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Sarah Palin pleads: 'Nobody tell Barack Obama what number comes after a trillion'

Sarah Palin, that reputed Republican rebel who's supposed to be at odds with the national party, swung through California this past weekend to rouse Republicans at a Republican National Committee rally in Anaheim.

Yes, yes, of course speaking near L.A. gives Palin a chance to visit her daughter, Bristol, who turns 20 today and performs tonight for the fifth week on "Dancing With the Stars." Our pal Kate O'Hare nabbed an exclusive interview here with Palin about that and her own new show premiering soon on TLC. "She's having a ball," Mom reports.

Palin seemed to be enjoying herself too in Anaheim, as part of a national RNC campaign tour that wraps up next Saturday at 3 p.m. at the Marriott World Center in Orlando, including an unusual chance to meet Palin for a photo.

The crowd packed into the Anaheim ballroom began chanting Sarah's name Saturday while the band was still playing "Journey" songs.

The audience cheered and whistled appropriately for other party speakers including GOP House candidate Van Tran, who's giving Democratic incumbent Loretta Sanchez a run for her money to represent most of Orange County. And Andrew Breitbart, the conservative blogger, got folks laughing with his initially unintended but then repeated campaign call to help fire "Harry Pelosi."

And RNC chairman Michael Steele got an enthusiastic response for his rising peroration not to let up despite a plethora of optimistic polls for the GOP on Nov. 2.

(A growing number of news reports indicate many Democrats already believe they have lost control of the House, will suffer badly in the Senate and in control of governor's offices. A new Associated Press/Knowsledge Network Poll released early today shows many 2008 Obama supporters are disspirited and peeling away from him in dismay over a lack of promised change.)

As Steele moved toward introducing the day's special you-know-who guest from Alaska, the roar of the crowd grew along with the cellphone camera flashes.

Palin's full remarks are just below here in video.

Palin said, please, nobody should tell the Democratic president what number comes after a trillion. (It's quadrillion.) Obama will bring Air Force One back to California later this month to help incumbent Sen. Barbara Boxer against Republican Carly Fiorina -- and drop into Nevada again to do the same for embattled Harry Reid vs the GOP's Sharron Angle.

The top two other Palin quotes, the first one spoken from her own losing experience in 2008:

"There's nothing wrong with America that a good old-fashioned election can't fix."

and, speaking of Obama's oft-promised change for the country:

"Our America, we do not seek its fundamental transformation. We seek its restoration, all that is good and strong and free in America."

-- Andrew Malcolm

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To the psedo-intellectual leftwinger that said:
"Come on LA Times: the next integer that comes after a trillion is 1,000,000,000,001."

maybe you should learn read. No one said what INTEGER comes after a trillion. It is factually correct to state the next number after trillion is quadrillion. IN this sense "Number" references a nominal set (please see: statistics 101). Using your pseudo-intellectual reasoning, there are an infinite amount of numbers that come between 1,000,000,000,000 and 1,000,000,000,001. You are nothing more than a puppet Obama bot, probably an atheist/agnostic that surfs (hence, irrational and full of fallacies)

soooooo inspiring, and so true. she is the best.

Sarah is quoted as saying, "There's nothing wrong with America that a good old-fashioned election can't fix."

I beg to differ. We have forgotten God; that's why all this has happened. We didn't vote ourselves into this mess; we sinned ourselves into it. Nothing but authentic Nineveh-like repentance - repentance toward God and obedient submission to Jesus Christ - will save us from the fierce judgments that will otherwise be visited upon us.

Don't be deceived. This is not a political crisis or a financial crisis. It is, at its core, a MORAL crisis. We have abandoned the "self-evident truths" upon which this nation was founded. The current regime has embraced all the tenets of socialism that WWII was ostensibly fought to contain. But the same guiding principles animated the Bush administration before that, and are clearly the principles of the political establishment. ONLY repentance toward God and faith toward Christ can deliver us.

Another cutesy sound byte from the foot in mouth prom queen. Tell us the lie about death-panels again Sarah!

Libs suck! They only seek the downfall of America! They ruin everything America is. They are going down is a hard way! Down with the Dems for good!!!


Haaaaaaaaaa, good one! Obama and the rest of the DeomcRATS are deathly afraid of Palin. Interesting!

Misspelling done to arouse frothy reaction from DemOcRATS!

Unfortunatley, somebody already told Obama and the Federal Reserve...Economic, World instability, here we come!

Wow, it is really sad that a true educated person, Republican or Democrat will fall prey of the message from this ignorant and incoherent lady, shame in all citizens who believe that this woman will bring progress to this country.

Please open your eyes, vote Republican or Democrat but do not listen to this greedy woman.

@David - Uh, "Foot-in-mouth"???

Like your guy who claimed to have visited 57 states with one to go?

Who can't speak the language - Remember "Corpse-man"?

Who goes into paralytic umm-mode anytime he's off the teleprompter?

Who is too ashamed of his college and grade-school records to release them?

Whose VP expects the lame to walk, who is a walking, talking gaffe-machine.

What a pathetic bunch of losers - No wonder you're all terrified of Sarah Palin and what she represents - REAL Americans, not your liberal self-styled elitist snobs.

big dude said it for me

The answer we were looking for was a "Vagillion."

Right now, I'd take Palin over Obama. It can't be worse.
Plus, she won't be bowing to anyone and apologizes to the world for all our faults.

the hate filled and racist comments posted here by the left wing Democrat liberal minority in America are disgusting and repulsive. What we Americans believe in Sally is not a free ride for freeloaders or a purchased vote to stay in power disguised as compassion. What we want is far less govt and freedom and opportunity for all. What Democrats apparently want is a mediocre society that punishes hard work and rewards government dependency. No thanks Sally.

Quadrillion does come after trillion.

Mathematically, there are an infinite amount of numbers that come between 1,000,000,000,000 and 1,000,000,000,001 so all the people citing that point are committing fallacy. It is just wrong.

David you can read all about the death panels in the so-called health care reform bill, if you can read through all the *bs* contained therein and have the mental capacity to comprehend it.

I love this woman! Keep it up Sarah.

Palin cleaned up Alaska's REPUBLICAN political corruption as governor. Many were fired and some even went to jail as a result of her unwillingness to stand for backroom deals.

Meanwhile, obama the marxist crawls out of the most politically corrupt democrat-controlled city in America, the chicao "pay to play" machine, without ever speaking out against its dirty ways. He used that city and the scumbags controlling it (bill ayers, tony rezko, rev racist) to get ahead and people were still dumb enough to think they were voting for "change".

Wake up America- you have been duped by a left-wing media who played cheerleader this last election to a dirty marxist from the windy city.

This election is about only a couple of basic concepts. Tyranny or The Constitution.
Colectivism slavery or Individual Freedom.
The Anarchy of the Elite Ruling Crimnal Class or government by "We the People".
Choose America. I know I choose Liberty, like those who signed the Constitution.

"The American People must use the bakllot box to control government corruption and power, so they do not have to use other means, which they also have a right to do."

Sic Semper Tyrannis!

Directed to all socialist/Marxist/progressives -

If Palin is such a 'twit' (as all of you so aptly refer to her) then why has she got you all tied up in knots?

Whatever education she may have I will gladly accept over and above the 'nincompoop' that presently resides in our White House. There is not one iota of common sense in any of these 'eastern establishment elitists' who saturate the present administration.

There is not a one of them who has held employment in the private sector - the entire bunch have either been 'professors' (God help their students) or research fellows at some university as tenured employees. They have all been sustained by the government in one manner or another.

I haven't the faintest idea who may become the next president but I can state, without fear of contradiction, that whoever it may be can not be more inept than this farce we have at this juncture of our history.

And I have been observing presidents since FDR in '32 as one of 80.

Never have I had the misfortune to observe a more arrogant, egotistical and self-serving narcisstic statist as this man.

As a nation we should be profoundly ashamed of ourselves for not vetting this man more thoroughly prior to his election. He did nothing as an 'organizer' - nothing while in the Illinois Senate and he has done nothing but destroy this nation during his two years in office in Washington.

Everyone knows what number comes after one trillion.

It's seven (7), as in US Code Title 11, Chapter 7

Perhaps the "politics of hate" will end when the Democrats are forced to crawl back under the rocks they came from.

We've seen their 'Amerika'. It is neither strong nor compassionate, but cynical, corrupt, thuggish, intolerant, craven, destitute of morals and ethos except to extinguish and exterminate everything and everyone that is not like them. We've seen their vision as exercised by other countries in the past 1oo years. An Austrian corporal with little political experience brought the world to the brink of annihilation. Now a arrogant law professor, with no experience seeks to do the same with this country. WE THE PEOPLE, BLACK,WHITE AND OTHERWISE repudiate that medieval, elitist, fascist, and racist America! We repudiate their hate speech, their intolerance, their snide disgust of all things that don't bleed Marx!

The politics of hate will end when Democrats give it up as their primary tool of "change".

Obumbler must be a secret undercover plant by the Republicans. Obumbler the fumbler has single handedly done what no Republican could do - wee weed up the entire nation against the democrat party. Ensured the house will fall, and the senate is on the edge of the cliff.

Yep, Obumbler HAS to be a plant by the Republicans. I bet the evil George Bush planted him. Yep, Bush's fault for sure.

"I tried to listen to this video but could only stand about 40 seconds of it and wonder how anyone with an IQ above room temperature could.

Painful, degenerative and specious come to mind whenever this woman opens her mouth.

Posted by: Aunt Bee | October 18, 2010 at 08:47 AM"

Huh, I felt precisely the same way after the State of the Union address.

Stupid liberals as usual. Same old story just attack another face. If your present administration was really working for the public and passing legislation that was good for America and upholding fundemental values of the forefathers then the current ruling class of Dimwhits wouldn't be looking at getting fired in a couple of weeks. As much as you think you elitists own this country many of us still vote. And yes I am one who creates jobs ...... keep it up and we'll keep our hands in our pockets and then you can go ask France or Germany or Britian for a handout and see how far that gets you..... Man up Harry your about to get fired!

Hey you stupid angry libs - Quit asking for my money! Insure your own families. Put down the pot pipe, buffoons

You and yours will be crushed in Nov

Maybe Michy will take you on a trip to Spain next time out

Bunch of losers go back to your "No Blood for Oil" banners

Lazy handout takers

Bush after 8 years left $4,899,100,310,608.44 in debt and the imposter who has to seal all his personal records has tripled that in only 2 years in office!

I'm a Romney fan, but if Sara ends up as the nominee I will support her. She's got an excellent ability to rally people.

ooooooohhhhh! BURN! Go Sarah.

Hey LA Tiimes, thanks for telling us stupid hicks what is after a trillion.
What Maroons, you think, we are. November is three weeks away from commencement of the terminus of your hope and change world here.
There, I used two of your big words in only one of my sentences.

Sarah Palin is living proof that Democrips and Rebloodlicans are two side of the same evil coin. they are doing evry underhanded thing possible to win.

Really aren't WE THE PEOPLE tired of voting for the evil of two lessors. Aren't we tired of being slaves to both sides of the politicreeps.

The Constitution and voting for INDIVIDUALS that belong to NO party is the only hope.

Hey Sally, this is for your comment. You are as idiotic as the rest of the stupid democrats that have created a disastrous nation all in 2 big years! Start taking risks for yourself, failing for yourself and rewarding yourself. You are just another one of those freaks that wants a free "equal" handout like all of the other lazy parasites that just want to suck everything away from the few hard working tax payers that have sacrificed their entire lives. Go Palin and get those wretched dems out for good!!!!

Sally with her comment is in a sad state of denial. Democrats come out in force on election day? They won't, but even if they did it wouldn't matter. It's the Independents, Republicans and Libertarians that will carry the day and win the House and Senate for the GOP.

This November a new sheriff is coming to town and his name is 'TEA Party'! So either lead, follow or get the heck out of our way.

Even though young Trig was born with Down Syndrome, he is guaranteed to be infinitely more intelligent than the liberals/progressives who seek to destroy this great country and turn it into Cuba.

Sarah is as Alaskan as I am Idahoan. She can't count more than even one term as Governor. She is the leader of "epistemic closure," and that's it. Now look at her supporter for the U.S. Senate with his own thugs and goons roughshodding over the U.S. Consitution he loves to quote: Free Speech and Freedom of the Press.

Some idiot said:
This Lady or someone just like her "should" be our President, because not only can she represent us, she is us!!!

Now I won't argue that Obama is like most of us, but saying Palin is like us is just as insulting to those with a brain in their heads. If most of America is really like her, I intent to never live in the rest of America> I will stay her in Cali, where that brainless twit would never get elected.

I love it. The entire Right wing voter base is poised to absorb and thrive on Left wing personal attacks; in fact they utterly depend on it! Its been working like a charm for the last 2 years and still the Left is doing the same ole character assasinations and petty insults that endlessly motivates the Right and alienates the independents. Nice going Dems and Libs; you set up a perfect storm for a Republican landslide; AND YOU DID ALL THE WORK!!! LOL!!! Before you cry yourselves to sleep on November 2'nd remember; it was your own pathetic egos that did you in. All you had to do was consider the fact that maybe you all aren't as smart and clever as you think you are. Now look at where you are.

See you back in office in..I don't know, maybe another 50 years. HAHAHAHA!!!!

You insulted the Republicans right back into office stronger and more motivated than ever and you think THEY are the dumb ones!?! PLEASE KEEP THE INSULTS COMING!

I love Sarah!!!

Wow, when i read some of these lefty whiners posts I am amazed that they have'nt gotten the memo, or email yet.
the one that tells them that their deceiver and theif soiling the Oval Office has been racially dividing the country since he stood in front of his teleprompters. the clown is clueless, the only spark he has, he is blowing out his @$$. Then you have the Sarah Palin haters, Sarah is an attractive woman, so, the usual bunch of homely woman will attack her, try to belittle her, which is nothing more than their own personal deflection.

Lefty marxist whiners, you have to admit, she really gets their hackles up, oh, wait, only dogs have hackles.

OhBummer is a b00b and a fool for attacking the American Tea Partiers. He is annoyed that they’re not grateful to him for hijacking the American healthcare system --- the greatest act of vandalism perpetrated upon the American people since a gang of jihadi frootloops and loonytoons hijacked some planes and crashed them into the World Trade Center towers, and the Pentagon, and made a failed attempt to crash into the White House and instead drilled a hole in a Pennsylvania farm thanks to some very courageous American passengers.

And --- now widely seen for what he is --- the president presents a problem for the Democrat-captured media. They pump out his propaganda for him --- and, like the opinion monitors in Ayn Rand’s novel, “Atlas Shrugged” --- they are dodging brickbats and rotten vegetables.

He’s pompous, pampered, and pretentious --- a pseudo-intellectual fop. He’s a glorified, smooth-lyin’ dandy, and slicker than Sick Willie Clinton. He’s a dictator-on-the-make, a bloodsxcking, predatory humanitarian thug, and a low-down skunk.

He’s a fraud and a swindler. He lies when he inhales and he lies when he exhales; his oxygen is the falsification of reality. He lies, placidly and laconically, as if deception were a soporific drug.

He’s a friend of the poor and the downtrodden --- indeed, you can hear the milk of human kindness sloshing around inside of him when he walks.

He declares himself the post-racial leader --- “Let me be clear!” he intones --- and he hides behind his race, daring his critics to put their reputation for fairness at risk.

He pauses to ponder the portent of his propaganda --- and it is fakery; he smiles and his mendacity comes shining through. Shake hands with Barak Hushpuppy OhBummer --- “The Mistake of ‘08” --- the illegal alien squatter in the White House --- and America’s first and last Arab president. Now count your fingers.

The Democrats have this "enemies list" --- denominated in epithets aimed at the people whose wallets they wish to hijack and take up residence inside. You can be a “Racist!” and you can be a “Homophobe!” and you can be a “Teabagger!” --- a homosexual man taking his partner’s scrotum into his mouth. You can be “Selfish!” and you can be a “Hick!” and you can be a “Rube!” You can be a “Right-wing-nut!” and you can be a “Warmonger!” and you can be "Unenlightened!" and you can be a “Fascist!” --- although no one more closely approaches the precise description of “Fascist!” than the usual Demo propagandist --- either official, or self-appointed.

So all you have to do to occupy multiple epithets on the Demos’ enemies list is to insist that they take their hands off yourself, off your wallet, off your property, off your kids, off your diet, off your healthcare, off your household appliances, off your car, off your bank account, off your weapons of self-defense, off your liberty, and off your freedom of speech. Insist on all these good things - and that qualifies you to be spat upon by nasty, mean-spirited scum --- by The Friends of All Mankind --- by a gang of lying, thieving, dope-smoking, coke-snorting, sticky-fingered, bloodsxcking, tax-eating, gun-stealing, predatory humanitarian thugs --- by the Democrat party, in other words. No political party in the history of America more profoundly deserves absolute and outright destruction.

Golly, you're Right. We should go back to the guys that destroyed our economy and drained it dry for the benefit of the richest. Why would we want anything coming back to the people. We should only support the rich. Give em all the tax breaks in the hope that they bless us with jobs. WHAT ARE YOU PEOPLE THINKING?

I received this in an email and thought it was passing around… please copy & paste if you agree
Remember January 3, 2007
…… I don‘t understand WHY the people running for office don’t say this in their ads!!!
The day the democrats took over was not January 22nd 2009 it was actually January 3, 2007 the day the Democrats took over the House of Representatives and the Senate, the start of the 110th Congress.
The Democratic Party controlled a majority in both chambers for the first time since the end of the 103rd Congress in 1995.
For those who are listening to the liberals propagating the fallacy that everything is “Bush’s Fault”, think about this:
January 3, 2007 was the day the Democrats took over the Senate and the Congress:
At the time:
The DOW Jones closed at 12,621.77
The GDP for the previous quarter was 3.5%
The Unemployment rate was 4.6%
George Bush’s Economic policies SET A RECORD of 52 STRAIGHT MONTHS of JOB CREATION!
Remember the day.
January 3, 2007 was the day that Barney Frank took over as Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee and Chris Dodd took over as Chairman of the Senate Banking Committee.
The economic meltdown that happened 15 months later was in what part of the economy?
Thank Congress for taking us from 13,000 DOW, 3.5 GDP and 4.6% Unemployment to this CRISIS by dumping 5-6 TRILLION Dollars of toxic loans on the economy from YOUR Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac fiasco’s!
(BTW: Bush asked Congress 17 TIMES to stop Fannie & Freddie – starting in 2001, because it was financially risky for the U.S. economy, but no one was listening).
And who took the THIRD highest pay-off from Fannie Mae AND Freddie Mac? OBAMA.
And who fought against reform of Fannie and Freddie??? OBAMA and the Democratic Congress.
So when someone tries to blame Bush…
Bush may have been in the car, but the Democrats were in charge of the gas pedal and steering wheel they were driving. Set the record straight on Bush!
So, as you listen to all the commercials and media from the Democrats who are now distancing themselves from their voting record and their party, remember how they didn‘t listen to you when you said you didn’t want all the bailouts, you didn’t want the health care bill, you didn’t want cap and trade, you didn‘t want them to continue spending money we don’t have.
I’m not forgetting their complicity in getting us into this mess, and I’ll be marking my vote accordingly!
Written by Ginger Capps

Liberal, Conservative, Left vs. Right, Republican or Democrat...The labels mean nothing. The bottom line: innumerate politicians (and reporters) this country does not need, ever. One-trillion-plus-one (1,000,000,000,0001), as pointed out previously, would be the next whole number beyond one-trillion. For all intensive purposes, this article is about nothing more than semantics and sensationalism...two things that Palin (and too many others) thrives upon. Restoration of the acceptable condition of The United States of America....YES! Career politicians who thrive on sensationalism and belittling others...NO!

My message to liberals, hate mongers, losers on Nov2, Saturday night live,
and liberal media name calling group.

Stop attacking our beloved Sarah.

ya know what? Sarah is like going to the Laugh Factory where unknown and not funny comedians go to pat themselves on the back!

Somehow I tend to think if Dr. Martin Luther King were alive today, not only would he be aghast at what has occured over the past 40 years. Racism is at it's highest peak. This was evidenced by roughly 98% of the black vote in 2008's general election. Isn't it true that MLK's most famous line in his most famous speech went something like this..."I have a dream that one day people of ALL colors (races) will be judged NOT by the COLOR of their skin, but by the content of their character"? Yet, with that kind of percentage, ie., 98% +, it's a no brainer that a HUGE contingent of those people that MLK tried so hard to represent did exactly the OPPOSITE of what he so dearly desired by in fact VOTING due to the COLOR of our president's skin? For better understanding of the dismay of this double standard, please go to The integrity and class of these fine black people matches MLK's. I tend to think these black Americans agree wholeheartedly that MLK would literally "roll over in his grave" if he was aware of what "his people" have done to destroy this great man's legacy...GO SARAH. I think Dr. MLK would be more than PROUD of you sista!

Thanks so much for posting Mrs. Palin's complete speech.

Just saying, Palin: If you run for President you have my vote. I love the way you think and powerful speaker. I am a baby republican, mex-american. With all the experience between pelosi, reid, George Soros and Warren Buffett along with obama they knew there were no such thing as Shovel Ready Jobs BUT IT SOUNDED GOOD TO THEM, What were they thinking? Sounds more like Tony Rezko thinking. But comes November 2nd, we will vote with the REPUBLICANS/TEA PARTY. Thank you Jusus.

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