Friday, 4 December 2009

Exclusive report from Sarah Palin's speech in Missouri at the College of the Ozarks - Wednesday, December 2, 2009

First I would like to thank our unnamed reader who provided the tickets for Sarah's speech at the College of the Ozarks in Missouri which took place on December 2, 2009. In addition, I would like to thank the couple who attended the event and wrote this excellent report exclusively for palingates.

We are incredibly lucky to have this report, as it was part of Palin's contract to "keep the media out" (as we all know, there are mostly liberals in the media, and they like to report facts, which can be very annoying indeed).

By the way: Whose decision was it to keep the media out?

CNN knows:

Elizabeth Andrews, the college's communications director, called the decision "mutual."

"This was per the agreement that the College of the Ozarks had when had when we booked governor Palin for the convocation," she told CNN. "This didn't come from our end or theirs. It was a mutual consent kind of thing."


Well, whatever - who needs the media when we have our own spies! ;-)

The College of the Ozarks themselves also didn't give a real report - but they let us now that the "College of the Ozarks awarded the Governor the inaugural Great American Award" and they also provided one picture, believe it or not:




In addition, the College of the Ozarks explain in their press release:

"The Great American Awards are given by the College to individuals whose lives reflect great credit on the mission, goals and vision of College of the Ozarks. Patriotism is one of the important goals of the College. Along with Palin, seven individuals received Great American Awards. The Governor expressed that she was honored and humbled to be among such company."

Therefore the "Governor" is now officially a "Great American." I am sure that all Americans will be thrilled to hear that.

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Here is the report from this event:

As thousands poured into College of the Ozarks’ Keeter Gymnasium on December 2, 2009, the atmosphere fairly sparkled with excitement and anticipation. The apparently well-practiced parking of the huge number of vehicles had gone smoothly (as far as we could see), and the well-mannered and friendly students greeted and handed out programs. (Our greeters had just run out before we arrived at our upper level area, but a few minutes later I picked up two downstairs, and still later, a large supply arrived.)

The program was a handsome one, seven pages, with Sarah Palin’s portrait on the cover, the event was billed as The Leonard B. and Edith Gittinger Community Convocation, put on by The Keeter Center for Character Education. My American Heritage Dictionary defines convocation as “A group of people assembled by summons.” (As an aside: Hmmm, the press was obviously not included in the summons. I called our local NBC affiliate this morning, saying I’d seen nothing on the morning news about the event and was told they were expressly forbidden attendance. I said “Strange!” and the man at the station said “We thought so, too.”

That aside, the long-awaited evening began with good music by the college’s Concert Band, an intro, then a Presentation of Colors by the Army ROTC, the national anthem,, Pledge of Allegiance, an invocation, a welcome by the college president, Jerry C. Davis and the Inaugural Great American Award to Sarah Palin. There was also beautiful music both early and late. By the way, the program started exactly at 7 pm as scheduled. Patriotism is alive and well at C of O, and there were many manifestations, including a Parade of Colors by students of the Patriotic Education Travel Program in which students travel to former sites of wars with veterans. Some of the veterans were there and were honored. (I honor veterans, also, but I wish there were in this society honors bestowed, too, on those who fight for peace -- people like the Quakers, for example.)

Well, to get to Mrs. Palin, I must say I admire her stamina. She had already had a busy day with the Borders book signing, but she womanfully withstood the rigors of standing (in high heels) through Jerry C. Davis’ conducting of seven more Great American Awards; she handed the recipients their trophies. Davis, president of the college, is not noted for his brevity.

Anyway, finally at 8:10 pm Sarah Palin began her talk, concluding right around 9 pm. She made a comment about her (and the McCain campaign’s) treatment by the mainstream media, mentioning “We call it ‘the lame stream media.’” That remark brought a large laugh from the primarily Republican audience. (This characterization of the audience is my own assumption, not based on statistical evidence.)

At 8:40, she said “I’m a commonsense conservative,” saying there need to be more initiatives to help small businesses survive and thrive, since they are what supports our economy. She didn’t mention that lots of the stimulus funds haven’t yet been distributed, nor did she ask why, of course. As might have been expected, she criticized the present administration for its large spending, neglecting to mention that many economists seem to see seeds of this downturn many months, even years before Barack Obama became our Commander-in-Chief.

She said she is “in God’s hands” and spoke of “God’s guideposts,” but unfortunately, I didn’t get what these were. In similar vein, she said she believes nothing happens by accident. She is not ashamed to talk about her faith, she says. Although she speaks of the need for people (and legislators) to work together, she didn’t say how to work together with people whose religious beliefs do not parallel your own. And although she didn’t really deal with the right-to-life/abortion debate, she said the government should not intrude into people’s lives. (Seems to me there’s something askew here in logic; but I’ve been thinking about that for many years, long before Mrs. Palin appeared on the scene.)

She talked about having worked her way through college, which of course made a hit at CofO where all students do just that. Basketball and other sports have been important learning experiences in her life. (In fact, in his intro, Jerry Davis said she probably felt more at home in a gymnasium than any previous speaker had.) “Family values,” she felt, were often learned while participating in sports. She often spoke of “ordinary people,” like her, who can achieve success through faith, hope and the pioneer spirit. (I believe the Bible speaks of faith, hope and charity?) Charity was not mentioned. I wonder why? Come to think of it, I’m sure there’s at least one Bible translation where the triumvirate of virtues is named as faith, hope and love! On the faith part, she’s very strong, indicating faith was important in the past and is now. She also said we should learn from and follow “the lessons of history, and history’s heroes,” heroes like those whom we had with us tonight. She said those people of “the Greatest Generation” did not apologize for America. The majority of the audience liked that, too.

Former President Ronald Reagan was quoted several times, and I gather he’s a hero of hers. She strongly agrees government is the problem, not the solution. She said when Reagan was president, he “faced a worse crisis than we do now.” His solution, she said, was lowering taxes and giving people more confidence.

In regard to her unexpected departure from governorship of Alaska, she said “You don’t need a title to effect positive change.” Upon returning to her home state and duties after the loss of the election in 2008, she said she had come home to “the new normal,” and was “targeted by enemies.” Her initiatives ground to a halt. She had to defend herself against charges, it was distracting from work that needed doing, and it made governing virtually impossible. It costs nothing, she emphasized, to make charges, but it costs a lot to defend yourself against them. So, since she had a good Lt. Gov. to take over, she resigned. (AND wrote -- or rather co-wrote -- a book. If she mentioned her ghost-writer, Lynn Vincent, last night, I missed it.) However, she quoted what her father was reported to have said upon hearing the news of her leaving her job as governor: “She’s not resigning; she’s re-loading!” Perhaps a prescient remark!

In conclusion:

While Sarah Palin came across as very sincere and also was effective as a speaker, she was praising and espousing what seemed to me to be a more simplistic vision of the world than the one I see. There are no varieties of grey, but all bright light (the conservative way) or utter darkness (the liberal way). Under a Palin presidency (or as Senator or VP) I personally can’t see that bi-partisanship could regularly occur (not that it’s occurring very often now!)

Leaving the campus was more difficult than arriving, as there was a long traffic jam. Our car joined one of the lines at 9:10 and didn’t actually leave CofO until 10 pm.

On a funny side note, ours was probably the only car among the thousands there that had a fine set of Obama stickers on the back bumper. As another car pulled in beside us, I heard the woman say a single word in a surprised tone, "Obama"!

I wish Sarah Palin well with the book, and I hope she’ll have a happy life continuing to help Alaska in whatever ways she can, given her duties in caring for her family.



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55 comments:

Anonymous said...

What about her saying that "accurate history" should be taught. What's that all about?

Anonymous said...

It probably includes the human footprints inside dinosaur footprints. It SHOULD include things like how she was for the "bridge to nowhere" before she was against it, and how Todd belonged to the AIP and she addressed the group. History of things that REALLY happened.

Anonymous said...

I spoke to college students today. It isn't hard to do. And I would welcome the press.

Anonymous said...

OT: Would Van Flein consider a patrilineal story a conspiracy?

Anonymous said...

Van Flein thinks matrilineal is the history of her mattresses.

Anonymous said...

Brought to you from the "say it as many times as you can" sea of pee. I can understand their giddiness at being allowed to speak freely.

Anonymous said...

Wow, a troll posted the same thing repeatedly. Einstein he's not.

Anonymous said...

dingleberry

CC said...

haha anon @ 01:11

Indeed!

Anonymous said...

Patrilineal is a nerve!

CC said...

She has such STELLAR followers

conscious at last said...

The Strange Tale of the Naming of a Child-- Trig Paxon Van Palin

1- Trig- Did you know that a short hand medical term for Downs Syndrome is TRI-G !?!?!?!

2-Paxon - Did you know that Lowell "Bud" Paxon is a long term ally of/and major contributor to
John Mc Cain? Just Google McCain and Paxon


3- Please re- read Number 1 and let it sink in... Ms. Palin named her adopted child "DOWNS SYNDROME"

Anonymous said...

You can see that the trolls have nothing to say about the subject of the post. If they weren't so worried about something, why are they here acting like children?

World, this is the level of intellect of the average Palin supporter: childish, churlish, intellectually and emotionally stunted. Most Americans are not like these people, world; so please do not judge us based on their heartlessness, rudeness, and inadequacies.

Anonymous said...

Hi Patrick!

Several times I have seen where she has used the expression..."lame stream media."

Bernie Goldberg was on Bill O'Reilly's show and I could see he was upset when Bill O. mentioned Sarah had said that.

It seems Bernie coined that phrase and Sarah stole it from him.

What else is new?

Ginger

Anonymous said...

LOL! That is all? Patrick must have hit a nerve, dolls!

Anonymous said...

Do you recognize the pattern of this? I remember when our "resident" troll did the same thing a month ago. Remember?

CC said...

Yes, the are so original...

haha

Anonymous said...

Whenever the "troll" is called out for his mistakes, he throws a fit, like a child. He is a child.

Anonymous said...

So, international audience, do you see the level of discourse provided by Palin supporters?

I wish Palin would buy better help. Her paid bloggers are atrocious.

Anonymous said...

Maybe getting paid per post?

Anonymous said...

The troll spammer is going crazy about Levi.

Anonymous said...

The troll spammer will be reported to Hatewatch.org.

CC said...

Let's hope it is that and not that they're just childish and representative of that ignorant base of hers

Anonymous said...

We all know who it is. He did the same thing a month ago.

Anonymous said...

OK, 1 lie

vs.

A book full of lies (plus 40+ years of lies)

Anonymous said...

Spammer, where is your link? YOU LIE

Britsy Bluebell said...

Looks like Levi might have the answers after all! Why try to discredit him on this post? hahahhahaha!!
Be safe Levi, looks like the shit is coming your way, keep accurate records.

Anonymous said...

As far as voting scandals go, I don't think Levi really compares to Palin lying (and wanting to lie MORE) about Todd's involvement with the AIP.

Anonymous said...

Quick OT!

About Palin being for the "Birthers" and then "Against the Birthers" ... all in one night..

This can't go over well with her fan base..
Well, not the ones that ignore her statements and are back in la la land

Here's the thing
ALOT of Birther's are out there... and they love Sarah!
and
ALOT of anti-Birther's are out there (C4P moderator, ect) ... and they love Sarah!

So Sarah says Heck YA! Obama should show his Birth Certificate!
The Birther's go wild!
The anti-Birther's shake their head in disappointment at her credibility..

but Wait!
A retraction..
Oh no people! I never said any of that! I am not a Birther!!
Now the Birther's shake their head in disappointment...
and the anti-Birther's are still shaking their head.... they know they "heard" right the first time

Anonymous said...

Quote of the day:

"Doctors have closely examined Gov. Palin's head, and found nothing there."

Archivist in the previous thread found it.

Spammer troll: You keep promising a look at SOME of Levi's claims.
I believe you've made your point with ONE of his claims.
Please move on to the rest.

Anonymous said...

Why doth the spammer slander Levi? YOU LIE

Anonymous said...

You guys need to add advertising to the site-- the number of hits you're getting from that guy is awesome!

Anonymous said...

The immaturity level and lack of citation just shows how poorly Palinbots think.

Anonymous said...

anon 01:29

Hi-Five!

Strike Chipper Palin said...

Please don't feed the trolls. Do your best to ignore them completely. If a genuine person posts a dissenting view, please reply politely. If the discussion descends into something fruitless and annoying as the recent performance we saw here, treat as trolling and simply ignore.

Thank you

Anonymous said...

Yes, indeed. The spammer is afraid of a patrilineal story that Levi could tell.

Kelly said...

"help Alaska"? What the heck? She hasn't done anything to HELP Alaska! Everything she did was to benefit herself!

Anonymous said...

mmmmmm
Troll Food

Anonymous said...

You can hide the spam by clicking to the right of: Anonymous said ...

Anonymous said...

Wow, she really repeated the line about "not needing a title"...after she insisted that everyone at the Mall of America call her Governor.???!!!!

So, Sarah, do you need a title or not?

Does she make her family refer to her as "Governor"?

And by the way, who in the Parnell administration is blocking the release of the e-mails requested by Andree Mcleod? (may have the spelling wrong, but she's the one Ms Palin slurred as the "falafel lady" in her, I mean Ms Vincent's, book.)

moseyon said...

This continuous posting is an attempt to hi-jack this site.
I have seen it before on other sites.
My advice to Patrick to block this poster if you can.
They obversely feel threatned about something going on here.

Dianne said...

Sarah Palin and her bots are the most un-American patriots I have ever encountered. She's nuts and so are they.

wv - knifyin. Tempting.

Dianne said...

Actually, patriots should have been in quotes.

Anonymous said...

Wouldn't it be something if Sarah is the mother but Levi is the father?

Reesie said...

Patrick, great post but I cannot believe that you let this troll hijack this blog. They do the same thing at barackobama.com when you hit a nerve. I believe in free speech but this is stoopid.

Anonymous said...

It's interesting she talks about "common sense" conservatism. But what is that? When something is "common sense," it is something widely known and people don't have to put a "common sense" label on it. It may be like "accurate history," which means whatever the hearer thinks it means. But what does Sarah Palin mean by these terms? Does she know? Can she articulate what she means by these terms?

Anonymous said...

Let's take a look at some of Jesse Cornish's claims:

He claims he is NOT a pimply-faced, friendless, matricidal deli jockey who splits his free time between spamming palingates and using the glossy dustjacket of Going Rogue as his newest masturbatory aid.

I however claim that he IS all those things. For every time I spam this post another drop of pee finds its way from The Sea to the great, wide ocean. Yes, Jesse...there really is a Sarah Clause! (a clause which states she must still be addressed as 'governor' despite claims that she "doesn't need a title" and that only English speaking press are allowed. Can't have any of them mav'ricky fur'ners making her look even stupider than she already does, you betcha)

Jesse, you are an ignorant little weasel. To quote Matt Taibbi: you are a genital wart on the penis of society.

wolf's pup said...

Sarah Palin is painting herself into a corner of extremism. She can't put the toothpaste back in the tube. If she runs, it will either be a third party or broken-beyond-repair republican candidacy. At most I'd expect her to get 15% to 25% of the vote, with mostly bitter-ender, die-hard, bush-cheney supporters voting for her.

Her biggest problem is that she has no interest in governing. That shows through in what she claims to have written and especially with her failure to rein in the crazies -- teabaggers, birthers, and haters.

Patrick said...

The spam comments have been deleted. No harm was done. :-)

Anonymous said...

Fair questions all around:

If Sarah Palin Were Not Trig's Mother, Would Barack Obama Not Be Kenyan?

Wonkette!!!

Anonymous said...

This woman is rotten and evil to the core.

Anonymous said...

Great report by our spies!!! Thanks for doing the dirty work for us

wolf's tail said...

She thinks we should be more united?

Why does she try to villainize Obama? Why does she try to undermine the constitution, with her claim that the President is "dithering?" Why does she divide us by exploiting the fears of her followers: their fear of muslims, urbanites, intellectuals, democrats, moderates, gays, blacks, immigrants, mexicans. Why does she divide us by failing to rein in the crazies: haters, birthers, birchers, secessionists and teabaggers?

How could a person like that be a uniter?

Thank you! said...

Please, REPORT and delete spam and bully attacks.
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http://www.eff-franchise.com/
Thank you!

Anonymous said...

The "Christian Nation" Myth:

http://www.infidels.org/library/modern/farrell_till/myth.html

The primary leaders of the so-called founding fathers of our nation were not Bible-believing Christians; they were deists. Deism was a philosophical belief that was widely accepted by the colonial intelligentsia at the time of the American Revolution. Its major tenets included belief in human reason as a reliable means of solving social and political problems and belief in a supreme deity who created the universe to operate solely by natural laws. The supreme God of the Deists removed himself entirely from the universe after creating it. They believed that he assumed no control over it, exerted no influence on natural phenomena, and gave no supernatural revelation to man. A necessary consequence of these beliefs was a rejection of many doctrines central to the Christian religion. Deists did not believe in the virgin birth, divinity, or resurrection of Jesus, the efficacy of prayer, the miracles of the Bible, or even the divine inspiration of the Bible.

These beliefs were forcefully articulated by Thomas Paine in Age of Reason, a book that so outraged his contemporaries that he died rejected and despised by the nation that had once revered him as "the father of the American Revolution." To this day, many mistakenly consider him an atheist, even though he was an out spoken defender of the Deistic view of God. Other important founding fathers who espoused Deism were George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, Ethan Allen, James Madison, and James Monroe.

Fundamentalist Christians are currently working overtime to convince the American public that the founding fathers intended to establish this country on "biblical principles," but history simply does not support their view. The men mentioned above and others who were instrumental in the founding of our nation were in no sense Bible-believing Christians. Thomas Jefferson, in fact, was fiercely anti-cleric.
Jefferson was just as suspicious of the traditional belief that the Bible is "the inspired word of God." He rewrote the story of Jesus as told in the New Testament and compiled his own gospel version known as The Jefferson Bible, which eliminated all miracles attributed to Jesus and ended with his burial. The Jeffersonian gospel account contained no resurrection. . . . Writing to Adams again, Jefferson said, "And the day will come when the mystical generation of Jesus, by the supreme being as his father in the womb of a virgin, will be classed with the fable of the generation of Minerva in the brain of Jupiter" (April 11, 1823). These were hardly the words of a devout Bible-believer.