Don't Pee on My Leg and Tell Me It's Raining

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Don't pee on my leg and tell me it's raining. Those words, used as the title of a book authored by Judith Sheindlin of "Judge Judy" fame, seem particularly appropriate of late. Some leftists must think the rest of us are crazy, stupid, or both.

Let's begin first with their continued and beefed up efforts to convince the American public that they are hoping and praying for Governor Palin to become the 2012 presidential nominee because, they say, it'll guarantee President Obama's re-election. They say this, mind you, all while doing everything in their power to destroy her chances, to run her off before she even declares her intentions. But we're to believe she sparks no fear in them, for they know she could not destroy the President in an election?

If I've said it once, I've said it a hundred times: as a coach, I never spent one moment focusing on a nonessential opposing player, I've never devised a game plan around a bench warmer, and I've never run a box-and-one defense against an offensive non-threat. It would have been a waste of time, energy, and resources, allowing the real threat to wipe the floor with us as we messed around with a garbage-time player. The PDS sufferers, however, have coordinated a full-blown strategy to take down Governor Palin--to assault her character, distort her record, and attack her family. But they want us to believe she's a non-factor. Don't pee on my leg and tell me it's raining.

Second, President Obama has stated, as have members of his administration, that he doesn't ever think about Governor Palin. However, he makes a speech to the nation on energy this week and alludes to her drill, baby, drill mantra. If he can do so without thinking about her, he surely is the Messiah the left has made him out to be--and we know that's not true. The truth is the Governor's name is almost synonymous with energy expertise. President Obama would have us believe, it seems, that her outspoken advocacy for energy independence and her energy credentials have gone unnoticed by the White House--even while he quotes her during his speech to the nation. Don't pee on my leg and tell me it's raining.

Furthermore, what about those looking to portray Governor Palin as a hypocrite because of recent talks about a tax credit for film production in Alaska? Notice how some are gloating over this non-story set straight by the Governor herself. These are some of the self-same people who insist she lacks the intelligence to be leader of the free world, yet they expect her to be smart--and clairvoyant--enough to have known years ago that a show called "Sarah Palin's Alaska" would hit TLC/Discovery Channel. She addressed this herself:

The accusation hinges on the notion that I signed the legislation into law knowing that it would personally benefit me. That’s totally absurd. It wasn’t even my bill, and obviously I had no intention of benefiting from it when I signed it into law in 2008 because I had no idea I would be involved in a documentary series years later.

So one moment she knows nothing, and the next she's a prophetic genius. And they want us to believe both scenerios, apparently? Not to mention, they disingenuously twist the facts to suggest that the law proves Governor Palin, the obvious common sense conservative that she is, really is some kind of big government proponent. Again, don't pee on my leg and tell me it's raining.

The vast majority of Americans are neither stupid nor crazy. We know that the ceaseless efforts to stop Governor Palin exist because she's fully capable of stopping President Obama. There's a reason they're so viciously targeting her rather than Tim Pawlenty, for example, who has already made it clear he's running. They insist, however, that they'd quickly join us in a sign-waving "Run, Sarah, Run" rally because it would be like Christmas morning for Democrats if she did. She's the bench warmer, the weakest link, the insignificant other, they say. And every time they say it, something smells funny, and it sure ain't rain.

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Governor Palin: FLASHBACK: What We Were Saying One Year Ago About Obama’s Failed Energy Policy

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Governor Palin via Facebook:

It’s unbelievable (literally) the rhetoric coming from President Obama today. This is coming from he who is manipulating the U.S. energy supply. President Obama is once again giving lip service to a “new energy proposal”; but let’s remember the last time he trotted out a “new energy proposal” – nearly a year ago to the day. The main difference is today we have $4 a gallon gas in some places in the country. This is no accident. This administration is not a passive observer to the trends that have inflated oil prices to dangerous levels. His war on domestic oil and gas exploration and production has caused us pain at the pump, endangered our already sluggish economic recovery, and threatened our national security. Through a process of what candidate Obama once called “gradual adjustment,” American consumers have seen prices at the pump rise 67 percent since he took office. Meanwhile, the vast undeveloped reserves that could help to keep prices at the pump affordable remain locked up because of President Obama’s deliberate unwillingness to drill here and drill now. We’re subsidizing offshore drilling in Brazil and purchasing energy from them, instead of drilling ourselves and keeping those dollars circulating in our own economy to generate jobs here. The President said today, “There are no quick fixes.” He’s been in office for nearly three years now, and he’s about to launch his $1 billion re-election campaign. When can we expect any “fixes” from him? How high does the price of energy have to go?

So, here’s a little flashback to what I wrote on March 31, 2010, at National Review Online’s The Corner:
Many Americans fear that President Obama’s new energy proposal is once again “all talk and no real action,” this time in an effort to shore up fading support for the Democrats’ job-killing cap-and-trade (a.k.a. cap-and-tax) proposals. Behind the rhetoric lie new drilling bans and leasing delays; soon to follow are burdensome new environmental regulations. Instead of “drill, baby, drill,” the more you look into this the more you realize it’s “stall, baby, stall.”

Today the president said he’ll “consider potential areas for development in the mid and south Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico, while studying and protecting sensitive areas in the Arctic.” As the former governor of one of America’s largest energy-producing states, a state oil and gas commissioner, and chair of the nation’s Interstate Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, I’ve seen plenty of such studies. What we need is action — action that results in the job growth and revenue that a robust drilling policy could provide. And let’s not forget that while Interior Department bureaucrats continue to hold up actual offshore drilling from taking place, Russia is moving full steam ahead on Arctic drilling, and China, Russia, and Venezuela are buying leases off the coast of Cuba.

As an Alaskan, I’m especially disheartened by the new ban on drilling in parts of the 49th state and the cancellation of lease sales in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas. These areas contain rich oil and gas reserves whose development is key to our country’s energy security. As I told Secretary Salazar last April, “Arctic exploration and development is a slow, demanding process. Delays or major restrictions in accessing these resources for environmentally responsible development are not in the national interest or the interests of the State of Alaska.”
Since I wrote the above, we have even more evidence of the President’s anti-drilling agenda. We have the moratorium in the Gulf of Mexico as well as the de-facto moratorium in the Arctic. We have his 2012 budget that proposes to eliminate several vital oil and natural gas production tax incentives. We have his anti-drilling regulatory policies that have stymied responsible development. And the list goes on. The President says that we can’t “drill” our way out of the problem. But we can’t drive our cars on solar shingles either. We have to live in the real world where we must continue to develop the conventional resources that we actually use right now to fuel our economy as we continue to look for a renewable source of energy. If we are looking for an affordable, environmentally friendly, and abundant domestic source of energy, why not turn to our own domestic supply of natural gas? Whether we use it to power natural-gas cars or to run natural-gas power plants that charge electric cars, natural gas is an ideal “bridge fuel” to a future when more renewable sources are available, affordable, and economically viable on their own. It’s a lot more viable than subsidizing boondoggles like these inefficient electric cars that no one wants. I’m all for electric cars if you can develop one I can actually use in Alaska, where you can drive hundreds of miles without seeing many people, let alone many electrical sockets. But these electric and hybrid cars are not a quick fix because we still need an energy source to power them. That’s why I like natural gas, but we still have to drill for natural gas, and this administration doesn’t like drilling or apparently the jobs that come with responsible oil and natural gas development. They don't have a coherent energy policy. They have piecemeal ideas for subsidizing impractical pet “green” projects.

I have always been in favor of an “all-of-the-above” approach to energy independence, but "all-of-the-above" means conventional resource development too. It means a coherent, practical, and forward-looking energy policy. I wish the President would understand this. The good news is there is nothing wrong with America’s energy policy that another good old-fashion election can’t solve. 2012 is just around the corner.

- Sarah Palin

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Governor Palin: Setting the Record Straight on State’s Film Production Tax Credit

Via Facebook: Governor Palin addresses Alaska's tax credit for film production:

Goodness, cleaning up the sloppiness of reporters could be a full time job. In response to The Daily Caller's online inquiry, I gave them a statement that the writer buried on his story’s second page (which most people won’t even notice – I didn’t even notice it) after he spent the first page completely spinning a situation to give the impression that Alaska’s film production tax credit legislation was somehow solely my idea hatched up to benefit the Palins years before I was ever involved in a documentary series on TLC/Discovery Channel. Here’s setting the record straight: As Governor, I signed into law a popular bipartisan bill that was crafted and passed by others and has resulted in numerous Alaska-based productions that are airing today. The only alternative to signing the legislature’s work product would have been for me to veto their legislation, which would have been useless. Besides all that, their legislation worked.

This bill was not some secret big government agenda. These Alaskan legislators just wanted Alaska to be able to compete with the many other states that offer similar incentives. As I noted in my statement (which was curiously buried by The Daily Caller – whose editor-in-chief was recently called on the carpet for publicly using a degrading term to describe women. C’mon Daily Caller, we can’t afford you slipping up like this. America is counting on more professionalism than that.), I can’t speak for the film tax credit programs in other states, but the program in Alaska has been effective. The bipartisan legislation I signed into law in 2008 was borne out of elected lawmakers’ frustration with the fact that shows and films about Alaska were mostly filmed elsewhere. They wanted to incentivize production companies to film in Alaska instead of Canada, Washington state, or Maine. Their bill worked, and as the legislation’s supporters will testify, the state’s economy enjoys the benefits of having this production money circulating right here at home. It was so successful that state lawmakers now want to renew the film production tax credits for another ten years. Keep in mind that we don’t have a state income tax, state sales tax, or state property tax in Alaska. Our state government is predominately funded by oil and gas revenue. Essentially we are using revenue generated from the development of Alaska’s natural resources in order to diversify our economy and create jobs beyond just resource development. Not only does this help promote a new film industry in Alaska, it obviously also has the added benefit of encouraging our tourism industry. These shows and films about Alaska act as perfect tourist advertisements for our state. People come here to experience what they see on the shows filmed here. The dramatic increase in Alaska-based television shows and films are testament to the fact that this legislation worked, and it’s exciting to see our state showcased and appreciated. There has been more film productions here than ever before, and the economic benefit of filming here exceeds the tax credit.

And another point missed by this reporter: apparently The Daily Caller’s conspiracy theory must be that I did all of this not even to benefit myself but Mark Burnett Productions. As I tried to explain to the writer at The Daily Caller, if you believe in this bizarre scenario then why not ask the sponsors, drafters, and supporters of this legislation that would boost job creation if they crafted this bill years ago in order to benefit Sarah Palin. Any suggestion that I somehow did something wrong by signing this legislation is ridiculous. The accusation hinges on the notion that I signed the legislation into law knowing that it would personally benefit me. That’s totally absurd. It wasn’t even my bill, and obviously I had no intention of benefiting from it when I signed it into law in 2008 because I had no idea I would be involved in a documentary series years later. If you’re going to accuse me of benefiting from legislation I signed into law, why stop there? Go ahead and accuse me of “benefiting” from the legislation my administration actually did craft – like for example, our oil and gas evaluation legislation (ACES). You could say I “benefited” from it in the sense that due to ACES the state where I live (Alaska) now enjoys a $12 billion surplus. In fact, you could say that as an Alaskan, I benefited from all of the legislation I championed or signed as governor – just as every Alaskan benefited.

As I also tried to tell the reporter, it’s also a false accusation to suggest that signing this bipartisan bill somehow goes against my position on the proper role of government. I’ve said many times that government can play an appropriate role in incentivizing business, creating infrastructure, and leveling the playing field to foster competition so the market picks winners and losers, instead of bureaucrats burdening businesses and picking winners and losers. Again, I can’t speak for what other states do, but Alaska’s film production tax credit program was an effective way to incentivize a new industry that would diversify our economy. It worked. The lawmakers’ successful legislation fit Alaska’s economy, as our economy is quite unique from other states’ due to our oil and gas revenue. Perhaps it would behoove people to learn much more about the 49th state’s young economy before making broad accusations about the efficacy of business programs. People who live in ivory towers don’t understand the real world where governors and lawmakers actually have to fight to attract business and jobs to their states.

One final thought: having to set the record straight on my Facebook page yet again is further proof that the media can’t be trusted even to print a statement in a manner that people can read.

- Sarah Palin

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Governor Palin Calls Sarah Palin's Alaska Nontroversy "Ludicrous"

Jim Geraghty's "Uh-Oh" published in NRO reveals no real uh-oh at all, if one looks at the facts. His implication of hypocrisy on Governor Palin's part which might hurt her during an election campaign falls incredibly short when weighed against the facts. His assertion is that as Governor she signed into law something that belies her stand on the proper role of government and benefits her. However, her commitment to tax breaks for media production companies filming in Alaska, which boosts Alaska's ecomony, stands up under scrutiny.

Let's first take a look at Geraghty's article. He wrote:

It isn’t too hard to imagine this becoming problematic for Sarah Palin on the campaign trail, as noted by the Tax Foundation:
In case you missed it, small government crusader and Tea Party favorite Sarah Palin’s TLC reality show “Sarah Palin’s Alaska” received a $1.2 million subsidy from the state of Alaska. The show spent $3.6 million on production in the state, meaning that Alaskan taxpayers covered a third of the cost of the show. The show will apparently not have a second season.

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Everything Palin has done has been perfectly legal, but it looks problematic for a crusader for small government to end up collecting a seven-figure paycheck from an endeavor that received a seven-figure subsidy, all set up by a program she signed into law. Of course, Palin set up the subsidy in 2008, and the TLC series wasn’t filmed until the summer of 2010, after Palin resigned as governor.

Why not just stop right here and take a good look at the facts?

Governor Palin addressed this in The Daily Caller this morning:
On the Alaska tax credit for media production companies:

“I can’t speak for the film tax credit programs in other states, but the program in Alaska has been effective. The bipartisan legislation I signed into law in 2008 was borne out of elected lawmakers’ frustration with the fact that shows and films about Alaska were mostly filmed elsewhere. They wanted to incentivize production companies to film in Alaska instead of Canada, Washington state, or Maine. It worked, and as the legislation’s supporters will testify, the state’s economy enjoys the benefits of having this production money circulating right here at home. It was so successful that state lawmakers now want to renew the film production tax credits for another ten years. Keep in mind that we don’t have a state income tax, state sales tax, or state property tax in Alaska. Our state government is predominately funded by oil and gas revenue. Essentially we are using revenue generated from the development of Alaska’s natural resources in order to diversify our economy and create jobs beyond just resource development. Not only does this help promote a new film industry in Alaska, it obviously also has the added benefit of encouraging our tourism industry. These shows and films about Alaska act as perfect tourist advertisements for our state. People come here to experience what they see on the shows filmed here. The dramatic increase in Alaska-based television shows and films are testament to the fact that this legislation worked, and it’s exciting to see our state showcased and appreciated. For the record, ‘Sarah Palin’s Alaska’ was never intended to have a ’second season.’ It was always intended to be an 8-part documentary series with a definitive end date. It was a success for all involved. It highlighted the great beauty and promise of Alaska and our amazing natural resources. I’m proud of it, and I was honored to share Alaska with the rest of the world.”

On criticism for Palin benefiting from a policy she signed into law:

“Why not ask the sponsors, drafters, and supporters of this legislation that would boost job creation if they crafted this bill years ago in order to benefit Sarah Palin? Any suggestion that I somehow did something wrong by signing this legislation is ludicrous. The accusation hinges on the notion that I signed the legislation into law knowing that it would personally benefit me. That’s absurd. Obviously I had no intention of benefiting from it when I signed it into law in 2008 because I had no idea I would be involved in a documentary series years later. If you’re going to accuse me of benefiting from legislation I signed into law, why stop there? One could accuse me of ‘benefiting’ from my administration’s oil and gas evaluation legislation (ACES) in the sense that due to that legislation the state where I live (Alaska) now enjoys a $12 billion surplus. In fact, you could say that as an Alaskan, I benefited from all of the legislation I signed as governor – just as every Alaskan benefited.”

On accusations that Palin is being inconsistent in her views on the role of government and the economy:

“It’s also a false accusation to suggest that signing this bipartisan bill somehow goes against my position on the proper role of government. I’ve said many times that government can play an appropriate role in incentivizing business, creating infrastructure, and leveling the playing field to foster competition so the market picks winners and losers, instead of bureaucrats burdening businesses and picking winners and losers. Again, I can’t speak for what other states do, but Alaska’s film production tax credit program is an effective way to incentivize a new industry that would diversify our economy. It worked. The lawmakers’ successful legislation fit Alaska’s economy, as our economy is quite unique from other states’ due to our oil and gas revenue. Perhaps it would behoove people to learn much more about the 49th state’s young economy before making broad accusations about the efficacy of business programs.”

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WSJ Praises Gov. Palin's India Speech

Tuesday, March 29, 2011


Abheek Bhattacharya discussed Governor Palin's recent speech in India in The Wall Street Journal today, essentially saying she was spot-on in her assessment of the important link between India and America. Her address, he asserted, succeeded in "bolstering her foreign-policy credentials."

Sarah Palin did a fine job bolstering her foreign-policy credentials in a speech in New Delhi this month. She hit the right notes discussing the common democratic values and the similar geopolitical outlook that tie the U.S. with India. And she hailed New Delhi economic reforms that were launched 20 years ago and have deepened the bond.

"The relationship between our countries could shape the course of the next century, tilting it in the direction of free people and free markets," she said.

The former Alaska governor also addressed how free-market reforms could inform energy policy. "My vision for a free and prosperous America has much to do with energy," she said. That vision, on one side, involves getting out of the alternative-energy fad. Ms. Palin echoed recent reports from Scotland that show how this fad makes energy, and hence business, more expensive. For every green job created, nearly four other jobs are lost.

The other side of her vision involves developing the natural resources in America that regulations, like bans on offshore drilling, have "stymied." In a time of high unemployment and high inflation, unlocking the country's mineral wealth can both create jobs and provide larger supplies of oil and gas to ease high energy prices.

India offers a lesson here. The past 20 years may have seen some of the country's entrepreneurial energies getting tapped, but a web of regulations keeps its natural resources untapped. Besides hindering expansion in a number of infrastructure sectors, these regulations -- many in the name of environmentalism -- enable cronyism, as rent-seeking bureaucrats skew the playing field to favor a few businesses. They also leave India at the mercy of foreign energy sources.

Americans ought to get acquainted with these problems, if they aren't already. Rising demand from emerging economies in India and China makes energy security all the more crucial, said Ms. Palin.

(h/t Sheya)

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Governor Palin and Greta Discuss President Obama's Libya Speech

Here's Governor Palin talking to Greta Van Susteren last night. The topic was President Obama's speech to the nation, in which he was supposed to clarify America's role in Libya. He didn't exactly clear things up.



(Video accessed from US4Palin)

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Governor Palin and the Politics of Competition

Monday, March 28, 2011

A key to Governor Palin's success is her diverse experience. As a champion athlete, women's pioneer, and a national leader, she knows the value of hard work, perseverance, and yes, a competitive spirit.

Anyone close to me can tell you how competitive I am. I love to compete, and I hate to lose. This doesn't mean I act like a brat if, on the rare occasion, I do happen to lose! It means I do everything in my power never to lose at all. Whether it's sports, a board game, or an argument, I expect to win. One of my favorite sayings, which in past years I've made my students repeat everyday, is "Failure is not an option." Combine that with another favorite saying, "The best is yet to come," and one has a recipe for achievement.

Part of winning is mindset. Another part is action. When I coached high school girls' basketball, I taught my team that anytime they stepped onto the court, they must be convinced they would win, and that the only way they could fully have that conviction is if two things were true: 1) they'd personally done everything to prepare to win, and 2) they knew that each of their teammates had done everything to prepare to win. If either of these two things were lacking, they simply would not have that confidence. It takes more than one person's work, I wanted them to see, to lead to confidence and victory. I must be just as confident in the person to whom I'm passing the ball--that she'll finish the play--as I am in my ability to deliver the pass on target, which necessitates my knowing that the player prepared well. If I doubt that, I might not pass the ball--and that might be the difference between winning and losing.

Never underestimate the power of conditioning in a winning strategy, either. My team ran stairs, sprinted, did defensive slides, and in my last two years as coach--the championship years--practiced six days a week. While players from other schools were asleep at 8:00 Saturday mornings, my players were dragging their hopes and dreams into the gym for another day of drills, suicides, and plays. Believe me, they wanted to sleep, but they wanted to win more. This meant less time hanging out with friends on Friday nights because Saturday morning was coming. It was a sacrifice, but it was worth it to those who hated to lose, who had something worth winning.

We're in the midst of March Madness, and even as a spectator, there's something I cannot stand to see: weak, namby pamby teams who lay down and roll over without so much as a fight. Yesterday, I was excited watching women's basketball because I thought Georgetown was going to put out UCONN's fire--and as a Tennessee Lady Vols fan, I always cheer on anyone rival UCONN is playing. No one would have given Georgetown a chance against the defending champs, but they fought hard and almost pulled off the upset of the tournament. But as much as I hate to admit it, UCONN is a great team, and great teams always fight back. They never just bow down to the beating. They never go running and hiding because someone is throwing some heavy punches. They compete, and most often they win.

The far left and the Republican establishment could learn a thing or two about Governor Palin simply by paying attention to these lessons we find in sports. They always seem to be shaking their heads, groping in the dark, and suffering utter frustration at their inability to stop or slow down her momentum. The truth is nothing can stop the Governor but the Governor. She possesses all the qualities of a winner.

First, she's a competitor. She's stated that if she decides to run for the presidency, she's in with one outcome in mind:

You run the race to win the race. That's for sure.

Some had the nerve to be offended when she told Barbara Walters that she believed she could beat President Obama if she ran in 2012. What did they expect her to say? Of course, she believes she can win. Who better to take him on? Who else has opposed his destructive policies at every turn? As I wrote last night:
I agree that staying on the periphery to support a better candidate--when there is one--is admirable. However, of all the names being tossed around as possible 2012 contenders, she is the better candidate. She's the one with the record, the patriotism, the principles, the servant's heart, and the sheer guts to get the job done. So in the words of the army of voices praying for a promising future for themselves, their children, and their nation: "Run, Sarah, Run."

Surely, no true competitor puts in the time and energy simply to say she's done something unique. A true competitor, especially one who knows that the future may be riding on the outcome of the race, never runs half-heartedly. As we recall, part of Governor Palin's reputation as a "rogue" came from her outcry when the McCain camp threw in the Michigan towel, insisting it was out of reach. Governor Palin's response?
I want to get back to Michigan, and I want to try.

The Republican establishment, in all its obvious fear of Governor Palin, would like to get in the way of the will of the people, to extinguish the fight before it blazes, pick the winners and losers. But we don't roll that way. No, bring on the competition. As she has said repeatedly, there's nothing better than contested primaries. She's up to the challenge, and so are we.

Those who have waged war on all things Palin are providing her with the conditioning that they may soon regret. There's nothing she hasn't been through. Much weaker vessels would have packed it in, but not she. What else can be said? What else can be done? What other accusation can they hurl? It's all been tried. Their fight against her is like trying on the basketball court to defend against an offense that doesn't seem the least bit frazzled by anything you do. Her opponents already came with the full-court press--and failed. The pressure she's endured has only made her stronger. Of all the potential 2012 candidates, she is the best conditioned because she's been through the most. Many a game is lost in the fourth quarter because a team just isn't prepared to last till the horn, and they run out of steam at the most crucial time. They can't endure. Does anyone doubt Governor Palin's stamina? Her self-professed enemies are frustrated because they can't get her to sit down and shut up, because she doesn't run to the sidelines and beg to be taken out. She continues to fight, and they have helped her build those necessary muscles, much to their own chagrin.

It's amazing, isn't it, though, that those who seek to stop her in her tracks can dish it, but they cannot take it? They never expect her to do what UCONN did yesterday: fight back. They want her to be that weak opponent who will sit idly by and lose with grace. But there ain't no grace in surrender! And competitors surely don't just duck the dirt that's being slung. They don't allow their good name to be besmirched, their families attacked, and their record sullied--and say nothing. Yes, they pick their spots, but you better believe they've got the fight in them to take a stand and defend against the bullies on the playground--and they win with grace.

Success has been a reality for Governor Palin throughout her 20 years in public service. She knows how to get the job done, and it's no wonder she always steps up with an expectation of victory. After all, she possesses the two requirements that I taught my team. She has prepared herself, and she has a team around her who have prepared themselves. The Governor's experience offering herself in service to her children's public school, energizing business in her city, fighting corruption in her state, negotiating energy in the field of big oil, personifying common sense conservatism in her country, and conversing with dignitaries in foreign nations are preparation for success at whatever next step she decides to take. Her teammates are the family members loving her, her staff assisting her, and her supporters backing her. Each has prepared for whatever battle is ahead, thereby allowing the Governor to proceed with confidence.

True competitors frustrate their opponents because their will cannot be conquered. Even in weariness and in the heat of battle, they find the strength to continue because for them the thought of losing is greater than the pain of persevering--and what they're fighting for, to put it simply, is worth the effort.

Governor Palin is the strongest example of unapologetic patriotism and leadership we have seen in some time, many say since the days of President Reagan. She is driven by a faith in God, a love of country, and a commitment to service. Combine that with her competitor's spirit, and we've got ourselves a winner.

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New York Sun: Sarah and Sarah

Via The New York Sun:

One of the things that Sarah Palin did on her stopover at Israel was announce that she was eager to return for a longer visit, and we found ourselves wondering whether she will eventually make a visit to the Machpelah. For the first body laid to rest there in the cave purchased by Abraham was that of Mrs. Palin’s namesake, Sarah, Abraham’s wife and the mother of Isaac. We have sometimes found ourselves wondering whether the affection Mrs. Palin exhibits in respect of Israel is related to the fact that the former governor — the Alert Alaskan is our favorite alliteration for her — is named after the first, the most beautiful, and the most prickly of the Jewish matriarchs.

We were put in mind of this not only by Mrs. Palin’s visit to Israel but also by the contretemps that followed the suggestion by a leading journalist in Washington, David Frum, that Mrs. Palin was alienating Jewish voters by failing to arrange her visit through a the Republican Jewish Coalition, of whose board Mr. Frum is a member. The RJC has been paving the way for one of the most important migrations of American Jews, from the Democratic Party to the party of Lincoln and Reagan. It’s sometimes lonely but always heroic work, and no doubt there were those in the RJC who wished they could have been the organizing party of Mrs. Palin’s first visit to the Jewish State.

The contretemps, however, was a matter of politics rather than principle, and how could it be otherwise? For on the substance Mrs. Palin has been a passionate supporter of Israel. This seems to be well-recognized by the executive director of the Republican Jewish Coalition Matthew Brooks, who made a point late last week of defending Mrs. Palin’s most recent critique of President Obama. Mrs. Palin, moreover, is, so far as we can detect, the only politician, in either party, who has been prepared to speak up for the right of Jewish settlement in Judea and Samaria and in terms — she has spoken of the need for Israel to be able to accommodate more Jewish immigrants — that would please the most ardent protectors of the Machpelah.

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Here at home the central point we keep making about Mrs. Palin is that of all the streams of American conservatism hers is the one that is most welcoming to Jewish Americans. Her mantra is what she calls constitutional conservatism, meaning one that is grounded in the bedrock of the American Constitution.

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Mrs. Palin would be the first to recognize that nothing she has done, or ever will do, could rank her with the Sarah who married Abraham. But she has already emerged not only as a remarkable friend of Israel but also as a political matriarch here at home for articulating a widely welcoming political philosophy on the Republican right.

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(h/t Josh Painter)

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Presidential Palin

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Michael Hauschild of American Thinker pens a piece in which he further discusses what we already know about Governor Palin: her commitment is to America's greatness, not her own. This, above all, speaks to her "presidential" credentials.

He writes:

Sarah Palin represents what a president should be in these very troubled times; she's made choices in the last several years which many misinterpret in the framework of their own shortcoming. The slings and arrows launched at Palin vibrate with bias, chauvinism, elitism, and partisan politics and a sense of superior intellect from the howling scornful classes

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I offer one man's simple observation -- a view from a citizen born and raised in the heartland of the rugged Great Plains: Sarah Palin has done more for the sanctity of life, for the preservation of American values, for the American traditions of integrity and honesty in political discourse than all the wannabe pundits across the country beating their chests and voicing "expert" proclamations of disdain since the name Sarah Palin became a household word.

We know Sarah Palin well enough now to know that she would take the burden of president if she felt it would be best for her country. She would step aside and put her credentials and principles behind another leader if she felt it would be best for her country. She has, is, and will continue to do what is best for our country with no focus on personal gain other than the security of America.

From the perch of a humble patriot citizen in the heartland of America, I believe that Sarah Palin wants what I want -- our American life as our forefathers intended: a Constitutional Republic, with checks and balances in place. If she can deliver this, she'll likely seek office; if she can contribute or support a candidate, she'll do that, too. If she can serve best on the periphery, that'll be the role she takes. She'll seek to save the country with her actions, not risk its destruction because of a lust for power.

Read the full article here.

Hauschild offers a fair assessment of Governor Palin in this article. I would simply add that it is my hope, and the hope of many, that the Governor will indeed seek office herself. I agree that staying on the periphery to support a better candidate--when there is one--is admirable. However, of all the names being tossed around as possible 2012 contenders, she is the better candidate. She's the one with the record, the patriotism, the principles, the servant's heart, and the sheer guts to get the job done. So in the words of the army of voices praying for a promising future for themselves, their children, and their nation: "Run, Sarah, Run."

(h/t Josh Painter)

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Fox News Interviews Governor Palin about Geraldine Ferraro's Passing

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Earlier today, Governor Palin talked to Fox News about the passing of Geraldine Ferraro:



(Video accessed from Texas for Sarah Palin)

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Governor Palin: On the Passing of Geraldine Ferraro

Via Facebook, Governor Palin pays her respects upon the death of Geraldine Ferraro:

My family and I would like to express our sincere condolences to the family of Geraldine Ferraro. When I had the honor of working alongside Geraldine on election night last year, we both discussed the role of women in politics and our excited expectation that someday that final glass ceiling would be shattered by the election of a woman president. She was an amazing woman who dedicated her life to public service as a teacher, prosecutor, Congresswoman, and Vice Presidential candidate. She broke one huge barrier and then went on to break many more. The world will miss her. May she rest in peace and may her example of hard work and dedication to America continue to inspire all women.

- Sarah Palin

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Governor Palin's Interview with Koel Purie Rinchet in India

Friday, March 25, 2011

While in India, Governor Palin sat down for an interview with Koel Purie Rinchet. The interview covered multiple topics.


(h/t PalinTV)

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Governor Palin: Lamestream Media: Reload or White Flag?

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Governor Palin via Facebook:

“Let’s keep pivoting around media bias, and not get distracted with the vulgar personal shots. Call out lies and set the record straight, but always keep the ball moving. No one ever won a game only playing defense.”

Upon my return from an outstanding and productive trip to India and Israel, I’ve been inundated with requests to respond to petty comments made in the media the past few days, including one little fella’s comment which decent people would find degrading. (I won’t bother responding to it though, because it was made by he who reminds me of an annoying little mosquito found zipped up in your tent; he can’t do any harm, but buzzes around annoyingly until it’s time to give him the proverbial slap.)

I’ve given this a lot of thought, and I’d like to share my thoughts on the never-ending issue of media bias.

When it comes to responding to the media, the standard warning is: Don’t pick a fight with people who buy ink by the barrel because calling out the media and holding them accountable is a risky endeavor. Too often the first instinct is to ignore blatant media bias, crudeness, and outright lies, and just hope the media instigator will grow up and provide fairer coverage if you bite your tongue and not challenge the false reporting of an openly hostile press. But I’ve never bought into that. That’s waving the white flag. I just can’t do it because I have too much respect for the importance of a free press as a cornerstone of our democracy, and I have great respect for the men and women in uniform who sacrifice so much to defend that First Amendment right. Media, with freedom comes responsibility.

Friends, too often conservatives or Republicans in general come across as having the fighting instinct of sheep. I don’t. I was raised to believe that you don’t retreat when you’re on solid ground; so even though it often seems like I’m armed with just a few stones and a sling against a media giant, I’ll use those small resources to do what I can to set the record straight. The truth is always worth fighting for. Doing so isn’t whining or “playing the victim card”; it’s defending the truth in fairness to those who seek accurate information. I’ll keep attempting to correct misinformation and falsehoods about myself and my record, and I will certainly never shy from defending others who are unfairly attacked. This is in the name of justice.

But two decades in politics have taught me that when it comes to picking battles, often it’s best to ignore the truly petty, ugly personal media shots because engaging in a counter argument with disreputable, intolerant people doesn’t vindicate me; it merely gives those people the attention they seek. It wastes my time and it distracts from what we should focus on.

We must always remember the big picture. The media has always been biased. Conservatives – and especially conservative women – have always been held to a different standard and attacked. This is nothing new. Lincoln was mocked and ridiculed. Reagan was called an amiable dunce, a dangerous warmonger, a rightwing fanatic, and the insult list goes on and on. (But somehow Reagan still managed to win two major electoral landslides, and this was in the days before the internet and talk radio when all he had were three biased network news channels spinning reports on him. If he could do so much with so little and still be such an optimistic and positive leader, then surely we can succeed with the new media tools at our disposal.)

Let’s just acknowledge that commonsense conservatives must be stronger and work that much harder because of the obvious bias. And let’s be encouraged with a sense of poetic justice by knowing that the “mainstream” media isn’t mainstream anymore. That’s why I call it “lamestream,” and the LSM is becoming quite irrelevant, as it is no longer the sole gatekeeper of information.

Let’s keep pivoting around media bias, and not get distracted with the vulgar personal shots. Even with limited time we can try to call out lies and set the record straight, but always keep the ball moving. No one ever won a game only playing defense.

I’ll keep correcting false reporting, and I’ll defend others to the hilt; but I won’t spend any more precious, limited time responding to personal, vulgar, sexist venom spewed my way.

Today, our country is faced with seemingly overwhelming challenges. We have an unsustainable and immoral $14 trillion debt problem which, combined with a self-inflicted energy crisis, could bring America to her knees. The President of the United States is manipulating an energy supply by refusing to develop our U.S. energy resources. Shouldn’t that be the media’s focus today? Wouldn’t you like more information on the deficit that for last month alone was the highest in our history at $223 billion? That single month’s deficit was more than the entire deficit for the year 2007! We still have a 16% real unemployment rate. We had 2.9 million home foreclosures last year alone, with this year predicted to be even worse. Americans who are struggling to make ends meet are now hit by rising food and energy prices – exacerbated by the Fed’s decision to drop that $600 billion money bomb known as QE2 on us. Gas has already hit $4 per gallon in some areas. And let’s not forget that our men and women in uniform are deployed far from home today. From Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, to who-knows-where tomorrow under a clouded, confused Obama Doctrine, our armed forces are in harm’s way, defending our interests and protecting our freedoms.

Now these are the real concerns to Americans. These are times when real leadership is needed. We must never be distracted from these real concerns.

Petty comments from the small-minded are used to distract. Stay focused, America. Don’t wave any white flag. Simply put, let’s spend our precious time on causes that are worthy.

- Sarah Palin

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Governor Palin Speaks to Greta Van Susteren

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

If you want to see and hear Governor Palin "in her own words," as is PalinTV's mantra, you must watch this video of her interview with Greta Van Susteren tonight. They covered a plethora of topics, and the content was both engaging and substantive. After being in India, Israel, and Florida in less than a week, one might expect exhaustion to have rendered the Governor less than "up" for this interview. Not so. She was sharp, detailed, and clearly knowledgeable of domestic and foreign issues.

Via PalinTV:

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Governor Palin Addresses Domestic and Foreign Affairs in Naples, FL

Tonight, Governor Palin spoke to a sold-out crowd in Naples, Florida.

News-Press.com reports:

She had lunch in New Delhi on Saturday and dinner in Jerusalem on Monday. And on Wednesday, she was in Naples, bringing her conservative message to a gathering of about 1,000 at the Ritz-Carlton.

The one-time vice presidential candidate and self-described Mama Grizzly from Alaska talked about her visit last week to India and Israel, recounted how her daughter wound up on “Dancing With the Stars” last year and gushed over the fine residents of Naples.

But mostly, she hammered away at President Barack Obama, especially his administration's economic and foreign policies.

It sounded a whole lot like a campaign speech for the 2012 presidential race, which Palin said was not the case — at this point.

“Tonight,” she said before delivering her speech at the Naples Distinguished Speakers Series Town Hall event, “I will call it like I see it. I will be blunt and candid.”

She didn't disappoint.

“The occupants of the White House do not have the concerns of Israel in their best interest,” Palin said 48 hours after having dinner with Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli prime minister.

And then she got rolling around the globe ... Iran, Libya, Brazil, China.

Obama's recent trip to South America had her riled up over America's current energy policy.

“We have tens of billions of barrels of oil warehoused underground in Alaska,” Palin said. “But the president goes to Brazil. It's gone from ‘Drill, Baby, Drill' to ‘Drill, Brazil, Drill.’”

Regarding Iran, she said the White House had a chance to make an impact there earlier this year during a student uprising, but passed.

She said the United States’ policy on Libya is inconsistent, and that she's concerned that China is building a vast arsenal of sophisticated submarines and aircraft.

Palin said the right foreign policy ought to be, “If you're in it, win it. If there's doubt, get out.”

Read more here.

NaplesNews.com adds:
The question on everyone’s mind loomed throughout Sarah Palin’s hour-long appearance in North Naples on Wednesday: Will Floridians see more of the former Alaska governor and Republican vice presidential candidate in 2012?

The answer was simple: You betcha.

“I’m thinking about it and praying about it,” Palin said when asked whether she’d run for president in 2012. “(But) whether I’m a candidate or not … I’m going to stay engaged.”

Palin spoke to a sold-out audience Wednesday as part of the Naples Town Hall Distinguished Speakers Series at the Ritz Carlton Naples Beach Resort. Her speech focused on issues facing the United States as the country enters what is expected to be a heated election season.

“America faces real threats, and to face these threats we need unapologetic leadership,” she said. “(People say) there’s a lack of leadership, but that’s nothing another election can’t turn around. My faith is not in big government. It’s in the people. And the people will turn it around.”

More here.

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Governor Palin in Naples, FL Wednesday

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

After speaking in India and visiting Israel, Governor Palin is returning to the United States today. She's not coming back, however, to recline and recuperate after such a productive but grueling schedule. No, she's heading to Florida tomorrow night.

Governor Palin will speak at a town hall meeting in Naples. ABC-7 reported:

Sarah Palin is headlining the 2011 Distinguished Town Hall Speaker Series in Naples.

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"We are extremely pleased to be the first series to bring Sarah Palin to Naples. Regardless of how you feel politically, she is one of the most powerful voices in America today," Rick Borman, President and Producer of the Town Hall Series, said in a news release.

The event takes place at 6 p.m. at the The Ritz-Carlton, and the Governor will speak on current affair and various topics of current relevance.

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Governor Palin "Politely Declined" Pomp and Circumstance in Israel

Governor Palin's trip to Israel has concluded. It was a notably low-key visit to the Holy Land, a place the Governor described as "an amazing country." And while those who are annoyed that she won't sit down and shut up often accuse her of being an attention-monger, actions certainly speak louder than words. Governor Palin's actions reveal the truth.

The Jerusalem Post reports (emphasis added):

Former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin and her husband Todd concluded their brief first visit to Israel on Monday by meeting Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara at his official residence in Jerusalem.

Ahead of the meeting, Netanyahu’s office checked with Palin to see whether they could expand it to a full reception for her with other politicians and aides, but she politely declined.

In an effort to keep her visit as private as possible, Palin also declined all requests for interviews and did her best to avoid the media as she toured the Mount of Olives and Christian sites in Jerusalem on Monday.

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In private conversations, she vowed to return soon – for a full week – and said she would meet with more politicians and the media then.

Read more here.

Governor Palin has the utmost respect for Israel. Her time there was not a photo-op. As Aaron Klein pointed out yesterday, she has always loved Israel, and the Israelis know it. President Obama's level of commitment is not quite so obvious, however.

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Aaron Klein: Sarah Palin Has Long Had an Affection for Israel

Monday, March 21, 2011

"They know she loves Israel."


(h/t Ian)

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Palins and Netanyahus Break Bread Together - Video

The Palins were guests at the Netanyahu residence Monday evening in Israel. Together, they dined.

According to Israel National News:

Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin concluded her visit to Israel on Monday by visiting Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and his family. The Palin couple arrived at the Prime Minister’s official residence for a dinner which was defined as personal rather than political and was based on the Israeli cuisine.

Palin, who is known for her uncompromising support for the State of Israel, told Netanyahu and his wife, Sara, that she was received warmly by the Israelis and also told them all about her tour of the country, which included seeing sites in Jerusalem (such as the Kotel) and the Dead Sea. In most places, Palin saw firsthand the atmosphere of the holiday of Purim, and the Netanyahu couple told the potential candidate for President of the United States all about the Book of Esther and the traditions of Purim.

Before leaving, Palin signed the Prime Minister’s residence guestbook and wrote: “Such an amazing country! G-d bless you. May our connection continue to grow and strengthen.”


(h/t Sheya)

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Governor Palin with Prime Minister Netanyahu

Governor Palin spent her second day in Israel and had dinner with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and his wife Sarah Monday evening.

Here are a couple pictures retrieved from Zimbio:


(h/t Ron Devito)

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Governor Palin Arrives in Israel, Visits Wailing Wall, & Prays Near Holy of Holies; Video & Pictures

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Governor Palin and her husband, Todd, have arrived in Israel, as seen in the video below. I accessed the translation from Sheya.

Video courtesy of Ynet:


Video translation:
Former Alaska Governor and Republican Sarah Palin arrived for her first visit to Israel. Palin exited the lounge wearing black pants and jacket and responded to a reporter’s question that this is her first visit to Israel.

Reporter: This is [your] first time here?

Just a short while later, Palin already arrived at the Western Wall in Jerusalem. She arrived accompanied by heavy security, with many [journalists] awaiting her arrival.

The Jerusalem Post reports:
Former American vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin expressed support for Jews praying openly on the Temple Mount on a visit to the Old City of Jerusalem on Sunday, officials who accompanied Palin said.

Palin and her husband Todd arrived for a two-day visit on Sunday afternoon and toured the Western Wall and its adjacent tunnels. They will visit the Old City again on Monday, tour Gesthsemane and the Mount of Olives, and have dinner with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara at their official residence in Jerusalem.

World Likud chairman Danny Danon and Western Wall Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz served as Palin's tour guides on Sunday night. Palin was told that Jews were not allowed to pray openly on the Temple Mount and about the Arab riots that accompanied Netanyahu's decision to authorize the creation of an exit from the Western Wall tunnels in 1996.

"Why are you apologizing all the time?" Palin asked her guides.

Palin expressed regret that she would not be able to visit Nazareth or Bethlehem on her brief stay in Israel. She promised that she would soon come back for longer.

"It's overwhelming to be able to see and touch the cornerstone of our faith," Palin told reporters upon exiting the tunnels. "I'm so thankful to be able to be here, and I'm thankful to know the Israel American link connection will grow and strengthen as the peace negotiations will continue."

Rabinowitz said that Palin prayed at the point closest to the Holy of Holies and left a note with a personal prayer. Unlike when then-presidential candidate Barack Obama visited the Western Wall in July 2008, no one removed her note from the wall and gave it to the press.

"She said that she absolutely supports Israel and that America is the biggest friend that Israel has," Rabinowitz said.

When Rabinowitz shared the story of Purim with Palin, she told him it was especially meaningful to be at the Kotel on Purim.

Danon said that Palin's visit to the Western Wall Tunnels was very exciting. He called upon Obama to make his first visit to Israel as president as soon as possible.

"She really connected to the story of the Jewish nation," Danon said. "She knows the material but there's nothing like standing in front of those big stones and hearing about the connection. I know that she loves Israel, and after a visit like this, she has a personal connection to the Western Wall."

Palin, who was wearing a large Star of David, told Danon that she had flags of Israel "on my desk, in my home, all over the place" and that she would carry around a flag she bought in Israel.

"She didn't go into diplomatic issues, but I can clearly say from the questions she asked in relation to our conflict here with the Muslims in these holY sites that she knows that we are right and that the Muslims are just claiming things for provocation and they're not right," Danon said.

The following images were retrieved from C4P.

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Governor Palin Arriving in Israel Today and Celebrating Purim (Esther) Tomorrow

The Jerusalem Post reports:

Former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin is set to arrive in Israel for the first time on Sunday afternoon.

Palin will tour Jerusalem and Nazareth and have dinner with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu at his official residence in Jerusalem on Monday evening. Palin will be arriving from India, where she delivered an address on Saturday.

She will be returning to the United States on Tuesday morning.

Sheya.com tells us more:
Upon Governor Palin’s arrival Israelis will be celebrating the festivities of Purim.

Purim is the day Jews celebrate the story of Esther. It’s a very festive day. Kids dress up and food gifts are distributed to family and friends. People are very joyous and its common to see lots of singing and dancing in the streets. It’s customary to drink lots of wine on Purim. It is also a day of giving a lot of money to charity.

Everywhere in the world, including most of Israel, Purim began at sundown on Saturday night and ends after sundown on Sunday night.

In Jerusalem however, Purim takes place one day later and begins at sundown Sunday and ends after sundown Monday.

Governor Palin will join Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu for dinner in Jerusalem on Monday evening; The Purim dinner!

(h/t Sheya)

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Watch Governor Palin's India Speech at PalinTV; UPDATED - Video Added Here

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Earlier I posted the video of Governor Palin's Q&A at the India Today Conclave. If you weren't able to watch her actual speech live, or if you want the pleasure of watching it again, it is now posted at PalinTV. Click here to check it out. While there, why not click here to donate toward all the hard work Sheya does at PalinTV.


UPDATE: Video now posted below, courtesy of PalinTV:

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Q&A with Governor Palin at India Today Conclave


Governor Palin's speech at the India Today Conclave concluded with a question and answer period on a plethora of topics. I hope to have access to the video of her speech at some point, but enjoy this in the meantime.




(h/t The Right Scoop)

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Governor Palin Speaks in India

Governor Palin is scheduled to speak shortly. You can watch it live here.

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Gov. Palin: NYT, There You Go Again

Friday, March 18, 2011

Governor Palin via Facebook:

The New York Times just can’t seem to get much of anything right lately. No wonder they’re facing economic and reputation woes. Their article today falsely reporting on my record as governor is full of spin, and I shall call them out on it.

Regardless of the recent political posturing, ACES (Alaska’s Clear and Equitable Share) is a success for all stakeholders who want more domestic energy supplies for our great country. The Alaskan people (who collectively own the natural resources, via our state constitution), the resource producers who bid on the right to develop our oil and gas, and consumers all benefit under ACES. It incentivizes production and development. It works.

Amazingly, to the uninformed (or to those who really don’t want to incentivize oil exploration in America) ACES is spun to sound like an oil windfall profits tax and its progressivity is made to sound excessive. In reality, it was born of a need to have a tax structure that did three things:

1. It could not be created under a cloud of political corruption and self-dealing like the former Alaska administration and legislature’s PPT oil valuation structure. That’s a critical fact that is now frequently overlooked years later. Remember the legislators and oil industry players who went to jail because of bribes leading to votes in favor of the former administration’s PPT, which was unfairly tilted in favor of the resource producers against the resource owners (i.e., the people of Alaska)? Have we conveniently forgotten the fact that a corrupt process brought forth PPT, and I and others set out to change it by cleaning up the corruption?

2. It had to align the interests of Alaskans and the oil producers through exploration and production credits in partnership so that they benefit proportionally from commercialization of Alaska’s sovereign resources. This is very different from a government overtaxing personal or corporate income in which the government has no ownership stake in whatever it is that is being taxed.

3. It had to use a progressivity system that protects the producers from commercial strain when oil prices are low; otherwise the producers would seek development opportunities elsewhere. ACES does incentivize industry, but beware that Big Oil will always do what it does best for its shareholders: it will look out for its bottom line and always claim that it needs even more tax breaks. More power to them for trying, but resource owners deserve A CLEAR and EQUITABLE SHARE (ACES) of the value of their commonly-owned oil and gas

ACES accomplished all three. The current criticism of this fair valuation makes no real sense. As an article at Big Government notes:
“The number of oil companies filing with the Alaska Department of Revenue has doubled indicating that competition has indeed increased. Alaska has the second most business friendly tax set-up — up two spots since the passage of ACES. Additionally, a report from Governor Parnell’s Department of Revenue indicated that 2009 yielded a record high in oil jobs. Even more recently, the newest employment numbers from Alaska show that oil job numbers were higher in January 2011 than in January 2010, indicating that jobs are growing at the seasonal level. Parnell argues that state revenues are in jeopardy, but it is estimated that his proposal would reduce revenues by $100-200 million.
Most importantly, Alaska enjoys a $12 billion surplus thanks to ACES and the sound fiscal policies of my administration. It’s kind of amusing to see state legislators claim credit for the surplus when they didn’t vote for ACES and they cried to high heaven when I vetoed their wasteful spending.

Of course, I could have made a lot more friends in Juneau if I had spent the surplus. But I chose to put billions in savings for a rainy day and return a portion to the people of Alaska. (It was their money after all.) I paid down hundreds of millions of dollars into our under-funded pension plans, then set aside another billion to forward fund education. That’s sound fiscal policy. I’m proud of it, and Alaska is stronger today because of it.

Now, if others would like to claim credit for it, that is fine. As Ronald Reagan used to remind us: “There is not limit to what a man can do or where he can go if he doesn't mind who gets the credit.” Amen!

But let’s not pretend that ACES wasn’t a key factor in the surplus, and let’s not pretend that it hasn’t been a success.

As for AGIA, our long-awaited natural gas pipeline project is moving along according to plan. A huge partnership was developed with Exxon and TransCanada when I put the project out for competitive bids, instead of using behind-closed-door schemes that would have screwed the public. Alaska will help America become energy independent, despite anti-energy politicos claiming AGIA won't work. It’s already got the 50-year dream off the dime and in the works. See, competition works. So does a transparent process.

- Sarah Palin

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Benyamin Korn: The Palin Doctrine

Benyamin Korn, director of Jewish Americans for Sarah Palin, wrote an op-ed for the New York Sun this week. His article details Governor Palin's ability to recognize what our current President apparently cannot. He also reminds us that she arrives first to conclusions to which others eventually arrive. Take Libya, for example. Who was first to suggest a no-fly zone in the wake of the recent happenings there? Isn't it interesting how this suggestion is gaining in popularity? Isn't it also interesting how the media and the elites seem to have forgotten where they first heard it?

Mr. Korn writes about what he calls "The Palin Doctrine":

The call by the Arab League for Western military intervention in an Arab state — in this case asking that a UN “no-fly zone” be imposed over Libya – is not only without precedent but it puts in formal terms what Governor Palin stated three weeks ago should have been America’s response to the political and humanitarian crisis now unfolding there.

The former GOP vice presidential candidate was being interviewed on February 23rd on national television by Sean Hannity on a range of issues. On the Libya crisis, she proposed a no-fly-zone to protect the armed and un-armed opposition to the Qaddafi regime. Mrs. Palin’s formulation had been blogged about for nearly a week when it was echoed by the man who, before the Iraq war, had led the Iraq democratic movement in exile, Ahmed Chalabi.

A long-time foe of Saddam Hussein who has emerged as a leading figure in Iraq’s democratically elected legislature. Mr Chalabi recounted in the Wall Street Journal how President George H. W. Bush’s 1991 call for a popular uprising against Saddam had been heeded by the Iraqi people, only to have Saddam then murder some 30,000 of them from helicopter gunships while the Western world stood by.

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Mrs. Palin also continues to link America’s energy policy — a realm in which she has experience — and U.S. foreign and anti-terrorism policies. She recognizes that the ongoing transfer of billions of U.S. petro-dollars to unstable or even hostile Mideast regimes has, since the formation in 1973 of the Organization of Petoleum Exporting Countries, been an drain on U.S. financial resources.

In a critique of Mr. Obama’s energy policies published yesterday at about the same time the Arab League was adopting her prescription for a Libya no-fly-zone, Mrs. Palin laid out how the president’s “war on domestic oil and gas exploration and production has caused us pain at the pump, endangered our already sluggish economic recovery, and threatened our national security.” Nor is Gov. Palin’s insight into complex international issues limited to areas of her immediate expertise.

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More broadly, Mrs. Palin’s address in India will be another step in the growing outline of what might be called The Palin Doctrine. It contrasts sharply with the foreign policy being conducted, if that is the word, by President Obama, who is perplexing not only the Arab world, to which he reached out in his Cairo speech at the start of his presidency, but even his own supporters in the liberal camp, and many in between, who are upset by what might be called his propensity for inaction. It’s an inaction that suggests the Arab League won’t be the only institution that might find itself surprised by the logic of the alert Alaskan.

Read the full article here.

You can listen to Benyamin Korn interview me on his radio show, Jewish Independent Talk Radio, here.

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Watch Governor Palin's India Speech Live Tomorrow Morning


Governor Palin is scheduled to speak at the India Today Conclave at approximately 10:00 or 10:30 a.m. EST tomorrow morning. The speech will be live-streamed, and you can watch it here.

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More on Governor Palin's "Heroes Among Us" Appearance on April 30th

Heroic Media updated their information concerning the event:

Join us for "Heroes Among Us" featuring keynote speaker Gov. Sarah Palin and special guest Lila Rose. Governor Palin will speak about the heroism of motherhood and how to empower women to make the courageous choice for life. Sarah is the mother of five children and the grandmother of one. Sarah's oldest child, Bristol, experienced an unexpected pregnancy and Sarah's youngest, Trig, has Down Syndrome. Lila Rose founded Live Action when she was 15 years old and has exposed abortion facilities nationwide for alleged illegal activities.

The dinner is scheduled for Saturday, April 30, 2011 at the Bethesda North Marriott, 5701 Marinelli Rd ., Bethesda MD, Bethesda, Maryland (map). Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the dinner begins at 7:00 p.m.

Heroic Media is a faith-based non-profit that reduces abortion by helping women who face unexpected pregnancies learn hopeful alternatives through mass media advertising.

Individual tickets are $250 for General Admission to the dinner plus service and handling fees. Tickets are available through ExtremeTix' Click 'N Print.

You can purchase tickets here.

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Jedediah Bila Sets the Palin Record Straight

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Jedediah Bila, Human Events columnist, penned an excellent article today to set the record straight regarding Governor Palin's accomplishments, qualifications, and policy positions. This is one of those pieces that is almost too good to excerpt. Be sure to read the entire piece here.

Jedediah writes:

It’s truly astonishing the lengths that some will go to in order to try to discredit Sarah Palin. Sure, the left-wing media loons are a given, but what about the folks on the Right who relentlessly brand her as unelectable, unintelligent, unpresidential, and/or unqualified? What is their basis for those assessments? And if she is so darn unelectable—why the need to consistently, near-obsessively attempt to tear her down?

What’s most interesting about the repeated attacks on Palin – from the Left and the Right – is that they are routinely empty. They are often featured in online hit pieces that are void of any reference to her record and/or her contributions over the past two years to discussions of national and international significance. They focus on absurd criticism of her TLC series, which so many elitists deemed anti-intellectual and so many regular Americans deemed relatable. They call her a “quitter” because she resigned from the governorship, but don’t reveal the reality that she was faced with numerous frivolous ethics charges made by political operatives that were costing her state hundreds of thousands of dollars and her staff countless hours to refute. The fact that she made the right decision for Alaska, and that the charges were all ultimately dismissed, get buried under the frenzied need some have to try to sabotage her at all costs.

And let’s not forget the manner in which the authors of these hit pieces so often compile every possible negative quotation on Palin they can find, particularly from the mouths of whom they consider to be the conservative intellectual elite. The quotes are typically nonsensical and/or erroneous, and mark embarrassing moments for those who uttered them, as they tend to reflect a complete lack of awareness of Palin’s accomplishments, writings, and outspoken stand on policy initiatives.

Jedediah then quotes Governor Palin's commentary on President Obama’s 2012 budget proposal, Iran, energy, and quantitative easing--demonstrating that the critics who promote the lie that the Governor is all talk and no solutions couldn't possibly be listening to her or reading her work, an obvious reality to anyone who is paying attention.

She continues:
With respect to those who label her “unqualified” for a presidential run, I ask, how so? A resume that features the roles of city council member, mayor, governor, small-business owner, chairwoman of the AK Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, and vice chairwoman of the National Governors Association Natural Resources Committee doesn’t fit your vision of “qualified”? Opening up drilling for oil and gas at Point Thomson for the first time in decades, reducing earmark requests for Alaska by more than 80%, establishing Alaska’s Petroleum Integrity Office to oversee safe energy development, investing $5 billion in state savings, reducing spending for Fiscal Year 2010 by more than $1 billion from Alaska Gov. Frank Murkowski’s FY 2007 budget, vetoing nearly half a billion dollars in wasteful spending, signing Alaska’s Clear and Equitable Share bill into law to incentivize development and to ensure that Alaskans would receive a “clear and equitable” share of oil profits, and actualizing the "Alaska Gasline Inducement Act"—the largest private sector infrastructure project in North American history—somehow make Sarah Palin “unqualified”?

The truth is that Sarah Palin is more than qualified to step up to the plate this 2012 election cycle if she so chooses. And as far as her “electability,” that decision rests with voters, not with those media and establishment voices who are decidedly desperate to shove her off the stage and to shape the 2012 presidential narrative.

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Governor Palin Makes Statement about Israel Visit

As reported here and here, Governor Palin will speak at India Conclave 2011 this weekend. Before returning to the United States, she will visit Israel for two days, arriving Sunday.

Via SarahPAC:

Statement from Governor Palin on her upcoming trip to Israel.
Following her remarks in New Delhi, Governor Sarah Palin will stop in Israel before returning to the U.S. for a previously scheduled event.

"I'm thankful to be able to travel to Israel on my way back to the U.S.," Governor Palin said. "As the world confronts sweeping changes and new realities, I look forward to meeting with Prime Minister Netanyahu to discuss the key issues facing his country, our ally Israel."

This is Governor Palin’s first international trip in three months. In December of 2010, she visited Haiti on a humanitarian mission with the Rev. Franklin Graham. In 2009, Gov. Palin traveled to Kosovo and Germany to visit U.S. troops as head of the Alaska National Guard and later addressed a conference of international investors in Hong Kong. Gov. Palin also visited the Middle East in 2007 when she traveled to Kuwait and Germany to meet with troops and conduct re-enlistment ceremonies.

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India Highlights Gov. Palin's Visit - Video

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Governor Palin Headed to Israel Next Week; Updated

The Jerusalem Post has released the following:

Potential 2012 Republican presidential candidate Sarah Palin is expected to arrive in Israel for a visit next week, Army Radio reported on Thursday.

The former Alaska governor and 2008 vice-presidential candidate follows several other prominent republicans who have visited Israel recently, including Rudy Giuliani, Mike Huckabee, Mitt Romney and Haley Barbour.

According to the report, Palin's visit will be private, but she will meet with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and other members of Israel's right-wing, including Likud MK Danny Danon.

UPDATE (h/t Josh Painter): Via CNN:
"I'm thankful to be able to travel to Israel on my way back to the U.S.,” Palin said in a statement obtained by CNN. “As the world confronts sweeping changes and new realities, I look forward to meeting with Prime Minister Netanyahu to discuss the key issues facing his country, our ally Israel."

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Governor Palin to Keynote "Heroes Among Us" in April

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

While I have heard nothing yet in the media from Governor Palin herself, Heroic Media announces:

Join us for "Heroes Among Us" with keynote speaker Gov. Sarah Palin on Saturday, April 30, 2011 at the Marriott Bethesda, 5151 Pooks Hill Road, Bethesda, Maryland (map). Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for General Admission and Patrons and the Private Reception for Sponsors begins promptly at 6:00 P.M.

Heroic Media is a faith-based non-profit that places television, Internet and billboard advertisements to help women facing unexpected pregnancies. Their advertisements provide help line numbers that connect women with pregnancy resource centers.

Governor Palin has shown her committment to the sanctity of life in her own life and actions and by speaking on behalf of those who have yet to be born. Sarah Palin will speak about the heroism of motherhood in her life and how to empower women to make the courageous choice for life. Sarah is the mother of five children and the grandmother of one. Sarah's oldest child, Bristol, is the mother of an unexpected pregnancy and Sarah's youngest, Trig, has Down Syndrome.

Read more and learn about purchasing tickets here.

(h/t Sheya)

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Governor Palin Looking Forward to India This Weekend


Governor Palin will be in India this weekend speaking at India Today Conclave 2011. Today, India Today reported:
There is tremendous interest in political and media circles in America over Sarah Palin's visit to India.

The former vice-presidential nominee of the Republican Party and Governor of Alaska from 2006-09 will exclusively attend the 10th India Today Conclave on March 18 & 19, 2011. She is the featured Keynote Speaker at the closing Dinner Gala of the Conclave on March 19, where she will share her vision of America.

"I'm very excited to visit India. Americans have a great respect for the world's largest democracy," Governor Palin told India Today Conclave Team. "India and the United States are partners in trade and business affairs, and working together our two nations can build a more peaceful and prosperous world."

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Governor Palin epitomizes the theme of the 10th India Today Conclave: 'The Changing Balance of Power'. A working mother of five, as a mayor and governor she emphatically broke through the gender-ceiling in Alaska. In the process she cleaned up political corruption and championed reform to allow the private sector to grow.

Her nomination as a vice-presidential candidate was no less remarkable, breaching as it did the overwhelmingly male bastion of the Republican Party and bringing the increasingly compelling political influence of 'middle America' to the elections.

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(h/t Sheya)

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