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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Sarah Palin Legal Defense Fund "Flight" in La Crosse, WI

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Beeline to La Crosse Before Thunderstorms Arrive

Laura ran over to “Sarah” with the weather prediction. Low clouds were forming over Minnesota and Wisconsin with thunderstorms forecast for the evening. “'Sarah,’ if we’re going to fly today, we need to leave very soon. Aircraft have to stay at least 25 miles from thunderstorms. This trip is mostly going to be through clouds; there’s going to be some turbulence. If we wait much longer, we’re going to have to cancel and do it tomorrow.”

It did not take too long for “Sarah” to consider it. The next flight would bring her to Peoria, where would speak at Eureka College – President Ronald Wilson Reagan’s alma mater. Canceling would mean an extended 400-mile flight from Duluth to Peoria, rather than two more pleasant flights of 200 miles each.

“File the flight plan and get the clearance, Laura. I’m ready.”

Laura filed, pre-flighted, did the run-up, got the clearance, shut down, and went to get “Sarah”. Laura gave her passenger the required safety briefing, ensured safety belts on, and fired up. They would depart to the west, then turn to the southeast for the 90-minute flight.

After takeoff, per the clearance, the flight turned southeast. The cloud cover was broken, but closing fast.

“Sarah” turned to bid Lake Superior a farewell.

The flight had been cleared for 5,000 feet originally, but cloud tops were predicted to be 7,000. Laura requested an altitude increase to 7,000, but the tops grew even higher and the broken clouds went complete overcast. The entire enroute portion was spent shrouded in clouds, just as Laura predicted.

The controller instructed Laura to descend to 2,900 feet. She would be landing on the runway facing due south using an instrument approach. At about 3,500 feet the flight broke out of clouds, and the airport could be seen in the distance. La Crosse Municipal is located on French Island, which is surrounded by Lake Onalaska. Both Laura and “Sarah” felt something very familiar when they saw the lake. It had an Alaskan feel to it – perhaps accounting for why it is called Lake Onalaska. Part of the lake is in Minnesota. I-90 bisects French Island. The Mississippi River passes through La Crosse as well.

As Laura began the approach, the plane received two jolts of turbulence. “Sarah” could see Lake Onalaska out the front and out her side window.

At 300 feet above decision height, the plane began to cross Lake Onalaska. Laura executed a smooth landing and parked at the General Aviation ramp. “Sarah” is now 2,512 nautical miles from Wasilla. She is now over 75% of the way to Reagan National Airport in Washington DC. “Sarah’s” next flight is to Peoria, one of the most significant stops on the journey.

Alaska. Lake Onalaska. Eureka College – Reagan’s Alma Mater. Reagan National. Providential.

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Panic From Journolist Over Sarah Palin's RNC Speech: "She's Golden" Now How Do We Destroy Her? Plus, Trig Trutherism To The Max

By Gary P Jackson

When Jonathan Strong and the Daily Caller started releasing information from Journolist, we knew it would get interesting, especially when it comes to Sarah Palin. Anyone who has watched the news since Sarah was introduced to the world has known the media has been going crazy trying to figure out how to stop her. They actually did a decent job of smearing her among casual, and mostly uninformed viewers. Many of the lies told stuck, at least for a time.

Today Strong shows us what this cabal of over 400 "mainstream journalists" and members of academia really thought:

Sarah Palin’s speech to the 2008 Republican convention impressed more than a few doubters, including even some members of Journolist, an online community for liberal journalists.

This speech is gangbusters,” wrote Ari Melber of the Nation. “Her tone is pitch perfect.” Adele Stan of the Media Consortium agreed: “Palin is golden.”

The exuberance appeared to unnerve the Guardian’s Michael Tomasky. “People get a hold of yourselves!” Tomasky wrote to his fellow Journolisters. “It’s a very good speech with good lines. But there’s very little substance.

Rebecca Traister of Salon wrote to say she was grateful for Tomasky’s message. (“This is a reassuring sentiment, since at the moment, I feel like we’re in End Times.”) But the rest of the country apparently didn’t agree. Polls a few days later showed Obama’s lead in the race had narrowed to virtually nothing.

Palin’s speech had been remarkably effective. This troubled members of Journolist. On Sept. 8, 2008, five days after Palin’s national debut, some members of the group discussed producing coordinated propaganda designed to wound Palin and boost Obama.

At an appearance in Colorado immediately following the convention, Palin had remarked that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac had “gotten too big and too expensive for the taxpayers,” a point that seems commonplace now, but that at the time struck some as controversial.

Ryan Avent, then a freelance blogger for the Economist, now an editor there, complained that Obama’s supporters were missing a chance to attack. “If we were the GOP, we’d be taking this opportunity to shout long and loud how unprepared Palin is—‘She doesn’t even know what Fannie and Freddie are…in the middle of a housing crisis!’….That’s the difference in the game as played by us and by them.

Michael Tomasky responded: “So why aren’t Dems doing that? Just wundrin’.”

Luke Mitchell, then a senior editor at Harper’s magazine, asked Tomasky if his paper would be able to help: “Michael – Isn’t this something that can be fanned a bit by, say, the Guardian?

Tomasky didn’t think it would work. “The Guardian? You’re kidding right? Remember the Clark County letters?” he wrote, referring to a failed attempt by the Guardian to elect John Kerry in 2004 by asking Britons to write letters to voters in a pivotal Ohio county.

Mitchell replied: “Fair enough! But it seems to me that a concerted effort on the part of the left partisan press could be useful. Why geld ourselves? A lot of the people on this list work for organizations that are far more influential than, say, the Washington Times."

Open question: Would it be a good use of this list to co-ordinate a message of the week along the lines of the GOP? Or is that too loathsome? It certainly sounds loathsome. But so does losing!

Ezra Klein of the Washington Post, the founder of Journolist, quickly jumped in: “Nope, no message coordination. I’m not even sure that would be legal. This is a discussion list, though, and I want it to retain that character,” he wrote.

Mitchell replied: “Fair enough, Ezra! The list is great at as it is and I didn’t mean to suggest anything out of bounds. I am still curious about the reluctance of the left media to organize, though. The message discipline on the right seems to be one of its key advantages.

David Roberts of Grist seemed to scold Roberts for his idea: “Just read past messages on this list, Luke. Everyone here is a /journalist /or an /independent analyst/. Their job is to /say what they think/, not to support Obama. Suggest that they focus on more electorally helpful — and equally true — messages, and they will bridle.

Yet almost immediately after writing these words, Roberts sounded somewhat less than independent himself, referring to the Obama campaign as “we”: “I’m not bashing,” he wrote. “I’m guilty too. I just despair. We’re going to lose again, for all the same damn reasons.”

Ed Kilgore of the Progressive Policy Institute, another supposedly “independent analyst,” did the same, even outlining specific talking points: “It requires no particular strategic genius or ‘message coordination’ to recognize that we and the Obama campaign have the next two months to demonstrate that McCain and Palin represent the status quo party, the status quo ideology, and status quo policies,” he wrote.

While other members of the group debated whether to coordinate a pro-Obama message – or, more precisely, whether to concede that such a message was being coordinated — Todd Gitlin of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism had already made up his mind. Gitlin, whose job is to train the next generation of America’s most elite journalists, wrote this impassioned plea on behalf of the Obama campaign:

On the question of liberals coordinating, what the hell’s wrong with some critical mass of liberal bloggers & journalists saying the following among themselves:

McCain lies about his maverick status. Routinely, cavalierly, cynically. Palin lies about her maverick status. Ditto, ditto, ditto. McCain has a wretched temperament. McCain is a warmonger. Palin belongs to a crackpot church and feels warmly about a crackpot party that trashes America.

Repeat after me:

McCain lies about his maverick status. Routinely, cavalierly, cynically. Palin lies about her maverick status. Ditto, ditto, ditto. McCain has a wretched temperament. McCain is a warmonger. Palin belongs to a crackpot church and feels warmly about a crackpot party that trashes America.

These people are cynical. These people are taking you for a ride. These people are fakes. These people love Bush.

Again. And again. Vary the details. There are plenty. Somebody on the ‘list posted a strong list of McCain lies earlier today. Hammer it. Philosophize, as Nietzsche said, with a hammer.

I don’t know about any of you, but I’m not waiting for any coordination. Get on with it!

In an interview, Gitlin conceded he was noting the “features of McCain and Palin most worthy of highlighting towards the end of defeating them.” He said he had never advocated “bending facts” to get Obama elected.

Amazing stuff huh. Gitlin, who teaches journalism claims he wasn't for "bending facts" to get Obama elected, but as we know now, none of the Journolisters had a problem with covering up facts about Barack Obama and his radical associations, or branding anyone who dared bring them up a racist!

Obviously Ezra Klein, the creator of this group, was doing a bit of CYA here. "Now boys, you know we shouldn't coordinate." (wink-wink) From there everyone went back to what they were doing. One thing is obvious, Sarah's incredible speech put the media on the defensive. In fact, she called them out during her speech. Pretty obvious that while the media adopted the "Palin is stupid" mantra, for public consumption, in private, they knew she was anything but.

This proves beyond a doubt the old adage: The media will point out who they fear the most, by who they attack the hardest. Reagan was treated the same.

The Daily Caller also released the raw e-mails from this group concerning Sarah's new son, Trig, and how this bunch dove neck deep into "Trig-trutherism" the sick thought that Trig was actually Bristol's baby, not Sarah's. This was a rumor started by one of Barack Obama's hand picked Alaska Mafia members, Jesse Griffin, who along with The Atlantic's Andrew Sullivan, has turned "Trig Trutherism" into a cottege industry. Strong has 15 pages of e-mails discussing this nonsense. That these people would spend that much time discussing this shows you the type of mentality we are working with here.

To be fair, many of these Journolisters said leave it alone, and others suggest different ways to "get her" like the fact she had her photo taken with wounded soldiers. "That would hurt her with her base" said Mark Kleiman who is Professor of Public Policy in the UCLA School of Public Affairs.

If nothing else, reading these e-mails is a good look into the moonbattery that exists among the nation's media. Check 'em out here.

Study Shows Sarah Palin's "Mama Grizzlies" Ad Scores Big With Viewers

By Gary P Jackson

When Sarah Palin released the video "Mama Grizzlies" to promote SarahPAC, it was widely praised and thought to be "presidential." Even Sarah's critics conceded it was a strong video. Now the group HCD Research has looked at perceptions both before and after viewing the advertisement:

A new national study among 300 self-reported Democrats, Republicans and Independents revealed that after viewing a new ad featuring Sarah Palin and produced by SarahPAC, viewers were more likely to vote for Palin if she ran for president in 2012.

The study was conducted during July 9-12 by HCD Research using its MediaCurves.com® website, to obtain Americans’ perceptions of a new ad by SarahPAC, a political action committee, which was focused on mobilizing conservative women.

Respondents were asked to rate Sarah Palin on a scale from 1-7 regarding likability, believability and sincerity, with 1 representing “not at all strong in this attribute” and 7 representing “extremely strong in this attribute.”

Among all parties likability, believability and sincerity ratings increased after viewing the commercial. The most notable increase was her likability and believability ratings among Independents, which increased from 3.7 to 4.4 and from 3.3 to 3.7 respectively. In addition, Republicans’ dramatically increased their support for Palin as a potential candidate in the 2012 presidential election from 56% to 65% after viewing the ad.

Read more here.

This is survey backs up what we already knew: the SarahPAC video was a home run. The video hits the right notes. It also come on the heels of the latest polling from The Economist, that shows Sarah with a strong lead over all comers for 2012.

The Economist also reports Sarah has a 77 percent favorability rating among Republicans.

British MEP Daniel Hannan: Say, I Like The Cut Of Sarah Palin’s Shakespearean Jib

By Gary P Jackson

Remember when the left got all wee-wee’ed up because Sarah Palin coined the new word "refudiate"? Even better: Remember when they went deliciously insane because she talked about English being a "living language" and mentioned the Bard of Avon, William Shakespear?

Yeah, progressives are generally useless, but their value as comic relief almost makes them almost tolerable. Almost.

In a piece we wrote, Come To Think Of It ... Sarah Palin IS Kind of Shakespearean, we talked about David Hirschman over at Big Think, and his musings on whether Sarah’s "refudiate" would have the staying power of Shakespear’s many words like "champion."

Now it seems that Daniel Hannan, the British Conservative superstar, Member of the European Parliament, and self proclaimed Shakespearean obsessive, offers his considerable opinion in today’s UK Telegraph:

Sarah Palin, never misunderestimate Shakespeare

I am thoroughly taken with Sarah Palin’s neologism. People often incorrectly use the word "refute" to mean something like "deny" or "reject", only stronger. We could do with a new word to fill this gap and, since both "refute" and "repudiate" are already occupied with their actual meanings, neither can be pressed into service. "Refudiate" occupies the space perfectly, and deserves to become part of every politician’s vocabulary.

The handsome Alaskan politician is quite right to say that Shakespeare came up with countless new-fangled words – including "countless" and "new-fangled". Among his coinages, as far as we can tell, are accommodation, assassinate, denote, dislocate, equivocal, eventful, hobnob, inauspicious, lacklustre, laughable, perplex, raw-boned, submerge, time-honoured, unmitigated and zany.

But minting words was just one, and not the greatest, of Shakespeare’s gifts. I know many readers find my obsession with our national poet trying. So, instead of hymning his genius yet again, let me offer you this famous passage from one of Bernard Levin’s columns.

Read more here.

Funny, while the progressives continually be-clown themselves attacking Sarah Palin, her stature as a true renaissance woman only rises.