- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 14, 2010


Her fans are very fond of the fearless side of Sarah Palin. Despite vicious criticism, Mrs. Palin continues to appear canny, unapologetic and good-humored in the press, whether she is headlining Fox News or appearing on the cover of In Touch magazine - with her toddler Trig, daughter Bristol Palin and infant grandson Tripp - emblazoned with the headline “We’re glad we chose life.”

It drives Mrs. Palin’s foes crazy. It prompts her fans to say, “That’s our Sarah.”

Overseas, things get crazy, though. Lending a new dimension to Mrs. Palin’s signature phrase, “you betcha,” Paddy Power - Ireland’s largest bookmaker - is now taking bets on “which minority group the broadcasting newbie will first offend in her media role.”

Hmm. Uh-huh. Sure.

“Where Sarah Palin goes, controversy is generally not too far behind, so we’ll obviously be following her new career path with great interest,” the group tells Inside the Beltway, offering these odds, exactly as listed to the public:

“The first minority group Sarah Palin offends:

4/1 Gay/Lesbian/Bi-sexual

6/1 African American

6/1 Muslims

8/1 Single parents

10/1 Senior Citizens

10/1 The Poor

12/1 Arab Americans

14/1 Jews

16/1 Native Americans

16/1 Third World countries

18/1 Christians

20/1 Irish

20/1 The infirm

20/1 Inuits

25/1 Jehovah’s Witness


Advertising Age media critic Larry Dobrow rates Mrs. Palin’s initial 14-minute appearance on Fox News’ “The O’Reilly Factor” Tuesday night:

“I thought Palin did nicely. Say what you want about her syntactical shimmies or tendency to lapse into campaigny monologues - the camera digs her, which gives her an advantage over some rigorous-thinking but grooming-resistant wonks of cable news. Also, unlike the myriad smart-because-they-say-they-are commentators fanned out across the dial, Palin has long since established her bona fides with her audience - which, coincidentally, just happens to overlap with Fox News’ viewership. In the parlance of a business of a distinctly different kind, Sarah Palin arrives at Fox as a made woman.”


Tenacious CBS News reporter Sharyl Attkisson did all the math to find out the toll on taxpayers dollars taken by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi when she attended the recent Copenhagen climate summit, accompanied by a grand total of 165 lawmakers, assorted staff and family members:

$168,351 in flight time on three military jets. “Dozens” of commercial tickets at $2,000 each. 321 hotel nights at the Copenhagen Marriott Hotel. Oh, and the group generated “enough climate-stunting carbon dioxide” to fill 10,000 Olympic swimming pools.

“Which means even if Congress didn’t get a global agreement, they left an indelible footprint all the same,” Ms. Attkisson says.


There are conservatives. Then there are “influential” conservatives. Talk-radio host Michael Savage has been deemed a “more influential conservative” than Lou Dobbs, Ann Coulter, Chris Ruddy and Bill O’Reilly by the Daily Telegraph, which placed Mr. Savage at No. 47 of the list of the world’s “Top 100” conservatives.. The British paper ranked Mr. Ruddy at 64, Ms. Coulter at 74, Mr. Dobbs at 79 and Mr. O’Reilly at 85.

Mr. Savage was accused of “fostering hatred” and banned from Britain last year by then-Home Secretary Jacqui Smith, who included him on a list of 16 “undesirables” that included known terrorists. He sued Ms. Smith, wrote a book about his experiences and continues to ponder the state of things.

“I hope the notice of my relative importance to the conservative movement is based on my 25 books, not some out-of-context statements concocted by the far-left. ‘Liberalism is a Mental Disorder’ was a medical diagnosis, not solely a conservative book,” Mr. Savage tells Inside the Beltway, referring to one of his many best-sellers.


So what now? The Obama administration’s excruciating attention to the rights of enemy combatants is taking a toll on our own military, says Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who recently returned from a fact-finding tour of Afghanistan and Pakistan with four other Republican lawmakers.

“From the top to the bottom, the military, the American military people that we talked to, indicated some confusion, operationally, about what you do when you detain a terrorist,” says the Kentucky Republican.

“This sort of preoccupation that we see on full display here in the U.S., with the example of the Christmas would-be bomber being turned over - not to the military for interrogation, but to criminal courts - and told he is entitled to a lawyer, is a mentality that I think is very dangerous in the war on terror,” he continues.

“To not be allowed to properly interrogate and to detain, without some of the concerns that you might have if you were an American citizen here in the United States who is under arrest for robbing a convenience store or something, strikes me as a pretty wrong-headed way to conduct the war,” Mr. McConnell advises.


Just a reminder. Everybody who wants to find out whether the world is coming to an end soon can simply tune in Thursday to the Doomsday Clock’s big debut on camera, when the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists crowd reveals if they moved the hands of the timepiece closer to midnight. Will we land an automatic two minutes to destruction? Don’t count on it. The Chicago-based group may go in the opposite direction, justifying their move by citing President Obama’s recent forays into global peace, the environment and all that stuff.

But then again, maybe not. See for yourself at 10 a.m., right here: www.turnbacktheclock.org.


c 9 percent of Americans overall are “very worried” about being victimized by terrorists.

• 33 percent are “somewhat” worried; 35 percent are “not too worried.”

• 22 percent are “not worried at all.”

• 4 percent say President Obama’s new anti-terror measures “go too far.”

• 38 percent say they “are about right.”

• 42 percent say they “do not go far enough.”

• 31 percent of Democrats and 53 percent of Republicans agree.

Source: A Gallup Poll survey of 1,023 adults conducted Jan. 8-10.

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