Thanks to alert Internet miners (BIG THANKS to Silver Salmon), I have some new info to share this morning.
First, it appears confirmed that, as I suggested, the first winter Sarah Palin was governor (2007), all three of her daughters went to Juneau and attended school. As proof, we have, for Bristol, the basketball photo shown below plus a listing in the honor role for Juneau High School. For Willow, we have a honor role listing (sixth grade). We also have this article from the Anchorage Daily News that discusses family plans and makes it clear that all three daughters are at that time with the family in the state capitol. Only Track is left behind in Wasilla.
Now... here's the larger piece of news. But first - a brief digression. For some weeks, there has been considerable speculation on this board about the possibility that Willow Palin was Trig's mother. Many people have complained about this line of reasoning. I have continued to allow it because I have felt that the individual who has mainly suggested this has kept his reasoning consistently logical. While there is the "ick" factor (in his words), the fact is that if Sarah Palin is NOT Trig's mother, someone has to be. And the only people that Gov. Palin would be willing to cover for would be someone for whom she had a very strong reason for doing so: like a daughter. I also had to concur that the motivation for covering a very young teen's pregnancy would likely be a lot greater than covering for an older teen. For these reasons, plus the fact that the poster has identified himself to me in private email using his real name...and has shown himself willing to have reasonable dialogue about this... I allowed the speculation to continue.
Now, we do have one --- small --- but still telling piece of info about Willow: A listing on Juneau Empire's list of seventh grade honor role, dated 4/17/08, for the third quarter. (Ironically the day before Trig's birth.) This would indicate that Willow did go to Juneau with her mother, her father, and Piper for the legislative session of 2008, and was in school. While it is certainly not "proof positive" it is a far clearer indication that Willow was in school in the period of time immediately preceding Trig's birth than we have ever had before, along with a location: she was in Juneau. While this is not absolute - it would sure be nice to have a photo of her at, say SOME official function - in my mind it certainly pushes the logical speculation back to Bristol's status: Willow appears to be in school and in Juneau, Bristol's whereabouts remain a bit of a mystery.
This is just an aside, but these school grades make me wonder anew about Willow's actual age. As I said in a post many weeks back, when the issue of Willow's role in all this came up initially, I was confused, because she is listed on numerous reliable places as being born in 1995 and others in January of 1994. Now, I am not suggesting any mysteries surrounding Willow's birth (!!!!!) but a 1995 birth year would be far more consistent with her being in seventh grade last year and eighth grade THIS school year. If she is turning 15 in January, it's hard to see her still in eighth grade. Not a big deal, but I thought I would mention it. (I turned 15 after my freshman year in high school.. I think this is pretty typical.)
Oh, and thanks so much to all the people who wrote to me in private email and on the board about my dog. Unfortunately, he had surgery yesterday morning and did not survive. He was a good dog. We will miss him very much.
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