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Posts Tagged ‘wasilla’

78-year-old will end marathon golf adventure in Wasilla: hopes to meet Gov. Palin

Posted by Dr. Fay on June 10, 2012

Here is an inspiring story of a 78-year-old man performing a feat that would be daunting for someone half his age.  He is driving 20,000 miles in a rental car plus making a plane trip to Hawaii and one to Alaska so he can golf on 50 different courses in 50 different states in 50 days.  His last stop:   Wasilla, Alaska, where he hopes to meet Governor Palin!

From an article by Glenn Price at durantdemocrat.com:

Some people never get tired of a challenge. Take Harry Scott, for example. Harry is a 78 year old retired CPA from Somers Point, NewJersey who decided to play 50 golf courses in 50 days in all 50 states.

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Think about this for just a little bit. He not only plays the four hour round of golf but also must get to his next golf course in the same day. Most people his age can’t even play more than three times in a week, let along drive another eight hours or so to the next destination.

“I wanted to do this while I was still a young man,” said Scott. (There was maybe a little tongue in cheek when he said that, but not much. He pretty much meant it.)

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Scott brought up some good personal changes since he started the trip. “I’m a much better golfer now,” Scott explained. “I bet I’ve dropped about 5-6 strokes off my scores. I’m also in much better shape than when I started.”

“I’ve played some really nice courses along the way and a few not so nice,” said Scott. “The Notre Dame course was probably the most prestigious. It sure is a lot of fun. I’ve met some really nice people.”

The last course lower 48 states to be played will be in Bremerton, Washington and then Scott plans to fly to Hawaii from Seattle. After Hawaii, he will take another plane to Alaska for his late night round in Wasilla, Alaska on June 19th. He is planning on finishing the round at 11pm which will be on the 50th day of his golf odyssey. He will then fly home to New Jersey.

Scott said that he has always stayed in motels and all were reserved and paid for in advance throughout the trip although he doesn’t have one scheduled for Alaska yet.

“Maybe Sarah Palin will let me stay with them,” said Scott. (Sarah Palin’s home is in Wasilla, Alaska.) “That would be quite an ending to the trip, to stay with Sarah Palin.”

His 20,000 mile trip is all in a rental car. When asked about that Scott remarked that the last time he did this the guy at the car rental counter could not believe the mileage when he turned in the car. He will turn the car in at the Seattle airport.

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He was so excited thinking about finishing on the course in Alaska and how exciting it will be. He remarked about how the adrenaline will be pumping at that time.

“The enormity of it all is just remarkable,” said Scott. “Just think, 50 days of golf with 50 different courses in 50 different states.”

The other enormity is that most of Scott’s driving was alone, most rounds were played by himself (although many rounds were played with friends and/or family that joined him along the way) and he is only two years short of 80! What will his next challenge be?

Hopefully he can meet Sarah Palin.

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Alaskans4Palin reviews “The Undefeated”

Posted by traceyporreca on August 4, 2011

Recently, Alaskans4Palin had the opportunity to view a copy of “The Undefeated.” While the film has been available for some time throughout the lower 48, it has not yet been released to Alaskan audiences. Three Alaskans4Palin bloggers traveled hundreds of miles each way to meet in a remote cabin on a dirt road anxious to see this film about our now famous former Governor.

While it is difficult for most Alaskans to remove the lens that makes them automatically suspicious of things coming from outside, we attempted to set it aside for the purposes of reviewing this film. What we found is a fair and accurate record of Governor Palin’s political history.

The film accomplishes what should have been done by the McCain camp in 2008 with the announcement of Governor Palin as his Vice Presidential pick – it details her record, accomplishments, and Alaska girl guts.

As Alaskans, we reminisced about the events of the film: Where we were living, who’s campaigns we were volunteering for, and how we reacted to the headlines at the time. Many of the faces and names are all too familiar to us. Many we have worked with, worked for, or lived down the street from. It paints an all too familiar picture of the establishment GOP versus the true conservative GOP in this state. At times we were reminded of the darker side of Alaskan politics, the “good ole’ boys” and the “CBC”, the backroom deals and the corruption that plagued our state, and in some ways still does. We were reminded of the battle and the headlines brought about by Governor Palin’s time on the Oil and Gas Commission. We were entertained by the personal video clips and photos that were contributed to the project of a much younger Governor Palin in office.

What the film does well is galvanize Governor Palin’s conservative principles with the viewer. The film outlines how these principles have not changed with any office she has held. She has a proven track record here in the state with her staunch conservative views, yet also has always been able to “reach across the aisle” and garner bipartisan support. There will certainly be some in the established Alaskan GOP who likely will not be fans of this film. Using Governor Palin’s book “Going Rogue” as a guide, the film calls out her political opponents on both sides of the aisle regarding the antics that stymied the State.

The film also attempts to explain the frivolous ethics complaints that paralyzed the Palin administration. Prior to leaving on the 2008 vice presidential campaign trail, the film accurately reports that Governor Palin enjoyed a more than 80% approval rating. But when she returned, the Democrats who had been so amiable to working with her, now could not be seen in the same room with her; and the Republicans who were never very fond of her for working against the establishment and winning, had not become any friendlier. Dozens of ethics complaints, filed by only a handful of individuals, kept her administration from accomplishing positive things for the state. Doors that were once open were slammed shut and much of it had to do with these unfounded complaints. Her staff became overwhelmed with the daily struggle to defend the Governor and meet the overwhelming FOIA requests.

With Alaskans at the heart of her decision, she stepped aside, allowing Governor Parnell to take over and complete the agenda items that she had laid forward. Governor Parnell was able to accomplish much in the last few months of what was originally Sarah Palin’s governorship, items we are confident Governor Palin would have been able to accomplish herself had her administration not been mired down by those complaints.

At the time she proclaimed, “Politically, If I die, I die.” She knew that stepping down was not the greatest move for her future political career. In what was one of the greatest displays of self sacrifice witnessed in recent politics, Governor Palin put us, the people of Alaska who had hired her, before herself and before the good of her career. She gave up a stable, well paying job and the security of safely moving up the political line in order to end the political games that were holding the State back from progress.

Though written and produced outside and despite its limited interviews and filming within the State, the Undefeated has presented Governor Palin in an honest light. It accurately depicts her time as Mayor of Wasilla, as Chairman of the Oil and Gas Commission, and as Governor of the State of Alaska. It accurately describes the political environment Governor Palin returned to following the failed 2008 campaign. Governor Palin is an Alaskan who believes that defeat is not an option. She was raised to believe that she is capable, strong, and able to handle anything that comes her way, whether it be a frigid blizzard, an angry grizzly, or an ordinary politician.

It seems that the future is wide open for Governor Palin. Alaskans4Palin is excited about the opportunities that lie on the horizon for Governor Palin and her family and we are thankful that she remains Undefeated.

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Governor Palin’s Remarks at Wasilla 9/11 Event

Posted by Adrienne Ross on September 13, 2010

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

Via PalinTV, below is video footage of Governor Palin’s remarks when she unexpectedly attended the Wasilla 9/11 commemoration event:

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McGinniss Moves Out

Posted by loricalabrese on September 8, 2010

Getting a new neighbor usually entails being friendly and open, but when your Sarah Palin and the neighbor is Joe McGinnis, it becomes a national story with accusations of stalking.

Author Joe McGinniss, who is penning an exposé about Palin, took up residence right next door to Palin’s lakeside home in Wasilla in May, to research his new book.  But, fortunately for the Palins, McGinniss’ time is up and he’s left Wasilla to head home to Massachusetts and start writing.

McGinniss, whose unauthorized biography of the former VP candidate is tentatively titled “Sarah Palin: The Year of Living Dangerously,” stirred controversy with the move and prompted Palin to take to her Facebook page to make McGinnis’ undercover operation very public.

“We found out the good news today,” she wrote. “We’re sure to have a doozey to look forward to with this treasure he’s penning. Wonder what kind of material he’ll gather while overlooking Piper’s bedroom, my little garden, and the family’s swimming hole?”

McGinnis denied accusations of stalking, but it was pointed out at the time that it has hardly necessary to move in next to the Palin family to do research. Palin and husband Todd also quickly erected an 8-foot fence so that McGinnis could not see into their property.

“I’ve been very busy but on Lake Lucille it’s been very quiet,” McGinniss told The Associated Press. “As I told Todd back in May – he came over to get in my face about moving in there – I said, ‘You’re not even going to know I’m there. A lot of the time, I’m not going to be here. And when I am, I mind my own business. I don’t care what happens on your side of the fence. That’s not why I’m here.'”

McGinnis stated that everyone he met in Wasilla was very friendly and open and often offered him the use of their guns. But McGinniss also says he noticed an “undercurrent of fear” when interviewing locals about Palin.

“People – I don’t know if they’re afraid of shadows or whether there’s something real there – she’s no longer in a position of governmental influence but there are people up there who are scared to death to talk because if Sarah ever found out they talked, oh, something terrible would happen to them,” he said.

Who knows if McGinniss’ new book will compare to the recent Vanity Fair hit piece, but as Palin has said, “We’re sure to have a doozey to look forward to.”

Read more articles by the National Sarah Palin Examiner at Examiner.com

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