Chuck Heath, Sr. and Chuck, Jr.'s First Book Signing Stop--Rochester, NY

Sunday, September 30, 2012

I gave a little taste here, but the Rochester, NY event with Chuck Heath, Sr. and Chuck, Jr. requires more detail. They arrived after being delayed several hours at JFK, causing them to miss an NBC television interview that night. It was raining rather hard, but it would have taken more than that to require such a lengthy delay. Interestingly enough, they never found out why they were delayed for so long.

I made the four plus hour drive up to Rochester Friday evening and was excited to do so. I arrived at Barnes and Noble before 1:00 p.m. Saturday, which was the time the book signing was scheduled to start. Prior to the event, word had already gone out that the media had chosen not to give this book signing any publicity. One reporter supposedly said advertising it would be an exercise in "bias." Another pretended they wanted a press release at the last minute, although I soon learned that when they had been approached before, they said they weren't interested. When they got that press release, they did nothing with it. Then you have the Democrat and Chronicle, Rochester's big time newspaper, which also didn't do its part. As Chuck, Jr. said, perhaps their name says it all. The bottom line is the authors should be able to show up and meet and greet people, sign autographs, and discuss their book, without worrying about the publicity end of things. Publicists have to do the heavy work ahead of time, and as this situation shows, they must be relentless in following up with media that don't want to comply. They must ride the media and refuse to take "no" for an answer. Gone are the days when people can just expect members of the media to do their job.

I am left with two predominant feelings after my time with the Heaths yesterday. First, I am more baffled by--and impatient with--those who have demonized the Heaths and Palins, who have done everything in their power to promote lies and tear them down. These people are clueless, and their assessments are flat out wrong. Second, I am more determined than ever to continue this fight to stand behind the Heaths and Palins, to combat the lies, and to budge not one inch in my commitment to promote their integrity, defend their character, and pray for their well-being.

This really is my only regret. The Heaths deserved a New York welcome with crowds around the corner. This book merits that, and their hard work merits that. It's not like they don't have ample support in that part of New York. Everywhere they went, they ran into supporters of Governor Palin who had heard nothing about the book signing. I wish they would have received the welcome they deserved.

Having said that, the event was wonderful for those who attended. They made each one feel special and appreciated. They signed, talked, took pictures, and was as gracious as we have come to expect from the Heaths and the Palins.

I was glad to be able to help with the book signing. I took books from those in line, turned them to the title page, and passed them on to be autographed. I snapped pictures. I was able to meet people, and several talked about reading some of my writing or following me on Facebook. It was humbling, and I enjoyed every moment. It was Governor Palin's father and brother they came to see, however, and they relished their time with them.

The Chucks arrived early, and they remained at the signing table past their scheduled time. Afterwards, they said they were going to take a stroll to the supermarket, Wegman's, and asked if anyone wanted to follow them over. This is the kind of people they are--just regular, down to earth folks. A few of us made plans to meet them at their hotel later that evening and go out to dinner. They rode with me to the restaurant, and my thought was, "Man! I should have vacuumed my car!" Before they got in the car, though, they identified it and said, "That must be your car." The Palin bumper stickers gave it away!

Dinner was going to be at the Olive Garden because the Heaths had never eaten there before, but when we arrived, we learned that the wait was going to be almost an hour. The Heaths had a phone interview to do in a couple hours, so we decided to go next door to Applebee's. We had a short wait there, but spent the time talking, laughing, and watching football.

Over dinner, Chuck, Sr. and Jr. talked about Governor Palin, their new book, the Kate Gosselin episode of Sarah Palin's Alaska (That was surely interesting!), and other things. I learned some things I never knew, and I enjoyed the company tremendously. Both men are very humble, still find this life they're living now to be surreal, and obviously think the world of Governor Palin. Sometimes the hardest people to win over are members of one's own family. Sometimes winning the respect of family is harder than winning the respect of strangers. This is definitely not the case with this family. They are so proud of what Governor Palin has accomplished, and they readily acknowledge her as a person of integrity, courage, and Christian values. Her deep commitment to doing what's right, something they say she possessed even at a young age, is not lost on them at all. It's also not anything new. She was guided by this even as a mayor and governor. It is refreshing to hear such pride and trust in their voices as they speak of her. It is natural, therefore, that the abuse she has taken these last few years rubs them the wrong way, to say the least. This book is one step toward setting the record straight.

I learned stories that were edited out of the book. Come to find out the book was about 1,000 pages long before the editor scaled it down. Chuck, Sr. said some of the best stories, he feels, ended up on the editing floor. Not to worry, however. What remains is very good. It hasn't been that long since I read Our Sarah and wrote the review, and already I want to read it again.

I love that we all held hands and prayed when our meals came. I love that we ate, drank, and laughed heartily. I love that we sat there conversing with ease: Chuck, Jr., Chuck, Sr., Deb, Tim, Lori, Deb, and yours truly. The Heaths are such regular folks, so real and unassuming. I couldn't help but think that even the haters would've forgotten their anti-Palin/Heath fatuity after just five minutes sitting at that table with these salt of the earth Alaskans.

I wore my Alaska Grown sweatshirt; Chuck, Sr. wore a Wasilla, Alaska shirt; and Lori wore her Wasilla Warriors t-shirt. Here we all were in New York, but we were representing the Last Frontier in conversation, company, and clothing.

I now enter a new week with new memories and with a renewed commitment to remain in this fight. The Heaths made New York the first stop on their book tour, having written a book that shares the truth about Governor Palin and illustrates the actions and adventures of their family. They left New York having made many of us feel like more a part of their family than we already did, and as all good families say to one another, so say we to them: "We've got your back."

New York was the start, but the Heaths are traveling the country. Please be there when they come to your state. Show your support during this book tour. Governor Palin reminded us today of their book signing schedule. Please check it out here and make plans to attend.

Enjoy a few more pictures. Some of these are courtesy of yours truly. Others are courtesy of Deb Farrell Howard, Joyce Wiedrich, Katie DiFrancesco, Deb Heisler, and Lori Brenneman.


















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A Taste of Our Sarah: Made in Alaska Book Signing in Rochester

Yesterday was the first day of Chuck Heath, Sr. and Chuck Heath, Jr's book tour for their newly released book, Our Sarah: Made in Alaska. Governor Palin's father and brother traveled to Rochester, NY after a week of media appearances in New York City.

I made the trip to Rochester to participate in this event. You've just got to love the Heaths. It is obvious why Governor Palin is such an amazing person. She gets it honest, as they say. I'm hitting the road, heading out of Rochester and back home, so I will share more later. In the meantime, I will share two pictures below. I have already posted a number of pictures on Facebook, as have others, but enjoy these two here.

To read Chuck, Jr's accounts of their time in Rochester, please click here, here, here, and here. He has a way with words--and he's hilarious! Read/see pictures about everything from underwear, to dinner, to the "massive crowd" at the book signing.

Check it out:



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Rochester, Here I Come: Our Sarah Book Signing Tour

Friday, September 28, 2012

It's almost that time! The Heaths begin their Our Sarah: Made in Alaska book signing tour tomorrow in Rochester, NY.

I'm looking forward to that event. On my way now!

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Celebrating My Birthday With Praise

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Today, I celebrate another birthday. God has been good, and I awoke with a grateful heart this morning for the blessing of another year. His favor, grace, mercy, and yes, correction are priceless in my life. Without fail, He has been faithful--even when I have not been faithful. I praise God for the greatest gifts of all: salvation, the love of family and friends, health, and provision. I am blessed beyond anything I deserve.

I celebrate the Lord Jesus on this day that I celebrate the life He allowed my parents to give me.

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Our Sarah Rochester, NY Book Signing Details

Wednesday, September 26, 2012


It's been a busy week for Chuck Heath, Sr. and Chuck, Jr., "the two Chuck Heaths," as Governor Palin calls them. Her father and brother's book, Our Sarah: Made in Alaska made its debut with a flurry of interviews by the two authors. This weekend, they add a new dimension to this rollout, embarking on their book tour, which commences in Rochester, New York this Saturday, September 29.

Barnes and Noble is the location, and the store is in preparation mode to make this an enjoyable and successful event.

Here's their address and contact information:
Pittsford Plaza
3349 Monroe Avenue
Rochester, NY 14618
585-586-6020

Below, find important information about the signing event in Rochester. Please keep in mind, this refers to the New York signing only. For guidelines regarding other book tour locations, contact those particular venues.

The book signing event begins at 1:00 p.m., and Barnes and Noble will begin handing out tickets at 11:00 a.m. Each ticket will have a number, and Chuck, Sr. and Chuck, Jr. will sign books for people according to those numbers. In other words, the person who has ticket number one will get to greet the Heaths first.

People are encouraged to remain at the store once they have received their tickets. This will eliminate a situation where someone receives a ticket and leaves, while others have remained in line, only to have that person return and move to the head of the line.

Barnes and Noble does not require attendees to purchase their book from their store (although that would be a kind gesture, since they have opened their doors to allow this gathering). While people do not have to buy Our Sarah from Barnes and Noble to get in line, no one will be allowed in line without a book--whether purchased there or elsewhere. Those who do buy from the Rochester Barnes and Noble must do so before getting in line.

Please take note that Barnes and Noble does not allow attendees to present other books or materials to the Heaths to sign. The book signing is for Our Sarah only.

As Barnes and Noble is trying to get an idea of how many to expect for this exciting event, they encourage phone calls for questions, clarifications, or comments.

Who is planning to attend? Please leave a comment here to say you'll be there or to tell us of others you know will be there at 1:00 p.m. this Saturday, September 29.

I encourage everyone in New York and neighboring states to attend and support the Heaths' labor of love. They have written a book that allows a close-up look at Governor Palin, providing details about her no one else has been able to provide.

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The Heaths' Our Sarah: Made in Alaska Radio Interviews

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

The Heaths--Chuck, Sr. and Chuck, Jr.--are scheduled for a number of interviews as they roll out their new book which shares who their daughter and sister, Sarah Palin, really is. In addition to their live television interview with Fox & Friends this morning and their interview with Sean Hannity (yet to air), they participated in radio/blog talk radio interviews.

We've heard enough from people who think they know Governor Palin. Now, it's time to hear from those who do know her:

SarahNET Radio:


Bob and Mark:


Sarah Palin Radio:

Listen to internet radio with LaDonna Hale Curzon on Blog Talk Radio

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Chuck Heath, Sr. and Chuck, Jr. on Fox & Friends

Chuck Heath, Sr. and Chuck, Jr. appear on Fox & Friends this morning, the day their book, Our Sarah: Made in Alaska, is released:

Part I:


Part II:


(Videos courtesy of SarahNET)

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Hannity Interview With the Heaths Postponed

Monday, September 24, 2012

Chuck Heath, Sr. and Chuck, Jr. were scheduled to appear on Sean Hannity's television show tonight to discuss their new book which will be released tomorrow. The airing of that interview has been moved to later this week.

Via the Chuck Heath, Jr Facebook page:

NEW DEVELOPMENT!!!

In light of today's huge news events in the Mid-East, our Hannity appearance tonight has been postponed until later this week. Hannity should make an announcement about it tonight. Hang in there.... we'll still tape it tonight and you'll see it soon. Our national security takes precedent over any book.

Thanks for understanding,
Chuck

ps. We'll still be on Fox and Friends tomorrow morning.

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Governor Palin Shares Exciting Times for Her Daughter, Father, and Brother

Via Facebook, Governor Palin discusses exciting times for her daughter, father, and brother, starting tonight.

She writes about Bristol on Dancing With the Stars:

Bristol goes from joining Willow, Todd and buddies looking to fill the freezer a few weeks ago in the wilds of Alaska to the wilds of LA on the dance floor tonight! I know how many worries we all have about the challenges facing us today, but in the midst of it all I'm really looking forward to taking time to just be a proud mom and cheer on Bristol as she does her thing on "Dancing With the Stars" tonight! It's good to take a break from the heavy stuff and recharge your batteries with something like this uplifting, energetic, and positive competition. If you tune in tonight (at 8/7c on ABC), I hope you'll vote for Bristol & Mark (online at the DWTS website, by calling 800-868-3409, and for AT&T subscribers by texting the word VOTE to 3409), and I sincerely hope you have an enjoyable evening.

Click here and here to see some cool pictures she posted of her daughters out hunting with their dad and some friends.

She also writes about Chuck Heath, Sr. and Chuck Heath, Jr's Hannity interview about their new book:
My brother and my dad (the two Chuck Heaths) will be on Hannity tonight to discuss their new book. My mom asked which should she watch live tonight and which to record: Hannity or DWTS? Both air tonight! It's for their great book about outdoor adventures and life-changing relationships coming from a humble and unique foundation in the Last Frontier that have been so impacting. And along the way, they get to set the record straight on some of the more bizarre media memes you may have heard about our family and Alaska. Please watch their interview!

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Vote: Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas on Dancing With the Stars Tonight


When Governor Palin voiced concern about the criticism that would ensue if her daughter, Bristol, participated in Dancing With the Stars the first time, Bristol's response was, "Critics are going to criticize anyway, so I might as well dance." Excellent point. Well, she's at it again! ABC's "Dancing With The Stars All-Star Edition" kicks off tonight, and Bristol will once again be teamed with Mark Ballas.

Bristol posted information on her blog about how to vote. She also posted the phone number to call in your vote for her.
800-868-3409

The couples dance on Monday nights for a score from the judges. Then the fans vote for their favorite. The judges score counts 50% and the fans 50%. The key to the judges score is that they convert it to a percentage. They take all the scores from the judges and add them together. Then that number is divided into the score for the individual couple. That gives the 50% that counts as the judges scores. Same thing with the fan vote. All the votes are totaled and that number is divided into the couples fan vote. The lowest combined judges scores and fan scores send a couple home.

There will be three ways to vote:

The first is by phone. We will not know the phone number for Team Ballin until show time on 9/24. The number will remain the same throughout the competition. Phone lines open as soon as the show starts and stay open for 1 hour after the show. Fans should try to phone vote as soon as the show starts. After they dance and at end of the show are the hardest times to get through and we want every single vote. You can vote on as many phones as you have access to. For the first half of the season, voters will be allowed the same number votes as the contestants. For example, the first week there will be thirteen contestants, so each type of account gets 13 votes. The second week it will go down to 12. Once they are down to 5 contestants or less, the fans still get 5 votes per account.

ATT users can text their votes by texting the word “vote” to the last four digits of the voting number. Once again you get the same number of votes as contestants. It is my understanding you can text votes and call votes from the same phone.

The final way is online. Go to http://abc.go.com/shows/dancing-with-the-stars/. On show nights there will be a vote tab. You have to have an account to vote online. You should make your accounts before the show starts because when the show is going the site crawls. You can vote with as many accounts as you make.

Dancing with the Stars is definitely a team effort. Bristol and Mark will do the dancing-the fans have to do the voting! Please be sure and support them with your votes on September 24!

Be sure to tune in to cheer on Bristol and Mark. Then exercise your right to vote for them!

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Palin to Romney-Ryan: Go Rogue

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Governor Palin offers some sound advice to the 2012 Republican ticket. In an interview with The Weekly Standard, she articulates that the urgency of the times requires that Romney and Ryan step it up:

Daniel Halper reports:

"With so much at stake in this election, both Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan should 'go rogue' and not hold back from telling the American people the true state of our economy and national security," says Palin. "They need to continue to find ways to break through the filter of the liberal media to communicate their message of reform."

Palin also suggests that Romney and Ryan can be responsible for an epiphany on this country's fiscal standing. "America desperately needs to have a 'come to Jesus' moment in discussing our big dysfunctional, disconnected, and debt-ridden federal government," says Palin.

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"At the founding of our country, a great American patriot wrote, 'If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace,'" says Palin. "Obama's motto seems to be, 'Let the good times roll in my day. The kids can deal with the catastrophic bankruptcy in theirs.' That's no way for the leader of a great nation to behave, and I hope Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney continue to call him out on it. Generations of American children are counting on them."

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Our Sarah Contest Winners Revealed

Saturday, September 22, 2012


The contest to win an autographed copy of Our Sarah: Made in Alaska, written by Governor Palin's father and brother, Chuck Heath, Sr. and Chuck, Jr., ended on September 18. Now, I announce the names of all five winners! But first, let's take a look at the questions again. The correct answers are in bold text.
1. Where was Gov. Palin born?
a. Skagway, AK
b. Seattle, WA
c. Dearborn, MI
d. Sandpoint, ID
e. Austin, TX

2. Who is the firstborn among the Heath children?
a. Sarah
b. Molly
c. Track
d. Heather
e. Chuck, Jr.

3. Gov. Palin and Todd Palin met
a. while hunting
b. on the basketball court
c. at a church camp
d. snowmachining
e. at her parents’ home

4. Which of the following is NOT on Gov. Palin’s resume of accomplishments?
a. basketball state champion
b. ACES
c. Lieutenant Governor
d. negotiated largest private-sector energy project in North American history
e. Oil and Gas Conservation Commissioner

5. In 2008, where was Gov. Palin when she received Sen. McCain’s call asking her to consider being his running mate?
a. Alaska State Fair
b. Governor’s office in Anchorage
c. Iron Dog starting line
d. at home in Wasilla
e. fishing on Bristol Bay

To win, individuals had to survive a multi-step process. First, they had to participate. "You've got to be in it to win it," as they say. Next, they had to answer all five questions correctly. Finally, those who answered all five questions correctly were entered into a drawing. Five individuals emerged from this random process.

And the winners are...
1. Lee Gee
2. Ron Griffith
3. Ben Anderson
4. D Palmer
5. Les Jackson

Congratulations to our five winners!

Thank you to those who participated, thank you to the Heaths for making this contest possible by generously donating books, and thank you to everyone for your support of the Heaths' labor of love, Our Sarah.

Remember:
Chuck, Sr. and Chuck, Jr. will be on Hannity TV this Monday, September 24. Their book will be released the following day, Tuesday, September 25. Then they will hit the road on a multi-state book tour, the first stop being Rochester, NY on Saturday, September 29. For the current schedule of media appearances, go here. For a list of book tour locations, go here.

Mark the calendars, set the DVR's, gas up the tanks, purchase the plane tickets, and do whatever you need to do to make this rollout and tour a huge success. And of course, buy the book!

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Video: Governor Palin Talks to Hannity

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Governor Palin on Hannity tonight:




(Video courtesy of SarahNET)

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Our Sarah - Media Update

Here is the latest media schedule for the rollout of Our Sarah: Made in Alaska, written by Governor Palin's father and brother. Chuck Heath, Sr. and Chuck, Jr. will be very busy as they promote the story of Governor Palin's upbringing, adventures, and influences.

Television:
September 24
* Hannity - at 9 pm ET

September 25
* FOX & Friends - Time TBD

Radio:
September 25
* Brian Sussman Show - San Francisco at 9:45 am ET
* Heidi Harris Show - various stations in California at 10:35 am ET
* Bob Dutko - nationally-syndicated at 1:05 pm ET
* Sarah Palin Radio on Blog Talk Radio - Time TBD
* SarahNET Radio: The Palin Update - Time TBD

September 26
* The Steve Gill Show - nationally-syndicated at 8:33 am ET
* AM Tampa Bay - Tampa, FL at 9:00 am ET

September 27
* The Simon Conway Show - Iowa at 6:35 pm ET

September 28
* Janet Mefferd Show - nationally-syndicated at 2:30 pm ET

September 30
* The Source with Paul Anderson - nationally-syndicated at 9 pm ET


Online:
* Conservatives4Palin review:
http://conservatives4palin.com/2012/09/review-of-our-sarah-made-in-alaska-an-intimate-look-into-the-life-of-sarah-palin.html

* Caffeinated Thoughts (http://caffeinatedthoughts.com) and Conservatives4Palin (http://conservatives4palin.com) will post the media schedule

* US4Palin.com:
http://us4palin.com/our-sarah-open-window-to-heath-and-palin-lives-times/

* Look for interviews on FOX News & Commentary with Todd Starnes and an interview with the Heaths in the Orlando Sentinel

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Governor Palin Draws Attention to Our Sarah by Her Father and Brother

Tuesday, September 18, 2012


Today, Governor Palin has drawn attention to the book written by her dad and brother, Our Sarah: Made in Alaska. While many have written books about her and her family, she puts her approval behind this one. Of course she does: it's written by those who know her best. She writes on Facebook:
A new book by my father and brother (Chuck Heath and Chuck Heath, Jr.) will be out on September 25. The book chronicles our family's experiences in Alaska and how the adventure of growing up in the Last Frontier helped shape us. You can follow this link to see the schedule for their upcoming book tour and media appearances.

The link to which the Governor refers is the Facebook events page Chuck Heath, Jr. created for each of the book tour stops. Click here to go there. When you get there, click "Join" for the signing you will be attending, and then "Share" with your Facebook friends. Let's join Governor Palin in encouraging others to read Our Sarah and participate in its media rollout and book signing events.

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More Our Sarah Book Tour Locations: Ohio, Idaho, Washington

Monday, September 17, 2012

In addition to the previously published locations, these Our Sarah: Made in Alaska book tour locales have now been added:

Ohio:
Saturday, October 6 at 3:00 p.m. – Books & Company, The Greene Shopping Center, 4453 Walnut Street, Dayton, OH 45440

Idaho:
Monday, October 8 at 6:30 p.m. – Hastings, 101 Best Avenue, Coeur D'Alene, ID 83814

Washington:
Wednesday, October 10 at 6:30 p.m. – Hastings, 1425 George Washington Way, Richland, WA 99354

The full list of media appearances and book signings as of now is as follows:
Media
* Saturday, 9/22: Roderic Deane Show

* Monday, 9/24: Sarah Palin Radio - 2:00 pm; Hannity television - 8:00 pm

* Tuesday, 9/25: Fox and Friends - 6:30-9:00 am; The Heidi Harris Show (Los Angeles) - 10:35-10:50 am

* Wednesday, 9/26: Radio am: Tampa Bay - 9:00-9:30 am

* Friday, 9/28: Radio: Janet Mefferd - 2:30-3:00 pm

Book Tour
* Saturday, 9/29: Tour begins in Rochester, NY - 1:00 pm. at Barnes & Noble, Pittsford Plaza, 3349 Monroe Avenue, Rochester, NY 14618

* Monday, 10/1: The Villages, FL - 12:00-1:00 pm at Barnes & Noble

* Tuesday, 10/2: Atlanta/Alpharetta, GA - 12:00-1:00 pm at Barnes & Noble

* Thursday, 10/4: Birmingham, AL - 7:00-9:00 pm at Books A Million

* Friday, 10/5: Dallas/Highlands, TX - 7:00 pm at Barnes & Noble at The Shops at Highland Village

* Saturday, 10/6: Dayton, OH - 3:00 pm – Books & Company, The Greene Shopping Center, 4453 Walnut Street, Dayton, OH 45440

* Monday, 10/8: Coeur D'Alene, ID - 6:30 pm – Hastings, 101 Best Avenue, Coeur D'Alene, ID 83814

* Wednesday, 10/10: Richland, WA - 6:30 pm – Hastings, 1425 George Washington Way, Richland, WA 99354

Make your plans to come out and support Governor Palin's father and brother as they take Our Sarah on the road.

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Governor Palin's Book Review: Did Joe McGinniss Condemn an Innocent Man?

As readers may remember well, Joe McGinniss showed up in Alaska and moved in next door to the Palins for months to stalk them and write a book of lies about their family. Today, Governor Palin penned a book review, published on Breitbart, that highlights McGinniss' character--or lack thereof--as depicted in A Wilderness of Error by Errol Morris. The book involves Dr. Jeffrey MacDonald's conviction for the murder of his family and, as Governor Palin, quoting The New York Times, writes, “[Morris] will leave you 85 percent certain that Mr. MacDonald is innocent. He will leave you 100 percent certain he did not get a fair trial.”

Governor Palin says several times that she doesn't know certainly whether or not MacDonald is actually innocent of the crime for which he is serving three life sentences. What she does know, however, is that McGinniss, after gaining MacDonald's trust and the trust of his defense team, turned on them and lied about him, seemingly for his own personal gain, just as he viciously lied about her in his book, after luring her family and friends into trusting him.

Governor Palin's review is fascinating and deserves to be read in its entirety. I offer you this excerpt and encourage you to read the full piece at Breitbart:

I don’t normally read “true crime” books, and I’ve certainly never written a review of one, but Errol Morris’ new book, “A Wilderness of Error,” isn’t typical of the genre. It’s much more interesting and I think important. It’s a book about the failings of a legal system administered by very fallible human beings, and it’s a book about how we buy into false media narratives that tidy up uncomfortably complex stories and give us permission to call off any further search for truth – and, yes, Morris argues with refreshing clarity that objective truth is real and worthy of being sought after despite the pretentious nonsense preached in faculty lounges about all truth being relative. In fact, he argues passionately that the search for truth is what journalism and justice is all about.

Morris describes how false narratives can become a sort of prison. He opens by reminding us of the story of “The Count of Monte Cristo” – the novel about an innocent man who escapes from the seemingly inescapable island prison he was sent to. Morris writes that today we have an even worse prison than that fictional one – only ours is “built out of newsprint and media. A prison of beliefs. You can escape from prison, but how do you escape from a convincing story? After enough repetitions, the facts come to serve the story and not the other way around. Like kudzu, suddenly the story is everywhere and impenetrable.”

Like a relentless gardener, Morris tries to remove the “impenetrable” vines forming one such prison. Most people of a certain age will recall the story of Dr. Jeffrey MacDonald. People remember him as the Green Beret doctor who killed his family and blamed it on hippies. That quick description also conveniently sums up the conventional narrative about him. The murders of his wife and two little daughters in 1970 at Fort Bragg were monstrous, and for the last three decades society has been content to know that MacDonald is serving three life sentences for the crime. But Morris asks his readers to consider something very upsetting: What if this man is innocent? How horrible is it to imagine a man first having to witness the brutal murder of his family and then being falsely convicted for it and spending over thirty years in prison?

Morris, an Academy Award winning documentary filmmaker whose past work was instrumental in freeing a man falsely convicted of murder, takes apart the key elements of the MacDonald case bit by bit. As the New York Times reviewer put it, “[Morris] will leave you 85 percent certain that Mr. MacDonald is innocent. He will leave you 100 percent certain he did not get a fair trial.” But how did we not hear about this sooner? The incompetent and corrupt manner in which this case was handled is outrageous. The errors are glaring. In order to comfortably be assured that MacDonald got a fair trial and is guilty “beyond a reasonable doubt” we have to forget a number of significant facts.

Forget the fact that a racist good old boy judge was openly contemptuous and hostile to MacDonald’s Jewish lead defense attorney and his opinion seeped into his decisions. Forget the fact that the prosecution withheld evidence and lab reports (and, according to new evidence, actually threatened the key defense witness to make her change her testimony). Forget the fact that the crime scene itself was badly mishandled – with evidence moved, destroyed, contaminated, and even stolen. Forget the fact that MacDonald had no motive for the crime, and that the in-laws who testified against his character had previously testified under oath praising his character. And most of all, forget the fact that MacDonald gave the police who arrived at the crime scene detailed descriptions of four suspects, and the police had spotted a woman who fit his description wandering around his neighborhood at 3 a.m. while they were on their way to the crime scene. Forget the fact that this same suspect also coincidentally confessed to multiple people that she and three men who fit MacDonald’s descriptions were involved in the murder of his family. Forget the fact that she was spotted that night with these three men by multiple witnesses – including by a witness who saw blood on her boots. Forget the fact that one of the men also confessed to the murders. Forget the fact that they even confessed to having a clear motive for wanting to commit the crime specifically against MacDonald and his family.

So, how was the public convinced that MacDonald was guilty despite all of these “reasonable doubts”?

Enter my old neighbor Joe McGinniss.

MacDonald signed a contract giving McGinniss exclusive rights to his life story, and so McGinniss was given unprecedented access to the defense team – living with them, working with them, eating with them. But when the guilty verdict came down, McGinniss did a one-eighty on them. Apparently, falsely convicted men don’t make for good books. McGinniss decided it was a better story to agree with the jury. MacDonald wasn’t a sympathetic figure. He did himself no favors with some media appearances. So, McGinniss went about writing a book that would convince people the government got the right verdict and we could all pat ourselves on the back and leave Jeffrey MacDonald to rot in his jail cell till Judgment Day.

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McGinniss shattered long-time relationships within my circle of friends and family with his horrendous actions while living 12 feet away from my kitchen and lying to people for his book about me and making them lie or twisting their words or even inventing “sources” out of whole cloth. The result of the “evil thing” he “constructed” was unjustly trashed reputations, shattered relationships, and a book of lies vomited into the public record.

What McGinniss did in my town and to my family was sick and vicious. I sympathize with MacDonald and his defense team because I saw firsthand the twisted way McGinniss operates. Before he moved in right next door to spy on us, he stalked us for months, making creepy unwelcomed “visits” to our house, as he tried to manipulatively win our trust the same way he won the trust of MacDonald and his defense team – all so that he could betray us just as he betrayed them.

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We the People


Happy Constitution Day, my fellow Americans!

We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

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Special Video Message from Governor Palin: PowerUp Live Conference

Sunday, September 16, 2012


Here's Governor Palin's special message about the PowerUp Live Conference she'll be speaking at on October 17, 2012, in Boise, Idaho:



Get more information about the event here.

(h/t Ian Lazaran)

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"Our Sarah": Open Window to Heath and Palin Lives, Times - Devito

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Ron Devito of US for Palin also received an advance copy of Our Sarah: Made in Alaska and wrote a review. With his permission, I am posting the entire article below. In case you missed it, go here to read my review.

Via US4P:


I was fortunate to receive two advance copies of Our Sarah: Made in Alaska, one from a colleague and the other from the publisher's publicity agent. If Going Rogue was the Bachelor's level course on the study of all things Palin, Our Sarah is the Master's Degree. Veteran Palin supporters will learn intimate details about the life and times of the Heath family that shaped who former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin is today. It is mandatory reading in developing a complete understanding of one of America's most fascinating families, members of whom I've had the pleasure of meeting at various rallies and events over these past four years.


Six core themes underpin Our Sarah: family history and background, the beauty and danger of Alaska, work ethic, sports, faith, and Gov. Palin's political career as experienced by her father and brother. The 282-page book is divided into 22 chapters that alternate in perspective between her father Chuck Heath, Sr. and her brother, Chuck Heath, Jr.


Our Sarah is pleasant and easy reading. As the chapters unfold, the Heaths intertwine details of immediate and extended family, friends, and strangers - ordinary people and celebrities alike - they've met along the way in anecdotes that will keep you on the edge of your seat. This is a book that will draw you in and you will not be able to put it down for too long, if at all. It will re-kindle a bygone era when we actually sat in an easy chair to read a book for pleasure - for hours on end.


Family History



Gov. Palin's lineage on both the maternal and paternal sides of her family dates back to four people who were on the Mayflower. Chuck Heath Sr. and Jr. go back as far as the Gowers and the Brandts in their extensive treatment of family history. Chuck Sr. describes his relationship with his father Charles, the painful events that drove them apart for years and their final reunion. Veteran Palin supporters know that Charles Heath was a sports photographer who plied his trade in North Hollywood, California, but Our Sarah provides intimate details of that era heretofore not known to the public.


When I saw the name of the North Hollywood street the Heath house was located, I felt compelled to look it up on Google Maps. The street is less than a mile northeast of Irvine Ave. where my uncle took me to visit his mother when I was an 11-year-old boy. On that trip, I saw the beauty of these United States out the window of my train and it forever instilled in me a sense of my own Manifest Destiny. As I read later, Chuck Sr. loved to read books by Laura Ingalls Wilder, on which the TV series Little House on the Prairie was based. I sat in shock for a few minutes - I too grew up on Ingalls' books - borrowed from the Queens Public Library - the same feelings they invoked in Chuck Sr., they had invoked in me.


My vicarious personal connections aside, Chuck Sr. details life in North Hollywood with his father, followed by their move to the outskirts of Sandpoint, Idaho; his meeting and ultimately marrying Sally Sheeran; and their moves to Skagway, Eagle River, and Wasilla, Alaska.


Alaska - Deadly Beauty



Alaska is an incredibly beautiful, but dangerous and unforgiving place. The penalty for one careless moment is generally death or severe injury. Alaska still is the Final Frontier and those who live there face ever-present dangers from wildlife attacks, avalanche, blunt trauma, drowning and hypothermia. The Heaths recounted close call experiences that could have resulted in their premature demise and accidents that have killed and maimed dear friends. The Heaths explained how Alaska shaped them and Gov. Palin and also described the ironic sense of humor indigenous to Alaskans.


Work Ethic



The Heaths were not well-to-do and had to work hard for everything they had. All their success, whether in athletics, academics, politics, or any other pursuit came about through committed, dedicated hard work and tenacity. No job was beneath any member of the family. Children were expected to work and learn the value of work at an early age. Nothing was handed to them. They had to work to pay for their college educations, as well as any luxuries they desired. The Heaths described how Gov. Palin worked in the commercial fishing business, including the day she continued to gill net thousands of pounds of salmon with three freshly broken fingers. This legacy helped propel Gov. Palin to where she is today and will propel her even higher where ever her future leads. In the many anecdotes and vignettes that the Heaths share, their work ethic and how they adapted, improvised, and overcame is a consistent and recurring theme.


Sports



Sports was and is a major part of the Heath and Palin legacies. Chuck, Jr. started with baseball and became a football and hockey player. He took up bicycle racing, but that sport was not suited to his build and a serious biking injury ended that pursuit. The girls all played basketball and Palin supporters should already be familiar with Gov. Palin's history in high school basketball having won a game on a broken ankle. Running defined the lives of both Chuck, Sr., and Gov. Palin. Chuck, Sr. ran in the Boston Marathon; Gov. Palin has run marathons privately and ran a half-marathon the day after her Indianola speech.


Faith



The Heaths described their various religious backgrounds and journeys that have shaped their lives and that of Gov. Palin. Church of Christ, Scientist, the Roman Catholic Church, Assembly of God, the Presbyterian Church, and simple individual, private worship have all defined the lives of the Heaths and Palins throughout their history. Some of the extended family are Mormons. Chuck Sr., delineated in detail the religious journeys that he and other family members took.


Gov. Palin's Political Career



The Heaths provided a solid synopsis of Gov. Palin's political career as they experienced it from her run for Wasilla's City Council up to the time she stepped down from the governorship and why she made that decision, which they only learned of at her public announcement. They expressed their bitterness at how she was treated since being nominated as John McCain's running mate, and how they came to terms with it. When Gov. Palin was nominated, the Heaths were naive as to how her enemies would try to destroy her, but learned soon enough. Gov. Palin's future remains unknown, but the Heaths believe whatever path she takes will be exciting. Veteran Palin supporters will find the passages on her political career to be a good refresher course. Newer supporters should read Going Rogue first, then Our Sarah.


The Palin Library



Going Rogue of course is Gov. Palin's memoir and thus tells her life's history as she lived it. America By Heart delineates her political, religious, and ethical thought processes. Bristol Palin's Not Afraid of Life is Bristol's memoir, but provides some perspective on Palin/Heath family life as experienced by the Palins' eldest daughter.


Our Sarah rounds out the library by providing a complete family history through five generations and an intimate portrait of Gov. Palin's life as seen through the eyes of her father and brother. Those who do not understand the family's ties to various states, or other family details will learn them in Our Sarah. Having supported Gov. Palin for over four years, two of which were required to compile her life's accomplishments, I am fairly knowledgeable about her, as well as her family and friends. But, no supporter has the intimate knowledge her father and brother have. They are the ultimate insiders after all. The Heaths know Gov. Palin's daily routine, and they share it in Our Sarah.


We are all products of our experiences and the environments in which we live. Our Sarah provides a rare open window into the environments and experiences that shaped Gov. Palin - Our Sarah - and will no doubt chart the remainder of her life's course.


Our Sarah is available in hardcover and as an audio book. Our Sarah is published by Center Street, a division of Hachette Book Group, Inc. It is to be released on September 25. The Heaths are conducting a book tour and media roll-out. The book tour currently consists of stops in eight cities, starting in Rochester, NY on September 29. Locations in Washington state, Idaho, and Ohio are being worked out.

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Governor Palin Talks to Hannity - September 13, 2012

Governor Palin on Hannity:



(h/t SarahNET)

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Governor Palin: QE3

Governor Palin via Facebook:

President Obama is clearly revealing his rapid loss of any grip on the economic and security issues that are of utmost importance to our country. His economic and foreign policy blunders are manifesting chaos. On the same day when we see more chaos erupting in the Middle East and President Obama declaring that Egypt is no longer considered our ally, the Federal Reserve announced that it will spend $40 billion a month to purchase mortgage-backed securities with no end date set. QE3 is upon us.

In a speech nearly two years ago, I asked: “If [QE2] doesn’t work, what do we do then? Print even more money? What’s the end game here? Where will all this money printing on an unprecedented scale take us? Do we have any guarantees that QE2 won’t be followed by QE3, 4, and 5, until eventually – inevitably – no one will want to buy our debt anymore? What happens if the Fed becomes not just the buyer of last resort, but the buyer of only resort?”

As predicted, QE3 is upon us. Is it any wonder that the dollar is down against major currencies? This temporary, artificial economic “stimulus” bought at the expense of high inflation is no substitute for a stable currency and genuine long-term economic recovery. This is what happens when big government centralized planners try to “plan” our economy. President Obama is no doubt happy, though, that this latest sugar fix comes 53 days before the election.

- Sarah Palin

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Our Sarah: Made in Alaska Book Tour Locations and Dates Announced

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Many of you have been anxiously awaiting the locations and dates for the book tour that accompanies the release of Our Sarah: Made in Alaska. The book, written by Chuck Heath, Sr. and Chuck, Jr., Governor Palin's father and brother, will hit the shelves in less than two weeks, on September 25. They, too, will hit the road for a multi-state book signing tour, which, I'm excited to say, will kick off in New York! Are they coming to a location near you? Which media outlets will be interviewing them? Take a look:

Media
* Saturday, 9/22: Roderic Deane Show

* Monday, 9/24: Sarah Palin Radio - 2:00 pm; Hannity television - 8:00 pm

* Tuesday, 9/25: Fox and Friends - 6:30-9:00 am; The Heidi Harris Show (Los Angeles) - 10:35-10:50 am

* Wednesday, 9/26: Radio am: Tampa Bay - 9:00-9:30 am

* Friday, 9/28: Radio: Janet Mefferd - 2:30-3:00 pm

Book Tour
* Saturday, 9/29: Tour begins in Rochester, NY - 1:00 pm. at Barnes & Noble, Pittsford Plaza, 3349 Monroe Avenue, Rochester, NY 14618

* Monday, 10/1: The Villages, FL - 12:00-1:00 pm at Barnes & Noble

* Tuesday, 10/2: Atlanta/Alpharetta, GA - 12:00-1:00 pm at Barnes & Noble

* Thursday, 10/4: Birmingham, AL - 7:00-9:00 pm at Books A Million

* Friday, 10/5: Dallas/Highlands, TX - 7:00 pm at Barnes & Noble at The Shops at Highland Village

*** Stops in Ohio, Washington State, and Idaho are currently being worked out. More media outlets are also being added.

If these locations are successful, more locations will be added, so let's make Round 1 a tremendous success! Reading the book and attending a book signing will be well worth it. Read my review of Our Sarah here and take the quiz for a chance to win an autographed copy of the book here.

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Governor Palin: President Obama Can’t See Egypt and Libya from His House

Governor Palin has a message for President Obama. Ouch!

Apparently President Obama can’t see Egypt and Libya from his house. On the anniversary of the worst terrorist attacks ever perpetrated on America, our embassy in Cairo and our consulate in Benghazi were attacked by violent Islamic mobs. In Cairo, they scaled the walls of our embassy, destroyed our flag, and replaced it with a black Islamic banner. In Benghazi, the armed gunmen set fire to our consulate and killed an American staff member. The Islamic radicals claim that these attacks are in protest to some film criticizing Islam. In response to this, the U.S. embassy in Cairo issued a statement that was so outrageous many of us thought it must be a satire. The embassy actually apologized to the violent mob attacking us, and it even went so far as to chastise those who use free speech to “hurt the religious feelings of Muslims.” (Funny, the current administration has no problem hurting the “religious feelings” of Catholics.)

But where is the president’s statement about this? These countries represent his much touted “Arab Spring.” How’s that Arab Spring working out for us now? Have we received an apology yet from our “friends” in the Muslim Brotherhood for the assault on our embassy?

It’s about time our president stood up for America and condemned these Islamic extremists. I realize there must be a lot on his mind these days – what with our economy’s abysmal jobless numbers and Moody’s new warning about yet another downgrade to our nation’s credit rating due to the current administration’s failure to come up with a credible deficit reduction plan. And, of course, he has a busy schedule – with all those rounds of golf, softball interviews with the “Pimp with the Limp,” and fundraising dinners with his corporate cronies. But our nation’s security should be of utmost importance to our Commander-in-chief. America can’t afford any more “leading from behind” in such a dangerous world. We already know that President Obama likes to “speak softly” to our enemies. If he doesn’t have a “big stick” to carry, maybe it’s time for him to grow one.

- Sarah Palin

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Video: Governor Palin Talks to Bill O'Reilly - September 11, 2012

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Tonight, Governor Palin made a rare appearance on Bill O'Reilly's The Factor. He wanted her to weigh in on Laura Ingraham's assertion that if Mitt Romney cannot defeat President Obama, with his dismal record, Republicans need to close up shop:

Ingraham stated:

If you can’t beat Barack Obama with this record, then shut down the party,” Ingraham said. “Shut it down, start new, with new people because this is a give-me election, or at least it should be.

What did Governor Palin think of these tough words from the conservative talk radio host? See for yourself:


(Video courtesy of Barracuda Brigade)

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9-11 Tributes, Eleven Years Later

9/11 Tribute video:





Governor Palin's 9/11 Facebook post:
We remember that eleven years ago today nearly three thousand of our fellow Americans were killed by evil men. Every year on the anniversary of 9-11, we read out the names of those who died and comfort their families, and at military recruiting centers throughout the country, young men and women choose this day to enlist to serve their fellow Americans and ensure that something like this never happens again. While some try to move on with their lives and let the tragedy of that day recede in their memories, our men and women in uniform remain ever vigilant for us.

Today, let’s take time to remember the victims of September 11. Let’s say a prayer for their families. Let’s comfort their children left behind. And let’s also remember our men and women in uniform who enlist to protect us from tragedies like this. Let’s remember that American troops are still fighting in Afghanistan now, and they’re dying this year at an average of one a day. Let’s never forget the heavy price they pay to keep us free.

- Sarah Palin

Bristol Palin's 9/11 thoughts and a picture of her brother Track with her son Tripp. The photo shows Track saying goodbye to Tripp before heading back to Afghanistan this summer:
On this September 11, we remember the thousands who died on that terrible day, the thousands more who’ve fallen defending us abroad, and the men and women who have sacrificed so much to defend us during eleven long years of war. I’d especially like to thank my brother, Track, for his service in Iraq and Afghanistan. I love you and admire you more than you know.


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Review of Our Sarah: Made in Alaska: An Intimate Look into the Life of Sarah Palin

Saturday, September 8, 2012

I had the honor of reading an advance copy of Our Sarah: Made in Alaska, written by Sarah Palin's father and brother, Chuck Heath, Sr. and Chuck Heath, Jr. Below is my book review of their intimate story of the person who captivated America upon becoming the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee. While many have only seen her through the biased lens of the mainstream media, the authors take us beyond that veil, allowing us to see who Sarah Palin really is and how that person came to be.

How often have you embarked upon a reading journey only to find yourself so captivated by the words on the page that putting the book down is not an option? If you're lucky, you might encounter such a scenario a handful of times throughout your years. During these experiences, we allow neither hunger, responsibilities, nor sleep to pull us away because we find ourselves glued to the words on each page. These moments, though refreshing, are extremely rare. Our Sarah: Made in Alaska was one such moment for me.

When it comes to Sarah Palin, everyone has a narrative, an impression, an opinion--and most have expressed them. Indeed, the verbiage on the subject is without parallel. But who would you rather hear from--those who claim to know her, or those who know her well, who have seen her at both her weakest and strongest moments, and have shared a lifetime of memories with her? Chuck Heath, Sr. and Chuck Heath, Jr. have promised readers an intimate look into the life of this political lightning rod who has captured the minds, if not the hearts, of all of America. They delivered. While many view her, and thus refer to her, as the former governor of the remote state of Alaska, her father and brother's vantage point is much closer--so close, in fact, that they're able to do what most, even her most ardent supporters, cannot do: refer to her, in earnest, as "our Sarah." The magic they have performed, however, is that the pages of their book, which hold the chapters of Palin's life, convince us that we on the outside are in that same place of familiarity, or, at the very least, that it's well within our reach.

I had been curious about the logistics of how Chuck, Sr. and Chuck, Jr. would co-author a book in which they shared family experiences. For example, how would they refer to certain people? Would Mrs. Heath be "Sally" or would she be "Mom"? Would Sarah be "my daughter" or "my sister"? Simple things like that grabbed my curiosity. The style they chose was perfect. Through alternating chapters, each author is able to share his own reflections and emotions surrounding a particular event, as he remembers it and as he feels it.

Though she is the subject of the book, and not the author, Sarah's spirit is very much there, from the first page. She penned the foreword, and like a tour guide, she leads us as we set out on the journey. But then she withdraws, handing us over to the capable leadership of authors she trusts. Trusting them, however, did not shield her from feelings of apprehension when they decided to write the book, and she candidly tells readers why she was conflicted.

I began the reading with the knowledge that the father-son team intended to provide stories of family adventures, Sarah's foundation of faith, and the influences that brought her to the place where she now stands. Yes, I found those things. What I also found was that Our Sarah is every bit their story as it is the story of their daughter and sister. The quotations they use to open each chapter provide evidence of that; while they highlight words that she has spoken, they also highlight their own. I grew to understand them more through the things they experienced--some joyful, some quite painful. Chuck, Sr., in particular, gives a heartwarming depiction of his upbringing and the regrets with which he's had to live. Palin refers to her brother, Chuck, Jr., in Going Rogue as "all boy." The sense of adventure he inherited from his father is evident in Our Sarah, as he continues to enjoy activities that he enjoyed as a youngster. By allowing readers to view them so intimately, they provide a closer view of Sarah. No doubt, both father and son would tell us she has impacted their lives, as she has the lives of many, but through the experiences they detail, it is obvious that she is who she is, in large part, because they are who they are.

In Our Sarah, Chuck, Sr. and Chuck, Jr. give us a look into a family that worked hard, played hard, and loved hard, with details of each. Their portrayal of both Sarah Heath and, later, Sarah Palin confirm the belief that, should she ever choose to do so, she could walk away from political life, remain in Alaska, and be every bit as happy. Alaska is in her, just as the lessons she's been taught there, through the lifestyle she's received there, are in her. She doesn't need the national stage, but it has managed to get in her as well. She chooses to live the life she lives--not out of a need to be center stage, but out of a desire to make a difference. The authors inform the readers that even at a young age, big things seemed to be on the horizon for Sarah, and they tell us of people who, during the course of her upbringing, recognized her as someone "special," someone who just had a certain "something," and someone whose destiny called for greatness. They don't belabor the point, but it's certainly there.

Our Sarah took me through the full gamut of emotions. In the span of neighboring pages, I found myself seething with anger, laughing uproariously, and weeping uncontrollably. I was riveted while reading just how close death was at different times, and moved at how far away answers to life's biggest questions sometimes were. I saw the frustration of both a protective brother, as he realized that there were battles he could not fight for his younger sister or shield her from, and a dad, as he observed his daughter so viciously wronged. Sarah's brother and father show us their lives and her life, so ordinary that as I read of their regrets, challenges, and questions, I thought of my own. Though we're all so very different in background and experiences, it's all quite familiar. The range of emotions, therefore, is only natural. Readers who have fixated on how different they are from Palin should be prepared to come away realizing something else altogether.

Sarah Palin's father, whose love for the great outdoors took him and his growing family to the Last Frontier, was eager to find rewarding work, satisfying adventures, and robust competition. Their family of athletes learned to push themselves to the limits, and they reaped the rewards of perseverance and hard work. As I turned the pages of Our Sarah: Made in Alaska, I became increasingly aware that Palin did not arrive at such heights of personal and professional achievement by accident.

Chuck, Sr. and Jr. show us how Sarah grew up with a competitive spirit, a stubborn streak, and dogged determination. Concerning sports, it was tenacity, not just talent, that brought her the success she enjoyed. She refused to give up. This didn't dissipate as she got older and faced bigger challenges. She enjoyed greater successes with seemingly insurmountable odds. Her own self-determination and hard work, coupled with her ability to garner the support of others, propelled her into a career of public service that eventually propelled her onto the national stage. Her faith in God, though it was misrepresented and ridiculed on the campaign trail, remain at the forefront of her life, something she inherited from her mother, Sally. And this is the first time, at least as far as I know, that Chuck, Sr. opens up about faith, as he transparently tells of the impact of God and church on his wife and children.

Never before have I read a book that so passionately details the events of a life that it made me want a do-over. These authors stirred that within me. As I read, I began to feel that I had been cheated as a child. An upbringing in the cold wild of Alaska is not what I'm talking about. Snowmachining, hunting, and hiking sound wonderful, but that's not what I'm talking about, either. What the authors manage to do is adequately describe how they view the world around them, which they see in a way that I could not fathom as a child. Admiring mountains and lakes and the history contained in them never dawned on me when I was a kid. Getting up before school and hunting was certainly not something I ever did. Neither did it ever cross my mind that others were doing it. Even as a youngster of faith, I never led a group of my peers at school in prayer. Reading their details of this kind of life, the kind that Sarah enjoyed, made me wish I could go back and do it again, do childhood again, and do it the Heath way this time--with the adventures, the expectations to work, and the deep family bonds.

Granted, it wasn't all fun and games in their family. There were hardships, too. There were risks, estrangement, discovering dead bodies--and almost becoming one. But their account of their upbringing sounds like truly living to me. Their book makes me want to love deeper, dream bigger, and run faster--literally and figuratively. I already knew much of Sarah Palin's fascinating life story, and I didn't think there was room to grow in my respect for her, but this intimate look, through the distinct perspectives of two of the closest people in her life, made me respect and admire her all the more. I do not know if that was the authors' intent, but they certainly accomplished as much.

Of course, Chuck, Sr. and Chuck, Jr. take us through the 2008 vice presidential candidacy. Where were they when they learned she was Senator McCain's running mate? Did she ever drop a hint before then? What stood out at the start of her RNC speech? These answers are all in Our Sarah, along with deeper things like what causes resentment to build in a father and what causes it to melt like the snow at the end of an Alaska winter. Turning pages, I recognize names of people in the grassroots and blogosphere who have made an impact on Sarah and her family, promote her cause, and continue to provide support since the 2008 election, and I am reminded that she, like they, never forget even the little people who help along the way.

Our Sarah helped me understand the humility that Palin exemplifies, as well, in spite of her fame and success. Chuck, Jr., having been a gifted football player, relates one of his favorite lessons from his father: "When you get to the end zone, act like you've been there before." Sarah epitomizes that type of grace. Never one to toot her own horn, you get the distinct impression that she takes everything that has occurred, particularly since 2008, in stride--the instant celebrity, the fortune, the opportunities. She's made it into the end zone, but she never spikes the ball. She acts like she's been there before. She acts like she belongs. Through the stories relayed by her father and brother, we see that she has been there and she does belong. With every early morning hunt, every basketball practice, every mile run, every child born, every sign-waving gathering, every campaign, and every speech she stepped into that end zone, and she learned how to handle it well because of her character, which was carved out of those lessons taught, people encountered, and experiences lived.

Our Sarah: Made in Alaska lives up to its promise as an intimate look into the various adventures, challenges, and influences in the life of Sarah Palin. I couldn't put the book down. It inspired me, it fed my curiosity, and it left me wanting more. Glancing at the cover, before reading a word, I sensed the aura of family, home, and love that I also found waiting once I opened the book and began reading. Chuck, Jr. is not pictured on the cover, which I admit I find a questionable publisher's decision for a book that pictures both his co-author and his subject. However, on the cover or not, Chuck, Jr. is very much present within the pages of the book, as is his father, and, of course, as is his sister. The more I read, the more I connected with Sarah Palin and her family. The more pages I turned, the more deeply I understood who she is, not through the ill-intentioned--or even well-meaning--words of someone who doesn't really know her, but through the words of two people who have known her all her life and whose book has helped to make their Sarah our Sarah as well.

Our Sarah: Made in Alaska will be released on September 25, 2012.

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Hannity Interviews Governor Palin about the DNC

On Hannity last night, Governor Palin discussed the Democratic National Convention, President Obama's "painful" speech, and the booing of God by the majority of Democrat delegates, who apparently didn't want Him in their Party platform:



(Video courtesy of SarahNET)

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Video: Governor Palin Blasts 'Once You Vote Black, You Never Go Back'

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Governor Palin granted Neil Cavuto an excellent interview tonight on the Fox Business Channel. She answered questions about the Democratic National Convention, the plight of women under this current administration, and the enormous percentage of blacks who support President Obama, despite soaring unemployment. The Governor was very blunt in expressing disapproval for the "Once you vote black, you never go back" buttons on display at the DNC.




Via SarahNET:

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Fine Finishes and First Words - Todd and Trig Palin

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Last night was the finale of Stars Earn Stripes, the competition which paired celebrities with military to win money for troops, first responders, and veterans. WWE's Eve Torres was the big winner, and I congratulate her and all the participants for taking part in such a worthy cause and showing respect to those who work so hard to keep us safe.

Todd Palin remained until last night's show and was indeed a strong competitor and a force to be reckoned with. I was impressed and pleased for Todd. I was even more pleased, however, by a comment he made during a recent interview which Governor Palin linked to in a Facebook post yesterday.

Apparently, Trig, the Palins' son, spoke his first words as Dad was competing on Stars Earn Stripes. Trig is four years old, has Down syndrome, and is the apple of his family's eyes.

You can read the full interview here, but I will share the part about Trig's progress:

Zap2it: How is your son, 4-year-old Trig, doing?

Todd Palin: He's doing good. When we were filming, he said his first words. He told his older brother to quit picking on him, or something like that. And when J.W. went back to New York on one of the dark days, he said his name, so that was pretty exciting.

Congratulations to both Todd and Trig.

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Take the 'Our Sarah: Made in Alaska' Quiz


The Our Sarah: Made in Alaska contest (explained here), which allows you the opportunity to compete for an autographed copy of the book written by Chuck Heath, Sr. and Chuck Heath, Jr, Governor Palin's father and brother, is up and running.

Please go here to C4P, the site hosting that contest, to take the quiz now.

Good luck!

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Win an Autographed Copy of 'Our Sarah: Made in Alaska'

Monday, September 3, 2012


I wrote the following article and posted it on Conservatives4Palin, where a contest to win an autographed copy of Our Sarah: Made in Alaska, written by Governor Palin's father and brother, will soon kick off. Click here to read that post over at C4P and to make comments (although you're more than welcome to leave comments here as well). Be sure to read the full post so you will know how you can personally compete in this contest:

Our Sarah: Made in Alaska, co-authored by Governor Palin's father and brother, will be released at the end of this month. Chuck, Sr. and Chuck, Jr. worked hard to write a book that would give readers an honest, inside look at Governor Palin--her upbringing, her unique experiences, her influences. Having had the honor of reading the book already, I can assure you that they have accomplished just that. I will share more in my review of the book, which is coming very soon.

The Heaths have been so gracious as to involve supporters in this exciting project. They started by asking for suggestions of cities they should visit on their book tour, which should kick off shortly after the book hits shelves. They have received those suggestions and will soon make those locations and dates known.

Via Chuck Heath, Jr's Our Sarah Facebook page:
We listened to you guys, took your advice, and scheduled the first eight cities for our book tour using many of your suggestions. We'll let you know exactly where we're going in the coming days. Thanks for hanging in there!

But this isn't the end of your involvement.

Just in time for the back-to-school craze, you will soon have the opportunity to complete an online quiz, consisting of five multiple choice questions about Governor Palin. Your questionnaire will be graded, and those who answer all five questions correctly will be entered into a drawing to win a copy of Our Sarah, autographed by both Chuck, Jr. and Chuck, Sr! The contest will run until September 18, after which time five names will be drawn. Winners will be notified via email and their names then published so that we can all see who won and congratulate them. Again, individuals must score 100% to be entered into the random drawing, and from that pool of names, five will be selected.

To participate in the soon-coming questionnaire, contestants will have to click on a graphic of the cover of the book, which will be located on the C4P right sidebar. That will take you to the questionnaire post. Once you get there, follow the instructions. Then sit back and wait for the outcome!

Please keep in mind that the graphic is not yet on the sidebar and the questionnaire has not yet gone live, but they will be ready soon. So keep your eyes peeled for the contest post, the sidebar graphic, and my review of Our Sarah: Made in Alaska.

If you haven't done so yet, please go here to "Like" the Our Sarah Facebook page, and here, here, or here to pre-order your copy of the book.

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Governor Palin's RNC Speech - September 3, 2008

The 2012 Republican National Convention wrapped up last Thursday, and there were some engaging and enthusiastic speeches. Vice Presidential candidate, Rep. Paul Ryan, delivered a rather powerful speech himself which received positive feedback. Of course, going into the speech, many were actually talking about the speech that had been made fours years prior, at the 2008 RNC. That speech, of course, was delivered by Governor Palin, the first woman to appear on a Republican ticket. As reported here at CBS News and here at The Washington Post, the number of people watching Ryan's speech was almost 20 million less than those who watched Palin's.

I haven't followed politics all my life, so I don't have a long history of tuning in to speeches made by nominees. I do know a stellar speech when I hear one, however, and Governor Palin's speech was stellar. Supporters and detractors alike, many who have been on the political landscape much longer than I, have said her speech was the best ever delivered by a vice presidential nominee. Anyone who heard the speech wouldn't doubt it. Considering the fact that the teleprompter malfunctioned, yet she continued without so much as a hiccup, only makes the speech all the more impressive.

Let's look back to that speech four years ago today, on September 3, 2008:


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