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Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Palin Turns Down RPI Fundraiser, Pawlenty Up

By Shane Vander Hart

Here in Iowa we practically trip over presidential candidates, it’s part of the state’s charm, if you love politics that is.  The closer to the caucus the better (or worse depending on your perspective) it gets.  Mike Huckabee has recently been in the state stumping for Bob Vander Plaats.  Last week possible contender Rick Santorum came to Iowa.  Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty is coming next month to headline the Republican Party of Iowa’s fundraising dinner called “Leadership for Iowa.”  Pawlenty seems to be positioning himself for a run in 2012:

Last week Pawlenty, who is not running for re-election next year, opened a national leadership political action committee and unveiled a team of national political advisers that suggest the Midwestern governor is eyeing a 2012 presidential bid.

Among those advisers are Iowans Sara Taylor and Terry Nelson, who were key advisers to President George W. Bush’s 2000 and 2004 campaigns.

Pawlenty has also built up goodwill among some GOP activists in Iowa, where he campaigned for 2008 GOP presidential nominee John McCain, including before the leadoff nominating caucuses when the Arizona senator’s campaign teetered on financial collapse.

He wasn’t RPI’s first choice.  Chairman Matt Strawn had invited Sarah Palin originally for this dinner or any other event she’d like to have.  Essentially an open invitation to come to Iowa.  Politico reports that her spokesperson, Meg Stapleton said the timing was too difficult.

Palin adviser Meg Stapleton said the former governor is still interested in a visit to the Hawkeye State, but that they couldn’t fit the dinner in.

"With the Governor's accelerated book schedule and other travel obligations, the timing was just too difficult to make a firm commitment,” Stapleton said, adding, “We look forward to another opportunity."

And I know that many of us would love to have her, as she was well received the last time she was here.  With her book, Going Rogue: An American Life coming out on November 17 it’s already #1 at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  It is already a best seller at Borders and in the top 50 for pre-orders (they don’t rank as far as I can tell).  That may incite (or quash) speculation about her intentions in 2012.  Regardless, I hope she’ll include Des Moines on a book signing tour.

Shane Vander Hart is the Editor of Caffeinated Thoughts. You can follow Shane on Twitter and friend him on Facebook.

Thou Shall Not Lie: A Post by Conservative Girl with a Voice

The pre-order sales for Sarah's memoir "Going Rogue: An American Life" are phenomenal and truly out-of-this-world amazing. This tells you a lot about how much Sarah truly has captured the hearts and minds of Americans across the country. Americans are not the only individuals who are captivated by this woman, for I know people from across the globe who cannot wait to receive their copy of her memoir. While so many of us are excited about reading her memoir, many on the extreme liberal left are illustrating the hate they have for Sarah in the most ridiculous, outrageous ways. On today's random thought, I wanted to share with you one such instance.

The other night, I was channel surfing and landed on the oh-so-far-and-balanced MSNBC. Keith Olbermann's show was on. I usually don't waste my time watching this loon's liberal propaganda and hate fest directed at the right, but when I saw Sarah's picture on the screen, I knew I had to see his latest stunt for myself. Olbermann, whom I think vaguely resembles a skinny Barney Frank, was discussing the sales of Sarah's memoir when he made the most ridiculous statement that I had ever heard come out of his uncouth mouth. He had the audacity to accuse, as he put it, "right-wing extremist" blogs and websites of buying mass quantities of Sarah's memoir so the memoir could stay on the various best- sellers' lists. This isn't all he said. Olbermann went on to accuse these sites of drastically slashing the price of the memoir just so it sells. Can you believe this garbage? Just when you think this network and its liberal slime journalists couldn't get anymore tacky and tasteless, they degrade themselves even more.

So let me get this straight: Olbermann doesn't think Sarah's memoir is being bought by normal Americans like you and me at the high rate being reported? His only explanation for why the memoir is doing as well as it is, is because of conservative websites? What a crazy creep! Sarah was so right when she called him "evil." This guy is so obsessed with everything Sarah that he makes stuff up as he goes along. I wouldn't be surprised if he reports Sarah was abducted by aliens during one of his show's this week. The only reason he talks about Sarah is because the mere mention of her name gives him a rating's boost. I guess he hasn't gotten the memo that not too many people are watching his lousy program night after night. He is jealous of Sarah- pure and simple. Although he hates and despises her, he cannot help but talk about her. I actually saw a poll recently that showed the majority of stories discussed on his program are about Sarah. How ironic? This is a man who has based his entire news career on attacking and belittling conservatives. How can a man like Olbermann sleep at night when he knows the majority of his reporting is based upon lies? Maybe it's because he doesn't have any morals. Perhaps it's because he has a low self-esteem and finds enjoyment in tearing other people down. With this said, I find it comical that a guy who started his career behind the sport's desk is now the news' version of Bozo the Clown. Not only does Olbermann, or Odormann or whatever his name is, act like a lunatic night after night, but he never ceases to amaze me.

When looking at Olbermann and Sarah, it is clear to see who is not only more trustworthy, but morally ethical. Sarah's name does not deserve to be put into the same sentence with a deranged individual like Olbermann. Not only is she much more of a class act, but she is funnier too. Sarah knows how to tell a joke, while Olbermann is simply the butt of jokes. Sarah is classy and eloquent, while Olbermann is sleazy and unstable. While Sarah is respected and admired by members of all political parties, Olbermann is hated and loathed by those in the middle and on the right. Man, it must really feel good to be Keith Olbermann, right? I mean who wouldn't want to be a guy who has based his entire career on yellow journalism?

In closing, I am so excited that Sarah's memoir is selling so many copies. Was there ever a doubt, though? Look at Sarah; look at her amazing life story. What accomplishments does Keith O. hold? Uh, darn... I cannot think of a single accomplishment. Oh, well we always have Sarah who not only cleaned up the corruption in her state, but has inspired a nation. It must really eat Olbermann up to see a woman make a living off telling the truth when his living is based upon reporting untruths. But, then again, that's the extreme liberal left for you; they're incapable of telling the truth.

(I'm a Conservative Girl with a Voice!!! Visit my blog and become a follower: http://www.conservativegirlwithavoice.com. I'm on Twitter too @rachellefriberg.)

Drill, Baby, Drill! My analysis on why Sarah is talking Energy on FaceBook.

by Upinak
The Palination -- http://www.thepalination.com

You gotta love when Sarah does a slam dunk on FaceBook. Especially concerning energy!

But let’s be frank and get down to the punch real quick. A few years ago, some Middle Eastern nations said that they did not want to use the American dollar vs. the cost of a bbl of oil and were only going to use the British sterling which has been done before. And this from the Independent was in interesting find and something I had but recently forgotten.  Please click on link, but the emphasis is mine on this paragraph.

Per The Independent:

Iran announced late last month that its foreign currency reserves would henceforth be held in euros rather than dollars. Bankers remember, of course, what happened to the last Middle East oil producer to sell its oil in euros rather than dollars. A few months after Saddam Hussein trumpeted his decision, the Americans and British invaded Iraq.

Opps, do these countries forget so quickly?  I think so.  By the way, this Independent article was published Oct. 6th, 2009.  People ARE paying attention!

You will also not hear that in the news at this moment in time as the MSM will not bring it up to light. I have a link on how the “devaluation” of the world oil industry rates matter with actual graphs of how different exchanges do. But I want you to keep in mind this last paragraph in the study. Emphasis mine.

Middle Eastern Economic Survey:

V. Conclusions

Dollar depreciation reduces activities in upstream through different channels including increased cost, higher inflation rates, lower purchasing power, and lower return on investment. Dollar devaluation increases oil demand in countries with appreciated currencies because of an increase in purchasing power. It also increases the demand for gasoline in the US as Americans spend their summer vacations driving in the US. Large dollar devaluation reduces the supply of oil and increases the demand for oil. Therefore, oil prices will stay high for a longer period than analysts expect.

Three more conclusions are relevant to future research. Studies that focus on the elasticity of demand for oil must use oil prices denominated in national currencies, not in US dollars. Studies that focus on the relationship between energy prices and economic growth must use oil prices denominated in national currencies, not in US dollars. Finally, exchange rates may explain several issues in international energy markets that researchers have been not able to determine or agree on.

Interesting how the MSM also doesn’t talk about this either, yet Sarah Palin in a little over 3 paragraphs is showing the problem of the economic impact of our American Dollar and the impact on Americans. But does Obama care? No. And right now, those Nations (France, Japan, and a few Middle Eastern Countries) are saying they did not have this little "talk".

But how do we take care of this? Well Russia did some interesting things in 2003, which I don’t recommend any sane country do. What did they do you ask? Russia seized the oil companies across their Nation, and bankrupted them, and then used the oil revenue as well as the natural gas in which they sold to various nations and paid off ALL of their debt in about three years. I am not saying that we should do the same. But if we do more domestic oil production for our own use, it may help us, as in America, in the long run.

With the little bit of history that I have given you, the best defense is to be our own propietor and business.  Pay back our debt to those countries we owe and become quiet and watch the others hawkishly.  I am not talking Ron Paul shut the world out scenario.  What I mean is watch and only talk when asked and not give opinion.  The best defense against speaking out is to not speak at all.

So what do we do?  That is the question that you need to answer yourself.  I have given you some information that the normal American doesn't pay attention too or simply over looked.  Now what you do with it or research on your own is all up to you. 

What I recommend.  Drill, Baby, Drill!

HarperCollins: Only One Version of Going Rogue

By Adrienne Ross - www.motivationtruth.com

(H/T PalinUpdates on Twitter)

FYI: In case you heard and believed the rumor that there would be a separate Christian version of Going Rogue, U.S. News and World Report cleared that up yesterday in "No Separate Christian Version of Sarah Palin Memoir Planned," by Dan Gilgoff.

News reports that Sarah Palin is planning a separate Christian version of her forthcoming memoir, Going Rogue, are false, according to her publisher, HarperCollins. The reports were so widely circulated that they appear to have caused confusion at Zondervan, a Christian publisher owned by HarperCollins, where the director of publicity said yesterday that a special Christian edition of the book had been planned but was scrapped because of the expedited timetable for the book's release.

Reports about a special Christian edition of Palin's memoir included a long Vanity Fair profile on Palin last summer, which said that her memoir was to be published "not only by HarperCollins but also in a special edition by Zondervan, the Bible-publishing house, that may include supplemental material on faith."


In an interview yesterday, Zondervan publicity director Karen Campbell said that a separate Christian edition had been planned but that "when the release date was moved up, they left it as the same version."

In an E-mail message today, Campbell said she misspoke. "Zondervan never planned on publishing a separate Christian edition of Going Rogue with supplemental material," she said. "From what I understand, it was misreporting."

All that Governor Palin intends to share will be found in Going Rogue: An American Life, already a best-seller. So pre-order yours today at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or Borders.

Sarah Palin Slams Obama Over Energy Independence And The Failing U.S. Dollar

On the heels of calling on Obama to get it in gear on Afghanistan, Sarah Palin is taking Obama to task over America’s failed energy and economic policies.

Sarah released the following statement:

Further Proof of the Need for Energy Independence

The British newspaper The Independent reported today that Gulf oil producers were negotiating with Russia, China, Japan and France to replace the dollar in pricing oil with a basket of currencies.[1] According to the Wall Street Journal, Arab oil officials have denied the story, but even the possibility of such a talk weakens the dollar and renews fears about its continued viability as an international reserve currency.[2] In fact, today a United Nations official called for a new global reserve currency to replace the dollar and end our "privilege" to run up huge deficits.[3] We can see the effect of this in the price of gold, which hit a record high today in response to fears about the weakened dollar.[4]

All of this is a result of our out-of-control debt. This is why we need to rein in spending, and this is also why we need energy independence. A weakened dollar means higher commodity prices. This will make it more difficult to pay our bills – including the bill to import oil.

In his book Architects of Ruin, Peter Schweizer points out that the Obama administration is focusing primarily on "green energy," while ignoring our need to develop our domestic conventional energy resources.[5] We’re ignoring the looming crisis caused by our dependence on foreign oil. Because we’re dependent on foreign nations for our oil, we’re also at their mercy if they decide to dump the dollar as their trade currency. We can’t allow ourselves to be so vulnerable to the whims of foreign nations. That’s why we must develop our own domestic supplies of oil and gas.

Though the chant of "Drill, baby, drill" was much derided, it expressed the need to confront this issue head-on before it reaches a crisis point.

Bottom line: let’s stop digging ourselves into debt and start drilling for energy independence.

- Sarah Palin

[1] See http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/the-demise-of-the-dollar-1798175.html

[2] See http://online.wsj.com/article/SB125484066563367821.html

[3] See http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=CNG.e272eaa74dccc30f21c6ff7638b0f37b.461&show_article=1

[4] See http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20091006/ts_afp/commoditiesgoldmetalsprice_20091006144514

[5] See http://www.peterschweizer.com/

*Note: Schweizer’s book is a real eye-opener. The sections on ACORN are quite informative.

We are in the middle of a major crisis, and obviously Obama is not helping matters. The United States has racked up more debt since Barack Obama took office on January 20, 2009 than in the last 233 years of America’s existence combined! Obama has spent more than every President, from George Washington to George W Bush, combined.

Now that’s bad enough, but since the democrat party gained control of Congress after the 2006 elections, we have also had a serious economic crisis. At a time Congress should be slashing budgets, killing useless programs, and cutting taxes, to stimulate the economy, all proven ways to do it, Obama is spending unprecedented amounts of money, attempting to engineer the government take over of 20 percent of our economy, and RAISE taxes on every single American. And that’s just for his communist ObamaCare program, an unconstitutional boondoggle that will destroy all freedoms and liberties in this country.

Now just in case ObamaCare fails to completely destroy America, Obama and his Flat Earth Society, has cap and tax to finish the nation off. These flat earthers believe in the fairy tale of "man made global warming," or at least they want YOU to believe this hoax.

We all know that the "green movement" is just an other mechanism to institute world wide communism. Remember, one of the leaders of this "movement" is none other than domestic terrorist Jeff Jones, a Marxist, and a co-founder, along with murdering terrorist (and longtime Obama confidant) William Ayers, of the ultra-violent Weather Underground, a group that declared war on America, and whose stated goal was to implement a Marxist society.

Of course, while Obama and psychopathic liars like Al Gore try to guilt you into turning your life, and hard earned dollars over to the state, there are other evils at work.

Anyone who even does the tiniest bit of cursory investigation knows we have enough oil, natural gas, and coal to make us completely energy independent. But Obama and his minions will not let us use it.

We have oil off the California coast. This is known oil. The wells are capped. In just a few short months these wells could be producing. California is broke, and about to become a failed state, and yet, we can’t use that oil, because it would "harm the planet."

If this is true, how does one explain Barack Obama’s incredibly generous support for drilling off the coast of Brazil?

I’m sure Obama would rather not explain, because this is just more corruption from the most corrupt President in our nation’s history. So, let me help you out here.

The story broke in August that Barack Obama had "loaned" Brazilian oil giant Petrobas $10 billion of our tax dollars so that they could drill for oil off of their coast. Aren’t Obama, Al Gore, and the rest "greens" concerned for Brazil’s pristine coastline? What gives?

Well, Barack Obama’s generosity with our tax dollars, and his lack of concern for the environment in the Southern Hemisphere, might have something to do with the fact that Nazi collaborator, billionaire currency speculator, and self proclaimed "owner of the democrat party" George Soros bought controlling interest in Petrobas just days before Obama’s multi-billion dollar loan!

As usual, Sarah Palin was all over this at the time, as were others, but as corrupt as Obama is, the news media has become nothing more than branch offices for the White House, nothing more than huge PR firms!

Really sad state of affairs, and it’s only getting worse, not better.

For America, the greatest nation on earth, to be in this mess, a mess that could have been completely avoided is more than just sickening, it’s criminal. The far left and GOP turncoat moderates, the Vichey Republicans, as a friend calls them, have sold us out.

We send between $700 billion and $1 trillion a year overseas to buy oil. This is the greatest transfer of treasure the world has known. The ultimate in the communist "share the wealth" plan. We are funding nations that hate our guts. We are actually paying them so they can in turn purchase the very equipment they will use to attack us, militarily, some day.

One can only image the boost to the economy we would see if we used our own God given natural resources, and kept that money at home.

Obama and his buddy Jeff Jones put together a nearly $1 trillion stimulus package that has been nothing short of a total disaster. A good man would admit his mistake, and admit it now.

I can think of no better of a stimulus package than to spend that money building new oil refineries. We haven’t built one in over 30 years, and actually have less online now than we did then!

We could build new clean coal plants to take advantage of one of our most plentiful resources. More importantly, we could go on a crash program similar to the program we used to go to the moon, and start building dozens of nuclear power plants nationwide.

Talk about job growth and economic stimulation!

As I write this, I realize America is at a dangerous time in her history. All of our enemies are circling around us like vultures, and we have the most inexperienced, incompetent President imaginable. Even worse, instead of an incompetent who at least believes in America and the American way, we are stuck with an anti-American, anti-capitalist, Marxist!

There is absolutely no excuse for America to be in this shape, ever. We are not some banana republic, or an island with no raw materials. Just the opposite, we are a nation with plenty of resources, and the ability to do anything.

We need to clean house in Washington. With very few exceptions there should be no incumbents reporting back to D.C. for work after the 2010 elections. Past that, the American people need to put pressure on Barack Obama to either do what is right, and stop this insane march to communism, or resign and let someone who knows what they are doing take his place.

When we see this rapid of a decline in America, and this level of incompetence from a President, it’s time for some tough love! Things are too fragile to allow this foolishness to continue.

Get a clue Mr President, the key to America’s national security, and her prosperity is her abundant natural resources!