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Archive for March, 2011

Milbank Puzzled By The Obama Doctrine Resorts To Palin Derangement Syndrome Again

Posted by M.Joseph Sheppard At Palin4President2016 on March 30, 2011

Like so many on the left who are now having to defend a president who is involved in a new war, or “kinetic action” Dana Milbank of “Palin moratorium month” fame struggles with how to respond to what the left spent years attacking the Bush administration for.


At least Kuchinich and a few others are being true to their beliefs and some of the far left “progressive’ blogs like Crooks&Liars commentators have walked away from Obama but the Washpost and Beltway denizens are struggling-poor them.


Here is Milbank on President Obama and the newly minted “Obama doctrine” which Jon Stewart lampooned in a devastating contrast with JFK’s “Fight any foe” speech

“And it’s true that after the good versus evil, binary logic of the Bush years — you’re with us or you’re with the terrorists — Obama’s answer is vague and unsatisfying.
On the other hand, maybe the lack of a fixed doctrine isn’t such a bad thing. Being doctrinaire, after all, got the last guy into quite a bit of trouble. Everybody knew what the Bush doctrine was — at least, everybody but Sarah Palin (“in what respect, Charlie?”). 
Hello??  Everybody knew what the “Bush doctrine” was? Not according to Bill O’Reilly “there is no precise definition of the Bush doctrine”
But that doesn’t matter, in the Lefts thrashing about trying to defend something they have railed against they have hit on the diversion they think will remove the stain of hypocrisy-attack Sarah Palin.It is interesting that he finds her “newsworthy” again which was the standard set for mentioning her name after the “moratorium”. 
And, for goodness sake, she mispronounced “skirmish.” That alone is enough to justify for them the actions of  this president who got the nomination by having voted against the Iraq war whilst Clinton voted for it and is now involved in three wars.
If this war turns out badly in conception and action,especially if  there is loss of American lives then attacking Palin whilst defending president Obama will hold only one side open to ridicule-and it won’t be the Palin side. In the meantime perhaps Milbank should seek professional help for  his returning PDS.

Original Post at: M.Joseph Shepard’s “A Point Of View”

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Palin: Are we at war?

Posted by loricalabrese on March 29, 2011

President Obama delivered his first televised address Monday evening about the first military operation he has initiated as commander in chief. Americans had wished the president was going to answer the many questions Americans have about the operation in Libya and even the questions Congress has. How long does the administration intend to fight in Libya? What is the end goal?

However, as Obama left to a round of applause, it left many Americans still scratching their heads wondering what the end goal is. So many questions remain unanswered and former Governor of Alaska Sarah Palin addressed that issue during On the Record with Greta Van Susteren Monday night.

Palin said, “I think that was a profoundly disappointing speech because it proved that the Obama doctrine is still full of chaos and questions. It’s dodgy. It’s dubious. And it’s a good question that you asked, Greta, because we’re not hearing from our president what is the end game here. And with Qaddafi still in power, if we’re not going to oust him via killing or capturing, then there is no acceptable end state.”

I think the uncertainty of the administration was clear as Obama stumbled over the tele-prompted text, something unusual for the usually polished speaker. During times of conflict, Americans want to be inspired by their president, however many didn’t find Obama’s speech confidence-inducing. Even though Obama acknowledged in his speech that Qaddafi must go, he refuses to do what it takes to remove him. Why? I think it’s apparent that this anti-Iraq war president is floundering, simply because he does not want to mirror President Bush’s strategy in Iraq, something Obama was strongly against.

NATO is set to take command of Operation Odyssey Dawn, as the campaign is called, and the U.S. military will fall back into a supporting role, but Palin explained that U.S. interests have got to be met if we are going to intervene.

Palin said, “I have to again ask why in the world will our military might be used according to the U.N. and Arab League desires and NATO’s leadership in this skirmish or this war or whatever it is that Obama calls it or doesn’t want to call it. He did not make the case for this intervention. U.S. interests have got to be met if we are going to intervene. And U.S. interests can’t just mean validating some kind of post-American theory of intervention, wherein we wait for the Arab League and the United Nations to tell us, Thumbs up, America, you can go now, you can act, and then we get in the back of the bus and we wait for NATO. We wait for the French to lead us. That’s not inspirational.”

I thought Palin had an excellent point when she stated that if we are going to protect civilians, doesn’t that mean getting rid of the bad guy? Obama once referred to Qaddafi as a bad guy then flip-flopped. Even during the November 15th Democratic presidential debate, Obama had said, “The overall strategy[in Iraq] is failed, because we have not seen any change in behavior among Iraq’s political leaders, and that is the essence of what we should be trying to do in Iraq.” So what’s the essence of what we should be trying do in Libya? Shouldn’t we see a change in behavior among Libya’s leader, Qaddafi? Qaddafi is a bad guy period. He took control of his country through a coup. and in 42 years, there have been many atrocities conducted by Qaddafi. Palin stressed that Obama is ignoring history and engaging in inconsistency. Something our country does not need and what’s making many Americans distrust the administration and its role.

Palin continued, “U.S. interests are Qaddafi’s got to go, killing him or capturing. He’s got to go because he’s going to seek revenge on the United States of America. That will be his MO from here on out, and he will sponsor terrorism unless he’s gone.”

However, it seems President Obama thinks differently. In his speech, Obama said that while the “world will be better off with Qaddafi out of power,” broadening the U.S. mission to include regime change would be a “mistake.” He allowed that he and other world leaders would pursue regime change in Libya through “non-military means.” Van Susteren pointed out that on NATO’s website, it explains that their goal is to be impartial. But even Van Susteren stressed that it’s hard to be impartial when you’re flying over some country and shooting off missiles.

Palin said, “…another big question that has to be asked, Greta, is, Are we at war? I haven’t heard the president say that we are at war. And that’s why I, too, am not knowing, do we use the term “intervention,” do we use “war,” do we use “squirmish,” what is it?”
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As published on Examiner.com

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TIME picks the top 140 Twitter feeds

Posted by loricalabrese on March 29, 2011

Twitter isn’t just a $1.1 billion company. It’s become a way to interact, not just for ordinary people, but for celebs and politicians. Celebs use the forum to reveal themselves, speak directly to their fanbase, and even break up with their boyfriends. Jenny McCarthy and Jim Carrey announced their breakup on Twitter after five years. Ashton Kucher posted a picture of Demi Moore’s rear. And reporter Ann Curry used Twitter to convince the U.S. Air Force to allow a plane full of physicians to land in Haiti.

Whether it’s entertainment, politics, or global awareness, billions of tweets by presidents and pop stars have shaped the conversation and as a result, TIME is picking the top 140 Twitter feeds.

They’re asking you to take a look and vote on whether you think these top tweeters should be on their list. Currently, rounding out the top 10 are Neil Gaiman, Andy Borowitz, Lady Gaga, Neil Patrick Harris and Sarah Palin.

Sarah Palin entered the world of Twitter on April 29, 2009, and there’s been no turning back. Her first tweet stated simply, “This is my official Twitter feed – from here I’ll provide updates on issues concerning Alaskans.” But there’s no doubt, Palin’s Twitter account has catapulted into shaping the political conversation.

TIME says, “Love ’em or hate ’em, Sarah Palin’s tweets command media attention like those of few other political figures. The former governor of Alaska has used Twitter to delve into a host of issues, like cheering on daughter Bristol on the reality show Dancing with the Stars, blasting Obama’s “very wrong” tax policy, endorsing midterm candidates and most famously asking “Peaceful Muslims” to “refudiate” the proposed Islamic center near Ground Zero. That last tweet prompted Palin to compare herself to Shakespeare because of their shared fondness of coining new terms. She might have been half-kidding, but Palin’s Twitter prowess is no joke.”

As published on Examiner.com

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Woody Harrelson will play Schmidt in Game Change

Posted by loricalabrese on March 29, 2011

The actors are coming in for HBO Films’ Game Change, and the latest is the announcement that Woody Harrelson will join Julianne Moore and Ed Harris. Based on the bestselling book Game Change, by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin, the film will follow McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign, from his selection of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (Moore) as his running mate to their defeat in the general election.

Harrelson will play Steve Schmidt, McCain’s senior campaign strategist and adviser. Schmidt is the highest ranking former member of McCain’s inner circle to acknowledge tensions with and openly criticize Palin. He has been critized himself for revealing his views of the behind-the scenes wrangling that went into the McCain/ Palin campaign, including leaks of what he says happened before Palin’s debate against then Senator Joe Biden.

Last year, Schmidt appeared on CBS’ 60 Minutes with the authors of Game Change. Although he praised her for her convention speech and debate performance, he also claimed there were “numerous instances” when Palin said things that were not correct.

As Politico said after the interview, “A losing campaign always brings out the knives, but they are usually wielded in the shadows. The pure spectacle of a former campaign strategist going on national television to trash the candidate whose image he once stage-managed — as Schmidt did Sunday on “60 Minutes” — is virtually unprecedented.”

Harrelson is best known for his role as bartender Woody Boyd in the television sitcom, Cheers, but he’s also starred in White Men Can’t Jump, Kingpin, Natural Born Killers and The People vs. Larry Flynt.


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Benyamin Korn Talks to Bill Kristol about Sarah Palin

Posted by Dr. Fay on March 29, 2011

On his  weekly Jewish Independent Talk Radio broadcast on Sunday at WNTP.com, Benyamin Korn  talked to Bill Kristol about Kristol’s recent controversial remarks about Governor Palin.  

Video courtesy of PalinTV

 

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Proof Palin Is Living Rent Free In Obama’s Head

Posted by traceyporreca on March 29, 2011


Robert Gibbs, former white house press secretary, left that position recently to the cheers of conservatives and clear-thinking individuals who were tired of his side-stepping or simple refusal to answer the most basic of questions. Who gave him another thought? Who cares where he goes, right? Well, now you should care, because it looks like facebook is seriously considering hiring Mr. Gibbs for a high level position within its organization.

For all the left’s humanitarian, anti-capitalist talk, this latest step by someone within the tight inner-Obama circle sure smacks capitalistic to me. Articles citing facebook’s upcoming positioning as a public company, and Gibbs desire to be in a position to cash in on this with a high figure salary and ability to direct certain messaging, sure sounds capitalistic. Don’t fool yourself into thinking Mr. Gibbs is doing this for the common good. So why then – why would he leave a position where he had the ear of the entire nation (via our lamestream media) and free reign to run amuck over free speech? I don’t believe he’s left the white house at all. I believe the white house and president Obama still have full control over Mr. Gibbs.

Sarah Palin is undoubtedly in Obama’s head, rent free, 24/7. Our lefty media reports on her every step through the slanted prism of the socialist white house agenda. Via facebook, Sarah Palin has been able to direct her message to her audience, an audience hungry and thirsty for the truth and a clear vision of the future through the eyes of someone who understands our founding principles and our exceptionalism. I can just see it now – a white house staffer standing outside the office of the president, dreading the fact that he has been chosen (via a game of papers/scissors/rock) to be the one to approach our leader and tell him, “She’s posted to facebook, again.” Obama’s shoulders fall as he looks over her latest assault to his national transformational agenda. And then, it hits him.

“We have to figure out a way to control her message. We need to figure out a way to control – facebook.” I find it more than ironic that the very medium that Sarah Palin has used to relay her message is the one that a senior white house official, after leaving the white house, is now being considered for as a senior executive.

Facebook is currently a private company that is looking to go public. I cannot see what facebook and Mark Zuckerberg find appealing in hiring Gibbs. I certainly would not consider him a social guru. In fact, I find him to be one of the least appealing people I’d want to be stuck in a social situation with. What corporate board would seriously want him guiding their message? Somehow I just don’t see him as a part of what could potentially be one of the largest and most lucrative corporate boards in America. His only real claim to fame was being white house press secretary, and he wasn’t all that good at that. He was only good at side-stepping and dodging.

Still thinking this scenario is a stretch? Gibbs is also reportedly planning on helping with Obama’s re-election campaign (see here). Do you seriously think he won’t use a position at facebook to assist his buddy in his bid for re-election? There is a bigger agenda here, and I believe the white house is looking to take control of facebook and Sarah Palin’s message, via positioning Gibbs as a senior executive. Do you really want Gibbs in control of your social experience? Yes, Sarah Palin is living rent free in Obama’s head and if we’re not careful, Obama could be in control of much more.

(See more articles by Tracey Porreca at Alaskans4Palin.com)

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Governor Palin and the Politics of Competition

Posted by Adrienne Ross on March 28, 2011

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

A key to Governor Palin’s success is her diverse experience. As a champion athlete, women’s pioneer, and a national leader, she knows the value of hard work, perseverance, and yes, a competitive spirit.

Anyone close to me can tell you how competitive I am. I love to compete, and I hate to lose. This doesn’t mean I act like a brat if, on the rare occasion, I do happen to lose! It means I do everything in my power never to lose at all. Whether it’s sports, a board game, or an argument, I expect to win. One of my favorite sayings, which in past years I’ve made my students repeat everyday, is “Failure is not an option.” Combine that with another favorite saying, “The best is yet to come,” and one has a recipe for achievement.

Part of winning is mindset. Another part is action. When I coached high school girls’ basketball, I taught my team that anytime they stepped onto the court, they must be convinced they would win, and that the only way they could fully have that conviction is if two things were true: 1) they’d personally done everything to prepare to win, and 2) they knew that each of their teammates had done everything to prepare to win. If either of these two things were lacking, they simply would not have that confidence. It takes more than one person’s work, I wanted them to see, to lead to confidence and victory. I must be just as confident in the person to whom I’m passing the ball–that she’ll finish the play–as I am in my ability to deliver the pass on target, which necessitates my knowing that the player prepared well. If I doubt that, I might not pass the ball–and that might be the difference between winning and losing.

Never underestimate the power of conditioning in a winning strategy, either. My team ran stairs, sprinted, did defensive slides, and in my last two years as coach–the championship years–practiced six days a week. While players from other schools were asleep at 8:00 Saturday mornings, my players were dragging their hopes and dreams into the gym for another day of drills, suicides, and plays. Believe me, they wanted to sleep, but they wanted to win more. This meant less time hanging out with friends on Friday nights because Saturday morning was coming. It was a sacrifice, but it was worth it to those who hated to lose, who had something worth winning.

We’re in the midst of March Madness, and even as a spectator, there’s something I cannot stand to see: weak, namby pamby teams who lay down and roll over without so much as a fight. Yesterday, I was excited watching women’s basketball because I thought Georgetown was going to put out UCONN’s fire–and as a Tennessee Lady Vols fan, I always cheer on anyone rival UCONN is playing. No one would have given Georgetown a chance against the defending champs, but they fought hard and almost pulled off the upset of the tournament. But as much as I hate to admit it, UCONN is a great team, and great teams always fight back. They never just bow down to the beating. They never go running and hiding because someone is throwing some heavy punches. They compete, and most often they win.

The far left and the Republican establishment could learn a thing or two about Governor Palin simply by paying attention to these lessons we find in sports. They always seem to be shaking their heads, groping in the dark, and suffering utter frustration at their inability to stop or slow down her momentum. The truth is nothing can stop the Governor but the Governor. She possesses all the qualities of a winner.

First, she’s a competitor. She’s stated that if she decides to run for the presidency, she’s in with one outcome in mind:

You run the race to win the race. That’s for sure.

Some had the nerve to be offended when she told Barbara Walters that she believed she could beat President Obama if she ran in 2012. What did they expect her to say? Of course, she believes she can win. Who better to take him on? Who else has opposed his destructive policies at every turn? As I wrote last night:

I agree that staying on the periphery to support a better candidate–when there is one–is admirable. However, of all the names being tossed around as possible 2012 contenders, she is the better candidate. She’s the one with the record, the patriotism, the principles, the servant’s heart, and the sheer guts to get the job done. So in the words of the army of voices praying for a promising future for themselves, their children, and their nation: “Run, Sarah, Run.”

Surely, no true competitor puts in the time and energy simply to say she’s done something unique. A true competitor, especially one who knows that the future may be riding on the outcome of the race, never runs half-heartedly. As we recall, part of Governor Palin’s reputation as a “rogue” came from her outcry when the McCain camp threw in the Michigan towel, insisting it was out of reach. Governor Palin’s response?

I want to get back to Michigan, and I want to try.

The Republican establishment, in all its obvious fear of Governor Palin, would like to get in the way of the will of the people, to extinguish the fight before it blazes, pick the winners and losers. But we don’t roll that way. No, bring on the competition. As she has said repeatedly, there’s nothing better than contested primaries. She’s up to the challenge, and so are we.

Those who have waged war on all things Palin are providing her with the conditioning that they may soon regret. There’s nothing she hasn’t been through. Much weaker vessels would have packed it in, but not she. What else can be said? What else can be done? What other accusation can they hurl? It’s all been tried. Their fight against her is like trying on the basketball court to defend against an offense that doesn’t seem the least bit frazzled by anything you do. Her opponents already came with the full-court press–and failed. The pressure she’s endured has only made her stronger. Of all the potential 2012 candidates, she is the best conditioned because she’s been through the most. Many a game is lost in the fourth quarter because a team just isn’t prepared to last till the horn, and they run out of steam at the most crucial time. They can’t endure. Does anyone doubt Governor Palin’s stamina? Her self-professed enemies are frustrated because they can’t get her to sit down and shut up, because she doesn’t run to the sidelines and beg to be taken out. She continues to fight, and they have helped her build those necessary muscles, much to their own chagrin.

It’s amazing, isn’t it, though, that those who seek to stop her in her tracks can dish it, but they cannot take it? They never expect her to do what UCONN did yesterday: fight back. They want her to be that weak opponent who will sit idly by and lose with grace. But there ain’t no grace in surrender! And competitors surely don’t just duck the dirt that’s being slung. They don’t allow their good name to be besmirched, their families attacked, and their record sullied–and say nothing. Yes, they pick their spots, but you better believe they’ve got the fight in them to take a stand and defend against the bullies on the playground–and they win with grace.

Success has been a reality for Governor Palin throughout her 20 years in public service. She knows how to get the job done, and it’s no wonder she always steps up with an expectation of victory. After all, she possesses the two requirements that I taught my team. She has prepared herself, and she has a team around her who have prepared themselves. The Governor’s experience offering herself in service to her children’s public school, energizing business in her city, fighting corruption in her state, negotiating energy in the field of big oil, personifying common sense conservatism in her country, and conversing with dignitaries in foreign nations are preparation for success at whatever next step she decides to take. Her teammates are the family members loving her, her staff assisting her, and her supporters backing her. Each has prepared for whatever battle is ahead, thereby allowing the Governor to proceed with confidence.

True competitors frustrate their opponents because their will cannot be conquered. Even in weariness and in the heat of battle, they find the strength to continue because for them the thought of losing is greater than the pain of persevering–and what they’re fighting for, to put it simply, is worth the effort.

Governor Palin is the strongest example of unapologetic patriotism and leadership we have seen in some time, many say since the days of President Reagan. She is driven by a faith in God, a love of country, and a commitment to service. Combine that with her competitor’s spirit, and we’ve got ourselves a winner.

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Lee to Palin: Announce on July 4th

Posted by Dr. Fay on March 28, 2011

In the second of a series of articles in which he gives tips to potential candidates on how to win the GOP presidential nomination, Tony Lee at Human Events gives the following advice to Sarah Palin.  His advice to announce her candidacy on July 4th is quite interesting, since that is exactly two years and one day after she resigned her governorship in what she felt was Alaska’s best interest.  As we have seen, Governor Palin did not retreat – she reloaded and moved forward to play an even greater role in national politics.   Will she pick up the phone on July 4th and call Bob and Mark?   No matter when she announces, Sarah’s Army of supporters will be waiting!

4. Sarah Palin: Jump in

She will get more press initially by not being at the early debates and her absence will potentially allow her to say that she has surveyed the field and finds none of the candidates satisfying, so she is offering up herself to the electorate to improve the country. Of course, some in the GOP establishment are baiting her with the prospect of becoming “kingmaker for life” because they desperately want her to sit out the nominating process.

And though Palin can jump in the race the latest of any candidate and freeze the whole field until she makes a formal decision, my suggestion would be for her to jump straight into the race on the 4th of July without first forming an exploratory committee, which she can say is done only by those in the Washington establishment.

There are two reasons for this. First, besides the patriotic aspects, July 4th would be symbolic because it would mark the weekend that she resigned the Alaska governorship and her disjointed speech then was panned not for the message but for the way in which it was haphazardly delivered. She can symbolically get a do-over.

h/tp Josh Painter

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Ferraro and Palin: Mutual Respect

Posted by Dr. Fay on March 28, 2011

Video courtesy of Sheya at PalinTV:

Also see:

Ferraro on Palin – Video Compilation

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NY Sun: Sarah and Sarah

Posted by joshpainter on March 28, 2011

– by Josh Painter
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An excerpt from Sunday’s editorial in The New York Sun

One of the things that Sarah Palin did on her stopover at Israel was announce that she was eager to return for a longer visit, and we found ourselves wondering whether she will eventually make a visit to the Machpelah. For the first body laid to rest there in the cave purchased by Abraham was that of Mrs. Palin’s namesake, Sarah, Abraham’s wife and the mother of Isaac. We have sometimes found ourselves wondering whether the affection Mrs. Palin exhibits in respect of Israel is related to the fact that the former governor — the Alert Alaskan is our favorite alliteration for her — is named after the first, the most beautiful, and the most prickly of the Jewish matriarchs.

We were put in mind of this not only by Mrs. Palin’s visit to Israel but also by the contretemps that followed the suggestion by a leading journalist in Washington, David Frum, that Mrs. Palin was alienating Jewish voters by failing to arrange her visit through a the Republican Jewish Coalition, of whose board Mr. Frum is a member. The RJC has been paving the way for one of the most important migrations of American Jews, from the Democratic Party to the party of Lincoln and Reagan. It’s sometimes lonely but always heroic work, and no doubt there were those in the RJC who wished they could have been the organizing party of Mrs. Palin’s first visit to the Jewish State.

The contretemps, however, was a matter of politics rather than principle, and how could it be otherwise? For on the substance Mrs. Palin has been a passionate supporter of Israel. This seems to be well-recognized by the executive director of the Republican Jewish Coalition Matthew Brooks, who made a point late last week of defending Mrs. Palin’s most recent critique of President Obama…

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Cross-posted from Texas for Sarah Palin

– JP

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