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Monday, September 1, 2008

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When we left the saga of Sarah Palin and her supposed fifth child, Trig, early this morning, only one of two things could have been true: Either Palin was not the boy's mother and was faking the pregnancy, or she recklessly endangered the life of the child by waiting almost a full day between her water breaking and arriving at a hospital -- choosing to fly eight hours or more from Dallas to Anchorage after her water broke.

Today we read that her daughter, Bristol, who some suspected was the actual mother of the child, is now supposedly herself pregnant, with the baby due in December. If that is true, she would have conceived in March, and could not have given birth on April 18. If that is true, scratch the theory that Trig's real mother is Bristol.

Palin has now said the right things about her daughter -- the baby is welcome, both children are loved, etc. -- things that she should have said had Trig been Bristol's child. Her "abstinence only" speeches on the stump will now look pretty stupid, as that particular policy did not work too well in her own home.

If the official story being told today is true, Bristol Palin got pregnant while she was reportedly being held out of school with an alleged severe case of mononucleosis. During part of that time, she seems to have been shipped off from Juneau, the state capital, to the Palins' hometown of Wasilla, according to reports of police records in Wasilla, where she had several traffic violations. It's interesting what she was healthy enough to do while she apparently was claiming she was too sick for school.

There is still the possibility, of course, that Sarah Palin is not Trig's mother. As we discussed here yesterday, several pictures of her before and after the birth do not appear to be those of a woman who carried a fifth child in utero. Here she is 53 days before she supposedly delivered a six-pounds-plus baby boy, her fifth child. Here she was in her first pregnancy. Between that photographic evidence and the crazy story of the delivery, it still doesn't add up.

And if Sarah Palin is Trig's mother, there is still the reality that she recklessly endangered the baby. Will she survive both the unwed pregnant teenage daughter story and the bad judgment she showed around Trig's birth, and stay on the Republican ticket? It remains to be seen.

As a member of the Democratic Party, I hope she soldiers on. She's one of the weakest picks McCain could possibly have made, anyway.

Comments (80)

Here's a MySpace photo album that may fuel some additional speculation:

I think the person whose photos these are might be a friend of the family:

I don't consider the latest wrinkle a slamdunk refutation of the claim that Sarah Palin is Trig's mother.

A copy of her pregnancy test results or receipts for prenatal care would be more persuasive.

There are still too many holes and loose ends.

"There is still the possibility, of course, that Sarah Palin is not Trig's mother."

Then who is? The stork?

I'm baffled by your choice to keep after this.

Senator Obama has now asked everyone to back off of this. Have you no shame?

I'm baffled by your choice to keep after this.

I know what a six-month-pregnant woman on her fifth kid looks like. This is not it.

The story of the miracle flight from Dallas to Anchorage is literally incredible.

Have you no shame?

I don't like being lied to.

Then who is? The stork?

It could be some other woman whom Sarah Palin was trying to "protect" for some reason. Beyond that, I really couldn't say.

But you no longer have a mother or a motive.

Consequently, the Palin-pretended-to-be-pregnant story has gone from improbable to comically improbable. The net result: you don't look good here.

That's all I've got to say: I hope I've said it clearly and politely. I'm out.

They sure are fertile up there in Alaska.


If you don't like being lied to, then why are you still a Democrat? You did not spend this much time or energy on John Edwards child rearing loose-ends by-the-by.

Why do we presume it was the girl's boy? Could the family not equally adopt their son's child?

BTW, here's what appears to be a kid from Wasilla named Levi -- the new Palin son-in-law-to-be is said to be named Levi:

the Palin-pretended-to-be-pregnant story has gone from improbable to comically improbable

Not in my eyes. As I say, it's one of two possibilities, neither good. I just don't think Sarah Palin is stupid and awful enough to fly from Dallas to Anchorage after her water broke. You obviously conclude that she was.

Have you no shame?

I'm ashamed that this country "re-elected" W. and his pals after the Supreme Court gave them the first term.

Doesn't get any more shameful than that..

You did not spend this much time or energy on John Edwards child rearing loose-ends by-the-by.

John Edwards is a scum, and I said so.

Edwards's problems did not lend themselves to internet sleuthing, which I really enjoy doing, no matter what the issue.

au contraire...
There are more questions now than before.
There is a cover up. We just don't know the rest of the story...yet.
But we will. Those kids on my space will 'out' the truth eventually.
Sarah Barracuda had no clue about how her protected family matters would be discovered and spread all over cyberspace.
Yet another reason, along with all the others, she is unfit to hold any public office.

I'm operating on the belief that Sarah Palin is indeed Trig's mom. Jack and others have raised the very valid point that Mrs. Palin exercised horrible judgment in deciding to fly 8 hours on a plane after her water broke. Keep in mind that she said she had amnio during the pregnancy and that she knew that Trig had Downs Syndrome which may complicate the delivery. If the baby had died in flight during delivery, it would seem that charges of negligent homicide would be in order because she knowingly went into a situation that endangered the life of her near term unborn infant. When my wife was pregnant we were told by her doctor to not even travel by plane at all in the last two or three months, let alone after her water broke.

There is also the issue of whether it is even appropriate for Sarah Palin to take on the V.P. job as the mother of a newborn special needs child. She already has a perfectly good job as the Governor of Alaska. She seems to be well suited and qualified to address the needs and issues that concern the citizens of Alaska. Stepping up to take on the V.P. job means that she will be biting off even more responsibility while moving up to a bigger, more complicated and unfamiliar arena, and she will have even less time for Trig and her other kids. The whole clan would have to be uprooted from their relatively low-key life in Alaska and moved to Washington D.C. if they want to spend time with their mom. Putting all of this drama and upheaval on her kids sure seems like a case of bad timing, and undermines the notion that she puts her family ahead of her own personal ambition.

I'm all for women working when they have young families, etc. but from where I'm sitting bringing all of this onto herself seems pretty over the top and self-centered.

MSNBC has just announced that Sarah has just hired a lawyer to defend her against the trooper gate scandal.
hummm... story reports that it has been an "open secret" in Wasilla that Bristol is pregnant and that her boyfriend is the father.,8599,1837862,00.html?imw=Y

There's not much left to this except whether enough Republicans are willing to let it slide and allow Palin to be on the ticket. Apparently some are wondering whether there is more unpleasant news around the corner.

I still think she'll be gone by tomorrow noon Alaska time. But it would be better for the Democratic Party if she weren't.

She's going to raise her own Down's baby, deal with an teenage daughter with a baby, move to D.C., learn the entire federal government, preside over the Senate, and get ready to become President if McCain dies in office, all at the same time? And America is going to rely on her ability to do that? She who took almost a full day to get to a hospital after her water broke with her Down's baby? Ain't gonna happen.

"Her water broke." Is that the exact medical language used? If her water broke, in a gush of quarts of fluid wherever she was standing or sitting, everybody would have known. Is it possible her water leaked a bit? This happens and is not considered a risk (of infection) that requires delivery within 24 hours.

The doctors I know say the amniotic sac is either completely intact or it isn't. If amniotic fluid is leaking, the sac is ruptured, period. And certainly you don't get on a plane with a "leak" at eight months without first going and seeing a doctor for evaluation. It simply is not done, even if the baby is free of special needs such as Down's.

It's Down Syndrome, you one-man Woodward and Bernstein!

Jack, your internet sleuthing has become a bit rusty. Check out Andrew Sullivan's blog with a photo of a pregnant Palin in an interview with CBS.

But don't worry. You always have the reckless pregnancy charge.

Is that really the best you can come up with? A little like the campaign attack against Thomas Jefferson for fathering a black child. In his case it turned out to be true, and we all know what an incompetent, scumbag president he turned out to be.

She will step down by end of week. McCain is frantically scrounging up another v.p. this minute, don't you just know.
Palin has way too much baggage now. This whole story is so 'over' already.
Move on, nothing to see here folks.

Check out Andrew Sullivan's blog with a photo of a pregnant Palin in an interview with CBS.

I've seen the photos of Sarah Palin with something large and round under her shirt. No doubt about it, it could be a baby.

I also have seen, and linked here to, photos that tell a different story. The Feb. 25 one, which is a White House photo, is the one I can't keep my eyes off. To me, she is simply not 53 days away from delivering a six-pound-plus boy in that picture.

You guys keep saying she flew home after her 'water broke."

Leaking amniotic fluid is NOT the same thing as the water breaking. The fact that you keep using the incorrect terminology reveals a core dishonesty.

Now that your "Sarah wasn't pregnant" fantasy has been show to be so ridiculous, the only thing you can default to is questioning her judgment as to a matter of her baby's and her own health, by essentially lying about her situation.

Please keep it up!

We should not lose sight of the poor judgment McCain showed in choosing Palin to be his running mate.

Palin has just hired a private attorney to defend her and staff members in the legislative investigation of Troopergate. (Isn't this the job of the Alaska Attorney General?) Her attorney's request for copies of all witness statements has been denied.

Let's hope the investigation wraps up before the election.

Leaking amniotic fluid is NOT the same thing as the water breaking.

No, from one nondoctor to another, let me tell you, that is wrong. At eight months, any rupture of the amniotic sac requires immediate medical attention. The amount of fluid flowing does not matter. No doctor whom you telephone at that point will let you get on a plane, even if it is just a "leak."

I hear that George McGovern is behind Palin 1000%.

Could we bring in Bill Frist for a pictorial consult?

Oops! Levi's picture can no longer be viewed by the public on MySpace. So I guess that was indeed he.

I'm only marginally interested in Bristol Palin. The interesting remaining issues for Sarah Palin involve Trig Palin.

Has no one from those now infamous flights from Texas or on to Alaska from Seattle come forward to be interviewed on this subject of Mrs. Palin's labor on board the flights?
I would think that the scandal sheets at least would be offering big bucks for interviews from the flight attendants.
But seriously folks, let's take a serious look at all the reasons why this person is unfit to govern anything. And that is why McCain is unfit as well to make presidential decisions.
His first real presidential decision was to pick Sarah Palin as his vice president!

Has no one from those now infamous flights from Texas or on to Alaska from Seattle come forward to be interviewed on this subject of Mrs. Palin's labor on board the flights?

Yes, flight attendants on one flight that day have been reported to say you couldn't tell Palin was in labor or having contractions. She sat in an emergency exit row.

As a person who knows a bit about medical things I would be cautious about rash statements as to her "outrageous" behavior with the trip home from Texas. (This incident has been hashed over already.) Doctors have given opinions with only partial information. Some key information is "False labor" and "leaking" versus "rupture." Women with "leaking" fluid are frequently sent home until rupture or true labor. I appears she was in frequent contact with her physician,(I realize you have tried to also reduced her reputation to rubble)and the progress of the birth was well in hand.

I have held my word as I have seen rash statements being made about the pictures available and what can and cannot be seen. As a nationally published and also experienced forensic photographer, I wold suggest some restraint.

We can also question Sarah Palin's judgment in saddling her kids with names like Bristol and Trig.

Also when we talk about "contractions" and "false Labor" an "in Labor" are all relative terms. According to what was published last April 22, "Baldwin-Johnson said she had to induce labor, and the baby didn't come until 6:30 a.m. Friday"

The "Labor" had to be "Induced" So she she was not in "active labor" on the plane. "Palin said she felt fine but had leaked amniotic fluid and also felt some contractions that seemed different from the false labor she had been having for months."
"Palin kept in close contact with Baldwin-Johnson. The contractions slowed to one or two an hour, "which is not active labor," the doctor said."

Keep in mind she carrys Two blackberrys at all times.

Doctors have given opinions with only partial information. Some key information is "False labor" and "leaking" versus "rupture." Women with "leaking" fluid are frequently sent home until rupture or true labor. I appears she was in frequent contact with her physician,(I realize you have tried to also reduced her reputation to rubble)and the progress of the birth was well in hand.

Fair enough, but is there any doctor worthy of owning a license that wouldn't have at least advised Palin to hit up the closest hospital in TX before hoping on a plane? I mean, older woman, with Down's baby in womb, leaking amniotic fluid and no trip to the local ER before a 6-8 hour flight? That just doesn't make any sense.

I'm going to be civil, but please answer these questions.
If you'd prefer to tell me to just go to hell, whatever, here you are:

1. Why are you so condemning of Sarah Palin risking the life of the baby by flying home while in labor? If you are pro-choice I don't undertand your sudden concern for the life/welfare of a baby.

2. Seems that now the daughter is pregnant. As any parent knows you can try your best with your kids but you cannot be with them 24hrs a day.

Certainly Bristol's revealed pregnancy is a stunner, but really, why should this affect the McCain-Palin candidacy in the way you attacked Sarah earlier.

Yes I am putting you in the spotlight Jack but you are the one who perpetuated the rumors regarding Sarah lying about herself being the mother of Trig.

Thank you!

If you are pro-choice I don't undertand your sudden concern for the life/welfare of a baby.

I am not going to dignify that by responding to it. What a sick thing to say.

why should this affect the McCain-Palin candidacy in the way you attacked Sarah earlier.

I have no problems with the way Sarah Palin is handling Bristol Palin's current pregnancy.

I still do have many questions and concerns, outlined in this post, about the way she handled the birth of Trig Palin.

Women with "leaking" fluid are frequently sent home until rupture or true labor.

Not at eight months. Not if accompanied by contractions. Not over the phone.

I appears she was in frequent contact with her physician,(I realize you have tried to also reduced her reputation to rubble)and the progress of the birth was well in hand.

How did she stay in contact while the flight was between Dallas and Seattle, and from Seattle to Anchorage? It's a federal crime to use a Blackberry on an aircraft in flight. Those are both long flights.

I agree that it was at the very least foolhardy to get on a plane with "leaking" amniotic fluid at 36 weeks with a Downs Syndrome baby, especially if it's your 5th baby.

However, I want to make clear that it is NOT dangerous for a woman or the baby to labor without reporting immediately to a hospital in the absence of signs of infection.

OB's would like you to deliver within 24 hours of rupture of membranes. This protocol is not always in the best interest of mother and baby unless in the absence of infection. It results in many cesarean sections which are more dangerous for both.

As an Obama supporter and bojack reader, I'm disappointed in your National Enquirer-like pursuit of this story. The "evidence" you present and the speculation you invite are, well, laughable. It's nothing more than gossip mongering. Are you one of those people who think 911 was an inside job?

How did she stay in contact while the flight was between Dallas and Seattle, and from Seattle to Anchorage? It's a federal crime to use a Blackberry on an aircraft in flight. Those are both long flights.

They used to have these thingies called "phones" on some flights in the back of the seat in front of you that let you make very expensive in-flight calls. I'd guess there's still some provision for those. Presumably, someone like, say, a pregnant woman who happens to be a governor could get the cabin crew to run a message for her, as well.

You could be sent home with leaking amniotic fluid. But you would certainly be monitored in the hospital first...not put on a plane. Unless of course you are having a homebirth with a midwife. In Oregon, delivering before 36 weeks would make you legally ineligible for home birth, though.

You can have leaking fluid, or a hole in the amniotic sac that closes again when the baby's position changes and compresses the hole. Let's just say I have personal knowledge of this phenomemon...wink, wink.

Either way...she showed horrible judgement and her reasoning (wanting the baby to be born in Alaska) positively REEKS of B.S.

AND...if they mess with the dates a bit, it would be very possible for Bristol to have been pregnant twice in this time period. I don't believe anything else they're saying, so I don't see any reason to take their dates at face value either.

Still, a Sacramento, Calif., obstetrician who is active in the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, said when a pregnant woman's water breaks, she should go right to the hospital because of the risk of infection. That's true even if the amniotic fluid simply leaks out, said Dr. Laurie Gregg.

"To us, leaking and broken, we are talking the same thing. We are talking doctor-speak," Gregg said.

a pregnant woman who happens to be a governor could get the cabin crew to run a message for her, as well.

The crew has already publicly stated that they did not know of her alleged condition.

I think it's totally fair to be asking all of these questions. There is a difference between perpetuating a rumor you know to be false and asking questions when things don't add up. When it comes to Sarah Palin, there is so much that just doesn't make sense. If Palin wants to cash in on the cracks in the glass ceiling that were made by Hillary Clinton, it is only fair that she endure the same kind of scrutiny that Hillary has had to. And I say that as no big fan of HRC. But If you don't like how the political game is played - don't play it. Palin had that option. Bristol is as off limits as Chelsea was when McCain quipped, "Why is Chelsea Clinton so ugly?"

Palin's approach to motherhood baffles me on more levels that I can fully explain here. What is in question here is her judgement and decision making skills. This woman may potentially travel around with "the football." She may be the one who answers the phone at 3:am. My personally safety could someday be in this woman's hands. That scares the crap out of me. Right now - there are way too many unknowns about her for me to feel comfortable about her. I don't think we're being told the truth at all.

Keep in mind she carrys Two blackberrys at all times.

I'm told a pair of them make excellent forceps.

OK, if I understand things clearly as they now stand: Jack Bogdanski is yet to admit that Trig is Sarah's baby (her supposed fifth child) but even if Trig is Sarah's baby, the REAL problem with Sarah Palin is that Jack Bogdanski knows more about how she should handle her pregnancies than does Sarah Palin.

So Jack, you maintain that Palin took a huge risk with her son's delivery in order to get back to Alaska .... for what reason? If it was indeed her baby, there is nothing to cover up. What exactly are you claiming was the motivation for her taking this risk?

I am sorry, my friend. We can discuss this Sunday (as you pay me my dollar) but you are dangerously close to being completely unhinged on this thing. Step away from the ledge.....

ABC News reported this evening (Monday, 5:30pm PDT) that the McCain campaign has sent 10 political operatives to Alaska to "get in front" of this story.

Seems a little late for that, but whatever.

I guess they are really going to Alaska to begin a vetting process that they blew off before McCain announced Palin was his running mate. ABC suggested that the campaign did not even research the local newspapers for stories about the Palins before she was picked.

One thing is for sure: If the Palins have any secrets today, they won't remain secret much longer.

"Some Alaskans have suggested her (Palin) as a candidate for U.S.Senate or for Alaska’s single seat in the House of
Representatives. Palin’s father, Chuck, says his daughter isn’t interested in higher office – for now.
“She is here to stay,” he said.
University of Idaho magazine Winter'08

Water, leak, whatever. Before you start throwing around suggestions of "negligent homicide" - Usual Kevin - maybe we see what her doctor's recommendations were, IF she feels it necessary to disseminate such personal information in reply to the Daily KOS idiots who were pushing this story so hard.

I love it that Jack is so wildly into this subject!!! This site is almost as good as or, my most favorite celeb websites. At first I was annoyed by it all, and now it's better than anything else I can find this evening. Thank you, Jack!

My personal entertinment aside, here are my thoughts:

The photo of Sarah with her supposed first pregnancy shows quite a big baby belly. Could it be that she gained much more weight that pregancy (plus, bad hair!) than she did with this last one? Could it be that with this last pregnancy she was much more fit, much thinner to begin with? Could it be that Trig was also a smaller baby due to his condition? Yes to all of the above. My sister was 7 months pregnant when she finally announced it to many, and seriously, she hid it fabulously because she was in great shape, thin and the baby was teeny.

2) Yes, her decision to fly sounds flippant at best to many, but, it's HER body and HER baby and after four other births I would say she knew best on the progress of her personal labor. And, didn't she have to be induced anyway? A gal I work with came to work one morning in labor, was also spotting fluid. Why was she at work? In her words, "If I show up at the hospital they will send me home because I am not far enough along. Believe me, this baby is nowhere near delivery." Many women do know best, as krazy it sounds to the rest of us.

Her "lack of judgement" is also a point for many. But, remember all the many aides and advisors our Pres and VP have. She would not be alone there as part of the Presidential team. Look at Bush. Do we think it is really him making all the decisions? I doubt it.

I love Sarah Pallin....Not necessarily for her politics, but for how wild we have gone for her and her family and their personal, and poorly timed circumstances. As another poster somewhere said, having her family in The White House would be like watching the best Roseanne episode ever. They are normal people, they make mistakes, they live their lives and they are not the fake personas that we usually get in politics.

Now back to my gossip sites.

"having her family in The White House would be like watching the best Roseanne episode ever."

Oh, yes, LOL! With much of the American public it's all about entertainment. Who needs competency? If there are advisors, then why not elect Barney the purple dinosour? Or Spongebob Squarepants? We'd all be entertained and the advisors would make sure that nothing bad happened.

Wink, nudge.

Yes NW, YES!!!!

Nothing bad will happen, right????

"having her family in The White House would be like watching the best Roseanne episode ever. They are normal people, they make mistakes, they live their lives and they are not the fake personas that we usually get in politics."

Well, I suppose so, but then Roseanne wasn't a rabid Christian conservative, was she?

So let me get this straight:
liberals believe no one should criticize or tell a woman what to do when it comes to the growing mass of tissue(some would call it a baby) inside of her, yet..... liberals want to blast a woman for making a personal decision (getting on a plane at 8 months) about her body and the baby growing inside her.

I think I get it now.

I saw Palin in a CNBC interview this morning and she was entirely intelligent, clear speaking, reasonable, cogent and specific. She didn't studder and answered every question as the talented execuative she is.

I get the feeling most of those critisizing her haven't even heard her in a single interview.
She's quite impressive.
Unless you just have to hate her.

The real question Americans should be asking isn't who Trig's mother is. The question Americans should be asking is who names their children Track, Bristol or Trig anyway? Do we really want someone who has exercised such poor judgment in naming their children a heartbeat away from the Presidency?

"She's quite impressive.
Unless you just have to hate her."


Some just have to do whatever THE MAN tells them to do. last...... your words have given me hope there is an intelligent person still thinking of voting Rep.

I don't want a VP to studder (sic). I want an educated execuative (sic) who can take a bit of critisizing (sic)

Howard, let you and me rise up and go forward supporting American educashun.

wow ha ha, that's fresh,,,a lib responds over a misspelling and typo instead of the substance.

Come on, Track, Trig and Bristol are perfectly good names . . . for Foxhounds. Too bad there probably won't be any more. They hadn't yet used Bellman and True.

On another amusing note, I have noticed that, re. the only book published thus far on Sarah, there was great confusion about the title. It came out in April, as reviewed two months ago by ALASKA magazine and was "rediscovered" when Palin mentioned it in an interview. It was published by a small press in Washington State (a subsidiary of Graphic Arts).

As of two days ago, this is what the title on the dustjacket and the book read: SARAH: HOW A SMALL TOWN GIRL TURNED ALASKA'S POLITICAL ESTABLISHMENT ON ITS EAR. You can still see a small image of the original dustjacket on the site at:

It was initially unavailable and now has a new dj image and a listing with the title, SARAH: HOW A HOCKEY MOM TURNED ALASKA'S POLITICAL ESTABLISHMENT ON ITS EAR.

Only available in Hardcover but the publisher is promising to get a quick trade paper version out soon.

It's apparently hotter to be a Hockey Mom than a small Town Girl. Weird . . .

What exactly are you claiming was the motivation for her taking this risk?

I have some theories, but if I give them, you'll just hound for me for speculating without proof.

I know this, though: There's no way you fly with an amniotic leak eight months pregnant without actually going and seeing a doctor. If she really did that, which is by no means established, you would have to ask her why.

She'll be gone by Sunday, anyway.

"Water, leak, whatever. Before you start throwing around suggestions of "negligent homicide" - Usual Kevin - maybe we see what her doctor's recommendations were, IF she feels it necessary to disseminate such personal information in reply to the Daily KOS idiots who were pushing this story so hard."

Fortunately Trig didn't die on that plane. If he had passed away I suppose we wouldn't be having this conversation because there is no way the media would have given her a free pass on that one. Headline: "Governor Palin's Baby Dies In Labor On Plane When She Knew Her Water Had Broken Before Boarding". I suppose the end justifies the means...water leak whatever. You bet your life that if a OB/GYN doctor actually told her to get on the plane in that condition before being examined by a trained medical professional, and the baby died, she would have sued his/her ass off.

No OB would have told her that it was o.k. to fly home from Dallas to Anchorage without first being actually examined. That part of the story is perhaps the most incredible of all.

I like that Jack stands by the truth, ('justice, and the American way'). Ms. Failin is reprehensible in character and in act. Freedom is through truth, only, and truth will ever out.

Standing by truth is the good example set, and the role model emulated, known in the vast majority of folks who hold and heed their own counsel, feeling no uncertainty and the compulsion from it to seek to find the truth from others, having denied it inside self. The vast majority never visit here, nor feel a need to. Most who visit here know the truth already, and seeing here that Jack's knowledge confirms their thoughts, then say silent 'amen' and have nothing to add.

Which leaves the splintering few, manifestly agitated by their own internal conflict, protesting most what they cannot let be inside. And brings the most comments ever fitted here so anxiously. The stronger the defiance, the weaker the determination of truth.

Its bad enough Failin is a loser. What's worse is she lies about it. And how that upsets her conscripts.

I don't like being lied to.

Posted by Jack Bog | September 1, 2008 1:50 PM

funny - I haven't seen you post anything on Joe Biden's comments that the truck driver in the accident that killed his wife and daughter was drunk, when all evidence and DA reports show the truck driver was not drunk and not at fault...if you are chasing the truth - chase all the truth, don't be selective based on political party...

That would be an interesting comment if we were discussing Joe Biden in this post. But we aren't, unless Sarah Palin's husband was driving the truck.

There is something rotten in Denmark, I would be will to take a bet. Sometime between now and November 4th the Palin family will announce a miscarriage. If that happens then Trig could still be Bristol's son.

Look at this picture, which was identified on MySpace as being of Trig Palin, Sarah Palin, and Levi Johnston's sister:

How old is that baby? Weeks at most. And look at Sarah Palin! Look at how thin she is! Look at her thighs, and how she's standing! Is she the mother of that baby? People will have to forgive me if I trust my eyes rather than the press release.

My sister-in-law was back in her blue jeans two weeks after the birth of her second child. So I don't think postnatal photos prove anything.

One thing that no one seems to have considered is that Sarah Palin is Trig's biological mother, but not his birth mother. Being pro-life does not preclude surrogate birth. It fits all of the "evidence" including no photo on the hospital's website. Maybe Trig's photo was there under the name of his birth mother or not posted to facilitate making Palin appear to be the birth mother.

Meanwhile, the Huffington Post (which I don't usually read) posted an excellent piece on why Sarah Palin should not be VP.

Wait, Jack ... THAT picture is your basis to say she wasn't pregnant? The lady's wearing a huge sweatshirt that doesn't show anything of her figure, whether thin or thick. As those on the Left often (and sometimes accurately) say, "Stop drinking the Kool-Aid."

Alaska has a bumpersticker that says "Coldest state, hottest governor." I'd say that picture fits the bill.

"Look at this picture, which was identified on MySpace as being of Trig Palin, Sarah Palin, and Levi Johnston's sister"

What in the world was Levi Johnson's sister doing holding Sarah Palin's new baby?

Uh, you've never held your niece or nephew? Not even with rubber gloves on?

Niece? Nephew? Other than that Bristol is apparently expecting this girl's brother's child, I don't see any connection. And given that Trig was a newborn in the photo, I doubt either woman even knew that Bristol was pregnant when it was taken.

Think about it, Mike. Trig Palin was born at 6:30 am on April 18th. He's a newborn in the photo. Bristol was supposedly 5 months along when her pregnancy was announced a couple of days ago. That means that she conceived around April 1st.

Now maybe if the Palins and Johnstons were simply very close or chummy, that might explain the picture but it's unlikely they knew they were going to be related by blood at the time the photo was taken . . .

I realize people are caught up in the wild stories that are flying around. But what concerns me is that during her acceptance speech on Wednesday, Sarah proudly stated she had cut the state buget by several millions of dollars which was received by thunderous aplause. It has since been revealed that 1.1 million was cut from a budget which serves teen moms. Another40% was cut from special needs children program. This is where additional investigation is needed. Where does she stand on important issues? Will her position change now that she has a pregnant daughter and a Downs Syndrome child. Will she truly be an advocate for children with special needs as she stated in her speech or will Trig be used in photo ops to her advantage (ie pictured on front cover of magazines)

Why is it that no one wants to talk about Sarah the "lipstick pitbull" Palin's lesbian experience in the parking lot of West Anchorage HS in 1982?! You won't find that on talk radio. It's not on FAUX news. It appears that the Alaskans that know her so well all seem to know about it. So why isn't it news? That's right, another spite of hypocritical ommittance by the religious right!

In Vino Veritas

Lange, Pinot Gris 2015
Kiona, Lemberger 2014
Willamette Valley, Pinot Gris 2015
Aix, Rosé de Provence 2016
Marchigüe, Cabernet 2013
Inazío Irruzola, Getariako Txakolina Rosé 2015
Maso Canali, Pinot Grigio 2015
Campo Viejo, Rioja Reserva 2011
Kirkland, Côtes de Provence Rosé 2016
Cantele, Salice Salentino Reserva 2013
Whispering Angel, Côtes de Provence Rosé 2013
Avissi, Prosecco
Cleto Charli, Lambrusco di Sorbara Secco, Vecchia Modena
Pique Poul, Rosé 2016
Edmunds St. John, Bone-Jolly Rosé 2016
Stoller, Pinot Noir Rosé 2016
Chehalem, Inox Chardonnay 2015
The Four Graces, Pinot Gris 2015
Gascón, Colosal Red 2013
Cardwell Hill, Pinot Gris 2015
L'Ecole No. 41, Merlot 2013
Della Terra, Anonymus
Willamette Valley, Dijon Clone Chardonnay 2013
Wraith, Cabernet, Eidolon Estate 2012
Januik, Red 2015
Tomassi, Valpolicella, Rafaél, 2014
Sharecropper's Pinot Noir 2013
Helix, Pomatia Red Blend 2013
La Espera, Cabernet 2011
Campo Viejo, Rioja Reserva 2011
Villa Antinori, Toscana 2013
Locations, Spanish Red Wine
Locations, Argentinian Red Wine
La Antigua Clásico, Rioja 2011
Shatter, Grenache, Maury 2012
Argyle, Vintage Brut 2011
Abacela, Vintner's Blend #16 Abacela, Fiesta Tempranillo 2014
Benton Hill, Pinot Gris 2015
Primarius, Pinot Gris 2015
Januik, Merlot 2013
Napa Cellars, Cabernet 2013
J. Bookwalter, Protagonist 2012
LAN, Rioja Edicion Limitada 2011
Beaulieu, Cabernet, Rutherford 2009
Denada Cellars, Cabernet, Maipo Valley 2014
Marchigüe, Cabernet, Colchagua Valley 2013
Oberon, Cabernet 2014
Hedges, Red Mountain 2012
Balboa, Rose of Grenache 2015
Ontañón, Rioja Reserva 2015
Three Horse Ranch, Pinot Gris 2014
Archery Summit, Vireton Pinot Gris 2014
Nelms Road, Merlot 2013
Chateau Ste. Michelle, Pinot Gris 2014
Conn Creek, Cabernet, Napa 2012
Conn Creek, Cabernet, Napa 2013
Villa Maria, Sauvignon Blanc 2015
G3, Cabernet 2013
Chateau Smith, Cabernet, Washington State 2014
Abacela, Vintner's Blend #16
Willamette Valley, Rose of Pinot Noir, Whole Clusters 2015
Albero, Bobal Rose 2015
Ca' del Baio Barbaresco Valgrande 2012
Goodfellow, Reserve Pinot Gris, Clover 2014
Lugana, San Benedetto 2014
Wente, Cabernet, Charles Wetmore 2011
La Espera, Cabernet 2011
King Estate, Pinot Gris 2015
Adelsheim, Pinot Gris 2015
Trader Joe's, Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley 2015
La Vite Lucente, Toscana Red 2013
St. Francis, Cabernet, Sonoma 2013
Kendall-Jackson, Pinot Noir, California 2013
Beaulieu, Cabernet, Napa Valley 2013
Erath, Pinot Noir, Estate Selection 2012
Abbot's Table, Columbia Valley 2014
Intrinsic, Cabernet 2014
Oyster Bay, Pinot Noir 2010
Occhipinti, SP68 Bianco 2014
Layer Cake, Shiraz 2013
Desert Wind, Ruah 2011
WillaKenzie, Pinot Gris 2014
Abacela, Fiesta Tempranillo 2013
Des Amis, Rose 2014
Dunham, Trautina 2012
RoxyAnn, Claret 2012
Del Ri, Claret 2012
Stoppa, Emilia, Red 2004
Primarius, Pinot Noir 2013
Domaines Bunan, Bandol Rose 2015
Albero, Bobal Rose 2015
Deer Creek, Pinot Gris 2015
Beaulieu, Rutherford Cabernet 2013
Archery Summit, Vireton Pinot Gris 2014
King Estate, Pinot Gris, Backbone 2014
Oberon, Napa Cabernet 2013
Apaltagua, Envero Carmenere Gran Reserva 2013
Chateau des Arnauds, Cuvee des Capucins 2012
Nine Hats, Red 2013
Benziger, Cabernet, Sonoma 2012
Roxy Ann, Claret 2012
Januik, Merlot 2012
Conundrum, White 2013
St. Francis, Sonoma Cabernet 2012

The Occasional Book

Marc Maron - Waiting for the Punch
Phil Stanford - Rose City Vice
Kenneth R. Feinberg - What is Life Worth?
Kent Haruf - Our Souls at Night
Peter Carey - True History of the Kelly Gang
Suzanne Collins - The Hunger Games
Amy Stewart - Girl Waits With Gun
Philip Roth - The Plot Against America
Norm Macdonald - Based on a True Story
Christopher Buckley - Boomsday
Ryan Holiday - The Obstacle is the Way
Ruth Sepetys - Between Shades of Gray
Richard Adams - Watership Down
Claire Vaye Watkins - Gold Fame Citrus
Markus Zusak - I am the Messenger
Anthony Doerr - All the Light We Cannot See
James Joyce - Dubliners
Cheryl Strayed - Torch
William Golding - Lord of the Flies
Saul Bellow - Mister Sammler's Planet
Phil Stanford - White House Call Girl
John Kaplan & Jon R. Waltz - The Trial of Jack Ruby
Kent Haruf - Eventide
David Halberstam - Summer of '49
Norman Mailer - The Naked and the Dead
Maria Dermoȗt - The Ten Thousand Things
William Faulkner - As I Lay Dying
Markus Zusak - The Book Thief
Christopher Buckley - Thank You for Smoking
William Shakespeare - Othello
Joseph Conrad - Heart of Darkness
Bill Bryson - A Short History of Nearly Everything
Cheryl Strayed - Tiny Beautiful Things
Sara Varon - Bake Sale
Stephen King - 11/22/63
Paul Goldstein - Errors and Omissions
Mark Twain - A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
Steve Martin - Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life
Beverly Cleary - A Girl from Yamhill, a Memoir
Kent Haruf - Plainsong
Hope Larson - A Wrinkle in Time, the Graphic Novel
Rudyard Kipling - Kim
Peter Ames Carlin - Bruce
Fran Cannon Slayton - When the Whistle Blows
Neil Young - Waging Heavy Peace
Mark Bego - Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul (2012 ed.)
Jenny Lawson - Let's Pretend This Never Happened
J.D. Salinger - Franny and Zooey
Charles Dickens - A Christmas Carol
Timothy Egan - The Big Burn
Deborah Eisenberg - Transactions in a Foreign Currency
Kurt Vonnegut Jr. - Slaughterhouse Five
Kathryn Lance - Pandora's Genes
Cheryl Strayed - Wild
Fyodor Dostoyevsky - The Brothers Karamazov
Jack London - The House of Pride, and Other Tales of Hawaii
Jack Walker - The Extraordinary Rendition of Vincent Dellamaria
Colum McCann - Let the Great World Spin
Niccolò Machiavelli - The Prince
Harper Lee - To Kill a Mockingbird
Emma McLaughlin & Nicola Kraus - The Nanny Diaries
Brian Selznick - The Invention of Hugo Cabret
Sharon Creech - Walk Two Moons
Keith Richards - Life
F. Sionil Jose - Dusk
Natalie Babbitt - Tuck Everlasting
Justin Halpern - S#*t My Dad Says
Mark Herrmann - The Curmudgeon's Guide to Practicing Law
Barry Glassner - The Gospel of Food
Phil Stanford - The Peyton-Allan Files
Jesse Katz - The Opposite Field
Evelyn Waugh - Brideshead Revisited
J.K. Rowling - Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
David Sedaris - Holidays on Ice
Donald Miller - A Million Miles in a Thousand Years
Mitch Albom - Have a Little Faith
C.S. Lewis - The Magician's Nephew
F. Scott Fitzgerald - The Great Gatsby
William Shakespeare - A Midsummer Night's Dream
Ivan Doig - Bucking the Sun
Penda Diakité - I Lost My Tooth in Africa
Grace Lin - The Year of the Rat
Oscar Hijuelos - Mr. Ives' Christmas
Madeline L'Engle - A Wrinkle in Time
Steven Hart - The Last Three Miles
David Sedaris - Me Talk Pretty One Day
Karen Armstrong - The Spiral Staircase
Charles Larson - The Portland Murders
Adrian Wojnarowski - The Miracle of St. Anthony
William H. Colby - Long Goodbye
Steven D. Stark - Meet the Beatles
Phil Stanford - Portland Confidential
Rick Moody - Garden State
Jonathan Schwartz - All in Good Time
David Sedaris - Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim
Anthony Holden - Big Deal
Robert J. Spitzer - The Spirit of Leadership
James McManus - Positively Fifth Street
Jeff Noon - Vurt

Road Work

Miles run year to date: 8
At this date last year: 0
Total run in 2018: 10
In 2017: 113
In 2016: 155
In 2015: 271
In 2014: 401
In 2013: 257
In 2012: 129
In 2011: 113
In 2010: 125
In 2009: 67
In 2008: 28
In 2007: 113
In 2006: 100
In 2005: 149
In 2004: 204
In 2003: 269

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