Pity poor Pragmatic Pundit as he ponders Palin pwning the president:
"Obama has utterly failed to step up and make the case. It's embarrassing to watch the best orator in 50 years lose a debate to Chuck Grassley and Sarah Palin."- JP
"Obama has utterly failed to step up and make the case. It's embarrassing to watch the best orator in 50 years lose a debate to Chuck Grassley and Sarah Palin."- JP
"Last week, organizers for an Alaska initiative that would require that parents be notified before any child got an abortion reported that Ms. Palin had agreed to appear at their kickoff event but now wouldn't show. Ms. Palin's staff insists she wasn't invited, and that she was out of the state."Signing with the Speakers Bureau is a smart move by the 2008 GOP vice presidential candidate, and it doesn't come a day too soon, in our opinion.
"Normally, such incidents can be put down to a 'she-said, they said' kind of dispute. But the Alaska no-show marked the fourth time in recent months that an anticipated Palin speech had fallen through because her staff insisted she had never confirmed it. Here's hoping Washington Speakers Bureau, which apparently already is booking events for her... will now be able to minimize the crossed signals."
Late last night, to her credit, Sarah Palin posted the following statement on her Facebook page on the passing of Ted Kennedy:Here are some examples:"I would like to extend our sympathies to the Kennedy family as we hear word about the passing of Senator Ted Kennedy. He believed in our country and fought passionately for his convictions."Several of her Facebook pals lauded her "classy" move.
Others? Not so much...
Stay classy, Palin fans!
"...dead of dvine retributionbrain cancer, at least 6 years to late." (sic)Sad to see Sarah Palin's Facebook followers being so nasty on the occasion of Ted Kennedy's passing. Oh, wait...
"...i thought the world seemed a little brighter today"
"...Cancer got him, poor guy. I guess professional courtesy ain't what it used to be."
"Robert Novak was a conservative and a journalist. He never sent anyone to war (in fact, he opposed the Iraq war), robbed a bank, or committed manslaughter at a lake; yet apparently the crime of being a conservative is justification enough for celebrating his death."Caleb was just making a point:
"Yes, there was some nastiness from the right regarding Ted Kennedy on the day he died. Just as there was some even-handed and respectful commentary from the left, including from Markos Moulitsas himself, regarding Robert Novak on the day of his passing. But that’s just the point, isn’t it? The din of outraged objection from the left over negative Kennedy commentary rings all too hollow in the face of the arguably more sinister, arguably less justified nastiness from the left... when another man of the same age died of the same disease from our side of the aisle."And it wasn't just done to Novak. We saw the same ugliness from liberals when Ronald Reagan died. In fact, whenever an icon of either the left or right passes away, there will be crass comments from the opposition. We see it every time. The difference is that there is always a greater volume of it from leftists, and it always represents a larger percentage of all the comments made on a given werbsite. And the Left is always filled with moral outrage when the other side does it.
"As for the increasingly morally indignant objectors on the left, do let’s try and remember two weeks ago. Hmm?"- JP
More than 950 requests for speeches have poured in for Palin, and over 120 candidates for office have asked her to appear, including folks running for Senate, House and state legislature, aides said.Allen says the 2008 GOP vice presidential candidate has signed with Washington Speakers Bureau after getting offers from 20 similar agencies to represent her. The Politico pundit also has a progress report on the former governor's work on writing her memoir:
Palin will be doing both paid speeches, which are expected to go for six figures apiece, and unpaid speeches for political and charitable causes, including Christian organizations, groups that support families with special-needs children, and military families.
She’s about 85 percent finished with her book, due out this spring from HarperCollins. Then she’ll begin looking through the inch-and-a-half-thick file her lawyer, Robert Barnett, has built of offers for network and cable pundit gigs, documentaries and business opportunities.Meanwhile, the moonbat mantra from the liberals is that Sarah Palin is "irrelevant." They should tell that to the people who are making six-figure offers for a few hours of former Governor Palin's time.
The former Alaska governor will visit Hong Kong to address the CLSA Investors Forum, a well-known annual conference of global investment managers, the host announced Monday.A statement from CLSA spokeswoman Simone Wheeler read, in part:
Bill Clinton, Al Gore and Alan Greenspan have spoken at the event, hosted by brokerage and investment group CLSA Asia-Pacific Markets.
"We just felt it would be a fabulous opportunity for CLSA clients to hear from Mrs. Palin," Wheeler said, adding that CLSA approached Palin with the offer.Excuse us, AP, but we will have to wait for confirmation from Gov. Palin or someone authorized to speak for her before we take this one to the bank. You know how optimistic some event organizers can be.
She said the conference aimed to present investors "a diversity of views that potentially influence decision-makers who help shape the markets."
The Sept. 23 address will mark Palin's first commercial speaking engagement, according to CLSA. Her speaking fees were not disclosed.
It will be closed to the media, and the topic has not yet been confirmed.
"It’s confirmed. She will be a speaker at our forum."Still, we will have to wait for Sarah's people to confirm or deny, which they tend to do only when contacted and asked directly about a specific event. "Getting out front" on a story doesn't appear to be a high priority for the Palin organization. As they say, watch this space...
"MSNBC's Morning Joe Scarborough suggested that Sarah Palin needed to 'read more books,' so upset was the network’s token 'conservative' at her 'death panel' attack against ObamaCare. Maybe Joe needs to read the bills Congress writes. Palin nailed the Achilles heel of the House bill in a politically brilliant way just before the revelation about the 'Death Book' that Obama’s Veteran’s Administration revived."- JP
Calypso Dreams said...And (third and last and) Jesse Griffin aka Sigmund Freud points to Geoffrey pointing to Palin's obsession of Obama?
"I don't know what type of crystal meth you're on, but this has got to be the biggest distortion of anything I've ever written in my life. But let me just make two points and then you can go oil up your shotgun: 1) In the Fox interview with Bristol, the Governor comes in and AGREES with her daughter about abstinence. There's your 'Mommy Dearest' moment.I don't make this stuff up. 2) I just saw the Ann Coulter interview where she says that Bristol should put her child 'UP FOR ADOPTION.' Where's the Governor's response to THAT? Where's your response to THAT? Dude, the silence is deafening. I have three beautiful children so I certainly don't need anymore. Stay on the road with that new truck of yours. I don't think you can handle the off-the-road terrain."
pro·jec·tionIt seems according to the Huffington Post's standard on obsessive behavior, Dunn has gone from overly obsessive to being madly in love with Sarah Palin.
a. Psychology - the tendency to ascribe to another person feelings, thoughts, or attitudes present in oneself, or to regard external reality as embodying such feelings, thoughts, etc., in some way.
b. Psychoanalysis - such an ascription relieving the ego of a sense of guilt or other intolerable feeling.
In announcing its 2009-10 speakers lineup Friday, the club offered the teaser that former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin might speak to the club."Might speak"?
Palin, who recently resigned as Alaska's governor, has not begun accepting speaking invitations. But when she does the club will invite her, said Club President Michael Cook. If she accepts, she would probably speak in May.
"Why doesn't Mike Huckabee, Sarah Palin and the rest of them come and say the real reason they are opposed to health care reform is because they cannot stand the idea that the President of the United States does not look like them or fit the stereotype of the American Aryan they envision as the normal American. Barack Obama is Black and they cannot stand it. They are racist morons who want to return this country to the days before the Civil War when this country was divided into classes. Their opposition to health care reform is about class, money and power. They need to stop reading Mein Kamf and try reading the Federalist Papers or the Constitution."It is amazing how much stupidity, ignorance and hate can be packed into one paragraph. Notice how the race card is played right off the bat by the moonbat author, whose thesis is that Sarah Palin opposes Obama care because she allegedly is a racist. Adrienne Ross debunks that foul liberal lie here. Adrienne, who just happens to be a young conservative woman of color, looks a lot like Sarah Palin to us. When we look at the photo on Adrienne's blog of the two women together, we see two beautiful children of God who practice what Dr. Martin Luther King preached -- that it is by the content of a person's character that he or she should be judged, not by the color of their skin. As Adrienne explained in another post:
"And while the Left continues to race bait, while they call white conservatives like Sarah Palin 'racist' and Black conservatives like me 'sell-out,' I know Dr. King got it, even forty six years ago, and what's more important, I get it.Americans have grown weary of liberals -- especially white liberals -- playing the race card and calling conservatives "racist" for their stands on issues that have nothing whatsoever to do with race. It is a major turn-off, and it is increasingly making conservatives out of thoughtful moderates... and independents out of Democrats. Who's are the real "racist morons" now, Washington Politics and Affairs?
"Not only does this administration want to change our Constitution and drive us toward socialism, now we have White House advisers demanding that we rewrite the Hippocratic Oath to fit into their current health care proposal. What Dr. Emanuel and others like him fail to understand is that the American public is pretty good at reading between the lines. Sarah Palin nailed it right on the head when she used the term 'Death Panels.' You don't have to be a highly educated PhD to understand that."- JP
"The last twelve months of Sarah Palin’s life truly bring new meaning to the phrase 'what a difference a year makes.' I strongly believe that no public figure in modern America has ever endured more stress, pressure and unfair scrutiny in a more dignified fashion than she has over the past year (though what George W. Bush tolerated over the last three years of his presidency probably comes in a close second)."Fay at Sarah's Web Brigade:
"Sarah Palin's resignation as governor was not an end in itself but the launch of a greater role in the affairs of our country. She has stepped forward as a voice of opposition to efforts to dismantle our government and take away our freedoms. Sarah Palin is here to stay, and Sarah Palin supporters all over cannot wait to call her Madame President!"Pamela Geller at Atlas Shrugs:
"What a year it has been for her and us. Looking back in hindsight, could the differences between Palin and Barack be more stark? Obama is all artifice. Palin is all real, all that. Obama is all style. Palin is all substance. Obama is anti-American. Palin is all-American. Obama holds the US military in contempt. Palin reveres the military. The military loves Palin. The military is on to Obama. The corrupt activist media loves Obama. The corrupt activist media loathes and libels Palin."Adrienne (the Texan, not the New Yorker) at Sarah Palin 2012:
"It was definitely one of the best days ever and it changed my life. For me it sparked a desire to really get behind the conservative movement, and try to elect the most conservative, everyday Americans we can. It changed my views on the Republican party. But most of all as a woman, that day definitely inspired me that I could have it all - the career, family, everything - just like Palin. And she is someone who I agree with politically on nearly everything. I could relate to her and I was supremely impressed by her servant's heart."azaeroprof at RedState.com:
"Sarah Palin’s ascension changed the conservative nation overnight. Millions of people who had zero (or even negative) enthusiasm about politics and the 2008 campaign suddenly showed up at Republican Headquarters around the country. The volunteer ranks exploded overnight, and suddenly there were McCain-Palin signs everywhere where previously there were only Obama and “Change We Can Believe In” signs. The conservative movement had received a transfusion of energy, enthusiasm, and optimism that we had lacked for a long, long time."Jackie at SarahNET:
"On August 29, 2008 Sarah Palin was introduced to the nation. Not only did she give hope to the Republican Party but she inspired thousands, if not millions of young girls. I am one of them. Up until then really the only prominent female in politics (on a national level) was Hilary Clinton. I grew to admire Sarah Palin during the election. And after her RNC speech I was hooked. She had faith in God and seemed to have a good head on her shoulders. She stood firm on issues that Conservatives hold dear. She was an attractive woman with an attractive family. Her outgoing personality and love for sports helped her appeal to the younger woman. She could relate to everyday moms, female athletes and the young girls who now hope to follow in her footsteps."Midknight Review:
"We at Midknight Review, have no idea who we will support for President in 2012. One thing for certain, Sarah Palin has the ability to pull GOP conservatives together and seems to be the only national conservative politician willing to take the time and energy to do so at this moment.Brianus Berkleianus (via Doug Brady) at C4P:
She is Miss Middle America, rising up from mopping floors and raising kids to national prominence and we give her great credit for her success and continued effort. Others may come along, but right now, we see no one else to whom we can turn for leadership."
"John McCain made his selection official in Dayton, Ohio, a name and town that will always evoke and stir in me sentiments of grace and gratitude. Then Sarah walked in. Even before she uttered a word, even before I got a clear view of her incomparable, diaphanous eyes, mirrors of and witnesses to her soul's depth and power, that confident, fearless, straight, beautiful stride of hers, as she and her daughter Piper proceeded into the arena of battle to the stirring strains of the "Rudy" theme, awoke in my breast sentiments of hope, of devotion, of courage...of love."K. Carpenter at Stepping Right Up:
"If you watch this again, everything she said an Obama administration would bring us has taken place, only 8 months after he took office."- JP
"Sarah - The night Senator John McCain introduced you to the United States of America you've left goose bumps, tears of pride, heart felt strength, your precious Gifts from God, your intellect, your spunk, a true American Woman, a true maverick for women, young girls and generations upcoming. Sarah, don't give up on us as we are all standing beside you and looking forward to the announcement "Sarah Palin President Elect 2012"Rachelle at Conservative Girl with a Voice wrote a letter to former Governor Palin:
"I first heard about you from my dad. He is a big fan of yours- particularly for the no-nonsense way in which you cleaned up the corruption in AK and remained fiscally conservative throughout your time as governor. When you were announced as the VP choice, I immediately saw what my dad had already known: You were, indeed, a true reformer and inspirational woman at that. As I watched the event in which you were announced on that beautiful summer day of August 29th, I was immediately energized and inspired like I had been at no other time in terms of wanting to do and be more involved politically. You are a role model to me and countless other women who one day wish to run for political office."At Governor Palin for President 2012, the remembrance started a few days early with Bill's August 26th post:
"The best thing that McCain ever did was to introduce the country to Sarah Palin. It is unfortunate that he didn't do an adequate job of defending her or letting her define herself on the trail. Palin, however, inspired a whole new generation of grassroots conservatives into action."Kristina at Inspiration Sarah recalls how she has been inspired by the 2008 GOP vice presidential candidate"
"I will never forget the excitement of that day watching her speech in Ohio. I knew that I was seeing a future President of the United States in action. For the first time since Reagan left the scene, I had a national politician who seemed to actually believe conservatism."
"Sarah is an inspiration! I have changed as a person in a good way because of her. I am no longer afraid to stand up for what I believe in. I am no longer afraid to express how I feel; to speak up. I am no longer afraid to be me and I believe that I have found the person that I want to be through supporting Sarah Palin--She never tries to be anybody else to make an impression and she never lets anyone mold her into something other than herself."At Moms for Sarah Palin, it's a matter of pride for Tiffany:
"I would have dragged myself down to vote for McCain but Palin gave me a reason to proudly cast my vote. I hope that I get that chance again, only it will be for Palin to be POTUS."Adrienne Ross at Motivation: Truth sums it up nicely:
"In the course of a year, I have studied Sarah Palin, admired her record, met her and her family, visited her state, and fell in love with her hometown. My mind has not changed about her. I still respect her, still believe God has called her for this time, and still know she will continue to lead with great integrity."Ron Devito remembers at Sarah Palin's Accomplishments:
"I turned on the radio, and I heard a woman’s voice. I thought. 'He put a woman on the ticket! Freaking awesome!'"Also a remembrance from Snowed In:
"I listened as I exited the lot. No sooner did I leave the lot and go about two blocks, I had to pull over to the side of the road. I couldn’t drive anymore. I hung on to her every word. I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. In her voice was something familiar, something soothing, and something comforting – I had not heard anything like this, since – since – 1980?"
"Her accent and expression indicated a small town background. My mind again harkened back to 1980. I tried to dismiss it as just over-enthusiasm. 'Naw,' I thought… 'Come on…this is not a resurrection of Reagan. Curb your enthusiasm, dude!' But, I couldn’t help it. She spoke about lowering taxes; about winning our wars; fighting evil where we find it; about profiles in courage; about the timing of her pick with women being given the right to vote; about using our own resources. It wasn’t just what she said. She sounded like a friend. She wasn’t talking down to us. She was having a conversation with us. I sat transfixed for the 20 minutes her speech took, and for several minutes thereafter."
"I knew of Sarah Palin before August 29, 2008. And I wanted her to get the VP nod from John McCain. (I certainly didn't want her to deal with the inordinate amount of vitriol, hatred, and flat-out lying directed at her, but, silly me, I did not anticipate that happening when I was sitting at my desk one year ago today. But that's a subject for a different post.) So one year ago today, I was excited, for the first time in a while, about the future of conservatism."Here's part of a recollection from the memory banks of Sarah Palin's laptop computer at The Lotus:
"I call Senator McCain, John McAnonymous. Madame is a lot more gracious than I am. She calls him Senator. When I was out on the campaign trail with Madame, there were all of these people working for the Senator who seemed to want to be referred to as 'Anonymous'. I don't know how the Senator kept track of them all. Did he number them? But, I digress. I was backstage when Madame gave her speech in Ohio. I was a bit jetlagged--that four hour time difference always seems to get to me--but it was a great speech. I shouldn't be surprised though; I've gotten to be the first one to read most of her speeches as she types them up, but it isn't quite the same as hearing them from her!"At The Palination, there are several posts on the occasion from that blog's contributors. Here's just one sample:
"For the first time in my life I understood what Democrats meant when they talk about the impact that JFK and RFK had on them. It was exciting to have a nominee that we had fought so hard for, but the greatest impact by far was how I felt as a father with daughters. I can't describe it, but it felt like for the first time they could truly achieve anything, even the presidency if they so desired."And Rob Harrison at The Spyglass recalls:
"One year ago today, I was going bonkers, and so was my blog traffic, as the whole political world was going mad at John McCain's selection of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his running mate. After the truly awe-inspiring disinformation campaign Sen. McCain and his staffers ran to keep his pick a secret, and the wondrous overnight thread on Adam Brickley's site, with Drew (who turned out to be a staffer with the McCain campaign in Dayton) dropping hints that Gov. Palin would be the pick, to have the news come out and be confirmed was the greatest joy I've ever had in politics (not that there are many competitors for that particular honor)."- JP
"One year later, I don't take any of that back."
Sarah Palin and Barack Obama are more or less the same age, but Governor Palin has run a state and a town and a commercial fishing operation, whereas (to reprise a famous line on the Rev Jackson) Senator Obama ain't run nothin' but his mouth.In the same vein, blogger foutsc observed that:
Sarah Palin has actually run a business and a state government. Mr. Obama hasn’t even run so much as a hot dog stand.So let's take a look at what Sarah Palin has done in government. What are her accomplishments?
She resigned in January 2004 as head of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission after complaining to the office of Governor Frank Murkowski and to state Attorney General Gregg Renkes about ethical violations by another commissioner, Randy Ruedrich, who was also Republican state chairman.By standing up to the corruption in her own party, as Barack Obama failed to do in Chicago, Palin showed McCain that he had a kindred spirit up north in America's "57th" state.
State law barred Palin from speaking out publicly about ethical violations and corruption. But she was vindicated later in 2004 when Ruedrich, who'd been reconfirmed as state chairman, agreed to pay a $12,000 fine for breaking state ethics laws. She became a hero in the eyes of the public and the press, and the bane of Republican leaders.
In 2005, she continued to take on the Republican establishment by joining Eric Croft, a Democrat, in lodging an ethics complaint against Renkes, who was not only attorney general but also a long-time adviser and campaign manager for Murkowski. The governor reprimanded Renkes and said the case was closed. It wasn't. Renkes resigned a few weeks later, and Palin was again hailed as a hero.
With her emphasis on ethics and openness in government, "it turned out Palin caught the temper of the times perfectly," wrote Tom Kizzia of the Anchorage Daily News. She was also lucky. News broke of an FBI investigation of corruption by legislators between the primary and general elections. So far, three legislators have been indicted.As governor, Sarah Palin's list of accomplishments lengthened rapidly. She used her line-item veto to cut $268 million from Alaska's state budget.
In the roughly three years since she quit as the state's chief regulator of the oil industry, Palin has crushed the Republican hierarchy (virtually all male) and nearly every other foe or critic. Political analysts in Alaska refer to the "body count" of Palin's rivals.
"The landscape is littered with the bodies of those who crossed Sarah," says pollster Dave Dittman, who worked for her gubernatorial campaign. It includes Ruedrich, Renkes, Murkowski, gubernatorial contenders John Binkley and Andrew Halcro, the three big oil companies in Alaska, and a section of the Daily News called "Voice of the Times," which was highly critical of Palin and is now defunct.
Once in office, Palin took an aggressive stance toward the oil companies. Her nickname from high-school basketball, "Sarah Barracuda," was resurrected in the press. Early in her term, she shocked oil lobbyists when she was so bold as to not show up when Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson came to Juneau to meet with her. Palin, after scrapping Murkowski's deal, would not give Big Oil the terms they wanted, yet insisted that the companies still had an obligation under their lease to deliver gas to whatever pipeline Alaska built. She invited the oil companies to place open bids to build a pipeline, but they refused. A bid by TransCanada, North America's largest pipeline builder, was approved by the legislature in August.Fearlessly battling corrupt Alaskan politicians is one thing, but not allowing Big Oil to push her over is quite another. There's little wonder McCain was so impressed with this young but highly accomplished governor.
Palin also raised taxes on oil companies after Murkowski's previous tax regime produced falling revenues in 2007, despite skyrocketing oil prices. Alaska now has some of the highest resource taxes in the world. Alaska's oil tax revenues are expected to be about $10 billion in 2008, twice those of previous year. BP says about half its oil revenues now go to taxes, when royalty payments to the state are included. Earlier this week, Palin approved gas tax relief for Alaskans, and paid every resident $1,200 to help ease their fuel-price burden.
To be sure, it would be an overstatement to brand Palin as an enemy of Big Oil. Her husband works as a production supervisor for BP. And her support for drilling in the Alaska Natural Wildlife Reserve, as well as exploiting Alaska's natural gas resources, certainly won't endear her to environmentalists. "Personally, I have respect for the industry," she said in an interview with Fortune last year, "for the contributions it's made to our state ... and great respect for what their CEOs are doing. We know their mission, to take as much as possible and leave as little behind."
But it does take a special person to go from small-town mayor and hockey mom to standing up to the world's biggest corporations. Despite a stint as chairman of the state's Oil and Gas Commission, she'd never done business on a remotely similar stage. When Fortune last year asked Palin if she was intimidated, she said simply, "No. Being reasonable commercial operations, I expected the Big Three will act responsibly."
In that same interview, she said she intended to change Alaska's relationship with "the lower 48." She saw part of her responsibility as delivering her state's natural gas to those hungry markets. "We're still too reliant on the federal government," she said. She canceled Alaska's support for the "Bridge to Nowhere," a proposed $320 million bridge to sparsely populated Gravina Island, that Senator Ted Stevens, now under indictment for public corruption, famously included in the federal budget.
Palin was also critical of Washington's attitude towards the pipeline project. She said last year she had written a letter to Vice President Dick Cheney asking for help with the pipeline, but didn't receive a response. President Bush did send an envoy to Alaska to help get the project going, but Palin still felt the approval process was unwieldy. "So many federal agencies and permitting processes," she told Fortune. "It's mind-boggling."
There were several of us PolarTRECers waiting in the Fairbanks, AK airport to catch our planes home. We were chatting about all we had learned when Kristen Timm, ARCUS administrator said “Look, there is the Hottest Governor in the United States” as she has been publicly deemed by media and fans.- Tom
Of course I had to check out the “Hottest Governor in the US” and quickly turned to see her pregnant (she has since had her baby) with bags and daughter in tote. Then it struck me as odd. Why is the Governor of Alaska in the airport and preparing to get onto my commercial flight?
I questioned PolarTRECer Craig Kasemodel an Alaskan resident. He let me know that Governor Palin sold the corporate jet after securing her official Governor position.
For Immediate Release- WTH
John McCain Selects Alaska Governor Sarah Palin As Vice Presidential Running Mate
ARLINGTON, VA — U.S. Senator John McCain today announced that he has selected Alaska Governor Sarah Palin to be his running mate and to serve as his vice president.
Governor Palin is a tough executive who has demonstrated during her time in office that she is ready to be president. She has brought Republicans and Democrats together within her Administration and has a record of delivering on the change and reform that we need in Washington.
Governor Palin has challenged the influence of the big oil companies while fighting for the development of new energy resources. She leads a state that matters to every one of us — Alaska has significant energy resources and she has been a leader in the fight to make America energy independent.
In Alaska, Governor Palin challenged a corrupt system and passed a landmark ethics reform bill. She has actually used her veto and cut budgetary spending. She put a stop to the “bridge to nowhere” that would have cost taxpayers $400 million dollars.
As the head of Alaska’s National Guard and as the mother of a soldier herself, Governor Palin understands what it takes to lead our nation and she understands the importance of supporting our troops.
Governor Palin has the record of reform and bipartisanship that others can only speak of. Her experience in shaking up the status quo is exactly what is needed in Washington today.
"The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here..."It took a trip to Gettysburg for me to understand more clearly the depth of Lincoln's subsequent words:
"....but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."Lincoln's famous words were not to honor the Union dead. His words were to honor all the dead, both Union and Confederate. We had reached the bloodiest point of American domestic strife. Never before or since had it been so. The nation had broken apart, but it was still one nation "under God".
A malicious hacking attack on a Christian dating site has been used to break into Facebook accounts and post obscene and racist comments.So what kind of web mayhem has 4chan been engaged in lately? A few examples:
The online group called 4chan - which hacked former Alaskan governor Sarah Palin's email account and spread hoax news about a spate of celebrity deaths - is now targeting Christians on Facebook.
The hackers stole login details and passwords from an unnamed Christian dating site and used them to break into Facebook accounts.
Posing as one devout Christian woman who had committed to no sex before marriage, they published a status update on her page thanking “Michael” for sex the night before.How uplifting! This is the kind of scum David Kernell, the son of Tennessee Democrat state Rep. Mike Kernell of Memphis, was trying to impress when he hacked into Sarah Palin's e-mail account.
To make it more believable, they then posted an update that it was actually intended to be a private message and had been published by mistake.
Status updates posted on other hacked Christians' Facebook profiles included racist hate messages and messages pretending that the poster had contemplated suicide or had accidentally killed a homeless person.
The hackers also caused trouble between the users and their friends, writing on one user's photo that their baby was “ugly” and on another woman's photo that her teeth matched her skin.
In October last year, Apple's share price tanked after 4chan users spread a false report claiming chief executive office Steve Jobs had suffered a major heart attack.Pretty big deal if you own Apple stock.
"Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's SarahPAC has donated money to the campaigns of Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Orrin Hatch of Utah, as well as to Republican Ohio Senate candidate Rob Portman, according to a Friday filing with the Federal Election Commission."It had already been widely reported that SarahPAC contributed to Senators John McCain and Lisa Murkowski. Former Governor Palin's PAC recently had to reduce its donations to each those campaigns from $5,000 each to $4,800 each in order to qualify as a "multi-candidate" political action committee, but the technicality has now been satisfied:
"The exact amounts of the contributions were not reported, but Palin had to list the names of candidates she had financially supported to make SarahPAC a bona fide political action committee."
"According to the report SarahPAC filed on Friday, she crossed the five-candidate threshold on Aug. 12 with a donation to Portman. SarahPAC gave to Graham and Hatch on July 14."Portman is a fairly solid conservative, but SarahPAC's contributions to the campaigns of Graham and Hatch are certain to raise some conservative eyebrows. We can think of a couple of plausible explanations for those donations.
"Gov. Palin is a conservative first, and a Republican second. She's not trying to resurrect the Republican party per se, except insofar as it's the best current candidate for a party that at least used to represent what she is."- JP
"Sarah warned us about the dangers of electing Barack Obama, but unfortunately, 52 percent of the nation chose not to listen. Now 100 percent of the nation is suffering because of this severe error in judgment."The post praises Glenn Beck for exposing the radicalism of Obama and the unprecedented number of "Czars" the president has appointed:
"Glenn Beck has been doing a series of discussions on the various Czars all this week, to record ratings, on his afternoon Fox News show."The problem with these czars (actually they are more like commissars),aside from their radicalism, is that they are constrained by no sytem of checks and balances:
"For her part, earlier in the week, Sarah Palin urged her nearly 900,000 Facebook members to tune in to Beck's popular and essential show"
"So what Obama has done is set up an illegal shadow government, made up of unelected and unapproved advisers who are answerable only to Barack Obama. They have no accountability to the American people whatsoever. No allegiance to America, or the Constitution, just Obama."Indeed such anti-Federalists as Patrick Henry, Samuel Adams, George Mason, Richard Henry Lee and Thomas Jefferson would be horrified by Obama is trying to do here. We believe even those proponents of a strong national government such as Alexander Hamilton and John Adams would be very troubled by it as well.
"This is NOT what the framers of our Constitution had in mind."
"We can guarantee this is not the change most Americans wished for…far from it. Let’s just hope there is something we can recognize in our country by the time Mr.Obama and his 'czars' are out of office and power."But at the Chicago Tribune, "The Swamp" blogger Mark Silva saw it differently, according to Newsbusters.org:
"America: continue to let your elected representatives hear your voices. Engage. Participate. Re-read the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Know your rights. Your country needs you like never before."
And according to Silva - Palin's endorsement of Beck was jut like "palin' around with terrorists," since in Silva's view, the Fox News host is the equivalent of some sort of terrorist.To the statist media, exposing the shadow Marxist government which will help Obama stamp out liberty is an act of "domestic terrorism," while Bill Ayers is just a respected educator. Talk about dangerously foolish notions...
"Talk about ‘palin' around with terrorists,' Silva concluded.
As a liberal myself, I was amazed by the obtuseness of the liberal reaction to Sarah Palin’s “death panels” quote. They fell into a trap because all too many were blinded by their class-conscious, snobbish disdain for Palin, who, whatever else you think of her, is one cagey operator.Will the Left pay attention to what Rosenbaum says here and stop underestimating and demeaning her?
They couldn’t believe that Sarah Palin was capable of something as canny as that deadly “death panels” phrase. They couldn’t see that it was a metaphoric shorthand for something real. Instead they thought she was too dumb, that she meant it literally (to have seen the potential for rationed end-of-life care in the bill), and instead indulged in an orgy of disdain for her “crazy,” “ignorant” “lies” and malicious misrepresentation.
No! “Death panels” was a Lenny Bruce black-humored kind of line and she proved herself far hipper than the terminally square liberals who didn’t get it. And who started an ill-conceived war on the phrase which most of the country, when the facts came out, saw as meretricious or ignorant on the liberals’ part — with good reason.
But liberals and, shamefully, liberal oriented media — most of them — made the mistake they keep making about Sarah Palin: because she didn’t go to Princeton she’s incapable of seeing or cutting to the heart of the matter so shrewdly.
"Ron Rosenbaum finally realizes something that a lot of us have known for some time -- that Sarah Palin is smarter..., make that a lot smarter, than her liberal critics."- JP
"There are not over a hundred people in the United States who hate the Catholic Church. There are millions, however, who hate what they wrongly believe to be the Catholic Church, which is of course, quite a different thing."Although statistically speaking the numbers may vary somewhat, substitute "Sarah Palin" for where it says "Catholic Church" and you'll have the same reality.