What is it with these people who will stop at nothing to conjure up some kind of dirt on the Palins? This truly is pathetic. I'm never surprised, but I still can't get used to it. As if it's not over the top enough to harass Governor Palin, now they're focusing hard on her 19 year old daughter, Bristol. They can't stand to see any Palin minding their own business, pursuing their dreams, and enjoying their life. It leaves these haters looking extremely petty and utterly deranged. Bristol seems to have the same steely spine as her mom, however, and she continues to move forward.
Bristol took Mark Ballas, her Dancing with the Stars partner, home to Alaska to visit and see the great state. While there, he performed at a restaurant called Rum Runners. Someone decided an investigation of Bristol's appearance at the eatery was in order, alleging she was too young to be in a bar and looking into what she consumed. Give me a break! Anything to make a Palin look like some kind of criminal. It doesn't work when they go after Governor Palin, and it won't work with Bristol. In an interview with Greta Van Susteren Wednesday night, Bristol wittily stated:
Yep, I ate nachos in a restaurant, guilty as charged!So last week Mom endured Boo-Gate, and this week Bristol has to deal with Nacho-Gate! It's a good thing Bristol is strong and focused on where her life is headed because, with these determined haters running around, she's going to need to be.
Rum Runners is indeed a restaurant, a kid-friendly one at that. Take a look at the menu, which has a section just for children called Lil Swash-Bucklers Menu:
Now take a look at the inside of Rum Runners. See the children?
Palin attorney, Thomas Van Flein, has broken down the law, which should settle this whole nonsense:
AS 04.16.049. Access of Persons Under the Age of 21 to Licensed Premises.Bristol, therefore, not only met the requirements of the law, as the Palins tend to do; she exceeded it.
(a) A person under the age of 21 years may not knowingly enter or remain in premises licensed under this title unless
(1) accompanied by a parent, guardian, or spouse who has attained the age of 21 years;
(2) the person is at least 16 years of age, the premises are designated by the board as a restaurant for the purposes of this section, and the person enters and remains only for dining; or
(3) the person is under the age of 16 years, is accompanied by a person over the age of 21 years, the parent or guardian of the underaged person consents, the premises are designated by the board as a restaurant for the purposes of this section, and the person enters and remains only for dining.
Thus, Bristol was accompanied by Ivy [Frye] as her guardian. Bristol was over 16. That means she meets section one and that is enough.
But, she also meets part (2): She was over 16 and in the restaurant area and not drinking alcohol. There is a restaurant section, Bristol was in that are, and she was eating Nachos, and not drinking.
So here's the deal: Yes, Bristol was at Rum Runners to watch her DWTS partner perform. Yes, she was accompanied by a guardian. No, she did not consume any alcohol. But yes, she is guilty of ordering Nachos! So there's Nacho-Gate for you.
Alaska's Bob and Mark addressed this on their radio show yesterday.
Near the very end, Bob unloads on those who slam Governor Palin for stepping down:
They later interviewed the Palins' lawyer, Thomas Van Flein:
(Video access courtesy of Kelsey and Doug)