Reckless Palin Endangers a Girls Basketball Team with Her Call to Go Rogue

Palin Role Model for Greed
Palin Role Model for Greed

Sarah Palin took to her Facebook to send a shout out to and also exploit the plight of an Illinois high school girls basketball team who will not be going to Arizona for a basketball tournament because of the state’s new immigration law, “This has-been ball player/Wasilla Warrior would like to send a shout out of support to the Highland Park High School Giants Girls Basketball Team in Illinois. These girls have been working, having bake sales, and saving money for months in order play in a hoop tournament in Arizona. They’ve won their school’s first conference title in 26 years, but now because a school bureaucrat – an assistant superintendent – wants to play politics, they’re not allowed to play ball.”

Palin compared the Asst. Superintendent who made the decision to not let the girls play to Communist China, “The assistant superintendent claims that a trip to Arizona “would not be aligned with our beliefs and values.” But apparently the school has no problem sending kids on trips to China, which has a population control policy that is anti-girl in practice – contributing to female infanticide and abandonment and sex-selective abortions. So, is China – with its many serious human rights violations (too many to list here) – “aligned” with the “values and beliefs” of the school? But our sister-state of Arizona is not? Really? This is ridiculous and totally unfair to the girls who just want to play ball. Going to Arizona to play in a tournament will not endanger them, and the ban sure doesn’t solve the problem of unsecured borders.”

Now, let’s just pause for a minute and check our Palin facts. It seems Sarah Palin went to Hong Kong last year during which she gave a speech attacking the President of the United States — while on foreign soil (like all good Real Americans during wartime). Palin also told the audience how much like Alaska Hong Kong was:

“We have much in common with Hong Kong. We’re both young and transient, independent and libertarian. Places that continue to show the world, the power and the resilience of the free market system at a time when too many are questioning it. So for Alaska, which is the air crossroads of the world, to this prosperous dynamic force in the world, Hong Kong, I bring good tidings, wishes for more blessing and vibrant life and even more freedom.”

Oh, but now that she’s not getting money from China, it’s suddenly a place full of human rights violations. Or, rather, now that a high school basketball team is protesting the violations of US citizens in Arizona, Palin, who happily drove a VW Jetta (manufactured ironically in Mexico), suddenly has a problem with China. Yes, this is all making sense in the Palin world of political expediency. She is, of course, anti-civil rights, so she’ll use anything to achieve that end – even if it means pretending to be outraged over China’s human rights abuses.

One might pause here to recall that Hong Kong is a major capitalist service economy characterized by low taxation, free trade and minimum government. Sort of like the world of which Palin and her frothing band of costumed tea baggers dream.

Not satisfied with causing divisiveness at a high school, Palin sought to convince high school girls that Arizona’s racist immigration policy should be supported, “These boycotts of Arizona will not help the state or lead to positive change. Economic and political boycotts of our nation’s 48th state will hurt all Arizonans – including all members of the Hispanic community. If people really want to help, they should tell President Obama to do his job: secure the border. If he were to do his job, the good people of Arizona, who have been overwhelmed by violence on their border, would not feel compelled to do it for him.”

Palin is in a rather precarious position from which to make judgments about Obama’s governing, after all, she did quit her job as Governor mid-term to make money, leaving Alaska as it plummeted into dire financial straights, from which the federal government (Obama) had to save it. Alaska has always ranked high in its dependence upon the federal government for both employment and pork, and this only increased under Palin’s rein. A tough pioneering gal who can govern with common sense she ain’t. Palin also left Alaska war-torn and divided by her own ethics scandals and partisanship post 2008 campaign. In the end, the Palin brand resulted in a national cheapening of Alaskan values. The calculation behind Palin’s hubris is almost painfully embarrassing.

Is Palin really a viable role model for young women? Just listen to what a fellow basketball teammate had to say about the Conservative Darling according to Lorenzo Benet in his book “Trailblazer”:

“She ran around like a rabid little thing,” Welch (a fellow player) recalled. “She did not like to lose and sometimes cried after losses. She was very petulant and formidable – there was no stopping her. We’d be practicing and drilling – she wanted the ball so badly she’d get really red in the face and scratch and claw until you just wanted to say, ‘Here, take the ball.’ When I heard they nicknamed her Sarah Barracuda after the way she played on the basketball court, I thought, ‘Wow, perfect.’ “

Once again, the evidence points to Palin’s obsession with getting things for herself and her inability to play well with others. My high school field hockey coach always said, “there’s no “I” in team”, but maybe in Real America sports aren’t used to teach sportsmanship and character. Maybe character is now a liberal value.

The same day on Fox News, Palin claimed the boycott is bad for Hispanics, “We are going to do all that we can to shed more light on what this political issue is, this Arizona boycott. It’s going to hurt everybody in Arizona, including the Hispanic community. And it’s not a solution to the problem. The problem is how are we going to secure our borders. Keeping girls off the basketball court has nothing to do with the solution that we need to find!”

She then urged the high school team to abandon adult supervision and go rogue, “In the meantime, let’s help the girls “go rogue” and go play ball.” reiterated call for the teenage girls to risk their own safety.

Sarah Palin is no feminist and certainly not a good role model for young girls. She is not a civil rights activist by any stretch of the imagination and she doesn’t understand how to govern, nor have the temperament to finish a job for which she took a solemn oath to the people of Alaska. Palin needs to stick to that which she knows best; making money off of the misinformed.

I’d like to close with a shout out of my own, to all of those who want to play ball with the Constitution by speaking out against the Arizona law and add a further shout out to those who support this country during wartime and a deep recession brought on by modern day Conservative recklessness. Also, too.

26 Replies to “Reckless Palin Endangers a Girls Basketball Team with Her Call to Go Rogue”

  1. Ok, someones gonna murder me.

    If you leave out the going rogue BS, I actually agree with most of what she said. That being her latest comments on China, not her former ones. The school can send people to China but not Arizona? Holy blistering basketball shoes!

    That said, I agree with her that no state in this country should boycott another state. That’s wrong as it effects all of us. Suppose Arizona decided to stop sending food to our supermarkets? No matter what the law they passed, boycotting one of our own states is wrong.

    Kids, should not pay for the stupidity of adults. They either grow up with a dislike of government or the wrong impression of the people who screwed them.

    Her comments while in China were just plain stupid. More freedom? Lol.

    I am so sick of this phrase “values and beliefs” I could just spit. And the people who bring up “values” the most are the ones who most resemble the taliban

    Let the kids play ball.

  2. @Shiva,

    Even a broken clock is right once a day….so don’t feel badly that you agree with her on one issue. Her reasons and yours are very different. She has a political agenda re Arizona law for saying this– it’s not about the kids for her.

  3. Just b/c Palin said those girls are going to China doesn’t make it so…if we fact checked her I bet we’d find a lie just sayin’!
    The Boycott of Arizona is about Human rights, have you Shiva ever heard about Sheriff Arpaio there?
    She is friends with him, he sent one of the Alaskan ST a pair of Pink handcuffs that were actually used on Sherry Johnston! Arizona was a dangerous place BEFORE THE BOYCOTT!!!!

  4. @crystalwolf aka caligrl,

    Oh, you are SO right. I remember when I fact-checked her book and each chapter took me twenty pages to correct.

    Must not forget that.

    And you know, she never SAYS the school sent these girls to China– she suggest that “schools” do- which is her cheap shot at the school district for being Commies.

    Nevermind that the she has a lot in common with the Commies.

  5. In the article Palin cited in her Fakebook, I can’t find one word about kids going to China!
    I am going to shout in my best Rachel Maddow voice “YOU LIE” to Sarah Palin!
    Shocked, I am! 8)

  6. @Shiva, Do you believe that the students want to go to AZ? Here are snippets of the article from Lake County News Sun the local paper “…next December’s Christmas break.” time wise this not immediate so this could be easily over turned. However, “The concern in Highland Park apparently is what could happen to a student-athlete if she was stopped by police and wasn’t carrying proper identification papers.” At this time, this concern is a legitimate one, and only one of the girl’s parents did speak out against this boycott “Michael Evans, whose daughter Lauren is a junior and played on the Highland Park team last season” notice it says last season not this season so does he really know what the team wants. Finally the part that I completely agree with from the reporter “Lost in the debate so far is that there does not appear to be any reason why Highland Park High’s squad cannot play in a Christmas tournament in another warm-weather state.” agreed why not New Mexico?

  7. @Oldsun,
    1st, for my opinion, kids and their activities should never be embroiled in the silly politics of the day. if they agree with it, that’s fine. let them decide, not some administrator who has his own sense of ‘Values”. Give them some responsibility. had this boycott not occurred, I don’t imagine they would have thought twice about going to play.

    2nd, once again the law is stretched to mean something it doesn’t mean. basically anyone pulled over has to be pulled over within the confines of committing a crime(and that has to be proven).

  8. @crystalwolf aka caligrl,

    Sheriff Arpaio One of the few doing his job.

    And I agree, Arizona was and still is a dangerous place. For one its a tremendous avenue of drugs coming into the US which makes it a very dangerous place

  9. @Shiva,

    This just came out today, so there’s no way any of us could have known this:

    ‘Meanwhile, school Supt. George Fornero, who had been silent on the matter, issued a letter Thursday after Palin made her comments — he claims Arizona’s immigration law could place “some of our students’ safety or liberty” at risk because of the school’s diverse student population. The trip was scheduled for December, and the makeup of its varsity team has yet to be selected for the next school year. ”

    This kind of clears up the reasons behind the school’s decision.

  10. There is at least one point that we are not focusing on here. Sarah Palin’s suggestion and promotion that these kids “Go Rogue” against the school administration requires a level of responsibility that “Sarah barracuda” is not going to take on. Sarah is not known for her reliability and responsibility skills. She is known for misinforming, inciting and demanding what she wants and making money while doing so. At this current time period, the situation, due to this new immigration law in Arizona, is not a solid smooth place. It is very controversial right now. We don’t have definitive information that it will get better or worse. There could be safety issues on multiple levels for these girls. Arizona is going through a process that goes beyond protecting the borders. We must remember that Arizona didn’t want to make MLK a national holiday. Now they are proposing new educational reforms that would eliminate African American history in schools along with hispanic cultural classes. This is not an all white team. Who really knows how this controversy in Arizona will end? And who is going to take these girls’ welfare in their hands in the meantime? Sarah always holds others responsible. It doesn’t matter what the issue. Sarah will be giving her “Annie Oakley” speech before the NRA and other followers today. I still think she is a dangerous woman and not one that I would want my daughters or anyone else to follow. She has not proven that her influence on kids or her followers are in alignment with good hearted
    or spiritual principles or beliefs. We don’t have to reach as far as China to make a point about Sarah Palin. But since it’s a point of discussion, I think it’s more relative that Sarah was in China attacking a sitting President on foreign soil which is a “no no” for any responsible patriotic American leader of any kind.

  11. @Shiva, You speak obviously as a person who has never been stopped or known someone stopped by the police as a result of racial profiling. This is not to say that there isn’t crime on the borders or in any other area for that matter. But you are naive if you think racial profiling exists only when a crime is being committed.

  12. @Sarah Jones, So basically the school harbors illegal aliens and he is afraid they would be taken away. I dont buy that. The kids are usually bussed there and chaperoned( they could drive I imagine). Unless they are out robbing stores the likelihood of them even being near a place to get profiled is rare to less than none. I sincerely doubt that the cops would hit the basketball court to check the kids. I would buy he is just in support of the boycott.

  13. @F Joy,
    Most of my life was spent Near Detroit Michigan. Do I know profiling exists? heck yes. I had a black friend in college that was pulled over most every week. But there are no laws in Michigan saying that stoppages have to be proven as not being profiling. Cleveland, Atlanta, Chicago etc are all well known for profiling.

    I dont think I am naive at all. The law there specifically says that requesting immigration status has to be in purview of the investigation of a crime.

    Do I think they will run out and start pulling over everyone in sight when they are under the scrutiny of the entire country? No I don’t.

  14. @Shiva, You are flat out wrong Article B of SB 1070 states
    “20B. FOR ANY LAWFUL CONTACT MADE BY A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIAL OR AGENCY
    21 OF THIS STATE OR A COUNTY, CITY, TOWN OR OTHER POLITICAL SUBDIVISION OF THIS
    22 STATE WHERE REASONABLE SUSPICION EXISTS THAT THE PERSON IS AN ALIEN WHO IS
    23 UNLAWFULLY PRESENT IN THE UNITED STATES, A REASONABLE ATTEMPT SHALL BE MADE,
    24 WHEN PRACTICABLE, TO DETERMINE THE IMMIGRATION STATUS OF THE PERSON.”
    Show in this provision were states the person in question needed to commit a crime, maybe before you comment, you should do some research and read what the bill says. In article E is talks about an offence but the offence they are referring to is being in the country illegally.
    here is the link, replace the (DOT) with .
    www(DOT)azleg.gov/legtext/49leg/2r/bills/sb1070s(DOT)pdf

  15. Yea Shiva he’s just doing his job…

    Two Maricopa County executives said Thursday they will appear before a federal grand jury next week to testify about allegations that Sheriff Joe Arpaio and others in his office have abused their power.”
    He is abusing his power just like Palin abuses hers…and she should of been thrown out on her ass telling these kids to just go anyway, and her stupid webpage, she is a idiot of the 9th degree!

  16. @Oldsun,

    Which violates the intent and spirit of the 4th amendment:

    4th Amendment to the Constitution provides that people in this country should be, “… secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, …”

    Probable cause has been debated repeatedly by Supreme Court — the point is to preventing unreasonable search and seizure. It is this liberty which is at risk for citizens.

  17. @Shiva,

    No, I don’t think we can assume that they are harboring illegals. It may be that there is an ethnic mix of kids who do not all have access to their papers for a variety of reasons.

    I, for one, have lost my birth certificate recently and since I moved, it’s going to take me weeks to get it. Kids don’t have driver’s licenses unless they are of age, so they would need their birth certificate in order to have papers to hand over to anyone who asked. Furthermore, in economically deprived areas, often parents don’t have the time or ability to take time off of work to go get papers like this for their kids. For example, I found when registering voters that in many poorer areas that the adults did not have a vehicle so they had to ride the bus to work. This meant they couldn’t go update their driver’s license since they had moved because they worked 9-5 and couldn’t get time off to do it (the bus adding an extra hour to what would take 15 minutes in a car). This kind of extra paper work puts an unseen burden on those who are already struggling — and that’s just another reason we can’t assume these folks are harboring illegals.

    We just don’t know right now. But I, for one, would not want to be in Arizona right now and I’m white. Yes, we need to address illegal immigration and badly — but this is not the way to do it. It infringes on our constitutional rights and once that starts, it’s a slippery slope.

  18. @Sarah Jones, Agreed, which is why SB1070 will be struck down however as it stands SB1070 violates the 4th and the 14th Amendments and imprisons/fines law enforcement officers for not following it.

  19. Ok, I give up.

    Although I would ask oldsun if that is the rewritten version of the bill. It was rewritten to tone down the peoples complaints. Reasonable suspicion will be reasonable suspicion for ever. You cant define it for every situation. This means the cop has to have reasonable evidence that you were involved in a crime or he gets fined in a big way.

    And we all know probable cause is used every single day of the week every wheres. The 4th amendment is crushed daily as far as illegal search & seizures go.

    Section 1. All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

    Being immune to showing your immigration status is a mighty fine line.

  20. I’m glad shiva asked this question. In all of the uproar in msm no one explined the outrage but it makes more sense now. Glad to see civil discussion here. Palin is a moron though who used these kids for publicity.

  21. @Shiva, since when is providing public education become the equivalent to “haboring illegals?”

    A reminder: Prop 187 was stuck down here in CA as unconstititional.

  22. @lalamen I was referring to the school administrators statement

    “he claims Arizona’s immigration law could place “some of our students’ safety or liberty” at risk because of the school’s diverse student population. “

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