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Kos “Grandchild” post gone

LGF notes that the Daily Kos has completely wiped any trace of the stupid “Sarah Palin is NOT the Mother” rumour.

But there’s still some of it on Google’s cache. I loved this part

The final point of interest is that Trig Palin has been diagnosed with Down’s syndrome (aka trisomy 21). This is an interesting point, as chances of having offspring with Down’s Syndrome increases from under 1% to 3% after a mother reaches the age of 40. However, 80% of the cases of Down’s Syndrome are in mother’s under the age of 35, through sheer quantities of births in this age group.

In other words, because most babies are born to women under 35, the baby can’t belong to Sarah.

Hm, logical. Sort of like the guy who took a fake bomb on board a plane figuring that the chances of there being two were astronomical.

After previous pregnancies (in this case, four), and at later ages, the female body is meant to adjust and show changes earlier, not later as in Sarah’s unprecedented case.

Yet I seem to recall at least one celebrity of late who did exactly the same thing. Nice touch to call it a “unprecedented case”.

The oddities only grow from here on, as instead of rushing to a Dallas medical facility that could treat a mother who’s amniotic fluid has been draining for hours on end (made even more crucial due to the fact that this is occurring a full month prematurely), Sarah & Todd instead opted to… Fly all the way back from Texas to Alaska. A dangerous choice, as with each pregnancy (once again, in this case after four previous), a mother’s window of labor to delivery grows shorter and shorter.

As with the last paragraph, lots of medical judgement from someone who has clearly never had a child.

Now, I’m no doctor either. But I know women who have had several children, and this is exactly the sort of thing they’d do. They know how their body reacts to pregnancy, and they don’t worry too much when they go into Labour. Doubtless Palin got medical advice.

Aboard Alaska Airlines, the flight lasted for eight hours, with an additional landing in Seattle. The majority of commercial airlines require mothers seven months pregnant to provide a doctor’s letter to fly, but Sarah did not inform the airline of her condition. Alaska Airlines is one of the few airlines that do not require such a notice, despite the possibility of an emergency landings being required in such scenarios. That said, no one on board noticed that Sarah was going into labor:

Except of course she leaked amniotic fluid. She wasn’t going into labour.  There’s nothing anywhere in this post to suggest she was except these two very opinionated paragraphs. In fact, she was a full month away from going into labour.

The plane then made a landing in Anchorage, Alaska. Does Sarah then visit a medical facility that can accommodate a premature birth in Alaska’s most equipped city? No. She drives 45 minutes away, to Mat-Su Regional Medical Center, right outside the small village she used to govern as Mayor, Wasilla….

Where the only doctor she could trust practices. Where the medical facilities more than adequate I’m sure. I’m sure the facilities in Anchorage are top notch, but to suggest that anywhere else is not going to be good enough is nonsense.

I don’t know how to say this, but some doctors these days do not have good attitudes towards delivering babies they know have disabilities. Once you put this in that light, you begin to understand why Sarah would want to be with a doctor she knew well for the birth.

Again, I’d make the point that I know women who would do exactly this sort of thing – not worry about labour signs, and make sure they were with their own doctor for the delivery even if that meant a wait of several hours. This is not unusual behaviour for a woman who’s first child was born decades ago! New mothers, absolutely. Old mothers – hell no.

The inherent need to absolutely have Trig delivered in a remote and possibly ill-equipped facility for premature deliveries, where Sarah would likely have numerous contacts and pull, does not sit well. The doctor, Cathy Baldwin-Johnson, approving of all of these actions borders on malpractice. Not treating leaking amniotic fluid causes infections, and time is of the essence after water breaks.

“possibly ill-equipped facility”, Bullshit. Complete and utter hogwash. If the place is remote, surely that means that they would be very well equipped – this is Alaska after all, a place like that would have to be able to cope with everything. Coping with a baby a mere 1 month early would be done easily – leave Anchorage for the 23 week tots.

Besides, women can go days from leaking amniotic fluid to birth – I know one who did. (Note to guys: don’t get too sensitive when conversing with women, you can suddenly stray into areas you really, really didn’t want to know about!)

In short, the only medical malpractice is this idiot pretending to know better than the governor’s doctors.

Checking with the Anchorage High School that Bristol Palin attended, reporters were given word that her family had taken Bristol out of school due to contracting infectious mononucleosis. The amount of time Bristol was absent shifts from five to eight months.

“Reporters” who clearly don’t work for a newspaper who publishes on line funnily enough.

Mono can last anywhere from two weeks to three months, but an eight month infection is a freak oddity.

“mononucleosis” is better known as glandular fever in this country. I know someone who had this for much longer than that, causing long term problems with schooling, and my wife knows someone who had to take half a year off.  Again, bizarre medical facts plucked from thin air.

Not to mention all the photos showing the loosest “tight” clothing I’ve ever seen (no longer available).

No wonder they deleted it.

Churches are important – if you’re Republician

Daily Kos (via LGF, I don’t read this crap normally) opines on Palin’s church.

A look at the home website of Palin’s church tends to be revealing.  Among other things, a particular Assemblies buzzword associated frequently with Hillsong A/G and New Zealand Assemblies churches shows up (“Destiny”, here, is a buzzword for “Joel’s Army”, and is being preferred even as the phrase “Joel’s Army” is getting enough negative spin that even the Assemblies is now having to do some rather massive spin control); cell churches are promoted (of the same sort that are linked to short-term and longterm psychological damage and are among the most coercive tactics ever documented in spiritually abusive groups).  The church, like a number of other large Assemblies churches, is the center of a dominionist broadcast TV center whose programming is carried across multiple channels in Alaska.

I had a quick look at the site. There’s a link that uses the word “destiny”. That’s about all.

Frankly I can’t be bothered with all the links above. My experience tells me that I’ll spend upward of 30 min reading those links, and will have to do hours more reading to get the background to that. Once I’ve sifted through all the claims they’ll all boil down to stuff that you’ll only be upset by if you have the “right” biases to start with.

What it boils down to is that some people think that a church that actually preaches to the converted should be shut down and the members thrown in jail (in the name of protecting religious freedom usually), and they’ll exaggerate their case through lengthy (mostly meaningless) essays until they make their case.

Like I say, I can’t be bothered with this when we’ve spent months listening to the left telling us that Wright (a guy who tells his congreation that the goverment has a secret plan to kill black people) is no reason to oppose Oama.

So I guess churches are only important if you’re Republician, if you’re democrat they’re just for show.

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