Jack Simpson - Palin continues to impress

What are we thinking about in these busy times? All kinds of trivia - politics, friends, stories about life-saving dogs and who knows what else!

Out of the blue came a moose-hunting, hockey mom, a governor of Alaska named Sarah Palin. Chosen to be John McCain's running mate, people began asking "who is she?"

Sarah introduced herself at the Republican National Convention, but opponents were not satisfied. They placed her under scrutiny and began looking for ways to bring her down.

Was she the God-fearing person she was portrayed to be? Did she or didn't she sell the state airplane on EBay? Should she be exposing her young family to the dirty game of politics? On and on went the questions, but, in spite of efforts to discredit her, Palin suddenly became a very appealing candidate. She seemed to be able to charm a lot of voters.

The new vice presidential candidate appeared on ABC, questioned by Charlie Gibson. The media listened closely. Would she stumble? Actually, she gave as good as she got, and reassured Charlie that she was ready to be vice president of the United States.

Moms, the NRA and lipstick manufacturers focused on Palin and nodded their approval. She has given the media a lot to write about. The only question now remaining is will she live up to her nickname of "Sarah Barracuda?"

Moving right along, we thought also of a friend who was once a source of pride to some of his associates because he stopped smoking. He had a bad habit, but used his will power to kick it. You must admire anyone who can do this because nicotine is so addictive.

Bad news. He is back sucking on those cancer sticks like they are going out of style! Friends hate to see him returning to the risk of lung cancer, emphysema or heart disease.

Yes, President Bush has a low approval rating, but don't you feel sorry about his welcome at the Republican convention? He did not appear in person. No, he appeared on the big screen, speaking for nine minutes. The president of the United States, with four months left until retirement, was kept at arm's length by fellow politicians of his own party.

And, now, to a nice animal story. We have read enough about dog mistreatment by Michael Vick. A lady had a small dog of a yippy-yappy nature. Anyway, he wouldn't stop barking, so she put him on a leash and took him out walking. He wouldn't stop barking even outside and kept pulling her in a certain direction. Reluctantly, she followed into nearby bushes where they found a badly injured man who had fallen off a roof. The dog was all excited as she called 911 and help arrived. The man was taken to a nearby medical center, where he is recovering.

This is yet another good example that proves some dogs may be trained for fighting while others prove to be man's best friend. God made dogs to bite and bark. This rescued gentleman obviously prefers the barking kind.

Jack Simpson is a former educator, veteran, author, and law enforcement officer. His column appears each Friday.