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Good morning peeps!
How was everyone’s 4th of July?  I missed fireworks this year. It isn’t as fun without them but I understand with the fire risks that a ban was necessary.  At least my dog had a relaxing evening.

OK, I’m going to be totally un-PC but this story is still crackin me up.  There was a float in the parade that consisted of belly dancers promoting a dance school.  These ladies looked to be in their 40’s and 50’s, severely lacking a tan, not wearing very much at all and about 50 to 80 lbs overweight.  The crowd had been so enthusiastic for each group so far but as these ladies shimmied and shook, the crowd was deathly quiet.  It was just an interesting sight to see.

The look on some people’s faces and the quiet were a bit awkward so when the next float (Home Depot) came thru some guy yelled “yay dirt!” to break the silence and the crowd laughed and cheered.  It cracked me up.  Maybe you had to be there but it was really funny.  For the rest of the day we kept exclaiming “Yay dirt!” at moments of silence, lol!

It was nice to take a break yesterday from the political noise.  We watched Bristol’s new episodes again yesterday.  My daughter just loves the Palin family.  I loved seeing the behind the scenes of CPAC, the family photo shoot, the pink gun! and Gov. Palin’s sense of humor.  Tripp is pretty funny himself.  I really like these two new episodes.

Not much else is going on here. How about everyone else?


Bristol says to celebrate…

Bracketing?  What is this March madness?

I’ve got some soap for your mouth…

Yay dirt!!

Look whose going rogue in an Alex P. Keeton way…


Look who grew a backbone…

Hey wait, we know this Mama Grizzly!…




Happy 18th Birthday Willow!

Ann Romney said this morning that she would like to see a female VP…  we know it will never be Palin.  She would completely overshadow Romney in every way. His ego could not tolerate that.  I also don’t think I want to see her try and sell Romney to us.  At least with McCain she could focus on his military service to our country.  I also think the GOPe and Romney camp just do NOT get it.  There is no current GOP woman who is a good substitute for Palin. Every weakness they claim Palin has, the current crop of GOP women have too and often with less experience and less of a great record.  It wouldn’t surprise me if they are dumb enough to think that just any GOP woman will do and I do like some of the up and comers but at this time, they don’t come close to what Gov. Palin could offer and none of them have been really vetted.

I’ll say it again on VP and Cabinet picks, Romney doesn’t understand the seriousness of what our country is facing if he picks anyone from the Senate for any position in his administration without guaranteeing a Republican replacement.  Just my 2 cents.


Have a great day everyone!!!




  • 99Dual99Citizan99

    Another wonderful post,Firelight and the political cartoon is magic.

  • BostonBruin

    Good morning!

    “Everyone has challenges and trials … not facing challenges limits us … there’s no inspiration, energy or ambition to grow when you put your head in the sand … the Palin family is no different from others … we’ve had our challenges, but we’ve tackled them head-on, together, and we’ve ended up stronger for it.”

    America By Heart, pages 94-95

    • blackbird

      Hi BostonBruin, my book case is missing a book, I am going to get my Aunt in Arizona to send me America By Heart soon, it would complement Going Rogue nicely. I enjoy the excerpts,  Thanks.

  • Gelston

    blackbird said this:
    Firelight, I just want to say you and Crueladev do one hell of a job running things around here. Thanks

    I strongly agree.
    And to show how much I agree with that post, I will now belly dance. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>
    Ok, I’ll just say, “Yay dirt”

    • Firelight

      (speeeeeewwwwsss coffee on screen!)  ROTFLMAO!!  You are awesome Gelston!!!

  • hrh40

    Heh heh, going rogue like Alex P Keaton!

    Yay, Janne! And she stood up for Palin in her first statement! You go, girl! :)

    • JanneMyrdal

      woohoo!!   Game On!

      • blackbird

        That round table was great and Mrs. Myrdal you are Awesome. I hope they have the good sense to bring you back. It was very clear watching how some politicians are party first, it won’t be so hard to take if they were appointed by the executive branch instead of by the People.

    • blackbird

      Janne was awesome. If you want a perfect example of what’s the problem with politicians listen to Senator Mathern “I don’t know the rationale for this ad” wow!

  • section9

    Excellent cartoon, Firelight. Thanks again for the Morning Roundup.

    That outtake of the Palin’s at CPAC was great.

  • John_Frank

    Good morning,

    Firelight, thanks for the news round up.

    From today’s Wall Street Journal:

    Romney’s Tax Confusion
    The candidate’s response on the ObamaCare mandate reveals larger campaign problems.

    The editorial blasts the putative nominee’s campaign.

    Michelle Malkin: Etch-a-sketch is hanging over Romney’s head after his flip-flop on individual mandate

    As RS writes:

    Michelle Malkin was on Fox and Friends this morning and had some tough words for Romney saying that he should have been better prepared to deal with this decision on the individual mandate. Instead he came out agreeing with Obama that it wasn’t a tax and and then flipped to the position that it is a tax. She says there is no question this is an Achilles’ heel for him and that he should have just vowed repeal no matter what you call it. And she’s right, just as Rush and Levin are right. Because he flipped on it he’s now getting bogged down in the semantics of this instead of arguing against what it really is and what it represents for all of America.

    Malkin also talks about the hateful left and their vile tweets yesterday, including Chris Rock’s tweet about Independence day being a white people’s holiday.

    House Report: Countrywide Issued ‘Hundreds’ of Discounts for Influence

    Remember Countrywide? Right them. Corrupt? Who us? Never. /sarc

    Will any of the former executives at Country Wide or the public figures who received a “VIP discount” be prosecuted?

    Of course not. What a silly question.

    FYI – The report notes that Representative Pete Sessions (R) of Texas told the VIP unit not to give him a discount, and he did not receive one. Good for Pete Sessions.

    It is indeed time for a revolution.

    • ProudAmerican247

      Thanks, John for your post. Great info.

      Michelle Malkins right.

      Mittens should have said…no matter what you want to call b.o.’s healthcare plan, (I call it DeathCare), a tax, a penalty, whatever, I will get this monstrosity REPEALED when I’m president.

      He didn’t, and it just makes the Mittster weaker than he ever was!

      What a crock!!

      We need Sarah Palin.

      I hope the delegates draft her at the convention!

      Go Sarah! 2012!

    • Bill589

      O should be so easily beat. Yet the stupid party runs the one person who was for socialized healthcare, before he was against it. Including mandates, before he was against it. Was for cap and tax, before he was against it. . . . He seems to have been for and against everything at one point or another in the last decade or so. (I remember when Sarah mimicked him, sticking her finger up to test the wind.)

      When I have read some people’s view that the stupid party wants to lose to set up Jeb for ‘16, it always sounded a little bit crazy to me.  Who would ‘play’ with our country like this, with so much at stake?  But now I don’t know.

      We must all hope that Mitt wins, and then does not govern the country as he did his state, else there will be no difference – just a ‘changing of the uniforms.’

      God bless the USA, and keep the true reformer Sarah Palin safe.

    • blackbird

      Thanks for the post John.

      Mitt ‘Peacetime’ Romney flops should not come as no surprise, if you want to see something funny ask Romney a simple question but have all the conservatives stay silent, now that would be a conundrum for Mr. Romney.

      It’s easy for me to say, but just my 2 cents, ignore Mr. Romney, your health would be better for it, November is fast approaching and weather the conservatives get the vote out one thing is crystal clear, Congress must, must be controlled by the Conservatives if there is any chance of repealing Obamacare and I believe it will be repealed.

      The revolution link was one hard hitting article, hard to disagree with “Now we have Obamacare and now the Republicans want the Tea Party to fix it. Dream on”

  • ProudAmerican247

    “People know something has gone terribly wrong with our government and it has gotten so far off track. But people also know that there is nothing wrong in America that a good old-fashioned election can’t fix.”  – Sarah Palin

    As much as I love summer and not wanting it to end, I can’t wait for NOVEMBER!!!

    • Bill589

      Sarah has a way of putting things that always cheers me up, renews my fighting spirit, and gives me a sure hope of victory for our republic.

      When I remember to thank God for the good things I have, I’ve added Sarah Palin to the list.

  • Nancy6

    Love the title of this OT!:)
    That parade story was great!


    • Firelight

      LOL!  I totally thought of you when I typed it 😉

      • Nancy6


  • Whitney Pitcher

    Good morning all!

    I’m laughing at your parade story, Firelight! :) This is my 6th summer living in Springfield, but the first time I haven’t gone out of town to my parents’ for the holiday. I was a bit surprised to see that a capital city didn’t have a parade for the holiday. However, watching the fireworks from the capital lawn was pretty cool. They launched them from a nearby parking lot. It made me a little nervous that they launched them in such close quarter as downtown. One rogue firework could have caught downtown on fire.

    Of course Mitt’s not going to pick Palin. She’s a well poisoner, not a woman anyway, right? ; ) To be honest, I’d be extremely surprised if he’d pick any woman because any of them would outshine him, and of course, none of them have the record that Palin has.

    I’ll have to watch Janne’s TV appearance when I get home from work.

  • ProudAmerican247

     Comment from “lea” on HotAir…

    “…I might vote for the lesser of two evils, but I will not give money or my time to a non-conservative candidate.
    It’s called sticking to your principles, and more people AND candidates should try it. Our founding fathers did and great things happened.”

    We may be stuck with the “lesser of two evils”. So be it.

    I will not give one penny to any candiate who is not a constitutional conservative.

    Getting constitutional conservatives elected in the House and Senate is the goal.

    They have won their primaries, thanks in large part, to Sarah.

    May they win in November and STICK to their principles.

    And if Mittens is elected, they must hold his feet to the fire and force him to do the right thing for our country.

    P.S. I never saw so many fireworks displays in my life as I did last evening! I sat out on my deck, and there must have been 7-8 of ’em lighting up the sky, non-stop!!! AWESOME!

    Patriotism is alive and well in our country!!!  Yesterday, Independence Day, proved it!

  • ProudAmerican247

    “…we know it will never be Palin.  She would completely overshadow Romney in every way. His ego could not tolerate that. There is no current GOP woman who is a good substitute for Palin. I do like some of the up and comers but at this time, they don’t come close to what Gov. Palin could offer and none of them have been really vetted.”

    So true, Firelight.

    Let’s hope he picks one we can live with.

  • ProudAmerican247

    “Happy Birthday!” Willow! And good luck in hairstylist school!


  • blackbird

    From the Yay dirt!! link:
    The Health and Human Services Department “was given a billion dollars implementation money,” Republican Rep. Denny Rehberg of Montana said. “That money is gone already….”

    “…For some, though, the bottom line is clear and troubling: The federal government is about to assume massive new powers…”

  • palinsupporter1

    I honestly think Romney and Romneys campaign will try to belittle Palin with subtle jabs at her credibility this election. They want to make her unimportant in national politics. If Romney picks Ayotte this will be particularly the case as she will be the new “smarter” Palin, Sarah will be up to the task to defend herself though and if Ayotte is picked she will fade just like Bachmann did, for there is only on Sarah Palin.

    • lonestar

      Romney is not going to have a female running mate.  No way, no how.  Romney is like barry in that he would never run with anybody who might overshadow him.  He will lose with another boring white male who is even duller than he is.

    • Firelight

      I agree. I think Camp Romney will keep up the attacks on Palin. 

      They really think Mitt is going to win and the last thing they want is for the general electorate to have a 1976 moment where they realize they nominated the wrong person.  Romney does not want to be under the shadow of such a realization even if he beats Obama.  They don’t want Romney to spend 4 years of his administration being compared and contrasted to Palin the whole time.

      They think if they could just discredit her and finally do away with her all that worry will go away and the man would have a blissful term and get the credit he is due (puke).

      Clearly, they are insane because they keep doing to same things and she is still standing…


      • palinsupporter1

        I completely agree. I hope Tampa is a 1976 moment with Palin giving a rousing speech just across the road from the convention.

  • blackbird

    Thanks for the news roundup and update Firelight.

    “It wouldn’t surprise me if they are dumb enough to think that just any GOP woman will do” that would make them knuckle dragging neanderthals.

    I vote for Colonel West, oh wait he might overshadow Romney, that’s ok a little overshadowing would be good for the spine.

  • blackbird


    I don’t know about you, but I don’t spend a great deal of time worrying about how I appear to other people. I know I’m not perfect. Far from it. But I figure that there is an upside to my own flaws, faults and imperfections: for one thing, they seem to bring joy to others. Maybe that’s reason enough not to over-polish.

    Or maybe it’s just that I underestimate the seriousness of my own shortcomings. I might be like the man who was driving a car with a bumper sticker that read, “Hang up and drive.” A police officer was pleased to spot the sticker, as she had witnessed too many accidents caused by motorists talking on cell phones. Wanting to signal her approval to the driver, she pulled up alongside the car. But when she glanced over, she was dismayed to see him peering into his rear-view mirror and shaving. At least he wasn’t talking on his mobile phone.

    Maybe it is just easier to spot the flaws in others. It’s like the camel. An African proverb states, “The camel never sees its own hump, but that of its brother is always before its eyes.” I probably don’t see my own humps very clearly. Or, as writer Margaret Halsey once said, “Whenever I dwell for any length of time on my own shortcomings, they gradually begin to seem mild, harmless, rather engaging little things, not at all like the staring defects in other people’s characters.”

    So I can appreciate the story of an elderly couple who, while on an automobile trip, stopped at a roadside restaurant for lunch. The woman left her eye glasses on the table, but didn’t miss them until they were back on the highway. And, of course, it was difficult to turn around by then. Her husband fussed and complained all the way back to the restaurant about her “always leaving her glasses” behind. They finally arrived, and as the woman got out of the car to retrieve her glasses, the old man said, “While you’re in there, you may as well get my hat, too.”

    Psychologist Carl Jung puts a powerful spin on this phenomenon of seeing other’s faults more clearly than our own. He teaches that “everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.” Or, put another way, the humps we can’t help but seeing in others are a lot like the humps others see in us. Or, perhaps they are like the humps we see in ourselves.

    So, what would happen if we’d look at other people’s faults and humps as a gift? After all, they’re teaching us about ourselves.

    And that’s what makes us different from camels.

    By Steve Goodier:

  • Riley4Palin

    Afternoon All!

    I spent yesterday morning walking the parade route with my nieces.  Did I mention it was 100 degrees?  Only highlight was a nice woman standing on her patio of an office building with a giant firehose spraying down on everyone who walked by.  That lightened everyone’s sour mood. When you live in WI, we are not use to these types of temps and wear our crabby pants 24 hrs/day.  I don’t know how you southerners take it every year.  Give me 20 degrees, snow and sun anyday over this stuff. 

    Due to the icky temp, we canceled our tee time in the afternoon and went to see ‘The Amazing Spiderman’ along with every other person living in my zip code.  The theatre was packed.  My review:  Good and entertaining flick!  Andrew Garfield (Spiderman) was quite cute, genuine, and likeable.  Emma Stone played his love interest and they are very cute together. 

    The Women’s LPGA US Open is in my state this weekend.  I’m sure the women never thought in a million years Wisconsin would have temps in the 100’s, but it should get better for them tomorrow (mid-90’s) and by Saturday, back in the 80’s.  They just have to buck up and deal with the worst of it today. 

    As for politics…..well better late than never for Romney to listen to the Conservative backlash about not keeping with the tax narrative.  He better stay on message now about this and keep some of those “advisors” in the backroom.

    As for Ann Romney’s statement about hoping hubby selects a woman for VP.  Won’t happen.  My gut says he will never pick a woman without endless comparisons being made about Palin.  Since she is not on his short list, neither is anyone else.  Bobby Jindal seems to be more out front these days on TV and he would be a solid pick.  I don’t want Portman (Bushie), Christie (big mouth progressive), or Rubio (not enough experience and Bushie). I would be shocked beyond belief if Romney ever selected Palin’s pick of Allen West.  Now that would be very rogue of him, but its not in him to make any bold moves. 

    • ProudAmerican247

      “When you live in WI, we are not use to these types of temps and wear our crabby pants 24 hrs/day.”

      LOL! I’m from WI too and I hear ya, Riley.

      Spring and summer are my favorite times of the year, but I’d take 20 below zero right about now!!! 

    • narciso

       Hey, Riley, how are you doing, I was wondering how that revamped Spiderman, would turn out, the previous installlment was quite a dissapointment,

  • hrh40

    They’re still studying her:

    • indemind

       Daaaa, You Think!


    • blackbird

      Thanks for the link hrh. What a shocker their findings. Wonder what the numbers would look like if they removed Fox News from their content analysis.

    • ProudAmerican247

      Even though she is so “irrelevant” in their minds.

      The Palin haters are just too funny sometimes.

      They can’t get enough of Sarah Palin.

    • narciso

       The main finding, they missed was Biden has been wrong on every major issue in the last 40 years, from the Alaskan pipeline to the uBL raid.

  • 99Dual99Citizan99

    “There is no joy in Mudville, mighty Casey has struck out.”

  • Freempg

    Romney will not only not pick Governor Palin, he and his nefarious minions will persist in their efforts to destroy any semblance of a political career she may have left, and seek to eliminate her influence as a “king maker” by all means necessary. Look for Romney pal Roger Ailes not to renew the Governor’s contract in January (if Romney is elected). Sure she might land on her feet at CNN or wherever, but her voice will be drowned out by two or three liberals, and comments at their websites will be viscious. Never forget how Romney deals with conservatives. Governor Palin was his first victim, starting with the post-defeat planning discussed in the American Spectator 10/27/2012, which follows:


    Former Mitt Romney presidential campaign staffers, some of whom are currently working for Sen. John McCain and Gov. Sarah Palin’s bid for the White House, have been involved in spreading anti-Palin spin to reporters, seeking to diminish her standing after the election. “Sarah Palin is a lightweight, she won’t be the first, not even the third, person people will think of when it comes to 2012,” says one former Romney aide, now working for McCain-Palin. “The only serious candidate ready to challenge to lead the Republican Party is Mitt Romney. He’s in charge on November 5th.”

    Romney has kept a low profile nationally since being denied the vice presidential nomination. He is currently traveling for the National Republican Congressional Committee in support of some House members, and has attended events for a handful of other House members who have sought his support, but he has traveled little for the McCain-Palin ticket. “He said the only time he’d travel for us is if we assured him that national cameras would be there,” says a McCain campaign communications aide. “He’s traveled to Nevada and a couple other states for us. That’s about it.”

    Should McCain-Palin not win next week, Romney is expected to mount another presidential run, though it isn’t clear that he has handled himself particularly well since losing the nomination. He failed to support or espouse conservative positions on the economic bailout bill in an effective or meaningful way, and he has turned down opportunities to endorse and work for conservative candidates in House or Senate seats unless they were assured of winning.

    The most glaring oversight was Romney’s refusal to do a phone recording for Massachusetts Republican Jeff Beatty, who is challenging Sen. John Kerry. “Mitt supposedly cares about Massachusetts, but won’t even return phone calls asking for help,” says a conservative working for Beatty in Boston. “It’s a tough race, but the least he could do is help. He’s showing his true colors.”

    Some former Romney aides were behind the recent leaks to media, including CNN, that Governor Sarah Palin was a “diva” and was going off message intentionally. The former and current Romney supporters further are pushing Romney supporters for key Republican jobs, including head of the Republican National Committee.

  • Bill589

    So many agree that for vice president, Mitt needs to pick someone that doesn’t overshadow himself.
    I think that is an awfully small target to hit.

  • panchita

    as all my fellow canines can attest, i was horrified at the treatment poor Seamus, the beautiful and gentle  Irish Setter, the romneys brutally caged on the roof of their luxury automobile, underwent on his endless trip to the frigid north country.

    i was assuaged by the knowdlege that he had a bout of projectile diarrhea which doused the entire romney family.

    cold comfort to this particular chihuahua. nonetheless, thank goodness for small favors. woof.

    • Suki Pero

      If only Seamus had been a Rottweiler or a Pit Bull instead of an easy going, loving Irish Setter, things may have turned out differently for old Mitt.  I don’t know if some dogs would have been as forgiving.

  • JLAdevelop

    Thank you for the daily update.

  • MJosephSheppard

    Finally the dam is bursting. A Texas newspaper has an opinion piece which includes ‘Romney should step aside and let Palin take over.” (Link to the post plus four other articles in a similar attacking Romney manner at the link above)
    The Lubbock Texas Avalanche-Journal has an impassioned opinion piece up today titled “Romney Must quit  supporting Obama”. The article reflects, in the writers vociferous way the disquiet in some parts of the GOP’s camp at what is seen as, at least, a lacklustre campaign by Romney and for others actually an Obama supportive campaign by him. The WSJ is quoted as another critic of Romney.

    This of course stems in some major part with Romney’s difficulty over the Obamacare situation-Romney being credited as  conceptual originator of President Obama’s own health care act.The GOP, if it loses because of conservative abstention in November will have made a rod for its own back-there will be no use in blaming the majority of Republicans who voted for the other prospective candidates.The GOP establishment wanted Romney, Romneycare and all and they now have him. That writers such as the one in Lubbock are giving vent to their frustration at Romney’ apparent me to-ism  is hardly surprising.

    That there is a call for Palin to take over the reins-a proven fighter unblemished with Romney’s Romneycare and flip-flopper reputation also not surprising, rather is it frustrating and saddening that the one person who called out Obama correctly for what he is in 2008 was pushed out of the running.

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