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Today’s Top Post: Palin at the Parade

A watchful berrypicker reported last night that Kylee Cruz/KXLY had posted a photo of herself with Palin at the 4th of July parade.

Here's the tweet that went with the photo: "Look who's at the CDA Parade? Sarah Palin! She's here for a family reunion with 70+ ppl"

Also, this brief ran in yesterday's SR:

Sarah Palin is getting another term on television.

The Sportsman Channel said Monday that Palin’s series, “Amazing America,” is being renewed for a second season that will start early next year.

On the series, the former Republican vice presidential candidate and Alaska ex-governor profiles outdoor enthusiasts and craftsmen. The show aired Thursday nights and finished its first season May 29.

The small network could not say exactly how many people watched Palin. But the Sportsman Channel is now available in more homes than when “Amazing America” started and network executives said they believe the high-profile show helped persuade more carriers to offer it.

Obviously folks are still interested in Sarah Palin. To what do attribute the interest?

Sportsman Channel stays in red; signs Palin as show host

OUTDOORS TV — The Sportsman Channel said Monday it has hired Sarah Palin to be host of a weekly outdoors-oriented program that will celebrate the "red, wild and blue" lifestyle, according to the Associated Press.

The program, "Amazing America," will debut in April. The Sportsman Channel is in some 32 million homes, less than one-third of American households with television, with programming geared to people interested in hunting, fishing and shooting. Palin's show will include a series of stories about personalities and activities in that vein.

Owners of The Sportsman Channel tried and failed this year to buy its chief competitor, the Outdoors Channel, which airs in slightly more households. The effort attracted some controversy because Leo Hindery Jr., a media executive whose company owns The Sportsman Channel, is a Democratic fundraiser and regarded warily by politically conservative outdoor enthusiasts who worried about what he might do to Outdoors.

Some of the content on The Sportsman Channel suggests they shouldn't be too concerned.

Besides the upcoming Palin series, Sportsman airs a series with conservative activist and rock musician Ted Nugent. Sportsman also airs a TV version of the National Rifle Association-sponsored radio show, "NRA News, Cam & Co.," each weekday and "NRA Guns & Gold," a show about guns styled after "Antiques Roadshow."

Harvey said The Sportsman Channel has no interest in being politically polarizing.

"It's not our intention at Sportsman to take any political position," he said. "This lifestyle, coast to coast, crosses every type of political spectrum."

"It's very important to have somebody of (Palin's) stature as a personality on Sportsman because it validates the whole category for everybody," said Gavin Harvey, network CEO.

The Sportsman Channel has ordered 12 episodes of the series to start. It's the first of a three-series deal between the network and the busy nonfiction production company Pilgrim Studios.

"The network showcases a lifestyle that I love and celebrate every day and it's great to be a part of their team," Palin said in a statement provided by the network.

Since her failed bid for the vice presidency in 2008, the former Alaska governor has worked as a commentator on Fox News Channel and was host of a short-lived series about her home state, "Sarah Palin's Alaska," that ran on the TLC network.

Another high profile show on Sportsman that ran this summer, "Aporkalypse: 2013," was about the growth in the feral pig population.

Palin ponders Senate run

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is hinting at a run for the U.S. Senate, and revving up feuds of longstanding with rivals in both political parties.

Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska, is up for reelection next year, a fairly popular Democrat in a Republican-leaning “red” state. A group called the Tea Party Leadership Fund has urged Palin to make the race.

“I’ve considered it because people have requested me considering it,” Palin told Sean Hannity on his radio show.

“But I’m still waiting to see what the lineup will be and hoping that, there again, there will be some new blood, new energy, not just kind of picking from the same old politicians in the state that come from political families … because too many of them have been part of the problem.” Seattle PI Full story.

Will Sarah run?

Palin To Grads: Get Off Your Butts

Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, right, hugs Republic High graduate Tyler Weyer, who introduced her and helped organize the invitation to speak, as the graduation speaker Saturday, during graduation exercises at Republic High School. The event drew Palin fans from around the region and was a major coup for the graduates who wooed her as a graduation speaker. (SR photo: Kathy Plonka)

Former Alaska governor and Republican firebrand Sarah Palin brought a gift and a surprise for residents of this town of 1,100 who crowded the high school gym to celebrate its graduation Saturday afternoon. Grads found the gift taped under their chairs onstage: a dollar bill. The currency taught a life lesson, Palin said. “You gotta get off your butt to make a buck,” Palin said, to cheers from the crowd of 700 or so who had nabbed tickets to the event. The surprise came later, as Palin revealed the motivation for her acceptance of the invitation from senior class President Tyler Weyer and the rest of the 26-member graduating class. The group posed in the school’s front yard holding a “We Want You, Governor Palin!” banner that went viral on Facebook and eventually led to her agreeing to deliver the commencement address/Kip Hill, SR. More here.

Question: What short message would you want to say to today's graduates?

Sarah Palin’s Biggest Fan

The closest Tyler Weyer has been to Sarah Palin was dressing as her — red blouse, auburn wig, rimless glasses and all. About a month ago, before his classmates, teachers, principal and mother, the 17-year-old senior wobbled on high heels, purchased from the “11 plus” shelf at Value Village in Spokane. He towered over a blonde eighth-grade girl in a pantsuit on the Republic High School stage as they discussed the role of sexism in the 2008 presidential campaign. “So please,” implored Tyler to the audience, “Stop photoshopping my head on sexy bikini photos.” “Stop saying I have cankles,” the eighth-grader deadpanned/Deanna Pan, Inlander. More here. (Young Kwak's Inlander photo: Republic High School teacher Liz Bremner dolls up Tyler Weyer, who played Sarah Palin for a school event)

Question: Name someone whom you are a big fan of?

Chuck Heath, Palin’s father, to talk about hunting, fishing in Alaska

HUNTING/FISHING — Chuck Heath, father of Sarah Palin, will be speaking with his lifelong friend, Chuck Moe of Spokane, on Alaskan fishing and hunting on Jan. 19 at the Lake City Community Church, 6000 N. Ramsey Rd. in Coeur d'Alene.

The fund-raising events includes raffles and prizes, a demo on scoring antlers and local outdoor sports vendors, as well as a meal of moose chili and cornbread.

The event is set for 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Tickets cost $5 at Michael D’s, Owl Café, Black Sheep, Wholesale Sports and Hoffman Boots.

Info: (208) 676-0632.

Heaths Sold On ‘Our Sarah’

Chuck Heath, Jr., left, and his father Chuck Heath, Sr. sign copies of their book "Our Sarah — Made in Alaska" at Hastings book store on Appleway. (Coeur d'Alene Press photo: Jerome A. Pollos)

Karen White had one reason for being among the first in line Monday night to listen to Sarah Palin's father and brother pitch their book, "Our Sarah: Made in Alaska." "Because I like Sarah Palin," the Coeur d'Alene woman said, holding two copies of the $24.99 hardback written by Chuck Heath Sr. and Chuck Heath Jr. White bought one for herself and one for a friend, and had both autographed by Sarah's dad and brother. "They're down-to-earth people," she said. About 50 folks gathered at the Hastings store on Best Avenue to hear from the Heaths during one of their stops on a nationwide book tour. The Chucks chatted for 45 minutes about faith, politics, the media and Sarah, of course - but not too much - because they've got a book to sell and sign that offers "intimate stories from Sarah's life along with a celebration of growing up in and sharing all that Alaska means to Sarah and her family"/Bill Buley, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Did you read "Going Rogue"?

Palin Book Authors Coming To CdA

Chuck Heath Sr. is shown with his daughter, Sarah Palin, and his son, Chuck Jr., in this photo by Vincent Remini. The two Heaths have co-authored a book about Sarah Palin, entitled "Our Sarah." They will be autographing copies of her book beginning at 6:30 p.m. next Monday at Hastings on Coeur d'Alene's Appleway. You can read more about the book here.

Heaths Write About ‘Our Sarah’

Sarah Palin fans will have a chance to meet her father, Chuck Heath, and her brother, Chuck Jr., at Hastings on Appleway for a book signing at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 8. The Heaths are signing their new book, "Our Sarah: Made in Alaska." According to a news release: "The glimpse you will see in this book is that of the real Sarah Palin—the Sarah we know and love, not the one created by the national media.” The release goes on to say: Our Sarah: Made in Alaska (Center Street/Hachette Book Group, September 2012) is more than a memoir, it is a survival story of a family who braved the harsh terrain and climate of Alaska, rolled up their sleeves and built a better life. That struggle, and this family helped create the first female governor of Alaska and the political superstar we know today." (Barnes & Nobel photo of "Our Sarah" book cover)

Question: Did you read "Going Rogue"? Did you attend the book-signings featuring Sarah Palin in Coeur d'Alene and Sandpoint in December 2009? Are you interested in this book by her father and her brother?

Parting Shot — 4.20.12

In this photo taken Oct. 4, 2008, David Chaney, right, who identified himself on his Facebook account as a member of Republican Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin's Secret Service detail, watches Palin during a rally in Carson, Calif. Chaney wrote on his Facebook page next to a photo of Palin & him: “I was really checking her out, if you know what i mean?” Chaney’s lawyer, Lawrence Berger of New York, said he is representing Chaney in the fallout from the prostitution scandal inside the Secret Service. Story here. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

The U.S. Secret Service said on Friday that three more of its employees have resigned, bringing to six the number that have left the agency in connection with alleged misconduct involving prostitutes in Colombia last week before President Barack Obama's trip there. The Secret Service also said that a 12th employee had been implicated in the ongoing investigation into a night of partying on April 11-12 that embarrassed the United States and overshadowed Obama's participation in the Summit of the Americas last weekend/Reuters. More here.

Question: How would you explain this to your wife or girlfriend if you were one of the Secret Service agents caught in this scandal?

Secret Service Scandal Involves Palin

Former GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin has been drawn into the scandal involving Secret Service agents and Colombian prostitutes. David Chaney, one of two Secret Service agents ousted as a result of the scandal, reportedly once posted on Facebook a photo of him on the job behind Palin during the 2008 campaign and wrote next to it, "I was really checking her out, if you know what i mean?" Palin, always quick to fire back, used the friendly atmosphere on Fox News to rib the ex-agent — and criticize President Obama, too. "Well, this agent, who was kind of ridiculous there in posting pictures and comments about checking someone out — well, check this out, bodyguard. You're fired," Palin said on Greta Van Susteren's show Thursday night. "And I hope his wife kicks his ocoli and sends him to the doghouse, as long as he's not eating the dog, along with his former boss"/Matt Negrin, ABC News. More here. (AP file photo of Sarah Palin)

Question: Do you still have faith in our Secret Service agents?

Palin Co-Hosts ‘Today’ Show

From left, "Today" show co-hosts, Al Roker, Ann Curry and Matt Lauer talk with Sarah Palin during the show in New York this morning. Palin was the much-hyped guest co-host on NBC's "Today," going head-to-head against former "Today" anchor Katie Couric, who this week is subbing on "Good Morning America" at her current workplace, ABC. (AP Photo/NBC, Peter Kramer)

Question: Anyone see the "Today" show this morning? Thoughts?

Bristol Palin Gets Own Reality Show

Bristol Palin, daughter of former GOP vice presidential candidate and Alaska governor Sarah Palin, smiles at the beginning of the Rolling Thunder ride from the Pentagon during the Memorial Day weekend in Washington. Lifetime says it will air 10 episodes of  "Bristol Palin: Life's a Tripp" later this year. The series will explore the pressures of raising her toddler son, Tripp, as she maintains her close relationship with the larger Palin clan, the network said. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

Question: Which reality show(s) do you watch? Would you watch this one?

VP: 1st Palin, Now McMorris Rodgers?

A political blog in the other Washington, The Daily Caller,  suggests a certain congresswoman from this Washington could have a shot at the No. 2 spot on the GOP presidential ticket this fall. The blog quotes a Republican strategist, Kellyanne Conway, as saying Cathy McMorris Rodgers would fit the bill as a vice presidential selection that “needs to be a surprise, but not a shocker.” The blog goes on to recount the parts of McMorris Rodgers bio that would make her a good pick on paper: daughter of fruit farmers, first in her family to attend college, married to a retired naval pilot, only woman to have two kids while in Congress, founder of the Congressional Down Syndrome Caucus after her first child, Cole, was born with that condition, leadership post in the House Republican Caucus, from a Western state/Jim Camden, Spin Control. More here. (SR file photo of Cathy McMorris Rodgers celebrating re-election in November 2010)

Question: Would Cathy McMorris Rodgers be a better pick for a Republican vice presidential candidate than another woman with roots in the Inland Northwest, Sarah Palin?

White House card not Christmas-y enough? Oh, please

The 2011 White House card. Inside message: "From our family to yours, may your holidays shine with the light of the season."

Former Gov. Sarah Palin is in a snit about the official White House Christmas card, saying that it just doesn't emphasize good American values like family, faith and freedom. In fact, it doesn't even say Christmas.

"A bit odd," was one of her comments to FOX News Radio.

Actually, it's not odd at all. Presidential Christmas cards, which go out to thousands of friends, supporters and perfect strangers, often offer "holiday greetings," or "joy of the season" and avoid any mention of Christmas (or Hannukah, Kwanzaa, Solstice, Saturnalia, Yule…) That was true for Republicans like Ronald Reagan and the Bushes as well as Democrats like Bill Clinton.

They often picture an interior or exterior shot from the White House. Sometimes the feature a tree, like last year's Obama card did; sometimes they don't.

For a link to a slide show of White House Christmas cards since 1967, compiled by Lonnell Johnson of the Columbus Christian Spiritual Examiner, click here.

Dole endorses Romney; Palin not ready

In a pair of related stories, Bob Dole officially endorsed Mitt Romney to be the Republican presidential nominee, but Palin said that she would not endorse anyone "with the field as it stands."

How valuable do you think political endorsements are? Do you take them into consideration when you go to the polls?

Times-News Apologizes For Palin Jab

In yesterday’s editorial regarding the erroneous payment of unemployment benefits in Idaho, comparisons were made to the rate of errors in Alaska, Oregon and Washington. While Idaho’s percentage of errors was the lowest of the three states (9 percent), only former governor Sarah Palin of Alaska was cited as presiding over a state whose error rate was higher (11.8 percent). This was a shabby inclusion on our part. If a governor or governors had to be mentioned (they did not), we should have taken a shot at either current Democratic Oregon governor John Kitzhaber, former Democratic Oregon governor Ted Kulongoski (12.2 percent error rate) or Democratic Governor Christine Gregoire of Washington (14.1 percent error rate) because those state’s error percentages were much higher. We apologize/Twin Falls Times-News. (AP file photo: Sarah Palin shown in Iowa Sept. 3)

Question: Was an ap-hollow-gy necessary?

Palin: ‘Herb’ Cain Is Flavor Of Month

Sarah Palin dismissed Florida Straw Poll winner Herman Cain as "the flavor of the month" and mistook the candidate's first name in an appearance Tuesday night on Fox News. "Take Herman Cain. Look at why he's doing so well right now. I guess you could say, with all due respect, he’s the flavor of the week," the former governor of Alaska said. "Because Herb [sic] Cain is the one up there who doesn't look like he's part of that permanent political class - He came from a working class family. He's had to make it on his own all these years. We respect that." Cain defended his campaign Wednesday morning on CBS/Justin Sink, The Hill, Blog Briefing Room. More here. (AP file photo: the late Herb Caen, of the San Francisco Chronicle)

Question: What do you make of Herman Cain's surprising polling in Florida? And/or: Are you a fan of former San Francisco Chronicle columnist Herb Caen?

Today’s fun video: Palin on polls



Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's take on polls…with a slight problem on the spelling.

Bachmann Or Palin?

Republican presidential candidate, Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., greets American Legion officers on stage after addressing the national convention Thursday in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Tom Olmscheid)

Question: Who would you rather see as president, if you were forced to pick: Michele Bachmann or Sarah Palin?

Poll: GOP Insiders Don’t Want Palin

The Republican establishment inside the Washington Beltway may be pining for new candidates to enter the race for president, but two-thirds of influential local Republicans surveyed by The Huffington Post and Patch in the early primary and caucus states are satisfied with their choices. And while Sarah Palin is gearing up for a major speech in Iowa, just 8 percent want her to run. Sixty-three percent of the 169 influential Republicans surveyed in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina in our second HuffPost-Patch Power Outsiders poll say they are satisfied with the candidates now running for president, while just 36 percent say they want to see more candidates get into the race/KHQ. More here. (AP file photo)

Question: Are you surprised that so few of the GOP establishment want Sarah Palin to run for president?

Sunday spin: Palin not much of a draw

Sarah Palin may not be much of a draw in Spokane.

That’s one conclusion – and a charitable one, at that – to draw from an event a little more than a week ago at The Bing Crosby Theater featuring the new biographical movie about Palin. Planned as a chance to raise money for charities, food for Second Harvest Food Bank and pet supplies for Spokanimal, it was a disappointment, said organizer Mike Noder.

"The Undefeated", which is not to be confused with the 1969 John Wayne/Rock Hudson horse opera of the same name, is playing to limited release and generally scathing reviews around the country. But if ever there was a place not beholden to the slings and arrows of the lamestream media, it should be the Inland Northwest. Palin is, after all, one of our own, having been born in Sandpoint and graduating from the University of Idaho before making her way back north to Alaska – which, come to think of it, is another John Wayne movie…

To read the rest of this item, go inside the blog.

Bachmann Demands Biden Apology

Presidential candidate Michele Bachmann and possible presidential candidate Sarah Palin lambasted Vice President Joe Biden Monday night for negative comments he allegedly made about the Tea Party. Biden was reported by Politico on Monday to have agreed with an argument by Rep. Mike Doyle of Pennsylvania, who apparently asserted that "[w]e have negotiated with terrorists" during a closed-door meeting with House Democrats about the deal to raise the debt limit. "They have acted like terrorists," Biden was said to have responded. The Hill reports that in an e-mail Monday night, Bachmann, R-Minn., condemned Biden's alleged statement and called on the vice president to apologize/CBS News Political Hotsheet. More here. (AP file photo, of VP Joe Biden)

Question: Should Biden apologize?

Adam: Bristol’s Like Mother Sarah

(Bristol Palin) has right to be angry with Levi Johnston, and to be miffed as Cindy McCain, Megan McCain, and all the rest. However, it doesn’t mean that she has to publicly voice everything, particularly against Johnston who has shown himself to be a trashy individual over the course of the past few years. When you treat the allegations of a trashy person like they’re worth responding to, you increase their credibility and lower yourself to their level. This is something that Sarah Palin didn’t realize which is a big part of the reason why she isn’t better positioned for a 2012 run. She’d be doing far better if she had not engaged in a tit-for-tat with playgirl model Levi Johnston. And sadly that lesson has been lost on Bristol as well/Adam Graham, Adam's Blog. More here.  (AP file photo: Bristol Palin and her then boyfriend Levi Johnston meet U.S. Sen. John McCain before 2008 GOP national convention in Minneapolis, Minn.)

Question: Are you interested in reading an autobiography by Bristol Palin?

Sarah’s ‘Going Rogue’ For Sale

Matt poses with Kerri Thoreson after buying an autographed copy of Sarah Palin's "Going Rogue" at Coeur d'Alene Fred Meyer in December 2009. Matt tells Huckleberries.

So do you remember back in December 2009 when Sarah Palin rolled into Coeur d’Alene on her book tour? Well I was there, waited in line, freezing, for 5 hours to meet her. Well I'm now selling a first edition Autographed copy of Going Rogue. The book is in perfect unread condition. I figured one of your loyal readers might be interested in taking this item off my hands. I'm asking $50 for the book. If one were to look on ebay the same thing is currently selling for $200 so this is quite a deal.

DFO: Usually, I don't advertise things for sale here at Huckleberries Online. But this one from a long-time blog reader has piqued my interest. Can't help but wonder about the back story. Has the Berry Picker grown tired of Sarah Palin? Or does he simply need a few extra bucks? If you're interesting in buying the book, contact Matt at cdagardner@gmail.com

Question: Are you interested in buying a signed, first-edition copy of Sarah Palin's "Going Rogue"? Phaed?

APhoto Of The Day — 6.6.11

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, holding a booklet depicting Paul Revere, speaks briefly with the media as she tours Boston's North End neighborhood on Thursday. On Fox News Sunday Palin insisted Sunday in Washington that history was on her side when she claimed that Paul Revere's famous Massachusetts ride was intended to warn both British soldiers and his fellow colonists. At right is Palin's daughter Piper. You write the cutline. Story here. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

Top Cutlines:

  • 1. “As living proof that public and higher education doesn’t suffer from reduced funding every year, I stand by my statement about Paul Revere’s warning the British the Americans had guns, then chopping down the cherry tree to slow down the German mercenaries that were chasing the Indians who threw Ben Franklin’s tea stash into the Delaware on Christmas Eve” — DCR.
  • 2. Poolman.
  • 3. $arah’s lawsuit against her marketing agency ends unsuccessfully when its revealed the the media attention they promised made no guarantee that it would reflect positively upon her — Sisyphus.
  • HM: Charlie

Today’s fun video: Palin explains Paul Revere’s ride

Sarah Palin explains the importance of Paul Revere. Did she get it wrong?




She says no, she didn't.



So it might not be the version you learned in American History (or American Lit). But it's not as if Henry Wadsworth Longfellow got it completely right, either. For the ultimate source of what happened on that night in 1775, go inside the blog.

Palin: Paul Revere Warned British

One moment that you won't find posted on the (SarahPace blog) is Palin's response to reporters when they asked her who Paul Revere was. Instead of saying, "Come on, everyone knows who Paul Revere, the silversmith and patriot is," she stammered while saying this: "He who warned, uh, the British that they weren’t gonna be takin’ away our arms, uh, by ringing those bells, and um, makin' sure as he’s riding his horse through town to send those warning shots and bells that we were going to be sure and we were going to be free, and we were going to be armed."

Needless to say, the lamestream media are having a field day with that gaffe/Andrew Malcolm, Los Angeles Times. More here. (AP photo)

Question: Do you know more about the American Revolution that Sarah Palin?

The Pied Piper of Wasilla…

Good afternoon, Netizens…


I've often had a spot of fun watching Sarah Palin but David Horsey's cartoon this afternoon absolutely left me gasping with laughter on the floor as it is dead on. Here we have the Pied Piper Palin leading the national news media down the road to perdition without so much as an itinerary, an agenda nor even a promise that she is running for President. Ostensibly she is simply on a vacation with her family to see all the historical sights along the East Coast and along the way even have pizza with the Donald while meandering around in a bazillion-dollar tour bus depicting the American Constitution, American flags and her own signature.


So what is Sarah Palin doing if she is not running for office?


Others have said it, and I concur mightily. Why should she seriously run for an office that entails a lot of hard work when she can garner so much attention without having to issue any of those pesky policy statements, or even make speeches where the news media are eagerly awaiting, like a pack of wolves, for her to drop more of her homespun humor and inadvertent gaffes. Being demure about running for office appears to be working for the Pied Piper of Wasilla; after all, is she paying all the expenses while driving that huge bus around the countryside? You betcha NOT.


After all, she is entertained with all the celebrity status she has acquired, and because she is not entirely a dumb bunny, she is smart enough to know having the “lamestream” news media chasing her around the countryside clamoring for her attention is far more entertaining than actually winning a Presidential election.


David Horsey certainly got this one right. Of course, as always, your opinions may differ.



Today’s fun videos: Stewart mocks Trump on pizza, Weiner on Twitter comments


Jon Stewart delivers a damning critique of Donald Trump.

Not for his aborted presidential campaign, his questioning of Obama's birth certificate or his coiffure. But for his pizza savvy. And it may be the most devastating Trump tromping of all time.

In a bipartisan move, he also asks the question that's on everyone's mind about Rep. Anthony Weiner's not quite unequivocal denial of that Twitter posting. Click here to see that inside the blog.