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Posts Tagged ‘Going Rogue’

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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‘Going Rogue’ Reveals Palin Paradigm

Posted by Adrienne Ross on November 14, 2011

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

Like most of Governor Palin’s supporters, and many of her detractors, I read Going Rogue the moment it hit the shelves in late 2009 to get a deeper sense of who she is, what she’s accomplished, and where she might be headed. I have also listened to the CD several times and continue to do so, over and over.

In spite of having digested its contents a plethora of times, my favorite part remains unchanged. Every time I hear the Governor’s voice reading that portion, I have to rewind it and listen again–and again. It resonates in my spirit, encouraging me greatly. I know, from my own personal experience, exactly what she means, so I grab ahold of every word and the spirit behind it. In addition, this portion, without question, is the single most powerful tool to understanding how she arrived where she is today and how she will fulfill her destiny in life–whatever that destiny is.

Pages 103-104, which ends chapter 2, reads:

There was a longing inside me that winter, a sense of purpose hovering just beyond my vision. Was it ambition? I didn’t think so. Ambition drives; purpose beckons. Purpose calls.

I definitely wasn’t driven toward any particular goal, like power or fame or wealth. So what was it? I wondered, as Piper’s sweet breath against my neck matched the rocker’s rhythmic glide. I prayed again that if I was to resign myself to what felt like a public service career cut short, that I’d embrace being home full-time. I asked that the fire in my belly, and whatever was feeding it, would simmer down.

I thought of a passage from the book of Jeremiah 29: 11-13: “‘For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord. ‘Plans for peace and not for calamity, to give you a future and a hope. When you call upon Me I will hear you, when you search for Me you will find Me; if you seek Me with all your heart.'”

It irked me that too often women are made to feel guilty for seeking the next open door, no matter what career choices we make. That seems universal. But one doesn’t just create passion, nor consciously generate the feeling that there’s a door standing open somewhere, even if you can’t see it yet. And it wasn’t anyone who pressured me: “Sarah, you’ve got to get out there and fly! Go do more!” But I knew there was something more.

I thought of the graduation speeches I had been honored to give over the years as mayor and began to apply their message to myself. I often told the kids to ask themselves: “What gets you excited to wake up in the morning? Is it science? Art? Children, animals, books, sports, mechanics? What is the desire of your heart?

I’d add: “God put those in you not to tease or frustrate you–He created them in you to give you direction! To put you on the right path–He bridles your passion! So stop and think about what you love to do, then look for signposts along the way that confirm you’re on the right path to doing that–doors opening, people with your best interests at heart supporting what you’re doing.”

I wasn’t sure what I was to do next, yet. But I also knew I was blessed with a supportive family and a husband who took joy in my working hard, so I knew I had options. As I rocked my daughter all those dark nights, I knew that what still stirred passion in me was the desire to make a positive difference for others, not just in my family and community but in the wider world as well. I resolved to seek confirming signs along the way–the open doors–to show me the right road.

Nevermind what this speaks to me, to my own life. At a time when many of Governor Palin’s most ardent supporters are still trying to come to grips with her October 5th announcement that she is not seeking the GOP nomination, and others, not willing to let go yet, look for ways to convince her to reconsider, I believe we can get a very good look at how she’s always conducted herself and how she will continue to conduct herself. Her modus operandi–her paradigm–is summed up in my favorite passage. What I take away from it is certainly not earth-shattering, but it merits explication, particularly at this time:

1. She is well aware that she has been called to great purpose.
What distinguishes Governor Palin from many others is that she truly is a public servant. She’s not driven by aspirations of grandeur. Her ascendancy is the result of pursuing her purpose, not fixating on fame and fortune.

2. The fire in her belly is nothing new.
Greta asked her about it, but this certainly wasn’t the first time she acknowledged it. Indeed, she’s possessed that fire for a long time. Nonetheless, she submitted that fire to God, to the point of even asking God to remove it, if need be, proving again that she’s more interested in where she’s supposed to be and what she’s supposed to be doing than she is in forging her own way and doing her own thing. She doesn’t deny the fire; she’s just willing to lay it down. However, as she now knows, no doubt, it was God who put it in her, and He knows exactly how to use it.

3. Outside pressure is not the motivating factor in her life.
The beckoning Governor Palin felt, and ultimately acted upon, wasn’t because of any pressure others put on her. No one had to push her forward or tell her there was more. She knew it already. I submit that she knew it more than those around her did, just as she knows it more today than her supporters do. After all, it’s her belly; she can feel the fire! She embraced her destiny because she could sense it. She was not oblivious to it. Perhaps it took her some time that winter, sitting in her rocker, holding baby Piper and praying, to know what was next, but she knew there was a next, and she was willing to seek the way to get there. I’m convinced that she would never ignore the answers she receives as she seeks them, no matter the pressure.

4. She never conjures up passion.
Passion isn’t manufactured, she realizes. How true. Countless times people try to feign excitement about some issue or movement. That might work for a while, but eventually faking gets wearisome. Many times I’ve heard: “Some things are taught, and some things are caught.” Passion is one of those things that cannot be taught; it’s caught–or it isn’t. If you don’t have it, you’ll soon know–and so will others. Governor Palin exudes passion, which is the only way she could possibly have remained such a vital part of the political landscape after all the smears, lies, and innuendoes she’s endured with such stamina and grace.

5. Family is a vital part of her decision-making process.
The Governor finds peace in knowing that she has a family who knows she’s been called to make a difference–first, to her own family; then, to her community; and finally, to the world. Their support gives her the freedom to exercise options in life. Every success she’s enjoyed is the result of her family cheering her on. They will always be a part of what she chooses–or doesn’t choose–to pursue.

6. What draws her directs her.
Governor Palin is aware God puts things in everyone’s path to lead us forward, not to drive us up a wall with frustration. In other words, we are to do something with the something that is within us. The key is to look for the open doors so we can walk through them. We are to look for things that confirm the road we are to be on. We can be assured that this message she often shared with high school graduates and eventually with Going Rogue readers is a message that she takes to heart personally. It was never lost on her, and she has not since forgotten. How could she? Everywhere she looks, the Governor must see open doors, must see people supporting her efforts, and must see signposts pointing. I have no doubt, therefore, that she must say to herself, as she so often says to others, “The world is your oyster.”

There was a time I thought I knew Governor Palin’s next step. I cannot say that with certainty now. Though I do not know details, I do know destiny when I see it–and I continue to see that all over her. As Going Rogue has become a constant in my life, allowing me a look into what has made Governor Palin who she is, my favorite passage continues to give me confidence that she has the right idea when it comes to knowing how to move forward even now. I am convinced that she has the right approach to meeting life’s challenges and decisions. Because of this, I am also convinced she won’t miss the open doors that are set before her, including ones that lead her down the path of further impacting our country. However that ends up playing out, I trust that America will be the better for it.

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Posted by Jackie Siciliano on October 4, 2011

It’s been anticipated for months and now, “The Undefeated” is available today on DVD.  Personally, I am headed out to my local Wal-Mart before work to pick up five (yes, that’s 5) copies.  Three copies will be used as gifts, one copy is for myself, and one I will use to loan to others so that they can see for themselves the stellar record and accomplishments of Governor Sarah Palin and her team.

Written and produced by Stephen Bannon, “The Undefeated” is a  fast-paced  documentary presented in three acts.  You can read more about the film here

If you can’t find the DVD locally, you can order it online at Walmart for $12.96 or Amazon for $12.99.  Walmart also has what is being promoted as an “exclusive”, “The Undefeated” DVD packaged with the “Going Rogue” audiobook for $14.96; however, at time of writing the item is shown as out of stock.

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Sales For Sarah Palin’s Second Book Spike Unexpectedly

Posted by Gary P Jackson on April 18, 2011

By Gary P Jackson

Sarah Palin’s second book: America by Heart : Reflections on Family, Faith, and Flag has popped up on the Washington Post’s best seller list months after it was first released, and made it as high as number two on the New York Times best seller list.

From the Post:

A new book this week, though not new to the this particular bestseller list, is Sarah Palin’s 2010 “America By Heart” — the fact that it’s selling well again (at least this past week) seems to defy the notion, popping up in scores of articles lately, that her influence is waning and she’s less of a force than she once was.

After the game changing speech Sarah made on Saturday in Wisconsin, I bet sales of the book will continue to be brisk! On Saturday Sarah threw down the gauntlet and proclaimed to both Barack Obama and the Republican establishment: “Game on!

Sarah ‘s first book, Going Rogue, which came out in late October of 2009, was the number one selling non-fiction book of 2009 and spent many weeks at number one on the New York Times best sellers list.

America By Heart is a follow up to Going Rogue and like the first, is a serious policy book, and an engaging read. Though not as heavily promoted as the first, it sold over a million copies [and counting!] This book is a must read for anyone who wishes to understand how Sarah Palin governed Alaska and how she would govern as President.

In addition to the books Sarah has written herself, great read is The Faith and Values of Sarah Palin, which we reviewed here. The authors, Stephen Mansfield and David A Holland, spent a lot of time with the Palin and Heath families, as well as friends of the family.

This book gives you a serious history, not only of Sarah, but her family, Todd’s family, and Alaska itself. It’s a must read book for those who want to understand Sarah Palin and what makes her tick. You can read my review and listen to Stephen Mansfield read some of the book here.

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Ten Must-Have Apps for Sarah Palin Followers

Posted by ehvogel on March 6, 2011

I keep reading about this must-have app and that must-have app, so I decided to create a list for some creative entrepreneur that understands apps (my preference being Android). Here are my suggestions for 10 must-have apps for Sarah Palin followers:

1. Real time notices of Sarah Palin Facebook or Twitter postings. Sarah Palin followers just have to be the first to know about a new post.

2. Upcoming Sarah Palin media appearances. Whether it be Fox News or a simple radio appearance, real-time updates of coming appearances would be most helpful.

3. A register of new online polls regarding Sarah Palin. We like to vote for positive things regarding Sarah and need to know where to go to support her in any online poll.

4. Red Alerts for countering media bias regarding Sarah Palin and her family. We like to voice our opinions regarding Sarah to help counter any negative “hit piece” that is published about Sarah or her family. Links to comment pages would be a welcome thing.

5. Video archives of Sarah Palin appearances. We would like a depository of Sarah Palin videos that we could link to on our smart-phones to help counter real-time Sarah critics that we come across in our daily lives.

6. Sarah Palin’s favorite wild-game recipes. After all, you can only make Moose stew once in a while.

7. Sarah Palin quotes. She has coined or re-invented such fabulous terms as “death panels”, “going rogue”, “mama grizzlies”, “blood libel”, “a servant’s heart”, “lamestream media”, “refudiate” and others. We want to use these terms and would like instant access to new and existing ones, for whatever purpose. It would also be helpful to have links to the source where where she first used them.

8. Shoes. Okay, I throw this one out for all those wonderful ladies that notice another woman’s shoes. I suspect they might like to know what latest fashion Sarah is wearing on her feet, whether they be pumps or sloggers.

9. Sarah Palin media smack-downs. Okay, I know this could be included in #4 above, but it deserves its own app because we like Sarah’s feistiness and want to be the first to applaud it.

10. Smiles. Sarah Palin has one of the most magnificent smiles that has ever existed in a politician. We want to see every single one that comes across whatever media source runs it for a collective glimpse into her heart.

I could probably go on, but you get the idea. App-makers?

Cross-posted on Generational Dysfunction

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Going Rogue: 6th Week as NY Times #1 Best Seller

Posted by Adrienne Ross on January 2, 2010

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


Take a look at the New York Times Best Sellers List, and you will find Going Rogue yet again. It remains #1 among hardcover nonfiction books for the 6th consecutive week.

Congratulations, Governor Palin.

(H/T Tommy Report – C4P)


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Strong 2009 for Going Rogue

Posted by Adrienne Ross on January 1, 2010

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

Going Rogue had a great 2009, accomplishing more in its short life than much older pieces of nonfiction.

It ended the year at #1 on Publisher’s Weekly Best-Sellers List for hardcover nonfiction and #1 on the Wall Street Journal Best-Sellers List for nonfiction.

Congratulations, Governor Palin, on the success of your memoir–and it’s still going strong.

(h/t Tommy Report – C4P)

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God Don’t Like Ugly; Calling Out Craig Medred

Posted by Adrienne Ross on December 31, 2009

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

There’s an old expression that goes like this: “God don’t like ugly.” I could not count the times I heard that growing up. It was used as a rebuke by the adults in my life whenever I did something they deemed inappropriate. As I got older, and made wiser choices, the need to be reminded of this “truth” diminished. However, not everyone grows up and makes wiser choices.

Exhibit A: Alaska reporter, Craig Medred

Medred’s fascination with discrediting the Palin family is…well, ugly. What’s it this time? Well, this time he fancies himself a Going Rogue fact-checker, and in that he’s in bad company already. However, Medred clearly isn’t capable of checking anything because he can’t get his facts straight. For this, he gets called out.

Mel Bryant, my colleague over at Conservatives4Palin, points this out in an article called “Truth in Reporting.” Bryant exposes, not only Medred’s ridiculous preoccupation with “checking on” Governor Palin, but also his gross inability to do so with any success.

Bryant writes:

Now, Jeff Smith, author of Alias Soapy Smith: The Life and Death of a Scoundrel, is a bit annoyed with Medred. You may recall that Governor Palin mentioned a man named “Soapy” Smith in her book as part of a larger passage about the history of Alaska and some of its characters. The paragraph in Going Rogue that mentions “Soapy” says:

After his adventures in Tombstone, the legendary lawman Wyatt Earp came north and spent a few years in Nome during the gold rush. On the other side of the law was “Soapy” Smith, a Wild West crime boss whose tight-knit gang moved from Colorado to Skagway. They made a mint cheating gold miners out of their cash. It finally caught up with Soapy Smith: he was killed in a shoot-out with a vigilante gang.

As part of a larger piece at Alaska Dispatch, Medred fact checked this paragraph. In this check, Medred said that the historical record states that “Soapy” was not killed in a shoot-out with a gang, but was instead killed in a scuffle that turned into a gunfight with a man named Frank Reid. Reid, he said, shot “Soapy”. Among others, he cited a passage from Jeff Smith’s book to bolster this version of events. According to Smith, however, Medred was off base.

Smith said (addressing Medred):

My name is Jeff Smith, author of Alias Soapy Smith: The life and Death of a Scoundrel and the website Alias Soapy Smith. It is important to me that people know that you took the facts from my book and my website completely out of context and horribly and incorrectly stated my conclusions about the Shootout on Juneau Wharf in which my great-grandfather, Jefferson Randolph “Soapy” Smith was killed. I can only surmise that you either did not read the book and/or website or that you intentionally left out major important portions of one or both in order to show that Sarah Palin was incorrect in her statements on page 13 regarding Soapy Smith’s fight with vigilantes.

Had you read the book and/or my website you would have clearly noted in my book (pages 532-580) and on my website (HERE) that Frank Reid was NOT the man who killed my great grandfather, and that in fact, another member of the vigilante guards present joined in the fight and wrestled Soapy’s rifle away from him and turned it on an unarmed Soapy and shot him in the chest killing him instantly. Whether you agreed or disagreed with Soapy’s ways is irrelevant to the fact that Soapy was shot while wounded and unarmed, which in most civilized communities is murder. The vigilantes hid this fact from the courts in order to save their own new found power.

Smith attempted to get a correction from Medred who eventually rewrote the article, removing the citation for Smith’s book. Medred also issued a clarification citing Catherine Holder Spudes. Smith isn’t particularly impressed with Medred’s clarification:

Mr. Medred’s “clarification” is filled with errors but truth in history is not his goal. Disproving Sarah Palin’s book is his goal.

Read the full C4P article here.

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Purchase Going Rogue Pictures

Posted by Adrienne Ross on December 23, 2009

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

As you know, on November 21st, I was at the Rochester Going Rogue book signing. Photographer Shealah Craighead has now put the pictures of the event online, and they’re available for purchase. She took over 1200 pictures in New York, and I am particularly excited because I had the honor of volunteering at the event, which affords me a multitude of pictures from which to choose. I will definitely be purchasing a few. Great job, Shealah!

Early in the photo album are two pictures of the Governor and I conversing, taken in the back upon her arrival, but there are so many others where I am in the background having the time of my life. Seeing these photographs was like reliving that amazing experience where I got to hear so many people interacting with her. I wrote about that experience in detail and included pictures and a video here and followed up with more pictures here.

Go straight to the Rochester, NY photo album by clicking here to see what it was like for me to work alongside Governor Palin that day, and see all the people who came out to show their support for America’s common sense conservative.

Go here for a choice of other book tour stops of which you’d like to see pictures.

If you took part in the tour, treat yourself by purchasing one or more pictures, and if you know others who participated, why not surprise them with pictures they will surely cherish for many years to come?

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Interview with John G. Miller, Going Rogue Jacket Winner

Posted by Ron Devito on December 22, 2009

In this interview, John G. Miller spoke with Ron Devito about winning Governor Palin’s red Going Rogue jacket in an online auction to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project and Fisher House.

Devito: “Tell me a little about yourself.”

Miller: “I authored three books, QBQ! The Question Behind the Question: Practicing Personal Accountability at Work and in Life, Flipping the Switch…: Unleash the Power of Personal Accountability Using the QBQ!, and Outstanding!: 47 Ways to Make Your Organization Exceptional. I also do speaking engagements on personal accountability and have been on the market for 15 years. I self-book almost all my engagements. I spoke for your employer — Con Edison — about personal accountability in September 2005.”

Between QBQ and Flipping the Switch, Miller has over one million books in print. Outstanding is set to publish January 1, 2010.

Devito: “How did you find out about the Going Rogue jacket”

Miller: “I was online, and saw the link to the jacket on Laura Ingraham’s site. I thought it would be a fun way to donate to help wounded veterans. One person bid $56,000. I bid $57,000 Friday (December 18, 2009) morning and found out one minute later that I owned it!”

Devito: “What is your personal connection to wounded veterans?”

Miller: “My son-in-law, Justin Gallagher, 25 fought in Fallujah, during the surge. He returned home safe and sound in 2007, but three of his buddies died from IEDs. A fourth friend lost both of his legs from a road-side bomb.”

Devito: “What is your opinion of Sarah Palin?”

Miller: “I respect her. Our values are similar. I think she is a woman of integrity. It’s not about Sarah. It’s about the values she represents: smaller federal government, less entitlement programs, strong national defense, pro-life, competition in the marketplace, capitalism. I’m a capitalist! Innovation comes from capitalism. When people compete, they have to be creative. I voted McCain-Palin in 2008. My daughter and my wife both love her.”

Devito: “What are your plans, now that you have this jacket?”

Miller: “I’m going to continue teaching personal accountability and responsibility to counter the tidal wave of victim thinking, which is very contagious and a cancer in our society. I’d love to meet Sarah now that I have her jacket!”

The winning bid was first announced by Podomani, a web design and marketing firm which handles Miller’s websites: QBQ and Outstanding Organizations.

Miller lives in CO. He and his wife, Karen, have seven children … and a horse. He grew up in Ithaca, NY

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