Also sometimes referred to as secular, modern, or humanistic. This is an umbrella term for Protestant denominations, or churches within denominations, that view the Bible as the witness of God rather than the word of God, to be interpreted in its historical context through critical analysis. Examples include some churches within Anglican/Episcopalian, Lutheran, Methodist, Presbyterian, and United Church of Christ. There are more than 2,000 Protestant denominations offering a wide range of beliefs from extremely liberal to mainline to ultra-conservative and those that include characteristics on both ends.
|•||Belief in Deity |
Trinity of the Father (God), the Son (Christ), and the Holy Spirit that comprises one God Almighty. Many believe God is incorporeal.
Beliefs vary from the literal to the symbolic belief in Jesus Christ as God's incarnation. Some believe we are all sons and daughters of God and that Christ was exemplary, but not God.
|•||Origin of Universe and Life |
The Bible's account is symbolic. God created and controls the processes that account for the universe and life (e.g. evolution), as continually revealed by modern science.
|•||After Death |
Goodness will somehow be rewarded and evil punished after death, but what is most important is how you show your faith and conduct your life on earth.
|•||Why Evil? |
Most do not believe that humanity inherited original sin from Adam and Eve or that Satan actually exists. Most believe that God is good and made people inherently good, but also with free will and imperfect nature, which leads some to immoral behavior.
Various beliefs: Some believe all will go to heaven, as God is loving and forgiving. Others believe salvation lies in doing good works and no harm to others, regardless of faith. Some believe baptism is important. Some believe the concept of salvation after death is symbolic or nonexistent.
|•||Undeserved Suffering |
Most Liberal Christians do not believe that Satan causes suffering. Some believe suffering is part of God's plan, will, or design, even if we don't immediately understand it. Some don't believe in any spiritual reasons for suffering, and most take a humanistic approach to helping those in need.
|•||Contemporary Issues |
Most churches teach that abortion is morally wrong, but many ultimately support a woman's right to choose, usually accompanied by policies to provide counseling on alternatives. Many are accepting of homosexuality and gay rights.
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Bill Clinton is one of our kind.
Friday, September 26, 2008
Palin filibusters. She repeats words, filling space with deadwood. Cut the verbiage and there's not much content there.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
John McCain has cancer of the left eye and will pull out of the presidential race. Sarah Palin will take over as the Republican presidential candidate and Tom Delay will join her as her vice presidential running mate.
September 23, 2008
Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, Cofounders
Ben & Jerry's Homemade Inc.
Dear Mr. Cohen and Mr. Greenfield,
On behalf of PETA and our more than 2 million members and supporters, I'd like to bring your attention to an innovative new idea from Switzerland that would bring a unique twist to Ben and Jerry's.
Storchen restaurant is set to unveil a menu that includes soups, stews, and sauces made with at least 75 percent breast milk procured from human donors who are paid in exchange for their milk. If Ben and Jerry's replaced the cow's milk in its ice cream with breast milk, your customers-and cows-would reap the benefits.
Using cow's milk for your ice cream is a hazard to your customer's health. Dairy products have been linked to juvenile diabetes, allergies, constipation, obesity, and prostate and ovarian cancer. The late Dr. Benjamin Spock, America's leading authority on child care, spoke out against feeding cow's milk to children, saying it may play a role in anemia, allergies, and juvenile diabetes and in the long term, will set kids up for obesity and heart disease-America's number one cause of death.
Animals will also benefit from the switch to breast milk. Like all mammals, cows only produce milk during and after pregnancy, so to be able to constantly milk them, cows are forcefully impregnated every nine months. After several years of living in filthy conditions and being forced to produce 10 times more milk than they would naturally, their exhausted bodies are turned into hamburgers or ground up for soup.
And of course, the veal industry could not survive without the dairy industry. Because male calves can't produce milk, dairy farmers take them from their mothers immediately after birth and sell them to veal farms, where they endure 14 to 17 weeks of torment chained inside a crate so small that they can't even turn around.
The breast is best! Won't you give cows and their babies a break and our health a boost by switching from cow's milk to breast milk in Ben and Jerry's ice cream? Thank you for your consideration.
Executive Vice President
September 25, 2008 7:30 AM
Why isn't Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., bringing Gov. Sarah Palin to Washington, DC, to help hammer out the compromise on the bailout bill?
After attending McCain's speech at the Clinton Global Initiative this morning, Palin is scheduled to head to Philadelphia and be down for the rest of the day.
If this crisis is so serious McCain needs to suspend his campaign activities and cancel his appearance at the first presidential debate, why would Palin not be there with him in Washington, DC?
I know her office is in Juneau, not DC, but surely the governor McCain insists is "absolutely" qualified to run the Free World would have some contribution to make. Surely her presence is needed at such a dire time.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
What a hussy.
A noted provocateur rips Sarah Palin—and defends elitism.
From the magazine issue dated Sep 29, 2008
Let me confess that I was genuinely unnerved by Sarah Palin's performance at the Republican convention. Given her audience and the needs of the moment, I believe Governor Palin's speech was the most effective political communication I have ever witnessed. Here, finally, was a performer who—being maternal, wounded, righteous and sexy—could stride past the frontal cortex of every American and plant a three-inch heel directly on that limbic circuit that ceaselessly intones "God and country." If anyone could make Christian theocracy smell like apple pie, Sarah Palin could.
Then came Palin's first television interview with Charles Gibson. I was relieved to discover, as many were, that Palin's luster can be much diminished by the absence of a teleprompter. Still, the problem she poses to our political process is now much bigger than she is. Her fans seem inclined to forgive her any indiscretion short of cannibalism. However badly she may stumble during the remaining weeks of this campaign, her supporters will focus their outrage upon the journalist who caused her to break stride, upon the camera operator who happened to capture her fall, upon the television network that broadcast the good lady's misfortune—and, above all, upon the "liberal elites" with their highfalutin assumption that, in the 21st century, only a reasonably well-educated person should be given command of our nuclear arsenal.
The point to be lamented is not that Sarah Palin comes from outside Washington, or that she has glimpsed so little of the earth's surface (she didn't have a passport until last year), or that she's never met a foreign head of state. The point is that she comes to us, seeking the second most important job in the world, without any intellectual training relevant to the challenges and responsibilities that await her. There is nothing to suggest that she even sees a role for careful analysis or a deep understanding of world events when it comes to deciding the fate of a nation. In her interview with Gibson, Palin managed to turn a joke about seeing Russia from her window into a straight-faced claim that Alaska's geographical proximity to Russia gave her some essential foreign-policy experience. Palin may be a perfectly wonderful person, a loving mother and a great American success story—but she is a beauty queen/sports reporter who stumbled into small-town politics, and who is now on the verge of stumbling into, or upon, world history.
The problem, as far as our political process is concerned, is that half the electorate revels in Palin's lack of intellectual qualifications. When it comes to politics, there is a mad love of mediocrity in this country. "They think they're better than you!" is the refrain that (highly competent and cynical) Republican strategists have set loose among the crowd, and the crowd has grown drunk on it once again. "Sarah Palin is an ordinary person!" Yes, all too ordinary.
We have all now witnessed apparently sentient human beings, once provoked by a reporter's microphone, saying things like, "I'm voting for Sarah because she's a mom. She knows what it's like to be a mom." Such sentiments suggest an uncanny (and, one fears, especially American) detachment from the real problems of today. The next administration must immediately confront issues like nuclear proliferation, ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan (and covert wars elsewhere), global climate change, a convulsing economy, Russian belligerence, the rise of China, emerging epidemics, Islamism on a hundred fronts, a defunct United Nations, the deterioration of American schools, failures of energy, infrastructure and Internet security … the list is long, and Sarah Palin does not seem competent even to rank these items in order of importance, much less address any one of them.
Palin's most conspicuous gaffe in her interview with Gibson has been widely discussed. The truth is, I didn't much care that she did not know the meaning of the phrase "Bush doctrine." And I am quite sure that her supporters didn't care, either. Most people view such an ambush as a journalistic gimmick. What I do care about are all the other things Palin is guaranteed not to know—or will be glossing only under the frenzied tutelage of John McCain's advisers. What doesn't she know about financial markets, Islam, the history of the Middle East, the cold war, modern weapons systems, medical research, environmental science or emerging technology? Her relative ignorance is guaranteed on these fronts and most others, not because she was put on the spot, or got nervous, or just happened to miss the newspaper on any given morning. Sarah Palin's ignorance is guaranteed because of how she has spent the past 44 years on earth.
I care even more about the many things Palin thinks she knows but doesn't: like her conviction that the Biblical God consciously directs world events. Needless to say, she shares this belief with mil-lions of Americans—but we shouldn't be eager to give these people our nuclear codes, either. There is no question that if President McCain chokes on a spare rib and Palin becomes the first woman president, she and her supporters will believe that God, in all his majesty and wisdom, has brought it to pass. Why would God give Sarah Palin a job she isn't ready for? He wouldn't. Everything happens for a reason. Palin seems perfectly willing to stake the welfare of our country—even the welfare of our species—as collateral in her own personal journey of faith. Of course, McCain has made the same unconscionable wager on his personal journey to the White House.
In speaking before her church about her son going to war in Iraq, Palin urged the congregation to pray "that our national leaders are sending them out on a task that is from God; that's what we have to make sure we are praying for, that there is a plan, and that plan is God's plan." When asked about these remarks in her interview with Gibson, Palin successfully dodged the issue of her religious beliefs by claiming that she had been merely echoing the words of Abraham Lincoln. The New York Times later dubbed her response "absurd." It was worse than absurd; it was a lie calculated to conceal the true character of her religious infatuations. Every detail that has emerged about Palin's life in Alaska suggests that she is as devout and literal-minded in her Christian dogmatism as any man or woman in the land. Given her long affiliation with the Assemblies of God church, Palin very likely believes that Biblical prophecy is an infallible guide to future events and that we are living in the "end times." Which is to say she very likely thinks that human history will soon unravel in a foreordained cataclysm of war and bad weather. Undoubtedly Palin believes that this will be a good thing—as all true Christians will be lifted bodily into the sky to make merry with Jesus, while all nonbelievers, Jews, Methodists and other rabble will be punished for eternity in a lake of fire. Like many Pentecostals, Palin may even imagine that she and her fellow parishioners enjoy the power of prophecy themselves. Otherwise, what could she have meant when declaring to her congregation that "God's going to tell you what is going on, and what is going to go on, and you guys are going to have that within you"?
You can learn something about a person by the company she keeps. In the churches where Palin has worshiped for decades, parishioners enjoy "baptism in the Holy Spirit," "miraculous healings" and "the gift of tongues." Invariably, they offer astonishingly irrational accounts of this behavior and of its significance for the entire cosmos. Palin's spiritual colleagues describe themselves as part of "the final generation," engaged in "spiritual warfare" to purge the earth of "demonic strongholds." Palin has spent her entire adult life immersed in this apocalyptic hysteria. Ask yourself: Is it a good idea to place the most powerful military on earth at her disposal? Do we actually want our leaders thinking about the fulfillment of Biblical prophecy when it comes time to say to the Iranians, or to the North Koreans, or to the Pakistanis, or to the Russians or to the Chinese: "All options remain on the table"?
It is easy to see what many people, women especially, admire about Sarah Palin. Here is a mother of five who can see the bright side of having a child with Down syndrome and still find the time and energy to govern the state of Alaska. But we cannot ignore the fact that Palin's impressive family further testifies to her dogmatic religious beliefs. Many writers have noted the many shades of conservative hypocrisy on view here: when Jamie Lynn Spears gets pregnant, it is considered a symptom of liberal decadence and the breakdown of family values; in the case of one of Palin's daughters, however, teen pregnancy gets reinterpreted as a sign of immaculate, small-town fecundity. And just imagine if, instead of the Palins, the Obama family had a pregnant, underage daughter on display at their convention, flanked by her black boyfriend who "intends" to marry her. Who among conservatives would have resisted the temptation to speak of "the dysfunction in the black community"?
Teen pregnancy is a misfortune, plain and simple. At best, it represents bad luck (both for the mother and for the child); at worst, as in the Palins' case, it is a symptom of religious dogmatism. Governor Palin opposes sex education in schools on religious grounds. She has also fought vigorously for a "parental consent law" in the state of Alaska, seeking full parental dominion over the reproductive decisions of minors. We know, therefore, that Palin believes that she should be the one to decide whether her daughter carries her baby to term. Based on her stated position, we know that she would deny her daughter an abortion even if she had been raped. One can be forgiven for doubting whether Bristol Palin had all the advantages of 21st-century family planning—or, indeed, of the 21st century.
We have endured eight years of an administration that seemed touched by religious ideology. Bush's claim to Bob Woodward that he consulted a "higher Father" before going to war in Iraq got many of us sitting upright, before our attention wandered again to less ethereal signs of his incompetence. For all my concern about Bush's religious beliefs, and about his merely average grasp of terrestrial reality, I have never once thought that he was an over-the-brink, Rapture-ready extremist. Palin seems as though she might be the real McCoy. With the McCain team leading her around like a pet pony between now and Election Day, she can be expected to conceal her religious extremism until it is too late to do anything about it. Her supporters know that while she cannot afford to "talk the talk" between now and Nov. 4, if elected, she can be trusted to "walk the walk" until the Day of Judgment.
What is so unnerving about the candidacy of Sarah Palin is the degree to which she represents—and her supporters celebrate—the joyful marriage of confidence and ignorance. Watching her deny to Gibson that she had ever harbored the slightest doubt about her readiness to take command of the world's only superpower, one got the feeling that Palin would gladly assume any responsibility on earth:
"Governor Palin, are you ready at this moment to perform surgery on this child's brain?"
"Of course, Charlie. I have several boys of my own, and I'm an avid hunter."
"But governor, this is neurosurgery, and you have no training as a surgeon of any kind."
"That's just the point, Charlie. The American people want change in how we make medical decisions in this country. And when faced with a challenge, you cannot blink."
The prospects of a Palin administration are far more frightening, in fact, than those of a Palin Institute for Pediatric Neurosurgery. Ask yourself: how has "elitism" become a bad word in American politics? There is simply no other walk of life in which extraordinary talent and rigorous training are denigrated. We want elite pilots to fly our planes, elite troops to undertake our most critical missions, elite athletes to represent us in competition and elite scientists to devote the most productive years of their lives to curing our diseases. And yet, when it comes time to vest people with even greater responsibilities, we consider it a virtue to shun any and all standards of excellence. When it comes to choosing the people whose thoughts and actions will decide the fates of millions, then we suddenly want someone just like us, someone fit to have a beer with, someone down-to-earth—in fact, almost anyone, provided that he or she doesn't seem too intelligent or well educated.
I believe that with the nomination of Sarah Palin for the vice presidency, the silliness of our politics has finally put our nation at risk. The world is growing more complex—and dangerous—with each passing hour, and our position within it growing more precarious. Should she become president, Palin seems capable of enacting policies so detached from the common interests of humanity, and from empirical reality, as to unite the entire world against us. When asked why she is qualified to shoulder more responsibility than any person has held in human history, Palin cites her refusal to hesitate. "You can't blink," she told Gibson repeatedly, as though this were a primordial truth of wise governance. Let us hope that a President Palin would blink, again and again, while more thoughtful people decide the fate of civilization.
Harris is a founder of The Reason Project and author of The New York Times best sellers “The End of Faith” and “Letter to a Christian Nation.” His Web site is samharris.org.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Posted on September 11, 2008
My purpose in creating this website was to have a site about women’s health that was based solely in fact. No politics here. But, the nomination of Sarah Palin so offended me, that I am going to tackle Palin’s obviously false story about “her” pregnancy with her 5th child, — that’s an area I am qualified to speak about. I can examine the evidence.
When the blogosphere filled with stories that Palin was Trig’s grandmother, not his mother, why didn’t she just ask her doctor, Dr. Cathy Baldwin-Johnson, to back up her story and save Bristol the embarrassment? Well, for one thing, Dr. Baldwin-Johnson may be MIA. Her name no longer appears on the website of the
The news media is shying away from this story, because it is very sensitive, they don’t want to get it wrong, and they are not medically-trained, so may not realize that Palin’s story is absolutely not credible. Look at the picture of her 7 months pregnant with her first child, and then 7 months pregnant with her 5th – almost 20 years later. Let’s face it, we don’t get trimmer and firmer with age. Women get bigger with each pregnancy. You can trust me on this. In addition to the patients I have seen in the hospital, I gave birth to 5 children myself, and I looked like a balloon. Look at the picture of her 4 days after delivery, with baby #5!! All made up, coiffed and dressed in what appears to be regular street clothes.
Some may say these are personal concerns. but, when a person accepts the nomination to be Vice president, he or she should expect to be scrutinized. Palin’s actions in this case represent either terrible judgment that could have jeopardized her life and the baby’s or she created a subterfuge and lied to everyone around her, including her colleagues in the state government. And what does all this, which was out there prior to her selection as McCain’s running mate, say about his judgment and thoroughness in his first major action as a potential president?
I invite you to post a comment on this blog. There are so many angry women and men. I have gotten so many emails from people I don’t usually correspond with, and they all use the same phrase, “I am outraged.” We need to keep talking, and to make sure others hear us.
My story on Palin in Women’s eNews: Go to: http://www.womensenews.org and click on the article on the bottom left side of the page.
http://www.frontiersman.com/articles/2000/05/23/news.txt While Sarah Palin was mayor of Wasila, women had to pay for the rape kits that were used when they sought help after a rape. The then-governor of Alaska made that practice illegal.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Re0vmbtHK8 Palin giving the Welcome Speech at the 2008 Alaska Independence Party Convention. American first???? This group wants to re-vote statehood and secede from the
The Old Switcharoo: Bristol Palin, Under the Bus
The story became huge - until it was shut down abruptly with the announcement two days later that BRISTOL Palin was now five months pregnant.
What? Hold it. I thought we were talking about Sarah Palin.
The question is Did Sarah Palin, Governor of Alaska, give birth to Trig Palin on April 18th, 2008? The question is NOT: Did Bristol Palin NOT give birth to Trig Palin on April 18th 2008? The McCain campaign wants us to focus on this question, but it's not the core question.
To repeat: The pivotal question is "Did Sarah Palin, Governor of Alaska give birth to Trig Palin on April 18th 2008?" Saying that Woman B did NOT have a baby proves nothing about Woman A, no matter how cleverly the "spin" might be crafted.
Twenty two years ago I gave birth at home to a son. If someone walked through my door a minute from now, within four hours I could provide substantial and irrefutable proof that I gave birth to him, proof outside my immediate family. I would have the testimony of a credible and experienced midwife whom I am still in touch with. I would have the eye witness testimony of an additional 3-4 women who were physically in the room when I gave birth. All of these women would be delighted to tell anyone who asked that the idea that I had not given birth was ridiculous. I would have the testimony of many people who saw me hugely pregnant before the birth, and scores of people who saw me breastfeed him at one point or another, many of which I could still get in touch with. I have birth photographs. I could provide all of this within hours. And this is a home birth - twenty two years ago.
Now... let's go back to Gov. Palin. We have no photographs, no eyewitness testimony. We have one fairly tepid statement from her physician that she "did not think it was unreasonable for her to fly back," given to the Anchorage Daily News on April 22nd, and then, nothing else. (Which of course, if one REALLY wants to read between the lines, was 100% true. It would have been completely reasonable for her to fly back to Alaska if she wasn't pregnant!)
In spite of rumors that were extant in Alaska both before and after the birth, and then, of course, the incredible scrutiny given this situation since late August, Dr. Cathy Baldwin Johnson, as far as I can see, has never been willing to stand up in front of a camera, and say, "This is nuts. Of course, Sarah Palin had the baby. I was there." Ditto any nurses. Ditto any other women who were at Mat-Su simultaneously. No Susie Smith smiling on camera for CNN saying, "Of course, we ALL knew Gov. Palin was there at the same time I was having Johnny. It was very cool to have my baby at the same time as she did." Nothing. The silence is deafening.
(Actually, this is not accurate. We have one alleged statement given by one woman who was there simultaneously who has stated that she did NOT see Sarah Palin - she only saw "Todd in the hall," and that when they did see Gov. Palin "several days later," it did "not look like she had just had a baby." Links to these statements can be found on my website proper.)
My speculation? There exists a small but real number of "inner circle" people who know the truth. There must have been some "plan" as to how this birth was going to be managed, a plan that went down the tubes when Bristol Palin went into labor 4-5 weeks early with Sarah Palin inconveniently out of town. None of them are willing to lie by "commission" (i.e, go on camera and say they were at the birth) because of the very real fear that at some point the truth might come out, and then they look, at best, like lying idiots, and at worst, criminals. For example, if it ever does come out unequivocally that Sarah Palin did not give birth to Trig, whatever doctor signed that birth certificate would surely lose his/her medical license and might, quite literally, go to jail. So what they are all doing at this point is lying by "omission," praying no one else talks, and holding their breath.
And, then, the switcharoo. The McCain campaign (obviously with the complicity of Bristol Palin's parents) in panic mode, quite literally threw a 17 year old child under a bus. It's simple. The way we "prove" that Sarah Palin DID have a baby is to (supposedly) "prove" that Bristol, now "five months" pregnant, could not have.
Honestly, this is amazingly slick. The McCain campaign managed to lay to rest most doubts about whether or not Sarah Palin gave birth without ever discussing Sarah Palin OR the birth. Not one tiny "real" detail about Sarah Palin or Trig Palin that was not already known was released. And, by framing it in these terms, they get a second benefit. Since this has now become "about Bristol," pursuing it any farther becomes "going after families." Of course, again, the fact that they released the info that she was pregnant in the first place is conveniently ignored.
What? Did this really happen?
The only thing crazier than that they did this is that the news media and the Democratic National committee has allowed them to get away with it.
Sarah Palin Superwoman?
September 23, 2008 by Nelida
Since Sarah Palin’s nomination was announced I’ve had SERIOUS doubts as to whether she actually gave birth to her son Trig, or if instead, he is actually her daughter Bristol’s child. Below is some information I was able to gather.
Sarah Palin announced her pregnancy on March 6th, claiming she was 7-months pregnant. Her aides and co-workers were shocked as she certainly didn’t appear pregnant. On April 18th, newspaper reports said Trig Palin was born a month premature yet weighed over 6 pounds. Coincidentally, it was during this time that Palin’s daughter Bristol, 17, was taken out of high school for 5-8 months citing mononucleosis.
Any mother of more than one child will tell you that typically a female body does not become fitter with each successive pregnancy. Usually, the exact opposite occurs; a woman gains more weight more quickly with each successive pregnancy. In Palin’s case, she had had four prior pregnancies, and yet with this one she wasn’t showing at all in her 7th month; call me suspicious, but that seems highly unlikely to me. Palin is a perfectly healthy woman, but she is far from petite, and I simply can’t believe she would be able to hide a third trimester pregnancy from anyone with a set of eyeballs.
Of note, the day after a Newsweek conference entitled “Newsweek: Women & Leadership”, Palin issued a statement on her pregnancy, of which she hadn’t made a single mention during the entire presentation. Newsweek host Karen Breslau was particularly surprised by the announcement:
At the time, “I didn’t know that Palin, clad in a loose, dark dress, was seven months pregnant with her fifth child. An aide called me the next day to tell me that Palin would be announcing the pregnancy at home in Alaska and that she had wanted me to know as a courtesy. She was sorry she hadn’t mentioned it the night before”.
Some might argue that was an extraordinarily convenient omission which allowed Palin to deftly avoid questioning of any sort before, during, or after the presentation in Los Angeles, and this wasn’t the only video of Palin that caused a few raised eyebrows when it was later revealed that she was pregnant during filming. A video presented by Alaska HDTV showing Palin hiking around Juneau, Alaska (and standing in high heels no less) resulted in Alaska HDTV issuing the following statement:
“Regarding her pregnancy, all I can say is that it was not obvious to the three of us who were there during the filming.” At this time she would be somewhere in her 7th month of pregnancy, which could be hidden with clever clothing, jackets, etc.
These videos, or rather Palin’s pregnant appearance in them, stand in stark contrast to video of Palin when she was pregnant in 1989 working as a Sports News Journalist. Even her facial features are altered in these images; a common side-effect of pregnancy that Palin miraculously avoided during her pregnancy with Trig.
Now lets look at the alleged ‘pregnancy’ itself; an obstetrician commented in a Talking Points Memo that he has serious issues with Palin’s decisions:
“She claims she flew from Texas to Anchorage after she was having contractions and leaking amniotic fluid. This simply doesn’t make sense. I am a physician and I deliver babies (my last delivery was about 36 hours ago)…. There is very little chance that a 44 year old woman who was pregnant with her fifth child would last 8 hours with ruptured membranes and contractions. Especially when the baby was approximately 4 weeks early; She would have delivered this baby on the plane… Playing the back seat doctor here, my advice would have been get in the car and go to the nearest hospital with a maternity ward. This is called Premature Preterm Rupture of Membranes (PPROM) and it is dangerous.”
Here’s the timeline:
10:30pm - Palin arrives in Anchorage (approximately 22 hours after her membranes had ruptured, 12 hours would be cause for worry).
11:30pm - Palin checks into Mat-Su regional in Wasilla, Alaska.
Mentioned below the statement, is the revelation that after landing in Anchorage, Palin drove past both Providence and Anchorage Regional Hospitals, facilities ideal for premature deliveries, as both are equipped with neonatal intensive care units. In fact, it seems very strange that she wouldn’t have immediately checked herself into Providence, which has the highest level of maternity care in the state, as it seems you would want a child with genetic defects to be delivered in a larger facility with more services available. It also seems incredibly poor judgment for a woman who is leaking amniotic fluid to hop on a plane, even if she wasn’t aware that the child she was carrying had a genetic disorder, but particularly poor judgment if she was.
The doctor who supposedly approved of Palin taking such risks, and later delivered Trig? Cathy Baldwin-Johnson, who has since been scrubbed from the Mt-Su Regional Medical Center website. Web Archive shows her at the top of the scrubbed list. Palin’s relationship with Cathy has formed over the years, and in 2002, when Palin was Mayor, Cathy was named Family Physician of the Year. In May 2007, then Governor Palin appointed Cathy to the Alaska Health Care Strategies Planning Council, as evidenced by a scrubbed State Press Release. Seemingly, special connections for special friends.
Mat-Su Regional, the hospital where Trig Palin was delivered, surprisingly does not list Trig on their list of babies born in that facility on April 18th. A peculiar oddity, as hospitals are usually proud when a local celebrity gives birth within their facility. Subsequently, Palin was back to work within 3 days of the “delivery”.
Which brings us back to Bristol Palin, the rightful mother of Trig Palin? Over the course of seven months, Bristol had three separate driving offenses, one for failure to carry insurance, one for speeding, and another one for a collision. As a sixteen year-old driver, incidents such as these happen all the time. However, it is noteworthy that these incidents occurred during the five to eight month period in which Bristol was out of school with ‘infectious mononucleosis’, a time which also corresponds to that in which her mother was supposedly pregnant. Further, the collision for which she was cited occurred in front of a Family Medical Center. The police statement reads:
Wasilla Police Department: On February 8, 2008, at 1737 hours, Wasilla Police responded to two vehicle collision at Seward Meridian Parkway and Fireweed Drive. Investigation revealed that Bristol Palin, age 17 of Wasilla, was driving a 4-door sedan and attempted to turn into a business when she struck a 2-door sedan driven by Joshua Moffet, age 19, of Wasilla. Palin was issued a citation for Failing to Use Due Care to Avoid a Collision. Moffet was issued a citation for an expired registration and no proof of insurance.
Out of school and in a fender-bender while turning into a Family Medical Center… am I the only one who finds this suspicious, particularly in light of Palin’s figure while seven months pregnant? While none of this is proves anything, it does and should raise some questions. Particularly if Palin has in fact usurped her daughter’s motherhood for political points. Bristol Palin, and the public at large deserve the truth from Sarah Palin. If Palin is in fact perpetrating such a charade on the national stage in this day and age, I hope I’m not the only one who would find it pathetic. Why, if all of this is nonsense won’t Palin make a statement and remove any doubt. I simply wish a real investigation by a creditable news source would look into it. I’m not attacking Palin; in fact if I had a penis, I couldn’t raise ANY of these questions without being labeled a sexist pig, but I can’t help but think that had this been a Clinton family issue there would have been a joint house and senate investigation followed by another Ken Starr bestseller, and were this one of Obama’s daughters, particularly if there was also a black father in the picture… well, let’s just say I don’t think the press would be so kind as to ignore the issue.
Monday, September 22, 2008
Here are as many important Sarah Palin DOCUMENTED links that I can find.
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Inconsistencies & FACTS:
1. Just before 2/20/08 Sarah was on an Alaskan Cable TV show, she was scheduled to go on a hike on the Mendenhall Glacier, rightt outside of Juneau. On 3/6/08 she "broke the news" she was 7 mo.'s pregnant, she would have been at least 6 months into a very high risk pregnancy. This is either a HOAX or Sarah is the Worst Mother in the World for taking such a chance with her unborn baby inside.
2. She broke the news on 3/6/08 that she was 7 months pregnant to Alaskan televesion and Anchorange newspaper. I find her television interview suspicious. The news article reports no one knew abou this pregnancy, including her staff. She is not fit to be Governor or this is a HOAX. She lived in the "people house" in Alaska and certainly Alaskans had the right to know she was pregnant in a reasonable time frame. Governors and Presidents or VP.'s should not be keeping "secret" very important health matters when the are in office. The only reason she would have kept this a "secret" was she had political ambitions that overrided her desire to let the people of Alaska know about her pregnancy.
3. All of the photos on the internet are not conclusive and are not evidence either way! Certainly a photo of a "big Sara" is not evidence. And a photo of her being small could somehow be distorted. Also dates can be changed. However look at the Associated Press photo of her on 3/14, she would have been 7.5 months pregnant. Also there is a photo of her on 4/11, she would have been 8.5 months pregnant, the poster says that photo was on the Alaskan State web site but has since been taken down. (not verified)
4. On about 3/16 while admittedly 8.5 weeks pregnant she flew "commerical" on Alaskan Air to attend a Governors Energy Conference near Dallas, Texas, the flight was at least 7-8 hours long, plus give it another 4 hours of travel time to and from airport, just like us going through security, waiting in the lounge, checking in etc. If she was pregnant she is again an unfit mother, the Worst Mother in the World, because she placed her political amibitions ahead of the her own health and the health of her child. She has a responsibility to the citizens of Alaskans to guard her own health while in office. This was irresponsible in the least!
5. She reports in post-birth news article interviews that fluid began to leak at 4:00am on 4/17, she called and consulted with her Doctor, decided to stay another 9 hours to give keynote speech to 6 other Governors at Noon. Then hopped on plane and flew back, through Portland, arriving about 10pm. Again, either this is a HOAX, or she is completely irresponsible to herself and her child to fly 33,000ft in the air for 7 hrs at least, with no immediate medical care available, and the stewardesses were not even notified that she was 8.5 months pregnant and leaking. This was also irresponsible to the people on that plane in case she went into an emergency labor, possibly causing an emergency landing of the plane. Or it is a HOAX.
6. She land in Anchorage, drives past the best medical care at an Anchorage Hospital, and drives 1 hour to Wasilla to have the baby at MatSu regional in her hometown, just so her Family Doctor can deliver it. Again, irresponsible not to have the best care available for herself and her baby.
7. The delivery doctor in the birth press release was Doctor Cathy Baldwin-Johnson whom she appointed to the Alaskan Health Council just this May 2007. That press release states she is an expert in child abuse issues. Yet that is whom the Governor choose to deliver her birth, again, irresponsible to herself, her baby and the people of Alaska.
8. She was sworn in January 2007 and moved to the Governors Mansion in Juneasu so she could govern. The baby would have been conceived about August 1st, 7 months backwards from her 3/6/08 press release stating she was 7 months pregnant. She would have know she was pregnant by October 1st at the very latest. She would have had to decide at that time whom the Obstetrician was going to be. Where was she going to make the monthly, then biweekly, then weekly doctors visits to have this high-risk pregnancy monitored. Apparently she choose her "hometown" FP, a child abuse specialist, who lived 800 miles away by car. I ask, did she have a local Obstetrician for all those visits, or did she travel to Wasilla regularly? I am sure she had regular governor duty visits to Anchorage, but did she expect to travel to Anchorage, an hour from Wasilla, every week during her last trimester of high-risk 44 yr old woman pregnancy? Yet on the 3/6/08 press release, none of her staffers knew she was making doctors visits, so she had to be visiting a doctor in Juneau until the 7th month, right? But when the time of need struck at 4:00am in Dallas, she called her DOCTOR in Wasilla? The only explanation is either this is a HOAX or she didn't make ANY doctor visits for this high-risk pregnancy until at least 3/6, or made secret visits to a doctor in Juneau before the 7th month, then planned to have baby in Wasilla with hometown FP.
9. Where was she PLANNING to give birth? 4 choices. (a) This is all a HOAX, she never had the baby. (b) She was staying in Anchorage or Wasilla and planned on having the baby at MatSu in Wasilla delivered by Dr. Cathy Baldwin-Johnson, child abuse specialist, for high-risk pregnancy. Otherwise why would she drive in the middle of the night past Anchorage hospitals to Wasilla? (c) She was staying in Juneau during last tri and was going to have it in Juneau. But when her amniotic fluid began seeping she decided to call her FP in Wasila for advice and then decided not to alter her flight plans and fly to Juneau from Dallas while she was in labor. (d) She was staying in Juneau during last tri and had plans to somehow get to Wasilla when she went in labor. So he had planned to either drive the 20 hours from Juneau to Wasilla or take a small plane(readily available in Alaska!) and take a 2-3 hour flight in April, bad weather, to Wasilla, and have the baby in MatSu, where she seemed determined to have it. Conclusions: either this i a HOAX or she is irresponsible to her own health and thereby citizens of Alaska and to her unborn child for planning ot have this high-risk 44yr old woman pregnanacy anywhere but with a skilled Obstetrician giving care in the best facility that Alaska has to offer.
10. In article below Alaskan Air representative are quoted they weren't aware they had a late stage pregnant woman in the beginning stages of labor.
11. There is no record of birth on the MatSu regional hospital birthing announcements page for this baby.
12. The baby was born on Friday 4/19, but I don't even notice any articles about it until 4/22, Nothing until Tuesday!
13. The delivery doctor, Dr. Cathy Baldwin-Johnson was name AmAssocFamilyPract of the Year in 2002, there are "claims" it was based mostly on Sarah Palins' recommendation. Also, Dr. Baldwin-Johnson was appointed by Sarah Palin to Alaskan Health Council in May 2007. See below. She is apparently a FP with a special interest in child abuseshe is not an Obstetrician.
14. Sarah Palin was up and at it a few days after the delivery, pictures confirm that, that is not conclusive. We know she can wrestly a moose with her bare hands!
15. Sarah Palin has released that Bristol was 5 months pregnant on 9/1/08. Which would make it impossible for her to be the mother. If that is true. There is no confirmation from a Doctor of her months of pregnancy. Actually, this fact makes it much more likely that Bristol is a possible birth mother, because she was obviously sexually active in April this year for this to be true. So it is possible that the truth is Bristol was sexually active just 8.5 months before, at age 16 i believe?, in August of 2007. If Bristol was a sweet 17 year old virgin, then it would be impossible for her to be the birth mother. If Trig is Bristols child it is extremely plausible that she became pregnant again soon after the 4/18/07 birth and it now a little over 4 months pregnant, not 5.
16. Below are links to videos of Bristol shot during the VP announcement and GOP convention. Not conclusive whatsoever, but take a look at her with the baby Trig. She looks like a woman, not a 17 yr old girl. I have two teenage girls of my own and they are excellent with children. But, they would certainly not hold and rock Trig like Bristol is doing. They have other things on their mind. Bristol looks like a beautiful, attentive mother. Bristol, you are going to make a fine mother someday, when all this passes and you get back to a normal life in Wasilla.
16. CNN interviews Sarah's sister right after Sarah's Convention speech and the newscaster states that there are certain ground rules of topics that can not be covered. One of which I assume is Trig. Otherwise, why not have the sister just confirm that she was in the birth room and saw Sarah give birth to Trig. This appears to be a forbidden topic for discussion.
17. See link below, now the GOP is saying that they may not have Sarah answer any questions from reporters during the entire campaign. wow! Is there something she is trying to hide? This is all so very highly unusual.
18. All of the statements and theories I present can be refuted so very, very easily. Just have the MatSu Hospital spokesman or Dr. Cathy Baldwin-Johson give a simple call to a news agency, vouching that Sarah had Trig. By doing so, they are putting their medical licenses on the line, so the medical facts had better be accurate.
19. Is it possible that a politician, esp a GOP politician, could be lying, or telling inaccuracies? Yes, sorry to inform you that is a possibility.
Look here what this guy said in October 2002 and they you tell me if we should expect and demand accurate information from our leaders.
here is President Bush outlining the Iraqi Threat in October of 2002 in front of Congress and all the world.
THESE ARE ALL THE LINKS!
Start of the HOAX? Sarah Palin breaks the news of her pregnancy to Alaskan television 3/6/08
staff didn't know she was 7 mo.'s preggie, why? 3/6/08
was planning to hike on Alaskan Glacier(about 2/20) at 6.5 mo.s' on TV Show, look how she carries herself, she forget to tell the crew she was pregnant! Click read recent blog post. Unfit to be a MOTHER, hiking a glacier 6 months pregnant, unfit to GOVERN!
photo 3/9 - 7 months pregnant
photo 3/14 - 7 months pregnant. she "forgot" to wear her corsett that day
photo 4/11 - 7 days before giving birth, look at face, in Anchorage, hundreds of miles from home.
also see photos there of 4 days after giving birth to down's kid she was giving a HS Honor Society talk!
She attended the governors conference on April 17th-18th. 8.5 Months Pregnant with Downs Child
Happy Birthday Trig: 3/16 travelled to Texas, 8.5 mo.'s pregnant, flew back 10 hrs with water dripping! Gave birth 3/19
If in fact Sarah did give birth, then she did while after deciding to travel 10 hrs R/T, from AK to Texas, this for sure makes her the Worst Mother of the Year, at the very least. And certainly she has terrible judgement if she can't put herself and her family first at this super critical time in her life. Instead of the huge responsibility she was carrying in her belly, she decided she needed to further her own political career by taking an enormous risk for herself and her unborn baby. She is ABSOLUTELY not fit to be VP of the USA. I might still vote for her as Mayor of Wasilla though.
Somehow MatSu Regional never recorded the birth - if they did, this would be all over!
Bristol is only 17, she looks like a full blown "woman", Who is holding and being "mommy" to Trig?
More of Bristol with her baby. She will be a good mother!
Doctor Cathy Baldwin-Johnson - 2/3 of the way down. Specialist in Child abuse. Appointed by Sarah to Alaskan Health Council in May, gave Sarah medical advice about flying and was the birth doctor. http://22.214.171.124/search?q=cache:e0U6tvTkFHwJ:gov.state.ak.us/archive.php%3Fid%3D368%26type%3D1+%22Cathy+Baldwin-Johnson%22+palin&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=5&gl=us
The delivery Doctor, a FP, is in Wasilla, AK, which is 810 miles away from Junuea, where Sarah lives in the Governors Mansion. Somehow, during her pregnancy from Sept to delivery in April, she has time to take a bumpy flight, make her regular doctor appointments for high-risk pregnancy, i would assume about at 200 mph in a small plane, it is 3 hrs away, most of it in winter weather. So her "plan" for a normal delivery was to somehow get from Juneau to Wasilla 810 miles away(driving) to see her Dr., a family Dr, or fly in likely bad April weather, 3 hrs, bumpy ride, 44 yr old woman carrying a Downs baby. So she didn't expect to fly from Texas to Alaska to have her baby, she did "expect" to fly from Juneau, in full pregnancy, in April skies, to deliver her baby in the trusted hands of her FP, Dr. Cathy Baldwin-Johnson
Why bother with an Obstetrician in Juneau when the trusted Dr. Johnson is ready for the catch in Wasilla, only 800 miles away! .
Now McCain campaign doesn't plan on allowing Sarah Palin to give any interviews to the press. She may never give one they say! And yet the answers are so very simple, the longer it goes on, the clearer the answers become. Why not just stop this mess, have the Hospital spokesman call a newspaper and give a statement, that easy!
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Why This Website?
My husband and I are not "left wing bloggers," "conspiracy theorists," or otherwise fruitcakes. I am a childbirth labor coach, a published author in the childbirth field, and a lactation consultant; my husband is a physician who has, until this election, always voted Republican. So we're hardly coming from left field.
Shortly after the announcement of Palin's selection, rumors ran rampant on the Internet that she had not given birth to "Trig" but he was the child of her oldest daughter Bristol. Then – bang – in one fell swoop, the story was killed by the staggering announcement that Bristol was actually five months pregnant now, thus (very neatly) precluding her giving birth in mid April.
There are enough "anomalies" surrounding the pregnancy and birth last April that reasonable people can ask reasonable questions, and should be able to get answers without feeling like we're breaking some sort of national law or "picking on" a seventeen year old or a baby with Down's Syndrome. One right wing blogger suggested that there are just some things we have to accept on trust, this is one of them, and that's the end of it. Not to us. The story does matter... if she would lie about something like this, what else would she lie about?
Comment: In short, that Governor Palin, NOT her daughter, did give birth is now "proved" by two facts: the first is that Bristol Palin is currently expecting a child, and the second is that photos exist, reliably datable to March and April 2008 in which Gov. Palin definitely looks pregnant. Here is my response to both of these "proofs." First, how in the world do we know that Bristol Palin is five months pregnant now, other than the word of her parents? And she MUST be FIVE MONTHS (as of September 1, 2008) pregnant to preclude giving birth in April… if she is even 3 ½ months, it does not rule out that she could be Trig's mother. Secondly, photos exist of Sarah Palin appearing pregnant in March and April. What does this prove? Nothing. A quick internet search will reveal numerous "gag" sites which sell pregnancy suits, modeled by women all of whom … guess what? … appear very convincingly pregnant.
Comment: (September 16, 2008) A reader emailed me the following acerbic observation, further questioning the very convenient (for the campaign that is) timing. "Bristol Palin, it is claimed is five months pregnant. If she was announced to be four months pregnant, it would not have removed the doubt of her being the mother of Trig. If it was announced that she was six months pregnant, we would be looking for the physical evidence. It is only a five month pregnancy that does the trick of diverting attention from the first birth story without forcing Bristol to look pregnant. What a miraculous and fortuitous coincidence this is. They need her to be five months pregnant and suddenly she is five months pregnant. This is a miracle for Sarah Palin indeed!"
I knew nothing about Governor Palin. On the day of the announcement of her selection, the media was searching for any information at all. One item that was reported was that she had flown back from Texas to Alaska in labor with her fifth child after giving a speech. No doubt it was intended to show what a "trouper" she is, but as a woman who has had four home births myself, and attended many more, my "whoa" antennae shot up immediately. This seemed insane to me, though at the time I dismissed it as her showing really poor judgment and nothing else. Then, several days later the blogs went wild with the "baby swap" news, and a lot of things clicked for me.
Since then, it's been a roller-coaster ride. Numerous websites have been changed. Pictures on, among other things, the official state of Alaska website, have mysteriously disappeared. Blog posts are gone. Flickr accounts are gone. Police blotters have been changed.
Comment and Update: (September 15, 2008) Here's another webpage that has disappeared (from my copy retrieved from Google cache.) Here's the original link. It is a very "quick and dirty" but informative set of links and analysis from someone who actually lives in Alaska. I have contacted the person who put it together to ask why it's been taken down. I'll keep you posted as to any responses I get.
One question that has been asked is - if this was possibly true - how in the world could she have hoped to "get away" with it? The answer is that all of us now are looking at this with twenty-twenty hindsight. When these events were occurring, although she had been mentioned (at least in Alaska) as a possible VP pick, on anyone's scorecard, she had to be the longest shot of all time. If she did fake her pregnancy to protect her daughter, she did this at a time that it would never have occurred to her that within five months she would be the subject of extreme national scrutiny, and facts and statements and situations would be checked and cross-checked for accuracy. She no doubt assumed she would be able to stonewall long enough for the story to die and that would be the end of it.
The goal of this website is to summarize in one place - with no equivocation - what is known and what is not known. When something cannot be dated or verified, we intend to say so - and beg for reliable sources. When we're wrong, we'll say so.
Comment: I have already received one email claiming that I don't know what I am talking about as my math on the duration of pregnancy "doesn't add up." In fact, it does. Pregnancy is dated at 40 weeks in length, even though the "average" human gestation is actually only 38 weeks - 266 days. Based on an average menstrual cycle of 28 days with ovulation occurring 14 days into the cycle, on the day a woman conceives, she is "two weeks pregnant." Dumb, I know, but this is the time system that all medical professionals use. So, for example, when I said, above that "if she is even 3 1/2 months," this would mean that she is "14-15 weeks pregnant," but really only 12-13 weeks after conception. This is what a woman who conceived around the first of June would be on the first of September. A woman who conceived around the middle of April would be, on the first of September, around 22 weeks pregnant, but 20 weeks after conception - thus around "five months."
My favorite part of the site, however, is some great screen captures from Mercedes Johnston's (Levi's sister) Myspace page showing her holding Trig with some interesting captions:
(That first one is a context screen capture of the photos page)
Why does she call Triggy her brother? Is it because she considers Bristol (betrothed to her brother) to be her family? And if so, why does she then refer to Sarah Palin as Mommy-in-law? Seems really strange to me. More on this story as I continue to dig around the web. Something is rotten in Alaska, and it's not just the Caribou steak Todd Palin left out over night...
If the Palin’s fifth child, Trig, was actually born by daughter Bristol and not Palin herself, as theorists would have you believe, then why announce to the world that Bristol is expecting a child in December of this year? If the governor successfully managed to falsify birth records, hide her daughter’s pregnancy until April while simultaneously putting on a charade herself, why even disclose her daughter’s pregnancy now? Are they suggesting that immediately after delivering Trig, Bristol and whomever her lover is conceived yet again?! If so, why not cover up this pregnancy as well? (Holy smokes! One wonders what would happen if Gov. Palin accepted the nomination while expecting? But, I digress…)
Of course, if between now and the election Bristol’s tummy swells, that could be faked, but after announcing to the world that she’s due in December, everyone will be expecting a little bundle of joy, and falsifying records twice gets kinda dicey.
For the sake of argument, let’s assume that Trig is, in fact, Bristol’s son and go back to October of 2007 when Bristol likely would have told her mother that she was pregnant and walk through the possible scenarios:
- Fearing political backlash, Gov Palin somehow forces her daughter to have an abortion and conceal it. Pros: No out-of-wedlock daughter to damage her career, Cons: she’s on record as being pro-life and the press would probably hear wind of the surgery, most likely from the abortionist herself/himself because the fallout would take down a pro-life advocate who opposes their political agenda. No, there was a child clearly born, so this scenario was obviously ruled out.
- The governor convinces the daughter to carry the child to term, conceals the pregnancy and puts the child up for adoption. Pros: Provided no one talks, everybody wins: the governor faces no public scrutiny, the daughter can continue her teenage years without child, the child is likely adopted by a loving family and adoption records remain sealed. Cons: Again, it’s likely that someone with a political agenda will talk, and Trig was born, after all, with Downs Syndrome, which might make him less likely to be adopted. Again, clearly not the chosen scenario.
- Conceal the daughter’s pregnancy, pretend you are pregnant, when the child is delivered falsify birth records to show that you, not your daughter delivered the child and show your husband as the father. Pros: Your daughter’s reputation is saved, and your reputation is saved, provided no doctor, nurse or anyone else associated with either the delivery or the falsification of records ever talks. Cons: Someone always talks. Especially if a team of campaign attorneys fly into Alaska and start waving around money for any dirt they can dish on the governor.
- And the final scenario? The governor announces that, indeed, her daughter is expecting a child and asks for privacy in the matter. Pros: It’s the truth, and it is in keeping with her pro-life stance. Cons: It invites criticism of the governor for her parenting skills.
No, I think the most obvious choice is also the most probable: That Bristol and Levi conceived Trig about September of 2007, that she waited until as late as she possibly could to make the pregnancy public, that Trig Palin was delivered in April by Bristol.
Of course, the only way we’ll ever really know is if Todd, Bristol, Trig and Gov. Sarah Palin are all subject to DNA comparison, but that’s not in their best interest to undertake. Or is it? Perhaps they should consider allowing the testing to disprove the conspiracy theories. But, it’ll never happen.
From Willow Palin's blog,
"I cannot belivie people are calling me racist? my mom told me they would even show one black person on tv tonight and did they? yes they did, so how can I be racist? diddy is the one who said their is no black people in alaska, which is not true. I treat those kind of people with respect, i let them talk to me, sit near me, so how am I racist? People trying to smear me, yes i’ve learned about that, i am not as dumb as some people…you know who you are….
I deleted all my old entries, it was hard but I rather not have millions of strangers in my life. I am making this new post to tell you guys to lay off my sister! Yes my sister made a mistake, but we all do! Levi is a nice guy, and yes, maybe he said he didn’t want kids but im sure he will somehow figure that he needs to quit sports, quit having fun, maybe quit highschool marry my sister and live happy for ever! Also the babydaddy comments are rude, do we look ghetto? I will add another post later, I have to go console bristol, leave her alone! just leave her alone!
p.s: OMG! 91210 is coming on soon! yay!"
The Palin girls seem to be attracted to black boyfriends. How else do you explain Bristol Palin's black boyfriend, Levi Johnston and of course Sarah Palin's various black boyfriends over the years.
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Parents: Amber and Levi.
Is Bristol's middle name Amber?
All they have to do now is announce that Bristol has lost that baby. If that happens, you'll know something was up.
Bristol is Trig's mother not Sarah!
Sarah Palin was said to have delivered baby Trig at the Mat Su Regional Hospital, which in turn has no on line record of Trig Palin for the date of April 18th, 2008. There are two simple explanations for this; either the hospital administrators deliberately omitted this information from their online record, or, the baby was never delivered at Mat Su Regional.
How do we know Bristol Palin is 5 months pregnant instead of 5 months post partum? Because the McCain campaign told us so. To date no one has produced a single piece of compelling evidence to put this story to rest. If the initial story was untrue, all the McCain campaign would have had to produce is a single photo of Sarah Palin and her family celebrating the birth of their newest child in the delivery room (not during mind you....) or in the recovery ward. Surely, there is family documentation of this special event.... If she is so content to wear her motherhood on her sleeve, than why shy away from sharing a photo from an innocent moment that every family could relate to.
Would it not have been so much easier to squash the rumor that Bristol Palin was not the mother of Trig by producing such a photo? Instead, the McCain campaign created a shell game for a current scandal by dragging Bristol Palin (and the media) into a future one.
Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
September 21, 2008
ANCHORAGE — Jerry McCutcheon went to Sarah Palin's office here last week to request information about the firing of former Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan, the scandal that for weeks has threatened to overshadow the governor's role as Republican presidential candidate John McCain's running mate.
McCutcheon was given a phone number in Virginia to call: the national headquarters of the McCain-Palin campaign.
Why, he wanted to know, did he have to call a campaign office 4,300 miles away to find out what was going on in Alaska government? The longtime civic activist phoned his local state representative, Les Gara, who quickly filed a protest.
These days, many such queries about Monegan -- or anything else involving Palin's record as governor -- get diverted to McCain staffers. A former Justice Department prosecutor from New York flew in recently to advise the governor's lawyer and field reporters' calls about Monegan. Soon after, Palin's willingness to cooperate in the Legislature's probe of the affair ended.
A recent call to John Cramer, the head of the state Department of Military and Veterans Affairs -- who clashed with Palin during her years as mayor of Wasilla -- was returned by a McCain campaign operative who had just arrived from Washington, D.C. "John who?" she asked.
In stubbornly independent Alaska, the sudden intrusion of a political campaign into so many corners of state government -- not to mention Wasilla, where a dozen or more campaign researchers and lawyers have also begun overseeing the release of any information about Palin's years as mayor -- has touched a raw nerve. McCain staffers have even been assigned to answer calls for Palin's family members, who have been instructed not to talk.
"Why did the McCain campaign take over the governor's office?" the Anchorage Daily News demanded in an editorial Saturday. "Is it too much to ask that Alaska's governor speak for herself, directly to Alaskans, about her actions as Alaska's governor?"
The partisan spillover of the presidential campaign into the statehouse, political analysts here say, now threatens Palin's most powerful political capital in Alaska: her commitment to transparency, her willingness to forge bipartisan alliances with Democrats to advance her legislative agenda, and her battle to upend the good ol' boy network.
"Is this going to dilute her image as a maverick who will clean out the rascals from their perches of power, when she herself cannot tolerate questions into her behavior, investigations into the firing of a public safety commissioner?" said Gerald McBeath, political science professor at the University of Alaska in Fairbanks.
Palin, he said, is "still popular" in Alaska, "but she is not beloved. And there's a difference between the two. She's getting a lot more criticism at the state level as a result of her vice presidential candidacy."
Democratic leaders, whom the Palin camp accuses of initiating rounds of partisan sniping, say the bipartisanship that helped Palin win passage of ethics measures, a new natural-gas pipeline and an increase in the oil production tax -- in most cases over the objections of her own Republican leadership -- is essentially over.
"She would have gotten none of her bills passed without us, and to see her come in and attack us now the way she's attacking us, when it's completely unwarranted, is just tearing people up," said Democratic state Sen. Bill Wielechowski. "I think it's going to make it hard for her to come back and govern in this state."
Even conservatives are expressing resentment over the governor's about-face on the Monegan investigation and the infiltration of state government by the McCain campaign.
"This Palin VP thing has Alaskans all stirred up. Much like Palin divided the Republican Party, she has managed to divide the state over her national candidacy," conservative talk-show host Dan Fagan complained in a commentary last week.
"My fellow conservatives, remember how frustrating it was when Bill Clinton committed perjury and liberals looked the other way. As conservatives, we are no better unless we demand full disclosure from our governor," he said. " . . . No politician is so popular and charismatic that they should be above accountability and telling the truth."
Most of the battle lines have been drawn around what is commonly called Troopergate: allegations that Monegan was fired in July because he had refused to terminate Palin's former brother-in-law, a state trooper whose divorce from Palin's sister was messy.
Palin insists the firing was motivated by Monegan's insubordination on budget issues, not her sister's situation, though the governor and her husband, Todd, admit complaining in the past about the trooper. They said their former brother-in-law had threatened the family, driven his patrol car after drinking alcohol and illegally shot a moose.
Palin had welcomed the Legislature's inquiry and promised to cooperate.
But she now says the state personnel board, not the Legislature, is the proper venue to probe what happened. The board consists of three GOP appointees.
Palin's spokespeople have accused the Democratic chair of the state Senate Judiciary Committee, Hollis French, and others of turning the probe into a partisan attack. In a media interview earlier this month, French warned that the committee's final report might turn into "an October surprise" for the McCain campaign.
On Friday, French, who was Palin's point man in the Legislature on the oil production tax hike, waited for more than half an hour for subpoenaed witnesses, including Palin's husband. None showed up.
Several other witnesses had been scheduled to testify voluntarily but, on the advice of Palin's attorney general, also did not appear.
The resulting standoff has put Alaska on the verge of a constitutional crisis, as the legislative and executive branches each refuse to budge, and no one is sure who is in charge. Legislators say they will consider holding in contempt any witnesses who ignore subpoenas, and they have challenged the right of the attorney general, who is appointed by the governor, to advise state employees on whether to testify.
The standoff has ended any vestiges of bipartisan goodwill for Palin in Juneau, after just 21 months in office. "The level of money [the McCain campaign] sent up here to attack people is unprecedented in a small state like this. If [McCain] were truly a reformer, he'd end this nonsense and apologize to all the people he's attacked up here," said Rep. Gara, a Democrat.
The biggest controversy came Tuesday, when the McCain-Palin campaign called a news conference to dispute the claim that Monegan was dismissed for refusing to fire the trooper.
Edward O'Callaghan, who until recently was co-chief of the terrorism and national security unit of the U.S. attorney's office in New York, and a former Palin spokeswoman now working for the national campaign, accused Monegan of a "rogue mentality" and "outright insubordination." They said he had flown to Washington, D.C., without Palin's approval to lobby for more police funding.
Democratic leaders, incensed that outsiders were attacking a respected former state official, produced a travel document Friday showing that in fact Monegan had a signed authorization from the governor's chief of staff before making what the Palin camp had called an "unauthorized" lobbying trip.
"I don't know why they're trying to paint this [legislative investigation] as a Democratic partisan attack," said state Sen. Wielechowski. "The thing I constantly remind people of is: Democrats didn't push this. You know who pushed it? It was the Republicans. This is the thing people conveniently forget now. There were no Democrats out there screaming for an investigation."
The House Judiciary Committee vote to endorse the issuance of the subpoenas included five Republicans and two Democrats.
Taylor Griffin, the McCain-Palin spokesman in Alaska, said the governor believes the state personnel board is a more objective forum for answering any outstanding questions.
"The governor . . . has nothing to hide, and she instructed her staff to cooperate with the inquiry because she thought it was important to get the facts out," Griffin said.
"But this was all before she was named as the Republican vice presidential running mate. After that, things changed. There was a partisan switch that was flipped among many in the Legislative Council, five of whom have endorsed Obama, several of whom are featured in a picture on Obama's website," he said. The 14- member council -- which oversees legislative business between sessions -- unanimously authorized the probe.
Meanwhile, the blogs in Alaska have been full of rants about the McCain campaign. "A pack of high-powered East Coast lawyers are the new artisans of the Palin 'image.' If anyone has a question about Palin's 20 months as governor, ask the McCain campaign, because apparently no one else can give you the answers. This is not going over well in Alaska," one blogger wrote last week.
"Who the hell do they think they are?" wrote another.
Yet many on both sides of the political fence who initially were critical of Palin have rallied behind her.
"Everything that's flitting through my mind right now is better left where it is," Rep. Jay Ramras, a Fairbanks Republican who has been a strident critic of Palin, told the Anchorage Daily News last week. The governor, he said, has become "the American idol of politics."