Archive for April, 2012
Posted by M.Joseph Sheppard At Palin4President2016 on April 29, 2012
Posted by Jackie Siciliano on April 28, 2012
As usual, Mark Levin is spot on. Take a listen.
Posted by M.Joseph Sheppard At Palin4President2016 on April 28, 2012
Posted by M.Joseph Sheppard At Palin4President2016 on April 28, 2012
Sarah Palin tells Christian women to follow Alabama’s motto, ‘Dare to defend our rights’.
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama — Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin told an enthusiastic gathering of Christian women today that they should follow Alabama’s state motto and dare to defend their rights.
“I’m not just talking about our political rights, but the rights we are given as a daughter of God,” the 2008 Republican vice-presidential candidate told women this afternoon at the Extraordinary Women’s Conference in Birmingham.
“He trusts us with the responsibility to live big, to live bold, to live passionately and to live vibrantly so we can effect change to the world around us,” she said.
Palin was the keynote speaker at the two-day gathering organized by the Virginia-based group, Extraordinary Women. Speakers discussed their own faith journeys, based on the theme “passionate faith.”
Palin used examples from her political and personal life, as well as the lives of her children and grandchild, Tripp, to show why a strong faith in God is crucial to surviving life’s challenges and setbacks.
She discussed how giving birth to her youngest child, Trig, who has Down syndrome, helped strengthen her faith.
“He is the most precious, amazing child,” she said. “God has good plans for us. Trig shows us what really matters and how much God loves us. He only will give us the best.”
Palin, an author and commentator paid homage to Alabama’s prowess on the college football gridiron — giving both “Roll Tide” and “War Eagle” shoutouts.
She praised recently drafted Crimson Tide star Trent Richardson as a role model for recently accompanying a cancer patient to her school prom and “giving this girl hope.”
She said the nation has recognized Alabama as “a champion in the midst of storms, of restoration.” As Alabama rebuilds from last year’s deadly tornadoes, the country recognizes how its residents “are persevering with grace,” she said.
Palin used the recently broken crystal BCS championship trophy as a metaphor for the state’s travails, and the strength that comes from faith.
“It provides a providential lesson,” she said. “Shattered dreams and things can be restored.”
Palin veered into politics, touching on national Republican Party themes such as the size of the national debt, the country’s dependence on foreign oil instead of drilling domestically and the need to support Israel.
She warned that the federal government now risks making the same mistakes as the captain of the ill-fated cruise ship Titanic, ignoring warnings of danger ahead until it is irreparably damaged and sinks.
Palin also took potshots at the “leftist, liberal reporters” and “granola crunchers” who oppose gun-owners’ rights. She told the audience to stick to their beliefs and values.
“It’s hurt people who hurt people,” she said.
But Palin’s message Saturday mainly centered on the message that hope and faith are inseparable and that believers should remain strong in their faith when it inevitably is tested.
“Don’t be intimidated as they try to reduce you, to mock you, to stop you,” she said. “Get off the sidelines. We were created to make a difference and help others put back together their shattered lives and dreams.”
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Posted by Dr. Fay on April 28, 2012
Excellent article by Tony Lee at Big Hollywood (h/tp C4P):
At 2:51 p.m. eastern time on Friday, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who many in the Republican establishment try to dismiss as being irrelevant, endorsed Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock on her Facebook page over establishment Republican incumbent Richard Lugar.
“I join commonsense conservatives in endorsing Richard Mourdock to be the next Senator from Indiana,” Palin wrote. “ Senator Lugar’s 36 years of service as a Senator are appreciated, but it’s time for the torch to pass to conservative leadership in Washington that promises to rein in government spending now.”
Four hours later, at 6:36 p.m. eastern time, Politico ran a story about how the “American Action Network,” previously described as the establishment cavalry, would be pulling out of the Indiana race.
A coincidence it was not. With Palin’s endorsement, the American Action Network now saw the writing on the wall, for Palin’s conservative cavalry is more powerful than the establishment’s astroturf cavalry.
While they spend hundreds of thousands of dollars — enriching their army of crony consultants and political tacticians in the process — to prop up candidates who will maintain the status quo, all Palin has to do is type out a Facebook note to thwart their best laid plans.
Read the rest here.
Posted by Dr. Fay on April 28, 2012
In Case You Missed It
April 28, 2012 By Bristol Palin
So, after my last post, I got a lot of comments from people saying they were sorry they weren’t at CPAC to hear Mom’s speech. Well, those of us who were there know there’s nothing like being in the audience when she’s on a roll. But, I did find this video of the speech in its entirety for your weekend enjoyment.
In the comments section, tell me your favorite part — when the crowd shouted down the Occupy Wall Street guys? The Washington-DC-as-a-hot-tub line?
You gotta hand it to my Mom — she nailed this speech. (And you can’t tell it from this video, but she was delivering it in some very cool shoes!)
Posted by Jackie Siciliano on April 27, 2012
Governor Sarah Palin offers up one of her first endorsements for the 2012 election cycle. In a Facebook note posted moments ago, Palin urges commonsense conservatives to get behind the Richard Mourdock senatorial campaign.
I join commonsense conservatives in endorsing Richard Mourdock to be the next Senator from Indiana. Conservatives of all stripes are uniting behind Richard Mourdock. It’s not just Indiana that benefits from sending the right Senator to serve for the right reasons; the nation as a whole benefits, and that is one reason why the eyes of so many around the nation are focused on the Indiana race.
Indiana deserves a conservative in the Senate who will fight for the Hoosier State, uphold our Constitution, and not just go along to get along with the vested interests of the permanent political class in D.C.
Richard Mourdock is the conservative choice for Indiana. Senator Lugar’s 36 years of service as a Senator are appreciated, but it’s time for the torch to pass to conservative leadership in Washington that promises to rein in government spending now.
– Sarah Palin
Posted by M.Joseph Sheppard At Palin4President2016 on April 26, 2012
Sarah Palin – the supposed “irrelevant” one – posted this on Facebook two days ago:
The Obama Administration is working on regulations that would prevent children from working on our own family farms. This is more overreach of the federal government with many negative consequences. And if you think the government’s new regs will stop at family farms, think again.
My family is a commercial fishing family, and commercial fishing in Alaska is much like the family farm (but the year ’round farmers no doubt work harder than we do!). I guarantee fishing families wouldn’t stand for this nonsensical intrusion into our lives and livelihoods, and, as a former 4-H member, I don’t believe farm families will either.
Our kids learn to work and to help feed America on our nation’s farms, and out on the water.
Federal government: get your own house in order and stop interfering in ours.
Government apologists hit back and stated that Palin had it all wrong there was no such regulation in the pipeline.
But today, in shades of “death panels” reaction, this happens:
“Obama administration said Thursday it would drop an unpopular plan to prevent children from doing hazardous work on farms owned by anyone other than their parents.
The Labor Department said it is withdrawing proposed rules that would ban children younger than 16 from using most power-driven farm equipment, including tractors. The rules also would prevent those younger than 18 from working in feed lots, grain bins and stockyards.”
Palin is right-she doesn’t need the actual title of president as she can run things quite comfortably from Wassila and when things get out of kilter she just has to make a Facebook comment and hey presto things are back in balance
Posted by Dr. Fay on April 26, 2012
Primer Minister Netanyahu sings with Israeli superstar Rami Kleinstein
Israel is celebrating the 64th anniversary of The Israeli Declaration of Independence. On May 14, 1948, David Ben-Gurion, then chairman of the Jewish Agency for Palestine, declared the establishment of the Jewish State of Israel. Israel was officially at home again in its ancestral homeland. The national holiday is celebrated on 5 lyar of the Hebrew calendar each year. The celebration starts the night before and continues until the following evening.
Greg Tepper, Yoel Goldman, and Yifa Yaakov at The Times of Israel wrote:
Israelis headed out to nature en masse on Thursday to mark the country’s 64th birthday with picnics and particularly barbecues, the activity most heavily associated with Independence Day. Hundreds of thousands visited the country’s national parks, heritage sites, museums and weapons exhibitions, which welcomed visitors and offered special activities throughout the day. With major routes congested, many also spent a considerable amount of time braving the heavy Independence Day traffic.
Daytime celebrations in honor of Independence Day officially began at 9:30 on Thursday morning with a ceremony at the President’s Residence in Jerusalem. VIPs and political leaders were in attendance at the ceremony, which was broadcast live on the president’s Facebook page.
Later in the day, Peres hosted foreign diplomats stationed in Israel at an Independence Day reception. According to Ynet News, Peres told the diplomats that Israel seeks peace and that its biggest challenge is to make peace with the Palestinians by convincing both sides that peace is worth paying for. Upon surmounting this challenge, Israel will be able to concentrate on building a better future for its children, Peres reportedly said.
The guests of honor were joined onstage by 120 outstanding IDF soldiers, who were presented with awards.
In his remarks to the crowd, President Shimon Peres said “Israel is stronger than ever,” and commended the IDF, its soldiers, officers and leader, Benny Gantz. The IDF chief, for his part, saluted the assembly of outstanding soldiers who were seated behind him, and said, “Remember, as you leave the stage and go back to your units, that your peers are looking up to you.”
The IDF was hosting events at bases and other sites throughout the country on Thursday. In addition, sixty-four heritage sites were open to the public.
A flyover of combat planes and helicopters started off the festivities. The president, IDF chief of staff, prime minister and defense minister sang their favorite Independence Day songs with the IDF band and an accompaniment of singers. What the men lacked in singing ability, they certainly made up for in spirit.
Melane Lidman at the Jerusalem Post wrote:
Israelis took to beaches, parks, IDF bases and held barbeques across the country Thursday to celebrate the country’s 64th Independence Day.
The Israel Air Force treated Tel Aviv beach-goers and celebrants in Jerusalem to fly-overs. Visitors were invited into a number of IDF bases throughout the country, and by 11 a.m., police were already asking the public to stop arriving at parks and bases due to the high turnout.
Basking in gently warm temperatures and ample sunshine, Israelis also took to national parks and nature reserves on the national holiday. The Parks and Nature Authority said some 300,000 Israelis visited the nation’s natural and heritage sites.
Wednesday night, the annual Independence Day celebration went forward without incident despite tragedy a week ago, when a lighting rig collapsed and killed Lt. Hila Bezaleli during rehearsals for the event. Bezaleli was honored with two moments of silence before the beginning of the ceremony and during the procession of the Color Guards, where the 20-year-old medic was supposed to take part.
The theme of Wednesday’s ceremony was Water: Source for Life. People involved in water issues, including agriculture, desalination, purification, water recycling, and water therapy, were honored with lighting twelve torches on the stage. The twelve torches symbolize the twelve tribes of Israel.
Hundreds of young dancers also performed, including a rain-themed dance with umbrellas, dovetailing with the theme of water.
Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat praised the ceremony’s organizers for finding a way to continue the ceremony despite the tragedy. “Lives need to continue, and this ceremony is a symbol,” he told the Jerusalem Post before the ceremony. “They understood the importance of the ceremony, and I am proud of them, how they organized this even with so much pain,” he said.
This report was posted at Haaretz:
Those threatening Israel would do best not to repeat the mistakes of past enemies, President Shimon Peres said on Thursday, in a event honoring outstanding Israel Defense Forces soldiers held every year on Independence Day.
The Society for the Protections of Nature in Israel and the Jewish National Fund estimated that around 1.5 million people are expected to visit the various national parks, forests, and nature reserves across the country.
Celebrations of 64 years of Israeli independencekicked off on Wednesday night with the lighting of beacons at the official ceremony at Mount Herzl national cemetery in Jerusalem, which also marks the conclusion of Memorial Day.
Meanwhile, the lawn of the UN Headquarters on the bank of New York’s East River in New York City was decorated in blue and white, and a special pavilion was erected to celebrate Israeli Independence Day on Wednesday night with Israeli music, wine, and an Israeli-style dinner.
The main attraction of the event was Israel’s UN ambassador Ron Prosor’s surprise performance of the well-known Beatles song, “When I’m 64.”
“Israel is an extraordinary success story on any scale, being a small country that has had such an amazing historical journey, and sits today on the cutting edge of science and technology. We all have a reason to celebrate – so drink L’chaim,” said Prosor.
On Thursday, Peres, Gantz, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attended the annual ceremony naming 120 IDF soldiers and officers that have excelled in their duties at the President’s Residence in Jerusalem.
In his speech, Peres congratulated the soldiers, saying that “the people of Israel have 120 new hopes. Each generation has excelled over that which came before.”
Referring to security threats Israel faces, Peres said: “To those who are now threatening Israel I say: Don’t repeat the mistakes of your predecessors.”
“You threaten out of a hunger for conquest. We defend out of an aspiration for peace. That wars, which Israel did not initiate, brought it unexpected gains, causing the aggressors unexpected losses,” he added.
Later in the day, the International Bible Contest commenced, participated by Jewish youth from around the world, and participated by Rivlin, Netanyahu, and Education Minister Gideon Sa’ar.
Speaking at the event, Sa’ar referred to a recent decision by a ministerial panel, headed by Netanyahu, to sanction three West Bank outposts as official settlements, saying that “the prime minister gave 1,200 people and the people of Israel a holiday gift – the recognition of Bruchin, Sansana, and Rechalim.”
“From this spot, we’ll send our recognition to the prime minister. Because the Jewish settlement in the land of Israel is the realization of a right, a return to the right of our forefathers, on which will be intertwined with the Israeli people’s right for national security,” Sa’ar said.
At 14:50 Thursday, Israel Air Force jets, helicopters, and transport craft flew over Be’er Sheva, Yeruham, Dimona, Arad, kiryat Gat, Jerusalem, Beit She’an, Afula, Nazareth, Tiberias, Katzrin, Safed, Karmiel, Nahariya, Haifa, Caesarea, Netanya, Tel Aviv, Ashdod, Ashkelon, Sderot, Ofakim, and Hatzerim.
What a celebration! And what a reason to celebrate! Long live the State of Israel! May her light never go dim, and may God grant her victory over all who come against her!
Posted by Sarah Palin Web Brigade on April 26, 2012
Sarah Palin was the first to recognize the problem: By participating in President Obama’s signature education initiative, the Common Core Standards, Alaska would lose control over its own curriculum.
On May 31, 2009, then-Gov. Palin announced Alaska would adopt a “watch and wait” attitude:
“If this initiative produces useful results, Alaska will remain free to incorporate them,” Gov. Palin said, adding that “high expectations are not always created by new, mandated federal standards written on paper. They are created in the home, the community and the classroom.”
Texas Gov. Rick Perry, to his credit, was the next to recognize a federal boondoggle when he saw one: “I will not commit Texas taxpayers to unfunded federal obligations or to the adoption of unproven, cost-prohibitive national standards and tests,” Gov. Perry wrote in a Jan. 13, 2010, letter to U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan.
In the ensuing two years, it’s become clear that Perry and Palin — two core conservative figures whose intelligence is routinely mocked by liberal “sophisticates” — were brilliantly prescient, indeed prophetic.
Common Core Standards turn out to be like Obamacare — you don’t really know what’s in it until after you pass it and are mired in its tentacles.
Today, even more states are waking up to discover that they have lost control of both curriculum and costs for a program that is untested and unlikely to improve student performance. A February study by the Pioneer Institute conservatively estimates that Obama’s Common Core Standards will costs the states at least $16 billion — money that could be used to promote education in other ways (pioneerinstitute.org/pdf/120222_CCSSICost.pdf).
This past week, Education Week’s blog published a review of criticism for Obama’s Common Core initiative. The shocking thing is how many liberals are now acknowledging Common Core comes at a high cost for little or no return. Tom Loveless of the Brookings Institution, for example, wrote, “(T)he most reasonable prediction is that the Common Core will have little to no effect on student achievement.” Joanne Yatvin, a past president of the National Council on Teachers of English, writes, “Taken together, the standards and the criteria project an aura of arrogance and ignorance in their assumptions about how and why children learn.”
Four education experts came together at the Heritage Foundation on April 17 to comment on more problems emerging with the Common Core Standards. A blog post describing the expert panel, titled “Why States Should Hop Off the National Standards Bandwagon,” states:
“When ‘states signed on to Common Core Standards, they did not realize … that they were transferring control of the school curriculum to the federal government,’ explained Sandra Stotsky, 21st Century Chair in Teacher Quality at the University of Arkansas’ Department of Education Reform.
“Theodor Rebarber, CEO and founder of AccountabilityWorks, explained, ‘States did almost no cost analysis’ when they signed on to adopt the Common Core Standards, although Rebarber noted, the Pioneer Institute report he authored conservatively estimated the overall national cost for implementing Common Core at a hefty $16 billion.
“Jim Stergios of the Pioneer Institute warned that the standards create ‘a disincentive to innovators long term.’ Federal involvement in curriculum, as attorney Kent Talbert of Talbert and Eitel explained, may even be illegal because three federal laws prohibit ‘federal direction, control or supervision of curricula, programs of instruction and instructional materials … in the elementary and secondary school arena.'”