Posts Tagged ‘pregnancy’

Yep, it’s come to that. So a couple items:

Item the First: Palin Girls Live! Live! Live! The Baltimore/Washington Examiner, a reliable if right-wing free daily, ran some photos of Bristol Palin from TMZ today. Among others:

Begs the obvious question: Was she drinking when she was pregnant? (And, if not, then this means she was likely 16 rather than 17 when she boarded the Captain’s ship. The full set of photos is available here. The Christian Right appears prepared to forgive the baby, (it just shows she doesn’t use Godless condoms!) but the Myspace-type tonguing another girl might not come off so harmless.

Item the Second: Executive Experience: Americans haven’t elected a Senator since Jack Kennedy. Obviously that will change this year, but it does reflect the public’s greater comfort with executive-level candidates as opposed to legislative ones. So just a bit of trivia to consider: FY 07 – 08 budget for Wasilla, Alaska: $13 million. Barack Obama July 2008 fundraising (just July): $51 million.

Consider just how effective the entire campaign has been: no major leaks, no really preventable scandals [Wright included,] effective responses to problems when they do arise, a strong VP choice, dynamic outreach, epic fundraising, and a bouncy convention.) Eighteen months of running such a tight campaign, that alone has to be some kind of credit to the Democratic ticket. Especially since, as Hillary showed us, the inmates always want to run the asylum.

Item the Third: Biblioclasm: There’s your SAT word. As Mayor of the aforementioned small town, the Right Reverend Palin decided to cleanse the naughty from the local library. Time magazine recalls:

“…Stein says that as mayor, Palin continued to inject religious beliefs into her policy at times. “She asked the library how she could go about banning books,” he says, because some voters thought they had inappropriate language in them. “The librarian was aghast.” That woman, Mary Ellen Baker, couldn’t be reached for comment, but news reports from the time show that Palin had threatened to fire Baker for not giving “full support” to the mayor.”

Is the Mayor even capable of firing a town librarian? More important question, are we seriously discussing a small-town Mayor’s proclivity for book-banning in the context of a national election? Justice Potter Stewart wrote: “Censorship reflects a society’s lack of confidence in itself. It is a hallmark of an authoritarian regime.” See, we’re not supposed to do that in America. Now, maybe in Free Alaska

Item the Fourth: Will she quit? I don’t know if I trust the political prediction markets. They seemed to get Biden, but missed with Palin. Anyway, all they do is essentially trade on composite public information, rather than offering special insight. That said, InTrade had odds on a Palin withdrawal set originally around 3%. However, they rose as high as 18% today before settling around 12%. It’s not just the baby mama drama – Palin is also facing impeachment back at home.

Quick and unsupportable prediction is, no. As bad as the pick has been, it’s too late for second-guessing. She followed a process in which Rove wanted Romney, McCain wanted Lieberman, and Palin won out. Replacing her with ex-Dem Lieberman or pro-choice Ridge would be a big fat “fuck you” to the far-rightists who just ponied up, and McCain plain old hates Field Marshal Turkmenromney. With the convention passing, it’s too late to introduce a no-name like Pawlenty or Portman. Newt Gingrich? There’s just no Plan B at this stage, so get used to Palin.

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Mireille: there is a great deal of lacking in the teen sex news area
Mireille: what the hell else can I blog about
Steven: Au contraire
Steven: palins 17 year old daughter is pregnant
Its true, 17 year old Bristol Palin is indeed pregnant. The Mccain camp is trying to spin this “as the kind of situation that ordinary American families face”. And indeed it is–In fact, teen pregnancies is on the rise in the United States for the firs time in 14 years.
I don’t report this for the sake of slut-shaming but rather as an occasion to comment on Palin and her ilk’s hypocrisy. This will not make Palin reevaluate her stance on sex education. She is squarely in the abstinence only camp, which she is clearly teaching her own children. We see how far this has gotten them. Abstinence only sex education is just setting kids up for failure, it doesn’t make teenagers less likely to be sexually active but it does make them less likely to protect themselves. The Mccain camp also emphasized that Bristol decided on her own to keep her baby–As if she had much of a choice in the matter. One can’t help but feel sorry for her, she never had a chance in hell. She clearly never had the information a person her age needs to make an informed decision about sexual activity. Whats more she really has no other option but to keep the child and marry the father because her entire support system would abandon her otherwise. She must pass the rest of her pregnancy under intense scrutiny with the entire Christian Right paying her public lip service, all the while likely calling her all manner of awful names behind her back. Bristol Palin, you are a stronger woman than I. I personally apologize for the shit sandwich life has handed you.

Anyway, could you just imagine how they’d spin it if one of Obama’s daughters were a bit older and pregnant? CNN would lead with CRISIS IN THE BLACK FAMILY. Focus on the Family’s James Dobson would not simply shrug and say forgive and forget. We would hear nothing but how liberalism is ruining the American Family (capital A, capital F) and John Mccain would not be nearly as classy or charitable as Obama has been.

For those of us who are not nearly as scrupulous about political children, here are a few pictures of Bristol and Levi courtesy of the New York Daily News.

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