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Don’t have an Instagram account, and never wanted one. Until now.

Now that I have everyone’s attention, the backstory:

When Kimberly Matte captions an Instagram post “suns out, guns out, buns out,” she mostly means it. The sun may be out, but she’s inside. Her buns are definitely out, because she’s wearing a lime-green thong. Technically, there’s only one gun out, but it’s an AR-10 battle rifle, so she’s still overdelivering.

Matte has more than 84,000 followers on Instagram and recently founded her own social media marketing and modeling agency. She grew up in Windsor, Ontario, one of seven children — a fan of skateboarding, dirt-biking, four-wheeling, soccer, and tree forts, and not of guns. The first time she held a shotgun, she was a kid, “65 pounds soaking wet.” Her dad and brothers thought it would be funny to let her shoot it. “They didn’t tell me it was going to basically rip my shoulder off,” she says. “I was like, I’m never touching a gun again.”

But then three years ago, she moved to Michigan to be with her American husband, who’d recently retired from the military. Now they shoot guns together, and arrange assault-weapon-centric lingerie photo sessions for Matte and her clients. She makes good money for her part, doing sponsored posts for brands both firearm-related and not — assault rifles one day, teeth-whitening treatments the next. For $100 and some free products, Matte will post a “selfie and shoutout” on her Instagram grid; she gets paid thousands of dollars per month for recurring endorsements.

Matte’s feed is a mix of guns and rough-cut firewood and laser-cut underwear. She doesn’t let anyone shoot guns on her property because her yard is an unofficial foster home for wild deer, several of which she personally nurtured through infancy when their mother was hit by a car. She loves the president, hates the “free-for-all negativity” around him. She is extremely charming. Her platform, she tells me, is a place to preach love.

It’s actually a damned interesting article, albeit an unexpectedly long ‘un. Plenty more pics of several of these lovely gun-bunnies too, bless their hearts. Via MisHum, bless his heart too.


THAT’S how you do it

What works. What doesn’t.

Texas allows school districts to approve “marshals” or “guardians” as the last line of defense against a shooter. Under this program, faculty members volunteer to keep a firearm within reach in case the unthinkable happens. They undergo mental health screenings and rigorous firearm safety training — in some cases they are held to a higher standard than police officers.

In an active shooter situation, law enforcement takes roughly three minutes to respond on a good day (through no fault of their own). It’s disturbing to consider the damage that can be inflicted in that amount of time. Only school marshals — who, contrary to the media portrayal, represent a select few trained and capable staff members — can deliver response times measured in seconds rather than minutes.

Coverage in the aftermath of Parkland has focused disproportionately on the AR-15. The gun has been established as a symbol of mass shootings, a device designed for wanton destruction. What use, we are repeatedly asked, could private citizens have for an AR-15? Texans like myself have been frustrated by this collective amnesia. On November 5, 2017, a private citizen heroically stopped the fleeing shooter of the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs using an AR-15.

The lesson is that guns are morally neutral. It is people who have the capacity to use them for good or evil. Those willing to kill the innocent in cold blood will hardly be hindered by a new gun regulation. They are, after all, willing to murder – it defies logic that they will respect a gun law. It stands to reason, therefore, that schools should be made a hard target, just like airports, stadiums and government buildings.

There have been no shootings, intentional or otherwise, at any participating districts in Texas. Teachers and students feel — and in fact are — safer coming into work.

A sign outside of Argyle High School, which has opted into the program, reads “Please be aware that the staff at Argyle are armed and may use whatever force is necessary to protect our students.” Is a would-be shooter more likely to target such a school or a “gun-free zone?” The answer is obvious.

Oh, considering that ALL these mass shootings happen in “gun-free zones,” I’d say it’s way on past merely obvious. But I can’t see any way that it helps to advance the Left’s agenda of total control and tyranny, so there’s no chance of their reacting to it with anything other than the usual sobbing, shrieking hysteria.

Update! Did somebody mention what DOESN’T work above? It’s actually not hard at all to deduce if one takes an honest look at the facts. Strangely enough, that’s another thing Progtards are ferociously against doing.

America does not have a gun crime epidemic. There are, however, epidemics in many locales and cities. Who do you think runs the vast majority of those cities?

NRA-funded Republicans?


Lobbyists for firearm manufacturers?


The vast majority of those cities have been run by Democrats for decades upon decades.

Here are the top 20 cities with the highest gun murder rates in the U.S. per capita. Of these, every city except the last one, Tulsa, has a Democrat majority in the mayoralty and City Council or Board of Aldermen.

Here are the non-fatal shootings top 20 per capita. Notice the overlap of several cities; the cities on the non-fatal list absent on the murder list are also Democrat-run cities, except for the last one, Jacksonville.

Exhausted yet? There’s more.

And hoo boy, is there ever. Rich ain’t just whistlin’ Dixie with this one, and you need to read all of it. The numbers permit only one conclusion: we need ourselves some reasonable, common-sense Democrat control legislation.

For the children. IF EVEN ONE LIFE IS SAVED…



There’s only one thing that will put a 120 pound woman on an equal footing with a 200 pound attacker

And it ain’t no damned whistle. Although I suppose you could possibly hang a whistle from the trigger guard if you wanted to. Or, say, the bayonet lug.

Believing that someone will come to your rescue when you blow a whistle or set off a siren is a wonderful fairy tale. Don’t fall for it. Not only are noise-makers and rape whistles ineffective at deterring crime, they are likely to do more harm than good, for several reasons.

Counting on an alarm to summon aid means that you are depending on someone else to come forth to rescue you. That is, you are betting your life on the hope that someone will hear the alarm, and will respond, and will be capable of stopping the attack. That’s a lot of ‘ifs’ that are out of your control.

Screaming can sometimes be effective, since the human voice has an impact that is quite different from a mechanical sound. But instead of just making noise, you could be doing much more constructive things that would decrease your likelihood of victimization, such as running away, kicking, striking effective blows, counterattacking with pepper spray, or reaching for a weapon.

Depending on someone else to come forth to rescue you is all liberals are capable of themselves, so it only makes sense that they demand it of everyone else too, if only to make them feel better about their own cowardice. Gabriella sees things pretty clearly:

The Left is relentless in their efforts to ban guns. They will stop at nothing to see every law abiding gun owner disarmed and helpless. It is also apparent that the Second Amendment means bupkis to them. Instead of using firearms to deter criminals, leftists have proposed women taking up rape whistles and scissors.


We’re often told that women shouldn’t be able to handle guns because they’re “scary killing machines,” yet somehow we’re now expected to serve on the front lines. But I digress… Additionally, the Left views women as victims who must rely on the government from cradle to grave (think Life of Julia). What happened to the Left being about so-called women’s empowerment?

The Left isn’t really about empowering anyone except the government–which they intend to run themselves. Anything they say to the contrary is mere subterfuge.

(Via the Prof)


“Forget it, Jake. It’s Chi-town. Where Freedom isn’t Free, ‘cos it isn’t even Freedom.”


The Sun Times:

Mayor Daley said Friday he’s poised to act immediately if, as expected, the U.S. Supreme Court overturns Chicago’s strictest-in-the-nation handgun ban. …

“It’s overturned in Washington D.C. We looked at their laws. We looked at some laws we want to change here and immediately change it because guns don’t solve problems in homes [or] on streets. They kill people,” Daley said. “That’s why I’m giving up my own armed bodyguards.”

Okay, okay; I may have imagineered that last sentence.

Daley has said repeatedly that Chicago gun owners could be required to take a training course, register their firearms, allow police to perform ballistics tests and even purchase liability insurance.

Also run a four-minute mile, recite Das Kapital in the original German and perform brain surgery on a loved one while blindfolded. You know; like the Founders intended.

Seriously; if guns kill people, then we should disarm the police. Their jobs are stressful enough already. Except in Montreal, where throwing a Molotov cocktail is harmless fun, but reporting on the fun is a Serious Violation of State Security!

You cannot have the Second Amendment’s “free State” without a free People.

By the way, remember when Harry “Evil-mongers!” Reid said of Justice Thomas: “I think that he has been an embarrassment to the Supreme Court. I think that his opinions are poorly written. I don’t — I just don’t think that he’s done a good job as a Supreme Court justice.”?

Really, Harry? Read this:

“Florida made it the “duty” of white citizen “patrol[s] to search negro houses or other suspected places, for fire arms.” If they found any firearms, the patrols were to take the offending slave or free black “to the nearest justice of the peace,” whereupon he would be “severely punished” by “whipping on the bare back, not exceeding thirty-nine lashes,” unless he could give a “plain and satisfactory” explanation of how he came to possess the gun. …

One man recalled the night during his childhood when his father stood armed at a jail until morning to ward off lynchers. The experience left him with a sense, “not of powerlessness”, but of the “possibilities of salvation” that came from standing up to intimidation.

In my view, the record makes plain that the Framers of the Privileges or Immunities Clause and the ratifying-era public understood—just as the Framers of the Second Amendment did—that the right to keep and bear arms was essential to the preservation of liberty. The record makes equally plain that they deemed this right necessary to include in the minimum baseline of federal rights that the Privileges or Immunities Clause established in the wake of the War over slavery. …

I agree with the Court that the Second Amendment is fully applicable to the States. I do so because the right to keep and bear arms is guaranteed by the Fourteenth Amendment as a privilege of American citizenship.”

Harry Reid thinks black people aren’t smart enough to be judges and Mayor Daley thinks they aren’t smart enough to own guns.

All in all, a good day for freedom, brotherhood and the American Way.

(Via Bench Memos)


He rented the house in Alaska…


Peepin’ Joe McGinniss is a victim. Just ask him. He’s his own favorite subject. Wanker.

In this bizarre ramble, he claims he only moved in next door to protect Palin’s children. Creepy.

Todd got in his face. Awesome. In part, for this.

His Portfolio piece starts dishonestly enough, with an editor’s note hinting at dark ethics charges, rather than the truth: dozens of frivolous, malicious and dismissed ethics charges. And it goes downhill from there.

Accorning to Peepin’ Joe, Palin is stopping Alaskan energy production by being too mean to the nice oil companies.

The Obama fan’s article goes on to accuse her of “magical thinking”, of using Alinsky-ite tactics and labels her a “f***ing psychopath”.

Peepin’ Joe bewails “her ability to incite hatred” while bemoaning the fact that she hasn’t brought him baked goods like Mommy used to.

Wait a minute–who’s that knocking at the Freud door with the chocolate chip/caribou jerky cookies?

UPDATE: Didja’ notice that it only took Todd one day to secure the border and build the fence?


If they can’t win the argument, then they stop the argument


Read this:

The words of Patrick Henry still ring true 235 years later, “Why stand we here idle?,” he said, “What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!”

Secondly, We the People must not only inform ourselves on our Core Principles, must inform ourselves about Contrary Principles. If our core principles serve to secure and maintain the liberty we wish to enjoy, then it stands to reason that there are contrary principles that threaten that same liberty, and we must be able to identify these enemies of our liberty.

Sun Tzu says in his Art of War, “Know thine enemy as thyself.” We must always remember that our enemies are not people or parties, but the freedom-destroying principles that they espouse. We must inform ourselves on the principles of progressivism, socialism, communism; and the mechanisms these philosophies use such as redistribution of wealth, centralization of power, progressive taxation, and restrictions on free speech. Once we are informed on these principles we will then recognize them. And we must oppose them regardless of the party or personality attempting to employ them.

I say again, We must not give a free pass because of personality or party affiliation. It is ironic that Teddy Roosevelt is heralded as a great hero of the Republican Party, when in fact history testifies that he was the leader of the anti-constitutional progressives in 1912. It was also under the Republican Party that the refundable tax credit was enacted, allowing progressives to engage in redistribution of wealth and enslave citizens with the tax refund.

Am I anti-Republican? No; but these enemies of our liberty entered in because we put party over principle. The president recently suggested that his program of socialized medicine was okay because Republican Mitt Romney proposed the same program. It is not wrong because of who proposed it; it’s wrong because it is based on principles that are contrary to Liberty.

I have a better opinion of Teddy Roosevelt. He was for legal immigration and dead-set against Identity Group politics. He was for big strong families and a big strong military. And his progressivism at least contained some real progress, like building the Panama Canal.

And I’ve voted for Mitt Romney. I was trying to stop McCain–even though he admires TR, too. This was before he picked Palin. I sure wasn’t going to vote for Huckabee, even though we share some views. I didn’t like Huck’s Mormon-bashing, since I regard Mormons as loyal conservatives. Even though I disagree with Mormonism vehemently.

Complicated, huh?

Well, so was that Glenn Beck-ish piece I quoted. It was written by KrisAnne Hall, a veteran, an assistant state attorney and a Tea Party activist in Florida. I don’t agree with every last word, but I think as an American, especially as a vet, she has a right to say it. Right?

“You can’t take a job advocating for the state and go out and take a position against the state,” Jarvis said. “I advised her from my first learning of her activity that she was free to say and do whatever she desired within the law, but she could not do so while assistant counsel for the state.”

Hall, 40, said she spoke about the original intent of the U.S. Constitution, smaller government, budget deficits and Florida’s lawsuit against health care reform. Describing herself as a disabled Army veteran, she said all are federal issues she’s passionate about.

“I never said anything bad about the state. I never said anything bad about Mr. Jarvis,” said Hall. “I love being an assistant state attorney, [but] I’m not ready to give up on my constitutional rights.”

I won’t give up on them if you won’t, sister.


Happy Mother’s Day!


“Finally, even more important than ability to work, even more important than ability to fight at need, is it to remember that chief of blessings for any nations is that it shall leave its seed to inherit the land. It was the crown of blessings in Biblical times and it is the crown of blessings now.”–Teddy Roosevelt, 100 years ago

Mother’s Day cannot be politicized…because it was already born in politics:

The holiday grew from women’s peace groups following the Civil War, particularly the gatherings of mothers who had lost children on opposing sides of the war. Julia Ward Howe, perhaps most famous for having penned “The Battle Hymn of the Republic”, wrote the “Mother’s Day Proclamation” in 1870 as a call to celebrate the burgeoning holiday:

“We will not have great questions decided by irrelevant agencies,
Our husbands will not come to us, reeking with carnage, for caresses and applause.
Our sons shall not be taken from us to unlearn
All that we have been able to teach them of charity, mercy and patience.
We, the women of one country, will be too tender of those of another country
To allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs.”

Ironically, we associate the ‘Battle Hymn’ with things military, but the author became sort of a proto-Cindy Sheehan.

Yet it is women and children who are “hardest hit” when a nation cannot defend itself, just as they would be if police forces laid down their arms.

Although Mother’s Day was founded in anti-war liberalism, today’s liberals have moved on to fight the War on Families, as evidenced by the UN’s Convention on the Elimination on All Forms of Discrimination Against Women:

* January 31, 2000, the CEDAW Committee criticized Belarus for “the continuing prevalence of sex-role stereotypes, as also exemplified by the reintroduction of such symbols as a Mothers’ Day and a Mothers’ Award, which [the Committee] sees as encouraging women’s traditional roles.”

Even the Anglican Church, which once preached “Be fruitful and multiply”, now preaches “Be fruitless and subtract.” Mr. Bolt calls them “The bishops with the minds of gnats”, but they’re really bishops with gnats on their minds, instead of children. Unlike Moms.

Thanks, mom.


“Isle say,” said the Professor, gingerly.


The Democrat National Disgrace Congressional Campaign Committee has an interactive fund-raising game up, asking the question:

Who is Crazier–Palin or Bachmann?

Sorry–did I say “Democrat”? I meant “Metrosexual”.

Because all real Americans ask a completely different question:

“Who is cuter?”

And clearly, the winner is…

“Mary Ann”!


The Heartbreak of Innumeration: Fredricka Whitfield Can’t Count



[A]t the Tea Party Express event on March 27 in Searchlight, Nev., which former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin spoke, CNN’s Fredricka Whitfield wasn’t quite prepared to give the rally credit it was due as far as participation. She estimated that hundreds, but if not, “at least dozens of people” were in attendance.

CNN’s own film shows a huge crowd even as Whitfield lowballs it. Politico guessed 20,000. Jim Hoft has the photographic evidence here. Whatever the exact number is, if you can’t tell thousands from dozens, you shouldn’t be a reporter.

A Congressional budgeteer, maybe, but not a reporter. Come to think of it, you don’t report congressional budgets honestly, either, lady.

Next, Whitfield takes a stab (“he said ‘stab’, he said ‘stab’!”) at the lame Palin-incites-violence meme that’s all the rage in Echo Chamber-land:

“[Palin is] also trying to kind of explain or structure the language she has used about reloading America,” Whitfield said. “Many people talked about some of the language that’s been used by Republicans, including her as inciting violence as a result of the health care vote. She says she is not inciting violence. Instead, she says she is inspiring people to stand up for their God-given rights in her language.

First, if Sarah Palin really wanted to “target” somebody, they would already be stuffed, mounted and on display in her office.

Second, if that kind of language is now “inciting”, then the Clinton “war room” makes Begala and Carville “war criminals”, instead of merely annoying Dick Tracy villain-rejects.

The Drive-by Media have done their best to discredit, minimize, impugn and sensationalize the Tea Parties from the very beginning. But if you want to see what goes on at lefty rallies, however, follow that “Begala and Carville”-link to DANEgerus. Crapping on the flag. No–literally. While people laugh. Can we question their patriotism yet? Yeah, you’re right–don’t rush it.

And CNN can’t understand why Americans come to Tea Parties by the pair tens dozens scores hundreds thousands.

I guess I would be upset…if anybody still watched CNN. File this one under “Near-Naked Propaganda”–but only because we don’t have “Pure-“.

And congratulations, Tea Partiers for putting the searchlight on Harry Reid. Even Harry says you are no longer “evil-mongers”, but real Americans. Hey, maybe Harry could be a CNN reporter. He’s gonna need a job.

And obviously, he can count!


Fact-“checkers”? That’s not even fact-“chess”


The War on Terror may be half over (our half)…but the War on Sarah Palin’s Endlessly Fertile Uterus is just warming up!

Sister Toldjah: AP assigns 11 “factcheckers” to Sarah Palin’s book – and they still get it wrong–with good links to Steyn and Powerline. Check it yourself.

11 fact-checkers for Palin’s “Going Rogue”…but zero for “Dreams of His Father” and “The Audacity of Pretending to be Barack Obama” by Bill Ayers.

By contrast, James Taranto says AP was able to spare two whole fact-checkers for the Health Control bills. Priorities!

Jules Crittenden wades through Bedlam to read Greenwald and Sullivan–but he’s braver than me.

UPDATE: I believe that children are our future–at least this teen-age gal, who bears up well under Norah O’Donnell’s attempt to sandbag her… by “fact-checking” her T-shirt!

That’s the kind of hard-hitting journalism we need today, Norah. I’m just glad she can’t see my Spiderman T-shirt; even Norah knows radioactive spiders don’t cause superpowers.

Spinach does. And Democrats cause them to go away.


Sarah Palin’s “Breast Panels”


“He [Ronald Reagan] knows so little and accomplishes so much.”–a baffled Robert McFarlane, speaking for the Washington Know-it-All Class

It’s the damndest thing; for a Stupid, Stupid Girl, she just keeps on turning out to be correct:

Dick Morris:

The panel evaluating the effectiveness of mammograms did not find that they don’t work or that they do not save lives. Rather, it found that the lives they save are not “worth” the cost of annual testing. This bureaucratic balancing of human life and financial cost lies at the core of the government managed health care in the Obama Bill.

To maximize your chances of avoiding breast cancer, women over 50 should, of course, be tested annually. But to save the government money and to conserve scarce resources, the government would like them to increase their chances of becoming sick and get screened only every other year.

Because of the high standards at this blog, I will not say something like “The government now recommends that women younger than fifty stop by Bill Clinton’s Harlem office for a less expensive, free-lance diagnosis.” I just won’t do it. Thank you for understanding.

Under our current health care system, the government can only recommend such changes.

But under Obamacare, it can and will require them.



Why Do They Hate Her?


Newsweak’s Palin cover this month proclaims “She’s Bad News For the GOP–and For Everybody Else, Too.”

Everybody‘, Newsweak? Her legs are paying your mortgage this month, Evan. How does that make you feel? Like this?

Liberals don’t talk that way about dictators like Castro or Ahmadinijhad, do they? They don’t even let their minds think that way in the privacy of their own thoughts. But Sarah Palin? Fair game. And it’s not just because they think she’s only a stupid girl.

Doc Zero:

The argument over whether Sarah Palin is “qualified” for the presidency is the opposite of the question conservatives should be asking. What we need to know is whether any other aspiring candidate has the essential qualifications Palin brings to the table. …

I hope many candidates step forward with these qualifications, especially since Sarah Palin hasn’t declared any intention to run for office again. Even if she does, it would be best to have a spirited competition between worthy nominees. Neither Republicans, nor the republic, have been well-served by “inevitable” candidates. …

The question before conservatives is not whether Sarah Palin can win. The question is: at this desperate hour, what’s the point of winning without someone like her?

As Doc notes, while liberals say she’s not up to it, these same liberals heap money, position, awards and influence on Al Gore–who cannot name the earth’s core temperature within a million degrees. Steyn:

His entire, highly lucrative shtick rests on the proposition that a one-degree increase in surface temperature in the course of a century imperils not merely the poor old polar bear, not merely the planet itself, but is “altering the balance of energy between our planet and the rest of the universe.”

If there is one area of super-smart liberal expertise, it’s tax policy, right? Yet they pass a tax cut that mysteriously morphs…into a tax penalty! Doug Ross:

15.4 million tax filers could owe money to the IRS thanks to Obama’s ‘tax cut’ and 1.2 million may be hit with penalties for under withholding.

The “Party of the Little Guy” doesn’t remember how to create even make-work jobs like an FDR or LBJ. The Party of Government can’t even count the number of congressional districts anymore. Their genius CINC said the Surge would fail and their expert foreign-policy Veep wanted to split Iraq into thirds–probably still does for all anybody knows.

Like Krauthammer said, the Do-Nothing Administration is now an administration that cannot even do nothing competently; it’s A Show About Less than Nothing.

So, obviously, provably, it’s not about intelligence.

Maybe it’s gender. Dick Morris explains:

Sarah Palin is an existential threat to the Democratic Party. She threatens a core element of the party’s base – women.

When an African-American like Clarence Thomas, Colin Powell or Condi Rice rises to prominence as a Republican, he or she endangers the Democratic coalition. So would a Republican labor leader. And so, above all, does the woman Republican running…

Democrats can’t stomach seeing the feminist movement’s impetus for greater female political participation and empowerment “hijacked” by a pro-life woman who espouses traditional values. They must obliterate her, lest her popularity eat away at their party’s core.

So the Democrats are hysterical in their attacks on her. South Carolina’s Democratic Party chairwoman, Carol Fowler (wife of a national party chairman), said that the only qualification Palin had for vice president was that she hadn’t had an abortion. Tabloids are digging up dirt on Palin’s children. And liberal bloggers have suggested that Palin would neglect her children if she were elected (while the Democratic candidate has young children at home, too).

That liberals would resort to such blatant sexism shows their desperation. She’s not popular because she’s a radical feminist or pro-choice advocate. It’s because she understands what it’s like to be a woman in 21st century America.

She’s never ascended to the elite, so she doesn’t need to stoop to conquer as most well-heeled feminist leaders must. She lives far from the plastic pseudoreality where a fossilized ideology substitutes for human compassion and empathy. As such, she rises above the slogans of both the left and the right and proposes to bring to Washington a dose of reality – a taste of real life.

She may become the first woman in national office – yet the Democrats, feminists and liberals can’t control her, and that burns them up. Elections come and go, but Palin is a far more fundamental threat to the Democratic Party. And that’s why they fear her so.

She’s not on Plantation Democrat, that’s for sure.

That’s why a Jesse Jackson says “You can’t vote against healthcare and call yourself a black man.” After all the civil war, civil rights and Constitutional amendments, Democrats think they own women, blacks and minorities. “Yes, You Can’t!”

But IdentityThink doesn’t quite explain the Hate, either.

Maybe, just maybe, it’s this;

Enter Mrs. Palin. The former mayor of Wasilla had been appointed by Mr. Murkowski in 2003 to the state oil and gas regulatory agency. She’d had the temerity to blow the whistle on fellow GOP Commissioner Randy Ruedrich for refusing to disclose energy dealings. Mr. Murkowski and GOP Attorney General Gregg Renkes closed ranks around Mr. Ruedrich—who also chaired the state GOP. Mrs. Palin resigned. Having thus offended the entire old boy network, she challenged the governor for his seat.

Mrs. Palin ran against the secret deal, and vowed to put the pipeline back out for competitive, transparent, bidding. She railed against cozy politics. Mr. Murkowski ran on his unpopular pipeline deal. The oil industry warned the state would never get its project without his leadership. Mrs. Palin walloped him in the primary and won office in late 2006. Around this time, news broke of a federal probe that would show oil executives had bribed lawmakers to support the Murkowski tax changes.

Among Mrs. Palin’s first acts was to reinstate Mr. Irwin. By February 2007 she’d released her requirements for pipeline bidding. They were stricter, and included only a $500 million state incentive. By May a cowed state house—reeling from scandal—passed her legislation.

The producers warned they would not bid, nor would anyone else. Five groups submitted proposals. A few months before the legislature awarded its license to TransCanada this July, Conoco and BP suddenly announced they’d be building their own pipeline with no state inducements whatsoever. They’d suddenly found the money.

Mrs. Palin has meanwhile passed an ethics law. She’s tightened up oil oversight. She forced the legislature to rewrite the oil tax law. That new law raised taxes on the industry, for which Mrs. Palin is now taking some knocks, but the political background here is crucial.

The GOP machine has crumbled. Attorney General Renkes resigned. Mr. Ruedrich was fined $12,000. Jim Clark—Mr. Murkowski’s lead pipeline negotiator—pleaded guilty to conspiring with an oil firm. At least three legislators have been convicted. Sen. Ted Stevens is under indictment for oil entanglements, while Rep. Don Young is under investigation.

Throughout it all, Mrs. Palin has stood for reform, though not populism. She thanks oil companies and says executives who “seek maximum revenue” are “simply doing their job.” She says her own job is to be a “savvy” negotiator on behalf of Alaska’s citizens and to provide credible oversight. It is this combination that lets her aggressively promote new energy while retaining public trust.

They hate her because they’re Marxists–grouchy old Groucho Marx-ists, who famously said

“The secret of life is honesty and fair dealing. If you can fake that, you’ve got it made.”

She’s got integrity. Integrity like she has can’t be purchased–by definition.

Her critics largely sold out long ago. They know that she’s got in spades what they left behind seven times seventy sell-outs ago.

Stop the Hate. Sincerely.


Mushing While Blushing: a Rogue in Rouge

“Where the river is winding,
Big nuggets they’re finding.
North to Alaska,
They’re goin’ North, the rush is on.”–Johnny Horton, “North to Alaska”, 1960

“If you talk to women in America, they will tell you that there are still men who have a lot of old-fashioned ideas about the role of women in society.”–Pres. Barack “Gramps tse Tung” Obama

“I think he’s lost touch with reality. He ought to get professional help, perhaps from Major Nidal.”–Former U.S. attorney general Mike Mukasey (on Rep. Jim Moran’s claim that those who support military tribunals, like George Washington did for Maj. Andre, are “un-American.”)

She drives them half-mad…and they were three quarters-crazy to begin with.

RUSH: A lot of people — mistakenly, in my view — are looking at New York-23 as evidence that, see, a third party could actually do well. So what are your thoughts now on the viability of a third party if the Republican Party can’t be brought around?

GOV. PALIN: Ideally, sure, a third party or an independent party would be able to soar and thrive and put candidates forth and have them elected, but I don’t think America is ready for that. And I say that, though, acknowledging that I’m not an obsessive panther, I understand why people — good people like my own husband — refuse to register in a party. Todd’s not a Republican and yet he’s got more commonsense conservatism than a whole lot of Republicans that I know because he is one who sees the idiosyncrasies of the characters within the machine and it frustrates him along with a whole lot of other Americans who choose to be independent. But in answer to your question, I don’t think that the third party movement will be what’s necessary to usher in some commonsense conservative ideals.

Robert Costa:

On New York Times columnist David Brooks calling her a “joke:”

“Whatever,” laughs Palin. “I wish that guy would go back and look at my record and see my accomplishments and the commonsense, conservative principles that I applied as a city council member, a mayor, as a governor, as an oil regulator, etc. We had a lot of success and progress. I wish that he would judge me on that.” [Sorry–David needs a well-creased pant-leg to praise.–ed.]

On criticism from cultural elites:

“If the elites and the mainstream media are uncomfortable with average, everyday Americans having a voice, then of course they’re going to attack the one who happens to have the megaphone.”

Weekly World:

Sarah Palin refused to shake the hand of Oliver Stone at a Saturday Night Live taping. Through tears and muffled sobs, Stone said he doesn’t care: “no, really.”

She knows where those Havana hands have been.

Robert Costa & Rich Lowry:

“That was a mistake,” Palin says of the Obama bow. “It was symbolic of, perhaps, our country being led to believe that we are subservient to other countries.” She says she would “like to see us head more in the direction of Ronald Reagan’s thinking — knowing that we are a very, very blessed nation and a superpower.” She adds, “We can get there through a position of strength and not believing that we have to kowtow or bow to anybody.” Asked if she would have bowed, she replies, “No, sir.”

How did she come up with the phrase [Death Panels]? “To me, while reading that section of the bill, it became so evident that there would be a panel of bureaucrats who would decide on levels of health care, decide on those who are worthy or not worthy of receiving some government-controlled coverage,” she explains.


Q: If you could have one job in the White House tomorrow, what would it be? – Alisha Cordoncillo, Copperas Cove, Tex.

PALIN: It would be chief of staff, so I could start appointing people who would recognize those things that America needs to get our economy back on the right track and to secure our nation.

LA Times Blog via Breitbart:On the green revolution: “A lot of snake-oil science. … Somebody’s making an awful lot of money” from the fear of global warming.

On healthcare: “There are lots of common-sense solutions before we get the federal government involved.”

And, finally, on the “drill, baby, drill” chant that defined her appearance before the Republican National Convention last summer: “What is complicated about tapping into safe supplies” of oil?

Responding to Vice President Biden’s recent comment that addressing environmental issues is more complicated then just drilling, Palin said, “It’s not that complicated, it’s political.”

Matthew Continetti:

1) I asked about Palin’s upcoming visit to Ft. Hood. “We had planned on that before the tragedy struck,” she said. She commented on the trail of evidence linking the alleged Ft. Hood shooter, Maj. Nidal Hasan, to militant Islam. “There were such clear, obvious, massive warning signs that were missed,” she said. “This terrorist, even having business cards” that identified him as an “SoA” or soldier of Allah. Palin blamed a culture of political correctness and other decisions that “prevented — I’m going to say it — profiling” of someone with Hasan’s extremist ideology. “I say, profile away,” Palin said. Such political correctness, she continued, “could be our downfall.” If the upcoming investigations into the attack reveal bad decision-making on the part of senior officials, Palin continued, those officials ought to be fired.

Palin visits Ft. Hood on December 4. She plans to donate all the royalties from her book-signing there to the families of the victims.

2) I also asked Governor Palin about Attorney General Holder’s decision to try September 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohamed in federal court in New York City.

“Does KSM deserve constitutional rights?” I asked.

Palin’s response: “Not no, but hell no.”

Hell yes. …oh, where’s my manners?

Hell yes, ma’am.


Diamonds and Eternal Vigilance Are Forever


Pamela Geller has a good link to watch Canada’s top publisher Ezra Levant and top writer Mark Steyn explain to Parliament why free speech is good and political censorship is bad. Unless Neil Young releases another album. Just kidding. I like old Young. Stand up, Neil.

“Absolutely brilliant display of solid reasoning and logic by these two men,” she says.

But in another sense, it’s pathetic, though. As kids, we thought these issues had been settled by our forefathers at Runnymede and Peter Zenger’s trial and in the Bill of Rights. But here it is 2009 and we’re still fighting for something as basic to the body politic as breathing and Key Lime Pie are to our bodies.

America’s top two legislators just called millions of their fellow citizens “Nazis” and “evil-mongers” because they dare to disagree about how best to approach health care. I heard plenty of howling about those idiotic Pelosi/Reid statements–but I never heard a single stormtrooper conservative mongering advocating that they be arrested for hate speech. For Botox abuse and resembling Parson Weems sucking on a lemon, yes–but for hate speech, no. Not once.

If we can afford Free Speech for the Powerful yet Retarded, we can afford it for all. Including Kathy Shaidle:

After observing the atmosphere at CPAC, Peter Brimelow wrote:

“The backlash to Obama is likely to be faster and more furious than the Beltway Establishment, Right or Left, anticipates.”

Today he calls the Obama term “a four-year O.J. trial”, and he adds:

“The plain fact is that the Obama Administration has very shallow roots in historic America. It is, to put it brutally, a minority occupation government. Government and governed have little real contact or mutual understanding. It’s a recipe for continuous clashes.”

I just threw that in there because I could…and that’s the point.

The last word is that there is no last word…and no time that these freedoms we have taken for granted will not have to be defended in word and in deed.

Update: American Thinker:

“…Sunstein’s new book, On Rumors: How Falsehoods Spread, Why We Believe Them, What Can Be Done, in which he attacks the plague of “rumors” besetting the Obama administration. Rumors must be regulated, according to Sunstein. Suspiciously, Sunstein’s definition of “rumors” never seems to favor conservatives. To combat “rumors,” Sunstein proposes fines, and even obligatory retractions, in the case of Internet publications.

In his new book, harsh penalties would be meted out for those that “spread rumors about an appointee of a Democratic president,”

As a Czar (from “Caesar”), Sunstein is ‘an appointee of a Democratic president’–he wants to criminalize anyone who criticizes him!

If Sunstein disagrees with my assessment in that last sentence, he’s got an answer. That is, not a better answer than my assessment, but simply to airbrush and erase mine:

“Those who run websites would be obliged to take down falsehoods upon notice.”

Or put another way, “Ein Volk, ein Reich, ein Führer, ein Sunstein-approved website.”



All American Couple has a nice wedding and a great honeymoon, so all the cockbiters on the Left have to crawl out of the woodwork and whine about it.

This country is going to hell in a handbasket, and the comments to that article give an enormous clue why.  Reading comprehension seems to be limited at best, with many commenters asking how easy it is to hunt in a dress, despite the fact that the article clearly states she kept the dress in the car until after the kill.  Commenters whose id’s claim manhood, yet label “sex, ostentation, and killing” as “ugly”.  The obligatory dueling banjos bullshit, as if that movie accurately portrayed one damned thing about rural living.  Libel of the happy couple as deceitful, as if two people who find some things in common is a frank impossibility.  Whining about antagonizing the wildlife and the environment, as if without the efforts of hunters and sportsmen there would be any of either left.

I am frankly sickened by the absolute wussitude displayed by some of my fellow Americans in reaction to this blessed event.  Kim du Toit was right.

When does the Second Revolutionary War start?

Via Insty.


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