Showing posts with label Trailblazer. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Trailblazer. Show all posts

Friday, July 24, 2009


Where? The Delaney Park Strip downtown.

When? Between 12:00 and 3:00

What? Oh you mean why is it called the "Screen Door" celebration? Because we are asking that our dear Sarah NOT let the screen door smack her on the ass on the way out!

The Governor will be having her very last picnic in Anchorage tomorrow so I am sure she will be looking forward to seeing ALL of her soon to be ex-constituents before she flies away on Rupert Murdoch's plane to pursue her career in destroying the GOP one interview and rally at a time.

Let's not disappoint her!

All of your favorite liberal bloggers will be there and as well as many of your fellow Alaskans, so come join the party!

Bring your signs. Bring your kids. Bring your sense of humor. And hell while you are at it why don't you bring your copy of "Trailblazer: An Intimate Biography of Sarah Palin" for the ex-Governor to sign. That is the least she could do for us isn't it?

See you there!

Friday, March 13, 2009

"Trailblazer: An Intimate Biography of Sarah Palin". Willow's mutant powers of Down Syndrome detection are revealed for the first time.

As the girls gathered around the hospital bed, Willow studied Trig as Sarah cradled him in her arms. She noticed the slanted eyes and the lower ears, the characteristics of a baby with Down syndrome.

In her interview with People magazine, Sarah recounted the conversation. "He looks like he has Down syndrome," Willow said, looking at her mother. Sarah tried to reassure her daughter. "If he does, you know you will still love him, Willow. It'll be okay." Unsatisfied, Willow asked, "Why didn't you tell us?" Sarah went into an explanation about how she wanted to keep the pregnancy short their sake, and she also admitted she was busy and had not reconciled her own ambivalent feelings. She apologized to her children for the deception but wanted them to understand: "Trig is perfection, and I cannot imagine life without him." Willow was completely forgiving, telling her mother that non of it mattered; Trig, whose name is derived from two Norse meanings--"Brave victory" and "True"---was her brother, and she loved him. (Chapter 13, pg. 187)

Of all of the ridiculous lies told abut the birth of this baby, THIS might be the most blatant and easily disproved.

First we have this statement from Sarah Palin herself:

Reporter: In the family statement that was issued by… it said through early testing you knew you would have some special needs.

Palin: Right…

Reporter: Can you explain?

Palin: Right, yeah, well, He’s got that extra chromosome, he has Down’s Syndrome. And, um, ya can’t tell at this stage by looking ya know but, um, there are some characteristics there that I think will become more apparent, but just absolutely perfect in our eyes and we’re just very, very, very blessed and, um it’s, its a perfect situation for us when we first heard it was, ya know, kind of confusing and, and at first blush hearing the news it was you know, I… it was received by me for a couple of hours there after hearing the news as, uh, very, very challenging… even sad… that day but just knowing that there’s purpose in every siutaiton… there’s certainly good purpose in every child. Just knowing that, um, we should feel blessed that, uh god would choose us...

So let me get this straight. Palin herself points out that you cannot tell at this stage by looking at Trig that he has Down Syndrome, but the amazing Willow Palin was able to tell minutes after seeing her new "brother" that he had the syndrome? I mean she did not just say "there is something wrong with him", according to the People magazine article she was able to do a complete diagnosis in a matter of minutes. Quick somebody get this child a scholarship to Harvard Medical School! She is a child prodigy!

Do you need further proof that Willow could not have possibly made this diagnosis? Your wish is my command.

This is newborn baby Trig.

Here is a list of the physical features that can be identified in a baby with Down Syndrome:

Head and facial features:
Flattened back of head.
Attractive Almond-shaped eyes, with one eye lid a little droopy.
Slightly flattened bridge across nose.
Smallish ears, positioned slightly lower on the head, with a small fold at the top of the ear.
Smallish mouth.
Slightly protruding tongue.
Hand features:
Horizontal crease in palm of hand .
Slightly shortened fingers.
The little finger curves inward .
Foot features:
Slightly enlarged gap between the big and second toes.
Slightly shortened toes.

Go ahead, point out the physical features that leave no doubt in your mind that this little guy has Down Syndrome.

Can you do it? Well then consider yourself far more intelligent and observant then the average person.

Now ask yourself, did you know the features of a Down Syndrome child before you read my list?

And then ask yourself, would you have noticed any of this if you had not been looking for it?

And then one final question, do you believe yourself to be more or less observant then the average fourteen year old girl?

I do not know how anybody can even begin to believe this version of events. And then when you add it to all of the other incredibly obvious inconsistencies, well how are we not conspiracy theorists?

Now if you believe that this story cannot get anymore convoluted or unbelievable I will leave you with this. I am in the process of tracking down a story that will absolutely make all of our heads explode. It has already caused me a few sleepless nights and headaches but I am still not quite ready to publish it.

Stay tuned, and if you want more Palin pregnancy information then please visit both my friend Audrey's blog and very informative website.

Sunday, March 08, 2009

Trailblazer: An Intimate Biography of Sarah Palin. Chapter Thirteen "Then was born unto them, a son."

As she approached the last month of her pregnancy, Sarah planned one last trip: attending the Republican Governor's Association meeting in Texas. It was going to be her last flight before Trig's arrival. Sarah was scheduled to be the keynote speaker, and she felt it was something she couldn't pass up. On the morning of April 17, the day she was to address the governors, the Braxton-Hicks contractions that had been plaguing Sarah in recent weeks started picking up their pace. Wait! Let me get this straight. This book is suggesting that Governor Palin, was already having contractions BEFORE she left for Texas? And that she still flew for 10 or 12 hours to give a speech? She awoke in her hotel room at 4 a.m., noticed amniotic fluid was leaking, and called her doctor in Wasilla. Todd got on his phone and arranged another return flight right after the keynote address. If she could, she was going to give that speech, and she did. Then they left the hotel immediately and flew back to Alaska, with a stopover in Seattle. ( pg. 186) I cannot yet locate any travel information concerning Sarah Palin and this trip to and from Texas, but this is definitely something we need to get our hands on.

Sarah was in touch with her doctor throughout. Her contractions steadied at one to two an hour, which her doctor, Cathy Baldwin-Johnson, who was not an obstetrician but has delivered many children, including Piper, determined was "not active labor", she told the reporter. "I don't think it was unreasonable for her to continue to travel back," she said. (ADN source for this quote can be found here.) Of course this is absolutely the very definition of malpractice on Cathy Baldwin-Johnsons part. NO doctor would allow their patient to get on a plane with both contractions and leaking amniotic fluid. It simply could not happen. There are few parts of the "Sarah Palin gives birth to Trig" story as hard to swallow as this one. I have tried to contact Dr. Baldwin-Johnson a few times and have been rebuffed, but I would love to hear how she can justify this decision, and then allow herself to be quoted by a reporter. ...Sarah showed no signs of distress on the Alaska Airlines flight, an Airline spokesman said. This of course is only a portion of the quote from the Alaska Airlines spokeswoman Caroline Boren who said: "The stage of her pregnancy was not apparent by observation. She did not show any signs of distress." This is all we have ever heard from Alaska Airlines on the subject, and nobody has ever followed up to see if Palin even looked pregnant or not. Sarah said she wouldn't have risked the baby's health to have him in Alaska. But of course this statement is nonsensical because if this event actually occurred then Sarah Palin did that very thing. She placed Trig Palin, and herself, in extreme danger. Todd joked, "You can't have a fish picker from Texas." And if we are to believe that this was the motivation for such a careless decision then are we to believe that Todd Palin would rather have a dead baby, and a hemorrhaging wife, then to allow his child to be born in Texas? The loving family myth does not hold up under much scrutiny now does it?

After her commercial flight touched down in Anchorage, Todd DROVE her to regional hospital in Mat-Su Valley, where her family was waiting. That is a drive of between 45 minutes to an hour, and this was after they supposedly retrieved their bags from the airport. How many hours of labor is that? Twenty hours? Twenty five? On Friday morning--eight hours after touchdown--Sarah gave birth to a 6-pound, 2-ounce baby boy. The book leaves out this part: Baldwin-Johnson said she had to induce labor.

"Induce labor" supposedly this is Sarah Palin's fifth child! Just how long can labor last when you are having your FIFTH child?

So let's sum this whole section up, shall we?

Sarah Palin flies to Texas to give a speech while experiencing occasional contractions.

She is awakened at 4:00 in the morning with more severe contractions and leaking amniotic fluid.

She calls her doctor, who says "no worries, you should be fine", and she gives the speech. (By the way NOBODY at the Conference noticed she was having any difficulty at all, “Nobody knew a thing,” said Gov. Linda Lingle of Hawaii. “I only found out from my security detail on the way home that she had gone into labor and that she had gone home to Alaska.”)

Then she climbs onto ANOTHER Alaska Airlines flight back to Alaska, has a stopover in Seattle, and arrives in Alaska at 10:30 p.m. our time. By now she has been leaking amniotic fluid and having contractions for twenty two and half hours!

She then passes both Providence and Regional Hospitals in Anchorage and drives in a car for another hour to Wasilla to give birth to a baby with special needs that is arriving one month premature.

And when she arrives it is still another eight hours before Cathy Baldwin-Johnson INDUCES labor and Sarah pops out little Trig Paxson Van Palin.

By the way THIS is how Sarah Palin herself described giving birth to Trig: "It was smooth. It was relatively easy," Palin said. "In fact it was the easiest of all."

Now do me a favor. Just read over this post a few times, and ask yourself, "Does ANY of this seem reasonable? Is it even possible that it is true?"

Even if you have not been somebody who embraced the conspiracy theories about this birth, surely seeing the whole thing laid out like this must make you rethink that position. Doesn't it?

Next up: Willow notices something odd.

Saturday, March 07, 2009

"Trailblazer: An Intimate Biography of Sarah Palin", Chapter Thirteen. Now things begin to get interesting.

This is the chapter that takes on the whole baby Trig pregnancy and birth, which is possibly the most scrutinized and criticized event in the life of Sarah Palin.

As I read through this chapter I was almost immediately struck by things that just did not seem to add up. Some of this may be because I have the luxury of hindsight, or that I have already heard differing accounts of some of these events, but I do believe that some simply do not make sense no matter what prism you view them from.

For instance we have this sentence on the second page of chapter 13.

Sarah kept mum about the pregnancy until October, Todd had figured it out but was discreet enough not to say a word. (Chapter 13, pg. 181)

Now that whole sentence simply does not sit right with me. What kind of a relationship do Todd and Sarah have where he believes she may be pregnant with his fifth child but is reticent to mention it to her, and she knows she is pregnant with a baby but does not feel it necessary to clue her husband of twenty years in on the life altering news? I have never heard of such a thing.

Unless your marriage is in serious trouble, or you are having an affair, why wouldn't you tell your husband as soon as you began to suspect that you were having a child?

No that sentence just does not compute for me.

And things do not get much easier to swallow as the chapter moves forward.

For the next five months, Todd and Sarah kept the pregnancy a secret. Any thoughts of breaking the news early to their kids were scuttled when Sarah learned her baby had Down Syndrome after having amniocentesis at thirteen weeks. (This is different then the four month timeline she identifies in this interview. Only a three week difference but still something most mothers do not get confused about.) Todd was away working when her family doctor, Cathy Baldwin-Johnsons, called with the news. Sarah drove to Johnson's office, discussed the implications , and received some reading materials on the disorder. Then she headed home to ponder her fate. (pg. 181)

Okay now the part of this paragraph that puzzles me, is why did the possibility that Trig may have Down Syndrome impact whether the children should be told or not? As far as I can tell a Down Syndrome child is not more likely to suffer a fatal problem in utero, so Trig was still coming, Down's baby or not. The only reason that makes any sense to me (if you accept that he is indeed Sarah's child) is that pro-life Sarah was not sure she was keeping the child. That is after all one of the choices presented to mothers who learn they are having a child with this diagnosis, but how could somebody who protested outside women's health clinics ever even consider such a thing? And if not, then why not tell your children they were about to have a baby brother or sister?

And, as if on cue, Bristol Palin now enters stage left.

When the legislative session got under way after Christmas, Sarah moved to Juneau, this time taking Piper and Willow. Todd stayed back home working on the slope and training for the Iron Dog. Bristol withdrew from Wasilla High and moved to Anchorage to live with her aunt and uncle, Heather and Kurt Bruce, and their three children. She finished the year at West High an held down two part-time jobs serving lattes at espresso shops. "I really think she's going to run her own business someday," Heather Bruce said. (pg. 182)

Heather explained the move was convenient in many ways. Bristol was closer to the airport, so she could get on a plane to Juneau to see her mother or visit her at the governor's Anchorage office when Sarah was in town. (pg. 183)

Okay now the rumor swirling around Brtistol's attendance at West High (which started well before Sarah announced that she was pregnant with Trig) was that she only attended classes there for about a month. The reason given for her being out of school at the time was that she had infectious mononucleosis (Which then raises the question as to how she got pregnant with little Tripp at that time if she was that sick). We have no way of knowing one way or the other how much of this is factual because obviously juvenile school records are confidential.

The other thing about this section of the book that does not add up is the contention that Bristol lived with her aunt because it was closer to the airport and therefore easier for her to fly out to Juneau to see dear old mom. But according the the children's travel expenses Bristol did not fly ANYWHERE from December 2007 to June 2008, with the exception of a trip to Fairbanks in February to see her father cross the finish after the Iron Dog snowmachine race (There is some controversy over whether she was actually there or not as well.). The only other Bristol Palin sighting during this time period is when she had a traffic accident in Wasilla on February 8, 2008. (Interestingly enough it was right outside of Family Medicine of Alaska. Intriguing no?)

So then the question is why did Bristol move to Anchorage?

Even her Wasilla principal could not answer that question. (He said Bristol inexplicably transferred to an Anchorage high school midyear, leaving Levi behind. "I never heard the story why," he said.) She was not yet sick with Mono, and according to her mom and the McCain campaign she was not yet pregnant, so why transfer schools? No good answer has ever been provided, leaving us with speculation.

Time for Sarah to step in.

A few minutes before leaving work on March 5, Sarah held a press conference in her Juneau office and finally announced her pregnancy. She said. "Expect a new member of the first family," and then she headed out to a reception at the Baranof Hotel with her family to dine on king crab. reporters stood there in disbelief. In fact, Sarah had to announce the pregnancy in three different ways before anyone knew what she was talking about. "That the pregnancy is so advanced astonished all who heard the news," the Daily News reported, "The governor, a runner who's always trim, simply doesn't look pregnant." Not even her staff was aware until the same day, "I thought it was becoming obvious," Sarah said, "Clothes getting snugger and snugger." (Emphasis mine, pg. 185)

Alright so let's take a look at this paragraph again. Notice that EVERY SINGLE PERSON who was interviewed had exactly the same response. Not ONE OF THEM noticed she was pregnant. Now I have worked with women my entire life, and I have experience with the ticklish issue of noticing that somebody looks pregnant but not wanting to say anything in case I was wrong. But the usual response to finding out, is "I thought you might be", or "I wondered what that glow was about". How rare is it, for EVERYBODY you work with to be surprised? And these were mostly women!

And how many OTHER people saw her and did not know?

Though the baby was due in mid-May, the pregnancy certainly had not slowed her down. She had spent the previous few weeks increasing her national profile; she had traveled to Washington, D.C., for the National Governor's Conference, where she met in privately with John McCain and learned she was on the short list as a running mate... (It is important to note that this section about the meeting with John McCain is the ONLY portion that has been identified as false by Palin Spokesperson Meg Stapleton. Nothing else seems to have concerned them.) (pg. 185)

Okay I am going to take a little Palin break right here. I believe there is enough to digest from this portion of chapter thirteen to keep our minds reeling for the remainder of this day at least.

I will post more tomorrow. You will love this next part as it contains the famous "wild ride" from Texas.

"Fasten your seatbelts! Its going to be a bumpy ride!"

Sunday, March 01, 2009

Finishing up Chapter Twelve in "Trailblazer: An Intimate Biography of Sarah Palin". A story of "fired" government cooks and buns in the oven,

Chapter Twelve continues to describe some of the Palin decisions when she first took the reins of Government. She restored the longevity bonus, tried to sell Murkowsi's jet on E-Bay (Which of course was a silly publicity stunt which did not work), she reached out to the legislature, and began negotiations with companies that were interested in possibly building the gas pipeline. (Chapter Twelve pg. 169)

Which of course brings us to that whole "fired the Governor's chef story".

In June, she let go the governor's chef, Stefani Marnon, who had been cooking for the governors since the mid-1990's. "Bottom line is the governor does not need a gourmet chef at the mansion," said Sarah's spokeswoman, Meghan Stapleton. "From the start, she has been very uncomfortable with a gourmet chef. It's a luxury item she does not think Alaskans should be paying for." Sarah viewed Marnon's departure as a sacrifice she had to make because other departments were cutting back. (Wow if I am going to dig through this giant pile of bullshit I am going to need a bigger shovel!) "She wants to do her part,"said Stapleton. Sarah also felt it was superfluous (not in the Palin vocabulary)to have a full-time chef if she was not living in the mansion year-round. She told the voters that she would get by just fine; she could cook a meal, and the could make sandwiches in a pinch. (Chapter Twelve pgs. 174-175)

Okay well this sounds very good and makes Palin out to be a fiscal conservative but of course that is only because we have not yet discovered the truth. And to it's credit the book does point this out.

Marnon wasn't actually laid off. The Anchorage Daily News reported that she was reassigned as a "constituent relations assistant" in the governor's office before finding a position as a chef for the Alaska legislative lounge. (Chapter Twelve pg. 175)

And what were Ms. Marnon's duties while she was a "constituent relations assistant"? Good question! Nobody seems to know the answer to that.! And did this change save the Alaskan people any money? Nope, not a dime!

So why DID Palin REALLY reassign Marnon? Well that answer can be found here:

The breezy item, headlined "Chowhounds", starts off by giving away the actual reason Marnon left the Governor’s Mansion:

"Remember the long-time executive chef who lost her job at the Mansion when Sarah decided to live mostly in Wasilla instead of Juneau?"

Marnon, in short, wasn’t fired to save money. She was fired because Governor Sarah Palin – whose executive credentials, displayed over an 18-month term, far out-strip Barack Obama’s accomplishments in some people's minds – spent most of her time as governor 567 bad-road miles away from the capital of Alaska.

So the book, which is really a love letter to Sarah Palin, helps to clarify yet another lie.

The rest of Chapter Twelve did not seem terribly revelatory. However the last page did provide this titillating last paragraph:

Sarah had another personal mater to tend to. On December 4, the anniversary of her gubernatorial inauguration, she was sitting in her Anchorage office when she got a call from her doctor. She asked if the governor had some time that afternoon to stop by her office. Sarah sat straight up in her chair and politely asked her doctor just to give it to her straight over the phone. "The baby you're carrying. " she said, "has Down syndrome." (Chapter Twelve pg. 179)

Shovel hell, for this next chapter I am going to need a freaking backhoe!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Let us close a few chapters on the "Trailblazer" book shall we?

Much of this book, as you can probably imagine, is full of the kind of masher notes that junior high school boys write to the girls they have crushes on, only in this case that crush is on Sarah Palin. The idea that this thing is anything but a pro-Palin puff piece is ridiculous.

For instance in Chapter Eleven the book talks about the marital problems between Trooper Wooten and Sarah's sister Molly. It reports ALL of the claims made by the Palin and Heath families as if they were factual and essentially makes Wooten out to just a few beers shy of being a homicidal maniac.

It does at least handle the famous tasering incident a little more evenly.

The book states that Wooten's eleven year old stepson BEGGED him to let him feel what it was like to be tasered. (It also points out that this may in fact have been the boys attempt to impress his cousin Bristol Palin.) The book then accurately describes that Wooten did not fire the probe into the boy, but rather taped it to his arm. Then, after putting a few pillows around to protect the boy if he fell, "turned the taser on for like a second, turned it off." (Chapter Eleven pg.150)

According to the book the boy was unhurt and even wanted to do it again, which sounds just like an eleven year old boy to me.

The book also points out that Bristol Palin's statement in a police report that "her cousin got scared and the force of the Taser knocked him back" was probably false and brings up an ADN interview with an expert on Tasers who said that if the Taser were safely attached and turned on for a second "it would feel like your funny bone was hit, but a quick jolt wouldn't knock you over". (Chapter Eleven pg.151)

Now I am certainly not a defender of Mike Wooten, he is not a very likable individual, but I believe that the real crime he committed was breaking Sarah's little sister's heart. And for daring to anger the Palin-Heath clan he found his life turned virtually upside down.

Chapter Eleven also covers much of the Governor's race and does not reveal much of anything that most people who have been paying attention to Palin these last five months don't already know.

However Chapter Twelve offers some interesting tidbits as well as a little foreshadowing of things to come.

For instance we have this bit from when Palin was selecting her cabinet and agency positions.

A week later, she made five other appointments, none more curious than Talis Colberg of Palmer, a small-town worker's compensation lawyer Sarah choose as her attorney general. Sarah cited his honesty and work ethic and his prior experience serving on the Mat-Su Borough Assembly, similar to a country government. (Chapter Twelve pg.170)

His "honesty"? I guess Sarah Palin's and my definition of that word don't exactly jive now do they?

You will love this next part.

Colberg himself seemed somewhat surprised at the appointment, having expressed no opinions on the prevailing issues of the day, such as benefits for partners of gay state employees. Nor did he have any criminal trial experience or management background to supervise a department of five hundred employees. "Certainly it's an improbable event that I would be here today," he told a reporter. (Chapter Twelve pg.170)

It does not take a genius to see what Palin was doing with this appointment. She wanted somebody who could be molded to do what she wanted him to do. Colberg, by all accounts was a very nice guy, but he was not ready for the manipulations of "Sarah-cuda" and she essentially wrapped him around her little finger. If nothing else she is usually a good judge of (a lack of) character.

And speaking of "foreshadowing" just check this quote out: "He's something of a blank slate," said Democratic Anchorage Sen. Hollis French. "I'm looking forward to getting to know him better." (Chapter Twelve pg. 170)

Oh if only he knew how much better he was going to get to know Sarah Palin's AG. But I guess nobody could have guessed just how things were about to play out now could they?

Something else of interest from this chapter.

In the weeks that followed, Sarah made several other appointments--old pals from Wasilla High and members of her church.....While critics raised questions about the qualifications of some of her choices, Sarah prized loyalty above all else.

As we all came to learn later, competence among the Palin appointees was certainly in short supply, but loyalty was to be had by the truckload. To this day NOBODY from her administration has really turned on Sarah Palin, with the exception of Walt Monegan, the one man who refused to be charmed, seduced, or bullied into compliance by Sarah Palin. Ahh but that episode is awaiting us in Chapter Thirteen and we are not yet done dissecting Chapter Twelve.

However brave hearts that is all I can bring you for today. I sometimes feel it would be easier to cut a path through a South American rainforest with a butter knife then it is too read through this drivel. Oh well somebody has to do it, why not me.

Stay tuned as we take on the "Further Adventures of Caribou Barbie in the land of Alaskan Politics". Next up: Sarah has to decide between keeping a personal chef or making moose chili for her family and charging the state of Alaska a $60 Per Diem. Betcha can't guess how that one comes out!

Friday, February 20, 2009

All we need to know about Sarah Palin may have been demonstrated on the Wasilla middle school basketball court. More from the book "Trailblazer"

"She ran around like a rabid little thing" (Cheryl) Welch recalled. "She did not like to lose and sometimes cried after losses. She was very petulant and formidable--there was no stopping her. We'd be practicing and drilling--she wanted the ball so badly she would get red in the face and scratch and claw until you just wanted to say, "Here, take the ball." When i heard they nicknamed her Sarah Barracuda after the way she played on the basketball court, I thought, "Wow, perfect."

Welch said that even after she left middle school, her experience with Sarah Heath stayed with her forever. "She struck me as too competitive and didn't strike any balance in her life. What she wanted, she really wanted, and no one was going to tell her no. She acted like she was everyone's favorite." (Chapter two pg. 28-29)

Now when I read this I was immediately struck by how little Palin's personality has changed since her days on the middle school basketball court.

Her absolute "win and any cost" attitude is still very evident in how she conducts herself during campaigns, and in her inability to understand or care how her actions may be affecting her opponents or teammates.

Now here is a little gift for those of you whose were asking for the real dirt in this book. I am not up to the Trig pregnancy story yet, but I did stumble across this little tidbit in chapter five.

Sarah and Brad (Hanson) would become good friends. They enjoyed politics, and Brad would eventually win a seat on the Palmer City Council. Years later. after Sarah was nominated as a vice-presidential candidate, the National Enquirer alleged that they had an affair after Sarah became mayor, an accusation that was vociferously denied by both sides.(Chapter five pg.70)

Okay now to divulge a little bit of "behind the scenes" blogging information. I was contacted by John South, the National Enquirer reporter who wrote that Palin affair story. He was chasing another rumor that I was not very helpful with, but while I had him on he phone I asked him about this article. He said that they had been unable to confirm this story in Wasilla itself, but had tracked down a few people outside of Alaska who were willing to confirm it. And then he told me to keep in mind, that nobody had threatened legal action over the revelation nor had Governor Palin herself ever gone on record to address it.

Now flash forward to my family room just last week. Somehow this story came up during my conversations with some political friends and I offered that I had heard that while Palin may have had feelings for Brad Hanson that it may never have been consummated. My two very knowledgeable friends from Wasilla both laughed out loud. (Now in my defense I was simply offering up another rumor that I had heard to see if there was any validity to it.)

"How could it be considered and affair, if nobody had sex?" asked one of my friends. And the other one said, "Trust us, they consummated the relationship."

I have no direct information about this possible interlude, and can not say if it really happened one way or the other. But my friends have been pretty spot on throughout this whole situation, so take that for what it is worth.

So there is your morning dose of Sarah Palin scandal. Now I have to go read some Shakespeare to cleanse my mental palate.

(BTW Sarah is supposed to have a press conference at 9:00 this morning before she and the Christian "A" Team head off to save the wrong villages in the wake of the preemptive help that Mark Begich and Lisa Murkowski have already provided to the correct ones. What is it they say about timing?)

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Pearls of "wisdom" from the book "Trailblazer: An Intimate Biography of Sarah Palin".

Sarah would try to play down her looks, telling Vogue magazine in a 2007 interview that she tried "to be as frumpy as I could by wearing my hair on top of my head and these schoolmarm glasses. I wish they'd stick to the issues instead of discussing my black go-go boots." (Chapter Two, pg. 26)

You know I may not be an expert on fashion or public relation, but it dawns on me that if you don't want the press to discuss your "go-go boots" that it might help to STOP WEARING THEM!

Or is that too logical?

Now let me take a moment to vent.

I am up to chapter four in this "book" and it is mind numbingly bad. There are typos, and run on sentences, and fluff, and lies, and....well I could go on and on.

But I am going to finish it, if it kills me. And if any book could shorten your lifespan it is this one.

I have received some comments from visitors asking me to just skip ahead to the "good" parts. However I can say without equivocation that there are no "good" parts. If they mean the more scandalous parts, well I am sorry but I am somebody who believes you must read a book from start to finish and that is what I am going to do.

God help me.