Former vice presidential candidate, current Fox News talking head and ongoing political lightning rod Sarah Palin speaks in Missoula Sunday, Sept. 12, at the Hilton Garden Inn. Her appearance is part of a fundraiser for Teen Challenge, and tickets are still available for $100. The title of her speech: "Taking a stand for God, country and family."
Some people question Teen Challenge, but whatever...Sarah Palin is coming!
What will she say? What will she wear? How does Glenn Beck feel about all this?
We don't know. But we do know this: She likes bendable straws.
In April, details of Palin's paid speaking engagement at Cal State Stanislaus were uncovered by dumpster-diving students. Why a dumpster? The university wouldn't release the details. (Teen Challenge has also declined to give the details of Palin's local appearance.) Palin's speaking fee wasn't included in the recovered contract, but her hospitality rider was. (You can read the full contract here: Palin_contract2.pdf) Among the things Palin insisted on having in California:
- If she flies commercial, round-trip, first-class airfare for two, plus round-trip, coach airfare for two. If she flies private, "the private aircraft MUST BE a Lear 60 or larger."
- Ground transport must be SUVs or black town cars.
- A "one-bedroom suite and two single rooms in a deluxe hotel." Washington Speakers Bureau, which books Palin's appearances, decides what's "deluxe."
- "A spotlight directly on the Speaker should be avoided."
- "Unopened bottled still water (2 bottles) and bendable straws are to be placed in or near the wooden lectern."
It doesn't specify the brand of bottled water, so we're betting it's Montaqua.
In other Palin news, the night before she speaks in Missoula, Palin and Beck are scheduled to appear together in Anchorage. Not much is known about the event (except that they're going to make boatloads of cash), but since it's Beck and Palin, and since it's 9/11, and since they booked the largest venue in the city, speculation is running rampant.
The most popular rumor involves a presidential campaign announcement , but Palin's people call that "ridiculous."
Also ridiculous (as in ridiculously long), but entertaining: These 11,000 words on Palin in the current issue of Vanity Fair.
With so much hype around one simple hockey mom, you may want to commemorate Sunday's big appearance. Luckily, Teen Challenge will accommodate you with a
snazzy sporty event T-shirt.
According to Teen Challenge:
Teen Challenge would like to consign these shirts to you to sell this summer to help raise funds for your church and our ministry.
The retail price is $15.00 ($17.00 for 2XL and 3XL). Your organization keeps $3.00 per shirt, and Teen Challenge Montana Women's Outreach collects the rest.
These t-shirts are a great way to help Teen Challenge raise needed funds and advertise the event. Please consider helping us generate interest in our community with these sporty cool t-shirts!
If the T-shirts aren't your thing, and if you're a little tired/turned off/appalled/nauseated by all the Palin news, you have options: go see Dan Savage tonight (Jessica Mayrer interviewed Dan for this week's issue; Palin, for the record, declined our interview request) or attend the Palin protest outside the Hilton Garden Inn on Sunday afternoon. Just bring your own bendable straws.