Audio: Palin rips Chicago school for boycotting girls basketball tournament in Arizona; Video: Students speak out

posted at 2:54 pm on May 13, 2010 by Allahpundit

Excellent. The school’s boycott was already on Fox’s radar but Sarahcuda picking it up pushes it into national media, which is where it deserves to be. Not only is the hypocrisy astounding — the bien-pensants in charge evidently had no moral objection to letting students visit China — but the idea of punishing kids over politics is a guaranteed backlash-starter. It has, my friends, come to this:

Safety concerns partly fueled the decision, but the trip also “would not be aligned with our beliefs and values,” said District 113 Assistant Superintendent Suzan Hebson. That explanation, though, smacks of political protest to parents upset by the decision…

“Why are we mixing politics and a basketball tournament?” said Michael Evans, whose daughter Lauren is a junior on the team. “It’s outrageous that they’re doing this under the guise of safety.”…

“Many of the parents feel that this should be resolved in the judicial court, not the basketball court,” said Cynde Munzer, whose daughter, Lena, is a freshman on the team.

“I disagree personally with the Arizona legislation, but I also feel strongly about young women’s rights,” Munzer said. “They don’t want to get involved in politics.”

Let’s hope Rasmussen or someone polls this soon; I’d be surprised if opposition to the school’s move is under 80 percent. Exit question: Has sports boycott fee-vah now officially started to fizzle? Exit answer: Sure looks like it!

Update: From this afternoon’s Megyn Kelly show, Palin hits them again.


Update: Open the floodgates: Via Hengler, the students are speaking up now too.


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This is so typical of the left. It’s their way of saying, as usual, the debate is over we are right and therefore have decided to bar the girls from going to that bad state Arizona. Anyone who disagrees with us is a Nazi.

moc23 on May 13, 2010 at 4:09 PM

The safety issue is bogus. It’s politics, pure and simple.

hrh40 on May 13, 2010 at 4:06 PM

If pressed on this, “safety issue”, the person would reveal that they are concerned because of the violence being encouraged by Arizona Whiteys, of course any oppressed brown people have the right to engage in destruction of property and physical violence against people, as long as those people are the right color and the right political belief system.

In short, they are full of crap.

Brian1972 on May 13, 2010 at 4:11 PM

The ASSistant Superindendent should be fired simply for spelling her name “Suzan”. What the hell is that?

Doughboy on May 13, 2010 at

Maybe her mother was Hispanic and wanted to name her daughter Susan, but could not spell it?

Just a note: my name is Susan, and I live in a predominantly Hispanic city, and have noticed that for some unknown reason, a lot of Hispanics spell my name “Suzan.” When I got married, my husband and I received a couple of nice engraved gifts with our names on them from his mother’s Hispanic family, guess how they spelled my name? Anyone need a nice silver picture frame or album?

Must have to do with Susanna rhyming with manzana? LOL!

Susanboo on May 13, 2010 at 4:13 PM

Gosh, I love Sarah Palin so much. But I have to say it again… Sarah, please… change your diction. That’s all it will take. I grew up in NYC and had a very offensive accent. I learned to speak. Rush talked about this the other day as well. He said he got rid of his “Missouri Twang” and learned to speak so that nobody could tell where he was from.

Subliminal message from Rush to Sarah?

Key West Reader on May 13, 2010 at 4:14 PM

Perhaps you need to get involved, doriangrey.

You’re right that sadly, our votes have become not enough for the current crop in power.

So we need to get involved and get them out.

I’ve been an active tea partier for almost a year now. Several of us have joined our town’s RTCs and DTCs and been named delegates to shake up our state reps. We’re preparing to do the same nationally.

Unless you are getting involved in politics to boot out those who won’t listen, it won’t happen.

Get involved.

hrh40 on May 13, 2010 at 4:14 PM

Shivas Irons on May 13, 2010 at 4:05 PM

And speaking of China, that’s the 5th or 6th stabbing incidences in a month.

Neuron on May 13, 2010 at 4:14 PM

Here is how the AZ law is described in SF Examiner:

About 20 hunger strikers, mostly students, had camped out in front of the school’s administration building since May 3. Their initial protest target was Arizona’s new immigration law, which requires police to stop and question anyone they suspect of being in the country illegally.

——————-

Although I’d have “killed” to have seen this, from same article:

The demonstration ended in a display of Berkeley multiculturalism.

One protester blessed his cohorts’ corn cobs, for their connection to Mother Earth. Four dancers dressed as cornstalks, including one of the strikers, twirled and gestured ceremonially to a percussion beat.

Fifteen strikers then munched on the corn, to the cheers of about 150 supporters. A 16th student, Alejandro Lara-Briseño, who was too weak to stand but told the crowd he would continue fasting until he visits a sister in Arizona next Thursday and gets her approval.

Shortly afterward, negotiators, including another striker, emerged from a two-hour meeting with Birgenau and his aides and said the chancellor had addressed most of their demands.

Go Bears!!

Shivas Irons on May 13, 2010 at 4:16 PM

I think it might be unconstitutional for government agencies to boycott Arizona. If a school district can do it, then state commerce and transportation agencies should be able to do it, and Arizona could ban Illinois products from entering the state. There is no good reason for Arizona to remain in the Union if other states can legally boycott them.

Buddahpundit on May 13, 2010 at 4:17 PM

Baracky is encouraging this whole boycott business. There is a proper channel to voice objections(as stupid as they are) to Arizona law and that is the court system. If every state and city would take recent actions by LA city concil and other such morons as some kind of precedent, it will lead to coast to coast anarchy. These continuing intra-country boycotts are idiotic and have to stop. But, the divider in chief has no interest in putting an end to this nonsense, it seems.

runner on May 13, 2010 at 4:18 PM

The girl athletes should be released from liberal custody and allowed to immigrate to Arizona.

Don’t the Geneva Conventions prohibit using detainees as political pawns? This has become a habit with leftist educators.

Make no mistake: This is exactly the sort of disunity and strife that Divide-and-Conquer Democrats thrive on.

Turning Americans against Americans, pitting race against race, provoking state against state, dividing citizen against citizen; this is Obama’s Ugly Vision for America.

Noel on May 13, 2010 at 4:19 PM

But, the divider in chief has no interest in putting an end to this nonsense, it seems.

runner on May 13, 2010 at 4:18 PM

He thinks he’s going to divide and conquer. However, his continued divisiveness will only serve to unite our nation against his marxist agenda that has been clearly on display for the last 6 months.

Step off, Barack. You’re a loser.

Key West Reader on May 13, 2010 at 4:22 PM

For gods sake prove me wrong then… I dare you to… You dont even have a clue how badly I want to be wrong…

doriangrey on May 13, 2010 at 4:08 PM

You are wrong. It is uncalled for eyeorism that you were saying before. If you give up before the fight begins, there is no way you can win anything.

The voters in America still control the system, as per the Constitution. We will prevail, so long as we fight them every step of the way, and be damned sure not to stay home when it counts most.

Look at the polls, issue by issue. The agenda of this Congress and President is universally unpopular.

Look at the attendance of the Tea Parties. Everywhere.

There is hope. All is not lost. It depends on folks like you and me staying engaged, step by step, fighting back anywhere and everywhere possible until it is time to hit the ballot box and have our say Constitutionally enacted. That is how the Bamster got elected in the first place.
He won enough Americans to his side to be elected and inaugurated. Now, many of the voters who put him in there are having buyer’s remorse, and are coming home.
Let’s be there to welcome them.

Giving up now is precisely what they want us to do.

If we quit, they win again and we are really screwed.

Now is not the time for equivocating. Now is the time to gear up and throw these interlopers out on their azzez!

Now is not the end, nor is it the beginning of the end, but it is the end of the beginning.

Fight them at the School Board, fight them at the City Council, fight them in the State Legislatures, fight them in Congress and the White House!

Never surrender!

Brian1972 on May 13, 2010 at 4:24 PM

I wish our nation could shake off this horrible case of B.O. that we’ve had to endure for the last 16 months. It’s starting to stink, and the only deodorant-disinfectant is Patriotism and Decisive Victory against communism, marxism and fascism that has been attacking our nation since 1/20/10. Come on 11/2/10!!!!

Key West Reader on May 13, 2010 at 4:25 PM

Never surrender!

Brian1972 on May 13, 2010 at 4:24 PM

Brian for public office! Great post, very encouraging :o)

Key West Reader on May 13, 2010 at 4:27 PM

I find it more than outrageous that the school made a decision based on individual political beliefs of certain members as if they own the kids and to not consult the parents! Suzan and her I’ll should be run out of the school on a rail… There are two radio jocks here in L. A. John and Ken who have been going after the school regarding this… No one who calls in agrees with what Suzan and her little Marxist group did… They would have gotten away with this if not for the publicity they are getting now.

BTW L. A. Has about 5 in basin power plants which generates most of the city’s electricity. It gets very little from AZ… Our water comes mostly from the Sierras

CCRWM on May 13, 2010 at 4:31 PM

The schools “beliefs” must be more in line with China since they have sent kids there.. Wonder if they agree with this?
http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=CNG.2a1517967e3631f1af869285c3fb3edd.931&show_article=1

reshas1 on May 13, 2010 at 4:31 PM

Never surrender!

Brian1972 on May 13, 2010 at 4:24 PM

Brian for public office! Great post, very encouraging :o)

Key West Reader on May 13, 2010 at 4:27 PM

Thanks. I try as best I can. :)

Brian1972 on May 13, 2010 at 4:35 PM

there ya go Allah…THERE’S the wink picture!

We knew you could do it!

LtE126 on May 13, 2010 at 4:36 PM

I have a simple solution:
Just trade this girls championship basketball team to Arizona in exchange for a hundred and fifty illegal aliens and their kids. Then this liberal school board can be sooo proud of their country everyday when they have to deal with the rapes, theft, drugs,knifings,drunken car crashes, kindnappings, and get to pay for the entitlements.

dhunter on May 13, 2010 at 4:37 PM

Guys…know who lives in Highland Parks? The Jooooooz!!!

Shocked?

LtE126 on May 13, 2010 at 4:39 PM

I don’t understand how a superintendent can make this decision based on politics. I thought schools were suppose to be “anti-political.”

deidre on May 13, 2010 at 4:41 PM

Heard this on the radio this morning. I’d love to hear folks wonder aloud at the message this administration is sending to it’s students that they apparently support the notion that laws and rules are optional.

Really, Superintendent? Sure sounds like you’re telling your district’s students that they need not bother with your rules and regulations if they simply prefer not to observe them…

Midas on May 13, 2010 at 4:42 PM

I thought schools were suppose to be “anti-political.”

deidre on May 13, 2010 at 4:41 PM

LOLOLLOLOLOLlll….

*wipes a tear*

Oh, that was so cute! ;)

Midas on May 13, 2010 at 4:43 PM

This woman continues to amaze everyday. she continues to fight the good fight with a smile on her face and a wolverines! on her lips

unseen on May 13, 2010 at 4:43 PM

test

Andy in Agoura Hills on May 13, 2010 at 4:44 PM

Palin adds a note to her Facebook:

Hey Girls, Play Ball!

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.

Keeping girls off the court for political reasons? As I said last night in Illinois: “Them’s fightin’ words.”

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.

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.

In the meantime, let’s help the girls “go rogue” and go play ball. Please take a look at this Facebook page set up on their behalf:

Let’s have our own bake sale! Let the girls play ball!

- Sarah Palin

debg on May 13, 2010 at 4:45 PM

I knew this was coming, didn’t you?

Hey Girls, Play Ball!
Today at 1:07pm

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.

Keeping girls off the court for political reasons? As I said last night in Illinois: “Them’s fightin’ words.”

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.

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.

In the meantime, let’s help the girls “go rogue” and go play ball. Please take a look at this Facebook page set up on their behalf.

Let’s have our own bake sale! Let the girls play ball!

- Sarah Palin

Brian1972 on May 13, 2010 at 4:46 PM

Forgot the link in the above post.
Support the Highland Park High School Girls Basketball Team

debg on May 13, 2010 at 4:46 PM

I thought schools were suppose to be “anti-political.”

deidre on May 13, 2010 at 4:41 PM
LOLOLLOLOLOLlll….

*wipes a tear*

Oh, that was so cute! ;)

Midas on May 13, 2010 at 4:43 PM

My kid had an AP project for AmGovernment. “Choose your Political Party”. So, he chose Republican. Put together a poster and worked all weekend to perfect it. His choices were MLK, Jr., Reagan and Lincoln. He included quotes from each, photos, examples, etc.

His grade? C

Reason? None given.

Key West Reader on May 13, 2010 at 4:47 PM

Heh. Took me a minute to include the links, so I got beat to the post.

Brian1972 on May 13, 2010 at 4:48 PM

Didn’t Reagan have the US boycott the 1980 Olympics in Russia? Seems like mixing sports and politics have been going on a long time.

Jimbo3 on May 13, 2010 at 4:54 PM

Well, I”m currently Funemployed so I have plenty of time to kill…

doriangrey on May 13, 2010 at 3:27 PM

Hope and Change sucks, doesn’t it?

jimmy2shoes on May 13, 2010 at 4:54 PM

Didn’t Reagan have the US boycott the 1980 Olympics in Russia? Seems like mixing sports and politics have been going on a long time.

Jimbo3 on May 13, 2010 at 4:54 PM

Nope. ‘Twas Jimmah Carter. another liberal.

Reagan just beat them in the real world, instead of using young athletes as pawns for his political message.

FAIL.

Brian1972 on May 13, 2010 at 4:56 PM

My post must have been eated.

Reagan had the US boycott the Summer Olympics in Russia in 1980. The mixing of politics and sports has been going on a long time.

Jimbo3 on May 13, 2010 at 4:57 PM

Jimbo3 on May 13, 2010 at 4:54 PM

That was Carter, another brilliantly impotent move by a Democrat.

NoDonkey on May 13, 2010 at 4:58 PM

By the way, Reagan did not take the oath of office until January 20, 1981.

Brian1972 on May 13, 2010 at 4:58 PM

His grade? C

Reason? None given.

Key West Reader on May 13, 2010 at 4:47 PM

If he did it on Obama he would have gotten a solid B+.

Holger on May 13, 2010 at 4:58 PM

You’re right. It was Carter, not Reagan.

Jimbo3 on May 13, 2010 at 4:59 PM

That was Carter, another brilliantly impotent move by a Democrat.

NoDonkey on May 13, 2010 at 4:58 PM

Yes, it was his response to the USSR invading Afghanistan in late 1979. What a muscular foreign policy move that was.

Let’s deny all the American athletes their lifelong dream and remove ourselves from the competition instead of standing up to them.

WEAK.

Brian1972 on May 13, 2010 at 5:00 PM

brian contact me when you get a change.

upinak on May 13, 2010 at 5:05 PM

How can they claim that they look out for the students liberty when attendance in mandatory.

clement on May 13, 2010 at 5:12 PM

Erm, then why did they agree to go in the first place? Arizona has had this problem for years. By your logic, they shouldn’t have even participated if they knew the championship were in Arizona.

So your reason is epic fail.

The safety issue is bogus. It’s politics, pure and simple.

Just like Obamacare is not about health care. It’s about political control, pure and simple

epic fail on your part to see the irony I was pointing out.

The Notorious G.O.P on May 13, 2010 at 5:15 PM

Hey girls. This is a womens rights issue. They don’t do this to boys.

seven on May 13, 2010 at 5:23 PM

Gals from Chicago. Do a hunger strike. You first OPRAH!!!

seven on May 13, 2010 at 5:27 PM

Gals from Chicago. Do a hunger strike. You first OPRAH!!!

seven on May 13, 2010 at 5:27 PM

Fat chance. :)

Brian1972 on May 13, 2010 at 5:28 PM

My post must have been eated.

Liberals have been mixing politics and sports for a long time.

Jimbo3 on May 13, 2010 at 4:57 PM

What Jimbo really meant to say but, due to his liberal schooling where things get eated and history is re-written, was simply unable to form the thought.

BobMbx on May 13, 2010 at 5:29 PM

Fat chance. :)

Brian1972 on May 13, 2010 at 5:28 PM

Double rimshot!

BobMbx on May 13, 2010 at 5:30 PM

Let’s deny all the American athletes their lifelong dream and remove ourselves from the competition instead of standing up to them.

WEAK.

Brian1972 on May 13, 2010 at 5:00 PM

But..but….the Ruskies were so embarrassed by this boycott, the Soviet Union fell just a mere 10 years later.

Jimmy the Genious.

BobMbx on May 13, 2010 at 5:35 PM

Where is the outrage? Michelle Obama needs to jump on this. A bus load of girls that are not obese.

The school doesn’t have a problem playing “southside teams” that have a lot of Hispanics like AZ haz. Actually it is more dangerous in One of Rezco’s housing rehab neighborhoods than in afghanistan.

seven on May 13, 2010 at 5:42 PM

But..but….the Ruskies were so embarrassed by this boycott, the Soviet Union fell just a mere 10 years later.

Jimmy the Genious.

BobMbx on May 13, 2010 at 5:35 PM

I thought Gorby won the Cold War for us, because he was so compassionate as General Secretary of the Communist Party in the Soviet Union. He even got a Nobel Peace Prize!

Brian1972 on May 13, 2010 at 5:47 PM

Safety concerns partly fueled the decision, but the trip also “would not be aligned with our beliefs and values,” said District 113 Assistant Superintendent Suzan Hebson.

Since when do liberals have values?

Snark aside: there is no safety issue. What is the concern? That these high school students will come into “lawful contact” with the police while in Arizona and playing basketball, then do something to make those police have a reasonable suspicion that they are not legally in America, and, finally, not be able to show the fine officers of Arizona that they are, in fact, Americans? Is the school committee trying to live up to the sad reality that education majors have the lowest SAT scores and IQs of any group of professionals?

Roxeanne de Luca on May 13, 2010 at 5:56 PM

This is so ludicrous it’s beyond the pale. I can’t think of anything else to add except good for Sara for speaking out.

scalleywag on May 13, 2010 at 6:17 PM

Sarah making waves in The Ones hometown. You have to hand it to the girl, she’s a fighter.

smokinjoe on May 13, 2010 at 6:57 PM

She should fire up the old book tour bus and run them on down there herself.

smokinjoe on May 13, 2010 at 7:20 PM

Could it have anything to do with our Canadian Ambassador, alumni of Highland Park High School and of course Obama fundaiser…………..

http://blogs.suntimes.com/sweet/2009/06/chicagoan_david_jacobson_obama.html

sherryande on May 13, 2010 at 7:30 PM

I’ve been saying for a long time that Palin probably isn’t running for President. I really believe she’s chosen to become the Conservative “Boudica” and has decided to take on the LSM, and Liberals in her “Pit Bull from Hell” role that she’s crafted quite nicely for herself.

I love how the woman just sits back until the Libbies make a totally stupid strategic mistake that just begs to be attacked – then she’s in there – teeth and lipstick and all ripping them a new one!

I don’t know of any other Republicans who do this. They are all too concerned about their “image” … she doesn’t seem to be that concerned though.

HondaV65 on May 13, 2010 at 3:47 PM

Some would tend to disagree:

Ronald Reagan was born in Illinois — and so was Sarah Palin’s 2012 presidential campaign. Our analysis of Palin’s Rosemont and Washington speeches.

gary4205 on May 13, 2010 at 8:55 PM

Subliminal message from Rush to Sarah?

Key West Reader on May 13, 2010 at 4:14 PM

I’m from Alaska, and I hear nothing wrong with her speech. Sounds like maybe Florida has issues?

tcn on May 13, 2010 at 9:51 PM

I believe under Federal Law it is illegal for any state to boycott another.

I think it might be unconstitutional for government agencies to boycott Arizona. If a school district can do it, then state commerce and transportation agencies should be able to do it, and Arizona could ban Illinois products from entering the state. There is no good reason for Arizona to remain in the Union if other states can legally boycott them.

elclynn on May 13, 2010 at 10:51 PM

Jimbo3 on May 13, 2010 at 4:54 PM

Are you a dumba$$ or a troll or both?

Hint: Reagan took office January 1981.

Al in St. Lou on May 14, 2010 at 3:39 PM

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