Thursday, October 28, 2010
This is a reminder that Camille and my radio show returns tonight, Thursday, October 28, at 7pacific/10eastern. After a very exciting and highly-listened-to show a couple weeks ago when Bristol Palin was a guest, Camille and I are very excited to announce that Senate Candidate Joe Miller will be joining us to discuss his campaign. Both Camille and I have had the great honor of meeting Joe when we visited Alaska this past summer. He is great friend of Eddie Burke, a friend of our show, The People's Post.
Camille and I will also be joined by New York Times Best-Selling Author Stephen Mansfield, who is the co-author of the popular book The Faith and Values of Sarah Palin. You may remember seeing him on Sean Hannity's nightly program on the Fox News Channel recently discussing the book.
Finally, we will be joined by Erica Holloway, the spokesperson from the Speaker Education Project. This is a great organization that helps to educate individuals about the role of Speaker of the House.
Make sure to listen in, and spread the word!!! Remember, the show begins tonight at 7p.m. pacific/10p.m. eastern!!! Listen online here: blogtalkradio.com/thepeoplespost-live.
LET'S ROCK THE CONSERVATIVE VOTE COME NOVEMBER 2nd!!!
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Tuesday, October 19, 2010
When my good friend, Eddie Burke, was invited by the Tea Party Express to address the crowds as part of the group's across-the-country bus tour, I was so excited for him. Eddie is a great public speaker who doesn't pull any punches. I first had the honor and opportunity of getting to know Eddie when I was a frequent guest on his popular Alaska radio show. When he asked me if I could be a correspondent, covering Sarah Palin and national issues, I was so excited and jumped at the chance!!! I always tell everyone it was Eddie who gave me my first, big break. That is why is was an honor to serve under him as his press secretary when he decided to run for lieutenant governor of Alaska this past Spring. Although Eddie did not win the primary, he fought hard to the end, and I could not have been prouder of him. He truly is the voice of Alaska, and I know God has big plans for him. As the spokesperson for the newly formed Anchorage Tea Party, Eddie has made a huge impact and the popularity of this group is undeniable. Eddie's work on behalf of the tea party movement makes him a perfect fit as a speaker for the Tea Party Express. I am excited that Eddie and the Tea Party Express are coming to San Diego this Thursday. It will be fun to get to see him again and to introduce him to my family!!!
When Eddie told me he would be addressing the Tea Party Express crowd, I was so stoked for him. He also told me Sarah Palin, a fellow Alaskan and friend, would be addressing the crowd as well. I told him that he would have a blast and to keep me updated about his exciting experience. I jokingly told him that when he spoke with Sarah that I'd love to talk to her. Little did I know that this little joke would become a reality. While at work yesterday, I received a text from Eddie letting me know that Sarah may be calling me before her speech, I was speechless. This helps to illustrate just how much of a real deal and cool person Eddie Burke is!!! Those of my readers who have the pleasure of knowing him know exactly what I mean. Here is a guy who is about to address thousands of people, and he was thinking about his friend. This is just who Eddie Burke is!!!
When I saw my phone light up about 45 minutes after Eddie's text, I quietly slipped out of the room, as I was at work, and said "hello." I was so ecstatic to hear a familiar voice on the other end: "Hi, Rachelle. This is Sarah Palin." WOW, WOW, WOW!!! I mean, how cool is that??? You, regular readers of my blog, know how much I admire and look up to Sarah Palin. She is the reason why I began this blog and hold the political aspirations that I do. No words could express how much she inspires me. Although I have had the opportunity of meeting her before at her Reno book signing (I was covering the event for Eddie's show), getting this call from her made my day. It was TOTAL AWESOMENESS, as I like to say and definitely one of the BEST... DAYS... EVER!!! Sarah was so thoughtful and genuine. I will never forget her words of wisdom and the complement she gave me regarding my recent blog interview with her daughter, Bristol. I thanked her for all she has done and all she will continue to do in the name of common-sense conservatism. She is simply THE BEST and THE REAL DEAL, that's for sure!!!
I walked away from our conversation so proud of Sarah and so in awe of her character. Here is a woman, a modern-day political rock star who, just before she was to address a HUGE crowd, took the time to call this average girl- a conservative blogger, this Conservative Girl with a Voice. WOW!!! How ironic that I met her for the first time in Reno, Nevada, and she called me from Reno, Nevada.... I believe that everything happens for a reason, and God is using Sarah for His purpose. Her calling me yesterday illustrates just the kind of individual she is. Her genuine, kind and caring nature are three traits that all too often are forgotten in politics. We could use more individuals like Sarah Palin in the political arena!!! Thank you, Sarah, for making this conservative girl's day and for all you do for America!!!
SEE YA THURSDAY, EB!!!
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Monday, October 18, 2010
It's Monday night, which means it's time to get out the vote for Bristol Palin on Dancing with the Stars!!! Today also happens to be an extra-special day given that it is Bristol's 20th birthday!!! I have had the great opportunity of recently interviewing Bristol for my blog and on my radio show The People's Post (Listen to Bristol's interview from this past Thursday here.) It has been fun to speak with Bristol about her time on DWTS, as well as her amazing advocacy campaign and what she's been up to.
I do not know of a better gift to give Bristol other than to vote, vote, vote like crazy to help her and her partner, Mark, dance on to next week!!!
***Bristol told me herself how important it is to watch and vote, vote, vote!!! Spread the word!!! You can vote multiple times online at http://abc.go.com/shows/dancing-with-the-stars/vote AND vote multiple times by phone too!!! The number to call tonight to vote for Bristol and her partner, Mark, is 1-800-868-3407 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 1-800-868-3407 end_of_the_skype_highlighting. If AT&T is your cellular carrier, you can text your vote to 800-vote4-07. Let’s help Bristol and Mark continue dancing into week six!!!***
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Thursday, October 14, 2010
This is just a reminder to make sure to tune in TONIGHT (Thursday, 10/14) for Camille Friend and my radio show!!! We have a great show lined up with three great guests: All-American girl and Alaska's very own BRISTOL PALIN and bloggers Carl Hensley and Ilana Angel.
It should be a great time chatting with Bristol about her time on Dancing with the Stars and how she's preparing for this week's show!!! For those of you who missed reading my interview with her, read it here.
Carl is a college student here in San Diego and a good friend of mine. Camille and I are going to be talking with him about his new blog and radio show, as well as about the future of journalism and what it is like to be a student who is studying journalism.
Our final guest, Ilana, is a great blogger from Los Angeles who is a friend of the show. You may remember her as the woman who crossed paths with Sarah Palin in Los Angeles last year and was attacked on her blog by Sarah haters for sticking up for her. Click here to read her account of meeting Sarah and the fall out that occurred because of it. We will be talking about what awesome things she's been blogging about lately and even get into a little Dancing with the Stars talk.
The show starts at 7 pacific/10 eastern, and you can hear it at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thepeoplespost-live. I hope you can all tune in and listen!!!
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Sunday, October 10, 2010
UPDATE: After being approached with the opportunity to interview Bristol Palin, I knew this would be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!!! I want to thank the many, many people for their kind words regarding the Bristol Palin post!!! It was blast to interview Bristol and write about it. I'm glad you all enjoyed. My interview even made Politico, foxnews.com and was linked on David Frum's website. I must say all these mentionings were fair and accurate assessments!!! It's about time, mainstream media!!!
After talking with Bristol, a week ago, I walked away convinced, more than ever, that this young woman has a great head on her shoulders and is destined to to great things!!! God is good!!! I want to remind everyone to continue to support Bristol by voting for her and Mark and watching Dancing with the Stars. The call-in number is posted at the bottom of this post. Make sure to call, text and vote multiple times online!!! Let's help Bristol and Mark dance on to week five!!!
I also wanted to let you all know that I will be a guest on Dr. Gina Loudon's, St. Louis, Missouri, radio show tomorrow afternoon at 2:20 pacific/ 5:20 eastern. If you live in the Missouri area, the show is on AM 630. For those outside Missouri, you can listen online at www.truthtalk630.com. Dr. Gina and I will be discussing the impact of citizen journalism, women in politics and my interview with Bristol. It should be a lot of fun!!!
Yesterday, I had the honor of speaking with the amazing and inspiring Bristol Palin. As a single mom, public speaker and advocate for abstinence and the pro-life cause, as well as a contestant on ABC’s hit show Dancing with the Stars (DWTS), Bristol is a super-busy young woman, but was kind enough to speak with me about her appearance on DWTS, her advocacy campaign and what she sees for her and Tripp in the future. It was a blast to talk with Bristol, and I thank her again for taking the time to speak with me. Bristol is both charming and witty, and it was fun to share some laughs and light-hearted conversation with her. While so many well-known young people are caught up living the fast-paced Hollywood lifestyle, it is refreshing to have a young woman of Bristol’s caliber taking a stand and making a difference. I hope you enjoy reading this Q&A profile piece as much as I did writing it.
What was it about Dancing with the Stars that made you accept the invitation to be on the show?
It was just getting out of my comfort zone and doing something that I’ve never done before and just trying to get out there and have fun for a little bit.
After visiting your beautiful state this summer, I loved how beautiful and majestic it is, and how different it is from California. How are you adjusting to life out here in California? What has been the biggest adjustment?
It’s like night and day; I feel like I am in two different worlds. Alaska’s so mellow and calm, and the people there are different, compared to here. Everything around here is rowdy and fast-paced and traffic all the time and thousands and thousands of people, but it’s nice staying, and there are pros and cons to both.
What is the one thing you miss most about Alaska?
Well, besides my family, I just miss the calm and the clarity of Alaska and how clean everything is there and the air there. I just miss the whole atmosphere.
As a Californian, I know how liberal the media in my state are. How has the media treated you thus far? Have you found the media coverage of you to be fair and accurate for the most part?
For the most part, I haven’t seen that much negative stuff, but I don’t read blogs, and I don’t really study up on it and wouldn’t really know what people were saying about me, but there’s been a few articles that have been written that have just been completely made-up stories, but that’s just to be expected. For the most part, though, I think I have been fairly treated.
How outrageous do you find certain media stories you hear reported about you or your family? Most recently, you have had to deal with exaggerated stories like “nacho gate” after your appearance at Rumrunners, in Alaska, to watch your dancing partner, Mark Ballas, perform and “boo gate” after your mom’s appearance in the audience at Dancing with the Stars.
All these things can be proven wrong. If you go to Rumrunners, there’s a huge menu, there’s a children’s menu there. You know, there’s little kids running around at Rumrunners- it’s a bar and grill just like Red Robin or Chilies or places like that, so that’s so easy to prove wrong.
As for boo gate, watch the tapes- just pay attention, and you would know that they [the audience] went nuts when my mom’s name was called.
How much fun did your mom and sister, Piper, have coming to watch you perform last week?
They had a blast. Piper was so bummed that she’s not going to be able to make for this week’s performance. They had such a good time, and I was so glad they were able to make it. They were behind the scenes with me the whole time too and in my trailer before and after the show, and it was just such a wonderful experience for them, and I can’t wait for them to come back.
I remember reading an interview in which you said how excited you were that performing on DWTS would allow you to spend more time with Tripp. How has he reacted to seeing you practice? Does he try to shake his booty too right there with you?
He’s been to a few of my rehearsals, just at the end. He walks in there just amazed by all the mirrors. Once the music is on, though, Tripp has rhythm. He really gets going, and he can raise the roof.
Has there been a friendly rivalry between you and Mrs. Brady herself, Florence Henderson given the fact that her partner is Mark’s dad and fellow professional dancer Corky Ballas?
No, there haven’t been any rivalries that I’ve seen between any of the cast members, and I’m so thankful for that. We’re all so supportive of one another. During rehearsals, we’ll go into their room and watch their performance. It sounds like some cliché, but it’s just such an awesome experience. Everyone’s been so great, and I’m just so thankful that we all get along the way that we do…. We’re all in such a vulnerable position, and we’re all experiencing this and learning this as we go, and seriously, it’s just been wonderful.
If your mom does decide to run for president, as a woman yourself, how excited would you be at the prospect that your mom could be the United States’ first female president?
Oh, I’d be thrilled. I wish my mom would run, but who knows what she’ll do next. I think that she would be the best fit for our country right now, and I think that people will realize that and want her to run, but it would be amazing, and I would be so proud of her.
Your mom and Ronald Reagan are two of my role models. Who are your role models? As an inspiring, young woman yourself, whom do you look up to?
I look up to bunch of different people. I definitely look up to my mom…. Definitely my mom and my dad as well. They’re both just great people.
It is a known fact that parents teach their children lessons as they grow, but children also teach their parents. What is the biggest thing Tripp has taught you?
He’s taught me many different things, but the first thing that comes to mind is to just stop and enjoy the time that we have together- just stop and get down on my knees and play with him and to enjoy moments with him.
How do balance motherhood and your careers? When you do find a little time for yourself, what do you like to do to have fun?
Well, there is no time for myself…. It’s definitely a juggling act, and it can be stressful at times, but I’ve got such an awesome support system. I’ve got great girls down here helping me with Tripp… it’s a juggling act, but so many moms across the country do it.
What does the future hold for Bristol Palin? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I don’t know. I’m only 19 years old, and I know that there are tons and tons and tons of opportunities for me out there. I definitely want to write a book, I want to continue my public-speaking engagements; I would love to do correspondent work for a news station or something like that. I know there are just so many opportunities, and I’m just figuring out what I want to do and what’s best for Tripp and myself.
Finally, can you give us a little sneak peak about what we can expect this week on Dancing with the Stars?
Well, this week were doing the Fox Trot. It’s a slower dance, and the judges told me last week to work on my emotions and play an actress during the whole thing, so hopefully, I’ll pull it off…. It’ll be good; it’ll be fun.
Well, said, Bristol. Well said!!! Go out there and have fun. This Conservative Girl with a Voice and thousands and thousands of others will be cheering you on!!! Dance, Bristol, Dance!!! And Vote, Readers, Vote!!!
***Bristol told me herself how important it is to watch and vote, vote, vote!!! Spread the word!!! You can vote multiple times online at http://abc.go.com/shows/dancing-with-the-stars/vote AND vote multiple times by phone too!!! The number to call tonight to vote for Bristol and her partner, Mark, is 1-800-868-3407. If AT&T is your cellular carrier, you can text your vote to 800-vote4-07. Let’s help Bristol and Mark continue dancing into week five!!!
For additional updates on Bristol’s experience on Dancing with the Stars and to learn more about her advocacy campaign, make sure to become a fan on her official Facebook page. Bristol posts pictures and updates regularly, so click here and go check it out!!!***
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Sunday, October 3, 2010
I had the honor of interviewing Bristol Palin this afternoon!!! I will be sharing my thoughts on the interview tomorrow, as well as what Bristol and I talked about- You definitely don't wanna miss it!!! So spread the word, and check back tomorrow!!! Thanks again, Bristol, for taking the time to chat with this Conservative Girl with a Voice!!! YOU ROCK!!!
Friday, October 1, 2010
The liberal mainstream media continue their quest to discredit Sarah Palin and her supporters, with so-called journalist Eleanor Clift becoming the latest journalist to take the plunge. Just this week, Clift wrote a piece for Politics Daily entitled The 'Palin Effect': Not all Young Republican Women are Buying it. In the piece, Clift goes to great lengths to argue that many young, Republican women do not view Sarah as a role model for their generation. As a young, Conservative Republican woman myself, I had to laugh at this notion. While it is no secret that Sarah Palin has a fair share of those who dislike her and her politics, I find it hard to believe that Clift knows anything about the powerful impact Sarah has had on so many young women of my generation. Before Sarah entered the forefront, I did not care too much about politics as a whole. While I always have made it a point to vote and keep up to date on the happenings going on in the country, I did not have an activist streak in me. Sarah changed all of this for me. When she became the VP nominee, I, along with the rest of America, was introduced to a woman who seemed to have it all: a great career, an awesome husband and family and a deep faith- all while leading a normal life in the last frontier. She reminded me of a modern-day Annie Oakley or Margaret Thatcher.
While Clift argues that a large number of young, Republican women do not feel inspired by Sarah, I find it odd that she is only able to cite one young woman who feels this way. Senior Leanna Cannafax, President of the Samford Young Republican's Club, had this to say when asked about Sarah:
It's hard for me to relate to her even though she's Republican and conservative. As a young woman, I have to be open-minded to things I don't agree with, and I feel she doesn't even listen.
Hmmm, Leanna, I have to wonder if you are listening to a word Sarah says. After all, while governor of Alaska, Sarah was one of the few Republican governors who was widely known for reaching out across the aisle, listening to Democrats and Republicans. She was never a quote on quote "rubber stamp" to any set political party. I have to wonder if Leanna knows what Conservatives even stand for. While is a good thing to be open minded and unbiased, it is also important to stick to your convictions and fight for what you believe in. This is exactly what Sarah does day in and day out.
Perhaps the most ridiculous part of the article is Clift's sad excuse for a conclusion:
I don't pretend to have taken a scientific poll, but getting outside the Beltway and inside a small Southern campus made me wonder if Palin's biggest constituency is the media, not voters, and whether she makes a better story than she does role model.
So Clift's trip outside the Beltway suddenly classifies her as a scientist??? If you ask me, she needs to do her research and gather a few more sources before she even begins to attempt to try to understand young, Republican women of my generation. Maybe if she actually did her homework, she would she why women like myself look up to Sarah with such high regard. It's called fact checking- plain and simple. Ever heard of it, Ms. Clift???
While Clift was only able to quote a single source for her biased piece, I can name a large number of young women who, like me, connect with Sarah and view her as a role model for our generation. For me, Sarah is a modern-day feminist. She is a fierce force to reckon with, and those who try to bring her down usually fail. As a great wife and mom, Sarah is able to balance motherhood with her career, all doing so while wearing a phenomenal pair of, excuse my language, "kick-ass heels." Thank you Sarah, for being the mama grizzly you are, and for teaching this grizzly girl and thousands like me how important it is to stand up and speak out on behalf of the commonsense conservative movement. I'm not the only grizzly girl who feels this way. In closing, I leave you with some great insight from a couple of fellow grizzly girls:
For me, Sarah Palin embodies everything I love about conservatism and feminism. She is a self-made woman, works arduously for the sake of her family and her country, she does not shy away from her principles, she scares the establishment of both parties, she is unafraid of pointing out the fallacies of the liberal agenda, and always has a smile on her face when doing so.
Her message inspires women of all stripes to participate in politics and not relent. Mama and sister grizzlies (as well as those papa bears) are uniting for the common cause of returning our country to the common sense conservatism we crave and need. She is one of the many reasons I love to engage in political discourse on my blog. Thank you to the Mama Grizzly herself for being one of the leaders of this new movement of real change!
-Jennifer of www.cubachi.com
Governor Palin is inspiring to many women - myself included - in ways that transcend her political views. One can agree with her, or not, in that regard. But, really, her appeal lies in the courage and perseverance she shows in the face of very challenging situations. There's something comforting about seeing a woman 'just like me' take all of the experiences of life in stride and continue making her own way forward. I think that's a character trait any honest person should be able to appreciate.
-Camille Friend of The Design Conservative
NOTE: I will be a guest on Alaska's 700 KBYR TOMORROW. I am excited to reconnect with my buddy, Eddie Burke, on the air. Eddie is filling in for on-air personality Michael Schwarz who is on vacation. Bristol Palin is scheduled to be a guest as well. The show starts at 5pacific/8eastern. Outside Alaska? Listen online at www.kbyr.com. Thanks!!!
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