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Archive for November, 2010

UPDATED: Fans Wait in Line Up to 16 Hours for Sarah Palin’s Autograph in Houston

Posted by Dr. Fay on November 29, 2010

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Several hundred people showed up in Houston for Governor Palin’s America by Heart book signing.   Some waited in line overnight to get their wristbands for the event.

Sonia Azad  at abc13 wrote this report:

They’ve waited all night, some even camping out for the chance to meet Sarah Palin. The former Governor of Alaska is in Houston right now as part of her nationwide tour for her new book “America by Heart.”

The Borders book store on Kirby and Alabama started letting people at 9am and security was very tight. No bags, no jackets, no cell phones and no cameras were allowed. Everything had to be left in your car or at security. Palin was positioned at a table upstairs and she started signing books at 11am.

It was a long wait for people like Trina Roberson, who was first in line, getting to the Borders book store yesterday at 5pm.

“I don’t stand in line for 16 hours for anything,” said Roberson. “But this is worth it.”

Some have spent hours in the rain, waiting for wristbands and the chance to see the former vice presidential candidate. One of the most controversial political figures in America, Palin is promoting her new book, “America by Heart.” It’s said to celebrate American values, with a focus on Middle America.

Dwayne Roecker started reading the book this morning.

“I like the ideas that she is putting forth. I certainly believe in a lot of the things that she does, so I like the book so far,” he said.

The former beauty queen turned Alaska Governor turned best-selling author and political commentator is adding a new line to her resume — reality TV star. Her show debuted last week. Her fans say it’s only added to her stardom, which they hope catapults her into the 2012 race for president.

“I hope she’s our future president in 2012,” said Palin supporter Elisha Sultzer. “I think she’s awesome! I think she’s All-American.”

“Because she’s not like the other politicians, you just don’t believe them, trust them,” said Palin fan Steven Townley. “She seems like a genuine person. She just seems normal, you know?”

This is Palin’s second book tour. Last year she traveled by bus to 35 cities to promote her memoirs. This time her tour is smaller, and she’s playing her strength targeting key Republican states. A sign of what’s to come? It’s possible.

“There’s two kinds of books, political books — ones written by former presidents who kind of recap their lives and key decisions — and there are books of the future, which are written by people that either may want to seek the presidency or want to stay out in the political foreground for whatever the reason it may be,” said KTRK political consultant Peter Roussel. “So I guess the latter would be the case here this morning.”

You have to have a copy of her book that was purchased at a Borders book store. There is a limit of two books per person. You have to have a wristband to get in. The book store handed out 500 wristbands at 9am.

There was not one single protester gathered today. She will wrap up her book tour in her home state of Alaska.

UPDATE:

KENS5.com posted this video and account:

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The signing was scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. Monday at the store, located at Kirby and W. Alabama, but die-hard fans were lined up as early as 5 p.m. Sunday.

[…]

The publisher, HarperCollins, said the book is “framed by her strong belief in the importance of family, faith and patriotism” and covers everything from American history and culture to current affairs.

HarperCollins said the book will also feature selections from classic and contemporary readings that have moved Palin, including the nation’s founding documents, great speeches and sermons, literature and even some of her favorite songs and movies.

Even those fans who spent the night outside the store said getting the chance to meet Palin was well worth the wait.

“She’s not only gorgeous, she’s awesome. She’s smart, she’s articulate … I mean, she’s that idol that every woman wishes they could be,” Palin fan Elizabeth Lyman said.

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Palin Is Appalled at Obama Administration’s Delay in Dealing with Wikileaks Fiasco

Posted by Dr. Fay on November 29, 2010

Governor Palin’s Facebook Note:

Sarah Palin

Serious Questions about the Obama Administration’s Incompetence in the Wikileaks Fiasco

by Sarah Palin on Monday, November 29, 2010 at 3:17pm

We all applaud the successful thwarting of the Christmas-Tree Bomber and hope our government continues to do all it can to keep us safe. However, the latest round of publications of leaked classified U.S. documents through the shady organization called Wikileaks raises serious questions about the Obama administration’s incompetent handling of this whole fiasco.

First and foremost, what steps were taken to stop Wikileaks director Julian Assange from distributing this highly sensitive classified material especially after he had already published material not once but twice in the previous months? Assange is not a “journalist,” any more than the “editor” of al Qaeda’s new English-language magazine Inspire is a “journalist.” He is an anti-American operative with blood on his hands. His past posting of classified documents revealed the identity of more than 100 Afghan sources to the Taliban. Why was he not pursued with the same urgency we pursue al Qaeda and Taliban leaders?

What if any diplomatic pressure was brought to bear on NATO, EU, and other allies to disrupt Wikileaks’ technical infrastructure? Did we use all the cyber tools at our disposal to permanently dismantle Wikileaks? Were individuals working for Wikileaks on these document leaks investigated? Shouldn’t they at least have had their financial assets frozen just as we do to individuals who provide material support for terrorist organizations?

Most importantly, serious questions must also be asked of the U.S. intelligence system. How was it possible that a 22-year-old Private First Class could get unrestricted access to so much highly sensitive information? And how was it possible that he could copy and distribute these files without anyone noticing that security was compromised?

The White House has now issued orders to federal departments and agencies asking them to take immediate steps to ensure that no more leaks like this happen again. It’s of course important that we do all we can to prevent similar massive document leaks in the future. But why did the White House not publish these orders after the first leak back in July? What explains this strange lack of urgency on their part?

We are at war. American soldiers are in Afghanistan fighting to protect our freedoms. They are serious about keeping America safe. It would be great if they could count on their government being equally serious about that vital task. 

– Sarah Palin

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Palin Power in Dallas Draws Hundreds to Book Signing

Posted by Dr. Fay on November 29, 2010

Governor Palin’s  America by Heart book tour stopped in Dallas last night.  Dallas Daily News reports:

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KDFW 4 TV also has a video here.

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Benyamin Korn: Sarah Palin Gaining in Support from ‘Educated Jews’

Posted by Dr. Fay on November 29, 2010

Excellent article by Benyamin Korn, founder and director of  Jewish Americans for Sarah Palin and Jews for Sarah.com:

Sarah Palin Gaining in Support from ‘Educated Jews’

Monday, November 29, 2010

Benyamin Korn
Special to the Jewish Week

In recent weeks, a number of prominent Jewish intellectuals have been publicly praising Sarah Palin. This despite a recent poll, reported by veteran analyst James Besser (Nov. 26), that well-educated Jews appear to be overwhelmingly opposed to Palin. How do we explain this discrepancy?

Besser focuses on a recent poll showing Palin with stronger support among voters in general who are “less educated” and “less affluent.” That poll made no reference to Jewish voters, but Besser argues that since Jews are “more educated than the population at large and more affluent,” therefore one may safely assume they oppose Palin too.

Let’s recall that pundits made similar assumptions about Ronald Reagan when he was a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination in 1980. Reagan also had considerable appeal among the less educated and the less affluent; surely educated and affluent Jews would support President Jimmy Carter – or so the pundits reasoned. But on election day, the majority of American Jews repaid Carter’s disdain for Israel, his impotence in rescuing the Americans held hostage in Iran, and his mismanagement of the American economy, by abandoning him for Ronald Reagan, the most conservative Presidential candidate of the post-Vietnam era. Reagan received the largest share of the Jewish vote of any Republican presidential nominee in U.S. history.

While it is certainly too early to assume that 1980 will repeat itself in 2012, there are signs of growing respect for Gov. Palin’s policies and positions – especially among some of the Jewish intellectuals whom Besser presumes now oppose her.Just two days after the Nov. 2nd elections, Palin authored a 1500-word manifesto, published in the pages of National Review, detailing her strategy to “renew, revive, and restore” America according to free-market economics, energy independence, a strong national security policy and traditional moral values.

John Podhoretz, editor in chief of Commentary magazine, immediately hailed the Palin Plan as “brilliant.” It is perhaps no coincidence that his father and predecessor at Commentary’s helm, Norman Podhoretz, had endorsed Palin in the Wall Street Journal in March of this year, and was an early supporter of Ronald Reagan’s presidential ambitions at a time when many of his colleagues also questioned Reagan’s intellectual bonafides.

Then hear the views of Seth Lipsky, founder and editor emeritus of the English-language edition of The Forward, now editing at The New York Sun. For Lipsky, a serious student of the Constitution and author of the recent book The Citizen’s Constitution: An Annotated Guide, the genius of Palin’s platform is in her advocacy of “Constitutional conservatism.”

According to Lipsky, Palin insists on adhering “to the original intent [of the Constitution], the principles of the Founders,” a determination “to wrestle with what they were actually talking about,” not what contemporary policy wonks wish they had been saying. “This is an idea for our times, if there ever was one,” Lipsky concludes, because unlike other contemporary conservative strains, “every American has a relationship to the Constitution.”

Palin’s Constitutional conservatism, in Lipsky’s view, “is unifying, uplifting, and inclusive.”

Or consider William Kristol, a Fox News contributor, founding editor of one of America’s most important journals, The Weekly Standard, and son of renowned Jewish intellectual Irving Kristol. Bill Kristol was one of Palin’s earliest supporters, and remains so.

Even U.S. Senator Joseph Lieberman, I-CT, certainly no knee-jerk conservative, recognizes that Palin’s effectively address wide-spread concerns: “Sarah Palin for a lot of people has become a spokesperson. People worried that government has forgotten them, has grown too big, that the deficit is growing too large, and in some sense that we’re not being as strong as we should be in the world — Governor Palin has spoken to those concerns as much as anyone.”

Lieberman, Kristol, Lipsky, and the Podhoretzs are sophisticated, educated, thinking Jews who appreciate Palin’s heartfelt support for Israel, her forceful and informed advocacy for energy independence, her strong stance on national security, and her fealty to traditional moral values (sometimes we forget these are Jewish values, too!)  All are bellwethers of the increasing respect for Sarah Palin amongst us – the educated and affluent American Jews.

Benyamin Korn, former executive editor of the Jewish Exponent, is director of Jewish Americans for Sarah Palin and JewsForSarah.com. He hosts “Jewish Independent Talk” every Sunday from 5 to 6 PM on WNTP News-Talk 990 AM in Philadelphia.

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Andrew Malcolm: More good news for Sarah Palin

Posted by joshpainter on November 29, 2010

Things have been going Gov. Palin’s way lately, and Andrew Malcolm sees even more good news for the possible presidential candidate:

Fans are lining up in the cold 24 hours in advance to buy her new book during the 16-city promotion tour for “America by Heart.” “This lady will be the next president of the United States of America,” said an enthused Brian Roper in Tulsa.

She’s got a hit cable TV show. Polls of Republicans show the former Alaska governor is currently a most popular candidate for the party’s 2012 presidential nomination.

And now, believe it or not, even President Obama has an encouraging word for her. The Democrat tells ABC’s Barbara Walters that he’s not paying attention to his possible White House competitor.

[…]

That would be repeating the same mistake some of Obama’s Democrat competitors made back in 2006-07.

They thought that an inexperienced elected state official who’d quit that job to run for higher office, who could give a real good speech but had zero foreign policy experience and who had only written a couple of best-selling books, could not possibly present a serious political challenge to established Washington veterans.

And we all know now how accurate that thinking was.

More at Top of the Ticket.

– JP

Cross-posted from Texas for Sarah Palin

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Sarah Palin’s Alaska gives us a reason to aim higher

Posted by loricalabrese on November 29, 2010

Whether you love her or hate her, you have to admit one thing-Sarah Palin is one tough cookie. As we experienced the third episode of “Sarah Palin’s Alaska” on TLC, we were privy to venture into the Last Frontier where Alaskans still hunt and catch their own food, warm their houses with the wood they’ve chopped and love the beauty and the wildlife of Alaska. A point Palin makes in her new book, America By Heart, is how we forget how much the frontier is a part of our national character and the lifestyle we’ve been witnessing each week on Palin’s show is one that has gone out of style in much of the rest of the country. I have to admit, I can’t relate to donning rubber fishing pants, beating a halibut with a club, scrubbing the deck of a boat, filleting fish, and scrubbing bloody fish guts off a table. But I find myself glued to the television, wanting more…

As published on Examiner.com

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3 a.m Call “Iran Has Nukes Aimed At Washington” President Obama Or Palin To Take It?

Posted by M.Joseph Sheppard At Palin4President2016 on November 28, 2010

We learn via the Wikileaks documents and the world-wide comments on them that The Obama administration was warned, according to Haaretz, by Israel’s Defence Minister Ehud Barak in 2009 that Iran’s developing nuclear weapons capability had to be neutered by the end of 2010 at the latest. After that the proposed mission would be non-viable for “collateral damage” reason. Further, Haaretz reported ” Meanwhile, another cable shows that a 2009 claim by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that Iran was months away from achieving military nuclear capability was dismissed by the Americans as a ploy”

Similarly The Saudi King suggested a surgical strike on Iran to prevent that country developing nuclear weapons and further destabilising the whole region.
Links to quotes are at: http://recovering-liberal.blogspot.com/2010/11/3-am-call-iran-has-nukes-aimed-at.html.

We learn also that Iran has received advanced missiles from North Korea which they are attempting to modify to be able to at least reach Europe with a nuclear warhead.

In the 2008 election Hillary Clinton presented a devastating advertisement which was simplicity itself in its blunt question which went right to the point about Obama suitability to be president. It stated, in effect, “It’s three a.m. and the emergency call comes through to the White House-who do you want to be the one to pick up the phone Obama or Clinton?”

The point Clinton’s campaign made that the matter was one of experience-which of course Clinton had in abundance.It now seems clear the point should have been “Who has the strength of will, of purpose to defend America’s interests firmly, forthrightly and quickly?

This question is now raised as regards President Obama or a potential President Palin. We have seen how the potential opportunity for a surgical strike against Iran has been frittered away-even though called for by Israel and Saudi Arabia. We have seen the result of President Obama’s reaching out to the Muslim world in a new diplomacy. We have seen the result of the administration standing idly by whilst the Iranian election was protested and the protesters beaten.

We have seen the administrations lack of action as North Korea continues to develop its nuclear weapons capacity, sells arms to Iran, and attacks South Korea.The action taken against Iran and North Korea have been sanctions which Iran at least laughs off.

We see the Obama administration commit to a time frame to pull out of Afghanistan-signaling to the enemy exactly how long they have to hold out until the field is literally clear for them.The same for the suffering people of Iraq who will be left to totally fend for themselves when the last American soldier leaves. (which McCain said could be a thousand years if it was up to him).

We have seen Israel, America’s staunchest ally under pressure from Washington to make a quick settlement which would bring Obama a foreign policy triumph to counter the disaster he has achieved at home as reflected in the mid-term “shellacking”.

That is the proven record of this administration which Clinton so soundly warned against. What then of a putative Palin administration? Could anyone think that in all the instances above, where firm action, not words or sanctions, was required that Palin would not have acted firmly and surely to protect and advance America’s interests? She would have taken Israel’s part and signalled that negotiations for a just peace would ensure there were two in Israel’s corner not just Israel and a stand apart America.

Due to the action, or rather inaction of the Obama administration, it seems sadly true that a three a.m. call to President Palin would be to deal with the nuclear threat which the previous Obama administration had allowed to develop.We can be assured that she would deal with it firmly and if the phrase can be used, in a manly fashion.We can only hope that things have not got to the point by 2012 where the situation is unsalvageable and America has to face a humiliating back down.

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Black Lib Commentators More Dignified In Liberal Media’s Palin Obsession

Posted by M.Joseph Sheppard At Palin4President2016 on November 28, 2010

As if to prove his point beyond any question, not that somethings so obvious needs proving, the day after Charles Krauthammer belabored the liberal media for being obsessed with Sarah Palin, Clarence Page writes a whole column analysing her.

It had to happen of course that someone on the left would use Bristol Palin’s third place result on DWTS as a metaphor for Sarah-it is actually cringe making writing being on the one hand so blatantly obvious “write me” it calls out to the left and yet such a poor metaphor that I was surprised that someone of his stature would actually descend to it.

“She made it all the way to the finals — further than anyone expected — with the help of votes pouring in from her vast, underestimated fan base, only to lose the final vote tally to more experienced professionals.

Yes, I am describing 20-year-old Bristol Palin’s surprisingly successful performance for a non-dancer on ” Dancing With the Stars.” But I could also be describing what I expect will happen with her mother, Sarah Palin, in the 2012 presidential race.”

Horrible isn’t it?

What is pleasantly surprising, and in a way for Palin supporters, ominous, is  that Page writes of Palin in, to me at least, a semi-ironic, detached and pleasant fashion.Nothing of the rantings of fellow Black commentator CNN’s Roland S. Martin who the American Spectator described as calling for violence against Palin for the sin of, in his view, criticising the sainted Michelle Obama

Martin writes, “Hmmm. ‘Let’s Move’ is Obama’s kick? Maybe someone should kick Sarah Palin so she can understand how devastating obesity is to the future of the United States.”

Page’s writing style in commenting on Palin mirrors that of a number of Black commentators, most notably Rev. Al Sharpton which, frankly, put their White colleagues to shame. This detached, seemingly bemused view is challenging to Palin supporters as it is harder to combat than the antagonism of other, mostly White, obsessives which just reinforce the public view of the liberal media as being unhinged where Palin is concerned. Where it falls short however is that even with the non-combative nature of the comments, it does not address Palin as a serious person, i.e. it does not address the values and issues she stands for and presents.

Thus Page still falls into the same category of the obsessive, but in his case milder version, anti-Palinism on the left which Krauthammer correctly decries.

On another aspect of Page’s column-Jerry Seinfeld said on Letterman last week “everyones life sucks.”

That comment referred to the non-personal of course, and in that vein it appears to me that given his excellent writing style, it must suck appreciably for someone of Page’s talents to have to work within the haiku like formula of his column.

He presents in paragraphs of three to five lines, with about nine words per line. I am sure I err on the side of verbosity in my humble blog, but I could not cope with having to condense my thoughts into such a narrow framework. I am sure that years of discipline must allow Page to get down his ideas into the order that he wants, and which will purvey his where his mind is at, but still-it must suck from time to time to be so straight jacketed and formulaic.

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Disingenuous Palin-Haters Insult American People

Posted by Adrienne Ross on November 28, 2010

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

An article in the ADN today has this sentence beneath it: “Paul Jenkins is editor of the Anchorage Daily Planet.” I suggest replacing that with this: “Paul Jenkins is a delusional Palin-hater.” Despite his weak argument to the contrary, that’s exactly what he is. And though we’re most grateful for his definition of the term “hater,” I really don’t think any of us is in need of his help. We know one when we see one–and he fits the description.

In his article, designed to attack Bristol Palin for speaking out against people who have come against Governor Palin and herself, Jenkins expects the reader to believe that the obvious intense hatred for the Palin family is not hatred at all but healthy disagreement. The problem with that is none of us has just emerged from under a rock, totally oblivious to the irrational insane anti-Palin party that has been going on non-stop for two years.

Jenkins writes:

Bristol stumbled into the finals dead last.

“There’s lots of haters out there that are waiting for me to fail,” she said.

At the wrenching end of the weeks-long contest that captured America’s imagination, she did fail. Bristol Palin finished a miserable third behind real talent on a TV show too many of us watched on the off chance her paranoid, delusional, wack-job mom would be, well, a paranoid, delusional wack-job.

[..]

It seems to me that “hater,” used by the lovely Sarah P. as a blunt instrument on people she has issues with, is an ugly word. In fact, in the “Somalian-to-Norwegian Dictionary and Cooking Guide,” a hater is defined as somebody who disagrees or questions Sarah Palin about virtually anything — or who does not like lutefisk. There is even a picture of her and a pot of fish. I’m not kidding.

To the Palins, using the term immunizes them from criticism. You disagree, you’re a hater; your opinion, your point of view, means nothing. That’s too bad. Hiding behind “hater” is a childish, transparent and fearful self-defense gambit that signals intellectual weakness and a lack of backbone; an inability to defend an idea or principle. It insulates its user to end discourse. It forecloses on compromise, and labeling someone a “hater” is the first step in dismissing and, eventually, dehumanizing them. It’s not me; it’s you.

First things first. It is you, Paul.

Second, if Jenkins expects us to concede that “dead last” in a “DWTS” three-placement Finals is synonymous with failure, he’s out of his mind and probably has never seriously competed for anything in his life. Enough said on that.

Now, Jenkins seeks to prove that there really aren’t Palin-haters out there–just respectful, healthy people who express disagreement with the Palins. One need not look any further, however, than his own words to prove him wrong, as if there was any doubt. Referring to Governor Palin as a “paranoid, delusional, wack-job” won’t get him very far in supporting his claims. He attributes the term “childish” to them while simultaneously choosing to write an article attacking a 20 year old mom who wanted nothing other than to dance. He accuses her mother of possessing “a lack of backbone,” she who daily is insulted, harassed, and threatened by–dare I say?–haters like this character.

Stating that Governor Palin, her daughter, or their supporters, for that matter, throw the hater term out there all willy-nilly to innocent, well-meaning, honorable people who simply don’t agree with them is disingenuous at best. No, it’s a flat-out lie and an insult to everyone’s intelligence. As a child, the elders in my life always said, “No one likes a liar.” I have grown up to despise lies almost more than anything. I’d have more respect for this guy if he simply came right out and identified himself as a hater and was proud of it, rather than trying to convince the public that the Palins are imagining the onslaught of shameless filth they deal with on a regular basis.

Twisted people twist reality to suit their own agendas. Paul Jenkins asserts that the Palin family is imagining hate where none exists. Right. So we’re all stupid, I guess. Has he never seen this depiction of the Governor as Hitler:

Or heard about death wishes from politicians after Ted Stevens died in a plane crash.

Or read about death threats against her.

Or been informed about the allegations of racism.

Or been briefed on the numerous attacks against her son, Trig, found on blogs to which I will not link.

The list really is endless, and surely Paul Jenkins knows it. His article is a seriously weak attempt to convince readers that what they know to be true isn’t true at all. That’s a key characteristic of a hater. They work overtime to make other people think they’re crazy, when in fact they’re the ones suffering derangement–in this case Palin Derangement Syndrome.

Another example of such was debunked by Andrew Breitbart today. Recently Governor Palin cooked the media’s goose for blowing up a simple North/South Korea slip of the tongue. On Facebook she demonstrated that Barack Obama has made a plethora of gaffes, yet reporters never find it necessary to make a media frenzy out of it. Media Matters reported that the Governor was making a big deal out of nothing, that the media largely ignored this. However, count on Breitbart to break down the real deal:

Democratic Party front group Media Matters for America has published yet another attack on Republican Sarah Palin. This one a dishonest portrayal of media coverage of her recent slip of the tongue regarding the crisis on the Korean peninsula.

[…]

In a Thanksgiving Day message posted Nov. 25th on her Facebook page, Palin opened her post with a tongue in cheek send-up of President Barack Obama in which no fewer than ten of his verbal gaffes and misstatements were included and sourced.

[…]

Boehlert smears Palin, describing her as being nuts in some manner or form, “self-obsessed” and imagining things.

“Fox News’ Sarah Palin is now so consumed with every real or imagined media wrong against her that she’s to the point where she’s attacking the press for stuff they don’t even do.”

Even though Palin’s slip was reported in headlined stories by American and international wire services, as well as major news sites across America and around the globe, Boehlert claims “major American newspaper(s) did not turn the Palin/North Korea gaffe into a “major political headline,” did not treat it as news, and did not even mention it as news when it occurred.” Boehlert changes Palin’s assertion of major political headlines to major newspaper headlines, a sleight of hand that allows Boehlert to use Nexis to list major American news outlets that supposedly did not report on Palin’s slip:

“New York Times; Wall Street Journal; Los Angeles Times; Washington Post; New York Post; Houston Chronicle; Philadelphia Inquirer; Newsday; Denver Post; Arizona Republic; Minneapolis Star Tribune; Dallas Morning News; Cleveland Plain Dealer; Seattle Times; Chicago Sun-Times”

Boehlert also claims broadcast media did not cover Palin’s slip:

“What other news outlets ignored Palin’s verbal gaffe when it occurred? All three major networks–ABC, CBS, and NBC–as well as CNN, Fox News, PBS and NPR.”

However, Boehlert fails to note the story exploded on major news sites on the Web within hours of Palin’s slip.

Boehlert also conveniently fails to note that the faux scandal was initiated by his fellow Media Matters writer Oliver Willis.

The piece goes on to name the numerous media outlets that reported on the slip of the tongue–and not just in America either. It was reported in China, Korea, New Zealand, Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, and Australia. Read Andrew Breitbart’s full piece on this here.

Media Matters and Paul Jenkins could learn a thing or two about the American people. We are not sheep led by people so consumed with their anti-Palin agenda that we’ll believe everything they tell us. We’re not that crazy. Instead, we’re smart enough to trust what we see with our own eyes and what we hear with our own ears. And what we’ve been seeing and hearing are dishonest, disingenuous, and disgusting displays of Palin-hatred. No amount of twisting the facts will work to dull us to what is evident to all clear-headed people. We know better, for the truth is so obvious. Pointing fingers at the Palins is only an attempt to divert our attention from the truth. In fact, it actually shows these haters to be the childish, intellectually weak souls Jenkins tries to make the Palins out to be.

(h/t Fay)

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Grandmother Waits 13 Hours in Line in Andover So Granddaughter Can Meet Sarah Palin

Posted by Dr. Fay on November 28, 2010

Over 600 people showed up at Dillons in Andover, Kansas for Governor Palin’s book signing today. Some of them were there 24 hours before the book signing was scheduled to begin.  One grandmother was there at 8 PM to get a wristband at 6 AM so her granddaughter could meet Governor Palin.

Deb Gruver at the Wichita Eagle wrote (see video here and photogallery here):

Five-year-old Sarah Kester proudly showed off the bead bracelet that former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin gave her right off her own wrist Sunday.

Sarah and her grandmother, Jane Keliher of Wichita, were the first in line to have copies of Palin’s new book, “America by Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith and Flag” signed at the Dillons Marketplace in Andover.

That was mostly thanks to Keliher.

Armed with three layers of clothes, two scarves, two pairs of gloves and one pair of warm socks — topped with what she described as “the warmest blanket you could find” — Keliher spent the night Saturday night outside the grocery store..

She arrived about 8 Saturday night to secure her spot as No. 1 in line.

Her granddaughter couldn’t stay, sick with a sinus infection.

Keliher said Sarah cried when her family dropped her off at Dillons without her.

“I want to stay, too, Nana,” Keliher quoted her granddaughter.

“When a 5-year-old granddaughter says I want to see Sarah Palin, you go see Sarah Palin,” Keliher said from the front of the line, explaining why she was willing to spend the night in the cold in a grocery store parking lot.

About 11 p.m. Saturday, Keliher talked to others in the line as if she’d known them a long time. The man next in line even offered to share his portable heater with her.

Meanwhile, others had pizza delivered to them to fuel them for the night.

About midnight, Dillons passed out coffee and doughnuts to people braving the chill.

Dillons spokeswoman Sheila Lowrie said about 600 people showed up for the Andover stop on Palin’s book tour, which started Tuesday in Phoenix.

Everything went smoothly, Lowrie said. Two protesters — one who opposed Palin’s visit and one who supported her — were asked to leave store property, Lowrie said. No one was arrested.

About 100 people spent the night, Lowrie said. Starting about 6 a.m. Sunday, people were escorted inside to get the wristbands they needed to see Palin.

Palin sat behind a black curtain during the three-hour book signing and did not do interviews with the media. Media personnel were allowed to go behind the curtain but only to photograph her.

Palin was gracious, Keliher said, giving Keliher’s granddaughter her bracelet and telling her that she could come fishing anytime.

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Wichita resident Gib Schwemmer, who had wristband #309, said he even wrote in Palin for governor of Kansas, logistics aside.

“She got at least one vote,” he said.

Wearing a Korean War Veteran cap, Schwemmer said he is drawn to Palin because she invokes “common sense and talks very plain.”

Alvin Metzger drove from Ponca City, Okla., to take his granddaughter to the event.

They were second in line Saturday night.

“It’s not very often you get the chance to have a book signed by someone who might be the next president of the United States,” Metzger said, dressed in camouflage gear.

His 14-year-old granddaughter, Brielle Austin said she was “here for my future generation.”

She said she thought it would be cool to look back on her life and tell her own grandchildren that she once met Palin.

“It’s a memory,” Austin said.

“She’s looking ahead, I’m looking backwards,” Metzger chimed in.

KSN3 has a video on their website with footage of Governor Palin and of the child she gave the bracelet to.  Their article, which is excerpted below, and the video can be found here.

Around 600 people lined up at the Dillon’s Marketplace in Andover, many spending the evening outside the store, for a chance to meet Sarah Palin.The former Republican vice presidential candidate and Alaska governor signed books for three hours Sunday

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“It was worth every minute of it,” said Jane Keliher after waiting more than 13 hours in line to see the former Alaska governor. 

Keliher and her granddaughter Sarah were the first in line.  Palin gave the young girl a bracelet and playfully promised they’d go fishing together

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