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Main Lesson Learned from Governor Palin in 2010

Posted by Adrienne Ross on December 31, 2010

By Adrienne Ross – http://www.motivationtruth.com

As 2010 winds down, I stop to reflect on what I’ve learned most from Governor Palin. I end the year with a very simple but profound lesson from her, as she has shown herself to be everything I already knew she was–authentic and fearless.

Governor Palin took on health care, the economy, the Ground Zero mosque, Iran, Arizona’s attempt to secure its own borders, Wikileaks, energy independence, and the Gulf oil spill. She became a political analyst for Fox News where she weighed in on pressing issues of the day, sometimes from the studios of New York, sometimes from her home in Wasilla. Governor Palin traveled the U.S., speaking up for Constitutional freedoms, and she selflessly went to Haiti to serve those still dealing with the effects of a devastating earthquake. She supported Bristol on “Dancing with the Stars,” took us through Alaska via “Sarah Palin’s Alaska,” and wrote another successful book, reflecting on “family, faith, and flag.” She ushered in a new era of strong, active women and named them Mama Grizzlies, a distinction they still carry with pride. Perhaps most notable, she helped change the face of Congress by successfully endorsing a plethora of candidates–male and female, Black, Hispanic, Indian, and White, who will put an end to business as usual in Washington and do the people’s business instead.

Impressive as this partial list of Governor Palin’s accomplishments is, what stands out most to me is not what she did, but how she did it. Whereas Dana Perino may choose to babble about Governor Palin’s authenticity, the truth speaks louder. No one would put herself on the line as she did without firmly believing in each stand she took. Governor Palin went through hell because she called attention to “death panels,” and only now are people recognizing that she had the foresight to see what most others chose to deny. She was labeled a racist because she stood with Arizona in their effort to secure their own borders and became the most prominent face of the Tea Party movement. She was accused of being intolerant because she questioned the appropriateness of building a mosque in the vicinity of Ground Zero. Her judgment was placed on the chopping block because she dared endorse some people with whom the Establishment took issue. Nonetheless, she did not hide behind what was safe, but she went running toward what was right. While supposed heir-to-the-Republican-nomination-throne, Mitt Romney, often hid until the eleventh hour–and sometimes much later–to endorse a candidate, the Governor spoke out, came out, campaigned, raised money, and stood by her decisions.

Whether certain individuals like the Governor’s decisions or not, her fearlessness in making them and standing by them is unquestionable. She stands head and shoulders above the rest because she stands on principle. This is the kind of leader Americans are seeking. This is the kind of leader who inspires the support that she receives from ordinary barbarians. This is also the kind of leader who scares both the Left and the Right to death.

In 2010, Governor Palin surely demonstrated what it means to be busy, but she did so much more than that. She focused on issues that matter most to Americans, and she didn’t let the pressure closing in on all sides divert her from doing what she knew to be best for her nation, or her family, or even her state. May we be just as fearless in our stand for truth, freedom, and justice. Governor Palin is a living example of what authenticity is really about, what it costs, and the rewards it brings. No matter who likes it or who doesn’t, with her, what you see is what you get. And we see a Mama Grizzly intent on standing on the right side of all the right issues and will not back down.

As we head into 2011, I want to carry this lesson of fearlessness and authenticity with me; it reminds me of the advice Shakespeare shared in Hamlet when he wrote:

This above all: to thine ownself be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man.
Farewell: my blessing season this in thee!

Happy New Year!

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Dana Perino, Governor Palin Can Go Camping Today AND Think Tomorrow

Posted by Adrienne Ross on December 30, 2010

By Adrienne Ross – http://www.motivationtruth.com

As I was away for several days, some things I normally would have jumped on, I let sit for a couple days. However, I certainly want to chime in on former White House Press Secretary Dana Perino’s comments about Governor Palin’s “authenticity.”

According to Perino, Governor Palin’s ability to go camping one day and write a thoughtful op-ed about Iran the next is somehow “discordant.” After enjoying the great outdoors, supposedly her policy writings the next day don’t “sound like her.” Well, this is a different take on things. Usually, people–those who aren’t paying attention–say the Governor isn’t dealing with the issues. Perino is aware enough to know that clearly Governor Palin is constantly dealing with the issues, so she instead states that when doing so it doesn’t sound like her–because of her love for the fresh air of Alaska. She calls her ability to go camping and do some serious thinking “weird.”

I may not always agree with Perino, but I do often enjoy listening to her perspective. She’s way out in left field in this case, however, and her viewpoint is completely ridiculous, or shall I say weird?

Yes, how odd it is that someone could actually think a person has to be one dimensional to be authentic. Anyone who even gives credence to the idea that a person can’t do various and sundry things, and use a different voice when doing them, is small-minded and lacks common sense. Anyone who has ever held a conversation with her child on Sunday, for example, sounds quite different than she sounds with her clients at work on Monday. And who speaks the same at an amusement park as they speak at a town hall meeting? Hopefully, no one. Yet each voice is as authentic as the other–in its proper environment. Whether Perino was airing her own feelings, or speaking about how others view Governor Palin, her validation of such a small way of thinking is…well, small-minded.

This reminds me of people who think a pretty girl or a star athlete can’t simultaneously be insightful and intelligent. Who knew people still thought this way? It’s absurd. I sometimes run into people I haven’t seen in years who incorrectly remember me as a “gym teacher,” and I have students now who will say, “You should be a gym teacher.” And why do they say this? Because I kick butt on the basketball court, of course! In their minds, while they don’t even realize it, one can’t be athletic and also do other things well. On the other hand, those who have never seen me play ball, but have only witnessed me teach English, cannot imagine me doing anything but that. To these groups of people I point out that a person can actually have a variety of interests and do several of those things quite well. News bulletin: a person can score a touchdown today and pass a biology test tomorrow. One would not think someone as bright and experienced as Dana Perino would have to be made aware of this, and the fact that she doesn’t think one can camp, hunt, log, white water raft, or whatever one day and still contemplate issues like national security or the economy the next says a lot about how out of touch she is.

Rob Port adds:

The intent here is to suggest that Palin isn’t smart enough to have her own opinions, and that her serious policy writings are the words of someone else. Which is pretty unfair as even Perino admits that plenty of politicians use speech writers and other advisers to craft their policy writings.

But I understand why many in Washington DC are looking askance as Palin. She’s not the traditional politician. She’s not orthodox by any stretch of the imagination. Her power and influence isn’t dependent on the traditional political and media structures. I think that makes a lot of people feel threatened.

Read more from Port and see the Perino clip here.

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Palin’s top ten Facebook notes of 2010

Posted by loricalabrese on December 30, 2010

We might possibly look back at 2010 as the year that catapulted Sarah Palin to be the 2012 GOP presidential candidate. Palin’s political action committee, Sarah PAC, raised over $5 million, the former governor endorsed nearly 100 conservative candidates and as Juan Williams said, “nobody dominates the stage” like Sarah Palin.

Palin continues to strategically use Facebook and Twitter to her favor, raising her star power to unparalleled heights with other possible 2012 contenders. Her Facebook notes have ranged from policy stances to clearing up lame-stream media misconceptions to challenging Obama’s mismanagement in office. As 2010 comes to a close, let’s take a look at Palin’s ten most popular posts (BTW…it was really challenging to narrow down Palin’s posts to ten, but here’s one attempt)…

As published on Examiner.com

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Cal Thomas: Sarah Palin Deserves an Apology

Posted by Dr. Fay on December 30, 2010

Insightful article by Cal Thomas at the Washington Examiner:

Death panels are just the first step

By: Cal Thomas 12/29/10 8:05 PM

Examiner Columnist

Sarah Palin deserves an apology. When she said that the new health-care law would lead to “death panels” deciding who gets life-saving treatment and who does not, she was roundly denounced and ridiculed.

Now we learn, courtesy of one of the ridiculers — the New York Times — that she was right. Under a new policy not included in the law for fear the administration’s real end-of-life game would be exposed, a rule issued by the recess-appointed Dr. Donald M. Berwick, administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, calls for the government to pay doctors to advise patients on options for ending their lives.

These could include directives to forgo aggressive treatment that could extend their lives.

This rule will inevitably lead to bureaucrats deciding who is “fit” to live and who is not. The effect this might have on public opinion, which by a solid majority opposes Obamacare, is clear from an e-mail obtained by the Times. It is from Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., who sent it to people working with him on the issue.

Oregon and Washington are the only states with assisted-suicide laws, a preview of what is to come at the federal level if this new regulation is allowed to stand. Blumenauer wrote in his November e-mail:

“While we are very happy with the result, we won’t be shouting it from the rooftops because we aren’t out of the woods yet. This regulation could be modified or reversed, especially if Republican leaders try to use this small provision to perpetuate the ‘death panel’ myth.”

Ah, but it’s not a myth, and that’s where Palin nailed it. All inhumanities begin with small steps; otherwise the public might rebel against a policy that went straight to the “final solution.”

All human life was once regarded as having value, because even government saw it as “endowed by our Creator.” This doctrine separates us from plants, microorganisms and animals.

Doctors once swore an oath, which reads in part: “I will not give a lethal drug to anyone if I am asked, nor will I advise such a plan; and similarly I will not give a woman a pessary to cause an abortion.”

Did Dr. Berwick, a fan of rationed care and the British National Health Service, ever take that oath? If he did, it appears he no longer believes it.

Do you see where this leads? First the prohibition against abortion is removed and “doctors” now perform them. Then the assault on the infirm and elderly begins.

Once the definition of human life changes, all human lives become potentially expendable if they don’t measure up to constantly “evolving” government standards.

It will all be dressed up with the best possible motives behind it and sold to the public as the ultimate benefit.

The killings, uh, terminations, will take place out of sight so as not to disturb the masses who might have a few embers of a past morality still burning in their souls. People will sign documents testifying to their desire to die, and the government will see it as a means of “reducing the surplus population,” to quote Charles Dickens.

When life is seen as having ultimate value, individuals and their doctors can make decisions about treatment that are in the best interests of patients. But when government is looking to cut costs as the highest good and offers to pay doctors to tell patients during their annual visits that they can choose to end their lives rather than continue treatment, that is more than the proverbial camel’s nose under the tent.

That is the next step on the way to physician-assisted suicide and, if not stopped, government-mandated euthanasia.

It can’t happen here? Based on what standard?

Yes it can happen in America, and it will if the new Republican class in Congress doesn’t stop it.

Examiner Columnist Cal Thomas is nationally syndicated by Tribune Media.

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Obama Has Lost The World: Why We Need Sarah Palin

Posted by Gary P Jackson on December 30, 2010

Liberal pundits mock the rough and ready style of conservatives like Reagan, Bush or Palin in world affairs, but what they fail to realize is that the over-educated naivete, trendy cosmopolitanism and buzzword rich approach of a Kerry or Obama come off as laughably pathetic on the world stage.

Republicans might be hated, but they can’t be ignored. Democrats on the other hand are catspaws and pawns, fools who are so sure of their cleverness and determined to embrace every culture in the way that only the graduates of Ivy League institutions can, that any Third World vendor could twirl them around his fingers.

~ Daniel Greenfield

By Gary P Jackson

Writing for Eurasia Review, Daniel Greenfield has written an absolutely blistering take on Barack Obama’s inability to lead and his status as a joke worldwide. Greenfield also points to Sarah Palin, along with Presidents George W. Bush and Ronald Reagan as the sort of tough leaders who garner respect on the world stage.

Greenfield is a columnist born in Israel and currently living in New York City. He is a contributing editor at Family Security Matters and writes a daily blog column on Islamic Terrorism, Israeli and American politics and Europe’s own clash of civilizations which can be found at Sultanknish.blogspot.com.

Here’s a taste of what he has to say:

After the 2010 elections, it’s not exactly news that Obama has lost America. But in a less public referendum, he also lost the world. Obama’s cocktail party tour of the world’s capitals may look impressive on a map, but is irrelevant on a policy level. In less than two years, the White House has gone from being the center of world leadership to being irrelevant, from protecting world freedom to serving as a global party planning committee.

Even the Bush Administration’s harshest critics could never have credibly claimed that George W. Bush was irrelevant. He might have been hated, pilloried and shouted about– but he couldn’t be ignored. However Obama can be safely ignored. Invited to parties, given the chance to show off his cosmopolitan sophisticated by reciting one or two words in the local lingo, read off a teleprompter, along with some cant about the need for everyone to pull together and make the world a better place, and then dismissed for the rest of the evening.

As a world leader, he makes a passable party guest. He has a broad smile, brings along his own gifts and is famous in the way that celebrities, rather than prime ministers and presidents are famous. On an invitation list, he is more Bono than Sarkozy, Leonardo DiCaprio not Putin. You don’t invite him to talk turkey, not even on Thanksgiving. He’s just one of those famous people with a passing interest in politics who gets good media attention, but who has nothing worthwhile to say.

The only countries who take Obama seriously, are the ones who have to. The leaders of Great Britain, Israel and Japan– who have tied their countries to an enduring alliance with America based on mutual interests and values, only to discover that the latest fellow to sit behind the Oval Office desk no longer shares those values and couldn’t give less of a damn about American interests. It’s no wonder that European leaders ignore him as much as possible. Or that Netanyahu visited America, while Obama was abroad. Or that Japanese politics have become dangerously unstable.

On the enemy side, the growing aggressiveness of China, North Korea, Iran, Hezbollah and Al Qaeda can all be attributed to the global consensus that no one is at home in the White House.And if no one is at home in the White House, then that’s a perfect time to slap the big boy around the yard. China is doing it economically, the rest are doing it militarily. They’re all on board with Obama’s Post-American vision of the world. But unlike him and most liberals, they have a clear understanding of what that means. The America of some years back, which actually intimidated Libyan dictator Khaddafi into giving up his nuclear program, without lifting a hand against him is long gone. So is the Cedar Revolution. Syria and Iran are back in charge in Lebanon. And in Afghanistan, the Taliban are laughing at our soft power outreach efforts.

Obama’s soft power approach emphasizes the ‘soft’ and forgets the ‘power’. It neglects even Clinton era understandings about the role of America in the world, and reverts instead to a Carter era sense of guilt that bleeds into hostility toward American interests and allies. While the rest of the world puts their own interests first, they act like a cog in some imaginary global community, turning and turning toward the distant horizon of international brotherhood. While China, Russia and most of the world walk down their backs and up their jellyfish spines, laughing all the way. And America’s allies gird themselves and prepare for the worst.

There is much, much more here.

Greenfield is spot on. Obama is more like an international jet-setting “playboy” than the President of the United States, a position that was also formally known as the Leader of the Free World. Obama is just the opposite. His ideology, a socialist-communist mix that centers around being a victim in need of “social justice” is a poor fit for the position of leader [in any capacity] but most especially the leader of all free peoples.

Obama doesn’t even grasp the fundamentals of our own Constitution, one of the most important, and enduring documents ever created. He has professed on may occasions that it is a “flawed document.” If this man finds our Constitution, a covenant between the people and government, guaranteeing our God given rights to Liberty and Freedom from an oppressive government, how can he be expected to lead the entire world, standing up for Freedom and Liberty everywhere?

We’ve talked a lot about Michelle Obama’s crusade on fat. The reason being is it is the perfect example of the totalitarianism progressives believe in. The entire progressive philosophy centers around a command and control centralized government that has total domination of it’s citizens, down the the most minute levels. It’s no wonder Obama seems to identify more with our enemies, who run brutal regimes where their people have absolutely no freedom. They are so close to the progressive utopia that Obama and his fellow travelers envision for America.

We watched in horror as Obama stood by and did nothing while Freedom and Liberty seeking Iranians, finally summoning up the courage to protest their tyrannical and oppressive government, were slaughtered in the streets. After years of President George W Bush telling the Iranian people our quarrel wasn’t with them, but with their leaders, and we would support them, when the time came for America to stand with these brave Iranians, Obama hid out, and then when he finally surfaced, he sided with the Iranian regime, not the Freedom and Liberty seeking Iranian people.

It was a pathetic performance by an even more pathetic man.

Sarah Palin has long spoken out about Obama’s inability to lead. She talked about this during her Vice Presidential nomination acceptance speech in 2008, and has since written policy papers and op-eds dissecting the Obama foreign policy disaster. What she calls enemy-centric, is quite simply, Obama’s want to coddle our enemies, while dismissing our allies worldwide. In my opinion, it’s because Obama admires our enemies more than our allies, but that’s just me.

Sarah Palin has demonstrated that she knows the difference between friend and foe, and has a solid grasp on how to deal with them. Her latest was taking Obama and most of Congress to task for wanting to sign the START treaty, a horrible document that ties our hands.

Obama and Senate leader Harry Reid jammed that treaty through the advise and consent process without a single hearing or meaningful discussion. It was so “important” that it just HAD to be ratified before Christmas, no matter how terrible it is. We NOW know the Russians are still going through the process of vetting and approving it. Who would have ever thought the Russian Parliament would be more careful and thoughtful about things than the so-called “world’s greatest deliberative body” the United States Senate!

Sarah is right, of course. She had been speaking out against START since Obama took office. She was one of the only ones who saw the dangers. As we all know, Sarah, as Governor of Alaska, had the care and feeding of America’s missile defense system on her plate. She took the Obama regime on as they tried to gut that system. Some “comedians” make jokes about Sarah and Russia [which she's taken to embracing, just to tweak the libs] but the fact is, Alaska and Russia are incredibly close to one another. The Alaska Territory was actually part of Russia until it was purchased at the urging of Secretary of State William H. Seward in 1867.

The Alaska Air National Guard, of which Sarah Palin was Commander-in-Chief, routinely escorts Russian aircraft out of Alaskan air space. In fact, on Sarah’s watch, the 176th Wing received the United States Air Force Outstanding Unit Award for, among other things, maintaining North American air sovereignty and prosecuting 22 Russian bomber intercepts. These would be the Tu-95 “Bear” bombers.

Sarah knows first hand the dangers the United States and our allies face on a daily basis. She also understands the real evil that exists in the world, while Obama and his ilk tend to assign a moral equivalency to it all.

We look around, and Sarah Palin is the only potential presidential candidate that is standing up and speaking out on foreign policy. She’s the only one of the bunch who seems to get it. It’s not for nothing that Greenfield places her alongside tough leaders like Ronald Reagan and George W Bush, who had solid foreign policy.

Reagan won the cold war without firing a shot. The Soviet Union went bankrupt as they tried to develop countermeasures for a defense project that only existed in Reagan’s head!

As Greenfield pointed out, thanks to Bush’s no nonsense policy, taking out the leadership in Afghanistan and Iraq, Libya’s Khaddafi, a big sponsor of worldwide terror himself, was so afraid he was next, he gave up all of Libya’s nuclear weapons without protest. This was the direct result of the U.S. invading both Afghanistan and Iraq.

So far the only thing Obama has managed, is weakening our own nuclear capability, while allowing rogue states like Iran and North Korea to run wild.

Thanks to Obama’s lack luster ability, Iran is shipping nuclear capable medium-range missiles to Venezuela. Not only will this destabilize the entire region, these missiles are capable of reaching targets within the United States.

It’s the Cuban Missile Crisis on steroids, and we have no indication that the Obama regime is even trying to stop this. Nukes in Venezuela, with a crazed dictator in charge, would be a disaster for the entire world. But Obama’s golf game is improving, and really, isn’t that all that matters?

Sarah Palin has the temperament, experience, and good old fashioned common sense that we as a nation need in a Commander-in-Chief. Under Obama’s inept presidency, exactly like under Carter’s, the world has become a much more dangerous place. We needed Ronald Reagan to take charge after Carter. He was the only logical choice for that time. Today we need Sarah Palin to take charge, as she is the only logical choice for our time.

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Reuters: Americans Most Want Sandra Bullock, Sarah Palin As Neighbors

Posted by Gary P Jackson on December 30, 2010

By Gary P Jackson

Online real estate marketer Zilliow.com surveyed American adults asking them who they would like to have living next door to them. As it turns out, Sandra Bullock and Sarah Palin topped the list coming in first and second respectively. The cast of Jersey Shore were voted “worst neighbors” in the polling.

From Reuters:

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Americans would most like to live next door to actress Sandra Bullock in 2011, but the cast of the reality show “Jersey Shore” made the most undesirable neighbors, according to a poll released on Tuesday.

Bullock, who has won huge audiences with her All-American, girl-next-door image, earned more than a quarter of the vote in the annual poll on the most desirable celebrity neighbors, conducted by online real estate marketplace Zillow.com.

She was followed by conservative Republican politician, Sarah Palin. That may bode well for people in Arizona as on Monday, headlines trumpeted the news that her daughter, Bristol Palin, had bought a home in the state.

President Barack Obama, his wife Michelle and daughters Malia and Sasha dropped three places to No. 4 on the list after coming out on top last year. They were proceeded by talk show hosts Ellen DeGeneres and wife Portia DeRossi at No. 3. Rounding out the top five was talk show host Conan O’Brien.

You can read more here.

This comes on the heels of Sarah Palin being named to Gallup’s “Most Admired Woman” Top 10 for the third year in a row. For the ninth consecutive year, Hillary Clinton was chosen as the “Most Admired Woman” with Sarah Palin being chosen second for her third consecutive year in a row.

The Gallup poll asks those surveyed to choose both the most admired man and most admired woman living anywhere in the world.

You can see the full results of that polling here.

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Obesity Policy Expert: Sarah Palin Is Right, Michelle Obama And Mike Huckabee Are Wrong

Posted by Gary P Jackson on December 30, 2010

By Gary P Jackson

We’ve said this before, but get used to seeing “Sarah Palin was right and [fill in the blank] was wrong” a lot in the many years to come.

Though he comes at it from a different angle, the editors of National Review Online highlight prominent New York University obesity-policy scholar Rogan Kersh’s take on the obesity issue. Our take is the First Lady and Huckabee are Big Government, Nanny State progressives who are a direct threat to personal Liberty and Freedom. Kersh comes at it from the medical angle and scientific angle.

From NRO:

One key ingredient in Sarah Palin’s political dynamite is the cheerful scorn with which she regards Washington, a small but zesty serving of which she recently dished up for First Lady Michelle Obama and her anti-obesity crusade. During an episode of her reality show, the once (and future?) candidate cooked up a mess of hot s’mores and a side of even hotter politics, declaring: “This is in honor of Michelle Obama, who said the other day we should not have dessert.

Palin was being over-generous in her paraphrase. What Mrs. Obama in fact said was considerably more worrisome: “We can’t just leave it up the parents.” Her particular target was unhealthful school lunches, which parents presumably require help from distant federal authorities to improve; it is clear from this and much else that the first lady envisions a very broad role for the federal government in menu planning. If her vision leaves any room for limitation on government interference in family affairs, it is impossible to detect it. Palin, responding specifically to this boundless license for federal meddling, later expanded on her views: “Instead of a government thinking that they need to take over and make decisions for us, according to some politician’s — or politician’s wife’s — priorities, just leave us alone, get off our back, and allow us, as individuals, to exercise our own God-given rights to make our own decisions.” (There is something particularly delicious in Palin’s tone when she pronounces the words “politician’s wife” — if there should be such a thing as a Palin administration, we are confident that the apparently easygoing Mr. Palin will not evolve into the first scold.)

As is the case with practically all things Palin, this latest statement has led to a predictable chorus of harrumphing nanny-staters, not every one of whom is obviously qualified to lecture the body politic on healthful eating. CNN’s fulsome Roland Martin declared Palin’s observation “so stupid that it defies logic,” and added that the former governor is too ignorant to “understand how devastating obesity is to the future of the United States.” Defying logic, Mr. Martin, along with practically all of Mrs. Palin’s critics on the issue, is missing a piece in his argument: specifically, even a smattering of evidence that busybody campaigns of the sort in which Mrs. Obama is engaged are likely to do more good than harm when it comes to extraordinarily complex issues such as obesity — which is indeed positioned to impose significant costs, both financial and human, on the American people.

The evidence is, in fact, to the contrary, suggesting that well-intentioned government policies will make the problem worse: To the extent that political action has thus far affected American obesity, it has been a thumb on the wrong side of the scales, subsidizing the worst kinds of foods through the farm-subsidy and school-lunch programs, and often giving out precisely the wrong kind of dietary advice.

Obesity is, in truth, among our least tractable public-health problems. It is an absolute Gordian knot of nutrition, behavior, genetics, child-rearing environments, hormonal biology, economics, and other factors too numerous and too subtle to catalog. As New York University obesity-policy scholar Rogan Kersh has noted, the problem “has proved impervious to clinical treatment or public-health exhortation,” and it is by no means clear what, if anything, public policy can accomplish, or what the best avenue for reform is, if indeed there is one. For an administration prone to smug castigation of its predecessors for their allegedly insufficient deference to scientific expertise, the Obama team is here shockingly cavalier about a scientific question of substantial depth and complexity. If Mrs. Obama, between her undergraduate major in sociology, her minor in African-American studies, and her law degree somehow managed also to acquire a great deal of expertise regarding a medical issue that has proved remarkably difficult for actual scholars and learned authorities, she has not seen fit to share how and where she acquired it.

Mrs. Obama’s “eat your veggies” crusade is at once a remarkably shallow response and a remarkably ambitious one: She may know next to nothing about the deeper issues, but she has adamant faith that the transformative quality of political power will allow even the most ignorant politician — or politician’s wife — to ameliorate any problem, even one that has thus far proved “impervious to clinical treatment.” By the same token, Mrs. Palin’s dismissal of that conceit contains more wisdom than is understood by political entrepreneurs of the Obama variety or by their factota in the media. Advantage: Palin.

First ladies have their causes, the general rule of which is that they do less damage the farther away from public policy they stay. If the Obama administration should happen to win the wars (and keep the won wars won) and balance the budget, head off the looming fiscal crisis, and present the American people with the head of Osama bin Laden, perhaps at that time it can get back to us about the broccoli. Until then, we have more of an appetite for Mrs. Palin’s healthy skepticism of governmental ambition than for Mrs. Obama’s overegged federal pudding: Washington has enough on its plate.

Dr Kersh is right, of course. Now granted there are lazy people who just eat too much and won’t exercise, but for every one of those there are dozens who have real problems maintaining “approved weight.” These issues are indeed complex. One can simply lose the genetic lottery, or there can be a combination of problems. Since science and medicine haven’t found cures, it’s reasonable to think no government intrusion in our lives can.

In the end, it all boils down to Freedom and Liberty. Of course, with Freedom and Liberty comes personal responsibility. This is something progressives can’t tolerate. A free people, left to make their own decisions, good or bad, doesn’t NEED government’s help. That puts the progressives out of business, since their entire reason for living is telling others how to live their life. [No matter how poor of a job they have done living their own!]

The government already has problems fulfilling it constitutional requirements, only a fool would think having government take even MORE control of our lives will turn out well.

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Palin: What she believes and why

Posted by Jackie Siciliano on December 29, 2010

There’s a joke that goes something like this.  Sarah Palin is being interviewed on the air when a small seaplane crashes into Lake Lucille.  Sarah immediately runs across the water and saves the life of the pilot without thought for her own safety.  The next day, the headline in major newspapers is “Sarah Palin Can’t Swim”!  The LSM can and will continue to report any of her accomplishments in a twisted fashion. If you enjoyed that little joke, keep reading because Wes Vernon of the Washington Times has “hit the nail on the head” with his assessment of Sarah Palin’s ability to get her message across in her Facebook postings and in her books. ~Jackie~

From http://www.washingtontimes.com:

Sarah Palin has read the writings of such intellectual giants as Milton Friedman, Alexis de Tocqueville and Whittaker Chambers and such historical leaders as Abraham Lincoln, John F. Kennedy, Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher.

In “America by Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith and the Flag,” she cites the published letters between John and Abigail Adams in this nation’s infancy as well as the speech of Calvin Coolidge (probably one of America’s most underrated presidents) on the occasion of this nation’s 150th birthday.

Beyond that, the 2008 Republican vice-presidential nominee – recently in USA Today – offered us her insight regarding Iran‘s nuclear capabilities and ambitions.

Such displays of research and knowledge are not likely to prevent critics from disparaging her intellectual heft. Indeed, one is left to wonder if they would credit Mrs. Palin‘s gravitas if she were to author her own comprehensive encyclopedia blindfolded and without notes or research material at hand. More


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Help Sarah Palin Win the Caffeinated Conservative Award

Posted by Shane Vander Hart on December 28, 2010

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Caffeinated Thoughts is presenting its 3rd Annual Caffeinated Conservative Award. Governor Palin who won in 2008 and 2009 has been nominated again. You can help her win the 2010 award by voting at Caffeinated Thoughts or directly on the Sodahead poll.  Ron Paul right now is ahead by a sizeable margin, but voting is open until 11:00p (CST) on 12/30/10.

Shane Vander Hart is the editor of Caffeinated Thoughts and Caffeinated Theology.  Feel free to follow him on Twitter or friend him on Facebook, he loves connecting with fellow rogues.

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Tripp Johnston Turns Two Years Old Today

Posted by Dr. Fay on December 27, 2010

Bristol Palin’s son Tripp turned two years old today.  Here are some video glimpses of some of the media events this beautiful child participated in during his eventful first two years.

Tripp was introduced to America on Greta van Susteren’s show.
 

Harper’s Bazaar did a photo shoot of Bristol and Tripp having a tea party.

Tripp went to Los Angeles with his Mom when she was a contestant on Dancing with the Stars. 

One of the cutest sights on “Sarah Palin’s Alaska” was Tripp and his Uncle Trig playing.  We got glimpses of the two cuties throughout the series as the older children and the adults engaged in more strenuous outdoor activities.  The TLC website has a slideshow here with some neat photos of the Palin family.

We look forward to watching Tripp and the other young Palin family members grow and mature.   They have a lot of exciting times ahead.

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