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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