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Archive for July 17th, 2013

Palin’s ‘America By Heart’ released in paperback this month; Christmas book to be released in October

Posted by Dr. Fay on July 17, 2013

Posted on Governor Palin’s Facebook page yesterday:

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“America by Heart” is back! I’m very excited that HarperCollins has released “America By Heart” this month in paperback. I hope you’ll enjoy the changes and the new cover photo showing an iconic day of riding at the Reagan Ranch. It was such an honor to experience President Reagan’s beautiful ranch and then speak later that day at the Young America’s Foundation’s 100th anniversary celebration of P…resident Reagan’s birthday.
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I love the outdoor image for “America By Heart” because the book reflects the values that President Reagan held dear. I explain in my book my decision to use a quote from Reagan as my closing statement during the 2008 vice-presidential debate because his words perfectly expressed our need to preserve and protect the values that made America great. It’s why we won’t give up the fight for what is right. The quote I used in the debate against Joe Biden was this:
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“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the blood-stream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States when men were free.”
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“America By Heart” was written from my heart about “the principles that have made our country great—keeping our government limited, our markets free, and our families strong.” And, as I note in my introduction, “these principles, like all fundamental human truths, are not self-reinforcing. They have to be remembered, cherished, and taught to new generations of Americans.”
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If you’d like a copy with the new cover, hopefully you can find it at your local bookstore, or order online at: http://www.harpercollins.com/books/America-by-Heart-Sarah-Palin?isbn=9780062063069&HCHP=TB_America+by+Heart
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I do hope you’ll enjoy the encouragement and historical lessons the book provides. Keep the faith!
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– Sarah Palin
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According to her publisher, Governor Palin’s book about Christmas will be coming out October 29 (h/tp Josh Painter).

From Amazon.com:

Book Description

Release date: October 29, 2013
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In her New York Times bestsellers Going Rogue and America by Heart, Sarah Palin revealed the strong Christian faith that has guided her life and family. In A Happy Holiday IS a Merry Christmas, she calls for bringing back the freedom to express the Christian values of the season. She asserts the importance of preserving Jesus Christ in Christmas – in public displays, school concerts, pageants, and our expressions to one another other – and laments the over-commercialization and homogenization of Christmas in today’s society. Interwoven throughout are personal memories and family traditions, as well as more than a dozen family photos, which illustrate the reasons why the celebration of Jesus Christ’s nativity is the centerpiece of her faith. Palin believes it is imperative that we stand up for our beliefs before the element of faith in a glorious and traditional holiday like Christmas is marginalized and ignored. She also encourages readers to see what is possible when we unite in defense of our religious convictions and ignore the politically correct Scrooges seeking to take Christ out of Christmas. A Happy Holiday IS a Merry Christmas is a call to action to openly celebrate the joys of Christianity, and say Merry Christmas to one another.

Barnes & Noble is offering a signed edition here.

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Palins Fly Fishing for Trout and Shooting Mounted

Posted by Dr. Fay on July 17, 2013

Governor Palin posted a series of photos on her Facebook page today. Starting with the latest:

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Fly Fishing for Rainbows. Yeah mine’s the bigger one.

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This is what commercial fishermen call “playing with our food.” (The t-shirt was sent to us by the Deadliest Catch vessel “Time Bandit” out of Bristol Bay!)

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I’m no good at Mounted Shooting, but Todd (aka Captain America) didn’t miss a target all day. Dangit.

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Mounted shooting…

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Gov. Palin Decries privacy invasion by Big Brother government

Posted by Dr. Fay on July 17, 2013

Posted on Governor Palin’s Facebook page today:

Sarah Palin · 3,554,770 like this
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about an hour ago ·

Ben Franklin wrote: “They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.”
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The government needs to stay out of our garage, refrigerator, church, gun safe, bookshelf, etc. America, are you willing to give up freedom for more government control?
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Take a look at this article linked at the top of Drudge. Government is out of control and too many citizens are sheepishly and sleepily okay with it all. This is not what generations of Americans have fought and died for. We should be ashamed of ourselves if we give another pass to government on yet another step in the erosion of freedom and privacy.
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Enough is enough of this Big Brother Government.
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– Sarah Palin
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DRUDGE ARTICLE:
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Here is the article she linked to:

Driving somewhere? There’s a government record of that

Posted: Jul 17, 2013 10:33 AM EDT
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 10:33 AM ESTUpdated: Jul 17, 2013 10:36 AM EDT
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 10:36 AM EST

By ANNE FLAHERTY

WASHINGTON (AP) — Chances are, your local or state  police departments have photographs of your car in their files, noting where you  were driving on a particular day, even if you never did anything wrong.

Using automated scanners, law enforcement agencies  across the country have amassed millions of digital records on the location and  movement of every vehicle with a license plate, according to a study published  Wednesday by the American Civil Liberties Union. Affixed to police cars, bridges  or buildings, the scanners capture images of passing or parked vehicles and note  their location, uploading that information into police databases. Departments  keep the records for weeks or years, sometimes indefinitely.

As the technology becomes cheaper and more  ubiquitous, and federal grants focus on aiding local terrorist detection, even  small police agencies are able to deploy more sophisticated surveillance  systems. While the Supreme Court ruled in 2012 that a judge’s approval is needed  to track a car with GPS, networks of plate scanners allow police effectively to  track a driver’s location, sometimes several times every day, with few legal  restrictions. The ACLU says the scanners assemble what it calls a “single,  high-resolution image of our lives.”

“There’s just a fundamental question of whether  we’re going to live in a society where these dragnet surveillance systems become  routine,” said Catherine Crump, a staff attorney with the ACLU. The civil rights  group is proposing that police departments immediately delete any records of  cars not linked to a crime.

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Law enforcement officials also point out that the  technology is legal in most cases, automating a practice that’s been done for  years. The ACLU found that only five states have laws governing license plate  readers. New Hampshire, for example, bans the technology except in narrow  circumstances, while Maine and Arkansas limit how long plate information can be  stored.

“There’s no expectation of privacy” for a vehicle  driving on a public road or parked in a public place, said Lt. Bill Hedgpeth, a  spokesman for the Mesquite Police Department in Texas, which has records  stretching back to 2008, although the city plans next month to begin deleting  files older than two years. “It’s just a vehicle. It’s just a license  plate.”

In Yonkers, N.Y., just north of the Bronx, police  said retaining the information indefinitely helps detectives solve future  crimes. In a statement, the department said it uses license plate readers as a  “reactive investigative tool” that is only accessed if detectives are looking  for a particular vehicle in connection to a crime.

“These plate readers are not intended nor used to  follow the movements of members of the public,” the department’s statement  said.

But even if law enforcement officials say they don’t  want a public location tracking system, the records add up quickly. In Jersey  City, N.J., for example, the population is only 250,000 but the city collected  more than 2 million plate images on file. Because the city keeps records for  five years, the ACLU estimates that it has some 10 million on file, making it  possible for police to plot the movements of most residents depending upon the  number and location of the scanners, according to the ACLU.

The ACLU study, based on 26,000 pages of responses  from 293 police departments and state agencies across the country, also found  that license plate scanners produced a small fraction of “hits,” or alerts to  police that a suspicious vehicle has been found. In Maryland, for example, the  state reported reading about 29 million plates between January and May of last  year. Of that amount, about 60,000 — or roughly 1 in every 500 license plates — were suspicious. The No. 1 crime? A suspended or revoked registration, or a  violation of the state’s emissions inspection program accounted for 97 percent  of all alerts.

Eisenberg, the assistant U.S. attorney, said the  numbers “fail to show the real qualitative assistance to public safety and law  enforcement.” He points to the 132 wanted suspects the program helped track.  They were a small fraction of the 29 million plates read, but he said tracking  those suspects can be critical to keeping an area safe.

Also, he said, Maryland has rules in place  restricting access for criminal investigations only. Most records are retained  for one year in Maryland, and the state’s privacy policies are reviewed by an  independent board, Eisenberg noted.

At least in Maryland, “there are checks, and there  are balances,” he said.

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