Memorial Day; Thank You For Your Sacrifice

Monday, May 31, 2010



Thank God we live in the greatest country in the world! It is so because of our foundation of faith and freedom. America was a God-inspired idea from the start, and we need God to maintain the freedoms that we have.

Today we remember and are grateful to those who gave their lives in service to our country. May we never take lightly the price they paid, and may we ever be appreciative of those yet serving.

Happy Memorial Day, and God bless America!

Picture retrieved here.

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Sarah Palin: Memorial Day, to Remember Past and Present Sacrifice

Sunday, May 30, 2010

As always, Governor Palin honors our military. Today, in her Memorial Day Facebook note, she pays tribute to those who paid the ultimate price.

Let no neglect, no ravages of time, testify to the present or to the coming generations that we have forgotten as a people the cost of a free and undivided republic.”
- General Orders No.11, Grand Army of the Republic Headquarters, May 5, 1868

This weekend, as we enjoy time with family and friends, we should stop and remember the meaning of this national holiday. Memorial Day is a uniquely American holiday that finds its origins in the aftermath of our Civil War, when our country searched for a proper way to commemorate the many who had fallen in the long struggle to end slavery and unify our nation.

Today, we remember all of those throughout our history and to this very day who gave their lives serving our country in uniform. Our prayers are especially with the surviving family members for whom everyday is memorial day, as they live on remembering their loved ones who died selflessly to protect the freedoms we hold dear.

And on Memorial Day, let us also remember all veterans, past and present, because everyone who wears the uniform and swears the oath is willing to make that ultimate sacrifice for America. So, in honoring them let’s keep in mind this version of a popular poem as we show respect for those willing to sacrifice all for our exceptional country:

It is the veteran, not the preacher, who has given us freedom of religion.

It is the veteran, not the reporter, who has given us freedom of the press.

It is the veteran, not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech.

It is the veteran, not the campus organizer, who has given us freedom to assemble.

It is the veteran, not the lawyer, who has given us the right to a fair trial.

It is the veteran, not the politician, who has given us the right to vote.

It is the veteran, who salutes the flag, who serves under the flag, and whose coffin will be draped by the flag
.”

- Sarah Palin

(Enjoy this version of the poem recited by Fred Thompson.)

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Sarah Palin: Passing The Buck Doesn’t “Plug the D#*! Hole”

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Via Facebook:

Nearly 40 days in, our President finally addressed the American people’s growing concerns about the Gulf Coast oil spill. Listening to today’s press conference, you’d think the administration has been working with single-minded focus on the Gulf gusher since the start of the disaster. In reality, their focus has been anything but singular to help solve this monumental problem.

If the President really was fully focused on this issue from day one, why did it take nine whole days before the administration asked the Department of Defense for help in deploying equipment needed for the extreme depth spill site?

Why was the expert group assembled by Energy Commissioner Steven Chu only set up three weeks after the start of this disaster?

Why was Governor Jindal forced more than a month after the start of the disaster to go on national television to beg for materials needed to tackle the oil spill and for federal approval to build offshore sand barriers that are imperative to protect his state’s coastline?

Why was no mention of the spill made by our President for days on end while Americans waited to hear if he grasped the import of his leadership on this energy issue?

Why have several countries and competent organizations who offered help or expertise in dealing with the spill not even received a response back from the Unified Area Command to this day?

The President claimed that “this notion that somehow the federal government is somehow sitting on the sidelines and for the last three or four or five weeks we’ve just been letting BP make a whole bunch of decisions is simply not true.” But, in fact, that is how U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Thad Allen described the Obama administration’s approach to this crisis: “We keep a close watch.”

Listening to the President, you get the impression he is continually surprised by the inability of various centralized government agencies to get more involved and help solve problems. His lack of executive experience might explain this because he is apparently unaware that it’s his job as a chief executive to make sure they do their jobs and help solve problems.

The fundamental problem at the core of this crisis is a lack of responsibility. (I risk the President taking my comments personally, but they’re not intended to be personal; my comments reflect what many others feel, and we just want to help him tackle this enormous spill problem.) There’s a culture of buck-passing at the heart of this administration that has caused the tragedy of a sunken oil rig to turn into a potential disaster.

The 1990 Oil Pollution Act was drafted in response to the Exxon-Valdez spill in my home state. It created new procedures for offshore cleanups, specifically putting the federal government in charge of such operations. The President should have used the authority granted by the OPA – immediately – to take control of the situation. That is a big part of what the OPA is for – to designate who is in charge so finger-pointing won’t disrupt efforts to just “plug the d#*! hole.” But instead of immediately engaging with this crisis, our President chose to spend precious time on political pet causes like haranguing the state of Arizona for doing what he himself was supposed to do – secure the nation’s border. He also spent much time fundraising and politicking for liberal candidates and causes while we waited for him to grasp the enormity of the Gulf spill.

Now that the American people are calling him out on his lack of engagement with this disaster, the buck-passing is in full swing – and, unbelievably, his administration is still looking to blame his predecessor. Amazingly, even those of us who support energy independence for America are the brunt of some buck-passing.

He suggested today that a “culture of corruption” at the U.S. Minerals Management Service (MMS) was solely the previous administration’s responsibility and that the failure of the inspection system was a failure of that administration. That is false. The MMS has been his responsibility since January 20, 2009.

The MMS director who resigned today, Elizabeth Birnbaum, was appointed by his administration. And the most recent inspection of the oil rig took place a mere 10 days before the explosion – also very much on his watch, not President Bush’s.

The President is also now attempting to somehow distance himself from his administration’s recent decision to open a few areas of the continental shelf to oil and gas exploration. That’s unfortunate because America desperately needs our domestic oil and natural gas. We rely on it for our prosperity, security, and freedom. The President’s decision to open a few areas to offshore exploration was the right decision then; and unlike his quickly evolving position on energy development now, I continue to believe it’s the right decision today – because energy independence is in the long-term economic and security interests of the United States.

As I explained in an article in National Review last year, conventional sources like natural gas “can act as a clean ‘bridge fuel’ to a future when more renewable sources are available.” I do not, as the President mistakenly believes, think we can “drill, baby, drill” our way out of all of our troubles. As I have consistently stated, we need an “all of the above” approach to energy independence that combines conventional drilling with energy conservation and renewable-energy development. My record in Alaska clearly shows my commitment to this “all of the above” approach. Over 20 percent of Alaska’s electricity currently comes from renewable sources. As governor, I put forward a long-term plan to increase that figure to 50 percent by 2025, which is the most ambitious renewable energy target in the nation. I take great pride in helping to make Alaska, in the words of the New York Times, “a Frontier for Green Power,” even as we continue to embrace the need to “drill, baby, drill” at the same time.

Alaska can be that frontier for renewable energy only because our conventional oil and gas reserves provide us with “a bridge” to a greener energy future. In fact, Alaska has enough reserves of both oil and gas to help the United States cross that bridge – if only we are allowed to drill!

Please, Mr. President, hear me on this, if nothing else: if it’s your Administration’s decision to suspend the leases of new oil field developments off the coast of Alaska in response to the Gulf’s deepwater spill, and you still remain committed to locking up ANWR and other oil-rich lands, please know you are making a mistake. Unless we continue to drill here and drill now, we risk digging ourselves deeper into the hole created by our continued dependence on foreign energy – which often comes from regimes that care nothing for our prosperity or security, and even less for global environmental safety.

We need affordable, reliable, secure, environmentally-sound, and domestically-produced energy, but this administration continues to lock up federal land filled with huge energy reserves. If there is to be a moratorium on offshore development, then it’s time we stop ignoring our safest options for domestic development – places like ANWR and NPR-A in my home state of Alaska.

And it’s time for the administration to stop passing the buck and get control of the disaster in the Gulf. There’s a reason why Harry Truman had that famous sign on his desk. The “buck stops” with the occupant of the Oval Office. When the American people elected President Obama they gave him responsibility to handle this disaster. He promised to “heal the earth, and watch the waters recede...” or something far-fetched like that. It was unbelievable then, it’s impossible now, but what I believe he meant was that he promised to be held accountable. With all due respect, Mr. President, you have a huge job in front of you. We hope you’re learning. Please learn that we must have domestic energy development, you must stop looking backward and blaming Bush, and we must all work together to “plug the d#*! hole.”

- Sarah Palin

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Does Governor Palin Have a Hand in NYSUT?


In the midst of all the seriousness lately--border security, the oil spill, the Palin invader--I'm glad to get to throw in a bit of light-heartedness. I just couldn't help but be intrigued by what I saw in the mail. It was a postcard from NYSUT, New York State United Teachers. As a public school educator, there's always something in the box from NYSUT or the NEA, so there's nothing out of the ordinary there. But what did jump out at me was the theme of the postcard. Well...you take a look for yourself. Governor Palin sure does seem to have a hand in everything!



I included the note from NYSUT also, just so you can see I didn't make this up!

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Video; Megyn Kelly on Palin's Stalker: This is Really Deplorable

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

"This is really deplorable," said Megyn Kelly, speaking of Joe McGinniss moving 15 feet from the Palin home as he writes an unauthorized biography of the family.

Kelly and a couple legal experts discussed whether or not his being there is legal and what the Governor's options are. As I wrote last night here, this is no regular author. This man writes hit pieces about her, bid thousands of dollars in an unsuccessful attempt to trap her into having dinner with him, showed up in Florida during her book tour, and now has left Massachusetts to move to Wasilla, Alaska to watch her from a few feet away--on his deck, allegedly with binoculars. Not only is his presence there unethical, it's sick--and certainly a cause for concern. Governor Palin and her children deserve better.


(H/T Sheya)

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Governor Palin, Secure Your Border From McGinniss; Build that Fence

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Apparently Arizona is not the only place that could benefit from a fence. The Palins now need to secure the border of their backyard because stalker Joe McGinniss has decided to move in 15 feet away for the next five months.

For those who don't know who this Joe is, Whitney the Pipsqueak did a good job giving the lowdown on the lowdown character whose recent act is as audacious--and creepy--as one can find anywhere.

She wrote:

Joe McGinniss is an author who writes true crime and non-fiction novels. Most well known is his book about Richard Nixon's 1968 presidential campaign that he wrote as a 26 year old. He has also written a book about a year traveling through Alaska published in 1980 and is currently writing an anti-Palin book due out next year. He has written several Palin hit pieces over the past year and a half. He wrote a piece for the no longer existent Conde Nast's Portfolio. This piece is full of quotes from noted Palin detractors, and McGinniss called her Alaska's Eva Peron. The false claims made in this piece regarding McGinniss's assertions have been debunked here. McGinniss also made an attempt to win an auction for dinner with Governor Palin, the proceeds going to Ride2Recovery effort for combat victims (Cathy Maples won the auction). He bid on this auction event because he "would have enjoyed the opportunity for a frank exchange of views with Gov. Palin."

Whitney went on to share some of his other creepy behavior, which included dropping by the Palin home to give them a copy of his book and showing up in Florida during the Going Rogue book tour. He lives in Massachusetts, by the way. Well, he did--until he moved into the Palins' backyard. She continued by sharing this McGinniss disturbing quote:

"I'm not intending to write a salacious book about Sarah Palin's sex life. But if it's true, I'll find out."

Read the rest here.

Is this the guy you want living 15 feet from you? Is this the guy you want observing your children at play? No, you wouldn't want this guy anywhere near your children, your home, or your kitchen window. Doesn't Governor Palin deserve the same courtesy?

The Governor spends a tremendous amount of time traveling, giving speeches, and working hard to support candidates and conservative causes. Shouldn't she have the freedom to come home, relax, and enjoy the beautiful Alaska outdoors she so loves? Joe McGinniss, in a ridiculous invasion of privacy and a sick display of arrogance, has decided to take away that much-needed sanctuary. He'll do all this while working on that book he's writing, no doubt to smear the Palins.

Broadway Books, his publisher, released a statement, which reads in part:

"Well regarded for his in-depth, up-close reporting, Mr. McGinniss will be highly respectful of his subject's privacy as he investigates her public activities," the statement says.

"Well regarded"? By whom? Surely not by people who respect other people's personal space and appreciate truth in reporting. "Up-close reporting"? No argument there, for he couldn't get any closer than looking down on the Palins' living space. He'll be "highly respectful"? Why would he start now? Respectful would be setting up shop somewhere else to write about your subject, not 15 feet away. No matter how you slice it, McGinniss' behavior is a violation, even if not illegal. Must the law mandate human decency?

If the stalker were interested in being professional in his work regarding Governor Palin, he wouldn't avoid interviewing his subject's family, employees, supporters, and friends, would he? Any so-called quality work that relies solely on sufferers of Palin Derangement Syndrome--and spying--is flawed from the start.

Joe McGinniss has a problem. His focus on Governor Palin is creepy and crosses the line, his willingness to spend a load of money to force her into having dinner with him is sickening, and his apparent delight in leaving the East Coast to move 15 feet away from her is frightening. How many times are women put in situations like this that other people just blow off, only to discover these situations should not have been blown off?

The Palins will do what "good neighbors" do: erect that tall fence, securing their own border from an alien. Governor Palin said it this way:

And you know what they say about “fences make for good neighbors”? Well, we’ll get started on that tall fence tomorrow, and I’ll try to keep Trig’s squeals down to a quiet giggle so we don’t disturb your peaceful summer. Enjoy!

And the rest of us? We'll be keeping our eyes on Old Joe. You betcha!

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Sarah Palin: America Speaks Out!

Governor Palin speaks out via Facebook:

Here’s a great forum for those who believe it’s time to stand up and be heard! From the tea party movement to the town halls, we’ve seen Americans rise up and make their voices heard. From the bailouts to the wasteful stimulus spending bill to the $2.5 trillion health care take over, Washington stopped listening to us average everyday hardworking Americans... so we’re doing something about that.

Today a new website was launched to change the situation!

Led by Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives, a new project is now launched called “America Speaking Out” which is aimed at giving us a direct role in putting together a new policy agenda for our country based on the principles of smaller, more accountable government.

Check out the website at http://www.americaspeakingout.com/ and make your voices heard.

It’s time to take back our government and put it on our side. Remember it’s “We the People”!

- Sarah Palin

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Sarah Palin: Just When Ya Think It Can’t Get Any More “Interesting”... Welcome, Neighbor!

"Interesting" Facebook note from Governor Palin:

Spring has sprung in Alaska, and with this beautiful season comes the news today that the Palins have a new neighbor! Welcome, Joe McGinniss!

Yes, that Joe McGinniss. Here he is – about 15 feet away on the neighbor’s rented deck overlooking my children’s play area and my kitchen window. Maybe we’ll welcome him with a homemade blueberry pie tomorrow so he’ll know how friendly Alaskans are.

We found out the good news today. Upon my family’s return this morning from endorsement rallies and speeches in the Lower 48 states, I finally got the chance to tackle my garden and lawn this evening! So, putting on the shorts and tank top to catch that too-brief northern summer sun and placing a giddy Trig in his toddler backpack for a lawn-mowing adventure, I looked up in surprise to see a “new neighbor” overlooking my property just a stone’s throw away. Needless to say, our outdoor adventure ended quickly after Todd went to introduce himself to the stranger who was peering in...

Joe announced to Todd that he’s moved in right next door to us. He’s rented the place for the next five months or so. He moved up all the way from Massachusetts to live right next to us – while he writes a book about me. Knowing of his many other scathing pieces of “journalism” (including the bizarre anti-Palin administration oil development pieces that resulted in my Department of Natural Resources announcing that his work is the most twisted energy-related yellow journalism they’d ever encountered), we’re sure to have a doozey to look forward to with this treasure he’s penning. Wonder what kind of material he’ll gather while overlooking Piper’s bedroom, my little garden, and the family’s swimming hole?

Welcome, Joe! It’ll be a great summer – come borrow a cup of sugar if ever you need some sweetener. And you know what they say about “fences make for good neighbors”? Well, we’ll get started on that tall fence tomorrow, and I’ll try to keep Trig’s squeals down to a quiet giggle so we don’t disturb your peaceful summer. Enjoy!

- Sarah Palin

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Sarah Palin: Big Oil: Learning from Alaska’s Experience

Monday, May 24, 2010

Via Facebook, Governor Palin sets the record straight, puts Press Secretary Robert Gibbs in his place, and shares her expertise derived from years of energy experience.

She writes:

Many Americans want a serious discussion about what can be done to finally tackle the Gulf Coast oil spill. Unfortunately, yesterday White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs used his appearance on “Face the Nation” to deflect from the needed discussion about solutions as he suggested that I should “get slightly more informed as to what’s going on in and around oil drilling in this country.”

Mr. Gibbs’ comments were in response to something I said last weekend in an interview on “Fox News Sunday.” In the course of discussing the administration’s failure to get to grips with the oil spill, I pointed out that the media was rather silent on asking if there was a connection between the White House’s hands-off response to the spill and the undisputed fact that Barack Obama was BP’s top recipient of both PAC and individual money for the last 20 years. Please note that I never claimed there was a conspiratorial connection; rather, I was saying that it’s odd that so few in the media have asked that question. In fact, I believe Major Garrett is one of the few reporters to pursue the issue. You can be sure that if this were a Republican administration, at the very least the media would be asking that question nonstop.

As for getting “informed” about oil drilling: I’m confident that in the course of my chairmanship of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (AOGCC) and the U.S.’s Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission (IOGCC), and my work as governor of our nation’s huge oil producing state, I’ve learned enough to be able to say with some certainty that the White House’s response to this crisis leaves something to be desired. I also believe that the White House should spend all of its time finding solutions to the enormous oil gush problem.

The Obama administration claims that it “will not rest until we get this situation under control,” but in practice it’s evident that it must do more to stop a potential environmental disaster from happening. U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Thad Allen probably summed it up best when he described the Obama Administration’s approach to this crisis as “keeping a close watch” while BP is tackling the problem – at the company’s own pace.

While the Administration watches from the sidelines, the Gulf Coast states face some potential disaster. This raises serious questions. Should it really take nine whole days before the Administration asked the Department of Defense for help in deploying equipment needed for the extreme depth spill site? Why is Governor Jindal still waiting, 35 days later, for material needed to tackle the oil spill to protect the coast’s environment and for federal approval to build offshore sand barriers to protect his state’s coast line? Is it correct that the Coast Guard was initially unwilling to burn off the oil for fear of causing air pollution (which would have been far less harmful than the current water pollution)?

These questions all require answers. In the meantime, let me make a constructive suggestion to help the White House out of its current impasse. They should reach out to the best oil and gas team in the nation and tap into its expertise. I know just the team: Alaska’s Department of Natural Resources, led by Commissioner Tom Irwin. Having worked with Tom and his DNR team as Governor, I can vouch for their expertise and their integrity in dealing with Big Oil and overseeing its developments.

This team’s (and Alaska’s PSIO team’s) expertise on oil spill issues is particularly relevant. We all lived and worked through the Exxon oil spill, and we all committed to the principle that this would never happen again in Alaska’s waters, at least not on our watch. That’s why we created the Petroleum Systems Integrity Office (PSIO) when we saw proof of improper maintenance of oil infrastructure in our state. And that’s why we instituted new oversight and held BP and other oil companies financially accountable for poor maintenance practices. And that’s why we cracked down on unethical and unsound practices by oil companies and their contractors that operate in Alaska. And that’s why I filed a Friend-of-the-Court brief against Exxon’s interests for its decades-old responsibility to compensate victims adversely affected by the Exxon-Valdez oil spill. None of these actions made us popular with oil company management. (In fact, Commissioner Irwin received a message from a North Slope oil company employee that summed up their view of our efforts well: the message told him to “go to hell, but resign first.”) Our relationship with Big Oil may have been perceived as contentious because we always put the interests of Alaskans first.

The White House could do worse than emulate what Alaska did over the years. No, it doesn’t make you popular with Big Oil (my commissioners and I certainly learned that!), and you may see fewer campaign contributions flow your way – but so what? Dealing with the impacts of 35 days of uncontrolled oil flow into pristine waters is more than enough time for the White House to realize they need to tap into expertise, hold BP accountable, and not waste time politicking around such a grave situation.

Taking a tough stand to protect our environment while domestically drilling for much-needed energy sources is the only way the public can trust government and industry to safely work towards energy independence. We need to “Drill, baby, drill” responsibly, safely, and ethically. That’s the way Alaska’s DNR accomplishes its mission in America’s 49th state.

- Sarah Palin

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Sarah Palin: Nikki Haley in Opposition’s Crosshairs: a Good Sign for Nikki and South Carolina!

Governor Palin tells it like it is in her recent Facebook note. Here she discusses a blogger's assault against Nikki Haley's character, accusing her of having an affair. Governor Palin knows a thing or two about being targeted by those on the Left who fear her. She uses that experience to offer advice to Haley, conservative candidate for governor of the state of South Carolina, and she even mocks the absurdity of their rumors about her.

Governor Palin writes:

Well, whaddya know? South Carolina’s conservative candidate, Nikki Haley, recently zipped to the front of the line in her state’s race for governor; and lo and behold, now accusations of an affair surface.

Nikki categorically denies the accusation that was spewed out there by a political blogger who has the gall to throw the stone, but then quickly duck and hide and proclaim he would not comment further on the issue. Quite convenient.

When Nikki and I held her endorsement rally on the steps of the beautiful and historic South Carolina state house a few weeks ago, I warned her and her family that she would be targeted because she’s a threat to a corrupt political machine, and she would be put through some hell. That, unfortunately, is the nature of the beast in politics today – especially for conservative “underdog” candidates who surge in the polls and threaten to shake things up so government can be put back on the side of the people.

South Carolina: don’t let some blogger make any accusation against your Nikki if the guy doesn’t even have the guts or the integrity to speak further on such a significant claim. And don’t believe anything a liberal rag claims or suggests unless the reporter involved has the integrity and the facts to report to you so you can make up your own mind. For traditional media to rely on an accusation via some blog entry is almost laughable, but I know the seriousness of it because that’s exactly what my family and colleagues have had to put up with, every single day, for the past couple of years.

As I said to Nikki this morning, “Hang in there. I’ve been there. Any lies told about you will strengthen your resolve to clean up political and media corruption. You and your supporters will grow stronger through things like this.”

Reaching her from Wasilla, I then joked with Nikki that I was calling her from one of the many locations the lamestream media claims I moved to. (Let’s see, I think the last I heard I was living in the Hamptons, or was it Montana? No, supposedly L.A. is where they claim I moved when I “left Todd” in their idiotic reports.)

South Carolina friends, don’t let ‘em just make things up.

- Sarah Palin

The Governor also tweets the following today:

Nikki Haley in Opposition’s Crosshairs: a Good Sign for Nikki and South Carolina! http://fb.me/AFDYaAVq

Predictable stone-throwing @ SC's Nikki Haley by political blogger conveniently timed as Nikki surges in polls. See: http://fb.me/AFDYaAVq

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Listen to Palin, Media; Maybe You'll Get Something Right

Sunday, May 23, 2010

The Lame Stream Media does it again. Here they go twisting what Governor Palin said to suit their own interests. The Obama administration has acted irresponsibly--and slowly--to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Why such a slow response to BP?

The Governor, in her interview today with Chris Wallace, discussed the fact that President Obama received a huge chunk of contributions from BP. As Sheya at C4P reported in his article, "Listen Up! It's About BP!" she said:

I don't know why the question isn't asked by the mainstream media and by others if there's any connection with the contributions made to President Obama and his administration and the support by the oil companies to the administration.

If there's any connection there to President Obama taking so doggone long to get in there, to dive in there, and grasp the complexity and the potential tragedy that we are seeing here in the Gulf of Mexico —

Now, if this was President Bush or if this were a Republican in office who hadn't received as much support even as President Obama has from B.P. and other oil companies, you know the mainstream media would be all over his case in terms of asking questions why the administration didn't get in there, didn't get in there and make sure that the regulatory agencies were doing what they were doing with the oversight to make sure that things like this don't happen.

It's a fair point--one that needed to be raised. But who else but Governor Palin has the nerve to throw it on the table? Notice, however, the inability--once again--to correctly report what she said. Instead of posing her question to the Obama administration, the response is to prove that Republicans have received more money from the oil and gas industries than Obama.

But that isn't the issue, is it? Of course not, and they would know that isn't the issue--if they would listen.

Sheya sets the record straight:

Governor Palin didn’t dispute the fact that McCain received more from the oil and gas industries in the whole than did Obama. This disaster was not caused by the oil and gas industries, but by BP and BP alone, and it is from BP alone that Obama received the biggest chunk of all their political contributions. It is reasonable to demand questions be asked about the coziness of the Obama administration to BP.

Read the full article here.

In addition, Governor Palin tweeted about this twice today, and she was quite clear as she tried to assist the needy Robert Gibbs who needs more help than the Governor will ever have time to give:

Mr. Gibbs, Obama is the top recipient of BP PAC & individual money over the past 20 years. http://u.nu/5vpia Dispute these facts.

Mr. Gibbs, BP gave over $3.5mill to federal candidates over the past 20 years, with with the largest amount going to Obama http://u.nu/5vpia

I offer the same advice that I offered in my post earlier today:

My advice to the media: be responsible, listen carefully, take notes, and tell the truth.

This video posted by Sheya sums it up well.


(H/T Sheya at C4P)

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"Palm-Worthy," Says Palin: "I Can See November From My House"


Last night, Governor Palin spoke at a 710KNUS event in Denver, Colorado. The Governor hit hard on issues such as Obamacare, Arizona's anti-illegal immigration fight, Obama's dangerous habit of alienating our allies, and taking back Congress in November.

In fact, on that last point, she coined a phrase I had not previously heard her say: palm-worthy. The Left tried to make a big deal of her writing on her hand at the Nashville Tea Party Convention in February, but she has embraced that practice and has proven that what the Left intends for evil against her only offers her yet another means of connecting with the American people. When commenting on the November mid-term elections, she quoted a sign she recently saw and called the content of that sign palm-worthy. The sign read, "I can see November from my house!" Indeed those words are palm-worthy, for indeed we see November in the distance--and we like what we see.

As the Lame Stream Media is wont to do, however, they put words in Governor Palin's mouth. Has she not already told them to "quit making things up"? Jon Bowman, writing an article for KWGN reported that she said:

We need to usher in a stampede of pink elephants or mama grizzlies in the 2010 elections.

I listened to the speech. Not only did she not say that, she didn't say anything that could remotely be mistaken for that. These people have too much time on their hands or the voices in their heads are speaking so loudly they cannot discern those voices from hers.

My advice to the media: be responsible, listen carefully, take notes, and tell the truth. Now that, too, is palm-worthy!

After Governor Palin spoke, she and the two other panelists participated in a question-answer period and tackled a range of issues. It's good patriotic conversation, so be sure to listen until the end.

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* Video courtesy of PalinTV
* Picture: KWGN.com

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Come Here and Insult America? Not in a Palin Administration

Friday, May 21, 2010

I can't help but think if there were a President Palin rather than a President Obama, a certain Mexican President Calderon would not ever feel at ease stepping foot on our American soil, standing up on our White House South Lawn, and speaking out in a joint meeting of Congress to insult our laws.

Who is Calderon to come here and give his opinion on how we choose to protect our country? Why in the world would we listen to what he has to say? Perhaps he can work on the issues in his own country, which just might be helpful in our quest to stop illegal immigration in ours.

It is appalling to see members of Congress standing and applauding his rebuke of Arizona's immigration law. Has he even read it? And even if he has, what gives him the right to comment on it?

He felt quite comfortable insulting the American people, the majority of whom are in favor of this Arizona legislation. I chalk that up to the fact that he has seen our own president travel abroad and insult us. It would stand to reason, I suppose, that the next natural progression is for others to come here and do the same. This is the end result of the apology tour President Obama has been on. Hey, if the President of the United States has that type of attitude toward America, why should any other president be expected to behave any differently?

I don't purport to know what she will do, but I dare say a President Palin administration would not likely elicit such arrogant audacity on our land. And if it ever snuck its way in, it would be swiftly denounced. Her love for this nation and belief in protecting her and all her rights, freedoms, and greatness are well-known. Her conviction that the federal government has the responsibility to secure her borders and guard her interests are without question. She would engage in no laughing it up in a desire to make a funny about the danger posed by unsecured borders--or the lives lost. There would be no Spanish-speaking race baiting as was performed by Obama. Instead, with a President Palin there would be an urgency to get to the heart of the problem--and eliminate it.

In fact, it seems to me that a President Palin would do exactly what Concerned Citizen Palin is already doing: making her voice heard and fighting to protect America.

The president is making jokes and shouting "racial profiling," which this ten page legislation does not actually allow. I assume he realizes this, if he's done something Attorney General Eric Holder, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, and State Department Spokesman P.J. Crowley admitted they had not done--read it. Where's Katie Couric when you need her?

And while these representatives of our country complain about something they haven't taken the time to read, Governor Palin gave some really simple advice to their boss. Via Facebook, without mincing words, as is her modus operandi, she demands, “Mr. President, do your job. Secure our border.” The majority of Americans are asking for the same responsible behavior from our Commander-in-Chief. What will be his response? Will he render up more winking at apologies to China? More applauding of foreign leaders who have been made to feel that insulting and lecturing us on our own turf is laudable? More mocking laughter at the seriousness of the situation?

Governor Palin, unlike President Obama, means business, as she should. National security is no laughing matter. Somebody ought to tell our current president.

Governor Palin leaves no room for a foreign president to come here and insult our right to protect ourselves and uphold our laws. Her respect for the gravity of the situation inspires the same response in others. And again, under a Palin administration, Calderon would know there is no apology for America forthcoming, and no such insults acceptable.

In spite of Calderon's "expertise" on America, isn't it interesting to look at Mexico's immigration laws?

Foxnews.com reported:

Mexican President Felipe Calderon has been ripping into Arizona's immigration law as he tours Washington -- while appearing to disregard the way his own country cracks down on immigrants along Mexico's southern border.

Mexico repeatedly has been cited by human rights groups for abusing or turning a blind eye to the abuse of migrants from Central America. Until recently, Mexican law made illegal immigration a criminal offense -- anyone arrested for the violation could be fined, imprisoned for up to two years and deported. Mexican lawmakers changed that in 2008 to make illegal immigration a civil violation like it is in the United States, but their law still reads an awful lot like Arizona's.

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The Mexican law also states that law enforcement officials are "required to demand that foreigners prove their legal presence in the country before attending to any issues."

What was Calderon complaining about again? He apparently feels Mexico's laws are more important than America's.

America doesn't need another comedian making light of heavy situations. We don't need guests coming here and insulting our right to do what's best for us. And we certainly don't need people apologizing for our doing what we must to keep our citizens safe and our laws honored.

America needs leaders who love this country enough to take the task of protecting her seriously. America needs Governor Palin. Thank God we've got her.

See Calderon's comments below:

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Sarah Palin: The Right Game Plan for Victory in America with #86

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Governor Palin makes another endorsement via her Facebook page:

I’m proud to support Clint Didier as he willingly puts it all on the line to serve Washington state in the U.S. Senate for all the right reasons! This selfless, inspiring commonsense constitutional conservative will help put our country on the right track.

Please visit Clint’s website here, and follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

Let’s get behind #86!

- Sarah Palin

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Bristol Palin Signs Up to Speak Out

Tuesday, May 18, 2010




Bristol Palin told us some time ago that she wants the experiences she's had in her own life to make a difference in the lives of others. She has begun making that difference by promoting abstinence. The abstinence message needs to be delivered far and wide, and I applaud her for being a vessel to do just that.

After giving birth to her beautiful baby boy, Tripp, she discovered the challenges of being a teenage mom. Although her son fills her with incredible joy, she understands that her situation has been made easier because she has such a strong support base. Not everyone has a family to stand with them as the Palins have stood with Bristol. The love, stability, and encouragement she's received have made all the difference in the world. In spite of what her mother, Governor Palin, would call "less than ideal circumstances," Bristol is a good mother doing a good job. God bless her.

Her message to people now is to "pause before you play." In other words, wait. Is that hypocritical, as some people have asserted? I mean, how dare she, who did not wait, tell others to wait? Actually, what Bristol is saying is abstinence is the only 100% fool-proof method to avoid pregnancy, and she's embracing that in her own life. And is it ever hypocritical for one to learn from her experiences and then to share those lessons with others? No, it's called maturity, wisdom, and plain old common sense.

Bristol is taking her abstinence message a step further now. She has signed with Single Source Speakers and will be influencing even more people as she shares her personal story--about abstinence and a number of other topics.

New York Times reports:

Bristol Palin is hitting the speakers' circuit and will command between $15,000 and $30,000 for each appearance, Palin family attorney Thomas Van Flein said Monday.

Van Flein confirmed a report by celebrity news website RadarOnline that the daughter of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has signed with Single Source Speakers. He added her exact fees will depend on factors such as which group she's addressing and what she must to do prepare.

Bristol Palin, 19, is listed on the speaking group's website as available for conferences, fundraisers, special events and holidays, as well as women's, youth, abstinence and ''pro-life'' programs.

Her fee is denoted by four question marks, meaning ''Call to discuss!''

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[Van Flein] said he believes she's interested in expanding her message beyond teen pregnancy to include her experiences on the campaign trail and in the media spotlight; her parenting approach; and her outlook on life.

Before I left for Alaska last summer, our youth pastor's wife said, "Tell Bristol Palin we'd love for her to come talk to our youth group." So...if you're reading this, Bristol, how 'bout it? A trip to New York?

Read the full NY Times article here. You can also read MotivationTruth articles about Bristol, her commitment to abstinence, and her son, Tripp. Read "Bristol and Tripp; Wisdom Beyond Years" and "Bristol Palin Embraces Abstinence; Oprah Suggests Retraction?"

(H/T C4P)

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Sarah Palin: American Apology Tour Continues

Governor Palin once again blasts President Obama and his administration with common sense, bold truth. Via Facebook:

On Fox News this morning, State Department Spokesman P.J. Crowley became the third Obama administration official in short succession to admit that he hadn’t actually bothered to read Arizona’s 10-page long “secure the border” bill before condemning it and criticizing Americans who support Arizona’s necessary efforts to do the job the Obama Administration should be doing. Crowley’s statement follows similar admissions from Attorney General Eric Holder and Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano.

At first blush this revelation seemed unbelievable, but maybe I shouldn’t be surprised. This now seems “the Washington way” of doing things. If the party in power tells us they have to pass bills in order to find out what’s actually in them, they can also criticize bills (and divide the country with ensuing rhetoric) without actually reading them.

Still I can’t help but feel outraged on behalf of Arizona’s citizens for the incompetence shown by these Administration officials. Arizonans have the courage to do what the Obama administration has failed to do in its first year and a half in office – namely secure our border and enforce our federal laws. And as a result, Arizonans have been subjected to a campaign of baseless accusations by the same people who freely admit they haven’t a clue about what they’re actually campaigning against.

The absolute low point of this campaign came last Friday, when a U.S. State Department delegation met with Chinese negotiators to discuss human rights. Apparently, our State Department felt it necessary to make their Chinese guests feel less bad about their own record of human rights abuses by repeatedly atoning for American “sins” – including, it seems, the Arizona immigration/pro-border security law. Asked if Arizona came up at all during the meeting, Assistant Secretary of State Michael Posner answered:

“We brought it up early and often. It was mentioned in the first session, and as a troubling trend in our society and an indication that we have to deal with issues of discrimination or potential discrimination, and that these are issues very much being debated in our own society.”

Note that he said “We brought it up” – not the Chinese, but the U.S. State Department’s own delegation. Instead of grilling the Chinese about their appalling record on human rights, the State Department continued the unbelievable apology tour by raising “early and often” Arizona’s decision to secure our border.

Arizona’s law, which just mirrors the federal law, simply allows the police to ask those whom they have already stopped for some form of identification like a driver’s license. By what absurd stretch of the imagination is that the moral equivalent of China’s lack of freedoms, population controls (including forced abortions), censorship, and arbitrary detentions?

Surely our U.S. Ambassador to China, John Huntsman, must disagree with the Obama Administration’s continued apology tour? We have nothing to apologize for. If Administration officials want to apologize to anyone, apologize to the American people for the fact that after a year and a half in office, they still haven’t done anything to secure our borders, and they join our President in making false suggestions about Arizona’s effort.

- Sarah Palin

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Brown vs. Board of Education--56 Years Ago

Monday, May 17, 2010

Fifty six years ago today, on May 17, 1954, the Supreme Court handed down the historic Brown vs. Board of Education verdict, which rendered segregation in public schools unconstitutional. Just as one of my students pointed out today, even before I did, how sick it was that almost 100 years after slavery ended, more legislation was needed to uphold the common sense truth that "separate educational facilities are inherently unequal."

As a result of this case, Blacks and Whites were legally allowed to learn side by side, and Blacks were no longer to be denied educational opportunities. Of course, it took a lot more than a court case to make it a reality. There was still a battle to be fought, and it took courage on the part of many people to get us where we are today.

As a teacher, a Black teacher, I am very much aware of how Brown vs. the Board of Education has impacted my life. My prayer is that our students would understand and appreciate those who came before them and created the opportunities that they now have--and that they would conduct themselves accordingly.

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Sarah Palin: Lend a Hand to the Good Folks of Tennessee

Via Governor Palin's Facebook page:

My friend John Rich has a new song called “Lend a Hand” dedicated to the flood relief efforts in Nashville. You can download the song for free at his website here.

The good folks of Tennessee have been hit so hard by the recent flood. They could sure use our help. We can pitch in by donating to the Red Cross relief effort. Text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10 or donate online at the Red Cross’ website here.

Let’s do as John’s song says and “lend a hand to our neighbor and throw a lifeline to a friend.”

- Sarah Palin

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Governor Palin to President Obama: Do Your Job

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Via Facebook, Governor Palin issues a strong word to President Obama. Can she get an "Amen"?

Mr. President, do your job. Secure our border

Let’s respect the hardworking, accomplished legal immigrants who sacrificed much, contributed selflessly, and helped build America into the greatest melting pot on earth! We need to understand the importance of America’s fair immigration laws.

Erasing U.S. borders will destroy our country as we become less safe – and this national security issue is what Arizona and other border states are addressing with reinforcement of federal immigration laws. They have to do it because the feds aren’t doing it.

I spoke with Arizona Governor Jan Brewer yesterday, and she reminded U.S. citizens that, despite President Obama’s ignoring this grave national security threat, his dismissal of the need for border security is no laughing matter – and it’s being used as a political tool to divide her state along racial lines.

The Arizona immigration law mirrors the fed’s own law. It sure would be helpful if the Obama Administration would read the short 10-page bill before laughing about it and condemning it. And it would be helpful if the media would actually read it before twisting reports on its content.

Log on to securetheborder.org to learn more and show your support for our sister state of Arizona!

We’re all Arizonans now and we say with clear unity: “Mr. President, do your job. Secure our border.”

- Sarah Palin

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Sarah Palin: New Mexico is Fired Up, Ready to Go!

Via Facebook, Governor Palin endorses Susana Martinez for governor of New Mexico:

I’m proud to endorse Susana Martinez for governor of New Mexico. Susana is a strong pro-family, pro-life, pro-Second Amendment, pro-development fiscal conservative who’s going to fight the corruption that’s plagued her state and bring transparency, accountability, and renewed fiscal vitality to New Mexico.

As a tough district attorney, Susana fights for justice everyday in this promising, beautiful state. Her unwavering commitment to bring justice speaks to her determination and strength of character.

As governor, Susana will lead New Mexico to a new economic vitality based on free market reform that cuts out the cronyism, invites competition, reduces taxes, cuts waste, and creates jobs – all while identifying and rooting out the corruption that has taken hold for too long in this state which deserves so much better!

Please join me in supporting this breath of fresh air from the Land of Enchantment – the gorgeous state of New Mexico! Visit her website here, and follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

I’m also excited to join Susana at the 9:00 am rally tomorrow, Sunday, May 16th, at the Albuquerque Marriott Grand Ballroom, located at 2101 Louisiana Blvd. NE. Space is limited, so please click here to RSVP if you can swing by and join us.

- Sarah Palin

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Armed Forces Day: Thank You, Military

Saturday, May 15, 2010

In honor of Armed Forces Day, Governor Palin tweeted the following:

Today:Armed Forces Day. We're"United in Strength"so thanks,Veterans,for protecting,securing,loving our liberty.Freedom is worth fighting for

I join the Governor in thanking our military for their service to this great country. They inspire me to never take freedom for granted, for freedom truly is not free.

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Sarah Palin: Research is your friend, News Media. Try it sometime.

Governor Palin corrects the media via Facebook:

The more things change, the more they stay the same with twisted media coverage of my comments. Stories from yesterday are littered with typical inaccuracies and half truths; and in our never-ending quest to hold the press accountable, here are the points that require correction:

1) I was not “interviewed” by ABC News. I had an ABC News camera in my face while I was signing things and greeting some attendees following the Susan B. Anthony List Breakfast.

2) My remarks at the NRA Annual Meeting regarding the anti-Second Amendment sentiments of Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi were as follows:

“President Obama and his allies like Nancy Pelosi have been relatively quiet on the gun control front – not because they don’t want to limit your rights, but because they’re afraid of the political consequences. Don’t doubt for a minute that if they thought they could get away with it, they would ban guns, and ban ammunition, and gut the Second Amendment.” (emphasis added)

That’s what I said. And here’s what Barack Obama himself once said: “Even if I want to take them away, I don’t have the votes in Congress.” (emphasis added)

Now, what proof do we have that he would want to limit our Second Amendment rights? Well, he made some pretzel-like equivocating statements about our individual right to keep and bear arms, and he flip-flopped on his opinion in the Heller case and then still wouldn’t come out and say that the court made the right decision. But the real proof is his terrible anti-gun record as a state senator in Illinois, where he voted repeatedly in favor of banning guns and ammunition. He even expressed his support for state legislation to “ban the manufacture, sale and possession of handguns.” (This outrageous position was declared in a questionnaire, which candidate Obama later claimed he “never saw or approved,” despite the fact that his handwriting was on it – a fact which he did not dispute.)

As for Nancy Pelosi – she’s a San Francisco Democrat. That should be proof enough. But if you require more: She has an F rating from the NRA and supports gun bans and registration laws.

As noted in my remarks, I don’t believe that it’s politically expedient for them to attack our Second Amendment Rights. But that doesn’t mean they wouldn’t like to do so if they had the chance.

3) Despite reporters’ claims to the contrary, Obamacare does allow for public funding of abortion in myriad ways, which is why the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (speaking as the voice of authority for the Catholic Church in America) unequivocally opposed Obamacare despite the Church’s long desire for health care reform.

4) As for the remarks I made yesterday about my beautiful son, Trig, I ask that you watch my speech here and judge for yourself my intentions.

- Sarah Palin

The Governor followed up her Facebook note with this tweet:

Spending time correcting very erroneous news stories re:speeches I made yestrday;Lamestream media spin- so predictable it's almost boring :)

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Governor Palin On the Record On the Issues

After the Susan B. Anthony Celebration of Life Breakfast in Washington, D.C. yesterday, Greta Van Susteren interviewed Governor Palin. The interview entailed a plethora of crucial issues of the day. Topics of discussion were her candidate endorsements; Elena Kagan, the Supreme Court nominee; illegal immigration and border security; off-shore drilling; the Greece bailout; and what she would say to President Obama if the opportunity arose.

This particular interview was, I believe, her most detailed yet, surpassing the interview with Chris Wallace that followed the National Tea Party Convention in Nashville in February. The Governor is incredibly astute at weighing in on the substantive pressing topics at home and abroad; that has not changed. She is able to disseminate that information best, however, when the interviewer does his or her job well, asking the kinds of real questions to which we need real answers. Governor Palin is then able to utilize her experience as a city manager, an energy expert, a business owner, a governor, and a common sense conservative to cut through the "bull crap" many politicians employ and simply get to the meat of the matter.

Below you can watch the portion of the interview where she tells what she would say to the president. Then click here to access the entire interview.

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Governor Palin Reclaims True Feminism

Friday, May 14, 2010

Governor Palin spoke this morning in our nation's capital at the Susan B. Anthony List Celebration of Life Breakfast. I couldn't attend, but having watched the video and listened intently to the Governor's speech, I can unequivocally say those who were there are the better for it.

The country is well-aware that she is an unapologetically pro-life woman. For this reason some praise her and others deride her. Love her or hate her, what separates Governor Palin from others, what causes people to sit up and take notice when she talks about the life issue, is one thing: she walks the walk. That fact alone gives her credibility--which is what delights the pro-life community and disgusts the pro-abortion community.

Her words in D.C. today at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center grabbed the attention of those present in a way the words of others could not because they carry the weight of experience. Her commitment to life has been tested, and though it was a challenge, by the grace of God, she passed with flying colors.

Governor Palin called the attendees' attention to true feminism. It is unfortunate that feminism has been twisted into this pro-abortion movement that labels anyone who opposes abortion anti-woman, but the Governor told the SBA List:

You remind us that the earliest leaders of the women's rights movement...they were pro-life.

She also used the term "feminist foremothers," reminding us of the rich pro-woman, pro-life heritage we have. She declared, too, that groups like the SBA List were "returning the women's movement back to its original roots." This is especially important to me because I refused to be associated in any way, shape, or form with the word "feminism"--until Governor Palin reclaimed it.

True feminism indeed is acknowledging the value of women, the nurturing heart of women, and the strength of women to rise to the challenge, even in "less than ideal circumstances," as Governor Palin says. However, the new-fangled modern-day feminism--which is an outright perversion of true feminism--does not believe women capable of rising to these challenges. Governor Palin called these so-called pro-women's groups "hypocritical." What would you call those that say a woman can do absolutely anything--except carry the child within her when it's inconvenient?

Her personal journey of learning that Trig would be born with special needs is always moving. Today she shared how during the weeks of her pregnancy, God seemed to whisper in her ears a simple, yet all-important, question: "Are you gonna trust Me?"

With His help, she found the strength to trust, to walk the walk. In a voice born of true conviction, she shared that when Trig was born, she came to understand something in a deeper way than ever.

God does know what He's doing, and what seemed like what would be such a challenge has turned into our greatest blessing.

She continued with this statement, which was followed by a rousing standing ovation:

Trig has been the best thing that has ever happened to me and to the Palin family.

Considering that 90% of women carrying babies with Down Syndrome abort those children, that one sentence needs to be shared with the world. It's clear that Governor Palin wants others to know the blessing her family knows. To make that a reality, life must be encouraged, which is why she adds her efforts to the cause.

Not only was Governor Palin's faith tested in her own life, but she watched her daughter rise up to take on the challenge of an unplanned pregnancy--truly "less than ideal circumstances" for a seventeen year old high school student. Bristol has come to also see, however, the blessing that can come from the difficulty, and now she chooses to embrace abstinence, a personal stand for which she gets "clobbered" by some clueless people. Nonetheless, she stands by her conviction.

Through her experiences, Governor Palin said she understands why some women are tempted to have an abortion, yet her feet remain firmly planted in truth:

Choosing life may not be the easiest path, but it's always the right path. And I've had that confirmation. The timing of the circumstances may not be perfect, but God sees a way where we cannot, and He doesn't make mistakes.

Once again, Governor Palin takes a strong stand for life, and that stand elicits a response--because of her track record, because of her integrity on the issue. That record makes her a leading spokesperson for the pro-life, pro-woman movement. On this issue she speaks for the majority of Americans, for statistics show that America is predominantly a pro-life country now--and the numbers continue to grow, thank God. I, therefore, applaud Governor Palin and groups like the Susan B. Anthony List for their commitment to this important work.

As Governor Palin said:

It all comes down to life and how we're going to take a stand on protecting innocent life and deciding that nobody is beneath the protection of our laws.

That's a common sense message from a common sense citizen leader.

She ended her speech today with this word of encouragement:

We're getting the job done, sisters--one life, one activist, one election, one vote, one American dream at a time.

You betcha!

Governor Palin's message of life is worth the half hour it'll take to listen. Please watch the video below and share it with others.


(H/T The Right Scoop)

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Sarah Palin: Shaking it up in South Carolina with Nikki Haley

As stated yesterday, Governor Palin did endorse Nikki Haley for governor of South Carolina today and will appear with her tonight at a rally in Columbia.

Via Facebook:

I’m very proud to add my voice to Jenny Sanford’s and others in endorsing Nikki Haley for governor of South Carolina. Nikki is a strong pro-life, pro-Second Amendment fiscal conservative who served with distinction as a state lawmaker, a reformer who fought her own party to protect the interests of the taxpayer, a proud daughter of immigrants who worked night and day to achieve the American dream, a wife of an officer in the Army National Guard, a board member at her family’s Methodist church, and – most proudly – the loving mother of two beautiful kids.

It’s my honor to join Nikki today at a rally at 5:30 pm at the statehouse in Columbia, South Carolina. If you are in the area, please come by and join us.

In the meantime, Nikki needs our support in her race. She’s the scrappy underdog in a tough competitive primary. Please visit her website here, and follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

Let’s help this tough, proud daughter of South Carolina shake things up in the Palmetto state.

- Sarah Palin

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Governor Palin to Endorse Haley for Governor of South Carolina

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Governor Palin will reportedly endorse Nikki Haley for South Carolina governor tomorrow night in Columbia.

Time.com reports:

Columbia, SC - Today, the Haley for Governor campaign is proud to announce that former Alaska Governor and Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin will be joining Representative Nikki Haley in Columbia tomorrow evening, Friday, May 14th, in support of her candidacy for Governor.

In response to Governor Palin's endorsement, Nikki Haley said "It is a tremendous honor to receive Governor Palin's endorsement. Sarah Palin has energized the conservative movement like few others in our generation. She has helped millions of Americans find the power of their voice. I am extremely proud that she has offered her support to my candidacy."

Read more here.
(H/T C4P)

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Updated w/ Video - Governor Palin Delivers Slam Dunk (and Other Basketball Stories)


As a basketball enthusiast, there's a special appreciation in my heart for Governor Palin's most recent Facebook note. I believe in sports, I've played them all my life, and I know how much work it takes to excel. I played soccer, basketball, volleyball, and softball. My favorite, even to this day, is basketball. It's the sport where I've always felt the most at home. For me, it's where creativity flourishes, hard work pays off, and games are won--and I'm all about winning.

As an adult player and coach, I still herald the values of the game. Having coached girls high school varsity basketball for years, I understand how hard girls work--and often without the accolades of their male counterparts. They play for the sheer love of the game most of the time.

My last two regular seasons coaching yielded great rewards for my student-athletes. We set records, beat everybody in our conference and beyond who stepped on the court, and earned both the respect and fear of our opponents. My second to last season, we won our conference championship--the first time in the history of the school, and we did it again the next year.

We didn't get to that point accidentally. Our team was made up of a core group of girls who worked hard for years, our team practiced six days a week, and we made it our goal to be the best conditioned team on the floor. The result? Victory.

And after all that hard work, talent, and passion, I cannot imagine anyone--for some political reason--having told my girls they couldn't go to a tournament, especially when the boycott is based on a twisting of the actual law. Let's leave our warped perspectives out of our kids' sports opportunities. They deserve better than that. I agree with Governor Palin: our girls need to do their job and play ball, and our president needs to do his job and secure the border. If President Obama would just do what he's supposed to do, our girls could do what they worked so hard to do, and they wouldn't be caught up in this political madness.

The Governor writes:

Hey Girls, Play Ball!

This has-been ball player/Wasilla Warrior would like to send a shout out of support to the Highland Park High School Giants Girls Basketball Team in Illinois. These girls have been working, having bake sales, and saving money for months in order play in a hoop tournament in Arizona. They’ve won their school’s first conference title in 26 years, but now because a school bureaucrat – an assistant superintendent – wants to play politics, they’re not allowed to play ball.

Keeping girls off the court for political reasons? As I said last night in Illinois: “Them’s fightin’ words.”

The assistant superintendent claims that a trip to Arizona “would not be aligned with our beliefs and values.” But apparently the school has no problem sending kids on trips to China, which has a population control policy that is anti-girl in practice – contributing to female infanticide and abandonment and sex-selective abortions. So, is China – with its many serious human rights violations (too many to list here) – “aligned” with the “values and beliefs” of the school? But our sister-state of Arizona is not? Really? This is ridiculous and totally unfair to the girls who just want to play ball. Going to Arizona to play in a tournament will not endanger them, and the ban sure doesn’t solve the problem of unsecured borders.

These boycotts of Arizona will not help the state or lead to positive change. Economic and political boycotts of our nation’s 48th state will hurt all Arizonans – including all members of the Hispanic community. If people really want to help, they should tell President Obama to do his job: secure the border. If he were to do his job, the good people of Arizona, who have been overwhelmed by violence on their border, would not feel compelled to do it for him.

In the meantime, let’s help the girls “go rogue” and go play ball. Please take a look at this Facebook page set up on their behalf.

Let’s have our own bake sale! Let the girls play ball!

- Sarah Palin

UPDATE: Earlier today, Governor Palin was on with Megyn Kelly discussing this issue. See the video below.


(H/T PalinTV)

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Governor Palin's New Book, America By Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith and Flag, on Stands in November

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Just a few months after Governor Palin's best-selling book, Going Rogue, hit the stands, HarperCollins announces the release date of her second book.

USA Today reports:

Sarah Palin's new book has a title, America By Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith and Flag, and a release date, Nov. 23, publisher HarperCollins announced Tuesday.

The Alaska ex-governor and former Republican vice presidential candidate, whose memoir Going Rogue has sold more than 2 million copies, has been working on a tribute to American values.

It will include "selections from classic and contemporary readings that have moved her," according to HarperCollins, along with "the nation's founding documents to great speeches, sermons, letters, literature and poetry, biography, and even some of her favorite songs and movies."

The book is inspired not only by her "strong belief in the importance of family, faith, and patriotism," but by some of the people she met last year while promoting Going Rogue. Palin skipped major cities such as Seattle and Los Angeles, traditional stops on most author tours, and instead focused on smaller communities more receptive to her conservative message.

"The book will also include portraits of some of the extraordinary men and women she admires and who embody her deep love of country, her strong rootedness in faith, and her profound love and appreciation of family," the statement from HarperCollins reads.

Read more here.

I very much look forward to reading the governor's new book. If Going Rogue is any indication, this new one will be another incredible read, and a best-seller at that.

And you just have to love the title--very American and, therefore, very Palin.

(H/T C4P)

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Gov. Palin is Outraged by President's Pleading to Cut Soldiers' Salaries

Monday, May 10, 2010

President Obama wants to cut the salaries of our military men and women? Are you kidding me? These soldiers who place life and limb on the line for freedom deserve better than this.

Governor Palin's tweets a little while ago brought a Newsmax article to my attention.

Newsmax Wires reports:

President Barack Obama — who came to power with the help of government employee unions across the nation and has lavished on them hundreds of billions in stimulus funds to keep them on federal, state and local payrolls with no strings attached — is moving to cut spending on salaries for military personnel.

This weekend The Washington Post headlined story, "Pentagon Asking Congress to Hold Back on Generous Increases in Troop Pay,” disclosed that the Obama administration is “pleading” with Congress to give military personnel a much smaller increase in pay than lawmakers have proposed.

"Pleading" to lessen the pay of our military? Why...so he can spend more money on...what? We certainly know enough about this president to understand that he's not big on saving money, so why is he tightening the belt here? This is not the area we should be cutting.

This is precisely why we need common sense people making decisions in D.C. Paging Governor Palin!

The governor tweeted:

1. Priorities,priorities- Keep eye on PresObama's soldier pay decrease in midst of overspending elsewhere&govt union pay raises. Is he serious?

2. Soldier pay decreases in the midst of overspending elsewhere and government union pay raises? Seriously? What are... http://fb.me/xwPHgbTe

On Facebook, the governor called this an "outrage." Indeed, it is.

Read the full Newsmax article here.

(H/T @SarahPalinUSA)

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Mother's Day Reflection

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Happy Mother's Day, moms! You are so very important to our society. May your special day be filled with special blessings and an awareness of God's love.

The poem I recited in front of the church on Mother's Day when I was nine or ten years old just came to mind. I recall that the Sunday School teacher asked me to memorize it and recite it. I didn't want to, but my aunt Mary wouldn't allow me to say no--nothing new there. So I had no choice but to practice at home and recite it when the day came.

I don't know who wrote the poem. I don't even have a written copy of it. I simply remember it, even after all these years. The funny thing is that when I first stood in front of the church, said the title and the first line, my mind went blank. I had to start over and then there it was; it came back! That was pretty much the start of my public speaking career!

Here's the poem:

Mother Taught Me

Her hands were my first touch of love,
Her smile my first delight.
My music was the lullaby,
She sang to me at night.

I first saw faith by watching
How she lived from day to day.
I first met God at Mother's side,
Each time I heard her pray.

Wow...Why is it that at that young age the poem seemed so much longer?!

Last year a blogged a very personal Mother's Day post--moving, inspirational, maybe a bit of a tear-jerker. It's called "Exposing My Heart on Mother's Day." Click here to take a look into my heart on this issue of motherhood. It's amazing how God will use our past pains to help others, for just today at church I was able to share some of my journey with someone else who is experiencing some of the very things I had to overcome.

In honor of Mother's Day, I placed this comment on Facebook today:

Happy Mother's Day to all the moms. You are more valuable than you know. We certainly need less government instrusion in our lives, but we'll never need less mom intrusion. Our nation's children depend on you! God bless you!

Governor Palin, America's most famous mom, also shared two messages today via Twitter. She tweeted:

Happy Mother's Day! "A mom is a person who seeing there are only 4 pieces of pie for 5 people,promptly announces she never did care for pie"

and

U.S. Moms: we are thankful 4 freedom!Despicable treatment of women in Iran(setting U.N.policy on women’s rights)make U.N.credibility a joke

Don't forget to check out today's USA Weekend. The Palin family is the Mother's Day cover story, and the governor is delighted to have all her children in the picture. Read about that here.

God bless our mothers! Enjoy your day.

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Governor Palin and the Fiorina Furor

Saturday, May 8, 2010

The other day, I ticked some people off when I blogged about the whining going on as a result of Governor Palin's endorsement of Carly Fiorina for the California Senate race. Seems like some who disagreed with the governor took it personally and assumed I was talking about them. The truth is if the shoe doesn't fit, don't force the sucker on. If you weren't whining, obviously I wasn't talking about you, so pass it on to those who were. Some people on other venues were indeed whining, and if those particular individuals have a problem being called out, that's too bad. Like Governor Palin, I'm bold enough to stand by my statements.

I have always been the first to say we are not going to agree with anyone 100% of the time, including someone who has garnered as much respect as Governor Palin. That's life. Nonetheless, I simply cannot get used to the vehement anger displayed by some whenever she does something with which they don't agree. I say again what I've said before: the very thing that drew people to her is the very thing that makes people furious with her when she doesn't do what they expect. They were first drawn to her for being a maverick, a free-thinking, principled individual who is willing to take the heat to do what she believes is right. This same quality annoys the snot out of people when what she believes is right is not what they believe is right.

Again, I don't have a problem with tasteful disagreement. Welcome to America. But I have read comments on various venues where people have whined, complained, and made accusations about her character. A few have determined they will no longer support her. You know, the "you didn't do what I wanted you to do, so I'm taking my toys and going home!" mentality. Why...because their character didn't govern her decision? Mature people, on the other hand, have just acknowledged they disagree and engaged in adult conversation about it.

Now, when looking at the full picture, it is obvious to me that her endorsement of Carly Fiorina was the common sense decision. She is the conservative with the best chance in this race. Others disagree with this. That's cool, too. But the whining?

FoxNews.com reports:

Despite facing fierce criticism from her supporters, Tea Party hero Sarah Palin isn't backing down from her endorsement of former Hewlett-Packard executive Carly Fiorina in the GOP's U.S. Senate primary in California.

Palin's endorsement surprised and outraged many of her supporters who expected her to pick Tea Party favorite Chuck DeVore.

[...]

But Eric Odom, chairman of Liberty First PAC, a Tea Party-fueled political action committee, called Palin's endorsement an "unforgivable sin," and her second strike after endorsing her 2008 running mate John McCain in his Senate race.

"This one is much worse, though," Odom wrote on his blog, arguing that Fiorina is not a "commonsense conservative."

"The first strike was painful, but tolerable," he said. "This second strike is downright confusing, dishonest, and leaves me feeling cheated."

"Unforgivable sin"? "Dishonest"? "Cheated"? Too bad I didn't have this quote to use as an example last week when I taught my students the definition of hyperbole.

Thankfully, most people I have conversed with or have been quoted do understand the governor's free spirit and refusal to be controlled by any person or any particular movement.

One such person is Palin faithful, Jason Recher. Recher's analysis:

"The governor is never one to go with the flow," Jason Recher, a spokesman for Palin said, explaining that the former Alaska governor respects the differing opinions but is sticking by her choice. "She is a very independent person, and she shakes things up in establishments -- including grassroots establishments -- all the time."

Anyone who paid the slightest attention to the governor's career knows Recher's comments to be factual. Governor Palin's actions are nothing new.

Another such person is Rita Heidkamp. Her perspective:

In Fairbanks, Alaska, Tea Partier Rita Heidkamp said she has no personal position on the California endorsement. But it's Palin's choice to make, and no one else's, said Heidkamp, whose group -- the Fairbanks 912 Project -- organized a local Tea Party tax day rally.

"She should endorse whoever she thinks is the best candidate," Heidkamp said. "That's her right and her responsibility."

Thank you, Heidkamp. Governor Palin doesn't make these decisions lightly. It is indeed her responsibility to make an endorsement that sits well with her conscience. Clearly, Fiorina is that person, and the governor highlighted exactly why in her Facebook note.

I left the following comment on Team Sarah:

It amazes me that after all we know about the governor and her track record in AK, some still don't seem to "get" that she is her own person and will stand by her own principles. She is no puppet on a string. After all, isn't that what we say we love about her?

The endorsement has been made. Now, the onus is still on Fiorina, DeVore, and Campbell to take care of their business. The election is theirs to win or lose, and the governor has said many times how much she loves contested primaries. So we'll see what happens.

As I wrote previously, I agree with Governor Palin: Fiorina is the only common sense choice in this race.

Read the full FoxNews.com article here.

(H/T Ian Lazaran)

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