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Palin Power


_Editor's Note: Ryan Kriegshauser is one of three Kansas delegates to the Republican National Convention who will be blogging on LJWorld.com. Check back often to see what they're saying._Knowing that I am thrilled about Sarah Palin, Ryan gave me his delegate pass so that I was able to watch her historic speech. For the Republican women at the convention, there has been a lot of anticipation for the speech that was going to introduce us to our next vice president. Sarah did not disappoint. She did a fantastic job! Palin was strong and smart - hitting the issues with the no-nonsense attitude of a mother. I was sitting in a row of professional women in their twenties. When Sarah Palin walked onto the stage, the feeling was electric. Here was a tough woman who had worked hard against all of the typical roadblocks we face everyday: from how to balance family and professional goals to what to wear to be ourselves and still look professional. For woman across the country, Sarah is a role model of what we are striving to accomplish. As I was standing on a chair with my "Palin Power" sign, I knew that this was one of the best moments in my life. By the time Sarah's speech was over and I was able to check my cell, I had 19 text messages from girlfriends who were thrilled that we had a candidate who really represented us. Even guys, who had not been sure that Palin was up for the job, were convinced that she would be a strong vice president.


beatrice 9 years, 8 months ago

"PT- I'll answer that. The author informed me that it was inadvertently published, before she had finished it. I pulled it down, at her request, to let her complete what she was trying to write. I'm sorry for the confusion.Jonathan KealingOnline editor"Fascinating. When asked not too long ago (July 15, 2008) about readers being allowed to pull their own misguided or premature posts, this was your response: "As for removing your own posts, for a couple of reasons we don't allow that. One of the reasons is, as a news organization, we can't unpublish or unbroadcast our work. We don't think comments made should be removable. Also, I think it would promote more ridiculous comments if people could post whatever they want, knowing they could go back and delete or edit it. This way people have to know their online name, at least, will be associated into perpetuity with what they've said."Apparently you actually can and do "unpublish and unbroadcast" your work after all. Why the change of heart, Mr. Kealing? Will you now reconsider allowing readers the courtesy you give to your selected bloggers?

BrianR 9 years, 8 months ago

I hope I never have to hear Palin's grating voice again after the election.

del888 9 years, 8 months ago

I'm not at all interested in Palin's family, her daughter, her son, her newborn. I want to know what she is going to do about the issues. What about health care. What about the economy. As far as I can tell, she's just another pretty face with nothing to offer.

Patrick Lafferty 9 years, 8 months ago

Jonathan,I must say that based on the community reaction to the post, purposeful or not, the post struck a nerve and was working towards creating dialogue on important issues. I don't think it was appropriate for the post to be removed. You have silenced that dialogue and the dozens of community members that took the time to engage in it. If you had been in the field reporting on the convention and posted a story, would you expect to be able to recall it outright? You and I both know TedFred wouldn't approve of that. Seems like we are living with some revisionist history here. Getting an earful from a compunctious author is no reason to delete history. I think the post should be reinstated, though Becca should have the chance to finish her thoughts and the edits noted as they would in any other journalistic endeavor. "Oops" just doesn't cut it.

bad_dog 9 years, 8 months ago

"As I was standing on a chair with my "Palin Power" sign, I knew that this was one of the best moments in my life."Gosh, I wonder if the sign came from the same source as these? http://www.huffingtonpost.com/moira-whelan/the-hockey-mom-hoax_b_123892.htmlNah, Ms. Whelan probably just made this stuff up-considering the source and all...

Patrick Lafferty 9 years, 8 months ago

Ryan (and editors), I'd like to know what happened to Becca Korphage's post on Palin and feminism that used to be located at www2.ljworld.com/blogs/live_republican_convention/2008/sep/04/feminism/ up till at least 5 AM today (9/5/08)? It sure seemed to have sparked a lively response from the community and it is a shame that it is no longer available (as of 12:30 on 9/5/08), with that URL resolving to a "Page Not Found" error. I am truly hopeful this is a technical error and not the result of action by either the Kansas Republican Party or the World Co. staff.

Jonathan Kealing 9 years, 8 months ago

PT-I'll answer that. The author informed me that it was inadvertently published, before she had finished it. I pulled it down, at her request, to let her complete what she was trying to write. I'm sorry for the confusion.Jonathan KealingOnline editor

Jonathan Kealing 9 years, 8 months ago

Patrick,In the course of normal affairs, I agree entirely. We don't remove published information. But, and here's why this is different, in this case I made the mistake. I was approving a batch of posts and mistakenly swept hers into it, despite Becca putting it in a place I told he she could put things and they would not become public. If she'd made the mistake, it would be another matter. Additionally, when she and I talked this afternoon, she said she'd be finishing the post as soon as she gets to a computer. The post will be reinstated. Thanks for the comments Patrick, you've made excellent points. Jonathan KealingOnline Editor

Fred Whitehead Jr. 9 years, 8 months ago

del999...Right On! I heard nothing about these issues or this stupid oil war. Or just what "victory " is ssupposed to be. Is victory when Osama Bin Laden and his cronies come out of the mountains where they are being housed by Pakistan, throw down their Chinese supplied guns and rockets, and sit down at a table and sign a surrender??? Not bloody likely! Bush has done the same bumbling thing that Jonh Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson did with Vietnam, and we ran out of there with our tails between our legs. Does Bush not learn from the terrible lessons of the past?? And Bush and McCain are in the same bed on this issue. Meanwhile, many of our young generation suffer the same fate as over 60,000 of my generation did, to die in an ill-starred, stupid war defending nothing from no one. If the Bush people wanted to get Bin Laden and Al Quiada, they knew he was in those Pakistani mountains and we have the muscle to turn them into a flat plain, whether Pakistan likes it or not.

beatrice 9 years, 8 months ago

Why does self-proclaimed "small-town values" Palin keep calling the small town of Ketchikan, Alaska, "Nowhere"? That bridge was going to Ketchikan, yet she insults the residents of that small town by calling it "nowhere" again and again and again. Is it because Ketchikan doesn't happen to be quite as metropolitan as Wasilla? We have seen her indignation at suggesting that being mayor of Wasilla may not have given her the skill set necessary to be vp. Consider how upset she would be if others were to call the small town of Wasilla "nowhere". Apparently, Palin was for small towns before she was against them.

RobbinStPaul 9 years, 8 months ago

Clearly, lacking substance on the issues facing Americans, the Republicans want to make the election about cultural wars. It is their desire to pit rural vs. urban by trying to show the people who live is small towns as REAL and people in cities like San Francisco was evil, weird, intellectuals and un-American.This is a divide and conquer mentality while Obama and the Democrats are trying to say we are all one nation of Americans, McCain and Palin are engaged in cultural wars to whip of fear and foster hatred among Americans. No where is this more clear than on the internet where bloggers attack and engage in angry words.

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