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Archive for February, 2013

Palin: God Bless This Great Warrior

Posted by Jackie Siciliano on February 11, 2013

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Earlier today, Governor Sarah Palin let her followers know that she was in Texas today to honor fallen hero Chris Kyle.

From Palin’s Facebook page:

Todd and I are in Dallas today to attend Chris Kyle’s memorial and funeral service. I find it sad to see that flags aren’t flying at half staff for this American hero. We’re surrounded today by American patriots here in Texas – by Chris’ fellow veterans and active duty warriors. In honor of them, I hope our commander in chief pays his respects in some gesture of condolence for their comrade in arms who sacrificed so much to keep him and all of us safe.

We may never know to what extent Chris kept us free or how many lives he saved by his brave actions in the line of fire. But his fellow warriors know how important he was. My son Track couldn’t meet Chris when Todd and I first met him because Track was deployed to Iraq. Then when we got to know Chris even better, our son was deployed in Afghanistan. We’ve met a lot of people in recent years, and Track has been privileged to meet them as well. But he said about Chris, “Mom, he’s the ONE person in the entire world I would be star-struck to meet. He’s it.”

God bless this great warrior. Let us keep his wife and children in our prayers, and may we never forget him or his sacrifice.

– Sarah Palin

While at the site of the memorial service Palin was interviewed by PJMedia.

Twitchy has captured tweets and photos from today’s memorial service here.

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Birthday Wishes for Governor Sarah Palin

Posted by Dr. Fay on February 11, 2013

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Today is Governor Sarah Palin’s birthday!  Last year, she gave a rousing speech at CPAC on her birthday.  There were rave reviews of her speech by conservative bloggers afterwards.

This year, she and husband Todd will be attending the memorial service for Chris Kyle at the Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.  Tomorrow they will also attend Kyle’s funeral service in Midlothian, Texas, from which Kyle’s hearse will be escorted by hundreds of Patriot Guard Riders to the Texas State Cemetery in Austin, Texas.  Governor Palin wrote a tribute to Kyle on her Facebook page this morning.

Even though it will be a somber experience for her this year, we at SPIB want to wish Governor Palin a happy and blessed birthday.  We also wish her many birthdays to come and hope that at least 4 of them will be spent in the White House.  Governor Palin, may all of your and Todd’s dreams come true, and may all of your plans succeed.   We wish you and Todd and your family God’s best blessings on your lives and your futures.

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Erik Wemple: Governor Palin’s Facebook Influence

Posted by Dr. Fay on February 10, 2013

Erik Wemple at the Washington Post recently wrote about Governor Palin’s  Facebook presence and the level of support she has there.  I would add to his observations that the support for Governor Palin on Facebook is just the tip of the iceberg of grassroots support for her across the country.  Leaving FOX News was just a step in a new direction for Governor Palin.    We’ve seen that before when  she went from a beleagered governorship to greater freedom to spread the conservative message on the national stage.  Governor Palin’s timing is exquisite, and we will know what is next when she deems the time is right.

Sarah Palin: She still has Facebook!

Posted by Erik Wemple on February 1, 2013 at 11:52 am

The writing-off of Sarah Palin began not long after her departure from Fox News hit the newswaves last Friday. The Post’s Chris Cillizza wrote on Monday that Palin is now “officially gone,” at least from the national spotlight.

And MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell bid the failed 2008 vice presidential candidate a self-satisfied adieu, saying that Palin had now lost the “slightest connection to political relevance.”

Vincent Harris, a social-media consultant who helps Republican campaigns, wonders about O’Donnell’s conflict of interest in issuing those words: “He’s a … cable-news host! I mean, what else is he going to say? He’s speaking for cable news in some ways,” says Harris, arguing that the act of dissing Palin’s continued relevance is an old-media phenomenon.

Harris knows old media from new media. He managed social-media stuff for Newt Gingrich’s failed 2012 presidential run and drew plaudits for similar work on the campaign of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), who secured an endorsement from Palin.

With Fox News or without Fox News, says Harris, “Gov. Palin is an Internet celebrity, she’s an Internet politician; and her supporters aren’t going anywhere.” Have a look at her Facebook page and her nearly 3.5 million “likes.” When asked how that Web audience advanced Cruz’s cause, Harris responded: “Gov. Palin’s endorsement helped the Cruz campaign immensely online, both to raise money and [to] help energize Republican primary voters.”

To marshal her audience, Palin keeps her page updated pretty frequently, sometimes sharing personal stuff and oftentimes presenting her distinctive politics in her distinctive articulation.

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If you’ve listened to Palin on TV, you know that her posts sound like her, a point that Harris highlights: “It seems obvious that she’s doing it herself,” he says. It would cost $2 million, says Harris, to build a Facebook page as powerful as the one that Palin is sitting on. “She already has the organic base that most politicians would kill for,” says Harris. “If she wants to get aggressive again, she can do it and she has 3.5 million people that she can talk to. That is more than most Fox shows.”

Palin’s Facebook audience, indeed, just blows away that of so many other political figures.Bill Clinton has a third of Palin’s following; Donald Trump has a sixth; John Boehner has a tenth. That said, Palin’s fan count dwarfs the number of folks who are actively engaged with her content, a point that Harris himself made in a 2010 Daily Caller piece: “Governor Palin may have the most number of fans among Republicans, but it appears she may have reached a saturation point among activists on America’s largest social network,” wrote Harris.

On Jan. 9, Palin blasted an endorsement of a new book by Breitbart.com editor-at-large Ben Shapiro titled “Bullies: How the Left’s Culture of Fear and Intimidation Silences Americans.” She wrote, in part: “Please read Ben’s book and consider his advice about how we must stand up and push back twice as hard against this bullying. We must not allow ourselves to be frightened into silence. Yes, it’s hard to ‘keep on keeping on’ when being pushed around – but like Ronald Reagan said: when we stiffen our spines, those around us can stiffen theirs, too! Press in, press on. Don’t retreat, friends!”

That post fetched nearly 40,000 “likes” and upwards of 4,000 comments. Much of that commentage, mind you, has little to do with Shapiro’s book and instead veers toward lowest-common-denominator ideological skirmishing. But a great many of the voices, it appears, would likely place great credence in a Palin book plug: “You are an inspiration, Sarah Palin,” wrote one.

Attempts to retrieve a comment from the Palin camp about plugging the Fox News gap ended in failure. Shushannah Walshe of ABC News, in an outstanding look at Palin’s crossroads, quotes Palin friend Steve Bannon as saying, “I don’t anticipate she would ever do punditry again.” At the same time, Palin noted in an interview, “I know the country needs more truth-telling in the media, and I’m willing to do that. So, we shall see.”

One of her Facebook commenters said this: “Sarah great things are after Fox. We will miss your commentary but I know we will continue to hear from through another venue. Radio talk show from Alaska or morning updates like we used to hear from Reagan in the 70′s?”

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Palin: Please Help Save Saeed

Posted by Jackie Siciliano on February 8, 2013

save_saeedSarah Palin posted a link on her Facebook page leading to Bristol’s Blog in order to encourage her readers to learn more about the plight of an American pastor in Iran.  Saeed Abedini is a Christian who has been sentenced to prison for his faith.

From Bristol’s Blog:

A few weeks ago my mom tweeted about an American pastor named Saeed Abedini being held and tortured by the radical Iranian regime.  He’s been sentenced to eight years in Iran’s most brutal prison simply because of his Christian faith.

This pastor and father has shown enormous courage, but now Iranians are lying to him in prison — telling him that Americans have forgotten about him.

Yesterday was Save Saeed day, and Christian and country musicians across the U.S., including Toby Mac, Ricky Skaggs, Steven Curtis Chapman, Mercy Me, and many others tweeted for him and signed a petition for his freedom.  (In fact, #SaveSaeed was trending on Twitter yesterday!  Let’s keep it up!) The American Center for Law and Justice represents his family and is organizing a petition on his behalf.  Please consider signing and telling this American pastor that he will never be forgotten.

We should never leave an American behind.

How you can help:

1.  Sign the petition.

2. Tweet using: #SaveSaeed.

3. Pray for Pastor Saeed, his family in Iran, and his wife and children here in the United States.  More

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Palin: Happy Birthday, President Reagan!

Posted by Jackie Siciliano on February 6, 2013

In honor of Ronald Reagan’s birthday, Governor Sarah Palin posted the following to her Facebook page:

Happy birthday, President Reagan! In honor of the Gipper’s 102 birthday, let’s watch his 1st Inaugural Address again…

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Grassfire’s Video Tribute to Ronald Reagan

Posted by Dr. Fay on February 6, 2013

Ronald Reagan, whom we fondly know as The Gipper, was born 102 years ago today.  Steve Elliott of Grassfire Nation has put together this inspiring video about what Reagan did after his 1976 defeat.  I think Palin supporters can see some parallels with Gov. Palin, for whom Reagan has long been a role model.

Elliott also posted the video at Liberty News and is inviting people to leave their own tribute to Reagan in the comments section there.

Also see:

February 2011 Is Reagan/Palin Appreciation Month (Updated)

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Palin: Chris was a Wonderful Friend, Good Man & True American Hero

Posted by Jackie Siciliano on February 4, 2013

chris-kyle-stars-earn-stripesSo many of us were deeply saddened to hear of the tragic and untimely death of American hero Chris Kyle.  Words seem inadequate at times such as these.  How do you thank someone who has willingly served and placed his life on the line in order to preserve this country’s way of life, her Constitution and until his last moment, someone who was trying to make the difference in the life of a fellow soldier?   My deepest sympathies and prayers are with the Kyle family.

Posted to Sarah Palin’s Facebook page:

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and many friends of former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle tonight. Todd and I first met Chris in Pella, Iowa, when he helped out with security for the premiere of the film “The Undefeated.” And later we became friends with Chris when he was on “Stars Earn Stripes” with Todd. Chris was a wonderful man, a good friend, and a true American hero who loved our country and served honorably. He was loved and admired by so many, and he will never be forgotten.

– Todd and Sarah Palin

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Gov. Palin: Chris Kyle was an American hero who will never be forgotten

Posted by Dr. Fay on February 3, 2013

Governor Palin posted her and husband Todd’s condolences on Chris Kyle’s death on Facebook last night:

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Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and many friends of former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle tonight. Todd and I first met Chris in Pella, Iowa, when he helped out with security for the premiere of the film “The Undefeated.” And later we became friends with Chris when he was on “Stars Earn Stripes” with Todd. Chris was a wonderful man, a good friend, and a true American hero who loved our country and served honorably. He was loved and admired by so many, and he will never be forgotten.
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– Todd and Sarah Palin

Breitbart News reported:

Chris Kyle, former Navy SEAL and author of the New York Times bestseller American Sniper, was one of two victims killed in a shooting at a Texas gun range Saturday.

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His author profile at Amazon.com summarizes the extensive decorations he received while serving:

SEAL Team 3 Chief Chris Kyle served four combat tours in Operation Iraqi Freedom and elsewhere. For his bravery in battle, he was awarded two Silver Stars, five Bronze Stars with Valor, two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, and one Navy and Marine Corps Commendation. Additionally, he received the Grateful Nation Award, given by the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs. Following his combat deployments, he became chief instructor for training Naval Special Warfare Sniper and Counter-Sniper teams, and he authored the Naval Special Warfare Sniper Doctrine, the first Navy SEAL sniper manual.

The shooting occurred in Erath County, Texas, some 50 miles from Fort Worth.

UPDATE: A close friend tells Breitbart News that Chris Kyle was at a veterans’ charity event, helping a fellow military member learn sniper shooting technique, and that he was shot by a Marine suffering from post-traumatic stress syndrome.

 

See more about Chris Kyle at The Blaze.

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Palin: Don’t Let Your Past Bring You Down

Posted by Jackie Siciliano on February 2, 2013

Sarah Palin tweeted these words of encouragement earlier today:

 

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