Of course being away last week meant I missed the opportunity to give my verdict on Sarah Palin (I'm torn between 'mad' and 'scary' - it's a close call) and her strangely-monickered family.
The Bouncer has an interesting take on it, to quote: "Republican Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin has a daughter named 'Bristol'. The young lady in question is 17 years old, unwed and five months pregnant, which seems somehow appropriate."
Somehow appropriate? What does he mean? Is he commenting on the 'white trash' connotations of giving kids wacky names? (Freakonomics has an interesting chapter on this, on why black parents with high aspirations for their kids give them mis-spelt names - usually ending in '-iece' or '-elle' as in Shanniece or Shantelle - which are more likely to hold them back; their verdict, from what I can dimly recall, is that the parents believe such names to be aspirational). Or is he saying that Bristol is full of 'young ladies' who are unwed and pregnant? Come on Bouncer - enlighten us!
*As in, "Last night these two bouncers, And one of em's alright, The other one's the scary one, His way or no way, totalitarian"