Thursday, October 9, 2008

Giving Birth on a Commercial Airliner = Woman's Right to Choose

Today, I was surprised to find that someone evidently considers Menopausal Stoners to be DC related. As in Washington, DC. As in Political.

I orginally though this idea was patently ridiculous - then I remembered I did say some shit about the debates and Bill Ayers which must have triggered a flag somewhere that indicated political discussions were taking place here on the blog. It must have happened more than once since some Palinite posted links to some Republican Bullshit in the comments the other day which was funny to me since the links don't work in the comments. Complete waste of time to post them especially on a site called Menopausal Stoners.

My mother and I were talking about this phenomenon, and she is of the opinion that the FBI is probably watching me now. I had to remind her that she has been saying that since I was a Russian major with a Philosophy minor at North Texas State University back in 1977 - 78. NTSU was a fun place to go to school because that year it made Playboy's list of top 10 party schools. NTSU had also produced more Miss Texases than any other college. As it happens, NTSU was a big music school back then (could be still, I haven't checked) with a large Jazz component, and for some reason that year somebody somewhere cooked up a bunch of acid which led to a couple of thousand music majors and their friends tripping all over Denton, Texas. Can it be an accident that Rocky Horror Picture Show is set in Denton? I think not.

Riff Raff, Doctor Frank-N-Furter and Magenta

I am compelled to mention here that when most of my political views were developed - back at Spring High School outside of Houston - my friends and I hung out at the same park getting high as Richard Linklater who made Dazed and Confused. He went to a high school down the road. Dazed and Confused was made in Austin, and if you watch that movie, you will see the hamburger joint at the near my house in Austin where my friends and I would go whenever we had taken back the soda bottles to get enough money for a chicken fried steak sandwich:

Top Notch Hamburgers, 7527 Burnett Rd, Austin, Texas

The only time I actually thought the FBI might be listening into my phone calls was in the early 1980's when my best buddy Tish was carrying on with the Cocaine Dealer who was her downstairs neighbor in Dallas. He was a black man with a Jheri curl. When he borrowed her car and returned it some days and many, many miles later, she found out he had gone to California to get cocaine. She had no idea he was transporting contraband across state lines. She was much more concerned that he had made a secret video sex tape of her having sex with his brother and wanted me to go to every blue movie in Dallas in case her shiny white hiney was blazing on the screen. I thought it was a cocaine delusion, but stranger things have happened. She found The Lord shortly thereafter which was probably all for the best.

The point of all this reminiscing is that I am damn surprised to find that anyone has referenced this blog on a site called "DC Blogs Noted." But like I say, stranger things have happened.

What mother and I are more interested in, however, is: Why in creation did Sarah Palin get on a six-hour flight to Alaska after her water broke in Dallas? According to a report on KTUU NBC channel 2 in Alaska, Sarah Palin's water broke in Dallas, then she gave a 30 minute speech, then she got on a commercial flight home to Alaska where she finally gave birth.

Jesus H. Christ. What airline lets a woman on an airplane after her water broke already? Half the airlines make you get a doctor's release if you're traveling after 32 weeks or so. Did she hide the facts from the airline? More to the point: Who the hell gets on a LONG flight - even when nothing unexpected happens it's a long damn way from Texas to Alaska - when your water already broke? Were they simply going to ground the plane if labor progressed more rapidly than Sarah had planned?

Any way you look at it, Sarah Palin knew damn good and well the bun was fixing to pop out of the oven, and she still got on that airplane.

Under the circumstances, I would want a refund AND two round trip, first class tickets from the airline if I had to watch Sarah Palin giving birth that instead of the movie. Even if she wasn't spread eagled in the aisle, she still must have made some noise. She is not such a hard core frontierswoman that she bit a bullet without a whimper. She is NRA Barbie, for chrissakes, and she did not have anyone's best interests in mind when she made the decision to get on that airplane.

"Who the hell acts like that?" my mother asks. The only conclusion one can reasonably reach is that Sarah Palin is a Self-Centered, Arrogant woman who Thinks She Knows Better than Anyone and Doesn't Give a Flying Fuck (literally) if She gives Birth on a Commercial Flight in front of God and Everyone at Who Knows What Risk to the Baby. I believe there is a Librarian in Wasilla who will support this conclusion.

Maybe Sarah Palin was traveling with her personal Ob/Gyn and her own blood and oxygen. What do I know? I do know that you can't trust the oxygen tanks on the airplane. Ask Antonio Oliver whose cousin Carine Desir died on an American Airlines flight from Haiti to JFK (Questions Persist After NY Woman Dies On AA Flight 2/26/08).

If anyone has questions about Sarah Palin's judgement, they should take a long look at this incident.

I wonder if Tina Fey will do a skit about that. My friend Rhet can't stand it that Tina Fey is laughing all the way to the bank with the Sarah Palin impersonation. I don't blame him because satire doesn't lead to holding public official accountable like it used to. Back in Jonathan Swift's day, people would be outraged at the government after reading a satire. Now people laugh and relax into complacency thinking that if somebody's making a joke, no one takes the butt of that joke seriously. People joked about George W. Bush all the time, and look where that got us.

It would be nice if Tina Fey would go on record saying that the possibility of Sarah Palin in the White House is no laughing matter. Steven Spielberg and George Lucas raping Indiana Jones on South Park -- now THAT was a laughing matter, although Tom Cruise in the Closet was funnier. Dave Chappelle as Rick James - brilliant.


Blogger Kitty said...

I don't know much about Ms Palin. What I do know I don't like. x

October 9, 2008 at 3:44 PM  
Blogger PENolan said...

You're lucky to live across live across the ocean with your budding Tweens.

October 9, 2008 at 4:47 PM  
Blogger Gail said...

Hey Trish-

I think it is quite cool that the FBI is logging on to your blog and that you have received honorable mention as a DC blog. WOW!!

I laugh right out loud at some of your expressions and stated insights. :-)

I had NO idea about the whole baby thing, water broke, got on the plane anyway - I wanted to get to the hospital ASAP for the pain meds. Geesh.

You are definitely my political news correspondent.


October 9, 2008 at 7:51 PM  
Blogger Emily said...

Not to long ago, I wrote and posted on my blog an extensive editorial related to the occupation of Iraq. Most everyone who reads my blog knows me, and has at one point or another been subjected to a heated diatribe directed at criminals heading up our government (I, unlike you, PE Nolan, make it a point to bury myself in the latest DC gossip everyday,) and as such, I was unconcerned that any one might read that particular blog post and be offended. I was much surprised, when months later, during an ego driven google search for my blog, I discovered that that particular editorial had been re-posted (without my consent, thank you) at, an italian website that touts itself as "information from occupied Iraq." Now, I live in Arizona, so there's that discrepancy, but more alarming, after a google search for uruknet, I discovered that the government had been putting pressure on google to exclude it form their searches, and that the head of (a professor at an Italian University) was in some major trouble relating to her antiwar activities (Keep fighting the good fight, Sister!) Sheesh... I haven't tried to fly since then; I suspect my name is on some terrorist watch list. Sigh... the internet becomes a complicated thing.

October 9, 2008 at 7:58 PM  
Blogger PENolan said...

Emily - YIKES! Homeland Security, Google and the FBI is a whole lot of trouble for someone minding her own business in Arizona. You must have felt pretty violated. Your experience makes me glad I write under an assumed name on account of my divorce decree. My ex-husband considers me an embarrassment. I suppose "THEY" can find a social security number from the IP address though . . .
alarming indeed.
Good luck -

October 9, 2008 at 8:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did you see, Saturday Night Live is now being shown on Thursday nights, too.

What a fantastic opportunity for the morons to bury their heads in the sand TWICE a week!

October 9, 2008 at 10:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Unbelievable, literally. Hiding pregnancy (especially number five) until the final weeks is unbelievable, particularly in the public eye; I don't believe a word of it. Deliberately boarding an airliner for a long flight after one's water has broken is hopelessly irresponsible. Either way, the woman's appalling.

So you're identified as a leftist blogger with ties to FBI must-watch listers? Hey, you're in great company.

October 10, 2008 at 11:00 AM  
Blogger PENolan said...

If anyone actually traced my IP address they would find this computer registered to Buzz Kill anyway - so the FBI would be looking for Buzz Kill.

October 10, 2008 at 10:53 PM  
Blogger Comrade Kevin said...

I doubt I ever get FBI attention. I did get police attention on my blog, but that was because I was in the process of filing suit against my former employer.

On other topics---in Swift's day, the idea was an enlightened citizenry, who were expected to write, comment, and take an active role in government. That kind of optimistic ideal was the very same which went into the formation of our government.

In retrospect, it seems a well-intentioned but a huge failure in reality.

October 11, 2008 at 11:40 AM  
Blogger PENolan said...

Right you are, Comrade. Thomas Jefferson was all over the need for an informed electorate in a sucessful democracy. Then came Horace Mann in the 1830's. In the 1920's, the focus shifted to prepaing workers and Americanizing immigrants. With The Depression, everything got all fucked up because Dewey and the progressives continued to press for schools that trained minds to think analytically and creatively, which would lead to economic reforms, and the conservatives said that kind of teaching undermined our economy by indoctrinating students with socialist ideas. We've been going around and around ever since. Some people will fight hard to maintain the status quo. Despite all the BS institutional mandates from legislators who don't know jack about curriculum, there have always been dedicated, caring teachers who close their doors and do what they think is best.

I'm warming to this topic in a way that suggests a post which is NOT about Sarah Palin - except that she represents the worst of both worlds: relies on TV news instead of reading AND wants to be the boss of everyone.

October 12, 2008 at 8:15 AM  

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