Tuesday, December 1, 2009

The Rundown

Too much stuff. I've broken it into subcategories.


Newest post is Sarah's reaction to Obama's decision:
Finally, A Decision for Afghanistan: We're In It to Win It

Three months ago, I joined a number of Americans in urging President Obama to provide the resources necessary to achieve our goals in Afghanistan. Tonight, I am glad he mostly heeded that advice.

At long last, President Obama decided to give his military commanders much of what they need to accomplish their mission in Afghanistan. In the end, he decided to endorse a “surge” for Afghanistan, applying the counterinsurgency principles of “clear, hold and build” that worked so well in Iraq. Given that he opposed the surge in Iraq, it is even more welcome that he now supports a surge in Afghanistan.

This approach means, as Senator John McCain has noted, that “We now have an opportunity to build a bipartisan consensus in support of a vital national security priority: defeating Al-Qaeda and its violent extremist allies in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and ensuring that these countries never again serve as bases for terrorist attacks against America and our allies.”

We should be clear, however, that fewer troops mean assuming more risk. Talk of an exit date also risks sending the wrong message. We should be in Afghanistan to win, not to set a timetable for withdrawal that signals a lack of resolve to our friends, and lets our enemies believe they can wait us out. As long as we’re in to win, and as long as troop level decisions are based on conditions on the ground and the advice of our military commanders, I support President Obama’s decision.

- Sarah Palin
And now on to the "bus hoax." Here's a "news outlet's" report on the whole bus tour thing, something which started in the underground on blogs like Palingates. I told you this stuff bubbles up. I'll stop keeping my eye on these jokers when the media gets a clue:

Sarah Palin put out her reaction today. Nothing short of awesome:

Media's Priorities Shine Bright, Again! :)

It’s really comical at this point! Despite all of the important events happening in the world today – the president’s speech tonight on the strategy in Afghanistan, the Senate debate over health care reform, the disturbing details of the “Climategate” scandal, the continuing challenges facing the world economy – the media is concerned about my travel and lodging arrangements on my book tour?! Does this sound familiar? It should. The media showed the same out-of-proportion obsession with my personal arrangements, clothes, and hairstyles last year instead of focusing on the crucial issues involving the election.

So what is this news “story”? That I fly on an airplane to complete some of the stops on my book tour when it’s impractical or physically impossible to reach the next event on time by bus. Some news outlets are behaving as if my travel was a secret that they didn’t know about – despite the fact that I’ve tweeted about my flights and at least one local newspaper reported on the arrival of my flight into Rochester, NY.

What’s even funnier is that these same media outlets think it’s shocking that we stay in hotels. I guess they expected us to pitch a tent alongside the road. We love the great outdoors, but such an arrangement is hardly practical for a book tour.

Using common sense, it was determined that traveling by plane between some stops would save time and energy and allow me to go to more events. Economically speaking for HarperCollins, it’s more efficient to travel by charter, and I am very grateful to the publisher for providing my family and me with this incredible opportunity to shake hands with as many Americans as possible on this book tour.

If you’re scratching your head wondering why my flight and hotel logistics warrant news coverage, join the club. They can, of course, report on whatever they like, but in my opinion CBS loses whatever professional integrity it still has when it links in its report to a website devoted to the bizarre conspiracy theory that I’m not the real mother of my son Trig.

I’m truly humbled by the response to my book tour by everyday Americans, and if traveling by plane means that I can meet more of these wonderful people, I’ll travel by plane (or bus or train or canoe or dog sled or whatever it takes). Please enjoy the photos below!

- Sarah Palin

Once again, I love this woman.

I also love this article in the Canada Free Press:

Al Gore flies all across the world destroying the environment with his travels so that he can sell the fantasy of globaloney. Hundreds of government officials will be crisscrossing the globe flying to Copenhagen to “save the planet” at the upcoming Climate Conference this December. All are adding to what leftists call global warming and they are adding more in just the month of December alone with their efforts than any common citizen would in their entire lifetime.

So, what is the lefty outrage du jour? Is it that these so-called environmentalists are hypocrites? Nope. The newest outrage from the left is that Sarah Palin dares to fly from city to city during her whirlwind book tour.

I know. The nerve of her, eh?

At issue with Joey McGinniss’ “shocking” expose is the bus that Palin has been using to get from one location to the next in the local areas during her book tour, but has flown the longer distances. Why is this such an outrage? Because Palin said this about her book tour when it began:

“I’ll post our progress from the road.”

According to McGinniss this proves that Palin is a liar about using the bus to cross the country on her book tour. Since she has at times been flying, apparently, McGinniss thinks that the “from the road” part of her post makes her a liar despite that it is quite common vernacular to use that phrase when discussing travel. Who says “from the air” when they are talking about traveling?

McGinniss then goes on to ask all sorts of “probing” questions about the flights. He wants to know who is paying for the flights, if she has anyone else on these planes with her, if she’ll continue to fly, if she… well, let’s just say he has a lot of questions.

And let’s remind this left-wing hack that none of the answers to these questions are any of his business! Sarah Palin is a private individual dealing with a private business. She is not working for the taxpayers and her bills are paid for out of the profits of her book sales and/or the company that is publishing the work. Sarah Palin has absolutely no responsibility to answer to some ##### in the press about her expenses.

If she wants to fly 20 different private jets to fly to 20 different cities, it is none of Joey McGinniss’ business.

If Sarah Palin wants to drive 20 buses where ever she wants to ride them it is none of Joey McGinniss’ business.

If Sarah Palin wants to ride a horse and buggy to every book stop it is none of Joey McGinniss’ business.

Joey McGinniss has a tempest in a teapot all revved up and ready to outrage his extremist, left-wing buddies, to be sure, but he definitely has nothing of any note to write about. Must be a slow news day to be pushing this folderol.

But I guess it shouldn’t be surprising. Joey McGinniss has been trying to get at Sarah since she debuted on the national scene. So, one wonders, how many books has Joey McGinniss’ name sold?

Of course, even were we to take McGinniss’ point seriously, just a little research into the Governor’s actual itinerary on this book tour undermines his ridiculous claims. Also, Harper Collins spokesperson Tina Andreadis informed Greg Sargent that Palin had taken only three plane trips, that her plane travel was been minimal and only for logistical reasons. The publisher, not Palin, scheduled the plane trips and also paid for them. Other than the three flights, Sarah Palin’s book signing travel was indeed done on the tour bus.

It’s more proof of the failure to even check a few facts where Palin is concerned with the Old Media haters. They set up their anti-Palin supposition and then craft the “facts” around their plot line. Let’s not have truth getting in the way of a good anti-Palin story, shall we?

Bus Tour

Palin hit Arizona.

Article here.

The first man in line waited more than 26 hours to spend a few seconds with Palin. Drew Sweatte of Palm Springs, Calif., arrived at 8 a.m. Monday and later spent the entire night outside.

"It's my birthday present to myself," said Sweatte, who turned 23 on Tuesday.

"I've got a cooler here full of food and had to buy some lawn chairs and warmer socks, and I've got my kangaroo-skinned coat," Sweatte said. "I'd sit far longer and in far cooler temperatures to wait for Sarah Palin."

He likes Palin, he said, "for being consistent and standing up for her values. I continue to pray for her and her family, if I don't break down in tears."

I was walking away and she asked if I was going to school," said Diane, who told Palin she was working toward a master's in social work at Arizona State University.

"She said, 'We need more people like you in the world,' "" Diane said. "It made my day."
Link to vid here.

Another article here. Video on page.

Yet another article here. Video on page. Picture slideshow here.

Link to another vid here. Article here.

Videos here.

Here's an older vid that as just posted of Sarah in Washington:

And Sarah in Rochester:

In other news.....

See my thoughts on the stupid "quote controversy" on the post below.

The Underground

Ah, yes, the twisted underbelly of bloggers that the media crawls to for information. Listen, people like Gryphen can say whatever they want. Free country. I'm not so ticked at their ridiculousness as I am at the fact that the media listens to them. Hey, I've got a blog; the media doesn't listen to me.

I'm only going to give you these summaries so that: A)You won't have to go there yourself, and B)So you know what tomorrow's headlines will probably involve.

The Palingates are nothing short of giddy that the mainstream media has picked up their "story." They're now posting pictures trying to prove that Sarah Palin faked her pregnancy. You know, they're going to maximize on their new exposure by showing the world exactly how depraved they are. The enemy destroys itself. These people must be truly bored.

Oh, let's see...Gryphen is still hyping up Levi. Tank Jones was on Shannyn Moore's show last week. According to him, Levi's got his book coming out and is going to be on a reality show in Alaska. I pity you Alaskans.

Tank also trumpeted the tired meme that all of Levi's problems result from his presence at the RNC. Tank, you know that's total garbage. Was the media stupid towards Levi? Yes. But it might have been worse had he not been at the event. I mean, for Pete's sake, before the media knew his last name they were calling eveybody in the phone book who's first name was "Levi" just to ask them if they were Bristol's boyfriend. What kind of message would it have sent if Sarah had told him to stay in Alaska? Give me a break.

As far as Levi not getting to talk, you just said that he didn't want to talk at first, so what's your problem? Yes, that horrible Sarah Palin who forced Levi to do exactly what he wanted to do. I got news for you Levi: Junk happens. Maybe you shouldn't have knocked up the Governor's daughter.

Tank also made the ridiculous assertion that Levi posing for Playgirl was just like strutting up and down a runway in a swimsuit (an obvious slam on Palin). (Chuckle) Okay, Tank, when you find the pictures of Sarah Palin posing naked in the shower for a magazine, I'll give you that one. Until then, go smoke your dope in somebody else's outhouse.

Let's leave Levi himself aside for a moment and turn to the people (Moore, Gryphen, etc...) who are cheering on his folly.

You accuse Sarah Palin of using Levi. Fine. For the sake of argument, let's just say that she did. What on earth do you think you're doing? Helping him?

Oh, you're helping him, all right, helping him make a complete fool out of himself. If you really cared about Levi, you'd care about what's best for him, not what brightens up your Palin-hating blog the most.

Probably the only one who really is in it for Levi is his mom. By the way, I honestly do hope that she's able to get back on her feet and straighten out her life after all of this. Levi clearly needs an adult in his life who actually cares about him and isn't in it to settle scores.

If you really cared about Levi you would advise him to get his GED, help him get a real job (and don't give me this garbage about how he can't get a real job. The actual Palin kids have jobs), and yes, you could even help him get some custody of Tripp.

Like I've said a million times, people break up and they work out custody. No big deal. Once the relationship gets to this point it's better to just get it in writing. Bristol and Levi should have gone to court and settled this a long time ago, in my opinion. Rex and Tank are manipulating this to have the maximum damage possible on the Palins. That's all it is; they don't actually care about the "young man," and neither do you. Besides, if Levi gets joint custody, his meal ticket is gone. Nothing more to whine to the media about.

Instead of encouraging Levi to grow up and helping him deal with his situation like an adult, you give Levi an easy way out (blame all of your problems on the Palins) and you assist him in his kamakazie mission. You don't actually give a rip, you just want to work him into a Palin-hating lather, say "Sic 'em!", and watch him do the dirty work for you.

You'll flush him like toilet paper once he's outlived his usefulness. Not that he'll care.

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