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10 July 2009 @ 03:29 pm
Should auld acquaintance be forgot.  

Hola amigos. I know it's been a long time since I rapped at ya.

In the past two weeks we've seen two deaths, one literal and one figurative. Neither of which I feel particularly inclined to write about, yet I feel that they both deserve some comment. The words "rest in peace" feel especially poignant in these two cases, since I feel neither person deserves either my praise or derision at this point. Michael Jackson, while being a great pop musician and a source of joy in my youth, was also, more likely than not, a child molester. Also saying that someone was a great pop musician is a bit like saying that they were a great ad consultant or typograhper, things which in my mind serve their purpose in society, but don't make you Mother Theresa. Governor Palin, while not being an evil person, did espouse untoward ideas, and therefore deserves my ire. However now that she will soon hold no actual political power, attacking her would be beating a dead horse.

I do like one or two Michael Jackson songs, but not enough to welcome with open arms the deluge of airplay that his songs recently received . I was not running to the record store, would that record stores still existed, to purchase his back catalog. Also, like many mega-celebs, Jackson seemed to use his wealth and fame in one of the worst possible manners, to build monuments to himself. Like the pharoahs of old building their pyramids, many famous and rich people seek immortality through their legacy, which the wise will tell you, will be nothing but dust eons from now. My name is Michael Jackson. Look upon my works, ye mighty, and despair. Nothing beside remains.

Governor Palin always seemed to fly higher than her wings could carry. She bumbled, blathered and bolloxed her way through her candidacy for VPOTUS, to the point where I'm certain future generations will see her walking hand in hand with Thomas Eagleton, Aaron Burr, and William Rufus King. She was a reliable source of amusement while she held office, but now that it's ending I'd prefer to not speak about her anymore. Much in the same way that I'd don't talk about Ann Coulter or Bill O'Reilly unless it's to talk about how I won't talk about them, I'd like to let Palin vanish into the ether of Republican ideology.

Rest in peace, demagogues. For good or ill, you will be forgotten.
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