Stare into those 24th-most-beautiful eyes

NUMBER 24: The Daily Mail reports on a poll ranking the world’s most beautiful lady politicians. The poll was conducted by Spain’s ” 20 Minutos” newspaper, so, whatever. Peruvian congresswoman Luciana Leon is the most beautiful. Of the 54 women on the list, Palin currently ranks 24th, with 3,173 votes. At 61, Hillary Clinton is the oldest lady politician to make the list, coming in at 34th place with 2485 votes.

On the one hand, ranking the attractiveness of female politicians is extremely sexist. On the other, readers of “20 Minutos” are collectively aware of 54 female politicians internationally! That’s progress!

CATHOLICS: BRISTOL EVIDENCE AGAINST EVANGELICAL “SHOTGUN” MARRIAGE: Upon hearing that Bristol & Levi’s Palin-promised union would be no more, WaPo Catholic America blogger writes:

So much for what used to be called a “shotgun marriage.” Evangelicals are of another faith and are entitled to believe as they might about the power of grace to heal and transform human inclinations. In Catholic America today, however, priests often counsel against shotgun marriages. “The chances for such a marriage enduring are very low,” I was told by a pastor whose judgment I respect. “Better to wait and see if the marriage will endure beyond the birth of the child before celebrating the Sacrament of Marriage. Let them marry in a civil ceremony for legal appearances, if they want, but not in church.”

So, I guess Levi and Bristol ended up doing the Catholic thing.

HOW MUCH MONEY DID SHE TURN AWAY? Palin rejected $288 million in stimulus money. I’m with Arnold here—-hell, I’ll take that money!




“Some in the media actually participated in not so much the ‘who-what-where-when-why’ objective reporting on candidates and positions, those five W’s that I learned when I had a journalism degree so many years ago in college, when the world of journalism was quite different than it is today,” she said.

“No, things have changed,” she continued. “But complaining? Or whining? Absolutely not. But I am going to call it like I see it. It doesn’t do any good to whine about any of this. But I can call it like I see it. Sometimes it gets me in a lot of trouble when I speak candidly, and I speak from the heart and I do such a thing. But I am going to.”

Let us pray.

“So I’m looking around for somebody to pray with, I just need maybe a little help, maybe a little extra,” she said. “And the McCain campaign, love ’em, you know, they’re a lot of people around me, but nobody I could find that I wanted to hold hands with and pray.” As the crowd laughed, Palin grinned and said she meant no disrespect to the McCain campaign. She said she ultimately prayed with her daughter Piper.

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