Video: Bringing Motivation to Youth in New York

Sunday, December 28, 2014

If you have not already seen or read about the video of my recent workshop and motivational speech at the 13th Annual Youth Leadership Summit at Russell Sage College in New York, here it is. This event for high school students took place on December 4, 2014.

This video message about overcoming odds, thriving, and fulfilling dreams speaks to adults, as well as youth.

To bypass the workshop and watch the speech only, fast forward to the 15:00 mark:


Merry Christmas: Celebrate the Son

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas! Jesus is the reason for the season, so let's celebrate the Son!

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


Thanksgiving, a Day to Give Thanks and Pray for Others

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

There is so much for which to give thanks. As you eat, and eat, and eat today, take the time to reflect on your blessings. Take the time, also, to pray for those who are not as fortunate or who are not with loved ones. For example, pray for our U.S. military, who sacrifice so much for our freedoms, many of whom are thousands of miles away from their families.

God bless you all.


Governor Palin: 'I Would Love To' Get Back into Politics

Saturday, November 8, 2014

In an interview with Fox News' Sean Hannity Friday night, Governor Palin discussed the magnitude of the loss Democrats suffered in Tuesday's midterm elections and what it says about Hillary Clinton's supposed inevitability in 2016. As is her wont, Palin also warned Republicans that their current standing rests on doing what they said they would do, on living up to their promises.

When asked if she would like to get into politics again, the Governor said, "I would love to," but she offered no details on the capacity in which she would serve.


Palins Highlight Media Hypocrisy in Addressing Abuse against Women

Sunday, October 26, 2014

I hope each of you will take the time to watch these two videos Gov. Palin highlighted, linking to Bristol Palin's blog. Like her, this makes me sick to my stomach--and if it doesn't bother you, while you pretend to be for women and against violence on women, you are as hypocritical as this so-called member of the media. When it's Rihanna, it's horrible, when it's Ray Rice's fiancé, it's devastating, and when it's you, it's unforgivable. But when it's Bristol Palin, it's funny??? I hate to break it to you, but the rules don't change just because a Palin is involved. Sickening! I'm glad this woman apologized, but CNN should suspend her.

Compare these two video:

Here's the first:

Now, look at this one:

I thought nothing could surprise me anymore with how the Palins are treated by the media and so-called celebrities, but I have to say this really grabbed and disgusted me in a way I thought was no longer possible. Hypocrisy is so unattractive.


Do Not Lose Hope

Monday, October 6, 2014

From my Motivation Moment Monday post at Adrienne Ross Communications:

This week’s Motivation Moment Monday is rather simple: No matter what you are going through, there is hope. No matter what else you lose, if you hold on to hope, there’s a comeback awaiting. Do not lose hope!

Despair comes when hope is lost. In extreme cases, suicide follows. The fact is, however, that things change. Circumstances get better. Often, situations that seem so devastating today reveal themselves to be temporary. Are they painful? Yes. Do they take their toll? They do. But do they pass? If we hold on, absolutely. Faith says they will. In the midst of it, talk to someone, get professional help, cry—but don’t give up.

Last week, someone I know lost hope and took her own life. The very thought of that is too large for my mind to grasp.

Fight against despair and a loss of hope. Hold on. Please hold on.

Stay informed about Adrienne Ross via her website by clicking here and visiting regularly.


Remembering 9-11-01: 'Whom Shall I Fear?'

Thursday, September 11, 2014

We will never forget those who paid the price for radicals' hatred of America. Almost 3,000 lives were lost on September 11, 2001--innocents whose families still mourn their senseless slaughter.

As we continue to face danger, at home and abroad, let us do so remembering those who continue to fight for our safety, as well as those who have died in the process.

Today--and tomorrow--we pray that God will give us the grace to walk through these difficult times trusting in Him and possessing a boldness and courage--wrapped in humility--that will not be shattered by those who seek to terrorize and destroy us. As the apostle Paul said, "For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain" (Philippians 1:21). With this as our true foundation, we have perfect peace. Psalm 27:1 states, "The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?"

God bless America!


Gov. Sarah Palin Launches Sarah Palin Channel

Monday, July 28, 2014

On Sunday, Gov. Palin used Facebook to unveil a new endeavor--one that bypasses the mainstream media and goes directly to the people. She launched Sarah Palin Channel, a subscription-based outlet that will feature video presentations by the former governor, discussions, quotes of the day, hot topics, and more.

She wrote:
Tired of media filters? Well, so am I. So, let’s go rogue together and launch our own member-supported channel! This will be OUR channel, for you and for me, and we’ll all get to call it like it is. Please enjoy this video about this new venture and visit:

I hope you’ll check out this new online community and help us build it. #sarahpalinchannel

- Sarah Palin

Things are already jumping over there. Check it out.


Motivation Moment Monday: Must We Be a Product of Our Environment?

Monday, July 14, 2014

In today's Motivation Moment Monday, our pasts and futures go head-to-head:


Motivational Speeches on Empowerment

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Below are speeches I recently gave in New York.

The first two are parts I and 2 of a speech in Red Hook, NY, at Red Hook Residential Center's Youth Empowerment Day, where I was the featured motivational speaker. Red Hook is a facility for court-appointed male "juvenile delinquents." This event took place on June 11th.

Part I:

Part 2:

Immediately following this speech, a resident took the microphone to express what my speech meant to him. What a testimonial!

The next day, I spoke at the Catskill Central School District in Catskill, NY:


Father's Day

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Happy Father's Day, dads! You have loved and raised your children, and we are all the better for it. Thank you, and God bless you!


Honoring Maya Angelou on the Day of Her Passing--Reflecting and Reciting

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Dr. Maya Angelou died today. That's a statement that's difficult to write. It was even more difficult to read this morning when I received a text message with the news.

Just last night, as I sat at the hair salon, my stylist was playing a CD that had a track where Angelou was speaking. But more than that moment standing out to me are the many moments I spent as a teacher sharing Maya Angelou's life story, exposing students to her poetry, and dramatically reciting that poetry to those students. I will never forget the looks on their faces as they would watch me walk around the room in one of those recitations of either "Phenomenal Woman" or "Still I Rise." I will never forget how the poem made students feel; they were uplifted, inspired, and validated.

My first year as a teacher, I taught high school. I read Angelou's I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings with my tenth grade honors English class. And for the rest of my 17-plus-year career as a junior high school English teacher, my classes would read an excerpt of that autobiographical work. Students learned of her hardships growing up with her grandmother in Stamps, Arkansas, after her birth in St. Louis, Missouri. They learned of the abuse she suffered at the hands of her mother's boyfriend, her emotional inability to speak afterwards, her transformation that resulted from Bertha Flowers, a teacher who reached out to her, and her powerful emergence as a leading voice in our world. Several years ago, a co-worker and I organized a trip to take our seventh graders to hear the poet speak at the Palace Theater in Albany, NY.

I resigned from teaching in October of last year to pursue other endeavors; that was seven months ago. It's odd to me, however, that today is the day I feel that a major aspect of my career has been laid to rest for the first time. Maya Angelou was a key part of my professional life and connection with my students. They were fascinated by her story and loved her poetry. In fact, I received a Facebook inbox today from a former student. He wrote:

Hello Mrs Ross.. I don't know if you remember me but you were my 8th grade teacher.. I know you heard about the passing of Maya Angelou.. Just made me think of the best English teacher I ever had because I know you were a huge fan of her art and literature. If it wasn't for you I wouldn't have been able to enjoy her work.

Another former student commented on a Facebook status I posted upon hearing of Angelou's passing. She wrote:

I cried when I heard the news. I remember the first poem I read of hers and it was in your class.

Not only has Maya Angelou had an impact on my past career, she influences my current work. As a motivational/public speaker, I have used her poetry to inspire my audience. In January, I recited a portion of "Still I Rise," one of my favorite Angelou poems, to get my point across. Listen to me reciting from it and discussing it below; those brief comments are from the 8:25-11:00 marks.

Below is a video that was recorded and posted today. I am reciting "Still I Rise" in its entirety:


Honoring Our Finest on Memorial Day

Monday, May 26, 2014

Perhaps you have the day off today. Perhaps you're hosting a barbecue for family and friends. Whatever your plans, please remember what Memorial Day is all about.

Memorial Day is more than free time and great company. It is the opportunity to honor those who paid the ultimate price in service to our country. That involves honoring those brave warriors, paying tribute to the veterans among us, praying for those who currently serve, and thanking God for the freedoms we enjoy.

Happy Memorial Day--and God bless America.

Here's my favorite picture of my dad, a Vietnam veteran:


Governor Palin: Hillary’s Brain; Hillary’s Brain on Drudge

Monday, May 19, 2014

Governor Palin highlighted the hypocrisy of the lamestream media in a Facebook post on Monday, May 19th. While I thought Karl Rove's "brain damage" comments were ill-advised, Palin certainly reminds us that there's a glaring, shameful double standard in journalism---and beyond.

She wrote:

An article linked today on Drudge:

Hey! Hillary’s brain is off-limits! Leave her health records alone! Democrats are right – scouring records of a female candidate is just politics of personal destruction, and for the media to engage in it would be unfair, unethical, and absolutely UNPRECEDENTED. You can’t probe a woman like that because, well, it’s a war on women!

Bunch of sexist, big meanies engaging in something heretofore unheard of, for shame.

America, you deserve fair and consistent coverage of relevant issues before deciding a Presidential/Vice Presidential ticket, so have faith the agenda-less media will refuse to push whispers and wildly inaccurate information about a partisan politician’s body part. Goodness, no one credible would print lies, continually harass a candidate’s doctor, disrupt local hospital staff, or even offer to pay locals to give “quotes” about her health records to be included in a “research book” by a public university professor (your tax dollars at work?) which the candidate’s attorney will need to respond to.

Thank goodness liberals are consistent in refusing to apply double standards, thanks to their disdain for hypocrisy – so they’ll come through once again! Rest assured these self-designated protectors of what they obviously believe is the “weaker sex” needing protection in the political arena will elevate political discourse. Apparently, Democrats demand their next chosen one’s brain must be absent. Opposition – go there exploring a liberal’s brain and you find nothing; or, find something and you’re just trying to distract voters from the REAL issues.

See, the country’s just swell under the Obama regime (which includes any cabinet member who’d lie and prove ineptitude by shining the boot that’s now on America’s neck). With enormous issues to debate before choosing a Presidential/Vice Presidential ticket, have confidence no mean-spirited salaciousness will be pushed by “real journalists.”

Nope. This just doesn’t happen at this respectable level of American politics.

Just ask me. And Trig.

- Sarah Palin


Video: Governor Palin on 'The Tonight Show'

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Governor Palin appeared on "The Tonight Show" with Jimmy Fallon Wednesday night. Below, watch the skit, in which she, "Putin," and "President Obama" appear. Funny stuff:

(Video courtesy of BreitbartTV)


RNC Omits Sarah Palin from Women's History Month Tribute

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

After the RNC blatantly snubbed Governor Palin by omitting her from their Women's History Month tribute, I penned the following piece for Breitbart News:

Saturday, the Republican National Committee (RNC) released a statement in honor of Women’s History Month in which they highlighted women trailblazers, mentioning some prominent women in the Republican Party. Conspicuously absent, however, was former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

Republicans “played a leading role in securing women’s right to vote,” Chairman Reince Priebus and Co-Chairman Sharon Day wrote, adding that Susan B. Anthony joined with other suffragists to pass the 19th Amendment, which was finally accomplished in 1919.

Boasting a unique role Republican women have played, they stated:
Republican women have a history of being trailblazers, breaking ground and glass ceilings--from Margaret Chase Smith, the first woman to be elected to both the House and the Senate, to the nation’s first Latina governor, Susana Martinez of New Mexico and the country’s youngest sitting governor, Nikki Haley of South Carolina.

Palin was the first woman ever selected to run on a GOP presidential ticket, as well as the first female governor of Alaska and youngest governor--male or female--of Alaska.

Since her spot on the 2008 ticket, Palin has helped get Republican women elected by making key endorsements that brought both support and finances--women such as Susana Martinez and Nikki Haley, two women the RNC praised in their statement.

It is most commendable for the RNC, often accused of waging a “war on women,” to pay tribute to Women’s History Month, just as they recognized Black History Month in February. But Palin's omission from the tribute is surprising.


Dr. Ben Carson's Prescription for America: Courage

Thursday, February 27, 2014

After attending an event in Sikeston, MO, featuring Dr. Ben Carson, I wrote the following article, published originally on Breitbart News Network:
SIKESTON, Missouri—Dr. Ben Carson, who garnered popularity and support from American conservatives when he criticized President Obama during a 2013 National Prayer Breakfast speech, spoke to a packed house in Southeast Missouri on February 22nd. Though he discussed a challenging childhood, an even more challenging career, a dishonest media, and a corrupt Washington, D.C., his rallying cry was for unity and courage in America.

Dr. Carson’s own courage was obvious during that prayer breakfast speech over a year ago, and it was on display once again at Sikeston Field House on Saturday evening. He began by warning the crowd that he was likely to offend some. “I am not politically correct. I don’t buy into the politically correct dogma,” he said. “The last time I checked, this is America,” he added, praising the First Amendment. Applause erupted for the neurosurgeon many are already hoping will run for President of the United States. In fact, the first question during the question and answer session was about that very topic. His answer: “I have no intention of running for public office. However, I leave everything in the hands of God. If He wants me to run, I will.”

Clearly, the doctor’s faith—both in God and in American exceptionalism—were evident as he spoke to the crowd about the foundation of the nation and the possibilities America yet possesses, despite obstacles yet to overcome.

And he knows about possibilities and obstacles. Raised mostly by a single mom in a Detroit ghetto filled with violence, murders, roaches, and rats, he began to contemplate his future when a sunbeam made its way through his window. He had never expected to live past 25, as that was life as he knew it; that’s all he saw. The difference for him was a mother who worked ungodly hours to overcome the odds—a mom who refused to go on welfare because, she said, everyone she saw who got on welfare never got off. So instead of being dependent on government, she was thrifty. She would offer to pick beans for people on their land: “I’ll pick three for you and one for us.” Noting that the government could learn a lot from his mother, Carson stated, “I suspect if my mother was the Secretary of the Treasury, we wouldn’t be in the shape that we’re in.”

Of all that’s ailing America, including the decline of education, Obamacare, politicians run amok, and government spending, the doctor offered various prescriptions. The Founders, he said, knew that the country relied on an informed populace. We must not be misled by “slick politicians and a dishonest media.” If we will “spend a half hour learning something new every single day … [we] become a formidable friend of truth and a formidable enemy of deception.”

Citing numerous examples of the country’s exceptionalism, he declared, “Don’t tell me America is not an exceptional nation!” Thus, he said, America must take her place and lead. If we don’t lead, he said, we will cease to be the pinnacle, and someone else will fill the void. To lead, we must recognize that our young people are “our most precious resource,” and we simply “can’t afford to waste those resources.”

Dr. Carson expressed a passion for the profession to which he gave himself. “To be able to take the most important thing a person has—their health—and give it back to them in an enhanced form” is priceless. He spoke boldly about the disaster that is Obamacare and the immorality of making something as important as health a political issue. Carson detailed his own healthcare plan, one aspect of which is an HSA--a Health Savings Account. An HSA would provide every American $2,000 every year, wouldn’t expire, and could be shifted within a family.

The problem we have when it comes to health care, education, gay marriage, or the other issues we face as a country is a lack of unity and courage, said Carson. People allow politics to get in the way of communication, which reflects Saul Alinsky’s first rule in Rules for Radicals. According to Carson, Alinsky said, “Make the masses of the populace think what they think is outdated and the way you think is the only way to think.” He added, “And [when] you involve the media, that’s how political corruption happens.” This formula shuts down communication because people are afraid of the backlash.

Instead of succumbing to this form of control, he said, we must be willing to do what’s best for all people. “Health care for the American people,” for example, “should not be politics. It should be taking care of the American people.” He implored the crowd not to “let the few turn us into enemies.” To avoid that, dialogue is essential. Alinsky knew the power of unifying and having meaningful dialogue, which is why he said never have a conversation with your enemy because in so doing you humanize him, “and your job is to demonize him.”

To move forward in this critical state in which we find ourselves, we must be willing to have the difficult conversations, to go to people who may not have voted in twenty years, encourage them to tune in to the issues, get them informed and registered to vote—so we can vote out those who put politics over people. “I am not a registered Democrat or Republican,” he revealed; he’s an independent. But if he had to register, though, it would be with the Logical Party. Simply stated, he advised, “Let’s do the things that make sense.”

Ultimately, Carson concluded, we must think about what those who came before us fought for, allowing that to give us courage today to do the right things—which usually are the hard things. Women went to work in factories vacated by fighting men. George Washington fought alongside his men. They did this not so we could have manufactured wars on women, age, and class. They did what they did so we could have “a free nation of, for, and by the people.” They demonstrated bravery, and we must do the same, he implored, for the sake of those who will come after us.

Sharing the story of the poet Francis Scott Key who was overjoyed upon realizing after much worry “that our flag was still there,” Carson said that at the base of that flag, bodies of Americans who took turns holding up the flag were strewn. There was a price paid. Key’s revered words exult, “O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave, o’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?” However, Dr. Carson stated before taking his seat, “We must remember that we cannot be free if we are not brave.”


Gov. Palin Endorses Katrina Pierson and Greg Abbott of Texas

Thursday, February 20, 2014

(Above photo by Shealah Craighead)

Governor Palin endorses Katrina Pierson and Greg Abbott from the state of Texas. Pierson is running for U.S. Congress and Abbott for governor.

Via Facebook:
Texas, it starts with you!

2014 is here. The choices are becoming clearer, and the battle lines are being drawn. The GOP Beltway crowd has convinced itself that the way to maintain or retake the majority is through compromise and capitulation on important issues like amnesty, Obamacare, and the ever-increasing federal debt. They think that by making deals with a deeply unpopular and divisive incumbent president on issues that Americans oppose, they’ll somehow endear themselves to voters.

Enough is enough. The permanent political class in D.C. won’t listen. So, let’s start putting our efforts behind good new candidates who will go to Washington not to line their own pockets, but to help restore our country. It’s time to put inspiration, ingenuity, and integrity over incumbency in the GOP.

Let’s start in Texas. The lines couldn’t be clearer. Katrina Pierson is an emerging leader and important voice for the future of the grassroots conservative movement. Her life’s story is full of hardships she has fought to overcome, which taught her firsthand the importance of self-reliance, hard work, and the blessings of liberty.

A feisty fighter for freedom, Katrina is taking on a powerful incumbent who has so lost touch with the people of his district that he’s not even bothering to spend much time in Texas anymore. It’s not only his district he’s lost touch with, but also the issues important to the voters there. He used his powerful position to oppose the movement to defund Obamacare, has voted to raise the debt ceiling, and has been an advocate for the NSA intrusion into our freedoms. When asked about Katrina’s primary challenge, he said, “these things happen.” Yes, they do. We all know what happens when we come together to support a good candidate like Katrina – the permanent political class loses and We the People win! We win by electing a fighter we can depend on like Katrina Pierson. Ted Cruz calls Katrina “an utterly fearless principled conservative.” He should know. Katrina was among the conservative grassroots warriors in Texas who worked tirelessly to elect Senator Cruz.

Early voting started yesterday, Texas. Get out now and vote for Katrina. Send a message to the GOP elites on behalf of Katrina, just like you did for Ted Cruz in 2012.

And while you are out there voting for Katrina, check the box for another good conservative – Greg Abbott for Governor of Texas. Like Katrina, Greg has overcome many personal obstacles and challenges, which have made him a believer in the power of liberty and the need to defend our freedoms from the overreach of an out-of-control federal government. If he is good enough for Ted Nugent, he is good enough for me!

You can learn more about Katrina Pierson at:
and more about Greg Abbott at:

God bless you and God bless America.

- Sarah Palin


Todd Palin and Partner Out of 2014 Iron Dog Race

Monday, February 17, 2014

According to the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, Todd Palin's Iron Dog team, Team 11, scratched and returned to Wasilla. It appears one of the snowmachines suffered mechanical issues:
The two former Iron Dog champs ran into trouble less than 100 miles into the 2,000-mile snowmachine race from Big Lake to Nome to Fairbanks on Sunday and officially pulled out of the race late Monday afternoon.

Huntington, a two-time Iron Dog champ from Fairbanks, and Palin, a four-time winner from Wasilla, evidently had some kind of mechanical problem shortly after leaving the starting line in Big Lake.

Race officials didn't have any details as to what happened, only that Huntington and Palin had scratched from the race because of a problem with one of their Ski-Doos.
The two champions--Todd Palin and Tyler Huntington--deserve much respect for their hard work in preparing for this intense competition and for their commitment to raising money to combat breast cancer. People can still make a donation to Bring Home the Pink here:


Starting Ceremonies for Iron Dog 2014

It's that time of year again--the Iron Dog, the world's longest, toughest snowmachine race. The racers hit the snowy trail on Sunday, February 16th. Todd Palin is a 4-time champion, and Governor Palin posted the following on Facebook before the race's start:
Starting ceremonies for the Iron Dog! These pre-race events are held atop frozen Big Lake. Structures are built; all our trucks and trailers are parked; fans, tourists, and racers are all walking on frozen water. We’re takings lots of pics at the starting line because the 2000 mile race is so fast and furious across Alaska that it's rare to get good shots of racers in action on the rugged route. So, snap pics at the starting line while things are rowdy but relatively sane!

You can support Team #11 (Todd & Tyler) and the other Ski-Doo teams' efforts to help fight breast cancer by making a pledge at their "Bring Home the Pink" website here:

Enjoy following this all-American (albeit cold as heck) hard core adventure at:

See the pictures Governor Palin posted on Facebook here.


A Case for the Second Amendment: N.C. Dad Victim of Road Rage

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Below is an article I wrote for Breitbart News Network. It was inspired by a road rage incident in which a man found himself at the mercy of 911 while a madman apparently attempted to kill him and his daughter:
A North Carolina father is being hailed as a hero after he acted to save his daughter from a man determined to ram his way into his vehicle.

Christopher Jost was driving with his daughter when Remy Blaisdell Gagon allegedly began pursuing them and followed them into a Whole Foods parking lot. He then began plowing his vehicle into Jost’s car.

The 911 recording reveals their frantic screams and pleas for help.

Jost exclaimed to the dispatcher, “I've got a guy that's following me, and he's rear-ended me and now he's following me again." He added, “He hit us again! Oh my God!” Realizing there was no end to the attack in sight, he said, "Jesus! He's trying to kill us! Please! My God!"

Fearing for his daughter's life, as well as his own, Jost found the right time to prompt his daughter to abandon the car and run into the store, eventually running inside himself. But Gagon’s rage would not be quelled, although “there are no indications the suspect was acquainted with the victims before the incident.” The attack continued inside the store.

As ABC News reported, "After the victim allegedly chased [Jost] around a cash register at the Whole Foods in Wake County, police were able to take him into custody with no indication of a use of force and transfer him to Rex Hospital."

Incidents like this speak to why Second Amendment rights are so vital. The 911 call reveals victims who are at the mercy of a dispatcher in the face of someone who is determined to do damage--or worse. Jost “acted bravely to save his little girl,” but it could have been a completely different outcome. This is why Americans are willing to go all-out to defend the rights of law-abiding citizens to legally carry a firearm to protect themselves and their loved ones.

Too often it does not turn out the way it did for Jost and his daughter. No one wants to have to use a firearm, but no one wants to be a sitting duck, either.

According to police, the accused has been charged with “two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon, two counts of simple assault, and one count of careless and reckless driving.” There is also an investigation to evaluate if Gagon’s behavior resulted from any substances.

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Sarah Palin Talks Presidential Run, Chris Christie with Inside Edition

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

On February 11th, I published an article on Breitbart News Network that details an interview Governor Palin did with Inside Edition:
According to Inside Edition, in celebration of her 50th birthday, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin discussed with their own Jim Moret, in an exclusive interview set to air February 11th, such things as considering a presidential run and the Chris Christie BridgeGate scandal.

Palin, self-described on Facebook as “your half-century old friend,” shared the thoughts that come to mind on such a landmark birthday. As it begins to settle in, she said, she begins to contemplate the things that she has yet to do, explaining, "It mostly revolves around family. Making sure everybody is happy and healthy and relatively well adjusted, successful, hard-working. I want to make sure that my kids and grandkids follow suit. There's still so much to do for the country."

Palin’s thoughts about seeking the highest office in the land come down to the faith of the people and the wishes of family.

“If enough people have that faith in you that you’re willing and able to put your country on the right path,” she told Moret, “I think that person should absolutely consider it and make sure it’s good with family.”

When it comes to Chris Christie, the former Republican vice presidential candidate is not buying his assertions that he knew nothing about the George Washington Bridge lane closures.

She stated, “When I was Mayor and manager of [Wasilla], and then Governor of the state, certainly you know what your top aides are up to.”

The interview [aired] on Tuesday evening.


ShePAC Video: Happy 50th Birthday, Governor Palin

Monday, February 10, 2014

On February 11th, Governor Palin turns 50 years old. To celebrate and honor her, ShePAC posted a video wishing her a Happy Birthday. What a touching tribute. After all the mess she has endured because of her love for this country, it's good to see people--establishment, tea party, and otherwise--acknowledge her sacrifice, endorsements, influence, and service. Happy Birthday, Gov. Palin.


President Obama Fumbles Super Bowl Interview with Bill O'Reilly

Monday, February 3, 2014

President Obama allowed Fox News Channel's Bill O'Reilly to interview him before the Super Bowl. Here's my take, as reported by Breitbart News Network:
On Super Bowl Sunday, President Obama sat down for an interview with Bill O'Reilly. As expected, among other things, the interview included questions about Benghazi and Obamacare. And, as expected, Obama offered no answers.

O'Reilly did his part to try to get the President on record about whether or not then-Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta told him within minutes that the Libya attack was a "terrorist" act, and Obama's response was to hem and haw--clearly unwilling to be forthright, focusing instead on calling Benghazi a "dangerous place."

In addition, President Obama refused to answer why Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius still has a job after the disastrous Obamacare rollout--and whether the terminal illness of his presidency was his "if you like your healthcare plan, you can keep your healthcare plan" promise, which, of course, was not true.

No doubt accustomed to more softball questions from the media, Obama seemed perturbed at times by O'Reilly's queries, and he blamed Bill and Fox News for the distrust Americans have for him--odd since he could have taken advantage of this opportunity to clarify his positions by actually answering the questions. He chose, instead, to deflect.

The interview found the president uncomfortable from the outset, although O'Reilly toed the line between forcefully asking the right questions and showing respect for the president of the United States. It grew increasingly painful, and even embarrassing, when Bill read a question from a woman who asked why Obama found it necessary to "fundamentally transform" the nation. As Breitbart News reported, his response suggested that he was not even aware that he had made such a statement, and O'Reilly reminded him that those were his own words.

Obama provided no answers to any of the questions engaged Americans have. He wouldn't even answer the one softball question Bill O'Reilly threw him: who would win the Super Bowl.

Perhaps the one good thing that came out of this interview was that, most assuredly, among those tuned in to the network for the Super Bowl pre-game show were people who are not rabid political enthusiasts, people who have only heard the mainstream media's accusations that those mean right-wingers are unfairly criticizing Obama. In this interview, many saw for the first time President Obama's handling of questions about the issues that have long been on the table for discussion. Considering it only took about one minute to recognize that he was not there to provide clear, honest answers, maybe some people have now seen the light. At least one can hope.


Todd Palin's Iron Dog 'Bring Home the Pink" Cause

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Every year, rugged Alaskans participate in the Iron Dog, the world's longest snowmachine race. Four-time champion, Todd Palin, is one of those participants.

Governor Palin announced on Facebook the great cause for which his team will be racing this year:
It's almost IRON DOG time! This is one of the busiest times of the year for us with lots of guys wrenching in the shop and training on the trails and frozen rivers. Todd and his partner are full speed ahead gearing up for the world’s longest and toughest snowmachine race traversing over 2,000 miles of frozen Alaska.

This year we’re very excited that Todd’s SkiDoo team and three other teams riding SkiDoo are racing for a very worthy cause! They’re launching the “Bring Home the Pink” campaign to raise money and awareness in the fight against breast cancer. All the money goes directly to help women in need. In fact, they’re working with Breast Cancer Focus, an Alaska-based organization run entirely by volunteers, in order to ensure that the donations go to fund efforts that will directly help women.

You can learn more about “Bring Home the Pink” and please make a pledge to support this great effort at:

The Iron Dog goes from February 16-22. Keep your eyes peeled for some rough and tumble manly men putting their testosterone to good use in efforts to support women! Kudos to the sponsors and supporters! By the way, notice the pink ski tips in this photo of the SkiDoo snowmachine. Nice touch, guys!

This is Todd’s 21st Iron Dog. He’s won it four times. I, naturally, am rooting for "the old guys" (as Todd humbly introduces this amazingly arduous race’s veterans), but I'm so enthused about every single racer with the guts to do this.

It'll be a blast again this year keeping you abreast, er... updated along the trail. I shall do so primarily from inside my warm and safe house.

"Bring Home the Pink!" Go Team #11!


Governor Palin Shares Moving Video of Ten-Year-Old Singing 'Open the Eyes of My Heart, Lord'

Governor Palin shared an inspirational video on Facebook, accompanied by this note:

Open our eyes! See a miraculous story of one family's compassion that can open the eyes of the world. Thank you, Patti Wiseman, for posting this yesterday on my Comments page. Purposeful lives are found amidst circumstances seemingly beyond challenging! Hope this makes your day. Here’s the video:

After watching, I wrote the following:
He's 10, he's autistic, he's blind--and he's singing "Open the Eyes of My Heart, Lord." He knows what truly matters--and what true vision really is! SO glad Gov. Palin posted this. It touched me. We can learn so much from those with special needs.


What the State of the Union Address Will Yield

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Much talk is being bandied about concerning President Obama's State of the Union address. Many are speculating what he will and will not say. Benghazi? Apology for the disaster that is the Affordable Health Care Act rollout? Disparage those non-compliant Republicans?

The consensus of opinion seems to be that he will come out on the attack, try to paint the picture of an improved economy, push immigration, and engage in class warfare--though he'll temper it by shifting the language from "income inequality" to "ladders of opportunity." Furthermore, he will throw his weight around and tell us that he is the man and will use the man's pen to do what he wants if he cannot figure out how to lead well enough to get Congress to trust him to the point of embracing his agenda. In other words, he will use executive order to do what he feels like doing.

No doubt, there will be a plethora of responses to the speech he gives tonight. His hard left supporters will jump up and clap like a woman in church, as Nancy Pelosi was wont to do while sitting behind him wearing a look only Pelosi could pull off. The hard right will inwardly cry, "You lie!" as Rep. Joe Wilson cried aloud during a speech Obama gave to Congress in 2009.

Whatever the President says or doesn't say, the days ahead will, no doubt, be filled with a dissection--via articles, interviews, and fact-checking--of this year's State of the Union address. That's a steady refrain, of course--about as steady as Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee's poking and prodding of anyone who might dare try to block her aisle seat where she awaits her President Obama kiss.


International Holocaust Remembrance Day; 69th Auschwitz Liberation Anniversary

Monday, January 27, 2014

Today, we join our hearts with Auschwitz survivors and Israeli lawmakers who spent International Holocaust Remembrance Day at Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial. This day marks the 69th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi death camp and serves as a sobering reminder that freedom is worth defending and innocent human life worth protecting.

We will never forget the tragedy of the Holocaust. The millions who were murdered deserve that we remember and honor them. And if we are to truly show them honor, we must show ourselves willing to fight for a better future. In this, we assure that those whose lives were so ruthlessly taken did not die in vain.

We may each have a different role to play in this fight, but whatever it is you feel is your role, commit yourself to it. By so doing--in fulfilling your purpose--you will make sure that you have not lived in vain.


Adrienne Ross Returns to Hudson City School District, Delivers Motivational Speech

The first of several motivational speeches I gave recently was at Hudson Junior High School, the school district where I taught for over seventeen years. Below is the video of that speech, preceded by the YouTube description:

Motivational speaker Adrienne Ross returns to the Hudson City School District, where she taught for over 17 years, to deliver a passionate speech to junior high students. In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, she addresses the students about, not only Dr. King's legacy and dream, but about how they can use his life as an example of overcoming obstacles in pursuit of their own dreams and destinies.


Motivating Taconic Hills Central School District Students

Friday, January 24, 2014

After speaking at the school where I taught for over 17 years and an AmeriCorps Martin Luther King Day event--both in Hudson, NY--I wrapped up my NY speaking schedule Tuesday at Taconic Hills Central School District.

The Taconic Hills event began at 8:30 a.m. and concluded roughly at 2:00 p.m. It consisted of two assemblies--one with junior high and high school students and another with grades 4-6. These assemblies were followed by three workshops with students grouped by grade levels. One group was comprised of high school, another of junior high, and the last of elementary.

It was an honor to be invited to speak, and many students and faculty came up afterwards to express how much they enjoyed the speech and how it touched them.

Out of respect for Taconic Hills' policy, I will not post pictures that include students, but below are three of me as I addressed the attendees.

I extend a huge "thank you" to the administration of the school district, and I especially thank Barbara Flouton and Rebecca Miller, the teachers who worked so hard to organize this event.


Palin v. President: March for Life 2014

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Today was the annual March for Life. I have such great respect for those who take a stand for the right to life and dignity, which every innocent human being has. I am appreciative of those who understand that the unborn, too, have that right.

As cold as it is today, and as cold-hearted as the indifferent mainstream media are, pro-lifers showed up to show their support for such a worthwhile cause.

Governor Palin--always one to speak up for the most vulnerable among us--posted the following on Facebook:
Today was the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. The fact that hundreds of thousands of peaceful activists turn up every year in the coldest month in D.C. – despite snowstorms and media indifference – is a testament to their commitment to building a culture of life.

As Pope John Paul II taught us: “To be actively pro-life is to contribute to the renewal of society through the promotion of the common good. It is impossible to further the common good without acknowledging and defending the right to life, upon which all the other inalienable rights of individuals are founded and from which they develop.”

I am personally so appreciative of the Right to Life activists who planted that pro-life seed in me as a young girl observing their dedicated efforts to protect innocent life. To them, Trig and our entire family say, “thank you.”

Bristol thanks you, too. Here are our boys.

- Sarah Palin

This is the picture Governor Palin posted:

On the flip side, President Obama once again displayed his utter disregard for the sanctity of life by issuing the following statement, as highlighted on Breitbart News Network:
We reaffirm our steadfast commitment to protecting a woman’s access to safe, affordable health care and her constitutional right to privacy, including the right to reproductive freedom. And we resolve to reduce the number of unintended pregnancies, support maternal and child health, and continue to build safe and healthy communities for all our children. Because this is a country where everyone deserves the same freedom and opportunities to fulfill their dreams.

So..."everyone" deserves opportunities--but not the child whose life gets snuffed out. And we want wholesome communities for "all" children--except the ones we kill before they get to reside in one. How does anyone take this president seriously?

Despite President Obama's blatant hypocrisy, the pro-life movement is energized and expectant that gains will be made this year. Encouragement abounds, as Breitbart News covered.


Register-Star: 'Former ELA Teacher Returns to Celebrate King'

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

After speaking at Hudson Junior High School on Friday, I had the honor of speaking at a community Martin Luther King event last night. In an article entitled "Former ELA Teacher Returns to Celebrate King," the Register-Star described the event as follows, alongside the above picture which was taken by David Lee/Columbia-Greene Media:
A community dinner and discussion were held in the dining room of Camphill Hudson’s Solaris activities building at 360 Warren St. on Monday evening. The event was sponsored by Americorps Hudson. The guests, many of them young Americorps volunteers, brought food and beverages to share, then listened as speaker Adrienne Ross talked to them about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the challenges that he overcame as inspiration for their own lives.

The article goes on to state:
Adrienne Ross recalled the day in 1996 when she started her first teaching job. As she entered her classroom in the Hudson City School District, she said, “people began to applaud when I walked through the door.”

Why? “Because I was the only black teacher. I was just glad to have a job. That spoke to me,” she told a group of Americorps volunteers and other local residents Monday at Solaris, 360 Warren St., Hudson. “It shows we crave somebody we can identify with.”

Ross left teaching last summer [Actually, I left this past October.], after 17 years with HCSD as an English Language Arts teacher at the junior high level, and is now an editor for the Breitbart News Network, and working as a freelance writer and speaker. She is on a short visit from Missouri to speak and give motivational workshops to students in the Hudson and Taconic Hills school districts.

Monday’s event, sponsored by Americorps Hudson, was “a Community Dinner and Dialogue in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life, work and commitment to service and social justice.” Following Ross’s speech, participants brainstormed ways to make a positive impact on the local community.


“We celebrate Dr. King’s life,” Ross said, “but if we don’t go further into our own lives and how we apply that, we’re wasting our time.”
Read the full article here.

Here are some pictures from last night:

I spent today at Taconic Hills Central School District discussing the same topic and conducting workshops.


Honoring Dr. King in Hudson, NY

Monday, January 20, 2014

Dr. King is honored today, January 20, 2014, for his fight for civil rights, his contributions to our progress as a nation, and his ultimate sacrifice.

Many, however, use this day to point out that he was a man of many flaws. Be that as it may, his mark on the world cannot be disputed. If we took time to pay tribute only to those who lived a life of perfection, we would celebrate only One--and that One would be Jesus.

I've been in New York the last several days to speak about Dr. King and the lessons we can take from various aspects of his life. As reported here, I spoke Friday at the school district for which I worked for over seventeen years. Below are pictures of that assembly where I was honored to return "home" with a message I pray will remain with these students--and staff--for a lifetime.

Tonight, I will speak at a community event in Dr. King's honor, and I will spend Tuesday speaking and giving workshops at Taconic Hills Central School District. But as I told the Hudson audience, it's not just about Dr. King and his dream; it's about us and the pursuit of our own.


Hudson Junior High School Assembly Overview

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Yesterday, I had the honor of speaking at an assembly at the Hudson Junior High School. I was able to address the students, faculty, and staff. Though the occasion was Martin Luther King's holiday, my focus was the attendees themselves. We each need a dream. We each need a sense of destiny. And we each must be willing to step out in faith, rather than cower in fear, to do something to move forward in those things.

I will share more of this experience soon, including some pictures.


Happy Birthday, Martin Luther King

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

The nation celebrates Dr. King's birth this coming Monday, but it was on January 15, 1929, that he was born. Though certainly not perfect--no one is--he absolutely left a mark on this world.

Happy Birthday, Martin Luther King.


MSNBC Sunday Panel Slaughters Romney 'Black Sheep'

Friday, January 3, 2014

Below is the article I wrote for Breitbart News, published on January 1st, about MSNBC's mockery of Mitt Romney's black adopted grandson:
As Breitbart News reported, MSNBC found Mitt Romney's black adopted grandson fodder for a Sunday comedy routine. Kieran Romney, one of many family members captured in a Romney family photograph, elicited laughter from the show’s panel because he is, as far as they’re concerned, the “black sheep” of the family. Host Melissa Harris-Perry has since taken to Twitter to issue an apology.

I don't make it my business to decide whose apology is sincere and whose is not; that's between Harris-Perry and whomever she answers to. However, I do take note of the fact that at MSNBC there shall never be a dearth of opportunity to apologize. This, of course, is no isolated incident. This simply represents the way they do business. And, "I am sorry" or not, it's not about to change.

Apologies merit mercy, but we will not allow them to be used as yet another tool to silence us or move the conversation along without calling out habitual despicable behavior.

A family portrait revealed the child sitting on one of Mitt Romney’s knees, surrounded by a plethora of other Romney grandchildren. The host asked what the caption of the photo should be, and a panelist began to sing, "One of These Things Is Not Like the Others." Another panelist joked that the picture was representative of the “diversity of the Republican Party,” boasting only one black person. They all had quite the laugh at the expense of this child whose only crime was being adopted—and being black.

The irony of it all is that the left prides itself on its faux tolerance and concocted compassion. They especially love to flaunt their wildly romanticized support of blacks. That is, as long as those blacks remain on their plantation—thinking as they think and subscribing to their campaign of victimhood. Those who deviate from the script are kicked to the curb for being disloyal to the cause.

As a black conservative, I recognized the hypocrisy of the left a long time ago, and I have certainly been on the receiving end of the left’s wrath. Clearly, the leftist machine doesn't care about blacks any more than they care about gays or any other group they credit themselves with loving. As a black conservative, I also testify to the truth that they don't love blacks at all; they use us to promote their agenda and capture our votes. As long as we stay in our place, we’ll stay on good terms with them. Once we think for ourselves, criticize President Obama, rally with the tea party, or vote Republican, we’re open to attack, name-calling, and vile misrepresentation: Oreo cookies were thrown at Michael Steele, Mia Love was called a “house nigger” and Condoleezza Rice was insulted with terms like “Republican nigga,” “spray-on Negro,” and “token.”

There's nothing surprising about this kind of treatment from the left. Anyone with a modicum of integrity would admit that the liberal playbook calls for race-baiting, which is spewed forth to silence the opposition or, at the very least, wrest control of the conversation. Nothing new here, and as the saying goes, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” So the beat goes on.

But MSNBC’s target this time was no RNC chairman, secretary of state, or congressional candidate. The target was a child—a child who apparently needed a loving family to adopt him and give him a shot in life. MSNBC, in all its purported left-wing tolerance and love, should applaud this child's place in the Romney family—and on Mitt Romney’s knee—not demean, not make fun of. Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin said it best in Johnstown, PA while on the 2008 campaign trail: “I believe the truest measure of any society is how it treats those who are least able to defend and speak for themselves. And who is more vulnerable, or more innocent, than a child?”

In liberals’ minds, however, this particular child isn't worthy of their defense, respect, or even the home the Romneys can provide. The hypocrisy of the left only allows such for liberal blacks. So Kieran, young—and black—though he is, qualifies for target practice. After all, he's likely to be a Republican and—even worse in their minds—a black Republican, which means he's fair game. Their hatred for the right supersedes their required pretense as the party of love, compassion, and racial equality.

Of course, they don't want an end to racial conflict at all. If that occurred, what would the likes of Harris-Perry or Chris Matthews or Ed Schultz or Martin Bashir—until recently—talk about on a regular basis? In the spirit of the Al Sharptons and Jesse Jacksons of the world, the lamestream media need racial conflict to remain relevant. And it doesn’t matter who gets hurt in the process.

Liberals continue to feel entitled to black support, but they won’t be getting mine. Examples like Sunday’s racist clown show on MSNBC further solidify my disdain for the left’s modus operandi and remind me of what they will never give me ample opportunity to forget anyway: I am no more interested in being a black sheep in their family than they are in viewing Romney's grandchild as more than the black sheep of his.


Happy '2014' New Year!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year! Here's what I posted on Facebook last night:
This really has been quite the year. I shared at the beginning of 2013 that God's words for me were "Rapid Change" and "Revelation and Clarity." I took "Strength and Reward" for myself also. Look at all that's happened in my life! Wow! God has lived up to the hype. He's just good like that! #NewBeginnings #NewChapters

Our God is an awesome God, and as much as He blessed me in 2013, I am believing for deeper in 2014--more of His presence, His Word, His glory, His direction, His prosperity, His purpose, His...everything!

What are you believing Him for? What can He believe you for?


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