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Archive for October 1st, 2012

Dancing With The Stars, Vote for Bristol Palin Tonight!

Posted by Jackie Siciliano on October 1, 2012


 
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Last week Bristol Palin and her professional partner Mark Ballas were in the bottom three; however, thanks to your votes, Team Ballin was deemed “safe” and survived to dance another week. 

During their post-show interview, Bristol and Mark gave their fans some clues about the song they will “Quickstep” to in week number two airing tonight on ABC.  Bristol cited that she “sings the song everyday” and seemed very excited to be able to get her song pick.  Listen to the interview here:

Voting information from Mark’s Blog & updated to reflect current information:

The couples dance on Monday nights for a score from the judges. Then the fans vote for their favorite. The judges score counts 50% and the fans 50%. The key to the judges score is that they convert it to a percentage. They take all the scores from the judges and add them together. Then that number is divided into the score for the individual couple. That gives the 50% that counts as the judges scores. Same thing with the fan vote. All the votes are totaled and that number is divided into the couples fan vote. The lowest combined judges scores and fan scores send a couple home.


There will be three ways to vote:


The first is by phone
800-868-3409. The number will remain the same throughout the competition. Phone lines open as soon as the show starts and stay open for 1 hour after the show. Fans should try to phone vote as soon as the show starts. After they dance and at end of the show are the hardest times to get through and we want every single vote. You can vote on as many phones as you have access to. For the first half of the season, voters will be allowed the same number votes as the contestants. For example, the first week there will be thirteen contestants, so each type of account gets 13 votes. The second week it will go down to 12. Once they are down to 5 contestants or less, the fans still get 5 votes per account.


ATT users can text their votes by texting the word “vote” to
3409. Once again you get the same number of votes as contestants. It is my understanding you can text votes and call votes from the same phone.


The final way is online. Go to http://abc.go.com/shows/dancing-with-the-stars/. On show nights there will be a vote tab. You have to have an account to vote online. You should make your accounts before the show starts because when the show is going the site crawls. You can vote with as many accounts as you make.

Dancing with the Stars is definitely a team effort. Bristol and Mark will do the dancing-the fans have to do the voting! Please be sure and support them with your votes on September 24!

 

Week number two of “Breaking It Down With Bristol” is now available.  Bristol will be talking with Kevin Scholla of SarahNETRadio each week and by listening you will get the inside scoop directly from Bristol.

h/t SarahNETRadio

Follow Bristol’s Blog here on Twitter here and on Facebook here

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Palin Endorsee Dan Bongino Going ‘Rogue’ To Help Save America

Posted by Dr. Fay on October 1, 2012

Chelsea Shilling at WorldNetDaily reports on a WND interview with Dan Bongino, who is endorsed by Governor Palin.  The article is lengthy, but is well worth the read.  Here are some excerpts:

As a former Secret Service agent who was tasked with protecting President Obama and President George W. Bush, Dan Bongino saw things most people never see in Washington.

“I am so fed up with insider politics, games and insulated lifestyles and political celebrities,” Bongino told WND. “You know there’s that saying: If you don’t decide to change it, you are destined to be ruled by people lesser than yourself. I was very upset at the direction in which the country was going. And I felt that it was time for action.”

So Bongino quit his lucrative job to run as the Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate against Maryland Democrat Ben Cardin, who is ranked as the third most liberal Senate Democrat. He’s been endorsed by Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah; Rep. Allen West, R-Fla., former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and other leading conservatives.

[…]

“Being inside, there are obviously certain things, out of a code of honor, I’m bound to not say,” he explained. “But I’ll say this: One of the things that bothers me the most is, I find this president tends to surround himself only with people of like minds. And they tend to be academics only. I call them the bow-tie wearing crowd.”

Bongino said there are catastrophic consequences of Obama’s choice to surround himself with “academic” advisers and “yes” men.

“I think we’ve seen it in his foreign policy and his domestic policy, which, by his own metrics, has been a catastrophic failure,” he said. “With President Bush, I had some disagreements with him as well on economic policy. At least he and President Clinton brought people in who would give the other side of the argument – not that they would always take it – but at least they heard it.”

Bongino continued, “This president doesn’t do that. He surrounds himself with ‘yes’ people who look to him like he has some kind of powers of intellect you don’t have. There’s no contrarian approach taken to his ideas to say, OK, maybe not every tax is a good idea, or maybe government-run medicine isn’t a good idea. There’s none of that. It’s just ‘yes,’ ‘yes,’ ‘yes,’ ‘yes.’”

He said, “When you surround yourself with ‘yes’ people, this is what you get. You get disastrous domestic and foreign policy that have had real, material consequences and life or death consequences for Americans.”

[…]

“I’m a middle-class man with a wife and two kids, and when the economy hurts, I hurt. When the health-care system is broken, it breaks me and my family. When the education system struggles, it affects my kids. Most of these rich, insulated politicians who have somehow gotten wealthy in office, none of these problems affect them like that.”

As for Obama’s statement declaring, “If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that,” Bongino has a few words for the president:

“We built that!” he said. “We built the roads, too! Those are our tax dollars. There’s no such thing as public dollars. Those are private dollars confiscated by the government, vis-à-vis tax policy – some for good causes and some for not – but he didn’t build that.”

Bongino pulls no punches when talks taxes.

“I say outright: If you want to pay higher taxes, I’m not your guy,” he said. “There’s a fiscal cliff coming in January. Your income tax rates, your state taxes, you name it: You name the tax, it’s going up. I will fight it until the day I leave office. I will not let that happen.”

[…]

Bongino warned, “We can either impose a real debt ceiling or we’re going to have it imposed rather harshly on us. Let me tell you, that day of reckoning is coming. I think there are very few people out there who are really speaking the truth about the horrendous predicament we’re in.”

He noted that if the U.S. were to cut every dime of discretionary and military spending, it would still run a deficit this year.

“That should show you how bad of a situation we are in and how the time for real leaders is now – or you’ll rue the day you didn’t elect them,” he said.

Asked what the nation can do to address this alarming problem, Bongino said there are only two approaches: 1) serious spending cuts and 2) accelerated economic growth.

As for spending cuts, he said, “People ask, ‘Well, what department?’ No, no, no! There’s nothingthat’s off the table. Don’t limit yourself to that question. Every single government employee, agency, office, building, has to start looking at ways to be more productive, to create more output with less input or the same output with less input. It happens in business all the time.”

He also said America has no choice but to grow out of its economic slump.

“There is no option,” he warned. “If we don’t grow our economy and focus on growth first, it will take us 75 years, even under the most ‘draconian conditions,’ we still would not be able to pay off this massive anchor of debt. So we have to grow. That’s why I put out there the economic platform that focuses on growth first. Everything else has to be secondary. We just don’t have a choice.”

[…]

“Socialism is basically controlling the means of production – government bureaucracy owning it,” he said. “Traditional socialism was a joke. No serious person believes it works. It’s been tried, and it not only failed but led to the deaths of hundreds of millions of people in the process, some rather violently.

“So now they think: Why own the means of production as a government body if you cantax the means of production at extremely high rates? We have the highest corporate tax rate of the OICD countries. We have the gold medal in a competition we didn’t want to win. Then they regulate it to death. Why own it? The government already owns it!”

Bongino has a warning for those Americans who argue for so-called “fair taxation” and plan to vote for Obama this November.

“I think what Americans – some who are voting for President Obama – don’t understand is that there’s really no limit to what they perceive as ‘fair taxation,’” he explained. “They’ll never give you a number, because the number to them is ever-increasing. That’s why they won’t put a cap on it, and they’ll never really answer the question.”

If anyone truly questioned Obama about his taxation plans and asked him what percentage each income group should pay in taxes, Bongino said, they would never get a straight answer.

“President Obama will never give you a number because he doesn’t know the number,” he explained. “The number to him is as much as he can get. He views your money as government money on loan. It’s really public funds generated by a public pool of capital.”

He added, “That’s really absurd. It’s nonsense economics. It’s never worked. It’s not what Americans have bled, fought, died for.”

Freedom, Bongino said, is a “painful thing” that requires “tremendous responsibility.”

“You know, people talk about freedom and liberty, and they forget that there are very real responsibilities and requirements for that. Freedom also means freedom to fail if you don’t want to work and you don’t want to produce.”

[…]

“Not to try to be smart about it, but what is the president’s foreign policy?” he asked. “I’d love to know.

“The policy with Iran is what? Just leave it alone while we have an opportunity to affect change on a hegemonic regime?

“Egypt, what was the foreign policy there? Hosni Mubarak, I’m not inviting him over for dinner, but under America-first foreign policy, at least he was an ally and kept the peace with Israel. He did nothing new. We allowed him to be deposed, did nothing, and now look what we’ve got over there. We’ve got our embassy being overrun.

“Libya? Now we choose to get involved, but only in a limited role in which the president takes credit. Our foreign policy in Libya seems to have collapsed there.

“Syria, well what was the foreign policy there? Do nothing?”

Bongino said Obama’s foreign policy has him completely stumped.

“My only guess – and this is my version because he doesn’t really have a foreign policy – is it’s to extend our hand, have it slapped away and then find a reason to apologize for them slapping your hand away.

“We had a Bush doctrine, a Truman doctrine, a Nixon doctrine, and you may not have agreed with them. That’s fine. This is the United States, and we should certainly criticize poor foreign policy. But in this case, what’s the Obama doctrine? I think the answer is nobody really knows.”

As for Israel, Bongino has a deep fondness for the nation. He declared himself “an avid, open and public supporter of Israel.”

“They are our only true ally in the region,” he said. “Anyone who says otherwise has either never traveled the world or has lived their lives in an academic institution and has no interest in reality. Arabs in Israel have more freedom than Arabs in the Arab world. They are an ally, and that is unquestionable.”

[…]

Bongino told WND he refuses to support “government-run medicine.”

“I don’t, and I never will,” he said. “I will always support patient-driven options. It’s based on real data and real experience with health-care economics.”

As for Obamacare, he said, “We have to repeal it. It’s based on flawed economics. It’s based on rationing principles.”

He said Obama is failing to explain to the American people that there are only two ways to allocate resources.

“A doctor’s time is a resource. I don’t think any sane-thinking person disputes that. A doctor usually works more than eight hours a day, and there are two ways you can see the doctor,” Bongino said. “You can pay, either through the health insurance company or directly, or it can be rationed, where the government picks who gets to go to the doctor and who doesn’t. If you can suggest to me a third way, I would recommend you for the Nobel Prize in economics because there’s not a third way. That’s it.”

Bongino explained the differences between the two approaches.

“There’s a board of 15 bureaucrats that are going to be appointed – keep in mind, not elected, appointed by more government bureaucrats – and are going to set prices and say they’re using a price model, but they’re not.

“Let’s say a hip replacement is $7,000. What they’re going to do when they run out of money – because they can’t control prices in the rationing system – they’re going to set the price for reimbursement to $6,000. What doctor is going to take that? None of them! So you just de facto rationed those products.

“If you use a price model and competition, and you allow seniors 55 and younger to choose between traditional Medicare or a premium support model where they can pick the same health insurance that members of Congress have, all of the sudden, you introduce competition. That forces doctors and hospitals and everyone else to provide quality service to people who would otherwise be relying on their benevolence instead. ”

[…]

Bongino is a devout Catholic, and he said his faith in God has always guided his decision-making.

“I remember even as a kid praying and asking the Lord for guidance,” he said. “He has a way of tapping you on the shoulder and telling you what direction to go, but it’s up to you to go in that direction.

“He’s chosen my path, and I always ask Him just for the strength to pursue it. I pray on any decision of significance. For me, there’s nothing more important.”

However, Bongino disapproves of the Obama administration’s treatment of certain religious groups.

“If you’re of a Christian or Jewish faith, you get to be a back-bencher, but if you’re in one of the selected groups that he seems to choose, all of the sudden you move to the front of the line,” he said.

[…]

Bongino argues that the debate has “nothing at all to do with contraception.”

“It has everything to do with the ability of religious groups, with whom you may or may not agree, to practice their faith as they see fit – not as the president sees fit,” he said. “I have news for the president: They don’t care what his version of Christianity is, because the president is a man. That’s it. The Catholic Church, he may not agree with it, but, the point is, that’s not for him to say.”

He continued, “We are a country founded on a document that collectively prohibits government from interfering in your religious beliefs. If you don’t like it, you are more than free to move anywhere else. No one is stopping you. Go somewhere else where they tell Christians and Jews they can’t practice their faith. There are enough countries in the world that will do that.”

[…]

“My wife came here the legal route,” he said. “The legal system, having lived through it, is an absolute disaster. I can’t think of any other way to say it. She’s not a net taker of taxes. She’s a net producer of taxes. We would be creating more jobs right now for Americans if the government would just get out of the way.”

Many leftists frame the illegal immigration debate as a situation of Republicans against all immigrants, Bongino said, but nothing could be further from the truth.

“Nobody I know in the Republican Party – no one – is making an anti-immigration argument,” he said. “My wife is a female, immigrant, Hispanic, conservative Republican. These people are not ‘these’ people. They’re us. There’s no group of automatons called ‘the Hispanics’ or ‘black vote.’ They’re just people who happen to be Hispanic and who may or may not vote according to your political beliefs.”

Bongino said he supports construction of the U.S.-Mexico border fence and use of E-Verify to perform background checks on workers.

“We do have concerns about terrorism and human trafficking,” he said. “It’s not the 19th century anymore, where immigration and the explosive technology hadn’t advanced and terrorism wasn’t as huge of a concern as it is now. We have to have a realistic policy.”

He added, “We can’t absorb 12 million people in one country. We just can’t. The social costs are too much.”

However, Bongino said a good, targeted immigration policy would attract the “world’s best and brightest” to the U.S.

“We would be, by far, the most prosperous country on earth for the next couple of centuries,” he said.

To do that, Bongino recommends a points-based immigration system.

“There are areas right now where we need people, and the immigration system is so broken we can’t get them,” he said. “For example, we need engineers. We can’t produce them. We should be able to. There’s a longer education argument to be had there. But my point is, if we move to a ranking system that allows some people who have either capital to invest here or intellectual capital to invest here to the front of the line, it would benefit everyone. ”

[…]

Bongino said he’s a supporter of Second Amendment rights.

“I’ve been a police officer and federal agent for 17 years,” he said. “I’ve never once arrested someone with a gun who had the gun legally.”

However, he said there’s a difference between the right to bear arms and the right to legally bear arms.

“If you’re a criminal who wants to use a gun in a crime, I don’t even think the most avid Second Amendment supporter thinks that’s a good idea,” Bongino said. “I think the liberals tend to conflate illegal gun possession with gun possession, just like they like to conflate illegal immigration with immigration. They are completely disparate topics.”

[…]

Cardin was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2007. Prior to that, he represented Maryland in the U.S. House of Representatives for 20 years. No Republican senator has held a seat in Maryland since moderate Sen. Charles “Mac” Mathias Jr. retired in 1987.

Nonetheless, Bongino is convinced he can pull an upset victory.

“We’re in a three way race. All we need is a plurality, not a majority,” he said. “We’ve got three debates coming up. I think they’re going to be fantastic for us to get our ideas out there.

Bongino is optimistic about his chances this November. He said Cardin’s cash advantage is dissipating.

“He was out-raising us 100 to one a year and a half ago. I’m pretty sure we’re going to out-raise him this quarter,” he said. “National groups are rallying behind us. In a three-way race with two multimillionaire, out-of-touch opponents both running a left-of-center campaign, I don’t only think it’s possible. I think it’s probable we’re going to win this.”

On Aug. 20, Sarah Palin urged Maryland voters to support Bongino on her Facebook page:

Though political pundits often dismiss conservative candidates running in deep blue states, I don’t believe in ignoring good candidates simply because they’re fighting uphill battles against the odds. In fact, I find such candidates incredibly brave and especially worthy of encouragement. In many cases, they are often the most articulate and courageous new conservative voices out there.

In 2012, we must cede no ground in our effort to win back control of the Senate and secure the House. We must fight every race to make sure we equip our next president with a wise Congress ready to work for all Americans. We also owe it to voters in every state – even the deep blue ones – to support good candidates for office so that they have a genuine choice in November. That is why I’m honored to announce my support for Dan Bongino in his Senate race in the “deep blue state” of Maryland. …

This is more than just a race of Republican vs. Democrat or conservative vs. liberal. It’s about taking our country back from the career politicians in both parties who have spent us into debt, nearly taxed us to death, enriched themselves, rewarded their cronies at our expense, and have no vision to help the private sector create the jobs we need to get this economy moving again. They are the reason why Congress’ approval rating is at an all-time low. In supporting Dan Bongino, we are offering Maryland voters a clear choice either to continue with the failed policies and crony capitalism of the permanent political class, or to shake things up with Dan Bongino and cast a vote that helps put our country back on the path to prosperity.

WND asked Bongino: “Can you assure voters that you will be their voice in Washington first and foremost and not let the political culture change you into a D.C. insider who doesn’t represent their interests?”

Bongino replied: “If you think I left my job and put my financial security and my family’s financial security on the line to become what I hate most – to become like one of them, what I ran away from – then you’ve got another thing coming.

“I’m not running to spend a career behind those walls of Congress. I’m not interested. Remember, I lived this life for 12 years inside the White House and around the White House. I was ultimately sickened by the insulated bureaucracy.

“I’m not interested in their Christmas parties. I’m not interested in their Air Force One rides. I’m not interested in their chauffeured limos and their fancy dinners.

“I’m interested in walking up onto Capitol Hill and saying, ‘I don’t represent you. Don’t try to cut any deals with me, because I’m not interested. I represent us, and that is it. I’m not going to be a career insider. I am a genuine outsider who is firmly, completely, 100 percent committed to shaking up this nest.’”

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“Outstanding Speaker” Sarah Palin Headlines A Leadership Forum At Southeastern University

Posted by M.Joseph Sheppard At Palin4President2016 on October 1, 2012





No matter how many times the left says Sarah Palin is “irrelevant,” the great mass of common sense folk know otherwise. To be chosen as a headline speaker at a University forum, following past luminaries like Colin Powell and President Bush, to present a seminar on “overcoming obstacles in leadership” speaks volumes. Here are the details.

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From The Ledger: Florida

Sarah Palin to Speak at Southeastern Forum

The seventh annual leadership forum will be held March 7 and 8.

Is it true that former governor of Alaska Sarah Palin — the 2008 Republican candidate for vice president — is slated to speak at Southeastern University next year? You betcha.

By Mary Toothman

THE LEDGER

Published: Sunday, September 30, 2012 at 11:36 p.m.

Last Modified: Sunday, September 30, 2012 at 11:36 p.m.

LAKELAND | Is it true that former governor of Alaska Sarah Palin — the 2008 Republican candidate for vice president — is slated to speak at Southeastern University next year?

You betcha.

The university’s 2013 National Leadership Forum has announced that Palin, 48, will speak at the seventh annual forum, scheduled for March 7 and 8 at the university’s Lakeland campus. Past forum speakers have included Colin Powell, Jeb Bush, President George Bush and Condoleezza Rice.

The forum is geared toward leaders in the business, professional and church communities.

Brian C. Carroll, vice president for university advancement, said the event was created from a desire to teach students and the community about the ideals of servant leadership. “We wanted to create an event that embodies those values,” he said.

Lakeland businessman Bill Mutz, a former auto dealer who has been involved with forum sponsorship, said the upcoming speaker lineup is exciting.

“I think the forum has continued to bring some outstanding speakers to the area who offer a little outside-of-the-box leadership thinking that has been very valuable, not only to individuals, but to organizations that send people to the event.”

Having Palin speak was not a decision made with a political agenda, Carroll said. “This is not a political forum, by any stretch of the imagination,” he said. “Sarah Palin is going to be talking about overcoming obstacles in leadership, and she’s overcome a lot of obstacles.”
Tickets for the limited seating event go on sale today online at seuleadershipforum.com. Forum tickets cover both days of the event, and are sold in four categories: $450 for non-reserved tickets; $650 for a reserved ticket; $1,000 for a VIP ticket and $1,500 for an executive ticket.

Other speakers on the agenda are:

Phil Cooke, writer and speaker who has produced media programming in more than 40 countries.

Jon Gordon, author and speaker.

AmyK Hutchens, business strategist and speaker.

John Ortberg, author, speaker and pastor of Menlo Park Presbyterian Church.

Nancy Ortberg, teaching pastor, author and founding partner of Teamworx2.

Mark Sanborn, author and president of Sanborn & Associates Inc., a leadership development idea studio.

John Maxwell, an internationally renowned leadership expert, coach, and author.

Pat Williams, senior vice president of NBA’s Orlando Magic.

The first two levels of tickets cover seating at all sessions, lunch both days and access to a hospitality tent. The VIP tickets cover reserved seating at the front of the event, lunches — including a private lunch with a forum speaker — reserved parking and access to the VIP hospitality tent.

The highest priced ticket buys premier seating, a private, evening reception with Palin and the amenities included with the VIP tickets.

Maxwell will be the keynote speaker at a scholarship gala, to be on the evening of March 7.

Sponsorships finance the speakers, and also provide scholarships. All net proceeds from the event directly benefit the Southeastern University Scholarship Fund. More than 90 percent of the university’s students receive financial aid, officials said. In 2011-12, more than $7 million was awarded to students.

For more information about the conference, call the university at 863-667-5455 or 877-367-8620.

[ Mary Toothman can be reached at mary.toothman@theledger.com or 863-802-7512. Her Twitter feed is @MaryToothman.]

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Sarah Palin: Never Before Seen 21-Picture Candid Photo Album On Stump In Arizona

Posted by M.Joseph Sheppard At Palin4President2016 on October 1, 2012

I was just sent a series of candid photographs of Sarah Palin campaigning for Kirk Adams in Arizona. A few have been published but not the whole series, according to my informant, to whom I am most grateful for supplying her precious mementos. Here’s her story:

Some are slightly out of focus, but to me that is just part of what is clearly the rush and excitement that her presence generates and is in itself a telling factor.

I add them to the series I published during the campaign and the 21 in total give an outstanding portrait of Palin on the stump. Her affability, genuine care for folks and charisma are obvious for all to see. A  moment in time captured but significant in what it portrays.

 

Here is a local coffee shop owner commenting on the huge crowd for Palin.Click ony pictures to enlarge.

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Palin: Speaking Engagement at Southeastern Forum

Posted by Jackie Siciliano on October 1, 2012

 

Sarah Palin’s compelling story of her early life growing up in America’s Last Frontier and her rise to national prominence as the first female Republican Vice Presidential candidate continues to inspire others.  Her story is so much more than politics and she’s been invited talk about overcoming obstacles in leadership at the Southeastern Forum.

 

From The Ledger:

LAKELAND | Is it true that former governor of Alaska Sarah Palin — the 2008 Republican candidate for vice president — is slated to speak at Southeastern University next year?

You betcha.

The university’s 2013 National Leadership Forum has announced that Palin, 48, will speak at the seventh annual forum, scheduled for March 7 and 8 at the university’s Lakeland campus. Past forum speakers have included Colin Powell, Jeb Bush, President George Bush and Condoleezza Rice.

The forum is geared toward leaders in the business, professional and church communities.

Brian C. Carroll, vice president for university advancement, said the event was created from a desire to teach students and the community about the ideals of servant leadership. “We wanted to create an event that embodies those values,” he said.

Lakeland businessman Bill Mutz, a former auto dealer who has been involved with forum sponsorship, said the upcoming speaker lineup is exciting.

“I think the forum has continued to bring some outstanding speakers to the area who offer a little outside-of-the-box leadership thinking that has been very valuable, not only to individuals, but to organizations that send people to the event.”

Having Palin speak was not a decision made with a political agenda, Carroll said. “This is not a political forum, by any stretch of the imagination,” he said. “Sarah Palin is going to be talking about overcoming obstacles in leadership, and she’s overcome a lot of obstacles.”  More

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Chuck Heath, Sr. and Chuck, Jr.’s First Book Signing Stop–Rochester, NY

Posted by Adrienne Ross on October 1, 2012

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

I gave a little taste here, but the Rochester, NY event with Chuck Heath, Sr. and Chuck, Jr. requires more detail. They arrived after being delayed several hours at JFK, causing them to miss an NBC television interview that night. It was raining rather hard, but it would have taken more than that to require such a lengthy delay. Interestingly enough, they never found out why they were delayed for so long.

I made the four plus hour drive up to Rochester Friday evening and was excited to do so. I arrived at Barnes and Noble before 1:00 p.m. Saturday, which was the time the book signing was scheduled to start. Prior to the event, word had already gone out that the media had chosen not to give this book signing any publicity. One reporter supposedly said advertising it would be an exercise in “bias.” Another pretended they wanted a press release at the last minute, although I soon learned that when they had been approached before, they said they weren’t interested. When they got that press release, they did nothing with it. Then you have the Democrat and Chronicle, Rochester’s big time newspaper, which also didn’t do its part. As Chuck, Jr. said, perhaps their name says it all. The bottom line is the authors should be able to show up and meet and greet people, sign autographs, and discuss their book, without worrying about the publicity end of things. Publicists have to do the heavy work ahead of time, and as this situation shows, they must be relentless in following up with media that don’t want to comply. They must ride the media and refuse to take “no” for an answer. Gone are the days when people can just expect members of the media to do their job.

I am left with two predominant feelings after my time with the Heaths yesterday. First, I am more baffled by–and impatient with–those who have demonized the Heaths and Palins, who have done everything in their power to promote lies and tear them down. These people are clueless, and their assessments are flat out wrong. Second, I am more determined than ever to continue this fight to stand behind the Heaths and Palins, to combat the lies, and to budge not one inch in my commitment to promote their integrity, defend their character, and pray for their well-being.

This really is my only regret. The Heaths deserved a New York welcome with crowds around the corner. This book merits that, and their hard work merits that. It’s not like they don’t have ample support in that part of New York. Everywhere they went, they ran into supporters of Governor Palin who had heard nothing about the book signing. I wish they would have received the welcome they deserved.

Having said that, the event was wonderful for those who attended. They made each one feel special and appreciated. They signed, talked, took pictures, and was as gracious as we have come to expect from the Heaths and the Palins.

I was glad to be able to help with the book signing. I took books from those in line, turned them to the title page, and passed them on to be autographed. I snapped pictures. I was able to meet people, and several talked about reading some of my writing or following me on Facebook. It was humbling, and I enjoyed every moment. It was Governor Palin’s father and brother they came to see, however, and they relished their time with them.

The Chucks arrived early, and they remained at the signing table past their scheduled time. Afterwards, they said they were going to take a stroll to the supermarket, Wegman’s, and asked if anyone wanted to follow them over. This is the kind of people they are–just regular, down to earth folks. A few of us made plans to meet them at their hotel later that evening and go out to dinner. They rode with me to the restaurant, and my thought was, “Man! I should have vacuumed my car!” Before they got in the car, though, they identified it and said, “That must be your car.” The Palin bumper stickers gave it away!

Dinner was going to be at the Olive Garden because the Heaths had never eaten there before, but when we arrived, we learned that the wait was going to be almost an hour. The Heaths had a phone interview to do in a couple hours, so we decided to go next door to Applebee’s. We had a short wait there, but spent the time talking, laughing, and watching football.

Over dinner, Chuck, Sr. and Jr. talked about Governor Palin, their new book, the Kate Gosselin episode of Sarah Palin’s Alaska (That was surely interesting!), and other things. I learned some things I never knew, and I enjoyed the company tremendously. Both men are very humble, still find this life they’re living now to be surreal, and obviously think the world of Governor Palin. Sometimes the hardest people to win over are members of one’s own family. Sometimes winning the respect of family is harder than winning the respect of strangers. This is definitely not the case with this family. They are so proud of what Governor Palin has accomplished, and they readily acknowledge her as a person of integrity, courage, and Christian values. Her deep commitment to doing what’s right, something they say she possessed even at a young age, is not lost on them at all. It’s also not anything new. She was guided by this even as a mayor and governor. It is refreshing to hear such pride and trust in their voices as they speak of her. It is natural, therefore, that the abuse she has taken these last few years rubs them the wrong way, to say the least. This book is one step toward setting the record straight.

I learned stories that were edited out of the book. Come to find out the book was about 1,000 pages long before the editor scaled it down. Chuck, Sr. said some of the best stories, he feels, ended up on the editing floor. Not to worry, however. What remains is very good. It hasn’t been that long since I read Our Sarah and wrote the review, and already I want to read it again.

I love that we all held hands and prayed when our meals came. I love that we ate, drank, and laughed heartily. I love that we sat there conversing with ease: Chuck, Jr., Chuck, Sr., Deb, Tim, Lori, Deb, and yours truly. The Heaths are such regular folks, so real and unassuming. I couldn’t help but think that even the haters would’ve forgotten their anti-Palin/Heath fatuity after just five minutes sitting at that table with these salt of the earth Alaskans.

I wore my Alaska Grown sweatshirt; Chuck, Sr. wore a Wasilla, Alaska shirt; and Lori wore her Wasilla Warriors t-shirt. Here we all were in New York, but we were representing the Last Frontier in conversation, company, and clothing.

I now enter a new week with new memories and with a renewed commitment to remain in this fight. The Heaths made New York the first stop on their book tour, having written a book that shares the truth about Governor Palin and illustrates the actions and adventures of their family. They left New York having made many of us feel like more a part of their family than we already did, and as all good families say to one another, so say we to them: “We’ve got your back.”

New York was the start, but the Heaths are traveling the country. Please be there when they come to your state. Show your support during this book tour. Governor Palin reminded us today of their book signing schedule. Please check it out here and make plans to attend.

Enjoy a few more pictures. Some of these are courtesy of yours truly. Others are courtesy of Deb Farrell Howard, Joyce Wiedrich, Katie DiFrancesco, Deb Heisler, and Lori Brenneman.

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