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Archive for February, 2013

Bristol Palin Posts Photos of Iron Dog 2013 Finish

Posted by Dr. Fay on February 26, 2013

Bristol posted several photos of the Iron Dog 2013 Finish on Bristol’s Blog today.

And the Winner Is… Iron Dog Race 2013

February 25, 2013 By  9 Comments

Sorry it’s taken me so long to post you on what happened at the Iron Dog.  (Fairbanks is a long way from Wasilla!)  You may have already heard that Dad and his partner Scott Davis didn’t win this year.  They covered the 2,000-mile path from Big Lake, then to Nome, then on to the finish in Fairbanks, and ended up in the top five.  According to the Fairbanks Daily News Miner, they finished at 2:40 p.m. with a trail time of 39:20:33 and an average speed of 54.78 mph.  Congratulations to the winners, Team 17 — Marc McKenna and Dusty VanMeter!

Birch Leaf Photography was there at the finish line, so I’ll post more photos in just a bit.  In the meantime, we’re so proud of you, Dad!

A Meaningful Decal on Dad’s Machine

February 25, 2013 By  3 Comments

Photo Credit: Birch Leaf Photography

Check out the above photo of  the decal on Dad’s snow machine from the Iron Dog 2013.  He donated his winnings to the the Chris Kyle Memorial Fund.

A Hug at the End of a Looong Race — Five Iron Dog 2013 Photos!

February 26, 2013 By  7 Comments

As promised, here are some awesome photos by Birch Leaf Photography, taken in Fairbanks at the end of the 2013 Iron Dog.  (Yes, it was as cold as it looks!)  I love the last two photos of Mom and Dad at the finish line!  Enjoy!]

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Palin: D.C.: Cut the Drama. Do Your Job.

Posted by Jackie Siciliano on February 26, 2013

sarah_palin35The following was posted to Sarah Palin’s Facebook page earlier today.  I do believe the Mama Grizzly just roared and as usual, her message is “right on”!

Americans are sick and tired of yet another ginned-up crisis. D.C. needs to grow up, get to work, and live within its means. The real economic Armageddon looming before us is our runaway debt, not the sequester, which the President advocated for and signed into law and is now running around denouncing because he never had any genuine intention of reining in his reckless spending.

Remember that this sequestration deal came about because of the long debt ceiling standoff in the summer of 2011. It wasn’t the ideal outcome for anyone, but it did at least include real deficit reduction of about $110 billion per year for 10 years, which is still nowhere near enough to close our massive deficit. Keep in mind that since the sequester passed, the President has already hit American families and small business owners with his tax increases, or “more revenue” as he likes to call it. The American public doesn’t want tax increases; we want government to rein in its overspending.

If we can’t stomach modest cuts that would lower federal spending by a mere 0.3% per year out of a current federal budget of $3.6 trillion, then we might as well signal to the whole world that we have no serious intention of dealing with our debt problem.

If we are going to wet our proverbial pants over 0.3% in annual spending cuts when we’re running up trillion dollar annual deficits, then we’re done. Put a fork in us. We’re finished. We’re going to default eventually and that’s why the feds are stockpiling bullets in case of civil unrest.

If we ARE serious about putting our fiscal house in order, then let’s stop the hysterics, tighten our belts, and take our medicine.

– Sarah Palin

 

Prior to the Facebook posting, Palin also tweeted a related message:

America’s sick & tired of yet more ginned up crisis. DC: Grow up. Get to work. Go around lefty obstructionists then get out of workers’ way.

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Gov. Palin: Proud of Our Iron Dogger!

Posted by Dr. Fay on February 23, 2013

From Governor Palin’s Facebook page over the past 3 hours:

Willow & I are thawing out in my truck, waiting for Team 11 to cross the finish line! Top two teams just finished. We’re thankful the guys are finishing safe & sound and, hey, if nothing changes Todd will be in the Top 5! (Fifth, as it stands with about 70 miles to go in this 2,000 mile long endurance race). It’s a good day! I’ll let you know…

The kids & I…

Team #11 at the finish line…

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  • Finished strong in the Iron Dog! Todd just told me, “Along with the competition, this was another great trip across Alaska seeing old friends in villages. Honored to have a picture with Alaska’s famous elder, Sydney Huntington. (He’s the one who gave us the quote, ‘Common sense is an endangered species in government.’) I’m overwhelmed by the hospitality and support shown to us in each town and village. I love these folks. It was a rough and tough race, but I’m glad we were able to finish, and I kept in mind I was racing in honor of our fallen warriors who secure our freedom.”

    Todd’s race winnings are donated to The Chris Kyle Memorial Fund. For the kids and me, we’re proud of our Iron Dogger, especially his dedication to family and freedom.

    – Sarah Palin

Todd…

Team #11…

Todd and Scott with Sydney Huntington in Galena, Alaska

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Palin: Happy President’s Day

Posted by Jackie Siciliano on February 19, 2013

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In honor of President’s Day, Sarah Palin posted two messages to her Facebook page to remind us of the importance of those past presidents who laid the foundation of this great country.

 

Message #1:

In honor of Presidents’ Day… saying the “Pledge of Allegiance” next to the brick tombs of President and Mrs. Washington on the Mount Vernon estate.

Message #2:

Celebrate Presidents Serving With Pure Motives

We’re kind of consumed with rugged race competition today in our house, but the important thing to remember this morning is the significance of February 18. It should be considered an honor to celebrate Presidents’ Day, particularly with the understanding that President George Washington is at the heart of this patriotic observance. With every passing day, as we recognize the true state of our union, we can appreciate even more those, like President Washington, who have served with pure motives and a true sense of purpose, who loved this nation more than self and truly sacrificed for her future.

Take a minute today to reflect on those who came before us and laid the foundation that was to be the solid rock on which future generations were built, then be inspired to fight for the restoration of all that made America a shining light in the world! Our past demands it, our present desperately requires it, and the world’s future depends on it.

Presidents’ Day reminds us that we have been uniquely blessed by God. Be grateful for the rights He has given us, and please honor those who have given themselves for the preservation of those rights. Let us reject any attempt to fundamentally transform our nation because we want our children and their children to know the American exceptionalism we have enjoyed and to deem it worthy of protecting. Freedom isn’t free, be willing to fight for it.

Happy Presidents’ Day.

– Sarah Palin

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Iron Dog Team 11 Running in Honor of Chris Kyle and Fallen Warriors

Posted by Dr. Fay on February 18, 2013

This photo will bring tears to your eyes.  Governor Palin posted it on her Facebook page last night.  The photo was apparently taken before the Iron Dog race.  Todd and teammate Scott Davis are racing in honor of Chris Kyle and other fallen warriors.  Kyle, with whom the Palins were friends, was murdered recently and received a memorial and funeral befitting an American hero.

Running hard in honor of our lost warriors. God bless America’s finest – our troops.

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Go, Team 11! May God’s wind be at your back, and may He watch over and protect you! We at SPIB are rooting for a victory for you again this year!

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Sarah Palin: The Iron Dog Race – Competition at Its Finest!

Posted by Dr. Fay on February 17, 2013

The Iron Dog Race started in Alaska today, and Governor Palin has been keeping us updated through photos on her Facebook page:
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Here’s a link to photos Bristol took at the start of the Iron Dog race last year. Today is this year’s race start, and I’ll post more pics from the starting line.

[From Bristol’s Blog]

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This weekend is the start of the Iron Dog. As promised, here are some photos from previous years’ races. Above is dad and his partner
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Just snapped this pic of happy, healthy, adrenaline-pumped race team #11 (Scott & Todd) in my living room – one final bit of warmth before these former champs hit the trail in the world’s longest snowmachine race: 2000 miles across Alaska’s unique terrain and amazingly challenging conditions. It’s competition at its finest!

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Todd and Trig…

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Trig says, “See you later, Dad!” at the start of the Iron Dog.

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And they’re off…

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Nick Muzin and Tim Scott: Dynamic Pro-Israel Republican Duo

Posted by Dr. Fay on February 17, 2013

Our friend Benyamin Korn. editor of JewsForSarah, shared this amazing story about  Senator Tim Scott and Nick Muzin, a Canadian-born Jewish doctor, lawyer and political consultant.  Sarah Palin supporters will remember that Governor Palin tweeted back in December that Scott would be a good choice as Senator Jim DeMint’s replacement .  It appears that Nick Muzin played a big role in encouraging Scott to run and then becoming his political adviser.

Canadian-born Orthodox Jew Nick Muzin helps boost black GOP Sen. Tim Scott to prominence

By Ron Kampeas · February 12, 2013

Nick Muzin, left, consulting with then-Rep. Tim Scott at a forum in Charleston, S.C., hosted by Scott for Republican presidential candidates, August 2011.  (Photo by Kay Fekete, courtesy of Nick Muzin)

WASHINGTON (JTA) – On a Saturday night following Shabbat, Nick Muzin arrayed on his dining room table what would turn out to be the winning strategy to elect the first black Republican to Congress from South Carolina in more than a century.

The next night at the same table in his Charleston, S.C., home, Muzin hosted his weekly Talmud class.

Associates say the duality typifies Muzin, the 37-year-old Orthodox Jewish dynamo now leading the effort by House Republicans to expand the party’s appeal following Mitt Romney’s loss to President Obama last November.

The ascension of Tim Scott from the South Carolina statehouse to the U.S. House of Representatives — and last December to the U.S. Senate — is relatively well known.

First elected to the House in 2010 as a leader of the Tea Party, Scott won reelection last November before being tapped just a few weeks later by Gov. Nikki Haley to fill the seat vacated by retiring Sen. Jim DeMint. Scott’s quick ascendance, the rarity of his being a black Republican and his Tea Party stature has earned him national attention.

Less well known is the role of Muzin, the Montreal-born doctor, lawyer and Jewish scholar who has been instrumental in paving Scott’s way. Muzin, who is a naturalized American, was a policy adviser on Scott’s 2010 campaign and until December was his chief of staff.

Though Muzin now is director of strategy and coalitions for the House Republican Conference, he also has a role in Scott’s fundraising political action committee.

The close alliance – and friendship — between a black Tea Party Republican from the South and an Orthodox Jewish doctor-lawyer from Canada is a rarity in politics, and upends perceptions about how blacks and Jews interact, Muzin and Scott say.

Scott, 47, is the first to credit Muzin for his success. Without Muzin’s entreaties that Saturday night in January 2010, Scott may not have run for the Charleston-area House seat that opened with the retirement of Rep. Henry Brown.

“Initially, I was fairly reluctant; I did not have my sights set on Washington,” Scott told JTA in an interview. “He was crucial in helping me to get to that conclusion.”

Scott instead had his eye on the state’s lieutenant governorship, which is what first drew the men together in 2009. The lieutenant governor oversees the state’s Office of Aging, and Muzin, a lawyer with an medical degree from Yeshiva University’s Albert Einstein College of Medicine, was interested in health policy. So Muzin sought out Scott, and the two bonded over policy — and curiosity about each other’s beliefs.

“He’d be studying Bible all the time in his office and we would talk regularly about what I was learning in Daf Yomi every day,” Muzin said of Scott. Daf Yomi is the page-a-day Talmud study program. “He had a real appreciation for Jewish people and for religious people.”

The appreciation became evident early in the campaign when Scott told Muzin he wanted to release a statement on the May 2010 clash between Israeli commandos and a Gaza-bound flotilla that left nine Turkish nationals dead.

“I want to go on record saying that Israel was within its rights in international and maritime law to intercept the flotilla since Hamas, a terrorist organization in control of Gaza, has sworn to annihilate the Jewish people and regularly transfers weapons into Gaza,” said Scott, at the time a House candidate in a state where the Jewish vote barely registers.

The notion of an African-American Republican from the South making Israel a focus, as Scott has throughout his congressional career, has even become a target of writers at “Saturday Night Live.” In a skit over the weekend that didn’t make the final cut for the show, cast member Kenan Thompson plays Scott grilling defense secretary nominee Chuck Hagel on his fealty to Israel.

“As an African-American Republican from South Carolina, love of Israel is in my blood,” Thompson said to audience titters.

In Muzin’s case, his political trajectory baffles even some of his friends. In 2000 he rallied for the Gore-Lieberman ticket, but in 2004 he told the Yale Daily News that encounters with liberals at Yale had driven him rightward.

“I find that the student body here is ultra-liberal and extremely intolerant,” Muzin, then vice president of Yale’s conservative Federalist Society, told the campus paper.

Muzin joined George W. Bush’s 2004 reelection campaign as a counsel for the Republican National Committee and served as a medical adviser for the 2008 presidential campaign of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.).

In 2006, while working in Washington as an attorney defending physicians and pharmaceutical companies, Muzin began seeing the scion of a prominent Charleston family, Andrea Zucker. Within months, after a surprise proposal in Jerusalem during a trip to Israel, the two were married.

“People thought we were crazy,” Zucker told Charleston Weddings magazine.

Zucker’s father, Jerry, was a Forbes 400 billionaire who owned, among other properties, the Canadian retail giant Hudson’s Bay Company. The Muzins moved to Charleston to help out with the family business.

“My wife bought me a tourist’s guide to the South,” Muzin said. “She said, ‘See this as an extended adventure.’ I kind of embraced it: I bought a truck, a King Ranch F-150” – a Ford. “I got into boating, I started training to compete in triathlons.”

The truck surprised friends. “I didn’t need it for any reason whatsoever,” Muzin said, laughing. He practiced medicine a day a week at a free clinic and started hosting weekly Talmud classes.

In 2010, with Obama’s health-care reform about to pass, Muzin again turned to medical policy. He sensed that Scott, the success-story son of a single mother, would be an effective spokesman against Obamacare.

“He came over to my house on motzei Shabbos and I laid out a memo and I said, ‘If you decide to run, these are the issues,’ ” Muzin recalled of that Saturday night.

Scott was won over and Muzin was soon running his campaign.

Scott quickly won the endorsement of DeMint and Rep. Eric Cantor, (R-Va.), who was set then to become House majority leader. Scott won the fundraising battle with his most serious challenger, Paul Thurmond, son of the late Sen. Strom Thurmond (R-S.C.), and the primary race before trouncing his Democratic challenger in the general election.

Muzin became Scott’s chief of staff and moved back to Washington, family in tow. He now has three children. He has sold the Ford truck.

Since December, Muzin has been leading the Republicans’ outreach to groups that rejected the party in the last election, noting “Hispanic voters, young and libertarian voters, women, Asians, African-Americans.”

Republicans are debating whether the party’s messaging or more fundamental policy changes are needed on such matters as entitlement spending, immigration and gay marriage. Muzin is focused more on the message.

“Our job in the Republican Conference is to tell people to stop talking about rape,” Muzin quips, referring to candidates in last November’s election who advocated against abortion even in cases of rape and incest. “We have to figure out who our best communicators are and get them on TV instead of people we don’t want to represent us.”

If anyone can pull this off, it’s Muzin, says Noah Silverman, the congressional affairs director of the Republican Jewish Coalition.

“He’s someone who has a natural ability to think in terms of questions that might be on the minds of non-traditional Republican constituencies,” Silverman said.

Political rivals credit Muzin with a smooth, soft pitch.

“We don’t agree on policy at all, but he’s a mensch,” says Tom Kahn, the top Democratic staffer on the House Budget Committee. “He is able to hold strong views and to disagree strongly, but to do it in a very agreeable way.”

Rabbi Levi Shemtov, the director of American Friends of Lubavitch who has known Muzin since his Washington days, says his biography is an example for community outreach.

“It’s pretty obvious that Nick could have done practically anything he wanted in terms of his education opportunity and background,” Shemtov said.

Stuart Feldman, a family friend who was part of the Charleston Talmud class and became a Muzin confidant, says that’s the key to Muzin’s leadership.

“He never makes anyone feel slighted,” Feldman said.

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Heaths talk to Kevin Scholla on SarahNET Radio about their book tour and what may lie ahead for the Heaths and Palins

Posted by Dr. Fay on February 17, 2013

SarahNET posted this video this morning.  Description from their website:

Chuck Heath Sr. and Chuck Heath Jr. return to The Palin Radio Update with Kevin Scholla! Kevin Scholla’s dad and brother are here to look back at their book tour adventures and look ahead at what may be next for the Palins and Heaths. The two Chucks also discuss the attack on our Second Amendment rights, the possibility of a new national third political party, rubbing elbows with Tony Blair, and they tell Kevin what Sarah Palin thinks of their new found stardom.

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Gov. Palin: Activism truly IS for the children

Posted by Dr. Fay on February 17, 2013

Governor Palin posted this precious photo of Trig on her Facebook page with comment:

As cliche and annoying as it may sound, activism truly IS for the children.

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Palin: Shoddy journalism by Field & Stream editor

Posted by Dr. Fay on February 17, 2013

Governor Palin posted a link on her Facebook page to this article by her brother Chuck Heath, Jr. in which he responded to the false claims of a Field & Stream editor about Sarah’s hunting abilities.

Referring to the Field & Stream article to which Chuck Heath, Jr. responded,  she made this comment:

‎*Sigh*…another day, another example of shoddy journalism…

Letter to the Editor of Field & Stream

Feb 14, 2013 by 

Letter to the Editor of Field & Stream

I sent the following letter to the editor of Field & Stream in response to an article, Sarah Palin’s Shooting by David E. Petzal, posted at their site. It’s disappointing that the letter even had to be written to a publication such as theirs, but the inaccuracies will not go unanswered.

February 13, 2013

Dear Editor,

As a fan of Field and Stream dating back to my childhood, it was very disheartening to read David Petzal’s hit piece on my father Chuck Heath, and my sister Sarah Palin’s caribou hunt in the TLC show, Sarah Palin’s Alaska. Why Mr. Petzal chose to write something like this nearly three years after the fact is perplexing…a cry for attention perhaps?

I shared the article with my parents and my mother responded by saying, “This is so ridiculous that it doesn’t even merit a response.”

Mom’s probably right but I guess I’m too stubborn to drop it that easily.

Petzal implying that Sarah has no experience with guns is akin to the bogus Washington Post story this week that said Sarah is going to work for Al Jazeera. Even a tiny bit of digging would have lead Mr. Petzal to a completely different conclusion.

So please allow me to set some facts straight:

First of all, I can’t recall the first time my sisters and I ever pulled the trigger on a rifle. We were too young to remember. Guns have been a part of my family for generations. My father and I recently wrote a book (Our Sarah: Made in Alaska) that chronicles some of our early hunting experiences.

So what are the facts? For one, Mr. Petzal leads the reader to believe that Sarah didn’t sight her gun in before the hunt. Totally untrue. The day before they set out after their prey, Sarah and Dad were consistently “driving tacks from 100 yards” (as Dad put it) with Sarah’s .225 Winchester. Those of you who watched the show in its entirety know that while walking across the tundra, Dad slipped and fell while carrying Sarah’s gun. He didn’t realize at the time that he had knocked the scope askew.

When it came time for Sarah to take her shot, she took aim, fired, and missed badly. Dad (or one of the nitwits as Petzal cruely refers to him) is visibly frustrated. After sixty-plus years of continual hunting and big game guiding, he has earned that right. Even at nearly 75 years old, I doubt Petzal could keep up with him. When it becomes obvious that Sarah’s scope is out of whack, she switches guns with Dad’s buddy, Becker. (By the way, Becker is not a guide as Petzal mentions in his piece, nor is he a nitwit).

As Sarah gets ready to fire Becker’s Remington 7mm Magnum, she asks if it has much of a kick. Why? Because her .225 doesn’t kick and she can keep her eye closer to the scope. My mom once had a nasty circle cut around her eye doing the same thing and Sarah never forgot that.

Once Sarah settled in with the 7mm, she dropped her caribou in one shot.

By the way, the day after the hunt, Dad set up some paper plates at fifty yards and couldn’t hit them with the .225. The scope was that far off.

If you doubt any of the things I’ve said perhaps you should talk to some of the people that were actually there. Here are a few of them:

-Stryker Overly – guide from Tok, Alaska
-Greg Jennen – owner of Alaska Glacier Mountain Outfitters in Two Rivers, Alaska
-John Pontz – bush pilot from Unalakleet, Alaska
-Mitch Tanen – Television Producer with Mark Burnett Productions
-Steve Becker – commercial fisherman and hunting buddy

Mitch Tanen in particular had this to say: “I’m sorry to hear that the magazine is calling into question the authenticity of the hunt we showed in that episode. I don’t know how to say it plain enough…the actual hunt and the story of all the events of that hunt as laid out in the episode are all true. There were always no less then ten people following Sarah, your father and Steve Becker during the four-day shoot. So in addition to your father and Steve Becker, an additional producer, at least two camera operators, two audio mixers, several PA’s, a coordinator, medical personnel, safety personnel and at least one of the two bush pilots we depended on to get us out into the bush from Kavik Camp, were there and had eyes on Sarah at the moment she shot the caribou. To suggest that somehow all of these individuals (including me) with our own differing political views would risk the professional reputations some of us have spent a life time building to make up something like that for the good of a television show is both ignorant and insulting.”

Petzal’s piece is full of gaping holes and tarnishes the reputation of everyone who was involved in that hunt.

As Sarah explains, “He’s the typical lying SOB-type that I’ve been dealing with since 2008. I’m very disappointed in Field & Stream for printing his garbage. This made-up fantasy of the columnist ranks right up there with yesterday’s report in the Washington Post that claims I’m working for Al Jazeera. My retort to that one was: ‘Uum, right… and tomorrow I’m having coffee with Elvis at the Mocha Moose in Wasilla.’ Really, these silly people need to get a life!”

Thank you,
Chuck Heath, Jr.

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