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Bristol Palin breaks up with fiance Levi Johnston
Herald Sun ^ | 12 March 2009

Posted on 03/11/2009 7:11:52 PM PDT by Aussie Dasher

SARAH Palin's teenage Bristol has broken off her engagement to Levi Johnston two months after the birth of their child.

The 18-year-old daughter of the Alaskan Governor told the Associated Press (AP) she was "devastated" by the split.

"Unfortunately, my family has seen many people say and do many things to 'cash in' on the Palin name," she said in a statement.

"Sometimes that greed clouds good judgment and the truth."

Mr Johnston, 19, told AP the pair had mutually decided to end their relationship.

Bristol Palin's pregnancy was announced last summer days after her mother was named John McCain's running mate on the Republican presidential ticket.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.com.au ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Front Page News; Politics/Elections; US: Alaska
KEYWORDS: bristolpalin; engagement; levijohnston; palinfamily; sarahpalin
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To: GOPsterinMA

Would that ALL young girls would take a hard look at the potential father of their child before they give him the opportunity to become that. This is not a finger pointed at Bristol in particular but at girls in general.


51 posted on 03/11/2009 8:16:31 PM PDT by brytlea (Proud descendent of Andrew Kent, Alamo Defender)
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To: brytlea

Amen, amen, amen!


52 posted on 03/11/2009 8:17:37 PM PDT by GOPsterinMA ("The Dark Side of the Force is a pathway to many abilities some consider to be unnatural.")
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To: denydenydeny

Even a more damning condemnation of freepers who jump on the same train.


53 posted on 03/11/2009 8:17:41 PM PDT by rintense (Go Israel!)
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To: PackerBoy

Who couldn’t see this coming?


54 posted on 03/11/2009 8:17:57 PM PDT by 1010RD (First Do No Harm)
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To: ken21

Typical libs. It is like asking a fish what water feels like.

Libs are so steeped in hypocrisy they cannot distinguish the difference anymore.


55 posted on 03/11/2009 8:19:15 PM PDT by 1010RD (First Do No Harm)
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To: TomServo

You are absolutely right on that point!


56 posted on 03/11/2009 8:19:41 PM PDT by Theodore R. (GWB is gone: Now the American sheeple can sleep at night!)
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To: brytlea
I hear you. But I am a Palin supporter. She probably did everything she could to instill the proper values in her daughter. My parents did, too. When I turned 17-18, I did what I wanted to do. I did not rob banks. I did not do drugs. I did, however, have a steady girlfriend whose company I very much enjoyed.

I am probably lucky that I did not become a parent long before I was ready. If I could do it all over, I probably would wait until after I graduated from high school, but I am pretty sure I would not have been able to hold out a full semester at college.

57 posted on 03/11/2009 8:20:07 PM PDT by PackerBoy (Just my opinion ....)
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To: PackerBoy

I hope that all the available attention from the extended Palin clan helps that poor baby come out of this emotionally healthy. Having an 18 year-old unwed single mother is likely to mess that baby up long-term.


58 posted on 03/11/2009 8:20:18 PM PDT by Belle22
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To: TomServo

I’d be shocked she’d kept the baby first and foremost. And I’d give her credit for doing so.


59 posted on 03/11/2009 8:20:25 PM PDT by rintense (Go Israel!)
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To: Aussie Dasher
This will take Obama’s stupid moves on the economy right off the front pages for days.
60 posted on 03/11/2009 8:20:28 PM PDT by kempo
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To: Aussie Dasher

“Unfortunately, my family has seen many people say and do many things to ‘cash in’ on the Palin name,” she said in a statement.
“Sometimes that greed clouds good judgment and the truth.”

Sounds to me like he has decided to go public to cash in and turn on his own child in doing so.


61 posted on 03/11/2009 8:20:31 PM PDT by stockpirate (A people unwilling to use violent force to defend liberty deserves the tyrant that rules them SP)
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To: opus86

Crazy how traditions like courtship and parental guidance actually work, no?


62 posted on 03/11/2009 8:20:47 PM PDT by 1010RD (First Do No Harm)
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To: Aussie Dasher

I hope she keeps her legs together until she finds herself a husband. Its the least she can do for dear old Mom.


63 posted on 03/11/2009 8:22:18 PM PDT by Nonstatist
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To: jakerobins

Obama’s daughters are members of a known victim class.


64 posted on 03/11/2009 8:22:22 PM PDT by 1010RD (First Do No Harm)
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To: TomServo

“If this was Chelsea Clinton, half the membership here would be screaming “WHORE!!” whilst painting her head with a Scarlet “S”.

Damned Hypocrites”

Dear Bill,
Chelsea is not a whore....she’s ugly like her cross dressing Mom, but she is not a whore.


65 posted on 03/11/2009 8:24:22 PM PDT by TET1968 (SI MINOR PLUS EST ERGO NIHIL SUNT OMNIA)
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To: PackerBoy

Certainly. And btw I am a supporter of Palin also, and I’m sorry this happened because I think it may well be an issue in the next election.
Hey, yeah, we all did things we wish we hadn’t, and it doesn’t nec reflect on our parents (altho I have to admit, that as a parent I always feel that what my boys do reflects on me, both the good and the bad). However, it has become pretty much a non event to have babies before you marry. That’s not a healthy thing for our culture. So, I’m going to continue to stand up and say, “Hey girls, STOP and THINK—is that a guy you really want to marry? If the answer is no, don’t sleep with him.”


66 posted on 03/11/2009 8:24:34 PM PDT by brytlea (Proud descendent of Andrew Kent, Alamo Defender)
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To: jakerobins
How many Valentines did little Sasha O. get at school last month? Did she get one from a boy she likes? Was her heart broken because she didn't? What? We don't know?

That's right. We don't know. And we shouldn't. That same respect should be shown to all politicians' children and grandchildren.

And they call conservatives "haters."

67 posted on 03/11/2009 8:26:57 PM PDT by MantillaMilitant (Obama: "I won" America: "We lost")
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To: Aussie Dasher

and this is news? yawn


68 posted on 03/11/2009 8:28:22 PM PDT by mojitojoe ( Idiots elected a Marxist ideologue with narcissistic personality disorder & America is dying.)
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To: 1010RD

Yeah. Unfortunately both concepts are pretty foreign nowadays. I’m not one to say that two 19-year-olds can’t marry and stay together, today’s culture just makes it next to impossible.


69 posted on 03/11/2009 8:29:00 PM PDT by opus86
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To: TomServo
You know, there was a time that girls got "in trouble" and some provident infertile couple got the child they longed for, then the girl would come home sadder and wiser, but ready to go on with her life. And, of course, the boy got off scot-free.

Now, the choice is either abortion or handicapped, impoverished motherhood.

70 posted on 03/11/2009 8:30:51 PM PDT by Mamzelle (Boycott Peggy Swoonin')
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To: Shadowstrike
Tired of hearing about “poor Bristol”. If she’d kept her pants on this wouldn’t have happened.

Thank you!

Too bad for the baby but what the hell was this ditzy airheaded trollop thinking?

For crying out loud - her mother was the governor of the state and she didn't have the brains or morality to keep her legs toether or to use birth control.

71 posted on 03/11/2009 8:34:34 PM PDT by Iron Munro (Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.)
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To: Mamzelle

It’s pretty messed up, but the girl (as always) really gets the short end of the stick. I bet her ex will basically be AWOL for the rest of the kid’s life, and his child support payments are probably <=$200/mo (try and raise your kid on THAT!), since he’s probably marginally employed.


72 posted on 03/11/2009 8:35:57 PM PDT by OH4life
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To: Carry_Okie
...children are better off even with abusive fathers than without them.

After reading "The Unexpected Legacy of Divorce", I can't think of single reason I would leave my husband.

73 posted on 03/11/2009 8:36:41 PM PDT by littlehouse36 (Obamanomics: Chains you can believe in.)
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To: OH4life
Adoption is the answer for a situation like this. A woman in Bristol's situation could find a great couple, for she's lovely and her family is bright and ambitious.

And if Levi has any real guts in him trying to grow up, the prospect of adoption might make him a man...

Won't happen. But I'm just saying.

74 posted on 03/11/2009 8:40:20 PM PDT by Mamzelle (Boycott Peggy Swoonin')
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To: brytlea
Would that ALL young girls would take a hard look at the potential father of their child before they give him the opportunity to become that.

The operative word being "look." The eye becomes clouded when sex is involved. A woman loses her ability to make that judgement.

I am speaking from experience.

75 posted on 03/11/2009 8:41:21 PM PDT by littlehouse36 (Obamanomics: Chains you can believe in.)
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To: Griddlee

Hate to say it but ... there are similarities


76 posted on 03/11/2009 8:41:43 PM PDT by Seajay (Ordem e Progresso)
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To: Iron Munro
Wow, for some reason there's a real need here to pile on the Palins. As if there's no shotgun weddings in your family tree?

I'm beginning to suspect seminar trollers.

77 posted on 03/11/2009 8:41:49 PM PDT by Mamzelle (Boycott Peggy Swoonin')
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To: Aussie Dasher

It makes sense now why they didn’t get married before the baby was born. What a shame.


78 posted on 03/11/2009 8:42:14 PM PDT by divine_moment_of_facts
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To: Mamzelle

Not always.

My sister had a baby at 20. She did not marry the boys father. She bought her house at age 23.

She now owns two house, both valued at 350k. The baby is now 26 with a BA from Case.

My nephews family got involved with him at 6 months, they could not resist his face :) Dad was not far behind.

My nephew has the best of both and so do we, good families that love each other out of what could have been ugly.

Never say never my friend.


79 posted on 03/11/2009 8:44:06 PM PDT by Shyla
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To: Mamzelle

The responsible thing to do in a situation like this IS to give the baby up for adoption, and some caring people still do that. Telling girls that it’s OK to raise a baby as an unwed single mother is one of the worst aspects of the breakdown of our culture.

In this case, I suppose that the press would have discovered & violated the privacy of any adoptive parents. But it would have been awfully brave for the Palins to send not just the pro-life message, but the pro-adoption message. It isn’t admirable to save a baby’s life only to drag it into a dysfunctional mess.


80 posted on 03/11/2009 8:44:26 PM PDT by Belle22
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To: Belle22
re: Telling girls that it’s OK to raise a baby as an unwed single mother is one of the worst aspects of the breakdown of our culture.)))

Yes, but keep in mind that the death of the unborn is the default alternative, in this culture. it'd be easier to bring moral pressure to bear if that was not the usual recourse. Ann Coulter wrote a long rebuke of single motherhood, but she didn't take that into account, or not much. That adoption is the most reasonable and unselfish of the choices doesn't get much shrift anymore.

Remember how "aunts" and "cousins" would disappear and come home with a new baby? Everyone knew the score...

81 posted on 03/11/2009 8:50:08 PM PDT by Mamzelle (Boycott Peggy Swoonin')
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To: new cruelty

Are you lost?


82 posted on 03/11/2009 8:52:33 PM PDT by yellowroses (a Yankee in Texas)
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To: Carry_Okie
The reality is that, while there are exceptions, children are better off even with abusive fathers than without them.

What??? Where do I start... My father beat the hell outta me, my mom and my sibs. We left him. Had we stayed, someone would have died, perhaps many. But as long as you think we would have been better off with an abusive father than none at all...

83 posted on 03/11/2009 8:54:48 PM PDT by rintense (Go Israel!)
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To: GOPsterinMA
Are you for real? Are you serious? Wow.

There have been a number of published studies on the topic over recent years as the social wreckage of Cultural Marxism becomes more apparent. I would do the research and give you the citations, but my suspicion is that you'll play "not good enough" with whatever I'd post, so I'm not going to bother.

Believe what you want.

84 posted on 03/11/2009 9:04:22 PM PDT by Carry_Okie (The environment is too complex and too important to manage by central planning.)
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To: Marysecretary
Exactly. Young women need to keep their legs crossed. I feel badly for them but they brought it on themselves.

And young men? They bear no responsibility???? (oh, hell, why not?)?????????!!!!!!!!!!

85 posted on 03/11/2009 9:05:03 PM PDT by blu (Last one out of Michigan, please turn off the lights.)
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To: Carry_Okie

The kid still has a father.

Even if they meet and marry other people, the baby still has two parents who hopefully will be mature enough to maintain a respectful relationship with each other and a loving and involved one with their offspring.


86 posted on 03/11/2009 9:06:01 PM PDT by YankeeGirl
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To: blu

Sorry this happened and IMHO this is their business.


87 posted on 03/11/2009 9:07:08 PM PDT by beckybea (("Courage is being scared to death and saddling up anyway." John Wayne)
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To: Belle22

What????

This girl is not poor and on welfare. She and the baby will be fine.

Give the baby up becasue she is single?

For heavens sakes...

Check out the other thread on this 400+

If she was broke, one thing...This baby will be fine and loved.

Give a baby up because of having no father in the marriage sense? No, no, no.


88 posted on 03/11/2009 9:08:02 PM PDT by Shyla
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To: Aussie Dasher

These responses show exactly why so many young women choose to have abortions.


89 posted on 03/11/2009 9:11:19 PM PDT by Aggie Mama
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To: Aussie Dasher
This is a great example of why 18 and 19 year olds shouldn't have children out of wedlock. They are not mature enough to deal with the pressure, especially the MSM in a presidential race. Poor kids. All of them. Prayers to the Palin family and especially Sarah and her husband. ‘The Lord will provide...”
90 posted on 03/11/2009 9:14:53 PM PDT by April Lexington (Study the constitution so you know what they are taking away!)
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To: Shyla

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2204605/posts

The other thread.

I give the girl credit, she did what was right. What would have been wrong was a bad marriage.

Having a bay that young is tough, having two babies....pure hell. A teenage husband would may have been, well, having two babies.

Just my opinion.

Night folks.


91 posted on 03/11/2009 9:17:18 PM PDT by Shyla
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To: blu
And young men? They bear no responsibility???? (oh, hell, why not?)?????????!!!!!!!!!!

'Zactly.

Those young women didn't get pregnant all by themselves.

92 posted on 03/11/2009 9:21:10 PM PDT by thecodont
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To: Mamzelle

Every liberal I know has used the Bristol Palin pregnancy to “prove” that teenage abstinence is “unrealistic,” as Bristol herself said. All it convinced me to do was discourage serious dating by our teenagers.

I think that the ready availability of information about abortion via the Internet will actually turn people away from it in a way that wasn’t possible 20-30 years ago, when it was easier to push people into abortion by withholding information about the consequences. (I’ve found it ironic that the same people who celebrate “choice” do everything they can to make that choice an uninformed one.)

I’m certainly relieved that the baby is alive & healthy, but every shotgun wedding & single motherhood in my family hasn’t turned out well.

I wonder if Laura Ingraham has ever responded to Ann Coulter’s arguments...


93 posted on 03/11/2009 9:23:05 PM PDT by Belle22
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To: Aussie Dasher

And this is ‘news’ because?

I guess Algore, Jr.’s drug bust wasn’t news when his father was Vice-President but the Alaska governor’s daughter is?!

I HATE THE MEDIA!

No bias my butt!


94 posted on 03/11/2009 9:25:28 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: OH4life
It’s pretty messed up, but the girl (as always) really gets the short end of the stick. I bet her ex will basically be AWOL for the rest of the kid’s life, and his child support payments are probably <=$200/mo (try and raise your kid on THAT!), since he’s probably marginally employed.
In all fairness to Levi, the reports I'm hearing say that he's trying to do right by his child and the Palin family are snubbing him, refusing him visitation and referring to his family as "white trash".
95 posted on 03/11/2009 9:29:05 PM PDT by ketsu (It’s not a campaign. It’s a taxpayer-funded farewell tour.)
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To: Belle22
I hope that all the available attention from the extended Palin clan helps that poor baby come out of this emotionally healthy. Having an 18 year-old unwed single mother is likely to mess that baby up long-term.
Single parenthood only matters when there is no extended family to provide love, affection and role models. The Palins seem like a tightly knit family with a large support system.

Single parenthood in a family and single parenthood in a housing project and completely different things.

96 posted on 03/11/2009 9:30:54 PM PDT by ketsu (It’s not a campaign. It’s a taxpayer-funded farewell tour.)
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To: Aussie Dasher
I'm sure the Palin haters must be loving this!

Actually, I'm glad that they weren't forced to get married. If they weren't right for each other, they didn't need to be together. She'll be well supported, emotionally, by her family. She won't be out there alone.

97 posted on 03/11/2009 9:33:05 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: TomServo

“If this was Chelsea Clinton, half the membership here would be screaming “WHORE!!” whilst painting her head with a Scarlet “S”.”

You haven’t a clue what you’re talking about.

Conservatives are for people. We understand that people make mistakes in life, and we’d rejoice that she was keeping the baby.

put the crack pipe down!


98 posted on 03/11/2009 9:33:16 PM PDT by TFMcGuire (Life is tough. It is even tougher if you are stupid--John Wayne)
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To: blu
And young men? They bear no responsibility???? (oh, hell, why not?)?????????!!!!!!!!!!
Consequences are different for different people. If a rich person wants to lie around by the pool and be dissolute, no harm no foul. They have the means to support themselves.

Poor people don't, so we think less of dissolute poor people because they are a drain on society and they throw their own lives away.

Likewise the consequences of sex are different for each sex. A women ends up with a baby to support, a man ends up with nothing. That's life, it's nature and it's a double standard. It's also reality.

99 posted on 03/11/2009 9:36:27 PM PDT by ketsu (It’s not a campaign. It’s a taxpayer-funded farewell tour.)
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To: TFMcGuire; TomServo
You haven’t a clue what you’re talking about.

Conservatives are for people. We understand that people make mistakes in life, and we’d rejoice that she was keeping the baby.

put the crack pipe down!

There's two different types of "conservatives". Ideological conservatives and what I call "Conservatarians". Ideological conservatives actually believe in something and have a coherent set of beliefs(e.g., that the soul begins life at conception, the soul provides free will if people use their free will to abuse others they must be punished etc...).

Conservatarians treat politics like a sports team. They root for the "conservatives". Anything conservatives do is justified anything democrats do is proof of their inherent evil, rather than misguided ideology.

TomServo has a point, there are plenty of Conservatarians on FR that will defend or equivocate actions by supposed "conservatives" even if those actions are completely contrary to conservative principles.

100 posted on 03/11/2009 9:41:41 PM PDT by ketsu (It’s not a campaign. It’s a taxpayer-funded farewell tour.)
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