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Okay, so I am reading my hometown's newpaper website, The Salina Journal online (http://www.saljournal.com/) and I noticed that our Chamber of Commerce has paid for Ms. I-Can-See-Alaska-From-My-Backyard to speak here in February. Not only that, but check out the list of names of former speakers... I must admit that I agree with my boyfriend when he termed Salina as being "the conservative, boring sister of Lawrence" (although I am sure some people would prefer Salina's atmosphere to Lawrence's just for the Republican'ness alone).


"On Monday afternoon, the chamber announced that former Alaska governor and Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin will be the guest speaker at its annual banquet Feb. 5.

Past guest speakers have included former President George H.W. Bush, former First Lady Barbara Bush, New York City Mayor and presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani, former Secretary of State Colin Powell, former British Prime Minister John Major and former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft."


Leslie Swearingen 8 years, 7 months ago

I have no idea what to say. I might go just to see if I could get something autographed by Ms. Palin. I bet I could sell it on Ebay, or would that by something else they would take off? :-)

Mel Briscoe 8 years, 7 months ago

LOL i don't know... i just told my mom that i know what i want for christmas now. ;P

Mel Briscoe 8 years, 7 months ago


what diversity? did you see the line up of past speakers? daddy bush, mama bush, colin powell... oh wait, he is black so i guess that's where the diversity comes in, right?

i may just move back to larryville some day. until then, i will keep shaking things up here in sublima. thanks for the invite, consumer.

somedude20 8 years, 7 months ago

I would think that having to listen to that accent (oh boy, you betcha, geeze) would be more worthy of a Fear Factor stunt . Joe Rogan would jump out and say "man, I don't know how you did it, but you just won $50,000"

Mel Briscoe 8 years, 7 months ago

LOL i was thinking about that "you betcha" fargo'esque stuff... reason enough to stay far, far away.

ohgeeze 8 years, 7 months ago

I sang the national anthem for the event the year Colin Powel was there. He was interesting enough to listen to but the rest of the event was less than stellar...Palin should be interesting as well...if you sneak in a six pack and play drinking games to her speech!

Also, my parents are super excited about the new Jimmy John's there....way to go, S-Town!

Mel Briscoe 8 years, 7 months ago

jimmy johns is the new starbucks! its like nobody had heard of them but BOOM! there was an explosion of sammich shops suddenly-- not only in salina but in hutchinson and other small towns. they're everywhere now!

and the idea of drinking games during her speech is very appealing. in fact, it would be the only way i could soldier through it all.

Alice Lieberman 8 years, 7 months ago

My question is, where is Salina getting the money to bring her? Her fee, apparently, is 100K (this is what she is charging a conservative group in Iowa, apparently). Are they using stimulus money? an anonymous benefactor? $100 apiece tix?

Mel Briscoe 8 years, 7 months ago

i know, alice, i was wondering the same thing and that was one of the first questions my boyfriend asked as well... is the chamber of commerce in any town publicly funded? maybe i should make a quick call and ask... i think i'll do that real quick. now i'm curious.

tbaker 8 years, 7 months ago

If Mrs. Palin is so terribly irrelevant, why does she generate so much interest? Why do her speaking engagements draw thousands when a sitting vice-President can only draw a few hundred? How on Earth can some one so supposedly worthless write a book that's a best-seller before it goes on sale? If it's so painfully obvious she is a washed-up has been in American politics, why does the democratic party and the liberal media devote so much attention to her? Do they know something we don't? Could it be she scares the left? What else explains all their vitriol towards her?

Methinks thou dost protest too much.

Mel Briscoe 8 years, 7 months ago

i tried to call the chamber here and their answering service said they are all in a meeting this afternoon. convenient-- the day that article hits about palin coming here. SISSIES! lol

Mel Briscoe 8 years, 7 months ago

i didn't say she was washed up. i think she's annoying, irritating and aggravating. she's an ex beauty queen who is still quite beautiful, in my opinion... couple that w/ the whole "elk killing" and "you betcha" and such, and she's a celeb.

paris hilton had an album that sold really well too but that doesn't make her mariah carey.

Mel Briscoe 8 years, 7 months ago

LOL you're right, tom... sorry 'bout that. she can see the ruskies not her fellow alaskans from her back deck. whilst BBQ that elk she shot, gutted, cleaned and sliced up all by her little ol' adorable self. ;)

Mel Briscoe 8 years, 7 months ago

oh and tommy darling, there are none of the people fitting the description of the "far left" here in sublima. the "obama/biden" bumperstickers were very seldom seen here in saline county.

Mel Briscoe 8 years, 7 months ago

i think the transgendered speaker is going to be at fort hays state university... it wasn't here. i'd actually go see her.

RoeDapple 8 years, 7 months ago

alicel (Anonymous) says… "My question is, where is Salina getting the money to bring her?"

One bake sale at a time alice...


kmat 8 years, 7 months ago

tom - she doesn't scare us liberals. we're just embarassed that she is a citizen.

imagold 8 years, 7 months ago

$75 for chamber members. $50 non-members...if tickets are available after chamber members purchase theirs. Not sure how many ticket are for sale. Moving to Lawrence from Salina may have changed me from a Wildcat fan to a Jayhawk fan, but it'll never change me from a Republican to a Democrat. I also might mention the Lied Center on the KU campus was packed for the Dole's and the elder Bush's visits. Maybe I'm not as alone as I think I am over here.

Mel Briscoe 8 years, 7 months ago

imagold, do you miss cozy inn? or atleast smelling it when you were in the downtown area? ;)

kmat 8 years, 7 months ago

imagold - flocks of people turn out to see conservatives at the Lied Center because they come from JoCo and Topuka. Lawrence is still the liberal oasis of KS.

ohgeeze 8 years, 7 months ago

mmm....cozy inn. Smell like b.o. for a week, but some great burgers!

Shane Garrett 8 years, 7 months ago

Never underestimate large numbers of sheeple. I watched a sci-fi movie where they almost ate the entire movie cast.

brian1981 8 years, 7 months ago

Hmmm . . . I thought our wonderful Lawrence liberals were the paragons of open-mindedness, diversity, and free speech . . .

God forbid someone invite a speaker with different values than your own. I know, let's call them names and try to diminish them! That will show how open-minded and progressive we are!

jonas_opines 8 years, 7 months ago

Wow, you're really raving, Muse of Hypocrisy.

puddleglum 8 years, 7 months ago

no tom, they just realized she was a dumb-dumb.

mickeyrat 8 years, 7 months ago

I don't think "conservative imports" from other areas account for the success of the Dole lecture series in "lib'rul" Lawrence; both former Pres. George H.W. Bush and Sen. Robert Dole have brains and integrity.

I'd give Paris Hilton more credit in both departments than I would give Sarah Palin.

Mel Briscoe 8 years, 7 months ago

my mom was given tickets to the COC dinner when daddy bush spoke and she said his opening line was "i'm not going to talk about politics tonight, i'm just going to talk about my time growing up on the ranch". she then said he gave a good speech that was also very humorous and she enjoyed it thoroughly. ms. palin on the other hand-- you would've thought my mom smelled a pile of dog poo when i mentioned it to her. LOL

the thing about girlfriend is she seems to be of the same kind of celebrity that some people were accusing obama of being a couple of years ago... that infamous commercial that was aired in different parts of the country which likened him to paris hilton: famous just because he's famous. ms. palin (now correct me if i'm wrong because i am writing this from memory and not googling to try and facts-check) went from being on the school board to mayor of a town about the size of junction city. and then governor. she is a former beauty queen who is still a very nice looking woman who comes from this quirky family where they shoot large mammals for the fun of it, called her husband "the first dude" and name their kids really strange names. THAT is her reason for being a celebrity. what the hell does she stand for anyway-- does anyone know w/out googling past articles or going on youtube and trying to access some former speeches? its one of those things where people align themselves w/ her just BECAUSE.

i don't think she's a doofus though, she's crazy like a fox. if i could command the amount of cheddar she does for a speech i definitely would... i am not a fan nor am i a supporter, but i sure ain't mad at her either. i just wish the salina COC would switch it up and get someone besides either a conservative republican or a sports star as the keynote speaker... how about al gore? that'll never happen....

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