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Archive for February 16th, 2010

Gov Palin & O’Reilly Discuss Tea Party & Special Needs

Posted by Ron Devito on February 16, 2010

Governor Palin discussed the Tea Party Movement with Bill O’Reilly, today February 16, 2010. At the heart of the discussion, were radical elements within the Tea Party and how they could effect the movement’s effectiveness. Regarding the concern that the Republican Party could co-opt the movement, Governor Palin said that most Tea Partiers are independent and not registered to either party and are expressing frustration with Washington insiders not listening to them. The GOP would be wise she said to listen to Tea Partier’s calls for smaller, smarter government.

In this segment, Governor Palin discussed the Family Guy episode in which “Emily,” who has Down Syndrome states that her mother is the “former governor of Alaska,” an obvious reference to Governor Palin and her son Trig. Governor Palin delineated the Obama administration’s track record on special needs from poking fun at Special Olympians, to to the Rahm Emanuel use of the term “retard,” among others. She described how she asked her daughter Bristol her thoughts on the episode and chose to Facebook Bristol’s comments, rather than her own. Bristol, was “far more gracious than I could have been,” Governor Palin said. She indicated how Bristol said that “those in the special needs community are among the most loving people. Why pile it on them and and make their lives more challenging?”

Governor Palin reiterated that when she spoke at the Republican Convention on September 3, 2008, those with special needs would have a friend and advocate in the White House. Though her ticket did not win, Governor Palin said, she still has the same passion to making this world a more “welcoming place for all innocent people.”

“I’m going to keep pursuing that in our country until we are a more tolerant, compassionate, welcoming place for the innocents.”

— Sarah Louise Heath Palin

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Sarah Palin Packs Ocean Center in Daytona Beach for Chamber of Commerce Speech

Posted by Dr. Fay on February 16, 2010

Sarah Palin packed the Ocean Center in Daytona Beach Monday night as the featured speaker for the Daytona Regional Chamber of Commerce’s 90th annual meeting:

Jim Witters at the News-Journal Online reports:

 One thing for sure about Sarah Palin: Her theme never wavers.

She’s proud to be an American. She was elated to attend the Daytona 500 — “an All-American event” — Sunday. She loves American veterans. And she believes the strength and unity of the American people can overcome, well, just about anything.

“This is an awesome community where the people feel connected and inspired,” Palin told a crowd estimated at 2,000 gathered at the Ocean Center on Monday evening. “And that sums up the American spirit, too.”

Palin — who is touring the country making speeches and signing copies of her autobiography “Going Rogue: An American Life” — appeared as the featured speaker at the 90th annual meeting of the Daytona Regional Chamber of Commerce.

[…]

Palin hit on several GOP high points during an hour-long address, then participated in a brief question-and-answer session.

The woman many believe plans to run for president in 2012 favors smaller federal government, fiscal restraint, energy independence and a foreign policy that comforts U.S. allies instead of “courting our enemies.”

Blasting the federal bailout of the banks and the auto industry, Palin said the policies of the current administration make us “less secure, less free.”

“Washington has broken faith with the people they serve,” Palin said. “They have replaced private irresponsibility with public irresponsibility.”

She wants to ax the next round of economic stimulus spending, stop and start over on health-care reform and smooth the permitting process for companies that want to drill for oil and gas, mine for coal and expand the availability of nuclear energy.

Regarding drilling and mining, Palin said, “These are jobs that can’t be outsourced.”

Palin encouraged those present to continue to “pitch in and work to find solutions” to the current economic crisis.

“There are some potholes in the road,” she said, tossing in a reference to the long delay during the Daytona 500 on Sunday caused when a chunk of asphalt broke loose. “But we can patch ’em up and keep moving forward.”

Chamber President Larry McKinney said 2009 Chairman Ted Doran and others worked for more than six months to lure Palin as the speaker. And the gamble paid off. Ticket sales just about tripled the 680 in attendance a year ago.

Chamber members paid $100 a seat for dinner and the speech. Nonmembers paid $150. And those willing to sit a tad farther away and forego the meal got seats for $50.

Palin banned recording devices, cameras and video equipment from the Ocean Center appearance and from a book signing earlier Monday. But she permitted photos during a 15-minute press availability before the book event. A sign at the Ocean Walk parking garage also instructed attendees to leave their signs in their vehicles.

Channel 2 News in Orlando also reports:

There was such high demand for tickets to hear Sarah Palin speak in Daytona Monday night that the event was moved to a larger venue and hundreds of lower priced seats were added. Palin was the featured speaker at a dinner hosted by the Daytona Regional Chamber of Commerce. The $150 a plate event was originally scheduled to be held at the Hilton Oceanfront Resort but it was moved to the Ocean Center to accomodate the high demand for tickets. Organizers added gallery seats, which did not include dinner, for $50 a person.

No cameras or recording devices were allowed into the event and members of the media could go in only if they purchased a ticket. It appeared the dinner was attended mostly by the conservative faithful and when the event ended, most of the attendees gave glowing reviews of Palin’s performance. They said the talk, which lasted about an hour, sounded like a typcial stump speech and touched on a variety of topics. Palin took questions from the audience before wrapping up.

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Family Guy: Equal Opportunity Jerks (UPDATED W/ Fox CEO Contact Info)

Posted by Adrienne Ross on February 16, 2010

By Adrienne Ross -www.motivationtruth.com

I do not watch “Family Guy” for one simple reason: I’m not a fan of puking my guts out and, no doubt, the show would create that kind of reaction from me. I’ve seen enough previews to know that it is the kind of thing I simply would not find humorous. I’ve seen their mocking of Jesus, for example, and frankly, I don’t give place to that in my home.

Therefore, had it not been the subject of many a blog and email yesterday, I would not have known about Sunday’s episode that alludes to Governor Palin and her son, Trig.

In the episode, a feisty girl with Down Syndrome has a date with a teenage boy. Forgive me for not knowing the names of any of the show’s characters. Like I said, I have an aversion to puking; thus, my ignorance of the culture of “Family Guy.”

As I began watching the video clip yesterday, I was scratching my head, for if there is any appeal at all to the show, I am completely oblivious to it. No, let me be honest: there isn’t any. What I found was something that both angered and saddened me.

Upon demanding that she be asked about her family, the special needs character identifies her mother as “the former governor of Alaska.” Without the use of names, it is an obvious reference to the Palins, as Trig has Down Syndrome and Palin is the former Alaska governor.

Much has been discussed, and even more written, about this episode. Even leftists acknowledge that this is below the belt. You can see the clip for yourself by clicking here. Personally, I cannot figure out why the Palin reference is necessary. I cannot figure out how it adds to the storyline. It certainly doesn’t contribute to any humor that a good archaeologist might manage to dig up somewhere in this show.

“Family Guy” has taken a shot at Palin before. During the 2008 campaign, Palin and McCain were portrayed as Nazis. As insulting as that was, there is a major difference between that piece of trash and this one. That one went after adults. Sunday’s attack? That attack involved a child. That attack revealed, as Bristol Palin so wisely stated, “that they’re heartless jerks.”

As far as I’m concerned, personal attacks are just asinine. Nonetheless, we adults have learned to just plow through them. However, when people’s children are placed on the chopping block, a line is crossed that simply cannot be tolerated.

Let me remind you: Barack Obama told the media early in his candidacy to leave his children alone. He was right to make such a request/demand–and everyone obeyed. Children of public figures should be off-limits. Governor Palin’s children deserve the same respect President Obama’s children have been given, which is the same respect every child deserves.

So in the name of decency, “Family Guy”–and everyone else who has declared a never-ending hunting season on her children: “Leave Governor Palin’s children alone!

But what does the show’s creator have to say?

The Times asked “Family Guy” creator Seth MacFarlane for an interview regarding the matter. But he opted to send a statement via his publicist: “From its inception, ‘Family Guy’ has used biting satire as the foundation of its humor. The show is an “equal-opportunity offender.”

Really? Well, if he wants to be “an equal opportunity offender,” then he deserves “an equal opportunity” response from the people. If this is his only means of getting laughs, perhaps the show needs to find some new people who understand that there’s no comedy in demeaning a special needs boy and his mother.

I am calling on all of us to contact the sponsors of Sunday’s show to tell them exactly how we feel about the disgusting, heartless sense of humor displayed on “Family Guy” Sunday night.

Governor Palin wrote in her Facebook note that this “felt like another kick in the gut.” It’s time we kick back. You are consumers; therefore, you are powerful. Use that power.

There will be those who will say contacting sponsors, boycotting companies, and making our voices heard are over the top. To those people I say look at the clip of “Family Guy” mocking Trig–an innocent, precious gift from God who means as much to his family as your children and loved ones mean to you. Now tell me it’s over the top!

Here’s the contact information (Be sure to contact Fox):

Fox News: Rupert Murdoch, Chairman and CEO, News Corporation – 212-852-7000

Fox Broadcasting Company – 310-369-1000

YUM! Brands (Pizza Hut) – 502-874-8300
Red Bull North America Inc. – 310-393-4647
Mars, Inc. – 703-821-4900
Toyota Motor Sales, Inc. – 800-331-4331
Bally Total Fitness Holdings Corp. – 773-399-1300
Pfizer, Inc. – 212-573-2323
Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company – 312-644-2121
Universal Pictures – 818-777-1000

(H/T thedesignconservative)

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Leave Governor Palin’s Children Alone! (UPDATED with Gov. Palin’s Facebook Note)

Posted by Adrienne Ross on February 16, 2010

By Adrienne Ross – http://www.motivationtruth.com

I do not watch “Family Guy” for one simple reason: I’m not a fan of puking my guts out, and no doubt the show would create that kind of reaction from me. I’ve seen enough previews to know that it is the kind of thing I simply would not find humorous. I’ve seen their mocking of Jesus, for example, and frankly, I don’t give place to that in my home.

Therefore, had it not been the talk of the day, I would not have known about last night’s episode that alludes to Governor Palin and her son, Trig.

In the episode, a feisty girl with Down Syndrome has a date with a teenage boy. Forgive me for not knowing these characters’ names. Like I said, I prefer not puking.

The special needs character identifies her mother as “the former governor of Alaska.” Without the use of names, it is an obvious reference to the Palins, as Trig has Down Syndrome and Palin is the former Alaska governor.

There has been a lot written and much discussed today about this episode. Even leftists see this as below the belt. You can see the clip and decide for yourself by clicking here. Personally, I cannot figure out why the Palin reference was necessary. I cannot figure out how it adds to the storyline. It certainly doesn’t contribute to any humor that might be found somewhere in this show. All I have to say is this: Barack Obama told the media early in his candidacy to leave his children alone. He was right to make such a request/demand–and everyone obliged. Children of public figures should be off limits. Governor Palin’s children deserve the same respect President Obama’s children have been given, which is the same respect every child deserves.

So in the name of decency, “Family Guy” (and everyone else who has declared a never-ending hunting season on her children): “Leave Governor Palin’s children alone!

UPDATED with Governor Palin’s Facebook note:

Fox Hollywood – What a Disappointment

People are asking me to comment on yesterday’s Fox show that felt like another kick in the gut. Bristol was one who asked what I thought of the show that mocked her baby brother, Trig (and/or others with special needs), in an episode yesterday. Instead of answering, I asked her what she thought. Here is her conscientious reply, which is a much more restrained and gracious statement than I want to make about an issue that begs the question, “when is enough, enough?”:

“When you’re the son or daughter of a public figure, you have to develop thick skin. My siblings and I all have that, but insults directed at our youngest brother hurt too much for us to remain silent. People with special needs face challenges that many of us will never confront, and yet they are some of the kindest and most loving people you’ll ever meet. Their lives are difficult enough as it is, so why would anyone want to make their lives more difficult by mocking them? As a culture, shouldn’t we be more compassionate to innocent people – especially those who are less fortunate? Shouldn’t we be willing to say that some things just are not funny? Are there any limits to what some people will do or say in regards to my little brother or others in the special needs community? If the writers of a particularly pathetic cartoon show thought they were being clever in mocking my brother and my family yesterday, they failed. All they proved is that they’re heartless jerks. – Bristol Palin”

– Sarah Palin

* bumped

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