Saturday, September 4, 2010

GOProud Chair Christopher Barron talks to Tammy Bruce

Friday we posted a statement by GOProud on how the left's hatred of Governor Palin speaks volumes about their own internalized homophobia. Tammy Bruce spoke to GOProud Chair Christopher Barron:


The National Journal Forgets that Governor Palin Was the Only Governor in the Country to Veto the Energy Portion of Obama's Stimulus

The following is in a blog post for the "Hotline" National Journal:

Sarah Palin, Mitt Romney, and Mike Huckabee haven't had any difficult votes to take or decisions to make over the stimulus. Govs. like Tim Pawlenty, Mitch Daniels and Haley Barbour are tying themselves into knots trying to decide what to do.

Now the Hotline is correct that Huckabee and Romney have done absolutely nothing but talk about the stimulus. But the Hotline is wrong about Pawlenty and Daniels "tying themselves into knots" over the stimulus. Both men have made decisions about the stimulus and their decisions were to hold their hands out for cash from Barack Obama.

More importantly, the Hotline erroneously asserts that Palin did not have to make a decision over the stimulus. The Associated Press reported that Governor Palin was "the only governor to turn down federal stimulus money for energy efficiency."

I think it's pretty clear that being the only Governor in the country to make that veto constitutes a "decision over the stimulus."


The Morning After: Records Fell When Sarah Palin Spoke; Her Criticism of Barack Obama Still "On Target"

A past contributor to C4P, this is wilsonpickett's first submission as an official "C4P Contributor." Actually it is a "flashback" to a thread he posted one year ago today, September 4, 2009. It highlights Governor Palin's huge TV-audience impact in her debut on the national stage and reminds us how accurate she was in her predictions of what Candidate Obama would do if elected president.

It was a night for the record books.

And the next morning (two years ago today), the statistics put it in perspective – Alaska Governor Sarah Palin is a TV ratings bonanza.

On September 3, 2008, Governor Palin shattered all previous marks by attracting 37.2 million viewers across broadcast and cable TV commercial networks as she delivered her blockbuster vice-presidential nominee acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn.

With the addition of 3.2 million viewers on PBS and C-SPAN, the total TV audience for Palin was over 40 million Americans – by far the largest ever to view a vice-presidential convention speech and just a million behind presidential candidate Barack Obama’s most-watched convention address in history a week earlier. [Note: The next night Sen. John McCain’s presidential-nominee speech exceeded Obama’s record number, 38.9 million to 38.3 million on the commercial networks, making McCain and Palin No.1 and No.3 all-time.]

Governor Palin’s address was seen by 55% more people than Day 3 of the Democratic National Convention, when vice-presidential nominee Senator Joe Biden and former President Bill Clinton took the stage in Denver. And the numbers were 99% higher than Day 3 of the Republican National Convention in 2004 (37.2 million vs. 18.7 million).

For the FOX TV network, it also was a record-setting night. A total of 9.2 million people tuned in to the Palin speech, exceeding the audiences at NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN and MSNBC.

A month later (October 2, 2008), Governor Palin was at it again. Her vice-presidential debate with Democratic nominee Biden punctured a big hole in previous audience records. Approximately 70 million people tuned in to the debate – a stunning 34% more than had watched the McCain-Obama presidential showdown the prior week. In fact, the V-P debate from the campus of Washington University in St. Louis was far and away the most watched V-P debate since Nielsen began specialized measurements of audiences in 1960. The only presidential debate that has ever drawn more viewers (80.6 million) was Ronald Reagan vs. Jimmy Carter in 1980.

As Doug Brady’s excellent thread, “September 3, 2008: The Night Ordinary Barbarians Found a Voice,” illustrated a year ago, Sarah Palin’s coming-out party in Minnesota – after nearly a week of unprecedented personal assaults by news media on McCain’s choice for vice president – elicited strong reviews for her charisma and toughness, even from the normally critical national press.

Most C4P readers have viewed the Palin address numerous times; it never grows old. But when the direct Obama criticisms are lifted out and listed one after the other, the reader begins to understand how prescient and “right on target” the Alaska governor and her RNC speechwriters were -- now that two years have gone by and we see how seriously the programs of President Obama and the Democratic-controlled Congress have affected the U.S. economy.

Almost everything Governor Palin predicted has occurred. Our country’s deficits have skyrocketed with President Obama’s massive “non-stimulus” stimulus packages, a huge omnibus spending bill, a successful attempt to pass a nationalized healthcare bill (Obamacare) against the will of the electorate, a wide-ranging "cap and tax" bill (temporarily delayed, partly because of Governor Palin's stinging "refudiation" of the proposal in a highly read op-ed in the Washington Post in July 2009), the takeovers of auto companies and banks and the college loan program; the list goes on and on with more “big government” and increased federal-tax proposals to come.

Enjoy the excerpts. First are a few swipes at Obama by Governor Palin early in the speech:

“I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a ‘community organizer,’ except that you have actual responsibilities.”

“I might add that in small towns, we don’t quite know what to make of a candidate who lavishes praise on working people when they are listening, and then talks about how bitterly they cling to their religion and guns when those people aren’t listening. We tend to prefer candidates who don’t talk about us one way in Scranton and another way in San Francisco.”

“Our opponents say again and again that drilling will not solve all of America’s energy problems – as if we didn’t know that already. But the fact that drilling won’t solve every problem is no excuse to do nothing at all.”

Now for the “red meat”:

“This is a man who can give an entire speech about the wars America is fighting and never use the word ‘victory’ except when he’s talking about his own campaign...........

“But when the cloud of rhetoric has passed.....when the roar of the crowd fades away.....when the stadium lights go out, and those Styrofoam Greek columns are hauled back to some studio lot.....When that happens, what is our opponent’s plan? What does he actually seek to accomplish, after he’s done turning back the waters and healing the planet?
  • “The answer is to make government bigger.......
  • “And take more of your money.
  • “To give you more orders from Washington...........
  • “And reduce the strength of America in a dangerous world.
  • “America needs more energy...........our opponent is against producing it.
  • “Victory in Iraq is finally in sight.........he wants to forfeit.
  • “Terrorist states are seeking nuclear weapons without delay..........he wants to meet them without preconditions.
  • “Al-Qaeda terrorists still plot to inflict catastrophic harm on America........he’s worried that someone won’t read them their rights?
  • “Government is too big........he wants to grow it.
  • “Congress spends too much money.......he promises more.
  • “Taxes are too high........he wants to raise them. His taxes are the fine print in his economic plan, and let me be specific: The Democratic nominee for president supports plans to raise income taxes.......and raise payroll taxes........and raise investment income taxes.......and raise the death tax.......and raise business taxes.......and increase the tax burden on American people by hundreds of billions of dollars.”
[Editor’s Note: In hindsight, how about trillions?]

Two other pertinent remarks:

“My sister Heather and her husband have just built a service station that’s now open for business – like millions of others who run small businesses. How are you going to be better off if your taxes go up?”

“Or maybe you’re trying to keep your job at a plant in Michigan or Ohio, or create jobs with clean coal from Pennsylvania or West Virginia, or keep a small farm in the family right here in Minnesota. How are you going to be better off if our opponent adds a massive tax burden to the American economy?”


The Washington Post Admits that "Miller's Primary Win was Helped Considerably by Sarah Palin's Endorsement"/Open Thread

Don't take my word for it. I'm quoting directly from the Washington Post:

"Miller's primary win was helped considerably by Sarah Palin's endorsement"

In any event, here's the news:

-By the way, Joe Miller's margin of victory continues to grow. Did the Koch Brothers steal all those votes from rural Alaska?

-Her stalker is leaving Alaska.

-Here is what a bunch of people had to say about what the Alaska Senate race meant for Governor Palin over at Politico's Arena. Democrat Party pollster John Anzalone writes: "Give credit where credit is due - the tea party and Palin can claim credit for the victory here. Miller would probably not have gotten any early attention had Palin not endorsed him. She changed the narrative on this race."

-Here are three videos of Bristol on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

-PalinTV now has the full Hannity television interview with the Governor from last week.

-More on the author of the Vanity Fair hit piece. What a troubled man.

-Palin-endorsed John Koster leads Rick Larsen in Washington's Second Congressional District.

-If you haven't seen it yet, here's the ad that Brian Murphy is using on the air. The primary is on September 14th. Please pass it along, especially to anyone you know in Maryland. If you can, please donate to his campaign. Murphy is concluding the campaign on a "Refuse to Settle" bus tour.

If anyone stumbles across any video of Shushannah Walshe's interviews on MSNBC this morning about the Vanity Fair hit piece, let us know. My understanding is that she said that her reporting on Palin contradicted the article. The Democrat Party is completely imploding over this hit piece.

What else is going on today?


William Kristol on the Restoring Honor Rally

William Kristol, editor of the Weekly Standard, penned an editorial for the September 13 issue about the August 28th Restoring Honor Rally in Washington. An excerpt follows:

The rally on August 28 in Washington, D.C., was about many things—some high, a few low (very few, as these events go), and many in-between, and is worth considering from various angles, from the political to the cultural to the sociological. We offer two excellent analyses in the following pages, by Harvey Mansfield and Lee Harris.

But stop for a minute before you hasten to Mansfield and Harris. The obvious starting point for thinking about the event is to take seriously its claim as to what it was about—God and country. The event’s host and organizer, Glenn Beck, dwelt on God. His special guest, Sarah Palin, focused on country.


Palin joined Beck in claiming to want to look beyond ordinary politics. She emphasized that she had been asked to speak not as a politician, but as “something more—something much more. I’ve been asked to speak as the mother of a soldier, and I am proud of that distinction.” Palin went beyond politics to patriotism. She didn’t picture Americans as wandering in darkness. Rather, she began by asking, “Are you not so proud to be an American?”

Now Palin did say she was humbled—but less by her failures in the eyes of God than by the patriotic surroundings and commitments of her audience: “It is so humbling to get to be here with you today, patriots.” And she devoted most of her remarks to praise for the finest of our patriots, our men and women in uniform who have been willing “to sacrifice, to restrain evil, to protect God-given liberty, to sacrifice all in defense of our country.”

So Beck wants to restore honor. Palin thinks honor was never lost. There’s a tension between the rally’s twin messages: “We’re a great country” and “We’re wandering in the darkness.” But each side would acknowledge an element of truth in the other’s formulation. Beck’s call for a religious awakening has a patriotic theme and intention—it was Beck, after all, who arranged that proceeds from the gathering were to go to the Special Operations Warrior Foundation. And Palin’s patriotism is religion-friendly (e.g., “God-given liberty”). The two make common cause against a liberalism that is often made nervous by religion and uncomfortable by patriotism.

Read Kristol's entire piece here.

(h/t Josh Painter)


Palin and the Bellhops

According to Mr. Gross of Vanity Fair, Governor Palin is a bad tipper and she treats "the little people" at hotels horribly. Nobody needs to be assured at this point that Mr. Gross is full of it, but just for fun:

Before reuniting with my family, two bellhops approached me, pointed at my shirt, and asked me about it. I explained to them that I was a supporter of Sarah Palin and was in town to hear her speak. I also told them that I was very involved in a website called “Team Sarah.” They both became very excited and extended their hands. At that point, I realized they wanted to shake my hand because I was associated with Sarah Palin in a small way.

These bellhops enthusiastically started telling me in broken English about their recent encounter with Sarah Palin, as she had been a guest at the same hotel. These two hard-working gentlemen adored her. I then asked a very simple question, “Was she nice to you?” Their response was, “Oh yes, very nice.” About that time, I was reunited with my family. I let these gentlemen know that I was delighted to have met them and thanked them for sharing their story with me.

You can read more here.



Warner Todd Huston Exposes Union Boss Trumka's Hypocrisy

Last week in two separate posts we discussed AFL-CIO boss Richard Trumka's pathetic attempt to equate Governor Palin's constitutional conservatism with "McCarthyism" or something. Governor Palin promptly skewered the union thug's nonsensical rantings in a Facebook Note. Yesterday Warner Todd Huston, writing at Publious Forum, noted just how absurd it is for someone with Trumka's history to accuse anyone of, well, anything at all:

For his Labor Day weekend trick, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka leveled the charge of McCarthyism at former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin. This is a bit rich from a guy with blood on his hands — and I don’t say that figuratively, either.

At a September 2 meeting sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor, Trumka claimed that “Palinism” was the “new McCarthyism” and warned that if she kept up her rhetoric she would be guilty of inciting her followers. “She can’t use loose language that foments… that anger to hatred, or that action to violence,” Trumka said.

The comments were “totally consistent,” Trumka said. “She has taken on a position of leadership, and whether it is rightfully given to her or not, she is there. And so she can’t use loose language that foments … changing that anger to hatred or that action to violence.” He continued, “If she doesn’t change her ways, then Palinism will be equated with other forms of McCarthyism that fomented division among the populace and acts of hatred among the populace.”

This is a bit rich from a guy that has the death of a non-union worker in New York on his head. Michelle Malkin does the good work of reminding us all of the violence that Trumka has supported in the past.

Meet Eddie York. He was a workingman whose story will never scroll across Obama’s teleprompter. A nonunion contractor who operated heavy equipment, York was shot to death during a strike called by the United Mine Workers 17 years ago. Workmates who tried to come to his rescue were beaten in an ensuing melee. The head of the UMW spearheading the wave of strikes at that time? Richard Trumka. Responding to concerns about violence, he shrugged to the Virginian-Pilot in September 1993: “I’m saying if you strike a match and you put your finger in it, you’re likely to get burned.” Incendiary rhetoric, anyone?
Read the rest of Huston's piece here.

(h/t Pat)


Saturday Open Thread

ESPN: NCAA Football Schedule: Week 1

USA Today: Thirteen games to watch for during the season

ESPN: Week 1 offers proving ground

San Jose Mercury News: SJSU coach Mike MacIntyre follows father's lead into coaching ranks

SI: NFL 2010 Division Preview: AFC North

Bleacher Report: 8 NFL Teams That Could Surprise People This Year


Lori Ziganto: Fear of Palin Exposes Feminists as Useful Idiots

An excellent article today by Lori Ziganto at Human Events. Here's an excerpt:

The other day I was busily fomenting extremism and evil by home schooling my child and I ended up having to take a break in order to partake in an even further act of extremism:

Telling the Truth.

I noticed two leftist feminists unwittingly, as always, exposing themselves as being anti-woman useful idiots for the left. They were spreading lies and misinformation regarding the apparently super-frightening Sarah Palin and all women like her: you know (cue ominous music), conservative, pro-life women. I giggled at first, because it was rather amusing that it took two of them to write one tripe-filled article.

The two alleged writers, Anna Holmes of Jezebel and author Rebecca Traister, started from the premise that the left needs a “Palin of their own.” As usual for the left, everything is boiled down to gender identity politics. However, they failed miserably at their goal, due to being the perpetual victims that they are. Instead, they only exposed why leftist feminism is not only unnecessary, but also unwanted.

Let’s break down their idiocy, shall we? See, I’m willing to offer a dose of reality in response to each of their delusions. I’m good and helpful like that because, as a conservative, I believe that charity begins at home. The intelligent-deficient need aid, too.

From the start, the authors exposed their true agenda. A Palin of “our” own. Everything is about the collective with the left. They fail to realize that Sarah Palin is an individual. A person. And individuals support her, for various reasons, none of which have to do with her fancy womb. Rather, they support her for her conservative principles and her willingness to take on issues head on, without couching them in politically correct and “let’s all get along ” meaningless rhetoric. She stands up for things, unlike the current President (who never stands up for anything.) Admittedly, it is hard for him to stand up, because he’s usually too busy bowing down.

Read the entire piece here.

(h/t LZ)


Friday, September 3, 2010

The New York Times Admits that Governor Palin "Exposed Ethical Violations..[at]..the State’s Oil and Gas Conservation Commission"

Don't take my word for it. I'm quoting directly from the New York Times:

Ms. Palin had exposed ethical violations committed by Mr. Ruedrich while they had both served on the state’s Oil and Gas Conservation Commission.

Could the NY Times write a comparable sentence about Barack Obama or any of the other prospective presidential candidates when it comes to rooting out corruption in one's own party?


Governor Palin's Cameo Appearance on Glenn Beck

Yesterday, Kelsey relayed the story of how Viet Nam vet, Dave Roever was interviewed on the Glenn Beck show and how the Palins hearing that Mr. Roever was in need of a television studio offered the use of theirs. In addition to the generosity of opening their home, Governor Palin rejected the talk of Mr. Roever getting a makeup artist out there to prep him for taping and offered to do it herself. Quite a different image of her than what you might think if you got all your news from Vanity Fair, huh?

Mr. Roever, whom I heard in Anchorage many years ago, is an American hero in my opinion, and although this video doesn't go into it, I encourage everyone to seek out and read about his life.


Author of Vanity Fair Hit Piece Admits He Made "an Error" About the Central Feature of His Story

The Vanity Fair hit piece continues to fall apart:

A writer for Vanity Fair has acknowledged a case of mistaken identity in an unflattering article about Sarah Palin in the magazine's October issue.

In the article, Michael Joseph Gross describes Palin's youngest son, Trig, being pushed in a stroller before the start of a May rally in the Kansas City suburb of Independence. But the boy in the stroller was not Trig — but another child with Down syndrome.

The mother of the child, conservative activist Gina Loudon, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch she thought Gross might have been confused during the rally and that she tried to explain she was the boy's mother, not Palin. She says he "just ignored facts."

If you'll recall, this purported anecdote was a central feature of his story. After all, the anecdote was supposed to be proof of the narrative that he wanted to drive about Palin. The anecdote is featured in the first two paragraphs of the hit piece.

Now that he's admitted that the anecdote that served as the central feature of his story was false, any reasonable person would have to conclude that the credibility of the rest of the story is false as well.


Open Thread

Before we get to the news today, I wanted to let all of our regular readers know that I have read and heard your concerns over my usage of the word "hack" and other "put-down" language. Your concerns were certainly warranted and from now on, I will heed your advice. The easiest way to increase traffic to a blog is to act like a total prick as I have recently. I personally have been too focused on creating hits to this blog and ignoring its purpose. Conservatives 4 Palin wasn't the right place for me to sling "community organizer"-style insults. My mistake was giving in to the temptation to conduct yourself in the same manner as some of the Governor's worst adversaries. So I'm sorry to all the contributors, regulars, and anyone else who has enjoyed coming to this blog to learn more about the Governor.

Here's the news:

-Bristol is on Jay Leno's show tonight.

-Center-right Christine Flowers writes in the Philadelphia Daily News about Palin and feminism.

-Here are a couple good PalinTV videos: Jewel on Palin and Krauthammer: Without Palin, Miller would have lost.

-Couldn't these two guys from the National Journal arguing over Governor Palin and the Tea Party Express arrived at a compromise: that both of them helped Joe Miller? In all honesty, I'm with Bill Kristol (see the PalinTV Krauthammer video linked above): our side had the superior candidate.

-Brian Murphy is now on the air. Here's the ad.

-Here's why nobody should be worried about Joe Miller in the Alaska Senate contest. This guy's entire campaign strategy seems to be to calling Miller a Yale lawyer the remainder of the campaign.

-What does William Jacobsen think is the most surprising fact in the Vanity Fair hit piece?

-The always amusing Chris Cillizza "top ten influential Republicans" list is out.

What's going on this weekend? Anyone excited about the upcoming college football and NFL seasons?


GOProud: The Advocate, Not Sarah Palin, is Guilty of “Gay-Baiting”

GOProud has issued the following press release:

In an online piece today, The Advocate, accuses former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin of “gay-baiting.” Referring to a recent article in Vanity Fair written by gay journalist Michael Joseph Gross, The Advocate writes, “Palin didn’t mention Gross by name while talking Thursday on Sean Hannity’s WABC radio show, but she seemed to be referring to the article — and pointedly used emasculating words that have long been used as euphemisms for homosexuality — when she called reporters who publish “rumors” about her “impotent,” “limp,” and “gutless.”

In response, Christopher R. Barron, Chairman of the GOProud Board issued the following statement:

“It is The Advocate, not Sarah Palin, who is guilty of ‘gay-baiting.’ I don’t think most people associate the words ‘impotent,’ ‘limp,’ or ‘gutless’ with being gay – I know I certainly don’t. If the folks at The Advocate think these words are euphemisms for being gay or lesbian then I think that speaks volumes about their own internalized homophobia.

“Governor Palin was absolutely right to use the words she chose to describe the pathetic hatchet job penned by Mr. Gross.”


Gregg Opelka: New New York Times Editorial Policy: When You Have Nothing to Say, Hate Sarah Palin

Gregg Opelka takes apart the latest anti-Palin diatribe by one of the editorial writers at the increasingly irrelevant New York Times. Via Big Journalism:

If you’ve never seen the movie The Women, don’t feel bad. You can get a much better lesson in girl-on-girl bitchiness by reading Gail Collins’ much nastier New York Times op-ed “Sarah’s Amazing Race.”

With all the outrage over frivolous stimulus spending projects, the government should fund a study of the nexus between hatred of Palin and the absence of the Y chromosome in liberals like Collins. Finally we’d see stimulus money well-spent. Here’s the first of Collins’ ad feminam mud-balls:

… Palin is on a roll. She’s got her own TV show, not counting Fox News. And she twitters! Or somebody does it for her. Hard to tell which. Her twit on the president’s Iraq speech was: “may make u want to dig out ur old Orwell books so rewritten history can be deciphered.” On the one hand, the sentence construction does have that Sarah ring to it. On the other, how many of you think that Palin has old Orwell books hanging around the house? May I see a show of hands?

In this embarrassingly mean-spirited column, Collins drips elitist superciliousness like a human IV-bag. The above excerpt alone shows Collins staking out both Twitter and the entire George Orwell oeuvre as the sole property of the left.

Her implication? Conservative women—especially non Ivy-league-educated women such as Palin—have no business reading big books like 1984 or using high-tech innovations like Twitter. Those are reserved for women on the left. Only they possess the intelligence to understand Orwellian admonitions or to articulate intelligent thoughts in 140 characters or fewer. Hence—as Collins so charitably implies—Sarah undoubtedly has somebody “do it for her.”

By the way, that same “somebody” should inform Collins that when attempting to discredit your opponent for using Twitter, you might want to get your lingo straight. Sarah doesn’t “twitter,” she “tweets.” She doesn’t send “twits”—she sends “tweets.” No doubt a correction is forthcoming.

Now that Collins has (in her own mind) dispensed with Sarah’s intellectual shortcomings, she turns to Palin’s television success. Itching to dismiss Palin as a vapid celebrity-seeker, Collins does a verbal lap-dance that would earn her her own pole at PoleKatz, The Pink Monkey, Heavenly Bodies, or any of the other fine gentlemen’s clubs in those savory outlying areas of my hometown, Chicago.

“Sarah Palin’s Alaska,” is set to premiere in November on TLC… One of the episodes will reportedly involve an educational visit to Alaska by Kate Gosselin and her twins and sextuplets, who also have a reality show on TLC that used to be known as “Jon & Kate Plus Eight” until her husband ran off with a large number of different women… The Palins are now reality TV royalty, like the Blagojeviches and the Ozzy Osbournes.

The implication? Palin’s corrupt like the Blagojeviches, weird like the Osbournes, and irresponsible (Collins’s insinuation) like Gosselin. To label Collins’ so-called logical linkage a stretch would be like calling World War II a dust-up.

Read the entire piece here. Opelka does an excellent job pointing out the pretzel logic and outright idiocy which characterizes Collins' rant.

(h/t/ JG)


Shannyn Moore Is Not A Victim Of Gross' Irresponsibility

You’ll recall that a little over a year ago Shannyn Moore attained notoriety as the person responsible for maliciously spreading an entirely erroneous rumor that the Palins were under federal investigation.

They weren’t, but Moore herself believed the rumor, and via her Twitter account taunted the Palins with that misguided belief, even so far as to intimate that that knowledge would be exploited for maximum advantage:

On her Facebook page Moore characterises herself via this epithet: "If you must speak ill of another, do not speak it, write it in sand near the water's edge" (Napoleon Hill).

However, the degree of personalised animosity evident in the tweet shown above is far more typical of the way in which Moore conducts herself, typical enough at least to suggest that one of the few things which can be trusted about Michael Gross’ recent attack on Governor Palin and the founders of this website is his portrayal of Shannyn Moore as a green eyed obsessive, taut with hatred for Sarah Palin and constantly involved in efforts to undermine her:

“Of the group [of Alaska Bloggers], only Shannyn Moore, an Anchorage radio and TV personality, has any experience as a journalist. Moore and [Jeanne]Devon, who consider themselves political activists as well as reporters, have become close friends and share a dream of persuading wealthy donors to give them millions of dollars to renovate an old Anchorage theater as headquarters for a foundation, where they would study Alaskan politics and do proper investigative work on Palin. For now, they do what they can with the meager resources they have, which means they spend a lot of time reading tea leaves.

Moore, a green-eyed blonde who, like Palin, was once an Alaska beauty queen, albeit a few stripes more self-aware, drives her Subaru through downtown Anchorage, steering with one hand, holding a cigarette and her smartphone in the other.

When Devon calls to tell her that Glenn Beck has booked the Dena’ina Center, the largest venue in Anchorage, for a speech on September 11, 2010, she sits bolt upright and yells. Immediately, they start trying to figure out what the news might mean.

“Listen, listen, listen: Why in the world do you imagine Glenn Beck would come to Anchorage on 9/11? You think he might have a special guest? With a special announcement? Oh,” she says, her whole face falling as the implications of a Palin campaign kickoff hit her, “Jesus Christ.”
Responding to that by letter, Moore’s bitter complaint that Gross is “so completely wrong” about her, “and put me in such a completely inaccurate and unfavorable light“ (reminiscent of the victimhood mentality she sought to play to advantage just over a year ago when advised by Thomas Van Flein to stop propagating fabrications) reveals that in writing about Shannyn Moore Gross touched a very raw nerve, exposing to a wider audience a side of Moore which she’d prefer not to have advertised, but which is all too familiar to anyone who has taken the trouble to pay attention to the realities of her attitude to Governor Palin.

Moore bleats that Gross took advantage of "Alaskan hospitality" and the "Alaska Spirit". Well, consider the evidence of Moore’s own “Alaska Spirit” and “Alaskan hospitality” amounted to on the occasion of Governor Palin’s visit to Homer (Moore’s hometown) at the beginning of last month:

Note the familiar resort to threat:

And then there is this by-proxy revelation, posted at Moore’s website “Just A Girl From Homer” (where Moore moderates all comments) shortly after the tragic demise of Ted Stevens:

My point is a plain one.

Certainly, Michael Gross deserves all the criticism heaped upon him this week. People on all sides are heartily sick of the tabloidization of Sarah Palin: the smear, the innuendo, the lies, the crudely personalised nature of the attack . But made apparent by Moore’s petulant letter to Michael Gross is that “Shannyn Moore effectively admits that she's the one who steered Gross toward numerous sources” in Alaska:

“I'm so sorry I gave you their contacts and vouched for your professionalism and credibility.”

And so we understand that behind the widely condemned limp Vanity Fair hit piece, one of those Alaskans who abetted Michael Gross in his intention to demean and undermine the Palins is Huffington Post and MSNBC contributor Shannyn Moore, someone with established links to the Alaska Democratic Party, a co-blogger at The Mudflats and a central figure in the group of Alaska Bloggers (see here and here), who for two years now have been attacking Governor Palin by any means possible.

As we also showed yesterday, the attack which Michael Gross made on those responsible for the founding of this website derived from obsessives like Shannyn Moore.

Moore is not a victim of the irresponsibility of Michael Gross, she worked to facilitate that irresponsibility…. and, as if to recognise her for what she is, it simply bit the hand that fed it.

Another miracle on ice!


Dr. Gina Loudon: The Truth about That Dishonest Vanity Fair Palin Story, from One Who Was There

We can add one more individual to the many who have questioned, if not openly ridiculed the Vanity Fair hit piece as nothing more than lies, fiction, or both. This comes from Dr. Gina Loudon who, unlike Mr. Gross and his (imaginary?) "anonymous sources", is credible. Via Big Journalism:

Remember Vanity Fair (you know–the stale, old magazine that no one buys unless they are on the cover or they are wishing they were, like Joy Behar)? The recent hit piece on Sarah Palin by Michael Joseph Gross reveals that they must be as desperate as the rest of the MSM for sales/ratings, because they have lost all credibility, if they ever had any.

Reading his tripe was excruciating. Some 90% of the hard accusations are attributed to anonymous “sources.” This is billed as a profile piece, not exactly Watergate. You have to do better than attributing everything to an anonymous “Deep Throat.”

I have read a lot of MSM slime over the years, but never, ever have I felt subjected to a more jealous, petty, sophomoric, disturbed piece of ragslime than I do after reading this latest on Sarah Palin. Gross left nothing alone. He attacked her beauty, intelligence, marriage, parents, friends, family, children, ability, sincerity, honesty, faith, state, husband, home, shoes, speeches, pastor, book, job, cooking, hunting skills, supporters, church, weight, undergarments… the list goes on. I honestly cannot think of anything about her that he did not attack.

Sarah Palin doesn’t need me, or anyone else to defend her. She is strong, self assured, and she has heard all of this unoriginal slime before now. The only thing new in his story is the new depth of utter disregard for professionalism in journalism. Here is an excerpt:

“When …Piper Palin turns around, she sees her parents thronged by admirers, and the crowd rolling toward her and the baby, her brother Trig, born with Down syndrome in 2008. Sarah Palin and her husband, Todd, bend down and give a moment to the children; a woman, perhaps a nanny, whisks the boy away; and Todd hands Sarah her speech and walks her to the stage.”

Unfortunately for Mr. Gross, it happens that I shared the stage with Sarah Palin at that event. I announced my BUYcott of Arizona that day, and I remember it well.

As I stood backstage with the Palins I remember a reporter asking me if I were “Trig’s Nanny” with a hint of something I didn’t trust in his eyes. I coldly retorted, “no, I am Samuel’s mother.” He looked confused, and had more questions to follow. In his VF story, he said that no one is willing to speak about Sarah “on the record” unless they are paid by her, or afraid. I was one of the people you interviewed Mr. Gross. I am not paid, or afraid. But since you opted not to print what I told you, here is the rest of the story: Since the first time the Governor saw my son Samuel (who also has Down syndrome), she bolts across the room to greet him every time she sees him. She nuzzles him like a mother who loves children with Down syndrome does. I remember commenting to my husband that she always “does the mama smell” of Samuel, that only moms understand.

After an event in Nashville, the Governor went to the trouble of making a special call to me to thank me and tell me how much Piper enjoyed “loving on” my Samuel. During the event where the Governor and I spoke in Independence, the Palins stood backstage for a long while as others took the stage. Sarah pulled me aside to ask me how blessed I felt to be the mother of someone chosen and special, like Samuel. She held both of my hands and confided her fears and love for her little Trig, and the miracle of all he has taught her. She glowed as she explained how he greets each morning with a smile, and we talked about the gentle touch of a child with Down syndrome that feels almost like the wing of an angel. I would love to tell you more about the depth of her love, concern, and compassion for her child, but she deserves my confidence. She spoke from a tender, mother’s heart, one that Mr. Gross wouldn’t know if it slapped him with a silicon spatula in a moose stew pot!

Read Dr. Loudon's entire piece here. It's excellent.


Americans For Tax Reform: 120 Days to Go Until the Largest Tax Hikes in History

In a July post, we chronicled some of the taxes with which Obama will cripple (further) the economy in January 2011. In an interview with Chris Wallace on August 1st, Governor Palin correctly pointed out that the economy was flagging in part because of the uncertainty associated with the roughly $3.8 trillion tax increase that will be foisted on the American economy if a plan to extend the Bush tax cuts is not implemented. This caused the Obama supporters at the St. Petersburg Times' Politifact, who hilariously call themselves "fact-checkers", to rush to Obama's defense. In not one, but two articles at Politifact, the self-anointed guardians of the truth argued that this was not true since Obama really wants to extend the tax cuts for the middle class.

Governor Palin countered with two devastating Facebook Notes (here and here) in which she pointed out that, despite holding the presidency and overwhelming majorities in both houses of Congress, The Democrat Party in fact had no plan, no bill, no proposal or even a hint of one. In short, she was right and they were wrong.

A few more weeks have passed and, believe it or not, there is still no plan to stop the tax increase. In fact, the Democrats haven't even produced a budget this year and still have no plans to do so. Is it any wonder businesses aren't hiring? When Governor Palin laments the role of economic uncertainty in employers' refusal to add payroll, she's absolutely correct. Businesses must have some assurance that future demand will be there before adding jobs and ramping up production. The uncertainty surrounding the tax increases is just one more headache businesses don't need.

One thing, however, is certain. The clock is ticking and there are only 120 days left until an enormous tax increase kicks in, destroying what's left of the anemic Obama economy. The Democrat majority's lack of ability to produce an actual bill is analogous to a ticking time bomb...and time is running out. What can we look forward to if the Democrat Party continues to do nothing? Ryan Ellis at Americans for Tax Reform has compiled a list of some of the fun post-Christmas stocking stuffers we can look forward to:

First Wave: Expiration of 2001 and 2003 Tax Relief

In 2001 and 2003, the GOP Congress enacted several tax cuts for investors, small business owners, and families. These will all expire on January 1, 2011:

Personal income tax rates will rise. The top income tax rate will rise from 35 to 39.6 percent (this is also the rate at which two-thirds of small business profits are taxed). The lowest rate will rise from 10 to 15 percent. All the rates in between will also rise. Itemized deductions and personal exemptions will again phase out, which has the same mathematical effect as higher marginal tax rates. The full list of marginal rate hikes is below:

- The 10% bracket rises to an expanded 15%

- The 25% bracket rises to 28%

- The 28% bracket rises to 31%

- The 33% bracket rises to 36%

- The 35% bracket rises to 39.6%

Higher taxes on marriage and family. The “marriage penalty” (narrower tax brackets for married couples) will return from the first dollar of income. The child tax credit will be cut in half from $1000 to $500 per child. The standard deduction will no longer be doubled for married couples relative to the single level. The dependent care tax credit will be cut.

The return of the Death Tax. This year, there is no death tax. For those dying on or after January 1 2011, there is a 55 percent top death tax rate on estates over $1 million. A person leaving behind two homes and a retirement account could easily pass along a death tax bill to their loved ones.

Higher tax rates on savers and investors. The top capital gains tax will rise from 15 percent this year to 20 percent in 2011. The top dividends tax rate will rise from 15 percent this year to 39.6 percent in 2011. These rates will rise another 3.8 percent in 2013.

Second Wave: Obamacare

There are over twenty new or higher taxes in Obamacare. Several will first go into effect on January 1, 2011. They include:

The Tanning Tax. This went into effect on July 1st of this year. It imposes a new, 10% excise tax on getting a tan at a tanning salon. There is no exemption for tanners making less than $250,000 per year.

The “Medicine Cabinet Tax” Thanks to Obamacare, Americans will no longer be able to use health savings account (HSA), flexible spending account (FSA), or health reimbursement (HRA) pre-tax dollars to purchase non-prescription, over-the-counter medicines (except insulin).

The HSA Withdrawal Tax Hike. This provision of Obamacare increases the additional tax on non-medical early withdrawals from an HSA from 10 to 20 percent, disadvantaging them relative to IRAs and other tax-advantaged accounts, which remain at 10 percent.

Brand Name Drug Tax. Starting next year, there will be a multi-billion dollar tax assessment imposed on name-brand drug manufacturers. This tax, like all excise taxes, will raise the price of medicine, hurting everyone.

Economic Substance Doctrine. The IRS is now empowered to disallow perfectly-legal tax deductions and maneuvers merely because it judges that the deduction or action lacks “economic substance.” This is obviously an arbitrary empowerment of IRS agents.

Employer Reporting of Health Insurance Costs on a W-2. This will start for W-2s in the 2011 tax year. While not a tax increase in itself, it makes it very easy for Congress to tax employer-provided healthcare benefits later.

Third Wave: The Alternative Minimum Tax and Employer Tax Hikes

When Americans prepare to file their tax returns in January of 2011, they’ll be in for a nasty surprise—the AMT won’t be held harmless, and many tax relief provisions will have expired. The major items include:

The AMT will ensnare over 28 million families, up from 4 million last year. According to the left-leaning Tax Policy Center, Congress’ failure to index the AMT will lead to an explosion of AMT taxpaying families—rising from 4 million last year to 28.5 million. These families will have to calculate their tax burdens twice, and pay taxes at the higher level. The AMT was created in 1969 to ensnare a handful of taxpayers.

Small business expensing will be slashed and 50% expensing will disappear. Small businesses can normally expense (rather than slowly-deduct, or “depreciate”) equipment purchases up to $250,000. This will be cut all the way down to $25,000. Larger businesses can expense half of their purchases of equipment. In January of 2011, all of it will have to be “depreciated.”

Taxes will be raised on all types of businesses. There are literally scores of tax hikes on business that will take place. The biggest is the loss of the “research and experimentation tax credit,” but there are many, many others. Combining high marginal tax rates with the loss of this tax relief will cost jobs.

Tax Benefits for Education and Teaching Reduced. The deduction for tuition and fees will not be available. Tax credits for education will be limited. Teachers will no longer be able to deduct classroom expenses. Coverdell Education Savings Accounts will be cut. Employer-provided educational assistance is curtailed. The student loan interest deduction will be disallowed for hundreds of thousands of families.

Charitable Contributions from IRAs no longer allowed. Until this year, a retired person with an IRA could contribute up to $100,000 per year directly to a charity from their IRA. This contribution also counts toward an annual “required minimum distribution.” This ability will no longer be there.

Happy New Year! This, presumably, is some of the Hope and Change to which Obama referred in his campaign.


Obamanomics: Economy Loses Jobs in August, Unemployment Rate Ticks Up; UPDATED

Another day, another disappointing economic report in the Age of Obama. Via the AP:

The unemployment rate rose in August for the first time in four months as weak hiring by private employers wasn't enough to keep pace with a large increase in the number of people looking for work.


Overall, the economy lost 54,000 jobs as 114,000 temporary census positions came to an end. State and local governments shed 10,000 positions. The jobless rate rose to 9.6 percent from 9.5 percent in July.

This comes on the heels of last Friday's dramatic downward revision by the BEA to 1.6% GDP growth in the second quarter. Our clueless president claimed 2010 was going to be "recovery summer" but today's BLS report caps a summer that was anything but. To be sure, many economists expected today's numbers to be even worse, but there's no reason to take comfort from them. At this stage of an economic recovery (one not managed by left-wing ideologues, that is) the economy should be booming, with high rates of economic growth and a rapid decrease in the unemployment rate as employers ramp up production to meet increasing post-recession demand, as economist Richard Rahn noted in this helpful chart:

(note: the 2.4% growth rate in the second quarter of 2010 was been revised down to 1.6% last week by the BEA as noted above)

The numbers speak for themselves. Instead of enacting economic policies designed to grow the private sector, as Reagan did, Obama has decided to grow the government to an unprecedented degree. Obama has surrounded himself with academics who, like himself, have no private sector experience. Combine this with a fundamental ignorance of how an economy works and a predisposition of outright hostility to those in the private sector who create real jobs, and you get a reliance on statist Keynesian economic policies. Keynesian-style policies didn't work in the 1930s, they didn't work in the 1970s and they won't work today. There is no magic government spending multiplier that allows the government to spend, for example, a billion dollars which will miraculously give us two billion dollars back.

Most of the attention on Rick Santelli's famous "Santelli Rant" was focused, correctly, on Obama's scheme to have those who acted responsibly by buying homes they could afford to bail out those who acted irresponsibly. But there was more to Santelli's rant than the bailouts. Toward the end, he ridiculed Obama's reliance on the phantom Keynesian multiplier in terms everyone can understand when asked about Obama's Porkulus Bill:

You know, they’re pretty much of the notion that you can’t buy your way into prosperity, and if the multiplier that all of these Washington economists are selling us is over… that we never have to worry about the economy again. The government should spend a trillion dollars an hour because we’ll get 1.5 trillion back.

That, in a nutshell, is the fantasy of Obamanomics: for every dollar we spend, we'll get more than a dollar back. In other words, we all get a free lunch so let's keep spending money we don't have because that will make us better off or something. That there are those in power who actually believe something as ludicrous as this is a testament to the profound ignorance which characterizes the Obama Administration. One of the first concepts taught in Economics 101 is that there's no free lunch. Every dollar the government spends has to come from somewhere (i.e. taxes, debt, or monetization), which reduces the amount of money the private sector has available to spend. In other words, there's NO free lunch and there's nothing Obama or other liberals can do to change that.

But despite this fact, Obama is compelled to follow these failed policies because, as Kevin Hassett recently noted, Keynesian economics is the only economic theory consistent with redistribution of wealth, which is clearly Obama's obsession. Joe the Plumber was correct. But those who think redistribution of wealth will result in some kind of utopian paradise don't understand a crucial point: before wealth can be redistributed, it must first be created. As long as Team Obama continues to follow economic policies hostile to those who create wealth, I don't see much being created in the foreseeable future, and today's economic news confirms that. Welcome to the economic stagnation of the Carter years, redux.

Update: Ed Morrissey has more on today's unemployment report here.

Update II: As an indication of the yawning gap between reality and Obama's perception of reality, earlier today he stood by his description of this summer's economic doldrums as "recovery summer", even claiming that "we're heading in the right direction", presumably due to his wonderful economic policies.

Via The Hill:

President Obama on Friday said he has no regrets about describing the last three months as the "Recovery Summer."

"I don't regret the notion that we are moving forward because of the steps that we have taken," Obama said in response to a question after he offered comments on the latest unemployment figures.


"We are confident we are moving in the right direction but we want to make sure this economy" is getting even stronger, Obama said on Friday.

Right. I think it's fair to say that his idea of an economy "moving in the right direction" is notably different from mine.


Rebecca Mansour talks to Tammy Bruce

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Stacy McCain Meets Todd Palin

While in Alaska to cover Joe Miller's victory in the GOP primary, the intrepid Stacy McCain was able to interview Todd Palin. Via the American Spectator:

WASILLA, Alaska -- The young lady at the desk of the Dorothy Page Museum and Visitor Center has blue hair -- not the blue-silver of advanced age, but a punk-rock razor-cut style dyed cerulean blue. She is friendly and helpful to out-of-towners who stop by the Main Street museum to ask about the town's most famous resident.

Has Sarah Palin become a tourist attraction in Wasilla? "I don't know," says the blue-haired woman. "I guess a lot of people have added it to their itinerary."

Rumor is that the Palins are out of town and hope of an interview seems doomed to disappointment. Then my cell phone rings. "This is Todd Palin," says the man on the phone. We chat briefly about the recent GOP primary victory of Joe Miller. I explain that I've driven 50 miles from Anchorage to Wasilla just to get a sense of the town where Sarah began her political career as a city council member and mayor. Todd then tells me that although his wife is out town, he's still in Wasilla and …

Half an hour later, I drive down an unpaved road past a large Miller-for-Senate campaign sign and turn into a driveway marked with multiple "No Trespassing" signs, past which no wise person would go uninvited. Here, nestled among birch trees on the shore of scenic Lake Lucille, is the home of the woman whom liberals love most to hate -- and Todd, the man who got the nickname "First Dude" during his wife's term as Alaska's governor.

Todd opens the front door and his youngest son, two-year-old Trig, scampers across the living room to greet the guest with a "high five." Rambunctiously energetic, Trig is the focus of his father's attention -- Todd bounces the toddler on his knee, reads him a book, and fixes him a bottle -- for the next several minutes until 16-year-old Willow comes downstairs, scoops him up and carries him upstairs for sisterly babysitting.

More here.

(h/t Roy)


Friday Open Thread

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CSM: As Iraq combat operations end, US forces try to cement gains

Stars and Stripes: Petraeus: Senior Taliban leaders show interest in reconciliation talks

CNN: Army chaplain killed in action

Hassett and Viard: The Small Business Tax Hike and the 97% Fallacy

Daniel Mitchell: More Arguments Against a Value-Added Tax

Hot Air: Left-wing president turns into tax-cutting conservative just before midterms

IBD: "The choice [in California] is creating wealth and jobs or redistributing wealth while destroying jobs."

The Economist: Monetary illusions


Flashback: Sarah Palin's Speech at the RNC Convention-Two Years Later

Hopefully she'll be giving another headline RNC convention speech on August 30, 2012. You can help make that happen here.


Mike Gallagher on the Vanity Fair Hit Piece

My apologies that you had to actually sit through some of the ramblings of Mr. Gross.

That the hit piece is so hilariously inaccurate should come as no surprise considering where Mr. Gross seems to have gotten much of his information. Indeed he cites many Trig-truthing blogs in his article, saying that "without these blogs, the world would have much less information about Palin’s life right now."

Ah, yes. Where would we be without the knowledge that Palin's bus was not capable of warp travel?

The fact that many of them cook up wild conspiracy theories about numerous things, including the parentage of Governor Palin's youngest son, seems to have escaped mention in the article. Weird.

The "troofers" are trumpeting the fact that their material appeared in Gross' article. Many picked up on the similarities between the Gross article and the "troofers" right away, but it's always nice to hear it from the horse's mouth. They take the opportunity to double-down on "the troof."

"We knew this piece was coming out and kept it secret like everyone else, and we had a long conversation with the author."

Mr. Gross' view of Rebecca Mansour also seems to stem from the interpretation of the pits. Here's a screencap they posted on their website in the same area where Gross got his information on RAM and Joey to illustrate how "evil" Mansour really is. How dare she not embrace the "troofers" with open arms! And to be against racists and birthers as well? How shocking! Oh, the humanity!

It's clear that he talked mainly with Palin-haters, and even they aren't pleased with the way that he portrayed them. Shannyn Moore effectively admits that she's the one who steered Gross toward numerous sources, although much of her beef seems to be that they weren't all allowed to take pot shots at the Governor anonymously. How dare they be held to account! The piggies seem to be the only ones satisfied with the article, and that's only because someone finally paid attention to their sorry hides.

Much of what Gross wrote illustrates his lack of appreciation for any kind of context and his inability to research on higher than a fourth-grade level. For example, the idea that staffers such as Ivy Frye left the Governor on bad terms. Just a fingernail's worth of digging would reveal otherwise, but apparently Mr. Gross doesn't possess that level of research skill.

For someone who supposedly started out with a "prejudice in her favor," his talent for telling one, inaccurate side of the story is truly amazing.

Just for fun, I'll have a go at a couple of things.

Allegedly, Palin's a bad tipper. Tell that to the Modesto Salon.

He alleges that Todd may have taken the time to fly two hours back from where the Palins were spending the night in Dillingham just to float around and look at his house and the house of his lovely neighbor and then take off again.

While I suppose it's possible that Todd wanted to make sure things were kosher and fly away again, it's more likely that the Palins aren't the only people in the world with access to a float plane. It's Alaska.

The article was such a complete embarrassment on so many levels, it's hardly even worth debunking. It's so outrageous, it debunks itself.


Thursday, September 2, 2010

Governor Palin's Remarks at the Restoring Honor Breakfast


Open Thread

-The Today Show ran a feature on Governor Palin's political future. As I predicted, the media will continue to cite hack Marc Hellenthal despite the fact that he was embarrassed by the Alaska Senate primary results.

-Adrienne's thoughts on Bristol and Dancing with the Stars. Here are some early photos from practice.

-The center-right, pro-Tim Pawlenty Powerline blog writes that "Miller's defeat of incumbent Senator Lisa Murkowski in the Republican primary must be attributable in substantial part to the support of Sarah Palin, and it replayed Palin's own surprising defeat of former Governor Frank Murkowski in the 2006 Republican gubernatorial primary."

-The Daily Telegraph agrees with Powerline.

-The center-right Daily Caller writes that the "Palin hit piece an example of shoddy journalism"

-Joe Miller is looking at the armed services and judiciary committees.

-Susan Mulligan writes in the US News that "sexist shots at Palin...signal new backlash against women."

-We have the momentum in West Virginia: "To show you the relative momentum of the two campaigns in this race right now, let me ask you: Do you really think Joe Manchin would ask President Obama to come in here and stump for him? But I wouldn't be surprised if Sarah Palin or John McCain came in for Raese."

-If you are in Alaska, here is where you can get tickets to the event featuring Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin on September 11th.

What's going on today?


Democrat Party Divided Over Vanity Fair Hit Piece/Shannyn Moore Suffers Breakdown as the Far-Left Begins to Eat Their Own; UPDATED

This isn't the first time that far-left extremist Shannyn Moore has had a mental breakdown when it comes to Governor Palin and started to lash out at her fellow radical liberal friends. Last year, Moore claimed that the Brad Blog, an ultra-left wing blog, lied about what she had said about Governor Palin's resignation. Moore has had another mental breakdown and is now lashing out at the author of the Vanity Fair hit piece on Governor Palin. The following letter from Moore is incoherent and hysterical.

Moore was probably too much of an idiot to recognize that she effectively admitted in her letter that one of the sources she gave to the Vanity Fair hit piece author was lying. Why would her source be upset at being identified and why would that source's kids be upset with her if the source was telling the truth? The source would only be upset at being identified if what she said was untrue. Her kids would only be upset with her if she lied.

I must admit I'm pleased to see the radical left eating its own over this story. Perhaps we should thank the Vanity Fair author for dividing the Democrat Party.

If even stone-cold liberal partisans (some of whom are just extreme hacks) like Ben Smith, Dave Weigel, race-baiter Charles Blow, Shakesville, Kirsten Powers, John Dickerson, Amanda Coyne, and Monika Bauerlein, don't buy the Vanity Fair article, who will?

I hope the Vanity Fair hit piece continues to divide the Democrat Party and leads to liberals continuing to devour each other.

Update by Doug: Allahpundit at Hot Air has more on the hilarious spectacle of liberals throwing one of their own under the bus as they rush to distance themselves from Gross's piece in the credibility-challenged Vanity Fair.


Front Page of the New York Times: It Only Took Governor Palin Four Years To Defeat a Thirty-Year Dynasty

I really should have added William Yardley to the contestants for the "biggest hack of the Alaska Senate contest" because he had previously claimed days before the primary that "Ms. Palin is known more for people she has fired. Mr. Stevens built things. These days, Ms. Palin mostly posts things. She is a Twitter and Facebook phenomenon."

Now Yardley is trying to cover his tracks. Yardley writes the following on the front-page of the New York Times:

It took Sarah Palin just four years to help dismantle the political empire the Murkowski family took three decades to build.

By the way, I'm not gloating. I'm just reporting what was on the front page of the New York Times this morning.


Even Liberal Ben Smith from Politico Continues to Call the Vanity Fair Hit Piece a Lie

Even liberal Ben Smith is continuing to call the Vanity Fair hit piece a lie. Smith writes:

I generally avoid playing press critic, knowing that I live in a particularly fragile glass house, and that good reporters make mistakes.

But the Vanity Fair piece on Sarah Palin is so emblematic of much that's wrong about the way she's covered that it's worth returning to, and I've learned that the its long wind-up is based on fundamental confusion about which of Palin's children was at an event in Kansas City.

The press...compensates by printing thinly-sourced, badly-reported nonsense about her that it's hard to imagine making it into a serious magazine like Vanity Fair if it concerned any other figure....I mentioned one wildly embellished anecdote in the Vanity Fair story yesterday, and today heard from the host of the Kansas City, Missouri event that begins the article.

Backstage in the arena, a little girl in Mary Janes pushes her brother in a baby carriage, stopping a few yards shy of a heavy, 100-foot-long black curtain. The curtain splits the arena in two, shielding the children from an audience of 4,000 people clapping their hands in time to “The Battle Hymn of the Republic.” The music accompanies a video “Salute to Military Heroes” that plays above the stage where, in a few moments, the children’s mother will appear.

When the girl, Piper Palin, turns around, she sees her parents thronged by admirers, and the crowd rolling toward her and the baby, her brother Trig, born with Down syndrome in 2008. Sarah Palin and her husband, Todd, bend down and give a moment to the children; a woman, perhaps a nanny, whisks the boy away; and Todd hands Sarah her speech and walks her to the stage. He pokes the air with one finger. She mimes the gesture, whips around, strides on four-inch heels to stage center, and turns it on.

The problem: Trig wasn't at the event, according to its organizer, Karladine Graves, a 61-year old Kansas City physician and who, in 2009, founded one of the wave of new local conservative groups, this one called Preserving American Liberty. The "woman, perhaps a nanny," was the boy's mother, St. Louis talk radio host Gina Loudon, according to the event's organizer, Graves.

Graves said she was "disappointed" by the piece, which also paints her organization as a dodgy financial pass-through, rather than what seems to be the reality: It was a small group putting on a big conference with speakers like Palin, J.C. Watts, and Fred Thompson, and one that continues to put on its regular slate of smaller local events.

Graves also said the reporter never asked her if the boy was Trig, and that she never got a call from a Vanity Fair fact checker. (She also said she largely declined to cooperate with the story in the first place, which, as with the general Palin coverage, is an explanation for inaccuracy without being an excuse for it.)

"I was disappointed because the article is not true," she said. "Trig wasn't even at the event."

If Vanity Fair cannot convince a liberal like Smith, it has a problem. However, does Smith have the character to say what he wrote on MSNBC?


Sarah Palin: Alaska Will Help Secure the Union; Joe Miller’s Moneybomb Needs Support

Via Facebook:

Friends, please join me saluting a patriot from Alaska who shocked the nation by proving the naysayers wrong.

Joe Miller’s record, intentions, and political philosophy represent the necessary direction Alaska and the rest of America must take to ensure prosperity and security. This decorated combat vet and graduate of West Point, Yale, and the University of Alaska understands the Constitution and will work tirelessly to defend it.

He will reflect Alaska’s independent conservative conscience, ignore the influence of special interests, and work to restore America’s standing as the greatest force for good in this world. I believe we should positively contribute more to our society than we take from it, as that simple formula has made our country what it is today. And Joe’s message reflects that.

With this momentous victory, Alaska began a new chapter in our state’s history. We chose to help lead America to a bright new day with The Last Frontier at last exporting its pioneering spirit! I’m proud to see this take root because, after 51 years of statehood, Alaska will soar, thrive, and lead as we transition to “producer” status. Abraham Lincoln’s Secretary of State, William Seward, saw this day coming. He understood our land’s potential, so he purchased this rich land from Russia to utilize Alaska’s strategic location, resources, and pioneering spirit. These attributes will help secure the union.

The recent political change we ushered in can help fulfill our statehood compact and make the federal government keep its end of the bargain it struck with us when we joined the union. With the feds holding title to most of our land up here, it’s time they allow Alaska to reach her potential and help secure America. Joe will fight for our opportunities.

Joe has won his primary, but he now needs our help to raise funds for the general election. Please join me in donating any amount you can spare to Joe’s moneybomb by clicking here.

He can lead once he gets to D.C., but he needs our help to get there. Please give him a hand. Joe won’t let us down.

- Sarah Palin

She also tweeted:

Please support @JoeWMiller's moneybomb and send a patriot from the Last Frontier to DC!


Glenn Beck: The Palins Opened Up Their Home to Dave Roever - Updated

On his radio show this morning, Beck talked about how many who participated in the Restoring Honor rally are beginning to take a lot of heat for it. This led to the story of how Governor Palin reacted when Glenn first asked her to be a part of the rally. If you get Glenn's newsletter, he'll most likely have the information on those who are under fire included in it soon. That's the first part of the audio.

Later, Glenn relayed the amazing story of how the Palins offered the use of the equipment in their home to Dave Roever, the man who gave the closing prayer at the rally. That story begins at 1:20 -

Cross-posted at PalinTV.

Update: Check out Dave's website -

Apparently, he's spending some time at military bases in Alaska before heading down to Utah. Catch him on the Glenn Beck TV show tomorrow.


Real Source Debunks Vanity Fair's Ghost Sources

The Vanity Fair hit piece about Governor Palin has gotten a lot of play. I'm almost speechless at how absolutely disgusting this article is. I understand now why a friend warned I would need to be prayed up before reading it and said she had trouble sleeping after she read it.

Michael Joseph Gross depicted the Governor as a vengeful individual who creates fear in the people of Alaska, a mother who is not as loving as she appears, a religious fanatic who somehow doubles as a fake Christian, a bad wife, a horrible tipper, an angry woman--basically a complete monster. His sources are anonymous people with anonymous relationships to the Governor who were trembling in fear as they gave him the low-down. Mr. Gross--aptly named--expects us to believe that these people were terrified that talking to him would bring upon them the dreaded Palin Vendetta but chose to give him the goods nonetheless. He even makes the point that Governor Palin's triflin' ways are the reason for "deteriorated" relationships, including relationships with people who were in her employ. He lies! One such person he mentions is Ivy Frye, whom he stated left on "bad terms." That's news to Ivy, however, who told me the following:

I didn't leave on "bad terms." I've known the Palins for many years and I respect them personally and professionally. Our relationship is not "deteriorated." In fact, I just waved campaign signs with Todd and Sarah last week, and went 4-wheeling with Willow and Piper. Gross' 8 page hit piece is a complete work of fiction from beginning to end. And the media elite wonder why we call them "lame stream."

So which is it? Did Ms. Frye leave because of a falling-out with the Governor, as Gross writes? If so, would she really speak up now and debunk his article? Obviously, the author wanted to throw her into the discussion because he thought it would validate his depiction of Governor Palin as evil. Since he brought her up, it's only logical to conclude that he deems her a credible source of information. Unfortunately for him, that credible source calls his work a bag of lies.

So where did he get his information? Obviously, his ghost sources are providing him with bad information. Why, then, would we believe anything he/they/his imagination have to say? As Ivy Frye points out, the article is filled with lies that nobody who has ever met the real Governor Palin--or anyone with an ounce of discernment--would ever embrace, but facts don't seem to matter to loons who are obsessed with running her into the ground. Isn't it something how these things seem to get uglier and uglier as she does more and more damage to the Liberal agenda?

We're all getting tired of the shenanigans. When the lamestream media descended upon Alaska looking for dirt...what, minutes after John McCain announced Governor Palin as his running mate, they found nothing. She was the maverick, anti-corruption, hard-working mother they said she was. She had climbed the ladder rung by rung--with no scandal. Those they concocted proved false. Yet it hasn't stopped, has it? Trooper-Gate, Baby-Gate, Diva-Gate, Clothing-Gate, Ethics Complaints-Gate, Federal Investigation-Gate, Divorce-Gate, Visor-Gate, Tour Bus-Gate, Boob-Gate, Eye Roll-Gate. Did I leave any out? These people are sick, and each of their gates come up closed. They are so threatened by a common sense conservative woman who brings a message of personal responsibility, Constitutional preservation, national security, energy independence, fiscal sanity, pro-life feminism, and faith in God. They hate her for it--and they hide behind anonymous sources. How very convenient. A final note about the anonymous sources: we didn't respect this approach when the media quoted anonymous McCain staffers after the 2008 election, and we respect it even less now.

Yesterday, C4P linked to several Liberals who blasted this ridiculous hit piece. It's clear that no matter what side of the political aisle some people sit on, they are growing weary of the outrageous anti-Palin lies published by the foolish and believed only by those who are more foolish.

This Vanity Fair piece is a piece of trash, and no self-respecting individual would believe a word Michael Gross has to say. I stand behind what I said, so feel free to quote me. The name is Adrienne Ross.


C4P Meet-up Announcement: S.E.Cupp is Speaking!!!

Another piece of exciting news yielded a flurry of exclamations from the C4P Meet-up committee: a " You gotta love it, baby" from Beehive, a "Sweet" from Chicago's Conservative, a "WHAATTT?!?!?" from Mia, a "More great news!" from Riley4Palin, and a "Wonderful!" from myself. We are also extremely excited and humbled to announce that S.E. Cupp will be speaking at the C4P meet-up! S.E. is the author of Why You're Wrong about the Right and Losing Our Religion: the Liberal Media's Attack on Christianity. She also writes for the Daily Caller, the New York Daily News, Newsmax, Townhall, and Politico's "the Arena". S.E. has appeared on Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, and CSPAN. Her writing has been featured on C4P. To view a few pieces, see here and here. You can see her discussing her book, President Obama, Governor Palin, and Congresswoman Bachmann here:

We are ecstatic that she will be speaking! To read more about S.E. Cupp, please visit her website. If you interested in attending the meet-up, please email standing4right@comcast. net. See here for more information regarding the meet-up. We are very excited about this news, and we hope that many of you will be able to attend the meet-up!

The C4P Meet-up Committee
Beehive,Chicago's Conservative, Mia, Riley4Palin, and Whitney


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