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Posts Tagged ‘Undefeated’

Palin: Reelz Acquires “The Undefeated”

Posted by Jackie Siciliano on February 21, 2012

From Variety:

Reelz Channel has acquired TV rights to Stephen Bannon’s Sarah Palin documentary “The Undefeated” and will premiere it on March 11, just a day after HBO debuts “Game Change,” the adaptation of the best selling book chronicling the Alaska governor’s entrance into the 2008 race.

The two projects will certainly be a study in contrasts: “The Undefeated,” which had a theatrical and pay-per-view run last year, is a reverential look at Palin, from how she took on the good-old-boys club of Alaska politics to her battles against the entrenched media and Beltway establishment as she rose to national prominence. Palin attended the film’s premiere last summer in Iowa.

“Game Change” is based on the 2008 campaign tome by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin, but the HBO movie focuses on the drama surrounding John McCain selection of Palin as his running mate. More

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Palin’s Grit, Tenacity and Fortitude

Posted by Jackie Siciliano on November 21, 2011

I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Stephen Bannon, speaking with him and listening to him discuss the making of “The Undefeated”.  Someone unfamiliar with the making of “The Undefeated” would, most likely, assume that Sarah Palin was heavily involved in the making of the film and influencing its outcome.  She was not.  In fact, you’ll notice in Bannon’s “Grit, Tenacity, and Fortitude” article he specifically mentions filming and observing from a distance but not meeting Palin.  For a documentary film, this might, at first glance, seem odd to some.  I say it lends for a more objective weaving of the story Bannon tells in “The Undefeated”, one of “Grit Tenacity, and Fortitude”.

From Human Events:

I repeatedly get asked: “Why would you make a movie about Sarah Palin​–what could we possibly not already know about her?”

The answer is quite simply, “everything that’s important.”

Sarah Palin is what I describe as a “McLuhanesque” figure—one of the most media-saturated people in the world, relentlessly covered by the 24/7 news cycle, yet her real story is there hiding in plain sight, never having been told.

And what story exactly is that? The rise of a woman from complete obscurity to national prominence through her own force of will and sense of justice.

When The Undefeated starts in the late 80s, Sarah Palin is working on a small commercial fishing vessel she co-owns with her husband Todd, who is a blue-collar union member, working on the North Slope. The daughter of a school teacher, she is not part of the social, political, or cultural elite in the remote Mat-Su Valley, 40 miles northeast of Anchorage. In fact, Alaska at that time, was still a wilderness with the rough-hewen culture of a frontier state.

She is essentially out of the loop in a state that is out of the loop.  More

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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.

Cross posted at Sarah Palin Blog

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Defining a servant’s heart

Posted by Roderic Deane on October 2, 2011

What follows is the monologue from today’s The Roderic Deane Show:

Tell me, my friends, how do you define a servant’s heart? More importantly, how will we know when we see it?

For the record, I don’t currently entertain the thought of elective office. It’s not that I wouldn’t be willing to govern as a true servant for my constituents, it’s just that I’ve chosen a different path in life. I do try and carry a servant’s thoughts with me as I go about my job. The goal is to make things work for my clients and to do so in an ethical and honest fashion. In fact, I hold honesty as the very first ideal in my professional life. I figure that honesty will supply all the ethics I need.

But what about those who choose to govern? What standards should we expect of them?

From my standpoint, first and foremost should be honesty. As a constituent, I never want to be “spun”. I want the unvarnished truth about whatever circumstances an official was elected to deal with. If stuff ain’t workin’, tell me! I’m a big boy, but I can only deal with the truth. I need to know the facts to advise my response, not bullshit, sorry, I meant spin.

Secondly, I expect anyone I vote for to adhere to the highest standard of ethics. I expect that person to rise above whatever “laws” have been prescribed for their particular office. In fact, I expect a Biblical interpretation of ethics. A STRICT Biblical interpretation! And no, I’m not talking about “an eye for an eye” kind of stuff. I’m talking about the Golden Rule “Treat others as you want to be treated” kinda stuff.

Why do I say that? Because the laws of man can never be depended on to guide a person’s soul. A Biblical interpretation can, as can a servants heart.

Take for instance the ethics laws in the State of Texas. They don’t have a lot of restrictions, outside of prohibiting outright fraud. The intent of the laws that are there can be circumvented rather easily.The State of Alaska, however, has taken ethics to a whole new level. It doesn’t leave nearly as much to interpretation, nor should it. We know what can happen when one doesn’t take a Biblical view of ethics and depends on man’s law. You’re only get people to go with the minimum requirements.

Did you ever wonder why we have so many attorneys in this country? We’ve had to construct a myriad of laws to, basically, guide man’s ethics. The thought of a servant’s heart seems a distant memory to most. Remember when a handshake used to count so much? What about man’s word, a promise? I guess it depends on what the meaning of the word word is.

Sarah is pointing us toward something when she calls on the need for a servant’s heart. I think that the Washington elites can’t see it because they’ve invested themselves completely in the so-called “rule of law”. And yes, we are a country that believes in the “rule of law”. I’m going to up the ante a bit, however. I really think that the majority of this country believes in the “rule of God’s law”, not man’s law. Man’s law can be written to the advantage of a small group of individuals and we see that all the time. If my attorney is bigger and better than yours, I’ll win in an interpretation of man’s law. But do we need some high-priced lawyer to help us define God’s law?

In the past, who did we depend on to help us understand God’s law? The answer is simple. We depended on our spiritual counselor, our preacher or our pastor. But even with the very best of intentions, we’ve seen where the bureaucracy of a church can thwart the rule of God’s law. Look no further than the Catholic Church and their terrible lack of an immediate response to all the pedofiles in their midst. Look no further than the scandals that have continued to rock the world of televangelism. Look at the terrible consequences that have been wrought on the world by the medieval tenets of sharia law.

We have always governed ourselves as a Judeo-Christian nation and the vast majority of Americans still believe we should continue to. I would venture to say that we have supplanted the term “conservative” for “Judeo-Christian” in these politically-correct times. We’ve lost sight of our roots and run from them for fear of persecution. Many now run for fear of being persecuted due to their “conservative” beliefs. It’s no different than Peter denying knowing Jesus three times. The good news is that Peter recognized what he had done and took himself to task for it. Now, too, we see many Americans awakening to what they have denied in the past. We’re seeing it in the Tea Party today. Why do you think that so many people are now telling pollsters that their support of the Tea Party has waned? It’s because they fear persecution, it’s not because they don’t still believe in what the Tea Party stands for.

That notion was borne out in the November, 2010 elections and it’s going to happen again in 2012. The difference will be who we choose to lead the Republican ticket in the Presidential election. We need someone to embody the principles of the Tea Party, of conservatives and of Judeo-Christian belief. We need someone that understands how much more important God’s law is to our growing worship of man’s law. We need someone with a true servant’s heart to lead us back to our roots.

If we try to define what “a servant’s heart” is, we must first look at the Bible. A “servant” is one who does his master’s bidding. In Judeo-Christian belief, we have but one master in this life and that is Almighty God. Maybe now you can begin to understand why Sarah Palin, Judeo-Christians, the Tea Party and conservatives are all intertwined. It’s because they all implicitly understand the meaning of “a servant’s heart”. It also why those who oppose these groups are so afraid. They know fully well that only God’s law is a threat to man’s law and their cling to power.

…and that’s my two-cents worth for the week.

You can listen to the show HERE.

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Todd Palin to be Guest on Victory Sessions Sunday Night

Posted by Jackie Siciliano on October 1, 2011

Todd Palin will join host Stephen Bannon on “The Victory Sessions” Sunday, October 2nd to discuss “The Undefeated”.  Tune in at 6:00 p.m. PDT here:  http://www.kabc.com/ then click on “Listen Live”.

Cross posted at Team Sarah and Sarah Palin Blog

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In the aftermath of a blockbuster Sunday show…

Posted by Roderic Deane on September 26, 2011

As I reflect back on the show from yesterday, I want to let you know what happened during the show and provide my observations of the aftermath. I have to tell you, it is absolutely maddening when something doesn’t go right during a live broadcast, which happened at the start of the show. Of all days to experience an issue, yesterday was not the day I wanted to deal with Murphy’s Law!

As I started the show and began my monologue, I could hear a repeat of what I was saying that followed with a ~10 second delay. At first, I worried that this feedback was being broadcast. I then reasoned that it couldn’t be, because my call-screener was not alerting me to anything wrong.

As I focused on my monologue, it was hard to fight the urge to trouble-shoot the issue. I told myself that I had a live audience and had to keep forging ahead, despite the fact that I was hearing my own words repeated back to me in my headset. When I ended my monologue and brought Ivan on the show, it gave me a brief respite while he talked so I could try to understand what was happening. I thought that one of my audio feeds must have been causing the problem and MUTED my broadcast feed, thinking it was something other than what it was! Thank God Ivan was on site. He rushed into the studio and told me he couldn’t hear anything.

I took my feed off mute and stumbled into a conversation with Peter Singleton, after having given my introduction while muted. Sheesh! After I greeted Peter and gave him an opportunity to speak, I noticed something. I had opened up a separate browser window in addition to my broadcast page. Unbeknownst to me, when the show started, that other browser window, which was on the show page, started playing my broadcast, with a 10 second delay. No one could hear it except me!

When I realized what I’d done, I immediately closed that window and, to my relief, the feedback stopped! I kept moving forward in my conversation with Peter Singleton, thinking that the rest of the show would go off without a hitch. Au Contaire!

The show continued to move forward on schedule, leading up to the second biggest “get” I’ve ever had (Jedediah Bila was the first): an interview with Stephen Bannon! I was really looking forward to the conversation, but as the show approached the time of his call-in, Murphy’s Law visited me again: he wasn’t there! I felt terrible keeping Adrienne Ross on the line because I knew she still wasn’t feeling up to par. On the fly, I decided to thank Adrienne and end my conversation with her. The problem was, my next guest wasn’t there!

I segued into my recorded conversation with O.P. Ditch. O.P., if you’re reading this, you saved my bacon! After I started the audio clip, I sent an email to Stephen Bannon. My message was simple: “Stephen, waiting for you to call in to the Roderic Deane Show at 877-478-5783”.

I had to split my audio file with O.P. into two parts, thanks to the constraints of BlogTalkRadio. By the time I had found Stephen’s email address and sent him an email, the first clip of my conversation with O.P. was winding down. I provided a brief introduction to my second clip with O.P. and started that audio file.

To my never-ending relief, I noticed a new call on the line and I waited to be alerted by Ivan, my call-screener. As I watched the monitor, all of a sudden the notice came up: Stephen is on!

I now had to figure out how to end the audio clip that was playing. As Stephen waited in the “wings”, so to speak, we both listened to my conversation with O.P. When the audio clip provided an appropriate break, I cut it off and sequed into an introduction of Stephen Bannon, after offering an apology to O.P.

Stephen delivered a great conversation for the rest of the show. As I looked at the time, I thanked Stephen for calling in and went into my lead-out routine. The show ended with 30 seconds to spare.

Epilogue:
After the show was over, I knew I wasn’t done. I had to contend with the “technical issues” at the start of the show. Live listeners are great, but the beauty of BlogTalkRadio is having your broadcast available to anyone at the time of their choosing. I knew I had to “fix” the start of the show.

I went back to my studio and re-recorded the entire start of the show, including my monologue. I copied the newly-recorded start into the downloaded show, replacing the live version. After finishing, I uploaded the new audio file to BlogTalkRadio in the hopes that archive listeners would not have to experience all my technical difficulties.

By 4:00pm, 3 hours after the show ended, the new audio was available on BlogTalkRadio. I emailed the audio file to Stephen Bannon’s technical team, at his request. At that moment, I suddenly started feeling exhausted, having FINALLY completed the day of my blockbuster show. But I wasn’t finished. I had promised Stephen Bannon that I would listen to his radio broadcast later that night.

I have to be honest. I did stay awake long enough to listen to Stephen Bannon’s show, but I don’t remember anything about it. As soon as it was over, I turned off my laptop and went to bed. It was 9:30pm Central Time.

What a day!

You can listen to the show HERE.

Cross-posted from Roderic Deane

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Waiting for Sarah Palin

Posted by Roderic Deane on September 25, 2011

Monologue from today’s The Roderic Deane Show:

Sarah Palin told us all to keep our powder dry. Who on earth says that?

Well, no commander would tell their troops to keep their powder dry if he (or she) wasn’t intending to use that ammunition for a specific purpose. Despite our best intentions, we do not know what the commander’s plan is, nor should we. If we did, we could subject it to ruin.

Do you remember hearing about one of the public maxims during WWII? “Loose lips sink ships!” This was a reminder to everyone that they, too, had a responsibility for maintaining our security during the war. Such is the reason we trust in our commanders.

One of the things that troops are expected to do as they await battle is to ready themselves. They make sure that their weapons and other equipment are in tip-top working order. They maintain their fitness, not knowing when they’ll be called upon to take themselves to the limit. They often keep journals to provide both themselves and their loved ones with a chronicle of their experiences. They develop strong bonds with fellow soldiers, for that fellowship will be needed in battle. They practice and drill to make sure that their skills do not fail them under fire.
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Blockbuster show on Sunday!

Posted by Roderic Deane on September 24, 2011

I’ve wanted to focus on what people are doing as we wait for the dust to settle from the GOP debates and before Sarah Palin announces her intentions. I decided to reach out to the Palin blogosphere and elsewhere to help me with my show.

Here is the line-up for this Sunday’s “The Roderic Deane Show”, airing at 11am CT, noon ET:

Hour 1: Peter Singleton, Co-Coordinator of O4P (Organize4Palin) in Iowa; Ron Devito, “US4Palin” blogger and Coordinator of the NY Chapter of Organize4Palin (NY4Palin).

Hour 2: Adrienne Ross, “MotivationTruth” blogger and major contributor to the C4P (Conservatives4Palin) website; Stephen K. Bannon, Producer and Director of the Sarah Palin documentary “The Undefeated“; O.P. Ditch, “Vets4Sarah” organizer and major participant in the Maryland chapter of O4P.

I’m really looking forward to the show and I hope you are too!

Major hat tip to: Nicole Coulter, for helping me gain introductions to so many folks.

Cross-posted from Roderic Deane

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A funny thing happened on the way to 2012

Posted by Roderic Deane on September 21, 2011

If you’re at all like me, you’re starting to get antsy about the 2012 election. The economy seems to be going nowhere, jobs are not being created and our officials in Washington are mindlessly playing cat and mouse games, or, as Rush calls it, “Chess”. The better question is: Who is the cat and who is the mouse? I tend to think that Washington in general seems to think they are the cat and we, their constituents, are the mouse.

Au contraire! (That’s vichy-speak for “on the contrary”.) I see things differently. I see Washington as the mouse and all of us conservative, Tea Party types as the cat. We’re just waiting for the opportunity to pounce, but alas, we have to wait until next year.

Or do we?

What should we make of the current GOP field? What should we make of the spectacle of debate so far? In a word: NOTHING! The current GOP field is wasting its powder in a comical, yet tragic, circular firing squad. They just can’t seem to rise above the politics of the establishment’s nomination process. Further, they just can’t seem to distinguish themselves to the electorate (us) in a meaningful way. How sad….

As we watch this tragedy of the absurd, we hear the pundits in Washington suggest that more fodder is needed for the cannons of mediocrity. If I were a potential candidate thinking of getting into the race, I’d take pause before jumping in right now. Why participate in a circular firing squad? Why not wait until the smoke has cleared and you can see who has survived the month of September?

No, in my book, this is a waiting game. Although it’s always been a game of “last man standing”, it doesn’t have to be. The person who defines the game in his (or her) own terms can win. It just takes a steel spine to believe in your tactics. It also takes an ability to convince your troops to keep their powder dry.

Sarah Palin is playing the most significant cat and mouse game in our collective memory. While extolling her troops to keep their powder dry, she has served up a magnificent feast of issues that resonate across recent history. With her Iowa Tea Party speech, she turned the popular narrative to a discussion about the perils of corporate, crony-capitalism. Those perils are unfolding before our eyes as we learn about Gardasil, Solyndra and, most recently, LightSquared.

Nope, it appears that Sarah Palin has hit the nail on the head. The current field of GOP candidates is well-advised to follow her lead, or, of course, they can continue to blaze away in their current circular firing squad.

This reminds me of a play, only this time, the title should be “A funny thing happened on the way to 2012!”

Cross-posted from Roderic Deane

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The Mask of Leadership

Posted by Roderic Deane on September 12, 2011

As I sit here and watch NFL football, my thoughts drift to other things. Yes, I read Paul Krugman’s idiotic piece regarding “the years of shame” since 9/11. If you want to read it, be my guest. I must tell you, however, that he’s not allowing any comments. Gee, I wonder why.

No, my thoughts are centered on what leadership is. After doing my show today, I was struck by the unbelievable heroism on 9/11 and the tragic acquiescence of responsibility for one’s own circumstance.

While listening to countless audio files and watching endless videos about 9/11 in preparation for my show, something stood out. Orio Palmer, a Battalion Chief and firefighter, learned that the south stairwell of the South Tower was virtually free of obstruction as he raced upwards to assist people on the upper floors. This unobstructed stairwell could have been a major escape route for the people in that Tower. Why didn’t they find it?

I will grant the victims the fact that smoke and chaos were major impediments to their escape. But yet, in recorded calls from the South Tower, most sat there and waited to be rescued, sealing their doom. What prevented them from doing everything possible to find a way out?

I believe there are two types of people in this world. Those that lead and those that need leadership to guide them. I’m not suggesting for a second that I fall into the “leadership” column. I’m just offering up an idea. Leadership is not something that can be espoused as an attribute of one’s personality. It is something that becomes manifest in crisis.

As an example, I watched the Texas-BYU football game Saturday night on TV. The starting quarterback for Texas, Garrett Gilbert, had a horrible first half. His status as the starting quarterback was based on his performance in practice, yet, under game circumstances, he faltered badly.

In the second half, Texas opted to go with 2 underclassmen at quarterback, a freshman and a sophomore. In an amazing bit of irony, Case McCoy, a sophomore and the younger brother of Colt McCoy, saved the day. Colt McCoy holds the NCAA Division 1 record with the most wins as a starting quarterback (45), which he set while attending….the University of Texas.

Case McCoy may not be the “best” quarterback that Texas has, but he used the skills he does have to lead his team to victory. In summary, he showed leadership under immense pressure. How much should that count for a football team? How much should that count in politics?

As conservatives, we are faced with choosing a candidate to challenge Barack Obama’s leadership skills (or lack of them, to be specific). In that regard, what do we look for?

Do we look at a candidate’s self-professed mask of leadership, or do we look for someone who has a proven ability to lead under pressure? I don’t know about you, but I vote for Case McCoy and Sarah Palin!

Cross-posted from Roderic Deane

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