SA Live Blogging from the RNC Convention

Sonoran Alliance is here in St. Paul for the RNC Convention and we will be posting convention updates as the week progresses.  Outside of the Hurricane threatening the Gulf Coast, there is no hard news to be reporting.  The delegates and alternates have been arriving since Saturday and kudos go to the AZGOP staff for what has so far been a seamless operation.  Check-in was a breeze, we got giftbags aplenty, the rooms are nice (although technically an air mattress is NOT a rollaway), and the location is very central.  Pity the delegates whose home state candidates didn’t win, because this is definitely the way to live.  Spotted at dinner on Saturday night?  FoxNews’ Chris Wallace and Al Franken.  No they were NOT sitting together and Al Franken IS actually shorter than you think he is.  Amazing, but true.  Spotted in our hotel?  Tom Brokaw and Jon Stewart.  No, they weren’t together either, but Stewart looks exactly the same in person as he does on TV.

Sunday’s program started in the afternoon and it featured a choice between a movie premiere or a cocktail reception.  Given the plethora of cocktail receptions on the schedule, quite a few Arizona delegates ended up at the movie.  It was preceded by a live concert performance by Lee Greenwood, so we’ve now heard “God Bless the U.S.A.” live and it was great.  Called “An American Carol”, the movie is a David Zucker (Airplane!, Naked Gun) production that pokes a whole lot of fun at Michael Moore.  It comes out in October and you should take your friends to see it!  Jon Voight, Robert Davi, and Kevin Farley star and all were in attendance.

In the evening, all of the delegates from around the country gathered at the Minneapolis Convention Center for a welcoming reception.  Food, folks and fun!  Great exhibits and it was fun to see familiar faces and meet new ones from various states.  However, during the evening we got news of a schedule change for Monday which canceled Monday evening’s program and altered the hours in the afternoon.  With Hurricane Gustav rolling ashore, the entire program is in a state of flux.  We know that we have to perform certain tasks to meet our legal obligations and give our party a nominee, but beyond that the rest of the program is subject to change or even cancellation.  For now, everyone is being patient and praying for the people living on the Gulf Coast.  Unlike some prominent Democrats, folks here do not think Gustav is a laughing matter, and there is a lot of talk about converting events to fundraisers to help the victims as a group.

Kudos are also in order for Hayden Pruitt and the RNC folks who are taking care of the media/bloggers.  When you wear your media credential and get asked by newspaper folks who you are with, you get a real eye roll when you tell them that you’re covering the event for a blog.  Apparently we’re not “media” enough for them.  No worries.  They’ll be asking us for jobs in another few years!

More tomorrow…

Pawlenty vs. Brokaw

Watch the YouTube and read more from an Ohio blogger.

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Dems: “God’s on our side” – Some sense of humor

Dems joke about Hurricane Gustav hitting New Orleans. More details at Red State.

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Press Release: Bouie Endorsed by Arizona Republic

For Immediate Release: August 30, 2008
Contact: Tony Bouie, (623) 551-7557

Arizona Republic Endorses Bouie

(Anthem, AZ) – The Arizona Republic, Arizona’s leading and most influential newspaper, has endorsed Tony Bouie for State Representative in District 6.

“The Republic recommends…Tony Bouie…as…most in tune with District 6 and traditional Republican values in the GOP primary on Tuesday.” (The Arizona Republic 8‐30‐08).

“The Arizona Republic is the newspaper everyone turns to for information,” said Bouie. “It is an honor to receive their endorsement. I am sure this will make a difference in the minds of voters in LD 6.”

Bouie is the Chairman and CEO of Halo Cups, Inc. He holds a MBA from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University, a bachelor’s in media arts and masters in Language Reading and Culture from the University of Arizona. He played football and baseball at the University of Arizona before he went on to play in the NFL for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for four seasons. He is married to a former school teacher, Allison, and they have two daughters, Natalie, 3 and Eboni, 1.

More information about Tony Bouie can be found at www.tonybouie.com 

Corruption at Dept. of Corrections under Napolitano exposed publicly tonight!

Dr. John Kent TaylorDr. John Taylor Kent, a former psychologist at the Department of Corrections, will air his final episode of the Dr. Kent Show tonight from 6-7pm on 960 KKNT, where he will expose the corruption that has taken place at the Arizona Department of Corrections under Governor Napolitano and her DOC political appointee and tennis partner Dora Schriro. You will hear about the coverups that took place to prevent embarrassing mistakes from being publicly revealed – mistakes which resulted in the deaths of inmates. You won’t want to miss this, this information has never been revealed to the public before and has been kept hush-hush among state agencies. You can listen online on KKNT’s website. (If you miss the show, it should be available online archived at KKNT for at least a week afterwards). Contact Dr. Kent at JohnTaylorKentPhD-at-cox.net.

Introducing Sarah Palin!

Thank you Senator McCain for picking Governor Sarah Palin. I don’t know about anyone else but I am very excited about Governor Palin being on the ticket! She is a solid pro-life, pro-2nd Amendment, pro-family conservative. Here is her bio. Here is her Wikipedia page.

Birds of a feather.

Thank you to one of our readers for sending in this self-explanatory photo.

Sarah Palin a home run for John McCain

John McCain swung hard and connected solidly in his first presidential decision, selecting Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his running mate.

Barack Obama’s campaign wasted no time in dismissing the selection of a “small town mayor” (What IS his problem with small towns?). This is a discussion we should welcome.

Palin has more executive experience than the entire Democratic ticket put together.

The Federal Government is the world’s largest and most complex organization, with 1.8 million civilian employees (not including the Postal Service), nearly 3 million active duty and reserve military personnel and a budget in excess of three trillion dollars. In America, governors typically have the most relevant training to be President. Voters recognize this (With the exception of George H.W. Bush, who had significant executive experience as Vice President, Director of Central Intelligence, and head of the U.S. Liason Office in Beijing, all United States Presidents elected since Watergate have been governors or former governors). A governor develops budgets, works with legislatures, and oversees the management of large agencies and departments. In Alaska, the state budget is almost 7 billion dollars (which for those keeping track, is more than double Delaware). And no matter how much abuse the Obama campaign tries to heap on Wasilia, Alaska, the fact of the matter is that running this small town gives Palin significantly more executive experience than he has had during any period of his career.

Barack Obama has run a state senate office, a U.S. Senate office, and a legal periodical. For his part, John McCain has lead the largest squadron in the United States Navy.

Barack Obama has been a Senator for 3 1/2 years, where he has missed roughly 50% of the votes. Why was vice presidential finalist Tim Kaine, governor for 2 years (Respected Prof. Larry Sabato places his administration in “the bottom quartile” of all Virginia governors), a former Lt. Governor and Richmond Mayor, considered qualified by the campaign who now suggests that Sarah Palin is not?

Strong credentials on energy

Palin served from 2003-2004 on the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, which “oversees oil and gas drilling, development and production, reservoir depletion and metering operations on all lands subject to the state’s police powers.”

For two years, she has presided as governor over one of the largest energy producing economies in the world.

Personal courage and a record of fighting corruption

Barack Obama believes that his opposition to the Iraq War was the toughest decision he ever made. This “tough call,” which he contends might have cost him an election in my bluer than blue home state of Illinois, is, to hear Obama tell it, proof that he has the judgment and courage to be President.

While on the Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, Palin blew the whistle on corrupt practices at the risk of her own career and reputation.  If being against a war in a Democratic primary in Illinois is presidential caliber bravery, what do you call that?

As governor, she successfully championed an ethics bill to root out Alaska’s longstanding culture of corruption.

Palin was elected governor in 2006 after defeating an ethically challenged incumbent, Frank Murkowski, in the primary, and easily dispatching former two term governor Tony Knowles in the general.

Palin’s personal characteristics and biographical details are nothing but plusses:

  • Mother of five, ranging from an enlisted soldier in the United States Army, headed for Iraq to a four month old with Down’s syndrome.
  • Her husband of 20 years and high school sweetheart works on the North Slope of Alaska, and is a member of the United Steelworker’s Union.
  • Would wake up at 3am with her father during High School to hunt Moose.
  • Champion high school basketball player.
  • Worked as a commercial fisherwoman.

This is a fantastic choice, and one we should be proud to defend. For one, I cannot wait to see Sarah Palin accept the nomination live in St. Paul next week.

Sonoran Alliance Aced Palin McCain VP Pick

 

-Gayle Plato-Besley, M. Ed.

 

As a Sonoran Alliance writer, I recall my blog post -a predictive recommendation of Sarah Palin,  June 4, 2008. I posted exactly 88 years after the Women’s Right to Vote was officially proposed, ultimately becoming the Nineteenth Amendment on August 26, 1920:

http://sonoranalliance.com/wp-admin/post.php?action=edit&post=2376

 

Let me take a moment to highlight the relevance of the history of this choice of Governor Sarah Palin-

Women’s right to vote was fundamentally organized by Elizabeth Cady Staton.  Abortion, though illegal, was a reality in 1920 as it is today.  Women have been forced and brainwashed to believe that children are a burden, and Stanton fought brilliantly to defend women, mothers, and children.

Also blogged at Sonoran Alliance and at therightwoman.blogtownhall.com: http://therightwoman.blogtownhall.com/2008/01/21/refusing_to_choose2.thtml

 is the TRUE history of the women’s movement of nearly 90 years ago.  These leading feminists of the original devotion were complete supporters of life:

Elizabeth Cady Stanton celebrated her seven children and praised motherhood in a time when being a mother was not often honored nor recognized as a special calling. 

Elizabeth Cady Stanton wrote:

“When we consider that women are treated as property, it is degrading  to women that we should treat our children as property and dispose of them as we see fit (Stanton letter to Julia Ward Howe,1873)”


Both Stanton and Susan B. Anthony were vehemently against abortion; they advocated for social acceptance of women, mothers, families and children as full beings.  It is sad that the concept of feminism has shifted to such an anti-family, negative association of motherhood and success.  It is a tragedy that women have allowed the evolution of such a fringe, anti-family view of women’s rights.  Women, in general, have accepted the con that having a baby is an impediment, a trap, keeping us from growth.  Just ask Barack and Michelle Obama about the fear of a daughter being burdened by motherhood. 

 All of this changes today with the selection of Sarah Palin as the Vice Presidential Republican Candidate, 88 years after the Women’s Right to Vote became reality.  

“Peace Begins in the Womb” and “Women Deserve Better than Abortion”.  Sarah Palin is the Elizabeth Cady Stanton of the 21st Century.

http://www.feministsforlife.org/index.htm

 

AWESOME!

Senator McCain hits it out of the park. Excellent pick. Can’t wait for her to debate Biden.

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