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03 December 2008

Palin Was Pregnant, Dammit

Back when anyone cared there was a big rumor that Sarah Palin's Down's Syndrome baby was really her daughter's. Well, if we didn't care then, why should we care now? The provocative and generally fact-driven blogger Half Sigma has been giving this rumor credence, and today gave it one more go. The big issue is that she didn't look all that pregnant until the very end (when she presumably stuffed a pillow up her blouse).

Just to help clear things up, here's a rather un-primped, very casual and un-posed picture of Sarah Palin when she was definitively not pregnant, palling around with some U.S. GI's in Kuwait:
Damn. Now, here she is from her Vogue photo-shoot in front of the first-dude's Piper. This was in mid-December, so she would have been about 4 1/2 months pregnant - not enough to "show", but pregnant enough to have experienced some physical changes. Note her hand resting on her ever-so-slightly bulging tummy (which ever-so-slightly-bulging tummy is not even remotely in evidence in the above picture):
In fact, her upper hand, which is against her chest, is clearly behind (i.e., further from the camera than) her lower hand, which is resting against her belly. A quick look at the Kuwait picture above should confirm that in her non-pregnant state such an arrangement would have been impossible. Case dismissed.


Blogger KingM said...

I don't see it. How can you tell anything when someone is wearing winter clothing?

December 04, 2008 9:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Sigma is really offended personally that someone who has only (in his opinion) average IQ could come close to being the president of the United States.

Neo-Cons and their media assets have been attempting to pin the loss on the 'traditional right' and have insinuated in various sophitical ways, that Palin was a reason for the defeat. I think she brought more votes to the table than she dissuaded myself. A writer pointed out that Pat Buchanan's 'Culture War' speech was a bit hit when it was given at the 92 convention, and it got rousing applause, but two weeks later neo-con (thats what he is in my opinion) establishment, gambling, embedded hack William Bennett started writing columns about how divisive the speech was and about "the struggle" for the Republican Party. The revision of history had begun and after other establishment hacks chimed in for a few years, everybody thought the speech must have been a dud. Actually it roused the crowd more than anything else at the convention, and you can watch it on YouTube and see for yourself.

Sigma has been solid enough on immigration that I dont doubt he is a traditional conservative. However many of the voices warning conservatives to abandon traditional conservatism are those of neo-cons, whom I suspect are simply trying to move the party leftwards as to destroy anything even remotely really "right wing".

Ive said this until Im blue in the face, but your worst enemy in life is someone who poses as your friend so they can offer you bad advice all of your life. This is what so-called "conservative" columnists like David Brooks do from their perches at syndicate-owned newspapers: offer real conservatives lousy advice on who to nominate, what issues are winners, which are losers, what issues to conceed defeat on, etc.

Palin will likely be forgotten in two years (quick, who was Michael Dukakis's running mate? Give up?), unless she runs for Senate. The state could hardly do worse than Ted Stevens, so this wouldn't be a disaster.

Sigma's blog is getting stale with all the Palin nonsense (even though he should be thankful for her campaigning in Georgia, look at the result---a Senate seat). I think he wants to come up with some sort of suprise on her to validate all his digging on the subject. He scoped out a position and took it deeply, and does not want to admit that she wasn't such a bad choice electorally speaking. If J. McCain had picked Lieberman, or another RINO like himself, he'd have REALLY gotten trounced.

December 04, 2008 10:10 AM  
Anonymous Doubtful said...

I don't see how you can tell if she's pregnant or not wearing that winter coat.

December 04, 2008 11:13 AM  
Anonymous nz said...

that isn't her!

December 04, 2008 1:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ziel: "Case dismissed."

In order to do a proper comparison, you would need a photo of Sarah Palin in a similar thin shirt and cargo pants getup from the month of December.

But t-shirt and pants versus Alaska standard winter clothing? Ridiculous.

You are smitten.

December 04, 2008 3:12 PM  
Anonymous JTH said...

You seem pretty wrapped up in this Palin thing. Is it your baby?

December 04, 2008 5:43 PM  
Blogger ziel said...

Look, let's be reasonable here. The photo in front of the Piper is from a Vanity Fair shoot. Vanity Fair simply does not photograph women in shapeless poses when they have bodies like the one from Kuwait - no way, no how would they have her wrapped up in a coat so as to eliminate any form - I don't care if it was 50 below. If she had a body anything like she had in Kuwait - less than a year earlier - Vanity Fair would have figured out a way to show us that. There's only one logical explanation - she was pregnant, and her body was not worth showing.

December 04, 2008 6:10 PM  
Anonymous nz said...

um hello? that isn't even her in the second picture dad

December 05, 2008 1:04 PM  
Anonymous AS said...

Vanity Fair was the magazine that had a photo of a naked pregnant Demi Moore on the cover!

Also, think about Angelina Jolie's pregnancy and how she proudly showed it off.

Today, pregnancy is considered beautiful and something to be proud of (or at least this is what is said out loud). It's not quite true, but I have heard more than once on sit-coms statements along the lines of "There is nothing more beautiful than a pregnant woman" by the proud father.

Pregnancy is not something you cover up and are ashamed of.

Anyway, Palin is only the second pregnant governor in the history of the US.

Why wouldn't Vanity Fair want to photo of a proudly pregnant Palin?

Since, you're making roundabout arguments based on Vanity Fair's purported motivations, so am I.

December 05, 2008 3:17 PM  
Blogger ziel said...

It's definitely Palin. Here's the original Vogue story.

Which just goes to show how interested Vogue was in glamming her up. If she had the body she had in Kuwait, they'd have found a way to - however discretely - shown it off.

Why wouldn't Vanity Fair want to photo of a proudly pregnant Palin?

First of all, I mistyped - it was Vogue, not Vanity Fair - sorry about mixing them up above - nothing to be ashamed of though:)

She wasn't pregnant enough - 4 - 4/12 months - to have the eye-catching big belly shot, only the rather unappealing belly slightly protruding look.

Also, she had not yet announced her pregnancy - indeed, she wouldn't for almost 3 more months. So she was obviously not going to be flaunting her waxing abdomen.

Again - look at the photo. Her jacket is spread beneath her hands, yet pulled tight around her. She is obviously not in anywhere near the remarkable shape she was in earlier in the year. She was either consuming tons of caribou offal, or she's got something growing inside her.

December 05, 2008 6:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ziel is so rocked by Sarah's boobs that he can't think straight.

December 08, 2008 6:39 PM  

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