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Posted on Sep 2, 2008
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Sarah Palin’s initials mark her budget cut for Covenant House Alaska. Click here to enlarge.

As governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin, now the mother of a pregnant teen, cut state funds that would have helped house and support teenage mothers. This on top of the news that both Palin and John McCain have opposed teen pregnancy prevention programs.

Palin apparently stayed consistent with her position—the pregnancy of her own teen wasn’t prevented—though she does appear likely to house and support her.


Washington Post / The Trail:

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the Republican vice-presidential nominee who revealed Monday that her 17-year-old daughter is pregnant, earlier this year used her line-item veto to slash funding for a state program benefiting teen mothers in need of a place to live.

After the legislature passed a spending bill in April, Palin went through the measure reducing and eliminating funds for programs she opposed. Inking her initials on the legislation—“SP”—Palin reduced funding for Covenant House Alaska by more than 20 percent, cutting funds from $5 million to $3.9 million. Covenant House is a mix of programs and shelters for troubled youths, including Passage House, which is a transitional home for teenage mothers.

According to Passage House’s web site, its purpose is to provide “young mothers a place to live with their babies for up to eighteen months while they gain the necessary skills and resources to change their lives” and help teen moms “become productive, successful, independent adults who create and provide a stable environment for themselves and their families.”

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By Republican Alternative, September 9, 2008 at 11:07 am Link to this comment
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When taxpayers pay for air flights and fancy hotel rooms for Bristol Palin’s fiancee, then it is worth noting that YOU are paying for Palin’s daughters’ teen pregnancy. See this and more ethics violations: Palin Billed State for Nights Spent at Home; Taxpayers Also Funded Family’s Travel at Washington Post Sep 9, 2008.

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By Vicki Verdane, September 6, 2008 at 6:22 am Link to this comment

Sometimes, posting on the web can be a little like herding cats….(sigh) 

The article is both incorrect and misleading. Check the facts:

Covenant House Alaska grant income received from the State of Alaska:
(2006) $1.2 million
(2007) $1.3 million
(2008) $3.9 million

In 2008, Covenant House Alaska asked the state for $10 million to assist in the building of a new $22 million facility. The legislature appropriated $5 million, and Governor Palin used her line-item veto to limit this year’s grant INCREASE to $2.6 million (a total grant this year of $3.9 million). Additional money will be allocated for this capital expenditure project over the next few years, a phased-in grant rather than all the money at once.

This was confirmed in a quote from the Executive Director of Covenant House Alaska, Deirdre Cronin:

“Despite some press reports to the contrary, our operating budget was not reduced. Our $3.9 million appropriation is directed toward a multi-year capital project and it is our understanding that the state simply opted to phase in its support for this project over several years, rather than all at once in the current budget year.”

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By wildflower, September 4, 2008 at 12:54 pm Link to this comment

Re: Nutty Prof

I had real difficulty sorting out the points you were trying to make in your post.  The only two issues I could figure out with any certainty was that you felt my response to “voice of truth” was a bit silly and that you do not believe that teen pregnancy programs are effective. 

I suppose my response to “voice” was a bit silly, but you need to remember McCain’s VP of choice is someone who wanted to know what the VP of the United States actually does, which suggests basics may be needed.

As for teen pregnancy prevention programs, I disagree with your thoughts on this and believe there are many effective teen pregnancy prevention programs working throughout the U.S.  It took about 30 seconds for me to find this one: 
“BALTIMORE, MD -Today, Health Commissioner Dr. Peter Beilenson announced the lowest teen birth rate recorded in Baltimore City’s history. Births to teens have declined dramatically since 1960, when nearly one in five (191.3/1000) young women aged 15 -19 years gave birth, to less than one in twelve (83.1/1000) in 2001. This includes a reduction of 8.7% (from 95.6/1000) since 1999. In 1991, Baltimore ranked 8th among major cities for teen births in 2000, the latest year for which national rankings are available, the City ranked 16th.

Many factors could account for the decline in Baltimore City teen pregnancy rates, including improved access to reproductive health services for teens through school-based health clinics and the City’s Healthy Teen Young Adults Center. Teen pregnancy prevention and youth development programs, which offer teens alternative options to early childbearing, are also cited as success stories in the City. Education and outreach that focuses on STD awareness and prevention may have an added effect of preventing unintended pregnancies too.”

http://www.stopteenpregnancy.com/news/news_bmore.html

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By Political Insurgent, September 4, 2008 at 10:38 am Link to this comment

So the Ghost of Vetoes Past flutters out of the closet. Big deal. Republicans are walking hypocrisies. Sure, she’s anti abortion, but then she vetoes a bill that would help ensure the survival of infants and the sanity of their teenage mothers. Real classy Pal.

First of all, we know that none of the things this bill is designed for will ever touch Palin’s white upper crust-class-daughter-of-a-rich-Republican-Politician. Second of all, who cares if she is anti-abortion or not? So WHAT if more underage girls have unplanned pregnancies? We know Repubs couldn’t care less. It’s just another generation of hapless citizens for them to gleefully tax and send off into absurd wars to die for the United Corporations of America!

Just yet another reason to vote GREEN, people. Screw Obamanation and McSame. They have nothing new for us. You say you want a revolution? VOTE LIKE IT.

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By dale Headley, September 4, 2008 at 7:33 am Link to this comment
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Don’t miss the big picture here.  The “right to life” movement is not, and never was about saving the lives of the unborn; it has been mostly about the biblical right of men to control women.

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By Nutty Prof, September 3, 2008 at 11:38 pm Link to this comment
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Wildflower:

Despite spending billions on crime prevention and rehabilitation, we have an incredibly tough time keeping the criminally minded out of trouble and ultimately out of prison, what makes you think that we can stop or have an impact on the rate at which teens are becoming Moms?

Rattling off silly suggestions won’t work nor will education nor will anything else short of tactics not allowed in a democracy; for instance, chasity belts or sterilization.

Besides, apart from the myriad of issues that arise when you consider

(1) Palin’s voting record on women’s issues;

(2) her pro-life stance;

(3) her desire to ban certain books from a public library; and

(4) many others, too numerous to list here,

the fact that her being selected surprised everyone is the biggest indication that no one (ex ante) thought that she was qualified.  Indeed, not one single pundit had her on their list, including their long, long list of VP choices.

Add to this her hypocritical stance on abortion and teenage pregnancy and it is clear: the repubs are doomed.  It is not so much that her daughter is pregnant; it is her response to this news that matters. 

For instance, I recall seeing a movie about a drug counselor who advocated an anti “addiction is a desease” philosophy toward drug abuse. When his two teenage sons became hopelessly addicted to drugs—despite the wealth and abundance of education around him, not to mention “addiction expert” Dad—the father capitulated and admitted what most of have known all along: that addiction does not discriminate and is often the result of genes, chemical imbalances and the environment and it exempts no creed, class, race or culture.

Palin missed a great chance to do the same: admit that she is dead wrong about teen sex as it relates to abstinenece and religion.  How else could she explain her daughter being with child?  Right?  Instead, Palin, in true christian fashion, gave us some crap about her daughter getting married and that she keeping the baby.

This is a dangerous slope for her indeed.

PS: Would you take a gun safety course from a gun owner who is committed to safety but admits that his two kids accidentally shot themselves while target shooting with him? 

I think not!

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By purplewolf, September 3, 2008 at 9:49 pm Link to this comment

TIME TO BRING BACK THE “CHASTITY BELT”.

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By wildflower, September 3, 2008 at 9:02 pm Link to this comment

Re:voice of truth post

Since we’ve been discussing McCain, I assume he is the Senator you’re referencing.  This being the case, perhaps, it would be easier for McCain to approach the problem of teenage pregnancy in the same way that he would approach a war. I’m suggesting this approach because I know McCain loves war. They don’t call him “bomb-bomb” for nothing.

Anyway, just like any other war McCain would need to establish his goals, his objectives, a strategy, a budget, and funding for his prevention project. Once he has accomplished all of this, he only needs to seek contractors to implement the objectives. If McCain needs help in establishing a strategy, he could read Big B’s post or contact the Center for Disease Control or Department of Health and Human Services. I believe they would all love to help the Senator.

P.S.  As a safety precaution, you may want to remind McCain he doesn’t need WMDs for this kind of war.  You know . . . just in case.

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By Big B, September 3, 2008 at 5:06 pm Link to this comment

Voice of truth

How about a nationwide sex ed curriculum, including theory, practice, birth control methods, and health ramifications. How about using the opening phrase, “the only sure way of not getting pregnant, or contracting an STD is to not have sex. However, since you are all teenagers, and most of you are going to follow your biological urges no matter what I or your parents say, here is what can happen and what to do in case you find yourselves thinking with body parts other than your brains.”
Oh, and make it federally funded.
We have tried leaving it to parents and the church. SUPRISE! It didn’t work!
The sex ed class at our local high school here in pennsyltucky brings in a nurse practicioner from a local hospital to tell the kids not to have sex until they are married. She gives them a pamphlet about STD’s, and is on her way. It’s pathetic.
Imagine how awful sex ed is in the bible belt!
Of course, that’s where teen pregnancy is most prevelent.
Actually, it’s most prevelent among our poorest and most uneducated. Surprised?

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By heavyrunner, September 3, 2008 at 3:48 pm Link to this comment

I read the boyfriend’s FaceBook page.  He sounds like a typical 17 year old.  He “wants a relationship” but “not children.”

This sounds like a shotgun wedding to me.

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By voice of truth, September 3, 2008 at 2:56 pm Link to this comment

Wildflower

Please, please tell me how in the world a US Senator or any legislation can do ANYTHING to stop or reduce teenage pregnancies????????

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By wildflower, September 3, 2008 at 2:40 pm Link to this comment

Re: voice of truth post

Although McCain has been in Washington several decades, he has consistently voted against legislation that would help reduce the number of teen pregnancies. So if you’re interested in examining facts I suggest you review this one.  Some additional facts that you might want to consider alongside McCain’s miserable record are:

“Babies born in the U.S. to teenage mothers are at risk for long-term problems in many major areas of life, including school failure, poverty, and physical or mental illness. The teenage mothers themselves are also at risk for these problems.

Teenage pregnancy is usually a crisis for the pregnant girl and her family. Common reactions include anger, guilt, and denial. If the father is young and involved, similar reactions can occur in his family. . .

Adolescents who become pregnant may not seek proper medical care . . leading to an increased risk for medical complications. Pregnant teenagers require special understanding, medical care, and education—particularly about nutrition, infections, substance abuse, and complications of pregnancy. . .

Babies born to teenagers are at risk for neglect and abuse because their young mothers are uncertain about their roles and may be frustrated by the constant demands of caretaking.

Some teenage girls drop out of school to have their babies and don’t return. In this way, pregnant teens lose the opportunity to learn skills necessary for employment and self-survival as adults.”

http://www.aacap.org/cs/root/facts_for_families/when_children_have_children

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By jovlns, September 3, 2008 at 12:14 pm Link to this comment

Why don’t you guys go back to the convention where your wanted? The same few neocons are flooding the same discussion pages because they are so afraid that the Republicans will lose.

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By purplewolf, September 3, 2008 at 10:46 am Link to this comment

Rae: Funny you should mention Anita Bryant. I was wondering what ever happened to her about 10 days ago and now I know. She was put into cryogenics after her gay tirade, until it was safe for her to return again with a new name and a face lift. Just in time to assist the Republicans, or so they think.

CJ: It is a well known practice of the Repubes to want to deny women abortions, birth control options and supplies and family planning, thus forcing into the world more unwanted babies. And at the same time always cutting the very things these unfortunate new people need to survive, adequate funding for housing, enough of the right types of food for healthy people and not the unhealthy low levels of food many now are allowed(like pasta, breads-surplus store, little or no fruit or veggies or meat) as healthy food cost to much and therefore is to good for the poor, medical care, the right to a good education, and jobs that pay a living wage-something we are loosing rapidly in America daily, just to start with. They only care about themselves, the rest of us are there for they wars and other things they need for themselves but are to lazy or stupid to do it for themselves. Spending money on the post-born is a no-no for them. Hey, that cuts down on the extra billions of dollars these very same PTB elite have so much of they could never spend anyway, plus it makes them feel holier than ever when they can put down the poor for having too many children, which tends to keep people poor in the first place, which they have made sure happens and thus keep the poor, poor and willing to work for crumbs to survive. Yep, the family value, Christian conservatives without conscience right wingers repugs. They all seem to have the same disease, depraved indifference toward those not in their league or income bracket. Cutting funding for the Americans who need help is the NEW American way, but we still can borrow $$ for things for people in foreign countries and increase that with no problems at all. Why do Repugs hate Americans so much?

Purple Girl: Downs syndrome is not caused by possible lack of oxygen during the birthing process. It is when a fetus has an extra chromosome #47 which causes this condition. Last I knew, there were over 47 different types if this defect. Probably a lot more are known today, as this medical info is from years back when I still worked in the medical field. However, the whole story of this child’s birth remains odd at best. Sarah knew well in advance this child had Down’s, they decided to have it anyway. Now with this being her 5th child, it should come fairly fast compared to a first time mother, medical fact. If her water broke, early as she claims, no woman in her right mind would continue a speech, get her things together, get to the airport and take 2 different flights of at least 8+ hours, then drive around 45+ minutes before getting home and then go and give birth, especially if it is a true story about this child’s birth. A intelligent woman, hell a stupid one for that matter, knowing they are giving birth to a problem baby and early at that, would immediately seek medical help, period. To stand there and finish her speech with amniotic fluid running down her legs is proof this story is bogus or this woman is a power freak, or maybe she suffers from the superwoman complex-hunter-governor-barracuda says it all. It also shows her disregard for her child. Also, I know of no airlines that would allow an in active labor-high risk pregnancy(makes it high risk due to her age, and babies medical condition + imminent birth)on a plane at all. And then she returned to work just 3 dayas later. Seems to unrealistic to be true.
I will check with Cyrena on the new rules for pregnant and in labor mothers on airplanes. She worked for the airlines and will know, as soon as she gets into her new place as she is in transit now.

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By voice of truth, September 3, 2008 at 10:23 am Link to this comment

Diane and LoneWacko

Stop trying to use facts to support a statement on this site.  First, no one will ever bother to let a fact get in the way of a good righteous hating, and second, um, facts just aren’t allowed here.

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By DIANE, September 3, 2008 at 8:25 am Link to this comment
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LonewackoDotCom points to an important FACT! as michellemalkin.com also refers too - think about it!

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By KDelphi, September 3, 2008 at 7:57 am Link to this comment

There you go! Criticizing something besides her personal life! That is the way the left always did it, and I appreciate it!

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By wildflower, September 3, 2008 at 6:17 am Link to this comment

Re: Purple Girl

If you’re compiling a “pro” list, don’t forget that McCain is an avid supporter of “Pro Adultery Education” for all teens.  We need to give credit where credit is due.

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By Purple Girl, September 3, 2008 at 4:48 am Link to this comment

Seems Gov Palin is a Pro ‘Birther’, Not a “Pro Lifer”. She is one of those who claim they support life- but only the first 9 months- the Other 90 you ae on Your Own.
All these psuedo ‘Pro Lifers’ are patting her on the back fro giving birth to a child with disabilities- Yet none seem to concerned about the danger she put that child in when she went into labor. Apparently delivering a speech was far more important than seeking medical attention to deliver her month Premature child. Ok she has no problenm giving a speeh leaking amniotic fluid, but instead of hitting the first Hopsital in TX she jumps on a plane back to AK- So ‘Trig could be a natural born AK’er’??.But instead of hitting a hospital in the major city- she goes back to BFE to finally get medical assistance.
Regardless of how many children you have had- You Are NOT a Fetal Monitor, Nor can you instinctively Know if the umbilical ccord is wrapped around it’s neck. Infact you have no clue as to why this child is coming prematurely-Fetal Distress?
I had hope this story of irreponsibilty was just a vover story for her daughter- it would have made sense.Her Daughter went into labor and she knew she would not make it in time anyway- so she delayed her return home- or she was so pissed at her daughter she didn’t want to be there.
But Palin is sticking to this story which not only shows how her ambition overrides her judgement, but is willing to Endanger the Life of the child she is carrying.Did an amnio show ‘Trig’ had ‘Down Syndrome’, or did Palin Cause the disability due to Oxygen Depletion by her failure to SEEK IMMEDIATE MEDICAL ATTENTION when she went into labor a MONTH EARLY?
If she had already known the child had problems, why did she wait. That alone means other problems could araise, EVEN IF FULL TERM! Frankly I can only wonder if her Ambition was not her only driving factor in her Reckless Indifference, could she have been hoping to ‘lose’ the child- attempting her own ‘late term abortion’
Not a Sin if it dies in the birthing process, Right? Regardless of the Inactions by the mother which facilitate the death right? and you can’t discount the Political Pity edge from having just ‘lost’ your baby,right?
I want to know what the Amniocentsis showed, but it will be of little use since I still find her inactions reprehensible and frankly criminal-Reckless endangerment and indifference to life.
The Legal definition should define ‘life’ as the point the baby can suvive Outside the womb- at 7 months it could. So ‘Pro Lifers’ doesn’t this also equal Attempted Murder?

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By jovlns, September 3, 2008 at 1:58 am Link to this comment

What really bothers me about this is not just the hypocrisy. The message Palin is putting out is if you are rich you can afford an illegitimate child. If you are poor and your seventeen year old daughter gets pregnant, well, you’re on your own. This is not just hypocrisy but it is Un-Christianlike. Not only that, but it forces poor people to do what the right wing has made an issue, abort the fetus. So Palin’s actions are actually going to encourage abortions by cutting funds that would help support the child. This is CRAZY.

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By Outraged, September 2, 2008 at 11:11 pm Link to this comment

Article quote: “a position that Palin also took as governor. “The explicit sex-ed programs will not find my support,” she wrote in a 2006 questionnaire distributed among gubernatorial candidates.”

I was at least curious HOW one could teach sex-ed and NOT be “explicit”.  What does she mean..?  Is she advocating the “birds and the bees” approach..?  LOL

She didn’t really say she was against sex-ed, she just had to find a way to make it sound SCARY.  Explicit sex….Is that different from sex? 

So…of course, I just had to look up the word…explicit.  Dictionary.com says:

1. fully and clearly expressed or demonstrated; leaving nothing merely implied; unequivocal: explicit instructions; an explicit act of violence; explicit language. 
2. clearly developed or formulated: explicit knowledge; explicit belief. 
3. definite and unreserved in expression; outspoken: He was quite explicit as to what he expected us to do for him. 
4. described or shown in realistic detail: explicit sexual scenes. 
5. having sexual acts or nudity clearly depicted: explicit movies; explicit books. 
6. Mathematics. (of a function) having the dependent variable expressed directly in terms of the independent variables, as y = 3x + 4. Compare implicit (def. 4). 

Probably, definition 4 or 5 apply here, right?  So obviously if sex-ed could be taught “unrealistically” or “NOT clearly depicted”, it seems Palin would find that agreeable.  Hmmm…IS she advocating the “birds and the bees” approach then..?  LOL, to tell you the God’s honest truth, I’ve never heard that “birds and the bees” thing?

We may just have to set extra monies aside to get us parents up to par on the “new teaching methods”.

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By troublesum, September 2, 2008 at 10:51 pm Link to this comment

The msm pundits are all saying that none of what has surfaced so far in Palin’s background will matter if she “hits it out of the park” in her acceptance speech.  I don’t know why people give so much weight to speeches, especially by politicians.  I haven’t paid much attention to them since reading Shakespeare’s “Julius Ceasar” in the 8th grade.

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By CJ, September 2, 2008 at 10:34 pm Link to this comment

Interesting to actually see a list of items (partial) line-item vetoed by yet one more political hack. (Note halving of Fairbanks Community Food. Who needs food? Chintzy cut-back: $50,000 to $25,000. That would be fifty cents or so per year for each Alaskan.)

Bearing in mind that Bill Clinton was every bit Ms. Palin’s equal when it came to cut-backs, except on a far larger, national scale, who says Ms. Palin isn’t qualified? I can imagine her telling Putin what to do too. No doubt he’d swoon upon hearing her voice over that special telephone. (Do they still have that hot-line deal?)

One can speculate as to what goes in at the Palin house, but can’t say without knowing for sure. We do know she has no use for those who aren’t more accomplished basketball players, or “champeen” drivers of obnoxious snowmobiles across thousands of miles of snow-covered landscape. Writing as a former mountain dweller, had she written and gotten passed a bill banning snowmobiles I’d probably vote for McCain/Palin on that basis alone. (You haven’t lived until you’ve been awakened at 4:00 am by a nutcase atop one of those silly things after a beautiful, previous day’s/night’s snowfall. Worse than idiots aboard dirt bikes and ATVs in the desert.)

Beyond feeling bad for Bristol—forced to do the Paleolithic politically correct thing—it’s hardly surprising that her mom chopped down budget allotment for pregnant girls who ARE going full-term? It’s not? Or rather, it is? Who can follow these people? If one insists that women who’ve been raped bear children anyway, one might reasonably insist on paying for prenatal and postnatal care.

Not in Sarah Palin’s universe, however. In her universe, a woman is both guilty of having been raped and then guilty if she doesn’t carry resulting fetus to term. Damned if she’s victim and then damned again if decides not to toe completely bogus “moral” line.

Hypocrisy on the part of Paleolithics is exceeded only by hypocrisy on the part of (now supposedly “Independent”) Joe Lieberman, next to whom Benedict Arnold was a glorious patriot—with wartime experience, one might add. (Arnold got the shaft and so had some excuse. All Lieberman got and still gets is corporate and AIPAC funding. Among other places, he represents the wealthiest county in America.)

Like turncoat Joe, Sarah too is of upper-middle-class, if not quite elite-class, origin. Despite Paleolithic claims she’s of “lesser” background. Paleolithic base has no problem with Bristol’s pending out-of-wedlock birth so long as she agrees to give birth. Talk of abstinence by Bill Bennett notwithstanding. (Bill means only Democrats and all others not affiliated with Paleolithics. As with gambling addiction or any other kind of addiction. Sexual desire being beyond the pale outside the bounds of holy matrimony, which for Paleolithics is mostly an excuse to have lots of “legit” sex, aside from reproducing selves. For them, sex is sanctified upon uttering a few promises and tossing of rice.)

For Paleolithics, it’s not what you do, but what you harangue, along with abiding by Calvinist-fascistic rules. The patent fact of hypocrisy being no obstacle for those who really, really would do better were it not—dad blast-it—for God’s damn will! Or Satan’s! Whichever, possibly both in unholy alliance.

Most blackly hilarious is how they harangue of taking “personal responsibility.” Even did they ever do so themselves, Bristol would be okay, given she’ll never have to take up residence at The Covenant House. Happily for her, since her ma slashed funding to save Alaskans (who get royalty checks, which is to say corporate HAND-OUTS, from oil companies annually) a couple bucks each per year.

If you’re going to be a serious Paleolithic, you better get to making a damn fine living in the social-Darwinist “free”-market economy you created and actually DO worship. Otherwise, I have no idea. I can follow Paleolithic “reasoning” only so far.

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By JimBob, September 2, 2008 at 10:15 pm Link to this comment

Karl, better than anyone, can clarify precisely the Republicans’ stance on political experience and what it takes to acquire same.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s-jrk2e0MMs

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By wildflower, September 2, 2008 at 9:49 pm Link to this comment

Re: troublesum

Especially McCain. When you look at McCain’s voting record in regard to women and children, the only thing you can conclude is that he is anti-born.  Sounds weird, but true.

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By P. T., September 2, 2008 at 9:19 pm Link to this comment

That Miss Palin’s jerk boyfriend is prepared to support a family seems unlikely.

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By LonewackoDotCom, September 2, 2008 at 8:34 pm Link to this comment

As it turns out, the money they got thanks to Palin was almost four times what they got in 2006 from all government sources combined.

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By wildflower, September 2, 2008 at 7:51 pm Link to this comment

Palin is more interested in the welfare of gas pipelines than pregnant teens.  And for those of you who didn’t know it already gas pipelines are part of God’s will and need our prayers.  I know this because the Governor Palin says so . . .

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/09/02/palins-church-may-have-sh_n_123205.html#postComment

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By rowman, September 2, 2008 at 7:36 pm Link to this comment

Oh this is classic.

You guys are so quick to fire on everything the Dem propaganda machine throws your way.

So based on your criticism of her for cutting funding to the Covenant House Alaska, one must assume that you are for funding the program. So on one hand you oppose state and federal funding of religious organizations - on the other hand you are all for it when it serves your political partisanship.

http://www.covenanthouseak.org/pm.htm

That is hypocrisy!

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By Marc Schlee, September 2, 2008 at 7:21 pm Link to this comment
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The pregnancy of Sarah Palin’s underage daughter is a HUGE scandal embracing inbred moral turpitude, criminally inept parenting and sheer hypocrisy. 

FREE AMERICA

REVOLUTIONARY DEMOCRACY

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By troublesum, September 2, 2008 at 7:05 pm Link to this comment

Nothing surprising here.  The only people republicans care about are the ones who haven’t been born yet and billionaires.

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By stinky pants, oh boy!, September 2, 2008 at 6:51 pm Link to this comment
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to me this is another example of christian extremist (evangelical) politics being played in our government. Teenage pregnancy is BAD period. as a society that know the pitfalls of having kids to early, it is our responsibility as parents and responsible adults to educate our children and provide help to our children who’s parents failed the task of properly educating their kids on the consequences of being a teenage parent.

not teaching our children is not the answer. It is evident that palin does not live in reality because her decisions and personal life tells us so.

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By Thomas Billis, September 2, 2008 at 6:32 pm Link to this comment

I will make my only comment on Pallin in this election season.She is a joke to be nominated for Vice President.Anyone who wants to elevate this joke into a national discussion is wasting their time.This is an intelligence test for the American public.Are they stupid enough to vote for the McCain Pallin ticket or not?All you have to know about McCain is that his first executibve decision is to nominate a joke for Vice President.

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By Mudbones, September 2, 2008 at 6:29 pm Link to this comment

Inherit The Wind,

I had forgotten all about Anita, LMAO.  Yes she does, holier than thou.

I hear the BF will be at the convention tomorrow, They may be trying to use this as a sideshow for the right to life folks, look, look what we did and didn’t do.

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By Inherit The Wind, September 2, 2008 at 6:26 pm Link to this comment

Is it just me or does Palin remind others of another right-wing, bigoted, ignoramus of days past - Anita Bryant?
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“You squeeze mine, Anita
I’ll squeeze yours, Anita.
You’ve been chosen, Anita.
Yours are frozen, Anita!” —Tom Paxton

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By rodney, September 2, 2008 at 6:18 pm Link to this comment
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Gov Palin and Sen Mccain want to take this country back to the area of back alley abortions and the elimination of sex education to prevent pregnacy . My theory is that like most right wing racists abortion is fine as long as poor black and hispanic women are having them. White women are only allowed to have abortions if they are pregnant by black men. That is the whole abortion fight. White men attempt to prevent white women from having abortions. The country’s white majority will be gone around the year 2050. And the white men are trying to prolong it. If black and hispsnic women were the only women to abort, the right wing would encourage and pay for it. Bob Bennett said crime would decrease if all black children were aborted. So lets not act like abortion is a moral issue which America really don’t have any moral authority, but a issue of keeping America with a white majority.

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By LonewackoDotCom, September 2, 2008 at 6:16 pm Link to this comment

The WaPo link only says she cut it by $1.1 million, which is not “millions” as the post says.

However, that’s just a minor point considering the fact that the WaPo completely failed to note why there was a 20% reduction.

In fact, the group in question gets 90% of their funding privately, and they appear to have only gotten $155,000 from the state in 2007. Details here.

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By Mudbones, September 2, 2008 at 5:59 pm Link to this comment

She’s a typical repub, worries me that there may be some tricks up Rove’s sleeves that puts her in the VP role.  11/4 won’t come soon enough

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By RAE, September 2, 2008 at 5:57 pm Link to this comment

Is it just me or does Palin remind others of another right-wing, bigoted, ignoramus of days past - Anita Bryant?

Even the ditziest American citizen will smell the snow job McCain is trying to pull by selecting Palin as running mate. The only running these two are likely to be doing will be for the title of HYPOCRIT OF THE YEAR!

And I didn’t think things could get worse than Administration Bush League.

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By Inherit The Wind, September 2, 2008 at 5:39 pm Link to this comment

I can’t say ANYTHING funnier and more illustrative of Palin’s Re-thug-lican hypocrisy than this article does!

ROFLMAO!

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