Between Barack Obama's acceptance speech last night and John McCain's stupefying announcement of his running mate, former Miss Alaska runner-up Sarah Palin¹, today, I'm having a very hard time resisting the urge to turn Fritinancy into a political blog. But this isn't about me, right? It's about you. And us. And change. And hope. And staying the course. And so, my friends, I'll limit myself to a few choice, semi-relevant tidbits:
1. Sarah Palin pronounces "nuclear" the same way George W. Bush does: noo-kyoo-ler.
2. FOX News Channel co-host Steve Doocy suggested this morning, apparently in all seriousness, that Palin does so know about international relations "because she is right up there in Alaska right next door to Russia."
3. Palin's children are named Track, Bristol, Willow, Piper, and--as she took pains to enunciate in her speech in Dayton--"Trig Paxson Van Palin." Jessica asks in an e-mail whether she ever confuses two of the girls and hollers, "Brillo!" And I ask: Do we want someone with such poor judgment in naming to be a heartbeat away from the presidency?
4. Palin is a mighty, mighty pro-lifer, at least when it comes to unborn fetuses. Wearing the skins of already-born animals, however, is another matter. (Hat tip: Ari Herzog.)
5. Back when marijuana was legal in Alaska, Palin tried it. She says she didn't like it. However, it was while stoned that she came up with her children's names. (I made that last sentence up. But still, you have to wonder.)
Update: Andrew Sullivan on the kids' names, via one of his readers in Alaska: "Willow is a town in Alaska and Piper is for an aircraft. Bristol is also for a place in Alaska and Trig is for a family member. Track is named for where he was conceived." Sullivan: "He was conceived on a track? Pray tell some more ..."
Update #2: We can be grateful that while the Palins were casting about for Alaska towns after which to name their offspring, they didn't choose Chicken. As some of you may be aware, the miners who settled the place wanted to name it Ptarmigan, after the state bird, but they couldn't spell it.
¹ She was voted Miss Congeniality. Now you know who'll play her in the biopic.