Sarah Palin, pictured in Iowa this week, has suggested that the president’s lack of respect for veterans has something to do with her son Track’s arrest on domestic violence charges. (Mary Altaffer/AP)

Sarah Palin, pictured in Iowa this week, has suggested that the president’s lack of respect for veterans has something to do with her son Track’s arrest on domestic violence charges. (Mary Altaffer/AP)

Scoop: Track Palin setting bad parenting example

The Yahoo Parenting website seems to be the source of the most intelligent comments on news that Track Palin — eldest son of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin — was arrested and charged with assault, interfering with a report of domestic violence, and possessing a weapon while intoxicated.

While the former governor accused President Barack Obama of neglecting military members and returning veterans (Track served in Iraq) at an odd speech on Wednesday (after endorsing Donald Trump for president the previous day), Yahoo bloggers noted that this week’s mayhem at the Palin home in Wasilla, Alaska, involving Track and his unidentified 22-year-old girlfriend doesn’t mark the first time Track has been in an intense physical altercation. (He was involved in a drunken brawl at an Anchorage party in September 2014, Yahoo reports.)

Blogger Melissa Walker goes on, “As dad to 4-year-old Kyla Grace, Track’s escapades aren’t just those of a hard-partying 26-year-old — they’re the actions of a father whose young daughter will be influenced by his behavior.”

The post continues: Though Kyla does not live with Track — mom Britta Hanson, Track’s ex-wife, has custody — family therapist Paul Hokemeyer tells Yahoo Parenting she will be affected by her father’s arrest.

“Young girls need fathers who are strong and just and fair,” the psychologist says. “Fathers who attack women are untrustworthy and unsafe. The message they convey to their daughters is that women are inferior creatures, unworthy of respect, who need to be surrogated to male power with force and pain. It’s a horrific legacy.”


David Bowie fans: Please chill.

Kanye West has reiterated that he is not planning to record a Bowie cover album.

Outrage spread on the Internet after reports said West was making a tribute record of Bowie’s biggest hits. Yet a rep for West told TMZ that never was the case.

The rumor, apparently started in a British tabloid, launched a petition, which tallied some 5,000 signatures, calling for shutting down the album. (Not that that would have worked.)

So far, West’s words on the subject of the beloved iconoclastic rocker, via Twitter: “David Bowie was one of my most important inspirations, so fearless, so creative, he gave us magic for a lifetime.”


Friday’s Edwardian Ball will have guests decked out in their finest (and teeniest) steampunk attire, and also, for the first time, San Francisco Opera artists – mezzo-soprano Laura Krumm, baritone Hadleigh Adams and pianist Robert Mollicone – joining the fun at the Regency Center in The City.


S.F. Giant Brandon Crawford is 29. … Singer Emma Bunton (Baby Spice) of the Spice Girls is 40. … Singer Cat Power is 44. … Actress Geena Davis is 60. … Singer-songwriter Billy Ocean is 66. … Singer Mac Davis is 74.

–Staff, wire reports

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