Palin pokes fun at herself at journalists’ dinner

Palin pokes fun at herself at journalists’ dinner

 

Dec 5, 9:54 PM (ET)

WASHINGTON (AP) – Sarah Palin poked fun at herself in a speech to journalists Saturday night, drawing laughter when she announced she “came down from my hotel room and I could see the Russian embassy.”

The 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate also joked that she had orginally thought of titling her book “How To Look Like a Million Bucks, or Only $150,000″ before settling on “Going Rogue.” In one of the controversies surrounding her candidacy, the campaign spent about $150,000 on her wardrobe.

Palin was the Republican speaker at the winter dinner of the Gridiron Club, an organization of Washington-based journalists.

Rep Barney Frank, D-Mass., represented the Democrats.

Palin targeted her hosts, Democrats and Sen. John McCain’s campaign staff, as well as herself.

If the election had turned out differently, she said, “I could be the one overseeing the signing of bailout checks and vice president Biden could be on the road selling his book, ‘Going Rogaine.'” Biden has sparse hair.

The crack about seeing the Russian embassy from her hotel referred to Palin having told an interviewer during last year’s campaign that her qualifications for high office included that “you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska.”

As for her hosts, she said she was glad to be appearing before an elite audience of leading intellectuals, “or as I like to call it, a death panel.”

McCain’s campaign staff also came in for a barb from the former Alaska governor when she said she is touring the country by bus as she sells her book.

“The view is so much better from inside the bus than under it,” she said, referring to the poisonous relations between her and some of the McCain campaign staff.

Focusing on criticism she has received from Steve Schmidt, a senior strategist in McCain’s presidential campaign, she said, “If I need a bald campaign manager I guess I’m left with James Carville,” a Democrat.

In her book, she wrote that Schmidt felt she wasn’t prepared enough on policy matters and even wondered if she was suffering from postpartum depression following the April 2008 birth of her son Trig, who has Down syndrome.

Palin, who resigned as governor following her vice presidential campaign, is a potential contender for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.

Of The 22 World Conflicts Around The World, 21 are Muslim.

Of The 22 World Conflicts Around The World, 21 are Muslim.
 
MUSLIM CONFLICTS AROUND THE WORLD

Current conflicts and wars: Source: http:/www.religioustolerance.org/curr_war.htm Some of the world’s current “hot spots” which have as their base a significant component of religious intolerance are listed below:

Country and Main religious groups involved 1. Afghanistan Extreme radical Fundamentalist Muslim terrorist groups & non-Muslim Osama bin Laden heads a terrorist group called Al Quada (The Source) whose headquarters were in Afghanistan. 2. Bosnia Serbian Orthodox Christians, Roman Catholic, Muslims 3. Cote d’Ivoire Muslims, Indigenous, Christians 4. Cyprus Christians & Muslims 5. East Timor Christians & Muslims 6. Indonesia, province of Ambon Christians & Muslims 7. Kashmir Hindus and Muslims 8. Kosovo Serbian Orthodox Christians, Muslims 9. Kurdistan Christians, Muslims Assaults on Christians (Protestant, Chaldean Catholic & Assyrian Orthodox). Bombing campaign underway. 10. Macedonia Macedonian Orthodox Christians & Muslims 11. Middle East Jews, Muslims, &Christians 12. Nigeria Christians, Animists, & Muslims 13. Pakistan Suni & Shi’ite Muslims 14. Philippines Christians & Muslims 15. Russia, Chechnya Russian Orthodox Christians, Muslims. The Russian army attacked the breakaway region. Muslims had allegedly blown up buildings in Moscow. Many atrocities have been alleged. 16. Serbia, province of Vojvodina Serbian Orthodox & Roman Catholics 17. Sri Lanka Buddhists & Hindus Tamils
Additional conflicts

19. Thailand: Pattani province: Buddists and Muslims 20. Bangladesh: Muslim-Hindu (Bengalis) and Buddists (Chakmas) 21. Tajikistan: intra-Islamic conflict

Just some usefull information for those of you who think the Islamo-Fascist are peace nicks and it’s because of American foreign policy (lol). Wouldn’t it be great if we could somehow get rid of the Islamo Fascist? SlightOfHand

Time for all the liberal Demo’s to bury their heads in the sand again…Go Sarah

Time for all the liberal Demo’s to bury their heads in the sand again..

 

By Dewie Whetsell, Alaskan Fisherman. As posted in comments on Greta’s article referencing the MOVEON ad about Sarah Palin.

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. 

 

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 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.

 

You have just read the truth about Sarah Palin that sends the media, along with the democrat party, into a wild uncontrolled frenzy to discredit her. I guess they are only interested in skirt chasers, dishonesty, immoral people, liars, womanizers, murderers, and bitter ex-presidents’ wives.

So “You go, Girl.” I only wish the men in Washington had your guts, determination, honesty, and morals.

I rest my case.

Only FOOLS listen to the biased media.

Obama to Rally Senate Democrats on Health-Care Plan

Obama to Rally Senate Democrats on Health-Care Plan (Update1)

By Laura Litvan

Dec. 6 (Bloomberg) — President Barack Obama heads to the U.S. Capitol to press Senate Democrats to agree on health legislation as lawmakers struggle to resolve disputes over issues including a proposed government-run insurance plan.

Democrats met throughout yesterday to seek an alternative to Senate Majority Harry Reid’s plan to create the new national program to cover the uninsured. Opposition within his party leaves Reid at risk of falling four votes short of the 60 he needs to pass the legislation, the most sweeping overhaul of the nation’s health-care system in more than four decades.

Obama’s scheduled visit comes as the bill’s backers need a jolt to come together, said Massachusetts Democrat John Kerry.

“We have to talk about how to put the final pieces together,” Kerry said. “It’s good to hear from the president now, because it’s getting to that stage where you have to come to a decision with your heart as well as your head.”

Reid called the rare weekend session to meet his deadline of getting a bill by year-end. Republicans, unified in opposition, forced the Democrats yesterday to reiterate their support for cutting more than $40 billion in home health-care services funding under Medicare. It was the latest Republican effort to highlight the bill’s potential impact on the elderly.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky said Republicans see the debate stretching into 2010 and that they gain the more the public learns. Republicans say Obama’s visit reflects a weakening Democratic position.

‘Wrong Direction’

“The vote tally must be going in the wrong direction,” said Senator Richard Burr, a North Carolina Republican.

The $848 billion Senate bill would make the biggest changes to the health system since creation of the government Medicare program for the elderly in 1965. The 10-year measure is designed to cover 31 million uninsured people and curb medical costs.

Like a $1 trillion bill that the U.S. House passed on Nov. 7, the Senate plan would require all Americans to get health coverage or pay a penalty. It would expand the Medicaid health program for the poor, set up insurance-purchasing exchanges and provide subsidies for those who need help buying policies.

Reid, a Nevada Democrat, is working behind closed doors to settle issues ranging from how strictly to prohibit federal funding for abortions to how to shape the so-called public option.

Coming to Closure

Senator Dick Durbin, an Illinois Democrat, disputed the notion that Obama’s visit was needed to rescue stalled legislation.

“We’re coming to closure” on abortion and the public option, Durbin said today on the “Fox News Sunday” program. “The president is going to come in and urge us to bring this ball across the line, to finish this, as he should.”

An amendment targeting insurance executive pay, proposed by Arkansas Democrat Blanche Lincoln, may come up for a vote today. It would cap tax-deductible salaries at $400,000 instead of the current national limit of $1 million. The legislation before the Senate already has a $500,000 cap. The lawmakers postponed the vote yesterday.

The Senate also turned back a Republican bid to restore the home health services funding. The Republicans are trying to draw attention to the impact on the elderly from some $400 billion in proposed Medicare savings.

Drug Imports

Debate could come as early as tomorrow on a bipartisan amendment that would allow imports of lower-cost prescription drugs from countries such as Canada, a proposal that is opposed by Eli Lilly & Co. and other drugmakers. That proposal was drafted by North Dakota Democrat Byron Dorgan and Maine Republican Olympia Snowe.

Senator Ben Nelson, a Nebraska Democrat, this week will offer an amendment preventing federal funds from being used for abortions in an effort to bring the legislation in line with what the House passed. Nelson is threatening to oppose the bill without the language.

He also joins three other senators in the Democratic caucus who say they won’t back a bill that has a public option.

The public option has been a lightning rod in the debate since Democrats began drafting the legislation in the spring. All Republicans in both chambers oppose creation of the government program, which many say could crowd out private insurers and become a precursor for a government takeover of health care.

Opposition

Senate Democrats Lincoln and Mary Landrieu of Louisiana and Independent Joe Lieberman of Connecticut join Nelson in opposing such a program.

Snowe participated in one small meeting yesterday of Senate Democratic moderates. She said she and Kerry are reviving her proposal to have a national government insurance program only as a fallback, and utilized in states where there is evidence private insurance isn’t affordable enough for people with lower incomes. It may be offered as an amendment on the floor, she said.

Snowe said she won’t back what Reid has put on the Senate floor because the public program is in the legislation, with a state opt-out.

Senator Mark Begich, an Alaska Democrat, said senators are discussing other approaches centering on requiring states where insurance premiums are deemed too high to provide an alternative to private insurance that would be provided by a non-profit entity.

“My biggest concern is the cost to the government at the back end,” Begich said of the public option.

Arkansas Democrat Lincoln said the government should be out of the picture completely.

“We want to increase options and choices for our constituents,” she said. “I think we can get there.”

To contact the reporters on this story: Laura Litvan in Washington at llitvan@bloomberg.net

Last Updated: December 6, 2009 12:55 EST

The Manhattan Declaration This Is Wonderful

The Manhattan Declaration

Go to the url below and read this and sign it and pass it along

http://www.manhattandeclaration.org/

A Call of Christian Conscience

Christians, when they have lived up to the highest ideals of their faith, have defended the weak and vulnerable and worked tirelessly to protect and strengthen vital institutions of civil society, beginning with the family.

We are Orthodox, Catholic, and evangelical Christians who have united at this hour to reaffirm fundamental truths about justice and the common good, and to call upon our fellow citizens, believers and non-believers alike, to join us in defending them. These truths are:

  1. the sanctity of human life
  2. the dignity of marriage as the conjugal union of husband and wife
  3. the rights of conscience and religious liberty.

Inasmuch as these truths are foundational to human dignity and the well-being of society, they are inviolable and non-negotiable. Because they are increasingly under assault from powerful forces in our culture, we are compelled today to speak out forcefully in their defense, and to commit ourselves to honoring them fully no matter what pressures are brought upon us and our institutions to abandon or compromise them. We make this commitment not as partisans of any political group but as followers of Jesus Christ, the crucified and risen Lord, who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.

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