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Palin at Safari Club International convention: ‘Don’t retreat, stand tall’

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Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin served as keynote speaker for hunting organization Safari Club International’s Jan. 29 convention in Reno, speaking to approximately 2,500 organization members, the Daily Beast reported Monday.

Palin discussed the importance of hunting and Second Amendment rights, both of which are key to the Safari Club, which describes the group as “the leader in protecting the freedom to hunt and promoting wildlife conservation worldwide.”

“I personally understand the importance of protecting the environment,” Palin told audience members Saturday, as reported by the Gazette Journal.

In one instance, Palin altered her now-notorious “Don’t retreat, reload” catchphrase, which she repeatedly used during midterm 2010 elections when advising citizens to fight for gun rights.

“Don’t retreat, stand tall,” Palin said at the Safari Club convention, emphasizing the importance of “responsible conservation.”

But Palin’s aide Rebecca Mansour denied rumors that the former governor has nixed ‘reload’ from the motto.

“The governor actually did use the phrase ‘Don’t retreat, reload,’” Mansour told Politico in an email. “She also said, ‘Don’t retreat, stand tall.’”

Palin’s heavily scrutinized motto, “Don’t retreat, reload,” has been the subject of much criticism since the Jan. 8 Tucson shooting massacre, which resulted in Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords being shot in the head, six deaths, and many injuries. During midterm elections, Palin created a map depicting rifle crosshairs over vulnerable districts, including Giffords’.

The Safari Club extended the speaking invitation to Palin less than a week after the Tucson shooting.

Citing the many media figures that have pledged not to give her any news coverage for the month of February, Palin said the boycott “sounds good…because there’s a lot of chaos in Cairo, and I can’t wait to not get blamed for it–at least for a month,” the Daily Beast reported.

As Palin discussed what she said were President Barack Obama’s “attempts to perhaps infringe further upon our Second Amendment rights,” a man in the audience reportedly began booing, leading others to join in.

Palin continued speaking to convention attendees, “We need to keep tabs on what the White House is telling us…Just think if we had even stricter gun control laws!”

Palin also addressed last year’s peculiar news story about an annoyed “Dancing with the Stars” viewer shooting his television set out of frustration that Palin’s daughter Bristol kept moving forward in the show.

“Here’s how I figure it. Remember that weird guy in Wisconsin who was so angry, so upset, watching a Palin win slot after slot each week on ‘Dancing with the Stars’ that he shot Bristol through his TV?” Palin asked. “He blasted his Panasonic? Well, I’m thinking, ‘Imagine more gun control. Then he’d have to attack his Panasonic with a butter knife.’”

Palin also talked about the importance of local governments creating policies.

“The best [management] is local,” Palin said. “[Not] bureaucrats thousand of miles away [in Washington].”

Palin gave condolences to Giffords and other shooting victims, stating her “heart of course aches for the families of those who lost their lives at the hands of a deranged evil criminal…And like you I’m praying for the victims, for their full recovery, watching in amazement reports of Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, pulling for her, so thankful that her life was spared.”

Upon further addressing the Tucson tragedy, Palin explained “how important it is…for America’s sake, that we do not allow the evil acts of one mentally deranged murderer [to] change America’s way of life. We must not allow this tragedy to stifle our constitutionally protected rights, including our Second Amendment rights. Beware of what’s coming. I really do believe that God has shed his grace on thee…We can’t allow an atrophy of the foundation that is America, that is so exceptional.”

This article has been updated.

  • riseabove

    “I truly believe that Sarah Palin is responsible for the escalation of vitriol in our political landscape. I have the right to speak my mind about this. I ha ve reason.” -Scorpioman

    *************************************

    An objective person might conclude that you’ve allowed your own rage to dictate a fixation on her, which really isn’t much different than Loughner’s anger at Gifford, is it? Think very, very carefully about all this. Perhaps we could say that the vitriol from the Left has contributed to YOUR hatred toward a public figure. Perhaps Sarah Palin is in danger of some loon acting on YOUR words. Whoever counseled you needs to refund the money.

    • scorpioman

      “And the drivel you see posted here by Annie and others like yourself, only inspires me to get my message out.

      Thanks for your concern, but you are a liar. You and your hate filled cohorts at daily caller have never felt one ounce of compassion for me or Gabrielle Giffords.

      The future will show us how Sarah reacts to Gabby when she speaks out. I suspect she will respond very much like you all do here. Ignorantly.

  • notalone

    It is amazing to me how she can give a long speech and never really say very much except her rather silly “catch phrases”. Sorry, President of the Girl Scouts would do fine.

    • scorpioman

      LOL We don’t need our girl scouts to end up like Sarah’s children, do we?

  • scorpioman

    “Crazies are inspired to act out because they identify with the anger in our political landscape.” – ScorpioMan

    No, Mr. P sychobabble – “crazies” act out because you enable their irrational anger and enable them to act out their “craziness”. Stop telling them that their interpretation of Palin’s words is accurate. Stop being a victim and stop enabling others to be victims. – THE Anniebanannie

    Annie, Crazies don’t need me to tell them it’s ok to act on someone else’s words, all they need are those words. That’s exactly my point. It’s irresponsible of anyone who seeks office to speak like Palin does. Then again, Palin has always spoken irresponsibly. Did you disagree that Newt called her out for this?

    “Use your weapons” … “Shoot with accuracy; aim high and remember it takes blood, sweat and tears to win.” … “No matter how tough it gets, never retreat, instead reload!” – Sarah Palin

    That’s exactly what Loughner did!

    One never gets over victimization. You just can’t tell victims to get over it. Would you say that to Gabrielle Giffords? Do you think, if she is able to speak again, that she won’t speak about what happened to her? Hell Annie, she was speaking about it before! Same as me.

    I speak out because I’m tired of seeing people killed in the streets by other people who need nothing more than to be inspired by some mean behavior they have learned from persons who should be more responsible with their words and actions.

    You, and the peanut gallery here at daily caller will never shut me up no matter how hard you try. Keep on talking Annie. Thanks for the platform.

    • riseabove

      So, I gather from bits and pieces on this board that you’ve suffered a personal tragedy where someone you cared about was shot? If that’s true, then I’m truly sorry for you and for the victim, Scorpioman.

      Have you considered counseling to help deal with it?

      • scorpioman

        So, I gather from bits and pieces on this board that you’ve suffered a personal tragedy where someone you cared about was shot? If that’s true, then I’m truly sorry for you and for the victim, Scorpioman.

        Have you considered counseling to help deal with it?
        LOL Did ladylove tell yiu all about it?

        Yes. I do not advise anyone who falls victim to a violent crime to go without counseling. The dedicated professionals and close friends who stood by me during that time, saved my life. In counseling, I also learned how to deal with the secondary victimization that was being thrown at me at the time. The experience I suffered brought forth a huge amount of controversy and I and my loved one were not only used as poster boys for hate crimes, we were slandered and accused of getting what we deserved, just because we were gay.

        I was long into my recovery when I read exerts from Jackie Kennedy Onasis’s diary that had just been released. In it she stated many accounts and memories of her tragic loss and she spoke of the reasons that ultimately caused her to become reclusive. Her experience was eerily similar to mine, the shooting I experienced was much the same and similar also to the recent shooting in Arizona. Since that time I have reached out to others in similar situations because I know they suffer greatly just because they were in the wrong place at the wrong time. With every person I have since counseled, there seems to be an underlying concern, call it a knowing, like our eyes have been opened to the desensitization of violence in our society.

        Victims are sensitive to violent language used in comedy, on TV shows and in our political landscape. In many cases the anger stems from hate and it’s easy to understand how these horrible shootings can happen.

        I can’t help from speaking out against the hate, the vitriol and the ignorance that causes people to be killed for no reason. I truly believe that Sarah Palin is responsible for the escalation of vitriol in our political landscape. I have the right to speak my mind about this. I ha ve reason. And the drivel you see posted (below) by Annie and others only inspires me more to get my message out.

        I was changed by my experience and inspired by a woman I never met, not to allow my horrible experience to make me a recluse. When I began to fight against the hate, that comes from words, that are used by those who shoot people like me, .

        • scorpioman

          last paragraph continued…

          I was changed by my experience and inspired by a woman I never met, not to allow my horrible experience to make me a recluse. When I began to fight against the hate, that comes from words, that are used by those who shoot people like me, I became empowered.

        • The_anniebanannie

          “And the drivel you see posted (below) by Annie and others only inspires me more to get my message out.”

          So, in conclusion, you have no proof that Sarah Palin, Michelle Bachmann, Rush, Beck or anybody else in the conservative arena has ever said anything that can be connected to any violence, let alone KILLING. You babble on and on about victimization, yet don’t care that you made innocent people the victims of your vitriol and the targets of the “crazies” you so crave to impress.

          ….but because I was able to point out your lies and distortions, my comments are drivel. How very petty and worthless your words are!

          • scorpioman

            Targets on a map,

            Targets on a map.

            Everyone looks foolish,

            When they put targets on a map.

    • The_anniebanannie

      Oh, puhleeze, don’t make me puke. Comparing what YOU have to say to what Gabby Giffords would say is absurd, not to mention opportunistic, to say the least. Watch your step while climbing up onto of those bodies. Giffords would state her point with facts and class. You have neither. I highly doubt she would continue her life whining about being a victim,,,although I don’t pretend to speak for her, unlike you think you can.

      “all they need are those words. ”

      Again, you go out of your way to prove my point. It is YOUR words that are dangerous. Take responsibility for that instead of falsely aligning yourself with Giffords. And, btw, I call bulshyt on the “speaking out since 2008″ crap.

      “That’s exactly what Loughner did!”

      Wow, don’t sprain something stretching it that far. Those same words have been used for hundreds of years. How convenient that you can now blame Palin for every shot that was ever fired.

      “One never gets over victimization. ”

      Don’t forget who you’re talking to. Not all victims of horrible crimes allow the perpetrators to live rent free in our heads every day. Some of us don’t choose to migrate to the nearest tragedy to relive our own.

      “other people who need nothing more than to be inspired by some mean behavior they have learned from persons who should be more responsible with their words”

      You mean like you?

      “Thanks for the platform. ”

      If by platform you mean constantly being able to prove you are disingenuous, a liar and an opportunistic whore, than you’re welcome.

      • scorpioman

        Your heart is in the wrong place and the energy you are using to personally attack me is not working for you.

        : )

        • The_anniebanannie

          Scorp – you’re very transparent and don’t think for a minute that you are fooling anyone here. This bipolar manic/depressive schtick you’re trying to pull off is as phony as it comes. You spend countless comments insulting – very personally sometimes- everybody that disagrees with you, and then think you can get away with this nicey, nicey crap. Like I said, you don’t fool anybody here.

          Comparing yourself to Jackie O now? good Lord, seek help.

          • scorpioman

            Annie, when someone shoots a bullet through the head of your loved one, you will suddenly have a lot in common with Jackie O.

    • des1

      “One never gets over victimization.”

      Especially when you can spend the rest of your life trying to use it as a way to win insignificant arguments with anonymous strangers.

      What a sad, empty life.

      • scorpioman

        From everything I know about your life, I wouldn’t trade places with you.

  • Jeugenen

    PALIN EXPOSED THE CHARACTER ASSASSINS
    Everyone in the World suspected that the failed attempts to blame the Tea Party militias, Palin and other leading social and economic Conservatives for this assassination attempt on Giffords’ life were intended to instigate fear and distrust of the popular social and economic conservatives, who are seizing political control of the House and Senate.
    Everyone in World now knows that this failed assassin, Jared Loughner, is a Neo-Marxist Jew, whose has listed the “Communist Manifesto” as one of his favorite books. As such, he has been much inspired the notorious rhetoric of such zealots as Abaham Foxman, Ben-Ami, Simon Greer, the insidious lobbyists of National Jewish Democratic Council, the Israel Lobby, and their Neo-Marxist propagandists in the news media.

    • scorpioman

      Glennda is that you?

  • jonavark

    If Sarah were to talk only about the Teletubbies the usual suspects here would still be whining on and on and on..

    How about we ask her to address you all as babies who aren’t yet developed enough to understand English? Would that do it for you?

    • scorpioman

      She would need to take a class to learn English first.