Happy 2010, A Year of Bursting Forth

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year, everyone!

What a year 2009 has been for me! As I reflect, it has been one of the greatest years I can remember. God has enlarged my vision, opened doors only He could have opened, and frankly, rocked my entire world. At times when I attempt to find words to tell Him how thankful I am, I find all I can say is, "Oh, God, I'm so overwhelmed."

So how will I be bringing in 2010? My church, Rock Solid Church, decided not to have a special New Year's Eve service this year, so I am spending this evening with friends. We'll eat, play games, chill out, and then get to the important stuff: share testimonies of how good God has been this year, dive into God's Word, and pray-in the new year. There's no better way to start a year than the way you want to live every single day of that year--and for us it's giving glory to the God Who has given us life and seeking His wisdom.

One thing I can share already is that I believe 2010 will be a year of bursting forth. My confession is that all kinds of good/God things will burst forth. Fruitfulness is in store. I grab ahold of that word, and I can't wait to partake!

May each of you receive all that God has for your lives.

Happy New Year, and remember, the best is yet to come.

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Wake Up Black America: Hell Has Frozen Over

Wake Up Black America reports that MSNBC's Ed Schultz conferred upon Governor Palin his "Eddy Award" for 2009. An honor? I'll leave that to you to decide.

Nonetheless, Tyrone writes:

Welcome to the Twilight Zone! I'm not disagreeing with Ed Schultz at all in him giving Sarah Palin his "Eddy Award" for 2009, because he's actually right for once. I just never thought he would give credit to his and other liberal's most sworn enemy since George W Bush times two. I'm going to break this down to what it really means. The left has tried to label Sarah Palin as being the dumbest most clueless woman to ever step onto the national political stage. It all started last year and has just snowballed out of control ever since. What Ed Schultz said is very realizing, and he unknowingly contradicted the claims of his fellow Palin hating liberals. The day after the election, I stated that Sarah Palin wants to run for president in 2012. I stated the biggest obstacle to her running would be her serving out her first term as the governor of Alaska. For those of you who don't know why Palin serving out her first term would be a problem for a presidential run, here's the reason why. If Sarah Palin would have served out her first term to completion and not decide to run for a second term, she would have left office January 22 2011. The Iowa Caucus is I believe January 3rd 2012. Sarah would have had less then a year to organize a national campaign basically from scratch as well as set up a support staff in Iowa and other states. When liberal 527 groups filed 19 frivolous ethic violation complaints against Palin, I believe it provided Sarah a way out of being governor in order to focus on a presidential run without being obvious to that reason.

I disagree with Tyrone that Governor Palin was plotting for 2012 when she made the decision to leave the Governor's office, for I believe she left for precisely the reasons she stated. However, I agree vehemently with his suggestion that the stupidest thing the Left ever did was to confuse their own stupidity with hers. Perhaps Tyrone is correct and the people Schultz surrounds himself with are getting a clue also. Even so, I have no doubt that they wish their first assessment of Governor Palin had been accurate--or at least they will by the time she's through.

Ed Schultz might be a liberal kook, but he's not completely dumb, and he knows what any self professed politically astute person knows. Take emotion pro or con out of the equation when it comes to Sarah Palin. Her book tour allowed her to plant the seeds for a presidential run. In several polls, Sarah Palin is practically tied with Barack Obama. She has managed to repair the damage in her likability among independent voters that the media helped to cause last year. She has solidified her base as Ed factually stated. Her Political Action Committee is racking in money left and right. Palin even promoted Sarah PAC on her tour bus. Tell me again this woman is stupid.

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I'm sure as the new year approaches, Ed Schultz will bring out the knives yet again against Palin. One thing is certain. As liberals, political pundits and the media are figuring out, they might hate Sarah Palin's guts, but they know they aren't dealing with some clueless "Caribou Barbie" as they wish they were.

The truth is no one knows what 2012 holds for Governor Palin, but the article is an interesting one. Read it in its entirety here.

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God Don't Like Ugly; Calling Out Craig Medred

There's an old expression that goes like this: "God don't like ugly." I could not count the times I heard that growing up. It was used as a rebuke by the adults in my life whenever I did something they deemed inappropriate. As I got older, and made wiser choices, the need to be reminded of this "truth" diminished. However, not everyone grows up and makes wiser choices.

Exhibit A: Alaska reporter, Craig Medred

Medred's fascination with discrediting the Palin family is...well, ugly. What's it this time? Well, this time he fancies himself a Going Rogue fact-checker, and in that he's in bad company already. However, Medred clearly isn't capable of checking anything because he can't get his facts straight. For this, he gets called out.

Mel Bryant, my colleague over at Conservatives4Palin, points this out in an article called "Truth in Reporting." Bryant exposes, not only Medred's ridiculous preoccupation with "checking on" Governor Palin, but also his gross inability to do so with any success.

Bryant writes:

Now, Jeff Smith, author of Alias Soapy Smith: The Life and Death of a Scoundrel, is a bit annoyed with Medred. You may recall that Governor Palin mentioned a man named "Soapy" Smith in her book as part of a larger passage about the history of Alaska and some of its characters. The paragraph in Going Rogue that mentions "Soapy" says:

After his adventures in Tombstone, the legendary lawman Wyatt Earp came north and spent a few years in Nome during the gold rush. On the other side of the law was "Soapy" Smith, a Wild West crime boss whose tight-knit gang moved from Colorado to Skagway. They made a mint cheating gold miners out of their cash. It finally caught up with Soapy Smith: he was killed in a shoot-out with a vigilante gang.

As part of a larger piece at Alaska Dispatch, Medred fact checked this paragraph. In this check, Medred said that the historical record states that "Soapy" was not killed in a shoot-out with a gang, but was instead killed in a scuffle that turned into a gunfight with a man named Frank Reid. Reid, he said, shot "Soapy". Among others, he cited a passage from Jeff Smith's book to bolster this version of events. According to Smith, however, Medred was off base.

Smith said (addressing Medred):

My name is Jeff Smith, author of Alias Soapy Smith: The life and Death of a Scoundrel and the website Alias Soapy Smith. It is important to me that people know that you took the facts from my book and my website completely out of context and horribly and incorrectly stated my conclusions about the Shootout on Juneau Wharf in which my great-grandfather, Jefferson Randolph "Soapy" Smith was killed. I can only surmise that you either did not read the book and/or website or that you intentionally left out major important portions of one or both in order to show that Sarah Palin was incorrect in her statements on page 13 regarding Soapy Smith's fight with vigilantes.

Had you read the book and/or my website you would have clearly noted in my book (pages 532-580) and on my website (HERE) that Frank Reid was NOT the man who killed my great grandfather, and that in fact, another member of the vigilante guards present joined in the fight and wrestled Soapy's rifle away from him and turned it on an unarmed Soapy and shot him in the chest killing him instantly. Whether you agreed or disagreed with Soapy's ways is irrelevant to the fact that Soapy was shot while wounded and unarmed, which in most civilized communities is murder. The vigilantes hid this fact from the courts in order to save their own new found power.

Smith attempted to get a correction from Medred who eventually rewrote the article, removing the citation for Smith's book. Medred also issued a clarification citing Catherine Holder Spudes. Smith isn't particularly impressed with Medred's clarification:

Mr. Medred's "clarification" is filled with errors but truth in history is not his goal. Disproving Sarah Palin's book is his goal.

Read the full C4P article here.

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Sarah Palin, PJTV Person of the Decade Discussion - Video

Wednesday, December 30, 2009


On PJTV's "Trifecta," Governor Sarah Palin is discussed as, not Person of the Year, but Person of the Decade. A point made is that one cannot mention Palin without talking about her potential to be President of the United States. Add to that her history of walking the walk by living out the values she proclaims, rather than simply blowing hot air, and you have a rather interesting conversation.

Click here to watch the video.

(h/t Damian - C4P)

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2010 Rally Cry From Me to You

As we approach the start of a new year, I wanted to take time to say a few words to those who have taken a stand in some way, shape, or form in 2009.

2009 will go down in history as a pivotal time for this nation. It has been a time of serious challenges, major questions, and decisive action. A new president was inaugurated, the economy has been in shambles, and the American people have made their voices heard.

Let's talk a little about that last one.

People have mobilized in a way that has not been seen in some time. They have spoken up for freedom, for responsibility, and for government to do the right thing. Mothers, fathers, college students, homemakers, doctors--so many--have realized that yes, even they could make a difference. They attended town hall meetings and organized tea parties. They wrote Congressmen and called Senators. They challenged school officials and ran for school boards. They saw a need and got involved this time, rather than waiting for someone else to get the job done.

Has there been opposition? Of course. Tea party participants have been called racists, meanwhile a Black town hall attendee was physically attacked by SEIU thugs uttering racial slurs (hmmm...), and constituents have been slapped in the face by way of being totally ignored by those elected to represent them.

Nonetheless, I take this opportunity to encourage you all to continue to respectfully fight. Where there is wrong, attempt to right it. Where freedom is threatened, oppose it. Where leaders have overstepped, call them on it. If disappointment has gripped you, recognize it for what it is and work to turn it around, for Dr. Martin Luther King once said, "There can be no great disappointment where there is no great love." Let that love spur you to action.

The attacks will come. Believe me, I know. Your efforts will be misrespresented. Those of you who operate with a humble servant's heart will be spat at by elitists who use psychobabble to mask their own deep-seated insecurities. Those who want to force you into agreeing with them will fire upon you with personal attacks because that's all they have. Substance is not in their arsenal, nor is it in their nature. Those whose faith in God governs their lives will be called Bible Thumpers. Say, "Thank you," keep on stepping--and please keep on thumpin'. Wear that compliment with both pride and humility.

The bottom line is that your efforts are not in vain. This is a time of action, so act. It's a time of battle, so fight. This is a time that separates the men from the boys and the women from the girls, as they say. 2010 is crucial. I said that again and again in 2008. Maybe the nation has gotten the message now. Don't be deterred, dismayed, or denied.

As for me, I will continue to seek and serve God unapologetically. I will do a better job serving the students He has placed within my care. I will do my part to be a voice for the unborn and for the value of each life. And I will continue to support and stand by Governor Palin and other leaders who share the values that make for a healthy society, who refuse to be silenced. I will do what I do--because it's right.

So whatever it is you've been called to do--for surely you've been called--do it with all your might. And do it with the understanding that, as I tell my students all the time, "the best is yet to come."

God bless!

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America's Fiercest Battle is at Home, Says Star Parker

Monday, December 28, 2009

Star Parker has published a thought-provoking, soul-stirring article at townhall.com today. It's entitled "The Real War Front is At Home." She points out the fact that, although America is engaged in warfare in Iraq and Afghanistan and many brave soldiers are defending freedom, the true battle takes place right here on our own soil.

She writes:

Christmas 2009 and our nation is still at war.

Afghanistan? Iraq?

Yes, of course, brave young Americans are in those far off lands defending our country. God bless them.

But the war's front is here at home. The war we are having with ourselves.

After the horrendous attacks on September 11, 2001, a few Christian pastors stepped up to say that the unprecedented violation of America's homeland was a sign of weakness within our nation.

They weren't talking about how we gather intelligence or how we check travelers at the airport.

The management bestseller from the 1960's, The Peter Principle, points out that one sign of an organization or an individual at their "level of incompetence" is thinking that re-organizing alone solves problems. Drawing new organization charts or moving around furniture is a lot easier than getting to the heart of understanding what is causing failure.

The weakness which led to our vulnerability on that infamous September day, said those pastors, was moral, not technical. For this, they were widely denounced.

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Today, after allowing a terrorist to operate within the ranks of our own military, and, after he did his devastating work at Fort Hood, we refuse to identify him as a terrorist.

We view the maniacs running Iran as negotiating partners while we ignore the Iranian youth who struggle and long to be free.

We sit with silent acceptance as the Israelis, once viewed as friends and allies, are given a choice by Hamas to release 1000 prisoners, many convicted terrorists, in exchange for one Israeli soldier held hostage.

But most inscrutable is that as we end the decade, a decade spent fighting for freedom, our own nation is decidedly less free and as result, weaker. And we have consciously chosen this outcome.

Read the entire article here.

It's time for this nation's leaders to wake up before we can no longer recognize this country and what made her great.

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Bristol and Tripp; Wisdom Beyond Years

Sunday, December 27, 2009

On December 27, 2008, Bristol Palin's son, Tripp, was born. Happy Birthday! One year later, he is as loved as he was then.

A few days after the birth of her first grandson, Governor Palin's office issued a statement. It reads in part:

"We are over the moon with the arrival of this healthy, beautiful baby,” Governor Palin said.

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Isn’t it just like God to turn those circumstances into such an amazing, joyful blessing when you ask Him to help you through?”

Bristol Palin said she “obviously discourages” teen pregnancy and knows that plans she previously made for herself will now forever be changed. “Teenagers need to prevent pregnancy to begin with – this isn’t ideal. But I’m fortunate to have a supportive family which is dealing with this together. Tripp is so perfectly precious; we love him with all our hearts. I can’t imagine life without him now.”

Tripp has been nurtured and loved by his mom, grandmother, aunts, uncles, and a host of other relatives and friends. His story speaks to the power of love and responsibility. The care and support that Bristol has been able to give her baby boy is a direct result of the love she has received from those closest to her.

Bristol didn't believe the lie that she couldn't persevere, choose life, and finish her education. Instead, she embraced the truth. No doubt, she knew she had a mother who was on her knees asking for God's help. And that's the way it should be. She looked to her left and to her right, too, and saw a myriad of other family members alongside her. And that's the way it should be also.

I remember reading the Governor's statement a year ago. When she asked the question

"Isn’t it just like God to turn those circumstances into such an amazing, joyful blessing when you ask Him to help you through?”

I couldn't help but enthusiastically exclaim, "Yes it is--just like God."

Thank God for people like the Palins who inspire their children to embrace their own children with open arms, even when life takes you by surprise.

I have personally seen the love Bristol has for her son. I have attached two pictures of mother and son below that I took in Wasilla, Alaska in July.

Bristol, thank God for your strength and courage in choosing life, faith, and responsibility. You have demonstrated--even in your youth--a wisdom so needed in this world. God bless you and your son. The best is yet to come.



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Going Rogue - NY Times #1 for 5th Consecutive Week

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Going Rogue is #1 on the New York Times Hardcover Best-Sellers list for Non-fiction for the fifth consecutive week. Congratulations, Governor Palin.

The best is yet to come.

(H/T C4P)

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Christmas Message to All

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas to all!

Christmas is more than gifts and a tree. Christmas is even more than precious family time. Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus--the Christ, the Anointed One.

It's hard to wrap my mind around the fact that the God of the universe knew that man needed a Savior, so He sent...Himself. He wrapped Himself in flesh and came humbly as a man, fully God and fully man. What an amazing love! Meditate on that for a while and see if it doesn't change your perspective on, not just Who He is, but who you are, for He did what He did...for you! He did it for me!

Yes, He is God. That's why when Philip asked to see the Father, Jesus responded in John 14:9 (emphasis added):

9Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Show us the Father?

I delight in sharing the message of Christ. Enjoy your family, enjoy your gifts, but most of all, enjoy the Lord.


Isaiah 9:6:
6For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

A few points from this passage in Isaiah:
1. They were expecting Jesus for generations.
2. He alone is in control.
3. Jesus is God in the flesh.
4. There is no peace apart from Him, for He IS peace.

Luke 2: 1-20:
1And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed.

2(And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)

3And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.

4And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)

5To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.

6And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.

7And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

8And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.

9And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.

10And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

11For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

12And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

13And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,

14Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

15And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.

16And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.

17And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.

18And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.

19But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.

20And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.

A few points from this passage in Luke:
1. Jesus came humbly to the earth; a King came as a servant.
2. We must never despise where we are in life now. God's plan is often bigger than what we can see today, but may our motive always be to serve.
3. The Good News of Jesus causes us to rejoice and praise God vehemently.
4. Encountering Christ makes us want to share Him with others. You just can't keep it to yourself!

God bless you all.

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Christmas with the Palins

Merry CHRISTmas, everybody!

Before I hit the sack to arise early and head down to be with my family in Long Island, I want to post a video of Governor Palin and her daughter Piper being interviewed by Fox and Friends' Gretchen Carlson during the Going Rogue book tour. The Palins discussed how they celebrate Christmas, which includes a candlelight church service on Christmas Eve, time with family, and...food, of course!

Enjoy!

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Buy Wall Street Journal's #1 Best-Seller: Going Rogue

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Congratulations to Governor Palin whose memoir continues to rock the world of non-fiction literature.

Going Rogue is #1 on the Wall Street Journal Best-Sellers List for Nonfiction.

If you have yet to purchase the book, get going on Going Rogue! You'll see why it's #1 on so many lists. I just bought another one today as a Christmas present. That's four total and probably more to come. Two are autographed--one autographed with a personal message the Governor wrote to me, and the other I gave to a friend. I also have one unautographed copy, which is the one I read, and the other one I gave as a present today. So I encourage you to buy it and read it, but if you've read it already, buy it for someone else. There's nothing like hearing someone's story in her own words. I think it's what we call "unfiltered."
(H/T C4P)

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UPDATED With Message From Gov. Palin; Christmas Tribute to Troops; I'll Be Brave This Christmas

Big Daddy Weave pays tribute to our military with the song, "I'll Be Brave This Christmas." As we celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ with family, friends, food, and even presents, may we be mindful of those whose bravery has taken them away from their loved ones. And let's pray for them. May the light and love of our Savior envelope our troops, and may they ever be mindful that Jesus is the Reason for the Season!

Enjoy the song...




UPDATE: Christmas Greetings from the Palins.

Via Facebook, Governor Palin writes:

Merry Christmas!

Todd and I would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas! The Palin family is blessed to all be together among family and friends this Holiday – and that is one of the greatest gifts of all. But while this is a beautiful time of the year for families and friends around the world, we recognize that it is a difficult time of the year for so many others – especially this year. May we remember all those who are lonely or in need on this blessed night, and please join us in saying a special prayer for those away from their loved ones in the service of a grateful nation. May God bless you all and continue to bless our great country.

- Sarah Palin

“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.” (Luke 2:14)

I just got home from our candlelight service at church. There is nothing like worshipping our Lord and Savior! I'm headed now to my pastor's house to celebrate some more with God's wonderful family.

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Going Rogue: Five Consecutive Weeks as #1 on USA Today Best-Seller List

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

For the fifth straight week, Governor Palin's Going Rogue is #1 on the USA Today Best-Seller List!

Read what Conservatives4Palin says about this record the Governor's memoir has set with its continued place at the top of all other books. Click here for that account.

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Purchase Going Rogue Pictures



As you know, on November 21st, I was at the Rochester Going Rogue book signing. Photographer Shealah Craighead has now put the pictures of the event online, and they're available for purchase. She took over 1200 pictures in New York, and I am particularly excited because I had the honor of volunteering at the event, which affords me a multitude of pictures from which to choose. I will definitely be purchasing a few. Great job, Shealah!

Early in the photo album are two pictures of the Governor and I conversing, taken in the back upon her arrival, but there are so many others where I am in the background having the time of my life. Seeing these photographs was like reliving that amazing experience where I got to hear so many people interacting with her. I wrote about that experience in detail and included pictures and a video here and followed up with more pictures here.

Go straight to the Rochester, NY photo album by clicking here to see what it was like for me to work alongside Governor Palin that day, and see all the people who came out to show their support for America's common sense conservative.

Go here for a choice of other book tour stops of which you'd like to see pictures.

If you took part in the tour, treat yourself by purchasing one or more pictures, and if you know others who participated, why not surprise them with pictures they will surely cherish for many years to come?

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Governor Palin Promises and Delivers

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

The other day a friend said to me, "I thank God for Sarah Palin. Finally, there's somebody willing to speak up." Amen to that!

Too many so-called leaders are interested in straddling the fence, trying to keep everybody happy, and being wishy-washy. That does not define Governor Palin. Say what you want, but this woman is a leader. She will not sit down and shut up when she knows she's right. She has led the conversation on health care reform, even causing wording in the bill to be changed when she called out death panels, for example. And though that death panel comment has recently been voted "lie of the year," she came right back today and pointed her finger at legislators and their death panels once again.

Did people think the title they bestowed upon her for exposing health care rationing, which is inevitable if the liberals have their way, was going to imprison her and scare her into saying nothing more? I can tell them right now: forget that tactic; it'll never work. Governor Palin is not indebted to the establishment, not seeking the approval of Washington, DC, and is not afraid of the truth--thank God, as my friend said!

Earlier today she tweeted:

NOW w/the Prez "threatening" &Congress "rushing" is when we MUST pay more attention than ever 2what this HealthCare Takeover is all about...

...merged bill may b unrecognizable from what assumed was a done deal:R death panels back in?what's punishment 4not purchasing mandated HC?

Heading 2 book signing event&but will b posting on FaceBook page new,grave concerns about Congress/Prez"rushed" action2 take over healthcare

True to her word, just a few minutes ago she spoke up on Facebook about the back door wheeling and corrupt dealing disaster of so-called health care reform. And she ended her note by reminding Congress of what they apparently have forgotten, for they have ignored the fact that the vast majority of Americans do not want this health care bill: "2010 is coming." No, it's not a threat; it's a reality. I hope their absolute disregard for both the Constitution and their constituents is worth it to those corrupt self-dealers in Congress who can be bought and sold.

So says Governor Palin:

Midnight Votes, Backroom Deals, and a Death Panel

Last weekend while you were preparing for the holidays with your family, Harry Reid’s Senate was making shady backroom deals to ram through the Democrat health care take-over. The Senate ended debate on this bill without even reading it. That and midnight weekend votes seem to be standard operating procedures in D.C. No one is certain of what’s in the bill, but Senator Jim DeMint spotted one shocking revelation regarding the section in the bill describing the Independent Medicare Advisory Board (now called the Independent Payment Advisory Board), which is a panel of bureaucrats charged with cutting health care costs on the backs of patients – also known as rationing. Apparently Reid and friends have changed the rules of the Senate so that the section of the bill dealing with this board can’t be repealed or amended without a 2/3 supermajority vote. Senator DeMint said:

“This is a rule change. It’s a pretty big deal. We will be passing a new law and at the same time creating a senate rule that makes it out of order to amend or even repeal the law. I’m not even sure that it’s constitutional, but if it is, it most certainly is a senate rule. I don’t see why the majority party wouldn’t put this in every bill. If you like your law, you most certainly would want it to have force for future senates. I mean, we want to bind future congresses. This goes to the fundamental purpose of senate rules: to prevent a tyrannical majority from trampling the rights of the minority or of future congresses.”

In other words, Democrats are protecting this rationing “death panel” from future change with a procedural hurdle. You have to ask why they’re so concerned about protecting this particular provision. Could it be because bureaucratic rationing is one important way Democrats want to “bend the cost curve” and keep health care spending down?

The Congressional Budget Office seems to think that such rationing has something to do with cost. In a letter to Harry Reid last week, CBO Director Douglas Elmendorf noted (with a number of caveats) that the bill’s calculations call for a reduction in Medicare’s spending rate by about 2 percent in the next two decades, but then he writes the kicker:

“It is unclear whether such a reduction in the growth rate could be achieved, and if so, whether it would be accomplished through greater efficiencies in the delivery of health care or would reduce access to care or diminish the quality of care.”

Though Nancy Pelosi and friends have tried to call “death panels” the “lie of the year,” this type of rationing – what the CBO calls “reduc[ed] access to care” and “diminish[ed] quality of care” – is precisely what I meant when I used that metaphor.

This health care bill is one of the most far-reaching and expensive expansions of the role of government into our lives. We’re talking about putting one-seventh of our economy under the government’s thumb. We’re also talking about something as intimate to our personal well-being as medical care.

This bill is so unpopular that people on the right and the left hate it. So why go through with it? The Senate is planning to vote on this on Christmas Eve. Why the rush? Though we will begin paying for this bill immediately, we will see no benefits for years. (That’s the trick that allowed the CBO to state that the bill won’t grow the deficit for the next ten years.)

The administration’s promises of transparency and bipartisanship have been broken one by one. This entire process has been defined by midnight votes on weekends, closed-door meetings with industry lobbyists, and payoffs to politicians willing to sell their principles for sweetheart deals. Is it any wonder that Americans are so disillusioned with their leaders in Washington?

This is about politics, not health care. Americans don’t want this bill. Americans don’t like this bill. Washington has stopped listening to us. But we’re paying attention, and 2010 is coming.

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Trig Palin's Testimony



(Video H/T Sinistar)

When I see Trig Palin, I smile. When I see him smiling and playing around with his father--as he is in the video--and kissing his mother--as he is in the picture--I smile even more.

Trig is a testimony to the beauty and value of all God's children. I thank God for families, like the Palins, who recognized from the beginning that "every good and every perfect gift" comes from God.

I shake my head when I think about this startling statistic: 90% of Down Syndrome babies are aborted. Look at Trig's smile, hear his giggle, sense how much his father loves him, feel how much he loves his mom--and tell me he's not worthy of "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." You can't, because he is, as is every single life.

Thank God for His wisdom; He gave Trig to just the right family.

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Video - Can Harry Reid Tell His AARP from His NAACP?

Monday, December 21, 2009

Somehow I just don't think if President Bush were still in office or Senator McCain had been elected, Harry Reid would have confused the AARP with the NAACP. I laughed for about a half hour straight! The making of history really messed you up, huh, Senator?

In any case, it provided a bit of comedy in the midst of this tragedy of a government health care takeover.


(Video H/T http://twitter.com/PoliJAM)

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Me and My Harley - Pics

Sunday, December 20, 2009

I told you recently that I wanted to take time out every once in a while just to share me with you. Today, just for fun, in the midst of the snow that so many people are underneath, I figured I'll post some pictures. I've never been on a snowmachine, as they call it in Alaska. I only have my motorcycle, and it's too cold to ride it now. But I can reminisce, can't I?

Here's me and my Harley. It's a Sportster 883. The last picture is my first bike, a 750 Yamaha Midnight Maxim. The Harley is definitely better--Screaming Eagle pipes and everything!




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Rep. Michele Bachmann Prays For Our Nation - Videos

Saturday, December 19, 2009

On Wednesday, Family Research Council, The Call to Conscience, and Focus on the Family Action held a webcast where they were praying about concerns with the health care bill.

Tony Perkins, FRC Action President stated:

"There have been a number of critical hours in American history. Our nation has struggled mightily and, under God, always risen to the challenges before us. Tonight, we will face this moral crisis by taking action and obeying the Biblical mandate to pray for our nation and its leaders."

Representative Michele Bachmann, the congresswoman from Minnesota, led the attendees in prayer for our nation. She asked for God's forgiveness, knowing that each of us has fallen short and missed the mark. Rep. Bachmann understands America's foundation of faith, and was bold in acknowledging that America would be wise to seek God once again. We need more people in positions of authority who are not too proud to humble themselves in repentence and to ask for God's grace and favor.

So often we say, "God, bless America," but it's time for America to bless God. One way to do so is to call out to Him--for ourselves, for our leaders, and for the overall well-being of our nation.

Congresswoman Bachmann is a member of the Congressional Prayer Caucus, which she discusses in the second video.




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Going Rogue: NY Times #1 for 4th Straight Week

Governor Palin's Going Rogue is number 1 on the New York Times Hard Cover Nonfiction Best Seller List for the fourth straight week!

Read Conservatives4Palin's account of this here. C4P also buries the bogus bulk orders rumor.

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Dissolving the Palin Prejudice

Friday, December 18, 2009

I don't agree with everything Stephen H. Dinan has to say about Governor Palin, but I am willing to listen to what he has to say. The reason is simple: he's chosen to listen to what she has to say. In so doing, he has taken the road less traveled by the mainstream media. He chose to travel down Going Rogue Lane to find out who the Governor really is, rather than who the haters want people to believe she is. He chose to get to know her himself. The best way to do that, obviously, is to read her memoir and hear her words "unfiltered," as she says. He does just that. For this I commend him.

So what led Dinan on this journey?

Over Thanksgiving, I was hiking with my brother-in-law when he commented that he only knew two kinds of people: those who loved Sarah Palin and those who hated her. Nobody was in the gray zone. While I didn't consider myself a "hater," I also knew that she had triggered intense reactions in me when she joined the Republican ticket. After Obama's victory, the fear of her becoming President subsided along with the negative charge, but I had to confess to a lingering prejudice beneath the surface.

One week later, I bought her autobiography, Going Rogue. Why? To dissolve my own prejudice and to better understand how we as a culture can go beyond the extreme political polarizations that have so paralyzed our country.

[...]

So reading Going Rogue was something of a test for myself - could I find the place of appreciation, respect, and even love for Sarah Palin?

What I found is that it wasn't really that hard, actually, simply by taking the time to meet her on her own turf rather than through sounds bites, spin, and polarized media battles. Reading someone's personal memoir is an intimate journey into their inner sanctum, and I developed a real appreciation for Sarah in reading the book.

This brings to mind a quote from my favorite novel, To Kill A Mockingbird. Atticus Finch taught his six year old daughter, Scout, a very important life-lesson when he said:

You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view...until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.

This further reinforces my philosophy that most of the lessons one needs to learn can be gathered from Harper Lee's classic novel.

Stephen H. Dinan came away from Going Rogue with a deeper understanding of Governor Palin, her upbringing, her love for family, her patriotic passion, and her desire to serve. He acknowledges, too, the prejudices she continues to face. He admits what liberals have been loath to admit--that she arouses fear and worry in people--and he doesn't exempt himself from those same emotions. Furthermore, he states that this has led to

a barrage of distorted stories, inflated fears, and downright misrepresentations, some of which were quite damaging to her family.

It's the sad truth, yet it's refreshing to finally hear someone confess what we've always known to be true.

The bottom line is that Dinan had the courage to put aside his own prejudices in favor of the truth. And when he did, he discovered the Governor Palin who always existed, but one he had heretofore been deaf and blind to because he had been listening to and looking at others who themselves didn't know her. Going Rogue allowed him to get a real look.

Although he doesn't agree with every position Governor Palin takes, he has come to find what Scout finds at the end of To Kill A Mockingbird when she finally sees Boo Radley, the man she has known only through the rumors and smears of her neighbors. Scout realizes Boo cannot be honestly defined by others. The real Boo Radley would write his own story for Scout Finch to read.

To Kill A Mockingbird ends with this exchange between Scout and her father, Atticus, when she realizes Boo is not the monster he has been made out to be:

"When they finally saw him, why he hadn't done any of those things...Atticus, he was real nice..."

"Most people are, Scout, when you finally see them."

Dinan made the effort to see Governor Palin.

Stephen H. Dinan's article is a good one--and it's published in the Huffington Post, of all places. Maybe they'll get the message and take a look also.

Read the full article, Dissolving the Palin Prejudice.

(H/T Fay)

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Governor Palin Sets Eugene Robinson Straight; Say 'Thank You,' Eugene

Thursday, December 17, 2009

On Tuesday, December 15th, Eugene Robinson, in a Washington Post op-ed, sought to undermine Governor Palin's position on climate change and her call for President Obama to boycott Copenhagen in light of Climate-gate. He suggested that the Governor was speaking out of both sides of her mouth, and he used--or shall I say misused?--her record in Alaska to attempt to back up his point of view. Unfortunately, he failed to get his facts straight.

Enter Governor Palin Stage Right to point out the facts.

She responded today in a letter to the editor of the Washington Post. I am sure Mr. Robinson is grateful to Governor Palin for setting the record straight because, after all, what's more important than the truth?

Letter to the Editor
Washington Post
Thursday, December 17, 2009

I’d like to thank Eugene Robinson for highlighting Alaska’s achievements on climate change [“Palin’s own ‘Climate- gate,’” op-ed, Dec. 15] and for noting that I’ve “treated the issue as serious, complex, and worthy of urgent attention,” while making “any number of pragmatic, reasonable, smart decisions as governor.” But he’s wrong to suggest that my views have somehow changed or that now I’ll have to “renounce” my past efforts.

Once again: I don’t deny that climate change is real. In creating a sub-cabinet to deal specifically with the issue, I said that “Alaska’s climate change strategy must be built on sound science and the best available facts and must recognize Alaska’s interest in economic growth and the development of its resources.” That goal made sense to me then, and it makes sense to me now.

Mr. Robinson tries to make hay out of the fact that I asked the group to advise me regarding opportunities to participate in “carbon-trading markets.” But considering voluntary participation in carbon-trading programs is much different from endorsing the economically disastrous cap-and-tax proposals put forward by Democrats in Washington. Those proposals will burden our job creators and raise energy prices for all of us, and that’s why I oppose them.

As governor of Alaska, I sought common-sense solutions that took real-world costs and benefits into account. That’s what I’m looking for now. But that’s not what’s on the table in Washington or in Copenhagen.

Sarah Palin, Wasilla, Alaska

The writer, governor of Alaska from 2006 to 2009, was the 2008 Republican nominee for vice president.

Governor Palin posted her letter on her Facebook page.

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#1 USA Today; Going Rogue Continues to Break Records

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Going Rogue, Governor Sarah Palin's memoir, continues to break records. It is #1 on the USA Today Best-Seller List for the 4th straight week.

According to my colleagues at Conservatives4Palin, this accomplishment means:

She officially breaks the previous record that Colin Powell set of three-straight weeks at the top of the USA-Today Best-Seller list among all books.

This makes the Governor the first politician to hold that #1 spot for 4 consecutive weeks.

Read C4P's account here, and see USA Today's entire list here.

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Sarah Palin's Hanukkah Greetings; May We All Seek the Light

Governor Palin issues Hannukah greetings to the Jewish community via Facebook.

She writes:

Todd and I would like to offer our best wishes to the Jewish community as they celebrate Hanukkah. Known as the Festival of Lights, Hanukkah commemorates the eight-day miracle that took place when the Temple in Jerusalem was rededicated. Though there was only enough consecrated oil for one day, the flame miraculously burned for eight – just long enough to prepare more. This beautiful story is rich with life lessons for members of all faiths. With hope and dedication nothing is impossible, and the Almighty never abandons those who seek the light.

- Sarah Palin

“Trace the universe back to God’s power, and follow His power upstream to His wisdom.” - Max Lucado

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Sarah Palin: Greener Than Thou?

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Governor Palin via Facebook:

Why is Governor Schwarzenegger pushing for the same sorts of policies in Copenhagen that have helped drive his state into record deficits and unemployment? Perhaps he will recall that I live in our nation’s only Arctic state and that I was among the first governors to create a sub-cabinet to deal specifically with climate change. While I and all Alaskans witness the impacts of changes in weather patterns firsthand, I have repeatedly said that we can’t primarily blame man’s activities for those changes. And while I did look for practical responses to those changes, what I didn’t do was hamstring Alaska’s job creators with burdensome regulations so that I could act “greener than thou” when talking to reporters.

- Sarah Palin

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President's Executive Office & US Senate Visit Motivation: Truth; Have We Uncovered Why?

Today I got an interesting tip from a Facebook friend. She touched base with me in light of some recent government hits to Motivation: Truth.

When I was in Alaska this summer, I got a hit that really caused my eyes to bulge out. It was in the midst of a plethora of hits over a couple days, resulting from the picture I took of Governor Palin holding Mark Levin's book, Liberty and Tyranny, at the Wasilla Governor's Picnic. I posted it on my blog, along with several other pictures, and someone got ahold of it. It went everywhere. Read that blog post and see the famous picture here.

That's how I first touched base with Dan Riehl of Riehl World View. He blogged about it in a post called "Meet Adrienne Ross." You can read his post here. Shortly thereafter, Mark Levin gave Motivation: Truth and the picture a shout-out on his radio show. You can hear that shout-out here (about 2:48 into the broadcast) and see he posted the picture with a great caption about the Governor and Katie Couric by clicking here. American Thinker also posted the picture and commented on it. Check that out here.

Then came the visit to my blog from the Executive Office Of The President USA, appearing in my stats exactly in that manner. I was blown away. What in the world would they be doing visiting my blog?

I received no other visits from them that I can recall until a couple months ago. They entered my blog through a Google search for "Track Palin," and they clicked on my post called "God is Good; Track Palin Comes Home." Read it here. I couldn't help but wonder why the Executive Office Of The President USA would be interested in Governor Palin's son.

That was it for a while.

Now it's started again. Last week, I got yet another visit from the Executive Office Of The President USA. This time they came through a Google search for "Adrienne Ross"! What in the world?

This was followed last week by hits from the Bureau of Economic Analysis. They hit me again yesterday.

Last week there was another interesting search, which led to another visit to Motivation: Truth. It was the US Senate this time, and they came to my site through a Google search for "Sarah Palin quotes the military" or something like that.

This creepy activity causes me to ask a few questions. Why is our government so interested in Governor Palin? (Well, we already know the answer to that question, don't we?) Why are they interested in her son being home from Iraq? Why do they care what she has to say about the military? And why in the world are they interested in me? Perhaps an even more pressing question is: why don't agencies, like the Executive Office Of The President USA and the US Senate, have hidden IP addresses? One would think they wouldn't want everyone knowing where they've been spending their time.

I certainly don't know the answer to those questions (well, except the first one!), but the article link I received earlier today from Kim really is fascinating. It seems there's some real government monitoring going on. I'm not saying that's what's going on in my situation, but I am saying in light of the recent hits, it's rather interesting.

The NY Times reports (emphasis added):

The government is increasingly monitoring Facebook, Twitter and other social networking sites for tax delinquents, copyright infringers and political protesters. A public interest group has filed a lawsuit to learn more about this monitoring, in the hope of starting a national discussion and modifying privacy laws as necessary for the online era.

Law enforcement is not saying a lot about its social surveillance, but examples keep coming to light. The Wall Street Journal reported this summer that state revenue agents have been searching for tax scofflaws by mining information on MySpace and Facebook. In October, the F.B.I. searched the New York home of a man suspected of helping coordinate protests at the Group of 20 meeting in Pittsburgh by sending out messages over Twitter.

In some cases, the government appears to be engaged in deception. The Boston Globe recently quoted a Massachusetts district attorney as saying that some police officers were going undercover on Facebook as part of their investigations.

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Privacy law was largely created in the pre-Internet age, and new rules are needed to keep up with the ways people communicate today. Much of what occurs online, like blog posting, is intended to be an open declaration to the world, and law enforcement is within its rights to read and act on what is written. Other kinds of communication, particularly in a closed network, may come with an expectation of privacy. If government agents are joining social networks under false pretenses to spy without a court order, for example, that might be crossing a line.

A national conversation about social networking and other forms of online privacy is long overdue. The first step toward having it is for the public to know more about what is currently being done. Making the federal government answer these reasonable Freedom of Information Act requests would be a good start.

Read the entire disturbing article here, and make sure others are aware.

(H/T Kim)

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The Feminism Police Charges Governor Palin

Monday, December 14, 2009

David McGrath is apparently the newly appointed feminism police. In his first official duty he's charged Governor Palin with not being feminist enough. And what does he use as his measuring stick? Her pro-life commitment, among other things. Not only does he attack the authenticity of her feminism, he finds her guilty of much worse. According to him, she's a threat to the overall freedom of women.

So rather than trying to verify speeches, op-eds, or chapters in her book, the more reliable indicators of her integrity are her actions. And there’s no more glaring example of the Palin “sham factor” than her position on women’s rights.

That’s because Palin, in spite of implying an alliance with the likes of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, is a veritable chauvinist, whose politics imprison women in their “proper” place.

It's a sad, sad day when one is deemed a threat to women because they have the unmitigated temerity to speak up for the unborn, to defend those who cannot defend themselves. How did we come to this place that one can only be revered a friend to women if she encourages them to annihilate the very life growing inside them, baiting them into destroying flesh of their flesh and bone of their bone? Is it that position, in today's society, that guarantees one the praise of the women's movement? Yes, we have become so backwards that this crazed mindset is what has come to be called progress. There was a time when women scraped and scrapped to protect their young--at any and all cost--and that was the mark of true womanhood. Animals still do it. Yet we, civilized, rational human beings have now reached a place where some have the nerve to measure our femininity by our willingness to destroy what we once would have given our lives to protect. Governor Palin has asked that America embrace a culture of life, and that perspective is somehow considered death to the success of women.

The Governor refuses to subscribe to that thinking, and, as we know, she's not just talking the talk. Her position has been tested in her own life. That fact, however, seems to have been lost on McGrath who writes:

As usual, she talks a different game. In her vice-presidential debate with Joe Biden in the fall of 2008, she identified herself as a feminist, asserting she supports equal rights for women. She pointed to her own experience to prove women can “do it all.”

In reality, women in America have been “doing it all” long before Sarah Palin was born. As early as 1960, 40 percent of women with school-aged children were keeping a house while also working outside the home. The figure is 70 percent today.

Clearly McGrath is the one talking out of both sides of his mouth. How can he in one breath state that women are capable of "doing it all" and in the next blast Governor Palin for believing the same thing, not just for herself but for all women? She wants women to know that they can work, reach their full potential, and still cherish their unborn. If women have been doing it all for eons, why does he lack the faith that a woman who finds herself in "less than ideal circumstances" can do just that? And why his hypocritical attack on a woman who does have that faith? Add to that the fact that he doesn't have a good grasp of the facts, stating lies in the article about the Governor's position on contraception and her record regarding benefits to same-sex couples in the state of Alaska, and one wonders what qualifies him to speak at all.

Governor Palin is not guilty of imprisoning women. People like McGrath are. He frames her as an unfeeling, hard person who cares not for the plight and progress of women. The truth is those guilty of such are the ones who refuse to tell women the truth about abortion. I have to fight the urge to release my inner Joe Wilson and yell, "Liar!" to those who pretend to have a woman's best interest at heart while encouraging her to do what's been proven to cause her harm: abort her own.

Let's look at the facts:

There is a proven link between abortion and breast cancer. Anyone who chooses to ignore this and refuses to inform women of this link, in their effort to support a so-called right to choose, is no friend to women. Research these facts here and here. An article here asserts that there is no link between abortion and breast cancer, but that theory is blown away by the second link above.

Research has also shown a link between abortion and depression. This is another fact that these self-proclaimed friends of women ignore and don't want to tell them. Read it for yourself here and here. The statistics are astounding, and if people like McGrath really have such great love for women, why is it such a sin to present the facts? Please don't tell me you're a friend when your silence disempowers and endangers me. As the saying goes, "With friends like these, who needs enemies?"

Governor Palin's pro-life position is not a threat to the well-being of women. On the contrary, she's simply putting her money where her mouth is. She's standing up for life--for both mother and child. Governor Palin's refusal to bend on this issue reveals the heart of a true feminist, for that she is. She was raised in a family where the girls were expected to do what the guys did, she continues to prove that a wife and mother can have a career and still love and nurture her family, she demonstrated that even when the unexpected happened, she could give birth to the gift God gave her, rather than aborting that gift. Contrast that with people who refuse to acknowledge a woman's ability to handle such challenges and refuse to acknowledge the danger their brand of feminism poses to a woman's overall well-being.

David McGrath's attack on Governor Palin is further evidence of Palin Derangement Syndrome that defies all reason and common sense. If vehemently advocating abortion and all its ills is what Feminist Officer David McGrath requires to label one a true feminist, then the Governor falls grossly short, no doubt. However, if a commitment to women's rights, faith in women's ability to "do it all," including loving her offspring, and advocacy for women's overall health and success are anywhere in the feminist definition, Governor Palin is its epitome.

Read David McGrath's full article here, and below see the video explaining the danger of abortion on women's health.

(H/T Sheya)


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My Response to Reader's Comment About Governor Palin and Race

To Anonymous who commented today, 12/14 at 10:46 AM, on my post called "The Racism Game - We're Not Playing," for whatever reason, what I want to say to you in response won't post in the comment section, so you get your own post. Your comment suggests some things that should not go unanswered, which is why I'm putting both your comment and my response here.

You wrote:

Interesting post, Adrienne. I think some of your points aren't really as persuasive to people who aren't devoted Palin fans though. First, assume for a minute that there is a logical basis to say that someone is a racist or sexist or what not...you're not going to assume they're not simply by looking to see if they say they're not. For example, if you asked a media personality (aside from Fox) whether the media has a liberal bias, odds are they wouldn't say yes.

Second, while you say it's common sense that Asians live in Hawaii, it's not that unreasonable to think that an 18 year old going to college would feel overwhelmed by the actual magnitude of the demographic differences. It's not like it's more reasonable for someone to somehow be caught off guard by Hawaii having a lot of sunny weather that can be distracting. What's interesting to me is that the quote about Asians seems to be coming from pro-Palin sources, Chuck Heath via Conroy and Walsh, and no one is asking about the veracity of the line (and if they think it false, why they would make it up).

As for Palin loving this country's different kinds of people, that would be a more persuasive argument if she didn't have to apologize for the "real America" comments back during the campaign days.

I don't believe in looking to a quota system to evaluate a candidate's support with minorities either. However, at the same time, if it was true that a candidate had virtually no support with minorities, I think that would be a fine thing to question, as one would wonder why (and it would also help the candidate adjust his or her own campaign). Not that I really know what the makeup of Palin fans actually is, but if it really does appear quite extreme, I don't think it would be that bad to ask why that is.

Here's my response to you:

You wrote, "First, assume for a minute that there is a logical basis to say that someone is a racist or sexist or what not...you're not going to assume they're not simply by looking to see if they say they're not. For example, if you asked a media personality (aside from Fox) whether the media has a liberal bias, odds are they wouldn't say yes." You and I obviously look at things completely differently. I wouldn't be expecting people to prove they're not racist. That would be completely backwards. The onus is not on people to prove they are not racist. The onus is on the accusers to come up with some proof that they are. No evidence exists because Governor Palin is not a racist. Concerning bias in the media, I beg to differ with your point of view. Many in the media actually have admitted to displaying intense bias during the 2008 campaign, that they were indeed in the tank for Obama--and those who have not admitted as much are simply lying. Evidence of such bias is evident and accessible. Denial of media bias cannot be reasonably used in the same sentence as some unsubstantiated, bogus claims of racism on the part of Governor Palin.

You say it's not unreasonable to think that an 18 year old would have been overwhelmed by a different demographic. I say that's neither here nor there regarding the racism card being played completely out. The Governor already expressed why she left Hawaii, as did her college roommate in an interview with the LA Times back in 2008. Therefore, what is unreasonable is ignoring what Governor Palin herself said while embracing something else, simply to promote the racism schtick, which is what the Huffington Post did.

You mentioned that "the quote about Asians seems to be coming from pro-Palin sources, Chuck Heath via Conroy and Walsh, and no one is asking about the veracity of the line (and if they think it false, why they would make it up)." Frankly, I don't know--nor do you--how truly "pro-Palin" Conroy and Walsh are or how much they actually talked to the Governor, and you certainly don't know that they were truly and accurately quoting her father. Reading your question of why they would make it up, I nearly fell over laughing. Surely you jest. Why has anyone made up various and sundry things about her? Why has anyone demonized her? Why has anyone attacked her children? Wherever you find the answer to those questions, you'll probably find the answer to yours. Again, no evidence of racism.

You mentioned Palin making "real America" comments. Are you suggesting that comment was a comment steeped in racism? Evidence please. You can't find any. There is none.

In response to your comment that the make-up of Governor Palin's support is "quite extreme," I don't quite think so. When you weigh the fact that some 90% of Blacks, for example, will vote Democrat no matter what--no matter the issues, no matter who's running, despite the fact that many of these candidates represent the antithesis of our core values--it doesn't surprise me at all. Add to that the fact that many Blacks, a plethora of whom do not regularly vote at all, came out in droves to vote because Barack Obama--a Black man--was on the ticket, and again, I'm not surprised. The Governor was viewed as the enemy to their hopes and dreams of history-making. So no, I don't buy that at all. And just so you know, there are many Blacks and Asians who do support the Governor. So I'm not moved by the counting of Black sheep. Do the research on the values that Governor Palin espouses. Tell me they are not the values espoused by a huge percentage of the Black population. You can't. Yet they have allowed the bamboozling of the Left to turn them away from those values to do what they always do--support Democrats. That is what is quite extreme, quite sad, and quite scary.

I end with this, once again: a person with an experience is never at the mercy of a person with an argument. Gov. Palin is an upstanding citizen who loves her country and all its citizens. Racism does not drive her. Love of God, love of country, and love of freedom do.

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Dopenhagen by Zo Rachel

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Zo Rachel of PJTV and Macho Sauce Productions has done it again. Once again he has used his extraordinary talent and common sense to expose the silliness of the Left and their ridiculous policies. In this particular video, which he appropriately calls "Dopenhagen," he blasts Al Gore and the global warming hoax. In addition, he calls the Left out for their obvious desire to make a religion out of their theories while they demean Christians for their faith in Christ.

Warning: Video may create a deep desire to stand up and shout.

Tell the truth, Zo! Tell it!


(H/T http://twitter.com/nochangeplease)

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Going Rogue Tops NY Times Best Seller List for 3rd Consecutive Week

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Yesterday I blogged that Sarah Palin's Going Rogue was #1 on the USA Today Bestseller List for the 3rd consecutive week.

I congratulate the Governor for continuing her winning ways, for Going Rogue is also #1 on the New York Times Hardcover Nonfiction Best Seller List for the 3rd straight week. See the full list here.

(H/T C4P)

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Governor Palin, Tonight Show, and Wounded Warriors

Governor Palin appeared on the Tonight Show last night. Here's the clip:




Today on Facebook she wrote the following about it:

The Tonight Show Last Night

The Conan visit was fun – the best part was that we had Wounded Warriors with us in the audience. I can’t express how proud I am of their courage and patriotism.

I’m extremely happy that Laura Ingraham had the great idea to put the simple coat from the cover of my book to good use. It’s being auctioned to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project and the Fisher House. Laura pulled it all together with a live auction that continues through December 18th. Click here to see the auction and God Bless the U.S.A!

- Sarah Palin

The Governor included some great behind the scenes photographs, including pictures of members of the Wounded Warrior Project. Be sure to check them out here.

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Going Rogue: USA Today's #1 for Week #3

Friday, December 11, 2009

Governor Palin's Going Rogue is #1 on the USA Today Bestsellers List for the third consecutive week.

The Governor is headed home to Alaska after an incredible book tour here in the Lower 48, but Going Rogue indeed is still going strong. She continues her tour on Sunday with stops at Elmendorf and Eielson Air Force Bases in her home state.

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Audio of My Poem Recitation: One Touch

I have a desire to share some of my experiences with Motivation: Truth readers. I plan to do just that, a little at a time.

One of the things you probably don't know about me is that I'm a poet. I both write and recite poetry. This audio that I have embedded is a poem I wrote for my church's 10th Anniversary several months ago. We, Rock Solid Church, re-enacted Nicole C. Mullen's One Touch music video, with some variations. It was powerful! I wish I had video of Rock Solid Church's rendition, rather than the Mullen video, but we never put it on Youtube. When you watch the video, note that I played the old lady, but we gave her a bigger role. Yep, I had a gray wig, cane, and a case of the shakes--the whole nine!

I wrote the poem as an introduction to the drama. It was pre-recorded and was played immediately before the drama began. It was totally God-inspired and encapsulates the message of One Touch.

By the way, it's completely non-partisan. Some things ought to leap across the aisle!

Listen first to my recitation of the poem. Then watch Nicole C. Mullen's music video--and remember, it only takes one touch...

Enjoy!




(Thanks, Ray, for help with this audio/video - SarahNET)


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The Racism Game - We're Not Playing

Thursday, December 10, 2009

This morning Joshua, my Conservatives4Palin colleague, blew a hole in the stupid suggestion that Governor Palin left Hawaii after just one semester because there were too many Asians there. Here the Left goes again, trying to depict the Governor as a racist in order to do what the Left always does: play the race card. The tactic is old, tired, and played out. It only shows how utterly desperate and despicable the anklebiters are, possessing no better game plan than to smear a patriot who has shown nothing but complete love and devotion to her country and its citizens--all of them.

To the Huffington Post, in response to your asinine question, "Did Sarah Palin leave Hawaii because there were too many Asians?" I have a couple questions for you:

1. Did you read the Governor's book? In it she tells why she left Hawaii. Pick up the bestseller and enjoy the read. It'll spare you the embarrassment of asking your agenda-laden question.

2. Are you so foolish as to think that the Governor was shocked when she got to Hawaii and found Asians there? Common sense should tell you that she knew when she left Alaska for Hawaii that she was going to...well, Hawaii. She knew, therefore, Asians resided there. That didn't stop her from going, so why would it drive her away? It didn't.

This Hawaii nonsense is just the newest in a long history of "Sarah Palin is a racist" schtick. This is the first one I heard involving Asians, however. I guess the haters are strengthening their approach. Normally, it's the racism-against-Blacks smear that gets the attention. It's become a movement, albeit one without a shred of substance. But how could there be? Chris Matthews is its leader, and he doesn't have any substance either. Time and again, he has raised the issue of race when it comes to the Governor. Is Sarah Palin the poster girl for racism? Were there any Black people at the book signing?

He's so very concerned about Black people, isn't he? His concern would be heart-warming for me, a Black woman, if I thought there was a shred of sincerity in it.

Instead, he's making a mockery of those, like Dr. King, who truly stood up for racial equality and wanted people to be judged by the content of their character, not the color of their skin. Although I imagine Dr. King would have enjoyed her memoir, I find it extremely hard to believe he would have been asking how many Black people showed up at Governor Palin's book signing. I think he was deeper than that. Surely he, a worthy Nobel Peace Prize recipient, did not dedicate his life to justice and peace so some hater could count off how many Black people showed up at an event. Somehow I just know he believed all Americans worthy of better than that--and would never have used people to promote his political agenda, counting people like sheep, and masking it in concern.

I suppose Huff Po and Chris Matthews would be satisfied if Governor Palin had driven around the streets in her Going Rogue tour bus, picking up stray people and busing them to the book signing so she could have a nice photo-op and the racebaiters could be happy.

No, the Governor treats people as people. She loves her country--and this country is made up of all different kinds of people. She espouses a message of common sense conservatism, and that message is one that benefits all Americans. Lower taxes, love for our troops, less government intrusion, and respect for human life don't have race attached to them. Contrary to what the Chris Matthewses of the world would lead people to believe, those principles do not discriminate. They don't segregate whites from non-whites. They don't appeal simply to the white people of the world, which seems to be what some on the Left would have us believe. I like them just fine, and the last time I checked I was not white. The Governor doesn't have one message for Blacks, one for Asians, and one for Caucasians. There's one America, and that's the America she sees and loves.

What qualifies me to speak so authoritatively on the issue? Why should my word be taken over Chris Matthews, the Huffington Post, or others who smear Governor Palin?

I'm a firm believer of the quote, "A person with an experience is never at the mercy of a person with an argument." My experience with the Governor shows me what kind of person she is. I have been in her presence several times now, both in New York a couple times and in Alaska. Not one time has she treated me any differently than anyone else. I have been in the presence of her family members. I have talked more to Todd Palin than I have his wife. He, too, has been nothing but friendly and welcoming. I have talked extensively with the Governor's parents, and I consider them friends. Never has there been a hint of standoffishness or a tinge of racism from any of these people. When I saw the Governor in Rochester a couple weeks ago, she hugged me warmly and spoke as she would to someone she respected.

So the racism nonsense is just that: Nonsense with a captital N. Neither the Huffington Post, MSNBC, or any other racebaiter will convince me that the Governor is anything other than an upstanding citizen who is so totally free from racial bias that it doesn't play a factor in how she governed in Alaska, how she relates to people now, or the principles she holds dear.

I say again, a person with an experience is never at the mercy of a person with an argument.

America, questions about whether or not the Governor left college because she was a racist and questions about how many Black people showed up at a particular book signing are framed to insult your intelligence and play on your emotions. The truth is these foolish souls don't believe you're wise enough to catch on to the racebaiting. It's the game they try to lure you into. Let them know you're not playing.

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Governor Palin Heads Home to Alaska; Just Getting Started



We knew it couldn't last forever.

It's been a blast having Governor Palin in the Lower 48 for the last three weeks on her Going Rogue book tour. It did almost seem like she was supposed to do this forever, though: travel the country drawing huge crowds of people who appreciate her common sense conservatism and love for our great country. I have to admit, I hate to see it end.

But we know there's really no end in sight for the Governor herself. Indeed, she's just getting started.


Via Facebook, she shares:

This book tour has been an amazing and inspirational experience for me and my family as we crisscrossed the country and met so many wonderful Americans. At nearly every stop we met someone with a connection to Alaska – usually through the military from being stationed at one of Alaska’s bases. With that in mind, we’ve decided to hold the final book signings at Alaska's Elmendorf and Eielson AFBs. Hope to see you there!

- Sarah Palin



Sunday, December 13, 2009

Elmendorf AFB
Joint Military Mall
5800 Westover Avenue
Elmendorf AFB, AK 99506
12:00 - 3:00 PM

Eielson AFB
AAFES
451 Broadway Avenue
Building 3338
Eielson AFB, AK 99702
6:30 - 9:30 PM

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Sarah Palin: Laura Ingraham’s Auction to Benefit Our Military

Governor Palin is participating in Laura Ingraham's auction by donating the jacket she's wearing on the cover of Going Rogue. The auction is being organized to help our United States military, and we know the Governor is all about supporting our troops in any way she can.

Via her Facebook page:

It’s a privilege to participate in the auction Laura Ingraham is organizing to help our men and women in uniform. Laura asked if I would donate the jacket I wore on the cover of my book, “Going Rogue.” I can’t think of a better cause, and it’s especially fitting because the book is dedicated to patriots and in particular to our women and men in uniform.

All the proceeds from the auction go to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project and The Fisher House (please click the links for more information about these wonderful organizations).

Our military and their families sacrifice so much to protect us. That sacrifice was so evident at our visit to the Walter Reed Hospital on Sunday. It was deeply moving and inspirational to hear our recovering troops’ stories and to see their patriotism reflected so vividly in their willingness to serve a cause greater than themselves.

Please join Laura in helping these brave and selfless Americans and their families. You can participate in the auction by visiting Laura’s website here.

- Sarah Palin

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Not Global Warming - Palin Sets Al Gore's Tail on Fire

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Governor Palin lights Al Gore, global warming alarmist, on fire with her recent Facebook note.

Earlier, he responded to her most recent call for President Obama to boycott Copenhagen in light of Climategate. Just a few minutes ago, she posted her Washington Post op-ed on Facebook and issued a response to Gore.

The Washington Post Op-ed and Response to Climate Change and Gravity

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Steven Hayward has a great article in The Weekly Standard on the Climategate scandal. Be sure to check it out.

The response to my op-ed by global warming alarmists has been interesting. Former Vice President Al Gore has called me a “denier” and informs us that climate change is “a principle in physics. It’s like gravity. It exists.”

Perhaps he’s right. Climate change is like gravity – a naturally occurring phenomenon that existed long before, and will exist long after, any governmental attempts to affect it.

However, he’s wrong in calling me a “denier.” As I noted in my op-ed above and in my original Facebook post on Climategate, I have never denied the existence of climate change. I just don’t think we can primarily blame man’s activities for the earth’s cyclical weather changes.

Former Vice President Gore also claimed today that the scientific community has worked on this issue for 20 years, and therefore it is settled science. Well, the Climategate scandal involves the leading experts in this field, and if Climategate is proof of the larger method used over the past 20 years, then Vice President Gore seriously needs to consider that their findings are flawed, falsified, or inconclusive.

Vice President Gore, the Climategate scandal exists. You might even say that it’s sort of like gravity: you simply can’t deny it.

- Sarah Palin

Read her entire Facebook note here, and read my comments on her op-ed here.

After being lit up by the Governor, I bet Al Gore will really think there's some global warming going on. Don't worry, Gore; it's just your tail she set on fire!

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Canada Free Press: Palin Understands America Needs God

Frank Gaffney Jr, in Canada Free Press, gives his assessment of why Governor Palin says America needs to return to God and why she has such a passionate desire to stand up for the nation. He also discusses liberals' inability to get it. Like anything else involving faith in America, his article is sure to make liberals' heads spin, but since when has that ever stopped me from speaking the truth?

He writes:

What would one think of a born again, Spirit-filled believer who makes no apologies for her biblical faith?

That’s what yanks liberals totally out of their wormwood trees.

They don’t understand, first of all, what “born again Spirit-filled” means. They have such an individual rolling in the aisles and frothing at the mouth. That’s how ignorant the unbelieving are.

Of course, too many in America are of that caliber when it comes to biblical faith. Because they simply don’t get the Word of God, they are in frenzy when the word “Palin” is even whispered.

Martha Stewart is the latest mean example. She, a sophisticated, learned liberal—that is, learned in the secularist tradition—was asked what she thought of Sarah Palin. She replied, among other negative derides, that Palin was “boring.” When asked the question, one would have thought Stewart’s face had taken on the prune shape.

Stewart said she would not go to hear Palin even if she were paid. In other words, Stewart would not bother walking across the street to hear the former Alaskan governor.

That’s about it for liberals’ understanding of Palin. They loathe her, demeaning her at every slap.

Naturally, Palin knows that this is part of every biblical believer’s turf, not just hers. She and her husband have braced for that reaction ever since committing their lives to Christ.

Does not every Christ disciple know it is basic scriptural knowledge that Christ warned His followers they would be hated just as He was hated? Consequently, when Palin puts herself “out there,” she knows hatred is at the top of reactions.

Yet it is so sad that any American should have to tell reporters that the nation needs to return to God. That should not be news. That should be our cultural milieu. It should be our fundamental reason for being as a country. It should be an accepted given.

Read the rest of the article here.

(H/T SarahNET.net)

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