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Archive for December 13th, 2010

Hair-Gate Pushers Use Haiti to Advance Their Anti-Palin Agenda

Posted by Adrienne Ross on December 13, 2010

By Adrienne Ross – motivationtruth.com

When Haiti is in dire need of humanitarian assistance, and when people like Rev. Franklin Graham, Governor Palin, and Greta Van Susteren are willing to travel there to offer such assistance, one would think the lamestream media would consider this, of all things, too important to include in their anti-Palin antics. But no. In addition to their to-be-expected obsessive preoccupations with tearing apart any and every move Governor Palin makes, now they’ve focused on her hair–again. They did this once before, stating she was so stressed it was falling out. They were wrong then, and they are wrong yet again.

The Associated Press accused her of bringing a hair dresser along with her to Haiti when, in fact, what they considered her dolling up for a photo-op was simply her daughter, Bristol, adjusting her mother’s hair clip.

The AP has now conceded that it was indeed Bristol and that they made a mistake, but come on. Perhaps they should stop acting like immature, deranged, ultra-partisans doing everything in their power to demonize–or rather divaize–Governor Palin, and focus instead on what really matters. She went with Rev. Graham to help, to be a blessing, to “love on” people who are going through an ordeal most of us, by the help of God, will never have to endure. Can these haters suppress their vitriol long enough to simply deal with that, rather than using Haiti’s situation to advance their own sick agenda?

Check out this screen shot, courtesy of Stacy Drake:

The publicizing of the picture then galvanized the Palin-haters who sit around daily looking for dirt on the Governor. Kristinn at Free Republic calls them out:

Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin traveled to Haiti this weekend as a guest of the Rev. Franklin Graham and Samaritan’s Purse to spotlight the ongoing humanitarian crisis in the earthquake and cholera-stricken Caribbean (half an) island nation. Instead she has found herself embroiled in a scandal, accused of bringing a hair stylist on the trip to make herself look good for the cameras and “photo-ops.”.

The Associated Press transmitted a photo from Haiti of Palin captioned, “Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, center, has her hair done during a visit to a cholera treatment center set up by the NGO Samaritan’s Purse in Cabaret, Haiti, Saturday Dec. 11, 2010. Palin arrived Saturday in Haiti as part of a brief humanitarian mission. Dieu Nalio Chery / AP”

That photo and caption set off rabid attacks on Palin from the Huffington Post, the U.K.’s Daily Mail and, of course, Palingates.

The photo does indeed show Sarah Palin standing with her husband Todd as a woman whose face is obscured uses two hands to fix the hair on the right side of Palin’s head.

However, one can observe that the woman is white, with her brown hair pulled back in a ponytail, wearing a white shirt with a bulky scarf and dark pants.

In other photos from Saturday, Todd and Sarah Palin’s white, brunette, eldest daughter Bristol, who accompanied her parents on the trip to Haiti, is wearing the exact same clothing and ponytail as the “hair stylist” in the AP photo.

That’s right, what the Palin-hating AP and others fail to report is that the “hair stylist” is Bristol Palin.

The AP photographer who sent the caption would have known that it was Bristol Palin, but by not mentioning her the AP was able to do a media hit on Palin but still be able to claim they told the “truth” with the caption.

Kristinn goes on to point out some captions the Palin-haters promoted:

The Daily Mail:

Ready for Her Close Up…Sarah Palin Lands in Haiti (where they don’t care what her hair looks like)

The Huffington Post (aka the Huff and Puff):

Reading the Pictures: Palin Does Haiti Cholera: How’s My Hair (and did AP lend a curl?)

The certifiably crazy at Palingates:

BREAKING NEWS: Palin Looks Good in Haiti

It’s unreal how facts don’t matter as long as they can spin a story to make Governor Palin look bad, even when it involves Samaritan Purse’s honorable work on behalf of Haitians in need.

Now the AP has walked back their claim and changed their original caption. Michael Calderone writes:

The AP photo caption now describes Palin as having “her hair fixed by her daughter Bristol.”

AP spokesman Paul Colford explained to The Cutline that it wasn’t “immediately clear” that the person photographed next to Palin was her daughter. “Once we figured out it was Bristol Palin,” he said, “we amended the caption accordingly.”

Not “immediately clear”? Well, that’s where checking facts comes in. Had they not been salivating like a rabid dog in their determination to bash a Palin, they might have taken the time to do that. But that malignant Palin Derangement Syndrome does dull the senses now, doesn’t it? Sickening!

Try as these people might to do Governor Palin dirty every time, they continue to show themselves to be who they really are: opposers of those who simply want to do good in this world.

(h/t Stacy Drake)

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Mark Ballas: Bristol “traveled an amazing journey”

Posted by Dr. Fay on December 13, 2010

Mark Ballas is in his native Houston to do a show there and talked with CultureMap Houston about his upcoming show and about Bristol Palin.

Nancy Wozny of CultureMap writes:

Mark Ballas, the two-time mirrored ball trophy winner on the ABC hit show Dancing with the Stars, joins the cast of Burn the Floor, presented by Broadway Across America Tuesday through Sunday at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts. Ballas, a Houston native, will be paired with So You Think You Can Dance Season 7 ballroom legend and Burn the Floor veteran Giselle Peacock.

Houston will finally get to see Ballas strut his steamy stuff with a pro in this ever popular ballroom extravaganza. After guiding Kristi Yamaguchi and Shawn Johnson to the winner’s circle, Ballas took on total ballroom newbie Bristol Palin in the latest DWTS season, taking his young charge all the way to the finals.

Ballas can not only burn the floor, he’s also not too shabby on the guitar. He’s just released his first solo CD, HurtLoveBox. Born into ballroom royalty, Ballas is the son of undefeated ballroom champions Corky and Shirley Ballas and grandson of Weed Eater inventor George Ballas.

He chatted with CultureMap about his Houston return and of course Palin

[…]

CM: Let’s talk Bristol. She was your most unskilled partner thus far. Alaska isn’t exactly a hotbed of dance. How did she compare to your other partners?

CM: Let’s talk Bristol. She was your most unskilled partner thus far. Alaska isn’t exactly a hotbed of dance. How did she compare to your other partners?

MB: You can’t compare her to other partners. You can’t even compare her to other contestants on the show this season, many of whom had dance training. It was so fun to mold someone from scratch, they become your creation. I have to keep them sane through the process, too.

I had to do that with Shawn Johnson. She had never danced with a partner before, but then again, she was an athlete. With Bristol, it was truly starting from the beginning. On the first day, she couldn’t even walk in high heels. She was so naive and vulnerable.

It was amazing to take her as far as I did. I am extremely proud of her achievement. No individual has traveled as far as she did. If you watch what she accomplished from the start to the finish, you can see that she traveled an amazing journey.

Really, it was a miracle how well she did. Just awesome. 

CM: How did you navigate the Palin spin machine, the Mama Grizzly and the controversy over making the finals?

MB: It was not an election. The show is not politics. Bristol is not Sarah Palin. You can’t help who your mother is. I had to channel that stuff out.

As for making the finals, the complaining blows my mind. People have been complaining that the contestants have too much dance training. They finally got what they asked for, because Bristol had zero training and she was in that studio sometimes 11 hours a day.

The purpose of the show is for people to come home from a hard day of work and tune in to be inspired. It’s joyous and positive. I think people truly enjoyed Bristol’s journey.

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Let’s focus on Palin’s humanitarianism, not her hair

Posted by loricalabrese on December 13, 2010

No matter where Sarah Palin goes, she can’t avoid the criticism of what she likes to call the lame-stream media and her trip to Haiti this past weekend was no different.

The former Alaska Governor traveled to Haiti as a guest of the Rev. Franklin Graham and Samaritan’s Purse to spotlight the ongoing humanitarian crisis in the earthquake and cholera-stricken Caribbean island nation. But instead of focusing on Palin’s humanitarian efforts, what does the media decide to focus on? Her hair!I’m sickened by the media reports of Palin’s trip on how it was a tightly stage-managed visit, how Palin brought along her hairdresser for photo ops, how if you blinked, you’d miss it; and how Haiti can’t catch a break.

Ever since The Associated Press transmitted a photo from Haiti of Palin captioned, “Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, center, has her hair done during a visit to a cholera treatment center set up by the NGO Samaritan’s Purse in Cabaret, Haiti, Saturday Dec. 11, 2010, the media seized an opportunity to wrongly attack.

That photo and caption set off attacks from the Huffington Post, the U.K.’s Daily Mail and, of course, Palingates, but what these sites fail to mention is that Palin did not bring a hairdresser with her and the woman in the photo fixing Palin’s hair was her daughter, Bristol who was brought along on the trip to raise teens’ awareness of the efforts in Haiti.

Palin tweeted, “This takes the cake. Really?…”

I’m with Palin on this one. This one truly does take the cake and is sexism at its worst. Think they focused on Hillary’s looks when she visited Haiti or how about Bill Clinton and George W. Bush? All were commended for their efforts in Haiti, but along comes Palin and all of a sudden, it’s labeled poverty porn?

I commend Palin for helping those who are less fortunate, bringing attention once again to the earthquake ravaged nation, and encouraging the work of Samaritan’s Purse. Maybe the lame stream media can learn something from the former Governor and focus their efforts on helping Haiti instead of focusing on Palin’s hair and wardrobe. Talk about lame!

As published on Examiner.com

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Palin urges Americans not to forget Haiti

Posted by loricalabrese on December 13, 2010

Sarah Palin visited Haiti this past weekend and urged Americans not to forget about the earthquake-ravaged country.

Haiti is currently fighting a massive cholera outbreak that has killed more than 2,000 people and sickened nearly 100,000 and the country continues to struggle to recover from January’s massive earthquake that left more than 220,000 dead.Palin accompanied Franklin Graham’s Samaritan’s Purse organization which describes itself on its website as “a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world.”

Palin praised Samaritan’s Purse for “doing God’s work” and spent her visit surveying the work of Samaritan’s Purse in two cholera treatment centers and handing out Christmas gifts to orphans….

As published on Examiner.com

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Palin’s “Don’t Retreat. – Instead Reload!” Tweet Makes “Most Notable Quotes” List

Posted by Dr. Fay on December 13, 2010

Governor Palin’s “Don’t retreat. – Instead reload!” tweet was listed as the fourth “most notable quotation” of 2009 by Yale librarian Fred Shapiro this week.

The New York Post reports:

Christine O’Donnell’s TV ad declaration “I’m not a witch” during her U.S. Senate campaign topped this year’s best quotes, according to aYale University librarian.

O’Donnell’s quote is cited by Fred Shapiro, associate librarian at Yale Law School, who released his fifth annual list of the most notable quotations of the year. In the ad, O’Donnell was responding to reports of her revelations that she had dabbled in witchcraft years ago.

“It was such a remarkable unconventional quote to be a part of the political discourse,” Shapiro said.

The quote by O’Donnell, a tea party favorite running in Delaware, tied for first place with “I’d like my life back,” the lament made in May by BP’s CEO Tony Hayward after the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history.

“People resented the fact that he was wanting to get back to his yacht races and other aspects of his normal life when those little problems were dwarfed by the magnitude of what people on the Gulf Coast were dealing with,” Shapiro said.

Shapiro noted that the top quotes stemmed from two of the biggest news stories of the year, the oil spill and the emergence of the tea party.

The original Yale Book of Quotations was published in 2006. Since then, Shapiro has released an annual list of the top 10 quotes. He said they will be incorporated into the next edition of the book.

[…]

Republican Sarah Palin’s tweet: “Don’t retreat. Instead — reload!” also made the list.

“The quotes become perhaps stronger, harsher, more unconventional every year,” Shapiro said.

On the Democratic side, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi made the list when she spoke in March to the National Association of Counties. “We have to pass the (health care) bill so you can find out what is in it,” Pelosi said.

Here’s the list:

1. (TIE) “I’m not a witch.” Christine O’Donnell, television advertisement, Oct. 4.

1. (TIE) “I’d like my life back.” Tony Hayward, comment to reporters, May 30.

3. “If you touch my junk, I’m gonna have you arrested.” airline passenger John Tyner, remark to Transportation Security Administration worker at San Diego airport, Nov. 13, 2010

4. “Don’t retreat. Instead — reload!” Sarah Palin, Tweet, March 23.

5. “Chi! Chi! Chi! Le! Le! Le! Los mineros de Chile!” Chant at Chilean mine rescue, Oct. 13.

6. “I hope that’s not where we’re going, but you know, if this Congress keeps going the way it is, people are really looking toward those Second Amendment remedies. They’re saying: My goodness, what can we do to turn this country around?” Sharron Angle, radio interview in January.

7. “We have to pass the (health care) bill so you can find out what is in it.” Nancy Pelosi, speech to National Association of Counties, March 9.

8. “I’m going to take my talents to South Beach.” LeBron James, television broadcast, July 8.

9. “You’re telling me that the separation of church and state is found in the First Amendment?” Christine O’Donnell, Delaware senatorial debate, Oct. 19. (The Associated Press reported the quote: “So you’re telling me that the separation of church and state, the phrase ‘separation of church and state,’ is in the First Amendment?”)

10. “They should never have put me with that woman. … She was just a sort of bigoted woman who said she used to be Labour.” Gordon Brown, comments about a voter he met while campaigning for British general election, Apr. 28.

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Palin Urges Americans and Others to Do More to Help Haiti

Posted by Dr. Fay on December 13, 2010

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Justine Redman at CNN.com reports on Governor Palin’s news conference in Haiti yesterday:

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin was in Haiti on Sunday, urging the U.S government and other Americans to do more to help the earthquake-ravaged country.

“Not to get political, but if some of the politicians would come here and see the conditions perhaps they would see the need for, say, a military airlift to bring the supplies that are so needed here,” she said.

Palin spoke at a brief press conference at a warehouse owned by the Samaritan’s Purse organization north of Port-au-Prince.

“(I) don’t want Americans to forget the need that is here,” she said. “More importantly, for Americans and people across the world to know what an individual can do to make a difference, to contribute, to kind of get out of your comfort zone and volunteer to help.”

Palin praised Samaritan’s Purse for “doing God’s work.” Samaritan’s Purse describes itself on its website as “a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world.”

Palin said she would not take questions from reporters. “The reason I won’t be answering questions is because we don’t need to be getting political here today,” Palin said.

The former Republican vice-presidential nominee thanked her husband and daughter Bristol for joining her on the trip and said she hopes Bristol could help raise awareness of Haiti’s needs among young people.

As she was whisked off the makeshift stage to her waiting car, Palin answered one question from CNN’s Gary Tuchman, who asked what was different from what she expected to find in Haiti.

“Much harsher than I had expected, the conditions are much rougher,” Palin replied.

[…]

Her visit comes as Haiti is fighting a massive cholera outbreak that has killed more than 2,000 people and sickened nearly 100,000.

The country has been struggling to recover from January’s massive earthquake that left more than 220,000 dead.

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