Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Wow, what a year 2009 has been! I'm sure I don't have to tell you how much our country has changed within the past year. Like many of you, I look to 2010 with the hopes that conservatism will prevail. I guarantee this year's mid-term elections are going to be a big indicator of just how big of an impact the conservative movement is going to have on our country, and let me tell you something, the tea parties and town hall meetings are just the beginning. In 2010, I have a feeling the so-called "tea party movement" is only going to get stronger. This movement has the power to transform our country back to the days of fiscal conservatism, fiscal restraint. I couldn't be prouder of the everyday men and women who have decided enough is enough and are now taking a stand, and I say "Thank you to you all; keep up all the hard work. We ARE being heard!!!" Continue to stand up, and continue to speak out. Don't let the left define you as simply an "angry mob." We are not a mob, but; instead, we are a conservative army!
My life has changed a lot within the last year. Last year at this time, I definitely did not see myself where I am today. Over the course of a year, I started a blog, became the San Diego Regional Organizer for the 2012 Draft Sarah Committee and a political analyst for various radio shows. I want to thank Eddie Burke of Alaska's 700 KBYR, Jason and Phil of Orlando's 660 WORL Tea Party Radio, April Liesel of Pro-Sarah Radio, and Martha Cano of Join Team Sarah Radio for giving me the opportunity to stand up and speak out in the name of conservatism. I couldn't be more excited for the doors the good Lord has opened for me. Never in my wildest dreams did I see myself looking at politics as a career. Last year, if anyone would have told me that, I definitely would have said "That's crazy!" Now, I thrive on politics. Many of you will think I'm some nerdy girl when I tell you how much politics excites me, and I don't blame you because, to be honest, I probably would have thought that a year ago too.
I have had the pleasure of getting to know so many people. As I have mentioned before, I will forever be grateful to Sarah Palin for bringing us all together. Sarah is an amazing woman who I believe is the future of America. She has the intellect, charisma, poise and sheer grit and determination to get the job done. A year ago, I never thought I would have the chance to meet her and her family. I am so excited I had the distinct pleasure of meeting them earlier this month in Reno, Nevada. It has been my pleasure to spread her commonsense message and to report the truth, which is something the msm are not doing. I am not alone, for there are several members of Sarah's Army out there. We will continue to support her and her entire family.
And last, but certainly not least, I want to thank you all for taking the time to read my blog; it means so much to me!!! You all are great Americans, and I will forever be grateful to you all for your kind words of support and encouragement!!! Again, thank you all. I want to wish you and your family a very prosperous New Year. God bless you and yours, and continue to keep up the good fight fellow patriots.
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Tuesday, December 29, 2009
I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas and are looking forward to the new year that is rapidly approaching us. As I am off of work this week, I have been taking it easy, but I did want to post an update to a story I reported on a couple times within the last couple months: Wasilla's Christmas Friendship Dinner. This year's dinner was a huge success thanks to hundreds of Alaskans and many in the lower 48 who donated their time and money to making this year's dinner possible. As my regular readers know, Tracey Porreca was among those awesome individuals who helped to make this event a success. You all need to visit Tracey's great blog, Finding Myself in Alaska. Tracey did a great job blogging about the event and including many touching photos. I have included part of her post below for you to read. Click on the sample to read the rest and to see all the amazing photos Tracey took.
The Christmas Friendship Dinner in Wasilla was a huge success!
Friday, December 25, 2009
I sit here in amazement at what a wonderful event it was that just took place. The Christmas Friendship Dinner held in Wasilla, Alaska is truly unique. I've never seen an event of this size headed up by a group of caring citizens, and not a major organization. They all know what needs to happen, and they get it done. I feel so blessed to have had the opportunity to work with members of this group that have been doing this for years. I want to say this to them, and to anyone reading this so you all will know, that this is what makes our community so wonderfully special. I send blessings to all my local friends, and to all those whom I've met through the internet this year. Below is a copy of an article from The Frontiersman,our local valley newspaper. My only comment would be that the writer is not quite correct - our celebration was not about Sarah as he said, but it's not about Santa either, as the article suggests. The celebration of CHRISTmas is about CHRIST. After all, he is the reason for the season! Please take the opportunity to look over these photos, as well as the attached article. God bless everyone, and Merry Christmas!
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Thursday, December 24, 2009
I just wanted to take a minute to wish you and yours a very, very Merry Christmas. I know many of you are very busy with planning today and tomorrow's festivities, but remember to stop and take a minute to reflect on the true meaning of the season: Jesus. He is the light and the hope of the world!!! I am so thankful to have been brought up in a family in which I was reminded of this each and every day of the year, and most importantly at Christmastime when we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.
Let us all be thankful for everything we have as a nation. I love our military, and I am so grateful for the sacrifices our brave men and women make for us each and every day of the year! I have included a link to a Youtube video that will put everything into perspective. Click here to watch!!! Enjoy and MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU AND YOURS!!!
On a cool side note, below is a photo I was presently surprised to find on the internet yesterday of Sarah's awesome dad, Chuck Heath. He is pictured at the Wasilla book signing, wearing one of the red Going Rogue Book Tour 2009 shirts we embroidered Sarah's family. How cool is that?
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Tuesday, December 22, 2009
While I have been super busy this week preparing for Christmas, doing things like shopping, baking and decorating, thank God for Sarah who, no doubt, is doing the same things and more. Sarah even wrote the following note that was posted on her Facebook page tonight:
Midnight Votes, Backroom Deals, and a Death Panel
Today at 7:52pm
Last weekend while you were preparing for the holidays with your family, Harry Reid’s Senate was making shady backroom deals to ram through the Democrat health care take-over. The Senate ended debate on this bill without even reading it. That and midnight weekend votes seem to be standard operating procedures in D.C. No one is certain of what’s in the bill, but Senator Jim DeMint spotted one shocking revelation regarding the section in the bill describing the Independent Medicare Advisory Board (now called the Independent Payment Advisory Board), which is a panel of bureaucrats charged with cutting health care costs on the backs of patients – also known as rationing. Apparently Reid and friends have changed the rules of the Senate so that the section of the bill dealing with this board can’t be repealed or amended without a 2/3 supermajority vote. Senator DeMint said:
“This is a rule change. It’s a pretty big deal. We will be passing a new law and at the same time creating a senate rule that makes it out of order to amend or even repeal the law. I’m not even sure that it’s constitutional, but if it is, it most certainly is a senate rule. I don’t see why the majority party wouldn’t put this in every bill. If you like your law, you most certainly would want it to have force for future senates. I mean, we want to bind future congresses. This goes to the fundamental purpose of senate rules: to prevent a tyrannical majority from trampling the rights of the minority or of future congresses.”
In other words, Democrats are protecting this rationing “death panel” from future change with a procedural hurdle. You have to ask why they’re so concerned about protecting this particular provision. Could it be because bureaucratic rationing is one important way Democrats want to “bend the cost curve” and keep health care spending down?
The Congressional Budget Office seems to think that such rationing has something to do with cost. In a letter to Harry Reid last week, CBO Director Douglas Elmendorf noted (with a number of caveats) that the bill’s calculations call for a reduction in Medicare’s spending rate by about 2 percent in the next two decades, but then he writes the kicker:
“It is unclear whether such a reduction in the growth rate could be achieved, and if so, whether it would be accomplished through greater efficiencies in the delivery of health care or would reduce access to care or diminish the quality of care.”
Though Nancy Pelosi and friends have tried to call “death panels” the “lie of the year,” this type of rationing – what the CBO calls “reduc[ed] access to care” and “diminish[ed] quality of care” – is precisely what I meant when I used that metaphor.
This health care bill is one of the most far-reaching and expensive expansions of the role of government into our lives. We’re talking about putting one-seventh of our economy under the government’s thumb. We’re also talking about something as intimate to our personal well-being as medical care.
This bill is so unpopular that people on the right and the left hate it. So why go through with it? The Senate is planning to vote on this on Christmas Eve. Why the rush? Though we will begin paying for this bill immediately, we will see no benefits for years. (That’s the trick that allowed the CBO to state that the bill won’t grow the deficit for the next ten years.)
The administration’s promises of transparency and bipartisanship have been broken one by one. This entire process has been defined by midnight votes on weekends, closed-door meetings with industry lobbyists, and payoffs to politicians willing to sell their principles for sweetheart deals. Is it any wonder that Americans are so disillusioned with their leaders in Washington?
This is about politics, not health care. Americans don’t want this bill. Americans don’t like this bill. Washington has stopped listening to us. But we’re paying attention, and 2010 is coming.
- Sarah Palin
Way to hit them hard, Sarah!!! The folks in Washington could learn a lot from you!!! Thank God for good Americans like you and Senator Jim DeMint!!!
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Monday, December 21, 2009
Christmastime is my favorite time of year, and I cannot believe it is only four days away. Keeping to tradition, my family traveled to the nearest Christmas tree farm and picked out the perfect tree, which tops out at 14ft this year and just barely misses the ceiling. Yes, San Diego DOES have a live Christmas Tree farm, out in the country, where we go, pick and cut our tree. My family would tell you that I am a Christmas fanatic. They would also tell you that I am like those women on those Christmas movies who always seek to have the perfect Christmas. I love doing all the fun stuff that comes with Christmas. Things like shopping, baking, decorating the house and picking out and trimming the perfect tree, but it is important to remember Christmas is not about all this stuff; it's about Jesus. My family and I celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, which is what Christmas is truly all about. He IS the reason for the season. While having the perfect Christmas is special, it is even more important to celebrate the birth of Christ who has saved me. While I am able to celebrate the real meaning of the season surrounded by family and friends, there are many among us who are not as fortunate. My good friend, Tracey Porreca, has written a fantastic blog post about what the city of Wasilla, Alaska, does every year to help Alaskans in need. (Although Christmas is on Friday, it's not too late to help out with this great event.)
I encourage you all to visit her fabulous blog and follow her on Twitter . As an Alaskan, Tracey personally knows Alaska and the people who live there. She is also a great supporter of Sarah and her family. I have included her piece below about a great cause I hope you will support. I encourage you to join me in supporting Wasilla and the honorable volunteers who spend their Christmas Day helping out. Together, we can help those who less fortunate celebrate Christmas with memories that will last them a lifetime. Please read this and pass it along:
"Sarah Palin's Hometown: A Christmas Dinner Request"
I love living in Wasilla, Alaska. It reminds me of the small farming community where I grew up in Ohio. I recently was approached by Sarah Palin's mother, Sally Heath, and her friend Carol Ryan, and asked to become involved with a group they have been involved with in recent years, the Christmas Friendship Dinner. Sarah Palin and her family have given their time in past years as volunteers and I know Sarah's mom will be there with myself and many others on Christmas Day to provide a meal and fellowship to people of the Matanuska-Susitna (Mat-Su) Valley who have nowhere else to go, or just want to be with others on Christmas Day. Last year because of her run for Vice President and Secret Service concerns, Sarah was not able to serve, but did come to show her support. Please check out this article from The Frontiersman, our local paper, and the 2007 Christmas Dinner after Sarah was elected Governor of Alaska for information about her serving:
By Greg Johnson
Published on Thursday, December 27, 2007 9:57 PM AKST
WASILLA - Gov. Sarah Palin really does serve the people, and has the apron and spoon to prove it.
The governor made a surprise visit at Tuesday's annual Christmas Day Dinner at Wasilla High School, and it wasn't long before she was behind the steam tables serving up helpings of mashed potatoes and dressing.
"Isn't this cool?" the governor said about the community feed, which drew more than 1,000 people to WHS this year. "What's neat about this is those folks who've been here doing this for 16 years."
Daniel Brown, Palin's serving buddy on the line, was nearly giddy over the unexpected gift he received from the governor.
"She said I was her new best friend," Brown said.
Palin and Brown were part of the estimated 200 volunteers who helped make the 2007 Christmas Day Dinner another success, said Bob Bowers, who has been and organizer of the event since its inception. About 1,200 attended last year's event and more than 1,000 were fed Tuesday. An actual count wasn't immediately available.
For Bowers, the community gathering in a central location to eat, sing, visit Santa Claus and be neighborly embodies the spirit of the holiday.
"This is just fantastic, just like it is every year," he said. "We've got doctors, lawyers, businessmen, community folk all together. Even Sarah [Palin] showed up this year. Wow."
Enjoying the food and playing with other kids was Clarissa Coon, 7, who was excited to talk about her Christmas experience.
"We opened up our presents," she said. "My daddy's friend [came over] and I showed them what I got, and that I made a leaf thing for my daddy."
Hannah Clark, 11, spent much of the time with her family and taking turns singing Christmas carols. She also complimented whoever donated the brownies on the dessert line.
"I love their brownies," she said. "They are the best. I think this is all really, really great. I like to sing and they let kids sing.
"Santa Claus himself was one of those enjoying listening to Coon and others sharing the microphone singing holiday tunes. Fresh off making his around-the-world trip, Santa was still lively and spry, visiting with children, who each left with a free photograph with the Jolly Old Elf.
Many of the kids asked Santa if he were tired after being up all night delivering toys, he said.
"I love it," said Santa, aka Leroy Hawn, about the Christmas Day Dinner. "I look forward to it every year."
All the food, decorations and help is donated, Bowers said, adding that there was no reason for anyone to leave the feast hungry and many took home leftovers. Overall, volunteers donated and cooked up:
. 43 turkeys,
. 23 hams,
. 400 pounds of potatoes,
. 120 large cans of yams,
. 300 pounds of bread, which was.
dried and made into dressing,
. 140 large cans of cranberries,
. about 150 gallons of gravy,
. more than 1,000 rolls,
. and hundreds of donated pies and
The dinner has grown since its first year, when it drew 64 people to the Wasilla Senior Center, Bowers said. For several years, he also made all the rolls himself, but the dinner has grown so much he can't make them all from scratch anymore.
In addition to the hundreds who file into the Wasilla High School gymnasium, volunteer drivers also take meals to the home bound, Bowers said.
Area seniors really appreciate having a place to go on Christmas or seeing a smiling face bringing dinner to them, said Jeanne Gardner, a resident at the Wasilla Senior Center.
"This is the first time I've been here and it was great," she said. "I got to see people I haven't seen in months. I see a lot of seniors out today, and it's good for them."
Roger Hughes said the food was "wonderful," and enjoyed the social atmosphere."
I see people I haven't seen for years," he said, adding the effort reflects positively on Wasilla and the Mat-Su Valley. "It says we're together and this is a loving, caring, giving community. It's uplifting."
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"The story behind this dinner tradition is really touching. Some 18 years ago, a group of friends in a Wasilla Lions Club had received some donated turkeys and decided to put together a dinner for the community. Their modest start of serving about 25 people has developed into an annual event that is estimated to serve over 1800 this year, including delivery of meals to home bound folks over a broad area of the core of the Mat-Su Valley.
The meal is open to all regardless of age, beliefs or type of need (some people have physical or financial needs and other have spiritual or emotional needs) to gather in a welcoming atmosphere to celebrate the birth of Jesus. This is NOT a holiday dinner - it is a CHRISTmas dinner.
There is absolutely no charge for the dinner. We serve on Christmas Day from 11:00-3:00. In early years the event was held at the Wasilla Senior Center, and then at Wasilla High School. Because of the resounding success of the event, the 2009 dinner has been moved to the Curtis D. Menard Memorial Sports Center.
As you might imagine, staging an event of this magnitude takes a lot of people, and a lot of resources (or money). I write to you because we need your help. Everything has a cost associated with it from the building we are in, to the food, to the plates and cups, down to security and housekeeping services. Over the years many different people have helped in many different ways and we have been blessed to have had financial, time and/or in-kind contributions from individuals, corporations, governmental entities, churches, non-profits and small businesses. Currently we are working hard to meet the increased costs of this year's dinner. The need is great, especially this year, and gifts of money for the purchase of food and other supplies is greatly appreciated. Donations can be sent to the following address:
Christmas Friendship Dinner
PO Box 870845
Wasilla, AK 99687
PLEASE NOTE: If you need a tax donation receipt, please contact me directly via my email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will give you instructions on how and where to send those donations. Only email me if you need a receipt. Otherwise, use the address above.
Any amount would be appreciated. We thank you so, so much and I will make sure to include a copy of any article that may be published again this year about the event. God Bless!"
IT'S NOT TOO LATE!!!
Will you join me and help Tracey and the other Christmas Friendship Dinner volunteers? If you live near Wasilla, volunteer your time. Outside Alaska, join me in helping to fund this event by sending in a donation; it's not too late. Let's make this year's Christmas Friendship Dinner the most memorable yet for the attendees and their families!!! After all, Christmas is about Jesus and helping out those in need!!!
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Friday, December 18, 2009
I came across an article today on Fox New's Website that angered me, but frankly did not surprise me one bit. I have posted the article below. I encourage you to leave a comment below with your thoughts. Heck, go ahead and vent if you want too.
Democratic Districts Won Twice as Much Stimulus as GOP Districts, Study Shows
Democratic districts have received nearly twice as much stimulus money as Republican districts and the cash has been awarded without regard to how badly an area was suffering from job losses, according to a new study.
Dec 18, 2009
The Mercatus Center at George Mason University reviewed the distribution of $157 billion in stimulus dollars based on publicly available reports and found that there was "no statistical correlation" between the amount of money a district got and its income or unemployment rate.
"You would think, right, that if the administration believes in its theory that government money can create jobs, they would spend a lot of money in districts that have high unemployment," study co-author Veronique de Rugy said. "We found absolutely no relationship. It just kind of shows that the money is spent kind of randomly.
"Rather, the study found that Democratic congressional districts received 1.89 times more money than GOP districts. The average award for Democratic districts was $439 million, while the average award for Republican ones was $232 million.
On average, Democratic districts also got 152 awards, while Republican ones got 94.
The data is sure to fuel skepticism about the $787 billion stimulus bill passed in February that only garnered three Republican votes. While the administration claims it has created 640,000 jobs, critics point to the still-soaring 10 percent unemployment rate in arguing that the stimulus has had a nominal effect.
Oddly, the Mercatus study found far more stimulus money went to higher-income areas than lower-income areas. "We found no correlation between economic indicators and stimulus funding. Preliminary results find no effect of unemployment, median income, or mean income on stimulus funds allocation," the report said.
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Wednesday, December 16, 2009
A battle is brewing between California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and former Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin over climate change. Frankly, although I am a Californian, I'm all with Sarah on this one. According to an article on Foxnews.com, Arnold is accusing Sarah of wanting to be in the spotlight when it comes to the issue of climate change:
"You have to ask: what was she trying to accomplish?" Schwarzenegger told the Financial Times in an interview. "Is she really interested in this subject or is she interested in her career and in winning the (Republican presidential) nomination? You have to take all these things with a grain of salt."
A grain of salt? Governor, what we should be taking with a grain of salt is the leadership or lack thereof when it comes to how you are leading the state I call home and deeply love. I voted for the "governator," as we here in California like to call him, because he talked a good talk. He spoke of bringing people together, cleaning of corruption, creating jobs, and making California that shining city of the hill once again. Like many others, I have learned that while he may have talked a good talk, he definitely was not able to walk the walk. Now, let's look at the other side of the spectrum, shall we? Sarah not only talked the talk, but she walked the walk. Not only did she clean up the corruption in Alaska, but she investigated climate change as governor, as she stated yesterday on her Facebook page:
"Why is Governor Schwarzenegger pushing for the same sorts of policies in Copenhagen that have helped drive his state into record deficits and unemployment" She wrote. "I was among the first governors to create a sub-cabinet to deal specifically with climate change. While I and all Alaskans witness the impacts of changes in weather patterns firsthand, I have repeatedly said that we can't primarily blame man's activities for those changes. And while I did look for practical responses to those changes, what I didn't do was hamstring Alaska's job creators with burdensome regulations so that I could act 'greener than thou' when talking to reporters."
I agree with Sarah. While it is clear that weather patterns have changed, man is not solely to blame. History has proven that the climate will change over time. For my governor to assert that Sarah knows nothing about the topic of climate change is ridiculous. As a worried Californian, I would rather my governor spend his time focusing on the more serious issues at hand than climate change and taking on Sarah, a woman whom it appears he clearly is threatened by. I would like my governor to focus on the dwindling California State budget crisis. I would like my governor and state legislature to find a way to create for jobs. I would like my governor to take a stand for the hundreds of Northern California farmers who are STILL WAITING for the water to be turned back on. How could Governor Schwarzenegger even think of taking on Sarah when he clearly has so many problems of his own?
It seems clear to me that Arnold is clearly trying to boast his popularity numbers (which are in the dismal 20 percentile) by taking on Sarah. In taking Sarah on, Arnold seems to be trying to appease to the liberal California base. I guess he didn't get the memo that Sarah is more popular than ever. People are getting sick and tired of individuals taking on Sarah Palin. While many say she is a non-factor politically, then why are the liberal left and RINOs like Schwarzenegger hell-bent on taking her on? I thought they said her opinion didn't matter? These recent comments by the "governator" are proof that he does obviously care about what Sarah thinks. As governor, Sarah got down to business and did everything she could to produce real change. Arnold, maybe it's time to take some much-needed advice from Sarah on how she went about fixing the problems in her state. I am sick and tired of a governor who seems to be listening to the special interests more than to the California people. Wake up, governor! Wake up and realize that Sarah is speaking for many, including this California girl! The entire climategate scandal should be proof of just how shady many aspects of this whole global warming discussion are. Instead of calling out Sarah on issues that she does know about, my governor should be doing the work the California people elected him to do. He needs to stop traveling around the world and get back to work. In the words of Sarah, "You betcha!"
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Monday, December 14, 2009
Hello, readers, this is the post I know many of you have been waiting for. I am going to let you know the rest of the story, so to speak. As I left you all hanging inside that Reno Starbucks, it make the most sense to pick up the story back there:
Dan, Emily and I sat in the warm surroundings of Starbucks. There is just something about Starbucks that makes me all warm and fuzzy inside especially at Christmastime. Remember how I wrote that I had a radio interview to prepare for? Well, I sat down with my coffee in one of those big, comfy leather chairs and began too reflect on what I had experienced thus far. It had been an amazing day, and little did I know that it was about to get even more amazing. At 1 p.m., I called into April Liesel's great Pro-Sarah Radio Show. As a regular guest on April's show and a contributor to her website, I always enjoy going on live with her. She is phenomenal Sarah supporter and great friend; she refers to me as her little sister, and in my book, she is definitely my big sister. Prior to leaving for my trip, I had planned ahead and threw in two cell phones because you never now what could happen. After all, I told you all I was always prepared, right? As I spoke with April about what I had experienced so far, I kept scanning through my blackberry, getting updates and keeping informed as two what was happening news wise. After I was April's hour-long radio show (you can catch it here Monday-Friday from 1-2 p.m. PST), we decided we would head back over to the Costco at around 3:30. That way, I could get up to speed on the crowd size and feel the excitement that would surely be in the air. Since we had an hour and a half until we were going to head back, Emily asked if I wanted to look around at the stores around Starbucks. I thought that was a great idea because I always up for checking out cute boutiques. We bundled back up and headed out.
First we went inside a cute card and knickknack shop, which as soon as we entered realized was a liberal, environmentalist activist shop. Being the oh-so-objective journalist I am, I decided to look around. There were a lot of unique items that caught my eye. Everything from a Nevada license plate purse (yes, I'm so serious) to various bottle cap magnets. I saw that they had the Democrat donkey magnet, but not the Republican elephant, which definitely shocked me... not. Oh well, that's their loss because, had they had the elephant version, this Conservative Girl with a Voice would have snatched that cutie pie up. Next, we went to the coolest boutique next door. As soon as Emily and I stepped our feet in the door, we knew we were in trouble. As a California girl, there is just something about boutiques that always get me excited. I think it's because boutiques always carry selected amounts of unique items, so you don't have to worry that your next-door neighbor is going to step out in the same outfit. I will never forget back in high school when a friend and I showed up to school in the same sweater on the same day. Let's just say that whenever we were planning to wear that sweater, we would check to make sure the other would not be wearing it that day. As we looked around the boutique, I feasted my eyes on the cutest pairs of knee-high Ugg-inspired boots in chocolate brown and another pair in a patchwork design. As I told the owner my size, she overheard that I was from San Diego, and we started talking. Turns out, her daughter graduated from San Diego State University around the same time I did; what a small world. I asked for her daughter's name, thinking maybe I may have known her. Although I did not know her daughter, it turns out her daughter belonged to the same sorority that a lot of my friends belonged to, so we started talking about the greek system. I remember her asking me why I was in Reno, and I told her that I was there covering Sarah's book signing. Turns out, she was a liberal, but she was a very nice liberal; yes, I know a lot of those. Many of my friends are liberal, and I always make the joke that while I'm on course, they're just derailed.
As I was trying on the super-cute boots, my phone began to ring. I didn't know who was calling me, but I immediately realized that it was from an Alaska area code. I let it go to voicemail because I had one hand on the phone and the other hand working one of the boots over my jeans and two layers of long johns. After I tried on the boots, which fit like a glove and bought them, I checked my voicemail. It turns out that my favorite liberal Rishi Maharaj, Eddie Burke's producer and the awesome guy who sent me the exclusive Elmendorf signing photos last night, had left a message for me to call him back as soon as I got his message. Instead of braving the cold outside, the store owner told me to take a seat and make any calls I needed to. I thanked her and called Rish back. When I called Rishi back, he told me the show was moving my scheduled interview from 4:30 PST to 5:20 PST, and if that was okay for me. I told him that worked great. Sarah's book signing was scheduled to begin at 5:30, so I told him how great it would be to be on air as I described the anticipation and excitement of the crowd. If all went on schedule, I would be on air before and right when Sarah began her book signing. Rishi also told me that Eddie had just got off the phone with Todd, and the whole family would meet with me; I was beyond excited and overjoyed at the fact that I would definitely be able to speak with them. Rishi told me to let Eddie know when I had arrived back at the Costco. I kept thinking to myself how memorable this experience had been and about how many memories were still in store for me.
I could hear Eddie in the background relaying messages to Rishi to tell me, and I remember laughing so hard because it is always so funny to hear these two guys interact. I remember Rishi asking me what I was doing, and when I told him Emily and I were shopping, he let out a laugh and said something to the effect of "Oh, I should have known." "Ha, ha, Rishi... very funny," I remember mumbling back into the receiver. In typical fashion, I told him I was helping the economy and about how great a capitalist I was. I knew this would get some kind of humorous response out of my liberal buddy, and it did. Perhaps the funniest part had to be when Rishi told Eddie I was shopping, and Eddie asked Rishi to ask me if I had a Louis Vuitton purse, to which I replied, "Yeah, as a matter of fact, I have it right here with me. Do you want me to send you guys a picture?" I was totally joking, but both Rishi and Eddie wanted a picture, so later Emily and I had her dad pose for a photo with my "Speedy" purse back at Starbucks, which turned out to be so funny.
When Emily and I returned to Starbucks, I knew 3:30 was quickly approaching, so Emily and I decided we wanted to look our best when we met the Palins and Heaths. We went out to the Hummer and changed. I didn't care how cold it was; all I knew was that I was not going to meet these individuals with all these layers of clothing on. I also had what I refer to as "hat hair" from wearing my KBYR beanie all day, so in true girl fashion, I got my flat iron out of one of my suitcases and headed back into Starbucks and right into the bathroom crossing my fingers that they would have an electrical outlet inside. I started to freak out a little when I didn't see one, but just when I was about to lose all hope, I saw that there was one underneath the paper towel dispenser. I let a small "yay" and plugged that baby in. A few minutes later, my hair was back to its naturally neat self. I was NOT going to have a bad hair day even if it was in the single digits outside. I touched up my makeup too, so happy that no one had knocked down the bathroom door yet. After I finished primping, I tucked my flat iron back into my purse and exited the bathroom. Sure enough, no one was waiting to use the bathroom because if there had been a line, I'm sure Starbucks would have kicked me out for taking over their bathroom and calling it my own. I know a lot of you are like, "She did her hair and makeup in a Starbucks bathroom?" Yes, and I'd do it again in an instant; I definitely recommend it.
As we got into the Hummer and Emily's dad began to drive out of the parking lot, I knew I was about to experience the event of a lifetime. While I have experienced so many great events in my life, I knew that none of them (even getting picked to appear on Wheel of Fortune) would compare to meeting my role model and her family. When we entered the Costco parking lot, I could see that the store was bustling with people. I immediately texted Eddie to let him know that I had entered the parking lot and that I would let him know when I entered the store. When I got to the door, I could see that a huge line had already formed, and it wasn't even 4 p.m. yet. When it was our turn to show the employees our tickets, book receipts and books, I told the employee who I was and that I was with #1 Alaska Talk Radio Host Eddie Burke's show and that Eddie had talked to Todd Palin and that I would have the opportunity to meet with the Palins and Heaths. The employee told me to hang on a second while she went over to someone who was working with Sarah. I overheard them say that Sarah was already there and waiting upstairs. The gentleman whom the employee had been talking to came over to me and told me to hang on a minute while he went upstairs to speak with Todd. About ten minutes later, the man came back and told me to follow him. I immediately followed him with Emily and her dad not too far behind me. I was told I would be waiting to meet with Sarah and the rest of the family in the roped off VIP Area. I was so stoked. How cool that I had been able to have this awesome experience, let alone be considered a VIP- WOW! I had overheard that the governor of Nevada was a VIP along with friends of friends and family of family. I was in awe of it all. As I passed all the individuals in line, many of whom I had spoken with earlier, I was so excited because I knew I was so close to meeting the "Cuda."
When we finally ended up in the sectioned off VIP area, the man whom we had followed back there, told us to wait until it was our turn to see Sarah. As we waited there, a little chaos ensued as I must have had two separate individuals immediately pounce on me asking me the "who, what, when, where, why?" questions. I patiently and articulately told each individual my story and that the "guy in the glasses" as I referred to him had brought us back here and told us to just wait until it was our turn. Finally, we were led around the corner to the "real" VIP area and told to just wait until we were called upon. I have to admit that I was in awe of whom I was about to meet, and my stomach was in knots. I knew we could not take pictures or use or phones when we saw Sarah. I also knew that we would have to remove our jackets and leave our purses and any other belongings outside of the signing area. I had my huge gift with me, so I was hoping that Sarah and her family would be able to get them. I was a little worried because when I had entered Costco, one employee told me that my gift would go in a pile "around the corner with the others." By the time we were finally taken back to the real VIP area it was 4:40, I was worried that I would miss my call from Eddie's show for my interview. 4:50 came, then 5, then 5:18, and I was beginning to think that I may just miss my scheduled live hit. I was hoping to go live on Eddie's show because it was because of both he and Todd Palin that I was about to meet my role model. Just as I was thinking about all who had made this meeting with Sarah possible, I was told by one of her main guys who I later learned was the incredible Jason Recher that Sarah was ready to see us. We were the last VIPs that would be seeing Sarah at the Reno signing. "Here we go," I said out loud with a smile.
As if the story couldn't get any greater, it's about too. Right after I handed my purse to the Costco employee, I turned, and I heard him say, "Make sure you take off your jacket too." As I began to unzip it, Jason came over to me and said, "You don't have to take off your jacket. You go ahead and leave it on." "WOW," I thought. I said, "Thank you. Are you sure?" He said, "Absolutely. You're fine. You're a VIP, remember?" He was smiling. "Oh yeah," I thought. Still, I remember how all the other VIPs had to remove their coats, but I just shrugged it off thinking that I was just lucky I guess. I still had my gift in my hand, and I asked Jason if he needed to take it from me since I knew we weren't allowed to bring in gifts, and I was completely full of glee when he told me that I would be giving it to Sarah personally. I tell you, readers, that I almost broke down into tears right then and there. Jason and the others who work closely with Sarah are all awesome people that's for sure. I was especially thankful for this because I had something else very special inside that gift bag. Jackie Seal had asked me if she could email me a letter to give to Sarah for her. Jackie's name may be familiar to many of you. She is the 17-year-old girl who was accosted by MSNBC's Norah O'Donnell. When she heard that I would be traveling to Reno, she told me she had a letter for Sarah that she had planned to give Sarah at the Michigan signing, but gifts were not allowed. I could not wait to tell her that Sarah would DEFINITELY be getting her letter. This was truly going to be a moment that I would never forget. I took a deep breath and began the short trek to the signing table.
As I followed Jason, I noticed that they had put the barrier back up in front of the people in line, which meant one thing: Dan, Emily and I would be seeing Sarah, Todd, Chuck, Sally and Aunt Katie all by ourselves. Just when I thought it could not get any better, I saw Todd look directly at me and recognize me. "OH MY GOSH," I thought; did Todd really just recognize me? I thought it was so cool that Todd akknowledged me before I had even looked up to see him sitting there. After kind of looking behind me thinking that Todd had to have had a friend he really was smiling and nodding too, I realized he REALLY WAS looking at me. (I later learned Eddie had told him what I looked like and about the jacket I would be wearing.) I immediately became a giddy school girl and put a HUGE smile on my face and waved like crazy, and that is when I saw Sarah. As someone who loves fashion and respects women who know how to "work it," Sarah was definitely working it. She looked classy as ever in a fitted black suit jacket that had black crystal-like jewels all over it. I meant to ask her who designed her jacket, but totally forgot too because there was just so much going on. Right as I was about to approach the table, one of her security detail came over to me and asked what was in the gift bag. I told him my mom had embroidered the governor and her family some apparel. He asked it he could look through the bag for security reasons, and I told him he was more than welcome to. After he looked through the bag, carefully I might add, he apologized for having to do that. I told him not to apologize and that I was so glad that he and the other security members were there to look after Sarah and her family. Sarah's security detail did an excellent job in Reno and along the whole tour, and I am so thankful to them for keeping the Palin and Heath families safe.
When he told me that I was free to go, I made my way to the table. As soon as I saw Sarah, I immediately agreed with a lot of those who attended Sarah's signings: Sarah IS even more beautiful in person. It is obvious that she has an extreme outer beauty, but it is important to note that she has an inner beauty that just put me at ease. The butterflies and queasy stomach were suddenly gone. I felt so comfortable standing in front of a woman who inspires me to want to be more and to do more. Sarah IS the reason why I started this blog. Sarah IS the reason why I am politically active. Finally, Sarah IS the reason why I want to run for office one day and make a difference. When I finally got my chance to talk with her. I introduced myself and told her about my blog. As said this, I handed her the gift from my family. As she took it, she had a joy about her that I will never forget. She thanked me, and knew that I was with Eddie's show. She asked me how I liked going on Eddie's show, and I told her that I loved being a guest of his show, and about how much Eddie had done for me. Then, I told her that I was actually expected to be a guest on his show right after I talked with her. That is when Sarah said the coolest thing I ever. She said, "How cool is that? If he calls when you're here with us [meaning her and Todd], we'll take the phone and give him a shout-out." This is the Sarah so many of us have come to know and love. This is that Sarah that the McCain campaign did not want at the forefront. This is the Sarah her dad was talking about when he said, "Let Sarah be Sarah." Here, I thought that I would only have a 10 seconds with her, but I ended up getting to spend about five minutes with her and Todd. As we spoke about various things like hair and my upcoming trip to Alaska with Kristina Lazzaro, she spoke with me as if she had known me for years. This was simply a priceless gift that I will forever cherish.
After meeting Sarah, I moved on and got to formally meet Todd. He took my hand and shook it. Being the lovey-dovey person I am, I asked if I could give him a hug to which he said, "Sure come here." He gave me a hug and I thanked him for working out my meeting with Eddie earlier in the day. He told me he was glad to. After speaking to him a little bit, I remembered that I wanted to give Sarah a hug too, but one of her people told me I had to keep moving on as there were still 100s there who still had to meet her. I continued on and found myself standing in front of one of the coolest, most down-to-earth dads around. As I said hello, Chuck Heath took one of my hands in both of his and said, "Hi there. I'm Sarah's daddy." This introduction bought tears to my eyes. Before me, I saw a man who was so proud of his daughter. Chuck Heath IS the real deal. As I continued to talk to Chuck, I met Sally Heath, who has the kindest, peaceful way about her. She was the sweetest woman and reminded me a lot of my late grandmother. I told her about the gifts we had gotten for her and the rest of the family, and she took both of my hands and suddenly had tears in her eyes; she was overwhelmed. I remember her saying, "oh goody" and calling me "dear." I got to spend a little time chatting about life, Sarah, The 2012 Draft Sarah Committee and Eddie. I told them both that I was about to go on Eddie's show, and they both told me how much they loved him. I also met Aunt Katie who has the best sense of humor. She gave me a hug and thanked me for supporting Sarah. These people are genuine, good and honest people. They are people who have not been at all tainted by the left or those in the "me-first crowd" in Washington DC.
While still talking to Katie, I looked down at my phone to see that I, in fact, had a missed call from KBYR. I went back to tell Chuck and Sally that I would be on live with Eddie and if they wanted to come on to say anything, and they told me they would have loved to if they didn't have 100s of other supporters to meet. Sally told me to ask Katie because she loves to talk. I thought this was so cute because I could totally relate to Katie as my sister and family would say the same thing about me. I knew there was a reason why I loved Aunt Katie so much. I called the KBYR VIP Line back and Reagan, the producer who was in for Rish, told me to hang on a second as he put me right through to Eddie. As I was waiting, I told Katie that I would be going on live with Eddie and if she wanted to say hi. She laughed, and I think she was a little overwhelmed. She told me she'd love to, but wouldn't know what to say. Like Sarah, Todd, Chuck and Sally before her, Katie told me to make sure to tell Eddie "hi." As I said my goodbyes, I heard Eddie welcoming me to his show. As I spoke to Eddie, I was so overwhelmed and excited as I slowly darted in between people-talk about multitasking. I thanked Eddie and told him what the Palins and Heaths had told me tell him. I told him that this had been the greatest day of my whole life, and it was all because of him that I got to experience all that I did that day.
As Dan, Emily and I headed back to Folsum, we sat quietly and reflected on the great experience we had all just had. The next morning, I said goodbye to my Folsum friends and headed back to San Diego (after yet another plane delay...oh well it's the holidays). When I got back to San Diego, my brother met me with my favorite cup of Starbucks in hand. I don't think I had ever been so happy to see him as I knew that I had a great, strong guy to help me carry my luggage... wink, wink. I was so glad to be home to share this experience with my friends and family. As I told my family, they sat in awe. I know many of you have never had the opportunity to meet Sarah and her family, so I hope that my account allows you to see how great this family is. Whatever your politics, you have to agree that they are the most down-to-earth bunch of individuals you will ever be privileged to meet. They are truly REAL PEOPLE. I want to especially thank the amazing Eddie (follow him on Twitter here), Rishi (follow him on Twitter here) and Todd for allowing me this great opportunity. I don't think I can ever repay them for my experience. Make sure to listen to Eddie's show Monday-Friday from 3-6 p.m. PST. Click here to listen. Before meeting Sarah and family, I was already excited for my trip to Alaska at the end of May, and now I am more excited than ever. I have no doubt that it will be the trip of a lifetime. Who knows, maybe I will get to meet with the Palins and Heaths again.
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Sunday, December 13, 2009
As you all know, Sarah's book tour made its final two stops at Alaska's Elmendorf and Eielson Air Force Bases, and my buddy, Smart Radio a.m. 700 KBYR's Rishi Maharaj, was lucky enough to have the job of covering the Elmendorf signing. As he covered it, he took a lot of great photos that he was kind enough to forward me and that you will only see here. Rishi is not only the best producer, but a great American. Thank you so much, Rishi. (Make sure to follow him on Twitter here.) Readers, I hope you enjoy the following photos as much as I did:
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Friday, December 11, 2009
Okay, everybody, I'm back with you all and ready to continue my amazing account of my meeting Sarah Palin and her precious family. There is so much I would like to write about my experience, so I apologize, in advance, for the long length of this entry; there is just so much I have to say.
Part Two: My Excitement Grows:
The day before my scheduled flight to Sacramento, I was full of excitement- an excitement that only grew as the day progressed. This day was particularly crazy because a huge storm (huge from this San Diego girl's point of view) had drenched San Diego County. The freeways were backed up for miles, and for a large part of my commute home, I was traveling along in the single digits. Let's just put it this way, as a former softball player, I am usually a pretty tough cookie, but I had tears in my eyes as I drove up the driveway to my house; I don't think I had ever been so glad to be home.
When I settled down and recovered from the insane weather, I began to prepare for my trip the next day. I knew Reno was also getting this storm and reports were that the city had an unseasonably large amount of snowfall. I thought to myself, "Great. What's a San Diego girl going to do? I'm not used to temperatures below 50 degrees, let alone tons of snow." Luckily I have had the opportunity to visit the snow in our local mountains and stay at my family's cabin near Lake Tahoe, so I had some clothing and Ugg Boots to choose from in my closet.
When I knew I had the right kind of clothing, I immediately got into contact with my buddy Eddie Burke, who's Alaska's #1 Talk Radio Host, to get some much-needed advice about the cold. As an Alaskan, he KNOWS what cold is. He told me to just really layer up with as many form-fitting clothing items as I had, so I packed every pair of long johns and wool hiking socks that I had just in case I got wet. Let's just put it this way, when I had finished packing for my 2-day trip, I had a large duffel bag and a large suitcase packed to the brim. I also had two carry-ons. I know, I know, I over packed and always tend too, but you can never say that I don't travel prepared. That didn't stop my friends and family from giving me a hard time about all that I packed. I got the "You packed all of that for a two-day trip, honey? What are you going to do when you go to Alaska for two weeks?" line from my mom, and even my Twitter followers had fun at my expense. My favorite line came from Patrick who wanted to know if the Republican National Committee had packed the bags for my trip. Although I know that I may have brought just a tad too much, I'm sure my fellow fashionistas out there can relate.
Okay, enough about fashion, let's get back to business. For those of you who have never had the pleasure of getting to know Eddie Burke, he is an awesome individual. When I told him that I was planning to travel to Reno, I offered to cover the event for his show on a.m. 700 KBYR. He told me that would be great and gave me some important information. He also told me to wear my KBYR gear (I'll get to that in a minute), since I was a correspondent for his show for the day. In the process of discussing my trip with Eddie, he offered to call Chuck Heath to see if he and Sally would be in Reno, and if they were, if they would agree to meet with me. I was speechless when I heard this. I could not contain my excitement because I have such admiration and high regard for the Heath family. Chuck and Sally raised a daughter who inspires so many individuals. I knew that if everything worked out and I met with them, the first thing I would say would be "thank you." Chuck and Sally are blessings and inspirations in their own right.
I have to write that I have the greatest mom in the world; besides her being the greatest mom, she runs a small business as an embroiderer. When she learned that I would be covering the signing for Eddie's show, she got to work right away designing me some KBYR gear, including the most amazing jacket ever. (I think Eddie's jealous of it too-ha ha.) She also designed Emily and myself tracksuits, beanies and adorable Going Rogue Book Tour 2009 T-Shirts. Besides doing all this, she embroidered some items for the Palin/Heath family members who we knew would be there. Todd, Sarah, Piper and Trigg would get red Going Rogue Book Tour 2009 T-Shirts; Sally would get a Going Rouge Book Tour 2009 apron with her name embroidered on it, and Chuck would get a KBYR beanie, since I knew he was a fan of Eddie's show. The items looked great, so I folded them up and put them in one of my suitcases hoping that they would end up in the hands of the Palins and Heaths.
Finally, after a short plane delay at the San Diego Airport, my plane was off and headed toward the California State Capitol. As I was sitting on the plane, I sat back and listened to my Ipod while reading Going Rogue. Once in a while I would think about what God would have in store for me on this journey. I touched off of the ground having never personally met Sarah Palin, and I was confident I would touch back down a couple days later having met the woman who is a role model and inspires me. I was giddy with excitement and so thankful that I had been blessed with this amazing opportunity. What a difference a year makes. I fully agree with Sarah Palin when she told FNC's Greta Van Susteren that when the Lord opens a door, she is going to plow through it. Everything happens for a reason, and God is using me because I, like you, was created for a specific purpose.
After I got off the plane and had collected all of my many pieces of luggage, I was sure I was giving my fellow travelers quite the scene. I'm only 5'4 and struggling with my heavy luggage must have been quite comical. I didn't have my entourage of family members to help me this time. When my friend, Emily, picked me up, we went back to her mom's house to gather all of her stuff and headed over to her dad's. After we grabbed a quick bite in the cute city of Auburn, we were Reno bound and traveling in style in her dad's cool, cool, cool, cool Hummer.
When we got to the hotel, which was really a Comfort Inn, we were given a suite at no extra charge, a really nice gesture. Our room was on the top floor, facing the Costco, and I guarantee no one had ever asked for a room with a view of Costco before. If you all could have seen us as we wheeled all of our luggage (including lawn chairs) up to our suite on the luggage cart. I think we must have bumped into every wall in the building on the way to our suite. We tried to make the best of our situation by instilling a little humor, but we kept laughing so hard that I was sure some cranky hotel guests were going to come out of their rooms and complain. Let's just say that we were pretty lucky.
After we were settled, we could already see that there were about five people in line, five crazy people given that it was already -4 degrees outside. This just shows how dedicated and awesome Sarah's supporters are; I was amazed. We found out that many more people would begin showing up at around 3 a.m., so we decided that we would wake up at 2:30 and check out the scene. Before we went to bed, we got everything ready the following day. I wrapped up the gifts, laid my clothes out and decided to take a shower, but little did I know that when I turned on the shower head, which unbeknownst to me was turned to most powerful position, it literally sprayed out all over the bathroom. Let's just say I'm glad the maids left us a lot of towels to clean up the flood. I silently said to myself, "Come on, did a liberal know that Sarah supporters would be staying in this room?"
When 2:30 rolled around, Emily and I were lucky enough to have the view of Costco from bed, so we just sat up and checked out the scene. How cool is that? There were still the same 5 or so people in line, so Emily set her cell alarm to 3:30, then 4:30, then finally 5:15 because every time we awoke there were less than a dozen people in line. When 5:15 rolled around, we both got up and started to get ready for what would turn out to be a very memorable day. As Emily got ready, I curled my hair because this fashionista wanted to look nice when she met the governor and her family. Although it was very cold, this wasn't going to keep Emily and I from looking our best; were Cali girls after all. When it came time to get dressed, usually would just throw on a pair of jeans and a t-shirt, but not today. I ended up wearing two, yes two pairs of long johns under my jeans (One pair happened to be one of my favorite brands, Juicy Couture. (See, I told you I came fashionably prepared.) Under my KBYR jacket, I wore a sweatshirt and a long-sleeved tee under my Going Rogue t-shirt. For shoes, I went with a cute pair of knee-high, olive-colored Ugg boots that laced up. Emily was equally bundled up. We grabbed our mittens, hats and scarfs and headed down to the first floor.
We ate breakfast before heading out into the ice-cold, snow-filled Biggest Little City in the World. As soon as we stepped out into the cold, we looked at each other with the "I don't know about all of this" look, but we continued on because we knew our prize would definitely be worth it. After almost slipping about a dozen times, we ended up at Costco, thinking that the Costco looked a lot closer from our hotel room. With our lawn chairs on our backs. We must have looked really silly to some folks. One old guy even asked us if we were going hiking. Huh? Emily and I still don't get that one.
When we finally got over to Costco (at a little after 7:30), which seemed to take as long as it does for me to walk from the car into church when I wear a cute pair of sky-high heels, we saw that there had to be around 50 people in line, which wasn't bad at all. I finally realized that there weren't that many people in line because Costco had already begun the process of handing out wristbands, which in our case were little red tickets. While in line, a local Reno radio guy saw my KBYR jacket and asked if I'd come on their show. I was literally on for about a minute before my part of the line was allowed to enter the store. After the long process of showing our book receipts and such, we were told that we could either stay in line at the store all day in a roped off area, or come back later, but if we decided to come back, we would have to get in line again. Emily and I looked at each other and then to the line forming inside the store and chose the latter option. We knew the ticket pretty much guaranteed that we would get to see Sarah, so we decided to relax and enjoy some of the day around the city of Reno.
At that point, Emily's dad joined us. We checked out of the hotel and returned to Costco just to see what was going on. When we got there, we immediately snuck behind the area where Sarah would be holding her signing later that day and shot a few pictures, since security was not guarding it at the moment (I had too; my inner journalist came out- wink, wink). Emily's dad, Dan, is so cool. If there was a degree for multitasking, he would hold a doctorate. He owns his own marketing business, so he was in the middle of closing a deal, but like the great dad he is, he took the time to travel with his daughter and her friend to meet our hero. He even killed two birds with one stone while at Costco. He told Emily to go with me as I interviewed various individuals in line so that he could do a little Christmas shopping. Cool, huh? In between trying all the yummy samples (because no stop to Costco is complete without the samples), my little "intern," Emily, and I conducted interviews. Having studied journalism in college, I always love the thrill I get when I conduct interviews; it's so fun to be able to just talk to people from all walks of life. I told a lot of people about the 2012 Draft Sarah Committee of which I am the San Diego Regional Organizer, and I also told many about my blog. While talking to those in line, I was struck with how much these individuals loved and admired Sarah and her family. One man (fourth in line) even told me he'd wait four days in the cold if that's what it would take just for the chance to meet her. The first individual in line had gotten there at 7:30 the night before; talk about dedication.
After our shopping trip at Costco, we decided to go to the Starbucks down the street. Funny thing is the Costco employee made it sound as though it was a walking distance "right up the street" when it literally took about five minutes to drive there. That's okay though, the snow was beautiful to watch as we drove by. That is the one thing I miss about being in San Diego. While I love the sun and beach, I sometimes yearn to wake up to a winter wonderland. When we finally arrived at Starbucks, we hurried inside and grabbed a coffee. (Usually, I would get a Peppermint Mocha Frappachino, but, To-To, we weren't in San Diego anymore.) After getting our coffee, we all sat down and began to thaw out. I had a radio interview scheduled for 1:00 PST, so I had a little time to prepare for that.
This is where I end my amazing adventure, for now... stay tuned because the entry you all have been waiting for is coming up next!!!
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Thursday, December 10, 2009
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Yesterday had to probably be the best day of my entire life. I had the honor of meeting Sarah Palin, a woman whom I look up, admire and adore. I had the pleasure of meeting and hugging Todd Palin, who is amazingly genuine. I had the opportunity to meet and hug Chuck and Sally Heath and Sarah's Aunt Katie too. These are memories that will last me a lifetime. I know many of you have been asking me to recount my amazing experience, so I'm not going to leave you hanging too long. I have decided to blog about it from the beginning. That way, it will be like you, my blog family, were right there experiencing this event with me.
Part One: It Started with a Brilliant Idea
(Okay, guys, just play along with the whole brilliant thing now will ya; wink...wink):
A couple weeks ago, I got a Facebook message from my friend Emily. (That's her in the picture with me to the left. I know my KBYR hat is covering my eyes, but give this San Diego girl a break; it was 4 degrees.) I think of Emily as my little sister and have known her for years. Our families have cabins at the same lake, so I refer to her as a member of my close-knit "lake family." As a 17-year-old senior in high school and member of her school's Young Republican Club, Emily is already knowledgeable in politics. I always love our time together at the lake. Usually what we do is float to the middle of the lake in my huge party island inflatable. While tanning and soaking up the rays, we talk politics. While most teenage girls, including myself when I was a teen, are reading magazines and Danielle Steel novels, Emily always has her head in a good political book, whether it be Ann Coulter or Glenn Beck. See why I love this girl? I always tell Emily that if and when I run for office and am elected, she's definitely coming to work for me.
In the message, Emily told me Sarah was going to be in Reno, Nevada, and that she and her dad were going to be traveling there for the signing. I immediately became jealous, but was so excited when she told me that I was more than welcome to come along. I KNEW I couldn't pass up the chance. Right after we talked, I went online and booked my flight. I was so excited for what was in store for us on our path to meet Sarah the great!
Stay tuned because tomorrow, I will continue to take you on this journey with me. I know what you all are thinking, "You're going to leave us hanging now?" Don't worry, tomorrow I will start up where I left of and blog away. Trust me, you will not want to miss a word!)
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Monday, December 7, 2009
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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Thursday, December 3, 2009
My good friend, Eddie Burke, is not only the #1 Alaska talk radio host, but an awesome writer as well. Eddie recently wrote an article about Sarah from an Alaskan's point of view. Since I am not an Alaskan, I am always on the look out for articles written by Alaskans because they know Sarah and their state better than anyone else; after all, Sarah was their governor. I have to admit that I am jealous that Alaska had a governor with such integrity and sheer grit. As a Californian, I am outraged at the RINO governor the people of my state have to put up with. My fellow Californians know what I am talking about. I did vote for my governor because he promised to clean up the corruption of California and make it a pro-business state once again. As I soon found out, my governor did not live up to his promises, and our state continues down that familiar "politics as usual" path. The people of Alaska were so blessed to have a governor like Sarah. She not only cleaned up the corruption in Alaska, but unlike my "governator," she actually did "talk the talk and walk the walk."
As we all know, Sarah had high poll numbers throughout the majority of her time as governor. When John McCain selected Sarah to be his running mate, Sarah literally went from a little-known governor of the largest state to a virtual rock star. When she
stepped out onto that stage in Ohio and began to speak, I saw what my dad and mom saw in Ronald Reagan when they had him as their governor and later their president. Sarah simply has that special something. She IS the modern-day Ronald Reagan of my generation. Individuals like Sarah don't come along everyday, and I am so glad that I am able to experience the same excitement that my parents experienced during the Reagan years. I pray that my children will have the pleasure of calling Sarah, President Palin.
Eddie Burke has known Sarah and her family for years. I am so happy to have gotten to know him too. I respect him greatly because he does everything for the right reasons. Like Sarah, he is not afraid to stand up and speak out for what is right and just. On his show, he is not afraid to tell it like it is, even when the truth may hurt a little bit. No wonder his show is #1 in AK! In Eddie's most recent article for Red County, Eddie not only writes about Sarah from an Alaskan's perspective, but he also goes into detail about the reasons behind the hate Sarah is receiving from the left in Alaska, which has a lot to do with her decision to be John McCain's running mate. Eddie also writes about the extreme steps the hateful, vengeful Alaskan bloggers took and continue to take in an effort to bring Sarah down. This article is a must-read because it will give you a lot of insight as to why many of the attacks were thrown at Sarah after she was tapped as the VP nominee. I have decided to post the article in its entirety below for you to read. I encourage you to click here to visit Red County and check it out. While you're there, make sure to leave a message of encouragement for Eddie. He is fighting the good fight, so make sure to let him know you stand with him. You can also leave a comment here on my site as well. Eddie is a regular reader of Conservative Girl with a Voice, so he will definitely see your message. I am also pleased to announce that Eddie has a greed to post articles on Conservative Girl with a Voice, and I couldn't be more thrilled! Thanks, Eddie!
I hope you enjoy the following article as much as I did:
As We Say in Alaska, "Go Sarah, Go!"
By Eddie Burke
Some people in the Lower 48 might be saying," what is with you people up in Alaska?"
You might be wondering why people in our State would kick Sarah Palin around like she's the enemy? Also, you must think some of us are crazy to file 20 Ethics complaints on our former Governor that were all dismissed? If you ask me, these people who filed the complaints are crazy!
Prior to Sarah running with McCain, her popularity in Alaska had peaked at about 92%. Sarah had bi-partisan support on Oil and Gas legislation; she signed into law new ethics laws. She actually had Democrats that were praising her. She was a "Rock-Star" in Alaska. Sarah was the most liked Governor in the nation.
But then, a knock at the door or the proverbial phone call came. "Hello," Said Sarah. "Hi, this is John McCain." Wow! Who could turn that down? But Sarah would never predict what would follow in the months and year to come. Sarah Palin would become Democrat enemy #1.
As the McCain-Palin campaign went forward, Sarah's poll numbers in Alaska went down. Sarah gave McCain the needed bump with that slam-dunk speech at the Republican National Convention. All those partisan Alaskan Democrats who liked her before were now peeling off. As Sarah ramped up the attacks on Barack Hussein Obama about his associations with known Felons, such as Bill Ayers, Democrats around the nation and here in Alaska took it personal.
Well, Sarah and McCain lost. Most conservatives never thought McCain was a good candidate to begin with and we didn't like him much, but we liked Sarah Palin and she was his only hope. Like all Presidential elections, it's never about the VP; it's about the candidate for President.. It was about John McCain, but he blew it-- not just during the campaign, but through his years of votes as a Senator.
Sarah Comes Back Home
The evening Sarah landed in Anchorage; there must have been 800-1000 people to greet her outside at the airport. For 800-1000 people to battle the cold and darkness in Alaska was considered a tremendous gathering. I know; I was there.
Within only a year after Sarah returned to Alaska, twenty ethics complaints in total would be filed. Most Alaskans thought these women were crazy after 7 or 8 had been filed and dismissed.
Bloggers made money at being "Palin Haters." They lied about many things, including an FBI Investigation, but when caught lying they never would apologize to the Governor. The FBI made an unprecedented announcement stating the FBI never did and was not investigating Sarah. But there was still no apology. All the investigations against Sarah were dismissed. Nothing alleged was true. It was all just politics and a way to get back at her. For what, you ask? She accepted a request to be the Vice Presidential nominee for the United States of America.
It was a heavy price to pay for wanting to serve your Country. Her children were thrashed and maligned. The attacks continued on the Palin's in a way that no political family has ever encountered or has ever witnessed. And liberals say they are so tolerant.
I, like most Alaskans, was embarrassed for what a few in our State would do to bring down Sarah Palin. They cost the state millions and more, but they never cared. They stalled Government, but they never cared. The onslaught of complaints literally brought our Alaska Governor and state to a halt and embarrassed the rest of us. Governor Palin stepped down to let the state move forward. She did the honorable, selfless thing.
Alaska is great state and populated with people who love our Country. Alaskans are mostly center-right people and believe in the freedom that comes with living in Alaska. We love to hunt, fish and experience the great outdoors. We struggle with the long, cold winters to be away from the urban problems that are consistent with many places in the lower 48. We depend on snowmobiles and four wheelers like many of you depend on cars and trucks. In many places in Alaska, these ATV's are the only connection from village to village. We understand the need to have Alaska's vast natural resources developed responsibly.
Because of Sarah Palin, most American families know more about Alaska today than ever before. You know we have a wealth of resources including oil, gas and mining that need to be developed and delivered to markets for your consumption.
Don't believe the liberals and "Palin Haters" who say Alaskans can't develop these resources safely. They know nothing about Alaska, they are just obstructionists who would rather you ride the bus than drive your car. Yes, Sarah Palin paid a heavy price for wanting to serve and for accepting the call. But America is better off she did. And as her father, Chuck Heath, recently said on my radio program, "You have not seen the last of Sarah Palin."
As we say in Alaska, "Go Sarah, Go!"
Eddie is conservative radio talk show host on The Eddie Burke Show, 700 AM KBYR. He can be contacted at email@example.com. Click here to follow him on Twitter.
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