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Friday, September 12, 2008

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If you haven't figured it out yet, the posting frequency on this blog has gone down. Part of that is a function of the fact that I do not have much free time now that I have a full time job, but part of it is that I'm trying to figure out the best angle to take now that Gov. Palin is the nominee. Obviously, it is no longer hard to find news about Sarah, nor are we the only people online defending her against smears, nor are we the primary contact for pro-Sarah activism (that is now the campaign's job). So, there are definitely going to be some changes made around here. The first will likely be the addition of a second blogger (to increase post frequency), but the rest is up in the air. So, I want to consult all of you on how we should proceed. What do YOU want to see out of this blog? Obviously, there will still be analysis from me (and I hope to have a full reaction to the full Charlie Gibson interview by tomorrow), but I don't want this to be simply a place for me to air my opinion. So, what do you think we can continue to do to help ensure that Governor Palin becomes Vice President Palin?

66 comments:

Maxine said...

I just recently discovered this blog. Had no idea you were here and never knew about Sarah until the announcement two weeks ago. I need a place to go to give a thorough analysis of things going on during the campaign. Some of the news articles are upsetting and I've been coming here to see what you have to say about things. I am praying for this election and for our country and want to hear all sides of the issues. I'm very sorry all we Americans have not been treating each other with respect in all this.

Ted said...

Augment with Draft Adam Brickley for Palin Chief of Staff blogsite.

tom paine said...

Adam,

Do you personally believe that Sarah Palin is (at this time) qualified to be president of the USA and leader of the free world?

manajordan said...

Adam,

I just want to say thank-you. I am so glad that I was able to get to know Sarah Palin through your blog. I am thrilled that the rest of the country is now getting to know her too.
I was in the habit of checking your blog everday prior to her nomination so I think adding a second blogger is a great idea to increase the posts.
I think it might be good to have a link to some summaries of the reforms she has made as Governor.
She was awesome in the interviews especially the second night. I love too that Gibson was called on his distorting of quotes and the underhanded bush doctrine question

Compassionate Conservative said...

I can only imagine the rollercoaster of emotions experienced by the Palin family the last two weeks. While a trip home may have been relaxing, it meant seeing their son off to Iraq and a grilling by Gibson. (There is no such document as The Bush Doctrine...the phrase is most often used as a derogatory term by the MSM and other left leaners who each interpret it differently.)

I just hope Gov. Palin knows that we are out here praying for her and her family. Like Esther, another intelligent and beautiful woman, she has been called "for such a time as this."

Adam, I hope you continue this blog throughout the election. You have played a part in history and your role is not over.

Ignore those who troll the internet lobbing word bombs. The intensity of their rage reveals their weakness. May they find true peace.

wk4christ said...

I think this blog should be a place where we can express our enthusiasm and support for McCain & Palin! We could discuss how we can promote the campaign and how we can get them elected! We could also talk about the recent polls and how McCain & Palin can win more electoral votes.

Damian G. said...

We need to use this site to rebut the many smears and distortions clouding the public's view of Sarah. We should take an updated look at Troopergate and dispel all the false rumours.

Blue-eyed Blonde said...

Why do people keep asking whether or not she's qualified? It's obvious she's just as qualified as presidential candidate Obama and, I have no doubt, more so. Go to newsmax.com to keep up to date.

Robert Birch said...

State the accomplishments for both McCain and Palin.

Brad Marston said...

Adam asked what people can do to help ensure that John McCain and Sarah Palin are in the White House come January 2008. If you are looking to take positive action here is one suggestion.

I have been working as an unpaid volunteer for John McCain for close to two years and am currently working with the head of the Bikers for McCain-Palin 2008, an officially sanctioned coalition for the campaign.

We are attempting to put together a National Rally Day on Saturday, October 4th but we need State Chairs/Organizers in 40 states and Volunteers in 50 states to make this a huge event with great media exposure.

Please visit Bikers For McCain-Palin to learn more or contact me at bmarston@McCainVictory08.com to learn how to get involved.

You don't need to be a biker. You just need to be committed to a few hours in support of McCain-Palin 2008.

Thank you.

Harley Fanatic said...

We just need to encourage Obama to make more comments about putting lipstick on a pig.

Palin should not respond and her support will improve. I am a fanatic fan of hers.

Sarah Palin is hot!

Austen said...

PALIN
NATIONAL SECURITY CREDENTIALS


Energy is the core U.S. national security issue of the 21st Century. Americans are suffering economically every day, and our sons and daughters are called away to foreign battlefields, in no small measure because of our dependence on Middle Eastern oil. As Governor of Alaska, she knows that a big part of the answer to lessening American dependence on foreign oil—and ultimately to establishing American energy independence—is in the promise of Alaskan oil and natural gas.

Most Americans are unaware that Alaska in modern times has been on the front lines of defending the United States. For example, during World War II, Alaska was the only state invaded by the Axis. Bloody battles were fought on Alaskan territory, involving thousands of casualties, but in the end Imperial Japan was driven from Alaskan soil.

Today, Alaska continues to play a vital role in defending the United States. As Governor of Alaska, Palin understands and is responsible for supporting and cooperating with such vital U.S. Government programs as the National Missile Defense.

National Missile Defense interceptors and radars are based in Alaska.

As Governor of Alaska, Palin understands and is responsible for supporting and cooperating with the North American Air Defense (NORAD) assets that protect both the United States and Canada. Sophisticated air defense and Ballistic Missile Early Warning System (BMEWS) radars are based in Alaska. These provide U.S. intelligence and threat assessment capabilities that are indispensable to U.S. national security.

Alaska is in the front lines defending the United States during this age of weapons of mass destruction. An increasingly belligerent Russia, still a nuclear superpower, is located just across the Bering Strait from Alaska. Russia routinely flies strategic bombers near Alaskan air space to test U.S. defenses. Nuclear missiles launched from North Korea, China, or Russia would fly through Alaskan airspace and hopefully be stopped by the National Missile Defense based in Alaska.

As Commander-in-Chief of the Alaskan National Guard, the “buck” stops with Palin, the Governor of Alaska, for planning, preparedness, and execution of Guard contingency plans to protect Alaska from greatly varied threats—ranging from nuclear attack to earthquakes.

I'd put Palin's national security credentials up against Obama's any day.

Adeodatus, SPQR said...

I have to disagree with wk4christ's comment.
There are limitations to getting the word out on the internet for any campaign. I recommend "how you as the reader can help." We are all spending some time blogging. But blogging can go just so far. I recommend this site directs readers on where they can help the campaign whether it's putting up signs, distributing literature, helping people register to vote, driving them to polls. Boots on the ground are needed. Bottom line - contact your local McCain-Palin campaign headquarters and see what you can do to volunteer. If you are a reader who supports Obama, Nader, Barr, McKinney, etc, for President, then that's what each person should do as well.

Palinfan said...

Congratulations -- I live in the UK and found out about Governor Palin through you well ahead of the VP pick and could dazzle my friends at the national magazine I work on with my foresight. I have an article about "Sarah's web army" here: http://standpointmag.com/how-sarah-got-drafted

Living outside the US, it's not really my place, but I strongly recommend that you consider more grass roots campaigns to send Sarah Palin to Washington - it will be easier now you have the wind at your back and you and your supporters can do things with a directness and authenticity the official campaign can't. Three simple suggestions:

(1) a campaign to send Barracuda-themed merchandise to the Naval Observatory VP address in Washington (remember how Jericho fans got the show back by sending tons of peanuts? It's much more powerful than emails, as Clay Shirky discusses in his new book), it could even be products you design on Zazzle, and then donate the process to the McCain campaign? Sending them to Cheney's house is also a useful piece of distancing from the Bush Administration.

(2) a site in the spirit of werenotafraid.com (launched after the Tube bombings in London) but where people post pictures of themselves holding up placards &c that say "I am Sarah Palin" (or they could simply post on Flickr and you link to them from here)

(3) a campaign where you pick a simple campaign song and get ordinary people to record themselves singing it. Again, they can post them on youtube, and you could link to it on your blog. My recommendation here would be "america the beautiful", which everybody knows and is very suitable for Palin, but sung to Auld Lang Syne, which is the music it was originally sung to. again, everyone knows the tune, but more important it makes it a song about renewal, because Auld Lang Syne is the New Year song.

I see you have no time, but these things just need to be seeded and left to hopefully go viral. It needn't be all that much work with all the attention right now. And the grassroots should be pushing Palin still and not leaving it to seem like a top-down campaign.

Best wishes,

Marc Sidwell

Grace Explosion said...

DRAFT SARAH PALIN FOR PRESIDENT!!

I personally love Sarah Palin - yet what so compels me about her is very frightening to some, I realize. I think she's not going to be moved by any who oppose her. Like her, I played a lot of sports and am extremely competitive and driven.

She will go for the goal. She's a champion. She was a state champion in basketball, she was a state champion in Alaska also in politics to become Governor of that great state. She's may be just about to become Vice President, then President, of this great nation.

She will win... like she always has. The only time in her political career she ever lost, I believe, was for the position of Lieutenant Governor. So she ran for Governor. In other words, she won.

Here's the deal with Sarah Palin. She's giving McCain the best shot he has, I think, in winning this election.

If for any reason Sarah did not win this election as Vice President, she would be back in 4 years to take the President position.

She's gonna get it... one way or another...she's gonna find it... she's gonna get, get it, get it... one way or another. :)

She's gonna win it, win it, win it!!

(There's a song like that. Check it out!! Click Blondie LIVE!! woo hoo!)

oooooooh... Barracuda!! Yeah.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=74xiXRxkKxc

(One way or another - Blondie)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hpkitLUbeEg

(Barracuda - Heart)

HA!

Grace and peace.

I vote present. said...

tom paine said...
Adam,

Do you personally believe that Sarah Palin is (at this time) qualified to be president of the USA and leader of the free world?

September 12, 2008 9:50 PM

------------------------Well yes or no, she is more qualified and with less baggage then the top of the ticket on the dummycrats.
I was listening to Dr. Michael savage and was talking about how Obama could not even pass a secret service background check to be a agent, yet he would be in charge of and have secret infromation!! How can we the sheeple be so stupid?? The guy is so under qualified and his freinds are horrible.
So Sarah palin is ready to lead, if Obama is she is over-qualified

Ted said...

Now I think it would be more than fascinating to learn (1) the extent to which Team McCain followed this site and/or extent to which it guided his selection of Gov. Palin, (2) the extent to which Team Obama ever read or took seriously this site (fortunately, apparently not enough), (3) the points in the McCain consideration-making and decision-making process re selecting Palin, and (4) the extent to which Team McCain kept its Palin-thinking secret, using as decoys Romney, Pawlenty, Ridge and the rest.

I've got a theory, now bosltered by what I'm currently reading, that, yes, Team Obama was aware of a Palin "danger" but (1) discounted (fortunately for us) the possibility of her ultimate selection and (2) would, in fact, have selected Gov Kathleen Sebelius but Team Hillary Clinton (who I don't think would have taken the VP nod anyway) scared/pressured Obama away from any other woman. Gov. Sebelius was an early active supporter of Obama, the two got along with each other famously, and is an attractive political figure in her own right (but, again, Clinton maneuvered Obama away from Sebelius).

Adeodatus, SPQR said...

To Marc Sidwell,
Those are great ideas but the "I am Sarah Palin" signs idea is absolutely brilliant and I think gets at the heart of this campaign. This is the first time I remember someone more "of the people" on the ticket.

Adam, how can we get this going?

MyJoy2Go said...

Adam, Please continue your blog!
Thanks
Monica

Mountain Mama said...

First, thank you, Tom Paine, for avoiding your former atrocious and sickening language, and posing (at least this time) a mere question----albeit an important one.

At this point, however, we'll have to answer your question later..... Adam has asked us a question, and he comes first!

Palinistas, this blogsite is still absolutely important.

First, Palin supporters can share here neat ideas that will help the McCain-Palin ticket WIN. (Just not the snooty fake ideas of Marc Sidwell....)

Second, Palin supporters can respond here to the VALID, politely-expressed concerns of people who are opposed to Gov. Palin, or are interested in learning about her.

Finally----and most importantly----we can provide here an ongoing support network, not only for each other, but for Sarah Palin, John McCain, and their families. McCain took a risk by asking Palin to join his ticket, and he deserves our full support, too. He's sure glad he took this risk, too: Gov. Palin has galvanized so much support in the Party!

Plus, Adam Brickley warrants our support! He speaks publicly on our and Gov. Palin's behalf: we can continue to be his cheerleaders here.

Hang in there, Tom Paine (who would disapprove of your using his name, btw). You'll get your turn.....

Bill said...

I have enjoyed this blog because when I discovered it, I was already privately reading about Gov. Palin and began my own political blog to urge McCain to select her as well. This place gave me a site to go to for information and to see that there was a whole gaggle of us out there loving and supporting Gov. Palin for VP. If there's anything I can do to help with this site, let me know!

Bill

www.cityonahillpolitics.blogspot.com

Night Owl said...

I agree with wk4christ. This blog was a great outlet for pro-Palin gossip, and even functioned as a sort of "support group" in the days leading up to the pick. I think right now the best thing is what you have been doing, Pro-Palin commentary and analysis of news stories. And perhaps switching it to a Sarah Palin for Pres 2012 or 2016 site once the election is over. :)

tom paine said...

austen,

Your post was lot's of words and little substance. Basically you said that since Alaska has energy, is close to Russia, and has defense facilities that somehow makes Palin qualified. Get real. That would be the same as saying that going into a church makes a person religious or that living in a garage makes you a vehicle.

Your blurb about the "bloody" Japanese invasion of Alaska evokes images of warfare in the streets of Anchorage is strikingly simialar to political ads. The truth is that Japan "invaded" the remote Aleutian Islands only as a diversion. The Japanese planned to use a fake "invasion" of the Aleutian Islands that they hoped would divert Amercian attention from the real target. But USA codebreakers discovered the ruse and basically ignored the plan. (one of my uncles was intimately involved) That resulted in our devastating defeat of the Japanese Navy in the famous battle of Midway.

I realize that truth and facts are pesky but they shouldn't be turned, twisted, or distorted because of political views!

TrueRedHead said...

There are a lot of good pro-Palin and pro-McCain blogs out there now, but I believe most will agree THIS was the first and YOU deserve a huge chunk of the credit for the phenomenal choice the McCain team made.

You can make this a portal for the best of them of those aforementioned blogs. How about inviting some cross-posting in addition to utilizing a second blogger (someone who has both the time and inclination to moderate comments when you're busy with your other responsibilities)

Kathie said...

Original Ted (Palin's most vocal and optimistic blog poster)! I was very happy to see your comment--I haven't been checking too much lately (way too much to read).

I concur with Marc's comments--a grassroots effort would be very helpful--especially one directed at undecided voters. I especially like his idea having pictures/videos of individuals with the comment "I am Sarah Palin" as the tag line.

In particular, I would love to see an outpouring of grassroots support from young women. I teach at a state university, and I've been talking with many young women who are excited about Sarah Palin's candidacy. I'm convinced the MSM has failed to realize the importance of Sarah Palin as a role model--and that the disrespectful coverage harms them as well as her.

Mrs. P said...

I know this comment isn't on topic - I'm sorry!

I saw part of the interview Sarah had with Charlie Gibson. She's a natural! But I think she will do EVEN BETTER with experience! Once she has passed through the media's hurdles a few times, Obama will have an invincible opponent.

So, the issue is: how to get Palin some tips about how to handle the media before most of the interviews come. Here's an idea: have her meet with someone who has already gone through the media's gauntlet and handled it spectacularly. Perhaps Governor Huckabee from Arkansas?

I got the idea from the following article:

http://www.thearkansasproject.com/get-huckabee/

Now, don't misunderstand me. I think Sarah did incredibly well! But she needs experience to temper her natural speaking abilities.

McCain/Palin 2008!

Paul said...

Adam - As we discussed and mentioned in email.. I would appreciate your help linking to the petition to fight sexism and unfair treatment.

I'd like to get 1000+ by the end of the week:

http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/womenforpalin/index.html

2ndly, we need to focuse on getting the word out in our local areas, and get people registered to vote.

To others, please spread the word,

-Paul
http://mccainpalin2008.blogspot.com

knowitall said...

First of all... to Jill... use my name anytime. Anytime a 60 year old is noticed by a female, it is a great moment.
I picked it because my wife would like it.

Next, I was reading background material from Newt Gingrich's polling company in Georgia, USA, in Realclearpolitics.com. Those polling people said that the biggest switch to Sarah has been an unexpected group... young females. I have found that already with the many nurses I work with. As i campaign for Sarah, young ladies are accessable in stores, etc, and easy to talk to - especially if you have white hair, love your wife, and are not threatening.
I agree with what someone said. They are looking for a good role model and Sarah is it.
Remember, get them to say, "yes".

Now a quick laugh. One of my patients came in the office the other day. She is a very intelligent Columbia grad. Her grandson was seriously wounded in Iraq in 2005 so I know she is very opposed to the war.
I asked why she was laughing. She said for the first time ever, she is voting republican because of Sarah. I asked why that's funny. Her neighbor is a brain surgeon who trained at the Mayo Clinic. He was so excited when he heard her news that he came over and fixed her garage door. Imagine! one of the top 1 or 2% of the doctors in the country fixing a garage door to thank her for voting for McCain/Palin! She was still laughing at the sight of the brain surgeon up on the ladder in her garage.
Dr G is a brillant man who is right. A good deed goes a long way. Do you think she could change back now?

I think we can be a support group with ideas as they come up, good stories of people on our side, and maintaining the spirit.

Ann said...

I agree with Maxine. It's difficult to find someone who can direct me to accurate sources of information on Gov. Palin. Obviously, the major networks and newspapers don't feel the need to report the truth. I appreciate the links to what you have learned. This would be a great source to disseminate the truth and dispel the increasingly vicious rumors (obviously, Sarah has them freaking out).

sej said...

Long time lurker, first time poster here.

I love the "I am Sarah Palin" picture/video idea.

I also agree that it would be really useful to have a "what you can do to help" link.

Thanks for all your hard work, Adam--this is a great blog.

knowitall said...

You are right, Marc Sidwell.
and you, Adeodatus, SPQR.
And you Kathie.

That idea is brillant. A few years ago I realized that life has turned into "shameless self promotion" (SSP). I looked up the term on Google and, to my surprise, there is a book by that name by a lady named Debbie Allen. I bought the book and learned a lot from it. This is true SSP.

It is so simple. If you could start it, it could spread within a week for almost no cost. It would be truly grass roots.
Not just the pictures. Sign emails "I am Sarah Palin". Tee shirts. Signs at her rallys. Leave post it notes in odd places. There are a million ways to use this!
Remember "kilroy was here"? The great joke of World War II? Any body could do it. The joke was how many places Kilroy appeared.
This has the same potential. It is perfect SSP.
Brillant Marc!!!

caem said...

Adam! SARAH's interview with Gibson on foreign policy was much better than what was shown on TV (ABC). They (ABC) cut out parts of her answers to make her look weak! Her complete answers were very good!!! Any way you can post it on yr main page - for others to see/read?

The link to the unedited interview is:


http://marklevinshow.com/gibson-interview/


I am now very confident that she will do very well in the debate - and will be our next VP!.

Jenna said...

Spread the word far and wide. This will be buried by the main stream media otherwise.

http://townhall.com/columnists/AmandaCarpenter/2008/09/13/obama_partisan_tampers_with_palin_subpoena _list?page=full&comments=true

Digg this up

http://digg.com/2008_us_elections/Obama_Partisan_Tampers_with_Palin_Subpoena_List

tom paine said...

Yeah, ya gotta love Sarah. She is a quick learner. Consider the TV interview...these are direct quotes and NOT taken out of context:


Gibson: "John McCain said that your major foreign policy credentials were being in charge of the AK National Guard and living close to Russia. Do you think those are sufficient foreign policy credentials?"

Sarah Palin: "But it is about reform....and putting government back on the side of the people."

That has to be one of the greatest non-answers to a question of all time. Don't you agree?

tom paine said...

maxine,

Just curious but what other venues or media do you use to get your political info?

Billybigmouth said...

Please link to my website

wwwjr.wordpress.com

huskyonspeed said...

Hello and good evening everyone! I can't wait to see Sarah's interview this week with Sean Hannity (he's one of my fave broadcasters even though he is annoying sometimes) I hope we can keep this blog going, i have enjoyed reading everyone's ideas!
McCain/Palin

tom paine said...

mountain momma,

I take exception to your charge that I used "atrocious and sickening language" in a post.

You certainly should know what they say about folks who make exagerrated or false statements so please list what you are talking about so you are not included in that ilk.

Dean said...

Adam,

I want to see this site change to promote McCain and Palin. The focus needs to be on making sure McCain and Palin become the next President and Vice President. The way to accomplish this is to draw attention to positive issues and highlight ways that others can help elect McCain-Palin. It can be links to positive news and Palin's accomplishments. Everyone can make posts to various blogs. Just making a few blog posts each day can make a difference.

Palin is definitely qualified to be vice president. Palin has demonstrated these skills in the state of Alaska. Unlike Obama who has no record of executive decision-making.

Palin understands our Energy crises and is committed to domestic drilling for oil. McCain-Palin will not bow down to the environmentalist and lobbyist. Increased oil production and refining could reestablish an industrial base in our country, which has been lost. Wind and Solar alone will not bring our country to energy independence.

Obama is a thug politician. He has won some of his political positions by using attorneys to destroy his opponents. I believe Obama is responsible for sending many attorneys to Alaska to dig up dirt and destroy Palin. Let us make sure that the American people don't fall for this.

A couple of places to stay current on McCain-Palin is Newsmax.com and Rushlimbaugh.com
Rush Limbaugh has a daily radio show and is fighting for McCain-Palin every day.

Mountain Mama said...

When I make a mistake, I admit it----and evidently I might have misjudged Palinfan, Marc Sidwell. I apologize.

Here's what went into my misunderstanding him, however:

I didn't mind his suggestion re. holding signs that say, "I am Sarah Palin."

Yet I thought he was being snooty, and not authentically supportive of Gov. Palin, because he suggested sending "Barracuda-themed merchandise to ....Cheney's house" as a "useful piece of distancing from the Bush Administration."

First, Vice President Cheney happens to be appreciated and loved by many Republicans, including me. Second, I am certain that Senator McCain and Gov. Palin would decry any such mailing of snarky gifts to VP Cheney, out of some misguided effort to show support for Gov. Palin or to distance the McCain ticket from Cheney.

I mean, wouldn't it backfire, anyway?----by reminding those who hate Cheney of his also being a Republican?

Why on earth would anyone want to slam another (decent, hard-working, brilliant) Republican, rather than just get ON with the campaign, showing voters the real problems with Obama's extreme-left liberal views and liberation theology?

I didn't understand how this idea is useful at ALL, so I assumed Mr. Sidwell was being snarky and UN-supportive of Gov. Palin.

Finally, Auld Lang Syne is an older song, so I once again thought Mr. Sidwell was being snarky here about McCain's age.

At any rate, the "I am Sarah Palin" sign idea is a good one. And I apologize if Mr. Sidwell genuinely meant well with his other ideas....

Hmm.......We could sing a song that reflects the McCain-Palin ticket's love of God, country, family, and healthful living (as in Alaska, protecting the environment yet carefully using its resources)----and which has a sing-able melody (meaning, NOT the National Anthem, although I do love it) so everyone could join in singing with us.

That's the problem with Heart's "Barracuda" song: it ain't sing-along material. (I do like it, though.)

So, re. a song to sing, as Larry King would say (I adore Rob Long's parodies of LK):

THOUGHTS?!

TrueRedHead said...

I AM Sarah Palin BUTTONS!!

McCain-Palin Supporter said...

I think you should keep going! Sarah needs all the help she can get if we're going to put her in the White House! The more positive voices, the better, even if you are only able to post infrequently. A group of ladies in the sunny South have set up a number of blogs in support of Sarah on Blogger (Lipstick Smears, Barracuda Babes, Superwoman Sarah Palin, That's GOVERNOR to You Barack Obama and others). I'm going to let our bloggers know about this blog so we can all link to it. Keep up the good work!

knowitall said...

A week or so, I wrote to you explaining that I knew someone who worked with Sarah in the fish cannery. To promote Sarah, I turned the story in to the local newspaper. They found a second person who knew her and wrote an article for today's edition.
The link is:

http://www.yakima-herald.com/stories/7586

That's shameless.

Chus said...

Here's the video! Not deleted!: SNL Palin

tom paine said...

i vote present,

So a biased nut case like Michael Savage is your source of info against Obama? That is really lame.

You need to do a little research on a bigot and hate monger like Savage before pretending his opinion (on anything) is worth repeating, much less using it as your mantra.

Savage is a total phony. He panders to the worst of his biased base of followers. He was a goofball liberal hippie and there is nothing more hypocritical than a reformed hippie...unless it's a reformed ex-Christian. You might want to read some of Savage's letters to Allan Ginsberg. They are...illuminating...might be a good word!

There's probably a good reason Savage was fired by MSNBC. Want some examples of Savage's words:

In his book Savage Nation, he complained that Sen. Hillary Clinton and Supreme Court justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sandra Day O'Connor have "feminized and homosexualized much of America, to the point where the nation has become passive, receptive and masochistic."

Discussing student volunteers distributing food to the homeless in San Francisco, Savage declared that "the girls from Branson [school] can go in and maybe get raped... because they seem to like the excitement of it. There's always the thrill and possibility they'll be raped in a dumpster while giving out a turkey sandwich."

Why in the world would anyone with
a double digit IQ even think about quoting such a scumbag like Savage?

JoAnn said...

To answer Tom Paine....

While I support this ticket and think SP could do the job, I think there is a LOT she needs to learn. And I think she needs to say this rather than risk being criticized for replying with "boilerplate" and accused of learning a few key phrases just for an interview.

She is obviously bright and fast-learning, but hardly anyone in her position could learn all that she needs to know in such a short time. Much of that will come with time and tutoring.

In the meantime, I think that if she humbly says that she needs more time to learn certain aspects of what this entire WORLD is about, so be it. I say good for her. Who likes a know-it-all (like Joe Biden), anyway? LOL

msbs05 said...

Adam, I love this site because it gives an outlet for our excitement. If I were you though I would have a page attached that looked at the false info out there and gave the real facts. I know many people that are just curious about her don't want to read through long blogs for info (thats for us excited people!!!). I think an attached fact page would give them a place to go to learn the truth about Sarah. when can all suggest rumors we hear that need addressing and it can be posted to the linked page. You could even have a linked "true or false" blog page where those things can be discussed. I think youre doing a great job with the site.

Doc Paul said...

Please check out http://palin-drone.blogspot.com

I am particularly fond of the Blue Oyster Cult parody (linked by Don Surber): http://palin-drone.blogspot.com/2008/09/blue-oyster-cult-more-moose-bell.html

Doc Paul

Fifth Columnist said...

Thanks for having done this. I would Rechannel all this good energy and re-direct all the traffice there. I would like to see your good work extended to finding other less known but remarkable politicians around the country like Gov Palin. I would definately participate in something like an American Political Talent Scout project which would extend the work you've already done. We can use about 300 more Sarah Palins. Good luck with the new gig. You certainly earned it

www.Americanly.com

SaganJr said...

You know, I can't believe a blog like this exists. Palin openly said while campaigning for Gov. of Alaska, that she believes creationism and evolution should be taught alongside each other in public schools. How does this level of stupidity not rule her out? Why are we even considering this woman?

Amazing_Audra said...

Sarah is the Anti-Obama. She's strong, decisive, patriotic, proud of America, non-apologetic for America, pro life, pro military, able to speak without a teleprompter. etc.

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caem said...

SARAH did great on Foreign policy!! ABC edited it to favor Obama/palin's opponent:


Sarah's FP Interview - unedited:


GIBSON: Governor, let me start by asking you a question that I asked John McCain about you, and it is really the central question. Can you look the country in the eye and say “I have the experience and I have the ability to be not just vice president, but perhaps president of the United States of America?”

PALIN: I do, Charlie, and on January 20, when John McCain and I are sworn in, if we are so privileged to be elected to serve this country, will be ready. I’m ready.

GIBSON: And you didn’t say to yourself, “Am I experienced enough? Am I ready? Do I know enough about international affairs? Do I — will I feel comfortable enough on the national stage to do this?”

PALIN: I didn’t hesitate, no.

GIBSON: Didn’t that take some hubris?

PALIN: I — I answered him yes because I have the confidence in that readiness and knowing that you can’t blink, you have to be wired in a way of being so committed to the mission, the mission that we’re on, reform of this country and victory in the war, you can’t blink.

So I didn’t blink then even when asked to run as his running mate.

GIBSON: But this is not just reforming a government. This is also running a government on the huge international stage in a very dangerous world. When I asked John McCain about your national security credentials, he cited the fact that you have commanded the Alaskan National Guard and that Alaska is close to Russia. Are those sufficient credentials?

PALIN: But it is about reform of government and it’s about putting government back on the side of the people, and that has much to do with foreign policy and national security issues Let me speak specifically about a credential that I do bring to this table, Charlie, and that’s with the energy independence that I’ve been working on for these years as the governor of this state that produces nearly 20 percent of the U.S. domestic supply of energy, that I worked on as chairman of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, overseeing the oil and gas development in our state to produce more for the United States.

GIBSON: I know. I’m just saying that national security is a whole lot more than energy.

PALIN: It is, but I want you to not lose sight of the fact that energy is a foundation of national security. It’s that important. It’s that significant.

GIBSON: Did you ever travel outside the country prior to your trip to Kuwait and Germany last year?

PALIN: Canada, Mexico, and then, yes, that trip, that was the trip of a lifetime to visit our troops in Kuwait and stop and visit our injured soldiers in Germany. That was the trip of a lifetime and it changed my life.

GIBSON: Have you ever met a foreign head of state?

PALIN: There in the state of Alaska, our international trade activities bring in many leaders of other countries.

GIBSON: And all governors deal with trade delegations.

PALIN: Right.

GIBSON: Who act at the behest of their governments.

PALIN: Right, right.

GIBSON: I’m talking about somebody who’s a head of state, who can negotiate for that country. Ever met one?

PALIN: I have not and I think if you go back in history and if you ask that question of many vice presidents, they may have the same answer that I just gave you. But, Charlie, again, we’ve got to remember what the desire is in this nation at this time. It is for no more politics as usual and somebody’s big, fat resume maybe that shows decades and decades in that Washington establishment, where, yes, they’ve had opportunities to meet heads of state … these last couple of weeks … it has been overwhelming to me that confirmation of the message that Americans are getting sick and tired of that self-dealing and kind of that closed door, good old boy network that has been the Washington elite.


GIBSON: Let me ask you about some specific national security situations.

PALIN: Sure.

GIBSON: Let’s start, because we are near Russia, let’s start with Russia and Georgia.

The administration has said we’ve got to maintain the territorial integrity of Georgia. Do you believe the United States should try to restore Georgian sovereignty over South Ossetia and Abkhazia?

PALIN: First off, we’re going to continue good relations with Saakashvili there. I was able to speak with him the other day and giving him my commitment, as John McCain’s running mate, that we will be committed to Georgia. And we’ve got to keep an eye on Russia. For Russia to have exerted such pressure in terms of invading a smaller democratic country, unprovoked, is unacceptable and we have to keep…

GIBSON: You believe unprovoked.

PALIN: I do believe unprovoked and we have got to keep our eyes on Russia, under the leadership there. I think it was unfortunate. That manifestation that we saw with that invasion of Georgia shows us some steps backwards that Russia has recently taken away from the race toward a more democratic nation with democratic ideals. That’s why we have to keep an eye on Russia.

And, Charlie, you’re in Alaska. We have that very narrow maritime border between the United States, and the 49th state, Alaska, and Russia. They are our next door neighbors.We need to have a good relationship with them. They’re very, very important to us and they are our next door neighbor.

GIBSON: What insight into Russian actions, particularly in the last couple of weeks, does the proximity of the state give you?

PALIN: They’re our next door neighbors and you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska, from an island in Alaska.

GIBSON: What insight does that give you into what they’re doing in Georgia?

PALIN: Well, I’m giving you that perspective of how small our world is and how important it is that we work with our allies to keep good relation with all of these countries, especially Russia. We will not repeat a Cold War. We must have good relationship with our allies, pressuring, also, helping us to remind Russia that it’s in their benefit, also, a mutually beneficial relationship for us all to be getting along.

Sarah Palin on Russia:

We cannot repeat the Cold War. We are thankful that, under Reagan, we won the Cold War, without a shot fired, also. We’ve learned lessons from that in our relationship with Russia, previously the Soviet Union.

We will not repeat a Cold War. We must have good relationship with our allies, pressuring, also, helping us to remind Russia that it’s in their benefit, also, a mutually beneficial relationship for us all to be getting along.

GIBSON: Would you favor putting Georgia and Ukraine in NATO?

PALIN: Ukraine, definitely, yes. Yes, and Georgia.

GIBSON: Because Putin has said he would not tolerate NATO incursion into the Caucasus.

PALIN: Well, you know, the Rose Revolution, the Orange Revolution, those actions have showed us that those democratic nations, I believe, deserve to be in NATO.

Putin thinks otherwise. Obviously, he thinks otherwise, but…

GIBSON: And under the NATO treaty, wouldn’t we then have to go to war if Russia went into Georgia?

PALIN: Perhaps so. I mean, that is the agreement when you are a NATO ally, is if another country is attacked, you’re going to be expected to be called upon and help.

But NATO, I think, should include Ukraine, definitely, at this point and I think that we need to — especially with new leadership coming in on January 20, being sworn on, on either ticket, we have got to make sure that we strengthen our allies, our ties with each one of those NATO members.

We have got to make sure that that is the group that can be counted upon to defend one another in a very dangerous world today.

GIBSON: And you think it would be worth it to the United States, Georgia is worth it to the United States to go to war if Russia were to invade.

PALIN: What I think is that smaller democratic countries that are invaded by a larger power is something for us to be vigilant against. We have got to be cognizant of what the consequences are if a larger power is able to take over smaller democratic countries.

And we have got to be vigilant. We have got to show the support, in this case, for Georgia. The support that we can show is economic sanctions perhaps against Russia, if this is what it leads to.

It doesn’t have to lead to war and it doesn’t have to lead, as I said, to a Cold War, but economic sanctions, diplomatic pressure, again, counting on our allies to help us do that in this mission of keeping our eye on Russia and Putin and some of his desire to control and to control much more than smaller democratic countries.

His mission, if it is to control energy supplies, also, coming from and through Russia, that’s a dangerous position for our world to be in, if we were to allow that to happen.

Sarah Palin on Iran and Israel:

GIBSON: Let me turn to Iran. Do you consider a nuclear Iran to be an existential threat to Israel?

PALIN: I believe that under the leadership of Ahmadinejad, nuclear weapons in the hands of his government are extremely dangerous to everyone on this globe, yes.

GIBSON: So what should we do about a nuclear Iran? John McCain said the only thing worse than a war with Iran would be a nuclear Iran. John Abizaid said we may have to live with a nuclear Iran. Who’s right?

PALIN: No, no. I agree with John McCain that nuclear weapons in the hands of those who would seek to destroy our allies, in this case, we’re talking about Israel, we’re talking about Ahmadinejad’s comment about Israel being the “stinking corpse, should be wiped off the face of the earth,” that’s atrocious. That’s unacceptable.

GIBSON: So what do you do about a nuclear Iran?

PALIN: We have got to make sure that these weapons of mass destruction, that nuclear weapons are not given to those hands of Ahmadinejad, not that he would use them, but that he would allow terrorists to be able to use them. So we have got to put the pressure on Iran and we have got to count on our allies to help us, diplomatic pressure.

GIBSON: But, Governor, we’ve threatened greater sanctions against Iran for a long time. It hasn’t done any good. It hasn’t stemmed their nuclear program.

PALIN: We need to pursue those and we need to implement those. We cannot back off. We cannot just concede that, oh, gee, maybe they’re going to have nuclear weapons, what can we do about it. No way, not Americans. We do not have to stand for that.

GIBSON: What if Israel decided it felt threatened and needed to take out the Iranian nuclear facilities?

PALIN: Well, first, we are friends with Israel and I don’t think that we should second guess the measures that Israel has to take to defend themselves and for their security.

GIBSON: So if we wouldn’t second guess it and they decided they needed to do it because Iran was an existential threat, we would cooperative or agree with that.

PALIN: I don’t think we can second guess what Israel has to do to secure its nation.

GIBSON: So if it felt necessary, if it felt the need to defend itself by taking out Iranian nuclear facilities, that would be all right.

PALIN: We cannot second guess the steps that Israel has to take to defend itself.

GIBSON: We talk on the anniversary of 9/11. Why do you think those hijackers attacked? Why did they want to hurt us?

PALIN: You know, there is a very small percentage of Islamic believers who are extreme and they are violent and they do not believe in American ideals, and they attacked us and now we are at a point here seven years later, on the anniversary, in this post-9/11 world, where we’re able to commit to never again. They see that the only option for them is to become a suicide bomber, to get caught up in this evil, in this terror. They need to be provided the hope that all Americans have instilled in us, because we’re a democratic, we are a free, and we are a free-thinking society.

GIBSON: Do you agree with the Bush doctrine?

PALIN: In what respect, Charlie?

GIBSON: The Bush — well, what do you — what do you interpret it to be?

PALIN: His world view.

GIBSON: No, the Bush doctrine, enunciated September 2002, before the Iraq war.

PALIN: I believe that what President Bush has attempted to do is rid this world of Islamic extremism, terrorists who are hell bent on destroying our nation. There have been blunders along the way, though. There have been mistakes made. And with new leadership, and that’s the beauty of American elections, of course, and democracy, is with new leadership comes opportunity to do things better.

GIBSON: The Bush doctrine, as I understand it, is that we have the right of anticipatory self-defense, that we have the right to a preemptive strike against any other country that we think is going to attack us. Do you agree with that?

PALIN: I agree that a president’s job, when they swear in their oath to uphold our Constitution, their top priority is to defend the United States of America.

I know that John McCain will do that and I, as his vice president, families we are blessed with that vote of the American people and are elected to serve and are sworn in on January 20, that will be our top priority is to defend the American people.

GIBSON: Do we have a right to anticipatory self-defense? Do we have a right to make a preemptive strike again another country if we feel that country might strike us?

PALIN: Charlie, if there is legitimate and enough intelligence that tells us that a strike is imminent against American people, we have every right to defend our country. In fact, the president has the obligation, the duty to defend.

GIBSON: Do we have the right to be making cross-border attacks into Pakistan from Afghanistan, with or without the approval of the Pakistani government?

PALIN: Now, as for our right to invade, we’re going to work with these countries, building new relationships, working with existing allies, but forging new, also, in order to, Charlie, get to a point in this world where war is not going to be a first option. In fact, war has got to be, a military strike, a last option.

GIBSON: But, Governor, I’m asking you: We have the right, in your mind, to go across the border with or without the approval of the Pakistani government.

PALIN: In order to stop Islamic extremists, those terrorists who would seek to destroy America and our allies, we must do whatever it takes and we must not blink, Charlie, in making those tough decisions of where we go and even who we target.

GIBSON: And let me finish with this. I got lost in a blizzard of words there. Is that a yes? That you think we have the right to go across the border with or without the approval of the Pakistani government, to go after terrorists who are in the Waziristan area?

PALIN: I believe that America has to exercise all options in order to stop the terrorists who are hell bent on destroying America and our allies. We have got to have all options out there on the table.


Sarah Palin on God:

GIBSON: You said recently, in your old church, “Our national leaders are sending U.S. soldiers on a task that is from God.” Are we fighting a holy war?

PALIN: You know, I don’t know if that was my exact quote.

GIBSON: Exact words.

PALIN: But the reference there is a repeat of Abraham Lincoln’s words when he said — first, he suggested never presume to know what God’s will is, and I would never presume to know God’s will or to speak God’s words.

But what Abraham Lincoln had said, and that’s a repeat in my comments, was let us not pray that God is on our side in a war or any other time, but let us pray that we are on God’s side.

That’s what that comment was all about, Charlie. And I do believe, though, that this war against extreme Islamic terrorists is the right thing. It’s an unfortunate thing, because war is hell and I hate war, and, Charlie, today is the day that I send my first born, my son, my teenage son overseas with his Stryker brigade, 4,000 other wonderful American men and women, to fight for our country, for democracy, for our freedoms.

Charlie, those are freedoms that too many of us just take for granted. I hate war and I want to see war ended. We end war when we see victory, and we do see victory in sight in Iraq.

GIBSON: I take your point about Lincoln’s words, but you went on and said, “There is a plan and it is God’s plan.”

PALIN: I believe that there is a plan for this world and that plan for this world is for good. I believe that there is great hope and great potential for every country to be able to live and be protected with inalienable rights that I believe are God-given, Charlie, and I believe that those are the rights to life and liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

That, in my world view, is a grand — the grand plan.

GIBSON: But then are you sending your son on a task that is from God?

PALIN: I don’t know if the task is from God, Charlie. What I know is that my son has made a decision. I am so proud of his independent and strong decision he has made, what he decided to do and serving for the right reasons and serving something greater than himself and not choosing a real easy path where he could be more comfortable and certainly safer.

END

Erin said...

In my effort to support our fearless candidate, I am going to have a BO campaigner over to the house. He wants to indoctrinate the place. I'll have to pull the McCain sign out of the yard and the McPalin one out of the window, but this should be a good time. *grins devilishly

Perhaps I can persuade him!

lady0777 said...

Friends of Sarah. Do you know that the Alaska attack machine has set of "Tip Line" for anyone to call with any dirt they might have on the Palins!
Senator Hollis French set it up with Investigator Branchwater. I have had more fun calling Mr. Branchwater and telling investigators how much I love the Palins. Lets let the Democrats know how much we love Sarah--call 907-269-6617.

Check it out at http://www.aksenate.org/index.php?legpress_id=252

Mountain Mama said...

Okay, Trueredhead:
I think the "I am Sarah Palin" BUTTONS idea is good----but I am just not cute enough to wear them!
(wink)

How about just wearing a "McCain-Palin" button!?

Todd said...

First, thanks Adam. Second, this blog really did it's job and i agree you might want to move on to something new. I'm not sure what that might be right now. Perhaps you can help channel enthusiasm for McCain/Palin into a positive direction. For examples, make the blog an epicenter for volunteering, canvasing, etc, but outside the traditional campaign infrastructure. Just brainstorming now...

tom paine said...

caem,

Thank you immensely for posting Gov. Palin's entire interview. Nothing better than the written word.

Everyone here might want to pay particular attention to one important exchange. It speaks volumes both about Gov. Palin's qualifications on national security and her clever ability to avoid answering a question.

Gibson asked about McCain saying that Palin living close to Russia and running the Alaska National Guard were her main qualifications. Gov. Sarah then responded without mentioning McCain, living close to Russia, or the AK National Guard!!!

Per the "caem" post. Enjoy:

GIBSON: But this is not just reforming a government. This is also running a government on the huge international stage in a very dangerous world. When I asked John McCain about your national security credentials, he cited the fact that you have commanded the Alaskan National Guard and that Alaska is close to Russia. Are those sufficient credentials?

PALIN: But it is about reform of government and it’s about putting government back on the side of the people, and that has much to do with foreign policy and national security issues Let me speak specifically about a credential that I do bring to this table, Charlie, and that’s with the energy independence that I’ve been working on for these years as the governor of this state that produces nearly 20 percent of the U.S. domestic supply of energy, that I worked on as chairman of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, overseeing the oil and gas development in our state to produce more for the United States.

tom paine said...

Adam,

Not a post...I just wanted to thank you for having the guts to allow posting an alternative view here, along with allowing me to point out the silliness and radical rants of some of the posters.

TP

Ann said...

Adam-What is your take on this BO-supporting posse that has taken over the Trooper investigation? I don't believe this liberal kangaroo court is above lying to keep Sarah from reaching VP (especially with French predicting "an October Surprise"). Obviously the onslaught of liberal lawyers in Alaska looking for information on the case are hoping to stop Sarah's positive effect on the GOP race. I'm sure they think creating a false case is the only way to stop her since slamming her produced the opposite effect. What do you think?

Compassionate Conservative said...

Lady0777, I called the number and left a message of support for Sarah. Maybe they'll return my call!

CAEM, thank you so much for posting the unedited text of the Gibson interrogation, I mean, interview!

This is a great place to come to renew my faith in Americans, and I can ignore the people that just come here to try to irritate Palin supporters. Don't they have their own blogs where they can voice support for their candidates? I guess it is a credit to Governor Palin that they would spend their time writing about her. If she wasn't a threat, they would not waste their time.

I love you all, the haters and the fans! At least you aren't apathetic!

DAdams said...

There are certain assertions made by the liberals in politics and the media that 1) are clearly not true if you think about it and 2) are repeated so many times that they are accepted as true.

One of those is that being in favor of repealing Roe is the same as being in favor of crimalizing abortion. Charlie Gibson made the assertion in his interview as did Sen. McKaskill on ABC (Stephanopoulis) this Sunday. Gov. Palin responded well in saying that she wanted to see the states decide, but, I believe, did not go far enough.

Clearly, the overturning of Roe would merely give states the right to make it illegal through legislation. This is a far stretch from making it illegal. If, as the pro-choice people say, a large majority of Americans favor abortion rights, then lets put it to a vote. It is a political issue, not a judicial one. As a judicial issue, it is the most devisive in history, perhaps. Let the political process decide and then we'll know.

Further, the fact that this is about reproductive rights of women is baloney. The only question on abortion is: At what time in a person's life is he entitled to equal protection under the law? That's where the debate should be.

techno said...

In the arena of hardball politics, as it is in professional sports, most contests are close and are often decided by a blunder, fumble, muff, misstep or error of judgment or whatever you want to call it. By Carly Fiorina, commenting that neither Sarah or John McCain is not qualified to run a major corporation (like HP) she is not only diminishing their qualifications for the White House but also showing a lack of political judgment on her own. She should not be allowed again to be a surrogate for the campaign. Why should the Republicans have to worry about the knives of their Democratic enemies when they have FRIENDS like Carly in their camp. Please disavow yourself of her.

tom paine said...

Hey, let's have a contest.

Everyonbe makes a guess on how long it takes either Carly Fiorina to make a "clarification" of her statement or how long it takes the McCain campaign to get rid of her.

My guess is tonight on Carly's "clarification" and Friday when McCain dumps her.

Isn't that about the time it took for McCain to dump Phil Gramm?

This entire campaign is a joke and the punchline could end up being Sarah Palin. Live with it.

Come'on Adam, post this so the chior could at least take a shot at it. :)

Frank said...

I love the basic idea of your blog: Sarah Palin is a leader the country needs. I guess I just wonder if you haven't gone far enough. She's the only candidate of the four major party nominees - along with McCain, Obama, and Biden - who has executive experience. She's the only true outsider, as the other three are senators. And she has the policy experience with energy to help us through the current crisis.

I don't think being Vice President is the right fit for her - I think she should be president. We should wage a write-in presidential campaign for her. McCain doesn't really represent conservative values the way she does. We should work to elect someone who can really help the country.

Karry G said...

I hope you can continue this blog. There is little support for Sarah Palin on the web and we need to do everything we can to help her. As a citizen of this country I am shocked how mean spirited the press is in their attacks against her. They are doing everything possible to smear her. I think many people are silent but we need to speak out. I believe in prayer but I also think we need to do more!

Alaskan4Palin said...

Could someone from Wasilla please shed some light on Sarahs job she did out there? Clear up the missinformation about the Library censorship/threatened firing thing? Is there a site out there of locals standing up for her? My only professional experience with her was from trying to lobby her for the gasline and convince her to put the AGIA plan aside. In spite of my friendship with her husband she very politely let me know we'd have to "agree to dissagree". What impressed me most was the way she presented it. She clearly let me know she welcomes my opinions and did it in such a way as to not close any doors in my face. I came away from a meeting being told "no" with a far greater degree of respect than I thought to ever possess.

Surely with an 89% approval rating, someone in Wasilla knows the truth behind these outrageous claims being made by the news media and we could have a location to refer our relatives from down south to see?

Obviously we don't want to refer them to the Anchorage (I mean San Francisco) Daily News any more! Seems the 11% against her have an unending platform there, along with all the lower 48ers trying to tell us Alaskans how we should feel and think!

Thanks in advance for any pointers to any websites in her favor from her local constituents...