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Archive for November 9th, 2010

New Yorker Palin Hit Piece Makes Me Embarrassed To Be A New Yorker

Posted by M.Joseph Sheppard At Palin4President2016 on November 9, 2010

“The New Yorker” (links to the demise of a once great and noble institution) magazine has in part been a not insignificant component of the shaping of my world view-similar to a childhood friend in a way.That may sound nerdy sad and lonely but to anyone who spent their formative years in New York City it is well understood as a perfectly standard NYC upbringinging.

Our family are as near to being archetypal native New Yorkers as is possible. Our family home was at 220 Central Park South-directly opposite Central park, for over forty years.CPS is the heart of Manhattan running from Columbus Circle to 5th Avenue-it is where the horse drawn hansom cabs park for out of towners to recall.

CPS was also the heart of fashionable liberalism-another unique NYC aspect. It was John Lindsay’s “Silk Stocking” (so named for the shape) district for which he was straight out of central casting-NYC’s JFK as it were.

At the lobby entrance to our building where the mail drop was guarded by the doormen there was always a big pile of New Yorker magazines ready to be sorted and pigeonholed. And what was there not to like about the magazine?

The New Yorker in those days was witty, urbane, clever. It had a subtle, thoughtful social/political commentary which was never rude or loud. This included the cover too which was always of the highest quality. Great writers old and new, Capote, Updike, Nabokov, Salinger…well the list is endless, graced the pages, but for many, and especially myself, it was the cartoonists that were most looked for.

The New Yorker was a “Hall of Fame” of cartoonists of both the general humor and satirical kind. Saul Steinberg, James Thurber, Peter Arno, Charles Adams are just a few of the great names of cartooning who brought both visual and cerebral delight.

The magazine was, on reflection, a positive shaping element.This was more than just because the Eisenhower/Kennedy years were more sedate, rather that the old fashioned liberalism of the magazine’s tone reflected an open, courtly and positive liberalism. I believe holding to this attitude today is no anachronism for a “recovering liberal”. I believe it fits in perfectly well with the now holder of a Palin world view (as I see it). Concern for the disadvantaged, which is to be remedied by a small government, acting as a social guarantor, and living within its means and with a strong foreign policy, were the hallmarks of the Eisenhower/Kennedy years prior to LBJ and are pure Palinism today.

It is deeply saddening to see the depths to which this once venerable magazine has sunk as it embraces all the grossly negative aspects of the modern liberal left.The absolute garbage which is the ranting of their “television critic” as she “reviews” Palin’s TLC Alaska documentary, exceeds even the lowest of the overtly leftist trash on execrable blogs like Gawker which makes no pretense of being anything but a trash site.

What does denigrating Palin’s daughter, putting thoughts into her head which ridicule her mother, have to do with the quality of the program? Since when does a television critic expound a personal political agenda? How could the editors allow this trashy partisanship to see the light of day? What does this sentence have to do with what was once a noble institution

“When they arrive back home, Palin attempts to poison Piper’s little mind with her mean-girl attitude”

What do the editors possibly have to gain by running this sort of “review”. Are they in such deep circulation problems that they have to resort to (which failed miserably) the sort of anti-Palin gimmick that Newsweek did with their notorious running shorts cover? New York is so deeply blue that they are preaching to the choir,certainly no ones mind would be changed reading such slanted material.

No, it is all so very sad. It is like seeing a childhood friend end up on drugs and sleeping rough. On the positive side it goes to reinforce to my mind that the progress I have made from liberal to conservative is correct. The liberal left today is unrecognisable to me in all its perverse grossness-allied to a disgusting elitism. I would frankly consider myself less of a person if I was still a ‘liberal”.

This is no place for cursing, no reason to stoop to their level. However, for those who loved the old New Yorker the wonderful Linotype errors, which were placed at the end of the serious articles, will suffice as a sad imprecation at those who have let such a wonderful institution fall to the dust to cope with their Palin fear and hatred “etoin shrdlu shrdlu shrdlu”.

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Jedediah Bila Joins Camille and Me on The People’s Post THIS THURSDAY NIGHT!!! A Post by Conservative Girl with a Voice

Posted by conservativegirlwithavoice on November 9, 2010

Political Columnist and Contributor Jedediah Bila

Camille and I have a great show lined up for this Thursday night (11/11). October’s shows were full of great guests- everyone from Bristol Palin and Eddie Burke to Joe Miller, and November is expected to be just as great! We are pleased to announce that we will be joined by phenomenal blogger and political contributor Jedediah Bila. Camille and I first got to know Jedediah via Twitter when we were helping with Eddie Burke’s campaign for Alaska lieutenant governor. Jedediah was nice enough to conduct a Q&A with Eddie that was published in the Daily Caller. For those of you who know of Jededidah’s work as a writer and commentator, not to mention an upcoming author, you know that she has an amazing way with words and the quality of her work is both fair and honest. Her work is a favorite of Mark Levin and Shaun Hannity. She is a regular on the Fox News Channel with regular appearances on Hannity and Red Eye. Camille and I cannot wait to talk with her about the mid-term elections and the rise of women in politics.

Make sure to tune in this Thursday night at 7 pacific/10 eastern to The People’s Post. You can listen online at blogtalkradio.com/thepeoplespost-live.

***Make sure to check back often before this Thursday-night’s show as I will be adding more guests to the schedule.***

(Click here to visit Conservative Girl with a Voice and become a follower.  Follow me on Twitter @rachellefriberg.)

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Bristol and Mark Dance the Argentine Tango and the Samba on Week 8 DWTS

Posted by Dr. Fay on November 9, 2010

 

Bristol and Mark danced the Argentine Tango for their individual routine last night and the Samba for their Instant Dance routine, for which they picked their music out of a bowl of CDs 20 minutes before they performed. 

Bristol received three 8’s for her performance of the Argentine Tango and one 7 and two 8’s for her performance of the Samba.  Her combined score was 47/60 and placed her at the bottom of the leaderboard.  Since fans’ votes are weighted equally with the judges’ scores,  hopefully our votes will help Bristol and Mark go on to the semifinals in Week 9 DWTS.  

Bristol and Mark talked to a reporter after the Week 8 competition.  Mark said that Bristol’s performance was her best all season.  He thought her Argentine Tango was better than the Viennese Waltz that she had scored three 8’s with previously and that she was underscored last night.  Mark also mentioned that Bristol was docked one point because he made an error in the routine, and he did not think that Bristol should have been penalized for that.  He said that Bristol did not break her rhythm in spite of his error. 

Voting has just ended for Week 8 DWTS, so we will know the results tonight.  Hopefully, Bristol and Mark will go on to Week 9 and beyond.  We would love to see them take that mirror ball home!

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Palin has the gravitas to take on the Fed

Posted by loricalabrese on November 9, 2010

The midterm elections are over, but Sarah Palin is proving she’s not done shaking up the system and diving into major policy issues. On Monday, in a keynote address at a trade-association convention in Phoenix, Palin tackled the issue of “quantitative easing,” which is when our government pumps money into the banking system by buying up treasury bonds.

Just last week, the Fed said the plan is to purchase $600 billion of U.S. Treasury securities by the middle of 2011. In addition, the Federal Reserve has announced that it will be “reinvesting” an additional $250 billion to $300 billion from the proceeds of its mortgage portfolio in U.S. Treasury securities over the same time period. So that is a total injection of about $900 billion.

BusinessInsider.com asks, “Have we now reached a point where the Federal Reserve is simply going to fire up the printing presses and shower massive wads of cash into the financial system whenever the U.S. economy is not growing fast enough?” . . .

As published on Examiner.com

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Sarah Palin Asks: Do Wall Street Journal Reporters Read the Wall Street Journal?

Posted by Gary P Jackson on November 9, 2010

By Gary P Jackson

An excellent smack down by Sarah Palin as well as proof that some people are so biased against Sarah Palin they forget their own ideas and in this case, writings, mirror hers. How stupid is that?

Do Wall Street Journal Reporters Read the Wall Street Journal?

Ever since 2008, people seem inordinately interested in my reading habits. Among various newspapers, magazines, and local Alaskan papers, I read the Wall Street Journal.

So, imagine my dismay when I read an article by Sudeep Reddy in today’s Wall Street Journal criticizing the fact that I mentioned inflation in my comments about QE2 in a speech this morning before a trade-association. Here’s what I said: “everyone who ever goes out shopping for groceries knows that prices have risen significantly over the past year or so. Pump priming would push them even higher.

Mr. Reddy takes aim at this. He writes: “Grocery prices haven’t risen all that significantly, in fact.” Really? That’s odd, because just last Thursday, November 4, I read an article in Mr. Reddy’s own Wall Street Journal titled “Food Sellers Grit Teeth, Raise Prices: Packagers and Supermarkets Pressured to Pass Along Rising Costs, Even as Consumers Pinch Pennies.

The article noted that “an inflationary tide is beginning to ripple through America’s supermarkets and restaurants…Prices of staples including milk, beef, coffee, cocoa and sugar have risen sharply in recent months.

Now I realize I’m just a former governor and current housewife from Alaska, but even humble folks like me can read the newspaper. I’m surprised a prestigious reporter for the Wall Street Journal doesn’t.

– Sarah Palin

People we are in grave danger. What the Fed is doing can destroy the nation. Sarah Palin is one of the very few out there actually speaking up. We don’t have time for petty politics and other such nonsense. It’s quite obvious who our leader is. It’s time to get behind her and put the silliness on the back burner.

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Sarah Palin Demands Fed Chair Ben Bernanke “Cease And Desist”

Posted by Gary P Jackson on November 9, 2010

By Gary P Jackson

In a speech delivered on Monday In Phoenix, Arizona, Sarah Palin slams Fed Chair Ben Bernanke and the Obama regime’s insane plan to monetize the debt.

Robert Costa over at National Review Online reports:

As President Obama prepares for the G20 summit in South Korea this week, Sarah Palin is challenging the Federal Reserve’s monetary policy, which will likely be a key issue at the talks. On Monday, in a keynote address at a trade-association convention in Phoenix, Palin will urge Fed chairman Ben Bernanke to “cease and desist” his “pump priming.” The United States, she says, “shouldn’t be playing around with inflation.”

Here are snippets from Palin’s prepared remarks obtained by National Review Online:

I’m deeply concerned about the Federal Reserve’s plans to buy up anywhere from $600 billion to as much as $1 trillion of government securities. The technical term for it is “quantitative easing.” It means our government is pumping money into the banking system by buying up treasury bonds. And where, you may ask, are we getting the money to pay for all this? We’re printing it out of thin air.

The Fed hopes doing this may buy us a little temporary economic growth by supplying banks with extra cash which they could then lend out to businesses. But it’s far from certain this will even work. After all, the problem isn’t that banks don’t have enough cash on hand – it’s that they don’t want to lend it out, because they don’t trust the current economic climate.

And if it doesn’t work, what do we do then? Print even more money? What’s the end game here? Where will all this money printing on an unprecedented scale take us? Do we have any guarantees that QE2 won’t be followed by QE3, 4, and 5, until eventually – inevitably – no one will want to buy our debt anymore? What happens if the Fed becomes not just the buyer of last resort, but the buyer of only resort?

All this pump priming will come at a serious price. And I mean that literally: everyone who ever goes out shopping for groceries knows that prices have risen significantly over the past year or so. Pump priming would push them even higher. And it’s not just groceries. Oil recently hit a six month high, at more than $87 a barrel. The weak dollar – a direct result of the Fed’s decision to dump more dollars onto the market – is pushing oil prices upwards. That’s like an extra tax on earnings. And the worst part of it: because the Obama White House refuses to open up our offshore and onshore oil reserves for exploration, most of that money will go directly to foreign regimes who don’t have America’s best interests at heart.

We shouldn’t be playing around with inflation. It’s not for nothing Reagan called it “as violent as a mugger, as frightening as an armed robber, and as deadly as a hit man.” The Fed’s pump priming addiction has got our small businesses running scared, and our allies worried. The German finance minister called the Fed’s proposals “clueless.” When Germany, a country that knows a thing or two about the dangers of inflation, warns us to think again, maybe it’s time for Chairman Bernanke to cease and desist. We don’t want temporary, artificial economic growth bought at the expense of permanently higher inflation which will erode the value of our incomes and our savings. We want a stable dollar combined with real economic reform. It’s the only way we can get our economy back on the right track.

Sarah is right, of course. Hyperinflation will destroy America. In fact, the historical evidence of this is so strong, one might think that is the purpose of this dangerous path. It’s like the Obama regime is purposely destroying our nation. Surely the Marxist-democrats aren’t this stupid, are they?

One of the most well known cases of monetizing the debt occurred in Germany in the 1920s, and led to the collapse of the Weimar Republic. This led directly to the rise of Adolf Hitler and National Socialism. It also led to the ridiculousness that included needing a wheelbarrow full of German marks to buy a loaf of bread. It was a complete disaster.

Surely the Marxist-democrats know this, and one must wonder if the total collapse of America isn’t their end game.

We don’t have to go back to the early decades of the 20th Century to see the evils of what the Obama regime is up to. Obama’s good buddy Robert Mugabe has worked similar “magic” in Zimbabwe. This tin pot dictators policies have been so idiotic that by December 2008, inflation was estimated at 6.5 quindecillion novemdecillion percent! (65 followed by 107 zeros)

Yes we can! (turn America into Zimbabwe)

This is a very serious matter and if the Obama regime and the Fed are not stopped, we could not only see the collapse of the United States, but the entire world’s economy. Again, one wonders if something like this isn’t by design. As Reuters reports, China and Russia are most certainly alarmed, and Obama just keeps on keepin’ on.

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Michael Reagan: “The others don’t have the passion that Sarah Palin has”

Posted by Gary P Jackson on November 9, 2010

If the boys don’t catch up quickly, it could be evening in America for them.

~Michael Reagan on Sarah Palin’s advantage in 2012

By Gary P Jackson

This is a great exchange between Michael Reagan and Megyn Kelly about Sarah Palin and her chances for 2012. They are discussing, among other things, the new SarahPAC video which you can view here.

Michael is spot on. Sarah Palin brings an energy, a passion that we have not seen since his father, the great Ronald Reagan was motivating Americans to stand tall and proud. No one else in America has the ability to inspire that Sarah Palin does.

Michael Reagan has been an early supporter of Sarah’s. He wrote the incredibly moving “Welcome Back Dad” for Human Events after Sarah’s incredible acceptance speech at the 2008 Republican Convention:

Welcome Back Dad

I’ve been trying to convince my fellow conservatives that they have been wasting their time in a fruitless quest for a new Ronald Reagan to emerge and lead our party and our nation. I insisted that we’d never see his like again because he was one of a kind.

I was wrong!

Wednesday night I watched the Republican National Convention on television and there, before my very eyes, I saw my Dad reborn; only this time he’s a she.

And what a she!

In one blockbuster of a speech, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin resurrected my Dad’s indomitable spirit and sent it soaring above the convention center, shooting shock waves through the cynical media’s assigned spaces and electrifying the huge audience with the kind of inspiring rhetoric we haven’t heard since my Dad left the scene.

This was Ronald Reagan at his best — the same Ronald Reagan who made the address known now solely as “The Speech,” which during the Goldwater campaign set the tone and the agenda for the rebirth of the traditional conservative movement that later sent him to the White House for eight years and revived the moribund GOP.

Last night was an extraordinary event. Widely seen beforehand as a make-or-break effort — either an opportunity for Sarah Palin to show that she was the happy warrior that John McCain assured us she was, or a disaster that would dash McCain’s presidential hopes and send her back to Alaska, sadder but wiser.

Obviously un-intimidated by either the savage onslaught to which the left-leaning media had subjected her, or the incredible challenge she faced — and oozing with confidence — she strode defiantly to the podium and proved she was everything and even more than John McCain told us.

Much has been made of the fact that she is a woman. What we saw last night, however, was something much more than a just a woman accomplishing something no Republican woman has ever achieved. What we saw was a red-blooded American with that rare, God-given ability to rally her dispirited fellow Republicans and take up the daunting task of leading them — and all her fellow Americans — on a pilgrimage to that shining city on the hill my father envisioned as our nation’s real destination.

In a few words she managed to rip the mask from the faces of her Democratic rivals and reveal them for what they are — a pair of old-fashioned liberals making promises that cannot be kept without bankrupting the nation and reducing most Americans to the status of mendicants begging for their daily bread at the feet of an all-powerful government.

Most important, by comparing her own stunning record of achievement with his, she showed Barack Obama for the sham that he is, a man without any solid accomplishments beyond conspicuous self-aggrandizement.

Like Ronald Reagan, Sarah Palin is one of us. She knows how most of us live because that’s the way she lives. She shares our homespun values and our beliefs, and she glories in her status as a small-town woman who put her shoulder to the wheel and made life better for her neighbors.

Her astonishing rise up from the grass-roots, her total lack of self-importance, and her ordinary American values and modest lifestyle reveal her to be the kind of hard-working, optimistic, ordinary American who made this country the greatest, most powerful nation on the face of the earth.

As hard as you might try, you won’t find that kind of plain-spoken, down-to-earth, self-reliant American in the upper ranks of the liberal-infested, elitist Democratic Party, or in the Obama campaign.

Sarah Palin didn’t go to Harvard, or fiddle around in urban neighborhood leftist activism while engaging in opportunism within the ranks of one of the nation’s most corrupt political machines, never challenging it and going along to get along, like Barack Obama.

Instead she took on the corrupt establishment in Alaska and beat it, rising to the governorship while bringing reforms to every level of government she served in on her way up the ladder.

Welcome back, Dad, even if you’re wearing a dress and bearing children this time around.

That was quite lofty praise at the time, for sure. But since then, Sarah Palin has not only lived up to this praise, but exceeded it wildly. Sarah walked on the national stage and seized the moment like no one has in recent memory. Like Reagan before her, Sarah Palin loves America and celebrates American exceptionalism every day. Her leadership will shape America for decades to come. As Michael rightly points out, she is rebuilding a younger, smarter, bolder, more Conservative Republican Party. And that is a good thing!

For the record Sarah endorsed 94 candidates in local, state, and national elections, 60 won, 31 lost, with the remaining races undecided.

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Rasmussen: Republican Primary Voters Like Sarah Palin Best: 82 Percent Approval Rating

Posted by Gary P Jackson on November 9, 2010

By Gary P Jackson

From Scott Rasmussen’s latest polling on possible 2012 presidential contenders:

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of those voters finds that 82% have a favorable opinion of former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, the party’s vice presidential nominee in 2008, while just 17% view her unfavorably. That includes 50% with a Very Favorable opinion and eight percent (8%) with a Very Unfavorable one.

This is quite a significant rise in Sarah Palin’s approval ratings, which have consistently polled in the low to mid 70s. Obviously, as her favorables have risen, her unfavorables have lowered significantly as well.

These numbers are getting close to her pre-vice presidential run approval numbers when she was Governor of Alaska, where her numbers were consistently in the high 80s to low 90s. The top numbers of any Governor in the Nation at the time.

For more polling results, go here.

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GOP Taps Sarah Palin’s Endorsees For Help With Transition To Power

Posted by Gary P Jackson on November 9, 2010

By Gary P Jackson

The Republican Party has chosen three of Sarah Palin’s candidates to be party of the team that will help with the transition of power in the House of Representatives.

These new members of Congress are:

Adam Kinzinger of Illinois:

Tim Scott of South Carolina:

Martha Roby of Alabama:

From the Associated Press:

WASHINGTON — House Republicans have tapped two newly elected congressmen who drew tea party backing in their campaigns to help lead the party’s transition to power.

Adam Kinzinger of Illinois and Tim Scott of South Carolina, who won endorsements by Sarah Palin and support from tea party activists, are part of a newly named 22-member team charged with crafting new rules and smoothing the GOP’s shift from minority to majority.

The team, led by Rep. Greg Walden of Oregon and headquartered in the basement of the Capitol, is to meet Monday night and Tuesday. It includes several seasoned veterans and influential members like 15-term Rep. David Dreier of California, in line for his second stint as head of the powerful Rules Committee, Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, in line to head the Budget Committee, and Rep. Pete Sessions of Texas, the GOP campaign committee chief.

Rep. Doc Hastings of Washington, one of a large crop of GOP lawmakers who came to Congress 16 years ago, the last time Republicans seized control of the House, is part of the group.

Two other freshmen, Cory Gardner of Colorado and Martha Roby of Alabama, are also on the roster.

Walden said he didn’t choose the team based on whether they had tea party backing, telling reporters last week that he wasn’t sure whether those he was recruiting were supported by the conservative-libertarian movement. “It’s a nice cross-section of our Republican conference,” he said of the group.

But it’s clear Republicans are aware that the grass-roots movement that helped propel them to big wins in last week’s elections will be an important part of their new House majority and bolstered Senate minority.

Many of the newly elected Republicans are political novices, including a pizzeria owner and a gospel singer. All four first-termers on the transition team have some degree of experience in elected office; Scott and Gardner have been state legislators while Roby has served as a city councilwoman and Kinzinger on a county board.

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