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Happy Rosh Hashanah 5775!

Posted by Dr. Fay on September 24, 2014

The two-day celebration of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, begins at sundown tonight and ends at sundown on Friday.  (It started earlier today in Israel, which is 7 hours ahead of the East Coast.)  We at SPIB want to wish all of our Jewish friends and readers a very happy Rosh Hashanah and a blessed and prosperous year ahead.  Ketivah VaChatimah Tovah.

Here is Prime Minister Netanyahu’s Rosh Hashanah 5775 greeting:

Video retrieved from IsraeliPM.

He also tweeted a transcript:

Eric Levinson at Boston.com has written an interesting article about Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur:

11 Questions About Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur You Were Too Embarrassed to Ask

Rabbi Aaron Rabin of Miami Beach blows on a kudu horn as children react at the Chabad Naples Jewish Community Center in Naples, Fla. on Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014. A few dozen youths visited the shofar factory at the center. Blown as a trumpet, it is used to ring in the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah. According to Chabad's Program Director Ettie Zaklos, "The blast of the Shofar is intended as a wake-up call, telling us to refine ourselves and improve, in preparation of the upcoming year." (AP Photo/Naples Daily News, Corey Perrine)

 Read the rest here.

Raphael Poch at Breaking Israel News has more about the shofar:

Praising God with the Sound of a Shofar

“Praise Him with the sound of the shofar.” (Psalm 150:3)

As we come to the period leading up to the High Holidays on the Jewish Calendar (Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, and Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement), Jews all over the world embrace the custom of blowing the shofar (Ram’s Horn). Numerous times throughout the Bible do we see the Ram’s horn brought into use and each time has a different purpose and symbolism.

The symbolism behind the shofar first appears during the binding of Issac in Genesis 22:13.

“Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son.”

It is interesting to note that the first time the Hebrew word for ‘love’ appears in the Bible is in relation to a father having to sacrifice his son who he loves (Genesis 22:2). The idea of sacrifice and love, and sacrificing for love, has been intertwined ever since.

The shofar is also used to herald God’s presence, as it states in Exodus 19:16 when the Jewish Nation received the 10 Commandments:

“On the morning of the third day there was thunder and lightning, with a thick cloud over the mountain, and a very loud trumpet blast. Everyone in the camp trembled.”

Aside from awakening the nation, the shofar is also used to signal the start of the High Holidays for the Jewish nation (Leviticus 23:24, 25:9 and Numbers 29:1).

We see the shofar used as an instrument of spiritual warfare, as is evidenced in Numbers 10:9:

And when you go to war in your land against the adversary who oppresses you, then you shall sound an alarm with the trumpets, that you may be remembered before the Lord your God, and you shall be saved from your enemies.”

Aside from these purposes the shofar was used to sound alarms for the camp of Israel (Numbers 10:5-6, Ezekiel 33:3), to convene assemblies, announce the new moon and the Jubilee, herald messages and to coronate kings. The shofar was also used in the Temple service (2 Chronicles 15:14, Psalm 47:6, 89:16, 150:5) and when the Ark of the Covenant was returned to the Jewish Temple (1 Samuel 4:5, 2 Samuel 6:15).

But what is this instrument of many hats that is seemingly present in almost every Jewish public ceremony?

On the High Holidays it is Jewish belief that all of mankind comes before God for judgement and to be inscribed either in the ‘book of life’ or the ‘book of death’. The shofar is meant at its very core to spiritually awaken those who hear the sound and help them realize that they should be the ones weeping before God either in jubilation or in trepidation.

Certainly this is a time for trepidation and introspection, and the shofar is sounded for a month leading up to the awe-filled day. During its sounding we try to incorporate in our thoughts all of the different elements that the shofar represents: love, sacrifice, the glory of God, Kingship, independence, freedom, worship, independence, existential threats, the conquering of enemies, and the thrill of victory together with the threat of defeat.

In that maelstrom of meaning and emotion the call pierces through to the very soul of those who attune themselves to ‘grandeur of meaning’ that this simple horn represents. Even though not all shofars sounds the same, and not all those who blow the shofar will do so with the same intensity, the sound is laced through-and-through with meaning and symbolism that incorporates over 4,000 years of pain, suffering, joy, jubilation, sacrifice and love highlighting the human experience.

Read more about the types of shofars.

Tuly Weisz at Breaking Israel News gives us some history about the sounding of the shofar in Israel during British occupation of what was then known as Palestine.

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When Sounding the Shofar Was a Crime in Jerusalem

There is no more powerful sound than the blast of the Shofar. To the Jewish people, the Shofar is not some primitive trumpet; rather, it is the instrument which accompanied our most glorious national episodes. The Shofar provided the soundtrack for the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai (Exodus 19) and was Joshua’s secret weapon as he sieged the walls of Jericho (Joshua 6) and in Gideon’s battle with Midian (Judges 7). As we prepare for Rosh Hashana which is referred to as ‘Yom Teruah’ the day of the sounding of the Shofar (Leviticus 23), its important to remember that the Shofar was not merely a source of inspiration in Biblical times, it has a vital role throughout all of history, past, present and future.

Much attention has been paid to the discriminatory practices against Jewish prayer on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. This past June, a ten year old Jewish boy was nearly arrested for praying on Judaism’s holiest site for fear of provoking local Muslims. Unfortunately, this is not a recent phenomenon and already during the period of the British Mandate, when England controlled Palestine from 1922 to 1948, Jews were forbidden full access to the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, for fear of offending Arab sensibilities. In 1929, the British increased their discriminatory policy: while allowing Jews to pray at the Western Wall, they distributed pamphlets and hung posters forbidding Jewish worshippers from ‘provoking’ the Arabs, and criminalized the act of blowing the Shofar at the Kotel during the High Holy Days.

Jerusalem’s Jewish population was stunned at the announcement and determined to resist the British orders. In defiance, at the concluding service of Yom Kippur, a member of Menachem Begin’s youth movement snuck in and covertly blew the Shofar. After years of this unlawful behavior every Yom Kippur, British police began stepping up their presence at the holy site, ready to pounce upon anyone caught breaking the law. On Yom Kippur 1943, as the evening progressed, the British guards pressed their way into the mass of praying Jews. When they heard the sound of the Shofar they flew into a frenzy. The young “culprit” who blew the Shofar was tackled while other police beat those who tried to defend him. Israel’s future Prime Minister Menachem Begin witnessed this brutality and was shocked to think this is how Jews are treated on our holiest day of the year, at the holiest spot in Judaism!

This traumatic sight caused Begin to resolve to turn the tables on the British bullies. With a daring sense of audacity, ten days before Yom Kippur in 1944, Menachem Begin, as the leader of the Jewish underground, instructed his followers to distribute pamphlets and hang posters throughout the streets of Jerusalem warning that any British policeman who would disturb the Jewish prayer services at the Western Wall “will be regarded as a criminal and be punished accordingly.” His warnings became more intense and piercing, causing all sorts of rumors to be circulated concerning the type of punishment the British might expect.

Tension filled the air and increased over the days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

The fateful night arrived, and at the Western Wall the cantor chanted the final words of Yom Kippur’s closing service while the congregation fervently responded with deep emotion and the British police stood around nervously waiting. Suddenly, the air was pierced by the long, loud, single blast of the Shofar from the lips of the boy who was beaten the previous year for performing the same act. Not a single British officer moved. After a long pause, the commanding officer ordered his men to “Fall out. Return to the barracks at the double – one, two, one, two, one, two.”

With the Jewish people’s return to the Land of Israel, the Shofar has once again been used as a rallying cry to inspire the People of Israel and the world. We pray that this Rosh Hashana proves to be the final harbinger for the prophetic fulfillment of the ultimate purpose for the Shofar, “and on that day [of Redemption] a Tekiya will be sounded from a great Shofar” (Isaiah 27:13).

Read more. 

Yes, Jews and Christians alike await the sounding of that great Shofar!

Enjoy these videos:

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Gov. Palin wishes Tim Crawford and Shealah Craighead a happy birthday

Posted by Dr. Fay on September 23, 2014

Posted on Governor Palin’s Facebook page today:

Sarah Palin
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Happy Birthday to SarahPAC Treasurer Tim Crawford and our beautiful photographer friend Shealah Craighead (who takes all the good pics and is hard to find in front of the lens!). Here’s their verse of the day (may we all learn it and live it!)…

- Sarah Palin

Sarah Palin's photo.
Sarah Palin's photo.
Sarah Palin's photo.

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Gov. Palin and Joel Pollak talk about his new book about the Tea Party

Posted by Dr. Fay on September 22, 2014

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Posted on Governor Palin’s Facebook page this afternoon:

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Breitbart editor Joel Pollak discussed his forthcoming book “Wacko Birds: The Fall (And Rise) of the Tea Party” with me over a salmon and halibut dinner. Here’s the video of our discussion. The book comes out on September 28. You can get a copy at www.wacko-birds.com
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Here’s an article about our discussion:
http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/09/22/Wacko-Birds-Author-to-Palin-Hillary-Wants-to-Be-Snapchat-Candidate-to-Erase-Her-Past
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Play Video

WATCH THE VIDEO HERE

Here is the article by Tony Lee at Breitbart.com that Governor Palin linked to:

‘Wacko Birds’ Author to Palin: Hillary Wants to Be ‘Snapchat Candidate’ to Erase Her Past

In an interview with Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin at her Alaska home, Wacko Birds author and Breitbart News Senior Editor-at-Large Joel Pollak said Hillary Clinton will try to be 2016’s “Snapchat candidate” because she desperately wants to erase her past.

Palin, who revolutionized the way in which social media sets the news cycle, invited Pollak–who worked with the late Andrew Breitbart, the new media pioneer who started one of the most prominent news outlets in the new media era–for a discussion about his new book. And the two surely discussed the importance of pop culture and non-legacy outlets in conservatism’s future, among many other topics.

Pollak, the author of Wacko Birds: The Fall (and Rise) of the Tea Party, mentioned that Barack Obama “emerged simultaneously with Facebook” in 2004 and candidate Obama in 2008 “was whatever Facebook users wanted him to be.”

“People could fill that blank space,” Pollak said of Obama’s crowdsourced campaign that employed some prominent former Facebook officials and ran circles around Hillary Clinton’s stodgier and more flat-footed apparatus.

Pollak said that younger people are using Snapchat to communicate because their messages expire soon after they are sent. Even potential 2016 candidates like Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) have adopted the new social platform, which Pollak noted was recently valued at $10 billion and appealing to younger people who want to send “naughty pictures that disappear.”

“Hillary Clinton Wants to be the Snapchat candidate because she wants to make her past disappear,” Pollak told Palin.

Palin observed that the Clintons have the “luxury of reinventing themselves as much as they want” because they have a compliant media that is more than willing and able to help them. That is a luxury, as Palin discovered, conservatives–and outsiders of all stripes in general–do not have.

After observing that today’s kids probably think Facebook and Instagram are passé, Palin, whose personal emails were once infamously hacked (the hacker eventually received a one-year jail sentence.), asked Pollak, “And do [Snapchat users] think it really disappears forever.” Palin’s right–the “snaps” don’t really completely disappear.

Palin and Pollak discussed how even regarding the most recent events involving Hillary Clinton, the media conveniently want to shove her failures–like Benghazi–under the rug. And they often ignore that Clinton was Obama’s Secretary of State whenever she jabs Obama’s foreign policy failures.

“Everyone forgets that she was in charge of that foreign policy for four years,” Palin said. “That was your territory. That was your department.”

Pollak told Palin he believed that “people want to forget because they want the fantasy of whatever it is she represents.”

But because of Matt Drudge, the late Breitbart, and the rise of social media that has amplified the voices of conservatives like Palin even more, it will be more difficult to whitewash Clintons’s record should she enter the 2016 presidential race.

Three years before Matt Drudge changed the news business forever by breaking Bill Clinton’s affair with Monica Lewinsky on his website, the Clinton White House feared that the Internet would weaken the mainstream media’s palace guards.

“Moreover, it allows an extraordinary amount of unregulated data and information to be located in one area and available to all,” a 1995 Clinton White House memo stated. “The right wing has seized upon the Internet as a means of communicating its ideas to people. Moreover, evidence exists that Republican staffers surf the Internet, interacting with extremists in order to exchange ideas and information.”

Palin, whom I dubbed the “Great CommuniTweeter,” praised Drudge in a 2012 speech, saying the naysayers who denounced the man “without a degree or a pedigree” for trying to “influence the national discourse” because they knew he “wasn’t beholden to the old media’s machine and the Thought Police.”

Drudge told the National Press Club a few months after breaking the Lewinsky bombshell that he envisioned a future “where there’ll be 300 million reporters, where anyone from anywhere can report for any reason. It’s freedom of participation absolutely realized.”

Palin told new media devotees that “you are the future he predicted!”

Drudge has now become the de facto assignment editor for the mainstream media reporters and editors who once lambasted his website. Similarly, political operatives, mainstream media writers, and everyone else in the permanent political class who mocked Palin for bypassing them and Tweeting to get her message out in 2009 now obsessively use Twitter, often compulsively checking in the first thing in the morning and right before they go to sleep.

As Pollak details in his book, since Obama was elected, the mainstream media have given favorable treatment to Occupy Wall Street while denouncing the more peaceful Tea Party movement. They combed through Palin’s records–and found nothing–while ignoring Obama’s past and his administration’s scandals–like the IRS’s targeting of conservatives. The media tried to amplify stories about anti-illegal immigration rallies that drew few supporters while fabricating the number of supporters at pro-amnesty rallies to make them seem larger and more powerful than they were. The media blamed Palin and the Tea Party for Gabby Giffords’ assassination attempt before they had any evidence about the shooter’s politics or motives. It turns out the shooter was apolitical and may have been offended that Giffords was cold to him at a previous event. That same media also blamed the Aurora, Colorado shootings on the Tea Party without any evidence whatsoever.

But new media outlets were also able to expose and combat these lies more ferociously than ever before. The late Andrew Breitbart, who worked with Drudge for many years behind the scenes, deftly used Twitter to maximize its “force multiplier” effect. And Pollak’s book details “the important role played by Andrew Breitbart and conservative new media in defending the Tea Party at several critical moments” in the Obama era.

But, as Pollak goes into depth in his book, Tea Party conservatives still face challenges even as they make plenty of advances in the new media era. If Hillary Clinton runs in 2016, the media will redouble their efforts to again elect one of their own. And much like Team Hillary will have to learn from Obama’s successes and failures, Tea Party conservatives must learn from their triumphs and mistakes in the Obama era that Pollak details in his book to combat the Hillary industrial complex.

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Gov. Palin: David Limbaugh’s book mysteriously absent from establishment rankings

Posted by Dr. Fay on September 21, 2014

Posted on Governor Palin’s Facebook page this afternoon:

 

Sarah Palin
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It’s still warm enough for outside reading! Sort of. I’m reading David Limbaugh’s “Jesus on Trial” (seen above), and note both of his books shown in the picture are mysteriously absent from establishment’s rankings. It’s difficult for conservatives to have books appropriately and fairly ranked by the NYT’s bestseller list and others, despite the obvious strong sales of their books.

David’s book is excellent! I had no doubt there must have been something in the water well that nourished the brains and brawn of all the Limbaughs. (Yes, that Limbaugh family!) Ever wonder what it’s like for Rush to live in his brother’s shadow?
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Read the book, and feel those Doubting Thomas temptations evaporate as truth is confirmed.
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Here’s more:
https://townhall.com/tipsheet/townhallcomstaff/2014/09/19/weird-david-limbaughs-bestselling-book-curiously-missing-from-nyt-bestseller-list-n1893747
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You can buy Limbaugh’s “Jesus on Trial” here: http://is.gd/sMXxxH
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Read more here:
http://townhall.com/columnists/davidlimbaugh/2014/09/09/why-i-wrote-jesus-on-trial-n1888933

- Sarah Palin

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Photo: It's still warm enough for outside reading! Sort of. I'm reading David Limbaugh's "Jesus on Trial" (seen above), and note both of his books shown in the picture are mysteriously absent from establishment's rankings. It's difficult for conservatives to have books appropriately and fairly ranked by the NYT’s bestseller list and others, despite the obvious strong sales of their books. David's book is excellent! I had no doubt there must have been something in the water well that nourished the brains and brawn of all the Limbaughs. (Yes, that Limbaugh family!) Ever wonder what it's like for Rush to live in his brother's shadow? :)  Read the book, and feel those Doubting Thomas temptations evaporate as truth is confirmed.  Here's more: https://townhall.com/tipsheet/townhallcomstaff/2014/09/19/weird-david-limbaughs-bestselling-book-curiously-missing-from-nyt-bestseller-list-n1893747 You can buy Limbaugh's “Jesus on Trial” here: http://is.gd/sMXxxH Read more here: http://townhall.com/columnists/davidlimbaugh/2014/09/09/why-i-wrote-jesus-on-trial-n1888933 - Sarah Palin

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Gov. Palin: A splash of autumn color in Alaska

Posted by Dr. Fay on September 21, 2014

 Posted on Governor Palin’s Facebook page last evening:

Sarah Palin
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My brother Chuck took this beautiful photo of Alaska’s splash of autumn color announcing a new season; may it be your best.
For more about life in your 49th state look here:
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Photo: My brother Chuck took this beautiful photo of Alaska's splash of autumn color announcing a new season; may it be your best. For more about life in your 49th state look here: https://www.facebook.com/chuckheathjr http://chuckheathjr.com

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The Palins wish Mark Levin a happy birthday

Posted by Dr. Fay on September 21, 2014

Posted on Governor Palin’s Facebook page this evening:

Sarah Palin added 2 new photos.
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Happy Birthday to the Great One, Mark Levin! America’s Constitutional guru and stalwart voice for grassroots patriots everywhere – Mark, we love you and thank you for all you do for LIBERTY!

- The Palins

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Sarah Palin's photo.
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Gov. Palin to speak at Values Voter Summit in DC next weekend

Posted by Dr. Fay on September 18, 2014

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From the FRC Action  press release:

FRC Action Announces Governor Sarah Palin to Speak at Values Voter Summit

PR Newswire

WASHINGTON, Sept. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — FRC Action is pleased to announce that Governor Sarah Palin is confirmed to speak at this year’s Values Voter Summit. Along with the Governor, other confirmed Values Voter Summit speakers include Governor Bobby Jindal (R-La.), Senators Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Governor Mike Huckabee, Senator Rick Santorum, Reps. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.), John Fleming (R-La.), Frank Wolf (R-Va.), Glenn Beck, Mark Levin, General James Conway (Ret.), Erick Erickson, Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, Star Parker, the Benham Brothers, and Duggar Family, among others.

Family Research Council Action President Tony Perkins made the following comments:

“We are pleased to announce that Governor Sarah Palin has been confirmed to appear at this year’s Values Voter Summit. Governor Palin has always been a steadfast supporter of natural marriage and every human’s right to life.  She not only ‘talks the talk’ but also walks by her convictions. We are proud to stand with the Governor and are honored to have her presence, for the first time, at the Values Voter Summit,” concluded Perkins.

The ninth annual Values Voter Summit will be held from September 26-28 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C.  FRC Action’s Values Voter Summit is cosponsored by AFA Action, American Values, Liberty Institute, Liberty Counsel, Liberty Counsel Action, and Family Research Council.  The Values Voter Summit annually draws thousands of social conservatives from across the country.  An exhibit hall, book signings, radio row, new media row, and much more will be packed into this three-day conference.  On Saturday evening, a gala dinner will honor Meriam Ibrahim, the Sudanese mother who was sentenced to death because of her Christian faith.

Read more.

h/tp  US4Palin

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(Updated) Bristol Palin: My Parents’ Divorce

Posted by Dr. Fay on September 18, 2014

Posted at Bristol’s Blog today:

 My Parents’ Divorce

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Aw… so sad.  

I just read an article on Yahoo’s front page about my family.

According to some random reporter, my parents are getting divorced…

I find something new about my family every day!

(Of course, the article and most of what the media reports about our family is complete garbage.)

Visit our Palin Derangement Syndrome page for more examples of PDS.

UPDATE:

Governor Palin responded to Bristol’s blog post today on Facebook:

I love my Bristol! My straight-shooter is one of the strongest young women you’ll ever meet. I have to say this as a proud mama: right up there with their work ethic and heart for those less fortunate, my kids’ defense of family makes my heart soar! As you can imagine, they and my extended family have experienced so many things (liberal media-driven) that may have crushed others without a strong foundation of faith, and I’m thankful for our friends’ prayer shield that surrounds them, allowing faith to remain their anchor. Thank you, prayer warriors! I love you!

See this from Bristol:
http://www.patheos.com/blogs/bristolpalin/2014/09/my-parents-divorce/

- Sarah Palin

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Sarah Palin's photo.

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Governor Palin congratulates Arkansas State University football team on religious liberty win

Posted by Dr. Fay on September 18, 2014

Posted on Governor Palin’s Facebook page today:

Sarah Palin shared a link.
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Congratulations to Arkansas State University’s football team for this victory for free speech and religious liberty. Now let’s all have a good old-fashioned bake sale to raise the cash for the team’s decals (just don’t let White House know we’re engaged in a bake sale)!

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2014/09/18/arkansas-state-lifts-ban-on-football-helmet-crosses-but-players-must-foot-bill/

Here is the article by Todd Starnes that she linked to:

Arkansas State lifts ban on football helmet crosses, but players must foot bill for decals

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Sarah Palin was right on the significance of Russia’s proximity to Alaska

Posted by Dr. Fay on September 15, 2014

Here is an editorial from the New York Sun shared with us by our friend Benyamin Korn, editor of the Jews for Sarah website who also writes at Algemeiner.

View From Wasilla?

Editorial of The New York Sun | September 1, 2014

“Palin Was Right” is the headline that catches our eye on the Daily Beast. It runs over an Associated Press dispatch, disclosing details of a long-ago program to prepare for an invasion of our northern territory by the Soviet Union. The AP has worked itself up into something of a swivet about this. To us the FBI looks ever more far-signed now that the Europeans are scrambling to see whether the Russians have actually invaded Ukraine and President Obama is admitting in respect of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria that he lacks a strategy.

Where is J. Edgar Hoover when we need him? He was apparently behind the program in Alaska. Between 1950 and 1959, the AP reports, the FBI “recruited and trained fishermen, bush pilots, trappers, and other private citizens across Alaska for a covert network to feed wartime intelligence to the military.” The idea was that when the Reds got across the Bering Straight, these agents would know of pre-placed caches of radio equipment and survival supplies and start transmitting intelligence back to our government. Smart. They could see Russia from their houses.

Governor Palin, of course, didn’t actually say “I can see Russia from my house.” That was Tina Fey parodying her reply to Charlie Gibson, to whom she said of Russia: “They’re our next-door neighbors, and you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska.” But Mrs. Palin did actually comprehend the significance of Russia’s proximity to America. The secret program AP reports on was codenamed “Washtub.” The wire advises that “with the benefit of hindsight, it would be easy to dismiss ‘Washtub’ as a harebrained scheme born of paranoia.”

Washtub, the AP says, reflected “genuine worry about Soviet intentions and a sense of U.S. vulnerability.” It notes that as the plan was being shaped in 1950, “Soviet-backed North Korea invaded South Korea, triggering a war on the peninsula that some in the Pentagon saw as a deliberate move by Moscow to distract Washington before invading Europe. The previous summer the Soviets stunned the world by exploding their first atomic bomb. Also in 1949, the U.S. locked arms with Western Europe to form the NATO alliance.” Plus Mao declared victory in China.

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In a similar vein, the editors at The Universal Spectator posted this article in May.

POTD: Geography Lesson

Read the rest here.

Here is a map showing the proximity of Russia to Alaska across the Bering Strait.

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Photo retrieved from American in Spain (article itself based on wrong assumption)

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These photos are from reader comments on an article by Maceman at Free Republic:

To: Maceman

The smaller island is the USA, the larger Island Russia.

Diomede Islands

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Little Diomede (Alaska) is in the foreground, Big Diomede (Russia) is in the background.

Russia in the background from Alaska in the foreground.

30 posted on 9/11/2008, 11:33:53 PM by Sooth2222 (“Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of congress. But I repeat myself.” M.Twain)

And here is a Google Earth view of Russia from Alaska (in the foreground):

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Photo retrieved from Real Science

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