Posted by Dr. Fay on January 4, 2016
Judging by the content of Governor Palin’s Facebook post below and the fact that her house in Arizona is up for sale, my guess is that her immediate plans are to focus on her family there in Alaska. No one could blame her if she takes a rest from politics – she has given much to this country by being a voice for the grassroots, who often feel powerless when their elected officials’ loyalties seem to be elsewhere. We will just have to wait and see.
In the meantime, this will be the last post on SPIB, at least for a while. The blog will remain as an archive of the contributions of our authors that chronicle Governor Palin’s activities from February 2009 onward. Some of the pages have links to articles about Governor Palin even farther back.
It has been a pleasure following this remarkable woman and covering her activities for our readers. But it is time now to rest for a while.
Posted on Governor Palin’s Facebook page on Saturday:
Ahhhh. Relief. A new season… this new year. My resolution time includes specific goals I know I’ll meet because I hold on. Like Dierks Bentley sings:
“To the things I believe in – my faith, your love, our freedom… to the things I can count on to keep me going strong, I hold on.”
One thing – I’ll enjoy a lot more music, a lot less plugged-in tech time. Passing on that online time that enables broken people to try to break others is a way to live life vibrantly without inviting their hate to cloud my home. More music, less blue light, less white noise = refreshing!
And no matter what 2016 brings, I’ll teach my children to really grasp Jeremiah 29:11; to know that in all things, if it’s good, it’s God. “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Or how Bristol puts it:
Happy New Year
– Sarah Palin
Posted by Dr. Fay on December 25, 2015
On Christmas night, I hope that all of our friends and readers have had a wonderful Christmas with family and friends. This is the day on which Christians for centuries have celebrated the birth of Jesus Christ, and it is a time of rejoicing that God had a plan for fallen man. May we always be mindful of the miracle that took place so long ago that gives us hope for all eternity.
The Palins had an additional reason to be thankful this Christmas. Yesterday, Governor Palin tweeted a link to Bristol’s announcement on her blog of the birth of Sailor Grace Palin the day before.
Posted on Governor Palin’s Facebook page:
Here is the post on Bristol’s Blog that Governor Palin shared the link to:
A Note from my Mom, Sarah Palin, on Sailor Grace’s BirthDecember 24, 2015 by
A sweet note from my mom…
Oh, perfect love! The best gift ever!
Thank you, Bristol, for your strength and good heart and your love of life. The most important people in Bristol’s life were there to witness the miracle of Sailor Grace Palin’s arrival last night.
Thank you for sharing the miracle with Piper, Marina, and me, Bri! And we thank Todd for taking care of the rest of the family during this most precious beginning of a great new chapter!
– Sarah Palin
Posted on Governor Palin’s Facebook page this morning (December 26):
Merry Christmas! I hope you had a joyous day and can keep the Christmas spirit alive in your heart and home all year long. Love from my girls and me.
Posted by Dr. Fay on December 6, 2015
Retrieved from IsraeliPM
We at SPIB want to wish our Jewish friends and readers Hanukkah Sameach as the first day of Hanukkah begins tonight. May your eight days of Hanukkah be very blessed as you remember the great miracle of the oil provided during the rededication of the Second Temple.
For our readers who may not be familiar with the history of Chanukkah, here is a brief summary:
The story of Chanukkah begins in the reign of Alexander the Great. Alexander conquered Syria, Egypt and Palestine, but allowed the lands under his control to continue observing their own religions and retain a certain degree of autonomy. Under this relatively benevolent rule, many Jews assimilated much of Hellenistic culture, adopting the language, the customs and the dress of the Greeks, in much the same way that Jews in America today blend into the secular American society.
More than a century later, a successor of Alexander, Antiochus IV was in control of the region. He began to oppress the Jews severely, placing a Hellenistic priest in the Temple, massacring Jews, prohibiting the practice of the Jewish religion, and desecrating the Temple by requiring the sacrifice of pigs (a non-kosher animal) on the altar. Two groups opposed Antiochus: a basically nationalistic group led by Mattathias the Hasmonean and his son Judah Maccabee, and a religious traditionalist group known as the Chasidim, the forerunners of the Pharisees (no direct connection to the modern movement known as Chasidism). They joined forces in a revolt against both the assimilation of the Hellenistic Jews and oppression by the Seleucid Greek government. The revolution succeeded and the Temple was rededicated.
According to tradition as recorded in the Talmud, at the time of the rededication, there was very little oil left that had not been defiled by the Greeks. Oil was needed for the menorah (candelabrum) in the Temple, which was supposed to burn throughout the night every night. There was only enough oil to burn for one day, yet miraculously, it burned for eight days, the time needed to prepare a fresh supply of oil for the menorah. An eight day festival was declared to commemorate this miracle. Note that the holiday commemorates the miracle of the oil, not the military victory: Jews do not glorify war.
Photo retrieved from PM Netanyahu’s Facebook post.
Lea Speyer at Breaking Israel News reported on the candle lighting:
Celebrating the first night Hanukkah, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gathered with soldiers of the IDF to light the first candle of the menorah and kick off the holiday.
Attended by Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon and soldiers from the Lotar (counter-terrorism and hostage rescue) and Oketz (canine special forces) units of the IDF, the prime minister paralleled Israel’s fight for existence in modern times with the miracle of Hanukkah.
“I am proud to be here and light the first Hanukkah candle with you in the birthplace of the Maccabees,” he said. “We then stood, the few against the many, and we won. We set light against the darkness and we were victorious.”
“I am here because my grandfather, Rabbi Natan Milkovsky Netanyahu, as a young person, studied in a yeshiva in Lithuania and one day he worked in a railway station with his younger brother Yehuda. He saw a group of anti-Semitic hooligans. They identified them as Jews, the yeshiva students, and they fell upon them. They ran toward them with clubs, shouting ‘Death to the Jews.””
“My grandfather told his younger brother Yehuda, ‘Run, I will stop them.’ He understood that he was going to sacrifice himself to save his younger brother. He was savagely beaten until he was almost dead. Sprawled in the mud and the snow, he told himself, ‘What a disgrace that the descendants of the Maccabees lay sprawled here in blood and dirt.’ Before he lost consciousness he vowed, ‘If I live, I will take my family and go to the Land of Israel in order to renew Jewish independence there and the Maccabees will rise again.’”
Netanyahu praised the IDF, which he called “the most moral army in the world,” for defending the Jewish state against extremism. The prime minster thanked Israel’s modern “Maccabees [who] have arisen again to defend the Jewish people” from “darkness.”
Posted by Dr. Fay on November 26, 2015
Posted by Governor Palin on her Facebook page today:
Sarah Palin added a new photo.
On this Thanksgiving Day, we as Americans have so much to be thankful for, in spite of the economic downturn and the efforts of some to subvert our Constitution. People from all over the world are drawn to this country because of the bounty that God blessed our godly forebears with. It is up to us to stand up for our freedoms, especially those guaranteed by our First and Second Amendments, so that our flag will continue to wave over the land of the free and the home of the brave.
The Heritage Foundation posted a link today to this article at The Daily Signal about an upcoming National Geographic film about the first Thanksgiving Day
Retrieved from NationalGeographic
‘Saints and Strangers’ Gives the Real Story Behind Thanksgiving
In the fall of 1621, the pilgrims and the Wampanoag gathered to celebrate a bountiful harvest. William Bradford, the colony’s first governor, described the feast in great detail. It featured “cod, bass, and other fish”; a “great store of wild turkeys”; “venison”; and a healthy supply of “Indian corn.”
The celebration lasted for days and was the culmination of a hard-won peace forged between the pilgrims and the Wampanoag.
But since the mid-’60s, a cottage industry of historians and activists have churned out books and essays that cast a different light on the early years of the Plymouth colony.
In this sinister retelling, the pilgrims are portrayed as greedy capitalists who perpetrated deception, treachery, and genocide against the Native Americans. Instead of giving thanks for all we have, Americans should be mourning the myriad atrocities committed at the hands of our forefathers.
Thankfully, a new National Geographic movie is up to the challenge of refuting these dubious and historically inaccurate claims.
“Saints and Strangers,” which aired earlier this week, attempts to peel away the New Left revisionism in order to discover what actually took place at the Colony at Plymouth.
The Pilgrims and the various Indian tribes were not homogenous groups of people who mechanically followed scripts written by social justice warriors.
To the contrary, the pilgrims were composed of English separatists fleeing from religious persecution (the Saints) and adventurers seeking fortune (the Strangers). “Saints and Strangers” details the harsh conditions and the difficult choices the pilgrims often faced.
n one instance, at a meeting of the surrounding tribes, Canonicus, the leader of the Narragansett, proposes a plan. For protection against the English, he asks each tribe for tribute. Massasoit, who heads the Wampanoag, decides not to join this venture.
A few days later, the Narragansett attack the Wampanoag as an incentive to agree to Canonicus’ proposal.
With Squanto’s help, the Wampanoag instead sign a peace treaty with the pilgrims in the summer of 1621. In return for protection against the Narragansett, the Wampanoag teach the pilgrims how to use the soil to their own advantage.
“Saints and Strangers” helps shed light on what took place in the first years at Plymouth Colony, neither whitewashing events nor unfairly condemning one side or the other. As the film shows us, reality is always more interesting than worn out political narratives.
The story of how God used Squanto to help save the Plymouth Colony from starvation is always fascinating, especially at this time of year. A series of misfortunes in Squanto’s life led him step by step in preparation for his role in the survival of the Pilgrims. It also earned him a place in history and the gratitude of Americans to this day. Our previous article about Squanto and the First Thanksgiving can be found here.
We at SPIB hope all of you have had a happy and blessed Thanksgiving Day today and will have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!
Posted by Dr. Fay on November 11, 2015
Today we honor our veterans on the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. Our veterans past and present have protected America and fought in our wars, sometimes under unthinkable conditions. Most of us have family and friends who are veterans or currently serving in our armed forces. We are thankful for their dedication and sacrifice as they have served and fought in our place.
In the Southland, let us also remember the brave men and boys (and a few women) who fought to protect the Southern states from the Northern invasion, also known as Lincoln’s tariff war. In recent weeks, our Confederate heroes have been maligned by those with a political agenda and/or misinformed. The history of the Civil War was rewritten after it ended, but the recent Confederate flag controversy has caused much of the true history of the conflict to be unearthed. To learn more, go here and here
From the Facebook page of Memphis Brigade, Sons of Confederate Veterans:
Let’s remember ALL our American veterans!
Governor Palin posted this on Facebook today:
No politics… no punditry… no picking debate performance winners.
Today is a day to honor the bravest souls in our country’s history. And it’s not flat history for any father, mother, son, or daughter who understands what it takes to serve.
Please give our men and women in uniform extra thanks today, and do something tangibly appreciable for families who have sacrificed along with their heroes – our heroes – the American veteran. From Valley Forge to Falluja – to the wild battlefields of this very moment – we are blessed with freedom because of the hardened resolve of America’s military.
May God bless the United States of America, and let us never forget all those who have placed their lives on the line in our defense.
Thank you, vets. You deserve the best. You honor us.
Everyday of American peace and freedom is a Veteran’s Day
From Bristol’s post which Governor Palin linked to:
Ronald Reagan’s Veteran Day Speech Will Make You CryNovember 11, 2015 by—————————
On Veteran’s Day, it’s hard to know what to say, other than “THANK YOU to the veterans” who have served so proudly.
Since it’s been a long time since we’ve had a President who we can respect — in terms of the military, especially — I thought it would be nice to go a little retro with Reagan.
This speech — with “Nearer My God to Thee” playing in the background — is touching and inspirational.
Thank you to everyone who has worn the uniform.
[Retrieved from Josh Bo.]
P.S. Speaking of Freedom, did you know my mom’s new book called “Sweet Freedom: A Devotional” is coming out next week?? Pre-order today!
Posted by Dr. Fay on October 8, 2015
Governor Palin posted a link to the amazing video that resulted when Matt Drudge dropped by Info Wars unexpectedly and left Alex Jones “flabbergasted.” The video is a must watch all the way to the end as Drudge shares his views on the upcoming election and on the looming loss of internet freedom. Governor Palin agrees with his assessment of social media and expresses her own frustrations with Facebook.
Posted on Governor Palin’s Facebook page yesterday:
THE ICONIC DRUDGE – HIS INTERVIEW! AND, DISLIKING FACEBOOK
One of the best interviews I’ve heard in a long time! Please listen; appreciate both gentlemen’s courage, innovation and work ethic; enjoy.
(Along the lines of this interview, I’ve consistently voiced frustration with having to use Facebook to reach the nearly 5 million good people tuned in to my page – it kills me to drive traffic and revenue to Facebook’s out-of-touch founder (Mark Zuckerberg) so he can then turn around and donate to liberal causes and candidates, thus un-doing much of what I try to do here (all pro bono, at great cost in my time and resources). I’m exploring other ways to stay connected with you all – if I had any other choice today to keep you informed and receive your significant input (free from any censorship or what has been called “technical problems” – resulting in some censored posts), believe me, I’d bail from Facebook and, together, we’d be elsewhere, friends! Seven years of research, writing and posting here, knowing we’re ultimately contributing to the problem – i.e. resources landing in liberals’ laps – is killer. And enough’s enough. Drudge expounds on the dangerous Leftist monopolistic situation in his interview I’ve linked to here.)
Btw, Facebook, as I’ve explained numerous times – Sarah Palin is my real name. I’m still prohibited from ever easily logging on to anything Facebook-related as you block my attempts 99% of the time with the rejection response: “Sorry, you must use a real name”; but since your policy disallows me using a fake name accompanied by my legit contact info, it’s a constant time-consuming quandary. Despite seven years of bringing this to your attention, you still don’t believe me, nor through decent customer service want to make this any easier? Thank you to the good folks there who try anyway… thank you for hearing my concerns on this and had honestly pushed for solutions… may this encourage you in your line of work today:
“The world is moved not only by the mighty shoves of the heroes, but also by the aggregate of the tiny pushes of each honest worker.” – Helen Keller
– Sarah Palin
Posted by Dr. Fay on October 4, 2015
Posted on Governor Palin’s website yesterday:
Here is the article by Matthew Boyle at Breitbart.com that she linked to.
#IAmAChristian: Dr. Ben Carson Lights Up Facebook in Response to Oregon School Shooting
2 Oct 2015Washington, DC
Dr. Ben Carson, a 2016 GOP presidential candidate and world-renowned neurosurgeon, has launched a social media response effort to the Oregon gunman’s reported targeting of Christians in his shooting spree on a community college campus on Thursday.
In one of several consecutive Facebook posts, Carson urges his millions of followers to change their Facebook photograph to an image of a hashtag: #IAmAChristian. The other Facebook photograph shows Carson holding up a piece of paper with the words “I am a Christian” written on it.
“Please consider changing your profile picture to honor the victims and their families,” Carson writes under the one with the hashtag photograph.
“Yes, #IAmAChristian,” Carson writes under the one with the photograph of him.
A third post gives a more detailed message from Dr. Carson explaining his thought process behind the slogan:
Today, many of your questions were in regards to the sorrowful event that took so many precious lives in Oregon yesterday. We don’t have all the details yet, but as time passes more are coming out. Millions of people are posting pictures of themselves declaring they are Christians in support of the victims and their families. I did so on Facebook this afternoon. If you have a moment, please consider doing it as well. Email me your pictures and I will put them on the website. Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
It is times like these when We the People must be United!
As I sit here, I must be honest with you – I was planning to answer more questions, but now it seems inappropriate. I would like to spend this night together remembering how important each life is – please join me in praying for the victims and their families. Please pray for the healing of our Great Nation.
An eyewitness of Thursday’s shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon said that the killer, named by police as Chris Harper-Mercer, asked students about their faith and executed those who professed to be Christians.
“A gunman singled out Christians, telling them they would see God in ‘one second,’ during a rampage at an Oregon college Thursday that left at least nine innocent people dead and several more wounded, survivors and authorities said,” the New York Post reported.
The Post quoted Stacy Boylen, a woman whose daughter was wounded in the shootings, to detail exactly how the gunman targeted Christians: “[He started] asking people one by one what their religion was. ‘Are you a Christian?’ he would ask them, and if you’re a Christian, stand up. And they would stand up and he said, ‘Good, because you’re a Christian, you are going to see God in just about one second.’ And then he shot and killed them.”
Democrats, including President Barack Obama, have seized the shooting as an opportunity to push for more gun control. But Carson has instead put the focus on mental health issues in America–and now on the fact that the shooter reportedly targeted those of Christian faith.
“Well, obviously, there are going to be those who are going to be calling for gun control,” Carson said in an interview with Hugh Hewitt on Thursday. “But you know, that happens every time we have one of these incidents. Obviously, that’s not the issue. The issue is the mentality of these people. And we need to be looking at the mentality of these individuals and seeing if there are any early warning clues that we can gather that will help us as a society to be able to identify these people ahead of time.”
Carson’s Facebook page has more than 4 million followers, and both photographs are already going viral. The candidate’s brilliant use of social media—among many other things—has helped propel him to the top tier of the 2016 GOP pack.
He’s also used social media as a tool to become one of the field’s most prolific fundraisers from grassroots donors, hauling in $20 million last quarter in mostly small dollar donations from all over America.
Posted by Dr. Fay on October 4, 2015
Well, I paraphrased a little, but I share Governor Palin’s admiration for Israel’s strong and gracious leader! In the opinion of many, Prime Minister Netanyahu is the leader of the free world in the absence of a strong American President. May the next president of the U. S. A. be a godly man who loves Israel as much as Governor Palin does!
Posted on Governor Palin’s Facebook page on Thursday:
Please watch Prime Minister Netanyahu’s speech right now at the UN; proving there’s a good argument that he’s the world’s strongest leader!
Here is a video of Prime Minister Netanyahu’s speech. The transcript can be found here.
Retrieved from Frank Hobson III
Posted by Dr. Fay on October 2, 2015
Posted on Governor Palin’s Facebook page today:
Oh, how I miss this man. Do you?
Thank you to my father-in-law for forwarding this to remind me – to remind all of us – there is such thing as real hope. Thank you Jim Palin!—————-Ronald Reagan’s church put this together to commemorate the birthday of Ronald Reagan. Unfortunately the war against the evil of liberalism…youtube.com
The video. A must watch:
Posted by Dr. Fay on September 13, 2015
Retrieved from Six13Sings
Tonight is the beginning of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. L’Shanah Tovah to our Jewish friends and readers! May it be written and sealed that your year ahead will be filled with peace, prosperity and happiness.
Here is a description of the Jewish High Holidays from My Jewish Learning:
Although the High Holidays themselves–the two days of Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year) and Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement) — occupy three days only, they lie within a web of liturgy and customs that extend from the beginning of the preceding Hebrew month of Elul through Yom Kippur. The focus of this entire period is the process of teshuvah, or repentance, whereby a Jew admits to sins, asks for forgiveness, and resolves not to repeat the sins. Recognizing the psychological difficulty of self-examination and personal change, the rabbis instituted a 40-day period whose intensity spirals toward its culmination on Yom Kippur, a day devoted entirely to fasting and repentance.
When Does the High Holidays Season Begin?
The High Holiday period begins on the first day of the Jewish month of Elul. In the Ashkenazi tradition, during this month of soul searching, the shofar, or ram’s horn, is blown each morning except on the Sabbath, to call upon listeners to begin the difficult process of repentance. Also in Elul special haftarot–prophetic portions–focusing on consolation acknowledge the vulnerability of an individual grappling with personal change. During the week before Rosh Hashanah, intensity increases as traditional Jews begin reciting selichot, prayers that involve confessing sins and requesting God’s forgiveness and help. On the Sabbath before Rosh Hashanah, the selichot are chanted at midnight, rather than their usual early morning hour.
What Are the 10 Days of Repentance?
The culmination of the High Holiday period occurs during the Ten Days of Repentance, which begin on 1 Tishrei with Rosh Hashanah and end with Yom Kippur. During this period, human beings have the chance to tip the scales of divine judgment in their favor through repentance, prayer, and tzedakah (performing righteous deeds and giving money to charitable causes).
Not only is Rosh Hashanah the Jewish New Year, which commemorates God’s creation of the world, but also the Day of Judgment, when God remembers and judges all human deeds. Except on Shabbat, services are punctuated with the call of the shofar, which according to Maimonides, is saying, “Awake, you sleepers, from your slumber…examine your deeds, return in repentance, and remember your Creator.” Human beings are believed to be in mortal danger at this time, with their lives hinging on the decision to repent. Only those who choose to forego sin are inscribed in the symbolic “book of life” that is a central liturgical image of Rosh Hashanah.
On the afternoon of the first day of Rosh Hashanah, the theological bent of the morning services is reinforced in a concrete way during the Tashlikh ceremony, during which individuals symbolically cast away their personal sins by throwing breadcrumbs into a flowing body of water. This action is accompanied by the recitation of biblical verses that evoke the human capacity for repentance and the beneficence of Divine forgiveness through the metaphor of casting sins into depths of the waters.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Rosh Hashanah greeting from “the eternal capital Jerusalem”:
Retrieved from IsraeliPM
Prime Minister Netanyahu also gave a Rosh Hashanah greeting in Persian to Jews in Iran this year.
For Christians who would like to celebrate Rosh Hashanah also, CBN has an annual Rosh Hashanah celebration tonight, the live stream of which can be found here.