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Palin's father, brother draw crowd for book signing

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Posted: Tuesday, October 9, 2012 12:00 am

COEUR d'ALENE - Karen White had one reason for being among the first in line Monday night to listen to Sarah Palin's father and brother pitch their book, "Our Sarah: Made in Alaska."

"Because I like Sarah Palin," the Coeur d'Alene woman said, holding two copies of the $24.99 hardback written by Chuck Heath Sr. and Chuck Heath Jr.

White bought one for herself and one for a friend, and had both autographed by Sarah's dad and brother.

"They're down-to-earth people," she said.

About 50 folks gathered at the Hastings store on Best Avenue to hear from the Heaths during one of their stops on a nationwide book tour.

The Chucks chatted for 45 minutes about faith, politics, the media and Sarah, of course - but not too much - because they've got a book to sell and sign that offers "intimate stories from Sarah's life along with a celebration of growing up in and sharing all that Alaska means to Sarah and her family."

They laughed often - "Anybody that calls me Mr. Palin, I charge them a dollar. I could be rich on that," Heath Sr. said, grinning.

But they also often expressed frustration with the media they accused of twisting words and making up stories about Sarah Palin and her family.

"Most of the stuff written about us is totally untrue," Chuck Jr. said.

"You guys that know her personally, she is as regular as anybody you will ever meet," he added

Heath Sr. said since his daughter was named the Republican nominee for vice president in August 2008, life in some ways remained the same and in others, it changed.

He still hangs out with the same "renegade" friends and drinks the same beer on sale. But their privacy suffered.

For a time, they received 200 to 300 calls a day. And one day, at their home in Wasilla, Alaska, 81 reporters stopped by. There were threats, too.

It wasn't easy to handle.

"We look at ourselves as just a common, ordinary family," said Chuck Heath Sr., who grew up in Hope and graduated from Sandpoint High School in 1956. "We are not political. Where Sarah got this political ambition, we really don't know."

He said he also doesn't know his daughter's game plan.

"We don't know what she's going to do tomorrow. She's very unpredictable. You'll be seeing her again, I guarantee that," he said.

Chuck Jr. defended his sister's decision to resign as governor of Alaska in July 2009.

Once she got the vice-president nod in 2008, life changed. The media invaded Alaska. Reporters, they said, invited kids into ice cream shops and paid them to dig up dirt on Sarah's children. What they couldn't confirm for a story, they reported anyway.

He said her detractors filed 27 ethics charges - all eventually tossed out - against her when she was in office. It was not only costing from $25,000 to $50,000 of her own money to defend each one, she was unable to effectively carry out her duties as governor.

She was not, he insisted, a quitter.

"They have no idea how hard that was for her to make that decision, and she did it for the people in Alaska," Chuck Jr. said.

He said Sarah only cares about what's best for the people.

"She's still that way. She's not loyal to one party or another. It's get a job done and let's work together, and forget all this nonsense on the side," he said, then adding, "which is what our country kind of needs right now."

Shirley Greene drove up from Moscow to meet the Heath men and buy the book because she, too, is a huge Sarah Palin fan. She said Chuck Heath's mother, Marie, was her teacher in Hope.

"I'm excited to hear some more stories," said the Sandpoint High School graduate.

When John McCain chose Palin to be his running mate, Greene went to Henderson, Nev., to work on their campaign.

She believes Palin still has a political career ahead - if she wants it.

"Whatever she does, she does well. She'll be OK. I think people underestimate her at times," Greene said.

Bob and Kay Edwards of Coeur d'Alene enjoyed listening to Chuck Heath Sr. and his son.

"He's a real likable guy," Bob Edwards said. "Just ordinary people. That's all."

The Heaths are planning a second book, this one to focus on hunting, fishing and gold mining.

But as novice authors, they knew their first book had to focus on a famous family member: Sarah Palin.

"Our editor said, 'You aren't going to sell any books unless you have Sarah on the cover,'" Chuck Sr. said.

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  • my own opinion posted at 6:22 pm on Wed, Oct 10, 2012.

    my own opinion Posts: 397

    What about your wife /wife's family? you do not work and garnishment must be a bummer..........

  • Humanist posted at 3:23 pm on Wed, Oct 10, 2012.

    Humanist Posts: 3224

    Quote Jackpiea: "Sarah Palin was a capable and popular Governor, but one who was vilified and was subject to all sorts of frivolous ethics complaints which eventually led to her resignation. "

    Talk about being a Palin apologist wearing rose colored glasses. She was blinded by the limelight and QUIT her job as governor to attend parties while wearing Armani and Prada. Now that's a GREAT governor.

  • capnbutch posted at 7:36 am on Wed, Oct 10, 2012.

    capnbutch Posts: 729

    I do best by focusing on what I like rather than what I dislike. There is no harm in liking Mrs. Palin. You don't have to vote one way or another. You don't have to vote against anyone. You don't have to spy on anyone. You don't have to mistreat anyone's children.

    If you look carefully, you will note that we are just about to go into Tony Stewart's anti-hate season. We are again about to see massive complaints and charges against the pwand (People Who Are Not Democrats).

    I think that any life spent hating is a misspent life.

    Anybody who spends life complaining about other people's alleged hatred is misspending other people's lives.

  • Iceage posted at 9:57 pm on Tue, Oct 9, 2012.

    Iceage Posts: 49

    What great white hunter needs someone else to load another round? Every time she shoots someone else loads another round for her. I have been a hunting guide and have guided customers of all skill levels... never had one that required someone else to work the bolt. And what experienced person places their finger inside the trigger guard before acquiring the target?

  • Blackwater posted at 6:47 pm on Tue, Oct 9, 2012.

    Blackwater Posts: 2

    Yup and they ALL voted for Obama! Won't happen again though! One and done.

  • Blackwater posted at 6:46 pm on Tue, Oct 9, 2012.

    Blackwater Posts: 2

    Iceage, I guess your brain must be frozen. Like most liberals you didn't actually SEE the show, you just repeat the lies spewed out by the corrupt media.

    Chuck was carrying the gun, and fell, knocking the sight out of alignment. It took her three shots with a poorly sighted gun. Most couldn't have done it in 10.

    Here's video of Governor Palin in 2007 in Kuwait where she took part in weapons training. It's hard to hear, but the instructor is telling her she's a dead shot:

    Stop listening to the corrupt media and stop spreading lies.

  • Jackpiea posted at 2:25 pm on Tue, Oct 9, 2012.

    Jackpiea Posts: 2

    Sarah Palin has always been a tough-as-nails executive who understood her role as a servant for the people during her time as Mayor of Wasilla and as Governor; she took on the Republican establishment, big oil, corruption, ethics reform, and tax reform.

    As Mayor of Wasilla, how she helped to bolster the infrastructure and in doing so, helped to create an environment where small businesses could develop jobs.
    Sarah Palin has fought to reduce spending and to enforce fiscal discipline as governor of Alaska. She has drastically reduced the growth of the state budget, which has helped to produce a record budget surplus. Alaska had its bond rating raised to AAA for the first time in the state's history, largely due to fiscal improvements brought about by Sarah Palin while she was governor.
    After poring over thousands of emails (24,000+ pages of emails) from Palin’s term as governor, even the mainstream media has been forced to concede that Palin was a conscientious, transparent, and effective public servant.

    Many people don’t know Sarah Palin's record of accomplishment and reform.
    The media dismissed what she achieved as mayor of her hometown, commissioner of the state’s oil and pipeline board and governor of America’s largest state.
    As Governor she was a reformer, unafraid of standing up to Big Oil, and corruption within her own party.

    Sarah Palin was a capable and popular Governor, but one who was vilified and was subject to all sorts of frivolous ethics complaints which eventually led to her resignation.

  • Jackpiea posted at 12:50 pm on Tue, Oct 9, 2012.

    Jackpiea Posts: 2

    The scope was off on the first rifle. I guess you missed the part where her father fell down while coming down a steep slope where the rifle scope was knocked out of alignment. Sarah Palin's gun's scope clearly had been knocked of zero. I guess you also missed the part where Sarah Palin used the other hunter's rifle (a larger caliber, with even higher recoil) and dropped the caribou with one shot.

    If you had taken the time to watch the whole show you would have found out that yes, her Dad’s rifle was shooting high and that is why she kept missing.
    When she used Becker’s rifle, which apparently was scoped in correctly, she brought the caribou down first shot.

    By the way, Sarah Palin didn't demand creative editing to make herself look better than she actually is .

  • max power posted at 12:47 pm on Tue, Oct 9, 2012.

    max power Posts: 559

    *** There's A Hard Rain Coming For The Libtards & It's Coming Thursday Night ***

    It's going to be fun watching Paul Ryan slice and dice the idiot and buffoon that is Joe "Bite Me" Biden. If this was a fight Biden's corner would/should be throwing in the towel at the introduction! Even before the first words are spoken and the debate begins...

    "Voting for Obama is like backing up the Titanic so it can hit the iceberg again" -- Jack Hammer

  • JoeIdaho posted at 12:17 pm on Tue, Oct 9, 2012.

    JoeIdaho Posts: 2841

    Sure, she's fake.
    She was the GOVERNOR of the largest State in America, and is a National Celebrity as a result of her decency.
    For you, thoguh, since she doesn't "shoot right"; she's "a fake"?

    Yeah, good luck with that....

    Then agains, Boobahama IS a Kenyan, is pro-radical muslim, and is anti-American.

  • Iceage posted at 10:46 am on Tue, Oct 9, 2012.

    Iceage Posts: 49

    Sarah is a fake. If you have ever watched the reality show episode where she goes caribou hunting and after taking several shots at a still standing caribou with a unsighted varmit rifle! her father has to reach over and load each round for her. Not only that, watch her trigger finger while she handles a loaded and ready to shoot gun. Yikes.

  • JoeIdaho posted at 9:27 am on Tue, Oct 9, 2012.

    JoeIdaho Posts: 2841

    And no, lmycda, I'm not getting paid by anyone but me; I work for ME, and I take NO money from you; or any taxpayers, unlike the typical liberal (victim).

  • JoeIdaho posted at 9:25 am on Tue, Oct 9, 2012.

    JoeIdaho Posts: 2841

    Oh, is this lmycda trying to censor me, or even better, remove my RIGHT to free speech?
    The moderators don't remove my posts because I don't swear, and make excellent points.

    Can anyone see through the deception that IS liberal democrats; you know; those people "fighting for our civil rights"; the SAME ones who want to "remove JoeIdaho's posts" and who would like to install the right for government to remove talk radio as a forum, as it's NOT complimetary to THEIR cause.

    A liberal will HAPPILY give away YOUR right to free speech in order to silence their competition's voices.

    Ask lmycda, my point is well proven in his posts below asking for censorship.

  • LMYCDA posted at 9:09 am on Tue, Oct 9, 2012.

    LMYCDA Posts: 2288

    Is freedom of speech only for those like JoeIdaho? Seems that is what this person believes.

  • LMYCDA posted at 9:08 am on Tue, Oct 9, 2012.

    LMYCDA Posts: 2288

    Why do the moderators never remove JoeIdaho's posts? Maybe he is working for the press.

  • LMYCDA posted at 9:07 am on Tue, Oct 9, 2012.

    LMYCDA Posts: 2288

    Does anyone see through the blogger named JoeIdaho? He is always the one that spews his mouth with vile comments about Democrats and liberals. Is he being paid by Murdoch? Trump? Atkins? Cantor? Boehner? McCain? Palin? Faux News?

    He seems to be consistently wearing a foil cap. Sad to see how much hate he has in his heart. Loneliness can be devastating.

    Again, don't respond to him. It only feeds his desire to rant and rave about nothing.

  • JoeIdaho posted at 7:44 am on Tue, Oct 9, 2012.

    JoeIdaho Posts: 2841

    Now people of CDA, watch as the liberal hippy dimcrats come here & denigrate Palin some more, just like "lola" did below.
    Know WHY they do this?
    Because Sarah Palin represents a THREAT to the liberal way of doing things, Sarah Palin is like most of us, simple, straightforward, using COMMON SENSE.
    Liberals, who tout themselves as being "tolerant" are HYPOCRITES, because they don't tolerate anything, expecially not a White Woman who rose straight up through the ransk as a CONSERVATIVE.
    Now; if Sarah were a Liberal, the nitwits would all join hands & protect her, telling us how she is "down to earth" and attacking anyone who said she talked funny as being "against women".

    liberal dimcrabs, POISON to America.
    And yes, Biden gets strewn across the room by Ryan, Thursday night. Be there.
    (GOD this is gonna be fun....I WONDER what genius, Biden will say next? LUV this guy...)

  • lola123 posted at 6:50 am on Tue, Oct 9, 2012.

    lola123 Posts: 352

    P.T. Barnum was right. There is a sucker born every minute.

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