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Archive for November 11th, 2010

Governor Palin’s “America By Heart” Book Tour Schedule

Posted by Sheya on November 11, 2010

Via The Associated Press

For her next book tour, Sarah Palin will again skip some of the nation’s biggest cities.

But no traveling by bus this time. It’s airplanes all the way.

HarperCollins announced Wednesday that the former Republican vice presidential candidate and Alaska governor will be on the road from Nov. 23 to Dec. 3, with a break for Thanksgiving, to promote “American by Heart,” subtitled “Reflections on Family, Faith, and Flag.” The book, coming out Nov. 23, is her first since the million-selling memoir “Going Rogue.”

Palin, 46, will be joined by her husband, Todd, and other family members. As with “Going Rogue,” she will not make appearances in New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, San Francisco or other cities where Democrats are more in favor. She will spend little time on either coast, sticking mostly to the South, Southwest and Midwest.

The tour begins at a Barnes & Noble in Phoenix, in the home state of her 2008 running mate, Sen. John McCain. Other stops include Dillons Marketplace in Andover, Kan.; a Sam’s Club in Little Rock, Ark.; and a Costco in Brentwood, Tenn. Palin will finish at a Books-A-Million in Columbia, S.C.

Politico Reports

Sarah Palin — accompanied at times by family members — later this month will launch a nine-day, 16-stop signing tour for her new book, “America by Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith, and Flag.”

Among the destinations sure to get buzz: Des Moines and Spirit Lake, Iowa.

Palin’s strategic schedule includes a stop in Tulsa, Okla., on “Black Friday” — the day after Thanksgiving — and then four more stops during that big shopping weekend.

The tour has more of a heartland concentration than the 35-city tour for her memoir “Going Rogue” (the best-selling nonfiction book of 2009) and adds such markets as Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, South Carolina and Tennessee.

The venues include the giant book chains — Borders, Barnes & Noble and Books-a-Million. But the former Alaska governor will also sign books at all-American locations like Walmart, Sam’s Club, Costco and Kroger.

Her publisher, HarperCollins, released this description of “America by Heart”: “Framed by her strong belief in the importance of family, faith and patriotism, the book ranges widely over American history, culture and current affairs … America By Heart will include selections from classic and contemporary readings that have moved her — from the nation’s founding documents to great speeches, sermons, letters, literature and poetry, biography and even some of her favorite songs and movies.”
Here’s the list of stops:

Nov. 23: Phoenix
Nov. 26: Tulsa, Okla.
Nov. 27: Norfolk, Neb.
Nov. 27: Des Moines
Nov. 28: Andover, Kan.
Nov. 28: Dallas
Nov. 29: Houston
Nov. 29: New Orleans
Nov. 30: Baton Rouge, La.
Nov. 30: Little Rock, Ark.
Dec. 1: Brentwood, Tenn.
Dec. 1: Lexington, Ky.
Dec. 2: Spirit Lake, Iowa
Dec. 2. Carmel, Ind.
Dec. 3: Cincinnati
Dec. 3: Columbia, S.C.

Note: This has not yet been confirmed by the Governor

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Governor Palin’s Book Tour Schedule

Posted by Adrienne Ross on November 11, 2010

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

The book tour schedule for Governor Palin’s new book, America by Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith, and Flag is now available to the public. Mike Allen reports:

Palin’s strategic schedule includes a stop in Tulsa, Okla., on “Black Friday” — the day after Thanksgiving — and then four more stops during that big shopping weekend.

The tour has more of a heartland concentration than the 35-city tour for her memoir “Going Rogue” (the best-selling nonfiction book of 2009) and adds such markets as Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, South Carolina and Tennessee.

The venues include the giant book chains — Borders, Barnes & Noble and Books-a-Million. But the former Alaska governor will also sign books at all-American locations like Walmart, Sam’s Club, Costco and Kroger.

Her publisher, HarperCollins, released this description of “America by Heart”: “Framed by her strong belief in the importance of family, faith and patriotism, the book ranges widely over American history, culture and current affairs … America By Heart will include selections from classic and contemporary readings that have moved her — from the nation’s founding documents to great speeches, sermons, letters, literature and poetry, biography and even some of her favorite songs and movies.”

Here’s the list of stops:

Nov. 23: Phoenix
Nov. 26: Tulsa, Okla.
Nov. 27: Norfolk, Neb.
Nov. 27: Des Moines
Nov. 28: Andover, Kan.
Nov. 28: Dallas
Nov. 29: Houston
Nov. 29: New Orleans
Nov. 30: Baton Rouge, La.
Nov. 30: Little Rock, Ark.
Dec. 1: Brentwood, Tenn.
Dec. 1: Lexington, Ky.
Dec. 2: Spirit Lake, Iowa
Dec. 2. Carmel, Ind.
Dec. 3: Cincinnati
Dec. 3: Columbia, S.C.

Make plans now to attend one of these stops on the tour. I must admit I wish she were returning to New York, but those who get to attend the tour in any of these locations are sure to be glad they did.

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Poll Chart Shows The Exact Point Palin’s 2012 Victory Run Began

Posted by M.Joseph Sheppard At Palin4President2016 on November 11, 2010

In June 2010 Sarah Palin reached the nadir of her popular support as measured by the aggregate of polling firms as collected by Pollster.com As this is an aggregate it is unimpeachable and reflects no bias, except possibly that of polling firms, but even that is smoothed out across so many polls.

The chart (click on chart for fuller view) since then is showing a slow but steady rise, which is the best rise, as it reflects a positive, considered reflection on behalf of the public rather than a kneejerk reaction, one way or the other, to some event.

Of particular significance is the fact that in the two latest polls Palin’s unfavorable rating has fallen below 50% which in the case of the latest AP-GfK poll represent a five point drop allied to a five point rise since their last poll, taken less than a month previously. At this current pace it would seem inevitable that by election day 2012 Palin’s ratings in this poll would see her favorables well into positive territory. Certainly the 8 point current polling gap between Palin and President Obama is, on these trends, a minor matter, and is approaching the margin of error.

Nb.I have filtered out the CBS poll which one glance at will show why-it bears no relation to any other poll in the chart as regards methodology. But even with it included the trend is still very much the same.

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Sarah Palin: Happy Veterans Day

Posted by Dr. Fay on November 11, 2010

Governor Palin’s Facebook Note:

Happy Veterans Day

by Sarah Palin on Thursday, November 11, 2010 at 2:32am

On this Veterans Day, please take a moment to remember all those who served in uniform past and present. Though the words in this famous poem are about a soldier, they apply to every member of our armed services. God bless them all. May we never forget the sacrifices made to secure our liberty.

 It’s the Soldier, not the reporter,

Who has given us the freedom of the press.

It’s the Soldier, not the poet, 

Who has given us the freedom of speech.

It’s the Soldier, not the politicians, 

Who ensures our right to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.

It’s the Soldier who salutes the flag, 

Who serves beneath the flag, 

And whose coffin is draped by the flag.

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Politifacts Supports Palin’s Food Price Rise Premise But Gives A “Barely True” Rating.More Elitism

Posted by M.Joseph Sheppard At Palin4President2016 on November 11, 2010

In discussing the difference in world view between the economist Reddy and Sarah Palin who is speaking for the person in the street I said the basic difference is one of non-comprehending elitism on one hand and dealing with the raw facts of life that the average person struggling on a budget has to deal with.

The core of the argument was that Reddy said that figures show groceries have only gone up a small amount i.e. 1.4% whereas Palin said they have risen significantly (with more to come). One is an out of touch academic one has her finger on the pulse of reality for the common person. I said previously that Reddy’s statistics refer to a basket of commodities many of which are none essentials. Palin speaks from the heart about basic essentials-milk, beef etc.

Politifacts has taken it in itself to be the arbiter in this discussion and-lo and behold here are the facts (we presume Politifacts is correct as there is no Politifacts Politfacts to check up on them).

“One point (also mentioned by Reddy) is that certain grocery items increased faster than others — and that included some staples. CPI data showed that the price of butter increased by 19.1 percent during the 12 months ended Sept. 30, 2010, while the price of bacon rose by 15.7 percent, lamb increased by 9.4 percent and milk increased by 8.3 percent. Meanwhile, BEA statistics show that certain broad food categories rose faster than the food-sector average: a 3.4 percent increase for meats and poultry, a 3.4 percent bump for milk, dairy products and eggs; and a 2.8 percent hike for sweets and sugar.

All of these items, in other words, rose a whole lot faster than food inflation generally. And it’s simply human nature for a consumer to feel like prices are rising quickly if you have to pay increases like that every time you enter the checkout line. As long as you’re paying through the nose for milk, the brain tends to forget that the dried lentils you just bought are down 5.5 percent, and the peanut butter you just bought is down 5.1 percent.

The second point is that even if food prices are flat or rising slightly, Americans are living through a period of stagnating or contracting incomes, which means even slowly rising prices hurt.

In total, Americans tend to spend about 11 percent to 12 percent of their income on food, with a small majority spent on food at home and the rest spent at restaurants. Over the last three years, the food-at-home portion of that spending — the only part relevant for judging Palin’s statement — rose from 6.4 percent in 2007 to 6.5 percent in 2008 to 6.8 percent in 2009.”

In spite of confirming the obvious drift of Palin’s remarks Politifacts still endorse the elitist viewpoint and gives Palin a “Barely True” rating. For those in the real world at the check out counter the view would be much much different. We must be grateful for small mercies however and this should be the final nail in the coffin of those who have attacked Palin for defending what is common sense to the average person.

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Columbia University; Rampant Elitism And Palin Derangement Syndrome

Posted by M.Joseph Sheppard At Palin4President2016 on November 11, 2010

The Columbia Journalism Review which describes itself as “Founded under the auspices of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism” (not mentioning the advice that they are funded by Soros) and “in conversation with a community of people who share a commitment to high journalistic standards..” has decided to use those high standards to invest in a classic case of PDS.

In an oh so cleverly snarkily titled article “Sarah Palin, Media Critic” CJR takes Palin to task for “hyperbole” in daring to question the Wall Street Journals Sudeep Reddy for stating “grocery prices haven’t risen all that significantly”. Firstly Palin is acting as a commentator on economics-Bernanke’s QE2 money printing, which she described as misguided and inflationary, she is not acting as a “media critic”

The CJR author starts straight into the East Coast ivy league, ivory tower elitism-they just can’t resist it, it is like catnip and a sad and sorry spectacle. “Aw ,shucks” this representative of high journalistic standards commences his hit piece. He continues, “Sarah Palin is “just a former governor and current housewife from Alaska, bur even humble folks like (her) can read the newspaper.” Reading’s one thing. Comprehending’s another”. This is brilliant stuff at the Pulitzer level so far.

Lets see what Palin actually said and which thus determines who is indulging in hyperbole is. “Everyone who goes out shopping for groceries knows that prices have risen significantly over the past year or so.Pump priming would push them even higher.” Reddy in accusing Palin of hyperbole states that “Grocery prices haven’t risen all that significantly. Palin responded that in another article in the WSJ it was stated “Food Sellers Grit Teeth, Raise Prices…an inflationary tide is beginning to ripple through America’s supermarkets..prices of staples, including milk, beef, coffee, cocoa and sugar have risen sharply in recent months”

We see here the difference between an ivory tower economist and a person who can relate to the ordinary housewife. Grocery prices may have risen y.o.y. at 1.4% but that is a basket including non-staple items. Palin speaks to and for, especially, those who are out of work or who have not had a wage rise in a long time, will feel these rises strongly. Certainly much more strongly than e.g. a WSJ economist or the Editor of a prestigious ivy league journal.

The CJR even gets it wrong on their main premise-that Palin selectively quotes and misunderstands. They state “What the WSJ article said…is that food prices may be beginning to rise” Whereas the article said “An inflationary tide IS beginning to rise”. Perhaps they don’t teach the difference between “may “and “is” any more but to me the difference is quite clear.

They conclude by calling Palin out on her “ethics”, misquoting Reddy, and her having no right to condemn the media.They add insult to their own injury by ending with “Maybe they (Palin and a journalist) can talk about the possible wave of food inflation coming our way” That the editor is so blinded by PDS that he can’t understand what is a few paragraphs above his concluding snark “An inflationary tide IS beginning” shows how far the liberal elite have fal

What is it about New York that it is so blind to the reality of what is happening in the rest of the country? Certainly the city is depressed, when I was there in July I saw shop after shop closed, and the state has a budget crisis like most others. Yet with all that they elect two senators and their governor with majorities of up to 32%-they must think it is still 1936 or something.

There must be a unique blend of old line unionism, a financial liberal elite. Poverty struck minorities, who are tied to welfarism, or have not woken up to being kept in thrall by the propaganda of the elite, and are thus blind to the fact that minorities round America are fighting their way up and out of poverty by their boot straps.Thankfully New York appears to be the last bastion of this old line leftism and the state is declining in electoral college power being down to only 29 EC votes, the same as Florida. Once mighty NY was the king maker in presidential politics (as per Grover Cleveland’s two out of three) winning or losing it made you president or not, but that is nearing its end.

As for the esteemed intellectuals who commented on the CJR article, it is as expected. Intelligent, educated people summon up all their years of scholarship and advise pithily “She’s an idiot. Narcissistic personality disorder” and “Palin is a pathological liar…she has most of the hallmark symptoms of a sociopath” and etc. The ultimate indication of PDS elitism is “It is pretty obvious that she and her acolytes have never made it through Econ 101.That fact alone pretty much discredits any opinion she may have on economic matters”

Harry Truman, who never went to university and was a failed hat salesman, also never made it through Econ 101 unlike Obama/Carter and seemed to manage somehow. But that doesn’t fit with the world view of elitists who just don’t get it. They, and their Democratic Party, will certainly “get it” in 2012 as voters finish off what was started in 2010. But they won’t like what they will get when the great mass of plain folks show them they don’t like being condescended to.

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Pre-Screening of Sarah Palin’s Alaska

Posted by Adrienne Ross on November 11, 2010

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

While I was not able to attend the Buffalo, NY pre-screening of Sarah Palin’s Alaska tonight, my friend Lori Brenneman, one of Governor Palin’s most ardent supporters, did attend and was gracious enough to write this review for me to share:

Having just come from a pre-screening of Sarah Palin’s Alaska, I must start by saying that this is a true feel-good series. It was fun. And that, I believe, is the intent here.

Those who watch the series hoping to get inside Sarah Palin’s head and find out what makes her Sarah Palin will, instead, discover that it is a travelogue. It is precisely what Sarah Palin maintained all along that it would be.

Not that there aren’t glimpses into the family life of the Palins. There are a number of them, all pleasing in their authenticity. Sarah Palin seemed completely at ease allowing viewers to see family moments that were less than perfect. I sensed an audible enthusiasm from audience members around me, an appreciation that Gov. Palin kept those snapshots of her family life real.

For the most part, viewers were treated to a breathtaking adventure. From a segment with the Palin family fishing near grizzly bears, to Gov. Palin negotiating a climb up a steep glacier (despite a readily admitted fear of heights), it was an engaging episode that really got the audience involved. There was a sense of being taken along on the fishing trip, in the motorhome, in the float plane. The Alaskan scenery was stunning. Watching the Governor, her husband Todd, and their children share experiences in the great outdoors was thoroughly enjoyable.

In the midst of all of the outdoor activities, Gov. Palin, with Todd’s help, filmed a segment for Bill O’Reilly in a studio a mere twenty feet from their home. This elicited laughs from the audience as Gov. Palin obviously struggled for one uninterrupted sentence, not an easy feat if you are familiar with Bill O’Reilly.

Although Gov. Palin has lived in Alaska her entire life, she approached each adventure with an undimmed first-time enthusiasm that was wonderfully refreshing. It was truly contagious. The atmosphere in the theatre gave me the sense that the audience wished they could be there, sharing the excitement of the fishing, the climbing, the flying. Alaska’s native daughter drew us all in, and we were happy to be there with her.

It left me, and my companions, looking forward to the next episode with great anticipation. Sarah Palin’s Alaska is good. Incredibly good. This is a show that families can watch together and honestly enjoy, from the youngest children to the older adults. It seems like a minor stroke of genius that Discovery Channel has come up with something that will appeal to most everyone.

This evening’s screening played to a house that, while not packed, certainly had more persons in attendance than some “blockbuster” films I have seen. And tonight’s audience clearly liked what they saw.

Seven more episodes? Bring ’em on. Two thumbs up to Discovery Channel for a job well done. And we owe the Palins a debt of gratitude for this endearing and genuine look into their Alaska.

—-Lori Brenneman

Afterword: Leaving the theatre was not the end of the evening. As we stepped back into the lobby, we were presented with a black plush grizzly bear and a packet of color postcards depicting scenes from the episode we had been shown.

In conclusion, I believe that each person who attended had the good fortune to take away something rare and unique from Sarah Palin’s Alaska.

Lori provides a great review of this early screening. She also shared with me other little delights and surprises of the evening, but I won’t give them away! Be sure to tune in for the premiere Sunday.

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