Sunday, June 14, 2009

Setting The Record Straight, Part One

For most of my life I've tried to wrap my head around why it is that so many so-called "journalists" refuse to report the truth. As a young teenager, doing research for a speech competition in which I was writing a speech on accuracy in journalism, I came across the story from 1987 when then CBS news anchor Dan Rather stormed off the set, leaving the screen black for 6 minutes. All because he didn't get his way. This event had more to do with Rather being a diva than it did accuracy, but it gives a great example of the light in which these reporters see themselves. It used to be that journalists were sworn to a code of ethics much like the one seen here, but sadly, few media outlets actually enforce it. Never has this fact been more evident than in the case of Governor Sarah Palin the very minute she was introduced on the national stage. I know, I was watching, along with the rest of the world.

I knew very little about Sarah Palin until shortly before her nomination as Vice President. I had heard various conservative commentators and radio personalities mention her, citing the fact that she was the most popular Governor in America, with approval ratings that had hit the 90's at one point. It took very little digging for me to begin finding out the truth, much of which Fred Barnes laid out nicely in this article posted long before her nomination as Republican Vice President. 

Senator John McCain announced his nomination of Governor Palin on the morning of August 29, 2008. It was shortly after her acceptance speech was given that the media firestorm started and this blog was created. I was so angry at what the media was doing that for five days I posted nothing. I just watched in disbelief. This was my first post on September 3, 2008. 

Accuracy in journalism has been lacking for many years, and it was during the Bush Presidency that it became most evident. The lies, the hate speech, and the sheer lack of credibility reached an all time high during the last eight years. However, until Sarah reached the stage, we didn't know the extent to which journalists, politicians, and their voters on the left would go to destroy someone with whom they disagree. Organizations that have shrieked about women's rights for years were strangely silent, proving to those of us on the right what we'd known all along--it's about the liberal agenda, not women's rights. Something big took place in the 2008 election: the primary objective of the media became an undeniable effort to destroy Governor Sarah Palin. 

As I previously noted, it takes little effort in this day and age to find the facts. That so many Americans blindly, like dogs (and I realize that's rather insulting to dogs), lapped up whatever the mainstream media fed them in this last election was both pathetic and absolutely unbelievable. Even more sickening was the blatant disregard for reporting anything about Barack Hussein Obama's actual history: his true associations, his true record, his real qualifications, or lack thereof. It's frightening, really, that so many people exist in America who care so little about the truth

The first bit of insanity started nearly immediately. The mainstream media began to question whether or not Senator McCain had even vetted Sarah for the V.P. spot. This was incredibly insulting to the man who had previously been quite the media darling. Networks like CNN, MSNBC, and newsprint organizations like The Washington Post and The New York Times began reporting these claims
  • John McCain did not know about Palin's daughter being pregnant.
  • She should step down due to family considerations.
  • Palin's husband had a DUI arrest that McCain didn't know about
  • The vetting process was rushed. Obama had a large vetting team.
  • Nobody in Alaska was approached during the vetting process.
  • McCain only met Sarah once.
  • McCain's camp is only now sending a vetting team to Alaska.
In fact, Senator McCain and his team thoroughly vetted the good Governor, as explained here and here. This would be the first of many lies reported as fact by the mainstream media.

Next, on August 31, 2008, a fictitious story was posted at Daily Kos (a left wing liberal blog) saying that Trig Palin, Todd and Sarah's four-month-old son was not their baby, but instead belonged to their daughter Bristol. The best answer I have to this is: absurd. But look what the left was, and still is, saying about baby Trig: 
  • Fake Ebay listing put up by Democratic Underground posting baby Trig for sale as a political prop. The Obama's could trot their daughters onto the stage anytime they wished, and it was okay, but because Sarah brought her children with her on the trail she was using them as 'props'. No double standard there, is there?
  • Nicholas Provenzo, writer for the Center for the Advancement of Capitalism, wrote an article stating that Trig, because he has Down Syndrome, was a financial burden and should have been aborted. Here's another writer suggesting Trig wishes he'd been killed by abortion. 
  • Media began demanding DNA samples from the Palin's to prove Trig was really their son.
  • "Comedian" Bill Maher not only told the story that Daily Kos reported as fact, but in this clip, had disgusting things to say about special needs children and how abstinence doesn't work (which, by the way, is the most mind numbingly idiotic statement I've ever heard). **language alert
  • Vanity Fair magazine put up a Trig Palin conspiracy timeline on their web page
The list goes on and on, but you get the picture. There are some sick people in this world, and many of them on the left chose to exploit a precious little baby just because they want to destroy his mother by any means possible. 

The next big story was, of course, the announcement on September 1st that Sarah's daughter Bristol was pregnant. Many in the mainstream media reported that this announcement came as quite a shock to the McCain campaign when, in fact, the campaign had long known about the pregnancy and had embraced Bristol with wide open arms. Never in my lifetime have I seen the children of a candidate treated the way Governor Palin's children have been exploited.  You need only to google Bristol's name to find the endless amount of things that were said about her in the media. 

Next came the story that Sarah was a liar because she claimed she'd sold the Governor's corporate jet on eBay. Nope, that's not what she said, and the only research I had to do to find that out was to actually listen to her speech! Here's what she actually said on September 3rd, in her acceptance speech to the nation:
While I was at it, I got rid of a few things in the governor's office that I didn't believe our citizens should have to pay for. That luxury jet was over the top. I put it on eBay.
Here's the truth, which can be found at Fight the Palin Smears:
  • She listed the jet on eBay, then sold it elsewhere.
  • She listed the jet on eBay for $2.5 million with no bids, then sold it elsewhere for $2.1 million. 
  • The state's jet plane was a major issue in the 2006 election, which Palin won. Then-incumbent Frank Murkowski had defied protests from members of the state Legislature and the public when he bought the jet in 2005 to travel around the state. His political opponents said the jet symbolized his arrogance and free-spending ways.
  • She said during the campaign she would sell the jet, and one of her first orders on taking office was putting the it up for sale. And yep, the state decided to list it on eBay for an asking price of $2.5-million. (The state had paid just under $2.7-million for it in 2005.)
  • The state had sold smaller aircraft previously on eBay. Alaska is a large, rural state, and state officials do use aircraft to get around. But typically they use smaller, more rugged planes than Murkowski's jet.
  • But the jet's eBay listing did not prove effective, and the state never got its asking price. Instead, in 2007, the state turned to an aircraft broker, Turbo North Aviation. The jet was purchased that year by businessman Larry Reynolds, the owner of a sporting goods store and marine supply store in Valdez. Reynolds paid $2.1-million.
  • So, it's true that Palin put the plane up for sale on eBay, but it didn't sell on eBay.
The absurdity that followed was the rumor those in the mainstream media reported as fact that started at this site on September 3rd.  The commenter claimed that Sarah Palin had a list of books she wanted banned from Alaska libraries. Michelle Malkin did a great job of debunking this rumor, and she points out that all it took, again, was a simple google search. The sad thing is, then Presidential candidate Barack Obama's website reported the rumor as fact, although that part of his page has been conveniently removed. Not only that, the rumor was started in the comment section of a blog, and reported as fact by the media at large. Many of the books listed hadn't even been published at the time she supposedly issued the list. 

The following day, the National Enquirer printed a front page story alleging that Sarah had an affair with her husband Todd's business partner, Brad Hanson. The Huffington Post, which many on the left hail as a mainstream newspaper, reported the story as fact. The story caught on, and spread world wide, although for some reason, the mainstream media outlets pretty much left this one alone as far as I can tell. The story was completely false. 

To me, what was probably most startling during all of this was how openly biased the blowhards in Hollywood and in the mainstream media were. I mean, we all knew they were liberals, but the vicious attacks on a Vice Presidential nominee were unbridled and was as if she was the one running against Barack Hussein Obama. As soon as Sarah emerged onto the scene, rallies that had previously drawn thousands were drawing tens of thousands. She was a breath of fresh air, and they couldn't stand it.  See what some were saying: 
These are just a few examples, but it gives you a clear picture: these people think we actually care what they have to say! be continued

Happy Flag Day!

Friday, June 12, 2009

Calm, Cool, Collective: Our Next President!

Thanks to Van Guard, at Smart Girl Politics, I came across these videos of the Governor, in an interview with NBC's Matt Lauer, discussing the HISTORIC agreement to move forward with the Alaska Gasline Inducement Act. (among other things) As Van Guard points out, no teleprompter, intelligent, focused, dynamic, and courageous...this woman should be our next President! 

And, another smackdown on the Letterman issue:

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Todd and Sarah Palin's Facebook Statement On The Letterman Comments **UPDATED (video Added)

"Any 'jokes' about raping my 14-year-old are despicable. Alaskans know it and I believe the rest of the world knows it, too."
- Todd Palin

"Concerning Letterman's comments about my young daughter (and I doubt he'd ever dare make such comments about anyone else's daughter): 'Laughter incited by sexually-perverted comments made by a 62-year-old male celebrity aimed at a 14-year-old girl is not only disgusting, but it reminds us some Hollywood/NY entertainers have a long way to go in understanding what the rest of America understands - that acceptance of inappropriate sexual comments about an underage girl, who could be anyone's daughter, contributes to the atrociously high rate of sexual exploitation of minors by older men who use and abuse others.'"
- Governor Sarah Palin

**WANT TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS? START HERE. David Letterman was at it again tonight on his show. (June 10) Be sure to follow this link and let CBS know how you feel. For more on tonight's show, see this link. In addition, you can email Sumner Redstone, the Chairman of CBS TV @ or call 212-975-4321(Phone) and 212-975-4516 (Fax). (hat tip to Patty from our Moms 4 Sarah Palin group at SGP)

In response to Letterman inviting the Governor on his show: "The Palins have no intention of providing a ratings boost for David Letterman by appearing on his show. Plus, it would be wise to keep Willow away from David Letterman."
-Megan Stapleton, Palin spokesperson

**N.O.W. has FINALLY spoken on the issue...see what they've said here

**Here is the video of Sarah on the lovely MSNBC this morning (June 12). 

For more video and writing on the subject, see this link. 

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Rush: Obama Is Destroying The Economy

This was the monologue from the Rush Limbaugh show yesterday, June 8, 2009. It is excellent, and WELL worth taking ten minutes to listen. Democrats, don't just write it off because it's Rush. I encourage you to listen to the full video. 

John Voight Weighs In

Mr. Voight weighed in on the current political happenings at the NRSC/NRCC fund raiser last evening. It's refreshing to hear someone from Hollywood display such gumption! 

David Letterman=Pathetic Excuse For A Comedian

Letterman: just another sexist pig. 

Thanks to
Conservatives 4 Palin, here's more, in his monologue.

The Governor's response:

Monday, June 08, 2009

Sarah On Hannity

Governor Palin will be on Hannity (Fox News Channel) tonight at 9 p.m. eastern. Be sure to tune in!

Thursday, June 04, 2009

Another Ethics Complaint Dismissed

June 3, 2009, Anchorage, Alaska - Governor Sarah Palin today welcomed news that another ethics complaint has been dismissed. This is the 14th ethics complaint filed against the governor or her staff that has been resolved with no finding of a violation of the Executive Branch Ethics Act. Those complaints contain 22 separate allegations, all of which have been found to be without merit.

The complaint, filed by Linda Kellen Biegel, a blogger designated by the 2008 Democratic National Convention to represent Alaska bloggers, alleged that the governor violated the ethics act when she acted as the official starter of the Iron Dog snow machine race in February while wearing a jacket with the name Team Arctic, a logo of the Arctic Cat Company. The complaint accused the governor of using her position and state resources to serve her personal financial interests. The complaint also alleged that the governor used state resources to promote a personal interest.

Thomas Daniel, the independent investigator for the State Personnel Board, concluded there is no evidence establishing probable cause to believe that Governor Palin used her position for personal gain by wearing a Team Arctic jacket at the start and finish of the 2009 Iron Dog race.

“My investigation has uncovered no evidence that the governor or her husband received anything of value in exchange for the governor wearing the Team Arctic jacket when she acted as the official starter of the 2009 Iron Dog,” Daniel wrote in the report dismissing Kellen Biegel’s complaint.

Daniel went on to write, “I also note that most jackets worn by Alaskans have a company name or logo on them. It is common to see jackets with logos of North Face, Patagonia, Eddie Bauer, Marmot, Cabella’s, L.L. Bean and others. Indeed, it is more likely than not that any jacket that an Alaskan wears will have a company logo on it. So the fact that a person wears a jacket with a company logo on it is not evidence that the person is receiving a financial benefit as a result. To the contrary, it is the company that is receiving the benefit in the form of free advertising.”

"This complaint cost the governor personally, and the State of Alaska, thousands of dollars to address,” said Thomas Van Flein, the governor’s attorney. “It is regrettable that the ethics process has been diverted for partisan purposes by some, but it is also commendable that the board remains focused on the law."

**I would love to see either Governor Palin or the state of Alaska bring charges against this woman for filing a frivolous complaint. People like this are the reason our judicial system is so messed up. Has it come to the place when a wife and daughter are not allowed to wear the team jacket of their husband/father because someone might sue? I guess it has...when you're a conservative and the person filing the suit is a liberal. 

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Terror Attack In Arkansas **UPDATED**

Let's be abundantly clear. The killing of Pvt. William Long on Monday was the first act of terror perpetrated on American soil since 9/11/01. Until today, President Obama was completely silent on the issue, which speaks volumes. 

Our sincere condolences to the family of Pvt. Long. May God bless them for the sacrifice they have made for this great nation. Their son never had an opportunity to fight for this country, but his willingness to do so speaks volumes about who he was. May his death not be in vain.
For funeral plans see this link.

**Soldier slain by domestic terrorist laid to rest with honors. See this link for more details.**

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Governor Palin Statement on William Long

"The stories of two very different lives with similar fates crossed through the media's hands yesterday - both equally important but one lacked the proper attention. The death of 67-year old George Tiller was unacceptable, but equally disgusting was another death that police believe was politically and religiously motivated as well.

William Long died yesterday. The 23-year old Army Recruiter was gunned down by a fanatic; another fellow soldier was wounded in the ambush. The soldiers had just completed their basic training and were talking to potential recruits, just as my son, Track, once did.

Whatever titles we give these murderers, both deserve our attention. Violence like that is no way to solve a political dispute nor a religious one. And the fanatics on all sides do great disservice when they confuse dissention with rage and death."

Governor Sarah Palin

A Time For Choosing by Ronald Reagan

Please be sure to pause the video to the right of your screen. Enjoy!

Monday, June 01, 2009

For Those Who Cannot Speak

I'll never forget the moment. It will be forever imprinted on my mind and in my heart~the day my husband and I first laid eyes on our precious little girl. I remember it as if it were yesterday. The Dr. held her up, my husband cut the cord, the nurses took her and did whatever nurses do with that new little life just before they swaddle them, and then they laid her tiny little body in my arms. Her big brown eyes opened to meet ours for the first time, her little fingers and toes were so perfect--I remember my husband and I just being in awe of the amazing miracle with which God had entrusted us. 

So many in life are faced with a much different scene in the delivery room. Perhaps there have been complications. Perhaps the baby is very sick, perhaps his little body couldn't take the stress of birth, or perhaps she's just born with some sort of "defect" as some like to call it. Not one of these little ones is any less special than our little bundle of joy...each were created, each were designed just exactly how God intended them to be. (Psalm 139) Each little life that is brought into this world has purpose and meaning, no matter what the circumstances are that surround that little life. 

No political issue haunts me more than the issue of abortion. I will never understand how a mother, no matter what the circumstances are, can make the choice to murder her unborn child. And lets be frank~when you eliminate a life, it is murder. The argument is always made that "it" isn't a life, but merely a glob of cells. So, when does an unborn baby become a human being? Many years ago, an important gathering took place in Washington during which a group, consisting of biochemists, professors of obstetrics and gynecology, geneticists, etc, were asked to report the findings of their research. Here were their findings, with a vote of 19-1:
"The majority of our group could find no point in time between the union of sperm and egg, or at least the blastocyst stage [shortly after fertilization, when twinning might occur] and the birth of the infant at which point we could say that this was not a human life. The changes occurring between implantation, a six-weeks embryo, a six months fetus, a one week-old child, or a mature adult are merely stages of development and maturation."—First International Conference on Abortion, Washington D.C., October 1967.
Life begins at conception. After just 10 weeks in the womb, you can already see perfect little feet. The picture you see below was taken by a mother who miscarried her baby at 6 weeks
This picture is of an actual 10 week old fetus being held by a physician. It is between 6 and 10 weeks that the vast majority of babies are murdered. (see these statistics)

12 Weeks

14 Weeks

18 Weeks

22 Weeks

This photo was taken of a 26 week old baby. It's after 26 weeks that the baby has the best chance of survival outside of the mother's womb, although there are pictures of babies born much earlier. 

Finally, below you see the picture of a full term newborn baby. It is at this stage that those who support partial birth abortion still hold to the fact that this little person, this little life, is not a human being. Why, you ask? Because it fits their agenda. There's nothing in science that supports their claims. Even though the baby is full term, if her little body is still inside her mother and only her head has exited the birth canal, or if the doctor has inserted the forceps into the mother and forced the baby out of the mother leaving only the head inside--he is still able to perform murder on this little baby.  How, you ask? See this link.  What are the results? Below are some links: (**caution: the pictures aren't easy to look at**) 

One Nation Under Obama

Ironically, as I was finishing this post this weekend, the news of the murder of late term abortion Dr. George Tiller flashed onto the screen. While I was sickened not only to hear of his murder, and the politicizing of it by the left, I was saddened. This man should have been stopped by the law of the land. He should have been put in jail for murdering countless unborn babies who couldn't fight for their right to live life, and now, someone has decided to take matters into his own hands and instead of furthering the cause of life, has now most definitely caused a set-back in our fight FOR life. We here at Moms 4 Sarah Palin join every mainstream pro-life organization that has unequivocally denounced the killing of Dr. Tiller. Our objective is to spare human lives, and to see that laws are changed to protect the murder of the unborn. 

For more notes on the Murder of Dr. Tiller, see this link
To see previous posts we've written here on abortion, see here, here and here.