Sunday, February 28, 2010
Well, today I noticed that one of my old high school acquaintances with which I am befriended on Facebook had sent a message to a teacher of mine that I had way back in junior high school. This teacher was someone that I have thought about from time to time over the decades since I last saw him. He was someone that truly inspired me and helped change my life for the better.
I know that is supposedly what all teacher are theoretically supposed to do, but few seldom seem to measure up to that goal. Truthfully, I cannot even remember most of my high school teachers' names, let alone my junior high teachers'. But this man was different in many ways.
Ironically he taught a class that many people would consider fun but not necessarily life-changing. He taught drama class.
I don't even really recall how I ended up in drama class in my 7th grade year. I was painfully shy and while I was a good student, this class was going to be difficult for me. I had just lost my father after a long fight with cancer, and if anything I was becoming more withdrawn and closing into my protective shell.
Then came "the class". I don't recall all of the particular assignments but I do remember the process as taught by this fantastic teacher was to build confidence in acting through the process of becoming in touch with your own emotions and then being secure enough in your person to be able to draw upon those emotions as required for whatever part you were currently playing.
This teacher began to draw me out of my sorrow, out of my shell that first year. Much to my surprise, I signed up for his other drama courses the next year and then the next. As I grew in my self confidence and inner strength, Benson came to me and suggested that I actually try out for the school play. It was entitled "Up the Down Staircase" and to my horror and happiness, Benson cast me in a lead part as a young rebellious trouble making kid that basically was good inside.
The part was fun because the character was so different than the good kid I was at the time. I did well, and went out for future plays. Each part I played, I got a little bit better, a little bit less self-conscious, a little bit more confident in myself.
It even got to the point where I became an assistant to Benson for one of his beginning classes when I was a freshman. The class was small so he cast me as the fairy godmother in a version of Cinderella that the kids were doing in class. I was horrified at first, then decided to have fun with it. It was hard to believe in those three years how far I had come from the painfully shy and withdrawn kid I was.
Fast forward thirty years, and I look at the ease with which I can now communicate with others with my career, within my church, ... within my life! I have no qualms getting up and giving a talk to a group of people whom I do not know. I have that confidence in myself now, and when looking back where that came from, it is easy to point to the teacher of my junior high drama classes.
Its hard to believe that as an engineer, when I look back at my junior high schooling I find that indeed the most important life-altering class I took was taught by this inspirational man that had the wherewithal to either see some potential within me or perhaps just thought that he could possibly help some sad frightened boy discover the tools within to become a much more confident man someday.
Although I have not seen or spoken to Benson in so many decades, I have always considered the man one of the best teachers I ever had and more importantly a friend. I anxiously await his "confirming" my Facebook friendship request so that I can thank him for being the kind of person that he was, and evidently still is judging by his own blog, so many years ago.
I do not know, but I suspect that God knew the misery I was falling deeper into with my withdrawing from people. I further suspect He somehow steered me to that first drama class. He knew that a TEACHER and a good man was there to guide me at that point. My thanks to God and to Benson for that!
Friday, February 26, 2010
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Hey, from idiot extraordinaire, Maxine Waters own words told us what the Democrats/Socialists/Liberals/Progressives were going to do if they won the White House and consolidated their power. We didn't listen and voted for a man-child for president anyway. Now every piece of legislation that comes out of committee has to be fought tooth and nail to ensure that the
"government doesn't take over" our private companies. I think that most people get it now, but just in case, we do have an opportunity to fix things later this year. Lets make sure we do so by adding fools like Maxine Waters to the unemployment rolls.
I saw this terrific video from multiple sources, including at Free's blog, John Galt for President. http://free0352.blogspot.com/ It was excellent at pointing out, once again, how pompous, arrogant and factually challenged that MSNBC buffoon, Keith Olbermann is. Watch the short video to see what I mean. I truly love the Texas spirit! Most Texans do indeed "get it"!
Friday, February 19, 2010
Thursday, February 18, 2010
The problem is that our country, under both the Bush and the Obama administrations, have dithered and done nothing of consequence to halt Iran's nuclear weapon program's progress. Both administrations have talked to the U.N. and threatened to enact sanctions in order to gain Iran's compliance with nothing to show for these efforts to date. President Obama's olive branch of talking to Iran without preconditions garnered nothing but contempt from Iran.
Iran could care less about sanctions. Their mullahs that make up the country's leadership, their psychotic president Ahmadinejad, and their Revolutionary Guard military are all very much in favor of acquiring nuclear weapons regardless of sanctions or world condemnation.
While reading comments on a posting at the blog Major Conflict, it was suggested by one of the commenters that certainly Iran would not actually use nukes for fear of being retaliated against in a mutually assured destruction scenario. The commenter reasoned that this had managed to keep the balance of power with the Soviets and every other nuke-possessing country since the advent of these weapons. Let me say right not, MAD will not deter the Iranians, should they be allowed to build a working nuclear bomb.
Why? Well, as Iran's President Ahmadinejad has stated unambiguously and repeatedly, he wants to destroy Israel and "wipe it off the map". He believes, as does the rest of Iran's leadership, that this will hasten the end of times and the coming of their 12th Imam to unite the world under the Islamic religion and Sharia (Koranic) law.
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Friday, February 12, 2010
Remember when Ronald Reagan was president?
We also had Bob Hope and Johnny Cash....
Now we have Obama, no hope, and no cash.
Observation number 2:
It is absolutely amazing that after only one year in office, President Obama can take something that was in terrible, terrible shape and manage to bring it back from the brink of absolute disaster; The Republican Party.
Observation number 3:
Are you better off than you were four trillion dollars ago?
And finally, observation number 4:
The other bill that congress never reads is the Bill of Rights.
Thursday, February 11, 2010
A buddy of mine from my Navy days now lives in Texas and has Congressman Ted Poe representing him in the House. He forwarded this video to me, which I found to be quite amusing. I was unaware of the existence of Congressman Poe, but if this is typical of him, then I am a fan!
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
I have heard from several people lately about how the right wants to indoctrinate our children in schools with religion etc.
More often, especially in light of the powerful leftist National Education Association, it seems that our children are being more and more subject to a secularist and politically correct education in our public schools.
Here is a point in the case with this video clip. The state of Texas is considering buying new history text books. The purchase of which text book is determined by a fifteen person panel; therefore, a majority of eight would determine the books to be purchased.
The problem is that, along with California, Texas is the biggest purchaser of text books in the country, so what eight people decide to buy will likely have huge ramifications on what is bought by school districts throughout the nation. That is a lot of power when it comes to educating our children.
This would be okay, if done responsibly, however, when those sitting on this board have a left-wing agenda, the consequences for our children and our nation could be very bad indeed.
Watch the short video to see what I mean....
As Fox News reported on Monday 2/8/2010:
The U.N.'s controversial climate report is coming under fire -- again -- this time by one of its own scientists, who admits he can't find any evidence to support a warning about a climate-caused North African food shortage.
The statement comes from a key 2007 report to the U.N., and asserts that by 2020 yields from rain-fed agriculture could be reduced by up to 50% in some African countries thanks to climate change.
The newest controversial claim could become a very important error in the IPCC's reporting, because it comes not only from the IPCC's report on climate change impacts -- called Assessment Report 4, or AR4 -- but is also repeated in its "Synthesis Report." That report is the IPCC's most politically sensitive publication, distilling its most important science into a form accessible to politicians and policy makers.
Unfortunately, there are those in powerful positions throughout the world that rely upon this science to either further this false religion's agenda intentionally or are naive enough to be duped into accepting this discredited "science" as being real.
Its lead authors include IPCC chairman Rajendra Pachauri himself, who has quoted it in speeches, as has U.N. secretary-general Ban Ki-moon.
Speaking this weekend, Professor Chris Field, the new lead author of the IPCC's climate impacts team, said: "I was not an author on the 'Synthesis Report,' but on reading it I cannot find support for the statement about African crop yield declines."
When the "science" behind anthropogenic global warming is dubious at best and largely discredited at worst for them, one wonders why the vilification and denouncements of those questioning this by those claiming this is a true phenomenon. The purpose of science is to find the truth; not to manipulate data to support a conclusion upon which one has already arrived.
Considering the scores of billions of dollars spent, businesses destroyed, and economies severely weakened all in the name of anthropogenic global warming, I think this con-game should be called what it is. Those that knowingly contributed to falsifying data and perpetrating this hoax should be prosecuted, fined, and thrown in jail for the rest of their natural lives. This "science" has affected untold millions of people throughout the world. Justice for those that have had to pay the price for this false religion by its false prophets should be given.
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
However, my own personal opinions, based on the facts that I have seen presented over the years, suggest that Congressman Murtha was the very embodiment of the problems that have plagued our federal government for years.
He was hyper-partisan in a caustic and abrasive manner. He also had the appearance of being corrupt on many levels. To my mind though, Congressman Murtha's greatest transgression was that of accusing Marines in Iraq of being cold blooded killers without evidence. These Marines in question were later exonerated of all charges, and Congressman Murtha refused to apologize to them.
Being a former Marine himself during Viet Nam, Mr. Murtha certainly did not give the benefit of the doubt until the facts were examined. For this and for his refusal to offer any sign of contrition when the Marines in question were found innocent, I regret to say that I have no respect nor honor for the man, despite his passing.
Senator Sherrod Brown, accordingly, put together a petition to decry the fact that the Secretary of the Navy under the Obama administration was awarding Murtha the highest non-employee honor for service rendered. The petition sums up Congressman Murtha's most egregious lack in judgement in my humble opinion.
The petition reads:
To: Secretary of the Navy
On March 5, 2009 Congressman John Murtha was awarded the Department of the Navy Distinguished Public Service Award by the Secretary of the Navy, Donald C. Winter. From the press release: It is the highest form of public service recognition bestowed by the Department of the Navy for a non-employee. According to the Department, nominations for this award will be limited to those extraordinary cases where individuals have demonstrated exceptionally outstanding service of substantial and long term benefit to the Navy, Marine Corps, or as Department of the Navy as a whole.
The Citation reads:
Congressman Murtha's selfless devotion to the Nation's Sailors and Marines ensured they were provided the resources necessary to effectively conduct the Global War on Terrorism. His courageous leadership, vision, and loyalty to the men and women of the Department of the Navy greatly contributed to their quality of life and helped create the most modern and highly trained fighting force in history. As Chairman of Subcommittee on Defense of the House Appropriations Committee, Congressman Murtha's tireless advocacy helped maintain the Navy and Marine Corps team at the highest levels of combat readiness to meet the challenges of the 21st century. With grateful appreciation for his outstanding contributions to the Nation and the Navy and Marine Corps, Congressman Murtha is awarded the Department of the Navy Distinguished Public Service Award.
John Murtha deserves no such award. He has routinely and deliberately undermined the United States military, slandered servicemen serving in combat, and caused irreparable damage to our international reputation. While serving as a Representative from Pennsylvania, Murtha called Marines from 3d Battalion, 1st Marines "cold blooded killers" who "murdered innocent civilians." Before an investigation into the Haditha incident was even conducted, Murtha went on numerous television news programs and announced that the Marines "went into houses and killed women and children." He said, "There's no question in my mind about what happened here. There was no gunfire, they killed four people in a taxi...24 people were killed." When asked specifically if he claimed that innocent civilians were intentionally executed by Marines, he said, "That's exactly what happened." Not content to slander those Marines directly involved, he went on to claim that if these Marines were not punished, "other Marines would say well I'll do the same thing." Murtha then continued to use this incident to lobby for the immediate withdrawal of troops from Iraq, citing it as evidence that our military was incapable of winning the war.
Eight Marines were originally charged. As of March 17th, 2009 all charges were dropped against six Marines, one was found not guilty on all counts in courts martial. The prosecution has delayed the court martial of the final defendant indefinitely. The original allegations of a massacre and the statements of Congressman Murtha have been thoroughly discredited. Despite the facts, John Murtha refuses to apologize to those he slandered.
We the undersigned are appalled that the Secretary of the Navy would bestow the Department's highest award for a non-employee to John Murtha after his vile and despicable attacks against U.S. servicemen. This petition is a vehicle to express our bitter disappointment at this betrayal of our combat veterans. Congressman John Murtha should apologize for slandering the Marines of 3/1, and for undermining the efforts of those servicemen and women who fought in Iraq. If he does not, the Secretary of the Navy should rescind this award as a sign of his unwavering support for those who served in combat during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
It is a petition of which I was unaware until after Congressman Murtha's death, but it is one I would have proudly signed had I known of its existence. I pray that Congressman Murtha does in deed rest in peace now but as the sinful man that I am, I do not mourn his passing. He certainly did NOT represent our greatest of all Nations in a manner befitting it and he did not represent the spirit or motto of the Marine Corps, Semper Fidelis... Always Faithful.
Monday, February 8, 2010
By Karen Schuberg
(CNSNews.com) - House Minority Leader John Boehner (R.-Ohio) said today that Harry Knox, who serves on President Barack Obama’s faith-based advisory council, appears to be an “anti-Catholic bigot” and should resign as a White House adviser.
Earlier this week, Knox said he stood by a statement he made last year that Pope Benedict XVI is “hurting people in the name of Jesus” because the pope does not support promoting the use of condoms as a means to stem the spread of HIV.
Knox, who is director of the Human Rights Campaign's religion and faith program, has made other controversial comments about the Catholic Church in the past. For example, in 2007 he was quoted in a statement from the Human Rights Campaign saying that the Catholic Church had committed an act that was “immoral and insulting to Jesus” when it denied communion to a lesbian couple in Wyoming who had promoted same-sex marriage. “In this holy Lenten season, it is immoral and insulting to Jesus to use the body and blood of Christ the reconciler as a weapon to silence free speech and demean the love of a committed, legally married couple,” said Knox.
The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) describes itself as the nation's "largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization." President Obama was the keynote speaker at the HRC's annual national dinner in October.
St. Michael Society, a Catholic organization, started an online petition calling for Knox to resign from his position on President Obama’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.
CNSNews.com asked Boehner at his press briefing Thursday whether he believed that Knox should resign.
“He should resign. And I have agreed to sign a letter,” said Boehner. “We can’t have in the White House an anti-Catholic bigot, and that’s what this gentleman appears to be.”
Boehner is a Roman Catholic.
At the National Press Club on Tuesday, CNSNews.com had asked Knox: “You put out a statement saying Pope Benedict XVI was—quote—‘hurting people in the name of Jesus’ because he did not support promoting the use of condoms as a means to control the spread of HIV. And I was wondering, do you still believe the pope’s position on condoms is ‘hurting people in the name of Jesus’?”
Knox answered, “I—I do.”
Knox had originally said the Pope was “hurting people in the name of Jesus” in March 2009, shortly before he became a member of President Obama’s advisory council.
On March 17, 2009, Pope Benedict had flown to Africa to visit Cameroon and Angola. During the flight, the Pope answered several questions from reporters, including one concerning AIDS in Africa: Given that the Catholic Church’s position in fighting AIDS “is often considered unrealistic and ineffective,” would the pope “address this theme during the journey?”
The Pope responded by detailing many of the Church’s humanitarian efforts to help people with AIDS in Africa. “I would say that this problem of AIDS cannot be overcome merely with money, necessary though it is,” he said. “If there is no human dimension, if Africans do not help [by responsible behavior], the problem cannot be overcome by the distribution of prophylactics: on the contrary, they increase it.”
On the same day as the pope's remarks, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) issued the statement that quoted Harry Knox as follows: “The Pope’s statement that condoms don't help control the spread of HIV, but rather condoms increase infection rates, is hurting people in the name of Jesus.”
“On a continent where millions of people are infected with HIV, it is morally reprehensible to spread such blatant falsehoods,” said Knox in the statement. “The Pope’s rejection of scientifically proven prevention methods is forcing Catholics in Africa to choose between their faith and the health of their entire community. Jesus was about helping the marginalized and downtrodden, not harming them further.”
Harry Knox spoke with CNSNews.com at a press conference about the “American Prayer Hour,” a new, multi-city event designed to "affirm inclusive values and call on all nations, including Uganda, to decriminalize the lives of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people."
Sunday, February 7, 2010
It isn't that the porkulous bill that was full of earmarks actually created jobs, as was the presumptive intention behind it, but rather for tens of thousands of unemployed their benefits to collect unemployment assistance finally ran out and they are no longer eligible for them.
SO, while these folks are still unemployed, the Department of Labor no longer has to count them as such. Of course, if we continue down this socialist path, the entire nation will be without jobs and with expired unemployment benefits, thereby giving the illusion for the Obama-centric revisionist historians that the anointed one returned everyone to work with 100% full employment.
The majority of the jobs that have been created by government spending and the largess of the tax payers' money will dry up as soon as the federal funding of them ends too. THE government typically does NOT create jobs. The best thing the government can do is to get out of the way by removing bureaucratic red tape and lowering corporate taxes in order to foster a climate where companies want to and can afford to invest in growing their companies, especially by adding jobs. It is the PRIVATE SECTOR that is the engine of our economy; NOT the federal government, no matter how many trillions of tax payer dollars the government throws at the problem.
Let me give you a few facts regarding the asinine stimulus bill. These figures are as reported by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. (For fiscal year 4Q09 ending Sept. 30th)
- The total amount of contracts and grants awarded was 56,399.
- The total amount of stimulus money awarded was $157,028,362,536.
- Average dollar amount awarded per GOP district was $232,047,857.
- Average dollar amount awarded per Democrat district was $439,200,100.
- Total number of jobs claimed as "saved or created" is 638,826.54 or $245,807.51 per job.
- Unemployment in January 2009 at 7.6 percent.
- Unemployment in December 2009 at 10 percent.
You and I could not run our household budget like this and survive. We couldn't run a private business like this and survive. The fact is you cannot run anything like this and survive. I don't care if you are the anointed teleprompter demi-god that Obama thinks he is. Sooner or later our creditors WILL come to collect (i.e. China) and then what are we going to do? Give them a really nice speech? Perhaps an iPod with Lord Obama's speeches on it?
The spending MUST stop on everything with an across the board cut for all departments of at least 10%, with the military being the only exception until we are no longer at war. That is something that most every household in the country has not had to do during this recession. Why can't our government do this also?
And for that matter, lets save money by cutting out whole departments that are not necessary or can be better handled at the state level. Cut the Department of Energy, which came into being in the Carter administration in order to make our country energy independent from foreign nations. Since that problem has only gotten worse, I see no need to continue funding this failed department.
Kill the Department of Education and let the states and better yet, the local communities administer the education of their children. And finally, get rid of funding for the ridiculous things that should never have been funded by tax payer dollars to begin with... things like the National Endowment for the Arts.
When We the People hold the politicians' feet to the fire, they will do the right thing, if not for the sake of honor, then for their own preservation of power. Regardless this must be done now before we finally go over that cliff where we are teetering on the edge currently. Finally though, there is some hope as people wake up and see this. True change we can believe in is coming. It starts in November of this year.
Friday, February 5, 2010
HORNELL, NY – I spent two hours last night in the cold outside Dagon Funeral Home. There were three or four hundred people ahead of me, two retired schoolteachers behind me, and a congressman about a dozen people back.
When I left, in the cold dark, the line still stretched out the front door, left down the sidewalk, around the corner, and back for two blocks.
That’s how it is when a hero dies.
That’s how it is when a small town loses its first such hero. The first since Vietnam.
Lance Corporal Zack Smith was 19.
His high school sweetheart will be a widow on their first anniversary.
And the price of freedom will never be clearer than it was last night in the cold.
The pictures inside showed a young man who could be a model of what a young American man should be. Strong, robust, smiling, obviously full of joy. Ready to tackle the world and whatever it had to offer. In a football uniform, on the golf course, in the arms of his family, in the arms of his bride. In the uniform of the United States Marine Corps. You felt a shiver as you saw and thought.
This is the fruit of America, this is the best we produce, this is the salt of the earth and the foundation of the future. This is what was lost in the south of Afghanistan in the fight to keep the war over there and the peace over here.
On January 31 an explosive went off and three Marines were dead. Eight years at war and thousands lost and this is the price you pay.
Only the odds are you don’t pay it. And neither do I. Odds are it is paid by all-American families from every corner of this country, mothers and fathers and sisters and brothers. Hearts broken, dreams shattered, loves lost.
He was a great kid, a good son, an American patriot.
And in the connections of a small town, in that fabric that is the substance of life’s richness, most of the people in line knew one another, or were related to one another, or felt close to one another.
Zack’s wife’s mother was five years behind me in school. His grandfather was best friends with my uncle, and his great-grandfather worked on the railroad with my grandfather. The guy ahead of me in line was school friends with Zack’s dad, and cousins with his wife’s father.
But the brotherhood in the place was of country, not blood. There was love of Zack and his family, but there was also love of America. A palpable patriotism, expressed in stuttering grace at one time or another by almost all the people in line. There were men in Vietnam veterans hats, Marines with combat medals on their chests, a guy with a 1st Cavalry pin on his lapel, another with a service ribbon, countless with American flag pins. The congressman wore a Naval Academy ring and there were four motorcycle guys out front lining the walk with flags.
This was America. The real America.
Where a state trooper and his wife can raise a son noble enough to wear the uniform of the United States.
Where a community and a culture can give a young man a chance to chase his dreams and be who he wants to be. Where two young people can fall in love and pledge their lives to one another.
Even if that’s barely six months.
Even if a warrior’s homecoming passes through Dagon’s and St. Ann’s on the way to St. Mary’s.
This is America. The real America.
And at the head of the line, inside the warmth of the funeral home, stood the family, shaking hands hour after hour, exchanging hugs and smiles, words and tears, memories and promises. A grandmother who was grateful for offers of prayers, a grandfather who paused to stare ahead and above as the emotion overcame him, a proud brother and loving mother, a father with the physique and the haircut of a Marine himself. And a teen-aged widow with her husband’s embroidered name strip around her wrist.
And a casket where Zack lay in the dress blues of the United States Marine Corps.
That’s what war means.
That’s what freedom costs.
That’s what one family paid.
That’s what a small town lost.
That’s what the rest of us must live worthy of, what we must live up to, what we must never forget.
Last night in the cold, hundreds stood in line to bear witness of their love for a family and their commitment to their country. They quietly waited for a moment to whisper what was in their hearts, and what their presence shouted for all to hear. They quietly waited to say “Thank you,” and “We love you,” and “We will always remember you.”
Thursday, February 4, 2010
My advice to the Republicans that actually are in opposition to Obama and the congressional communists is for them to say, "Damn right we are obstructing your Marxist agenda!" Unlike the conventional wisdom that I hear so many people say about how they just wish that those in congress could just get along with each other, I definitely do NOT want them to all get along with one another.
The Democrats and Obama's agenda is foolish, dangerous, and often un-Constitutional. I expect my elected representatives in congress to fight, oppose, and if necessary to obstruct this un-American Bolshevikism from being enacted into law. Now, they can be civil and of good humor while they irritate and obstruct the communist side of the aisle in their debates, but I as a voter insist that they don't just give in to that tripe in order to just get along. They all swore an oath to uphold the Constitution. It would be nice if at least one party took that oath seriously.
Obama insisted he would be a post-partisan president when he was campaigning. He would unite the country again. Frankly, I knew this was a bunch of crap from the very beginning just by looking at his past actions. Never has Obama reached across the aisle and compromised with those of the Republican party. His sole idea of compromise is for the right to move to his side of the argument.
Our very nation was founded in the midst of passionate and often-times heated debate. THAT IS the American way. When the party in the minority is not allowed to have its ideas heard in a debate and the resulting legislation is contrary to everything truly American, then I think it is a party's duty to do whatever they can to obstruct the passage of such bills. Yes, continue to put forth your ideas to the public so that they know what your position is on the issues, but by all means obstruct away if that is the only recourse available to prevent the United States from becoming just another socialist quasi-European nation. In that regard not only is obstructionism a good thing, it is a necessary tactic!
Monday, February 1, 2010
Now I instinctively liked a lot of what I saw and heard from Governor Palin when she came on to the national scene. Choosing her as his VP was probably one of the few smart things McCain actually did in his dismal presidential run for the Whitehouse. Without Palin's true conservative principles to energize the GOP base, McCain would likely have lost to Lord Obama by a much larger margin yet.
That being said, I do not know if Palin will run for president in 2012. I do not know if I will vote for her if she does run, but I do know that she is more than qualified, particularly when compared to the inexperienced Marxist man-child currently in office. Further, Palin's conservative instincts and common sense are exactly what is needed should we as Americans care to make an attempt to save what is left of our country before it completely goes under for good.
The state-controlled main stream media has done a masterful job of denigrating and spreading outright falsehoods about Governor Palin. Their Saul Alinsky tactics of trying to ridicule and make her irrelevant have had an effect with regards to those people that don't take the time to actually look at the facts. Regardless, I don't think Governor Palin is going away from the national scene anytime soon and that is a very good thing for America.
With all of that being said, I found this interesting snippet written by one of Palin's constituents that helps put things in perspective. It won't matter to those that have already made up their minds regarding Governor Palin, but to those with an open mind, the facts definitely support the case that she is exactly the type of executive we need in the Whitehouse.
By Dewey Whetsell, Alaskan fisherman
The last 45 of my 66 years I’ve spent in a commercial fishing town in Alaska. I understand Alaska politics but never understood national politics well until this last year. Here’s the breaking point: Neither side of the Palin controversy gets it…It’s not about persona, style, rhetoric, it’s about doing things. Even Palin supporters never mention the things that I’m about to mention here.
1- Democrats forget when Palin was the Darling of the Democrats, because as soon as Palin took the Governor’s office away from a fellow Republican and tough SOB, Frank Murkowski, she tore into the Republican’s “Corrupt Bastards Club” (CBC) and sent them packing. Many of them are now residing in State housing and wearing orange jump suits. The Democrats reacted by skipping around the yard, throwing confetti and singing “la la la la” (well, you know how they are). Name another governor in this country that has ever done anything similar. But while you’re thinking, I’ll continue.
2- Now with the CBC gone, there were fewer Alaskan politicians to protect the huge, giant oil companies here. So, she constructed and enacted a new system of splitting the oil profits called “ACES”. Exxon (the biggest corporation in the world) protested and Sarah told them “don’t let the door hit you in the stern on your way out.” They stayed, and Alaska residents went from being merely wealthy to being filthy rich. Of course the other huge international oil companies meekly fell in line. Again, give me the name of any other governor in the country that has done anything similar.
3- The other thing she did when she walked into the governor’s office is she got the list of State requests for federal funding for projects, known as “pork”. She went through the list, took 85% of them and placed them in the “when-hell-freezes-over” stack. She let locals know that if we need something built, we’ll pay for it ourselves. Maybe she figured she could use the money she got from selling the previous governor’s jet because it was extravagant. Maybe she could use the money she saved by dismissing the governor’s cook (remarking that she could cook for her own family), giving back the State vehicle issued to her, maintaining that she already had a car, and dismissing her State provided security force (never mentioning—I imagine—that she’s packing heat herself). I’m still waiting to hear the names of those other governors.
4- Now, even with her much-ridiculed “gosh and golly” mannerism, she also managed to put together a totally new approach to getting a natural gas pipeline built which will be the biggest private construction project in the history of North America. No one else could do it although they tried. If that doesn’t impress you, then you’re trying too hard to be unimpressed while watching her do things like this while baking up a batch of brownies with her other hand.
5- For 30 years, Exxon held a lease to do exploratory drilling at a place called Point Thompson. They made excuses the entire time why they couldn’t start drilling. In truth they were holding it like an investment. No governor for 30 years could make them get started. This summer, she told them she was revoking their lease and kicking them out. They protested and threatened court action. She shrugged and reminded them that she knew the way to the court house. Alaska won again.
6- President Obama wants the nation to be on 25% renewable resources for electricity by 2025. Sarah went to the legislature and submitted her plan for Alaska to be at 50% renewables by 2025. We are already at 25%. I can give you more specifics about things done, as opposed to style and persona . Everybody wants to be cool, sound cool, look cool. But that’s just a cover-up. I’m still waiting to hear from liberals the names of other governors who can match what mine has done in two and a half years. I won’t be holding my breath.
By the way, she was content to to return to AK after the national election and go to work, but the haters wouldn’t let her. Now these adolescent screechers are obviously not scuba divers. And no one ever told them what happens when you continually jab and pester a barracuda. Without warning, it will spin around and tear your face off. Shoulda known better.