Going Rogue: NY Times #1

Monday, November 30, 2009



Governor Palin's Going Rogue: An American Life has lived up to the hype.

The New York Times reports (emphasis added):

“Going Rogue,” the newly released memoir by Sarah Palin, the former Alaskan governor and Republican nominee for vice president, sold 469,000 copies in its first week of release, according to sales figures released Wednesday by Nielsen BookScan. That made “Going Rogue” the top-selling book of the week on Nielsen BookScan’s chart, putting it ahead of new releases from authors like James Patterson (whose novel “I, Alex Cross” was No. 2) and Stephen King (whose novel “Under the Dome” placed at No. 3), as well as Dan Brown’s best-selling potboiler “The Lost Symbol.” The book will also make its debut at No. 1 on the New York Times best-seller list for nonfiction on Dec. 6.

Ms. Palin’s book also had the second-best first-week sales of any memoir by a current or past president, or vice presidential or presidential contender, Nielsen BookScan said.

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HarperCollins, which released “Going Rogue,” said the book’s overall first-week sales totaled 700,000 copies. Nielsen BookScan does not record sales at some mass-market retailers, like Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club.

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Part II: Governor Palin Discusses Faith

Here's another video clip of Governor Palin's BGEA interview when visiting Rev. Billy Graham last week in North Carolina. In it she discusses what it was like to meet the reverend.



Read Part I and see the video clip about when she gave her life to Christ by clicking here.

You can also go directly to Rev. Graham's site by clicking here.

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Vote in Most Influential Conservative Voice Poll

I like Rush Limbaugh as much as the next person, but I beg to differ on the current results of this poll. There is only one person on this list who can speak to the people via Facebook and get the attention of not only the regular American, but the President of the United States, Congress, and the media. There's only one person on this list who can move thousands of people to camp out all night and day for just five seconds to say to her, "Thank you for epitomizing common sense conservative principles."

That's my perspective. Please click here and cast your own vote.

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Palin to President: Make the Right Decision

War is hell. I cannot wait until we finish the jobs in both Afghanistan and Iraq and return our troops to their families. Our soldiers are fighting a worthy cause, however. They deserve to be supported and protected. They deserve to be provided whatever it takes to win in these wars against terror.

The nation has been waiting to hear from President Obama about whether or not he will honor General McChrystal's request for more troops in Afghanistan, and that response has been a long time coming. Several days ago, we were told that the announcement would be made a few days after Thanksgiving. Now that the turkey leftovers are gone and the White House guests have left, the President is set to make an announcement Tuesday. We await his decision. We could do without the formal, televised announcement; we just want him to make the right decision.

While waiting--too long--for the President to make a move, I've declared, "Either give our soldiers what it takes to win--or bring them home!" Governor Palin quotes Harold B. Estes in her recent Facebook note, and he expresses that same common sense sentiment (emphasis added).

If We're In It, Let's Win It

As Thanksgiving festivities wind down we contemplate all we have to be thankful for as free Americans! We head into the Christmas season wishing for leadership in Washington that reflects our commitment to the values and ideals that have built the freest and most prosperous and generous nation on earth.

Heading into December and Tuesday’s announcement of our nation’s strategy in Afghanistan, I ask the President to reassure us that the administration is in this War on Terror to win.

And I’ll pass along the following from Harold B. Estes, a 95-year-old member of the Greatest Generation: “I realize you never served in the military and never had to defend your country with your life, but you’re the Commander-in-Chief now, son. Do your job. When your battle-hardened field General asks you for 40,000 more troops to complete the mission, give them to him. But if you’re not in this fight to win, then get out.”

Thank you, Mr. President. Please tell us on Tuesday that America is in it to win.

- Sarah Palin

PS: You can read Mr. Estes' complete letter here.

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Governor Palin Discusses Faith

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Last week Governor Palin and her family had dinner with Rev. Billy Graham and his family. While there, the Governor was interviewed about her faith. Those who have read Going Rogue know that the fiber of faith is weaved throughout its pages. Those who have paid attention to her at all know the importance of faith in her life. While she does not shove her faith down anyone's throat, Governor Palin certainly doesn't hide it. She isn't ashamed of who she is. In fact, she states that her faith in Christ is her "be all, end all."

One reason ordinary Americans respect Governor Palin is because she is a what-you-see-is-what-you-get kind of person. She is--as so many have acknowledged--the real deal. No pretense. No hypocrisy. Just who she is. She's grateful for her Alaskan upbringing, grateful for her family, and yes, grateful for her Christian faith.

Always grateful for her faith.

President Obama is not opposed to talking about faith either, like when he appealed to religious leaders when he was looking for support for his Health Care Bill. In that speech, about which Andrea Tantaros so eloquently wrote in an article called "Obama Plays the God Card," he quoted Scripture and claimed, "We are God's partners in matters of life and death."

However, the President also seems to tuck away faith at will, like when he said bitter people "cling to guns or religion," when he blew off the National Day of Prayer, and when he, a professing Christian, asked that Georgetown cover up the name of Jesus.

People are entitled to embrace or reject faith. That's part of being an American. It is not for me to dictate how one leads his or her life in that regard. However, I have heard and seen enough to know that one reason Governor Palin appeals to millions of Americans is that she knows who she is and she reveals herself without shame--not forcing it on anyone else, not hiding it either, and not teetering back and forth when it's politically advantageous to do so. What a breath of fresh air to see that kind of transparency and boldness in a leader. In this, she stands miles apart from President Obama.

Governor Palin simply is who she is--and she is a woman of faith. That fact has been ridiculed by some and praised by others. Either way, it is what it is.

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Governor Palin: Shout-Out to C4P

Governor Palin gives a shout-out to our C4P team:



(Thank you, Neo, for the video.)

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One Word about Going Rogue

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Just finished Going Rogue. Closed the book--and wept.

It wasn't the first time I wept while reading Sarah Palin's bestseller, but it will be the part that will remain with me.

I have given my word to those still reading who were afraid I'd give something away that there was nothing to fear; I won't give anything away. I don't like when people cheat me like that. It drives me nuts. So I will offer no details on content, just express my reaction. If you don't want to hear even that much, now's the time to log off!

I couldn't help but be overcome with emotion at various points throughout, but especially so at the end. This book speaks a word to me that Sarah Palin's life has spoken to me for over a year now: Destiny.

When she showed up on the scene as John McCain's running mate and I got to learn about her life, I was overwhelmed with a sense of destiny. God began to deal with me specifically about destiny. I still tell people today what He showed me through her life. I have always expressed it this way: "Here was a woman who was minding her own business, loving her God, adoring her family, governing her state. Simply as she was faithful to do that, God (not Senator McCain) tapped her on the shoulder and said, 'Come up a little higher.'" I have been in awe of that for more than a year now. It still speaks to me.

As I read the book, particularly the ending, I could see destiny tied up in every aspect of the Governor's life. She was just living her life, enjoying it--content. But the plan of God was about to unfold in a way that she may never have expected--at least not at that time. How incredible is God's plan.

But even as God spoke to me about Governor Palin's destiny over a year ago now, He added: "Don't get so caught up in stargazing, in watching someone else fulfill her destiny, that you miss your own. I have a plan for you, too."

I found myself for a time consumed with the concept of destiny.

I have always known that God had called me to, dare I say, greatness. I say that humbly, for I knew, even at a pretty young age, that God's hands were upon my life. How strange it is now to remember that I could never find words to describe what I was feeling until I heard...of all people...Oprah Winfrey say many years ago that she had known she was destined for greatness. When I heard her say it, I said, "Yes, that's it! That's what I've been feeling!" I was amazed when just a few months ago, a friend from church used Oprah's life as an example of what she felt God was doing in my life (not her politics, just her story).

When the world got to meet Sarah Palin, I was reminded of the big picture, not just about her, but about me. And one thing I feel the Governor has done is incite people to rise up and take a stand in their own lives. I knew that it was good to support her--which I do wholeheartedly--but with an understanding of how God works, how He desires to lead all of us into the specific plan He has for us. My pastor always says, "God's plan is Plan 'A' for your life. There is no Plan 'B,'" and I believe that. I began to feel stirred up to live out God's plan for my life. It's not good enough to watch someone else fulfill her call; we've got to desire to fulfill our own great call, as well. To be honest, greatness is simply doing what it is you're supposed to be doing, no matter what it is. Sometimes that call is helping someone fulfill theirs. Sometimes it seems big, as in the Governor's life. Sometimes it seems small. Whatever it is, I am determined to live out my life with God's original intent.

I was truly overcome with destiny at that time, and recently that awareness has returned. I am seeing God do things that only He could do. I am watching in awe at His favor, His grace, His blessings--and I see that it all flows from the destiny that He's had in mind all along.

My church has prayer service every Saturday night. This evening, as we prayed, I was again bombarded with that word: destiny. I began to pray aloud about it, to voice what I felt in my heart: We existed in the mind of God before the foundations of the Earth were laid. God has been fashioning us and forming us. We were created in exquisite detail to fulfill His divine purpose. Our likes, our dislikes, our passions, our personalities, even the things we've gone through, all serve a purpose. He had already determined how He would cause even the most unpleasant circumstances, those He would've liked to shield us from, to work together for our good, for His purpose. It is a thought too intense for me to fully wrap my brain around, but I have a decent handle on it.

I came home from prayer and set out to read the rest of Going Rogue, and the closer I got to the end, the more the book screamed, "DESTINY!" That's really what it speaks to me--that and how human Sarah, the person, is. I see her life traveling down this road to that road to another road--and the journey continues. I see someone who has the imprint of God's hand all over her life as He takes her where He wants her to go. No, I am not saying we are robots or puppets in His hand. Far from it, but when we decide to be soft and pliable clay, He molds us and shapes us, and we end up being what He always intended. We arrive at the place He had already prepared: Plan 'A.'

I see that in Sarah Palin.

The end of her book brought me to tears, as it speaks what I know to be true: when we are open and available to Him--in spite of the challenges that are sure to come, in spite of those who seek to destroy us, in spite of the unexpected--we can't help but be in a good place, make an impact, and, most of all, fulfill the destiny God has for our lives. And sometimes, just sometimes, it's much bigger than we could have ever anticipated.

I finished the book--and I wept. I wept because of the goodness of God in the life of Sarah Palin--past, present, and future. But I also wept at the potential of my own.

It all comes down to one thing for me: Destiny.

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Pictures of Governor Palin at Red Cross Turkey Trot

Friday, November 27, 2009

On Thanksgiving Day, after a week-long grueling Going Rogue book tour schedule, no one would have faulted Governor Palin for hiding out or sleeping all day. In fact, some of us would have liked for her to do just that so she could just recuperate and build up some strength for the next leg of the tour, which begins Sunday in Richland, WA. The governor, however, participated yesterday morning in the Red Cross Turkey Trot in Washington, where she is spending the next few days with family.

Here are some pictures (H/T Kenton).




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Happy Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving, everybody.

I am headed to Long Island to spend a couple days with my family. I will not be online much, but I may get to check in here and there--when my brother isn't on his computer! LOL!

I will be tweeting, so follow my tweets at http://twitter.com/Adrienne2012.

Enjoy your family and friends, remember our troops, pray for our nation--and give God praise! There is so much for which to be thankful.

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Happy Thanksgiving Message from Sarah Palin

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Via Facebook, Governor Palin wishes Americans a Happy Thanksgiving:

Happy Thanksgiving

Over three hundred years ago, a group of settlers fleeing religious persecution decided to set a new course for human history in a new frontier. Those early pioneers chose a rocky shoreline to establish their way of life. Centuries later, America continues to set the example of what can come from a free and hardworking people. We truly remain the shining city upon a hill that the colonial leader John Winthrop implored us to be.

What started as a small colony in the territory that would eventually become the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has progressed into the greatest and most prosperous nation in history. Americans remain the freest people on earth because of our cherished Constitution and the system of government it establishes.

We have so much to be thankful for. We should recognize especially the sacrifices made on our behalf by those in uniform. Thousands of Americans will be spending Thanksgiving overseas in combat zones in order to protect our liberty and way of life. We should give thanks to those who willingly put their lives on the line for the rest of us. Where would we be without them?

We are also thankful for what God has granted us. We are truly blessed in America with rich natural resources, plentiful energy sources, fertile land, beautiful cities, and the talented and industrious people we call “our fellow Americans.” We pray that God will continue to bless us.

In his farewell address to the nation, President Reagan reminded us that “all great change in America begins at the dinner table.” Thanksgiving is an opportunity to discuss where we are as a nation at this moment in our history and where we should be heading in order to remain prosperous and free. Take time to discuss these things with each other, and take time to teach the young people in your family about our nation’s history so that they may never forget all that we have to be proud of and thankful for.

Happy Thanksgiving!

- Sarah Palin

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More Pictures: Going Rogue with Governor Palin in Rochester, NY

Here are a few more pictures of Governor Palin's book tour stop in Rochester, NY, on Saturday, November 21, 2009 at Borders. If you have not read my previous account, along with pictures and a video, click here.


Sitting: Ms. Betina, friend of the Heath family; Standing: Her dentist


Palin Look Alike

Palin Supporters Waiting to Meet Her


Media Coverage


More Supporters--One Ordered a Wasilla Sweatshirt


Ron Devito, Alaska Governor Sarah Palin's Accomplishments


Me!


The Egg-Man's Work 1


The Egg-Man's Work 2

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Going Rogue with Governor Palin in Rochester, NY--Pics & Video

Governor Sarah Palin came to New York on Saturday. I have been looking forward to sharing the details with you, but I needed a little time. First, you have to understand how I function. I am wired as a thinker. Some say I think too much. It takes me time to process things. Then when I share experiences, I purposely leave things out. That is because I am also wired to feel that some experiences are cheapened when you try to put them into words. So much gets lost in the process. Also, for me, trying to write or speak about things that matter to me deeply is sometimes a rather painful experience--even if the experience was joyful. I know some of you just read that and thought, "What?!" But I know instinctively that there are a few who thought, "I totally know what you're talking about, Adrienne."

So here goes...

I was excited when I learned the governor would be in Rochester. Rochester is a four hour drive for me, a short drive as far as I was concerned. I went to college right outside of Rochester, so I have friends there. It would be a great opportunity to see Governor Palin again and visit with my friend, Paula, since I would be staying at her house.

The highlight for me was being given the opportunity to serve at the book signing. I use the word "serve" on purpose because that is exactly the way I saw it. I was glad that I would be able to do whatever needed to be done for Governor Palin. It didn't matter what it was. I wanted to get to spend time with her, but I also knew that if helping out meant otherwise, then so be it. I was just glad to serve someone who has served God, her family, and the American people so faithfully. That was my number one desire--and the Lord opened that door for me. It amazes me how good God is.

I got up at 3:00 a.m. Saturday morning and drove to Rochester. When I arrived at the store prior to its opening, I saw the multitude of people outside. Wow! The line went all the way down and around. Many, if not most, of these people had camped out all night--in cold Rochester, NY.

I entered the store, and my work day began. I met up with the others who were working on the Palin team for this event. Marty and Russ were two of them. Between them there was incredible experience working for President Bush, with the McCain-Palin campaign, and doing advance work for years. It was interesting to be able to get to talk and share throughout the day.

We were responsible for various things, like setting up the book display, planning the route the crowd would take, deciding how things would flow, choosing the music that would play in the background during the signing. We set up the table where she would be signing and arranged the back room where she would be entering, getting it ready for pictures, etc., as we greeted her upon her entrance.

One responsibility was addressing people in the crowd when there were too many people and the wristbands were depleted. Of course, everyone was hoping that they would still get to meet Governor Palin, but with the crowds she's drawing, we just weren't sure. We told the people that if she was able she would surely sign for even those who did not secure wristbands, but there was no guarantee. The governor had sent autographed book plates, however, which made many people very happy.

Marty, Russ, and I went to Wegman's for lunch, and after eating we picked up a few things that the governor would need. As we gathered the items, I couldn't help but think back to the anonymous McCain staffers who called her a diva and said she was demanding things during the campaign. Her response to that had been that she didn't ask for anything except an occasional diet Dr. Pepper. Sure enough, that was about all that was on her list: diet soda, water, and some straws. Hardly a diva's demand!

A couple hours prior to the governor's expected arrival, everything was in place. I changed clothes and got to mingle with some more people outside. It was cool to meet people who knew who I was, some from Auburn in June, some from reading my blog, some from Team Sarah. Everyone was so excited about meeting Sarah Palin.

In the back room, I was privileged to meet Ms. Betina and her dentist, who had driven hours to be there. I knew she was a friend of the Heaths. Mrs. Heath had told me about her before, and I was looking forward to meeting her. We had a wonderful conversation, and I enjoyed her wisdom and strong Christian faith.

Two lines had formed outside: one for wristband wearers and one for those without who had lined up anyway, just in case she would be able to get to them before she had to depart. I had a desire to go talk to those without wristbands--just wanted to encourage them. I felt like being around them, as I had such respect for their perseverence. So I went out and talked to some people. Some tried to get me to tell them which way she would enter and if she would arrive on the bus. Everyone wanted to see the bus. No bus in New York, though. I laughed with those asking, but I gave no information, and we joked about that.

When word came that she was just a few minutes away, those who were going to greet her and work that night gathered in the back room to wait for her arrival.

I knew she would have Piper and Trig with her, and I was looking forward to seeing them again. I knew that Mr. Heath, the governor's dad, was also in New York, and I figured he and I would laugh about basketball again--and we did. He was talking about a game of H-O-R-S-E.

I was especially looking forward to seeing Mrs. Heath. Originally she did not expect to be in New York, so when I had learned she would be, I was so glad I would get to see her. Like her daughter, there is something very special about her. I couldn't help but remember the last words she spoke to me on July 26th in Alaska when I said goodbye to her at the Governor's Farewell Picnic.

I wrote (emphasis added):

At the end of the picnic when I went to say goodbye to the Heaths, Mrs. Heath said, "Oh, we will see you again." I said, "I know you will."


I remember blogging then that there was just something about the way she said it that resonated as truth within my spirit--whether she realized it or not. Read that full post here.

I was delighted to see her again.

The governor was greeted by everyone in the back who awaited her arrival. I was last in that receiving line, and she gave me a warm hug, and we conversed briefly before she went out to sign for over a thousand waiting people. It's funny because the first time I met her in New York, I felt like I did all the talking. This time she talked, and I was humbled by what she said. All I could do when she spoke to me was reciprocate her own words, for they were more of what I wanted to say to her than what I expected her to say to me. I especially cherish the last two words she spoke to me prior to heading out to the people. It wasn't like she spoke them to me; it was more like she spoke them into me. I thanked her and then said the same to her, for they so apply to her. I know you'd like to know what she said, but that's one of those things I will keep to myself. Sorry...

Jason Recher, who has been alongside Governor Palin through every aspect of this tour, offers loyal assistance to her. Now, every person who was working the event was to be strategically placed. It was vital that the supporters knew where to go, that the line continued to move, and that everything went smoothly. I was going to sort of be floating throughout the store. However, Jason sent for me to stand next to him at the table with the governor. I was feeding the books to him, and he was then feeding them to her to sign. Sometimes he would have to go take care of something, so I would feed the books to the governor directly. The whole experience was so completely surreal for me. I totally believe in having a servant's heart, and here I was doing what I wanted to do: just serving.

Being up front like that allowed me to see what goes on, which made me so appreciate Jason, whom I had met in Auburn. Again, I just respect people who are not necessarily looking to be seen or be applauded, who simply see someone they can support and do so. Jason gained my respect back in Auburn, but it grew when he spoke out a few times in recent months to counter the attacks by McCain staffers who were trying to throw the governor under the bus with flat-out lies. He calls a spade and spade and does so in no uncertain terms. While some of these staffers were acting like children, Jason stood up for the truth like a real man.

I watched him sit next to the governor, give her books to sign, make sure she took a break to stand and stretch. I watched him hold her soda can for her so she could take a drink. I observed him get up from the table and come back with Trig in his arms, sit Piper on his lap at the table, and converse when necessary with Governor Palin. In case you cannot tell, I love people who have a heart to serve. I was impressed with Jason for that reason. I thank God that she has loyal people like that around her. That has been my prayer for a long time.

The best part of being at the table with the governor, however, was watching the people's interaction with her. I found myself overwhelmed at times. She has touched so many lives. People were approaching her in line, and as they came near, I could see some suppressing tears. Others just let them flow. One woman said she had told herself she would not cry. Others were shaking. Of course, over and over, people were staring and saying, "She's so beautiful!" I remember hearing that in both Auburn and Alaska. I will repeat what I said when I first met her: television and pictures do not do justice to how beautiful she is, and you could see that on the faces and hear it on the lips of those gathered. They were in awe. She possesses both an inward and outward radiance.

Governor Palin asked every person's name, shook everybody's hand, and never denied a request. Technically, she wasn't going to personalize anything, but she never said no when asked. Technically, she wasn't going to engage in too much conversation due to the number of people gathered, but she didn't rush anyone along. She listened to all the people--young and old--who said they loved her, that America needs her, and that she inspires them. She listened to veterans and reminded them that the book is dedicated to patriots like them. She listened as some spoke of her son, Track, and wanted her to give him something they had brought. She took extra time with those in wheel chairs and asked about their conditions. She encouraged a young woman headed to college who said she was nervous. I heard the governor say, "Don't be nervous. The world is your oyster." She congratulated newlyweds, and shook little children's hands. She commented on patriotic T-shirts and asked what people do for their life's work. She proclaimed, "God bless you," and repeatedly said, "Thank you." People told her to keep fighting, not to let them get her down, begged her to run in 2012, and one even said, "You are our country's last hope." Many told her they were praying for her and believing for God's best in her life. I was blown away.

I already knew people respect Governor Palin and appreciate what she represents. However, there was nothing quite like being right there, a foot away, seeing the tears, hearing the hearts, and feeling the love. It was real, it was tangible--and it was reciprocated. I say again what I have always said, and what I knew in my bones the first time I met her: Sarah Palin is the real deal.

What a joy it was to see a smiling Trig and Piper, tired but helping out at the table. I looked back a couple times to see Mr. Heath smiling at his daughter and Mrs. Heath looking on approvingly. At one point, as I was working with the books, Mrs. Heath came behind me with a hug and just said my name.

The governor came early to Rochester and stayed late, determined to greet everyone, even when it caused her to run late for her departure. I was so glad when the crowd without the wristbands got to meet her and have their books signed. I said to a couple of them as they waited to greet the governor, "Persistence pays off, doesn't it?" I enjoyed conversing with people as they approached. Some were voicing their excitement or wiping their tears. I told one who was trying to maintain composure, "I totally understand."

Much too soon, it seemed, Governor Palin was on her way, having made some avid supporters ecstatic, most of whom camped outside Borders in Rochester, New York all night long, many of whom remained there all day--just for a few seconds to tell her to keep on keeping on, to share her impact on their lives, and to express gratitude for what she represents and the sacrificial service she has given in spite of the abuse she has received. Her signing their copy of Going Rogue was just icing on the cake.

Shortly after she left, I went in the back to gather my belongings, and a few of us were going to go grab a bite to eat. That included Kristina from Inspiration Sarah, her sister, Katelyn, Ron from Alaska Governor Sarah Palin's Accomplishments, and VidSweet. I had been on my feet all day, and my dogs were barking, as they say. When I came out, ready to leave with the rest, a man stormed his way inside, threw eggs at a display of the governor's books, and said, "Sorry, I missed you, Sarah!"

I was in a bit of shock for a split second. When my brain thawed, my first thought was, "Did he get eggs on my autographed books?!" Eventually I thought of my clothes and asked if I had eggs on them. Sure enough, I did, for I had been standing right next to the display. I then went out after him and was told that he was gone. After standing around like, "What in the world just happened?" Kristina said, "Are you going to change clothes?"

I changed, and when I came out I was told that the cops apprehended him and needed to talk to me. When I saw him, I verbally lit into him and asked what the deal was. He admitted that his intent was to hit Sarah with the eggs. He was sorry that he hadn't gotten there sooner. When he realized he hit me with the eggs, he apologized repeatedly and asked for my address so he could send me money for the dry cleaning bill. (Don't even ask a dumb question. Y'all know I did not give that man my address!) He seemed to be a complete nut, and I got on his case about his trying to hurt the governor. He said he had watched something on television about her that made him upset and he let his emotions get to him. What in the world?!

It all boiled down to his having to pay for the several books he destroyed. I chose not to press charges, since I would have to stay there later to go through the process and return there to go to court (at least once). I live four hours away.

I was tired, and it was late. I wasn't sure what to do at first, but I made the decision to let him go. The police felt they had sufficiently scared him but left the decision up to me. Although I later regretted letting him go, I am back to believing I did the right thing. Legally, I was supposed to charge him for hitting me with eggs. However, I really couldn't have cared less about the eggs on my clothing. My real beef was that he wanted to hurt Governor Palin. So I really would have been pressing charges because of his intent, rather than what really took place. I let him go and let the cops deal with him. They had him in the back of the cop car.

The scary part was seeing that a person could just as easily have come in with something more dangerous than some eggs and done some real damage. The media needs to get its act together. Many in the mainstream media have done their best to demonize Governor Palin. They have painted her as anti-women, anti-books, anti-animal rights, anti-Black (MSNBC loves that one), anti-everything. They have said she is a liar, dangerous, and a religious nut. In my mind, their vile, biased, and demonic attacks against her hold some responsibility for the egg-attack. So-called journalists need to return to what they were hired to do--fairly report facts not push an agenda--or they will find they have caused more damage than some books and clothing splattered with yolk.

The Egg-Man certainly could not taint the day. I had rather it be me than the governor anyway, and I tell you what: dude should be very, very glad she was no longer there. If he had come a few minutes earlier and managed to hit her with eggs, he would have gotten jacked up. I will leave it at that. It seems like his tardiness was an act of God, not just for Governor Palin, but for him. Trust me; it would not have been pretty.

Sunday evening is when it all sort of hit me. The previous day's events came swirling back at me, and I was humbled beyond words. When I reflected, all I could do was thank God. In fact, even as I worked up front during the signing and looked over--listening to people, watching them--at times I was just silently praying--for her, for God's plan through her. At times, I just found myself quietly saying, "Thank You, Jesus." But Sunday evening and Monday morning as I prayed, it really hit me, and the cloud that had separated the full intensity of wonder from my consciousness lifted, and I was able to get a peek at the full picture. You all won't understand that because that is something between God and me, but the fogginess cleared--and I wept. Okay, there, I said it! I've never pretended not to be emotional!

I am so happy for Governor Palin, for Jason Recher, for her entire staff--all those who have worked so hard to make the Going Rogue book tour such a huge success. The American people have spoken. We appreciate a real leader. We're not using an Ivy League education, a law degree, and the praises of elitists as our measurement for leadership either. We're smart enough to have chosen--as our yardstick--integrity, common sense, intelligence, hard work, love for our soldiers, and a commitment to freedom.

People slept outside for just one chance to meet the woman who fits that bill. They went without food. They endured the damp, cold weather. They waited in long lines. And they hoped against hope that--even when the huge crowd made it look impossible--they would get a chance to see her and to say the same thing to her she has been saying to them, "Thank you."


Cops manning the outside of the store

Supporters waiting for Governor Palin


Russell, who worked for the Mccain-Palin campaign, posing with the Governor's book.


Eggs on my clothes


Governor Palin came around the table to visit with supporter in wheel chair



Crowd waiting in line


Eggs!


In back room with the Heaths, Ms. Betina, and others


Posing at the table the governor will use later to sign books



Posing with Kristina and Jason Recher



Ms. Betina and I in back room



Helping Governor Palin (H/T VidSweet)


Governor Palin listens as supporters share with her (H/T VidSweet)



I can't help but smile (H/T VidSweet)


Video clip of working alongside Governor Palin. Thank you, VidSweet, for filming the video. Thank you also, Sheya, for your help with the video.

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Thanksgiving: My Students Reflect on Troops

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

I am having a great time with my 7th grade English Language Arts classes today, as it is the last day before we take a little break for Thanksgiving. I am looking forward to having the rest of the week off, as are they.

Whenever we have holidays or observances, I like to show brief video clips. I did it for 9/11 and Veteran's Day already this school year. I always want them to know what is transpiring in the world. I also want to create within them a deep respect for America and for those who defend America.

I found a Thanksgiving video that pays tribute to our troops, and my students are seeing that today. It's short, it's to the point, but it plants seeds of thankfulness within their hearts--and within mine.

Enjoy...and be thankful.

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Sarah Palin: US Troops Must be Second to None

Monday, November 23, 2009

Via Governor Palin's Facebook page:

US Troops Must be Second to None

Can’t wait to meet our troops – and all those who love the U.S. Armed Forces – today at Ft. Bragg. Read my book’s dedication page. The book is for these Patriots who fight for freedom. They deserve our support and our government’s unwavering commitment to equipping them for victory.

The book tour is beyond all expectations. This feels like the time when a team comes together, gearing up before a major competition to show unity and supply strength and encouragement to each team member equally, regardless of the team member’s role or title.

On this tour I hear the grave concerns Americans have for our children’s future. I also feel the hope so many of you want to cling to – hope for those on Capitol Hill to see the light, hope for politicians to be humble enough to acknowledge that growing the federal government isn’t the answer to our economic challenges, hope that it won’t take another terrorist strike to wake us up to continued threats by those who hate America and our allies.

At every stop on this tour I see Americans coming together to say, “Enough. We love our country too much to just sit down and shut up while politicians take us for a ride. We shall be heard.”

We see a united team.

Now, I want to give you more hope: We are Americans. Anything is possible in America. Anyone can make a positive difference. You don’t need a title or a political position or a pedigree. We can take our country back from those who think growing national debt will grow prosperity for us, the little guys. We can take it back from those who think shrinking military power will make the homeland safer for us, the little guys.

We can take it back because we’re fired up, and we’re all about telling our government to listen to us, trust us, get back on our side… or politicians: you’re fired.

Plunging our country deeper and deeper in debt; borrowing billions from foreign countries; relying on foreign nations to supply us with energy; talking about sanctions against dangerous regimes but not following through; hesitating to surge aggressively to stop terrorist strongholds from growing; allowing government to take over health care, banks, the auto industry, and who knows what else they’ve got up their sleeves... it’s all too much and we’ve had enough.

Ronald Reagan knew it took a united team to right the wrongs of Washington. He told his team in essence, “Gentlemen and Ladies, I hate inflation; I hate taxes; I hate terrorists. Do something about it.”

America, you’re doing something about it! Thank you for standing up and speaking out. Thank you for holding on to hope, for loving America so passionately and supporting our troops who fight for freedom. Keep the faith!

- Sarah Palin

PS: Please continue to follow the tour’s progress by following me on Twitter at SarahPalinUSA. Enjoy the photos below.

See these photos by going here.

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Video: Governor Palin Has Dinner with Reverends Billy and Franklin Graham

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Governor Palin has been going non-stop for a week on her book tour. I got to see her in action yesterday, and it just makes me want to pray for her more. She pours so much out, she definitely needs prayer so that she may be rejuvenated and remain healthy and strong.

I am so glad that tonight she got to have dinner with Reverends Billy and Franklin Graham. I pray that she rested and was filled up during this time.

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Teaser: My Experience at Governor Palin's Book Signing in Rochester, NY

It's is after midnight, and I am resting from the day. And what a day it was. I was blessed to not only attend Governor Palin's book signing in Rochester, NY, but to help work the event, as well. It is an experience I will both remember and cherish for a lifetime.

I know you want to hear all about it now. However, since I left home at 4:00 a.m. and drove 4 hours to Rochester, was on my feet all day, and am absolutely exhausted (trust me; I am not complaining), you will have to wait until I get some sleep and return home before you can hear all about it. I can't wait to show you pictures and video clips. I especially cannot wait to tell you more about the governor and people's amazing response to her. She continues to be an inspiration in my life.

Thank you to all who had an encouraging word via tweet or email. You all absolutely ROCK.

Stay tuned for a full blog soon.

God bless you.

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Sarah Palin: Not Enough Hours in the Day

Friday, November 20, 2009

Apparently there were some disappointed people in Noblesville yesterday who weren't able to get their books signed by Governor Palin.

This evening she extended a heartfelt apology via Facebook:

Not Enough Hours in the Day

The response on this book tour has been overwhelming. We are truly humbled, and I thank you.

I've been told that yesterday there were supporters in Noblesville who stood in long lines for hours in the cold and rain, and the book signing event ended without a chance to say hello to everyone who showed up. I am so sorry. We are working on a solution for those who were left behind.

I apologize.

- Sarah Palin

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Sarah Palin: Cancer Screenings - Rational Advice or Rationed Care?

Governor Palin once again addresses health care in her latest Facebook note. This time she deals with a topic that has been receiving a lot of attention lately: cancer screenings.

Cancer Screenings - Rational Advice or Rationed Care?

It was a breath of fresh air to finally hear the Democrats admit to their health care bill as “a lot of show and tell and razzmatazz,” (see Democrat talking points, in reference to my book). At least now we’re all on the same page when discussing the problems with their monstrous government health care “reform” plan.

Now, tonight, more disconcerting news – the New York Times reports of new guidelines to scale back cervical cancer screenings. The recommendation from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists comes on the heels of another recommendation to limit breast cancer screenings with mammograms. There are many questions unanswered for me, but one which immediately comes to mind is whether costs have anything to do with these recommendations. The current health care debate elicits great concern because of its introduction of socialized medicine in America and the inevitable rationed care. We need to carefully watch this debate as it coincides with Capitol Hill’s debate and determine whether we are witnessing the early stages of that rationed care before the Senate bill is rushed through as well.

Another question is why these women-focused cancers are seemingly receiving substandard attention at a time when proactive health and fitness should be the message. Every woman should encourage rigorous debate to ensure that our collective voices are heard. We are paying attention to Washington’s health care proposals, and we want to hear what helps patients the most.

We need answers: Is early screening not saving lives? Why do doctors’ groups disagree? Did costs play any role in these decisions to change the recommendations on breast and cervical cancer screenings? We need assurances that everything we’ve heard this week about fewer tests for women’s cancers is a result of patient-focused research and providing the best care for the right reasons, and not because of bureaucratic pressure to control costs.

- Sarah Palin

Obviously the first thought that comes to mind when hearing of these new recommendations from bureaucratic panels is “rationed care.” It’s fair – and healthy – to ask if that’s what Washington has in mind with a government-controlled takeover of a health care system.

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Behind the Scenes of the Glenn Beck Show: Black Conservatives

Thursday, November 19, 2009

I have waited a week, but I am now back to discuss my participation as an audience guest on the Glenn Beck Show, the show about Black conservatives. I gave a sneak peek previously, which you can read here.

I have received quite a bit of feedback about the show, most of it very positive. Having experienced it on Thursday, I was intrigued by what I saw when it aired on Friday. It was interesting to see how things looked after the editing.

Last week, I acknowledged that I had been frustrated while at the show, and I stated I was curious to see how they would pretty it up for airing. Why did I say that?

Well, even those who commented about enjoying the show stated that we appeared to be a lively bunch. That's the understatement of the year. Indeed, we were a raucous crowd. Glenn Beck even kindly scolded us.

Many have touched base with me via email, Twitter, and Facebook, asking for my overall impression. What was it like to be there? What was Glenn Beck like? What went on behind the scenes?

First, Glenn Beck told us before the taping began not to be shy. "Raise your hands so we can get the mic to you. If you want to say something, now's your time to be heard." I was just hoping I wouldn't lapse into shy and never open my mouth. No worries. The show had barely started when I wanted to say something. So did Maria of My Voice on the Wings of Change and Clifton of Another Black Conservative. Our hands went up, and up, and up, but the guy with the microphone didn't head in our direction. Sitting in the back might have had something to do with it, but it was, like I said, frustrating, especially when some of the same people were speaking over and over. A lot of that was edited out, so you really didn't get to see what I mean.

I found the story of Charles Payne of Fox News fascinating. What he shared is, in my opinion, a major part of what's plaguing the Black community. He shared how as a child growing up in Harlem he was picked on, called "sell-out," and made fun of because he spoke well, longed to be a businessman, and wanted a brief case. To those around him, this meant he wasn't Black enough. Again, this is a problem in our community. If one doesn't subscribe to a certain way of life, he or she is attacked for "trying to be White." When the guy next to me stated that Payne wasn't picked on because of the way he spoke, but was picked on because he was perceived as weak, the audience exploded. Charles responded rather passionately, saying he was not weak, and then actually yelled that unless Black people own up to our issues, we will never get beyond them. I totally agreed with him. My hand went up, however, because I agreed with both men. I agreed with Charles that he was considered a sell-out because of his manner of speaking and aspirations, and I agreed with my left-shoulder neighbor that Charles was perceived as weak. And I stress the word perceived. This perception was not any fault of his own, as I see it. He was perceived as weak in the Black community because many of our values are screwed up. He was perceived as weak because some of our young people are growing up believing that those who aspire to greatness in academics or business are selling out. He was perceived as weak because too many believe that using proper English or carrying a brief case means you've lost your Blackness. The bottom line is he was perceived as weak because the tool we use to measure weakness and strength is broken.

I never got to say that.

I was disappointed that we spent about 15 minutes (much edited out) discussing whether or not we should be called Black or African-American. After 5 minutes, I thought, "Look, if what we call ourselves is our biggest challenge, we're doing pretty good." The truth is we have bigger fish to fry. My perspective was simple: once we figure out what to call ourselves, can we move on to the business of what to do with ourselves? We are a people of unlimited potential, and we descend from ancestors who displayed incredible faith, perseverance, and work ethic. Let's understand that we must continue in those same qualities. Let's understand that liberalism undermines those qualities. Liberalism is, without a doubt, an insult to our history and a detriment to our future.

I was also surprised at how many people--conservatives--had voted for President Obama. Even Charles Payne said he did--and that he did it for people like Dr. King, Rosa Parks, and all those who came before and battled racism. What an interesting way of looking at things. That created a stir in the crowd. Those of us in the back seemed to be adamant that it was a lame reason to vote for someone. Too much was on the line to vote based on color. Even Dr. King said one ought to be judged, not by color, but by character. I do respect Mr. Payne's honesty, however.

Then I got upset when the gentleman next to me and the one in front of him dissed Sarah Palin, calling her dumb. The guy next to me even called her a stripper. They had no idea they were sitting near a true Palin supporter. But they found out in a New York minute! Needless to say, I had some words for these gentlemen. By the time I left the studio, one of them apologized for insulting the governor's intelligence and agreed that now she has the opportunity to show who she really is without being mishandled, which she was, by the McCain camp. I look forward to truth being revealed. It disturbs me when people are so willing to believe the worst in Sarah Palin and accept the prejudiced media representation of her, particularly people who themselves are personally well acquainted with bias and prejudice. And the stripper comment? That was enough to get the brother knocked out--but I behaved myself; we were on national television!

Toward the end of the show during commercial breaks, Beck allowed people to go to the front and sit in the chairs, as if they were a part of the panel. That boiled down to whoever could get there first. I tried once, but it was tough. I wasn't about to beeline it to the front--not my style--so I remained in the back.

What Glenn told us before the start of the show was correct: the show would be over much too soon. He said he wants to have us all back soon to talk more. As I said, I was frustrated. The conversation seemed to be all over the place, a lot of differing opinions ran rampant during breaks, and too many didn't get to speak up.

But you know what? It does prove that people have many things on their minds that they want a chance to vocalize, and Glenn Beck is willing to provide the forum. I commend him for that. Yes, it is time to be heard, and I am glad that the nation got to hear a little bit from a few Black conservatives. Some wanted simply to speak about issues that are relevant to all Americans, while others wanted to talk about issues that were unique to the Black community.

It's a start.

As Clifton and I walked the several blocks to Penn Station for me to catch Amtrak back upstate, I checked my email via my cell phone. I realized that Governor Palin had released another Facebook note, which I announced to Clif. Right after that comment, I heard two guys behind us say, "What would she do without Facebook?" Having heard that, I chose to talk even louder to Clif, saying something like, "God bless Sarah Palin!" and "We love Sarah Palin!" Childish thing to do? Perhaps. Some might even say I was foolish to get loud in opposition to two dudes walking down the street at night in New York City. At the moment, I didn't care. I had had enough that night of Palin-dissin'.

Being on the Glenn Beck Show was an opportunity to hear from other conservatives who happened to be Black. We were loud, passionate, and opinionated. It'll be interesting to see what direction the conversation goes in next time. I'll be sure to let you know when that is.

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Updated: Sarah Palin Encourages People to Invite God Into their Lives; Part II Added

Governor Palin sat down with David Brody of CBN while on her book tour. Part I of the interview, about her faith and reliance on God, was shown on the 700 Club today. How refreshing it is to have public figures who are bold in their faith.

Read David Brody's thoughts here.




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SarahPalinUSA: First Tweets

Governor Palin's first book tour stop was Grand Rapids, MI.

She tweeted afterwards from http://twitter.com/SarahPalinUSA:

Her first tweet:

Michigan-thx 4 Going Rogue! Perfect tour kickoff w/Kid Rock tune praising Northern MI humming in backgrnd @ Barnes/Noble. Above expectations

Her next tweet a little later:

Crossing border to Hoosier territory 4 book events tomrrw. Excited to meet Indiana folks who want to read about solutions to US challenges

It has been a joy keeping everyone up-to-date and shooting the breeze about Going Rogue, the book tour stops, and interviews. Thanks for the feedback. Keep checking in.

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Go Rogue With the Rest of Us!

Via Governor Palin's Facebook page:

Go Rogue With the Rest of Us!

Details of the second half of the Going Rogue book tour!

I'm looking forward to seeing everyone in every stop on the tour, but I'm especially looking forward to meeting our brave men and women in uniform at Fort Hood. I'm joining the efforts of many others by donating my royalties from the book sales during our stop at Fort Hood to the families of the victims whose lives have been forever changed by the tragic events of November 5th. I am humbled to be able to join the larger effort called "Community Response to 11/5," which was established by the Central Texas-Fort Hood Chapter of the Association of the US Army (AUSA). You can read more about their great efforts here: http://www.forthoodausa.org/.

As I mentioned last week, I'm going back on Twitter, so you can follow our path on SarahPalinUSA. Below are dates, times, and locations of the venues that I'll be referencing. Some other stops are still to be determined. Please contact each venue for more information. I'll see you soon!

- Sarah Palin

PS: Included below is a new flyer with the complete list of cities for the tour. Feel free to pass this one around, too!

November 30th

RICHLAND, WA
TBD


December 1st

PHOENIX. AZ
Costco
1445 West Elliot
Tempe, AZ 85284
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

ROSWELL, NM
Hastings Books
1705 N. Main Street
Roswell, NM 88201
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM


December 2nd

SPRINGFIELD, MO
Border's Books & Music
3300 S. Glenstone Avenue
Springfield, MO 65804
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM


December 3rd

FAYETTEVILLE, AR
Sam's Club
3081 North Highway 112
Fayetteville, AR 72704
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK
Hastings Books
2300 West Main Street
Norman, OK 73069
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM


December 4th

DALLAS, TX
Legacy Books
7300 Dallas Parkway
Plano, TX 75024
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

FORT HOOD, TX
AAFES
Main Exchange, Building 50004
Clear Creek Road
Fort Hood, TX 76544
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM


December 5th

FAIRFAX, VA
BJ's
13053 Fair Lakes Shopping Center
Fairfax, VA 22033
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM


December 6th

SIOUX CITY, IA
Barnes & Noble
4400 Sergeant Road
Sioux City, IA 51106
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM

SIOUX FALLS, SD
Barnes & Noble
3700 West 41st Street
Sioux Falls, SD 57106
6:30 PM - 9:30 PM


December 7th

MINNEAPOLIS, MN
Barnes & Noble
Mall of America
118 East Broadway
Bloomington, MN 55425
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM


December 8th

BILLINGS, MT
Borders Books & Music
2833 King Avenue West
Billings, MT 59102
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO
Borders Books & Music
1710 Briargate Boulevard
Colorado Springs, CO 80920
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM


December 9th

SALT LAKE CITY, UT
Costco
1818 South 300 West
Salt Lake City, UT 84115
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM

RENO, NV
Costco
2200 Harvard Way
Reno, NV 89502
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM


December 10th

COEUR D'ALENE, ID
Fred Meyer
560 West Kathleen
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83815
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM

SANDPOINT, ID
TBD


December 11th

HOME TO ALASKA!

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American Thinker: Why the Left Fears Sarah

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

In an article called "Why the Left Fears Sarah," Bob Weir looks into that subject exactly: why the Left fears Governor Palin. Common sense dictates that we admit no one wastes time trying to destroy someone they don't deem a threat. No, you barely recognize a non-threat, don't acknowledge her, and half the time don't even know she's there. The governor doesn't fall into any of these three categories.

Sports offer a good look into this reality. I coached varsity basketball for years, won back-to-back conference championships, and spent many hours viewing tape, planning practices, and hashing out game-day strategies. I can tell you right now I never wasted time figuring out who would double-down on a player likely to spend most of the game on the bench, I never put my best defender on a non-scorer, and I never breathed a sigh of relief when the opponent's 10th girl off the bench fouled out. I didn't even care. Again, we all know that no one wastes time on anyone who is not threatening. However, I showed no mercy on the star player because I knew she had the capability of exposing my team's weaknesses and firing up the rest of her team.

So those who say the full-court press attack employed by Liberals against Governor Palin has nothing to do with the fear she conjures up in them are simply not being honest. Clearly, she creates waves of terror within them. That's a common sense given. So we might as well contemplate why.

Weir, writing for American Thinker, states the following:

What this country needs is a strong conservative leader with the courage of her convictions. Sensing those qualities in Sarah Palin, the liberal left is becoming frantic because they can't seem to halt her popularity. The reason they're panicking is because they're afraid of her connection with regular folks who work for a living, pay their taxes, attend a religious worship service regularly, and believe that our country has lost the moral fiber that once united us. The book Profiles in Courage by John F. Kennedy covered several historical figures who stood up against the corruption surrounding them and defeated it. Sarah Palin did exactly that in her home state of Alaska. In a saner time in our history, she'd be a shoo-in for the White House.

But we're living in an era of in-your-face corruption, a time when elected officials rob us blind and dare us to do something about it. The powerful Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, New York Congressman Charles Rangel, is facing a growing investigation of ethics violations and tax scandals. When the man empowered with the responsibility to write our tax laws refuses to pay his own taxes, something terrible has happened to our country. With a laundry list of misbehavior attributed to him, Rangel boldly clings to his seat, his chairmanship, and his reelection bid.

[...]

I could illustrate hundreds of other examples of rampant corruption by people in elective office. Pointing to government decay is the job of the free press. But are they hounding any of the power-hungry scoundrels that masquerade as symbols of decency and honor? No, they're engaged in a continuous merciless attack on a woman who has led the way in the fight against the very corruption being overlooked by those who have become blinded by ideology.

Sarah Palin is a threat because she symbolizes decency in a country taken hostage by moral degenerates. If she isn't stopped, this country might end up reclaiming some of the values that made us the envy of the world.

Sounds like Weir is saying the Left fears Governor Palin because her values are right. Fascinating article. Read it here.

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Fox News Exposes AP's Bias; Quotes Me

Robert Shaffer at FoxNews.com wrote an article exposing the bias of the Associated Press' assigning 11 so-called fact checkers to Sarah Palin's new book. They did not do so for President Obama's book, Vice President Biden's book, or Hillary Clinton's book, among others. But they have taken a break from the important issues of the day to make sure a private citizen isn't misleading the American people in her Going Rogue memoir. How kind of them.

Reviewing books and holding public figures accountable is at the core of good journalism, but the treatment Palin's book received appears to be something new for the AP. The organization did not review for accuracy recent books by the late Sen. Ted Kennedy, then-Sen. Joe Biden, either book by Barack Obama released before he was president or autobiographies by Bill or Hillary Clinton. The AP did more traditional news stories on those books.

Imagine that. Sarah Palin being treated differently than others well-known figures. Who would have thought?

Shaffer interviewed me for this article, and I spoke frankly of their agenda.

Palin supporters believe 11 reporters poring over every word of her book is excessive- and further proof of the media's obsession and maltreatment of the hockey mom from Wasilla.

"They're obsessed with trying to discredit her," said Adrienne Ross, New York state organizer for the 2012 Draft Sarah Committee. "Because she's a conservative woman, they make fun of her accent, comment about her looks. She doesn't come in the package they want her to come in."

Read the entire article, "AP Turns Heads for Devoting 11 Reporters to Palin Book 'Fact Check'" here.

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What Did I Tell You? Sarah Palin Drives Up Oprah's Ratings

The Chicago Tribune reports that Sarah Palin's appearance on the Oprah Winfrey Show gave Oprah her highest ratings in two years:

Sarah Palin delivered the vote for Oprah Winfrey, giving the Chicago-based talk show host her highest ratings nationally for a single episode in two years.

[...]

Palin outdrew either half of Winfrey's two-part season-opening confessional with singer Whitney Houston, as well as Winfrey's show the day after the election of President Barack Obama, according to her syndicator, CBS Television Distribution.

Read more here.

I'm not surprised. Did I not write two articles in October in which I predicted this very thing?

In Sarah Palin Will Help Oprah Winfrey, I quoted an article that laid out Oprah's need:

It's not just another show booking for Oprah Winfrey. She's going whole hog this season to try to recover from the ratings tumble she took last season when her audience slid to under 7 million viewers. And, during one awful week in July, "The Oprah Winfrey Show" suffered its smallest ratings since its debut way back in 1985.

And I stated in According to Harpo Productions: Sarah Palin to Appear on Oprah that Sarah Palin would be the answer to Oprah's ratings problems, at least for the day:

If Sarah does make an appearance on the Oprah Winfrey Show, it will certainly drive Oprah's declining ratings through the roof. I will commend Sarah for going on the show on her own terms, and personally, I will be glad that the governor's book sales are already out of this world.

If you did not get a chance to see Governor Palin on Oprah Monday, go to Oprah's website and check it out.

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Governor Palin on Hannity

Via Governor Palin's Facebook page:

Hannity

It was a privilege to sit on the Fox News set last night with Sean Hannity. He's a great American. Be sure to watch tonight at 9pm, ET.

- Sarah Palin

I encourage you to tune in.

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Sarah Palin: Going Rogue Hits Stands; Facebook Hits 1,000,000

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

On the day that Governor Palin's best seller, Going Rogue, hits the stands, her Facebook supporters top 1,000,000! I have a very distinct sense that we are experiencing history here--in more ways than one.

From Facebook:

1,000,000

I would like to thank everybody who has signed up to follow this Facebook page. We are now over one million strong! Our voices have been heard loud and clear on issues ranging from energy to healthcare. Your support has made this unfiltered communication medium a success.

Thank you so much!

- Sarah Palin

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Sarah Palin: Multi-Part Interview with Barbara Walters

What an incredibly busy time for Governor Palin. There will certainly be no shortage of things to report now that her book tour is in full swing.

The most recent segment with Barbara Walters holds a special place in the governor's heart for a very good reason: it involves Sarah's precious gift from God, Trig, and other special needs children.

Via Facebook:

Multi-Part Interview with Barbara Walters

Had a great conversation today with Barbara Walters regarding America’s special needs community. Her compassion for those who some in our society see as “less than perfect” comes from personal experience as she was so close to her sister. Barbara wrote lovingly about her sister in her #1 bestselling memoir titled, Audition. Barbara and I even attempted to interview Trig during this segment, but he was about as patient through the interview as any other one-and-a-half-year-old child! I appreciate Barbara highlighting America’s special needs community. The beautiful heart of our country shines when we embrace these precious ones. Knowing of their unconditional love and need for our embrace reminds me every day of what really matters in this world.

- Sarah Palin

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Sarah Palin: Yes, I'm a Runner. What's the Problem?

Monday, November 16, 2009


What a shame it is that Newsweek, or NewsWEAK, as someone pointed out, would use a picture that Governor Palin took for Runner's World Magazine a few months ago as the cover of their news magazine. Oh, I forgot; they don't specialize in news when it comes to Sarah. They specialize in far Left-wing partisan antics. The continued sexism she is subjected to is absolutely beyond the pale. She is an accomplished woman who is also a committed athlete, and that's what this original picture was about, certainly nothing to be ashamed of.

Sarah Palin is everything people on the Left say they respect in women, but they can't stand it in her. The reasons are quite clear: she's a conservative; she's pro-life; she is happily married; she has five children, one of whom has special needs; she's a devoted Christian; and, as my friend, Rachelle Friberg of Conservative Girl With a Voice, points out, she actually looks like a woman. The last one really drives women on the Left crazy. So they will stop at nothing to destroy her, even doing something as stupid as using a photo taken for an athletic magazine and trying to use it to discredit her. News flash: it ain't gonna work.

Via Facebook, the governor writes about this photo and pitiful tactic:

Newsweek

The choice of photo for the cover of this week's Newsweek is unfortunate. When it comes to Sarah Palin, this "news" magazine has relished focusing on the irrelevant rather than the relevant. The Runner's World magazine one-page profile for which this photo was taken was all about health and fitness - a subject to which I am devoted and which is critically important to this nation. The out-of-context Newsweek approach is sexist and oh-so-expected by now. If anyone can learn anything from it: it shows why you shouldn't judge a book by its cover, gender, or color of skin. The media will do anything to draw attention - even if out of context.

- Sarah Palin

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American Thinker: Sarah Palin's Walmart Strategy

Talk aimed at dissecting where Governor Palin is and is not going on her Going Rogue book tour started as soon as she released the schedule. Talking heads have been bobbling with chatter about what they call an avoidance of big cities like New York and Boston. J. Robert Smith, in an American Thinker article, does some dissecting of his own.

While none of us can pretend to read the governor's mind, or know her future plans, he does offer an interesting assessment of her chosen tour stops. He calls it "Sarah Palin's Walmart Strategy."

What's notable about Sarah Palin's book tour, which starts midweek, is where she's not going. She's not going to L.A. or New York, Boston or San Francisco. She's going smack dab to the middle of the country. Fly-over country, liberals call it. And it's a shrewd move, not only in selling books, but positioning herself for a presidential run in 2012, if she chooses.

It's a strategy right out of the late Sam Walton's playbook: go where there's demand and the competition ain't. Walton, who could have run and won political campaigns, built Walmart into the behemoth it is today by opening his discount stores in small towns in the heartland, towns that the eight-hundred pound gorilla K-Mart ignored.

Walton conquered the discount retail category from the heartland out. He didn't so much as clobber K-Mart as steal a march on it. Palin may just prove that a heartland strategy does more than sell blenders and books. It's the foundation for winning a national election.

Make no mistake, right now, heartlanders (and heartlanders in spirit) are feeling awfully ignored by Washington politicians. The president and Congress are intent on ramming through a health care reform measure that an ever-increasing majority of Americans oppose. They're spending as if using someone else's credit card (in fact, the people's); they play Americans for dupes by calling an old-fashioned pork barrel bill an economic stimulus; and, for toppers, President Obama is playing Hamlet about Afghanistan, thus putting brave soldiers there at greater risk every day.

What Palin will bring to places like Noblesville, Ind., Washington, Pennsylvania, and Fort Bragg, N.C, is her brand of popular conservatism: upbeat, optimistic and certain. It really is an offshoot of the Reagan brand. And the Reagan brand has its roots deep in the American character.

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Sam Walton once said:
"Each Walmart store should reflect the values of its customers and support the vision they hold for their community."

The same holds true for politicians' relationships to citizens. It's not happening now in America. Sarah Palin has the opportunity to change that for the better.

Is it possible Governor Palin is employing Walmart's strategy of reaching out to heartland Americans whose needs had been largely ignored until then? J. Robert Smith says yes. Read his entire article here.

(h/t Ray - SarahNET.net)

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Sarah Palin Says: Forget AP; Go to C4P for Facts

Sunday, November 15, 2009

In her newest Facebook note, Governor Palin addresses the pathetic obsession the AP has for trying to take her down. Apparently there's not enough going on in the world to keep them on task, so they have resorted to illegally obtaining her book and searching frantically for lies in it. I don't know about you, but when I buy a book, that's what I do. NOT! Their obsession, of course, has led to...you guessed it, "making things up."

The governor exposes their agenda, and I'm proud to say, directs them to the work that we at Conservatives4Palin do to keep the truth front and center.

Thanks for the shout-out, Gov. Yep, we've got your back!

Really? Still Making Things Up?

The book tour starts this week, and I look forward to it! I'm most looking forward to meeting many of you, shaking your hands, and telling you,"Thanks for loving America." I'll give you a scoop here and tell you what's on the book's Dedication Page – it's dedicated to you – Patriots – who love the U.S.A. as much as I do.

Amazingly, but not surprisingly, the AP somehow nabbed a copy of the book before it was released. They're now erroneously reporting on the book's contents and are repeating many of the same things they spewed during the campaign and afterwards. We've heard 11 writers are engaged in this opposition research, er, "fact checking" research! Imagine that – 11 AP reporters dedicating time and resources to tearing up the book, instead of using the time and resources to "fact check" what's going on with Sheik Mohammed's trial, Pelosi's health care takeover costs, Hassan's associations, etc. Amazing.

We'll keep setting the record straight, and we'll keep reminding some in the media that Americans are very tired of their non-objective reporting. A great, recent post that accomplishes this is a Conservatives4Palin post. It's got some nice fact checking included. As always, they did a great job holding some of the media accountable for spreading more misinformation and for making things up. You can read it here. Enjoy!

And I can't wait to see you! God bless the fight for freedom! Keep up the great work, Patriots who love this country.

- Sarah Palin

Read the C4P post here.

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My Interview with the National Post: The Second Coming of Sarah Palin

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Earlier this week the National Post of Canada contacted me, stated they were doing an article to be published the weekend before Governor Palin's Going Rogue hit bookstores, and asked for an interview. They apparently see this book as her "second coming," the first being her emergence on the national scene during the 2008 election campaign.

Sheldon Alberts asked questions about a variety of topics, including the governor's upcoming book, my initial reaction to her VP nomination, my being in Alaska when she announced her resignation and then transferred power to Sean Parnell, her role in the GOP, and, of course, what I envision for her future.

When asked about 2012, I stated how unconventional, yet politically astute, Governor Palin is:

"If she decides to run in 2012, I think we are going to see something that is going to shock many people," said Adrienne Ross, an English teacher from Hudson, N.Y., and a blogger with Conservatives4Palin.com.

We also spent some time discussing Governor Palin's impact on the special election in the NY 23rd Congressional District with her endorsement of Doug Hoffman over Dede Scozzafava.

Alberts writes:

Her endorsement this month of a rebel Conservative Party candidate over a moderate Republican in an upstate New York congressional race almost single-handedly raised the election to national prominence.

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What is encouraging for Palin supporters, and disturbing to her critics, is that she wielded such influence from a distance. Who needs appearances on Washington's Sunday political talk shows when penning a few short sentences on Facebook will get you on the front page?

While he points out the power the governor possesses to influence important races within the nation (which amounted to arousing an influx of support for a 3rd Party candidate and causing the RINO turncoat candidate to quit) he also exposes the fear Governor Palin conjures up within people on both the Left and the Right. We're seeing a lot of that the last few days as people are scrambling like roaches to kill the book before it kills them.

Fear, yes--and jealousy.

All the attention paid to Ms. Palin is starting to grate on other potential 2012 Republican candidates.

"I'm glad she's getting the props -- I know I'm not nearly as attractive," Mike Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor, groused recently.

This, of course, was Huckabee whining this week that she gets more attention because she's more attractive.

At least Huck is honest--and pitiful--enough to state he so desperately wants the governor out of his way.

The article also highlights the absolute stupidity of those on the Left who pretend that her sticking around is good for their cause.

David Plouffe, Barack Obama's former campaign manager, recently described Ms. Palin as the "pied piper" of the GOP, leading a shrinking rump of right-wing Republicans.

"I think she'll be most helpful to the Democratic Party with a high profile. I hope her book tour lasts two years," he told the San Francisco Chronicle.

To which Palin supporters say, be careful what you wish for.

"If they didn't view her as a threat, they wouldn't spend so much time on her," Ms. Ross said.

That's no rocket science assessment I made--just common sense.

We really don't know what Governor Palin may be planning for the future, but one thing is for sure, and the National Post knows it: with the publication of Going Rogue and the launch of her book tour, she's got the world's attention--and that's a good thing.

Like other avid supporters who made Ms. Palin's memoir a bestseller before publication, Ms. Ross said she "can't wait" until the book arrives and she'll make the four-hour drive to the Barnes & Noble bookstore in Rochester, N.Y., for a planned Palin appearance on Nov. 21.

"People are excited that we finally get the opportunity to hear her tell her story, without the [media] filter," she said. "There is nothing like getting it from the source."

Read the entire article here.

* NOTE: Actually, Governor Palin is signing books at Borders Books and Music in Rochester, not Barnes and Noble as the article states.

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