Sunday, September 07, 2008

Top 7 Myths, Lies and Untruths About Sarah Palin and Nancy Valko's take on Sarah

I agree with Nancy Valko entirely.

God bless!

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From: <nancyvalko
Date: Sun, Sep 7, 2008 at 9:09 AM

Comment: I sent out the story about Sarah Palin's baby with DS last May and I was so impressed with her, especially since I had had a child with DS. Since then, my admiration has grown. Especially with the news that her teenage daughter is pregnant.

   Having also had a pregnant teen daughter, I know that a mother's first response is to shelter her daughter from judgment. But I know that these young girls who made wrong decisions are nonetheless heroes for giving their babies the real gift of life.There is nothing to be gained by trying to "hide" these girls. However, there is much to be gained by publicly embracing and supporting our daughters. What the media seems to ignore is that this is what the prolife movement has already done-for years!

    Just yesterday, I saw a clip of Sally Quinn (a militant feminist) who questioned whether Sarah understands the amount of time and effort needed for a child with special needs (Quinn said that she has a child with learning disabilities) and if Sarah could give her child what he needs as VP. How outrageous!

     First of all, it's just that kind of excuse-along with the others about the effects on siblings and spouses-that has resulted in over 90% of babies with DS being aborted after prenatal diagnosis.

     Secondly, why isn't it obvious that being a VP with no set schedule, etc.  would potentially give Sarah even more time with her family than being governor of Alaska? And governor was a job she apparently was already doing quite well!

     When my daughter was pregnant, I had been actively involved in the prolife movement for years, worked full-time and was a single mother of 3. Some people told me that I couldn't do all this but, with God's help, I did. And I believe that Sarah Palin, an devout Christian, will surprise her critics.

      Go, Sarah!
Nancy V.
 

Top 7 Myths, Lies and Untruths About Sarah Palin

by FOXNews.com
Friday, September 5, 2008

By Maxim Lott

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has been subjected to an intense amount of media and public scrutiny since she was named as John McCain's vice presidential pick one week ago. Many of the attacks have come in the form of unconfirmed reports on the Internet. Among them:

1) Palin "Joined a Secessionist Political Party"

The Charge: Unsubstantiated Internet reports insisted Palin was once a member of the Alaska Independence Party, which critics call a secessionist political movement and supporters say is dedicated to seeking greater state control over federal lands across Alaska.

The Facts: Palin has been a registered Republican since 1982. There is no record of her ever being a member of the AIP, or any party but the GOP. Palin's husband has been a member of the AIP in the past, but since 2002 has been a registered independent.

(See: Party Official Says Palin Was Not a Member)

2) Palin Supported a "Nazi Sympathizer"

The Charge: "Palin was a supporter of Pat Buchanan, a right-winger or, as many Jews call him: a Nazi sympathizer," Obama Florida spokesman Mark Bubriski was quoted as saying in a Miami Herald article.

The Facts: While mayor of Wasilla, Palin wore a Buchanan button during the sometimes presidential candidate's 1999 visit. But Palin actually supported Steve Forbes in 2000, and served as a co-chair on his Alaska campaign.

In the weeks after the 1999 report of her wearing the Buchanan button, Palin said: "When presidential candidates visit our community, I am always happy to meet them. I'll even put on their button when handed one as a polite gesture of respect. … The article may have left your readers with the perception that I am endorsing this candidate, as opposed to welcoming his visit to Wasilla."

(See: Obama campaign advisor quote is from an e-mail sent to the Miami Herald )

3) Palin "Wants Creationism Taught in School"

The Charge: Palin opposes the teaching of evolution, and would mandate the teaching of creationism in the state's public schools.

The Facts: Palin said during her 2006 gubernatorial campaign that she would not push the state Board of Education to add creation-based alternatives to the state's required curriculum, or look for creationism advocates when she appointed board members. She has kept this pledge, according to the Associated Press.

Palin has spoken in favor of classroom discussions of creationism, in some cases. "I don't think there should be a prohibition against debate if it comes up in class. It doesn't have to be part of the curriculum," Palin told the Anchorage Daily News in a 2006 interview.

(See: 'Creation science' enters the race; Palin is only candidate to suggest it should be discussed in schools. By Tom Kizzia, Anchorage Daily News, 27 October 2006)

4) Palin "Was Nearly Recalled" While Mayor

The Charge: Palin was so controversial as mayor of Wasilla that she was almost recalled by a popular voter movement.

The Facts: The Wasilla City Council considered but never took up a recall motion after she fired a longtime police chief, who subsequently brought a lawsuit. A citizen's group dropped their recall bid, and a judge ruled Palin had the authority to fire the chief.

(See: Foes Back Off Push to Recall Mayor)

5) Palin "Opposes Sex Education"

The Charge: Palin opponents say she supported the end of all sex education in public schools. In light of her daughter's presumably unplanned teen pregnancy, this has been a particularly well discussed Internet topic.

The Facts: "The explicit sex-ed programs will not find my support," Palin wrote in a 2006 questionnaire distributed among gubernatorial candidates. Palin favors abstinence-based sex education programs.

(See: McCain fought money on teen pregnancy programs, By Sharon Theimer, Associated Press, Sept. 2, 2008)

6) "This Picture Proves Palin is …"

The Charge: A slew of fake, Photoshopped or misdated photographs on the Internet purport to show Palin in any number of embarrassing or compromising poses. One photo claimed to show Palin standing poolside, wearing an American flag-themed bikini, toting a rifle with telescopic sight.

The Facts: The various photos are being discredited and shown to be fake on a number of Web sites. The original of the so-called bikini shot, probably the best-known of the pictures, was shown to have been taken of another woman, with Palin's head Photoshopped above the body.

(See: Call to Arms)

7) Palin is the grandmother, and not the mother, of Trig Palin

The Charge: The most salacious rumor of all, this theory holds that Palin did not give birth to her son Trig in April, and was actually covering up for her daughter, Bristol.

The Facts: There are a number of photographs showing an apparently pregnant Sarah Palin, as well as a number of published eyewitness accounts of her pregnancy. These include First Lady Laura Bush, who says she spoke with a pregnant Palin at a governor's conference in February. An assignment manager for KTVA news in Anchorage, Cherie Shirey, has also been quoted saying: "We worked with Governor Palin many times in 2008. Our reporters worked her on location and in the studio and I worked with her myself. She was definitely pregnant. You could see it in her belly and her face. The whole idea that Sarah Palin wasn't pregnant with Trig is completely, absolutely absurd."

The McCain campaign, in an apparent effort to counteract the rumors, announced last weekend that Bristol Palin is five months pregnant, which indicated she would have become pregnant before Trig was born.

(See: Palin Rebuts Rumors, Says Daughter Pregnant,
Anchorage
TV Station: Palin Was 'Definitely Pregnant' With Trig' )



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