Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Velocity

I just finished reading Dean Koontz’ “Velocity”. This isn’t a new release, but if you haven’t read it...DO! It’s a doozy of a suspense and mystery and a real page turner. I couldn’t put it down.

All of my blog readers are aware of my Nancy Drew-like inability to resist mysteries and scandal and I stumbled onto a big one!

Early yesterday, I read the reports stating that Sarah Palin’s 17-year-old daughter, Bristol, was five months pregnant.

I felt for Sarah. In some ways, we are a lot alike. We both have big families by today’s standards and we both competed in the same year in the state level of a pageant and neither of us won. She earned the nickname “Barracuda” by being a fierce competitor in sports. I was known as “Hammer” at the police department where I worked because I wrote more parking tickets than anyone else.

I apologize to my ticketees. I was young and knew not what I was doing :)

We also both have 17 year old daughters. I can’t imagine anyone not being completely tormented with worry about their daughter’s health and future having a baby at that age.

That’s pretty much where our similarities end. I’ve looked at her political positions and I can tell you beyond the above listed resemblances, we are nothing alike. Because, like almost everyone else, I had never heard of Sarah Palin until just a few days ago, I clicked on what I thought was an oddly titled news link.

It said “To rebut rumors, Palin says daughter, 17, is pregnant”. Rumors? What rumors? I hadn’t heard any rumors, but then I had only just learned of Sarah Palin’s existence, too.

What I found in the first paragraph of the article was one of the juciest, tabloid soap-opera-ishcould it actually be true” mysteries I’ve come across in a long time!

A story worthy of a Desperate Housewives plotline. Oh wait...it already was a Desperate Housewives plotline.

Rumors are flying with the velocity of a rocket ship, that Sarah’s fifth pregnancy with her now 4-month-old son, Trig, was faked and that her daughter, Bristol is actually Trig’s mother.

Anyway, it seems that Bristol is now 5 months pregnant and therefore, could not be Trig’s mother, thus rebutting the rumors.

Of course, I wondered why anyone would even think that Sarah Palin had faked a pregnancy as a cover up to her teenaged daughter’s pregnancy? So, I clicked a few more links and found out why people might be suspicious.

It seems that Sarah Palin was supposedly in her 7th and 8th month of pregnancies and never really looked pregnant, despite looking very pregnant with her other children.

Bristol Palin was supposedly out of school during this time period with a severe case of infectious mononucleosis.

And if this is true (you can’t believe everything you read, of course) Sarah Palin supposedly had her bag of waters break a month before her expected due date while preparing to make a speech in Texas. She not only stayed to make her speech, after the speech, she boarded a plane from Dallas to Seattle and then took another plane to somewhere in Alaska. At that time, her husband drove her to a hospital that didn’t even have a NICU. The baby was coming a month prematurely and they knew the child had Down’s Syndrome, putting him at further risk of complications.

Three days after the premature birth of a baby with Down’s Syndrome, Sarah Palin was back at work.

Hmmmmm....it does sound intriguing, no? It’s exactly the kind of stuff that conspiracy theorists live for!

I don’t believe it. My first question would be “Why?”. Why would anyone, especially someone in the public eye, try to pull off a scheme like this? Because she is a big believer in abstinence? Certainly everyone knows that despite teaching, nagging and talking to our children, they are humans and will do things that perhaps their parents don’t approve of. A teenage pregnancy is hardly what anyone would consider “scandalous” nowadays.

And...How? Maybe I’m being naive, but I would think the doctor and the hospital staff would have to be in on the whole thing. This seems to me like the kind of story anyone needing $50.00 for gas would gladly leak to The Enquirer.

There is some saying that there is some truth to every rumor. This whole drama doesn’t seem very likely to me, but I’m interested to see what speed these rumors can achieve before the whole story crashes and burns.

What do you think?

5 comments:

Malcolm said...

And the plot thickens...

I was reading about the faked pregnancy of Sarah Palin/the real one of her daughter last night. It does look awfully suspicious. With all of these eyebrow raising circumstances (not looking pregnant, going back to work a few days later, etc.), I'm starting to wonder about the possibility of Willow (Sarah's 14 yr old daughter) being the mother of Trig.

I just came up with another theory. Do we know for sure that Bristol is 5 months pregnant? Although unlikely, it is possible that they are saying Bristol is pregnant as a smoke screen so that people won't suspect that she's the mother of Trig. If Bristol has a miscarriage, the conspiracy machine will be in full effect.

As you said, why would one go through all the trouble to pull off such a scheme? The only reasons I can come up with are due to her political position and/or religious beliefs.

pjazzypar said...

No Malcolm, not the fourteen year old. When you agree to become a running mate you got to know that they are going to dig up the dirt on you, going so far that they may even scrutinize Ms. Palin's mother's sex life. That's just the rules!

Hey Hammer :-) You have lead quite a colorful life. The parellels between you and Palin are uncanny. I didn't know Ms. Palin until 4 days ago myself, the more I hear about her the more I think her nickname of "Barracuda" is appropriate. The pregnancy of her daughter is not in the least scandalous, but it is newsworthy when your mother is on the presidential ticket as vice-president nominee. This is getting more interesting by the moment.

Jessica Morris said...

I have locked myself in the house with season one of LOST and haven't been following the news at all, but it is possible for your water to break and you to continue on normally. Not likely, but possible.

A month before her due date would put her at 36 weeks - which is considered full term, so the baby wouldn't of been premature.

I don't know anything about Down's babies, so no comment on that ;)

Sassy Mama Bear said...

Politics are too confusing, let's chat more about books.
Velocity was awesome wasn't it? I love Koontz.
You know I have a book blog...
http://bookwormsballroom.blogspot.com/2008/09/thursday-thirteen-5-seuss-on-loose.html

This Eclectic Life said...

I have to laugh at sassy mama bear...I like changing subjects, too. I haven't read about this scandalous mystery, and must consult with Google. Yet, I hardly think that a woman in the public eye would be so stupid as to try a scam like this.


I'm naive, aren't I...