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Palin On A Horse At Reagan Ranch/Obama On A Bicycle. One Is A Picture Of A Leader, One A Metroxexual

Posted by M.Joseph Sheppard At Palin4President2016 on February 6, 2011

This photograph of Sarah Palin at the Reagan ranch where she delivered the opening address celebration for the 100 years since Reagan’s birth event speaks volumes.

It is “Reaganesque and must bring a lump to the throat of those who remember Ronnie fondly as they see what looks to many as his heir in a frame so similar to what they knew as pure “Reagan”.

It cries “leadership”. The other photograph speaks for itself. All those on the left who are slobbering over the thought of Palin being the GOP candidate and being “destroyed” by Obama should look at these pictures and have another think on the matter.

With thanks to Texas4Palin for the photograph and the inspiration. For the full background story on Palin’s sojourn at the ranch read the delighful portait by Sheya at Conservatives 4Palin.

EDITOR’S NOTE:  According to the Urban Dictionary, a metroxexual is someone from the urban jungle or someone who doesn’t have the skills to survive outside an urban neighborhood.

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PALIN FLASHBACK: The Faith of Sarah Palin

Posted by Sarah Palin Web Brigade on February 6, 2011

Excellent article by Julian Lukins at Charisma Magazine about Governor Sarah Palin’s faith:

The Faith of Sarah Palin

Thursday, 01 January 2009 12:00 AM EST Julian Lukins

She was vilified by the media, hated by pro-abortion activists and adored by many evangelical Christians. Her 2008 candidacy energized conservatives, broke tradition and made history.

SARAH PALIN WAS A LITTLE GIRL HOLDING on to her mom’s hand when she first attended Wasilla Assembly of God (AG) Church in her hometown of Wasilla, Alaska. The church’s founding pastor, Paul Riley, remembers the pigtailed second-grader—then Sarah Heath—coming with her mom, Sally. They established a pattern of faithful attendance that continued through Sarah’s childhood and teenage years.

Every week, Riley recalls, Sarah attended Missionettes, the church’s program for girls. During those formative years, Sarah learned about the Pentecostal tradition, the baptism of the Holy Spirit, divine healing and the importance of living out her faith in the world.

By the age of 12, Sarah showed depth in her personal faith, Riley told Charisma. “She began to have a strong desire for the Lord,” he says.

One summer’s day in 1976, 12-year-old Sarah waded into the chilly waters of Beaver Lake, a popular location for church camps. She had committed her life to Jesus and wanted to be baptized along with her mom and sister. Riley immersed Sarah in the lake, baptizing her in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. “I wish I could remember more about that moment,” reminisces the retired pastor, now 78. “I know that she loved the Lord with all her heart.”

At that moment, though, no one, including Riley, had any inkling of what the future held for the small-town Alaskan girl.

After her baptism, Sarah continued to attend Wasilla AG, growing in her faith and singing in the choir, Riley recalls. “I know that she did receive an experience of the Holy Spirit,” he told Charisma, “and that she received a calling on her life.” That spiritual turning point came when Sarah’s youth pastor told her: “You are called by God for a purpose.” Years later, Palin confided that the pastor’s words were etched on her mind.

Last June, Palin spoke fondly of her years growing up in Wasilla AG when she appeared at a ceremony for graduating ministry students. “It was so cool growing up in this church and getting saved here, getting baptized by Pastor Riley … my whole family getting baptized,” she told the congregation, just two months before her vice presidential nomination.

Speaking to the ministry graduates, 44-year-old Palin said: “Just be amazed … the umbrella of this church here, where God is going to send you from this church. Believe me, I know what I am saying, where God has sent me from underneath the umbrella of this church.”

As she continued, Palin spoke of a “spirit of prophecy … a spirit of revelation” that would “bubble over.” Then, she told the ministry students: “Thank you so much for dedicating your lives to Jesus Christ.”

Pentecostal Underpinnings

Within hours of Palin’s nomination as the Republican vice presidential candidate, the video of her 10-minute address at Wasilla AG was doing the rounds on the Internet. News reporters immediately picked up on Palin’s plea to pray for those serving in the military: “Our national leaders are sending them out on a task that is from God,” Palin told the congregation. “That’s what we have to make sure we are praying for, that there is a plan, and that plan is God’s plan.”

Suddenly, in the media frenzy that followed her nomination, every church Palin had attended came under scrutiny. Eager to unearth controversy, reporters probed into the Charismatic practices at Wasilla AG, especially the experience of speaking in tongues, which commentators often presented as bizarre.

“I don’t know if [Palin] has ever spoken in tongues,” Riley told Charisma. “I know she is a very strong Christian.”

In the video, Palin quips about the Charismatic-style worship she experienced at Wasilla AG. She tells the congregation that she jokingly reassured the pastor of another church: “I grew up at Wasilla Assembly of God. … Nothing freaks me out about [your] worship service!”

Following the vice-presidential nod, though, the McCain campaign seemed perplexed by the media attention directed at Palin’s Pentecostal roots. Campaign staff told reporters that Palin—who stopped attending Wasilla AG in 2002—did not consider herself to be a Pentecostal.

In fact, since 2002, Palin has attended several different churches—nondenominational evangelical and Charismatic—in Wasilla and in Juneau, her base as Alaska governor. Most recently, when at home, she has attended Wasilla Bible Church, a nondenominational evangelical congregation with an emphasis on the Word, prayer and—according to the church Web site—fostering a close relationship with God.

How deep do Palin’s Pentecostal convictions go?

“I think it’s important to recognize how [Palin] herself answers questions like this,” says Michael Leahy, author of What Does Sarah Palin Believe? (Harpeth River Press). “She is pretty clear in stating that she does not belong to any particular denomination but is a Bible-believing Christian. I don’t think there is any evidence that she places the same emphasis on the Charismatic gifts of the Holy Spirit that some members of the Pentecostal tradition do. On these matters, [Palin] is very private in her thoughts.”

Former pastor Riley has no doubt about the authenticity of her spiritual walk. Asked if he feels God’s hand is upon Palin’s life, Riley responds: “Yes, I very definitely do.”

Other church leaders in Alaska who know Palin or have known her in the past attest to the genuineness of her faith.

Ted Boatsman was a youth pastor at Wasilla AG 31 years ago and remembers Palin as a young teenager in the church. “It was a very active youth group, and she was with the junior high,” he recalls. “I remember this very nice, impressive young lady … one you just enjoyed being around. She had a grounded sense of God.”

That “grounded” faith continues today, Boatsman says, as is evidenced by her words and actions. Boatsman, who went on to become district superintendent for the Assemblies of God in Alaska, told Charisma that last April Gov. Palin attended the denominational banquet.

“She shared a little bit about her faith and some of the issues she was going through,” he recalls. “We were thrilled to be able to pray with her. She seemed very comfortable with that and she said, ‘I could always use your prayers.’ I asked the Lord to protect her and keep His hand upon her.”

Boatsman says Palin’s faith is real. “Her faith is very consistent, and she does not go off on tangents,” he says. “She has taken her honesty and lack of arrogance and turned them into real strengths. She’s the same person now as when she was Wasilla’s mayor. She treats people just the same … and she is completely comfortable around prayer.”

David Pepper, pastor of the 1,500-member Church on the Rock in Wasilla, told Charisma that Palin was a regular attendee at the Charismatic church in 2005, before she ran for the position of Alaska’s governor.

“My take is that she is a Spirit-filled believer,” 41-year-old Pepper says. “She was very comfortable in the environment of our church.” That environment, Pepper explains, sometimes involves dancing before the Lord and other Charismatic expressions of worship. “She still comes here occasionally,” he added.

Pepper grew up in Wasilla and remembers Palin as a senior in high school when he was a freshman. “I’d say she is very genuine, very authentic, and her values resonate with so many of us,” he says.

Pepper told Charisma that although Palin did not teach a Sunday School class or lead a Bible study, he believed she was involved in ministry “beyond being just an attender,” although he did not elaborate.

“I believe there is definitely a sense of destiny over her life,” Pepper says of Palin. Taking a line from the biblical story of Esther, Pepper adds: “There’s a sense that she is here for such a time as this.”

A Modern-Day Esther?

Palin’s sudden appearance on the national stage during the campaign excited many evangelicals who viewed her as a present-day Esther—hand-picked by God for “such a time as this.” The comparison between Palin and Esther—the Old Testament queen chosen by God to save the Jews from genocide—was made by several church leaders interviewed by Charisma.

Prophetic minister Barbara Yoder, senior pastor of Shekinah Christian Church in Ann Arbor, Michigan, says: “I believe this is a time of incredible breakthrough for women. I am simple enough to believe that we don’t know everything about the way God moves and that [Palin] just might be an Esther.”

Mark Arnold, a Charismatic pastor in Hamilton, Ohio, would have to agree. In fact, he felt the Holy Spirit had given him a message for Palin about being an Esther, but he had no idea how he would deliver it. His opportunity came at a McCain-Palin campaign stop in Ohio last September. Incredibly, Arnold found himself just feet away from Palin and McCain at the podium after being asked to escort a group of Boy Scouts to the front—even though he was not a Boy Scout leader.

What happened next was remarkable. “[Palin] was on her knees, hugging a lady who had lost her son in Iraq,” Arnold told Charisma. “She spun around, looking right at me, and I told her: ‘God wants me to tell you that you are a present-day Esther.’ She began to cry and shake my hand in an affirming way. She said, ‘Yes, I receive that. … Please keep praying for me,’” says 47-year-old Arnold.

Barbara Wentroble, founder of International Breakthrough Ministries, describes Palin as “a picture of what God is doing with Christian women” as He calls them to positions of influence. “We need Christian women to make a bold stand for righteousness,” she says.

Others point to Palin as a woman of prayer.

Mary Glazier heads an Alaska-based prayer ministry called Windwalkers International. Charisma caught up with her on her way to a prayer meeting in Anchorage, the purpose of which was to pray specifically for Palin. This is nothing new, according to Glazier. “We actually began to pray for [Palin] before she became mayor of Wasilla,” Glazier says. “We felt then that she was the one God had selected.”

For several years, Glazier and other members of Windwalkers have prayed for Palin regularly—first when she was the mayor, then when she was the governor of Alaska, and when she was a vice presidential candidate. Last spring, Palin called Glazier and asked her to pray with her over the phone, and they met at the governor’s prayer breakfast.

“She asked me to pray with her for wisdom and direction,” Glazier recalls. “I sensed a real heart of surrender to the will of God in her. God often chooses the least likely people to be at the forefront, and I do believe that God has equipped [Palin] for this hour.”

Glazier told Charisma that members of Windwalkers had received words of knowledge about Palin being “called to impact the nation.” At that point, they had no idea she would be running for the office of vice president of the United States.

Palin’s public prayer life in the Pentecostal arena caused a stir when a video surfaced that showed her being prayed over by a Kenyan bishop. In the video, Bishop Thomas Muthee is seen laying hands on Palin in 2004 and asking God to protect her from “every form of witchcraft.” Liberal commentators and bloggers described the video as “terrifying” and claimed it made Jeremiah Wright, Barack Obama’s controversial ex-pastor, appear “pretty mainstream” in comparison.

The episode reinforced the fact that Palin’s faith, and Pentecostalism especially, is at best misunderstood and at worst deliberately ridiculed by a large segment of the media.

A Bright Future

Palin certainly needed prayer warriors during the grueling months leading up to Election Day. She was vilified by angry abortion activists (one blogger wrote that Palin’s son Trig probably wished he had been aborted), and voters criticized her for using GOP funds to buy a $150,000 campaign wardrobe.

She was also torpedoed by journalists. The New York Times admitted after the election that a report of Palin’s alleged ignorance of African geography was traced to a policy adviser who does not exist.

Many voters turned against Palin because of her pro-life stance, her eagerness to drill for Alaskan oil or her embarrassing interview in September with Katie Couric of CBS. Some evangelical leaders also opposed her, including theologian John Piper—who chastised Palin because he believed she neglected her domestic role.

The question in the minds of millions today is obvious: Where is Palin’s political career headed? For now she will remain Alaska’s governor, but her name has been floated as a possible GOP nominee for president in 2012. She had considered running in a special election to replace U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens of Alaska—who was convicted of ethics violations—but he was defeated by his Democratic opponent.

Biographer Joe Hilley says Palin’s faith is intertwined with every aspect of her life—so her faith will determine her future.

“[Palin's] commitment to Christ forms the core of what I refer to as her moral center,” says Hilley, author of Sarah Palin: A New Kind of Leader (Zondervan). “Around that core are three basic beliefs: the authority of Scripture, a clear sense of justice and an unavoidable ethic of personal responsibility.”

Hilley told Charisma that Palin’s relationship with Jesus is an integral part of who she is. “One could not adequately define her commitment to Christ without including family and politics, nor could one define her political life without including her relationship to God,” he says.

Moreover, some black and Hispanic Charismatic leaders say Palin’s passionate faith appeals to minorities in the Pentecostal and Charismatic movements.

“It’s huge,” says Bishop Harry Jackson, pastor of the 3,000-member Hope Christian Church near Washington, D.C. “[Palin's rise] marks the fact that Charismatics have become mainstream.” And even though McCain lost the election, Palin’s candidacy was “a watershed moment for our movement,” Jackson adds.

California-based Sam Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, told Charisma: “Hispanic Pentecostals are excited about Palin. … She resonates with us. She understands what it is to have a Charismatic experience.”

Describing Palin as a “kindred spirit,” Rodriguez says many Hispanics identified with the news that Palin’s 17-year-old unmarried daughter was pregnant. “We understood her journey,” Rodriguez says. “We identify with what she’s going through.”

Palin herself told journalists after the election that she’s looking for divine direction. In an interview with Larry King on CNN in November, she said her life is in God’s hands.

“If He’s got open doors for me that I believe are in our state’s best interest, the nation’s best interest, I’m going to go through those doors.”

Certainly, those who know Palin best believe she has the resolve—and the faith—to go as far as God ordains. 


Julian Lukins is a writer based in Sequim, Washington, and a former daily newspaper reporter in the U.K. 


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Personal Thoughts on Reagan’s 100th Birthday

Posted by traceyporreca on February 6, 2011

There has been much talk leading up to the celebration of Ronald Reagan’s 100th Birthday. I see so many conservative young people posting pictures and articles about him, saying how much they admire him. I think this is wonderful, but sometimes it’s difficult to fully understand the legacy left by someone unless you were there to witness a portion of it. I’d like to tell you a little of my memories of Ronald Reagan, and what he meant to me.

I was in high school when Ronald Reagan was elected president. I come from a liberal family and background and so there really wasn’t a lot of talk about him when he was elected, at least at home. However, I had a wonderful US Government teacher. He was a Navy veteran. I was fascinated with his stories and with his perspective. I learned a lot from him about pride in America and patriotism and what it meant to live in this great country.

A couple of years later, I decided to join the US Navy. A lot of things went into my decision. Honestly, I can’t say patriotism factored into it at the time. Some of what I had learned about our country inspired me to look into serving, but it was more about getting away and striking my own path and the military seemed a good fit. A lot of friends and family were surprised I joined. I’ve always been the type of person who does things that others don’t expect. I think that’s why I fit so well in Alaska. We’re all a bit like that up here. We don’t follow the typical path to most things. We cut our own way, and that’s what I hoped to do by enlisting.

Ronald Reagan had almost completed his first term when I enlisted. Whether this was a direct result of Reagan’s handling of the military at the time, I am uncertain, but I do know there was an effort to enlist more women and so there we all were at the MEPS (Military Entrance Processing Station) center nervously taking our oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States under our Commander in Chief, Ronald Reagan.

There is much to be said for Navy boot camp – it certainly gives you an education in the history and traditions of the United States and the military. I can’t say I enjoyed my time as it was challenging at times, but I was very proud when I was one of the ones who had made it through the process and graduated.

I went to MR “A” School, a school which teaches you to become a machinery repairman, a designation in the Navy which basically equates to being a civilian machinist, and transferred to my first duty station, the Naval Submarine Support Facility in Groton, Connecticut where I made replacement parts for nuclear submarines. It was there that a learned a great deal about the military and pride in work. It was also where I had a front row seat to one of the most tragic events in our nation’s history – The Challenger Disaster.

Working at the submarine base in Groton, we were directly involved in the recovery of what was left of the Challenger. It is now common knowledge that the astronauts, at least some of them, survived the initial breakup of the craft. Unfortunately, we knew that back then and it was hard to see fellow service members struggling with that realization as they worked to recover the debris from the bottom of the Atlantic. Things like that stick with you and shape you. Those experiences certainly allowed me to have an enormous amount of respect for those who were lost, and their families. President Reagan gave one of his most moving speeches after that event. It was a time when the nation needed to be comforted and his speech allowed us, as a nation, to move forward with the process of healing.

And who can forget one of the pinnacle moments in world history, when communism fell. I am a military veteran of the cold war era that was coming to a close under this great man’s leadership. One of the finest and most iconic speeches was given at the Brandenburg gate, Ronald Reagan’s “Berlin Wall” speech:

There were many other moments, such as the assassination attempt on Reagan’s life, that shaped my perspective. I have many proud moments, honors and commendations, from serving under this great man. I left the service about the same time he left office, and I can’t imagine serving under any finer a leader. I am so very proud to have served under President Ronald Reagan.

Much has been said about Reagan as a leader since he left office. Of course there are those who did not appreciate his policies or worldview but I feel our world is better for the time he spent as our president. He was a true leader and I’m so happy that 100 years after his birth, we still have Nancy Reagan and there are still so many alive who remember, and honor, and respect all that he accomplished.

Gary Sinise is another great actor who has become something of a statesman in his own right. In recent years, he has devoted much of his time and energy to honoring our military, through his work with the USO and many other avenues. Today, he had the opportunity to speak as part of the Reagan 100 celebration. Please watch his speech in the video below:

Also, please take the time to honor Reagan’s memory, and legacy, by viewing this video tour of the Reagan Library with Gary Sinise.

As posted on Alaskans4Palin.

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Gov. Palin Visits Reagan Country (via BigGovernment.com)

Posted by traceyporreca on February 6, 2011


Photo credit: (c) Jensen Sutta

Seldom does someone like Ronald Reagan, or Sarah Palin, come along. It is fitting that we honor the 100th birthday of this great man. As those of you who follow us know, Sarah Palin gave a speech sponsored by the Young Americas Foundation to kick off a weekend of celebration of Reagan’s 100th birthday, which is today.

In her speech, Gov. Palin talked a bit about her experience when she visited the Reagan Ranch earlier that day. A wonderful (and accurate) account of this by Andrew Coffin can be found at BigGovernment.com. With Bristol and her son Tripp, as well as Willow and Trig, Sarah Palin enjoyed so much of what this place had to offer.

“Governor Palin and her family spent hours at the Ranch on Friday. She met with Young America’s Foundation president Ron Robinson and Vice President Kate Obenshain. She heard personal accounts of the President’s life at Rancho del Cielo—the Ranch in the heavens—from trusted Reagan friend and confident Dennis LeBlanc and former Secret Service agent John Barletta. After touring the grounds, Governor Palin even mounted a horse—confident in the saddle—and road the very same trails the President loved with Agent Barletta. She had asked if it would be possible to ride, wanting to experience the Ranch as Ronald Reagan did.”


Photo credit: (c) Jensen Sutta

But also she gave back to those at the ranch and the Young Americas Foundation. She met with the students and spent time with everyone there.

“Filmmaker Stephen K. Bannon, director of several films on Ronald Reagan, was present throughout the Governor’s trip. ‘Throughout the day,’ Steve told me, ‘whether it was Ranch hands, students, staff, or donors, it was obvious to me that Governor Palin was there not for herself but to give of herself. She epitomized the values she mentioned in her speech—those of duty and service she equated to our grandparents’ generation.’”


Photo credit: (c) Kevin Steele

Please follow the link below to see more amazing photos and read more of this account:

EXCLUSIVE: Governor Palin Visits Reagan Country

As posted on Alaskans4Palin.

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Media Adds Three More-Now 25 G.O.P “Presidential Candidates ” Subject Of Silly Speculation Or An “Anyone But Palin ” Campaign?

Posted by M.Joseph Sheppard At Palin4President2016 on February 6, 2011

Yes-the seemingly endless list of candidates for the GOP 2012 nominee the media/blogosphere is speculating about has now increased to a mighty 25! Politico has a story up on Rand Paul “Who hasn’t ruled out a presidential bid”. Of course neither has many millions of Americans so the number of “candidates” is near limitless-but that won’t stop the media’s endless speculation.

The site “GOP12″ which monitors the activities of who they see as prospective candidates, has added Bobby Jindal and-drumroll…Bob Corker. Not only is Mr. Corker, which gentleman I have not seen anyone else tout as the GOP nominee, included, but there is a link to the gentleman’s website no less.

This is, with respect to Mr. Corker, reaching into the depths of obscurity, but I would have to imagine he is near the bottom of the barrel.Either it is idiocy or a deliberate LSM plan to muddy the 2012 waters in an “Anyone but Sarah” campaign?

As always with these updates showing the idiocy of the media, I offer the kind suggestion that readers declare their candidacy before the press starts on the telephone book. Why not, you might as well be the subject of meaningless speculation for your 15 minutes too.

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PREVIOUS/PREVIOUS/PREVIOUS UPDATES.

The leftist FiveThirtyEight.com  polling analysis columnist at The New York Times has added to the media/blogosphere’s endless, ludicrous speculation as to the GOP 2012 candidate field by adding another three (Gary Johnson ??/Ron Paul/John Bolton) to my previous, and growing daily, list of 19. The list was updated from 17 recently and there is no end in sight.

Not only has the columnist gone through column inches of speculation he has also added a very colorful “balloon” imagery analysis of where each candidate he lists is placed philosophically-i.e. how conservative they are.

This is getting all too silly and the best remedy, as I advised previously, is for everyone to declare they are a candidate before the media works its way through the entire Republican Party-or the telephone book.

Why shouldn’t you have your 15 minutes of ridiculous speculation?

Here is the new list of 22 who have been anointed in the media at one time or another with Mr.Karger

hitting the bottom of the barrel obscurity wise .

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Eventually this post will get so long I will need extra pages. Now The Washington Post has found a new candidate Fred Karger-a “Gay Republican” who is so obscure even his campaign posters state “Fred Who”. As I keep suggesting they will resort to the telephone book in due course


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Previous Update

As I suggested the eventual step for the media will be to simply list the telephone directory-today Politico (which is turning into a junk blog for Jon Stewart viewers age/lib types) trotted out an article suggesting George Pataki from New York is “mulling a run”. The media still has a huge list of Republican office holders to work their way through but you have a chance to get your 15 minutes still.

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Original Posting


Just these last two weeks the media has run articles on Daniels/Pence/Barbour/Bachman as 2012 likely Republican candidates for the presidential nomination with all ensuing breathless analysis. Then this week they had a field day with the news that Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman may be making his moves and produced screeds of analysis on how that may hurt Romney’s chances.


During this period the running attacks on Palin’s possible candidacy, Huckabee’s sojourns to Israel and Alaska, Romney finally lifting his profile, Pence out of the running carried on relentlessly.

But why should these 22 have all the fun-since the media seem determined that anyone is a possible candidate, given some of these putative “candidates’ are pretty far-fetched? Why shouldn’t the man/woman in the street get their 15 minutes of media speculation? Go on,send an email to your local newspaper announcing you too are a candidate.

That would be taking things just as seriously as they are now.


Here’s the latest list of the 25 people the media have designated as running


Rand Paul

Bobby Jindal

Bob Corker

Fred Karger

Gary Johnson

John Bolton

Ron Paul


George Pataki


Donald Trump


Herman Cain


Mike Huckabee


Sarah Palin


Mitt Romney


Newt Gingrich


Chris Christie


Rick Perry


Mitch Daniels


Tim Pawlenty


Mike Pence


Haley Barbour


Jim DeMint


Jon Huntsman


Rick Santorum


John Thune

Michele Bachman
Original Posting at; http://recovering-liberal.blogspot.com/2011/02/media-adds-three-more-now-25-gop.html


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Video: Reagan Superbowl XLV Tribute

Posted by Gary P Jackson on February 6, 2011

By Gary P Jackson

This wonderful tribute to “Dutch” Reagan will air just before the kickoff of tonight’s Superbowl game. It’s a moving tribute to our finest President, Ronald Wilson Reagan.

Happy Birthday, Mr. President.

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Gov. Palin at Ronald Reagan Ranch

Posted by Adrienne Ross on February 6, 2011

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

Andrew Coffin at Big Government wrote an inspiring account of Governor Palin’s visit to the Ronald Reagan Ranch prior to her speaking at his centennial birthday celebration Friday night. He included great pictures of her and her family riding horses, taking in the view, and simply walking in the 40th president’s footsteps.

Coffin shares:

Our day with Governor Palin actually started much earlier than her arrival at the Reagan Ranch Center. We first greeted Governor Palin when she arrived at the Reagan Ranch itself, family in tow. Joined by Bristol, Willow, Trig, and grandson Tripp, the Governor visited Ronald Reagan’s favorite retreat for the sole purpose of walking in his footsteps, to better understand what motivated and inspired this great man. We had to ask her to let us chronicle the event in photos and video, to which she reluctantly agreed.

Governor Palin and her family spent hours at the Ranch on Friday. She met with Young America’s Foundation president Ron Robinson and Vice President Kate Obenshain. She heard personal accounts of the President’s life at Rancho del Cielo—the Ranch in the heavens—from trusted Reagan friend and confident Dennis LeBlanc and former Secret Service agent John Barletta. After touring the grounds, Governor Palin even mounted a horse—confident in the saddle—and road the very same trails the President loved with Agent Barletta. She had asked if it would be possible to ride, wanting to experience the Ranch as Ronald Reagan did.

Though it was clear the Governor enjoyed the experience, it was also clear that this was not just for her—this was an opportunity for her to share the life of her hero with her family. It was a way for her to impart her values, those she shares with Ronald Reagan, with Bristol, Willow, Trig, and Tripp, just as our organization does for hundreds of young people every year as they visit and are inspired by their opportunity to “meet” Ronald Reagan at his Ranch.

There was a moment late in the day that really sticks with me. It had been a full day–there was so much for us to share and the Governor to take in. As the tour wound down, we stopped at one of the highest points on the Ranch, where a spectacular view opens up to the Santa Ynez Valley. The day was crystal clear, and our small group could look out over the rolling hills of ranchland and wine country framed by the peaks of a distant mountain range. I shared with the Governor something the president told Barbara Walters in an interview at Rancho del Cielo in 1981. Why does this remote property mean so much to you, Walters wondered? The president’s answer was simple:

I suppose it’s the scriptural line, “I look to the hills from whence cometh my strength.” I understand it a little better when I’m up here.

We paused at this spot and Governor Palin walked a few feet away from the rest of the group, to take in more of this dramatic California Central Coast vista, and, I think, to reflect on the experiences she had at the Ranch that day.

Anyone who has visited Rancho del Cielo knows there is a remarkable simplicity to the property. It’s the ting [sic] that shocks most visitors now, as it did the world leaders who visited Reagan there. The president lived in a small, 1,800 square foot adobe with no central air or heat. He built much of the Ranch himself, including an impressive stretch of sturdy, telephone-pole fencing that surrounds the home site and pond. Everything about the Ranch reflects the great American, and, particularly, western ideals that Ronald Reagan cherished: hard work, responsibility, stewardship of the land, freedom, and opportunity.

It was clear on Friday that Governor Palin is a leader cut from the same cloth—it is these great western ideals, and the way they could be seen at the Ranch in small but telling details, that she viscerally connected with. And I have to admit, it was fun to see up close how genuine that connection was.

Governor Palin went out of the way in her speech to not lay claim to the mantle of Ronald Reagan. “Many people today are looking for the next Reagan. But he was one of a kind, and we won’t see his like again,” she said later in her speech, but it’s his principles and values to which we must lay claim.

Read Coffin’s full article here. He went on to debunk The New York Times false claims, which I wrote about yesterday, that Governor Palin didn’t mingle with supporters and that she left immediately after her speech. Click here to see pictures of Governor Palin at the ranch. Both the full article and the pictures are definitely worth a look.

(h/t C4P)

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A Wonderfully Stirring Tribute to a Great Man

Posted by traceyporreca on February 6, 2011

So much can be said about the similarities between Ronald Reagan and Sarah Palin. On this Superbowl Sunday, we honor “the game,” the game of football. Much can be said about sports and it’s effect on an individual. Teamwork, vision, learning to win with grace and lose with dignity – those are all character qualities we want in a leader. Ronald Reagan understood this, as does Sarah Palin. Please watch this stirring video tribute, put together by The Reagan Foundation, which will air before the Superbowl today.

As posted on Alaskans4Palin.

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Sarah Palin: Obama Let The 3 a.m. Call On Egypt Go Straight To His Answering Machine

Posted by Gary P Jackson on February 6, 2011

…. we know that now more than ever, we need strength and sound mind there in the White House. We need to know what it is that America stands for so we know who it is that America will stand with.

~ Sarah Palin

By Gary P Jackson

Sarah Palin sat down Friday night with David Brody from CBN News, after she gave her keynote address in Santa Barbara honoring Ronald Reagan. The interview will air Monday on the 700 Club. As they say, check your local listings for air times.

There is a transcript of the interview available, and while Sarah Speaks to a lot of issues, these are her first comments on the situation in Egypt and the Middle East:

In an exclusive interview with The Brody File, Sarah Palin criticized President Obama for his handling of the situation in Egypt saying that this was his, “3am White House phone call” and, “that call went right to the answering machine.” Her answers about Egypt are the first time she’s talked publicly about the situation.

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On the situation in Egypt:

Sarah Palin: “Remember, President Reagan lived that mantra trust but verify. We want to be able to trust those who are screaming for democracy there in Egypt, that it is a true sincere desire for freedoms and the challenge that we have though, is how do we verify what it is that we are being told, what it is that the American public are being fed via media, via the protestors, via the government there in Egypt in order for us to really have some sound information to make wise decisions on what our position is. Trust but verify, and try to understand is what I would hope our leaders are engaged in right now.

Who’s going to fill the void? Mubarak, he’s gone, one way or the other you know, he is not going to be the leader of Egypt, that that’s a given, so now the information needs to be gathered and understood as to who it will be that fills now the void in the government. Is it going to be the Muslim Brotherhood? We should not stand for that, or with that or by that. Any radical Islamists, no that is not who we should be supporting and standing by, so we need to find out who was behind all of the turmoil and the revolt and the protests so that good decisions can be made in terms of who we will stand by and support.

On President Obama’s handling of the crisis in Egypt:

Sarah Palin: “It’s a difficult situation, this is that 3am White House phone call and it seems for many of us trying to get that information from our leader in the White House it it seems that that call went right to the answering machine. And nobody yet has, no body yet has explained to the American public what they know, and surely they know more than the rest of us know who it is who will be taking the place of Mubarak and I’m not real enthused about what it is that that’s being done on a national level and from DC in regards to understanding all the situation there in Egypt.

And in these areas that are so volatile right now because obviously it’s not just Egypt but the other countries too where we are seeing uprisings, we know that now more than ever, we need strength and sound mind there in the White House. We need to know what it is that America stands for so we know who it is that America will stand with. And we do not have all that information yet.”

This is a prudent stance. Few so-called presidential contenders have spoken out on this crisis, and it’s refreshing to see a healthy dose of skepticism from Sarah, plus an admittance that frankly, we need to know more information, before making an intelligent decision. here.

We do know the worst possible outcome for the entire world would be for the Muslim Brotherhood, which for all intents and purposes is al Qaeda, to come to power. Most of Obama’s close leftist allies [Soros, The founder of ACORN: Wayne Radke, and all of the usual suspects] are backing the Muslim Brotherhood, BTW.

Older readers will remember the mess Jimmy Carter got us in by not backing the Shah of Iran. Carter sat by while radicals overthrew the government, a government that was friendly to America, and replaced it with a thugocracy hell-bent on destroying Israel and America. Iran is now the leading sponsor of terror in the world, and on Obama’s watch, close to becoming a nuclear state.

We are seeing a replay of the carter years, but on steroids! 

Egypt’s dictator, Mubarak, is not exactly a nice guy. But he’s been an ally, and pretty much the only thing standing between Israel, and radical Islam, who wants to destroy her. So far al Qaeda has been very limited in what it can do, many times settling for suicide missions. If Egypt falls into the hands of the Muslim Brotherhood, al Qaeda will have a modern, well equipped, well trained army to do it’s bidding. That would be a world-wide disaster.

Mubarak is indeed gone. His days in office are numbered. It is incumbent on the United States to have a solid grasp of the situation, and make sure that, instead of a mob scene, we have a peaceful and orderly transition of power. It’s also incumbent on the U.S. that we not allow the Muslim Brotherhood to come to power.

It’s most disturbing though, that Obama jumped into this mess with both feet, supporting the bad guys, while claiming Mubarak should “listen to the will of the people.” [something Obama himself refuses to do]

Obama completely ignored the Freedom seeking Iranians who were being slaughtered in the streets when they attempted to overthrow their brutal dictatorship. In fact, when Obama was done with his golf games and Vegas style White House parties, he sided with the brutal Islamic dictatorship, over the will of the Iranian people.

Radical Islam has a long history of teaming up with Socialists and Communists. As much as it is a religion, it is also a political party, and philosophy.

Sarah is spot on and straight forward in her interview here. She rightly quotes Reagan’s “trust but verify” strategy. A strategy he used to destroy the Soviet Union. She is also correct when she says we need a leader with a steel spine.

This is not the only thing Sarah and Brody talked about though. This was a long interview.

They also discuss:

Does she want to make the mainstream media irrelevant?

If she runs for President, what might she do differently? [Hint: there a bit more Reagan talk here]

On the attacks in the media

On her devotional life

On her decision not to attend CPAC this year

You can read the entire transcript here.

There will be video available after 9 p.m. [Eastern] Sunday night.

Print and Audio Courtesy: “In an exclusive interview for The Brody File Show on CBN News

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Happy 100th Birthday, President Reagan!

Posted by Sarah Palin Web Brigade on February 6, 2011

Today is the 100th anniversary of President Ronald Wilson Reagan’s birth, and the authors of the Sarah Palin Information Blog join with millions of others in the celebration of  President Reagan’s 100th birthday.  We extend our sincere best wishes to former First Lady Nancy Reagan and to President Reagan’s children and grandchildren.  (A brief family history can be found here.)

In its summary of  The Reagan Era, Schmoop.com writes: 

Over the course of the twentieth century, only Franklin D. Roosevelt’s presidency (1933-45) equaled Reagan’s in social, ideological, and political impact. Even though Reagan’s presidency ended twenty years ago, it’s no exaggeration to say that the Reagan Era continues on to this very day.

We might note that conservative Americans support Reagan’s  limited government approach as opposed to the Big Government approach of Roosevelt.

In its Ronald W. Reagan entry, Our White House.org had this to say about President Reagan’s legacy:

Reagan worked with Congress to create legislation that stimulated economic growth, helped control inflation, added jobs, and strengthened national defense. Reagan’s economic policies centered on supporting business and cutting taxes. His philosophy, which suggested that prosperity would “trickle down” to all levels of society, came to be known as “Reaganomics.” By the end of his presidency, the U.S. was enjoying its longest period of peacetime prosperity without recession or depression

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Reagan maintained that peace could be attained through military strength. He increased defense spending considerably and attempted to modernize national defense through the Strategic Defense Initiative, a complex, antimissile space shield to protect against nuclear attacks. Many referred to the SDI project as “Star Wars.”

During his second term, Reagan met with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev. Not only did Reagan manage to improve relations, he also negotiated a treaty to eliminate almost 2,700 intermediate-range nuclear missiles. Reducing the number of nuclear weapons was a first for any president and a significant achievement. Many also believe that Reagan’s diplomacy led to the end of the Cold War and helped trigger the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Young America’s Foundation kicked off a yearlong celebration of President Reagan’s legacy at its Reagan 100 Opening Banquet Friday night.  Governor Palin gave the keynote address at that event.  Former Vice President Dick Cheney gave the keynote address at the Reagan 100 Closing Banquet on Saturday night.

The Sarah Palin Information Blog and others in our blogging community launched a Proclamation on January 24 of a monthlong celebration of President Reagan’s legacy and Governor Palin’s accomplishments during the month of February.  You can help us celebrate by signing our Proclamation of February 2011 as Reagan/Palin Appreciation Month.

President Ronald Reagan’s legacy will also be celebrated at the Ronald Reagan Centennial Celebration at the 2011 Southern Republican Leaders Conference  in New Orleans from June 16-18.  Governor Palin gave one of the keynote addresses at last year’s SRLC.  For a list of this year’s speakers, go here.  You can register for the event here.

Over 13,000 people have signed the birthday card on the Happy 100th Birthday President Reagan webpage.  The site also features Reagan quotes, a Twitter feed of the #Reagan hashtag, and a videoclip by Michael Reagan, President Reagan’s son.  Please take the opportunity to add your signature to President Reagan’s birthday card today.  Donations to the RNC are optional and are not required to sign the card.

Throughout the month of February, SPIB and our co-sponsors of the February Proclamation, will continue to celebrate President Reagan’s legacy as well as Governor Palin’s accomplishments.  Her birthday is on February 11, which will be another day of celebration.  Please go here to join us in our remembrance of President Reagan and our support of Governor Palin.

Happy 100th birthday, President Reagan!  Thank you for your enduring faith in God and America and for all that you accomplished for our country and the world.  May your legacy continue as conservative Americans take up the patriotic banner you so proudly waved.  May God bless your family, and may God bless America!

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