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Monday, December 7, 2009

Presidential Leadership

On the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor 68 years ago today:

"The events of that day, which President Franklin Roosevelt vowed would 'live in nfamy,' proved for many Americans that aggressors would not simply ignore us if we ignored them...the sacrifice that began at Pearl Harbor is one of the many events that have defined the United States of America as 'the last best hope of man on earth.'" (Palin, 2009, ¶1).

On the US Secretary of the Interior's Decision to Approve Off-Shore Drilling in the Arctic Circle:

"I commend Interior Secretary Salazar’s decision today to conditionally approve drilling at three exploratory wells in the Chukchi Sea off the northwest coast of Alaska; it’s a decision that’s been a long time coming. The area north of the Arctic Circle contains some of the world’s richest oil and gas reserves. U.S. Geological Survey researchers estimate that it contains 1.6 trillion cubic feet of natural gas and 83 billion barrels of undiscovered oil" (Palin, 2009, ¶1).

On Climate Change (Tweets):

Part I:

"Copnhagn Climate Summit;Obama should boycott in light of bogus "findings"Public [leery] re:snake oil science,he must take stand on climategate" (Palin, 2009, ¶1).

Part II:

"2 much of "global warming" agenda is merely to halt responsible developmnt;sound science must b foundation 4 Copnhagn decisions,not politics" (Palin, 2009, ¶1).

Heart of a Warrior, Soul of an Angel

Governor Palin elevating her troops ranks in Kosovo

Governor Palin serving her troops in Kosovo.

Walter Reed Part I, December 6, 2009 7:01 AM EST:

Headed to Walter Reed hospital this morn to meet wounded warriors;will give them msg of support from patriots who love these selfless troops (Palin, 2009, ¶1)

Walter Reed Part II, December 6, 2009 10:41 AM EST:

"Leaving Walter Reed Hosp;met America's finest;seeing these young soldiers who sacrifice so much changes your life/puts things in perspective" (Palin, 2009, ¶1).

Lt. Governor, Alaska, and Former Adjutant General Craig E. Campbell Discusses Governor Palin's Commander-in-Chief skills:

Special thank you to Gary P. Jackson for informing me about this video, which aired in 2008. Selected quotes from the video:

"Right after she got elected, when she was sworn in as governor, one of the first things in one of our briefings -- she asked me 'where are our soldiers (AK National Guard) deployed and how can I go see them?" -- Craig E. Campbell, Lt. Governor, Alaska

"When she came home to Alaska, she brought home ideas about what soldiers' desires were, what family needs were and implemented those into law the following year...that's what a Commander-in-Chief does - is take care of soldiers, take care of airman, and she does it exceptionally well." -- Craig E. Campbell, Lt. Governor, Alaska

"She is above and beyond what a governor would do. I've watched and seen this for a long time in many states around the country. There a few governors that rise to the challenge and they take the National Guard as their own and they really want to provide the services that a commander-in-chief needs. Sarah Palin does that. She goes to deployments, she goes to returns. When we work the budget for the state, she wants to make sure that the state is putting the right amount of money in to support the soldiers' and airman's needs and our National Guard. When she does policy, she makes sure soldier's families are taken care of in the State of Alaska. This is what a Commander-in-Chief does." -- Craig E. Campbell, Lt. Governor, Alaska

"As commander-in-chief, Governor Palin is the one we look to for leadership and inspiration while serving and defending the sovereign boundaries of Alaska," said Lt. Gen. (AK) Craig E. Campbell, Adjutant General of the Alaska National Guard (Kosovo, 2009, ¶4).


Governor Palin Visits Alaska National Guard in Kosovo. (2009, June 25). State of Alaska, Governor. Retrieved June 26, 2009 from: http://wayback.archive-it.org/1200/20090726151839/http://gov.state.ak.us/archive.php?id=1937&type=1

Palin, S. L. H. (2009, December 6), "Walter Reed I" Twitter, Sarah Palin. Retrieved December 7, 2009 from: http://twitter.com/SarahPalinUSA/status/6398094496

Palin, S. L. H. (2009, December 6), "Walter Reed II" Twitter, Sarah Palin. Retrieved December 7, 2009 from: http://twitter.com/SarahPalinUSA/status/6402141547

Palin, S. L. H. (2009, December 7), "Global Warming Agenda I" Twitter, Sarah Palin. Retrieved December 7, 2009 from: http://twitter.com/SarahPalinUSA/status/6450205667

Palin, S. L. H. (2009, December 7), "Global Warming Agenda II" Twitter, Sarah Palin. Retrieved December 7, 2009 from: http://twitter.com/SarahPalinUSA/status/6450205667

Palin, S. L. H. (2009, December 7), "Drill Baby Drill...Even Offshore" Facebook, Sarah Palin. Retrieved December 7, 2009 from: http://www.facebook.com/notes/sarah-palin/reflection-on-pearl-harbor/191474313434#/note.php?note_id=191630728434

Palin, S. L. H. (2009, December 7), "Reflection on Pearl Harbor." Facebook, Sarah Palin. Retrieved December 7, 2009 from: http://www.facebook.com/notes/sarah-palin/reflection-on-pearl-harbor/191474313434





Going Rogue Book Signing - Tempe, AZ
Crowd in Tempe Arizona on Sarah Palin book tour 1
Seein' Sarah - Sarah Palin signs her book at Costco Tempe
Crowd in Tempe, AZ on Sarah Palin book tour 2 Dec 1 2009
Sarah Palin signing draws crowds at Tempe Costco (w/vid) http://www.azfamily.com/outbound-feeds/yahoo-news/Sarah-Palin-signing-draws-crowds-at-Tempe-Costco-78213502.html

Going Rogue Book Signing - Roswell, NM
1,000 people line up to see Sarah Palin in Roswell
Tales from the line during Palin-mania (Roswell AZ w/vid) http://www.krqe.com/dpp/news/business/tales-from-the-line-during-palin-mania


Going Rogue Book Signing - Springfield, MO
Sarah Palin arrives at Borders bookstore in Springfield, MO
Palin Booktour 12-2-2009 Springfield MO
Sarah Palin book signing Springfield, MO 12/2/09

Governor Palin Speech at College of the Ozarks
Thousands Will Attend Palin Speech (w/vid - College of the Ozarks) http://www.kspr.com/news/local/78365752.html


Gov Palin on the Lars Larson Show
Gov Palin on the Lars Larson Show Dec 3 2009.wmv
Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin joins Lars Larson
Thursday, Dec 03, 2009

Going Rogue Book Signing: Fayetteville, AR
Arkansans Camp Out to Meet Sarah Palin (w/vid)
Sarah Palin Stops to "Sign" in Northwest Arkansas (w/vid)

Going Rogue Book signing - Norman, OK
Sarah Palin
Hopefuls get wristbands for Sarah Palin's autograph at Norman book signing
Crowds gather for Palin book signing


Going Rogue Book Signing: Plano TX
Sarah Palin in Plano, Texas
Thousands wait as Sarah Palin signs books in Texas (w/vid & photo gallery) http://www.kens5.com/news/Thousands-wait-as-Sarah-Palin-signs-books-in-Texas-78547127.html

Going Rogue Book Tour signing - Fort Hood, TX
Hundreds wait for Palin at book signing (Fort Hood)


Going Rogue Book Signing - Fairfax, VA
Thousands welcome Palin in Virginia

Gridiron Club Dinner – Washington, D. C.


Sarah Palin Visits Wounded Soldiers at Walter Reed Hospital

Going Rogue Book Signing: Sioux City, IA
Going Rogue in Iowa, Carl Cameron Reports (FoxNews Dec 06 2009) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Na_h3NSFCKo
Carl Cameron Wraps Up "Going Rogue" in Sioux City IA (FoxNews Dec 6 2009)

Going Rogue Book Signing: Sioux Falls, SD
Sarah Palin Sioux Falls Visit
Waiting For Sarah


GOING ROGUE TOUR WEEK ONE – VIDEO REVIEW http://sarahpalininternetcoalitionblogger.blogspot.com/2009/11/going-rogue-tour-week-one-video-review.html

GOING ROGUE TOUR WEEK TWO – VIDEO REVIEW http://sarahpalininternetcoalitionblogger.blogspot.com/2009/11/going-rogue-tour-week-two-video-review.html

Sarah: A Woman for the Ages- A Post by Conservative Girl with a Voice

I am in awe at the shining spirit so many individuals have when it comes to meeting Sarah Palin at one of the many stops along her Going Rogue Book Tour. For the last couple weeks, people have been lining up for hours and hours, in the pouring rain and snow sometimes, just for their chance to shake Sarah's hand and have her sign their copy of her book. The main aspect I take away, as I watch and read about each signing, is the impact Sarah has had in the lives of each and every one of these individuals. Each and every individual attends one of her signings for a different reason. Young women are attending because they are excited and inspired by her. Other people attend because they see Sarah as a beacon of hope for America. Parents of children with special needs attend just to have the chance to thank her for her for the love she has for Trig and for her tireless advocacy for children with special needs. Many leave in awe of this woman who has already done so much for America. Sarah is truly the real deal. I am hard pressed to name any other modern-day political figure who has both inspired and captivated America.

I know that I never cared for politics much before Sarah came along. Sure I voted, but I never would have thought to start a blog; I used to roll my eyes when I heard that someone was a blogger. My immediate reaction was, "Why?" Man, what a difference a year makes. Having studied journalism, there was a time that I looked up to the media; I even used to dream of one day becoming a famous journalist like Katie Couric. When I was little, I would stand in front of the mirror with a hairbrush in hand, and while many of my friends would be doing this singing, I would pretend that I was some famous reporter on assignment, covering an important story. I guess journalism has always been my blood, and I'm sure my parents would be the first to tell you that I have always been interested in the news and wanting to "get the scoop." Back then, journalism was fair and accurate; journalism was objective. Now, I ask myself, "Where have the days of objective journalism gone?" While I used to be unfamiliar with why bloggers did what they did, now I fully understand why they do what they do. Like me, many are sick and tired of the media. They are sick and tired of the biased reporting. Everyone has his or her own reason for why they started a blog, and my reason is simple: I started this blog because I WAS sick and tired of the media's unfair portrayal of Sarah and her family. I was sick and tired of the media not holding Barack Obama accountable. This little blog, which I started one night while in my PJ's, sitting in front of the television has grown so much since I opened up my blogger account last March. Usually when I set out to do something, I set out to do so with high expectations. Like I do regularly, I found myself sitting back and saying a prayer. I asked the Lord for guidance and direction. I asked the Lord to use me and this blog for good. I knew that if the Lord wanted me and this blog to be successful, he would let me know in his own way.

As each month went by, this little blog, a labor of love, started to become more and more successful. I never thought people in all 50 states, not to mention all over the world would take the time to read my posts. While I have always had a love for reading and writing, this love has flourished, and I find that I am using my skills as a trained journalist. I am no longer afraid to hold the media accountable. I am no longer afraid to question our leaders. Don't get me wrong, my parents brought me up to respect authority, but this does not mean that I cannot question and hold my leaders accountable. It seems as though the bloggers and conservative pundits are the only individuals who are doing this. I am baffled that the msm continue to deceive viewers. Oh, well... as more and more individuals turn away from the msm, the more likely they are to turn to blogs and other independent media outlets.

The droves of people who continue to turn out to see Sarah are craving for her because she tells it like it is. She does not walk with the Washington establishment, and she does not surround herself with lobbyists and special interest groups. Sarah IS truly one of us, although this is only one of the many reasons I support her. She believes in many of the same things as I do. Like me Sarah is a conservative and lives her life with integrity. She inspires me to want to do more and be more. I am so blessed to be the San Diego Regional Organizer for the 2012 Draft Sarah Committee. I encourage you to click here and visit the site and sign the Draft Sarah Petition. Together, we CAN make a difference. If you would like to volunteer with the 2012 Draft Sarah Committee, you can get into touch with your state/city organizer as well. If the 1000s of individuals who are lining up at Sarah's book signings are any indication of the level of excitement this woman brings, there is no doubt in my mind that the level of excitement will only increase. If people are this enthused now, in the year 2009, I cannot even begin to imagine how excited people will be if Sarah does decide to run for president in 2012. Until then, I will continue to write my blog, volunteer with the 2012 Draft Sarah Committee and go on various shows to talk about how great an individual Sarah is. There are so many great individuals whom I have gotten to know along the way, and these friendships will last a lifetime, and this is all because of Sarah.

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Recognizing Their Sacrifice

To Honor the Greatest Generation of American Military Men and Women

To Respect the Great Generation Who Serve Today

To Remember the Reason They Fought and Still Fight

Recognizing and Saluting the Future of the American Military

In Tribute to Those Who Gave the Ultimate Sacrifice

Attack on Pearl Harbor

The Attack
Japanese forces arrived undetected just 230 miles north of the Hawaiian Islands. At dawn, the six carriers launched their planes in two waves. The first wave of bombers and fighters struck Pearl Harbor at 7:55 a.m. For two hours, the planes roared overhead raining a torrent of bombs and torpedoes on the unsuspecting American forces. The ignition of the forward magazine by an Ariel bomb on the USS Arizona was so devastating; she sank to the bottom in just nine minutes.

Japanese Forces
Six battle-ready aircraft carriers and 25 support vessels made up the task force. The carriers launched a total of 350 aircraft to participate in the attack.

American Forces
Twenty-one vessels, including all eight first-line battle ships, were sunk or damaged. One hundred seventy aircraft were destroyed and one hundred fifty were damaged.

Casualties of the Attack
On the American side, 2,388 servicemen and civilians were killed, including 1,177 on the USS Arizona. Only 337 of the Arizona crewmen survived. Twenty-nine Japanese aircraft were shot down. Fifty-five airmen were killed. Four midget submarines were sunk, one captured, and nine crewmembers were killed.

Sarah Palin’s Record on Pardons And Clemency Based On Reality And Common Sense

In the wake of the slaughter of four police officers in the state of Washington, and how a liberal policy on pardons and clemency played a roll in this tragedy, we decided to look into the record of Governor Sarah Palin on this issue.

Our research finds that no pardons were issued by Governor Palin. We did find that in the wake of the corrupt Murkowski administration, Governor Palin championed, and signed into law, legislation that mandates the Governor, as well as the parole board, work hand in hand on any grant of pardon, or clemency. The law also mandates that victims are notified of any pending grant of pardon, and are allowed to participate in the process.

From the website PardonPower:

Alaska: Palin and the Pardon Power

In honor of John McCain's selection of Sarah Palin for the vice-presidency, PardonPower found this article from February 20, 2007:

Juneau, Alaska – Governor Sarah Palin today signed Senate Bill 46 and House Bill 69. The Governor was joined by Senator Donny Olson and Representative Ralph Samuels at the bill signing.

Senate Bill 46 extends the deadline for coastal communities to revise their plans for environmental oversight and development. By signing SB 46, coastal districts will have until September 1, 2007, to revise their plans. Without this extension, 12 districts that make up 70 percent of Alaska’s coastline are in jeopardy of losing their ability to have local involvement in their coastal areas.

"I thank Senator Olson for sponsoring this bill," said Governor Palin. "I know that these coastal districts have worked hard on their revised plans and by extending the deadline, we can ensure they will not lose local control."

House Bill 69 now makes it mandatory for the governor and the Board of Parole to work together to ensure any decision on clemency is based on a thorough review of the case, and made in deference to victims and their families.

"In a perfect world, this bill wouldn’t be necessary," said Governor Palin. "Unfortunately, we all know why such legislation has come through with unanimous support and why I sign this bill without hesitation."

In his final hours in office, Governor Murkowski granted an executive pardon to a company convicted of criminally negligent homicide. Whitewater Engineering Corporation pleaded no contest in 2001 to the charge in connection with the 1999 death of one of its employees. The pardon was granted on November 30, 2006. No one from the Murkowski administration notified the victim’s family of the request for clemency or that the pardon was granted.

HB 69 not only ensures that victims of crimes are notified of the governor’s intent to grant clemency but also allows them to become part of the process.

The power to grant pardons and clemency are great responsibilities a Governor and President are given by the state and United States Constitutions, respectively. It’s serious business that can easily be corrupted by either dishonesty or faulty judgment. It’s very refreshing to see that, as Governor, Sarah Palin understood and appreciated the power she was given and the great trust the people of Alaska had placed in her.

Governor Palin’s common sense approach to this great power and trust the people of Alaska placed in her, resulted in a law that will make it harder for someone of lesser character or judgment to misuse this power and trust.

It also says something that Sarah was willing to diminish her power for the good of the process. Not many in politics would do this as, for many, politics is all about the power, not the service. This is yet another example of Sarah Palin putting the needs and desires of the people above all else.

Sarah Palin at Mall of America

Sarah Palin arrived at the Mall of America in the Minneapolis suburb of Bloomington on a cold, brilliantly sunny (once the sun rose) December 7. According to Tweets from Mall of America spokesperson Erica Dao, Going Rogue readers began lining up outside the East Entrance to MOA by 4:30 a.m., for the distribution of the autograph-entitling wrist bands at 5:00 a.m. By 1:14 p.m., Dao reported about 1400 at the event.

Palin, with son Trig and "her guy," husband Todd, suddenly appeared out of nowhere about twenty minutes before noon, causing the crowd to cheer and those of us in the media to scramble for a spot on the too-small photography platform for a few seconds of precious "b-roll" and still photos.

Gov. Palin seemed energized by each individual person who shook her hand. She signed each book with gusto and a smile. Many passersby not in the autograph line stopped to gawk and take a few cell phone photos.

Sarah Palin Raises Money For Ft Hood Shooting Victims And Families

Sarah made a very popular visit to Ft Hood, Texas to sign books and raise money for victims and families of those whose lives were forever changed by the first terror attack on American soil since September 11, 2001.

There was a large crowd of supporters at the base to welcome her to Central Texas. Sarah, who donated her royalties from all of the books sold during her visit raised a reported $10,000 for the cause.

From the Houston Chronicle:

Palin gets a hero's welcome at Fort Hood:

Former VP candidate signs copies of her book and says royalties on some book sales will benefit a rampage victims fund

FORT HOOD — Rebecca Dalberg's excitement over Sarah Palin's book signing Friday night was so intense, she wanted to spend the night in a parking lot to assure a front-row seat.

Her retired military husband, Sonny Dalberg, quashed that idea because the Copperas Cove couple live less than five minutes away from the sprawling Army post where the former Alaska governor signed about 1,000 copies of her new book, Going Rogue.

The Dalbergs, who arrived 11 hours before the event, were among the first people to navigate a maze of meandering lines at the post exchange before reaching last year's GOP vice presidential candidate.

Warm welcome

The crowd greeted her entry with a boisterous "Sar-ah, Sar-ah" chant.

"She's human. She listens to people. She doesn't think that she's better than anyone," Rebecca Dalberg said. "She's all-American. That's Mom, apple pie and John Wayne."

The Dalbergs paid $21 each for four books. Each person was allowed to bring two to Palin for autographs.

Palin has said royalties on books sold during her stop at Fort Hood will benefit the victims of last month's mass shooting and their families.

Army psychologist Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan is accused of killing 13 and wounding 38 soldiers and civilians.

Victims' family members are ecstatic about Palin's help, said Ron Taylor, president of the Central Texas chapter of the Association of the U.S. Army.

He estimated the book signings would add more than $10,000 to the fund, which will help pay for travel expenses, lodging and missed work for family members who had to rush to Fort Hood to be with their loved ones, Taylor said.

The fund, which has fetched $250,000, will help more than 100 family members, he said.

First Lt. Jonathan Brown of Tampa Bay, Fla., walked away with a smile as he clutched his autographed copy of Palin's book.

"It was my first time that I met somebody big," said Brown, a Palin supporter. "She supports the military. She supports the American troops, and I'm a big fan of that."

Support for politician

Theresa Cockran of nearby Nolanville came away convinced she had just met the next president of the United States.

"She's like me. She's got a heart and a soul," said Cockran, wife of a military retiree. "I am so happy I almost wet my pants."

Just before her visit, Sarah posted this on her Facebook page:

Worthy American Heroes - Reminding Us What Really Matters

Ready and anxious to see America’s finest at Ft. Hood tomorrow. My heart is with every military mom, dad, spouse, child, grandparent... every supporter of our proud men and women in uniform.

My brother passed the following along to me because he thought I’d like it; he was right. Enjoy... and please honor America’s finest.

- Sarah Palin

The average age of the military man is 19 years. He is a short haired, tight-muscled kid who, under normal circumstances is considered by society as half man, half boy. Not yet dry behind the ears, not old enough to buy a beer, but old enough to die for his country. He never really cared much for work and he would rather wax his own car than wash his father’s, but he has never collected unemployment either.

He’s a recent High School graduate; he was probably an average student, pursued some form of sport activities, drives a ten year old jalopy, and has a steady girlfriend that either broke up with him when he left, or swears to be waiting when he returns from half a world away. He listens to rock and roll or hip-hop or rap or jazz or swing and a 155mm howitzer.

He is 10 or 15 pounds lighter now than when he was at home because he is working or fighting from before dawn to well after dusk. He has trouble spelling, thus letter writing is a pain for him, but he can field strip a rifle in 30 seconds and reassemble it in less time in the dark. He can recite to you the nomenclature of a machine gun or grenade launcher and use either one effectively if he must.

He digs foxholes and latrines and can apply first aid like a professional.

He can march until he is told to stop, or stop until he is told to march.

He obeys orders instantly and without hesitation, but he is not without spirit or individual dignity. He is self-sufficient.

He has two sets of fatigues: he washes one and wears the other. He keeps his canteens full and his feet dry.

He sometimes forgets to brush his teeth, but never to clean his rifle. He can cook his own meals, mend his own clothes, and fix his own hurts.

If you’re thirsty, he’ll share his water with you; if you are hungry, his food. He’ll even split his ammunition with you in the midst of battle when you run low.

He has learned to use his hands like weapons and weapons like they were his hands.

He can save your life - or take it, because that is his job. He will often do twice the work of a civilian, draw half the pay, and still find ironic humor in it all. He has seen more suffering and death than he should have in his short lifetime. He has wept in public and in private, for friends who have fallen in combat and is unashamed.

He feels every note of the National Anthem vibrate through his body while at rigid attention, while tempering the burning desire to ‘square-away’ those around him who haven’t bothered to stand, remove their hat, or even stop talking.

In an odd twist, day in and day out, far from home, he defends their right to be disrespectful.

Just as did his Father, Grandfather, and Great-grandfather, he is paying the price for our freedom. Beardless or not, he is not a boy. He is the American Fighting Man that has kept this country free for over 200 years.

He has asked nothing in return, except our friendship and understanding.

Remember him, always, for he has earned our respect and admiration with his blood.

And now we even have women over there in danger, doing their part in this tradition of going to War when our nation calls us to do so.

As you go to bed tonight, remember this. A short lull, a little shade, and a picture of loved ones in their helmets.

Waco’s KXXV TV has additional video here.

The Austin-American Statesman has a great slideshow here.

One thing is very clear, as a former Commander-In-Chief, with a son of her own in the army, Sarah has a deep love and respect for the American fighting men and women. One thing else is becoming clear, as well: A whole lot of people see her as the next Commander-In-Chief of those brave men and women.