Talk About LYING… July 20, 2009Posted by lizp4 in Uncategorized.
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DO NOT BELIEVE ONE SINGLE WORD you hear coming from the national media, from the White House, from Congress, or from the lying mouths of sold-out leftist pundits, online or in print about the so-called “health-care” bill.
EVERY WORD SPOKEN BY THIS ADMINISTRATION ABOUT THE HEALTH CARE FRAUD IS AN OUT-AND-OUT LIE. Remember this. As Rush says, “Learn it, live it, love it.” Spread the word. If anybody thinks they are going to get “free health care” as a result of this debacle, they have swallowed the bait. There is NOTHING about this plan that is “free.” The old saying, “There is no free lunch,” is even more true of this health care rape of the taxpayers. It isn’t just expensive, it’s convoluted and complicated, and guaranteed to do NOTHING but separate you from more of your money and curtail your freedom even worse than the rest of the current plan to saddle your grandchildren under a monstrous burden of Democrat debt.
Forgive me for “shouting” so much, but I can’t emphasize this enough. It it so vile, so evil, so negative that there is not one damned word about anything proposed by the “mandate” in Washington that has your best interests at heart. Everything about the current resident and his flying monkeys is a flat-out, bald-faced LIE. They lie about everything to everybody. One can only hope that they might even be lying to each other.
You are a TARGET to this administration because you are a free person, a taxpayer, and an individual, most probably in the vast middle class. You have a bullseye on your back as far as these people are concerned. First, because you are free. You are free, according to the Constitution, to speak your mind about the government’s lies. You are a target because you are the person who pays the taxes that provide the funding for all the socialisltic plans these people want to put into place. No one has yet made a satisfactory explanation of just how they expect to fund these programs after all the targets have been bled dry, businesses have been destroyed or nationalized (who’s going to buy Government Motors cars when there are no jobs providing paychecks?). Your target marks you as an individual, a person with a mind, with an ability to choose whether or not to support or accept this government. They will not rest until your choices have been removed, everything in a day’s life will be regulated, and no individuals remain standing.
The only thing that would come out of a government who followed these tactics would be the accumulation of absolute power. The pathetic belief that power is of ultimate importance consumes the minds and hearts of many who already have more power than they can handle. (Ever see the way people bow and scrape to a Senator?) Obsequious courtiers currying favor from absolute power have been the stock and trade of tyrants throughout history.
The situation in America today is especially evil, because the people perpetrating the fraud are such doctrinaire zealots for the Communist cause. It is almost as if the power wasn’t even the ultimate prize, but the total destruction of the United States as a sovereign nation, and “punishment” for injustices of the past. What would people like that care about keeping business viable in order to keep taxpayers paying? Why should they care if the laws they pass without reading (without even having been written, in some cases) destroy life, families, economies, or civil structure? The whole goal of the current destructive wave of legislation is to kill this country as surely as a hollowpoint through the heart. One can almost see them rubbing their hands together in glee as their plan proceeds faster than they ever could have imagined.
For some people, the United States of America must be brought down because it stands between the rest of the world and a total Marxist takeover. Unfortunately, they are choosing the same deadly path that was followed by other regimes. This “health care” legislation is going to KILL millions: Abortion will snuff out lives barely begun, and the enforced termination of sick elderly will finish them off at the other end of life. Isn’t anybody surprised to find out that virtually every promise made during the campaign by the current resident was a LIE? It should not be. It also shouldn’t be surprising to learn that all those lies were simply the means to acquire the power the zealots needed to put their plan into place.
This bill is the absolute most disastrous, evil, deplorable, destructive bill that has ever come before Congress. Worse than TARP. Worse than any of the bailouts, worse even than the vile Crap-and-Tax monstrosity now pending.
We are worse than fools if we allow this evil to continue. If the only weapon we have to hand is resistance, then we must resist. Our lives, the lives of our grandchildren, and the continued existence of the United States depend on it.
Misunderestimations July 18, 2009Posted by lizp4 in Uncategorized.
“She brings too much additional unwanted attention: would be like having the circus come to town.”
LOL! Good grief. As if their Golden Boy and his flying monkeys weren’t all jumping out of the clown car…
“She’s not stable!”
“Stable,” as in what? She comes from a stable background, has a stable private life (if the presstitutes will leave her alone), and has shown superior judgment in her decision to turn the office of governor over to her Lieutanant Governor. She did this in order to avoid further expense and scandal to Alaskan taxpayers because of the vicious and frivolous lawsuits continually brought against her by aforementioned flying monkeys. Not just stable, but honest and upright.
“Is Sarah Palin really the face we want to project to the American people? Jeez, where do we find these people?”
Well, they sure didn’t want to see John McCain’s, Mitt Romney’s, or Mike Huckabee’s ugly mugs up there. It is most interesting that nine times out of ten, remarks like the above are made by denizens of the Beltway, who know absolutely nothing about Alaska or Gov. Palin besides the fact that they don’t like her and she carried a baby to term and delivery who had Down Syndrome. Remarks like this are made by jealous columnists* and queer bloggers who think they are “profound.”
“Independent voters don’t like controversy surrounding public figures.”
“Anyone that needs Palin to mobilize the base next year should not be running.”
So, let’s see…Sarah Palin encouraging her team: BAD. The Kenyan Muslim, his ballerina and private army of vote thieves, paid media shills, and sycophantic broadcasters and networks threatening, stealing votes, and badmouthing: GOOD. Got it.
“Sarah Palin visiting would be like Dan Quayle visiting: nice photos but bad press.”
Sarah Palin visiting where? Everywhere she goes, she draws tens of thousands of people. This fact, and the very existence of her son Trig, piss off the leftists like nothing that has ever happened to them up to this moment.
“Key word is ‘competitive’ races, meaning swing voters. And Palin is poison among swing voters.”
And, you know this, how? As a champion athlete, Sarah Palin knows more than most about being competitive. How interesting that these sweeping generalizations are being made about people unknown, by ignorant braggarts. For someone who is such a nobody, a cipher, a dolt, a detriment, and a millstone around the neck of the GOP, Sara Palin is sure scaring the bejabbers out of the people who came up with these statements.
Is A Puzzlement On Unrelated Topic Dept: If this proposed health care legislation is so WONDERFUL, and will solve so many problems, why aren’t all the politicians and their minions rushing to dump their current coverage and jump aboard?? I thought so.
More Dead Elephants July 18, 2009Posted by lizp4 in Uncategorized.
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Dear Republican Party: What have you done for me lately? I know. You think you fielded such a wonderful candidate in the last election, and even threw in Governor Sarah Palin to sweeten the pot.
When was the last time you stood up for the Conservatives? Or the last time you sponsored a bill that would have given the conservatives a break, saved the life of an unborn child, or strengthened the effect of the Constitution?
How long have you people been in office? My guess is that every last one of you needs to have your leases terminated and your plane tickets home PUNCHED. The sooner the quicker. And don’t let the door bang you in the rear on the way out.
Eye Of The Beholder July 16, 2009Posted by lizp4 in Uncategorized.
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Beauty, like truth, is an absolute. It is either beautiful, or it’s not. “Pretty” is fine, just as “handsome” is, and “attractiveness” is a wonderful attribute, but BEAUTY is an entirely different matter all together. Beauty is what we see when we feast our eyes on the magnificent vistas of the Rocky Mountains in high summer. Beauty is the pastel softness of snow-blanketed mountains in the heart of an Alaskan winter. Beauty is Michelangelo’s “Pieta,” or Leonardo’s “Mona Lisa.” It is not Jackson Pollack, Andy Warhol, or Elton John’s latest costume, no matter what anybody tells you about “point of view” and “eye of the beholder.” Truth is the feeling in our hearts when we hear the words of the Declaration of Independence or Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. Attractiveness or physical prettiness is what the world sees of us and what we create. Beauty comes from within and draws attention to itself by the sheer power of its truth and purity.
How long has it been since your school-aged children came home with anything about “Music Appreciation,” or “Art Appreciation,” listened to Dvorak’s “Stabat Mater,” or had a reading assignment in “Jane Eyre,” “Ivanhoe,” or “Henry V?” The problem with beauty is that it reqires something of us. It requires that we be taught of its value to our human spirit (dare I say “soul?”) Feeding the soul on the beauty of Creation is like taking vitamins or getting the right amount of sleep: It is restorative and edifying. People often can’t tell us why they feel so much better after a camping trip, but I believe it is because they have been able to gaze upon real beauty and take it into their souls. Life brings us beauty every day, but we long ago lost the ability to see it, to appreciate it, to appropriate it to ourselves.
Truth, too, has taken a beating. The statement, “there is no such thing as absolute truth” is simply an excuse for one to continue in deception. Politicians, judges, even bankers, who used to be paragons and icons of honest and trustworthy behavior are being exposed as crooks and con artists, and the officials charged with investigating and prosecuting miscreants in these groups are discovered to be just as corrupt. Policemen, too, unfortunately, appear to have feet of clay. Priests, doctors, teachers are exposed as sexual deviants and predators. No one is safe, no one can be sure who is trustworthy, and there seems to be no end in sight.
Writing an essay like this can be problematic, because the readers will expect an explanation or a solution, but there are no real cures for the sickness of ugly except for the one I propose. Truth and beauty come from God, and when we throw God out of every aspect of our lives, we can expect His place to be taken by a counterfeit. Unfortunately, when the images and expressions of truth and beauty are destroyed, their counterfeits are deceit and ugliness. We can’t have it both ways. Elevating ugliness to the status of art or acceptability, or raising deceit to be the law of the land is a pathetic sham of the goodness and truth of a land dedicated to God and inhabited by people educated in truth and beauty. We are all losers when the beauty our hearts crave can’t be found, and the truth that forms the foundations for all our finer hopes and aspirations is destroyed.
“…Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness” isn’t written about ugliness and lies.
What Do You Say To A Dead Elephant? July 14, 2009Posted by lizp4 in Uncategorized.
When are the mainstream pundits going to understand that the reason the Republican party is losing members is because the disaffected members are fed up with the GOP’s Democrat-Lite politics? The GOP has become virtually indistinguishable from the Democrats since the end of Ronald Reagan’s presidency, and isn’t losing members because people are switching to the Democrats or Libertarians, but for a deeper and more telling reason.
The unaffiliated former GOP-ers are waiting. They are waiting for their STUPID PARTY to come to its senses, remember that it is supposed to be ideologically opposite to the Democrats, and for it to start recapturing its ethical stand on matters like Life, energy independence, climate, fiscal responsibility, market economics, etc. Until the Republicans can remember that they are the OTHER party, not just the stupider wing of the Democrats, the GOP will continue to hemorrhage donations and membership as former members vote with their pocketbooks and take their allegiance elsewhere. Until now, the formation of a third party in the U.S. hasn’t been a viable or practical idea, but the day may soon arrive when dissatisfaction with the two existing parties by a sufficient number of voters and a strong and charismatic warrior leader may make such a choice not just an option, but a necessity.
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out what the mainstream pundits are too lazy to pursue, so it will fall to the online Right to carry the flag, which really isn’t such a bad idea, come to think of it. We are the little people, the folks the Constitution was written FOR; the pay, pray, and obey crowd. It’s easy for the big-time pundits to ignore our provincial opinions when they take keyboard in hand to opine on the latest smidgen of gossipy speculation that arises in the Beltway, and the latest guesswork on the fate of the Republican party. Nobody in the big-time pays any attention to us out here in the cyber-hinterlands, but we are legion, and we are spreading the word a little at a time, carrying a message to the moribund GOP.
That message is this: “Not one more red cent from us until you represent US and reflect our standards once more! You take our money, and you waste it trying to please the Democrats, and we are not going to take it any more! If you want our money, you have to return to the old-time, CONSERVATIVE Republican platform. If you are unwilling to do this, you will continue to experience a depletion of funds and support. We may be dumb, but we aren’t crazy, especially if the definition of “crazy” is to repeatedly do the same thing, expecting different results each time, like wasting our money on YOU.
We are waiting to hear, “DRILL HERE, DRILL NOW!” from your lips. We want to hear you shout, “CUT TAXES NOW!” Why is it so hard for you to demand that Congress stop spending our grandchildren’s money? If you are not willing to return the party to the traditional, Constitution-based Republican platform, know that WE are willing to defund you. Period.”
Taking Flak July 13, 2009Posted by lizp4 in Uncategorized.
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It’s fun to be part of the excitement as Sarah Palin steps forth on her own and gathers together the people who came to admire and appreciate her ability when she was campaigning with John McCain last fall. It’s also fun to write a lot about her here. I know hardly anyone reads this blog, but it is an enjoyable exercise for those of us who wish to spread the truth about her and perhaps clear away some of the misconceptions that have been put out about her by her political enemies and the leftist press. Part of the enjoyment comes from knowing that “if you’re taking flak you are over the target!” and nobody can say that Sarah Palin has not received incredible flak. If she was the cipher, the nobody that the left would like you to think she is, they wouldn’t be so desperate to silence her and destroy her reputation and any chances she might have of future political service.
But it is trying for me to be patient with Palin supporters who are suddenly gushing over her article in the Washington Post about what I call “Crap and Tax.” As much as they love her, they all act as if they are astonished that she has the wits to write a coherent article about anything. She consistently writes her own stuff and posts frequent updates and memos on her Governor’s page. She DID graduate with a minor degree in Journalism, and I guess most of the people who love her have forgotten the fact, what with all the other stuff that has been going on around her lately. Of course, there’s a lot of flak over the Washington Post, too…
I know I should be patient with them, so I don’t post to the discussion threads that contain these surprised and gooey messages of support. Everything at this point is still mostly in the “handshaking” stage, anyway, in terms of what she wants to do and where/how she plans to pull together the kind of movement that will be able to make a real difference in Washington.
No one needs to be surprised that Sarah Palin can not only write coherently, think clearly and tactically, fearlessly confront her attackers, or that she has a total knack for leadership and strategy. As for myself, I have never been surprised by her canny ability to creat an opportunity and take advantage of it. She will be fine.
Some Good Stuff From Around The ‘Net July 13, 2009Posted by lizp4 in Uncategorized.
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First, there is Giovanni’s World
Next up is a little something from our friends at American Thinker.
Then, we have a good piece from Newsbusters
Trotting right along behind is this, from Gateway Pundit
The Buzzards On The Porch Rail July 13, 2009Posted by lizp4 in Uncategorized.
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I quit smoking, drinking, carousing, eating trans- fats, high-fructose corn syrup, nitrates and nitrites, get my exercise, take no prescription meds, only occasional mild pain medication, and get 7 hours of sleep a night so some smartass punk O-voter in Washington can perch like a buzzard on my porch rail waiting for me to die?? I don’t THINK so, Skippy.
It’s pretty obvious that the Selfish Generation has decided that if they are going to be paying the bills, they want to be paying them for a lot fewer people. In a twisted way, this makes sense. Never before have there been so many elderly among us. Never before have so many of those elderly been under the care of so many doctors. Demanding that such a drain on the medical system be eliminated sounds practical on the surface, but a lot of us seniors are not quite ready to kick the bucket, just yet.
What do we HEALTHY seniors do about the trend toward encouraging old folks to “die and get out of the way,” as former Colorado governor Lamm once opined? Should we take their advice and call Kervorkian? Should we just give up on this great hayride called life and wait in our rocking chairs for the Grim Reaper to get around to our address?
When older people are healthy and active, mentally or physically, contribute something to society, and are a net asset to their communities, why are they included with the elderly who are ill and at the mercy of their doctors or heirs as the demographic that has the duty to die and get out of the way? My trips to the doctor since 1995 have numbered exactly four, two for injuries sustained doing farm chores, and two for tests, one of which was for a chest X-ray about six months ago (clean bill of health, incidentally). One of the things that surprised the doctors I visited was the fact that, at my age, I take NO prescription drugs of any kind. None. Zip. Nada. My “pill cupboard” is full of vitamins and supplements instead of rank after rank of orange cylinders with large labels and white caps, each prescribed to alleviate the symptoms and side effects of the prescriptions in the previous row. It’s not a stretch to guess that the average elderly patient takes around fifteen prescription drugs every day, some of them several times a day. My question has always been, just how much of that stuff is really NECESSARY for that person, and how much of it could be safely eliminated and replaced with simple nutritional or physical therapy treatments? (I don’t want to pursue this further, although I have on several other occasions. I’m trying not to “get started” here.)
Sick old people believe that the stethoscope hanging around their doctor’s neck makes him a god. They will do anything he tells them to do. If there is any “icon” of society that is trustworthy today, it is the image of the physician. Unfortunately, the doctors are also only human, and are just as prone to mistakes as any of the rest of us. To blindly follow “doctor’s orders” without question is to set the doctor up on a pedestal and ascribe to him no wrong: No negative motives, no errors, no greed, no prejudice. Unfortunately, these human doctors accept the pedestals, but fail to measure up to the job description of deity.
Healthy seniors don’t want any part of this sad situation. Perhaps they are like burned children who fear the fire. Lots of older people mistake the creaks and groans of aging for illness, and hie themselves off to their chosen pill-purveyor for the latest new anti-something-or-other drug, advertised constantly on television and placed strategically in high-circulation magazines. But healthy people of any age know their bodies well. They know when and where to expect an ache or a pain, what to blame it on, what is out of the ordinary, what needs watching, and by and large, what needs medical attention when, and generally need little more than good nutrition, exercise, and occasional first-aid. Lumping these self-sufficient people in with the dependent ill elderly is a major mistake.
Trying to force them into the single-payer system is another. Medicare is virtually useless without private insurance, and most physicians won’t take Medicare patients because the payments take so long and are so inadequate. Paying cash for a medical visit or treatment can often be very practical when the bill comes, for many doctors will make noticeable adjustments to a statement if they don’t have to send it to the Medicare Headache, Frustration and Teeth-Gritting Department. (Update 9/10): Since writing this, I have learned that doctors are forced to submit EVERY medicare visit to the authorities or be severely penalized. Every time I walk into a doctor’s office, then, I wind up costing HIM money. No wonder they are reluctant to take new elderly patients.)
Young people have been sold a bill of goods. They have been convinced somehow that they are going to be the ones who live forever. They are selfish and pushy, callous and condescending to the elderly, and consider every old person they see to be a competitor for the share of life and resources available to them. It’s no wonder they demand that the oldsters get out of the way. “Get your ugly, gnarly old liverspotted hands off MY SHARE, you creepy OLD person, you!”
Heh! This is one time when I would love to be a mouse in the corner when these selfish young fools wake up one morning to find the knobby joints and gnarled fingers on their own hands, the sagging skin hanging on THEIR butts, necks, and bellies, and I think they will probably “fear the reaper.” What goes around comes around, kids. We old-timers spent the first four years of your lives wiping your butts and noses. Then we spent the next twelve to twenty years feeding you, picking up after you, keeping you presentable, and trying to steer you in the right direction. Then, the next fifty or sixty years we spent waiting — mostly in vain — for you to call or drop by. Maybe, for some of us, “dying and getting out of the way” could be a blessing.
But for the rest of us, we’re not quite ready to shuffle off this mortal coil, so don’t “get previous,” as another respected ancient was known to state. The saying goes, “Old age and experience will beat youth and enthusiasm every time!” Well, maybe not EVERY time, but often enough. That’s good enough for me, so behave yourselves, or I’ll get the spanking stick.
Top That, Prozac July 12, 2009Posted by lizp4 in Uncategorized.
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Palin, described by Christianity Today magazine as “unabashed about her faith,” prayed continuously during the presidential campaign as she has for all of her life. In this she mirrors the sixty percent of the country that prays at least once a day. Her prayer is a heartfelt effort to prepare for trials and challenges, the stuff of life. In doing so, she connects with the source of wisdom, unashamedly asking her Creator for patience, clarity, and the ability to love in and through all circumstances. And with her prayer she, in the words of Christian writer Philip Yancey, “stands at a place where God and human beings meet,” a humbling experience that allows her to remain — through it all — just plain Sarah….. Stuart Schwartz, American Thinker
“Prayer changes things.”
“Prayer changes people, and people change things.”
Whatever your beliefs regarding the statements above, it’s interesting to note that prayer is the thing that makes things happen. Most people pray. Often, in the face of a catastrophe, people will turn to God in their desperation and beg for notice. Sometimes they will bargain, and some of these bargainers even make good on their debts. People even attempt to use prayer to get them what they covet: “Please, God, just one little Rolls-Royce!” as if the Almighty were the Universal Concierge.
Praying does good things for us. Even if we aren’t very religious, prayer can have the effect of removing burdens and placing them upon the shoulders of another more capable. “Cast all your cares upon him, for he cares for you…” The act of doing such a thing, of praying such a prayer, is good for us and gives us moral courage.
Being moral in this day and age is apparently not a resume enhancement, as Sarah Palin is finding out. Her faith is scoffed at by the media and the movers and shakers in Washington, who have long since abandoned any semblance of morality and simply maneuver and manipulate to prove that they have the power and there is no other, who can even come close. Who needs God, when you have an office full of aides and assistants and a huge budget?
Sarah Palin’s prayer life is part of who she is. If you look closely at her swearing-in pictures, you will see the Bible held by Todd is a batterd and well-used item, more than likely one of several, marked, annotated, and underlined to within an inch of their existence. I know about “battered Bible syndrome.” I came across my own old “Sword” just yesterday — polished from use, pages falling out, but marked, re-marked, and then underlined in pen or pencil, until the poor thing was rendered unreadable. My “Demon-Slayer,” I used to call it, and it was well-used daily for years, the first in a long line. Sarah’s Bibles are the same way, I’m sure. Used, held, carried, marked, caressed, and utilized, every day of her life.
Sarah understands the importance of staying grounded in faith. it keeps her sane and calm, and helps her make the difficult choices. It reassures her family, and helps them to understand that power, title, prestige, and influence are not the most important things in life. Morality from the soul-deep source is something the wags, wits, and wonks in Washington will never understand, and it is what will keep Sarah Palin standing tall and strong, no matter what they can find to fling at her. Being able to make the hard decisions calmly is a God-given gift, the strength for which comes from frequent prayer. Sarah isn’t afraid to make those choices decisively, or to stand by the making of them in spite of the ridicule and speculation of the media. She has chosen a public life, but she has also chosen her own set of tools for dealing with what she faces, and the sharpest blade in her scabbard is the Sword of the Spirit, the Word of God. She is well-equipped:
17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints
The left might take it as offensive, but part of Sarah’s appeal to the folks out here in flyover country is this prayerful approach to her jobs, as governor, as mother, and the new, even more public mantle that is now being thrust upon her. Since her announcement on July 3 that she will not be seekiing a second term, and will be resigning effective July 27 in order to spare the taxpayers of Alaska further expense and embarrassment from the frivolous lawsuits and scurrilous attacks on her and her family means she will be even more often in the public eye. I’m confident that when when the decisions were made around that family kitchen table, the Bible was right there in the middle, and many hands were placed on it in prayer.
Prayer can be scoffed at and ridiculed, but there is no denying the fact that those who turn to prayer feel stronger, braver, calmer, and more at peace. Even if one isn’t much of a believer, it’s hard to argue with the effects of prayer. “Prayer changes things.”
It certainly does. And one of the things it changes is the pray-er. Changing people is what prayer is all about. Staying with the praying makes people stable, brave, and calm. Top that, Prozac.
Watch and pray.
Stirring Things Up A Bit July 11, 2009Posted by lizp4 in Uncategorized.
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One of the things I just LOOOOOOVE about Sarah Palin is her ability to send the lefties into spittle-flinging conniptions. She is SO everything-they’re-not-and-could-never-hope-to-be that they go crazy just seeing a picture of her — especially a flattering one, and most especially a flattering picture that makes one of their chosen chicks look like my 6-year-old grandson’s mudpie “sushi” on a board.
When I see the picture of her holding Trig so protectively after the speech at the Republican Convention, I see a look of such determined courage and protective fury that if I were a member of the lame-stream media, I’d be more than a little nervous about crossing her up. You don’t need to get eaten by a bear to know it will eat you.
And, although when she talks she makes most Conservatives cheer and swoon, the same thing sends the lefties crying for their mommies, whipping out their Blackberries to write something scurrilous while the sounds are still reverberating in their heads.
And, have you ever noticed the expression on Todd’s face when he looks at her? Dood…that is one SERIOUSLY hot grandpa. Foosh. But he adores her with his eyes, and always looks at her as if she was — well, just what she is — a darned pretty woman with power and influence, who is seeing her stock creeping upward with every passing day, and HE gets to sleep with her every night.
It’s good that the lefties don’t understand what’s happening here. It’s going to make it that much more enjoyable when her speaking tours begin to draw the kinds of crowds politicians of a more conventional stripe can only dream of. Sarah, you make us all PROUD!!