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Archive for September 12th, 2011

Gov. Palin on Greta: Tea Party Won CNN Debate

Posted by Ron Devito on September 12, 2011

“I was very pleased with the [CNN] debate. It was a validation of the Tea Party movement by CNN….The real winner was the Tea Party movement,” former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin said tonight on Greta Van Susteren’s show from her home studio in Wasilla, Alaska. “Obama’s big government agenda mirrors socialized Europe….It does not work,” she said.

Van Susteren noted that only the only candidate who mentioned waste was Newt Gingrich. Gov. Palin said she noticed it too and it is one of the reasons she likes Greta. In discussing, “fraud, waste, and crony capitalism, Newt was right on,” Gov. Palin said, adding that some of the other candidates likely did not discuss it because they voted for wasteful spending. “Going along to get along is the root of the problem. We need to hold these candidates accountable,” she said.

“The problem we face is that candidate Obama promised to cut the deficit in half. He tripled it. Any of these candidates would be better than Obama,” Gov. Palin said.

Greta cited as an example of crony capitalism, Texas Governor Rick Perry’s former chief of staff lobbying for a drug company whose product is now required for immunization of young girls in Texas. Gov. Palin agreed that this is crony capitalism and added, “true reform is a tough thing to do in your own party. When you call it out, the big guns try to destroy you. I know. I’ve been through it over the past 20 years at the city and state level, then as a vice presidential candidate.” Gov. Palin added that the establishment types like to use “Reagan’s 11th Commandment” which proscribes speaking ill of fellow Republicans as their weapon to silence those who want to hold them accountable. But, “we must hold one another accountable,” Gov. Palin said.

When the Perry immunization law took effect, Gov. Palin was in office and said “Alaska was not going to mandate immunizations for our daughters.” She saw the bill as being out-of-character for Gov. Perry, but “knew there was something to it.”

The segment concluded with a the usual questions and answers about Gov. Palin’s decision regarding her potential candidacy in 2012. Van Susteren acknowledged that she and her colleagues have asked the question in as many sneaky ways as they could, and Gov. Palin said she was tired of giving the same “dopey answers to the same dopey questions.” Gov. Palin said, “I am still engaged in internal discussions with my family, though I am getting a kick out of making a speech, then seeing candidates get out and discuss” it. When Van Susteren asked Gov. Palin if she had a “drop dead date in her mind,” she did not take the bait. “Whichever path my life takes, I will continue to speak out against government over-reach, crony capitalism, waste, and fraud,” Gov. Palin said.

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Palin vs. Obama’s Jobs Plan retrieved from Fox News

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September 11 Seared in the Heath and Palin Legacies

Posted by Ron Devito on September 12, 2011

Just months prior to September 11, New York City’s Mayor closed the Fresh Kills Landfill. This huge tract of land straddling the West Shore Expressway (Rte. 440) treated unfortunate passersby and nearby residents to an odiferous tour de force, especially in the summer months. For years, Staten Island was jokingly referred to as “the forgotten borough,” though the obnoxious landfill spawned another nickname, wherein an expletive was substituted for the first four letters of “Staten.” Residents breathed a sigh of relief and somewhat fresher air following the dump’s closure and were thankful to then Mayor Giuliani and Borough President Guy Molinari.

In the wake of the September 11 attacks, the City of New York needed a location to perform the grisly work of separating human remains and personal effects from the World Trade Center debris. Fresh Kills was re-opened for this purpose. As I went to work at Con Edison’s Victory Blvd. location, I could see the huge Klieg-like lights that surrounded the work space, where recovery workers toiled 24 hours a day, seven days a week for nearly a year. Detectives worked alongside them, gathering evidence, as Gov. Palin recounted in Going Rogue, p. 81.

Some of the debris was ash so fine that its composition cannot be identified, even with today’s technology. Known as “the fines,” they remain at the Fresh Kills Landfill. The fines may contain human remains, are vast in quantity, and contain hazardous material mixed in. They cannot be simply scooped up and transported elsewhere.

My job at the time was to provide desktop technical support, but I also installed and configured Cisco routers, switches; LAN cabling; and built server racks. Roles were not as clearly defined them and the tech support people had the opportunity to get their dirty little hands in everything. I had no idea of who was working down the road from me…

Rochester, NY: November 21, 2009: Chuck Heath Reassures an Overflow Crowd that Gov. Palin will sign everyone's book and no one will go home disappointed. Meanwhile, Sally Heath hugs and comforts a Palin supporter. Photographer: Ron Devito


Unbeknownst to me, as I plied my trade about a mile away from the Victory Blvd. facility, Chuck and Sally Heath were working at the landfill. In fact, the area where they worked can easily be seen from the Victory Blvd. loading dock. Just look for the American Flag fluttering in the distance:

Fresh Kills Landfill as seen from Con Edison's Victory Blvd. Loading Dock

The United States Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services brought the Heaths in to keep pests and predators away from the recovery workers and their work area. Fresh Kills had only been closed less than a year prior to September 11, thus it was overrun by rats and seagulls.

Meanwhile, on September 11, 2001, back in Wasilla then Mayor Palin set up her emergency command center in the Mat-Su Valley’s Public Safety Building, followed by a trip to the local Presbyterian church to pray with and comfort residents, also documented in in Going Rogue, p. 81. The former Wasilla Mayor went on to be an Oil and Gas Conservation Committee Chair, then Alaska’s Governor, a Vice Presidential Candidate, and is a now a private citizen likely to be a 2012 Presidential Candidate. She has a proven track record of solid crisis management skills and her handling of September 11 as Wasilla’s Mayor is part of that record – as are the mother and father who molded her.

The Heaths did not merely fly a flag and say “united we stand.” They got on a plane, came here to Staten Island and aided in the recovery effort. What they saw on that landfill – remains of their countrymen and women being separated from rubble on a conveyor belt – will be seared in their memories forever. They did this work out of love of country. The Heaths were undeniably instrumental in forming who Former Alaska Governor Palin is today. On September 11, 2007, Track Palin enlisted in the US Army and was deployed a year later. His mother rushed back to Alaska to preside over the deployment ceremony on September 11, 2008, watching as her eldest son went to war. Thus, September 11 seared three generations of Heaths and Palins.

In their nearly three quarters of a century, the Heaths did not merely bear witness to history, they were part of it. In my opinion, the odds are 97% to 99% that the Heaths will very soon be part of history two more times, the first of which may be mere days away, but the moment remains unknown to all but Gov. Palin, Todd and God. The second time is fixed. It is 495 days away, when the whole world will learn what a woman can do….

One WTC and Towers of Light, as seen from my third floor home office on a hazy morning. Monday, September 12, 2011 at 0522 / 5:22 AM EDT

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Palin+3% CNN Poll Within MOE Of Romney-Perry Static.Palin/Romney Historic Compromise Ticket?

Posted by M.Joseph Sheppard At Palin4President2016 on September 12, 2011

For all the Perry mania he has not moved above his highest point in CNN’s polling too date. Perry has not yet even begun to receive the intensity of scrutiny from the liberal media and if this is his highest level of support it is not even a choice of a third of GOP voters.

Palin is up the points from the last CNN poll and 7 points from the last Youguv poll taken last week and the last Fox poll. This is before she has indicated if she is running. There would, surely be a poll bump from an announcement that she was. which would probably put her in second place. 

In that scenario  the race, in the polls at least, would be Perry versus Palin, which, given the apparent mood of the rank and file, is what the rank and file might wish-especially the Tea Party supporters.

If this eventuated the big question would be who would Romney throw his support to at the convention? There are many arguments either way but I would lean towards him supporting Palin.In fact, a Palin/Romney ticket, whilst anathema to some would be a winning one and is no different than a Reagan/Bush or JFK/LBJ historic compromise.

The CNN poll has a number of voter responses that show a preference of Palin to Romney which assist the scenario of a coalition.

From Real Clear Politics rolling averages-Palin at highest aggregate for over a year. Polling speaks for itself.

CNN’S latest poll


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The Mask of Leadership

Posted by Roderic Deane on September 12, 2011

As I sit here and watch NFL football, my thoughts drift to other things. Yes, I read Paul Krugman’s idiotic piece regarding “the years of shame” since 9/11. If you want to read it, be my guest. I must tell you, however, that he’s not allowing any comments. Gee, I wonder why.

No, my thoughts are centered on what leadership is. After doing my show today, I was struck by the unbelievable heroism on 9/11 and the tragic acquiescence of responsibility for one’s own circumstance.

While listening to countless audio files and watching endless videos about 9/11 in preparation for my show, something stood out. Orio Palmer, a Battalion Chief and firefighter, learned that the south stairwell of the South Tower was virtually free of obstruction as he raced upwards to assist people on the upper floors. This unobstructed stairwell could have been a major escape route for the people in that Tower. Why didn’t they find it?

I will grant the victims the fact that smoke and chaos were major impediments to their escape. But yet, in recorded calls from the South Tower, most sat there and waited to be rescued, sealing their doom. What prevented them from doing everything possible to find a way out?

I believe there are two types of people in this world. Those that lead and those that need leadership to guide them. I’m not suggesting for a second that I fall into the “leadership” column. I’m just offering up an idea. Leadership is not something that can be espoused as an attribute of one’s personality. It is something that becomes manifest in crisis.

As an example, I watched the Texas-BYU football game Saturday night on TV. The starting quarterback for Texas, Garrett Gilbert, had a horrible first half. His status as the starting quarterback was based on his performance in practice, yet, under game circumstances, he faltered badly.

In the second half, Texas opted to go with 2 underclassmen at quarterback, a freshman and a sophomore. In an amazing bit of irony, Case McCoy, a sophomore and the younger brother of Colt McCoy, saved the day. Colt McCoy holds the NCAA Division 1 record with the most wins as a starting quarterback (45), which he set while attending….the University of Texas.

Case McCoy may not be the “best” quarterback that Texas has, but he used the skills he does have to lead his team to victory. In summary, he showed leadership under immense pressure. How much should that count for a football team? How much should that count in politics?

As conservatives, we are faced with choosing a candidate to challenge Barack Obama’s leadership skills (or lack of them, to be specific). In that regard, what do we look for?

Do we look at a candidate’s self-professed mask of leadership, or do we look for someone who has a proven ability to lead under pressure? I don’t know about you, but I vote for Case McCoy and Sarah Palin!

Cross-posted from Roderic Deane

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