Sunday, July 5, 2009

SFCP: Thanks for the Memories

As of today, I'll no longer be updating this blog. It's been a fun and entertaining ride. Time's gotten away from me. I'll be looking elsewhere, toward a new and exciting future, exclusively contributing to Conservatives4Palin.

Thanks for everything, guys.

Monday, June 15, 2009

UPDATED: C4P's Retire Palin's Legal Debt Webathon

Hello all! We're on day 3 of the webathon, and still need your help!

Conservatives4Palin
will run a webathon to help retire Gov. Palin's legal debt this week, June 15-22.

Here is the current look at the banner photo giving full instruction on how to donate to Palin's fund, the Alaska Fund Trust, and to email Conservatives4Palin at editor@conservatives4palin.com.


Here's a video from Seth Adam Smith to help kick off the webathon.



Go to Conservatives4Palin.com for more information and the full story.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Warning: Gov. Palin's Authenticity May Cause Onset of PDS

Say it ain't so, Newt!


(h/t Hot Air)

Remember when former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said this in defense of Governor Palin during the Republican National Convention last September?



Newt laid the proverbial smackdown on that dejected MSNBC reporter, leaving even Keith Olbermann shaking in his "big and tall" tailored suit.

Immediately after the election, Gingrich then went on to say to Fox News' Greta Van Susteren of Gov. Palin that "She'll be a force for a long time;" "She clearly has a nationwide constituency, she's intelligent, she's articulate;" "She's going to wear very well on the American people..." here:



Watch Newt defend the Governor here, here, and here.

However, just a couple weeks after the election, Newt's tone and overall rhetoric regarding Gov. Palin began to shift as evidenced here on Face the Nation:



To what can this shift in opinion from the former Speaker regarding the Governor be attributed? Sadly it's just politics as usual, folks. Simple as that.

The rhetoric shift can be partially attributed to a politician simply seeking to boost his credentials, pocketbook, and favorability ratings amongst the public. Just take a look at the events to which both Governor Palin and Newt Gingrich have been invited this year (of which we have knowledge): CPAC 2009 and the NRCC/NRSC fundraiser.

As previously reported at C4P here and here, Gov. Palin had only been invited to CPAC; she at no point indicated she would attend. For whom did this crack open the door of opportunity politically? Why, I'll be darned...Newt Gingrich, of course!

Oh, and since da 'Cuda also chose not to attend the NRCC/NRSC fundraiser this coming summer, guess who was chosen to fill in for her? That's right. It's Newt doggone it! Surprise! (Find extensive C4P coverage of this here and here.) As our own R. A. Mansour elaborated, the NRCC/NRSC dinner truly could have had a "contender," but they behaved a bit impatiently, much like a child searching for Christmas presents in his parent's closet (What? Hasn't everyone?), spoiling the fun for everyone - not to mention the considerable amount of potential cash and attention Gov. Palin would have undoubtedly drawn to the event. Yes, RAM. I concur. This really is yet another "epic fail" on the part of the GOP.

So now you're probably asking yourself, "Gee, what's Newt said recently that's got this contributor all fired up? It's not like he snubbed Governor Palin on Leno or anything."

You're right. No snub on national television due to a creeping senility or just out of sheer spite, but let's just say Newt may be thinking about his political future in this piece from Christianity Today:

Who do you see as the emerging leaders in the Republican Party: Bobby Jindal, Sarah Palin?

Bobby Jindal is certainly brilliant and has a great future. Tim Pawlenty has a great future. There are a lot of people who are terrific. The fact is, I think that you can look at [governor of South Carolina] Mark Sanford, Paul Ryan in the House, [California congressman] Kevin McCarthy, or Eric Cantor [in the House]. I just think we're likely to have a dramatic resurgence. We have two great candidates in Ohio, John Kasich for governor and Rob Portman for the Senate, who are likely to be very, very effective.

Do you see any women emerging in the GOP leadership?

I would start, frankly, with Linda Lingle in Hawaii, who was a terrific governor who got re-elected in very difficult circumstances. You have Kay Bailey Hutchinson running for the governorship of Texas. If she wins that, she will automatically be a national figure because she'll be the governor of the second largest state.

You didn't mention Sarah Palin.

Sarah Palin has an obvious role if she wants it. The question for her has to be, are she and her family willing to go through another couple of years of the kind of media coverage that they currently get? Is she willing to do the kind of development of national issues and development of a national profile that would be required? She is a celebrity in her own right. She is probably the most successful figure in the party right now, and she's a formidable figure. I think to go from there to becoming a national leader would take a significant amount of work.

Woah. So let me get this straight. Newt Gingrich has gone from believing Sarah Palin is "...a force for a long time..."; "...having a nationwide constituency..."; "...best known Republican governor in the country today..." after the election to now snubbing her outright in interviews. Please, spare us the "is her family willing to go through another couple of years of the kind of media coverage that they currently get?" argument. How come this does not apply to any other of the names mentioned? What about Bobby Jindal's family? This issue is obviously a red herring, leading us away from the root of the problem.

Notice how Newt cannot control his "politicking" by resorting to last ditch efforts such as mentioning the names of other GOP women prior to Governor Palin like Gov. Linda "Does my lei look good?" Lingle and even Sen. Kay Bailey "I don't know Palin" Hutchison.

Don't misunderstand. I think the former Speaker has done much for the GOP (in the 1990s) and in terms of educating the folks of the need to "drill here, drill now", but his sudden throwing of Gov. Palin under the bus is wrong, and we ordinary barbarians should stand up and fight. Come on, Mr. Speaker. We thought you were a team player.

If Gov. Lingle or Sen. Hutchison were so much more qualified or experienced to be John McCain's VP pick than Gov. Palin, why didn't Sen. McCain choose one of them? Conservatives should have been so much more at ease with them in the #2 spot, right? Isn't that what you're saying, Mr. Speaker? First of all, how are either of these women more qualified than Sarah Palin? Lingle was elected to her first term in 2002, (formerly Mayor of Maui County...sound like anyone we know?) and Hutchison has been a Senator for 16 years (Is it getting difficult to control your enthusiasm yet?). I bet those campaign rallies would have been so much more intense and exciting than a rally with the Governor from Alaska headlining (that accent drives me bananas, anyway). I bet those rallies would have gone just like this:



For this Sen. McCain is due a major thanks. He chose a real, authentic, genuine, and honest politician for that #2 slot. "An honest politician, really?" You're probably thinking it sounds like an oxymoron. It's not, and Governor Sarah Palin proves that time and again.

For example, just look at the Vanderburgh County Right to Life Banquet Governor Palin attended last Thursday. Why did she go? It's a cause that is near and dear to her heart, especially due to her Christian faith and her own personal struggles with coming to grips about her own son, Trig, being born with Down's Syndrome. The Right to Life folks even offered to put on a fundraiser for Gov. Palin's SarahPAC, to which she said "thanks, but no thanks."

Those who witnessed the incredibly heartfelt and revealing speech by Gov. Palin last Thursday know that she truly is that "Storm" from the North, as Michael Steele introduced her as. She has that X-factor that no other current GOP name has - what you see is what you get.

Thomas Langhorne from the Evansville Courier writes:

Overflow crowd saw Sarah, not candidate.

Nick Hermann, chairman of the Vanderburgh County Republican Party, said Palin's personal magnetism, which Mack likened to Obama's, is also a key to her appeal.

The Right to Life banquet marked the fourth time Hermann has seen Palin in person, including the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn., and two 2008 campaign speeches in Indiana.

"She has great stage presence, but she also works the crowd well," Hermann said. "It's unusual to have both. (Former GOP presidential candidate) Mike Huckabee, for instance, works the crowd well but doesn't have the stage presence."

[...]

But he said Palin has an "Every Woman" appeal and a personal authenticity that could prove to be considerable political assets on the road to 2012.

"The Right to Life banquet (at which Palin teared up over her baby son who was born with Down syndrome and spoke openly of her teenage daughter's pregnancy) was the first time I've seen her really open up and talk about her story, her feelings," he said. "Sometimes, politicians seem too perfect. She really connected with people."

It was a sentiment expressed over and over again by people who met Palin while she was in Evansville, including several young servers at Biaggi's Ristorante Italiano who waited on the Alaska governor at Friday's private breakfast event hosted by S.M.I.L.E. on Down syndrome.

"It didn't even feel like you were in front of somebody that was famous," said server Chrissy Heffernan. "It felt like you were in front of somebody that you've known forever. She was just very nice, very personable, very personable."

Goedde, who headed up a detail of about 20 city and county law enforcement officers who volunteered or were compensated by Right to Life to guard Palin, said he made a point of watching the Alaska governor's interactions with people.

"I thought, 'I'm going to watch and see if there's ever a sign that this is all a put-on,'" he said. "I never saw it. Never once did I see her say or do anything that made her look less than sincere, like rolling her eyes when no one was looking.

[...]

"She was just like a hometown girl from Evansville, Ind., coming home after making good."

[...]

Goedde marveled at Palin's ability to remember the first names of people she met and to connect with each of the law enforcement officers who protected her.

"People looked up to her almost in a rock star way, but it was also with respect, not just 'Oh, Sarah, Sarah,'" he said. "I don't know any other way to say it, but this lady is the real deal."

Palin made a similar impression on Nina Fuller, who shared a private breakfast with her and about a half-dozen other people Friday morning before the larger event at Biaggi's.

"There was not a political word in the conversation," said Fuller, executive director of S.M.I.L.E.

"Gov. Palin is now a good friend of mine, and her name is Sarah."

It can be deduced that people really, really like Governor Palin. They aren't as attracted to the more "standoffish" types like Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney or those who may lack a bit in the stage presence area like Mike Huckabee, Bobby Jindal, or Tim Pawlenty. This isn't an attack on their personalities - it's factual. So, it seems logical the the GOP and its leaders would want to embrace a rising star in its party like Gov. Palin. Why don't they? What's the deal? Aren't they only hurting themselves by leaving her out to dry?

The answer to this question is simple. It comes with the price of human nature. Newt Gingrich obviously has his own political interests in mind for the upcoming 2012 campaign. This can be the only explanation of his "leveling of the playing field" to not include Gov. Palin in his responses to questions about GOP leadership. Why would he want to place himself in the path of "the Storm" anyway? She'd be too much of an obstacle, so best to get her out of the path first.

Want to know what the good news is out of all of this nonsense? Each time the Governor of Alaska is beaten and bruised, whether it be dealing with the legislative issues at home or the lack of support from many of the "intellectuals" in the conservative movement, she comes back stronger than ever. She has the personality type to continue sprinting up and down a basketball court despite having a stress-fractured ankle (yes, it's a true story).

Sorry to break the news to you, Mr. Speaker and all the other folks in the GOP who may be suffering from any potential form PDS (Palin Derangement Syndrome), but Sarah Palin wasn't called the Barracuda in high school for nothing. Despite all the hatred towards her faith, the "tabloidization" of her family, the false lack of experience and lack of intelligence claims, Governor Sarah Palin won't "crawl up in the corner and quiver" as my Business Policy professor would say to those students who aren't prepared for class. She's ready for a fight. A fight to stand up for her faith, her family, and her state; a fight to appeal and relate to the "Joe the Plumbers" of this great nation that keep this country running every day; a fight to prove that Americans aren't just looking for someone who talks a good talk but has a proven track record of walking the walk, no matter what the political or personal consequences may be.

This is why millions of Americans love Governor Sarah Palin, and this is why we here at C4P continue to stand up and fight for her every day. It is, after all, the logical thing to do.

Cross-posted at Conservatives4Palin

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Worst. Flight. Ever.

It was just supposed to be a happy little trip to visit family on Easter...

I drove 2 hours to Greensboro, NC yesterday after my class to catch a flight to Atlanta departing at 4:30 pm, then continuing on to Hunstville, AL to visit relatives for Easter weekend.

As soon as I arrived to the airport (I'd checked in online 24 hours prior being the savvy traveler I am), I was informed by the Delta ticket agent that my flight had been delayed up to 5:45 pm. She didn't give me an explanation why. So I made my way down to the gate, and I waited. My plane to leave Atlanta was due to depart at 7:10 pm, so I'd miss the connection. I went to the nice ticket agent lady named Elaine, and she promptly me put me on the 8:08 pm flight out of Atlanta so I'd be good to go.

30-45 min later, a man comes on saying the plane has a broken panel, and that it can be quickly fixed once the part is available. The part came around 6:15 ish along with another plane full of people from Atlanta, and the mechanics went to fix the problem. The update from the desk was that it'd be another HOUR before the mechanics could even update us. Haha, right? No.

So, by this time I'd have missed the flight in ATL at 8, so I get re booked to another plane leaving earlier to Atlanta and the last flight leaving to Hunstville out of Atlanta, so I looked to be in the clear.

God had another plan. The thunderstorms and tornadoes in Atlanta had temporarily grounded all flights to and from so we were stuck. I got a pizza and chilled out when all the sudden the gate agent came on "We must board now, we have a very narrow window so everyone needs to go quickly!" So we're excited, we get on board, they close the door, pull back from the gate, and by this time everyone's clapping and laughing thinking all's well because we had been cleared...

But wait...we're not cleared. Captain comes on and says we need to wait because Atlanta had grounded flights again. Then we would be updated in 30 minutes...Nope, we'd lost our spot to depart...so what else could happen? Well, our pilot informed us the crew had to be switched because they'd gone over the regulated time by the FAA, so then we had to wait another 30 min to pull into the gate and another 30 min to get a different crew all while sitting on board the aircraft the we got on around 7:15 ish...

Enter lovely Elaine, she was so nice to check everyone's ticket and see if they'd get to their connecting flights. My flight? It'd been delayed to a 12:30 am departure so I was in the clear. Phew...No more problems, right? Can we go now?

As all this is transpiring on the plane, this 31 year old dude ends up sitting next to me. He won't make much conversation at first and is obsessed with looking at Facebook on his blackberry even when he was told to turn it off for flying. He began to talk when all the aviation world was falling apart before us. He made small talk at first then began his idea of flirting by making jokes about holding hands with me and "hey, be careful not to rest your head on me if you fall asleep! Haha!" Ok, whatever Mr. Forrest. Yes, I know his last name because lovely Elaine had helped him in finding him another connecting flight. Anywho...

After the crew change, we waited until about 11 pm to finally get cleared to leave NC. Hallelujah! Woo! Before this was announced, a man in the row in front of me began cursing at our sweet male flight attendant, blaming him something out of his control obviously. He began taking Jesus' name in vain and the whole shebang... not good... a woman chimed in "It's Good Friday for crying out loud!" Why was he so irritated? On top of the lengthy delays, a Delta agent had come thru the cabin with free liquor cards. Yes, I said free liquor cards! Why not drink it up folks? What could possibly go wrong with a bunch of upset people drinking? Smart move, lady (forgot her name...).

So, we finally take off, everyone claps, and it's a relief. Once we can turn on our electronic devices, Mr. F (as I will now refer to him) next to me begins to tease me about everything and won't stop. He mumbled a lot and had a deep voice and wouldn't speak up, and I often had to ask Mr. F to repeat himself, and, much to my dismay, this didn't dissuade him from speaking to me non-stop. I'd try to just chill out and listen to my iPod, but no, he didn't let me. "You're not really asleep!" "Come on let's do something fun!" He switches our iPod earphones so we're playing music for each other. Yes, it's awkwardly bizarre, especially when he played me all songs about the birds and the bees like "Girls, girls, girls" or many a Babyface song or other fitting R&B tunes suited for that sort of things. I was trying to play him the most non-sexual songs like"Cotton-Eyed Joe" or "Don't Stop Believin"...Ugh... The entire time he'd talk to me, he'd find a way to graze his hands or his legs against mine. Then he proceeded to show me his "modeling" photos on his iPod Touch. Are you kidding me? "Yeah, look at that one." He has no shirt on in the photo. "Wow, is that like a whole Abercrombie thing you got going on or...?" "Haha. I didn't like it. There's no depth to modeling." Wow, yeah, thanks for the tip, Mr. F. SICK! He just wouldn't ever let up. That was until he found out that the time was later than he thought. My iPod said it was 10:45 so he thought he'd make his connection...my iPod wasn't on daylight savings...then he found out he'd missed his plane. He didn't speak to me after that. GOOD!

So, we pull up to the gate after a lengthy taxi in Atlanta (15 minutes at least), and I look across at this girl I met who was also on the same flight to AL as me...let's call her Bon Qui Qui. Bon Qui Qui and I had to JET to our connection because it was leaving in 10 min, and Atlanta is not a small airport so we had to run. She stops outside our little plane to ask the dude on the ground about gate changes. I'm thinking "Um...I gotta go...RUN!" So I'm crankin it as fast I can up into the terminal with slow people in front of me, finally I break into a sprint looking for a stinkin' Gate Info screen! Come on! Where is it? Finally after a good 25 yards I found that my flight to Alabama had been CANCELED. I've never had a cancellation in my life. It must have been canceled while we were up at 30000 feet. I look on the screen and see another flight to Hunstville leaving at 12:45! That gave me 20 min! "I can do it!" I sprint to the train to C concourse, and just make it before the doors close so I felt awesome, like I was in a movie. As the train pulled away, this little Indian man in front of me wasn't ready, and he basically fell in slow motion backwards onto me. Hilarious. I jet off the train to C-45, and it was about a good 3 minute sprint. I looked like a fool, but I didn't care. I get there, there's people sitting around, and I ask "Hey, are y'all going to Huntsville?" "Yeah, the plane keeps being delayed." No agent is at the gate. Hello? I look to my right and see a long line with over 50 people in it. I ask the girl in front of me what the line's for. A Delta employee says there's these machines that when you scan your boarding pass of the canceled flight, you're automatically re booked, and you get whatever the receipt printed for you says. The agents at the huge desk are for hotel reservations only, and the phones are for rescheduling flights for another day. Yes, it's scary. So I go to the scanner, praying I've been booked on an early flight out. My flight? The next morning at 11:11 am. WHAT? No freaking way. To borrow from George Costanza, "Julie is gettin' upset!"

In all this I'm calling my dad and uncle who's picking me up at the airport updating them to the situation.
It's insane. I feel like crying my eyes out. I'm tired. I'm angry. I almost got to the point where I didn't care anymore.

As I'm talking to my dad on the phone I see a Delta agent come out of the gate's jetway. I think "where the heck have you been the last 30 minutes?" I get up to the desk at the gate, first in line. He makes a PA announcement: "We're now boarding flight 5249 to Hunstville." I think that I'm totally not going to make it on board with all the people filing past me to get on. Then a woman, who looked completely worn out, came up and said that she'd originally been booked on this flight, but she was switched to the later one that got canceled (same boat as me). I had to find proof I was supposed to be on this flight. The agent back in NC TOOK that e-ticket from me and gave me revised itinerary, so I felt like crying because I had no proof. Then it hit me! My luggage sticker was on my 1st e-ticket! It has the flight # on it! Yes! I tell the agent what happened, and boom, there's my boarding pass. I got on the plane.

Then I made my way down the ramp, literally skipping along in happiness and saying "Praise God, praise God, praise God!"

Here's the kicker: Bon Qui Qui beat me on the plane. I get on, she's chattin' it up on her cell phone. She's 2 rows in front of me. I wave as I file past her. "How did she get on this plane before me? I RAN my guts out to get here! What?" Who knew the short, slow gal would beat me on the plane.

Isn't it ironic? Don'tcha think?

I didn't get my bag when I landed... it came about 10 hours later. :-)

Friday, April 10, 2009

Palin Article Hit Piece

JR, contributor at our sister blog Conservatives4Palin, has informed me that the article I previously addressed is indeed an attack piece. He's right. The article is not objective whatsoever with the author being blatant in his interviews of mostly all enemies of Sarah Palin. He claims that the only reason the gas pipeline Governor Palin wants to build hasn't yet been constructed is due to her own political ambitions. Not true sir.

Check what Conservatives4Palin has to say here.

Live from the Greensboro Airport!

So I am sitting here looking out the window on a gloomy day in North Carolina, waiting to board my very delayed flight to visit relatives on this Easter weekend and thought I best pick up some light reading. I was browsing the local newstand when BOOM there's a magazine with Governor Sarah Palin on the cover! I thought that it would be something scandalous or gossipy about her daughter or the whole clothing debacle, but to my surprise, it was nothing of the sort. It is the Cuda on the cover of Conde Nast Portfolio, which I assume is a business magazine? I will let you know what comes of this reading experience soon. Until then...Palin on a business magazine? Take that Mitt! Haha.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Palin: Build Up Missle Defense

h/t Carlos
Governor Palin Stresses Need for Strong Missile Defense Capability

April 6, 2009, Juneau, Alaska – Responding to the missile test by North Korea, Governor Sarah Palin today reaffirmed Alaska’s commitment to protecting America from rogue nation missile attacks.

“I am deeply concerned with North Korea’s development and testing program which has clear potential of impacting Alaska, a sovereign state of the United States, with a potentially nuclear armed warhead,” Governor Palin said. “I can’t emphasize enough how important it is that we continue to develop and perfect the global missile defense network. Alaska’s strategic location and the system in place here have proven invaluable in defending the nation.”

Governor Palin stressed the importance of Fort Greely and the need for continued funding for the Missile Defense Agency. The governor is firmly against U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates’ proposed $1.4 billion reduction of the Missile Defense Agency. Greely’s isolated location in Alaska as well as its strategic location in the Pacific allows for maximum security and development of the country’s only ground-based missile defense complex.

“Our early opposition to reduced funding for the Missile Defense Agency is proving to be well-founded during this turbulent time,” Governor Palin said. “I continue to support the development and implementation of a defensive missile shield based in Alaska. We are strategically placed to defend the critical assets of the United States and our allies in the Pacific Theater.”

Governor Palin also requested stimulus funding for the Kodiak Launch Complex. The Kodiak Launch Complex is a commercial rocket launch facility for sub-orbital and orbital space launch vehicles owned and operated by the Alaska Aerospace Development Corporation, a public corporation of the State of Alaska.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Carrie Gets the Hardware...Again!

She's got "it"


And she even won the coveted Entertainer of the Year! A feat not accomplished by another female since the Dixie Chicks in 2000.

Carrie also won Female Vocalist of the Year for the 3rd straight year - only Reba has won it 4 times in a row.

In her FVOTY acceptance speech she said, "It is my belief that country music makes the world a better place, and I'm so glad to be a part of country music. All the glory, all the goodness, and all the praise goes to God."



Watch this entire clip! Matthew McConaughey presents the award after this hilarious story, which Carrie addresses in her acceptance speech:

Friday, April 3, 2009

Pat Bowlen's Letter to Bronco Country

Let me explain...

Dear Broncos Fan,

I am writing this letter today because I feel compelled to give our community and our fans an explanation regarding the Jay Cutler situation.

One of my directives to Josh McDaniels upon his hiring was that he consider everything possible to return the Broncos to the level which you and I both expect, and this certainly includes making a fair evaluation of every opportunity presented to us which might improve the team. He and General Manager Brian Xanders have had my complete support throughout, and they have it now. It is important that you know that at all times we represented ourselves to Jay with honesty and integrity.

I assure you both Josh and I made repeated attempts to reach out to Jay, and I can not speak for him as to why he chose to limit his response. Ultimately, given his unwillingness to speak with either of us directly in the last 12 days- at the same time his agent clearly stating to us Jay's intentions- it became very apparent to me personally that he no longer wanted to play for the Denver Broncos. As such, we elected to trade him.

Understand this: it remains about team. Our franchise has gone to the Super Bowl six times, with three different coaches and with many different players. It has never been about one player, and it never will be. Coach McDaniels shares this vision, and everyone in the organization—players, coaches and staff—must understand and accept this unconditionally. If anyone does not, that person will not be a part of this franchise.

I am extremely proud of our franchise, its accomplishments, and the region and fans that we represent. We have an illustrious history, one which we are all anxious to add to, and if someone does not wish to be with us as we head in this direction, then we will move on, and move forward.

Over 96% of our season ticket holders have chosen to renew their tickets for the 2009 season. This is once again a compelling statement of support and trust by the greatest fans in the NFL, and I assure you my only goal is and always will be to compete at the highest championship level.

The Denver Broncos will move forward in 2009 as one team, united with the most loyal and passionate fan base in football, towards the only goal we will ever pursue.

Thank you for taking the time to read this and for your understanding and continued support.

Sincerely,

Pat Bowlen