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Dawn Of A New Monday

Good morning everyone!

I got to watch the sunrise over the Potomac yesterday morning (thank you Katie for the suggestion) and then I also got to see it set right at take off. After a long day at the airport I was blessed to have a row on the plane all to myself.  I sat by the window and had the most spectacular view of the Congress, the White House, the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials, the Washington National Cathedral, the Mall and Washington monument, and the Pentagon.  I had seen them on the ground along with some other buildings but this was a nice all encompassing, long lingering view. I had a chance to really take it all in.

The 911 Memorial at the Pentagon is sadly beautiful. It rises up out of the building as it symbolizes a plane’s jet stream.  Being sunset lights sparkled and the sky was glowing. As we rose above the clouds and I was looking at the White House it dawned on me that the President didn’t just work there, he lived there.  I wondered what the First family was doing at that exact minute and what new freedom was Obama plotting to take away.  Several of the most corrupt members of Congress popped in my head and I also wondered what they were doing at that moment.

It was sad to think such a beautiful city was filled with such ugliness of the permanent political class.  I really enjoyed my visit to Washington DC. I can honestly say that I went for Gov. Palin. Washington DC has never, ever interested me as a city. I thought of it as dirty, crime ridden and corrupt.  I have a new found respect for it.  There is so much history there. As we drove from place to place or rode the subway it was fun to see flags flying outside of buildings and houses only to realize they were an embassy for a foreign country. It was interesting to see such places and names as DuPont Circle, Pennsylvania Avenue, K Street, names I only ever hear on TV or radio. I found myself often doing a double take as we passed those streets.

What I loved most was seeing the faces of Palinistas that I have grown to love.  Many of the same faces I saw in Iowa last fall and many new faces too.  It was good company. Lots of twitter peeps that I love to tweet with.

Other than the complete lack of sleep, I have no complaints. Yes, I had to get up at 4am yesterday to make my early morning flight and yes, it was cancelled and I didn’t fly out until evening BUT I had a grand ole time at the airport once I met up with some more CPAC/BlogCon friends and a few Palinistas as we entertained ourselves in the bar.

I must say that I loved riding the subway. I need my own personal subway train to shuttle me around. It is so easy and less hassle than taking a car and finding parking. I did overhear a group of girls mention that Palin was in town. One of them admitted “I know I am supposed to hate her but I just don’t. I think she is cool”. This group of girls did not look like what the mainstream media would expect from someone making such a comment.

At last, the highlight of the weekend for me were two speeches and the Palinista Meetup.

The meetup was fun.  There were 100 people in attendance.  The birthday cake was ultra cool and just like Iowa the air conditioning didn’t work, lol. Most were very familiar faces but I did meet several new ones and their kids. Palinistas are really great people. I got to meet Amy Kremer and Jedidiah Bila for the first time. They are both really nice.  I spoke with Steve Bannon for awhile and he and I teased Nicole Coulter by locking arms in a stand of solidarity against liking Romney. Nicole has gone all in for Romney and we gave her a hard time. She was such a great sport about it.  Dr. Melissa Clouthier (whom I had met at BlogCon) and I had a small pity party as we grieved over the sad state of the current field and the fact that Palin wasn’t in it.  Dr. Gina Loudon was cool to talk with and very genuine. It always warms my heart when I get to see Peter Singleton, he is good people as my mom would say. Jelayne Sessler & Michelle (Tex Mex) are awesome girls. They can throw down a party with the best of them! It was a good night for all.

At CPAC on Saturday, there were lots speakers and panels. I loved the Dana Loesch, Amy Kremer panel. It was great. Even Paul Begala and Tucker Carlson were interesting. I was shocked to see that Gov. Jindal looked a bit disheveled like he had been up partying all night and had not shaved. A 5 o’clock shadow is not a good look for him. Brietbart pulls off disheveled in an excellent way, not so much for Jindal.

The first speech highlight was MEP Daniel Hannan. He is brilliant and really understands American and the dangers we face if we don’t reverse course. I liked him before and I love him now. I wish we could keep him here in America.  I envision one day in the future a Hannan/Palin relationship similar to the Thatcher/Reagan relationship.  Only this time, we get the Mama Grizzly and they get the dude.

The second highlight was Gov. Palin.  The energy was high all day.  We realized that we had to get into the ballroom much, much earlier than originally thought so that we could get seats.  I skipped lunch and had a snickers to make sure I didn’t lose my seat.  It was interesting that Romney people started pouring in very early.  They seemed intent on getting seats to keep the Palin crowd out of the room.  I know from their weak golf claps that they didn’t stake out their territory because they just couldn’t miss seeing Gov. Palin.

I spotted a smurf blue haired young girl in her early twenties that seems so nervous. She was standing in the back of the room wringing her hands.  I passed her several times on my way to charge up my phone on the back wall (which I had to do numerous times as I took turns charging up enough to go from 5% to 25% until it was the next person’s turn). The blue haired girl and her friend were the very ones who yelled mic check. Looking at her, it was no surprise to me.  I thought the first time I saw her that she was an occupier. Needless to say, she was quickly swept out of the room.

As I was charging my phone I got to visit with one of the security guards. This was her 16th CPAC to work and she said that all week long Palin’s name was the buzz. She also said that this was the biggest CPAC crowd she had ever seen and in her experience no one generating a crowd that clamored for seats 5 hours before a speech like Gov. Palin did except for Rush Limbaugh. He is the only one.  She smiled as she revealed that she also had been waiting all weekend to actually see in the flesh, Sarah Palin.

When Gov. Palin was announced, the room rocked. It was loud.  I lost count at standing ovations when we reached 15. I think we spent most of the speech on our feet clapping.   She was electric.  She received more applause, interest and support than any other speaker the entire weekend. Among the candidates, Newt got the most response from his speech but none of them held a candle to the response Palin got.

Everyone loved her speech. Even the Rombots who started out with their tepid golf claps and glances at each other when the room booed the straw poll results and Gov. Palin took a few indirect swipes at Romney were clapping by the end. The Paulites were rushing to try and shake her hand in the rope line and everyone else was climbing on chairs, pushing their way thru just to get a view of her afterward.

Irrelevant? Loss of influence? Waning popularity?  Definitely NOT!  There was universal love for her and there were more non-Palinistas than there were Palinistas in attendance.  I’d say out of the 4000 in the room, maybe 150 were die hard Palin supporters.  General CPAC attendees flocked to her anytime she was in the lobby or out and about. It was funny to hear the whispers of people saying “Palin’s in the lobby” “Palin’s limo just arrived” etc… She is gracious enough to take the time to shake hands, take pictures and talk with people.  Bristol and Willow were also with her and they were popular as well.

We finished Saturday off at a great pizzeria not far from the hotel as we all visited before parting ways to head home on Sunday.

Finally, I got to meet hrh and KatieSilverSping. We are very blessed to have those two amazing ladies in our P4A family. They are genuinely kind, fun and smart and Katie is a great cook! I am thankful to have had a chance to meet them in person.

All in all, I have a new found love for our nation’s capital. I am more determined to make sure we throw all the bums out and preserve our great history and the beauty of the city.  We have a lot of work to do and with a renewed energy from CPAC amongst most conservatives, this is just the beginning.


Sarah remembers Whitney Houston

They played this trailer before Breitbart spoke and he got a standing ovation…

I agree with him.  I saw kids younger than my kids with official badges and tickets. That means they also got a code to vote in the straw poll. There were loads and loads of families that looked bused in. I say that because they were moms, dads and kids all together with badges. They were wearing Romney gear and looked absolutely bored. You could tell that they are not normal, regular CPAC attendees and many of them did not look to have a political bone in their body.


He is going all in…

What a bizarre dinner

Now this I gotta see…

Townhall caught up with Gov. Palin at CPAC

Well, this ought to be interesting…

Gaining steam…

Losing steam…

Ummmmm, she hasn’t always been nice about Palin. Let’s hope for a change…

Mitt wins Maine…

Yikes, this is not good…

Excellent article written by Whitney…

Have a great day! Do something good for someone else.







  • indemind

    Nice to have you back at you desk with your (P.C.) Firelight…. As always Awesome round-up…. *_*

    What can I say, On Saturday, A Fantastic Speech, (A Marvelous Birthday gift from Sarah) and on Sunday, A Great Interview … The largest CPAC ever, More Standing Os then anyone. Everyone
    dieing to meet her … High rating for Fox News, Sarah Palin who ware’s her Conservative Heart on
    her sleeve, SO ALL CAN SEE… A Mega Star from the get go 8/29/08. …. and GOPE  Well , … they want give us, the four dwarfs. … And where were these No Ba!!s, “I want to be your next POTUS,”  last January of 2011. …..Tucson……………………………………………………………… NO WHERE!

    You know, about two weeks after the 0 8 election, I read a comment by a southern gentleman at a mostly liberal female site who were talking about Governor Sarah Palin. …and, what I just wrote the above, Well, more or less, He know back then…Dwarfs!
    and, the beat goes on

    So I’m with Firelight…. when the California Primary comes, I Will Write In Sarah Palin… *_*

    Now, I Will vote R in the General………… O Bummer Must Goooo!!!

    SarahAmerica 2012

    Sorry,…Please excuse typos… Neck brace and pain kellers, will do it all the time… *_*

    • LS as guest

      At this rate I’ll be right with you with my primary as well.

    • Whitney Pitcher

         A belated happy birthday to you. I apologize that I don’t think I mentioned that to you on Saturday!

      • indemind

        Thank You Whip, Love your Great article “Palin, Reagan,Thatcher” …


  • RefudiateGOPe

    I woke up at 4 a.m. this morning due to a call of nature and after returning to bed, I discovered that I was too wide awake to go back to sleep.  I guess the four hours of sleep I had were quality hours. :-)
    I got out of bed and moved over to my recliner in the sitting area of the bedroom and turned on my laptop.  To my surprise, Firelight had already made her trip report.  Reading it was a great way to start my day.

    Firelight, you are a treasure.  I am thankful that there are people like you who support Governor Palin unconditionally and are willing to put the time and energy into doing what you can to beat the evil forces that threaten our well-being and the well-being of our children and our grand children.  I humbly salute you as well as  the other principals of both P4A and C4P whose efforts often go unnoticed and are certainly under-appreciated.  I look forward to reading your additional anecdotes of your trip.

    Yesterday was a crazy day over at Hot Gas.  At any given time, there were anywhere between three and five active Palin threads, all with very heavy traffic.  They attracted many Palin supporters, a few people who are mostly ambivalent about her, and of course the crazy haters who rely on their standard memes to attack Sarah and those who support her.  I suspect that the Palin threads accounted for a lot of clicks resulting in a nice revenue stream.  Besides the regular PDSers who inhabit HA and who seem to revel in their nastiness toward Sarah and her supporters, the threads attracted a lot of Mittbots who probably signed on during the last open enrollment.  Some of the posts were so vicious and without foundation, it left me wondering just how miserable these people are in their own pitiful little lives.

    It is apparent to me that at least 80% of Sarah’s non-supporters are a product of reading or listening to the half-truths and untruths spread by pundits and those who call themselves journalists.  Conversely, they go out of their way to cheerlead for Obama and the Democrats while failing to report anything that might put the left in a bad light.  I am convinced that the media, all types, are our biggest adversaries.  They have outright lied about Sarah, and they have outright lied about the Tea Party movement, and I know they will continue to lie as long as there are fools who will lap up whatever pieces of dirt the media want to spread.

    I am convinced that there needs to be a summit between the self-avowed leaders of the various Tea Party factions and Governor Palin.  The Tea Party movement as a whole is too disjointed to overcome the lies told about it and Sarah needs a bigger megaphone.  Sarah Palin was Tea Party before there was a Tea Party movement.  She and her merry band of supporters, which we are a part, can’t take on the media machine and defeat them, but Sarah and the thousands of local Tea Party groups can, if a good solid war plan is formulated and then implemented.

    I fear that many of the self-avowed leaders of the various Tea Party factions are in it for the power, which pretty much puts them in the same game as the D.C. power brokers.  I’m sorry, but I think people like Dick Armey, Matt Kibbe. and Judson Phillips are more interested in lining their own pockets and building their power bases for their own end.  People like Amy Kremer and Jennifer Stefano are in it for the right reasons, but unfortunately they are limited by the aspirations of their leaders.

    The Tea Party movement is our last best hope to rest away the stranglehold of a dishonest media.  Together, Sarah Palin and the Tea Party can do that.  The Tea Party can be the voice and Sarah can be the glue that holds it all together.  A singular purpose with a singular effort can make a difference.  We must somehow get these people together and organized to take down the media and the lying liars who push progressive ideas of big government to a populace lined up at the government trough. The Tea Party can be loud, but unless there is a coordinated effort to take down the media, we will never be able to defeat the progressive movement.  The Tea Party movement needs Sarah and Sarah needs the Tea Party.  Sarah doesn’t need a title, but she does need a position, and that position should be the point of the spear which can pierce through our common domestic enemies of a free America.

    • LS as guest

      Agreed on the unfortunately mixed motivations of too many Tea Party leaders.

    • cookboy

      Thanks for the comment. It seems you and I often see through the same window. Which cuts down on my typing load. I’m feeding a baby, which makes typing slower.

  • section9

    What a superb, superb report, Firelight!

    I’ll have more later (I have work), but I am supremely upset that I couldn’t make it. I suspect this isn’t Palin’s last CPAC.

    It was funny to read how even the Rombots were drawn to her.

    Poor Nicole Coulter. Oh well…

    • hrh40

      Yes, when Palin said next year at this time we’ll have a conservative president and perhaps he’ll address you at CPAC, I thought of her because 1) I don’t believe any sitting president has ever addressed CPAC and 2) I don’t think Palin will be back at CPAC, it has too many Establishment ties. But this year, both Palin and CPAC had reasons to use each other, so it was mutually beneficial.

  • RefudiateGOPe

    I was surprised to read that Nicole Coulter is backing Mitt.  She had written an essay at C4P supporting Santorum.  Oh well, considering that Nicole is a recovering liberal, supporting Mitt is not too much of a leap for her. I still like her. :-)

  • Jim809

    “We are the heirs of patriots who cast off the chains of tyranny, of immigrants who braved the seas, of pioneers who pushed into the great unknown, of soldiers who stormed foreign shores, of farmers and workers laboring in field and in factories from dawn to dusk. They toiled so their children would have a better life. That is America. And that is freedom. And that is why we are exceptional.” -Sarah Palin, Feb. 11, 2012

  • LS as guest

    So what is worse for the GOP:

    –Romney, who has flip-flopped on loads of liberal positions, or 

    –Santorum, who has flip-flopped on advocating for homosexual acts to be outlawed and the kind of life-of-the-mother terminations of pregnancy that his wife ultimately underwent in a similar, though not exact, sort of way?

    They are, in their different ways, antitheses of the tea party coalition that was built for 2010.  I don’t look forward to having to defend either of them, though I’ll of course vote against Obama in November.

    It really shouldn’t be this difficult.  If you, like Gov. Palin, hold positions consistent with the majority of Americans and stay true to your principles, no political jujitsu is required.

  • RefudiateGOPe
  • RefudiateGOPe

    Talk about impotence.  The GOPe continues to allow Obama and his minions to frame the argument about mandated insurance coverage for contraceptives as “giving women access to contraceptives”.  Women have access to contraceptives now.  It’s just that their insurance company isn’t forced to pay for them.  If women need free contraceptives, they are available through Planned Parenthood or other clinics which provide “family planning”.  The GOPe is a group of blithering idiots.  Throw all the bums out.

    • Whitney Pitcher

      Access is one of those nebulous, euphemistic words they use in public health/health policy, when they mean insurance coverage or paying for a particular product or service.

      This whole thing is FDR’s fault. If hadn’t imposed wage controls during his tenure, companies wouldn’t have had to start offering health plans as a way to attract quality workers. Health “insurance” shouldn’t be linked to employers at all. People should be able to choose on the free market the insurance that’s best for them individually. This way if a woman wanted insurance that covered birth control, then she could get it, and her Catholic employer wouldn’t be violating his or her conscience.

      • indemind

        Whip… You must be psychic, Because everything you just wrote above,3 hours ago, Rush is all over it right now on his show…FDR’s and the Catholic Church come together “All in the name of CHARITY… But in reality is really, “Social Justice.”


  • Akabosan

    Whitney Pitcher always writes good stuff.  This is from a year ago for Mrs. Palin’s 47th birthday.  Miss Pitcher only needs to add one more and the list will still be powerful…

    Thank you again, Firelight and thank you Whitney Pitcher,

    Thomas Jefferson said; “The foundation of a successful democracy is a well informed citizen.”  OWTTE  Today, many times it seems that we have an over abundance of information that is not good enough to keep us or our country “well.”

    Thanks again and again, Firelight and Whitney Pitcher.

    “”Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with
    their own government.” –Thomas Jefferson to Richard Price, 1789.”


  • RefudiateGOPe

    Investors Business Daily isn’t what you’d call a Palin-friendly site, but here’s an article that does an excellent job explaining how Sarah is different than most politicians.  Enjoy.


    No one in their right mind would go on-stage after Palin’s political palaver. People who dislike or fear her are incapable of seeing or admitting it. But that doesn’t diminish the reality that Palin is a rare political celebrity and, therefore, an unharnessed power to be reckoned with within the GOP for the foreseeable future.

    We’re not talking about her running for any office. We’re talking about her influence, her enduring proven ability to attract and then ignite a crowd — even before anyone sees her. The CPAC buzz was electric all-day. Impatient “Sar-ah! Sar-ah!” chants broke out during preceding speakers.

    She has the ability to speak about issues that profoundly bother the audience in common ways and words that listeners instantly recognize and wish they had thought to say just that way. Watch in the video below of her full CPAC speech for how this church-going mother of five mocks Obama’s Winning the Future program with an almost off-color aside. And prompts shared laughter, not shock.

    She gets immense unspoken credit for withstanding an amazing amount of abuse and keeping on ticking. Palin punches have power, like her elbows beneath the basket in high school athletic days. One supporter said to me, as if it was the highest contemporary compliment possible, “She fights like a girl!”

    • JLAdevelop

      This is a wonderful article. Actually IBD editorial board often has written editorials supporting Gov. Palin’s ideas on issues. The author of this article has been a long time Palin supporter who used to write for the LA Times. 

    • hrh40

      is that andrew malcolm? he was at palin party. have niece in lap now so typing suffers. :)

  • Nancy6

    Good morning all!

    Any article that begins with the word “confessions” has to be good, right?:)

    And, it was! Thanks for sharing your experience, Firelight! Glad you are home safe and sound!:)

  • Akabosan

    I not only “Like” this page, but I love the way Mrs. Palin is approaching the 2012 ouster of flotsam in Washington.

    She is not fighting and struggling.  She is relaxed and seems to be taking her lead from Ghandi, MLK, Sun Tzu, Aikido and Tai Chi.  She is circling and allowing the forces to expend their energy while saving hers.  All the while supporters are circling the wagons around her as evidenced by her recent FB post that was viral (internationally) in minutes, and response to her CPAC speech.

    It is what I call the power of silence.  God is in the quiet too.  In fact our greatest teacher in this was Jesus, in that he would go spend “40 days” (time for completion, enough time, until the time was right) in the mountains or desert.  Then when He Knew, he would reappear.

    Thank God that Mrs. Palin, “…seeks first the Kingdom of God.”


  • Whitney Pitcher

    Good morning all! Thanks so much for that recap of CPAC, Firelight. It seemed like it was a wonderful experience. I enjoyed reading your tweets throughout the weekend too. :) I had to have been fun to meet everyone as well.

      I think this may have been Governor Palin’s best speech. As good as her RNC convention speech was, it was a McCain campaign speech; Saturday was a Palin speech through and through. Her Iowa speech was great too, as was her Madison speech. Perhaps the fact that I got to watch the CPAC speech in real time made a difference. I had to watch the Iowa speech later that night, and although I was in Madison for her speech, I was too close to the stupid union people and their drums, I couldn’t hear her speech. I had to wait til I got home to watch it. Anyway, I think this may have been her at her best–unshackled.

    Daniel Hannan’s speech was excellent; I agree with your Palin/Hannan and Reagan/Thatcher sentiments. :) I also watched Scott Walker’s and Allen West’s speeches; those were both very good. I watched Marco Rubio’s, and it was alright. I kinda think he’s overrated as a speaker though.

    Thank you for linking my post, Firelight. The same post is here on P4A; it’s just a few posts down on the front page. :)

  • Lipstick

    I can’t stand to watch Governor Palin’s speeches! Imagine her on the campaign trail right now!!! Good grief, it just makes me ill.

    I have given up hope & am prepared for Obama to win. Perhaps there will be something for Palin to save in 2016. At any rate, I must admit, four more years of Palin giving Obama grief will be entertaining. Still, I wonder, not needing reelection, if Obama will even care what Palin does to get under his skin.

    My only hope is that the GOP will retain the House & possibly gain the Senate. I would prefer them just sit and do absolutely nothing for 4 years. At least if the GOP controls the Congress Obama can not do more batcrap crazy stuff. One reason Texas is in as good of shape as it is is because our legislature only meets every other year, less opportunity to mess every thing up.

    The Governor looked incredibly slim, yet fit. I am convinced she is running Boston in April. She must have done a sneaky, undercover full to BQ….or maybe she is running Chicago???? I would love to know.

  • Guest

    Firelight, you sound pretty convinced that it actually was the real Governor Palin giving that speech. 

    Almost had me fooled too, till I remembered that she’s spent nearly three years lying low in a cute little place called Quitting Irrelevance. 

    [Say it aint so Recovering Democrat]

    • OldPat

      Rich, if this is the best you can do, don’t waste our time rationalizing your delusions on our site.  We have delusions of our own to rationalize.

      • Whitney Pitcher

        It’s OK, Old Pat. Rich is being sarcastic. :) He’s one of the original writers at C4P. :) 

        • OldPat

          Whit, I know who he is.
          I also know which end of a horse makes comments like that.
          Thank you for your response.

      • Guest

        Those “delusions” OP, my friend, were often an unusual source of Sunday morning amusement for this ordinary barbarian; and the doctors advised me not to rationalise quite why that should be so.

        Ah the stories I could tell you about all that stuff OP… but I’m guessing you probably won’t believe that I was actually there when the Gov threw the ring which sleeps with the fishes into Lake Lucille. 

        Must dash……Todd and I are over in The Hamptons building yet another replica of the Wasilla Sports Centre.. it’s what we do.

        • OldPat

          Like shooting fish in a barrel (see above post to Whit).

          Have a good day.

    • Firelight

      Yes, one must always be careful as she has created more jobs than Obama with impersonators but I looked to the secret code hiding in Willow’s hair and reflecting off the Gov’s snake skin shoes during the speech and got confirmation. It was indeed THE Cuda.

  • RefudiateGOPe

    I’m surprised that no one has mentioned that Sarah’s name was not included when they gave the results for the VP choices in the straw poll.  How could that have happened?

  • JLAdevelop

    Thank you for the first hand report. I sure am disappointed I did not make the trip. Watching on CSPAN live was exciting but being there must have been amazing. 

  • Nancy6

    Thank you, Governor Palin, for being the voice for the conservative movement.

    I know I get discouraged sometimes by you not being a candidate, but, really, who am I to tell God or you, what His will is for you. I have always believed you seek God’s will in every aspect of your life, and so, this is the direction God’s path has taken you.
    I think you are doing a marvelous job of vociferously giving voice to our conservative message. To guiding, directing, doing really whatever it takes to make our voice heard when the powers that be want us to have no influence on the outcome of this race.

    So, thank you for being where God wants you to be and doing God’s will with all of your might.
    I shudder to think where we would be without you!
    God bless you!

    • Firelight

      I love this post :)

    • indemind


  • Akabosan

    When we were young and just starting to learn about Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War (mentioned in this clip ‘Bloody Kansas’) our Mom told us that her family actually had brothers on both sides, the union and the confederacy, and it is still true that families get involved on both sides.

    Later, while one of my brothers was in Vietnam, another brother joined the socialist / communist movement of the time and became a “war protester.”

    Now, the latest opposition to our country, the values and patriotism called the “Occupy Movement” probably has sympathizers from families of American Military Veterans too.

    At a Super Bowl party hosted by weather underground veterans Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn, Ms Dohrn admitted to Andrew Breitbart (one of my modern heroes) that the anti-war movement is now the occupy movement.

    For a while now, I have suspected that Mr. Breitbart, Mr. Bannon (director producer of THE UNDEFEATED) and possibly Mrs. Palin had / have something up their sleeves. This, along with videos Mr. Breitbart has of the occupier-in-chief, currently occupying our White House may be just what we need to tip our country back toward freedom.

    Watch this space for future updates.


    • Akabosan

      UPDATE:  Adults only please –



    Firelight, I’m glad you had a great time and I loved your write up. I’ve never been to DC…’s one of my things on my bucket list to do.
    Palin’s speech was better then expected…and I didn’t think that would happen. She has started to put the “fire in my belly” again, but I’ll need a couple more of these “pep talks” to make a full blown inferno.

    Andrew Brietbart…..that guy is slowly becoming one of my heroes.
    He grabbed my heart and I will never, ever forget him telling the union thugs at Sarah’s Madison speech to “go to Hell!!”  ♥
    I am very looking forward to seeing just what “vidoes” he has about Obama…..and he’s right, if things don’t change around here, there’s a war acoming.

    Santorum and his “surge” in the polls….all I can say is that just because you’re the last man standing, doesn’t make you the right man.
    If he is our nominee, he will loose big to Obama.

    Great round up Firelight….thanks.

    Oh, I almost forgot….Whitney, thanks for showing the world that Illinois isn’t just full of thugs, there are flickers of brilliance here. ♥
    BTW…what do you think of the “Illinois Tea Party” endorsing Don Manzullo over Adam Kinzinger? urgggg.

    • Whitney Pitcher

      I don’t know too much about Don Mazullo’s record compared to Kinzinger’s overall. Mazullo seems like he really hasn’t done too much in office, at least that I’ve heard about. I do know that Kinzinger was hitting Mazullo for scrubbing his earmarks off of his Congressional website. I really like Kinzinger’s candidacy in 2010 though he seems to be a less conservative than I would like with a few of his votes, but I wouldn’t but him in RINO territory necessarily.

      • TENCOLE

        Manzullo nor Kinzinger are in my district, but I’ve kind of become a little fan of Kinzinger’s and am rooting for him. Disappointed to hear the “Tea Party”‘s choice.

        Whit,,,,,I just hate, hate all the redistricting that has gone on. I literally had to look up who was running in my district.
        I live in a tiny farming community and the redistricting has literally cut our little town in half. *tear*

        Our “old” state senator is not running and we have ended up with 2 “new” people running for our state senate seat……our county board president against a “virgin” to state politics that lives in an even smaller town “just down the road”. 
        I’m going to have to go with my gut on this one…..I love little towns and the people they produce. ♥

        • Whitney Pitcher

          I like Kinzinger. Anyone who decides to join the Air Force to defend the country in response to 9/11 has my utmost respect. Plus, he’s easy on the eyes. 😉

          The redistricting is horrible. The Dems didn’t like that we have more GOP Congressmen than Dems right now. This is the price we pay for not electing Bill Brady to be our governor, although he didn’t run the best campaign either. The whole map is very skewed–same with the state senate and representative maps. It is depressing.

  • senator20526

    Morning all …..Pietro Leatherchest here…..What a week-end!!!   The Gov. rocked the house at CPAC and the LSM is beside itself…I think there are alot of second-guessing going on within the Republican party…They know they made a mistake by not supporting Sarah and know that it is going to come back and bite them on the butt. It is a bright, cool 71 degrees in the great desert Southwest this morning….Have the great day and be safe.

  • Janne Myrdal

    An intereting discussion about TeaParty.  As a long time, before 08, supporter of Palin and also a leader in the Tea Party movement here, I hear what you are saying. It is a spread out, not so well organized and sometimes stumbling movement, BUT that is the beauty of it all!  However, to organize the TeaParty more than it is being organized now can have the same dangers you are concerned about, that the ones who already have names and claims will try to get more to promote themselves by “siding” with the Tea PArty w/o solid convictions.  We are already seeeing this locally and nationally.  But they will not embody the principles we stand for.  Totally agree that there are people in the movement who are not in it for right reasons, all over the spectrum, but there are moslty hard working, grass roots good common sense non politicos that make the difference.  It is to great of a movement, with the inspiration of Palin and others to be taken over by the establishment.  They have tried, still trying, but I can attest to the fact that it is mostly NOT working.   We are moving right through that open door, and will keep moving. 

    A good reminder from the past that I often read is the following said by T Roosevelt, – I am sure you all have read it many times, but it deserves to be read often:
    “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”

    So, again a good discussion and one that will continue.  The fact that Palin IS the undisputed leader of the true conservative movement in DC is a fact, and Tea Party folks all over the nation knows it and will unite when the rubber hits the road.  Those who are in it for wrong reasons will fall off the wagon, leave the arena, when the going gets tough.  
    Also, echo your TY to Firelight and others who keep on keepng on!  Game On.

    • RefudiateGOPe

      Janne, I fully understand where you’re coming from on this.  Unfortunately, while being leaderless is a positive, it also works as a negative.  I guess the point I was trying to make, and not so well, is that the combination of a Sarah Palin, and all of the various TP factions and chapters could be the weapon needed to fight the media.  On a level playing field, the progressives can be beaten.  That’s not the biggest task.  The biggest task is to beat the media.  From that standpoint, trying to get a bunch of disjointed organizations lined up to work in consort to defeat the media would be like herding cats.

      What I envision is putting together a war plan that can be followed and carried out by each TP organization, whether large or small, but not directed by a supreme commander of the Tea Partiers.  Each organization would stay autonomous, but work toward a common objective of beating the media at their own game.

      As a Tea Partier, I get tired of the media portraying me as a racist knuckle-dragger.  As a strong supporter of Governor Palin, I get tired of the media portraying her as a money-grubbing uneducated snow billy.  Sarah’s unfiltered words need to be heard by more people.  All of the TP factions and chapters can help accomplish that.

      Sarah is the best friend of the Tea Party movement, and the Tea Party movement should be her best friend.  There needs to be some way of turning that friendship into an informal marriage without turning it into a monolithic movement.  Sarah recognizes that real change in government starts at the local level in the city halls, the school boards, the statehouses and the congressional districts.  That’s right in the wheelhouse of the Tea Party. 

      Maybe I’m wrong, but I still think that we must find a way to neutralize the media if we have any real hope of sudden, relentless, and lasting change.

      • blackbird

        I completely agree RO, we need to be united under a banner of bold solutions with one voice. The establishment knows how to divide us with small and petty arguments, the thing that the Governor does so well is focus in on whats at stake and leave the distractions on the periphery.

        I see these two as being linked “putting together a war plan” and find a way to neutralize the media I have some ideas which I should put to paper but in a nutshell what the internet has done to the music industry, internet ready t.v’s will do for the big media houses, imo opportunities for small content providers will open up new possibilities to reach busy hard working folks.

        Maybe I’m wrong no you are not, you are spot on the mark.

  • Janne Myrdal

    That post was supposed to be a reply to Refudiate’s piece below.  Sorry that it did not get in the right place here.  And typos, ouch.  To much in a hurry!

  • hrh40

    Fantastic writeup, Firelight!

    So glad to meet you; LOVED our late-night chat Saturday night. Thanks for that.

    And glad we survived our taste of Alaska getting out of the Metro in that Arctic blast of wind and freezing temps. Thanks to KatieSilverSpring for the chartreuse to warm us up! :)

    Sooooo sorry you had to spend so much time in the airport. I kept thinking all day as I was driving, Firelight’s probably home by now. Firelight’s probably golfing with the kiddies, etc. It sounds like you might not have gotten home before I arrived at my sister’s at 7:30 pm EST!!


    But glad you found some CPACers to chat with.

    • Firelight

      Glad you made it to your sister’s!  I too loved our late night chat!

      I got home at 7:30 Mountain time!!  It was a very long day.

  • Pete Petretich

    We need to keep spreading this good news around, so please copy the link to other websites that you know about!

    “Santorum overtakes Romney in Michigan”

  • Riley4Palin

    Afternoon All:

    Anyone who watched Palin at CPAC should be convinced now more than ever that she made the right decision at this time in her life.  The camera loves her, but it really, really loves to see happy, peaceful, and relaxed and that is what shined through on Saturday for me.  The speech itself was loaded with substance, humor, and just plain Palin that cannot be duplicated no matter who tries their hand as “the next Palin.”  God only made one.  We are fortunate that she is on our side.  :)

    The Fox interview also was delicious.  I guess the Romney camp once again underestimated their opponent.  Palin never forgets they tried to take her out and wouldn’t it be something if Palin was the one responsible for ending his Presidential campaign?  Classic ‘Cuda the politican.  Compliment them first as a “great candidate” and then strike.  Hee, hee.  I love that she keeps putting a fork in the road on Romney’s path just when he thinks he is gaining some momentum.

    As for other current events, I was over the moon with Adele winning six Grammy’s last night.  It was so refreshing to see the best-selling recording artist of 2011 just stand in front of the microphone and display her gift for the world to see.  No silly costumes, no half-dressed dancers, no lip syncing, just Adele singing.  Love her!

    I have to give props to LL Cool J for having the guts to say a prayer on National TV for Whitney Houston last night.  How many lefties in the audience participated, or were angered that someone wanted to say a prayer?  Would love to see the rare footage of that one.

    You can always count on Rev Al Sharpton jumping in front of the camera whenever there is tragic celebrity news.  In between bowing down to Obama daily, he still manages to maintain gold-star liberal status by becoming part of the narrative.  Unbelieveable.

    The latest report is Houston died for prescription drugs mixed with alcohol.  So, who supplied her with the drugs?  Who were her enablers all these years?  Who received hush money to keep supplying her with drugs all these years knowing full well she was an addict and on a path of destruction?

    In light of the latest pop culture news, I cannot help but think of Obama as someone who stands around America with a prescription notepad and writes them day and night to further the behavior of some Americans not willing to help themselves.  They want the drug – be it an entitlement, free abortion pills, government jobs, etc.  They convince themselves they need it and Obama is willing to supply them at any cost.  Obama doesn’t throw away the prescription note pad, or tells anyone that he cannot “help” them anymore, he feeds their addictions to government interference in our lives.  Destructive and unhealthy?  Yes.  We need Obama out in November so we can burn all of his prescription notepads.

    • Whitney Pitcher

      I love Adele as well. All talent and no pretension.

      Here’s a nice article about Adele from about a year ago. Adele was actually on SNL the same time Governor Palin during the 2008 campaign. Adele credits Governor Palin for making her career. She also notes that she loved Tina Fey, but Fey didn’t even notice her at the SNL set. Governor Palin, on the other hand,  made a point to come by and say hello:

      • TENCOLE

        I love, love Adele…how can anyone not!

        But when I think of Adele, the “Proud Army Mom” in me thinks of this little gal….

        Her name is Angie Johnson and through this video, landed an audition for “The Voice”…she made it through the first round and is on “Team Cee Lo”.


        • blackbird

           Ms. Johnson has an awesome voice and all without a mike and effects, impressive.

      • Riley4Palin

        Hey Whip!

        I watched that SNL show with Palin and Adele.  I would have to agree with Adele’s assessment.  How many more people in “fly over country” actually watched the liberal lovefest because Palin was on?  Millions.  It did help Adele’s career. 

        Yes, leave it to Palin to be warm and gracious to all even though they may not always be the same to her.  Elegant and classy as always.

      • Firelight

        I LOVE Adele.  Back in May after that article was written she came out and railed against the British Healthcare system, taxes and big government.

        I think Palin might have made a bigger impression on her than she is willing to admit.

    • Bean Counter

       LOVE Adele! Most of you youngsters won’t know who I’m talking about, but I sense a little bit of Dusty Springfield in her — blonde, British, soulful, etc. I pray she can keep her head and her wits about her and not give into the horrid drug culture.

  • Bean Counter

    Hey y’all, just passing through from the land of balance sheets and income statements. Sounds like the CPAC’ers had a big time. Would love to attend sometime, but they always have the danged event in the middle of tax season. Caught our favorite Gov’s speech. She killed. Killed again on Fox News Sunday. And yes, it does appear that the reports of her irrelevancy have been greatly exaggerated. I love that as much as anything else. I would imagine that there was a run on Xanax and Scotch over the weekend wherever the establishment goobers were assembled.

    Just devastated over the Whitney Houston thing. Truly a once in a lifetime talent. Nowadays recording studios have autotuners who take a lot of the skill and talent out of singing. I’ve got a few of Whitney’s recordings with only vocal tracks. She was dead on the money with every note. What is really heartbreaking though, is that it would appear that her death is likely attributable to poor choices.

    Y’all stay warm and be sweet.

    • Riley4Palin

      Yep, her voice was indeed pure.  Such a shame about her personal choices.

      For years I thought her vocal cords were destroyed by the illegal drugs, but now they are saying that she was a chain smoker and that probably was more of a factor.  Sad either way. 

  • Pete Petretich

    FYI for all you Tebow fans in Northeast Ohio:

    Alternaterm Pregnancy Services will be holding their 2012 Spring of Life Banquet on March 30th at Parkside Church in Chagrin Falls. Their keynote speaker will be Mrs. Pam Tebow, mother of Broncos Quarterback Tim Tebow. Seating is complimentary, but reservations are required. Register online, or by calling 216-371-4848. The evening will feature a delicious dinner, a musical presentation by the Cleveland Heights High School Gospel Choir, and the auctioning of a Tim Tebow Broncos jersey. Registration is at 6pm, and the presentation will begin at 6:30.

  • RefudiateGOPe


    • indemind

      Ouch, Ouch!!

  • Emily Baxter

    Hi guys!

    Sorry I couldn’t be there at CPAC. I actually was going to go without my parents knowing…don’t try that. That’s all I’m going to say.

    And I know I can’t be at the meetup…unless I can twist my parental units into thinking that it is an educational experience…and I can be back by Sunday night. 😉

    This school thing is rough, I’m telling ya.

    The only time I saw Whitney Houston was when she starred as the Fairy Godmother in Disney’s 1999 Cinderella. Great voice. :)

    • Emily Baxter

      Oh, and if anyone is interested, check out this link:

      Yeah, this is my stuff. Um, yeah. Read if you want.

      Or not. Nobody’s forcing you like Obama. Just a little project.

      This is totally on topic! It has to do with politics! :) (As for Palin, well, she KILLED the CPAC speech. KILLED, I say.)

  • indemind

    disqus……Gone Fishing

  • blackbird

    Thanks for the round up Firelight.

  • palinsupporter1

    Great write up firelight!! Again it was great to see u and so many palinistas at cpac. As u described I couldn’t believe the wild reception the gov got from the beltway types, it was incredible! and she blasted through the narrative that she’s irrelevant.

  • Pete Petretich

    A vote for Sarah is a vote for America!

    “Daily Poll: Who made the best speech at CPAC?”

  • RestoreSP2012

    Great post Firelight.  I enjoyed meeting you as well.  Yes, CPAC was a blast and the Gov. was on top of her game as always.  She was AWESOME!  Glad you made it home safely.  We ALL have to stick together and keep up the good fight with the Gov. 

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