Monthly Archives: November 2013

Picture of the Day (Maybe the Year)


Enough said!

I saw this on Twitter yesterday and if the creator will tweet me  (@jackiesic), I’ll give proper credit.

h/t  SE Smith


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Sarah Palin: Honoring JFK by Protecting Our Republic

JFK Ask Not

By Sarah Palin:

May this day honor the late President John F. Kennedy. In his honor, and to protect our republic, Americans implore today’s elected leaders to exercise virtuous truth and integrity in office.

Shockingly to some, the White House and Senate Democrats, desperate for a winning political talking point before Congress’s Thanksgiving vacation, just did the opposite.

Liberals just changed 230 years of enduring Senate rules by enacting the “Nuclear Option” that will now let just 51 votes approve the President’s nominees, and thus prevent dissenting Senators from filibustering controversial appointees who’ll be charged with decision making that affects our lives.

This is significant as further proof that our government is so broken. When politicians can’t get anything to work, they change rules and hope we’ll just get distracted. The hugely divisive, dysfunctional “Nuclear Option” sets a terrible precedent. Mark Levin appropriately calls it “the latest act of leftist tyranny.” It’s also leftist hypocrisy. Back under Republican control of the Senate, Democrats blocked President Bush’s judicial appointees. You should have heard Harry Reid and then-Senators Barack Obama and Joe Biden freak out in railing against the “danger… arrogance… poison” of the Republican majority even considering enacting such a rule change. To ensure cooperation and unity in balancing power for We the People, Republicans wisely did not change the rules.

But that was then. Now this makes for a nice Thanksgiving distraction for the left, but Americans are awake today – we’re not easily distracted with turkeys like this.

Do these far leftists realize Americans will not be chatting cheerfully around our Thanksgiving tables about how Obama and Reid nuked Senate rules? No, if political speak befalls dinner, we’ll no doubt vent about losing health insurance, seeing premiums skyrocket, not being able to afford unworkable Obamacare plans, and still wanting socialized healthcare scrapped altogether. We’ll discuss disappointment in the President and his Party for lying to us.

But don’t let this distraction ruin your Thanksgiving, America! Be thankful for at least one thing revealed in this latest radical act of the far left: more Americans are now stirred from slumber! Only a Butterball’s serotonin-induced sleepiness after dinner will lull us back in; Senate power grabbing distractions won’t do it.

Harry Reid says Fuck You

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid [Democrat-Nevada] has a sincere message for you, the American people

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I Dream of Sarah’s Eyes. My Experience in Naples, Florida 11/16/13.

It has taken me all day to absorb this:  Sarah Palin knows me.  She thanked me for what I have been doing and said “You’re Awesome”.  I’ve been repeating those words all day in disbelief.  This is what happened.

I had prepared some questions the night before but decided to go on instinct again and see what happened.  Everyone does a handshake and stands tall in front of her, unless they are a child. They ask all sorts of questions. I didn’t want to do much talking today so I decided right before it was my turn to greet her that I wanted to see her eyes. Yes.

I squatted in front of her. She was focused on her book signing right away and was kind of waiting for me to speak.  So when she looked up, I asked:  “Sarah, I just want one thing today:  I just want to look straight into your eyes.” She looked up from  what she was doing and liked the question I think, and immediately stared right into mine.  I was in heaven.

The local media had camped in front of the table. They had permission to get shots of Sarah up close. We were stripped of cameras and other personal belongings. I had brought my IPad just in case I could sneak a good picture in or have someone do it for me but it was impossible.  I felt guilty about going against Sarah’s rules and didn’t want to call attention to myself for something as silly as that. It doesn’t matter because a camera sometimes cannot capture someone’s essence and I wouldn’t trade what happened today for anything.

I can’t describe just how powerful that encounter was. I will have to etch it in my memory and sketch it soon, because no one I know has a shot of Sarah’s luscious, penetrating eyes anywhere. Not from the angle I was at – eye level. Not up close.

After Sarah and I looked at each other she asked me my name. I told her it was Isabel and that we had met in New Orleans last year.  That’s when something clicked and she knew who I was. I know we’re a community, and I am always happy when someone gets something from Sarah or Chuck, but for two years I have yearned for some type of formal response or a special card from her recognizing something, anything, but nothing. This was so special – just for me and in front of me.  I cannot ask for more.  The rest is a blur.

I asked her how she was. Again, she was surprised. She said “I’m fine,” smiling and softspoken. Then I opened my arms wide and held each of her arms and she held mine. It was nice. My friend behind me said it was a big and long hug. I was still in squatting position and I won’t bore you with any more details, I mentioned I wanted to get the hug right and not pull her hair. It was perfection.

My friend asked where Todd was. She said he was with Piper and Trig back home. I think she was traveling with Bristol. Little Tripp’s picture is on the first page of her book and it has an adorable caption.

The bookstore opened at 9 a.m.  We were allowed in – the first 100.  There were easily 700-maybe 800 people who showed uup.  I read a little bit of the book while I waited in line, but was mostly chatting with a Facebook friend who came with her husband and we had the greatest time. I was out of there by 10:15.  I drove around, took some pictures.  Treated myself to an ancient favorite,  French Toast at I-HOP, and decided there I’d return.  I was back inside the bookstore and 11:57 and it was the best decision in the end.

Here was a nice but pesky sheriff.


She ended sharply at 12:00 and I’m sure that is how she would run  government.


Here is Sarah Palin looking amazing. (Better than ever in my opinion)


Sarah Palin greeting the gentleman who kept wanting her attention.


Sarah thanking us and kissing us from a little bit afar.


Sarah waving good bye to us. She made sure she got everyone in the room. (She likes hugging I found out.)


Hug 2 from the bookstore crew who stood around her like dolphins the entire time.

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Hug 3 on the way out.

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I read in one of those local reports that there was a “Fan Frenzy”. No such thing.  Everyone except two ladies were there the night before.  There was civility, kindness and joy.  There was so much order that in my humble opinion, the store managers and clerks were more frenzied than the fans.  You can from the clip above.

Here are some more pictures:

I think a bit much, don’t you?


Sarah adapts to any situation, but unfortunately, there were no group hugs here.

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There she is in the back there, having a long chat with a supporter.


You could not ask for a tamer crowd.

fuzzy fat lady

Sarah has a tanned appearance and highlights in her hair that suit her well.

I wish we could have Sarah Palin every day in person, but in a way, she does make herself available on a daily basis for us and we should never take it for granted.  I have been beyond frustrated and upset at the GOP. I’ve wanted to give up.  They are hopeless and in a vicious cycle of corruption that will never end.  They are hurting us badly.

May I suggest a remedy.  Anyone who is a bit tired of the corruption, extortion, lies, unconstitutionality, debt or anything else that is going wrong  in politics today, make it a point to visit Sarah even if it takes you a few hours to see her if she is in town.  I do not know how she does it but I always feel a sense of peace after I am with her. It is a very real spiritual force in her. I am personally motivated to renew my commitment to the cause just after today.

I will update this article with the drawing if I am inspired.  I could get a picture someone else took, but it wouldn’t mean anything or compare to the experience I had.


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Rare Glimpse Into Sarah’s Turning Point in Her Faith. J Tapper Interview

sarah and jake


Jake Tapper, journalist and anchor of “The Lead with Jake Tapper” was the one who wrote about the under reported CIA presence in Benghazi. For the first time someone in the mainstream media seemed to care about the overall cover up and questions left unanswered about this administrations negligence. He is not right-leaning, but is easy to read, watch, and listen to. A natural interviewer as well who listens to his guest  speak. Today it was Sarah Palin, who shared more about herself than I had seen before. The exchange was calm, respectful and personal. I felt like I got to know Sarah better from Sarah speaking directly about herself, unfiltered, but I wanted to hear more. She seemed that comfortable with him.  She talked about the turning point in her faith and dealing with Trigg’s birth. I wish we saw more  interviews like this where journalists, no matter what political side of the spectrum they are, treat their guests fairly and professionally. To me it was an excellent one! Even if readers are saying he was consedescending.

This is Sarah when she was talking about John McCain, the campaign in 2008, the differences between them and her decision not to criticize him as a Senator.

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This is Sarah smiling as she describes Trigg.

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Here Sarah is about to talk about some interesting details about her family’s challenge, specifically Bristol’s pregnancy, again all very personalized.

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Good Tidings, Great Joy, and the Great Train Wreck. Sarah Joins Fox & Friends on the Curvy Couch this Morning 11/12

curvy couch

I think it’s safe to say Obama is the Great Train Wreck. Sarah discusses ObamaCare again, Food Stamps and much more.  I can’t wait to get her book this weekend and to exert my right to express my religion in public.  I can think of a few good places already ~ a local park called Santa’s Enchanted Forest uses “Happy Holidays” for the photo-op backdrop.  That is just to start!

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Be a Mensch… Inform Yourself


By Marion Algier – AskMarion

The word Mensch in German and Yiddish literally means, person, man or human being. But generally when you see it used, it means, being informed in your decisions, being sensitive to others people’s needs, and seeking out the the truth and ways to help others.  Mensch:  “person of strength and honor,” 1909, from Yiddish, from Ger., lit. “man, person.”

When you apply this to the 2008 Election, most people in America failed miserably in the category of Menschism…

We elected a man that we still know little about and most of what we do know is questionable or comes in several versions.  Then we elected him again, when his administration was already riddled with questions, scandals, and hypocrisy,  and now his policies like ObamaCare, that are fulfilling one his few true promises of fundamentally transforming America, are unfolding before our eyes in a…

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No Contest: Sarah Palin Slams Matt Lauer on ObamaCare, Interview 11/11

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Transcript from the Today Show:

Sarah Palin had harsh words for Obamacare on Monday — and the GOP’s chances in 2016 didn’t fare much better in her opinion.

“I would never put my faith and hope in any one individual politician,’’ Palin said after Matt Lauer asked her about New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, a favorite in the field, on TODAY. “Not any of them. There is no Ronald Reagan on the scene today. If he were on the scene, that’s who I would put my faith in.

“New Jersey, a blue state, has a Republican governor. Right on; it beats the alternative.”

Christie, who was re-elected governor by a large margin last week, got a vote of support for 2016 from former presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Meet the Press, who said that Christie could save the Republican party.

Last week in an interview, Christie called the federal government shutdown engineered by Republican Senator Ted Cruz and members of the Tea Party “a monumental failure.”

“When you stand in the middle of the road, you’re going to get hit on both sides of the road,’’ Palin said. “We need to take a stand, especially on this Obamacare, and support those who are just fulfilling their campaign promises. So many politicians ran for reelection and for election saying they would do anything in their power to de-fund the state of socialized medicine program called Obamacare. Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, some of these guys were actually fulfilling their campaign promises and they ask for debate. That’s why they stood up. They took the stand, (and) fought for us to debate the issue of Obamacare.”

The former Alaska governor and Republican vice presidential candidate is back in the spotlight with a recent speech in Iowa and a national tour supporting her new book, “Good Tidings and Great Joy: Protecting the heart of Christmas” (read an excerpt here).

Lauer asked Palin about President Barack Obama’s apology at the end of last week after it was discovered that five percent of Americans can’t keep their existing policies because they don’t meet the standards of the new healthcare law.

“What apology?’’ Palin said. “He kind of acknowledged a bit that there’s a broken website. The broken website is the least of America’s worries. This broken website I think is symbolic of a broken administration. Take over one-sixth of our economy and the socialized medicine that’s being crammed down our throat, that’s what’s broken.

“Where do you get this five percent?’’ she said. “It’s not five percent. It’s most Americans will not be able to keep the healthcare policy and programs that they had desired. The new programs that are being forced down our throat are unaffordable. Some of them are still being told, ‘Well if you like that insurance policy and that coverage, you still will be able to keep it, it’s just going to cost you a little bit more.’ That’s the point. If it’s going to cost you more, then it’s not the same policy.”

Lauer asked Palin about the Tea Party’s alternative.

“The plan is to allow those things that had been proposed over many years to reform a healthcare system in America that certainly does need more help so that there’s more competition, there’s less tort reform threat, there’s less trajectory of the cost increases,’’ Palin said. “Those plans have been proposed over and over again, and what thwarts those plans is the far left. It’s President Obama and his supporters who will not allow the Republicans to usher in free market, patient-centered, doctor-patient-relationship links to reform healthcare.”

Palin was coy about any of her own future political aspirations, including a possible run for the Senate out of Alaska. In her book, she writes about a saying posted on her kitchen cabinet that reads, “Do today what others won’t, so you can do tomorrow what others want.”

“Sometimes you do have to make sacrifices today in order to progress those around you to create a better environment for all, so making sacrifices today, perhaps doing what you don’t necessarily really, really want to do today, but it pays off in the end,’’ she said. “I don’t know if that necessarily applies to political office though, because people can make a difference without a title, without an office, and we’re proving that.”

In her new book, Palin steers away from politics to write about the Christmas holiday. She believes Christmas is under assault from atheists and secular liberals.

“What I’m saying is,  we need to protect the heart of Christmas and not let an angry atheist armed with an attorney, a Scrooge, tell us that we can’t celebrate traditional faith in America,’’ she said. “We have a constitutionally-protected right to celebrate faith, and Christmas is a part of that.”


Here she is after the show with Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb.

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Icymi: Sarah Palin Talks to Susan Page of USA Today About Her New Book and More

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by Isabel Matos

Sarah Palin is in North Carolina with Susan Page talking about Christmas being censored.  She mentions how we must make our voices heard if someone is telling us not to celebrate Christmas the way we want to.  Sarah agrees that everyone does not want to celebrate Christmas but does not accept the double standard of those who do not celebrate Christmaw not allowing Christians to celebrate the reason for the season.  She mentions Cucinelli’s loss in Virginia and Chris Christie running for president.  The Senate seat question never fails. Yawn.

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Sarah Palin in Iowa: Faith, Freedom and Inspiration by Kristi Honas

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by Isabel Matos

It is always wonderful to have a first hand account of someone’s experience at a Sarah Palin event.  There is nothing like being in the same room or in the same vicinity as her, but most importantly, the lasting feeling that only those who have been in her presence leaves forms a special kind of bond or “special membership” that is permanent. Inspiration and energy are renewed with each new story shared. This article is no different. It was written by Iowan Kristi Honas who was fortunate to be at the Faith and Freedom Coalition annual convention in Iowa this past Saturday, where Sarah was the keynote speaker. (Phyllis Schlafly, affectionately called by Sarah “the original Mama Grizzly”, was also there.)  Sarah talked about everything from her new book about Christmas, to ObamaCare, Poverty, Debt Issues, and the Church of Big Government not having faith in us to govern ourselves.  It is always reassuring to see and hear Sarah Palin speak. One feels encouraged by her confidence and consistency, and hopeful for the future and  exceptionalism of America. We feel this way not just because of her words, but because she lives her life with faith and freedom, too. She is also aware we can get tired in our journey and even question if we’re on the right path, but we must never wave the white flag of surrender, or undermine those who are fighting the good fight like those who did in the fight to defund ObamaCare (from both sides of the aisle she specifies). In a clip prior to her speech, she says the solutions are in us. The caption at the end: “It’s you who inspire me.” Signed, Sarah Palin.

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On Saturday, November 9, 2013, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin came to Des Moines, Iowa, once again to talk to Iowans about how our faiths and freedoms are slowly being taken away from us, giving us the inspiration to stand TOGETHER and fight for the God-given rights bestowed upon this great nation.

Sarah Palin’s deep faith in God has lifted her above the fray throughout her entire life and now her political life. She has taken hold of challenges that may seem futile to others, and she has embraced them with love, honor and dignity. This is why she is so admired by so many people across America.

For most Americans, the blessings of God have been the basis for our unique liberty, prosperity and survival as a country.

For most Americans, prayer is real. We subordinate ourselves to God on who we call for wisdom, guidance and salvation.

For most Americans, the prospect of a ruthlessly secular society that would forbid public reference to God and one that would systematically remove all religious symbols from the public square would be horrifying.

The voice of the overwhelming majority of Americans, however, is rejected by a media-academic-legal elite that finds religious expression frightening and threatening, old-fashioned or unsophisticated. There is no greater attack on American culture than the Left’s destructive, dishonest and relentless effort to drive God out of America’s public square.

It gets pretty tiresome to see all the ways religious expression are threatened today. Every Christmas brings another story of something being banned from the front of a public building. Most Americans are puzzled about why these religious displays are so controversial.  The fact is that these challenges reflect more than just theorectical, legal and constitutional differences. They are evidence of a profound cultural divide in this country.

The one question that always comes to the forefront is, “Why?”  Why do people have to attack peaceful expressions of faith? What is so offensive about a baby in a manger? What is threatening about the Ten Commandments, a moral code that Christianity, Judaism and Islam, the religions that account for 97% of all American believers, recognize as the basis for living a good life?

Part of the answer is the split between our governing elites and the mass of the American people. Most of those who write for the mainstream media and teach at universities and law schools don’t share the religious faith of their fellow Americans. They regard people who believe in God and regularly attend their church or synagogue as people who are “largely poor, uneducated and easy to command.”

One of Sarah Palin’s favorite poems I find myself referring to more often these days is as follows:

O Lord, I’ve never run where churches grow,

I’ve always loved Creation better as it stood

That day you finished it, so long ago, And looked upon your work, and found it good.

I know that others might find you in the light

That’s sifted down through tinted window panes, And yet I seem to feel You near tonight.

Let me be easy on the man that’s down

And make me square and generous with all;

I’m careless sometimes, Lord, when I’m in town But never let them call me mean or small.

Make me as big and open as the plains,

As honest as the hoss between my knees, Clean as the wind that blows behind the rains, Free as the hawk that circles down the breeze!

I thank you, Lord, that I am placed so well,

That you made my freedom so complete;

That I’m no slave to whistle, clock or bell, Nor weak-eyed prisoner of wall and street.

Just let me live my life as I’ve begun

And give me work that is open to the sky;

Make me a pardner of the wind and sun,

And I won’t ask for a life that’s soft or high.

Forgive me, Lord, if sometimes I forget.

You know about the reasons that are hid.

You understand the things that gall and fret; You know me better than my mother did.

And right me, sometimes, when I turn aside,

And guide me on the long, dim trail ahead

That stretches upward toward the Great Divide.

Whether it’s a cross in a desert or a prayer in a time of national crisis, evidence abounds that America is a deeply faithful country. This doesn’t mean we’re all the same religion or all regular church-goers. I am sure many Americans would relate to this beautiful poem.


Most people say they support most types of freedom.  Freedom starts with a principle of self-control, known as self-ownership. In a free society, each and every person has legal control of their own body and mind. The concept of freedom refers to a certain type of political empowerment, specifically equal empowerment.  A free society would entail equal legal rights for all citizens as completely as possible.

Freedom would not include the legal right to enslave someone else because freedom includes the legal right to not be enslaved.

Freedom would not include the legal right to non-defensively punch other people in the face against their will because freedom includes the legal right to not be offensively punched.

A free person would have the legal opportunity to do whatever he or she wants as long as he or she does not harm or coerce other citizens. Responsible actions and limitation of harm on others are a logical requirement of freedom.

Freedom would not include the right to limit other citizens’ freedom because that would be illegal.

Saturday night at the Faith and Freedom Coalition event there was an individual who has been a pioneer for Equal Rights in this country and is admired by so many Americans for her strength and toughness in the fight for Equal Rights.  I was one of the fortunate guests in attendance to have personally met Phyllis Schlafly. Like many people who are in awe when they meet Sarah Palin for the first time, I had the same feeling when I shook this “Pioneering Woman’s” hand.  The feeling was similar the power rushing through one’s body as one stands in line for hours on end to get a book signed or a picture taken with Sarah Palin. This night these two powerful women, each in her own right, graced the stage with their presence and their energy and inspiration in a hall with a thousand participants.


Sarah Palin is proof that one’s faith is important to stay above the evil that’s attacking this Country’s cultural and religious communities today.  Sarah’s faith guides her large and small, unconsciously and consciously, non-stop.

One important challenge I was inspired to take on is the way I order my time. A balanced schedule helps a person be more of who God wants one to be and do what He wants one to do. YOUR TIME IS YOUR LIFE. TIME IS IRREVERSIBLE. IT IS IRREPLACEABLE… When one reaches the age of 70, one will have lived 840 months. That’s 25,550 days, 613,200 hours or 36,720,000 minutes.. every moment is holy because it is has been a gift from a holy God. It is to be valued and spent in ways that honor the Giver.

It is important to remember this gift that is life, especially when we feel pulled in too many directions and asked to do too many things. Here’s a great tip on how to tell the difference between the truly important and the merely urgent: If something is presented to you as “you must decide right now or the opportunity ends,” take that as a sign that your answer should be no.  An opportunity tied to a rushed or ironclad utimatum is rarely from God. I could not have felt more honored to end my presentation on that note.






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Simply the Best Pumpkin Cheesecake


This is a professional formula dumb’ed down to an easy recipe for the holidays. Don’t wait until Thanksgiving to enjoy it! It’s very flavorful.

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