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Archive for February, 2014

Gov. Palin: Looking forward to ‘Son of God’ film (trailer)

Posted by Dr. Fay on February 28, 2014

Posted on Governor Palin’s Facebook page today:

Just a reminder that my friends Mark Burnett and Roma Downey’s new film “Son of God” opens in theaters today. I’m really looking forward to seeing it and hope you all do as well!

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2014/02/27/son-god-miraculous-journey-to-big-screen/

‘Son of God’: A miraculous journey to the big screen
foxnews.com
When you make a movie about Jesus, you’re bound to learn a thing or two about miracles.

Here is the article by Roma Downey and Mark Burnett at FOX News that Gov. Palin linked to:

‘Son of God’: A miraculous journey to the big screen

A videoclip of Sean Hannity’s interview with the producers is posted with the article.   Here is the official ‘Son of God’ trailer from YouTube.

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Video retrieved from Cieon Movies.

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Gov. Palin: I’m usually not one to Told-Ya-So … Obama tries to save face

Posted by Dr. Fay on February 28, 2014

Posted on Governor Palin’s Facebook page this evening:

Yes, I could see this one from Alaska. I’m usually not one to Told-Ya-So, but I did, despite my accurate prediction being derided as “an extremely far-fetched scenario” by the “high-brow” Foreign Policy magazine. Here’s what this “stupid” “insipid woman” predicted back in 2008: “After the Russian Army invaded the nation of Georgia, Senator Obama’s reaction was one of indecision and moral equivalence, the kind of response that would only encourage Russia’s Putin to invade Ukraine next.”

http://www.jammiewf.com/2014/flashback-stupid-woman-offers-up-strange-scenario-of-russia-invading-ukraine/

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2014/02/28/Flashback-Palin-Mocked-in-2008-for-Warning-Putin-May-Invade-Ukraine-if-Obama-Elected-President

Palin Mocked in 2008 for Warning Putin May Invade Ukraine if Obama Elected
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During the 2008 presidential campaign, Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin warned that if Senator Barack Obama were elected president,…
Here is the article by Tony Lee at Breitbart.com that she linked to:

Palin Mocked in 2008 for Warning Putin May Invade Ukraine if Obama Elected

During the 2008 presidential campaign, Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin warned that if Senator Barack Obama were elected president, his “indecision” and “moral equivalence” may encourage Russia’s Vladimir Putin to invade Ukraine.

Palin said then:

After the Russian Army invaded the nation of Georgia, Senator Obama’s reaction was one of indecision and moral equivalence, the kind of response that would only encourage Russia’s Putin to invade Ukraine next.

For those comments, she was mocked by the high-brow Foreign Policy magazine and its editor Blake Hounshell, who now is one of the editors of Politico magazine.

In light of recent events in Ukraine and concerns that Russia is getting its troops ready to cross the border into the neighboring nation, nobody seems to be laughing at or dismissing those comments now.

Hounshell wrote then that Palin’s comments were “strange” and “this is an extremely far-fetched scenario.”

“And given how Russia has been able to unsettle Ukraine’s pro-Western government without firing a shot, I don’t see why violence would be necessary to bring Kiev to heel,” Hounshell dismissively wrote.

Palin made her remarks on the stump after Obama’s running mate Joe Biden warned Obama supporters to “gird  your loins” if Obama is elected because international leaders may test or try to take advantage of him.

Watch video of her remarks and read more  here.

Interestingly, I saw CNN Breaking News a short while after her statement that Obama had himself made a statement.  Here is an excerpt from the CNN article, which was posted about an hour after Governor Palin’s Facebook post. (Lee’s article posted in early afternoon.)  How many times have we seen Obama jump after Governor Palin called him out!

(CNN) – The United States is “deeply concerned” by reports of Russian military movements inside Ukraine, President Barack Obama said Friday, saying any violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty would be “deeply destabilizing.”

Obama said that the situation in Ukraine was “very fluid” and that the United States would continue to coordinate closely with European allies and communicate directly with the Russian government.

“The United States will stand with the international community in affirming that there will be costs for any military intervention in Ukraine,” he said.

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Sportsman Channel’s Promo for Sarah Palin’s ‘Amazing America’ series

Posted by Dr. Fay on February 21, 2014

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Gov. Palin: Enough is enough … time to remove all potted plants from Congress

Posted by Dr. Fay on February 21, 2014

Posted on Governor Palin’s Facebook page yesterday:

Liked · Yesterday


Enough is enough…

Posted on Governor Palin’s Facebook page today:

This is the article she linked to:
Judge Andrew Napolitano

The political philosopher Edmund Burke once remarked that all that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good folks to do nothing. A glaring example of the impending triumph of a constitutional evil that could be stopped by folks who have been largely silent is the tyranny coming from the White House. And the folks who can stop this and are doing nothing about it are our elected representatives in Congress.

The Constitution is the supreme law of the land. It established the three branches of government, and it delegated “all legislative powers” to Congress. American law rarely uses the word “all.” Yet the Framers chose that word precisely to confine law writing to Congress and to prevent a president from altering federal law by the selective manner of his enforcement of it and thereby effectively rewriting it.

The same Framers sought to guard against the same evils by compelling the president to swear at the commencement of his terms in office that he will “faithfully” enforce the laws. The use of the word “faithfully,” like the use of the word “all,” is intended to assure voters that they can count on a president who will do the job they hired him to do by enforcing federal laws, not evading them, and by enforcing them as Congress has written them, not as the president might wish them to be.

To be fair, many presidents, from the sainted Thomas Jefferson to the tyrannical FDR, put their own spin on federal law. Jefferson pardoned all those convicted under the Alien and Sedition Acts because he hated a statute that punished free speech and he boasted that he would not enforce that part of the acts (they expired under his watch). And FDR when barely two weeks in office issued an executive order criminalizing the possession of gold because he foolishly thought it would stabilize the banks, until an adviser reminded him that only Congress can write criminal laws (which he then persuaded Congress to do). Yet in President Obama we have a president whose personal interferences in the enforcement of federal laws reveal his view that he can rewrite them and even nullify them.

Presidential law writing violates the presidential oath of office, steals power from Congress, disrespects an equal branch of the government and, when unchecked, accumulates such power in the executive branch that it effectively transforms the president into a menacing tyrant who rejects his constitutional obligations and limitations.

Obama bombed Libya without a declaration of war from Congress. This arguably brought down the Gadhafi government, which led to the current state of lawlessness there, which produced the environment in which our ambassador was murdered in Benghazi in 2012 and established a dangerous precedent because Congress remained officially silent.

He has told the 11 million illegal immigrants who are here and subject to deportation that if they comply with a new set of rules they will not be deported. The constitutional problem is that the president wrote those rules. Only Congress can craft such rules, and by the president’s doing so, he has schooled immigrants in how to avoid compliance with federal law.

The president has used drones to kill Americans, but claims he has done so lawfully because he complied with secret rules that he crafted. Under the Constitution, if the president wants someone dead, he must afford the person due process or ask Congress to declare war on the country housing the person. No worries, he says — he has followed the secret rules that he wrote to govern himself when deciding whom to kill.

The president’s agents now acknowledge that they spy on all of us all the time, including members of the judiciary and Congress. This, too, was done pursuant to a secret presidential directive, secretly approved by judges acting as clerks and not under the Constitution, and by a dozen members of Congress sworn to secrecy. No law authorized this, and the president won’t discuss it meaningfully, except to condemn its revelation.

And in a series of salvos that hit home, the president has modified the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) 29 times, by changing its various dates of effectiveness for some but not for others, by changing the meanings of terms for some but not for others, and even by diluting the signature obligation we all have to obtain the platinum insurance policies it commands for some and not for others. He has done all of this on his own, with no input from Congress. He has even threatened to veto any congressional effort to enact into law the very changes he alone has made.

His latest assault on the Constitution consists of a plan by the Department of Homeland Security, revealed earlier this week, effectively to follow us as we drive on public roads by photographing the license plate of all motor vehicles. This, too, was formulated without congressional approval or constitutional authority.

And while all of this is going on, Congress largely sits as a potted plant. In the Senate, Sens. Rand Paul, Ted Cruz and Mike Lee have complained long and loud, but Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will not permit legislation to address presidential lawlessness to reach the Senate floor. A few dozen Republicans in the House have complained, but Speaker John Boehner will not permit the House to address corrective legislation. Institutionally and officially, Congress is sleeping.

Can you imagine how a Democratic Congress would have reacted if Ronald Reagan had instructed the IRS to cease collecting capital gains taxes so as to spur economic activity; or how a Republican Congress would have reacted if Bill Clinton had instructed the IRS to add a 1-percent rate increase to the tax bills of billionaires so as to close a budget gap?

These are dangerous times because this is a lawless presidency and a pliant Congress. The president’s willingness to violate the Constitution publicly calls into question his fitness for office. And that deafening silence from Capitol Hill manifests a spineless refusal to preserve constitutional government.

The whole purpose of dividing and separating governmental powers is the preservation of personal liberty by preventing the accumulation of too much power in one branch or, heaven forbid, in one person. Whoever permits this to take place lacks fidelity to the Constitution, is unworthy of holding governmental power in a free society and should be removed from office.

Later today she posted a link to yet another article detailing another unconstitutional plan of Obama’s.

What? Lamestream calls for empathy, even outrage, for a First Amendment violation that’s on par with all the abuse we’ve brought to your attention as Obama stomps on our Constitution. You’ve IGNORED us, you’ve marginalized us, you’ve left us for “destroyed.” But when Obama’s boot is on YOUR neck you finally wake the h*ll up and cry foul? Good Lord.

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/02/20/White-House-crackdown-press-freedom

Here is the article by Ben Shapiro  at Breitbart.com that she linked to:

Obama Crackdown on Press Freedom Escalates

Last week, Reporters Without Borders dropped America in the World Press Freedom Index 2014 from 33rd to 46th. James Risen of The New York Times rightly explained, “I think 2013 will go down in history as the worst year for press freedom in the United States’ modern history.” And he’s right. The violation of press freedoms has been egregious under this administration, even as the press fetes President Obama as an honest and effective commander-in-chief.

Selective Access. President Obama has regularly granted special access to reporters who give him preferential coverage. CBS’ Steve Kroft admitted as much after a late-2012 interview with the President during which CBS clipped Obama’s explicit refusal to label Benghazi an act of terror: “(Obama) knows that we’re not going to play ‘gotcha’ with him, that we’re not going to go out of our way to make him look bad or stupid.”

Michael Lewis, author of Moneyball, got special access for a profile of Obama for Vanity Fair – but Obama insisted on redlining his quotes. Lewis explained that “the White House insisted on signing off on the quotes that would appear.” A reporter from the San Francisco Chronicle was threatened for covering an anti-Obama protest. As early as 2008, candidate Obama was kicking dissenters off planes after their outlets endorsed John McCain.

Targeting Reporters. In May 2013, the Associated Press dropped the bombshell that the Department of Justice had grabbed phone records for its reporters and editors of the course of two months. Records for 20 telephone lines belonging to the AP and reporters for it were seized between April and May of 2012. Those seizures affected over 100 journalists.

The AP’s President and CEO Gary Pruitt stated, “There can be no possible justification for such an overbroad collection of the telephone communications of The Associated Press and its reporters.” Fox News’ James Rosen was also targeted by the DOJ after running a story about North Korea nuclear development. His State Department visits were tracked and his movements were followed. His parents’ phone records were even grabbed.

Placing FCC Monitors in Newsrooms. Last week, FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai revealed in the pages of the Wall Street Journal that the FCC will be sending employees into media workplaces to monitor how and what stories are chosen. The goal: to “ferret out information from television and radio broadcasters” concerning “the process by which stories are selected.”

Pai explained, the FCC “plans to ask station managers, news directors, journalists, television anchors and on-air reporters to tell the government about their ‘news philosophy’ and how the station ensures that the community gets critical information.” Reporters will also be asked whether their stories were killed by management in an effort to elicit “specifics about how editorial discretion is exercised, as well as the reasoning behind the decision.”

Refusing to Answer Questions. President Obama held fewer press conferences than any president since Reagan. He held ten less than George W. Bush, 54 less than President Clinton, and 64 less than George H.W. Bush. And during those press conferences, questions were largely scripted and chosen. He held just 107 Q&As with the press during his first term, as compared with 354 by George W. Bush. In fact, Obama considers tough questions “unfair,” as he told Bill O’Reilly during his pre-Super Bowl interview.

Refusing to Comply With Freedom of Information Act Requests. According to Bloomberg News, Freedom of Information Act compliance under the Obama administration has been abysmal. Bloomberg reported that “19 of 20 federal agencies did not comply within 20 days to a request for travel expenses made under the Freedom of Information Act.” Obama’s record on FOIA requests in his first two years was worse than George W. Bush’s in his last three – an odd pattern, given that administrations tend to tighten up on transparency as time goes on. When Obama was given an award for open government, it was not open to the press.

Here are Obama’s stats: 38.4% denied in 2009, 37.7% denied in 2010, 35.3% denied in 2011. In his last three years, Bush’s stats were 23.5%, 24%, and 40.6%. In 2009, the Obama administration asked Judicial Watch to praise the administration’s transparency, but then refused to hand over Secret Service logs Judicial Watch requested. The Obama administration has said that documents about Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are not subject to FOIA.

The White House Propaganda Machine. The White House infamously put restrictions on journalists taking some videos and photos of the President, but has simultaneously released administration-produced content that is little more than propaganda. In November 2013, news organizations sent the administration a letter protesting the treatment: “As surely as if they were placing a hand over a journalist’s camera lens, officials in this administration are blocking the public from having an independent view of important functions of the executive branch of government.”

The Obama administration’s actions, the letter stated, have “a direct and adverse impact on the public’s ability to independently monitor and see what its government is doing.” The letter asked news organizations to stop using White House produced photos. The White House banned independent photos of events including a meeting between Obama and black faith leaders and between Israeli and Palestinian negotiators and Vice President Joe Biden, as well as a meeting with Hillary Clinton. AP executive editor Kathleen Carroll stated, “are now recorded only by photographers who work directly for the White House, resulting in images that are little more than visual press releases.” The White House also prefers to use non-profit group Media Matters to distribute its spin on the news.

Prosecution of Whistleblowers. The Obama administration is the leakiest administration in history. The IRS leaked information about a conservative 501(c)3’s donors; Joe Biden leaked the identity of the team responsible for killing Bin Laden; the Obama administration leaked information about Israeli national security repeatedly in order to prevent an Israeli strike on Iran, among other major leaks. But when it comes to prosecuting press members for cooperating with whistleblowers, the Obama administration’s use of the Espionage Act has been historically heavyhanded.

In 2009, the Justice Department initiated an investigation into James Rosen, after which Attorney General Eric Holder lied, “With regard to potential prosecution of the press for the disclosure of material: that is not something I’ve ever been involved in, heard of or would think would be wise policy.” Overall, the administration has used the Espionage Act six times to prosecute whistleblowers. Leonard Downie of The Washington Post wrote in October 2013, “The war on leaks and other efforts to control information are the most aggressive I’ve seen since the Nixon administration.”

Read more.

Obama’s lawlessness is accelerating, and the RINOs in Congress need to use the powers given to them by our Constitution to rein him in.  Otherwise, they will be complicit in his misdeeds.  If they will not do it, then the grassroots will have to stand up to Obama’s tyranny.  It may be now or never if we are to save our Republic that we so dearly love.

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Palin’s Facebook Reaches 4 Million Likes

Posted by Jackie Siciliano on February 19, 2014

Just moments ago, at 9:12 p.m. ET, Governor Sarah Palin’s Facebook page reached a milestone of 4 million likes.  Palin calls it as she sees it and her clear message of faith, freedom, and smaller government resonates with many.

Happy 4 million Guv and here’s to acquiring many more supporters.

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Gov. Palin endorses Katrina Pierson and Greg Abbott in Texas primary election

Posted by Dr. Fay on February 19, 2014

Posted on Governor Palin’s Facebook page this afternoon:

 

Texas, it starts with you!

2014 is here. The choices are becoming clearer, and the battle lines are being drawn. The GOP Beltway crowd has convinced itself that the way to maintain or retake the majority is through compromise and capitulation on important issues like amnesty, Obamacare, and the ever-increasing federal debt. They think that by making deals with a deeply unpopular and divisive incumbent president on issues that Americans oppose, they’ll somehow endear themselves to voters.

Enough is enough. The permanent political class in D.C. won’t listen. So, let’s start putting our efforts behind good new candidates who will go to Washington not to line their own pockets, but to help restore our country. It’s time to put inspiration, ingenuity, and integrity over incumbency in the GOP.

Let’s start in Texas. The lines couldn’t be clearer. Katrina Pierson is an emerging leader and important voice for the future of the grassroots conservative movement. Her life’s story is full of hardships she has fought to overcome, which taught her firsthand the importance of self-reliance, hard work, and the blessings of liberty.

A feisty fighter for freedom, Katrina is taking on a powerful incumbent who has so lost touch with the people of his district that he’s not even bothering to spend much time in Texas anymore. It’s not only his district he’s lost touch with, but also the issues important to the voters there. He used his powerful position to oppose the movement to defund Obamacare, has voted to raise the debt ceiling, and has been an advocate for the NSA intrusion into our freedoms. When asked about Katrina’s primary challenge, he said, “these things happen.” Yes, they do. We all know what happens when we come together to support a good candidate like Katrina – the permanent political class loses and We the People win! We win by electing a fighter we can depend on like Katrina Pierson. Ted Cruz calls Katrina “an utterly fearless principled conservative.” He should know. Katrina was among the conservative grassroots warriors in Texas who worked tirelessly to elect Senator Cruz.

Early voting started yesterday, Texas. Get out now and vote for Katrina. Send a message to the GOP elites on behalf of Katrina, just like you did for Ted Cruz in 2012.

And while you are out there voting for Katrina, check the box for another good conservative – Greg Abbott for Governor of Texas. Like Katrina, Greg has overcome many personal obstacles and challenges, which have made him a believer in the power of liberty and the need to defend our freedoms from the overreach of an out-of-control federal government. If he is good enough for Ted Nugent, he is good enough for me!

You can learn more about Katrina Pierson at: www.katrinaforcongress.com
and more about Greg Abbott at: www.gregabbott.com

God bless you and God bless America.

– Sarah Palin

(Photo by Shealah Craighead)

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Bristol Palin: Proud of You, Dad!!

Posted by Dr. Fay on February 18, 2014

Posted at Bristol’s Blog today:

“Stuff Happens”

Just a note to say that I’m so proud of my dad whose Iron Dog adventure was cut short this year.

Kevin Scholla has the latest:

Team 11, comprised of Todd Palin and Tyler Huntington, had to scratch out of the 2014 Iron Dog race in Alaska Monday night. The Palin-Huntington duo posted the best time of 39 teams from Big Lake to Skwentna. But then some bad news. Huntington’s sled began running on one cylinder after leaving Skwentna. Team 11 turned around and tried to diagnose it. At first, they thought it was an exhaust sensor, so they changed it in Skwentna. No luck.

The team returned to Pain’s shop in Wasilla. There, they were able to determine it was a problem they could not repair in time and get back on the trail without making the trail volunteers stay out in the elements an extra day. So they decided they will get things fixed with no time frame. The idea is to use the sleds for practice runs in 2015.

Craig Compeau, sponsor of Team 11, put it nicely: ”I really feel bad about the mechanical issue.  It’s one of those things in life you file under ‘stuff happens.’”

No matter what, I’m so proud of my dad.  I love that he gets out there and tries to do this killer race.  It takes guts, know-how, and skill to even think about putting yourself out there for the longest and toughest race in the world.

Proud of you, Dad!!

(We are, too!)

From a #23 starting position, Team 11 was in position #3 when they arrived at the  Skwenta checkpoint.  Up the trail, the team encountered mechanical problems with one of their snow machines and had to back track for repairs.

Team 11 started in position 24, now in position 3: Huntington / Palin Checked out of Skwentna at 13:11:00 02/16/14

Team 11 must have run into problems. Huntington / Palin Checked out of Skwentna at 22:38:00 02/16/14. The Lord be with them.

Posted by Todd and Tyler on Governor Palin’s Facebook page last night:
19 hours ago


Hi! For anyone interested, this is Todd and Tyler from Iron Dog Team #11 writing from Sarah’s Facebook page.

Disappointed on the trail today, but keeping everything in perspective. Due to a rare mechanical issue that was impossible to fix on the trail, we’ll be cheering on the other teams the rest of the race. I’ve been enjoying this endurance race for decades now, and you never can tell how it’s going to turn out for any team. There’s always inexplicable circumstances arising and you never know what mother nature will challenge you with out there. But it’s always rewarding and worth the effort.

This race, like everything else in life, is a gamble. Our advice is to find your passion, don’t procrastinate, and just do it! This isn’t a dress rehearsal. It doesn’t matter how many times you get knocked down, what matters is how many times you get back up. As Sarah likes to say, live life vibrantly! Having the freedom to tackle challenges like this is what makes America amazing.

We’re incredibly grateful for all the supporters that make the world’s ultimate snowmachine race happen every year. It wouldn’t be possible without our rural communities that connect the trail, celebrate this event, and cheer on every participant. You keep us going, bush Alaska! You’re our foundation! Thank you so much for all you guys do.

Keep the other racers in your prayers.

Also, thanks so much for pledging in the fund raiser to fight breast cancer with the awesome “Bring Home the Pink” campaign. You can still support the Ski-Doo teams involved in this great cause by pledging here: http://www.gofundme.com/67f7gs

Quyana,

Todd & Tyler
Team #11

Governor Palin posted a video of Trig still cheering his Dad on after Team 11 left the race.
19 hours ago


When the girls told Trig that daddy had to leave the race, he still said, “Go, daddy!” And it’s sort of his first “sentence” that’s kind of clear! We’re proud of our boy!

Adorable!

She also posted photos of Team 11 parents:
Sarah Palin · 3,996,978 like this
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Our happy parents at the Iron Dog race, always supportive and sincerely appreciated!
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Gov. Palin posts updates from 2014 Iron Dog Start

Posted by Dr. Fay on February 16, 2014

Posted on Governor Palin’s Facebook page this afternoon before the race:


Starting line preparations! #IronDog
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The next update was from Team 11’s Iron Dog start:


There are dozens of Iron Dog teams. They leave the starting chute in two-minute intervals. In the pic, Team #11 (Todd & his partner Tyler) are about to start off on their the week long race adventure. #IronDog
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Governor Palin followed up with a videoclip of Team 11’s Iron Dog start:

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Here’s video of Team #11 (Todd & Tyler) taking off! #IronDog

From KTUU.com’s photogallery of the 2014 Iron Dog Start:

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Palin and Huntington Teaming Up for Iron Dog 2014 Championship This Week

Posted by Dr. Fay on February 16, 2014

The 2014 Iron Dog Race starts today at Big Lake in Alaska.  Here is the official schedule of events from the Iron Dog website:

Sunday, February 16th: Pro Class Start Schedule of Events

  • 9:00 am | RACE TEAMS must be parked on the ice and start unloading. (parking area closes, don’t be late!)
  • 10:00 am | RACE TEAMS MUST BE POSITIONED in the race pit.
  • 10:45 am | Color Guard, National Anthem and announcements.
  • 11:05 am | First team at Start Line.
  • 11:10 am | First Green Flag drops and continues in two-minute intervals until the race field is on the course.
  • 1:45 pm  | AMMC’s Iron Pup Kids Races

This year’s 37 teams will face some rough riding conditions.  The Anchorage Daily News reports:

The entire field of 37 teams will face another stiff challenge: Completing the 2,000-mile race across Alaska on some of the worst trail in the history of the race, which started in 1984.

Riders expect to encounter dirt, open water and ice as they race from Big Lake to Nome to Fairbanks. Unseasonably warm weather turned much of the snow to mush, and although low temperatures have returned, not everything is frozen solid again.

Trail conditions are so sketchy the Iditarod, which follows roughly the same trail from Willow to Nome, will decide Monday whether to move the re-start from Willow to Fairbanks. But Iron Dog officials rejected the idea of rerouting the snowmachine race.

Governor Palin posted this update on Team 11 on her Facebook page last night:

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The guys doing last minute wrenching before the start of the 2000-mile long Iron Dog race tomorrow! And taking a break to “fuel up” on (the usual) moose chili and blueberry pie.

Learn more about the race at: www.irondog.org

Kevin Scholla interviewed Team 11 on SarahNET radio a few days ago.  He reports on Breitbart.com:

Interview: Todd Palin on Seeking Another Iron Dog Crown with New Race Partner

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The Iron Dog is the longest, toughest snowmachine race in the world. It is truly a test of endurance, not only for the equipment but for the participants. Two men with past success in the event have teamed together this year to try to capture the title together. All eyes are on Team 11: Todd Palin and Tyler Huntington.

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Palin has won the Iron Dog four times and Huntington has come out on top twice. Now, they are hoping their amalgamation will translate into another championship. This week Team 11 appeared on Iron Dog Insider, a special program on SarahNET Radio.

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Todd Palin knows the over 2000-mile race is like no other. It’s a grueling endeavor. So, he’s hoping a new race partner will shake things up just right. “Tyler has a proven record,” Palin said. “A solid proven racer who knows the Yukon like the back of his hand.”

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Huntington also has that fighting Alaskan spirit. He’s returning from a major injury following a horrific crash last year. During a training run Huntington collided with some driftwood and shattered his pelvis. You couldn’t blame him if he hung up his Iron Dog helmet for good after that. Instead the father of three little boys is back and more determined than ever.

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Quitting just wasn’t an option. “It would have been like letting Iron Dog get the best of me,” said Huntington. “Even when I was laying there hurt I was thinking of ways to get back on the machine and get back to racing. It’s just what we all love doing up here. It’s a lot of fun.”

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Huntington admits he’s still not quite 100%. Clearly he makes up for that with his heart.

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One of the toughest things about the Iron Dog is that you almost have to have a flawless performance to have a chance. “You kind of have to compare it to college football because you have to have a perfect record to get to that championship podium,” Palin said. “At the end of the day you could have a perfect run and everything, and then Mother Nature could throw you a curve ball anywhere along that 2000 mile course.”

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He speaks from experience. Palin finished about a second behind the winner one year. That’s as close as things can get.

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“You just have to have a clean run and you have to be steady,” Palin said. “Everything has to click.”

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Craig Compeau, a Fairbanks Ski-Doo dealer is sponsoring Team 11. He has supreme confidence in the Palin-Huntington combo and he feels they’ve got as good a shot as anyone. “They’re going to be tough to beat,” Compeau said. “The sleds are running great. Todd seems really excited about the sled. He’s a veteran. Todd knows what he’s doing. Tyler’s a young really good driver, so you have the best combination.”

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The Team 11 sleds and some other Ski-Doo sleds will have a touch of pink on them this year. They’re raising awareness for breast cancer. The team is hoping people will contribute to Breast Cancer Focus.

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“We’re just honored to be a part of it,” Palin said. “Anytime that we can raise some funds and get some more attention to breast cancer it’s a good thing.”

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Breast Cancer Focus is run entirely by volunteers and the group supports those who have survived breast cancer and those who are fighting it.
So will Palin’s wife, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin and the Palin kids be there to see Team 11 off on Sunday? “They always are,” Palin beamed. “They’ll be there.”

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After all it is a group effort. “It’s a family event,” Palin said. “Everybody picks up the slack when I’m MIA for a couple of months. No one can do it without family.”

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The Palin children enjoy their dad’s annual foray across the state. This is his 21st run, so even the older Palin kids were babies when it all began. “They enjoy it and they like it most when I’m up front,” Palin said.

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All signs point to Palin having a chance at the crown once again. He has the experience and a brand new partner to bring some extra juice. Team 11 has been training hard putting in 400-600 miles over the weekends and a couple hundred more miles during the weekdays. Palin’s seen it all over the years. Now he’ll shoot for that fifth win.
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“I think it’ll come down to experience,” Compeau said. While some rookie teams may not have the mechanical knowledge and wherewithal, Palin and Huntington do. “They know what they’re doing,” said Compeau. “My money’s on these guys this year.”

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Go Team 11!  May God’s wind be at your back, and may His ever-sheltering Hand protect you and keep you safe on the trail!

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Happy 50th Birthday Gov. Sarah Palin!

Posted by Jackie Siciliano on February 11, 2014

Her boldness has emboldened us. Her courage has made us more courageous. Her outspoken nature has not only been our voice but our encouragement to speak.

Happy 50th Birthday Gov. Sarah Palin!

May God continue to richly bless you and yours.

h/t ShePACTV

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