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About Gary P Jackson

Gary P Jackson is editor and publisher of A Time For Choosing as well as a contributor to They Cypress Times, SarahNet, The Sarah Palin Information Blog, and other conservative sites. A Time For Choosing is a website based on solid Ronald Reagan/Sarah Palin conservatism. We give no apologies, and accept no substitutes. This website is named after Ronald Reagan's iconic 1964 speech at the Republican National Convention of the same name. Although, A Time For Choosing is the speech's official title, it is so iconic, so well known, and so highly quoted, it is simply known as "The Speech." It's time for all Americans to choose the nation they wish to live in. do they want to continue to live in a free nation and retain their God given liberties, or do they want to allow someone to take it all away? Do Americans want a nation where they can live their lives as they see fit, or do they want a totalitarian, oppressive government? It is a time for choosing.

Who is Mark Begich?

Mark-Begich

By C.A. Bamford

In 2008, Alaska’s junior senator, Mark Begich won his seat by the slimmest of margins, barely edging out incumbent Senator Ted Stevens. “Uncle Ted”, as Alaskans were fond of calling him, and was the longest serving Republican member of the Senate of all time. What tipped the scales for this unlikely win?

Was it the huge infusion of DNC cash? Wifely support from Begich’s wife, Deborah Bonito (former Chair of Alaska’s Democrat Party)? Was the brotherly support of unions, including former APDEA union leader, Rob Heun (who later received a federal commission as a US Marshall) a big help? Or could it have simply been the “Shadow Bosses” factor?

One thing is certain. It was a lucky break for Mr. Begich, when 60 days before the election, Senator Stevens was hit with ethics and corruption charges. Begich supporters, the DNC, and highly organized Outside interests had been relentless and vociferous in condemning Stevens. Then just 8 days before the election, Senator Stevens was convicted of felony violations. In spite of this, Stevens’ popularity and reputation for standing up for the rights of Alaska almost won him re-election. But Mark Begich had managed to pull in enough votes for a win.

After the election, however, the many disturbing discrepancies in the prosecution’s case led to a review and a request by the Attorney General to Judge Emmett Sullivan to dismiss the indictment. The judge complied and appointed a special prosecutor to conduct a criminal investigation of the federal prosecutors working on the Stevens case. It had been alleged that Senator Stevens had tried to conceal information on renovation of his modest Girdwood home on his senate financial disclosure form. The other counts concerned gifts, including a puppy from a charity event, a massage chair and a statue of a giant salmon. A key witness, David Anderson, came forward and acknowledged that he had provided false testimony. He admitted that the prosecution had allowed billing records from him to be entered into evidence even though they knew the records were not accurate. Bill Allen was convicted of bribery and conspiracy and was sentenced to 3 years in prison. A number of others were found guilty of lying and withholding information that would have cleared Senator Stevens.

The wrongful conviction of Senator Ted Stevens, just days before the election, was thrown out. But the damage was done. Alaska’s most experienced and ardent champion, a man who had served Alaska long before it had even achieved statehood, was gone from the senate. This powerful voice for Alaskans had been replaced by a man with little experience and few achievements.

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We know Senator Mark Begich’s record in the senate. Other than being a deciding vote for Obamacare, he has accomplished little, getting just one bill passed… to re-name a courthouse in Anchorage. “…Begich is a junior figure, moving through the chamber’s power structure at the speed of a mastodon tapped in a glacier.” ~The Washington Post 7/13/14

A loyal party follower and self-described moderate Democrat, Begich gave Obama 105 of his 107 Senate votes. He voted to increase the debt limit 7 times, voted for the failed $831 billion stimulus plan, voted for a national energy tax known as Cap and Trade, and although he claims to be against EPA overregulation, Senator Begich voted against reining in the EPA’s power.

Although he claims credit for many accomplishments, it turns out that Senator Begich has stretched the truth a bit on those claims. He has taken credit for getting Veterans facilities built, but it was Senator Ted Stevens and others who got the ball rolling on them. He has claimed credit for bills sponsored by Alaska Senator Murkowski, on which he was merely a signer. He promised he’d fight Obama and open ANWR for drilling. ANWR is still closed. He has actually been chastised by Alaska Congressman Don Young, who said, “I don’t appreciate the ads being run on his (Begich’s) behalf. The road (into the National Petroleum Reserve)? Nah. Dena’ina Center? Nah. Merrill field? I don’t think so. Don’t take credit for something you didn’t do.

From 1988-98 Mark Begich served on the Anchorage Assembly. During this period, his friend, Anchorage Police Department Employees Association President, Rob Heun convinced the general membership to approve the purchase of an entire building for a union meeting hall. Many felt this was an extravagance since the APDEA union executive board met only once a month. The realtor, Anchorage Assemblyman Mark Begich, reportedly received at least 50K in fees for the $375,000 sale. Additional remodeling costs, reportedly $675,000, went to Begich associate, Joe Murdy (now deceased). Many APDEA members, however, felt that the improvements, including installation of inexpensive indoor-outdoor carpeting, painting walls and adding red outside vinyl window awnings did not justify an expenditure of over two-thirds of a million dollars…especially since the general assembly meeting room was left with a hole to the outside in the south wall where an exhaust fan had been removed. In the end, it cost over a million dollars for this chilly and rarely used building.

In 2003 Begich was elected to a term as Mayor of Anchorage. But that hadn’t ended all that well. During Mark Begich’s tenure as mayor, he increased spending, proposed higher fees and fines, and proposed cuts to city services. Just before leaving office and without consulting the Anchorage Assembly, Begich agreed to generous labor contracts that the city couldn’t afford. In 2008, the Anchorage Assembly voted unanimously to audit those labor contracts that Begich made without their approval. The contracts furthered the financial mess Begich created as mayor while he headed to Washington, DC. In 2009, an independent review found Begich provided inaccurate information and never confirmed Anchorage had the funding for these new contracts.

During the economic downturn in 2008, Begich painted a rosy picture of Anchorage’s economic status, but his finance team worried as some city departments were over spending their calendar-year budgets. The estimated budget shortfall was never disclosed to Assembly members and Begich continued to downplay the problem. As Mayor, Begich increased city spending by more than $130 million, an increase of nearly 50%, and left the city more than $17 million in debt.

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Longtime contributor C.A. Bamford is a Michigander who now calls Alaska home and works in international relations.

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October 27, 1964: A Thoughtful Address From Ronald Reagan-Reflections 50 Years Later

Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.

~Ronald Reagan,
40th President of the United States [1911-2004]

Fifty years ago, tonight, Ronald Reagan gave what has become one of the most iconic and important speeches in American history. The content of this speech, and the ideals represented are American ideals. Time honored truths that somehow America had wondered from, starting with FDR and his “New Deal.” By the election of 1964, America had made a huge lunge toward socialism, and the full-blow welfare state, with what President Lyndon Johnson was calling his “Great Society ,” a hell-on-earth that has destroyed the lives of tens of millions of Americans, and stands as the foundation of every evil, fascist, economy crippling program the “progressive” extremists have visited on the people, and are continuing to force on us to this day.

In 2012, on the 48th anniversary of “The Speech,” I wrote this:

Ronald Reagan had been giving variations of A Time for Choosing for some time to crowds large and small. By 1964 and the final days of the presidential elections, he had perfected his message into one of the most important and iconic speeches in American history.

Reagan wasn’t able to change enough hearts and minds to help Barry Goldwater defeat President Lyndon Johnson, but a Conservative star was born and the rest, as they say, is history.

A Time for Choosing has become an icon in the American experience. So many wonderful Reagan quotes are here. So much important commentary on America’s greatness, as well as the dangers she faces to this very day. So iconic, A Time for Choosing has come to be known simply as The Speech.

In The Speech Reagan warns his audience of the evils of socialism and liberalism, which, of course, are one in the same. Even then, socialist democrats were attempting to destroy the very fabric of American society from within and had been since the era of “The New Deal” and FDR.

Reagan warns of the dangers of a big, inefficient, overreaching government and notes how so many things the government was wanting to do could be done by the private sector better, cheaper, and more efficiently. We hear about lives destroyed by democrat socialists, and runaway government programs that wasted billions of dollars with absolutely no positive effect on mankind. Sounds all too familiar to today and what we are facing now.

If there is one sad thing about The Speech it’s that too few took Reagan’s message to heart. Change a few names, locations mentioned, and increase the amount of dollars mentioned by at least a thousand fold, and if Reagan was still here, he could give this exact speech tonight and still be spot on.

Today we see a democrat party that isn’t merely liberal, but rabidly Anti-American. A democrat party that has sunk into the depths of dangerous socialism. A democrat party that disregards the Constitution, and the Rule of Law. A democrat party whose practitioners have become vile and hateful in their ways, viciously attack those who dare disagree with their views, many of which, are completely incompatible with civilized society, and the American way of life.

Government has grown so large, spending so out of control, debts so mind numbingly high, that not only are Liberty and Freedom in danger of extinction, so is the United States itself. We have an incompetent and dangerous president, and an entire Executive Branch to match. Things must change or we are finished as a nation.

Conservatives have been revisiting The Speech for decades. It is my thought that this should be required teaching to ever school boy and girl. A student should know this speech and have a working knowledge of the concept being presented, before being allowed to graduate high school. No one should be able to get their college degree without having an advanced understanding of the concepts Reagan sets forth here.

If every man woman and child truly understood Reagan’s passion for Liberty and Freedom, America would never find itself staring into the abyss as it is today. All men and women would truly be free, and the powerful American spirit would make the United States truly that Shining City on a Hill that Reagan saw, when he saw America.

There is hope in our young. While dining at my favorite establishment, a steak house here in town [Fire and Ice] and engaged with one of the servers in conversation, I was pleased to learn this young woman, only a few years out of high school, not only knew The Speech but understood it. Though she grew up in liberal California, she was blessed with a Conservative history teacher who thought it important enough to include The Speech in his curriculum. God bless that teacher!

Ronald Reagan was a gift to America. There are few men in our history who have had such a positive impact on so many people. He created generations of Conservatives. Though Conservatism wasn’t something Reagan invented, he was the living, breathing embodiment of it. His ability to inspire others is just as important as his message. This is why, when Americans are polled, Ronald Reagan is consistently at or near the top of the list of those considered our greatest presidents in history.

I stand by the idea that this speech should be required viewing for every American, and no student should be able to graduate high school without a solid understanding of the principles set forth within. One should have to take an extended course in college, in order to graduate there, as well!

One thing has changed for me though. Anytime I remember Ronald Reagan, I feel optimistic. Ronald Reagan was all about optimism. He always saw America as a “Shining City on a Hill,” the world’s last best hope for Freedom. When he ran for re-election in 1984, the ads proclaimed it was “Morning in America” and that was fact! Today it’s more like mourning in America. I don’t feel optimistic.

After all of this time, after being able to reference Reagan’s greatness, his record, and of course, this speech, for all of these years, I have to ask, have we, as a nation, failed? Seriously, other than a few names, and of course greatly higher amounts of money today, than Reagan spoke of, if he were alive today, he could give the exact same speech today, and he’d be talking about the exact same dangers we face, and the evil doers who are pushing it on us all.

We have over 100 years worth of empirical evidence that liberalism is a failure. That everything these monsters have brought done has not only failed spectacularly, but has destroyed opportunities and destroyed lives. Liberalism is the greatest evil mankind has ever faced, and what these liberal “progressives” have done to the United states and her people is living proof!

Progressives” love to complicate things. They love to divide and stir up hate. It’s their only path to success. Conservatism is rather simple. All it takes is common sense, something sorely lacking among politicos, as well as many voters, these days. The corrupt bastards in Washington, and the fools who vote for them, have been winning for some time now, and every win for them is a loss for the United States and her people. As government grows, Liberty and Freedom slowly dies. Too many, it seems, have forgotten this.

Anything that endures 50 years as an icon is worthy of celebration. That it is from one of our greatest presidents in history, makes this speech even more worthy of celebration. The fact is, those hell-bent on destroying America are counting on you to forget this great speech, and the ideals expressed within. Even sadder, it seems far too many HAVE forgotten. It seems the day Reagan feared the most is rapidly coming, the day that Freedom in America dies, because we forgot to teach it to the younger generations. We allowed the enemies of Liberty and Freedom to preach THEIR message of Big Government and surrendering to the state, instead.

On a day I usually reflect on the greatness that is America, and enjoy a fantastic speech from a truly great man, I find myself troubled and frankly, a little afraid. Afraid that the lights on Hill have gone out. That we, as a nation have failed. Failed to head Reagan’s warnings. Failed to protect Liberty and Freedom.

As you watch the speech, and read the transcript, I hope will find the renewed inspiration to fight for America. Fight for the Common Sense Conservatism that made America great. Fight against those who are destroying the American way of life, and enslaving an entire nation.

As Ronald Reagan said, it is a time for choosing. You must choose what sort of nation you want. You must choose whether you will fight for America, or submit to those who are destroying us all.

With that …. here’s a thoughtful address from Ronald Reagan:


A TIME FOR CHOOSING (The Speech – October 27, 1964)

Thank you. Thank you very much. Thank you and good evening. The sponsor has been identified, but unlike most television programs, the performer hasn’t been provided with a script. As a matter of fact, I have been permitted to choose my own words and discuss my own ideas regarding the choice that we face in the next few weeks.

I have spent most of my life as a Democrat. I recently have seen fit to follow another course. I believe that the issues confronting us cross party lines. Now, one side in this campaign has been telling us that the issues of this election are the maintenance of peace and prosperity. The line has been used, “We’ve never had it so good.

But I have an uncomfortable feeling that this prosperity isn’t something on which we can base our hopes for the future. No nation in history has ever survived a tax burden that reached a third of its national income. Today, 37 cents out of every dollar earned in this country is the tax collector’s share, and yet our government continues to spend 17 million dollars a day more than the government takes in. We haven’t balanced our budget 28 out of the last 34 years. We’ve raised our debt limit three times in the last twelve months, and now our national debt is one and a half times bigger than all the combined debts of all the nations of the world. We have 15 billion dollars in gold in our treasury; we don’t own an ounce. Foreign dollar claims are 27.3 billion dollars. And we’ve just had announced that the dollar of 1939 will now purchase 45 cents in its total value.

As for the peace that we would preserve, I wonder who among us would like to approach the wife or mother whose husband or son has died in South Vietnam and ask them if they think this is a peace that should be maintained indefinitely. Do they mean peace, or do they mean we just want to be left in peace? There can be no real peace while one American is dying some place in the world for the rest of us. We’re at war with the most dangerous enemy that has ever faced mankind in his long climb from the swamp to the stars, and it’s been said if we lose that war, and in so doing lose this way of freedom of ours, history will record with the greatest astonishment that those who had the most to lose did the least to prevent its happening. Well I think it’s time we ask ourselves if we still know the freedoms that were intended for us by the Founding Fathers.

Not too long ago, two friends of mine were talking to a Cuban refugee, a businessman who had escaped from Castro, and in the midst of his story one of my friends turned to the other and said, “We don’t know how lucky we are.” And the Cuban stopped and said, “How lucky you are? I had someplace to escape to.” And in that sentence he told us the entire story. If we lose freedom here, there’s no place to escape to. This is the last stand on earth.

And this idea that government is beholden to the people, that it has no other source of power except the sovereign people, is still the newest and the most unique idea in all the long history of man’s relation to man.

This is the issue of this election: Whether we believe in our capacity for self-government or whether we abandon the American revolution and confess that a little intellectual elite in a far-distant capitol can plan our lives for us better than we can plan them ourselves.

You and I are told increasingly we have to choose between a left or right. Well I’d like to suggest there is no such thing as a left or right. There’s only an up or down—[up] man’s old—old-aged dream, the ultimate in individual freedom consistent with law and order, or down to the ant heap of totalitarianism. And regardless of their sincerity, their humanitarian motives, those who would trade our freedom for security have embarked on this downward course.

In this vote-harvesting time, they use terms like the “Great Society,” or as we were told a few days ago by the President, we must accept a greater government activity in the affairs of the people. But they’ve been a little more explicit in the past and among themselves; and all of the things I now will quote have appeared in print. These are not Republican accusations. For example, they have voices that say, “The cold war will end through our acceptance of a not undemocratic socialism.” Another voice says, “The profit motive has become outmoded. It must be replaced by the incentives of the welfare state.” Or, “Our traditional system of individual freedom is incapable of solving the complex problems of the 20th century.” Senator Fullbright has said at Stanford University that the Constitution is outmoded. He referred to the President as “our moral teacher and our leader,” and he says he is “hobbled in his task by the restrictions of power imposed on him by this antiquated document.” He must “be freed,” so that he “can do for us” what he knows “is best.” And Senator Clark of Pennsylvania, another articulate spokesman, defines liberalism as “meeting the material needs of the masses through the full power of centralized government.”

Well, I, for one, resent it when a representative of the people refers to you and me, the free men and women of this country, as “the masses.” This is a term we haven’t applied to ourselves in America. But beyond that, “the full power of centralized government“—this was the very thing the Founding Fathers sought to minimize. They knew that governments don’t control things. A government can’t control the economy without controlling people. And they know when a government sets out to do that, it must use force and coercion to achieve its purpose. They also knew, those Founding Fathers, that outside of its legitimate functions, government does nothing as well or as economically as the private sector of the economy.

Now, we have no better example of this than government’s involvement in the farm economy over the last 30 years. Since 1955, the cost of this program has nearly doubled. One-fourth of farming in America is responsible for 85 percent of the farm surplus. Three-fourths of farming is out on the free market and has known a 21 percent increase in the per capita consumption of all its produce. You see, that one-fourth of farming—that’s regulated and controlled by the federal government. In the last three years we’ve spent 43 dollars in the feed grain program for every dollar bushel of corn we don’t grow.

Senator Humphrey last week charged that Barry Goldwater, as President, would seek to eliminate farmers. He should do his homework a little better, because he’ll find out that we’ve had a decline of 5 million in the farm population under these government programs. He’ll also find that the Democratic administration has sought to get from Congress [an] extension of the farm program to include that three-fourths that is now free. He’ll find that they’ve also asked for the right to imprison farmers who wouldn’t keep books as prescribed by the federal government. The Secretary of Agriculture asked for the right to seize farms through condemnation and resell them to other individuals. And contained in that same program was a provision that would have allowed the federal government to remove 2 million farmers from the soil.

At the same time, there’s been an increase in the Department of Agriculture employees. There’s now one for every 30 farms in the United States, and still they can’t tell us how 66 shiploads of grain headed for Austria disappeared without a trace and Billie Sol Estes never left shore.

Every responsible farmer and farm organization has repeatedly asked the government to free the farm economy, but how—who are farmers to know what’s best for them? The wheat farmers voted against a wheat program. The government passed it anyway. Now the price of bread goes up; the price of wheat to the farmer goes down.

Meanwhile, back in the city, under urban renewal the assault on freedom carries on. Private property rights [are] so diluted that public interest is almost anything a few government planners decide it should be. In a program that takes from the needy and gives to the greedy, we see such spectacles as in Cleveland, Ohio, a million-and-a-half-dollar building completed only three years ago must be destroyed to make way for what government officials call a “more compatible use of the land.” The President tells us he’s now going to start building public housing units in the thousands, where heretofore we’ve only built them in the hundreds. But FHA [Federal Housing Authority] and the Veterans Administration tell us they have 120,000 housing units they’ve taken back through mortgage foreclosure. For three decades, we’ve sought to solve the problems of unemployment through government planning, and the more the plans fail, the more the planners plan. The latest is the Area Redevelopment Agency.

They’ve just declared Rice County, Kansas, a depressed area. Rice County, Kansas, has two hundred oil wells, and the 14,000 people there have over 30 million dollars on deposit in personal savings in their banks. And when the government tells you you’re depressed, lie down and be depressed.

We have so many people who can’t see a fat man standing beside a thin one without coming to the conclusion the fat man got that way by taking advantage of the thin one. So they’re going to solve all the problems of human misery through government and government planning. Well, now, if government planning and welfare had the answer—and they’ve had almost 30 years of it—shouldn’t we expect government to read the score to us once in a while? Shouldn’t they be telling us about the decline each year in the number of people needing help? The reduction in the need for public housing?

But the reverse is true. Each year the need grows greater; the program grows greater. We were told four years ago that 17 million people went to bed hungry each night. Well that was probably true. They were all on a diet. But now we’re told that 9.3 million families in this country are poverty-stricken on the basis of earning less than 3,000 dollars a year. Welfare spending [is] 10 times greater than in the dark depths of the Depression. We’re spending 45 billion dollars on welfare. Now do a little arithmetic, and you’ll find that if we divided the 45 billion dollars up equally among those 9 million poor families, we’d be able to give each family 4,600 dollars a year. And this added to their present income should eliminate poverty. Direct aid to the poor, however, is only running only about 600 dollars per family. It would seem that someplace there must be some overhead.

Now—so now we declare “war on poverty,” or “You, too, can be a Bobby Baker.” Now do they honestly expect us to believe that if we add 1 billion dollars to the 45 billion we’re spending, one more program to the 30-odd we have—and remember, this new program doesn’t replace any, it just duplicates existing programs—do they believe that poverty is suddenly going to disappear by magic? Well, in all fairness I should explain there is one part of the new program that isn’t duplicated. This is the youth feature. We’re now going to solve the dropout problem, juvenile delinquency, by reinstituting something like the old CCC camps [Civilian Conservation Corps], and we’re going to put our young people in these camps. But again we do some arithmetic, and we find that we’re going to spend each year just on room and board for each young person we help 4,700 dollars a year. We can send them to Harvard for 2,700! Course, don’t get me wrong. I’m not suggesting Harvard is the answer to juvenile delinquency.

But seriously, what are we doing to those we seek to help? Not too long ago, a judge called me here in Los Angeles. He told me of a young woman who’d come before him for a divorce. She had six children, was pregnant with her seventh. Under his questioning, she revealed her husband was a laborer earning 250 dollars a month. She wanted a divorce to get an 80 dollar raise. She’s eligible for 330 dollars a month in the Aid to Dependent Children Program. She got the idea from two women in her neighborhood who’d already done that very thing.

Yet anytime you and I question the schemes of the do-gooders, we’re denounced as being against their humanitarian goals. They say we’re always “against” things—we’re never “for” anything.

Well, the trouble with our liberal friends is not that they’re ignorant; it’s just that they know so much that isn’t so.

Now—we’re for a provision that destitution should not follow unemployment by reason of old age, and to that end we’ve accepted Social Security as a step toward meeting the problem.

But we’re against those entrusted with this program when they practice deception regarding its fiscal shortcomings, when they charge that any criticism of the program means that we want to end payments to those people who depend on them for a livelihood. They’ve called it “insurance” to us in a hundred million pieces of literature. But then they appeared before the Supreme Court and they testified it was a welfare program. They only use the term “insurance” to sell it to the people. And they said Social Security dues are a tax for the general use of the government, and the government has used that tax. There is no fund, because Robert Byers, the actuarial head, appeared before a congressional committee and admitted that Social Security as of this moment is 298 billion dollars in the hole. But he said there should be no cause for worry because as long as they have the power to tax, they could always take away from the people whatever they needed to bail them out of trouble. And they’re doing just that.

A young man, 21 years of age, working at an average salary—his Social Security contribution would, in the open market, buy him an insurance policy that would guarantee 220 dollars a month at age 65. The government promises 127. He could live it up until he’s 31 and then take out a policy that would pay more than Social Security. Now are we so lacking in business sense that we can’t put this program on a sound basis, so that people who do require those payments will find they can get them when they’re due—that the cupboard isn’t bare?

Barry Goldwater thinks we can.

At the same time, can’t we introduce voluntary features that would permit a citizen who can do better on his own to be excused upon presentation of evidence that he had made provision for the non-earning years? Should we not allow a widow with children to work, and not lose the benefits supposedly paid for by her deceased husband? Shouldn’t you and I be allowed to declare who our beneficiaries will be under this program, which we cannot do? I think we’re for telling our senior citizens that no one in this country should be denied medical care because of a lack of funds. But I think we’re against forcing all citizens, regardless of need, into a compulsory government program, especially when we have such examples, as was announced last week, when France admitted that their Medicare program is now bankrupt. They’ve come to the end of the road.

In addition, was Barry Goldwater so irresponsible when he suggested that our government give up its program of deliberate, planned inflation, so that when you do get your Social Security pension, a dollar will buy a dollar’s worth, and not 45 cents worth?

I think we’re for an international organization, where the nations of the world can seek peace. But I think we’re against subordinating American interests to an organization that has become so structurally unsound that today you can muster a two-thirds vote on the floor of the General Assembly among nations that represent less than 10 percent of the world’s population. I think we’re against the hypocrisy of assailing our allies because here and there they cling to a colony, while we engage in a conspiracy of silence and never open our mouths about the millions of people enslaved in the Soviet colonies in the satellite nations.

I think we’re for aiding our allies by sharing of our material blessings with those nations which share in our fundamental beliefs, but we’re against doling out money government to government, creating bureaucracy, if not socialism, all over the world. We set out to help 19 countries. We’re helping 107. We’ve spent 146 billion dollars. With that money, we bought a 2 million dollar yacht for Haile Selassie. We bought dress suits for Greek undertakers, extra wives for Kenya[n] government officials. We bought a thousand TV sets for a place where they have no electricity. In the last six years, 52 nations have bought 7 billion dollars worth of our gold, and all 52 are receiving foreign aid from this country.

No government ever voluntarily reduces itself in size. So governments’ programs, once launched, never disappear.

Actually, a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we’ll ever see on this earth.

Federal employees—federal employees number two and a half million; and federal, state, and local, one out of six of the nation’s work force employed by government. These proliferating bureaus with their thousands of regulations have cost us many of our constitutional safeguards. How many of us realize that today federal agents can invade a man’s property without a warrant? They can impose a fine without a formal hearing, let alone a trial by jury? And they can seize and sell his property at auction to enforce the payment of that fine. In Chico County, Arkansas, James Wier over-planted his rice allotment. The government obtained a 17,000 dollar judgment. And a U.S. marshal sold his 960-acre farm at auction. The government said it was necessary as a warning to others to make the system work.

Last February 19th at the University of Minnesota, Norman Thomas, six-times candidate for President on the Socialist Party ticket, said, “If Barry Goldwater became President, he would stop the advance of socialism in the United States.” I think that’s exactly what he will do.

But as a former Democrat, I can tell you Norman Thomas isn’t the only man who has drawn this parallel to socialism with the present administration, because back in 1936, Mr. Democrat himself, Al Smith, the great American, came before the American people and charged that the leadership of his Party was taking the Party of Jefferson, Jackson, and Cleveland down the road under the banners of Marx, Lenin, and Stalin. And he walked away from his Party, and he never returned til the day he died—because to this day, the leadership of that Party has been taking that Party, that honorable Party, down the road in the image of the labor Socialist Party of England.

Now it doesn’t require expropriation or confiscation of private property or business to impose socialism on a people. What does it mean whether you hold the deed to the—or the title to your business or property if the government holds the power of life and death over that business or property? And such machinery already exists. The government can find some charge to bring against any concern it chooses to prosecute. Every businessman has his own tale of harassment. Somewhere a perversion has taken place. Our natural, unalienable rights are now considered to be a dispensation of government, and freedom has never been so fragile, so close to slipping from our grasp as it is at this moment.

Our Democratic opponents seem unwilling to debate these issues. They want to make you and I believe that this is a contest between two men—that we’re to choose just between two personalities.

Well what of this man that they would destroy—and in destroying, they would destroy that which he represents, the ideas that you and I hold dear? Is he the brash and shallow and trigger-happy man they say he is? Well I’ve been privileged to know him “when.” I knew him long before he ever dreamed of trying for high office, and I can tell you personally I’ve never known a man in my life I believed so incapable of doing a dishonest or dishonorable thing.

This is a man who, in his own business before he entered politics, instituted a profit-sharing plan before unions had ever thought of it. He put in health and medical insurance for all his employees. He took 50 percent of the profits before taxes and set up a retirement program, a pension plan for all his employees. He sent monthly checks for life to an employee who was ill and couldn’t work. He provides nursing care for the children of mothers who work in the stores. When Mexico was ravaged by the floods in the Rio Grande, he climbed in his airplane and flew medicine and supplies down there.

An ex-GI told me how he met him. It was the week before Christmas during the Korean War, and he was at the Los Angeles airport trying to get a ride home to Arizona for Christmas. And he said that [there were] a lot of servicemen there and no seats available on the planes. And then a voice came over the loudspeaker and said, “Any men in uniform wanting a ride to Arizona, go to runway such-and-such,” and they went down there, and there was a fellow named Barry Goldwater sitting in his plane. Every day in those weeks before Christmas, all day long, he’d load up the plane, fly it to Arizona, fly them to their homes, fly back over to get another load.

During the hectic split-second timing of a campaign, this is a man who took time out to sit beside an old friend who was dying of cancer. His campaign managers were understandably impatient, but he said, “There aren’t many left who care what happens to her. I’d like her to know I care.” This is a man who said to his 19-year-old son, “There is no foundation like the rock of honesty and fairness, and when you begin to build your life on that rock, with the cement of the faith in God that you have, then you have a real start.” This is not a man who could carelessly send other people’s sons to war. And that is the issue of this campaign that makes all the other problems I’ve discussed academic, unless we realize we’re in a war that must be won.

Those who would trade our freedom for the soup kitchen of the welfare state have told us they have a utopian solution of peace without victory. They call their policy “accommodation.” And they say if we’ll only avoid any direct confrontation with the enemy, he’ll forget his evil ways and learn to love us. All who oppose them are indicted as warmongers. They say we offer simple answers to complex problems. Well, perhaps there is a simple answer—not an easy answer—but simple: If you and I have the courage to tell our elected officials that we want our national policy based on what we know in our hearts is morally right.

We cannot buy our security, our freedom from the threat of the bomb by committing an immorality so great as saying to a billion human beings now enslaved behind the Iron Curtain, “Give up your dreams of freedom because to save our own skins, we’re willing to make a deal with your slave masters.” Alexander Hamilton said, “A nation which can prefer disgrace to danger is prepared for a master, and deserves one.” Now let’s set the record straight. There’s no argument over the choice between peace and war, but there’s only one guaranteed way you can have peace—and you can have it in the next second—surrender.

Admittedly, there’s a risk in any course we follow other than this, but every lesson of history tells us that the greater risk lies in appeasement, and this is the specter our well-meaning liberal friends refuse to face—that their policy of accommodation is appeasement, and it gives no choice between peace and war, only between fight or surrender. If we continue to accommodate, continue to back and retreat, eventually we have to face the final demand—the ultimatum. And what then—when Nikita Khrushchev has told his people he knows what our answer will be? He has told them that we’re retreating under the pressure of the Cold War, and someday when the time comes to deliver the final ultimatum, our surrender will be voluntary, because by that time we will have been weakened from within spiritually, morally, and economically. He believes this because from our side he’s heard voices pleading for “peace at any price” or “better Red than dead,” or as one commentator put it, he’d rather “live on his knees than die on his feet.” And therein lies the road to war, because those voices don’t speak for the rest of us.

You and I know and do not believe that life is so dear and peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery. If nothing in life is worth dying for, when did this begin—just in the face of this enemy? Or should Moses have told the children of Israel to live in slavery under the pharaohs? Should Christ have refused the cross? Should the patriots at Concord Bridge have thrown down their guns and refused to fire the shot heard ’round the world? The martyrs of history were not fools, and our honored dead who gave their lives to stop the advance of the Nazis didn’t die in vain. Where, then, is the road to peace? Well it’s a simple answer after all.

You and I have the courage to say to our enemies, “There is a price we will not pay.” “There is a point beyond which they must not advance.” And this—this is the meaning in the phrase of Barry Goldwater’s “peace through strength.” Winston Churchill said, “The destiny of man is not measured by material computations. When great forces are on the move in the world, we learn we’re spirits—not animals.” And he said, “There’s something going on in time and space, and beyond time and space, which, whether we like it or not, spells duty.”

You and I have a rendezvous with destiny.

We’ll preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on earth, or we’ll sentence them to take the last step into a thousand years of darkness.

We will keep in mind and remember that Barry Goldwater has faith in us. He has faith that you and I have the ability and the dignity and the right to make our own decisions and determine our own destiny.

Thank you very much.

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Hard Science: 3,264 Days [Nearly NINE YEARS] Without a Major Hurricane Strike

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By Gary P Jackson

You know how the liberal extremists preached doom and gloom after Katrina, and claimed those sort of storms would become the “new norm” because of the fictional “climate change” nonsense that only exists in their diseased minds? Well guess what, it ain’t happening!

Dr Roy Spencer, an ACTUAL climatologist, author, and former NASA scientist sets the record straight:

Who would have predicted it? As of today (October 1) it’s been nearly 9 years since a major hurricane (Cat 3 or greater) has struck the U.S., the last being Wilma in October, 2005.

Remember the 2005 hurricane season? Landfalling hurricanes right and left. Katrina! This was going to be the new normal in a Global Warming world.

Then the bottom dropped out of tropical activity.

As the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season slowly winds down, here the latest tropical outlook from the National Hurricane Center:

2 Day Tropical Weather

Pretty dead. The number of named storms as of today continues below normal:

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One might explain the current drought in tropical systems on El Nino, except even that has mostly fizzled compared to early predictions.

While a few “experts” claim to “see the fingerprint” of human caused climate change in the latest severe weather events (which, paradoxically, haven’t increased), it’s good to take a step back and point out that the Emperor’s Tarot card readers have no clothes.

A couple of things I’d like to add: While the damage and devastation from Katrina was horrific, especially in Mississippi, the real damage, in New Orleans, which got all of the TV coverage [as well as cries of racism from the extremists] was caused by flooding, which in turn was caused by poorly maintained levies, which can be traced back, to among other things, corrupt democrat politicians, at both the state and local level. As much a man-made disaster, as a natural one.In fact, Mayor Ray “Nawlins is a Chocolate City” Nagin, is serving a 10 year term in a federal prison, for corruption.

Also, some may ask: “What about Sandy?“, the equally devastating storm that hit the East Coast in 2012. That would be Tropical Storm Sandy. Though the news media still refers to Sandy as a hurricane, and even tries to give the impression it was a “big one.” The fact is, by the time Sandy reached the East Coast, most of it’s power and furry had dissipated. Sandy was a Category 3 hurricane, while over Cuba, but lost much of it’s punch while going across land.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [NOAA] classified Sandy as a “post-tropical cyclone.” Now this maters little to those who were effected, including the families of those who lost loved ones, but when talking pure science and facts, as we are here, Sandy was not a hurricane. The damage from the storm was very real though, at over $50 billion in cost, but that has more to do with a very dense population [roughly 20 million in the direct area] and high cost of property replacement.

We’ve seen a lot of wild ass claims by the radical leftists who preach the religion of global warming, but so far absolutely NONE of their insane rantings about doom and gloom have come to pass!

Remember a few years back when Al Gore claimed by 2013 all of the ice in the Antarctic would be gone, and the whole world would be underwater? A lot of lying bastards pushing global warming are out there now claiming the ice is melting. Well, the fact is, as NASA’S Earth Observatory reports, the ice cap has reached “new Maximum extent.” In plain English, that means there is more ice than at any time in recorded history. Another massive lie by the global warming extremists put to rest.

There are two kinds of people who preach the global warming religion: Those looking to make a buck, and exert complete and total control over all of mankind, and those who are just stupid, don’t understand basic science, and will repeat anything a liberal extremist says, as fact. The former is pure evil and the biggest threat to mankind that has ever existed. Come to think of it, so is the latter!

As human beings, we have a lot of real and serious threats to our very existence and well being.Few, if any of them, come from nature. Almost 100% of the threats to mankind, as well as Liberty and Freedom, comes from radical, out of control, Big Government liberalism, and the incredibly evil beings who practice that religion. Liberalism is far more dangerous than any other threat to mankind. As a human being, it is your duty to help wipe this vile dangerous ideology off the face of the earth, once and for all. The very survival and well-being of your fellow man [and women] depends on YOU!

Oh, and as a little reminder of the wild ass lies these extremists well tell, and the fear they will try to instill in human beings with those lies, I give you Time magazine:

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Standing Room Only: Governor Sarah Palin campaigns for Pat Roberts in Kansas [Photos and Video]

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Governor Sarah Palin having a laugh with United States Senator Pat Roberts in Independence, Kansas

By Gary P Jackson

Governor Sarah Palin was in Independence, Kansas on Thursday to rally support for United States Senator Pat Roberts, who faces a tough challenge from “independent” Greg Orman.

For those who haven’t been following the race, Orman, who has spent a lifetime supporting far left democrat party radicals, but has refused to answer questions on pretty much any issue, including who he will caucus with if elected [Spoiler Alert: it will be the democrats] is the democrat party’s guy, no matter the spin that he’s “independent“!

Question for readers to ponder: When was the last time a supposed “independent” who managed to get elected, caucused with anyone but the democrats? Lisa Murkowski, a democrat in all but name only [DIABLO] doesn’t count! She only caucuses with the Republicans because they allowed her to keep all of her plum committee assignments, even after she stabbed them in the back, and worked with the democrat party to beat the Republican nominee, Joe Miller, in Alaska.

Why is “independent” Orman the democrat party show pony, their great white hope? Well, the actual democrat party candidate, Chad Taylor, dropped out of the race, because he saw Kansans wanted nothing to do with another Obama clone in the Senate. The idea here is to try and fool low information voters into voting for an “independent” over the long term Republican Senator. We’ve seen this more than a few times over the years. Kansans are slowly starting to figure Orman out though.

It should be noted that Chad Taylor, the democrat, was to remain on the ballot, a customary thing when a candidate leaves the race after being chosen as the party nominee, even if they drop out. The only exception to that rule, in Kansas, is if said candidate declares he would be unable to fulfill the duties of the office he’s seeking, if elected. Though the letter Taylor sent to the Secretary of State never gave a reason for his dropping out, the Kansas State Supreme Court deemed the letter “good enough‘ and ordered Taylor’s name removed from the ballot, making it much easier for “independent” [blank slate] Orman.

There is a twist though, as a registered democrat voter, David Orel of Kansas City, Kansas, filed a new petition with the Kansas Supreme Court asking them to force the party to name a new nominee. He filed the petition after his attorney sent the party a letter saying Orel wants to vote for a democrat candidate. No word on how far this has gotten, or will go.

This brings us to Governor Palin’s visit on Thursday. With all the confusion, and outright lies [and question dodging] from Orman, with an assist from the liberal Kansas media,Senator Roberts finds himself in a tough race. Governor Palin went to help Senator Roberts, as well as set the record straight on who and what Orman really is. While highlighting Senator Roberts record of standing with Conservatives on many important issues including amnesty, ObamaCare, and fiscal integrity, Governor Plain was also there to remind voters the GOP MUST take the Senate away from the democrats. Losing is simply not an option, if America is to survive.

According to reports, Governor Palin was met with a huge standing room only crowd of eager supporters:

The Washington Post’s Phillip Rucker tweeted:

From KWCH’s Pilar Pedraza:

Here Governor Palin starts to hit on “independent” Orman and his inability to tell the truth:

HT: Twitchy for above tweets.

The Wichita Eagle posted this video:

Governor Sarah Palin joined Senator Pat Roberts for a pancake breakfast at the Independence Historical Museum and Art Center in Independence, Kansas on September 25, 2014. The two spoke to a crowd of more than 250 people before serving pancakes and sausage.

Here are some photos from the Pancake Breakfast and the event, courtesy Jaime Green/Wichita Eagle:

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Governor Palin Senator Roberts Pancake 2

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Governor Palin w Pat Roberts Shaking Hands Posing for Photo

The Los Angeles Times offers this:

On Thursday, the three-term Kansas senator turned to tea party darling Sarah Palin to rally voters behind his flagging campaign. The former Alaska governor praised Roberts for standing with Sen. Ted Cruz a year ago during his marathon floor speech against President Obama’s healthcare law, which preceded a strategy that resulted in a government shutdown.

He [was] one of the few senators fulfilling campaign promises, doing what the American people asked him to do, standing there on the floor with Sen. Ted Cruz to do what they could to get rid of Obamacare,” Palin said.

The location was its own message of sorts – the small town of Independence. Palin and Roberts argued that Greg Orman, a wealthy financier who now leads in some public polls, is hardly the independent voice he casts himself as.

I know independence,” Palin said. “Supporting Barack Obama, supporting Obamacare, supporting amnesty, supporting Harry Reid? That’s not independent. That’s someone who’s trying to schnooker ya, Kansas.

The Roberts campaign’s efforts to rally the base may be a successful one in a state that hasn’t elected a Democratic senator since 1932, and which Republicans have reliably carried in presidential elections.

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Palin’s visit follows one a day earlier by the man who selected her for the national ticket in 2008, John McCain. Roberts said this week that Jeb Bush, Paul Ryan, Rand Paul and others will be coming to campaign for him as well.

Roberts is framing the election as a simple choice, not between him and Orman but between Mitch McConnell and Harry Reid. It’s a gamble on his part that a solidly-red state’s frustration with Washington is pinned more on a Democratic president and his Senate allies than Congress more broadly.

The reason the governor is here is that the Republican Party is united,” Roberts told the audience at a pancake breakfast at the small town’s historical museum. “Every square inch of the Republican Party knows what’s at stake. We have to take the Senate back as a first step to turning the country around. There is only one person on the ballot that will go to Washington and kick Harry Reid out as opposed to giving him a stamp of approval.

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Terrorism in Austin, Texas: 13-year-old Girl Raped By a Dozen Illegals as They Film it and Cheer

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By Gary P Jackson

Yet another disturbing case of a violent, and barbaric act of terrorism being committed by illegal aliens that none of the politicians want to get control of. This was an evil act, but all too common where large groups of illegals are allowed to exist.

Austin, Texas is a bastion of liberalism, and a self-declared “sanctuary city” The elected leaders in Austin are every bit as responsible for what happened to this young girl as the animals who raped her. More proof that liberalism is, indeed, the greatest evil mankind has ever faced.

From American Overlook:

Men in Texas have been arrested in connection to the rape of a 13 year old girl. The victim has told police she was sexually assaulted by 10 to 13 Latino men in an apartment complex at the Avalon Palms.

The victim was approached by three Hispanic males in their car, after she was persuaded to get in, she was taken to the nearby apartments.

She was then taken inside the apartment where the 3 men along with about 10 others took turns sexually assaulting her all while they filmed it on their cell phones.

After, they drove her to a random neighborhood and told her to “find somewhere to go”.

The girl was taken to a nearby hospital where doctors confirmed her injuries matched her story

RELATED: Obama Welcomes Illegal Immigrants With Open Arms

The two men who have been arrested are Juan Lozano Ortega, 25, and Edgar Gerardo Guzman Perez, 26. The police were able to track them from a phone call the victim made while inside their vehicle.

According to Austin’s Fox News 7, the two named above are being held on $30,000 bond each and face immigration charges [Which we all know is a sick joke in Obama's America!] Thousands of illegal aliens have been released back into America, after being detained by immigration officials, including rapists and murderers.

This vicious act of terrorism occurred in late June, but has gotten almost zero coverage outside of Austin. These acts of terrorism, carried out by illegal aliens, are all too common in the United States, and won’t stop until we force our politicians to take action. These illegals are just as big of a threat to the American people as Al Qaeda and ISIS will ever be.

Every American who is a victim of these terrorists has Obama and treasonous pro-amnesty politicians in BOTH parties to blame. May they all burn in Hell for all of eternity!

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Governor Sarah Palin on Barry’s Latest World-Wide Disaster: Obama Impotent, Pulled out Early

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By Gary P Jackson

Governor Palin spoke at the 960 Patriot’s United We Stand event Wednesday night and delivered a scathing appraisal of Obama’s handling of events on the world stage!

From Ron Devito and US4Palin:

Obama Impotent, Sarah Palin said last night in a scathing speech at 960 The Patriot’s United We Stand Event. “He pulled out early,” she said likely speaking of leaving Iraq. The former Alaska Governor said she respects the office, but not Obama. Gov. Palin did not mince words as she unloaded a barrage of one-liners against the feckless occupant of the White House. Obama Impotent was clearly the take-away.

Obama Impotent, she said from his non-handling of ISIS, the Second Amendment, PC, illegal immigrants, and our Marine left behind in Mexico. She called Obama Impotent for his addiction to other people’s money.

Obama knew about ISIS for over a year, but did nothing. He still has no strategy and thinks ISIS can be managed. This is why Gov. Palin called Obama Impotent.

Here are some blow-by-blow accounts of the event, via Twitter:

More here.

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Governor Sarah Palin Hammers “Misogynist Frat Boys” at Daily Caller for Their LATEST Lies About Her

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By Gary P Jackson

The Daily Caller has a nasty habit of attacking Governor Sarah Palin outright, and telling lies about her as well. Tucker Carlson, the head a-hole over there, runs nothing less than a sophomoric frat house [something I have proudly pointed out not only to him, but his running buddy Matt Lewis, on more than one occasion] This little “good old boys club” is particularly fond of making sexist remarks about women, often while outright lying about them.

Such was the case back in 2011, when Carlson not only lied outright about Governor Palin’s popularity, and viability in Iowa, but in a tweet called the Governor a “MILF” which, if you don’t know, stands for Mother I’d Like to F*ck.

Palin’s popularity falling in Iowa, but maintains lead to become supreme commander of Milfistan

Stacy Drake took Tucker and his boys club to task in a blistering op-ed. for Conservatives4Palin

When more clowns, like Red State’s Erick Erickson joined in, yucking it up with Carlson, and repeating the polling misinformation, to boot, Whitney let loose on the whole lot with her blistering: MILF–Misogynists (and Elites) I’d Like to Fulminate.

For her part, Greta called Carlson a “pig‘ after his remark about Governor Palin.

In June of 2012, the Caller, in various articles, called Governor Palin “irreverent” a favorite attack of those who oppose Governor Palin’s common sense conservatism. That was par for the course, of course, but hilariously, those jackasses weren’t done. Governor Palin was so “irrelevant” [in their eyes] that not one, but TWO articles were penned, by The DC’s “Senior Editor” Jamie Weinstein and Alex Pappas, respectively, BEGGING Governor Palin to endorse Mitt Romney. Even in this,“Senior Editor” Weinstein couldn’t help himself:

Sarah Palin has become increasingly irrelevant, but her endorsement still remains sought after by GOP candidates.

After begging for her gold plated endorsement for the feckless Romney, he ended with:

Sarah, Sarah where are you?

Pappas whined in his piece:

While Sarah Palin has made it concretely clear that she’s opposed to President Barack Obama’s re-election, the former governor of Alaska has not yet offered a formal endorsement of the presumptive Republican nominee for president.

Palin — the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee, who admitted to voting for Newt Gingrich during the GOP primary — said earlier this year that she would support Romney “100 percent” if he became the nominee.

But she hasn’t been very enthusiastic about supporting the former Massachusetts governor since he clinched the nod.

I honestly believe that anybody running on a GOP ticket would be infinitely better than what we have today, with these failed socialist policies,” Palin said on NBC’s “Today” show in April — after it was clear that Romney would be the nominee.

Aides to Palin did not comment on questions posed by TheDC on this topic Monday.

It’s no surprise that she’s not Romney’s biggest fan: Fox News reported over this weekend that in giving a keynote speech to conservative activists Friday at the RightOnline convention in Las Vegas, Palin did not mention Romney once during her 35-minute address.

Is it any wonder why Governor Palin and her people felt no obligation to give the frat boys the time of day?

I covered the whole affair here.

That brings us to the latest outright LIE The Daily Caller has chosen to spread. Out of the blue a few days ago, they claimed Governor Palin DEMANDED an appearance on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Their claim is that Governor Palin wanted to “set the record straight” and promote herself. Never mind Governor Palin had ALREADY appeared on the show when Conan O’Brien was the host, and she and William Shatner did a hilarious beat poetry bit together.

Governor Palin took to Facebook a few days ago to set Carlson and his lying crew of frat boys straight about her appearance with Jay Leno:

Guess the boys at The Daily Caller spent a bit too much time at the frat house and not enough time in their college library. (Or maybe it’s in one of their Jr. High tree forts where their leader gathers the boys to “report” their “conservative” issues.) Their claims about what I supposedly “demanded” of the Tonight Show are, in their frat boy terms, B.S. This is not the first time we’ve had to correct their sloppy “journalism.” Paraphrasing and dramatizing sure doesn’t fit into any fair and balanced image, especially from a little fella loving his title of FOX News Channel host. Maybe those bow ties are a bit too tight, bros.

In contrast to your erroneous reporting (Hey! Come to think of it, this time it’s merely erroneous; it’s not your usual misogynist slant!), we loved visiting the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. I had a blast on the show. Leno’s team was top notch, professional, and funny; and some even brought their families to work that day so they could meet mine. That was neat! Thanks for the memories, Jay!

I’m looking forward to reading Dave Berg’s great new book “Behind the Curtain: An Insider’s View of Jay Leno’s Tonight Show.” Dave reached out by email to my team to share the following: “I consider Gov. Palin’s booking on Jay Leno’s Tonight Show one of the best gets I ever got. I had worked long and hard to book her, both during and after her vice-presidential campaign. She turned out to be a charming guest, who also did a killer standup, and her ratings won the night by a large margin. You can’t ask for more from a guest.”

Thank you for the kind comments, Dave. Back at ya!

Please check out Dave’s new book. It looks like a really fun read. You can get a copy here: http://is.gd/HLzN4o or here: http://is.gd/z7Yknh

~ Sarah Palin

Photo credit: NBC/The Tonight Show

Governor Palin with Jay Leno

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Who you gonna believe, a filthy liar who attacks Conservatives, or Jay Leno’s booker and top hand?

BTW, how good was Governor Palin on the Tonight Show? The very same time she was on, Governor Mitt Romney was on sexist pig David Letterman’s show. The difference between Governor Palin’s star-power and Governor Romney’s complete lack of personality was so great, Jon Stewart produced his own hilarious bit, which can be seen here: Leno-Palin vs Letterman-Romney.

Point, Palin all the way around.

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2014 York Nostalgia Nationals

Gary P Jackson:

Great nostalgia drag racing coverage from our buddy Dana. [Techrat77] Make sure y0u check out his website for more East Coast drag racing coverage.

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Okay, that’s an awesome Hurst Olds I’m seeing before my eyes. Not far away is Miss Hurst herself, Linda Vaughn. Arnie “The Farmer” Beswick’s tiger-schemed Pontiac GTO is in the pit area. There can only be two possibilities that fit these surroundings. Either Rod Serling is going to step out from the tower and tell me I’ve been transported through the Twilight Zone back to the 60’s or it’s business as usual at the 11th annual York Nostalgia Nationals at Beaver Springs Dragway. Anyone that ever saw an event at the old York US30 Dragway would feel right at home for this event. I could almost feel the spirit of Bill “Grumpy” Jenkins at my side as Mike Strickler came to the line in his tribute Camaro that honors his legendary father and Jenkins associate, Dave Strickler to face the equally impressive “Sweet Justice” Camaro of Jim Haislip in…

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#Ferguson: Facts Don’t Matter Anymore

Originally posted on askmarion:

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By: Brent Parrish  –  The Right Planet

Facts and details are starting to leak out concerning the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri—albeit slowly. But facts don’t seem to matter anymore in our idiocracy, i.e. mobocracy. If they did, I doubt Ferguson would be in flames right now. But I digress.

Earlier this week, I was listening to a caller on the Dana Loesch radio show who allegedly had spoken with the spouse of Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson—the officer who shot Michael Brown. The caller claimed Michael Brown became involved in an altercation with Officer Darren Wilson, and even tried to take his gun—which allegedly went off during the struggle. The caller also stated Brown bum-rushed the police officer.

Additionally, an audio of some alleged eyewitnesses to the lethal shooting of Michael Brown has recently come out and seems to corroborate the details provided by…

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NRO’s Hillyer calls for censure, possible removal of Henry Barbour from RNC for race-baiting ads and attempted cover-up.

Originally posted on Mississippi PEP:

National Review journalist Quinn Hillyer is calling for the censure and possible removal of Henry Barbour from the RNC for funding race-baiting ads in the runoff for the U.S. Senate primary in Mississippi. Hillyer writes that the race-baiting ads pushed by Barbour, followed by lies to other RNC leaders to cover his involvement merit serious punitive action.

Hillyer writes:

I hope to emphasize that censure is merited not because (Henry) Barbour worked against the wishes of many conservatives, not because he tried to attract black Democratic votes in a Republican primary, not just because there was an element of hardball in his tactics, and certainly not because he’s on what many conservatives consider to be the wrong side in intra-RNC disputes. It also has nothing to do with legal questions or allegations of direct vote fraud. Instead, what is specifically at issue and unforgiveable here, and what deserves sanction, is…

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