Just got off the phone with a friend in Israel, he tells me that this is prety much the topic of discussion in the news today, talk radio is all on it. He said that everyone calling in is 100% supportive of Palin. He told me that several people called in who earlier had their doubts about her are now fully behind her.Cool. :)
Speaking of Palin and foreign relations, there's an interesting piece in the Telegraph Journal on Palin and Canada. Excerpts:
Ms. Palin, currently a Fox News commentator, whose memoir, Going Rogue, is a bestseller, actually has a strong pro-Canadian record, although she's granted little credit for it in Obama-besotted Canuck public perception.And LaDonna of Sarah Palin Radio had a good interview recently with Dewey Whetsell, the Alaskan fisherman who's letter appears at the end of Going Rogue.
As governor of the border state of Alaska, after signing an agreement granting TransCanada pipeline US$500 million to help launch a new 2,700-kilometre pipeline project to carry natural gas from Alaska to Alberta, Ms. Palin affirmed her desire to "grow the relationship we have with Canada," observing that the NAFTA has enhanced job-creation and growth in both countries....
She praised the Harper government's approach in balancing response to calls for environmental reform, particularly cutting carbon emissions, with the economic realities of energy production, predicting that cap-and-trade proposals to reduce emissions will lead to fewer jobs and heavier tax burdens.
Dewey's piece is found here. Another post he wrote about Palin is here.
In the sideshow column, we have this piece on Griffin and Levi:
Today, Patrick Gavin of Politico reports that "Griffin recently visited Alaska and knocked on Sarah Palin's door. (Palin wasn’t home.) Griffin had along with her Levi Johnston, who remained in his truck "because he's afraid Todd [Palin] would shoot him."Eddie Burke said last week that Kathy went with her camera crew to the house, probably hoping to get some Palin footage when they weren't expecting it. Thankfully, no one was home. Just a construction guy was there. But this is my favorite part of the article:
While Johnston...feared for his own hide, he wasn't afraid that this stranger on the Palins' property would be shot. If the "fearless" Johnston was a man, he would have left Griffin in the truck and dropped off the "invitation." Instead, he cowered in the truck, while the woman took care of business, though, it was her own nefarious business that was being tended to.LOL! "Fearless" Levi hiding in the truck while Kathy practically "dodges bullets" to carry out her life's mission of being a total idiot. That's just pathetic.
This appears to be his modus operandi in life: leave the woman holding the bag, dump the responsibilities on her, while letting Rex Butler, Tank Jones, Playgirl, the Roll Corporation, and now Griffin use him as a pawn in their war on the Palins.
Kathy also said that Levi gets death threats. I don't know, but I'm pretty sure that Levi is so disgusting to so many people that the thought of getting anywhere near the kid is repulsive, let alone getting close enough to actually hurt him. So while there may be threats, I doubt they would ever be acted on.
And I should point out that while pushing someone down the stairs may not always result in death, the cougar that Levi hangs out with and that his family members are fans of on Facebook has threatened to do just that to the grandmother of his child, the very cougar that Levi led to Sarah Palin's front door.
Stay classy, Levi.
Getting back to things that actually matter, "Whitney the Pipsqueak" got a response back from a Congressman. It's good info and worth posting:
I've sent about 20 e-mails to my Congressman and the blue dogs over the past few days. I received an e-mail from Congressman Schock. It has some interesting facts about the bill which I will post here in case anyone wants more ammunition:
Before beginning to practice medicine, doctors swear to uphold the Hippocratic Oath which states: "First do no harm." Unfortunately, I believe that while H.R. 3962, the Affordable Health Care for America Act, which the House of Representatives recently passed, addresses some deficiencies in our health care system, it also does great harm in many other respects. This is why I strongly opposed the legislation and voted against it.
H.R. 3962 will cause an estimated 100 million Americans to lose access to their employer-sponsored private health insurance. Employers will no longer be incentivized to provide health insurance to their employees if they know their employees can purchase health insurance through the government.
Additionally, Section 202 of H.R. 3962 provides a five-year grace period for current employer provided health plans, unless the beneficiary makes changes, in which the grace period is eliminated. After five years, all employer sponsored plans must meet the same minimum benefit mandates as plans under the government sponsored exchange. This means that despite promises to the contrary, individuals who like their health insurance will in fact not be able to keep it, or will only be able to keep it for five years.
H.R. 3962 cuts $160 billion from Medicare by dramatically scaling back Medicare Part C. This is a program that is working well and which many seniors have come to depend on. Many Medicare Part C plans offer items that traditional Medicare plans do not, such as vision and dental benefits. H.R. 3962 will also increase seniors' premiums by causing them to pay an additional 20% more for their prescription drugs. I do not believe seniors, many of whom are living on fixed incomes, should be forced to pay more for their prescription drugs in order to pay for the health care of others.
H.R. 3962 will also increase government spending. According to the Congressional Budget Office, it will cost over $1.2 trillion dollars. The non-partisan Joint Committee on Taxation reports this expansion of government spending will raise taxes by $729.5 billion. In fact, Section 551 of H.R. 3962 will impose a 5.4% "surtax" on many small business owners who file as individuals for income tax purposes. This surtax will harm the backbone of our slumping economy when small businesses are needed the most to create jobs.
Additionally, Section 501 of H.R. 3962 will impose a 2.5% tax on individuals who do not purchase government approved health insurance. This tax will only hurt the people that H.R. 3962 is intending to help, because it will punish those who cannot afford health insurance by taxing them and not providing them with health care coverage. In order to help struggling families afford health insurance, I offered an amendment which would have provided refundable tax credits to families with incomes of up to 200% of the federal poverty level ($44,100 for a family of four). These refundable tax credits would have given families trying to make ends meet the ability to purchase health insurance in the individual market. For families whose income is above the threshold, my amendment would have provided them with an above-the-line income tax deduction so they could use pre-tax dollars to pay for their family's health care. Unfortunately, the Majority leadership did not allow a vote on my amendment.
Instead of working on commonsense reforms which target uninsured Americans, the Democratic Majority has overhauled our entire health care system. According to the Congressional Budget Office, this is leaving our children and grandchildren with over $1.2 trillion in new federal spending. As such, I opposed H.R. 3962 and instead announced my support for legislation that will improve the quality of health care, lower costs and expand access to uninsured American families and those with pre-existing conditions.
If you waded through all that, go treat yourself to a milkshake or something.
I leave you with the following quote:
"Notice how they’ll accept anything except a (wo)man who stands alone. They recognize (her) at once . . . . There’s a special, insidious kind of hatred for her. They forgive criminals. They admire dictators.
Crime and violence are a tie. A form of mutual dependence. They need ties. They’ve got to force their miserable little personalities on every single person they meet.
The independent (wo)man kills them—because they don’t exist within her and that’s the only form of existence they know. Notice the malignant kind of resentment against any idea that propounds independence. Notice the malice toward an independent (wo)man." - The Fountainhead