Monday, September 1, 2008

Country Faire

We went to the Spencer Country Faire this afternoon. It was broiling hot, but kinda' fun. We went on a few rides - Sam and i did the Flying Bobs, and David attempted to take Sofia on the merry-go-round, but she's apparently terrified of plastic horses! She's not at all scared of the animals in the petting zoo, however! She could have stayed in there for hours.

I've been really bothered by the whole "who's the mommy" conversation about the Palin family. Brief summary: yesterday rumors splashed all over suggesting that Sarah is actually Trig's grandmother rather than his mother, and that her daughter Bristol is the mommy. Lots of interesting stuff presented as "evidence". Today, however, the Palin camp releases the fact that Bristol is actually 5 months preggers now (making it impossible for her to have given birth in April).

Ok, so that should be the end of it, right? But it's still bothering me, on a few accounts. Mostly because the reports of how Sarah gave birth are somewhat horrifying - after having her water break during a speech in Texas, she flew 8 hours back to Alaska and then, rather than stopping at a hospital in Ancorage, drove another 45 minutes to the hometown med center instead. Knowing that she was 4 weeks early with a child with an extra chromosome (and all the potential health risks that come with that), she did this?

There is no way that this is pretty. If Sarah is indeed the mom, she showed incredibly bad judgment, risking the health of both herself and her baby, by traveling that far after she started leaking. And of course, if she's not actually the mom, well, then she's just flat-out lying to everyone. Which really does not sit well when it comes to the person trying to be "a heartbeat away from the presidency".

And although the whole mess of maternity issues is frightening enough, I saw a lovely note on today:

Here is Palin's response to a candidate questionnaire for the
Alaska 2006 gubernatorial race:

11. Are you offended by the phrase “Under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance?
Why or why not?

SP: Not on your life. If it was good enough for the founding fathers,
its good enough for me and I’ll fight in defense of our
Pledge of Allegiance

Not even close! The Pledge of Allegiance was written in 1892, and the phrase "Under God" was not added until 1951!

What the *&^% are the Republicans trying to do to us now?!

I'm going to try so hard not to think about this any more...