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Archive for December 19th, 2010

Ron Devito’s First-Hand Account of Sistah Talk TV Interview

Posted by Adrienne Ross on December 19, 2010

By Adrienne Ross –

Ron Devito of US for Palin was in the Sistah Talk TV studio last Saturday as I sat on the panel to discuss Governor Palin. With his permission, I am publishing his full account of the experience.

Ron writes in his article, “Right-Wing and Left-Wing Extremism Take You to the Same Place”:

“I’ve Got this Gov. Palin Project on Saturday…”

During the second week of December, Adrienne Ross emailed me about a “Governor Palin Project” she had. My interest piqued, and I inquired further. “Well, I’m going to be on a public access station in NYC, and they stream worldwide on the Internet,” Adrienne wrote. Each borough of New York City has a station, but “city” means Manhattan and only one public access station in the five boroughs live-streams. “Manhattan Neighborhood Network? (MNN)” I asked. Indeed it was. I’m familiar with MNN, because when I’m not working or doing doing my own Palin-related (Gov. Palin, family members, endorsed candidates) projects, I’m cutting videos for my wife’s ballet instruction show, Elsy Dance, And… which airs on Fridays at 1630 (4:30 PM) Eastern. Adrienne was to be on Sistah Talk, which airs at 1400 (2 PM) each Saturday. It worked out perfectly. I had to drop off a DVD of a re-run of Elsy Dance, And… anyway.

Sistah Talk

Sistah Talk is a talk show hosted by African-American women and it is oriented toward African-American-specific issues. Without Adrienne telling me anything, I already knew that the show’s hosts most likely bought into the identity politics of the Democratic Party. MNN has a sister building in Harlem, a solid Democrat area, and MNN being located on the Upper West Side, tends to run liberal. The hosts had been cajoling Adrienne to go on for months, but she was ambivalent about it. She did not want to do the show for reasons she couldn’t pin down. Finally, she agreed and Saturday, December 11 was the air date. My instinct told me that Adrienne was being para-trooped in behind enemy lines. And she was. In Sistah Talk TV Interviews Me about being Black and Pro-Palin, Adrienne provided her first-person account of the proceedings.

Pre-Broadcast Preparation

Sistah Talk is broadcast live from MNN’s headquarters, and I was to be in the studio audience presumably to comment. The first order of business was to drop my wife’s DVD off. The DVD clanged to the bottom of the drop-off box. That mission accomplished, I went to the right and into the studio. Adrienne was already there getting ready. I had not seen her since the Going Rogue signing in Rochester.

Adrienne Ross: Grace Under Fire

Finally, the show went live. Almost immediately upon the utterance of the words “Sarah” and “Palin,” the anger and hatred began boiling up in Penwah, who was seated at the left-most side of the table. She started screaming that Adrienne was “ignorant,” “had been played,” “had not gotten off the plantation,” and “This is what is teaching our kids? God help them.” Adrienne took it all in stride like a professional.

Of course, Adrienne is no stranger to controversy. She put her job on the line protesting the inclusion of Gov. Palin in a “Banned Books Week” display at her school. In Rochester, Adrienne had to mollify an angry crowd who learned they probably would not have their copies of Going Rogue signed. Ultimately, everyone’s books were signed. Later that night Adrienne was caught in an egg attack on a display stand featuring copies of Going Rogue. The egg attacker had targeted Gov. Palin, but was 15 minutes too late, because she had left the building. He ended up making restitution, buying the 10 books he damaged. Adrienne handled those situations with grace and poise.

Following the show, the panelists and even an audience member who was not particularly fond of Gov. Palin complimented Adrienne on her professionalism and grace under fire.

Pre-Broadcast Preparation

Explosive Palin Derangement Syndrome

Penwah angrily demanded that Obama’s title should be uttered with his name. For my part, I will do it only under two circumstances: in quoted material from Gov. Palin or on a direct instruction from her or an instruction from a member of her staff that can be authentically traced as having originated from Gov. Palin. For her and only for her, I’ll do it. But, this was not the venue to express that opinion. I stayed silent.

Penwah’s rage continued to boil. She huffed, puffed and fanned herself, strutting and fidgeting within her chair like a peacock. These actions may have been shtick, but her seething hatred was very real. Penwah was starting to look like a burning propane factory full of superheated tanks about to BLEVE (Boiling Liquid Expanding Vapor Explosion).

The other panelists – though no fans of Gov. Palin by any means – at least backed their arguments against her with reasons. I found their reasons to be flawed, and flimsy, but at least Adrienne had a civilized conversation with these panelists. Reasonable people can disagree. But, there was no reasoning with Penwah, who was growing more enraged by the second.

I made the determination that my commenting during this show would have turned the situation very ugly. The identity politics were at a fever pitch. The MNN staff likes my wife’s videos. I want to keep it that way. Post-broadcast, I met with Adrienne briefly as well as the more reasonable panelists she spoke with. I handed them business cards and said “Look, I don’t expect you to even like Gov. Palin. All I ask is that you go here, and see her accomplishments and see her record – and draw your own conclusions.”

A few days later, Penwah was tagged in a photo with Adrienne. Penwah responded with a curse and threat-laden comment. At least her online personality is consistent with who she is in real life.

The Other Extreme…

After the show, my wife and I went to a party that my lawyer had invited us to. He was a delegate on the floor of the 2008 RNC convention and saw Gov. Palin’s speech live. At the party, he introduced me to someone who he thought would be a good supporter of Gov. Palin’s. Those who know me, know that my wife is rather liberal. When she expressed her view, this man literally exploded. “Obama, Clinton, all of them should be hung [sic]!” “I don’t know how you could be married to her! I’d have killed and buried her by now,” he said about my wife. About the illegal immigrants, he said, “send them all home in body bags!” About Gov. Palin, he said, “if she gets nominated, we have another four years of Obama.” So much for that “good supporter of Gov. Palin” idea….

So, how could I stay married to my wife whose politics are diametrically opposed to mine? Simple. Love transcends politics. I’ve been with women whose politics were the same as mine. And, I’ve been married for 14 years (this December 23).

The African-American raging woman that was Penwah and the Caucasian raging “Tea Partier” that was this unnamed man to me were the same person in spirit. Their hate and their extremism brought them to the same place. Hate is hate. Indeed, I remember one of my teachers telling me that extreme rightism and extreme leftism are curves on the circle that both lead to tyranny and dictatorship.

If you have not yet seen the Youtube video of that Sistah Talk TV episode, watch it here. Keep in mind that this was an hour-long show, and the Youtube clip simply shares excerpts. The full version is even more “lively.”

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Latest Stats;Palin Right About Inflation Dangers,Her Detractors (Joe Klein/Time) Wrong Once Again.

Posted by M.Joseph Sheppard At Palin4President2016 on December 19, 2010

In a major policy statement in early November (in contrast to the idiotic advice from Joe Klein of Time Magazine that “She has no positions on any issue”),  Sarah Palin warned of the dangers of inflation due to the money printing of Bernanke’s Reserve Bank.

“All this pump priming will come at a serious price. And I mean that literally: everyone who ever goes out shopping for groceries knows that prices have risen significantly over the past year or so. Pump priming would push them even higher. And it’s not just groceries. Oil recently hit a six month high, at more than $87 a barrel. The weak dollar – a direct result of the Fed’s decision to dump more dollars onto the market – is pushing oil prices upwards. That’s like an extra tax on earnings. And the worst part of it: because the Obama White House refuses to open up our offshore and onshore oil reserves for exploration, most of that money will go directly to foreign regimes who don’t have America’s best interests at heart.” 

This prescient statement attracted,of course, criticism from the left, for whom a gut negative reaction to all things Palin comes ahead of the professional detatched analysis they are supposed to provide. There were sensible voices from the professional financial community, who, as they deal in the real world, saw the truth of her analysis.

Here is what has happened in the real world – reported, ironically by the San Franciso Chronicle, in the bastion of liberalism, just a month and a half after Palin’s sage comments:

“For the first time since 2008, inflation is hitting consumers in the stomach.

Grocery prices grew by more than 1 1/2 times the overall rate of inflation this year, outpaced only by costs of transportation and medical care, according to numbers released Wednesday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Economists predict that this is only the beginning. Fueled by the higher costs of wheat, sugar, corn, soybeans and energy, shoppers could see as much as a 4 percent increase at the supermarket checkout next year.

“I noticed just this month that my grocery bill for the same old stuff – cereal, eggs, milk, orange juice, peanut butter, bread – spiked $25,” said Sue Perry, deputy editor of ShopSmart magazine, a nonprofit publication from Consumer Reports. “It was a bit of sticker shock.”

But it makes sense. Since November 2009, meat, poultry, fish and eggs have surged 5.8 percent in price. Dairy and related products have gone up 3.8 percent; fats and oils, 3 percent; and sugar and sweets, 1.2 percent.

While overall inflation nationwide was 1.1 percent, grocery prices went up 1.7 percent nationally and 1.3 percent in the Bay Area, said Todd Johnson, an economist for the Bureau of Labor Statistics office in San Francisco. “The largest effects on grocery prices here over the last month were tomatoes, followed by eggs, fish and seafood.”

It is clear that not only does Palin understand the real life situations of the average person who is facing rising prices for staples, in contrast to the Beltway elite who live in a closeted world unaware of the struggling lives of the great mass of poor and middle class they purport to champion, but that she has positive policy prescriptions which, time after time, put the lie to the leftist talking heads who wrongly decry her on exactly that point.

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Sarah Palin Talks Taxes, Government Spending on FOX Business with Tom Sullivan

Posted by Dr. Fay on December 19, 2010

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Video Courtesy of PalinTV.

Governor Palin talked with Tom Sullivan at FOX Business last week about the tax bill.  The segment aired on Saturday, but judging by what was said, it may have been taped before the tax bill was passed.  

Governor Palin expressed her dissatisfaction with the bill by saying, “We can do better.  We’re taxed enough already…. We have to stop the madness.”  She agreed with Michelle Bachmann that Congress should wait until January and pass a new bill that is retroactive.

Governor Palin emphasized that the job that started with the 2010 elections is not yet finished.  She said that we should not take a breath but focus on 2012 now.   She said it may take another election cycle to curb the growth of  government spending.

When asked if she thought there was a personality trait required for a president, or governor, or mayor to be a good leader, Governor Palin replied, “Independence.”  She related her own struggles with the staus quo as she cleaned house in Alaskan politics and the resistance she met when she vetoed spending. 

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Over 500 Brave Single-Digit Weather for Anchorage Book Signing

Posted by Dr. Fay on December 19, 2010

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KTVA TV posted the videoclip above of Governor Palin’s book signing Saturday in Anchorage, Alaska.  On their website, they state:  “More than 500 people waited in line for a signed copy of Sarah Palin’s America by Heart.”

An article by the Associated Press posted at the Alaska Daily News reports:

Officials of Costco on Diamond Boulevard tell KTUU that a line began forming at 6 a.m. by shoppers seeking an autographed copy of her second book “America by Heart.”

Palin was the vice-presidential candidate on the Republican ticket in 2008 and has hinted that she’s considering a 2012 presidential run.

Heather Anderson of Eagle River says she’ll make sure to pass on her copies of the book to her children.

She says she wanted a signed copy of Palin’s work because it’s part of history.

Eric Christopher Adams at The Alaska Dispatch reported:

The sun had not yet risen above the Chugach Mountains at 10 a.m. Saturday morning; the temperature was a lonely 1 degree and not a parking space in sight at the bargain hunter’s warehouse paradise, Costco on Dimond Boulevard in South Anchorage. Just a week before Christmas and many Alaskans – and Outsiders – were lined up in the bone-chilling dawn, moving quietly along the back of the massive store to catch a glimpse of their former governor Sarah Palin and her family, and perhaps even shake hands with a future president.

The rest of the article was snide, as is typical of The Alaska Dispatch for all things Sarah Palin.

Casey Grove, who apparently is an ADN author, posted this report at The News Tribune in Tacoma, WA:

Christmas music played as Palin and husband Todd sat at a decorated table between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. signing copies of Palin’s bestselling “America By Heart.” The Palins chatted with book buyers as the line passed through a curtained area, where the signings took place. News photographers inside and gawkers outside the curtains angled to snap photos of the Palins.

Several times onlookers caught a glimpse of the Palins and exclaimed, “Oh! There she is!” Security kicked out at least two people — a woman with a “Worst Governor Ever” shirt, and a blogger critical of Palin who claimed security escorted him out after Todd recognized him.


Annette McKee and daughter-in-law April Merchant with Alaska Assistance Dogs brought a goldendoodle service dog, Sir Duke, through the book signing area. The Palins signed Duke’s vest.

Duke knows how to “read” by recognizing different commands on pieces of paper in a notebook, which Merchant demonstrated in an aisle at Costco.

But could he read Sarah Palin’s book?

“No, he can’t read her book, but he likes to read,” McKee said.

Duke extended a paw to Merchant, who held a piece of paper with “high-five” written on it.

Merchant is not a fan of Palin’s politics.

“Politically, no, but as a person, and as a woman, I totally respect her, and as a mom. I have the highest respect for her,” said Merchant, who said she is not affiliated with any particular political party.

“I think she’s great for our state,” McKee said. “I think her reality show is really good, her scenery in her show, it’s so gorgeous, people have to come here and see what we have. And it’s good TV. She’s fun to watch.”

When asked if they considered Palin mostly a celebrity or mostly a politician, people at the signing said she was both.

Chuck and Kathy Lyons are major supporters and said Palin was still a politician first and foremost.

“She’s getting everybody stirred up, one way or the other, and that’s good. People are talking, that’s the thing,” said Chuck, an off-duty Costco employee.

“I think she really is serving Alaska great, and I know a lot of people thought she was wrong in stepping down as governor but I think she did it for us,” Kathy said. “Because a lot of money was being spent through the state because of that, through lawsuits and everything. I think she’s really got a good mind.”

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