rogue // (rg) n. 1. An unprincipled, deceitful, and unreliable person; a scoundrel or rascal. 2. One who is playfully mischievous; a scamp. 3. A wandering beggar; a vagrant. 4. A vicious and solitary animal, especially an elephant that has separated itself from its herd. 5. An organism, especially a plant, that shows an undesirable variation from a standard. adj. 1. Vicious and solitary. Used of an animal, especially an elephant. 2. Large, destructive, and anomalous or unpredictable: a rogue wave; a rogue tornado. 3. Operating outside normal or desirable controls: “How could a single rogue trader bring down an otherwise profitable and well-regarded institution?” (Saul Hansell).
As I’m sure you’ve all heard from your favorite dead trees, idiot boxes and rabid bloggers; Sarah Palin’s new memoirs are causing quite the controversy. AP got an advanced copy and immediately started ripping it to shreds. Some call it fact checking, others call it opposition research; I think it’s more like shooting fish in a barrel; or maybe slaughtering turkeys.
Never mind that Sarah Palin is the anti-Christ, (literally*), but the AP is pond scum and I feel a little sorry for her. Since when did the press decide a memoir should be fact checked? Memoir’s aren’t about what ACTUALLY happened, memoirs are about showing the author in the best possible light! That’s their function; that’s all they’re good for! Yes, even the one OJ wrote; which made that book all the more ironic and tragic.
Seriously, does anybody pick up a memoir thinking, “Finally! Now I’m going to get an objective picture of this person.”? No, we pick it up because peeping in bedroom windows is wrong, and this way we can be voyeurs without spending time in lockdown trading our sweet tush for smokes.
All that doesn’t bother me. And the claims about liberal bias in the media don’t bother me either. I’ve read Manufacturing Consent; I understand the reason the mainstream media needs to appear liberal while instead supporting the oligarchy. Because if they didn’t, we’d all wake up to what’s actually running this country. (Hint: It’s NOT the Jews, sheeple!)
What really bothers me is that Palin used her facebook status to suggest more objective fact checking on her book could be found over at http://www.conservatives4palin.com/, right next to Russia. As an interwebs OG, I find it pretty meta to be commenting on what a politician said on a social networking site while on a social networking site (that auto-posts my blog over to the first social networking site…and by doing births ouroboros.) But as hard as it is; never mind that, either!
The problem is, conservatives4palin.com is blatant partisan propaganda. Seriously, that is an OBJECTIVE statement about the site; Obama’s got one too! Even the 75% of politicians who don’t know the net from a series of pneumatic tubes have one!
Unlike in the AP article, there is no modicum of bipartisanship. They don’t even have to pretend! This site wears its loyalty on its sleave; making any bipartisan claim impossible. Say I said Glenn Beck raped and murdered a young girl in 1990 (I’m not saying he did, but has he denied it?) and that Obama was actually the second coming of Jesus. Then let’s say I assured you my motivations were completely nonpartisan, and that you could rely on me to be objective. Would you believe me?
You might believe I believe it, and you might even believe what I’m saying is right; but you wouldn’t think me unbiased on the matter. I’ve already made my decision on whether or not Glenn Beck raped and murdered a young girl in 1990. (Actually, I haven’t, I just think BOTH SIDES need to be evaluated in an open and fair manner. That’s all I’m saying.)
Look, the AP article is straight up blazing its guns at Sarah Palin. And frankly, it’s not because she’s conservative, although that doesn’t help. And it’s not even that she’s a strong women; although that doesn’t help either.
The reason she is so easy a target is the same reason she might get elected in 2012.
She is proudly anti-intellectual, and is openly governed by her emotions and her faith. She’s like the kid in the back of the room who gets really mad when you pick on her. The media does it because it’s easy, and they make money off the hits. I’m not saying it’s fair, but it is how the world works.
The Mayans might be onto something after all.** I am deeply troubled that the grand ol’ party has been taken over by hooligans, rogues, and possibly even rapists. (possibly…I said “possibly”! Both sides deserve equal say, right?***)
*don’t believe me? Here’s a Gematria of Sarah’s name in Hebrew:
** Never mind that it’s superstitious pattern matching, like gematria and the Kabbalah.