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Archive for August 28th, 2012

Steele says Sarah Palin’s absence a ‘mistake’

Posted by Jackie Siciliano on August 28, 2012



From Politico:

Michael Steele said Tuesday it’s a “mistake” that Sarah Palin doesn’t have a role at the Republican National Convention in Tampa.

“I think it was a little bit of a mistake not to have Sarah Palin here,” the former Republican National Committee chairman said on MSNBC. “I
think she brings a level of energy and excitement that’s going to be important going forward into the general campaign… She’s the vice presidential nominee from 2008. Extend the invitation, give her a moment
to speak to the delegation, to the candidate and [their] families.”  More

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Dean Cain About Todd Palin: “He’s the quiet assassin. He’s so steady.”

Posted by Dr. Fay on August 28, 2012

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Last night,  the 3 remaining squads competed in Episode 3 of ‘Stars Earn Stripes.’   According to the website, their mission was to:  “[d]rive into a hot zone, shoot out land mines to clear a landing zone, retrieve a desert patrol vehicle, destroy a fuel depot and ammo bunker.”   The squad to which Todd Palin and Picabo Street were assigned came in second.   Eve Torres’ sharp shooting skills helped her squad  to come in with the fastest time.  A shootout between Dean Lachey and Laila Ali resulted in Laila being the one dismissed from the competition.  Next week will be the final episode, in which two squads will compete for $100K for the winner’s charity.

Dean Cain appeared on Access Hollywood Live and talked to them about the show today.  Here is their report:

Todd Palin may have appeared on reality television before – on “Sarah Palin’s Alaska” – but this summer’s “Stars Earn Stripes” has shown a new side of the Alaskan to America, as well as his castmates like Dean Cain.

“Todd Palin was an animal,” Dean told Billy Bush and Kit Hoover on Tuesday’s Access Hollywood Live, about the celeb who surprised him the most on the NBC show. “He really was amazing.”

Over the show’s run, which has featured celebrities competing with military and law enforcement members in combat style challenges, Todd has kept his cool as he took out targets, and showed an incredible amount of support for teammates who felt disappointment after struggling on challenges.

“He’s the quiet assassin. He’s so steady,” Dean continued, praising Todd. “In the middle of it all, things go crazy, and you’ll see that in next week’s episode… Some people react well [under pressure]. All the ops are just, I think their blood pressure drops… but Todd is kind of always in that zone. He’s a real guy.”

Dean, who has been tackling the challenges on “Stars Earn Stripes” for the benefit of the Wounded Warrior Project, said next week’s show – the finale of the series – features some stunts that left his own heart racing.

“We’re scaling a 75-foot cargo net over the ocean with all our gear on [in the finale], and if you fall, there’s no safety line, there’s no nothing. You’re probably not going to be conscious when you hit the water, so some guys are going to have to get in there and get you because that’s a real big fall, and that sort of stuff happens and you just go, ‘Don’t fall,’” Dean said of how he stayed on point in the challenge.

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Todd’s operative trainer,  J. W. Cortes, had an unusual encounter with a good Samaritan – fellow former Marine, Tyler Dodd – yesterday in New York City.    Zap2it reports:

“I was working in Grand Central Terminal at around 10:30 this morning,” Cortes tells Zap2it, “and over the police radio, I hear a call for police officer needing assistance. I responded to the corner of 43rd and Vanderbilt Ave.

“Basically, I see a police officer and two guys in a scuffle. I go to the police officer; I assist him in arresting one suspect. Then the other one is tell us that he’s not the bad guy, that he chased this person. He keeps telling us, ‘This guy, he just robbed somebody,’ something. I wasn’t really that sure what the bad guy had done.

“So, lo and behold, we’re talking, and he’s telling me that he’s an Iraq and Afghanistan War veteran. He’s got two Purple Hearts. We’re talking, and he looks at me and says, ‘Aren’t you on “Stars Earn Stripes”?’ I said, ‘This isn’t about me; this is about you, man. You did a great job.’ I’m telling him, ‘This is outstanding, good for you. Dangerous. It was very dangerous. This thing could have gone horribly wrong, but congratulations are in order. You did an outstanding job.’

“He was just so humble. He told me he was a staff sergeant, showed me his wounds. I was so in awe of him, just how nice he was. That’s basically the gist of it.”


According to Cortes, Dodd told him that he was active in the Wounded Warrior Project, on behalf of which “Stars Earn Stripes” celebrity Dean Cain and operative Chris Kyle are competing.

“They’re doing an impeccable job for that charity,” says Cortes.

Told of his partner’s meeting with Dodd, Palin says, “That’s awesome. That’s cool.”

Cortes and Palin are competing for the Armed Services YMCA of Alaska, which helps service members and their families. Palin has invited Cortes to come up next May for some “Combat Fishing.”

“Last year,” says Palin, “they had 250 men and women, servicemen, fishing for Halibut in Seward, Alaska, and all the charter boats donate their time for that day. It’s an incredible event. I think it’s only best to have him come up and talk to Alaska’s soldiers.

J.W. is a rock. he’s a great guy. It was an honor to be his partner.”
Told that J.W. was impressed with his skills, Palin says, “I’m just another Alaskan grandpa.”

Both Palin and Cortes are impressed with competitorNick Lachey, who survived his second elimination challenge in Monday’s (Aug. 27) episode, besting boxerLaila Ali.

“Nick is just rock solid,” says Palin. “He’s a good man. I’m so excited for him and Vanessa, their new baby boy coming within the next couple weeks. He’s just awesome.”

“I didn’t know what to expect, honestly,” says Cortes. “What I quickly learned is, number one, he’s intelligent; number two, he’s a guy’s guy. He was there for the right reasons. He chose a charity for police officers, and I thanked him for that.”

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Suspense is building to see who wins during the final episode of ‘Stars Earn Stripes’ next week.  Of course, we at SPIB are rooting for Todd Palin and J. W. Cortes.

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Palin’s Segment with Mark Levin

Posted by Jackie Siciliano on August 28, 2012

Governor Sarah Palin was a guest on tonight’s Mark Levin Show where she expressed her opinion on the machine’s (RNC) power grab in Tampa today to consolidate power at the national level and take away power from the states.  Palin likened the power grab to to a thump on the conservative grassroots activists.

“Stiffen our spine individually and others around us will do the same and  it will be the unity we need”.

h/t SarahNet

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Palin: Introduced as McCain’s Running Mate in 2008 (video)

Posted by Jackie Siciliano on August 28, 2012


“Now, no one expects us to agree on everything, whether
in Juneau or in Washington. But we are expected to govern with integrity
and goodwill and clear convictions and a servant’s heart.”

Some four years ago Senator John McCain, from a stage in Dayton, Ohio introduced his choice of a running mate for the 2008 presidential election.  Largely unknown to most of us here in the lower 48, Sarah Palin immediately captivated the hearts and minds of Conservatives who longed for someone to be their voice.  As a wife, a mother, a former mayor, and as governor of our largest state, Palin was the epitome of the feminist ideal.  She bucked the establishment in Alaska, taking on corruption in both parties and today is still a fearless leader for freedom and liberty.  Politicians on both sides of the aisle would do well to follow her example.

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Second Anniversary of Restoring Honor Rally Today

Posted by Dr. Fay on August 28, 2012

Two years ago today,  Governor Palin was a keynote speaker at the Restoring Honor Rally in Washington, D. C.   Organized by Glenn Beck,  the rally was  a ” celebration of America’s heroes and heritage.”   An  estimated 300K to 500K people attended the event.

Meghan Casserly at Forbes Woman wrote this about Governor Palin’s speech:

Well-coiffed, as always, and dressed in a white suit, on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, here are some highlights from Sarah Palin‘s remarks:

“Thank you so much! Thank you, are you not so proud to be an American!”

“It is so humbling to get to be here today with you patriots., you who are motivated and engaged and concerned, knowing never to retreat. I must assume that you too, knowing that we must not fundamentally transform America as some would want, we must 

restore America and restore her honor.”

“Now I’ve been asked to speak today not as a politician, but something much more. I’ve been asked to speak as the mother of a soldier and I am proud of that distinction.”

“Say what you want to say about me but i raised a combat vet and you can’t take that away from me.”

“No woman gives birth thinking that she will hand over her child to her country but that is what women have done since ancient days.”

“If you look for the virtues that have sustained our country you will find it in those who wear the uniform.”

“Our history made this day be the change point. Look around you, you are not alone! You are Americans!”

“You have the same still spine and moral courage of Lincoln and Martin Luther King.”

“With gratitude to our men and women in uniform let’s stand together, let’s stand with honor and restore America!”

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Pundits: “Palin Won’t Have An Elective Base For 2016.” So? Neither Did Nixon/Reagan Nor Will Bush/Pawlenty/Santorum, Etc.

Posted by M.Joseph Sheppard At Palin4President2016 on August 28, 2012

The Palin haters and so-called pundits are writing Sarah Palin off as not having any further elective office capability because, amongst a myriad of other things they concoct, “she won’t have an elective base to keep her in the news.” 

In passing, I said “so-called pundits,” as I am reminded of George Will, who is supposed to be a doyen of sorts amongst the pundit tribe, advising, “January 2013 will see either Mitch Daniels or Tim Pawlenty sworn in as president.”

They know as much as you or I and their crystal ball is, well, cloudy.

As far as their Palin prediction is concerned, wel,l she doesn’t seem to have too much trouble in being in the media whenever it suits her. In fact, if she chooses to stay out of the limelight, she then gets media coverage along the lines of “Where is Sarah Palin,” etc. 

And, as regards public interest, the fact that over 1000 people would turn out in the baking Arizona heat to attend a campaign rally of an obscure Congressional candidate at whose rally Palin spoke says it all.

Anyway, just to play along with the “pundits,” let’s assume that Palin is still getting coverage because it is an election year and that after January she will fade into obscurity. 

In that eventuality, which will have to wait until after her next book (which will undoubtedly be a massive best seller) comes out, and after the pundits have fully dissected the results of the 2012 election (musing on Palin as they do, of course), is there an historical precedent for a Palin 2nd act?

Of course there is. Richard Nixon not only lost his race for the presidency but then was beaten for Governor of his home state of California. If one thinks Palin is hated by the leftist media, it is like a candle to a lighthouse compared to the white hot heat of hate the left/media had for Nixon. And yet, without an elective office and with only the support of the rank and file, Nixon was elected president.

Ronald Reagan was out of office when he challenged and lost  for the Republican nomination in 1976 and the presidency which he won, of course, in 1980. Again, with the aid of the rank and file – in Reagan’s case, the conservative element. 

Mondale, Stevenson, amongst many others, were out of office when they received their presidential nominations, so it is utterly fatuous to state that Palin is under some sort of disadvantage by not holding office.

At the very least, Palin will be very much in the news during the 2014 mid-terms, doing what she has been spectacularly successful at in 2010 and recently, endorsing candidate for high office who go on to win their races. By doing so, she will not only be shaping Congress to her political philosophy, but will be building up a solid base of support for any 2016 run she may choose to undertake.

Compare Palin’s options, and who could imagine, e.g. Pawlenty, attracting the massive crowds she does during the 2014 mid-terms.

Based on all the highly active events and personal accomplishments Palin can undertake – books,TV etc. – and given her mass of rank and file support, with over 3,000,000 followers on Facebook alone, clearly not being in office would be absolutely no impediment whatsoever to a Palin run commencing in the pre-election year of 2015, which is only three short years away.

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Fred Barnes: The Most Popular Governor

Posted by Dr. Fay on August 28, 2012

Fred Barnes was one of the first to notice the Republican rising star in Alaska.  This article written by him in July of 2007 has become a classic.

The Most Popular Governor

Alaska’s Sarah Palin is the GOP’s newest star.

JUL 16, 2007, VOL. 12, NO. 41 • BY FRED BARNES

The wipeout in the 2006 election left Republicans in such a state of dejection that they’ve overlooked the one shining victory in which a Republican star was born. The triumph came in Alaska where Sarah Palin, a politician of eye-popping integrity, was elected governor. She is now the most popular governor in America, with an approval rating in the 90s, and probably the most popular public official in any state.

Her rise is a great (and rare) story of how adherence to principle–especially to transparency and accountability in government–can produce political success. And by the way, Palin is a conservative who only last month vetoed 13 percent of the state’s proposed budget for capital projects. The cuts, the Anchorage Daily News said, “may be the biggest single-year line-item veto total in state history.”

As recently as last year, Palin (pronounced pale-in) was a political outcast. She resigned in January 2004 as head of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission after complaining to the office of Governor Frank Murkowski and to state Attorney General Gregg Renkes about ethical violations by another commissioner, Randy Ruedrich, who was also Republican state chairman.

State law barred Palin from speaking out publicly about ethical violations and corruption. But she was vindicated later in 2004 when Ruedrich, who’d been reconfirmed as state chairman, agreed to pay a $12,000 fine for breaking state ethics laws. She became a hero in the eyes of the public and the press, and the bane of Republican leaders.

In 2005, she continued to take on the Republican establishment by joining Eric Croft, a Democrat, in lodging an ethics complaint against Renkes, who was not only attorney general but also a long-time adviser and campaign manager for Murkowski. The governor reprimanded Renkes and said the case was closed. It wasn’t. Renkes resigned a few weeks later, and Palin was again hailed as a hero.

Palin, 43, the mother of four, passed up a chance to challenge Republican senator Lisa Murkowski, the then-governor’s daughter, in 2004. She endorsed another candidate in the primary, but Murkowski won and was reelected. Palin said then that her 14-year-old son talked her out of running, though it’s doubtful that was the sole reason.

In 2006, she didn’t hesitate. She ran against Gov. Murkowski, who was seeking a second term despite sagging poll ratings, in the Republican primary. In a three-way race, Palin captured 51 percent and won in a landslide. She defeated former Democratic governor Tony Knowles in the general election, 49 percent to 41 percent. She was one of the few Republicans anywhere in the country to perform above expectations in 2006, an overwhelmingly Democratic year. Palin is unabashedly pro life.

With her emphasis on ethics and openness in government, “it turned out Palin caught the temper of the times perfectly,” wrote Tom Kizzia of the Anchorage Daily News. She was also lucky. News broke of an FBI investigation of corruption by legislators between the primary and general elections. So far, three legislators have been indicted.

In the roughly three years since she quit as the state’s chief regulator of the oil industry, Palin has crushed the Republican hierarchy (virtually all male) and nearly every other foe or critic. Political analysts in Alaska refer to the “body count” of Palin’s rivals. “The landscape is littered with the bodies of those who crossed Sarah,” says pollster Dave Dittman, who worked for her gubernatorial campaign. It includes Ruedrich, Renkes, Murkowski, gubernatorial contenders John Binkley and Andrew Halcro, the three big oil companies in Alaska, and a section of the Daily News called “Voice of the Times,” which was highly critical of Palin and is now defunct.

One of her first acts as governor was to fire the Alaska Board of Agriculture. Her ultimate target was the state Creamery Board, which has been marketing the products of Alaska dairy farmers for 71 years and wanted to close down after receiving $600,000 from the state. “You don’t just close your doors and walk away,” Palin told me. She discovered she lacked the power to fire the Creamery Board. Only the board of agriculture had that authority. So Palin replaced the agriculture board, which appointed a new creamery board, which has rescinded the plan to shut down.

In preserving support for dairy farmers, Palin exhibited a kind of Alaskan chauvinism. She came to the state as an infant, making her practically a native. And she is eager to keep Alaska free from domination by oil companies or from reliance on cruise lines whose ships bring thousands of tourists to the state.

“She’s as Alaskan as you can get,” says Dan Fagan, an Anchorage radio talk show host. “She’s a hockey mom, she lives on a lake, she ice fishes, she snowmobiles, she hunts, she’s an NRA member, she has a float plane, and her husband works for BP on the North Slope,” Fagan says. Todd Palin, her high school sweetheart, is a three-time winner of the 2,000-mile Iron Dog snowmobile race from Wasilla to Nome to Fairbanks. It’s the world’s longest snowmobile race.

Gov. Palin grew up in Wasilla, where as star of her high school basketball team she got the nickname “Sarah Barracuda” for her fierce competitiveness. She led her underdog team to the state basketball championship. Palin also won the Miss Wasilla beauty contest, in which she was named Miss Congeniality, and went on to compete in the Miss Alaska pageant.

At 32, she was elected mayor of Wasilla, a burgeoning bedroom community outside Anchorage. Though Alaskans tend to be ferociously anti-tax, she persuaded Wasilla voters to increase the local sales tax to pay for an indoor arena and convention center. The tax referendum won by 20 votes.

In 2002, Palin entered statewide politics, running for lieutenant governor. She finished a strong second in the Republican primary. That fall, she dutifully campaigned for Murkowski, who’d given up his Senate seat to run for governor. Afterwards, she turned down several job offers from Murkowski, finally accepting the oil and gas post. When she quit 11 months later, “that was her defining moment” in politics, says Fagan.


Her Christian faith–Palin grew up attending nondenominational Bible churches–was a minor issue in the race. She told me her faith affects her politics this way: “I believe everything happens for a purpose. In my own personal life, if I dedicated back to my Creator what I’m trying to create for the good . . . everything will turn out fine.” That same concept applies to her political career, she suggested.

The biggest issue in the campaign was the proposed natural gas pipeline from the North Slope that’s crucial to the state’s economy. Murkowski had made a deal with the three big oil companies–Exxon, BP, ConocoPhillips–which own the gas reserves to build the pipeline. But the legislature turned it down and Palin promised to create competition for the pipeline contract.

She made three other promises: to end corruption in state government, cut spending, and provide accountability. She’s now redeeming those promises.

Palin describes herself as “pro-business and pro-development.” She doesn’t want the oil companies to sit on their energy reserves or environmental groups to block development of the state’s resources. “I get frustrated with folks from outside Alaska who come up and say you shouldn’t develop your resources,” she says. Alaska needs to be self-sufficient, she says, instead of relying heavily on “federal dollars,” as the state does today.

Her first major achievement as governor was lopsided passage by the legislature of the Alaska Gasline Inducement Act, which is designed to attract pipeline proposals this summer. The state is offering $500 million in incentives, but the developer must meet strict requirements. The oil companies have said they won’t join the competition.

Palin’s tough spending cuts drew criticism from Republican legislators whose pet projects were vetoed. But her popularity doesn’t appear threatened. “It’s not just that she’s pretty and young,” says Dittman. “She’s really smart. And there’s no guile. She says her favorite meal is moose stew or mooseburgers. It wouldn’t shock people if that were true.”

Fred Barnes is executive editor of THE WEEKLY STANDARD.

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Gov. Palin: Direct attack on grassroots activists by GOPe must be rejected

Posted by Dr. Fay on August 28, 2012

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  • Had a great time today in Gilbert, Arizona, at a rally for Kirk Adams. It’s very important to pay attention to these down ballot races like Kirk Adams, Jeff Flake, and Paul Gosar in Arizona. We have to remember that this election is not just about replacing the party in power. It’s about who and what we replace it with. Grassroots conservatives know this. Without the energy and wisdom of the grassroots, the GOP would not have had the historic 2010 electoral victories. That’s why the controversial rule change being debated at the RNC convention right now is so very disappointing. It’s a direct attack on grassroots activists by the GOP establishment, and it must be rejected. Please follow the link to Michelle Malkin’s article about this.

    Floor fight: Grass-roots activists battle attempt to rig GOP convention delegate rules

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The Most Stunningly Beautiful Photo Of Palin At Arizona Rally: Inner and Outer Grace

Posted by M.Joseph Sheppard At Palin4President2016 on August 28, 2012

Celebrating the stunning good looks of a person does in no way whatsoever detract from one’s admiration of their personal qualities. Rather, it is an acknowledgement of how rare it is that a person, especially a leader who is in the public eye and under intense scrutiny by female haters, can combine an inner quality with an outer one.

It would make no difference to me if Palin’s inner qualities were not somehow mirrored by an outer beauty. The latter, at the end of the day, having no significance in respect of the effect for positive change an individual may create.  Golda Meir comes to mind initially, as does Mother Teresa.

On the other hand, it can be chalked up as an added bonus, that the person one admires and supports is pleasant ooking, not least in the satisfaction it brings that it drives the leftist harpies mad.

In my opinion this picture of a clearly relaxed, in total self-control, and languidly beautiful Sarah Palin, exemplifies the outer grace which reflects an inner grace.

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Palin Interview On Hannity From Arizona Rally For Adams

Posted by M.Joseph Sheppard At Palin4President2016 on August 28, 2012

Video retrieved from .  Transcript of video is available here.

From article at the Sarah Palin Journal:

Monday, August 27, 2012

Sarah Palin: ‘The status quo has got to go’

Gov. Palin made an appearance on Fox News’ “Hannity” Monday night to discuss the Romney-Ryan ticket, the GOP convention and more:

The former Alaska governor restated her familiar theme of “sudden and relentless reform” and declared, “We can’t afford four more years of what we’ve been through.”

She reminded host Sean Hannity that as as the GOP’s vice presidential candidate in 2008, she had Barack Obama pegged and had warned that if he was elected president, the country would be in for “a world of Hurt” with his “failed, liberal, socialist policies.”

The Tea Party icon pointed out that Obama promised that ObamaCare was not a tax, but it turned out to be the largest tax increase in American history. Now, she said, “November can’t come soon enough,” and the people have decided that “the status quo has got to go.” Saying that Obama has broken nearly all of his campaign promises made during the 2008 campaign, the former Alaska governor added that the only pledge he has kept is “to fundamentally transform America.”

The 2008 vice presidential candidate taped the segment from Gilbert Arizon, where she campaigned Monday afternoon for congressional candidate Kirk Adams. She was wearing and Adams for Congress t-shirt. Palin has focused on the down-ballot contests and said, “These are the important races.”

Video courtesy of SarahNET | Cross-posted at US for Palin

– JP

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