Sunday, November 28, 2010
The PDS, liberal infested Anchorage Daily News is at it again. While trashing Sarah Palin is a regular occurrence over at this liberal news rag, they have set their sick, twisted sights on attacking her 20-year-old daughter, Bristol. The ADN has published a piece by Paul Jenkins, editor of the Anchorage Daily Planet. Jenkins has written a hate-filled piece criticizing Bristol for having the nerve to defend her mother and herself against the "haters" during her time as a contestant on ABC's Dancing with the Stars. Get this: It seems as if Jenkins' main beef with Bristol stems from the fact that Bristol called out those who have attacked her and her mom. Oh, how scandalous:
In the Palins' strange world, haters lurk always just in the shadows, enemies of all that is decent. They are out to sink Bristol's boat, to make her mother's struggling television show even more boring than it is -- the high point so far was Bristol's aggravated battery on a halibut -- and to sideline mom's political aspirations, and not necessarily in that order. (As a matter of full disclosure, I have a "Haters" T-shirt and am wearing it as I write this, but I know haters, and I'm no hater. It takes too much energy. I'm more of a cranky disliker.)
It is clear that the only delusional person here is the author of this ridiculous piece. Last I checked, DWTS had its highest ratings ever AND Sarah Palin's Alaska was the most-watched series premiere in TLC's history.
I guess Jenkins thinks outdoor lovers like the Palins are just a boring bunch of losers. I'd hate to think how he would describe himself. After all, what kind of a person would admit to wearing a "Haters" t-shirt? That's almost as bad as someone waking around with the word "loser" on his forehead, but I am not putting it past someone of Jenkins' caliber to do something like that either.
It is apparent that Jenkins needs to get a life. Did it ever occur to him that the Palin family are loved and adored by many? I find it ironic that as the mainstream, lamestream media find their readership numbers on the verge of nonexistent, the more the Palin family is finding continued success. This illustrates just how powerful this family is. It is apparent that Jenkins is jealous as is the case with so many Palin-family haters. Instead of writing about something newsworthy, Jenkins wasted perfectly good newspaper space to attack a young woman who never so much as looked in his direction. Yet, this how the typical PDS -infected folks seem to lead their lives now-a-days. Jenkins continues his rant:
Palin's persistent use of the term now has been embraced by her daughter. For Bristol, one can only hope such insanity will pass; that she will see her life should be more than hating haters; that sometimes our worst enemies can be our best friends; that not all critics deserve "a big middle finger." But for the lovely Sarah P., a woman toying with the notion of being president of the United States, it may be too late.
Her world is very black and very white. I just hate that.
If Mr. Jenkins had any class whatsoever, he would have realized a long time ago that the Palins don't give a damn about the media and what they think. Bristol Palin is a strong, fierce, determined young woman who will do great things during her lifetime- no doubt about it. I think it is time for Mr. Jenkins and his PDS-deranged friends to find a better way to spend their time. After all, last time I checked, it is Christmastime, a time for giving. I suggest Mr. Jenkins repay the crappy ADN for publishing his piece by going out there and getting them a few more readers. Good luck finding those readers. Note to the ADN subscriber department: I have a feeling people will be too busy watching Sarah Palin's Alaska to answer the door or pick up the phone.
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Wednesday, November 24, 2010
During this time of year, I like to take a step back and just reflect on how lucky I am. Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks, for we live in the greatest country on earth. In keeping in step with this message of thanks, I have decided to write about just some of the many things I am so very, very thankful for. I encourage you all to do the same.
I am thankful for my family. While we have our ups and downs just like every family does, I am so thankful to be apart of such a close-knit group of individuals. My dad, mom, brother and sister mean so much to me, and I am so grateful that we have each other to lean on. While we may have disagreements from time to time, I look at my family with pride knowing that I can always depend on each and every member for support. My family is my rock and I'm so thankful for this; they truly keep me sane. I am so thankful that my dad and mom raised me in a loving Christian home. I will never be able to thank them enough for taking me to church each and every Sunday, even on the Sundays in which I gave them hell for my having to wake up so early after a late night out the night before with friends while in high school. Thanks mom and dad for instilling in me the values that I hold close to my heart. Thank you for carpooling my siblings, friends and I around to church, school, parties and the many sporting events throughout the years. I know I probably took you for granted back then, but I look back at how lucky I was and still am to have awesome parents like you.
I am also thankful to live in a country where I am able to worship God and practice my First-Amendment right to free speech; I am so thankful for the Constitution and for my founding fathers for everything they did for our country. I am so fortunate to live in a country where I can write a blog and use it as a platform to support Sarah Palin and conservatism. Sarah is the reason I started this blog, and she will never fully know how grateful I am to her for waking me up politically and giving me the passion to want to stand up and speak out. I feel so blessed to have been able to meet Sarah and Todd this year, and to spend time with Chuck and Sally Heath this summer when I visited Alaska. Tbe Palin and Heath families are the greatest people, truly the real deal!!!
I am thankful we have such an amazing leader on the conservative side of the aisle. Sarah and her amazing family are phenomenal, and I am so thankful to God for placing each and every member of Sarah's family in the lives of Americans. As I repeatedly mention, God puts people on this earth for a specific purpose, and Sarah is fulfilling the job God has called her to do.
I'm thankful for the many, many individuals who I have gotten to know because of Sarah. Who would have ever thought that so many hard-working, freedom-loving individuals would be brought together because of one woman? The friendships I have formed on Twitter, Facebook and at the countless tea parties have been phenomenal. I had the most amazing time in Alaska this past summer. Alaskan friends Tracey Porreca, Jessica Steele, Shelia Hanson, Amanda Raukhorst, Eddie and Linda Burke, Chuck and Sally Heath and so many others welcomed my sister, Camille Friend, Kristina Lazarro and I with open arms, and I know that I cannot wait to return to the last frontier this summer!!! Thank you, Alaska family!!!
I also want to thank Bristol Palin for making it fun, once again, to root for an underdog!!! Thanks so much for illustrating what hard work and determination look like. You are such an inspiration to so many people, including me, and it was so fun to root you each and every week during your time on Dancing with the Stars. You are full of such poise and grace, and God definitely has a plan for you!!! In my eyes, you will always be a perfect 10 and get a score of 30!!! Thanks for taking the time to speak with me for my blog and coming on Camille and my radio show!!! Thank you for the joy you brought into the living rooms of America every week, and for allowing us to witness your awesome transformation from a shy, hometown girl to a phenomenal, God fearing dancing queen!!! If I ever have the chance to meet you in person, I'll give you a hug and tell you how awesome you are what a great role model you are too to so many!!! Thank you for not being afraid to stand up for what you believe in and for wearing your faith on your sleeve!!! YOU ROCK!!!
I am so thankful for the members of our strong, brave military. Every member of the military holds a special place in my heart. While I will never have the opportunity to meet each and every brave man and woman in uniform, I always thank as many members as I can for the sacrifices they make daily to keep us free and protect us from threats. I am also eternally grateful to the military families as well. They hold down the fort, so to speak, when their loved ones are deployed, and I cannot even begin to imagine how difficult it must be for them. They wait at home for their loved one's return, praying that their family member will return safely to American soil. Thank you so much military members and military families! God bless you for all you do and the countless sacrifices you all make each and every day.
Finally, I want to thank you, readers, for taking the time out of your busy, busy lives to read my blog. I am overwhelmed by the amount of visitors this blog receives daily. I am even more overwhelmed by the kind words of support many of you send my way. It is because of all of you that I write this blog day in and day out. You give me so much courage and strength. The positive messages I get from all of you make all of attacks I receive from the left easy to handle. Thank you; I love you all. God bless you and your families this Thanksgiving, and may you all have a healthy and happy start to the holiday season; after all, we have so much to be thankful for.
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Monday, November 22, 2010
Tonight is the night!!! When Dancing with the Stars first aired, I do not think anyone, including Bristol, imagined she would dance through to the finals. Well, she has, and God bless her for all she has accomplished. When I first spoke with Bristol at the beginning of October, I was struck at how genuine, sweet and down to earth she was. This is a girl who has truly made a big transformation- going from a shy girl from Wasilla, Alaska, to a groovin', dancing queen!!! Bristol is what Dancing with the Stars is all about. With the help of her awesome partner, Mark Ballas, Bristol has become a dancer. Bristol is a dedicated young woman, and it is clear that when she puts her mind to something, she is bound and determined to accomplish it. Bristol has not only had to deal with the physical hardships that dancing brings, but with the personal attacks as well. Instead of letting the haters bring her down, Bristol rose above the attacks and it is clear that she has gotten stronger. Now, our God-fearing grizzly girl is so close to that Mirror Ball Trophy, she and Mark can taste it!!!
It has been so fun to watch Bristol's transformation firsthand, and I know for a fact that Bristol WANTS this victory, and we NEED to help her get it!!! Below, I have decided to re-post my October interview with Bristol just so you can see where Bristol started in comparison to where she is now (VOTING INSTRUCTIONS ARE BELOW AS WELL)!!!
Bristol, you are a remarkable woman who has overcome various challenges. No one said it would be east, but you have done it!!! You have risen to the occasion, and you should be proud of yourself, for you're already a big winner in my book!!! I speak for so many when I say how proud we all are of you!!! Go out there and do your thing, you amazing, dancing, grizzly girl!!!
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!!! TONIGHT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT NIGHT OF THE ENTIRE SEASON!!! Spread the word and VOTE LIKE A MADMAN/MADWOMAN!!! 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 claim that Mirror Ball Trophy and be crowned champs of the dance floor!!!
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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Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Dear, Bristol Palin Haters,
I have a little advice for you: LEAVE BRISTOL ALONE!!! I am getting sick and tired of you, haters, criticizing Bristol and personally attacking her over her last name. Did it ever occur to you that Bristol has a strong and mighty fan base that is willing to stand beside her? After all, she is one of us. When you mess with her, you are messing with each and every one of her army. We have her back, and we guarantee that whoever tries to mess with her will not succeed. Bristol is a woman of character and integrity, which is much more that I can say for you, haters, out there. She is actually doing something great with her life, and I bet it just eats you all inside to know that while Bristol is making a difference in the lives of teens and Americans in general, you can't say the same for yourselves.
Have you ever heard of second chances? How about redemption? Well, Bristol is getting hers. Instead of taking advantage of the government as so many young woman do when they get into a similar situation, Bristol decided to make the best of things instead of becoming just another statistic. This says a lot about her character and her values. She is a great woman, a great mother and a great role model. This is a young woman who is not afraid to take a stand and do the right thing. This is a woman who is changing the lives of teens one step at a time. This is a woman who is not about to sit down and shut up. I hate to break it to you, haters, but Bristol Palin is not going anywhere. After all, Bristol is a Palin. You'd think you'd learn by now that Palins NEVER give up. Like her mom, dad and entire family, Bristol is a fighter. If anything, your words and hateful rhetoric are making Bristol stronger and even more determined to do everything in her power to win that prized Mirror Ball Trophy. Bristol is a smart, determined young woman who is doing everything in her power to contribute to the world. This young, 20 year old has already done more to contribute to this country than many will do in a lifetime. Maybe it is time to take a page out of Bristol's playbook and get off your butts and do the same.
I guarantee that if it was Chelsea Clinton or any other child of a Democrat, you would be singing a different tune. As a conservative, I would NEVER sink into the gutter like you, haters, have. Furthermore, I would be supportive and happy for the individual for doing something positive. I would NEVER demean or verbally harass the individual. I would NEVER be so vile and cruel. Maybe it's because my parents raised me to have morals, manners and integrity. Maybe it's because it is just plain commonsense. It is sad to think that you live your lives with such hatred inside your hearts. I bet it just kills you to think that a girl with no dance experience, a girl who is doing great things may actually end up winning, doesn't it? I bet it just kills you to know that there many more of us who support Bristol than you, doesn't it? All I have to say is bring it, haters! Bring it on because we are ready, willing and able to combat your hate with positive energy and prayers for our God-fearing grizzly girl, our dancing queen Miss Bristol Palin.
Oh, and one more thing, haters, I can see the Mirror Ball Trophy from my house, and hundreds of thousands of other Bristol Palin supporters can too!!!
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Tuesday, November 16, 2010
In her latest interview, liberal leaning, mainstream media journalist and anchor Katie Couric spoke with Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska who, after losing a bitter primary battle to Joe Miller, launched a write-in campaign in an attempt to remain one of Alaska's senators. In her interview with Couric, Murkowski remarked that she does not feel Sarah Palin has the "leadership qualities" and "intellectual curiosity" to develop "great policy." She also said, "You know, she was my governor for two years there, and I don't think she liked to get down into the policy." Really, Lisa? Is that the best you can do? It is clear that Sarah and Lisa have always had a not-so-friendly relationship. Even though Sarah is known for working across the aisle and being a successful governor, Lisa does not seem to realize this. Maybe it is because Lisa has held a grudge against Sarah ever sense Sarah defeated her father for the Alaska governorship. It is clear that Lisa still has not gotten over her father's defeat. While losing a hard-fought election can be very difficult, most people learn that it is best to move on and let bygones be bygones in order to work together with the party for the common good on behalf of the people. Although this is a lesson most people learn, it is clear Lisa Murkowski has never learned, or maybe never was taught, this important lesson. We see this in the way she has treated and spoken about Sarah. I believe this has to do with the fact that she and Sarah are two different individuals who, while both Alaskans, have lived very different lives. On one hand, we have Sarah Palin, who rose from humble beginnings and worked her way up, learning nothing ever comes without hard work and dedication. Her phenomenal parents, whom I had the privilege to spend time with last summer in Alaska, taught her the value of hard work and determination. Sarah began by serving in the PTA, then the city council, then as the mayor of Wasilla, and finally as Alaska's first female governor. This is vastly different than Lisa's political journey. When her dad was governor, he appointed his daughter, Lisa, a lawyer who had served in the AK State House, to the Senate. You may remember some of this twisted tale from Sarah's discussion of it in her best-selling book Going Rogue: An American Life. Apparently, when Governor Frank Murkowski called Sarah into his office to interview her for the open Senate seat, he asked if she would be up to the job because she was a mother with young children. Given that this assertion in itself was ridiculous, what was even more ridiculous was that, in the end, Frank Murkowski ended up appointing his daughter, who, in fact, had young children of her own. The rest, as they say, is history. To her credit, Lisa was re-elected by the people after being appointed and has been a Senator ever since.
I am not writing this blog to question Lisa Murkowski's fitness to be a senator. I do not take issue on her fitness for office, for it is clear that she is qualified just as Sarah is more than qualified to hold any political office she desires to hold. What I do take issue with is the statements she has made and continues to make against fellow Republicans like Sarah, Joe Miller (Remember how she questioned his fitness for holding the job of Senator?) and most recently what she said about Jim DeMint, telling POLITICO:
"I think some Republicans in the Congress feel pretty strongly that he and his actions potentially cost us the majority by encouraging candidates that ended up not being electable.... I think there's some folks that feel that DeMint's actions didn't necessarily help the Republican majority.... So the real question is, what's his desire? Does he want to help the Republican majority , or is he on his own agenda, his own initiative?"
What I would like to know is who or what gives Lisa Murkowski the authority to make such comments? Last I checked, she had to resort to running a write-in campaign after Joe Miller, whom Jim DeMint endorsed, beat her fair and square in the primary. It is clear that Lisa Murkowski has this all-about-me complex in that the seat she hold belongs to her, when in reality, it is the people's seat. While it appears that she may end up retaining it when all the write-in votes are counted, it is clear that Lisa Murkowski is a woman who seems to view herself as an entitled individual who can throw insults and negativity around, but just cannot take the fact that she is losing vast amounts of credibility every time she opens her mouth and makes a snide comment.
In the end, when all the votes are counted and a winner is officially named, one thing will remain the same. It is clear that Lisa Murkowski is jealous of the beautiful life Sarah Palin leads. In making these comments the day after Sarah Palin's Alaska aired, it is clear that she is doing everything she can do to discredit Sarah and her ever-growing popularity. What other explanation is there other than to try to steal Sarah's thunder following the show, which was watched by millions across the globe, making it TLC's most watched reality-series premiere ever! It is clear that Lisa's latest shenanigan is a publicity stunt in an attempt to discredit Sarah, but it looks like this stunt has backfired on Lisa and company because many are shaking their heads, wondering why Lisa is getting involved in another woman's life when she has enough to deal with; after all, doesn't she have that whole recount thing to keep her busy? It would be wise if Lisa would start focusing on her own political goals and less on her (not-so-expert) opinion and personal dislike of Sarah Palin.
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Monday, November 15, 2010
I hope you all had a great weekend and had fun watching Sarah Palin's Alaska last night on TLC. What a great show; I know I speak for many of you when I admit that I cannot wait until next week. Make sure to tune in next Sunday night at 6 pacific/9 eastern on TLC to catch the second episode of the eight-part series.
Now, on to the business of the day...
Bristol Palin has "WOWED" America with her consistent improvement and her just-dance attitude during her time on Dancing with the Stars. Bristol needs our help again TONIGHT as she prepares to dance two dances in an all-out effort to make it into the finals. It is no secret that Bristol is the most-improved dancer left. It is also common knowledge that Bristol is the only contestant left who has no acting OR dancing experience. As the fabulous Kelly Osbourne recently said, "I love Bristol. I think she's what the show is all about. She puts her heart into what she's doing; there's such vulnerability in her, and she gets up there every week by herself and does it." Kelly is so right, Bristol IS what DWTS is all about. When I interviewed her for my blog, I found her to be so down-to-earth and genuine. There is not a diva bone in her entire body. In becoming a cast member on DWTS, she chose put herself out there, which illustrates her bravery and willingness to just let her hair down and have some fun. Sarah Palin recently tweeted some words of wisdom that Bristol shared with her when she first became a contestant: "No matter what I do, they're going to criticize, so I might as well dance." Well said, Bristol, well said. You just get out there and have some fun, and we will be there to support you and vote like crazy!!!
Remember, it is up to all of you out there!!! YOU can help her get through to next week. Make sure you watch the show and VOTE, VOTE, VOTE!!! While it is vital that you call 1-800-868-3407 with as many phones as you have, voting multiple times, it is just as vital that you vote online at abc.com and if AT&T is your cellular carrier, text your votes to 3407.
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Friday, November 12, 2010
Remember when you were in elementary school and it was your turn to celebrate your birthday in class? If you were like me, your mom would bake homemade cupcakes or cookies and send them with you to school, so your classmates and you could enjoy a treat and celebrate your big day. Well, it looks like your kids may not be able to celebrate the same fun way you did. It seems that it isn’t enough to simply discourage students to eat or bring sweets to school; now, various State Boards of Education, like Pennsylvania, are attempting to limit the number of birthday celebrations in an all-out effort to combat sweets in the classroom. Is it just me, or does this sound absolutely outrageous? But wait a minute because the madness does not end in the confines of your child’s school. The City of San Francisco is going to extreme measures by attempting to stop McDonalds from selling Happy Meals. I kid you not.
I never thought I would see the day when parents would lose their role as parents. The majority of parents across the country are good parents who want the best for their children. When did it become okay for schools, cities and the government to dictate what a child can and cannot eat? The answer is simple: NEVER. Instead of combating against teacher layoffs and budget shortfalls, school districts are more worried about whether or not students should get to have cookies on their birthdays. Instead of worrying about being on the verge of bankruptcy, cities like San Francisco are more worried about confiscating Happy Meals. Instead of worrying about the high number of individuals who are losing their jobs each day, our government is more worried about dictating what our children should weigh and eat. While I am all for healthy eating, regular exercise and living a good lifestyle, individuals do not need to be educated on how best to raise their children.
I find it ironic that, although schools and cities are going to the extreme of cutting junk food from students' diets, they have no problem cutting down the amount of physical-education time students receive on a daily basis. That doesn't make much sense, now, does it? Instead of allowing parents to parent, the government is taking over this role. It is time for the government to step aside and let parents do what they were created to do: parent.
The 2010 mid-term election results signify that people are sick and tired of what is going on in our country. With all the problems going on in America today, it is pretty petty and ridiculous to remove sweets from schools and Happy Meals from fast-food chains, but I have a feeling this is just the beginning as those in charge attempt to control as many aspects of our lives as possible. They better watch out because it is crystal clear that we, the people, have had enough. If they are coming in between parents and children today, what will they do next week or in the months to come? At what point is the line drawn? It leaves me wondering if our children- the future generations of America- are going to grow up in a world of excessive rules and regulations, a world that is unrecognizable to their parents.
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Camille and I have a great show lined up for this Thursday night (11/11). October's shows were full of great guests- everyone from Bristol Palin and Eddie Burke to Joe Miller, and November is expected to be just as great! We are pleased to announce that we will be joined by phenomenal blogger and political contributor Jedediah Bila. Camille and I first got to know Jedediah via Twitter when we were helping with Eddie Burke's campaign for Alaska lieutenant governor. Jedediah was nice enough to conduct a Q&A with Eddie that was published in the Daily Caller. For those of you who know of Jededidah's work as a writer and commentator, not to mention an upcoming author, you know that she has an amazing way with words and the quality of her work is both fair and honest. Her work is a favorite of Mark Levin and Shaun Hannity. She is a regular on the Fox News Channel with regular appearances on Hannity and Red Eye. Camille and I cannot wait to talk with her about the mid-term elections and the rise of women in politics.
Make sure to tune in this Thursday night at 7 pacific/10 eastern to The People's Post. You can listen online at blogtalkradio.com/thepeoplespost-live.
***Make sure to check back often before this Thursday-night's show as I will be adding more guests to the schedule.***
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