Congratulations, Friendship Circle!
Today at 6:37pm
Congratulations to Friendship Circle for being a Chase Community Giving award
recipient! Friendship Circle is a beautiful non-profit organization that creates
meaningful friendships between children who have special needs and teenage
volunteers. In Michigan, the Friendship Circle has a beautiful one-of-a-kind
center called LifeTown. Its main feature is a life-like village with all kinds
of realistic stores for individuals who have special needs where they can be
prepared to integrate into society and where thousands of volunteers can learn
to appreciate the beauty of these special souls. You can learn more about
Friendship Circle and support their work by visiting their website. You can also view a wonderful video about them here. -
Sunday, January 24, 2010
Where’s the Oil in Our National Energy Policy?Today at 6:41pm
America’s energy challenges are getting more and more serious every day, and yet the Obama administration just doesn’t get it. Please see this informative article that sheds light on one aspect of the president’s problem. It starts by explaining our energy demand will increase, and oil will be part of that demand.Well, what do you know? The Obama administration, whose entire energy posture going back into the presidential campaign has been both ideologically and practically stridently anti-oil, both as an industry and as a form of energy, has suddenly become “concerned” about China’s oil grab.This is, to say the least, disingenuous.The U.S. government under Barack Obama has yet to acknowledge once, in spite of widely held estimates, that oil will continue to account for 40% of world energy demand 25 years from now — this while total world energy demand will increase by 50%, at least.
Read the rest here. I look forward to hopefully hearing President Obama acknowledge America’s need to ramp up domestic energy production, including oil and natural gas developments, during Wednesday’s State of the Union address. Let’s hope his advisers advise him accordingly.
- Sarah Palin
Everyone has heard the expression "let sleeping dogs lie." Sounds good and is arguably good advice. But what does one do when a lying dog won't sleep, won't shut up, that is?
Normally I avoid all things Levi. He's not worth it right now. Writing about him is a waste of space. He wants the publicity, so don't give it to him. I totally understand, and usually I'm in agreement. But I also understand a basic principle, and that is this: there's a time to fight back. There's a time when you just have to deal with the barking, biting dog that's been dropping you know what all over the place everywhere he goes. And sometimes you just have to put him out--not just to deal with him--but for the benefit of those he's sniping at. This particular mutt, who's been wagging his tail all over Playgirl, refuses to sit down, shut up, or play dead--and this dog is lying every time he opens his mouth.
Levi Johnston has in his camp sensationalist media, foolish Alaska bloggers, and an obviously inebriated, delusional, or severely gullible lawyer. All that, yet he doesn't seem to have anybody in his life to tell him to put his mouth to sleep when it comes to attacking his son's family. No positive male role model to pull him aside, tell him to stop his lying, and just take care of his son. Where's the tough love from somebody who will look him in the eyes and say, "Dude, what are you doing? You're gonna wake up one day from your greed-induced stupor and wonder how you sunk so low as to try to hurt your son and his mom and grandmother like this, and that's gonna be a sad day--for you."
Every time you turn around, Levi's parked on somebody's couch, making mono-syllabic statements about the Palins. And for some reason, he's absolutely obsessed with the Governor. Constantly he's saying she's attacking him so he's going to attack back. Funny thing is, his jaws are the only ones flapping.
Levi, my dawg, shut up your lying. Man up. And please...pay up.
Concerning paying up, according to TMZ:
Levi Johnston's manager, Tank Jones, tells TMZ Levi has paid Bristol more than $10,000 since Tripp was born. Jones also says Levi does not make money off of every interview he does, though he did not say exactly how much Levi has made.
Levi has not given Bristol $10,000. Levi has not had an active role in his son's first year of life.
TMZ also reported:
Attorney Rex Butler tells TMZ, Levi has told Bristol on several occasions he wanted her to come to his house to pick up checks for Tripp's support. Butler says Levi also told her "it would be nice" if she brought Tripp along when she picked up the checks, because Levi wanted to spend time with his son. Butler says on each occasion Bristol was a no-show.
Butler says Bristol is partly to blame for the fact that she hasn't gotten the support she wants. Butler tells TMZ on one occasion Levi was prepared to hand over $3,000 ... but Bristol never showed.
As for why Levi didn't just put the check in the mail ... Butler says, "Why should he have to do that. He's not dangerous to her."
So let's get this straight. Levi loves his son so much that he'd rather give no money at all than put a stamp on an envelope and mail a check? Instead of being a father to his son and providing for him, he'd rather speculate that Governor Palin is behind the legal suit and talk about Bristol's new car. Can you say "dog"? Can you say "lying dog"? If that seems harsh, it'll just have to be harsh because one thing I can't stand is a man--that's right, he's not a little boy anymore--who won't take care of his responsibilities and then lies about it.
You know when tabloids are calling you deadbeat, you've got some stepping up to do. ETonline writes:
In an exclusive interview with ET, Levi says he believes he has given Bristol more than she claims. "I don't really know but my lawyer does. But it's reasonable, what he thought was fair. For them to call me a deadbeat dad's absurd. I attempt to call her all the time and give her texts to make sure he's doing well ... I call her all the time. I try and do everything I can to see my son. I'm making an effort. I'm trying to be there for him."
"I don't really know"? "Reasonable"? "Attempt"? "Try"? "Effort"? Huh? Your lawyer knows what you're giving your son?! Growing up in the church we used to sing a song called "99 1/2 Won't Do." Look, if 99 1/2 won't do, you know 1/2 ain't gonna do!
Bristol, on the other hand, is to be commended. She is taking care of her responsibilities. Here's a young woman who, as she recently told Oprah, gets up at 4:00 or 4:30 every morning, gets her son washed and dressed, works, and takes classes. It's not easy. It's a challenge, but Tripp is her life now, and she is committed to being a good mother to him, not a "reasonable" one.
What does she get in return? The love of her beautiful baby and the joy of knowing she's making a life for her son.
Her ex-boyfriend, however, is traipsing around the country making money by selling his soul--and his lies, gallivanting around Wasilla in his new truck and new trinket (hmmm...), and refusing to buy his son so much as a pair of shoes because his little feelings are hurt that Bristol wouldn't come to his house. In the Black community, we have a word for that. Let me hip yall to it. It's called "triflin'." Of course, the community at large is well aware of the more familiar term: low-down dirty dog.
Tripp deserves better. Bristol deserves better. She's working her tail off for her son, she's learned from some mistakes she's made, and she's committed herself to doing the right thing by remaining abstinent until marriage, to which Levi barks, "I doubt it." (The daily reminder of men like Levi might be the biggest asset to the abstinence movement ever!) By the way, instead of a "role model" like Oprah Winfrey commending her for that decision, she blasted her and gave her a chance to retract it. Are you kidding me?! (I'll deal with Oprah at another time.)
The last thing I want to do is spend a Sunday on Levi Johnston. However, I'll spend a hundred Sundays on the opportunity to applaud Bristol Palin for doing the mature, responsible thing--the hard work. She's a good mom, who has another good mom as an example.
I believe there's hope for Levi; I really do. And I hope he grabs ahold of it soon because he's treading on very thin Alaska ice.
Like I said at the start, there's something to be said for letting sleeping dogs lie. But when a lying dog refuses to put his rabid mouth to sleep, sometimes you just have to put that dog down.
Update: Anyone asserting that I am suggesting Levi should be killed is out of his/her mind. By "put that dog down" I mean put him in his place, call him out, fight back instead of letting sleeping dogs lie. Hello!
But then I saw this article, and I realized that, regardless of the original reasons behind his behavior, all of the publicity had gone to Levi’s head.
Now that Levi Johnston has completed his much-hyped Playgirl photo shoot,
the Alaskan teen apparently thinks that he and his “little Wasilla” are
deserving of special treatment. Johnston, the father of Sarah Palin’s grandson
Tripp, made a bit of a scene at JFK airport on Tuesday, according to the New
York Post’s Page Six.
Embarrassed onlookers told Page Six that Johnston showed up at the
airport wearing sunglasses (hey, it’s bright inside the terminal) and would not
deign to stand in line with the rest of the lowly passengers — which included
Jason Alexander, who could probably buy and sell Johnston more times than the 19
year old can count.
"(Johnston) then made a big show of getting on first,” one witness told
Page Six. “He was seated in the front row of first class, looking like he was
born to be there and waiting for some recognition. Jason Alexander was quietly
sitting behind him."
Perhaps Levi’s character was already flawed, or perhaps his handlers showered him with delusions of grandeur if he did their bidding. But we now see a man of the world who is unknowingly bent on self-destruction as he pursues his own self-promotion. Not only was his Playgirl shoot a lapse in morality, but his recent behavior in general has provided a poor role model for his young son. What is the legacy that Levi will leave to Tripp – that of a porn star or that of a loving, responsible father? So far, Levi has made the former choice – I hope and pray he comes to his senses and chooses the latter.
But what about the lies that Levi continues to propagate? I think the most infamous one was when he stated that Sarah Palin asked him to show her how to shoot a rifle. There is ample documentation of Governor Palin’s hunting and fishing abilities, from her childhood on up. There is even a video in which she hits the target dead center on her first try with a military assault weapon. Quite an achievement for someone who doesn’t hunt or fish or know how to shoot a gun, wouldn’t you say?
Levi’s latest lies are his claims about supporting his son in excess of what Bristol has reported in her court documents asking for the minimum amount of child support that is required by Alaska state law – 20 % of Levi’s income. If Levi’s claims are true, then where is the documentation? None has been mentioned, or promised, because there is none.
Contrast Levi’s lifestyle to the one that Bristol has chosen. A single mom now, she has chosen to devote her life to raising her son Tripp. Rather than go away to school like many young women her age, she is going to the community college and working to support her son at the same time. Her mornings begin at 4 to 4:30 AM, and she has been an excellent mother. Small wonder that she would not want Tripp exposed to Levi’s immoral lifestyle.
Not only is Bristol taking her parenting seriously, but she is serving as a role model for other young women through her involvement with Candies and her own vow of abstinence until marriage. She went on the Oprah show on Friday to discuss her decision and took heat not only from Oprah but from Levi for her admirable position on this topic that affects all unmarried people.
Bristol has even set up her own public relations firm, probably in relation to her work with Candies. This young woman is going somewhere in life, but she is doing it honorably and through hard work. Tripp will have cause to take pride in his mother’s achievements and in the example that she is setting for him.
Bristol could easily have made other choices. But she didn’t, and that speaks to the strong character that she has developed as a member of a wholesome, loving family. A family that she remains an integral part of and which provides the support system she and Tripp need. Tripp is in the best possible hands right where he is and should not have his secure existence disturbed by someone of questionable morals who puts fame above family responsibilities.
Bristol Palin Begins Campaign Against Teen Pregnancy http://www.wowowow.com/politics/bristol-palin-begins-campaign-against-teen-pregnancy-286754
Bristol Palin Exposes Her Sometimes Isolated Life (People Magazine) http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20280071,00.html
Levi Johnston a prima donna http://www.nypost.com/p/pagesix/prima_donna_hxaoUI2oVf1MVT8V0CseeP
Levi Johnston Dead Beat Dad Of The Year http://thespeechatimeforchoosing.wordpress.com/2009/06/04/levi-johnston-dead-beat-dad-of-the-year/
Levi Seeks Publicity Instead of Tripp’s Well-being http://www.conservatives4palin.com/2009/12/levi-seeks-publicity-instead-of-tripps.html
Mika Brzezinski: Media Elite wanted to “Bring Palin Down” http://www.poligazette.com/2009/05/12/mika-brzezinski-media-elite-wanted-to-bring-palin-down/
Money-Grubbing Smear Merchants Rex Butler and Tank Jones Target Governor Palin http://www.conservatives4palin.com/2009/05/money-grubbing-smear-merchants-rex_01.html?showComment=1241221200001/#
The Obama backers behind Levi Johnston http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/2357384/posts
Sarah and Bristol Palin's New Roles http://www.oprah.com/oprahshow/Sarah-and-Bristol-Palin
Sarah Palin’s Daughter, Bristol, Sets Up Public Relations Firm http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601086&sid=aq0oYidTOnr0
Surprise! Billionaire Obama Supporter Keeping Levi Johnston In The Spotlight http://sarahpalininformation.wordpress.com/2009/10/08/surprise-billionaire-obama-supporter-keeping-levi-johnston-in-the-spotlight/
The Supreme Court, those who are responsible for interpreting and enforcing the Constitution of the United States made arguably the most controversial ruling in its history on January 22, 1973; Roe v Wade – legalizing the murder of unborn children.
Speaking in place of the unborn children we have lost to this legalized murder, March for Life was founded in October 1973. They began with 20,000 marchers in 1974 and have grown to over 200,000 brave souls.
The celebration of life was the reason behind Sarah and Bristol’s television appearance. Sarah posted on her Facebook page the reason they were doing this.
Talking About Life Today
In light of today’s March for Life in D.C., which promotes a positive, peaceful, hopeful message concerning the sanctity of life, Bristol and I are being interviewed by Oprah Winfrey to talk about choosing life. The show airs today, and you can check your local listings for details.
- Sarah Palin
I have watched only one Oprah show from start to finish – last year when Sarah Palin was there for the full hour on the day that her book “Going Rogue: An American Life” was released. I watched the part on January 22 this year while Sarah and Bristol were on changing the channel immediately when their segment was over.
It is common knowledge that Bristol gave birth as a single mom in December 2008 to a beautiful and healthy baby boy, Tripp. Precious Tripp will grow up with his uncle, Trig, who is only a few months older. Both of those mothers chose life for their sons under circumstances that were not the most desired or carried the least number of challenges. Neither of them chose legalized murder for their babies choosing instead to give all of themselves to their children and to give their children to themselves.
Tripp’s father, Levi Johnston, has been a dead-beat dad from before Tripp was even born. In fact, there is an excellent article written by a fellow blogger, Gary P, awarding Levi his personal “Dead Beat Dad of the Year” award in 2009.
Which brings me to an e-mail from a friend. “Levi seen cashing two $500 checks from National Enquirer at Wasilla Wal-Mart!” Not exactly news, I mean we all understand Levi is prostituting himself out for “fame and fortune”.
But it brings up some questions. While Levi is out playing “rock star for the day”, who is taking care of his son full time, working to pay for his son’s diapers, while continuing her education? While Levi is out schmoozing, or hunting and fishing, who is changing dirty diapers and taking care of his son?
And what about Levi’s new found celebrity?
Here’s an uneducated, unemployed, kid. A kid that ain’t even looking for a job. And yet, since he has become such a well known man-about-town, he has traded in his fairly new Chevrolet pick up, for a more upscale Ford. He also has new Jeep. It now seems Levi has supposedly put a deposit down on a Mercedes-Benz in Anchorage!
Now being a reformed car guy, I can tell you that folks don’t just put down a deposit on hope! (or change)
So you tell me, where does all of Levi’s money come from? I mean this is an unemployed high school drop out! Cars cost money, flashy clothes cost money, and jet setting across the nation costs a lot of money, especially with an accused drug dealing mother and a sister who seems a little to “attentive” for my taste, in tow.
If you have not read this article before or have not read it for quite some time, you may want to go back and read it completely. A lot of things will make more sense to you when you do.
Since Gary P wrote and originally posted the article on June 4, 2009, Levi has been seen nude in Playgirl and escorting a woman probably old enough to be his mother around Hollywood’s decadent elite, but the one place he has not been seen is supporting his son.
Suddenly the news broke that Bristol has filed a lawsuit against Levi because he has not been forthcoming with money to assist Bristol with the rearing of his son. TMZ reports that Bristol is seeking $1750 monthly retroactive to Tripp’s birth on December 27, 2008.
According to the docs, obtained by TMZ, Bristol believes Levi has pulled in "in excess of $105,000 in 2009 through various media interviews and modeling related activities." The $105,000 figure is significant, because under Alaska law a non-custodial parent must pay 20% of income up to $105,000 a year -- which comes to $1,750 a month.
Bristol says in her sworn statement, "I have received limited and sporadic financial assistance from Levi." Bristol says Levi has forked over only $4,400 over the 13 months of Tripp's life -- $3,000 on September 9, 2009, $1,400 on December 19.
Bristol's request is for temporary support, pending a permanent child support order.
An update has been added to the TMZ article using a quote from Tank Jones, Levi’s “manager” (read that – body guard and paid baby sitter) that Levi has paid Bristol over $10,000 since Tripp’s birth.
Where’s your proof? Did Rex Butler, Levi’s attorney, file copies of checks with Bristol’s endorsement with his paperwork to the judge in this lawsuit? I certainly hope so. If not, get out your checkbook, Levi!
While you are getting money from who knows where for doing who knows what, other than the embarrassment your son will feel when he is old enough to know the stupid and childish things you have done since his birth while you should have been helping to care for him, how have you contributed to Tripp’s physical and emotional well-being?
While you are posing nude for a magazine which I am told is read predominately by gay men, while you are trying to capitalize on the “fame” of being the “almost-son-in-law” of the world’s most influential woman since Diana Princess of Wales, while you are making friends and influencing people in New York, Hollywood and all places in between, who is taking care of Tripp?
Young Bristol Palin, along with her very strong and supportive family, is tending to what should by rights be your responsibilities, Levi. Bristol graduated from high school last year and has been working at least part time all the while taking college classes, changing diapers, mixing formula, rocking the baby, missing sleep, bathing, feeding and hugging her young son. She has embraced motherhood with as much love and attention to her son as any good mother should do.
She is missing out on her youth in order to raise your son. But hey… why not? You are still just a kid yourself, aren’t you? You’re not mature enough to be a real father. You aren’t even mature enough to be a man.
Bristol has dreams and ambitions. She is working very hard to fulfill those dreams and ambitions. She is building a strong relationship between herself and her son. One day before you know it she will have built a successful career, raised a terrific and intelligent child, and taught him to love God, his family and Alaska – probably in that order – while you have done…..
Nothing, Levi. You have done nothing! You can’t even hold a decent job. Why else would you need a “manager” like Tank Jones? Who pays him, Levi? If you are paying him, are the payments current? Where is the money coming from, Levi? Services such as Tank provides for you do not come cheaply. Neither do attorneys like Rex Butler.
Any real man in your situation would get a job, provide for his son and by the way, Levi… that money you are paying Rex and Tank would pay for a lot of diapers, clothing, doctor’s visits, day care and all sorts of other things for your son.
Until now, I have chosen to remain silent on the custody and child support issue out of respect for the Palin family and for your son, Levi. I just didn’t think it fair to Bristol and certainly not fair to Tripp to have cameras shoved in his precious face every time they walk through the door of their home. Bristol and her attorney had asked that the lawsuit be held in secret. Even though the judge refused the request, I felt it would be best not to bring it out into the open any more than the lame-stream media would surely do. I made an intelligent and conscious decision to respect the privacy of a little boy and his mother.
That is over as of right now. I read this cockamamie press release from “The Insider” that The Huffington Post printed including the typographical and grammatical errors.
Meanwhile, ex-boyfriend and baby daddy Levi Johnston gave an interview to "The Insider" and said he's writing a tell-book and isn't, despite Bristol's court filings, a deadbeat dad.
From a press release from "The Insider":
Levi reveals that he is working on a tell-all book about his experience with the Palin family, "I am in the process of doing it." What is he planning on revealing? "Everything. All."
He also responds to tabloid reports claiming that he is a deadbeat dad, "I think its crazy. For them to call me dead beat dad is absurd. I call [Bristol] all the time . I try to do everything I can to see my son. It's my kid. I want to be there for him and I am. I've stepped up and grown up a lot and taken on a lot of father responsibilities and have been there a lot more than others would be."
On the possibility of having to pay more child support, Levi says, "I have no problem paying more as long as the court says that's what I am going to pay and I get my son 50 percent of the time." Levi alleges that Sarah Palin has already taken extreme measures to keep him away, "She already tried to have me arrested. I don't remember when that was, a couple of months ago. My lawyer called me in and she had tried to get me arrested for violating a gag order."
Levi tells THE INSIDER what he will do for a living if an entertainment career doesn't work out, "I'll go back to doing what I do. I can go home and get messy. I love working on motors and being an electrician."
On Bristol and Sarah Palin's interview on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" today, Levi says, "[Bristol] answered like two questions. She couldn't answer questions without Sarah butting in and adding her own two cents." He goes on to say that he doesn't "buy into" Bristol's claims on about the difficulties of raising Tripp, "She's talking about how hard it is... if she wanted help she would let me in there."
I don’t care what you say, Levi. I do not believe you. The only thing you know about family is how to live in a dysfunctional one. Your sister is obsessed with you and your mother went to jail for selling drugs. Good examples for your son to pattern his own life after, isn’t it?
A book? You’re writing a book? I hope you get a better proofreader than The Insider uses. I also hope you haven’t spent your last dime on computer printer paper. Do you have any idea how humiliating it is going to be when the only book you sell is to your sister? Okay… you’re right. That wasn’t fair. Rex Butler will probably buy one, too.
Get real, Levi. Grow up. Stop lying to and about your son his mother, grandmother and his father. Get a job. Go to church and learn about how to live a valued life in the eyes of the One Who created you. He’s the same one who created Tripp and his young uncle, Trig, also.
Try being normal for a change. Turn over a new leaf and learn how to be a father. I’m sure the Wasilla library has several good books on fatherhood. Read them. Learn from them. Grow up. Before Tripp does.
- Bristol Palin is up for significant parts of the night caring for Tripp.
- Bristol Palin goes to school and works to support Tripp.
- Bristol Palin appropriately marshals the resources available to her (the Palins and Heaths) in caring for her child.
- Bristol Palin has learned from her mistakes and has stood up and done the right thing.
This was discussed in her interview with Oprah Winfrey on Friday, January 22, 2010, and on other talk shows such as On the Record with Greta Van Susteren, and in print publications such as InTouch and People Magazine.
- Levi Johnston is completely shirking his responsibilities as a father. He is providing nothing for Bristol and Tripp.
- Levi Johnston is not doing any legitimate work.
- Levi Johnston by posting for Playgirl engaged in acts of grave moral turpitude and disgraced himself as a father before an international audience.
- Levi Johnston is being subsidized by the Roll Corporation, Rex Butler and Tank Jones for the sole and express purpose of bringing shame and embarrassment to the Palins, which has been discussed at significant length in prior entries by author Gary P. Jackson.
Bristol Palin took ownership and responsibility for her prior actions. She stood up and did the right thing, choosing life over a "more convenient alternative." Her entire focus now is on caring for her child, working, educating herself -- and she is refraining from new relationships for she wants nothing to interfere with her responsibilities. The differences between Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston could not be more stark.
With Bristol as his mother, and in the company of the Palins and Heaths, Tripp Johnston is a healthy, loving, and supportive environment.