on her children: "Leave Governor Palin's children alone!"

But what does the show's creator have to say?

The Times asked "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane for an interview regarding the matter. But he opted to send a statement via his publicist: "From its inception, 'Family Guy' has used biting satire as the foundation of its humor. The show is an "equal-opportunity offender."

Really? Well, if he wants to be "an equal opportunity offender," then he deserves "an equal opportunity" response from the people. If this is his only means of getting laughs, perhaps the show needs to find some new people who understand that there's no comedy in demeaning a special needs boy and his mother.

I am calling on all of us to contact the sponsors of Sunday's show to tell them exactly how we feel about the disgusting, heartless sense of humor displayed on "Family Guy" Sunday night.

Governor Palin wrote in her Facebook note that this "felt like another kick in the gut." It's time we kick back. You are consumers; therefore, you are powerful. Use that power.

There will be those who will say contacting sponsors, boycotting companies, and making our voices heard are over the top. To those people I say look at the clip of "Family Guy" mocking Trig--an innocent, precious gift from God who means as much to his family as your children and loved ones mean to you. Now tell me it's over the top!

Here's the contact information (Be sure to contact Fox):

Rupert Murdoch, Chairman and CEO
News Corporation (Parent Company of all Fox brands)
212-852-7000

Fox Broadcasting Company – 310-369-1000
(Producer of Family Guy)


YUM! Brands (Pizza Hut) - 502-874-8300
Red Bull North America Inc. - 310-393-4647
Mars, Inc. - 703-821-4900
Toyota Motor Sales, Inc. - 800-331-4331
Bally Total Fitness Holdings Corp. - 773-399-1300
Pfizer, Inc. - 212-573-2323
Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company - 312-644-2121
Universal Pictures - 818-777-1000

(H/T thedesignconservative)

Update #2: Governor Palin appeared on O'Reilly tonight. After discussing the Tea Party movement, she discussed "Family Guy" and special needs slurs.


(Video H/T US4Palin)

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Leave Governor Palin's Children Alone! (UPDATED with Gov. Palin's Facebook Note)

I do not watch "Family Guy" for one simple reason: I'm not a fan of puking my guts out, and no doubt the show would create that kind of reaction from me. I've seen enough previews to know that it is the kind of thing I simply would not find humorous. I've seen their mocking of Jesus, for example, and frankly, I don't give place to that in my home.

Therefore, had it not been the talk of the day, I would not have known about last night's episode that alludes to Governor Palin and her son, Trig.

In the episode, a feisty girl with Down Syndrome has a date with a teenage boy. Forgive me for not knowing these characters' names. Like I said, I prefer not puking.

The special needs character identifies her mother as "the former governor of Alaska." Without the use of names, it is an obvious reference to the Palins, as Trig has Down Syndrome and Palin is the former Alaska governor.

There has been a lot written and much discussed today about this episode. Even leftists see this as below the belt. You can see the clip and decide for yourself by clicking here. Personally, I cannot figure out why the Palin reference was necessary. I cannot figure out how it adds to the storyline. It certainly doesn't contribute to any humor that might be found somewhere in this show. All I have to say is this: Barack Obama told the media early in his candidacy to leave his children alone. He was right to make such a request/demand--and everyone obliged. Children of public figures should be off limits. Governor Palin's children deserve the same respect President Obama's children have been given, which is the same respect every child deserves.

So in the name of decency, "Family Guy" (and everyone else who has declared a never-ending hunting season on her children): "Leave Governor Palin's children alone!"

UPDATED with Governor Palin's Facebook note:

Fox Hollywood – What a Disappointment

People are asking me to comment on yesterday’s Fox show that felt like another kick in the gut. Bristol was one who asked what I thought of the show that mocked her baby brother, Trig (and/or others with special needs), in an episode yesterday. Instead of answering, I asked her what she thought. Here is her conscientious reply, which is a much more restrained and gracious statement than I want to make about an issue that begs the question, “when is enough, enough?”:

“When you’re the son or daughter of a public figure, you have to develop thick skin. My siblings and I all have that, but insults directed at our youngest brother hurt too much for us to remain silent. People with special needs face challenges that many of us will never confront, and yet they are some of the kindest and most loving people you’ll ever meet. Their lives are difficult enough as it is, so why would anyone want to make their lives more difficult by mocking them? As a culture, shouldn’t we be more compassionate to innocent people – especially those who are less fortunate? Shouldn’t we be willing to say that some things just are not funny? Are there any limits to what some people will do or say in regards to my little brother or others in the special needs community? If the writers of a particularly pathetic cartoon show thought they were being clever in mocking my brother and my family yesterday, they failed. All they proved is that they’re heartless jerks. - Bristol Palin”

- Sarah Palin

* bumped

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Let Sarah Be Sarah

Monday, February 15, 2010

I don't know about you, but I'm beyond fed up with all the whining and complaining by people who've discovered they cannot control every decision Governor Palin makes. There are people out there who would throw a hissy fit if they suggested she go to the Bahamas for vacation but instead she opted to go to Italy. It's just that crazy right now. We are all aware, for example, of the conniptions some professed supporters are having over her endorsements.

Dan Calabrese addressed this issue today in his article, "Support Sarah Palin all you want, but you can’t demand that she fulfill your fantasies."

He wrote:

But if there is a group even more guilty than Palin’s critics of demanding she fit into their box, it is a great many of her supporters.

Granted, there are Palin supporters so taken with the former Alaska governor that they will support and agree with whatever she says or does, no matter what it is. But the more substantive core of Palin supporters consists of conservative activists, and here is what this group has decided:

Sarah Palin is the “true conservative” hope. Her ascension to the presidency is the greatest thing that could happen not only to the conservative movement, but also to the country. She is real, pure and true whereas most others are somehow and to some degree less than this. And we can’t let her fail.

OK. But there are problems with this, and not necessarily problems that reflect negatively on Palin.

First, as discussed previously in this column, Sarah Palin thinks for herself. Her governing instincts certainly appear to be conservative in most cases, but she is capable of judging a given situation on its individual merits.

[..]

So when Palin decides to go campaign for McCain, conservative activists are aghast: Oh no! This is a terrible mistake! She won’t help her credentials as a real conservative if she does this! Someone needs to talk to her!

Stop.

Here is something to consider. When Sarah Palin does something, it may not be because she is trying to burnish this or that set of credentials, or because she is trying to please this or that constituency. It might just be because she wants to do it. If this comes off as ill-considered to those who are exasperated not to detect a strategy behind it, perhaps the analysts should recognize the liberty that is bliss for the person who allows herself the freedom to simply come and go as she chooses.

[...]

Sarah Palin has never signed an I-must statement promising to do everything that a given constituency wants her to do. She has never promised to abide by the list of requirements that will make her a so-called real conservative.

Sometimes her supporters will agree with her. Sometimes they won’t. I wasn’t thrilled when she endorsed the son of Ron Paul in Kentucky, but I don’t feel the need to believe in a Sarah Palin who is perfectly molded to fit my ideal of who and what she is supposed to be.

Well-stated, Dan.

When did Governor Palin put up a suggestion box like you see at the local library? When did she issue a Facebook note that said, "Tell me what I should think"?

I have come to two conclusions for the strong reactions to the governor's decisions:

1. People say of her, "She is average-America. She is just like me. I can relate to her." Because she is so much "like us," people actually begin to think that they can dictate what move she should make next. Somehow they have failed to realize that being "one of us" means she has a quality that each of us values: independence of thought.

2. As a Black conservative, I see a parallel between the reaction to Black conservatives and the reaction to Governor Palin. Some people treat the governor the same way some Black Democrats treat conservative Blacks such as myself. That is, they love you as long as you subscribe to their big government, leftist agenda, as long as you remain "one of them." They respect you until you step out and do your own thing, like think for yourself in a manner that doesn't jive with their thinking. Then you're labeled a "sell-out." Then you'd better be prepared for some to shun you, insult you, and question your identity, simply because you have the audacity to step away from the system they thought they had you locked into. They thought they owned you; realizing they don't throws them into a frenzy--and they actually feel betrayed. People who respond in this manner don't appreciate independent, principled people. No, they want puppets on a string or slaves on a plantation. Whether they coin you a "sell-out" or a "RINO," the desire is the same: to enslave and control. The tactic won't work on me, and it won't work on Governor Palin.

Dan Calabrese ends the article with these strong words:

Just as Barack Obama isn’t necessarily what you imagine him to be, Sarah Palin isn’t going to be what you demand her to be. She is who she is – a very smart, skilled public servant and political figure who thinks for herself and makes her own decisions.

If these decisions sometimes don’t comport to the strategy you think she should be following to achieve the objective you’re sure she’s obsessed with, check to see if maybe you’re the one with the obsession.

And if they sometimes don’t fit with the orthodoxy of your particular movement, and that makes you want to have a hissy fit, too damn bad.

Perhaps Mr. Heath, the governor's dad, would simply put it this way: "Let Sarah be Sarah."

Read Dan's full enlightening article here.

(H/T Ron Devito)

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Happy Presidents Day, America!

Happy Presidents Day!

Wikipedia states:

Washington's Birthday is a United States federal holiday celebrated on the third Monday of February. It is also commonly known as Presidents Day (sometimes spelled as Presidents' Day or President's Day). As Washington's Birthday or Presidents Day, it is also the official name of a concurrent state holiday celebrated on the same day in a number of states.

God bless America!

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Congratulations, C4P!

Sunday, February 14, 2010


Congratulations, C4P!

Conservatives4Palin, for which I also write, has been named among the top 100 conservative websites, number 81 to be exact. Read about it at C4P, and see the entire list here.

Much goes into making the site what it is--a lot of behind the scenes things no one else ever sees--so I applaud all those involved: the founders, editors, contributors, commenters, and faithful readers. You do Governor Palin proud!

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Audio - Palin Talks About Hand Controversy

Friday, February 12, 2010



Alaska radio show hosts Bob and Mark called Governor Palin yesterday to wish her a happy birthday. Among other things, they discussed the Nashville Tea Party hand controversy. She also talked about Robert Gibbs who spent time mocking her, something I wrote about in a post called, "Gibbs, Please Write "Uh" on Your Hand & Then Cross it Out!"

Two friends told me days ago they believe the governor knew exactly what she was doing when she wrote that message on her hand. You know, just maybe they were right!

The governor said:

"In kind of a perverted way, I guess, it's sort of fun because it's like, okay, if I want to get a message out there about tax cuts, and lifting American spirits, and energy, let me write it on my hand!"




(H/T Gary P - Sarah Palin Information Blog)

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Abraham Lincoln & the Emancipation Proclamation


Happy 201st birthday, Abraham Lincoln!

America will always remember President Lincoln for the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. In fact, Black History Month, which we are now celebrating, is during Lincoln's birth month of February in part to honor him for the abolition of slavery.

Concerning that signing, Lincoln remarked:

"I never, in my life, felt more certain that I was doing right, than I do in signing this paper."

So I honor President Lincoln on his birthday for that signing, for doing the right thing, and for his life.

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Read My Hand: Happy Birthday, Gov. Palin; Birthday Donation to SarahPAC

Thursday, February 11, 2010




February 11, 2010

I decided to go rogue with the governor and allow my hand to do the talking: HAPPY BIRTHDAY, GOVERNOR PALIN!

Thank you for all that you do for this country. Thank you for your common sense conservatism. Thank you for being willing to stand up for freedom and for refusing to sit down and shut up, no matter what. You have inspired so many of us to do the same! God bless you.

In honor of the governor's birthday and the good work her political action committee does, many Palin supporters are donating to SarahPAC today. Consider giving $46.00 on her 46th birthday. Click here to donate.

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Governor Palin Energized

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Governor Palin continues to be a voice for energy independence. She hasn't changed her tune. It's still "drill, baby, drill" and "drill here, drill now."

Yesterday, in a Facebook note called "Drillgate," she wrote:

Many of us appreciated the President mentioning in his State of the Union address that “tough decisions” had to be made regarding offshore drilling. People have had doubts about his seriousness in regards to domestic energy policy because our Department of the Interior is dragging its feet on Virginia’s offshore oil and gas leases. Still, we’ve held out hope that America’s voice will be heard on energy.

[...]

As Haley notes in his article, it’s astonishing that the Obama administration is dragging its feet on offshore drilling at a time when we’re so desperate for economic recovery and jobs. It’s no surprise that an overwhelming majority of Americans support offshore drilling: it will provide millions of good jobs and billions in revenue, and it will make us more secure by reducing our dependence on foreign oil.

Mr. President, we appreciate you asking for our input. We’ve provided it, so thank you for accepting it. With no time to waste, it’s time to listen to the American people – finally – and drill, baby, drill!

- Sarah Palin

Read that entire note here.

In today's Facebook note, "Alaska Steps Forward Towards Energy Security," Governor Palin wrote:

Congratulations are due Exxon and the State of Alaska’s Department of Natural Resources for completing the first development well at Point Thomson in northern Alaska. This is a huge field full of domestic crude, and it’s time to drill for it!

This week we’ve witnessed great progress toward more energy security for Alaska and our entire nation. What began as hefty trucks and hard working men and women heading up an ice road last year, to the commencement of drilling at Point Thomson, this progress has finally led to Exxon’s announcement today of completion of its first development well to produce oil and gas. Our “tough stance” with big oil and perseverance in insisting that Alaska’s resources be developed instead of warehoused while foreign countries are busy developing their oil and gas reserves has paid off to the benefit of everyone involved.

Drill here, drill now... energy independence is a national security issue that can’t be ignored any longer.

- Sarah Palin

It's good to see Alaska moving forward on the issue of energy to which the governor devoted so much of her own energy.

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Gibbs, Please Write "Uh" on Your Hand & Then Cross it Out!

Question: Do we have a White House administration, or do we have a kindergarten class? Robert Gibbs, the president's press secretary, found it necessary to mock Sarah Palin, a private citizen? This is so pathetic that even people who support the Obama administation have stated that such behavior is unacceptable and not becoming of the president's staff. Major Garrett summed it up when he said the Obama White House continues to be obsessed with Governor Palin. I am absolutely appalled by Robert Gibbs' writing his "grocery list" on his hand.

The sad thing for them is they've missed something they need to catch. Governor Palin jotted down a few words--something no one who has ever had to speak in front of a crowd should find strange. President Obama, on the other hand (excuse the pun), relied on a teleprompter for a word-for-word script of a speech to a group of elementary school children. Governor Palin made note of some points she wanted to be sure to highlight. President Obama once repeated what he already said at the beginning of a speech when he lost his way with his teleprompter--and it took him some time to realize he was restating his opening acknowledgements.

“In addition to John – sorry, the – I just noticed I jumped the gun here,” Obama said. He then paused for a couple of minutes, looking at the telemprompter. “Go ahead. Move it up. I had already introduced all you guys.”

Does the Obama administration really want to get into this kind of battle with Governor Palin? Let me give them a piece of advice from a famous Rocky IV line: "You can't win!"

By the way, instead of making fun of the fact that Governor Palin wrote the word "budget" on her hand and then crossed it out, Robert Gibbs should have written "uh" on his hand and then crossed that out, reminding himself not to say it! He racked up the "uhs" even while reading his palm! Even with notes on his hand, he is as painful to listen to as President Obama is without his teleprompter.

If I were the president or his staff, I would stay away from trying to mock Palin. It only makes them look like they sit around watching tape of her, like coaches studying the plays of a rival coach. And frankly, mocking a private citizen really is beneath the highest office in the land.

Here is the pathetic display:

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Call to Action; Serial Bogus Ethics Filers Give Testimony on Ethics?

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

During the tenure of Governor Palin, a whirlwind of ethics complaints blew into the state of Alaska. Both Andree McLeod and Zane Henning were responsible for filing bogus complaints against her. These were an affront to tax paying Alaskans and illustrated a complete disregard for the ethics system.

It would only stand to reason now that the state Legislature would take a good look at the system, hear from those who can give insight into how it can be improved, and follow through. Obviously, it would make sense to talk to the administration that has been so adversely affected by those seeking to abuse the ethic rules. Instead, in their hearings, they actually chose to receive testimony from Andree McLeod and Zane Henning, chief abusers of the system.

Lisa Demer of the ADN reports:

A legislative committee on Monday took up ethics issues that erupted during the Palin administration, but it's not clear whether the panel intends to take any action.

Attorney General Dan Sullivan has proposed state rules establishing when it's appropriate for the state to pay for the travel of family members of the governor or lieutenant governor. Another proposal sets out when the state should pay legal bills for state officials defending against ethics complaints.

Former Gov. Sarah Palin was hit with numerous ethics complaints during her 2 1/2 years in office. She said she quit in part because of what she called frivolous ethics complaints and personal legal bills amounting to an estimated $600,000.

Most of the ethics complaints against Palin were dismissed. But she settled one by reimbursing the state more than $8,000 for her children's air travel.

[...]

Oversight comes from the joint House-Senate Administrative Regulation Review Committee, which examines regulations to make sure they are allowed under state law.

The panel agreed to hold a public hearing on the ethics measures after being pushed by Palin critic Andree McLeod. House leaders also requested it, said state Rep. Wes Keller, R-Wasilla, who is the committee chairman.

Under the proposed rules, the state could cover the costs of defending a public official against ethics complaints if the official were exonerated, Assistant Attorney General Judy Bockmon told the committee.

[...]

McLeod, who filed a number of ethics complaints against Palin and her staff, urged the committee to reject the changes.

[...]

The Executive Branch Ethics Act is important, and the attorney general shouldn't be trying to change the law, another Palin critic, Zane Henning, told the committee. The Legislature should make any needed changes, he said.

[...]

The Department of Law has solicited public comment and held a hearing on the ethics changes, Bockmon said. The period for comment has ended and the department must now decide what to do. It could adopt the provisions as is or with minor changes, or let the matter drop with no action.

The committee hasn't yet decided how to proceed, Keller said.

Read the full article here.

So Andree McLeod and Zane Henning, serial complainants who cost the state thousands of tax payer dollars while they played out their hellish vendetta against Governor Palin, somehow are credible sources of information? These two Palin anklebiters, whose complaints were thrown out one after another, are taken seriously, but the legislature doesn't want to hear from the administration itself regarding how these ethics abuses can be solved? What sense does that make?

Clearly, these two can't spot a real ethics violation if it smacked them in the face, so how does their one-sided testimony equate to anything remotely helpful in bringing about true ethics reform? And why can't the legislators see what is so apparent? Allowing these two characters to have a say in ethics rules is like allowing children to decide their own punishment. Don't tell me the legislators don't recognize this. They make it hard to take them or these hearings seriously. It seems, instead, to be more of the same Juneau dog and pony show.

Perhaps legislators' approach has something to do with the fact that their own ethics laws protect them from frivolous complaints. Perhaps it's due to the fact that if a complaint is leaked to the public in the legislative branch it is automatically dismissed. No wonder Jay Ramras, chair of House Judiciary, could so flippantly scold Governor Palin for wearing an Arctic Cat coat on a cold Alaska day though he ran multiple ads for his Pike's Lodge while serving in the legislature and running for lieutenant governor. Could it not be argued that this was a political use of airtime? Could these ads not be deemed an improper in-kind contribution? Yet when the absurd Arctic Cat ethics complaint was filed, he chastised the governor for wearing a winter coat on a winter day! The hypocrisy is glaring.

We can look the other way, or we can implore legislators to do the right thing. They need to take up this issue, and we need to let them know how we feel about it. Governor Palin made the selfless decision to resign because she could no longer allow the politics of personal destruction being waged against her to continually cost the state thousands of dollars. And will legislators do nothing? Indeed, something needs to be done, and by "something" I don't mean simply hearing one-sided testimony from the anklebiters themselves.

Governor Palin fought against business as usual in the state of Alaska. Failure to act in the best interests of the state she served is unacceptable. The boneheaded decision to hear testimony on ethics from unethical boneheads makes no sense at all.

I urge you all to call and/or email these legislators and respectfully insist that they take action. Your voice does matter. I've included the contact information for you. (All phone numbers: 907 area code)

* Chair: Rep. Wes Keller - Representative_Wes_Keller@legis.state.ak.us, 465-2186
* Vice-Chair: Sen. Donald Olson - Senator_Donald_Olson@legis.state.ak.us, 465-3707
* Rep. Carl Gatto - Representative_Carl_Gatto@legis.state.ak.us, 465-3743
* Rep David Guttenberg - Representative_David_Guttenberg@legis.state.ak.us, 465-4457
* Sen. Albert Kookeesh - Senator_Albert_Kookesh@legis.state.ak.us, 465-3473
* Sen. Kevin Meyer - Senator_Kevin_Meyer@legis.state.ak.us, 465-4945
* Senate Pres.: Sen. Gary Stevens - Senator_Gary_Stevens@legis.state.ak.us, 465-4925
* Speaker of the House: Rep. Mike Chenault Representative_Mike_Chenault@legis.state.ak.us, 465-3779

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Sistuh Act - Angela McGlowan Announces Run for Congress

Monday, February 8, 2010

Just as I predicted, Angela McGlowan is going to shake up Washington! I am so excited that she has decided to take her great love for country and enthusiastic support for conservatism to Washington, DC. She hopes to represent her state of Mississippi in Congress. If anyone can cause a stir in DC, it's McGlowan.

Make no mistake: a Black Republican woman in Congress will cause Liberal heads to spin off their necks. They will go after her fiercely in an attempt to put her in "her place"--and we all know where the far-Left believes that place to be for both women and anyone Black. Nobody's going to put Angela McGlowan any place she doesn't want to be, however.

Go get 'em, Angela!

Here's the press release and, as you can see, she does not mince words about her conservative agenda:

PRESS RELEASE – Angela McGlowan’s Anti-Incumbent Campaign Takes Off

Angela McGlowan Kicks Off Campaign for Congress

“Massachusetts was just the beginning, let the rebellion in the House of Representatives start right here in Mississippi”

Oxford, MS – Oxford native, author, and former Fox News Political Analyst, Angela McGlowan kicked off her campaign today in Mississippi’s first congressional district to take back the peoples’ seat in Congress and safeguard it against entrenched, incumbent career politicians. During her 5-city, 5-day tour of the district, McGlowan will visit with Mississippians in Oxford, Corinth, Tupelo, Columbus and Hernando.

McGlowan is the conservative pro-life, pro-gun, pro-small business Mississippi Republican who, at TEA Parties in Tupelo, Hernando and Memphis, has taken a high profile stand for working families against the liberal policies of President Barack Obama, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, that promote big government spending, record national debt and excessive levels of taxation.

“In Massachusetts, the people rose up and reclaimed their seat in the U.S. Senate in an election that’s been compared to “the shot heard around the world,” stated McGlowan. “But that was just the beginning, let the rebellion in the House of Representatives start right here in Mississippi.

“From Oxford to Columbus, Hernando to Tupelo, we will take back the peoples’ seat in Congress and safeguard it against entrenched, incumbent career politicians. Together, we will declare to Barack Obama, and liberal incumbent politicians throughout Washington, D.C.: no more taxpayer funded bailouts of irresponsible banks, insurance companies and automakers that have already added over a trillion dollars to our national debt, no more taxpayer funded ‘stimulus’ bills, chalk-full of wasteful government spending, no more job killing, multi-trillion dollar tax increases.

“Instead, I will fight to balance the budget, significantly cut our national debt, lower taxes on working families, enact policies that reward small businessmen and women for daring to be the economic engine, job creator and backbone of our local communities, and make sure children get the education they deserve because education and economic development go hand in hand.

“And, let me be clear, no one will defend and promote our conservative Mississippi values more vigorously. You can depend on me to protect the precious right to life of the unborn, preserve the sanctity of traditional marriage, defined as the union between one man and one women, defend law-abiding gun owners from of each and every attempt by liberals in government to infringe on their Constitutional right to keep and bear arms, and help make your families secure in the face of radical Islamic terrorists sworn to the destruction of our Judeo Christian values by any means necessary.”

Click here to read the blog post I published Saturday, which includes my view of Ms. McGlowan, my prediction about her run for Congress, and the video of her Tea Party speech in Nashville this past weekend.

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My Super Bowl Celebration Pics & Tim Tebow Ad

Sunday, February 7, 2010

I am glad to have seen the New Orleans Saints come back from an early game deficit to defeat the Indianapolis Colts! What an incredible victory for a city that has gone through so much.

I watched the game at my church where we had our "Big Game Party." Upstairs, in the room we call the Big House, the game was displayed on our big screen. Downstairs some adults were sitting or standing around talking, and kids were playing a little football of their own. Everybody was eating: pizza, wings, ziti, sausage and peppers, etc. I love my church family. I'd be lying if I didn't admit we've got it going on! Thank God for Rock Solid Church, which, to be completely honest, is...well, rock solid!

Check out some pictures:










The Tim and Pam Tebow commercial aired during the Super Bowl. Can you imagine that this is the ad that caused so-called women's rights groups to get all bent out of shape, whine, and complain? You've got to be kidding me!

Here's the ad:


(Video H/T 2012DSC)

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