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Sunday, September 6, 2009

Happy Birthday, Todd Palin

By Adrienne Ross - www.motivationtruth.com

Today is Todd Palin's birthday.

If there is one thing Sarah Palin has made clear to everyone, it's the fact that the Palins are a team. Every success she has enjoyed is a success for the entire family. Todd Palin's unwavering support of his wife enables her to lead in this nation at a time when we need that leadership.

I remember meeting Todd for the first time in Auburn, NY. I said to him, "I just want to thank you for being so supportive of your wife and for having such quiet strength." I think you all know what I meant, but what I was saying was I appreciated his willingness to allow Sarah to be such an influence and his being secure enough in who he is not to stand in her way.

He responded by saying they were a team and that he does what's necessary to allow her to fulfill her purpose, and she allows him to fulfill his, as well. In other words, one role is no better than the other; they're in it together. That oneness is quite obvious.

Happy Birthday, Todd Palin. God bless you.

Here are pictures I took of Todd and Sarah in Auburn, NY on June 6, 2009.

Today is Former Alaska First Dude Todd Palin's Birthday!

Just a little while ago, the news arrived through the grapevine that today is the former First Dude of Alaska's birthday! So on behalf of the authors of Sarah's Web Brigade and the Sarah Palin Information Blog as well as all of the members of the Sarah Palin Web Brigade, I want to wish Todd a very happy, if somewhat belated, birthday!

Most of us were introduced to First Dude Todd Palin at the same time that Governor Palin emerged on the national scene as John McCain's running mate in the 2008 election. We watched as he stood by her side at the Republican convention and throughout the campaign. We watched as he filled in for her at important functions in the Lower 48 when she was prevented from attending by her responsibilities in Alaska. And we watched as they held hands at the inauguration event after Governor Palin gave her farewell speech.

Tonight, we would like to express our appreciation to Todd for being the great role model that he is as we wish him a happy birthday and many more happy, prosperous years ahead. It is our hope that someday Todd will be the First Dude for the Lower 48 as well!

Just for a little reminiscing, here are some articles about Todd from over the past year that we have known him:

The ‘First Dude’ in his element http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2009/writers/the_bonus/03/10/palin/index

Esquire Reveals What Prepared Todd Palin for His Wife’s 2008 Vice-presidential Run http://nymag.com/daily/intel/2009/04/esquire_reveals_what_prepared.html

TODD & SARAH PALIN – WALKING THE WALK http://www.gofishproductions.net/home/T287-todd-sarah-palin

Waking Up America!!! (A Post by Conservative Girl with a Voice)

Have you noticed how vile and disgusting many liberals have become? As a blogger and twitterer, I have become used to the rude and sexually explicit tweets and blog comments I receive on a daily basis. One thing that I noticed is that liberals never focus on concrete, set political comebacks/arguments, but instead on personal attacks. How ironic that these same people who called our previous president, Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin stupid and illiterate are unable to justify their disagreements with concrete, factual evidence. This just goes to show how little they actually know about the current issues facing our country. As a proud Christian, conservative young woman, I have made a pact with myself that I would NEVER resort to crude name calling and ridicule when arguing with the other side, but this doesn't mean I have to play nice and remain politically correct 100% of the time. As a former softball player, I'm a tough cookie who is not afraid to stand up for what I believe in. As a born-again Christian, I believe God is directing my path, and I will go wherever he leads me. While I am unsure at times what his path for me may be, I will remain faithful knowing he is in control.

The one thing I wonder about liberals is why they continue to be so bitter and unhappy? After all, their guy won. While there are probably a lot of reasons for their anger and bitterness toward those they do not agree with, I believe the reason lies in what they expect from our newly elected president. Throughout his campaign, President Obama ran on a platform of hope and change (not the kind we find left in our pockets), but now, all I see as a result is hype and pain. While these bitter liberals won't admit it, they voted for a president who is not following through on his promises; furthermore, the policies he is trying to push through the house and senate are not happening quick enough for this impatient crowd. Instead of remaining patient like good little followers, the liberal members of the left are lashing out at those whom they blame for their president's hardships. This cult mentality is what is wrong with the liberal left. They see their Messiah's poll numbers dropping, and suddenly realize that maybe he does not walk on water or is unable to turn water to wine. It becomes dangerous when individuals put so much faith in one person that they begin to lose their own identities. Yet, this is what members of the liberal left are doing. When Obama was elected president, his followers thought all that he promised would happen over night. You remember hearing all his blabbering supporters. One lady said she was so happy because Obama was going to take care of her and she would never have to pay for gasoline or rent ever again. I think my favorite had to be when the infamous Henrietta Hughes stood up at a town hall meeting and basically asked Obama for a house. I'm sorry, but when is enough going to be enough? I'm a hard working woman, Mr. President, where's my bailout? Instead of tightening the belt and living within its means, this administration has gone on a spending frenzy, and our children and grandchildren, even great-grandchildren are going to be left with the tab, but this is a matter for another day. What liberals fail to understand is that we still live America, the greatest country on earth. It is our First-Amendment right to stand up and speak out when we see the values our founding fathers worked so hard to accomplish being tampered with. The liberal left want us to back down and stay quiet like good little soldiers. They are attacking us, using horrific language in an effort to belittle us, hoping that we fall back in line line like good boys and girls. DON'T FALL FOR IT! Did Sarah back down when she was threatened? Has Glenn Beck stopped giving us the straight talk about the motives of the Obama administration and it's czars? HECK NO!!! They remain vigilant in reporting the truth, and we should too!!! We need to continue to voice our concerns because, fellow readers, IT IS WORKING!!! As you all are well aware, Green Jobs Czar Anthony Van Jones, a communist, just stepped down, which set the liberal left on the defensive. You all have to realize that if we come together, we can take our country back to the way our founding fathers meant it to be. Our founding fathers pushed on to make America the land of the free, the home of the brave. We need to return to days when we followed the constitution, when we actually lived out its principles. Yes, the constitution may be words on paper, but the words written in that document are the words that we need to return to, the words we need to live by. Our founding fathers love for our country is clearly evident in that document!!! They believed in freedom, liberty, God and our country. They believed in the value of hard word, not in bailouts and hand outs. The bigger the government, the more government control in you and your family's life. Don't let those who attack you deter you from spreading the message of common sense. They WANT you to cave in. They want you to give up. Don't give in- stay strong because the very future of our country is riding on what you do today and what you say tomorrow. Continue to watch Glenn Beck's show and listen to Sarah's common sense facebook notes, for they both know what it is fight on and live another day!!! The liberals WANT you to cave in because they are threatened by this grassroots movement that is democracy, that is capitalism. I cannot wait for the 9/12 tea parties. Let us send a message to Washington that we are NOT going to cave in and we are NOT going to give up. While we are making progress, the race is far from over. So, fellow patriotic Americans, stand up and let your voices be heard, for when we come together with a common goal, there is no way we can fail!!!

The following is Glenn Beck's statement on the resignation of Van Jones, which can be found on his website:

September 6, 2009 - 18:38 ET
The American people stood up and demanded answers. Instead of providing them, the Administration had Jones resign under cover of darkness. I continue to be amazed by the power of everyday Americans to initiate change in our government through honest questioning, and judging by the other radicals in the administration, I expect that questioning to continue for the foreseeable future.

(I'm a Conservative Girl with a Voice!!! Visit my blog and become a follower: http://conservativegirlwithavoice.blogspot.com. I'm on Twitter too @rachellefriberg. Thanks for reading.)

She's Got IT

By Adrienne Ross from www.motivationtruth.com

Governor Palin's support continues to grow, which completely baffles those who never understood her support to begin with. After the media malpractice, after the bogus ethics complaints, even after Levi Johnston, she remains strong when much weaker souls would have been laid to rest by now. How is that possible? Keep reading.

I will always remember the first time a student came to my defense in class. Somebody said something disrespectful, and, before I could open my mouth, someone else said, "Don't be talking to Miss Ross like that!" Silence followed. That was the end of that--until the next time, of course.

That's when you know you've got it.

Now, I don't actually need my students to stand up for me because I do pretty well by myself. In fact, it's a good thing I didn't get a chance to respond--good for the student who uttered the disrespectful comment, that is. I don't take a lot of mess, nor do I have to. Overall my students have always loved and respected me, and I have very few behavioral problems. The reasons, I believe, are simple: I love and respect them first, they think I'm cool, and I can "bust 'em down" in basketball. That's my recipe for success! I'll add to that one more ingredient: I was in a staffing with a parent who relayed the story of why his child said he never gave me trouble, though he gave other teachers trouble. According to this parent, his son said, "'Cause Miss Ross will knock me out!" Nice mix of respect and fear there, I suppose (though I'd never do that!). I say all that to say I can clearly handle myself.

True authority, however, is revealed when I don't have to.

To this day, I have no recollection of what the first student uttered, just that he was put in his place rather quickly by his classmate. Now, I don't advocate students being aggressive with other students, but I do believe that harmless positive peer pressure goes a long way. Because one student came to my aid, I could get on with the business at hand without taking the time to deal with nonsense, saving myself for bigger issues that really need my attention.

I was thinking of this in light of Governor Palin. Some don't understand why so many of us speak up and fight back when we hear her being smeared by the likes of the mainstream media, anklebiters on the Left and the Right, and even her daughter's ex-fiance'. "What's with all these people," some say, "these bloggers, these activists, these supporters, and why won't Palin herself address every allegation thrown at her?" We all know she can handle herself, so why doesn't she deal with every single issue? The answer is simple: she doesn't have to.

See, most of the attacks against Governor Palin are like the comment in my classroom: distractions meant to take her attention from what's important, slurs and accusations intended to sting and bite, and all-out attacks with the hopes of sparking a fiery retort so the process can continue. And for what? To wear her down.

Each year I get new students, several of whom would say in a heartbeat, "We got your back, Miss Ross." Now, they know good and well I'm no pushover and certainly no punk. However, dealing with every individual about every comment is a waste of everyone's time, and it doesn't accomplish anything. Students who speak up, out of respect for who I am and what I represent, allow me to just keep on steppin'-- never missing a beat, never being sidetracked, never wasting energy.

Then, when something big arises, I'll use that reserved energy to deal with it.

Governor Palin, too, has plenty of opportunities to decide to speak or to be silent, to defend herself or to keep on steppin'. More often than not, wisdom tells her to keep on steppin'--and that's when we step up. That, I suppose, is part and parcel of the "online footprint" first written about here and then commented on here and here. She doesn't need to ask anyone to have her back. Before she turns around, we're already there--just as my student addressed his peer before I could even open my mouth. We're there on Twitter, on Facebook, on our blogs, on talk radio. Everywhere you turn, we're there, so she doesn't have to fight every single battle because we're fighting for her.

Again, that's true authority. That's when you've got it, and today, more than ever, public servants need it--and they need a whole lot of it. The more we can step in the ring and throw some punches and block some unfair hits for them--and the more of us who do so--the more strength people like Governor Palin can reserve for the bigger battles.

Lead, Follow, and Get in My Way, Please!

From Christianity Today's movie review on All About Steve:

This is an original turn in a Hollywood film—to present apparently pro-God protesters as genuinely good people. It's original, as well, to throw away the "happily ever after" cliché in favor of true friendship with people who, like you, earn only the world's contempt. Mary's concluding line is, "Just find someone as normal as you are—or lots of them."

Yeah, so, I'm gonna start this post out with a few lines from a movie review. Oh, the places I get my inspiration. Ha!

Actually, those lines in italics up there hit me hard, after some online conversations this past week with fellow shakers and movers. Some of which are fired up more than ever, and some who feel like throwing in the towel.

I was telling my husband yesterday that one friend suggested sacrifices among conservatives must be made...mainly losing of self promotion for the greater good. I had been thinking the same thing recently. Having my own selfish demons to wrestle with, I have to ask the question, if we say we are “all in this together”, where exactly is “this together” place?

Don't get me wrong. I'm not saying we should never “give credit where credit is due”, but how much due credit do we really need as political activists?

When the American Revolution was in high gear, I am sure there were those who wanted to take the lead...nothing unusual there. Someone has to ford the way. But I dare say that most participants in the revolution were somewhat reluctant to engage in actions they found risky and dangerous, albeit a completely necessary task.

Who were they? History books throw a few names around, but the bottom line is, we just don't really know the majority of those colonial grassroots activists.

How did they organize? History gives us a few answers there as well...secret meetings, clandestine notes, outspoken townspeople. Hmmmm, sounds familiar, doesn't it? All done handily on the interweb today. Gosh, we have it easy.

Important to note is that whomever they were and however they did it, those revolutionists had key people to follow, and they worked together to set up a plan for our country's independence success.

How about some solidarity today in our ranks?


We can ignore this and pretend it's not happening. “Don't wanna give the enemy ammunition to use against us!” some will say. Or we can acknowledge that we have hundreds of freedom loving groups, PACs, blogs, and famous talking heads striving to take the lead. What the hey?

I realize that each “part of the body” has its purpose, and I would not even desire that they do the same thing. But imagine a concerted effort of all the parts at least moving in the same direction!

The liberals are just that. Liberals. We've got folks with labels of Republican, Conservative, Moderate, Independent, Center Right, Libertarian, and probably a few more I've missed. Feel free to add their prestigious titles in the comments.

Each of those groups have their own agenda and feel like they know the best way to do things. It's easy to see where the conflicts lie and where lines can be drawn among differences. But folks, if we don't put away those differences, we can hang up 2010, 2012, and any other forthcoming election year.

It can be hard working with people so much unlike ourselves. The Founding Fathers didn't even smile and listen politely to each other's words. They yelled and kicked dust at one another. But in the end, well, here we are. The point is that they were willing to band and hash it out.

It's original, as well, to throw away the "happily ever after" cliché in favor of true friendship with people who, like you, earn only the world's contempt.

Instead of looking at other folks in our “movement to restore America” as being platform spoilers or kooks, undeserving of attention and bringing ridicule to us by the media, let's embrace them, find that common ground, and strive to get the job done.

I suggest that Sarah Palin is a leader we can all get behind, whether she chooses to run for another office or not. She has rightly earned the status of poster girl for the liberal world's contempt. Unfortunately, there are some against our current administration that don't see Gov. Palin as worthy of being followed.

I implore those people to take another look. You may not agree with Gov. Palin's stance on everything, and neither she nor I are asking you to...but you can rest assured on one thing, she will honor our country's constitution, as she did in Alaska with their state instrument (to the consternation of some of her own colleagues). And I fully believe she would follow suit if sitting in the Oval Office.

It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us. . .that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion. . . that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain. . . that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom. . . and that government of the people. . .by the people. . .for the people. . . shall not perish from the earth.
~ Abraham Lincoln, The Gettysburg Address

Will Sarah Palin take the lead? Only time will tell, as the saying goes.

Either way, it's up to us, the feet on the street, to move in the same direction. How do we do that? How do we lose our selfish desire to be in front?

What good would it do to get everything you want and lose you, the real you? ~ Mark 8:36 (The Message)

To those of you that feel your faith wavering in our fight. Chin up! It's all worth it. The small, the disabled, the truly incapable, are depending on us to get our act together. Because one thing is for sure, if the degenerate “powers that be” come after them, it's only a matter of precious time that they come after you, me, and the ones we love.

Don't give up. Don't give in. Band together. Welcome all willing to be on our side of the fight.

Just find someone as normal as you are—or lots of them.

Cool quote from Wishbone: "Complete the story, not compete with it."

(Cross-Posted at The Palination)