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Archive for April, 2013

Happy 5th Birthday, Trig Palin!

Posted by Dr. Fay on April 18, 2013

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Today is Trig Palin’s fifth birthday!   As you can tell from his photos, he’s growing into an active, happy young man.  And he shares his parents’ and siblings’ good looks.

We at SPIB want to wish Trig  a very happy birthday.  May you have many more happy birthdays, and may all your dreams come true.



Governor Palin and Bristol posted recent photos of Trig online today. Bristol posted this set of photos of Trig on her blog.

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Five years ago today, God sent our family an angel! Happy fifth birthday Trig Paxson Van Palin!!

Governor Palin posted these two photos on her Facebook page:

Pretty spring day to celebrate Trig’s 5th birthday!


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Gov. Palin applauds Second Amendment victory in Senate; retweets John Nolte’s description of Obama as a “bitter clinger”

Posted by Dr. Fay on April 18, 2013

Congratulatory tweet from Governor Palin yesterday afternoon:


Later she retweeted John Nolte’s comment:


The defeat of the gun control bill in the Senate yesterday was indeed a victory for the American people, and we are very thankful for that.  However, we must remain vigilant in protecting our liberties, because the radical left machine will not give up their quest to take them away.  Aaron Klein has detailed their agenda in his bestselling Red Army.

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Palin: White House snub of Thatcher funeral also an insult to women

Posted by Dr. Fay on April 18, 2013

Posted on Governor Palin’s Facebook page yesterday evening:

A friend sent me a recap of this mornings beautiful funeral service for Margaret Thatcher. How fitting that they read from Ephesians 6:10-18 imploring us to put on “the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.” Certainly Margaret Thatcher wore such armor in her many battles.
It is so very sad that in this sensitive time of needing to show respect for humanity in general and for “the good guys” in particular our White House did not even send an official envoy to her funeral. Salt in the wound is learning that Senator Menendez, who was recently in the news because of allegations of corruption and even possibly a prostitution scandal, gutted the Senate Resolution honoring Mrs. Thatcher’s world changing achievements. So very sad. Not only is this an insult to our British allies, it’s an insult to women.
Margaret Thatcher admirably never styled herself as a woman leader. She regarded herself as simply a leader, and got the job done regardless of her sex. But the fact remains that she was the most important female leader of the 20th century and will be remembered as one of the most important leaders of all time. Where is the outrage from American feminists at the obvious official snub of this iconic woman who was one of our country’s most loyal allies? (I guess maybe the American sisterhood is too busy at the moment trying to enforce the media blackout of that Philadelphia mass-murderer’s trial for killing our youngest sisters in the womb.)
Margaret Thatcher was the epitome of everything feminists claim they support – a self-made woman who rose to power on her own merits without the patronage of any man. It’s time these liberal hypocrites showed her and women in general the same respect conservatives have all along. It’s disgraceful that America’s politicians snubbed her achievements, as Mrs. Thatcher helped secure our own union while setting a mighty example for women around the world. Like all great leaders, she belongs to the ages now, and I trust that time will only burnish the Iron Lady’s shining legacy when all these petty slights are long forgotten.
– Sarah Palin
Andrew Malcolm at Investor’s Business Daily commented on Obama’s snub of the Thatcher funeral as well.

In one of those ceremonial pageants the Brits invented, former Prime Minister  and Baroness Margaret Hilda Thatcher’s funeral unfolded this morning on the old  streets of London to the sounds of the classical music she loved and the Bible  verses at a service in Sir Christopher Wren’s St. Paul’s Cathedral.

So great is the global appreciation and admiration for the Iron Lady who led  Great Britain from 1979-90, that some 2,000 dignitaries attended, including in  an historic breach of protocol Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip.

This was the first funeral of a former prime minister the monarch has  attended in nearly a half-century, since Sir Winston Churchill’s 1965 state  ceremonies. This despite unconfirmed reports of persistent tensions between the  two women.

Alas, in a sad slap at its closest ally in Europe, the American president  chose to send minimal representation to the funeral and no one ranking from  his administration.


Thatcher lead Britain’s economy back into the free market and prosperity and  was a staunch American ally, especially during both terms of fellow conservative  President Reagan. Together, they helped bring about the collapse of the Soviet  Union, the Berlin Wall and the resurgence of their separate economies.

When President Reagan died in 2004, after a decade’s decline from  Alzheimer’s, the then-retired Thatcher traveled to Washington to pay her  respects to the president she called Ronnie as he lay in state at the U.S.  Capitol. She then attended the funeral service at the National Cathedral and  even accompanied Reagan’s body to California, where he was entombed at the  Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley.


Among the many dignitaries attending today’s service were former prime  ministers John Major, Gordon Brown and Tony Blair along with Canadian leaders  Stephen Harper and Brian Mulroney and several Middle Eastern leaders.

Cultural icons such as Michael Caine, David Frost, Richard Attenborough,  Shirley Bassey, Michael Crawford and Andrew Lloyd-Webber also attended, as did  10 staff members from the Ritz Hotel as a symbol of appreciation for their care  during Thatcher’s last weeks.

Henry Kissinger, Newt Gingrich and Dick Cheney attended as private U.S.  citizens.

President Obama has created his own reputation as anti-British through serial  snubs of its leaders and gifts. Whether there’s a connection between his obvious  feelings and Britain’s colonial rule of Kenya, the homeland of Obama’s absentee  father, is really irrelevant. It’s shown Obama as a petty, parochial pol, hardly  presidential.

The Democrat is often photographed with his feet atop the presidential desk,  a gift from Britain decades ago made from the timbers of a British man-of-war.

You may recall on his first day in the Oval Office, Obama ordered the gift  bust of Winston Churchill removed and returned to Britain. He famously gave  Brown a gift of American movie DVD’s, which won’t play on British machines. He’s  declined to appear jointly with some Brits and generously gave the queen an iPod  packed with recordings of his own speeches.

But Obama trumped himself this week by declining to send any representative  of his administration to the funeral of free-market advocate Thatcher. The  Chicago Democrat appointed instead two former secretaries of State in Republican  administrations–James Baker and George Schultz–and a staffer from the embassy  in London.

As our editorial page colleagues here pointed out,  that’s a lower-level delegation to our closest European ally than the group  Obama dispatched to last month’s funeral of anti-American demagogue Hugo Chavez  of Venezuela. Hmm.

Clearly, Obama has no time for such respectful things himself. He’s set a  strategy dinner tonight with Democrat senators.

While this excerpt focuses on the Obama snub, read more about the Thatcher funeral and procession in Malcolm’s excellent article here.

However, Obama’s snub did not deter the British people from honoring one of their greatest leaders.  Michael Deacon at The Telegraph wrote a moving report (with video of  the procession) about Lady Thatcher’s funeral and the response of  the British people lining the roadways.

It seemed to come out of nowhere. No one knew who’d started it – perhaps it was purely instinctual. But as the hearse came into view, the crowds found themselves breaking into applause – applause that followed the hearse all the way along the route, until it drew up at the church of St Clement Danes. Then, once the coffin had been loaded on to the gun carriage, and the horses moved off, the applause started again – and followed the procession all the way to St Paul’s.

Down the roads it spread and spread, gently rippling, a long impromptu chain of respect and appreciation.

The applause wasn’t rowdy; there were no whoops or whistles. It was steady, warm, dignified. But it was also, somehow, determined. At Ludgate Circus, protesters began to boo and jeer – only to find the rest of the crowd applauding all the more loudly to drown them out.

It has often been said that Baroness Thatcher appealed to the silent majority. They weren’t silent now.


For each and every minute of the journey from St Clement Danes, a gun salute was fired. At last the procession came to a halt at St Paul’s. At 11am sharp, the 2,000 guests inside the cathedral – including the Queen, the Prime Minister, and Lady Thatcher’s children, Sir Mark and Carol Thatcher – rose as one. Lady Thatcher’s grandchildren – Michael, 24, and Amanda, 19 – walked ahead of the coffin.

Following the first hymn, He Who Would Valiant Be, Amanda Thatcher gave a reading, from Ephesians 6 10-18. How young she looked up there, tiny and alone. To begin with, her voice cracked and quavered – but she did not let the occasion, or the emotion, overcome her. “Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil,” she read, voice strengthening with every line. Her words echoed through the huge, booming silence.

The second reading came from David Cameron, John 14 1-6 (“I am the way, the truth and the life”). He read steadily and solemnly. His wife Samantha, wearing a pussy-bow blouse in tribute to Lady Thatcher, watched him from the pews.

The address was given by The Bishop of London, the Rt Rev Richard Chartres. It was well judged, well written, well spoken. “After the storm of a life lived in the heat of political controversy,” he said, “there is a great calm. The storm of conflicting opinions centres on the Mrs Thatcher who became a symbolic figure – even an ‘ism’. Today the remains of the real Margaret Hilda Thatcher are here at her funeral service. Lying here, she is one of us.”


After the prayers, the choir in St Paul’s sang In Paradisum, from the Requiem Mass by Gabriel Fauré; then the congregation joined them for the patriotic hymn I Vow to Thee, My Country. The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, gave the blessing. “Support us, O Lord, all the day long of this troublous life,” he intoned, “until the shadows lengthen and the evening comes, the busy world is hushed, the fever of life is over and our work is done. Then, Lord, in your mercy grant us a safe lodging, a holy rest, and peace at the last.”

Finally, as the Queen looked on, the coffin was carried out of the cathedral by the bearer party.

Then, something remarkable. As the coffin was borne down the steps into the light of the day, the crowds outside gave three cheers. Like the applause that had followed the coffin on its journey to St Paul’s, the cheers were spontaneous.

As much as appreciation, they may have been an expression of relief – relief that a day that had been threatened by protest and violence had instead passed with dignity. A respectful procession followed by a moving service. No hysteria, no hyperbole. Of course there had been pomp and pageantry: the uniforms, the military bands, the towering grandeur of St Paul’s. But in its own way the occasion was understated – or as close to understated as a ceremonial funeral can be.

In late afternoon, when the hearse arrived at Mortlake Crematorium in south-west London, it was met, for one final time, with mourners’ quiet applause.

This was a day, in short, of tributes untarnished. A day when, to a far greater degree than expected, abuse was overcome by respect, violence by decency, and hatred by love.

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Amanda Thatcher from Texas, read Ephesians 6:10-18 at her grandmother’s funeral.  What an appropriate message.  It was befitting as a reminder of the battles that Lady Thatcher fought but also of the ongoing struggle between good and evil in our world today.

Video retrieved from Channel4News.


From the article at Foreign Policy by Elias Groll:

Amanda now lives in Texas with her mother, stepfather, and brother Michael. She is reportedly deeply religious, has carried out missionary work in China, and attends the University of Richmond in Virginia.

Voted most likely to change the world” by her high school classmates, Amanda was a favorite of the Iron Lady. The former British prime minister reportedly kept a portrait of her two grandchildren on a mantle alongside a picture of Sir Denis, her beloved late husband. Maggie, the daughter of a fervent lay Methodist preacher, approved of Amanda’s turn toward evangelical Christianity, and she cherished her relationship with her granddaughter during her ailing later years. As the Guardian notes in its excellent profile of the young Thatchers, Amanda’s religiosity lined up nicely with Maggie’s hard-nosed political and social conservatism.

Poised, eloquent, the descendant of conservative royalty, evangelical Christian, and Texas-bred: It all seems to add up to a promising political future. She certainly hit it out of the park in her introduction to the world, and isn’t it pretty easy to picture a clip of Amanda’s speech at her grandmother’s funeral playing a role in a future campaign commercial?

The Republican Party could certainly do worse.

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A fitting legacy for the Iron Lady.

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Gov. Palin: Good advice about education from another commonsense conservative

Posted by Dr. Fay on April 16, 2013

Governor Palin posted a link on Facebook yesterday to Jedediah Bila’s excellent article, which is excerpted below.

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Here’s good advice from another commonsense conservative in the same vein as my advice last week.

From Jedediah Bila’s article at Townhall:

Thinking Outside the Education BoxI recently stumbled upon a Facebook post Sarah Palin had written while reflecting upon her daughter Willow’s graduation from an academy that specializes in hair and skin. In it, she said the following:

“Young people should not be pressured into assuming that a college degree is the only path to employment today. It’s not. Some college degrees obviously lead to clear professions, like those in the medical and engineering fields, but that’s not the case with many of the liberal arts degrees young people today gravitate toward either because they aren’t sure what they want to do after college or because they’ve been led to believe that college life is a sort of rite of passage for any career. That might have been the case once, but the salary and career opportunities a liberal arts education alone can get you have been dramatically limited these days. It’s so sad to see young people holding expensive college diplomas that come with no practical job opportunities.”

It struck me immediately, not only as a former undergraduate and graduate student who holds a B.A. and M.A. in Spanish literature, but also as a former teacher, student adviser, and academic dean. Before I proceed, would you mind taking a walk down memory lane with me?

I remember my first college meeting with my adviser like it was yesterday. I was seventeen, just about ready to start figuring myself out, and hoping to make up a semester schedule that would interest me and let me sleep until nine every morning. I also remember one of the first questions my adviser tossed my way: “So, what do you want to do with your life?”

What do I want to do with my life? I thought. I don’t even know what I want to do for lunch.

The truth was that I had absolutely no idea. And the reason for that was that I hadn’t taken the time to really think about it. I hadn’t brainstormed my likes and dislikes. I hadn’t chosen a school based on my interests. I hadn’t researched relevant internship opportunities.

I hadn’t done any of those things. Instead, I had listened to the many teachers, administrators, and guidance counselors along the way who had told me that I didn’t need to figure any of that out just yet. They told me that I needn’t worry because a solid liberal-arts degree was the key to success; it would make me a well-rounded, ideal candidate for just about any job. In fact, on the occasions that a particular trade did interest me–skin care, marriage counseling, writing greeting cards–I was told not to get “too narrow” in my thinking too early. The broader, the better, seemed to be the way to go. (Or so they told me.)

So, I listened. I spent my college years studying what I enjoyed semester to semester–a little Spanish literature here, a little psychology there, a little marketing in between. Before I could blink, I was building enough credits for a Spanish major, so I went with it. After all, it was pretty cool to be able to read books in two languages. At some point, I had enough credits for a Business minor, so I got one. I even applied to graduate schools for full fellowships in Spanish, initially because I wanted to see if I could actually snatch one.

It was all part of a journey. The problem was that I wasn’t thinking about where I wanted that journey to wind up. The truth was that I didn’t want a career in the conventional business world. I didn’t even want a career where I’d be speaking two languages; learning Spanish was far too romantic for me to ruin it with practical application.


Looking back, part of the problem was that my high-school curriculum didn’t allow for much personal exploration. I couldn’t take Ceramics or Photography or Clothing Design because those classes didn’t exist. Instead, the program was academically rigorous and aimed to create tough intellectuals. I’m not knocking rigorous academics, but what the program forgot was the importance of encouraging kids to discover who they were and what they loved. Years later, as a teacher, adviser, and dean, I never forgot that. It made all the difference in the way I looked at high school curriculums and the suggestions I made.

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m grateful for the college journey I took. Those four years taught me more about love, friendship, and myself than I could convey. But if I had to do things again, I’d be less afraid to embrace what I loved, even if it meant narrowing my vision. I’d be less concerned with the conventionality of a well-rounded, four-year degree and more concerned with discovering my passion and mapping out what it would look like in real life.

So, I commend Sarah Palin for addressing this very important issue and for her willingness to think outside the box. In the world of education, I wish more people would. And I commend Willow for taking the time to discover her interest in hair and skin, enrolling in a specialized school, and combining passion with practicality to hopefully yield success.

My advice to young people everywhere: Choose schools that encourage self-discovery early on. Don’t be afraid to buck convention. And when someone asks you what you want to do with the rest of your life, take the time to really think about it.

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Palin: Prayers are with Everyone in Boston Today

Posted by Jackie Siciliano on April 15, 2013

Praying_PalinSarah Palin offered the following message via her Facebook page to the people of Boston and the Boston Marathon participants:

Prayers are with everyone in Boston today.

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Gov. Palin “can not and will not” support politicians who do not protect our Second Amendment rights

Posted by Dr. Fay on April 15, 2013

Governor Palin posted the link to a document outlining why the Obama-backed Schumer-Toomey-Manchin gun registry bill should be filibustered and defeated.

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Please see the link below for why the latest gun control bill should be filibustered and defeated. I can not and will not support politicians who support any more limits on our Second Amendment rights.


Mark Levin then posted a comment on Facebook agreeing with Governor Palin.

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I join Sarah Palin – I won’t support any member of Congress who votes for more gun control laws


h/tp SarahNET

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(Updated) Happy 65th Birthday to Israel!

Posted by Dr. Fay on April 15, 2013

Today Israel celebrates the 65th anniversary of its Independence Day.  We at SPIB want to wish our Mideast ally and friend a happy Independence Day!

The modern State of Israel represents the culmination of 4000 years of Jewish history, beginning with God’s covenant with Abraham.  It also represents the fulfillment of prophecy.

Here is a  video from the official You Tube page of the State of Israel.

Video retrieved from Israel.

The Times of Israel staff reports on Israel’s Independence Day celebrations and the Memorial Day for Israelis lost in combat and to terrorism that preceded it:

Fireworks skyrocket over a music and dance performance at Mt. Herzl on Independence Day. (photo credit: image capture from Channel 10)

Fireworks skyrocket over a music and dance performance at Mt. Herzl on Independence Day. (photo credit: image capture from Channel 10)

Israel on Monday evening officially transitioned from Memorial Day, one of sorrow and remembrance, to Independence Day celebrations. Civilian dignitaries and military brass attended the country’s closing memorial ceremony at Jerusalem’s Mt. Herzl, in which 12 torches were lit commemorating the 12 tribes of Israel.

Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein opened the Independence Day ceremony saying that he never dreamed as a child that he would stand beside Theodor Herzl’s grave as a member of Knesset.

“I didn’t dream — not because I didn’t dare, and not because I was afraid. As a child I barely knew the State of Israel, I didn’t dream to be a part of it,” he said.

He noted that 26 years ago to the day he was released from a Soviet prison after serving time for seeking to immigrate to Israel. ”Today… my heart is filled, it is bursting its banks, full of prayer and thanksgiving,” he told the crowd.

The theme for 2013′s ceremony, chosen by the Ministerial Committee for Ceremonies and Icons, was the national legacy and the preservation of national cultural assets for generations to come. Fourteen honorees, selected for their cultural work, lit the 12 ceremonial torches.

Fireworks erupted over Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and cities across Israel moments after the final torch was lit, accompanied at Mt. Herzl by a musical and dance performance.

Earlier on Monday, a two-minute siren brought the country to a halt as Israel continued its Memorial Day events in remembrance of 25,578 war and terror victims.

Speaking at the official state ceremony for Israel’s fallen, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who lost his brother Yoni in the 1976 Entebbe raid, said he had been asked how to cope by children he met recently who had lost parents in wars or terror attacks.

“I answered honestly that I don’t know how to advise on how to manage with a loss like that. I told them that the death of my brother toughened me,” he told those gathered at the military cemetery at Mount Herzl. “We know that there is no real relief or comforting.”

Netanyahu also said Israel would continue to fight but also work toward peace.

“We will continue to work to make peace with our neighbors and to defend our land,” he said. “From the day of Israel’s birth great forces tried to destroy her. They never succeeded and will never succeed.”

Some 1.5 million Israelis were visiting cemeteries and memorial sites for services Sunday evening and Monday. All in all, 23,085 members of the country’s security forces died while in active service since Israel’s 1947-8 War of Independence, along with those who fought in Zionist pre-state militias going back to 1860.

Memorial Day began on Sunday night with a one-minute siren at 8 p.m. and an official ceremony at the Western Wall.

The day commemorates, in addition to servicemen and women, the 2,493 civilians who were killed in terror attacks.

Speaking at a ceremony for terror victims, Netanyahu said violence against civilians had been a constant challenge for the Zionist enterprise, surrounded by enemies who sought to kill or maim.

“We will not give in or surrender. We will pursue the terrorists relentlessly and we will strike them in any place. Terror is not from heaven, it is a mortal act,” he said. “Our willpower is greater than their willpower. We will never be like the murderers who do not hesitate to slaughter innocent people. We will not teach our children vengeance and hatred.”

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Here are two additional videos shared with us by our friend Jack.  The first one is especially inspiring.

Video retrieved from standwithus.

Video retrieved from standwithus.

Unity Coalition for Israel International (UCI) posted this powerful video by Yishai Fleisher yesterday.

UCI Celebrates Israel’s 65th Independence Day with Yishai Fleisher

Yishai Fleisher – UCI Exclusive Video,  April 15th, 2013

Video retrieved from Esther Levens.

Israel is 65!

Yishai Fleisher, Israel’s only english-language broadcast radio talk show host, and featured weekly on UCI’sVoices From He visited Kansas City recently and had the opportunity to speak with Unity Coalition for Israel founder, Esther Levens, about the unique nature of tiny but fierce country in the Middle East. He pointed out that Israel is the only state that secures freedoms for both its Jewish and Arab citizens as well as for many other Arabs in its keep.

“Freedom? That’s our middle name! The preposterous attempt by the media and the United Nations and many other groups to paint Israel as the one pariah state, the apartheid state, is the biggest FARCE in the world today – where Israel is exactly the opposite – the one state (in the Middle East) that guarantees freedoms. And the states around us! THEY are the states that have instituted apartheid!” – Yishai Fleisher

Yishai is also the founder of Kumah, a nonprofit organization in Israel and the United States that works to educate the public about Israel. It’s mission is to dispel myths and stereotypes about Israel and the Middle East, enhance connection to Israel through media projects, and to strengthen the Jewish character of Israel through renovation of historic sites (The Tomb of Yishai and Ruth in Hebron and Jewish property on the Mount of Olives), publications, legislation for the Knesset, and Aliyah activism.

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Fred Barnes recalls meeting Sarah Palin: “She was pretty impressive.”

Posted by Dr. Fay on April 15, 2013

Video retrieved from CSPAN

Fred Barnes, sat down last month with C-SPAN for a Q & A session.  In a very interesting interview, he talked about his career, his conversion as a Christian, Rupert Murdoch, and much more.  The synopsis beside the video in the C-SPAN video library reads:

Fred Barnes discussed the significance of the Weekly Standard in the political community, including its role in discovering Sarah Palin in 2007. He reflected on his conservative upbringing in Arlington, Virginia, noting the changes he experienced in his life after he became a born-again Christian. He recalled his early days on television, including his participation as a panelist in the first 1984 presidential debate and how it led him to a position on “The McLaughlin Group.” He talked about his time with New Republic Magazine and why he felt the need to provide a conservative alternative. He praised syndicated columnist Robert Novak and described Mr. Novak’s memoir, The Prince of Darkness: 50 Years Reporting in Washington as the best book ever written about politics.

At about 24:09 minutes into the video, the interviewer showed the ad for the Weekly Standard’s Alaska cruise in June of 2007.  He asked, “What was the impact of that cruise on American politics?”

Fred Barnes responded:

“Well, I think the discovery of Sarah Palin was one thing.  We on the cruise went up there in the in   southern –  we were not up around Anchorage in the well part of Alaska, but we were there, went to Juneau, went to Ketchikan, went to Sitka, and so on. But in Juneau we were invited by the governor to come and have lunch at her house –   at the Governor’s mansion.  And I found out later this came about because the woman who was the head of the Alaska Federation or Republican Women, or whatever the title is, had told the governor’s office that we were coming.  And at first she was ignored, and she told them again, and we finally, we wound up getting this invitation.  I’m not sure Sarah Palin was a Weekly Standard reader. But any case, we were invited, and we went to her house – myself, my wife, and my sister was along on the cruise.  She came.  Bill Kristol and one of his daughters and Mike Gershon, one of the speakers who was speaking at it, the former Bush speechwriter, and now columnist, he came, and we all had lunch.  one of the people he came and we all had lunch.  I sat right next to her.  And I’ll have to say, she was pretty impressive, in particular on the issues that she knew a lot about, which in Alaska are energy and the environment.   And so when I got back after that, I decided I’d write a story about her.   I mean I’d heard a little about her – you’re not going to hear much about Alaska politics down here, for Heaven sakes.   But that she had run against the incumbent governor, a Republican, and had defeated him in the primary and then won the election in 2006, which was not a good Republican year, but Alaska’s a pretty Republican state, and she won.  So there she was in 2007.  So I came back, I talked to her, I interviewed a bunch of people by phone, and talked to her twice.  I interviewed her twice on the phone and wrote a piece for the Weekly Standard about Sarah Palin.  It was only the first piece written about her by a national magazine in the United States.  I don’t go around bragging that I discovered her, but I think she was going to somehow emerge anyway, but I’m glad I was first.”

Interviewer:  “When did you know that that column might have had an impact that led eventually to John McCain choosing her as Vice President?”

Barnes:  “That’s when I did, when she was under – when her name started popping up.”

Interviewer:  “Who had seen it that you know?  Did you ever find out directly what person saw that and then reacted that strongly to it? “

Barnes:  “Well, there was one person who saw it and reacted strongly – was Bill Kristol, and he started talking her up.  This was back in the summer of 2008 when John McCain obviously had to pick a running mate. And Bill talked about her a lot on television.  It was on FOX News Sunday and other shows, and that got some attention.  And so I don’t recall any immediate reaction when this article came out – it must have been the late summer or early fall of 2007.”

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(Updated) Palin Asked 2016 Question at Walk Against Child Abuse in Arizona

Posted by Dr. Fay on April 14, 2013

NOTE:  Unfortunately, a site called Broken Controllers is redirecting traffic from this article to their website without SPIB’s permission.  A DOWNLOAD button pops up immediately upon accessing the resulting URL.   WARNING:  DO NOT DOWNLOAD anything from that site.  It has been reported that there may be a risk of downloading spyware.  At the very least, what that website is doing is illegal.  Other bloggers have reported their experiences with Broken Controllers, and a couple of solutions have been suggested (h/tp Jackie Siciliano).

Bloggers beware of Broken Controllers website…!

Bloggers Beware Of Broken Controllers Website !

How did something from my blog get listed on



Video retrieved from sarahnettoo.

FOX 10 news in Phoenix reported on the 4th Annual Strike Out Child Abuse Walk, which was led by Arizona Governor Brewer and Gov. Sarah Palin on Saturday.

Governor Jan Brewer and former Governor Sarah Palin led the Strike Out Child Abuse Walk as it wound its way through downtown Phoenix Saturday afternoon.


Before the event kicked off, people swarmed the former governor of Alaska for pictures and autographs.

Palin says she and her family spend a lot of time in Arizona. She pushed her son Trig in a stroller for the walk. “We get to visit here quite often because our kids take different classes down here. They’ve chosen Arizona as the place to be and it’s not just because of the weather, which is heavenly,” said Palin.

As for the political climate, we had to ask about the immigration issue. The gang of eight is expected to present a complex immigration plan next week.

Will the American people support it?
“If they first will make sure the borders are secure then I think American public will be open to hearing what bureaucratic regulatory solutions are, but first and foremost is securing the border,” said Palin.


“We need more boots on the ground, more technology on the ground and certainly we need cooperations between the state of Arizona and state of Sonora,” said Brewer.

And the inevitable question about Palin’s political future: Are you going to run in 2016?

“Don’t know what I’m going to do in 2016, but I’m going to walk today and I’m happy to get to do that,” said Palin.


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Michael J. Sheppard at Palin4President2016 has posted some photos from Twitter of the event  here.


CBS 5 AZ has additional footage of the event:

Video retrieved from sarahnetoo.

“We’re here highlighting the problem of child abuse and doing all that we can to strike it out,” said Palin.

However, Saturday’s conversation wasn’t just about protecting our children. It was also about protecting our border.

This week immigrants living in this country illegally will likely find out what they need to do to become U.S. citizens. Lawmakers are days away from announcing details of the most sweeping immigration reform bill this country’s seen in a quarter century.

“There needs to be truth in this issue. The American public can’t keep being told that the border is as secure as ever or more secure than ever when that is not true,” said Palin.

Brewer and former Palin said they are anxious to see exactly what lawmakers in Washington have come up in regards to immigration reform.

The bill is expected to include details of a guest worker program as well as a pathway to citizenship for the 11 million immigrants living in the United States illegally. The proposal will also outline steps the federal government needs to take to secure the border. Both women agreed the border needs to be secured before any talk of amnesty.

“The ranchers and law enforcement on the border, when they say the border is secure then I think we can move forward,” said Brewer

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Palin: Kids, Follow Your Dreams, But Be Practical To Be Employable

Posted by Jackie Siciliano on April 13, 2013


In honor of daughter Willow’s graduation from Penrose Academy, Gov. Palin posted the following message to her Facebook page.  I found this message of particular interest because I have a son who, at almost 16 years of age, is thinking of his future at this time.  So here ya go, common sense advice from a mother of five. 


Kids, Follow Your Dreams, But Be Practical To Be Employable

As my family travels to Arizona for Willow’s graduation this week, allow me to be a proud mom in congratulating Willow and her classmates at Penrose Academy on this achievement and also offer advice to young people that I always give in graduation speeches about following your dreams.

In planning for her future, Willow thought long and hard about what kind of work would make her happy and provide her with a good income in today’s economy. She’s artistic and has an interest in making people feel and look their best, and as an entrepreneur with a strong work ethic she desires to be her own boss as a small business owner. With all that in mind, she decided to finish her high school requirements quite early and enroll in an academy for hair and skin, which allowed her to study abroad, visit the sets of major media productions, and work with the best of the best in the industry. She’ll be graduated this week with no debt and a great career ahead of her doing something she loves in a recession-proof industry (everyone needs their hair cut after all!).

It’s crucially important today for young people to think about the big picture when making education decisions. And the big picture is the goal of self-reliant business opportunities based on work ethic and not entitlements. One of the reasons I aggressively encouraged vocational training opportunities as governor of Alaska is because they lead to good paying jobs and happy careers. Young people should not be pressured into assuming that a college degree is the only path to employment today. It’s not. Some college degrees obviously lead to clear professions, like those in the medical and engineering fields, but that’s not the case with many of the liberal arts degrees young people today gravitate toward either because they aren’t sure what they want to do after college or because they’ve been led to believe that college life is a sort of rite of passage for any career. That might have been the case once, but the salary and career opportunities a liberal arts education alone can get you have been dramatically limited these days.  It’s so sad to see young people holding expensive college diplomas that come with no practical job opportunities.

I’m not discouraging a student from getting a liberal arts degree if that is his or her dream. I am always for following your dreams. How could I be against a liberal arts education when I myself got a liberal arts degree in journalism/communications from the University of Idaho? However, I knew when I was graduated from high school what I wanted to do, so it wasn’t as if I was embarking on an expensive voyage of self-discovery. And I’m proud of the fact that I was able to pay for my degree myself and graduate debt free. See how times have changed? Back then I was able to work my way through college and pay as I went. I had to go to school part-time some semesters in order to work and intern full-time, so it took me five years instead of four to get my bachelor’s degree, for which I’ve been roundly criticized by the liberal media (but how many of those critics were shackled in debt after they perhaps gallivanted around the globe with their daddy’s credit card in their backpack before finally finishing college and snagging that gig at MSNBC?). It was actually possible back in the ‘80s to graduate debt free. Nowadays it is next to impossible unless you have a full scholarship. Students today often graduate with the equivalent of a mortgage in college debt for a degree they’re not even sure they can parlay into a job. As Daniel Mitchell recently wrote, young people are buried in college debt “yet they are having a hard time finding jobs because Obama’s policies are stunting the economy’s performance. And even if they do find a job, the research suggests they will get paid less. Not just today, but for the foreseeable future.”

Follow your dreams, by all means. But don’t be blind to the fact that your dreams might be achieved outside of acquiring an outrageously expensive traditional college degree. Do not be lulled into thinking that good jobs grow on trees or that the government will somehow take care of you. The bottom line is – as my dad always told me – find out what you love to do, then find out how to make a living doing it. Learning a trade can do both. No one can take those vo-tech real life skills away from you. They lead to independence, satisfaction, and a paycheck. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.  Kudos to Willow and all Class of 2013 students for taking this lesson to heart. We’re so proud of her!

– Sarah Palin


In a separate post, Palin honored Willow by posting an album of photos here

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