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Where's the Beef?

"Sarah Palin is a great friend to the bowling industry and we're so proud and honored to welcome her as our keynote speaker at International Bowl Expo 2010...(r)egardless of your political affiliation, Ms. Palin is a force in American politics and culture. Her presence underscores the impact and importance of bowling, one of our country's leading national pastimes and a growing $10 billion industry."

-- Steven Johnson, Executive Director
Bowling Proprietors Association of America

My first impression upon reading the above quote from the BPAA press release was to add to my own appearance schedule by showing up for a gratis visit to the nearest restroom and relieving myself of breakfast. Upon returning to my office and finding out that this speaker was to receive upwards of a six figure stipend for showing up, I booked a return engagement at the same venue to relieve myself of lunch as well.

By studying the appearances of the Former Governor of Alaska at the trade shows and dinners of various organizations since this announcement was made, I have come to the conclusion that first impressions are indeed the best. A compilation of reviews by the attendees of these functions reveals the general disconnect between a shyster and the shystees. To wit:

From the Global Retail Real Estate Convention:

"Speaking of disappointment, let's talk about the keynote address from Sarah Palin. In short, it was a standard stump speech with a few superficial comments about shopping centers and retail real estate. It was awful and a borderline train wreck in my opinion."
-- David Stejkowski, The Dirt Blogger.

"Lastly, most people I spoke with were massively disappointed with Sarah Palin's keynote...many felt disappointed that Palin didn't make more of an effort to talk about issues important to the industry."

-- David Bodamner, Retail Traffic

From the Wine & Spirit Wholesalers Association's (WSWA) Annual Convention:

"Sarah Palin just said she is happy she is not working in a restaurant and bar like she did in college. Does she know who this audience is?"
-- MicroLiquor

"There is a certain "Damn the implications and meaning" quality to WSWA's use of Palin as a Keynote speaker...(a)nd as suspected, she had nothing to say about the issue of wine and spirits."

-- Tom Wark, Fermentation

I have a challenge for you, Gov. Palin. If you are such a good friend to the sport of bowling and the bowling industry as a whole, then prove it and donate your appearance fee from Bowl Expo to the reestablishment of a 2011 United States Woman's Open. Put your name on it. Show us the friend to bowling you have been trumpeted to be. Have some connection with the organizations that you address instead of perpetuating the phony opportunistic money grab that this appears to be.

I have a challenge for you, Mr. Johnson. Why not have the BPAA as an organization match that and allow the women to return to the national stage as well? How would that hurt your constituents any more than pissing away the same money on a speaker who has shown no interest in the organization other than accepting an unusually large appearance fee? I would definitely be a friend and cozy up to an organization that was giving me a couple of thousand dollars a minute to spew nonsensical talking points from my palms in an effort to prove a draw and the entertainment value to justify my hasty and ill-conceived appearance.

And to the people in the audience, no matter what your political affiliation or beliefs are, (as Mr. Johnson alludes to in the opening quote) I suggest that you seriously think long and hard about this:

Consider yourself pawns, sitting in that room. If you believe that you are not being taken advantage of, that this is not a shameless and opportunistic sham that is being played out upon you, and you honestly believe that the speaker is in that room to deliver a speech other that for her own personal gain, then sit back and enjoy the show. Otherwise exercise the power of the feet and get up and walk out!

Founder & Executive Director
The American Bowling Consortium, Inc.

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It would be interesting to find out just how involved with the Republican Party Mr. Johnson is. That's the only fathomable reason why anybody would want Sarah Palin to speak at a bowling convention.


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Jim I knew that if I read your ramblings long enough I would find something to agree with you on.

You nailed this one..

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